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Forever Special Ch.5_____________________________________________________________________________________________
Chapter 4 - CRYSTAL
(Nimbasa Airlines, Nimbasa City, Unova Region)
"Emerald! Where are you?" the pig-tailed woman yelled into her Pokégear. "The plane's going to leave in fifteen minutes!"
Todd leaned over her shoulder to speak as well. "Dude, if you didn't get the Focus Sash, its cool!" he assured. "Just get him something else!"
"It's not that." he answered back.
"Then what?" said the woman, rubbing the temples on her forehead. "And it better be good."
"Y'know...I gotta investigate the letters, and stuff."
"That's not good enough!" she retorted. "You can't just take over Silver and Black's job like this! Your job was just to find out what material they came from. "
"Well, I haven't figured it out yet, Crystal. So it only makes sense that I stay,
The Coffee GodThe Coffee God behind the counter shuffles foot to foot, a dance of steam and espresso. Black painted fingernails, inch gauged ears and a gray striped sweatshirt, hood crooked on his back. There's a cigarette tucked behind one ear; it bobs and twitches with each step.
“Non-fat caramel latte,” he calls, just as he always does, part of a spell, part of a mantra, toneless (just a tuck at the end). I reach. He looks up.
The espresso maker hisses.
There's something like a grin, something like a spark, something like a shared secret linked eye to eye. When he passes over the drink (rough cardboard sleeve hot to the touch), he lingers. Our fingers brush, a shiver, a jolt, a ten-watt shock.
The Coffee God tilts his chin, shouts, “Hey, mind if I take my break now?”
and ducks around the counter without waiting for a reply.
He slips his cigarette between his lips without taking his eyes from mine. I follow him out the door.
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