Subject: [PW!] [SST] The Captain's Gala Dinner
Date: Sunday, February 08, 2004 6:43 AM
Within the Milotic Bistro on the Restaurant Deck of the S.S. Tidal, which
has been decorated quite elegantly for the Captain's Gala, a brown-haired
middle-aged man named Marvin is quickly scarfing down his meal consisting of
filet mignon and scalloped potatoes. He's eager to speak with Captain
Briney, so he wants to be the first in line to shake the old man's hand when
Captain Stern, the cruise director, introduces Briney to the well-dressed
crowd at the gala event. The other passengers seated at the table stare at
Marvin in disbelief. Not only are they disgusted by his eating habits - they
also don't like the tacky tuxedo he's wearing.
Marvin, however, is extremely pleased with the purchases he made at Gorebyss
Fashions and Huntail Hats, two of the stores on the S.S. Tidal's Mall Deck.
He's wearing a sapphire blue tuxedo, a ruby red bowtie with a Sea Ruby Badge
pinned on it, burgundy penny-loafers, and a leaf green top hat with fire red
trim. The Mawile sitting right next to him is simply wearing a small dark
blue dress which looks good over her body since her body naturally looks
like a dress. She's as offended by Marvin's eating habits as the other
passengers are, and that says a lot coming from a Pokemon who can gobble up
an entire Watmel Berry in one Bite.
"Ladies and gentlemen," Captain Stern, a man wearing glasses and a black
tuxedo, speaks into a microphone set up on the Milotic Bistro's small stage,
"I hope you all have been enjoying your meals. I'd now like to take a moment
to introduce the captain who's been steering this vessel so skillfully that
we'll be arriving in Littleroot Town by midnight instead of tomorrow
afternoon - Captain Briney!" Captain Stern steps away from the microphone
and gestures towards the left side of the stage. A bald old man sporting a
white beard approaches the microphone, waving to the crowd as they applaud
for him. Captain Briney is dressed in a white tuxedo, and Peeko, a white
Wingull, is perched on the old man's shoulder, his long wings folded.
"Hello, passengers!" Captain Briney speaks into the microphone in his raspy
voice, "There have been clear skies and calm waters all the way from Olivine
Port to where we are now, approximately 40 miles south of Dewford Island."
Gesturing to his Wingull, he adds, "And Peeko here tells me that there are
no storms up ahead, so like Captain Stern said, we should be docked at
Littleroot Town's Pier either right before or just after midnight!"
"Pihyo," Peeko confirms what the captain just said.
Captain Briney then continues, "It's your choice whether you want to leave
the ship then, leave the ship in the morning, or not leave the ship just
yet. We'll be settin' sail for Slateport City tomorrow afternoon at 6 PM and
arrivin' at Slateport Harbor at around 8 PM, so if you'd rather be dropped
off in Slateport instead of Littleroot, you can stay on the ship the whole
day tomorrow. You can also leave the ship to visit Littleroot Town even if
Slateport's your destination, but be sure to be on board by 5:30 PM if you
plan on doing that. If you have any questions about the S.S. Tidal, you can
come up to ask either myself or Captain Stern, the man who designed the
ship, after you finish your dinner. We'll be right here on stage. Thank you
for sailing with us and enjoy the rest of your meals!"
"Slateport, eh?" Marvin asks himself, his mouth full of chewed potatoes. He
swallows the potatoes then tells the Mawile seated next to him, "It just so
happens that tomorrow's my birthday and my Ditto, who are like daughters to
me, live in a Lab in Littleroot. I'm going to leave the ship for a few hours
tomorrow to celebrate with them. Would you like to come with me or would you
rather stay on the ship?"
"Ile maw mawile," the Mawile replies, pointing at Marvin to indicate that
she wishes to go with him.
"Great! I'm sure Xerox and Famifax will like you..." Marvin puts down his
fork and grabs his Mawile's left hand, "But first, let's go see if Captain
Briney likes you. He *should* like you since I'm his friend and you're my
friend." As the middle-aged man pulls her towards the stage where Captain
Briney stands, the Mawile already knows that the captain doesn't like her.
The moment she gave the old man the message that Marvin sent him inside her
maw, the captain scowled at her and wouldn't give her a reply for Marvin no
matter how much she insisted that he should. When Marvin climbs onto the
stage, he sneaks up behind Captain Briney exclaims, "Hi, cap'n! Long time no
"That voice..." Captain Briney narrows his eyes, recognizing Marvin's voice
and accent. He turns around to verify that the person speaking to him is
indeed the man he hoped would never leave Dewford Island's Granite Cave and
sighs when he sees the man's smiling face. "Hello, Marvin."
"I'm guessing you didn't get the message I sent you inside my Mawile's maw,
seeing as how you didn't send me a reply," Marvin comments, genuinely
believing his speculation while Captain Briney thinks the middle-aged man's
comment is sarcastic, "Anyway, I sent you a message in my Mawile's maw to
inform you that..."
"Yeah, yeah, I got your message and I told the authorities that Team Aqua
was responsible for the food poisoning on the last cruise. Is this about
your Net Ball?" Captain Briney reaches into his pocket, withdraws a shrunken
blue and black Net Ball from his pocket, and puts it in Marvin's hand,
"There you go."
"Thanks, cap'n! Actually, I didn't come to ask you for my Net Ball. I came
to introduce you to my new Mawile," Marvin motions towards his Steel
Pokemon, "But I guess you two met already since you got the message I sent
you. Why weren't you able to send me a reply? Or did you just forget to put
the message you wrote in the Net Ball and my Mawile accidentally swallowed
it before she got to me?"
"Uh, yeah..." Captain Briney lies, "Sure. Let's go with that."
Marvin's Mawile doesn't approve of Captain Briney's lie, especially since it
makes her look bad, but she decides to not tell Marvin that Captain Briney's
lying. She figures if Marvin doesn't mind death threats issued by the
captain, he must not mind lies issued by him either.
"Look, Marvin, people who want to ask me questions are forming a line, so I
can't keep talking to you," Captain Briney says, pointing to the two people
standing right next to the stage, waiting for Marvin to finish speaking with
the captain, "If you're lookin' for a good time, you should head up to the
Main Deck. There's an event for singles up there you might like, especially
considering how many times you whined to me in Dewford Town about not having
a woman in your life."
"Thanks for the tip, cap'n! You're such a great friend!" Marvin
enthusiastically shakes Captain Briney's hand, waves farewell to Peeko, and
recalls his Mawile into her black Luxury Ball. He heads outside of the
Milotic Bistro and towards the nearest elevators, eager to mingle with
pretty female singles on the Main Deck.
-Marvin (( NS: I posted the Gala Dinner late, so I think we should move
right along to the Main Deck Celebration. You can still have your character
speak with Captain Briney or Captain Stern at the gala, but I'd like to
celebration to start as soon as possible. Anyone who wants to start it, feel