“Owww…” Lisa found herself on the deck of the ship along with another
girl with dark, raven-colored hair, who was also rubbing the top of her
head. Upon making eye contact, both girls yelled out, “Oops, sorry!”
Lisa quickly added, “Jinx! You owe me a soda! And I’m not talking about
the Pokémon Jynx, either!”
The other girl couldn’t help but let out a giggle. “Okay, but I can’t buy you a soda unless I know your name.”
it’s Lisa Northwood, and the girl there who didn’t run into you is my
younger sister, Lindsay. What’s your name, so I can thank you for the
“Oh, it’s Sadie Catherwood. Nice to meet you!” she
replied as she helped Lisa to her feet, having already gotten up
herself. “Hey, do you know where cabin… um… let’s see… four-seven-nine
is?” she asked as she took her ticket out of her handbag.
getting herself back to her feet, Lisa took a look at her ticket. “I’m
in… four-seven-nine, too! Hey, that’s the same room we’re in! Looks
like we’re roomies!”
“Yeah,” Sadie replied, “imagine the coincidence of bumping into each other like this!”
“Come on, ladies, let’s find our room now, shall we?” Lindsay insisted.
trio walked down the ship’s deck, trying to dodge other tourists and
trainers doing the same. They had to maneuver through whatever holes
they could find in the crowds, sometimes having to shove their way
through too-small gaps in the mass of travelers.
“Man, this is
nuts! I can’t believe they didn’t have the foresight to design this
place to accommodate all of these tourists!” a frustrated Lisa yelled,
holding the top of her head.
An older man with graying hair snapped back, “Hey, watch it, you damn kids!”
“Sorry!” Sadie hastily replied as she and the Northwood sisters continued to try and to pull through the crowd.
making their way into the main part of the boat, the three approached
the elevator. “Well, since the room number begins with a four, I assume
we’re on the fourth floor. Might as well make our way down there.”
“Perfect! This is a huge maze of rooms! We’ll never find ours!” whined Lindsay.
told her sister, “Quiet! If we follow the signs, it shouldn’t be too
hard! If this is anything like a hotel, the rooms should be in
sequential order. Anyway there’s a map here and… oh, wonderful!” she
remarked with a frustrated frown on her face.
“What is it, Lisa?” Sadie asked.
room is all the way at the other end of the ship! It’s a straight line
there, but it’s one heck of a walk… great, just great…” she sighed,
waving her arms in the air.
The group had no choice but to walk
the long distance down the hallway, passing rows upon rows of identical
sky-blue metal doors set against a tropical-themed wallpaper with palm
Upon finally locating the room, Lisa collapsed in front
of the steel door while Sadie took out the room key-card she had
received at check-in. The oldest of the group had slipped off her heels
and was rubbing both feet. “Owww… all that walking took a toll on me…”
dark-haired girl had unlocked the door. She entered, followed by
Lindsay. Lisa finally pulled herself to her feet and walked into the
room, carrying her shoes in her hand.
The room itself was
painted white, and was arranged and decorated much like a typical hotel
room - two queen beds situated next to each other across from a
walnut-veneer dresser with a flat-screen TV on top, placed across from
a small desk and recliner. A painting of a beach scene hung over one
bed, and a photograph of a black and white lighthouse kept watch over
the second bed. Looking up, Lisa recognized the lighthouse instantly.
“Hey, that’s the Hunting Island Lighthouse! I remember when we used to visit there on our vacations!”
her new friend rubbing her feet, Sadie asked, “How can you even stand
wearing heels and pantyhose on a Pokémon journey? Isn’t that
“Yeah, it gets pretty uncomfortable, but
sometimes I do cheat and wear ballet flats,” Lisa answered. “But still,
do you like the dress?”
“Oh, the dress is really pretty! And your sister looks cute, too!”
thanks!” Lisa’s face turned a bit red as she smiled. “Your outfit looks
pretty cute too, except that I don’t think sneakers and skirts should
ever go together…”
“Well, at least I’m comfortable!” replied an annoyed Sadie, sulking at her older companion.
sorry, but I just don’t like that particular look. It just seems… like
a weird combination to me. But I do understand that it does make it
easier to travel. But then again, so would a car… like a nice Caprice
Classic LS Brougham…”
“Well, you know, most trainers don’t have a car. Plus, it kinda ruins the experience.”
I can see that, but still, wouldn’t it be nice… traveling these long
distances in a nice full-size sedan, enjoying the air conditioning,
soft velour seats, and the smooth ride, stereo playing your favorite
late-eighties love songs…” Lisa rambled, her eyes closed as she lost
herself in a vision of a leisurely cruise down an Interstate.
“Sis! You’re daydreaming! Come back to reality!” Lindsay interjected, which got her older sister’s attention.
I’m back!” Lisa yelled out as she proceeded to slip her shoes back on..
Sadie started giggling at this exchange between the siblings. “Okay, my
feet feel better now, so I want to explore the ship. In particular, I
need to find a store or something where I can buy a new pair of ballet
flats. I kinda… lost one running out to the ship.”
girl set her purple backpack on the floor and dumped the contents of
her handbag onto one of the beds. She filled the handbag with only her
Pokéballs and room key, leaving the other items – including her PDA,
cell phone, and graphing calculator - on the bed. Sadie simply dropped
her bag on the carpet. “Okay, I’m ready!”
The three girls left
the room, making sure the door was locked. Heading back to the
elevator, they found themselves back on the top deck again. Though
there were still numerous people walking about, the crowds had thinned
a bit since they had boarded the vessel earlier.
As they passed
by the pool, Lisa felt herself being shoved from the right. “What the
heck? Whooooa!” Waving her arms and trying to find a footing, she
toppled right into Sadie despite her best attempts to keep her balance.
Both girls tumbled right into the pool. As Lisa flailed her arms in a
panic, both Lindsay and the person who had pushed her in looked on.
“Oh, no! What happened! Man, I don’t need to be soaked- again! This is ridiculous! I hope my outfit’s okay…
The girl threw her hands up in frustration before she began sinking
into the water. Reacting quickly, she resumed her frantic arm motions
to try to stay afloat.
Lisa had managed to make her way back to
the pool’s edge. She looked back and saw that Sadie had also managed to
get to the surface of the water. She was still moving her arms to
remain afloat and wore a stunned look on her face. Lisa looked up and
met eyes with the person who had shoved her into the water. She began
scowling as soon as she recognized the aggressor’s face.
Once a loser, always a loser, I guess! Looks like you’re sunk, you
little wannabe!” The young man, with his red hoodie and baggy blue
jeans somehow looked familiar.
Trying to grab hold of the side of the pool, Lisa realized, “It’s that jerk Terence I met before! What’s he got against me, anyway?!
” She shot a piercing glare at her attacker, gritting her teeth.
“Hey! Leave my big sister alone!” Lindsay began running toward the man.
Her sister’s facial expression changed from rage to worry. “Linds, no!” Lisa shouted. But her warning came too late.
back off, short stuff!” Calmly, Terence extended an arm and shoved the
young girl into the water, joining Lisa and Sadie. Lindsay had in fact
toppled right into her older sister, causing Lisa to lose her grip.
“Don’t even try messing with me, noob,” the young man retorted before
turning to the crowd of onlookers. “And that, my friends, is how
Terence Mason, your defending League Champion, deals with annoying
little prudes!” he announced while removing his sunglasses and bowing
to the group.
“Sadie, can you grab her? I can’t swim!” Lisa
yelled as she began flailing about, trying desperately to remain afloat
while making her way back toward the end of the pool. Sadie swam toward
Lindsay, who was wildly moving her arms about, also struggling to stay
above the surface of the water. “You creep!” Lisa shouted, using one
hand to shake her fist at Terence. “How dare you do that! What kind of
a jerk are you?”
Putting his hands on his hips, the man answered
in a condescending tone, “I’m the type of guy who owns losers like you.
You’re just lucky my Pokémon aren’t getting their hands on you, fool!”
“The nerve of this guy!
Finally grabbing hold of the side of the pool, Lisa tilted her head up,
looking at the group gathered around the pool. Facing laughter and
pointing from the crowd, the teenager’s face turned scarlet as she
turned away from the group. “Man, what a way to make an entrance...
now I am off! Come, it is time for this champion to retire to his
personal quarters!” As Terence walked off, many of the people gathered
around the pool followed him off. The others lost interest and walked
off, without anyone bothering to help the girls.
“Oh sure, leave us sitting here in this water
!” The girl’s face was still red as she angrily watched the crowd disperse.
now with Lindsay grabbing onto her right arm, swam to where Lisa was
still clinging onto the side of the pool. “Lisa, take your sister,
she’s just a bit heavier than she looks. I’ll get out, then I’ll pull
the two of you out one at a time.”
Lisa had to take several deep
breaths to calm herself down. “Okay,” the girl replied as she took her
younger sister’s arm. Once all three were back on deck, they proceeded
to check over their clothes wring the water from them the best they
could. “Well, now we have to get back to our room and change again…”
Lisa said as her sister sighed.
Once again throwing her hands in
the air, Lisa yelled out, “Perfect! Just perfect! I just changed into
my favorite dress a few hours ago, and now I have to change again! Man,
that guy’s lucky nothing worse happened to this outfit! Or else… or
else…” She was livid, breathing heavily with her fists clenched.
“Calm down, Lisa, don’t let punks like him get to you… besides, I think your sister needs you.”
can’t believe that guy…” Lindsay whimpered. “Look what he did to that
dress you bought me…” The younger sister’s eyes began welling with
After more deep breathing to calm herself, the older
sister kneeled before her sibling and put her arm around her. “No, it’s
not that bad… just a bit wet. Nothing that a trip through the wash
can’t deal with. Believe me, I’ve ruined several outfits over the past
“Yeah, it’s okay,” Sadie added. “Let’s get back to
our room where we can change clothes and try to put this behind us. But
I can’t help but wonder, Lisa… What does that guy have against you?”
the drenched girls began walking back to their room, the oldest one
heaved a sigh. “I don’t know, actually. I ran into him once before, and
he immediately began giving me a hard time there, too. Maybe it’s
because I’ve been on the news for helping to beat this gang of
“Really? I’ve been through a major crisis, but still… how is it that ordinary trainers like us get roped into this stuff?”
“If only I knew… Man, I’m suddenly feeling cold with all of this water on me. You doing fine, Linds?”
young girl was shivering with her arms wrapped around her midsection.
“I’m fine… but a bit… cold… please, can we hurry and get to the room?”
“Yeah, we’re almost to the elevator,” answered her sister, before she felt a shiver of her own.
young, blue-haired man with a ponytail and a bespectacled woman with
bright red hair opened a wooden door marked “Interrogation Room.”
Inside, two police officers were struggling to restrain their prisoner
– a muscular, bald man who was squirming, snarling, and drooling as the
pair of interrogators entered.
“Lorelei, Tony, glad you two have arrived. We’re having trouble with this one.”
“Tony, perhaps we should have this man restrained by both his hands and feet.”
“Agreed, Commander. This guy seems like he’s got a short fuse.”
officers did as suggested, first handcuffing the prisoner’s wrists and
ankles. They then sat him in a hard metal chair. As an extra
precaution, chains were used to secure the suspect to his seat. The
interrogators sat across from the man, with a wooden table between them
and their prisoner.
“Frederick James Tomlin,” Lorelei began.
“You will NOT refer to me like that! You are to address me as ‘Fred the Dog Master!’ Do you hear me?! Woof! Arf! Grrr….”
slammed his fist on the table. “Listen, Freddie, you are our prisoner,
and you’re no longer the master of your dogs because they’ve been put
up in protective custody. Now, we have a few questions we need to ask
“Ask away, scumbag! But don’t expect any answers from me!
You haven’t won! When Thrash takes over this world, I ain’t gonna be in
jail no longer! Arf! Arf! Arf!” was Fred’s angry reply.
“Um, we’re not the scumbags, and your barking is getting really annoying, sir,” Lorelei said.
it look like I care? If I wasn’t chained to this chair, I would beat
your stupid little heads in! You’re lucky ya got me on a leash, but
that ain’t gonna last long! Hell, I don’t know nothin’! I don’t really
care ‘cause I’m just the damn muscle! I don’t need to know every little
detail of our grand plan, only that I’m helping towards our goal. And
that’s plenty enough for me!”
Tony whispered, “I think this
guy’s right. Considering how stupid he’s acting, I’m not surprised his
superiors wouldn’t want him to know anything.” Turning back to face
Fred, he told the muscular convict, “Fine, then I guess this interview
is over. You can just return to your cell and annoy the other prisoners
with your barking.”
As the two officers unshackled the snarling
man from the chair, Lorelei turned to her partner. “Well, there was a
couple that was arrested at the same factory where they picked up this
guy. They seem more ‘with it,’ so we may be able to get some info from
them. We’ll interview them tomorrow, I guess.”
“Well, I really
wanted to get out to Orre to check on those mysterious explosions, but
I guess one more day here couldn’t hurt, especially if these other two
can provide us with some sort of clues as to Thrash’s plans here,” the
blue-haired young man replied as both got up from their seats.
that was certainly nice of them!” Sadie exclaimed. “One call and staff
comes up to take care of our laundry, and they agree to deliver it back
to the room, too!” The dark haired girl, who was now wearing a green
T-shirt and blue denim skirt, walked over to her bed while Lisa
finished checking her PDA for new messages.
“Yeah, we just need
to make sure someone’s in the room when the clothes are done… but I
really wanted to tour the ship this afternoon – hopefully without
running into that jerk Terence again. Also, I need to get a bite to eat
and buy a new pair of shoes.” Lisa, now wearing her pink floral dress
and another pair of white pantyhose, was tying her brown hair back with
a large red ribbon. Her white hat was currently being put through its
paces in the ship’s laundry machines along with the rest of the girls’
“Hey, sis, can I stay here and feed the Pokémon?”
Lindsay, who was wearing one of her old school outfits, complete with
stained and ripped red tights, was fingering the Pokéballs inside
Lisa’s still-wet handbag.
“All except Metagross – it’s too heavy
that I’m afraid the floor can’t support its weight,” her older sister
warned. “Anyway, I’m out of the fancy Pokémon food, and it never eats
the standard-quality stuff, so I don’t think it’ll mind. In fact, I
think I’ll take Metagross along just in case something happens out
there. Okay, just make sure y’all stay out of trouble and we’ll meet up
later! And remember, don’t open the door for strangers!”
Lindsay sulked. “Yeah, yeah, sis, I know!”
The two older girls left the younger sister in the room, being sure to lock the door behind them.
you know, we would have returned to the room anyway even if we hadn’t
gotten soaked – I forgot my wallet the first time around!” Lisa
admitted, rubbing the back of her head.
“But you’ve got it this time?” Sadie asked.
“Yup, I made sure to bring it with me!” The older girl pulled her wallet out and made sure her money and cards were inside.
time not venturing out onto the deck, the two girls made their way to
the ship’s gift shop. There, Lisa bought a couple of pairs of shoes
while Sadie picked up a couple of souvenir T-shirts. “I hope Mom and
Rena like these!”
Meeting back together at the entrance to the
store, the girls’ next destination was in plain sight – one of the
ship’s restaurants. Decorated in a nautical theme, the sea-blue walls
were adorned with various objects, the most noticeable being a massive
black anchor attached to a huge fishing net. The net was stretched out
and covered over half of the restaurant’s ceiling.
Lisa sat down and pored over the menu. After a few minutes of waiting,
a waiter came by with two glasses of water. “What can I get you two
ladies to eat this afternoon?”
The older girl went first. “Okay, this looks good… I’ll take the fried shrimp plate with fries and a lemonade, please.”
“Okay, and what about you?”
“Let’s see – the salmon and house salad look pretty good. I’ll just have mine with the water, if that’s okay.”
right, I’ll get these orders in as soon as I can. Thank you, ladies,”
the man replied as he collected the menus and headed back toward the
Turning to Lisa, Sadie asked, “I don’t know much about you, Lisa. What do you enjoy doing?”
calculus and algebra. Oh, and working with large numbers to either find
their factors or determine that they’re prime. It’s what I did in
college.” The math nerd then looked to see her companion in a state of
shock, with both her eyes and mouth wide open. “What? Was it something
Sadie nearly fell out of her seat, staring at her
roommate. Taking a moment to recover her wits, the black-haired girl
stammered, “Math? You’re into math? And you’re a college grad at that?!
I’ve never met anyone like that! Personally, I’m not that good at it… I
have to contact this tutoring company a lot. Ironically, it’s called
‘Doctor Lisa’s Math And Science Help Forum.’ They’re really good and my
mom says they’re worth the money!”
Now it was Lisa’s turn to be
surprised. Her mouth hung open at the realization that her roommate was
also a customer of her company. “Really?! I’m the one that runs that
tutoring company! Though to be honest, I don’t have a doctorate yet –
only a bachelor’s degree. But as soon as I’m done with the Pokémon
“Man, what’s a genius girl like you doing training Pokémon?”
brown-haired teen shrugged. “I might have a degree, but I’m still only
fifteen. So when my parents said I had to go train Pokémon, I had to do
it. Though, actually, I’m rather enjoying it now, though it’s sure
different to life back home.”
“Where’s home for you?”
South Carolina. I really like the neighborhood I’m in there. I’m close
to restaurants, shopping, and pretty much everything I need. Where are
“I’m from the Sinnoh region, in a small town called
Sandgem Town. Not much there, really, mostly just some houses and your
basic stores. There’s also a Pokémon laboratory there, but it’s not any
big-time operation. Anyway, Lisa, what else are you interested in?”
girl began rubbing her chin in thought, a habit she had picked up from
her battle alongside Ein. “Let’s see… I like staying in hotels, I enjoy
computers and large cars, and I like listening to love songs from the
1980’s. What about you?”
Sadie took a few moments to answer.
“Okay, um… Well, I like reading a lot. I also like being outdoors a lot
– you know, taking care of plants, playing outside, that sort of thing.”
though I don’t really like being outside. I mean, it’s kinda gross and
I really can’t be comfortable out there. I guess I’m okay with walking
around, like on my journey, but as for sleeping outside – don’t get me
started on that… Especially not my horrible summer camp experience.”
The other girl straightened out her slouched body. “What happened?”
my parents wanted me to try summer camp so badly, so I caved. Turns out
it was unbearable! I mean, no high-speed Internet, no cable TV – I was
completely lost! Then, when I was told that our ‘cabin’ – honestly, it
was worse than a Motel 6 – would be camping out in the wilderness, I
snapped. I did so much yelling and complaining that the camp counselors
paid to put me up in the Quality Suites Charleston for the rest of the
week. And that was the one and only time I was ever grounded by my
“Wow… I would have enjoyed that… and don’t worry, I’ve
been grounded a lot more than once!” Sadie let out a small chuckle as
she ran her hand through her dark hair.
“Anyway, what brings you to this corner of the world?” Lisa asked.
I was hoping to compete in some Contests here, but then I found out
about that whole conspiracy deal, so I’m moving on to Kanto to
participate in the Contests there.”
“Well, good luck with that! Oh, hey, I think our food’s here! Let’s eat!”
“You said it!” Sadie agreed, picking up her fork. “I’m starving!”
“Wonder how my Pokémon are doing? I hope Lindsay’s feeding them well.
on, Jolteon, you need to eat something! I can’t keep this dish from
Sealeo forever!” Lindsay said as she presented a bowl of food in front
of the yawning Electric-type with one hand. She was using her other
hand to try and keep the gluttonous Ice-type away from the dish. “No,
Sealeo, you’ve had enough!”
She heard a knock at the door. “Your laundry’s ready!”
said to herself, “Sis told me not to answer the door, but she also said
for me to pick up the laundry when it was done. So… I guess I should
answer it…” The young girl went to answer the door, where she was
greeted with the gentleman who had taken the girls’ soaked clothes a
couple hours earlier. He was dressed in an employee’s uniform and was
holding their outfits, all neatly wrapped in garment bags.
“Here are your clothes, all clean and dry!” the man told the small girl as he handed her the clothes.
um…” Lindsay reached for some bills left on the dresser. “My big sister
wanted to give you a tip, so please take this.” The younger sister
handed him the money.
“Well, thank you very much, and you have a
nice evening!” Lindsay closed the door after he had left, and set the
clothes flat on the bed. The rattling of food pellets accompanied by
slurping and chewing noises alerted the girl to Sealeo sticking his
nose into Jolteon’s food dish.
“Hey, I told you to stay out of
Jolteon’s food!” she scolded, snatching the bowl away. She scanned the
room, looking for the Electric-type. Her eyes began to grow wide and
her fingers began cinching her skirt. The bright yellow – and highly
visible – Pokémon was nowhere to be seen. Panic gripped her whole body
as Lindsay let out a scream. “Wait – I don’t see Jolteon! Jolteon?
Where are you? Jolteon! Jolteon! Uh, oh…”
The other four Pokémon
stopped what they were doing upon hearing Lindsay’s anguished calls for
the Electric-type. Persian perked up her ears, and Weezing and Vibrava
turned around to face the younger sister. Even Sealeo stopped going
after the food and looked up at Lindsay, letting out a concerned bark.
quickly ran over to the phone and frantically dialed her sister’s cell
phone number. She wasn’t going to like Lisa’s reaction, but she didn’t
have any other choice. “Sis, we got a big problem…”
“Okay… Somehow I need to remain calm… I’m sure Jolteon didn’t run off on purpose…
Lisa thought to herself. The three girls and four Pokémon were now
gathered in the guestroom, going over a plan to find the lost
“It’s… it’s all my fault, Lisa. I let… Sealeo eat Jolteon’s food… I’m really sorry!” Lindsay sobbed.
that isn’t it,” Lisa replied, rubbing her sister’s hair. “Jolteon’s
never been a big eater, and Sealeo’s gone after his food before without
Jolteon minding it, so it’s something else… but what?” The older girl
glanced around quickly, hoping her Pokémon would have returned to her.
To her dismay, the Electric-type was still nowhere in sight.
thing’s for sure, though,” Sadie added. “We’ve got our work cut out for
us. It could be anywhere on this ship, so we better start looking right
“Right. First, I better recall my other Pokémon,” Lisa
started, but she was interrupted by a loud meow. Startled, the girl
“Persian? What is it?” The cat answered by walking to the door and looking back at the girls.
“You know, maybe Persian’s picked up on Jolteon’s scent or something… Perhaps we should let it lead the way,” Sadie suggested.
the older teen replied as her other three Pokémon were engulfed by red
energy and disappeared from the carpeted floor. “Lindsay, stay in the
room in case Jolteon comes back. If he does, you should be able to hear
him scratching on the door. Let him in then call my cell. And I’m
leaving my other three Pokémon with you, just in case. Okay, Sadie and
Persian, let’s go!” Despite her attempts to remain calm, Lisa’s shaking
legs gave it away – she was worried.
The Normal-type led the two
older girls as Lindsay was left in their room. The younger Northwood
sister whispered, “Please find Jolteon… Please…”
Lisa and Sadie followed the feline Pokémon as she led them down the hallway and down the emergency stairs. “Wait… Usually on these ships, all of the mechanical equipment is on the bottom… Why would Jolteon come all the way down here?
Lisa called out, “Jolteon?! Can you hear me? Where are you? Please,
come out! Jolteon!” She no longer tried to hold back her tears, and
they began flowing freely down her cheeks as she ran down each step,
nearly losing her footing more than once.
The group had reached
the bottom floor with no sign of the wayward yellow creature. Lisa and
Sadie began looking around and Persian started to scratch at a door
marked, “Mechanical – Employees Only.”
“What?!” the older girl
shouted, as if she was on edge. “You think Jolteon’s in there? Let’s
try it out!” As Lisa began to turn the corroded knob, she found it
wouldn’t budge. The sound of running footsteps on the steel floor and a
booming voice stopped the girls and the cat Pokémon dead in their
“Hey! You girls aren’t allowed down here! What do you
think you’re doing?!” The man, wearing a navy blue work outfit and
sporting a scruffy brown beard, gave them a suspicious stare. Both
girls’ bodies tensed up in surprise as Persian turned around and
assumed a defensive stance.
“S-Sorry!” Lisa stammered, still
releasing tears from her clouded brown eyes. “We’re looking for a lost
Pokémon, a Jolteon. My Persian indicated that he had somehow found his
way down here. Do you know if any lost Jolteon have been found by
“No, not to my knowledge. Now, out!” the man hastily
replied. Dejectedly, the three made their way back up the stairs.
Lisa’s head was hung low. If Jolteon was in the mechanical room, there
was no way she would be able to get to him. As the group prepared to
open the door that led to the fourth floor, Lisa’s phone began ringing.
Upon answering the phone, Lindsay’s voice on the other end blasted into
“Sis! There are a couple of men outside the door who
claim they’ve found Jolteon. I’ve looked through the door peephole and
they are really holding a Jolteon, but I don’t know if I should let
“Okay, tell them to hold on and I’ll meet up with them
in a few minutes.” Lisa snapped the phone shut. Then she informed her
friend, “Lindsay just told me that a couple of men have supposedly
found Jolteon. But what I’m unsure of is how they know it’s mine and
how they found out what room we’re in.” She now sprinted up the steps,
with Sadie and Persian struggling to keep up.
“You’re right. Watch out, it could all be a trap.”
the two girls and their feline Pokémon companion made their way to the
fourth floor, they caught sight of the two men waiting outside their
room. Lisa breathed a sigh of relief when she saw who they were.
larger of the two was holding a Jolteon. Upon seeing Lisa, the Pokémon
jumped from the man’s arms and ran toward his trainer. As the girl
began hugging her found Pokémon, she looked up at the two Gym Leaders
who had found the wayward Electric-type. Both the muscular,
dark-skinned Bernie and the tall, clean cut Reed were watching the
reunion with relieved smiles on their faces.
“Bernie and Reed?
You two found Jolteon?! Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! But, what
brings you aboard this ship?” she asked as the group entered the room.
She told Sadie, “These two are Gym Leaders, so don’t worry.”
replied, “There will be time for a proper welcome later. What concerns
us now is the reason why Jolteon ran off. We are staying on the second
floor. On our way up to the deck, we happened across your Pokémon. But,
even as we tried to pick it up, it resisted. It wasn’t violent it all,
but something did seem to be distressing it. It looked like your
Pokémon, so we first called up the ship’s staff to find out which room
you were in.”
Reed continued, “We called Elektra concerning your
Jolteon’s behavior. She told us that Electric-type Pokémon can
sometimes grow agitated if they sense that an electrical device might
cause some type of mechanical problem. Perhaps it senses something
amiss in the electrical room. In any event, we need to check it out.”
Reed was telling Lisa this, Jolteon wrestled himself away from his
trainer’s embrace. He now pointed his snout down the hall, back toward
“Wow, really? I never knew that!
Reaching into her bag, Lisa said, “Okay, let’s go! Persian, return!”
After the cat had returned to her Luxury Ball, the group moved out
again, this time with the spiked Electric-type leading them.
had once again chosen to remain inside the room. “All this searching
for Jolteon’s worn me down. I’m gonna rest for awhile…”
the two girls, and the two Gym Leaders had made their way back down to
the bottom level mechanical room when the same employee from before
tried to stop them again. This time, however, Bernie interrupted.
Showing his Pokémon League ID card, he told the man, “Bernie Davis,
Northwood City Pokémon Gym Leader. We have reason to believe that
something is amiss in the mechanical room. Something is upsetting this
Jolteon and it’s led us here.”
“No,” the employee replied, looking at a huge set of meters and gauges on the wall, “nothing’s wrong with any of our equipment.”
perhaps Jolteon is sensing some additional electronic device that is
causing problems. In any event, as a representative of the Fourtix
Pokémon League, I request permission to search the mechanical room.”
but I need to come with you,” he responded as he unlocked the door.
With the Electric-type once again taking the lead, the group of five
people and one Pokémon entered the poorly lighted room, passing rows
upon rows of generators, water heaters, and other machines. Jolteon led
the humans to a location behind one of the generators.
yellow Pokémon was pointing his nose at something in the darkness. The
ship employee shined his flashlight in that direction, and everyone’s
eyes grew wide in shock.“Look at that thing!
front of the group was a massive gray steel box. Situated atop it was a
countdown timer, which currently displayed 21:57 in red digital
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