–this sounded like some sort of kink at first but lemme tell ya Mal and Evie are hot in each other’s clothes
The Isle of the Lost was evil, Mal would admit that without so much as a blink. It was evil, and cruel, and ruthless, and cutthroat. Auradon was always meant to serve as the shining beacon in the distance, the symbol of goodness and purity, looming over The Isle as a bludgeoning reminder to all villains of what they should be striving to be. Yes, Auradon was The Isle’s antithesis, but every light casts a shadow, and the kingdom of heroes was no different—for an evil lurked within its heart, an evil pure and dark, something so soul-wrenchingly vile it gave the island prison every single run for its money:
For a malicious girl and her friends, who had to run, leap, climb, and hurdle their way around life each and every day on The Isle of the Lost, coming to Auradon and being introduced to mandatory exercise for a grade sat relatively poorly with them.
Especially so with Mal, who cursed (not literally, amazingly enough) the hideous blue and yellow shirt and sweatpants that consisted of the uniform for P.E., which, after forty minutes of dodgeball, she relished the thought of yanking off and forgetting about until her next round of physical education horror the day after tomorrow.
The girl’s locker room was dark when she arrived there, and fiddling with the light switch did her no good. She groaned to herself, but there was nothing to be done. The older sections of campus were notorious for electrical problems, something about mice having chewed through wires—thank you, Cinderella. It wasn’t the first time Mal had experienced it, and it wouldn’t be the last, but mainly she was just dreading the fist she’d have to rein in when Jay made the inevitable crack of “What? You get dressed in the dark?”
Naturally, her artistic brain was great with mental pictures, and she had no problem following the path through the room and to her locker from memory alone. Her locker door open halfway—exactly the way she kept it because no one dared to mess with her stuff—and the long bench in front of the row of lockers where she’d folded and left her beloved purple outfit…empty. Her hand felt around in the dark once, twice, three times, coming up with only the bare wood of the bench.
“What??” she blurted to herself.
So much for no one daring to mess with her stuff.
Just when she was thinking there was no way in Hades or hellfire that she’d go marching around campus in the atrocious school colors to search out her clothes, she found salvation in what appeared to be another set of clothes just a locker or two down from her on the bench. Right away she felt leather, so that was a plus. She was just a little kid the last time she had to resort to stealing clothes, but The Isle was forever in her blood, and the act was as natural as riding a bike. Whatever she had her hands on would suit her for now, or so she thought, until she had grabbed what felt suspiciously like a skirt.
“Great…” she grumbled. Just her rotten luck she’d have to rely on something with a skirt.
She just didn’t comprehend how rotten her luck was until she made it out of the locker room and back out into the sunshine. Sunshine beaming down on a black skirt, studded and splattered. Black and white leggings. A too-familiar caped blue jacket.
Evie’s clothes. By all that was evil, she was wearing Evie’s clothes.
The skirt, she very much did not appreciate. The heels, she appreciated even less as she started to make tracks away from the locker rooms, across the grass alongside the Tourney field and in the direction of the main school building. She really didn’t even get the chance to make it past the field before it happened.
“…Mal? Mal, what the heck are you—”
“Say it, Jay,” she called out to him without even laying her eyes on him. "Say it and I deck you.“
Thankfully, it was just Jay, Carlos, and only a small scattering of other team members still out on the field. She wouldn’t have to fight the entire Tourney team over a skirt and black heels.
Evie, across campus, didn’t have to worry about fighting anyone. The fashion-forward VK very rarely underestimated the power of a stylish jacket, but boy, did she underestimate the power of Mal’s. Or maybe, she just underestimated the power of Mal’s jacket on her. People jumped out of her way when they saw her coming, even after they saw that the flash of blue they glimpsed atop her head was not a flash of purple.
Evie was the last person who would ever adhere to the phrase "getting dressed in the dark”, but the lights were out in the girls’ locker room, what was she supposed to do? Wander around in her best friend’s leather, apparently.
She had no idea how they’d gotten so separated already, Mal was just a couple feet behind her after gym class as she headed for the locker room, but now here they were, maybe on complete opposite sides of the campus for all they knew.
Doug was the first one who dared to say anything to her when she made it to the main school building, braving the sight of that already-iconic purple jacket on her to walk over with curiosity and a question.
“Uhh, what happened here?” he asked, falling into step beside Evie as she headed for her dorm room.
“Mix up after gym class,” Evie sighed.
“Soo then I take it Mal is in your outfit?”
Evie came to a dead stop in the middle of the hallway, eyes wide and clamping a hand over her mouth to muffle her gasp.
“Oh my gosh…Mal is in a skirt,” she realized, mildly horrified at the thought.
“…Hoo boy,” Doug breathed. “Well, in that case, I think I’ll just…head out.”
Either very wisely or very fearfully, he scampered off, leaving Evie standing there mid-gasp. Her eyes darted around, expecting to see Mal on the warpath, a figure of blue stomping her way down the corridors. As it was, Mal didn’t end up being a figure of blue stomping her way down the corridors. She ended up being a figure of blue busting the dorm room door open, face scrunched up in that almighty pout of hers. Evie, standing by her bed and emptying out the contents of her purse, wondered if she could take a stab at how many kids Mal had decked on her way over.
“Hi,” Evie cautiously and shyly greeted, taking in the sight of what her clothes looked like from the other side.
For a brief moment she wondered if Mal might deck her, too.
“Hi,” Mal just grumbled. “Now come on, give me my jacket and take back this stinking skirt.”
Evie lifted an eyebrow.
“You know what I mean,” Mal waved her off. “I walked all the way across the school in this getup and I…”
Mal trailed off, losing her train of thought as the fire settled from her eyes and let her get an actual look at Evie. The boots on her feet were a nice substitute for heels, as were Mal’s purple studded jeans. And Mal too was taking in the sight of what her outfit looked like from the other side, admiring her jacket with its purple, green, and now touches of deep blue from Evie’s hair spilling over the collar.
“…What?” Evie prodded. “Why are you staring at me like that?”
Mal, who had grudgingly been a figure of blue her entire walk from the locker room, was now a figure of blue and pink.
“Nothing, you just…you look good in my clothes, that’s all,” she mumbled, keeping her eyes fixed out the window when she decided she’d stared enough at Evie.
The girl in purple flashed her a dazzling smile, relishing in the compliment.
“Is that so?”
“Well, I mean, it’s you. You look good in anything,” Mal went on, very petulantly.
Evie giggled, leaving her purse behind on the bed to move to the doorway of the bathroom to go change.
Shiny Togedemaru! He hatched after 1766 eggs. I don’t know what it is about light brown, kind of pastel looking electric mice shinies, but this and Emolga are the only ones I’ve hunted (aside from pichu, but I mean that line is the original) because they share that same type of color scheme I like so much. Thankfully, it hatched with sturdy and because of the silly amount of time I spend on a poke ball trading forum, I was able to breed him in a fast ball!
A mob of Pikachus descended on Yokohoma over the weekend as part of an “outbreak” event that saw the Pokémon mascot parading through the city. A thousand electric mice could be seen putting on stage shows, dancing in sailor uniforms (and other cute outfits), and pretty much delighting everyone around.
Jump past the break for sooooooooo many cute videos!
Kinda disappointed more “Alolan” appropriate animals haven’t been adapted for the game. I fear we only have evolutions to look forward to and maybe more Alolan Forms of Gen One Pokemon. They’re not… terrible, but so far they’re mostly dark types (guessing they couldn’t of too many brand new dark types) and they’re a bit underwhelming. Alolan Exeggutor is the exception. XD
Anyway, I hadn’t done this since I was a lil kid, but I had a proper sit down to think up my own Pokemon and I got 80 right off the top of my head and the rest from certain fakemon and other concepts people wanted to see. I’m still working on names, both Japanese and English, but here goes:
First the remaining Eeveelutions. Let’s just get those out of the way. That’s 9 right there if you include a Normal evolution me and other creators call ‘Eeveeon’ (probably would be Eevia in Japanese).
Next would be a Dolphin. I know Japan has a weird relationship fishing wise with Dolphins, but they’d be perfect in a tropical region! Have it evolve into a more Orca like Pokemon. Type would be primarily Psychic I’m thinking given their intelligence with Water being the secondary type. ‘Dolphun’ was a name.
Narwhal Pokemon! How has their not been one? It could be an Ice/Fighting type. Ikkakuto (combo of ‘one-horn/narwhal’ and kakutou, ‘fighting’. English name could be Narwaltz - it fights elegantly like the dance maybe?
Flamingo Pokemon. “Flairingo.” A stylish, gaudy, flamboyant bird.
Peafowl Pokemon, males and females having differences in appearance and type. Psychic (cuz of the ‘eye’ feathers)/Flying for the males, and Normal/Flying for the females.
Opossum. Special ability: Play Dead. Normal/Dark type.
Mantis Shrimp. Water/Fighting. It’s punch is cool and they’re really pretty.
Grotesque aka Gargoyle. Rock/Ghost.
An Alpaca Pokemon that evolves into a Llama Pokemon.
For Fossils there’s the Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Plesiosaurus that could be done. Stegotery - Rock/Ghost, the Graveyard Pokemon (has its plates look like tombstones). Tritenna - Rock/Normal. Fires Tri Attack from its horn. Lochsio or Nessio (yes, like Loch Ness and the monster) - Rock/Water.
Naked Mole Rat - Normal/Ground, could evolve into a more Aadvark looking Pokemon.
An Anaconda! Big snake! Doesn’t seem deadly given its Normal typing but don’t let that fool you.
A Chimpanzee to Gorilla Pokemon line. Fighting types.
An Ocelot like kit to a Snow Leopard Pokemon line. Normal/Ice types.
Toucan - Flying.
Moose - could be another Ice/Fighting.
A Jerboa Pokemon. Lil Kangaroo-Rabbit-Mice. Electric of course. Have it evolve into a bigger sorta Bilby Pokemon.
Wombat - not sure what type exactly, but they’re a cute critter.
A Kiwi to Emu to Ostrich line. I know Doduo and Dodrio are kinda close, but we have plenty of monkeys and seals so a few more long legged flightless birds should be fine.
A Tazmanian Devil to Wolverine to Thylacine line. Dark types. Vicious buggers.
Coyote. Like a really scrawny quadruped. Dark type.
Dodo. Another dopey Pokemon for Slowpoke and Bidoof to hang out with.
Thorny Devil Lizard. Ground/Poison.
Hyena/Wilddog line. Dark/Poison Types. Their bites have lots and lots of bacteria so Poison fits.
Warthog. Ground Type.
Cheetah. Normal? Maybe Fire/Electric. What best conveys its acceleration?
Sea Sponge. They’re… interesting. XD A Water Type. Very absorbent.
Grasshopper. Bug/Flying or Bug/Fighting maybe?
Ram. Maybe a different branch from Mareep. Electric/Fighting.
Manatee. Water Type.
Roadrunner. Normal. Fast Bird. Meepmeep.
Monitor Lizard/Komodo Dragon. Dragon/Poison. Again, lots of icky stuff in their bites so Poison.
Chili Pepper. Grass/Fire. Seen that one a lot. It’s a good idea. Let’s make it happen.
A Wisp. Fairy/Fire type. A guiding spirit in the dark of night :)
Some sort of Robot line. Humanoid looking but still a Pokemon. Steel type. Maybe Electric too.
Let’s tap Greek mythology for some cool ones. A Centaur, Minotaur, Gryphon. Pegasus, Harpy…
Norse Mythology: Valkyrie Pokemon. Fairy/Fighting or Flying. Viking/Thor Pokemon. Electric/Fighting.
For more abstract ones, maybe a Teacup to Teapot line? Normal/Water.
Clock Pokemon. Normal/Steel.
Balancing Scales. Normal?
Magnifying Glass/Eyepiece Lense of some sort to a Hand Mirror Pokemon. Steel? Fairy? Normal? Combo?
A Pokemon based on the Bleeding Heart flower. It’s such an interesting shape, certainly something could be done with it.
I also thought a Sabertooth Tiger and Mermaid, but those might very well happen with final evolutions… I also thought maybe an Armadillo to Pangolin, Ground/Fighting line, but Sandshrew/Sandslash are pretty close. Other ideas were a Quokka - The Smiling Pokemon, a goose, and the elusive Bigfoot.
How Traumatic Memories Hide In The Brain, And How To Retrieve Them
stressful experiences – such as chronic childhood abuse – are so
overwhelming and traumatic, the memories hide like a shadow in the
At first, hidden memories that can’t be consciously accessed
may protect the individual from the emotional pain of recalling the
event. But eventually those suppressed memories can cause debilitating
psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic
stress disorder or dissociative disorders.
A process known as state-dependent learning is believed to contribute
to the formation of memories that are inaccessible to normal
consciousness. Thus, memories formed in a particular mood, arousal or
drug-induced state can best be retrieved when the brain is back in that
In a new study with mice, Northwestern Medicine scientists have
discovered for the first time the mechanism by which state-dependent
learning renders stressful fear-related memories consciously
“The findings show there are multiple pathways to storage of
fear-inducing memories, and we identified an important one for
fear-related memories,” said principal investigator Dr. Jelena
Radulovic, the Dunbar Professor in Bipolar Disease at Northwestern
University Feinberg School of Medicine. “This could eventually lead to
new treatments for patients with psychiatric disorders for whom
conscious access to their traumatic memories is needed if they are to
It’s difficult for therapists to help these patients, Radulovic said,
because the patients themselves can’t remember their traumatic
experiences that are the root cause of their symptoms.
The best way to access the memories in this system is to return the
brain to the same state of consciousness as when the memory was encoded,
the study showed.
Two amino acids, glutamate and GABA, are the yin and yang of the
brain, directing its emotional tides and controlling whether nerve cells
are excited or inhibited (calm). Under normal conditions the system is
balanced. But when we are hyper-aroused and vigilant, glutamate surges.
Glutamate is also the primary chemical that helps store memories in our
neuronal networks in a way that they are easy to remember.
GABA, on the other hand, calms us and helps us sleep, blocking the
action of the excitable glutamate. The most commonly used tranquilizing
drug, benzodiazepine, activates GABA receptors in our brains.
There are two kinds of GABA receptors. One kind, synaptic GABA
receptors, works in tandem with glutamate receptors to balance the
excitation of the brain in response to external events such as stress.
The other population, extra-synaptic GABA receptors, are independent
agents. They ignore the peppy glutamate. Instead, their job is
internally focused, adjusting brain waves and mental states according to
the levels of internal chemicals, such as GABA, sex hormones and micro
RNAs. Extra-synaptic GABA receptors change the brain’s state to make us
aroused, sleepy, alert, sedated, inebriated or even psychotic. However,
Northwestern scientists discovered another critical role; these
receptors also help encode memories of a fear-inducing event and then
store them away, hidden from consciousness.
“The brain functions in different states, much like a radio operates
at AM and FM frequency bands,” Radulovic said. “It’s as if the brain is
normally tuned to FM stations to access memories, but needs to be tuned
to AM stations to access subconscious memories. If a traumatic event
occurs when these extra-synaptic GABA receptors are activated, the
memory of this event cannot be accessed unless these receptors are
activated once again, essentially tuning the brain into the AM
Retrieving Stressful Memories in Mice
In the experiment, scientists infused the hippocampus of mice with
gaboxadol, a drug that stimulates extra-synaptic GABA receptors. “It’s
like we got them a little inebriated, just enough to change their brain
state,” Radulovic said.
Then the mice were put in a box and given a brief, mild electric
shock. When the mice were returned to the same box the next day, they
moved about freely and weren’t afraid, indicating they didn’t recall the
earlier shock in the space. However, when scientists put the mice back
on the drug and returned them to the box, they froze, fearfully
anticipating another shock.
“This establishes when the mice were returned to the same brain state
created by the drug, they remembered the stressful experience of the
shock,” Radulovic said.
The experiment showed when the extra-synaptic GABA receptors were
activated with the drug, they changed the way the stressful event was
encoded. In the drug-induced state, the brain used completely different
molecular pathways and neuronal circuits to store the memory.
“It’s an entirely different system even at the genetic and molecular
level than the one that encodes normal memories,” said lead study author
Vladimir Jovasevic, who worked on the study when he was a postdoctoral
fellow in Radulovic’s lab.
This different system is regulated by a small microRNA, miR-33, and
may be the brain’s protective mechanism when an experience is
The findings imply that in response to traumatic stress, some
individuals, instead of activating the glutamate system to store
memories, activate the extra-synaptic GABA system and form inaccessible
Traumatic Memories Rerouted and Hidden Away
Memories are usually stored in distributed brain networks including
the cortex, and can thus be readily accessed to consciously remember an
event. But when the mice were in a different brain state induced by
gaboxadol, the stressful event primarily activated subcortical memory
regions of the brain. The drug rerouted the processing of stress-related
memories within the brain circuits so that they couldn’t be consciously
Brain Boost: Research to Improve Memory through Electricity
In a breakthrough study that could improve how people learn and
retain information, researchers at the Catholic University Medical
School in Rome significantly boosted the memory and mental performance
of laboratory mice through electrical stimulation.
The study, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global,
involved the use of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, or tDCS,
on the mice. A noninvasive technique for brain stimulation, tDCS is
applied using two small electrodes placed on the scalp, delivering short
bursts of extremely low-intensity electrical currents.
“In addition to potentially enhancing task performance for Sailors
and Marines,” said ONR Global Commanding Officer Capt. Clark Troyer,
“understanding how this technique works biochemically may lead to
advances in the treatment of conditions like post-traumatic stress
disorder, depression and anxiety—which affect learning and memory in
otherwise healthy individuals.”
The implications of this research also have great potential to
strengthen learning and memory in both healthy people and those with
cognitive deficits such as Alzheimer’s.
“We already have promising results in animal models of Alzheimer’s
disease,” said Dr. Claudio Grassi, who leads the research team. “In the
near future, we will continue this research and extend analyses of tDCS
to other brain areas and functions.”
After exposing the mice to single 20-minute tDCS sessions, the
researchers saw signs of improved memory and brain plasticity (the
ability to form new connections between neurons when learning new
information), which lasted at least a week. This intellectual boost was
demonstrated by the enhanced performance of the mice during tests
requiring them to navigate a water maze and distinguish between known
and unknown objects.
Using data gathered from the sessions, Grassi’s team discovered
increased synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus, a region of the brain
critical to memory processing and storage.
Although tDCS has been used for years to treat patients suffering
from conditions such as stroke, depression and bipolar disorder, there
are few studies supporting a direct link between tDCS and improved
plasticity—making Grassi’s work unique.
More important, the researchers identified the actual molecular
trigger behind the bolstered memory and plasticity—increased production
of BDNF, a protein essential to brain growth. BDNF, which stands for
“brain-derived neurotrophic factor,” is synthesized naturally by neurons
and is crucial to neuronal development and specialization.
“While the technique and behavioral effects of tDCS are not new,”
said ONR Global Associate Director Dr. Monique Beaudoin, “Dr. Grassi’s
work is the first to describe BDNF as a mechanism for the behavioral
changes that occur after tDCS treatment. This is an exciting and growing
research area of great interest to ONR.”
Beaudoin said tDCS treatment could one day benefit Sailors and
Marines, from helping them learn faster and more effectively to easing
the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Our warfighters face tremendous challenges that are both physically
and cognitively taxing,” she said. “They perform their duties in
stressful environments where there are often suddenly and randomly
varying levels of environmental stimulation, disrupted sleep cycles and a
constant need to stay alert and vigilant.
“We want to explore all interventions that could help them stay
healthy and perform optimally in these environments—especially when
treatments are potentially noninvasive, effective and lead to
Learn more about the work of Grassi and his team, which was published in Scientific Reports.