The next day, Arthur was left with no other choice so he wanted to go around the city and try his luck there again. And when he went up to pack his stuff and change clothes he noticed his PokeDex blinking on and off. He realized for some time now that this meant a message had popped up for him.
["System detects violent movement of Infinity Energy in host's surroundings beep. Detecting unauthorized activation of Pokéball Mechanism beep. Warning! Sniebel has escaped the Pokéball! beep."]
"So it did notice something happening. Can you find it for me?", he had also realized that the PokeDex possessed some sort of voice recognition,
["Locating via energy signature and overtaking of satellites possible beep. current energy levels too low for this operation beep. recommending to fill energy levels with energy crystals beep."]
"And where can I find those?"
["Beep. Scanning map, triangulation of higher energy levels beep. Nearest deposit of energy crystals: possibly Mt.Moon beep."]
"Mt.Moon?! This is, that's too far away! Do you expect me to travel so far north of Kanto? Don't you have alternatives?"
["Alternatives beep. ... Possible to recognize and locate the Sniebel when in its surroundings of at least 50 meters beep."]
"50 meters, that's not enough! The city is too huge, it could be anywhere outside my 50 meter search radius even if I went looking for it. Can't you make it bigger?"
["Beep. Calculated two possible solutions. A: Expand the radius of search parameters to up to a kilometer beep. Issues involved: Detection field is spread too far, sensitivity towards Infinity Energy or other kinds of energetic fields highly increases, the probability of errors increases by 64% , probability that energy signatures get mixed up and target Pokemon gets mistaken increases by 99% beep. ..."]
"99% ?! Why do you even suggest this then?!"
["Solution B: Producing and distributing repeaters over the city beep. Signals sent out by the main unit get amplified and received by nearby repeaters beep. This process allows mapping out the city to find specific energy signature of target Pokemon beep. ..."]
"This sounds great, why didn't you say so before ...", before he could celebrate though he found the catch in the next row of texts,
["Issues involved: estimated that 100 copies of repeaters are needed to cover the whole city beep. costs involved: 500.000 PKD beep."], Arthur may have coughed blood at this number. He wasn't rich, he didn't get any money at home and all his earnings went into keeping up their living conditions, so where the hell should he get these 500.000 PKD from?!
"So is there nothing we can do? Guess I will have to run around the town and try my luck this way then. Who knows how long it could take, sigh!"
He first tried it out at the outer circles of the city and then planned to spirale his way into the core. But after three hours of walking he still hadn't finished combing through the first outer circle of his district.
"This is stupid. I won't get anywhere with this. Even if I made it to the core, the Sniebel might be at a completely other corner of the city instead!"
Arthur then reluctantly chose to go to see the Martial Arts Center. He still had a task given by Blue he needed to accomplish. He took a bus towards the city center where a lot of traffic was and where most people and Pokemon gathered.
In the middle of the square was a fountain again, this time with bronze statues of two young people. One of them strangely reminded him of someone, but he didn't know whom.
There was a cinema with new movies like "Nidoking and Nidorina, Love Across Evolutions", "Justice Man and Scyther against the Forces of Evil", or sports TV "Pokemon Battle: International Tournaments Live".
He saw clothing shops, a Pokemon Center, food streets etc.
Finally thanks to the GPS of the PokeDex he found a massive building with a sign saying:
"Underwood's Martial Arts Center: Train your Spirit and Steel your Heart!"
It was really big, almost 10 stories tall, it had tall glass windows inside the walls which were about 5 meters high and with which you could look into the dojo.
What Arthur saw were a lot of people and Pokemon fighting with and against each other!
The dojo didn't only have one sort of martial arts it provided to practice. He could see boxing rings, judo mats, even MMA cages!
There were also fitness machines and weight lifting equipment in the corner of the hall.
What astounded him a bit was the huge crowd of people gathering in front of the only entrance. Weirdly enough, they were mostly female ...
"Let me in!", he heard shouts coming from the crowd,
"I want to see my Gary!"
"You can't have him all to yourselves, that is unfair!"
The crowd got louder and louder and their voices to see this Gary person grew stronger and stronger as well.
"Is this, ehh, a coincidence?", Arthur wondered. He remembered how Khali talked about this Gary,
"He was famous, right?"
When he finished his train of thought, a new situation arose at the entrance.
A big massive guy stood there as a guard but even he felt intimidated by all those women shooting angry stares at him. Sweat dripped down his forehead and he needed to warn the girls and women in front of him every couple seconds to keep their distances but got rewarded with shouts and rage in return.
He had to endure these situations every couple of weeks now, ever since that 'Gary' came to their Martial Arts Center and practiced a bit. And every time this happened a huge following of women would bother him to let them all in. Yet he got strict orders from the dojo master to keep the fans away from the real practitioners.
But now that this situation escalated to this level already, there wasn't much time now before chaos would break out. They might need to call the police if they couldn't calm down these fans and disperse them. He gave a quick report to his superior into a communicator and a couple of minutes later, two people appeared from within the entrance.
One was a tall middle aged man, with dark brown hair, fair skin and a white dojo uniform on. The other person was shorter in comparison, but also definitely younger and more handsome. He had brown-orange hair and a lean muscular physique. He was wearing loose sports clothes and when the fans saw 'his' sweat dripping down his face they immediately cried out in ecstasy:
"Look at him!"
"He is so hot!"
"Gary I love you!"
"You are mine, Gary!"
"Gary, Gary he's a man! He can do what no one can!", there was even a group of six cheerleaders shouting their lyrics in a chorus.
The middle-aged man next to Gary spoke to him:
"Mister Oak, I know that you don't intend for this to happen everytime, but my dojo isn't a hotspot or gathering place for your fan meetings! If this continues on in the future I am afraid that I will have to revoke your membership here!"
"I understand Mr.Underwood, please don't worry. I will make sure this will be the last time!", Gary told him reassuringly with a smile on his face.
The voices of the fans got louder and it became difficult to hear one's own voice. Yet, when this Gary raised up his arm and made signs for the people to be quite the place instantly turned silent, it felt almost scary.
"I know, I know you want to see me, and here I am!", another round of shouts from the big crowd and he continued,
"but you need to respect public order and also this dojo here! If you aren't intending to do some real sports here, then I think it would be best to move our meeting to another place and time! I herby announce a party at my villa in Pallet City! Everyone of you is invited and gets a picture as well as an autograph! I hope to see all of you there then!", he waved and smiled charmingly at the crowd and from one second to another, again a round of shouts and cries sounded out. It felt like these women would explode from excitement because of this news.
Fortunately, the crowd dispersed quickly and everyone went their ways. Arthur heard some of them talk about what they should wear and what kind of lipsticks they should use ...
When his field of view was cleared now, Arthur realized that Gary was about to move back inside. He hurriedly ran forward and shouted:
"Mr.Gary! Mr.Gary! I need to see you!", but the guard mistook him for one of his fans,
"Hey, enough with that now. You just saw him, right? This place is only for members of the dojo, are you a member of the dojo?"
"Ehh, no, but I-", he got cut off rudely,
"Then scram! You are only wasting time!"
Arthur got discouraged this. He was really close to finishing his task but got stopped in the last moment. Was there any other way inside?
When he was about to walk around the building to find another entrance he heard someone speaking to him loudly:
"Hey! You, kid! Yes, you, I heard you were looking for me?", the person speaking turned out to be Gary!
He had heard someone calling his name and he didn't want to let his fans down so he turned back shortly after.
He didn't expect it to be a young boy though:
"Hey, do you want the autograph now?", he asked kindly.
"Ehh ...", Arthur was confused for a moment but then got himself back together,
"No sir, I am not here for an autograph."
"A picture then?"
"My name is Arthur McNeal, and Mr.Oak, Mr.Blue Oak told me to come see you because of something important."
Gary's smile froze for a moment and he grew confused at first. Then he remembered a phone call he got from his brother and enlightenment spread on his face:
"Ohhh, so it was you! I forgot it to be honest but it's fine, come in! We can talk inside!", he turned towards the guard,
"He is cool, let him in!",
and they entered the Martial Arts Center together.
scheduled chapter for the coming week,
please enjoy ;)
Bonus chapter goals for that week as follows:
1.Bonus chapter goal at 90 PS
2.Bonus chapter goal at 120 PS
3.Bonus chapter goal at 150 PS
Another thing, I wrote in the last chap "Officer Rocky", german version, but I realized later that in english she is called "Officer Jenny" haha. Changed it to keep everything international and more canon.
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