"Yeeeeeen." A plaintive growl interrupted the pleasant slumber that Simon was enjoying.
"Mmmwhat is it?" He asked, somewhat coherently. He reached out blindly for his alarm clock, kind of surprised that he hadn't even-
"Yah!" -Simon tumbled onto a cold tile floor. His eyes flew open then immediately shut against the harsh light of industrial strength florescent lightbulbs. The ceiling lights did an execellent job of illuminating a small room with sparse furnishings and a heavy metal door labeled
"Miy?" Shadow's muzzle dipped down and he nudged Simon's shoulder none-too-gently. Was his trainer playing a game? Or was he just clumsy? Simon gently batted the inquiring nose away as he slowly rose to his feet. Memories of the previous night filtered in while he stretched.
Wanting to get away from the group for a bit Simon had taken his Pokémon and temporary acquisition to the Pokémon center for healing. As always Nurse Joy had been perky, polite, and punctual. The healing had taken only minutes. On the way out of the Center Simon noticed a sign pointed toward his company's office building. So he'd taken a moment to stop by. He decided he could use a little normalcy after the strange events in Mt Moon.
Little did Simon know that the office clerk had quit, the manager's niece was sick, two of the delivery men were out with mono, and the janitor was on strike (no one knew why). A harried assistant had informed Simon of the chaos as soon as the trainer swiped his card key at the door. A stunned Simon had been forcibly dragged into the lobby then recruited to take over some of the jobs that needing doing. It was a temporary thing, the assistant assured Simon with his hands still latched onto Simon's arm, and he'd be paid out of pocket just so 'we can get some order around here'. Though initially he wanted to refuse Simon decided that he could use the money to buy new supplies and food. In addition to the odd-jobs Simon discovered an official job he had to do. A large heavily-taped but light-weight box was to be delivered from Cerulean City to Vermillion City. 'For some big stuffed-shirt who can't be bothered to leave his 'home office' to pick up his package.' was the assistant's grumbled comment. As politely as possible Simon disengaged the assistant's grip and began to freely wander the most-empty building to see what needed doing.
It was 10pm before Simon finally finished everything. And he was sure there were still things left to do. But the week's packages were sorted, the lobby was cleaned, and the boxes littering the hallway had been taken outside. Simon had recruited Shadow (who instead of money was promised a nice juicy steak) to help out with some of the manual labor. The assistant dutifully paid Simon's fee and then returned to his stack of paperwork. Knowing that each office contained a few rooms in case of visitors or bouts of workaholism Simon decided to find one. He needed a break before returning to the Pokémon center.
Apparently he'd fallen asleep.
"Why didn't the night guard notice me?" Simon wondered out loud. Maybe the night guard was on strike too? 'This place is a mess...' the trainer sighed. This place was a far cry from the small but well maintained office Simon was used to working out of. But the efficiency of his home office was largely due to his manager. A large but friendly guy who knew how to work with people but not micromanage them.
Simon missed his home office...he missed his home city...
But on the bright side, he had some spare cash and the potential for more once he finished his delivery. 'Stuffed shirts' usually gave good tips for personal deliveries. 'Hope he's not in some secret forest like that one guy...'
"Come on, bud, let's get out of here." Simon grabbed his pack and exited the room. On his way to the elevator he stopped by the Employee restroom to change clothes and brush his teeth. "I could use some breakfast." Simon informed his reflection.
"Might!" Shadow agreed enthusiastically. The Pokémon beat Simon to the stairs and to the front door. Steak was a powerful motivator.
Rochelle knew she had to get up eventually. She had to get a fair bit done today, including finding the local police station, call her parents, and make sure her Pokémon were okay. The latter was easy enough; she could do that whenever she wanted, though it would be better if it were sooner rather than later.
These thoughts buzzing through her head, Rochelle got up, dragged a fresh set of clothes out of her pack and headed for the showers. After spending a decent amount of time under the hot water, during which time she eliminated almost any trace of having spent time under Mt. Moon, including both the grass stain and blood trail on her face, she returned to her bed to retrieve her gear, hair secured under her regular black bandana.
Before Rochelle checked up on her Pokémon to make sure they hadn't suffered at the hands of Team Rocket, she wanted to get them healed up and get some form of breakfast. Once out in the Pokémon Center's main hall, she handed them all over to Nurse Joy, who accepted them with the smile she had become used to seeing from all Center staff. As usual, the nurse promised to let Rochelle know when her team was ready for pickup. Upon entering the cafeteria, the Trainer found only one other person eating. A cute black, orange and cream-coloured Pokémon was with her. Unsure whether to approach the Trainer and her companion, Rochelle turned her attention to the more pressing matter of breakfast; there were a fair few options, but she took the simple route of cereal.
She sat at a table a few places away from the other Trainer in the room, both to avoid infringing on her personal space and to talk if she felt like it, and began to eat in silence, listening out for the call to collect her Pokémon from the counter.
Both Eileen and Hughes noticed a new face come into the cafeteria; and both ignored the person for the time being, instead focusing on eating their breakfast. It wasn't until the other Trainer sat down a few tables away that Hughes stopped eating and looked over at them.
"Oh stop growling at people Hughes, they aren't doing anything to us. Only do it if they look threatening or if you get a bad feeling from them. Look you're not even done eating yet while I am, maybe I should just leave you here to growl and look intimidating at people while I join Aeris. Maybe I'll catch a new Pokemon that won't be so over protective," Eileen threatened, Hughes looking up at her from his seat with a sad look on his face.
"Oh you got me, you know I could never do that to you. Just finish up eating so we can head out, I'll be right back," Eileen said after caving in to her Pokemon, getting up and grabbing her plate and utensils to put away. Hughes went back to eating the rest of his food, looking up from time to time at his Trainer and the other one sitting a few yards away.
Rochelle raised her eyebrows at the mention of Aeris's name. Perhaps there had been some meeting and greeting overnight, while she was asleep. When the stranger returned from clearing away her dishes, she spoke up. "You know Aeris? We travel together with a few others, on the Pokémon League challenge. Um... I'm Rochelle Sanders," she introduced herself.
Hopefully the Pokémon - Hughes - wasn't going to jump up and defend his Trainer as a result of Rochelle speaking to her. There was such a thing as being overprotective, after all.
"Oh? I was wondering if you were another person from that group. I met a few of them last night here when we had dinner; Aeris, her boyfriend, the tall blond, and the guy with a goatee. Their names I don't really recall at the moment, but I'm sure I'll learn them in time if myself and a buddy of mine join up with your group," Eileen told Rochelle, waiting for Hughes to finish with his food before joining her at her table.
"How long ago did your group start the journey? Seems like you caught up to us pretty fast, though at the same time I don't really move at a fast pace. Where are my manners? Eileen Weismann is the name, and this here is my Growlithe Hughes," she responded, introducing herself and her Pokemon. Hughes looked up at the other Trainer, then up to his own Trainer before he rested his head on her knees and whined.
"Hush, we'll go in a second. Oh, Aeris and I are going up onto Route 25 to battle and such, would you like to come along? Not sure if anyone else will be joining us but I imagine there might be a few," Eileen said to Rochelle, hoping that she wouldn't have to catch up with Aeris if she went ahead without them. 'Not in the mood for anymore running today.'
So Eileen had already met a fair few people from the group: Aeris, Mika, Jordan and Tyler. That was good; it was always nice to meet new people... friendly ones, that is. And Eileen might be joining up with their little band, with someone else in tow.
"In answer to how long ago we started... we all left from Pallet Town just under a week ago, after each of us picked up a Pokédex," Rochelle began. "From there, it took us a couple of days to get to Pewter, and I'm pretty sure most of us picked up a couple of Pokémon along the way. We each had one of our own to start with. Spent a couple of days in Pewter City, during which time we all beat Brock in a Gym battle... despite his obvious attempts at flirting," she added, thinking of the rift between Jordan and Fary for a few seconds before she snapped back to the present. She didn't like to dwell on things that had caused her stress in the past, as was the case with most people, hypothetically.
"So yeah, once we beat Brock... we went through Mount Moon to come here. Things went to hell in a handbasket quickly... I'm not sure I wanna talk about that right now, to be honest. Long story short, we're here now. I crashed early, so I haven't seen any of the others this morning," Rochelle finished up quickly, not wanting to talk about her conflict with Team Rocket to someone she had just met that day.
"And, um... I probably won't come with you guys if you're going soon. I have things to take care of. Sorry," she apologised. "On the subject of which... you don't happen to know where I can find a police station, do you? I need to talk to someone from law enforcement." Hopefully the Kanto region's police department was similar to that of Johto, with competent officers stationed in almost every city or town.
"Wow I'll certainly have to get used to a quicker pace if I do join up with your group," Eileen replied with a frown, figuring she'll have to change up her normal training routine with Hughes if the quicker pace was the case. 'Don't really want to do that, but perhaps I can work around things going faster,' she thought to herself before hearing Rochelle ask if she knew where the police station was.
"The station is down a few blocks east, around five or so. Then you go south one block. If you get to the city's Gym than you've gone to far east, and if you get to a section of house than you've gone to far south. Maybe once you're done with what you need to do you can join us, if we aren't already back by then that is," Eileen said to Rochelle, getting up from her seat and saying that she needed to head out now. "See you later," she said before heading out to the front of the Poke Center with Hughes.
She was thankful that Aeris hadn't left yet, running up to her and the others and saying, "Well I'm ready to go now. Met up with another member of your group. At this point I should assume every face I haven't seen here in the city is one."
Aeris' Pokemon were just playing around while they had waited for Eileen to be done with all she needed. Aeris had, in the meanwhile, sat down on the ground, watching them play. It was nice, watching them not battling to train for once. Very relaxing.
After a while, Eileen came back and she stood up from the ground. "You did? Who did you meet? Well, you can tell me on the go. Come on, guys. And Blaze." She added that last part because Blaze tapped her foot, which made Aeris giggle. All four of her Pokemon followed her as she walked with Eileen towards the bridge.
"I met with someone named Rochelle. I had asked if she wanted to join us but she seemed to have things to do. I said she could join us later if that's the case, but I guess it all depends," Eileen replied as she put her bag over her shoulder as she followed after Aeris, turning back once to see if anyone else was going to join them.
"Are there any other people left in the group that I haven't met yet? Seems like a run into a new one every couple of hours," she joked, keeping up the pace as they headed the few blocks down to where Nugget Bridge was.
"If the trainers are there on the bridge you might want me to stay a bit behind you; I know quite a few of them ran away yesterday when I approached them for rematches," she added, before realizing something, "The bridge is over water, obviously, but it's a pretty big bridge so I don't think you'll have problems with it. Just letting you know."
"Hmmm..." Aeris said, thinking who else Eileen hadn't met. "You've met me, obviously, and Mika, my boyfriend. Then there was Jordan the surfer guy, and Tyler. You just met Rochelle. There's also Fary, Simon and Terinth. That's everyone in the group." She stretched her arms a bit while they walked towards the bridge.
"Well, in that case, you might want to stay a bit behind me. I want to challenge them all for training. Oh, almost forgot." She picked up Xal's Pokeball. "In you go again. Sorry about that." Xal nodded. He understood, especially with all the water nearby. Aeris returned him to his Pokeball with the red laser that came out of it, and put his shrunken Pokeball on her belt.
"I figured there might be water under the bridge, but I also figured that if I was with you, I would be alright." She smiled to Eileen as they got closer to the bridge. She could see five people on the bridge. Maybe they were trainers.
"You certainly have an interesting group. A quite large one too, most are usually only a few people from the ones I've seen on the road. Alan and I left a few weeks ago from Pallet after I arrived from Cinnabar, that was quite an interesting experience with the Professor. I'm sure if my parents ever got that bad they'd be replaced pretty quickly; then again they're both only in their forties so I don't see that happening anytime soon," Eileen told Aeris, slowing her pace a bit now that they were on the bridge and the other trainers were in view.
"I'm just going to be taking notes on your matches before going to battle some Pokemon," she explained, getting out a pen and notebook and flipping the pages to a blank one.
Aeris giggled, remembering her encounter with Oak. "Yeah, the Professor is an interesting one. And, you're from Cinnabar? So am I. Wonder why we didn't meet each other sooner. Or remember it. Well, we can talk about that after I beat these trainers with Tristan and Ekans. I don't mind that you take notes."
She stepped onto the bridge and walked over to one of the trainers. "I would like to challenge you to a battle if that would be alright." The trainer, a teenage male, looked at her Pokemon. "Well, alright. But only because you're cute." Aeris giggled. She didn't care what compliments were thrown her way if they sounded like flirting, she was Mika's. The trainer let out a Caterpie and a Weedle. "Think ya got what it takes to beat us five?" Aeris had to held back a giggle. He thought he could win with a Caterpie and a Weedle? Adorable, she thought. "I'll be using Tristan and Ekans." Tristan hovered above Aeris while Ekans slithered and stopped in front of her.
Ekans made short work of the Caterpie with his combo of Glare and Bite, followed by a Poison Sting. The Caterpie had tried to tackle and use String Shot on him, but missed both times. Meanwhile, Tristan used Sleep Powder on the Weedle, who had managed to use a Poison Sting on him, but it hadn't poisoned him thankfully. With the Weedle asleep, Tristan used Gust on it. Both Pokemon were defeated. "That was a good match." Aeris said to the boy. "I did my best. I have no regrets." said the boy. Aeris walked past him towards the next trainer, a teenage girl.
"Alright, see ya. And thanks," Rochelle answered, waving goodbye to Eileen as she left with her Growlithe before she returned to her food. Once finished, she cleared away her dishes in the same manner that Eileen had done, then wandered back into the main hall to wait for the nurse to finish healing her Pokémon. During the short waiting period she began to plan out what she wanted to say when reporting the Mt. Moon incident to someone at the station.
After a few minutes, the nurse called out her name. "Rochelle Sanders? Your Pokémon are ready for collection." She promptly got up and hurried to the counter to take the offered Poké Balls, though she wanted to know if there was anything wrong that the Center staff hadn't seen before. When she said as much to Nurse Joy, she laughed softly and answered with, "One battle too many, eh? Don't worry, there was nothing uncommon about them. Most of them were alright, but your Mareep was a little more worn out than the others. Maybe go a little easier on the training next time."
Rochelle was deeply relieved to hear that, though she didn't tell the nurse what had actually happened the day before. "Thanks a lot," she said as she attached each of the Poké Balls to her belt in order of acquisition: Kirsten, Phoenix, Natalya, Iskra. With that, she gave the nurse a wave as she left the Pokémon Center. "Now... five or so blocks east, Eileen said, then one south," she mused to herself as she turned from the Pokémon Center and began walking through the city.
There were a few people walking around, though thankfully everyone was just trying to get from A to B with no inclination to battle her in the middle of the street. Once Rochelle had found the police station, she took a seat outside on a bench. Now seemed like a good time to check up on her team, and she did so, releasing Kirsten from her ball onto the bench beside her. The Horsea blew a happy bubble and bounced into Rochelle's lap, cuddling up to her and wriggling around until Rochelle held her properly.
"Hey there, Kirsten. Glad to see you're okay," she said quietly so as not to attract too much attention. Clearly the Water-type hadn't been subjected to Team Rocket's conversion process before Rochelle had found her and the others. Since they had all been found in the same place, it stood to reason that the others hadn't been turned as well, but Rochelle wanted to check to be on the safe side. Iskra, of course, was exempt from this, as he had defected from Kimmy's command to that of Rochelle within seconds of catching sight of his original Trainer.
Rochelle let Natalya and Phoenix out of their respective Poké Balls as well, letting the two birds perch on her shoulders and poke at her ears and hair. The gluttonous Murkrow seemed to think her ear was some sort of food, and pecked at her earlobe before Rochelle told her off. "Okay, fine. You want something to eat, here you go," she said in a resigned tone of voice, passing around the open pack of Pokémon food. While Kirsten was a slow and methodical eater, taking the snack apart bit by bit, both Phoenix and Natalya scarfed down their pieces and chirped at Rochelle for more.
When all three had been satisfied, and the birds warned that they would get fat and be unable to fly, Rochelle returned Kirsten and Phoenix to their Poké Balls, knowing Natalya didn't like being confined to the small space. The Murkrow on her shoulder, Rochelle got up, pulled her pack back on, and entered the Cerulean police station.
"Did not know you were from there, but it's nice to know that I'm not the only one from there. As for why we never met it's an easy question: I lived a very sheltered life until recently," Eileen explained before the battle started, adding before she backed off to take notes, "My family are pretty interesting, I can tell you about all that later though."
With that she went to the railing of the bridge and leaned against it, jotting down notes on the battle. There wasn't too much to write down due to the length of the battle and the difference in the two sets of Pokemon. Hughes went and laid down next to her feet, basking in the afternoon sun before he had to battle wild Pokemon.
Her thoughts went back to her family once the battle was over and Aeris moved onto the next trainer. She hadn't talked to her parents since she acquired the old amber they had asked her to get from the Pewter Museum. Then again, neither had they tried to contact her either. 'I know mom is busy on a new project, but you'd think dad would at least try to talk to me,' she thought after grabbing her bag and moving down some yards to witness the next battle, deciding to try and call alter once she got back to the Poke Center.
The teenage girl didn't seem impressed with Aeris getting past the first trainer. "Ya think ya can beat me? We'll see about that." She picked up two Pokeballs and let her Pokemon out, a Pidgey and a female Nidoran. Aeris again stiffled a giggle. It was adorable how these trainers thought they could beat her with such Pokemon. She sent out Tristan and Ekans again. Tristan went up against the Pidgey, while Ekans would take care of the Nidoran.
Tristan did well with his Confusion, the Pidgey flying into the water, apparently thinking it was a Farfetch'd. Once the confusion wore off, Tristan tackled the Pidgey, knocking it out. Ekans had a little more difficulty with his opponent. The female Nidoran tried her own Poison Sting, but it wasn't very effective on Ekans, a Poison type. Ekans used Glare and Bite like with the earlier Weedle, but decided against using Poison Sting, instead wrapping himself around the Nidoran, knocking her out.
Aeris thanked for herself, the teenage girl said the same line as the teenage boy before her, and Aeris headed towards the next trainer, another teenage boy. "This time, it's serious!" he said, excitedly. I'm sure it is... Aeris thought, not convinced by his words. The boy let out three Pokemon, a Rattata, an Ekans and a Zubat. Aeris sent all Blaze to help Tristan and Ekans. Ekans took on the Rattata, Tristan took on the Zubat and Blaze took on the Ekans.
Blaze did very well, only needing a couple of Embers to take out the Ekans before it could harm her. Aeris' Ekans did short work of the Rattata by wrapping around it and biting it. Tristan used his Confusion on the Zubat, followed by a Gust. The trainer spat out the same line as the other two. Can't they say anything afterwards other than that they did their best and they have no regrets...? Aeris wondered as she headed for the fourth trainer.
'I forgot how easy all of these kids were. Then again Route 25 had a better set of trainers to battle. I wonder how many times these kids have lost since they seem to just stand here most of the day waiting to battle,' Eileen thought, finishing up writing the last move of the battle before turning the page over as she moved forward with Hughes.
From the bridge she could see wild Pokemon swimming in the water and some scurrying in the grass further away; making note where most of them seemed to be grouped. "Makes it easier if we don't have to run around just to battle them, and you can take on multiple Pokemon pretty easily," she told Hughes who looked up at her before rolling himself onto his back over her foot to try and scratch it.
A few of the young, defeated trainers seemed to now take notice of her and Hughes; a look of terror washing over their faces before a few ran away back down the bridge towards Cerulean.
Aeris was feeling confident about herself, not noticing the water around the bridge since she was focused on the battles. The lass she was facing now was another teenage girl. "Getting tired?" the girl said. Yeah, of the same quote you all seem to say after I beat you. Aeris thought as she waited for the girl to send out her Pokemon. They were the same as the other girl's ones, a Pidgey and a female Nidoran. This time, Aeris had Tristan deal with the Nidoran while she had Ekans face off against the Pidgey.
Ekans tried to wrap himself around the Pidgey, but it flew away, then dived for a tackle. It hit Ekans and sent him sliding across the bridge. He wasn't about to give up, though, and went back. He used his Glare, paralyzing the Pidgey, then combo'd it with his Bite. It made the Pidgey flinch, but it wasn't able to move much and was defeated.
Tristan tackled the Nidoran, sending it flying away, and used a Gust on it, flapping his wings to create wind. The Nidoran had an answer for that in the form of Double Kick, charging towards Tristan and kicked him once, then missed the second time. Tristan used Confusion on her, making her headbutt the bridge which knocked her out.
The lass said the same as the other three, then Aeris headed towards the fifth trainer, a teenage boy. "I'll stomp ya!" he said enthusiastically. We'll see about that. Aeris saw that the boy sent out a Mankey. She had not expected that. She wondered if she should let Blaze fight this time, but she figured Ekans might be able to fight against the Mankey. Before starting the fight, though, she picked up a Potion from her backpack and used it on Ekans so he would be in top shape. She put the empty bottle back in her backpack, then sent Ekans out.
The Mankey was quick to use Karate Chop on Ekans, who let out a small cry of pain, but used the opportunity to use Poison Sting on the Mankey. He managed to poison him, and the Mankey felt ill, but still stood, presumably on stubbornness alone. He used a Low Kick on Ekans, but missed when Ekans slithered away and bit him on one arm, then wrapped around him, trying to squeeze him. The Mankey tried to get Ekans off him, but wasn't able to and used all his strength trying to get Ekans off which along with being poisoned made him weaker. Ekans bit him once more and Mankey was defeated. Aeris was proud of Ekans for defeating a stronger opponent and hugged him. Ekans wrapped himself so that he was on Aeris' shoulders, and not so that he would choke her.
The teenage boy gave her victory money, just like the other trainers had done, and Aeris walked to the end of the bridge, where it seemed a sixth trainer waited. "Congratulations! You've beaten the five trainers of Nugget Bridge! As a reward, here is your Nugget." He took out a golden nugget and handed it over to Aeris. "Ooooo, shiny." Aeris said and put it in her backpack. "You know, the way you handled these trainers, you would make an excellent Team Rocket member." Aeris gave him an evil eye. "You think I want to join your low life gang that tortures Pokemon and uses them for your own gain? Not a chance." The Rocket chuckled. "Are you sure? Absolutely?" "Absolutely sure. No way am I going to join you." Aeris folded her arms, still not letting up on her evil eye.
"If that's the case, then I'll just have to make you join!" The Rocket reached for his Pokeballs, sending out an Ekans and a Zubat. This time, Aeris couldn't contain her laughter. "Seriously? You expect me to want to join you when you send that against me? No offense, Ekans." Ekans knew she meant no offense. The Ekans the Rocket was using had been converted and wasn't the same as he was. Aeris sent Ekans and Tristan against the Rocket's Ekans and Zubat. Ekans opted to go for the other Ekans, while Tristan took on the Zubat.
Aeris' Ekans started the battle with Glare, which didn't hit the other Ekans who countered that with Bite. Aeris' Ekans used Bite himself, then wrapped around the other Ekans to try and squeeze him, as awkward as that looked. He looked into the Rocket's Ekans' eyes and tried Glare again, which worked this time, leaving the enemy Ekans paralyzed. Aeris' Ekans used another Bite while squeezing him and soon enough, the Rocket's Ekans was defeated.
Zubat used Supersonic on Tristan, leaving him confused. He tried to fight it off and managed to use a Confusion on Zubat, sending it flying into the water nearby. It came back out of it, both it and Tristan no longer confused. Tristan used Gust on the Zubat and sent it flying away. It hit the side of the bridge and was knocked out.
The Rocket was defeated and wasn't happy about it. "Alright, you won." He handed her a fair amount of money. "I'll leave. But we'll meet again!" He left the scene, leaving Aeris with a big smile on her face. "That's the second time I win against a Rocket. But I wonder if he'll be bitter about it and want to defeat me again later. Well, I have my trusty Pokemon with me, so I don't worry much about it." Ekans had grown stronger from the battles, and so had Tristan, but Ekans more so. He was still timid, though, but was comfortable enough now to be around Eileen and Hughes.
"Good job there Aeris. Wasn't too bad was it? That last guy, the Rocket member, really helps to prove the whole 'Rockets are losers' spiel. I swear just from fighting that one guy I can tell that they are bottom-tier of all these evil teams running around. And that's saying something," Eileen told Aeris, putting away her pen and notebook as she walked over to her and her Pokemon.
"Have you fought them before? From what I heard it seems like you had," she asked, looking over at the end of the bridge and the start of a new route.
Tyler had been following Aeris and Eileen as the former took on the Trainers that hung out along the bridge. Her Pokemon had dispatched their opponents with relative ease, including the Rocket who was inexplicably waiting at the end. Team Rocket still eluded Tyler. He had seen how brutally ruthless they could be, but he had also seen how horribly inept a large majority of their members were. How a crime syndicate with such incompetent grunts could get anywhere was beyond him.
"Have you fought them before? From what I heard it seems like you had".
"You got that right," Tyler replied to Eileen. "We ran into a bunch of them in Mt. Moon. They took all of Rochelle's stuff and shoved her into a storage closet. Lucky I found her when I did..." Suddenly, something hit him. He had left in his excitement to train for his Gym battle and completely forgotten to check up on her. Dammit. Way to go, Tyler. He would have to make it up to Rochelle later, to at least show he had some empathy. But since he was already all the way across the bridge, that would have to be later.
Aeris was about to answer Eileen when Tyler showed up. "Hey, Tyler. Yeah, we encountered them in Mt. Moon. They were easy to beat, plus I got one of them to show me where they had dug up fossils. Got myself one. Just need to get back to Cinnabar Lab to get them to revive it." Aeris took out the fossil she had in her backpack, showing it to Eileen. It had what looked like a dome, which anyone that would know about fossils would know that it was a Kabuto fossil. Aeris didn't know that, otherwise she would have thrown it away.
She put it back in her backpack. Then she patted Ekans on the head. "You did a very good job." She also patted Tristan. "You too. You've certainly grown stronger, that I can tell. Maybe we can find some new Pokemon in the grass around here. Though I don't know if I want to get near it..." Since it was near water with no railing near it, she was unsure. However, she thought she spotted some more grass further up near the mountains.
"Heh, sounds like you guys had a fun time before coming here. I would be lying if I didn't say that it sounds pretty exciting, kinda wish I could have been there for it...perhaps not being the one locked up in a storage closet though. That's probably why she had to go to the Police Station," Eileen said, nodding as she listened to what had happened to the group. To her the idea of being caught and fighting through waves of grunts sounded like a good time, but perhaps that was just because she was seeing it from an outside perspective.
She was pulled out from that train of thought by Aeris showing her the fossil. Eileen recognized it immediately as a Dome Fossil that would become a Kabuto. She was about to point this out to Aeris before remembering the girl's fear of water and the typing of the Pokemon. "Uhh, wow that's pretty amazing. It'll probably be a strong Pokemon. My father has a machine in the lab for reviving old fossils, perhaps he'll do yours too. I know that you won't be the only one getting a new Pokemon via those means," Eileen told her, taking out the Old Amber she received from the Pewter Museum and showing it to her before putting it back.
"Anyways, let's move on. After watching all that battling I can't help but want to join in, right boy?" she asked her Pokemon who lazily got up from where he was sun bathing to move closer to his Trainer, "There are some good Pokemon here to train on, not sure if you'd want to catch them or not. Might be a few trainers out today too, which would be nice."
The Cerulean police station appeared simple enough. Blue and white were the colours of choice, with a few posters up around the place, and a few rows of seats scattered around the entrance hall. A lone officer dressed in a blue uniform sat behind a desk at the far end of the small room, typing at a computer, and Rochelle quickly made her way over.
"Something I can help you with?" the officer asked as she looked up from her keyboard. Rochelle noted a small name-plate on the desk: it read
Officer C. Jenny in simple engraved lettering. She took a second to compose herself, taking a breath to calm her slightly jittery nerves, and answered, "I need to report a crime."
"Could you please be a little more specific? Theft, assault, Team Rocket activity..." Rochelle stopped Jenny at the third possibility. "Yes, Team Rocket. At Mount Moon, to be precise. It's, uh... it's a somewhat long story."
"There hasn't been any sign of Team Rocket operating at Mt. Moon in four years. Are you sure it was them?" The officer was skeptical, Rochelle could tell that much. Perhaps she didn't believe that they were as big of a threat as they had been. Perhaps she believed that the Trainer was mistaken due to her relative youth. Either way, all that Rochelle had to say was the truth. Setting her pack down on the floor, she took a seat in front of the desk - Natalya hopping down to her lap and preening for a second before she settled down - and recounted as much of the basics of the Team Rocket incident as she could remember, focusing more on the Rocket activity than her own mishaps and avoiding the use of any of her friends' names. At a couple of points in the recount, she had to pause and take a moment to collect herself. Each time Jenny was sympathetic, passing her a box of tissues the first time.
"This is terrible news. The Rockets are getting bolder than they have been in past years. And you haven't called your parents yet?" Jenny asked Rochelle, to clarify. Rochelle shook her head, saying that she had planned to call them after speaking to law enforcement. "Here, I'll put you through to them," the officer said, picking up her phone and hitting a few keys to contact the operator desk.
"Yes, hello. Sanders residence, Goldenrod City, please," she instructed the operator, giving Rochelle a smile as she waited. When the phone picked up at the other end, she said, "Hi, Sanders residence? My name's Officer Jenny, calling from the Cerulean City police station. I have your daughter Rochelle here with me; she told me that she's been through a traumatic ordeal. Would you like to speak to her?" Moments later Jenny held the phone out to Rochelle. "It's your mother."
Rochelle accepted the handset, nervous about speaking to her parents over the phone. "Mum?"
"Rochelle... what's the problem, love? Homesick already? 'Cause you can come home anytime you want." Officer Jenny had chosen her words well: Dayna was unaware that Rochelle had been captured by Team Rocket.
"No, no, I'm okay. I just... you should know," Rochelle began, her nervousness building as she spoke. "On my way to Cerulean with a few others, I was, uh... kidnapped. By Team Rocket."
"You were WHAT?! Oh, God, are you sure you're alright? I should come over there... it's a shame Jon's working right now..." Dayna was starting to become hysterical. Rochelle had to calm her down quickly before she did something a bit too rash. Thankfully she wasn't speaking to her father, who would most likely follow the 'over-protective dad' route and get on the next Magnet Train as soon as humanly possible.
"No, no, Mum, I'm perfectly fine. We're all fine," she quickly explained. "They didn't do anything to me or my Pokémon, just locked me up for a little while until one of my friends broke me out. I'm fine, really. I have friends with me, and it won't happen again - "
"You can't be sure of that! Who knows what they might do, Rochelle?" Dayna interrupted, her hysterics rising. It wasn't working. Mercifully, Officer Jenny had given her some space to take the call, going through some paperwork while she waited.
"Mum, please, just hear me out. I have friends, and we all have Pokémon with us, and we're a team of our own. If I wasn't with them, I wouldn't be here talking to you. Next time I see someone from Team Rocket, I'm gonna run in the opposite direction, I promise you that. And I will come home eventually. I just want to keep going despite this. My journey with Pokémon is only just getting started... you understand, right?"
Dayna didn't answer immediately; she was most likely thinking it over. Then she gave a nostalgic sigh into the phone and said, "Of course. I remember when I was your age... my Clefable and I having such adventures. But you have to be much more careful, Rochelle, you hear me?"
"Always, Mum. I'll call more often as well," Rochelle promised.
"Alright. Until next time, then. Love you."
"Love you too. Bye," Rochelle said, waiting for Dayna to hang up before she did so herself. At the sound of the headset clicking back into place, Officer Jenny returned to the desk with the papers she had been filling out. "She's okay? Nothing to worry about?"
"Everything's fine," Rochelle answered. Jenny gave her another smile and explained the paperwork: a standard incident-report form, which Rochelle agreed to signing. Jenny had already dealt with the description of the incident, persons involved and severity of the problems caused. All it needed was her signature, which she provided after reading through it to make sure it was accurate.
"This will give us some more evidence to help take down any Team Rocket members we find," Jenny added once Rochelle passed the form back. "Since they disbanded we've been picking up pieces of their old operations, getting an insight into what they were up to... but you don't really need to hear that, do you?" Rochelle heartily agreed, having already had a too-close-for-comfort experience with the criminal organisation and no desire to get involved with them any more.
"Then I guess we're done here. Thank you for coming in; enjoy the rest of your day," Jenny said, ending the conversation with a smile.
"And thank you. See you another time, perhaps in better circumstances," Rochelle said, picking up her heavy pack and slinging it about her shoulders, carrying the inattentive Natalya in her arms as she walked out of the station. Reporting Team Rocket's activities hadn't taken very long; there was still plenty of time in the day, though Rochelle was unsure what she should do. She didn't know where anyone else was at the moment, so she began to head back to the Pokémon Center. With any luck one of the group would be there.
Terinth woke up with the sun shining on her face. As she looked at the clock on the wall, she saw it was mid-morning. Hearing her stomach growling, she got up and walked through the lobby to the front desk, seeing one of the Nurse Joy's was on duty.
"Hey, is there food in the cafeteria?" She asked, yawning.
"Yes, there is food still set out in the cafeteria." The Nurse Joy said, with a look of a quick memory dawning on her face. "Wait, miss, would you like your pokemon back?" She asked. Terinth nodded a quick yes, and, after receiving her pokemon, she walked to the cafeteria, grabbing her food and sitting down.
"Well, I'm at least going to have Tristan and Ekans take a little rest in the sun before I continue battling, be it wild Pokemon or other Trainers." Aeris lied down on the ground further away from the water and the bridge. She was glad to have gotten a golden nugget from that trouble with the Rocket, though encountering another Rocket so soon after their affairs in Mt. Moon was worrying. But she didn't want to think about it right now.
Blaze lied down with her and Tristan did the same, just on the other side of Aeris so Blaze's tailfire wouldn't catch him on fire. Ekans, however, wanted to take a better look at this new trainer and her Pokemon. "Ekanssssss..." You don't look so bad. A nice person. And great fighting yesterday against that water gym leader. he said first to Eileen, then to Hughes.
It was one of those late rising mornings for Jordan. He woke up slowly looking around the room. Everyone had already gone off, it had seemed. "Shoot, like everyone is just out." He headed out to the reception area, the Joy still standing on duty there. "Hey, um you know those people, I was like here with last night...where did they go?"
"If I recall correctly, they were heading out North to Route 24 for some training," the Joy informed him, the smile not leaving her face.
"All right. Thanks Nurse bro. I'll head out there." Jordan then headed out the door.
It was a bit of a walk, and the sound of trainers bemoaning their defeats as he crossed over a bridge didn't help much. However from the raised vantage point, he could spot Red and the New Girl near some grass on the other side.
"Hey, yo!" he shouted out as he jogged over to the two. "Hey broettes, what's going on out here? Are you, like, doing stuff? Are there more Pokemon around here?"
"Your Ekans seems to like us," Eileen noted as she petted the top of the Pokemon's head, not surprised by how smooth it was. Hughes meanwhile kept a close eye on the Ekans and his owner, making sure his owner was safe before responding to the snake Pokemon.
"Grrow. Rowwl." Thank you.
It was then that both he and his Trainer spotted a few Oddish out in the sun over by the end of the bridge, both springing into action and running over to them. "Hughes, Ember attack on the blueberries!" Eileen called out, watching as the little Pokemon were swiftly defeated by a barrage of Hughes' attack. One of the Oddish however managed to escape the Ember and used Absorb on Hughes; a red light hitting emitting from the Oddish and hitting Hughes in the chest.
He growled as a small amount of his energy was drained, shaking it off once the attack was done before chasing after the little Oddish as it scurried away.
"Hughes! Oh damn right into the forest too. Training time everyone I guess. Good luck, and I'll meet up with you all later!" Eileen told her fellow Trainers behind her before she chased after her Pokemon.
Ekans liked it when Eileen petted his head. He stuck his tongue out in pleasure when she did that. He crawled back to Aeris when she and Hughes left to chase after an Oddish. Aeris waved after them. "Yeah, meet up later!" she called after her. "Yeah, there are more Pokemon here. I was just chilling out a little before doing some more training with Ekans and Tristan."
She let Xal out, who immediately avoided the water like hot lava. He headbutted straight into a tree, which caused an Exeggcute to fall out of it. "Awww, that's an adorable Pokemon." Aeris took out her Pokedex and got data on him. "Ekans, show those eggs what you're made out of!" Ekans crawled over to the six eggs and beat them in a few moves. "Xal, see if there's something else in that tree." Xal was, oddly enough, enthusiastic over hitting the tree again and headbutted it. A giant pine-cone dropped out of it. Again Aeris aimed at it with her Pokedex and got data on Pineco. "Tristan, it's your turn." Tristan used Sleep Powder on the Pineco, making it fall asleep, then tackled it and used Confusion. It was beaten as well.
"Good job, guys." Something caught Aeris' eye. A Venonat. "Oooo, that'd be nice to have. Blaze, I choose you!" Blaze stood up and chased after the Venonat, using Ember on it and her new attack, Dragon Rage, which looked like many small fires chasing after, surrounding and hitting their target. The Venonat was at the mercy of Blaze when she had used enough Embers on it. Aeris picked up an empty Pokeball and threw it at the Venonat. It was absorbed into the Pokeball and began shaking a little. After a few moments, a click was heard, signaling the capture of a new Pokemon. Aeris picked up the Pokeball and let her new Venonat out.
"Welcome to the team, Venonat. Or how about I call you...just a moment." She picked up her Pokedex and aimed it at her Venonat.
Types: Bug / Poison
Height: 1.0 m / 3'03"
Weight: 30.0 kg / 66.1 lbs
Its eyes also function as radar units. It catches and eats small bugs that hide in darkness.
Moves: Tackle. Supersonic. Confusion. PoisonPowder.
Additional info gave away that this particular Venonat was female. "Oooo, another female in the team aside from Blaze. Not bad, not bad. I think I'll call you...Sonya." Venonat seemed to like that name. "Sonya it is then." Xal had followed after Aeris and Blaze, and Tristan and Ekans came with him. Now Aeris had five Pokemon. She was rather impressed with herself now.
Eileen had to finally admit that she was lost after running around for ten minutes trying to find Hughes. Once the idea set in that she was lost she started to panic. "Alright just stay calm. Hughes will be back any second, and help you get out of here. Dammit why did I chase after him?" Eileen told herself, trying to sound as reassuring as she could. She called out her Pokemon's name a few times as she continued in an unknown direction, not even able to pinpoint that due to the thickness of the canopy.
She thought about taking a second to just sit down and rest while waiting for him when she heard a rustling in the bushes behind her. There was a moment of panic as Eileen turned around and saw the bush moving slightly every few seconds. After that she ran.
Through a group of Paras eating their midday snack, over a few sleeping Abra, and into a small pack of Sunkern that had found a nice sunny spot to sunbathe in she ran. 'This...it's the thing that's been following me!' she thought, trying to turn around and catch a glimpse of it before almost tripping on a tree root, 'Focus dammit! Adrenaline pumped through her system as she turned around once more to try and see what it was what was chasing her, seeing the bright glint of something shiny before running smack dab into a tree and blacking out.
Hughes proudly looked down at his victory pile of Pokemon; numerous Oddish, Venonats, Abras, and Bellsprout piled on top of each other unconscious. Or sleeping. Sometimes he just couldn't tell with Abras. He let out a howl of triumph, turning around and heading back the way he had come from. He sniffed out the path he had gone when chasing the first Oddish, using that to head out of the forest. His ears perked up when he heard Eileen's voice calling out for him, and darted off towards the sound.
Once he reached the area where he heard the call he looked around the area trying to see if Eileen was there. He sniffed the air for her scent and chased after her trail once he found it. He stopped for a moment here and there to defeat a few wild Pokemon that decided to get in his way, dealing with them quickly enough as he continued on. It was a few more minutes before he saw his Trainer, lying down on the ground in front of a large tree.
Grroo! He whined once he saw her, running over to his fallen Trainer. His ears perked when he realized that there was another Pokemon next to her, and he barely avoided a green seed that the Pokemon had fired at him. He got a good look at the Pokemon, a small group of pink eggs that seemed to be celebrating some sort of victory over something. "Rrrowl! Grro! Rol!" Back away from her now!
The Exeggcute eyed him with it's twelve eyes, all the eggs glaring at this Pokemon for interrupting their celebration of defeating of a Pokemon in it's territory and the protection of this human it provided. The Exeggcute started to make a ruckus, jumping up and down as it started to cause an uproar. Finally blue soundwaves were sent out from the Exeggcute as it used Uproar, the waves hitting Hughes before he ducked behind a rock.
All the noise awoke Eileen from her unconsciousness, though it didn't help at all with the pain she felt. "Oww, I need to stop being so accident prone," she muttered as she sat up, looking over and seeing the Exeggcute stop using it's attack and hop over to her. Ex-egg-cute! Ex! It started to show off it's moves to the Trainer, a few of the eggs flashing a few smiles as it tried to impress her.
"I...what? Am I still asleep?" Eileen asked herself, taking off her broken glasses to try and see the pink Pokemon a bit better. She reached into her bag to grab out a new pair, getting out a shirt she didn't particularly care for to put up against her bleeding forehead and nose. She muttered something about needing some aspirin before hearing Hughes whine and come out from the rock, the Exeggcute immediately readying to attack it before Eileen told it to stop.
"Both of you stop it now! What is going on?" she asked the two, watching as Hughes and the Exeggcute started talking to each other. Hughes seemed to be trying to explain it to her in his own way, Eileen shaking her head as she tried to make heads or tails of the Pokemon. "Yeah I got none of that Hughes, sorry. What happened to that thing that was chasing me?" she asked, the Exeggcute springing into action by showing off the attacks it had used.
"I see. So you protected me while I was unconscious?" she asked the Pokemon who gleefully smiled six smiles at her and nodded. Eileen looked impressed by that while Hughes looked annoyed that this other Pokemon. "Sounds impressive. You know...I wasn't expecting to catch a Pokemon anytime soon, but it would be very useful to have another. And you seem pretty tough. How about it, care to join us?" she asked the Exeggcute who seemed delighted at the opportunity. Hughes whined a disapproval as Eileen got out a Pokeball; his disapproval falling to deaf ears as she tossed the ball at the Exeggcute. The ball barely shook before it stopped and beeped, Eileen reaching over and picking it up.
"Hughes you knew you wouldn't be the only Pokemon forever, it's time you got used to another one in the group," she explained to him as she slowly stood up, using the tree she had ran into to help keep her balance, "Now let's get out of this forest and get back to some training."
"Well about the quality I would expect. I guess I should try to find the others, maybe see if I can't catch a Bellsprout." Alan got up and got his two pokemon from his room before walking out onto the trail to find the others. He stayed close to the city since that was a single path that the others would have to come back on anyway. He decided he may as well see if he couldn't find a Bellsprout to take on Misty with. He knew his current team could do it but he wanted a bit of insurance just in case. He walked around for a time, actively searching for a Bellsprout before deciding to give up and maybe try to find the others. Alan kept Croc in his pokeball for now and released Spike to see if he couldn't fly up and maybe spot the others.
It was a few minutes before a vine shot up at Spike who barely dodged it in time. He immediately came back to his trainer before a Bellsprout jumped out of a bush and stared down spike who got between the attacker and his master.
"Guess you thought he would be easy prey flying so high. Well now it is time to catch you. Spike use fury attack."
At the command the Beedrill immediately flew towards the Bellsprout buzzing and stabbing at it with the points at the end of its arms. Most of them missed as the pokemon bent around them but from what Alan could tell about three manged to hit. The retaliation was almost immediate as a series of vines wrapped around the Beedrill and began to constrict around it. Spike struggled to get free and was eventually able to do so but not before it had taken damage from the crushing.
"Alright Beedrill use poison sting, let's see if we can't soften it up a bit." He knew it probably wouldn't work, but he would try it anyway in the hopes it would do something.
Beedrill immediately raised its stinger more so it pointed forward and quickly flew into the creature. Bellsporut tried to dodge the attack but was only just able to miss taking a direct hit, instead being nicked by the attack. Alan knew it wouldn't poison the pokemon unless it took a full sting but he knew it would do some damage. The Bellsprout countered with a vine whip which had Beedrill looking somewhat winded but still able to fight. He didn't want to have this last much longer thought.
"Try again Beedrill, poison sting."
This time the hit was direct and the Bellsprout was obviously showing signs of serious fatigue from the poison and damage it had sustained. The Bellsprout started to release a strange powder in a last ditch effort to escape, and Spike seemed like he was about to pass out or fall asleep before it shook itself off ready to fight again if his master ordered it. Instead though Alan reached into his backpack and pulled out a pokeball before throwing it at the creature.
The ball shook as he knew the Bellsprout was trying to fight its way out before finally settling as the pokemon gave up.
"Just when I thought I wasn't going to run into you. Let's see what you know." Alan said as he pulled out his pokedex and pointed it at the creature.
Types: Grass Poison
Height: 0.7m / 2'04"
Weight: 4.0kg / 8.8lbs
Bellsprout is adept at using vines to capture its prey of small insects. With blinding speed, it ensnares prey with its vines and devours it. If Bellsprout notices anything that moves, it will immediately fling its vine at the object.
Moves: Vine Whip. Growth. Wrap. Sleep Powder.
He started walking back to town as he thought of what to name the creature.
Well I can't exactly call you something male. Flower just doesn't sound that good to me. Well I think Donna might be a good name. Sounds normal enough and it is better than calling you Nightshade or something like that. You are a poison pokemon after all so that should be good enough. Donna it is then.
After going back to the pokemon center with spike and getting both him and Donna healed he decided to wait just inside of town for the others before going to fight Misty.
After breakfast, which included an omelet for Simon and medium-rare steak for Shadow, the two began to wander around Cerulean City. Simon took his time since he'd never been to Cerulean City before. At least, not the daytime. Now that buildings were properly lit he could identify the shops and restaurants. And office buildings. One building in particular made him stop to consider going in. But he wasn't quite sure that he wanted to...
To give himself time to decide Simon stopped by the Pokémart and bought a few Pokéballs and replacement Potions. He also used the opportunity to trash the broken bottle remnants from the awakening he'd thrown at Shadow in the cave. They wandered for a bit longer. Until Simon couldn't avoid the building he was circling anymore.
"Hey, Shadow." Simon called to get his Pokemon's attention.
"Migh?" Shadow answered. He left the patch of dirt he'd been digging into and padded over to his trainer. "Yen?"
"I think I need to go in here." Simon said reluctantly.
Painted in bold shades of blue and grey the Police Station wasn't very big but it was still intimidating. Thick, heavy glass doors lead to a cold tile floor lobby. And lots of metal chairs. That didn't look in any way comfortable.
"Wait here." Simon instructed quietly. He dropped his pack onto one of the chairs and pointed.
"Mighhhh" Shadow ducked under the indicated chair. He stretched out to his full length on the floor, easily spanning four of the chairs.
Simon grinned despite his unease. He turned to look for someone to talk to. There were a lot of desks piled with paperwork. But very few people available. Simon approached the closest desk that was occupied. A petite blonde woman looked up as Simon approached.
"Hello." The nameplate on the woman's desk read Det. Rebecca. The last name was partially hidden by an overflowing paperclip holder.
"Hello ma'am. I have-" Simon paused. He wasn't really reporting a crime. He wanted to get rid of the weapon he was toting around in the bottom of his pack. What could he call it, though?
"I have a piece of evidence used in a crime, I'd like to turn it in." he settled on. Then he frowned at the awkward wording. He wasn't *admitting* to a crime either.
"Okay. So you're reporting a crime." The young detective began to pull out a series of forms while Simon was still forming his clarification. "What is the nature of this crime you're reporting?" A sharp click sounded as the woman twisted her pen and began to fill in the first few lines of info.
"I have a-." Simon paused again. 'How should I put it?'. He waited long enough that the detective looked up from her writing. She seemed slightly annoyed that Simon hadn't just answered. So he went with the shortest version of the truth he could think of. "I fought a member of Team Rocket in Mt. Moon and took his weapon after defeating him."
"Team Rocket!" The woman's voice rose sharply and the pen dropped from her hand. Unchecked and with considerable momentum the pen rolled across the desk and dropped to the floor. The deceptive stared at Simon with an unreadable expression. Simon took a step away from the desk at the abrupt change in demeanor. Had he said something wrong?
"Another incident?" A woman Simon didn't recognize suddenly appeared next the desk. Simon took another step back. Unlike the young woman he'd been talking to, this officer was visibly older with blue hair showing from beneath the hat that sat securely on her head.
"Officer Jenny!" The young detective now looked flustered. "This boy here..." she gestured to Simon and the trainer took it upon himself to finish the sentence. He pretended that he was reporting to his boss. It made things easier. As he began to speak the detective ducked down to retrieve her pen.
"My traveling companions and I were attacked by Team Rocket in Mt. Moon." Simon explained. "I fought one member and relieved him of his weapon. I brought it here to turn it in. Ma'am." Simon stood up straight and gestured to his pack that was next to Shadow. He made no move to leave the desk. The deceptive straightened her chair but seemed empty-handed.
"I see. Wait here please." Officer Jenny retrieved Simon's pack herself, setting it down on the desk when she returned. Officer and detective looked at the dirt covered and battered pack. The detective looked somewhat displeased. Shadow's ears flickered as he watched the scene from his spot but the Pokémon remained on the floor. He wasn't happy with people messing with his trainer's stuff.
"What's your name?" Officer Jenny asked while she carefully prodded the bag with a pencil.
"Simon. Simon Braddock." The trainer replied immediately.
"Simon, do I have your consent to go through your belongings?"
Simon blinked in surprise. For a fleeting moment he thought of the clothes he hadn't washed yet and the food that was probably stale by now. 'She's probably seen worse?' He hoped so.
"Go ahead." he replied. His brief displeased expression matched the detective's.
Officer Jenny nodded briskly and disappeared into a side office Simon hadn't noticed with his pack in hand.
Which left Simon and the young detective in silence. A minute passed. And then another. Det. Rebecca clicked a new pen on and continued filling out her forms. Simon caught bits and pieces of her quiet muttering though. Something about 'unfair promotions' and 'jurisdictions'.
"Ma'am, is it okay if I go sit down?" Simon pointed to where Shadow was still waiting. He got a quick nod in response.
Simon took a slow breath in as he walked toward the uncomfortable looking chairs. Shadow stood up, immediately happy, when he saw his trainer approach. "Rrrf" The Mightyena shook himself quickly. He was ready to go back outside.
"Simon?" Just as he was about to sit down Simon heard his name being called. He turned around and saw Officer Jenny was once again at the desk and had a manilla folder in one hand. Simon's pack was on the floor next to the Officer. And it looked like someone had brushed most of the dirt off of the outside.
'They cleaned my pack?' Simon frowned as he returned to the desk. 'That's kind of odd.'
"We identified the gun thanks to the serial number still being intact and it's been tagged for evidence. A Rochelle Sanders reported an incident similar to the yours just a short while ago. Was she in your group?" Officer Jenny asked. She had her own pen in hand and was poised to write something down.
"Yes. Yes she was. Is." Simon answered. He hadn't seen the others in a while but he assumed they were still together.
"Alright. We'll put your report with the one she's already filed." From a folder Officer Jenny pulled out a triplicate form. "We just need you to fill out the following sections and sign here and here...."
Once he was through signing the many-colored forms and putting his signature on every -other- page Simon was asked to verbally list what he remembered about the Team Rocket members. Unfortunately he could only clearly recall the one that he battled. Simon described 'Grunt' with as much detail as possible, complete with his abusive outlook on Pokémon training. The other Team Rocket members he gave the few details he remembered. Part of the way through his story Simon realized nothing had been said about the Pokémon he'd acquired as a result of the fight. He'd listed it among the events but neither officer nor detective had commented on it.
'What does that mean?' Simon wondered. He still didn't know what to do with the Drowzee. He assumed he would need to give it up or...he would be asked to drop it off somewhere...once he told the 'officials' about the whole ordeal.
"Thank you for your cooperation." Simon looked up quickly. He was being dismissed. The detective was stapling his forms and Officer Jenny was holding out her hand.
"You're welcome." The reply was automatic as was the handshake.
Shadow met Simon halfway to the door. Together the two left the station. With no particular destination in mind, and still slightly preoccupied, Simon picked a path and began to walk. A sign he passed but didn't notice read
<---- Pokémon Center.
Rochelle was taking her time walking through the city, unsure of what she should be doing or where anyone else was. Maybe they were already challenging the Gym in Cerulean, or out training somewhere... they could be all over the place for all she knew. She would have to call someone to find out.
After coaxing Natalya off of her arm and up onto her shoulder, Rochelle raised her left arm and flipped open the top of her Pokégear, selecting the small cellphone icon. The list of numbers she had stored blinked into life: aside from those belonging to her home phone and parents' cellphones, she had phone numbers belonging to... Jordan. His was the only one. No-one else had written their number down in the café in Pewter, when she had suggested it. Slightly bugged by this lack of co-ordination among the group, Rochelle closed the Pokégear and resumed her wandering route back to the Pokémon Center. She resolved to pester almost everyone else for theirs; that way situations like this wouldn't happen in the future.
As Rochelle walked along, coming to an intersection, Natalya was looking around all over the place. Spotting something, she chirped once in her Trainer's ear and jumped off of her shoulder. The little bird flew around Rochelle's head once before coming to a stop in midair, pointing with her beak back down the path they had taken. "Krow, Murrrkrow," she chirruped, seeming insistent about something.
"What? What is it?" Rochelle asked, confused. She turned to look behind her, and saw nothing out of the ordinary at first, just people going about their daily lives... and then she saw the black and grey Pokémon walking alongside a familiar figure. The Pokémon was about three feet tall... Rochelle wondered what it was, and where Simon had found it. She waved to the other Trainer as Natalya shot off in flight to get a closer look. Not that she needed it; as a bird Pokémon, she probably had better eyesight than Rochelle.
The Trainer followed in her Murkrow's wake, heading back down the road to meet up with Simon. Natalya circled back and landed on her shoulder as she got closer, ready to intervene if necessary. She wanted no harm to come to Rochelle.
Jordan watched the two girls battling the local flora and fauna and a thought crossed his mind, as it occasionally does. I should probably let the bros out, let them do some stuff. He reached into his pockets and pulled out his Pokeballs, released the three current members of his team into the open. Vince came out first, triumphantly raising his scythes. Then Spike, manically moving around as usual. Finally, darkness. It took a second to register, but it seemed that Vicky had latched herself onto the brim of Jordan's hat, in an effort to stay out of the sunlight.
"Ah, OK bros, start fighting some of the stuff around here. Train and stuff."
Vince and Spike nodded, not that Jordan could see, and headed off to find some combatants. Vicky remained rooted firmly on her new perch.
"Vicky bro, come on, you can't be hanging on my hat there like that."
"Bitbit! Zubitbit! Zubitbitbit!" No. I said sunlight sucks! I'm not going out there! You can't make me!
"Come on, you like, gotta be able to go out there. You gotta get like, strong and stuff. You can't be doing that on my hat."
"Zubitbitbitbitzubit!" But I don't want to, cause it's all bright!
"Vicky, come on little broette. You'll be fine. Nothing's going to hurt you...I don't think."
"Bitbitbit!" Ooh, confident!
"Come on, trust me. You'll be fine."
Vicky hung there for a moment before answering, not that Jordan could understand. "Bitbitzubitbitbitbitzubit!" Fine, but if I get hurt, I'm going to be so angry! After that, Vicky flew out from under Jordan's brim and joined Vince and Spike in battling the other Pokemon of the area.
Jordan breathed a sigh of relief. "Least Vicky didn't like bite me or something..." It was getting handy to noon, and Jordan hadn't seen anyone else from the group today, so he decided to text the two numbers that he had. To Fary and Rochelle he sent out a quick text.
Hey. Where u guys @? Im up by a bridg. U neer?
"I think I should buy a simple first-aid kit once we head back to Cerulean. Just so that I could be a bit more prepared for when things like this happen. What do you two think?" Eileen asked her two Pokemon as they followed behind her, the two of them doing their best to avoid eye contact with each other. Her Pokemon both replied at the same time before seemingly starting to get into an argument, both of them growing quiet once Eileen told them to stop.
"Will you two quit it? Seriously, you two have known each other for all of twenty minutes and you hate each other! You'll both have to get used to each other sooner or later, and it better be sooner. Understood?" she told her Pokemon, turning around to make sure they both agreed. They both looked down at the ground before silently nodding.
"Good, now let's go and find some more Pokemon to fight okay? Get you two used to working together!" she said after readjusting the shirt she was using to stop any blood from dripping, leading them out of the forest they had wound up in and to some grass along the water's edge. Up ahead in some of the grass she noticed a Sunkern and Bellsprout relaxing and soaking up the sun. "Hughes, Ari I choose you!" Eileen yelled to her Pokemon, Hughes looking confused for a moment before realizing that 'Ari' was the Exeggcute's name. The two Pokemon went up to the Bellsprout and Sunkern,; the Sunkern was somewhat startled by the sudden challenge, but the Bellsprout was ready to battle.
"Go Hughes, use Helping Hand!" Eileen ordered, Hughes about to shoot out some Ember before turning around to look at his Trainer dumbfounded. She looked back at Hughes and told him that she wanted Ari to get some more experience, that he was wasting battle time, and to do what she told him to. He turned back to his opponents who seemed to be glowing with green energy, both having used Growth while the other Pokemon stalled. Hughes growled at them before releasing a bolt of blue energy at Ari, the bolt hitting him and charging him up.
"Good. Now Ari, use Uproar!" she called to her Pokemon who sprung into action; blue sound waves appearing and hitting the two opposing Pokemon. The two foes both attacked; the Sunkern using Mega Drain on Hughes, and the Bellsprout using Vine Whip against Ari. Hughes was very much unaffected by the Sunkern's attack, using Ember once it was over and knocking out the grass Pokemon. He looked over and saw Ari continue to use Uproar against the Bellsprout, who was starting to look quite annoyed at the attack. The Bellsprout backed off a few feet before going to try and Vine Whip Ari again, getting close enough to bring out it's vines before succumbing to Ari's Uproar attack.
"And that's the battle. Good job you tw- Ari stop making such noise! Anyways, you two did a good job, and while it wasn't a particularly challenging battle it was necessary for you two to get used to each other. I can already tell that you two are becoming more used to each other. Oh I see a few Paras up ahead! Come on you two, let's go," she said to them, the two looking at each other before following after their Trainer.
"I think I should get you healed at the Poke Center, so for now it'd be best if you return to your ball." Aeris aimed Sonya's Pokeball at her and she returned in it in a red light. Ekans, Tristan and Xal were busy fighting other Pokemon, with Xal headbutting trees for Pokemon there.
Blaze in the meanwhile stayed with Aeris while they walked after the other three. After fighting for a while, the three male Pokemon returned back to Aeris to relax a bit. They all lied down on the grass, and Aeris let out Sonya who lied down with them. All six of them had a very nice lie down. That was, until another trainer apparently challenged them to a battle. "You don't have time to relax, chick. Show me what your Pokemon can do." It seemed to be some rather muscular guy who sent out a Machop and a Geodude. "Alright, if you want to." Aeris stood up and returned Xal and Sonya to their respective Pokeballs, then put them on her belt. She sent Tristan and Ekans to deal with the opponents.
Tristan took on the Geodude, while Ekans took on the Machop. Tristan started the battle with Confusion, sending the Geodude spinning into a nearby tree. Then he tackled it, or tried to as much as one can tackle an opponent made out of rock. He decided to stick with Confusion and used a Sleep Powder on it to make it fall asleep. It worked, and the Geodude hadn't managed to do much to Tristan aside from when he tackled it. The Geodude was out.
Ekans had some difficulty with Machop. His Glare didn't affect him at first, but then he used a Poison Sting which managed to poison it. Though poisoned, the Machop still fought on, using Karate Chop on Ekans. Ekans hissed in pain and bit Machop for that. The Machop used its Low Sweep attack, sending Ekans sliding across the ground for a bit before coming to a stop near a tree. Aeris was ready to take him back to his ball, but Ekans slithered back to the Machop with speed, wrapping around it, squeezing it. The Machop fought against Ekans, but the poison drained his strength until it fainted. Aeris was the victor and the trainer handed her some money. "You're a good trainer. Maybe I'll see you again. Name's Manny." He headed towards Cerulean City to heal his Pokemon.
Aeris thought it was weird that he introduced himself after the fight, but thought little of it. With two Pokemon, possibly three with Tristan, she decided it would be best to head back to Cerulean City like Manny had done. Walking back, she met up with Jordan near Nugget Bridge. "Hey there. Have you seen Eileen? We seem to have gotten separated after we ran off to train our Pokemon."
'I could keep him but he may not want to stay. I could release him, but what if Team Rocket finds him again. It would be just like before. I'm not sure I want to risk that. I could ask him myself but then I'd need some sort of Pokémon translator. Maybe the professor has one.' Simon sighed quietly. Rescuing the Drowzee had been an instinctive move. One that he didn't regret. But now things were a bit complicated. He felt a little uncomfortable not having captured the Pokémon the traditional way. He didn't know how Team Rocket acquired their Pokémon. He didn't imagine that they were fair in any of their fights.
Beside of Simon Shadow was walking at, what was for him, a slow pace. He really wanted to run. But there too many people on the path. The Pokémon occasionally stopped to sniff at the landscaping in front of the shops and the people walking by. The landscaping remained undisturbed but the occasional frown was turned Shadow's way. Distracted by his debate, Simon didn't notice.
"Arrroo?" Tilting his head Shadow gave a quiet whine. He stuck his nose close to the dirt and inhaled. There was something familiar about the scent he'd just caught.
"Huh, what is it?" Simon asked. No longer focused on his thoughts he let the sounds of his surroundings filter in.
Shadow yipped and began to move faster down the path toward something. The Pokémon's slim body weaved through the small crowd with ease. Simon followed, moving slower due to the necessary 'excuse me's he had to keep telling people.
"Shadow?" Simon questioned.
When the trainer reached a completely clear space he saw what Shadow had already sensed. A familiar figure waved to both Pokémon and trainer. Simon answered Rochelle's wave with one of his own. Shadow yipped and turned in a circle before moving forward eagerly.