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"Whadda expect?" said Owen.
Mon Apr 20, 2015 21:17

"She got known in DIA for trying to report that Time Lord in Special Response for harassment and whatnot. He later sent some sort of video footage direct from his brain as evidence against the accusation and the case was dropped pretty fast once everything had been analyzed," said the Aura Pokémon, "but she's gained some notoriety in our part of HQ."

"I wonder if anyone can be as mean-spirited as that," mumbled Buck. "It doesn't make any--" The Mount Pokémon's ears perked up. Buck looked to the side, where Chakkik's translation collar suddenly erupted into a cloud of wasps. Buck screamed in terror and dashed off into the grass, nearly bowling over a returning Tacitus, who also ran away as soon as he caught sight of the insect cloud.

"Grass types!" laughed Owen, slapping his thigh. "You gotta love 'em. Look at him run. Hilarious."

  • "He was."Iximaz, Mon Apr 20 15:43
    Zeb noticed the Notary and how still his partner had gone. If he'd been in his normal form, electricity would have been crackling in his mane. "I'm sorry, please excuse me for a moment..." When he... more
    • "Whadda expect?" said Owen. — SeaTurtle , Mon Apr 20 21:17
      • Zeb stared at the Lucario, who seemed content to laugh at his partners' terror. "It's a good thing they're just regular bugs and not Bug types! They could have been severely hurt otherwise. Or they... more
        • Owen grinned. SeaTurtle, Mon Apr 20 22:11
          "That's why they've got me," he said, spreading his arms wide. "I take the hits, they mop up the rest. It's a team effort, yeah? ...even if Buck is a massive narcoleptic unevolved fraidy-cat and... more
          • Zeb's hands clenched into fists.Iximaz, Tue Apr 21 06:02
            "Their fear is nothing to laugh at, either," he said through his teeth. "How would you feel if you didn't take something that worried them seriously and they died as a result? What would you do... more
            • "By Arceus. Control yourself, Rookie."SeaTurtle, Tue Apr 21 10:54
              Owen offered Zeb a handkerchief from one of his vest's pockets. "It's not okay for a grown-ass adult to have a breakdown in public like this. Keep it together." He cleared his throat. "Besides,... more
              • "You know something?"Iximaz, Tue Apr 21 11:11
                Zeb gave Owen a twisted smile, ignoring the offered handkerchief. "You remind me of me, before I joined the PPC. You think you're the toughest guy around, and you've got reason to believe it, too.... more
                • "I look forward to it!"SeaTurtle, Tue Apr 21 11:30
                  Owen's grin widened to a snarl. "Then I'll be able so see what Buck and Max and Victoria can do. They've come so far under Ben's tutelage. I'm sure that they won't fail to impress him. Besides, I'm... more
                  • Zeb stared at Owen for a long time.Iximaz, Tue Apr 21 11:32
                    After a while, he finally said, "You're completely mad."
                    • "Thank you. I heard that it helps around here."SeaTurtle, Tue Apr 21 13:02
                      Owen barked with laughter. "After all, you have to be crazy to run after creatures which are by definition superior to you in every single aspect. Like, did you hear about Officer Pham? Three days... more
                      • "I heard about that."Iximaz, Tue Apr 21 13:43
                        Zeb looked somber. "My partner's brother is an intern in DoSAT. We're just relieved it wasn't him." He sighed and rubbed his eyes. "I only stay here because I have nowhere else to go, and I suppose... more
                        • "He's looking to have some experience with patrolling, search-and-rescue, and containing dangerous situations all while working with his Pokémon team. The PPC is a great place to do that. Ben is... more
                          • "I... I'm not really sure."Iximaz, Tue Apr 21 14:28
                            Zeb sighed and sat back. "I never really thought about doing anything else, really. I mean, the POC gave me a second chance; I figured I must've been blown through that plothole for a reason. I... more
                            • Owen shook his head.SeaTurtle, Tue Apr 21 21:11
                              "Bleeding heart. You're such a bleeding heart. You fell though that plothole because of a freak accident, not because of fate or a 'reason' or even being given a second chance. You just lucked out,... more
                              • Zeb opened his mouth—Iximaz, Tue Apr 21 21:19
                                —likely to tell Owen something he'd regret— when the Fletchinder appeared. "Oh, hello again, Tacitus," Zeb said, turning away from Owen. "I can't blame you for not wanting to meet the Notary. I've... more
                                • The disguised Zorua nodded.SeaTurtle, Tue Apr 21 22:15
                                  "A horrible woman by all accounts. There is an information broker in DoI who is attempting to put together a file on her. She has had little success so far-- almost no information of the Notary... more
                                  • "Kind of?"Iximaz, Tue Apr 21 22:25
                                    Zeb shrugged. "I mean, she's rude and stuck-up enough as it is, but I'm mostly mad ather for what she did to my partner. Long story short, Rina was delirious and the Notary abandoned her in a... more
                                    • Tacitus nodded.SeaTurtle, Tue Apr 21 22:39
                                      "She most definitely can, but..." The Zorua's eyes narrowed. "My friend isn't without morals. She will not sell you this information if you have malicious intentions. You and your partner are the... more
                                      • "That's not it at all!" Zeb protested.Iximaz, Tue Apr 21 22:45
                                        "It's just that I have a question that I think Rina and I deserve the answer to." His fists clenched. "Why us? Why were we picked to go into Rose Potter when there must have been better-qualified,... more
                                        • Tacitus' tail feathers twitched.SeaTurtle, Tue Apr 21 23:06
                                          "I understand your anger. The broker herself has said that the Rose Potter series was a job for the Special Operations Division. There is an overwhelming chance that this was simply a mistake. Even... more
                                          • Zeb fell back, stunned.Iximaz, Wed Apr 22 05:46
                                            "So it was just a mistake," he whispered bitterly. He barked out a laugh. "I mean, I'd been wondering, but finding out what really happened?" He shook his head. "It seems like it's a cruel joke." Zeb ... more
                                            • "Perhaps not." SeaTurtle, Wed Apr 22 10:25
                                              Tacitus looked at Zeb in silence for a moment. "It does seem to be a cruel joke, yes. Such is life, I'm afraid. Either way, if ever you need information, please consider my employer. She's one of the ... more
                                              • Zeb gave a noncommittal grunt.Iximaz, Wed Apr 22 10:32
                                                "Never really understood why humans and so many other species need money. Suppose I ought to look into that." He sighed and ran his fingers through his hair. "You know, I can't remember the last time ... more
                                                • "Humans are so fragile and boring . Aside from technology and clothing, they don't have anything on us," said Owen, letting a little current of Aura dance across his paws to illustrate his point. "It ... more
                                                  • "Uh..."Iximaz, Wed Apr 22 11:29
                                                    Zeb's ears flattened against his skull. "I don't know... I've never done a battle without a trainer before and you're probably a lot more experienced than me..."
                                                    • "Oh, come on."SeaTurtle, Wed Apr 22 13:26
                                                      "Since when do we need to have trainers continuously yell instructions in our ears? You do know how to fight: you survived a month here and killed a Legendary while you're at it. How is fighting... more
                                                      • ((Boy runs Intimidate, for reasons best known to himself. Flame Orb Guts Fire Fang OHKOs, and ain't the square root of bugger-all Lucario can do about it. Now, if it was ME against a Lucario, I'd get ... more
                                                        • ((Along with a crap moveset. He was a Nuzlocke Pokémon before he came to the PPC and you don't get to really pick and choose in Nuzruns.))
                                                        • ((Oh, Owen isn't meant to be sympathetic.))SeaTurtle, Wed Apr 22 14:39
                                                          ((He is a nasty, bullying turd. We can't have nice PPC agents all the time, can we? Gotta shake things up somehow. And I get the feeling that you don't like DIA very much-- especially after the... more
                                                          • ((Oh, sorry, was it obvious?))Scapegrace, Wed Apr 22 14:48
                                                            ((I appreciate that they're a necessary evil, but every single one of them so far has been an unrepentant fascist. And yes, that does include the Guardsman. I'm extremely tempted to have her open up... more
                                                            • ((What.))SeaTurtle, Wed Apr 22 15:04
                                                              >DIA >Necessary evil >Fascists >The Guardsman is a fascist >U w0t m8 ((I... don't follow you. Really, I don't. Are you confusing Internal Affairs with DIS? Because those guys were nuts.))
                                                              • Then let me break this down.Scapegrace, Wed Apr 22 15:11
                                                                Clearly there are some differently-bright people in attendance. I accept that there needs to be a system of oversight in place at the PPC. I think the DIA is, by and large, good at its job. I also... more
                                                                • Over the line, Scape.Iximaz, Wed Apr 22 15:50
                                                                  Please try to keep this discussion civil, and that includes not insulting SeaTurtle's intelligence.
                                                                • ((Insulting my intelligence?))SeaTurtle, Wed Apr 22 15:21
                                                                  ((Please keep this civil, Scapegrace. What I don't understand is how you interpret the handful of named DIA officers as fascist. Are you using the term as a generic insult ("that Nazi!") or do you... more
                                                      • "Earthquake."Iximaz, Wed Apr 22 13:39
                                                        Zeb's tail flicked in agitation. "I suppose you wouldn't be willing to not use that, either? Never mind, I already know the answer." He mentally cursed the fact that his old trainer had never taught... more
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