Nemeseia, writing in Kanto Region, a part of Pokémon: Atonement:
July 11th Cinnabar Gym - Afternoon - Hot Nevena Solomon
Today reminded Nev why she never really liked hot weather. Her skin had felt sticky and she'd nearly started sweating the moment she stepped outside. Maybe it was just her since everyone on the island seemed perfectly fine, but then that just might be the fact that they lived here. She was, however, grateful for Drake letting her, Kasimir, and Mel use his gym. The indoor pool would be nice to swim in, and there wouldn't be too many people around when she did a check up on Nora, Kas's newly acquired pokémon. She would admit that she was looking forward to it. After reading the information Kasimir had given her, she wanted to see to what extent the research had gone with the type: null. She would have invited the others but Aidan and Cyrilla were currently on a sibling date as Cyrilla had called it, and Eryk was more tired than anything and opted to stay with Ana at their home. Drake was currently at a league meeting, something about his credentials and challenger quota. All Nev knew was that he was updating them on whether he was still considered a major Gym or if he'd be demoted to the minors. Regardless, Nev was excited to spend time with the two Rheinallt siblings, and learn a little more about Nora. Mel appeared from the kitchen, a tray of snacks and drinks in her hands. "Hey, Nev," she said, setting it down next to where she was sitting. "Looks like maybe the heat's gotten pretty bad out there, so I made some stuff to cool down. There's also alcohol if you want to spike them, but everything on the tray is virgin as-is. There's berry lemonade, club soda, fruit punch, and a cranberry lime spritzer. Oh, and regular orange juice, if you prefer." She pointed each out in turn, then settled in the chair nearest, pouring herself some of the spritzer. "Mirmir's bringing Nora by today, right? I haven't seen her yet. Some totally new type of lab-synthed pokémon, right?" She seemed intrigued by the idea. “He is," Nev replied, feeling the smile on her face widen a bit. “From the notes he'd sent me, it seems like Nora was the only one they could fully create. It said they had three failures but I don't know what could have possibly happened to them," she continued, her brows furrowing slightly. She had a guess as to what might have happened. Like most things that fail, they are either destroyed or terminated somehow. It might be that the case for the three failures, but Nev couldn't be too certain. She was about as intrigued about Nora, though, as Mel seemed to be. The prospect of studying something so new made Nev's blood run in a way it hasn't in a long time. She wanted to see what made Nora so special. Kas arrived not too much later, strolling into the Gym in what seemed to be his usual casual manner. For some reason, Mel frowned in his direction, then sighed. He dropped into another chair near them with a smile. "Ladies," he greeted, the expression brightening into a grin for a moment. "How are you both?" “Excited," Nev said as she smiled brightly at him. It was true, though. She was excited about the fact that she was about to look at a new creature. It would probably be put on the legendary or even mythical list considering that there was only one. Or one that they knew of that was still alive. “What about you, are you ready to see what makes Nora tick?" she asked, grabbing one of the drinks Mel had put out eariler. Kas chuckled. "Well, I've already done some homework," he admitted, pulling the last ball back from his belt and giving it a small toss. It opened with the customary flash of red light, and the pokémon he'd named Nora appeared. She was as the photos suggested: quite large, quadrupedal but with front legs different from the back, mostly white, and with some kind of metal device strapped onto her head. The part that let her peer out the front swung from Nev to Mel and then to Kas, the pokémon's head tilting inquisitively. She seemed tense, but when he set a hand on her flank, she relaxed a little, and sat down. "She's… a pretty crazy melding of biology and tech," Kas said. "As far as I can tell. Like a porygon, but partly organic. A… cyborg, I guess. Sounds crazy, but that's the best way I can put it. I figure I can learn the tech side myself, but… you're a better biologist than me by a mile, Sis." Despite the fact that his actual sister was present, there didn't seem to be any confusion around the nickname. “I suppose that holds some truth," Nev replied, her eyes narrowing with her smile. She glanced at the creature, holding back her excitement as best as she could. It wasn't every day that she could study something so rare. Something that was part organic material and something that wasn't. Nev took a step closer to Nora, doing a once over before making a full circle around the pokémon. “Hm," she hummed to herself. The helmet Nora was wearing was peculiar, but there didn't seem to be anything too particular about it. “Is it alright if I get closer?" she asked, turning in Kas's direction. Nora was still a recently caught pokémon, and Nev didn't want to take a chance getting close and risking her safety. Pokémon could still have wild natures even if they were caught, and Nora would be no exception, especially if the data Nev had read was true. “There's something I want to check about her helmet. And... if she'll allow it, I'd like to pull some blood from her at a later time. I want to see what exactly is in her DNA," she added. Nev would be able to get a better understanding of what the scientists were doing when they created Nora if she studied Nora's blood. Plus, she could learn a lot more about a creature through its DNA structure than just its physiology, alone. "What do you reckon, Nora? She looks all right to me, but I'd get it if you were suspicious." He patted the pokémon's flank as he spoke to her in a stage-whisper, grinning mischievously at Nev. It caused Nev to snort softly as she tried not to laugh. "You're going to corrupt that poor, innocent pokémon," Mel replied dryly. Kas chuckled; Nora seemed to consider it, but then visibly relaxed further. "Looks like you're allowed, Sis." “Yay," she replied with a little too much vigor. Nev wasn't able to conceal her excitement, but did her best to tone it down so she wouldn't stress Nora out. The last thing she wanted was a stressed pokemon that could potentially harm everyone around. “Alright, let's see," Nev murmured as she walked closer to Nora. “So, how's everyone doing these days?" she decided to ask while she inspected Nora's helmet. “It feels like I haven't seen a lot of either of you this month," or anyone else for that matter. She didn't count Aidan since they lived together, but everyone else seemed to have vanished. She saw them at lunch on occasion, but... well, things seemed a little weird. Nev couldn't claim to be the mood reader in the group, but she'd like to think she knew her friends a little better. As she waited for their responses, Nev gently took hold of the helmet that encased most of Nora's head. She let her hand smooth over the contraption, pursing her lips softly as she inspected it. Nora stayed still under the inspection, but seemed a little uneasy about having the contraption touched. Kas seemed to be monitoring her carefully for any signs of discomfort or pain, though, and he didn't say anything, so it was probably fine to continue. "Me either, actually," Mel observed, leaning her chin in her hand. "Though I heard Eryk's mom is in town and she sounds kind of like the worst human being ever, so they probably have a lot to deal with." "Yeah, uh…" Kas hesitated a moment. "She's a real bitch, and I don't use that kind of word lightly, you know? She's trying to marry Cyrilla off to some other member of the family so she can make Ryk marry Katia or… something like that. It's… put her in a tight spot." "Is there anything we can do? I can call mom or something…" Mel frowned, looking a little confused about the whole situation. "I mean, it's not the dark ages. Who can force people to marry people anymore?" "The Kogas, apparently," Kas replied, running his hand along Nora's flank. "I uh… did what I could, but it's up to her to decide how she wants to handle it. Much as I wish she didn't have to." Nev pursed her lips in confusion. Cyrilla was being forced to marry someone who wasn't Ryk? When where those two dating? Wasn't Ryk dating Ana? She removed her hand from the contraption and furrowed her brows in Kas's direction. Nev felt a little painful twinge in her chest; she couldn't understand the reasoning behind it, either way, but it seemed like Kas and the others were trying to prevent it. Maybe they didn't want to tell her so she wouldn't have to worry about it? Nev knew herself to know that she did worry a little too much, especially when it came to her friends. “Can Eryk's mother do that, though? I don't know what's going on, but it sounds like Eryk's mother can't really do that, even if she is a Koga." The Koga family wasn't a family Nev was familiar with. She wasn't a native in Kanto and didn't know much of its old families or anything like that. “What about Cyrilla's parents? Wouldn't they have a say?" she asked. Nev wasn't completely certain, but... this just seemed strange. "Ah, shit. I forgot you weren't up to speed, Sis, sorry. The long and short of it is uh… Ryk and Cy are both Kogas to some degree and their family does weird arranged marriage shit. They were 'engaged' to each other for a long while, but haven't ever been interested in each other that way. They more or less broke it off when Ryk fell for Ana, I think, but it's kind of… not something the family approved of. Cy tried to leave the family, too, but they're basically trying to pull her back in with this. I'll be honest—I don't always totally get it either." "So what did you do?" Mel asked, tilting her head. He shrugged. "I uh… told her she could marry me instead if she wanted." "You what?" If Nev was confused before, she felt completely gobsmacked, now. “You... told Cyrilla she could marry you, instead, if she wanted?" Nevena couldn't say she understood what was going on, but it seemed to be that both Cyrilla and Eryk's family wanted them to marry, or marry someone else. And that they were certainly not very good people. Nev furrowed her brows lightly as she tried to make sense of what was happening. “Has she said anything about it? I mean, I can't imagine this is going to be easy for either of you," Nev stated, turning her attention briefly to Nora before returning it to Kasimir. “Marriage is a very... big deal, I would think." It wasn't that Nev believed that it was a one time deal. She knew enough that sometimes people didn't last in marriages, but maybe this was something different? Maybe they were doing this for another reason? "Uh, no. Nothing definitive. I just wanted to give her an out, and it was the only one I could think of." Mel frowned, releasing a long sigh. "I get it, but at the same time, poor Cy. Kind of sucks that it had to be you to offer. Maybe I should…" Her brow knitted. "What's wrong with me specifically?" Kas asked, looking slightly affronted. "Well, for starters, you needed to ask that question." “I don't know much about what's going on, but I suppose if it's that serious, maybe I should help, too," though Nev didn't know what she could help with, exactly. She could offer to marry Cyrilla as well, but she didn't think it would be... quite that simple. “Hopefully it won't come down to that," she began, furrowing her brows slightly at herself. “I mean, not that you're a bad choice, Kas. I think you're a good choice considering, but it is quite sudden. How are you feeling about this? It's not something you would have offered on a whim; you aren't the type to do that," at least Nev liked to believe so. She'd known her friends for over a year now, and she knew they wouldn't do something like that without a good reason. "Well at least someone thinks so," Kas replied dryly, then shrugged. "I don't really know how I'm feeling about it. A little weird, since she hasn't said anything about it since then. Makes me feel tense just trying to have a normal conversation." "Nervous," Mel specified. "You're nervous because she hasn't answered your proposal." Raising an eyebrow, she gave him a look that suggested she was implying something, though it wasn't totally clear what. Kasimir sighed. "I mean, yes, technically, but not like you're thinking." "Uh-huh." “I'd be nervous, too," Nev stated, giving Kas a sympathetic look. She couldn't imagine the anxiety of waiting for a reply to something like that. Even if it wasn't a proper marriage, a proposal was still a rather big deal, or so she thought. “I'm sure she's also just processing everything to make sure that the decision isn't done on a whim," she stated, patting Nora on the side of her neck before stepping away from the pokemon. “I know I wouldn't want to go straight into something without making sure it wouldn't be difficult for me or the other person. It's a big decision to make, I think, and... for whatever it's worth, you two would be adorable regardless if she says yes or not. The two of you are very good friends, after all," and she liked to think that friendships wouldn't break over something like that. “What about you, Mel? What do you think? If she does agree, you might be getting a sister-in-law." "I think something's gotta give," Mel said on a sigh, shaking her head with something like exasperation. "But what do I know?" Kasimir rubbed at the back of his neck. "Yeah, well… we'll get it figured out, one way or another. You, uh… you guys want to come ring shopping with me? I figure I should have one in case she says yes, to make it look official and all that. Can always take it back if she doesn't." Mel gave him a long, considering look, then sighed again. "Yeah, all right. Who knows what she'd end up with if we let your taste decide?" Nev smiled sympathetically and nodded her head. “I'm not sure I'd be of any help choosing, but I'll do my best." Regardless of what happened between the two, Nev hoped that they would be fine, and that things would work out.
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If you love hiking — don’t take it for granite
This is not another patronising blog about senior citizens needing to take it easy on the trail.
If you haven’t been hiking before and you plan to take it up as a retirement past-time, it is best to see your GP first, especially if you have any medical conditions. There are walks and hikes suitable for all levels, so once you get the green light health-wise, you can begin to have adventures. Just like anyone else, be sure you have the appropriate clothing and footwear.
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As we get older, our body water content decreases and the risk of dehydration increases. The consequences of not being hydrated enough also become more serious. It is really important to bring enough water with you on every trip. A bladder hydration system attached to your back pack can be very helpful its handy small drinking hose makes sipping water as you hike, much more convenient. If the weight of carrying water for the expedition is off-putting, you might consider some water purifying tablets, so that you may avail of the local water. Check out the many easy ways to bring enough liquids with you on your hike.
Be sure you have a route planned with a distance that does not over extend you. This is true for backpackers of all ages. Take breaks and stop whenever you need to. Plan your journey with this in mind. Carry a comfortable backpack, suitable for your needs on the day. Wear good walking/hiking boots and a well fitted pair of socks. Make sure the phone is fully charged and that someone knows which route you are taking and your approximate return time.
Keeping the fitness level every day
Walk regularly, even if it’s just for 20-30 minutes a day. This will help keep your fitness level up and prepares you for longer rambles on the weekend. Good rain gear will make this much more possible in our climate.
Hiking is considerably rewarding and good for your mental health. Stay young at heart, keep your heart healthy and get out and about in the wilds.
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I may or may not be very in love with the whole Percy Jackson series sooo.
I absolutely love this book so much, I’ve read it twice now and each time it just amazes me. I love Percy. I love Annabeth. I love Grover. I love how well the characters interact and how it feels like they’re still getting to know each other (because they are).
The pacing of this book is absolutely perfect and I love how much you learn without “learning”. Because you pick up so much and learn a lot without making it boring.
This is currently one of my favorite book series and one of the few that I actually went out of my way to buy because it was so good and captivating.
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Jaisalmer Fort is popularly known as the Golden Fort of Rajasthan. It was built by Raja Jaisal, Rajput who was the ruler in the year 1156 AD. It is counted among the largest forts in the world. The fort looks magical because of the golden and yellow mixed sandstone. Among the deserts, this fort is a must-visit especially during the night as it gives a glimpse of heaven. The Fort is tall and stands firm. It depicts the real culture of Rajasthan.
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THE DARK WORLD 2013
We are not gods. We are born. We live. We die.
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AGE OF ULTRON 2015
Do you see the beauty of it? The inevitability? You rise, only to fall. You, Avengers, you are my meteor. My swift and terrible sword; the Earth will crack with the weight of your failure. Purge me from your computers; turn my own flesh against me. It means nothing! When the dust settles, the only thing living in this world will be metal.
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