Morale was low and tensions high
Amongst that motley crew
And Sam's attempts to pacify
Just worsened things anew
"Stay out of this, kid," Jian snapped
"I don't need your control."
His face softened as Sam shrank back
"It's not your fault," he consoled
Sam shrugged, wondering if it was
Since he'd first wanted this
All this trouble, just because
He made a stupid wish!
The fights reminded Sam of home
And how his parents fought
He felt so homesick, and alone
I'm screwing up, he thought
"This isn't working," Axel said,
"We shouldn't want to fight
The stress is getting to our heads.
We need to do this right
But nothing's going to get done
If we can't get along
Let's take the day off, have some fun,
Now, would that be so wrong?"
"Sounds great to me," Emmi replied,
"That's what we all deserve.
No offense-- I like you guys,
But you're getting on my nerves."
"Yeah, same here," admitted Gale
Without a hint of shame
"Your company is growing stale.
Sorry to complain."
Jian nodded. "Same for me.
Perhaps I'll go explore
I'm sure there must be sights to see
For I've been growing bored."
"Well," Tessa proclaimed at last,
"It seems that's settled, then.
You've all been feeling stressed, harassed,
And maybe bored again,
So let's split up-- just for a day
We'll meet back here tonight
And then continue on our way
So, does that sound alright?"
The trio nodded their assent
Relieved to have a break
And separately, off they went
For all their sanity's sake
Axel said, "That leaves us three
Tessa, Sam, and I
What should we do, while we're free?
Anything we need to buy?"
"No," said Tessa, "We're well stocked
Hey, Sam, are you okay?
The whole way here, you've barely talked
That I've heard, anyway."
"Well... Not really," Sam confessed
"Since I'm the one to blame
I caused all of this, I guess
It's more than just a game."
Tessa looked him in the eye, said
"Kid, don't blame yourself
Guilt will just mess up your head
And we're all here to help."
"All except for Emmi, Gale,
And Jian, you mean.
It's not like they all really bailed,
It's just so unforeseen."
Sam sighed. "I know they need some space
But what should we do now?
I'm feeling anxious 'bout our pace
I don't want to slow down."
Axel took Sam by the hand
Said, "Listen, it's okay
We'll continue, save the land,
Enjoy yourself a day
You're a tourist in this place
So why not just enjoy?
Life's a journey, not a race
And you are just a boy."
"Okay," Sam said, and took a breath
"I'll try this for a while
I guess since all the others left
It might be worth a trial
I've been so worried since I came
I just want to go home
But I must say that all the same
I'm glad I'm not alone"
"That's good," Axel said, relieved
"Why don't we browse the streets?"
"Oh, just browse?" Tessa teased
"Not find a place to eat?"
"Well, if we see one," he replied
"I'd hate to turn it down
But let's just walk, since the outside's
The best part of a town"
The trio wandered down a road
No place to go in mind
Sam looked around, suddenly slowed
And almost fell behind
He'd been here in this world not long
And thought he’d seen it all
But pushing his way past the throng
He suddenly felt small
He really was a stranger here
Maybe Axel was right
He should observe, and without fear
Of danger, or a fight
So was it possible to now
See things with open eyes?
Forget the whys, forget the hows
Let himself be surprised?
He watched pedestrians go by
With a sense of newfound awe
He took them in with wondering eyes,
Amazed at what he saw
Tessa noticed, and matched his pace
“What’s wrong?” She asked the boy
“Nothing’s wrong, it’s just… this place.
It’s meant to be enjoyed,”
“I’m glad you finally see that way
See, Hoenn’s not so bad!
I know it’s going to be okay.
There’s good times to be had.”
Sam smiled at Tessa, then said, “Thanks.
And about that Pokemon...”
He pointed. “I kinda drew a blank.
I had it, but it's gone.”
“She's a Shinx,” Tessa replied
“I guess you might not know...
Well, good thing you have a guide
To show you where to go
Those are Eevees by the store
The cashier’s a Butterfree
And that guy's a bulbasaur
Over there, a Cherubi"
Two young lovers then walked past
Content as they could be
"Grovyle," Tessa said when Sam asked,
"And the pink one's Celebi."
"If she's a grass type, why's she pink?
Unless... A shiny 'mon?!?"
She shrugged. "More common than you think.
We'll fall behind, come on."
The two caught up to Axel, and
Continued on their way
And Sam, he who could save the land
Was glad they’d stopped a day