-Six minutes ago
— Well... in this timeline, the Pokéfutures operation carried out differently... in particular at the end... perhaps that's why things have changed now.
— <That's the way!> — goes on that direction, growling and honing his claws — <EVOLVE DAMN IT EVOLVE!!!!> — disappears behind corner.
-I turn to Basket and pet her head-
— Thanks, Basket. Listen, I'll take two more fruits, right? — I extract them carefully, thinking of uses for them. — Lead to the other freed Tropii to the outside of this chamber. Just in case... We will
return Tangent to you!
-I run away following Maekrite-
-Six minutes later, ie.: "now"
-Thanks to one of the two Tropii explosive fruits, Maekrite and I make our way into a laboratory where we find what for Maekrite will be a forever haunting image. It looks like countless rows of cages, screeches of pain and helplessness coming from then that I wish, truly, that I wasn't
capable of understanding. While I don't bother counting, I know that there are, in the least, 674 cages in this place.-
— <...No!> — tries to look away.
"Who is this?"
"No, please, no more pain!"
-Wires entering and tubes leaving, sucking away drippings of a precious purple liquid... the contents being led to a large central milking machine that hangs from the ceiling, at the other side of the platform we're standing at-
— This... they've dared to do this
(growls loudly) — <That thing... it's hurt hundreds of my kin...!>
-Several ears pick up and some Nidos try to look up from their cages-
"Who is this?"
"There is a human too..."
"I see a horn!"
"One of us!"
-Maekrite attempts to charge towards the central hub in anger, but I call him-
— Maekrite! We can't risk them while they're in the cages! Help me find some release button!
-Maekrite grudginly agrees, and drop to examine some of the cages and panels-
"It's the Colony's human!"
"A Nidoran! He's very big!"
"Why? Why did you do this to us...?"
"...Look! Is he wearing the colors of...?"
-Maekrite tries to explain to some of the others what has happened and how we came to fight here-
-Finally, I find a lock that opens all the cages, but it requires a physical key. Using the Hidden Needle, I try to force it into the open position and then...-
-The cages are opened, and Maekrite releases a couple of Nidos to help him release the others-