From: Adrian Tymes
Subject: [PW!] No place like home
Date: Sunday, June 06, 1999 6:15 PM
> Just beyond the next bend was the most commonly used passage into Mt. Moon.
> Seth increased his pace. For him, Mt. Moon was filled with bad memories, but
> something about the mysterious cave still held him in a kind of boyish
> excitement of the unknown.
This reflection captured enough of his attention that he almost missed
seeing Aerie pick up her pace, then run past him into the cave. After
an instinctive look back to make sure she was not running *from*
something, Seth gave chase, leaving his companions behind.
Aerie quickly diverged from the main route, heading into a little-used
side passage that lead nowhere in particular. Duck, left, left, right,
left, leap, right...it almost looked like Aerie knew where she was
going; Seth could only follow her and hope she knew the way back, lest
they both became lost.
All of a sudden, she stopped. Seth could barely see her in the dim
light, but Aerie looked different. "It's still here..." Sounded
"What? Where are we?"
Seth looked around, but could not see any buildings. A hole in the rock
to one side offered a breathtaking view of the forest just south of
Mount Moon; he could just barely see the Bottle peeking out from the
view's side. Not much light shone through the hole; what scant
illumination that provided only showed rock walls to Seth's eyes.
"I wonder if..." *click*
Light poured into Seth's pupils, which had been adapting to the dark,
forcing him to shut his eyes for a few seconds to re-adapt. When he
opened them again, the rock walls presented themselves as a series of
small, connected, room-like voids in the rock, almost like a dwelling
carved into the stone. Primitive wiring danced along the ceiling,
connecting a series of lightly glowing Voltorbs which provided
illumination. At one spot, the wiring descended to a switch at waist
level; just below that was Aerie.
Who had changed into a 10 year old.
"Oh, Seth...I haven't been here in ages..." Her voice and eyes gave
testament to her happiness.
"Where are we?"
"I told you: my home. This is where I grew up. Daddy had me teleported
to and from school in Cerulean City, along with some other kids who
lived here. The last time I saw this place was just before I left for
"'Daddy'?" Seth's eyes grew wide. "You mean, Doppler lives here?!?"
Aerie's eyes went from joy to downcast in a heartbeat. "I know...*now*
I know he's evil, but at the time...I have nothing but good memories of
this place. The others who lived...*will* live here, were probably
more of Doppler's followers. There's nobody here yet, and there won't
be for another few years."
"Except for Doppler." Seth gestured to the wiring. "He must have set
this place up as a crash pad, in case he wanted to rest while in this
"I guess..." She gasped. "DIGGY!"
Seth watched her dash off into the next room. "'Diggy'?"
Aerie was hugging a Diglett. "My first pet. Daddy said he seemed to
know me even before he saw me. How are you, boy, hmm?"
Seth pondered for a bit, then chuckled. "Gee, I wonder how he could
*possibly* have met you..."
"Huh? Oh!" Aerie chuckled too. "I guess you're right."
"I think we lost the others. I'll go get them...that is, if I can
"Ok...oh, wait! Seth! I've got to tell you how to get around the
security in this place. Daddy said we lived here so we could hide from
the world when we wanted to. We're out of the way of most traffic, but
we had a few traps set in case anyone we didn't want wandered too close.
A few of them are probably already in place."
As if on cue, a faint rumbling shook the walls.
Aerie sighed. "That's the outermost one now. A rockslide, to make it
seem like this part of the caves was unstable."
Not too far away...
"Slasher *sure* Seth go this way?"
"Purr sian!" (I'd know his scent anywhere.)
Marshmallow and Eevee stared at the halted avalanche above them, not
quite sure why they were not now crushed despite seeing Mimic strain to
hold open a path for them.
"Better hurry. No want them or us buried. Mimic wonder why Aerie take
off like that."
"Sian? Sian?" (Who knows? Who cares?)
"Seth obviously care!"
"Sian...purrsian." (He would...I'd say just let her go.)
"Ee! Vee eevee..." (Agreed! Scary humans aren't worth it...)
Back in Aerie's future bedroom...
"...and the second trap is a negative psychic generator. It puts out
hostility, fear, and general negative emotions designed to turn
determined intruders back, or possibly on each other if they're in a
"Like Mimic and Slasher..." Seth stood up. "Where is it?"
"Go back a few rooms; it's just above the entrance. It only affects
people in the passage, not anyone already in here; it's set up so you
can approach the generator from behind with no ill effects."
"Right." Seth was about to head off to shut it down when the
unmistakable crack of Thunder rang in his ears.