From: Adrian Tymes
Subject: Re: [PW!] No place like home
Date: Tuesday, June 08, 1999 9:16 PM
> Untouched and radiating an aura of power and mystery, a giant moonstone lay.
> It gave everything from Diggy to Seth's hair a silver sheen. Floating there in
> the water, he had a sense of awe despite himself.
All his life, Seth had doubted those who prayed to any god. Following
Giovanni's teachings, he thought religious types to be merely weak-
minded, self-deluding fools, pursuing a dream of heavenly rewards that
was and could only be the desparation of those unwilling to work towards
creating heaven in their own lives. He sometimes wondered how someone
could possibly get that out of touch with reality, to honestly believe
Now, he finally understood what they felt. This place was...holy. That
was the only word he could think of to describe it.
And it was also raining small pebbles.
Wait a minute...
Seth dodged to one side just before Aerie splashed down where Seth had
been. At least, he thought it was Aerie who came down; it certainly was
Aerie's face that broke the surface.
"Geez, Aerie, couldn't you at least say 'look out below'?"
"Sorry. I almost forgot what was below the floor." Aerie playfully
splashed Seth. "Besides, you look cute when you're all wet."
Seth blushed. "Thanks...hey!" Only belatedly realising the poke, Seth
frowned at Aerie, who was stifling a giggle.
"Sorry, couldn't help it." She took a deep breath to calm herself, then
looked around. "So this is what it looked like before it was
"This was part of your home too?"
"Sort of. There's a rough tunnel over in the corner; you can climb it,
but it's not exactly stairs. Shortly after Doppler moved in, some group
found this place and set up a church. Something about Wigglythulu.
They were a little annoying, always objecting when we tried to use this
pool for swimming, so we learned to swim when they weren't here. I got
tired of their attitude, so one night, I took a bottle of spray paint to
that moon stone and some of their icons. Everyone vouched for each
other that none of us did it; the church took the hint and left.
Doppler never said anything, but I think he was proud of me."
Seth raised an eyebrow.
Aerie shrugged off his look. "Hey, I was just a kid at the time. I
barely knew what I was doing. As far as I knew, they deserved it for
taking away our pool. We never did clean the spray paint off, though.
Doppler said it looked better than it used to; more real, less...well,
his exact words were, 'less attractive to those who seek enlightenment
from beings that do not exist'."
"Just what did you put on the stone, anyway?"
"Oh, just an image of Wigglythulu...could've been any Wigglytuff or
Jigglypuff, really...getting stuffed into a launcher by a Clefairy."
Aerie, hiding her awe at the room's natural beauty well if she was
indeed impressed, began swimming for one corner of the pool, and beyond
it, the tunnel. "Come on, we'd probably better get Slasher before he
mauls Marshmallow or that Eevee."