It appeared Shroomsworth had not yet had time to relieve the duty of caretaker from the team he had left in charge just yet. Based on how cheery and full of spunk the departing customers seemed, perhaps “inexperienced” was not the best choice of word for the couple left in charge. It was a yellow-brown lazy-looking creature and a floating green ball of happiness. They had just finished serving their last customer when Gunpowder stepped up to the stand. Their cheerful demeanor was quickly replaced with fear.
“G-gunpowder! Is.. is that you? Oh goodness, please don’t hurt us.” It was the yellow one who spoke; the other creature proceeded to hide behind his partner. “If you need a new.. eye-patch.. thing.. you should head to Chrys’s place, not ours. We can’t help you.”
It had just occurred to Gunpowder that he had left his eyepatch behind with Sorbet. Not like he needed it.
“Aye? Oh. Yarr, don’t be frettin’, wee tykes. I ain’t here to cause trouble. In fact, I need t’ be buyin’ summin’.” Gunpowder had quite the smile on his face, which only struck further terror into his new business associates. “For real, though. No tricks. What’re yer names?”
“M-me? I’m Oskar. The other one’s Mei, she doesn’t really speak very well.” He paused, still a bit shaken up. Was Gunpowder really this notorious? Amongst guild members, he was feared, but amongst the leaders, he was a joke. What a sad fate.
“Nice t’ meet ya, Oskar.” Gunpowder looked around the table, and saw a couple of different sorts of berries on display. Behind the shop were a couple of crates, presumably containing more of the berries. “What can ya tell me ‘bout these berries, then?”
This seemed to catch the attention of the Merchants, and they began to relax now that business was being discussed. A chance to impress Shroomsworth with what we’ve learned!
they surely thought. After all, the Merchants were not shy of any Pokemon with money. And Gunpowder certainly had that.
“Well, I’m glad you asked, sir! Today, we have a special on Oran berries, but well.. it’s because they’re pretty bland. If you’re after something to eat, they’ll do, but perhaps you’d be more interested in the deliciously spicy Cheri berry, or the much sweeter Pecha berry. They’re a bit more pricey, but you get what you pay for, you know?”
Gunpowder thought long and hard. Which berry would be best...?
Wait, why was he thinking that? That had nothing to do with his plan! “Ahem. Well, you do drive a hard bargain, but.. I’ll take them.”
Oskar was rather puzzled. “Oh? How many?”
“All of ‘em.” Gunpowder had quite a serious look on his face.
“You.. you must be joking, sir. Not many have the funds to make such a purchase! And besides, Madame PK has given numerous speeches about never allowing you to put an item on your ahh.. so called ‘tab’...”
“No, no, I be serious. ‘Course, I be payin’ in full, too. Lessee...” Gunpowder bowed his head over the counter and lifted his hat, out of which a pile of assorted gems and gold coins fell. It made quite the noise, but Oskar did not seem to mind. In fact, he was enthralled. Such a large sum! Surely Shroomsworth would reward them admirably for making such a sale.
“Will this be enough for the lot?”
“Most certainly, sir! Absolutely, no problem!” The other creature, Mei, made an odd popping noise and the gems began to float off the counter and then off towards the main Merchant hut. Quite the crafty bunch, it seemed. “Will there be anything else, then?” Oskar inquired.
“Ah! ‘Course, you read me like a book, matey.” Gunpowder clapped his claws together in a rather excited fashion. “Yes, have these distributed amongst your guild. I will not actually be needin’ ‘em.”
Of course, no act of generosity goes unnoticed. The clanking of the pirate’s coins earlier combined with his loud voice had caught the attention of Shroomsworth, and he did not look impressed to see Gunpowder. What else was new.
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