Fallarbor Town | Late Afternoon"If you need an extra body to carry my mate would be happy to assist,"
Kaeli offers from her resting spot inside the fossil house. Chris didn't hear anything from her companion about helping, though, which means the other feline is probably looking at her right now with an expression that practically shouts: what?
At least, that's what he would do."He's very capable when he puts his mind to something. Plus it might do him some good to feel useful, otherwise he will be fussing over me all the while and personally I'd rather sleep.""Hey-""Don't act like you wouldn't. You are a giant mother hen who honestly needs to get out of the henhouse.""Fine. Bossy.""Mmhmm, and you like me that way so shush."
The felines' cute banter ends with Alistair joining them outside of the house, and Chris is glad to see he looks more amused than annoyed. The Luxray's pretty much his height, after all, and definitely more powerful than him-not a Pokemon Chris would want to upset. He's been nice so far, minus that one "misunderstanding", but still..."No sense arguing with the lady,"
Alistair says, and Chris inwardly agrees. "Woman has a tongue sharper than any Razor Claw. Warden Alistair, at your service."Warden?
More than anything else the feline's said, that title certainly grabs Chris' attention; it's not one he's used to humans having, let alone Pokemon. He's of a mind to ask where Alistair got it from, but once the other two begin to introduce themselves, instinct kicks in and he keeps quiet. Better that than to start apologizing profusely for interrupting one of them.
He glances over at Sara-Anne, remembering her earlier interaction with Alistair. It hadn't been...well, it'd been a tense introduction, to say the least. Seeing her looking away from the feline with her arms across her chest isn't really a good sign; is she still thinking about what happened before? Chris bites down on his lip, unsure of what to do or say. He could be misreading things, body language can be a real pain to understand. Maybe all that's needed is time, but if not, then-"So!"
The Chimchar isn't especially loud, but somehow Chris still manages to flinch. Figures he would. "Lead the way, Chris! I look forward to seeing those blankets!""Of-of course."
He's mentally cursing himself even as the words leave his mouth. Did he really have to trip over a one-syllable word?
Chris tries not to keep kicking himself over it. After all, there's no way he can mess up leading them to his own town.
The path to Fallarbor is more or less a straight line, so getting there doesn't take an obscene amount of time. Atlas had stayed behind, in order to go back to his post at the west gate; meanwhile, Chris leads the others to the contest hall. It's pretty difficult to miss, being the biggest building in town, and its space made it a prime location for storage. No doubt Din is still in there somewhere among the boxes, the little Larvesta making sure nothing is out of place. She's pretty good at remembering where things are, especially for someone who can't read the labels on the boxes.
Every time he sees the hall, he can't help but grimace a little. A lot of these buildings weren't in great shape before he first arrived in Fallarbor, and the contest hall definitely took some of the worst damage. Its glass door, similar to the Pokecenter, is long gone, broken by whatever happened in earlier days. Seeing the damage-the thought that other people
can see what he couldn't fully fix-is nerve-wracking, made all the worse by his earlier anxiety of how long the town can continue. If even he thinks this place may not be permanent, what would other people think? They don't have years' worth of attachment to this place."We should probably find the blankets first, if that's okay with you guys? That way we don't have to go through boxes while carrying the mattresses,"
he says, making an attempt at cheer. Or, at least, something other than self-consciousness. "Oh, and if you see a Larvesta in here, don't worry about her. She's harmless."
(note: I was given permission to skip ahead to town. please let me know if anything needs to be changed)