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Black and White watch in awe as Alder and Marshal battle on the Battle Subway. Alder narrowly wins and exits the subway car, asking after the Mayor of Nimbasa City and wandering off. Marshal approaches Black and explains Alder's battle strategy to him. As Black introduces White to Marshal, the mayor arrives in a hurry, complaining that the director of the Pokémon Musical had gone missing. Upon catching sight of White, who is slumped and frazzled with exhaustion. Black intervenes and explains how she was attacked.
The mayor reluctantly forgives White her absence as Marshal looks on thoughtfully. The mayor wants to talk to Alder, so they leave the subway station and find Alder wrestling his Bouffalant in the grass. Wild Pokémon have gathered around him, drawn by kind nature. Watching him, White's face brightens.
Marshal tells Black that he found Servine with White when she was unconscious, and he turns to the mayor to discuss the facilities of the Battle Subway. The mayor explains to Black and White that the subway consists of many lines running beneath Unova, and those challengers who win twenty-one consecutive matches will face the Subway Masters Ingo and Emmet.
Marshal suggests that a normal trainer like Black test the Battle Subway, since he and Alder are elite trainers and can't speak for the normal trainer. Black is ecstatic at the opportunity, but he realizes that since White has just had a traumatic experience with battles, maybe he should be sensitive and refuse the offer.
Black runs out of the subway to avoid temptation, stopping where Alder is visible petting and playing with Pokémon. White and Servine, who have followed Black, watches Alder for a moment before telling Black that she hasn't given up on her dream of working in the Pokémon entertainment industry, but speaking with N has made her realize she hadn't listened to her Tepig's "voice." White wants to see the other side of the story now, to experience battling and see what it's like.
White decides to challenge the Battle Subway.