Near Humilau, after the previous post
Maekrite follows Sticy Lips around and the two engage in conversation.
Maekrite: <So if I understand all right, I'm in Unova?>
Sticy Lips -looks back: <You are, yeah.> :)
Maekrite looks still somewhat disheartened at the response. It is understandable. <That's, like... half a world away from Hlienes... home.>
Sticy Lips: <It'll be fine.> :) -- stops for a moment -- <Do you need a [hug]?> :3
Maekrite: <Uhm... I don't think-> -- remembers his last three or four weeks of life -- <Uhm… yeah, I could use one, actually.>
Sticy Lips: <Sure~> :3 -- <HUGGIE!> :3
With that little warning, Sticy Lips tongue-glomps Maekrite while projecting a feelign of joy.
The Nidorino is subdued by the tongue-glomp, manages to catch his breath.
Maekrite shudders and recoils at first, though reminds himself this is a gesture of friendship (or so he hopes!).
Maekrite: <Uhm... t-thanks fo-... fo-....>
He tries to speak more and clean himself but notices he has fallen [Paralyzed]!
Sticy Lips: <That's never happened before.> :O
Maekrite -shudders: <I-I know... it's ne-new for me as w-w-w-well...> -- shakes himself.
After a moment of shuddering Maekrite decides that the manly thing to do is to just shrug it off and continue walking, even if a bit slower. This time it is Sticy Lips who follows, even if common sense would indicate that it is Sticy Lips who should be pointing the way.
Still, after a couple of minutes, Maekrite sniffs something oddly familiar in the distance and turns to Sticy Lips with a gesture of relief.
Maekrite: <Thank you for showing me around… what now? Is your Trainer here?>
Sticy Lips: <He should be around, yeah.> :)
Maekrite: <Ah, good.>
Maekrite pushes the door with some difficulty (partly a family thing, partly being Paralyzed) and goes inside. Sticy Lips goes inside as well, stopping just shortly after the entrance. He just stands there while Maekrite sniffs around for the various mons and people, and expects that Sticy Lips eventually points to the Trainer.
Just a moment after someone appears. [Crow] approaches Maekrite and Sticy Lips.
Crow: "Oh, who's this?"
Maekrite of course issues a greeting rawr. <Uhm, I'm Maekrite.>
Crow: "Oh, nice to meet you."
Sticy Lips: <This is my trainer.> :)
Maekrite -sniffs: <…You scent familiar. Nice to meet you.> -- bows, then he turns to Sticy Lips. -- <Uhm… how do we explain what I need?>
Sticy Lips: <Oh, that's no problem. He understands Monese.> :)
Crow -assents: "I do, yeah."
Maekrite steps back out of surprise then looks up.
Maekrite: <Uhm… w-well... Nice to meet you.> -- tries to ease things with a :3 face.
Crow: "So, what's the problem you're having?"
Maekrite sits and scratches his ears out of embarrassment, and takes a moment before speaking.
Maekrite: <Well, uhm... I was in my forest. Near Goldenrod. Collecting food. Then a strange light pillar appeared around me and I was here.> --rolls eyes-- <Can't really say it was a... strange occurence.>
Crow: "[Interesting]..." -- kneels more to level with the Nidorino. -- "You need a way back there, then?"
Maekrite looks back at Crow and nods eagerly.
Maekrite: <I need to be back before the dusk, or my mate will get angry and hungry.>
Crow: "Alright..." -- thinks -- "None of my team knows Teleport, but I think I know some others who do."
Maekrite -happily: <Uhm, I shall thank you. A teleport would get me there in no time.>
At this very precise moment, a certani totem bird decides to make a surprise appearance.
Xatu -just appears: <You said you're looking for a teleporter?>
Maekrite was just cut short of asking Sticy Lips about his team's abilities when he is surprised by Xatu's appearance.
Maekrite -hops back: <...Aaaaaah!> -- blinks -- <N-not you!>
Crow -seemingly unsurprised: "Oh yes we are." -to Maekrite-- "What's wrong with him?"
Maekrite looks shiftly aside. <Uhm...> -- sighs, then looks at Xatu for a moment.-- <Nothing really. It's just that when you appear... Mons are just "disappeared". Like back then when Hoenn.>
Xatu -preens his feathers dignifiedly: <I only send mons and people where they [need] to go.>
Maekrite frowns and is about to retort something, but cuts himself short from it. He instead returns to sitting on the spot.
Sticy Lips: <You can send him back to his den, right?> :)
Meanwhile, Maekrite mutters something under his breath about his den being where he has to go "or else".
Xatu: -Nods- <I can.>
Sticy Lips: <Great.> :D
Maekrite turns to Xatu and gives a slight nod.
Maekrite: <Okay, can you give me just a brief moment before taking me back?>
Xatu simply stays in place, and Maekrite then turns to Sticy Lips.
Sticy Lips: <You want something?> :O
Maekrite flares his ears. He addresses the other Pokémon in a serious stance. <I hope that you take your role seriously now that you serve a deity. And I hope your Trainer doesn't mind.>
Sticy Lips: <I will.> :)
Crow: "I don't. For the most part."
Maekrite frowns up at Crow but remains in a friendly if still serious posture.
Maekrite: <This job... it was hard on my Trainer. On me. Almost costed me... a family. So you [better] be proud.>
He then bows to Sticy Lips.
Maekrite: <Stay up, you can make a good rusatidra. A “brother of duty”.>
Sticy Lips -looks very surprised: <Really?> :O
Maekrite -nods: <I guess. They don't choose us for nothing.>
Partly looking for support, Maekrite turns to Xatu and speaks to him. <What do you think? ¬¬>
Xatu: <…> -Says nothing, just stares half back at them, half at nowhere.
Maekrite gives Xatu an expression that could read as "please don't tell me it's bad", then sighs.
Maekrite: <I guess I'm ready to go...>
Sticy Lips: <Bye, Maekrite!> :)
Xatu: <Very well.> --spreads wings…
Maekrite manages to wave a paw before being teleported away.
Sticy Lips waves back at where once the other Pokémon was.
Instantly after that, near Route 35
Xatu and Maekrite just appear there, right in the border of the path that leads to Goldenrod. Maekrite looks around and recognizes the place, then smiles confidently.
Maekrite -turns his ear and eye to Xatu: <...So? That's just it? I have to be here?>
Xatu: <Yes, at least for now.>
Maekrite raises his ear: <...I'll take that. Uhm... thanks.> --hesitates -- <Does it mean there is a danger for my émar or something?>
Xatu -doesn't bother to look back: <The future is constantly in flux.>
Maekrite: <Yes, I have tried to turn it my way.> -- bows -- <Thanks for returning me.>
Xatu: <Very well then.>
Xatu Teleports back to Humilau!▾
Back at Humilau
Xatu appears right besides Crow, who notices what happened.
Crow: "Hello again."
Sticy Lips: <Did he make it fine?> :?
Xatu: <He arrived where he needed to go.>
Sticy Lips: <Oh, good.> :)
Crow -smiles: "Thanks for that."
Xatu cocks his head and Teleports away, just Good Work of the Day done.
“Thou hast forgotten the face of thy Lord. Remember, mortal, and fear pet me.”