Ffion Murrow Nov 26, 2019 2:29:33 GMT
Post by Ffion Murrow on Nov 26, 2019 2:29:33 GMT
March 03, 2006
Laverre City, Kalos
Tell us a little about yourself. How would you describe yourself?
Ffion stares silently at the interviewer before her with a stunned expression like a deerling fixated on a blinding beam of light. It isn't until her father standing behind her chair rests one of his hands on her shoulder and speaks to her softly in reassurance that she's broken free from her trance. She drops her gaze down to her lap and twists her fingers while they patiently wait for her to put together her thoughts. When she speaks it's in a soft mumbled tone, "If...If I had to tell someone something about me, it'd be that I strive to be a kind person and I think that I'm a good listener. I like to listen to everything around me like pidoves cooing while they hop through the streets looking for crumbs of food or chimes or even wind rustling leaves. I like to listen to other people too and hear more about them. What they hope for and dream for, and what makes them happy and excited whenever they bring it up. I try to remember things that other people might forget like their favorite color or their favorite food."
"A lot of times I don't really know what to say...o-or my words get my tongue all tied up and it's a knot that I can't get out of. So, I-I hope that maybe someday if I meet enough people that maybe talking to them will be less...scary." Ffion's frail fingers tense up but she presses on trying to look up to muster up a smile for the person occasionally taking notes on her responses, "I know that I can do it. I...I used to be afraid of Pokemon when I was really, really young but papa helped me learn after a long time that they...they really aren't scary. Each one's different and it can make them act different too. Some of them are just confused, or just as frightened as me, and that's what can make them feel like they have to be scary to be safe...you can learn how to...figure out what they like and what boundaries should not be pushed. I hope that...w-with enough practice, I can do that for people t-too..."
Why are you interested in the class you've chosen?
"Mama used to work as a medicine woman that grew and traded her herbs to help people and their Pokemon when they were ill before she passed. Papa tells me stories about her all the time about how many people's lives she touched with her dedication to her work. Some people would come over and visit him to pay their respects even after she was gone. Even when I was younger, I knew that it took a special kind of person to put themselves out there and learn how to better help Pokemon and people alike. I always wanted to be more like her, and I feel happier when I'm helping others. Pokemon do so much for us every day that they do not deserve to live in pain, whether it's on the outside or on the inside, and I feel that the same is true for their trainers."
"The way that sometimes you just smile without realizing it after someone's kind gesture and the way it helps to remind you that the storms in your life won't last forever is an indescribable feeling that I want others to have the chance to experience. It feels like the world has changed without her here sometimes, but I want to learn more about how far we've come in the world of medicine and treatment. I want to be there for the new discoveries we make ahead too. I know that if she were still here that she would be just as proud of me as Papa says he is every day knowing that I'm trying to chase after something that makes me happier. I don't know a lot right now, and I know there's still a long way to go, but I promise that I will never stop trying to hold onto my dream and make it my reality."
Why are you interested in training in Arciel? Why not another region?
"It was my papa's idea, sorta. We used to live in Laverre City where he divided his time between mending people's clothes and participating in a Pokemon fan club chapter they had in Kalos. They were talking about expanding one day with one of their members and Arciel came up. He asked me if I would like to try to move. I...didn't have many friends at home. Just a handful that I knew, and that was all I was really comfortable with for a while. When he told me about how people from all over the different regions came here, I thought a lot about it. I wouldn't be able to hide in a sheltered bubble just because I got along with my neighbors well-enough that I didn't need to know anywhere else."
"Besides, it was...getting about time that I needed to consider finding a partner. And...branching out on my own to have adventures like the kinds the trainers told stories about and they showed on TV. So, I told him that I would be happy with it and he talked with the club who decided that he would be a great representative to send to the region. After I left and we arrived in Arciel, papa managed to surprise my with a Pokemon of my very own...sorta. We still have to visit Professor Holly. And, from what I hear they're still in an egg, but whoever is inside, I know that I'll love them and show them what a great partner I can be whenever they hatch. I just have to be patient until then..."
What do you consider your best attributes? They can be physical, mental, social, or anything else.
"That's a really tough question. I guess...I already told you I think that I'm a pretty good listener. Something that sort of goes along with that would be my patience. My teachers would always say th-that I'm pretty well self-motivated too, since I liked to take on a lot of my projects on my own or in smaller groups. I tend to have a good habit of throwing myself into my studies and picking up my lessons quickly, and I try to add a creative touch to everything I do when I can. The creativity um...really helps me out when the solution to something might not be clear and I need to come at a problem from a different angle. I love to read and write, and I-I like to paint pictures or sing in my spare time too."
"I would say another of my best traits if...I-I had to describe them, would be an open-mindedness. Now, I don't judge Pokemon by their type or how they look. Even some of the crawlier bug Pokemon don't really make me whimper and hide like they used to. I try to pass that on to people, so my friends used to come to me when they needed to talk about their problems and they were worried about who they should tell. Umm...oh! Papa likes to say that I'm on my way to being a decent cook too...since it was always just me and him at the house, I got to help with making supper all the time, and I'm getting p-pretty okay at it."
What do you consider your worst attributes? Be honest, now!
"My...my worst ones?" Ffion stiffens up in her seat but breathes in a deep breath to make sure she hasn't lost up the courage she's managed to hold while the interviewer speaks with her. She still doesn't seem to hesitate for nearly as long as it took her to find a handful of things that she liked about herself. "I wish that it was...easier for me to talk to people. Everyone's all the time telling me that I should speak up, and sometimes they forget I'm even in a room because I just drift into one of those spells where I just want to hear what everyone else has to say and fade in the background. I wish I was less nervous about a lot of things in my life...I-I feel like that I've already missed out on a lot because there was such a long time where I just didn't take that many chances in what I did. I would play things safe and it would bar me from having new experiences."
"I'm a real well...scaredy cat truth be told and I can have a hard time being brave like the nurses and officers that work in the League to keep us safe.." Ffion has to pause to think about what else she might be willing to open up about in the interview. "Another of my worst traits is I-I know that I can be a little too naive...when Papa and I once took a trip to one of the bigger cities I accidentally lost all the coins we had to play with because someone told me a story about how they needed it to win enough to get medicine for their sick Poochyena. It can be really...easy to pull on my heart-strings...and it can be very easy for me to get sad and discouraged when these types of things happen. It sorta reminds me about how people would ask my papa why I didn't take compliments very well, and he would have to tell them that I was always just a little too hard on myself and always tried to go a little above my own expectations in a cycle that never really had a happy ending."
What was your childhood like? How was school?
"My childhood was mostly great. It wasn't like I was bullied a lot for being the smart and quiet kid. I would get along with the other kids and they usually didn't mind that sometimes I wanted to skip on playing to catch up with one of my books. I helped them with their schoolwork whenever they asked and we had some really fun times together. It was pretty easy for me to keep my grades up in the meantime and my teachers rarely had complaints when I stayed after to help with things like the after school activities or cleaning up the classroom after big projects. The only thing that I sometimes...wish didn't happen was the accident...I was about seven then and papa and I were out exploring Victory Road where he was trying to gather some extra silk from abandoned nests that Ariados and Spinarak would make together. He could weave it and use it in his shop, and his Probopass was able to keep him safe if anything tried to attack him."
"I wandered a little too far away from where he told me to stay and some Noibat came down and started making these high pitch sounds that really hurt my ears. One of them chased me in between these rocks and I remember crying and calling out for my papa. I was scared that he couldn't hear me at first, and I was so afraid that it felt like I was hiding there forever. But papa came and shoo'd them off, and tried to comfort me and apologize when it was safe for me to come out from hiding. Ever since that, I was always...terrified of meeting strange Pokemon and would start to cry whenever we would get anywhere close to where wild Pokemon could be. Papa helped me though, and I can say that I've come a long way from where I used to be."
How is your relationship with your family?
"There are few things that I love more than my family. I was too small to really remember much about my mama, but papa said that we used to be inseparable. She would take me out into the town every day when she went out shopping and everyone around the town would talk about how adorable of a baby I was. We would collect flowers together and press them in this book that I still keep with me when I travel. I...I don't know what I would do if I ever lost it. It has all the pretty flowers and helps me feel like if I try hard enough I might be able to hold onto her memory. Papa has always been there for me though. He can be a little stern about some things, but he helps me learn and has helped make sure that I grow up to be a person that can take care of myself."
"There's my gram and grandpa too that live in Vaniville Town that we would sometimes take trips to visit! My gram gram would make these plushies that I would fill my room with, and grandpa always had stories about how he used to help in the research lab that wasn't too far from town. He met a lot of unique Pokemon in his time, and once he starts laughing, it's really hard not to laugh along with him. There were others aunts and uncles, maybe even some cousins. But, they were usually either really older than me or younger so I didn't really get to know them as well as I could have. There might have been one that was my age, and I would usually spend a lot of time with them if we had to go to something like a family reunion."
What do you like to do for fun?
"I love to read these fantasy stories that paint different worlds that I can immerse myself in. Sometimes it's nice to imagine all the strange landscapes I could be traveling and the creatures I could be meeting along the way. Plus...it's a chance to really feel like you're in control like you might just be important enough to be the protagonist that everyone wonders how they'll succeed or fail next. Okay...maybe people wondering about when I'd fail wouldn't be so great, but those parts of the stories are just the kinds of thing that help the characters grow from where they first began in their journey. Sometimes I try to write my own stories too, but I don't get very far in them. It's really hard to find the balance that others spent years learning. I'll get there, though."
"In the meantime, I've been learning to get better at my sketching and painting so that I can put things on paper as vividly as I can remember them. I'm trying to learn to play the violin and improve in song when I can, since I've heard that a lot of Pokemon can be soothed with the sounds of music and it can go a long way to helping them heal both physically and mentally in trying times. It sounds like a lot, I know, but one of the things that I really love doing is trying out new hobbies and seeing what will stick. Papa says he's always admired how I can dive into a craft, even if I lacked experience and won't be good at it right away. I hope someday one of the things that I like doing will be taking care of other people and their Pokemon, and being there for whatever Pokemon I meat along my own path."
What are your feelings on romance?
Ffion blushes a bright shade of pink and she returns to wringing her fingers again while trying to avoid whatever look her father might have at the question. Thankfully, he seems understanding and only lets out a softly fond chuckle at Ffion's bashfulness. Eventually she does tell the interviewer, "I don't really know what to think yet honestly. There may have been one or two boys that I've liked...but I've also felt really close to some of my other friends and sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the bonds we share there in friendship and what might be the start of a crush? I guess that I don't really think of it the subject in the same way as some of the other girls I knew did. It isn't really a priority for me to wonder if someone my age thinks I'm cute or not or if they'll like me that way."
"I don't imagine often what it'll be like in the future, because I'm afraid that if I build my expectations that I'll feel like I have to stick to them?" Ffion awkwardly tries to explain, struggling to put the complex emotions into words that make sense without boring the interviewer or embarrassing herself with unnecessary details. "Like, I would have this image of who I'd want to get to know and it might make me miss someone that I could have been very happy with. I do know that I'm not really ready to try a relationship right now, but besides, the most important step to these things are getting to know yourself first. I plan to spend a lot of time getting to know myself and trying to be happier with who I am as a person. If I make friends doing that, that's fine. If I start to...feel things that I don't understand, then that's fine too. I guess I just think it's better to wait and see."
What are your goals for the future? Short-term and long-term.
"One of my short-term goals is to help my egg hatch with a lot of love and attention when I receive it. Then, maybe after I work with them...we can try to take the first step of our journey. I want to travel through at least one route all by myself and maybe make a trip out to see the Glowworm Caverns. The name sounds so curious like it could be beautiful, and I can only imagine the kind of pictures I might be able to sketch whenever I get there. I guess a lot of my short term goals could be simply summed up with traveling and seeing as much of the region that I can while I'm here; both the tourist and the local sides of it."
"My long term goal is a little harder to say. I know that it could take years to achieve and I'm fine with that but the thought can still be intimidating if I stay and linger on it for too long. I want to get into medicine and either help out in a Pokemon Center somewhere, or maybe even start up a smaller inn in the middle of a route somewhere. That way if someone has been traveling for a long time and their Pokemon are tired or hurt they have a safe refuge where they could sit down and recover. I could even take in other nurses who might want somewhere quiet and out of the way to work."
If you could be a Pokemon, what species or typing would you choose and why?
"If...I could be any sort of Pokemon that I wanted? Huh, I'm not sure. I guess I would feel really torn between two types really. It would be between either the Ice type or Ghost type. The ice type is because I've always loved the cold and when the snow fell, and if I was an ice type I could pretty much try to make it snow whenever I wanted. Plus, I've always found ice types to have this certain beauty in them. Whenever someone would bring them in on a contest they would be able to pull off these spectacular displays that felt so enchanting with the way the ice tended to sparkle in the light with this other-worldly feel to it. Seeing those moments will always be some of the most magical that I remember. I would be a ghost type simply because...I've usually found most of them cute and their stories usually always have this sad tone to them."
"A lot of people are afraid of them and build up these stories that scare children, but I feel like they deserve more attention than they get. They carry this pain with them, and if I was a ghost type, then maybe I could understand that pain and be able to help them deal with the burden of it easier. At least, they wouldn't have to feel like they were unwanted and alone either way. If I had to pick which Ice type I would be, it would probably be Snorunt. If I had to pick which Ghost type I would be, then it would be Litwick. I've always heard that Snorunt carry this happy energy and that having one around would bring good luck to a house, and I've heard stories that Litwick would help lost souls by leading the way to helping them find peace. Both these things sound like traits that I would like to embody in myself, though maybe in differing ways as a person."
What do Pokemon mean to you?
"I think that like a lot of people, I...I can't really imagine a world where we didn't have Pokemon with us. They help us with transportation, with our research and technology, our work, and even our entertainment. Speaking as someone who used to be afraid of them, I can confidently say that you cannot go anywhere without finding a Pokemon of some sort nearby. Now, this isn't to say that I think that they should be our animals of burden meant to be worked to the bone. It feels like our bond with them as human and Pokemon go much deeper than that. They have emotions and can find common ground with us and it does both of us good to find comfort in our company together. We make wonderful memories that get passed down from generation to generation and we're always working to make sure that we understand Pokemon and people better."
"Whether that goes to discovering what it was like for our historical ancestors so that we may learn about them, or how to make things easier and sustainable for the both of us. They are our friends that would do anything for us and we would do anything for them. They help us to grow in so many ways, it pains me to know that there are some people out there who would not see them as anything more than mindless battling machines who's sole purpose is to get them farther in the competition life. Even more so, there are people out there that would hurt them or try to steal them from trainers that they have this meaningful connection with. We still have a lot that we can learn from, but as for me, I hope to always keep them in my life in some way and to never blindly fear them again."
Anything else you'd like to tell us about before you go?
"Umm, not that I can think of off the top of my head no. I-I just want to thank you for taking the time to see me today for this interview and for letting my father be here for me for emotional support. It's really helped me to feel more comfortable and open up. If I can earn my license, then I would be sure to treasure it. This...this feels like the first big step to the rest of life. Once I have it, then who knows where I'll be off to? What memories I'll make and how many people I meet. I-It's a little overwhelming but in the best way that leaves me giddy with Butterfree wings tickling my stomach."
4'08" / 147cm
Slim and frail
The most easily noticed thing about Ffion would be her small stature. Even though she's young for a teenager, she still stands a few inches shorter than what others her age would. She is slim with a pale glow about her complexion that gives the impression that she is either sickly or has been struggling with it for some time in her life. Besides that there aren't really any obvious scars or birth-marks on her skin, though if one looks very closely they might notice some minute pinpricks on the back of her hands and the crooks of her elbows. Her hair falls in loosely flowing waves and she tends to keep it wrapped high to one side in a cute style. This is tied off with floral hair clips that are usually either shades of pink or pale lavender, or lace and silk head-wraps that she ties around her head in a fashionable bonnet-style. She has youthful features that often make people guess that she's years younger than her true age.
This is accentuated by her large eyes that sparkle with rich purple tones that vary in shades like you would see while someone was carving a gemstone from the rough to prepare it for an elegant ring. Her favorite dress is a ruffled one of pale powder blue that exposes her shoulders with fanciful puffy sleeves and delicate ribbons tied off in bows down the crossed lacing that goes down the bodice. It cinches in around her waist before flaring out in a bell-style that cuts off around her mid-calf and exposes the hefty brown work boots that she where on her feet. They are careful sculpted to be able to endure long treks safely and closer inspection would reveal the tops of some blue and pink Happiny socks that she wears with them to keep blisters from forming.
If she is not in this outfit, then she tends to wear similar dress styles or cute blouses and t-shirts paired with skirts that follow a similar muted pastel pallet that she enjoys.
Her aura is soft but glistens with pinpricks of color that briefly flare up and grow brighter than the rest before they dim once more depending on her mood. It's almost similar to a tiny boat sailing in a fog with its light almost cutting through the mist before its focus drifts elsewhere again and the eerie shadows reclaim their roots. The predominant color of her aura seems to be silver dappled with gray while the colors that flare up appear to be varying shades of blue and purple intermingling in a entangled dance like a creeping galaxy stretched above in the heavens of a starry night sky.
Skills, Abilities, & Notoriety
0 - Neutral
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