Fallarbor Town | Late Afternoon
Atlas' successful splash brings a shriek from the Chimchar and a bout of shameless laughter from the Vaporeon. He's so busy falling into a fit of giggles that he doesn't even bother to return the Fire-type's splashes. What would be the point? Atlas has had his victory, and he's perfectly satisfied with it."You dick! I didn't even get a chance to swim away!"
Atlas doesn't say anything back, still cackling gleefully. Chris rolls his eyes, but the gesture's betrayed by the wide grin on his face. He was totally right about this being the most fun he's had in a long time; Chris doesn't want it to ever end. That's a childish wish for sure, but he's been starved for the company of other humans for years. Didn't it make sense for him to feel so strongly, now that he knows for certain more of his own kind had survived? Chris loves his Pokemon no matter what, but seeing another person-another human-here brings him a different experience. Sara-Anne and even Lance, who Chris barely got to see, remind him of his family; maybe there's still hope that they will return to him.”That's kind of the point, doofus!”
As Sara-Anne and her Pokemon exchange quips, Chris edges closer to the water, trying not to dwell too much on the familiar melancholy of his missing loved ones. By now, the pain is so intertwined with his emotions that Chris can almost ignore it. Big emphasis on almost.
Anyways...he's not about to imitate Sara's shock at the river's temperature (he'd rather keep his clothes dry anyway), but the Hoenn heat still has him sweating a lot. For the trillionth time in his life, Chris asks himself why he has to wear so many layers. Something something body issues, I'm self-conscious.
Oh, well. It's not as if the heat is going to kill him anytime soon; Chris can enjoy being near the water and therefore, a little bit cooler.
He glances over at Charizard, relieved that the dragon is happy. When the big, typically intimidating Pokemon are being cute and content, then everyone can be content. That might not be a popular saying, but hey, it's still wisdom. What Chris did not expect, however, was the Fire-type addressing him directly."This truly is a lovely place you have here, Chris. I know I've complimented it before, but I just have to say it again."
Chris looks away, rubbing the back of his neck with one hand. He doesn't know what to say. Fallarbor is a lovely place, but he can't take all the credit for it. Heck, Chris probably couldn't take even a fraction of the credit. Without his Pokemon, without Azelf...well, things would be a lot different, that's for sure. Fallarbor wouldn't be the place it is, and they wouldn't all be enjoying their time spent here. The dragons' trainer wouldn't have a safe place to rest-none of them would, most likely. It's a depressing line of thought."How have you kept it so... clear? This water isn't even dirty.""Um, well, a lot of it's due to luck, honestly. We don't get a lot of, you know, undead around here. I think it's because of the climate,"
Chris admits. In the back of his mind, he wonders if that is even an answer to what the Pokemon's asking. What if he ends up looking stupid? It's happened countless times before. God, Chris knows he needs to keep talking before he loses his nerve. Already, he's starting to bite down hard on his lip; though it's not yet enough to draw blood, the sudden pain nudges him back into speaking."We keep Fallarbor secure, so nothing gets in to taint the water, though we still have to make sure it can't be polluted by others means. It's not easy-I wouldn't want to bore you with all the details. But as for why this place is as nice as it is, well...I have to give the credit to my Pokemon. Fallarbor wouldn't be what it is without them and all their hard work."
Though he doesn't mention them by name, Azelf is included too. From his place in the water, Chris can see Atlas smiling at him. As carefree as the Vaporeon is, Chris isn't about to leave him out; he knows the Water-type puts in as much effort as any of his other Pokemon. All of his companions have done their absolute best alongside him to make sure Fallarbor is not only a safe place, but one where people could be happy. Chris can't take that recognition away from them just to make himself look better.