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Umbra: Pent? Uh, I need you to pass something on to the whole team.
Oh sure, whatcha got gramps?
It's a dangerous thought, but one that needs to be handled at some point...
-Umbra smiles slightly being called "gramps"-
Umbra: Me and the rest of Team Umbra... Instead of a normal honeymoon me and all the others are gonna go on our own adventure. Separate from the J-Team's, just to do our own thong for a while. Plus... There's a bunch of newbies that need some time to shine without us hogging the spotlight.
"The fact that you think these thoughts are dangerous proves what sort of impact the J-Team have on our world. You think you could talk to someone about installing some sort of review committee? Like a group of people that represent the public, various governments and pokemon to ensure the J-Team behaves themselves?"
Huh... Yeah sure I can let folks know.
-He looks a little pensive for a moment-
You guys have fun on whatever you get up to. Just... Be safe okay?
That's the paradox of the J-Team really; Together we're strong enough to break or save worlds but as individuals the people with authority really don't care.
But I can try at least...
Umbra: Don't worry, we will.
Fou: <Well... It... All... started... in...>
-the skritching has lulled him to sleep-
Edited by Umbramatic on Jan 22nd 2020 at 4:44:25 AM
"Thank you. The fact that there are like minded people out there makes me feel relieved. A little bit, anyways."
He got tired of standing around and sat on the grass.
"There's another thing I wanted to vent about. Something needs to be done about the mental health of the team. Possibly on-board some counsellors? I don't think the J-Team can justify flying around and giving kids PTSD."
Kamon: Really. I live in Wyndon and I travel a lot, so I don't come here too often myself. Anyway, what are your names? Since I gave you mine~
Jack: -grins up at Channah, dancing in place-
Channah: -sighs- ...Channah.
Kamon: That's pretty. -to Tagg- And you, sunshine?
-Pent was silent during the hug, spending moments just noting how this chunk of family was going away for a while. Eventually he recovered and just let what was going to happen, happen. He'd see them again, someday-
Or just stop kids from joining? I mean I get it, the J-Team started out as a group of random civilian trainers who became friends and saved the world but that just doesn't scale anymore.
He fell back onto the grass.
"...I find it hard. Whether I'm in the group or on the sidelines. I've been around for years and yet I don't have the clout to affect significant change..."
He looked up at the Mystery Man.
"But you can. I don't mean to be an alarmist but I feel the J-Team could very easily start walking down a dark path unless changes are made now."
-Pent loses his composure and laughs-
You think I have any kind of control over them? It's Tagg they look up to as leader I'm just some mystery man who turns up to raids carrying a sword and wielding overpowered magic. They probably all think I'm one bad day away from becoming a supervillain.
-The laugh ends with a sigh and he sticks his hands in his pockets-
I'll bring it up with Tagg if I can get ahold of him...
Des laughed a little to.
"I guess we've always been in the same boat. Would you...mind helping me row?"
April Fools is weird like that, we actually figured out why it's like that the other day.
Blipbug: <...And that's how the [Caledonians] kept [Rome] away for so long.>
Yew: <That is... a lot, Doppler.>
Tangela: <You sound like Tagg when he gets really into things.>
DS: Really? You figured out how it works?
-Kat is still singing.-
Kat: MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONDS! MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNDDDS! IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII'LL MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEM! SO FAR I GOT...
-Violet opens the door, to be hugged by her parents.-
Violet's mum: So, do we get to meet your team?
Violet's dad: What about that differently coloured Chimecho?
Violet: Sorry, they haven't made it here yet. Not allowed on any planes without serious legal issues.
Violet's mum: So, how long will you be staying here?
Violet: A day or two. Then I'll grab a taxi to Motostoke.
Kamon: -blinks- ...Oh. Ohh! You're - You're that J-Team guy! Bloody fuck, Rockstar, can you believe -
-Rockstar is nowhere to be found-
Kamon: Rozza? Where - Oh, come on! Where'd you go now - -starts to look around, then glances back at the pair uncertainly- Erm, look. Fantastic meeting you darlings. I'll catch up with you later. Rockstar? Helloooo? -heads away, calling out for his mon-
Channah: ...Let's get away while we have the chance.
Jack: -got bored of listening to Doppler and is having a dance-off with a Seedot-
Channah: -looking around for mons while a Purrloin rubs its face against her leg- More Lotads, boo.
Ammy turns to the one singing about diamonds while Colton pounds his seventh shot. 7/7! Limit Reached!
"If I let go of him that's what he'll become, only unapologetically worse than everyone in the room."
"Aw, ya buzzhkill!"
-For a brief moment, Pent hopes to luck that will be true-
As long as you help in turn my dude.
-Pent sighs and actually manages to smile-
Well... I should probably go work on my album. But you're welcome at a little bird's camp anytime. With any luck, you'll be able to find it.
"The many-worlds theory may be out of fashion among my peers, but the all too evident machinations of the Mobius Society do not come from nowhere."
-Somewhere, a basement temple tries to hide concrete and technology under false stonework-
"I remember the exact moment I realized: If I was investigating ways to complete the project, then surely many parallel myselves had already had the same idea."
"I had no way of knowing the others' progress. But each time I bent my head over my workbench, I felt the gaze of infinite eyes upon my shoulders."
-Half the world away, a scientist in a blue-trimmed labcoat activates a ring of wires and metal no larger than a pokeball-
"In the end, I and one other activated our inventions at the exact same space-time coordinates."
"It came down to a cosmic coin toss. One of us would be walking away with a functional prototype."
-Somewhere, a key is placed into a lock. Half the world away, a door tries to open. A coin flips, shadows nudge the odds-
"And I shot first."
-A ring of metal sparks and hisses, the interior flashing with light that causes the scientist to duck and cower. A thin streak of black smoke drifts from the device but then just as quickly it stabilizes, the light and noise merely a soft thrum and pulse. The scientist stops cowering and carefully, cautiously steps forward. He dare not disturb the device lest movement cause a cascading failure, but he stoops down and peers through the center of the ring-
Manticore Research Scientist: Observation note: Blue. I am willing to call this proof of concept a success, cease the experiment.
-The generator shuts off, the ring of metal ceasing to hum and glow. Calls go out to his superiors, then his superior's superiors-
-Eventually a phone rings in a large, comfy office at the top of the tower. A woman with red hair and a white business suit answers, listening intently to what is being said before she smiles and turns in her chair to regard the eight Ranseian burial masks hanging on her wall. Above them is a symbol, eight lines in a spiral; the eight branches of the Orochi Group-
Well, last April Fool's Eve I was in Kanto checking out the Moon, but due to the Crack when it became midnight the air filled with Glitch particles and I could see another Earth reflected on the Moon. Then when we faced Mobius a couple months later one of our missions had us go to a satellite orbiting that Earth, where we learned that Earth serves as a sponge to siphon off most of the Glitch energy, the rest landing on other worlds.
April Fools happens to be when the barriers are weakest, I suspect it might have something to do with us beating Missingno and 'M, but don't quote me on that one.
-And starts briskly walking towards Wedgehurst-
-To Channah, while observing some Yamper-
You try fishing yet? Or catching that cat?
DS: ... Huh. Interesting.
Channah: I hope that guy's not like a burgeoning villain or anything. -looks around the town-
Channah: Maybe I should. Fish, that is. I don't like Purrloins.
Purrloin: -slinks away, hurt-
Channah: -gets out her Super Rod and casts it-
A wild Arrokuda appeared!
Male Arrokuda: -spits out hook- <Did you know the member of the Beach Boys who suggested their surfer dude image died by drowning?>
Channah: -sends out Jack- Tenderize 'em.
Jack: -Tackles the Arrokuda, then gets an Aqua Jet in the face-
Arrokuda: <Did you know the Beach Boys wrote a song about Johnny Carson on a whim?>
Jack: -continues to Tackle- <No, I didn't!>
Arrokuda: -floating around crazily- <Did you know the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" has whole-step chord changes in a similar way to "Angela Girls'?>
Channah: -throws a ball and captures the Arrokuda- Eyy, good job Jack. I think I'll name you Owen.
-Kaiiseii laughs airily, sing-song.-
Kaiiseii: "What Ah'm hearing is ya want me in a cheerleader dress."
Jessica: "So, Liz, what are you gonna be up to?"
Elizabeth: "Not much. Battle of the Bands...that other group I'm part of. What about you?"
Jessica: "Cheering Shaun and Issy on during their League Challenges. Gotta break out that old cheerleader costume."
Elizabeth: "...why do you...?"
-Jessica stares blankly. Elizabeth blushes lightly.-
Jessica: "Yeah, Team Sapphire's taking a break from the J-Team. But there's a room on the Rout for you, if you ever want it."
Edited by SwiftSeraph on Jan 22nd 2020 at 5:37:32 AM
"...If I said that I did would you hold it against me?"
Kaiiseii: "What colors, how short of a skirt, and how big should I make the window?"
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