...is off travelling, and he says he's going to challenge the gyms. Do keep an eye on him for me."
"Will do, professor," she smiled, turning off and leaving the lab.
"Dawn!" called a voice as Dawn closed the door to her own home. She turned to see Markus' mother running toward her. "Did Markus already leave?" she asked.
"Damn. This package just came for him. Do you think you could get it to him?"
"Thanks, Dawn. You're great," she said, handing her a package that she put into her backpack.
The two walked away in opposite directions; one back to her house and the other up the path to the edge of town.
Dawn found that, very quickly, the walk was lonely; she just wasn't used to Markus not being there to nag and talk incessantly. Maybe Piplup would give me some company, she thought, taking his pokeball off her belt and opened it, letting Piplup out.
The small penguin pokemon looked around and, as all he had on his mind the entire time he was in that ball was her goods, jumped onto his trainer.
Dawn got thrown off her guard, falling back onto the ground. "Piplup!" she shouted at him.
The penguin pokemon hung his head.
"Oh, I can't be mad at you," she said. "And, I did promise you...Okay, go ahead."