The day was bright, sunny, and warm. Like most days in Orre. The people at the Pokemon HQ Lab worked hard, as usual. But for a different reason, today. They were expecting guests. The tour started today, and everyone wanted to make a good first impression! Professor Michael stood outside the Pokemon HQ Lab, grinning. The guests would arrive soon! He was quite honestly excited about this. He couldn't wait to see what kind of people he attracted here with the thought of the tour. Trainers, perhaps? Or would they simply be curious folk from around the region? Explaining his research would be something to do for awhile. This whole Tour... It was good for getting the current situation off of everyone else's minds. The pokemon acting up in Phenac could only be Shadow Pokemon. He didn't want everyone to be worried sick about the situation, he didn't like to see them stressed out.
Michael raised an eyebrow as he heard the door to the lab open behind him, and upon looking back, he saw his younger sister Jovi skipping out.
"Hey big brother!" Jovi called out with her usual happy expression on her face. Michael looked back at the dirt road in front of him, as Jovi stopped beside him. "Yes, Jovi?" He questioned, as his sister tugged at his sleeve. "Everything's ready inside! When are they gonna get here?!" She asked, crossing her arms. She was much more impatient than her brother was! Michael let out a small laugh. "Soon! The bus ought to be here any minute. Are you staying to help more?" He asked, and Jovi shook her head. "Nope! Jovi's gonna go shopping at Gateon Port!" She cheered as she began walking off to go get her scooter. "Wait." Michael narrowed his eyes, and Jovi stopped, feeling a chill go down her spine. "W-What?"
"Chobin?" Michael questioned, and Jovi stood there, silently. Michael sighed, knowing those two spent a lot of time together. He was protective of his sister, but knew Chobin was a good friend that he could trust... It was difficult to allow. "Be back by twelve." He commented, making Jovi irritated as she spun around on her heel. "You don't have to tell Jovi what to do! Jovi's grown up now!" Her comment made Michael simply look at her, and Jovi stood there for a moment before turning back around and sighing as she walked off. "Fine..."
Meanwhile, down the road...
A large, old, rusty bus was driving down the road. Shockingly enough this was the best transportation between most places in Orre. The bus was comfortable enough, rather quiet as well. There were few that actually decided to come to this tour. Inside the bus was the driver, and four children. The bus driver let out a loud laugh, as they continued down the dirt path. "Your looking to take the tour, eh? Well, it's good to see such curious youth! Especially when they earn me money!" He commented, keeping an eye on the road and watching as a girl with blue hair zoomed past on a hovering scooter. It had been a rather quiet trip aside from the driver, he made little comments every now and then. Thankfully that would soon be over, as the Pokemon HQ Lab came into view, and a lone figure stood outside in front of the doors. It was hard to see who it was from here, but it was easier as they got closer. The red hair, the similar outfit. He was on the news, sometimes, And spoken of almost everywhere. Professor Michael.
The bus came to a halt, and the driver turned, eyeing the children. "End of the line, by the look of things. Don't forget to give positive feedback about my transport business! Ahahah!" The doors to the bus opened, allowing the group to finally get out of the arceus-forsaken bus.
As they did, they were all greeted as a group by the Professor. Who was surprised... They weren't as many that liked the idea of a tour as he thought. Oh well. "Welcome! I'm so excited to know that you all have an interest in my research! My name is Michael, and I will be guiding you through the HQ Lab today, and showing all of you what we do inside. To make things a little easier for when you ask any questions, would you care to give me your names?" He asked, standing there patiently waiting for a response from everyone. Today would be exciting, he could tell. Even if the group wasn't as big as he thought it'd be... It was still a group!