Part 1 - A conversation with someone special!
It was a few months since Red captured Mewtwo, and the Pokémon League Champion set out to capture the elusive Mew. On occasion, Red would take a breather back at home, and one day, he received a package from the Silph Company. In it was the ultimate Poké ball - the Master Ball.
"This is awesome! I just have to find that Pokémon, and I am all set!" Red exclaimed. Before heading out, however, Red got permission from his mother to contact a number in Lavender Town.
Meanwhile, at the Pokémon House, a certain young volunteer was preparing to feed Cubone its favorite lunch, when she heard the video phone start to ring.
"Can someone get that? I am a little busy at the moment!" Shouted Mr. Fuji.
"Yes, sir! I'll get it! Huh? It's from Pallet Town?" The young girl answered. "Hello?"
The video feed took a few seconds to show up. However, Reina was thrilled to hear the caller's voice. "Hi! Is this who I think it is?"
"Ah! It's Red!" Reina smiled as she was able to see the video feed.
"Hi. I just captured a really strong Pokémon a few months back! It was-"
"In Cerulean Cave, right? I was so worried! Red, I don't want to go through another emotional episode like that!"
"Sorry for worrying you. But, I am going to search for another Pokémon. Mew! I think I should be fine. I have a secret weapon. It's guaranteed."
"Weapon?" Reina started to frown.
"Uh, it's just a saying. You know, like an ace up my sleeve."
"Oh! Ohhhh, THAT'S what you meant. Silly me! I just get… touchy about that kind of thing."
"Oh, that's right. Like how Team Rocket-"
"Yeah." Reina looked at the one that saved the Pokémon Tower.
"Sorry. Hey, look. When I catch Mew, I will show it to you."
"Really? That's awesome!" Just then, footsteps were audible to Red.
"Are my ears deceiving me, or did I hear you say Mew?" Mr. Fuji shouted as he entered the room.
"Oh, you heard it right, Mr. Fuji." Red smiled.
"Ah. I see. How interesting. Mew is known to be… more mischievous than anything else. Be careful, Red. Since Mew has the DNA of all Pokémon, you can't expect to find it that easily." Red and Reina gasped at what the old man said.
"Well, then, it's a really good thing that I have my little ace up my sleeve." Red smiled again. Before Reina could ask Red what it was, Red's mother ran to the video phone.
"Hello! I'm the proud mother of this great Pokémon Trainer, and Pokémon League Champion!" Red's mother shouted.
"Oh! Hello! You must be very proud. As you well know, your son has been working on the PokéDex." Mr. Fuji waved to Red's mom.
"He's so kind and caring, he even saved Lavender Town!" Exclaimed Reina.
"Yes, it's so nice to know that my Red is so dependable. Oh, please excuse me. I have to finish making lunch. It was nice to meet you both!"
"Nice to meet you! I am Mr. Fuji!"
"And my name's Reina!"
"Awesome! Again, nice to finally meet you, Mr. Fuji, and little Reina!" As soon as Red's mother left, Red couldn't help but laugh a little.
"Uh. Heh. I hope you guys didn't mind that."
"Not at all. Your mother has a very pleasant personality." Mr. Fuji then got up. "You two can finish up your conversation. Once you're done, Reina, please see me in my office. It's nothing bad. Just want a little... eh, chat."
"Will do, Mr. Fuji!" Reina shouted, as Red chuckled a bit.
"So, Reina, how are things at the Pokémon House? How's Cubone?" Red asked Reina, knowing that she probably had some stories to tell.
"Things are just fine here, Red. Although..." Reina started looking away, focusing on Cubon's dish.
"Although, what?" Asked Red, grabbing Reina’s attention.
"Uh. Nothing. Really." Jumped Reina.
"Uh, ok. Hey, listen. I've got a little pamphlet of the Pokémon I caught, all printed out. I have a feeling I'll be dropping by, and when I do, I'll give you the pamphlet." Red briefly showed Reina the results of his hard work.
"Hey, Red? When I get a little older, uh..." Reina smiled, and tapped the table rapidly.
"What's up?" Red asked the young volunteer.
"Uh... well... I was wondering... could you... show me around some places? My parents are considering letting me travel all around the country, but, I'll need someone to go with, and after I suggested you, well, they said that it would be great, provided you kept me safe from danger, and all that. I'm really curious about all our cities and towns. And... well, I thought, hey. You know. Uh, thing is, ever since we met... ever since I first saw you... I knew there was something different about you." Reina once again started to look at Cubone's bowl.
"Huh? Different?" Red scratched his head.
"Yeah. Different. Look... it's really hard to explain. I have to go. We'll talk more when you get here, in Lavender Town! And, hey... it would be nice to see where the Great Pokémon League Champion lives, don't you think?" Reina started adjusting her Butterfree hairclip.
"Heh. Yeah! After all, it's the least I can do to offer my thanks to someone who helped me in her own way, to complete the Pokédex." Red tried to look at Reina's face.
"Oh, Red, I hardly did anything." The volunteer gently kicked the carpet.
"Reina, you did more than you realize, and I have been meaning to express my gratitude for that."
"So, we can have a little... date?"
"Uh! Mr. Fuji's calling me! Gotta go!"
"Bye!" Reina shook as she pressed the End Call button. "Holy Fearow nests. Can't believe that word slipped out of my mouth."
"Reina? Have you finished your video chat with Red?"
"Uh. Yes, sir. Just gotta freshen up a little."
"Huh. She acted a little funny at the end. Her face was-"
"Red?" Red's mom giggled as she walked into the room.
"Yeah. But, how did you know, Mom?"
"Oh. Uh, well, I couldn't help but overhear you and Reina talking. Come on. I think a little chat over lunch will do a world of good. You just need a little bit of help, and I will try my best to help you understand."
"Thanks, Mom. But, are you saying you know something about Mew?"
"Huh? No. I am saying that I think I can help you with understanding your questions about the girl. She is cute as a button, and I would love to meet her, one of these days."
"Huh. I see. Soup's for lunch? I’ll get the bowls."
"If you are unsure, just grab the plastic bowls!"
Meanwhile, at Lavender Town…
"I can’t believe that I said the word date to Red! Aw, man!" Reina took a breath before heading into Mr. Fuji's office. "Sir? You wanted to chat?"
"No reason to be concerned. I am just… curious about something. Is there anything you want to tell me? Anything at all?"
"L-like what, sir?" Reina looked at her boss, somewhat expecting a lecture from him.
"Anything, Reina. Anything. I am not here to judge you. Perhaps I can help you out with a certain Trainer with whom you spoke on the videophone?"
"Sir? What are you talking about? Red?"
"I think we should have spoken about this a few months ago. You seem to have grown… attached to him."
"I can’t help it. When I think about Red, I feel like I have a few Butterfree around me. I am never going to forget about how determined Red was to saving the town. He never gave up. I just hope that I can see him more. Is it a bad thing? Am I being selfish?"
"Reina… I don’t think it’s selfishness on your part, or Red's. There’s no reason to worry about that. But… it seems that you have been thinking about Red a lot. Again, not that there’s anything wrong with that. All I want you to know is that I am here to talk to you if there’s anything you need to talk about Red."
"Thank you, sir. I will go and finish feeding Cubone."
"Very well, then. I see that the two of you have gotten closer."
"Yeah! All thanks to Red!" Reina's comment earned her a soft sigh from Mr. Fuji.
"Reina, since you and Cubone have been getting closer," Mr. Fuji opened a drawer, and grabbed an empty Pokéball to give to Reina, "I have a request for you. You see," Fuji dropped the ball in Reina’s hand, "The Pokémon House is getting a bit full. Normally, I would not have a problem with keeping Cubone. But… Cubone needs someone to take care of it. Do you love Cubone?"