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Old 09-09-2017, 06:45 PM   #77
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Originally Posted by Maskerade View Post

(lLemme know if my directions get confusing – the map should help but feel free to let me know if you’re unsure where Athena is currently located!))

You decide to take advantage of the opportunity since you have the coin to spare, nabbing yourself some precious Technical Machines from the overpriced vending machine. And with that out of the way, you decide to head further down the hallway and see where it leads you, rather than taking a left turn.

Snivy continues to take the lead, and peers over its shoulder regularly to see if you’re keeping up. You can tell it’s no longer apprehensive towards you, the battle against Geodude likely having dissipated any lingering doubts about your true intentions. But still, you can see the concern in its eyes, not for you or itself, but no doubt for its Trainer, the guard held hostage by the criminal holed up somewhere deeper inside the factory. There is no doubt that Snivy is a very capable Pokémon on its own, but no matter how professional it was raised to be, it still longs to be reunited with its Trainer – if only for that, you know you have to keep doing your best to help it in its selfless quest.

Also, you wonder how the police team you met outside is doing against the trafficker – are they making any progress toward the front door? Can they bust in and arrest the criminal, or will the stalemate continue? In a way, it’s not entirely bad if it does – it gives you more time to explore the facility and catch him or her off-guard from the back, while the distraction continues…

You finally make it to the end of the corridor, and find yourself at an intersection – where the tunnel ends, a new choice is presented to you. The hallway you just crossed ends up in another corridor, aesthetically identical (which is to say, gray and unremarkable), but considerably wider than the one you just crossed. There is a yellow line painted along the floor’s length, with “PRODUCTION LINES – NORTH // STORAGE UNITS – SOUTH” written above it, and this is precisely the decision you’ll have to make.

However, before you can choose, a thought crosses your mind suddenly. Wasn’t an enemy drawn on Snivy’s map at this precise location? And in that case, why is that you spot nobody else other than the three of you?
As the thought takes residence in the forefront of your mind, you are assaulted by a sudden chill, an overwhelming sense of dread that you cannot explain. As if someone is watching you, creeping up on you all. You do recall catching the glimpse of a glimmer through the corner of your eye a second earlier, but it must have been your imagination – what could possibly glisten under the faint glow of the factory’s emergency lights only to vanish when you look directly at it?

Snivy and Mille seem to be growing just as restless, and neither of them seem to know why either. They know they are being watched, just like you do… and then, you spot it: Snivy’s shadow begin to contort abnormally, twisting and changing shape to resemble an entirely different Pokémon. Something is lurking in the Grass-Type’s shadow!

Can you act preemptively before something bad happens?!

Trying not to waste any more time, Athena quickly placed her TMs in the appropriate case and let Snivy know she was ready to go again. Thankfully, it didn't seem to be bothered that she had stopped. The previous battle must have strengthened its trust in her. Her and Mille followed Snivy silently, both keeping an ear out for any suspicious noise. It was oddly quiet. Athena wasn't sure if it was just that the large factory absorbed sound, or if something more sinister was going on.

As they reached the end of the hall, Athena started to feel anxious. Had she memorized Snivy's map incorrectly? She would hate to have made the wrong decision and get Mille and Snivy caught off guard. Mille, normally aloof, looked on edge with her fur bristling. It suddenly got cold, had they stepped into a walk-in freezer? Athena shuddered in her short sleeves. Something was definitely wrong, and Athena stopped in horror as she witnessed Snivy's shadow supernaturally twisting. Mille looked at her trainer, and they both realized what they were faced with. Without being prompted, Mille raced forward and attempted to Tackle the shadow. Athena gasped, what on earth was she trying to do? The Stufful then began to Stomp on the shadow, looking like she was having a Tantrum. The trainer smiled and covered her mouth as she understood what her Pokemon had done. She couldn't help but be proud, she had come up with this strategy all on her own! Now, they only had to see if it would work to bring forth their next enemy.

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