Seems this hasn't been able to take up any wind yet, which is a shame but not everything can really make a big splash and since I already have a fairly successful fic going right now, maybe there just can't be a lot of big successes at once.
But I hope you like this chapter and feel free to review and pm me with anything, I'll happily reply,
"And Travis came back just so he could apologize, didn't you?"
I hate life.
First I'm practically taken captive as a means of a get out of jail free card and now here I am, apologizing to the women I just robbed a little bit ago still in complete uniform. I'm a criminal, I don't apologize to anybody I've hurt.
And yet here I was, Nia eyeing me expectantly with one hand on a hip and the other holding that little Eevee of hers. She might just be the stubborn type, Jan eyeing my in a similar manor but that might have been only because he was seeing his friend doing it and was hoping to have some type of authority over me.
Yeah, that wasn't going to happen anytime soon.
"Yeah…" My voice trailed off as I avoided making eye contact with the sniveling woman clinging to her Sandshrew, Arceus was this humiliating. "I'm…sorry." Nia huffing at how forced this sounded.
"Well…" The woman looked up at me with red eyes, shaking her head before slapping me hard across the cheek. "You should be put in jail for this kind of thing! You Rockets are all the same and it's disgusting!"
My anger was beginning to boil over as I clenched my free hands into shaking fists, Jan panicking as Nia grabbed my wrist and tugged me backwards to try and snap me out of the mindset of punching this woman. "D-Don't worry about it, ma'am, we're going to take him along with us to make sure he stays out of trouble." My aggravation swelling to a powerful size when she began to talk about me like I was a fucking child, shooting Nia a glare as she bit her lip and focused on the woman.
"Are you sure you can handle it?" The sniveling woman was only now beginning to calm down. Maybe that slap was all the closure she needed to feel better about herself. "A criminal isn't just going to turn face overnight."
Any good criminal would never turn face.
"We know." Nia nodded, looking to her friend beside her. "Right, Jan?"
He still didn't seem as on board as she was when it came to all of this, nodding nervously. "Uhm, yeah. We'll be able to handle this." Something tells me that he wasn't brought into the decision making when it came to what to do with the dangerous criminal.
"Well, I really can't thank the two of you more." The woman beamed as she cuddled her Sandshrew tightly.
"No problem at all, we were happy to help." Nia smiled, her Eevee crying out in agreement.
I looked to Jan. "The hell did you do to help?"
"Well, I was ready to go get the cops at any time." He returned, this sudden retaliation causing me to snicker slightly at his defensiveness. Was he afraid of me?
"Oh and before I get! I was wondering if maybe you'd consider taking this little guy in."
I looked back to Nia who seemed to be handing my Drowzee's Pokeball over to my victim who seemed somewhat hesitant to take it from her. "If you don't mind my asking, what exactly is inside it?"
"Well, it's a Drowzee our friend here was holding on to but isn't willing to give a proper home to." Nia replied, causing the woman to glare at me for not wanting the useless thing. "It'd be great if we could leave it somewhere where it could it be taken care of and loved."
The sniveling woman seemed to think this over for a moment before drying her eyes and nodding. "Y-Yes, I'd love to take care of the poor dear. I'm sure he'll fit right in with me and my Sandy."
Nia and Jan gave her sappy smiles before Nia looked back to me, knowing the disgruntled look on my face basically meant I wanted to get the fuck out of here and preferably now. "But, we must be going. Jan's got a fourth gym badge to pursue~" She practically chirped this, Jan blushing timidly at her exclamation of this. Couldn't deny that I was surprised; this guy was taking on gyms?
"Oh yes, I wouldn't want to keep you two. Thank you so much and be sure to keep your little friend in line and out of trouble." Was I suddenly some kind of child who needed my hand held to be decent. "Good luck out there."
"Thank you, ma'am."
And from there we left, Nia looking to me once more with a lopsided look on her face. "Well, at least you said sorry…"
"If only he meant it." Jan muttered under his breath as Nia nodded slowly, her Eevee seeming to respond with a yip as the blond giggled at his involvement in the conversation. "Guess even Nova wants you to be sincere, don't you boy?" Her Eevee yipping louder thanks to the attention it was getting from her.
"You know, I'm surprised nobody has tried to steal that Eevee."
If she was going to fuck around with me, I was going to fuck around with her.
Nia stopped dead in her tracks, Jan looking at her with a frown as she lowered her head slightly. "Please don't say something like that…I-I don't even want to think about something like that…"
Arceus was she whiney. "I'm just saying. This one time my brothers managed to steal some broad's Eevee and sold it for 4 grand on the Black Market."
Jan shot me a glare as he placed a hand on Nia's shoulder, timidly enough to make me question just what kind of relationship these two had between them. "I don't think we needed to know that."
Nia shook her head. "N-No…I-I didn't want to k-know." I could hear her voice breaking with emotion as she spoke.
Oh Arceus damn it, don't cry!
"L-Look, nobody's going to take your Eevee!" I said nervously, not really sure how to react in a situation like this. I mean, how many girls like Nia do you think work for Team Rocket? All the women I've ever interacted with haven't been good ones. Er, maybe ninety-nine percent of them.
"J-Just…just don't talk, Travis." Nia sighed, wiping at her eyes while Nova pawed at his trainer nervously. "One of the first things you're going to need to learn is when you should say something to somebody and when you shouldn't speak at all."
Nia then began walking ahead and Jan quickly followed behind, neither having anything more to say to the hapless Rocket they were ever so willing to drag around every which way like a Pokedoll.
And yet, even with how annoying they were being, I still followed behind.
We walked all afternoon, none of us really saying anything to one another as we all journeyed in search of the Rock Tunnel. From what I gathered Nia and Jan were friends, their lack of serious affection or pda giving me that idea. And it seemed the little dork really was taking the gym challenge because at one point, Nia began whispering something about Lt. Surge to him, a topic Jan seemed very hesitant to talk to her about. I heard he was a pretty tough man and that sometimes he would go seriously overboard on accident thanks to the hype of being in battle. Guess being in the Kanto-Johto war can leave you a little bit different and Surge is just another example of what can happen.
"It's getting dark…" Nia muttered as she looked around.
Jan nodded as he squinted up ahead, seeing the rock cliffs and walls that served as the outside of Rock Tunnel went on for a while before noticing a glowing red sign. "Hey, there's a Pokemon Center up ahead. I'm sure we can lodge up there for the night."
Nia nodded with a soft smile of her own, seeming to be running her hands up and down her arms in an attempt to keep herself warm as the dark began to creep in on us. She then turned to look at me, studying my Rocket uniform with a frown. "Travis?"
"Are you wearing another shirt under that?" She motioned to my uniform shirt emblazoned with the trademark red R.
I wasn't sure why she asked this, but I nodded slowly. "Uh, yeah. I've got a wife beater on underneath…"
Nia grunted softly as she thought about this for a moment before suddenly taking a hold of my shirt and pulling it up over my head and completely off, leaving me in a thin white wife beater. "What the hell Nia!?"
"Do you really think we could walk into the Center with you in your Rocket uniform? People will think we're criminals and we all might end up in jail." Nia said, handing me my shirt and looking over me with a blink. "O-Oh wow…"
"W-What?" I found my cheeks glowing bright pink with embarrassment as her eyes studied me.
"I think I could count all of your ribs." Nia muttered.
I huffed, putting my crumpled shirt under one of my arms. "Whatever." Continuing to walk ahead, leaving Nia to mutter something to Jan who seemed to reply in a somewhat joking manner which made her laugh nervously.
But honestly, I really didn't give two fucks what they were talking about behind my back.
I entered the Pokemon Center, something I tended to completely avoid when I was a Rocket only to keep myself away from judgmental eyes and to keep me out of jail. It was full of people, trainers with their Pokemon, nurses caring for both trainers and their Pokemon and even some workers stationed at the Pokemarts.
"Have you ever been in a Pokemon Center before?"
I turned to find Nia had crept back up beside me, blinking big blue eyes. I couldn't keep my focus on her solely, looking around in all directions. "No…"
"Well, welcome to what will serve as a temp home during your journey with us." She smiled to me gently.
I couldn't deny that Nia had a pretty cute smile, something not many girls I had the pleasure…or displeasure…of meeting had. "Yeah. Alright." It was crowded, but maybe I could get used to staying here during nights.
"Oh!" Nia's hand suddenly grabbed my wrist, making me yelp when I felt her dragging me forward and bringing me to the PokeMart with her face lighting up with joy. "Here~! We can get you what you need here!" Voice an excited purr as I just stared at her thin fingers holding onto my wrist, something she noticed eventually as she released her hold on me.
"Why? What do I need?" I didn't need to go shopping!
"Normal people clothing." She motioned to my Rocket pants and wife beater. "And blond hair dye."
I saw no reason in arguing with her anymore, folding my arms and nodding slowly. "Yeah, yeah. Let's just get this over with."
Nia didn't drag me to the clothing, just walking over on her own and hoping I would follow which I did, but for my own reasons of course. I wasn't going through a cave in a sleeveless shirt, it'd be cold.
"Here, this should work." Nia said as she handed me a pair of jeans and a white button up shirt. "Is the pant size right?"
I shrugged as I took the clothing, it looked like it would be the right size and I wasn't one to make much of a fuss if something didn't work the perfect way. When you're a criminal, even a sloppy job is a job well done as long as you get what you need and get away with it.
"Great." Nia smiled, walking over to a different section of the mart and grabbing a box of blond hair dye and handing it to me. "And this will be another thing you're going to need."
Silly little bitch.
I shrugged once again as she walked me over to the register and watched me hand my items to the clerk who scanned them and gave us the price. I immediately looked to Nia. "You're covering this, right? I'm broke."
Nia sighed, nodding as she removed her wallet and paid for my items, the look on her face making me snicker as the clerk handed me my stuff and bid us a good day. Nia then turned to me, looking over to the bathrooms on the first floor. "So, are you going to need help dying your hair, or should I leave you to it?"
"I can do it." I snickered. "But you can come and watch if you want." I teased, causing Nia to huff with annoyance as she rolled her eyes. "You're funny."
"It runs in the family." I teased as I watched her walk off before looking back to the clerk. "Hey, you guys carry bleach for your hair, right? Like the kinds of stuff that takes out color?"
"Uhm, yes." The clerk nodded. "But why would you need that if you're buying hair dye?"
I snickered. "Don't tell her, but I don't have black hair. I'm a natural blond." The clerk lifting an eyebrow as he watched me hand her the bottle of dye. "So, can I make this trade?"
She nodded with a sigh. "Alright." Muttering something about 'kids' under her breath. "Just take the bottle you need and get out of here."
I did just as I was told before heading to the bathroom and doing what I had been asked, or rather told, to do. Bleaching my hair first just to make sure I wouldn't mess up the new shirt and then getting dressed.
I came out of that stall and for a moment, I just stared at myself. Blond hair again and normal clothes, I looked like just another trainer that would pass through here on a daily basis.
At least the shirt covered all of my scars.
I exited the bathroom, Nia getting up from feeding her Eevee, Butterfree and what seemed to be a Wartortle and Meowth. She seemed to blush almost instantly, looking at me as her lips curved into a gentle smile. "Wow, you look…normal."
I dug into my bag, handing her a bottle of black hair dye. "Here, hold this." Nia taking it and frowning. "What is this?"
"Hair dye." I smirked, Nia looking up at me with questioning eyes. "I dyed my hair black so I would look like my brothers. My hair's naturally blond."
She continued to blush. "W-Wow, that's…that's cute."
I rolled my eyes. "Didn't think changing my hair and clothes would really change that much." Nia shaking her head as she found herself blushing a bit harder as I smirked. "Arceus, somebody's blushy~"
Nia clenched her hands into fists. "You're not funny, Travis…"
And this was when I began to find myself tamed.