Subject: Re: [PW!] The Sea Route to Seafoam!
Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 10:31 PM
> The 10 trainers walk through the door and hop down over a ledge
> onto Fuschia's beach. Amid Swimmers they walk to the water's edge.
> "Water? We need transport, then. Go...Lapras!" Jon yells.
> Unfortunately, he end up with a very ticked off Kabutops.
> "Lapras is gone, Jon..." says Damian.
> "Yeah..." replies Jon sheepishly.
> "Umm, I hate to be a damper, but we have to get across here
> somehow..." Kirsty reminds everyone.
> "A couple of small problems with the idea of using a Lapras,"
> comments Sarah Jane as she adjusts her glasses. "First of all, I don't
> think that 10 people and a half a dozen or so loose Pokťmon will fit
> onto one Lapras. Most of us can put the Pokťmon, except the
> newborns, into Pokťballs, but that still leaves 10 people and Drake,
> unless Drake is about to travel in a Pokťball."
> The Dragonite shake his head, agreeing with Sarah Jane.
> "Yeah," says Christy. "And I don't know if there are any Lapras rental
> places nearby."
> "Maybe if we used all our own water Pokťmon and travel as a group,"
> suggests Sarah Jane. "Since Nipper evolved, he can carry 2 or 3
> people, depending on the size. What do you guys think?"
> Purgatory glances at a cabin a short walk down. "We could see if
> whoever lives there will give us some wood and rope. We can make a
> raft, and Hermes can pull us."
> "Are you sure your Starmie is up to pulling all of us? That's a pretty
> big load..." Jon asks, trailing off.
> Purgatory merely shrugs. "He's tough. I'm sure he can handle it.
> Besides, I want to get to Cinnabar as soon as possible."
> "Why?" inquires Julia.
> "I have my reasons." He states simply.
> "Actually," interjects Runt, "Tiny and I were planning on doin' a bit
> of swimming - so that's one less person to worry about."
> "But the water's pretty cold," comments Christy.
>"Yah, but I'm sure it's close enough to the temperature of the water
> back at the ranch - besides, if I should happen to get chilly or tired, I
> can always hang onto Tiny..."
"Iím guessing that nobody else really wants to go swimming all the way
to Cinnabar." Damian starts off. After the other group members mutter
an agreement he continues "When I was fishing off the cliffs here a few
days ago, I donít see a Lapras rental nearby, so checking out the cabin
like Purgatory suggested seems like the best idea."
After more general grunts of agreement, the group heads off to the
cabin. Although the walk would probably have taken less time if it had
been across pavement rather than easily shifted beach sand, the trip is
The group comes up to the door and Felix asks from the back of the
pack "So whoís going to knock?" Drake bangs on the door several
times and punctuates his communication with a contemptuous snort.
A minute later the door is opened and a middle-aged man in a shirt with
a floral pattern and matching shorts opens the door. "Gah! Since when
did the fuzz start using Dragonites?!"
"Uhm, weíre not with the police." Jon answers.
"So why else would yaí practically smash my door off the hinges?"
"Sorry about that. I think Drake was getting impatient." Damian puts
in and the dragonite nods in agreement.
"So why were you trying to get my attention?"
Sarah Jane adjusts her glasses, drawing the manís attention "Weíre
looking to reach Cinnabar Island, but because off the size of our group
weíre having a little difficulty in figuring out how to get there. We saw
your cabin and Ė"
Purgatory brusquely cuts in "I had the idea of building a raft and having
my Starmie tow us. Weíre going to need wood and ropes. Do you have
"Heh. Iíve got the rope, but youíre gonna need sealant if youíre going
to build a raft from the wood I got. But I do got something else that yaí
could use." The man steps outside and walks around to the leeward
side of the cabin with everyone in the group in tow.
He pulls at a board and half of that side of the dwelling falls down.
Concealed inside can be seen a jet ski and a dozen surfboards. The man
ruffles his peppered hair for a moment before snapping his fingers. He
gingerly moves the surfboards aside and says "Here we go! I knew I still
had those outriggers. You can borrow these if you want." The man
gestures to the two canoes that he has uncovered.
"Hermes would have no problem towing those." Purgatory comments.
Kirsty points out "But those canoes could only hold six of us. What
about the other four?"
"I already said Iím swimming with Tiny, so thatís one down." Runt
holds up four fingers and counts one off.
"Nipper will have no problem carrying me with room for my pokemon
that wonít be going in pokeballs." Sarah Janeís input is punctuated by
a shout of "Rrran!" as several surfboards collapse and two young
Nidorans scamper back over to her. Runt ticks off another figure as the
middle-aged man rights the fallen boards.
"Drake can fly me and one other person at the same time. Does
anybody want to volunteer? Damian asks.
Christy speaks up "I havenít been flying. It might be fun, so Iíll give it
Kirsty again asks a needed question "Once we get there we probably
donít want to head back this way. How do we return the canoes once
we get there?"
Sarah Jane gives the answer "We have teleporting pokemon. It should
be simple enough to return them."
The middle-aged man adds to the planning "It looks like youíre all set
to go then, after you help me put my stash wall back in place."
Drake heads off any further tedious discussion by putting the wall back
in place by himself. "Iíve gotta get me one of those." The man remarks.
Several members of the group wave to the man as he heads back inside
his cabin. At that point the canoes are hauled down the beach and to
the waves gently breaking onto the shore.
The sea breeze is cool and soothing to most of the travelers. Even the
clouds help the trip by hiding the blazingly relentless sun every few
After almost two hours the leisurely pace of travel is interrupted by
Sarah Jane shouting out "Runt, are you okay? It looks like youíre
His response is "I g-guess that the w-water is c-colder than I thought it
"If I remember right from what I read, the large island weíre coming up
on is Seafoam. Why donít we stop there to give the Pokemon a chance
to rest and Runt to warm back up?" Damian shouts down from Drakeís
"Sounds good." Jon yells back a response.
Within a few minutes the group has made its way to the island and get
up onto an almost entirely deserted beach. The one exception is a
uniformed figure who begins to make her way over from the road.
The group breaks out supplies and most take the time to feed their
pokemon and themselves while Runt borrows a towel and warms up.
An Officer Jenny greets the group with "The summerís over. Tourists
donít come to the beach at this time of the year. So why are you people
Purgatory is the first to answer "Weíre on our way to Cinnabar."
When he pauses and doesnít seem as if heís going to say anything more
Felix picks up with "One of our friends was swimming in the water, but
it got too cold for him. We decided to take a rest here. Is there
something wrong with that?"
Jenny is sporting a disapproving look as she says "You canít swim in
the water around the island here for more a few minutes at this time of
year. At least not without an insulated wetsuit. Didnít you know that?"
"Obviously not." Purgatory retorts
Before Jenny can focus her attention on him, Sarah Jane draws her away
with a question "Why is the water so cold?"
"The only important feature of the island beside the beaches are the
caves. The water flows through the caves and nearby their most famous
resident, the Legendary Bird Articuno. Articuno is so powerful that the
water almost freezes as it passes by and is still incredibly cold after
making its way back out."
"Hasnít anybody ever considered this a bad thing?" Dustin asks her.
Jenny shakes her head. "It may be bad for swimmers, but Articuno
makes the caves into a haven for partial ice-type pokemon. The caves
are a favorite place for Pokemon trainers to capture those partial ice-
types and are a tourist attraction even for those that are looking to
capture any pokemon. In addition, only the most unscrupulous people
would try to chase Articuno off. Not only does it protect the pokemon
in the caves, but it protects us from natural disasters, too. Most people
donít know it, but Articuno uses its power to kill nearby Hurricanes
when they might threaten the island. All things considered, Iíll put up
with some cold water in exchange for those benefits."
There is a moment of silence, but Damian breaks it "I know I donít have
any ice pokemon. I might be able to get a good one in the caves or at
least catch sight of Articuno. Does anybody else want to come along?"
Drake immediately shakes his head and shivers. Damian nods in
response "With your type disadvantage, I canít blame you. What about
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