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A guy dressed in a mime outfit but with a red nose stands outside. He rings the doorbell. Below him was a sign that says "Armand, The Kalosian Clown." Near him is an umbreon, who also has a clown nose, and a white herdier, dressed as a mime.
Edited by MasterJayAM on Jun 7th 2019 at 9:35:13 PM
Look their in the kitchen now. Lita puts a kettle on and is currently digging though the cupboards looking for tea or coffee or hot chocolate or anything like that.
Lita: "So, how did you come to join the J-Team anyways?"
AS she dug she noticed a bag of pokefood half-full with a hole ripped in the side. She regarded it with suspicion for a second before shaking her head and continuing her search.
Halis is sitting on a countertop nearby with zero regard for if you're supposed to do that or not.
Halis: "Do you know someone named Lucius? They're... kinda the person that introduced me to all of this, honestly, the first person I met that was directly linked with the J-Team in some way. Luci is important to me for multiple reasons, by the way, including the fact that I happen to be a part of his own team as well."
They readjust their scarf a bit.
Halis: "Though... I think what really 'got me' into the J-Team for lack of a better understanding was helping them with a Necrozma, I believe they were called? I'm still honestly not sure why that was happening. Does this make sense to you so far?"
Lita: "Doesn't sound much stranger than what I'm going through. Aha!"
She finds a canister of hot chocolate and places it next to the bun.
Lita: "Yeah I've heard of Lucy. My dad spoke about him a couple times. Er, inter-dimensional future dad. Anyways, he's the type of hero I'd like to be. Saving lives, bringing justice, having an inexplicable dorky magnetism that people find irresistible."
Lita paused for a second.
Lita: "Are, uh, you actually a pokemon? Or is this a human-to-pokemon situation?"
The bun takes off their scarf to reveal they are in fact a bun, specifically a Lopunny.
Halsei: <Kinda both? I was human, or, well, I later learned I was 'fae' as well, but I didn't know that at the time, but anyway, I joined Luci's team after traveling with him for a bit, and now I guess I'm in mon form by default. You can probably see why I'm a bit confused... speaking of confused, so you don't get confused, I have two names, Halis for my human form and Halsei for my mon form.>
They put it back on shortly after, realizing something.
Halis: "Oh, sorry! I forgot not everyone can speak Monese... do you want me to repeat for you?"
Lita: "No I understood. My mentor taught me how. Said it would be useful."
She made up a cup of hot chocolate and handed it to Halis.
Lita: "Forgot to ask if you like marshmallows. So, is this the major physical thing you're so worried about? Also, you're a fae?"
They take the hot chocolate without a second thought and begin savoring it.
Halis: "Ohh... thank you. How'd you know this is my favorite drink? Even though it's not usually made in the other three seasons, I'll admit I sometimes make a bit for myself even in the dead heat of summer. Erm, anyway..."
They drink a bit and resume their exposition.
Halis: "Well, no, funnily enough, it's not any of that like you might think. It's actually something far more... basic, I guess? But also complicated. Like... my original pokemon form was actually a Sandshrew, but the nice people at Ersatz helped me change it to Buneary a while back. I was... kinda hoping for another change? I feel like I'm too 'all over the place' if that makes sense, and I wanted a form that more clearly reflected what I am given what I've learned. I don't know, maybe I'm just worrying over nothing again... I do that a lot."
They seem a bit stressed when they start talking about this in particular, taking another drink from the cup.
Lita: "A Sandshrew? I think they're adorable. I mean, not that Buneary aren't adorable.
Lita smirked a bit.
Lita: "I know, hot chocolate in the summer. I'm a total weirdo. So I guess I fit in with you lot."
She hopped up onto the counter next to Halis and held her own mug, considering it before taking a sip.
Lita: "I heard there's armbands out there that can turn people and pokemon into each other. Probably similar to your scarf, actually. I didn't think the pokeform was malleable, though. Who are the Ersatz?"
Edited by PhilosopherStones on Jun 7th 2019 at 7:21:08 AM
Halis: "You know about the armbands but not Ersatz itself? Huh... weird. Anyway, it's a store that sells stuff like this. The enterances just show up whenever they feel like it, from what I can tell, and the owner or owners, can't remember which, are a legendary pokemon called Mew. I don't think the Mew that directly helped me was the owner, but they were a Mew for certain given their abilities."
They take another sip.
Halis: "That being said... they usually sell two types of items, pokemon-to-human and human-to-pokemon. There... might be other things they sell, but I'm not certain. I just remember overhearing something about that last part, but I do know they also sell some normal things if you need it. If you wanted to visit, I could probably see about finding an enterance for you. I'd like to think I have some special connection to that place but honestly that's just because I like the atmosphere of it. Very friendly."
Lita tilted her head back a bit, thinking.
Lita: "So that's where p-h/h-p armbands come from. Hmmm, sure. I've always wondered what my Pokeform was."
She idly swings her legs as she gulps down her drink.
Lita: "Aaaa. So you said you wanted a change? Well, if you could pick a pokemon to be other than a Sandshrew or a Buneary, what would it be? What do you think best reflects what you have learned so far?"
They sigh, taking yet another drink from the cup. It takes them a while to just say it, but they manage to eventually do so.
Halis: "I was actually considering being a Clefairy instead. Do you think that makes sense or no? I think it makes sense, at least. There's something oddly resonant about it, a familiarity. Hard to explain. Never was good at explaining, anyway."
They fiddle with their scarf more, obviously anticipating Lita's response.
Lita: "Well there's your chance to truly be 'fae'. Also your Metronome has the off-chance of sending down the wrath of god on your enemies. What person wouldn't want that?
Lita takes her mug, rinses it out and begins to dry it.
Lita: "I think Clefairy is fine. Cute enough to be the face of a franchise. Would you ever wanna remain a 'mon or stay human?"
Halis: "To be honest? I like being a mon better... I feel like I can really make a difference, plus I'm prone to following people anyway so it makes sense on multiple levels. Being human is also nice, but it feels... muted? Like, I don't know how to describe it, but it doesn't feel entirely like myself these days. Half of a full image."
They finish their cup and put it aside, getting off the counter.
Halis: "If all that's odd to you, that's fine, I like being odd anyway. Better than suppressing yourself."
-The Furret still walk-
-There is a Furret on my head-
Me: Um... excuse me... Mr. Furret?
Me: Why are you on my head?
Furret: <Why am I on your head? It's comfy.>
Me: Oh. Makes sense.
Me: Just wondering... Would you like to be my friend?
Furret: <Would I? I'd love to!>
Me: Good to hear.
-I take an empty Poké Ball off my belt-
Me: Here. Catch.
-I throw the Ball into the air and it lands on the Furret on my head, pulling it into the Ball-
-I move my head so the Poké Ball falls into my hand-
Me: Wahoo! I caught a Furret!
Piku-chan: <Way to go, Ian!>
Me: Now... what should I name this floofy little guy...?
Luca: "And you're sure this place is good?"
Kaiiseii: "The best. Trust me."
-Luca looks around, Lydia at his side.-
Jessica: "Welcome...to Ersatz Alliance."
-She cocks her head at them and beckons to Luca, who approaches her cautiously.-
Jessica: "You're Luca, right? Kaiiseii told me to expect you. Before you start looking around, I need you to sign a...waiver."
-She produces a piece of paper and an ornate pen and sets them on the counter.-
Jessica: "Sign here, here, and here. Initial here."
Luca: "Uh, okay..."
-The pen scratches for a bit. Lydia begins to inspect the various articles of clothing.-
Jessica: "Perfect, thank you. How do you feel about blood pacts? You know what, nevermind, I have everything I need. Feel free to look around. Most of this stuff is safe."
-Luca stares at her before backing into a clothing aisle.-
-Eventually he emerges in a much more summer-y oufit: short-sleeved white button-up with a dark red bow tie, a pair of dark blue khapris, and some cream-colored slip-on shoes.-
Luca: "Too formal? Maybe some sunglasses?"
Jessica: "No, no. A bandana tied around your forehead. Just a thin one. Maybe more like a headband."
-Luca contemplates this before selecting a dark blue headband with light blue diamonds, tieing it around his forhead and letting his hair fall over it.-
Lydia: <And what about me?>
-The Lopunny is wearing the middle outfit◊.-
Luca: "Complete ladykiller."
Jessica: "That'll be [reasonable price], please."
Sapphy: I'm just expecting a guest. We don't exactly see eye to eye, but they have something I need so they have to come over.
Lila: Yes... It's coming... I see it clearly now...
-Cue flashback sequence!-
-The Lane family are on holiday! A young Lila is playing on the beach with Zuzu, Cady and her Ralts while their older cousin watches them. A young Mantyke approaches Lila, gently nudging her.-
Lila: Huh? You ok?
-The Mantyke gestures to her to follow it.-
Lila: Sorry, I can't swim.
-The Mantyke gestures to her to hop on.-
-She climbs on and the Mantyke begins to swim along the beach. Cady notices her.-
Cady: Lila!! Stop!! Come back!!
-Their cousin finally notices.-
Cory: Hey! Get back here! Oh Arceus help me if Lila goes missing on my watch I'm dead.
-He starts running alongside Lila, with Cecelia teleporting Cady and Zuzu to keep up with her. The Mantyke finally stops near a corner. The water, luckily, is shallow enough for Lila to stand in. There is something shiny, almost glowing, under the water. Lila picks it up, revealing it to be two near identical pendants, a stone on each one.-
Lila: Cady! Look here! It's a shiny!
-She holds the pendants in the air. Cady is teleported closer while Cory runs after them.-
Cady: Wooow! So shiny!
Lila: Can we keep them? Pleeeeease?
Cory: Well, if they don't belong to anyone, then yes.
Cady: What are they?
Cory: I have no idea.
-Mr Lane is looking for them.-
Mr Lane: Lila? Cady? Cory? Dinner's ready!
-Lila rides over on the Mantyke, Cory runs over and Cecelia teleports Cady and Zuzu.-
Lila: Look! I made a friend!
Mr Lane: Oh, how nice. What are you holding?
Lila: Don't know. But it's shiny!
Mr Lane: Very nice. So, who wants dinner?
Lila: Can I bring my friend?
Mr Lane: Sure, why not? Lemme grab a pokeball.
-Lila is holding her pendant.-
Lila: So... That must be when I met Marie...
The furrets still walk.
Meanwhile, Pokémon control officers have taken the liberty of herding back some of the furrets, coupled with a few police officers from the nearby Criminology and Detective Convention volunteering to help move the furrets safely back to the nearby forests.
One of the volunteers is a mountain of a man and his little girl. He has recently caught one of the furrets, who seemed to have taken a liking to his daughter.
Jeff: Tom-Tom, this is gonna be weird but Accumula Town is literally crawling with so many furrets. They walk.
Tommy, from the other line: I've seen the [YouTube] videos, Jeff. It's adorable but also inexplicable. We have our pokémon behaviorists on call with the natural history division, but we won't be able to solve much until we manage to talk to one of them.
Jeff: You're in luck, I caught one. Couldn't you fellas send someone over?
Tommy: Our local office there should have someone already covering the event. We're also considering asking PEFE for comment since weird phenomena is usually their forte.
Henry: Guests, huh. You tried just sticking them to cut-rate 4-star hotel and having them over for a schmoozy power lunch at your second-favorite restaurant?
Beck surreptitiously hands the saleswoman a debit card while Henry mouths off.
Beck: Yeah, pretty down to earth that idea. Why don't you also give them swellow's nest soup instead of caviar while you're at it? Ya posh twat.
Henry: I almost forgot who I was talking to. I guess a three star hotel and a Quiznos would work better.
Beck: Well aren't we out of touch. Ya can afford to dress well, but ya cannot buy sense! Or any concept of how middle class people function.
Henry: And you can't even afford manners. What's your point?
Edited by MasterJayAM on Jun 9th 2019 at 4:55:27 PM
Sapphy: Well, I kind of need them at my house. It's... complicated. Also, I'm too broke to afford a hotel and there's no way they're gonna pay for it. Thanks for the food suggestions though.
-The Furrets still walk-
Me: Come on out, Furret.
-I press the button on my Furret's Poké Ball, which opens and out comes my Furret-
Furret: <Hey buddy. What's up?>
Me: I'm just wondering... What would you like your nickname to be?
Furret: <My... nickname?>
Furret: <Hmmm... How about Floof?>
Me: Well, Furrets are very soft...
Piku-chan: <And they are adorable.>
Me: Floof it is!
Floof: <Thank you!>
-Floof climbs up my body and wraps himself around my neck like a scarf-
Me: You're most welcome, Floof... You're most welcome...
Beck slowly backs away. Gently, with his jewel on hand.
Henry: Well, if you want to, ahem, meet with them, it's probably prudent to have a few associates do some of the planning and reception for you. Keeps your hands clean since catering to guests is always so stressful. Ask a friend if your poor person budget can't handle hiring th- professional event organizers.
Henry knows the look on Sapphy's face. Amateur.
Henry: The [British] fella just took off with my jewel, didn't he?
Edited by MasterJayAM on Jun 9th 2019 at 2:53:56 AM
Sapphy: Yup, they did. True, I have a few friends. Though they'll probably be occupied. My guest can be awfully forgetful and we may need to pick up her stuff. I'm expecting a few mistakes seeing as this is my first time planning something of this scale, though I'm sure it'll at least result in some useful information.
Henry: Best of luck, then.
He turns to his vibrava.
Henry: Daenerys, seek him out.
Sapphy: Thank you. Interestingly, my guest used to be in a similar business over the internet. Successful, too. Shame they retired.
Kat: Cady, there's something I've been meaning to tell you.
Cady: Huh? What is it?
Kat: While you were out of the region for a few years, even when you visited I... I... Used to be a black hat hacker.
Cady: Black hat?
Kat: I hacked accounts, I scammed people, I made a lot of money. No-one caught me. I still do it from time to time, I just notify people instead of taking money and information. You could say I'm a grey hat hacker now, sometimes even a white hat. How do you think I afforded my place?
Cady: Well, you've stopped now, right? It would be a bit awkward to be serving out justice while committing crimes...
Kat: Of course! I quit like a year ago!
Edited by QuantumMelody29 on Jun 8th 2019 at 7:02:12 PM
Olivia: Glad you'll have me. Need a demonstration of what I can do?
Edited by Umbramatic on Jun 8th 2019 at 6:16:43 AM
Silas gives a quick look over, "Hacks if you would please."
~Been sniffing her aura, it's... wrong shaped... the grooves don't work normally...~
"In other words?"
~It's vampire like.~
Silas gave Olivia another look, "A demonstration would be useful I suppose."
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