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Bailey starts feeling the doors with Rex. "I wonder what they mean by burn? These don't feel particularly hot..."
This next clue seems to be a big dilemma...
Maybe I could use my Psychic-type senses to find the right door. I could try to look at the heat signatures of these doors and see which one of them is more...uh...evident...
So I considered this idea and my body started to have bluish aura around it and my eyes were glowing.
I could have tried to touch the doors like the others, but eh...this looks like the easier option to me.
What are ya doin'? (Marsha asks Rainmaker.)
(Rainmaker will be able to see that the door right next to the door Bailey is currently feeling has an ever-so-slightly different aura emanating from it.)
Door. After door. After door. And nothing. I pivot around to face the others after checking my fourth door in succession.
"Oh, uh sure. I haven't eaten anything in a while, now that I think about it." Dana pats her stomach.
"Sweet. Then let's roll." I say, beginning to walk. I start leading us to the nearest eating establishment, where others are by coincidence.
...slithering over, Higgins grabs the bowl between his teeth and, after jerking it off its wooden stands, starts dragging it over towards the ramp. Lenton has to laugh watching him drag that thing off stage...he gets an errant thought to try and run himself, he figures he probably couldn't screw shit up as bad as Rave did even without the murders. Still, something about that thought feels a little dirty, and he casts it aside for now.
There's still an air of melancholy that hangs over the town as they discuss the election amongst themselves; even with something to occupy their thoughts, the news of the murders still sits uncomfortably close to home for many, though lingering more in tone and looks than in words.
Narcia, By the Pizza Stand
[...for a second, I thought the king had come to help me up. I think that's the guy from the pizza stand.] "Ya...you uh-kay, du'e?" [I say despite being nearly passed out, forced to eat my pizza at the slowest pace imaginable while I can barely manage to lift myself.]
I'm simply using my psychic powers to scan the heat signatures of the doors, so that I could determine which door is the right one... , I replied to Marsha.
In my "psychic vision", I was able which door was the hotter one.
Oh, I found it now! , I said, as my aura faded away and my eyes stopped glowing, It's the one next to the door Bailey is currently touching! , I exclaimed as I pointed an arm towards the right door.
Seeing Eliot barely coherent like this, Mila is about ready to rush off before she looks back to Autumn and realizes that she should confer with her before deciding on a course of action.
"This isn't good, one of us should find Koss at least if not another doctor."
"Can I stay with him?"
"I— sure, yeah, I'll look for..."
Before Mila can leave, Autumn pulls her back with a paw and looks directly into her eyes, searching for something though Mila doesn't know what.
"I know you've done a lot recently for him, but I need to do something... ever since that day in the catacombs I wished I had acted differently, kept him from getting close to the fight. Please, Mila, let me stay."
"I... yes, of course. I'll bring help soon."
This time Mila faces no difficulties leaving the table, as she dashes into the crowd and looks for any sign of the Alolan Raichu who'd left a while earlier. She wonders if the check he'd been keeping on Eliot had alerted him already, but she wasn't willing to wait on that possibility.
Autumn sits down next to Eliot, watching him and saying nothing unprompted. Until she can find what she wants to say, she settles for making sure he doesn't pass out in his food or choke.
Sally almost goes straight ahead and answers Dinah's question, but she suddenly stops as a thought crosses her mind and she looks up to the Krokorok, in a huff.
"Howsat gonna help find her? I don't believe you!"
Then, seeing as she realizes Grigori's comment might actually be important, she mutters to him trying to not attract attention to her previous outburst or that she'd never mentioned it before.
up to KB if this needs editing or shouldn't be dropped so soon.
"Oh! Thank you!" Bailey says to Rainmaker.
He floats over and begins to pull or push the door open.
(I feel a bit taken aback when Sally snaps at me like that, but perhaps that really wasn't an appropriate question to ask right then. How her mother finds this treasure probably isn't important right now.)
(Also...why does that name Sally gave sound familiar? Have I heard it someplace before?) Your mother's name is Phoebe?
(And why is that Whimsicott approaching us? Can't he see that we're in the middle of something important?)
(When Bailey opens the door, he and the others are met with a blast of humid air. Past the door is a large room that looks like a rainforest, with vines and leaves hanging down from the room's rocky walls and waterfalls coming down the rocky wall in places. There's a walkway leading to a large platform in the middle of the room that seems to be floating over a pit that almost looks bottomless. On this platform, a Gengar stands facing away from Marlon, Marsha, and the others.)
(As Rave begins to leave the stage, Mr. Dos Santos sighs and climbs down off of it himself and rejoins the rest of us.)
So...what do we need to do now, Papa? (Mia asks.)
I guess get ready to find a new mayor and mayor's assistant. (He grunts.)
(Mia looks at us for a moment.) Are we gonna have time to fix their boat real quick? They've been waiting on us to fix it for three days at this point. (She asks her dad, motioning in our direction.)
(Mr. Dos Santos looks at us and back to Mia, looking like he's thinking about it.)
Edited by kablammin45 on Jun 13th 2019 at 11:12:27 AM
After receiving a blast of humidity (almost like opening up the front door at home on those days where it was really hot and you could feel it within moments) the next room is made evident to us and...a jungle. It's a jungle. I step into see the room in full. But perhaps most prudently a Gengar is facing away from us in the center of the room. Isn't this the Gengar Marsha spoke of...?
Uh, what do we do? Just outright speak to them?
I say as I step into the room, steadily beginning to approach, but not wanting to go too fast.
We'll get right on it and get these guys down and back to where they were supposed to go.
Steph ends up finishing her long meditation and goes looking for the others, "Where is everyone?"
"I guess so..." says Rex as he goes into the jungle room. "But we should probably be careful..."
(That name... I looked over to the group, making sure the kid doesn't overhear.) I believe I know who she's talking about. Back at Foxfell, we met a pair of officers looking for a Gorebyss named Phoebe. She's said to have lead a group of raiders, so maybe the treasure could refer to whatever she had stolen. I'm thinking the little one might be connected to her.
(I pause for a moment before continuing.) We should get to the others and tell them what we found out.
(Oh, that Whimsicott's still there. Might as well address them.) We're a little busy here. If you want to ask us something, ask quickly.
Then let me do the talking... , I spoke to the others before slowly floating towards the Gengar.
I silently gulped. C'mon, Rainmaker...you. can. do this...
AHEM... , I loudly cleared my throat(?) to get the Shadow Pokémon's attention, Greetings, m'lady... , I spoke in a overly formal and polite way, I believe that you broke into this Funhouse and well, to say it frankly...you wrecked shit up... , I then deadpanned, But hey...you can atone for your sins... , I crossed my arms as spoke emotionlessly.
But I then made a dynamic pose, as I pointed an arm towards the Gengar, SO SAY SORRY TO MARSHA FOR HURTING HER AND TELL US WHERE DID YOU TAKE LILAC! , I yelled hammily at her.
Edited by Theyja on Jun 13th 2019 at 8:07:48 PM
(Winnie freezes, frustrated that she walked in on something else completely and now wondering how she is even supposed to ask them about Benji in the first place without giving herself away.) Well...erm...I...oh, never mind! You all are too busy. I can wait. (She sits down on a nearby bench.)
(My heart sinks as my fears are confirmed. Sally's mother is a criminal?) Oh...oh no...I-I think we should... (I tell Grigori.)
(Also, what is that Whimsicott's problem? Why did they even want to talk to us in the first place?)
(The Gengar whirls around to face Rainmaker, a mischievous expression on her face.) Heeheeha! I'll never tell yas! Nawt unless ya answer this! (Her accent sounds remarkably like Marsha's.)
(She scratches the back of her head a bit as if trying to remember what she was going to say before speaking:) Okay, I don't remember was I was supposed ta say, but I'll tell ya this much: Lilac hasn't ever been to far away this whole time! (She says, crossing her stumpy arms.)
(Mr. Dos Santos sighs.) All right, but don't dawdle because we're sure to have to get involved in the elections.
We're really only fixing a hole in the boat, anyway, that shouldn't take all that long. (Mia says.)
Phil and Dennis leave theor stand for now to go on break, leaving their third, a Mightyena, to stand guard for now. The two head for different areas, the Emboar heads to Larry's location, and the Heatmor towards Steph.
Uh, Larry....you feeling okay man?
Miss...are you lost?
Why did I hear Marsha's voice come out of that Gengar's mouth? Something isn't right here, unless I find myself overanalyzing this situation once again. Maybe I need to rethink how I feel like I'm always trying to protect Marsha when I know she can hold her own. Regardless of whatever is actually going on here I respond to them.
What do you mean when you say "Lilac was never too far away?"
somehow managed to completely forget about Kevin but he's still there.
Thanks, dad! Okay guys, let us find Izzy and gather our supplies.
Tiff motions for Mia (maybe the others as well) to follow.
Edited by Team42Larson on Jun 13th 2019 at 4:38:35 AM
"Wuh... what? Who's Lilac?"
Bailey's head hurts.
Steph waves to the Heatmor, "Hello there!" she greets shyly at that with a raised yellow paw as she scratches her cheek trying to remember what that pokemon is.
"Lilac... I think that's the Zoroark we met at the lobby," Rex tells Bailey.
He then turns to the Gengar. "Where is she... and wh-who are you?"
("Oh no, it's that big fellow from the other stand! Act normal, Winnie!") I just thought a...an acquaintance of mine was here, that's all.
Haha, I won't tell yas until you figure out my puzzle! (The Gengar laughs.) And as for what I mean by that...I'm just gonna leave it for ya ta find out!
This gal's not very cooperative, is she? (Marsha remarks to Marlon, shaking her head.) What do you guys think she means when she says Lilac's not far? I've got nothing.
(Mia quickly joins her sister. Mr. and Mrs. Dos Santos turn their attention to some other Pokémon who have walked up to them wanting to speak, leaving us alone without anyone talking to us.)
Well, matey, what do you think we should do from here? (Rich asks me.)
(I don't know about everyone else, but these past few days have worn me out both physically and mentally and I just want the day to be over.) I'm exhausted...I think I just want to head back to the inn and take a really long nap.
Don't guess I blame yeh fer wantin' t' do that. (Rich says.) Well, reckon we'll head that way.
(I get up and begin heading back to the inn, with Rich following me. We are quickly joined by Maran, Sunny, and Cortez after they come down from the roof of a nearby building.)
Bzz...I know we were mostly on the outside of it, but...bzz...I haven't seen a huge mess like this since Hoard. (Maran says.) Hopefully the worst is over now, though...
Yeah, no kidding... (I sigh.)
You...sure they're around here, man? I could help you find them if you want.
Are you looking for your friends or something? They're scattered around here, also..you okay? You seem to be kinda bouncing around the place.
That's not her speaking to me. I know Marsha's accent from the very moment she says but one word to me, regardless. But this Gengar over here? She's talking as if she was Marsha. What kinda trickery am I being exposed to right now, this whole puzzle aside? "Lilac was never far away this whole time". Unless it implies that she was still in that kitchen the whole time...WAIT. OOOOOOOHHHHH...
imagine this playing as Marlon pours over the facts: https://youtu.be/H4JnXBvwoiQ
Because Marsha isn't Marsha! Zoroarks can make illusions of other Pokémon, right? June made us look like copies of herself the very first time we went into her Funhouse and met her. And how else does that Gengar have Marsha's accent? How else, powers of illusion! Lilac illusioned herself and Marsha to look like a Gengar and another Marsha! How else can that explain Lilac being missing after the first room, the main reason we went on this goose chase, when the sounds of attacks rang out! I might be tripping, but this just made itself almost egregiously obvious.
I get it now. Lilac is in this very room much with us. And I know exactly which of us she is.
Tiff leads her sister on to first find Izzy before heading to grab the necessary supplies-wherever the now-Trevenant is.
Izzy? Where are you? We got a boat to fix.
Edited by Team42Larson on Jun 14th 2019 at 2:33:01 PM
"Wait... which of us she is?" asks Rex, confused. "...AAH! You mean...?"
Edited by Bluethorn on Jun 14th 2019 at 1:36:02 PM
Well...that might be hard because they're a Ditto and they could be anyone. ("Larry" says.)
(With the Whimsicott now preoccupied with talking to one of the other vendors, I lift Sally back up and prepare to rejoin the others.)
Hey, ya figured it out! (The Gengar says.) Who is it?
Yeah, who? (Marsha asks.)
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