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Ungrateful? by purplekecleon Ungrateful? by purplekecleon
“Yeah, Hatch n’ Tohne are somewhere around here...” Charcoal looked around. “Hatch! Tohne! Get out here, boys!”

“You don’t have to shout,” said a quiet voice from behind Palette, “I’m right here, you know.”

The Zorua across her had the same round eyes as Charcoal, but with an extra maroon crescent around the outside of each one, as if his eyes were being forced constantly downwards and inwards by his markings. His fur swirled around like a stylized candle, but his face couldn’t be more put out.

Charcoal breathed out. “Oh... Tohne,” she said, explaining the panic out of her eyes, “I didn’t see you there.”

“That’s,” Tohne stated matter-of-factly, “because I wasn’t here. Who’s this?” he demanded, gesturing at the Zoroark between them.

“She’s our new target. Duh!”

“What’s her name?”

“You can’t properly antagonize someone if you know their name, idiot!” Charcoal jumped on Palette to emphasize her point, and looked the painter straight in the eye.

“You! What’s your name?”

But Palette was dumbfounded. She hadn’t worked with kids since fighting that Heatran when Sorbet attacked, but there was more than that. These children... were they familiar, somehow? She never knew many other Zorua, but those gold beads and yellow eyes...

Charcoal got bored of the older Pokémon’s unresponsiveness, and turned to Tohne.

“Where’d your brother run off to? I called both of you! He better not be jumpin’ off tall things again.”

Tohne sighed. “I don’t think he’s gone that far, this time. I think he’s tryin’ to see if he can ‘splode those kids outside with his mind.”

The female Zorua bristled noticeably.

“That little... Tohne, I’m gonna go deal with Hatch. Don’t let this,” she jerked her head at Palette, “get too comfortable.” Then she jumped off Palette and strutted toward the door.

“You can just leave whenever you want?” asked Palette.

“Yeah,” said Tohne, “I mean, it’s not like that Blissey’d stop us. She pretends to be all kind and understanding and everything, but she can’t wait for us to be gone. We cause way too much trouble.”

“So why don’t you leave?”

Tohne was indignant.

“Yeah, and where would we go? We ain’t got no home, nowhere! Not since Momma disappeared!”

“Oh, your mother was one of the Pokémon who disappeared? I didn’t hear about a Zoroar–”

Palette stopped. She knew why the kids seemed familiar.

Tohne laughed bitterly, and looked down at the floor.

“You mean you haven’t heard? Her name’s Shade, she’s the one who caused all this. Kidnapped some green fairy thing, and was gonna kill her, till the fairy screamed real loud and everything got all weird.” He paused to look back up at the Zoroark. “What’d you say your name was?”

“I’m Palette,” she said in a daze. “The painter...”

Tohne’s mother... she knew who that was, perhaps. Sometimes, when it was very dark, and she was very alone, she still thought about that dread ritual in the dead of night, when she’d almost died. When she’d met Pal.

If she was right, Tohne’s mother was an evil Pokémon; the sort that’d stoop to killing an innocent Zorua in a desolate patch of woods, or getting a poor painter violently exiled from her village, or making a talented artist break down in tears. But looking at this Zorua right then, and knowing why she felt so uncomfortable, she couldn’t be afraid of him anymore.

She just felt kind of sorry for him.

“You okay, lady?” Palette realized she was making faces, and got her snout under control.

“Yeah, sorry, I just... erm...” She groped and grappled for her next words. “I’m sorry, but... if you know that you need to stay here, why do you make it so hard for Mich– for Missy? She’s only trying to help, and it seems a bit...”

“Ungrateful?” Tohne offered. Palette nodded.

“Yeah,” he said. “It is a little, I guess. And everyone thinks we’re acting this way ‘cause Momma never taught us how to be nice, or something, but that’s not true at all! Momma taught us to be a lot better than this.”

“Then why are you–”

“Hatch n’ Charcoal think if we scare all the other Pokémon off, the nightmares’ll go away.”

Nightmares?

Tohne studied the carpet again.
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Part 3 of "Inspiration"
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:iconshadownight9:
ShadowNight9 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Artist
Love it
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:iconazleah44:
Azleah44 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Do you make contests in which people submit PMD stories and then you draw the best ones?
I'm really curious to the source of these stories.
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Rozzi-dk Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Love the colours ;D
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:iconwanderer619:
Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Well Done
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:iconteddyflower:
teddyflower Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
soooo good^^.<3
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:iconisaiahparker:
IsaiahParker Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is really pretty
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:iconterios-the-hedgehog:
Terios-The-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Is it safe to say, "Called it!" yet? XD
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:icondeathsbuddy:
deathsbuddy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
no
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:iconterios-the-hedgehog:
Terios-The-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
BAH I NEED TO KNOW MORE STORY AGH

I can't even
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ProteasomeComplex Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you're working in watercolors now? This just adds even more breadth to your already diverse style. I really like the sort of watery, dreamlike feel you captured in this one.
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SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Please don't let be that automatic must-be-villain pokemon. That's way too predicable.
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:icondeathsbuddy:
deathsbuddy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
spoilers for pokémon mystery dungeon explorers of time, darkness, and sky in this post!

i can think of one (1) pokémon story where darkrai was actually legitimately the villain.

most of the time, he is depicted as a being not fully in control of his power, who lives far away from any sort of civilization and close to cresselia so nobody will get hurt.

can you actually think of any official games where darkrai was evil, besides pmd2? and even in pmd2, he was fiercely loyal after he lost his memory.
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SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
There's others games which Darkrai was the blah blah final big bad boss. Like, it's already like a running gag or something.
And buddy, you don't need to warn about spoilers, these games are like dunno 5 years old? Any poké fan knows about the whole story about them.
What I mean is: fair enough.
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deathsbuddy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
which games were those? seriously, which ones? i cannot think of one.
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SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
One of wii with pikachu, snivy and stuff. I dunno which is the title.
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:icondeathsbuddy:
deathsbuddy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
isn't that the one where darkrai sacrifices himself to save everyone?
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:iconsoftmonkeychains:
SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
In a movie from an anime series that drools.
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:icondeathsbuddy:
deathsbuddy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
no, you were talking about poképark 2, where darkrai sacrifices himself to save everyone.
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:icondeathsbuddy:
deathsbuddy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
which automatic must-be-villain pokemon?
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:iconsoftmonkeychains:
SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Darkrai.
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:icondeathsbuddy:
deathsbuddy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ha, whoops, meant to reply to this one instead
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flitchard Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Oh, boy. I predict a future mission NOT open to dark types... which means Gunpowder having to lead the rogues.

My team's captain will NOT be happy about staying behind.
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Lexnaught Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
So, it's pretty much assured that a Darkrai is behind this
and Devonshire lives in constant nightmares
and is, for whatever reason, unable to leave Tao, where the "Dark Moon Clan" once lived.
THE PLOT THICKENS.
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:iconarcadian123:
arcadian123 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
nice paint!
I really want to know what's next, since all this about nightmares is intriguing!
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:icondeathsbuddy:
deathsbuddy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
don't lose any sleep over it
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:iconarcadian123:
arcadian123 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
don't worry, I won't x)
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yassui Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist
So there IS a reason...
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Balisk Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Writer
I wonder if this has a relation with Devonshire's encounter with Tivoli's daughter in one of the prior missions.
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:iconpmde-miles:
PMDE-Miles Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Darkrai flute! Been saying it for a year!
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pokemaniac-x Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Well, those last few lines certainly explain a lot.....
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MisterBleck Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Nightmares, huh?

Combine this with the Twilight Orcania(or whatever it was, can't recall at the moment) and Shade's words before the time crash{"I..Just want....to SLEEP!!), i think we can say who is behind this....
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AdolfReinhardAddict1 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love zoroark^^ beautiful water color.alwayz vibrant and colorful
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IceFireDrag Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nightmares? This is getting good :3
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UltimateSassMaster Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
;-; dat watercolor
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:icondeathsbuddy:
deathsbuddy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
nerd
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XfangheartX Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Nightmares?

Oh, boy. This has a certain Pokemon written all over it.
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