Yay, posts. Thanks all of you for taking the time to comment.
JammyU - Heh, it seems that the title has ended up (slightly unintentionally, though I do like the effect it had on some readers) to be a red herring. "Finish" was meant not in terms of the fic, but in terms of Carrie and Theo reaching Northern Canyon and therefore finishing the race for Archopy.
More on lack of ending in reply to storymasterb.
I did wonder how many people would notice where I rather glaringly got the whole bigger-on-the-inside concept from, though. xP
storymasterb - What made me do this to you? Well, the fact that continuing on from the cliffhanger would have led to the chapter being abnormally long, for one thing. Besides, it can be more effective leaving off just as the action rises, instead of having the action rise and fall so that it's all but over before you have time to stop and think on it. At least, that was my mindset when I wrote it.
But what I really don't get is how on earth people were suddenly expecting the very last chapter of the fic just because it's titled Finish Line. There's so many plot strands that are nowhere near being resolved yet - you've got Vanessa, who if the story ended right now would be left heading towards some town to regroup but still with the intention of catching Archopy some day. There's the whole deal with the Bad Light thugs, and another one with Velotus' grudge against Aiden's Sceptile - both of which are going to take more than a chapter to resolve. Aiden isn't even meant to be anywhere near Northern Canyon, so how's that meant to work out, eh?
And what of Grace White, the mysterious Director of MemorCorp who apparently intends to "change the world"? We haven't heard from her in a while, have we?
This is not the end of the fic. This is merely the point where things start getting interesting. Oh yes.
Apotheosis - It's good to have the occasional point from you; it lets me know you're still reading, and they can be pretty nice points.
I didn't realise I used random little explanations like that all too often - the only other one that springs to mind is Sam explaining how Poké Balls work with regards to ownership of the Pokémon inside, and that felt a lot more natural because it was explained in speech. Here, despite the fact that I've often assumed, half jokingly, half seriously, that trainers' bags are bigger on the inside because of the sheer volume of things they fit in there, the only reason I actually mentioned it is because it may become vaguely important to the fic later on. Having established it now, if I used it again later would seem less pulled-out-of-thin-air than if I hadn't brought it up before. Otherwise, I could easily carry on with my personal assumption that their bags have the extra space without ever actually needing to mention it because it's irrelevant to the overall story.
Also, I think perhaps the reason this one seemed to fit well was because it was during a fairly light, comedic scene in itself - the smacking around of the impervious Master Ball - and so a random, vaguely amusing explanation didn't suddenly jar the mood. I did wonder if it would, though, so it's good to see that everything went well there.
Armored Dragon - Whee for a two chapter review. And a highlight-y one at that. I like highlights. :3
Good point on the Master Ball thing, actually. I suppose she just didn't think of it due to being in too much of a "destroy it!" kind of mindset and not thinking much outside the box. But if she had considered it, she'd probably have not deemed it a good move, seeing as Vanessa might well then be inclined to steal the Master Ball anyway, but with one of Carrie's Pokémon inside it, too.
Nice catch on that plothole, though. Please, do continue to do this more for me in future. =D