Chapter 13 Page 98

March 25th, 2019, 6:00 pm
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H0lyhandgrenade
March 25th, 2019, 6:00 pm
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Bwahahahahaha

Ah'll sithee later.
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HVoice
March 13th, 2019, 12:06 am
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Ooooh, get wrecked son.
Vapor (Guest)
March 13th, 2019, 8:55 pm
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Oh snaaaap~ This should be fun. XD
o<o (Guest)
March 25th, 2019, 6:34 pm
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inb4 she calls him out for not just asking for help like a NORMAL NON-SOCIOPATHIC PERSON
ProfessorPhanyom
March 25th, 2019, 6:38 pm
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No, you got it wrong girl (i kinda forgot her name)
You're... Disgusting
Whaa (Guest)
March 25th, 2019, 11:43 pm
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@ProfessorPhanyom: How do you forget the name of one of the two main characters?
ProfessorPhanyom
March 26th, 2019, 3:36 pm
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@Whaa: I am a very, very forgetful person
wren (Guest)
March 25th, 2019, 6:44 pm
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To be fair to George, Atty basically just decided that his love for his pokemon was somehow worth more than everyone else's love for their own pokemon. He's causing harm to a whole lotta people just to help out himself and DT.
Kalietha (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 2:00 am
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@wren: To be fair to Atty, that's no worse than most people in similar situations. Most people, given the choice between the life/freedom of someone they love, and consequences to strangers, will pick the one they love. This is why it's considered HEROIC to place the many ahead of the one, when the one is inevitably the one close to you - few people are willing to actually do it.
WildDaft (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 9:12 pm
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@Kalietha: I would consider this if they didn't call the people they stole from vapid and vain. hell they even called them jerks and said "like I took them from good people".

I can't have much sympathy when this is your thought process. with the way they talk about the people they're stilling from I would think they would do it even if nothing was on the line.
Kalietha (Guest)
March 27th, 2019, 1:01 am
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@WildDaft: This is a matter of salving the conscience after the fact, and post-operative selfjustification is also very common. It's a defense mechanism - if doing what you have to do to survive leaves you helpless with guilt, it doesn't help you to survive and recover from the event. Yes, it does make it easier to do the same action with less REAL justification later - but again, we are talking normal human psychology, not sign-of-intrinsically-bad-person.
AndreTheLugia
March 25th, 2019, 6:49 pm
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Sacrificing others just for one really is disgusting..
Emma (Guest)
March 25th, 2019, 11:15 pm
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Himself? @AndreTheLugia:
He's sacrificing others for his loved one, not himself.
Guest
March 26th, 2019, 9:12 pm
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@Emma:

In movies, if someone throws a ton of people under the bus to save their own skin, 9/10 times they're considered the villain. But if they throw a ton of people under the bus to save someone else's skin that they just happen to be fond of, then 9/10 they're considered the hero.

I'm with George. I don't see any difference between those decisions, particularly when the 3rd-party being saved is considered special purely because of their relationship to the "hero". I think it's just another rephrasing of the exact same selfish idea.

"Yeah, I'm about to hurt a bunch of them, but it's for the sake of *me*, and I matter more than them."

"Yeah I'm about to destroy a bunch of loving relationships, but it's for the sake of *my* loving relationship, and my relationships matter more than theirs do."
Riverfox237 (Guest)
April 1st, 2019, 1:22 pm
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@Guest: Or, a favorite book of mine put it so eloquently: "The idea that one should be sacrificed for many is sound, but I always thought the one to make that decision should be the one sacrificed."
Josh Spicer (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 7:24 am
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@AndreTheLugia: Sacrifice one to save one million has always been a topic of contention. For years, in fact.

Hell, movie heroes make a big deal out of it all the time. The only difference here is that the Pokemon are stolen from people who consider them trophies.
Guest
March 25th, 2019, 6:57 pm
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welp... can't wait to see Atty have a teenager breakdown and start crying after George dumps his butt.
Tehpikachu
March 25th, 2019, 7:04 pm
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hahah that's not what i expected, but she's right. honestly that's a good subversion of expectations and it's still in line with her character
KermitsGirl
March 25th, 2019, 7:23 pm
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@Tehpikachu: I agree 100%! Masterfully done.
JovanW
March 25th, 2019, 7:17 pm
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O_O
Guest
March 25th, 2019, 8:46 pm
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Dayummmmm... poor atty! All he wanted to do was help DT :( Georgie pls be gentle with him he is a broken man
Guest
March 25th, 2019, 9:50 pm
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@Guest: Naw he deserves it. This is that place we call rock bottom.
gamerblackjacket
March 25th, 2019, 8:59 pm
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THATS BULLSHIT
SVM (Guest)
March 25th, 2019, 9:07 pm
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While George is a demented weirdo, she's (mostly) harmless and doesn't deliberately wrong others. Atty's making a conscious decision to steal those pokemon, and that's a horrible thing to do regardless of the fact that it's to save his best friend.
AngryRobot (Guest)
March 25th, 2019, 9:45 pm
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Ah man, Georgie finally gets it.
Echoing my sentiments about this punk.
Guest
March 25th, 2019, 11:10 pm
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I've always hated George. She really should have seen all this coming given his track record. Honestly, I disagree with her on this page and about this whole situation. Atticus may have been a jerk to DT in the beginning but he's grown to genuinely care about her and even gives her space and lets her make her own choices like she's a person instead of just a pet. The people he's stealing from treat their pokemon like trophies or things to show off. They don't deserve them. Stealing's wrong, yeah, but a long time ago people seemed to have decided that stealing from bad people or snobs was okay and that still gets echoed in media today. People cheer for stories like Robin Hood or the various comics where antiheroes fight wealthy organizations often for reasons entirely beneficial to them. Yet we're telling off Atticus for stealing from a wealthy organization full of snobs. And don't try telling me that Rocket is just as bad, because those guys are always getting their butts kicked.
Whaa (Guest)
March 25th, 2019, 11:50 pm
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@Guest: I can't begin to explain how much I disagree with all of what you wrote.

Them being snobby means NOTHING. They care about their pokemon. Just because he finally realized he cares about DT doesn't mean jack. He still cares nothing for the others in his team.

Atty is 100% in the wrong. not 10%, not 50% not even 99%. Literally 100% in the wrong.

There was SO many other options to take to get DT back but he instantly went with the one that would hurt innocent people. Snobby or not they have literally done nothing wrong and dont deserve their loved ones taken from them. And the pokemon that are stolen dont deserve this either, they arent fighters, living a pampered life, yet if taken they will be forced to fight and will probably have a sad life from here on out.

He is hurting everyone for himself.
Emma (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 12:43 am
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@Whaa:
How about you share some of those options?

Fight back? DT's dead
Call the cops? DT's dead
Refuse? DT's dead
Get George's help? DT's dead and so is George

Giving Team Rocket what they want is pretty much the only way DT survives.
Bwsrfn11 (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 1:19 am
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@Emma: Just because DT dies if he steals the Pokemon, doesn't make stealing the Pokemon right.
Reasonable_Doubt (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 2:01 am
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@Emma: The path I think would be best would be if Atty just catches a bunch of Pokemon himself then says they're stolen. I do think trainer-related metadata would be a major issue here (all these Pokemon would likely be registered to Atty himself, which would be an immediate tip-off that he's lying), but it's not one that Atty is likely to have come up with.

Either way, it's a relatively obvious solution that wouldn't hurt anybody (except for a bunch of wild Pokemon, I guess), and only has one drawback that would never occur to Atty. Dude did have a choice.
AngryRobot (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 11:30 am
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@Reasonable_Doubt: The dude had a lot of choices up till this point. I don't empathize with him just because the camera centers him in the light of a protagonist. There's nothing "pro" about him. His snark is no longer a saving grace either.
Unlike a lot of others here, I don't even think he genuinely cares about DT. There's a pretty simple reason why he wouldn't wanna lose her: He's not a good trainer and most of his team is crap. He'd be up shit creek without her. But more than that, I just think he didn't wanna lose what she did for him. His actions have proven he could care less for her well being.
Meanwhile, he wanted victims as a result of his current solution, for his self satisfaction alone. George has him dead to rights here.
Riverfox237 (Guest)
April 1st, 2019, 1:32 pm
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@AngryRobot: I think both sides of this argument have points. I sympathize somewhat with Atti in that he's in a very difficult situation; he doesn't have a lot of time to get the stolen pokemon, so catching enough to satisfy the guy might not seem feasible (even though I agree it is probably a good solution). He HAS begun to genuinely care about DT as more than a pet; he genuinely doesn't want to see her get hurt, and that is admirable.

But, he also got himself in this situation in the first place. He chose to join Team Rocket, knowing they were kidnappers and thieves. He stole a pokemon long before this came to light. He made choices, and choices have consequences.

If anything, I think George is calling him disgusting for trying to justify his continued bad behavior. His love for DT is admirable, but it doesn't erase the fact that HE made choices that led to this situation. HE brought this on himself. And then HE decided these people were jerks who deserved this more than him, making himself out to be the real victim, even though reviewing the scene in the fan club points me to the fact that ATTI was the one who came across as having an attitude problem by saying someone else's pokemon looked weird, eliciting defensive reaction from the fanclub members; but those same people were very nice to George, who had actual admiration for her AND their pokemon and made an effort to be friends.

As much as I hope this comes out right and as much as I'm glad Atti made a decision to straighten out his life, the consequences of our bad decisions don't get negated simply because we feel bad for making those decisions. Just look at the men in prison who have turned their lives around, found Jesus, do voluntary extra work, have become genuinely good people. They are still in prison, some of them for life, some even facing the death penalty, because they still have to face the consequences of what they did. My hope for this arc is that Atti will face up to the fact that HE is to blame for all of this, and THEN they find some way to save DT. If he continues to try and make himself out as the 'real victim', he is going to lose George and everyone else's help, and he DESPERATELY needs help right now.
Seruta
March 26th, 2019, 1:55 am
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Who is to say that he doesn't have a plan brewing to ask DT to help him get all those pokemon back once he gets her back in his possession?! Hm?! HMM!?!?
Chunck.co
March 26th, 2019, 2:17 am
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Interesting direction, not unexpected but is really unique. Though let's be honest despite everything happening and happens George will still be there nusicance of a companion in the end.

If george wasn't around...atty wouldn't care. Probably be relieved.

Atty is already so done mentally and Physically.
Ooo (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 3:32 am
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I still feel bad for Atty. It sucks having to be in his situation, stealing other people's Pokemon just to save his best partner from being killed.

Seeing George still badmouthing Atty even after he admitted he's not proud of the situation he's stuck in instead of offering to help him makes me like her even less.
Videogamer80 (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 4:10 am
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Either George is going to absolutely roast Attie for being a bad person, or remind Attie that she has a bajillion mons in her pc that she could've just given to Attie to give instead. Hopefully not both XD
Guest
March 26th, 2019, 9:22 pm
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@Videogamer80: It's not clear to me that Team Rocket is the type of organization that should even be *given* Pokemon (I don't know if we've ever gotten a good picture of what they do to them or how they treat them), but George unloading a bunch of bored Pokemon that are dying to get out of her storage box anyway would be a hilariously effective end to this chapter.

It just kind of cycles around to how little I understand Team Rocket's business model. Catching Pokemon isn't hard, and you can only effectively have about 6 or 7 of them trained up at a time. Atty caught a Pikachu because he happened to walk past it and just chucked a ball. Stinking George has caught so many Pokemon that she's just sticking them in the phantom zone for safekeeping now. And they don't seem to be incredibly hard to train either; Atty's team isn't exactly *good*, but it's not getting completely crushed by trainers/gyms either, and it appears to be mostly looking after itself.

Unless Team Rocket has insane quality/rarity standards, it can't possibly be cost-efficient to steal Pokemon instead of catch them themselves. And if they do have insane quality standards, why are all of their grunts using Zubats? How can it possibly be more efficient to do heists than to get all of your grunts to run around in circles and beat up wild Pokemon?
Guest
March 26th, 2019, 5:14 am
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Its probably because he still hasn't slept since this whole thing started. girl's right, the guy probably hasn't slept for the past 48 hrs. He probably looks like ass right now XD https://s3.amazonaws.com/colorslive/jpg_512x512/1020161-n-oc44DBWI-sIHca.jpg
Josh Spicer (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 7:17 am
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Well then George, it appears you are now my enemy. Don't take it personally, it's just right now there's no going back either way.

If he continues on, you leave him but he gets DT back, no problem. He continues on his path and is all alone but can learn to live with himself.

If he doesn't, you can help him, but DT probably won't survive and Atty falls down further.

Honestly, I'm not even completely sure why Atty CARES. Like, I get he probably DOES consider George something of a friend at this point, but has she ever really been anything more than a nuisance to him? Or a distraction? Like seriously, why does he NOW care about what she thinks?
Paw (Guest)
March 26th, 2019, 9:07 am
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i knew it!! TELL HIM GEORGE.
ZHODY the delfinator
March 26th, 2019, 5:00 pm
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Does she think he's lying? Ooof
andwhyisit (Guest)
March 28th, 2019, 7:27 am
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@ZHODY the delfinator: He did make her an unknowing accessory to the crime.
MoonEclipseDragon
March 27th, 2019, 2:27 am
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Oh hellyah the tea is SPILLED *sips tea*
Ultimate the Hedgehog
March 27th, 2019, 10:09 am
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Either she doesn't believe him or she'll point out that's still his own fault.
disastermaster
March 27th, 2019, 1:19 pm
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I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die
Riverfox237 (Guest)
April 1st, 2019, 1:36 pm
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@disastermaster: XD On-point reference
Oly-RRR
March 27th, 2019, 3:23 pm
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It was only a matter of time before someone said it, unfortunately, but it must hurt extra bad coming from George.

I don't entirely agree with it but uh, I dunno what I'd say in the situation. Also wooo, effective composition!!
andwhyisit (Guest)
March 27th, 2019, 6:24 pm
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Clearly the whole point is for team rocket to get ransom money for the pokemon they steal. Hence the whole "wear the uniform" requirement.
Guest
March 27th, 2019, 8:24 pm
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Oi. Good writing! Both points of view have merit and both have flaws! INTRIGUE!
EB (Guest)
March 28th, 2019, 12:05 am
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Said the girl who hordes every pokemon she sees and has not made real friends with any one of them.... Not even best boy Dux!
Guest
March 28th, 2019, 9:00 am
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George... You put an eevee in a microwave.... That's sooo disgusting of you.
LamentedShockTrooper
March 28th, 2019, 3:11 pm
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@Guest: Have you seen what the elite four are like? They are CRAZY! Atty is mediocre in the crazy section, and is George still in the naive category? *edit* I Don't know... these updates came slowly.
TimeSceo
March 28th, 2019, 3:38 pm
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Oof
Lone_Garurumon (Guest)
March 29th, 2019, 4:49 am
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Oh. Oh shit. I did not expect George to actually go this far. Very nice.
Guest
March 29th, 2019, 7:05 am
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@Guest Now that you say that I see what you mean. Atticus, although hurting and scared, is doing the exact same thing to those people. Stealing their pokemon is exactly what Team Rocket does. He was on his way to forgiveness, but this fiasco might’ve brought him back to square one. There were many solutions to his problem and he picked the worst one. Even still, I feel for him. Clearly he was so surprised by this sudden change in events that he decided to go through with the worst route, as was instructed.
Gastly
March 31st, 2019, 5:05 pm
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gahhh now I feel bad for hoping Atty succeeds thank you commentors
Guest
April 1st, 2019, 3:19 pm
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He may not be intrinsically bad, but his actions here are morally bankrupt. It's the that he isn't an evil person. It's yrue that may be he's only operating in shades o f gray. George is still absolutely right to call him out.