Subject: [PW!] [WC] The Opening Ceremonies of the Whirl Cup Competition
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 19:20:34 GMT
Organization: AT&T Worldnet
Robert, the Diversity Gym Leader, is happy as he walks towards the Scarlet
City Pokemon Center from the north, accompanied by Marvin, a magician, and
two Ditto, one who's in her natural purple form and the other who's
Transformed into a cute little Corsola she saw when riding the ferry from
Olivine City to Transit Town, a small community on the north end of Red
Rock Isle. The Gym Leader's about to enter the building when four other
Gym Leaders, all female, skip in front of him, hurrying into the Center.
"Ooo, I've beens one of them before!" The Corsola, who's wearing a Pink
Bow, hops around happily, "I'd show ya but I like this cute little pink
body so much I wanna stay like this for a while! Fersure!"
Robert also recognized one of the young women - not because he's been one
of them, but because he's battled one of them, "The orange-haired woman's
called Daisy - I earned my first Badge from her." He points out the
small blue Cascade Badge pinned on his black shirt to Marvin, "The other
girls are probably her sisters - I guess they all want to compete in the
Whirl Cup, being that they're all leaders of a Water Pokemon Gym..."
"I'd like to compete in their Whirl Cup..." Marvin's comment slips out by
accident, then he corrects himself by saying, "Er, I mean, I want to
compete in the Whirl Cup too! So let's sign up before we're too late!" He
hurries into the Pokemon Center, followed by the purple Ditto who's
rolling her eyes and the pink Corsola who's giggling to herself.
Robert enters the Scarlet City Pokemon Center next and takes his place in
a very long line behind Marvin. He looks around the Pokemon Center to see
various people, including a few who have already signed up for the Whirl
Cup Competition - Hichiro, Harrison, Trixie, Marina, Alicia, Trinity,
Roxie, Belle, Travis, and Becky. Even a white Persian called Blizzard has
signed up to participate in the event, planning to win with a Tentacool.
Everyone else in the Pokemon Center other than the Nurse Joy who's acting
as a registrar is either wearing a Karate gi or standing in line in front
of Robert, waiting to register for the Whirl Cup Competition.
"Hey Marvin, could you save my place in line?" Robert asks the magician
he's been traveling with for the past few days.
Marvin nods, "Yeah, no problem. I won't be going anywhere for a while!"
He likes the view he has of the four young women in bathing suits
standing right in front of him too much to move from his place in line.
Robert, who only likes looking at one girl, his girlfriend Mithril-rama,
and thus doesn't want to stand in line longer than he has to, takes a
seat on a couch near the front desk and watches people sign up.
The first person Robert watches sign up is Jutta, who had been waiting
in the Pokemon Centers for days for registration to open up. He has a
hard time understanding what Jutta tells Nurse Joy, as does Nurse Joy,
and both Robert and the nurse figure she's not from around these parts.
Eventually, Jutta is registered, and she takes a seat.
The next two people who register are Gym Leaders, though Robert doesn't
recognize them. The first one who signs up is a young man who introduces
himself to Nurse Joy as Rudy of the Orange Crew. After he signs up, the
woman behind him calls herself Sissy of the Orange Crew, and Robert
figures they're both from the Orange Islands, a place he's never been to
but has heard about. When Sissy finishes registering, she's shoved out
of the way by an angry boy followed by a Poliwhirl.
Sissy is about to start a fight with him, when Rudy, more level-headed
leads her away so she won't be disqualified from the Competition. The
boy announces that his name is Andreas to Nurse Joy. Robert's surprised
by how rude the kid is to Nurse Joy as he registers and how polite
Nurse Joy is to him in response. Him and his Poliwhirl soon head to
a couch in the Pokemon Center away from where girls are sitting.
The next person to sign up is also male, but he's much nicer. The guy's
wearing glasses and carrying a Super Rod with a Pokeball attached to
the end of it. He tells Nurse Joy his name is Christopher and answers
all of her questions politely before heading off to take a seat. Robert
considers commenting on how much he likes the guy's Super Rod, but he
remembers he got beat up for some reason the last time he told that to
a guy, back in Lavender High School, so he decides against it.
Brome, a black-haired green-eyed young man, approaches Nurse Joy next,
followed by Hokori, a half-Sandslash half-human he befriended while
trying to find Red Rock Isle. Robert, who doesn't recall ever seeing a
Pokemon/person hybrid, is surprised by the sight, wondering if they
are common in Johto since Nurse Joy doesn't seem too surprised by his
appearance. Both Hokori and Brome register then walk over to a corner
of the Pokemon Center to continue their conversation.
The next four people are together - Yolei, Lynkeru, Mamoru, and Tetsuo
walk up to the Registration Desk, but Yolei and Mamoru are the only
ones who register. As the group walk over to the only couch in the
Pokemon Center that isn't occupied by at least one person, Robert
overhears Yolei say, "I'm relieved we got here in time - it's a good
thing we caught that ferry." After a moment, Lynkeru says, "No, Indi,
we didn't imprison one of your kind in a bottle for later use."
Since Robert doesn't see who Lynkeru is talking to, he imagines she's
insane, and noticing the swords on her belt, he quickly turns his
attention away from the group and back to the Registration Desk,
where a guy named Guy Taylor is signing up. Another guy named Tempo,
who's right behind Guy and standing next to a girl called Michiko,
signs up next. After registering, the group of three sit on the couch
occupied by Andreas and his Poliwhirl, who both glare at Michiko for
being a girl. Unlike Andreas, Robert is unsure whether the next person
he sees walk up to the Registration Desk is male or female.
Carol, a Team Rocket member who wants to win the $10,000 prize all for
herself, is disguised as an Eskimo. She's wearing a thick brown parka
that hides her entire body and obscures a great deal of her face,
which is hiding behind a latex mask of a female Eskimo anyway. When
Nurse Joy asks her for her name, she replies "Karen." Robert watches
as Nurse Joy insists that Ice Pokemon are not allowed in the
Tournament and "Karen" insists that she doesn't own any Ice Pokemon.
Since her voice is muffled by her mask, Robert doesn't hear what she
says when Joy asks her what kind of Water Pokemon she'll be using
for Round One, but Nurse Joy does, and soon enough, Carol heads off to
the most shadowy part of the Pokemon Center so she won't be noticed.
In contrast, the next Trainer is proud to be seen signing up for the
Whirl Cup and the three other young men standing by him are even
prouder of their brother. Robert remembers having met the blue-haired
Trainer somewhere, but it takes him a moment to recall that it was in
Stone Town, where he spent his 17th birthday with Rilli. The day is
still fresh in his mind since it was when he and Rilli officially
started their romantic relationship. Rainer signs himself and his
Vaporeon up for the competition, then he and his three brothers look
for a place to sit together in the Pokemon Center.
Next up is a man dressed entirely in black wearing black sunglasses.
His answers to Nurse Joy's questions are short and to the point,
including his answer to what his name is - "Trent." After Trent
finishes signing up, he scans the Pokemon Center for its darkest
corner. When he sees that it's already occupied he says, "Dammit."
The four young women who approach the Registration Desk next argue
about who's the best Water Pokemon Trainer among them as each and
every one of them sign up. The Sensational Sisters of the Cerulean
City Gym sign up in this order - first, Daisy, the orange-haired
oldest sister, then Lily, the pink-haired sister, followed by
Violet, the blue-haired sister, and finally Misty, the red-haired
sister who points out that she got top 8 the last time she competed.
When Marvin the magician approaches the Registration Desk to sign up,
Nurse Joy uses one hand to point at the purple Ditto on the floor
next to him and her other hand to point at a sign that has a Ditto
with a big red "X" through it above her. After assuring her that he'll
only be using his Octillery in Round One, Marvin signs up for the
Whirl Cup and motions over to Robert, who forgot about his turn.
Robert jumps out off his seat, which is quickly occupied by the Eevee
Brothers, who were waiting for a couch to open up, and he walks up to
the Registration Desk. When Nurse Joy asks him what his name is, he
says, "My name's Robert, I'm the Leader of the Diversity Gym in
Lavender Town, which I founded in -"
"I asked for your name, not your life story." Nurse Joy is a little
irate after signing up so many contestants. She soon realizes what
she just said and apologizes, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean that - it's
been a long day. Do you have a Pokedex?"
Robert pulls his Pokepedia out of his laptop case and says, "I have
a Pokepedia - does that count?"
"It might. Let's see if the software recognizes the configuration."
Nurse Joy takes Robert's Pokepedia, puts it in the machine on her
desk, and Robert's information pops up on her screen, "Good, it
worked. I see you have a Horsea and a Slowbro with you. You'll
need a third Pokemon if you reach the Semi-Finals, you can..."
Robert interrupts, "Oh, don't worry, if I get that far, I can borrow
my girlfriend's Omanyte! Do you need any more information?"
Nurse Joy gives Robert back his Pokepedia and replies, "No, that's it.
Just wait here in the Pokemon Center until I sign up..." Nurse Joy
looks down at her computer screen and her eyes go wide.
Robert sweatdrops, "Uh oh. Don't tell me your screen just went blue."
"No, it's not that - it's that you're the 32nd contestant to sign up -
you're the last one!" Nurse Joy smiles and says, "I'm free! I'm free!"
She inputs some more information into the computer on the desk in
front of her, then calls out to everyone gathered in the Scarlet City
Pokemon Center, "Attention, contestants! Look up at the large monitors
above me to see who you're battling against in Round One, then go to
the Coliseum down the street for the Whirl Cup Opening Ceremonies!"
The computer displays the following information on its giant monitors,
showing headshots of each contestant above each name:
Day One - Round One, Block A
[ Roxie ] vs. [ Misty ] [ Violet ] vs. [ Becky ]
[ Hokori ] vs. [ Lily ] [ Belle ] vs. [ Sissy ]
[ Rudy ] vs. [ Marvin ] [ Lorelei ] vs. [ Mamoru ]
[ Blizzard ] vs. [ Marina ] [ Robert ] vs. [ Christopher ]
Day Two - Round One, Block B
[ Hichiro ] vs. [ Yolei ] [ Guy ] vs. [ Trixie ]
[ Andreas ] vs. [ Trent ] [ Brome ] vs. [ Daisy ]
[ Tempo ] vs. [ Rainer ] [ Karen ] vs. [ Harrison ]
[ Jutta ] vs. [ Alicia ] [ Trinity ] vs. [ Travis ]
Robert sees Lorelei's name on the screen. He glances around the Pokemon
Center, wondering where the famous ex-member of the Elite Four could be,
but he doesn't see her anywhere - that is, until she walks in through
the door, having been paged by Nurse Joy's computer. Alicia, Marina, and
and Trinity, all Water Pokemon Trainers, immediately crowd the famous
figure, who registered early and didn't stay in the Pokemon Center to
dodge her crazed fans. Lorelei remains calm and looks up at the monitor.
Each contestant memorizes the name of his or her opponent, then everyone
leaves the Pokemon Center and heads over to the Coliseum, which has been
halfway filled with water. Whirl Cup Guards greet them at the entrance
to the Coliseum and they check each contestant's identification before
letting him or her into an area of the Coliseum that serves as a boat
dock. Eight wooden boats are floating in a bay hidden from the audience
of thousands that's gathered in the Coliseum to see the Whirl Cup.
Four people are assigned to each barge, then they are told by the Guards
to stand in their assigned boat throughout the Opening Ceremonies.
Misty and the three Senstational Sisters of the Cerulean City Gym were
the first to arrive at the boat dock since they are all so eager to
compete for the title of Water Pokemon Alpha-Omega, so the four are
assigned to the first boat.
Lorelei Prima ends up in a boat with the three fans of hers who've been
following her since she arrived - Marina, Alicia, and Trinity.
Robert and Marvin arrive next, and end up sharing a boat with Harrison
and Hichiro. Marvin and Robert are both disappointed that they don't
end up in the same boat as Lorelei - Robert because he wants to tell
her about the image he made where he superimposed his girlfriend's face
onto her body and Marvin because he's heard Conan Abraien make so many
jokes about her, he wants to see for himself what the fuss is about.
Tempo, Guy, and Hokori are placed in the same barge as Brome. Tempo and
Guy talk about the battle they had in Kazagu Town, while Hokori and
Brome share information about the Whirl Islands, Hokori giving Brome
some tips on not getting lost.
The fifth boat is where Travis, Becky, Rainer, and Jutta end up. Jutta
tells the others, "I am glad being in the company of you." Travis and
Becky sweatdrop, and Rainer just sits down in a corner of the boat.
Roxie gets assigned to the sixth boat, where she calls the next person
assigned to the boat "Sissy" for wearing a dress instead of pants or a
skirt. The woman doesn't take it as an insult, however, being that her
name IS Sissy. Rudy joins his fellow Orange Crew member in the boat
then Christopher climbs in, holding his Super Rod proudly at his side.
Yolei and Mamoru step onto the seventh barge, wondering if they will
have to face each other later on in the Competition. Andreas is the
next teenager to board the boat and he immediately mocks Yolei for
being female then tries to befriend Mamoru. Belle, having finally
finished a pep talk with Chuck outside the Coliseum, hears Andreas
make fun of Yolei on her way to the boat, so when she climbs in, she
immediately kicks him in the shin and tightens her white belt.
The last boat ends up being filled up with people and one Pokemon who
really don't care much about the Competition, except for the prize
involved, and so they weren't very enthusiastic about arriving first
at the Coliseum. Carol enters the boat followed by Trixie. Blizzard,
who doesn't care much for water, carefully leaps into the barge, then
finally, Trent Retwin steps on the boat last. He's angry that he has
to go through these formalities to win the $10,000 prize money,
wondering if Carol, who told him about the Whirl Cup, was stupid
enough to try to steal the money from the hundreds of police officers
guarding it. "Karen" is now glad, more than ever, that she went
through Team Rocket's "Mastery of Disguise" program.
Once all the boats are filled, the Whirl Cup Guards tell everyone to
stand at attention. The contestants obey the instruction, then doors
open up to the main pool of the Coliseum, which has various white
platforms floating in it. The boats are moved across the water to the
appropriate spots in the center of the Coliseum by remote control,
as the thousands of people in the audience applaud and whistle. Each
barge ends up facing the podium where Maya, the Water Priestess, sits
holding the Sea Spirit, a beautiful sapphire scepter.
Maya, a beautiful young woman with purple hair and light blue eyes,
is wearing a white dress covered with a blue toga. She stands up
and says a short speech, "Trainers and Water Pokemon gathered here
today, as well as Trainers and all Pokemon everywhere, I pray that
you will work together in unity to achieve your goals today, the
coming days, and forever more. Oh great Sea Spirit, shine your light
upon everyone gathered here today!" Maya holds the Sea Spirit up
high towards the sun. The blue sapphire on the end of the scepter
shimmers, reflecting beams of sunlight towards everyone gathered in
the Coliseum. Maya announces, "The Whirl Cup Competition has now
officially begun! Let the battles commence!"
The crowd cheers, then the boats are moved back into the boat dock.
After everyone climbs out of the barges, Guards usher contestants to
different areas depending on which Block the computer assigned them
to. Each contestant in Block A is ushered to one of two special
areas in the Coliseum where he or she can prepare for his or her
upcoming match while those in Block B are ushered to special front
row seats in the Coliseum, where they have an excellent view.
Robert, Marvin, Belle, Roxie, Mamoru, Hokori, Becky, and Blizzard
are ushered to one side of the Coliseum while Misty, Violet, Lily,
Sissy, Rudy, Lorelei, Marina, and Christopher are ushered to the
other side. Everyone waits in anticipation for the first match...