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-Said Punk Guy and a Salandit are now standing around, watching-
Salandit: <You getting any of this?>
Punk Guy: "Eh... kinda difficult when half of it was private."
Salandit: <Also, you didn't do anything when the human looked like he was in pain?>
Punk Guy: "Hey, you're the one who can battle better here."
Salandit: <Uh, Poison-type. Plus that Delphox just looks like bad news in general.>
(Quirinus's remaining eye twitches slightly.)
Quirinus: ~Ha ha ha ha. See, now you're back to the jokes, the stupidity... but just a few seconds ago, you couldn't even fucking look at me. That revulsion people feel when they see what I really look like - that's their true face, not the sanctimonious bullshit they spew when they have time to think about how it'll reflect on them. I take off my mask, and they take off theirs. They always have.~
-The Venoshock stings, dealing a fair amount of damage to Domino.-
Rose: Again, Drill Peck!
-Again, Drill Peck.-
There was no way to react to what the Kalosian starter summarized. Colton merely considered an appropriately dramatic way to react, only to realize that would further his argument.
He merely shook his head. "You win. Your argument holds water. People try to look like who they want to be, but a shock like..." he gestured towards the Delphox's face. "can make people drop their facades."
-The five women get up from the ground as the portal closes. A gangly woman with windswept blue hair shakes her head-
Windswept Woman: Blimey! Once again, that plan did not work!
Dancer Woman: You've said that enough already!
Armored Woman: -shrugs- The plan had holes.
Elegant Woman: Question is what do we do now?
Red-Clad Woman: Real question is... where are we now?
-The Haunter goes down and drops a coconut-
-Some boxes start rustling nearby-
(A sense of savage triumph radiates from Quirinus at Colton's concession.)
Quirinus: ~Yeah... yeah, you get it! You actually kinda of get it! I've lived my entire fucking life watching people's true selves emerge the moment they look at me - cherubic little kids running off screaming, little old ladies asking why my trainer didn't just have me put down... and then they learn my parents were killed by breeders, that some drunken fuck cut my face open and I was thrown out of the breeding facility because some cripple Fennekin was of no use to them, and suddenly - wham! Out with the hate, in with the manufactured smiles and rainbows, gotta shower the poor tormented thing we wanted dead seconds ago with sympathy and- (the next word, he draws out with vicious venom) -love! It's not about concern! It's about looking good to each other, about hiding what they really are from themselves! It fucking sickens me!~
(He gets louder as he goes on, punctuating every word with thrashing hand gestures, his eye bugging and rolling in his skull. He looks and sound utterly deranged by the end.)
Colton stared at Quirinus, somewhat startled that he just let that all flow out of him.
There were two responses here, but he decided, screw it.
"Feeling better? Need a hug?"
(This, more than anything else, seems to genuinely throw Quirinus off his guard. He stares at Colton as if the human just grew an extra head, not "speaking" a word.)
"Yes, I know what I said disproves everything I've done to built a rapport with you, but there's no denying it should mean something." He explained.
"You can say no, that's fine with me." He defended.
(Quirinus still doesn't respond. He isn't looking at Colton anymore, but at nothing in particular; he seems genuinely unable to comprehend what's going on.)
Colton's conversation partner seemed to be distracted by something.
"Uhm... he- hello?" He stammered, considering snapping his fingers.
Quirinus: ~...what. Why.~
"Well, you look like you're a bit on edge." Colton started.
"You sound more stressed than usual, and I think you just need someone to talk to.
"Look, dude, I'm here for ya." He extended a hand in the (false) hopes that a handshake would be reciprocated.
"Name's Colton, how do you do."
Silas hopped into his Delta-Wing, flipped the switch, "Cobalt Leader! Launch!", and with that, the catapult flung him out into Falconan's air.
The directions were pretty straightforward, and it seemed like the Dross weapon wanted to be found, Silas lead the party over the racetrack as it became clear. Painted in bright blue was a large APC like vehicle, several large wheels on it as it accelerated at huge speeds covered in smaller laser turrets.
DROSS WEAPON: FAST ASSAULT CARRIER
"That explains everything," Silas mumbled.
Trainwreck: <Uh... If we're gonna stop this thing...>
-They fire at some of the laser turrets-
"Not exactly subtle, were they?"
(Quirinus still seems completely out of it. He bats Colton's hand away without any real aggression.)
Quirinus: ~...think I'll just go.~
(With an ear-splitting *KRAK*, the Delphox teleports away to parts unknown.)
Alyesha stared at the APC before quickly shaking her head to clear it
Alyesha: I would shoot at the wheels... but not as long as it's in the city here...
After thinking a bit Alyesha also joined in the attack on the turrets
Phaz: "We gotta be careful there... I think It's something ready to explode at any moment. We need to remove it from the track, possible from the whole planet, and detonate it somewhere safe."
He begins to surgically aim for the turrets as well.
edited 1st Aug '17 12:28:35 PM by Phazya
Poochyena!Dave: <We'll hit the engines!>
-He and Mia start doing so-
edited 1st Aug '17 12:35:37 PM by Umbramatic
Colton stared at the empty space the Delphox occupied.
<... Well, that happened.> A voice behind him said bluntly.
"Don't think I didn't notice, Sylveon," Colton said bluntly. He shot a look at his Lucario, a paw flaring with Aura over his trainer's ear. The jackal shrugged.
-The Punk Guy blinks, but walks forward-
Punk Guy: "So, I got, like, half of that. What was going on with you and that Delphox?"
Silas began to observe and scan, "There's gotta be more, if you want a bomb, just lob it at some place."
A humming noise came from the APC and it started to glow, the backdoors opened and out appeared a large camera like barrel, which started to glow even brighter.
Phaz: -deadpan- "My, what a pleasant surprise."
He begins to shoot inside the barrel of the cannon, actively trying not to be near the beam when it'll shoot.
-Dave and Mia blast the barrel-
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