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"Huh. Cool.... So what're you going to name them?"
-Ren watch as his mother tears up at Ellen's Exact Words.-
Sara: -attempting to hug Ellen- Oh you poor thing!
-Eric stands by in case Ellen needs help disengaging her cousin of three times removed.-
-While this tender moment is happening, Kitsune turns to Dintel.-
Kitsune: -using one of her tails to point at the salad portion of the menu- <They have a variety of salads. Was there a particular kind you had in mind?>
-Meanwhile Mendel reigns in a squee as Silent approaches him.-
Keys: -from behind Mendel- <SILENT-SENSEI NOTICED MEEEEEE~>
-Pearl and Hertz burst out laughing as Mendel blushes a bit.-
Ren: -to Jacob- It wasn't boring often, I can say that much...
-Ren makes a mental note to ask about Veronica as soon as dessert get rolled in...-
-A tower of large cupcakes arranged on four seven-tiered platters. They are a variety of cupcakes with a variety of icings and glazes.-
-But the central focus is a personal-sized round cake decorated with Red, blue, and yellow icing forming the three symbols◊ that represented the Weather Trio with the circular parts on the symbols interlocking and surrounding two novelty number candles of a "3" and a "2".-
edited 8th Aug '15 7:06:37 PM by keys2tkingdom
"Well, I don't know how much there is to do in Cianwood. I challenged Chuck ages ago, but then again I was in and out before anybody knew I was there."
Zeal: Oh, I see. I know Chuck personally, so I was planning on challenging him last when I was getting the Johto badges, as a sorta "see how far I've come" thing. But I only ended up getting six of them before some things happened that prevented me from continuing.
Iggy:Wriggle? Hm...Peedle? Nu...uhm...
-Gears are turning-
-She looks the mon round and round and round-
Iggy:Ooh! It's a girl buggy! =D
Venti the Shiny Venipede female:Veni!
-Iggy huggles her shiny buggy-
edited 8th Aug '15 6:42:54 PM by Skyzerk
"Hey, wait a minute." Daydre looks Venti over. "She's a shiny!"
edited 8th Aug '15 6:45:05 PM by Daydre
"Oh, care to explain that story?"
Jiraiya walks back onto shore.
< I abhor the natives.... >
"Oh Jiraiya, you said that about the Diglett too, but you get along fine with Link, even with his intricacies."
-The hug connects perfectly fine. Ellen returns with a 100% human hug of her own.-
Ellen: Everything has been rectified, don't worry. Legal documents, my outdated death certificate, my daughter's identity change, it's all been handled now that I've returned.
-Iggy places Venti on her head-
Iggy:Shoooo...whacha been up to, Ms. Daydre? =3
Zeal: It's complicated. The important part is my Quilava went missing and I'm still looking for him.
-Gui tilts her head at Jiraiya again.-
Gui: ...What's up with him?
The Punisher (who is still out, by the way) looks at Venti, makes an odd hissing noise, and slowly floats away.
" Ahh wait don't wander off too far... Oh, I sort of just came here to sightsee. I'm in Hoenn on an extended vacation."
"He doesn't appreciate annoying neighbors. Last time we stayed a while in the Diglett and he didn't like the swarm of Digletts admiring his power. They kept wanting to battle, and he was assistant on challenging worthy challengers. My condolences about your Quilava."
Munn: "Oh-ho! So that's where you got that chalk."
Joseph gives a happy smile as he holds the white implement in his fingers.
"Yep. But I didn't really know what it was at first..."
-the chalk lays on the ground, looking barely used even as the wall behind it was absolutely covered in scrawlings-
Joseph: Huh? What's all this about?
-the writing is largely indecipherable, with a number of phrases such as "rollercoaster" and "little box" sticking out from the scribble-
Joseph: Deranged carnie runs away and marries corrugated cardboard...?
-apart from the writing, two other things are drawn in chalk on the wall. One is a large, cleanly drawn circle, closer to the ground. Another is an odd, detailed drawing, resembling two long braided pigtails going in one direction as an unknown person exits on the other◊-
Joseph: ...and is an artist, apparently. OK...now, we just wait until the train stops, Ratty?
-he turns to see the Rattata staring at the circle-
Ratty: ...Mister Joseph, I want you to push on the center of that circle. If it pushes in, peek your head in. Go no farther, and tell me what you see.
Joseph: Hmmm? Well, if you say so...
-having dealt with so much arcane bullshit, Joseph figures he may as well be agreeable to something not trying to kill him. He gets down on his knees and gently places his palm in the center of the circle, before grunting and pushing forward-
-the part of the boxcar interior seems to push out and fall into a void, as though it was a loose screen on a window. All that can be seen without sticking one's head in is white-
Joseph: ...one, two, three...
-and he pokes his head in-
-in an apparently infinite plain, there are doors. Big doors, little doors, round doors, square doors, wood doors, steel doors, screen doors, red doors, black doors, yellow doors, cyan doors. None are attached to a building, but none seem to have any trouble standing-
-he withdraws his head-
Joseph: I see a lot of doors. What does that mean?
-Ratty's face slowly changes from an expression of apprehensive nervousness to an expression of elation-
Ratty: Mister Joseph, that's brilliant! We've found ourselves a piece of chalk!
Joseph: ...so I see. But I wrote on a blackboard once and I didn't see that.
Ratty: It's a different sort of chalk. A sort of chalk that can do so many different things! And it may be our ticket out...but not now. Now, we need to rescue Elizabeth.
-he tugs on his whiskers, his worried expression returning. Joseph gently takes him and pets behind his ears-
Joseph: Aww, it's OK. We'll get there, and it'll go fine!
Ratty: I hope so...I don't know what happens next.
-Joseph keeps petting him, idly humming to himself as the train thunders on-
Iggy:Ooh! Papa told me Unca Blitz started his J-Team stuffs on a Vacation!
Venti:-tilts at The Punisher-Veni?
Gui: Ah, okay.
"Oh, really? Ah, well. Not like anything weird like that could happen to me."
The Punisher narrows his eyes at Venti and continues to slowly hover away. Veeeery slowly.
Jacob: -Raises an eyebrow- "Being taken wouldn't turn most people away, but yes please don't. Anyways, it's nothing major, but you're welcome."
Jacob: -Smiles and watches the cake rolled out- "Okay that looks delicious but... I don't think I'm in the mood for desert quiteeee yet, maybe in a minute or two..."
-Playfully jumps at Punisher-
Iggy:Hm...Mr. Jason usually laughs when someone says that...
-Elsewhere, Jason scrambles after his silly, yet stylish hat-
Shana:Did you...really sneeze that hard....
Jason:YES NOW HELP ME GET MY HAT!
-Mezzo receives a response-
Mezzo: Aww, that's adorable. And he said you were adorable too.
Felis: <As if.>
"Huh. I wonder why... Who was Jason again?"
The Punisher is probably grabbed by the legs or something similar.
The Punisher: <aaaaaaaaa>
Iggy:He's a white haired mister who can do glowy things! =D
The Punisher tries to wriggle away while letting out a low volume monotone scream.
Iggy:Like glow-y blue flower and things and such!
-Venti falls off-
-after about a half-hour, Joseph and Ratty hear the loud, agonized squeal of the train braking-
Joseph: We're here?
Ratty: It sounds like it...
-twitches his ears. Joseph nods, pocketing the chalk-
Joseph: Gonna wanna hold onto this...
-he waits for the train to make a complete stop before grabbing the handle of the boxcar door-
Joseph: Alright. One, two, three, heave-ho!
-the white-haired boy in red pulls it as hard as he can, letting it slide open with a sleepy groan-
Joseph: Here we are!
-as soon as he sees the station they've pulled into, Joseph realizes that he sounded far too excited about their arrival. This station may have once been a glistening, beautiful bastion of glittering industry, but the ravages of unhappiness and smoke was not kind to it. The platform was concrete, and thank Arceus for that; anything wood was rotten and eaten through by Caterpie. Glass had been shattered, iron had rusted, and any trace of life appeared to have left it a long time ago-
Joseph: ...the station of the City of Iron and Smoke, huh?
-he steps out of the boxcar, Ratty in tow, and tromps forth in his big, strong boots. The outside's not far away-
Joseph: ...holy sh-shoot.
-the street Joseph had stepped into is surrounded by towering, blackened monoliths. The smallest among them is thrice the size of the Prism Tower, and all seem to be held together by simple bloody-minded stubbornness. The exteriors are uniformly covered in rust, and seem as sturdy as a paper bag. It's impossible to gauge what their original purpose was, since they all look precisely the same-
Joseph: ...OK, we're gonna wanna move quickly before someone sneezes and they all come down on our head.
-boy and Rattata step lively down the street, towards the center of the city-
edited 8th Aug '15 7:38:35 PM by ILoveDogs
Continue tomorrow Zeal? I'll contact u Dune concerning things tomorrow most likely.
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