From: John Willemin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: [PW!] Making a Withdrawal
Date: 2001-07-23 17:51:04 PST
(OOC: Having seen "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within," I firmly believe
that I would have liked it a hell of a lot more if it hadn't been
prancing around under the Final Fantasy name. And having seen "Jurassic
Park III," I have a new idea for a Panopticon story... ^_^)
With a triumphant screech, Grendel the Aerodactyl made a perfect
landing in front of the opening to the fence which surrounded Doctor
Xavier Eckert's sprawling estate. Kyle got off of Grendel, picked up a
dime from beneath the Aerodactyl's talons, and praised, "Good stop." He
then recalled Grendel and stepped up to the intercom at the main gate.
He pressed the call button and waited.
"Hello?" eventually came Doctor Eckert's voice.
"It's Kyle Richter."
"Ah...Bill told me you might be arriving today. Come in." With
that, the mechanized fence swung open.
As Kyle and Jessica headed up the dirt path to the house, they
noticed that little of the scene had changed in five years. There were
still Rosetta University students running around studying Kingler at the
pond, and a few Pokémon that were evidently Sarah Jane's were busy
sparring. Beyond the self-training Pokémon, however, there was a pair
of Nidoking having a heated argument, presumably over a nearby
Nidoqueen, who had two baby Nidoran cowering behind her. One of the
Nidoking was pink...and the other was Daggoth.
Kyle and Jessica heard a bit of the exchange as they approached.
"You heard Daggoth," the portly Nidoking snarled. "Join Daggoth's
The pink Nidoking just growled something in Poké-ese and crossed
his arms defiantly.
"That was not a request!" Daggoth roared. "But if you still wish
to defy Daggoth, then so be it! Have at you, infidel!" The
furious Daggoth lowered his head and charged, in an attempt to give the
pink Nidoking a Horn Attack. But the pink one was ready. He brought a
fist back and then landed an explosive Dynamic Punch right on Daggoth's
snout. Daggoth was sent flying backwards into a tree, in which his horn
became stuck. The Nidoqueen cheered.
As Daggoth broke free, Kyle thought about intervening...when he
remembered that it was Doctor Eckert who had Daggoth's Pokéball.
Daggoth lightly jabbed himself in the head a few times, apparently
trying to jar himself out of confusion. He pointed to a large rock to
the right of the pink Nidoking and thundered, "You think you can fool
Daggoth with your silly parlor tricks?!" Then he charged headfirst into
the rock and knocked himself out cold. The pink Nidoking had no
idea what had just happened, but it resulted in the Nidoqueen rushing up
to embrace him, so he was not about to quibble.
Suddenly Jessica's Pokédex started to beep loudly. She picked it
up, and before she could figure out what was going on, a Pokéball called
itself up from cyber-storage. The spheroid opened right in the palm of
her hand, and out came Kerrigan the Nidoqueen, fuming mad. "Whoa! Now
that's devotion!" Jessica remarked as the little Nidoqueen made a mad
rush at Daggoth's assailant. The pink Nidoking let out a hearty laugh
before he threw another Dynamic Punch...and missed. Kerrigan gave the
pink one a mighty Mega Kick between the legs. Kyle could not help but
laugh at the look on the Nidoking's face after that.
The pink Nidoking bellowed all sorts of obscenities in Poké-ese as
he staggered around. He shouted something at Kerrigan before going into
a Thrash attack. Kerrigan blocked the hits from the pink one's flailing
fists, then blew the Nidoking away with an Ice Beam.
"All right, that's enough sparring with the locals," Jessica said.
"Return!" She tried to recall Kerrigan, but the Nidoqueen
dodged the Pokéball's beam. From the tip of her horn, Kerrigan shot a
small Ice Beam that knocked the ball out of Jessica's grasp and froze
her hand solid. "Hey!" Jessica cried.
With Kerrigan momentarily distracted, it was an easy task for the
pink Nidoking to recover from the Nidoqueen's attack and slam her to the
ground with Thrash. But this did not faze the angry Nidoqueen. She
jumped up and stomped her feet, creating an Earthquake that knocked the
pink one horn over heels.
The pink Nidoking slowly got back to his feet. Kerrigan tried to
look seductive as she beckoned him onward, inviting him to further
pain. It was about that time when Kyle picked up Kerrigan's Pokéball
and recalled her by himself. The other Nidoqueen and her babies rushed
over to the pink Nidoking to make sure he was all right.
It was then that Doctor Eckert came running up. "I see you've met
Cuddles and Regis," he said to Kyle and Jessica.
"I'm sorry about Daggoth," Kyle said.
"It's not your fault," responded the Doctor. "Scientifically
speaking...he's a raving lunatic." He reached into his coat pocket
and pulled out Daggoth's Pokéball. "After five years, all of the
Pokémon psychologists working here have come to the same conclusion:
that Daggoth should be permanently institutionalized." He beamed the
Nidoking back into his Pokéball.
"I hope your prognoses for the rest of my Pokémon are more
optimistic," Kyle commented. "Like Espio. Bill said -"
"Your Hitmonlee has made great progress," Doctor Eckert
interrupted. "We kept him isolated, away from all potential battles.
He resorted to exercise and meditation to pass the time. I dare say
he's found peace."
"And Espio?" Kyle tried again.
"Your Dragonite, too, seems to have calmed down," Doctor Eckert
went on, ignoring Kyle. "It took much counseling, but we got him to
release his pent-up frustration. You would have been surprised at how
insecure he really was..."
"That's great...but what about -"
"Yes...Espio," the Doctor finally said. "What did Bill tell you
"All he said was that we should come talk to you."
The Doctor paused for a long while. "Kyle, Espio didn't adapt well
at all to being committed. The second he found himself in the
University, he believed you had abandoned him. He guessed that his
failure to protect someone named 'Atropos' had made him the weakest
link, so to speak."
Kyle was stunned. "Wha...what? How could he think that? I've got
to see him right now...!"
"I'm afraid you can't," the Doctor cut him off.
"Espio wasn't even here for three months before he broke out,
presumably to look for you. The orderlies weren't able to stop him..."
"Oh, great, and now we have to go find him..." Kyle sighed.
"That won't be necessary," the Doctor said.
"You mean he was found?" Kyle replied, now very confused as to why
he could not see Espio.
"Yes, he was found," the Doctor answered. He reached again into
his coat pocket, and pulled out two Pokéballs. He handed these two,
along with Daggoth's, to Kyle.
"There's only three..." Kyle said.
"Espio was found in Johto, at the Lake of Rage, some six months
after his escape," the Doctor explained. "All the reporters wrote that
he was attacked by the Gyarados there. But I'm more inclined to believe
that he drowned himself..."
The Pokéballs fell from Kyle's hand.
K * A * R * N * I * V * A * X
"Your cavalier dismissal of mechanics shows
a commendable bravado, from a swashbuckling
perspective. But from an academic perspective,
it's a real problem." -My English teacher Mr.
Hench, commenting on a term paper