"This is ridiculous" Dorthea grumbled while trudging through the ice cold rain falling on route 29 in that moment. She wiped down her face and tried to pull the hood of her rain coat closer, but it didn't feel like it had any effect. A little ahead of her Bubina ran around squealing in apparent joy. The weather obviously didn't bother the crazy Swinub, but then they had met in a regular snow storm, so Dorthea shouldn't have been surprised. "What are we doing out here?" she asked in tired exasperation. Bubina turned towards her and grunted happily, Dorthea could almost imagine the pig cheering her up and smiled involuntarily. "Is it just because we are close to where we last saw your family?" she guessed and received a happy nod for her effort. "You miss them, huh?" she wondered mostly to herself, but Bubina heard and ran back to her to bump her nose against her leg. Dorthea had learned it was her way of comforting, and she squatted down to pet her. Bubina's rough fur was just as dripping wet as Dorthea's own rain coat, except the water had frozen and added a cutting and stinging feeling to the coarseness. Dorthea was quick to withdraw her hand again. "All right. What is it you want to show me?" Dorthea got back on her feet.
Dorthea had obviously let the Swinub stay too long in 'storage'. Bubina was all too happy to have the trainer to herself, and to make up for lost time Dorthea had let the pig run 'wild' for some hours the day before. They were only in New Bark for a short time, but they didn't have anything planned, so Dorthea used it to reconnect with some of the Pokemon that hadn't been along for the Ruins. Yesterday it had been Bubina and the Skiddo Yakku. Today it was Bubina and William... and Nimrod. Dorthea couldn't bear to leave the snake behind. She was almost as attached to Nimrod, as Aglaia was to Wystan. The first thing Bubina did getting out the door, was run ahead and urge Dorthea to follow. She had no idea where the pig was leading her, but it was rather exciting. If it just hadn't been for that awful rain. Dorthea didn't get why it was always bad weather, when she was in New Bark.
Bubina stopped in the middle of nowhere and grunted to some bushes. Dorthea barely managed to open her mouth, before the bush grunted back, and suddenly Bubina was swarmed by a brown, grunting cloud. Correction, it was a flock of small piglets screeching at Bubina for attention and nuzzles. Dorthea was speechless for all of a minute, then she whined: "Where did they come from?" A lot of Swinub faces turned to her. None of them seemed afraid of her, so they couldn't be wild could they? Bubina looked like she was begging for something, gave a single grunt and all the piglets swarmed Dorthea next. She was completely overtaken, and had to fight to keep both feet planted on earth. There was no way she dropped to the ground in this weather. "Alright, alright. Enough of this. What am I supposed to do with all you guys?" They pulled back a bit and looked at Bubina who looked at Dorthea before setting off again. Dorthea shrugged and started the trek once more. "I guess we are playing following the leader then." she mumbled, the piglets forming an uneven line between Bubina and herself.
They stopped at the edge of the open route, where new trainers usually travelled to reach Cherrygrove. Bubina jumped around and 'talked' and looked at Dorthea with frequent intervals, like she was trying to see if Dorthea caught on. Dorthea looked around and thought she recognized something about the place. If she remembered correctly they weren't far from New Bark, but in a snow storm the smallest of distances could feel tremendous to overcome. "We met here, didn't we? You chose to follow me here." Bubina nodded eagerly, and the piglets screeched. Dorthea got a crazy thought in her head and decided she needed to sit down. She picked out a rotten tree stump close by and sat. "You're not suggesting I find trainers for your small friends, are you?" Against hope Bubina nodded just as eagerly as before, and Dorthea grimaced. She threw a hand out to the dreary surroundings. "You've got to be kidding! Do you suppose trainers will just turn up out of the blue in this kind of weather?"
(Ooc: arkayne Drop in however you like it. The scene is set)
Last Edit: Dec 18, 2018 18:56:26 GMT 11 by Thirdie
The walking was kind of lonely today. Normally Bishop let one or another of his pokemon out to walk with him. Today neither Ember or Blossom had any interest in getting wet....not that he could blame them. He hadn't yet met a Charmander nor a Pikachu who was a big fan of getting wet. That left him walking on his own the way towards Cherrygrove.
It had been a couple of days out here on the road trying to find some wild pokemon to build up his party a little. So far nothing though and Bishop was beginning to think that the local critters were a lot smarter than he himself was being. They had least had the sense to get out of the rain!
Sighing to himself he pulled the hood of his poncho up a little higher and continued on his way. Around the next bend in the road though he came across an odd sight. There, not too far away, was what seemed like a little herd of pokemon swarming around a girl sitting on a log. They looked to be Swinub from here and that piqued his interest. A partner with ice attacks might give him an advantage when he got to his first gym battle. With a bit more pep in his step now he made his way to the girl to try and see what was going on.
"Bonjour Miss," he said with an amused smile and friendly nod of his head. She looked to be around his age and perhaps a bit exasperated by all this commotion. "Are your little friends having a party?"
The little pigs sure seemed to be excited and looked expectantly from him to the girl and then back again. There just had to be an interesting story to explain whatever was going on here and he meant to find out what it was.
Dorthea could have smacked herself so much, when a trainer showed up in that moment, and flabbergasted she tried to collect herself before he made it to her seating arrangement. She gave a smile at his greeting, and rolled her eyes in good humor at his comment to the gathering. "You could say that," She got on her feet to say proper hello. It was too cold to sit still in the long run anyway. "Hi, I'm Dorthea. What are you doing out in a weather like this?" she held out her hand in invite to a handshake. Bubina squealed somewhat insistent, and Dorthea tried to reprimand her lightly. "I'm getting to it, silly girl. Relax, would you." Looking back at Bubina at the same time she caught on to the fact, that the other Swinubs were making ready to crowd the new arrival, and Dorthea immediately held out an arm to halt their motion. "Now, hold on a moment! You can't just attack someone that way. You'll risk scaring people away." This seemed to brake them out of the most eagerness, though one of them broke ranks to get close to the boy anyway. She turned towards the boy again, a slight blush colouring her cheeks and half an eye on the adventurous Swinub. "I'm sorry about this. The young ones are some of my Bubina's family, and I've been tasked with looking after them today." She made up the half-lie smoothly.
(Ooc: Feel free to take control of your own Swinub how you see fit.)
"My name is Bishop," he said with a friendly smile and nod. He would have stepped closer to offer her a hand shake or something but her little herd of piglets was giving him a funny look. "As a trainer I have to go wherever the pokemon are...rain or shine."
As he was saying this the little group of Swinub began to surge towards him. Bishop raised an eyebrow, both curious and amused as to what they were up to. They looked to friendly and happy to be dangerous so he wasn't terribly worried as yet. He was however quite amused at how much of a fuss they were making and how flustered Dorthea seemed to be.
"Oh, that's alright. They look friendly enough. Just a little spirited..."
He only got that far before one broke from the herd and then threw itself on to his shoe. The little piglet floundered a bit, got it's footing and then grabbed hold of pants leg and started pulling. He obviously wasn't going to take no for an answer.
"What's this now? Are you trying to tell me something little fellow?"
Dorthea was relieved that Bishop took the Swinubs' behaviour so lightly. She was sure Aglaia would have been less than pleased with such an experience. "It probably comes with the territory," she mused "My Bubina has certainly never been anything else but a bundle of energy." She smiled at Bishop, having calmed considerable from his friendly attitude and the piglets turning their eagerness down a notch. She watched interested, as he began talking to the most outgoing of the group, and thought he didn't seem half bad. She glanced at Bubina just to check if she had an opinion, but as her Swinub just continued to look rather smug, she was quick to turn her attention back to the boy.
Dorthea let the boy and the small Swinub get acquainted for a moment more, then she asked rather bluntly: "Would you be interested in having him?" She wasn't one to beat around the bush, even if she felt a bit odd having been tasked with finding trainers to Pokemons she didn't exactly know where were from. However, since they knew Bubina so well, they had to be some of her family. "I'm not only looking after them, you see. They need trainers the lot of them, and I happened to be saddled with the task." She explained with a self-deprecating smile. In her head she was already trying to figure out an amount of money as payment. Humans were sceptical beings. They would just assume something was wrong, if they could get it for free, and she wasn't aspiring to be a sales assistent for nothing.
Kneeling down he tentatively began to pet the little piglet. The Swinub seemed rather pleased with this and began to rub it's head against his hand. Bishop smiled at this and gave the little fellow a scritch behind the ears before turning to look back at Dorthea.
"Well yeah, I would like to have him. And he does seem to be a friendly little fellow. What do you say boy? You want to go traveling with me?"
He couldn't tell if the Swinub understood him exactly but the pokemon did seem rather fond of him. Maybe they could be fast friends and good partners.
"I could only take the one though. Not sure how you wound up with a whole herd of them but I can give him a home if that helps."
How she was going to manage with the rest though he wasn't at all sure. Nor was he sure how she wound up with so many of them. Odds are she was going to be out here a long, long time looking for trainers.
(ooc: It's cool. I was afk for last few days anyway. )
Dorthea smiled relieved at his acceptance. It was a good start for such a sudden task thrown upon her, and it gave her hope it would be easier than she had initially thought. "One is enough." She laughed. "I have plenty of time to figure out what to do with the rest of them." she added reassuringly. She looked once more at the small herd, and then at Bishop again. "What do you say about 1250 pokedollars for him. You'll get a discount for being my first customer." She winked and hoped he wouldn't feel cheated or conned by her offer. She found it odd that he hadn't actually asked for the price before agreeing, so she was more than ready to accept if he decided to refuse the deal entirely.
If Bishop agreed anyway Dorthea stretched out her hand to shake on it with the words "It's a deal" and a kind smile. She found an empty pokeball of her own and crossed her fingers while she rather unceremoniously pushed the ball against the Swinub before giving it to Bishop. That way she would be registrered as the original trainer, which made the 'purchase' legal, and Bishop spared his money on a Pokeball.
She hadn't mentioned anything about a price before so Bishop had been unsure if she was giving them away or selling them. Either way though he was really getting fond of the little piglet, even as it playfully chewed on his shoes. It seemed they had the start of a pretty good bond already and it would only grow stronger. The price Dorothea quoted seemed reasonable and he had it on him so that wasn't a huge issue.
"That seems fair," he said, watching as she placed the little Swinub in the pokeball and handing it to him. Once he had the ball Bishop opened it again to let the piglet walk with him for awhile and of course to say goodbye to his friends.
"I wish you luck finding homes for the rest of them," he said with a grin. "You've got quite the unruly little herd on your hands."
Dorthea watched as the Swinub settled into its new role as a trainer's Pokemon, and said goodbye to his siblings. She wondered briefly how it felt for Pokemon to leave their families behind this way, but on the other hand didn't humans do exactly the same when they started out as trainers? The difference was of course that the Pokemon didn't know if they would ever see their family again. Dorthea shook the odd thoughts away and listened to Bishop's words. "Thank you. Oh, this little flock is manageable," she played it off cooly and with a bright smile. She liked to pretend she had everything in hand, even if she had been flustered mere moments before. "You should see the shenanigans some of my other Pokemon get into. This is nothing." Well, it was more like a combination of her own and Aglaia's Pokemon, but either way Dorthea was used to the chaos of keeping track of more than 6 Pokemon at once, so a couple of more Swinubs in the mix shouldn't make that much of a difference. "I hope the two of you will be happy with each other" was her way of wishing them good luck themselves, even if it sounded cheesy.
As Bishop went on his way, Dorthea waved goodbye and watched them leave, and then they were out of sight, she turned to the remaining flock of Swinubs. "Alright, you guys. If you really want to be a trainer's Pokemon I'll have to catch the rest of you in pokeballs too, before I can trade you on to others. I doubt we'll meet anymore trainers like that at the moment." She explained matter-of-fact. The Swinubs looked at each other and Bubina and nodded in the end, and Dorthea set to letting them into a Pokeball one by one. When she was done, she felt the cold and shivering weather again for real, and she shot her Swinub a jaloux look. It must be nice to have such a thick fur. "Time to get back, Bubina. I'm not standing a minute more in this sleet."