"Now Bruce," I began over a cup of decaf coffee. "As you may recall, when we last saw each other I charged you with a task of utmost importance. Do you remember what that task was?"
"Yes, Primeape," I acknowledged. "Splendid. Truly splendid. So tell me, dear Bruce, how fares your secret assignment?"
"Yes, Primeape. Well, dear Bruce, I must say that is spectacular. But I must know, Bruce. Precisely how well have you been performing your assigned duty?"
"Yes, Primeape. Well, dear Bruce, that is quite relieving to hear, especially in such drastic of circumstances. You see, Bruce, the time has come for me to once again call on your...unique...talents. I need you to once again contribute to this team in the way that only you can."
"Yes, Primeape. Welcome back, dear Bruce."
I never saw a more relieved individual than the Day Care attendant when I told him that I would finally be taking Bruce back.
With my moderately replenished party in tow, I headed through the gates of the Indigo Plateau. One by one, I turned in my badges to the guards and one by one, I passed each gate.
The Boulder Badge, which Bacchus swept Brock for.
The Cascade Badge, which Tyrant and Bacchus forced out of Misty.
The Thunder Badge, which Lt. Surge willingly gave up at the sight of Dig Dug.
The Rainbow Badge, whose associated altercation resulted in the accidental arson of Celadon City Gym.
The Soul Badge, which gave me a severely broken nose.
The Marsh Badge, which I obtained after one of my darkest hours.
The Volcano Badge, which frankly just sucked.
And the Earth Badge, which I think made Giovanni disband Team Rocket or something.
Eight badges, four deaths, one Venusaur, and 26 parts brought me to this point. There was no going back now. I took my final steps into the Indigo Plateau and braced for what was to come.
To be continued...
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