From: "Clayton" <> Subject: Re: [PW!] Rustboro Regrouping Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 4:22 PM (William Rendfeld) wrote in message news:<>... > >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." True to her word, about 2 minutes later Bob came through the door, yawning a bit and stretching. Kitsu followed seconds later, coming down "Hi *yawn*, sorry to keep you waiting, but I fell asleep in that nice garden thing back there. What'd I miss?" "Nothing, we were discussing our next plans into finding Smasher." Alex said. "Ah, no luck here huh?" Bob asked. "Plenty of it, all bad." Keaton huffed. "Not all bad, I got a cool weapon," Kitsu added. "I got to pound on an Aqua," Cass added with a grin, remembering fondly her incident involving the Hammer-of-Death(TM). #And a few of you DID win badges here,# Raffy added, because it was true and bound to annoy Keaton a bit more "ALL RIGHT!" Keaton yelled, "I give up! It wasn't all bad!" He admitted in frustration before he really _used_ Frustration. "So, what plan?" Mimic asked. So once again the big old map of Hoenn was layed out on the table. "We know he hasn't been to the Gym yet," Alex noted. "And he wasn't down at the docks at all," Derek added. "And Wildfire would have come back and told us if Smasher was at the buffet," Kitsu added. "He isn't in Team Aqua's official database," Cass added, still with the grin. Derek involuntarily backed up a step or two. Chan smirked as best he could. The Medicham would probably pay to see his partner and trainer get clobbered with that interdimensional mallet. "So what that leave?" Nori asked. "Well he could have gone to Mount Chimney, which is north. Mauville is west of here and has a few sights. If he was sighted in Petalburg, then May wouldn't have been looking for him," Alex reasonned out loud. "True, but if he has a Skarmory, couldn't he just fly to Dewford, and not take the boat?" Bob asked. "Need visit place before can Fly to it," Mimic pointed out. "Not that kind of fly, fly a Skarmory like one would ride a Ponyta," Bob said, rubbing his temples. This was giving him a headache. At least he was hoping it was this backwards search and not other things. "Cool," Jeff said softly, thinking about how that would be done. An almost sort of fanboyish glaze was in his eyes. "So, three directions and about what 13 of us?" Aerie said, having popped in at some point in the conversation. "Sounds like it." Kitsu said. "Well if it helps the decision process any, I have to do to the Day Care Center here in Hoenn and pick up some stuff for mom. Unless they moved, it should be here," Bob said pointing to an area just outside of Mauville. "Which means I'll probably be going throught the tunnel. Joy, Flying/Poison Zubats for me!" Bob said the last sentence with dripping sarcasm. #I'll save your ass, don't worry.# Raffy said, smirking. "Whatever" "So who's going with who?" TBC ------- Clayton Random Tagline: A Google: 100 Zero's and a 1