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Week 24: The Man Who Spoke To Pokemon
(real tale: A Time for Silence)
"Once a man--who we'll call Aidan--was walking through a forest one day when he saw a Taillow pinned beneath a rock, nearby a raging fire." Brock begins. "Aidan felt sorry for the Taillow, and carefully nudged the rock out of the way, allowing the Taillow to fly away before the place it was trapped in was consumed by the fire. It turned out that the Taillow was really Celebi in disguise." In a high pitched male voice, he says "Thank you for releasing me! As thanks for your kindness, I will take you to see the Great Lord Arceus."
As himself, he continues "Celebi took Aidan into the heavens, where he told Arceus what Aidan had done. Arceus was touched by Aidan's good deed, and told him..." In his standard "Arceus" voice, he intones "As thanks for rescuing Celebi, I will grant you one wish."
As himself, he continues. "Aidan thought for a moment about what he would wish for--the idea of riches beyond his wildest dreams was very attractive. But he remembered his Pokemon at home, and longed to understand what they said. So he told Arceus... As a young man, he asks "I wish I could understand and speak to Pokemon."
"A fine choice." he replies as Arceus. "But, you must not tell anyone of your gift."
As himself, he continues. "Aidan promised Arceus he would not tell anyone, and Arceus sang..." In character as Arceus, he sings Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul...
Excited whispers fill the air at the gibberish phrase. "Aiden glowed in many colors for a moment as Arceus' spell took effect." Brock explains as himself. "When he had thanked Arceus and returned to the earth, he set out for home. As he walked, he overheard two Murkrows chatting in a nearby tree. In a high pitched gravelly voice, he muses "If only the human knew of the treasure beneath here--he would be rich, and never worry about food or money again!"
Laughter goes up at how accurate Brock's "Murkrow" voice is "Aidan was piqued at what the Murkrows had said, and started digging. Sure enough, he found a huge stash of gold, silver, jewels, and other treasure!" Applause goes up at this. "He used the money to buy himself a new house and some land. He was kind and generous to all, and treated his hands well. He fell in love and married some months later, and generally well loved and well liked among the townsfolk. His wife, who we'll call Connie, was a different story--she was constantly pestering people and getting on the townsfolk's nerves."
Giggles go up at Connie's description. "One day, Aidan was coming to the barn when he overheard the Growlithes plotting something. In character as a older boy, he intones "Tonight,, the Mightyenas will attack the Mareeps--we will pretend to sleep, and then join in their feast!"
He interjects as himself "But the Arcanine in charge of the Growlithes was appalled at this..." In a deeper male voice, he growls "How could you all plot such a thing, after all our master has done for us? I will not allow the Mightyenas to lay a paw on the Mareeps while I am here by my master's side!"
"Aidan heard this, and told his hands to put the Growlithes away for the night." Brock continues as himself. "The Arcanine was the only one guarding the Mareeps that night, and when the Mightyenas came, he singlehandedly defeated the whole pack!" Cheers go up at this.
"Some days passed, and Aidan and Connie decided to ride into town to spend the day with friends." Brock continues. As they traveled, Aidan heard his Ponyta giggle and tell the other." In a breathy female voice, he giggles "Look at you, carrying the old nag--if I were carrying her, I would have bucked her off by now!" Laughter goes up at this. "Aidan couldn't resist laughing at the conversation, but Connie demanded to know just what was so funny." Brock intones as himself, making the laughter turn to fearful whispers--will Aidan break his promise to Arceus?
"Try as Aidan might to blow off his laughter as nothing to worry about, Connie kept bugging him about it." Brock continues. "He finally agreed to tell her that night." Gasps go up from the crowd--what will happen to Aiden once the secret is out?
"Aidan got his affairs in order, and made out a will just in case telling his secret killed him." Brock explains. "But before he could tell his secret to Connie, he heard his Arcanine howling and whining. Or at least it sounded like howling and whining to Connie--to Aidan, it sounded like plain English." In character as the Arcanine again, he pleads "Master, why are you letting your wife force you to break a promise to the Great Lord Arceus? If you die from breaking your promise, I will be forced to live alone with her, and put up with her constant pestering!"
He concludes as himself. "It dawned on Aidan that his Arcanine had a point--so he told Connie that he would not tell her or anyone else his secret, and she would just have to deal with it. Connie never pestered him about it again, and no one had any idea Aidan could speak to Pokemon."
The audience roars with applause as Brock takes a bow...