-Two days ago, in the morning at Shamouti Pokemon Center-
"So how was the party?">
"It got a little out of hand...">
"Huh? What happened?">
"A bunch of us got turned into Charizard...">
"How on earth did THAT happen?">
"Um... Well... I think that we were trying to pull a prank on Hallow and Phantom... Except they never came...">
"So how have those guys been doing anyways?"
"Alright. We wound up getting a few more since you left."
"... Wait, what?
"We apparently weren't the only ones who ran into Deltas out there, we've been getting some more over the past couple days. Some of them look like they had it rough..."
"Call me crazy, but I think one of them was thrown across the island or something. Because it was really
messed up when it came in..."
"... Somehow that wouldn't shock me...">
"I see... How have they been taking it?"
"Alright, some of them seem a little nervous though..."
-The sound of a Pokemon crying out can be heard from the hallway-
"You'll never take me alive, fou- OW!
"Sorry it had to come to that, but you really
should calm down and take those pills now.">
"... Oh yeah, I'm really
looking forward to having to sort THAT out...">
"Nngh... N-No! Pl-Please! I-I d-don't wanna! I d-don't wanna d-do th-this ag- URK!
"... Um... That might have been a bit much, Jude..."
"See, that wasn't so bad, was i-">
’‘-The sound of a creature gagging and vomiting can be heard-''
For the love of- It's MEDICINE!
Not POISON! Now we've got to do this all over again!">
-Sticking head out into hallway-
"Could we get a mon with Sing in here?!"
"... What happened
to that Pokemon?">
"Well... Not all Deltas were born the way they were... Quite a few come from rather traumatic backgrounds... I'm guessing that that's one of them...">
"... Some a little moreso than others."
"Oh yeah, this
is going to be a fun boat ride back to HQ...">
-A few extremely headache-inducing hours later, after managing to coax the Deltas onto the boat and managing to get out to sea-
"... Remind me why none of them stayed behind again?">
"None of them wanted
to, weasel boy! And can you really blame them? I mean, some of them were saying that the locals had started to see them as monsters...">
"Aww! But they're not monsters!">
"Yeah! They're Pokemon like the rest of us!">
"I know... But somehow other Pokemon seem to have trouble with that sometimes...">
"Where's everyone else anyways?">
"Eh, they're mingling a bit.">
-Elsewhere, a certain Fraxure is nervously looking around at his surroundings-
"... You okay, dude...?">
"Yeah, I mean you came along
... So obviously you weren't missing the sunshine in the Orange Islands THAT much...">
"N-No one w-would w-want to st-stay behind... N-Not after wh-what happened...">
"Well? Do the humans on this boat really seem like the ones that you've met before this?">
"Huh?! W-Wait? H-How do y-you k-kn-">
"I have my ways, also that jerk who wouldn't go down from that Aura Sphere told me a bit about what you've been through...">
"Well... I m-mean... H-How do I know that th-they won't be like the o-others? I d-didn't th-think th-this w-was g-gonna h-happen t-to me after I g-got caught the f-first time...">
"... Wait, where are you FROM, man?">
"U-Unova... I w-was c-captured and s-sent t-to a l-lab in H-Holon...">
"Hey, what's- Oh no... You're still
"I... I m-mean...">
"Is this common for him?">
"Well, I know that he's been jumpy around humans as long as I can remember, so yeah, I guess...">
"Look, I know that it must be painful to have your trust betrayed like that, but of all of the humans for you to be around, you could do a LOT worse than the ones that you're with...">
-Looking a bit less nervous-
"You know... You actually remind me an awful lot of another Pokemon that I've met... It's even in your Aura...">
"Huh? Who was it?">
-Elsewhere on the deck, a certain Delta Feraligatr and Serperior are sitting together-
"So... We're headed off to some PEFE place...">
"What are you going to do when you get there?">
"... That human that the others called 'Tracer' said that they could try and pull a few strings to have me sent back to my trainer... But...">
"But what? I thought that that was something you've always longed for, Tempest...">
"... I know... But since I was forced to leave... I ran into you... And I can't imagine my life without you, Thyme...">
"Well... No one said that working this out was going to be easy... But...">
-Curls partially around Tempest-
"I'll be there to get through it with you together... If you want...">
-Giving Thyme a hug-
"I wouldn't want it any other way...">
-Elsewhere on deck-
"... So what is there to do at this PEFE place anyways?">
"Yeah, I mean, you're not just going to keep us locked indoors for the rest of our lives, are you?">
"Well... If you want to STAY, there's no shortage of work to be done there.">
"Otherwise, Tracer and the others apparently set up a network to try and find you guys trainers... Or to return to the wild if you so wish...">
"Um... I don't think that last one would be a good idea... Wait, would it? No... I'm sure that it's 'no'... Right?
"Yeah, if I wanted to be treated like a freak for the rest of my life, I'd have stayed back on Shamouti.">
"... I think that you're all having just a little too little faith in other Pokemon...">
"... We wish you were right, we really do...">
"Yeah, and I'm not sure if your human will find any humans willing to train us...">
"... Why do you say that?">
"... Have you ever known what it was like to have everything that you touch get violently ill or otherwise die?">
"I didn't expect you to... And how could I possibly expect a human
"Well... They'll try
... Isn't that what's most important?">
"Hmph. So what are you up to? Planning on how to get rid of us so that you'll never have to see us again?">
"... What makes you say that?"
"It's just how this world works. No one wants anything to do with us, the only difference is whether people and Pokemon choose to be up front about it.">
"... And just how does that mesh with what I told everyone that I was going to be attempting with the others back on Shamouti?"
"I can't believe that I'm seriously holding a conversation with you...
Simple. You'll wind up shipping us off to some random humans, and they'll proceed to bury us into a box and never look at us again.">
"... I sincerely doubt that would happen... We try not to be glib with who we distribute Pokemon to..."
"Yeah? Then let's see you own up to your words, human.">
"Pick one of us, and train us as one of your own. I'll bet that if you go through with it, the Pokemon you choose will wind up getting boxed in under a month.">
"Very well... What about you?"
"... What is your angle, human?">
"You said that you wanted me to own up to my words, so fine. I will. And who better to illustrate it to than the one who made the challenge."
"... What on earth do you possibly see in me anyways, why do you really
"I just told you."
"Please, how naive do you think I am? The only reason anyone wants anything to do with me is to get something from me, like some tool. It's been that way ever since I joined my first swarm and the other Ledyba needed someone who would be tough enough to act as a decoy for predators while the others regrouped to try and drive them off.">
"... But is that really what you want?"
not! Who in their right mind would want
that?! That's just how it is...">
"... I can assure you that that is not
just how it is... At least, it's not that way with the Pokemon that accompany me..."
"I won't force you to do something that you don't want to, but if you want to see that there's a world out there that can care for you as something beyond a tool, I'm more than ready to show it to you."
"... I'll keep it in mi-">
-The boat abruptly lurches and stops-
"What was that?">
"I'm not s-"
" YOU! HOW DARE YOU SHOW YOUR FACE HERE AGAIN!
-Watches the boat get surrounded by a group of irate-looking aquatic mons-
"AN EXPLANATION?! YOU HAVE SOME NERVE TO THINK THAT YOU CAN JUST EXPLAIN THIS AWAY, GATOR!"
"WE OUGHT TO DISPOSE OF YOU AND YOUR HORRID COMPANIONS RIGHT HERE!
"... Oh no
"Ugh... We ran into those mons that Tempest ambushed a month ago, didn't we?">
edited 19th Jan '12 8:22:30 PM by TracerBullet