Special Episode 1 - Puppy LoveLance woke up with a yawn. The sun's rays were beaming down at his face,, which interrupted his sleep. He rubbed his eyes, and when he tried to get up, he felt pressure on his stomach. Looking down, he saw an Electrike, sleeping on his chest.
"Blitz…" The Riolu smiled, caressing the other Pokémon's head.
Blitz snored, distracted by the dream he was having. The Riolu thought that was cute, smiling, and wagging his tail on the bed.
"HEY, YOU TWO LUVDISCS! DAD SAID TO WAKE UP!" Brian barged into the room, smirking at the couple. He left, laughing to himself.
The Electrike's first reaction was to gasp at the sudden noise. After that initial shock, he looked at Lance, grinning.
"Oh right, we have one of the test missions from the guild, right?" Blitz smiled, stretching his body.
"Yup! And… Sorry for that, it's on the same day as our date," Lance sighed, his ears dropping.
"Don't worry, Lanny! I love the time we spend together!" Blitz gave a toothy grin to his lover. "I mean, we slept in the same room! This is amazing! I can't believe-"
Lance interrupted that by giving his boyfriend a deep kiss. "I love you so much, you have no idea how happy you make me."
Blitz blushed but kept his grin. "Well, you are the one that asked me out."
"Hehe," Lance smirked. "Well, let's have breakfast!"
The couple climbed down the stairs, going to the kitchen. On the way, the Electrike kept nuzzling Lance's legs, which made him blush in embarrassment. Ever since they started dating, they both were very affectionate with one another, especially Blitz.
"Y-You really shouldn't be doing all this in public…" Lance said, sitting on a chair.
"Sorry! I just can't when you're this cute!" Blitz answered, jumping into one of the chairs.
On the table, they could see a pile of pancakes, freshly cooked, as steam rose out of them. Brian was already munching on his, not even paying attention to the couple. Lance noted that his father wasn't present and frowned. "Where's dad? You said he called us here."
"Oh, heya Lance!" Brian grinned. "Dad went to the guild, and you're both supposed to go there!"
"Huh, weird thing, to ask us specifically," Blitz sighed, eating some of the pancakes.
"I think I know why, Sparky," Lance nodded, looking at his significant other. "But let's focus on breakfast for now."
Blitz wagged his tail and resumed his meal. All those moments with Lance were precious to him, and he wanted to enjoy them as much as he could.
After the duo finished their breakfast, both left the house. The wind blew on that summer day, the citizens of Thornwell chatted amongst themselves, while the couple was walking towards the guild that they could see in the distance.
"I can't believe we've been dating for nearly a year…" Lance said, petting Blitz on his head.
"Yup! That day at the guild, I cherish it so much!" Blitz's eyes were sparkling in excitement as he remembered the day both started dating.
"Well, I don't even know how I managed to talk to you that day…" Lance blushed, looking away.
"Haha! You were so nervous when you asked me out!" Blitz grinned, puffing his chest. "By the way, do you know what's coming next?"
"Your birthday, Lanny!" Blitz chuckled.
Lance gasped. Of course, his fifteenth birthday! How could he forget? But that made him curious about something. "Well, what's my present going to be then?"
To that, Blitz gave a large, toothy grin. "That's something you're gonna find out in the future~"
Both passed by the market street, going to the Kecleon's store. Lance bought an apple and walked away, eating it. Blitz, on the other hand, just watched, smiling.
And so, they finally arrived at the guild. The Hero guild's interior was divided, with the left corridor leading to the dorms, and the right, to the cafeteria, alongside the training area. At the middle of the hall were stairs that lead to the second floor, where the guildmaster's office was located.
The guild was lively, Pokémon going back and forth between different areas of the guild. But the couple ignored that, climbing the stairs. When they arrived on the second floor, Lance knocked on the office's door.
"Dad, it's me! We're here!" He said.
The door unlocked, and the duo went inside.
Nick was standing up, looking at both of them with a smile. The Lucario extended his paw to his son, and Lance shook it.
"Good morning, son," Nick said and looked at Blitz. "For you as well, did you have a good sleep?"
"Yes, sir! A wonderful night, actually!"
"That's great! I must thank you, for making my son so happy," Nick kneeled, rubbing the Electrike's head. "Anyone that does so has a place on my heart."
"Dad," Lance blushed and crossed his arms. "We came here to check our mission since you asked for us."
Nick twitched his ears and stood up. "Right. There have been reports about a Bibarel running around in the night, stealing food from the Kecleon brothers."
"Oh, that's not… Good at all! Do you have any leads?" Blitz questioned, sitting on the floor.
The Lucario went to his desk, grabbing a paper. On the document was a drawing of the Bibarel, alongside the reward for his capture. Lance grabbed the paper, staring at it.
"I see," he said. "You called us because, being a Fighting-type and Electric-type, we have an advantage over that Bibarel, correct?"
Nick chuckled. His son was analytical as usual. "Yes, that's the reason, think of it as a test for your training. Can I count on you?"
Blitz wagged his tail and nodded. He was excited to go on that mission with his boyfriend and hoped that everything would be alright.
"Of course!" Lance grinned, looking at Blitz. "We'll fulfill this mission with a perfect score, dad."
Nick sat on his chair, smiling. He trusted the duo to get it right, and with that, Lance and Blitz left the guild.
The first place they should go to was, obviously, the Kecleon store. With that in mind, the couple also needed to plan how they would approach that situation. Lance scratched his chin, thinking about the plan.
"I think it should be easy," Blitz sighed. "Like, the Kecleon are the ones asking for our help, we don't really need to interrogate them."
"Yes, I'm aware," Lance tapped his foot on the ground, mind filled with ideas. "However, we do need to ask them questions, since they could have leads."
"Gotcha, Lanny!" Blitz chuckled to himself. The Riolu was always like this, but he loved him anyway.
"Let's go, Sparky!" Lance darted to the street they were previously in.
Now back at the market, the lovers went straight to the store. One of the vendors waved to them as they got near. The green Kecleon had an angry face, as he knew why the trainees were there.
"I'll tell yuh! Dat Bibarel's a menace! Okay? It stole all our food!"
"Yeah, yeah, I've heard about it, mister Clay," Lance shrugged. "Regardless, we need to ask you a couple of questions."
"Please do your job!" The purple Kecleon said, slamming the table. "We can't wawhk wit'out our supplies!"
"Alright, mister Spectra! But we need to question you both!" Blitz snarled a fizzle of electricity on his body.
Both the Kecleon stopped screaming, listening to what both of the explorers had to say. Lance sighed, taking the paper. He began by asking where they first saw the Bibarel, to which Clay answered: "It was around midnight, where I saw it munchin' on our apples!"
"We den scared it off, and repawhted it tuh de guild! But it kept comin' back!" Spectra grumbled, already annoyed by that question.
"I think it's a wild Pokémon," Lance was writing on a notebook. "Did it say anything, or…"
"Dat ting just screeched, I doubt it has any sapience at all," Spectra pondered, remembering the encounters.
"Got it!" Blitz laughed. "Lanny, we have to plan a hunt for it, right?!"
"Pretty much," the Electrike's boyfriend nodded. "Mister Clay, we'll figure this out for you, alright?"
"Yuh bettuh, otherwise we're gonna go bankrupt!"
The couple agreed, leaving that store with a new plan. They needed to lure the feral in with food and knock it out. The next step should be getting the wild one back to the forest. Lance chuckled, he had everything planned out.
They decided to wait until midnight. Because of that, Lance and Blitz were enjoying their date, and were now at a famous restaurant that served ice cream, named "Barry's berry ice cream".
The place was crowded, and there were menus on the walls, filled with flavors that they didn't even know existed before now. Many canisters of ice cream sat inside a glass case, forming a rainbow of deliciousness.
There weren't many seats or tables in the establishment, but the few that were there seemed to be well-maintained, free of any stains. Barry, a Beartic, was talking to his employees, urging them to prepare the dessert for the couple that was waiting on a chair.
"This is good… Blitz, how did you even find this place?" Lance looked around, checking every detail.
"My parents brought me here last week! And I thought about our date!" Blitz kissed Lance on his cheek.
"What flavor did you ask, Sparky?" Lance blushed, looking at the sides. He couldn't help but wag his tail.
The owner of the restaurant approached them, carrying two bowls on each of his paws. The left bowl contained blue-colored ice cream, while the other was yellow, and it had gummies sprinkled on top of it.
"An Orrran and Sitrrrus ice crrream forrr this dearrr kouple," the Ice-type said. "Anything else forrr you?"
"I don't think so, mister," Lance agreed.
"Verrry well, if you want anything else, feel frrree to kall me," Barry said, leaving the two alone.
"Sooo! Now it's time for us to eat, Lanny!" Blitz nodded, grabbing a spoon.
He began to eat, and in an instant, his mouth was filled with flavors. The gummies he ate were yellow and tasted sour, making him cringe a little, but he kept eating it. Blitz was always a fan of sour sweets.
Lance, on the other hand, ate his Oran ice cream slowly, savoring every bit of it. It tasted sweet and gave him a feeling of relaxation, not only because he liked the food, but also because his boyfriend was there with him. Blitz was just eating, but Lance couldn't stop staring at that, he always enjoyed seeing his partner, even at the most mundane moments.
"Blitz… Did I tell you that I'm thankful for being with me?" Lance asked, gazing directly at his lover's eyes. The eyes that he found himself drawn to.
The Electrike noted that and blushed. "I-I… No, but… I'm thankful as well. Lance, I love you."
They finished the meal, staring at one another's eyes, and kissed. For that one moment, time seemed to be standing still, nothing was moving except them in that display of affection, and neither wanted it to stop. But eventually, both got out, drool on their mouths. Lance took a napkin, cleaning himself, and with another, cleaned Blitz's mouth.
"This… was really nice, Blitz. But to be fair, it tasted too sour for me!" Lance laughed, rubbing his head.
"And yours was sweet! Haha…"
"So… What now? Should we make preparations or can we relax for a little longer?"
Lance checked the clock. 8 PM. Good, he still had a few more hours to enjoy the date. "I guess it won't hurt for us to relax."
"YES! It's the answer I was waiting for!" Blitz wagged his tail even harder. "Okay, where do you wanna go?"
"I… Have an idea, Sparky," Lance said with a grin. He got up, paying the Beartic for the dessert, and left with Blitz.
The teenagers were now heading towards a different store that had a large sign with a Mimikyu drawing on it, that read "Mira's costumes shop".
As they got inside, the first thing they saw was a line of suits, based on different Pokémon. Blitz set his eyes on a Zacian costume, complete with a crown and a toy sword.
"Lance! Oh my, I love this!" He said, barely able to contain himself and try on every suit.
"Ah, what a pleasure to see such happy customers!" A Mimikyu said, walking towards the duo. "Hello, I am Mira, how can I help you?"
"Good night. I'm Lance, and this is my boyfriend, Blitz!" He said, pointing to the quadruped Pokémon.
"Heya miss!" Blitz continued, nodding with his head.
"We're here because I want to buy a gift, Blitz once mentioned to me that he would love to dress up as Zacian during Halloween, so…"
"Ah, darling, that's so sweet!" Mira clapped her ghostly hands. "Very well, feel free to take a look around, and whenever you're done, let me know!"
She left, going back to the counter, and began to read a book. Blitz then darted, checking every suit he could see, before deciding on the Zacian one. He went into one of the changing rooms and put it on. Once he was done, he got out, showing it to Lance.
"Look at me!" Blitz said with a sense of pride, grinning.
"Y-You…" Lance struggled to form the words, mesmerized by that view. "You're beautiful…"
Blitz blushed, covering his face. "O-Of course, you're handsome too, y'know?!"
"Alright, Sparky," Lance smiled, extending both of his paws. "Here, let me help you up."
Lance held his partner's front paws, lifting him. They were both standing up, and the Riolu hugged his boyfriend with all the strength he had. After all that Lance went through, having someone for him felt amazing, and he didn't want it to stop.
"Lance… I think we need to go to the mission now, don't you think?" He said, embracing the Riolu.
"Y-Yes, sorry. Got carried away."
After paying for the suit, they were now ready for the mission. All that was left is luring that Bibarel. To do that, they went to another store and bought a few apples. And so, they were now right behind the Kecleons' shop. Lance hid in a bush, alongside Blitz, the apples right in front of them.
"Sparky, it should appear any second now," the Riolu was focused, using his aura powers to try and check when the Bibarel would show up.
Coming from the woods, the Bibarel indeed appeared, sniffing around, and once it smelled the apples, went running towards the food.
The wild Pokémon then received an electric discharge all around its body and laid down on the ground, paralyzed.
"Hooray! We did it, Lanny!" Blitz said, coming out of the bushes.
The Bibarel stood up, and curled his body like a boulder, attempting to ram against Blitz. Before it could do that, however, Lance appeared, releasing a blue energy beam from his hand.
"Force Palm," he thought, throwing the Bibarel away.
"Thanks, Lanny!" Blitz sighed in relief, looking at their enemy, who stood up, despite the Thunder Wave from before paralyzing it.
"What do you say we give it a taste of our special attack?" Lance grinned.
"Our…? Oh, I know!" Blitz prepared to strike, electrical sparks surrounding his body.
Lance smirked and ran towards the Bibarel, one of the Riolu's paws charging with energy. The feral screeched, curving itself into a ball and charging against Lance.
"My main move… Force Palm!" Lance shot the beam at the ground, making him float for a few seconds, where he aimed at his enemy, letting the attack hit it.
The wild Pokémon received the strike, rolling around, when suddenly, it got hit by another one, this time, a blue electric beam, knocking it out.
"Phew! We did it!" Blitz sighed in relief, laying down on the ground.
"Indeed. But we still need to return it to the wild."
"Let's transport this Bibarel to the guild, your dad will know what to do!"
Lance put the Bibarel on his back with some difficulty, walking away alongside the Electrike.
After all of that, the two were once again at Lance's house, this time, having dinner, despite being well past midnight. They were eating an apple pie, and talking to themselves about their day.
"This was amazing, Sparky…" Lance nodded.
"Indeed," Blitz ate another bite of the pie, wagging his tail. "Your dad is such a good cook!"
"Yeah, I know," he smiled. "Question. You're gonna sleep here again?"
"Sure, why not? Or should I say… Wynaut?" the Electric-type grinned, laughing for a bit.
"…You're the only one that can tell me puns. You know that, right? My boyfriend, my partner…" The Riolu smiled, maybe there was hope he could be happy, despite all his trauma.
"Indeed. I love you, so, so much Lance… Never forget that!"
They put the plates in the sink, climbing the stairs to Lance's room. Both of them didn't say anything on the way, as words were not needed for that moment, only the tender feelings they were having, and that they hoped would go on forever.