Subject: [PW!] Thanksgiving At The Ecruteak Dance Theater
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 00:14:14 GMT
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Sarah wakes up sprawled face down on a bed with an intense headache.
She's wearing everything she usually does, including her sandals and
wooden crook, two things she usually removes from her person before
going to bed, and she's clutching something in her right hand. She
closes her eyes tight, and tries to remember what happened last night.
She clearly remembers losing a battle with Roxie, the mean biker, in the
Burned Tower and remembers that Roxie told her that she's a horrible
Pokemon Trainer who should just go home. Sarah also recalls doing
humiliating things for Roxie, including swearing for her, buffing her
boots with her Mareep's fleece, and giving her the only Badge she's ever
won. After that, all she can recall is her own sobbing. Sarah opens her
eyes, "...where am I?"
The confused shepherdess looks around the room with her eyes, not moving
her head from its place on the bed's pillow, and she recognizes the room
she's in as the interior of a Pokemon Center. When looking around, she
also notices that her hand is clutching something. She opens it up to
see her red and black Hive Badge stuck to the palm of her hand, "What's
this doin'... oh yeah..." Sarah remembers that after what seemed like
almost an hour of sobbing in the Burned Tower, that kind young man she
knows called Bob approached her and gave her her Badge back, explaining
that he had taught Roxie a lesson. She also recalls having asked Bob
about leaves growing out of his arms, but doesn't quite recall the
answer he gave, then remembers he led her straight to the Ecruteak
Sarah struggles to get up out of bed, despite her headache, pins her
Hive Badge back onto her leather satchel's strap, then looks around the
room for Barbie and her baby Teddiursa. The nervous Mareep and the
newborn Pokemon is no where to be seen in the room. She even searches
under the bed to no avail. Sarah starts to worry about her Pokemon,
"Have they been... stolen? Ma was right about the world outside of the
farm. It's not a safe place for a young girl like me and it's certainly
not a safe place for Teddiursa, who was born yesterday." Before
panicking, she runs outside of her room and heads to the Pokemon
Center's front desk. Sarah approaches the Nurse Joy stationed there,
who's wearing a pilgrim's hat instead of her usual nurse's cap, and asks
her, "Have... have you seen m-my Pokemon? I c-came in last n-night...
with a y-young man..."
Nurse Joy nods, "Of course, Sarah. Bob told me to give you a room here
and to heal your Pokemon before he left. You weren't paying much
attention since you were crying so much. I'm glad to see that you're
better now! I'll go get your Pokemon." The nurse turns around and walks
into the Center's back room.
While Sarah waits for Nurse Joy to return, she notices that there's many
more clocks on the walls of this Pokemon Center than in others she's
visited - there's Pidgey clocks, grandfather clocks, digital clocks, and
many other kinds of clocks too. Before Sarah can examine all of the
clocks, Nurse Joy comes out of the back room holding a tray that has a
Fast Ball, a Lure Ball, a Love Ball, and a sleeping Teddiursa with his
paw in his mouth on it. Joy also has a leash tied to her wrist that
pulls a scared Mareep out of the back room. Sarah sighs in relief that
her Pokemon weren't stolen, then comments, "You sure have a... a lotta
"Oh yeah." Nurse Joy points straight up, then puts her tray down on the
front desk, "This Pokemon Center's second floor was the first place that
the famous inventor Bill got his Pokemon Time Capsule to work. We
decided to turn that floor into the Original Time Capsule Museum, so we
decorated the first floor of the Pokemon Center with all sorts of
clocks. My favorite is that digital calendar over there." Nurse Joy
points over to the digital calendar hanging from one of the lobby's
Sarah turns to face a black rectangular device with glowing red
characters on it that read: "Nov 22, 05: Happy Thanksgiving!" Two
realizations dawn on Sarah. One is that the reason Nurse Joy is wearing
a pilgrim hat is that today is Thanksgiving. The other is that today is
her sixteenth birthday. When she thinks about how these two special days
have been wrapped into one, something that hasn't happened since she
turned eleven, five years ago, she starts to sob...
Nurse Joy releases Barbie from her leash and the Mareep immediately runs
over to Sarah and rubs up against her legs. Joy asks, "What's wrong,
Sarah? Are you remembering that bully that Bob told me about? You
shouldn't pay any attention to..."
"No, it's... it's not... not that." Sarah cries, waking up her
Teddiursa, "It... it's that I... I'm not... not with a family...
to-today... on m-my... six-sixteenth... birthday... and... and on...
Thanks... Thanksgiving and... and we always have... have big
celebrations on... those occasions... and I... I just ran away... from
Nurse Joy walks over from behind the counter and places a hand on
Sarah's shoulder, "Oh, Sarah, don't worry - all Pokemon Trainers,
especially the younger ones, go through stuff like this. One time
Pokemon Trainer Ash Ketchum spent Christmas with Santa at the north pole
instead of at home with his mom. Try to have a Happy Birthday and a
Happy Thanksgiving with your Pokemon here in Ecruteak City. There's many
sights to see here, including a wonderful Dance Theater that has a
special Thanksgiving Show today. It's right behind the Pokemon Center.
Maybe you should go - I think it'll cheer you up a bit!"
"The... theater?" Sarah wipes some tears from her eyes, "...I... I'll
ch-check it out. Th-thank you... nurse..." She grabs the three Apricorn
Pokeballs on Nurse Joy's tray, drops them in her satchel, picks up her
sleepy baby Teddiursa, and shepherds Barbie the Mareep out of the
Pokemon Center. A short walk later, Sarah and Barbie are facing the
doors of the oriental building known as the Ecruteak Dance Theater. The
shepherdess and her Pokemon head inside to see that chairs in the wooden
building are just large blue pillows placed in front of the stage, where
the Thanksgiving show has already begun. Seeing a bunch of shoes on the
floor near the exit, Sarah removes her sandals before walking to an
available pillow. She sits down with her legs underneath her bottom and
The five girls on stage are wearing themed kimonos. Two of the kimono
girls are dressed in kimonos that look like pilgrim clothing, two are
dressed in kimonos that make them look like natives, and one is dressed
in Farfetch'd-colored kimono and she's carrying a green Stick. The
native kimono girls point at the Farfetch'd kimono girl while dancing
around her. One of the pilgrim kimono girls is carrying a fake musket.
That pilgrim kimono girl twirls around her musket as if it were a baton
while dancing around the Farfetch'd kimono girl, who's doing elaborate
leaps and splits in order to avoid the gun-toting kimono girl. The other
pilgrim kimono girl grabs a net, throws it onto the Farfetch'd kimono
girl, who gestures being stuck, and the musket-carrying kimono girl
pulls her musket's trigger.
A loud gunshot sound effect later, the Farfetch'd kimono girl falls flat
onto the stage, then points her stiff long bare legs straight upwards to
emote her own death.
"Mmm, I may be against eating Pokemon, but those Farfetch'd legs look
delicious!" This comment is issued by one of the male audience members,
but the kimono girls, who are used to being ogled and heckled,
especially by an old man who owns a Surfing Rhydon, go on with the
Sarah looks over to the black-haired goatee-wearing young man who said
this. He's sitting right next to her and he's now sweatdropping while
whispering to his left wrist - or rather, a small purple device strapped
to his wrist. She works up the courage to tap him on the shoulder and
whisper to him, "Th-that... w-was... rude..."
"I was just kidding!" The young man shakes his head, "Geeze, first my
girlfriend doesn't find it humorous and now a complete stranger doesn't
either." He puts his hands up to the sides of his mouth and calls out to
the performers on stage, "I apologize for what I said earlier! It was
disrespectful and I have a serious girlfriend who I love dear-" He's
silenced when everyone in the audience surrounding him, including Sarah
and the device on his wrist, simultaneously make the infamous "shhhhh"
noise in his direction. He once again talks into the device on his
wrist, "... great, now everyone in the theater thinks I'm more rude
because I apologized!"
Sarah raises an eyebrow in the man's direction, wondering why he's
talking to what looks like his wristwatch, "...uhm, wh-why're you...
talkin' to your... your wrist?"
"I'm not talking to my wrist - I'm talking to my girlfriend using my
Pokegear's videophone." The young man shows the Pokegear on his wrist to
Sarah and she sees a black-haired girl who's older than her on the
Pokegear's screen, then he says, "She wanted to watch the Thanksgiving
show too, so... oh, that reminds me." He points the Pokegear at the
stage, where the two pilgrim kimono girls and the two native kimono
girls are happily dancing around the Farfetch'd kimono girl, who has
white chef hats on her feet now. Once the celebration dance is over, the
Farfetch'd kimono girl stands up, then all five stand in a line and bow
Sarah and everyone else in the audience applaud the show, then as people
start to leave, Sarah asks, "Wh-why c-couldn't your girlfriend... come
"Well, I decided to come over here to Johto to catch new Pokemon and I
wasn't about to leave my girlfriend's little brother back in Lavender
Town to take care of the Diversity Gym!" The young man chuckles at the
thought, but when he notices that Sarah has no idea who he is or what
he's talking about, he says, "My name's Robert, the Diversity Gym
Leader. You've never heard of me?"
"N-no..." Sarah lowers her head, more intimidated since she's learned
Robert has a somewhat high status, "S-sorry... I d-don't know much...
much ab-about Gym Leaders. I'm Sarah... I know... h-hardly anythin'
a-about Pokemon... Pokemon Trainin'... th-that's why I'm thinkin'...
about givin' up to-today... and goin'... back home. Last night... I
w-was... told that... I have... bad technique... and I th-think she's
r-right... sin-since I've lost th-three Gym battles... and... and only
Robert strokes his black goatee, "You sound like me when I was a couple
of weeks into my first Pokemon Journey. I kept losing against Gym
Leaders and there was this guy called Jeremy I kept bumping into who
called me a 'looser'. I'm pretty sure he meant 'loser', but the point
is, he would've convinced me to give up on my dream to become famous for
training a wide variety of Pokemon and gather all the Kanto League
Badges if my girlfriend hadn't convinced me to keep on trying, no matter
how little I knew about Pokemon or how often I lost in Gym matches, and
believe you me, it was QUITE often! I'm glad I didn't give up, since
just look at me now - I'm a Gym Leader who has a bit of fame in Kanto
and check it out..." He gestures at the eight Kanto League Badges pinned
on his black shirt.
Sarah looks up to see the eight small Badges pinned on Robert's shirt,
then looks back down at the Hive Badge on her leather strap, "I... I
guess I sh-should... keep my dream a-alive... but m-my Pokemon aren't...
aren't very strong... I h-have a hard time... c-catchin' st-strong
Pokemon, so I'll j-just keep on... losin'..."
Robert pats Sarah on the back, "Pokemon get stronger over time. I
started out my first Pokemon journey with a Haunter and a Cubone, and I
now have ten rather strong Pokemon. I left eight of them with my
girlfriend Rilli, partly to diversify her Pokemon Team since she's
acting as Gym Leader back home, but also because I wanted to
specifically train two of my weaker Pokemon." Robert then gestures down
at the two Pokeballs pinned on his belt, "These Pokeballs contain my
Farfetch'd and my Horsea. They aren't too strong, but I'm confident
they'll evolve into stronger Pokemon when I train them during my Johto
Journey! I may have lost my Gym match against Jasmine the Olivine Gym
Leader last week, but that's no big deal, since my Pokemon gained some
experience from the battle."
Just then, in a flash of red light, an angry Slowpoke pops out of the
Lure Ball in Sarah's satchel, having finally realized that Sarah said he
wasn't very strong a moment ago. He shouts out, "Luthor does not approve
of your belittling tone, Supergirl! Apologize or face the ultimate wrath
of this universe's supreme ruler!"
"S-sorry..." Sarah sweatdrops, then looks up at Robert to apologize for
her Slowpoke's outburst, but is surprised to see that Robert's grinning
widely at Luthor.
Robert crouches down and examines the angry Slowpoke, "Wow, you own a
talking Slowpoke! That's so cool! Sarah, would you like to be a member
of the club I started? It's called the Slow Pokemon Appreciation
Society, or SPAS for short. As a member, you get a bunch of cool
benefits such as..."
"...n-no, that's... okay..." Sarah shakes her head, hoping Robert won't
ask her to explain herself since she doesn't want to tell him that she
would prefer to have fast Pokemon than slow ones. Luthor narrows his
eyes at Robert, "Luthor has already claimed Supergirl as his minion! You
cannot take from Luthor what belongs to..." Luthor's speech is cut short
when Sarah recalls him back into his Lure Ball and drops it into her
satchel. She looks up at Robert briefly and asks, "S-so y-you think my
P-Pokemon will g-get stronger?"
"Definitely, as long as you continue to train them. In fact, do you want
to challenge me to an official Diversity Gym match?" Robert reaches into
one of the pockets of the black laptop case strapped on his shoulder,
pulls out a small round Badge, and points it at Sarah, "If you win, you
get this Oasis Badge! How about it?"
Sarah once again shakes her head while looking straight down, "N-no...
I... I think I sh-should... train more... be-before ch-challengin' any
"I can understand that." Robert puts the Oasis Badge back into his
laptop case's pocket, then looks around to notice that the Ecruteak
Dance Theater is now empty except for himself, Sarah, and Sarah's
Pokemon. He tells Sarah, "I must be going to train, myself. I'm getting
ready to battle Morty, the Ecruteak Gym Leader, in a couple of days. If
you're ever in the Kanto area and want to visit the Diversity Gym or
just want to learn more about it, just visit my website at
http://www.geocities.com/diversitygym/ . You can find my e-mail on that
page too. I hope to see you again someday, Sarah. Good luck on your
journey, and Happy Thanksgiving!" Robert waves farewell to Sarah, puts
on his shoes, then walks out of the Ecruteak Dance Theater, talking into
his Pokegear as he leaves.
Sarah stands in silence for a while, thinking about Robert's final
comments, then looks down at the Mareep at her side, "Barbie, do you
have any idea what a website is? Or an e-mail for that matter?" After
Barbie shakes her head, Sarah shrugs and heads over to the Dance
Theater's entrance to put her sandals back on.