Interlude: A Song of Valor "...Supposedly, they can tap into these amazing moves no one on the mainland has ever seen before." Zoey continued as May, Dawn, Kori and Lola listened. The munching of Neva and Sylvie eating was the only sound in the room. "What were these powerful moves called?" May broke the awed silence some moments later. "I think they were called Z-Moves?" Zoey remembered. "Either way, I can only imagine how appealing they would be on the Contest scene." "Maybe it works the same way as Mega Evolution and Spectacular Talents..." May suggested. "A really powerful appeal most coordinators save for a big finish." "Makes sense." Dawn agreed. She noticed the Mega Ring on May's left hand. "What happens if you sing your Heart Song to a Pokémon that can't Mega Evolve in a Contest scenario? I know that in battle, it will power up one move the Pokémon knows..." "They obviously won't Mega Evolve, but they can still use an appropriate Spectacular Talent." Zoey explained. "Not that I've awakened my Heart Song, but I've seen many Spectacular Talents." "What is the Water Spectacular Talent?" Dawn asked. "The base Spectacular Talent is named Blessed Rain." Zoey explained. "It will be slightly different depending on the type of move you used when you triggered it--if Kori used a Beautiful move as you sang, it would be called Serene Blessed Rain." "I see..." Dawn smiled. Ash peeked in the room a few moments later. "Everything okay in here?" "Yeah!" the girls replied. "Can I get you guys some food, or treats?" Ash asked. "Sure..." The girls eagerly pooled their money together to find they had enough for a fairly lavish meal. "Let's get something besides pizza..." May suggested. "Well, I have a guide to all the restaurants that deliver out here..." Zoey mused as she found the restaurant delivery guide on a bedside table. "I'll buy dinner." "Since you kindly offered so bring us treats, can you bring us some ice cream from the Aurora Creamery?" Dawn pointed out an ice cream shop nearby the hotel. "The way there goes right by the lake." "Okay--what flavors does everyone want?" Ash asked as he brought of the notepad app on his PokeNav. The girls looked over the flavor list in the restaurant guide. "Buneary Tracks." Dawn requested. "Mint Reverie for me." May requested. "Grandma's Oatmeal Lace sounds good..." Zoey smiled. Brock peeked in the room. "Discussing dinner options?" "Zoey's buying dinner, but Ash offered to bring dessert." Dawn explained. "You won't object to getting a mini cone for Tarina too?" Brock asked. "Cookie dough's one of her favorites." "Ooh, Tarina should love Cookie Dough Bliss." Dawn smiled when she saw the flavor name on the list. "Okay, so May wants Mint Reverie, Dawn wants Buneary Tracks, Zoey wants Grandma's Oatmeal Lace, a mini Cookie Dough Bliss cone for Tarina , and maybe a little something for Tintri and me." Ash read back the order he had written on his PokeNav. "Did I get everyone?" "That's everything." May smiled. "All right, I'll be back momentarily." With that, Ash and Tintri departed. --------- Ash smiled as he admired the neon lights of the city glittering with the starlight on the lake. "This place is so beautiful...I almost never want the Wallace Cup to end." [Yeah, then we could really explore this place and all it has to offer.] Tintri agreed. Ash was about to answer his companion when he spotted a small whirlpool-like movement in the water. Huh? He watched as a small misty blue light appeared in the center of the small whirlpool. Gatrandis favel, secret, edena... came an ethereal male voice that almost sounded female. Emusto rozen fine el balaziis... Katoradis favel siicletu edena... At this line, Ash noticed a sparkling blue aura around him and Tintri. Emusto koron zen fine, si... [What was that?] Tintri asked as the song and the aura faded away. "Maybe it was another one of the lake guardians--or something divine in nature--blessing me for the Appeal competition tomorrow." Ash mused. "We still have to tell the girls and Brock about it when we get back." [Yes--the girls and Tarina would not be happy if we came back empty handed.] Tintri agreed. [Let's go.] --------- "...it sang the Swanna Song to me, and I felt this holy aura around me and Tintri." Ash finished telling the others about his encounter some time later. "I wanted to get a look at it, but when it finished the song, it was gone." "It's almost like when I encountered a pink light at Lake Verity, and it sang the Swanna Song to heal Kori." Dawn remembered in between bites of her ice cream. "Do you remember what the voice that sang to you sounded like? The voice I heard was a strong and powerful female voice." "The voice I heard was a young male voice...that sounded almost like a girl." Ash replied. "Very heroic and powerful." May thought for a moment as she savored another bite of her ice cream. "While I was in Snowpoint City, I heard many a tale about the Legendary Pokémon that lives in Lake Acuity, which is near Snowpoint City--I think its name was Uxie." "You'd be correct--Uxie is the Guardian of Wisdom." Zoey smiled. "I can't even begin to count how many stories of his adventures alongside Mesprit and Azelf I heard growing up. Mesprit is the Guardian of Emotion, that lives in Lake Verity, and Azelf is the Guardian of Valor, who lives here in Lake Valor." She let that hang as she took another bite of her ice cream. "Does that mean Mesprit healed Kori that fateful day?" Dawn asked. "And Azelf blessed me and Tintri for tomorrow?" Ash agreed. "It's possible--the lake guardians have been known to bless those they favor." Zoey smiled. Ash looked at the clock on the wall in the room. "it's not too late for you to get the guitar out, is it?" "Nope--it's only 7 PM." Brock replied as he started towards the boys' room. "Quiet hours don't start until 10 PM." "I've heard your music and tales are legendary!" Zoey smiled as Brock returned a few moments later, tuning a familiar yellow-brown acoustic guitar. "I take requests as well, so if there's a special song or tale you want to hear; let me know." Brock replied as he fine tuned his instrument. Dawn smiled at Zoey. "You're in for a treat!" Once in tune, Brock started the first tale to come to mind. "The king of a certain land had a beautiful garden which contained a number of very rare trees, but the rarest one of all was a Leppa tree. It stood in the middle of the garden, and produced shining crystal Leppa Berries every day. In the morning the flowers bloomed, during the day the fruit grew and ripened, and before nightfall, the berries were fully ripe. The next day the same thing happened, and this cycle would occur like clockwork every day..."