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@Falconer: I've heard that even just lying down for a while can help you feel a bit more rested even if you can't fall asleep.

The anxiety of feeling you *aren't* resting tends to worsen insomnia so I thought I would point this out.

And if you can't fall asleep after about an hour, you should get up for a while to use up a bit more energy and then try to sleep again later when you feel like you might be able to fall asleep.

And just keep repeating that as much as necessary so you at least get some rest and might eventually fall asleep.
@Falconer: We love you. Use this positive energy to protecc child please. Would appreciate. Would generate more positive energy in response.
This is what you have a partner for. To rescue you from your turtleness. That's it. The only reason.
@Falconer: Write all your favourite tropes anyway because there is going to be someone that wants like, the same exact tropes. But in a different story. Instead of reading the same story twice. Some people like me would kill for the repetition of the good tropes. Go forth and write them.
@Falconer: It's okay, they can't process words yet. They will however, steal your accent based on how you speak.
@Falconer: This is what happens. And then you accidentally drown it.
@Josh Spicer: Someone who knows Atticus joined Team Rocket, stole a bunch of Pokemon and has taken terrible care of his Pokemon that are not DT?

Like. I wouldn't say he *deserves* to have DT either but that isn't the same as thinking it is fair that she was taken away or that she deserves to have been taken away as Team Rocket isn't known for their care of Pokemon either.
Name them Fang or something from a video game. You can't do worse than the number of people who have named their child literally just as Female.
@Guest: I wouldn't say that is distinctly regret so much as a slight tinge of sadness. It isn't easy to be happy when someone guilt-trips you over telling them to do the right thing. And obviously she still cares about DT too.
@Josh Spicer: Where was it said that DT would die? Literally reread the beginning of this chapter. Nowhere is it stated or implied that DT would die. The consequences are just that he wouldn't get her back and that it is possible his other Pokemon could be confiscated and he would be given like a Rattata or Zubat or Ekans or something like a normal Grunt.

There are definitely ways this could be written so he can get her back. Off the top of my head, based on the stuff that has happened, I've got:

*Trix or Estelle catches onto Thad's plan, makes him give her back.

*You know how they were in Diglett Tunnel. Swarm of Diglett could be very helpful, I'm just saying.
@Josh Spicer: I reread the chapter where he encountered Team Rocket properly and decided to join so I could answer your question properly and the answer to that is: Atty joined because he was selfish and because Estelle gives a good sales pitch to someone like Atty who is a fairly self-centered person.

When he fully believed Team Rocket was bad, he refused to join. Estelle was good at selling that they were like-minded individuals. That they were just people who found it hard to do the whole friendship route. He joined them out of self-interest even though he had seen for himself that Team Rocket DOES do bad things. At least partially, he was a teenager being taken advantage of by an adult that knew he didn't want to feel alone in his struggle and appealed to that. But he also acted in selfishness by joining them as he damn well knew they were the kind of people to steal Pokemon.

As an adult, I have sympathy for him and know it isn't entirely his fault. But George is around the same age, so it isn't really wrong for her to go 'You made your bed, lie in it! You don't get to hurt other people because there are consequences to your bad life decisions!'
@Mooniesoop: Atty made his own bed by joining Team Rocket and agreeing to steal Pokemon in the first place. His own selfishness is what led to the situation where Dragonthing was taken away which leads to more selfishness being his solution to the problem.

It's not wrong for George or anyone else to go: You made your bed, lie in it, you don't get to keep being selfish over and over and over.
@Josh Spicer: Well Atticus can't go to jail forever or the comic ends and Dragonthing must be reobtained. And Atticus needs the money to buy a bike. Don't you know how expensive bikes are.
@Josh Spicer: The police are going to come try to arrest him again but they really end up freeing Dragonthing and then Atty has to draw a thousand Pokemon for George to forgive him.
@Josh Spicer: Um. He is stealing a whole bunch of Pokemon and you just expect George to let him do that?
Well, you were a kid. At the time that would have been fun for you and was likely good writing for your skill level at the time. You're just more skilled now, which is in part because younger you honed it by practising.
This is why I make a list in November. I am the only one in my family who does this.
@Falconer: Yeah, when something starts to fall into a very preset formula to maintain the same number of characters or the same issue arises again and again and again... you get bored of it.

Shows where deaths remain impactful keep them very limited and far between so that when there were near death situations you were actually terrified they might die but they might not. When it is practically guaranteed you just go 'eh'.
@TerrytheTeryx: Preach. This is part of why shows like say Supernatural or The Walking Dead don't appeal to me and how Doctor Who eventually wore down my interest in it. Unless this is a murder mystery, characters dropping like flies... tends to eventually induce apathy. Doctor Who was able to keep my interest for far longer because the number of main characters to lose was minimal but even then, oh look the companion was only here for a few seasons and now they are gone (for varied reasons, not always death) eventually set in apathy towards it.
@TerrytheTeryx: I literally hate when that happens. It is one of the worst tropes.