Subject: [PW!] A call from the boss Date: 10 Apr 1999 00:14:55 GMT From: mobius101@aol.compactpika (Mobius101) Organization: AOL Newsgroups: "Trespasser." The psychic trainer looked down at Maria angrily. "This is not a gym you want to cross." He lifted a hand against her. Sneakers looked up in dread. "I knew it, I knew it, I knew it..." Maria tensed. "Look, I'm lost....." "Sure you are." The trainer's hand began to glow. Before Maria could react, there was a flash of light, and she found herself flying through the air! After a dizzying few minutes falling through some treetops, she crash landed in an overgrown field. "OUCH!" Sore, Maria looked around her. She could see Saffron in the distance. "Stupid psychics," she muttered. Rubbing her lower back, she started to get up. Then a far away screech rose in the air. Before she could identify the source, it landed smack on her head, throwing her back into the grasses. "MEoowwwwWW!!!" Sneakers wailed. "That was stupid!!" Maria slapped the Meowth off. "Oh shut up. They probably heard you whining." After making their way back into the city, Maria passed by Nurse Starr's center on her way to her room. Nurse Starr glanced up at her and blinked. Then she jumped up and waved a hand at her rapidly. Maria looked over wondering what she what wanted. "Hey, aren't you Maria R-" "That's me," Maria quickly interrupted. She walked over to the counter, very interested now. "You have something for me?" Nurse Starr held up a keycard and pointed to a door behind her. "Urgent call." Maria nodded and took the key. To Nurse Starr's surprise and annoyance, Maria took a quick leap over the counter and headed to the door. Sneakers jumped after her as fast as he could, making it inside the door before her it closed behind her. "Whoa, what now?" "Quiet," Maria moved through the dark room to the large telescreen in the back. "This is business." She inserted the cardkey into the proper slot and then activated the screen. The screen flashed to life, automatically calling up the cardkey's preprogrammed number. A shadowed figure sat before the screen, flanked by a Persian. "Hello Maria. It's been awhile since I've checked in on your progress." Maria nodded. She hadn't seen Giovanni, at least the real one, since she'd set out on her own. "It's good to see you again Sir." Giovanni stroked the head of his Persian. "Even though you've apparently come across some trouble from what I can tell from this report of a replaced ID," Giovanni said, indicating at something across from him, "you have done quite satisfactory so far on your own." Inwardly, Maria raged. Satisfactory!? She could do far better than that! "But now I want you on an assignment." Maria blinked. "What assignment would that be Sir?" Sneakers hid just behind her. He was beginning to wish he'd waited outside, even if there were even more Rockets that would steal him out there. Giovanni was an intimidating man, even from behind a telescreen. On the otherhand, his Persian was annoyingly smug, and Sneakers dared to hiss at him occasionally from behind Maria's trenchcoat. Giovanni pulled a square of paper out from his red jacket and placed it off screen. A moment later, it popped up on a platform on Maria's console. She glanced down and picked it up. Unfolding it a little, she realized it was a map. Of an island. She looked back up at Giovanni questioningly. "That is Pokemon Island." Giovanni grinned. "It's not very well known, but it's home to some of the rarest Pokemon in the world. No one is allowed to capture any of the Pokemon there....but we can't just let those rare Pokemon go to waste, can we?" Maria grinned knowingly. "Of course not, Sir." "You can handle yourself, I'm sure, but you should know that you may encounter other Rockets on the same mission there. I want to make sure this Island is claimed by Team Rocket, so I've sent a number of you there. If there should be some kind of emergency, it would probably be in your best interest to seek them out." Crossing her arms, Maria looked up at Giovanni suspiciously. "Emergency? What kind of emergency?" Giovanni looked grim. "You've been out of the loop lately, so you probably aren't aware of our little problem yet." Maria shook her head. "ATR....Anti-Team Rocket is out to break down my organization.....and I have reason to believe they may try to ambush any Rockets they find on the Island. We MUST NOT allow them to spoil the takeover! If you see any of know what to do." Maria frowned. She didn't like the sound of this at all. "Indeed, I do. You can count on me Sir." Giovanni patted his Persian once more. "Leave at once......there is no time to waste." With that, he reached over and broke off communications, leaving Maria facing a blank glowing screen. She looked down at the map in her hands. "Looks like we're going on a little tropical vacation....." Sneakers looked up at her, baring his teeth. "Swell." He couldn't say anything else before Maria grabbed him by the tail and ran out of the Saffron City Rocket Station. ~Maria R "Psy yie yie..." ------------------------- Tha webber: ----------- "Taking Pokemon straight from your pockets, With the power of the stars, it's Maria Rocket!" -My corny PW! motto ^.^; ------ TEOTWAWKI