Subject: [PW!] A Comical Cruise
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 01:20:31 GMT
Organization: AT&T Worldnet
Robert yawns as he climbs out of the bed in the cabin he was assigned to
yesterday when he boarded the S.S. Aqua. He looks down at the purple
Pokegear strapped to his right wrist. Remembering what the captain of
the ship announced over the P.A. system shortly after he boarded the
ship yesterday night, he realizes the ship is going to dock at Olivine
City in about an hour. "Uh oh, I overslept! Now I only have a few
minutes to find the ship's captain and convince him to drop me off at
Red Rock Isle instead of Olivine so I can look for the Dragon Scale I
lost... So what are you waiting for, Robert? Stop talking to yourself,
go out there, and find that captain!"
Glad he slept fully clothed so he doesn't have to spend any time getting
ready, Robert steps out of his cabin. The first thing he sees when he
steps out is a large man wearing a tight black outfit and a long red
cloak casually walking down the hall towards the nearest bathroom.
Robert quickly retreats back into his cabin and locks the door behind
him. "It appears the ship's been taken over by strangely-dressed
pirates! But maybe I'm still asleep and this is just a dream..." He
pinches his arms a few times, then shakes his head, "Nope. I guess I'll
just have to go out there and investigate." He grabs the Pokeball
attached to the first slot on his belt, enlarges it, and drops it on the
A Golem materializes, stretches out the limbs protruding from his
boulder-like body, and greets his Trainer, "Gol, Golem!"
"Golem, can you do me a favor?" Robert tells his most loyal Pokemon, "I
want you to guard my back as I walk through the ship - I think pirates
might have taken over the ship while I slept and I want to find out
what's going to happen next. Now, I figure these pirates probably use
Water Pokemon and I know that Water attacks hurt you quite a bit, but
you're the strongest Pokemon I have with me."
"Golem." Golem nods and puts up his fists, ready to help Robert. Golem
is even willing to Self-Destruct if necessary to protect his Trainer.
"Thank you! Let's roll." Robert unlocks the door, opens a creek in it,
and peeks outside. Seeing that the man with the cloak is no longer in
the hallway, he steps outside the cabin once again, this time followed
by his Golem. He looks left, then he looks right, and seeing that him
and his Golem are the only ones presently in the hallway, he dashes
towards the nearest stairway, and quickly climb up to the ship's deck,
where he finds a blonde five year old girl with blue eyes who's dressed
like Bubbles the Powerpuff Girl.
"..." Robert blinks when he encounters the colorful character and asks,
"Are you, by any chance, a pirate or the daughter of a pirate?"
"Whaaa? No, I'm Bubbles. I'm a Powerpuff Girl! Heeeheeheee!" The little
girl giggles then asks Robert a question, "Are you Mojo Jojo?"
Robert furrows his brow, "Who's Mojo Jojo?"
"YOU ARE, AREN'T YOU?! Bad monkey! BAD monkey!" The girl starts humming
a tune as she runs circles around Robert with her arms outstretched. "Oh
no, he's too strong for just me! Where's Blossom and Buttercup?! Did you
take them and tie them up and lock them up somewhere?!"
"What are you talking about?" Robert backs away from the hyperactive
child, "I'm not a monkey and I didn't lock anyone up anywhere!"
"Hi, Spawn!" The little girl waves beyond Robert towards someone
emerging from the stairway behind him, "You done peeing already?"
Robert turns around to encounter the same intimidating man he saw the
first time he stepped out of his cabin. He sweatdrops and contemplates
which attack he should tell Golem to use if the man tries to attacks
"Katie, I thought I told you to stay in our cabin." The caped man walks
right past Robert and grabs the girl's arm, "And don't call me Spawn,
call me daddy - we're not going to start playing pretend until we get to
the Comic Book Convention at Olivine."
"Comic Book Convention?" Robert wipes the sweat from his face, now
almost sure the man isn't a pirate, "I didn't know there was a Comic
Book Convention at Olivine City."
"It starts tonight and lasts until Friday." The girl's father explains,
"This cruise is packed with people from Kanto who are going there for
Spring Break. If you're gonna go, I suggest you dress up like your
favorite comic book character - you get half off admission. Anyway, I've
got to go clean up my cabin - the ship will be arriving in Olivine in
about a half hour."
"Half an hour?!" Robert glances at his Pokegear, "Hey, before you go, do
you know where the captain's cabin is?"
"Thataway," says the man as both he and his daughter point in the same
"Thanks for the info - bye!" Robert waves to the Spawn-lookalike and the
Powerpuff-Girl-wannabe as they walk down the stairs then he recalls his
Golem and bolts towards the captain's cabin. He enters the room and when
he walks in, a leggy person with long black hair dressed as Wonder Woman
sits in the captain's chair, struggling to don one of two red leather
boots. "Hi... are you the captain of this ship?" When the
Wonder-Woman-lookalike nods, Robert strokes his black goatee, "That's
odd, I thought the captain of the ship was male..."
"Who said I'm not?" The costumed captain asks in a deep male voice, the
same voice Robert heard over the P.A. when he arrived on the ship.
"Wonder Woman just happens to be my favorite comic book character and
I'm going to the Convention at Olivine. Now, what can I do for you?"
"Uh..." Robert is a little disturbed by seeing such a deep male voice
coming from such an apparently feminine body, but he doesn't mention it
and simply skips ahead to asking the captain for the favor he came to
ask, "Do you think you can drop me off at Transit Town on Red Rock Isle
instead of Olivine City? It's on the way and I lost a Dragon Scale there
during the Whirl Cup Competition I'd like to look for..."
"Hmmm..." The captain stops fiddling with the red boot in his hand and
says, "In the tradition of ship captains helping complete strangers in
exchange for unusual personal favors, I'll drop you off at Red Rock Isle
if you help me put my boots on. This was the largest size available at
the Celadon Department Store and I thought they would fit fine, but I've
been trying to get them on for a while now with no success."
Figuring it's not as bad as giving the captain a massage, Robert agrees,
"Oh... kay. I think all you need is a little lubrication." He grabs a
Pokeball off his belt and drops it on the floor of the cabin. In a flash
of white light, a Seadra materializes on the floor, balancing on her
tail. Robert commands, "Seadra - shoot a small burst of Water Gun at
that man's legs!"
The spiky Water Pokemon looks around the cabin, trying to find the man
Robert is talking about with no avail. She then looks up at Robert.
Robert points at the captain of the S.S. Aqua, "Use Water Gun on that
person's legs - gently, though."
Seadra isn't sure why Robert called the person a man since the human
looks decidedly female, but she shoots a gentle Water Gun stream from
her snout at the captain's legs anyway. "Good job," says Robert as he
pulls Seadra back into her Pokeball.
Once the captain's legs are soaked from the knees down, he once again
attempts to don his red boots. After a brief struggle, he manages to get
both of them on and says, "Thank you, kind stranger! The ship will be
docking at Red Rock Isle in just a minute - hurry to the top deck!" As
Robert races to the top deck of the ship, he hears the captain announce
over the P.A. system, "Hello, passengers, this is your captain speaking
- we will be making a brief unscheduled stop at Transit Town on Red Rock
Isle in just a moment. We will be arriving at Olivine City in
approximately fifty minutes. Thank you once again for choosing the S.S.
Aqua for your traveling needs."
When the S.S. Aqua docks at Red Rock Isle's Transit Town, Robert is the
only one to leave the ship. As the fast ship sails away moments later,
Robert walks down the town's streets, heading to the local Pokemon
Center. Being on Red Rock Isle reminds Robert of the people he met the
last time he was on the island, and as he goes through the mental list
of the people he met, he gets an idea. He switches his Pokegear to Phone
mode, searches through his directory of telephone numbers, and calls his
friend, Travis Backwater.
The Pokegear rings five times and just as Robert is about to hang up,
Travis' face appears on the Pokegear's screen, "Hello? Robert? Oh, hi -
sorry it took me so long to pick up the phone. I keep my Pokegear in my
backpack since I don't get many calls. Long time no see. What's up?"
Robert waves at his Pokegear's screen with his right hand, "Hey, Travis,
I'm on Red Rock Isle. Is there any chance you're here too?"
Travis shakes his head, "Nope, but I'm pretty close. I just arrived at
Olivine City the other day. Becky and I have been sightseeing here, but
we're going to challenge Jasmine for a Mineral Badge soon. Why are you
on Red Rock Isle? Is there an event there I didn't hear about?"
"Remember how I ran off the last time I was here to catch the ship back
home?" Robert waits for Travis to nod, then continues once he does, "I
didn't even check my belongings before I left and a few weeks after I
got home, I realized I lost a Dragon Scale at some point either during
the Whirl Cup or right after. I need the Dragon Scale to evolve my
Kingdra - I was hoping you'd be here too so you could help me look for
Travis offers, "Becky and I can take the next boat over there if you
Robert smiles, "That's nice of you to offer, Travis, but I don't want
you and Becky to go out of your way. You two should challenge Jasmine
just like you were planning to. If I don't find the lost Dragon Scale at
any of the Pokemon Centers on Red Rock Isle or the Scarlet City
Coliseum, I'm just going to head over to Olivine City and try to win a
Mineral Badge myself. We can even meet up somewhere when I go there in a
few days. By the way, I heard there's a Comic Book Convention over there
this week. Are you going to go?"
"I might." Travis shrugs, "Becky and I haven't decided yet, but it might
be fun. I'll let you know next time you call."
"Thanks - hey, I think I'm almost at the Transit Town Pokemon Center."
Robert glances up, sees a Pokemon Center, then looks at his Pokegear's
screen again, "Yep, I am. I'll call you later. Bye for now!" After
Travis says farewell, Robert hangs up the Pokegear's Phone and enters
the Transit Town Pokemon Center, planning to ask the resident Nurse Joy
if anyone brought a Dragon Scale to the Center's Lost and Found.