“Before I joined Team Aqua, I thought I was the last person they would ever consider to recruit. So you could say that I’m the most grateful grunt in this whole team.”
“What made you think that they wouldn’t consider you as a potential recruit?”
“I’m scared of the open sea. Whenever I think about swimming or sailing, I get images of me drowning flashing in my mind. I don’t know where it came from, but it’s been like that ever since I was a kid. But I love everything else about it: the Pokémon, the ecosystems, the shards, everything. My favorite place in the world is the beach in Slateport, but I’m the only one there you’ll never see dip his toes in the water.
“So when I heard of Team Aqua, I was both excited and broken-hearted because the perfect organization I could be part of wouldn’t accept me because of my fear. I let five recruitment periods pass before my friend finally convinced me to try it out. I remember him saying, ‘There’s really nothing to lose. If they reject you, then you move on. If they accept you, then you get to live out your dream.’
“I still remember that panel like it was yesterday. Admin Shelly was there with two other grunts who I found out were the next-in-line for admin positions. It was just as awkward and tedious as any job interview, but for me, it was tenfold because of all the pressure. They seemed impressed with my expertise in machinery and technology, saying that they were looking for someone just like me. But when they asked me what my weaknesses were, their faces turned ice cold when I said that I was afraid of the open sea.
“I knew right then and there that I had no chance. Why would they hire an engineer that couldn’t even test if his machines work in the field? When they said that they’ll contact me if I get in, it fell into deaf ears because I knew that it would never happen. I cursed myself under my breath for falling for my friend’s encouragement since all it would lead me is heartbreak. So you can imagine my excitement when I got the call from Shelly.
“It’s been good so far. I’m stationed here in the base all the time, working on the barebones of different machines. I’ve never had to face the water outside of some walks in Lilycove’s beach, so I’m managing well. As long as Sir Archie doesn’t plan on flooding the entire region or something, I’ll be good.”