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PostSubject: Solitary Setbacks   Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:16 am

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Cattail Marsh was not a pretty scene. It was hardly a tourist attraction and it was most assuredly not a popular hotspot. The air was muggy, humid and uncomfortable, the flatlands were mushy and heavy, and the waters that flooded the flatlands were rife with muck and grime, to say nothing of the many bug, poison, and water Pokemon that made their homes there. The dungeon itself was merely a passageway to the infinitely more deadly Misty Mire, harsher swamplands that were home to much more dangerous Pokemon. Cattail Marsh was the sort of dungeon you went to only if you had to go there for something.

Goro the Croagunk called it home. Croagunk themselves were not an uncommon sight in the swamplands, but ones that weren't feral certainly were. Goro himself made his home in the Marsh not because the conditions were particularly favorable, but because how little traffick the area saw. If anything could be said about Goro the Croagunk, then it would be that he valued his privacy. A mercenary by occupation and a hermit by nature, the Marsh was a natural sanctuary for him. After setting off on his own, he'd stumbled into the Marsh on his way to Rainfront Town, and had instantly fell in love with the desolate population and unpleasant environment.

Only one or two ferals been pokin' 'round here today. Good 'ta see they're learnin' their place. Goro liked to spend his time in the Marsh patrolling his territory, a stretch of swamp deep within the dungeon that he claimed for himself. There wasn't anything particularly special about his flatlands, other than an abandoned run-down shack perched up on a gloomy embankment of water. It was dour and damaged, with heavy cracks in the aged wood, empty windows and a missing door-- he loved it. Goro counted himself very fortunate to have found it, and immediately set about beating back any and all feral Pokemon in the area, establishing the area very firmly as his.

Which is what he was doing now. The Croagunk prowled through the swamplands back to his hovel with a satisfied air about him, having discovered only a few Pokemon still lingering in the area. They were learning quickly not to come anywhere near his residence, lest they find themselves on the wrong end of a harsh beating.

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PostSubject: Re: Solitary Setbacks   Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:56 pm

As the others gathered around her basket full of food, Darcy poked her head inside and took a second berry for herself, too.  She kept her eyes fixed on the ground while she ate, still feeling a little shy...  But with how brightly Alki was glowing with excitement and happiness, it was impossible for those feelings to stick around for long.  As she watched Alki smile, her eyes sparkling and her voice light and upbeat, Darcy couldn't help but smile back and feel warm inside.  The little Igglybuff had been so quiet and sensitive, once upon a time...  Seeing how much progress her sister had made honestly caused Darcy to feel a little choked up.  She didn't think anything could make her happier.

Alki's words gently brought the Skitty out of her reverie.  The Igglybuff was happy with the food, which was good.  It was nothing special, just the kind of food that guild members were given when they had to travel far away from town, so Darcy had been a little worried about that.  And...  Oh, Alki had picked up on the Skitty's shyness, too.  Her grin took on an air of sheepishness.  Had it been that obvious?

...Still, embarrassed as she was, her friend's words did help.  "Yeah.  I'm a normal-type too, so I'm sure you're right..." she said, giggling softly.  She stood up and took a few steps forward, settling prone against Alki's side and affectionately brushing her tail against the Igglybuff's back out of habit.  Flamethrower was beyond her, she was quite certain, but that didn't mean there weren't other useful techniques she could learn, if she could find the right training or items.  Even her current moves felt useful, even if none of them were very impressive, or good for fighting.

And of course, the same held true for Alki!  If she could learn something as shocking as Flamethrower, the sky seemed to be the limit for her.  Darcy had to stop herself from humming a song while she thought about it.  Given enough time, Alki would become a great explorer.  She was certain.

Speaking of which, Goro piped up, asking about their role at the guild.  It was too bad that he didn't have any plans in mind yet, but the Skitty was happy to just talk for now.  "Alki's an explorer too!" she said, nodding and giving him a smile.  "We live together at the guild in Grassveil Town.  We've been on the same team for a while.

"...We're...  Still just apprentices though, really..."
she continued, a trace of shyness returning to her posture and voice.  "Our team is still 'grey rank', which is the rank beginners start with.  So Faye...  I mean, the guildmaster, only lets us handle simple jobs that are close to town."

She looked up at Goro again, suddenly wearing a tiny frown.  "Honestly...  When I first saw you last night, I thought you must be some kind of outlaw, like the ones the other Pokemon at the guild have told me about.  Most Pokemon wouldn't want to live out here instead of in Rainfront Town, unless they had a reason for it..." she said.  "So...  My heart was absolutely pounding out of my chest.  I don't think I've ever been that scared in my life."

She looked down at the ground again.  "I don't want to feel that way again, you know?  Especially...  Umm, especially not if Alki is around.  That's why I was hoping you could teach us, a little.  Umm...  I think it would make me feel...  Safer."

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PostSubject: Re: Solitary Setbacks   Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:43 am

Alki listened to the conversation unfold, too ashamed at her lack of knowledge to really pipe up for the moment. Still, it gave her time to think. First, about the books she'd been choosing to read. Fairy tales and children's stories were all fine, but she needed to read stuff that was fitting of an explorer, and not of a child. As she was all too aware, there was still a need to impress Darcy, and especially to impress Morty. She didn't want either one of her teammates to feel like she was dragging them down, and she didn't know the first thing about either species, or really, any species. But wasn't that her job? As an apprentice? To learn? The Igglybuff shook her head, mentally scolding herself. She'd have to read more educational books, about moves and Pokemon and mystery dungeons and battling. She knew nothing! And a guild member was supposed to know a lot…

   Although one thing Alki knew, was that she found Darcy's comment sweet. She wanted to protect Alki. That was more than anyone else had ever wanted for her. Her “real” sister definitely didn't care to protect her. She'd gone and hit her. Almost knocked her out too… she remembered the dizziness and confusion and pain that had resulted from the beat down that was her first, and so far, only real battle. The disdain towards her sister began to flare up, and Alki wanted to learn to battle to protect herself as well. She didn't want to feel like that ever again.

   Granted, there wasn't a whole lot she could do to achieve that goal at the moment, considering Goro didn't have any actual plans towards training her. He was honest, though, and Alki didn't want to be impatient. Things like tutoring someone must take time, especially when he was going to try and tutor someone as physically inept as herself. She was small, even by Igglybuff standards. Training someone like Alki to fight must be a chore, she was sure.

   The Igglybuff suddenly felt as if the conversation had gotten a bit too serious, especially with the Skitty confessing that she'd though Goro was an outlaw . Alki couldn't help but feel as if the Skitty should have a bit more faith in people, but for now, all she was concerned about was lightening up the mood. “Yeah! We're apprentices! And Faye is the guild master. She's a Meganium… and she's huge! Like… six times my size. At least! But she's still really sweet. She gave me a real cute, blue ribbon. I left it at home. Next time I visit, I could bring it and show you!” Alki said, going off on a bit of a tangent. She blushed at the thought. Her Robin was nice. The shade of blue was awfully pretty, and it was the first bow she'd ever owned too. She'd seen Melanie wear one before, but she'd never owned one of her very own until Faye had given her one, with the map and bag that explorers usually received. All that being said, she didn't want to lose it. And a trip through a mystery dungeon was the perfect opportunity to lose possessions like that. At the same time, she wanted to show her new friend the thing she was so proud of. As he had said only a few moments before, she'd cross that bridge when she got to it.

  After a few moments had passed, Alki gazed up at the two Pokemon seated around her. Surely, they'd had their fill of the dried berries and fruits Darcy had brought. It had to have been enough time for Goro to figure out some form of training for her? Sure, she was being a tad impatient, but could anyone really blame Alki? This was her first step to being a guild member no one could be ashamed of. She began to fidget in place, unsure of how to get things moving.

“Y'know, I'm… sorta full.” She began, the anxiousness clear in her voice. This really couldn't be further from the truth, she'd had one berry, and if anything, she was still a bit hungry. But she couldn't go and say that and spend another conversation anxiously waiting for the practice session to begin. She looked down at the basket, and then up at Goro. What if he wasn't full though? She didn't want to rob him of these new foods…

A few moments of deliberation, and one berry later, Alki opened her mouth to speak. “That's a lie… I mean, I'm not really that hungry anymore but… I'm just excited to practice and… stuff… I don't mean to rush anyone but… erm… can we go s-soon?” She said. She didn't have the heart to lie to either of these two Pokemon, even if it was just a small fib. Especially around Darcy. She'd either tell the truth, or say nothing at all, but lying was something else altogether.
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PostSubject: Re: Solitary Setbacks   Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:34 am

Goro let himself indulge in a tiny smile, sitting cross-legged and slowly munching on a dried pear, once Darcy piped up in response to his question. She had mentioned living at the Guild with Alki, last night, once they had a moment alone together when the Igglybuff went off to bed. But at the time, he'd been thoroughly embarrassed and desperately looking for a sense of solitude, and he wasn't sure if she was being sincere when she said as much. Getting his first hug ever had sort of disoriented him. Still, it was very nice to hear that the little Balloon Pokémon had someone looking out for her on her jobs, or... whatever it is she did for the Explorer's Guild. The idea of Alki on a Rescue Team was a boggling thought, no matter how he went about it.

But, she was cheerful, and generally upbeat besides. It wasn't an unfitting profession for her, honestly. He was only passingly familiar with  Explorer's Guilds and their Rescue Teams -- he'd seen his parents had square off once or twice against a few teams, while they were training him. The jobs they took weren't amoral in nature, and it was well known that all Explorers helped people. It was what they did, no matter what rank they were. Some of the stronger ones would hunt outlaws, but mostly they took jobs to help their clientele, or rescue Pokémon in danger. He couldn't see Alki doing such a thing, especially not now, but once she got older and stronger, she'd likely get a strong sense of satisfaction from such work. Darcy backing her up and looking after her along the way was a comforting thought, even if they were apparently only apprentices not allowed to undertake any dangerous tasks.

The small smile he wore quickly turned nervous, however, when Darcy leveled her thoughts of him potentially being an outlaw at him. It was very understandable, given the context, of course. Once he heard her skulking around his place, he wasn't exactly friendly or welcoming, and she had just gotten torn up pretty bad by the Marsh's hospitalities. The scariest part of her thoughts was that she was right - most Pokémon wouldn't settle down in a Dungeon unless they had a very good reason for it. And he did have such a reason. All throughout his training, he stood right behind his parents as they worked as thugs, and if they were outlaws, it was very probable that he could be one too. If he wandered into Rainfront Town one day and saw his name on a wanted poster, he wouldn't be surprised. He might even deserve it - he never did much on their jobs, but he did help out occasionally. They were the bad guys in those scenarios more often than not. He was pretty sure he wasn't an outlaw, but... that was one of the reasons he struck out in the Marsh.

It was honestly frightening at how quickly Darcy had him pegged. He was silent while she spoke, partially out of shock, but also preferring to simply listen. It was apparent that this Skitty had a working head on her shoulders - she was essentially right in her first assumptions about him.

He let out a breath that he didn't remember sucking in once she stopped speaking, visibly relieved when Alki chirped up from the side. Hearing her go off one her little tangent was strangely relaxing, her high-pitched voice and scrambling words washing over him, lulling him into an amused silence as he listened dutifully. The Meganium certainly sounded like a leader, if she could inspire such loyalty and love in her employees so quickly. Both Alki and Darcy had voiced their opinions on the Guild Leader, and without prompting, no less. Being a Rescue Team member probably was very rewarding. He finished off his fruit slowly once Alki drifted off, the group of Pokémon falling into a moment of silence. Their company... wasn't bad, in all honesty. He certainly preferred his solitude and isolation, striking out so deep into Cattail Marsh, but it was nice to hear so much about them over breakfast. He opted not to reach back in the basket for a second fruit, unwilling to eat too much. From the way Alki kept harping on and on about training, she seemed to want to go at it really hard. Best not to over-indulge and pay for it later.

Sure enough, the Igglybuff piped up once more a few moments later into the silence, unable to stay quiet for too long. He grinned at the thought, before wiping his hands off on his legs and making a show of finishing up. The Croagunk dutifully rose to his feet, dusting off his legs and stretching for the incoming workout, taking a moment to think of the best way to proceed. He'd have to learn how capable each of them were in a fighting scenario, to get a clear sense of what they knew and what they didn't. Their strengths and weaknesses, the things they should focus on and anything they needed to fix. Probably better to start with the basics, in any case.

"If yer both done with breakfast, sure." His voice was content, loud and clear in the Marsh atmosphere, any signs of morning drowsiness or fatigue visibly absent from his person. He was light on his feet, eyes alert and energetic. Almost jittery, in fact. Normally, he'd take this time in the morning to trek out around his territory and patrol for any ferals who got too close to his home, but for the past few days, he hadn't found anything. Truthfully, it was more him looking for a fight rather than him defending his territory, but he had other things to see to, this morning. Like this little brat Igglybuff and her sister harping on him for fighting lessons, of all things. He cast a considering glance at his front yard, gauging the distance of flat land carefully. There was about ten to fifteen yards of high, dry land in front of his shack, before it dipped down into shallow waters. Plenty of room to run about. "We got enough space here in the front yard, to start with, I reckon."

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PostSubject: Re: Solitary Setbacks   Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:58 am

Darcy took one last piece of food as she finished talking, wrapping her tail around her front paws and falling silent.  She hoped neither Goro nor Alki would judge her too harshly for confessing how frightened she had been.  She'd done her best to act brave last night, like she thought a real team leader might, but...  It had taken every ounce of courage in her body to not just run away.  If Alki's safety hadn't been in question, Darcy wasn't sure she would ever be able to stand up to an outlaw.  What kind of a team leader did that make her..?

She sighed gently and cast a sideways glance at Goro.  In any case, she was thankful he hadn't been an outlaw after all.  ...Although, he seemed tensed up, all of a sudden, sitting as still as a rock, not even chewing anymore.  ...Oh, dear, it was because she had brought up last night again, wasn't it.  The Skitty's ears folded against her head as she was struck with a pang of regret.  Of course Goro wasn't an outlaw, right?  He was too generous for that.  But what if she had hurt his feelings?  Or worse, made him angry again..?  After the fury he had aimed at her last night, she didn't ever want to see him angry again...

She opened her mouth to apologize, to let him know she hadn't meant anything by it.  He'd long since proven himself in her eyes, protecting Alki and letting them both stay the night...  But before she could say anything, Alki piped up, explaining more about Faye, and showering her with praise.  Praise that she rightfully deserved, Darcy thought, suddenly smiling again in spite of herself.  It was so difficult to stay upset when Alki was being so positive and cheerful.  Darcy glanced at Goro once again, but the Igglybuff's excited rambling seemed to have calmed him down a little bit too.  Or maybe she had just imagined his anxiety in the first place.  Either way, she was happy that the moment was over...

The Skitty finished eating, just in time to hear Alki declare that she was done too...  Or at least that she was hoping to start their lesson already.  Darcy gave her a fond glance, still grateful to the core to see her little sister feeling this way.  "Okay.  You can have more later if you get hungry again, Alki.  Just let me know, alright?" she said, nodding and trying not to smile too widely.

Goro agreed too, and so it was settled.  She shut the basket, lifted it back into her bag, then unslung the bag itself from her shoulder and set it aside before glancing around the clearing.  Goro was right--there seemed to be enough space here.  She was glad that they wouldn't have to go any deeper into the marsh...

She shook her body and trotted towards the center of the clearing, her heart pounding a little faster with anticipation and perhaps a hint of anxiety.  She felt out of her depth already.  Goro must have been a scrappy and resourceful Pokemon if he was able to live all alone out here.  Nothing like herself.  She turned around and took a deep breath as she sat down, staring up at the frog Pokemon with a mixture of hope and desperation in her eyes.  As impossible as it seemed, she wanted to become a little more like him, tough and reliable and able to take care of herself...

She wondered if he knew how he was going to teach the two of them yet.  She didn't know where she would start if she were him...  But maybe there was some information she could offer that could help him decide?  She had woefully little experience with fighting.  She was always too intimidated to ask for help from her senior guild members, all of them leaps and bounds ahead of her in terms of skill...  But ever since she had resolved to let Alki stay on her team, after their first mission together in Shadowhue, she had been reading as many books about mystery dungeons and first aid and self defense as she could get her paws on.  She'd scarcely had any chances to practice, but surely all of that knowledge was at least a little useful...

"Well, umm...  I'm a normal type.  And Alki is too, at least a little..." the Skitty said, giving her sister a nod and a tiny, encouraging smile.  "...I think Alki's Flamethrower is the only scary, strong move that either of us know.  We both know a few tricks that I think are common to normal-types, but I don't think we've ever had to use them to defend ourselves before..."

She put a paw to her mouth, wondering what the best way to proceed would be.  "Ummm...  Alki, you said earlier that you've learned a couple of new moves, right..?" she said after a while, suddenly wagging her tail with excitement, her smile growing wider as she regarded her little sister.  "Do you think you could show us what the other one was?  I think that for now, the best thing we can do is show Goro what we're both capable of..."

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PostSubject: Re: Solitary Setbacks   Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:07 pm

Alki gazed out at the dry, relatively solid ground Goro referred to, a wave of nervousness suddenly overtaking her. She suddenly felt like calling the whole thing off, and she would've, if not for the fact that Morty, and especially Darcy, were going to expect a lot more from her going forward. So a couple ragged attempts at a deep breath later, she nodded, surrendering to the fact that she would have to learn to fight somehow, and a spar with Goro would be infinitely better than an honest-to-Arceus fight with a feral. “S-So we're going to spar?” She mumbled, not taking her eyes off the stretch of flat land. She slowly bounced to the opposite end of the stretch, and waited for the lesson to begin.

  Thankfully, though, Darcy began to speak to Goro, and about her! She eagerly bounced towards her sister, looking up at her with thankfulness, which quickly turned to fear as she realized what the Skitty was asking of her. She wanted Alki to show her other new move to Goro. That was… something Alki really didn't want to show off. That implied kissing him! He'd certainly been friendly to her and her sister, yet Alki didn't feel that kissing him would be something that the Croagunk would much appreciate.

   But at the same time… it might be something Darcy would like to see. She'd been so impressed by flamethrower! Alki nodded, the imminent embarrassment hanging over her. She gazed up first at the Croagunk, and then to her teammate, searching for encouragement. “Alright, Goro… well, I know sing. That just… puts Pokemon to sleep after a bit, if I sing a certain way. Heal pulse, erm, heals, and I showed off Flamethrower… the last one is… She mumbled, running through her moves like a checklist, explaining what she knew about each one. But the last one… her cheeks began to glow a bright, cherry red, just thinking about it. “Alright, Darcy… erm, here it is… She mumbled, bouncing closer to the Croagunk. She took one, final deep breath, before bouncing up higher, as she gave one simple kiss on Goro's cheek. She scrambled back, her face more red than pink at this point. He was going to be confused any second now, assuming she performed the move right. And if she didn't do it right… he'd probably still be confused.

“It's… I thought it would be better to show you, cause… it'd sound really stupid if I tried to explain… you'll see, in a second.” She explained to the Skitty, as the mortified Igglybuff waited for the move to take effect.
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PostSubject: Re: Solitary Setbacks   Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:12 am

As he finished stretching and Darcy joined him in the centre of the generous clearing, he took a moment to observe his two potential students. Alki he had plenty to worry about, but it was the cat that intrigued him more. This was the first time he'd met an Igglyuff or a Skitty, but he knew not to expect much from the small Balloon Pokémon. Not only was she very clearly young and inexperienced, but the type advantages he held over the brat gave him no cause to worry. Fairy-types didn't stack up well against toxins and poisons - that was known by anyone. And the last thing that came to mind when he glanced at the Balloon Pokémon was physically durable. Absently, he wondered if she'd pop if he squeezed the brat hard enough.

It was the Skitty that he was curious about. Cautious, too. The Croagunk nodded thoughtfully and dutifully as she explained her and Alki's typing, filing away her status as another Normal-type. It was no secret that he fared badly against ranged attacks and status ailments - every close-range fighter did. That's why they rushed their enemies down and finished them before they had to deal with any of that troublesome stuff - but that was exactly the thing Normal-types were good at. Jacks of all trades,  they were, usually able to dip into every kind of technique and brandish them at the appropriate foes. Alki, for instance, would never lack a tool against a Fire-type or Ice-type, now that she'd learned Flamethrower. That was their card to play; where Poison-types had their crippling toxins and Fighting-types had their crushing fists, Normal-types had versatility.

He turned an amused eye on the Balloon Pokémon when Darcy asked her to perform the other technique she'd learned. Flamethrower was a powerful technique in its own right, giving Alki a very clear niche to work with as a fighter and Rescue Team Member, so anything else she had was just bonus points, at this rate. He nodded along, nothing really surprised him when Alki explained her general move-set and capabilities to him. Sing was expected; another status-type move, and Heal Pulse she had mentioned last night. But then the little brat flushed a brilliant red hue as she trailed off, apparently her next move being a little more candid in nature.

The amused air he gave off turned into genuinely wary when the Igglybuff bounced toward him again. Truthfully, he'd have appreciated another explanation rather than a demonstration, even if it did embarrass the little tyke, but when Alki bounced high in the air, head level with him, and pecked him solidly on the cheek, he stood shock-still, dumbfounded by the Pokémon's forwardness. Absently, he realized that in addition to being the first Pokémon to hug him, she was also the first to kiss him; just before some wires crossed and the Croagunk went suddenly cross-eyed, stumbling backward drunkenly as the world turned itself upside down.

He tried to speak, tried to vocalize what he was feeling, but he had a sneaking suspicious that all that came out of his gullet was an alarmed, confused croak. Vibrant colors flashed in his vision, his eyesight distorting this way and that, the world he viewed through his eyes warping vividly. Anything he heard was dull, flushed and quiet as if his head had been dunked underwater. The tension and sense of feeling in his limbs had vanished almost entirely, leaving him feeling like a pile of flat lead, heavy and disoriented. Whatever the fuck she'd just done to him, he knew instinctively that he hated it as much as it confused him; he had a strong, strong urge to flail out and whack the brat for the transgression... but he did sort of ask for it.

Rather than lash out, he stumbled back even further, steps wobbly and uncertain. His hands rose to his face unbidden, grasping onto the sides of his head harshly in an attempt to tether himself to the ground. Belatedly, it occurred to him that he was confused - and there wasn't much to do but ride it out. Rather than trying to fix himself and having his own fists on him, that is. Still, as much as his posture was slack and confused, there was a very visible undercurrent of shock and anger in his movements. He knew, immediately, he hated being confused.

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PostSubject: Re: Solitary Setbacks   Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:38 am

Darcy watched Alki as her voice trailed off, growing more and more uncertain as her cheeks took on a bright red hue.  Maybe this wasn't the kind of move that was easily demonstrated, like Flamethrower was?  All the same, Darcy gave her friend an encouraging little nod.  The Skitty had her own share of strange, off-kilter moves...  Whatever Alki's new technique was, she was sure that the three of them could find ways to make it useful, to let Alki's skill shine through...

The Skitty's smile did grow a little sheepish as she watched Alki bounce towards Goro though.  This move required a target, it seemed.  She was about to volunteer to be Alki's test subject instead, but by then it was too late, the Igglybuff hopping up, high into the air, and...  Giving Goro a brief, angelically sweet-looking kiss on the cheek...

...After a moment of surprise, the sight made the Skitty break into a fit of giggling.  "Awww, Alki, that's really cute..." she said, giving the Igglybuff a smile as she explained herself.  "I think it must be the fairy part of you shining through.  What does it do, though..?"

She turned her gaze back to Goro, like Alki said.  The Croagunk was shocked into silence, as motionless as a statue...  But anyone would behave that way after being kissed out of the blue, Darcy thought while grinning.  But her grin only lasted for a moment before Goro's posture grew slack and tottery, the frog Pokemon letting out a confused croak as he wobbled backwards, clutching his head.

"C-confusion?  Or...  Something?" Darcy stuttered as she hopped to her feet and instinctively took a few steps forward, hit by a pang of concern.  She'd never seen it herself, but she had definitely read about moves that could shake a Pokemon's mind so badly that they couldn't control their actions.  Flailing madly, sometimes even hurting themselves...  Even so, the descriptions hadn't prepared her to actually see it in one of her friends.  She knew it was unsafe, but as she saw Goro stumble about, his whole body trembling and too out of sorts to even speak, Darcy just couldn't stop herself from bounding forward.  "H-here, hold on to me, okay?" she said as she did the first thing she could think of, pressing her body against his side, hoping to at least steady him and give him something to hold on to while he rode out the aftermath of Alki's kiss.

"Just...  Focus on my voice, alright?" she said while staring up at the miserable-looking Croagunk's face, an idea coming to her.  She cleared her throat, pressing against him a little more firmly as she prepared to use a move of her own.  Perhaps one that would calm him down, allow him to relax and avoid hurting himself as they waited for his confusion to run its course.  "You'll be okay, Goro. Hold on to me, and try to relax, alright..?" she murmured softly.  "I'll keep you safe.  Moves like this only last for a little while, so just hold still, and you'll be fine..." she continued in a sugar-sweet tone while gazing into his eyes, using Disarming Voice just like she had practiced.  It was a move with the sole purpose of making Pokemon have second thoughts about fighting...  Surely it could still his body a little, prevent him from lashing out or stumbling around and getting hurt...

...And hopefully, the move would comfort Alki a little bit too.  She gave the Igglybuff the most confident glance she could manage before looking back to Goro, continuing to murmur sweet reassurances, hoping to finish Alki's impressive demonstration as smoothly as possible...

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