Subject: Re: [PW!] Missing: $XXX.00 Reward
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 22:16:32 -0500
Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
[NS]: Yeah, it's been way too long since I replied to this one. 200
Rarely given points to anyone who can spot the not-commonly-known game
mechanic employed in the battle in the story (Yeah, I know points are
ridiculously out of fashion now, but I had a twinge of nostalgia over
when people used to do this).
Nick -New and Improved- (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
>>"Bulletproof?" Damian's simple inquiry after looking at the locks was
>>enough for the Magneton to discern what was wanted of it. It swooped
>>close to one of the locks and there was a click a second later. The
>>magnetic pokemon began moving to each of the other locks, pausing for
>>only a second before there was a click and it moved to the next.
>>the Magneton moved away, Damian slowly pushed open the door.
>>The interior of the building was a stark contrast to the exterior.
>>inside walls were all clean and in good repair and there was even
>>furniture among the boxes. There was no more dust to be seen than
>>be seen in a normal house, suggesting that the place saw a good deal
>>use. There was a seperating wall halfway through the building which
>>obscured the other half from view. An open doorway near the one side
>>the building provided a connection, but nothing could be seen through
>>until someone got close. The trio, now that they were inside, could
>>hear the muffled sounds of conversation coming from the open doorway.
>Marching forward, Hito headed towards the doorway, only to be stopped
>sharp whisper from Damian.
>"Hito, WAIT!" He hissed.
>"What?" She shot back, keeping her voice low. "Lokon is just past that
>just know it!"
>"We should check out the situation before we go charging in," Sarah
>supplied from her place next to Damian.
>"Yeah," He agreed.
>After a moment of silence, Hito agreed. "Sorry. I'm just... worried
>Lokon. I'm not thinking clearly. Maybe you guys should be in the lead."
>Sarah Jane and Damian moved towards the open doorway. After reaching
>Jane stayed glued to the wall as she slowly peeked it, and relayed the
>"That girl's back is facing us. She's standing in front of a table. I
>Lokon is on the table, but I can't really tell. At least one other
person is in
>the room with her. The room has a lot of boxes scattered throughout, we
>use that for cover if we snuck in, then took them by suprise."
>Damian tapping on her shoulder interupted Sarah Jane's train of
>"What?" she asked him, not turning her face awya from the room.
>"Sarah Jane," Hito whispered, an unfamiliar ring to her voice. "Look."
>"Eh?" Sarah Jane replied as she turned to face the room the three stood
>Watashi Wa's Kadabra stood before them, grinning as his eyes narrowed
>trio. "Kadabra," He called loudly to his master.
>"Why didn't I sense his presence?" Sarah Jane wondered aloud as the
>conversation in the room behind them stopped. Footsteps were soon heard
"Hide!" Damian hissed at the others. Hito and Sarah Jane hesitated, but
picked out spots behind boxes after Damian found one.
The footsteps stopped and there was silence for a moment as the trio
stayed in place, waiting for something to go right or horribly wrong. A
voice with a mix of authority and arrogance pronounced "I don't see
anyone. Tell you what, newbie, since your Kadabra seems to think it's
seen something, why don't you take it and your partner and see if you
can find what it saw."
"Alright." Another voice agreed, Hito recognizing it as belonging to
Watashi Wa. Footsteps could then be heard walking through the room
heading over towards where Hito and Sarah Jane were hiding. Damian
scrambled out from his hiding place and threw a pokeball at the doorway
while giving a traditional shout of "Go, Quake!"
"Huh?" Watashi Wa and her partner turned in confusion at the sound
coming from behind them as the Kadabra led them on.
"I think you should be turning your attention to us," Sarah Jane said
as she removed herself from her hiding spot "After all we're the ones
your Kadabra was leading you to."
"And we're the ones who're going to beat you senseless." Hito added
with a snarl as she jumped out of hiding.
"Quake, Curse!" Damian ordered as he rapidly tossed out three more
pokeballs. The Rhydon had materialized in the doorway, which was just a
little too small for it. The stone rhino seemed almost not to need the
order to begin dark mutterings while the wood around him creaked from
the pressure exerted upon it.
"I got it covered, guys." came a voice from the other room. Damian
knew it was one of the four Rockets he had seen before Quake cut off the
view. "Go get 'em, Ursaring." After the light and sound that
accompanied a pokemon materializing poured past the blocking Quake,
Damian heard "Ursaring, send that thing scurrying with a Roar."
Damian had just finished giving Remy the order for a Belly Drum while
the Snorlax was sheltered from harm, but countered what he heard from
the other room with "Quake, let them know what a Roar really sounds
The four Team Rocket members saw the Ursaring step up to within a few
hairs of the muzzle of the Rhydon before it bellowed the loudest angry
yell that it was capable of. Quake trembled, but it was apparent that
it wasn't from fright when shards of the doorframe shot past and
embedded themselves in the wall as the bipedal rhino burst out of what
remained of the doorframe. Quake took a step forward and opened his
mouth, wide enough to fit around the Ursaring's head. After several
inches of the Ursaring's muzzle was within his maw and amid the
resonating bass of a Snorlax's Belly Drum, Quake let loose a furious
roar which could quite literally be seen blowing back the Ursaring's
fur. The bear-like pokemon didn't even wait for the Roar to finish
before trampling one of the Rocket members in a mad dash to escape,
clawing at one of the walls after it found nowhere else to go in the
In the meantime, Sarah Jane had just about beaten the Kadabra with
attacks from her own Alakazam and Gengar, Sigfried and Fantasma, when
the other Rocket produced a Houndoom from one of his own pokeballs.
Sarah Jane tossed another of her pokeballs between the Houndoom and its
owner, telling Hito "Duck!" as the spherical pokemon materialized. The
Rocket only had enough time to say "Oh, cra---" before Sarah Jane
ordered "Cherry Bomb, Explosion!" and the Electrode eagerly complied.
The Houndoom was lofted into the air and sent spinning end-over-end to
land in a corner. Its owner didn't fair as well, being bounced off the
wall dividing the rooms and hitting the floor, looking like he wouldn't
be doing anything anytime soon. Watashi Wa fared better since her
partner and his pokemon soaked up most of the blast. She sat against
the wall where she had hit, her eyes looking somewhat glazed in her
currently dazed state. Her Kadabra lay fainted beside her, not having
been far from that condition before the Explosion.
Beyond the wall, one of the Rocket members who wasn't currently lying
flat on the floor after being run over (literally), had released a
Gyarados. Damian's response to this was "Bulletproof, Lock-On to that
Gyarados, then hit it with a Zap Cannon." Each of the Magneton's three
pupils glowed red and a triangular formation of red dots appeared on the
Gyarados' face. It moved down the body, stopping at the midsection, at
which point a ball of electricity began to grow at the empty center of
the Magneton, bolts arcing off the magnet-tips to feed it. The Rocket
controlling the Gyarados had ordered it to use Surf on Quake and pipes
underneath the floor could be heard groaning. Damian gave the only
command that he thought could spare his Rhydon the damage and get him
setup to use an effective move "Quake, get outside!". While this was
going on, the other two Rocket members had produced some of their own
pokeballs and had started to pop them open. As these other pokemon
began to appear Damian told his Snorlax "Remy, Defense Curl." Quake
smashed into a section of wall with a window and electricity blasted
into his hide, but did no harm. Quake didn't make it more than a few
steps outside before a pipe burst through the floorboards and hit him
square in the back with a jet of water, instantly felling the titan.
Just as the shockwave was felt from Quake hitting the ground, a column
of electricity shot from Bulletproof to the Gyarados. The aquatic flyer
hit the ground immeadiately, its charred hide making it look like
nothing more than a gigantic version of badly-barbecued eel.
Between them, the other two Rockets had managed to produce an Espeon,
Rapidash, Scizor, and Tentacruel so far. They were reaching for more
pokeballs when Damain gave the instructions "Remy, time for a Rollout,
aim for the Team Rocket members first. A nearly incoherent set of
commands were issued at panic speed while a ball of flesh with the power
of a Mack truck destroyed what was left of the doorframe. The four
pokemon that were active took hurried swipes, but did little damage as
ball passed. The two Rockets with active pokemon tried to dive out of
the way, but one still had his legs caught. His reaction couldn't be
heard over the din as the ball rolled over the Rocket who had controlled
the Gyarados and burst through one of the exterior walls before being
able to turn around. The Ursaring that had been clawing at the wall
took this new opening as an exit just as Remy re-entered the building
through the last undamaged exterior wall for the room. No orders were
issued through the confusion and pain felt by the remaining Rockets,
leaving the rolling Snorlax free from assault as he rolled over the less
mobile of the pair, then lined up and bowled over the other. After the
seemingly unstoppable ball of flesh created another rough exit from the
building, the remaining Rocket pokemon nervously darted their eyes about
looking for where the attacker would re-enter.
"Where's Lokon?!" Hito yelled over the kind of noise usually only put
out by construction equipment as she shoved Watashi Wa back into the
"Why should I tell you, little girl?" the junior Rocket member sneered.
As her emotions boiled over, Hito drew back to hit the girl in front of
her but Sarah Jane's voice and the words it carried made something worth
more apparent to her. "Don't bother with her. Something's changed
after all the damage that was inflicted. Lokon is on the table like I
thought. I can sense that she's scared. You should go get her."
Hito stood up and ran over to join Damian at the hole in the connecting
wall as the rolling Snorlax made his exit from the building just after
having taken out the Rocket members. Watashi Wa started to get up, but
Sarah Jane warned her "Sit back down. My sensei taught me that we
shouldn't harm others unless we have to, but between stealing Lokon and
forcing me to have Cherry Bomb use Explosion, you're pushing the line of
"Let me guess," Watashi said with no attempt to conceal the contempt in
her voice "You went to that ridiculous dojo in Saffron, right?"
"It's ---" Sarah Jane didn't finish as Watashi Wa tried to use the
moment of thought of formulating words as a distraction. She tried to
hit Sarah Jane in the face, but the arm was caught and Sarah Jane
quickly spun and flipped her attacker over her shoulder. Watashi Wa hit
the hard wood floor and slipped into unconciousness from her combined
injuries. "It looks like Sensei was right." Sarah Jane noted as she
looked atthe unconcious figure.
After peering through the hole in the wall for a moment, Hito moved as
if she were about to dash through. Damian stopped her asking "What are
"Lokon's cage is too close to the water coming out of the pipe, she
could be hurt." She offered as an explanation, then pointed out.
"There's no one around her."
"I guess, now's as good a time as any." Damian shrugged and followed
Hito as she dashed through the debris and destroyed boxes of stolen
The Rocket pokemon focused on the sudden movement in the room, keeping
them from noticing just long enough as Remy re-entered through a
previously-created hole. It was too late by the sound caused them to
turn. The Rapidash, Scizor, and Tentacruel were all flattened as the
Snorlax barrelled through. Only the Espeon was still left to watch the
fleshy wrecking ball enlarge one of his previous exit holes on his way
Damian didn't even examine the lock on Lokon's cage, simply telling the
metallic pokemon floating above his shoulder "Bulletproof, open the
"Mag." Bulletproof acknowledged. Within seconds, an unseen force caused
the bars of the cage to move far enough apart to open a hole for Lokon.
The Vulpix leaped into Hito's waiting arms for a joyful reunion.
The groaning of stressed wood gave a clear signal to Damian. "Time to
go. Bulletproof, teleport us to Sarah Jane." Damian said with urgency
in his voice as he grabbed Hito. Appearing in a flash of light in front
of Sarah Jane, Damian quickly asked "Have you recalled your pokemon?"
"Yes." was the only answer that she had time for before a loud crack
drew everyone's attention. "I don't think we have anymore time."
Damian quickly nodded his head and grabbed onto Sarah Jane's hand
"Bulletproof, teleport us outside."
The Espeon was oblivious to the flash of light signalling a Teleport in
the other room. It only knew it needed to get out. Deciding on the
only exit which the rolling terror hadn't made, it sprinted towards it,
seeing an unconcious Rhydon just at the mouth of the opening. Mentally
noting the large mass, it gracefully leaped through the opening and
soared over the rocky obstacle, just barely managing to cleanly making a
landing on the other side. In the moment that it took for its senses to
adjust to the outside, it missed the Snorlax quietly rolling through the
grass on his way to meet his trainer, who had suddenly appeared
outside. The Psychic pokemon was unceremoniously squashed.
Officer Jenny pulled up to the scene of the disturbance that had been
called in just in time to see more than half of the roof collapse on
what had been thought to be an abandoned house. She approached the only
three people in sight as Damian recalled Quake and Remy. Using the
abrasive voice of authority that Jennys normally start out with, she
inquired "What's going on here?"
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