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Give that back by purplekecleon Give that back by purplekecleon
To see Gnasher pondering that realization brought a feeling of cautious optimism to Rhodes. He looked on with a sniffle, reaching up to wipe his eyes dry with the back of one of his smooth claws. While doing so, his ears caught the sound of the Banette’s feet shuffling forward in a walking motion. Quickly, Rhodes lowered his claw to look, just in time to see Gnasher walk by his side, and past him. He felt a little bad that, for that brief moment, he thought something bad might happen. Still, he about-faced in order to keep the puppet-like ghost in his sights.

Gnasher appeared to be simply pacing forward, rather than doing anything dubious. It was understandable, since he had a lot to think about all of a sudden. Eventually, he turned his head to peer at Rhodes once more, having a genuine, albeit somewhat weak, smile on his face for the first time since they reached the river, “I think I can deal with this, kid. I ain’t that guy. He’s dead, and he’s staying that way.”

Rhodes couldn’t find it in himself to smile, after that emotional outburst. Still, hearing that brought him comfort that he couldn’t deny. He never liked the fact that Slasher had died, but... he didn’t want him back. That was the cold, hard truth. After the hardships Tao just went through, the last thing they needed was for Slasher to bring his hatred and selfishness back to haunt them all.

A gentle wind began to blow in the moment of silence that followed. For the first time, it wasn’t a particularly chilled one. Less desirable for Rhodes than the previous colder temperatures, of course, but it was yet another sign of normalcy as it blew along, rustling the leaves of the trees, as well as the Sneasel’s feathers, and the elongated back of the Banette’s head.

As the leaves above bounced and jittered with the minor gust, Gnasher peered up at them, apparently with interest. “Heh...” he began, turning to Rhodes and approaching him amiably. His eyes wandered to the Sneasel’s ripped scarf for a moment, and he put his own fingers up to his chin in thought, “Hmm... you were on your way to the village, right kid?”

What a strange question, all of a sudden! Still, the Banette was acting friendly enough now that a lot of the edge had been taken off for Rhodes. “Oh... yeah! I’ve gotta go there real soon!” he responded, glancing over the nearby cliff at the horizon. It told him what the canopy tended to hide: the sun had moved significantly further than he’d expected. Udon and his friends would worry if he didn’t show up soon!

Another problem would arise right at that moment. In textbook trickster fashion, Gnasher grasped Rhodes’s scarf at the neck with both of his hands, deftly unraveling it and beginning to float away backwards with it in tow. “See ya there!” he bid, as his dark form smoothly drifted between the tree trunks and quickly vanished from sight.

“Hey! Give that back!” Rhodes wouldn’t take that lying down. That scarf was important to him, after all. To others, it might have just been an article of cloth on his person, but to him, it was like a symbol of his acceptance of civilized life. Immediately, he bounded into the forest, intending to approach Tao as fast as he could! Unfortunately, he’d already lost sight of Gnasher. All that jarring of his memory must have reminded him of all of their routes, as he apparently had no problem finding his way this time. Why would he steal the scarf, after all that? It didn’t make sense...

Through the broken forest, Rhodes leapt, until he closed in on the village. At first sight, it made him forget that he hadn’t yet laid eyes on it since they had to evacuate. It was... a mess. Maybe even more of a mess than the forest. The buildings were all destroyed, and not a soul was in sight. Odd, since Udon had gone ahead of him. He could only guess that she already found all of the remaining Pokemon and already guided them away. No problem with that, really... there was still someone else he had business with, though. Not only that, he knew just where to look.

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Part 10 of "The Pulled String" by :iconluvaci:
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:iconartbydani:
ArtByDani Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Man, I love this technique!
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Maksn Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is lovely~ I love the texture and painting style♥
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Hedgey Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome colours!
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iluvcookiess Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the style in this picture!! <3<3<3
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xXxMiZuMiXmIkOxXx Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love all the black and pink.
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SkairaKaze Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's amazing, shadows are made very well
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momokairox Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
awesome coloring :)
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A-R-Q Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love the rough nature of the image, plus silhouettes in motion always get the best of me, great job!
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Drakel-X Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm hoping that Gnasher isn't gonna do anything bad, but is rather going to fix the tear on Rhodes scarf..
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purspecktif Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student General Artist
omg the colours <3
Can't wait for the next part
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SapphireMiuJewel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no...
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:iconkaieru:
kaieru Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great job on this. i love your art because i know you see it before you put it into life. hard time explaining that sorry im not feelin good right now
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JoyJababaNoid Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How long did it take you to make this? Honestly. It's beautiful.
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:iconaggielexi:
aggielexi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, I really like the simpler style used on gnasher.
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:iconsanngot:
Sanngot Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know what Gnasher's up to! ;P
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nofido Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:heart::excited:
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Yoshiemith Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
that makes it more apparent Devonshire's death was not...normal... Gnasher regained his memories by just being where he died without going mad. Devonshire still has his, er, episodes.
At least Gnasher wants to amend his sins when he was alive and doesn't want to start a war again; especially seeing that alot of his gang still would grasp at the chance to follow him again.
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:iconleredbird:
leRedbird Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist
gnasher y u take Rhode's scarf
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:iconkhrysteen:
Khrysteen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Maybe there's something about dying that make Pokémon refuse to admit who they were in the first place...

I love this picture! The beautiful colours and the way the leaves are boarding the edge of the page, and how Gnasher and the scarf are all in black~ Plus, this story has to be one of the best ones I've read. All the emotion is just amazing!
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:iconshimmyjamily:
ShimmyJamily Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Wow, look at Rhodes' eye! He means business!
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:iconblissofanangel:
BlissofanAngel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
FIGHT!!
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:iconspringdragonfly:
SpringDragonfly Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice, I love the color choices.
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Alraune-Oblongata Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
"Amazingly""
And Bannet is so awesome.
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:iconizumi07:
izumi07 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
i loved this
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ShanoontheEpic Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
very beautiful! Love the background!
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:iconslateon:
Slateon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I UNDERSTAND!

He's bringing it to Winston to have it fixed!
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:icondimensionsatire:
Dimensionsatire Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Those eyes....
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:iconpokemaniac-x:
pokemaniac-x Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Gnasher.....don't suddenly turn into a jerk.....please.....
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:iconmightycucumber:
mightycucumber Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
If my suspicions are correct, I love you even more now, Gnasher.
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:iconman-in-crowd-4:
Man-in-crowd-4 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
In a way... I'm kind of glad Slasher's still an ass. It'd almost be a shame to lose that antagonistic presence.

...Flip, how did I write that sentence at 8 in the evening?
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Darkrai-girl Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Gnasher in this picture reminds me of the Cheshire cat, for some reason.

Gah, this story makes me love Banette now. Stop making me like new pokemon, PK! >(
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Dipodomys7 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ha, a good writer can make you like anything. The key is in the character.
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Eraquus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that Gnasher! If he really has turned over a new leaf, I'm betting he's gonna make Winston fix Rhodes' scarf! :>
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MistahRadny Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Writer
Oh lord I thought your icon's mouth bandanna was a giant, creepy smile like :icongotosleepplz:
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:iconeraquus:
Eraquus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Who says it isn't? :iconvoldemortgrinplz:
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:iconmistahradny:
MistahRadny Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Writer
Depends on your sense of how you take things in. from my angle it DID look like a giant grin.
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:iconkemonoapocalypse:
KemonoApocalypse Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That was my thought, too :D
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Neko1Inu2Kitsune3 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that was rather...unexpected o3o

I almost want to say "so much for second chances," but the story's not over yet.
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Kwrpg32 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those hand-thing skillz
How much WarioWare is Gnasher playing?
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KonekoArts Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rhodes is basically super adorable forever in all of these omfg

JUST SO YOU KNOW
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scarlet-pikachu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Oh this one looks great, that scarf gets him in so much trouble it seems.
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Ludjia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It also won him that battle in the treetops.
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