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WELCOME TO OKEANOS TOWN
LOCAL INFORMATION
Local Pokémon: Wingull Clamperl Buizel Slowpoke Marill
Okeanos' residential Pokémon are generally very domesticated and comfortable around humans, as all aggressive Pokémon have been driven out of town by the tourism boards. Clamperl, rarely seen in the wild, are harvested here, collected in large man-made basins and kept for their useful pearl-creating abilities. Okeanos' official bird is Wingull.
A vibrant port town, earning capital from large transport ships which service the rest of the island, Okeanos draws in gym leaders, breeders, ranchers, and researchers alike with its variety of shopping options and official -type gym. As a relatively new settlement, many inhabitants of Okeanos are foreigners from other regions, and cultural tension is often high between these newcomers and those who were originally natives of Piscari. Recently settled tourists range all the way from French immigrants to Indonesian newcomers, creating a vibrant and diverse culture that can sometimes boil over with the many cultural differences between new and old residents.
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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 15 2018, 01:41 AM
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Day One

Okeanos was a much bigger and much different place from Piscari, and just like every other time she'd been here, Circe felt claustrophobic. There were too many people and there was too much noise. She felt as though everyone was looking at her, and it made her anxious-- but the elaborate makeup that she wore, along with her brightly-colored hair, was meant to distract. An homage, and a mask.

Sometimes, someone might wonder at the kind of life a passerby leads, and why they look the way they do. It was probably safe to assume that they didn't immediately wonder at the crimes of the passerby, but that wasn't what Circe's paranoia told her. Her anxiety told her that these people could see her for what she had done and that they might know, and she needed some way to make them wonder at something else. Instead of wondering about her diet, they might wonder why she wore the makeup. Was she just an attention seeker who'd never outgrown her scene phase? Did she just have terrible taste? How much time did it take her to apply all of that eyeshadow? Circe would rather they wonder those things than dig deeper.

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 15 2018, 01:47 AM
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Occasionally, more legitimate business brought her to Okeanos proper. Some kind of shopping, or some less shady work. She took odd jobs now and again that required someone wilderness-savvy and capable of defending themselves, some legal hunting for desired materials. It was returning from one such excursion that Circe took a detour, and found herself standing in front of the adoption facility. She'd known it was there for a while now, wondered about it, never brave enough to go in. Yet, she couldn't help but gaze into the window at some of the pokémon available for adoption, her hand sliding into her pocket to feel the reassuring smoothness of Nuwa's pokéball.

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 15 2018, 01:48 AM
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They'd been alone a long time. A pair of huntresses in a symbiotic partnership, useful to one another and equally capable of holding their own. Predators on even footing. To take on another pokémon would be... strange. The very thought of having not one companion, but two, was hard for Circe to get her head around. And what kind of pokémon could she possibly find at some cutesy adoption agency that would be of any value to them?

Yet, from an objective standpoint, Circe understood that there were many kinds of pokémon out there who could offer more utility than Nuwa could on her own. It was this practical excuse that finally pushed Circe to enter the building, though she stopped not far inside the doors with a look like a deer caught in the headlights.

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 15 2018, 01:51 AM
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She wasn't left alone for long, as a volunteer looked up from the desk upon hearing the door chime to announce the arrival of a visitor. They flashed a disarming smile, and Circe blinked at them, unsure what to say. Their smile faltered. “... Hi! Welcome to the Best Friends Pokémon Shelter. Can I help you with something?”

Circe opened her mouth as if to speak, and then shut it again, indecisive. She reached up to push her hair off her forehead, and then cleared her throat. “Hi. Uh.” She didn't usually flounder this badly when faced with human interaction, but she was out of her comfort zone. Quickly, she tried to come up with... something. Her words were a little rushed, nervous. ”I've thought about dropping in since I heard about this place. I... think you guys are doing a really great thing. I was interested in rescuing a pokémon if you have one who likes me, or at least... chip in a week's labor while I'm in town?”

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 15 2018, 01:51 AM
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The volunteer's face brightened considerably, evidently appeased. “Thank you! We really appreciate any support and help we can get! If I could just get you to fill out these two forms, one is for temporary volunteers and one is for potential adopters, that would be spectacular.”

Circe fought the urge to grimace, nodding and instead offering what could be interpreted as a shy smile. ”Sure thing. Could I borrow a pen?”

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 04:30 AM
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Day Two

The first day had been spent receiving a tour and being introduced to the tasks volunteers were usually performed. Of course, Circe had to fill out her paperwork first, which was nerve-wracking-- but she lied and said she was a trainer, and the person who had met her at the door hadn't batted an eye. There were tons of trainers wandering around, and a good number of adopters were trainers or traditionalists.

The second day, Circe was actually put to work. She had no allergies nor was she particularly squeamish, so she ended up saddled with cleaning chores. Pokémon were taken out of their kennels in shifts to be worked with or just let to stretch their legs, some even to meet new hopeful owners-- and Circe set to work making sure those kennels were clean by the time the pokémon were brought back, and once, to make sure it was ready for a new occupant. One volunteer had been particularly teary-eyed over the adoption, happy to see the pokémon receive a good home but sad to see it go.

In all honesty, Circe was beginning to question her decision to dip her toe in. Overnight, one of her jobs had fallen through. A customer who had asked her to acquire them a Salandit egg had flaked out, and now Circe was stuck with the thing. Her first thought was that she could try to sell it, but most people weren't interested in a Salandit egg. They wanted female Salandit, not males who couldn't evolve. Circe didn't think it would be wise to eat, so she decided she could hatch it and see if it was female-- and then she could figure out how best to proceed from there.

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 04:30 AM
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So she left the egg in her backpack, safely wrapped in a scraggly old towel and stuffed under a counter where volunteers were allowed to stow their things. Circe kept a close eye on that counter, wary of thieves. Though most of the volunteers seemed to be goody-two-shoes sorts that probably didn't have it in them to steal a pen, nevermind an egg, Circe didn't trust them. Looks could be deceiving.

Making her way down the line of kennels, smaller ones that were stacked two high for smaller pokémon, Circe contemplated her predicament. So, she had an egg in her care that would hatch into a pokémon that she most certainly would have to look after for a time, at least until she could find someone else who wanted the damn thing. So what was she doing here, saying how she was interested in potentially adopting one of these charity cases?

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 04:31 AM
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She scowled, but quickly hid the expression at the sound of approaching footsteps. Circe looked over her shoulder, fighting the urge to glance in the direction of the counter and the egg therein, and was face-to-face with one of the other volunteers. She had been working with one pokémon at a time and she was returning with one of her charges. It was a Gulpin, the one whose kennel Circe was halfway through cleaning, and it was kept inside a carrier. The woman had on long latex gloves, like the kind someone would use to wash dishes, except they went up nearly to her shoulders. Circe's brows rose.

”Sorry, I can hurry,” she said, reaching for her roll of paper towels.

“Oh, no, it's okay. Just needed to cut this girl's session short. She poisoned the Bunnelby she was paired with, and they both got very upset.”

”Poisoned?” Circe eyed the Gulpin skeptically. Was she aggressive? She looked like a harmless blob of jelly, or maybe a deflated balloon. Was she... sad?

“She has Poison Touch. That's why she's with us-- she has a hard time controlling it. It's really sad, because she's a very sweet pokémon. She'd be perfect for someone who's good with Poison types and had the patience to teach her, but...”

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 04:32 AM
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Circe didn't say anything for a long moment, wadding up some of the paper towels as she looked at the green creature inside the carrier. When the other volunteer cleared her throat, Circe's gaze rose to meet hers. ”... Yes?”

It was the woman's turn to raise her eyebrows this time, and she lifted the carrier a little higher. “Could I possibly leave her with you until you're done? She'll be fine, I can just set her down here. I'll come back and transfer her.”

”Yeah, it's fine. Leave the gloves, I'll do it.” Immediately, Circe questioned her decision to handle the pokémon. What did she care if it waited a few extra minutes on the floor or not? Still, the other volunteer perked up.

“You'd do that? You're not worried about poisoning?”

Circe shrugged. ”I have a Seviper. She's a lot scarier. Got a Salandit egg too. That'll poison and burn when it's out.” She didn't like the sudden knowing glint that came to the other woman's eyes at the mention, however, nor the small hint of a grin that tugged at the corners of her lips.

“Wow, I didn't know. That's really neat. Anyways, thanks! By the way-- we've been calling her Jelly.”

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 04:33 AM
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Jelly, huh? One of Circe's brows rose, but the volunteer was already setting down the carrier and shucking off the gloves, laying them over top. She flashed Circe a smile, and then turned and headed off towards the front, maybe to look into how that Bunnelby was doing. Presumably, they had a stockpile of Antidotes for such an occasion. Maybe she should find out where they were, and swipe a couple. Maybe some Burn Heals too, for that damn Salandit, in case the egg hatched into an ornery thing. Or a Full Heal. That'd take up less space than carrying both.

A sighing noise drew her attention back to the carrier, and Circe looked at the Gulpin-- Jelly-- as she pressed her fat face against the bars of her container. Her squinty eyes were almost imploring, perhaps like a Glameow vying for attention.

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 04:34 AM
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Circe shook her head, turning back to the kennel and redoubling her efforts to make sure it was spotless. She made sure the water bottle was full, the bedding had been changed out, and the food dish refilled. When finally it came time to transfer Jelly back into her kennel, Circe slid on the gloves-- which were a bit too big for her-- and carefully unlatched the carrier.

Jelly practically oozed out, eagerly bouncing in place and reaching up with her chubby little fingers. Circe tentatively gathered her up in her gloved arms, careful not to let the Poison-type touch any bare skin, and with no time wasted, Jelly was safely deposited back in her kennel. She tried to wiggle out almost as soon as she was set down, but Circe expected the excitable behavior and quickly latched the door before Jelly could escape.

Then, ignoring the longing coo, she gathered up her cleaning supplies and went down to the next kennel on her list. Her hands were going to be full with that baby Salandit once its egg hatched, anyways.

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 07:34 AM
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Day Three

Jenna, the volunteer who had been working with the Gulpin the day prior, was there again the next day. Circe could tell the moment she walked through the door that Jenna had something up her sleeve, and the poacher narrowed her eyes at her suspiciously. Jenna had flitted off into the back after a clipped greeting, and Circe tightened her grip on the strap of her backpack. Within her backpack was that accursed Salandit egg, and she shifted its weight before heading to the back to pick up where she'd left off the day before.

There was a list of enclosures that needed cleaning written on a dry-erase board, and Circe blew a sigh out through her nose as she surveyed them. Most were up for grabs, but her name and a small heart were scribbled next to one item in particular: Jelly's kennel. Circe knew exactly what Jenna was doing, but she quashed her annoyance. After all, Circe was the one who had volunteered saying she was thinking about adopting if they had a pokémon that took to her, and then had shown interest (however minute) in the Gulpin. Plus, if they really did hope to place Jelly in the hands of someone familiar with Poison-types...

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 07:35 AM
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Shrugging off her backpack, Circe knelt down to stuff it into the cabinet, mindful of the egg within. There were a couple of other bags there today, a couple of purses and a beaten-up knapsack. She didn't like the idea of sharing space with others, didn't like the idea of them rummaging around in the cabinet for their belongings and potentially jostling her own valuables. There was nothing she could do about that, though, except tuck it in the very back corner where nobody should have to move it to fetch their own things.

That done, she set out to gather up the necessary equipment to start cleaning. She noticed that Jelly was still in her kennel, which meant that they must have been intending on working with her some more so that Circe could tidy it up while she was absent. So she set to work on the others, making quick work of a few larger ones with a broom, a mop and a bucket.

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Circe let her mind wander, idly wondering at how disastrous it would be if the egg hatched in the cupboard, stuck in a backpack. Truth be told, the idea made her anxious, though she had no reason to believe that it was particularly close to hatching. It was pleasantly warm, perhaps because it had a Fire-type inside, and had not yet so much as shuddered. There were no noises, no cracks, nothing-- so Circe just had to hope that it would choose a more convenient time than when she was doing chores.

About an hour or so into her work, Jenna poked her head around the corner and near scared her half to death. Though Circe was almost always on high alert, she had allowed herself to space out while she cleaned, finding an odd catharsis in doing so. She'd lost track of time.

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 07:36 AM
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“Jumpy?” Jenna asked, tone light.

”Head's in the clouds, that's all,” Circe grumbled in response, straightening up and pushing her hair out of her eyes with the back of one wrist. Her hands were dirty.

“Sorry. So, I was wondering-- I'm about to take Jelly out and work with her some. Would you like to join us? I figured, you said you're comfortable with Poison-types, so maybe your expertise might be helpful.” Flattery. Circe gave her a deadpan look that Jenna returned with an overly-cheerful smile.

After contemplating the proposition, Circe shrugged. ”Sure. I'll give it a shot. Let me put this away for now.”

“Awesome, thanks! Meet us over by the play yards.” With that, she was gone, and Circe exhaled through her nose. She finished sweeping, took everything back to the maintenance closet, and then dropped by the counter to grab her bag and egg as well as cross out what she'd done on the list.

(Salandit Egg: 10/20)

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 07:37 AM
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Unwilling to leave her backpack and the egg out of eyesight, Circe took them with her. When she arrived at the play yards, it was easy to spot Jenna. A couple were in use, but Jenna and Jelly were the only two in the one the other woman had chosen. Dropping her back on the seat of one of the chairs, Circe let herself in through the half-door and made sure to latch it behind her. Already, Jelly was wiggling in Jenna's gloved hands, excited to have another buddy.

“She seems happy to see you!” Jenna said, beaming. “Here's some extra gloves.”

Again, her matchmaking wasn't at all subtle, but Circe only nodded and went to grab the indicated gloves. Though she wasn't especially worried about poisoning, she was much more used to Nuwa's venom than a Gulpin's poison. If Jelly didn't have great control over her ability, then it stood to reason that she might be more likely to inflict poisoning out of excitement.

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 Circe Silva posted at Apr 16 2018, 07:38 AM
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”So what do you want me to do?” Circe asked, pulling the gloves up as far as they'd go. They were a little smaller than Jenna's and fit better.

“Alright, so what we've been doing is just staying calm, letting her chill out a little bit before we pay direct attention to her. She sweats poison when she gets too excited, so she has to learn that she needs to be a little calmer and contain herself. Obviously, it's super important, since she could make someone really sick by poisoning them.”

”Of course,” Circe replied, deciding to remain standing. Kneeling would make her more accessible to Jelly, and touching her might make her more excited. The poacher decided that she much preferred venomous pokémon over poisonous ones-- but here she was with a Salandit egg with an adoption center trying to pair her up with a Gulpin.

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