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Across the Sun - Chapter Twenty-TwoChapter Twenty-Two – Towards the SunAcross the Sun - Chapter Twenty-Two by LizHollow
“May, are you ready to go?”
I poked my head into her hospital room, glancing around the room for her. The sheets had been pulled up on the bed, and she was instead sitting in one of the chairs facing out the window. She didn’t turn around when I walked into the room, and when I sat down in the chair next to her, she didn’t tear her eyes away from the window either.
“It was safe here,” she muttered quietly, probably more for herself to hear than for me. I reached out and held her hand, squeezing her fingers, and she finally looked at me. Her face was fuller now, her skin peachy once again. When we first came, her eyes lost much of their fire, but I was starting to see it again.
Now, though, she seemed a little sad, even when she smiled at me. I couldn’t blame her, really. Things had been chaotic once everyone found out that May was alive and back on the map. When the police got word that two men
Across the Sun - Chapter Twenty-OneChapter Twenty-One – Tales of IcarusAcross the Sun - Chapter Twenty-One by LizHollow
I ran into my bedroom, grabbing a fresh pair of pants and a shirt from my closet and throwing them on haphazardly. My shirt ended up buttoned lopsidedly, shifted two slots up, and I threw my towel over my head while I fixed it. I barely had my pants done up as I shoved the towel to the floor and ran out my front door, only to trip over something that I was pretty sure hadn’t been there before.
When I stood back up and looked back, I saw Nate sitting on my steps rubbing the back of his head. In his other hand, he held my letter, opened and—I assumed—read. And somehow, despite how mean I had been to him in Johto, when he looked up at me, he smiled. It wasn’t pitying, like I thought it might be if I saw him again, but friendly.
For a moment, neither of us said anything. I was pretty sure I was staring at him with a stupid look on my face, my mouth agape and my eyebrows furrowed. Nate, on the other hand, continued to
Across the Sun - Chapter TwentyChapter Twenty – The Final LetterAcross the Sun - Chapter Twenty by LizHollow
Goldenrod was bright.
That was the first thing I noticed. I had been there before, just briefly while leaving and going to the train station, but that was usually at night when there were only streetlights to light up the path in front of me. But here now, when the sun was only just starting to set, right before the twilight when the sun was at an angle perfect for reflecting off of everything, the city practically glowed.
My first thought was that it was annoying and made it a little bit too hot. Of course, knowing that I had complained too often about the cold back in Sinnoh, I figured that I had no right to complain about the heat now. So, I shoved that thought aside, and my next thought was that it was actually nice. It somehow made everything easier to see.
And May got to see this everyday when she was growing up here. Mossdeep, more often than not, was perpetually clouded over, so even though the temperature was nice, I wouldn’
Across the Sun - Chapter NineteenChapter Nineteen – The Reason WhyAcross the Sun - Chapter Nineteen by LizHollow
Although Red asked us to join him for a meal, we politely declined and went on our way again. This was, perhaps, partially for Lyra’s sanity, as I wasn’t sure she wanted to be around Red any longer than she needed to be. While I believed her agreement with Red to try to be friends a true one, it was not going to be an instantaneous or easy thing. She needed to be away from him for a little while.
Of course, things were just a little bit awkward as we left his house, our feet all shuffling against the pavement as we walked in silence. There was still a letter to find here, and even though Red was mentioned in her previous letter, sort of indirectly, it was obvious that he didn’t have it. So, we left and walked automatically along the road, none of us sure what was appropriate to say to each other now. It was better to give this some time to settle, too.
I wasn’t sure why exactly, but I ended up at Red’s old hou
Across the Sun - Chapter EighteenChapter Eighteen – Dreams of YoungAcross the Sun - Chapter Eighteen by LizHollow
Well, Pallet Town didn’t exactly look like it had been torn asunder as Lyra said it had. It was a cute little town with a few houses and a lot of open space, the grass green and the flowers in full bloom. It was actually a nice transition from Saffron. But when Lyra said it was torn asunder, I sort of figured that she meant that literally. I hadn’t been expecting, well, perfection.
“That’s Professor Oak’s lab. You know, the famous Pokémon professor? He’s absolutely brilliant. I got my Pokédex from him when I first started training,” Lyra said, pointing to the biggest building in the town, a two-story laboratory with an expansive field in the back. From what I had heard, Professor Oak was a genius of unparalleled talent. The best professors around the world could only hope to be like him someday.
And to get a Pokédex from him was an honor. I didn’t even have one. M
Across the Sun - Chapter SeventeenChapter Seventeen – Magnum OpusAcross the Sun - Chapter Seventeen by LizHollow
This was so awkward.
It would be one thing if I was actually an artist and, you know, actually knew how to draw, but I was setting myself up for disaster. May really had no idea what she was asking of me. She may have been looking for a hero, but I didn’t realize that one of her qualification was to be a talented artist, too. I didn’t have that listed on my résumé.
Ha, that was it. Instead of doing all this stuff, May should have just put a job listing in the newspaper and looked for the most qualified person to be her hero. She wouldn’t have had to deal with writing all those letters, wouldn’t have had to hide them all over creation. Hell, my life would have been a lot easier that way.
But that would defeat the purpose. That was what she would say, anyway. Damn…
And what was I supposed to do with this? I had set up two chairs on the sidewalk—which, frankly, I didn’t even know i