Martin stomped his feet free of snow before entering the lobby with hunched shoulders. He had just about had it today, and though he hated losing his temper to something as trivial as a Pokemon, that Snover was really getting to him. He thought he had a handle on how to deal with almost every kind of Pokemon, not by type, but personality. From the stubborn and rebellious to the shy or naive, he knew just how to find their weak spot to make them obey, but the Snover had proved harder than that. It wasn't scared the same way Tom was. The Espurr would do anything to keep on Martin's good side, but the Snover didn't even seem to grasp that if it just did as he wanted of it, all would be well. It wasn't disobedient like Oddend either, not on purpose anyway. It just seemed like it reacted on random stuff, and usual not to Martin's wishes. Martin rubbed a hand through his hair in thoughts. He was at a loss. Grumbling to himself at the situation he went to his room to change.
He had tried to give the Snover time to cool down and get used to the idea of Martin as a trainer. He had given it plenty of opportunities to get to know some of his other grass types one on one without human interference. He had tested it's behaviour in different environments, both alone and together with others, but they had almost all of them ended in a furious blizzard and freezing soaked clothes. The only good thing Martin had gotten out of his experiments were an egg, and Martin was starting to think he would have an easier time with the Snover's offspring, than dealing with the poor excuse of a mother. At least a sapling could be shaped to his needs, whereas the older tree was already too stiff and rigid to bend for new changes. Before realising it consciously, Martin was nodding to himself as he pulled a dry shirt over his head. He had given up on bending the Snover to his will. Martin halted his movements as the decision registered fully. Was it a defeat, when he had an egg from the beast? No, he decided. He was just starting over from scratch, but where had the idea of selling the original Snover come from?
Martin returned to the lobby of the Pokemon Center, now dry and warm again, and settled down for a cup of cocoa. While he stretched warmth into his fingers, his eyes wandered the room and the walls before settling on a note on the bulletin board. Suddenly, his mind zoomed in on the written words. "Rare Pokemon wanted" and something about buying. Martin drained the last of his cup and got up to get a closer look. He only really paid attention to the board if he was after something specific, but his eyes must have read that note a hundred times under his stay, and now he scrutinised it and several others like it for information. Trainers of all ages and economies looked to be looking for just the right Pokemon to own, and Martin smiled delighted for the first time today. He could work with this. It took a few days, but finally Martin tracked down an offer for the Snover he could be satisfied with. It wasn't everyone who were willing to buy a 'maybe' trained Pokemon, especially when he couldn't promise it professionally, but at least he knew from experience that the thing could handle herself just fine in battle. Martin had opted to dress for a dreary winter weather, donning his gardener outfit, and going on his way. The arrangement had been set up to happen just north of Cherrygrove. It wasn't the first time he travelled a way for a trade, and he was getting pretty familiar with the routes. "Let's just hope the woman doesn't ask too many questions." he mumbled to himself as he entered the path south from Violet.
Lei knew that it had been a difficult task she had accepted from the professor, but that was of course why he needed someone like her, and not just a bunch of random kids. She had spent a lot of time researching where others had found the pokemon and which were known to live where, to her annoyance there were several which were practically unavailable in this region, and some so rare her chances of finding them on her own would be almost impossible. Then it was good you had a bit of pocket money and could try get them through other means. She knew that those pokemon probably wouldn't be the best, but she also just needed them for the pokedex. What she was most worried about was to buy a pokemon that the seller hadn't acquired legally, it could give her an explanation problem later on and she didn't like that.
Lei's search for pokemon through the online channels had brought some earnings but not as much as she liked, she didn't shy away from more oldish way and she put notes in pokemon centers and pokemarts and hoped for the best. It didn't give many offers either, most of them were for people who wanted her to contact them if she managed to get her hands on a rare pokemon, mostly with a ridiculous offer for an egg from said pokemon. The others were people offering to "acquire" the sought after pokemon but with a "no question" asked policy which Lei turned down, finding it too shady and risky.
Lei was pleased when she was contacted with a reasonable offer to buy a rare snover, and that the agreed meeting point wasn't somewhere raising red flags, like way out in no-where. She set out with high hopes, of course she wouldn't accept the trade unless the pokemon was well and usable, and while she didn't have any pokemon out with her, she had brought some of them with her just in case. She doubted the seller was going to try mug her, especially for such little amount as they had talked about, but there could be crazy wild pokemon that needed to be handled. Lei didn't like the idea some trainers had when they brought a pokemon along to see if it would click with the potential new "playmate". She could understand it if the pokemon was a pet, and needed someone else to entertain it all day, but if it was a pokemon meant to battling, there was things far more important than that.
When she spotted a man that fitted the description she had been given, she went to him without any hesitations. "Mr. Jackson?" She inquired and would wait until she got a confirmation. If not she would apologize and move on and continue to look for the right man. When she would find him she would offer a handshake and present herself. "I'm here for the Snover, can I get to see it?" She would ask politely and wait until it was called out.
Martin arrived just on time for the meeting, having timed his walk so he wouldn't arrive too late or too soon. He didn't feel like standing around too long. Luckily, it seemed his costumer shared the sentiment, as he had just arrived, when a woman greeted him with a question to his neutral alias. "Miss Keoloha, I pressume. You can call me Martin. Nice to meet you." He bowed his head slightly while shaking her hand, and got a quick estimate of her wealth just by the look of her clothes. He wouldn't have to worry that his asking price was too steep for her. More likely the 5000 was a drop in the ocean.
She didn't beat around the bush either, going straight to business. Martin smiled pleasantly, having already decided that the charming way was the right one in any legal business. "Of course. She's a bit timid, but I have tried to warn her beforehand." He got out the right Pokeball, and winked playfully, pretending to be a bit taken by the costumer. He had learned early on in the big city, that beautiful, confident women liked to think they had men in the palm of their hands, just because they were beautiful. It had certainly never hurt to play the part, when he was looking for pockets to pick, and though that wasn't his objective here, the situation was close enough that he almost automatically fell into the habit.
He opened Shiver's ball, hoping for the best. He had warned the Snover as said, but he still found her too unpredictable to not worry about it slightly. There was nothing physically wrong with the snowbeast tree. Martin took good care that his Pokemon were in perfect physical condition, otherwise they couldn't do their work. "Her first trainer mentioned she got easily shy around too many, so I tried to get her accustomed to one at a time, but she really hasn't fit in at my work force." Martin felt that was the most neutral way of putting it, while still giving miss Keoloha information she might need. If he volunteered information, maybe she wouldn't pick too much for details. He stepped back a bit, and let the woman familiarise herself with the Snover, watching closely for any signs of the deal closing or falling to the ground.
Lei found Martin pleasant and charming, it was good with some trustworthy men in his world. She didn't care for what he called her so she decided to get this over with as quick as possible and didn't bother spending time on more pleasantries. She nodded to his explanation and looked dryly at him when he tried to charm her, and then ignored the attempt. She had been too long in the service industry with guests at the hotel trying to get discounts or favors by flirting with her. Lei did not notice any hints that Martin perhaps was tempted to check out her pockets, and turned her attention to the snover as she appeared.
The tree pokemon shied away and glanced around nervously but otherwise stayed calm when she appeared, and she didn't look happy when Lei bend down to get a closer look. "She looks fine, so how has the timidness affected your work, since you are not going to keep her?" Lei asked and thought she probably could work with the pokemon and then frowned when she realized that Martin had revealed he had bought the snover at some point too. She waited until he had answered her first question before continuing.
"So what does she say to battling? What are her experiences? That is my need for her you see, so be honest with me please," Lei asked and watched Martin closely to see if he would begin to praise the pokemon and try to make her sound as good as possible, then she would be suspicious. She of course had plenty of pokemon that had no experience in battling what so ever, so it wouldn't be such a big problem, but if you had a seller who tried to uptell their product, then they usually tried to hide something.
"Another thing, you said that she had another trainer before you, do you know why they sold her?" Lei would then ask, it could suggest there was some kind of hidden problem and she wanted to be prepared or know if it was a thing to stay away from. A used pokemon were usually not a problem, but if they continued to get traded off they could be damaged and be unusable.
Martin quickly determined that the miss was a cold lady, though it didn't bother him much. It was just an observation on the side, and an information he could use to correct his behaviour accordingly, though if he turned off the charm too quickly it would raise suspicion, so he pretended he hadn't noticed her indifference completely. The important stuff was what she wanted to know, and Martin calculated how best to formulate his trouble without it sounding off. "Well, I get around a lot, and I'm working with many different Pokemon and people. Her timidness and nerves has made her an unpredictable factor, and I can't very well have her freeze over young plants I'm supposed to keep alive." He smiled like it was a bit of a joke, maybe even a bit shameful. He continued in the humorous tone to her other question, as it seemed fitting. "Oh, 'fight' seems to be her instinctive response, when she's overwhelmed. She certainly knows how to knock my other grass types around, when she wants to keep them at bay, and she does the same to the wild life on route 32. I do think her first trainer had her help out against Falkner too, so she isn't a complete stranger to battling. Most of those are of course Pokemon her ice attacks are effective against, but as I haven't been able to use her on a regular basis, that's all I know." He made sure to turn his voice serious underway in the explanation, so the customer would know that he was being honest and respected her questions. The follow up threw him for a bit of a loop though, and he frowned in thought. "I'm not sure, actually. The girl seemed almost sad to let her go, and Shiver looked rather calm in her presence. It might just have been, that she didn't have the resources to keep her." Martin ended up, deciding that was as good as any other speculation. He studied miss Keoloha's facial expressions as he talked, still looking for the moment she would sway one way or the other.
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Lei nodded to Martin's explanation, it sounded reasonable. She guessed he was a gartner or something similar, that would both explain why he had wanted the pokemon in the first place, few looked as much as a tree as a snover, and why he couldn't keep her. Snow killed new sprouts, Lei knew that much and if he was trying to make a pretty garden for someone, they would be angry if they found it covered in snow instead. She kept her neutral thoughtful expression as he continued to explain about what he knew about her battle skills, it sounded promising although she had no plans on using the snover against the flying type expert, that would be too easy. Lei moved her eyes from Shiver to Martin when he had told what he knew about the former trainer, she looked for signs of him hiding something but didn't found any.
Lei walked around the snover, who turned her head to keep a nervous eye on the human. Lei stopped in front of her and then looked at Martin with a pleased smile. "I'll take the chance and take her, she looks healthy enough and if she has just a tiny bit of battling experience or will, I can use her," Lei said confidently. "The only pretty flowers I'll be meeting are those of pokemon, and those I'd probably want to get iced over anyway," Lei joked with a wink. Now she had taken a decision she could relax and loosen up a bit. Her expression turned somber. "I don't want to pay more than 7100 for her though, as I haven't gotten any proofs of her battle experience," she told him, she expected him to jump to the deal immediately as it was a lot of money for the poorer trainers, and she didn't think that Martin looked like he had tons of money. To her it was a lesser sum, and she thought that the snover could be worth much more than that, especially if she was willing to fight.
If Martin accepted she would find a wad of money and exchange them for Shiver's pokeball. Had the pokemon not be recalled she would do so and thank Martin for the good trade. "I hope you find some good use for the money," Lei said politely and thought if he was clever he'd buy some better clothes or a better pokemon, "don't hesitate to contact me, if you have another trade like this one in the future."
Martin kept silent as miss Keoloha did her walk. The woman did well to hide what she was thinking, and Martin took care to look nonchalant about the whole thing. It wasn't the end of the world, if she refused the offer after all, though he would probably have to look far for another as wealthy as this one. At her pleased smile Martin knew the deal was in house, but he didn't show anything, before she announced what she intended to pay for the Snover, and then it was a thoughtful frown, as if he was thinking about it seriously. He didn't like to come off as too eager; or poor for that matter. It certainly was more than he had expected from her, and would hit a dry spot, but she didn't need to know that.
In the end he nodded in acceptance and offered a crooked smile. "At least that will cover my expenses for her and the trouble she has caused. I thank you." He called the Snover back and offered her the Pokeball with a galant bow, taking care not to act surprised when she had the money ready at hand. He couldn't remember the last time he had seen that much in one go. Certainly, it hadn't happened since he arrived in Johto. "I'll be sure to keep you in mind, if I ever come across anything again." And that was the truth. You just didn't forget a good payout like that. The only thing left was saying goodbye and parting ways.