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The silence was so unbearably unnerving.

Saturn didn't say anything- he didn't dare. And frankly even if he weren't terrified he still wouldn't be inclined to make small talk, because while Saturn personally felt that there was a lot you could get away with when trying to survive--he would never claim to be above tricking certain kinds of people, say, bandits--trying to endear himself to someone so vile didn't really sit well with him.

No, he would not talk to Queen unless she demanded it of him.

Even if the silence was making him want to crawl out of his own skin.

Also incredibly unbearable- the realization after they were alone that he had no weapon. And- yes, true, if he had one there was a decent chance he wouldn't be able to use it on Queen. Nothing short of a good, steady shotgun would help.

But it would be nice if he didn't have to rely solely on the giant, heavy rock dinosaur that had just brutally murdered another pokemon to protect him from things like the undead. Or their possible guest.

That was actually the part that sat the worst with him besides his own possible impending messy death at the hands of this pokemon who clearly didn't like him. Some random person who's left everyone else well enough alone is maybe going to be hunted down today.

Now granted, Ariana's order wasn't to do that. It was to find another way through. And also whoever this was was almost certainly Rocket-affiliated so there was a decent chance they were not some innocent victim.

But Saturn wasn't in much of a position to judge anyone, much less someone he knew nothing about, and he also knew that should they happen to find this person, Queen would either kill them herself or haul them back to Ariana who would probably kill them.

So until then, all he could do was... walk. He made sure to stand up straight, at least- if he couldn't suppress the faint tremor in his body, then he would at least not hunch over.

He sure did wish he had his flashlight out, though. It was dark. He couldn't see well, and he didn't trust Queen not to react violently if he reached into his bag. Also it would make a decent enough blunt weapon.

He started glancing in random doors and down random hallways, chewing on his lip. He didn't have a lot of faith in turning up much, and he hoped Queen wasn't expecting him to actually find anything.

If only Mars was here for counsil... or even one of Archer's pokemon. Everyone else got one of his pokemon in their group, he remembered with a resurging pang of horror.

He prayed that wasn't a sign Queen was just going to kill him. But realistically, one of Archer's pokemon being present wouldn't stop that, so...

What was going to happen to him this entire detour was really anyone's guess, huh.




"...You know..." Ariana began, and Mars only noticed at the last syllable that she was talking to her, still staring where Queen had herded her best friend away, "I had... hoped... to meet you a long time ago."

Ariana looked around, almost as if making dead sure they were alone. Mars wasn't sure what she was feeling, but it was making her gut churn in a way she super did not appreciate.

"I... I couldn't take you in when you were born," she continued, her voice still soft. Something about her voice was making her feel worse. "It wasn't the place for a baby back then. But... when I could finally support you on my own, even if your father was willing, I... I couldn't find you. They'd lost you, the people that took you in. And I... I thought..."

She took in a sharp breath. Mars remained frozen, though her eyes darted down to the Vileplume giving Ariana's leg a supportive, gentle pat.

She cleared her throat, shaking her head. "But you're here now. So tell me about yourself, dear. I want to know absolutely everything."

Talk. Say something. Speak!

"I..."

What did she say to this monster woman? What could she say that wouldn't immediately get her shot?

Her entire lexicon of curses were bouncing around in her head like those cheap little super bouncy balls they sold out of gumball machines.

Mars did not consider herself a restrained person. Or even much of a smart one. While she might not openly admit the latter, she was more than willing to tell anyone who asked that Saturn was definitely the calm, collected one between the two of them. He handled negotiations. He planned ways around bandits, obstacles- anything in their way. Saturn was always the clever one, the planner, the thinker. She was the doer. He pointed her at a task and she dug in with gusto. Because she trusted him not to steer her wrong, and he trusted her to do the job right, and they both trusted each other to have each other's backs. That was just how it had always been, even as teenagers.

Whatever bullshit he'd gone through since Galactic had made him more paranoid and twitchy, but he hadn't lost his sharp mind. If anything that paranoia made him smarter. He had backup plans for almost everything before she had even half of one plan.

And the Saturn in her brain right now was warning her above the din of screaming curses that she had to play at least halfway nice, because she had no idea what exactly Ariana thought of her and how much the woman would let her get away with before deciding bloodlines didn't matter, actually.

Besides the screaming rage and the warning miniature Saturn there was also...

Well, she didn't think she had a name for it but if she had to ascribe a sound to the feeling it would probably be something like 'sobbing little girl.' And she had a decent idea of why she was feeling that but now was absolutely the wrong time to think about it. Really, if Mars had her way, the wrong time to think about it would be always until she died.

It had been a hot minute hadn't it been shit-

"I want my best friend back," tumbled out of her mouth, and okay yep already off to a stupid start, but it was out and she had to roll with it and not rake Ariana over the coals about it. "You're glad I'm alive, right? He's the reason why. I'd have probably gotten killed when I was a teenager if he hadn't been there to warn me away from doing stupid shit when I got mad."


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Archer was glad that his indifference to her proclamation of murdering his traveling companion didn't cause any uproar. Ariana was distracted now, yes, but she might come running if there was any shrieking their way. "My biggest obstacle is the Nidoqueen," the blonde began after a moment of thought. Archer was inclined to agree with her, but remained quiet. "That fat, soulless monster is the only one who has a risk to me and my team. The rest I have no fear of no matter how much they would like to pretend otherwise. Ariana herself is no threat once the Pokemon are dealt with, just a wad of used up tissue that is too trashy to even realize someone missed the garbage can when she fell out."

A brow quirked at Fenix's hubris; she had a total of, what, two pokemon now and she thought she could overtake a team of five? He spared a glance at her. Did she not realize that Ariana's battling style wasn't always committed to brutal displays of power? She must have written off Belladonna because she was a grass type and Fenix was a fire trainer... Under normal circumstances, Archer would agree, but it was a large assumption thinking that Bella would even allow Fenix's pokemon to fight her. "While brute force may be the eventual tactic to take out the Pokemon it will have to be in a carefully crafted blitz attack. No chance for them to rally. Which means.... I'll need help."

He spared a glance at the grieving trainer, arms still folded over his chest. "Queen is an issue, yes," he agreed quietly. "And is often Ariana's go-to choice when it comes to decimating threats. You shouldn't write off the rest of her team, however. Despite their trainer, they work well together. If it were that easy to beat her, I wouldn't be here." His eyes returned to the mysterious barricade and sighed.

"You will need help. Unfortunately, I can only offer so much. You'll need to enlist the other hostages. Not that I think they'll refuse-- the main obstacle is asking them and planning an attack without Ariana or one of her goons listening in. Find a way to do that, and I'll create an opportunity for you." He looked down to Tyranny, who simply offered a worried expression. They'd tried to leave before, after all... and that experience alone was what kept them at her side.

"I'll also offer you are on a deadline: knowing what we're looking for down here, I doubt Ariana will let you live once we find it." He looked back to Fenix, wondering if she was aware as well. "This new development has granted you some time, at least."



"Yeah, I'm good," the hostage called back, which Justice took as a cue to start moving. His head lifted a little as she addressed him further: "If you need me to loosen up, let me know." With a hint of a smile, the Tauros nodded and continued to follow the two flying pokemon, occasionally glancing curiously to the Ponyta beside him.

"Don't you ignore me, you featherless mouth monster!" Fop squawked indignantly as he hopped on the tile. He hated how he couldn't fly here; the others were moving too slow and the hallways were too small for his impressive wingspan. "You've always been jealous, and now when our trainers aren't in sight and you outnumber me, you show your true colors! Well, I won't be fooled. I won't be blindsided! I'll decimate the both of you and then take my trophies of your misshapen heads to your pathetic, whimpering trainer!"

The slight against Archer didn't cause a reaction from Anarchy, but Justice let out an angry snort. The Honchkrow immediately turned to him, feathers puffing upward. A sneer appeared on the avian face and he hopped to the bull and his passenger. "Oh? What was that, you matted, over-sized hamburger? Did you want to say something to me? Disagree with me? Give me a single reason to pluck out those beady little eyes and rip out that tongue. I hear cow tongue is quite the delicacy." Justice was forced to stop in his trek as the Honchkrow continued to berate and threaten him.

Anarchy turned to face the two, but didn't otherwise move. His expression was unchanged, though he seemed to be staring at Justice more than Fop. The Tauros stayed still and silent until Fop was satisfied. The bird gave a haughty, "Hmph! That's what I thought," before turning and continuing to hop along the hall. There was a last look from the stoic Crobat before he followed, and Justice brought up the rear.

Though the entry point Ariana described wasn't far, walking in silence felt an eternity. The oppressive silence, the tension-- it increased with every echoing clack of Justice's hooves. Still, they pressed on. Finally, Anarchy stopped and hovered around a small spot in the floor. "Ok. We need to go here." He looked to the others. "How do we collapse the floor without Justice and the hostages falling?"



”No, it’s certainly not dementia,” came the doctor's reply, earning a string of grateful "Ohmygods" from the venomous snake. ”Isn’t her name actually ‘Grim’?”

Cleo scoffed. "Yeah, but that's a dumbass name, Dr. Doctor Lady. 'Grim'? Like, ew. Reminds me of, like, dust and cobwebs and shit. Grimey is also gross, but it makes me think of green things and she's green, so it's OBVIOUSLY the better name. Duh." She laughed and slithered closer to the Serperior. "I thought doctors were supposed to be, like, smart?" She lightly tapped Grim with her tail. "She's so fucking stupid, isn't she?"

[color-#009A53]"Mhmm,"[/color] was the grass type's only reply. She didn't pay much attention to either her companion or Daisy and simply slowly made her way along the tile, staring at the walls.

After a moment, Cleo stopped and looked around them. "What are we supposed to be doing again?"

"Looking for holes in the walls," Grim replied. She turned to Daisy and gestured to the opposite wall with her head. "The sooner we get done, the sooner we can leave."



Queen was utterly silent as they walked. She didn't care about the boy next to her, only that his constant trembling was annoying her. She was too good for this menial work. Even killing the boy was beneath her[; it looked like he was about to keel over anyway, without outside assistance. He mind drifted to the Arcanine she'd killed barely an hour ago and scoffed. That might have been a good kill if Cleo didn't have it completely pinned.

Where was the sport in that? The entertainment?
She knew she could break an Arcanine's neck. She knew she could snap this little twig beside her in her sleep. Big fucking deal. She wanted a challenge. She wanted to have to use her strength and wits and actually feel something. Instead, she was given the weakest of their charges to babysit. Boring. And kind of insulting.

Sick of the boy already, even without him speaking a word, Queen glanced around them and spotted a wall. Ariana wanted him to go in one, right? Right. She huffed a bit and punched one, causing a sizable hole to appear. She turned to the boy and pointed at the hole, glaring. "Go."



"I..."

Ariana turned to her nervous daughter, not knowing what to expect. How alike were they? Did she fancy the same kind of music, food, TV shows? Did they share a favorite movie or Pokemon? Or did she inherit things from her father? Her heart fluttered thinking and mulling over the possibilities, nearly giddy with excitement.

And then...

"I want my best friend back," was the answer. She hadn't thought there would be a wrong answer to the question 'tell me about yourself', but there it was. Ariana's hopeful smile faded a bit as her daughter continued. "You're glad I'm alive, right? He's the reason why. I'd have probably gotten killed when I was a teenager if he hadn't been there to warn me away from doing stupid shit when I got mad."

With a sigh and a roll of her eyes, Ariana shook her head. "Honey, no. You're still young, so you might not have figured out what guys are supposed to be." She turned completely to face Mars, hands on her hips. "That boy? Is not your friend. He thinks you are, but that's the only thing that makes him useful. He is a tool, like all boys, and sure-- if he kept you alive this long, then I suppose he's fulfilled his purpose. But now? It's time to let that scrawny little toddler go.

"You don't need him anymore. We're together now and while I appreciate the idea of keeping a little toy around for fun, not that one. You need better taste in men. He's barely a man, for shit's sake; I think one of my tits weighs more than he does. Move on."


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"Queen is an issue, yes," Archer's deadpan reply unnerved the Gym Leader for some reason. "And is often Ariana's go-to choice when it comes to decimating threats. You shouldn't write off the rest of her team, however. Despite their trainer, they work well together. If it were that easy to beat her, I wouldn't be here." Well that was fair, but she was also a gym leader. Type advantage wasn't her only strength when it came to a mastery of fire types, she knew how to deal with type disadvantage and team battles were her specialty. Her entire team had been built around double battles back when she was actively running Cinnabar though in this situation...especially with Pompeii gone...her preferred match ups were now limited to one beneficial duo.

"You will need help. Unfortunately, I can only offer so much. You'll need to enlist the other hostages. Not that I think they'll refuse-- the main obstacle is asking them and planning an attack without Ariana or one of her goons listening in. Find a way to do that, and I'll create an opportunity for you." Fenix crossed her arms and pondered Archer's suggestion. It was true they would have to find some way to coordinate and that was another problem. She knew waht needed to be done but getting the others on the same page was going to be an obstacle she hadn't actually considered. She was used to her Pokemon who could practically read her thoughts they had fought together so long.

"I'll also offer you are on a deadline: knowing what we're looking for down here, I doubt Ariana will let you live once we find it. This new development has granted you some time, at least."

Looking at Archer Fenix's frown deepened. She had her suspicions why Rocket would be infiltrating their own abandoned base but didn't want to give up all her cards just yet. She liked Archer, hell she even found him attractive and a more than competent trainer, but that didn't mean she was ready to trust him with everything she had. Right now he was only amenable to change his own situation so she couldn't treat him like they were friends. Maybe she should dig into what exactly had the redhead so obsessive a little harder-

"I can help," Flynn interrupted with his own calm reply. Fenix looked down at the finally vocal Sylveon and arched one eyebrow, silently questioning what exactly he was considering for a plan. He had been utterly silent this entire time so hopefully whatever caused him to break it was better than her half a plan. "It's already been proven she has it out for you now," he continued, "but if you notice she didn't even mention me when she split up the different groups. Or hardly any Pokemon other than her own. I may be able to act as a go between if she continues that trend. If I stick to only speaking with other Pokemon and only when someone else is the focus of her attention we can relay information right under her nose."

Fenix smiled for the first time since beautiful Pompeii's death. "Didn't know you had it in you to be sneaky, Ruffles," she teased lightly, earning a swat from one of Flynn's ribbons. "But it's an idea. Even if it isn't you we could use other Pokemon in much the same fashion. Especially yours if you are actually willing to do this, Archer. As her second your Pokemon have more freedom to move about the hostages. What do you think? Is it viable?"
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Max tried to focus on literally anything other than the burning on her back, and unfortunately for her, that ended up being listening to the giant ball of feathers that wouldn't shut up. "Don't you ignore me, you featherless mouth monster!" He squawked towards the Crobat. "You've always been jealous, and now when our trainers aren't in sight and you outnumber me, you show your true colors! Well, I won't be fooled. I won't be blindsided! I'll decimate the both of you and then take my trophies of your misshapen heads to your pathetic, whimpering trainer!" While she didn't really have a horse in this race, Justice clearly did and the angry snort caught the damned bird's attention. "Oh? What was that, you matted, over-sized hamburger? Did you want to say something to me? Disagree with me? Give me a single reason to pluck out those beady little eyes and rip out that tongue. I hear cow tongue is quite the delicacy." He hopped into Justice's way and stared him down. The silence was thick with tension, and Max had to force herself to let go of Justice's fur before she hurt him.

A glance to the side where Misty had been walking told her that the Ponyta was absolutely terrified. The backwards pinned ears, an unfortunately common sight by this point, seemed even lower than usual. It was almost a miracle that she was standing her ground instead of bolting or hiding behind the much bigger bull. Not that Max really thought of Misty as a coward, but she had expectations for a Pokemon that was still growing used to fighting instead of running.

Turning her eyes back to the Honckrow, Max recognized the power struggle going on, and knew the only way they could get through this was if Justice kept quiet. Please just stay quiet. It'll be over quicker if you do. The thought kept going through her head on repeat. She didn't see Anarchy's pointed look at Justice until Fop declared, "Hmph! That's what I thought," and continued hopping down the hallway. A breath she hadn't realized she was holding was released. She wasn't entirely sure what the quiet communication entailed, but she stored it away for later. Just in case.

If anything, Justice clearly didn't like his trainer being bad talked, and Max was going to grab at anything that meant he might listen to her plea.

Eventually, Anarchy stopped and hovered over a specific spot on the floor and said, "Ok. We need to go here." Max leaned a little forwards in an attempt to see what was so special about the spot as he then asked, "How do we collapse the floor without Justice and the hostages falling?"

Max turned her head in thought as she tried to figure out a solution to the problem. If they didn't have any ideas, she needed to come up with one. Fast. Unfortunately, construction was something she never really looked into beyond casual glances at unfinished housing, and other than knowing they absolutely did not have the tools they probably needed, she was at a loss. The spot the Crobat was hovering over, however, looked off from the rest of the floor. Was it a natural weakness from years of disuse? "We just need a hole right? A big one?" She bit her lip in thought. "I'm not strong enough to break through the first layer with my bare hands, but we don't want to bring the whole building down by having you guys attack the floor..." She mused aloud. Some part of her hoped one of the others would supply an answer.

Glancing down towards Misty, she had a thought. "C-can I look at that spot on the floor?" She didn't want to give the Honchkrow an excuse to attack her when he was already itching for a fight.

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Saturn was peeking around a hallway, having finally stopped trembling, when the smashing happened.

He almost jumped a mile, struggling to swallow the yelp (and mostly succeeding) as he whirled around to look. He stared in confusion and mild horror at the hole she'd made before remembering Ariana's prior words, and the horror grew.

She pointed at it.

"Go."

Her voice was low, but it didn't need to be loud to ring like a death knell.

He stared at the hole for a moment, taking a deep breath, willing the stilling of his body.

This was happening. All I can do is work with what I have.

And... there was probably nothing behind that wall that was more dangerous than anything they could run into, here.

Saturn grabbed one of his backpack straps with one hand and climbed through.




Mars was actually, for a brief second, a little pleased with herself for keeping her voice so level. Sure, it wasn't happy or anything, but it was civil. She'd like to think Saturn would be pleased, too.

Tangoing with that tiny measure of pride was still the yawning hole in her center as well as the fear that she'd immeditely set the woman off anyway but hey, nobody could say that if things went sideways it was her temper that got the best of her.

Instead of an explosion--relieving--the response was a sigh and an eyeroll--immediately infuriating. Mars bit the inside of her cheek and willed herself to unclench her fists. "Honey, no. You're still young, so you might not have figured out what guys are supposed to be."

Uh. The fuck?

[color=#a00000]"That boy? Is not your friend. He thinks you are, but that's the only thing that makes him useful. He is a tool, like all boys, and sure-- if he kept you alive this long, then I suppose he's fulfilled his purpose. But now? It's time to let that scrawny little toddler go."[color]

Good god, was her face punchable. Ariana continued on, oblivious. Concieted. Condescending. As if she had any understanding of the shit she and Saturn had gone through.

"You don't need him anymore. We're together now and while I appreciate the idea of keeping a little toy around for fun, not that one. You need better taste in men. He's barely a man, for shit's sake; I think one of my tits weighs more than he does. Move on."

"He's not a toddler; he's a grown man." Shit. Even though she just barely kept from shouting this wasn't going to end well. What the fuck was wrong with this woman where did she get off thinking guys were tools what the fuck- "Wait-"

She blinked, eyes widening as a realization slammed into her with the force of a battering ram.

"Is-" she struggled to make her mouth work. "Is that all my father was to you? A toy?"

It was one thing if he was abusive, or a deadbeat, or dead- she'd expected that.

This was something else.


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