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Aria Luna d'Argo

"Oh... Sorry... Did you say something"

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a character in “Pokémon: Dangerous Lives”, originally authored by ElusiveAuthor, as played by RolePlayGateway

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Name: Aria Luna d'Argo

Description:
Aria originally hails from Kalos, but she and her family moved to Kanto when she was about 7 years old. It was a bit of a culture shock for her. She has two younger brothers (twins) and one older sister. Their names are Rosette (the sister), Allen and Rory. They live with only their father, as their mother is in coma after being attacked by a psychic pokemon. Her father is named Ricardo and her mother Isabelle. The twins were born after the attack, and they were brought into the world through a caesarean section. The sudden absence of her mother hit her the hardest out of the children, the teenaged Rosette being too busy with her social life, and the twins only being babies.

She found her escape from real life in books. Her father was just happy she found a hobby, not realizing it was an unhealthy coping mechanism instead. It wasn't until high school that a teacher rang the alarm bells.

The therapy for it continued well past her 17th birthday, which is why she's only starting now.

Age: 19
Sex: Female
DOB: 05-05-1997
Birthplace: Lumiose City (Although she moved to Cerulean City)
Height: 1.80 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Hair Color: white
Eye Color: yellowish-green
Body Type: Mesomorph
Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano

Starting Pokémon: Chikorita

Legendary Pokémon: Celebi

Personality:
The rather passive Aria can almost always be found reading a book, even at times she should be paying attention. While at first it was an unhealthy coping mechanism after her mother fell into a coma, it developed into a genuine hobby. Aria -as a result of these experiences- is a quiet girl that prefers to fade into the background. This caused her to have few friends. She wasn't bullied though, and this wasn't through luck. She might be somewhat absentminded most of the time, but she has a wicked tongue if you manage to provoke her. One or two times she even brought her assaulters to the brink of tears. Aria dislikes this part of herself though, and even when annoyed she usually tries to hold her tongue.

Aria might seem dismissive at first glance, although you couldn't be further from the truth. She's a rather sensitive person, even if she has the social skills of a ' little slug'. It was Rosette that coined this phrase. Being called that way is one of the few things that can truly annoy Aria, and the bitch-fests between her and her sister are practically legendary. They still love each other though, in that weird sibling way. Speaking of siblings, she absolutely adores the twins, and almost blew of her pokemon journey in order to stay with them. She often puts her own needs below those of others, a mindset nobody has managed to break her out yet..

Strengths:
- Knowledgeable (although most of it is random trivia)
- Patient
- Steadfast
- Has some skill with the violin, although she is rusty.

Weaknesses:
- Social skills of a 'little slug' (not the animal, but the ammo)
- Puts her own needs below those of others
- Absentminded (although she might yet break out of this after some bad experiences)
- Might react badly when coming eye to eye with psychic pokemon.

Biography:
Aria was born in Kalos, and was raised there until she was 7 years old. After that she and her family moved to Kanto's Cerulean City. She started playing the violin when she 4, learning from her mother. Between her 7th and 11th years of life, she often spend her time in the pokemon center. She listened to the stories a few kind trainers had to tell. Most of them were too jaded to indulge a little kid though. Nevertheless, she did learn a few things about surviving on the road, even is she forgot parts of it over the 8 years following the Incident. The Incident is also what stopped her visits to the pokemon center and violin practice.

When she was 11 years old her mother was attacked by a psychic pokemon, and fell into coma. Her father drowned himself in his work, while her sister distracted herself with her social life. The twins were taken care of by a nanny, but nobody really spend a lot of time with Aria. As a result of this bleak reality Aria escaped into books, until a teacher rang the alarm bells after a few years. Her therapy took 4 years in total, 1 of which was spend in an institution. It turned out that being exposed to the psychic members of the team -whether human or pokemon- had an adverse effect on her mentality though, although she tried her hardest to break out of this bad habit. While she has made progress in the latter, she still isn't completely successful though.

Aria has spend three months preparing herself. By getting a few sets of sturdy clothing for example, or rekindling her memory of what little she knows about survival in the wild, and -of course- studying the pokemon she was likely to meet at the beginning of her journey. While she hasn't gotten very far with this third option, she found ot to be great fun, as there were always new details to be discovered. This has caused her to begin considering being a pokemon researcher instead of a school teacher after she finished her pokemon journey. It also made a lot more sense, since her journey exposed her to pokemon either way, while it for the most part hindered her ambition to become a teacher. She figures that maybe she can combine the two, although that is still a long way off. Especially since she just arrived in Pallet Town. (Took a flight to Cinnabar Island and took a boat to Pallet Town from there.)

So begins...

Aria Luna d'Argo's Story

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It was a frazzled Aria that got of the boat in Pallet Town. While it had admittedly been a nice ride, being more of a small cruise ship than anything, the company left something to be desired. Not the crew, they were flawless, but the other passengers were rather... eccentric...

It wasn't that she didn't have a good night's sleep -despite her 'noisy' neighbours-, as her antiquated Ipod drowned out most of the noise. She was truly grateful towards the small piece of technology, a memento of when she still lived in Lumiose City. But back to the topic on hand: It was just... Everything onboard kept her on her toes. By Arceus, she didn't even get the peace she needed to read, and she could ignore quite a lot when she was off in her own world.

So yes, despite realizing it was probably the most luxurious part of the trip she would get for a while, she was glad to be on solid ground again.

Pallet Town wasn't overly large and it was relatively easy to navigate. So with the directions she asked from a dock worker, she made it to the laboratory. It was rather quiet when she got there, was she late? She hoped not.

She knocked on the door, but didn't hesitate to walk in, as it was slightly ajar. It seemed to be empty of human life.

"Uhm... Good afternoon, is someone there?"

She startled when a man suddenly stood up from behind his desk. "Yes", he chuckled, "Someone is here."

Ah... This really wasn't good for her heart it seemed.

Nevertheless, after she had composed herself again, she asked him, "Are you the professor I was supposed to meet?"

He raised an eyebrow, "I assume I am, as otherwise you'd be very, very lost..."

She flushed again, what was up with this man? Why couldn't he just give straight answers.

"I came here to get my partner, a Chikorita, professor Leingod.", she said plainly, trying to not let his demeanor affect her. It wasn't working very well though.

He waved it off, "Yes. Yes, one Chikorita coming up."

Aria flushed, this time out of anger. She had been around her sister's pokemon long enough to know they were every bit as sentient as you and I. To hear him be this dismissive about entrusting a young one to someone he barely knew... It was criminal.

The professor stilled, "Ahaha... Forgive me, it seems I took the joke too far... You do seem rather easy to tease though, and I couldn't help myself..."

"Either way, let's not dally in getting you your pokemon."

She followed him to the back of the room silently. After watching him move around for a while, he came back with a pokeball. He pressed the button, and the red light escaping it formed itself into a Chikorita. The pokemon looked up to her with curious eyes and approached her. The Chikorita gave her an imperious sniff, before apparently deeming her worthy and trotting to her side.

Aria was a bit overwhelmed by all of this, but just as she was about to voice this, professor Leingod spoke up.

"Don't worry", he said, "While this pokemon might seem a bit mean at first" -at this the Chikorita send the professor an affronted look- "She can be a real cutie once she gets to know you". The affronted look -if anything- grew, and despite herself Aria found herself barely holding back a chuckle.

After this she was soon hostled out by the professor, who claimed he wanted to join his assistants for their belated lunch. The entire encounter had left her a bit off-kilter, and awkwardly she glanced down at the Chikorita.

"Shall we head out then?"

The Chikorita began trotting towards the entrance of Route 1.

"An answer if I ever saw one...", she muttered to herself, before starting to follow after the leisurely walking pokemon. It wasn't that hard to catch up, seeing how she had longer legs. She pulled a book from her back as she was catching up, and after a few minutes of reading she absentmindedly asked, "Would you like a name?", and after a moment of deliberation, the Chikorita nodded.

"How about Lily?", she asked, but Chikorita shook her head. The next names she thought up were met with the same fate.

As they continued, they eventually saw a group up ahead. Aria hesitated, should she go talk with them?

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Chikorita impatiently poked Aria in the side with a vine whip. Aria winced. While the strength used in the action was undoubtedly gentle by pokemon standards, that was definitely going to leave a bruise on her human self. She didn't vocalize this though, as it seemed Chikorita had already picked up on her discomfort by her facial expression.

Unknown to the girl, this visible reaction strengthened the pokemon's resolve. This human might be a weakling, but the professor had said the human was hers, so she might as well make sure no harm befell her. It had absolutely nothing to do with Aria's tender expressions and the admittedly delightful dried berry mix the girl had given Chikorita while waiting for the professor to finish the last formalities. Even the professor must have been jealous, as he had claimed to want lunch soon after and rudely hostled them out!

Aria in the meantime, having made a decision, picked the thinking Chikorita up to Chikorita's momentarily distress. It soon faded though, and the pokemon made herself comfortable. She might even get used to this, free rides!

Aria had made a decision and made her way to the group, and greeted them.

"Good evening, did you just meet your partners at professor Leingod's too?"

Aria shifted a little, though taking care not to jostle Chikorita to much. Had that been too direct? She hoped not...

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Fennekin seemed to enjoy riding on Yuu. It did slow her down a bit, since she had an odd walking pattern due to her crippled leg. She limped oddly. It wasn't just any limp, it caused her to sway slightly as she walked. Fennekin didn't seem to notice, as he was busy looking around at the tall trees. Yuu held the straps to her backpack as she followed Miki and Joshua. Though upon hearing someone's voice, she looked behind herself just as Fennekin bounced back to the ground and trotted over to an adorable Chikorita to say hello.

"Hello! What is your name? Did your trainer give you a name? Do you like twigs?" He was happily bouncing around.

"Oh, hello there," she said, "I've actually had my Fennekin for about five days. I flew in from Kalos this afternoon with him."

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Miki's head turned just in time to see a new arrival. It was another young woman with long silver hair. She was quite lovely, Miki had to admit.

She smiled warmly at the girl.

"I have indeed just gotten my Charmander, whom I've named Blaze, from Professor Leingod this morning."

Miki gave the girl a polite bow.

"My name is Miki Saegusa. It's a pleasure to meet you." She said.

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Chikorita jumped out of her trainers arms. She was a bit taken aback by the energetic nature of her fellow pokemon but nevertheless replied, "Hmm, vines are better, although I guess I can see why one would be attracted to twigs."

Aria smiled upon hearing that one of the other girls was from Kalos. "I used to live in Kalos too until I was seven. Lumiose City to be exact. It was a bit of a culture shock when we moved to Cerulean City for my father's job though."

"As for the name, My human has been trying to find one I like for the past few hours, but has only just cottoned in to the fact that I don't like flower names, so she hasn't been succesful yet. My mother has named me 'Leaf dancing to a summer's breeze' [Chikorita], but that would be a bit of a mouthful when translated to their silly human speech though. Has your human given you a new one yet?"

"Anyway, it's nice to see a Kalosian and her Fennekin here. You too, Saegusa-san, Blaze, and your silent companion and his partner ofcourse."

She felt a bit bad that she was adressing someone standing next to her in the third person, even while a bit put out that the boy in question seemed to be ignoring her.

"I'm Aria d'Argo. It's a pleasure to meet all of you too."

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Zane ended his rest period sooner than expect with Crush - though not before the Pokemon had managed to use the shoreline as a bathroom. The duo slowly crept up on the tall reed area, and sure enough a few Poliwag came into view. Zane watched the group for a few minutes, secretly glad that he was downwind from the group so he could watch in peace. This allowed him to pick out one in particular - one that didn't seem overly active or idle to be his catch. Zane picked up Crush to point out his quarry.

"According to the professor you know Curse so you can more reliably move heavy loads and take hits. While Im not sure how it works, the name sounds like you pay something for it - so Crush sneak up on that one and Curse Tackle to drive it over here. Then I'll catch it, finally we'll head back closer towards the main road before setting up camp for the night. After thinking on it, Im not comfortable removing two Pokemon from this part of the ecosystem." Zane placed Crush down and it slowly crept towards the Poliwag he'd set his sites on. When it got close enough, he saw Crush twitch a bit as if it was experiencing some discomfort before it began moving stiffer than before. Just when he began to wonder the ramifications of his order, Crush moved into action and forcefully leaped over the smaller Poliwag before tackling right into it. The Poliwag ended up rolling towards Zane from the collision while the others scattered and responded with a burst of water from its mouth while Crush again bowled into the Pokemon - seemingly unbothered by the water. As the Poliwag seemed to struggle up from its back from the previous collision Zane threw an empty Pokeball from his belt and hit the Pokemon. He unconsciously held his breath until the Pokemon confirmed a complete capture, at which point he strode forward and retrieved the ball - putting it on his wrist next to Crush's.

"You're the best buddy, you need anything? It looked like that woulda hurt quite a bit from my view point." In response, Crush shook its head, and Zane wasn't going to call it on being a tough guy while it walked back towards him. " In that case, I'll have you rest up until I set up camp and prepare dinner. Zane stated while returning the Mudkip to its Pokeball. He quickly dashed back to his bag, and finding it undisturbed, put it back on and secured the pack to his body before setting off with as much he could manage back towards the main road - even drawing a light out on the way. Given his previous route had been more off the main road than further in, he found himself emerging not too far from a group of what he assumed to be teenagers. The Ranger (in training) honestly found it a little odd for the kids to be out at this hour - after all they were too close to town to honestly consider camping. Especially with the location being rather unsuited for such a thing. From what he recalled, they'd need to walk another mile or seven if they wanted a good spot.

The more he thought about, the worse the expression on Zane's already less than friendly face as he made his way towards the group.As he grew closer and the light he'd originally mistook as a fire turned out to be a Charmander, Zane slowed...rookie trainers actually made sense. In Ranger Academy it was actually joked that without a good map (i.e. one that read itself with GPS directions) rookie trainers could waste an entire day discussing just where they were going - assuming they could even figure out where they were if they could even figure that out. Zane's expression softened at this, but his natural visage still left him far from friendly looking when he got within shouting distance.

" You kids lost?" Zane shouted to get his voice across the remaining distance while switching his hand land around enough to help illuminate his uniform in the low light. Given the state of his team, if the kids ran he couldn't give much chase - but if they were honestly lost he saw no reason to not offer a hand.

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Miki gave another light bow of her head to their new arrival, miss Aria.

"The pleasure is mine," she said earnestly.

Not long after listening to miss Aria make introductions Miki heard a shout from nearby. When she turned, she saw a rather imposing figure approaching them. But when she thought about his question, she could only smile.

As he approached to within a range for her to speak instead of shout, she answered his question.

"Actually, we are far from lost good sir." She said with a light bow of her head.

"I've lived here for the past two years or so, and I know the area rather well. If you were to ask me that between Viridian City and Pewter City, I'd have a different answer for you. But at the moment we were just preparing to move on and find a suitable camp ground to spend the night. If you'd like to accompany us you're welcome to as far as I'm concerned. The more the merrier, as they say." She said as she offered him a sweet smile.

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Aria looked in the direction of -was that a ranger?- the man that had asked if they were lost right after she finished introducing herself. After Miki had finished talking, she replied.

I don't know about the others", she replied cheerfully, "But I'm exactly where I want to be."

She send the others a guilty look, "That is, if you guys would allow me to camp with you in the spot you'll choose." Something she hadn't gotten around to asking yet.

But what she had said was still true. She thought of this rough area as a good place to camp out on her first night. Not only were they close to a town, which meant the pokemon population was not nearly as thick as it could be, but they would also have the advantage of being in a group.

She knew their current location was far from perfect for camping -aside from being close to rather clean water-, but she figured she might as well get the practice in and get used to unfavourable conditions, as she would have to survive in much worse places and circumstances at some point.

As the man came closer she was able to take in his features. Hmm, he wasn't the prettiest pea in the pod, but she still though him quite handsome under all of those scars. And even with those it wasn't too bad. It gave him a rugged look.

'Wait, where had that thought even come from?'

She really wasn't the type of girl to go googoo over beautiful men -or women for that matter-

"In the probable case you didn't hear my earlier introduction, I'm Aria d'Argo nice to meet you.". For good note she added, "Might I see your identification? One can never be too careful after all."

This situation, after all, had some resemblance to some of the nightmarish stories she heard from trainers when she was younger. New trainers were seen as easy prey, ones with valuable 'goods' at that. One would hardly be able to meet the starter pokemon in the wild after all. Especially not the ones not native to this region, those often sold for good money to breeders or aspiring trainers who wanted to start with a full team.

And to be approached by an authority figure in the middle of nowhere... It was rather suspicious...

Ofcourse she hoped she was just being paranoid, but it's better to assume the worst and be pleasantly surprised, than to assume the best and come out worse for it. A leason they had hammered into her. She thought of it as sound advice.

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Zane was relieved when the first girl claimed to be a local - but then it occurred to him that he hadn't quite thought things through when the white haired one gave her name as Aria but still gave him a funny look and asked for his ID. After all the kids might be not actual kids - or worse think he's not an actual Ranger since they actually asked...and it'd be really awkward if things came to a battle since Zane knew he'd be outnumbered. That was of course accounting for the Chicorita probably having the reach to snatch him with a vine before he could do much anyways. All-in-all this left Zane keeping a healthy distance between himself and the group while patting himself down for his Pokedex.

"Here it is," Zane finally found his Pokedex in one of pockets before pulling it out and hitting a few buttons and holding it forward. The screen displayed his Ranger ID - rather convenient since it wouldn't say directly that he was fresh out of Academy...or in reserve before hitting a button to 'ping' share the information to nearby devices. Also since his profile was still being sorted out because of his last minute change the ID still had him listed as Combat Rescue division of the Rapid Respond Department instead of Search and Rescue Department. A month previously, he'd been told that such an update could take up to three months to settle everything so he'd be officially in two departments until that time.

" Zane Ravager, and you can understand why I'll also ask for yours." Legally speaking Zane wasn't in much of a situation to act if it turned out these kids were breaking any laws. He didn't have a way to detain them for one and at this point an arrest by him would essentially be a citizen's arrest so it'd be difficult to hold up any real law enforcement.

" If you're going to camp out, I'd advise some hustle - depending on if you want fresh water readily at hand or if you're looking for specific Pokemon it's easily up to two hours on foot for a good spot." Zane made a rather lame attempt at small talk using what little knowledge he could infer based on the map he'd looked at on the trip to Pallet. Such information would probably be rather pitiful to a real local but until he got valid identification to support their alleged intent he could only try to feel them out with conversation- and watch.

"So I see it's your first day - how's everyone and their Pokemon getting along?" Zane pitched a rather baseless statement that came from a lecture factoid of 'Rookie Trainers tend to keep their Pokemon outside their Pokeballs'. Naturally the same general statement could be applied to many different trainers of different backgrounds. But Zane was mostly trying to see how the Pokemon and respective Trainers would react to the accusation.

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Miki withdrew her Pokédex from her pack and opened it up. Pressing the "Trainer ID" app's icon, it opened up the page with her image and information for their new arrival, Zane, to see as she held it up for him.

"I just received my Charmander, Blaze, today. He and I are already getting on very well. Thank you for asking," she said pleasantly.

"And about camp, I believe we have a solution for that." She said with a smile.

She brought out her map again and held it down so everyone could see it.

"There's a spot right here," she said as she pointed to a location not far from where they were, " and it's only about twenty minutes away at a brisk walking pace. I found it last year and made it my secret picnic spot. It's perfect for a one night camp site." She said with a giggle as she recalled a little mishap with a Pidgey she had during her last outing.

"How about we move along? I think the temperature is going to be dropping soon so we'd best get a move on." She said as she packed the map away.

She made sure Blaze was by her side before she turned towards the road.

"Shall we?" She asked with a smile over her shoulder to the others.

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Aria sagged in relief as he offered them his ID. So it was just a case of her being paranoid...

Either way, it was fair enough for him to ask the same in return, and as the others brought out there pokedexes, and in Miki's case a map too, she too got her pokedex out and showed her ID to him.

"I apologize for my paranoia", she said, "But there are way too many people that prey on new trainers, and I merely though meeting a ranger here, when we only just got our pokemon, was a bit suspicious."

She continued, "As for Chikorita, I just met her today too. I like her, and think she might like me too, although it's still too early to say.", she looked to see if Chikorita was out of hearing range and whispered. "These are just my first impressions, but she seems both headstrong and shy at the same time.", in a mutter she continued, "Somewhat prideful too, so I would like for that statement not to get back to her."

She frowned, as something niggled at the back of her mind at that description. Headstrong, shy, prideful. Her eyes widened in realization after a bit, and she giggled and groaned at the same time, resulting in a somewhat strangled noise.

"I seem to have landed myself a Tsundere..."

Miki had just finished folding her map out, and said there was a nearby place.

She then asked, if they would like to go.

"If you'd have me...", Aria agreed.

In the meantime a slightly miffed -but mostly confused- Chikorita followed after her fellow pokemon and asked them, "What's a Tsundere?"

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Zane panned over the groups ID's quickly - not quite skimming but not genuinely reading either. In truth, just enough to get a name in case anything came up later. In terms of actually being answered, he hadn't expected the rather bountiful responses he'd gotten to his accusation...way to go Ranger Academy lecture. On a personal level, he was glad that everyone seemed enthusiastic...but he didn't actually know these people so he ended up being rather taciturn during the whole affair.

He was however rather caught off guard with how well everyone seemed to have their heads on...he hadn't been this mature at their age. Zane returned his Pokedex to his pocket while the realization sank in... he wasn't too sure how he felt about that. Just like the Fennekin that had been running around his legs while sniffing him and yipping - he wasn't too sure if he was being praised, accused or interrogated by the thing. He'd completely gotten caught up within the group's own pace before he was aware of it. As a result, inadvertently ended up replying when the local girl, Miki, mentioned hurrying to the campsite she'd mentioned on the map. Zane made a mental note to mark it on his map later if it actually turned out to be a good spot.

" How cold is it expected to get?" He stepped over the little fox that had been keen on his person to get a bit of space. His uniform was rather well insulated so short of some extreme cold that'd freeze all the water in his suit despite his weights trapping his body heat...Zane was pretty sure he'd be fine. After all, he didn't know much about Pallet's local weather - but in his home town a sudden drop to well beneath freezing wasn't too unusual. Since a sudden cold snap had killed a person or two while growing up, so he was rather diligent in matters like this. Another rather familiar detail was injuries: the quiet girl, Yuu, he'd seen such weight shifting a couple times before. IF he had to guess, it was a nasty fracture which meant if speed was really important he'd end up carrying her. But Zane silently doubted he'd have to deal with such a weather extreme here.

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As they began walking together Zane, the Ranger, asked how cold it would get.

"Well this area doesn't get too bad, thankfully. Not like some. But it does get cold enough to cause discomfort when trying to sleep if you haven't already warmed up in your sleeping bag or what have you by the time the nips come calling." She replied.

She pondered the recent weather patterns before offering an estimation.

"I'd estimate that tonight the temperature will drop to around 30 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit. It's right around freezing but my spot is right on the tree line with plenty of flora so we should have some decent protection from wind chill which will make it a bit easier to deal with. We'll have better spots as we continue on tomorrow." She assured them with a smile.

Blaze, meanwhile, heard Chikorita's question but had no reply because he didn't have the first clue as to what a Tsundere was.

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Zane kept his ears perked while the group walked and sounds of growling from the Fennekin got him to look back as it tugged on Yuu's leg. Despite his gut telling him this wasn't a good thing he opted to go back to normal walking...and heard a fall sound followed by the Pokemon in question doing a quick circuit up and then back to its trainer. Zane debated whether he should intrude at this point, but Yuu got her Fennekin back and continued walking on her own again without question. He still decided to watch for a bit just in case - old habits dying hard and all that in regards to potentially dangerous situations. However before he could full dissuade himself of the notion of being paranoid...Aria proved to be their second gravitational casualty via book. Truth be told, Zane wasn't sure if he should be concerned or annoyed with this display.

"These people would be nothing more than Bagon food back home," Zane muttered under his breath before speaking in a louder tone. The frustration of the past couple months slowly beginning to boil.

"Matters of time and place aside... do either of you require assistance - I understand pride and such but realize I am able and willing to carry someone if necessary; two if we get creative with a harness." Zane's sentence came out in a flat tone since he didn't have any actual intent behind the sentence. If anything this was a case of Zane opening his mouth without think about what could come out - much less about interpretation. In the same breath, Zane quickly released his Mudkip from its ball on his glove. The Pokemon in its usual laid back manner looked around at the group before turning back to Zane.

"Sorry buddy, I'm going to need you to be my second set of eyes for a while before I can make good on my earlier promise. Zane's voice dropped in volume while addressing Crush, and in this case he was sincerely apologetic.

kaaaay~ in rather stark contrast to how high strung Zane was, Crush's relaxed answer was a direct contrast. However it still fell in line next to Zane as it also weighed the situation - offering again a stark contrast with its relaxed figure next to Zane's ramrod straight posture. At the same time it took the time to address everyone in its usual unhurried manner.

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Aria flushed, both at falling and the ranger's following question.

She muttered something illegible, before repeating it louder, "I'm fine. Sorry."

She bit her lip and continued, "It's just... Chikorita seemed to be unhappy with something, and I wanted to try and ask what caused it..." She trailed off in embarassment, looking like she wanted to find some hole to hide in at being put in the spotlight like that.

Chikorita felt just as bad as her trainer to be singled out like that. "I'm sorry...", she stuttered, "It's just...", she blushed, before mumbling almost illegibly, What happened to my ride?"

Aria, who had turned to Chikorita at the pokemon's words, was a bit confused however. Chikorita was clearly trying to tell her something, but it seemed the little pokemon had forgotten humans couldn't understand her. Still, her expression softened, as the pokemon obviously felt bad about it.

Chikorita, in the meantime, had clued into her faux pass. And decided on an another method. She carefully took the book that had fallen down on the road with one vine and shook it a little, while gesturing towards Yuu holding her Fennekin with the other.

Even to a little slug like Aria it was pretty clear what Chikorita was trying to say.

"You want to be carried?", she clarified. Inwardly relieved that it was something this simple.

In a softer voice she continued, "I'm so sorry... It just seemed like you didn't have a problem with walking beside me at the start of our journey, and you pretty much immediately jumped out of my arms the one time I did carry you. Although, in hindsight, I can see why... It's just... I... It's...", once more she trailed off, burying her face in her hands.

"I'm a horrible trainer...", she whispered forlornly.

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Miki was mildly entertained by the happenings going on around her. This group was easy for her to fit into for some reason. She guessed it was because they were new to training like she was. It was then that Aria spoke to her Chikorita and she seemed very saddened by something as she spoke to it. Miki inched closer to hear what she had to say, and when Aria put her face in her hands Miki just barely made out the words "I'm a horrible trainer."

Miki came forward and gently embraced the girl making sure to use no pressure or force so that if she was uncomfortable and wanted to back away she could do so.

"You're not a horrible trainer, Aira. Not even close." She whispered.

"With time comes experience, and with experience comes wisdom. You have only just begun your life alongside your Chikorita, so how could you possibly hope to understand her well enough to know what she wants from you? It takes more time than that to understand another human being who speaks your language and uses the same gestures and posture you do, so how quickly do you really expect to then understand a Pokemon who cannot speak your language or use the same kind of body language that you do?" She asked softly.

She let go of Aria but kept her hands on the girl's shoulders.

"Give yourself time, Aria. You needn't rush or hold yourself to the standards of more experienced trainers. Like I said you have only just begun life with Chikorita. You'll learn to understand her in time, but you need to be patient not only with her, but with yourself. I learned that the hard way when I moved out here to Pallet Town two years ago and nearly ran myself into the ground just trying to take care of myself and the family property." She said with a pleasant smile.

"So don't lose heart, Aria. You're a lot bette of a Trainer than you give yourself credit for. As long as you genuinely care for Chikorita and do your best for her sake and yours, nobody can say you're a "horrible trainer." Nobody." She affirmed.

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Zane was taken aback at the reaction he'd gotten from Aria and it wasn't until Crush threw him a look that he registered his words may have been a little harsh. When Miki stepped up to play comforter,Zane motioned for Crush to give him some space and the Mudkip gave him a bit more room that he required. Zane still used the period Miki spent talking to drop his back and Ranger vest - revealing the plated vest he wore under it and while he undid the sides - in order to not interrupt Miki he hoisted the monstrous load off his shoulders and onto the ground. Zane only just managed to undo the sealing on his gloves by the time Miki finished talking.

"One of the first things they tell you in Ranger Academy," Zane made a point to look at everyone's face before continuing. "Is that the first time something goes wrong: you fail, you identified a problem. If the same thing happens a second time:you solved a symptom to the actual problem. If it happens a third time: you misunderstood the problem. However if it happens a fourth time: you fundamentally failed to understand the problem - it also goes without saying of course that accidents do happen."

Zane made a point to get closer to the main body of the group this time since he didn't intend to do this kind of talk a second time.

" The second thing, is communication - the biggest mistakes are a Trainer or Pokemon not paying full attention to what's going on, and the second is not clearly getting their point across. Usually the two happen at the same time and result...accidents like this."To punctuate his sentence, Zane took of the glove that didn't have Pokeballs attached to it and held out his palm to be seen. The hand in question was obviously heavily burned,scarred and was clearly permanently damaged beyond full repair. With his other hand, Zane slowly worked open the front of his uniform while letting his injury sink in. When he got his uniform open, he slipped the ungloved hand out of the sleeve - baring the metal forearm guard and a heavily scarred torso. In particular one on his side stood out due to a strange color. Zane promptly pointed at it.

"This one I got during a supervised outing in my second Academy year. The senior used a new Pokemon to act as guard while giving a lesson on plants and other ecosystem stuff. While we had our noses in notebooks, no one caught it signalling a Seviper in the brush. I got nicked by the tail blade for this... after it tore through the upperclassman like paper." Zane made a second attempt to look everyone in the face again for his conclusion.

"Point being: be careful and pay attention to those little details now since you're just getting started to form good habits. Contrary to popular belief: the best trainers aren't the ones who win every battle or make no mistakes. The best trainers are the one who can make sure everyone gets home safely despite everything going wrong." Sadly, the environmental sealing wouldn't let Zane simply slip his arm back into his sleeve to finish. Instead he had to undo the sealing on his waist, resulting in the top falling slack enough to bare half his back; baring his tattoo of Arceus and the other 'Legendary' Pokemon all within massive draconic frame...and a clear thin cut going straight down his spine. However the slack let him get his arm in the sleeve, reglove his hand and reclose the environmental seals in proper order before he began to put the rest of his gear back on.

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Yuu watched everything go on in front of her but said nothing. Her Fennekin slept as she carried it. She frowned a little while she listened to the ranger talk. It seemed that everyone had at least some kind of scar, even Yuu had one- in a way. She was quiet for the time being, considering that she didn't know what to say or she just didn't want to say anything.

Fennekin was rather warm, and his body heat gave Yuu warmth as well. She kept her empty expression on the ground as she continued to listen to whatever the ranger was talking about. She thought for a while, and it came to her that she has had her Pokemon longer than anyone else in the group so far. But that didn't necessarily mean she knew any more than they did. Fennekin hadn't battled yet, so he was most likely still as experienced as the other Pokemon.

While carefully holding Fennekin with one arm, she reached a hand up and removed her glasses. Her vision worsened at this, but she wasn't too worried about it, even though everything she looked at was fuzzy. She slipped her glasses onto her head and continued walking, now holding Fennekin with both arms.

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Aria stiffened a little when Miki hugged her. She was really not used to them, aside from some playful tackle-hugs by the twins. What was the last time she had been comforted this way? She couldn't remember... Her father was always busy, the relationship with her sister too bitchy and the twins were too young.

She didn't say anything to Miki in return, her words lost for the moment.

After that Zane started talking. Aria winced at what he was describing. Even though she's heard such horror stories before, with him showing his scars like that, it became more real.

"Okay", she said softly, although she was still slightly uneasy that she had caused this much trouble for anyone.

Chikorita in the meantime, watched these proceedings with wide eyes, not sure as to what to say. How had it turned out like this? She had merely wanted a ride... She was uncomfortable with this blatant showing of emotion. This was a mon-eat-mon world, had even been back at the breeder's place. To show weakness like this...

On one hand, it was inconceivable. On the other the companionship seemed... nice?

While she had never needed anyone before, she, for a moment, wondered if she could create such a thing too.

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Miki listened to the Ranger's lecture on the matter of being aware and paying attention to the details. She also listened silently to the bit towards the end where he said that the best Trainers were the ones who made sure that everyone got home safely despite what may have gone wrong.

While fundamentally that was true depending on one's perspective, Miki believed it was a bit flawed in its direction.

"With all due respect, Zane, you said your name was?" She asked calmly.

"I believe your vision of what the best Trainers do is being confused with your opinion of what the best Rangers do. While Rangers are Pokemon Trainers as well, after a fashion, they are very different in mindset and purpose than the average Trainer like us. As Trainers we're at home no matter where we are so long as our Pokemon are by our sides, so making sure everyone makes it home safely doesn't really apply to us. I believe our job, as the best Trainers we can be, is to learn and grow alongside our Pokemon as well as to take care of one another in times both good and bad."

She spoke calmly the whole time so as not to entice any kind of hostile or frustrated response.

"While similar in basic concept the fundamental principle of what we do and what the best of our respective lifestyles do is quite different. We, as Trainers, are not here as a rescue squad or part of a team that needs to ensure everyone gets home safe. We're here to live alongside our Pokemon to the best of our ability and to make sure that we create the future for ourselves that we've always dreamed of." She said with a smile.

She was hoping that this difference of opinion wouldn't cause too much of a stir, but she did think that as a Ranger Zane was a bit biased. Average Trainers like her weren't rescuers or protectors, so "getting everyone home safely" was a bit of an extreme and unneeded philosophy for Trainers like her and the others. A Ranger's job was definitely to make sure that everyone got home safely. But as a normal Trainer her job was to ensure that she and her Pokemon lived side by side

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Zane nodded when Miki sought clarification on his name and his expression didn't change throughout the girl's presentation of her opinion - though fundamentally he found himself unable to understand such an idyllic method of thought. But rather than pursuing the point, he opted for just a soft reply.

"Would that we lived in such a world...but wild Pokemon don't exactly follow Regulations and won't simply attack your Pokemon if you're an easy target. While in practice, you're not wrong -on a fundamental level it's too easy for someone to decide the rules don't apply. After all, if everyone followed rules - there would be no need for law enforcement. So while keeping everyone alive may not be completely in your face - best of luck growing alongside your Pokemon if one of you doesn't pull through." His tone was actually a little envious since he'd never gotten such a gentle view of things.

Zane returned Crush to its ball before setting off at a faster pace - tired of talking.

"I'm goin' on ahead..." Start to finish, Zane's voice had been void of genuine warmth or gentleness after - he didnt know them. To that end he didn't even see the need to finish the thought as he left the group behind. Sure he'd handle campsite prep, but that was the current limit to his kindness.

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Unknown to both, Aria's thoughts had mirrored the thoughts Chikorita had only moments before. How had it turned out like this? One moment they had been walking in amiable silence -as most of them were probably to tired to really chat- and in the next she had to screw it all up.

Ofcourse she had not been so naive to think that think that the ranger wouldn't leave at all, nor did she think that the group wouldn't split up sooner or later, because that would have been silly, but... well... but....

The speed and manner it had happened in did leave her feeling guilty, as it wouldn't have happened like that if she had just carried Chikorita to begin with.

It was at that point of time Chikorita jumped on her. 'Oomph...'. she thought and winced. For a small pokemon Chikorita sure was heavy. For a moment she thought she had said that out loud, as a threatening glint appeared in Chikorita's eyes, but both the glint and the thought disappeared within a second.

She merely stood up, Chikorita in her arms, and walked towards the others, who were probably preparing to walk on while she had been lost in her own little world. Not that they would have left without her. Probably. They didn't seem like the type for that, but still, she didn't want to keep them waiting.

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Miki smiled but was a bit confused by the Ranger's sudden change of pace. He began walking ahead rather quickly. Miki hadn't even told him where she planned on going. If he was going to stay with them walking ahead at a quickened pace like that wasn't going to help him any. Still she let it go and patted Blaze on the head as they walked on.

Twenty minutes passed by very quickly for Miki and before they knew it they had arrived at what she called her "picnic spot."

It was a near perfectly flat clearing in the trees around 30 meters across. The trees were just tall enough for the sun to cast a shadow on around half the clearing at any one time while the rest was open sunlight. A small creek was nearby and could be heard, but not seen. Soft and short grass coupled with a few scattered flowers gave it a sweet aroma when the wind picked up every now and then. And lastly were a few well shaped boulders with flat tops which would be perfect as makeshift tables for eating meals. Nearby in the promised tree line was a rather thin albeit dense line of underbrush which would create a perfect wind break to help them avoid the chills of the night air.

Miki made her way towards the clearing's gathering of boulders and sat down in front of one of the smaller ones where she set her pack down and turned towards the others.

"I'll get started on gathering firewood. I've never made a campfire that was meant to last through the night though so I am afraid I have to ask one of you to make it in my stead." She said with an apologetic bow.

"Well, I'm off! We'll be back in a few minutes." She said as she and Blaze took off into the nearby trees.

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Zane spent the trip to the camp site doing something of a sweep of a large arc in front of the other trainers. It was a way of getting a view to spot potential Pokemon while somewhat extending his view a bit further from the group for landmarks and somewhat allowing a view behind the group. When they finally got to the spot, he was forced to admit that the place was much butter than the location he'd intended to use. At Miki's words of not knowing how to do a long term fire...Zane wasn't overly shocked since the knowledge was rather lacking to the inexperienced.

"Easily done," however he wasn't certain how much the girl actually heard when she ran off. Somewhat sighing, Zane turned his gaze to the rest while again dropping his pack and taking up his axe. He faced the rest of the group while flipping the handle over for someone to take it.

" If you know how, good - anyone that doesn't gets to learn now. At any rate, one of you take this and try pushing the handle to the ground and stand straight without the head attached. If you can't, it'll change how we set up the fire a bit. Rule of thumb: you want two logs per person from standing dead wood ideally of 3 feet to 3.5 feet in length per person using the fire. The logs in question will be about 1 inch of thickness per hour you intend to have the fire burn. Long burning low maintenance fires aren't the same fires you typically see during camp outs." Zane flatly yet quickly recounted a bit of knowledge of the fire he intended to use. Considering he had no intention of holding everyone's hand their whole journey so Zane intended to explain and demonstrate more than actually do all the work himself despite it being faster.

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Yuu wasn't paying attention for the time being. Fennekin was still sleeping in her arms and she had found somewhere to set her backpack and sit down. She gently placed Fennekin onto the ground and opened the front pouch of her backpack and pulled out a small blanket that was perfect for one person to use. Fennekin was on his back and he snored quietly, making Yuu smile in amusement. She put her glasses back on and stood up to untie her jacket from around her waist so she could put it on.

She draped the blanket over her shoulders and sat back down with her back against a stump and she carefully picked up Fennekin and put him in her lap. She looked down at him and pulled the small blanket around her shoulders a bit tighter. But to her shock, Fennekin jolted awake, and squirmed around on her lap to get to his feet. Yuu was a little shocked at this and let out a tiny yelp. Fennekin bounded off her lap and proceeded to run toward the path and away from the group. Yuu stood up frantically and dropped the blanket to the ground.

"Fennekin! Don't run off!" Yuu called out softly, somehow still unable to speak as loudly as she wanted to. She followed him, trying to keep up with the strange little fox as he bounded away.

"More friends! Fennekin yipped. Yuu was puzzled, only to think that he was asleep not that long ago. Her leg made it difficult for her to keep up with the now energetic Pokemon. She was only able to jog after him.

"Fennekin!" Yuu seemed to whine in annoyance as her companion slowed down. He jumped up and down as another trainer and his Pokemon came into view.

"Look, trainer, friends! Fennekin barked playfully at Yuu, seeing that she had followed him.