Colress’ eyes quickly shot back to the floor as Lenora spoke. Calm as she seemed, he knew well how she was feeling. Without thinking, he had broken the trust in one another the two shared. His face began to turn pale.
“No!” The scientist just about shouted, and had to take a few seconds to regain his composure.
“Lenora please, just hear me out. I was once the head of Team Plasma… I thought that if it would help me to accomplish my goals, I would do anything! I didn’t care what the consequences might have been, and I acted selfishly. But I met Kyouhei, and I met Mei and Hue. I saw myself what Team Plasma was doing, and those trainers showed me that I didn’t have to result to criminal activity in order to get what I was looking for.”
Colress looked at the ground once again, his eyes shut tight as he shook his head to rid himself of the self loathing that crossed his mind. “I’m sorry, Lenora. I’m so, so sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone, but I know that I have. I let down those trainers when they discovered that I was their enemy all along. Even Ghetsis thinks I’m disgusting for changing my beliefs while I was still working for him. I- Well, I suppose I’ve let you down, as well.”
“But I disbanded Team Plasma myself… Two and a half years after their first attempt to take control of Unova. Like I said, I was young. No matter how intelligent I was, I was still ignorant and self-absorbed. Even if it meant I would be poor for the rest of my life, I would not repeat my actions. I promise you that.”
Lenora stepped back, surprised when Colress shouted. It wasn’t like him to lose his cool like this, Lenora knew that. And as Colress explained himself and apologized, she knew he was being sincere. She could see his anguish and see how badly he regretted what Team Plasma had done.
“Well…I’m a little disappointed you didn’t tell me about your past with Team Plasma sooner. But more than that, I’m proud of you. Changing your beliefs about Pokemon and about whether the ends justify the means…I know changing your entire worldview is an incredibly difficult thing to do. To tell the truth, disbanding Team Plasma makes you something of a hero in my eyes.”
She reached forward and gave Colress’ hand a gentle squeeze. “I think you have incredible strength of character. I’m honored to call someone as noble as you my friend.”
She winked at him. “And you won’t be poor. Once you’ve established yourself as a published expert in your field, I’m sure you’ll be able to get a job with any university or institute you like.”