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Old 07-16-2017, 12:30 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by Maskerade View Post


Either choice to secure a route sounds complicated, but breach the factory you must, and breach it you will - or, more precisely, Éclair will. After properly evaluating your options, relying on a solo effort from your smaller, light companion seems to be the best choice, even if it means temporary separation.

Filled with determination, your Mawile nimbly climbs the moldy crates, which squeak precariously under her every step, but mercifully do not crumble under her weight; when she reaches the top of the pile, one last skillful jump sees her reach the open window, just barely hanging on to the edge, then pull herself up and pass through it as she throws you one final wink before vanishing from sight.

With that, only you and Monte remain outside, and all you can seemingly do is wait for Éclair to manage something from the inside to allow you to rejoin her. However, after five minutes of uncomfortable silence and no small amount of tension, nothing seems to happen; if the mawile is currently attempting something, you can neiter see nor hear her. And then, ten minutes pass, still with no signs of your partner, not a single cue.

Understandably, you begin to grow restless; you've just sent your precious companion on a one-mon mission against a dangerous criminal, and now there is no trace of Éclair whatsoever. Did something happen to her?!

Fortunately, Monte seems to share your concerns, and acting independently - as if moved by a hidden passion you never knew he had -, he throws consecutive Drain Punches along the outer wall, leaving behind dents on the concrete that allow you both of you to climb. With each dent he makes, he steps on it and further rise along the wall, creating progressively higher cracks on the surface as he makes his way up, allowing you to follow behind him. When he finally makes it up the window, he is visibly exhausted, but thanks to his effort, you can now try and find Éclair inside the factory. One can only hope the repeated blows to the wall didn't alarm anyone inside...

Your fingers hurt considerably by the time you finish your own climb. Fortunately, the wall is wide enough for you to pass through, and you wind up on an elevated metal walkway just beyond it, narrow and stretching all around the building's perimeter. It is considerably dark inside, only a fraction of sunlight permeating the walkway from the windows all around the facility, but the visibility is still enough for you to make your way around and search for a way down to ground level. Until...


A low-pitched hiss makes you freeze in place and look over your shoulder. Just to your left, you find Éclair completely wrapped in vines, trapped and blindfolded by them, with a tiny green snake peering from behind with a dead-serious look on its face...
it's an angry-looking Snivy!

What will you do now?!

Athena chewed nervously at a hangnail, a habit she found hard to break. She leaned against the wall, taking Monte out of her backpack and holding him for comfort.

"She's fine, Monte, we don't need to worry," Athena told him, though Scraggy's face showed no sign of worry at all. She attempted to look through the window every minute or so, hoping desperately for a sign of her trusted starter. It was quiet, nothing more than the sound of the harbor's gentle waves. The trainer pulled out her phone to check the time, the keychains attached jingling. Though she wasn't sure what time Eclair had gone in, it had definitely been too long. Athena felt irresponsible, how could she let Eclair go in without a way of even contacting her.

Monte wriggled out of her arms and jumped to the ground. Athena, confused, watched as the yellow lizard Pokemon reeled up for a Punch. She jumped forward to stop him, worried he was taking out some kind of frustration on the building. His arm slipped through her grasp and made contact with the wall, making a surprisingly large dent.

"Scraggy!" Monte proclaimed. Athena shushed him, worried that they would draw too much attention. The Scraggy shook his head and readied himself to punch again, higher up on the wall this time.

"Monte stop! You'll hurt yourself." Athena whispered sternly as she dug in her bag to retrieve his Pokeball. She worried he had been traumatized by their encounter with the police, and was now acting out because of it. Monte continued to create dents in the wall with strong punches, then nimbly scaling the wall. He looked back at his trainer frequently, who didn't seem to be understanding that he was helping. He made his way to the window, beckoning Athena to follow. Athena placed a foot precariously on one of the dents, and when it seemed to support her weight, she pulled herself up onto the wall. Somehow, she made her way to the top, shaking a bit with exhaustion. She lowered herself from the window onto a metal walkway, joining the waiting Monte.

"Thanks Monte..." Athena said a bit sheepishly. Scraggy simply grinned. He was low level and young, but she knew he was still a Pokemon with unimaginable potential. The two of them made their way across the walkway, trying to make their footsteps as quiet as possible. A loud, hissing noise caught Athena's attention. She whipped around to see a mess of vines, and Eclair caught right in the middle of them.

"Eclair!" She gasped, a bit too loudly. The Mawile, though unable to see her trainer, seemed relieved at the sound of Athena's voice. She struggled as the vines around her tightened. A small green and yellow Pokemon looked from behind the vines, revealing itself as the one in control of the attack. Monte stepped defensively in front of his trainer his tiny hand once again curled into a fist.

"Monte..." Athena couldn't help but feel overwhelmingly proud at her Pokemon's bravery. She had no doubt they could work together to free Eclair. "Let's do this! Go after that Snivy with a Drain Punch, and trip it up with a Low Kick!" She tried her best to keep it down, but excitement rose in her voice. A Pokemon battle! She was beginning to feel more and more like an actual trainer.

"Eclair, we'll get you out of there..." Though her instinct was to start tearing at the vines herself, she was afraid to get too close to her Mawile, lest the Snivy's vines grab her too. This was best left to her Pokemon. As Eclair continued to struggle, she had an idea. "If you can, a Taunt would help too!"

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