Misty sighed deeply, her face feeling hot, but dismissing it in order to battle the trainer that stood before her, challenging her for a Cascade Badge.
Lately it seemed the gym was busier than usual, whether it was Pokémon needing to be brought to the Pokémon Center, her sisters parading about the gym doing whatever fancied them, or just lines of 10 year old boys and girls just waiting for a chance to defeat the gym leader of The Cerulean City Gym.
As Pallet Town wasn’t too far away from Cerulean City, it was inevitable that many trainers from the small town would come to battle Misty, and every time someone mentioned their home town which was the same as a certain brash Pokémon trainer, she could swear something would feel a bit wrong in her chest. She tried to go about her usual tasks when that happened, once the trainer had left. And when that didn’t help, she thought she’d clear her mind the only way she knew how.