Yay! My first Serebii fic! *is excited* I've been trying to get something up but so much has happened that I've never found the time! Now, in between studying for exams [when I should least be free] I have finally had time to write the first chapter of 'Monster' as a stress reliever! Haha, I hope you all like it. Please leave me as much constructive criticism as you can; I'm trying to improve my writing as much as possible at this stage. One thing that I do not take too kindly to or will just flat out ignore though is when people change the way I have worded something. Please don't tell me my sentence structures are weird because I know they are - that's just my style. If it really doesn't make sense then please do tell me just don't comment saying 'this line was weird' or 'that doesn't make sense at all' without saying why or how it could be improved [in a mature way, please -.-] Nooooo flames either please; it will only lower my self-esteem. >.< Kidding, but still - it's quite rude and reflects badly on you not meee! ^.^
Now, as for the story details, if it makes you feel better, this can be AU but it’s not really meant to be. :3 Hehe, I don’t really know Blue’s character too well either btw so don’t kill me if she’s off and Paul shouldn't really be that OOC. He's older and more mature though that cold exterior is still obviously there so keep in mind the ages whilst you read. In coming chapters it will be more apparent though, don't worry. This is of course and Ikari fic [my life] and take place in the future so Paul/Dawn are around the ages of twenty ~ twenty-one ish. Um.....the rating is PG-13 but there are some suggestive themes so I suggest if you don't like heavily implied things you turn away now. Hum.... I need to work on getting a banner so if you have any idea's PM me, um.... the PM lit is always open but please keep up with the fic if you ask to be on it, and er... i think that's all. Ooh yeah, I love you all so much for reading in the first place! *glomps all to death* Aside from that, I don't think there is much else. ^.^ Enjoy~!
The sound of footsteps echoed down a desolate corridor in an abandoned warehouse just outside of Eterna City. A flickering light passed over the concrete walls illuminating the swirling shadows and highlighting some disgusting smears of dead and decaying plants dribbled all over them as if something had exploded. Up ahead, the sound of boxes being disturbed and gurgling could be heard as quick flashes of color were seen darting past the end of the corridor.
A policeman shone his light over the walls and took in every detail of the scene with an impassive face musing over his situation with an unnatural calm. Of course he
had to be the one to come out and catch the rampaging pokemon and set it free because he
was a ‘junior officer.’ In reality, the policeman didn’t doubt he had the skill and brain capacity of the rest of his workmates combined. What did time and age count for in place of skill level and intelligence? The only one that could really had the final say in matters such as that was Officer Jenny who would be retiring soon and leaving the command of the Veilstone force to her daughter - Anna. That would just prove to be hell to him though; the two couldn’t stand each other through good, bad or love. Even in bed that chick wouldn’t stop arguing. Now that she was to be in charge, he would be getting all the minor assignments and nothing he did could change that. What’s worse, she would be running the monthly assessment check tomorrow morning and he didn’t have the brightest of pasts; a fact of which she was well aware. Anna would only use this to her own advantage and nitpick him in order to demean the police officer and keep him from becoming anything more than a junior worker for the rest of his life. That was Anna though.
As he approached the end of the corridor, the noises quieted and the policeman raised an eyebrow suspiciously. Rounding the corner, he flicked on the light switch and the room was immediately flooded with a dim light that flickered once before steadying. At that same moment, a surge of nastily angered pokemon turned and dove forward in an attempted attack. The policeman was quick and before the attacking pokemon had time to blink, an Ursaring appeared blocking their way; it growled menacingly. The little pokemon froze in their attack and retreated, swarming the room before disappearing through a glowing something in the wall - a mirror of some sort. An eerie silence fell upon the room and the policeman stepped around his pokemon to examine the damage. That swarm of angered pokemon had been a mass of Unown but their purpose or reason for rage was unknown to the officer. As his cold gaze flickered around the room, it landed upon the mirror through which the Unown had fled. Approaching it with caution, the policeman noted many odd markings scribbled across its surface in ink. The man reached out a rough finger to touch the ink when suddenly one of the Unown reappeared. It floated in distress between the policeman and the mirror. Then with a random lunge, it whacked the policeman across the face in it’s haste to escape and disappeared into the mirror once more. Letting out a mumbled curse, the officer called to have the mirror removed from the scene and be taken to a research center.
With that, he returned the Ursaring and felt his eye. It was pained from the bump but he wouldn’t know if it would become blackened until he got home. Shaking his head, the policeman exited the warehouse and returned to the Veilstone Police Center.
Paul Shinji gazed at his reflection in the mirror with an irritated scowl evident on his striking features. His right eye, swollen and turning more purple by the moment, would not please Anna one bit. That girl had problems beyond belief and the uniform look of her officers was one of them despite minor physical injuries. Normally she didn’t come down quite so hard about the injuries and sometimes even sympathized with certain officers. The only problem was, since it was Paul
who had managed to get the black eye, he would be the one persecuted for it and nagged mercilessly about being a junior officer. That damn Unown had been the problem though, not him.
An irked sigh escaped the young man’s lips and he turned away from the mirror to prepare for bed. There was no use worrying; Anna could go burn and rampage the city in her rage to the point of devastation and he wouldn’t give a damn. What did it matter that she was his new boss? It didn’t. Not in the least.
That following morning, Paul walked into the office dressed like the professional he was. With that, his face also had put on a special act for Anna just today. It had acquired the look of being twice as sour as usual with three times as much gall and even a tiny scowl was discernible through the miniscule parting of his lips. She couldn’t complain he hadn’t prepared himself specifically for the occasion.
Entering the sort of locker room all minor officers shared, Paul tore off his jacket and tossed it in his cubby. The “cubby‘s” each officer had, were about the size and shape of a full on locker though why they weren’t just referred to as the things they were, Paul never would know. Grabbing his licensed pass for the main building, the purple haired man ran a hand through his violet locks and let out a deep sigh slamming the cubby shut. At that moment a bright, bubbly and exceedingly annoying face appeared in his line of vision.
“Hi Paul!” a shrill voice greeted in an over enthusiastic chirp. Paul cringed internally and felt his ears threaten to bleed from the pitch. “How was the assignment yesterday?” the voice continued. “Did you catch whatever it was? Oh, silly me, I’m sure you did. So what was it? Oh let me guess. A Carnivine? No wait, a Bellsprout! Actually, I bet it was a Voltrob…”
The voice continued giggling, babbling and testing Paul’s patience to the limit until he finally cut in.
“Did you want something, Blue?” he asked close to exasperation but keeping his tongue in check. The short brunette looked him over and giggled again.
“You know I do.” she replied. “But I still don’t know why you refuse to give it to me.” the bubbly face turned to a pout and Blue crossed her arms. Paul held his retort to himself.
“Did you have any other reason for coming over here than to sexually harass me first thing in the morning?” he asked instead. Blue’s eyes widened and she thought a moment.
“I did…Oh right.” she suddenly exclaimed. “Anna wants to see you A-S-A-P.” Paul raised a brow.
“Dunno.” Blue shrugged. “But you’d better go.” The obnoxious cheerfulness had returned to her face and Blue gave Paul a dazzling smile before turning, retreating and returning to her own business. With another sigh, the man turned and left the room to begin making his way to the main building.
As he approached the security check, Paul thought to himself what Anna could possibly want with him already. He couldn’t have done anything wrong yet nor could she have caught wind of anything that quickly even if he had. A thought occurred to him then and Paul felt his feet suddenly drag for a fraction of a second. She needed another toy for the night. That, or she was going to give him a promotion but the latter was so improbable that Paul pushed it from his mind before the thought had time to even fleetingly develop.
Walking through security check and showing his badge, Paul passed through and entered the main building. His feet automatically began heading in the direction of the main office to where he knew Anna would be waiting. As he approached the door, it suddenly opened and a young girl exited escorted by two officers. As they passed by him, Paul noted the aloof expression on the girl’s face but paid her no more mind than to momentarily wonder about her night life and whether it was active or not - he was a human male after all. As she and the thought passed, Paul entered the office and shut the door.
A young woman with bright hair and eyes was sitting at the desk across from the door with a few papers scattered before her and a lollipop grazing her crimson painted lips. As Paul entered, her amber gaze lifted and fell upon him the same way as that of a child playing with her Barbie dolls would look at her newest toy. No matter how long they had known each other the look was always the same and Paul, used to it by now, simply stared back expressionlessly.
“Paul, what a pleasant surprise.” the woman greeted. Her voice was silky and velvet as it slithered from her vocal chords ready to stroke whatever prey was cornered. It was one that could easily catch any man by just the sound with or without any other assets and something Anna was used to using to her advantage. She knew she could manipulate men with a simple phrase and bat of her lashes; that was the reason she’d joined the police force after all.
Paul - used to the sound, the games, the tricks - didn’t even blink as he was addressed and simply bowed his head.
“I see you received my message?” Anna continued. “Blue is a faithful dog on your tail, isn’t she?” Paul was silent and Anna stood coming around the desk. “It intrigues me how obvious it is she wants you yet you take every girl aside from her. I sometimes wonder if it might be a form of protection but then when I think it over, that’s not like you at all. That only leads me to the conclusion that you really just don’t like her.”
As Anna purred her musings aloud, Paul could only grit his teeth. One of the things that irked him most about her was that she automatically assumed she knew everything about him. So what, she’d used him a few times? That didn’t mean she knew anything about him. As for Blue, that was none of her business nor anyone else’s.
“Is there a legitimate reason you called me in then?” he asked in a sour tone yet as politely as his bitterness would allow. Anna sensed the tension and a tiny smirk flickered across her lips before vanishing a few seconds later.
“Of course there is.” she replied. Then leaning against the front of her desk, she crossed her arms and turned to Paul with a more business like air. “I have a job for you.” At this, the man quirked an eyebrow suspiciously. For the first time in his life, Paul did not see Anna pressing herself against him insinuating something obtrusive. She actually sounded as if she needed something official; the thought almost made him laugh.
“Do you?” he asked.
“Don’t sound so surprised; I often do actual police work with the real officers.” she purred. Paul narrowed his eyes but didn’t let her little remark get to him. “It’s the toy’s I often don’t bother with.” she added.
“There are others?” he asked before readily thinking the question through. Anna’s eyes flickered excitedly a moment before returning to their guarded state.
“Why, does that bother you?” she asked losing all inklings of respect Paul had momentarily considered before.
“No; they just earn my pities.” he retorted emotionlessly. Anna narrowed her eyes and decided to change the subject.
“Anyways, the task I have you assigned to isn’t much nor is it anything you’ve not done before.” Anna walked around her desk and opened the top drawer pulling out a file and letting it fall neatly atop the cluttered desk. Flipping it open, she pulled out two pages and walked over to where Paul stood. “This is your assignment.” she said holding up one of the papers to his face.
Paul gazed at the image on the sheet and immediately recognized the face. It was that of the girl whom he had seen being escorted out of the office moments before arriving. In this picture, she was smiling goofily at the camera with a pokemon by her side looking almost indignantly at its trainer. The image had to have been taken a few years back because the face of this girl was much younger than the version he’d seen walking out. The height hadn’t changed much but the face definitely had. For some reason, this thought jogged something in his memory but Paul couldn’t determine what exactly or why.
“You’re setting me on a little girl?” he commented dryly deciding to play oblivious. “You’re one thing, but a child?”
Anna snapped the picture away and glared daggers at the man before her. “No, you idiot!” she snapped. “This is that girl that was just in here! And to think I assumed you would be bright enough to understand that.” Moving the picture back into Paul’s line of view, Anna pointed to the girl’s face. “This girl has the Lustrous Orb. The orb of Palkia. She refuses to give it up or even acknowledge the fact that we know she has it so you are going to get it for us.” Here Anna’s tone softened and her eyes dimmed. “You’re going to need to protect her as well. Team Magma and Aqua have been spotted in the area and we think they are after it as well. They are going to do everything to get to that girl so it’s your job not only to get the thing for us but to guard her as well.”
Paul’s eyes flared and their amethyst depths darkened; a rising level of resentment towards Anna was evidently inferred from a single glance at his face.
“You want me to baby-sit a full grown human?” he demanded. Anna put her hands on her hips and looked him straight in the eye.
“Are you defying an official order?” she retorted. Paul was silent and she smiled. “Don’t worry, it won’t be that bad.” she smirked. “Here is the address and I expect a full report at the end of the week.” Slipping the second paper into Paul’s hand, Anna gave another small smirk. “I suggest you don’t get too friendly with her either. You never know who might be watching.”