Alissa had been in Violet City for a while now. What her father had said about the place was accurate and she loved it here. It was calm, quiet, and old timey. She loved places like this, especially if they reminded her of home. However today was a day of business and she was receiving a very special Pokemon. One that she would very much like to see.
The person whom she was to meet was a lady named Tanya. At least that is what she thought... Soon she would find out either way. Hopefully she would remember the meeting place, right outside the Gym here.
As Tanya made her way into the city, she was all smiles, humming an undefinable melody to herself. She was quite happy that someone had asked about the stray Ponyta she'd captured a while back, and it would hopefully go to a good trainer. Someone who would make more use of it than she was at the time, anyways. Looking down at her Pokétch, Tanya re-read the directions and nodded to herself. It had been a while since she'd last been in Violet, and she didn't want to risk walking straight by the designated meeting place.
...even if it was outside a landmark building in the city. Blundering through Ilex Forest had made her play this on the safe side. Thankfully the route picked out by her high-tech device was a simple one, and soon enough she was rounding a corner that revealed the gym in all its glory. Standing in front of the building was a lone figure, a teenage girl not too much younger than herself. (Ah yes, nineteen is practically a foot in the grave already.)
A gust of wind sent her red hair flying about, likely alerting the other girl to her presence; seemed like her hair had been attracting all kinds of attention as of late. Tanya batted it back into place as she stopped a few feet away and flashed a friendly smile. "Hi there! I'm guessing you're the one who asked about that Ponyta?" she said, praying silently that she hadn't mistaken the time of the meeting. "Hope you've got some burn-resistant clothing if you're planning on riding it at some point, heh."
Looking around the area she made herself comfortable. As if to prove the point she had found a nice place to stand and let the wind blow through her long dark hair. What was more was that Kirk decided to show himself. He was overly curious, just being born into the world.
"Hey there little guy!" Alissa said picking him up and holding him. He was rather on the heavy side, but that didn't stop her from trying. He tried to squirm in her hands, but it was to no avail. Instead he gave up and just sat there, looking a little flustered. That was when a girl showed up, however what really caught Alissa's attention was her eye's.
"Wow, what pretty eyes..." Alissa says a wide grin on her face. The lady asks her if she was the one who inquired about the Ponyta, "Yes! Miss... Tanya, right?" She says. She giggles a bit at the joke that Tanya makes and looks down at Kirk. He stares at Tanya, curious about the red haired woman before her. "If its okay, I'd love to see it?" Alissa asks. A Ponyta was something quite lovely to see in person, she had heard. Her mother had had a shiny Rapidash which was completely awesome. However he had died when she was younger.
As if sensing another young Pokémon nearby, a fluffy blue head poked out of Tanya's bag, Stitch the Ducklett quacking as he looked around and spotted Kirk. Though he was too small to fly yet, Stitch strained against the bag, wishing to meet these strangers and properly introduce himself. Tanya, noticing his struggles, patted his head with a chuckle before redirecting her attention back to the other girl. "Looks like you've got Stitch all curious, mm?" she said with a laugh, nodding at the Nidoran♂. After a moment, Stitch sighed and settled for watching the pair, eyes bright with curiosity.
The request to see her Ponyta was one Tanya had been expecting, and she pulled out the ball from her bag, careful not to jostle Stitch too much in the process. "Sure thing. Might be a bit confused at first, but it shouldn't bolt away on us... hopefully," she said, enlarging the ball and pressing the button on the front to send out the fiery horse. A bright flash blinded them all momentarily before revealing the Ponyta, tossing its head uncertainly as it glanced around the area. Tanya carefully walked over to it and put a gentle hand on its snout, smiling at it.
"Easy now... you're safe. In fact, I've got someone who'd like to meet you," Tanya murmured, relieved when the equine snorted softly and allowed her to lead it over to Alissa. The Ponyta stretched its snout out to sniff at her, its curiosity winning out over caution. "There, not so bad is it?" Tanya said after a moment. "It seems to to like you, I think. So, all yours if you're still interested, of course ~"
"Hi there little duck... You curious about this little guy?" She puts the pink pokemon on the ground and lets him try to get aquainted with the Ducklett. While she gets back to Tanya and her amazing eyes. "We all are a little confusing at times, there is no harm in meeting the pokemon in first hand. If she would bolt, then that means she can sense something bad in me. If she doesn't, it means she likes what she feels." That was her philosophy on pokemon. Now the same couldn't be said about Zion. He was a bad boy whom just so happened to run into her.
Tanya releases the Ponyta and after a blinding introduction she finds herself staring at a majestic beast of a Pokemon. It stares at her for a moment, cautious. However it warms up to Tanya and lets her lead it to Alissa. However the Ponyta's curiosity out weighed the caution it had. She ended up sniffing at Alissa. After a bit Alissa rose her hand to the snout and started to rub it. "There, there... Your in good hands Udina."
Following suit, Tanya lifted Stitch carefully out of her bag and set him down with a quiet reminder to not run off anywhere. He bumped her hand affectionately with his beak and waddled over to meet Kirk, raising a small wing in greeting. She listened to the other girl talk and grinned at the truth in her words. "Never thought of it like that. Too bad the same can't be said about Starscream, my Skarmory. He likes me well enough, but anyone else is persona non grata... er, in simpler words, everyone else is not on his good side," she said in a rueful tone, but there was definite warmth when she spoke of him. He was a good Pokémon, utterly loyal to her, though his social skills needed heavy work.
Watching Ponyta interact with her new trainer was a cheerful sight, and Tanya stepped back to let them get to know each other, linking her hands together behind her back. "Good to know you're off to a great start! I wasn't sure she'd be entirely happy with what my Nidoking did. He can be a bit intimidating," Tanya admitted, gaze lingering on the newly christened Udina for a moment before returning to the equine's trainer. "I'm happy she's in good hands now. It didn't feel right just keeping her cooped up in the PC."
"Well now? Skarmory? That is quite the Pokemon to tame there. I'm just glad I have Igni, my Charmeleon and Cerin, my mothers Absol. She gave him to me to reach Newbark with." She continues to gently pet Udina. Soon she remembers that she hadn't actually paid the lady and quickly goes for her bag. Pulling out a wallet she digs in it for the three thousand and then puts it away.
"Ummm... Here is the money. If we ever meet again, I'll make sure to bring Udina with me and Cerin. He is far too cranky at the moment." She looks into those emerald eyes again and then over to Kirk, whom was having fun with the little blue bird. "Ahhh, maybe I'll wait till they tucker themselves out. Haha." Kirk was running around the Ducklette and enjoying himself. "I wonder how he will act with Nora?" She places her attention back to Tanya and Udina, as well as looking down to the two newborn Pokemon.
She waved off the idea of her Skarmory being hard to handle. As stubborn and nasty as he could be, Starscream respected her and would back down from a fight at her behest. "He's not too bad. Bit crazy when it comes to making sure my personal space is left alone. Nothing I can't deal with though, heh. Gotta be tough when you grew up where I did." It was tempting to let Blackthorn City slip as her home town, but many people assumed anyone from there was a dragon tamer or wanted to be one. And she was one person who wanted little to do with dragons as much as possible.
Stitch flapped his wings, still too young to achieve flight but with the instincts still there. He waddled after Kirk, delighted to have found a playmate who didn't seem to care that he was a bit clumsy thanks to his webbed feet. Tanya accepted the money with a light laugh, having forgotten the deal that had been arranged prior to the meeting. Making sure the Ponyta accepted a change of trainers had been more important, and with that settled, the other half of the deal would eventually happen. Not that Tanya would have pressed on it too much anyways. "Johto's a big region, it'd be odd if we didn't meet again at some point. Especially considering we're both trainers," she said, tucking the money away in her pocket. "And before I forget myself, this is Udina's ball. Would be rather silly of me to have taken it along back to Goldenrod!" Laughing, the redhead passed the ball over.
"I don't think it would be any different than with Igni, she dislikes being inside the contraption." Alissa says. She takes the ball and looks it over. "Ah there is a good spot." She pulls out a small, but sharp tool and proceeds to etch out a design. "Yeah that ought to do it. A perfect design for you Udina." Holding it to Udina the etch was of a horseshoe. Udina whinnies softly and accidentally nudges the button, returning her to the ball. "Woops... Well it seems she had enough excitement."
Kirk looked at Stitch and was about to chase him when Alissa picks him up... Needless to say, he wasn't too happy about that. "I do hope we run into each other again as well. Blackthorne sure is a long ways from here, if your ever in Ecruteak, look up the FreMons'. I'm sure Mom and Dad wouldn't mind letting you stay there." Alissa looks into her eyes once again. "You know, you could probably go into the fashion business with eyes like those."
With that being said. They talked for a few more minutes before parting ways and heading towards each others destination. However Alissa wouldn't forget this meeting and surely there would be another one in store for her in the future.