"Indeed." She pulled her Dex back, frowning at the results. " So it isn't just my suspicions. This Turtwig IS double the average size listed within the Dex. Like humans, Pokemon can indeed vary in size, but this one must weigh close to fifty pounds at such a young age." The Queen pointed to the leaves. " See? You can deduce the youth through the foliage. The coloration on the leaves is still a bright, spring green, and the surface of the leaf itself is the smooth, waxy texture of a--" The Professor stopped, hearing a ringing from her communicator. A screen flashed up on the inside of her visor, showing the name of who was calling, " Excuse me. I must take this call. Proceed to fish if you wish. Your audience awaits."
The Queen stepped aside, pressing her comm to her ear. Her new Turtwig ambled after her, plomping itself behind her heels like a tiny centurion. " Agent, you could have spoken to me at the Graduation. What is the nature of your call? We are about to begin an important milestone for my new Protege." Her voice sounded mildly irritated.
Drew nodded and then smiled as he watched the Turtwig scuttle behind the Queen as she answered her call. He had to admit that he was eager to see his new pokemon. Upon walking to the other end of the beach, the old fisherman waved to Drew from his chair and then went back to taking in the scene of the sunlight glistening across the lake. It was time to send out his Totodile and prepare for any battle that might come. Drew reached down to the belt loop that Totodile's pokeball hung from and detached the capsule, now holding the red sphere in his palm. "Alright Totodile, time for you to see a place beyond that lab." Drew tossed the pokeball at a spot on the sand next him. The ball then opened, releasing a red light that appeared in the shape of his new pokemon, and then retracted back to his hand.
The Totodile now completely visible blinked its eyes and appeared to be somewhat perplexed by its displacement from the lab it had grown accustomed to. It scanned the area looking for familiar features to the lab but soon realized that it was indeed somewhere else. A big smile crossed the pokemon's face and it began to let out joyous squeals that showed how happy it was to finally be away from the lab.
Drew let out a chuckle as the Totodile began to dance around the beach, kicking sand around with its feet. The Totodile stopped, startled by Drew's chuckle. It must not have known that he was there until after he had made a sound. But the Totodile didn't run away when it turned around and saw Drew, it instead jumped and grabbed hold of his face in an embrace to show its gratitude. Unfortunately for Drew, the Totodile was much heavier than he would have guessed and so the two landed in the sand.
"Alright Totodile, let's get a quick scan of you before we catch ourselves a Gyarados," Drew said still chuckling from the ordeal. He reached into his bag, pulling out a Pokedex which then quickly scanned the Totodile. Drew then read over the detailed data that came back and was shocked at what it said. "The dex says that a Totodile is supposed to be around 20 pounds." Drew looked back at his Totodile which was curiously examining the pokedex in his right hand. "This Totodile weighs much more than just 20 pounds. It was able to bring me down pretty easily so I would guess that it's nearly double in weight, and maybe slightly taller to make up for the gain in weight." Drew put back the pokedex and lifted himself out of the sand, patting himself down once he stood at his full height. "Hmm, how would you like a name?" The Totodile smiled back and wagged its small tail signaling back a 'yes'. "Alright then. It's been a while since I've named a pokemon. The dex says that you're a girl, so how about Aqua?" The Totodile looked off to the side for a bit, contemplating the name until it finally turned back toward Drew and gave a happy squeal in response. "Then it's settled, Aqua you're my new partner." Drew looked toward the lake and once again grasped the fishing rod given to him by the old man. "Okay Aqua, you stay here and wait for me to reel in a pokemon. We're going to see what you can do in a battle so you'll need to show off a bit." Aqua nodded her head and intensified her gaze on the watery ripples on the surface of the lake.
Drew knew how to release the reel after watching a few other fisherman during his time as a trainer in the Kanto region so he was able to do so without much hesitation. The reel went far across the lake until finally plopping down into the slightly murky waters of the Lake of Rage. We can do this. I have Aqua here, and both Char and Scout are here to help if need be.
Novick glanced at his communicator with a worried look and proceeded with the call "Sorry for the interruption. This is Agent Novick reporting in" He began "A new grunt and myself have found a mess of rocks that grant temporary evolution in Gloom and possibly others off of Route 44. We have also captured several pokemon in the vicinity that have gone through the evolution and back, as well as several pokemon who appear to be abnormally aggressive" He pauses to swallow, not having this much luck talking to a superior in a long time "The load is too much for the two of us to bring back, so we were looking to get a squad from R&D to take care of it. You seem to have all the necessary credentials to authorize a pick up" Novick anxiously waited for a response, unsure if he was gonna get chewed out or praised for making the call
Shade and Kiva continued their attack on the Vileplume. Rizza smiled at large bat Pokemon that flew to her side. It was nice to have backup, but she beamed with pride watching her two Pokemon handle their own. Kiva's ember was starting to burn even brighter and it hadn't taken long before he was taking on two Vileplume at one. Shade had formed a strategy of putting one Vileplume to sleep, letting Kiva burn it, then finishing it off with night shade, if needed.
"Almost done, keep it up guys!" She cheered for her Pokemon before looking over to Novick, who apparently got an answer on the other end of the communicator. His face didn't express anything good as he spoke. She started to worry if it might have been a bad idea. Then again, if a whole team of scientist showed up, it probably would end badly. From there her mind started to wonder if scientist got their own rookies and maybe she would see one with whoever Novick was speaking to.
Her attention moved back to her Pokemon when Kiva barked happily. It looked like they had finished taking out the Vileplume, or at least all that started to attack.
She ruminated a moment, watching Finley cast his line out into the water. They needed the Magikarp to test their new partners, yet the pull of defective evolutionary stones called to her. There had to be a way she could accomplish both.
" I have a solution, Agent. Take two stones of each type for samples, and I will call Research to collect the rest of the deposit. Bring yourself, the collected samples and your grunt to the Lake of Rage so I can examine this phenomenon in the field. We are stationed here nearest the rental hut. Simply meet us here. Debrief me upon your arrival."
She broke the connection with Novick, immediately sending messages to both R&D and the inbox of the Rocket Executives.
Evolutionary stone deposit discovered along Route 44. Send collection team for extraction. Take caution, stones cause evolution and trigger aggressive streaks in the indigenous pokemon population. --Professor Q
"Finley, we will be having company arrive soon. They are carrying samples that may cause aggression in Pokemon, so be sure to keep your test subject clear. We do not want anything tampering with our observations." The Queen knelt down, stroking the leaves of her Turtwig's head gently. She began addressing her pokemon in a sweet voice, "We certainly wouldn't want that, would we darling? No. You're already anomalous as it is! We don't need to change you any more than you already are. No we do not."
Novick puts his communicator away and takes out his pokenav, then opens the map so he could locate Lake Fury. Before putting in the coordinance to their next destination, Novick looks to Rizza and the opposing Vileplume, noticing that they had backed off "Nice work, Rizza. Didn't even need Crobat" Now that the situation was under control, Novick returns his pokemon back into their balls and puts them back into his pouch "So one of the scientists wants us to personally deliver some of the stones for an in person demonstration. Some of the R&D crew will be here shortly to get the rest" Novick puts the captured Glooms' ball into his bag and puts it back on his bag, then sets a course to Lake Fury on his pokenav "We'll leave the remaining Vileplume for the R&D. They're weak so they shouldn't have any problems capturing them. They'll probably use them for experimentation" Novick walks over to the group of stones that triggered the Gloom's evolution and grabs three small ones, then puts them in his bag "Alright. Lets head out" Novick walks over to Rizza and waits for her and her pokemon to get ready to move to the next location
Drew turned to face his new Totodile. "Well Aqua, you heard the Professor, guess you'll have to go back in your pokeball for now." Aqua shook her head in defiance and plopped herself firmly on the sanded ground. Drew let out a chuckle. "Aqua I think you'll like Char. He doesn't like to miss out on anything either." You'll probably meet him sooner rather than later, Aqua. I have a feeling that we'll hook a Gyarados today, and we'll need Char to help, he thought to himself.
Drew looked back at the water and the yellow fishing pole in his hands. Although his gaze was focused on the water in front of him, he began to extend his mind to his surroundings, observing the environment from beyond his normal vision, just as his Dragon Masters had taught him in Blackthorn. He could see the entire lake in his head, every ripple and every reflection of light casted down by the sun. Shadows seemed to be moving across the lake, just barely below the surface. Probably Magikarp and some other common fish. But he sensed something in the deeper reaches of the lake, large creatures that gave the lake a somewhat ominous tone. There were definitely Gyarados here, and Drew would manage to draw one out today.
"Alright Aqua, you can stay out here a bit longer. We still don't know if and when those scientists will get here with those rocks," he said still focused on the lake. Aqua nodded her head, she turned to look toward the murky water after noticing the seriousness in her trainer's eyes. The pair now both looked toward the lake, anticipation mounting for the battle that might lay ahead.
Rizza beamed with pride as she looked at her Pokemon, who had finished the job without assistance. They had a few bruises from attacks that had gotten through, but they were standing tall and proud. "Great job guys!" She called, pulling a potion out of her bag and spraying little bits on both of them. Kiva winced slightly, but gave a happy bark and bounced around.
When Novick gave his praise, she tried to hide the very obvious pride and smile as she stated her thanks. Putting the rest of the potion back into her bag, she recalled Kiva into his Pokeball. Shade hovered beside her as she walked closer to Novick.
"So one of the scientists wants us to personally deliver some of the stones for an in person demonstration. Some of the R&D crew will be here shortly to get the rest"
She nodded, glancing at his Pokenav to see where they might be going. However, she didn't recognize the area as well as she hoped she would. She watched as he grabbed one of the stones and told her to head out. Nodding, she glanced to Shade, who gave his funny grin, and started to follow Novick. She looked over her shoulder at the stones that were being left one more time before looking forwards. She wondered if the scientist would have any problems. Hopefully, the Glooms wouldn't wake up and cause chaos again in between the time they left and the scientist got there.
There was very little to accomplish in the time between her simply waiting for Drew to make his catch and for the Agent to arrive. She found a place to sit on the grass, and let the hefty little Turtwig crawl into her lap.
" You dubbed your Totodile Aqua. So you are the kind of trainer to give your Pokemon names then? I never saw the point in it. Either with names or not, Pokemon heed when their trainers are addressing them personally." The Professor idly toyed with her Turtwig's leaves, making it hiccup once in delight.
Novick checks his pokenav and makes a right on the path toward Lake Rage, then slows down a bit so he was walking next to Rizza. When he first heard about the possibility to be shadowed by someone he wasn't trilled at all. He couldn't really think of his missions going as smoothly with a newbie holding his hand. Though after the previous mission Novick has greatly warmed up to the idea, probably because of the luck of the draw for grunts. He glances down at Rizza and smirks a bit "You did good. I can't honestly say we didn't get lucky with the typing, but even against full grown Vileplume your pokemon handled themselves" He focuses on the path a head and checked his pokenav again, seeing that they had a while before reaching the lake "Something been in the back of my mind since I met you..." He begins "You say you have another team... You did battling before joining Team Rocket" Continuing on, he waits for Rizza's response feeling a bit of nostalgia, thinking of the pokemon he left home when he joined
Drew broke his gaze from the lake and looked at Aqua. She sat in there in the sand trying to remain as focused as her trainer but Drew caught her tail wag a few times, showing that she was in a joyful mood rather than a truly serious one.
In a calm and level tone Drew replied to the Queen,"I see pokemon as partners, just as I would people. It is true that the pokemon will respond to their recorded names from the pokedex but I would like to think that they appreciate having a personalized name much like you and I. After all, I think I prefer being called Drew more than 'Human' or 'Person'".
Drew realized that he might have said too much and sounded slightly judgmental.
He turned his head to face the direction of the Queen, trying to show her that he was sincere,"I don't mean to criticize in any way, Professor. I've just always noticed that my pokemon seem to really appreciate when I give them names." Drew contemplated whether or not if he should continue speaking about the subject but decided to take a chance," perhaps you could try naming your Turtwig? Only if you would like too though."
Drew was about to turn himself completely around and talk more to his mentor but he caught something out of the corner of his eye. "A shadow in the water," he thought to himself, "Gyarados?"
A small burp was heard after drinking his fresh water.
It's been a long time since the last time I was here, Q thought as he gazed upon the outside of the souvenir shop. Haven't been around a lot since Giovanni sent me on those undercover missions for magma, plasma, and galactic. It's all good though It's all good I guess...at least I get a gym out of this.
Q chugs the rest of the fresh water while he walks in through the souvenir shop doors. Who are you a grunt asks. Q turns and looks at the grunt. Oh! Executive Q I didn't recognize you with your hair cut! It's been far too long! Five long yea---. Q shoves the bottle in his chest. Don't talk about it. ok? The grunt nods in agreement and opens the entrance for Q. Thank you.
The grunt bows in respect. Q walk through the entrance while removing his long brown tenchcoat.
I wonder what's going on here? It looks so different. I'm gonna have to learn everything over again aren't I? Uh...this is gonna be a drag.
Q picks up a flyer in the meeting room saying that members will be paired together. Really now? This is seriously gonna bite...
A grunt runs by and knocks a strange all white pokeball with a blue flame pattern out of Q's pocket.
Sorry sir says the grunt. Q picks up the pokeball and watches it glow with a dark blooming aura. It's fine just get out of here. The grunt runs away.
I need to keep you safe big guy. Q walk towards the stairs that lead to his old chambers.
Everyone can wait to see me. I have business to attend to. He walks into a room with the name Quincy emblazoned on it and closes it.
Hmph. A mischievous smirk runs across his face. Home sweet home.
Post by Commander Scarab on Nov 5, 2015 17:37:08 GMT
James looked around, searching for Ray. Apparently he'd decided to leave his post. No matter. There was still a mission for him to complete; unfortunately, Scolipede didn't look like he was getting any closer to finding the Legendary pokemon. It seems that either it had come and gone faster than he could get there, or the sightings had been false to begin with. He quickly recalled his pokemon, except for Scolipede, who he used to ride down the mountain as fast as he could. Since it had been out of it's pokeball for so long, it's speed was at maximum and the trip down went about as fast as it possibly could.
When James got back, he called up the base to tell them he'd be back the next day. It was only mid-afternoon, but after a nearly a week of searching for whatever Legendary beast was in the forest, camping out, constant hiking, no showers, he was kinda tired of the wilderness. It was okay, he supposed, but he did miss the amenities that he had in his flat.
When he opened the door, James was knocked to the ground by two black and silver blurs. As he got up, they pounced one more time. This time the shapes were pinning him to the floor, one on either side. They opened their fang-filled maws...and began furiously licking his face.
"Toby! Adeline! That's enough!" He half yelled. He was laughing so hard that was all he could manage. The two mightyena didn't seem to listen, both kept licking him as he sat up and started to pet them. It was good to be home.
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Rizza walked close to the same pace as Novick, though she did tend to fall behind after a bit. Her legs were much shorter, but she always kept the distance small and would take larger strides to catch up. She thought of her Pokemon's performance and still felt pride. They weren't her normal team, or even a team she had a lot of experience with, so it made her happy to know they could handle things.
"You did good. I can't honestly say we didn't get lucky with the typing, but even against full grown Vileplume your pokemon handled themselves"
Rizza looked up at Novick and smiled. "Thank you sir. I agree, it probably was luck and type difference." Her eyes stayed glued to the road, so she wouldn't trip as she listened to his question.
"You say you have another team... You did battling before joining Team Rocket"
She nodded, thinking fondly of her Pokemon back home. "Yes sir. I took on a few gyms with them. I grew up with Shade, but didn't train him that much, which is why I brought him along. Back home though, I have a a Skitty, Umbreon, and Quilava. They stay with my mom though. She said I'm starting a new adventure and might want to start new...soo I did." She sighed lightly before continuing. "Kiva is the pup to my mom's Houndoom. He was a present for joining from her. She used to be in Team Rocket too." She paused, glancing over at Novick for a second, then back to the ground. "Ever heard of the field agent Jim Seelie? I'm not sure how popular he was, but he was a field agent who died a couple years back on an important mission. That was my dad." She finished, wondering if any of the other members had heard of him. She had been told he went on some pretty important missions, but was never told what the mission had been or where.
Novick keeps his eyes ahead despite of the heaviness of the conversation. It could have been that he didn't hear of Rizza's father, or that he's gotten so used to his job he couldn't react the right way. Either way, he knew he should fill Rizza in about how things like that are handled. He starts with a sigh "Sorry for your loss, and I haven't actually heard of him. Though that doesn't really surprise me..." He glances back at Rizza "We get thrown into dangerous missions all the time in the name of Team Rocket. You could get seriously injured, jailed for decades if you get caught by police... and you can even die if the situation is dire enough" He looks back ahead and takes a right at the fork in the road "If there's one thing I've learned since working for Team Rocket, its that they'll do pretty much anything to preserve their secrecy, even internally. You could possibly hear things from word to mouth but even that is silenced after a while" His eyes sort of dull for a second under his shades "My circle of agents is pretty small. Probably around three to four members that know who I am in this agency. Another thing I realized is if no one know who you are, nobody will know when you're dead. I've pretty much made peace with that" He stops talking for a second and smirks, realizing he was being the downer out of the two of them "but all that is pretty unlikely to cross our paths. If you keep your head on right you shouldn't have anything to worry about" He narrows his eyes and checks his pokenav again, then closes it and puts it in his bag "The lake is right up ahead. Finding the scientist shouldn't be too hard. Apparently she wares some sort of armor..." Novick summarizes what he had said in his head and sighs softly 'Perhaps I should have left some things out... Not like me to get so personal'