Hey all! Sorry to keep you waiting on this, but I had a rough start to the year: I took a class that has me in way over my head, and between that and emerging considerations of changing my major, I had to let this step aside for a bit. I'm not sure when the next part will be-let's hope it's before Christmas?
Mint: When I was starting to write this update, Boreas getting to fight wasnt gonna be a problem. Then...well, Ill let you read all about it. Marigold is indeed very much a kickass, and I love her for it. As for Misty...Believe it or not, we're not at the levels I took her on in my old run juuust yet, and I believe I only went 3 levels above the recommended level there. With some of the tricks FRA GLs pack, and not having Dry Skin Helioptile to cheese with in this run, we're going to need to be careful. FRA Furret is honestly what I wish canon Furret was. Furret's design is too cool for its stats to just shaft it like they do now.
Without further ado!
- [+] Lingering Clouds
- You heard me! Skorupi, get her!
*pchoo* N-Not so fast, Rocket jerk!
Roc, wait, you're gonna exhaust yourse-!
Get that bird first, Skorupi!
I-In your dreams, evil guy! YAAAAAAAH!
I...I got him...but my wings...hurt
Hmph. Pesky bird...Blitzle, destroy it!
Let me step in, Roc. After all...
This miscreant needs a royal scolding!
Please, Roc, rest up! We've got this covered! *pchoo*
This ought to-
Marigold! Are you alright!?
I'm fine...we need to focus-
Heh, keep it up! Don't give 'em a moment!
Owwwww...okay, I'm really not doing well...this hurts really badly...
Just keep going!
Blast, that didn't even finish him...
Heh, not quite enough. Blitzle, clean this-
...I, uh, NO! Marigold-
Get back, Marigold! I'll finish him!
The hell!? A Hitmontop!?
Get you gone!
Thank goodness, that was getting dicey...Are you okay, Tony?
I'm fine. Glad I went the Hitmontop route, a Hitmonlee would have taken more of a licking...
Enough of this! Pancham, destroy them all!
I-I won't let you!
Roc, no! Get back in your-
Damn that bird! Work Up, be quick about it!
Th-The only quick one here is ME! YAAAAAAAAH!
I-I did it! G-Go me! O-Owwwww, my wings...
How in the hell...
Roc, return! *pchoo* And as for you, Rocket boy, you better hightail it out of here before I let Tony thrash you!
I'm leaving! I'm leaving!
...That's what I thought. Glad that's over with. Let's check the grass here before we head back, see what we find.
Can we talk? It's important.
*sigh* ...In a minute, Tony. Once we've caught whatever it is we find here, alright?
...I'm holding you to it.
...Of all the things, this!?...Oh, sod it. Boreas...
Arceus, grant that I may never need to work with that thing. Thank you, Boreas.
Have you given any thought to our talk?
! Can it, buster. I'm not in the mood for this right now.
...You haven't, have you?
Shut up! The fact that I have is the reason I'm upset-
Hold on. Stop. What "talk" are we referring to?
*sigh* When I finished catching Boreas up, we talked as we went back through Mount Moon, because as it turns out, Mr. Land Before Time here isn't a fan of my playing it safe in battle! So if you were wondering about why I hesitated to take Marigold out of that certain-death scenario, you can thank this damn runt's monologuing, because I know that's what's got you upset! Just-ugh! We'll talk later! *pchoo*
Runt!? "Mr. Land Before Time!?"
QUIET. You just had to run your damn mouth, didn't you!?
You mean you told none of them about our conversation!? Are you mad!?
After Dean, no, no I didn't, because I wanted you to feel welcome on this team! You think your damn "philosophy" is welcome around five Pokemon that just had a teammate suddenly ripped away from them because of a stupidly brash decision I made!? News flash, it's really not! Even I didn't like it, but I felt you deserved a chance. But you had to pick the most inopportune time to ruin it, didn't you!? Trio, I've half a mind to just set you in the Box and be done with this. In fact, I'd even take the Exeggcute, we could use a Grass type for the Water Gym coming up as opposed to a damn Rock type to back up Marigold!
Don't. I know what you were going to say, and don't think you're going to win my favor back by saying this was some kind of test or something, and now you respect me fully. Let me make myself clear: I'm not going to box you yet. Against my better judgment, maybe, but as much as you upset me, it was a bad decision to not tell the other teammates, and I crossed a line losing my cool back there, so I honestly owe you a second chance whether or not you deserve it. But if your continued presence is going to cause a bunch of issues? Don't count on keeping your spot. I'm going to need a Ground Type soon anyway. Clear?
Good. Now let's head...Oh, great, there's everyone else. Can none of you stay in your Balls when asked!? Especially you Marigold, youre hurt-
I will be fine...for now, at least
Back to the subject matter, Camryn, can you at least tell us when something like this is on your mind!? Arceus above, for someone working for a smart man like Oak, you show some poor decision-making skills sometimes!
...Sorry, you're right, I'm just...really stressed out right now. I'd hoped we wouldnt have to deal with this.
And if "this" had gotten one of us killed for real!? You can't just push all your problems away, Camryn. That's not how this world works! Are you just going to shy away from any and all conflict you ever encounter!?
No, Frank, I-
Prove it, then. Before we go anywhere else, settle this. Why are we on a team with someone who expects us to needlessly risk our lives when the outcome is almost certainly death if things go wrong? With someone whose effects on you nearly got Marigold killed just now!?
If I may interrupt! Why are you all acting as if a knockout in battle will be the death of you!? Surely, losing one fight is not the end!
Camryn told you about Dean, right?
Yes, she did, but it sounded as if his situation was rather extreme. Surely, you cannot all expect the same outcome?
Do pardon us for wanting to be careful when that's the sole precedent we have for the experience.
You mean the fallen one was the only one to have been knocked out at all yet!? Camryn! How could you omit such vital information!?
...Trio, he's right! I didnt even realize...it's just like...last time... Why...
Camryn, is there something wrong!?
...Yes. There is, but that means that first and foremost, we need to get back to the Center right away. We've kept Marigold waiting on treatment way too long if this is how things are going! *pchoo x6*
Your Blitzle is just fine, her injuries weren't too serious. Your Pidgeotto, however...
Roc? Is something wrong with Roc!?
Nothing major, thankfully, but he'll need to take it easy for a while. His wings were incredibly strained when he came in, and while he can battle in theory, it'll be a while before his wings are fully healed. To make sure nothing gets worse and that his recovery goes quicker, I must insist that he partake in no more than three battles per day of any kind for at least the next two days, and please allow us to check up on him after that time has passed so we can ensure nothing is wrong.
Oh thank goodness...though he won't like to hear that, he battles as much as he can because he wants to be a Pidgeot as soon as possible...
I see. Anyway, here are your Poke Balls. We hope to see you again!
Thanks. Alright, it's time to have a chat... *pchoo x6* Okay everyone, before we continue our big discussion, Roc.
You're not gonna like this, but the nurse said you need to take it easy for the next couple of days. That means not battling a lot. The official word is no more than three per day. It's only two days, but they want to see you back at the Center before they clear you for regular battling again.
Roc? Are you okay? I know it's upsetting, but-
...I thought I'd be past this because I evolved...
Th-This is why my parents thought I'd never evolve...I couldn't battle actively without getting myself hurt like this after just a day or so. W-We'd gone through three days, and I evolved, I thought Id be over it...
Hey, it's okay, hun. You're still a part of this team, and hey, if you could finally go for three days, maybe you will get over this in time. I can't promise anything, but it sounds like it could go away eventually!
Dont worry, Roc.None of us think any less of you for this. Please dont overdo anything, okay? I dont want you getting hurt!
Alright, then. All that being said, we need to address the Donphan in the room, so let me say this: I am not boxing Boreas yet. I know you all at the very least don't like him or don't trust him right now, but allow me to be clear: I will not tolerate any antagonism or infighting on that account while he does remain with us. I believe he made it clear that his views on how we perform were based on flawed information, and its my fault that that wasnt cleared up sooner, but if you have any problems with his continued presence, please, let me know now so we can resolve it here.
...O-Okay...I dont like him, but if you say to not fight, its okay...
...The terms are acceptable, though I would stipulate that I would not like to see him return to the team in any capacity once he departs.
...I don't like the way he made you second guess yourself. I'm keeping my eyes open.
...I must agree with Frank. You are our leader, and you must not let your resolve be shaken.
Well I, for one, would rather be boxed than on a team with him. That attitude...he's a schemer. Anyone he doesnt like, he'll urge to keep fighting in a losing battle in hopes that they'll die, that way he's in control. It's only a matter of time before he decides I need to go, and I am not going out that way.
...I guess you don't trust him at all, then.
Not an ounce. It's him or me, and I figure you made a promise, so I know which way that's going.
Its not just him, is it? You really dont trust anyone, do you?
Correct. I didnt survive as long as I did in the forest by letting my guard down, otter.
So, you did not trust any of us at all? Not for a moment?
Exactly. Just because someones my backup in a fight doesnt mean I wont keep my eye on them. That goes for everyone here.
Is that all we were to you!? Backup!?
Exactly. Its nothing personal, otter.
...Fine. Go to the Box, then, and dont expect us to come back for you. If we were never your teammates, then you were never ours!
Frank, stop. Look, can we at least wait until we find a suitable replacement? Nothing in the Box is looking too appealing. And please, stay civil with each other.
Make it quick.
For once, we agree.
I will, but with Roc needing to rest, we should try to refrain from anything major for a while. How about we just spend the rest of today on the town? If you change your mind at any time, Sasha...just let me know.
...Fine. Don't count on it, though.
With that all being said, Camryn. You mentioned something else was wrong earlier. What was that?
...You know I wasnt thrilled about the idea of this journey at first, right?
Yes. I take it Im about to find out why?
Yeah. This isnt my first time going out to do fieldwork for Oak, actually. That would have been when the Fairy Type was first classified. I think you can probably guess that...things went sour eventually. I lost an entire team of Pokemon on that job, in a single battle gone sour. Everyone was trying to comfort me about it, but...I still feel responsible. And now, now its just starting to happen again. Ive never had a Pokemon of mine just be safely knocked out...I dont know why, and it scares me, Frank. Because youre the reason I can keep doing this, but if things keep up like this, I might lose you too, and what then?
Thats...Camryn. I need you to promise me something. Even if I dont make it to the end, you cant just fold the moment Im not there. Please.
...Im sorry, Frank. I cant promise that. If I lose you, it wont be safe for anyone. Without you, ill be just like it was in the Lab with Derek, and then everyone could get hurt or worse. I just cant do that. Please understand, Frank. I just...cant.
...I hadnt thought of it like that...no, youre right. I hope I can help you to the point where you could continue without me, but...I suppose until then, Id better hold onto life, for your sake and everyone elses.
Heh. Thanks, Frank. You do a body good.
Glad to be of service.
daisy, i messed up.
Whats wrong, honey?
i...after dean died, i revived an amaura fossil, and, well, i knew the way it thought of battle wouldnt sit well with the team, so i didnt tell anyone about it. and then today, i hesitated in battle thinking about it, and marigold got hurt really badly, so now no one trusts him and sasha got really upset and asked to be boxed and then frank got upset at them...its all a mess, daisy, and its my fault.
Yeah, not keeping open communication with your team was a bad idea, but, the rest of it? Pokemon arent so different from us, Camryn. They each have their own feelings about things. Sometimes, you just have to let them hash out their differences themselves rather than forcing them to get along. In the long run? This will be good for them, more so than forcing incompatible personalities to stay together. I know you have trouble seeing the bright side of things sometimes, but try to remember sometimes, okay?
youre right...its just really hard sometimes, is all. At least the other conversation Frank and I had went well...
Thats my girl! However, you still havent sent me any pictures today! Where are you now?
cerulean, actually. havent gone out to the cape just yet, rocs on a couple of rest days for the moment. doctors orders, he pushed himself a little much these past few days it seems.
Oh dear! Im glad hes alright...And Marigolds okay too, right? She wasnt hurt too badly?
shes fine, thankfully. anyway, you said you wanted pictures? give me a minute on that
"Aurora Beam taught here! All you can learn, free of charge!" I suppose we can see about teaching you that later, Boreas.
Why even bother? I won't be around long anyway.
And heck if I'm going to take a chance on you dying in that time. The rest of the team may not like you, but that doesnt change my obligations to you. Anyway, there's a sign on this door here too-
"Seeking Trainer to take care of energetic Pokemon. Inquire within." Well then, Sasha, you might get your wish sooner than expected. Let's see what's inside...
Oh! Hello! Are you here about the sign outside?
Yes, actually! I'm looking to make some, ah, roster changes. What's the Pokemon in question, if I may ask?
Well, here he is...I'd recommend putting that Ice Type away, though.
Sure. Boreas, return. *pchoo*
*pchoo* Here he is. His name is-
Carter! Hi Hi are you here to take me I'd love that I could go running outside and play and get big and not need to worry about this lady not being able to keep up and-
Awww, hes hugging my leg! Isnt he a cutie?
Carter, wait- Ah, as you can see, this Cyndaquil is...very lively. As much as I'd love to raise the little tyke, what with my health, I'm just not cut out for it, and I'm afraid keeping him cooped up has had some...negative consequences.
Are those...scorch marks...around the house?
I'm sorry I can't help it when I get really hyper and stuff!
Well, that settles it. I'll take him.
Yes, I've been needing a Fire Type, actually.
I've also heard some rumors that the species' biology has been shifting as of late, which...might account for the energy, honestly.
Even better then, as I'm supposed to be looking into that on behalf of Professor Oak, actually.
Is that so? Well, Carter, that's it! *pchoo*
No problem, ma'am. You can count on me. I must be going, though.
Alright! Safe travels!
...Whew...Thank Arceus, Carter won't have to see me slipping...I couldn't do that to him. If only I had a calmer Pokemon to spend these last three years with...
Alright, Sasha. You're sure about this?
Quite certain. Carter, was it? Keep yourself safe from that Amaura.
Wait what do you mean by that exactly-?
It's...a long story, bud. Anyway, in spite of original plans, you desperately need catching up, so we're going to train. You ready, Carter?
Oh yeah totally let's do it I can't wait to get stronger!
Sasha? What brings you to the Box? Isnt Camryn going to replace you with anyone?
Ah, you, Whismur. The new Cyndaquils taking my spot. More like I gave it to him, really, Im not dealing with that Amaura. Not out in the field, at least.
...Thats just it. Sasha, tell me something. First that Amaura I heard about from the Roggenrola, and now a Cyndaquil? If only youre coming to the Box as a result, that means either Camryn has seven Pokemon on her, or something happened. No one in here knows, so I need to ask you. Whats happening out there?
Camryn didnt tell any of you? Arceus above...the Sunkern died. Boosted Charge Beam dealt a critical, and he didnt make it.
...Youre joking, right? She just traded someone, right!?
Im certainly one for jokes, arent I?
...Youre serious. Oh Arceus, youre serious. How is Camryn doing!? Are the others okay!?
The others are fine for now. As for Camryn, other than the usual lapses in judgment, she is fine for now.
What do you mean, for now!? Sasha, what is happening!?
That new Amaura I mentioned. Everyone else may believe his actions and belief system were all in good faith, but Im not a fool. His brand of encouragement is saved for those he wants dead. Camryns too blind to see it, and their naiveté is going to get another one of them killed. I cut my losses before it ended up being me. I warned her, but she apparently made a promise to that thing, and Camryns not the type to go breaking a promise of her own accord.
...Well, then. I got off topic, though. I wanted to speak with you about-
I decline. Unless you have a dire emergency, do not attempt to engage me.
But this is impo-
And dont have a dire emergency. Farewell.
...Im not giving up on you
*The Next Day
Arceus above, your old owner wasn't kidding about how eager you are! I can barely keep up myself!
Yaaaay this is so much fun and ohhhh I feel weird suddenly-
Wooooow I'm a lot bigger now and I got a new move this is so exciting!
Mud Shot? That could indicate a shift towards the Ground Type...that would be groundbreaking! It was always thought the traditional Johto starters all remained pure typed! If the Cyndaquil line is type changing, then the other two lines might have as well!
Oh really what does that mean I don't really know what any of that meant sorry!
It's okay, Carter, I wouldn't expect you to. Anyways, let's move along the route, and you can keep training as we-ooooh, what's this?
Well, it's not Hone Claws, so I'll take it-Carter, come back here! Don't run off!
I learned another new move I keep getting stronger this is so much fun!
Oh thank goodness you're not hurt. Listen, there's a new route just over there where we can make a catch to add to maybe add to the team. You want to help soften them up?
Yes oh my gosh I'm really part of the team now I'm so excited!
Alright let's see what we find first...A Buneary! Give it a Quick Attack, Carter!
Hi do you want to join my team I'm Carter and this Trainer is super nice!
Nice! Alright, what's your na-
The name's Lucy, darling, but I need my sleep. Ask me later, and without that hyper Quilava, please.
Awwwww they didn't want to join us that's too bad back to training then I guess!
Yes, but Carter, about earlier. You cant just run off like that. Its dangerous, and you might get hurt very badly. I promised your old owner to take care of you, and Id feel terrible if anything happened, so please, stay close, okay?
Oh okay Ill stay with you then!
Wow, Carter, you caught up quickly, didn't you? Ah, it seems we have another challenger.
There were lots of strong Trainers there! I couldn't take any of them, but I bet I could take you! Go, Sandile!
Carter, stay back! Tony, you're on instead!
With pleasure. Low Kick?
Yeah, that'll do it.
Very well then. Watch this, young one.
Woah holy Miltank you knocked him out in one hit that's awesome can we be friends you seem like a cool friend!
Why not? You have energy to spare in battle, you need only learn to use it well. I will gladly teach you.
Wow thanks Oh by the way I'm Carter and I heard her say you're Tony that's a cool name let's get super strong together!
Looks like you two are getting along swimmingly! Bill's house isn't far now, let's keep it up!
Oh. Boyfriends. I tried having one once, it was awful. Anyway, I need to be going.
Oh, you're that girl's boyfriend? Let's see how cool you really are!
You're on! Gulpin!
Hey Carter, you want to try out that Mud Shot of yours?
Boy do I ever let's go I'm so strong maybe I can even take it down in one shot like Tony!
Alright, give it a go! Mud Shot!
I can do this I can do this I can do this!
Nice work! That was a good one!
Impressive how a simple goal allows him to focus so well. Good job, Carter.
Tynamo, we can turn this around!
That would be Marigold's cue to step in!
One of these? Hmph! Annoying gnats, these ones.
Oh goodness she's scary!
...that was a sore mistake.
And that's that.
You have good taste in Pokemon, I'll give you that.
This will very likely come in handy later!
I know your face! You're usually here with that other girl, right? Did something happen?
Oh, no! I'm just out on business as opposed to on a date.
Ah, I see. It would have been a shame for a couple like you to split, you two seem made for each other.
Ehehe, thanks. Anyway, I'm going to see Bill. See you later, maybe?
Sure thing! Safe travels!
...Here we are. Deep breath, and...
Phew! Really? That's odd, Rotom aren't recorded to have started appearing in this region, at least to my knowledge. Let me check it out...
What the? Some of these keys seem to be pressing themselves! Maybe if I pressed a few others-
Woah! It's coming!
Trio, that's a-! Boreas, Thunder Wave!!!
And now for a Poke Ball, oh Trio please let this work!
YES! Thank Arceus, it worked! What's your name, then?
Scrooge McPorygon, the richest Pokemon on the planet! Now I will gladly hear an explanation for ruining my bitcoin mining operation!
...Trio, give me strength.
- [+] Team Camryn