Any Rose Would Smell as Sweet
Rumors are going around the Heartslabyul dorm about a big beast if you go into the deepest part of the maze. But was it a beast they saw?
“I saw it, it was like a giant metal monster!”
“No way, dude… you’re just making this up”
Lately, a rumor has been circulating amongst Heartslabyul students that a mysterious beast resides deep in the rose maze but the only witness was an unlucky student who happened to get lost and in his attempt to get out of the maze ended up leading him to the location where the beast was.
The only evidence this student had was a blurry picture of something metallic sitting by a patch of flowers. This left most students skeptical over the so-called evidence.
Of course, the rumors have reached plenty of ears, especially the dorm leader of Heartslabyul. Riddle didn’t care about the rumors and he already knows about the “monster” that occasionally sits in the rose maze.
In fact, he’s already heading for the maze to meet up with a certain someone by the mirror.
“Riddle! Sorry if I’m late, classes took me a while” Phoebe sheepishly rubbed the back of her head, knowing how he valued punctuality.
But Riddle didn’t seem to mind since he did owe her a favor ever since the overblot incident so this was the least he could do.
“A few minutes short but I’m sure I can overlook this, let’s us be off”, he ushers her to follow him into the maze. As a dorm leader, he knows everything about Heartslabyul so it’s safe to say that he has memorized the entire maze.
When they stopped at a clearing deep in the maze where a small patch of wildflowers grew and stood out amongst the roses, Phoebe takes out a pokéball and calls her Pokémon.
“Okay Aggron, you can come out now!”
The Iron Armor Pokémon immediately darted towards the flowers which made the ground shake a bit from his heavy footsteps, once he reached the patch of flora, he began to relax as he began to lay down to get a closer look.
Riddle didn’t need to pay attention to the rumors because the so-called monster was just Phoebe’s Pokémon who simply wanted to see the flowers. He had to admit that he didn’t expect something so large and intimidating would have such a cute hobby, but then again he himself looked doll-like yet his personality burns like a raging flame. So, who was he to judge?
His silver eyes observed the beast who delicately held a flower between its claws, it was strange to him how something with claws that could very well cut through iron would have the ability to be so careful.
“Aww! He’s so happy!” Phoebe squealed when Aggron sneezed after he sniffed a flower too harshly, causing him to momentarily get pollen in his nostrils.
“By the way… about the rumors, I apologize if things got messy because of this favor!”, she apologized to Riddle.
“Don’t fret about that, it’s not like they’ll get anywhere. Cater can handle that rumor”
“I’m just worried what the others would think of Aggron, I still remember how you reacted when I brought out Aggron, I should’ve told you beforehand! Haha!”
She laughs as Riddle blushed in embarrassment, of course he remembered their first meeting.
Riddle promised to owe Phoebe a favor after the incident with the overblot. He still had some lingering guilt over the incident despite the girl already forgiving him for his mistakes.
Whatever Phoebe wanted to have him do, he’ll do it with no complaints. If it was Ace, he’d probably make him do something humiliating but thankfully, Phoebe wasn’t petty.
Her request was pretty simple, she just needs him to supervise occasional visits to the rose maze to have one of her Pokémon enjoy the flowers. Her reason was that it’ll take a while for her to make a nice garden and there might be a chance her Pokémon could wander off to find some.
And knowing that it might cause a panic, she didn’t want to get into any more trouble.
Heartslabyul had such a lovely garden and it might ease her Pokémon’s unease, Riddle thought that it was the easiest request that he almost wished she asked for something with more challenge.
Only… it wasn’t going to be that easy for him…
He expected the creature to be something cute since the only clue she told him was that the creature loved flowers and was a total sweetheart. What he saw was a far cry from what he imagined, it wasn’t small, nor did it looked cute.
The creature was a 6-foot metal beast with scars on its left side and it stared down at him with what he assumed was a glare but that was just Aggron’s usual face.
Needless to say, he stumbled onto Trey who was having a hard time keeping himself composed with his knees buckling. Phoebe just stood next to the creature, cooing at it as if it was some sort of puppy.
“I’m sorry if he startled you but I promise he’s a sweetheart, he’s quite timid too, see?”
Aggron twiddled his sharp, metal claws but it only made Riddle tense up as he gazed at the deadly claws that could probably level the dorm. But he’s a man of his word and he musters up the courage to lead her and Aggron into the maze.
“I had to say, I didn’t know if you were being cheeky by not telling me what he is as payback or you were just generally forgetful”, he teased.
A scream caught both their attention as they saw a student who ended up in the same area they were in. He seemed to have fainted when he stumbled upon Aggron who looked terrifying in his perspective, despite the Pokémon donning a crown of flowers on his head.
Aggron simply tilted his head in confusion and his attempt to comfort the fainted student was to plop a flower crown on his head before he went back to the flower patch.
Riddle shakes his head at the scenario, a shadow cast over him and he looks up to see Aggron holding out something towards him, it was a red wildflower. Phoebe nudged him to take the flower which he did.
“He’s giving you a gift, he’s warming up to you, Riddle!”
The claws felt a bit cold to the touch when his gloved hands made contact, he would’ve flinched but not anymore. He looked up to Aggron’s eyes and he can almost see a childlike innocence in them.
“Looks like you’re friends now!”
Riddle finally sees why Phoebe thinks this hulking metal beast was adorable now.
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