~ VIRIDIAN CITY : COFFEE MUG ~
"Ugh... what the heck just happened?" MUG muttered, rising to her feet. She looked around and analyzed her surroundings; a seemingly normal town. "I guess MISSINGNO. teleported me here..."
"Wait a sec," she stopped. "Why was my name and MISSINGNO. in all caps? Ah, there it goes again!"
"Because, little lady," said a RATTATA approaching her. "You're in the first generation! Everything significant in the first generation is in all caps!"
"That's so dumb," MUG replied. "And annoying!! But whatever. Where am I anyway? Who are you?"
The RATTATA grinned. "I'm JOEY! And you're in VIRIDIAN CITY! You obviously seem lost. What brings you here?"
MUG realised with JOEY's help, she could have this leg of the hunt done in no time. "Uh, I was sent here on a scavenger hunt. I need to find one COFFEE MUG here."
"A COFFEE MUG? Well, we don't have any coffee shops here or anything-- for the town that serves as KANTO's entrance to INDIGO PLATEAU, it's pretty small-- but surely you can find a COFFEE MUG in one of the local houses. C'mon, I'll help you look!"
MUG was very grateful for JOEY's help. She went to follow him, but found herself unable to move. Suddenly though, she heard some cheery and unbearably catchy music from nowhere and JOEY started walking, leading her to a house. She found her legs moving and she was following him totally involuntarily. Soon the duo reached the nearest house, looking quaint and average and exactly like all the other ones.
"Let's see if we can't find a COFFEE MUG in here!" JOEY exclaimed. He pushed the door open with his tiny paw and they waltzed right on inside. The music stopped and MUG could control herself again.
"Let's just look around and get this COFFEE MUG quickly so we don't get caught."
MUG and JOEY dashed to the kitchen area and looked around for a COFFEE MUG. In a cabinet, MUG unearthed one and held it up proudly.
"I got a COFFEE MUG!" She exclaimed as a triumphant jingle rang from nowhere.
"Great!" JOEY cheered. "Now let's get out of here!"
No sooner had he uttered those words than the door of the house burst open and a woman strolled in merrily.
"... and let's see what's for dinner!" She finished saying to her baby in her arms.
JOEY and MUG had instantly ducked under the dining table. They exchanged nervous glances as she walked by them to the kitchen. She set the baby on the kitchen counter to watch her work. As soon as she became engrossed in preparation, MUG and JOEY bolted for the door.
The baby cried out in surprise at seeing two unfamiliar figures, but the duo were long out the door before the woman turned around.
"That was too close!!" JOEY sighed in relief after they were a good distance from the house.
"Yeah, really. Too much trouble for this one little COFFEE MUG!" MUG replied.
"Why do you need one of those things, anyway?" JOEY asked. MUG shifted her weight as she considered her response.
"This guy called MISSINGNO. sent me to find it." MUG answered, trying to be vague.
"MISSINGNO.? Never heard of him." JOEY replied casually. He didn't seem too worried about the motives. "I wonder why he needs you to get him a COFFEE MUG. Like, why can't he just buy one, right?"
MUG offered forced laughter. "Yeah... well, next thing I need to get is two SAFARI BALLs. I'll have to get to the SAFARI ZONE for that one, won't I? Will I have to buy them?"
"I reckon you would. Or just go mug some TRAINER in the SAFARI ZONE and take his!" He said the last part totally jokingly.
"That's a great idea!!!" MUG exclaimed. "Thanks for all your help, JOEY!"
"W-wait, I was kidding ab--" JOEY began to say, but she was already gone.
~ SAFARI ZONE : 2 SAFARI BALLs ~
MUG trudged through the bushes, entering the SAFARI ZONE by an opening in the fence. A CHANSEY in the zoo outside was $5 richer for sharing this tip.
"OK, now I'm in the SAFARI ZONE," MUG said to motivate herself. "All I have to do now is find a guy and take his SAFARI BALLS!
"That was bad," she realised. "I'm never saying that again. Not in that wording at least."
Crawling through the bushes, officially on SAFARI ZONE ground, MUG spotted a TRAINER. A yound kid, eleven maybe, looking excitedly everywhere for POKéMON. His bag was chock full of POKéMON bait and SAFARI BALLs.
"Perfect," MUG grinned to herself. It may not be moral, but she had to do what she had to do. MISSINGNO. wasn't playing by the rules, so why should she?
MUG rustled the grass around her. The kid immediately whirled around to investigate. As soon as he got close, she dove out and grabbed a SAFARI BALL in each hand and rolled past the kid.
"Hey!!!" He exclaimed in shock. "Give those back!"
"Sorry kid, but I have a game show to save!" She replied, realising that he could not understand her only after she had finished her retort.
"Errrgh, I'll show you to steal from me! SAFARI BALL, go!" the kid threw one of the other SAFARI BALLs at her. She dropped one of the ones that she had pilfered to grab one of her scalchops and deflect the BALL. She picked up her loot after sheathing her scalchop and dashed away.
She'd feel bad about it later.
~ CINNABAR ISLAND : SERUM X-94K7 ~
It was later.
MUG had slowly made her way to the island, grumbling about how VIRIDIAN CITY and CINNABAR ISLAND were closer together so they should have been next to each other on the list. All the way, though, she saw that kid, that innocent idealistic little kid, who she stole from. He had plenty of other SAFARI BALLs, but still. What makes her so special that she gets to have what he rightfully paid for? MISSINGNO. It was all his... its
fault, she told herself. MISSINGNO. was making all of them do this hunt. And for what? What purpose does a COFFEE MUG or some SAFARI BALLs serve? And what of the SERUM? What was that all about? She would have to find out about that later, if at all, she decided.
Arriving at CINNABAR ISLAND, she swam up the coast and made it to shore. She felt a shiver run down her spine as she exited the shore, almost like she was being watched. She looked back at the CINNABAR coast, but saw nothing.
Shaking off the feeling, she walked around the island. It really seemed mostly deserted; empty streets, stillness as the sun was beginning to set. Yet she did see lights inside the POKéMON CENTRE. She looked at the nearby volcano, wondering if it ever has or ever will cause the island any troubles.
"I just realised," she mused to herself. "If I'm in the first generation, I'm technically in the past, aren't I? So much stuff must have changed...
"But anyway, where am I supposed to find this SERUM? Where do people keep SERUMs?"
The laboratory, presumably. The answer presented itself to MUG as she found herself standing before a small yet modern lab. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, she told herself, stepping inside.
In the lobby of the lab, MUG looked around and saw no one. Machines beeped and whirred softly in the distance. Must be where all the cool tech is, she decided. She walked down the hall and passed a door where she heard some people talking. She couldn't hear what they were saying, but suddenly, one of them exclaimed, "Wow! The RAICHU you traded me evolved!"
MUG's eyes widened. RAICHU? Evolving? When did RAICHU ever have an evolution? Was she hearing things? She told herself to stay focused as she continued down the hall.
She went into the first open door she got to, also the source of the buzzing machines. She walked into darkness, the only light coming off of the little lights on the machines. She found a light switch and flicked it on. Along with a bunch of machines, she was met with what looked like a bunch of rocks. Upon closer inspection, they were... fossils? There were some POKéBALLs nearby, too. What were they doing with these machines and fossils? Obviously they have something to do with POKéMON... were they trying to revive these old POKéMON fossils?
"Something tells me that SERUM X-94K7 is more that just the corner store cold medicine," she said, thinking aloud this time to break the discomforting silence.
Speak of the devil, she thought as she spotted at a test tube rack. Among a variety of solutions with equally ambiguous titles, MUG spotted a vial labeled X-94K7. "That's it!" she cheered in a hushed whisper. "I found SERUM X-94K7!" The same triumphant jingle she heard when she got the COFFEE MUG rang in her ears.
"Now I'd better get out of here before I get cau--" her self-orders were interrupted as she felt herself being teleported away.
~ POKéMON UNIVERSE MANSION ~
Wha-- where? Oh, I'm back here.
You have all the items.
How does he know...?
Uh, yeah, I do. Here they are. *dumps coffee mug, Safari balls and serum in front of Missingno.*
Good. Everything is here. Looks like you can actually do something when you try.
*fur bristles* I... *deep breath* Yeah. Whatever.
That's what I thought. Now why don't you go wait in the parlor until the others return with their items?
Hey Mug! You made it back! Come sit by me!
*sits on couch next to Gizmo* Hey. Glad you made it back, too.
Yeah, tell me about it. Looks like that's finally over, huh?
*glances suspiciously at Missingno.* Actually... I think this is just getting started.