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Anonymous
August 3, 2005 7:49:11 PM

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"Obscure Logo fan, huh?"

Keiko Kamen turned around to face her latest travelling companion as she
pulled her hair out from under the collar of the dark blue Obscure Logo
t-shirt she just put on. Going down an inch or so shy of mid-thigh, it
was the only visible article of clothing she had on. But even this was
over-dressed by the 18-year-old naturist's usual self-standard, who,
given the choice, wouldn't settle for more than the emerald clip that
kept her strawberry-blonde hair in a ponytail.

"Few people realize that Obscure Logo was more than just a mere trend,"
her travelling companion went on. "Convient Plot Device, Momentary
Cameo, and the like? They're the trends. Nobody will remember them in
ten years. But Obscure Logo is a phenominon. You know and I know that
Obscure Logo will live on forever."

"I thought you said weren't going to watch me dress," Keiko said in an
amused tone as she strapped her belt pack around her waist.

"I thought you said you didn't care," the boy replied as Skyler, Keiko's
Swablu, hopped out of his tartan-swathed arms and flew onto Keiko's head.

"I said I didn't care if you saw me," Keiko clarified. She adjusted her
balance slightly as Skyler settled on her head like a cotton-fluff hat.
"I don't care who it is, voyeurism is voyeurism, and it's just plain
creepy."

"You're pretty uptight for a naked chick," the boy pointed out.

"I am not uptight!" Keiko responded, almost giggling, as she walked up
to her travelling companion and gave him a playful shove.

"Fine, fine," he conceded as the two of them began walking to town.

"So, to the PokeCenter, then?" Keiko asked somewhat rhetorically.
Pokemon Centers are generally the first stop for the travelling Pokemon
trainer, although there are often other points of interest can be
equally popular.

"I was thinking I'd stay at a hotel, actual-" the boy got out before a
Ninetales zoomed by with a Tauros in hot pursuit. As the duo watched
the Pokemon dash into town, he commented, "They seem rather focused today."

"You know those two?" Keiko inquired.

"You could say that, yeah," was the reply.


------------------------------------------------------------------------

As Keaton, in full-Tauros form, pounded his way down the street, he
couldn't help but notice how Kitsu, his wereNinetales sister, had a lot
more stamina than she used to. The two had been running practically
non-stop in Pokemon form since they Teleported into Mauville, and she
didn't seem nearly as worn-out as he felt. He figured that it must've
been all the training she did in the desert north of Mauville in hopes
of mastering the power of the magical Hellstrike Bisento. In the
punishing winds and searing heat, she managed to gain some control over
the weapon's incredible Hellstrike Inferno attack, not to mention
gaining the stamina and grace to withstand, if not take advantage of, a
full-fledged Sandstorm.

Or it could be that Keaton had been slacking off while waiting for his
sister to return before finally giving up and tracking her down. He
made a mental note to put in some intensive training as soon as
possible. After all, they had a tournament to win. Specifically, the
Doubles Tourny in Fortree City. A thought wafted through his mind,
inciting the question of whether or not Aerie will be training them as
she did in the Whirl Cup back in Johto not so long ago.

Aw, cripes. Aerie. He had almost forgotten. The amorous little
half-Ditto who had been jonesing for Kitsu almost since they met had
suddenly decided she liked boys not long after Kitsu left for the desert
and, last he checked, was macking on the little brother of a certain
half-Bayleef(and Grovyle now, was it?) breeder who was bound to be at
the Pokemon Center with the rest of the Search Party for Smasher.
Fortunately, Aerie made him promise not to tell her until she got the
chance, so it wasn't like it would be a big deal. Hopefully, he wasn't
going to have to put too much effort in making sure she didn't find out
on her own.

With the Pokemon Center looming ahead of them, the siblings began
shifting into their true, anthropomorphic-Pokemon forms as they slowed
down in their approach. They were walking on two legs as they entered
the Center, although staggering seemed like the more appropriate term in
Keaton's case. Breathing heavily, he trudged over to the front desk in
his traditional samurai robes, slumped against it, and slid down to the
floor on his back.

"I'm fine," Keaton panted. He looked up to see Nurse Joy peering at him
from over her desk. He changed into his human form, or as close to
human as he could get with horns, a tail, and those gems on his
forehead, and said encouragingly, "Although, I think I might need
mouth-to-mouth."

Kitsu, meanwhile, wearing what appeared to be a severely sand-staind
school girl's uniform with armor padding, strode in casually and sighed.

"I could kill for a good sauna," she said, stretching her arms. "And a
strawberry face peel. And a manicure. Good lord, look at all the sand
underthere."

She examined her fingernails for a moment before looking about the room.
Upon seeing some familiar faces, she walked up to them and said, "So
did I miss anything important while I was gone?"

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Anonymous
August 10, 2005 10:13:48 AM

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Clayton wrote:
> "BESIDES," Bob said, diverting the topic away from that thread. "I can also
> provide anesthetic in case it gets ugly or some cover in case of disaster.
> Plus we
> did forget something."
>
> "What did I forget?" Kitsu asked, shifting very slightly.
>
> "How about a pokeball? If it is a ghostly pokemon, we'll need to stop it
> from getting away."
>
> It took fifteen minutes and three sedations before Nurse Joy returned to the
> keys
> to an unused storage room and a box of assorted religious-looking
> knick-knacks
> that had been accumulated over her tenure as a pokemon Nurse. Sticking
> out of the box prominently was one end of a rather large crucifix. Keaton
> started
> to take the box of holy booty to the room, Bob following behind with the
> keys
> and the possessed Alex as Joy returned from the second trip with a large
> bowl,
> or perhaps a small pot of pea soup.
>
> "You think we stand a ghost of a chance with this scheme, or are we just
> going
> to make a specter-cle of ourselves?" Bob asked, perhaps a bit too
> innocently.

"Bob pun gastly," Mimic deadpanned.

"Oh, I don't know," Aerie responded. "It'll keep our spirits up."

Those assembled looked at the two children at the door.

"Grospoliner told us," Aerie noted as she glided forwards, hovering
slightly above the floor, ignoring the cane a nervous Jeff kept offering
as she made her way around the people and furniture. "I figured I could
help with th-" She froze, halfway to where Alex lay, looking straight
at Kitsu. "Umm. Hey."

The wereninetails raised an eyebrow. "Are hollow eyesockets a new
look?"

"She's blind," Jeff explained.

Kitsu looked at him, looked at Aerie, then thwacked Aerie between the
eyes with a finger.

"Oww!" Aerie floated back two centimeters, and blinked as her eyeballs
popped back into existance. "Hey, I...err..." Amped up as her psychic
senses were, she felt a generally negative reaction from the room, and
quickly moved to forestall it. "Let's get working on Alex."

"Aerie and Mimic talk later," Mimic grumbled.

"Alex doesn't have time to wait," Aerie desparately shot back, landing
in preparation for her proposed task. "We need to go in now!"

#You are as impatient as you are brash,# Thyme pronounced.

#Yeah, but she's also correct,# countered Raffy. #The sooner we go in,
the less damage whatever it is can do to Alex, if she's still there.
Anyone who can enter Alex's mind, we're going in on three. Everyone
else, be ready for whatever we flush out of her. One, two, thr-#

To those not psychically sensitive, the initial mass mental invasion of
Alex was decidedly unspectacular. A bunch of closed eyes and obvious
concentration did not make for an exciting display.

Thus it was that Jeff soon turned to Kitsu and queried, "How'd you
know?"

Kitsu tossed her hair. "I've known her for a long time. This sounded
like the kind of thing she'd pull. What's her excuse - some pokemon
blasted her in the face?"

"Umm..."

"Never mind." Kitsu shook her head. "I'll ask her later. But she was
pretending to sense things psychically, right? She's shared her sight
with me before. Doorframes and chairs like the ones she flew around
coming in here don't show up that well, without minds of their own."

TBC?

> [NS: Yes Adrian, you may now resond with the obvious. Told you I'd reuse
> this one!]

[NS: Was that obvious enough?

And yes, it was my plan for Aerie to be trying to get attention - Jeff's
attention in particular - rather than be truly blind. It was also my
plan for it to backfire before too long. I'd been thinking Tsunade or
Carol would expose her, but this works.

Of those present, who all can enter Alex's mind? Mimic, Aerie, Thyme,
Raffy, and Grospoliner, at least. Anyone else?]
Anonymous
August 12, 2005 11:39:27 AM

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Adrian Tymes wrote:
> Kitsu looked at him, looked at Aerie, then thwacked Aerie between the
> eyes with a finger.
>
> "Oww!" Aerie floated back two centimeters, and blinked as her eyeballs
> popped back into existance. "Hey, I...err..." Amped up as her psychic
> senses were, she felt a generally negative reaction from the room, and
> quickly moved to forestall it. "Let's get working on Alex."
>
> "Aerie and Mimic talk later," Mimic grumbled.
>
> "Alex doesn't have time to wait," Aerie desparately shot back, landing
> in preparation for her proposed task. "We need to go in now!"
>
> #You are as impatient as you are brash,# Thyme pronounced.
>
> #Yeah, but she's also correct,# countered Raffy. #The sooner we go in,
> the less damage whatever it is can do to Alex, if she's still there.
> Anyone who can enter Alex's mind, we're going in on three. Everyone
> else, be ready for whatever we flush out of her. One, two, thr-#
>
> To those not psychically sensitive, the initial mass mental invasion of
> Alex was decidedly unspectacular. A bunch of closed eyes and obvious
> concentration did not make for an exciting display.
>
> Thus it was that Jeff soon turned to Kitsu and queried, "How'd you
> know?"
>
> Kitsu tossed her hair. "I've known her for a long time. This sounded
> like the kind of thing she'd pull. What's her excuse - some pokemon
> blasted her in the face?"
>
> "Umm..."
>
> "Never mind." Kitsu shook her head. "I'll ask her later. But she was
> pretending to sense things psychically, right? She's shared her sight
> with me before. Doorframes and chairs like the ones she flew around
> coming in here don't show up that well, without minds of their own."
>

"Wow," Aerie noted as she reflected on Alex's mindscape. "This
is kinda...dismal."

The mindscape around them was somewhat dismal; darkened clouds hung
overhead, casting little light upon them but leaving enough for them to
see. Various rocky outcroppings jutted out from the ground around them,
many covered in light growths of plants.

"Normally, Alexandria's mindscape is easily shifted," Grospoliner
noted as a light pulsed on from his right claw. "She can cast
others' perceptions of it quite easily; when Nori was temporarily in
here, she saw a blackened chamber with a circle of lights cast
downwards. Now, however, with Alexandria not in control, it is left in
a default form, though still subtly manipulated by her subconscious
mind."

"That may explain the clouds," Thyme noted.

"Enough exposition," Raffy called out. "Let's find whatever's
got the girl's brain and get it out."

"An easy task, I assure you," an unfamiliar voice noted. The five
swiftly turned to its source as she continued, "Mimic. A surprise
seeing you again."

"Sai Meilan," Mimic realized. "You doing this."

Meilan stood before them, her long dress lightly billowing in the wind.
Nearby, Alex limply hung on a rocky outcropping, seemingly unconscious
and contained by chains.

"Alright," Aerie noted, bolts of energy forming in her hands.
"Let Alex go, now."

"This weakling?" Meilan asked, offhandedly waving her hand in
Alex's direction. "She's hardly worth your effort."

Aerie's eyes narrowed, but hands from both Mimic and Grospoliner kept
her from doing anything else.

"This bad decision," Mimic told her. "Wiser to release Alex now
before anything else happen."

"Release this girl?" Meilan asked. "This annoying, simpering
fool? What has she done except mope and moan over her suffering, and
the suffering of others? I've experienced real suffering, nothing
that she can even begin to imagine!"

"Anything like this?" Raffy asked, lancing off a bolt of his own.

Meilan dodged as Mimic and Grospoliner looked at the Girafarig in
irritation. "There went diplomacy," Thyme dryly noted.

"Using the beasts against me?" Meilan asked. "Fine then." She
leapt from her position and declared, "Then the beasts will suffer as
well." She landed, then charged towards the five gathered to face
her.

Suddenly, however, she stopped.

"This different fight than you used to," Mimic said.

"Good point," she declared.

Suddenly, blue flame erupted around the gathered five, catching their
attention for a moment. As Meilan disappeared from view, Thyme noted,
"Will-O-Wisp. Not very potent. This was a diversion."

"A little water oughta-AGH!" Aerie cried as a black burst of energy
hit her in the back.

Similar bursts hit the others within seconds. While Raffy was fairly
ruffled (not to mention extremely ticked off), both Thyme and
Grospoliner managed to emerge with little damage. Mimic was able to
dodge and redirect the attacks.

Meanwhile, Alex's unconscious form slowly began to awaken, sensing
what was going on. Memory surged into her, reminding her of what had
happened. That Chinese ghost had possessed her, and now she was
attacking the others, had attacked the others. With her body. In her
mind.

"Come now," Sai Meilan declared, "can't you fight back, Mimic?
Don't want to save your friend?"

"Looks like not need to," Mimic noted.

Meilan stopped her attacks, and looked towards the collection of chains
which bound Alex. It looked as if they were narrowing in on their
prisoner for a few short seconds, before a massive blast of light
issued forth from within, taking the chains with it. When the blast of
light subsided, Alex emerged, and floated serenely to the ground.

"Well, what a surprise," Meilan noted. "The weakling's woken
up. Tell me, what are you going to do, hm?" Noting Alex's silence,
she asked, "Delcatty got your tongue, girl? Speak up."

"Frankly," Alex said at last as one hand curled into a fist,
"words fail me!"

That statement made, Alex slammed her fist down into the ground,
creating a very obvious quake and cracking the earth beneath Meilan's
feet. She attempted to jump aside, but the crack split in two, trapping
Meilan within a torn up square of earth. The square became a sort of
pyramid as plates of rock burst up from the ground along the fractures
and enveloped her.

Alex took a second to recover, then called, "You guys okay?"

"No lasting harm," Mimic noted coolly. "How this happen?"

"I let my grief get the better of me," Alex explained as Meilan's
earthen prison began to crack and crumble.

Suddenly, it shattered entirely, and Meilan turned to face her
'prisoner'. Needless to say, she was not happy.

"You annoying little girl," she said. "How dare you do this to
me!"

"How dare you take the coward's way out and invade my mind!" Alex
countered. "How dare you use my body to attack my friends!"

"You have no right to judge!" Meilan called defiantly. "I've
endured a thousand years, stripped of my humanity! My home is gone,
everyone I knew long dead!" She used Alex's own trick against her,
sending a massive shockwave towards her.

"You want to talk about what you've endured?" Alex asked as the
shockwave stopped, inches short of its target. "I've lost two
parents, to careless and pointless murder and the unfeeling grip of
cancer. What I thought I knew about myself has been torn asunder more
times than I care to guess. I've been hunted like a dog, not because
of who I am or what I've done, but because of what I am, because
hateful, blind men thought I didn't deserve to live. I've dealt
with more chaos, more pain, more misery in the last few months than
most face in their entire lifetime. And now this; being possessed by a
thousand year old ghost who caused her own problems, her own misery,
and now just wants to run away from them. I'm through; I'm through
being the victim, I'm through feeling sorry for myself, and I'm
through being my own punching bag."

"Get to the point, child," Meilan replied.

"You gave up," Alex replied as the clouds began to fade away,
allowing the light to properly come in. As one ray of light shined down
upon her, she finished, "I didn't."

Meilan's eyes narrowed, then she charged and declared, "Say that
after this!" as she attempted the same thing she had done to Keaton.

Alex caught her hand at the wrist, then said, "No more games, Meilan.
Out of my mind, now."

"This is no game, girl," Meilan replied. "I can defeat you with
ease, you hear me? With ease!"

"Then explain why I'm still standing," Alex countered.

Meilan gritted her teeth, then attempted to flip Alex onto her back.
The taller being, meanwhile, was able to catch herself with her legs,
and used Meilan's own momentum to do the same with her, only with
more impressive results. "You're out of practice," Alex declared,
"And out of your league."

As she recovered, Meilan looked upon the girl in rage. How could this
insignificant whelp have managed to hold her back? The girl had gone
from wallowing in her own self-pity to actually fighting back,
potentially matching her own skill. And she had the gall to tell her
how she should live her life? She knew nothing.

She was nothing.

"Do you honestly think that you can defeat a disciple of the Shaolin
Temple, girl?" Meilan cried as she charged forward, ready to land a
terrible blow against her. "Surrender!"

Alex caught the approaching attack, stopping Meilan in her tracks.

"You defeated yourself," Alex replied. "And I never surrender."

Suddenly, Alex seemed to shift. A burst of light issued forth from her
body, causing Meilan to back away and cover her eyes. As she turned
back and the light subsided, she stood in shock at the terrible sight
before her. Light seemed to gently radiate from Alex's body, her hair
now a shimmering, silvery white, her eyes now a brilliant gold. It
seemed terribly out of place, as her clothing hadn't changed one bit,
but all the same, it gave her a look of terrible beauty.

Watching from the sidelines, still somewhat contained in the ring of
flame, Aerie asked, "What is that?"

"Theatrics," Thyme realized.

Meilan, however, was hardly impressed.

"You actually think you can impress me with parlor tricks," she
asked as she attacked once again.

Alex caught her attack in one hand, and answered with a punch directly
to her face. As Meilan was knocked through the air and recovered, Alex
declared, "No more tricks. No more games. No more sorrow. I'm
through feeling sorry for myself and everything that's happened. And
I'm not going to let myself be swallowed by self-pity again, or
suffer because of it. I won't become you."

-

Elsewhere, someone was aware, and smiled beneath her helmet. _Well
done,_ Schwester Schatten thought as the Team Aqua chopper landed
outside Fortree City.

-

"You know nothing, child!" Meilan declared as she summoned another
blade. "Nothing of pain! Nothing of loss! Not like I do!"

The ghost charged, and Alex dodged. "I know enough," she answered.
"More than enough."

Alex continued to dodge the blade, summoning a staff to defend herself
and deflect her opponent's blows. Unfortunately, the staff was cut in
two as Meilan's blade took on a deep red glow, and Alex was kicked to
the ground. Meilan placed a foot upon Alex's belly, and readied her
blade to make the killing blow.

"And now it ends," Meilan noted. "You fought well, little girl,
considering your opponent. But in the end, your efforts were futile.
Now, die!"

She plunged the blade downwards, towards Alex's forehead, only to
have it caught in a three-clawed hand. "You will not harm her,"
Grospoliner noted as Meilan looked to him, the singes on his silvery
body only helping to bring out the red in his narrowed eyes. The blade
was quickly shattered.

"Get away from me you-!" Meilan called before she was hit from the
side.

The barrier having dissipated upon Grospoliner's piercing of it,
Aerie quickly noted, "Okay, let's-!"

"No," Mimic noted. "Alex has it."

As Meilan attempted to return to her feet, Alex rose to her own and
said, "Thank you, both of you. But this won't be settled by
destruction. Grospoliner, are you ready?"

"Yes," Grospoliner replied. "I am ready...my friend."

Alex smiled, then regained her game face and extended her right arm
before declaring, "Grospoliner, assume blade form!"

Grospoliner stretched his arms to his sides as his body shifted and
changed form, one end becoming long, pointy and angular, the other
becoming equally long and whip-like. His eyes shifted position,
becoming two massive orbs in a central part as the hilt glided into
Alex's hand. She held fast with her right, her left lightly touching
the blade as Meilan rose to her full height.

"A sword?" Meilan asked. "Reduced to wielding weapons against me,
forged of your own servant? What's next, a giant robot?"

"Not necessary," Alex replied as she held her blade aloft. As
ethereal orbs of light formed around Grospoliner, they were absorbed
into the blade itself, causing it to glow a brilliant white.

"Well, then let's see what you can truly do," Meilan noted as she
snapped her fingers.

Suddenly, a massive Gyarados, its scales glistening blue and its fangs
sharp as knives, burst forth from the ground and raced to face Alex.

Alex simply took her blade in both hands, and swiped it through the air
as she quietly said, "This." A massive wave of white energy lanced
forth from the blade, cutting through the summoned Gyarados and
vaporizing it instantly.

Meilan could only watch in shock as a massive blast of light enveloped
her body.

As the light subsided, and Alex's hair and eyes returned to their
natural color, she walked forward, releasing Grospoliner from her grip
and allowing him to reform back into his proper state. "Thank you, my
friend," she said as she walked forward.

Alex found the defeated ghost laying on the ground, her clothes torn
and tattered and her chest rising and falling quickly. She weakly
looked up at Alex and said, "Go ahead. Do it."

Alex looked to her and said "No. I'm not a murderer." She
extended her hand, and said, "You fought bravely, Sai Meilan, but you
fought for the wrong reasons. Would my death, spiritually, have made up
for what happened to you? Would one selfish sin have made up for
another?"

"What can I do?" Meilan asked weakly. "I'm not even human
anymore."

"Humanity isn't defined by birth, or circumstance," Alex stated.
"It's defined by who you are, and what you do, not by what you
are."

"How can you say that?" Meilan asked. "What do you know of
humanity?"

"This," Alex gently said as she placed a hand upon her opponent's
temple.

As she began to see what Alex showed her, Meilan's eyes widened.
"Oh my..."

-

"You think this is really necessary?" ShadowWarrior asked as those
present without psychic ability finished restraining Alex.

"Can you think of anything better?" Keaton asked in reply as he
tightened a strap on Alex's wrist.

Suddenly, the five gathered psychics blinked, and Alex's eyes and
mouth opened wide. A gaseous form emerged from her, blasting upwards
and through the ceiling before anyone could do anything about it.

"What was that?" Bob asked.

"Very dramatic self-exorcism," Mimic replied as Alex's eyes
slowly fluttered open.

Kitsu looked to the weakened young woman and said, "Alex? Is that
you?"

Alex nodded, then replied, "It's me, Kitsu."

"How can we be sure?" Keaton replied.

"Left arm," Alex explained. "There's a very light scar there. A
certain young Torchic that hated being called 'cute' scratched me
when I was ten."

"<It's her,>" Surtur noted, even as Keaton exposed the light
scar.

"Welcome back to us, kid," ShadowWarrior said with a smile as
Alex's restraints were removed.

"It's good to be back," Alex replied as she sat up and rubbed her
wrists. She jumped from the bed, walked over to Aerie and Mimic, and
took them both in a tight embrace. "Thank you," she said, before
letting go and taking Thyme and Raffy in another and continuing, "all
of you." She rose to her feet and laid a hand upon Grospoliner, and
finished, "For everything."

"What about whatever it was that possessed you?" Bob asked. "I
mean, what's stopping it from coming back?"

"I convinced her to find other options," Alex replied. "Besides,
we've got a lot to discuss." A loud burble from her stomach later,
she added, "And I need food. Possession does not go well on the
digestive tract."

-

The girl gave her mercy. She could have wiped her out, permanently
taken her out of existence, but she didn't. She showed her humanity,
where she'd clearly no reason to do so.

Sai Meilan had much to consider.

TBC?

>
> > [NS: Yes Adrian, you may now resond with the obvious. Told you I'd reuse
> > this one!]
>
> [NS: Was that obvious enough?
>
> And yes, it was my plan for Aerie to be trying to get attention - Jeff's
> attention in particular - rather than be truly blind. It was also my
> plan for it to backfire before too long. I'd been thinking Tsunade or
> Carol would expose her, but this works.
>
> Of those present, who all can enter Alex's mind? Mimic, Aerie, Thyme,
> Raffy, and Grospoliner, at least. Anyone else?]

[NS: Aside from Set, I don't think anyone else in the group has the
ability to enter another's mind on their own. And that leaves the
question; would he want to?

Anyway, please forgive me for the little theatrics. I don't think I
broke any rules, as it was only in Alex's mind that the fancy mystic
stuff happened, but rest assured, I'm not going to do stuff like this
again.]
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August 19, 2005 4:26:27 PM

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> "Left arm," Alex explained. "There's a very light scar there. A
> certain young Torchic that hated being called 'cute' scratched me
> when I was ten."
>
> "<It's her,>" Surtur noted, even as Keaton exposed the light
> scar.
>
> "Welcome back to us, kid," ShadowWarrior said with a smile as
> Alex's restraints were removed.
>
> "It's good to be back," Alex replied as she sat up and rubbed her
> wrists. She jumped from the bed, walked over to Aerie and Mimic, and
> took them both in a tight embrace. "Thank you," she said, before
> letting go and taking Thyme and Raffy in another and continuing, "all
> of you." She rose to her feet and laid a hand upon Grospoliner, and
> finished, "For everything."
>
> "What about whatever it was that possessed you?" Bob asked. "I
> mean, what's stopping it from coming back?"
>
> "I convinced her to find other options," Alex replied. "Besides,
> we've got a lot to discuss." A loud burble from her stomach later,
> she added, "And I need food. Possession does not go well on the
> digestive tract."

As everyone filed out of the room at various speeds, Bob watched
the procession with only half interest. While everyone else's concerns
lied with Alex and her recovery or with perhaps coercing the truth out
of Aerie's latest stunt, Bob was wondering about the well-being of the
recently evicted ghost.

'After all,' the hybrid breeder thought to himself. 'There's going to be
enough people trying to help the other two so I might as well try and
be useful elsewhere.'

Elsewhere in the Pokemon Center, what could only be described as a
tactical invasion of the cafeteria area was taking place as a post-exorcism
feast was going down. Jeff spent his time eating in relative silence,
merely observing and trying to analyze the recent events in his young mind.
Through it all he kept his cheerful and happy face on.

> -
>
> The girl gave her mercy. She could have wiped her out, permanently
> taken her out of existence, but she didn't. She showed her humanity,
> where she'd clearly no reason to do so.
>
> Sai Meilan had much to consider.

After making his way outside in hope that the retreating ghost fled to
the open spaces, Bob took perhaps a couple seconds too many to
admire the outdoor air, and partly cloudly day.

Unlike his half-psychic partner in crime, Bob didn't have the senses
required to hunt down the errant Sai with pinpoint precision. What he
did have were his own instincts and feelings to guide him. While far
less exact, it was all he had.

The breeder started his search on the roof of the building, on the premise
that Sai would have phased through everything until she saw the light
of day. Hopefully from there, he would either find her, or where she
went. Afterall, even incorporeal ghosts sometimes need a sounding
board.

TBC!

-------
Clayton

Random Tagline:
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Adam Savage -- Mythbusters
> > [NS: Was that obvious enough?
> >
> > And yes, it was my plan for Aerie to be trying to get attention - Jeff's
> > attention in particular - rather than be truly blind. It was also my
> > plan for it to backfire before too long. I'd been thinking Tsunade or
> > Carol would expose her, but this works.
> >
> > Of those present, who all can enter Alex's mind? Mimic, Aerie, Thyme,
> > Raffy, and Grospoliner, at least. Anyone else?]
>
> [NS: Aside from Set, I don't think anyone else in the group has the
> ability to enter another's mind on their own. And that leaves the
> question; would he want to?
>
> Anyway, please forgive me for the little theatrics. I don't think I
> broke any rules, as it was only in Alex's mind that the fancy mystic
> stuff happened, but rest assured, I'm not going to do stuff like this
> again.]

[NS: Speaking for myself, I don't mind.]
Anonymous
August 19, 2005 5:14:21 PM

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Clayton wrote:

>>"What about whatever it was that possessed you?" Bob asked. "I
>>mean, what's stopping it from coming back?"
>>
>>"I convinced her to find other options," Alex replied. "Besides,
>>we've got a lot to discuss." A loud burble from her stomach later,
>>she added, "And I need food. Possession does not go well on the
>>digestive tract."
>
>
> As everyone filed out of the room at various speeds, Bob watched
> the procession with only half interest. While everyone else's concerns
> lied with Alex and her recovery or with perhaps coercing the truth out
> of Aerie's latest stunt, Bob was wondering about the well-being of the
> recently evicted ghost.
>
> 'After all,' the hybrid breeder thought to himself. 'There's going to be
> enough people trying to help the other two so I might as well try and
> be useful elsewhere.'
>
> Elsewhere in the Pokemon Center, what could only be described as a
> tactical invasion of the cafeteria area was taking place as a post-exorcism
> feast was going down. Jeff spent his time eating in relative silence,
> merely observing and trying to analyze the recent events in his young mind.
> Through it all he kept his cheerful and happy face on.
>
"I wonder how long Aerie had been pretending to be blind," Kitsu
pondered aloud. She had finished the pea soup she ordered earlier and
was starting in on the roast beef she got from the buffet. Despite her
hunger, she maintained decorum at least enough to use a knife and fork.
That was more than could be said about Keaton, as he shoveled fried
rice, ramen, and other foods into his gullet with reckless abandon.
Perfectly understandable, considering their week-long, nearly non-stop
dash from Mauville. Kitsu continued conversationally, "I wouldn't be
surprised if it happened the moment I left. She was probably devastated."

Keaton gulped down his current mouthful and said, "I wouldn't say that."

Kitsu eyed her brother suspiciously. "And why not?"

Keaton practically choked on the ramen he was eating. He quickly
recovered and continued stuffing his face, saying, "Mell, meff muffma
mawk moomi meebmemo..."

"You're hiding something," Kitsu stated.

"Mwahv?" Keaton reacted, bits of food escaping his muzzle. "Mai mood mu
may mat?"

"You're stuffing your mouth and speaking gibberish in hopes it'll just
sound like what I want to hear," Kitsu reported. "What aren't you
telling me?"

"Muffing," Keaton said as he continued eating.

Kitsu said nothing. She merely sat straight in her chair, hands folded
on the table in front of her, staring directly at Keaton as if waiting
her turn to speak. She made no movement except for the swishing of her
nine tails behind her. It was a deep, peircing patience that only a
creature that could live for over two-thousand years could afford. The
kind that would learn everything in due time, and when it did, Keaton,
specifically, would regret it. And the longer it took, the more severe
the punishment was going to be.

"Ah kahnt ell oo, ah ight?" Keaton said, crumbs flying from his mouth.
"Ah pwamifft ah oodmt. Oor fusp gumma haffa afk ur."

Kitsu's tails swung in a steady rhythm, like the pendulum of a
grandfather clock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

Despite Aerie's age, she probably had enough power to kill Keaton for
promising not to tell Kitsu about her relationship with Jeff until Aerie
had a chance to. The half-Ditto began showing interesting the boy
almost before Kitsu left to train by herself in the desert and didn't
even think about her until Keaton needed to contact her. Since then,
Keaton had maintained secrecy.

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

Keaton knew that Hell hath no fury like that of the combinogenetic clone
of an assassin and a demigod, but the worst Aerie could do was kill him.
Kitsu, being the anthromorphization of a Ninetales, knew of far more
severe and entertaining punishments than agonizing brutality. She
wouldn't do anything immediately, of course. She'd need time to
properly plan, gather ingredients, find legal loopholes, and generally
calculate the exact moment when vengence was completely unexpected. It
was a trait she inherited from her mother, of whom it was said she once
waited two-hundred and fifty years to get back at her brother for
breaking her favorite tea cup when she was five. He still has
nightmares about Magikarp to this day.

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

Having grown up with Kitsu, however, Keaton at least knew what to expect
from her. Aerie was still a bit of a wild card who had a number of
dangerous and very, very displeased resources to call on. Yes, better
the devil he knew, Keaton had decided.

After a long, suspenseful exchange of unmoving, blank stares, Kitsu
daintly reached for a napkin and said, "Well, then..."

Keaton's head hit the table, shaking the various plates and bowls on it.
He buried his face under his arms and said, pleadingly, "All right,
I'll tell you! Aerie's in love with Jeff."

"Jeff?" Kitsu inquired. "Bob's brother?"

"She wanted to tell you herself," Keaton said. "Don't tell her I told
you, okay?"


Keaton was surprised to hear, after a moment of silence, Kitsu giggling.

"What's so funny?" Keaton asked.

"Nothing," Kitsu said with a sigh. "I just think it's nice she's
showing interest in someone her own age. Well, developmental stage, at
least. I wonder if she's tried to get him to wear her yet..."

"So you're not upset?" Keaton ventured over Kitsu's second giggle.

"I don't know," Kitsu replied. "I'm still having trouble believing it."

"Are you disappointed?" Keaton asked.

Kitsu just gave Keaton an amused stare, resting her head in a palm on a
arm supported on a table. Kitsu always said she loved Aerie like a
sister, nothing more. Well, to her boyfriend, at least, before he left
for worlds unknown.

"What are you going to do?" Keaton inquired in a conspiratory whisper.

"Nothing," Kitsu replied.

"Nothing?"

"I'll act completely oblivious to her romantic endeavors until she come
out and says it directly," Kitsu explained.

"So you're going to punish her," Keaton translated.

Kitsu just stifled a giggle as she cut into her meat.


To be continued...?


[NS: Maybe I should've cleared this before I just posted it, but how
about some sitcom-esque subplot? Sound good?]


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Anonymous
August 20, 2005 10:58:48 AM

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Clayton wrote:
> >
> > The girl gave her mercy. She could have wiped her out, permanently
> > taken her out of existence, but she didn't. She showed her humanity,
> > where she'd clearly no reason to do so.
> >
> > Sai Meilan had much to consider.
>
> After making his way outside in hope that the retreating ghost fled to
> the open spaces, Bob took perhaps a couple seconds too many to
> admire the outdoor air, and partly cloudly day.
>
> Unlike his half-psychic partner in crime, Bob didn't have the senses
> required to hunt down the errant Sai with pinpoint precision. What he
> did have were his own instincts and feelings to guide him. While far
> less exact, it was all he had.
>
> The breeder started his search on the roof of the building, on the premise
> that Sai would have phased through everything until she saw the light
> of day. Hopefully from there, he would either find her, or where she
> went. Afterall, even incorporeal ghosts sometimes need a sounding
> board.
>

"I was under the impression that she was going to have everyone in
her group leave me in peace," Sai Meilan noted as she floated down to
face the half-Bayleef/Grovyle breeder. "Or are you operating on your
own? I'll say this right now, you don't look the type to seek
vengeance."

"I'm not," Bob replied. "I just want to talk."

Meilan turned away from her newfound inquisitor and said, "What is
there to talk about? I nearly did a terrible thing. If it wasn't for
that girl doing something which...I've been incapable of for ages, I
would have done something...inhuman. I'm not certain if anyone can
appreciate the irony."

"The fact that she's descended from extraterrestrials, the fact
that she's been hunted for being what she is, the fact that she, who
could not easily be considered human, did a very humane thing despite
being quite capable of taking another's life?" Bob asked. "Yeah,
I can appreciate that." She turned to him as he explained, "She
filled us in not long after the first attack. No secrets unless needed;
we travel with her, we know the risks."

Meilan sighed, then replied, "Ever the humanitarian. I lost that
somewhere along the way."

TBC?

[NS: This is looking interesting, yes?]
Anonymous
August 22, 2005 4:35:36 PM

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Adrian Tymes wrote:
> Her next conscious memory was of Mimic's eyes on her, holding back anger
> that was most unlike the Mimic she was used to. "Thank Alex keep *out*
> of family conversation. For Alex sake: Alex not had as much practice
> certain techniques yet."
>
> In the back of her mind, she recalled her impression of Aerie during
> the conversation, and silently wondered if it had been safe for Aerie.
> Breaking eye contact with Mimic, she saw Aerie crying into her folded
> arms on the table, "I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry!" If Mimic had been
> trying to get Aerie to realize exactly why her actions were bad, he had
> apparently achieved that goal...perhaps too well.
>

Shaking her head, Alex quickly said, "Sorry. Didn't mean to
intrude, just..." She looked towards Mimic, and said, "I'm sorry.
Can I talk with her for a minute? Alone?"

Mimic looked first to Alex, then to Aerie, then back to the tall girl
before 'him'. "Yes. Go."

Suspecting that Mimic wasn't entirely happy with her either, and not
without reason, Alex got to her feet and walked over to Aerie. She
gently laid a hand upon the younger girl and lightly said, "C'mon,
up. We need to talk."

Aerie looked up towards her, tears still streaming from her eyes, then
slowly got to her feet and followed her. Alex kept a hand on the
smaller girl's shoulder as she led her out of the cafeteria and into
the lounge, where her Pokémon were waiting. With one look, they knew
to leave. As they exited earshot, Alex sat Aerie down on a sofa, and
sat next to her.

Aerie wiped the tears from her eyes and began, "Alex, I..."

"You don't need to apologize," Alex replied. "I'm not angry
with you, Aerie, and I don't see much reason to go over what's
recently occurred, especially after what happened between you and
Mimic. I am, however, somewhat disappointed. You didn't need to come
up with something like that, worry everyone, cause all that. Any guy
your age would be happy to spend time with you; they don't need extra
incentive."

"It was stupid..." Aerie sobbed. "And now he probably hates
me..."

"Don't count on that," Alex replied. "If Jeff likes you, and I
mean really likes you, then he'll forgive you. It wouldn't hurt to
apologize, and it'd help if you explained yourself, but he'll
probably forgive you."

"And if he doesn't?" Aerie asked.

"Then you'll know better next time," Alex replied. "But you
won't find out unless you try. Just be careful in the future; not
everyone can read minds." She pulled a handkerchief from her jacket
pocket and gave it to the younger girl, then said, "Here. Dry your
eyes."

Aerie blew, and took a breath before wiping away the last of her tears.
"Thanks."

"Hey, us girls gotta stick together, right?" Alex asked.
"Besides, you looked like you needed it, after the lecture and all.
I'll give Mimic a lot of credit, but like your parents, he doesn't
know everything about being one. I don't think anyone does."

Aerie appeared pensive for a moment, before she said, "I'm sorry
about your mom."

"It's okay," Alex replied. "She did a lot in her life; now
she's resting comfortably. I can't think of any better reward."
She looked at Aerie and said, "Let me guess, Mimic told you?"

Aerie nodded.

Alex hugged her closer, and noted, "Like I said, he doesn't quite
know how to be a parent proper yet. You don't need to worry about me;
just consider what you do before you do it, okay?"

Aerie nodded again, a light smile growing on her face.

"That's better," Alex replied. "Now, you want some free
advice?" Aerie gave a slight nod in reply, and Alex explained,
"First, do as I said earlier, and apologize to Jeff for what
happened. Second, explain things to Kitsu, otherwise she won't talk
to you again. Trust me on this. Third; practice a little more
subterfuge next time, okay? Those sunglasses I gave you could've
bought you a couple seconds."

"They were a little big," Aerie said in her defense.

"So? I'd've gotten you smaller ones," Alex replied.

The two girls laughed, despite themselves. Alex gently stroked
Aerie's head and asked, "Better?"

"Yeah," Aerie replied.

"Thatta girl," Alex said with a smile. She rose to her feet and
said, "Now c'mon; I've got a few things I need to tell everyone
before anything else happens. Some of it's bad news, but some of it
is good."

"Such as?" Aerie asked.

"A lead," Alex replied. "I think I caught sight of Smasher in
Lilycove. I'll explain everything to everyone when we're
gathered."

-

"So, what now?" Sven asked.

"The two of you will get rooms at the Pokémon Center," Schwester
replied. "Tell Alexandria that your replacement is in town, and that
she will check in on her at her earliest convenience. Meanwhile, I will
stick to the shadows and discover all that I can. We have much to
do." She walked off, the twilight beginning to cloak her presence,
then stopped and said, "Also, tell her this; Carol has gone where she
cannot follow. She will return in the fullness of time; not before, not
after." She continued into the shadows, and as she disappeared from
view, the mysterious Aqua noted, "Expect me when you see me."

The two Aqua agents and their Rhydon associate watched her disappear.
Peabody sighed, then said, "Technomage."

"Sorry?" Sven asked.

"Nothing you need worry about," Grimlock assured him. "Come; girl
be surprised see us."

TBC

>
> > [NS: I'll wait until Mimic's done the 'parental figure' thing before
> > Alex comes in and does the comforting.]
>
> [NS: Hope this wasn't too OOC for Alex. Although, Mimic hasn't had that
> much practice doing the "parental figure" thing. He's certainly never
> had to give a scolding like this before.]

[NS: Some things you can't help, I guess. And depending on what's being
plotted, Mimic may need a crash-course in parenting. Assuming it isn't
already a crash-course. Good thing Alex has a relative with parental
experience and a medical degree...]
August 25, 2005 10:43:59 AM

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"Thatta girl," Alex said with a smile. She rose to her feet and
said, "Now c'mon; I've got a few things I need to tell everyone
before anything else happens. Some of it's bad news, but some of it
is good."

"Such as?" Aerie asked.

"A lead," Alex replied. "I think I caught sight of Smasher in
Lilycove. I'll explain everything to everyone when we're
gathered."

-------

At a table, a lone human and Azumarill watch the goings on while they
continue to eat at a sedate pace.

"Mary, are we missing something?"

"Rill?"

"I mean by the way Mimic and Alex are talking to Aerie, it's like she did
something wrong, but I saw the Solarbeam and watch it blind her."

"Azu marill zu."

"Maybe, but I thought it was because she wanted to be normal Mary. In
some weird way, that works you know. A blind Aerie may not be able
to aim some of her power moves, but she could sense the targets, which
would be using her powers, which whas what she was trying to avoid.
Argh!"

Mary looked about as confused as Jeff felt, though whether it was about
Jeff's odd logic or his behaviour in general was yet to be determined. The
little aqua rabbit made a small mental note to ask Raffy just how he dealt
with Bob sometime. Despite the fact that it meat dealing with the sarcastic
half-psychic.

-------

"So, what now?" Sven asked.

"The two of you will get rooms at the Pokémon Center," Schwester
replied. "Tell Alexandria that your replacement is in town, and that
she will check in on her at her earliest convenience. Meanwhile, I will
stick to the shadows and discover all that I can. We have much to
do." She walked off, the twilight beginning to cloak her presence,
then stopped and said, "Also, tell her this; Carol has gone where she
cannot follow. She will return in the fullness of time; not before, not
after." She continued into the shadows, and as she disappeared from
view, the mysterious Aqua noted, "Expect me when you see me."

The two Aqua agents and their Rhydon associate watched her disappear.
Peabody sighed, then said, "Technomage."

"Sorry?" Sven asked.

"Nothing you need worry about," Grimlock assured him. "Come; girl
be surprised see us."

-------

[NS: Meanwhile, this was found and spliced in with the help of
Ehm's Miracle Thread Splicer. Hit it!

Ehm: NOWN! *Telekinetically pushes the button*

*The gadget does its job, then groans and fall to bits*]

> > The breeder started his search on the roof of the building, on the
premise
> > that Sai would have phased through everything until she saw the light
> > of day. Hopefully from there, he would either find her, or where she
> > went. Afterall, even incorporeal ghosts sometimes need a sounding
> > board.
> >
>
> "I was under the impression that she was going to have everyone in
> her group leave me in peace," Sai Meilan noted as she floated down to
> face the half-Bayleef/Grovyle breeder. "Or are you operating on your
> own? I'll say this right now, you don't look the type to seek
> vengeance."
>
> "I'm not," Bob replied. "I just want to talk."
>
> Meilan turned away from her newfound inquisitor and said, "What is
> there to talk about? I nearly did a terrible thing. If it wasn't for
> that girl doing something which...I've been incapable of for ages, I
> would have done something...inhuman. I'm not certain if anyone can
> appreciate the irony."
>
> "The fact that she's descended from extraterrestrials, the fact
> that she's been hunted for being what she is, the fact that she, who
> could not easily be considered human, did a very humane thing despite
> being quite capable of taking another's life?" Bob asked. "Yeah,
> I can appreciate that." She turned to him as he explained, "She
> filled us in not long after the first attack. No secrets unless needed;
> we travel with her, we know the risks."
>
> Meilan sighed, then replied, "Ever the humanitarian. I lost that
> somewhere along the way."

"Well my mother always told me that if you lose something, to retrace
your steps and you'll find it. And I'm willing to bet that it's in plain
sight." Bob said.

Sai looked at the breeder. "Perhaps it is."

A faint rustle to Bob senses interrupted his train of thought. So faint
the noise was, it may have been merely a figmint of the breeder's
imagination. Turning his head to the apparant source of noise, he
stared towards the shadows of the surrounding trees.

"So what was that noise?" He asked aloud, but to himself.

"Noise?"

"Thought I heard something. Could be the scorned back for round two,
could be some random stranger taking a stroll, or some stalker in the
shrubs."

"It could just as likely been nothing. I didn't hear anything."

"Probably, but I'd feel better knowing that it's nothing. If you need help,
I'll be around" Bob said rather cheerfully before making his way to
ground level and to the source of his perceived noise.

-------

"For the last time Chan, I know where we're going," a young man said to
his travelling companion, a Medicham.

In response, said Medicham jump-kicked the young man, and forcibly
pointed him towards a convienent sign stating that they were in fact 5 miles
off course. "Medi ... CHAM!"

Derek sweatdropped. "All right, *maybe* I went the wrong way."

The combination aura produced by the irate pokemon was impressive in
its own right, had anyone else been within sight to witness it. "*Medi?!*"

The sweatdrop doubled in size. "Okay, I did go the wrong way. So lets
follow the sign and this road, and get to Fortree ... hopefully before the
tournament's over."

TBC!

> > [NS: I'll wait until Mimic's done the 'parental figure' thing before
> > Alex comes in and does the comforting.]
>
> [NS: Hope this wasn't too OOC for Alex. Although, Mimic hasn't had that
> much practice doing the "parental figure" thing. He's certainly never
> had to give a scolding like this before.]

[NS: Some things you can't help, I guess. And depending on what's being
plotted, Mimic may need a crash-course in parenting. Assuming it isn't
already a crash-course. Good thing Alex has a relative with parental
experience and a medical degree...]

[NS: Wow, it's nice to have relatives.]

-------
Clayton

Random Tagline:
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Anonymous
August 30, 2005 7:42:22 PM

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Clayton wrote:
> "Thatta girl," Alex said with a smile. She rose to her feet and
> said, "Now c'mon; I've got a few things I need to tell everyone
> before anything else happens. Some of it's bad news, but some of it
> is good."
>
> "Such as?" Aerie asked.
>
> "A lead," Alex replied. "I think I caught sight of Smasher in
> Lilycove. I'll explain everything to everyone when we're
> gathered."
>
> -------
>
> At a table, a lone human and Azumarill watch the goings on while they
> continue to eat at a sedate pace.
>
> "Mary, are we missing something?"
>
> "Rill?"
>
> "I mean by the way Mimic and Alex are talking to Aerie, it's like she did
> something wrong, but I saw the Solarbeam and watch it blind her."
>
> "Azu marill zu."
>
> "Maybe, but I thought it was because she wanted to be normal Mary. In
> some weird way, that works you know. A blind Aerie may not be able
> to aim some of her power moves, but she could sense the targets, which
> would be using her powers, which whas what she was trying to avoid.
> Argh!"
>
> Mary looked about as confused as Jeff felt, though whether it was about
> Jeff's odd logic or his behaviour in general was yet to be determined. The
> little aqua rabbit made a small mental note to ask Raffy just how he dealt
> with Bob sometime. Despite the fact that it meat dealing with the sarcastic
> half-psychic.
>
> -------
>
> "So, what now?" Sven asked.
>
> "The two of you will get rooms at the Pokémon Center," Schwester
> replied. "Tell Alexandria that your replacement is in town, and that
> she will check in on her at her earliest convenience. Meanwhile, I will
> stick to the shadows and discover all that I can. We have much to
> do." She walked off, the twilight beginning to cloak her presence,
> then stopped and said, "Also, tell her this; Carol has gone where she
> cannot follow. She will return in the fullness of time; not before, not
> after." She continued into the shadows, and as she disappeared from
> view, the mysterious Aqua noted, "Expect me when you see me."
>
> The two Aqua agents and their Rhydon associate watched her disappear.
> Peabody sighed, then said, "Technomage."
>
> "Sorry?" Sven asked.
>
> "Nothing you need worry about," Grimlock assured him. "Come; girl
> be surprised see us."
>
> -------
>
> [NS: Meanwhile, this was found and spliced in with the help of
> Ehm's Miracle Thread Splicer. Hit it!
>
> Ehm: NOWN! *Telekinetically pushes the button*
>
> *The gadget does its job, then groans and fall to bits*]
>
> > > The breeder started his search on the roof of the building, on the
> premise
> > > that Sai would have phased through everything until she saw the light
> > > of day. Hopefully from there, he would either find her, or where she
> > > went. Afterall, even incorporeal ghosts sometimes need a sounding
> > > board.
> > >
> >
> > "I was under the impression that she was going to have everyone in
> > her group leave me in peace," Sai Meilan noted as she floated down to
> > face the half-Bayleef/Grovyle breeder. "Or are you operating on your
> > own? I'll say this right now, you don't look the type to seek
> > vengeance."
> >
> > "I'm not," Bob replied. "I just want to talk."
> >
> > Meilan turned away from her newfound inquisitor and said, "What is
> > there to talk about? I nearly did a terrible thing. If it wasn't for
> > that girl doing something which...I've been incapable of for ages, I
> > would have done something...inhuman. I'm not certain if anyone can
> > appreciate the irony."
> >
> > "The fact that she's descended from extraterrestrials, the fact
> > that she's been hunted for being what she is, the fact that she, who
> > could not easily be considered human, did a very humane thing despite
> > being quite capable of taking another's life?" Bob asked. "Yeah,
> > I can appreciate that." She turned to him as he explained, "She
> > filled us in not long after the first attack. No secrets unless needed;
> > we travel with her, we know the risks."
> >
> > Meilan sighed, then replied, "Ever the humanitarian. I lost that
> > somewhere along the way."
>
> "Well my mother always told me that if you lose something, to retrace
> your steps and you'll find it. And I'm willing to bet that it's in plain
> sight." Bob said.
>
> Sai looked at the breeder. "Perhaps it is."
>
> A faint rustle to Bob senses interrupted his train of thought. So faint
> the noise was, it may have been merely a figmint of the breeder's
> imagination. Turning his head to the apparant source of noise, he
> stared towards the shadows of the surrounding trees.
>
> "So what was that noise?" He asked aloud, but to himself.
>
> "Noise?"
>
> "Thought I heard something. Could be the scorned back for round two,
> could be some random stranger taking a stroll, or some stalker in the
> shrubs."
>
> "It could just as likely been nothing. I didn't hear anything."
>
> "Probably, but I'd feel better knowing that it's nothing. If you need help,
> I'll be around" Bob said rather cheerfully before making his way to
> ground level and to the source of his perceived noise.
>

"Hm," a voice lightly noted. "I must be slipping in my old
age."

Bob turned towards the noise, and asked, "Who's there?"

"Do you wish to know?" the voice replied, feminine tone clear.
"Very well. I am an agent of Team Aqua, by the name of Schwester
Schatten."

Bob blinked, then asked, "Sister Shadow?"

"It's merely a pseudonym," the voice replied. "I've found
that keeping my identity from ally and enemy has its uses. At any rate,
I'm here to make certain the members of your group, specifically you
and Alex, are safe."

"You're a little late," Bob noted.

"The possession was well in her ability to deal with, as you saw,"
Schwester answered from the shadows. "And beneficial that she handled
it as she did. Her humanity is reaffirmed through mercy, not
destruction."

Bob raised an eyebrow, and was about to ask a question before Meilan
asked it for him. "What do you know of what has passed?"

"More than you can safely know for now," Schwester replied.
"Someday, however, all my masks will be torn away."

"All of them?" Bob asked.

No answer came.

Bob tentatively stretched a vine into the shadows, carefully feeling
around. Upon finding no one, he noted, "Okay, that's spooky."

"It looks as if we have another interesting wrinkle," Meilan noted.
"Please excuse me."

As Meilan began to drift away, Bob asked, "Where are you going?"

"You said to retrace my steps," Meilan replied. "I know where to
begin."

> -------
>
> "For the last time Chan, I know where we're going," a young man said to
> his travelling companion, a Medicham.
>
> In response, said Medicham jump-kicked the young man, and forcibly
> pointed him towards a convienent sign stating that they were in fact 5 miles
> off course. "Medi ... CHAM!"
>
> Derek sweatdropped. "All right, *maybe* I went the wrong way."
>
> The combination aura produced by the irate pokemon was impressive in
> its own right, had anyone else been within sight to witness it. "*Medi?!*"
>
> The sweatdrop doubled in size. "Okay, I did go the wrong way. So lets
> follow the sign and this road, and get to Fortree ... hopefully before the
> tournament's over."
>

"You've seen him?" Aerie asked, concern and surprise etched on
her face. "And he wasn't dead?"

"I think I've seen him," Alex replied. "I don't quite have
all the facts yet, but this is the best lead we've had so far. But if
that was Smasher, then he's definitely not..."

Alex slowly turned her head, as Aerie asked, "Alex? What is it?"

"I thought I felt something," Alex replied.
"Something...strange." She turned back to Aerie and said,
"Probably nothing. C'mon."

Both girls got to their feet, and Aerie nervously asked, "Alex, you
really think he will forgive me?"

"Only one way to find out," Alex replied. "Just give it a chance,
okay?"

Aerie took a breath, and nodded slowly. She then walked forward, back
towards the dining room, as the sliding doors behind Alex slid open.
She turned to face the new arrivals and said, "Why are you guys
here?"

"Coincidence," Peabody assured her. "There's someone here in
town that Leif thinks may be able to help out with finding the people
who got your dad's file. 'Sides, we didn't travel alone."

"Our replacement came with us," Sven noted smugly. "You
couldn't ask for better, kid. She's the top."

"She?" Alex asked. "Who is this 'she'?"

Sven was about to answer before Grimlock placed a craggy claw upon his
head. "She reveal self to you in time; not be in rush, okay?"

Alex sighed, then replied, "Well, I've handled worse waits. I guess
I can take another."

"Smart," Grimlock replied. "Where others?"

"At dinner," Alex replied. "Except for Carol; haven't seen her
for a while." Shaking her head to clear her thoughts, she said, "Be
warned; there's been a lot going on since we last met. I'll give
you the short version on the way."

TBC

> > > [NS: I'll wait until Mimic's done the 'parental figure' thing before
> > > Alex comes in and does the comforting.]
> >
> > [NS: Hope this wasn't too OOC for Alex. Although, Mimic hasn't had that
> > much practice doing the "parental figure" thing. He's certainly never
> > had to give a scolding like this before.]
>
> [NS: Some things you can't help, I guess. And depending on what's being
> plotted, Mimic may need a crash-course in parenting. Assuming it isn't
> already a crash-course. Good thing Alex has a relative with parental
> experience and a medical degree...]
>
> [NS: Wow, it's nice to have relatives.]
>

[NS: Helps that most of 'em aren't dead yet. Anywho, I'm not the one to
handle Aerie's admittance. Next?]
Anonymous
September 6, 2005 8:36:50 PM

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William Rendfeld wrote:
> Sven was about to answer before Grimlock placed a craggy claw upon his
> head. "She reveal self to you in time; not be in rush, okay?"
>
> Alex sighed, then replied, "Well, I've handled worse waits. I guess
> I can take another."
>
> "Smart," Grimlock replied. "Where others?"
>
> "At dinner," Alex replied. "Except for Carol; haven't seen her
> for a while." Shaking her head to clear her thoughts, she said, "Be
> warned; there's been a lot going on since we last met. I'll give
> you the short version on the way."

As Alex and the Aquas caught up, Aerie stood behind the younger Raiser,
nervously watching him eat. Her heart beat wildly, the sound almost
distracting her from her chain of thought. Had she been of clearer
mind, she would have realized this imitation of the human form was too
extreme and toned it down. It was not quite to the level where Jeff
could hear it, though, so she held out the hope that his total focus on
his food was just because he was unaware of her. "Jeff...?"

No response.

"Umm, Jeff, I-I...I know...what I did was wrong...I wanted to
apologize."

No response.

Aerie stopped looking at him, and studied the floor. "I...well...it
just felt so good, having an excuse for us to be together like that,
I...I got carried away. I just wanted...well..."

"To hurt Bob?" Jeff had stopped eating, but his back was still to her.

Her head snapped up. "What?!?"

Jeff wiped his mouth, and slowly, deliberately turned to lock eyes with
her. "You hurt my brother."

Aerie stepped back at Jeff's expression of cold anger. "I...I..." was
all she could stammer out.

Jeff wordlessly turned around and resumed his meal.

Or tried to, until Kitsu grabbed his arm. "She SAID she was sorry.
Aren't you going to forgive her?"

Jeff looked at the samurai were. Part of him wanted to forgive her, but
he knew what she had done to Bob - and she had used him to do it. This
conflict paralyzed his tongue, and would have resulted in silence save
for the sobbing that Aerie was not completely able to hold back.

TBC?

>>[NS: Some things you can't help, I guess. And depending on what's being
>>plotted, Mimic may need a crash-course in parenting. Assuming it isn't
>>already a crash-course. Good thing Alex has a relative with parental
>>experience and a medical degree...]
>>
>>[NS: Wow, it's nice to have relatives.]
>
> [NS: Helps that most of 'em aren't dead yet. Anywho, I'm not the one to
> handle Aerie's admittance. Next?]

[NS: Sorry for the delay. Wasn't inspired much, and I fear I may have
gotten Jeff slightly OOC.]
September 6, 2005 8:59:16 PM

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> As Alex and the Aquas caught up, Aerie stood behind the younger Raiser,
> nervously watching him eat. Her heart beat wildly, the sound almost
> distracting her from her chain of thought. Had she been of clearer
> mind, she would have realized this imitation of the human form was too
> extreme and toned it down. It was not quite to the level where Jeff
> could hear it, though, so she held out the hope that his total focus on
> his food was just because he was unaware of her. "Jeff...?"
>
> No response.
>
> "Umm, Jeff, I-I...I know...what I did was wrong...I wanted to
> apologize."
>
> No response.
>
> Aerie stopped looking at him, and studied the floor. "I...well...it
> just felt so good, having an excuse for us to be together like that,
> I...I got carried away. I just wanted...well..."
>
> "To hurt Bob?" Jeff had stopped eating, but his back was still to her.
>
> Her head snapped up. "What?!?"
>
> Jeff wiped his mouth, and slowly, deliberately turned to lock eyes with
> her. "You hurt my brother."
>
> Aerie stepped back at Jeff's expression of cold anger. "I...I..." was
> all she could stammer out.
>
> Jeff wordlessly turned around and resumed his meal.
>
> Or tried to, until Kitsu grabbed his arm. "She SAID she was sorry.
> Aren't you going to forgive her?"
>
> Jeff looked at the samurai were. Part of him wanted to forgive her, but
> he knew what she had done to Bob - and she had used him to do it. This
> conflict paralyzed his tongue, and would have resulted in silence save
> for the sobbing that Aerie was not completely able to hold back.

The welling feelings of almost-hate were foreign to the young boy and he
wasn't
liking it in the least. His current line of rational thought states that
Aerie's actions
caused his brother pain. It wasn't as rational or as sound as would be
thought,
but given the circumstances, it was all his mind would grasp.

Had different circumstances triggered this, perhaps a different outcome
would
have happened. But before he got lost in all of the what-ifs and the
infinite
possiblities, he stopped himself. He still had caring instincts buried
within, and
the crying girl needed consoling. His look of anger may have dissipated,
but the coldness still remained.

As Aerie finished crying, a little detail fluttered into Jeff's mind. On
one level it
appeared insignifigant and useless, but the fact was it was a contridiction
of
his brother's character. And for as much and he wanted to blame it on Aerie
as well, the hard truth was that it didn't seem like her style.

"Why Soalrbeam?"

Both the fire samurai and ditto girl looked a bit confused.

"I just realized that. The whole blind thing I can forgive, but it's fact
that my
brother got hurt ..." Jeff started semming to choose his words carefully.
"But
that's not his style. I thought my brother would be more apt to use
something
less ... lethal ... like Sleep Power or Vine Whip."

Aerie appeared to have a visible look of relief at the partial forgiveness.
Kitsu had a different expression that the younger Raiser didn't see due to
not looking.

"What set him off?" Jeff asked softly.

TBC!

> [NS: Sorry for the delay. Wasn't inspired much, and I fear I may have
> gotten Jeff slightly OOC.]

[NS: That's probably good then, it means a change! Plus I don't think
anyone
really told the three of him what happened with the overamorous grass-types.
I mean seeing the pack and hearing the story would be two different things.

Note to self -- dramatics are not a strong point.]

-------
Clayton

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Anonymous
September 13, 2005 8:28:05 PM

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Clayton wrote:
> As Aerie finished crying, a little detail fluttered into Jeff's mind. On
> one level it
> appeared insignifigant and useless, but the fact was it was a contridiction
> of
> his brother's character. And for as much and he wanted to blame it on Aerie
> as well, the hard truth was that it didn't seem like her style.
>
> "Why Soalrbeam?"
>
> Both the fire samurai and ditto girl looked a bit confused.
>
> "I just realized that. The whole blind thing I can forgive, but it's fact
> that my
> brother got hurt ..." Jeff started semming to choose his words carefully.
> "But
> that's not his style. I thought my brother would be more apt to use
> something
> less ... lethal ... like Sleep Power or Vine Whip."
>
> Aerie appeared to have a visible look of relief at the partial forgiveness.
> Kitsu had a different expression that the younger Raiser didn't see due to
> not looking.
>
> "What set him off?" Jeff asked softly.
>

"You have to admit," Alex was quick to note as she entered,
"he wasn't exactly operating under the best of circumstances. But
he'll be a little better off once he sees the two of you back on good
terms. Don't you think?"

As Jeff considered that, his head tilting downwards, Alex turned to
Aerie and quickly noted, #Hope that helps. I'll be back in a second.#

#What's wrong?# Aerie asked.

#Call it a premonition,# Alex replied as she went out the door,
heading towards the restrooms.

-

"So, what now?" Sven asked. "We're checked in, but we
won't be able to see that guy we're supposed to see until
tomorrow."

"Guess we get some sleep," Peabody noted. "And hope that
something else doesn't pop up tonight."

"Considering we have walking example of Pauli Effect in midst, me
doubt much peace coming," Grimlock noted. "Still, me keep watch.
Not sleepy. Worst case scenario, drink iced coffee."

"Considering this is a town famous for birds, I think you'll
definitely have a good chance here," Sven noted. His eyes shot open a
second later, and he realized, "Ah damn, now I'm complementing the
Rhydon."

"About time you see reason," Grimlock noted with a grin.

-

Alex slowly opened the door to the restroom, and crept inside.
Chills raced up and down her spine as she walked through the room and
called, "Carol?" She looked down into the stalls, and noticed odd
vibes from the far stall. She quickly moved towards it, and opened the
stall door.

No sign. At least, none that could be seen.

Alex knelt on the floor, and laid a hand upon it, her hand moving
from just outside the stall to just in front of the toilet. She then
placed a hand right over the toilet seat. She couldn't feel anything
definite, only that Carol had been there one second, gone the next.

"This is creepy," Alex noted. "No windows, and she didn't
have a teleporter...either the Grays got her or..." Alex peered into
the toilet bowl as she rose to her feet. "Nah. No way. She's not
that skinny."

The toilet ominously burbled when Alex turned her back and started
walking out of the restroom.

-

"This. Is. Boring."

"<Agreed.>"

"<It's as if we've slipped off the face of the Earth,>"
Daraxis noted.

Alex stepped into view and asked, "You guys okay?"

"Yes, just bored," ShadowWarrior noted.

"<It's as if we just disappear from view on occasion,>" Surtur
added. "<It's almost frightening.>"

Alex sighed, and added, "Seems to be happening to a lot of people
lately. I'm going to find Nori and Ben; meet up with the guys, they
should still be in the cafeteria."

"Alright," ShadowWarrior noted. "You think anything's going
to happen in the next couple minutes?"

"<At this point, I'd be surprised if something happens in the
next couple days,>" Surtur quickly retorted.

TBC?

>
> > [NS: Sorry for the delay. Wasn't inspired much, and I fear I may have
> > gotten Jeff slightly OOC.]
>
> [NS: That's probably good then, it means a change! Plus I don't think
> anyone
> really told the three of him what happened with the overamorous grass-types.
> I mean seeing the pack and hearing the story would be two different things.
>
> Note to self -- dramatics are not a strong point.]
>

[NS: It's a practice thing. Anyway, just a couple things;

One, the Pauli Effect; Wolfgang Pauli was a theoretical physicist.
According to folklore, he had the unintentional effect of breaking
expensive equipment whenever he was in the room. It's also known as the
'Sheridan-Garibaldi Effect' to fans of Babylon 5.

Two, the burble; just being spooky.

Next?]
Anonymous
September 13, 2005 9:09:26 PM

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Clayton wrote:
> As Aerie finished crying, a little detail fluttered into Jeff's mind. On
> one level it
> appeared insignifigant and useless, but the fact was it was a contridiction
> of
> his brother's character. And for as much and he wanted to blame it on Aerie
> as well, the hard truth was that it didn't seem like her style.
>
> "Why Soalrbeam?"
>
> Both the fire samurai and ditto girl looked a bit confused.
>
> "I just realized that. The whole blind thing I can forgive, but it's fact
> that my
> brother got hurt ..." Jeff started semming to choose his words carefully.
> "But
> that's not his style. I thought my brother would be more apt to use
> something
> less ... lethal ... like Sleep Power or Vine Whip."
>
> Aerie appeared to have a visible look of relief at the partial forgiveness.
> Kitsu had a different expression that the younger Raiser didn't see due to
> not looking.
>
> "What set him off?" Jeff asked softly.
>

"You have to admit," Alex was quick to note as she entered,
"he wasn't exactly operating under the best of circumstances. But
he'll be a little better off once he sees the two of you back on good
terms. Don't you think?"

As Jeff considered that, his head tilting downwards, Alex turned to
Aerie and quickly noted, #Hope that helps. I'll be back in a second.#

#What's wrong?# Aerie asked.

#Call it a premonition,# Alex replied as she went out the door,
heading towards the restrooms.

-

"So, what now?" Sven asked. "We're checked in, but we
won't be able to see that guy we're supposed to see until
tomorrow."

"Guess we get some sleep," Peabody noted. "And hope that
something else doesn't pop up tonight."

"Considering we have walking example of Pauli Effect in midst, me
doubt much peace coming," Grimlock noted. "Still, me keep watch.
Not sleepy. Worst case scenario, drink iced coffee."

"Considering this is a town famous for birds, I think you'll
definitely have a good chance here," Sven noted. His eyes shot open a
second later, and he realized, "Ah damn, now I'm complementing the
Rhydon."

"About time you see reason," Grimlock noted with a grin.

-

Alex slowly opened the door to the restroom, and crept inside.
Chills raced up and down her spine as she walked through the room and
called, "Carol?" She looked down into the stalls, and noticed odd
vibes from the far stall. She quickly moved towards it, and opened the
stall door.

No sign. At least, none that could be seen.

Alex knelt on the floor, and laid a hand upon it, her hand moving
from just outside the stall to just in front of the toilet. She then
placed a hand right over the toilet seat. She couldn't feel anything
definite, only that Carol had been there one second, gone the next.

"This is creepy," Alex noted. "No windows, and she didn't
have a teleporter...either the Grays got her or..." Alex peered into
the toilet bowl as she rose to her feet. "Nah. No way. She's not
that skinny."

The toilet ominously burbled when Alex turned her back and started
walking out of the restroom.

-

"This. Is. Boring."

"<Agreed.>"

"<It's as if we've slipped off the face of the Earth,>"
Daraxis noted.

Alex stepped into view and asked, "You guys okay?"

"Yes, just bored," ShadowWarrior noted.

"<It's as if we just disappear from view on occasion,>" Surtur
added. "<It's almost frightening.>"

Alex sighed, and added, "Seems to be happening to a lot of people
lately. I'm going to find Nori and Ben; meet up with the guys, they
should still be in the cafeteria."

"Alright," ShadowWarrior noted. "You think anything's going
to happen in the next couple minutes?"

"<At this point, I'd be surprised if something happens in the
next couple days,>" Surtur quickly retorted.

TBC?

>
> > [NS: Sorry for the delay. Wasn't inspired much, and I fear I may have
> > gotten Jeff slightly OOC.]
>
> [NS: That's probably good then, it means a change! Plus I don't think
> anyone
> really told the three of him what happened with the overamorous grass-types.
> I mean seeing the pack and hearing the story would be two different things.
>
> Note to self -- dramatics are not a strong point.]
>

[NS: It's a practice thing. Anyway, just a couple things;

One, the Pauli Effect; Wolfgang Pauli was a theoretical physicist.
According to folklore, he had the unintentional effect of breaking
expensive equipment whenever he was in the room. It's also known as the
'Sheridan-Garibaldi Effect' to fans of Babylon 5.

Two, the burble; just being spooky.

Next?]
September 17, 2005 10:06:11 AM

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> "This. Is. Boring."
>
> "<Agreed.>"
>
> "<It's as if we've slipped off the face of the Earth,>"
> Daraxis noted.
>
> Alex stepped into view and asked, "You guys okay?"
>
> "Yes, just bored," ShadowWarrior noted.
>
> "<It's as if we just disappear from view on occasion,>" Surtur
> added. "<It's almost frightening.>"
>
> Alex sighed, and added, "Seems to be happening to a lot of people
> lately. I'm going to find Nori and Ben; meet up with the guys, they
> should still be in the cafeteria."
>
> "Alright," ShadowWarrior noted. "You think anything's going
> to happen in the next couple minutes?"
>
> "<At this point, I'd be surprised if something happens in the
> next couple days,>" Surtur quickly retorted.

-------

"Alright, now I know something's wrong," Bob noted to himself aloud.
"There's nothing out there and yet something's telling me there is.
Probably
some stupid lovesick grass-type planning for Round 2"

#Well Grass Man, if that's the worst thing that you can think of then I'd
say that things are looking up,# Raffy retorted

The return glare was half-hearted at best since he knew the Girafarig to be
right. There are worse things than being chased by a gang of amourous
females or at least that's what Bob was telling himself.

"You may be right Raffy, but I still could swear I sense a disturbance. ...

#In The Force?#

"No you sarcastic smart-ass, at least I don't think so. Honestly I can't
really say what it feels like Raffy, I could just swear there's something
or somebody out there in the trees, the forested areas in or around the
city.
I can't say anything beyond 'They're there' and it's annoying."

#I got a solution! Take a deep breath, stop your nervous breakdown,
bask in your afterglow ...# At that point, the half-psychic ducked under
a thrown rock. # ... and have a snack. Oh and for Goddish sake, tell Jeff
that your pain wasn't Aerie's fault. The kid's too young to be feeling that
kind of angst.#

There was a pause, an awkward one. "When did YOU become so serious?"

#When it means keeping YOU nad your brother safe, I can be. Now march
before I prank you into next week!#

"Ah, there the Raffy I know and love"

-------

Somewhere else, in an Unspecified Location, a young lady was planning
unspeakable horrors with the aid of two pokemon. To help blend in, or
just to mess with heads the mundane way, she was wearing an Obscure Logo
T-shirt. It was clear by the satisfying smirk that she was up to no good,
it was
evident by the Haunter wielding a camcorder.

Beware mortals, for Sabrina was planning to prank somebody and prank them
good. But despite the immense psychic powers at her command, they couldn't
really aid Haunter in the details of operating a camcorder to the precision
she would have liked for the big prank. The blackmail material on Misty had
to
be perfect, thus the camerawork had to be as close to flawless as possible.

A trial run was needed. This way Haunder would get the camera skills,
Porygon would get practical practice and she could have some honest fun.
Which
reminded Sabrina that it was her turn to host the psychic poker game next
week.
So much to do so little time.

So over a calm drink, perhaps the most powerful human started to explain the
plan to her two accomplices.

-------

Back inside the Pokemon Center, Bob was just lazing about. With nothing
solid
to do until something happened, it left him with relaxing time was was a bit
tenser
than he would have liked. Wandering aimlessly, he came to the table where
Jeff, Aerie
and Kitsu was sitting. He manoevered himself away from the area, hopefully
before anyone spotted him and watched from a few tables away.

As the trio discussed something, the breeder couldn't help but wonder when
the
tournament that was supposed to happen would start. Was it delayed, or were
his perceptions of time failing after spending so much time around Shiny
Unown?
And more important than that was why was he caring about a tournament that
he
had no current plans to take part in?

Oh right, something was probably going to happen then. It always does at
those
type of events.

*An Obscure Logo with arms holds up an Obscure TBC Sign*

> [NS: It's a practice thing. Anyway, just a couple things;
>
> One, the Pauli Effect; Wolfgang Pauli was a theoretical physicist.
> According to folklore, he had the unintentional effect of breaking
> expensive equipment whenever he was in the room. It's also known as the
> 'Sheridan-Garibaldi Effect' to fans of Babylon 5.
>
> Two, the burble; just being spooky.
>
> Next?]

[NS: I think I remember something like that in anime somewhere. Wasn't
there this one ditz always breaking things in Washu's lab?

And this is mostly filler with a short cameo from the Love Porygon. May
Goddish have mercy on their trial victims.]

-------
Clayton

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Anonymous
September 26, 2005 10:14:26 PM

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Clayton wrote:
> Back inside the Pokemon Center, Bob was just lazing about. With nothing
> solid
> to do until something happened, it left him with relaxing time was was a bit
> tenser
> than he would have liked. Wandering aimlessly, he came to the table where
> Jeff, Aerie
> and Kitsu was sitting. He manoevered himself away from the area, hopefully
> before anyone spotted him and watched from a few tables away.

"Mmm, pickle-flavored ice cream."

Startle one: an unexpected voice behind him.

Startle two: Mimic's voice in close proximity. He was fairly certain
the two of them were okay with what had happened - Mimic had started it,
and Bob had not been in control of himself - but...

Startle three: pickles plus ice cream as a favored food equals...

Bob finally turned around, to see a familiar grinning blue-haired girl,
but no ice cream or remnants thereof. To his credit, he managed to get
his heartbeat back to fairly normal within a minute.

"Look on Bob's face..."

Bob frowned. "That wasn't funny."

"Was too." The girl gently latched on to Bob's arm. "But if make up
for it, let Bob name baby."

"...so, you're sure you're pregnant?"

"No, but might want ask Mimic." The girl pointed behind Bob.

"..." Bob slowly turned around.

Mimic's head tilted slightly. "Why using telepathic imagery mimic
Mimic?"

Bob turned back, to find Sabrina latched onto his arm. A shadow caused
him to look up, and see a camera-wielding Haunter.

Mimic blinked. "Bob dating Sabrina now?"

Sabrina winked at Mimic. "Jealous?"

Mimic thought for a moment, then replied, "If want Bob that way, Mimic
let Sabrina carry Bob's baby. No much care pregnancy and childbirth.
Pretty sure human womb can carry this one, and may know surgeons willing
and able transfer fetus."

Sabrina blanched and let go quickly.

Bob let his head slowly come to rest on the table, trying to make the
situation go away by sheer force of will. For a completely unrelated
reason, when he looked up again, Sabrina and her Haunter were gone, and
Mimic was calmly sitting opposite him. "Thanks for the save."

"Out frying pan, still in fire. Question came up other table." Mimic
gestured to Kitsu, Jeff, and Aerie, who were still chatting away but
more friendly. "Why Solarbeam, no sleep powder? Mimic think it other
Bob, but no want say anything. Implications."

"What, that I'm not in control of it?" Bob sighed. "Thanks, but..."

"No, implications that it react love from others. Want keep Bob for
self."

"..." Bob sat with his mouth open.

"No mean *that* way - even if physically possible." Mimic looked away.
"Then again, using vines, may be..."

"..." Bob sat with his mouth open.

Mimic blushed. "Never mind. No should be going there. Anyway,
implications that if Jeff get exceptionally affectionate - and
definitely *NO* mean that way, just normal family way - other Bob maybe
try push Jeff away same way. Jeff no as tough as most pokemon, body or
mind."

"..." Bob sat with his mouth open.

Mimic put a piece of sushi in Bob's mouth. "Anyway, thought maybe want
know..."

"EEP!"

Bob and Mimic looked over to the other table, where Aerie was being
part-tickled, part-held by Kitsu and blushing fiercely, while Jeff - at
Kitsu's urging - was tentatively kissing Aerie on the lips.

"...that Jeff forgive Aerie. Apparently fully."

In the next room over, Sabrina smiled to herself as her true plan set
into motion. Pranks were just so much spicier when their targets had
warning that they should have been on guard.

> *An Obscure Logo with arms holds up an Obscure TBC Sign*

*The TBC sign pulls some kung fu and KOs the wannabe robber logo*

> [NS: I think I remember something like that in anime somewhere. Wasn't
> there this one ditz always breaking things in Washu's lab?

[NS: Mihoshi.]

> And this is mostly filler with a short cameo from the Love Porygon. May
> Goddish have mercy on their trial victims.]

[NS: Uuugh...been fighting writer's block for about a month now. Sorry
for the delay.]
Anonymous
September 26, 2005 10:14:27 PM

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Adrian Tymes wrote:

> Mimic blushed. "Never mind. No should be going there. Anyway,
> implications that if Jeff get exceptionally affectionate - and
> definitely *NO* mean that way, just normal family way - other Bob maybe
> try push Jeff away same way. Jeff no as tough as most pokemon, body or
> mind."
>
> "..." Bob sat with his mouth open.
>
> Mimic put a piece of sushi in Bob's mouth. "Anyway, thought maybe want
> know..."
>
> "EEP!"
>
> Bob and Mimic looked over to the other table, where Aerie was being
> part-tickled, part-held by Kitsu and blushing fiercely, while Jeff - at
> Kitsu's urging - was tentatively kissing Aerie on the lips.
>
A shadow soon fell over Kitsu's table. Keaton cleared his throat,
causing the threesome to pause in their activities and look up at him.

"As much as I'd hate to interrupt an underaged three-way," Keaton said,
"I'm thinking that maybe we should discuss our strategy for the
Double-Battle tournament we so desperately raced here to enter."

"That's right I nearly forgot," Kitsu replied, drawing her
formerly-probing fingers away from Aerie's tickle-sensitive areas.
"Aerie, we were wondering if you wanted to pose as our trainer again
like we did at the Whirl Cup. I... I want to make up for leaving you
all alone when I ran off to train in the desert. It wasn't fair of me
to take off without so much as a goodbye. The best way I can think of
is to fight for your honor again. Please, allow me to demonstrate the
power of our sisterly love."

Keaton thought Kitsu was laying it on a little thick, especially with
those shimmering, puppy-dog eyes. Still, as a team they almost made it
to the final match of the Whirl Cup. It was a synergy that was hard to
find. It would be great to fight alongside her again, regardless of how
well they'd do in the tournament.

"And maybe this time, no one will be blasted into another country,"
Keaton optomistically added.

"Keaton!" Kitsu scolded with a death glare.

"What? I'm just saying," Keaton replied.


------------------------------------------------------


Nurse Joy looked up from her desk to see a girl walk in through the
Pokemon Center's doors. The strawberry-blonde wasn't wearing much more
than an Obscure Logo t-shirt, a belt pack, a Swablu on her head and,
though Nurse Joy couldn't see it, and emerald hair clip holding her hair
back. Aside from the t-shirt dropping down to mid-thigh, the
eighteen-year-old's legs were completely bare. She wasn't even wearing
shoes.

"Imagine, a trainer of his level not staying at a Pokemon Center while
in town," Keiko said to Skyler, her Swablu. "Maybe he's trying to hide
from his fans so he wouldn't cause a big stir. What do you think?"

"Swablu," Skyler chirped in reply.


To be continued...?


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Anonymous
September 26, 2005 11:05:34 PM

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Chet Weaver - Interstellar Hitchhiker wrote:
> A shadow soon fell over Kitsu's table. Keaton cleared his throat,
> causing the threesome to pause in their activities and look up at him.
>
> "As much as I'd hate to interrupt an underaged three-way," Keaton said,
> "I'm thinking that maybe we should discuss our strategy for the
> Double-Battle tournament we so desperately raced here to enter."
>
> "That's right I nearly forgot," Kitsu replied, drawing her
> formerly-probing fingers away from Aerie's tickle-sensitive areas.
> "Aerie, we were wondering if you wanted to pose as our trainer again
> like we did at the Whirl Cup. I... I want to make up for leaving you
> all alone when I ran off to train in the desert. It wasn't fair of me
> to take off without so much as a goodbye. The best way I can think of
> is to fight for your honor again. Please, allow me to demonstrate the
> power of our sisterly love."
>
> Keaton thought Kitsu was laying it on a little thick, especially with
> those shimmering, puppy-dog eyes. Still, as a team they almost made it
> to the final match of the Whirl Cup. It was a synergy that was hard to
> find. It would be great to fight alongside her again, regardless of how
> well they'd do in the tournament.
>
> "And maybe this time, no one will be blasted into another country,"
> Keaton optomistically added.
>
> "Keaton!" Kitsu scolded with a death glare.
>
> "What? I'm just saying," Keaton replied.
>

[NS: I thought that was the Silver Conference where Smasher got
blasted...]

"Care to explain why you're dragging us to the cafeteria?" Nori
asked. "I've already eaten, thanks."

"A lot's happened in the last few hours," Alex explained.
"Enough to last a month or so."

"Anything big?" Ben asked, somewhat nervously.

"Short version?" Alex replied. "I was possessed by a Chinese
ghost, Kitsu and Keaton arrived, said ghost was exorcised, Sven and
Peabody showed up, Carol disappeared...and that's just in the past
hour." Remembering something else, she added, "Oh, and you were
right, Nori. Aerie was faking being blind. Don't read her the riot
act, Mimic's already done more than enough on that front."

"You honestly think I would?" Nori asked.

"Wait, you were possessed?" Ben asked in disbelief. "How'd that
happen?"

"It's not as hard as it sounds," Alex replied. "I was
distracted, alone...stuff like that happens on occasion."

"Maybe," Nori noted in a low voice. "And what's this about
Carol?"

"She went in a restroom and vanished," Alex explained. "Beyond
the strange vibes around a toilet, I've got no clue what happened to
her." Chills racing up her spine, she added, "And I'm in no rush
to go in there again."

Nori gave Alex a critical eye and asked, "Is that fear?"

"I'm not immune to it, Nori," Alex explained. "Besides, with
everything that's happened since we split up back in Mauville,
we've got a lot to talk about. The normal chaos with Bob and Mimic
aside, a lot's happened. And I'd rather everyone be on the level
than not; knowledge is power, and we're starting to run a deficit.

The trio soon entered the cafeteria, and found the rest of the
remaining Searchers waiting for them, a bit of serious discussion
taking place and food in their bellies. Standing nearby waiting for
them at the door were Alex and Nori's respective free-roamers.
"Wondered when you'd get back," ShadowWarrior noted as he resumed
his normal perch.

"Honestly expect me to stay away forever?" Alex asked as the group
turned its attention to the new arrivals. "Now that everyone's
here, we've got a lot to talk about."

-

Elsewhere on the premises, Sabrina was contentedly waiting for her trap
to be sprung. This was going to be most amusing.

"Still decided against macramé, I see."

Sabrina's eyes narrowed as she asked, "You realize, of course, that
simple telekinesis could crush your head in that helmet."

"Risk I had to take," Schwester Schatten noted as she stepped out
of the shadows. "I assume you received my message."

"Yes, yes," Sabrina noted, "as unbelievable as it seems. You are
aware of what you're doing, of course."

"I'm closing the circle," Schwester replied. "Besides, it's
not as if you're losing something in all this. In fact, you're
actually due to come out ahead."

"So you say," Sabrina replied neutrally. "Keep an eye on
yourself; I'd hate for the few things keeping my entertainment in
check to simply vanish."

"It won't quite happen that way," Schwester noted as she
disappeared into the night. "But thank you for the vote of
confidence."

"I'd change the helmet while I was at it," Sabrina added. She
turned her attention back to the proceedings, and waited for what was
to come.

-

"Just to make sure I've got all this," Keaton listed off,
"eighty-seven years ago, your great-great-grandmother came here, got
married, and had kids, under the watch of a large secret
organization."

"Yep," Alex replied.

"And some guy who found out about said organization and tried to kill
who he thought was the right great-great-grandmother, but ended up
trying to kill the wrong one," Kitsu continued. "But her son ended
up marrying the hybrid daughter of the other great-great-grandmother,
and that effectively connected you to her anyway."

"Also correct," Alex added.

"And this guy was a friend of Canmore's dad, who tried to kill your
grandmother, but ended up falling off a building in the attempt," Ben
continued.

"She's still got the scars," Alex added.

"And Canmore went after you in revenge," Bob reasoned. "He tried
to kill you, but ended up rewriting your DNA and getting jailed. And
someone who you think may be his son killed your father, then some time
ago, you killed Canmore. And you think Canmore had other kids."

"Safe bet," Alex replied.

"Big risk telling secrets," Mimic noted.

"I feel safer with all of you knowing the facts rather than not
knowing them," Alex explained. "Besides, I'd rather everything be
on the table before something else happens. Which reminds me; I think
we have a lead."

Those gathered looked to her in surprise before Alex clarified, "Back
in Lilycove, I ran across someone. He was going out of his way to
remain hidden, but I chased after him. I think I know who he was."

"Smasher?" Aerie asked.

"It's only a theory," Alex replied. "But he looked like him,
sounded like him...I wasn't near him long enough to do a proper scan,
but so far it looks like we may have found him."

"So what are we waiting for?" Aerie asked. "Let's go after
him."

"I don't think we need to," Alex countered. "If I know Smasher,
he may just end up in town for the tournament. With luck, he'll come
to us."

"Risky business," Ben noted.

"It's the best we've got," Alex noted. "Unless someone else
has an idea."


TBC!

[NS: Seriously, do they have any other options?]
!