Chapter 7: The Official Expedition
"My god Rosa..." Naomi said as she flopped onto the bed. "You cut that... WAY to close there."
"Sorry..." Rosa said. "I wanted to make sure I got enough apples for here, but..."
"Hey, important thing is she got here." Shin'ichi said. "Now c'mon, let's get some sleep."
"Um..." Rosa said. "Where do I sleep?"
"Oh. Uh..." Shin'ichi said. "You know what? Take mine." He said, jumping up to a couple of curved roots hanging out of the cieling. "I'll just sleep up here."
"Well..." Rosa said. "I didn't mean to take your bed.."
"Eh, it's okay," Shin'ichi said. "You deserve it. Besides, wouldn't be kind of me to not offer to a lady, now would it?"
Rosa giggled. "I guess not." She said, sitting down onto the bed. "Let's get rested up."
"Yeah," Naomi said. "Bet Chatot's gonna have a hayday with this on us tomorrow."
"Okay, guild members, time for announcements." Chatot said the next morning. "First, the Guildmaster and I have been discussing, and the list is almost finished. Now," he said. "Any member that wishes to discuss on how they can improve, please see me after announcements for discussion. Now, are there any questions before disband?"
No one spoke up. "Well, seeing as there are no questions, guild is dismissed!" He said. All of the guild members then filed off to their duties.
"Ok, so what now?" Rosa asked. "I'm new to the whole 'guild' system."
"Well, we'll show you the ropes." Naomi said. "C'mon, we'll show you around."
"Ah, ah! Hold up you three." Chatot said, flitting in front of the three. "The Guildmaster has requested that I... apologize for the incident yesterday. That, and he has given me a request to give you three for the day."
"Okay, so, what would you like us to do?" Shin'ichi asked.
"Recently this 'Spinda Food Court' has opened, and the Guildmaster has expressed interest in heading there after the expedition. If you would please," He said. "Head there and make reservations for a few days later."
Naomi nodded. "Okay, seems simple enough."
"Yes, now," Chatot said. "Picks will be announced tomorrow, so work hard."
Shin'ichi nodded. "Alright. We'll see you in a bit."
"Welcome, ladies and gentlePokémon!" The Ursaring said from the stage. "Today's gonna be a big day for the food court, so come on down and enjoy yourselves with quality entertainment!"
People were really interested in this new place, and business really showed. Spinda, oddly enough, was manning at the front desk. The three Pokémon walked in to the food court and met with Spinda.
"Ooh, hello guests!" Spinda said. "We always appreciate members from the guild coming down to here! So, how may I help you?"
"We're here to make reservations." Naomi said. "Guildmaster has sent us here to make them."
"Ooh! Certainly! How many will that be?" The Spinda asked.
"The entire guild!" Rosa piped up.
"My goodness, the entire guild?!" Spinda said. "I don't know if we'll be able to take them tonight!"
"Oh, it's not for tonight," Shin'ichi said. "It's for a few days from now."
"Well, that we can handle." Spinda said, scribbling something down. "We'll make sure that everything is more than acceptable for your return. We'll also make sure Freddy and his crew don't kill the mood."
"Well, that should be everything." Rosa said. "Let's head back to the guild."
"Alright members, today is the big day you have been waiting for!" Chatot said, flitting up to the podium. "Today is the day that the guild members that have worked the hardest are being selected for the expedition. Now, let us start down the list..." He said looking at the list. "First pick is Loudred!"
"All RIGHT!" Loudred said, stepping forward. "Of course, it'd be only NATURAL that I'd get selected!"
"Says you, fire alarm," Shin'ichi muttered.
"I HEARD THAT!" Loudred blurted.
"Ahem! Joking aside," Chatot said, turning back to the list. "Next pick is Corphish.."
"Hey, hey, alright!" Corphish said, stepping forward next to Loudred.
"Okay, next is... oh, this is a surprise! The next pick is Bidoof!" Chatot said.
"Whaaaaaat?!" Bidoof said, looking shocked. "I...I wasn't expecting this!"
"Aren't...aren't you going to step forward?" Chatot asked. "Are you too shy?"
"W-well," Bidoof said. "It's true and all that I'm happy to go, yup, yup, but... I seem to be so excited I can't move my legs..."
Chatot sighed. "Fine," He said. "Let's move on. Next is... Sunflora and Chimecho!"
"Oh my gosh, yay!" Sunflora said as the two stepped forward. "We'll do our best on this expedition!"
"Well, I believe that is everyone going on the expedition... eh?" Chatot said looking at the list. Curiosity filled the guild as Chatot tried to decipher the scribblings of the Guildmaster.
"Well then, it appears we have more selections..." Chatot said. "And it appears it's... well then, the Guildmaster's selections have made the entire selection process entirely pointless! He saying the entire guild is going!"
"Say what?!" Nearly the entire guild said in unison, save for the Guildmaster.
"Please Guildmaster, this does not seem like a smart idea!" Chatot said to Wigglytuff. "If the entire guild goes, who will maintain the guild in our absence?"
"Oh, Chatot, don't be such a worrywart!" Wigglytuff said, cheerful as ever. "We'll lock down the guild tight so we don't get any intruders while we're gone."
"Wigglytuff, if you would, please," Skuntank said, stepping forward. "I also think that taking the entire guild is extremely unbeneficial."
"Oh? Why is that?" Wigglytuff said, looking confused.
"For example, why does everyone need to go on this expedition?" He asked. "Wouldn't it be more beneficial to leave behind the less useful ones, much like the three ru-I mean, angels of Team Valor?"
"Less useful?!" Naomi breathed to herself. "Why that little..."
"Skuntank, with all due respect," Wigglytuff stated. "Leaving behind Team Valor would actually be worse than taking them, mainly because they're just kids." He stated. "Secondly, taking everyone along would be more fun!"
"Wh-what?!" Skuntank said.
"Come on! Sometimes ya have to live a little, right?" Wigglytuff said before turning to the guild members. "So, you all have your designated expedition groups! So guild, let's mov-"
"Hold up guildmaster!" Chatot said, flitting up to the stump podium. "We have not told them the place of our expedition! Please hold your excitement!"
"Awww..." Wigglytuff sighed.
"Now, everyone," Chatot said. "Take out your Wonder Maps. I will show where the expedition is headed to." Everyone took out their respective maps and opened them up.
"Now, we are headed for a location known as Fogbound Lake. This is," He said, tapping the copy of the map."located near the southeastern plains of the main continent, near Foggy Forest. It's past a rather mountainous region, but the entire trip should take no more than three days there and back."
"So, there we go!" Wigglytuff said. "So are we all ready?"
"Yes Guildmaster!" Everyone said in unison.
"Well then," Wigglytuff said. "Everyone, move out!"
"Ooh, I'm so excited!" Naomi said as the groups were departing from the guild. "The first expedition we've ever been on and I've got goosebumps just thinking about what could be in store!"
"I know, right?!" Rosa said, looking as perky as ever. "I'm so excited I feel as though my petals are going to burst!"
"Save your excitement girls," Shin'ichi said, checking the map. "We've got a way to go before we get to the forest."
"Yeah, but I'm excited!" Naomi said. "C'mon, let's go!" She said, taking off.
"Naomi, wait!" Shin'ichi yelled, him and Rosa taking off after her.
Shin'ichi's breaths were heavy as both him and Rosa caught up to an out of breath Naomi next to a cave entrance.
"Next time, don't run off like that!" Shin'ichi said. "The last thing we need to do is get split up like that!"
"S-sorry!" Naomi stuttered. "I got carried away with my excitement..."
"Hey, not to be the mood-breaker," Rosa said. "But where exactly are we?"
"Well, let's look at the map.." Shin'ichi said, taking it out. "Well, looks like we still have a way to go, but we're not that far from a natural landmark." He said, pointing at a cone-shaped mountain on the map. "Let's make out our way to here, then head to the forest from there."
"That sounds good to me." Naomi said. "We should be able to make our way there along this coastline." She said, pointing at the rocky cliff with the crashing ocean below. "Shouldn't be too difficult..."
"Uh, guys?" Rosa said, looking ahead. "It looks like this cave divides into two entrances."
"Two?" Shin'ichi asked. "Well, which way are we going?"
"I say we take the right path." Rosa said. "We can keep the ocean in view as a guide until we reach the end. Then we can take the path to the mountain."
"That sounds good to me." Naomi said. "Let's go! Don't want to keep the others waiting!"
The coastline was truly a sight to behold as the three Pokémon strolled along the coastline cave. The holes peeked out to reveal the ocean across the horizon, showing multiple bird Pokémon flying across the large body of water.
"Wow, that looks amazing!" Naomi said, looking out at the ocean. "How many bird Pokémon do you think are out there?"
"Oh, there's gotta be at least a couple dozen out there." Rosa said. "Trust me, birds flew over the forest ALL the time. I've been able to recognize at least a dozen species of 'em."
"C'mon, we're making good time here!" Shin'ichi said. "Once we get out of this coastway, it'll be just a hop over the mountain, and then BAM! We're at the forest."
"Already?" Naomi said. "I hadn't realized we had gone so far in a short time!"
"Well, that's the magic of travel," Rosa said. "Time seems to go be so fast when you travel."
"Yeah," Shin'ichi said. "Look, there's the base of the mountain right there!" He said, pointing to the base of the large rock formation in the landmass.
"Sweet!" Naomi said. "Hey, so the forest is just on the other side of this mountain?"
"Should be," Shin'ichi said. "We scale this thing now, we'll be at the forest by nightfall!"
"Well, what are we waiting for?" Rosa said. "We could probably see the forest from the peak! Let's go!"
The three Pokémon made their way up the rock face as efficiently as the could. Shin'ichi was the first to reach the top of the mountain.
"Hey, you see anything up there?" Naomi called.
"You bet I do!" He said, pointing out. "We're almost there! Foggy Forest, straight ahead!"