OoC: Okie dokie, thanks to Linkachu (ILU FOREVER FOR GRABBING THESE FOR ME) I have all of Reformation saved to my lappy. Lesson learned, always have everything on my laptop at all times. Anyway, so here is REFORMATION: REDUX (which is actually just a REPOST) Chapter 1: “Hey, kids, don’t burn down the house while we’re gone.” The tall, thin, middle aged man said blankly from behind his dark sunglasses. His black hair was disheveled, and he wore a black lab coat over a red dress shirt and black slacks. The sleeves of the coat were rolled up to his elbows and he wore a plain looking watch on his right wrist. His black dress shoes squeaked as he turned and walked out the door. “And no going in our lab.” Said the slender woman with strawberry blonde hair pulled back into a bun in a sing-song voice. She was also wearing a black lab coat, only she wore hers over a black dress decorated by red wisps that looked like curling smoke trails. She closed the door behind her as she walked out. It was happening again, their parents were going away on some kind of business trip and leaving them alone again, for lord knows how long. No real goodbye. No ‘I love you’. They just left, and they would be back whenever they were done doing whatever they needed to. Not that it would matter. Even when they were home, they would just lock themselves in their lab and never even acknowledge their children’s existence. Rein didn’t know how his sister had gotten used to it, he still longed for his parents attention, it was only normal for a ten year old. Alice just shook her head after they had gone, “There they go again, you’d think for once they’d tell us where they were going, or what they had to do.” She blew a few strands of her long blue hair out of her eyes. She dyed her hair constantly to avoid resembling their mother in any way, otherwise she’d have the same strawberry blonde color. She was wearing a black tank top, with electric blue, elbow length arm warmers. Her pants were also black with a blue stripe going up the side and zippers spreading out on various spots on each leg. She was currently barefoot and still in the process of applying her eyeliner. When their parents had to leave, they didn’t mention it until they were walking out the door. “Alice?” Rein asked his older sister. She was fifteen, and he looked up to her as more of a mother figure since she’d been taking care of him since he was old enough to walk, and as such he had picked up many of her fashions: mainly black things covered with zippers, “Why do mom and dad always have to leave?” He always wondered what his parents did that was so important that they just left their children alone, but he could never find the courage to ask. “They just have to go away on business, squirt.” That was her pet name for him, sometimes she took to calling him ‘Reiny’ as well, but only when they were joking around with each other. She finished her eyeliner and then looked at the time, “I think it’s time for breakfast. Go get dressed and we’ll go into town for some food.” She smiled. He nodded and went toward the stairs. “What do they do?” He asked stopping at the foot of the stairs. “You know, I couldn’t tell you. I guess they must be some kind of doctors by the way they dress though, right?” She shrugged. She knew that there were many more questions, she’d asked them herself when she was his age. He was old enough now to know that parents weren’t supposed to act the way that theirs did, but she wasn’t lying when she said she didn’t know the answer. “I still wonder that myself, sometimes.” She mumbled to herself after Rein had gone upstairs. The house was fairly large, there was enough room for each of them to have their own room, plus their parents lab, and they had two living rooms; one downstairs and the other at the top of the stairs. It was well furnished, big screen televisions and leather couches. All in all it wasn’t a bad place to be stuck without parents, but everything in the house belonged to their parents, and nothing belonged to Rein or Alice. In fact, the least furnished rooms in the house were theirs, Alice was convinced that Rein and herself were just accidents that their parents had to deal with. She grabbed a Poke ball off the wall, it was a Hitmonlee that belonged to her parents, but she’d have to take it for protection in case wild Pokemon attacked. At least the parental units had the decency to leave a Pokemon for protection, though she was never sure if they had intended it for that purpose, or if they just didn’t want to take the Hitmonlee with them. Alice and Rein were forbidden to have any Pokemon of their own, if they had been caught with a Pokemon, the Pokemon would be released and whomever had the Pokemon (mostly it was Alice) would be punished. Rein came back downstairs, he was wearing a black jacket that was covered with zippers, over a green t-shirt with black flame designs. His pants were similar to Alice’s, except instead of a blue stripe, it was also green. Rein’s manner of dress resembled his sisters in everyway except for the blue. He always preferred the color green, particularly an icy green, as he would call it, the same color of his eyes. He was wearing a black fedora with a dark green stripe around the base of it over his black hair that very much resembled his father’s. He stared at his sister with his icy green eyes and a smile. She couldn’t help but smile when she saw him, she was very touched that Rein looked up to her so much that he even mimicked her style of clothing. They both sat down next to each other and began to buckle on their boots. Alice’s boots were knee high, with buckles going all the way to the top starting from her ankle, and small, silver chains hung down from each buckle. Rein’s were similar, except they only went up a little ways from his ankle, and instead of buckles, his just zipped up, and the toe of his boots were steel tipped. He wanted boots that resembled Alice’s a bit more, but decided to buy these after Alice had told him that they looked good on him. Rein loved going anywhere with his sister, it made him feel like everything was all right. Even though they were five years apart, they were still very close, and he knew that Alice would never leave him alone like their parents did so often. “How about we go get something to eat at the department store?” She asked him with a smile. They lived just outside of Celadon city, and Alice always loved to eat at the department store so that they could go to the top floor and stare out at the world around them. He’d also see her looking longingly at the Celadon Gym. Rein knew how badly his sister longed to be a Pokemon trainer, she’d told him about how she was going to be the champion one day every time they were left at home. “Sounds good to me, Alee.” He smiled at her, he’d come up with his own nickname for her because she always called him squirt. He knew she didn’t like anyone to call her Alee, but she always made an exception for him. “Oh it does, Reiny?” She stuck out her tongue at him, Rein couldn’t stand the name Reiny, and she knew that the same as he knew she didn’t like Alee, but this is how they would always get into their little play fights. They began walking toward Celadon, they were only a few minutes away from the city, their house was outside the city, up a private path. Their parents liked their privacy. “Don’t call me Reiny,” Rein play pouted, and Alice started tickling him, he couldn’t keep a straight face and started laughing. She picked him up and he started tickling back, neither of them could stop laughing, Rein was glad that it was just he and his sister, whenever his parents were home he always felt overlooked. But Alice gave him the attention he should have received from his parents, and he would be forever grateful for it. “Come on, squirt, let’s go get some food.” She took off running along the path, purposefully going slow enough for him to catch up. “Race you, Alice!” Rein yelled playfully as he bolted past his sister along the path. “Hey! When did you get so fast?” She asked with a laugh, she began running at more normal speed and caught up with him, but she was just enough behind to where he would win the race. She could not help but grin at the happiness Rein showed on his face. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “I totally beat you, Alice!” Rein laughed as they took the elevator up to the top floor of the Celadon Department Store, he was teasing her and she pretended to be upset. “Hey!” She said grabbing him as he jumped up and down in front of her, “It wasn’t fair, you got a head start.” She stuck out her tongue as the elevator reached its destination with a chime from the door. “Did not! You’re the one who took off running. You’re just jealous because I’m too fast.” He broke free of her grasp and ran over to the vending machine. “Yeah, yeah. Well, I’ll beat you next time.” She said as she pulled a bit of money out of one of the various pockets on her pants. She leisurely walked over to the machine Rein was standing in front of and paid for two lemonades, Rein took them and walked over to an empty table. She then walked over to another machine that dispensed a variety of foods, from ramen noodles to hamburgers. “What do you say to some pizza today, squirt?” “Pepperoni, please!” He replied with a smile. Alice smiled back at him before she turned and purchased the food. When she came to the table, she lingered a moment before sitting down, she stared longingly out of the large, glass windows. She sighed, and then sat down slowly. “Alice?” Rein said meekly. “What’s up, Rein?” She asked, seriously for once. She could tell by the tone of his voice that it was a serious question. “Why don’t you go and be a Pokemon trainer? Mom and dad can’t stop you if you really wanted to go.” He asked quietly, Alice took a bite of her pizza before she answered. “Well, I couldn’t just leave you here, could I?” Alice smiled, but Rein looked at her through sad eyes. “You mean, I’m stopping you from going?” “Don’t you dare think that you’re a burden, Rein.” She said, even more seriously now, “I love you, you’re my little brother, I would never leave you alone.” “Then why don’t I become a trainer too? Then we can go together.” Rein said as if he wanted nothing else in the entire world. “Well, you do turn ten in a few weeks, don‘t you? But do you really think mom and dad will let us register?” She whispered conspiratorially. “They don’t have to know. They’re never around anyways.” He whispered back. Alice was stunned, she had never thought about just going and becoming a trainer. It was a fantasy to her, she wasn’t even permitted to have a Pokemon of her own, but who were her parents to tell her what she can and can’t do? Only real parents had that right, and those people who lived at their house were not real parents. She had raised herself, and Rein, she should be able to decide for herself. “Alice?” Rein was slightly perturbed by his sister’s sudden silence. “Well, we can’t do anything until you’re officially ten, so we’ll figure it out then. In the mean time, don’t worry about it, and eat your pizza.” She teased as she took another big bite out of her pizza before she resumed gazing out at the world before her. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It was late afternoon before Rein and Alice decided to head back home, they spent the time after eating just browsing about in the department store, looking at all of the trainer items. Alice smiled when she saw Rein holding a Pokeball. Her mind was buzzing with the possibility of her and Rein escaping from their home, if it could even be called such, and traveling together as trainers. She held the Pokeball with her parents’ Hitmonlee, she clutched it as they exited the department store. She sighed a contented sigh as she allowed herself to escape to the world of her dreams, her dream to be a trainer, and even to be the league champion someday. It was the drive that kept her going when she felt like giving up. As she went to put the Pokemon back on her belt, she heard a shout that shook her from her thoughts. “Hey, you!” It was a child’s voice, probably not much older than Rein. The voice belonged to a young boy who was sprinting over to Alice and Rein, he had black cargo shorts and a dark blue shirt under a grey hoodie sweatshirt. His short brown hair was sticking out from underneath a black cap that had been turned backwards. “You’re a trainer, right?” He asked as he tried to catch his breath, “I wanna battle!” He pulled a PokeBall from his belt and waited for her response. “I’m sorry, I’m not…” Alice was cut off by Rein tugging on her coat, she held up a finger in a ‘wait a minute’ gesture and bent down to converse with her brother. “Yes, Reiny?” “Alee, you can take this guy. C’mon, it’ll be easy.” Rein whispered into his sister’s ear. “All right, little brother,” She sighed happily, she stood up and spun the Hitmonlee’s PokeBall in her hand, “I guess I’ll take you on, kid.” The boy was so excited he didn’t even wait to establish the rules of the battle, he just threw out his PokeMon without hesitation. “Go, Onix!” He shouted as the PokeBall burst open, a red light spilled out onto the ground and took the shape of the huge rock serpent. The boy’s smug expression made Alice laugh quietly to herself. “Let’s see what you’ve got Hitmonlee!” She called as she tossed out her own PokeMon, the red light taking the shape of her PokeMon before the ball returned to her hand. “You’re move.” She said crossing her arms. The boy analyzed the situation quietly, after a few seconds he shouted, “Onix, Rock Throw!” The Onix smashed its tail against the ground, causing it to break up into small chunks of rock and earth. Using its tail once more, it picked up a few of the rocks and hurled them at the Hitmonlee. Luckily, Alice was quick on her feet, “Jump Kick!” She called to the Hitmonlee, it leapt up and attacked the group of rocks directly in front of it with a series of fast kicks, breaking apart the rocks and opening the Onix up for an attack. However, the Onix had disappeared while Alice and her Hitmonlee focused on the Rock Throw, the rumbling beneath their feet told them that the rock snake had began to burrow. “Now! Use Rock Tomb!” The boy called, almost immediately after he had done so, the ground beneath Hitmonlee began to break apart, enveloping it within the rocks, Alice knew what was coming next. “Meditate!” She called as the rocks began to tighten around the Hitmonlee, which closed its eyes and began to focus all of its power, at the last second, before the Rock Tomb could do any damage, she called out, “Now, use Mega Kick!” Hitmonlee’s eyes opened immediately, and all of its focused energy went into a kick that shattered the tomb around it. Unfortunately the Onix was waiting. “Before it has time to counter, hit it with an Iron Tail.” The boy called as Hitmonlee regained it’s balance from it’s previous attack. There was no time for it to dodge, the Onix was upon it, swinging down its tail as it took on a metallic shine. “Endure, Hitmonlee!” The Hitmonlee braced itself as Alice called out the only order she knew had any chance at all of succeeding. The impact was hard, and Hitmonlee was sent reeling back from the impact, but it managed to pick itself up off of the ground. It didn’t look like it could take another hit of any kind. “Hit it with another Iron Tail!” The boy called, and the Onix obeyed. It began rushing at Hitmonlee again, its tail swinging down once more. Rein covered his eyes, he couldn’t bare to see the Hitmonlee hit by such an attack a second time. “Reversal!” Alice called, Rein immediately opened his eyes to see what was going to happen. Hitmonlee sidestepped the incoming attack and jumped up into the air, the Onix still under the momentum of its attack was met by a kick that utilized its momentum against it. The force knocked back the Onix, the resounding thud from it making contact with the ground shook the trainers. Onix was unable to return to the fight, and it couldn’t have been too soon. Hitmonlee took a knee and Alice and Rein ran over to the injured Pokemon. “You did great, Hitmonlee.” Alice said as she hugged it, “Let’s get you over to the Pokemon Center, you deserve the rest.” She smiled as she returned the Pokemon to its PokeBall. “Wow, Alice, that was amazing!” Rein said, astonished. He began chattering to her, recounting the fight as if she hadn’t been involved in it. She just laughed at the exaggeration that Rein used as he spoke. The boy huffed and returned the Onix to the PokeBall, then he made his way over to Rein and Alice. “Nice battle,” He mumbled, “Next time, I’ll beat you.” He said as he handed over a little money and walked away. “Well, with this,” Alice said holding up the money to Rein, “I think that we can go buy some ice cream. As soon as we drop Hitmonlee off at the Center.” She smiled as Rein’s face lit up. “You’re the best, Alee!” He laughed as she made a face at the name, and they began to walk toward the PokeCenter. As they walked, they heard someone calling after them, it was a girl dressed in a elegantly designed kimono, and she had short, black hair. “Hello,” She said casually as she walked up to Alice, “I watched the battle that you just participated in, I think that you have potential. Allow me to introduce myself, I am Erika, the Celadon Gym Leader, and I’d like to offer you a challenge at the gym.” Alice couldn’t believe it, but then her happiness faded away almost as quickly as it appeared, “I’m sorry, but I’m not an official trainer.” Alice said with a frown. “Really? You certainly battle like one.” Erika said bluntly, “If you ever do register for the league, you can come to my gym. I’ll gladly offer you a battle.” Erika turned and walked away, Alice smirked before she spun on her heels and resumed walking. “Alice, why don’t you just go register? I can wait for my birthday, and you can start collecting badges. It’s what you want, isn’t it?” Rein asked after a short pause. “What I want,” Alice started while still looking ahead, then she turned to look at Rein, “Is for us to be together, that’s what’s most important. I told you that already, squirt.” She smiled warmly at him, it was a smile that Rein couldn’t help but smile in response to. “I’ll race ya to the Pokemon Center.” Alice laughed as she took off running. “Hey, no fair!” Rein called as he ran to catch up to her, laughing the whole time.