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He didn’t know why, but he… he preferred coming out to Shoal Cave as of late. Probably because it was the only place that was cold enough for him to feel—at ease, if he could call it that. Normally, summers around Hoenn were all but unbearable and he would have to do his courier work literally shirtless, but now—

Now that things had changed, well—

Lars now found comfort at the only place in all of Hoenn that was cold enough to have Ice-types. He’d hiked down close to the cavern where he had encountered the bird of ice itself, if but to hide away and enjoy the dropping temperature for himself.

At least he wouldn’t be freezing anything he accidentally touched, right?

He had sent word out—hopefully the person who was meant to receive the message would humor him with a meeting down here, in the coldest reaches of Shoal Cave. It was a strange place for a meeting, perhaps, but he had a good reason for it.






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[attr="class","spiral"] In any other scenario Fernando would have never entertained the offer. Meeting someone out in the barren recesses of Shoal Cave is an inconspicuous method of elimination. Lars may not be the brightest tool in the shed but Fernando doesn't doubt the Head Ranger's potential capabilities. The League may have a habit of granting empty titles but every so often they eye discerns real talent.

"Tch."

Spelunking past the tide's reach proves treacherous. Slow, deliberate steps secure solid footing and Fernando takes his time on the descent. Only when the ground paves into a somewhat even flatness does he dare hike up to a normal pacing.

"Anderson."

For now, Fernando seems alone. The only person on his side is the Pokeball in his hand. He expects the worst.

He expects betrayal.



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There he was, running his bare, ungloved hand along the walls of the frozen cavern he was in. Until very recently this place was just—another room in the deep reaches of the only place in Hoenn where ice naturally formed, away from the melting heat of the region.

Now, though—it was something else altogether for him.

The frigid wind that chilled his blood—he could still remember it whipping around him fiercely before it had quieted down. Which now left him with an unintended, and completely accidental side-effect—

Anything he touched would accumulate a light layer of frost. Any longer than that, it would be a disaster if left unchecked.

Another thing he had recently noticed was that he had gotten rather impervious to freezing weather. Normally at this point any normal human being would start experiencing the symptoms of frostbite, but…

He turned around.

“Thank you for humoring me at this strange meeting place,” he said at the councilman’s voice.

“I do have a question—one about that blue Pokémon you were seen with at Littleroot,” he prefaced. This was… the safest way he could possibly breach the topic without drawing too much suspicion.

“Did you have any strange experiences? Like—this?

To emphasize his point, he concentrated on the ice that was slowly forming on his right hand. While he didn’t have the finesse, the concentrated arctic power began to manifest around it before solidifying into a sharp patch of ice.






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[attr="class","spiral"]Humoring him is putting it lightly. Why they couldn't do this from the comfort of League Headquarters is beyond him. But Fernando does not announce his displeasure at being summoned. He lets his patient simmer, grant Anderson the chance to monologue, find out his true purpose for spurring Fernando out from behind his desk.

"Greninja?"

Whatever point Lars' is trying to make eludes him. Although Littleroot was a shitshow and something that aggravated him greatly, Fernando's own appearance at the contest hall had been lackluster at best. His Greninja which had shadowed him hadn't accomplished anything of note.

Even if he's unable to make sense of the other man's line of thinking, all of that changes once he reveals his powers. There's a multitude of reasons for the phenomenon but Anderson's method of presentation makes it obvious. There's only two reasons he would approach Fernando of all people.

"You're an avatar?"



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“Only recently,” he answered quietly as the chunk of ice in his hand continued to grow before he willed it to stop—with difficulty.

Now that he had some semblance of a jagged chunk in his hand, he set it down on the floor of Shoal Cave before shaking his hand to get the circulation going again.

“I figured, you’re the only one whose status of ‘being an avatar’ is known to the public because of HNN, but—that’s not the point. Is this really uncontrollable the first few days?”

He didn’t want to think about how he’d woken up the day after he had met Articuno and realized that his room was covered in just the lightest layer of frost. That was where the complications only began, and it was a long-ass list he didn’t want to think about at the moment.

He didn’t know if it was the heat driving him mad, or something.






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[attr="class","spiral"]For once, Fernando finds himself in agreement with Lars' line of thinking. Everything considered, there's no one else he can trust with prior experience. Fortunately, Fernando's the premiere expert when it comes from avatar usage. Anyone else with as much experience has yet to push their limits, much less present themselves to the world.

"Days? Try months."

If anyone think they can master their power within the span of a few weeks, they're crazy. Being able to contort their powers is like using a phantom limb, applying control and pressure to something they've never had before. The only exception is if their power is straight forward and singular. In his case, Fernando's still finding new applications and aspects of his abilities, one whole year past his appointment as the first League avatar.

"It'll take patience. You'll find out things about yourself that you've never realized. If you're lucky, your companion will be more helpful than mine, but knowing them, that's not saying much."

His own relationship with Tapu Fini remains an enigma. He understands his Pokemon better but its lack of a personality makes understanding the thought process behind its actions near impossible. At least it obeys him.




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Months?

He could only blink in quiet shock at what the other man had said—surely he knew quite a lot already or he was just downplaying what he actually knew for the sake of humoring him.

But there was something… he couldn’t put a finger on when he mentioned his own companion. The blue one? he thought privately as his brow furrowed further.

“So waking up to a room covered in frost is ‘normal’ when it comes to situations like this, if what you’ve mentioned about it taking a while to get this under control is right…” he mused, adapting a ‘thinking’ pose as he stared down at the icy floor.

“Well—to be honest I haven’t… communicated with them yet,” he added as he carefully danced around the words. “Although they did mention him—the one who came before me. But that’s it. I haven’t gotten anything out from them asides from the fact that they seem to know Senri.”

He wasn’t sure if the other man had been present at the Wintertide Ball a couple of years ago, but there you have it.






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[attr="class","spiral"]"Normal is subjective."

There's no point in engaging the Head Ranger at this point. Fernando knows better than to expect common sense from anyone in the League. Those he trust are few and far between, the small oasis' in the desert that makes up Hoenn's intellectual community. Ironically, watching Lars contort into his 'thinking' pose proves humorous to him. Yet Fernando never verbalizes this.

Save it for later. What's more important is how to wield the power given between the both of them. Lars now has a Legendary under his command and Fernando has another Avatar under the League's jurisdiction.

But that begs the question: which Legendary? Lars gives no clues at first but the moment he mentions 'Senri', he's revealed the only playing card he had. "Articuno." This time Fernando cups his chin within his hand, pondering.

"Not bad."





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“Yes, that one—I don’t know if you’ve heard about them appearing here, right here in this very cavern. Happened… pretty recently.”

He wasn’t sure if anyone else who may have shown up here—after all word getting out of a Legendary sighting, in this day and age—it was bound to attract all kinds of people. Sometimes it attracted the wrong crowd, too.

But enough of that.

“Can you—has anyone else ever approached you and asked if you could teach them? Because hell knows I’m going to need all the help I can get. I wouldn’t want to be a fuck-up. That was what they said when I approached… about how Senri was a ‘disappointment’.”

And he didn’t want that to happen to him, that much was certain.

“So… can you? I mean, teach—teach me how to get this under control.”

Even as they spoke the ice around the area is reacting to his own presence, growing, spreading out—was it getting too cold? He couldn’t tell anymore at this point.






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[attr="class","spiral"]"I can teach you—"

It's not like he has much of a choice. The moment Lars, or anyone for that matter, reveals their powers, they've resigned Fernando to his fate. Being able to personally have a hand in cultivating Avatars is a task that must be carried out with proper planning. To let them run loose and unchecked will only spur the fearmongering sentiments aroused by 's legacy.

"—but will you learn?"

However necessary it may be, Fernando is a teacher of limited patience. Him going out of his way to make someone better usually comes out of his own desire. This time, the student is approaching him. Respect and compliance are a must, much like every other dominion Silph commands.



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“You’re the only one I know of, who can do this—who else can I turn to? Certainly not Balder, he said with a minute sigh. He’d heard about what had happened in the aftermath reports, and not too long after that…

Had completely lost track of things.

“And besides, isn’t this a way to disprove what he did by denouncing the entire League wrong? No rouges running around and doing all manner of batshit insane things…” he added a few moments later.

Which now bore the question: asides from Fernando, who else was in the same situation as they were?

Noticing that the ice was spreading and thickening around them, he closed his eyes and concentrated on stopping the growth—with great difficulty. The frigid power continued to leak out of him no matter how hard he tried to rein it in.

The other man was right—this was going to take a while.






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[attr="class","spiral"]"That wasn't the question, Anderson."

And just like that they come to their first crossroads. Fernando can tolerate a distracted train of thought for only so long before it grates on his nerves. He may not reply with frustration or an outburst but when his patience wanes too thin there's no point in continuing his investment. Only Lars' status as an avatar keeps him on the hook.

"Before you can control your powers you need to be able to control your mind. Don't allow yourself to get distracted. Stay on track and flow through the conversation normally."

When the ice encroaches too far, Fernando brings out a Pokeball, releasing his Charizard. It lets out an uncomfortable rumble, embers flaring from its nostrils. For now, it remains by his side, awaiting orders.

"Do you understand?"



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Much as he wanted to sass the other man back, he was the only person he knew (and was aware of) that knew something about the strange phenomena that was happening with him and could turn to for advice.

The first few days waking up with his room covered in frost was rather alarming. But he knew he couldn’t hide forever as he had to show up for work eventually—thank hell he had enough leave credits to cover up as he’d saved up those… and had used them as much as possible not too long after the encounter with Articuno.

“I’m trying,” is all he can get out, struggling to keep everything separated and partitioned. But hell, the sight of all the ice around him was only… encouraging the presence that now welled inside him to spread its influence out further.

“Shit, this is hard,” he added a few moments later as he grit his teeth, trying to ignore the obvious that was going on around him and following the conversation as best as he could. The ice had stopped—for the moment.

How, then? How can I keep this from spreading asides from detaching myself from what’s going on around me if it won’t stop spreading?” he went on.

“Waking up for several days in a row with an entire room covered in frost isn’t exactly keeping it ‘under wraps’, is it…” he continued.

And for some strange reason—much as he wanted to snap at the other, he… well, he couldn’t. At least not snap angrily as he normally would whenever he reacted to anything strange going on around him.

Maybe there was one good thing that came out of this—this new partnership between him and Articuno.






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[attr="class","spiral"]"You don't."

It's clearly not the answer Anderson wants but it's their reality. There's no way he'll tame his powers in a timely manner, not with this approach.

"Stop trying to fight it. You can't control a new feeling just because you want to. Let go and embrace it."

Which probably means covering them all in the permafrost. Fernando's Charizard lets out a thick plume of flames to set up a perimeter around them. Although Fernando has the patience to walk Lars through this, he won't put his own well-being on the line. Safety first.

"Understand how it feels and from there you will slowly understand how to control it. Think of it as a muscle. You don't need to lift heavy weights off the bat. Start small and grow into it."

This is the opposite of 's predicament but he still gives the same advice. After all, they're two sides of the same coin.

"Let it out. Don't it off. Just let it flow freely and make small adjustments. Make it veer off in a direction by an inch. Whatever you can do. Then do it frequently until it becomes easy, then increase it, make it turn in a curve, then at an angle."

Fernando's eyes narrow.

"This took me months. Don't rush."



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He was so very tempted to say ‘Can you blame me for this,’ but knew that it was going to go down badly if he vocalized his thoughts.

Maybe he was giving the other presence more precedence than he actually did? Also…

Wait a second, hold up, what the hell? Did he just— he thought as he backtracked to what the Councilman was saying.

“Don’t say I didn’t warn you, then,” was all he said before taking a deep breath and closing his eyes. Here Lars was, trying his hardest to rein it in, but now Fernando was telling him to do the opposite and basically let it all out?

Well, then.

Once he released the deep breath he had taken in, the other ‘presence’ then began to run… well, for lack of a better word, it began to encroach on the currently-present ice and began to spread out like—wildfire, so to speak. Only instead of fire, it was ice, but—well, one understood the point he was trying to drive across.

The ice at his feet began to spread. Well, he did say ‘let go’, right? This was what exactly he was doing—the ice began spreading out like a frozen ripple from the point where he stood. The wind within grew colder; the ice thickening as it spread out, free rein—

Wait, was he overdoing it?

Most of the ice that was spreading was growing in an outward ‘defensive’ ring with him as the epicenter. The ice was attempting to avoid the Charizard that had emerged and was now accompanying the councilman—because ice and fire didn’t really mix well together.

“Do you want me to stop? Or keep going?” he muttered a few moments later as he looked around and estimated that the layers of ice were—definitely thicker than what Articuno had conjured up the last time it was around.






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