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by Mechanist Gamma

Mechanist Gamma Pika and Vee undertake their first trial to determine if they can join Zapdos' guild.

Pika jolted awake as the yell went out. "When he wants to, Zapdos can sure be loud." Pika said to Vee, who was already awake. "So, what do we have today?" he asked. "Well, we're supposed to meet up for morning roll call." Vee said. "Let's go!"

"Roll call!" Chatot said. "TREEKO!" "DRILBUR!" "Whismur!" "GOLETT!" "CRANIDOS!" "KADABRA!" "MEOWTH!" "EMOLGA!" "PIKA!" "VEE!" "Good, everyone's here." Chatot said. "Now then, everyone onto your normal duties except Treeko, Pika and Vee." Treeko, Pika and Vee went over to Chatot while everyone else left. "Pika, Vee, this is Treeko." Chatot said. "He'll be your tour guide for the base." "Nice to meetcha!" Treeko said. "Likewise." Pika said. "So, you'll show us around?" "Thet's why I'm here!" Treeko said. "Come back to the lift." The three climbed onto the lift and Treeko brought it up to the second floor.

As the lift arrived to the second floor, Pika and Vee were introduced to a new place. There was a billboard, a blue tunnel and a mailbox. There was also a big yellow room beside a red room. "Let's go to the mailbox first." Treeko said. "This mailbox is filled with job requests. Exploration teams take jobs. The team gets 20% of the job's pay, as the rest goes to supporting the guild. Say you completed a job that gives you 1000P. Your team would get 200, and the other 800 would go towards stuff like purchasing food, materials and building the guild's reputation." The three then went over to the billboard. "Each picture on this board represents a wanted criminal." Treeko explained. "Exploration teams sometimes help the police by helping to capture criminals. If they do, the guild gets the bounty on the criminal's head. That blue tunnel leads to the police station." Treeko then led the newcomers to the red and yellow rooms. "The red room is the dining room. We always eat there at the end of the day. The yellow room is where Chansey, our cook, makes the food. In the red room is the dining table, with enough places to fit everyone. In fact, we have some extra places, as twenty Pokemon can eat at the table! In truth, we only use 13 of the seats. Now let's head back to the third floor." The three stepped back on the lift and let it descend.

"We have five rooms down here." Treeko said as they reached the bottom floor. "This is the dormatory floor. You know of Zapdos' room and your room. We also have three other rooms. Me, Golett and Cranidos share a room. Whismur and Emolga sleep with Chansey, Meowth, Kadabra and Drilbur sleep together and Chatot sleeps with Zapdos. You two share a room, of course." Pika nodded. "So, what do we have to do?" he asked. "Chatot will tell you." Treeko said. "Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be off." Treeko dashed off as Chatot approached. "Pika, Vee, you're going to undertake the Guild Trials. These trials determine if you're able to be part of an exploration team or not." Chatot said, handing them an envelope. "Within this envelope are three randomly selected objectives, each from a different category. Over the course of the next three days, you will do one each." With that, Chatot flew off. "Well, open it!" Vee said. Pika did so, and saw three slips of paper inside. Unfolding one, it said;

Mission: My Ruby's Gone!
Job giver: Pachirisu
Description: This morning, I left my ruby necklace behind accidently when I bought some fruits at Bulbasaur's food shop. When I realized it and came back for the necklace, it was gone! It's really precious to me.
Payment: 100P

"Alright, then!" Vee said. "Bulbasaur's shop. Sounds easy enough." Pika nodded, and the two took the lift up to the first floor.

Pika and Vee bolted as soon as the lift stopped. Dashing down into the town, they searched for the shop. "It's in the livestock area." Vee said. The city was divided into four sections: livestock, decoration, items and living quarters. Pika followed Vee to the commerce area. Looking back, Pika almost felt as if the Zapdos statue was watching the city as a guardian against all threats.

It was almost 3:00 by the time they found the right shop. "Yes, Pachirisu did shop here today." Bulbasaur said. "She's such a nice, young girl. She left her necklace here, so I put it somewhere safe to give it to her when she returned. When she came back, though, it wasn't where I left it!" Vee was already thinking. "Mind if we take a look at your shop?" Vee asked. "We need to look for clues." "Oh, of course!" Bulba said. "I'm always as helpful as possible to exploration teams." Pika looked around, but didn't find anything. However, Vee did. "Sir, what was the necklace like?" Vee asked. "Where did you put it?" "Well, I put it in that cabinet there." He said, pointing at the cabinet. "The chain was about 1.3 meters long, and the ruby was about the size of your paw." Vee compared notes, and asked two last questions. "Would it have been easy to sneak it out of the cabinet and did anyone else come inside the shop?" Vee asked. "Well..." Bulba said. "If you could keep the chain from rattling, I suppose you could have snuck it out. And Snover did come inside the shop today..." "Thanks a lot." Vee said. "I think we have everything we need." Pika looked at her, confused. "We're tracking down Snover." she answered.

Over in the living quarter, Pika and Vee were searching for Snover's house. A bunch of people hadn't helped, but they finally found a lead. "Yeah, I saw Snover." A Timburr said. "Went inside that building. Pretty sure he hasn't come out yet." he said, pointing to a club. "Thanks." Vee said. "Pika, let's go." she said, heading into the club.

The club was filled with ne'er-do-wells, but there was one exclusively they were searching for. Pika spotted him. "Vee, over there!" he said, pointing to a table where Snover sat. "Let me handle this." Vee said, walking over. Pika sighed. He started searching for something to do... and bumped into a Hariyama. "Move, scrub." the bully said. Pika stared at him. "I SAID MOVE!" The Hariyama said. "Fine." Pika responded. He slid under Hariyama's legs and tripped him with his tail. "Oh, you're gonna get it now." the fighter said.

"Excuse me, sir." she said. "Would you perhaps be Snover?" "Who wants to know?" The trickster said. "I prefer to remain anonymous." Vee said. "Oh, that's how you play?" Snover said. "Well, what's a tricky girl like you doing in a place like this?" "Just looking for some fun." Vee said, in character. "Well, I can give you some fun..." Snover said, slyly. "Well, now..." Vee said, acting like a playgirl. ...and then, Pika crashed into the table. "WHAT THE...?!" Snover yelled, as the table flipped over. Darn it, Pika! Vee thought. Then she spotted the necklace. Bingo. Vee cut the act and snatched the golden chain. "MY GEM!" Snover yelled. "I STOLE THAT FAIR AND SQUARE!"

Hariyama dashed after Pika. "COME HERE, YOU ELECTRIC RAT!" He yelled. Pika then jumped out from behind the table and hit Hariyama with an Iron Tail attack. Hariyama fell over. "Now... who's next?" Pika asked, raising his tail. Then he saw the four Makuhita charging at him. "Oh... you guys."

Meanwhile, Vee was running for her life. She jumped and slid across the bartender's stand to avoid Snover's Ice Punch. "Sorry!" she said, sliding past Scrafty, the bartender. "I once had a respectable establishment." Scrafty said. "THAT'S MINE!" Snover yelled, using Powder Snow. Vee ran as fast as her legs could take her.

Pika had by now built a tower of chairs. Hariyama, ready for more combat, faced him... and the now falling tower of chairs. "TIMBURR!" Pika yelled, the chars crashing onto the bulky brute. Meanwhile, the Makuhita were trapped underneath the cage of tabled Pika had also made. "Vee, I think it's time to go." Pika said, catching up to his friend. "I concur." she said. "Let's book it!"

A bunch of people had gathered around the club, but could not have expected to see Pika and Vee leaping out of the window. The two crashed onto the road, but kept running. They only stopped running once out of the district. Making their way back to Bulba's shop, they found Pachirisu waiting. "Here's your necklace, miss." Vee said, handing her the jewelry. "Thanks!" Pachirisu said. "Oh, and here's the job payment." The girl then handed them 100P. Pika and Vee smiled at each other, and then began to head back to the base.

"Very good!" Chatot said. "Now, here's your cut." The bird handed them 20P, their fair share of the money. "Now, we'll see you at the supper table." Pika and Vee were confused. "Ah, yes. Every day, once everyone gets back, we always eat supper together. Chansey makes delicious meals!" Pika and Vee smiled. "See you there!" They both said. The two friends placed the money and their gear back in the room, and headed to the red room.

"Now, everyone, DIG IN!"
"Crunch-munch! Chew-chew! Sniffle-slurp! Crunch-munch! Chew-chew! Sniffle-slurp! Crunch-munch! Chew-chew! Sniffle-slurp! Crunch-munch! Chew-chew! Sniffle-slurp!"

Back in the room, Pika and Vee discussed the day. "That club was crazy!" Pika said. "I would not like to go back there." "Likewise." Vee said. "That was super tiring, though. I feel like I'm ready to drop." Pika let out a yawn. "Yeah, I guess so. Let's hit the bunks." The two flopped onto the soft cushions.

"Hey, Pika?"
"Yeah, Vee?"
"It's hard to believe there's so many bad people in the world. I mean, I thought Weavile and the others were the worst of them, but now..."
"Well, it's really not so hard to believe."
"What?! How can you say that?!"
"No, not like that! Just think. Where there's good, there's evil. Can't it be the other way around? If there's a lot of bad people, there have to be good ones too."
"I guess that makes sense."
"You see? Besides, we can handle anything!"
"Hahahah! Good night, Pika."
"Good night, Vee."

(Special thanks to; @EspeonTheBest, @pikapal forever, @Twilight Nova, @Shauna23, @JacobRaze and @Bulba the Curious.)
  1. Mechanist Gamma
    Mechanist Gamma
    ...because it has a Bulbasaur?
    Oct 7, 2015
    PrincessPika likes this.
  2. Bulba the Curious
    Bulba the Curious
    This has been my favorite so far!
    Oct 7, 2015
  3. Mechanist Gamma
    Mechanist Gamma
    Vee's Journal - My Arceus, my blood is racing. Pika got us into a huge fight in our first job. It was exhilarating, but I wouldn't want to do it again any time soon. But we got the first trial finished, and we had a delicious meal. Oh, wait! We forgot to tell Zapdos our team's name! Oh, well. Maybe we'll tell him after the trials. That's all for now.
    Oct 4, 2015