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Yuu-Fina Aikayama

"I try not to argue... but I believe you're wrong."

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a character in “Pokémon: Dangerous Lives”, as played by pyou

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Name: Yuu-Fina Aikayama
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Description: Yuu has short asymmetrical dark brown hair. Her eyes are a dark brownish color and she wears simple black brimmed glasses. Her long bangs are loosely pinned to the side with two black bobby pins. She wears the usual long sleeved T-shirt and blue jeans. If she wishes to be more comfortable, she also has a pair of black or grey sweat pants packed in her ashy-green backpack. She almost always has a spare pair of shoes(tennis shoes), though she usually wears her brown flats. Her backpack shows definite signs of age and rough handling. Yuu's left leg is fairly crippled and this gives her an odd walking pattern.

Age: 17
Sex: Female
DOB: December 6th, 1998
Birthplace: Violet City, Johto.
Height: 152cm (roughly 5.2 feet)
Weight: 47kg (roughly 102lbs)
Hair Color: Dark brown.
Eye Color: Deep amber.
Body Type: Ectomorph.
Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano.

Starting Pokémon: Fennekin.
Legendary Pokémon: Manaphy

Personality: Yuu is someone who very rarely acts without thinking. She tries to make the right decision as often as possible. She is genuinely polite and will usually keep her opinions to herself unless asked to speak them. Because she grew up in a large, strict family, she has a habit of following rules. Although that isn't necessarily bad. Yuu is as punctual as she can be. She isn't much of a people-pleaser, though. She rarely lies, but usually comes out with the truth sooner or later if she does. Yuu is hard to anger. She tries not to argue with others; she is careful about how she treats other people. She is rarely ever bored. She can occupy herself with almost anything.

She is a little strange once someone first encounters her. She relies on first impressions. If she doesn't find someone who she thinks she'll get along with, she won't bother with them. Though sometimes she can come to accept someone for who they are if she is around them long enough. If she is scolded or if she is spoken poorly of, she will believe that she has done something wrong, but she won't argue. She isn't the most interesting cookie out there, but she can be pretty creative in certain circumstances. She respects people's personal space, and can't stand it when her's is invaded.

Strengths: Motivation, praise, comfort.
Weaknesses: Arguments, uncertainty, memorization.

Biography: Yuu was born in Violet City, Johto. Her understanding of the world was very minimal, as she was kept in the dark about many things at a young age. She had five siblings; two sisters, and three brothers. She was the fourth child born to her family. Her mother, Fina(Fih-Nuh), named her Yuu-Fina after herself; giving her a hyphenated name (She now goes by Yuu). Her older siblings, Feuko(sister), Tomoya(brother), and Hiro(sister), are triplets, five years her senior. Her two younger siblings, Rinh(brother) and Jun(brother) are both two to three years younger than Yuu. Throughout her life with her family, she was often rebellious against her parents. Though over time, they've shaped her into the girl she is today.

When she was eight, her family decided to make a move to the Kalos region. This is where her older sister, Feuko, decided that she would get involved with Pokemon and become a trainer. The family was against this, concerned for Feuko's safety. Yuu was against Feuko's choice as well. She was upset that her sister would make such a risky choice. Though when the time was right, Feuko left home with her newly acquired pokemon. Yuu was upset as well as her family, not wanting her sister to get involved with these creatures. Yet over time, they had lost connection with Feuko and they seemed to forget about her; all except for Yuu. Though her memory of Feuko is vague, she still has a small longing to see her again. But after a while, that longing came to an abrupt end. Upon a few more years, Yuu had taken an interest in pokemon herself. Though she wasn't passionate like Feuko had been, she still found them interesting. She didn't look too much into them though, leaving her knowledge of them fairly bleak.

Yuu's family had a camping trip one summer. On the second day of the trip, Yuu and her brother, Rinh, had talked their parents into letting them explore a little ways away from the campsite. While Rinh and Yuu wandered and doddled throuugh a patch of clovers, Rinh spotted a fair sized bulb lying on the ground under a tree. He and Yuu went to observe, when they realized it wasn't a plant; but an injured pokemon. From what Yuu could recall, it was a Bulbasaur that was injured. When Rinh made a sudden movement away from it, the animal became startled and lashed out at both of them. Unfortunately, Yuu was the one who took a damaging hit to her left shin. It broke her femur and left her shin badly damaged. However, Rinh was surprisingly left unharmed due to his quick retreat once the Bulbasaur had noticed them. His sudden motion to leave had startled it. As a result, she is unable to walk normally due to the damage done. Though this incident had only intrigued her more, even though her knowledge of the animals is still very thin.

She herself had decided to try becoming a trainer. She had, and still does, have doubts about the path she is taking. She gave the topic much thought, but never went too far. Her minimal knowledge served as a problem. But, she got over it and decided to give it a shot. The pokemon she decided to start with was a Fennekin. Though when she got it, it took quite a bit of getting used to. She has been bitten and burned a few times, and is still struggling to gain its complete trust.

Her Fennekin at first was rather timid and skittish. She tried to handle it right away, but soon learned the hard way by getting nipped at. But the Fennekin didn't really mind being around people. It soon became more accepting of Yuu, knowing she might take care of it. Yuu also learned that her Fennekin was ticklish in a certain place on its underbelly, and when squeezed to a certain extent, it yelps and nips at whoever is holding it. Thus leading to a few burns on Yuu's hands and arms. She came to learn that this animal needed proper love and care.

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Yuu-Fina Aikayama's Story

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It was quiet as usual at the Aikayama household. Yuu was sitting in the living room, watching the clock nervously as it neared the time of her departure. Her older brother Tomoya was the only other family member who would be visiting the professor that day, but only out of curiosity. He wanted to know what Pokemon his sister had decided to get. In all actuality, he was a little worried. He was the one paying the expenses of Yuu's flight to Pallet Town and everything else. The rest of the family refused to do so. Once the time was right, he entered the living room to meet his sister.

"Are you ready to go?"


Yuu Aikayama arrived very early that morning, and she and her Fennekin had only been with each other for three and a half days. At first, it was quite nerve racking. The professor had warned her that this Fennekin was timid and easily frightened. The thing they somehow forgot to mention was that it wasn't afraid to bite or burn whoever it felt threatened by. Not even a week they had been together, and she already had a bandage wrapped around the calf of her right leg under her pants, and a few band-aids up one of her arms. She had earned some nips from her new companion.

Yuu wouldn't deny it, this was thrilling. She was on her own for the next six or so months, and she had the whole Kanto region to explore to her heart's content. But after a while, the Fennekin had warmed up to Yuu enough to let her hold him. He would follow her, too, knowing that she was responsible for him now. The pair sat in a patch of grass near the edge of town underneath a shady tree. Yuu sat with her back against the trunk, and Fennekin was lying next to her as she stroked the warm fur on his back. He wasn't as skittish that day, and it was quite nice. He even gave her fingers a little lick when they exited the air port.

Yuu was planning on taking a trip down Route 1 to see what she could learn and discover. But she just wasn't sure how she was going to make the trip. She definitely didn't want to go alone, it would be lonely and she was certain she would get lost somehow. She contemplated this for a while, unaware that her Fennekin had in fact, gotten up, and wandered out of Pallet Town as it trailed behind a young woman and her Charmander.

When Yuu finally broke from her thoughts, she looked down, and her hand wasn't petting the fur of her Fennekin; it was stroking the grass. She let out a confused yelp and shot up, looking around frantically from where she was standing. Not even a week with her Pokemon, and she already lost it? This was a good start gone bad. She picked up her backpack from the ground and secured it over her shoulders. "Fennekin!" she called out. She walked away from her previous resting spot and looked at her surroundings. "Oh, how could I be so irresponsible?" she asked herself in a sort of self-scolding manner.

She walked a little ways into town not far from where she once sat, finding no sign of him. How could she have just let him wander off like that? She then looked behind her at the main road that traveled out of town. Her stomach fluttered with worry, and she gulped. Did he wander away down that road? She had to know. So she quickly jogged down to the beginning of the path and down the road. She could hear his small noises a little ways down the road. It had to be her Fennekin. She focused on getting to him. When she rounded a corner that was lined with foliage, she spotted Fennekin prancing along side a happy looking Charmander. That was strange. But they were not alone. There was a young woman who was walking as well. She didn't seem to be very threatening. Yuu gulped again and decided to retrieve her Fennekin.

She strolled after them, making sure to keep her distance in case she cause trouble. "Fennekin," she called out softly. "Come here." She held out her hand and motioned the animal over. He stopped and looked back at her with curious eyes. "Come here, Fennekin," she said calmly. "Don't bother them, okay?"

The little fox looked back at the Charmander and then he trotted over to her, plopping down at her feet and batting at her shoe with his paw. "Don't run off like that again, okay?" she said while looking down at her companion. "I don't want to have you running off to the point of no return..."

She carefully scooped him up, careful not to touch his ticklish area (as she had made a mistake of doing in the past). He growled a little in disapproval but soon accepted her actions. Yuu looked back at the girl and her Charmander. "S-Sorry about that," she said, giving a nervous smile. "I guess he likes you Charmander."

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Miki and Blaze were walking briskly down the path when she noticed the sound of tiny footsteps behind them. She turned her head just slightly and saw that there was a little orange fox-like Pokémon behind them. She hadn't seen it before and didn't know what its name was, but given the way it was following Blaze and looking at him like he was already a friend made her smile. It was rather adorable. But very soon she heard someone call to it.

"Fennekin, come here." Came a voice behind her.

When Miki turned she saw a young girl with short brown hair, brown eyes, and black rimmed glasses following the Fennekin and calling to it. She was wearing a t-shirt and jeans and a pair of brown flats, and she looked rather pleasant though a bit timid. She was calling softly to the Fennekin as if she was worried about disturbing Miki and Blaze. It was rather cute.

"S-Sorry about that. I guess he likes your Charmander." The girl said.

Miki nodded.

"It would seem so." She said with a chuckle.

"And there's no need to apologize. Your Fennekin seemed like it just wanted to have fun so there's no harm done here." She said.

She turned to face the girl and have a light bow.

'I'm Miki. Miki Saegusa. It's nice to meet you." She said pleasantly with a warm smile.

Blaze looked at Miki and noticed her bow, and he turned to the girl and Fennekin and gave a similar looking though slightly more clumsy bow to mimic his Trainer's behavior.

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Yuu smiled, a little more comfortable. "My name is Yuu Aikayama. It's nice to meet you too," she replied. Her Fennekin squirmed around in her arms indicating that he wanted her to put him down. She did so, and he sat next to her and began to scratch behind one of his ears. "So, if you don't mind me asking, where are you headed?" Yuu asked. "I just arrived in Pallet Town a few hours ago. I'm planning on heading to..." she looked up and scratched the back of her neck as she tried to remember which town this route lead to. "Viridian city," she finally said,"and if I'm not mistaken, Route one leads there, right?"

Fennekin stood up again and shook himself off and then he blinked a few times. He then trotted around the small area they were in and sniffed through some grass and bushes, exploring a bit more. He seemed more interested in his surroundings than he usually did- it was probably because they were out in the open. He trotted back over to the Charmander and gave a high pitched yip. Yuu looked at him, and he was bouncing up and down around the Charmander once again. She tilted her head, confused as to why her Fennekin was acting this way. He didn't seem as energetic when they arrived.

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Miki smiled.

"It's a pleasure, miss Aikayama." She said with another small bow.

She watched the Fennekin for a moment but quickly returned her gaze to Yuu when she asked about where Route 1 lead.

"That's correct. Route 1 is a direct Route to Viridian City. Moving on foot I'd estimate our course to take approximately a month or so if we stick to the main road. There are a few side routes which can be taken along the way which may extend the trip, but the upside is there would be a few interesting places to visit."

Miki knelt down and removed a map from her travel pack. It was a map of the area encompassing Pallet, Route 1, Viridian City, and a bit of Route 2 before being cut off at the top.

"Here. Come see," Miki offered as she held the map for Yuu to be able to see.

"Taking the main road up about a week or so from here we could veer left at this junction and head to the town of Springleaf. It's well known for its floral decor and for their abundance of Grass type Pokémon. But it's just an option. I myself was thinking of following that path as I've been wanting to see it for some time now. But ultimately whether you want to go to Viridian City straight away or not is up to you."

Miki folded the map and put it away as she stood back up to brush herself off.

"If you'd like some company on the road for a while I'd be glad to go with you. I was born and raised in Johto but have lived here in Pallet Town for around the last 2 years or so since I finished high school and I know the general area until Viridian rather well. So what do you say?" She asked happily.

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Yuu observed the map as Miki explained it to her. "I see," she said. "I wouldn't mind a bit of sight seeing on the way there. It could be fun." She smiled as Miki put the map away. Listening to her once again, Yuu nodded every so often. When Miki mentioned being from Jhoto, Yuu's eyes lit up. "Oh, Johto? I'm from there too! Violet City, to be exact. But my family moved to Kalos eventually and that's where I lived for the rest of my childhood." She shifted her weight on her legs, her left knee bent a little each time weight was put on it to relieve stress. Her crippled shin was a little weaker than her other leg.

"I wouldn't mind heading there with you. It seems like it would be a nice experience if Fennekin and I went along with some others." She looked down at her fox Pokemon, who was happily running back and forth from the side of the road to where they were standing, creating a small pile of twigs in front of the Charmander. She let out a little chuckle. "He's usually so skittish, but I guess he's happy he followed you out here."

Soon enough, the Fennekin's ears twitched and he hesitated in mid stride with a few twigs in his mouth. He looked toward two newcomers. A Squirtle and who seemed to be his trainer. Yuu caught her Pokemon's abrupt halt and followed his gaze to see the stranger with the Squirtle. And she squinted in confusion when she noticed the Squirtle with a cigarette in its mouth. Fennekin didn't seem to mind at all. He dropped the twigs and trotted over to sniff the Squirtle and the man that accompanied it.

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Miki was pleased that Yuu agreed to travel with her. It would make the time pass so much faster.

But then she noticed that Fennekin running over to a Squirtle with... a... cigarette?

Miki was more than a little shocked to see the Squirtle smoking a cigarette. Honestly it was more than a little put off by it. The sight of a Pokemon smoking a cigarette was so foreign. It was... almost aggravating to see something like that. But it was not her Pokemon so she didn't really have much of a place to speak.

... Still...

Miki chose to remain silent as she observed the Squirtle and its cigarette.

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"'Yo." Joshua said, looking at the two people and their Pokemon. "Trainers..." Joshua thought, considering the idea of a battle but quickly dismissing it. Soup probably knew only one offensive move, and even if he was a water type, he and Soup wouldn't have a great chance at the moment.

Soup looked back and forth between the new people and Pokemon, hesitantly waddling up to the Fennekin. "Squirt?"

"My name's Joshua. This is Soup. Well, only if he misbehaves, that is." Joshua said, giving a sideways glance at the water-type pokemon.

"Squirt? Squirtle!" Soup retorted, angrily returning the glace with what seemed to be an unspoken threat. Joshua could only assume Soup was cursing at him.

"Shut it, or you're the entrée." Josh said, smiling devilishly, right before ducking a torrent of water not quite strong enough to cause serious damage. Soup stuck his tongue out, mocking Joshua.

"As you can see, our partnership is... a work in progress. What're your names, if I may ask?" Joshua spoke with as much sincerity as he could muster, which elicited something between a laugh and a grunt from Soup.

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Fennekin bounced around the new Pokemon. he ran back and forth between the Charmander and the Squirtle, starting to drop twigs in front of them. Yuu watched him for a moment, still confused by his odd behavior. She looked back up at Joshua.

"My name is Yuu," she said. "And that is... well, Fennekin. I haven't named him." She clasped her hands together in front of her chest. Her Fennekin barked in a high pitched tone, confirming that Yuu was right. He then plopped down in a random place and started scratching behind his ears again.

Yuu rocked back and forth on her feet and looked between Miki and Joshua. She then looked at Soup, her nose scrunching a little as the smell of cigarette smoke tickled her senses. Although she wasn't very accepting of smokers, she stayed quiet. "Are you heading to Viridian City as well?"

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Miki couldn't get over the Squirtle's cigarette. How and why would it be doing something like that? Did it really, despite its seeming distaste for its Trainer, have the same personality? Miki didn't have any answers. Only questions. It was so foreign to see something that she saw as an animal, a pet, a companion to be smoking a cigarette. So unnatural.

She just couldn't get over it.

But she saw more in the end than just that. There was a bond beginning to form. The two argued like siblings, in a way. Perhaps there was more to their pairing than she originally thought? The professor wouldn't have gifted him the Squirtle if he didn't think there was a good reason to put them together. She trusted the professor, so she decided not to question the relationship these two had. She still didn't like the Squirtle smoking like that, but it was not her Pokémon so she had no right to judge.

Instead, she shook it off as best she could and gave the pair a small bow.

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

Blaze was curious about the cigarette as well but made no moves to investigate. He was going to stay with his Trainer.

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Putting out the cigarette and pulling out a bottle of water from the bag that Joshua had slung over his shoulder, he took a small drink before responding.

"It's a... pleasure to meet you as well, Miki, Yuu." Joshua said, looking at the two people and their Pokemon. A slightly discoloured Charmander as well as a Fennekin. Joshua went over the knowledge he had of the starter Pokemon available to new trainers. Both were Fire types, which meant that they would eventually be very powerful, almost unstoppable in their strength. Past that, he didn't know much about them. A Water type wouldn't leave permanent scarring if you angered it, at least on the outside. That was Josh's reasoning for choosing Squirtle. A Grass type could cut with vines and leaves, and a Fire type could burn you, which is painful. But a Water type won't leave scarring unless you really angered it.

"Yes, I believe I'll be going to Viridian city at some point. If you are travelling in that general direction, I would be more than happy to accompany you. That is, may we accompany you to Viridian City?" Joshua asked, trying to seem polite. It wasn't vitally important to have travelling companions, but there was safety in numbers.

Soup, meanwhile, went back to investigating the two Fire type Pokemon present. He waddled up, quite unceremoniously, scratched its head a bit, tossed the cigarette unto the group, spit on it, then proceeded to attempt conversation with the Charmander and the Fennekin.

"Squirt *cough* Squirt... squirtle?" Soup said, patiently awaiting a response.

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Fennekin looked at Soup, and then at the cigarette it had tossed to the ground and had spit on. He sniffed it, and then out of nowhere, let a small flurry of flame out of his mouth and set the discarded cigarette on fire. It wasn't a big enough flame to cause any trouble.

"What was that? It smelled funny! Like smoke!" Fennekin yipped back at Soup.

Yuu looked at Miki when Joshua asked to travel with them. She was sure they were both older than her by a few years. It was something she learned while growing up; younger people had no right to make decisions for anyone else. That didn't mean it was what everyone believed though. Personally, she didn't mind. She looked down a the Pokemon. It seemed like they were talking to each other. But about what? There was a tiny flame on the ground where the Squirtle tossed the cigarette. Yuu looked up at Joshua.

"I suppose you could," she said quietly. "Though I'm not entirely sure if it's my decision to make."

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"A stick of smoke? How bizarre." Blaze remarked as he observed the cigarette.

Miki, in the meantime, looked to Joshua.

"I don't have any real objections to you coming with us." Miki said.

She looked back to the Squirtle for a moment but then let out a soft sigh.

"Anyway, I think it'd be best if we got moving. Night falls fast in this area due to the mountains and the tree line. We should move ahead and see if we can find a good place to set up camp for the night." She suggested.

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Yuu nodded in agreement. She took off her backpack and took out a jacket. it wasn't very cold out, but since it was nearing the evening, it was presumably going to get colder. She put her backpack back on and tied the jacket around her waist for better accessibility. "I'm excited," she said. "I wonder if we'll be lucky enough to meet any new Pokemon."

At her statement, Fennekin's ears perked up. He was loosening up a bit since they were away from a crowded area. "New Pokemon? New Pokemon!?" He bounced up and down a few times, squeaking happily. "Yes! New friends!" Fennekin jumped around Yuu's feet and she giggled a little at the sight.

"You're especially hyper today, I wonder what's gotten into you. You're never like this." Fennekin put his front paws on her leg and she picked him up carefully. Instead of staying still, he squirmed around and climbed onto her shoulder. He was a little too big for her shoulder though, so he supported his back paws on the backpack she had on. He put his front paws on her head, and Yuu touched her knees together to keep her balance. It might not have seemed so difficult to support the twenty pound fox, but it was actually pretty uncomfortable for her neck.

"And you've never done that before either," Yuu said quietly.

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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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Miki was feeling pretty relaxed by this point in time and was rapidly warming up to her new companions. The Squirtle smoking still had her wondering about a few things, but otherwise she was ready to move on.

She gathered her stuff and made sure she and Blaze were set to head out before beginning to wander down the path. Blaze trotted along happily at her side and kept a lookout for nearby Pokémon. She kept an eye out as well and was eager to find her first one. The Professor told her that she had to battle and weaken them first, so that meant sending Blaze into combat. She wasn't really a fan of the idea, but at the same time it was just how things worked.

Battling would be scary, but Blaze seemed ready for it so she had to put her faith in him if and when it came down to it.

She walked slowly down Route 1's path hoping the others were keeping up. Night was already beginning to fall with the sky turning a faint orange hue as the sun began to set beyond the horizon through the trees. Finding a good campsite would be priority 1 very soon. Miki wasn't really one for camping so she'd have to ask the others to scout a spot for 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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Yuu was quiet for the time being. She didn't feel it necessary to say anything, until the man showed his ranger ID to them. Yuu slowly retrieved her Pokedex from where she kept it in the side pocket of her backpack. She was a little choked up at the moment due to the small amount of people-which was big for her. She brought her ID up on her Pokedex and held it out a little to show him. She was a little more timid now, considering this man looked pretty intimidating in her eyes. But she couldn't assume anything yet. At the ranger's last statement, she spoke finally.

"Oh, Well I've had Fennekin for about five days so far," she said. "We've gotten along pretty well as far as first encounters go. He did nip at me a few times at first, but I think he's opening up now that he's out and about." With her free hand, she held her other arm while holding her Pokedex.

Meanwhile, Fennekin was now on to sniffing the new arrival. He bounded around him and pawed curiously at his feet. "You smell funny, did you go swimming?" He yapped at the man and went back to exploring him.

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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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