Epilogue Version 2
It had only been a week since the festival had ended. I had gone back to working at the laboratory, Ari would visit me every day and play with the Pokémon, and Lily and Agustin would come over on occasions to visit.
Both Lily and Agustin helped in the research by having them interact with other Pokémon as well as examining the two physically and mentally as to see how each Pokémon would solve a problem.
The other Pokémon that we had in the lab were being tested for the same reasons as well as seeing if any of them would evolve and if they did evolve, they would be tested again using the same measures as before to see if anything had changed. If there were changes, then it would help us further out research.
By the time lunch came around, the staff had given all the Pokemon their food and I had left Lily and Agustin at the laboratory so that Ari and I could go out get lunch over in Jubilife City.
“Thanks for treating me to lunch again, Tristain,” she said.
“Anytime,” I said.
We had gotten the usual and explained to her what we do in the lab and how the tests we perform on them to see if anything would change after evolution.
“Is that why you perform so many tests on?” she asked.
“Yep,” I replied taking another bite of my burger.
“What about Lily and Agustin? Why haven’t you studied them?” she asked.
“I didn’t have the necessary tools to do so,” I replied.
“Is that why you left them at the lab?” she asked.
“Yeah, I wanted to see how they reacted to the other researchers as well as the Pokémon that were there,” I replied.
“How long do you think it would take them to finally solve the mystery of evolution?” she asked.
“No clue,” I replied. “We’ve been trying to solve that mystery for a couple of decades. We have a couple of theories that we have been looking into for some years now.”
“Have you gotten anywhere with them?” she asked.
“It’s hard to tell,” I replied.
“It’s that difficult to solve?” she asked.
“Yep,” I replied taking another sip of my drink. “I have my own theory that it has something to do with the bond of friendship.”
“Why do you think friendship?” she asked.
“I have this feeling that is has something to do with how Pokémon interact with one another,” I replied.
“Really?” she asked somewhat surprised.
“Yeah,” I replied. “I have always wondered what would happen if we were to isolate a single Pokémon and see if that Pokémon were to evolve.”
“Do you think it would work?” she asked.
“No idea,” I replied. “I haven’t brought it up with Professor Rowan yet.”
“Are you going to?” she asked.
“At some point yes,” I replied taking finishing my burger. “We should finish up and back to the lab.”
“Ok,” she said.
Once she was finished, I went to the counter and paid the tab and left.
We didn’t get far from the restaurant when we heard somebody coming from behind us.
“Ari!” the person had called out as he got closer to us.
He had stopped some distance away from us before putting his hands panting.
I could tell he had run a long way to get here.
“Charles,” she said in surprise.
“You know him?” I asked.
“Yeah,” she replied. “I met him at the festival last week.”
“Ari, I need to ask you something,” he said standing up.
“What is it?” she asked him.
“I just…I just wanted to know if you if you like to travel with me?” he said.
“Travel? Where to?” she asked.
“Another region far beyond this region,” he said.
“You mean there are more regions beyond this region?” she asked in surprise.
“There are several regions beyond this region,” I replied. “Didn’t you say something about traveling?”
“Oh, right,” he replied.
“Would you like to travel with me Ari?” he asked.
She looked over at me.
“It’s your call,” I said to her.
She took a moment to think it over before making her decision.
“I want to go with Charles,” she finally said.
“You sure?” I asked looking over at her.
“Of course,” she said. “I want to be able to see other regions.”
“Well,” I started. “I hope you have fun traveling. It was nice knowing you.”
“Thanks,” she said.
She had gone over to Charles.
I watched them leave before turning to Lily.
“Come on Lily,” I said. “We have work to finish.”
We turned and left back towards to the lab.
We didn’t talk much walking through the route. I couldn’t help but feel that I wouldn’t talk to her much during her travels. It felt weird that she wouldn’t be around to be able to keep me company.
Once back at the lab, I did my best to keep myself occupied with my work. Every now and then the thought would slip back and I forced back the thought.
By the time I finished, I grabbed Agustin and Lily followed close behind.
We traveled to Twin Leaf Town; the kids weren’t out as usual playing soccer. I assumed that they had gone in early.
Entering my house, my mother had finished making dinner and had asked me about my day. I didn’t tell them about Ari leaving.
By the time we finished dinner, my father cleaned the table and I took Agustin to the bathroom to clean him up.
He didn’t make his usual complaints this time and I helped him into the bath without any hassle.
Once he was finished, I got him out, dried him off, and had him get ready for bed. I then jumped into the shower.
After sometime, I got out and dried off and changed into my pajamas.
Walking into my room, I grabbed my phone to call up Professor Rowan. All I told him was that I wanted to take the next couple of days off. Reluctantly, he allowed me to take the time off.
Not long after I made the phone call I went to bed.
The next morning, I had gotten up early to finish the transaction to buy the ranch that I planned to move to.
Once the transaction was finished, I began to pack up my belongings so that I could start transporting my belongings to the ranch. It wouldn’t take me long to get since it was just south-west of Twin Leaf Town.
For the next couple of days, with the help of my Pokémon, I was able to move my belongings to the ranch as well as picking up some used and new furniture to fill the remaining space in the house.
By the time my vacation was over, I had my belongings moved in and had gotten my Pokémon settled in. I continued to work at the laboratory for the next six months to be able to have enough money to kick start an adoption center.
Within the six months I continued to work at the lab, I heard nothing from Ari. I had taken sometime every day, alongside my Staraptor, to look around the region to be able to find her. Without any luck, we never found her.
It had been weeks since I stopped looking for her. I assumed she was busy traveling or she had forgotten about calling me.
Landing a ways away from my house, I hoped of Staraptor.
“Thanks Star,” I said.
“Raptor,” she replied.
I returned her to her Poke ball and headed to my front porch. That’s when I noticed a note on the porch.
I’m sorry for not calling you for the last seven months, Charles really didn’t give me the time to call or message you. All he wants to do is travel and thinks of nothing else. I write this to you late at night to be able to get something out to you. He doesn’t know that I am doing this. If you are wondering where we are, we are currently in the Johto Region and had already gone through the Kanto Region. He plans to explore every region then retire from traveling. I’ll send you another note when I can. As for how I sent it, I sent it using a Honchkrow. He doesn’t know that I own one. As long as he doesn’t know, I should be fine. I hope to hear from you soon.
Your old friend,
P.S. my Honchkrow should be perched in your backyard sleeping by the time he gets this. I told him to wait for you to reply back.
I hurriedly went inside and wrote a letter back to Ari telling her that I was fine and I would wait for another letter from her soon. I even told her that if anything goes wrong to send me a note as soon as possible on which region she was at, the city she was close to and the route she was on.
I find her Honchkrow outback right where she said he would be. Knowing that he would be asleep, I gently placed a hand on his wing to wake him.
I told him once he was fully rested, I would send him back to Ari with the note.
He nodded and went back to sleep.
For the next day or two, I let him recover the weight he had lost traveling here.
By the time it was night time on the third day, I tied the note to his leg, gave him some food for his travel and he took off.
I went back inside to check up on my Pokémon.
Over the next week or two, Ari had told me that Charles had caught on and would let her send you messages at each Poke Center they stopped as well as each time they departure from the region. I was glad that he had finally understood that Ari was worried about me and eased up a bit.
As for me, the adoption center that I started began to pick up. Business was steady but it did have to go through my home town to get to the center, some would even fly to it just to save time and energy to get to it. I did have the help of my Pokémon to help me in the process of running the center.
Agustin finally evolved into a Lucario but was still too young to have a mate. Lily found a mate, a male Sceptile by the name of Matt, who seemed to have wandered onto the land injured from battle and never really could trust me. I assumed he had trouble trusting humans and just left him be. As for me, I became closes friends with a girl named Aurora and eventually married her, but it was years after I had met her when I made the decision to marry her.
The business wasn’t extremely popular, but it was popular enough to keep me in business. Things had finally seemed to get better as time went on.
From what I had from Ari, she was in the Unova region and had gotten married to Charles as well as having three children of her own. Charles had retired from traveling after spending years with Ari and getting to know her. I eventually told her that I got married myself and informing her that Agustin had evolved, alongside that, I even told her that Lily had finally gotten a mate and settled down with him, I even told her that he wasn’t fond of me.
Once night fell, I fed everyone and made sure the business was locked up for the night.
After everyone settled down for the night, I took a shower and got ready for the night.
‘Things are starting to look for the best. If only Matt would be able to ease up on his case about me,’ I thought as I drifted off to sleep.