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Samantha Felicity Cooper - Uncertain
Sammy froze up a little upon seeing Cynthia. This woman was a Champion, the real deal. She probably could have crushed Team Rocket by herself if she'd been given a clean and fair shot at them. And she looked so incredibly awesome as well, and she seemed to be taking Sammy seriously. Suddenly she began to doubt herself - why had she thought this idea was individual to her? If she'd thought of it - a total knucklehead - then someone else must have done as well. Who was to say the reason Mr. Oak was out wasn't to take action on the plan she'd come up with already? She was only good for one thing, fighting, and she wasn't even good enough at that yet to be worth noticing.
But... if no one else had thought of this yet it could be important that she tell Cynthia. And even if they had, what harm would it do to mention it? So a totally awesome Champion would think a bit less of her, so what? She'd just have to work hard enough to regain that respect (that she never had). Nodding to herself Sammy looked directly at Cynthia, determined to be heard out either way.
"...Hi. Listen, I was part of the raiding party earlier today. It was a complete mess, even if we did sort of take them down for, like, today, I still think we lost. Some friends... well, some kids I know got the worst of it. You probably know about all of that..." She trailed off and frowned. She didn't really want to have to say that they'd been transformed into Pokemon possibly forever. It just sounded so absurd that a part of her still hoped denying it would make it go away. But that never got anybody anywhere. She took a deep breath before continuing, tightening her grip on the egg case in her arms.
"When we were there, when we were chasing after the people Team Rocket took before they... changed them. There was this massive door behind this stupid puzzle, and on the other side were a bunch of scientists. They were working for Team Rocket, obviously, and one of them with a funny accent spoke to us. I... I can't really remember what he said, I was too amped up at the time. But the thing is they didn't care that we were there trashing the place or smacking their bosses around. They just let us through and kept doing... whatever. They've gotta be the ones who made the machines that did this to people, so they have to know how it works. Maybe how to fix it. They didn't seem to want to leave their work so maybe they're still around somewhere, I don't think they'd go far from all their equipment even if it is a bit trashed."
Here it was. No turning back now.
"...I think everyones wasting their time. Uh, Miss. Because chasing after the Rocket losers that are left won't get us anywhere, most of those guys barely know how to work a Pokeball. And even the bigwigs, the leaders and stuff, they'll know what the machinesdo, or did, but not how they did it. And hell, WE know what they did, but not how they did it. We gotta figure out the how so we can undo it. We need the science nerds. Uh... science guys. Miss."
Lucia, Valorie, and Mark - Lots of drama and craziness!
The idea just might have been crazy enough to work! Using Mimic to learn Transform and in return, turn back into their human form. It might just help Lucia remember who she was, as well as fix the issues with alot of the students. They just had to make sure that it would work. Mark didn't have any better ideas anyways.
"Good idea Val! But... the only Pokemon I think knows Transform is a Ditto... we would have to catch one somewhere on this island. But I suppose we should worry about that after we teach both of you Mimic." Mark said. In the process he had to start chatting it up with Lucia and get her to remember what she could in her current form.
Lucia tilted its head about, "Hm... Mimic is nice... but why don't I get something better!? Like Protect... or maybe Earthquake? I can learn earthquake right? I think so... hm I'll need to access my files... I think... not. But I can learn Shadow Ball! I can always go pick up a TM such as that!" It chuckled at Valorie, "But why look like a silly human? Unless you're trying to evade Team Rocket, that's the only reason I could think of... hm... weren't we talking about them? Finding them or such?"
Mark nodded to Lucia. "Uh... trust me. Mimic might just work out nicely for us. I mean, being able to transform into just about anything could be interesting. Besides-
Valorie on the other hand was totally losing her temper. "We /are/ humans. /I/ am a human, and I'm not... And I'm not going to be like you, and forget!" she cried out, very irritable with the sitaution.
Lucia just tilted its head a bit more and stared at Valorie, "What... do you mean?" suddenly a shriek came out from the Porygon, almost as if something was frying and suddenly the lights in its eyes turned off. It fell to the ground with a slight bounce and laid there.
Mark quickly moved down to pick up Lucia from the ground. Well something seemed to spark in her noggin... Next time Lucia was awake, Mark would need to get around to asking her a couple questions. "She'll wake up soon... I'll hang onto her for now. Lets go find the move tutor." Mark said.
Valorie just sort of... stared for a moment. What the heck was wrong with that girl? It was a shame she didn't have a handy dandy pokedex on hand to quickly identify the features and qualities of pokemon she didn't happen to have studied beforehand. It was also a shame Lucia wasn't a dragon.
Why couldn't everyone be dragons?
Valorie nodded after a long moment's awkward train of thought. "I know where he is... I paid him once--to teach Flygon." she explained, beginning to lead the way.
As the two walked along Tyro followed behind as did Diana, though her pace was much slower. Not only that but Lucia's eyes sparked as it managed to lift its head up a bit, "Hm... what happened?" It asked. "Mark? Urgh... I don't feel so well."
Mark followed Val to where the Tutor resided. He had thought about teaching his Pokemon a couple of moves but didn't know if he had the money for that sort of thing. He quickly looked down once Lucia began speaking. "Lucia? Are you alright? You just passed out back there... what happened?" Mark asked, though he was mostly wondering if she remembered anything.
Lucia frowned, "I... I think I suffered a malfunciton of some kind. I remember seeing something come up, but then my processes shut down."
Mark tilted his head. "What do you think you saw? Think slowly about it. I don't want you to get knocked out again..." He said.
It frowned, "I... I saw a human. One with you. Though it was odd. I didn't SEE the human itself, but I was able to see hands, and that's really it. Mostly I saw your face other than that. "
It was working then... She really was starting to remember. Mark had to keep this up then. "Hands huh? Maybe its something from your past or something? Just a sudden flashback. You sure there wasn't anything else?" He said
Lucia shook its head, "I don't think so. That was all that hit me. If anything else did hit then it was deleted immediately afterwards. Hm... what do you mean by my past?"
Mark stared down at Lucia. "You took a pretty hard hit to the head awhile back. Maybe you have some kind of amnesia? You might see some other images if we help you try to remember..." Mark said
It nodded, "We might as well try. Where are we going?"
"Right now we're heading to a move tutor to teach you and Val mimic. We think it might help you remember a couple of stuff and just help out in general. We need to use Mimic to learn Transform." Mark explained.
And just like that, Valorie pointed out a small shop. She couldn't wait until this place was big enough for an actual mall, not that any shop would appreciate a goodra dripping around if she didn't figure out a solution to her little problem. "That should be him..." she mused out loud, only slightly unsure of herself. "I don't think it's a good idea for me to try talking to him, especially considering he can't understand me." she went on in a lackluster, almost exasperated tone. The implication was that she was urging Mark to head the trip.
Mark headed over to the Move Tutor. He had never tried this sort of thing before so the whole process of tutoring a Pokemon would just be another learning experience for him. "Um excuse me? Your the Move Tutor correct? I was hoping you could help teach two of my Pokemon the move Mimic..." Mark asked.
Lucia glanced about and stayed quiet as Mark spoke, though Tyro was laying on back, just silent as well as he watched the proceedings. Diana stayed on back and just laid on the ground. Lucia after a while however nodded her head a bit, deciding the play the role of Mark's property for now.
The tutor ended up being a young female... not quite what Mark expected at all. The next thing Mark knew, the girl seemingly took on the look of Mark! "Um, excuse me? Your the Move tutor correct?" She said. The girl still had female traits but somehow she seemed to quickly change into an outfit simlar to Mark in an instant.
"H-how did you do that?" They both said at the same time. She even had the voice down! "Hey your mimicing me!" They both said again. Snype was confused hearing the two voices at the same time. The girl simply laughed.
"Of course! Its my hobby! Nowadays I teach others how to mimic other people or Pokmon just like me! " The girl said.
"Ah, well that's kind of why we're here-" The girl interupted in Mark's voice. "What's your name miss?" She added.
"Well, my name isn't too important! Everyone calls me the Mimic Girl or the Copycat! Either is fine!" She said. Comunicating with her was tough... but Mark had to pull through!
"Alright then Copycat. I'd like my this Porygon and Goodra to be able to learn Mimic-" He was interupted again. "But just how much would it all cost?"
"Oh well teaching Mimic to others isn't exactly an easy task... buttt for two Pokemon, that would be a lovely price of two clefairy dolls!" She said. Mark just tilted his head.
"C-clefairy dolls? Do they even sell those around here...?" Mark said to himself. The girl took over Mark's voice again and began mimicing him. "Oh but surely theres a way I can find them! She's so cute that I may just fall in love~!" The Copycat said. Mark blushed and turned around to her. "H-hey!"
Snype was laughing his butt off in the background.
Valorie just sort of stared with a deadpan expression on her face. She for one had seen this act before, apparently.
Likewise Tyro was chuckling to himself, shaking his head at the antics going on. Lucia just looked confused as its head swiveled between the girl and Mark.
Mark sighed. "Alright then. Two Clefairy dolls it is. I'll look around and grab some. There's gotta be a little store somewhere in Oak Town surely..." Mark said, but of course the Copycat started mimicing him. "I'd best move quickly though! I wouldn't want to keep her waiting!" She added. Mark blushed again and headed on out the door. Well, looks like he'd have to make a detour toward one of the stores. How hard could it be to find a clefairy doll after all?
"...uh... they DO sell Clefairy dolls around here... right?" Mark wondered aloud.
Tyro followed along and grinned, "We could fan out and find some." He said, "I've seen dolls in the past before, though I'm not sure if pokemon wandering alone is allowed down here. I highly suspect not."
Mark walked around through town checking whatever stores might possibly hold one. Perhaps general stores or something like that? A clefairy doll was very specific! After a little while though, the group eventually did find two clefairy dolls. Granted they had to do alot of searching, they ended up getting their "currency". Mark quickly headed back to the Copycat and handed her the two Clefairy dolls. "Here you go. That was tougher then I thought-" The Copycat began mimicing Mark. She was still in his outfit. "Now could you please teach my Pokemon how to mimic as well as you?" She said while hugging the two Clefairy dolls.
"Of course! I'm a girl of my word! Bring them on inside and I'll teach them what I know! Your Porygon and Goodra right? Lets get right to it!" She said
Lucia slowly floated up, looking a bit confused at the whole procees as it looked at the girl with a bit of suspicion.
The Copycat looked down at Lucia and threw out another Pokeball. It was a Dodrio that also knew Mimic. "Dodrio here will help you all master Mimic. He's a bit like me so you'll all be able to communicate a bit easier!" She said. The Dodrio looked down at the Porygon and over to the Goodra and just had to get something out of its system. It began by mimicing Lucia.
"I hope learning this move is really worth all this trouble! Seems kinda silly!" The Dodrio said, speaking with Lucia's voice. "Hey hush up of course its silly! That's the whole fun of it! Copying another Pokemon's moves and catching them off guard? Nobody expects it! Imagine using something like Earthquake despite being so tiny!" The Dodrio explained. The other two heads started to speak.
"You think they can handle it? Not everyone can mimic like we can" The left head said.
"Pshh you worry too much! It really isn't all that hard!" The right head said.
Lucia twirled it's head upside down and blinked a bit, "Can you mimic this?" It asked cooly.
The Dodrio's weirdly enough ended up twirling their heads upside down with little trouble thanks to Mimic. They didn't stay in that position for too long because frankly, it was kinda painful. "That it? Throw an attack! We can pull that off! Hey! Goodra girl! If you know any big moves, give it a go! We'll demonstrate the art of mimicing!" It said.
Lucia frowned, "Why would I battle now? There are many people here, someone could be hurt." It said plainly as it began to twirl it's head about counter clockwise continuously.
The Dodrio mimiced Lucia "Maybe it would be a better idea if we went outside instead of going with a dumb idea like that?" One head mimiced. The middle head pecked the head on the right. "I was getting to that part!" The middle head shouted. The right head just muttered back to it and started to head on outside. They'd need room to learn the process of mimicing.
Mark and the group would eventually go through the process as well as the "science" behind using the move Mimic to copy the opponents moves as well as copy other various actions.
"...and that should do it! Your Pokemon should be able to Mimic any move that your opponent knows! Just use the process I taught you and it should simple!" The Copycat quickly mimiced Mark. "Well thanks! See you around!" She said. Mark simply nodded and headed out the door with the group. "Well thats step one out of the way..."
Lucia nodded and flaoted in mid-air, "So... what now? Rockets or something? That is what I heard."
Tyro rubbed the back of his neck, "Well, it's up to Mark I really think. Though I do put a vote in for Rockets as well."
The group needed to find a Pokemon that knew Transform. The chances of finding a Ditto around these parts were slim though. He wasnt even sure if they were even in the wild around Oak Island! At least itd make a good backup plan.
"Yeah. Theres gotta be grunts hiding a around here somewhere. Perhaps disguised...? One of them could be an inch away for all we know." Mark said
"...What about transform?" Valorie asked, puzzled at the sudden rush to abandon the plan and go find rockets. What good was mimic alone?
Mark nodded. "Right. But we need to find either a Ditto, or a Pokemon that knows Transform. I've never seen a Ditto around the island and I don't know anybody who owns a Ditto.
Lucia nodded, "You want a ditto? Well... If you really want transform that badly you could probably find one in a rocket base right? They have lots of pokemon there, so odds of finding a ditto is high enough."
Valorie just sort of peered at Lucia for a moment, unsure how to acknowledge her. How did she /not/ point out that she was human at every waking moment? It itched at her, an irritating elephant in the room.
Geez! Why did she care so much?!
"...I gues so! We could also just ask around. I bet at least someone here or at the academy has a ditto." she replied casually.
Lucia titled her head at the Goodra, "I suppose. But as I said before, knowing Mimic might just be handy enough... Oooooh! I could use thunder against someone! Or cause an earthquake! Heh, that would be fun!" It said as it nodded its head up and down. "What do you think Mark?"
Tyro leaned into Mark and whispered once mce more, "So, either we find a freaking ditto or we go and try and restore these two to their original forms. Your call kid, I ain't the trainer here."
"Getting them into a human form with Transform is just a temporary fix to hopefully help Lucia remember who she is as well as get Val out of that Goodra body. Once we get that out of the way, we're investigating a permanent solution." Mark explained to Tyro. He looked at the other two.
"Lets start searching. We'll ask about any possible Wild Dittos as well as men in black suits running around. But be careful. Any of them could be disguised for all we know." Mark said, While searching, Mark also planned to ask Lucia some more questions to help her remember more. It seemed to be effective last time.
Mark started to search through town and turned to Lucia. "So Lucia, just wanted to ask a few things while we search around. Maybe it'll help you remember more... Say, got any favorite foods?" Mark asked. Surely a Porygon wouldn't eat but a human would. She'd find something deep in there hopefully.
Lucia nodded its head, "Of course silly. I eat megabytes mostly, some trilobyes, oh and fries! I do love my fries! What do you like to eat Mark? I bet silly human food right?" It said with a chuckle. Tyro was following along and nodded at the boy, wanting him to conitnue.
Mark tilted his head at fries. That was human food... rather then question her, he decided to press on. "Fries huh? What kind? How'd they taste? They're pretty good with Ketchup..." He continued.
Lucia nodded, "That they are. Well, I guess salty are the best. The more salt the better. Hot fires are sooo much better than cold ones. Cold ones you have to heat up again, but it sucks when you do that cause they just taste wrong." It paused and twirled its head upside down, "Hm... can he provide information?" It asked as it pointed a fin over to a Sudowoodo who was standing on a sidewalk trying to look like a tree.
So far so good. Lucia at least remembered human food. He'd have to ask more after talking with this Sudowoodo. Snype was quickly on the case being the smooth talker that he was. The Sableye crawled up to him and began asking him.
"Hey there! I'm sure a tree like yourself must have seen a couple things walk by. Have you seen anyone wearing black suits nearby?" Snype asked.
The Sudowoodo however remained silent, his face unmoving as he kept as still as possible there.
Well Snype should have expected this to happen. Sudowoodos tended to be this way. Snype poked at his face a couple time and wiggled his branches a bit. "Hey uhh... you awake?" Snype said. He leaned closer and whispered to the Sudowoodo. "Hey I won't tell anyone you aren't really a tree if you help us out. Keheh." Snype said.
While Snype was busy, Mark wanted to continue asking Lucia more questions. "He might be a little while... so Lucia, got any other hobbies? How about swimming?" Mark asked, going down the list of what Tyro suggested before he went to his own.
The tree remained silent as it stared on ahead, Snype's tactics really not causing it to budge.
Lucia nodded, "I've swum before. It's nice and all, but don't you hate the water?"
Snype scratched his chin and stared down the Sudowoodo. "Hmmm... stubborn one aren't ya. Well, hey I'm sure I could help with those little leafs somehow... plants like water right?" Snype said, hoping for a reaction.
Mark nodded. "I don't hate water. I'm just scared of it. Mostly the Ocean though. I haven't tried swimming in a pool since day one. But uh, how good are you at swimming? Don't you have a pool back at your home or something?" He asked
The Sudowoodo paled and whispered out, "H-Hey, not cool man!" He hissed out while still remaing still.
Lucia nodded, "Yes I do! It's large and Lirum used to be the lifeguard there. I guess one of his brothers took over that position now."
Snype poked the Sudowoodo right in the nose. "Kehe, sorry! Had to get you to speak up somehow! I just wanna know if you've seen anything weird lately! We'll leave ya alone afterwards." Snype explained.
Mark smiled. "Cool! I guess you swam back when he was in charge there. Must have been alot of fun. Our home dosn't even have anything resembling a pool anywhere nearby. Hey maybe you could throw me some pointers sometime? It could help with my little.. erm... problem with water." Mark said.
The Sudowoodo thought for a moment, "I saw some guys in the forest alright? Now leave me alone."
Lucia nodded, "It's rather easy Mark. All you do is move your legs and arms, nothing to it really." It said with a meek shrug.
Snype pet the Sudowooda and grinned at him. "Right on bud! Thanks for the info!... oh! Any chance that you've seen a Ditto around these parts too? I'll leave ya alone after this I swear! " He explained.
Mark shrugged. Rubbing his head a bit. "Heh... guess I haven't tried it enough. Guess I'll try to take it on later." Mark said. Good! She was figuring out more details of her human life! Mark had to keep pressing on and ask more human questions! "Say how is life in the Suicune Dorms for you anyway? I've only been in there a couple times. I'd guess the morning routine there is pretty relaxing in comparison to the Raikou dorms. Its really cramped back in my room." Mark said, wanting to continue the conversation. If Lucia explained her morning routine then maybe that would help point out some contridictions in her "Pokemon life".
The Sudowoodo rolled his eyes, "Once... a year ago. Can you go now?"
Lucia nodded, "A bit you can say. It's roomy and it's nice sleeping on the bed. It feels really comfortable you nkow? But Raikou sounds like it sucks hard care."
Snype sighed. "Sure thing. Sorry for the trouble. Keep on doing... er... tree things." Snype said. Well that didn't go very far but at least they had a lead on the Rockets. Snype headed back and passed the information onto the other Pokemon.
"Heh. Raikou is better then nothing. The biggest problem I've had there is the showers. Sometimes the heat just dosn't work and I'm stuck with a cold shower. The towels kinda suck too. On the bright side, I've gotten used to it! I figure they're way better in your dorm though." Mark said.
Tyro crossed his arms, "We can go and see what is there. If we can find a rocket then we can nail him in the head. Besides, it's time for some payback, right Snype?"
Diana frowned at the news, "But... what if it's a trap as well?"
Tyro grinned at that, "Nah, they had their base hit hard. Probably it's some guys trying to find a safe place. Once we get them then we can interrogate them and see if they can fix those machines."
Lucia nodded, "Yeah, better than nothing. So what shal we do now?"
"Well our Ditto problem still hasn't been solved. I suppose they're pretty darn rare in these parts. Thats a big problem..." Snype said
Tyro chuckled, "But it could also mean that a ditto is hiding. They CAN transform so maybe they look like other pokemon all the time?" He asked with a shrug.
Snype chuckled to himself. "Keheh, yeah. For all we know, That Sudowoodo was a Ditto! Kehe. I guess they'd find all sorts of ways to stay out of sight. Crafty little buggers." Snype said.
Valorie sighed. What a goose chase this was turning out to be! "Pokemon tend to have a convenient way of appearing when they want to." she mused out loud. "Maybe this just isn't the right place if we haven't seen one yet." she then proceeded to offer, racking her brains for the location an amorphous blob might like to live in to no avail.
Tyro turned to her, "That could be it... well, if I was a ditto... I would stand out really. Think about it like this, if a Ditto transforms into a MIghtyena then it doesn't know how a Mightyena's brain works. Mightyena stay in packs but a Ditto wouldn't know that. So... I say we can try and find a mon that looks out of place. A pokemon that goes against what its instincts are."
Snype nodded. "Right. But you never know. Those little blobs could be really darn smart sometimes. After all, they've survived in the wild for so long. They'd have to adjust. But I'm no Ditto so looks like we'll just have to keep an eye out." Snype said.
Mark began to get moving. "Val is right. We aren't going to find any Ditto's in town. They could be anywhere in the wild disguised as any kind of Pokemon. We'll have to be preceptive to find one. Lets get moving to the forest and look around for Rockets and possibly some Dittos." Mark said.
Tyro followed along as did Lucia, "So... where do we go? Just find a trail and see where it leads them?" It inquired.
"We just need to investigate. Right now, the only lead we have is that they were in the forest. That means watch your back and look around for anything suspicious when we get there" Mark explained
As they traveled through the forest, Mark began to feel some vibrations along the ground. Almost like a small earthquake.
Tyro and Lucia paused there, "Huh... odd." It said. "You think that could be an indication of some kind?" The Porygon asked. "I say we follow these vibrations Mark."
Mark nodded and headed toward the direction of the rumbling. "I heard something just past here. Lets see if we can get close- huh?" As soon as Mark made a turn past one of the trees, he noticed that there we a couple of folks in black outfits running for dear life. Team Rocket! "Hey! That's them!" Mark said as he quickly started make a run for it. "Just what are they running from thou-" Once Mark turned around to look behind him, he was greeted by one hell of a sight.
It was the face of what seemed to be some sort of red T-rex looking thing, just staring at him. Mark froze up for a moment. "W-wha?!" The Pokemon didn't attack, but it did let off a loud roar right in front of them, which sent Mark flying right into a nearby tree! Mark had never seen a Pokemon like that before! Maybe it escaped from the base and was trying to get revenge?
Tyro looked on as well, "What do we do?"" He asked Mark, "You're the trainer here! Direct us!"
Mark got up to his feet, wobbling a bit from the heavy hit he took from that Roar. "I know what I'm doing Tyro! Lets go after that thing! Nothing good can come from something so huge rampaging through the forest! We'll find Team Rocket on the way!" Mark said. He could hear stomping and the sound of its roar through the forest. Different bird Pokemon and bug Pokemon were starting to act up and fly away in response. Mark began to chase after the rampaging Pokemon.
Tyro followed along as did Lucia. "So we're taking it down?" It inquired as it locked onto its target. "Hm, it seems rather powerful. Think we can take it down?"
Tyro smirked and jumped up into the air and did a bit of a mid-air roll before finally falling down toward the out of control mon. He let one foot slam into the dino's back before his second foot followed suit. He landed on the ground and jumped back some way. Lucia fired off a Tri-Attack and afterwards tilted its head, "Uh... should I attack without you saying something Mark? I'm not sure the circumstance right now. Usually it's me battling you." It said with a chuckle.
The three grunts were still attempting to run away from the rampaging dino. When they noticed that other Pokemon were attempting to slow it down they began to see this as a means to escape. Mark wasn't going to let that happen.
"Tyro! Stop those Grunts! We can handle this thing! Make sure they don't get away!" Mark said. The dino Tyruntum was hit by the Tri Attack but didn't seem to be effected very heavily by it. Mark had no idea what type this thing was, but since it shrugged off Tri Attack, he had to assume it was Rock.
Tyro nodded and ran past the dinosaur, grinning as he found his balance and opened his jaws wide. He aimed up to the trees and sent out a wave of flames that hit some branches and caused a few to break off and drop before the grunts. One managed to jump over them but the other two were trapped. Tyro walked up calmly and smirked, "So... easy way or hard way?"
Lucia flew to the side and whistled electronically. "I see... let me try this!" Lucia's nose tip buzzed brightly as a Signal Beam was launched out at the dino.
The dino winced in pain from the attack. Odd that such a big thing would be so easily wounded from an attack like that. The Pokemon retaliated at Lucia and used Crunch on her!
"Lucia look out!" Mark shouted out.
Lucia screamed out as the jaws crushed it and it shook about wildly, trying to send out another Signal Beam at the beast. "Let me go!" It howled out. "Mark! Get someone else out! Ah! This... pain!" It had never really felt so much pain before and flails all the more.
Mark pulled out another Pokeball and sent Len out of his ball. "Len! Use Brick Break!" Mark shouted. He was quick to respond and swiftly jumped toward the Pokemon's head and used Brick Break. It hurt enough for him to release Lucia from its Jaw. However the Tyruntum wasn't quite done yet! Once it caught sight of Len, he used Dragon Tail to send Len flying quite a distance and forced right back into his Pokeball.
"Haha... a tough one! You my friend are going to make a wonderful addition to the team! Lets weaken it Snype! Will-o-wisp!" Mark shouted. Snype sent out several blue flames out of his hands and hit burnt the dinosaur Pokemon right on the spot, severely weakening it!
Lucia fell to the ground turned its head upright, keying in on the dino and sent out yet another Signal Beam at it. "Heh, well this one is tough. It's not buckling at all!" It floated back just a bit, "I have no informatin on this species Mark."
Mark reached into his bag and pulled out an Ultra Ball. "Well, may as well give this a shot!" Mark said as he threw the ball right at the large Pokemon. It was quickly sucked right in and the ball began to shake. One... Two...Three... just when Mark thought he had caught it, the Pokemon burst right out of the ball and let out another loud roar.
"Damn! So close! Snype, hit it with Shadow Sneak!" Mark said. The dinosaur Pokemon was certaintly getting weaker... just a little more and this thing would be on Mark's side! Snype appeared behind the dinosaur and scratch its back with his claws. In response, it looked right back at Snype and stepped back a bit, lowering its head.
"Is it trying to... Snype! Watch out!" Mark shouted. He was trying to ram right into Snype with its head! The Sableye ended up being hit directly by the powerful attack and was pushed right into a tree. That one move was enough to instantly knock out Snype but in return, left the dino exsausted.
"Snype! Return- gah! Wait! I can't! His ball dosn't work! I gotta try capturing this thing..." Mark pulled out another Ultra Ball and threw it once more it that dino. One... two... three...
The Pokemon was succesfully captured! And what a hell of a catch it was! Mark quickly ran over to the unconcious Snype and picked him up. "If only your Pokeball worked... geez...
"That Tyrantrum looked oddly familiar..!" Valorie mused out loud, studying a particular battle scar on the rare dragon type pokemon.
"Familiar? Whatcha mean?" Mark asked. So it was a Tyrantrum... well, Mark couldn't argue with having a brute like this on his team!
Lucia blinked and floated on in, "Yes, explain please Valorie." It said.
Tyro coughed up and frowned, "Hey, guys over here! You know, rockets... I caught them and such, would be nice to get some answers perhaps?"
Mark looked back at the captured grunts and quickly ran over to where Tyro was at. "Right. Almost forgot.. now then you two... We saved your butts from that rampaging Pokemon. I think its only proper that you give us some information in return. Alot of our friends have been turned into Pokemon thanks to all your little plans. We want to know about ways to turn them back to normal or who to go to." Mark asked them.
The two grunts looked at eachother and back at Mark. "W-what? That's why you caught us? You think a couple of grunts like us would really know how to do that sort of thing? After the base was taken out we've been on the run to avoid capture! Suddenly that Dinosaur thing pops up and here we are." He explained. That didn't get them anywhere. The grunts looked terrified as well.
"You have to know someone that's in on this! Higher ups, scientist, something like that! You creeps ruined the lives of several students in the school! I'm not letting you go until we get a lead!" Mark shouted.
Lucia stopped and tilted its head, "... what did you say? About... your friends Mark?" It asked softly.
One of the grunts chuckled ever so slightly. "Whatever, kid... We're just trying to make a living." he replied dismissively. "You want to change your friends back? There's a prototype somewhere in Oak Town--Or at least there was one. I remember it being on a list of things to guard... You'll have to figure out how to actually make the thing work yourself." he rattled off, earning a skeptical glance from his colleagues. He seemed to have no interest in protecting this info.
Lucia blinked and looked about, "Uh... hm... not sure if they will understand this... but I'll try. Translate if need be Mark, but where are other bases? Surelly that base up there wasn't your only safety on this island. There has to be other smaller places you congregate at."
A Prototype in Oak Town... that was valuble information. Who would have thought something like that was right in the center of town? These grunts seemed pretty darn willing to give the information too. He doubted that the grunts would know how to make it work since, well, they're grunts. That kind of information would go to admins. "Do you guys have other bases around? And just what happened with Team Rocket after that raid anyways? Considering that you guys are still runing around I doubt that they've given up." Mark asked.
The grunt from before frowned. "Kid--the prototype has no value to us. We ain't sabotaging our team." he replied, extremely dismissive in tone. It appeared he had no intention of revealing more information. Apparently Team Rocket simply didn't care if they healed their friends.
Lucia pulled back a bit, but began to pace, "What were you saying before... about friends again Mark?" It frowned a bit as it asked, but it had to know again.
Mark turned back to Lucia. "I already told you Lucia. You were- well, you are human. I know that because you still have the instincts of a human.
The Porygon stared for a moment, before it slowlly began to back away from Mark, "N-No... No... no I'm not." It stammered out awkwardly.
"Lucia comon... when we were talking before, you were telling me about your favorite foods and such. Fries and all of that! Your still clinging onto some form of humanity!" Mark said. She was going to break down again... either that or panic... he had a bad feeling about this.
Lucia shook a bit. "I... S-stop... s-stay back!" It buzzed out. It took quite a few paces back as the Porygon shook a bit, and then in a second it turned and diesappeared as fast as it could into the forest.
"Lucia!" Mark shouted. He was afraid this was going to happen eventually. He shouldn't have been so direct... Mark looked back at the Rocket Grunts. They couldn't just be left here...
Lucia kept on flying through the trees as Tyro stood with the guards, "I got them Mark! Go after her!" He looked at the guards as flames surrounded his wrists. He wasn't going to go easy on them if they did try to escape.
Mark was still hanging onto Snype... but hopefully Tyro could take care of himself. Oak Town wasn't too far off. "...Bring them into some authorities back at Oak Town! I need to find Lucia!" Mark said as he quickly ran off to find out wherever Lucia is.
Tyro shrugged as he turned to the grunts, motioning for them to rise and follow him for now.
Lucia meanwhile kept on going until it clipped into a tree and swirld about, falling to the ground whe it silently stayed for a while. Finally loud screams escaped the Porygon's head as it layed there, screams echoing around the forest for all to hear.
Mark quickly followed the source of the voice, thankfully being able to find Lucia quickly. At least before she got too far away. Mark noticed her on the ground and just stared for a moment. "Lucia..."
Lucia kept on screaming until finally weak whimpers escaped and it began to bang it head against the floor, "MAKE IT STOP! MAKE IT STOP!" It screamed out desperatly. "IT HURTS!"
Mark ran up to Lucia and placed a hand onto her back. "Lucia! Stop! That isn't going to make it better! I don't want to see you do this to yourself!" Mark said.
Lucia paused and laid still for a bit, "I remember... I remember... and I don't... it hurts... it keeps hurting me." It was silent for a bit, "I think I'm defective..."
Mark kneeled down to Lucia. "Remembering tends to hurt... its completely normal. You aren't defective. Talk with me Lucia. What's in your head right now? It's just me and you right now." Mark said.
It was silent, "I... I remember hands... I remember... feeling... things." It shivered a bit more, "I-I'm a Porygon though... I've never had hands... so why do I remember that?" It frantically babbled out.
"It like I said. You were previously human at one point. I think your trying to remember what it feels like to be a human... it just hurts because that's just part of being human." Mark said, as he held onto Lucia's fin with his own hand.
Lucia gripped as best as it could back and blinked, "I... I have different... memories here and there... how do I know you're not lying?" It croaked out.
"Because I owe you that much. You were always there for me when I was having a crappy day and were always around to help me. You helped me when Able almost killed me, helped Len evolve, and were always there to just sit down and talk. Your my best friend in this school Lucia. Don't you remember all of that?" Mark said.
It was silent and slowly nodded, "I... I remember...." I said hazily, "I... I trust you. I... I am human... what did I look like as a human?" It asked slowly.
Mark smiled to her. "Well... you had blonde hair, dressed usually in white clothing, great complexion, and were able to defend yourself pretty well. To be honest, you looked pretty cute too..." Mark said, speaking a bit lower around that last part and blushing a little.
It fell silent, "I... I remember. I... I was going... to ask you out." It tilted its head a bit, "Why didn't I remember that before?" It mused softly.
Mark opened his eyes a bit wider when Lucia said that. Lucia? He had no idea that she was interested in him! But guys tended to be oblivious like that... he wasn't going to deny her either! "R...really? Me? Lucia I-I..." He smiled and blushed, looking away a moment with a big smile on his face. "Maybe those kinds of memories can help you get some humanity back? So you can hang onto it. Like... well... why you like me." Mark said, smiling at her.
Valorie was just sort of... silent.
Lucia noded slowly, "Thank you Mark... thanks. What now though?" It asked confusedly.
Mark gripped onto her fins lightly. "We need to find that prototype in Oak Town. If we can figure out where it is, theres a Chance that we might be able to help the other students and change you two back into humans" He said.
It nodded slowly, "I... okay." It floated up a bit, "So... we shall head there then, yes?" It inquired. "I just feel a bit flustered is all."
Mark grinned and got up to his feet. First things first, he had to go check on Tyro back at town. He was sure Tyro could handle himself but... he just left him by himself with a couple of grunts... The third one ended up getting away. He prayed that Tyro made it back to town safetly.
Lucia nodded and floated up as well, "So... let's go there and find it then." It turned back to Valorie, "Well... hopefully this will work."
Mark and co eventually made it back to Oak Town. While Mark didn't find a Ditto out there, he obtained some valuble information. A prototype for transforming people into Pokemon right here in town. He wondered if anybody in the school knew about that? Well, for now, Mark moved over to the nearest police station to see if Tyro made it back alright.