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Old 07-14-2012, 09:26 AM   #58
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You and your Aipom have just come in to the large city called Palermo. The city shows its influences of the Italian migrations, as old rustic houses often line the streets, and your nose is bombarded by the smells and your eyes engorged with the colors of the city. In the center of the city is the blooming service sector, with the beginnings of some big town influences, with skyscrapers and modern office buildings. You were excited to come here, but, the big cities also have their big deal of problems as well.

You find yourself completely lost despite having a map right next to you. You can't seem to make heads or tails of the streets in this town, you might as well be reading Greek for that matter. Your Aipom seems concerned and worried, as you wander around aimlessly. You find plenty of good photo taking opportunities, but, you really hope for some food and a warm bed to sleep in. You soon come across a park, and, seeing this as good a time as ever, go to a bench some distance off to get off your feet and take a rest. On your way to the bench, someone calls out to you. "Hey kid!" You freeze for a moment, wondering if the person was calling out to you or not. "Yeah, you kid! Come here for a second!" You turn around for a second, and look at the person who was calling you. He was a young man, probably in his middle teens. He had baggy jeans on and a dirty T-shirt on. He looked like he hadn't showered in weeks, and, you guessed, probably was down on his luck and was living in the park. You hesitate about going towards him, but, you are confident with your Aipom at your side, you will be fine.

You walk up towards the man, who doesn't move and does not try to jump at you. "You seem a little lost kid. Don't worry, I'll help you out a little bit. Do you happen to have a light on you?" You shake your head no, a lighter is the one thing you don't pack for trips. "And no huh? Too bad. Really could have used one so that I could keep warm. It is still Autumn, but half the time, it feels like the goddamn winter, you know? Anyways, I can tell that you are new kid and I feel like helping you out a bit. What is it that you want to know kid?" You tell him that for right now, you would want to know where the nearest hotel is, and, what is the biggest tourist site is. "All, okay. That's easy enough. The closest hotel is the Marriott on Seagram Street. That is your second left on this street, and, a little way on your right. For the biggest tourist sites, just check in the modern parts of the city. You can see the new capital and there are probably a couple of museums and stuff around there. You know how these new cities are and their museums huh?" You thank him for the info, and begin to walk away when he speaks up again. "So eager to leave eh? Well, let me tell you one more thing. Weird things have been happening as of late. Animals at night are becoming violent and aggressive. UFO's have been spotted outside of town. But the night is most dangerous. People go missing and stuff. Plus, the Sharks roam around. They were just a local gang till a little while ago, but now, they practically own some parts of town. Definitely not a group of people you want to mess around with too much kid. Just get to the hotel, and stay off the streets at night okay. Kids like you, got to be careful." You thank him again, and walk away. You think you hear a fire starting, but that is impossible. You take a small look back and see indeed that the man has started a fire. He sees you and just smiles. You remark about how strange things seem to be, and walk away, making your way to the hotel. You hope the things the guy said were not true. Otherwise, your stay might not be so nice after all.

You are puzzled, worried, and for once not too lost. Nothing seems out of the ordinary at the moment, other than fires that start up by themselves. What will you do?
Connor continued aimlessly walking around the city of Palermo until he found a certain park. "Man, all this walking around sure is making me feel tired... just what time is already?" he said as he looked at his Poketch to check the time, "Wait a minute... it's that time already? Did I really spend that long looking around the place?" he said as he was surprised as to what time it is now. "Aipom?" Gaspard said to Connor. "Well Gaspard, I guess now's a good time to take a break as any..." he said to him, "You know, you have it way too easy, just sitting on my shoulder and all. Why don't I try sitting on your shoulder huh?" Connor joked to Gaspard as the Aipom gave him a questioning look. "Whoa, I'm kidding, I'm kidding! Now where can I find a vacant bench... ah there we go!" the photographer then approached a vacant bench when suddenly, he was interrupted by someone calling out to him.

"Hey kid!" Connor wondered if the person was referring to him. "Yeah, you kid! Come here for a second!" Yup, he definitely was. Connor turned around to face a young man in his middle teens. By his appearance, Connor can tell that he was most likely homeless and was a bit hesitant to approach him. "Well, I should be all right... I have Gaspard with me after all," he thought as he looked at his Aipom. Connor approached the man. "Yes, what is it?" he asked the man. "You seem a little lost kid. Don't worry, I'll help you out a little bit. Do you happen to have a light on you?" he replied. While he was right on the money that Connor was for the nth time, lost, he did appreciate someone helping him out find his way... even if in the end he still ended up lost even with directions. As for the lighter, Connor didn't have one and while he does have Gaspard who knows Fire Punch, and Marco, his shiny Octillery with his Incinerate move, he felt that those two were a bit too overkill just to light a cigarette. "Er... no. I don't a lighter, sorry," the photographer shook his head. "And no huh? Too bad. Really could have used one so that I could keep warm. It is still Autumn, but half the time, it feels like the goddamn winter, you know?" and Connor had to agree on that, which was why he was wearing a blue jacket on him now, "Anyways, I can tell that you are new kid and I feel like helping you out a bit. What is it that you want to know kid?" Since the guy was so kind to help him out, Connor decided to ask him anyway, despite how suspicious he looks like right now.

"Well, what you said is true. I did just come here recently, even though this wasn't exactly my destination, and I was hoping to find a good hotel to stay first... oh, and some good places to take photos too. What are the tourist spots around this city?" he asked the man. "All, okay. That's easy enough. The closest hotel is the Marriott on Seagram Street. That is your second left on this street, and, a little way on your right," Connor grimaced at the thought of following directions. He was almost certain he was never going to find the place the moment he was given any kind of direction. "For the biggest tourist sites, just check in the modern parts of the city. You can see the new capital and there are probably a couple of museums and stuff around there. You know how these new cities are and their museums huh?" Connor nodded and thanked the man for the information. The photographer began to walk away when he was stopped by the man again.

"So eager to leave eh? Well, let me tell you one more thing. Weird things have been happening as of late. Animals at night are becoming violent and aggressive. UFO's have been spotted outside of town. But the night is most dangerous. People go missing and stuff. Plus, the Sharks roam around. They were just a local gang till a little while ago, but now, they practically own some parts of town. Definitely not a group of people you want to mess around with too much kid. Just get to the hotel, and stay off the streets at night okay. Kids like you, got to be careful." Wait, what? Looks like Palermo isn't quite the safe place to be around after all! "Huh? That's... really strange, but again thank you for the info," he said to the man as he started to walk off. Connor then noticed that he had heard a fire starting. He turned around to see that the man had indeed started a fire "Fire? But didn't the man say that he didn't have a lighter with him? I don't think he's lying, but... that's strange," he thought. The man saw him again and just smiled. Connor looked at Gaspard who was probably thinking the same thing too. The duo then walked off tried to look for the hotel, just to settle down first.

"Hey Gaspard," Connor asked his partner, "Don't you think that what that man said was weird?" the Aipom agreed with him, "I mean, yeah we've seen stranger things true, but... isn't that a bit overkill?" he said as he adjusted his blue and orange striped beanie, as if thinking about what he said made his head hurt. "Well anyway no use thinking about that, let's go look for the hotel shall we? Maybe I need some rest..." he said.
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