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"You don't understand, do you?" Green whispers. "It's always been you."
But it doesn't matter in the end.
Ten years later, Green retires from the gym and moves back to Pallet Town. They're opening a lighthouse there and they need someone to run it.
They're looking for someone intelligent, reliable, adaptable—someone who is used to being alone.
Luckily, Green has all these qualities, and when he applies for the position he's accepted almost immediately.
His goodbye party is loud and merry, but over and over he finds himself in one of the corners of the gym,
offering tissues and cracking jokes until one of his trainers gives him a tearful smile. "It's not so bad," he says. "You guys are going to be great."
When he hands the gym keys over to Silver the next day, the crowded gym is full of expectant silence.
Lance looks on approvingly, cutting an impressive figure as the two gym leaders—one former, one future—sign the official League documentation.
The press is everywhere, and Silver's mouth is pressed into a thin, nervous line until Green slaps him hard on the back and winks at him.
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