Dorthea was brooding. She didn't do it often. She had placed herself in the dining area of the Pokecenter, her fingers drumming an uneven rythm on the tabletop, while she scratched ridiculous notes and pictures down on a piece of paper. The chaotic writings circled around a specific bear of hers. She was scrambling through ideas to connect better with the stubborn thing. She would need a better relationship with her, if she was to do good on this assignment from the Grandfather, and in just this one, she wanted to prove something. She needed to build some kind of respect between them, she figured. The trouble was, she didn't know how. Ursula ignored her most times and plain out raged at her at others, and Dorthea defended herself in a similar fashion. They were at a stallmate, and Dorthea's frustration at the situation had grown almost unbearable. She needed something to change, and fast.
Dorthea glanced out the corner of her eyes to the bear. She had let it out in the hope of getting some ideas from studying her actions, wile playing around in the area. So far Ursula had ignored her, and explored the tables and sniffed around for stuff on the floor. She really hadn't much to work on. Dorthea sighed and stilled her scribbling, staring listlessly ahead.
Aglaia returned to the Pokemon Center after having explaored the Festival of Love, the valentine, her head was buzzing with ideas for her own shop, even though it was not going to be so pinkish and cute as what she had seen today. Not unless it was Valentine and she would make an event to attract customers, then it could be as pink as people preferred. She couldn't completely concentrate on it though, as the new pokeball's content continued to sneak into her thoughts. Aglaia knew that she technically was lucky by winning a pokemon in one of the booths, and she would prefer above all else to sell it, but she didn't know how to do that. Had it been anything else than a pokemon, it would have been much easier, but could you just put a pokemon up for sale on the internet in the same way, or did you have to meet people personally? How did you get in contact with potential buyers, and how did you sell it? She expected that people wanted to know about the pokemon they were buying, just like people didn't bought houses without seeing them first, but Aglaia knew nothing about this pokemon, other than the name and its typing.
Aglaia smiled as she stepped inside and quickly spotted Dorthea in the dining area. She once again felt grateful that her cousin had chosen to join her on the journey, as it made her feel a lot more safe. Dorthea had preferred to stay back today instead of exploring the festival together with Aglaia, which she understood as she could guess her cousin wouldn't be very interested in all the booths in the same way as she was herself.
"Hi, how has your day been?" Aglaia asked and looked at the teddiursa who was out of her pokeball. "How's it going with her?" She asked and would listen carefully. They both had a lot to learn about handling pokemon and since she had no choice than to do it, Aglaia did her best to learn anything that could be useful to her. Perhaps Dorthea had come up with another brilliant ideas of hers. She was rolling the smoochum's pokeball around on the table while she listened and as soon as she got the chance, or if Dorthea asked to it, she would explain. "I won it in at the Festival but doesn't have any use for it," She explained and let it out on the floor beside the table. She had met it once beside the booth, with other participant looking, so she knew it wouldn't attack her right away at least. She wouldn't expect a festival of love to give away anything else than loving and cute pokemon. "I guess I will sell it. Do you have any idea how to start doing that? What it requires?" Aglaia asked and moved her eyes from the ice type on the floor to her cousin, "I haven't seen any shops for sellingpokemon, though I know it is quite common."
Dorthea looked up, when someone approached her, and she smiled tiredly at her cousin. "It was fine, but I'm getting nowhere here." she proclaimed, waving a hand dismissively at the paper on the table. She pushed it aside, pen and all, and directed her full attention at Aglaia instead, happy for the break. Dorthea glanced to the bear when asked, and shrugged regretfully. "Still ignoring me, but it's better than the tiny roaring." She sighed, and admitted openly what she thought the real problem was. "I ruined it from the first go, I'm sure. I shouldn't have been so negative about her first thing." Dorthea rubbed her face with a hand, and then brightened in a smile, changing the topic. "But how about you? Any good inspiration from the booths?" She leaned back in the chair to listen, and soon her eyes were drawn to the Pokeball Aglaia rolled about on the table top. "What's that you got there?" she asked in a natural break of the conversation. It sounded like Aglaia had gotten some good ideas to work with at least.
When Aglaia let the Pokemon in the ball out, Dorthea leaned forward to get a closer look at her prize, but quickly dismissed the pink cutie as uninteresting. It was another of those fragile things, that couldn't take a hug if Dorthea so much as thought about it. Instead she focused on responding to Aglaia's questions. "Well, I put mine for sale on the web. There's some forums for just that, and both times I made arrangements with the buyer to meet in person. That way they got the chance to see the Pokemon, and I could check them out too, before we did the transfer." Dorthea reached for the discarded paper again, and began noting down the adresses she had used plus a few more she had found while looking for the right place. "I'm sure there's plenty of ordinary, physical shops selling Pokemon too, but I guess you need to be established already to pull that off. Like that soldier at the Kalos festival. He was really popular and a well-known Pokemon tradesman by the looks of it." She went on, thinking out loud. And so, the debate could continue with merits for each manner of selling Pokemon.
~ Ursula paid more attention than Dorthea gave her credit for. She had seen the other girl arrive through the doors, and therefore decided to make the distance shorter between her and the table. The nasty trainer hadn't moved from her place, and Ursula hoped to ingratiate herself even more with the other girl. Somehow she had gotten in her head, that if she could just get the other girl to like her a lot, she would change hands. She didn't wish to be too pushy though, and she kept to the background to give the girl a chance to spot her and invite to petting or something. What happened instead was another Pokemon entering the scene, and Ursula first thought there was another rival to attention, but Aglaia put that thought to shame, when she immediately mentioned wanting to sell her. Ursula slanted her head and crept closer to give her a sniff. The Smoochum smelled a bit like the home Ursula no longer remembered, the icy mountains where she had been born, and a feeling of security filled her. Ursula picked about in her thick fur for one of the treats she had found, a hazelnut, and she held it out in offer. "I like you," she rumbled as close to a purr as she could "Wanna play?"
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"Well, they were good at decorating, most of them, but there is quite a difference from a booth to a fully shop," Aglaia began and rolled the pokeball back and forth, "I think I can use some if it, if I'm going to make some events in mine, or catch people's eyes for something on sale," she said thoughtfully and sent Dorthea a little smile when she was asked about the pokeball.
Aglaia listened closely to what Dorthea said and nodded occasionally to show she understood what she was told. It sounded easy enough though a part of her was still uncertain. There could be so many lesser troubles, like what if no-one was interested in the pokemon you tried to put up for sale? "You think?" Aglaia asked when Dorthea said there probably was physical pokemon shops around, and plenty of them. She tried to remember seeing any, but couldn't. It was, of course, not something her parents had ever talked about but she had a feeling that selling pokemon often could be seen as a bit of shady work, and there were plenty of traps if you weren't careful. "Sounds like a lot of work to me, most shops needs to have certain things in stock all the time, and you can't really have something really rare and expensive home to attract customers, I would guess you would need some really good alarms then," Aglaia half asked Dorthea, as she thought aloud. "I wonder where they would get them then, the stock of pokemon would be a bit too unpredictable if they are just buying from normal trainers, since they may not always be able to deliver and you will have to find them other places. You wouldn't know any of the background of the pokemon and any trouble they might bring along with them, or sickness," Aglaia continued. She had found her notebook and was making notes as she talked. "Do you think they perhaps could get their pokemon from breeders? That would make them worth more than someone captured in the wild, wouldn't it?" She hesitated when Ursula growled, to Aglaia's ears it sounded as scary as in a battle and she reached for the smoochum's pokeball, worried the teddiursa would attack the kissing pokemon. When it didn't look like it, she started slowly again.
"I know, but he could just have gathered a lot of pokemon to this one single festival and doing something completely different normally. People knew him, but that doesn't mean he has a shop where he sells pokemon," Aglaia pointed out and thought of the large tent, where she had bought Freyr. She still thought having to exercise and train pokemon to sell them was a big task. "A thing that bothers me with that, why should people go buy pokemon they can easily find in the wild themselves? The man at the festival had pokemon you couldn't find around here, and that was certainly why he was so popular. With a shop in an area where you can easily go out and find what you want yourself, you will have to have something special or good solutions for different things, which will mean either really well trained pokemon, or pokemon that are special in some other kind of way." Aglaia poundered and tapped a finger thoughtfully at her chin.
"Never mind," she said at last, it wasn't important to what she wanted to do now anyway. She looked closer at the adresses Dorthea had written down. "How did you check out the buyer? And how did you set the prize? It is not like she had cost me much yet, now I won her rather cheaply," Aglaia said seriously, not thinking that her blunt talk perhaps could be understood by the pokemon and affect them in some way.
Dorthea listened to Aglaia's points, considering their merit. She hadn't thought of things that way, but then that's why she had Aglaia to think of all the troublesome things. She on the other hand had to consider, when Aglaia was overthinking it, and when her worries were actually called for. "They might very well be doing both, getting Pokemon from breeders, and ones caught in the wild," she said, while not really looking at Aglaia. She was still halfway occupied by writing down, and found herself doodling in the corners. "They could have trainers on the pay roll to find Pokemon for them, and sometimes it's hard finding even the common ones out there. Just think of how long it took for you to find a Pidgey. I'm sure some people won't even bother with trying, if they can just go to the nearest sales- or tradesman and buy the Pokemon they want instead." Dorthea shrugged, a careless gesture that indicated that she was only really guessing. "Even if it's hard work to keep and maintain a healthy stock, I still think it's worth the trouble for those who deal with selling Pokemon professionally. Like trainers they must have access to the computer transfer system, and own property with the right habitats for the Pokemon. It's not like they need to have them stuck in cages or something like that." She turned and slit the paper over to Aglaia, watching her read the addresses.
Next, she tried to answer the follow-up questions to the best of her capabilities. "Well, I talked to the trainer, and saw how they interacted with their own Pokemon, how they introduced themselves to the Doduo and Azurill. That kind of thing. I might have been lucky with the buyers, but they were really very nice, and the one who bought the Doduo even paid extra. I'd just picked a random price, making sure to cover the price for a Pokeball and getting a bit more for my trouble. Since Doduo isn't normally found around here, people are apparently willing to pay more, so it also depends on their rarity and location." Dorthea looked down at the Smoochum, only frowning a little bit at its cuteness. She registrered Ursula sniffing at the thing and offering up some goodie, but didn't think much about it. "If you really got it cheap, you could probably double the price easily. It doesn't look to be from around here." Like Aglaia, she didn't think twice how their conversation could be taken by the Pokemon, who listened in.
Ursula held out her offer for what felt like forever. She tried to ignore the talk of the two humans for now, since she was more interested in, if she could get the nice smelling Smoochum to react. After a moment the Smoochum blinked, and carefully picked the hazelnut out of her claw. Ursula purred again and once more asked, if she wanted to play. The Smoochum looked up at the humans, and Ursula followed her gaze, her purr almost turning to a growl, as she caught the words of the nasty trainer, and their talk about selling. "Don't listen to them. Let's play." she demanded and embraced the Smoochum to drag it away. The Smoochum gave a meek "Okay" and followed Ursula under a table, where the bear had gathered a small mountain of treasures from the floor. And so it became the two played, Ursula showing Smoochum where to find all the good stuff, and what to stay away from. They played hide and seek between the legs of the tables, and 'tackle' when they found each other. Smoochum was happy for the distraction. Though she was resigned to whatever faith, her new human decided on, and had decided to take it all with good grace, she couldn't help being a bit hurt, that she was unwanted, a mere inconvenience to the girl. The Teddiursa was the first in this new place that had expressed happiness at meeting her, and it was a joy to play around without care for the future.
"Well, I'm stil not sure what I want to sell in my shop, but I'm pretty sure I don't want to focus on pokemon," Aglaia said after having heard Dorthea's argumentations. "I will admit that it doesn't have my interest, which is quite crucial of you want to be a good seller. If I at some point do want to try out to either have a whole shop dedicated to selling pokemon, or just incoorporate it in one I already got, I think I will need to make an analysis of ups and downs for it," she continued and found out her notebook to make some notes. "I would need to find the weaknesses, the strengths, the opportunities and the threats to it," she mumlbed as she noted, "as well as what it recruires, so I will need to find some excisting ones and see how they run it." She made an ending dot in the sentence and put te book away again.
"That time that worry," she said and smiled to Dorthea. "Right now I need to figure something out about selling this one," she looked down at the two pokemon on the floor. "Ursula does a good job entertaining it," she said with a smile and stretched her hand towards the floor, so she could pet the teddiursa, should she get close enough. She liked the bear, and didn't really understand what the problem was between her and Dorthea, though she guessed they probably just didn't really fit together. Some poeple just didn't really like each other either, so it was prolbably the same thing. That Dorthea hadn't just already sold the bear, just made Aglaia think she actaully liked her deep down, and hoped that time would teach them to get along. The thought of offering to take it off Dorthea's hands had never crossed Aglaia's mind, and it wouldn't even if Dorthea should ever talk about getting rid of it, just like she wouldn't think that Dorthea would want to take the responsibility for the smoochum. There was a big difference in liking a pokemon and wanting to have the responsibility for it. Aglaia thought she had more than enough, and she wasn't interested in getting any more.
Aglaia looked at the address once more. "I wonder how much I should check people who are intersted, how much do you think I should make sure it is a good home?" Aglaia looked questioningly at Dorthea. That was another dilemma, if she wanted a real shop selling pokemon, she wouldn't be able to check them all, and would just have to hope the majority would be treating them well. It was easier to say no, when you living wasn't depending on selling a certain numbers to make sure it the ends would meet. "I must admit I would like to find her a place where she is well cared for, but I know that I can't make sure she sin't just getting reselled, which the risk is much greater off, if I set the price too low," Aglaia said as she watched her ice type. "Would you mind come along? You are better at judging people than I am," she asked Dorthea. No matter the answer, she rose a moment later. "Do you mind watching her for a bit? I would like to check this site out and see if there are any other smoochums on there and their price," she said, before she went to find a computer. If Dorthea didn't accepted to look after the smoochum, Aglaia would recall her before leaving.
Dorthea looked down on the floor yet again, when Aglaia mentioned Ursula's behaviour. She shrugged. "Seems so." She watched as Ursula sniffed Aglaia's hand shortly before letting the girl pet her, and she felt just a tiny bit jealous, that the action was so much easier for Aglaia than her. Maybe Dorthea really was too rough with her Pokemon, but she didn't want to change herself too much either. There was a reason she wanted her Pokemon strong and durable, but because of the grandfather, she was stuck with the bear. She was caught in thoughts, when Aglaia asked her something next, and she returned to the now with an unintelligent "Huh? Oh, right. Sure, I'll come along, if you want it. No problem." She looked at Aglaia for a moment more, before the cousin decided to go check out the internet adresses, and she nodded, easily agreeing to watch the Pokemon a while. They were pretty much watching themselves right now. "I'll be right here, when you get back, if you don't take all day that is." Her tone was light and teasing, and she returned to her scattered papers to see if any of her brainstorming ideas might not work anyway.
Ursula and Smoochum watched Aglaia go from under the table. It was evident that they still had time to play. From the nasty trainer's regular complaining, Ursula knew that the other girl often used a lot of time on research, and this didn't look any different. Dorthea's hand came down from above, and Ursula growled at it and pulled away. Smoochum on the other hand stretched up on her toes, and let the tip of the fingers brush the top of her head. Dorthea looked down in surprise. Ursula growl-purred "What are you doing?". The Smoochum ran to Ursula with a little smile. "I just wanted to try how it felt." she explained, and let Ursula ruffle the hair on her head instead. The girl at the table mumbled "Odd," and went back to her papers.
Aglaia was pleased Ursula accepted her petting, she liked the soft fur and the cute look. She couldn't say what it was with the teddiursa she liked, but it was probably the same as a grandparents relationship to the grandchildren: she got all the good parts without having to dealing with the more troublesome, since Aglaia left everything like that to Dorthea. If asked Aglaia wouldn't be able to explain what made her find Ursula cute, but not the smoochum, who otherwise often was seen as one of the cutest pokemon excisting and very popular.
Aglaia smiled amused at Dorthea's funny answer, it was not the first time she had caught her cousin in getting distracted in the middle of things. Aglaia saw it as her task to keep Dorthea with her feet in the reality and on track, who knew where the other girl would end up if not? "I would like that very much, thank you," she answered herself and went to find a computer.
With the address gotten from Dorthea it was easy for Aglaia to find what she was looking for, and to her delight smoochums was both uncommen and rather expensive on this site. She checked a few others and searched a bit on smoochum itself to see why it was so. She learned that they weren't so easy to breed and a lot found them really cute. It looked like Aglaia had hit a lesser goldmine, though she wasn't going to turn into a breeder to try continue explore how much she could get out of it. She spent some time researching how to best make a sales bulletin and was then forced to sort through some of the offers she got. All in all, it took a lot longer than she had expected.
It was a rather embarrassed Aglaia who returned to Dorthea a lot later then planned. "Hi again," Aglaia said sheepishly, "sorry it took so long." She didn't start try explain the reason as she expected Dorthea already knew them. It wasn't the first time it had happened. "It looks like smoochums are both quite popular and a bit difficult to get, so I have already got contacted by interested buyers," Aglaia told as she sat down at the table again, she looked both pleased and puzzled. "I had to sort quite a few out, one wanted me to take her for the prize of a pokeball, while another wanted me to post pictures of her in a princessdress and make-up," she told dryly and shook her head. She had not accepted any of those "offers". "There were some other funny ones too," Aglaia said and looked questioningly at Dorthea to see if she was interested in hearing them, if she was Aglaia would tell them, and if not she wouldn't.
"I have accepted to meet two of them today though," Aglaia looked questioningly at Dorthea to see if her cousin would agree to go with her today already. "The first one, a Charlotte Sawyer, here in half an hour," Aglaia looked at the clock, "she seemed nice, a business woman I think. I'm not sure what she wants with a pokemon though, but if she treats her nice and pays the price..." Aglaia let the sentence hang in the air as she shrugged.
If nothing else happened, Aglaia would show the way to the meeting point, when it was time.
Time passed and Dorthea was again getting frustrated at her doodles. None of her ideas seemed at all plausible. There was no way she was treating the bear like the spoiled princess it wanted to be, and she couldn't keep getting angry at the smallest things about it. She had circled one thing: 'Be kinder', and that was it. She needed some guidelines and common ground for the two of them to work off. "Maybe I should just find myself a book about how to raise kids," she grumbled to herself, and shot a look down at the playing Pokemon. It was a quiet game. Dorthea hadn't heard any sounds from them, as she worked. A couple of moments she studied Ursula's expressions as she interacted with the Smoochum. She didn't think she had seen the bear so calm and pleasant before. Dorthea worried her lip, looking at the two. "Hey, Ursula. Don't get too attached. Aglaia is selling her off." she warned, keeping her voice as neutral as possible. All she got was an angry growl and a huff, while Ursula put a protective arm around the Smoochum as if to shield her. Dorthea sighed regrettable, already anticipating the headache coming her way. Why did Ursula have to make everything an uphill battle?
She hadn't exactly paid attention to the time. There was no point when Aglaia could easily spend half a day researching and whatever else she needed before taking things into action. She was however surprised when she took a look at her watch. It was later than she would have thought, and wasn't that just great to have spend most of the morning getting nowhere. Dorthea almost jolted up, the chair screeching against the floor tiles as she got to her feet. Time to stretch her legs. She had barely walked around the first table, before Aglaia was back apologizing for the lateness. Dorthea just shrugged, and listened to her findings. "That sounds great." She added her cent on Aglaia's progress, while she did some stretches before sitting down again herself. She grimaced at the picture of the Smoochum in make-up and gown. That was indeed disturbing. "What more?" she asked, curious what people could ask for more. When Aglaia was done regaling her with the oddity of humans, she said. "Well, at least it's popular. I didn't get nearly as many odd ones, when I had the Azurill up for offer."
Afterwards Dorthea was more than ready to follow Aglaia to the meeting point. It was good to get a little exercise, and since she didn't want to fight with Ursula just then, she let the bear stay out too to follow along with the Smoochum as they went.
Ursula was getting more agitated, the more she listened to the callous way the girls talked about selling Smoochum, and she definitely didn't like the fact, that two buyers had already shown themselves. Smoochum was taking things a lot more reasonable, and had accepted the fact she wasn't wanted by the current trainer. She was only sad, that she couldn't play with Ursula more, and she was flattered the Teddiursa cared so much. As they travelled to the girl's meeting point for the first appointment, Ursula stuck to Smoochum like glue. She wanted a good look at the buyer. There was no way she was letting Smoochum go, before she had deemed the stranger alright herself. And the stranger better be perfect if she was to approve.
"I'm quite certain one of them were a small child, it was so full of errors I had trouble reading it," Aglaia continued to explain what weird contacts she had got. "The most egoistic was one who wanted me to send her to Kalos for free, like she was doing me a favor for taking her off my hands," Aglaia shook her head, "but most of the rest were just exclamaitions about the cuteness and wanted me to promise to contact them if I didn't found another home first," she continued and shook her head. She glanced down at the smoochum wondering what it was that made everyone find her so adorable.
The meeting point was just outside the Pokemoncenter, it was a nice easy place to meet and they had some space beside it, where you could relax with your pokemon. Aglaia and Dorthea would of course be there in time since they had just been inside, and the woman they should meet arrived punctually. Charlotte Sawyer were nicely dressed and shook Aglaia's hand politely when the girl stepped forward to greet her. She went straight to business. "So this is the on you are selling?" She asked and gestured for smoochum to step closer to her and turn around. If the ice type did she would smile pleased and if not she would comment thoughtfully that she would need more training. The woman crouched down and pushed a bit of the smoochums hair to the side to get it to sit better and asked her to make a cute face for her.
"She'll do, and I'll take her even though she ofcourse will need some working on," Charlotte said and sounded like she was talking a bycicle that needed to be repainted. "I hope you can go a bit down in prize though, we're not keeping her long and it is a bit too much to pay for that," Charlotte said and Aglaia looked at Dorthea for help. If asked Charlotte would tell they were going to use smoochum in a few commercials and afterwards they would sell her off.
Aglaia wasn't quite sure she wanted to seel smoochum to this lady, but wasn't sure what it was she was against, she was selling her afterwards. The question about the prize she would be able to handle quite fine, so there weren't really anything wrong with this, were there?. Would it so bad that the pokemon to be sold again? She was about to sell her anyway and they would probably treat the pokemon well in the meantime and she was so cute she would probably get a good home afterwards. Aglaia looked at Dorthea, "What do you think?"
Even though they just went outside to the free space beside the Center, Dorthea enjoyed the fresh air and almost bounced along with renewed energy at the change of scene. She of course tried to be more subdued when the customer arrived, so she just appeared the assistent she wanted to be for Aglaia, and tried to mimic the seriousness of the woman. She watched diligently as the woman started interacting with the Smoochum, a frown forming in her forehead. The Smoochum seemed hesitant to approach, either because it didn't understand the woman's gestures, was shy, or simply didn't like her attitude. Dorthea certainly felt an immediate dislike for the stiff woman and her behaviour, though it was hard to place. It was very obvious however, that Ursula hated the woman on sight and was reluctant to even let Smoochum near her. Dorthea thought about that, rubbing her fingers together in consideration. She was here to help Aglaia decide if the person was right or not, and though she didn't like what she saw, she needed some diplomatic way of saying it. Diplomacy wasn't her forte. At Aglaia's direct question, she grimaced "You want the buyer to keep her, and treat her well, right? Not just use her for one purpose, and then get rid of her..." she mumbled, and hoped the woman didn't hear. "She's treating Smoochum like an object, not a live being. She might as well be buying a doll." Dorthea pointed out.
As soon the buyer was done with her inspection, Smoochum returned to a fuming Ursula. Smoochum hadn't been able to do much of what the woman had asked for. She didn't know what it meant to make a cute face, and she didn't quite follow all the weird hand signals the woman used. Why couldn't she just have said what she wanted instead? Smoochum sighed, and nuzzled Ursula to calm the bear down. "How do you make a cute face?" she asked Ursula as a diversion, though she also wanted to learn it, if she really ended up going with the woman. She dreaded it some, but it wasn't up to her. Ursula was stunned at the question. So much so, that she for a moment forgot her anger. She rubbed her puffy cheeks, and put her face into the right mask, while she explained. "You make your eyes big, maybe questioning. Tilt your head a little bit to the side, and give a small smile." Ursula rubbed her cheeks again and was back to being angry at the humans. "But you are not going with that thing. She's bad." She said stubbornly.
Aglaia wasn't entirely pleased with Charlotte's answers, when she asked what her plans for the smoochum was. This was why Aglaia was sure she didn't want to have a pokemon shop, though she was surprised how much she cared about the pokemon's future and how difficult it was for her to just sell it, even though she barely know it and knew she didn't want it herself. "So do you have any plans for whom you are selling her to?" Aglaia asked the woman and Charlotte smiled. "Why do you care? You are selling her right? I will be giving you a good prize for her and will sell her to the highest bidder, that's business," Charlotte said humoured and Aglaia sighed internally as this woman clearly wasn't used to work with customers. She hadn't caught on that Aglaia was hesitant nor tried to solve the problem.
Aglaia withdrew to talk with Dorthea while Charlotte looked impatient and was ready to pay for the smoochum and go on her way. Dorthea agreed with Aglaia that they didn't like this woman and the future of the smoochum, so there were only one thing to do. "I am sorry Miss, but I don't think you're the right owner for Smoochum," Aglaia said and was interrupted by the angry protests from the woman. "I understand you are irritated, but we did only agree to meet and talk about it, and I did write in the ad that I kept the right to say no for whatever reason," Aglaia said calmly as soon as Charlotte had finished her rambling. "I do not wish to sell to you, know you don't are what is going to happen with it, after you are done using it," Aglaia said sternly and Charlotte had to go empty handed. ~~
As she had disappeared Aglaia let herself dump into a bench with a sigh. "She seemed so good while I wrote with her, I actually hoped she would be fitting, as I'm doubting the other one," Aglaia said and glanced at Dorthea, before she looked down at the two pokemon. "I don't hope they get too attached, it would be sad to break Ursula's heart, or the smoochum's of course, since I guess you are not interested in her?" Aglaia said hopefully. ~~
It would only be around another 30 minutes before the next potential buyer would appear. It was a man in his fourties, casually dressed and nice to be aorund though perhaps a bit dull in the long run. He presented himself as Harry and was really happy the smoochum was still here. "I'm really happy you haven't sold her yet, they are so popular it's hard to get one," he said with a smile and would excitedly greet smoochum. "Let me get a good look on you, come here," he said kindly and would pick her up to put her on the bench and find a bit of cloth to wipe whatever little dirt there may have been upon her. "Such little princess shouldn't get your hands dirty, you'll see I keep you away from all that, and you can go dress up and be safely inside all day, doesn't it sound wonderful? No need to fear the scorching sun or getting send into horrible battles, just dancing and singing and whatever else you want to do like that," Harry chatted away and looked down at Ursula. "Is she for sale as well? They are a cute pair and would look nicely in my home," Harry asked Aglaia and Dorthea.
Aglaia had withdrawn a bit with Dorthea to vote with her about Harry. "He sounds like he sees her as a kind of a doll?" Aglaia asked doubtfully, not seeing anything really wrong with that, other than she though it sounded really boring. She let Dorthea answer the question about Ursula.
Dorthea was impressed by how Aglaia managed to stay so firm in front of customers. It was a different side of her cousin, she would never quite get. With Dorthea you got what you saw, but Aglaia had different faces to match with different situations, and Dorthea could only wonder how she did that. Dorthea was quite relieved, when the woman had left. Apart from the verbal protests, she hadn't caused a problem. Dorthea smiled as she disappeared, weirdly happy they had avoided that bullet. Her smile fainted the next moment, when she realized Aglaia was a bit down by the lack of success. "It will be alright. We'll find the right person for Smoochum." She glanced at the pair at the mention of their attachment, frowned in worry, and winced regretfully at the suggestion she should take the Smoochum. "Sorry, though I'm afraid it's already too late. I have no idea why Ursula likes her so much." She sighed as Aglaia had done a moment before, but didn't sit down. Instead she prowled around the bench with short breaks of leaning to one of its armrests. Ursula and the Smoochum had walked a little ways off, but seemed to know to stay within eye sight. "She's going to hate me even more after this." she stated in a quiet voice, so Ursula wouldn't hear. "What worries you about the second buyer?" She finally remembered to ask, and was prepared to listen and get something to work on, when he would be here.
The half hour went by faster than anticipated, and when he first appeared Dorthea didn't think anything strange about the buyer. He obviously didn't carry the earlier woman's stiffness, and he seemed kind enough, but when he opened his mouth and talked to the Smoochum, Dorthea felt a trail of goosebumps run down her back. If Dorthea wasn't mistaken, the Smoochum hung her head, as the guy cleaned her up. She and Ursula had been playing around on the ground for a while, and the dirt of the ground clung to Ursula's fur like a fine layer of dust. Dorthea knew this from experience, and she pressumed the Smoochum wasn't much better off, even if she had less fur to deal with. "Why shouldn't they be allowed to play outside?" Dorthea couldn't help but ask this time. "If not for anything else, they do need the exercise, and who would want to be cooped up inside all day?" As soon as the words were out, she clamped a hand over her mouth. She had promised herself she would let Aglaia handle the buyers, and only act as a shadow assistent. She drew back, only to open her mouth to answer his question regarding Ursula. "No, she isn't. She's a gift, and I'm not getting rid of her." She said, and tried to stay as stern as Aglaia had been towards the Charlotte lady. Even more surprising, she didn't even feel inclined to accept any offer of buying the Teddiursa. Despite the grandfather's motives, Dorthea had whole-heartedly accepted Ursula as hers.
After that she withdrew with Aglaia to vote, and had a hard time ignoring how bristled she felt at his words. "A little princess doll." Dorthea agreed with Aglaia. "No matter how well it's meant, I don't believe any Pokemon can benefit from such a secluded life." She added her thoughts carefully.
Ursula was surprised at the heat with which Dorthea rejected that she was for sale. She had been momentarily horrified at the idea of staying permanently inside a house, but also partly surprised at the opportunity to actual stay with the Smoochum and get away from the nasty trainer in one go. She was happy to feel the man's adoration at her cuteness. Finally a human that understood her appeal again! However, she also felt a sense of disgust at how he expressed Smoochum should live. If the girls accepted his offer, she was ready to fight on the spot, and she was already in the progress at clawing her way up to Smoochum on the bench to get in between them, when she realized what Dorthea and Aglaia was doing. They were hesitant, and Ursula realised that the human girls might be more clever than she gave them credit for. "Are you alright?" she growl-grumbled to Smoochum. Smoochum gave a careful nod, but shot the man a dreadful look. "I don't want to be his princess." she whispered.
Aglaia sighed as Dorthea confirmed that she wasn't interested, that would have been the so much easier for her, and Aglaia felt a bit guilty to break Ursula's heart. She found the bear really sweet and was sure the problem between her and Dorthea was just that they had had a bad first impression, and those always took some time to change. "I'm sure you two will figure it out, you just need to get to know each other better and find your similarities," Aglaia said comfortingly to Dorthea before she two turned to the subject of the next possible buyer. "It's hard to say, it's just a feeling I have but I can't quite put my finger on it or else I wouldn't have accepted it," Aglaia said slowly and didn't have much else to add, but when Harry arrived, it soon became clear. ~~
Harry looked at Dorthea like she had grown a second head. "Outside?! But she's barely a child! She could get injured, do you know dangerous it is??" Harry exclaimed and quickly returned to comform Smoochum and promising her that she didn't need to be scared anymore and that he would protect her.
"I have read about some people seeing pokemon like little dolls or creatures that can't do anything by themselves, that they think all this battle thingy is humans forcing them to do what is unnatural to the pokemon. Funny enough it is mostly the pokemon consideret as cute they are intersted in, you rarely hear them trying to save grimers or dunsparces," Aglaia added dryly when the two girls withdrew a bit to talk. She agreed with Dorthea, it didn't seem like a life many pokemon would be interested in. Aglaia had read some studies about how pokemon lived in the wild and how well most of them adapted to the life with a trainer, mostly to learn about Wystan, and what Harry was offering didn't sound like any of that. She prepared for yet another confrontation and disappointed customer, it was never fun to hand out bad news.
Harry looked expectantly at Aglaia when she came over, though his smile quickly disappeared when he heard what she had to say. "I am very sorry, Mr. Harry, but I sadly must refuse your offer. I don't think it is a life smoochum would like and I need to keep her well being in mind," Aglaia said politely while Harry's face twisted in anger. "So you are one of them," he said disgusted, "Force your pokemon to battle for your own enjoyment, risking their lives. Well being, ha! You are just interested in getting more money," he accused and Aglaia was happy she had tried it before and knew what to do, remain calm. "If I was only interested in the money, why should I refuse to sell her to you? We can only agree on disagreeing on what a good life for a pokemon is, but as long as smoochum is mine, I claim the right to refuse any offer I find unfitting, I'm sorry," Aglaia answered sternly and Harry fumed a bit more before he too walked away. ~~
Aglaia collapsed on the bench. "I hate angry customers, at least here they can't come with the 'they are always right stuff'," Aglaia complained before brushing it away, no reason to be in a bad mood about that. "But what am I going to do now? Wait and see if there are any other offers there seem reasonably?" Aglaia asked loudly without really expecting any answers and looked at smoochum and Ursuala. "It is a shame to part them, now they have become so good friends, but I won't force you to take her if you don't want, I just hope you'll help me with future buyers, it is always good to have a second pair of eyes," Aglaia said to Dorthea without taking her eyes from the pokemon.
Dorthea quickly decided the Harry character was an oddball. His view on (cute) Pokemon were completely foreign to her, and even though Aglaia explained the viewpoint, she just couldn't grasp how some people could reach such an opinion from looking at and interacting with Pokemon. She was even more happy, when he left, than she had been at the earlier lady. She was relieved too, she hadn't had to deal with such people, when she herself had dabbled in selling off her own couple of Pokemon. When he was out of sight, Dorthea erupted in laughter, she couldn't help herself. "Sorry," she apologized to Aglaia, who was obviously down from the failure of the two meetings. "It's just too funny. He actually thought, you enjoy Pokemon battling!" she gasped and held her stomach, trying to reign it in again. It took a moment, but when she finally calmed down she sat down on the bench, Ursula and the Smoochum between them, as they hadn't tried to get down yet. She petted Smoochum on the head, and ruffled an unwilling Ursula too, before looking back at Aglaia with seriousness. "There's not much else to do but wait," she confirmed Aglaia's first question. "I had mine up for several days before I accepted any offers, but I can see from this, I was rather lucky with them." She pondered Aglaia's next words a bit, following her eyes' direction down to the Pokemon, and once more grimacing at the returned suggestion. "I'll always help," she mumbled, yet feeling quite unsettled by the obvious choice she had to make.
She sighed. She wasn't blind, and Ursula really, really liked that Smoochum for some reason. Two cute looking Pokemon, that enjoyed playing with each other. Ursula had already proved to Dorthea, that cute Pokemon weren't necessarily fragile, but Smoochum did look fragile, and Dorthea had no idea how she could handle and protect it, if she took it in. However, she could maybe share some of the added burden. Dorthea sighed again, and directed her serious voice to Ursula. "Ursula, I could buy her, take her on the team, so you can keep playing together." Ursula's head swivelled her way in surprise. "But," Dorthea held up a finger in warning "You'll have to help me take care of her, and I'm not doing this for free. You'll stop your whining and screaming. If you have complaints with me, you try to show me what's wrong instead of just screaming your head off. Do you understand?" She held Ursula's gaze, until the bear gave a begrudging nod. Dorthea gave a shadow of a smile "Thank you." Then she looked at Aglaia again, her smile evolving into a crooked one. "Looks like I'm buying the Smoochum after all... What price did you put her at?" She pulled out her purse to take care of the money part immediately, and glimpsed the Smoochum out the corner of her eye. It was looking at her all cute and teary-eyed. Dorthea gave her one more careful pat on head. "Little witches you are," she said in a light voice "I wouldn't be surprised if you brought me to my doom," she went on kidding. "I know! You can be called LeFay. It's only fitting." She laughed to Aglaia, making sure to show she wasn't doing this under force. She was, but it was a different kind of force than Aglaia had meant, she was sure. She was after all doing it, to try and better her relationship with Ursula, and she hadn't got any better ideas.