-A brief trip to the Pokemon Centre later, and my Pokemon have been restored to full health.-
Well done guys, you all did great in that battle! If we keep this up, we'll win the conference for sure.
<That wasn't an easy fight though. I mean, his Rapidash set my Cotton Guard on fire! That's never happened before!>
<Whoa! That really happened?!>
<Uh-huh! I had to roll around on the floor to put myself out! Otherwise I would have been roasted! And worst of all, it nearly ruined my scarf!>
-Woolly runs her hand along her scarf, which is thankfully undamaged.-
<I'm glad it didn't get burnt though!>
Yeah. It would have been a shame to have it ruing just after I got it for you. That reminds me! I need to get something for you Stratus!
-Stratus is looking very miserable all of a sudden.-
-The Dragonite looks at me.-
<So? we all lose every now and then. It's nothing to beat yourself up about.>
-Stratus shakes his head.-
<No, you don't understand. The whole point of me joining you guys was 'cause I wanted to enter this tournament and prove that I'm not useless. But...I lost my first battle...How am I supposed to show everyone I'm not useless if I lost in the first battle?>
<Hey, come on...>
-Lake places an arm on Stratus shoulder.-
<We've only been in one battle so far. They'll be others, and I'm sure you'll win in at least one of them.>
Yeah, we've only just started. You've got plenty of time to prove yourself. But I have to ask...Who's been saying that you're useless?
-Stratus gives me a sad look.-
<...Everyone? Would you care to be a bit more specific?>
<Well, when I mean everyone, I mean my friends, my family. Everyone important...>
...Oh, you poor thing.
<(Sniff) That's so sad!>
<Wow. That's rough buddy!>
<That is most unfortunate.>
<Aww, Stratus. I'm so sorry to hear that.>
Okay, listen Stratus. Let's go and find everyone else, then you can tell us all about this.