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Gaspard stared up at the sky...
Fri Aug 7, 2015 23:58

...too dazed to hear what Zeb had to say. Of course it had to happen. He brought it on himself with all of that meticulous planning and effort. Nothing escaped the Ironic Overpower-- especially not his little happy picnic.

Gaspard felt around his face with a hand. It stung. A lot. He wondered if the impact of the whatever-it-was re-broke his nose. Fantastic. He turned his head towards last known location of Tacitus. "Er, Tacitus? I think my nose might be broken again. Can you check?"

A moment later, a piece of paper poked his brow. He clumsily reached over and held the note in front of his face. "Not sure what I'm looking for. If you meant to make me check if your face was even more messed up than before, then I am pleased to report that I cannot see any difference. There is no blood, either."

"Thanks, Tacitus," mumbled Gaspard. "I think I'm just going to lie here for a bit and think about life."

  • Zeb, who tried and failed to skid to a stop, accidentally collided head-on with Gaspard. "OhmygoodnessI'msosorryIwasn'ttryingtogosofastareyouokay?" Zeb said frantically, scrambling backwards and... more
    • Gaspard stared up at the sky... — SeaTurtle, Fri Aug 7 23:58
      • "Mother of Mew, I'm so sorry!"Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 00:00
        Zeb shuffled his paws in the sand. "I was just coming over to say hello to Tacitus and I couldn't slow down in time. You're not hurt, are you?"
        • Gaspard just gurgled where he lay.SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 00:10
          Tacitus jotted down a message for Zeb. "Ah, Zeb. If you came for information, I am on holiday right now. And don't worry about Sir over here. He's surprisingly resilient." The Zorua padded back to... more
          • "Sorry, Tacitus, give me a moment."Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 00:15
            Zeb nosed at Gaspard. "Please, say something. I'd hate to have to take you to Medical... ohhh, this is all my fault..."
            • Gaspard made a noise...SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 15:32
              ...that, with a little bit of imagination, could've been interpreted as "I'm fine." Tacitus nudged Zeb and presented him with another note. "See? Right as rain. Now, what do you want? I'm on... more
              • "Oh, right!"Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 19:48
                Zeb spared Gaspard another nervous glance before looking at the Zorua. "I wanted to say hello, you know, see how you were doing. I didn't mean to run into your friend. I'm awfully sorry about that."
                • Tacitus shrugged.SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 20:35
                  "Mistakes happen. That one was not fatal. He'll live." He lifted his pen and looked pensively at a corner of the page before adding: "And Sir is not my friend. He is merely a benefactor. 'Friends'... more
                  • Zeb's ears flattened and his tail drooped.Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 20:39
                    "But... I thought... aren't we friends?"
                    • Tacitus raised his eyebrows.SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 20:42
                      "I am the service provider. You are a client. Why do you care about me so much? Is this a ploy? What do you want?" Tacitus looked at Zeb and narrowed his eyes.
                      • "It's just..."Anonymous, Sat Aug 8 20:44
                        "Well..." Zeb sighed. "I mean, there aren't a whole lot of Pokémon agents here, you know? And you seem nice. I like talking to you." His ears perked up hopefully.
                        • ...almost as if he was laughing. Fumbling with the pen he held in his mouth, he scribbled: "Not a lot of Pokémon agents, no. And all of them hate me, too. Owen, Buck, Victoria, Maxwell... probably... more
                          • Zeb tilted his head.Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 21:25
                            "But... I thought you just..." He shrugged, his tail swishing in the sand. "I never thought of you as a bad person..."
                            • Tacitus' laughing fit intensified. SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 22:40
                              He was barely able to hold the pen steady in his mouth now. He took a few moments to collect himself and then put pen to paper again. "You are so naive. Hilariously so. You never suspect that someone ... more
                              • "Rina? Hurt me?"Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 22:43
                                Zeb shook his head, his jaw setting. "She wouldn't. Never. Not in a million years. You're wrong!"
                                • Tacitus' face settled into a smirk.SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 22:44
                                  "And that is why it will hurt you so much."
                                  • Zeb shook his head.Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 22:52
                                    "You're wrong. Maybe you don't have someone like her. But she's good, she's--" He swallowed ad shook his head again. "You're wrong," he repeated, with much more conviction.
                                    • Tacitus grinned.SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 22:57
                                      It was an unpleasant smile-- all teeth and no warmth. "Of course I don't have anyone like her. I have no one. I've never had anyone. I don't even know my own mother."
                                      • "Well..."Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 22:58
                                        Zeb gave Tacitus a long, sombre look. "You've got me."
                                        • Tacitus laughed so hard he spat his pen out.SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 23:05
                                          The Zorua padded around the beach mat, laughing hysterically. Occasionally, he would calm down and glance at Zeb before erupting in a fresh fit of laughter. From his supine position in the sand,... more
                                          • "But..."Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 23:13
                                            Zeb looked from Gaspard to Tacitus, hurt. "But... it's not like that..." he protested.
                                            • "Hey, don't look at me."SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 23:20
                                              "I wouldn't know either," mumbled Gaspard as he let his head flop back into the sand. By then, Tacitus had recovered from his laughing fit and found his pen. "Go on," he wrote with a smirk. "Use the... more
                                              • Zeb's tail fell even further.Iximaz, Sat Aug 8 23:32
                                                "I'll... I'll just be going, then," he mumbled. He turned away and began trudging back toward the water.
                                                • Gaspard propped himself up on his elbows...SeaTurtle, Sat Aug 8 23:48
                                                  ...and watched Zeb walk away. "Tacitus, what the hell did you say to him?" he asked. In response, the Zorua simply shrugged and pushed his notebook towards his colleague before returning to his... more
                                                  • "What do you want," he said dejectedly.
                                                    • Tacitus handed him a note. SeaTurtle, Sun Aug 9 00:05
                                                      "I am ordered to apologize to you for my words and actions. I would be lying if I said I didn't mean any of it, but I see greatness in you, Zeb. We need you to shrug off that naiveté and become... more
                                                      • Zeb shook his head. "Apologies don't count unless you mean it. You can't be forced to do something like that. It's gotta be sincere."
                                                        • The Zorua rolled his eyes.SeaTurtle, Sun Aug 9 10:42
                                                          He wrote another note. "Fine. You got me. Words are cheap, you're right-- they build lies. What I meant to say is this: you are too trusting for your own good. People can and will walk all over you... more
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