“Hunny, do you have any more zinc drops?”
The Lopunny addressed emitted that curious combination of sigh and laugh that one reserves for the quirks of one’s spouse. “Don’t you think you’ve stocked up enough? They could stock a pharmacy with all the vitamins you’ve taken!”
The male stuck to his guns. “It’s the air in this cabin. Pressurized, dry, recycled. If you don’t keep your immune system in tip-top shape, you’ll catch something nasty.” It was perhaps only natural to expect a well-built pokemon like himself to be a bit of a health nut, even more so when one considers his medical training. Hunny did consider this, and handed the other lopunny the drops requested. “Thanks. Make sure that little Two-Tone took his, too. I definitely don’t want him to get sick right before we land in Alola.”
“Oh, don’t worry Courtney, he’s taken everything he needs. Right, son?” She smiled down at the little Buneary, who was staring out the window as the plane soared over the earth below.
“Yes, Momma. Auntie Orchid made sure of it.” He sounded… less than enthusiastic. Hunny sighed; she had been so hoping that her boy would be excited by this trip by their Master to Alola, he was bringing the whole family on tour! And, of course, looking to add another region’s league title to his list. Given that his family consisted of the very pokemon who had helped him gather that list in the first place, most commentators were predicting a clean sweep for Richard Willard.
Not that Two-tone himself was likely to compete, of course. It was pretty likely that someone else might get subbed out, too, if Richard found another local to adopt into the family. It was the custom that the locals got their chance to win at their home region, and the rest of the team would be structured around to cover their weaknesses and bolster their strengths. Except for Tenka, that Charizard had been with Richard from the beginning, and was in fact with him now, several rows up.
Mentally cursing the 14-hour flight-time, Hunny sighed and leaned the chair back as far as it would go. Turns out, that was about 2 inches. She sighed again. Like most pokemon on the competitive circuit, she lived an active lifestyle, and thus sitting still for so long was anathema to her. It didn’t help that the seats were so cramped, but Richard hardly had enough to fly everyone over first class, and he wasn’t about to play favorites among his family. Which meant that everyone had to suffer equally.
It only took Two-Tone an hour to get bored and fall asleep. Hunny and Courtney were not long in following him. Red-eye flights may get a bad name, but there was something to be said for actually being awake, bright-eyed and bushy tailed upon arrival. Of course, said arrival would be at 3-o’clock in the morning, but that was time zones for you….
*Ding!* “This is your captain speaking, and on behalf of the Alolan region, Aloha e komo mai! We’ll be touching down soon on the beautiful island…*
Hunny blinked, suddenly sitting up. She still couldn’t see, which panicked her at first until she reached up to feel the sleeping mask on her face. She tore it off, giving a most unamused glance at Courtney, who was smiling at her. “Stewardess woke me up to offer them.” The irony of that statement was acknowledged with a derisive snort. “I didn’t want her to come and do the same to you.”
“Hm. Well, it did help me sleep, so thank you.” She looked over to her son, stirring him gently. “Two-tone, wake up. We’re almost there!”
“Hm, wha…?” The little buneary rubbed his eyes, looking up at his mother, and then out the window. In the night scene could be seen the island, lit up by the lights from the city on the shore. Immediately, Two-tone’s eyes grew wide. “Momma, they’ve got buildings! They’ve got a city!” He was wide-awake now, and chattering excitedly, somewhat to the amusement of the passengers within earshot.
“Yes, yes they do.” Hunny was happy to see her child back to his energetic self, but was slightly puzzled by his reaction. She would hardly have thought that mere buildings were the most exciting thing about this new region.
“I thought we were all gonna have to live in grass huts!”
Now comprehension began to dawn. Hunny could hear Courtney behind her start to laugh. “Why would you think that?”
“Auntie Orchid said-”
“I said,” Interjected the lucario one row up, turning back to face the buneary, “That I would love to go to Alola even if I had to live in a grass hut! That doesn’t mean we’ll have to; Richard can afford nicer places.” Hunny’s large ears were keen enough to pick up Orchid’s grumbled, “Cheap flights notwithstanding…”
Now, pretty much everyone was laughing, a welcome distraction from the business of landing a large plane at a small airport. Islands were stingy with their real estate. Soon, the business was done, leaving the passengers to gather their things and disembark on their new adventure! *We’re off to a great start, at least!* Hunny smiled to herself, giving a quick hug to her son before leading him off the plane to join the others.