"So, this is it then.", Amethyst thought as she drew a small breath, shaking with anticipation. The young teen had finished packing her bags early this morning after too short a night's rest, hastily throwing everything in her sturdy black shoulderbag. Potions and Pokéballs alike, everything was packed. As she stood in her tidy room - a strange sight - her heart thumped louder and louder.
"This is it then, the start of my adventure!"
Growing up in the busy city of Castelia, there was always something to do for a young and ambitious trainer. Whether that be helping out at the gym, selling trainer goods in her mother's store or - the horror- shoveling manure at her dad's daycare. And with the people constantly moving forward and the buildings growing taller and taller, Amethyst felt right at home in the bustle. Leaving felt strange, she had to admit, but the butterflies of starting her very first trip cast a shadow on every other feeling she might be having.
As she rushed downstairs in excitement, nearly tripping and tumbling down, she reminded herself to relax a bit. As always, she failed miserably to contain her jitters. She plunked her bag near the door, ran to the kitchen and bumped into her mother, who by now had grown used to Amethyst whirling about in the house like a mad-woman.
"If you don't slow down, dear, you'll fall down before you've even set your first steps outside Castelia city!", her mother teased, as Amethyst fixed her hairbow that had slipped whilst running. "And the best impressions on gym leaders aren't made face-down in the dirt, you know.".
"Who says I can't look dashing and perfectly charming face-down?", Amethyst quipped as her mother put a plate of blueberry pancakes in front of her her favourites. Marty, who smelt the pancakes, immediately made a dash for the table for as much as his stubby little legs allowed it. Once there, he looked up to Amethyst and stretched is paws up in expectancy.
"Marty, you just ate. You even had Sky's portion!".
Sky huffed and glared indignantly at the Munchlax for a second, but Marty gestured at his belly and melodramatically acted as if he was fainting. Not able to suppress a giggle, Amethyst quickly cut half of the pancake she'd just started eating and reached down the table.
"But don't let my mom catch you, alright?" she said in a played stern tone. "You know you're supposed to be on a di-."
Before she could finish her sentence, Marty jumped up and grabbed the pancake from her hands. She rolled her eyes briefly and picked up the Munchlax, tickling his belly as he happily ate the pancake he swiped from her just a second ago. Letting her thoughts wander a bit, she daydreamed about her journey-to-come and the places she would be visiting neatly marked on a map in preparation.
"This is it then. Onwards we go!"