8th January 2012, 01:21 PM #106
I'm Fired Up!
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Blog 6
Finally caught up again! the chapters were good and I really like Frances's shy personality, especially how it contrasts with Alaska. One thing that I didn't understand was Bill now I know this is set in your universe so he might be older but in the games he looks like he's in his early to mid twenties and since this takes place around nine years after the Red and Blue then wouldn't be here around his early to mid thirties meaning that he shouldn't be that old or even have grey hair for that matter. Just saying.
Also I really love what she did to Chloe she had it coming it'll be funny if she has her nose in a cast the next time she appears. Also it seems like Amanda might be tougher than we expect though after what Bill said about there being two agents of the old Team Rocket...well I have my suspicions here.
Alaska's blogs are still awesome, I mostly read them for the jokes and innuendos.
8th January 2012, 04:24 PM #107
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Blog 6
My Bill is in his sixties as I always saw him myself as being kind of old, and it suits my world better than he and Oak have been working together for many years (as in decades). When he appeared in Kris vs Gold, which is a year after Red/Leaf/Blue, he is old there as well, and he will be old in The First Warriors. I am glad you like Frances, Chloe's demise and all the innuendos, and for that one point after Buzz and Amanda, well, read ahead ;)
Interlude Five: Six Degrees of Villainous Separation
Once again, Buzz Bolton found himself staring out at the sunset. The sky was alight with orange and yellows today, sucking the blue out of the area around them as the stars slowly began to twinkle into place like many little lights being switched on. It was one of those sunsets you couldn't help but turn towards and find yourself lightening up inside as you stared at the sun as it began to sink behind the skyscrapers, trees and mountains. It helped to make people's days, and cheer them up from the day they had.
However, nothing was going to cheer up Buzz.
He stared out at Saffron City with his mind racing. In a few weeks, he hoped to be in charge of this entire region. He could imagine people screaming and running through the streets as the floors of Silph Co. opened up, and the army he had been developing for five years would rise out onto the streets. Buzz could imagine buildings of his rivals crumbing and falling down inside themselves, balls of fire rising up from their basements. He could imagine men running through the street and grabbing people, killing whoever he wanted and could until every single region was bowing down before him and opening their gates to welcome him in. Buzz had been imagining things like this for years, and sometimes would be sitting at his desk and could see the sun turning into a giant fire that wiped out all his enemies at a press of a button.
But his plans were in turmoil. Buzz clutched in his shaking hands a brief letter that had been sent to him by an Archaeologist from the Oreburgh Museum in Sinnoh, who Buzz had bribed and flown out to Mt Moon to do some evaluation. He kept glancing back at the results given to him, wondering wheter to believe them or not, all the while finally his dreams crashing down around him.
The phone suddenly begin to ring, and Buzz let out an angry sigh as he turned towards it and pressed a button on his remote control to answer it. He had a feeling who it was going to be, and recognized the voice that let out an angry shriek as soon as it picked up.
"THAT STUPID LITTLE BITCH!" Amanda's voice screeched, echoing in the enclosed room. "I WANT THAT SELF IMPORTANT TART DEAD BUZZ, DO YOU HEAR ME, DEAD!" Buzz was a bit taken aback by this, having expected Amanda to be calling about something else.
"I don't care about Alaska fucking Acevedo at the moment darling," Buzz said, trying to keep his voice calm, "but if she is being a bother and you still haven't managed to kill her yet than I know a way to get rid of her within the next few days, alright?" Amanda's heavy breathing was all that came back, but Buzz knew she would be nodding at the other end.
"Fine, but I want a bit of her left over for me at least to personally destroy," the producer snarled. "She ruined my clothes and a camera, my tablet is covered in mud and Chloe needs to get her nose fixed!" Buzz was once again taken aback and sighed angrily, but he needed to focus on other matters.
"Did you get a copy of the report from Dr. West?" Buzz asked, only to get a loud sigh in reply.
"No, didn't you hear me? My tablet fell in the mud!" Amanda snapped back. "God, when I get my hands on that bitch I'm –,"
"ENOUGH!" Buzz yelled, cutting Amanda off mid sentence. "Alaska will be dead within days, alright? We've got bigger fish to deal with at the moment! Dr West said that he searched the area around the explosion and found no evidence of fossils being there, but he found a piece of discoloured rock in a hole that he has tested and said it contains DNA of a Kabuto in it." Amanda's gasp was clear and audible, and Buzz sighed and he collapsed down into a chair, groaning as he angrily kicked the wall, much like a toddler that wasn't getting their way.
"So the little bitches blog was right?" Amanda whispered. "Gideon is back then, isn't he?" Buzz stopped kicking but continued to groan, almost on the verge of tears, though he would never admit it. He turned back towards the phone, staring down at the report in front of him.
"I am sorry to say he is," Buzz said, his voice a lot more whiny than it usually was. "I have no idea how that dick survived for all these years, but he is back and seems to be starting up Operation Lavender." Silence fell between the two, and Buzz looked out through his windows, the low sun casting shadows across his floor as it moved behind several buildings.
"But… but… but Neil… we left him there," Amanda whispered, in so much shock that she forgot how much Buzz hated having his real name used. "We left him there to die… surely he is going to start putting the pieces together, he'll know we are still around!" Buzz stared angrily at the phone, severely annoyed at the use of his real name, but he knew that Amanda had a point.
"We'll have to keep quiet then, won't we?" He replied, trying to gain control again, his mind thinking of what to do. "I want you to focus entirely on getting these stars up to scratch and defeating gyms. Do more training and more gruelling challenges – we are going to have to bring our challenges forwards and I want at least one of them to have all eight gym badges before Gideon can do anything, alright? And don't even spare a thought for the little bitch – she'll be a bad memory in a few days."
"Fine then," Amanda said, a little bit huffily. "And what are you going to do during this time?" Buzz didn't appreciate the tone in her voice and was tempted to give her a warning about it, but had too much on his plate to properly care about it. He instead stood up, the report still clutched in his hands and drawing his attention back. Whatever Gideon was planning, there was a chance it would ruin theirs.
"I am going to keep an eye on our old colleague and see what he is up to," Buzz said firmly. "I need to use the phone to make arrangements – goodbye," and he hung up before Amanda even knew it. Buzz turned back towards his window, only a small orange glow in the distance providing natural light, and he knew that soon light bulbs would turn on and light his path. But Buzz didn't intend to stay around for much longer: with an angry growl, he scrunched up the report and threw it into the bin before snatching up the phone. Buzz wasn't going to let anything get in his way of stopping his dreams, and began dialling a number for the people that could help him.
If things went his way, Alaska and Gideon would both be dead within a week.
It was quite rare for Gideon to feel a feeling of emptiness, but as he stared around his lab, he couldn't help but feel a bit sad.
Over the past few days he had packed everything away into boxes. The murder of the many police officers wouldn't go unnoticed for long, but Gideon had moved effortlessly to secure the area using a special electrical field that would stop anyone from leaving or entering. However, it wasn't going to hold for long, and Gideon had to move fast to make sure he continued to avoid capture.
All of his machines and paperwork had been filed carefully away in a number of boxes that he had stolen from the surrounding houses, and Gideon had teleported them away to a secure facility where no one would be able to find him. It was stressful and irritating, but Gideon had to do it if he wanted to leave.
The last of the boxes had left, and Gideon was left alone in the middle of the empty room. Shelves and bench tops lay bare, cupboards empty, marks remaining in the middle of the floor from his various machines being activated. Filth and dust covered almost every surface, leaving it far from the pristine bomb shelter it had once been. All of the devices such as the fridge and television had been destroyed, and only a few of their parts remained scattered around the room.
Gideon continued to look around, smiling in a slightly psychotic way. He had lived here for many years, and hadn't left it until a few months ago, all his food being collected by his Pokemon. It felt strange to be saying good bye to it, and Gideon let out a little sigh as he once again thought of the inconvenience of it all. However, Gideon did have most of the machines and all the fossils that were necessary for his plan. All he had left to do was to collect a single book, a few ingredients, the blueprints for a Fossil Resurrection Machine and the necessary parts for that. If all went well, his plan will be complete in only a few weeks time.
"Excellent," Gideon hissed to himself, glad to have a happy thought, and decided to leave the bomb shelter behind. He briskly climbed up the ladder and pushed open the trapdoor, stepping out into the night.
It was a pleasant evening, with an inky black sky with twinkling stars. Gideon had missed all of nature's beauties whilst underground and hoped to see more to make up for it. He looked around at the disembodied limbs and charred bits of flesh and clothes that had survived Porygon-Z's Tri Attack and multiple Hyper Beams, and then around at the houses. Many people were trapped inside, worried for themselves and their friends, not knowing what the scientist who had put up the barrier was going to do to them. Gideon had always savoured fear, and he couldn't help laughing to himself as he pulled a button out of his pocket. Over the years, he had built a security system into the bomb shelter, designed to eliminate all traces of him ever being there if need be. Gideon was glad he had never had to use it until now, and felt rather giddy with excitement as he set up his teleportation part of his watch.
"Goodbye Chrono Island!" He yelled, beginning to cackle with laughter. "I hope this is good enough to remember me by!" And he pressed down on the button as soon as the teleportation was ready. Gideon was instantly sucked away, along with the button, but not before its process had been done. A loud beeping began to sound through the shelter hatch, and the people in the surrounding houses looked out their windows at Gideon's cry, wondering what he had done.
Seconds later, the nuclear bomb exploded.
Yes, it is now officially confirmed: Buzz and Amanda are ex Rocket grunts and were there when Red, Leaf and Blue stormed the Rocket facility. I hope some things make more sense now, though I also hope there are more questions you want answered ;)
8th January 2012, 10:57 PM #108
I'm Fired Up!
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Interlude 5
I'm glad to see that my theory was answered quite nicely though Gideon is proving to be a bigger threat than initially thought. Though I am sorry over that police agent I mean he only had one day left :( whyyyyyy!?
9th January 2012, 11:33 PM #109
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Interlude 5
Yes, poor Arthur, but that always seems to happen to fictional cops: something happens to them just when they are about to retire :P
12th January 2012, 04:25 PM #110
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Interlude 5
Chapter Twenty Six: Breeding… Sexy
"Oh Alaska… will you slow down!"
"I wouldn't be walking fast if you hadn't made us late!"
"It's not my fault they were playing Nights of the Dead – it's only my favourite vampire soap opera ever!"
Alaska growled and rolled her eyes, and continued to walk determinedly forwards. It was a pleasant day: cloudless sky with the sun shining above them, though it was cool due to a gentle breeze blowing through Route 5. Most people would find it relaxing, but Alaska was quick to get a move on. She wanted to leave Cerulean City now that she had her badge, and wanted to focus entirely on getting her next one: Saffron City and Vermilion City were both near and had gym badges to collect, and Alaska was focused entirely on getting them. She didn't care about the reality show, she didn't care about mysterious blue lightning, or mysterious voices that seemed to know about her. Alaska only cared about continuing with her journey, and the only problem she was going to deal with was Frances' shyness in battle and Darwin's misbehaviour.
"Alaska, come on, slow down!" Sandy groaned from behind, but Alaska continued to stroll determinedly along. They had been late in leaving the Pokemon Center as Sandy had wanted to watch a TV show, and they then had to push their way through a large group of people watching the news in the atrium. Alaska was annoyed at being late and ignored Sandy, moving quickly despite the large metal box holding Bill's weapon bouncing around in her bag.
One reason Alaska had travelled by herself was that she liked doing things her own way. She had never enjoyed following rules, wheter they had been set by her parents, her boss at the PokeMart, her teachers, her older siblings or her next door neighbour, who had once told her that she couldn't have Paige knock his door down just because a tennis ball they were playing with had flown through his upstairs window. Alaska had looked forwards to have a chance to do things by her own rules, like waking up and sleeping when she wanted, travelling down paths she wanted to, visiting places that weren't just on a list of sights from talk show host Vivian Winters. Sandy was great company and it was nice to have someone to talk to that replied in English, but Alaska was finding travelling with another person meant accommodating what they wanted to do, and she was finding her freedom being stifled.
"I am not slowing down until we get to the gatehouse at Saffron, so you should either start running or just wait a few minutes to catch up," Alaska called out, laughing slightly to herself even though she felt a bit bad for leaving Sandy behind. But all thoughts left her head when she looked down and jumped backwards in surprise: right in front of her, in the middle of the road, was a small blue Pokemon that was tiny enough to pick up, with a small horn on its head, big ears and small spikes on its back.
"Well aren't you adorable," Alaska said, quickly recovering from the shock of the Pokemon being here. She thought back to the Pokemon she knew, and remembered seeing a cartoon version of it in a scarring puberty video. "You are a Nidoran, aren't you? The female version, if I'm correct – the male one is pink, which is kind of odd for a masculine Pokemon, but whatever, I've seen weirder… anyway, how did you end up here?" Alaska bent down and smiled at the Nidoran, but was stunned when the Pokemon reared her horn.
"RAN RAN!" She snapped, advancing forwards and pulling a mean face. Alaska was surprised by the Nidoran's aggressiveness, but wasn't frightened as the Pokemon was rather small and her horn didn't look all that threatening. Alaska instead glanced around, wondering where it had come from: she and Sandy had been walking on the right side of a raised section of land that had been reinforced with stones and cement to prevent landslides. She could see the metal railings at the top at a level appropriate to stop people falling over the edge, but not good enough to stop Pokemon tipping over.
"Finally!" Sandy suddenly puffed right next to Alaska, causing her to turn around and see her co-traveller clutching her sides and wheezing as she tried to catch her breath. "Never make my walk so fast again!" Sandy puffed. "Why did you stop any – oh, hello!" Sandy saw the Nidoran on the ground and bent down to smile at it. "What brought you here?"
"NIDO RAN RAN RAN!" Nidoran hissed.
"AAAAAAHHHH!" Sandy screamed, leaping up behind Alaska.
"Really?" Alaska sighed. "Your fine with confronting Misty and get all up in her face, yet a little Nidoran is too much to handle?"
"It hissed at me! Misty didn't hiss," Sandy said defensively, staring down at the Nidoran that was now charging forwards with her head down. Alaska glanced down as Nidoran began attacking her shoe with sharp jabs from her horn, and the trainer sighed as she bent down and picked Nidoran up.
"Let's find a way to take this back up there," Alaska said, holding tightly as the Nidoran fidgeted and squirmed. Sandy rolled her eyes at the prospect of still walking, but Alaska quickly carried on and there was soon a distance of two metres between the friends as they tried to find a way up.
"Why didn't we go up that hill thing in the first place?" Sandy asked.
"Because I have no idea if there is a way up or down from this end, but I guess we'll find out," Alaska said with a smile as she noticed a set of stairs in the distance. She ran the last few metres towards them, still holding tightly as Nidoran tried to free herself from Alaska's arms. But as Alaska began climbing the steps, she saw that it wasn't quite what she was expecting: instead of leaving up to the raised area, the stairs lead to a house directly beneath a sheer cliff where the land above suddenly stopped.
"Odd place for a house," Alaska mumbled, and turned to read a sign that was directly next to her: ROUTE 5 BREEDING CENTER. "Hmm… odd place for any sort of building," Alaska added. She was tempted to turn back, but as Sandy let out a loud groan at the prospect of climbing stairs, Alaska decided it might do them so good to pop in for a few moments.
The door was unlocked, and as Alaska turned the handle she got a waft of heat and a variety of smells. She was struggling to hold onto Nidoran with just one hand and was doubled over as she entered, by a man behind a counter leapt up and rushed towards her.
"So that's where you went!" He said, scooping Nidoran out of Alaska's arms and expertly grasping onto her. "Thank you for bringing Nadia back, though how did you know she belonged here?"
"I didn't," Alaska said as she stood up straight and looked around. The Breeding Center seemed rather basic, with bare black walls surrounding white plastic window frames, though the windows appeared to be black plastic. There was a television attached to the corner of a wall and a table with several chairs around it. The floor was green linoleum, though it appeared to be sun faded and had several holes in it. Alaska wasn't surprised to find things were rather quiet here, though was shocked when a stout elderly woman wandered out from a room behind the counter, carrying two Igglybuff in her arms as she waddled towards an area marked by a white fence.
"What… did I… say… Alas… ka," Sandy wheezed from the front door as she finally made it up, but Alaska only gave her a glance before walking further into the building, the old man taking Nadia the Nidoran with him.
"What is this place?" Alaska asked. "I thought breeding centers were all really fancy and extravagant and rather over the top… not that this isn't nice, it's just not very…," Alaska trailed off as she struggled to find words, but the old man smiled as he put the Nidoran down in the fenced area.
"My wife and I started this business twenty years ago, back when businesses like this were family owned companies with a loyal local community and friendly reputation," the man explained as Sandy collapsed into a chair, too tired to care about why they had ended up here. "However, a few years ago, as you seem to know, a little business called Breederz opened up in Unova. They focused on making Pokemon look beautiful as well as training and exercising them, and they gained a loyal following of mostly woman and gays that built them up. Than they opened more branches and got a reality show, and now there are at least 3 centers in each region and the company makes millions each year: we can't compete with that."
"That does suck," Alaska said, feeling it might have been a bit too blunt but not knowing what else to say. "I'm Alaska, by the way, and this is Sandy. I'm just doing a bit of gym badge travelling and came across Nidoran there and I thought she lived up there."
"I'm Andy and this is Judy," the old man said as he shook Alaska's hand. "So, I'm guessing you found us by accident? That's how they all seem to these days! Just so you know, we are still fully operational, not that it really looks like it, but if you want to leave your Pokemon you can."
"Oh, no thanks… I mean," Alaska stumbled, "I only have three Pokemon on me and I really should be training them: they can be a bit tricky at times." Andy nodded, though he did look a bit hurt. Alaska felt bad, but she really just wanted to continue on her journey and hadn't intended on coming here anyway.
"Who do those Pokemon belong to?" Sandy asked as she fanned herself with her hand.
"These two Igglybuff belong to a little girl away on summer camp, we get a lot of Pokemon for reasons like that," Judy explained as she put the two pink Pokemon down. "Nadia here… well, we don't know what happened to her trainer," the old woman added sadly before hurrying over to begin getting food for the Pokemon.
"She was dropped off last year but we haven't heard anything from the trainer since then," Andy explained with a shake of his head. Alaska still wanted to leave, but Sandy seemed absorbed in the conversation and she reluctantly sat down next to her. "I tried contacting them and everything but didn't get any response. We are meant to only have a six month policy before we release them into the wild, but Judy and I don't have the heart to let them out after that long." Alaska and Sandy glanced over at Nadia, and saw the Nidoran seemed to be threatening the Igglybuff.
"She seems so… lovely," Alaska mumbled, and Andy laughed as his wife brought over glasses of water and a plate of biscuits for them.
"Nadia is just restless," Judy explained with a laugh like Andy's. "I think she wants to get out and battle: a tough little cookie she is, always trying to escape and causing a bit of mayhem." Alaska and Sandy nodded along as they both bit down on a biscuit, but both stopped chewing after a few seconds.
"These are some tough little cookies," Alaska mumbled to Sandy, who stifled a laugh as they quickly spat the cookies into napkins while the elderly couple stared at the Pokemon.
"I do want Nadia's trainer to come back and take her on the journey she deserves, but I can't see that happening any time soon," Judy said sadly. Sandy suddenly gasped dramatically and turned to Alaska, knocking their glasses of water over in the process.
"Ooops, sorry, but Alaska – remember how Misty mocked you for not having enough Pokemon?"
"Well, why don't you take Nadia?" Alaska was surprised by this, but was more surprised by the water dripping down over the edge of the table. Judy rushed away to get more napkins as Andy glanced towards Nadia, who was beginning to attack the fence, and smiled.
"I think that would be a splendid idea!" He said with a wide smile. "Though, of course, only if you are alright with it Alaska," he added, smiling at her. Alaska glanced over at Nadia, who was still attacking the fence, and pondered: she did feel as if she needed a new Pokemon, and though she would rather catch it herself, Nadia seemed to have a feisty attitude for battling that could come in handy if brought under control.
"What if the trainer returns and wants her back?" Alaska asked. "Wouldn't Nadia be in her PokeBall anyway? I can't access another trainer's PokeBall without their permission."
"Nadia's PokeBall stopped working a few months ago," Judy said as she rushed back with napkins, and she and Sandy began scooping up the water. "I contacted a Pokemon Center and the nurse said that usually means the trainer has deactivated their PC Box. We thought she might come back for Nadia though, but no luck."
"You could have mentioned that before," Alaska said with a smile and moved quickly towards the Nidoran. Nadia stopped and began making snapping noises up at her, but Alaska picked her up and gave her a hug that made her squirm. "I'll be happy to take her with me."
"Ran Ran Nidoran Niiiii!" Nadia said with a squirm, but Alaska simply smiled and pulled a Great Ball out.
"I am going to take you with on my gym battles because you seem like a good fighter, is that alright?" Alaska said, but Nadia's eyes had lit up the mention of battling and she became eagerly still. "I'll take that as a yes then," Alaska laughed, and Nadia nodded and headbutted the Great Ball. The weight disappeared from Alaska's arms as the Nidoran turned to energy and was sucked inside. Everyone watched excitedly, even the Igglybuff, as the Great Ball shook in Alaska's hands. After a few moments, it flashed and clicked.
"YES – I now have four Pokemon!" Alaska cheered, and the others all clapped in celebration. "Watch out Sandy, it looks like we're beating you in the Poke numbers department!"
"Oh Sandy, if you want a Pokemon, we could help with that," Andy said, making Alaska scowl a bit. The old man rushed back behind the counter as Judy continued to mop up the water, and he came back a few moments later with a small yellow egg with brown markings on it. "This was left on our doorstep the other week and we've been trying to get rid of it," Andy explained, "as we don't have the proper facilities to look after an egg. You can have it if you want." Sandy gasped and clapped excitedly, grabbing the egg and pulling Andy into a hug.
"Thank you so much, I have always wanted an egg ever since my old neighbour Tia got one," Sandy said, jittering with excitement as Andy and Judy laughed. Sandy then turned and rushed towards Alaska, who sighed and allowed herself to be pulled into a hug. "Who would have thought it: you get a Primeape and a Nidoran, I get a Bellsprout and now an egg, all in a few days!" Alaska nodded with a large smile, not even faking it as she thought of how her next gym badges were just on the horizon, and she had a new team that was ready to take part in battles.
"I can't believe such happiness could happen on a day like today!" Judy said, almost tearful as she pulled the girls into a hug.
"What's happened today?" Alaska asked. "I hope we haven't intruded on any family moments or anything!" Judy shook her head, looking rather confused, and they saw tat Andy looked the same way as he grabbed a remote from the counter and pointed it at the television.
"Haven't you girls seen the news?" He said, almost in a whisper. Alaska and Sandy shook their heads, thinking back to the crowd that had been in the Pokemon Center that morning, and turned towards the TV.
In a single second, Alaska felt as if the world had crashed down around her.
On the tiny screen above them, they could see the destruction: text scrolling across the bottom said that it was Chrono Island, one of the Sevii Islands, and that a nuclear device had gone off around midnight. A helicopter flying overhead showed barren wastelands of ash: no nature left, charred frames of buildings all that remained. A large crater was shown south of the town of Five Island, and looked to Alaska like a portal to some dark dimension. Reports said that the device had been powerful but was small, only affecting the areas nearby, several islands in the area even being barely affected. But the costs were phenomenal: over five hundred people dead, hundreds more terribly injured and being rushed to dozens of hospitals around Kanto and Johto to deal with the flow of people. Dead Pokemon were washing up on the surrounding islands and residents were being warned not to touch them. Alaska almost collapsed to her knees as she saw an image that tore at her heart: a flock of dead Pidgey, there feathers almost burned off, laying on one of the islands.
"Who could do something like this?" Sandy whispered as she indeed collapsed into a chair, placing the egg down near the wet patch and clutching her chest. Alaska knew who it was though: only one person would have the atrocity to do something like this, only one person would so carelessly take away so many lives and not care at all. Alaska just wanted to scream, and wanted to run out and find Gideon and destroy him for doing this, kill him for all he was done, but worse of all, and one thing that made Alaska hate herself, she hated him for taking her journey from her.
Just quickly: Nadia's capture was planned for this point for a while. I don't want Alaska and Sandy to catch a heap of Pokemon together quickly, as anyone who still watches the anime will see that that never really pays off in the giving-them-personality department, so expect to see things slow down evolution and capture wise. Also, Alaska's semi selfish feelings towards Gideon's act will be explored and expanded on, so don't be too shocked at those last lines
12th January 2012, 07:20 PM #111
Rocking the Lucario
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 26
Hmm..this chapter was good. It's nice to see Nadia's personality already so developed, and moreover, the plot had a fair amount of advancement. The nuclear bomb...WHOA! Did NOT see that coming. Anyhow, great job overall, and I hope to see how Gideon and the Rockets turn out!
Made by Blue Dragon!
12th January 2012, 08:06 PM #112
I'm Fired Up!
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 26
Have I ever told you that I really like the personality you give to the Pokemon, this is something that proves to be really hard for other writers and me included when you have to decide how to balance them out but you make them really creative.
Also just pointing out the title of the chapter was very misleading xD
Well I saw the nuke coming since I read the Interlude but I didn't think it was happening at the same time as this chapter.
13th January 2012, 12:33 AM #113
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 26
@Thundagere: I am glad you like Nadia's personality, and it will continue to develop dramatically (I hope... :P). And I was hoping to advance the plot more with coming out and labelling Buzz and Amanda as the grunts and hopefully providing some light on their plans
@Stellar Haze: You have told me before, but I still appreciate the feedback and I am glad you find the Pokemon enjoyable characters. And for future reference, Alaska usually states where she is when the blog is posted, and the Interlude will usually occur shortly afterwards unless stated otherwise: the two stories in the latest interlude happened simultaneously.
13th January 2012, 12:16 PM #114
I'm Fired Up!
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 26
So the fourth Interlude and the fifth one were happening after Alaska had passed Cerulean.
13th January 2012, 03:06 PM #115
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 26
No: The two events in Interlude 5 happened simultaneously. Gideon killing all the cops happened between Mt Moon and Cerulean after the fifth blog, and he then spent a day or two clearing out all of his stuff before blowing up Chrono Island after Alaska had posted her sixth blog, which was a few hours after defeating Misty.
14th January 2012, 03:10 PM #116
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 26
Chapter Twenty Seven: Why Can't the Lights Be On?
"Does this really seem like a good idea?" Sandy whispered, though her voice echoed all around them.
"It's our only option, so it's going to be a good idea," Alaska replied irritably, though she was remaining by Sandy's side now and they were both walking nervously as if trying to walk around a sleeping giant. For all they knew, there could be a giant down there where the walls were meant to be, the lights above them only providing a dim yellow glow for the middle of the Underground Path they were in.
Alaska and Sandy had stayed behind to watch more news, but nothing new was coming in about the nuclear bombing and it was too depressing to stay around. After insisting on paying for their time together, feeling guilty for the small existence they had, Alaska bade farewell Andy and Judy as Sandy wept alongside. Nadia's Great Ball was alongside the others, and Sandy's new egg rested, well wrapped, in her green satchel. Alaska stuck by her as Sandy let her tears out, not for personal loss over the attack but simple shock and sadness that something like this could have happened. Alaska simply didn't say anything, her own feelings about what had happened consuming her thoughts: she was constantly asking herself why Gideon, the only person she could see doing this, had done it, what the purpose of these hundreds of murders had been, and what was she meant to do from here. Was Alaska just meant to walk on and ignore what was happening around her and focus on her journey like she wanted to, or try and find Gideon and put a stop to whatever his plans were?
It seemed the fates didn't want Alaska to proceed with her gym journey, at least not in the way she wanted: Alaska and Sandy arrived at a large gatehouse leading into Saffron City, only to be told by a guard it was locked. Saffron City, apparently, was a regular target of terrorists due to the Magnet Train, Silph Co. and its powerful Psychic gym, and until the source of the nuclear bomb was confirmed, they had locked down the city as a precaution. Alaska shared several colourful words with the guard that shocked Sandy right out of crying, but the guard must be used to it and directed them towards a path the went underneath the city for situations like this. It wasn't ideal, but it would take them to Vermilion City, and Alaska was happy for that.
Entering through a small area the size of a public bathroom with a smell similar to three of them, Alaska and Sandy embarked down a large staircase and entered a long tunnel of almost complete darkness. Sandy was so stunned that her tears stopped instantly and she clung to Alaska's arm, and Alaska felt too uneasy about being here to care. There was no sign of the opposite end or even of the walls on either side, and the two were forced to walk side by side along the middle where the yellow lights flicked ominously above them, almost as if they were about to die.
"Can we possibly move faster?" Sandy whimpered as sounds echoed all around them that they weren't making.
"I think that would be smart," Alaska said, not entirely willing to admit she was scared but would feel more reassured as they moved down these hallways. She came to a sudden pause and swung her bag around. "I think we should send our Pokemon out and I'll get that bloody gun out." She looked to Sandy for confirmation and was surprised to see a pout on her face.
"Why don't I get a weapon?" Sandy whinged. "I didn't even get to try the gun yesterday, and I can't just walk around here with no defence? What if some leapt up and grabbed me and teleported away?" Alaska turned at her, rather amused at her little cry, and smiled as she reached into her bag.
"You can have these," she said with a beam. Sandy stared excitedly, but her excitement turned to an annoyed glare as Alaska pulled out the tray of brownies with the knife embedded in its hard surface.
"No thanks," she replied as Alaska began to laugh and quickly passed the tray back inside. The two girls moved quickly, and a few seconds later Paige and Butterfree were fluttering under the lights, while Bellsprout rested on Sandy's shoulder as Nadia formed beneath Alaska's feet.
"Ran Ran Nido Nido!" Nadia said, pawing at the ground and glaring at the Pokemon around her. Paige looked down at her and then up at Alaska, pulling a rather confused look as the trainer grabbed the metal box.
"I don't have time to tell you everything I do," Alaska replied indignantly as she clicked open the metal box and pulled the small rocket launcher-like device out. Paige gave a shrug of agreement and fluttered down to greet Nadia, but was only met with an angry growl as the Nidoran leapt forwards. "Nadia, don't hurt Paige: she is one of your friends now, so be nice!" Nadia looked up at her new trainer as if the idea of being nice was the stupidest idea she had ever heard, but gave an obedient nod anyway. "Alright then troops, let's just move forwards and keep a look out for anything dodgy: if something moves, attack first and ask questions later."
"Alaska!" Sandy gasped. "What if an elderly woman is having a lovely stroll through here and we attack her?"
"Than we'd better move around her then, won't we?" Alaska suggested with a smile, and she took off at her usual stroll once more, feeling more confident now that she had the gun at her side and four Pokemon with them. Sandy moved quickly, not wanting to be caught behind if someone was around them. Their footsteps and the movement of Paige and Butterfree's wings echoed around them, but Alaska was focused on getting out of there and didn't want to worry about things. However, Sandy suddenly gasped behind and she turned around, wondering if something was wrong.
"I think I heard something," Sandy whispered, quivering with fear and clutching Bellsprout. "It sounded like something was rolling." Alaska paused for a second and tried to listen, but all she could hear was a slightly creeping dripping sound from a leaking pipe, and became less afraid unless the plumbing was going to strangle them.
"I can't hear anything, let's keep moving," Alaska said, giving Sandy a reassuring smile before setting off once more. Nadia had moved on ahead, clearly eager to find whatever might be there, and Paige gave Alaska a judging look. "I was put on the spot, alright!" Alaska hissed back. "Nadia has potential, just give her time!" Paige gave her another look before flying back to be with Butterfree, leaving Alaska to sigh and roll her eyes.
"Hey Alaska," Sandy called out, the echoes of her voice cancelling any chance of silence allowing them to hear anyone, but Alaska enjoyed hearing someone familiar speak in this dark environment and could tell from her voice that Sandy wanted to be talking. "Why do you think that nuclear explosion happened?" Alaska was unsure about sharing her theories, but thought it might be good to voice them aloud.
"I have a feeling Gideon may be behind it," she replied. "After what Bill said about him being a Team Rocket scientist, he must have had access to technology of the sort, and he has had a long time to make a bomb."
"But why would he do it?" Sandy said in a shocked voice. "I thought he was looking for fossils. Maybe he was trying to resurrect them or something, like they do in museums." Alaska came to an abrupt halt and turned around, not sure whether to gasp or smile.
"Sandy, you're brilliant!" She cried, happy now to have voiced her theories. "Remember how he was trying to steal those plans from the Pewter Museum? What if he is trying to bring fossilized Pokemon back to life? I don't think that will be why the bomb went off, as it is probably some sort of strategic move, but this could be his master plan, or at least part of it!"
"You mean the mad scientist just wants to bring some fossils back to life?" Sandy said, clearly not as excited as Alaska was. "If he wants to bring fossils back, why can't he just teleport into a facility and use a machine that is already there? Besides, I read on your blog that you didn't want to stay involved in all of this drama anyway, so why are you putting these pieces together?"
"When did you read that? I only posted it last night," Alaska said curiously.
"You left the page open and I had a quick read when I found your charger," Sandy explained. "Why don't you just tell that Surge guy or whoever the gym leader is your theories, get them to pass it on and Bob's your uncle!"
"Fair point," Alaska said with a nod. "Thanks for that," she added with a smile. "It is nice to have someone to remind me to be sane – looks like I'll be keeping you after all!" The two began to laugh as Alaska turned back around, ready to continue on her journey. She was glad for the reminder to stay out of things, but didn't dare mention one thing Sandy's last words had put in her mind: if Gideon was bringing fossils to life, why wasn't he using the machines already available?
However, just as Alaska turned back around, she could tell something was wrong: though Paige and Butterfree were chatting to themselves just above them all, Nadia had paused up ahead, looking around in confusion. Now that they weren't talking, Alaska could hear a noise: listening carefully, it sounded like something rolling, exactly what Sandy had pointed out before. A glance around showed the blonde was stunned, confirming she had heard it as well, and Alaska grasped firmly onto the gun.
"Everyone, focus!" Alaska cried, and Paige and Butterfree stopped talking and turned around, wondering what was going on. The rolling sounded once again, and Alaska felt crept out as she spun around, trying to find this mysterious foe but getting nothing. The rolling continued to get closer, and it was beginning to sound strange, almost metallic, with a sparking noise every few seconds. Alaska was spinning around, her finger ready on the trigger for whatever was coming her way, getting concerned about what was coming her way. There was a momvent behind her, and Alaska turned around and raised the weapon, but it was barely above her chest when a hand shot out and grasped onto it.
"Run, this isn't a fight you can win," the person said, and Alaska gasped as she recognised the voice: it was the same strange almost robotic voice that had whispered to her in the Beedrill's nest and had helped them escape, the same person she had tried to chase after yesterday in Cerulean City. She wanted to drag the person into the light and reveal their identity, but they let go of the weapon and pushed her backwards. "Go, this is all too dangerous!"
"Who is this?" Sandy suddenly shrieked, running forward and clinging to Alaska for support, but she pushed her away and aimed the rocket launcher at where the hands had come from.
"Why on earth should I trust you?" Alaska hissed. "You could be luring us into some false sense of needing to rely on you, when you could be behind all of this yourself!" But before the person got a chance to answer, there was a rolling nearby and Alaska, Sandy and their Pokemon all turned around. Something had appeared back the way they had come: it was perfectly round, explaining the rolling, and was half white and half red. The large ball spun around, and Sandy gasped dramatically when she saw a face.
"It's an Electrode, Gideon is here!" She screamed and began to run. However, Alaska stared more closely, taking a short step forwards and gripping the gun tighter: there was something about the eyes that just didn't look right. There were red, and were glancing around in a rather unnatural way…
"Oh crap, it's another fucking robot!" Alaska yelled furiously and pulled the trigger of the gun: she had no idea what was going to happen, but just wanted to get rid of the bloody robots once and for all. However, as the ElecBot began to roll forwards, all that came out of the launcher were three large spikes on wire. They hit the robot and bounced right off before reeling back in. Alaska looked down at the weapon as if she had a piece of crap in her hands and decided to run, not knowing how to properly work the gun as she had ignored Bill out of annoyance yesterday, and didn't have time to work it.
"NIDOOOO!" Nadia yelled, running past Alaska and heading straight for the ElecBot. Alaska turned around in shock as Nadia's head glowed white, a Skull Bash being initiated. For a moment it looked like it could be effective as Nadia yelled and charged forwards, but the hope was dashed as once the Nidoran struck Electrode. A slight yellow glow surrounded the ElecBot, and Alaska had only a seconds warning as Nadia was blasted towards her like a cannonball. She dived, but the spiked body managed to hit her hips and sent them both sprawling, the gun and Alaska's bag sliding into the darkness.
"Free Free," Butterfree cried and dived into the black, Alaska realising her Compoundeyes were going to help her find them, but a glance down at her hip showed a five centimetre long bleeding cut caused by Nadia's spikes.
"I told you to run!" The robotic voice yelled, and a foot aimed a kick at the ElecBot. It was powerfully enough and unexpected to send the Pokemon rolling away, but it bounced back a second later glowing yellow all over. Alaska knew what was coming, but only had time to cover her own head before the electricity was fired.
"AAAAAAAAHHHHH!" Sandy screamed as the lights above them all exploded, sending hot glass showering down and turning the tunnel into complete darkness. Pain shot through Alaska's legs as a fleeing Sandy tripped over them, and Alaska knew they had to act. Looking around showed the darkness could work in their favour in one way: ElecBot's eyes shone a deadly red and sparks constantly flew from it, giving them an idea of where they were.
"PAIGE!" Alaska cried.
"Pidgeotto Pidge!" The Flying type called back, though Alaska had no idea where she was.
"You're able to fly at night, so use your eyes and try and find the exit!" Alaska called back, and her faithful companion squawked back, a flash of wings signalling that she had taken off. Sandy stirred around Alaska's feet as the ElecBot stayed a few metres away. The invisible figure was no where to be seen, and Alaska wondered if this was some ruse or if the electricity had knocked him out, but thoughts of them left her mind as a figure moved nearby.
"Free Butterfree Erfree," Butterfree said, her eyes glowing a slight pink to provide extra light, though Alaska saw it was actually a Psybeam holding the metallic weapon and her bag up.
"Excellent!" Alaska said with a smile, rather relieved to have them back. "Thanks a lot," she added, and Butterfree nodded as Sandy got to her feet, both her and Bellsprout rubbing their heads.
"Oh my god, the egg, is it alright?" Sandy gasped, reaching into her satchel but Alaska snatched her hands away and passed her bag over.
"Grab the brownies and use the tray as a shield if Electrode attacks," Alaska said seriously. "You lot start running and grab Nadia, follow Paige. I am going to hold off the ElecBot and follow after."
"Good plan," Sandy said, staring nervously across at the ElecBot before starting to run. Alaska smiled as they ran, glad they were out of the way, and turned around to face the robot with the weapon in her hands. It provided a dim glow as she turned a circular part that was meant to change settings and pointed it at Electrode: it was like an old fashioned stand off, Alaska with the weapon and the robot with its electricity. They were both staring intensely at each other, both wishing to eliminate the other.
"I would love to stay and chat, maybe find out who sent you, but I really need to get to Vermilion so I'll just kill you and get going," Alaska said with a smile and pulled the trigger. There was a sound like a firework shooting into the sky, and for a shocking second Alaska thought the cylinder shaped thing that had been fired was a firework. But as it landed on the ground and broke apart, she realised it was something similar: a flare.
Within seconds, a giant shooting tower of fire was lighting up the tunnel, and Alaska suddenly caught sight of the figure: long black coat, hat covering their face, leather boots underneath long pants. The figure appeared to be running, and Alaska wanted to call out and ask what they were doing when she heard a rolling: the ElecBot was rolling around the flare and the orange and red sparks coming off from it, and was heading straight for Alaska. She cried out and began running backwards, trying to change the settings but knew that she wasn't going to make it…
"BEEEEEELLLL!" Alaska turned in shock, which turned out to be good as she knew to dodge the large metal tray flying her way. The brownie tray smashed into the ElecBot, enough force generated from Bellsprout swinging it with Vine Whip to blast it backwards. A Signal Beam crashed into the ground nearby as well, tearing through the concrete ground and pushing Electrode back further, while several purple stings were released that fell short. Alaska turned around with a bright smile to see Sandy standing with Butterfree, Bellsprout and Nadia as they all shot their attacks. They added to the light created by the flare, and Alaska had a clear path to run ahead. Once they saw she was coming, Sandy led them off in a sprint down the corridor towards a flight of stairs in the distance.
"Cheers for that!" Alaska called out with a wide smile, stunned that her friend and Pokemon had managed to pull that off. "That electricity would have blown me up if it wasn't for you lot!"
"Well, next time you pass me a tray of brownies, I'll make sure I use them," Sandy replied, and Alaska was so relieved they were escaping unharmed that she allowed herself to laugh. Nadia looked pleased as they ran alongside each other, and Alaska scooped her up.
"That was a great first job," Alaska told her, and Nadia smiled mischievously. "If I can just control your eagerness to battle, than you'll be a real force!"
"Nido Ran Ran," Nadia said with a smile, and Alaska laughed again. By this time they had reached the stairs, and she and Sandy pounded up them. Paige was waiting overhead, and Butterfree shot up to join her. Noises echoed behind them, and Alaska spared a second to glance back, watching as sparks flew bigger and faster from the ElecBot as it continued to glow a furious yellow.
"We bettet get out of here, I think our friend is having a fit," Alaska cried. They quickly spread through another bathroom sized and smelling building and poured through the door onto Route 6. Alaska wanted to keep running, but the sudden sunlight after being inside was blinding and she had to shield her eyes, placing Nadia to the ground in order to use both hands. She had only gotten a brief glimpse of the tall trees blowing in the wind around them before forcing herself to stare down at the ground, where Sandy had collapsed from exhaustion, Bellsprout lying alongside and resting on the brownies.
"Well," Alaska said with a puff, "I think that tunnel went better than it could have." Sandy opened her mouth to respond, but Alaska didn't hear as something loud thudded behind her. Curious and cautiously, she opened the door behind her to see what was going on.
She closed it a second later as an orange fist of fire rose from the stairs, but Alaska didn't have time to run before the door was blown off its hinges.
15th January 2012, 05:11 PM #117
I'm Fired Up!
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 27
The chapter was fun and it was good to see the brownies again xD that being said I'm now curious about who the man in cloak is since he seems to be becoming an even bigger influence than before. Though the ElecBot was really the highest point of this chapter and I can see why Alaska is so annoyed by them.
16th January 2012, 04:39 PM #118
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 27
@Stellar Haze: The brownies will continue to have a prominent role throughout the series :P The Mysterious Man does have a larger influence, and is just one of the many mysteries in Alaska's life we will find out more about in the future.
Chapter Twenty Eight: Getting Stoned
If it hadn't been for the door, Alaska would have been killed.
She tried to scream out, but even she couldn't hear herself over the roar of the explosion. Orange burned through her eyelids as the door was sent flying forwards, the weapon flying from her hands and bits of wood jabbing into her back. Alaska could tell that the explosion must have died down, otherwise the door would have been fully blasted in half, but it had simply turned into a large shield that was pushing Alaska to the ground as shots rose up all around her.
After only a few seconds in the air that felt like longer, Alaska crashed into the ground. The door bounced away but not before hitting her across the head. Alaska rolled through long grass with a loud grunt, her bag bouncing around and making her worry about her PokeBalls and laptop. But once Alaska finally came to a stop, she knew that her friends and Pokemon were more important to worry about.
"Odd Odd Oddish!" Several Oddish rushed away as Alaska looked up, clutching her head as her brain bounced around inside and felt along the temple to find she was bleeding where the door had hit her. But Alaska forced herself to get to her feet even though it made her head pound, and she watched as a pack of Meowth ran past, led by a concerned looking Persian. The worried looks on their faces were possibly just from the explosion, but Alaska didn't want to know what was left behind and looked up nervously.
The building she had past through less than a minute before was now destroyed: the windows and roof had been shattered and a fire was roaring inside, though its smoke paled in comparison to the thick black smoke rising up from the tunnel. The walls remained in tact though, and Alaska quickly remembered that Sandy, Bellsprout and Nadia had been on the ground when it happened.
"Pidgey Pidge Otto!" Paige rushed over, several feathers at odd angles but otherwise alright. She looked concerned as she came over, and Alaska couldn't help but tear up and pull her friend into a hug. "Pidge!" She squawked as Alaska clutched her tightly, but the hug became more gentle and they stayed this way for half a minute.
"Nidoooo!" The sad cry sounded all around, and Alaska quickly snapped out of her emotions as the noise struck her. She let go of Paige and tried to run forwards, but her right knee must have struck the ground hard as it was painful to run on, forcing Alaska to simply hobble forwards. She was relieved to see that Sandy was sitting upright, glass strewn through her hair and clothes but otherwise unharmed, and Bellsprout's small and flexible body had allowed her to escape injury. Butterfree had flown away with Paige and was fine as well, so Alaska focused back on Nadia who was a few feet away.
"Nadia, are you alright?" Alaska called. The Nidoran was cowering where Alaska had put her down, which had been only a few feet from the door. The little blue Pokemon was shaking furiously, and Alaska was shocked to see a cut across her back from flying grass, but her strong claws had allowed her not to be blown away by the blast.
"Oh Nadia!" Alaska said, collapsing down onto her knees and picking up the Nidoran. Nadia's tough personality had disappeared under light of this situation, and Alaska felt terrible for leaving her behind, but could only worry about what might have happened if things had been different in any way.
"I think I can hear sirens," Sandy called out. Alaska looked behind and saw a fire engine racing out of Vermilion in the distance, but there was also a siren sounding much closer. Alaska tried to find it, but turning around was only making her head shake and throb. She could feel blood dripping down her shoulder, but as she did the world began to spin. Paige, Nadia and Sandy all cried out, but Alaska had no idea why as she fell backwards onto the grass, staring up at the sky and wondered why things around her were going black. She caught a brief glimpse of Paige as she appeared overhead squawking loudly, but Alaska couldn't understand why and shut her eyes, wondering if it a little nap would make things better…
You are in grave danger, Alaska Acevedo. The longer you stay on this path, the longer you are putting yourself at risk. If you cross Gideon's path again, he will most likely eliminate you. Once Neil Bolton hears you are still alive, he will stop at nothing to eliminate you. You must stop this Alaska Acevedo, before it is too late
Who are you? Why are your saying these things?
I simply can see the truth you are unwilling to see. Stop your journey, or you and your family, your Pokemon and Alexandra will be further at risk from two forces that are willing to tear our world apart. Stop your journey Alaska before it is too late…
"Hello there Alaska. It's nice to see your finally coming around.
Alaska let out a groan as her eyes began to flicker open, only to shut them tightly due to the sunshine coming in through a window and shining directly into her face. There was something soft around her head, but Alaska's head still felt as if her gym battle with Brock was being re-enacted on top of her brain. All she could remember was the incident in the tunnel and than seeing the explosion, but every after that was a blur of strange blue light, a shadowed figure that hadn't been human and deep, meaningful voices. The bed she was in felt comfortable, though Alaska began to note she was only wearing a singlet and underwear underneath the thick blankets.
"I don't know what is going on, but I sure hope that whoever you are, you didn't undress me," Alaska murmured and glanced towards the sound of raucous laughter. She had been expecting it to be a doctor, nurse or Sandy, but was surprised to see a grey haired man sitting next to her. He was wearing long grey-brown pants and elaborate purple felt jacket that looked like her grandfather's dressing gown had been butchered. Despite the grey hair the man looked a lot younger, possibly only in his late thirties or early forties, and it wasn't until he had stopped laughing that Alaska's injured head registered who he was.
"Your Steven Stone, aren't you?" Alaska gasped. "You were the Hoenn Champion after defeating Mr Devon, and then you had that really famous battle with Wallace that you eventually forfeited because…"
"I said that I was getting bored and he could have the title and all the glitter coated crap that came with it," Steven replied calmly and Alaska let out a laugh that quickly turned into a cough. "If it reassures you to know, you are not going to be terribly wounded by that explosion yesterday. You have several stitches in your head and they suspect you may have twisted your knee in an odd way when you struck the ground, but you are expected to recover nicely.
"I've been here overnight?" Alaska said in shock, her relief at not being injured being overshone by this fact. "Have you been sitting here all this time and perving at me in my undies?" Steven let out another laugh, but Alaska gave him a look to show she was serious.
"Oh dear, I am not interested in your body in the slightest, though you are a very attractive young woman," the ex champion said. "I am asexual: I do not believe in waffling away my time with a romantic conquest of any variety. My Rock and Steel Pokemon are my only love, and I have my time devoted towards expanding our world's possible knowledge on the legends of our past.
"Well, I am sorry to tell you this, but loving a Rock type sounds like it would lead to some pretty painful sex," Alaska said, and Steven's laughter echoed around as one hand clutched his side and the other patted Alaska on the arm.
"Oh my, your sense of humour is as inappropriate and vulgar as your blog suggests, but I must admit I walked into that." Alaska would have been willing to laugh along, but something the seemingly kind man had just said turned her laughter into a scowl.
"You've read my blog?" She said in almost a hiss. "Let me guess: Professor Oak or Bill or one of the 'Kanto Elites' found out I was involved and sent you here to check on me, just make sure I was still alive and to possibly help you in dragging Gideon out of hiding, or some stupid plan like that?"
"Heavens no my dear," Steven said with a gasp. "I am currently in Vermilion City for a meeting with the Pokemon Fan Club President concerning some theories he has that could help me into my current research when I heard about the explosion. I must admit that I have heard of you through Bill and have been reading your blog, which I read more for its delightfulness than for your account of the grim dealings you've been through. I came to see if you were alright and saw you were on your own and thought it was best that you woke up to someone." Alaska was convinced by the story, but another fear rushed through her that made her try and swing her legs around.
"Where are Sandy and my Pokemon?" She asked as she tried to move, but Steven leapt up and pulled her back around just as Alaska's head throbbed.
"While you got the worst injuries and shouldn't move," Steven warned, "Sandy was not harmed by the explosion, asides from glass landing on her and leaving a few small cuts that were easily treated. She recounted what happened in the tunnel to police officers, from the Electrode robot to the shadowed figure, but whilst firemen have found some electronic parts, there are no signs of human remains so we can only presume the figure got away." Alaska found this interesting, but was more eager to know about her Pokemon.
"Your Nidoran has suffered a cut on her back but the nurse at the Pokemon Center sewed it up, and Paige and Sandy's Butterfree and Bellsprout were healed as well and are currently resting," Steven explained with a smile. "Sandy went into shock for a while and I didn't like the idea of her stressing out at the police station or by your bedside, so she is currently with a friend of yours at Vermilion Gym." Alaska had no idea who this friend was, but lay back in the bed and sighed with relief.
"I am glad the Pokemon are alright, but I feel so bad for Nadia: she'd only be on my team for a few hours and she's already injured," she explained with a sad sigh, staring out of her window at the clear blue sea around her. "Is all our stuff alright?"
"Your bag is here, and I checked through and your laptop and that contraption Bill gave you are all fine," Steven said, "and I found it amusing to see you have those brownies," which caused Alaska to laugh softly. "Sandy's things are fine as well: she was worried her egg may have been damaged, but it was insulated well. She told me about Andy and Judy, a nice couple I have known for a while: it is a pity they don't have the facilities anymore to look after the egg themselves, but Sandy seems friendly and competent."
"She and the Pokemon saved me in the tunnel," Alaska explained. "The ElecBot was about to smash right through me when they pushed it away. I really should thank them again." Steven nodded to this and they fell silent. Alaska felt tired, but she had never been one for lying on her bed at home with nothing to do and decided to continue her conversation. "Is there any news as to who is behind the robot, or who is behind the nuclear bomb on Chrono?" Steven looked quizzically down at Alaska, a half smile coming onto his face that slightly unnerved Alaska.
"You seem quite with things," the champion explained. "Always eager to find the answers and work out what is happening: I know you said on your blog you wanted to ignore things, but I think you stand a good chance at solving things." Alaska felt uncomfortable at this: she didn't want to get further involved with anything, but his words made her think she should be.
"I think Gideon was behind the nuclear bomb," Alaska explained to deflect the statement. "It seems like something he would do, but I am not sure why. I don't think he is behind the robots though: he seemed surprised by the GolemBot, and it would have ended up killing him if Onix hadn't crushed it. However, Sandy and I were discussing things and I think Gideon is trying to build his own fossil resurrection machine but with some sort of added twist." Steven nodded along with this, wearing a look that seemed similar to as if they were having an intellectual debate over tea rather than in a hospital bed.
"Your talents are far too wasted to be in this room," Steven said suddenly, not acknowledging Alaska's theories at all which slightly stunned her. "I am going to see if I can take you out in a wheelchair, just to give you a lovely view of the city, and than we can go and find Miss Samson, alright?"
"Sure, but what about my – ," Alaska began, but was interrupted as Steven briskly leapt to his feet and walked out of the room. Only now that she was alone did Alaska realise how bare the room was, with only one window in front of her and a door to the side, possibly a bathroom on the other but she didn't care enough to check.
All of these things that were happening to her were confusing and frustrating. Alaska had left Viridian City to finally embark on a journey and to show Chloe and everyone what a true trainer without a starter type could do. While she had her two gym badges and four Pokemon, Alaska was annoyed with herself for getting involved in all of this. She could only imagine what might have happened if she hadn't bother to dive into the Beedrill's nest or hadn't gone into the Pewter Museum: would her life be simpler? Would she had ever encountered Gideon and gotten involved in his mad plan, or had to deal with giant robots and mysterious men that hid in the shadows? Than there were all the famous people that knew who she was, the strange brain switching blue lightning and the electronic voice at the gyms that enjoyed mocking her – the number of mysteries were building up and Alaska didn't have the answers to any of them.
Tears of frustration began to build up as Alaska angrily lashed out with her good leg, kicking the sides of the bed. All she had wanted was a nice normal journey, but now she had robots trying to kill her and people who probably had access to every detail of her life that was on record. Gideon had most likely blown up an entire island and killed hundreds of people, but Alaska didn't even know why yet a part of her wanted to go across to Chrono Island and start looking for clues through the ashes.
No matter what Alaska wanted, she was caught up in something bigger than herself. Though the voice in her dreams sounded too real to be part of her subconscious, whatever it was had a fair point that she could only get deeper into the mystery now. Alaska allowed her tears to stream silently down her face as she knew that there was no way she could get out of this, and that things were only going to get worse from here on.
16th January 2012, 09:37 PM #119
I'm Fired Up!
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 28
Oh my god Alaska cried! that is so cute actually! that's why I nominated her the change between her usual sarcastic and cynical demeanor to a defenseless person that just relied the cold truth is what makes her oh so great. That being said I like how she instantly jumped into the perverted conclusion once she saw Steven it's so weird actually she always warns people about not thinking about it but she's the one that thinks about it first xD
I really feel sorry for her though she's the one that came out the more hurt and now her idea of a normal journey has all but vanished.
I like Steven he has that cool yet serious hair to him.
Also I should've nominated the brownies for best supporting character xD I think I might.
17th January 2012, 03:37 AM #120
Re: How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps - Chapter 28
@Stellar Haze: I want to show Alaska is a human being: whilst she didn't burst into tears, more welled up, I did want to show that she is upset at the fact she knows her journey is going to be continue to be tarnished, and thanks for the nominations as well by the way: I appreciate the acknowledgement :) And I am glad with this Steven: he is the same Steven as KvG, of course, but I feel his air has changed in lot in these past four years :P