The roar of the crowd echoed across the stadium, like a thunderstorm within a closed space. It was defening and energetic, impossible not to feel a rush of adrenaline from. Rein felt the energy, and it pumped him up, sure enough, but he could never get used to being the center of attention. He'd gotten plenty of practice traveling with his young ward, Flyn Logan, the human disaster. Anywhere Flyn went trouble followed, usually Rein was left to clean up the mess. Still, being in front of the audience, here at the Unova Pokemon League Tournament, it was a lot to take in. Flyn was currently sitting in the audience, rooting for Rein with every ounce of his energy, which was quite a lot. He had been eliminated early on after a few successful battles, but he needed more discipline, something that Rein repeatedly told him. Rein, on the other hand, had done quite well, and he was currently sitting in the competitor's lounge on the east side of the stadium, having given his Pokemon to the nurse behind the counter after his last battle. He was staring up at the big, flatscreen television that portrayed the current battle, the last battle before the semi-finals began. He was only half paying attention to the match, however, as he turned his attention to another screen that displayed the current standings and the next match. His next opponent's name caught his eye: Sem Aquais. The twenty-two year old couldn't help but laugh quietly to himself. What were the odds of being paired against his friend? He'd seen the name before of course, he'd even watched a few of Sem's matches. But they hadn't run into each other yet, and with the massive crowds wherever you stepped in the stadium, they weren't likely to run into each other on accident. Now Rein wouldn't even have to go looking for him. "Attention competitors!" A voice happily started on the loudspeaker system, "the semi-finals are about to begin. Would Rein Vanguarde and Sem Aquais please report to the arena!" Rein was up before the message was even completed, the three chimes at the end signalling that it was the end of the announcement. He collected his Pokemon from the nurse and stepped into his lift. He closed his eyes as the doors opened, the lights would be blinding otherwise, and his ears rang at the roar of the crowd. He stepped up to his position at the line, Sem taking his position up at his. "Long time, no see, Sem." Rein said with a friendly smile, "we've gone a long way since the battle on the cruise ship all those years ago." He grabbed a PokeBall off of his belt. "We really must catch up after this is all done, Sem." "Okay Trainers, this will be a full six versus six battle! Rein Vanguarde versus Sem Aquais, begin!" The announcer said with a cheery tone. "Here's someone you may remember. Go Napalm!" He tossed the PokeBall up into the air and the red light took the form of a Charizard. "He's grown quite a bit since you last saw him," Rein smiled again. "Looks like Rein has decided to start with a Charizard! Let's see what Sem sends out to counter!"