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Are you coming? by purplekecleon Are you coming? by purplekecleon
She did not notice the road before her, or the road she had already passed through. Her eyes saw the trees and the dying sunlight, but her mind was elsewhere. She daydreamed of nostalgic folk songs and orchestral classics; she marvelled at the possibility of music she had never heard. The smells of the forest became those of the open road, and she remembered note by note a hymn she had heard once, on a road like this one. Then, finally, she heard the clamorous hustle and bustle of Alomomola Bay, and her awareness returned.

A spike of worry overwhelmed her as she took step after thoughtless step through one street, then another. She knew only that she was headed towards where her destination should be, but not where it was – or if it even existed. She felt sick, first thinking that her trip might have been pointless, then believing that it was. She slowed when she realized that she had gone in a circle, that she was standing in the same unfamiliar street as she was minutes ago. Pained to hear the sound of her own breath, she stopped there, but it did her no good.

She remembered this being a long, sloping street, but here it was twisting left and right, narrowing and bottling its many noises. Where she had expected a travel agency, there was now a warehouse. Where once there had been a grand bed of foreign flowers with no name she could put to them, there instead grew a small patch of rafflesias. At least, they looked like rafflesias – were they really? They could be any kind of flower, she thought, any at all, and she wouldn't remember what kind that was.

Abruptly, someone stopped in front of her, and her reeling eyes widened as her attention moved straight forward to that someone. About a head taller than Shou Mei herself, her bright green hair was distinct – distinct enough that they reminded her of someone she knew once, briefly. That someone said she was a Kirlia, so this Pokemon, she thought –

“Excuse me, you're in my way.”

Shou Mei composed herself, at least a little, and stood up straight before stepping aside with a flourish and a bow. “I'm dreadfully sorry. Please, forget I ever was.” That sounded like the right thing to say.

“Hm? What do you mean?” The other girl stepped forward, passing her without so much as a glance. “You were standing there, that's all. Nothing to seem so upset about.”

“Unless... is something else the matter?” The Kirlia abruptly turned back to Shou Mei. “Even if it was just a trifle... it's not often someone slows down in the middle of the street. Are you lost?”

“Lost in this city, and perhaps, a little lost in this world.” Shou Mei blurted out, albeit so quiet that when she realized what she said, she held out hope that perhaps the Kirlia had not heard the second part.

“What a strange thing to say. In fact, it's strange to meet someone like you at all in this city.” She looked her up and down, and Shou Mei looked away in response. “You're trying to blend in, but that only makes you stand out. If you're so lost and confused, I know my way around here. Do you want me to take you?”

“That's a very generous offer,” Shou Mei began, “and I thank you for it either way, but... why are you making it?”

“As I said, you're quite strange. You must be from out of town, then. Let me introduce myself: I'm Harmony, and I perform at the King's Rock Casino with my partner.”

Had she heard Harmony right? No, of course she had heard her right. The doubt that had been clouding her mind – that perhaps her music had reached no one after all – vanished, along with the discomfort Harmony had caused her. It was reflected even in her face, upon which she wore a smile for the first time in what had felt like years. Still deathly quiet, her voice at least hid that excitement.

“Really now? That's as wonderful as your offer, and as convenient besides. I am on my way to the King's Rock Casino as well.”

“Hm?” Harmony sounded pleased. “Are you a fan of Melody's? I suppose you might not know me if you've only heard her once or twice. She likes to have solo performances, and I was sick the last time we were going to perform together.”

She couldn't perform because she was sick. Was that right? But she didn't seem upset... or maybe she was. That was one of so many things she felt like she would never know, at this rate. As she wondered about Harmony, or more about Melody, who she thought would be tonight’s performer, she noticed that the other girl was already looking back at her through the crowd with a smile.

“Are you coming?”


Part 2 to "Echo" by :iconnarelith:
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Darkhymns Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The watercolors are very lovely. And I really like the story! The writing goes at a good pace and the descriptions work well. Really great collaborative piece.
ShaD-23 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Most impressive. Your work is splendid, I'd say
Teavian Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Shou Mei's an interesting character! I also really love the colors in this.
Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
BlackMageDark Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your watercolors are just gorgeous!
SakuraiGetsumori77 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
tenko72 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Pretty! I really like the colors.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the story.
Evoli-niceli Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome colors !
Rozzi-dk Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Very pretty :D
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Shou Mei is so sweet ;U;
pokemaniac-x Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Of course Shou Mei's not going to blend in - she's a Meloetta!
fenixcast Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
will they be part of the story for the group?
narelith Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
fenixcast Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
i see, i hope they do
fenixcast Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
amazing in every aspect!!!
Leo-Artemio Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
There's a legendary strolling through the city, and everyone just...well, then again, I guess no one would really know what a Meloetta was anyway.
narelith Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I imagine most Pokemon have a hard time keeping track of even half of the species that exist.
AdolfReinhardAddict1 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alwayz stunning and vibrant in color:D
angeliIy Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Artist
O_O Beautiful.
snivy08 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
its meleotta again!
MissFluffyKitty Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Three colors, right? Red, blue and yellow from what I can tell. Amazing.
MisterBleck Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
cute! ^_^
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
and then they did it like musicians
narelith Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That doesn't give a very good idea of how they did it.
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Let's just say it involved the trombone.
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