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Kim: (on the phone) "Hello?... Yes, this is Kimberly Bond, lingual consultant... oh, nothing much, really, I'm calling to ask you if you could please endorse me for the Gym Challenge... yes, the Gym Challenge in Motostoke; the opening ceremony is going to be in the stadium in a few days..." (someone on the other end of the line says something, and her eyebrows raise) "Really?... You'll do that?..." (she smiles) "Thank you, sir... thank you a thousand times over... once again, it's in Motostoke; please send me an email as soon as you can. Thanks again. Goodbye."
(She puts away her phone, and looks down at her other Pokemon with a smile on her face.)
Paul: <Well? How did it go?>
Kim: (grinning from ear-to-ear) "Great news. I just talked to my boss over in Striaton, and he said that he'll give me a letter of recommendation straight away."
(Kim's Pokemon instantly light up.)
Geddy: <That's great news!>
Dio: <We're going to participate in the GYM CHALLENGE~!>
Kim: (laughing a bit) "Yes. Yes, we are."
Elton: <You need to tell Orwell about this!>
Kim: "Oh, believe me, Elton. I will."
(She tosses her Great Ball into the air, and Orwell comes out of it and looks around for a bit.)
Orwell: <Comrade? Did you phone the person you upsubbed for?>
Kim: "I did indeed, and they said yes."
Orwell: <That's doubleplusgood! And it's tripleplusgood that I am with all of you!>
Kaylan: <Awww... that's sweet...>
Murphy, via speech program: Hello Ian. Ms. Kwan is busy right now but I'd be happy to relay a message.
Me: Ah! Murphy! So good to hear from you. You see, I want you to relay to Ms. Priscilla that I'm in the Galar Region about to head off to Motostoke for the Gym Challenge's opening ceremonies, and in order to participate, I need a sponsor. So what I'm trying to ask is, could you please ask Ms. Priscilla to sponsor me in the Gym Challenge?
Don't know, rather not go too far ahead yet when the others seem to be a bit slow catching up.
Channah: Well I meant like here in town but yeah.
-a voice calls out from some ways away-
Kamon: Hey! Hi you two!
Channah: -sighs- I thought we'd left him behind.
-Noticing Kamon but before he enters earshot-
Oh joy, just what I need right now.
Channah's right, there is something oddly familiar about this guy, where have I seen that face before?
Edited by rmctagg09 on Jan 29th 2020 at 10:12:15 AM
Kamon: -jogs over, coming to a smiling halt- Ahh, I'd hoped I'd see you guys again! How is it going?
Channah: ...We're here, I guess.
His Aura doesn't feel familiar. Maybe he's some sort of socialite, he has the ego for it.
Kamon: Awesome, awesome. And how is our Scorbunny friend?
Jack: <I'm havin' a great time! We camped in the Wild Area. Channah is a much better trainer than you!>
Kamon: -laughs- I believe that! -his face turns sly- Especially since you, madam, are not the rookie trainer I thought you were at first.
Kamon: No, no, I totally understand the privacy thing. But I looked you guys up. I hope you don't mind, but I recognized your name and it was a crazy coincidence. -motions to Tagg- It just so happens that I was asked to be in a movie about the J-Team. Well, it's based on a... fascinating programme. -his expression suggests otherwise- I assume you know about it? The "J-Team TV Show"?
They're making a fucking movie now! Wait a sec, this guy might actually be-
Kinda hard not to.
Kamon: Yeah, yeah. I played a... Shadow Trio member? Is that it? In an episode years ago and the producers wanted me to come back and play another villain. -beat- Oh, I'm, I'm an actor. That's why they asked me. It's a bigger role this time, but I'm on sabbatical right now, so I'm thinking about it. Also it's not... Well. I probably shouldn't say that. Yes. But funny, huh?
Daydre just sort of (o\\\o )'s at the floor.
"Oh no no I'm not super hungry, I don't want to impose. Or anything."
While she's not looking Rowan nibbles another chunk out of the cake(?).
.. Wait, if we order more stuff doesn't that mean we have an excuse to stay longer? Is that what she's trying to say?
... She looks like she's trying to glare a hole in the floor.
"You know what, this actually tastes pretty good!" She looks around, only just now noticing what's going on with everyone else.
".. Is it supposed to do something?" ... She says, not noticing that she is now rather glittery.
Is that why you've been sniffing around us?
I guess that's one way of putting it.
Mog: -smiles- <Thanks...>
Kamon: Anyway. I was going to ask if I could post a picture with you cuties on Impera, but then people would see it and assume I'm doing the movie, and I don't want to get anyone's hopes up. -shrugs- Did you register for the League?
Channah: ...Did you?
Kamon: Hahaaa, no. I'm just here for the adventure. And the scenery. -winks-
A younger me would've beaten his ass like a steel drum already.
Yes, the scenery of the Wild Area is quite stunning.
Kamon: -smirks- Fitting name for it, too.
Channah: -stifling a glare- Hey.
Channah: Here. -throws her dynamax armband at him-
Kamon: -fumbles and just barely catches it- W-What's this for now?
Channah: It offends me. We gotta go. -grabs Tagg's arm possessively and attempts to lead him away-
-Barely visible blue glow-
Okay, if you don't-Gets dragged-
Channah: -pulls him away-
Kamon: -cocks his head- Wonder what got her all worked up.
Channah: -lets go of Tagg in an isolated spot, glances around, and rounds on him- Why were you egging him on?
I didn't like the way he was talking to you and about you, like you were just some prime cut of Tauros meat, and doing a violence was a bad idea, and not just because he's some actor.
Probably would've done it anyway if you hadn't dragged me away.
Edited by rmctagg09 on Jan 29th 2020 at 12:38:13 PM
Channah: -stares suspiciously- ...He was looking at you. You kept talking to him when he started staring at you. He did that the other time too. You shouldn't talk to him.
Kinda hard not to if he's in my face, and if you're right and that was more meant at me that makes it worse, because he just called me feral. I'm black, that's not a compliment. What's he gonna do next, call me hottest Rillaboom in the jungle or something? Not wanting to stick my head in a jar to lovingly caress like Constantin isn't that much of a compliment.
Hitodama: -Aside- <Why don't you guys just feed him to Sue, or Hydreigon?>
Edited by rmctagg09 on Jan 29th 2020 at 12:57:40 PM
YB: Ohoho! Thanks for the distraction, bye!
-She and her Alakazam teleport away.-
Violet: Oh great, because of some idiot they got away.
-Violet turns to Ivan.-
Violet: That was a freaking delta pokemon, you know!
-YB and Gilby arrive to find BB high fiving Linna.-
BB: Nice one!
Linna: <It may not be spore, but it's highly effective!>
YB: What the frickety frack is going on?
BB: Well, while you were messing around with those chuckleheads, I used up half our supply of pokeballs, and...
-She pulls a quick ball out of her pocket.-
BB: We got 'em.
YB: Ohoho! I told you it was worth the risk!
Edited by QuantumMelody29 on Jan 31st 2020 at 10:14:12 AM
Hey no problem, you do good work in this world okay Mog?
-Gale flashes a thumbs-up and a smile before bounding off towards the Gym-
-Confidence surged in Gale Knight as she walked into the stadium lobby and approached the front desk. She passed by a group of locals gathered around a TV channel-surfing-
An ad break of mid-afternoon filler TV on a [Japanese] channel is interrupted by a sudden ident for the channel's news segment.
Sinnoh Local 7 News Presenter: Breaking in the last hour: Seventeen members of girl group Hard Candy rushed to hospital after what we are being told is a freak natural gas accident. Details to follow as the story develops. ~click~ A reporter in the field on an Angelan news channel: Firefighters have the blaze mostly under control and it's unlikely to spread to the other sound stages. ~click~ An advertisement on a QBL-run channel: Tonight on Hour of Importance: An insider Anchorite reveals abuses within the Messiahnist church. ~click~ Cheerier advertisement: Battle Cola, another quality Zagan Product!
Yo, here to sign up for the League
-This catches the attention of one of the attendants who wanders over and wakes up the computer terminal with a waggle of the mouse-
League Staffer: Alright, do you have a letter of sponsorship or has your sponsor already done pre-registration?
Yeah I should be there under "Nightingale"? Nice accent by the way, Kantonese?
League Staffer: Moved a few years ago. Now, Nightingale no-last-name-given sponsored by Giovanni of Rocket Rec-... M-miss, the system's throwing up a bunch of red flags...
-Gale tries to lean in and peek at her registration over the screen, causing the staffer to pull the terminal screen back a bit to keep it obscured. With a sweet smile Gale backed off and put her phone on the desk behind the profile of the screen-
Maybe you need to refresh the page? Sure it's just a clerical error. SK, fix.
-She taps the back of her phone and flicks her finger at the terminal-
League Staffer: What?
Hm? It's a fix.
League Staffer: Well I really should get my man-... Huh, guess someone from head office just sent through an approval. Well miss Nightingale, welcome to the Galar League I guess. I'm seeing provisions for a custom uniform in here, do you have that with you?
League Staffer: And all that's missing is a uniform num- wait no that just updated I guess head office forgot to add that during the approval.
Oh, thank you kindly I guess.
-The attendant nods and steps over to the printer and returns with a Trainer Card and double-sided sheet while Gale puts her phone away-
League Staffer: There you go, your card and accommodation arrangements. The opening ceremony will be soon, I don't believe we have a date confirmed yet but we shall call you when you are expected to be here.
-Gale plucks the card up and flips it into her wallet and folds up the sheet into her jacket pocket before giving a friendly smile and a thumbs-up-
-With a good amount of day ahead of her, Gale spends the time exploring the city, occasionally catching a bit of news on her shopping spree-
Hours pass. In Sinnoh and elsewhere around the world, fans hold their breath and Mrs Matashi stares down liabilities and contracts at risk, doctors and healer pokemon at a private hospital try to save seventeen lives. In Angela, a fire is eventually put out and the first photos of a ruined volcano set leak ahead of the media proper. In Unova, a crash awakens locals as a stained-glass window falls inwards and shatters and the police are called. The top of the hour ticks over and multiple channels swivel into their nightly news coverage. Channel surf.
Sinnoh Local 7 News Presenter: And our top story: Seventeen members of J-Pop outfit Hard Candy were rushed to hospital earlier today after inhaling chemicals emitted by a damaged oil diffuser. ~click~ Maddie Lee, Hard Candy Dancer: Mrs Matashi helped me break the door in after we heard a few thumps. When we got it open you could almost see the mist hanging in the air. ~click~ Angelan First Responder: It's lucky we were able to find the Houndoom so quickly, even for a fire-type that much smoke and heat isn't healthy. ~click~ An Apocaklipz Fan Stream: We have confirmation that this was the World-Dirge Pinnacle, but fire investigators are being cagey about any other info. If you ask me, I think someone was trying to hurt our boys. ~click~ QBL News Presenter: The company has vehemently denied that their products are unsafe and claim that the diffuser was being used incorrectly. ~click~ Hour of Importance: Despite being asked, church officials have declined to appear on the show tonight to respond to these allegations. ~click~ Sinnoh Local 7 News Presenter: -serious but stable condition. ~click~
-Night falls and a chill rolls through the air. Gale's eyes adjust quickly to the darkness as shop lights flicker out. A big city at night was her favorite time and place and as she wandered towards the Budew Drop Inn she sang like her namesake bird that does not exist in this world-
Somewhere in a monolithic tower, a record deal is being negotiated. While they had no hand in the events of that fateful event, advice comes down from high to amplify the story. Crash the price of the deal and sign it quick; if the group survives the night then there would be a glorious return to the stage, if it doesn't then there was always money in the mourning. Elsewhere in that same tower the subsidiary chairman Mr Vile steps away from his desk to handle a personal matter, taking with him a obtuse contract with a Faust Capital letterhead. Yet further in that tower, data techies boot up their mining rigs and look for patterns.
Morning comes and it's time for the more opinionated and rumor-friendly shows to have their go with the stories of the past day.
Yames Rocette, Professional Gossip-Collator: Did a bullied teen idol plan to kill her bandmates? Investigators find new links between the poisoning of Hard Candy and the volatile behind the scenes life of the performers. Dave "Husk" Tyres found in a daze on the streets of Karnelle and lashes out at reporters! Was the blaze at his studio deliberately lit? This and more on Entertainment Daily! ~click~ Unova Morning 5: While police have several suspects for the vandalism of the cathedral, it would be irresponsible of me as an anchorman to not note that from the graffiti painted across the doors it's likely the perpetrator was a victim of the recent issues that have come to light across the Arceun. ~click~ Jesse Rainbou, Talk Show Lead: And our first discussion for the morning's panel; in light of recent events should we re-examine the claims made by sellers of non-standard medicines such as essential oils and dietary supplements? ~click~ Maddie Lee: I'm not saying that it was abusive, I just mean that we all understood that being the best idols in the world was a hard road and some people don't take that well. ~click~ Karnelle Local 33: Police have 'apprehended' the Simisage found breaking into the local industrial explosives factory and are organizing for space at a reserve. ~click~
As Gale Knight rises from her bed and chews through a continental breakfast on Gio's dime, the leaders of the three bands who revealed their golden tickets step up to address the media in their home regions.
Heather Matashi: Due to recent and ongoing events, I am formally cancelling Hard Candy's performances for the foreseeable future, effective immediately. ~click~ Mick Ragna: You don't get it do you? Apoc's through, man. I quit! ~click~ Prelate Renold Highcastle: Unfortunately with the repairs needed for the cathedral after this vile, hateful act we will not have the funds necessary to get the choir to Lady Meloetta's competition and thus are politely bowing out of the running. There will be no further questions, sorry. ~click~ Yames Rocette: And the question on everyone's lips, is this the end of the Battle of the Bands? And more importantly, where is Meloetta's response to these events?
-Meloetta is shaken by the news overnight. All at once, three of her chosen bands drop from the tournament before it has even begun and the fourth band still mysteriously, suspiciously quiet-
Meloetta: <Send... Send their tickets to the J-Team, tell them three more slots have opened up but I'll need them to help me find out who sabotaged my revel.>
-A fae attendant nods and flies off into the mist to do the muse's bidding-
Hard Candy is successfully sold to QBL Records, who immediately add the back catalog of singles to their streaming service. All 17 injured members of Hard Candy make a recovery and return to work to find they are under new management.
A few days after dissolving the band, Mick Ragna is found crying over a piece of blank paper with a Faust Capital letterhead in his beachfront bungalow, his trademark Houndoom missing.
Renold Highcastle continues to deflect questions from the media, the incident shaking his faith not in Arceus above but in the mortals chosen to be intermediaries. His sleep is fitful, his dreams drifting to strange places...
Edited by Pentigan on Jan 30th 2020 at 9:17:41 PM
-Tanten looks incredulous for a moment, then slams his door.-
-About ten minutes pass.-
Tanten, opening the door back up: "Got a pen? I had my legal consultant draft up a contract. I assume you can sign on behalf of JT."
-It's written in Crobat venom. Langston looks on approvingly.-
Tanten: "Careful not to get a papercut."
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