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EpicSquirtle 09-27-2017 01:44 AM

"Thanks..." Robin muttered in response to Luna. Truth be told, she was hardly paying attention to the Swoobat. Even as Luna's words had rang clear in her mind, Robin was rather focused on Zack instead.
It was true that what had happened was in the past now...but what if she could change it? But that was a silly thought...an impossible one. No one could truly rewrite time...right?

Before Robin could give much thought to the crazy idea, Keith spoke up, snapping her attention away to him.

"H-how did it happen?" The young trainer repeated, unsure if she had heard her friend correctly.

"Umm..well....I told you how Zack...how he tried to kill me and Hazel with Project X...right?" Robin asked, her voice sounding somewhat shaky. It was clear that the Electric type specialist was uncomfortable with the subject at hand.
"Well...when Telpo teleported us it...apparently he shielded us from...from Project X's attack. Apparently the attack was powerful enough to....well, I-I think you get the idea."
"Something that snacks can't help with?!" Cayenne exclaimed, a look of shock on his face.
"This is urgent then! Tessa, please fetch our guest a glass of water, and quick!" The Torchic added.

"Umm..alright." Tessa nodded. Without another word, the Cosplay Pikachu rushed over to the teleport panel in the room, before disappearing entirely.

With Tessa gone, Cayenne's attention returned to Millicent, a sudden idea having sprung into his mind.

"Hello hello! Over here!" The Torchic exclaimed, hoping that the Timburr would be able to hear him as he drew closer to Keith and Millicent.
"W-well that's good at least." Hazel stammered, his entire body seeming to relax, if only slightly.

"You mentioned l-liking swimming though. M-my trainer he-I mean she. Umm..she has a pool here. M-maybe you could try it out?" The Jolteon suggested, hoping to move away from the topic of Corsola.
In response to Voltaire's Energy Ball attack, Anion unleashed her most powerful attack, Gunk Shot! As the two moves clashed, Anion's proved to be superior, and Voltaire was unable to react in time as the poison move cut through the Energy Ball, before slamming directly into him!
With a cry, the Emolga was sent tumbling backwards, before face planting on the rock floor.

Slowly regaining his balance, Voltaire faced Anion once more, though with considerably less confidence. Despite the Emolga's earlier claims, battling was definitely something Voltaire wasn't a huge fan of. The Emolga almost always neglected his training...and it was starting to show!
But he couldn't give up, not in front of Anion! Though the Minun might have powered through some of his dirtier tricks, Voltaire was still as determined as ever to win!

Deciding to keep things simple this round, Voltaire leaped into the air, before gliding towards Anion with a powerful Quick Attack!

Missingno. Master 09-27-2017 10:47 AM

Luna read Robin's thoughts sadly. The notion of turning back time in a desperate attempt to prevent tragedy, it struck a painfully familiar chord to the Swoobat. Robin was not the first person Luna knew to have such an idea. Five years ago, in fact, Luna's own Trainer had been desperate for a way to turn back the clock, to prevent the arrest and memory erasure of a certain special someone.

Before Robin could give much consideration to such a thing, however, Keith had asked her how Telpo had died, and she told him how Telpo had shielded her from Project X's attack as he was Teleporting them away. This made the rest of the story fall into place for Keith. This explained how a Teleport went so horribly wrong as to land them in the world between this one and the spirit world. Keith nodded at Robin's words, unsure what even to say at this moment. "My condolences," he finally said in response, looking at Robin. As he looked, Keith realized that what he could say was not something more on this subject, but rather, the exact opposite. The shakiness of Robin's voice was not lost on Keith. The whole subject was not one Robin was comfortable talking about, and indeed, Keith saw little purpose in continuing to talk about this. He know that both he and Robin were sad about Telpo's passing, they didn't need to keep going on about it to prove this to each other. To change the subject, Keith figured, would not be disrespecting Telpo's memory. In fact, if anything, changing the subject would be likely to improve Robin's mood, something he figured that Telpo, who so determinedly prioritized his Trainer's happiness and well-being above all else, would rather appreciate.

It was with this thought in mind that Keith spoke up again, hoping to lighten the atmosphere somewhat by steering the topic at hand away from something so distressing, hoping to maybe cheer up his friend a little. "So, where did you get Cayenne?" he asked Robin. "I never knew you had a Torchic before today, you catch him recently?"

At Cayenne's words, Millicent slowly turned to look at the Torchic. She looked miserable, standing up once more, but leaning on Willow as though she were a walking stick. "...yes?" the Fighting-type said dejectedly. As she did this, Meowth put an arm around her shoulder consolingly.

Aster started to relax a little as Hazel seemed to do likewise. Moreover, the Jolteon mentioned a swimming pool, which definitely caught the Mareanie's attention. "A-A pool?" repeated Aster. "Th-that sounds great, sure," she replied, slowly uncovering her face- now Hazel would see that she was smiling with a mixture of anticipation and relief, now that she was more certain she hadn't accidentally driven off a potential friend.

Anion grinned- her Gunk Shot had blasted through the Energy Ball, and slammed right into Voltaire as well. Type matchups really were a beautiful thing, weren't they, she thought to herself. She couldn't help but keep smiling as Voltaire picked himself back up- despite his visible lack of confidence, he wasn't letting this stop him, and that determination was what primarily brought a smile to the Minun's face right now. As if on cue, both Electric-types charged at each other, both of them using Quick Attack. Sometimes the simple tactics were the best.

EpicSquirtle 10-02-2017 02:20 PM

"T-thank you." Robin murmured in response to Keith's words. With little more to say on the subject, the young trainer diverted her attention to a nearby window.
The storm that had started shortly before Keith's arrival showed no signs of slowing down. But how much longer could she stand to talk about Telpo?

Luckily for Robin, she didn't have to find out. It seemed Keith was willing to change the subject, instead questioning if she had gotten her Torchic recently.

"Y-Yeah, he's my newest addition to the team." Robin nodded, a small smile beginning to form on her face.
"I actually got him the first day I arrived here. He was originally a gift from the mayor to an acquaintance of mine. But after Cayenne helped me chase off a Pokemon poacher, said acquaintance decided that Cayenne was better off with me." The Electric type specialist explained.

"I'm grateful to have him though. He's been a big help in the....in the absence of some of my other Pokemon."
"Hello! I'm Cayenne, it's a pleasure to meet you!" Cayenne chirped.

"You seem kind of down...and I don't like that! We at Cayenne and Tessa's Kitchen Extraordinaire don't want Our guests leaving unhappy." The Torchic continued.
"According to your trainers information box, it says that hugging a Torchic is a pleasant experience! So what I'm saying is...if it'll help cheer you up, feel free to try it!"
"Ok...well it should be this way. I-I mean...it's the quickest way." Hazel said as he slowly approached the teleport panel in the corner of the room.

"I-If we just step on this...we'll be taken to the bottom floor. It's way better then taking the stairs." The Jolteon explained, pointing to the odd panel with his nose.
In response to Voltaire's quick attack, Anion unleashed a quick attack of her own. It seemed that the two were equally matched, and soon Voltaire found himself in the exact position he was in before.
There had to be something he could do to overpower Anion, the Emolga thought. Racking his brain for answers, the only thing Voltaire could think of was his signature attack!

Once again Voltaire began to wiggle his finger back and forth, summoning a move with his Metronome at random!
Having selected a move, the sky squirrel Pokemon began to create an Ominous purple Wind, which quickly started to blow around the arena.

Missingno. Master 10-02-2017 07:25 PM

As he saw Robin start to smile, Keith knew he'd made the right decision in steering the topic away from Telpo. Robin had in fact gotten Cayenne quite recently, received him from an acquaintance after the Torchic helped her fend off a Pokémon poacher. After this, however, she mentioned the absence of some of her other Pokémon. "Ah, yeah, so I'm guessing Pom's not the only one out there looking for you," nodded Keith. "Hey, Robin, if you ever want help looking for them, I'll be more than glad to help," he offered.

The Torchic's perkiness was a stark contrast to Millicent's misery. Indeed, Cayenne pointed out said misery, and his desire to help out with it. Citing what Keith's Pokédex said about the Torchic species, Cayenne invited Millicent to give him a hug to try and cheer her up.

"...I dunno if it'll help," sighed Millicent. "I just..."

Give it a try, Willow said to Millicent. You need some form of happiness and warmth right now, and a Torchic is hard to beat as far as either of those go, let alone both at once.

Millicent relented at this, and put her arms around Cayenne, a few tears still leaking from her eyes, though it was not lost on her just how fluffy and warm this was.

"O-Oh, it's a warp panel?" said Aster. "I-I've seen these things before. K-Keith ordered some for o-our new Secret Base." And she slowly made her way onto the warp panel.

The Quick Attacks cancelled each other out- they were evenly matched. Anion grinned as Voltaire used Metronome again- there was no telling what to expect from that move, and it thrilled Anion every time she saw the Emolga wag his finger. And this time, an Ominous Wind was generated. Anion grunted as the Ghost move pummeled her, lamenting her current lack of movepool diversity. Keith planned to help her learn all sorts of moves, but for now, she had to sacrifice variety for the sake of power. And so, even with the Ominous Wind battering her so, Anion charged up yet another Gunk Shot and fired it Voltaire's way.

EpicSquirtle 10-04-2017 12:38 AM

"Y-you would do that?" Robin questioned, sounding genuinely surprised as Keith offered to help look for her old Pokemon.
"Thank you. But I'm afraid it won't be much use." The young trainer added glumly.
"You're right that Pom isn't the only one missing. I only woke up with Hazel, and finding Tessa and Voltaire was pure luck. That means....there's still around forty of them out somewhere in the world. They could be anywhere."
Though Millicent seemed to be reluctant to try Cayenne's idea, the Timburr eventually relented.

"See? That's the spirit!" Cayenne exclaimed as the Timburr wrapped her arms around him. With little else left to do, Cayenne simply waited for whenever Millicent was ready to pull away. Not that the Torchic was going to rush her of course.
Following Aster onto the warp panel, the duo eventually found themselves in the corner of the kitchen. They appeared to be the only ones in the room, minus Tessa, who had just finished pouring some water into a small glass.

"H-here we are, the kitchen." Hazel said, before walking over to the nearby exit.
"If we follow this....we should be at the pool soon."
In response to the ominous wind Voltaire had sent Anion's way, the Minun gathered up enough energy for another Gunk Shot, before firing it at the Emolga!

In an attempt to avoid the powerful poison attack, Voltaire began another Quick Attack, hoping to loop around the oncoming attack and strike Anion. But despite his best efforts and increased speed, Voltaire found he was unable to fully dodge the attack.
With a pained cry, the Emolga was sent flying as the Gunk Shot skimmed his side, canceling his attempted move all together! To make matters worse, Voltaire was now a sitting Ducklett! Now was Anion's big chance!

Missingno. Master 10-04-2017 01:23 AM

"Of course I would," Keith nodded. He then shook his head as Robin voiced her opinion of how hopeless the situation was, even with help- she only had Hazel with her when she woke up, and she found Tessa and Voltaire by sheer dumb luck. The other forty-something Pokémon could be anywhere in the world. "Well, I still see no reason not to try at least," Keith stated. "At the very least I know Pom is in Fizzytopia, and that he knows where to go to come and visit. And believe me, he's got more reason to visit than he used to," he added. "He and Cyanide are actually parents now, and I've made it abundantly clear to Pom he's welcome to come visit his daughter whenever he wants. And as for the others... yeah, you're right, they could be anywhere, but that doesn't mean things are hopeless."

I'll help, too, Luna piped up, telepathically addressing all nearby. I can try and contact Batrach, tell her to keep an eye out for any Pokémon that are searching for their Trainer.

"Ooh, good idea," Keith nodded. "Batrach is this Unfezant I used to own," he explained to Robin. "I released her a while back, at her request. Her travels have already taken her as far as Unova from what I've heard. If your Pokémon could really be anywhere in the world, having her keep an eye out for them is a smart idea. And come to think of it, all we'd need to do is tell Hebenon that Hannah's gone missing, and he'll comb the entire ocean in search of her."

Millicent continued to sob softly as she hugged Cayenne. Very slowly, her sobs started to slow down, the hug starting to soothe her a bit. She was still sad, and she still yearned to see Telpo again, but she was still starting to calm down a bit.

"OK," Aster replied, following Hazel through the kitchen, walking on her ten tentacles, starting to feel a bit excited at the thought of a good swimming pool.

Voltaire attempted to use Quick Attack to dodge the Gunk Shot, but was nevertheless grazed by the powerful Poison move. This, Anion realized, was an opportunity to strike, possibly the final attack of this battle, and she went for it almost immediately, racing in for one last Quick Attack.

EpicSquirtle 10-11-2017 02:18 PM

Robin's eyes widened considerably at the mention of Pom. Or rather, the fact that the long tail Pokemon was now a parent! She was about to speak up about it, but stopped herself as Keith continued to talk.
Though it was true that, besides Pom, any of Robin's missing Pokemon could be anywhere, Keith insisted that it didn't mean things were hopeless.

Luna also seemed willing to help, the Swoobat expressing that she'd try and get in contact with Batrach. Batrach was apparently an Unfezant that Keith used to own, and according to the man, Batrach had reached as far as Unova on her travels.

But things didn't stop there. Keith also brought up his Qwilfish, Hebenon. Once the balloon Pokemon found out that his sister was missing, he would comb the entire ocean looking for her.

"W-wow umm...thank you." Robin smiled.
"I guess there is quite a few options to find them...maybe things aren't quite as hopeless as I first thought." The electric type specialist conceded.

"But umm, sorry to change the subject...you mentioned Pom and Cyanide are parents now. How long ago did that happen? Just curious."
Cayenne tried his best to remain calm as Millicent continued to hug him. The wait was already starting to kill him, but the Torchic continued his silence. He wouldn't want to disturb his guest, after all.
With Aster following him, Hazel made his way down the hall and towards the pool. But just before the pair reached the doorway, a sudden thought sprung into Hazel's mind, causing the Jolteon to stop in his tracks.

"I-I'm sorry...I just remembered...what you said early." Hazel murmured.
"You said your trainer...he ordered warp panels for your new base.....w-what happened to your old one? I thought it looked ok..."
Seizing the opportunity to strike, Anion rushed in with yet another Quick Attack! Unable to respond in time, the only thing Voltaire could do was brace himself for the eventual impact! Once the Minun had crashed into him, Voltaire let out a final cry, before falling over in defeat!

Missingno. Master 10-11-2017 06:10 PM

Robin seemed quite amazed at the mention that Pom was now a father, and she smiled at how willing Keith and his Pokémon were to help her find her other Pokémon. Keith smiled as well as Robin conceded that things weren't so hopeless after all. She then, however, asked Keith how long ago Pom and Cyanide became parents. "A little less than three months ago," Keith recalled. "Pom showed up at my Secret Base one day, in search of you. While he was there, he and Cyanide apparently discussed the idea, and, well, a few weeks later, their daughter was born. If you like, I could bring her here, let you meet her," Keith offered.

After a while, Millicent became calmer still, and finally let go of Cayenne. Her eyes were still moist with tears, but she was no longer sobbing. "Thanks, Cayenne," she said. "I needed that. I really did."

"O-oh, i-it got destroyed," replied Aster. "I-I was still very young when it happened. K-Keith's Ledian used to b-be a Shadow Pokémon, a-and used to want to take over the world. A-and he tried to do so, b-by making a su-superpowered Shadow Sky th-that he wanted to rain down on the wh-whole world. B-But Keith a-and some of his friends stopped him... but not before it destroyed h-his old Secret Base. W-We all got out OK beforehand, s-so nobody got hurt from that," she added.

Anion landed the Quick Attack, and in doing so, ended the battle then and there. As the Minun caught her breath, she looked over at the fallen Emolga, and found herself smiling. Voltaire had put up a great fight, even managing to captivate her with that Fatal Attraction move for a while. Though even now that the move's effects had long since passed, Anion realized that she still wanted that Emolga.

"Hey," Anion said, walking up to Voltaire, offering her hand to help him up. "Now that was a battle," she grinned.

EpicSquirtle 10-19-2017 12:33 PM

"It's been that long already..." Robin murmured once Keith mentioned how long Pom and Cyanide had been parents. Just under three months. This, along with Keith's explanation on how this had come to be, it seemed that the Ambipom had been awake for at least a month before his trainer.

This wasn't too much of a surprise to the Electric type trainer. According to Tessa, the cosplay Pikachu had woken a few days prior to Robin and Hazel. And Voltaire had woken even earlier, sometime in the spring.
But this only served to complicate the search for the other missing Pokemon. If the time of their awakening was totally random..then it stood to reason that some of them had yet to arrive. Or had she been the last to return?

Robin wasn't quite sure, but she knew now wasn't the right time to think about it. Instead, she turned her attention back to Keith, giving him a smile.

"Sure, I'd love to meet her." Robin said, giving a brief nod.
"If you need to use a PC...there should be one...right there." She added, pointing to the computer tucked neatly into the top left corner of the room.
"It was no problem!" Cayenne chirped, happy to see Millicent had calmed down a bit.
A moment later, Tessa returned to Cayenne's side, carrying a glass of water with her forearms.

"Umm...I..uh...got you some water." The cosplay Pikachu explained, before offering the glass to the Timburr in front of her.
"Sorry I uh...took so long. I umm....kind of made a mess in the kitchen..." Tessa added, giving a nervous glance to the warp panel nearby.
Hazel's expression visibly fell as Aster told her story. According to the Mareanie, Keith's old base had been destroyed by his Ledian, a former shadow Pokemon. Luckily no one had been hurt, and Keith along with some of his friends had managed to stop the Ledian.

"Wow...I-I'm sorry to hear that." Hazel murmured, once Aster had finished.
"It's kind of my fault though... M-me and...and a few of my friends tried to stop that Ledian...Stewie is his name..r-right? Well...me and m-my friends got stopped...b-by one of your teammates. Maybe if we hadn't been stopped..maybe you could still have your old base."
Not long after he had fallen, Voltaire began to come to his senses. With a small smile, the Emolga took Anion's offered hand, managing to pull himself him with it.

"I agree...the battle was definitely an exciting one." Voltaire nodded at the Minun's words.
"But wow...pretty and powerful...you really are full of surprises."

Missingno. Master 10-19-2017 09:01 PM

The news of how long Pom had been searching for his Trainer seemed to get Robin thinking about something. Not for very long, however- before Keith could even consider asking what Robin was thinking about, Robin stated that she'd love to meet Pom and Cyanide's daughter, even directing Keith to a nearby PC. "Thanks," grinned Keith, making his way over to said PC, and within minutes, he returned with a Premier Ball in hand. "Alright- Eon, come on out!" he exclaimed, tossing the white sphere into the air.

The ball split open, and in a flash of light and a swirl of sapphire sparkles, the white-furred Eevee appeared. "Ooeee?" she squealed curiously, looking around at her unfamiliar surroundings.

"Eon, this here is Robin," said Keith. "She's your dad's Trainer."

At this, Eon's tail wagged happily, and the Shiny Eevee jumped up and started licking Robin's face. "Hi! Hi!" she eagerly greeted the Electric-type specialist. "You trained Dad? Dad's awesome, so that must mean you're awesome, too!"

"Oh- thank you," Millicent said with a small smile, accepting the glass of water from Tessa. "No need to apologize, either- actually pretty good timing with it," she added before taking a sip.

"O-oh, n-no, I-I don't think it's your fault," Aster responded. "I- you know Luna, th-the Swoobat in the other room, right? Sh-she says that what happened was gonna happen anyway no matter what. A-and s-some good things came out of it, too- Stewie's not evil anymore. A-and Keith's really excited about his new Secret Base, h-he says it's gonna be even better than his old one."

Anion continued to smile at Voltaire, blushing just a bit at his words. She had previously stated that flirting wasn't something that worked with her, and she had meant it... insofar as flirting with her in an attempt to get her interested. By now, she was already plenty interested, and so Voltaire's words were definitely getting a reaction from her. "Heh... you're full of surprises yourself," smiled the Minun. "Definitely not just a handsome face." Meanwhile, whether she and Voltaire were still holding hands was entirely dependent on the Emolga, for Anion hadn't let go of Voltaire's hand yet, and would not have done so unless he did first.

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