I know I originally said I'd go through E4 Round Two, but I think I'm going to stop after Ghestis after all.
On that note, time for another update!
Chapter 2: Ghosts of the Past?
As Hawkeye came down the stairs, Bianca and Cheren were apologizing to his mom.
"We're very sorry about the trouble, ma'am," Cheren said humbly. He new, too, how angry Hawkeye's mom could be.
"Well, um...we can clean up..." started Bianca, visibly bracing herself for the verbal onslaught that was sure to follow.
But to everyone's surprise, Hawkeye's mom just chuckled and said, "No worries. I'll take care of it. Hawkeye's made bigger messes, you know."
"Than you very much!" Cheren was obviously relieved. "Now, let's go over to the Lab. Professor Juniper is probably waiting on us."
"Sounds good!" agreed Bianca. "You coming, Hawkeye?"
"I'll be there in a sec," he replied. He wanted to tell his mom exactly what was going on.
Surprisingly enough, she already knew most of it. "Professor Juniper must really trust you three, to give you such a big responsibility as filling the Pokedex." She smiled, apparently confident in her son's abilities, although Hawkeye could see the worry in her eyes. He currently dismissed this as motherly instinct, but had he known what lay ahead, he might have been more sympathetic.
"Pokemon are such wonderful creatures, aren't they? Why, I could hear their cries all the way down here when you three were battling earlier. It reminded me of when I was a Trainer..." She trailed off, her eyes misting up. She didn't want to talk about it; just thinking about it visibly anguished her.
Hawkeye, however, had other plans. "You were a Trainer?" he asked, his interest piqued. She had never told him anything about when she had gone on her journey; indeed, he never knew she ever had Pokemon.
"Yes, but I'll tell you about that another time," she said, still a bit teary-eyed. "You should go over to the Lab. Cheren and Bianca are going to wonder what's happened to you."
Taking the hint, Hawkeye left. It was a beautiful autumn day, and the Pidove were migrating overhead. He moved to the north of town, where Bianca and Cheren waited in front of the Lab. This was the moment he'd waited for his entire life.
Still more flavor...this one's kind of short, so next time I'll try to lengthen it a bit.
??? the Brave Tepig (male)
Having just met Tepig, Hawkeye doesn't know too much about him quite yet, except that he is a bit of a wiseguy. Time will tell how the two get along...