"THE FRONTIER FORMAL?!" Osaka cried.
"THREE WEEKS?!" Kagura screeched.
"THE PENINSULA HOTEL?!" Tomo howled.
Chiyo-chan stared in fear at her three shocked classmates with wide eyes. She had never even considered that the infamous Knuckleheads would react in such a frightening way. The small girl was at a total loss of words.
"Would you three quit scaring Chiyo-chan?!" Yomi retorted. She knelt to Chiyo-chan's height and patted her head. "Just because you guys are jealous doesn't mean that you have the right to take it out on everybody else!"
"But it's the biggest shindig in Japan!" Osaka whined.
"Yeah, how could we not be jealous?" Kagura agreed.
"We are NOT jealous!" Tomo piped up. "Think about it: if Chiyo-chan is going, that means, not just us, but everyone else in the whole school will be missing out! Right, Yomi?"
"Actually, the Mauville Gym Leader, Wattson, is my grandfather, so I'm going too." Yomi concurred.
After a moment of silence, Tomo lowered her head and said softly, "Oh..."
"So it's just Chiyo-chan and Yomi!" Kagura said. "No-one else is tagging along, right, Sakaki?"
The tall beauty Miss Sakaki turned to face Kagura and said, "Actually, the Fushcia City Gym Leader, Koga, is my uncle, and Janine is my cousin, so I'll be going too."
After a moment of silence, Kagura lowered her head and said softly, "Oh..."
Osaka turned to the last remaining friend that wasn't asked. "Hey, Kaorin! You heard about this Frontier Formal thing?"
Kaorin turned to Osaka. "Oh, yes! My aunt Lenora, the Nacrene Gym Leader, is taking me!"
After a moment of silence, Osaka lowered her head and said softly, "Oh..."
Yomi adjusted her glasses with confidence. "Well, Tomo, from the looks of it, I'd say the only people that are missing out are you three."
Tomo burst from her funk and declared, "NOT SO!!" She eyed the teacher, Ms. Yukari, reading a textbook; probably to review for the next lesson tomorrow.
"Yukari!" Tomo called out. She and the other two Knuckleheads approached her. "Tell it to us straight! Will you be attending the Frontier Formal on the 24th of October?"
Ms. Yukari stared at the trio for a moment, then said, "Yeah, I'm going. Dewford's Gym Leader, Brawly, is my cousin. Nyamo's going too. She's the aunt of Mossdeep's Tate and Liza."
The deep, blue funk quickly returned after those words had been spoken.
"The last one I've been to was like, five years ago." Yukari went on. "Ha! Man, am I glad those guys at the Peninsula finally lifted that restraining order on me. They kicked me out for drinking all the wine."
No surprise there... Yomi thought to herself.
"But I digress. Let's face it, girls," Yukari began. "Unless you can somehow discover that you're related by blood to any Pokemon League member, you've got NO hope of getting into the Formal." And, with that, she turned around, and left the classroom.
A determined sparkle appeared in Tomo's eye. "We'll see about that..."