... challenging you for a battle, a request that you can't decline as a gym leader, so spill it."
"Fine." He sat on a large rock on the ground that someone had mined around to act as a rudimentary seat. "I broke up with my girlfriend recently. It was pretty serious, a three-year relationship. I proposed to her the other day, and she turned me down. Said she couldn't make that kind of commitment."
Dawn sat next to him. "That's horrible. But what's it have to do with the gym?"
"She had an insatiable libido. She always wanted to try new things and new places. A lot of those places ended up being in the gym. Just standing at the arena, I can see a lot of places we fucked, and it all hurts so much."
"Oh..." Dawn really didn't know what to say.
"Honestly, now that I think about it, it's mostly the sex that makes it unbearable. The best moments of my sex life were had in that place. The only change of location for us from the bedroom was different parts of the gym. We never went anywhere else, never tried new places."
"So what, having sex somewhere else would make you get over her?"
"Sex won't make me get over her, but trying somewhere new would at least make the gym more bearable."
"Somewhere new...like a mineshaft?"
Roark glanced at the girl. "Are you implying..."
"If it helps me get the gym badge, I'll let you take me right now."
Roark looked down for a moment, making the tough decision of whether or not to take Dawn up on her offer. "A...