Subject: [PW!] Defense of the Heart (ATTN: MTSowbug)
Date: Sunday, October 03, 1999 2:15 PM
I just HAD to get Phoo, as well as Kyle's crew, to the battle against
Vorge, and as quickly as possible. MTSowbug, if ya wanna D.V. this
post, I'm fine with it...I honestly don't think my portrayal of Phoo
here does him justice.
--DEFENSE OF THE HEART--
With Vorge and Protopticon away fighting in a veritable Ragnarok,
it was the task of David Bradley and Phoo the Cockroach to guard
Vorge's subterranean heart of operations and make sure that the
extraction of Jessica Sullivan's unborn children went without a hitch.
Jessica lay immobilized on an iron table, with the fearsome-looking
extractor hooked up to her. David believed the machine had had
sufficient time to warm up, and got ready to throw the activation
switch. Jessica closed her eyes, not wanting to know where the metal
tentacle-like appendage on the bottom of the extractor was going to go.
"This might 'urt just a bit, miss," David informed Jessica. And
with that he threw the switch.
Jessica was then treated to roughly ten seconds of agonizing pain
like she had never before experienced. It felt as if the metal
tentacle were drilling into a rather sensitive part of her anatomy.
During the ten seconds she imagined she was elsewhere; she dreamt up
five different pleasant scenes at the speed of thought in an attempt to
take her mind away from what was being done. But each scene was dreamt
up and destroyed in the course of two seconds by the pain, which
manifested itself in the pleasant scenery as various natural disasters.
An impressive amount of adrenaline surged through Jessica during the
ten seconds; her transformation went as far as giving her
Scyther blades and wings. Even after the extractor had completed its
task, the pain went on when Jessica's wings tried to find any way
possible to sprout out from her shoulder blades. But with Jessica
completely tied down to the table, there was no room for her wings to
"Make...it...stop!!!" she cried, squirming about as her shoulder
blades felt as if they were about to explode. Other parts of her,
namely her legs and feet, started getting more Scyther-like. Her hips
in Scyther form were nearly twice as massive as her human hips, and her
denim shorts were struggling to stay in one piece. That became even
more difficult when Jessica started to develop a Scyther abdomen.
David, just wanting Jessica to stop shouting, moved the extractor
away from her, then removed the restraints from her arms and neck so
she could sit up. The second she did, her wings erupted from her
shoulder blades. The wings did not damage her tank top, but they grew
so forcefully that they tore two large holes in the back of her leather
jacket. That done, David once again put the restraints on Jessica.
It was around that time that Phoo's antennae stood straight up.
"Hmmm...I believe that someone is coming," he observed.
"Eh, probably just another stray Diglett, mate," David suggested.
He pointed to a hole on the floor of the cavern. Diglett had invaded
the inner sanctum many times.
But what entered the room was far more threatening than any
Diglett. It was Kyle, riding on the back of the fast-flying Espio the
Charizard, and followed by Torrasque, Cathode, and Thanatos.
The typical Charizard flew by flapping their wings like any bird.
Not terribly quick or efficient, but it got them where they needed to
be. However, Espio, with his constant watching of television, was a
bit more creative. He simply spread his wings out to their maximum
wingspan and propelled himself along by firing powerful flame blasts
out of the soles of his feet that worked like jet engines. He could
not get anywhere near the distance and altitude that Grendel the
Aerodactyl could, but for short-distance, low-altitude flight, Espio
proved to be the superior vehicle.
"Argh!" David grunted, seeing Kyle arrive. "Why 'aven't you died
yet?!" Before he could draw out his Magnum, David was knocked over by
Espio. Espio came to a stop, and Kyle jumped off of the dragon's back
and ran over to where Jessica lay.
"I knew I'd find you!" Kyle exclaimed as he ran to re-unite with
his girlfriend. But before he could, Phoo jumped in between him and
"Stop where you are!" Phoo threatened Kyle.
"Who's gonna make me, bug-eyes?" Kyle grunted. He raised one
sneaker. Phoo was an abnormally large cockroach, but he was still a
However, as Kyle's foot started to plummet toward Phoo, Phoo blew
him away with a pillar of flame that he caused to burst up from the
ground. Kyle rammed into the wall and fell to the floor, saying only,
"Now try that on me, firebug," Espio goaded Phoo. So Phoo created
another pillar of flame which launched Espio straight up at the
ceiling. As Espio came back down, he blasted Phoo with a Flamethrower
attack, shooting out an exploding ball of fire which did not hurt Phoo
much, but did blast him across the room.
Phoo got to his feet and flew a few feet into the air, then lit
himself on fire. He proceeded to fly into the nearest wall...then he
bounced off, gaining speed in the process. He bounced off wall after
wall, getting faster and faster, until he was just a blurry fireball
bouncing all around the room at blinding speed.
The flaming Phoo purposely crashed into Espio many times during
his bouncing. Phoo hit Espio twice in the arms, three times in the
legs, seven times in the chest, and three times in the head, all in the
course of about twenty seconds. Each blow to Espio hit like a jab from
"You deal with the Australian guy," Espio said to Kyle and his
team, who were already clobbering David. "The roach is mine."
Partially ignoring the fact that he was getting pounded from virtually
every angle, Espio watched the bouncing fireball intently, and spread
his arms apart. Seconds later he clapped his hands...and the fireball
that was Phoo disappeared. When Espio spread his arms apart again, a
damaged Phoo fell from his grasp.
"Urghhh...what has transpired?" Phoo wondered, the jolt from
getting squashed by Espio returning him to his normal state of mind.
Phoo suddenly looked up at the source of a shadow that was falling over
him, and he saw Espio's foot ready to stomp him into oblivion.
Panicked, Phoo quickly teleported out of danger. He flew in front of
Espio's face, trying to find out what was happening.
"Why are you attacking me?" Phoo asked, dodging the attempts by
Espio to swat him out of the air.
"Possibly because you were kicking the crap out of me five seconds
ago?" Espio retorted.
"Impossible!" Phoo responded, flying out of Espio's reach.
"Hrmmm...hmmm...the last thing I remember was admitting defeat before a
fiendish abomination calling itself Panopticon..."
Espio stopped trying to swat Phoo when he heard that he was an
enemy of Panopticon. "You mean...you weren't always a jerk?" the
Charizard asked. With that, the dragon and the cockroach came to an
understanding, and Phoo was filled in on some of what he had missed.
Meanwhile, Torrasque had just landed the mighty People's Slash
upon David Bradley, sending him flying over the top of the giant
mainframe that had once been the home of Vorge. David wanted badly to
use his newfound psychic power on Kyle, but without Vorge around, David
was not producing enough psi energy to pull the power off. After
slamming to the ground behind the monolithic mainframe, David tossed
out every Pokéball he had. Out came Clavicle the Marowak, Goliath the
Golem, Rampage the Rhydon, Tassadar the Alakazam, and Fenris the
Arcanine (who had once belonged to Kyle). "Look, guys, I don't care
what it takes," David told his Pokémon. "Just annihilate
"We appreciate your being so specific," Goliath caustically
Kyle was about to send out the rest of his Pokémon, but Tassadar
twirled one of his long spoons, and suddenly Kyle's Pokéballs floated
up to the ceiling. It was Torrasque, Thanatos, and Espio against all
five of David's Pokémon. Cathode jumped off of Torrasque's head and
ran to hide underneath the table where Jessica lay. "Chuuu," Cathode
whined, knowing he would have been of no help to his master, but
thinking that he should have stayed with Torrasque simply on principle.
"Pssst...Espio," Jessica said quietly, as she looked over at the
uneven fight that was about to break out. "Mind giving me a hand?"
Espio looked at the thick metal restraints that were holding
Jessica down. "They're locked tight," Espio noted. "I could burn
through them, but I'd toast you in the process."
Jessica sighed, "In that case, take the first two Pokéballs on the
left side of my belt." Espio reached for the first Pokéball on the
side of the belt that was to his left. "Errr...I meant from my left,"
Jessica corrected. So Espio took the first two Pokéballs to his right.
"Atropos and Leviathan are in those Pokéballs. Send them out,
Espio spiked the two Pokéballs, and out came the red Scyther and
the midget Dragonite. Leviathan glanced at the five enemy Pokémon, and
moments later his language translator boomed, "Lookie here! Poor
little lonely *everyone* wants some attention!" Leviathan ran over to
where Thanatos and Torrasque stood fast against a pre- emptive "Super"
Bonemerang from Clavicle, and blasted the Kabutops-scythe-wielding
Marowak with a Water Gun attack.
Atropos looked over at the mainframe, and saw David kneeling
behind it, loading his two handguns. Espio went to help Torrasque,
Thanatos, and Leviathan. Phoo leapt up on the table with Jessica to
try his hand at gingerly burning away her restraints, but he balked
upon noticing that Jessica was currently part insect. Phoo wondered
what Vorge's men had done to the girl that had given her scythes,
wings, and what-not.
Atropos dashed over to where David knelt, and before David could
even look up, Atropos knocked the guns out of his hands. "Withdraw
your Pokémon now!" Atropos demanded, pointing her scythes at David's
"This time you're in no position to make threats, bugger," David
snarled. Before Atropos realized what was happening, David had formed
his shapeshifting left hand into the shape of a spike and had rammed
the spike into the red Scyther's chest.
--DEFENSE OF THE HEART--
"Atropos!!!" Torrasque shouted. He ran toward his injured
fiancée, and as he ran, Goliath struck him with a Rock Throw, and
Tassadar shot him in the back with a Psybeam. Torrasque did not even
fall. He knelt down beside Atropos and checked the severity of the
wound. It was not a fatal wound, but it would probably render Atropos
out of action for a while, as the nearest Pokécenter was several miles
away. As Torrasque frantically pulled his bleeding mate out of range
of David, David reached for his Magnum and aimed
it at Atropos's head.
Now, David's plan was to say something dramatic, then blow
Atropos's brains out. But such a plan had one fatal flaw. David
began, "Don't worry, buggers...where the two o' ya are goin', ya won't
ever be -" David's sentence was never finished. With blinding speed,
Torrasque lunged at David and jammed one scythe into David's heart.
The Magnum fell from the Australian man's hand.
"We're not going anywhere," Torrasque snorted, as he pulled his
scythe out of David's chest. David slumped lifelessly to the ground.
There was utter silence for several seconds after that. Upon
noticing of the Australian man's demise, David's five Pokémon froze
like puppets without a master.
"David...?" Goliath said, fear and possibly even sadness in his
voice. Ever since joining up with his master, Goliath had never been
separated from him. Even the mighty Rampage, who prided himself on
fearlessness, looked stunned.
Thanatos, Espio, and Leviathan, who had been getting decked by
David's forces, were overcome with surprise at the sudden lull in the
action. Kyle and Jessica were both astonished that the normally
pacifistic Torrasque had killed a man. Atropos was silent only because
she had passed out. Torrasque fell to his knees. "I...I'm a
murderer..." There was no possible atonement for the deed, and
Torrasque knew it. To make matters worse, while Torrasque was
wallowing in self-pity, Atropos was bleeding profusely.
The chain of inactivity broke all at once. Espio flew over the
wall of David's galvanized Pokémon and swiped all five of David's
Pokéballs, Leviathan carefully froze and shattered the restraints that
were holding Jessica, and both Kyle and Cathode dashed over to Atropos.
Thanatos just played They Might Be Giants' "The End of the Tour" on
Remembering Jessica's first aid on Torrasque in Celadon after the
Scyther had been practically torn apart by Halberd the Farfetch'd, Kyle
took off his denim jacket and used it to apply pressure to Atropos's
wound. After five minutes or so, the bleeding stopped. Since the
jacket was not exactly adhesive, Kyle wrapped it around Atropos's body,
then pulled a roll of duct tape out of his backpack and taped the
jacket down tight.
"You really carry duct tape with you?" Espio remarked, as he
beamed David's seemingly paralyzed Pokémon back into their Pokéballs.
"Duct tape's the greatest invention in the world," Kyle said with
utmost seriousness. "The second greatest is the Ziploc bag, because it
can keep the duct tape dry." With the jacket taped down securely, Kyle
got Atropos's Pokéball from Espio and recalled the fainted female
Scyther. Cathode, realizing the danger had passed, went and perched
atop Torrasque's head again. The young Pikachu babbled happily in his
trisyllabic tongue. He wondered why his master did not seem happy at
all. Cathode jumped off and sat down in front of Torrasque, then
looked up at the Scyther and saw the
remorseful expression on his reptilian face.
"Pi?" Cathode wondered. Phoo skittered over to Torrasque to see
if he could talk the fellow insect (or at least quasi-insect) out of
his intense depression.
"What should we do with the Fantastic Five over here?" Espio
asked, as he held David's five Pokéballs. Espio booted the two
Pokéballs he had taken from Jessica back to their owner. Jessica
recalled Leviathan, then re-attached the Pokéballs containing Atropos
and Leviathan to her belt.
"Well, we can't abandon the four that are rightfully David's,"
Kyle responded. He scanned with his Pokédex for the ball containing
Fenris, and took it back. "It's not their fault they wound up with a
murderous slimeball for a trainer."
"Are you saying you want to add these guys to your team?!" Espio
shrieked. "You got a death wish or something?"
"I'll stick the four of them in my cyber-storage space," Kyle
said. "That way they can't do anyone any harm. Every once in a while,
I'll take them out and give them food and what-not. And if they're as
smart as they seem, they won't bite the hand that feeds them." Kyle
took the four Pokéballs left in Espio's hand and used his Pokédex to
send Goliath, Rampage, Clavicle, and Tassadar to cyber-storage. He
then did the same to Fenris, whom Kyle feared had been brainwashed.
_Not counting Cathode, I've got eleven Pokémon now,_ Kyle thought.
_Not too shabby..._
It was at that point that Jessica noticed the spot where the
extractor had entered her body. "Jeez, if I had a human abdomen right
now, this would be *really* embarassing," Jessica noted, pointing to
the hole that was now on the front of her shorts. "Kyle, do you have
any spare shorts I could borrow?"
"All I've got are khakis," Kyle replied. "Don't know if they'd
fit you, though." He pulled a spare pair of khakis out of his backpack
and tossed them to his girlfriend. She hid behind the iron table and
rapidly got changed. The khakis were a little big for her, but in a
way that was a good thing; her hips and abdomen, which were starting to
change back to normal, were in no danger of ripping the large khakis
apart. Her belt more than amply held the khakis up.
So while Kyle and Jessica discussed what had been done to Jessica
during Kyle's absence, and went on a fruitless search of the room for
where Jessica's eggs had been taken, Phoo tried to console Torrasque.
"You want something?" Torrasque sighed at the cockroach.
"Hmmm...well...let me say that, personally...I feel your act was
justified in this particular situation," Phoo responded.
"Oh really?" Torrasque said sadly. "Enlighten me...explain to me
how *this* could be justified."
"I heard the thoughts that pervaded in your mind. You did not
vanquish that fiend out of rage or because of some frivolous vendetta,"
Phoo said sagely. "You vanquished him because you knew innocent lives
were at stake. Hmmm...in essence...the ends justify the means. Were
that man left to his villainous machinations...he may very well have
slaughtered you and all whom you hold dear."
"I...I guess that makes sense..." Torrasque quietly admitted,
somewhat in denial that he was seemingly being absolved for what was a
serious sin, as well as crime, in human culture.
"Hmmm...and I am afraid that right now, we all have an even more
grave concern," Phoo added, as he started to dredge up a few of the
buried memories of events that had happened during his brainwashing.
"That man was but an agent of a higher power...one who threatens all
life as we know it." Hearing that, everyone who was still in the room
gathered around Phoo to hear what he had to say. Jessica had a deep
maternal concern for what had become of the three partially developed
eggs that had been taken from her womb, and
naturally wanted to continue looking for the eggs, but if what Phoo had
said was true, it did not matter whether Jessica found the eggs or
not...her children would not have much of a future. She, too, went to
listen to the wise arthropod.
"Already that man's vile master...once an immobile but powerful
mechanical construct...has possessed a living being and is walking the
earth," Phoo went on. "The master's powers are unimaginable. Even the
most powerful of creatures...human and Pokémon alike...are mere gnats
compared to him. It is said that he has the power to effortlessly
negate all but the absolute weakest of psychic abilities."
Kyle said, "I only want to know one thing about this 'master':
where he is."
Phoo closed his eyes and meditated deeply for several seconds.
"Hmmm...I can clearly sense a tremendous gathering of negative energy
several miles north of our current location. The master will be found
at that gathering, without a doubt."
"That's just dandy...how are we supposed to get there?" Espio
queried. "These underground tunnels don't exactly lead where we want
Again Phoo started meditating. "Hmmm...perhaps I can...grapple on
to the dense field of negative energy...and pull myself toward it.
Yes...as the humans say...it is 'worth a shot.'" Phoo started glowing
with a reddish light. "Stand close to me, my friends," he told all who
were gathered before him. Phoo prepared for the most powerful teleport
his tiny insect body could muster. "There will be no turning back..."
Seconds later, Phoo, Kyle, Jessica, Espio, Thanatos, Torrasque,
and Cathode were teleported away in a bright flash of psionic fire.
Okay, Adrian, if you're reading this, I'm ready to continue the Vorge
saga...I think I should probably email you first, though. There are a
few things I want Vorge to accomplish 'fore he bites it... ^_^
--K * A * R * N * I * V * A * X--
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It's a lost art."
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