Victoria cringed.
Fri Feb 20, 2015 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 work? Well, there's always that one time we busted a drug ring in the PPC... or about today's cloning lab raid..."

Benoît flinched as he held his chest.

"Or perhaps you'd like to know a little more about HQ? Ask away," said Victoria.

  • "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
      • 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
                                      • Zeb looked at them blankly.Iximaz, Sun Feb 22 14:02
                                        "The Pidgeys and the Beedrills? What in all the multiverse are you talking about?" He had a vague idea that it didn't mean anything good, if it was anything like Rina's passing mention to 'the birds... more
                                        • "By Arceus, he's almost as clueless as Maxwell."SeaTurtle, Sun Feb 22 14:55
                                          "No. No. Done. Not touching this anymore. Bye-bye." "Owen, get back here this instant." Victoria glared at her partner until he came back. "Now... Zeb. Just to make sure we're on the right page, you... more
                                          • "Well..."Iximaz, Sun Feb 22 14:59
                                            "...I know they come from a mother and a father Pokemon...." Zeb swallowed. "Um, something about mating? Whatever that is. I've heard that word used before." ((Dear god I can't stop giggling.))
                                            • "Yes. It involves a male and female..."SeaTurtle, Sun Feb 22 15:06
                                              "...of the same egg group," said Victoria. "And you do know how the mating process goes, right? Owen, stop laughing." Buck chose this instant to wake up from his nap. "Whuzzat? Mating? Are we talking ... more
                                              • There was silence fore a moment.Iximaz, Sun Feb 22 15:13
                                                "...oh. Okay." Zeb was certain his face was a bright red beneath all his fur. "Well, um, I've never actually seen- that is to say, I've not become familiar- Look, I work in Mary Sues, not Bad Slash!... more
                                                • Owen rubbed his face with his paws.SeaTurtle, Sun Feb 22 15:45
                                                  "Oy vey. I don't know if I should laugh, cry, or do both. So the Rookie does know what we're talking about. Okay. So, Zeb, as I was saying: you can theoretically explain this to Maxwell, right?" "No, ... more
                                                  • ((I don't know, why IS Maxwell laughing?))Iximaz, Sun Feb 22 15:57
                                                    Zeb put his paws over his eyes. ((If you were wondering, this is what he's thinking right now.))
                                                    • Maxwell looked from...SeaTurtle, Sun Feb 22 16:10
                                                      ...Buck's bleary stare, to Victoria pinching what was ostensibly her nose under her hair, to Owen caught in a hysterical laughing fit, to Zeb covering his face in shame. The Jolteon mouthed Buck's... more
                                                      • Zeb swallowed as the realization hit that his only hopes of coming out of this with any sort of dignity left were now gone. He looked down at Maxwell. "N-not much," he said, smiling awkwardly.... more
                                                        • Maxwell shrugged.SeaTurtle, Sun Feb 22 16:20
                                                          "Well, y'know. The usual. Looks like the other three had a fight over something. What exactly did you have to explain to me?" - - - ((Don't fail me, Zeb.))
                                                          • "They wanted me to tell you where eggs come from!" he blurted. Very loudly. Across the room, Rina spat out her hot chocolate. " What? " she yelped. "They mean Pokemon eggs, right?" Alex yelled,... more
                                                            • ((There's a lack of Benoît here.))SeaTurtle, Sun Feb 22 16:55
                                                              Benoît briefly excused himself from his conversation with Falchion and turned around to see the source of the commotion. He saw an absence of three members of his team, a puzzled Jolteon, and a... more
                                                              • Zeb's ears flattened with embarrassment.Iximaz, Sun Feb 22 17:04
                                                                "M-Maxwell," he began, fumbling with his words, "would you... um... wouldyougoforawalkwithme?" ~~~
                                                                • "Sure!" chirped Maxwell.SeaTurtle, Sun Feb 22 17:45
                                                                  "So, where d'you wanna go? The hallways? No-- too boring. Courtyard? No-- I just worked there. It's boring. Ooh! I know! We could try to find the pool! Race you to the exit! Threetwoonego!" And with... more
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