Four Paws [Rated T] (Complete)
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November 15th, 2013 (1:49 AM).
Oh Hai Thar~
“There,” Bill smiled as soon as he finished tying this weird collar-thingy around my neck. “Try it out.”
It felt cold and heavier than that pink collar I used to wear. Anyway, it has a shiny black circular icon-badge-whatever thingy, which has a filter-like microphone and small speakers inside. Talk about a weird invention.
I touched it with my paw for no apparent reason, and then coughed.
“Ahem,” I said, shifting slightly on the sofa. “Testing, testing... One, two, three...”
Bill's smile grew wider. “It worked! And you even test it like a human does!”
I deadpanned. “That's because I am one.”
Bill nodded. “I wonder if I could filter your Eevee voice so English will not mix with it whenever you talk...”
“Whatever... At least you understand me now...”
Krys walked beside me and curiously poked the collar with a paw. “I can't believe he actually managed to make one...”
I grinned. “Don't let our poor technology back home judge the technology of this world.”
“So,” Shock gestured with a hand, “the human can understand everything you say through that thing?”
I looked up at Bill. “Hm... You're an ugly human.”
“Hey!” he frowned. “I'll have you know that girls used to storm over me, and I could have dated all of them if I weren't so busy with science and stuff!”
I grinned. “And when was that?”
He blinked, and glared at me. “I'm starting to regret inventing that thing now...”
I chuckled and turned to my snickering Pikachu friend.
“I'm convinced,” Shock chuckled.
Fay excitedly jumped in place. “Oh! Oh! Can I try it! Can I? Please?”
Oh, if only... Nah. I shook my head. “Sorry Fay, but I don't think his small head can take it.”
“Okay,” Bill suddenly grabbed the collar. “I'm taking this back before I'll do something I'll regret.”
I chuckled and allowed him to remove the collar. Ah, it's good to have a lighter neck.
Bill then sat back on his chair in front of the sofa. He then sighed and took a paper that Krystal and I printed from his laptop. While everyone were having lunch, we borrowed his laptop and typed down a few things that our little group has found out about the black-magic phenomenon. We were kinda disappointed that we only managed to fill half of the paper, but meh, it was at least straight to the point.
He scratched his head as he read it again and Lais landing on his shoulder. “A legendary Pokémon who is protecting whatever stops normal Pokémon from evolving...” He leaned against his chair and stared at us. “If it's true, then this is big...like, really big...”
I was about to talk, but I suddenly remembered that I no longer had the collar on. I gestured with my paws to have them back, and he eyed me suspiciously. I rolled my eyes and pointed to Krystal instead. She just blinked and gasped.
“Oh no! No!” she stepped back, and bumped on Vixie's side. “I don't like public speaking or anything like giving my own opinion to a large crowd!”
“That didn't stop you from voicing out your opinion when we were outside,” I pointed out. “Besides,” I pointed Bill, “you're just going to talk to him anyway.”
“I think it's a good idea for the others to hear this as well,” Bill spoke out loud as he stood up. “They're about to resume, so I guess that will be the perfect time to let them know about what you guys know.” He then turned to Krystal. “No offense to Jay, but Krys, you're a more sensible one, so—”
“No!” Krystal barked at him.
“Sheesh, girl,” I shook my head. “You are bound to talk in front of many people when we get back home. What, with graduation, job interviews...”
“No,” she glared at me. “No! And that's final!”
“Sheesh,” I rolled my eyes, “you don't have to be a b*tch about i—ack!”
She slapped me! How the heck can she slap me? At least no nails were used.
“Jay,” Shock called with a smile, “you keep that up, and you'll never find yourself a mate.”
“Put a sock in it,” I then glared at the slapper. “And you...” I trailed off as I noticed she wasn't paying me any attention. Typical teenagers. “Never mind.”
“Ah, young love,” Lais suddenly said, staring at the ceiling with dreamy eyes.
“I'll take it that Krystal doesn't want to talk,” Bill sighed as he put the collar on me again. “Just promise me to talk properly...”
“Don't count on it,” Krystal whispered all too loudly. That...kinda ticked me off.
“Hey you,” I turned to the Chikorita. “Do something about our princess' attitude, will ya?”
“I'll try,” she replied. “But you'll need to do something about your attitude as well.”
The Surskit nodded.
“And what does that su—you know what? I'm not going to argue with you, 'cuz I don't even know you.” I jumped off the sofa and walked towards the kitchen. “The sooner I'll get back to human, the better.”
“Someone's on a foul mood,” Fay chirped as the rest of my friends followed me.
I heard Bill sigh and said a few things to Krystal before he walked after us and opened the door to the backyard.
“Maybe you should let Shock or Saur do the talking,” Vixie said, who walked beside me. “No offense, but I don't think you can think straight when you're angry.”
“Gee, ya think?!” I snarled. I suddenly felt a powerful slap behind my head, throwing me a few paces forward. “OW!” I heard series of gasps, but I ignored it as I spun and glared at Saur, who was in the process of retracting his vine. “What the hell was THAT for?!”
Shock slowly lowered his hand and closed his mouth, and let Saur do the talking.
“You're angry,” he calmly replied, “but you shouldn't pour it on Vixie, or us.”
“Do you know what I think?!” I snarled as I pulled the collar off, and threw it on the ground. “Screw this!” I turned around and walked off. I don't know where I was headed to, but I don't care.
I'm angry? Yeah, obviously, I am! Thank you for pointing that out, genius!
...why am I so angry all of a sudden?
I sighed as I spun around, sat on the ground, and slowly leaned my back against the tree. Wow, I was probably a few meters away from the meeting site. Still inside Oak's property, but whatever. Also...it's kinda strange that it's now a habit to kick my tail before I sit down... Anyway...
I guess Krystal's attitude just ticked me off. Sigh... Well, at least I now know that I'm never going to have the patience to be a dad. I guess that's a good thing. Is it a good thing? Blah.
I felt myself slipping down, but I didn't bother. I slipped from leaning on the tree, and my back was now on the ground, my gaze on the soft rays of the sun that poked through the leaves that quietly danced with the soft breeze. Wow...that was almost poetic.
I sighed and closed my eyes. “A bit, yeah...”
Vixie sat beside me. No idea what she was doing, since my eyes are closed.
“Sorry if I snapped at you back there...” I said quietly. “I didn't mean to.”
“Eh, I got used to it. Shock's always like that.”
That made me chuckle. “Heh, good point. Still,” I opened my eyes, and saw her gently smiling back at me. “I'd like to say sorry...”
“Forgiven,” she simply replied.
She's cute when she smiles though. Well, Vulpixes are really cute Pokémon, I guess. She then turned her head up and stared at the sea of leaves.
I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and sighed through my mouth. I love how peaceful this world is. Well, not really, but, oh never mind.
“So...” I said, “I imagine that the humans are eagerly listening, huh?”
“I'll take that as a ‘yes’.” I chuckled as I opened my eyes.
Vixie then turned to me, her smile slowly fading. “So, we're going to find out what is causing us from not evolving.”
“Yeah,” I felt my own smile fading as well. Welp, time to go back to seriousville... “I guess I'll wish you guys good luck.”
She frowned. “You're...not coming?”
I slowly shook my head. “Sorry, Vixie, but,” I rolled to my belly and pulled myself into a sitting position. “I told you guys that I'm human, and I just want to go back home.”
Her ears drooped and her gaze fell on the ground. “Oh, right, that...”
I smiled. “Hey, cheer up. At least you got Saur, Fay, and Shock.” She looked at me. “And who knows,” I shrugged, “maybe you can force Shock to be your mate.”
She had a blank expression on her. “What?”
Smile...fading... “I...mean... Well, Shock seemed overly-protective of you, so...um...” I trailed off when she was now angrily staring at me. “...please don't hurt me?”
She sighed and shook her head. “Well, I did liked him before, but...” she looked away.
I blinked. Ah... “He turned you down because he's into his own specie?”
She sighed again and nodded.
“That's...kind of racist, don't you think?”
“I don't know what ‘racist’ means, but I got over it.” She shrugged and smiled. “I guess I'm just glad that we're still friends, after I offered him my...love.”
“I am starting to imagine a very very sappy story...” I teased.
“Oh, shut up...” she then turned her gaze to the peaceful rolling clouds. “And...just curious, but...”
She trailed off... Sheesh, fine, I'll bite. “But...?”
“Do you like Krystal?”
I choked on air and coughed. “Wh-what?!” I fixed her a glare. “No! I am NOT a freaking pedophile! Damn it!”
She blinked at me. “Sorry but, I don't know what that means as well...”
I blinked. “Oh, right... Sorry, again, for snapping at you...” I sighed. “It means an adult that wants to have sexual relations with a child.”
She blinked. She cringed. “Eewww...”
I nodded. “And your vocabulary has been expanded.”
“I wish I didn't...”
I grinned. “You fault.” I then took a breath and sighed through my nostrils as I turned to the sky. “I've been accused of being one when I was just helping a young girl one time who was lost.” She was lost in a mall and was crying. I bought her some candy and promised to help her. Unfortunately, those who were watching branded me as a...sigh... Humans are stupidly judgmental that way... It's no wonder that people are rarely helping each other... Well, to be fair, not all humans, but...
“But she doesn't look that young,” Vixie said. “I think she's already thirty moons old.”
I blinked and turned to her with a confused look. “Moons?”
“Well, that's how we count our age.”
“Ah...” Moons... No idea how that works... “And what about me?”
She examines me with critical eyes. “Hm... I think you're also thirty moons old. Or maybe older. So...it's not considered, erm...pedo, if you'll as—”
“Don't,” I glared at her, “finish that sentence. Whatever our ages might be in this world, the two of us are still humans, and our human ages will still count. Besides,” I waved a paw, “I don't like her that way.” And then curiosity struck me. “What about you? How many moon cycles old are you?”
Hm... Moon cycles. Ah, I think I now have a vague idea of how their moon age works. Each month has one full moon, right? Yeah, I think so. Or maybe not all. I dunno. Anyway, maybe they count their age on each full moon? I think I've read something like that back home a long time ago.
“Twenty-seven moons,” she replied.
Twenty-seven moons. There are twelve full moons in a year if there's at least one full moon in a month, so... Vixie's 2 years and a few months old. Wonder if it's also like dog years. Seven human years is equivalent to one human year?
Anyway, I nodded. “And if Lithe was any indication, I'd say twenty-seven moons is an acceptable age for having a mate, yes?”
She frowned at me. “I don't want him to be my mate.”
I shrugged and turned back to staring at the sky. “I never said that. I don't have one, back home I mean. Even though I'm already at that age as well.” I shrugged yet again. “I guess I haven't found that special girl yet.” I'm still planning to ask that girl. I just hope time froze back there while I'm here. Wait, no... Krystal was here for some months now, so time didn't stop... Darn it...
“Still, I'm also looking for a mate...” she turned to stare at the sky. “Sometimes, I think he's just somewhere out there...”
Sheesh, and I thought those kinds of lines are only for Disney movies...
“...or...he's somewhere nearby...”
...uh... I turned to her and arched her an eyebrow.
She looked back at me with a very soft smile. “...or...maybe he's just right in front of me...”
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