I finally managed to wake up, only to notice that both Rebecca and Dexter still looked tired. The client seemed to be going on and on about how many possibilities this place had, and how amazing it would be to research the place, but with every description of it, he just made this place sound more and more like a place we had to leave... NOW. "Yeah, I agree, let's get out of here as soon as we can... sorry that I kind of fell asleep, earlier," I said to the other two members of my party, who seemed to agree that this place was no place for a normal pokemon, and thus, I tried to head forwards... only for my body to move to the left... great, so not only was this place messed up, and probably going to rearrange us into a giant, barely living smiley face, but we couldn't even MOVE correctly in it. This seemed to confuse the client, who tried their best to follow me, but... ended up going backwards, and thus, farther away from me. I passed by several completely random landmarks, including a piece of a hill mixed with a picture of an empoleon, and a 'lake' with some lava parts on it, and the temperature of the place, not to mention the texture of the ground under me seemed to change almost at complete random... worse, still, it wasn't too long before I encountered... something. It looked like another rectangular mess of randomly-colored squares, but it didn't QUITE look like the rectangular monster we knew and hated at this point. The creature then used some weird beam made out of more of those rectangles, hitting me with that, dealing some damage, and... making me feel weaker... and smaller. Wait, did that thing just make LOSE an evolution!? How was THAT even possible?
I eventually woke up to notice some drool on my leafy arm... that's odd, neither Celes nor I drooled in our sleep. I then looked up to see a crazed arcanine staring me down hungrily. I backed away, only for him to shout "HEY! Where are you going, Frank!? I need you for food! Times are desperate, and you look like food to me!" before I could answer back, the arcanine coated himself in flames, and charged towards me, at full speed. I tried to find some way to get out of this, but he was just too fast for me, and I took the hit... as much as the heat SHOULD have felt nice, a super-effective attack was still a super-effective attack, and that didn't feel good, at all. "What's the matter, Frank? Normally, you LIKE it when I run into you while I'm on fire, what's different about this time? Is your 'Flashy Flame' ability not working? OH WELL! THAT MAKES THIS EASIER!" the arcanine shouted in response to my reaction to his attack... I then thought for a moment... campfire, no, that won't do any good... a snowball would just be not very effective, even if it would cool him off, a bit... Celes is bound to do something on her own... I then checked my bag, finding a berry that seems to have gone bad. Thinking quickly, I decide to throw the rot that was once a berry at the arcanine, who caught it in his mouth, and just ate it like it wasn't a pile of poisonous fungus... and poisonous, that fungus was, as he immediately seemed to look around even more confused than he usually was, and even commented with "Frank, did you turn off the sun, again? How many times have I told you to stop doing that!?" seems like the grimy food blinded him... good, we could use that, especially if it's only temporary.
I woke up to the usual shout from Larry, only to end up in some weird speech about how this apparently wasn't 'our' guildmaster... what in the world? This Swampert seems like he's even crazier than Mark... other worlds much like ours, but very different? And what's he even leaning on? I thought as I made my way over to the cafeteria, where Josh was still talking to Kiera about something... I only just barely managed to overhear that Zane was somehow involved in all of this. "Wait... ZANE, as in, that guy who we've been hiding you from? HE knows where one of these orbs are?" I asked, either not hearing, or not remembering her saying that last night. Soon enough, Daniel and Devon seemed to join Josh in talking to her... properly introducing themselves in the process with Daniel starting off with "That sounds awful, oh, and uh... since a certain forgetful slug forgot to tell you, I'm Daniel... I... I'm just an ordinary murkrow... but uh, I've been helping these guys for a little while," and Devon continuing with "I have no idea who this is, but I can tell from reading your mind that this is bad news... oh, sorry for doing that without introducing myself. I'm Devon... apparently I supposedly 'met' Anthony and company around the same time as Daniel did, but I'm actually rather new to the group," with those introductions out of the way, I asked "Josh... do you think we're ready to take on Zane? I know he's scary, but we've gotten a lot stronger since the last time we saw him... maybe he, uh, didn't also get stronger? Let's at least hope he didn't do that,"
I finally woke up with the thoughts of those mysterious, disappeared pokemon allowing me no rest, and I seemed to almost aimlessly bounce towards the bulletin board paying no mind to the morning announcements. Same old chant, same old swampert talking about parallel universes, something about half an a press, I wasn't paying attention. With how we defeated that gallade, it almost seemed like nothing could really stop us, that was, until I saw who was next up on the outlaw board... a strikingly familiar-looking conkeldurr that whose last known location was a familiar mansion. There was no way that my dad would still be there, right? And... even so, we... we won't just faint in one hit like last time, right? We're... stronger, now... we're better, now, and we've even all evolved, since then. It took me some time to gather up my courage to do so, but eventually, I took that job notice off of the outlaw board, and headed over to my team, even announcing with uncharacteristic confidence "Everyone... we're going back to that mansion!" before showing them the job notice. The reward was pretty nice, too, set at thousands of pokedollars, even after the guild takes most of it away, though, the difficulty was listed as a 'star', whatever that meant... it can't be too difficult, right? There's no way he's THAT strong, and even so, we're probably at least a match for him at this point.
The swampert from yesterday seemed to talk about how the guildmaster that returned to us wasn't the same one that left us, and he seemed to demonstrate this by showing off a pear, and then leaning on... nothing. I had MANY questions, so once I got a chance to say something, anything, I asked "Wait... WHAT!? So, that's not our guildmaster, and YOU'RE not our guildmaster, so... where IS the guildmaster, and who are you?" of course, looking back, it seemed like my question had some obvious answers, but even so, this whole situation was a complete puzzle, and one that was out of my league. A lopunny seemed to just skip past the speech, as if she thought she was more important than any of us, and she ran back to one of the rooms... what, was the announcement too unimportant for a superstar like... whoever she was? I then looked around as the guild seemed to shout and jeer at Breen for a moment, some of them apparently calling him out for having a table painted to perfectly blend into a wall just for him to lean on, and I almost agreed with them, at least, that was, until the 'table' seemed to move, probably causing Breen to fall over. The invisible thing then ran past a few guild members, and up to Gavin, who it seemed to try to talk to, first, and then it tried to lift him up... one way or another, SOMETHING weird was going on, and Breen might either know what, or might have something to do with it... considering what little we knew about him, it was likely both. The wigglytuff that was apparently not our guildmaster then span around on one foot like a dancer, something that, according to the surprised faces of everyone else at the guild, the guildmaster wouldn't normally do.