Active Pokemon: Location: Periwinkle Stadium
As the placement event ended, the students in the four varying Houses were separated away from one another, initiating a time for them to connect with the other members of their House cohort as well as meeting with some of the upperclassmen. As Max merged into the traffic of other Victini students, his head turned and his eyes wandered over to the other students walking in the opposite direction. From the looks of it, Marquis and Nyree were at least paired together in Jirachi, but Attica appeared to have "suffered" the same fate as he did in not having a familiar, friendly face within their house. The good thing about being in Victini, though, was that that Elliott
guy was in Celebi. Sure, he would have to see him soon enough, but Max was grateful that he wouldn't be sharing a dorm room with him... or anyone else that was an asshole of a personality."Take a picture, it'll last longer,"
a voice said from beside Max, causing him to turn and see the girl from before who was placed into Victini with him. Max recalled watching her battle where her Poipole absolutely dominated against the proctor's Pokemon. She was about the same height as mask with short but curly blonde hair and a gaze that could burn a whole through someone's body. With folded arms, she gave off an abrasive 'hmph' and walked past him along with a few other Victini students. Turning to pause in place, Max observed the girl, Laeticia was the name that he remembered, and narrowed his eyes at her backpack, noticing that it was slightly open and... was that Attica's PokeNav?
Max was about to take a few steps forward to confront the girl, but was caught off guard by another one who looked
much friendlier than Laeticia did. Her vanilla aroma was faint but provided a magnetic pull to Max that directed his attention, completely disregarding Attica's PokeNav trapped in Laeticia's bag disappearing into a crowd of other Victini students."I promise we're not all like that,"
she said with a dimpled smirk at Max. Running a hand through her lengthy black hair, she adjusted her shimmery red bomber jacket with the Victini logo on the left breast of it. "I'm honestly legitimately surprised that she didn't make it into Celebi or something but... what can you do? Anyway... Alola! I'm Maria. This is my second year at Periwinkle. It's crazy because I feel like it was just yesterday that I was in your shoes: a wide-eyed First Year just trying to make sense of everything around me."
Pausing for a moment, Maria lifted her hand to her mouth in slight realization that she may have trapped Max into a conversation he didn't want or didn't need
at this time. The First Years were supposed to be meeting up with Professor Nawi prior to the social. "Ugh! Sorry umm... what was your name again?"
To say that Max was smitten
would have been an understatement. He was sure that he was at minimum blushing slightly judging by the warmth rushing to his ears and face. "No... no it's cool. I'm Max,"
he stammered."Max... got it. Well Maxie, c'mon. We gotta catch you up with everyone else. Professor Nawi's a sweetheart, but she doesn't like people late for her classes. Remember that!"
Maria said with a nod, reaching out to grab Max's wrist and tugged him in the direction of the other Victini students.
The Victini dorms were within a considerable walking distance from the main battle stadium. The corridor that led to the Victini area was decorated with crimson decor and the Victini logo against a brick wall. On the far side of the corridor was a lobby area where the Victini students could check in and directly adjacent from that was a set of double doors that Maria pushed her hand through to open, leading Max outside just in time to catch Professor Nawi beginning her spill to the Victini students. Everyone was gathered on a miniature battlefield near the center and in the far view behind Professor Nawi was a statue of Nidorino doing battle against a Gengar, a nod to one of the original broadcasts of the first Pokemon League many years ago."I'll talk to you later Maxie, gotta go find my friends. See you later at the social?"
Maria said with smile and a nod, not really giving him an opportunity to respond as she slithered off through the crowd of students and out of Max's viewpoint.
He kept his eyes on Maria until she disappeared, but Max strangely still felt something
on his wrist until he realized what it was. Glancing down at his hand, he noticed a yellow, furry Joltik glancing up at him with intent and pure joy on its face. "What the.... what are you doing here!?"
Max whispered and yelled behind bared teeth. Chittering playfully, the Joltik scurried back up Max's sleeve before he could get ahold of it and instead had to not look completely uncomfortable in knowing that the Joltik from his home at managed to latch onto him en route to his first day at Periwinkle."Hiiii my Victini babies!"
Professor Nawi cooed in an adoring fashion as her dark eyes scanned over the crop of First Years with the upperclassmen standing in the background. My name is Professor Sylvia Nawi. In case you didn't know, I am the Head of House for Victini... a former Victini myself and I take pride in ensuring the progression of all my babies. Even my Fourth Years that are preparing to leave the nest after this year!"
Looking up to the group of older students, Professor Nawi lifted her hands to her lips and blew kisses in their direction. "Okay... enough about me. House Victini prides itself on displaying a burning passion in the classroom, in the field, and in battle. Exude the victorious spirit of Victini and you will go far. I am available whenever you need me, but you can definitely find me in the Day Care area if I'm not in my office, teaching a class or doing anything else. Welcome to Periwinkle! Now... our Ace Students will takeover from here."
Gesturing her hand towards the three students that were standing off to the side, the trio of students glanced at each other momentarily before the red head that Max recognized in the audience before stepped forward awkwardly."Um... hey guys. I'm Nora and..."
she said before halting momentarily to gesture over the two guys who were also Ace Students. "Basically... we're here to help you as best as possible while also holding firm to what Professor Nawi said about being a passionate bunch. But I'll save you the deep narrative. I'm sure you all want to head over to the social in the Student Union. Just find one of us, you can't miss us as we have the Ace Student patch on our jackets. Let's move out."Ace Student.
There must have been an immense amount of respect that came with being an Ace Student, at least that's what Max liked to think. As the group moved along behind Nora and the other two Ace Students, Max followed with the rest of the pack, spotting Maria once again, talking to some guy and playfully slapping him on the shoulder. Okay, maybe she's just friendly with everyone?
Max pondered the thought as he felt a friendly shock on his right shoulder blade causing him to flinch slightly. It didn't hurt per se, but it did manage to tickle him. "...stop it..."
Max mumbled lowly to the Joltik.
The Victini House was the lab group to arrive at the Student Union. As Max walked around, he bit on his lower lip feeling slightly out of place of the other students. There was no sight of Maria anymore, he saw Marquis mingling with some of the other Jirachi students and the Victini students had somewhat cliqued together along the way here. So, instead of just looking lost, Max slipped his hands into his pockets and strolled around the union to soak in all of its glory. There were several students out in the quad, other lingering in the entry between that and the Union, as well as students inside taking in some of the food and showcasing their respective Pokemon.
Making his way to the snack table, Max leaned over to reach for a cookie when a thin web shot from his arm sleeve, pulling in a small cookie crumb. "Seriously,"
Max quipped with a slightly chuckle, using his free hand to grab a chocolate chip cookie... or a couple, and stuff them on top of a napkin as he made his way around the table and found a flight of stairs that was outlined by a railing. Finally
, there was a familiar face in Attica who seemed to be just chilling on her own at the top of the stairwell that was flanked by the spiraling staircase on either side of it. Behind where she stood was another brief staircase that led to a lounge area with windows and a few doors on either side of the small lobby."Sup?"
Max said with a head nod, offering up one of his cookies to her as he held out the napkin with a small tower of the treats on it. "Still can't believe how crazy this whole school is. Can you believe we get to study here? I mean... sometimes I low key think that I'm not even supposed to be here..."
Max's written scores certainly weren't the best, but he assumed his tactics on the battlefield helped his case tremendously at the end of the day. Before he could finish his statement, he shrugged, shaking his head as he popped a piece of cookie in his mouth. "Any luck making friends? I see Marquis and Nyree are fitting in well with Jirachi."
He pointed over to the group of students donning their yellow-ish gold paraphernalia with Marquis square in the middle looking as if he was explaining a story. Nyree was there in the crowd as well, but was rolling her eyes at Marquis. Leaning against the rail, Max continued nibbling on the cookies in his possession, occasionally having the thought of sitting crumbs on his wrist as a small web of string shot out to pull the crumbs inside the arm of his jacket. Below on the first level, was the guy
that Devina was referring to. He was dressed in a Celebi green pullover, taking a gracious sip from his plastic cup. He just so happened to glance up at the railing to spot Attica (and Max), giving her a slight wave before carrying on with his conversation with his other Housemates and Tony."By the way... you did say your PokeNav was like... a lavender color or something right? I saw it in Laeticia's bag on the way to our meetup with Professor Nawi,"
Max added, turning his back to the railing and leaning against it. "I dunno if she stole it or whatever... maybe she found or something? Either way, you could just ask for it back? Or... we could just steal it back."
A mischievous look was painted on his features. If he was going to have an "unwanted" passenger come to Periwinkle with him, then he was going to at least try and put the Joltik to work.