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<Yeah, sure. Isn't that half of what the J-team does anyway?>
<Then again I'm not so cruel that I'd refuse to help anyone if I come across them with this...>
To: You're Blue Now
Parfait: <Aw, don't feel bad! We're supernatural truth...ers. Wow, that term is misleading. Parallelism failure right there.>
-beam, putting hands together- <Don't have anything to gain from blowing your cover either way, so no worries there. It'll all blow over or blow up, that's all.>
-she snaps a spark and waggles her finger like "I'm betting on you, kid"-
Logan: -finishing- Here.
-a flash of light on the ground: what appears is a man in a proper Nurse's uniform, red and white and the joy of FNT-d Trainers everywhere-
-Parfait eyes him curiously, and with more than a little focus-
Eric the Human: -cracking his neck- ~Alright, who're we flying against today?
Logan: -dry, quickly- No fly-fighting today. Need your actual job—tele-paramedic?
Eric: -opens his mouth-
Logan: -taps their head, meaningfully-
Addie: -mouths, to Mason- (<You can go to ground now, if you want.>)
-she sends him a wink and a "we've got this" sort of squirrely gesture-
Eric: -sigh- ~Really want my whole skillset for this one, huh?
Logan: -murmur- If you'd be so kind.
Eric: -hefting a medical bag—was it there before?- ~I'm going to read the whole (Hippowcratic) Oath of Joy to you someday, and I will make you listen.
-any more questions to ask, Mason?-
(-orbs to poke? rooftops to scour? puns to make? :o-)
-Malaise is Ice Beam'd and just falls out of the sky-
Malaise: -sad caw-
-there may have been some critical tactical oversight-
-they hit the Tamato-pile and go rolling under a desk-
(-...and here's where something strange happens-)
(-a flash of light rises from that desk in a pillar with an odd shimmering sound, and) oh, what's this?-
-purple and black roses sprout from all those silly Tamato-
Rosemaster: -...almost belated, to Salamence- You deal with a lot of hotheads, hmm?
-which explode into a spicy, spicy mushroom tomato cloud-
-Malus being effectively stationary on Rosemaster's shoulder, a platform slow to react—is spiked immediately (if...slowly), prompting another Ripen-munching to reduce it to a Cheri tap-
-effectively blinding them to the Cross chop that ensues-
Malus: -startled- <Aaaaaaa—!> -whack-
-the light rebounds off of the tasty pie filling that does absolutely nothing to cushion these blows-
Malus: -now rather squished- <Can I try out more flavors> @_@
Rosemaster: -morose, now wearing another mask over her mouth and nose for no other reason than Berry besieging hahahaha- We've tried that. It never ends well.
-stepping forward- Eh, c'est la vie. When life hands you Yache...
-...does pie to the face count as a tactic-
-let's count it as a tactic-
(-there's a shifting in the clouds of Tamato nectar suffusing the airÖ-)
Edited by Asterisk395 on Apr 17th 2021 at 1:43:31 PM
....Arceus what am I doing. Let's just go-
She walks out onto the field, cracking various joints in preparation. Bede is already waiting for her in the middle.
Bede: "Oh, you're back again? A lot of people just give up after they've lost."
Daydre: "Oh, believe me, I've done that before. I'd like to think I've grown past that though."
Bede: "Well. I hope you're prepared to lose again."
Daydre: "And I hope you're prepared to lose!"
The two walk to their respective ends of the stadium, Daydre trying to hide her nervous jitters.
I'm good I'm good it's not like I've lost before or anything. Yup.
The two trainers turn and face each other.
Daydre sends out Kazma while Bede sends out a Galarian Ponyta.
Kazma immediately starts running around the field, his movements lightening as he does as the Ponyta attempts to hit him with a Fairy Wind. Kazma nimbly dodges around it.
Galarian Ponyta: <Sit still!>
Kazma just sticks his tongue out at the Ponyta in lieu of saying anything back and continues running around the field. His speed keeps picking up as he stacks Agilities, the Ponyta growing more and more frustrated as his attacks keep missing. A missed Psybeam there, a thwarted Fairy Wind there, and he seems to be at his boiling point.
Galarian Ponyta: <OKAY. THAT's IT!>
... and he charges at Kazma in a rage (but not a Rage). At the last second Kazma jumps high into the air and out of the Ponyta's reach.
Galarian Ponyta: <Get back down here!>
Kazma comes down hard onto the Ponyta's back, and leaps back to his position on Daydre's side of the field. There's another round of Agility/Fairy Wind back and forth before Kazma tries another Bounce. This time the Ponyta is prepared, and waits for Kazma at his assumed landing site. As Kazma nears the ground again the Ponyta reels back and-
... No, it definitely hit. But the Ponyta's hoof has gone straight through Kazma's chest as if there's nothing there. In the momentary confusion created by this, Kazma kicks the Ponyta in the chest in return and bounces back.
Well, I was hoping that ruse would last a bit longer.
Daydre: "Okay Rikuo, do it!"
Kazma(?) salutes and disappears. The Ponyta looks around, anticipating an attack- but it's too late. Kazma(?) reappears behind him and strikes with claws of the type Raboot don't have.
The Ponyta can't take anymore and faints.
Edited by Daydre on Apr 17th 2021 at 5:36:38 AM
Kim: (in a whisper) "Okay." (beat) "Why not?"
Kim: "I am unsure. It appears to be some kind of prison cot. I do not know why we ended up here, however." (And then she notices Star.) "Ah, a new Trainer. Delighted to meet you. Kimber— never mind, you've already been introduced."
(Kim notices Evelyn crashing.)
Kim: "Ah, there you are. Hello, Evelyn. Are you okay?"
(Kim promptly puts down her phone and starts looking around for the new Trainer. Meanwhile, in another part of Circhester, Braker closes the Twitch app and turns to face Walter.)
Braker: "Well. That banquet certainly sounds fun."
Walter: <Indeed... and it seems like a perfect opportunity to report live.>
Braker: "That is true... but I did enjoy talking to that 'renewedPhilologist' person. I wonder where they are..."
Cuddles: <YAY~! They might have karaoke~!>
Braker: (laughs) "Indeed they might." (He turns to face Star.) "Well, in that case... I suppose we could get our interview started?"
Walter: (suddenly turning) <Hang on, Braker. Someone's coming.>
(Kim, meanwhile, is walking through Circhester— and suddenly takes note of Star and Braker— along with Walter and Cuddles. Delighted, she goes up to Star.)
Kim: "Ah, it's you. Wonderful to see you again."
Hoops wakes up early, just as the light of dawn is beginning to poke through the high canopy of Ballonlea. They dress quickly and grab their things, leaving a quick note for the others.
Went to challenge Bede. Be back soon. Come and watch if you wake up early.
They leave the house and begin the short walk to the gym, which will just be opening at this time.
Kec: <Are you sure you don't want to wait?>
His trainer, doesn't answer, but he continues to walk with grim determination.
Bede arrives at the gym at its opening time, not expecting challengers until later in the day, but is met by Hoops at the entrance.
Hoops: I'd like to challenge you.
Bede: It's a bit early, isn't it? Whatever, go and register. You know how this gym challenge works?
Hoops nods hesitantly.
Bede: Okay, I'll just explain it quickly then. It's just a quick quiz - answer the questions right and you get some bonuses for the gym battle.
Hoops: Fine. See you soon.
Hoops steps into a long corridor, which is set up with several checkpoints that each have several buttons for answering questions. As they begin to walk forwards, doors along the sides of the corridor open and three gym trainers step out, wearing the signature pink of the Ballonlea gym.
Trainer 1: Of course, you have to answer the questions while you're fighting us off. My name is Annette.
Trainer 2: And get ready, because we don't go down without a fight. My name is Teresa.
Trainer 3: But it's fine. All you have to do is reach the end of the room and answer all the questions. But it helps if you can beat us. My name is Theodora.
The three trainers send out Slurpuff, Aromatisse, and Gardevoir respectively.
Hoops: Kec... this is the start of our most important battle yet. Our homecoming, where we finally prove ourselves.
They grab two pokeballs from their belt and release Led, Sal, and Sud. Then they charge.
Bede: -recalling his Ponyta- "So that's your game, huh? You're a funny one for using tricks like that in a fae gym. I see you've changed up your team a bit since last time, but let's see how you like this!"
And with that he sends out a Kirlia.
Kirlia: <You cannot hide from me!>
The Kirlia releases a cloud of glowing leaves that home in on Kazma(?). Try as he might, he can't avoid them.
Daydre clicks her tongue.
.. Forgot Kirlia could learn that. What to do...
Rikuo continues running around the field, his boosted speed allowing him a bit of breathing room as the Kirlia continues pelting him with Magical Leaves. That's not to say he's not getting hit, though- the more time passes, the more Leaves hit him.
Daydre: Rikuo! Nothing personnel, behind him!"
Rikuo: <??... Oh!>
Rikuo vanishes again. In an instant he reappears behind the Kirlia, the Leaves trailing him hitting them both. The volume of leaves kicks up a dust cloud, and when it clears Rikuo is KO'd and the Kirlia is injured but still standing.
Daydre takes a deep breath and recalls Rikuo.
Okay, this is about what I expected.
She sends out Bartholomew, who is now a Carkol.
Daydre: "Alright Bartholomew, we're doing setup today."
Bartholomew: <Aye aye miss!>
The Carkol then speeds off, blowing smoke at the Kirlia while he's still reeling. He looks confused for a moment, before firing off another Magical Leaf.
Bede: -scoffing- "You know how Magical Leaf works, don't you?"
Daydre: "Oh, I know."
A rock flies out of the smoke cloud towards the Kirlia, who cuts it to ribbons with Magical Leaf before it can reach him. Another rock- cut to tiny, jagged pieces. And another.
Bede: "You're not going to get me with that trick a second time you know, I know what your Carkol is capable of-"
Daydre: "Yeah, of course not. Setup's done Bartholomew, you can clean up now."
A cheery "Awright!" comes from the Smokescreen cloud and Bartholomew slams into the Kirlia while his guard's down. And so the Kirlia is KO'd and recalled.
Me: -whispers to Kim- We wouldn't want to leave another burden on our host's shoulders, do we?
Agnes: -giggles- I thank you for your consideration, Ian.
Evelyn: -from down the hall- I've made the beds for everyone, Mom!
Agnes: Thank you very kindly, Evelyn. You lot can play while I get dinner ready.
Me: Thanks, Mrs. Promeneau.
-Evelyn wakes up early the next morning and notices the note Hoops left for them.-
Evelyn: Ian... Wake up... Hoops has flown the coop.
Me: -sleepily- Come again?
Evelyn: Looks like Hoops decided to get an early start and challenge Ballonlea's Gym.
Me: Sonano ka?note "Is that so?", Also a pun on Wynaut's Japanese name.
Evelyn: Sonansu, Ian-kun.note "That's the way it is, Ian kun.", Also a pun on Wobbuffet's Japanese name.
Me: Should we wake Kim?
Evelyn: I would let her sleep. After all, I wouldn't want to get awakened unnecessarily.
Me: Fair enough. Let's go.
-Ian and Evelyn get dressed, facing away from each other and when they're fully dressed, they turn towards each other, smile, and get ready to go to Ballonlea Stadium.-
Evelyn: Bye mom. Ian and I will be going to watch Hoops' Gym Challenge.
Agnes: Okay, Evelyn. I love you.
-Ian and Evelyn run into the lobby to catch Hoops preparing for their Gym Challenge.-
Me: Looks like we made it in time.
Me: I wish I knew, Kim and whoever you were talking to... I wish I knew...
Evelyn: -dizzily- I will be.
Me: -dizzily- So will I...
Edited by AnimeboyIanpower on Apr 17th 2021 at 8:07:06 AM
Okay he should have two mons left, I have three... This is looking pretty good?? Shouldn't get overconfident though...
Bede sends out a Mawile... Right onto the shattered remains of the rocks shards left on the floor by the Kirlia's previous attacks.
Bede: "What is he...- Mawile! Sucker Punch again!"
The Mawile turns right as Bartholomew Flame Charges in from behind, delivering a Sucker Punch directly to his jaw. Bartholomew skids off, charge extinguished. The Mawile shakes out her hand a bit- punching something that's on fire still kinda hurts. Bartholomew looks thoroughly done so Daydre recalls him and sends out the real Kazma.
Daydre doesn't even give any instructions this time, she just nods and Kazma gets to work. Picking up where Bartholomew left off, he charges at the Mawile, who chains an Iron Defense into Crunch. The damage is somewhat mitigated, but it doesn't stop another Flame Charge from knocking her out.
Bede: "So it's come to this, huh?"
Here it comes....
Hoops turns to see their friends come in.
Hoops: Oh, you guys made it. You woke up sooner than I thought you would.
Kec: <For the record, I was in favour of waiting until you woke up.>
Hoops runs to the first set of buttons. A screen above them says Which of these types is Fairy weak to? Poison or Steel?
Before they can answer, Slurpuff appears behind them and prepares to use Play Rough. Sud steps between them and uses Head Smash, knocking them back.
Hoops: They're both true. This must be a warm-up.
They press Steel just in time to dodge out of the way of a Moonblast from Aromatisse. Led twists in the air and unleashes an Air Slash, forcing the opposing pokemon back.
Led: <Fairy to the left of us, fairy to the right of us, fairy in front of us.>
Sal: <She's been reading a lot of poetry lately.>
He quickly lets loose a stream of flames at the approaching Gardevoir.
Hoops makes their way to the second set of buttons. What is the name of the first trainer to introduce herself? Annetta or Annette?
Sal: <A question based on social skills. You never had a chance.>
Sud: <Be nice. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say it.>
Hoops: You know you could... make up something nice.
They slam their hand onto the button that says Annetta. Instantly the lights in the room go red, and a large red X appears on the wall.
Trainer 2: That's one wrong, honey. There'll be some disadvantages in your gym battle now. Aromatisse, use Moonblast again!
Hoops: Sal, counter it with Toxic!
The moves clash as Hoops runs to the third button. What does the third trainer eat for breakfast every morning? Curry or omelette?
Hoops grins, thinking that this one is in the bag. However, Sud is knocked back by an attack and slams into Hoops. They fall forwards, and their hand slams into the curry button. Once again the lights go red and a second X appears.
The trainers recall their pokemon and step back.
Trainer 1: Well, you could have done better, but good luck on your challenge anyway.
Hoops: I, uh, thank you, I suppose.
They leave the corridor and head into the main pitch of the stadium.
Star: Nice to meet you both. I'm Star.
-Now a bit calmer, Star looks around, and hums a bit as she thinks-
Star: (This place is very blue, actually...This couldn't be...?)
Star: Oh, uh, sure.
Star: Oh, hey! Nice to see you again, indeed.
-At the center of the rows of prison cells is what appears to be a living Abra plushie with a longer than normal snout sitting in a blue chair behind a desk. In front of him are two golden-eyed Magnemite-
???: Lucy... Ian... Kimberly... I am Igor, and welcome to my Velvet Room.
-Gesturing with his paws-
It exists between dreams and reality, mind and matter.
Me: That much I could figure... but I have a few questions...
For instance... Why does this place look like a prison?
Why do you have such a large nose?
Where is this place in relation to the Metaverse?
And what did I do to end up here?
Abarata's retinue continue to discuss matters with the guards. He signals to his machoke majordomo.
Machoke: <If it is possible, His Grace would like to see the data personally to confirm. Also how quaint. The Protector himself appreciates analogue storage.>
Within the systems, Phineas racked his mind. People like the rebellion were too familiar to him.
Phineas: <What we can expect is usually a pattern of behavior. The fascist mind might be preoccupied with delusions of self-grandeur, but the authoritarian one directs that fervor toward more ruthlessly pragmatic actions. The worlds this farce of a rebellion would target are those that serve as the greatest threat. Most likely their attentions would focus on worlds populated by those with type advantages against them. We'll likely spot the thread for their behaviours, if possible.>
Edited by MasterJayAM on Apr 17th 2021 at 9:19:04 PM
-she turns to look at the Abra and his Magnemite companions-
Star: Ah... (I was right? This is the Velvet Room. Though...)
-She nods in agreement with Ian-
Star: Why is this place a jail, and do we really need to be in these cells?
Kim: "Indeed. This is all very confusing."
Kim: "Same to you." (And then she notices Braker.) "And... who might you be?"
Braker: (beat, then) "You know her?"
Kim: "Indeed. We have met before." (She walks up to Braker and extends her hand.) "Kimberly Bond, at your service."
(Braker takes it.)
Braker: "Ah, so you're the one who defeated Bede. That must have been fun. Leonard Braker. Please, just 'Braker'."
Kim: "You don't need to worry about that. I usually refer to people and Pokemon by their surnames anyways. You must be the person I talked to on the chat stream." (She turns to Walter and Cuddles.) "Which means you must be Walter, correct?"
Walter: <That's the way it is. Pleased to meet you.>
Kim: "I see. Delighted." (then, to Cuddles) "And you must be Cuddles. Hello there, cutie~!"
Cuddles: <Hello~! Do you want a hug?>
Kim: "A hug? Of course, I would love one."
(He promptly goes over and hugs Kim, snuggling against her. Kim hugs him back— and squeals with delight.)
Kim: (muttering to herself) "Oh my god you are the softest and fluffiest Galvantula ever— I already love you—"
Cuddles: (snuggling) <Awwww! I love you too~!>
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on Apr 17th 2021 at 11:14:50 AM
Me: Well, Evelyn woke up first.
Evelyn: Right, and as for Kim...
Me: We let her sleep.
Hatty: <After all, it would be rude to wake someone up unnecessarily.>
Piku-chan: <So, shall we go into the stands and watch your Challenge, Hoops?>
Wait why am I acting scared I already know what's gonna happen
Bede sends out a Hatterene and-
Daydre: "Okay um... Wait, did I not make a plan for this part? Shit-"
Kazma: <What was that?>
Daydre: "Can you hold out for a little longer?"
Kazma: <... That's not reassuring! But okay.>
He jumps high into the air, avoiding the Max Mindstorm that slams into the ground below him. Using his momentum he kicks into the bottom of Gmax!Hatterene's body and pushes off to land on the ground. He puts up a Protect barrier right in time to block another Max Mindstorm- or, negate some of it anyway. The barrier shatters under the force of the attack, and Kazma takes some damage.
Daydre: -sucking in a breath- "... Alright, that's enough, come back."
Before Kazma can protest he's sucked back into his ball. Daydre retrieves troublesome's ball from her belt.
... Well. Time for some showmanship.
As the ball grows in her hands Daydre nearly drops it, before recovering and swinging the ball over her head and as far in her corner as she can manage. Out comes troublesome, giant and fully Dynamaxed. The battle resumes, troublesome taking the Gmax!Hatterene's final Max Mindstorm before the latter's transformation wears off. The Hatterene shrinks back to normal.
Daydre: "Let's finish this off with a bang, I guess. Troublesome?"
troublesome: <( ͡⚆ ͜ʖ ͡⚆)>
"That's just the nature of the Team. You get pulled in and suddenly you have a desire to help," Silas noted.
~You just gotta know when it's okay to say no to a problem. If you burn yourself out, you won't be able to help anyone and that'd be far crueler,~ Hacks added.
Silas nodded, "You're a smart individual, you'll be able to figure this out."
The Princess was idly chatting with Arthur, a large crowd having formed around them... but giving them a lot of space.
The Pen grinned as it sensed Gale trying not to smile, Alright then friend. Let's prove to them what makes you the best damn cook.
It opened a hand and showed off a possibility, ink construct cooking utensils, floating around Gale in a showy display, If you want. Already got them all prepped friendo, want to impress them the old fashioned way or shall we let loose and be a little extra in this corner of existence?
The head chef nodded, <Good enough, you'll be part of the main dish team, report to your station and look over the recipe! We have numerous guests of multiple species here!>
He floated off. The Main dish seemed to be some form of cultured meat stew of sorts, easy to serve for numerous different mouths and species... and easy enough to poison if wanted.
The Pen looked over it, then to the Head Chef, then shook his head.
"Entirely likely," Bishop noted, "It's just... stuff like this. It has a habit of appearing out of nowhere, usually only held together by one common link."
"There has to be an origin point, some place that is off the records or out of reach, we find that, we find the Rebellion, we find what we are fighting and why we are fighting."
Back in realspace the Guard nodded and directed the party to a set of towers, <The shelves here should have the data you need.>
Bishop's instructions came in,
Edited by EchoingSilence on Apr 18th 2021 at 8:03:10 AM
<Well yeah, I've been involved for like five years I know that much.>
<.... Dear Arceus, I've been here for five years.>
Daydre releases a breath she didn't know she was holding in.
Whew, okay! That actually. Worked.
Both sides recall their mons, the battle over.
Bede: "Well, as the Ballonlea gym leader I hereby congratulate you on your win."
He hands Daydre a Fairy Badge.
Daydre just. Stands there looking at it for a second.
Bede: "... You can leave now, you know."
Daydre: "Huh? Oh, right!"
She turns and walks out of the stadium, back into the locker room, out of the gym, takes a flying taxi back to the Stormchaser, walks into her room, shuts the door, and immediately crumples to the ground.
"Well I first had my contact with the J-Team in... 2015 aroun- Oh Arceus it's been almost 6 years," Silas said realizing.
<... Wait no it has been 6 years hasn't it? I also joined in 2015.>
Silas nodded, "Damn," he then let out an odd laugh, "We're getting old."
~Look at you, you got a job, you got married, you're a responsible adult now. And here you are helping someone else sort out their stuff and learn their powers,~ Hacks said with a smile.
Silas then blinked, "Damn what past me would think of current me. What about you Daydre? How do you think the you that first joined would react to the you now?"
Past Daydre: "What do you mean you don't know if she's your girlfriend or not?"
Current Daydre: "I dunno I don't want to assume!"
Past Daydre: "Kissing is a pretty good indicator! And what do you mean we started and didn't finish like three different leagues?"
Current Daydre: "I was busy! I'm gonna come back to them, really- were you not listening about the other shit I was involved in?"
Past Daydre: "I don't even know what that stuff is!"
Ama: "Arceus above the two of you are so annoying"
"... I dunno honestly. I haven't hit nearly as many life milestones, but I have almost died a couple times."
"Asphyxiated almost twice in another dimension," Silas admitted, "Our lives are kind of dangerous."
~You took us onto a third space mission in another universe where we fought a fascist army of psychic types...~ Hacks stated.
"Hey you weren't there for the shit we went through on April Fools Day."
~Oh so getting to be cool is so hard, I'm sorry I went to hell!~
Silas shot Daydre an apologetic look.
<I spent my April 1st trying not to get murdered by yet another alternate me, so there was that.>
<... Maybe I should learn to defend myself, this seems to keep happening!>
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