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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Vernal Ventures [IC/PG-16/Not Accepting]


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When Blake heard the word team, a sense of dread consumed him. ' Three? I can't handle two, much less three!' He kept hearing a word over and over. Betrayal. He stilled his non-existent breathing. 'Okay, Blake. Just choose the weakest looking pokemon here.' He looked around as teams were formed around him. He was worried he would get the scraps, but then he noticed an Abra, snoozing off to the side of the crowd. He hovered over to it, looking for other possible candidates along the way. "Excuse me? EXCUSE ME?" He asked with a loud voice, stirring the Abra . "I'm going to assume you can hear me. So, we're supposed to be in teams of three, and we are both without teammates, so how about we work together? I am Blake, and I would honestly prefer to work alone, but rules are rules. What do you say?". He waited patiently, hoping the lazy creature would speak.
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Well wasn't that perfect? She supposed it made sense that they'd have to be able to work together to get into the guild. The issue was, looking around, it seemed there were many of older, or similar age, people around her. Which made the Tynamo uncomfortable for reasons she wasn't quite sure of.

 

To top it off her first impression of the guild leader was...he was an idiot. Not only that but an idiot who put a poor child in a prime position to be bullied.

She had to join this guild now if only to keep that little Axew safe from the guild members who would undoubtedly think that he shouldn't be there.

 

So it was that Cassidy tentatively looked around for someone to work with. Her eyes eventually fell upon a...that was something from Alola right? Or, she guessed Alola didn't exist here did it? Whatever. While, looking at him, the Pokemon seemed to be about her age, she had seen him with the Axew earlier. So maybe he was their friend? In which case it might be good to work with him and make sure he gets into the guild, too.

 

Cassidy floated her way over to the teddy-bear-looking Pokemon and spoke up. "Hey, uh, you." She began awkwardly. "We should work together. I may be small but I'm strong. If we can find someone you can toss up I can get them to go even higher. Those bear arms gotta be worth somethin, right? Unless they're full of stuffing...are they?"


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Everyone had gathered together in the Town Square that had signed up to be a part of the guild, and Zee had been swept up in the swarming crowds, not that he had even realized.  Using one's telekinetic abilities to float, while sleeping, meant that he was easily pushed around, as if he were on wheels and gliding across a slick floor.  While this was all happening, he dreamed that he was some sort of black disc shaped object jetting across a smooth icy surface, being thwacked at with large wooden sticks.  It was a weird dream, but it was somewhat soothing.  However, when the crowd began to cheer, he drowsily bobbed his head up.  He could hear everyone talking about who was on stage, but his eyes were too dreary to get a good look.  He shrugged, as the speech given by Heliolisk was enough to lull him back to sleep.  It seemed like a second had gone by, before someone else had started talking to him.  

 

"Excuse me? EXCUSE ME?"

 

"Ah?"  He said, looking to the noise by lazily rolling his head around his shoulders.  A floating sword was talking to him...rather it was a honedge.

 

"I'm going to assume you can hear me. So, we're supposed to be in teams of three, and we are both without teammates, so how about we work together? I am Blake, and I would honestly prefer to work alone, but rules are rules. What do you say?"

 

"Teams...for wha-"  He was then taken back to Heliolisk's speech, which concluded with a contest of sorts.  "Oh yeah.  Teams for that."  Zee shrugged.  He was a tad bit annoyed that this was infringing on his important napping time, but he couldn't say no to someone who was asking for his help, now could he?  "Yeah Blake...I'll work with you.  Sure.  Lucky for you I won't even charge you anything, even though you so rudely woke me up."  He flashed the sword a thumbs up.  "I'm pretty sure we have this in the zzzzzzz~"  His head fell back, but he flung it back forward in a second.  "Bag!"  He looked around for anyone who might be able to survive a fall from really high up, although he constantly dozed off as he did so.  However, his eyes landed on a small Starly.  They were the perfect third partner.  Zee made his way over slowly, and waved sluggishly as he approached.  "Yo.  My name's Zee, and that Honedg-I mean Blake guy over there wants to win this."  Zee shrugged again.  "I'm indifferent, but you seem like you'd do well up there."  He said, as he pointed in the sky.  "So what do you say?"  He stuck out his hand, while snoring.  He started to mumble in his sleep.  "My...name's...Zee...zzzzz~"


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Jeremy had found a dark corner and curled himself up. It had originally been hard to adjust to essentially being a big noodle, but he had grown to enjoy it. He could fit in small places no one else could, glide over land and sea quiet enough to go unnoticed most of the time, and as he was currently doing, coil up into a bundle to make himself feel better.

 

“Hhrhmhmhmrhhfgh!” something mumbled.

 

Jeremy jumped nearly ten feet into the air. “Agh! Who’s there?”

 

A lump formed in the ground. “Hhrhmfgh!” the creature said again. “Blegh! Sorry about that pal. Forgot I couldn’t talk while I was digging. Got a bunch of dirt in my mouth, hehe.” A tiny Pokémon with big, metal claws pulled himself out of the hole.

 

Jeremy squirmed away. “Can I help you?” he asked. He was stumbling over his words again, still shaken by the Pokémon’s sudden entrance.

 

“I was ‘bout to ask you the same thing, pal!” the Ground-type shouted. Jeremy winced. “Name’s Drilbur! I’m part of Excradrill’s possy. Are you lost?”

 

“No,” Jeremy shook his head. Drilbur’s constant yelling was extremely off-putting.

 

“You sure? Onix just took the last batch to the the Square for the Guild Meeting!” Drilbur banged the side of his head a few times, knocking a ton of dirt and grass out of his ears. “Whoo. That’s better. Sorry ‘bout shouting at you, could barely hear. Anyways, I swung by because my ol’ pal Diglett was swearin’ to me he could still feel the vibrations of someone down here—’cause y’know my pal Diglett, he can sense stuff like that—and I was tellin’ him that there was no way because everyone was at the Guild Meeting. We got into a friendly little argument about it, y’know, so I hopped on over here to check it out and who else do I find but you? Now I owe Diglett an Oran Berry, so thanks a lot pal!”

 

Jeremy was lost. Drilbur had a thick accent and he was extremely animated, waving his claws around and hopping from foot-to-foot as he spoke. “I’m—I’m sorry?”

 

“Nah you’re fine!” Drilbur dismissed it with a wave of his claw. “Anyways though, we best be getting up to the surface to watch the Guild Meeting! I know you lot can’t see in the dark too well so just go ahead and grab ahold of my paw here and I’ll guide yout out.”

 

“I wasn’t actually going to go to the Guild Meeting.”

 

“What was that pal? Scratch that, we’re already probably late. You can tell me on the way!” Drilbur all but grabbed ahold of Jeremy and dragged him along, guiding the Dratini up to the surface, where he would be forced to reluctantly take his place with the rest of those who signed up.

 

• • •

 

They had to pair up into groups of three. Jeremy, to his credit, managed to stay calm after spotting Felix. He didn’t start panicking until an Abra and a floating sword immediately recruited the Starly. Okay, okay… There was nine of them. That meant everyone was guaranteed a group. Maybe the best thing to do would be to wait until everyone else had paired up, that way they couldn’t reject him?

 

Yeah. That was good.

 

With his new plan in mind, Jeremy curled up and made himself as small as possible, trying to ignore all the prying eyes on him.

 

• • •

 

Unbeknownst to the Dratini, he had captured the attention of the crowd just because of what he was. “Do you see that? It’s a Dratini!”

 

“I hear they evolve into Dragonite,” one whispered.

 

“I heard Dragonite can fly around the entire world in one night,” another awestruck onlooker said.

 

“I don’t know. He looks a little weak,” a deeper voice grumbled.

 

“Oh, hush up Machoke. You’re just upset that Tynamo beat your dumb game!” someone snapped.


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Maybe when he looked back on this moment, Felix would find the joy in recalling his face going from absolute awe to, you know, happy for Axew even if it was kind of weird how they didn’t have to go through the same induction process as everybody else to abject horror at even the mere thought of attempting the challenge Heliolisk had laid out. Maybe. At the moment, though, that last thing was all he could think about.

The worst part was, the way Heliolisk had described it, falling back down was actually a critical part of the task. Being caught was necessary, and, yeah, there were probably safety measures in place, that didn’t mean that they couldn’t still go horribly, horribly wrong. Noivern could miss, for example, or otherwise be distracted. He didn’t doubt her ability, of course, but that’s what “horribly, horribly wrong” meant.

He glanced over at Kiera. In his moment of panic, she seemed impossible to read. But it did get him thinking. She was surely lighter than he was, right? So as long as he stuck with her he could argue his way into catching her right? And sure, yeah, maybe he could help with throwing or launching or whatever else needed doing too. And maybe because of all that difficulty he wouldn’t get in. Which was fair. Fine, whatever. He’d already said he could do so, so many other things to help, and most of them didn’t involve falling to his-

“Yo. My name’s Zee.”

Felix quickly scrambled to put on a happy face again, though maybe he was a little confused as to why Zee was introducing himself again. He was the teleporter guy, right? Felix remembered the first time he’d suddenly been shunted through space and while it certainly wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, it was still a service he used when he definitely needed to get a bunch of chores done.

Maybe Zee didn’t remember him. “My name’s Felix,” he said.

“That Honedg- That Blake guy over there wants to win this. I’m indifferent, but you seem like you’d do well up there.”

Felix already knew the question was coming before Zee even asked it. Even as the words “So what do you say?” sleepily glazed their way out of the Abra’s mouth, he was already starting to shake again. Coming up with an excuse -- a good excuse, the kind that kept Pokémon from hating you -- was another chore on the list of already mounting social checks that were already piling high on Felix’s plate.

“You seem like you’d do well up there,” Zee had said. Maybe that was “the worst thing.” He was a pretty small bird, all things considered, and both “pretty small” and “bird” were attractive qualities in whatever Pokémon was sent up there. Even if he weren’t teleported up there by Zee, someone else would probably ask him to go up and maybe just hover for a moment? Pick a spot to be caught at? Everyone would probably love a bird on their team if given the chance.

But now he was getting ahead of himself. First, he had to deal with Zee. “Hey, I’m really sorry,” he said, “Kiera, this Flabébé right here, and I had already agreed to be a pair and, well, I don’t think they’ll let us do fours. Sorry!” As if to reinforce his point he looked over at Kiera. “We’re already a pair, right?”

Kiera paused as she was asked the question, her gaze shifting upwards as if in thought. "...I really appreciate you showing me around, Felix, but if-"

Felix was quick to cut her off. “Already a pair. Right. Hey, sorry again, Zee, but I’m sure a bunch of Pokémon here would love to have you on their team. Maybe some other time?”

He didn’t wait for a response. If Zee wanted more out of him he certainly had the capacity to seek him out again, but right now he needed to find a third, and quick. The seams were crumbling already.

It was with that sort of panicked zeal that sent Felix weaving in and out through the horde of Pokémon looking for one of those outcasts that had yet to find anyone. It seemed that most had just grabbed the two Pokémon nearest them, and those that hadn’t had at least found one other in their predicament. Without Kiera nearby, Felix even had to turn down a few more interested duos who unfortunately had set their eyes on the wrong bird.

That’s when he heard it. “Do you see that? That’s a Dratini!”

Once again, Felix wasn’t entirely sure he knew every Pokémon in Thicket Town, especially not on a day like today, but there were never that many Dratini to remember. The only one that sprang to mind was…

“Jeremy!” Felix said. There was a mixture of excitement and worry in his voice. There was excitement because of course Jeremy wouldn’t have a group yet. Felix was even a little surprised he had signed up at all (was Delibird okay with all this?).

“I hear they evolve into Dragonite.”

The worry, of course, was because of all the Dratini that hated the attention they got for, you know, being Dratini, Jeremy was probably the most hate-i-est of all of them. So if someone was saying that…

“I heard Dragonite can fly all around the world in a single night!”

There fortunately weren’t that many onlookers for Felix to push through (though he still felt obligated to push at least some of them aside), certainly fewer than some occasions he could remember, but Jeremy had still slithered himself into a ball anyway.

“I don’t know. He looks a little weak.”

“Oh, hush up, Machoke. You’re just upset Tynamo beat your dumb game.”

“Hey, Jeremy, it’s me. Not doing so great, huh?” Felix said. Step one to situations like these was to make sure Jeremy was aware someone he knew was there.

Jeremy untangled his head from the bundle he had wound himself into. "Hi Felix," he said. "Not really. I, um... I might have accidentally signed up for the guild."

“Okay,” Felix said. “Uh, give me one sec.” He turned around and to the gathering onlookers said, “Could you all just, like, step back a bit? Maybe go find a team or something. I don’t know how much time we got.”

He turned back to Jeremy. “Hey, hey, that’s not a problem. Right now they only want us in groups of three. I already found a third; she’s pretty nice. You’d probably like her.”

Jeremy hesitated. His eyes flickered between Felix and the Abra he had seen the Starly talking to. "Are you sure?" he said. "I don't wanna hold you guys back."

“Oh, you saw that?” Felix said. “I, uh,” He stumbled a little over his words, “yeah, no I’m with somebody else. And you wouldn’t hold us back! You’re, like, the strongest Pokémon I know. C’mon, it might even be fun!”

Jeremy turned red all the way to the top of his fins. "I'm—I'm not that strong. But if you're sure," He brought his tail around to lift the delivery bag off of his neck. "I haven't eaten the lunch Delibird made me yet. We can share it afterwards... if you guys want to, that is!"

“Hey, if you’re offering, you know how much I love Delibird’s,” Felix said. “I’m sure Kiera’ll love it too. Now come on, let’s go meet her.”



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By the time the big speech came up, the Corbin had only progressed halfway down the Smeargle’s queue. It was rather inspiring stuff, and when it finally came to a close, he was hopping from claw to claw in excitement. Pulling his eyes away from the recently vacated stage, the Doduo returned to scanning the crowd, this time on the lookout for a potential partner for this apparent test. Although there seemed to be a few loose Pokemon here and there, Corbin couldn’t just take anyone as partners or this tournament. No, in order for them to make an impression, all of any given team would have to shine, and so he would have to go with the best of the best for the best chance of getting into the best Guild. The best way.

“Too small...too weird,” he murmured quietly, as both pairs of eyes swept those present, “too sleepy, but an Abra might still be helpful with their psychic shenanigans, so maybe…” Both mouths suddenly paused in their rash judgments as Corbin recognized a familiar face: a Tynamo, nondescript save for a greenish fin.

You would think that a Pokemon without limbs wouldn’t be a great choice for a height-achieving challenge, even one that could hover, but Corbin could remember her earlier display of strength at the Machoke’s stand, one that he had barely managed to equal yet that Tynamo managed to ace without breaking a sweat. Not only that but her confidence

If anyone could ace this test, it would be her.

Corbin dashed over as fast as his legs could carry him, in the hopes that he could convince her to team up with him before anyone else did. The Tynamo was already making her way over to someone else, a new Stufful for some reason, but that still left room for a third. The Doduo picked up his pace, just managing to arrive in time for the tail-end of his intended partner’s introduction.

“If we can find someone you can toss up I can get them to go even higher...”

“Er, hello!” interjected Corbin brightly, having slid over beside the pair and waited semi-patiently until the Tynamo was done. “I’m actually really good with my legs, so if you-” His right head indicated the Stufful. “-can do a throw in time with my jump, we could definitely ace this!” He hesitated briefly, then his left head took over with a weak smile. “So yeah, if those bear arms aren’t actually full of stuffing, we’ve got this.”



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The Starly showing her around the festivities was awfully... So far, the Pokemon she had met in this world were just very... Kind. That's even ignoring the fact that Felix was a human once himself! The Ariados who helped her find her way out of the forest, the Roserade who had allowed her to stay at her home while she figured out a plan, they both had given her the time of day when it would have been easy to just ignore her...
 
The rush of food (Which was surprisingly good!), followed by games and then the more creative outlet of events seemed to catch her attention fairly well. Leading with the food though... Judging by the way she was trying to eat as much of it as possible with her new, smaller form, she definitely approved. The games part of it was a little rougher on her though, at her size she was absolutely tiny and a lot of the games weren't made with that size in mind! So instead she would watch as some other Pokemon, or Felix himself, would challenge the games. It was still a good experience in her eyes... But with a shadow being cast from the sky and Pokemon beginning to whisper in excitement, she tore her attention away from the music and games.
 
"It's Noivern!!"
 
Kiera looked up at the sky as the shadow passed over them, her eyes widening a little bit at the dragon in the sky. When she landed, that gust of air almost blew the poor Flabébé through the air, but she managed to duck behind a stand to keep herself in place. She watched as the massive figure land on the stage, her eyes widening a tiny bit as the dragon landed... And began to speak. She thanked the town for their hard work, which was reasonable. Not a surprise at all. She had been there when the Pokemon were setting up the festival, she had helped where she could, it seemed like everyone had been putting in some amount of work. But she knew the real meat of the festival was about to start...
 
They couldn't accept everyone, that sounded reasonable with the pure number of Pokemon that had shown up. But with so many Pokemon applying, her chances of getting in with a policy like that... It had to be near zero, right? There had to be so many well equipped Pokemon who were wanting to get in, the only edge she had was that she was a human once... And she certainly wasn't the only human applying. Felix alone proved that, and there were sure to be more.
 
"Thus, there is to be a test. A means to eliminate all but the most able and fit for the positions. Here now to explain this process to you all is our beloved guild master, Heliolisk!"
 
A test? Oh no, it wasn't like she was particularly well equipped for any kind of tests like this! Her strength, speed, even her reflexes were all... Lacking, to say the least. Hopefully the test was something not physical. Something mental. She hadn't even fully mastered the moves she was supposed to be using now. A brief moment of panic had started to settle in, but before she could run off from it, the Heliolisk on stage had approached towards the dragon and climbed up onto her back. She just blinked for a moment at the slightly strange sight, then he started talking.
 
"Uh... testing.... testing..... hello.... one... two... three...."
 
That was a soft voice. She calmed down just a little bit as she listened to the guildmaster speak, a little sigh escaping her. Something about the soft voice after the stern Noivern helped her stay reasonable. She focused her attention back to the stage... The use of the pet name had obviously flustered Noivern, a little giggle escaping Kiera as she shook her head for a moment before listening to Heliolisk once more. First... An Axew was given a place in the guild already? She hadn't heard that people could get in that way. It wasn't like she had any connections in the first place, but if only...
 
Then the actual test. She had to find a group of three. Maybe Felix would be okay with staying with her a little bit longer... She was light, he could fly, if they could just find someone to help launch one of them into the air, maybe this little tag team could work and get them into the guild after all! At the same time...
 
An Abra had approached Felix while she was distracted, stupid! Now he was going to get poached and she couldn't object to it, he had already been kind to her by showing her around, she couldn't impose on him just to try and help her chances of getting into the guild. Pairing up with that Abra would practically be a sure thing for him af-
 
“We’re already a pair, right?”
 
She flinched. Wait, did he really not plan on taking the sure thing?! She coughed before speaking, "...I really appreciate you showing me around, Felix, but if-"
 

Not only did he suddenly cut her off to reaffirm what he said, he then just suddenly fluttered off into the crowd! She let out a little squeak as she glanced towards the Abra, having missed his introduction she just bowed her head to him, "Uh, sorry! I hope you find a third!" Then she ran off to chase after Felix.

 

You would think getting through the crowd at her size would be awfully annoying. She couldn't quite catch the attention of the larger Pokemon normally, but thanks to the mass movement of trying to get the test done, there were enough gaps that she could duck and weave her own way after Felix. She tried to call out to him, but each time she did, her voice was just drowned out by the moving crowd of 'mon.

 

By the time she had caught up to Felix, she was out of breath and panting a little bit, her small hands having gripped onto the stem of her flower tighter. She laid it down beneath her as she sat in place, taking deep breaths as she looked up, "Felix... You..." She paused as she saw the Dratini starting to rise up from what looked to have been a curled up position. She tilted her head as she glanced between them, before a small grin broke out on her face, "Oh, you found... A third! I wasn't sure why you were running off that fast..."

 

She smiled to Jeremy as she seemed to have caught her breath, her hand rubbing at her neck a little bit as she sighed out gently, "I-If you want to be the third! Uh, if you do, we should probably try to get to Noivern and Heliolisk so we can do the test... Or figure out how exactly we want to do it first. I can float through the air a little bit if you two want to launch me up, but I can't exactly control it, and if there's a gust of wind... I'll just go flying around. Or I can help launch Felix and catch him, but it might be a bit harder to get him up there."


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"Uh... testing.... testing..... hello.... one... two... three...."

As she was just starting to get comfortable with how crowded the square had gotten, Karliah turned her attention towards the guild's leader, Heliolisk.

"Now then, it's high time we got to testing you all. We've got to see who's going to be joining young Axew in the guild. So your first task is to gather together into little groups of about, oh, three or so of you. Yes that should be good. Now what you'll need to do after you've banded together is come up with a strategy. For what you might ask, well indeed I will tell you. We're going to have ourselves a bit of a contest to see who can get one of their team members the highest up with a good throw, no flying mind you. Noivy and I will come around to each of you and when you're ready you'll employ your strategy and we'll determine how high your partner made it and judge you for other things like how evenly the work is spread and such. An- oh what's that? Yes, Noivy reminds me that catching your teammate is in fact one of the criteria for passing. We'd rather not anyone get too hurt today, that would be a sad turn of events. Well, if that's understood then off to it!"

Teams of three? But what if there was a number of participants that would not allow for teams of three? Nevertheless, Karliah needed to find a team and quick. With the rush of participants however, she got lost in the crowd and had to slink away until she could find an opportunity to find a team she could join. Unfortunately, by the time she could find one without being barged over, the only team left included Zee, the Abra that had given her money.

She gave a quiet sigh as she slinked over to him and his partner, so much for trying to avoid him. She had to make a mental note to pay Zee back double... No... Triple... For lending her money. Putting that mental note back in her mind, she stood in front of the two with a quiet stare. "Can I join?" she asked in a quiet tone.

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Soon after the Stufful asked what to do next, the area around him suddenly became dark, and he glanced up to see a large flying thing partly blocking out the sun. Not long after, he was tripping over his feet as everybody headed toward the hill...slope...thing. Things weren't as bad as he had expected though, as Draxew was very good about stopping and helping him back up whenever he fell.

 

There was a stage where they were all gathered around, and atop the stage stood five Pokémon, which, according to Draxew, were the guild leaders. "You sure that's a guild leader?" the bear asked, jerking his head toward the Buizel onstage. The guy looked way too nervous to have any sort of power. Back in--he cut himself off as he realized he had no idea what he was about to think. Back in...nope, nothing. Frustrated, he wracked...or maybe it was worked? He worked his brain over the problem as the bat lady started talking, completely ignoring everything she was saying in the process. He gave up around the time a large yellow lizard--he thought that was a lizard--came up and began to babble on about this and that. Honestly, it was really difficult to sit still and pay attention. He had never been--

 

Never been what?

 

Well, whatever. He was having a hard time listening, was all. He only really started to pay attention when he heard a familiar word. "Yes, everyone please say hello to Axew!"

 

Axew! That's it! That's what Draxew reminded me of. It sounds a lot like Axew. Huh. Wonder why. Wait, what even is an Axew? He was only partially listening as the lizard continued, more concerned with figuring out just what an Axew was and why the Pokémon even mentioned it. Glancing up, he saw that Draxew was now onstage for some reason, and looked really nervous for some reason. Giving his buddy a wave, as he stared at him, it finally clicked. Oh, he's an Axew. That's what he is.

 

"Sorry, wasn't really paying attention to all that," he said to the what he was now very sure was an Axew as the tusked Pokémon returned to the crowd. "But seems you know the guildmaster, huh? Hella connections, man," he gave him a friendly nudge, hoping the guy would loosen up a little.

 

"Now then, it's high time we got to testing you all. We've got to see who's going to be joining young Axew in the guild."

 

"The hell? He doesn't know your name? Or do you guys normally call each other by what you are?" he whispered. He managed to listen more carefully as the lizard thing explained the rest of what was going on. Come to think about it, I haven't even heard his name yet. Or maybe this happened while I was blanking out? Maybe the bat lady said it? Who is she, anyway? Name guessing aside, it seemed they were about to get divided into teams, and Draxew wouldn't be part of it.

 

The panda glanced around, at a loss of what to do. Well, guess I'll just wing it, he thought, making his way toward what looked to be a large, tough hippo. "Wanna team up?" he asked.

 

"As if," the other scoffed. "Try this again when you get a little older. And a little less...pink."

 

"Motherf***er what did you just say to me?" he rolled up his metaphorical sleeves, whatever those were, and stepped forward aggressively. "I'll show you pink. Pink's the last thing you're gonna see before I knock your f***ing face off."

 

"You talk big for a small bear."

 

"And you talk big for a small brain."

 

Another Pokémon got in between the two of them. "Now, now, let's not fight," they said. "After all, we need to find teams first."

 

"Tell that to him," the hippo grunted, before turning away. "You're lucky that ended where it did. Next time you won't be so lucky."

 

"Yeah, well at least I get lucky--"

 

"Hey, uh, you." The Stufful turned around to see what looked like...actually, he didn't know what the hell it was supposed to be. "We should work together. I may be small but I'm strong. If we can find someone you can toss up I can get them to go even higher."

 

“Er, hello!”

 

"Those bear arms gotta be worth somethin, right? Unless they're full of stuffing...are they?"

 

"The hell are you?" he asked, before registering what she, and he was pretty sure it was a girl by the voice, said. "Oh, sure," he shrugged his shoulders, almost stumbling backwards as his balance shifted with the movement. "And stuffing?! You wanna bet? My bear arms are stronger than your..." he looked at her again and no, she didn't have any arms. "Well...this is awkward."

 

It was in the middle of that awkwardness that he realized that they weren't alone. Somewhere in the middle of their conversation, a bird thing with two heads had slid over beside them. “I’m actually really good with my legs, so if you-” His right head indicated the Stufful. “-can do a throw in time with my jump, we could definitely ace this!” He hesitated briefly, then his left head took over with a weak smile. “So yeah, if those bear arms aren’t actually full of stuffing, we’ve got this.”

 

"My arms are better than your..." again, no arms. "Well shit," he threw his front paws up in the air, falling backward onto his tail at that point, which, ouch, wasn't going to do that again. "Can't give a good trash talk if I'm the only one with arms here. I mean, uhh," he realized that that might have been the wrong thing to say, before bravely moving forward. "Anyway, yeah, I'm game. Might not be very coordinated...er, I think that's the word for it. But I sure as hell ain't no quitter, and my arms are all muscle." Whatever that was.



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 “Hey, I’m really sorry,” he said, “Kiera, this Flabébé right here, and I had already agreed to be a pair and, well, I don’t think they’ll let us do fours. Sorry!  We’re already a pair, right?”

 

"...I really appreciate you showing me around, Felix, but if-"

 

“Already a pair. Right. Hey, sorry again, Zee, but I’m sure a bunch of Pokémon here would love to have you on their team. Maybe some other time?”

 

"Ah."  Zee said with a pinch of disappointment, as he reached out.  It was obvious the other two weren't a pair until just now, but why the haste with the rejection.  Zee breathed into his hand, and then brought it up to his nose to sniff.  His breath didn't smell too bad.  So what was the deal.  "Well, don't come complaining to me when we beat you."  He snickered while shrugging.  He returned to Blake, before sighing again, wagging his head from side to side.  "No luck there.  And it's looking like we need to speed things up."  He could see that the contestants were starting to thin down, and there weren't many Pokemon who would be available for a team up.  "You better hurry and find someon~."  He said, snoozing again.  

 

"Can I join?"

 

The question stopped Zee's nap, and made him spring back to life.  He looked where the voice came from, and saw that Salandit from earlier.

 

"Ah!  So do you have my money, or did you sign up to see Mr. Heracross too?!  I wanna win this bad so I can meet him!"  Zee exclaimed with enthusiasm.  With their rag tag team set up, Blake ushered them into a circle of sorts.  "So, here's my plan that I got all plotted."  He was whispering, because he noticed some of the teams were giving away their strategies.  What if their were ne'er-do-wells among them?  He continued.  "I can teleport myself high into the sky, and slow my fall with my psychic powers.  My fall will be slow enough for you both to catch me easily as I descend."  He broke the circle and nodded to himself.  "That's right, there's no one here who can get higher than me without cheating!  Blake!"  He pointed to the Honedge, "Go report our team members to Heliolisk, while I get ready for the operatio~."  He ordered before falling asleep again. 


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The Appearence of the Salandit frightened Blake. First of all, the phasing sounded like she owed Zee money. Second of all, and more importantly, the word poison came to mind. This puzzled Blake. ' In this state, I'm immune to poison. Why am I not thinking about fire?' While he was thinking, he floated over near the platform where the Guildmaster was, he realized something. 'Couldn't I just use Automize to get their faster?' He asked himself. 'No, I might hit someone. Besides, if I do hit someone, it would give me more enemies. That's the last thing I need right now. He continued floated over to the area, and reported in to the Guildmaster. He had an idea, and was ready to flesh it out in more detail while he waited for the contest to begin.
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Cassidy was happy to see that they had gotten a second member so quickly. Or, she should be happy. But she just felt even more awkward than before. She would have to get this over with so she could move on she supposed.

 

The reminder about her lack of arms didn't help much. "Yeah, awkward." Cassidy said, narrowing her eyes at the rude bear. "Don't complain to me about coordination you know how weird it is to move around without limbs?" She let out a sigh and floated lower, the closest thing she could get to slumping shoulders, before perking back up. "Right, so we've got our group. Come on....team, lets go tell those stupid ad....uh, the guild leaders we're ready to take on this test."

 

As she floated on towards the Heliolisk and Noivern, with the others in tow, she called out behind her. "I'm Cassidy. I guess we're going to be working together when we get into this guild anyway so probably should know each other's names....though I guess you're Stufful and you're...Doduo, right?"

She had almost forgotten that most of the people here just went by their species name. How confusing must that be in a large family. She cast a sidelong glance at the two, wondering if they were going to mock her about her Human name like some others had. Group or not she'd not let that go easily.

 

"Oh and, Doduo guy, hope you've got a sturdy body, the only way we're going to get you up high enough is by gettin a bit rough."


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For the second time in what couldn’t have been more than ten or fifteen minutes, Felix froze. If Kiera was suggesting what he thought she was suggesting… No, there’d been a misunderstanding. Of course she wouldn’t have known. She wouldn’t have known for the same reason Zee and so many other Pokémon wouldn’t have known.

“Kiera, before we actually lay out our plan or whatever we’re doing,” Felix said, “I think I need to tell you something about me. I’m, uh, I need you to promise me you won’t laugh, too. Like, I guess it’s pretty funny but you can’t laugh, got it?”

There was a pause after he spoke before she replied, “Funny? Uhm… I won’t laugh. If it’s important to the test, I guess we should know about it…”

“Jeremy already knows, I think,” Felix said. “Jeremy- oh I guess I didn’t introduce you two yet. Sorry! Uh, Kiera, this is Jeremy, and Jeremy, Kiera. Sorry, I’m a little rattled right now.”

“Oh right!” She turned to Jeremy and waved her hand, smiling to the Dratini, “It’s nice to meet you, Jeremy. Are you okay…?”

Jeremy shook his head. “No. I didn’t even mean to be here… b-but it’s nice to meet you, Kiera!” he said.

“Cool, cool,” Felix said. He was still a little jittery, even going as far as to hop a little trying to calm his nerves. “Um, yeah, Kiera, I think- Jeremy, you already know about my, uh, ‘falling thing,’ right?”

A nod this time. “Yeah, I remember.”

With the matter settled, Felix turned back to Kiera. “Okay. Um, Kiera, I know I’m a bird, and, yeah, I do sometimes flutter around like, you know, like a bird should, but uh, I’m not the biggest fan of flying, like, up-in-the-air-type flying. The, uh, the way I like to describe it is that- what comes up must come down, right? I just really, really don’t like the ‘must come down’ part of that equation, if that makes sense. Does that make sense?”

Her head tilted a little bit as she listened to Felix speak, clearly waiting for him to finish before she nodded, “...You were a human too, I think we’re all a little scared of falling from high places. Becoming a bird wouldn’t make that fear just go away. I’m sure we can find a way to make the coming back down part of it less scary!”

Felix forced himself to smile a little. “Thanks, Kiera,” he said. This was good. She got it. Maybe she didn’t quite understand the intensity of his vertigo (or at least how it differed from the “we’re all” in her sentence) but she got it. There was a chance this wouldn’t be so bad.

With that matter settled, the true “laying out the plan or whatever” could begin. “So does that mean you’re more comfortable with heights or…?” Felix let that sentence trail off. That probably was fine, right? The alternative was implicit. “I just don’t want to make assumptions before, uh, we figure out what we’re doing in earnest.”

The Flabébé’s hands twirled her flower around beneath her in thought, her eyes closed, “I don’t mind heights. I spent a while in the woods when I first got here, and I would climb trees for food. I could just drift back to the ground safely. I can probably slow the fall on the way down, though I haven’t tried it…” Her hand rubbed at her cheek for a moment as she glanced up, “...But when I used Fairy Wind in the woods, it felt like it was pushing me back some.”

“Fairy Wind! Okay, that’s a good start,” Felix said. “I was thinking, ‘cause Jeremy can whip up a pretty mean Twister, uh, that could be a pretty good way to get someone up in the air. Uh, oh, sorry, how’s that sound, Jeremy?”

Jeremy coiled around himself a little tighter. “Twister? Uhm, yeah, I can do that,” he said. “It’s a really chaotic thing though. Aren’t you worried about how high it will launch you? N-not that I’m saying you can’t handle it or anything!”

“I can handle that! If Felix carries me up into the air with him, he can catch the wind from Twister under his wings, and on the way down I can slow the fall. If things get bad, I can also use Vine Whip to try and grab onto things that we pass… If there is anything to grab.” Her eyes opened up again, a small smile on her face, “Think you can carry me with you, Felix?”

Whatever thoughts Felix had of this being “not so bad” or “a good day” went right out the window. He almost asked Kiera to repeat herself, but he knew that what he had heard was exactly what had come out Kiera’s mouth. Carry her? Sure, he’d practically dragged her around the entire fairground the entire afternoon. She was as light as a feather, maybe even lighter. Carry her up? That implied he’d be going up in the first place.

Wasn’t the whole point of that initial discussion, what, with the confirmations with Jeremy and “getting it” to discourage this sort of thinking? Kiera had said it herself, becoming a bird didn’t make that fear go away, so especially then why would she suddenly not “get it?”

He almost cried out. He almost leapt straight up and dashed away in a straight line away from the stage, as far away as possible from anyone with the mere idea of Felix participating in this challenge in the same way Kiera was offering now. There were only a few reasons he didn’t:

The first reason was he still felt he was in the initial “first impressions” phase with Kiera, and everybody knew that first impressions were the most important part in the formation of any friendship. To make the assumption that they had paired up before asking, or even glancing in her general direction with any semblance of clarity was probably a pretty big faux-pas and needed to be rectified somehow, even at his own personal discomfort. Felix certainly didn’t want Kiera to think he was the type of bird who would back out of a commitment like this on what would probably seem like a poorly-explained whim.

The second reason, of course, was Jeremy. Good old, dependable Jeremy, who didn’t know how strong he was. Felix was in awe at how tenacious the Dratini could be, pushing through whatever anxieties he had to get whatever task done that he needed to. He’d told Kiera he wasn’t supposed to be here, but here he was now, willing to help his partners -- in Kiera’s case, a Pokémon he’d only just met! -- achieve their dreams. If Jeremy could put his anxieties aside for a single, stressful moment, so could Felix.

But Kiera had asked him a question, and Felix still had his best smile (given his mood) plastered on his face. “Uh, sure!” he said. “That sounds like a great plan!” he lied. “I’ll go get Heliolisk and Noivern and we’ll, uh, yeah, let’s do our best!” And with that, he dashed back off.

Finding the two guild leaders was a much less difficult task than Felix had expected. He’d thought they’d be just another two Pokémon in the crowd, but no, Noivern had taken to the skies to observe the proceedings from above, and even if she hadn’t been, of course Heliolisk would attract quite the crowd wherever he went, prospective applicants begging for his attention as soon as the previous team had touched the ground.

The team they were observing would certainly be tough to beat. A Machoke had hurled a Voltorb high into the air like a shot put, who in turn hung in the air for what seemed like ten whole seconds before crashing into a net an Ariados had woven for them.

“My, that one was pretty good, wasn’t it, Noivy?” said Heliolisk as his fellow guild leader returned to the ground.

“Yes, among the higher ones we’ve seen thus far.”

“Is that so?” said Heliolisk. "I thought it was good but that is excellent to hear. Now then, who’s next?”

Hands, wings, claws, limbs of every type were immediately thrown into the air as Pokémon scrambled to attract the particular attention of the two particular judges. And some of these Pokémon were several times Felix’s size, with voices loud enough to match. Felix’s only advantage was that he’d managed to -- like before with Jeremy -- worm his way to the front of the crowd. He didn’t wave much; he was still feeling the effects of his previous panic (was he shaking? Shaking was like waving, right?), but he could hope that his smaller-body, smaller-voiced “We’re ready, I think” pierced the noise around him and reached Heliolisk intact.

"Ah, yes, Flappy over there should do nicely," Heliolisk responded with a finger pointing Felix's way.

"Already nicknaming are we, sir?" came Noivern's query as the duo approached the small Starly.

Felix hadn’t realized it when they were so far away, but Heliolisk himself was three times Felix’s size, and Noivern was even larger than that. He almost had to look straight up just to make eye contact, though he did manage. “My name’s, Felix, uh, sir,” Felix said. “And uh, ma’am. My friends are just over there. I can lead you right to them.”

"Yes, please do, Flappy!" Heliolisk said, a smile overtaking his face. The duo followed Felix through and out of the gathered crowd to where the team was waiting.

On the way, Felix felt the need to explain the whole plan again out loud. Part of that was for Heliolisk and Noivern, they probably wanted to know what was going on beforehand (and Noivern especially probably wanted to be aware of the Twister), but another part of it was just to assuage his own nerves. The number of potential disappointments just kept climbing. There was no way he could back out now.

“…So, yeah,” Felix said, “uh, once we’re in the air, Kiera’s Fairy Wind plus using my wings like a sail, we should be able to float down and Jeremy’ll easily be able to catch- Oh, there they are now! Jeremy! Kiera! I got them!”

“Oh!” Kiera turned to look over towards the duo as they approached, her hands clenching around the flower she was holding onto, “I guess it’s really time. Felix, I can hold onto your talons with some vines as we go up… It should hold.”

“Uh, good!” Felix said. In truth, he hadn’t really given much thought as to that aspect of the plan, so it was good that somebody was! Otherwise, he’d probably have found himself upside-down and dangling from a flower stem. “Jeremy, are you ready?”

“Okay! I- I mean, whenever you guys are,” Jeremy said. His brow was already slick with sweat, but he seemed determined to see his part of the task through.

A pair of vines had started to emerge from the flower Kiera was holding as she moved over to Felix, “Just let me get these in place… If I wrap them around just enough to pull them loose, I should be able to stay in place on the way up…” She worked the vines around his legs carefully, tying them in place, “Then, I can loosen them when we start to fall so I can use Fairy Wind.”

“I feel safer already,” Felix said. “Hey, uh, actually, can I ask another favor? I’m probably going to have my eyes closed for most of this, so if you could just talk a little on our way down, you know, tell me what you see or which way to adjust, that’d be great. Once we’re below the treeline, I should be okay, but until then, um…” He couldn’t think of a good way to finish that sentence, so he let it end there. “Is that okay?”

She looked up to him when he mentioned the favor, letting go of the flower for just a moment as she did. “Of course! If you need to have your eyes closed, I’ll just… Make sure you know what you need to know. I’ll tell you when we get closer to the ground and we’ll start the landing. You can use your wings better once you can see anyway!” She picked up the flower again as she smiled, “Just let me know once your eyes are closed.”

Felix managed a weak smile. “They’ll probably be closed as soon as we go up. But anyway, I think Jeremy’s ready.”

Jeremy, for his part, had made his way to about ten, maybe fifteen feet away. Felix nodded at him, and the Twister started to form.

“Just gotta jump into it, huh?” Felix said to himself. The reassurances at this point were wearing thin, but as much as he’d been telling himself there was no turning back, there was definitely no getting out of this one. He was literally roped into this now, and he had to trust that Kiera was able to do what she claimed.

The Twister was getting nearer. This would only take what, one minute? Two? No time at all. Then again, free falls only took seconds to become lethal.

Felix morbidly wondered if his body would be able to cushion Kiera’s fall.

Nearer still. He could feel some of the dirt circling the vortex, stinging him upon impact. That was something he’d forgotten to consider. Twister actually hurt. This was going to hurt on top of sending him hurtling upwards. But again he thought of Jeremy. If Jeremy was able to do this, so could he.

It was upon them now. It was time.

“Oh, hell,” Felix said, and he jumped.

He was right. Jeremy did have a pretty mean Twister. Between being buffeted by the vortex and the sheer force of the air rushing past him, he almost didn’t need to close his eyes; he almost blacked out right then and there. But he managed. He managed. He extended his wings, closed his eyes, and waited for Kiera.

From below him, Kiera spoke up, though it was nearly drowned out by the wind that was rushing around the two of them, “Okay, it’s working! Just try to stay steady now, we’re passing the treetops and still going up! Everything is holding just fine!” She said that, but the vines around his legs seemed to have tightened in their grip during the beginning of the trip. There was either some concern there or it was just a reaction. Either way, it wasn’t the smoothest ascent…

But it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been after the initial launch. Eventually, they were carried to relative safety without too many rough patches. With Felix’s wings giving them the ability to catch the wind, they were still rising as well. They were rising steadily. Then slower. It was getting to the point where they weren’t quite gaining altitude anymore, “Felix, we’re about to begin descending,” Kiera said. “Keep your wings steady and just help slow the fall. That’s all you have to do and I’ll handle the rest.”

As she spoke, the vines around Felix’s feet loosened, but they didn’t let go entirely. He could feel Kiera turning her flower down to face the ground as she waited for them to begin falling. “The view up here isn’t so bad. You can see the entire town almost, at least… I think. I don’t know it so well just yet.”

Her voice sounded a bit forced. The view probably was really impressive, even if he couldn’t see it. It was clear, though, her thoughts weren’t entirely focused on that. There was a brief moment were they just lagged in the air, not rising anymore but not falling just yet. Then it started. The pull of gravity had come to claim them and the descent began. They picked up speed even with his wings catching the wind. Kiera said, “Okay! I’m going to start slowing us down, just stay calm!”

There was a lurch in their movements, sending them drifting forward a little bit as both Kiera and Felix let out a little yelp. The flower beneath them had started to spin in Kiera’s hands, and Felix could feel the Fairy Wind starting to work its magic. “Okay, I’ll get the angle right! It’s definitely slowing us down though!” Kiera said. Even though her voice was being drowned out a bit by the return of the wind as they fell, there was a sense of confidence in it, at the very least she did seem to think she could control their fall still.

It was a slow process. Their descent was definitely not smooth, Kiera had to keep adjusting the direction of the flower to adjust for the odd miscalculation (at least Felix hoped they were the types of miscalculations that could be adjusted!), not to mention the occasional errant gust of wind, probably from other teams practicing for their own attempt. Again, though, it did seem like Kiera at least kind of knew what she was doing, “Alright Felix,” she said, “we’re almost back down to the trees. If you want to wait a little bit before opening your eyes, it should be safe very soon…”

Jeremy watched Felix and Kiera take to the skies with no small amount of panic. Had Twister been strong enough to impress the Guildmaster? Not only that, but Felix was scared of heights. Was he a bad friend for letting him go up into the air? His stomach churned, and when he tried to swallow, a painful lump clogged up his throat.

Guild Master Heliolisk and Noivern were staring at him too. He could feel the weight of their judgment on him, rightfully criticizing him. He needed to get away. He suddenly remembered he was supposed to catch Felix and Kiera; an excuse to escape. “I’ve gotta go!” he said so quietly there was no way anyone possibly heard him, before shortly darting away into the crowd.

Felix and Kiera had vanished over the treetops. Jeremy slipped through the masses with the ease that only a noodle could, ducking between legs and claws, sliding around hooves and pincers, and generally making it look easy. Finally, he made it far enough that he managed to pass his friends in the sky. What was supposed to happen now? Did he just wait for them to come down to him? Was he far enough back? Could they see him?

Jeremy reared up on the tip of his tail get as high as possible. He would be visible from even as high in the air as they were, he hoped, with his bright blue scales and surprising height. Though he didn’t actually see how he was supposed to catch them, what with his lack of appendages, which had only just occurred to him.

Uh-oh.
“Almost back down to the trees,” Kiera had said. Almost back down to safety. It was almost over. Sure, his heart was still beating a mile a minute and his wings were getting sore and the vines lashing Felix and Kiera together simultaneously felt both too tight to be comfortable and too loose to not worry about, but at least it was almost over. He was finally able to open his eyes.

They were coming in a little hot, which, you know, wasn’t great, but it wasn’t something he couldn’t deal with. At this height? At this height, he could deal with anything. See, there Jeremy was now, providing a nice, tall marker for the two to land on.

“Hey, Kiera,” Felix said, “could you, uh, I don’t know how Fairy Wind works, but is there a way you could get us to slow down just a little bit more?”

Kiera’s gaze was locked on the ground, a little mumble escaping her as she attempted to keep the Fairy Wind steady, but it didn’t seem to be slowing down much at all. It was slow enough for the descent to be safe technically, but… “I’m gonna try something a little different,” she said. “Keep your wings open.”

The vines holding her in place began to lower her down slightly, giving more space between the two of them as she moved the flower up face Felix instead of the ground. Once more, it began to twirl and that glittery wind began to rise up into the air, catching underneath Felix’s wings. It was a much smaller breeze than what she had been using to try and slow them down before, but with Felix’s wings catching it, it was being distributed much more evenly. The fall steadily slowed down with the additional support, giving the two a much more controlled landing, “Okay, we should be able to just lower down to Jeremy now! At least I hope so, this seems slow enough…”

“Lowering down onto Jeremy” turned out to be a trivial task, so much so that it barely required description. Just a few more course adjustments here, some light touches there, and soon Felix found his claws lightly gripping Jeremy’s body.

It was over.

Noivern arrived at the group first. The Twister didn’t appear to have bothered her much; it seemed she was very experienced in flying in less than ideal conditions. She looked the group over, confirmed all three were still present and that everyone had landed safely. Heliolisk arrived some moments later, having been slowly trotting over to the intended landing spot once Jeremy had taken off.

"That looks like a catch to me," Heliolisk said cheerfully. “So what do you think, Noivy?"

"I think the use of Twister was incredibly reckless and could have easily ended with several broken bones or worse," she replied. There was a scolding tone in her voice, but also an exasperated one, like telling other Pokemon they were being stupid was her full-time job.

"Hmmm… perhaps you're right, but the fact of the matter is they did both land safely," Heliolisk said. But something seemed to be bugging him. "I'm not quite sure I like that you launched two of yourselves at once. I said a teammate, not two…" He sounded almost childish, like they hadn't played his game correctly.

"To be fair to the children, sir, you never did explicitly disallow them from sending more than one up," Noivern said.

The idea seemed to catch the lizard by surprise. "Oh? My goodness, you're right, Noivy! How silly of me." He laughed, and with each laugh, the issue seemed to fade away more and more. There was only one final question, it seemed. "Well, where does that place our little windsurfers?" Heliolisk said.

"Among the higher we've seen thus far,” said Noivern. Her sternness had faded away as well, leaving only the exasperation behind. Felix wondered how many times she had said that exact phrase today.

"Yes, good, I thought as much. Well, we ought to be off to the next group, don't you think?" Meanwhile, Heliolisk’s happy demeanor seemed to persist through everything. He turned to Felix, Kiera, and Jeremy. "Well, Flappy and friends, that was quite something! Thank you for taking the test. We'll be sure to let you know more of what we thought when we've seen all the others."

And they were gone. They wandered back into their crowd of onlookers, the crowd’s hundred limbs and hundred voices drowning out any other observations they might have had, leaving the team behind.

The moment Kiera’s vines came off, Felix immediately collapsed to the ground, almost embracing it. He’d forced himself to be calm, to say nothing during Heliolisk and Noivern’s evaluations, but now that they had left it all came pouring out. “Oh, ground, I could just kiss you right now,” he said.

Was he crying? Sure, probably, why not? His breath was already ragged and he was already shaking, the only thing missing was the tears, right? The ordeal had taken a lot out of him, and he lay there for what felt like forever, not wanting to leave his sweet, sweet earth.

Eventually, though, he had to get back up. It was still a slow process, partly because of his sore wings and chafed claws and partly because at this point Felix felt adding a little extra melodrama to the whole thing might lighten the mood a bit. He was smiling again, perhaps a little weakly, sure, but that made it all the more genuine.

“Okay,” Felix said to Kiera and Jeremy, “Good, uh, great work, everybody. Let’s just- let’s just relax for the rest of the afternoon and, um, never do that again.”



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Zee floated there for a moment, but saw that once a team had already went up to the Guild Master they were supposed to perform their feat of seeing who could reach the highest point.  Zee saw the futility in standing still, and decided to travel behind Blake so that they would all be there to introduce the team, and do their thing.  Zee turned behind him to signal Karliah to follow, which she did hesitantly.  He then raised a brow, before turning around once more.  

 

"You know...I never did catch your na~..."  He said, as he dozed off whilst continually pressing forward.  It wasn't long, but they had finally reached the stand where they would show their strategy.  Zee put himself forward in front of Blake, unwittingly as he smacked right into the stand.  He woke up, and saw Heliolisk and Noivern watching him with intent.  "Yo."  Zee said, raising an arm.  "These are the guys I managed to scrounge up.  Now watch as we take this competition to a whole other leve~..."  He said, before his head bobbed down to touch his chest. 

 

"Ah yes.  Good.  Drowzee and friends should do nicely." 

 

"You mean Abra, Sir?" 

 

"Yes, precisely.  I do hope he's able to stay awake for this.  Maybe his teammates can help."  Heliolisk stated, before the two of them made their way to the team.  Zee's head popped up as they began to approach.  They were a lot bigger in person, and it made Zee a little intimidated.  They radiated an aura of experience that made him want to open his eyes a little, just to snag a true glimpse of them.  They nodded to each other, as Noivern took to the sky high above them.  Zee watched as she barely became visible to the eye, but still within a reasonable distance to where someone might get up to.  Zee smiled at the fact that she was so careful with them.  However, he had a strange feeling that they both were looking down at him, and not in a literal sense.  Zee turned to his group and nodded.  

 

"Alright...I'll be off now.  Just make sure on of you catches me...for like teamwork or somethin~..."  He said, before nodding off, only to look up at the sky and shake his head to wake himself.  He pointed high into the air, and concentrated.  He could feel where he wanted to go...but was that too high?  He never had teleported vertically, but there was no reason why the rules wouldn't be the same.  "Teleport..."  He said rather lazily, before he disappeared in some sort of odd flash and distortion of reality.  The next thing he realized, he was way above the clouds.  His perspective had changed so that he could see multiple types of terrain all colliding against each other in weird shapes.  Above him were twinkling stars, and a dark sky.  "Holy..." he exclaimed, as he could feel the strange space above him. 

 

"Is he still up there?!"  Heliolisk called, urgently, trying to squint to see if he was still visible.  Noivern, instead of calling back, started to flap her wings in a desperate attempt to climb higher into the sky.  She was in rescue mode now.  

 

It was wonderful up here...why hadn't he done this sooner?  Zee soon felt gravity take hold of him, as he started to descend.  However, using his mind, he stopped gravity's lethal pull and started to fall as if he were light as a feather.  It took some time, but he finally had descended far enough to meet Noivern's gaze.  Upon meeting her, he just waved.  

 

"Yo."  He said, as he continued to slowly descend, leaving Noivern with a puzzled look.  He snickered a bit, as he floated down even further, until all of the pokemon of Thicket Town were clearly in sight.  They became larger and larger, as he made sure to position himself above the Salandit on his team.  

 

Karliah looked up and watched as Zee slowly descended from the sky.  She could swear she saw him sleeping as he drifted down.  In hindsight, the ability to teleport anywhere you wanted sounded a little busted.  You could teleport to the top of a mountain, inside of a locked building, use it to disorient an opponent, etc.  Shaking the thought out of her head, she stood up on her hind legs and eventually had the drowsy Abra in her hands...Paws?  Claws?  Whatever, she caught him, and that's what mattered.  Zee snored a bit, before the ginger touch woke him up.  

 

"Ah...that was quick."  He said, stretching his arms over his head.  "Good job you two...you were a big help."  He said, as he softly snickered to himself.  They were a shoe in for first place, no doubt.  

 

"Hmmmm."  Came a long drawn out thought from Heliolisk.  "That was really him all the way up there, right Noivy?"  He asked his winged partner as she descended.  

 

"Yes.  He teleported, but it was definitely him all the way."  Noivern reported without much emotion.

 

"Something feels off..." the lizard replied while tapping his head with a finger.  His eyes lingered on Karliah for a moment longer, than the other two, as he looked the whole team over.  "It was sooooo high up, but Drowsy did most of that himself."

 

"I'm an Abr~"  Zee tried to correct the Guild Master, but fell asleep in the process.  Noivern nodded in agreement, clearly annoyed by Heliolisk's insistence on calling Zee a strange nickname.  

 

"Well, thank you very much.  Noivy and I will have to discuss this one some more.  We'll be telling you the results when we've seen the others!"  He said cheerfully, before turning and waving Noivern on to follow.  Zee wasn't sure how to feel from that response, but one thing was for sure.  He was tired. 

 

"Guess I'll just take a nap until they announce the results~"  Zee managed to complete his sentence, before clasping his hands and resting his head on them.   


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“No arms?” Corbin asked confusedly, then glanced down at his sides. “Oh, right...” He’d had actually forgotten about his two “missing” limbs. His mobile legs and two able beaks had done a bang-up job compensating, and no other Pokemon in similar scenarios had complained, so he’d just not thought about it, which had apparently worked...until the Stufful’s reminder.

Still, he nodded enthusiastically at the new guy’s determined tones. “Well, we’ll need ‘all muscle’ to actually pass or whatever at this test.” Corbin paused, looking towards the other eager tryouts and stifling a gulp when he saw just how high some of them were getting. One of them was even using Twister, would you believe it.

“Let’s hope our plan is less painful on us,” he murmured quietly if apprehensively, before turning to give the Tynamo his full attention. While the trio began their way over to the Heliolisk and company, she seemed to be taking charge of the group, but when the time for introductions came around, he responded to her prompt without thinking.

“Corbin, actually,” he chirped, then realized what she’d said. Both heads turned in the Tynamo’s, or rather, Cassidy’s direction in surprise, catching her backward glance and understanding what that meant. He opened his mouth to ask a question he’d hadn’t dared to put to any other Pokemon before, but-

"...hope you've got a sturdy body, the only way we're going to get you up high enough is by gettin a bit rough."
 
This gulp was harder to hide, but Corbin pushed past this momentary dread with a new surge of determination, responding with, “Yeah, of course! Look, I definitely can handle anything a Pokemon could throw at me. I’ve been through much worse!” This wasn’t strictly speaking true, but he attempted a confident chuckle anyway to emphasize the point. “Much much worse. After all, I’m the best Doduo you’ll find around!”

That last comment wasn’t just for their benefit, as by now the team had reached the wandering Heliolisk and Noivern. His newfound confidence still running through him, Corbin decided to get to the introductions as quickly as possible. After all, first impressions were everything.

“Hey, sir?” he called out, then, realizing his legs hadn’t received the confidence memo and were hopping nervously from claw to claw, he planted them both firmly on the ground. “The three of us are ready to fly high and ace this!”

"The three of you?" Heliolisk inquired, seeming puzzled at the statement. He proceeded to count under his breath but his pointing finger seemed to be catching each of Corbin's heads. "This most definitely seems like four of you." he continued, still running through the count. Noivern came to his side to settle the matter.

"The two bird heads are one Pokemon sir." she said, with a confusion as to why she had to explain this and yet a familiarity that would have one guessing this happened a lot.

"Oh! Yes good, perfect. Three of you then. Two-Beak, Scrawny and Fluffy, let's have it!" he replied cheerfully. Respectively these seemed to be his nicknames for Corbin, Cassidy and Tuff. For an official exam he certainly wasn't taking much seriously. Noivern flew into the sky just overhead in preparation. "Right then, whenever you're ready. Noivy will catch you if things look bad so throw with all you've got!" the lizard cheered.

"We'll manage, don't worry!" Corbin said proudly, before turning to the rest of the team. "You ready, Fl- Stufful?" 



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As things got even more awkward, the Stufful didn't really have much to reply to the floating thing's comment, nor to the bird thing. As they approached the lizard thing and the bat thing, the floating thing introduced herself as Cassidy, and the other two by their species. However, the "Doduo" corrected her with Corbin, and it was then that the bear realized that the other two...also had weird names. Maybe they were like him and Draxew then. If that were the case, then maybe they knew more about what was going on, because he had no f***ing clue.

 

Lost in thought, he missed his opportunity to introduce himself. Shit, the others probably think I'm a Pokémon now. Well, that I've always been a Pokémon anyway. Well, not gonna cry over spilt milk. I can introduce myself later. Listening to the lizard thing, he was starting to lose his faith in this place. Or at least this person--shit, Pokémon. This Pokémon. Not a person, not people, human, whatever. Anyway, point is, he should've realized that Corbin was one person, not two, though...it was kind of confusing, wasn't it?

 

"Oh! Yes good, perfect. Three of you then. Two-Beak, Scrawny and Fluffy, let's have it!" the lizard thing said cheerfully.

 

"Ha! What a bunch of weird names, who the hell is Fluffy anywa--" the panda cut himself off as he glanced at himself, and then at the others. Floating--Cassidy wasn't fluffy, and Corbin was obviously Two-Beak. "Wait, I'm Fluffy?! Hell no!"

 

"Right then, whenever you're ready. Noivy will catch you if things look bad so throw with all you've got!"

 

"Are you listening to me?!"

 

"We'll manage, don't worry!" Corbin said proudly, before turning to the rest of the team. "You ready, Fl- Stufful?"

 

"Don't call me Fluffy! I'm tough, not fluffy, got it?" he roared angrily, pointed at himself with a paw, and then wobbling as his body reminded him that standing on three legs was not as easy as it looked. "And of course I'm ready. I was born ready. Let's get this over with."

 

He stumbled a fair distance away from the reptile...whatever...things, before looking at Corbin. "You'll have to crouch...let's see...ouch, hmm...no, that's working...goddamnit!" The bear had somehow managed to trip over himself and tangle up the Doduo's legs at the same time. After multiple attempts to get his arms underneath the bird's feet, they eventually decided that Corbin would step onto his paws, and he would toss him. Wincing at the weight, the Stufful grunted as he exerted himself. This f***er's heavier than I thought he'd be. Or I'm just weaker. No way. I'm not weak. I'm strong. Always have been. And I'm not gonna let a little something like weight stop me.

 

"Horyaaa!" he shouted, straining his arms to the point they looked like overstuffed punching bags, whatever those were. Slowly, but surely, the Doduo was rising off the ground. But it didn't stop there. Eventually, the bear was holding the bird above his head while standing on his two back paws. His legs trembled, but miracle of all miracles, he didn't actually fall. Something about this pose felt...familiar. Why, he wasn't sure, but it was enough of a memory to help him not fall flat on his ass. Gritting his teeth, the panda bent his arms slightly as he prepared to throw, elbows wobbling slightly. "Gryaaagh!" he shouted, straightening his arms and throwing the Doduo with a mighty toss, straight up into the air.

 

The Stufful watched the bird shoot up like a...bottle rocket or something, flushed with triumph. He did it. He managed to throw a Pokémon bigger than he was. He was awesome. He was-- "F***!" and sometime in the middle of all of that he managed to fall flat on his ass. Better now than earlier, but still... "That hurt, damnit!" he flopped onto his belly to relieve the pain from his sore tail, looking up at Cassidy afterward. "It's up to you now."

 

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Huh, so the Doduo had a name. Maybe he, too, was in a similar situation as her. She wasn't counting the no-arms thing. After all he had beaks at least. Cassidy's mouth wasn't much good for picking things up anyway.

 

“Much much worse. After all, I’m the best Doduo you’ll find around!”

 

"Guess we'll see about that." Cassidy said stiffly, as they approached the guild leaders. She tried, and failed, to not give the two adults a dirty look. Especially that bully-inducing Heliolisk. Though it seemed that they were rather oblivious to her thoughts as he just continued rattling off things like he didn't have a care in the world.

 

Tch. Typical.

"Oh! Yes good, perfect. Three of you then. Two-Beak, Scrawny and Fluffy, let's have it!"

 

Wait what was that?

 

Ha! What a bunch of weird names, who the hell is Fluffy anywa--"

 

Wow, his head must be full of stuffing at least...It took the Stuffal, who had the rather odd nickname of "Tuff" apparently, some time to realize what the leader had meant. Though he realized fast enough for both he and Cassidy to respond to the Heliolisk angrily. "And I'm not scrawny! You better watch who you call names, old man, unless you want me to show you how not scrawny I am!"

 

She huffed a bit and then turned away. "Come on Corbin, Tuff, lets get this done."

 

Despite her misgivings about the Stuffal it seemed that he was actually pretty strong after all. And it felt kind of nice to have someone to shout at the adults with as well.

 

She had to focus, though, as the Doduo was sent up into the air. She couldn't levitate very high so she had to...now!

 

Cassidy charged forward, aiming her head, as she went for a mighty Tackle on the bottom of one of Corbin's feet. Once she hit it she quickly looped back around to hit the other foot. She repeated this tactic twice before the bird Pokemon began to get out of reach and she darted back down closer to ground level. "Hey, Tuff, get ready! We're gonna have to catch him still!"


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