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| An X-cuse to Come Out and Play
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|| Vol. 1
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An X-cuse to Come Out and Play (Japanese: ガルーラ、待つ Garura, Wait) is the first round of the X & Y chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
The story begins with some flashbacks in which X and his Pokémon, Kanga, a Kangaskhan, and Li'l Kanga, her daughter, are gloriously winning a match against his opponent's Noivern, making X the winner of the Junior Tournament. Commentators are stating that none of the other many participants in this tournament was a match for him. Praising him, they wonder what he will become in the future. They even think he is worth of becoming part of the Elite Four. Drawing the whole world's attention due to his massive skill at his young age, everyone think of him as a symbol of hope. However, this was ages ago, X never leaves his room anymore.
In Vaniville Town, a depressed X is shown in his room, looking down at the floor. Y is gliding in her suit with her Fletchling over Trevor and lands on the roof of X's house, right in front of his room's window. Shouting him that it's morning already. Trevor hopes she won't get angry again. Overhearing that, Shauna, that was passing by with Tierno, adds that she always do and that today is not going to be any different, which makes Y angry. Back to X's window, Y takes out a Poké Puff and tells X that he has to see this. She then explains that this is a treat to make your Pokémon affectionate. Seeing a card being slid between the shutters, Y picks it and reads "NOT INTERESTED" on it, she then gets very angry at him and starts kicking his window.
Trevor asks her to calm down, but was told by Shauna that it was to no use. Tierno then asks them why are they even there if they gave up on him? She answers that it's because when they were kids, the 5 of them used to always be together, until X shut himself in his room. She adds that they have been trying for so long, but they got quite busy pursuing their dreams, and now, Y is the only one who is still trying to get him out every day. Kanga then walks in, she's hungry, Tierno hasn't fed her anything yet. Shauna compliments Tierno for taking care of X's Pokémon. Kanga has a sad look on her face, she misses X. Tierno says that Li'l Kanga must be the saddest of them all.
Flashbacks again, during the tournament, Kanga is shown to counter every of Noivern's moves, thanks to Li'l Kanga is her pocket who helps her mother fighting. The little Pokémon and X became famous. They were able to become that strong because they understood each other so much. So, similar to X, Li'l Kanga hasn't left her mother's pouch either.
Trevor explains that it usually takes three years for a baby Kangaskhan to grow up and leave its mother and that letting her stay in is not helping her at all. Still trying to get him out of there, Y asks him to say something, to which, X replies "something", she falls on the ground, looking down. Insisting that they are doing this for him, she says that he has so much potential. X replies that he's already heard that and that he expected her to say something new. He adds that as long as he stays here, he doesn't have to deal with all the noise and the looks, no more people following him everywhere, no more paparazzi. He blames adults for making money off a kid, telling her to mind her own business. Y reminds him how much he trained for that tournament, how shining he was and that she, Trevor, Shauna and Tierno all witnessed his glory. Telling him to ignore everyone else and be a good trainer as he really is, for is own sake, and the sake of his Pokémon. He replies that he no longer care about this. Seeing the flash of a camera, Y notices journalists on the street looking at her, angry, she glides to them.
The journalists ask her if they startled her, saying that they, Alexa and her sister Viola, are from the Editorial Office. Saying that they heard of an amazing sky trainer around here, they wonder if she is the one. Complimenting her Fletchling, they start asking a bunch of questions about her. Y replies that they are not welcome here since she hates reporters and journalists. Then ask why and Y replies that it is because of people like them that her best friend is the way he is now.
Trevor receives a Holo Caster Message from the Professor Sycamore saying that the package containing items and Pokémon he sent to them should have arrived, Trevor then rushes to his house to pick it up. Opening the box, he sees three Pokémon, a Chespin, a Froakie and a Fennekin. Feared, Trevor is looking at the sky, where Xerneas and Yveltal were fighting. Everyone that stayed at X's house are looking at the storm, wondering what's going on there. Attacking each other, they blew up an entire hill. Everyone is running away, except for Y, which is still screaming at X's window to get out and to run with them, but he stayed in his room, with a small light coming out of his ring.
|| Spoilers end here.
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