Gwen was on her way to Sprout Tower. Her four Pokemon were all out of their Pokeballs; holding a conversation wasn't easy, but she did her best.
"Sper sprow!" Her Spearow, Tanner, kept asking her about something. She squinted at him, trying to decipher his words as she had been trying for the last ten minutes. He was too stubborn to let the issue go and too proud to actually mime out the issue, so the others had to help. It was only when Quartz fell off Gwen's head, flapping her arms like a Ducklett, that she understood.
"Birds...birds! Doduo!" Tanner cawed in relief and nodded.
"What're we going to do with him?" Gwen considered it quickly. "I...don't know, honestly. It's kinda too late to release him back in the wild. I guess we could keep him in the PC, or trade him, or..."
"Of course I'm not replacing you." Gwen gave him a grin.
Rona barked suddenly. Gwen and the others turned to her in confusion. "Rona? What.."
"Bulba!" Forrest cried. Apparently, he sensed the whatever-it-was too.
Gwen concentrated until she realized the problem: somewhere in the area was a poisonous scent.
Last Edit: May 11, 2015 10:54:14 GMT 11 by Syrika88
It had been certainly some time since Joey had made his way to Violet City but now that he had made his way there, it seemed he was going to have trouble escaping the clutches of the city. Having sold off some surplus Pokemon that had been caught to a bug enthusiast, he was now making his way through the city on his way out. With Slash pouncing along by his lengthy strides, he slid through the hustle and bustle of the streets when a certain figure caught his attention. Noting foremost her bright orange hair and brightly coloured fashion sense, Joey took some cover and peered round from a small alley nearby to them. The other interesting thing about this character was all the Pokemon she had with her.
"Wow, quite the group there, eh Slash?" Peering around also but at a much lower height, his wild looking Meowth leered its eyes as it noted each and everyone of the Pokemon. "Ya tellin' me. Kinda reminds me of the good ol' days before the rest of the gang got bigger an' uglier. Least i'll always be small and trim. Ain't gonna be burgling when i'm three times the size, sheesh." Listening to his cat meow on, Joey signalled for him to hush as he picked up something the female trainer was saying. Distinctively hearing something about releasing, boxing or trading something, Joey grinned. "Opportunity beckons." Deciding to approach, he slicked from out of the alley and began moving over, with Slash pottering about his feet. Their sudden entrance onto the scene appeared to agitate Rona's attention.
Stopping in his tracks just before Gwen, Joey stopped still as it appeared she was trying to figure out what was going on. Deciding to strike up a conversation, Joey spoke out to her in his usual cavalier, laid back way of speaking. "Yo, quite a cool team you got there. Name's Joey." Sitting by Joey's feet, Slash pulled down the bandanna around his mouth and greeted them also in his own speech. Although a bit wary of Rona. Cats and dogs were never quite on the best of terms. "Yeah, hey... Nice meetin' ya and all that." Sticking to his grouchy tone, Joey played down his Pokemon's tone of speech. "Hah, don't mind my Pokemon. His name's Slash. He's bit of sourpuss at the minute. He's not snacked on his favourite munch." Deciding to cut to the chase, Joey raised an inquisitive eyebrow and asked. "Was just passin' by and I heard somethin' 'bout a predicament?"
OOC: Haha I loved that bit at the end with the poisonous scent. Finally someone who gets it.
Gwen didn't notice the man stepping out the alley, but she did once he stopped right in front of her. Her hand went instinctively to her backpack, but stopped once she remembered all her Pokemon were already gathered around her in a protective circle. Rona, in particular, seemed very interested, but Gwen couldn't tell whether she was warming up to this Joey or just suspicious. She did flash a sharp grin at the Meowth, though.
"Um, yeah," she said after he had finished saying his bit. "We were...I mean, I was talking about this Doduo I found in the last route. Bit of a wild one. Oh, and I'm Gwen," she added. "And this is Forrest, Tanner, Rona, Quartz...my team. I'm new."
She cursed herself silently at that; this guy was shadier than a Shuppet, and very likely to steal a shiny Houndour when he saw one. And she really doubted the rest of her team could stand up to him, sad to say. Slash's claws looked sharp enough to shred anything. And now he knew she was inexperienced on top of everything.
Just act tough, Gwen told herself. Channeling her inner drama queen, she straightened her posture and looked Joey in the eye. "New but tough, I mean. After a pit-stop at Sprout Tower, we're on our way to battle our fir - fir...third...thirtieth gym leader!
"And yeah, I got a Doduo. What's it to you?"
It would have been much more impressive if Quartz hadn't started trying to wrap herself up in Slash's bandanna.
Nervously batting an eyelid, Slash made sure to pull his napkin up covering his mouth as some sort of safety mechanism as he noticed Rona's particularly wild looking grin flash at him. "Ehhh... Easy there. This kitty's takin' it easy. Wooooooah." Half tempted to dash off as if giving into hard-wired instincts, he decided to sit put, hoping the Houndour wouldn't go bounding after him. If worst came to worst, he could always scramble up and sit on top of Joey's head. As Gwen and Joey got acquainted and discussed the matter that had been bothering her, he placed a hand on the bottom of his chin and rubbed it thoughtfully. "Doduo, eh? Maaaan... That brings me back. My ma used to work out on this safari zone. Doduo were there in the dozens. Haha, I remember when I was a lil' nipper I jumped on one and went zooming about. Boy, my ma was peeved." Letting out a nostalgic chuckle, he flicked his gaze back onto Gwen as introduced her group. "Gwen? Pleased to meetcha." Giving her a cheeky wink, he then looked to each of her Pokemon and recounted their names as if letting it all sink in. "'K so Forrest, Tanner, Rona and Quartz... Good to meetcha guys too!"
Although their initial introduction had been formal enough, Joey reeled back a little as Gwen suddenly burst out as if trying to prove something with a definite shift in her posture. Raising his hands up in gesture as if to calm her down, it seemed he was taken aback by it all. "Woah woah woah!" Relaxing slightly, Joey couldn't help but laugh nervously as she went through a list of achievements. Deciding to play along, he played stupid. "Nobody's sayin' you ain' tough. To be fair, I can't remember seein' any rookies walking about with a team like that. A shiny Houndour to boot. I thought I got lucky getting a Houndour of my own." His eyes falling on Rona, she certainly had a beautiful sheen to her coating. Shaking his head, he picked up on the last bit she said. "THIRTIETH GYM LEADER?!" At this point, he knew she was trying to act tough but still, he played the fool. Beginning to count off the numbers on his hands, he eventually ran out, pulling a somewhat annoyed face before continuing his act. "That is a hella load of gym leaders. I only beat four!" Lifting up the lapel on his jacket, he showed off the meagre sum he had earned.
Bringing up the Doduo again, Joey decided he'd best make his intentions clear. He had the subtle feeling she was a little wary of him. "Eh well, I dunno what you think of the idea but perhaps we could do a trade off of sorts? I, err, recently came into some money lately that i'm looking to burn and all this talk about Doduo is bringing me back to when I was a little sprout." Grabbing some cash out of his jacket, he shoved it forward proudly. "How about £4,000 for the ostrich?!" Having pitched his deal, he couldn't help but be distracted at the wandering Smoochum that had waltzed over. Trying not to laugh, he watched as Slash got a tad uncomfortable. "Hey hey hey! Flattered 'n all, I know this is a fancy bandanna but i'm a spoken for cat!"
Joey didn't have as many badges as she'd thought, Gwen noted. Scratch that, he hadn't seemed like the Trainer type at all. More like the kind of person who'd camp out on a route with a few Pokemon by his side, waiting for challengers to walk by. It was twice the training as against normal wild Pokemon, but far less than the effort of running all over Johto.
"Four thousand?" she repeated, astonished. She hadn't even considered selling her Doduo. "Well, uh - sure. He's male, not nicknamed, dunno what his personality's like--" It was at that point she noticed Quartz had gotten into a bandanna fight with the Meowth. "Quartz, let go! It's not yours!" The first traces of a powdery blizzard were whipped up, and Gwen recalled her before the Smoochum did any lasting damage.
"Sorry," she muttered. "Uh, my team is...maybe not as experienced as I said. Sure, I'd be happy to trade my Doduo," she added, eager to change the subject. "C'mon." She led the way back into the Pokemon Center, with her Pokemon staying behind to give Joey an escort. Tanner gave Joey a suspicious slit-eyed glare, but Forrest butted his leg trustingly. He seemed to like the poisonous aura; out of all her Pokemon, it seemed strange that it'd bother him the least. Then again, he was dual-typed.
Meanwhile, Rona slunk over to Slash. "Spoken for, eh?" she recalled slyly. "Shame...you remind me of a few 'mon I knew back in the Olivine alleys. You and your noxious Trainer can't fool me. But that is quite a nice bandanna."
Gwen, who hadn't looked back, didn't notice. But Rona chuckled anyways and leaped ahead to stick by her Trainer's side.
Grinning wildly, Joey was happy to see his offer was of some weight. He wasn't exactly rolling in money himself, instead sleeping rough from night to night on his adventures and pilfering the odd bit of pocket change when he desperately needed it for things. The buffoon he had stolen this thick wad of cash from beforehand however had just been begging for it. He was a man with clearly more money than sense and just asking to have his load lightened and Joey would be all too accommodating. A fat cat like that wasn't going to miss a few thousand. As she began to explain a bit more about the Doduo, Joey nodded happily. "That sounds perfect. I'm sure i'll-Wooooooah!" Taken off guard himself by Quart's sudden penchant for the bandanna, Joey was relieved that Gwen was quick to jump in and resolve the matter. Those thirty odd badges accounted for something. "Woah, feisty one, eh? Hahahaha."
Not too worried about the little fracas, it reminded Joe all too much of some of the characters he had living back at his warehouse. Slash on the otherhand was shuddering with a chilly frost hanging from his whiskers. "Brrr--brrr---brrr...! Somebody remind me not to get on the wrong side of that dame's good book. Sheesh! Brrrrr!" Hugging himself, Joey ignored his Pokemon's grumbling and accepted Gwen's apology. "Eh, it's cool, no worries. I got some Pokemon like that too. It don't matter how experienced you are, a Pokemon master or one of the elite four, some Pokemon are downright energetic." Inviting him to the Pokemon Centre, Joey decided to follow, accompanied by her assortment of Pokemon. Feeling Forrest bump against his leg, Joey grinned cheerfully. "Haha you got a friendly lil' Bulbasaur there. Kinda wish I sto... Err, picked up a one when I first arrived here in Johto. I got a Charmander instead."
As they moved along, Slash appeared to have shrugged off most of the frost he had endured and was now on edge with Rona slinking over to him. "Huh-wha?! You like this bandanna too?!" Looking down at the cloth, it was one of Slash's prized possessions but now that he looked at it, the material just seemed to flow with his appearance. A bit more confident in his words and around the canine, Slash's demeanour became a little more cocky pouncing on after her to catch up with the Houndour. "Heh! Well, I grew up in a few alleyways myself. I had a whole town trying to chase me out with pitchforks and torches and... Errr... Yeah. The whole shebang. What's your schtick? Yer a long ways from home if you mentioned Olivine." As much as cats and dogs didn't get on, this Rona seemed nice enough, putting Slash at ease. As they continued their journey, it wasn't long before they made it to the Pokemon centre. Quickly running on ahead, Joey appeared to subtly rip a poster off the front of the centre entrance before triggering the automatic doors. Bowing cheekily and extending his arm into the centre, he laughed. "After you."
"Charmander?" Gwen repeated. "Uh, good choice! They're very pretty, you know. I got li'l Forrest because of his evolution. That pink flower is just adorable..."
"Basa," Forrest interrupted, looking embarrassed.
Gwen had already warmed up to Joey. Mistrusting someone was seriously not in her nature, and as dangerous as she knew that could be, she couldn't help but go off on a cheerful tangent of conversation. She let slip that they were heading towards Falkner's gym ("this-is-my-new-team-my-old-team-already-won-a-ton-of-badges-so-they're-in-the-PC-no-they're-not-for-sale") and showed off Tanner, who had been working on a few aerial tricks in his down time in preparation for the Gym.
"He already outflew a couple of Pidgey in the last route," Gwen put in brightly. "This is the biggest challenge we've had in a while. Oh, but we fought a Dragon-type! It's how I got Quartz. Did I tell you that..."
Rona was keeping pace with Slash. She had slowed down again and now loped along behind the Trainers so the Pokemon would have space to talk. By occasionally breaking into a trot, she purposely messed around with their speed, almost like a game of cat-and-mouse--excuse the pun.
"That's true, in more ways than one," the Fire-type reflected. "See, I was born in the Safari Zone. One day a trainer came along with a strange, shiny charm pinned to his jacket. I don't get it, but it drew me like a Venomoth to flame. Soon as he saw my blue fur he got real excited and managed to catch me. Ever since I don't trust anyone with bait in their hands," she grimaced. "Trainer took me all the way across the sea to fight the Gym Leader. Nice lookin' girl, but I wasn't interested. When her Steelix stomped us into the ground, Trainer freaked out and went straight for the Pokecenter, but he forgot to pay for losing the battle. The Steelix had to remind him with a big fissure. Can you believe it? In all the confusion, I broke my Pokeball - Safari Balls are cheap old things, don't be fooled 'cuz they look pretty - and went on the run."
Rona flicked her ears in irritation. "Unfortunately, I can't swim. I stayed in Olivine for a while 'fore someone caught me wreaking havoc. I had a pretty good alley life back there. Sometimes my group would mess around with that Ampharos in the lighthouse..."
Her speech was interrupted as the humans reached their destination. "Thank you!" Gwen giggled as Joey "held" the door. His quick theft of the poster flew right over her head. She went straight to the PC and tinkered with it. After a few seconds, she held out a simple Pokeball. "Here's Doduo!" Gwen announced. "Uh, I should probably show you..."
She released the bird, who took one wild look around his surrounding and shrieked hoarsely, making a break for the door. Forrest immediately jumped on him and wrangled the Doduo with his vines, while Tanner knocked him to the ground. Both heads thrashed around violently as the two Pokemon looked innocently from the ground.
Hearing about Gwen's tale as they entered into the pokemon centre in preperation to see the Doduo she had caught, Joey shot a genuine look of surprise at her. He had been pretty sure she was making stuff up about having a slew of badges but from the way she stated they had beat a Dragon Pokemon, he was genuinely impressed. "Woah wait? You beat a Dragon type, huh? Wow, that's actually pretty impressive. I've done all kinda crazy shenanigans but I don't think i've even faced one of them. You must be tough." His words sincere, it seemed that there was more to this trainer than initially met the eye. Rare as Dragons were, they were only beaten by their rarity in terms of their sheer strength. Standing aside as she busily worked the computer to retrieve the Doduo, the two of them seemed unaware to the deep conversation their Pokemon were having with one another.
Having listened intently to everything Rona had said, there were one or two things which had eluded Slash. Although in fairness, he wasn't the most intellectual of Pokemon so it was to be expected. "Sah fah ree zone? What the hell's one of them? I hear Joe talk about them a lot. All I know his ma works at one back from where he comes from." Shaking off his uncertainty, one thing she had mentioned had piqued even his interest. A kleptomaniac by nature and a peerless thief at that, anything of interest was enough to grip Slash's attention. The fact this charm was shiny only served to help entice his curiosity. "Huuuuuh... A shiny charm, eh? I can't blame you. Although, given the chance I think I would have half inched it, heheheheh." Trailing off, he listened intently to what happened next in Rona's life, his mouth ajar as he couldn't believe just how crazy it all sounded. "Woah! You been through a lot. Steelix ain't nothin' to be messed with. Joe owns an Onix which is a miserable lump as it is, let alone having a steel hide. Sheesh." Hearing about the hijinks she caused with the group she ran with, Slash laughed amusedly. "Hahaha, I gotta remember that. Joe and me are headin' to Olivine soon. Maybe i'll bump into some o' yer old friends."
Their conversation continuing on, it would be bought to an abrupt stop as Gwen managed to bring forth the Doduo for Joey to inspect. As she summoned the Pokemon to show off, the Pokemon Centre was suddenly bought into chaos as the Doduo decided to make a break for it. Forgetting how nimble these avians could be, Joey scrunched up his face. "Blimey, I got-Hm? Haha!" His natural instinct was to spring into action to utilise some Pokemon allies of his own to reign the Pokemon in but in testament to how well trained Gwen's team were, they were already on the case. Watching as the duo of Forrest and Tanner sprung into the fray, Joey was impressed once more as they calmly took back control of the situation. "You run a tight ship." Joey complimented Gwen as he walked over to the restrained Doduo. Having had some experience with their kind from his youth growing up running amok in the Safari Zone, he crouched down into a squat and greeted the Doduo. "Hey, what's happenin'? Why you in such a hurry outta here? Here." Stretching out both of his hands, he had picked up a trick from his younger days in calming down these Pokemon which were notorious for panicking at the drop of a hat. Placing his fingers behind the beck of each of the Pokemon's heads, he softly stroked in a very particular motion which seemed to ease the Pokemon down. "Hahaha, just like the good ol' days. I reckon you guys can go easy now." Nodded Joey as he gave the all clear to Tanner and Forrest.
His head looking over his shoulder to where Gwen was, he grinned. "I'll take 'em!"
"You heard him, guys," Gwen ordered. "Off!" Forrest and Tanner jumped off the Doduo, who seemed perfectly at ease.
"He likes you," Gwen noted. "Wow, you're amazing with Pokemon! He was really unfriendly back in the woods, but I guess anybody'd be a little irked after talking to a Chatot. Ha, but we're really not all that experienced a team," she added, rubbing her head. "I guess Bagon are pretty rare, poachers spare no expense...ugh. Anyways, it's mostly Forrest keeping the order. He's the sane out of all of us."
The Grass-type agreed brightly, then thwapped the Doduo's left head when Joey couldn't see. Tanner cawed, apparently done with all this nonsense, and hopped away to stalk a very nervous young trainer's Rattata.
"Your trainer has an Onix?" Rona repeated, still engrossed in her conversation. "That's impressive - they're very hard to control. He's strong in my book. Hm...we should battle sometime." She couldn't help but grin - a Leer disguised as a smile. "Haha, not today. But it'd be fun if we ever meet again. When you're in Olivine, keep an eye out for a Shuppet, Vaporeon, and Roselia, will you? Nico, Riptide, and Piper. Tell them Nyx is doing okay. Heh, and that my name is Rona now."
"Glad you guys get along," Gwen was saying to Joey, oblivious of her Pokemon's shenanigans. At least Quartz couldn't wreak her usual havoc outside of her Pokeball. "Doduo is yours for four thousand!"
Still lovingly fussing the Doduo's heads, Joey turned to look at Gwen over his shoulder and grinned wildly. "Heheheh, thank ya. I owe a lot of that to the way my ma looked after Pokemon out on the safari." His expression faltering into a wince, Joey could fully understand why the Doduo may have been a little grouchy. "A Chatot, huh? Ergh... No kiddin'. Last one I came across kept yelling angrily down my lughole." Rolling his eyes, he remembered why he always paid careful attention to sneak along the route between Cherrygrove and Violet due to this very same reason. As Gwen made her selling price for the Pokemon, Joey grinned as he turned away from the Doduo and dug into his pocket to retrieve the large wad of cash he had 'come across' from earlier. Counting through the notes, he walked over and placed the funds in her hand. "Here. Plus a tip. It's not often you come across a 'Mon from your past, y'know?" Taking the ostrich's Pokeball from Gwen, Joey recalled it and nodded. "I best be headin' off for now. Life rarely gives me enough breaks, haha. Tell you what though, I got somethin' else for ya." Reaching into his inner jacket before clearly not finding what he was looking for, he went into his side pockets before coming across what he was after in his jeans pockets. "Aha, found ya. Here. It's my number. If you call that, you'll come through on my poketch." Shoving up his sleeve, he showed off a rather beaten poketch device. "Just gimme a shout if ya need anythin'. I know we settled business today 'n all but I owe ya still for the Doduo."
As their trainers exchanged their farewells, Slash pawed the side of his face to cure an itch as he listened to Rona continue on with their conversation. Considering at the start of this he had been ultimately wary of engaging with the canine, it appeared they had made a good start on a friendship between them. Maybe all dogs weren't so bad. "Uragaan, Joe's Onix, is an absolute ass though. We kinda just leave him on his own back at Joey's hideout. Oh yeah, watch out for a lone, abandoned warehouse if yer trainer and ya self are ever out and about. That's our base." Almost taken off guard by the smile veiled leer. "A battle? Hah! Maybe we will. Don't expect me to go easy on ya, 'kay? Keep an eye out for that warehouse and maybe we can showdown." Perking up as she revealed another tidbit about her past in Olivine, Slash nodded as he took on board the names. "Right. Gotcha. Nico the Shuppet, Riptide the Vaporeon and Piper the Roselia. Heh and you were called Nyx? I hope they're the hospitable types." "C'mon Slash, we better get a movin'." Looking up to Joey and back to Rona, Slash made a small farewell himself. "Well Rona. Pleasure meetin' ya. I'll be sure to keep a look out for your old gang." Moving over to the doors, Joey grinned. "Seeya around Gwen." Giving her a farewell salute, he made his way off. That had been a chance encounter but a worthwhile one at that.