From: Adrian Tymes
Subject: Re: [PW!] [NC] To The Stars Above! (continuation of Bottled Rockets)
Date: Thursday, April 22, 1999 9:09 PM
> Meanwhile, elsewhere in the ship, Doppler in the guise of a Rocket wandered
> about Giovanni's control center, humming a little tune. He smiled as he
> casually walked to the back and began calling up various screens. A little
> adjustment here and there and he cleared the systems again.
> Giovanni was busy gloating over his victory over Seth and crew though his
> monitor. Now whistling to himself, Doppler strolled on past Giovanni once
> again and disappeared into one of the chairs. His eyes lit a bright yellow and
> were the last thing to disappear. "This isn't going to go quite as you expect
> it to, *sir*," He snickered to himself.
"No plan survives contact with the enemy."
Doppler froze in the middle of the chair.
"GET HIM!" Giovanni ripped the chair out of its mount as if it had been
secured with tin foil. The other Rockets punched holes in the chair,
ripped out gobs of stuffing, and waved the gobs in front of their
Pokedexes. Doppler retreated further and further into the chair, trying
desparately to avoid the humans' probing hands, until eventually
Giovanni's free hand pulled him out.
Doppler was in a Poke ball before he could react, but a mere Poke ball
could not hold him. The ball opened up after only a second, disgorging
the red energy that was Doppler...
...only for another, perfectly positioned Poke ball to catch it. This
ball, too, only held him for a second, but then Doppler was back in the
Giovanni laughed as two of his assistants seemed to play hot potato
with Doppler. "Try all you want, Doppler; *no pokemon* has yet to
escape this trap...even if not many have ever fallen into it."
Doppler would have replied had he had a mouth, but instead, just turned
himself 90 degrees on his next escape. The assistants only barely
managed to shift positions in time.
"Nice try. You'd probably get out once we tired...but I can not have
that." Giovanni took Doppler's ball and squeezed it tight, not letting
Doppler wedge it open even a crack. His muscles visibly strained, but
Doppler could gain no opening, for the moment.
"I know this Poke ball can not hold you forever, and it will not capture
your mind or heart. No matter. You are but bait. Gary: put me on
One of Giovanni's most trusted assistants saluted. His lifelong
membership in Team Rocket had been a carefully guarded secret, ever
since Giovanni wooed him almost straight from his grandfather's knee.
Even more of a secret, though, was the fact that he had long dreamt of
the day when Giovanni would be no more. Today would be that day, he was
sure of it.
Giovanni cleared his throat after Gary nodded. "Attention Mimic: I hold
all the cards now. I have your son. I have his companions. I have
your brother. And I have disposed of your lover."
Somewhere in the bottle, Maria stumbled at that last word.
James blinked. "Maria?"
"Why did you..."
"By God...Maria...is it true?"
"Is that the reason I could never remember that night? Because I wasn't
"Is that where Seth's powers came from? His real father?"
Maria turned, tears in her eyes, and gave James a pleading look.
"Please don't say it."
"Don't say...our love...was based on a lie..."
"Maria..." He smiled. "It doesn't matter. I love you. No matter what
the circumstances of our marriage turn out to have been, I have loved
you ever since."
"You...I shamed you into it. *sniff* I had a major crush on you, but
all you wanted was to run away - away from me, and to HER. Our
marriage was never based on love."
It was Maria's turn to blink.
"Maria, I said it doesn't matter. No matter how we came to be, I know
that right now, I would rather be with you than with anyone else in the
world, or even off the world. Including Jessie. I. Love. You."
It is said that in the history of the world, there have been six perfect
kisses. Had it not been for its location, this would have been the
seventh. And only a security camera observed it.
A security camera that was being monitored by two Rockets in the control
room. Fortunately for them, no one else noticed the smiles on their
faces, or if they did, assumed they were just affected by Giovanni's
"Surrender now, Mimic, or I shall dump all of those you hold dear into
"Weren't you going to do that anyway, sir?"
Giovanni slammed the "end transmission" button, and stared daggers at
Gary. "You...may have just cost me..."
He lifted his gaze from the profusely sweating Rocket, to the clone of
himself in one corner of the room. It was a perfect physical duplicate,
as always, but Mimic was making no attempt to even try to duplicate
Giovanni's mannerisms. Where Giovanni exuded civilized control, the
being in front of him acted unashamedly natural, casually leaning
against the wall, displaying some Persian fur almost like a badge.
Giovanni raised an eyebrow at that. His own Persian never shed on him.
He had taught it better. In all of his memory, Giovanni could not once
recall a single physical mismatch in Mimic's impressions. #Oh well,# he
thought, #there's a first time for everything. And a last.#
"So, what Giovanni want? Please, no long speech. Mimic hear enough
speech, boast about grand plans, and-"
"Go to your friends," Giovanni interrupted. "And take this with you."
He held out Doppler's Poke ball, and pointed to a hole in the floor.
"I want all of you in one place."
"Ok, sure. C'mon, Doppler." Mimic snatched the Poke ball.
Giovanni blinked as Mimic left. The way he spoke...almost as if he
*knew*...but no matter. Dead was dead. He nodded to his bridge crew,
who followed Mimic down the hole.
He counted the members, and noticed he was down two just as a Mega Punch
intercepted the base of his skull.
Seth, Aerie, Slasher, Jessie, and Meowth stepped away from the hole
which opened in the ceiling. 'Giovanni' was the first one out, but
before anyone could make a move to fight, he changed into Seth. Several
Rockets followed, each one pointing a Missingno at one of the first six
occupants of the room.
Mimic tossed the Poke ball to Aerie. "Might want let father out. Mimic
hope Giovanni no crush Doppler inside ball."
Aerie caught the ball, then caught it anew as she strove to carry it as
far from her body as possible. "DOPPLER? But, my father's human..."
"As human as Mimic. Pokehuman? Either way, is your father, niece."
Slowly, disbelieving, Aerie cracked open the ball...
...then dived away when it exploded in an angry red blaze of energy that
snarled even before it coalesced into a Charizard. "GIOVANNI!!!!!!!!!!"
The Rockets smiled. "Don't try a thing, Doppler." Several had turned
their weapons to cover him the instant he appeared. "Giovanni gave
explicit orders to kill anyone who tries to be a hero."
A few seconds passed in silence.
"Hey, boss, you there?"
Gary shrugged. "The speakers must be broken, so I'll make things
brief." He put his hand to the wall, which faded to reveal a high-tech
looking thingamabob with a pointy end. (Or, at least, such was the
highly technical description Meowth first thought of upon seeing it.)
"So...err...what's it do?" Meowth took a step towards it, only to be
motioned away by the sole Rocket who had drawn the short straw to cover
"It's a disposal system. Based on the same principles as Missingnos,
it shifts things through time. All the tests so far have scattered
whatever was sent across an hour or two. I saw Giovanni use it on
someone, once, and it's not a pretty way to go. First his head
reappeared, and bled to death. Then his body appeared. Then his arms,
and finally his legs. And Giovanni said that was one of the more
intact victims." He shuddered. "I never should've stolen the prototype
from my grandpa's lab. Anyway, Giovanni wants some data on the exact
dispersal patterns. And, just in case you *do* come back in one piece,
you'll reappear in orbit. A few minutes ahead or behind, it doesn't
matter; you'll reappear right here, but the bottle won't be here."
Idly, Mimic glanced at one of the Rocket's wristwatches. #Just under a
full revolution around the sun, to move Earth into place...#
Aerie gasped. "How horrible."
"Don't worry. The boss only wants Mimic, Doppler, and Seth, the three
Dittos. Us humans...and *normal* pokemon...get to live to see the Earth
"Except James and Maria," Jessie growled.
"Yeah, well, I'm sure Giovanni will let you give 'em a good funeral, at
least." Gary shoved Mimic so hard, his hand sank into Mimic's back.
There, where it could not be seen by anyone, his hand briefly curled
into a thumbs up.
Mimic shook, but Gary saw a nod of acknowledgement. Then, the two-
second act over, Mimic stumbled towards the device.
"No, wait!" Aerie took a step, only to be shoved back by the side of
the barrel of one Rocket's Missingno.
Doppler was slowly marched towards the device, but Seth refused to move.
Those Rockets who were not herding Seth, or guarding one of the others,
grouped around Seth, and began bashing him with the butt of their
Aerie shook with rage. "No...nononogetawayfromhim..."
Up on the bridge, two Rockets watched the scene via yet another security
camera. One massaged his hand and kept one eye on an unconscious
Giovanni; the other held a box with one button in one hand, while
petting an aged Slasher with her other.
"You know," the latter mused, "I remember feeling something unlock at
this moment. I always wondered just what that was...until now." She
pressed the button.
Far below, in a cave in Mount Moon, a small, radio-controlled bomb went
off. It was not a powerful bomb by any means. No one, human or
pokemon, was close enough to hear, see, or feel it. There was, in all,
only one direct casualty of the bomb: the ball it had been planted right
Only after the intense, burning light faded, leaving a void where about
half of Seth's assailants had been, did everyone remember to blink.
"...beam?" Momemtarily exhausted, Aerie fell into Jessie, who recovered
just in time to catch her.
> Thanks for the help Adrian! ^.^
> ::tags him with that margarine-net:: hehe!