From: Rob (email@example.com)
Subject: Re: [PW!] Shocking Truth! Into the Mind of Pain!
Date: 2001-08-07 19:08:54 PST
Nick -New and Improved- wrote:
> "Yes," Mrs. Psychic smiled. "I am sure." With the clap of her hands, Splash
> fell asleep and the lady put the coin back into her purse.
> "However, you will need some help," Mrs. Psychic said as she moved towards the
> door. "Your biggest enemy will be coming back into your life. And you need to
> be careful." With those words, Mrs. Psychic departed, leaving Marcia and a
> sleeping Splash alone.
Hours later, Nurse Marcia is thinking about what Mrs. Psychic said, among other
things, while sitting on the swivel chair at the front desk of the Violet City
Pokemon Center. It's been a slow day - not too many people have come in with
injured Pokemon since she took over at the end of Nurse Joy's shift, and that's a
good thing in Marcia's opinion. Sometimes she would overhear Nurse Joy tell kids
whose hurt Pokemon she had just healed that she hoped to see them again, but she
had never gotten around to asking the nurse why she wanted the kids' Pokemon to get
injured again. Maybe Nurse Joy is as inwardly malicious as Minax was? Perhaps she
occasionally got tips from the kids? Marcia sometimes got tips herself, but they
were usually from perverted men who put their numbers on the currency. Or maybe she
just didn't want boredom from not having anything to do to set in? With work to do,
one's mind wouldn't wander onto unpleasant thoughts...
"Doppler." Marcia sighs out the name, closes her eyes, then shakes her head, "She
must've meant him. He's my biggest enemy... he's really my only enemy." She opens
one of her eyes and its dark brown iris surveys the area. Doppler used to sometimes
appear when his name was mentioned, so Marcia is relieved that none of the potted
plants in the Pokemon Center melt, that none of the sofas grin, and that not a
single clock's face turns into the face of a Ditto. Marcia releases another sigh,
this time one of relief, and opens her other eye.
Marcia continues to think about her worst enemy until the incessant ticking of one
of the non-Ditto clocks in the Pokemon Center begins frustrating her. She reaches
for a remote control and uses it to turn on the Pokemon Center's wide-screen
television - the same one that Nori watched "Mareeped With Chinchou" on a couple of
days ago and the same one that the citizens of Violet City often watched Pokemon
tournaments and major sporting events on. The local news is showing.
Nurse Marcia is about to change the channel since she's never liked the news, ever
since she was a little girl. However, when she sees the rubble of the abandoned
warehouse she blew up on the TV screen, she decides to watch the news to find out
what happened to Butch and Cassidy, the Team Rocket members who were in the
building when it blew up. She's not afraid that they're dead, since she heard that
one time on a trip to the Orange Islands, a much larger building exploded and
collapsed on them and they only had a few singe marks on their clothing, but she
still wants to find out if they escaped or if they were hauled off to jail.
On the television, two Officer Jennys and some male police officers are dragging a
male and a female, both dressed as nurses, into a police van that has bars on its
windows. The "nurses" are actually Butch and Cassidy in disguise. Butch can be
heard saying, "...and we would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for that
meddling double-crosser and her blasted Crobat!" After showing the two Rocket
members being locked up in the police van, the shot pans to Officer Jenny, who
speaks into a microphone being held up to her face, "It turns out that their
Hypno's Hypnosis was what was making most of the good people in Violet City think
the city was on fire and that people and Pokemon were killed. Many thanks go out to
a local nurse called Marcia who wasn't affected by the Hypnosis and told us where
to find Butch and Cassidy." The shot moves from Officer Jenny to the red-haired
female reporter holding the microphone, "Back to you, Frank."
"Thanks, Rita." The scene on the television switches to a grinning blonde male
anchorman sitting next to his co-anchor, a Jynx who has her hair up in a bun.
When she sees the news anchors, Marcia remembers having heard of the gimmick behind
the news program - one of the anchors and the meteorologist are talking Pokemon.
She's about to change the channel, but she changes her mind once again when the
Jynx on TV says, "That's not the only weird thing that happened in Violet City
recently." Marcia leans forward in her swivel chair, hoping that the other weird
thing that happened in Violet City doesn't involve a certain Ditto.
"That's right, Lola." A close-up of Frank, the grinning anchorman, is shown. Next
to his head, an image of Articuno pops up, then he says, "The legendary ice bird,
Articuno, was seen roosting in Falkner's Gym recently. Our meteorologist, Stone
Treeman, believes that strong northwesterly wind gusts carried Articuno to Johto
all the way from the Seafoam Islands and that he roosted on one of the tallest
buildings in the city, Falkner's Gym, to wait for them to pass. One of the trainers
in Falkner's Gym joked that he was going to keep Articuno as his pet. When the
winds died down again, Articuno flew away, presumably heading home."
Marcia cringes. She hopes that the meteorologist's explanation is correct, afraid
that Articuno might've actually been Doppler in disguise.
"Now you might be asking: why didn't Articuno roost on the tallest structure in
Violet City, the Sprout Tower?" Lola asks the rhetorical answer right before giving
her response, "Well, he couldn't roost there because the giant Bellsprout who lives
in the Tower's central beam, rumored to be called BELLSPROUTER, was enraged when
someone awakened him, so it wasn't a good idea for any Pokemon, Legendary or not,
to come near him. The giant Bellsprout was awakened by a poor young musician known
as Jason Bard, who was soon after Wrapped by the Bellsprout's vines. Mr. Bard was
rescued when a mysterious middle-aged man named Cory arrived and commanded the
giant Bellsprout to put him down and the Pokemon did so. We have security cam
footage of this event..."
The scene on the television cuts from the male human and female Jynx anchors to
black-and-white security footage of the interior of the Sprout Tower...
"JASON!" Amber, a young girl, kept screaming. She didn't want anyone killed!
Suddenly a man was at the door. "Stop!" he said. Bellsprout stopped raising Jason
to its mouth, the priests stopped what they were doing and Amber stopped screaming.
The man approached the giant Bellsprout. "Bellsprout, put him down."
The Bellsprout looked admiringly at the man and put Jason down. "Belllllsprout!
[Cory!]" the Bellsprout boomed.
"Now why didn't you wait until I brought you plant food? You can't eat any more
"Bellsprout, sprout. [Ok, Cory.]"
Jason ran over to Amber and untied her, Rivet and Fang. "Wait a minute, that
Bellsprout is YOURS?" Amber asked, understanding the sprout's talk.
"Yes. When I first started out, he was my first Pokemon," Cory started. "I gave him
plant food and he grew really big, as you see. I couldn't travel with him, so I had
the priests build a building around him to keep him from following me. Now I
couldn't travel, because Bellsprout here wanted to see me everyday for more plant
The scene cuts to a color close-up of Lola the Jynx. Next to her there's an image
of a screaming Wobbuffet holding a bottle of beer. Lola explains, "Sprout Tower
researchers, those dedicated to studying the structure, claim that this man named
Cory is actually a psychic, possibly one who drinks too much and as a result likes
telling tall tales. One researcher, Earl Durling, the head of Violet City's Pokemon
Academy, explains that the Tower is very old, probably much older than Cory unless
the man is preserving himself very well. If Cory really is too young to be telling
the truth, then the only way he could've controlled the Bellsprout the way he did
was using psychic powers. Cory was unavailable for comment. Drunken exaggerating
psychic or ancient owner of the Sprout Tower's Bellsprout? You decide."
The image on the TV screen then pans out to show Frank, the male human anchor, and
Lola, the Jynx, in the same shot. Frank turns to Lola to comment casually on the
previous news report, "Hey, Lola, did you see that girl in the security footage?
She looked like she was part human and part Sneasle!"
Lola says, "Sneasel."
"What?" Frank asks.
Lola explains, "It's pronounced Sneasel."
"I say Sneasle." Frank lowers his eyebrows at Lola, but keeps on grinning widely
like he's trained to do. When his eyebrows relax once again, he turns back towards
the camera, "And now it's time for our weather forecast, with meteorologist Stone
Treeman." The shot pans to a tall Sudowoodo in front of a green screen.
Stone, the Sudowoodo, waits for the weather forecast to show up on his screen, then
he points at an image of clouds, "Tonight it will be partly cloudy and humid..."
When he moves his branch-like arm to the next image on the screen, his eyes widen
and he freaks out, "AHHHH! THERE'LL BE RAIN TOMORROW! I HATE RAIN! Everyone,
whatever you do, don't leave your homes! There will be light drizzling in the
morning, followed by heavier rain, and then there'll be a STORM! A FREAKIN' STORM!
I'd pack up my bags leave the city tonight if I were you, since there might be up
to HALF AN INCH of rainfall! WE'RE ALL GOING TO..."
Marcia finally changes the channel with her remote. While she flips through other
channels, she wonders if Splash, who is in the back room, has woken up yet.