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There was a skittering of paws on the wood floor...
Thu Feb 19, 2015 14:39
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...a yellow blur, then something white and yellow slammed violently into one of the table's legs. There came another quick scuffling noise before a Jolteon wearing a K9-style ballistic vest propped himself up at table-level with its front paws, knocking away a stack of paper towels and the saltshaker. The Lighting Pokémon locked eyes with the Luxray.

"Hey!" it squeaked though its collar-mounted Universal Translator. "You're a Pokémon! I'm a Pokémon too! There aren't many of us here! You should eat with us!" It craned its head towards a table occupied by a man slumped over a bowl of soup and a Lucario daintily snacking on some Poké puffs. A Skiddo laid by by the man's feet, sleepily munching on some salad. "Wait... Where's Victoria? She was there a second ago," said the Jolteon. "Let me call her. VICTORIAAAAAA--"

Almost instantly after the little yellow Pokémon started yelling, a Gardevoir-- also clad in body armour-- appeared next to the Jolteon and yanked its away from the table by its armour's carrying handle. As she tried to hold back her overly-excited partner, she stuttered some excuses in the Pokémon language while avoiding eye contact with the table's occupants. After a few moments of struggle, the Jolteon broke free from Victoria's grip and propped himself on the table again, this time closer to Zeb. "Hey, so whaddya say? Wanna join the cool kids for lun--URK!"

This time, the Jolteon had been pulled away by a human-- a tall bespectacled brown-haired man with green eyes. "That's enough, Maxwell. Go back to the table now."

"But Beeeeeeen... It's a real life Luxray!" whined Maxwell. "Maybe he wants to--"

"Maybe he wants to eat in peace," replied the man. "Now go."

The Jolteon harrumphed and skulked back towards the table occupied by the other Pokémon. Meanwhile, the man turned back to the table. "Hey guys, sorry about that. Er, Maxwell hasn't broken anything, right...? No? Oh, good. Uh... gosh this is awkward. Sorry again."



  • It sounded like the beginning of a bad joke, and Alex made sure to say so. Zeb frowned. "I feel like I'm missing something." "It's just a standard joke setup," Rina said, sliding into a booth. "You... more
    • There was a skittering of paws on the wood floor... — SeaTurtle, Thu Feb 19 14:39
      • Zeb seemed a little taken aback,Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 14:48
        but he glanced at his companions and Printworthy. "Excuse me, but I hope you don't mind?" "Nah, go have fun," Rina said, smiling. Zeb got up and headed over to the Jolteon's table. The Eeveelution... more
        • Just then...SkarmorySilver, Thu Feb 19 14:57
          (Continued from here. ) Falchion heard the little commotion from the table next to them, and when he and the others looked up, he saw a familiar face. "Hi, Rina!" he called out to her. "I see you got ... more
          • Rina winced apologetically at Alex and Printworthy. "Sorry, one mo." She waved at Falchion. "Hey, Falch! Do you mind? I'm already kind of busy." Zeb, meanwhile, starting to feel extremely overwhelmed ... more
            • Maxwell was overjoyed...SeaTurtle, Thu Feb 19 15:25
              ...as he saw the Luxray approaching the table, followed by Victoria and her trainer. He dashed over to Zeb and started prancing around him. "Hey! Hey! You made it! Yeah, this way to the cool kid's... more
              • "My name is Zeb."Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 15:37
                The Luxray bowed his head to the trainer. "Pleasure to meet all of you. And I don't mind, really," he said, nodding at Maxwell. "It's almost a relief to see some energy around here." He shifted... more
                • Benoît shrugged. SaeTurtle, Thu Feb 19 16:04
                  "It's been a rather long day, friend. Personally, I'd rather not talk about it--" "It's because he fell chest-first into a bear trap," whispered Maxwell to Zeb. "While shutting down an illegal... more
                  • Zen swallowed.Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 16:10
                    "I— I've only been here a few days," he mumbled, his ears flattening. Despite the Lucario's words, he felt anything but calm. "It's been, uh, interesting. Not exactly peaceful, but..." He faltered.... more
                    • "Go on."SeaTurtle, Thu Feb 19 16:50
                      Owen continued to stare unblinkingly at Zeb. "But what? Meowth got your tongue?" Benoît rapped his spoon against his bowl. "Oi, Owen. Can't you see you're freaking him out? Change your behaviour or... more
                      • At Maxwell's touch...Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 16:58
                        Zeb yelped and jumped away, electricity crackling across his body. It was a good thing Maxwell had the Volt Absorb ability, otherwise he would have been shocked. The Luxray backed away, fighting the... more
                        • "Woo! That was fun!"SeaTurtle, Thu Feb 19 18:05
                          Maxwell shook himself like a wet dog as his fur stood on end. "Thanks for the amperage, Z-man. I needed the pick-me-up." Benoît and Owen, on the other hand, noticed Zeb's sudden recoiling motion. The ... more
                          • "I— I'm sorry."Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 18:47
                            Zeb shook himself. "I don't know what came over me. Thank you." He carefully took the Lum berry in his mouth and chewed, doing his best to not grimace at the bitter taste. He did feel a little calmer ... more
                            • Benoît smiled and leaned back in his chair.SeaTurtle, Thu Feb 19 19:45
                              "Nah, not a problem. All four of these guys came with me when I fell into HQ about... a year ago? Yeah, that seems about right." The DIA officer pointed at Buck. "This guy here. First on the team.... more
                              • ((I feel stupid. DUH, he's from Kalos.))Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 19:58
                                ((No idea why the name didn't tip me off... *headdesk*)) Zeb shuffled his paws. He wasn't sure how much he wanted to say. "Well," he began, "I was born in Sinnoh. Or at least, that's what I think... more
                                • "Oh, Nuzlocke runs!" exclaimed Benoît.SeaTurtle, Thu Feb 19 20:26
                                  "Yeah, I head of those. It's like, you play a regular game except that you pretend that when a 'mon faints it's permadead. Fantastic what you learn once you're outside of your own continuum, eh?"... more
                                  • "I..."Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 20:46
                                    Zeb could feel tears beginning to well up. "Thank you. I'd love that." ((Erm... not really sure where to go from here. Thoughts?))
                                    • "Sure, mate. No problem. By the way, if you're looking for nice sunny places to nap, just ask Buck... when he wakes up," added Benoît, looking down at the standing snoozing Skiddo. "Good lord, I... more
                                      • "Moments?"Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 23:13
                                        Zeb asked, racking his brains. "Erm, well, our first mission together, our Gary Stu decided to do a... I think Rina called it a "stripe tease", and he was wearing an undergarment with a target... more
                                        • "You mean STRIP tease?"SkarmorySilver, Fri Feb 20 11:57
                                          ...Cupid piped up, who had been listening intently to the conversation between Zeb and Benoît's Pokemon along with Ripper and Falchion. The Deinonychus gave the angel a slightly put-off look. "Cupid, ... more
                                          • ...and came face-to-face with the Skarmory. "Oh, hello. Sorry, I didn't notice you back there. You were saying about Kalos?" From across the table, Owen shot Cupid a dirty look. The angel's Aura was... more
                                            • "I'm from Unova myself," the Skarmory replied.SkarmorySilver, Fri Feb 20 22:57
                                              "I do know a lot about the Kalos region, though, as well as most of Pokemon X and Y in general - courtesy of a neat little thing called the Internet. I'm Falchion, by the way. I heard your name's...... more
                                              • Benoît's face fell. SeaTurtle, Sat Feb 21 11:17
                                                "Falchion? Oh, god. That means you're with her . Is it true that she... y'know, killed an agent? She dropped out of DIA because of the incident-- I guess that she wanted to isolate herself-- but do... more
                                                • "And yeah, that sourpuss is my partner, unfortunately. I don't know the specifics myself, but I did meet a friend of hers a while ago, and he was one of the witnesses. From what he told me, she... more
                                                  • "Well, 'fun' is subjective..."SeaTurtle, Mon Feb 23 19:15
                                                    Benoît sighed. "Like I said, we busted a Shaymin cloning op in the Courtyard earlier today. A group of agents went into one of the Pokémon films and took DNA samples from a load of Shaymin. They then ... more
                                                    • "Sounds painful," Falchion replied.SkarmorySilver, Tue Feb 24 18:11
                                                      "I mean, getting caught in a trap and being forced to watch all of that. At least there aren't gonna be any more cloned Shaymins, right?... right?..." Deciding he had nothing better to do, he flagged ... more
                                                      • "Baby T-Rexes...?"SeaTurtle, Tue Feb 24 21:57
                                                        "And you missioned a badfic with eleven crossed continua?" Benoît could only stare blankly at the table in disbelief. "I'm so happy I signed up for DIA. I don't think I could ever bring myself to... more
                                                        • "I'm pretty sure it's already been archived."SkarmorySilver, Tue Mar 3 02:02
                                                          "The Hyacinth will probably know about what happened to it, so you might want to ask her instead." Falchion clicked his sharp beak, wondering if he should've ordered a diet soda along with his meal.... more
                                                          • "Oh, man. Shape-shifters are the worst."SeaTurtle, Tue Mar 3 15:07
                                                            "Just last week there was this Potterverse metamorph-something Sue that fell into HQ and tried to infiltrate DMS thinking she could dismantle it from the inside. Granted, she didn't make it very far... more
                                                            • "I guess it was just that one mission..."SkarmorySilver, Tue Mar 3 15:44
                                                              "...into that one horrifying MLP fic involving a homicidal replacement of Big Mac. Again, Rayner was the one who was there and not me, but yeah. I guess that experience alone must've been truly... more
                                                              • "Actually, she's still alive."SeaTurtle, Tue Mar 3 16:47
                                                                "The Patrol officers managed to talk her down and convince her to surrender. She's in DMSE&R right now helping them test out who knows what." Benoît idly stirred his soup with his spoon. "Come to... more
                                                                • "Actually, no..."SkarmorySilver, Tue Mar 3 22:43
                                                                  "I only just met him - I've known Ripper much longer myself." He motioned his beaked head towards the Deinonychus sitting nearby. "The angel's name is Cupid, by the way. As for Rayner, he's a... more
                                        • Victoria cringed.SeaTurtle, Fri Feb 20 10:46
                                          "Is that what Suvians do out there in the field? Paint targets on themselves? No wonder they get killed in droves." The Gardevoir looked off into the distance. "Hmm... What can I tell you about my... more
                                          • The Luxray pondered the question.Iximaz, Fri Feb 20 18:31
                                            "Well, is it always as hard to navigate Headquarters as I have been led to believe?" ((Note to self: bring more agents next time.))
                                            • "There's a trick, actually," said Victoria.SeaTurtle, Fri Feb 20 20:32
                                              "And it's not the 'distract yourself' tip that everyone seems to give around here. If you walk around HQ long enough, you'll find that there are patterns that start to emerge: elevators between... more
                                              • "Interesting," Zeb said.Iximaz, Sat Feb 21 09:42
                                                He frowned. "But if there are patterns to Headquarters, how does the self-distraction come into play? I might not have been here for very long, but I have heard multiple agents swear by it."
                                                • "That's the other part."SeaTurtle, Sat Feb 21 10:14
                                                  "The more you notice the pattern, the more you move along only one of HQ's six dimensions," said Victoria. "In other words, you just keep going around and around and around until you distract... more
                                                  • ((Ah, that's pretty neat, actually.))Iximaz, Sat Feb 21 12:01
                                                    Zeb nodded to himself. "I'll be sure to pass the information on to my partner," he said. "She's been an agent for over a year now and thinks distracting oneself is the only way to get around. Told me ... more
                                                    • Buck raised his head. SeaTurtle, Sat Feb 21 13:08
                                                      "Cake?" he yawned. "Where's the cake? Did I miss something?" "Not cake, Zeb," said Victoria. "It's the number pi. Three-point-one-four... and so on." Buck approached Victoria. "You have pie? May I... more
                                                      • "Well, erm..."Iximaz, Sat Feb 21 16:32
                                                        Zeb resisted the urge to look away. "I would like to learn how to read. Properly learn, I mean. It's probably a bad idea to rely on my Universal Translator all the time." He thought for a moment.... more
                                                        • "Yes, all four of us," replied Victoria.SeaTurtle, Sat Feb 21 18:00
                                                          "But some of us have trouble actually showing up to class." The Gardevoir glowered at Maxwell, who smiled broadly. "We learnt a good deal about basic reading, writing, and mathematics. It's... more
                                                          • "I just sort of... hear them, I guess."Iximaz, Sat Feb 21 20:55
                                                            "But not actually hear them... It's like I hear it in my head. It's very odd." Zeb thought about it for a second. "Almost like telepathy, I suppose." He smiled somewhat nervously at Owen. "I'll, erm, ... more
                                                            • "You worry too much about others, Rookie."SeaTurtle, Sat Feb 21 21:47
                                                              "Besides, I think minimal training is the perfect way to prepare agents for the job." The Lucario smiled, exposing a row of sharp teeth. "You either die ignominiously in the field or you prove your... more
                                                              • It suddenly felt very hot in the room.Iximaz, Sat Feb 21 23:04
                                                                If Zeb had been in possession of fingers, he would have tugged at his collar. "N-no, nothing's on your nose," he stammered. Now that Maxwell had drawn his attention again, it was hard to look away.... more
                                                                • "Nothing may be on Maxwell's face..."SeaTurtle, Sat Feb 21 23:26
                                                                  "But what's on your mind is... interesting ," said Owen as he tried to keep a straight face. "Anything you want to share, Rookie? Spit it out, don't be shy." Victoria glanced from the increasingly... more
            • Whoopsie!SkarmorySilver, Thu Feb 19 15:15
              Falchion laughed in embarrassment, but didn't argue. "All righty, then!" As for Zeb, well... The fact that Cupid was already fawning over him was not exactly helping his case. "What IVs do you have?... more
    • Printworthy smiled, and waved at the familiar face.World-Jumper, Thu Feb 19 14:31
      "Rina! My goodness, what a surprise seeing you here!" He cantered over to their table, a mug of Sweet Apple Acres cider leisurely floating beside him. He looked over the gathering. "And who might... more
      • "Printworthy! It's so good to see you!" She pointed at Alex and Zeb in turn. "That's my brother, Alex; he's an intern with the Department of sufficiently Advanced Technology. And this is Zeb. He's my ... more
        • The unicorn bowed his head towards the others.World-Jumper, Thu Feb 19 15:06
          "A pleasure to meet you both." He stepped aside, allowing the Pokemon to pass. "By all means. I will have to catch up with you at some point, however." He looked over to Rina, surprised. "New... more
          • "Randa's fine, promise."Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 15:12
            Rina frowned. "At least, she was when I last heard from her. She's in Bad Slash now." She glanced over at Marvin. If the blush wasn't noticeable earlier, it surely was now. "Is everything okay with... more
            • Printworthy sighed in relief.World-Jumper, Thu Feb 19 15:24
              "Well, that's good to hear. Given the nature of our ocupation... Well, you can never be sure. Hopefully, she finds Bad Slash more suitable to her." He nodded. "Marvin is just fine. He just wants to... more
              • "So you're a pony?"Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 15:32
                Alex cut in, his eyes shining. "Are you from Ponyville? Have you ever met Pinkie Pie? What about magic? Can you do magic? That would be so cool OW!" Rina had kicked him under the table again. Alex... more
                • Printworthy laughed.World-Jumper, Thu Feb 19 15:46
                  "Relax, Rina. There's nothing wrong with being curious. I would be happy to answer his questions." He turned towards Alex. "To your questions; yes, I am indeed Equestrian, however, I am not from... more
                  • "Sweet."Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 15:59
                    Alex grinned and took a sip of his hot chocolate. "Sounds like you've had some cool adventures." "Oi, what am I, chopped liver?" Rina protested. "You don't count, you've already told me your... more
                    • "More then you know."World-Jumper, Thu Feb 19 16:22
                      Printworthy took a sip from his cider. "Back when I was living in Equestia, I was the author of the Daring Do adventure seres. Ah, I see you have heard of it. Yes, well, back then, I had the... more
                      • Rina choked into her mug.Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 16:30
                        "Wh-what do you mean?" she stammered. "I mean, um, yeah, I told him about our mission together." Alex glanced from Rina to Printworthy. "I get the feeling you didn't tell me everything..." Rina... more
                        • Printworthy shrugged.World-Jumper, Thu Feb 19 18:04
                          "Oh, I am sure she shared all of the important details with you. Although, that does remind me." He turned back towards Rina. "As I recall, you and Marvin did organize a meeting later on. Tell me,... more
                          • Alex turned to look at his sister,Iximaz, Thu Feb 19 18:40
                            who had buried her face in her arms. "Sabrina? Have you been—?" "No!" Rina yelled. She paused, realizing her shout had been rather loud. "We were pegasi, okay? He was showing me how to fly." "I'm so... more
                            • Printworthy started to object.World-Jumper, Fri Feb 20 14:49
                              "I am sorry if you misinterpreted me. I merely wished to know how the flying lessons went, nothing more--" "YOU!" Printworthy turned, to see... Rainbow Dash? Who was storming towards Marvin, yelling... more
                              • Rina and Alex whirled at the shout.Iximaz, Fri Feb 20 18:35
                                Alex's eyes were huge. "Holy crap, is that a changeling?!" "Yep," Rina said grimly, reaching for her crowbar. "If she thinks she can come in here like this... Well, she's got another think coming."... more
                                • ((Whoah! Not just yet!))World-Jumper, Sat Feb 21 06:18
                                  ((I mean, thank you for continuing this, and I will use those exact lines of dialogue when I write the interlude, just not yet. I will send you the doc this weekend, possibly Monday, to add your... more
    • Noise from outsideVoyd, Thu Feb 19 12:56
      The doors opened, and a tall, cadaverous young man was shoved roughly into the bar by a woman attached to the body of a seven-foot scorpion. "Kala, back! RC! Must have minis, not people!" "Valon,... more
      • A Mage and a Drone enter a bar.Desdendelle, Thu Feb 19 13:19
        “Your world has a saying about “eat, drink, and be merry”, no?” someone said from behind Valon. Were he to turn, he'd see a tall, brown-haired man wearing a sensible uniform — black jacket over a... more
        • Re: A Mage and a Drone enter a bar.Voyd, Thu Feb 19 13:36
          Valon jumped and whirled around. "DAH! No sneaky sneaky around the jumpy man!" He took a moment to collect himself. "Yeah, that is a thing we say, but I've never been to a bar, or a party, or any... more
          • Re: A Mage and a Drone enter a bar.Desdendelle, Thu Feb 19 13:50
            “Please to meet you.” The man inclined his head. “I am” — he grimaced — “Navare, also from the Department of Floaters.” He waved at the floating ball. “This is Amris, my partner.” “I can introduce... more
            • Re: A Mage and a Drone enter a bar.Voyd, Thu Feb 19 14:02
              "The gypsy girl with eight legs, two pincers and a tail like a wrecking ball? Yyyep, that's my partner, Kala Jeng." The girtablilu in question was quite irritated, as chairs typically aren't made... more
              • Valon was right, unfortunately.Desdendelle, Thu Feb 19 14:23
                The glowing ball flashed white for a moment, then changed colour to brown tinged with blue. “I am not a glowing ball !” it screeched. “I am a Value 1.0 Drone, you freak of nature!” Navare, who... more
                • Re: Valon was right, unfortunately.Voyd, Thu Feb 19 14:57
                  Kala's foul mood returned with a vengeance. "Freak of nature? I am a girtablilu, a scorpion woman with the blood of ancient Sumer, I-" Her tirade was cut short by a swift introduction of her skull to ... more
                  • Re: Valon was right, unfortunately.Desdendelle, Thu Feb 19 16:35
                    “Both of you — cut it.” Navare’s voice brooked no argument even as he shot a confused look at Valon’s back. “You, Kala — apologise. Amris is not a ball of light. Amris — you too. That was impolite,... more
                    • "Sigh..."Voyd, Thu Feb 19 16:44
                      "Alright, I'm sorry. I know I have anger management issues, I got kicked out of three homes because of it. I just don't like being reminded that this..." She tapped her legs, clicked her pincers a... more
                      • People can be reasonable!Desdendelle, Thu Feb 19 17:14
                        Navare shrugged. “I don’t find anything particularly wrong with you. Good soldiers can be found in all sorts of places. Look at me.” “What he means to say,” the Drone added, the fields covering it... more
                        • Re: People can be reasonable!Voyd, Thu Feb 19 17:18
                          Kala sighed again. "I guess have no choice. Even in our RC, I just kinda drape over the couch." She looked around. "Seriously, where'd Valon run off to? He's six and a half feet tall and pale as... more
                          • The Mighty Quest for Epic Tables!Desdendelle, Fri Feb 20 06:19
                            “I could try to fashion a chair out of mana for you,” Navare said, “but I’m a combat mage, not a Myedoan builder. Amris could not doubt design something but it’s not inclined toward that, either.... more
                            • Re: The Mighty Quest for Epic Tables!Voyd, Fri Feb 20 08:06
                              "Yup. I wonder when he'll notice that he's not the only one there?" She took her "seat" the only way she really could: allowing all of her legs to give out at once. "So anyway, what continuum are you ... more
                              • Re: The Mighty Quest for Epic Tables!Desdendelle, Fri Feb 20 09:37
                                “I’m from the Culture ,” Amris noted. It settled on the table, its fields turning rainbow-coloured. “‘Communicating by effector’...? Who is it communicating with…?” wondered Navare. “But I forget... more
                                • Re: The Mighty Quest for Epic Tables!Voyd, Fri Feb 20 10:45
                                  "Never heard of The Culture. I have heard of Nanoha, but when I asked Valon about it, he said he'd never seen it. Anyway, I'm from Monster Musume, and Valon says he's from World One." She snapped her ... more
                                  • There will be foodDesdendelle, Fri Feb 20 11:01
                                    “The Culture are the good guys,” Navare said. “The quintessential soft-as-an-ocean space hippies with a do-gooder attitude. That verse is also so technologically advanced it’s a wonder the Culture,... more
                                    • Re: There will be foodVoyd, Fri Feb 20 11:28
                                      "It's a bar, so I could get drunk... I'd like some coffee." In response to strange looks, she sighed. "I know I'm a scorpion, but according to Monster Musume lore, girtablilu are a subspecies of... more
                                      • Excited Title! Two-Part Name!Desdendelle, Fri Feb 20 12:38
                                        “You have scented water? Yes? Good. A bottle for me, please,” said Navare. The waiter nodded, scribbled the order on a piece of paper, and went back to the kitchen. “It would not surprise me,” the... more
                                        • Re: Excited Title! Two-Part Name!Voyd, Sat Feb 21 10:49
                                          "I can guess. A lot of liminals from my world have traits of animals they resemble. The author does a lot of biology research for the manga, and it's very accurate. Did you know, for instance, that... more
                                          • Navare chuckled.Desdendelle, Sat Feb 21 12:09
                                            “Do I look like a biologist to you?” he asked, amused. “I’m a soldier. I know how to perforate Stus with magic bullets, not how different species taste things.” He looked at his partner, who was... more
                                            • "That would be marvelous."Voyd, Sat Feb 21 22:44
                                              "Considering the Stu that Valon and I had to get rid of, help would be greatly appreciated. Apparently, he was a replacement of the main character from a game called Prototype. I got bored and... more
                                              • Navare gave the waving tail a worried look.Desdendelle, Sun Feb 22 04:38
                                                It wasn't readily apparent, but Amris also readied itself. “Survived a nuclear bomb? Nasty.” Navare rubbed his chin. “Next time, try to drop the Stu into a black hole. This guy sounds a little too... more
                                                • "I guess so..."Voyd, Sun Feb 22 10:49
                                                  Kala's tail stopped moving. "Valon said that my home continuum is probably the only one where I don't need a disguise, which gives me full access to my normal abilities. It's common for liminals to... more
                                                  • “No.”Anonymous, Sun Feb 22 13:58
                                                    “What it means to say is that no, it did not have to assume a humanoid disguise. We were only sent on one mission so far, and the distances involved made disguises irrelevant,” Navare added. “I won’t ... more
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