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PostSubject: Return to the Beginning   Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:35 am

A gentle breeze blew through Cerulean city, the air smelling of the waters in the surrounding area. The sun began to set in the west, casting shadows as the colors of the sky changed and danced with orange and purple hues. The clicking of wooden soles on the brick walk could be heard with a subtle echo, the ringing of shop doors closing for the night. Street lights were beginning to flicker on, a petite form passing through their light headed for the north of town.

Her long black hair was sleek, tied back into pigtails by blue ribbons. As cute as it might sound, the girl didn't seem too cheery. Her sad blue eyes gazed on, one hand on the sharp katana sheathed at her waist. Her tiny form was shrouded in her non-traditional kimono, clearly altered for free movement. Had she not had such a short stature, she might seem intimidating.

Still, she moved slowly and steadily along a lonely road, only her partner beside her. Her partner? A strange Pokemon, many would say it's not a good fit as a starter. Still, the tiny pink hippo followed his human faithfully with that dopey look plastered on his face. "Slowpoke..." Miku said, turning to the pink Pokemon as they approached a fence near a burned down building. She leaned against it, overlooking the water reflecting the moon back up at her. "It's been a year already, I feel as if nothing has changed though..."

"Slow..." The Pokemon replied, albeit rather delayed. He seemed to understand...or it was hungry, really quite hard to tell. He bumped his head against his trainer's leg, "poke."

Miku knelt down beside him, placing her hand on his head gently. "I wonder whatever happened to Father...or Mako..." She pondered aloud, quickly shaking her head of the thought. She quickly retreated her hand, clenching it into a fist at her own mention of her twin's name. "That's not important anymore, we only came back because it's the anniversary. We're here to pay our respects."

Standing, the young girl turned and walked to the pile of ashes and burned timber. Her shoes left vivid prints in the soot, stopping at what was once the threshold of the home. Pulling out a small bundle of flowers, probably purchased just earlier, she placed them down gently. "I'm sorry, I couldn't stop him..." She said, voice catching in her throat. "I couldn't save you...Mother..." She was so caught up with what she came here to do, she didn't hear the rustling behind her...
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:16 pm

The rustling from behind turned out to be a wild Pokemon, and it was a Psyduck, the yellow Pokemon blundering through the bushes with its flippers to its head. The duo were in the city of water, after all, and it must have come wandering in inappropriately from one of its watery habitats. It seemed harmless, at the very least. However, just because the Psyduck had drawn attention, hardly meant it was the only company in such a solemn place...

Wild Psyduck: Female, Level 10
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:38 pm

Slowpoke slowly turned his head, gazing in the general direction of the Psyduck that appeared. "Slow?" He queried in a low, drawn out voice. He moved his stubby legs a little at a time, gradually turning his body so he was now face-to-face with the psychic duck. "Poke," he finally said, as though he'd accomplished quite the feat.

Miku finally heard the noise, though it was the noise from her partner that really broke her attention. She placed her hand at her waist, pressing her thumb against the guard to release the katana from its sheath. Her eyes darted to the side, standing and turning around swiftly as she pulled her blade free. Her stance was near flawless, the steel glimmering in the pale moonlight.

It took a moment for the situation to become clear, but as it settled so did Miku's heartbeat. She lowered her sword, blinking at the new dopey looking Pokemon. It reminded her of her childhood as well as her own partner. Her heart fluttered a bit, and she smiled faintly.

"So Slowpoke, is she friend or foe?" Miku asked, kneeling beside her pink partner and brushing a strand of her bangs back. It didn't matter too much either way, Miku had an affinity for water types...especially those located around this area. She debated a strategy in her mind, and whether or not she would try to capture the beauty.

"Poke?" Slowpoke asked derpily, looking to his partner then back to Psyduck. "Poke, Slowpoke?" He seemed to be asking the duck something, not that Miku could genuinely understand him. Miku pondered getting a KingStone eventually, so she could communicate freely with her partner.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:43 pm

The Psyduck inclined its head, which throbbed with a horrible headache. However, luckily for the two before it, it wasn't quite at the level where confusion was a threat to them. She listened to the hippo, responding at first with a drawn out, "Psy~" This was followed by a quick succession of, "Duckduckduck." It obviously thought one of them was a threat (probably the girl with the random, long sword in the middle of the night), because it abruptly spun on its flipper and began wiggling its little yellow tail feathers. It was using Tail Whip, trying to lower the dopey Pokemon's guard.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:08 am


(Shake yo tailfeather! OK I'm done.)

"Slow?" Slowpoke asked, tilting his head slowly. It seemed he wasn't registering what she was trying to do just yet. Still, he seemed to be put off guard (I mean...if he wasn't already...). Miku nodded, sheathing her swird and pointing to the duck.

"Alright, Slowpoke. I guess we have our answer, and a fight on our hands!" Miku stated boldly. "Now, start off with Curse!" The trainer seemed to have a strategy in mind, though it was quite possible she was as blank as her Pokemon.

"Slow," Slowpoke said slowly, as he began to glow. It seemed he was placing a type of curse on himself, lowering his speed (if that was even possible), and raising his Attack and Defense stats in return. After all, what's wrong with lowering the speed of an already slow Pokémon if it makes him a tank?

"Great! Now we should have an upper hand...sort of," Miku said somewhat excited by all this. After all, Slowpoke didn't know too many moves. Still, she was confident that they could pull it off.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:13 am

Psyduck's eyes widened, beak parting in fascination of the psychic glow. She was tense (kind of), awaiting some sort of result. However nothing happened. "Duck?" The female questioned blankly. She released her head until a particularly painful twinge forced her feathers back her skull, although it did nothing to reduce the hurt. Growling, Psyduck suddenly shot off, much quicker in speed than the tank before her. She ran in circles. though. Were they all oblivious? Apparently not, because as soon as her mind got into gear, she launched at Slowpoke's face to set to it some particularly nasty scratches!
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:26 am

Miku watched awkwardly as Psyduck ran in circles, clutching its head. She scratched the back of her head, sighing in a hopeless manner only for a moment. Psyduck then shot forward suddenly, shocking Miku into stumbling back and taking a defensive pose. Her face was in shock, and mild horror as she watched the yellow duck slash at her partner's face repeatedly.

Fortunately, it didn't seem to affect Slowpoke...yet, anyway. It takes a while for his pain receptors to reach his brain, after all. "Right then, Slowpoke! Go, use your tackle attack!" Miku ordered, taking her offensive stance once more. Seems the ditzy duck wasn't as oblivious as she'd credited.

"Slowpoke," Her partner responded after a moment. He then nodded, still taking the scratching in an oblivious manner. He slowly backed up, then used his haunches to lunge forward aiming to slam his head into Psyduck! Slowpoke used Tackle!
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:31 am

Psyduck was scratching relentlessly, although it helped that the status effects of the curse had rebalanced against the previous tail twerking shennanigans. However, it meant that even when the opponent reversed as slowly as he did, she tripped over, landing straight into the boosted tackle attack. It sent her rolling away with a cry of pain, her whole body throbbing now. It was a small distraction from her headache.

Grumbling sadly, the Psyduck got back up, deciding with narrowed eyes that she didn't want that to happen again. She used disable, immediately cutting out the use of the offensive move for a limited time. Once the glow of blue faded from the fellow water-type, she went in for another loud, scatterbrained scratch attack.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:47 am

Miku didn't realize at first what had happened. "Use tackle again!" She ordered, as Psyduck ran in for another attack. However, Slowpoke merely stood there looking confused. "Huh?" She muttered, pulling out her Pokedex. 

Disable, a move used by Psyduck to prevent the enemy from using its most recent move against it again.

Miku gritted her teeth, stepping back onto a loose stone. It sent her tumbling to the ground, landing on her rear with an audible THUD. She winced in pain, holding her head from the oncoming migraine. Her bag fell open, some of the contents falling out like her pokeballs and map.

"That's it, then!" Miku said as Slowpoke stood there, taking the flurry of duck-claw to his muzzle. "Slowpoke, use your Zen Headbutt!" She ordered, trying to bring herself back to her feet.

"Poke," Slowpoke replied as he slowly lost hit points. He began to glow, a purple aura surrounding him. It seemed quite intimidating as again Slowpoke reared back, lowering his head in preparation. He launched forward one more, backed by his psychic power this time! Slowpoke used Zen Headbutt!
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:55 am

Slowpoke's pain receptors may have kicked in slow, and the scratches weren't massively powerful to something so naturally durable, but Psyduck was making a headway by chipping gradually at his health. She flailed awkwardly as Slowpoke began to glow, still scratching, albeit blinded by the purple glow. Suddenly, she was thrown backwards, taking a good amount of damage from the strike. Clearly, the wild creature had not been expecting that. Psyduck whimpered and grumbled again as she picked herself up, struggling more this time, a bead of sweat running down her yellow forehead. This Psyduck was stubborn and no fool, but her hit points were close to the red. She hung back, awaiting Slowpoke's first move this time. He was much slower than herself, and using that to her advantage was all she could hope for now - even if the bruising taken probably meant she wasn't as flighty now herself.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:11 am

Smiling, Miku watched as Slowpoke's attack landed successfully. "Alright, good job Slowpoke!" She exclaimed, feeling as though victory was hers. It was true also, that Slowpoke had taken a good deal of damage now though. She waited for a moment, expecting another flurry of attacks from Psyduck.

When no such attack came, she realized quickly what was happening. Psyduck was getting weakened, and changing her strategy. "Tsk, is that so?" Miku vocalised, smirking. "Heh, well how do you like this one?!" She asked loudly, pointing to the duck Pokémon. "Slowpoke, use Yawn!"

Slowpoke blankly stared at the duck for several moments before his gears clicked. "Slow...poke" he yawned drowsily in a drawn out manner. Just hearing it even made Miku yawn, but she wasn't out of the fight by any means. She hoped to make the foe drowsy so it would soon fall asleep. Slowpoke used Yawn!
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:20 am

That wasn't what she had expected at all. A yawn? As if in response, clouds began to gather in the sky above, concealing the constellations and the bright moon. Almost instantly it began to rain, which would deliver a boost to both parties, although a fairly useless one: deciding to use water gun on each other would be more like a contest of dominance than an effective fight plan.

Psyduck blinked a few times, but then she yawned, too. She was starting to feel drowsy, and that wasn't going to do. If she fell asleep, it was all over! Unexpectedly, the duck made a run for it through the dismal scenery. tripping over one the way and scrambling to get up. What did it matter if she defeated the Slowpoke, if she got caught or beaten in her sleep, anyway?
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:41 am

At one moment, Miku thought she was in a position to win this thing. Surely, she had the advantage and soon Psyduck would be asleep and helpless! Then against her expectations, Psyduck turned a feathery tail and tried to bolt from the scene!

Distraught, Miku used the precious moments bought by the enemy's clumsiness to scramble to the ground and retrieve a PokeBall. "It's now or never, Pokeball go!" She called, tossing the ball quickly at the Psyduck. Slowpoke simply sat aside with an empty gaze and dopey grin.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:05 am

The Poke Ball spun through the air and hit its mark, but it was narrow given that Psyduck had just got back up. Her form was overtaken by red, which swallowed her inside the sphere. It rocked once, twice... Three times. There was a satisfactory click before it fell idle. The drowsiness must have kicked in, and if Miku were to look through the transparent shell, the worn out Psyduck would be seen fast asleep. Any nickname for the new recruit?
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:20 am

Miku inhaled sharply as she realized her mistake, the ball nearly missing its target. She held it in, feeling her heart thump loudly as the ball rocked back and forth. With the audible click, and the ball coming to a rest she exhaled relieved. "Alright, I caught a Psyduck!"

"Slow?" Slowpoke responded, looking up at his partner. "Poke?"

"Err...-we- caught a Psyduck. Sorry, Slowpoke. You did a great job," Miku responded, picking up the ball and seeing the pooped Pokémon fast asleep. She smirked and knelt beside Slowpoke, picking him up and giving him a squeeze.

"We better go and get some rest now, I think you both deserve it," Miku said, heading back into town. She made her way to the Pokémon Center, the large red-roofed building lit up like a beacon to trainers. She entered the sliding doors and made her way to the back counter where she rung a service bell. Setting Slowpoke and Psyduck's pokeball on the counter, Miku checked around.

"Seems pretty quiet tonight. During the day this place is a busy mess with all the trainers getting beaten to a pulp by Misty and her sisters," she noted before turning to Slowpoke and patting his head. "We'll get you all fixed up, though. Hello? Anyone here?"
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:32 am

Given how late it was, it wasn't really a surprise that it was so quiet around town or in the Pokemon Centre. A lot of businesses had shut for the night and it wasn't as if there was a special event of any kind on. Travelers would have settled in their rooms or in accommodation elsewhere, or perhaps at the bedside of fallen comrades following a gym leader-related thrashing. Others might have been eating at the food hall. One trainer seemed occupied by the PC in the corner.

A sweet chime of a Chansey responded first, the big pink Pokemon smiling up at the duo. "Chansey~!" She called out again in greeting, awaiting her assistant. In a few moments, the Nurse Joy of the centre appeared, clinically dressed in pink and white and pristine in appearance as ever. "Good evening! Can I help you with something today?" She asked politely, her blue eyes warm and alight with kindness.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:39 am

Miku's eyes fell on the trainer near the PC station, mind wandering about a fanciful story on how Misty beat the living tar out of them. It made her feel better for the moment, finally coming down from the high of capturing her first Pokémon from battle. Hearing the familiar chime of Chansey, her attention was brought back to the desk.

"Oh hello, Chansey. Long time, no see, how have you been?" Miku asked, reaching out to give the Pokémon a pat before Nurse Joy arrived. "Oh, hello Joy. I just need to let my Pokémon rest up and heal, I just captured this Psyduck, see," Miku said stumbling over her words awkwardly. She was always bad at interacting with other people. She handed over the pokeball, looking down and blushing in embarrassment. Slowpoke merely looked up at the cheerful nurse with his grin.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:50 am

The Chansey replied back in her own tongue with a string of happy sounds. It was clear that she had been doing well, no matter how busy or hard this hospital had she and her team worked. "Oh, a first capture! Those are always very special." Nurse Joy acknowledged with a smile. She set Psyduck's ball on the tray, comforting Slowpoke with small words as she did the same with him. Chansey spoke up again before taking the trolley through to the back. It was a requirement if Miku wasn't going to store Slowpoke properly.

"I've been very well, thank you. Everything's the same here as you left it." Nurse Joy smiled gently, "How about you? How did you catch your Psyduck?"
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:03 am

Miku was always antsy without Slowpoke beside her. After all, he'd been there for her every day for the past year. Still, she did her best to wait patiently and make small talk. "The...Psyduck? Oh, she appeared when I was paying my respects...When she attacked Slowpoke we fought back, and I captured her. Not the most exciting story, I guess. Still, she's officially my Pokémon now." Miku's ramble was broken and slow, trailing off as though she were talking to herself rather than the good Nurse.

As she trailed, her gaze fell on the random trainer yet again. She thought it was odd the way he was lingering there. After all, who takes that long at the PC? It all was seeming suspicious. Then again, Miku often thought everyday people were suspicious. She sighed, trying to expel the thought from her mind. "So how are they doing?" Miku asked a bit impatiently, hoping her Pokémon were ready so she could exit this uncomfortable situation.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:17 am

"Well, not all battles have to have legendary stories behind them! You're just starting out. you'll have plenty of tales to bring back with you next time you return." Nurse Joy replied as sweetly as she could manage. Patience was key with Miku, given how much she struggled with people. The fact she carried a sword around with her everyday was testament to that. "What counts is that Psyduck's yours. Especially with your fondness for water Pokemon!"

At her push, Nurse Joy smiled awkwardly, "These things require patience. I'm sure it won't be much longer. What are you planning to do next?" The woman asked next, trying to fill the time. The boy at the PC was quite tall, a river green hoodie matched with his jeans and sneakers, dark brown hair short. He occasionally twitched his head, suggesting his fringe might be in his eyes. He had an expensive looking camera hooked up to the PC, and if one went to investigate, they would see he was doing work.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:35 am

Miku sighed, she knew better. Still, she was hoping somehow she'd been waiting longer than she really had. "I really only came back to visit Mom...I think I might stay the night, but I'll be heading out of town tomorrow. Perhaps I'll head west to PewterCity. I bet between Slowpoke and Psyduck I could beat the Gym Leader there and earn some money." She took a step back and looked up and around the room, avoiding direct eye contact. 

"I suppose I'll go sit down and wait, then," Miku said, bowing awkwardly trying to be respectful as she dismissed herself. She walked over to a set of cushioned chairs where she hoped she would be able to see the mysterious stranger's screen. She did her best to be inconspicuous as she attempted to catch a lance. Unfortunately, she wasn't all too familiar with such 'inconspicuous' ways and it was moderately obvious to any onlookers. 
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:40 am

Before Nurse Joy could provide more encouragement or conversation, Miku had gone to sit down and that was fine with her. She was patient, not pushy unless it was called for, and didn't want to make the girl more uncomfortable. The boy that Miku was spying on was too absorbed to even bother looking around except for the occasional glance if activity or sound was disruptive.

He was answering emails, a black backpack at his feet, sometimes attaching a photograph or some video he had edited to them. It appeared to be mostly business, occasionally distracted by social networking. Sometimes he would mutter something to himself, uncaring as to how that might seem to anyone looking at him. The boy was restless in his seat, too, headphones on and feet tapping about. Clearly, the stranger's business was not suspicious.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:35 am

Miku let out a sigh of relief seeing that her suspicions were just that, suspicion and nothing more. Now this guy was just annoying to her. She opened up her pack, pulling out a notebook and pen. As she wrote, she hoped that time would pass by faster. Dear Mom, today I visited you at the old house. It was nice to see the city again, but people were wrong. Time doesn't heal anything, it only scars... she continued scribbling along, waiting for her Pokémon to be ready to leave. Maybe Nurse Joy was right, she didn't know what adventures awaited her in the future. As long as it distracted her busy mind, Miku wouldn't care what it was. 
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:05 am

Soon enough, the boy had begun packing away his things, decidedly done for the night. He swung his bag over one shoulder, making his way down the hall to grab a room. "Miku, your Pokemon are ready!" Nurse Joy called in her honeyed voice, a Chansey coming out of the side room with Slowpoke at her side and Psyduck's Poke Ball in her little hands.
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PostSubject: Re: Return to the Beginning   Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:23 am

Upon hearing the chime of Nurse Joy's voice, Miku slammed her notebook shut. Her head shot up to face the door where Chansey was returning with her Pokémon. Miku hopped to her feet quick as could be, her notepad and bag tumbling to the floor. However, she didn't care at this point as she scurried over to collect her partners.

She knelt down beside Chansey with a smile, one of the few times you'd ever see one on Miku's face. "Thank you, Chansey," she said as she took back Psyduck's pokeball and attached it to her waist. She then lifted Slowpoke into her arms as she stood and turned to Joy. "And thank you," she said, once more giving an awkward yet respectful bow.

Miku quickly scooped up her items, and was on her way as quickly as she had appeared. She headed north once more to the waterside, releasing Psyduck from her ball to rest and streetch with them for the night. Miku changed, and took a quick dip in the clear waters to ease her mind as the two Pokémon sat blankly along the shore together. Afterward, she dried off and headed to sleep in her sleeping bag, the two fluffballs as her own personal heater.
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