From: "William Rendfeld"
Subject: [PW!] Birthday Warnings and Departures
Date: Friday, April 23, 2004 10:15 AM
Birthday Warnings and Departures
Right jump kick.
As the sun began to rise over Rustboro City, a young woman stood in
a small park within walking distance of the city's Pokémon Center,
silently exercising and practicing her skills in the martial arts.
Her long brown hair tied back in a braid and her breathing relaxed
and focused, Alexandria Masters silently went through a long series of
movements consisting of rapid punches, kicks, and flips, occasionally
balancing herself on one hand or foot using a park bench.
Upon spending a few short seconds in such a position, her feet
pointed skyward, she pushed herself off the bench, flipped about in
the air, and landed in a kneeling position. She slowly rose to her
feet and asked her two companions, "How was that?"
The first of the two, a Combusken dubbed Surtur, held a stopwatch
in his right claw. "" he noted. ""
"Must be because of Eye," an ebon-winged Murkrow dubbed
ShadowWarrior noted. "That Unown's obviously doing more than aiding
"Definitely something to consider," Alex noted as she walked over
to her equipment, slinging back on her PokéBelt and weapons.
Surtur raised an eyebrow and asked his trainer, ""
"Nothing, just thinking about last night, that's all," Alex replied
as she slung her jacket back on. "As it stands right now, everyone in
the Search Party is aware of my heritage except for possibly Carol,
and most of them believe me."
"And they have every reason to," ShadowWarrior replied. "Cass is
your sister, so she's known the truth for a while. Aerie, Kitsu,
Keaton, Mimic and Bob aren't exactly normal themselves, so they can at
least give you the benefit of the doubt. Jeff has Bob for a brother,
so he can believe it. Ben believes you because he likes you. John's
obviously a little unusual himself, so he's willing to believe. And
Derek has Chan with him, and Chan knows you're telling the truth. It's
just Nori that doesn't believe you."
"Not to mention thinks I'm crazy," Alex noted, picking up her
backpack and slinging it on. "I'm not surprised by that, mind you, but
I'd rather she didn't look at me like I could kill everyone in the
party without a second thought."
"At least Rubix seems willing to believe you," ShadowWarrior added.
"That counts for something, doesn't it?"
"Yeah," Alex replied. "Speaking of, they mentioned something about
another alien that they'd met. You think that guy might still be
"Based on the description you relayed to us?" ShadowWarrior asked.
"If he was, we'd hear about it. It's not often that you see a
Gargoyle-wannabe running around."
"Point," Alex noted.
Her thoughts were quickly interrupted by a light beeping from her
bag. Alex quickly opened a small patch, pulled out her cell phone, and
answered it, "Hello?"
"Nice to hear you're still answering your phone," a familiar voice
replied. "Happy birthday, Alex."
"Thanks Mom," Alex said with a smile. "How you feeling?"
"Decent enough, considering everything," Helen Masters replied from
the other end. "Cass did tell you about my condition, right?"
"Why wouldn't she?" Alex replied, using one hand to get her hair
out of its braid. "I hope you aren't in too much pain."
"A little weak from the chemo, but nothing I can't handle," Helen
replied. "I gave birth to you and Cass, didn't I?"
Alex chuckled. "Yeah, you did." she thought for a couple seconds,
then said, "Mom, there's something I need to ask you."
"What about?" Helen asked.
"Yesterday, I was attacked by a pair of Pokémon, a Tentacruel and a
Donphan," Alex explained. "Both equipped with Metal Coats."
"How do you know they were after you?" Helen asked.
"The Tentacruel nearly choked me into unconsciousness," Alex
replied. "I think it's safe to say someone's after me."
"Where are you headed now?"
"Keep a low profile," Helen ordered. "Watch your back, and don't go
anywhere alone. I'll see what I can do about having someone meet you
in Mauville or Slateport. In the meantime, be careful."
"Mom, there's something you aren't telling me," Alex replied.
"I have every reason not to over the phone," Helen explained.
"Right now, just be careful."
"I will," Alex assured her. "You be careful too."
"Take care Alex," Helen said at last. "Love you."
"Love you too, Mom," Alex answered before shutting off the line.
The two Pokémon with Alex looked to one another, and ShadowWarrior
noted sarcastically, "That sounds supporting."
Alex put away her cell phone and said, "C'mon, the others are
probably waiting for us by now."
By the time Alex arrived at the Pokémon Center, the rest of the
Search Party for Smasher (aside from Carol Ross, who remained absent)
"I hope I haven't kept anyone," Alex noted to the group.
"No, you're fine," her elder sister replied. "Good luck with your
"Thanks Cass," Alex replied. Then, to the group, she said, "Well,
let's get started."