From: "William Rendfeld"
Subject: Re: [PW!] Inquisitions
Date: Friday, December 10, 2004 6:26 PM
Adrian Tymes wrote:
> "BOOOOOOB! HELP!" Jeff came running out of the pokemon center at
> full speed.
> The summoned elder one landed in front of his brother. "What's
> "It's Aerie! She...she...she tried to eat my head!"
> "She did, did she?" Bob stared daggers towards the pokemon center's
> doors just as Aerie opened them, confusion on her face.
> Seeing Bob's look, Aerie tried to step back inside, only to back into
> Alex's shins - which, along with the rest of Alex, had come running
> hearing Jeff's shout.
> "You okay?" the older girl inquired.
> Aerie craned her neck back to look up at Alex. "Something's wrong
> Jeff. We were playing together, and then he took off running for no
> "Don't let her eat me!" Jeff hid behind Bob's legs.
> "No reason?" Alex pressed.
> "Well...I kinda kissed him. A little. Just a quick peck."
> "She was licking my throat from the inside!" Jeff protested. "She
> have been basting me!"
> "What are you talking about? My lips were closed!"
> "You even bit off a piece of my neck!"
> "Did not!"
> "Did too!" Jeff pulled down his shirt's collar and pointed to the
> exposed flesh. "See?"
> Bob looked, then knelt down for a close look at Jeff's fresh, bright
> "Well..." Aerie blushed. "Maybe it was a *little* more than a
> Bob shook his head and mussed Jeff's hair. "You'll live."
> "Really?" Jeff blinked at Bob, then called to Aerie, "Hey, umm,
> you do that again?"
Stifling a girlish giggle, Alex noted, "Before you two do
anything, Aerie and I need to talk." With a firm look on the younger
girl, she finished, "Now."
"Oh, come on," Aerie pleaded slightly. "It was harmless..."
"It's not the hickey," Alex quickly replied. "I realize
that's harmless, and that it'll go away soon enough. I'm more
concerned about you and Jeff overall."
"That's it?" Aerie asked in disbelief. "C'mon. I like him,
he likes me..."
"And there's no problem with that," Alex assured her. "I
just want the two of you to not take this too quickly. I don't want
either of you hurt, by accident or otherwise."
Aerie smirked and replied, "Come on, you're worrying too
"Maybe, but I'm speaking with experience," Alex replied.
"Just be careful, okay?"
"Yeah, I'll be fine," Aerie assured her.
Alex looked at Aerie critically, then grinned a little and patted
her on her head. "Okay, go have fun. Lecture's over."
Both girls chuckled as Aerie exited the Pokémon Center, Alex
watching her leave as she turned towards the center's public TV.
"To be young and overeager," she noted to herself as she turned on
the TV. She settled onto the couch as PNN came on. She sighed as the
newscaster started rattling off various points of news for the day. She
soon felt odd, then said, "Sai, is it? It's not exactly considered
polite to hang over people's shoulders."
"My apologies," Sai Meilan noted as she floated down next to
Alex. "You are Alex, correct? You'll have to forgive me, Jason
didn't go on about his acquaintances."
"I'm not surprised," Alex admitted. "I'm even less
surprised that you're after the Shinies; I've already met three
other people who are actively involved in the hunt, I should've
guessed that there were more."
"My reasons are hardly as selfish as they seem, child," Sai
noted. "Would you not feel as I do in my situation?"
"I would," Alex admitted, turning to face the free-floating
entity alongside her. "And I do. But everyone else who's interested
in it are in it for their own reasons, each as valid as yours. I've
come across a magician who needed them to help improve his act, a girl
who needed them to go home...then there's Aerie."
"What could she possibly want?" Sai asked.
"A family that cares for her," Alex replied. "She has a mother
and father, but the sad truth is that the mother loathes her father
with a passion for his past sins, sins that he has tried his best to
break away from. She hopes to win the wishes and use them to try and
stop them from fighting."
Sai cocked one eyebrow as best she could, and asked, "She does
realize that she would have to phrase said wish very carefully,
"She's very intelligent, and aware of what could go wrong,"
Alex replied. "I hope. Her father's a good person, and I'd hate
for her to lose him." Alex sighed, then quickly changed the topic.
"So, how'd you end up in your boat?"
"It is rather complicated," Sai noted as she settled onto some
free space on the couch. "I was born well over a thousand years ago,
raised in a simple mountain village, and trained in the Shaolin style
of martial arts. After I came of age, I elected to leave my village in
an attempt at understanding the world beyond my home. I made my way to
Hoenn soon afterwards, and became involved in that era's Shiny Unown
hunt. I didn't win, and the one who did wished me into this form."
Noticing the lack of reaction on Alex's part, she asked, "Let me
guess, I lost you on 'Shaolin', didn't I?"
"No, I'm fully aware of the Shaolin Temple and the Shaolin
fighting style," Alex explained. "I just think that whole story is
sad." She thought for a moment, then suggested, "Tell you what.
I'll talk with Aerie about it. Worst case scenario, she'll need two
wishes. Maybe with luck, you'll get what you want."
"After a thousand years, it'll be a near-miracle," Sai noted.
"In other news, Petalburg Forest is once again open to travel for
Pokémon trainers following a minor thermal event, believed to have
been caused by the destruction of a Team Magma base by an organization
called the 'Smashers'," the newscaster listed off. "The
organization's motives remain unknown, but we believe that they mean
war against the two eco-terrorist factions in the Hoenn region."
Alex stared in disbelief. "You gotta be kidding me. They've
turned us into vigilantes." She groaned, and then said, "Subtlety,
how I miss thee."
"Your group is what they mean by these 'Smashers'?" Sai
"The Search Party for Smasher," Alex clarified. "Adam
'Smasher' Samson was blasted here a while ago. We've been looking
for him since, with little luck. And this isn't going to be much
Alex's cell phone quickly started ringing as an immediate news
flash reached the PNN offices. Alex quickly answered and asked,
"Hello? Felix? What's...oh no." After a few seconds of listening,
she said, "We'll be on our way soon." She turned off the phone,
leaped off the couch and called, "Cass!" as the PNN anchor
reported, "This just in from our Lilycove offices..."
[NS: I realize everyone else has a few things going on, and I was
hoping to get to the concert, but this is a big plot element coming up.
Three guesses what.]