From: "William Rendfeld" <warendfeld@aol.com> Subject: Re: [PW!] Rustboro Regrouping Date: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 9:11 PM >Just then, a mountain of bags walked in through the doors, merging with >the bag left behind. "See? I told you they'd been leaving these all >over," came a young voice from inside the pile. > >"Hmph," a slightly older voice confirmed. "And just when I was enjoying >myself! Come on, let's go get these to our room so I can pack them." > >The pile wobbled its way through the lobby, seemingly reshaping itself >to pass around, under, and through various obstacles. Just as it was >about to exit, the older voice called, "By the way, brother, I got you >something too." A pair of sunglasses shot out, sailing across the room >to land perfectly on Keaton's face. > By the time the large pile of merchandise had shuffled off, Cass's small group had reentered the Pokémon Center and made their way towards Alex and company. "Glad to see everyone made it in one piece," Cass noted. "Any news?" "Roxanne hasn't seen Smasher," Alex quickly explained. "And most of us won Stone Badges." "Yeah," Ben noted nervously. "Nails kinda went ballistic. But I'm going back for a rematch as soon as I get a Poké Ball for Mawile." "Well, if you're interested, I still have that Luxury Ball from the Tidal," Cass suggested. "Just a thought." "I'll think about it," Ben replied. "What about you guys?" "We searched the city," Cass reported as Nori took an empty seat, Derek remaining on his feet. "We couldn't get into the Devon Corporation building and he hasn't been seen at the docks or the shops. We did meet his sister, though." "Smasher has a sister?" Keaton asked with a raised eyebrow. "Yeah, her name's May," Cass replied. "You don't mean..." Alex asked, "Norman's daughter?" "I do," Cass replied. "Surprised all of us," Nori noted with a small glance to the slightly more cheerful Big Time. "And I'm guessing she didn't know anything," Alex posed. Cass shook her head 'no', then continued, "We also ran into a couple of Team Aqua goons. No injuries on our part, but the bigger of the two is gonna have a headache come the morning." Alex smiled, then asked, "You used the Hammer-of-Death™, didn't you?" "Maybe," Cass noted with an innocent smile. Alex allowed herself a small chuckle at the thought of an Aqua experiencing some pain, then turned to Keaton and asked, "What about you guys?" "We ran into an old friend from home," Keaton explained. "He gave Kitsu a Bisento to replace her sword, then went to a buffet. He didn't know anything either." "I'm not surprised," Alex replied. "And then you guys went shopping, right?" Both Keaton and Mimic heaved large sighs at this point. "Be grateful Cass wasn't there," Alex noted. "She's a shopaholic." "This is true," Cass replied. "By the way, where's Carol?" "She's somewhere around here," Alex replied. "I hope she isn't in too much trouble." "Carol survivor," Mimic assured her. "Mimic sure she arrive in good shape." "I hope you're right," Alex replied. "So, what now?" Cass asked, taking a seat herself. "Do we split up into two groups? Three? What?" "Let's wait until everyone else is here," Alex suggested. "I don't think it'll be that long." 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