From: "Steffan Alun"
Subject: Re: [PW!] Pride and Prudence
Date: Saturday, May 08, 2004 9:21 AM
Lauren and Diego finally arrived in Mauville.
"Finally!" sighed Lauren. Her arm tingled with pins and needles, having
been paralysed by a Minun; a Minun which she'd wasted a PokéBall trying to
catch. "Right. I'm off to get some more Balls..."
"No, it's not that," he said. "There's a naked girl over there."
Lauren followed his gaze.
"Don't make fun of her," she said gently. "She's probably escaped from
Verdanturf Asylum. Doesn't know what's socially acceptable."
"Neither do we," said Diego grumpily. "We're notorious crooks, at large in
"Maybe so," frowned Lauren. "But you wouldn't catch me walking around in my
"Indeed," said Diego. "I've never seen you naked, and we've been together
since we were six."
"Right!" said Lauren. "I'm off shopping. You go heal the Pokémon." She
handed him the PokéBall containing her recently-captured Gulpin.
They parted ways.
"You thinking of challenging Wattson, then?" asked Nurse Joy who, unlike her
relative in Slateport, had no reason to be unfriendly towards Diego yet.
"Nah, gyms aren't my thing," said Diego.
"I see. Just thought, you know, your Geodude and all..."
"What? Reckon it'd do well?" Diego's chest inflated as he imagined himself
proudly wearing a badge, earned by his precious Density.
"It's a Ground type," said Joy. "Wattson's an electric trainer. Simple
"Maybe she'd EVOLVE!" grinned Diego, picturing hugging a Graveler, which was
much softer than most Gravelers in Diego's imagination.
"She's just a baby," smiled Joy. As she healed the Geodude, the Rock
Pokémon lightly punched the desk and squeaked. "She's showing classic signs
of yearning for a parent. I don't like the fact that people are allowed to
catch Pokémon at this age, but there's no law agains-"
"THERE IS!" blurted Diego suddenly.
"Sorry, sir? There isn't."
"Oh. Sorry." Diego looked at his feet moodily, disappointed that his
favourite Pokémon was apparently legal.
Lauren entered the centre.
"There was an offer on!" she said excitedly. "A Premier Ball for every
PokéBall bought. Think of it, Diego! Even the name - "Premier" - suggests
superior capturing skills. I bet we'll bag a really strong Pokémon with
"Like a Moltres!" beamed Diego.
"Don't be simple," snapped Lauren. "I meant more along the lines of a
Magmar. Still, I got twenty, so..."
Diego suddenly noticed the huge bag she was carrying.
"What's in there?"
"Well, to get twenty Premier Balls, I had to buy two hundred PokéBalls.
"Don't worry, Diego!" smiled Lauren. "These things will pay for themselves.
Now, I was thinking of heading west. I asked around, and you can apparently
catch some rare Bug Pokémon there, and even a Roselia. Remember what the
nurse in Slateport said? Roselia are really rare."
"You do that, then," said Diego, taking back his Geodude and throwing Lauren
her Gulpin's Ball back. "I'm going to check out the electric gym here.
Density'll do well there."
"Diego! That's IT!"
"If we can't sell that thing as a RARE Pokémon," smiled Lauren, "We'll sell
it as a tool for beating the gym!"
"Chet Weaver - Chicks Dig Giant Robots" wrote in
> Prudence watched, dumbstruck, as the nudist she was planning to wipe the
> floor with put on a simple white dress with matching shoes and a straw
> hat. She had even put on under garments. Once her belt pack was back
> on, Keiko did a cute twirl and made a pose.
> "It's a little tighter than I remember," Keiko admitted sheepishly. "I
> guess I should've tried it on before I packed it. Do I look alright?"
> "Er... yeah," Prudence accepted dumbly.
> "Good, 'cause it's my favorite dress," Keiko continued. "Well, wish me
> luck! I'm sure I'll knock 'em dead."
> Keiko winked and promptly disappeared into the gym.
> "That'll learn ya!" Prudence suddenly shouted. "Try pullin' that again
> and you'll get more of the same, ya hear!?"
Inside the gym, Keiko shuffled uncomfortably in her dress. For a second,
she considered changing into her swimsuit, which would feel somewhat more
natural, but now that her body was hidden, changing in the middle of
fully-clother people seemed a bit weird.
"Hello there, madam!" squealed a woman's voice behind her. Keiko turned
around to see a tall woman, with long blonde hair in a ponytail, wearing a
blue suit and square glasses. "I was wondering whether you're planning to
take on Wattson!"
"Hi there!" said Keiko, beaming, happy to finally meet someone as willing to
be happy, friendly and excited around complete strangers as she was. "Sure,
I'm going to take on the leader here!"
"What Pokémon do you have?" asked the businesswoman, who walked nearer to
Keiko as a short man with thick eyebrows and a long beard followed, also
wearing a suit, and carrying a briefcase.
"I've got Skyler, my Swablu," said Keiko, listing the Pokémon on her
fingers, "Richard - a Wailmer - and Vampyra, my Machop. Oh, and Sparkler,
my new Minun."
There was an odd glint in the businesswoman's eye as Keiko named her final
Pokémon, but it vanished as quickly as it had come.
"Two of them weak to electricity," she said, shaking her head sadly as she
looked into Keiko's eyes, something that Keiko hadn't experienced since
leaving her home on Copper Island. "And one of them an electric type. You
need something stronger than that to handle Wattson."
"Ooh, I hadn't thought about it," said Keiko.
"You're in luck!" squealed the lady. "Show her, Joe!"
Diego muttered something, but Lauren snatched a PokéBall from his pocket.
"A Geodude!" she announced, releasing Density. "Immune to all types of
electricity, can learn Mud Sport to increase its resistance to electricity
to SUPER-HUMAN degrees, knows ground moves to take out electrics, and in
case you come across a flying type, it has ROCK moves AS WELL!"
"Nice," said Keiko, who noted that the Geodude seemed happy to see her for a
few seconds, but then appeared nervous and looked around at her
"All for the low low price of-"
"I make a habit of not paying money for Pokémon," said Keiko, who recalled
the time a Magikarp salesman had duped a few of her friends back home. The
salesman had eventually been sent away for refusing to remove his clothing
within a nudist colony.
"Oh, no, of course not!" said Lauren, who had been looking disapprovingly at
Keiko's dress. It was tighter than even the ones many of her fellow Rockets
wore, and this girl didn't seem to have the looks for it. Still, it was
better than trying to bargain with decency laws' arch-nemesis.
"What do you-" began Keiko.
"You said you had a Minun, right? Useless without its partner. Well, by
mere chance, we have a Plusle which we wanted to pair off."
"Right," said Diego grumpily, thinking it best to chip in once or twice to
remind them that he was there.
"Di- Joe here has the Plusle, you see, and we want to become a world-class
championship. I just need a Minun, and by a very happy coincidence, you've
got one, and you're in need of a Geodude! The perfect trade."
"In need?" repeated Keiko. She agreed that she probably wouldn't defeat the
gym with her current Pokémon, but to trade away Sparkler...
"Come on, girl!" said Lauren brightly. "Come back with us to the Pokémon
Centre now. Money needn't enter the equation."
Until, Lauren added to herself, we catch a Plusle and flog both in Hoenn as
a package deal of rare Pokémon...