Chapter 2: Confrontation
"It just comes natural to my lovely Macherie and me." I explained to the interviewer and the television cameras. We had just taken first place in a Cuteness category contest and was feeling quite proud of myself.
"You've taught her well." The interviewer complimented, "That was an amazing performance Chaz."
"Thank you very much, now if you'll excuse us we need some time to ourselves to unwind and relax."
We retreated to the calm of the dressing room, where coordinators go to prepare themselves before going on stage.
"Excuse me miss." I got the attention of a nearby attendant, "Would you please turn on the television for me?"
"Yes Chaz." She got the remote from her pocket and powered on the TV, which was always on the contest channel. Immediately I heard the interviewer I was just speaking with.
"So there you have it folks! Pokémon coordinator Chaz looks to have a very promising future in the world of spectaculars!"
I chuckled with a grin, "Oh yes I do." I muttered, "Lisia, I hope you're watching."
"In other news, I've been receiving a ton of reports about a rookie Pokémon coordinator whose been climbing the ranks at a fast rate! The coordinator being a Pokémon Trainer from Littleroot Town, May!"
I stopped combing my hair hearing that name and it hit the counter. I turned to face the TV, and there she was.
"It's that little upstart!" I growled.
"We've asked several viewers on their opinion of May, here are the responses!"
The report flickered to several people giving a short opinion,
"She's awesome!" A young girl enthused.
"May is so cool!" said a boy.
"She's sooo cute! Almost as cute as Lisia!"
"I've got high hopes for her."
"I like the costume her Pikachu wears! Because it matches hers!"
"I saw her and Lisia hanging out once! They looked like they were training together and having so much fun doing so! I wanna see those two in a contest together someday!"
The camera went back to the reporter, "It looks like everyone's got glowing views on this rising star! Not to mention hopes to see her with Coordinator Lisia! I myself hope to hear more from her and her path of rising glory!"
Macherie looked at me timidly. I didn't realize how tight my fists were clenched until my comb snapped in half in my hand.
I was seeing red, "That little brat!"
I was watching the Contest reports from a Pokémon center in Mauville City when I saw myself and Pikachu on the TV. I felt so excited that people were starting to notice us, "Looks like we're better off than we thought huh Pikachu?"
"Pika!" She waved her hands excitingly.
I picked her up and hugged her, "You're amazing Pikachu! I'm so glad I got to meet you!"
"Hey May!" Someone called from the door.
"Oh Brendan! What's up?"
He approached me, "So I just heard about you and the Contest Spectaculars. Way to go!"
"Tee hee… thanks!" My cheeks felt warm.
"It's cool! I don't know much about contests, but know that I'm rooting for you!"
"Thanks Brendan, Pikachu and I will surely do our best! Won't we, Pikachu?"
"Pikachu!" She pumped her little paw.
"Now I've found you!" Someone yelled from the door. I turned around and couldn't believe who I saw.
"Oh geez, it's that arrogant guy from the other day! What's he doing here?"
He quickly come up to us and said to Brendan, "Pardon me, I need to speak with your friend here." He glared at me, "If you don't mind…" He spoke in a low tone as he started pushing me away. I managed to give Brendan a glance before we disappeared out the door.
We stopped in an alley around the corner. I turned around to face him, he was towering over me in terms of height.
"What is this all about?" I calmly asked.
"Here's the thing missy, you've seen enough of Lisia. Now it's time you've stepped down from Contest Spectaculars!"
"Why would I do that?"
"If you don't, I'll take you down myself! And trust me you don't want that! So what's it gonna be? Either step down now and save yourself from the humiliation, or I'll take care of you!"
I couldn't believe what this guy was saying!
"You can't tell me what to do!" I retorted and tried to walk by him, but he blocked my path.
"Then it's on…" He snarled.
Brendan's voice startled us both. He came rushing and stood directly in front of me, "You have no right to tell her what to do! If she wants to keep doing contests then that's her choice!"
Chaz scoffed, "Mind your own business boy, this has nothing to do with you."
"Of course it does! She's my friend!"
The big-headed blonde eyed Brendan before snickering softly, "Well May, you sure don't have good taste in choosing a boyfriend, then again it's not like you're anything special."
"Boyfriend!?" I said, "What are you talking about now…?"
Three boys came from the opposite direction, "Hey look, that's Pokémon Trainer May!"
Their sudden presence cooled the tension, they walked up to me.
"We would like to battle you, we saw you on Gabby's show!"
"O-okay… sure!" I was still shaken at the confrontation Chaz caused. Speaking of him, I saw him leaving after I answered the boys.
"Yeah! Thank you so much!" They enthused.
"How about you guys wait for me at the food court, I'll catch up to you and we'll battle there."
"Okay!" and they ran off.
I waved as they left and faced Brendan.
"Are you okay?" He asked.
I sighed, "I'm fine."
"Who was that guy anyway?"
"That's Chaz, he's a Pokémon Coordinator."
"What's he got against you anyway?"
"You see…" I explained, "I started doing contests because Lisia had scouted me. But I've been doing so well, apparently much better than anyone else she scouted. She's been spending a lot of time with me lately, and Chaz is jealous because he wanted to be her one and only rival…"
Brendan rolled his eyes, "Wow, how childish. He still has no right to hound you like that."
"No he doesn't!" I agreed, flipping my hair.
"Listen, don't pay attention to what he says. But I'd watch out, something tells me he's up to something."
"I'll be careful Brendan, don't worry." I smiled.
He returned a comforting look, "Okay."
"I better go find those boys at the food court. I'll see you later!" I took off running.
"See ya!" He called to me.
Brendan… he's always been there for me. As a rival and as a friend. I knew that he was right, and so was Lisia.
I'll always do my best and no one will bring me down!