From: Dry (email@example.com)
Subject: [PW!] For Me
Date: 2000-12-23 13:50:38 PST
[PW!] For Me
written by Zephyr* and Dry^
The hospital smelled of odd medicine and death, but Julia did not find it
offensive; she did find it refreshing, in a sense that the hospital can bring
balance between the living and the dying. Julia entered James' room; it was
colored the same off-white as the rest of the hospital, but most importantly
the bed was empty.
"James?" Julia asked, hoping he had not run off somewhere.
"What? Who's there?" answered a voice behind the curtains.
"I'm Julia, Paty and Derrick said you could tell me something about Drew."
"That idiot... well let me finish getting ready. Keep yourself busy in the
meantime, ok?" replied James annoyed that he had to remember about ATR's old
A few minutes passed as Julia began to walk around the room aimlessly.
"What's taking so long?" asked Julia with an annoyed look.
"What?" I can't undo this stupid knot on the hospital dres-gown."
"Do you need some help?" replied Julia wanting to get this meeting over
"What no, I can do this myself," answered James as he poked his head out
from behind the curtains. "So you play the guitar aye. How about you sing me a
song while I attempt to burst through the gown?"
"Eh.. ok?" responded Julia anxiously, seeing as she already sang to
Derrick she didn't want this day to end up as a musical.
Julia opened her guitar case and began to strum the strings thinking of a
song to play.
"I do not want to
I do not need to
I do not have to
What I did I did for
What I did I did for
What I did I did for me"
With that a loud tear was heard as James appeared to have successfully
"untied" the knot.
"I feel so lonely
Cause no one loves me
I feel so lonely
Full of self-pity
No one cares for me
I feel so ugly"
Julia sighed as she continued playing, thinking to herself on why all the
bad stuff happened to her.
"What I did I did for...
Make a cut in yourself
A little opening for the pain to get in"
Julia winced, she remembered the e-mail Drew sent her; and how he really
committed suicide and wasn't killed by Team Rocket.
"And if you could be true
And if you loved me too
Then I would not have to
No love should come for free
What I do I do for
No love should come for...
What I did I did for me..."
James walked out from behind the curtains clapping, "Awesome, you are
truly a good musician."
"Thanks... so about Drew," asked Julia putting her guitar away before
taking a seat.
"Well see, the thing about Drew was that.."
Derrick stormed out of the hospital furiously. He glanced around looking
for signs telling the directions to the forest. It was late and he wanted to
get back to the gym in time for.. Well, he wasn't quite sure. All he knew was
that he needed to get away from there as quickly as possible. He had enough of
Paty, Julia, and James.
As he turned the corner, Derrick noticed a familiar beautiful face which
belonged to a woman his age wrapped up in coats and warming her hands. Her hair
reflected the morning's glorifying angelic blue sky. The most valuable sapphire
couldn't compare to her eyes which could burn away his heart just as coldly as
they stared. Her skin was as pale as a body in the morgue.
"Excuse me," Derrick put his hand on her shoulder as she passed him by.
She spun around quickly and angrily, but her anger faded away as she gasped.
"Derrick!" she hugged him. It almost seemed like an excuse to help keep
warm, but he didn't care. "How are you? I haven't seen you in ages! What are
you up to now?"
"Well," Derrick started, "I was just going to head back to the forest
Aurora gasped. "You live in the forest? It must be so romantic." She
kissed Derrick on the cheek. "Maybe I'll come with you."
Derrick blushed and began to brag, "Yeah, I own a pokemon gym there." It
must have been a big mistake because Aurora's excitement shot out of her.
"Oh, so you belong in ATR?"
"Well... uh.." Derrick tried to think of a fast recovery but was lost.
"Well," Aurora changed the subject. "I have to go now." She seemed
dissapointed in Derrick as she big her lip and her eyes looked a little
Derrick didn't want her to walk away from him like last time, so he
continued to follow her.
"So, where are you going?" he asked.
"Really? I've never been there before. I'll come with you."
"Fine." Aurora seemed very frustrated about him, but Derrick dismissed her
behavior blindly. "You might not like it though."
When they got to the entrance of the museum, Aurora stopped in her tracks
and looked out around the crowd nerviously and anxiously at the foot of the
steps. "What are you looking at?" Derrick asked as he eyed the crowd also.
"Nothing." Aurora walked in and stood at the counter, ready to pay her
"Five dolla- well you know the price," the old cashier smiled. Aurora
reached into her pockets for the money, but Derrick placed a ten dollar bill on
the table. Aurora smiled, but not enough for anyone to notice. The old woman
each gave them an admission ticket and stamped their hands.
Derrick looked at the picture on his hands. "What... is it?"
"It's two Kabutops attacking each other," Aurora explained.
"Eh, it looks more like they are just walking together."
They started walking down the hallways looking at the exhibits. Derrick
hintingly reached out his hand. Aurora noticed it and shrugged. Eventually
though, she gulped and placed her palm against his. Derrick couldn't comprehend
why she seemed so distant this time. He remembered her being much closer to
him, or was it just a mad fantasy?
For a while they just walked together and looked at the exhibits not
saying anything. There was no fighting like Derrick experienced with the
remarkable similar, yet different Julia.
"I've been here every day since in moved to Pewter," Aurora mentioned.
"But you know what I love the most about this place?" She answered her own
question before Derrick could reply. "Nothing ever changes. When I came in here
for the first time, the Kabuto fossil was there, the Omastar was here, the
Aerodactyl was up above. Now, I memorized where everything is. Everything was
just as it was, frozen in time, never changing. The Kabuto fossil is still
there. The Omastar is still there.. Even Mrs. Parker still works the register.
My favorite part is up next," she sighed.
"Well," Derrick commented. "I guess it is nice that the only thing that
changes are the people who look at these exhibits."
"No..." she muttered.
"...?" Derrick looked at her.
They started walking through a one-room exhibit on the Ice Age and
Aurora's eyes lit up. Derrick assumed that this exhibit hasn't changed, just
like the others. Only here, you wouldn't imagine in your head the fake figures
moving away from you because unlike the others, they are frozen in the moment.
As they walked all the way through that particular exhibit, Aurora looked
back for one last glance towards it, as if she wanted to go back and stay there
forever. She sighed and put her head on Derrick's shoulder.
When they left the museum, the sun was setting, and their arms were
wrapped around each other.
"Well, I have to go home now."
"Can I walk you home?" Derrick asked Aurora. "Where do you live?"
"I'll walk myself home," she answered. "Why don't you head back to where
"Can I see you again?" Derrick asked.
"Sure, how about the park?" He nodded. "At nine at night?" He nodded.
"OK, great! So it's a date!" She lightly kissed him on the lips, then
turned around and walked away. "Ohh....." She started walking a little slower
as if she didn't want to get there yet.
"A date.." Something Derrick hasn't experienced in a long time. He would
have been very excited for himself, but he knew he had nowhere to stay. He
wondered if his previous landlord would take him back in. No one in the right
mind would have stayed in that apartment building anyway.
Derrick's joy dropped when the landlord told him there were no more rooms
available. There was nowhere left to stay and he needed a good night's sleep if
he wanted to have a good time tomorrow. He grumbled to himself and sat down on
the steps in front of the building.
He must have fallen asleep because the next time he opened his eyes, he
was in the hallway at Paty's feet. She was carrying two big brown bags. "What
are YOU doing here?" He asked her.
"I was about to ask you the same thing. You see, I live here with James,
but you, you where freezing outside the door."
"Please let me stay with you guys, just for a few days!" Derrick pleaded.
"Well, maybe, if you do me a few favors."
"Like what?" She handed him one of the bags.
"First, you can help me carry the groceries up. Second, you can join ATR
again," she grinned.
"Can't we compromise?"
"Maybe, but let's not discuss it now. These bags are heavy."
Paty knocked on the door with her free hand and James opened it. He seemed
to have fully recovered. Before entering, Derrick took a quick glance around
their apartment, until he saw Julia sitting on the couch, then he dropped the
bag he was holding.
"My beer!' James shouted.
"What are you doing here?" Derrick asked her.
"James invited me back here," she explained. "What about you?"
Paty smiled. "He's in ATR now."
"No, I haven't decided yet. I just have nowhere else to go for the night."
James shook Derrick's hand. "It's good to have you back."
"You are now officially in ATR again."
"Isn't it exciting? Think about it. in just a few days we'll have rockets
begging for our mercy. Bwahahahaha!"
"....Anyway," Paty pointed to the door on the left side of the room.
"You'll sleep in that room."
"And Paty and I will sleep together.. heh heh," James added.
Paty slapped James. "Oh, and I guess that means you'll have to share the
bed with Julia, heh heh."
Julia slapped Paty. "I'll sleep on the couch, thank you."
"Anyway, thanks for the hospitality," Derrick said as he entered his room.
"Oh, and I'll keep that offer to join ATR in mind," he lied. He closed the door
behind him, lied down on the bed, and sighed happily.
"I saw you going into the museum with that one ex-ATR," Mariah, Aurora's
partner said as she entered their apartment. "He's one of the last three we
need to get rid of," she explained. "Think of how high we'll be placed if we
get rid of the boss' leftovers for him," Mariah grasped Aurora's hand.
"But he's an ex-ATR, like you said, so..."
"SO WHAT? He still knows too much! You don't actually have feelings for
that fool, do you?"
"Good, 'cause I have a plan already worked out. Joe and I found out where
James and Paty live, and they don't have any police guarding them, so we'll
take care of them at nine 'o clock tomorrow night. They have someone else with
them, but she shouldn't be too much trouble. In the mean time, you go find that
Derrick fellow and ask him out on a date. And when the timing is right.."
"I... kill him..." Aurora looked to the ground as the words choked her.
"Exactly," Mariah grinned wryly. "He doesn't know you're a Rocket, does
"No. I don't thi-"
"Perfect." Aurora began walking to her room slowly.
"Tomorrow is gonna be the turning point of our lives! No more slumps for
us. We'll be on top and giving orders to everyone else. Can you imagine how
great it will be?"
"Imagine what? We are going to kill people who have done nothing to us! We
don't have to do such evil things to get on top! We could own our own business,
"Aurora, get a hold of yourself! Do it for the team! If he finds out
you're a Rocket, he'd abandon you anyway! Who were the only people to take you
in? This is the only way things will be. This is the only way we will ever
become more than what we are. Society has no place for us. This the way life
us. You get what I'm saying? Aurora?"
"I... I get it."
Aurora closed the door behind her. "But what about for me..."
She sat down on her bed and began to cry.
To Be Continued