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    I'd rather see everything stayin' alive.


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    Is it me or is Ditto's sprite boasting a cocky grin and doing a little pelvic-thrust motion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCGFTW View Post
    Is it me or is Ditto's sprite boasting a cocky grin and doing a little pelvic-thrust motion?
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    On the topic of legendaries: I am so sad that they are not catchable in this playthrough. I really like some of the legends. *sighs* But that's the way it is when you have a ruleset (and why I've abandoned any inkling of playing a restricted run myself).
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    Dullest. Area. Ever. Seriously -- it's nothing but trainers, without any sort of story to them, who -- worst of all -- don't say anything remotely interesting in this section! Gaah, come on you guys! Still, it's a good opportunity for some things...
    I wholeheartedly agree. It's definitely the most boring stretch of the game (except for maybe the sea routes, but this one is longer). I was really stuck on how to write that part for my LP as well, but I was luckily watching Angel Beats! around that time, and already had that TWEWY thing going, and one thing lead to another...

    It's a total grind to get through so many useless trainers, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirrinus View Post
    I wholeheartedly agree. It's definitely the most boring stretch of the game (except for maybe the sea routes, but this one is longer). I was really stuck on how to write that part for my LP as well, but I was luckily watching Angel Beats! around that time, and already had that TWEWY thing going, and one thing lead to another...

    It's a total grind to get through so many useless trainers, though.

    I kind of had a plan for this section, but I was hoping to balance it with content provided by the game more...

    It's just a terrible thing of grind. This would have been a perfect place for a rocket plot or some sort of organized trainer challenge or just something! Even just some funny lines!
    Luckily there's a double battle up ahead; those are always fun to write.
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    After my comment in the DD thread, I thought I should stop by here and say how amazing this is.
    You take something as potentially creepy as moemon (ps SO GLAD that doduo only has one human head) and make it so utterly adorable without making it any less serious... I am well impressed. That takes some serious writing skills.

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    Hmm yeah that area is extremely boring, hope the next part is livelier.
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    You MUST catch a Doduo when the chance arises.
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    Aaaargh that was painful. At least your writing made it a little bit entertaining, but that part is the worst of all the zones in the game anyway, not possible to improve since nobody reads these to see the battles ;P

    Here's hoping for more story and less battles on the next updates! Keep up the good work, citizen Deme.

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    "But does the religious stuff actually matter? Seed's gotta beat as many as she can in this land, why worry about what came first?"
    "Information is control."
    "It really doesn't matter, unless you think it does."
    "You just hate a straight answer, don't you?"
    "A straight answer is the end of a question. That's no good."
    "But you can't use non-answers!"
    "IN MATTERS LIKE THIS, YOU CAN'T USE ANSWERS. ONLY ACTIONS COUNT, NOT WORDS."
    "Is that...your sort of excellence, FISTICUFFS?"
    "What brought that up?"
    "...Nevermind."

    As they fussed, I thought about it. What I'm doing. When did this journey...Turn into a trap?

    ...Aww, man. Kids.
    Kids trying their hardest. Come on, universe! How do I back out of a battle with kids?

    Their little hopeful faces, so bright and clean...
    "Wow. This'll be our first battle together, right? I don't think we've ever teamed up before."
    "Nope. Everyone teams up with Spike... I want to team up with everyone like that, too."
    "I don't think you want to team up with me like I want to with him, heh-heh."
    "No, not like that! But I want to work better with everbody, and see what we can do together!"
    Foe Charmander: "Could we maybe stop discussing your team dynamics and get on with it?"
    Foe Squirtle" "Yes, get on with it!"
    Rest of the Pokemon on the Route, Waiting to be Fought: "YEAH, GET ON WITH IT!"
    "Oh, I am so enjoying this conversation! tee-hee! "
    I kind of want the conversation to keep going, too. It saves us from what's ahead.

    But it looks like that's over.
    "What where you're firing that! That'd fry me to bits!"
    "Dooon't worry -- my accuracy is perfect, even in the face of confusion! I always hit the right target!"


    "I'm not bad myself, see?"
    "Yeah, I see... It's a really fancy move I won for you."
    "Oh, yeah...You did. Thank you!"
    The pokemon...Also sound innocent. It's strange to think that; next to some of the others, some of them aren't much different from these girls.
    If I try and give them a shot, I risk an innocence either way. I don't think I can win.


    "It was a good fight. Keep trying. I only won because I'm a very experienced trainer."
    Experienced? I started out less than 2 months ago...
    I tell my muscles to smile, push my cheeks up, spread my face a little wider... I feel the muscles move, but the smile just hangs limply between them, like a slack hammock.

    "Yeah. That's the spirit."


    Wide open spaces... Between two tight rows of trees?
    He sends out a Koffing, and I consider my options…
    Maybe I'll see how ChuChu handles something unexpected like this for a change and send her out.

    I guess that answers that.

    The Muk manages to take Spike’s first strike, huddling down in the time between his digging and that hit.
    Oh dear. Well, let's see what they do with another round or two.
    "Spike, don't get flustered! Another Dig!"

    So, in the end, she didn't do much. Another Minimize could have changed the match...Is that optimistic or pessimistic?


    "If you're so eager..."
    I mean, I'm not sure he'd let me refuse.
    Rats! And after that last double-fight I switched Terra out of the team for Mellow, too...

    He leans over and gives her a smoldering glance.
    "Hey, miss...Won't you come a little down to earth? From where I am, looking so high up at you... I can't decide if you're an enemy or an angel."

    Spike, she's hanging at your eye-level...
    Spike turns around with a shadow ball that she matches with a useless smog attack.

    "Another victim of the matriarchal, man-objectifying system."
    Every now and then he goes political on us...

    I'm well aware this isn't a great idea, but I don't have my best option available right now, and FISTICUFFS is lagging behind.

    So she gets to work, letting the fury of her fists raise up inside her until it's eventually enough to take down her foe.

    Finally! Something that's not a Koffing!


    GAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    Another of the Shadow Ball + Attract combo works quickly.

    This was an interesting exercise, really... But I can't keep making risky decisions like this, right? I mean...
    I switch Terra in.

    Oh, boy...

    "Let's see...this excellence of force..."

    "Nice work, Terra!"
    "Thank you."


    "And you, too."

    We did just sort of prove that, unless...
    "Are you threatening me?"
    How. Dare. He….


    "Absolutely not."
    I'm not sure how comfortable I am battling right now... But I won't buckle to threats!
    I turn and walk away.
    Biker: [b]"Hey! You're supposed to --"[/color]
    "I. Don't. Care."

    I go and sit in the grass for a while.

    "...Hmm...An unhappy-looking human lady. Let's see if I'm observed..."
    She's talking pretty loudly, but I guess she doesn't know. But then again, even a normal person would hear "Venonat, Venonat..."
    "You are."
    "Aaah! My ninjitsu has failed me!"
    "...You're a ninja?"
    "Well, sort of. I'm trying, but it's really hard to find a ninja-school for Pokemon, so I'm sort making it up as I go....I mean, I'd love to meet Koga one day and see his great Ninja pokemon..."
    "I'm going that way...Want to come along? I've got a master thief who could teach you stealth..."
    "That sounds great! Thanks, depressed-looking lady!"
    "Call me Seed, please..."

    And we agree to call her Dusk.


    OK, I'm going to have to beat these guys, for the sake of justice.




    ...I am deeply disturbed.



    Compared to Weezings, Koffings and Grimers are relatively cute.

    "No! They're murderers and thieves! Return those pokemon, now!"
    Biker: "Yes-ma'am!"
    At least when I steamroll them like that, they listen to me…
    I actually thought that. That sort of thought… I don’t want to think it; it’s the sort of thought that ends up hurting people because you think that’s justice.


    ...Oh, you guys just won't accept mercy, will you?



    They're scum, but they're team-strengthening scum.

    "Don't joke about mugging people."


    ...This is an entirely new experience for me.

    I mean, I'm not sure if it's creepy or pleasant, but...
    Here I am just steamrolling through, as always.

    That is adorable. I mean, that's a cute-elemental or something.

    ...Cute doesn't matter to you much at all, does it, FISTICUFFS?

    I smile.
    "Thanks."
    I like this woman; she's a little strange, but...
    It's like she knew what I needed to hear. I guess I'm a bad hider, huh?


    "That's a very good reason."
    ...I hope she can be as understanding...
    Gaaah! I'm tired of this melodrama! I mean, what am I supposed to do? I have no clue!

    Could I explain this to Azula? I probably should, when we get to the city.


    I'm not sure she'd get it, but...

    I nod with her on that. Maybe I should talk about it with everyone, and see what they think.


    "I don't think..."
    But she's already rearing to go.



    I tried to warn her; is that enough?


    "Yeah, I guess I am."

    That's an interesting-looking one.

    Even feeling bad, the levels make me smile. They may be making it more complicated, but...


    Certainly better variety there than just Pidgeys.


    That's pretty cool; do we need to fight because of it?


    Farfetch'ds are so cute it's far fetched... Ugh, no, that pun is terrible.




    "Oh, don't think that..."
    I'm here for dreams, fighting for some ludicrous wish... But at what cost in them?


    "...Just a friendly little spar, OK?"

    Azula's not great at friendly.

    Really bad.

    It's been a while since we've fought a Tangela; they must be pretty rare.


    "Yeah, that's the way."
    But as a pokemon trainer, what do I do without fighting people?


    ...
    "I really don't think..."

    Darnit.

    I mean, maybe I'm underestimating my enemies... Maybe they're tougher than I think.


    But I doubt it.

    "They're mostly terrible."


    "Alright, but I'm pretty tough. Be prepared."
    There, a warning; that's good, right?

    Wait, I thought they were siblings. How does that work?...
    But it's a double-battle, so now it's time to go.
    "Terra, Azula, let's do this."
    "Another unusual pair, I wonder what she's anticipating."
    "Probably a pair of fighters, given their uniform. Pay attention."

    "Not a big surprise, I suppose."
    Aren't they usually male pokemon, Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee?
    "Distract them for a round -- I'm prepared to strike -- don't mistake me --"
    "I won't, Azula. I'll take the punchy one."
    "Excellent."

    The Hitmonlee tried to aim a kick, but it missed and she ended up crashing into a tree, leaving Terra and Azula plenty of time to strike.



    "How inelegant. At least I can pull up in time."
    "So you say... I'd love to see you without the cushion of an enemy."
    "I-I could handle it. The wings are new, but I know how to use them."
    "I’m amazed you haven’t started challenging everyone to contests…."
    ”You think I should? It’d be an excellent way of shoring up the strength of some of the other fliers…”
    ”…I didn’t… eh. Well.”

    It's sad...Even the pokemon can't concentrate on the battle sometimes.

    Training comes on a menu?

    "Keep fighting, man."


    "I suppose...It seems a little mean."
    "Some pokemon...must be betrayed in order to reach their potential..."
    ...But that's not something I'm willing to do.

    It's a quick fight. I guess traded pokemon aren’t worth much.
    ”…But… even then…I was betrayed long ago; and here I am, no closer…”



    Rain Dance? I'll keep it in mind. I bet it'd make for good combos.


    "Really? I'll go track him down."
    But first...
    I step through the gate and enter Fuchsia city, a city full of brightly-colored flowers.



    Well, we're out of that route. I'll be updating the cast list soon. I have a lot of plans for Fuchsia, and we'll see if they work out.
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    Yay, Venonat is named bug pokemon, Dusk!!! HAHA, venomoth is one of my favourite pokemon, so please use her so she can evolve at least!!!

    This is a so-so update btw, I know that it is not your fault this part of the game is so dull; but I really liked the banter in the double battles.

    Azula and Terra antics are quite amusing, and the And the matriarchal society snark made me LOL... and I am in a coffee house, received some strange looks because of that.

    BTW Deme, how are you going to treat the Safari Zone? just one poke per area or how?
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    Don't think of it as betrayal, think of it as making new friends!

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    Hmmm...After some thoughts, I vote we can get 2 pokemon from the Safari zone; they cannot be from the same area. I picked two mainly because the safari zone is sort of multiple areas in one, and the selection is big... But I don't want to have to introduce all those characters at once. 2 is a nice compromise.
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    Tauros!
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    Chansey gets my vote.
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    *thunk* You could have gotten the Dratini from Safari Zone: There's a rock/ball/bait combo that always worked to catch them for me.

    Anyway, since Chansey is Impossible to catch, I vote Rhyhorn and Kangaskhan.

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    Ooh, ooh, Scyther! I don't mind what the other one is, put both my votes on Scyther!

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    Scyther and Chansey.

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    Scyther and Kangaskhan. Bonus points if you name the Scyther a variation of Edward (Edna?)
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    Scyther.... and Ridon, definitely, they are the most badass pokemon that can be caught at the Safari Zone
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    Rhyhorn and Kangaskhan get my vote.
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    Scyther all the way. Don't mind much for the other, though Rhyhorn and Khangaskan are pretty cool. And hey, Khangaskan could be like the team mom.
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    Scyther, definitely. Maybe Rhyhorn as second? Not sure. I kind of want to see what Rhyhorn and Kangaskhan look like before placing a second vote.


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    Scyther, definitely. Maybe Rhyhorn as second? Not sure. I kind of want to see what Rhyhorn and Kangaskhan look like before placing a second vote.
    That's good; I'm probably not going to catch them right away when I get there. I didn't actually open voting, either... People just started voting of their own accord.
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    That's because scyther is awesome. The voting, I mean.
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    Scyther and Kangashkan.

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    I think Torous is male though...
    However on second thought, ditto and spike are enough males.
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    Cadimus Concordia.
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    Nolite Hamena Machinae Timere, Nam Iusta Erunt.
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    Hm. I'm trying to decide if I should use the shorter chapter that doesn't involve me archive trawling for choice lines, and can be updated sooner (like, tommorow or tonight)... Or the longer one, that will take longer to finish, and will involve me looking for the right bits?

    Edit: I've decided to do the longer one... But to make up for the inevitable delays, I'm doing a formal Q&A session, for either me or the characters, with as much honesty as I and they can manage, unless spoilers are involved in the answer. Of course, my answer to a question may differ from a character's answer to a question, but asking for both is fine. I may post pictures of this at some point.
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    Turned out shorter than I expected. Huh.

    Chapter 40: The Strangest Weapon
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    “That’s the way I’ve been feeling.” I laid it out and explained it to them – they listened. Rya and ChuChu looked concerned openly; Spike, Terra, and FISTICUFFS withheld judgement; Azula bit her lip, and couldn’t bring her eyes to meet mine until I was done.
    My explanation was terrible, muddled and confused. It was exactly how I’m feeling.
    We sit in silence for a moment in the Fuschia Pokemon Center, a little building out of the way, tucked in a corner of the city. I can almost hear people lounging on the floor below us.
    ”…Are you going to leave us?”
    ”I thought we were doing a good job.”
    “You are!”
    ”I UNDERSTAND. LACK OF CHALLENGE DULLS THE SPIRIT.”
    ”So play it dangerous – make challenges. I don’t mind – your girls are tough; they can take it!”
    ”But that wouldn’t make you feel less guilty; it’s ‘are these people too weak to make the fight fair?,’ is this not so? But… They recognize the possibility of their loss when they fight, don’t they? It’s a gamble; for them, with such high odds, they’re like us…Looking for a miracle.”
    ”But the Mistress doesn’t want to deny people happiness!”
    They go on like this for a little while, and I sit back and listen. Then Azula turns to me and lays a hand on my arm.
    ”…Mistress?”
    “Yeah?”
    ”Go for a walk. See the city. We cannot help you here but… Whatever your decision, we’ll trust you with it. I’ll trust you with it.”
    “Thanks, Zu-Zu.” I pat her hand and go out.
    ”You think she’ll make the right choice?”
    ”She is our mistress.”
    ”She’s a young girl. All her decisions are ones she’ll regret.”
    "I'm a little lost...What are the choices, exactly?"
    "...To be honest... I don't know."

    To be honest, I'm not sure what my options are, here. But maybe I'll feel better if I explore the city a little.


    Yes. And man, was he creepy.

    And did he always like perverting nature, too?
    ...still, his grandfather doesn't look to be too much older than the Prof... So Bill's probably less than a decade older than me... Kind of young, for such a smart person, craziness aside.

    …Well, I work with that system all the time, but I didn’t really go to see his pokemon…

    You know, these people are kind of gossip hounds; none of them talks about themselves. Like their lives are best defined by other people.


    What crazy moon language is this?

    "Uhh...Yes?"

    "...Oh, you're missing your teeth, right?"
    Safari Warden: "Mwef, MWaf fwigh!"
    "I'll keep an eye out for them, Ok?"
    On this journey, I've been helping people, too. Even if I've been hurting them... That's still true.


    What, more fishermen? And why do none of them have names?

    This is less than a surprise.

    How can I say no when your siblings give me free stuff for saying yes?

    He hands me…
    A good rod?
    Isn't that worse than the one I already have?


    Do the pokemon mind being in a zoo?



    "Um, excuse me... Do you mind being in a zoo? Isn't it boring?"
    Slowpoke: "... ..."
    "I will understand you."
    I wait for a long time, and she never answers.
    "I guess I have to ask someone else."



    "Isn't it wrong to keep you locked up like this?"
    Chansey: "... ..."
    "Please, answer me! I want to know if you need help!"
    Chansey: "..."
    Something isn't right here.


    "Don't you miss the seas?"
    Lapras: "..."
    "Why will none of you answer me?"
    Lapras: "..."


    "Please, tell me what's going on!"
    Kabuto: "..."
    Gaaaaaaah!


    "I demand an answer: why isn't anyone answering me?"
    Kangaskhan: "... ... Master Koga doesn't want us talking to you."
    "Who cares what he thinks? Answer me! Are you happy here?"
    Kangaskhan: "... He knows you've arrived."
    "That's just dandy! But it's not an answer."
    Kangaskhan: "...Be careful."

    Ok, everyone's talking about this Safari Zone... What happens if I get go there?

    This had better be worth it.

    But...I get the feeling that everything in this town surrounds it, even the gym leader...



    "She's sure taking a long time..."
    "She's fine."
    FISTICUFFS looks up from where she's playing cards with Chu Chu. We've all gotten a little lax in our waiting.
    "WHAT IF SHE'S ABANDONED US?"
    "...The mistress would never do such a thing."
    "Really? Because I totally remember that happening before!"
    "...She didn't... It was just a small batch of nerves..."
    "NERVES THAT REQUIRED HER BEAU TO HELP, AND NOT US."
    "This is different."
    "Spike... Azula's right! This is different!"
    "The safari zone's full of vicious pokemon, right? What if one of them ate her?"
    "That sounds like the most unlikely thing ever. Has any of us ever considered eating a human being?"
    "...THEY LOOKED TOO STRINGY."
    "Kind of fatty, too..."
    ”I’ve maybe had a nibble… NOMNOMNOM!...H-hey, I’m just kidding!”
    "But we're the good guys! We don't count!"
    ...When did I sign up to be a good guy? Another puzzle of this journey... Then Azula stamps a foot, signaling an end to the discussion.
    "To quiet all concerns, we will search for her. To ensure her saftey. It is nothing like spying."
    No, of course not... But you're mind's alive with those concerns, right? You promised to trust her, and yet here we are... When did what you want change, Azula? When did excellence change for you, and become nearer and farther away...? How do you get certainty? Azula starts talking again, and I'm no longer listening -- the world's gone black, and I can't tell if I'm awake or asleep... I've always envied the certainty to know that...


    Wow, people have dropped all sorts of free things! Sunny day, huh? It could be handy, with the right pokemon.

    Hmm... I wonder what happens if I follow these.

    Oooh! I'll have to find the best pokemon for that.



    Heh. I'm finding more items than pokemon so far...



    Oh, that's very cool. Saves me a trip to Celadon sometime.


    Steel Wing? I bet Azula can learn that. It may make a good replacement for metal claw.


    So in other words, this Koga...is definitely here.

    Of course, their impudence is never-ending.
    "Why are you the leading this expedition, exactly?! Why don't we all lead teams?"
    "Because I'm in charge, that's why!"
    "I'M AS GOOD AS YOU! CHU CHU, COME ON; WE DON'T NEED HER!"
    How dare they? I'm the first, that makes me the boss in the abscence of the Mistress!... I cannot allow for this laxness.
    But even as I think of something to say, FISTICUFFS takes ChuChu and drags her out.

    "Well, if she's got a team, then I'll be leader of a team, too. Come on, Terra! You're with me!"
    "zzz...hm? If you say so."
    Traitress... I turn and look and see Rya looking at me with her big blue eyes. I force a smile... At least my little sister won't turn around and desert me.
    "We'll just beat them, and then it'll be ok!"
    "That's right. We will certainly find the Mistress first."



    ...So they know where they are enough to put up a sign, but not enough to actually find them?

    And they're right there!... Pretty gross, all covered in saliva and bugs.
    I pick the teeth up and slip them into a plastic bag.


    "Was that...the PA?"
    ??? "Hardly. You've followed my web of traps quite well; your avarice laid a perfect trap. But you're time's up."
    I look around, into the darkened trees. There's no one there; not even bugs or pokemon. The air is silent and still, except for his voice, snapping wind into pieces.
    "You're Koga, right?"
    ??? "My name is only relevant on the battlefield... And you're not ready to learn it yet."
    "Don't give me that bull! I'm going to challenge you!"
    "You're not worthy. You're a little child, thinking silly things about helping people. They cannot be helped... That's your web of illusions -- and until I break that, I cannot allow you to enter mine."
    "What are you babbling about?"
    "It's strange... The weapon I have here is so unusual to me. But... This once, let me tell you the truth. No lies... And we'll see if you're worth your power, girl."
    “Ok. I’m listening.”
    I edge restlessly, hands in my pockets. When I entered, they gave me a bag of rocks, and the biggest one is in my hand.
    …Just keep talking, buddy.
    ”The truth is, none of those people can be helped.”
    “I’ve got the Warden’s teeth; I bet he’d disagree.”
    ”Heheheh…eh. Sure, you can run their errands. Pick up the little dungheaps of their lives… But the world comes down to pokemon. Pokemon are the source of power, and the meaning of our lives. And you’ve definitely noticed…There are two types of people in the world. Us and them. “
    “That’s all there ever is, though, no matter what angle you look at it. ‘s human nature.”
    ”Us, with the power to understand the real world…And a power over pokemon that is masterful by nature. We are the only people with the power to create miracles, to fulfill dreams. We are conquerers and magicians and kings – we can change the world. And they love pokemon and need pokemon in the desperate hope of that power, which they cannot understand.”
    [i] The problem isn't the pokemon! It's you! "It’s so hard to control pokemon!"
    "I always figured you'd just putter around like all the bug catchers out there -- a sort of lass plus, if you will."/i]
    ”If they beat one of us, it’s either luck or our own mis-handling. It’s not them. And there’s nothing you or they can do about it. We are gifted the power.”
    “That’s…”
    "OK, so that’s not exactly true, but what these poor saps don’t know won’t hurt them, right?""Are my Pokemon weak, or am I just bad?" "But there's a limit, and I know mine" "Ok! I'll work harder to be just like you !"
    “Not…”
    ”You whine about a fair fight – please. It’s your business if you rip them to pieces or not – they’re lucky to be beaten, just to see a real trainer work. All fights are unfair. Call it bullying if you like, but it’s all the justice there is – the justice of the strong.”
    ...I wonder how many of the people I met are that way, too? But then someone would have to win, right? Someone besides me, presumably…"I put up those gates to keep every little waste-of-time from getting beaten; I'm keeping you out for your own good."
    And all the thoughts are crowding me in, and won’t let me breathe anymore.
    “Shut up! I –“
    "I mean, if I wanted to do something about Team Rocket, I'd be useless. You're...not like that." "… Well, they aren't like you or I. They want what we have... without understanding it. It's really very sad. But fate is a selective force -- some flowers just bloom brighter, while others are eaten in the bud."
    What am I going to say? Haven’t I been hearing that, thinking that, this entire time?
    …I don’t want to hurt anyone.
    ”You what?”
    “I…”
    ”It’s true; that’s all there is to it. Ask any of the gym leaders you’ve met. You have the power to fulfill your desires; you, and 13 others in the whole of Kanto. You should be proud to be chosen by luck. Go out and crush everyone you want; it’s the only way to satisfy your dreams. Destroy them – it’s not as if their lives matter, anyway, right?”
    “No, no! People matter! Souls matter, dreams matter! Don’t you dare take that away!”
    ”Oh, I’m not. I’m hiring people, and not going out and seeking challengers from ordinary folks. I’m protecting this lovely game reserve, and the zoo that brings so much joy. Not like you.”
    I hear his smile curling, somewhere in the darkness.
    I can’t think of anything to say to that; not after everything I’ve said, everything I’ve fought, every person I’ve ground, casually, into the dirt… I didn’t mean it. Believe me, I didn’t mean it…
    The rock slides from my fingertips, clattering to the ground, the only noise in air that had gone, suddenly and entirely, still.
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