Fallarbor Town | Late Afternoon
Chris thought he'd make someone upset with his ridiculous stammering, but yet again, Kaeli is on his side. Had she glared at him like that, he might have ran out the door and been halfway to Unova by now. Note to self: never piss off Kaeli, like, ever. He probably wouldn't get a long time to regret doing so."Then I think he had better offer that apology now, shouldn't you dear?"
Oh. Yikes. Is this really what being a couple is like? Well, there goes any sort of desire Chris had for a relationship. Alistair looks more like a kid caught doing something naughty than a strong Pokemon ready to defend his beloved, which is so absurd that Chris manages to feel a bit of relief; maybe things would turn out alright for once."I, uh, I do believe I may have jumped to conclusions regarding this gathering and I...I want to apologize for my uncouth behavior. I hope you can forgive my rudeness, I offended with my words and actions and that is a responsibility I must shoulder. I'm sorry."
Chris can't help but be impressed by the scope of Alistair's apology. Had he thought of that on the spot? Wow. Ignoring Alistair's obvious embarrassment, Chris wishes he had the ability to improvise speeches like that, especially during an awkward situation like this one.
Everyone seems satisfied with Alistair's apology, and Chris doesn't doubt his sincerity. Nobody could blame him for being quick to defend his mate. With the two felines settled down together (and looking rather adorable in the process), the tension in the room defuses itself. The knots in Chris' stomach begin to untie themselves, too.
This time, Kaeli speaks up, addressing everyone else in the room. "Perhaps once I am rested we can all make proper introductions? I'm afraid I only know Chris's name and I hate the thought of being rude when addressing any of you. A few hours should be more than enough for me to rest up if you don't mind us meeting up with you later?"
Oh-Chris hadn't forgotten about Kaeli's injuries, but he hadn't expected the conversation to end so quickly. Still, what she's saying makes sense. It wouldn't be right to impose upon her when she's no doubt exhausted and in pain. Besides, it might be nice to give everyone space after that uncomfortable bout of tension; Chris still feels a little dizzy from the lingering anxiety."O-oh-! O-of course, yeah. No problem, ma'am. I'll- we'll see you later?" "Was nice to meet ya, but wouldn't wanna interrupt your beauty sleep."
Chris can't help but smile a little at the two of them. Sara-Anne and her Pokemon seem to really get along, and it's really cute how she has an unevolved starter. A small Pokemon for a small person. He doesn't know how she feels about her height, though, so Chris doesn't say that aloud. Plus, it'd just be awkward to say something like that to someone you barely know. "We'll see you later. It was nice to meet you both,"
Chris says to the felines shyly, though still managing to make eye contact with Kaeli, then Alistair. He then leaves, Atlas at his feet, following after Sara-Anne. She'd probably still want to talk, right? Hopefully so. The Tyrantrum that arrived with her seems rather enthusiastic, and positively bursting with words. Chris, however, feels like a shriveled up sapling under the impressive height and girth of the Rock-type. If they wanted to, the dinosaur could crush him with ease, and those jaws are nothing to shake a stick at."Oh! Is it-- is it ok if we roam a little bit? Like to the waterfall?"
Chris is a little shocked, and doesn't respond immediately. He expected such a big, intimidating Pokemon to act more, well...serious? Not that he's complaining, of course; the dinosaur's joyous excitement is a welcome sight. The waterfall isn't that
far away, and though wandering from Fallarbor itself makes Chris' stomach feel like lead, he can't bring himself to say no."Sure,"
Chris agrees, "It'd be fun. The waterfall is pretty much right next door, too."