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-Alice nods, waving a hand idly.-
Alice: I'm fine. I mean that sincerely. I just... there's been a fair amount on my mind, and in such cases, I tend to immerse myself in my work as a distraction. I imagine you're familiar with the feeling.
-She steps inside properly, leaning against the wall.-
Alice: In any case, I honestly don't want to interrupt. We can talk as you work, or I can simply wait until you're finished. After all, it is always a pleasure to see your engineering expertise in action.
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Silas smiled a bit, "Pull up a seat, we can talk and I can work pretty well. Multi-tasking isn't too hard for me."
Roxy kissed Silas and swung a chair out for Alice, "I'll leave you too be. Seems important," she said stepping out the door, but not before giving Alice a kiss as well.
Snakeye and Bishop smirked to each other as Silas began, "I'm guessing it involves our 'work' and some of the recent events huh?"
-Alice gives a weak smile as Roxy departs, before looking back at Silas.-
Alice: You know me too well.
-She does as suggested, grabbing a nearby stool and perching herself upon it.-
Alice: I apologise for taking so long to speak to you about these things. I assure you that if anything had transpired which gave me serious reservations about my position on the team, I would have mentioned it a lot earlier. But communication is important for any relationship, so it would be remiss of me not to discuss that which has been giving me pause.
Silas set his tools down, and looked Alice right in the eyes, "It's about what happened a few months ago during our raid of the Casino. That little upstart hero who we had to push aside," he said, "Isn't it?"
Ah yeah. Music's hard in this uh...
-Gale gestures at nothing in particular, vaguely mouthing the word 'medium'-
Yeah. It's something I ran into with the pop career with Susan. So who's left in this; your band, the one Kim and Ian have... Hm...
Well whatever, we can talk more about this after. Going live in ten seconds.
"Oh!" With that said she threw aside the choker, tucking it under a pillow. She sets herself on the bed, looking as graceful as a Shiny kitsune like her could given ten seconds to get ready.
Scarlette: So, a Genesect. What did you do to piss off a Genesect?
-Scarlette has followed Reaver to the scene of the attack, and she and Gus are investigating.-
Reaver: I don't know. It suddenly showed up, took some sort of weird creepy interest in Igneous, and Igneous objected to being grabbed by the thing. So it got mad and fired its Shadow Cannon thing at us all.
Scarlette: What, you mean Techno Blast?
Reaver: ...Sure? It called it a Shadow Cannon, though. In this weird Hatsune Miku voice.
-Scarlette stops in place.-
Scarlette: ...What exactly did this Shadow Cannon do?
Reaver: It... okay, so, when it first started attacking, it shot bolts of lightning, but then in the middle of it, it noticed I was a Fire specialist, and it switched out some part of its machinery, and started spewing... some sort of corrosive fluid.
-As Reaver describes the attack, Scarlette walks over to a puddle left by the jets of water, and kicks it. As it's disturbed, it sizzles on the ground like oil in a frying pan.-
Scarlette: ...It's... a modified Techno Blast. That thing is a Shadow Pokemon.
Reaver: Wait— what?
-Scarlette turns toward Reaver, a dark look on her face.-
Scarlette: Cipher got their grimy hands on a Genesect and turned it into a killing machine, Reaver.
Reaver: I know what Shadow Pokemon means! But why is something like that— here?
Scarlette: I don't know. But it's more than just rescuing an explosive Pupitar now, we need to stop this thing from causing any more harm.
Reaver: Well, duh!
Scarlette: Problem is, that cannon is going to cut through anything we throw at it if it can just keep changing its Drive. So we need to stop that from happening.
Reaver: ...It looked like it had to calm down from its weird frenzy before it could switch that out. Maybe if we can keep it aggravated.
Scarlette: Taunt, then. Maybe Embargo too, for good measure. Do you have anything that can coax it into switching to Fire or Ice?
Reaver: ...Take a wild fucking guess.
Scarlette: That'll be a no, then. I'll see about negotiating with Chantey to take the bait, in that case. Just stay out of sight until we're ready to lock it in. From there on, it's just a matter of surviving.
Gus: <Ah, Scarlette? Trail's this way.>
Scarlette: Excellent. Ready to roll, Reaver?
Reaver: ...As I'll ever be.
-Alice nods again.-
Alice: ...I understand that we were playing a necessary role. That dealing with Scratch via legal means was impossible, and doing so under our normal identities would be inherently compromising. All that said... rationalising it to myself doesn't abate the fact that I still feel a degree of guilt over the whole affair. That girl had conviction that she was doing the right thing, and yet we dealt with her like the common criminals we were portraying.
-She sighs, shaking her head.-
Alice: I've had my people keep tabs on the casino. It remains in Guild hands. Obviously they can no longer use it as an auction house due to the attention we drew via our operation, so now it's simply a money laundering front. We did a good thing by freeing the mons kept there. But I still find myself asking, does there come a point when we're simply doing the Guild's dirty work?
Silas looked to Alice, then looked away, left hand against his chin in thought... he smiled a bit, "Alice..."
He looked to Bishop, "Bishop, what are our current estimates?"
"From our actions the Guild has been set back about 8.3 years, the loss of the Delta servers shut down a lot of their interconnected digital activity. The auction house raid cleared a lot of their less desirable actors which while useful to them left them diminishing in numbers. The Casino product taken has set them back even further and cleared out a useful hiding spot. Current reports from the network show a cascade effect of more and more hunters being cleared out for activities against guild sanctions," Bishop explained.
Silas looked to her, "I have trouble sleeping, but that knowledge, that we've made a dent and we're sending them slowly spiraling, that helps."
He placed a hand on hers, "I worry about doing Delta's dirty work every day. But I am confident we are not, we have good heads on our shoulders and we're very aware of what we do, it may feel like we're fighting a mountain. But we've triggered an avalanche."
-That faint smile returns to Alice's face.-
Alice: I suppose putting it into quantifiable terms does help. Emotions are hardly rational actors, but I am happier knowing that our operations aren't simply cutting off the hydra's heads.
-Said smile fades as she meets Silas's eyes.-
Alice: ...Doesn't stop you from working with the man, though.
Silas sighed and leaned back, twiddling his thumbs, "Yeah that's a concerning part of the relationship between him and I. But considering he was threatening to murder me as soon as we met again after that raid against his home base, I'm considering it an improvement."
<Honestly the varmint seems frustrated hoss. Like he's stuck having to run in circles and not get recognized for it,> Snakeye commented.
Silas looked to Snakeye, "Hm?"
<Just a theory but, perhaps we could use that at some point. Delta's what, the number 2 hunter?>
Silas nodded, brow quirked, <Seems to me that unlike the mysterious Sphinx he doesn't want that. He's only number 2 with what he's capable of?>
Silas gave it some thought, "Maybe we can use that," he said looking to Alice, "You're our resident social expert, infiltration expertise involves manipulating people. Tell me, could we use those second place feelings to our advantage against the guild?"
Ever: Hey. Cosplay night?
Ever: Yeah. Sure. Look, I'm obviously flattered, but I do have no doubles in my Vs. Findr, and given how thoroughly that rule's been violated already, I'm really going to have to ask—
-Ever(?) holds out a hand, and Ever is stopped in their tracks-
Ever: -nervous, manic laugh- You don't wanna do that.
Ever: Seriously. Pro tip for anyone currently occupying my head— cut it out, because much like anything that's easy, it'll get you killed eventually.
~I'm afraid my highest priority right now is making sure you're not hers.~
Ever: Only her I belong to is currently training to be a Gym leader in Spikemuth, so unless you're remarkably dedicated to averting an apocalyptic future in which Mezzo takes over the planet, in which case I'd still oppose you on principle...get. Out. Of. My. Head.
Ever: Well, okay.
-their eyes turn yellow, and their hair catches fire-
Ever: Ack ack ack Glimmer that is not ideal—
Glimmer: <It's dead flesh already, I'm only reminding you of it.>
-they stumble closer to Ever as they flap at their head-
-and then, very abruptly, reach out and place one hand on Ever(?)'s forehead-
Ever: Alright, let's take a trip down memory lane.
-at which point nothing, rather conspicuously, occurs-
Ever: ...Oh...that doesn't work?
-there's a telekinetic flicker, and Ever's tossed backwards again-
Avery: You okay?
Ever: Yeah, I'd say this is about par.
-Gale takes a deep breath and silently counts down the last few seconds as the stream goes online-
Alrighty! Hello guys it's your favorite champ-to-be Gale Knight here with another chillout stream. I'm not at the cabin today cause I'm currently prepping for my big match against Raihan. With such an important match coming up I thought I'd prep something nourishing for both me and the team in preparation. Along with that, I've got a big announcement for everyone doing the Galar League so stay tuned and if you can let folks know then that'll be great.
-She smiles at the camera. The chat's already getting a few messages expressing interest in the Ninetales lingering in the background. A few messages have a specific name in them that is not Kamui's-
Her ear flicks and she turns to look at Gale at the word "surprise". Knowing she had moved, she elected to descend from the bed, approach the streamer and nuzzle her gently.
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-Despite herself, Alice chuckles.-
Alice: I think it says something about our group if someone like me is considered the social expert. To tell you the truth, I hadn't even considered things from that angle. And I'm not about to judge, since I too have worked with evil men to accomplish my goals rather than seeking to bring them to justice. That said... if you want my forthright opinion?
-Once again, her expression darkens.-
Alice: Men like him are exponentially more dangerous than Scratch, and capable of exponentially more evil. He knows the game. He's played it for longer than you or I. He'll run rings around us, given the chance. I don't think it's a question of how we manipulate him. I think it's a question of how he manipulates us.
-Riding within a Corviknight Taxi-
Being on the ocean like this, it's like the Mt. Chimney tram, except the car's being held up by a metal bird instead of a metal wire.
-Looking at what appears to be instructions-
We met with the dogs, but Uxie said I was to go over here too. That's besides the fact that Kahi-Ruth said we were to meet at the old Rubeloff residence, but I haven't heard from them yet.
Star: -somewhat hesitantly- Umm....How about starting with interviewing me? I'm sure there's so,etching you can ask me that'll be interesting, since I'm a Gym Challenger.
Silas leaned in, "And I know that all too well," he admitted, "Bishop and I scour the networks every day we're here in our home universe. If we can even get the slightest blip of his proper base, if we can ever find the bastard, I'm ramming the ship in and giving him no chance to retaliate," he said in a dark tone.
"I'll drag him into the sunlight and crack the mask off his head if I have to, until then... I have to make use of whatever I can get," he finished leaning back.
He exhaled a bit and gave Alice an apologetic look, "We have a lot of work ahead of us. But I get the feeling if we could even get our hands on one of the big 3, then we'd be set to pull the guild down."
"Be careful young Icarus, do not anger Solageo and fly to close with your wings," warned Daedalus, "For if you fly to close to the sun you will get burned," Bishop commented, "Hubris is the great killer after all."
Silas coughed and then spoke in a deep booming rumble, "Overconfidence, the slow and insidious killer."
-Gale lets out this happy little giggle as she's nuzzled against and smiles at the camera-
Looks like you've all noticed her, haven't you? Well given you're all asking unfortunately I have to state that this isn't my Vulpix, mostly cause if she suddenly became a shiny I'd be telling you that straight off. This here's a friend. Well, a friend's Ninetales. I was allowed to have her over for the day and it seems she wants to be on camera with me.
-Gale tries to put the camera in a good shot and gives Kamui a scritch behind the ears-
She's wonderful though, big floofy foxen.
With a gentle smile she leans into the scritches behind her ears, tails flitting gently. A vaguely happy noise comes from her, loving Gale's touch.
-Alice chuckles again.-
Alice: You really have been taking those vocal coaching lessons seriously, haven't you? Remind me to thank Minstrel later. The skills he's passed on have been invaluable in this line of work. Of course, I'm not convinced this isn't some insidious plot on his part to turn us all into mimics or something along those lines, but all in all I'd say it's worth it.
-She clasps Silas's hand in hers.-
Alice: In all seriousness, it is reassuring to hear you say that. Rest assured that I'll be right there with you when the day comes.
-She pauses for a second.-
Alice: ...I apologise. I have been going on and on about my own concerns whilst scarcely paying any concern to yours. How have you been holding up, given everything?
-Igneous wakes up to the red glow of insectoid eyes.-
Igneous: <...mmh— oh god oh fuck get away aaa>
-He panics, and jets away and right into a wall, leaving him dazed. Apex watches him go, chittering in wordless vocoded syllables as they put together some sort of machinery. Igneous just sorta watches uncomfortably.-
Igneous: <...Sooo, uh, whatcha got there?>
XD: APEX: (immediately) "A smoothie." <creature has evolved three times— creature has evolved one time— cellular regression anomaly occurring in attempts to change form— creature should develop metallic characteristics upon successful evolution— creature originates from holon— >
-Igneous eyes the door as Apex goes on. He starts to fire up his je
-Apex slams Igneous against the wall and glares at him.-
XD: APEX: "You sly dog! You caught me monologuing!"
Igneous: <please let go of me>
-There's the tap, tap, tap, of footsteps echoing through the warehouse. Apex goes on alert, setting Igneous down and turning toward the entering individual.-
Scarlette: Hey, bug! Hear you've got something interesting!
XD: APEX: "Intruder Alert. Intruder Alert."
Scarlette: You bet.
-She sends out Chantey as Apex analyzes its assailants.-
Silas looked at Alice right in the eyes, and an actual confident smile appeared on his face, "Holding up well. I'm doing pretty good all things considered, and hey don't sweat it. We're busy adults who have work to do."
Snakeye smirked at the sudden change.
He grinned, "You seem like me after a 5 day bender of no sleep, you doing alright?"
-Alice smirks back at Silas.-
Alice: I already told you, I'm fine. I once stayed awake for ninety-two hours on a stakeout in 110 degree weather. Compared to that, I'm comparatively well-rested. If not quite as put together as my usual head-turning self.
Aww, she's adorable isn't she? Big affectionate floofs are really good and I'm happy I get to be around such a wonderful one right here.
-Gale pauses for a moment-
Well, given I'm a little too lost in the fluff to do much cooking right now, how about we move on to the big announcement, yeah?
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