A/N: Hey guys! So I've had the sudden urge to re-immerse myself in all things Pokemon, and I've gotten in-touch with my inner-writer once again. (Much to my HW's dismay)
So this story is a crossover between Ruby & Sapphire's arc to Pearl/Diamond/Platinum's. I just love how their personalities stand out from each other, and to put them all in one situation is such a fun experiment. I do hope you'll like this little story.
"Did you hear? Lady Berlitz is coming to Littleroot!" A certain crimson-eyed boy exclaimed loudly, cupping one hand on his right cheek dreamily, while the other tightened the grip on the fashion magazine he was reading. They were both in the newly-improved secret base, complete with a mini-fridge, fur carpet, bean bags, plushies and a kotatsu.
All Sapphire could do in response was scratch her caramel-colored head. "Lady Barlips? Is that some kind of traveling circus or something?" She leaped up in a split second and pounced on the poor boy. "I WANNA GO I WANNA GO I WANNA GO"
"G-get OFF! Filthy barbarian!" Ruby shot back loudly in response, flailing his arms around like a girl who just spilled juice on herself. After giving the boy a bit of space, Sapphire still managed to maintain that innocent look that suddenly sprang up from the thought of a circus, and sat beside him, eager to learn more.
Ruby simply sighed, fixed the folds the girl created on his meticulously hand-sewn shirt and then cleared his throat. "Platina Berlitz? Only heiress to the Berlitz Family, the WEALTHIEST family in Sinnoh! Not only is she incredibly rich, she is also an icon when it comes to the latest trends in Pokemon fashion! I mean, have you SEEN what her Empoleon has on? Seriously!"
Ruby had both his hands on his chin and wandered off into a frenzy of little day dreams about what he could do with a status like hers'. Sapphire took advantage of his state of mind by grabbing the magazine off his hands and reading the article for herself.
After a few minutes of skimming, she nudged the boy roughly with her shoulder. "Ey, ey… Ruby! It says here she battles, and had won all 8 gym badges!" Sapphire then, had a wide smug on her face, realizing this Lady Berlitz saw the beauty in Pokemon battles as well!
"Some fashion icon! She seems to like battling a WHOLE LOT more compared to all the sissy stuff YOU like to do" She assumed triumphantly, crossing her arms and nodding in approval of herself.
The boy's crimson-eyes sharpened as he grabbed his magazine back and tucked it away under his arm, obviously discontented with the truth of her statement.
"YES, very well. She DOES battle. But, I suppose being a fashion icon along with being a very prominent Pokemon Trainer makes her even more of a spectacle; so that only makes her way more awesome now" Ruby shot her a beat-that-if-you-can look, then stood up to grab a soda from the refrigerator.
Sapphire raised her chin in an attempt to show she was unfazed, and turned away, slightly feeling bad about the comparisons he made with her.
"Well if you love her so much, why dontcha' marry her?" She managed to say, grumbling to herself afterwards.
Ruby simply chuckled at the thought of her showing a tinge of jealousy with all that he's been saying, and sat beside her, sipping his soda. "I might just do that…" He then took a big gulp from his soda with closed eyes, but managed to keep one open to observe her reaction.
Sapphire was at a loss for words as she held the tablecloth of the kotatsu with irritation at his statement, her jaw hanging from her mouth as she tried to think of a comeback.
"Just kidding! The very thought of such a thing is so unrealistic. I mean, an heiress? What are the chances?" He sighed, but smugged afterwards, his eyes not moving away from Sapphire's discontented form.
"ZACTLY! What in the world would she see in a guy like you?" The azure-eyed girl exclaimed, laughing loudly after the insult.
Ruby stood up and clenched his fists in anger. "EXCUSE ME! How many guys do you think are able to groom Pokemon and sew the way I do? You REALLY need to get your head checked, savage!"
"We've been circling the god-forsaken jungle for hours, Dia!" A rather outraged, blonde boy cried out, tugging his lime-green scarf in irritation as they walked through the dense forest.
"I didn't expect the detour to take THIS long, Pearl…" His teammate replied, giving a blank stare at the map before looking back at their third companion. "Missy? You alright over there?" He asked shortly after.
"Just fine, Dia." A rather lady-like voice replied as Lady Berlitz, or rather, Platina, stepped out of a few bushes.
"I don't understand Missy, why don't you use your Rapidash like you always do? It'll be easier for you…" Diamond suggested as he offered his hand to assist Platina as she walked closer towards them.
"…Not to mention a lot faster too" Pearl added, fumbling with his hair at their pace. Platina simply ignored his comment and smiled at Diamond for the polite gesture.
"I'm sure we'll be able to find our way out, it just so happens that this is a new region with new challenges. And one of those challenges is more exercise, for me" With this, the lady concluded going to Hoenn as a trio will benefit not only their Pokemon training skills, but also their bond as friends; this time, Diamond and Pearl didn't have heartfelt contracts to protect her, just the way she wanted.
"I still think it would be better to use Rapidash, Mis-AHHH!" Diamond was too busy looking at the map to have realized that he walked straight into a stream, losing his footing and sliding downwards into an unsuspecting duo's tracts.
"Dia? DIA?" Pearl screamed, looking around for his partner-in-crime, before slipping and sliding through the same path himself. "GODDAAAAAAAMMIIIIIIT!"
Platina looked back, their voices were filtered by the loud screeching a flock of passing Taillow made.
"Huh? Where on earth have those two gone off to…?
"AAHHH-OW!" Luckily, Pearl and Diamond got to land on a pile of dead leaves. The blonde managed to get himself up, knees shaking from the sudden slip n' slide.
The other trainer didn't seem as fine, rubbing his butt after the impact it had made with the ground earlier. "W-what… What happened? Where's Missy?" Diamond asked, realizing their female companion wasn't anywhere in the premises.
"More importantly, Dia… No, I mean Diamond" Pearl said, helping, or rather, dragging his partner up from the ground.
"I think we've stumbled upon a way back to civilization!" The blonde brushed off some leaves from the wooden sign and knelt down to get a closer look.
Diamond continued to look for Platina frantically as he twisted his head round and round to get a clearer view of the place. "MISSY!" He screamed, getting more and more worried with each passing minute.
"Huh? You both losing someone?" An unkown female voice called out to the pair.
"Obviously, Sapphire. These two look absolutely bedraggled. I mean, seriously who in the right mind would pair a lime-green scarf with a red-and-white schemed top?" The boy who stood beside her added, walking towards Diamond and Pearl to get a closer look.
"EXCUSE ME; who the hell are y-!" Pearl's inquiry ceased when a blue-clad girl leapt closer to sniff him, he stumbled back as she broke in closer and closer through his personal space.
Diamond chuckled at the sight, but suddenly remembered they needed to find their third companion very soon. "H-hi… I'm Diamond, and this is Pearl" He casually said with the purest smile he could muster, before proceeding to ask the other duo's names.
"Oh, nice to meet you, Diamond-" Ruby gave a rather irritated glance at Pearl and Sapphire's closeness before continuing, "…And Pearl"
"Pearl?" Sapphire repeated. "AHAHAHHA WHAT A GIRLY NAME!" She bounced back from the blonde as she hurled into a fit of laughter.
"H-hey! Who d'ya think y-" Diamond placed a reassuring hand on his partner's shoulder before he got a chance to counter attack the laughing female. "Hey, we made her laugh without even showing them one of our routines yet, isn't that convenient, Pearl?"
Pearl flinched back a bit before mustering up a smile towards Dia, reassuring his partner that he won't be losing his temper now.
"Please excuse how rude Sapphire is, she was probably raised by wild Pokemon" Ruby sighed, raising his arms up in total submission of the idea.
"Uhm, Ruby and Sapphire?" Diamond asked, the girl and boy nodded in response. "Right, well we're kind of losing someone…"
"Missy? That was what y'all were shouting a while ago!" Sapphire confidently concluded.
"Yeah, missy. She has a white bonnet on, and has a dark-grey and pink dress… Pink boots" Pearl contemplated with one hand on his chin, looking down. Ruby's eyes widened as he envisioned the damsel.
"W-wait… Either you're playing a real mean joke on us, or… You're talking about THE Lady Berlitz?" The crimson-eyed lad leapt towards Pearl, his wide and sparkling red orbs beaming with excitement as he thought of the possibility of meeting this celebrity.
Sapphire stuck her tongue out and grabbed hold on Diamond's wrist. "Well, since it's a lady we're looking for, she couldn't be that hard to sniff. LEZGO! Sissy and Sissy numbah 2, meet us back at the base in an hour!" She sprang through the woods like a flash of lightning, dragging along her new and helpless comrade, Diamond.
"…Isn't she a ball of energy?" Pearl said, before sighing and checking out the wooden sign he spotted earlier.
"More importantly…" Ruby continued. "Is that lady you both are looking for, REALLY The Lady Berlitz? Heiress to the Berlitz family fortune and Pokemon fashion icon?"
Pearl scratched his head at the display this boy was showing, who
seemingly didn't care about how queer he was acting, and cleared his throat in an attempt to straighten his thoughts out. "Y-yes, that's Missy alright" He shook his head and took out his Monferno. "Chimhiko, help us look for Missy. Alert me once you've gotten a hold of her whereabouts" The chimp-like Pokemon nodded and then jumped at an incredible height upwards, disappearing from their sight in a split second.
"Wow, what an amazing looking Pokemon! He would absolutely cream the competition in the "Cool" category!" Ruby exclaimed, admiring the burnt leaves Monferno's high jump left behind.
"Uhm, If it's not prying, I'd like to ask how exactly you two ended up in this forest?" Pearl asked the boy.
"Oh, well… We're always out here!" Ruby smiled and placed both hands on his hips without realizing how weird he sounded just now. "Uhm-" Pearl struggled to keep to pace.
"I-I mean…" Ruby placed a hand at the back of his head, embarrassed. "I'm NOT like that barbarian, if that's what you're thinking… We have a…"
He thought a while before deciding that telling the trio of their secret base wouldn't be such a big deal, because after all they do know THE Lady Berlitz.
"..Secret base. Somewhere around here"
Pearl beamed at the thought of finally having a place to rest, and then placed a hand on Ruby's shoulder. "WELL THEN, Ruby… I'd gladly introduce to you Missy if we could take a breather in your base or whatever-you-call-it"
"Hmmm… Where do you think they've gone off to, Empoleon?" The lady inquired as she fiddled with the hem of her skirt. "It isn't wise to wander farther off when both of your companions are suddenly missing, but I can't help but worry about those two"
The penguin-like Pokemon simply shrugged and leaned onto a tree, before suddenly springing into a battle-like formation. "What is it, Empoleon? Is someone out there?" She stood up and steadied herself beside her trusty companion, getting ready to face anything that was out there.
Before long, Monferno appeared, sighing deeply as his eyes met Empleon's. Platina suddenly smiled, and scratched Monferno's brown fur in relief. "Thank goodness it was only you, Chimhiko! Now, take me to Dia and Pearl" The Pokemon nodded and proceeded to lead them towards his master.
"Diamond, is it? The girl asked as she offered a hand at Diamond, ready to lift him up onto her eager Tropius. "Y-yeah…" The boy replied as he nervously accepted the girl's help.
He flew onto the large Pokemon's back thanks to Sapphire's inhuman strength, but remained pretty unsure about all this.
"U-uhm.. I'm sure she hasn't gotten too far off…" He reminded Sapphire. The girl simply chuckled and patted her flying-Pokemon's head, as it hovered right off the ground.
"We'll find her in double the pace! This is like a little contest, yes? A race to find the damsel in distress!" She playfully reassured him, looking out onto the forest floor with speedy eyes.
"I guess so…"
Diamond sighed as he steadied his posture, but a rather yellow-looking fruit caught his eye. He stared at it blankly for 5 minutes, drool forming in the corners of his ever-hungry mouth.
Sapphire caught a glimpse of his face before realizing where he was staring at. She laughed heartily before reaching for one of Tropius' fruits. "Pilo loves sharing his bananas. Heads up!"
She tossed one onto the hungry boy's hands. "A-amazing… a Pokemon that makes bananas! That's really *omnom* Some*omnomnom* thing" The girl giggled as she tossed him another. "Man, ya must be really hungry huh? Let's just find this Missy and maybe grab some din- OH! FOUND HER!" She yanked Pilo's neck which accurately made her Pokemon fly towards where Platina was sighted.
"We've got to hurry! Looks like a strong fire-type is attacking them! PILO HYAAA"
Pilo responded with a loud cry before gliding towards where his master pointed.
"W-wait, Sapphire! I d-don't think that's a wild po-" Before Diamond could finish his sentence, Sapphire leaped off of Pilo and dashed through a few branches until the boy could no longer spot her. He frantically searched around on Tropius' back, but to no avail.