May 21, 2022 3:00 PM
Scott & Ellie discuss the ethics of owning cards & pokémon
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Scott is pretty sure that having a nemesis is normal, if you're in a superhero story. Is he in a superhero story? He's not sure he likes the weight of responsibility, even if it is dressed up in frills and baubles that make it seem less scary. Maybe especially not then. There's a lot to worry about, but at the same time, it's like he's being tested. Whatever this Clow Reed wanted, Scott has to figure it out before the world ends at the hands of adorable forces of nature that may or not be people that he's enslaving.

And he still hasn't finished his math homework.

This particular night finds him meditating, a last-minute check for active cards before he half-finishes the assignment in time to hit the hay.

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Ellie is entirely not expecting the wild 'mon attack in the middle of downtown Saffron. On the plus(?) side, neither is anyone else, so her confusion doesn't stick out too much. She's never seen this species before- some kind of steel-hybrid arbok? The coloration is wrong and its hood is solid metallic instead of patterned and seems to be taking up the whole face instead of the neck, but that's the closest she can come up with on a second and a half of thought.

She's a ways back from the front lines so she fumbles for her dex instead of a pokeball, which means that she's caught unawares when it launches itself like a spring and eats her with its mirror face.

 


Probably a teenage girl somersaulting into him from nowhere will disrupt Scott's meditations a bit.

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It does. In fact, it gets him to yelp in surprise. He tries to compose himself enough to address the...teleporting sorcerer???...before this turns into an actual fight (hopefully; his confidence in his diplomacy skills has taken a few hits).

"Who are you?"

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"Uh." She seems somewhat disoriented herself. She has some kind of PDA device in one hand, the other patting at her belt for the six small red and white hooked on to it. "My name's Ellie. Where... am I?"

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"You're in my bedroom. Are you okay?"

He really hopes Kero doesn't pop his head out right now.

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"More or less. Except for how I shouldn't be in your bedroom. Is this- no, this isn't Saffron, it's dark out..."

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"What's Saffron? Where were you trying to go?"

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"Saffron's the city I was in. I wasn't trying to go anywhere. There was a rampaging 'mon and it had some kind of offensive teleportation attack."

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"Um. Okay. You're in Beacon Hills, California. Did the 'mon' follow you?"

His hand goes to the key in his pocket.

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"It doesn't seem to have. It was pretty big. Noticeable."

"I've never heard of the California region."

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"...okay. I've never heard of Saffron. Are you speaking English?"

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"I'm speaking the common language? Is that what you call it?"

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"-there are a lot of languages in the world. I don't think English is even the most common, that might be Spanish."

Or Chinese? That's not important, though, what's important is-

"Can you tell me what 'mon' are?"

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"Pokemon. You know, typed animals. Don't you have those?"

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