“No, I hate that game! I don’t want to play that! Neither does Anana, huh?”
“Well then what do
you want to play? You aren’t giving any better ideas!”
Payapa considered. She really just wanted to play hide and seek. Rionna wasn’t around this time, so she had an actual shot at stumping everyone with her handy trump card. Anana wasn’t that good at hiding. But... everyone was expecting her to say “hide and seek,” which made it that much harder to suggest it. She always suggested it. She always liked being the winner.
...but maybe if Anana was the one to suggest it this time...
She turned to her sister and smiled. It wasn’t an entirely sincere smile, but Anana knew enough to know what it meant. The other kids could be fooled, but not Anana. “Hey, Nana Sissy...”
Anana took a couple of steps back, bumping into an old, rotted wooden wall. She instantly yelped and recoiled, then grabbed her tail to check for splinters. Normally she’d have been more careful about where she stepped, and indeed, about her environment-- but was heavily intimidated by her sister acting so sweetly out of character. It was really hard to deny her. Despite whatever Anana might have wanted to do, the reins were not in her hands. Even if it seemed otherwise.
“What game do you wanna play, Nana? How about we let you decide this time? Everyone got to pick, but not you.” Payapa turned to the increasingly impatient children. “This okay with you guys?”
Fin shrugged. “Let’s just play something.”
Spike, one to idolize his older brother, chimed in with agreement. “Yeah let’s just play something already! I’m tired of sitting around!”
Anana sucked on her tail in a sore spot. Everyone was staring at her. Fin, Spike, that weird Pichu (she thought his name was Chulo or something), that Taillow whose name she forgot but should have been obvious, and that weird Meowth girl nobody really liked but never wanted to admit to feeling. She felt rather bad for not liking- ...hm. What was
that Meowth’s name? It was weird that she ought to forget. Normally she was pretty good at remembering names after once or twice being in someone’s presence. But everything about this Meowth was shady and slippery, including her name.
...but this was all just stalling. Distracting thoughts, since she didn’t really want to play hide and seek yet again, but knew her sister’s desire. It was practically radiating from her little purple pores...
“Well... well, I was thinking, maybe we could do hide and seek--” a series of groans from Chulo and that Taillow, “--because I don’t feel like running around right now,” she stated. It was a lie, of course. She had fun running around and playing tag, even if she was pretty slow and often got caught. But the other slow party, Payapa, just wouldn’t have that. Anana knew this.
That cool Buizel took it in stride. “Fine. We can do that. However, we’d like to spice it up a lil.” Anana looked at Fin blankly, and he took it as a cue to continue. “We always play in the same area. That’s kind of boring. So this time, why don’t we go in the center of the city? The center of all the stores? We can start from there. No one can hide past the rich quarter so there’s some containment, so we’re not all too spread or too far. Whaddya say?”
Anana just sort of stammered. She wasn’t really prepared to discuss hide and seek logistics, nor did she really care about it. She just wanted to be having some fun, and the day was lamentably short in supply so far. “Okay. Lead the way,” she said.
Part 13 of "Complementaries"