Maxwell was overjoyed...
Thu Feb 19, 2015 15:25 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 table! Over there we have Owen," Maxwell nodded towards the seated Lucario, who was now sizing up Zeb the same way a hunter would size up a deer in his crosshairs, "do not make eye contact with him, thank you, and under here we have Buck. Say hi, Buck!"

The Skiddo blearily opened its eyes, saw Maxwell, and closed his eyes again. "Bêêê."

"Close enough. You've already met Vicky," continued Maxwell as the Gardevoir regained her seat, "and I'm Maxwell. Oh yeah, and that's my trainer Ben. Say hi, Ben!"

"Ben" stopped in his tracks and scowled at Maxwell. "Look Max, I know you're happy to see other 'mons here but you have to remember your manners." The man looked at the DMS agent and had out his hand. "Sorry for the disturbance, Assassin. I've been trying since forever to get his little hopped-up caffeine addict to sit still. I'm Benoît Proulx, Internal Affairs. I've got a partner, Meryem, but she's filing a report at the office right now. So, uh... what's your name, mate?"

  • 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
      • "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
                                                          • "And more importantly, is it anime-verse or game -verse? I imagine that the former must have a lot more visitors than the latter. Though I have to admit that keeping a dragon in a Poké Ball isn't... 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
                                                          • As it was, the room seemed to be growing hotter by the second as the Jolteon leaned in. Zeb leaned away. Oh no oh no oh no... he thought. He tried to talk, but the only sound he could make was a... more
                                                            • Owen and Victoria rose from their seats.SeaTurtle, Sun Feb 22 12:52
                                                              Maxwell and Buck positioned themselves on either side of Zeb's head, looking concerned. "Hey, Zeb. Get up," said Maxwell, prodding the Assassin's nose with a paw. "It's not nap time yet. You'll ruin... more
                                                              • "No, I'm fine, really."Iximaz, Sun Feb 22 13:01
                                                                Zeb was more than a little relieved when Maxwell left to talk to Rina. He tried to shake off the other Pokemon. "Thank you for your concern, but I assure you it is unnecessary." Across the room, Rina ... more
                                                                • The two DIA officers released Zeb...SeaTurtle, Sun Feb 22 13:31
                                                                  ...but stayed close to him. "Hey, Rookie. I just wanna let you know that if you want to go after Maxwell... it's gonna be awkward. He still doesn't know himself if you know what I mean. Or where eggs ... 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
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