From: Lady Timedramon (sailrgal@MailAndNews.com)
Subject: Re: [PW!] The more things change, the more they stay the same
Date: 2001-04-03 12:02:06 PST
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>"I don?t know," Damian shrugged "It?s all part of the illusion, I?ve
>never been able to get it to look like this without them. Anyway, I
>gotta go. Catch ya? later, George!" Damian waved as he left the room.
>"That?s just freaky." George commented after Damian left.
>"Wak" BR nodded.
In a gym in Saffron, the resident gym leader is noticing things have been
quiet on her end. Lately she had sat down to read and found herself rarely
interrupted. Now that she had finished her analysis of the strange book,
realized that she had maybe faced 10 trainers in the last month, where in
she would have faced that number in a week.
"Are that many people going to the Johto badge route?" she asked her
"Hawn hawn haunt." The Haunter pointed to Sabrina's computer. With a nod,
gym leader pulled up the battle records for the last 6 months.
"I am noticing a pattern here," she said aloud. Then Sabrina turned to a
console with several televisions. While she could use her psychic abilities
see what was happening, it was tiring and impractical. She looked at
screens until she found the one she wanted.
Two opponents were facing off. One was a cocky appearing boy of about 16.
He wore jeans, a t-shirt, and cap. He was facing a gym trainer. Sabrina
only let her into the training rooms about six months ago, when she was
this particular trainer was able to handle her own natural psychic ability.
trainer wore denim overalls with a yellow t-shirt. Over all this the
yellow satin jacket embroidered with the words "Saffron City Gym Trainer."
long, brown hair was pulled back into a pony tail. Her face was framed by a
pair of eyeglasses.
The boy was down to his last pokemon. "Heh, I've saved the best for last!"
exclaimed. "Go Gengar!"
The trainer didn't even blink. Instead she sweatdropped. "What are they
guys now?" With a sigh she called "Svengali, return!"
"Giving up?" sneered the boy.
"Hardly," returned the trainer. "Go Cherry Bomb!"
The boy blinked in surprise at the sight of the Electrode. "Hey!" he
"There is no rule saying that in a gym, a trainer has to have exclusively
type of pokemon," returned the trainer. "You need to be able to expect the
Sabrina silently watched as the Electrode easily defeated the Gengar. Out of
the corner of her eye, she saw the strange book she had recently finished.
The Gym Leader began contemplating her next move.
>"Have a seat, Mr. Fox." The older man told Damian. This man still had
>a strong frame over which rested his well-tailored suit, complete with
>a red power-tie. A full head of white hair with a relatively unwrinkled
>face placed the man as somewhere in his late forties or early fifties.
>His office was furnished extravagantly, including the leather chair that
>Damian was directed to sit in with a hand gesture.
>"One last thing," Ernest pointed at Damian?s t-shirt "You?re not
>supposed to be telling anyone who made the items you?re being given to
>test out. They?re still in experimental status, so there?s a bunch of
>issues with that, including legal. Don?t tell anyone unless you have
>"Yeah, I understand." Damian gathered up the items. "Thanks." As the
>young man headed out the door he turned and asked "Do you think it would
>be a good idea to try out the trainer?s backpack on Harvey?s chair just
>as he?s about to sit in it?"
>Ernest shot back a devilish grin "Only if you call me first, so I can
Sabrina walked into the local Brock's Cafe, along with the trainer. "So why
did you decide to pull out your Electrode?" asked Sabrina.
"He was becoming very cocky," returned the trainer as she slid into one of
booths. "He's one of those guys that thinks one pokemon can be used as a
"defeat all" closer."
"There may be no rule against using other types of pokemon Sarah Jane," said
Sabrina, "and you may be my cousin, but I am still running a psychic gym.
come to battle psychic pokemon. And the Clefairy with psychic doesn't
"You didn't say anything about my Starmie or my Gengar," returned Sarah Jane
as she forced
back her irritation and stared at the menu.
"Starmie is half psychic. Dual types are allowable. Though ghosts are
their own type, they complement the nature of a psychic gym. The new dark
are still something to be studied."
"Then I only have a Starmie, an Exeggcute, a Hypno, a Gengar, and an
that I can use," returned Sarah Jane. The sad note to her voice couldn't
Sabrina's notice. Sabrina knew her cousin still profoundly felt the loss of
Mr. Mime almost 5 years ago.
"I have a proposition. I will need someone to handle several errands for
"A convenient way to get rid of me?" Sarah Jane's eyes narrowed.
"No," said Sabrina with a sigh. She found it difficult to maintain her icy
around her only cousin. "But while you've learned to handle your psychic
I don't think you're ready to be a full time gym trainer. And for what I
done, none of the other trainers in the gym would be able to manage. Do you
realize that, of all the trainers at the gym, you are the only one who not
completed a pokemon journey, but who also has defeated the Elite Four and
a pokemon master. Lately, more and more trainers going to the newer Johto
for their gym badges."
"You want me to go on another pokemon journey and test out the Johto
returned Sarah Jane.
"Exactly. Along the way, you might try hunting for some of the newly
"You won't be going alone. I will make arrangements for someone
to accompany you," ended Sabrina.
>"Hey, Damian, is that one of the Magnetons from the lab? I thought you
>were only taking BR?" Keith asked Damian as the young man sat down at
>"I am. I got this one during my first pokemon journey. It?s name is
>Bulletproof." When Damian said its name, the Magneton spun around in
>place over his left shoulder.
>"Yes, one last thing. There is someone from my gym who will be
>accompanying you on your journey. I don?t think you?ll mind too much,
>since you also used to travel with her several years ago."
>With that pronouncement, a female figure entered the room near Sabrina.
>Although she had changed since Damian had last seen her, Damian thought
>he recognized her. "Sarah Jane?"
>His t-shirt now read "!"
Gone was the headband she wore to keep her long brown hair off her face, the
braids replaced by a long ponytail. Her familiar overalls were covered
by a jacket that read "Saffron City Gym Trainer."
"Damian?" she said in surprise.
"What are you... when did you...?" he stammered.
"I've been in Saffron the last 4 years," she said. "I've been a Gym Trainer
a few months now. When Sabrina said she'd find someone to go with me to
I never thought..."
"My bosses at Silph were sending me to Johto to test out some equipment,"
Damian in astonishment.
"The bullet train will be leaving in the hour," said Sabrina as she stood.
walked over and handed Damian the Pokemonicon. Then, to Damian's total
she whispered in his ear: "You had best take good care of my cousin." While
Damian was still flabbergasted, she turned to Sarah Jane and said "Be
Keep me posted of your discoveries in Johto." And with that, Sabrina walked
of the room.
I haven't written a post that long in a while. I'm tired. I'll work on
- Time Lady