"This is your captain speaking. We appear to have a bit of an emergency. Please remain in your seats as we execute emergency runway protocol." "This is your captain speaking, we appear to have some minor delays..." "This is your captain speaking..." "This is your captain speaking..." Every airplane flying above Southquartz International Airport was experiencing delays, it seemed. Someone was waiting for this plane to arrive on the runway before letting off that explosion. Joanne jarred in her seat when the explosion rocked the plane, banging her head and her knees and knocking her tray back down. The tall girl fidgeted in her seat, readjusting her glasses and checking to see if her Poké Balls were still on her person. Joanne noted the fine layer of frost that had iced over the plane's windows. She noted the sudden drop in temperature. The passengers around her chattered, panicking and wondering if it were a terrorist attack. It probably was, but thankfully, there had been no fiery explosions of infernal death... yet. Joanne glanced worriedly out the window again; through the frost, she could barely see the frozen elevators, the turbines slowly straining to a halt. She heard the engine cut, and saw that not only had the shaft and blades frozen over, but also the entire length of wing. She looked into the red cap of one of her Poké Balls. Piper, her Klink, looked back with a worried expression. The agitated minigears clicked slowly together, their eyes darting to the window and back at Joanne. "This is your captain speaking. We will release the emergency slides momentarily; please remain in your seats until told to leave." Joanne looked up at the brown-haired woman standing (now sitting) in the front. She wore a simple down coat and snow pants. "Alright, folks, remain calm, I don't think we're in too much trouble here. We can still get you to safely to the terminal and to Southquartz's Sveri League center to register you for the League." "Great," said another girl across the aisle. She was shorter than Joanne, with a steely glare. "No exploding runway's keeping me from the arse of all Sveri's Gym Leaders." "You gonna sweep 'em with the Diggers-D?" shot a tan-skinned, skinny-in-general boy with an impish gaze. "I thought you didn't have one! I've got a lot of Huge Power in my own, if you want to borrow it!" The other girl glowered at the skinny kid, who sat next to her. "Shut it, Marco. It's bad enough that I had to deal with a loser like you during the entire plane ride." The boy, Marco, simply laughed it off and kicked back in his seat. "Lighten up, Lucy, or you'll never reach the sky with diamonds!" Joanne decided that she liked Marco better than she did Lucy.