Lenox and Brittany were lying down on the bed. It had been a while since the two had seen each other and had some alone time. So they wanted to catch up with one another.
"So Brittany. What did you do while I was gone?" Len turned over smiling at her love.
Brittany smiled. “Oh it was great! I got to meet Jeny the dusknoir!” She then leaned upward on the bed and started to bounce on the bed out of excitement. “Then I went to the Fox Festival and I got to meet so many new and nice faces! But my favorite part; I got to meet Lady Emory!” Brittany began to squee as she bounced more on the bed. “It was amazing! I was there with so many friends! Nox, Lumi, Yoko, Emory, Rol, Haines-“
Lenox’s reaction turned stunned at the last name she mentioned. She felt a massive weight on her chest. The fact that Brittany had gone with one of the most dangerous criminals in Arcadium, hell in Unova, probably other places as well, and that Rol had let this happen. She leaned up and firmly put her hand on Brittany’s shoulder to get her to stop bouncing. “You went with Haines?” Lenox’s voice sounded more scared and concerned. At no point, did Brittany ever put two and two together and realize that Haines was someone she could not trust, given that Haines has quite a reputation in the city. She had honestly had hoped Brittany would not be as dumb enough to go somewhere with her, even with someone who was supposed to keep her safe.
Brittany’s joy faded and her smile turned into a small frown. “Y-yeah I went with her. Why is that such a problem?”
"Why is that a problem?! Please tell me you are kidding! She is a renowned criminal. And you went to a festival with her?"
Brittany just reeled back from Lenox’s mild outburst. “S-she offered to take us as a treat for what had happened to my house. She was really nice to. She and I talked about our lives, we made lantern together and met more pokemon. She…was actually pretty nice and understandable.
Lenox could not believe what she was hearing. “Haines is a liar. She is a criminal and the fact you went with someone who is that infamous is just stupid!”
Brittany’s expression turned angry. “I don’t see how you are any different!”
Lenox’s eyes widened. She was worried where this would go. “What do you mean?” She sounded worried. Len was affriad Brittany saw her as just a criminal. A monster that would do whatever it takes to survive.
"You associate with pokemon who have a shady background. Freddy, Gwen, Yumi and Piko. They are all criminals to some extent, yet you associate with them."
Lenox felt some what relieved it wasn’t go to there. It still wasn’t made any easier by what was said though. Len was worried Brittany was a bit uneasy with her job.
"Brittany. Do you…hate my job?"
Brittany couldn’t muster any words in that moment. After some thought she spoke up. “I admit, at times I do. I’m ok with you taking out crime groups in this city and going after criminals. But, this war…I was honestly scared. Scared you wouldn’t come back. I felt so alone.” She began to whimper a little. “Not only that, I sometimes wonder if you and the company do more harm then good. Like the Moreas cult or anything involving tribes.” Lenox went to put her hand on her shoulder, but she stopped herself. She didn’t know how to feel. She admitted that Brittany was not wrong but she still felt hurt.
"I see. I have to be honest as well. I hate your job to." Len tensed up. "Every night I have to watch men constantly flirt with you, oogle you like some piece of meat, and groping you. It just…makes me sick to my stomach." Brittany was reeling from this. Did Len assume she would cheat on her? "I know you would never cheat on me, but…I know you can do better. You have several other talents and skills that would help you anywhere else."
Brittany felt some relief, but she was still sad about what her lover was telling her. She knew she was right, but Brittany felt Len was being a hypocrite”That’s nice of you…but I can’t do anything else. No one would take me in. I’m just a failed wannabe contestant star, turned burlesque dance, and, lets be honest, stripper! And you have plenty of talents, why don’t you just do anything else?”
"Because the only thing I can do is fight. I have to! I have to fight for some vague semblance of a good cause." She clenched her claws. "I need to…to help me make up for my failures to save my family. I have to do this for their sake!"
Brittany was crying again. “Please! Stop! I hate how you keep holding something that wasn’t even your fault against you! I wish you would just forget your family!”
Something in Len snapped. She wound her arm back and slapped Brittany across the face. After a few seconds, Len let the weight of what she had just done hit her. She hit Brittany. Brittany. The one pokemon who had helped her when she was in the worse moment of her life. A light in her life. One of the few pokemon that made her feel special, and she hit her.
Brittany began to whimper. Never had Len ever hit her. Even in their few other arguments. Brittany realized she had stepped out of line with the comment about the family. She had been so thoughtless over what she had said.
"Brittany. No! I-I." What have I done? That was all the hawlucha could think of. What she had done. She tried to reach out to the roserade, but she curled herself up as if to make herself smaller. She began to sob. Len could just stare in disbelief. Was this something she had pent up in her?
"I’m a monster."
Brittany perked up and looked at the hawlucha, who was trembling at this point.
"You were right. I’m a monster." Tears began to pour from her eyes. "I’m a violent monster! I-I I’m sorry!" Len ran out of the room and out of the company building. Brittany tried to run after her, but by the time she got outside, she had flown off.