May 25, 2019 5:37 PM
Fabulous Dusk in Pokemon Alola
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"Mind looking over here, Professor? I swear there's something here, but I can't isolate it."

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"Let me see... I don't know. That seems pretty suggestive of a connection, but if there's any ongoing connection it's too faint to pick up with. We should definitely send this off to the labs to see if the computers can sort out the gravatic junk, but there's just not enough detail there."

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"Right."

Akela turns and presses something on the monitor, then pulls out what looks vaguely like a cross between a normal cellphone and what Burnet used earlier. They press a few buttons, then hold it to their ear. Unless Dusk has good hearing and is listening in, they'll only hear one side of the conversation.

"Yes, I'm serious. No, we've actually found someone who travelled between universes, I just forwarded the scan. Yes, I realize what this means, I work here too. Thanks, let me know if you turn up anything."

 

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“I think that’s all we’re going to get from the Axis. Hmm.”

She looks around, consideringly.

”The Silph Scope would be next, I think. If it can’t pick up your magic, then it probably can’t get us anything those two haven’t picked up already, but anything it can’t get on your magic probably can’t get picked up by anything else we have unless I really misunderstand how it functions.”

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Dusk switches to the machine the professor indicates and goes through her repertoire of magic.

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After they fiddle with it, it picks up something that seems to satisfy them whenever Dusk does something’s with magic.

 

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Burnet is on her Pokédex, typing something. 

“Dusk, how much information do you want being known? This is big enough that people all around the world will be interested in working on it even without appeals to sympathy, so there’s no need for personal details if you don’t want on that score, but I know some people who would appreciate the fame rather than being bothered by it. We could also try and keep things here if you really don't want the story getting out, but it might take a bit longer and this kind of a project involves enough people it might get out anyway."

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"Why do we need to get anyone else involved? Our lab is more than big enough for this project."

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"You know as well as I do how important interworld transportation could be; just because we could handle it by ourselves doesn't mean we should mindlessly imitate Devon corp. Besides, we could hardly keep it from getting out if she wants it to, and it'd be pretty rude to try unless that was what she wanted."

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She doesn't especially care either way, unless people might bother her about it.

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"Some people definitely would, if we told. Depends on how much bothering is too much, I suppose. This is one of the few cases where releasing only part of the information won't help, unfortunately, because if word gets out that there's someone in Alola from another world your wings make you a standout candidate. How much does attention bother you? An international release could cut time down by probably up to a month, but its entirely possible that we'd figure it out first anyway and you'd definitely get at least some attention no matter how little we leaked unless we avoid international work altogether."

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It's not really how much bothering, it's what kind. If they just want to talk to her that's probably fine, if they won't leave her alone that's not as fine, if they try to make her do something that's not okay at all.

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"Some people will definitely bother you, but will probably leave you alone if you can tell them no forcefully, and might want you to do things, but the latter probably won't be much worse than you'd get for someone finding out you have magic."

A pause, and then.

"If you look like a trainer, then I think most of the idiots will back off as well. Your world doesn't have Pokémon, but the default assumption for people will be that it does, and otherworldly Pokémon could be more intimidating to go after than even a professional trainer."

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She'll think about it - she's not sure she could keep up appearances as a trainer properly, and if they already know she has magic it shouldn't be too hard to scare them off with it.

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"That should work fine, especially if we don't release your information along with the data. There's not much more we can do here just yet without the portal itself to study."

A couple of the people there are clearly interested in learning more about her world, but they also have a ton of new data to look over and hypotheses to falsify and she isn't actively expounding on it, so unless Dusk wants to talk to them or stay around a while they probably won't talk to her.

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Unless Professor Burnet seems to be ready to lead her back out, she'll stick around for a little while.

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Burnet steps out into the hallway to make a few calls.

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After it becomes clear that she's not going to immediately leave, a few of them ask questions.

"Could you show us the portal you came through, again?"

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"How does your magic work?" asks another, which a few more scientists also express interest in.

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She makes another copy of the portal, and a model of the area she was flying over for good measure, with a comment that it's only as good as her memory. She explains her magic again, too, continuing to leave out the most sensitive details.

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After maybe 20 minutes, Burnet seems to be done with all her calls.

"Feel free to tell them off whenever you stop wanting to answer questions, they'll live on that one. There's no need to leave before you want to, but they also shouldn't be trying to keep you all day if you're not genuinely interested."

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She doesn't have anywhere else to be, it's fine.

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Then people will continue to have questions for as long as she’s willing to entertain them! The lab doesn’t have an enormous population, but they are very enthusiastic about learning even when it’s cross discipline. They’re also willing to answer questions of hers, and might have a wider knowledge base on that front, but they won’t default to it. 

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Burnet seems able to find things to work on, even if it is allegedly her day off. At some point she’ll interrupt to ask Dusk about accommodations and if she needs anything she doesn’t have available.

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She's got a room at the Pokecenter, and her magic means she doesn't need much else, but she appreciates the concern. She is going to need lunch at some point, though.

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