Mandarin Town, Park Area
-I've finished bathing Ichtacya and Algira and give my mons food so that they can eat something and relax before we discuss the serious issue. I decide to randonmly check my Pokégear, noticing a message from Tangent-
— Hey, guys? Look... we are invited to a party.
-This immediately catches Dintel and Shahinne's attention-
— <Really? I can has party~> — swings around happily.
— <Can we meet the others there? I want to see Dad. And Aunt Salamence...>
— I guess we can... but we need to talk some things first. I don't want you — glares at Algira and Ichtacya — to go and misbehave this badly in the party. This is supposed to be a breather arc.
— <Uh... I guess... we could...
— <Can't we go without them?>
-My mons share uneasy looks, but I cross my arms-
— No. We are all going, or nomon is going. It would be unfair to the others...
— <I... I don't want to ruin this for Shahinne...
— <Neither would I...
-My mons keep eating in silence, while I check the tracer on Maekrite. it says he's engaged in battle; worried, I decide to give it a couple of minutes before picking my team and going to fetch him.-
— Look, it's no one's fault that we lost a challenge. Besides, it was just one.
— <But I didn't want to lose...
— I know, Dintel. No one wants to lose. — picks him up to pet him — But you are all a new team. It's been two years ever since I began roaming again, and this is the first time I take a Gym Challenge. It's going to take us some time.
-Dintel and Copahue nod. Ichtacya tilts her head and looks a bit worried, but says nothing-
— <...What do we do?>
-I check my Pokégear and the tracker again-
— You guys think about costumes for the party... next up, Ichtacya, Copahue, I want you to come with me as soon as you are ready from your lunchtime.