From: "Chet Weaver - YOUR HEAD A SPLODE" <> Subject: Re: [PW!] [SST] Q The Action Date: Friday, January 30, 2004 12:47 AM STEFFAN HEDD ALUN wrote: > "Adrian Tymes" <> wrote in message > news:aUjSb.19505$ > >>>Out of nowhere, it seemed, a short, fat man ran straight into Aerie. >>> >>>"Argh!" he cried. "Sorry, girly! Didn't see you there." >>> >>>"Come ON, Diego!" shouted the girl in front of him. "This PokéBall >>>won't smuggle itself!" >>> >>>Lauren instantly regretted her poor choice of words... >> >>Aerie picked herself up again, smiling. "Tell you what, Alex. You take >>care of Cue. I'll take care of these two." >> >>"Aerie," Alex warned, placing one hand on the younger girl's shoulder. >>Trying to, at least; by the time her hand passed through where said >>joint had been, Aerie was in Lauren's face, floating up and away - >>semi-conscious emphasis on away, hoping Alex would not give chase - >>holding the smuggler by the collar. >> >>"I'll make this short and simple. Hand it over and drop gently. Don't >>hand it over, and drop." >> >>Lauren's shirt ripped a little bit. > > > "Listen here, you..." Lauren stopped. There was something very, very wrong > about the young girl's reactions. Specifically, there weren't any; Aerie > was looking at Lauren with the laid back confidence of someone who knows > they've already won. > > Lauren decided to try a different approach. > > "Alright, alright, I'll tell you what. Let me go, and you can have anything > you like." > > "I've already told you what I want." > > "Oh, of course, of course. But- But you see, I need to keep this PokéBall. > This PokéBall is the only possession I have in the world. I'm taking it to > Hoenn so that I can start a new life for myself, a life of..." > > Lauren felt herself slipping more. Was this girl a mindreader? > > #Why don't you give her the ball?# > > "What the-" > > #Why don't you give her the ball?# > > "Who's there?" > > "Are you going to hand it over?" pressed Aerie. > > "I'm don't have to-" > > #Why do you need the ball?# > > "I need this ball because I stand to lose my job otherwise." > > #And this matters to you?# > > "My job is everything to me! I do people no harm. I've never hurt a fly." > > Lauren tried holding onto Aerie's arm, but the young girl wasn't going to > help. > > #Nobody's been hurt by you?# > > "Look, I simply catch Pokémon, fair and square. I then take them to other > countries and sell them where there's more demand. Trainers who've got an > extra-special, super-rare Rattata, for instance, make them feel much more > special than trainers who've got 'just another Rattata'." > > #You believe you are noble?# > > "I'm doing people a favour!" exclaimed Lauren, panicking as Aerie floated > higher. > > #You are doing this for other people's benefit?# > > "Yes! YES!" > > "What are you talking about?" asked Aerie, unaware of any interference from > elsewhere. > > #You lie. Are you not in it for selfish reasons?# > > "What? Well, of course, I'm in it for the money, but that's not the point. > The point is, nobody gets hurt by what I do. It's a victimless crime. If > people are willing to pay my prices, then why not give them what they want?" > > #You believe your conscience is clear?# > > "I can assure you that most members of my organisation-" > > #Your organisation?# > > "The organisation to which I belong, then. Most members do far worse things > than smuggle Pokémon." > > #Yet you are still a member?# > > "LOOK-" > > Lauren froze. She'd looked up, and suddenly spotted Cue. Out of surprise, > she dropped her PokéBall, and it plummeted towards the ground. > ... But was caught by Kitsu before it hit. "Excuse me, but I think you dropped something," Kitsu called up. "Aerie, is this a bad time? I... I want to talk to you." "Hey, are we late to the party, Alex?" Cass asked. "What's going on?" "Aerie is strong-arming a Pokemon smuggler, this blackbelt wants to fight the kid making the booze, a 'disembodied' voice keeps asking questions, and I'm trying to find a shiny Unown before those girls do," Alex summarized. She then spotted Yuki sneaking up behind John. "What are you doing?" Yuki froze where she was and tried to think of an answer. Meanwhile, Lynkeru climbed up to a high enough place for her to jump onto Lauren. "Excuse me," she said as she climbed up the Rocket's back and stood on her shoulders. Then she jumped off in an attempt to grab at Cue. "Now I got you!" To be continued...? -- Chet "Tech" Weaver AIM: PanGatomon MSN: eMail: zeroohki at netscape dot net Yahoo! Messenger: tech_weaver ICQ: 122744531 Webcomic: My Adventure Quest character: You can play Adventure Quest at