From: "William Rendfeld" <warendfeld@aol.com> Subject: Re: [PW!] Birthday Warnings and Departures Date: Sunday, April 25, 2004 3:28 PM >> By the time Alex arrived at the Pokémon Center, the rest of the >> Search Party for Smasher (aside from Carol Ross, who remained absent) >> stood waiting. >> >> "I hope I haven't kept anyone," Alex noted to the group. >> >> "No, you're fine," her elder sister replied. "Good luck with your >> end." >> >> "Thanks Cass," Alex replied. Then, to the group, she said, "Well, >> let's get started." > >"Wait Alex," Cass called, "You've got someone missing from your group." > >Just as Cassandra said this though, Ben rushed out of the door of the >pokecenter, with mawile on his shoulder. > >"Ready," he called, before asking, "Is it this time already?" > "Yep," Alex replied with a smile. "Well everyone, good luck. If all goes well, we should all meet up in Fallarbor in the next couple weeks." With a grin to Cass, she added, "Just don't get into too much trouble now." "Trouble? Me?" Cass asked innocently. Her tone shifting, she replied, "Seriously though, watch your back." Pulling a small card out of her bag, she gave it to her younger sister and said, "And happy birthday." "So that's why you were so adamant on going to that Hallmark," Derek noted. "Hey, it's a big day for me," Alex noted. "And it's a family rule to never forget a happy occasion. Thanks Sis." "Welcome," Cass replied with a smile. "Good luck Alex. Give Brawly a real brawl." "You got it," Alex promised with a wink. And so the group split in three. As Bob and Mimic made their way towards the Rusturf Tunnel, Cass made her way with Aerie, Kitsu, Keaton and Derek toward the city's north and Meteor Falls, and Alex led her small group consisting of Jeff, Ben, Nori, and John towards the docks and their next destination. On the way, Alex had several thoughts coursing through her head. The first; the thirteenth member of the Search Party, Carol Ross, was still missing. While Alex knew that she was an experienced individual and was most likely quite safe, the chances that she had been harmed by those who were after her were still high. After all, if these people were after her, would they care who they went through in order to do their job? The second dealt with her mother. Helen Masters hadn't been totally forthcoming with her child's past. Alex hadn't even discovered just how different she was from other kids until her 'growth spurt' asserted itself. And now her very life may well be in danger just because of what she was. Then, of course, there was something else. #I realize that you're infinitely more powerful than I could ever hope to be,# Alex broadcasted. #But I've got a lot on my mind right now, not to mention at least one traveling companion who's questioning my sanity, and I don't need any additional headaches. Please Sabrina, stay out of my head.# #Simply fulfilling my own curiosity, child,# Sabrina noted in reply. #It's not often you see a pseudo-extraterrestrial. But do not worry; I have a few other things to keep watch on. Besides, I have a personal interest in seeing just how you turn out.# #How so, if I may ask?# Alex countered. #A wager with an associate of mine,# Sabrina explained. #On whether you'll end up walking my path, or his.# Alex shook her head and sighed. "Something wrong?" ShadowWarrior finally asked. "I have a feeling my headaches are only beginning," Alex answered. TBC? William Rendfeld Creator of Echowarrior and Alex Masters 178,000 Excellent Author Points 1 'I knew odd pokefacts that confused a bread crumb' point. 20 Y2Tech Points