So I recently posted Ch 4 of Foul Play, and I’m dropping by to bring you an excerpt of Ch 5! A bit of context: Grimsley, Nanu, and Acerola return to the Aether House after the events in Ch 4. Shortly after, Nanu has a nightmare and causes everyone to wake up weeee.
Excerpt from Ch 5
Nanu’s arm slammed onto the coffee table the instant he jolted awake. He screamed in pain and cursed as he rubbed his arm. He glanced around to see he was inside the Aether House and that he slept on the couch. His breathing grew heavier with each second. The commotion caused Oranguru to stir from his sleep and growled in confusion. Acerola, Grimsley, Becky, and the kids rushed out of their rooms.
“We heard both you and Oranguru screaming, is everything all right?” Becky asked, panic in her voice.
“I just had a bad dream and I scared the Oranguru, that’s all.”
“That must be a really bad dream if you woke up Headmaster like that,’ Gracie said, frowning. Behind her, the Oranguru growled as if in agreement.
This wasn’t the first time he had that nightmare. It would spring up to him like a cat’s claws digging onto his shoulders. Over ten years now, and it wasn’t going to stop anytime soon. He sighed, sat up straight, and rubbed his forehead.
“Do you need a glass of water? You look kinda pale there,” Acerola asked.
Nanu shook his head. “Not thirsty. I’m fine, really.”
Both Becky and Acerola exchanged worried looks at one another.
“We all should go back to sleep,” Becky said. “Let’s go.”
Acerola and the kids followed Becky back to their rooms while Oranguru went back to the reception area. Grimsley, who had been raising his eyebrow at him the whole time, stayed behind.
“Is there something that you needed?” Nanu asked, giving him a vacant stare.
“Oh, I was just wondering something.” A hesitant look crossed Grimsley’s face. He shifted his gaze away from him and scratched his neck. “That nightmare you had, would it happen to be about that late colleague of yours?”
Hearing that made Nanu grimace. He jerked his head and glared at him.
“What I told you back at the desert was all you needed to know.”
Grimsley shot him a funny look, and he sighed. “Fair enough. Well, I’ll be going to sleep now. Good night.” He waved goodbye at him and went inside his room.
When left alone, Nanu collapsed back on the couch and stared up at the ceiling. Between that and how Grimsley wanted to have a Pokemon battle with him, he wondered why that man had a great interest in someone as messed up as him. He hoped that Grimsley didn’t plan to stick around too long now.
His thoughts were interrupted when one of his pokeballs from the table burst open and Persian appeared. She approached him with an upset look on her face and growled. Nanu frowned.
“Perry…” he said in a low voice. Usually he wasn’t one for nicknames and was content calling her Persian ninety-nine percent of the time. Perry, short for the periwinkle flower and what Iokua would often called her. Perry was saved for whenever he was his most vulnerable, like right now.
Persian let out another sad growl, had her front paws on Nanu’s stomach, and nuzzled against his neck. Her silky fur was warm against his skin. Nanu couldn’t help but crack a smile and scratch her forehead.
“Just another one of those nightmares buddy, don’t worry about me.”
Nanu continued petting her a while longer until she decided to rest her head on his stomach. He smiled, fine with her company for tonight. He soon drifted off to sleep.