Set in the original region of Arciel, Legends Rising is a route-inspired, but not strictly route-based, Pokemon roleplay. Pick a faction, pick a class, and strike out into the wild to take on the League, master Contest coordination, research the mysteries of Pokemon and Arciel, and much, much more. Will you be a classic trainer? A criminal? A farmer? Choose your destiny on Legends Rising.
Post by Fayne Abernathy on Mar 29, 2020 17:19:50 GMT
Fayne sat, unmoving in front of her computer as she looked over the advertisement for the fifteenth time. There was no harm in being diligent. She had included a short description of herself, the address of the townhouse she was renting out to a roommate, and of course, the price of rent. "Free-roam Pokémon allowed on property," she typed after a moment's hesitation. She knew some places could be finicky about that kind of thing, wanting Pokemon to stay inside their balls to avoid unnecessary shedding, dirt, and damage. But not here. The landlords either didn't care or liked Pokemon enough to allow them to wander about, so Fayne made sure to mention it. Her deep pink eyes jumped back to the top of the ad, lingering a moment on the bold "Roommate Wanted" lettering before scanning the rest of the page once more.
Before hitting submit, the novice researcher stood up from behind the desk and walked straight to the kitchen, a rather tiny nook just off the living room that had all the essential cooking utensils: a fridge, stove, oven, and pantry. The counter space was sorely lacking, however. The narrow toaster her parents had bought for her just before the move took up about half the available room. "I'm going cross-eyed staring at that screen," Fayne muttered to herself as she knelt beside an unopened moving box and cut the tape off with a knife from one of the nearby drawers. Without another word, she pulled a small moka pot from inside its cardboard prison and placed it on the stove before flicking on the heat.
After preparing a cup of coffee and unpacking the rest of the box in the kitchen -- mostly as an excuse to procrastinate -- Fayne finally got up enough motivation to return to the computer and finish what she'd started. With a piping hot mug in one hand, Fayne used her free hand to scroll back through the advertisement, glancing over it one final time before hitting submit. The page reloaded with a confirmation notice, letting her know that her ad was now officially out in the world. She just hoped that any potential roommates were normal, regular, not-crazy-in-any-way people. Only time would tell, though.
TAG ▸Sonia Antoni NOTES ▸ Thanks for agreeing to be Fayne's roommate!
MADE BY VEL OF GS, WW + ADOX 2.0
"Hey mom, I wrote you some soft songs. And tell dad I'm just fine. We had to choose, we made our moves, and now we gotta go." - ♪
Working and training part time at the Pokemon Center and living alone provided most of what Sonia was looking for in a more independent lifestyle. But it lacked one thing, the actual independence in the money sense. The online medical courses she took were still paid by her father, and so was the modest apartment her father had set her up with as she still wasn't earning enough to live by herself. At least, not for this current apartment. And that was Sonia desired, to be independent from her parents. She didn't really mind her dad paying for the online courses as it was money he had saved up to do them himself. But the rent money was something she really wished she could do herself.
But with her current state, that meant a roommate. And while she technically had a spare room that she could offer she was having a hard time finding anyone willing too. That left her other option to offer herself up as someone's roommate instead and to move to them. And while that didn't seem hard, there was so many ads for so many different people.
So the blonde was frowning at her laptop screen, having lost count of just how many browser tabs were open with the various advertisements that were within her price range. Even then, there was so many picky people! The blonde gave a little whine as she refreshed the pages and her email. Taken, taken, this one didn't allow Pokemon which wasn't totally a deal breaker, but Sonia would much rather have a chance to at least let her Pokemon outside occasionally at home. It wasn't fair to keep them shut in their pokeballs the whole time. So going through the list of tabs she found that a lot of them didn't allow Pokemon inside which was very disappointing.
Arms crossed over her desk, chin coming to rest on her arms as she pouted. Gaze downcast she still stared at the screen as if something would just magically change and she'd find just the kind of place she was looking for. Her powers pushed down on the mouse button to refresh the main page of the site she was looking at. A majority of the ads were from a few days prior, but now there was a new one posted minutes ago. Sonia perked up and pulled up the new one.
It was in her price range. The person seemed nice enough, there was potential at least for them to get along. The place seemed nice too. And Pokemon were allowed on the property?! Her eyes began to sparkle. Sitting up properly and hurriedly began to type out an email. She didn't want someone else to get this place!
"Hello, I'm Sonia Antoni and I just saw your ad for a roommate? I'm hoping it's still available but I'd be interested if it is. I'm currently a nursing student, taking online courses while also training at the Birch City Pokemon Center where I also work part time. Otherwise I'm just a new trainer. The only real complication is that I'm still new to Arciel, though I do currently have enough money for up to two months of rent. Most of my Pokemon are sadly on the larger size (My Galarian Ponyta and Vaporeon as examples) but I'll make sure that they stay outside or are very careful if they do come inside. As for me, I am mute, though I don't expect you to learn sign language for my sake as I do carry around a white board around at all times. And I have my cell phone as well so communication shouldn't be a problem. Otherwise I would describe myself as quiet (obviously), friendly, and reliable, I'm a pretty decent cook and am happy to cook regularly for all of us. Otherwise I'm interested in reading, doing yoga and traveling though I'd tell you if I'm away for extended periods of time.
I look forward to talking to you more! - Sonia"
She then hit enter and hoped for the best, though she was worried she may have gone overboard.
Notes And thank you for the chance to do this with Sonia :)
Post by Fayne Abernathy on Apr 6, 2020 18:04:00 GMT
Fayne didn't know what she had expected, but two separate responses in the first ten minutes was not it. The first was from someone who simply said they were interested. No name, contact information, or details were provided. Fayne hit the "reply" button, but a message popped up, informing her that a communication error had occurred. Not sure what that meant or what had caused it, she refreshed the page and tried once again to reply, but the same error message appeared. She did some superficial research and came to the conclusion that the problem was on the sender's end, either because they had deleted their email account or tried deleting their message after sending it, two options which didn't seem all too likely to Fayne, but she didn't know much about these things to argue.
She gave up trying to reach out to that sender and opened up the second message. This one was much longer than the first one and offered up some very valuable information. The sender's name was Sonia Antoni, she was a nursing student who was training at the Birch City Pokemon Center, she was a part-time worker, she was a new trainer and a new Arciel resident, she had a Galarian Ponyta and a Vaporeon, and she was mute. Fayne cocked an eyebrow at this little fact. Mute didn't necessarily mean deaf. Though this had little to no bearing on whether Fayne accepted Sonia's request to become her roommate, it would be nice to know regardless. The novice researcher hit reply -- luckily with no error message this time -- and began typing up her response. "Hello, Sonia. I'm Fayne Abernathy." She stopped a moment before deleting her name. Sonia would already know that from the ad she had submitted online. She started over. "Hello, Sonia. Yes, the room is still available! It seems like both of us are new to Arciel. I just arrived a couple days ago and haven't even been to the lab to pick up my starter yet. Your Pokemon shouldn't be an issue. The landlord allows free-roaming Pokemon and I plan on letting my Pokemon out of their balls in the house too. Your Pokemon are friendly, right? If not, I'd ask that you keep them in their balls or behind a baby-gate. I don't wanna be afraid to even leave my room, lol."
Fayne made a face at the computer, uncertain of if what she was writing would read the way she wanted. After glancing over it to make sure everything was okay, she leaned forward and continued to type. "Your muteness shouldn't be a problem either." Without a moment's hesitation, she opened a new tab and checked to make sure "muteness" was a real word. It was, so she kept it in her email. "I'm just wondering if you're deaf too..? That's probably a silly question, but I figured that's something I should know before we meet up." That sounded a little blunt, didn't it? She thought of how else to word it, but couldn't think of anything. She wasn't much of a writer, but that was fine. At least she got her point across.
Finally, Fayne tackled the last bit of Sonia's message regarding her hobbies and traveling. "Regardless, I'm glad one of us will be able to cook. I've been living off coffee and bagels," she typed out, chuckling quietly to herself as she did. For a brief moment, she considered deleting what she'd just written, but she ultimately decided to keep it in. After all, it would help give Sonia a better idea of who she was. She kept writing. "I like reading too. I love listening to podcasts and reading murder mysteries." She paused again, reconsidering what she'd written before deleting it and trying again. "I like reading too, but my bookshelf is pretty empty right now." It was a boring revision, but it left room for the two ladies to get to know each other better if they did end up becoming roommates.
"And no worries about traveling. I'll be out traveling too, but as long as we make sure to stay up-to-date on rent and keep each other informed on when we plan on being gone, I don't think it should be that big of an deal. Communication is key, after all. I look forward to hearing from you." Fayne smiled as she added her signature to the end of the email and leaned back in her chair to give it a once-over. It looked good, but there was one last thing she wanted to say. "Do you have any questions for me?" With a determined nod, she hit send and eagerly awaited a reply.
Of course Sonia didn't expect a reply right away, so she continued going over the other options even if they were less desirable to her. Frowning she picked out the next best two, ones that if this fell through would also be bearable. Though she really hoped that this one worked out. So needing a break from her laptop screen she wandered off, starting the kettle for some tea and then grabbing a brush so she could brush out Valliant's mane.
It was a slow process due to the sheer volume of the Galarian Ponyta's mane, which as per usual made her lose track of time. The kettle had to be reheated, and then finally the mite girl had her tea. But a good half an hour or 45 minutes had already passed. Even then Sonia hadn't expected an email back already! She panicked a little, already opening the email and reading it as quickly as she could. Only once she was done did she breathe a sigh of relief and began more slowly typing up a reply as she calmed down.
There was another sigh of relief as she reread the email a little bit at a time. It was a huge relief that the room was still available. And indeed the Pokemon would be allowed out of their balls.
"Hello Fayne. That is such a relief! There are so many ads out there right now, but most of them don't allow Pokemon. And while and it is not a deal breaker, I would just feel more comfortable if I could allow them out at least occasionally! And yes, my Pokemonare nice, for the most part. My Ponyta is a little mischievous, but in a playful way. And my Vaporeon is like a big sister, but one who doesn't take any bullying sitting down. Either way, I'll keep her under control or in her ball until she warms up to you and your Pokemon."
Sonia took a moment to read it over, nodding and checking what else needed to be answered.
"No, I'm not deaf as well. Just mute, so communication isn't that limited. I'm also looking into a reliable text to speech app on my phone. Also happy to be of assistance! I usually make way too much. It'll be nice to not see food go to waste for a change. I have a few books, though I'm not sure if you'd be into any of them. Got several of my nursing textbooks, but I also have some more action, romance or supernaturalesque ones. Oh, and fantasy too! And I'll make sure to stay in touch with you, should I be the one to move in that is.
As for questions for you, right now not really other than I'd like to maybe meet up and see if our personalities work as well as the emails make it seem like. Maybe we could meet up at a restaurant for dinner so we can chat (or type in my case)?"
It was quickly read over for spelling errors and the like before Sonia was hitting send.
Post by Fayne Abernathy on Apr 10, 2020 18:58:45 GMT
It took some time for Sonia to reply, which made sense, but it was a longer wait than Fayne had expected. And so, to pass time, she replied to other interested parties by informing them she was "currently speaking with someone regarding the townhouse," but that she would let them know if things fell through on that front. She didn't want to come off as rude by outright ignoring their messages, but she didn't want to lead them on by making them think no one had staked their claim yet. After some time, Fayne refreshed her inbox and spotted a reply from Sonia. She opened it without hesitation, excited and a bit nervous to see what the woman had said. In the email, she explained that she was not deaf, only mute, and the young researcher nodded in understanding, even though there was no one around to see her.
Sonia had ended her message by suggesting the two meet up in person. It seemed like a reasonable request. Fayne had never done this whole roommate-ing thing before, so she had no idea if this was what was supposed to happen, but that didn't really to matter. Both ladies were in agreement that they should meet up before making things official. They were pleasant over email, but how they interacted in real life was most important. With a smile, Fayne got to work on her reply, "Sonia, I think that's a great idea. I heard Milly's Milk Bar is pretty good if you like burgers and shakes. I also heard there's a good Sinnoh-style restaurant a couple blocks over. On 3rd Street, I think? I'm not picky, though. How does 6 p.m. sound to you?" It was an unofficial response, but deciding on where to eat didn't feel like it required a well-formatted layout anyway. With that, Fayne hit send.
This time Sonia was much more punctual, sitting at her computer as she waited for a reply. She was unsettled though, teeth biting into her lip and worrying it. Would that delay in a response ruin her chances? Had she messed up that badly that Fayne wouldn't even dignify her with a response? Was the place now out of her grasp and in that time there had already been another interested party that worked better for her? Her thoughts kept spiralling in on themselves, looping and getting worse as time went on.
Until she was pulled from her thoughts by a familiar nicker, her head turning very quickly in Valiant's direction as the Ponyta butted his head against her. There was a distinct feeling of confidence from the empathetic Ponyta, purple irises shimmering with the intensity of his gaze and faith in her. How could she not smile into that and hug her arms around his neck and incredibly puffy mane?
A few minutes of comfort cuddles later and Sonia was going back to nervously eagerly refreshing her email and halfheartedly looking at the other listings. Then there was a refresh and a new email was sitting there. So quickly that she nearly threw her wireless mouse, Sonia was opening it and reading it quickly.
And Fayne was totally open to the idea! And the best part, she didn't seem mad about it in the slightest! Good thing Sonia lived alone, because otherwise there would be someone who could actually tattle on her for squealing with delight!
Her fingers were already flying over the keyboard and rapidly typing a response that came with many spelling errors that needed fixing before it was sent.
Fayne, I'm actually quite happy you agreed! Maybe even of the whole roommate situation doesn't work out we could still see about being friends? Though that is me getting ahead of myself a bit. 6pm sounds good, and I've actually been meaning to try Milly's. I've heard so many good things about it! If it's cool with you (which it sounds like it is) then I'll see you there! My treat of course!"
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The email was sent before Sonia dared to mention that she was so excited because she hadn't yet tried burgers, fries or even a milkshake quite yet! Or second guess herself for putting a picture of herself in the email so Fayne knew who to look for. And she still had time to kill, so she began browsing the app store on her phone to find a reliable text to speech app.
She left for the bar early, standing outside as she fiddled with her phone. The clear case dancing with glitter and butterfly cutouts that were suspended in liquid inside the case itself.
"Hellow, my name is Sonia." Sonia tried out the app, smiling with the recorded voice sounded feminine but not too horribly robotic. Was probably a lot better than writing all the time!
Post by Fayne Abernathy on Apr 16, 2020 18:43:19 GMT
And just like that, the two ladies were scheduled to meet at Milly's Milk Bar at 6 p.m. Much to Fayne's surprise, Sonia actually offered to pay by stating it was "on her." The young researcher didn't dare reply to that, not wanting to seem inconsiderate or stingy. They would cross the issue of payment when the check came. Heck, if Sonia was so determined to pay for this meal then Fayne would make a point to pay for their next outing together. It may have been a bold assumption to believe they would ever hang out again, but Sonia seemed interested in continuing their correspondence with her even if the apartment deal fell through, and Fayne had to agree that she liked the idea too.
Attached at the bottom of Sonia's latest message was a picture of herself. She looked a few years older than Fayne... but not by much. Three of four years, maybe. Her skin was paler than Fayne's too. Almost transparent. Was it the result of lack of sunlight or some underlying condition? She looked skinny too, almost unhealthily so. Was she sickly? Was this somehow related to her muteness? Fayne shook her head, not allowing her mind to create wild, unfounded theories, especially not about someone she barely even knew. She turned her attention back to the picture then and admired the woman on her screen. Sonia was pretty, and she had a cute sense of style. Although these realizations didn't have any bearing on how Fayne would've treated Sonia, it did help give her idea of the person she was going to meet.
Unfortunately for Sonia, Fayne didn't reciprocate the sentiment; not because she wanted her appearance to remain a mystery or had anything to hide, it was only because she hadn't considered doing so. Instead, she replied with a quick and easy, "Great! I'll see you tonight!" and leaned back in her chair, a smile wide across her face. With some time to kill, Fayne worked on replying to other interested individuals via email, updating the roommate ad, and even considered learning some basic sign language. Ultimately, however, she decided against it. Sonia said she wasn't deaf, only mute, so there was no way to know if she even knew sign language at all. And, of course, Fayne didn't want to offend her company by making assumptions or behaving in a way that might have insinuated something unintended.
Instead of trying to learn a new language in the short time she had, she instead kept herself busy by listening to podcasts on her phone and cleaning the townhouse until it was finally time to go. She hailed a taxi to the cafe and instantly spotted a petite woman with blue eyes and long, blonde hair standing just outside of the building's entrance. It looked like she was waiting for someone or something. Before stepping out of the cab, Fayne glanced down at her phone and opened her email. She clicked on the most recent message from Sonia, studied the photo, then looked back at the woman standing on the curb. Even in the fading light of dusk, there was no mistaking that she was the person in the email.
With a quick thank you to the taxi driver, Fayne stepped out of the car. She wasn't dressed in anything fancy -- just some fitted jeans, a generic t-shirt, and boots with short heels. "Hey. You must be Sonia..?" she inquired as she approached the woman, her statement sounding more like a question due to her tone. "I'm Fayne," she introduced while extending her hand to be shaken.
You know maybe, just maybe, Sonia actually regretted adding that picture of herself. As good as her intentions were, she realized just how bad it could go. What if it made things awkward for Fayne? What if this all went sour and now someone had a picture of her and tried to steal her identity?! Could her identity be stolen just from a picture? Maybe? Maybe not? Ugh, now she was just plain panicking for no reason!
She let out the softest of groans as she realized how stupid she felt for all of this. But that was why they were meeting up at a public place right? What could go wrong at a public place where there were lots of witnesses? Sonia shook her head at just how ridiculous she was being and turned her attention back to the app. It came with presets! There was a bunch of things she just had to push a button for it to say some things! Most of it was greetings and very common stuff, hi, how are you, those sort of things. And she could edit some to make them her own words too, and make more!
Though there was that voice at the back of her head. Why didn't she just use her telepathy? It would be so much easier if she was just open about that. Sonia froze, remembering just how much her mother despised her powers and viewed her as a freak. Would Faybe be the same? There was only one way to find out, and that would be to get to know Fayne for an actual decent amount of time first before asking.
Her fingers went back to the app, making little adjustments to the presets, making them feel a little more personal. She'd do fine, it wasn't that awkward. Right?
But now it looked like someone was here, Sonia feeling their presence before it was actually seen. Sonia looked up, smiling a little as the other young woman exited the cab. Now Sonia almost felt a little plain, she was in her nicest pair of dark blue jeans and one of her light blue long sleeved shirts. But, it also seemed quite fitting? Sonia waited, seeing if this actually was Fayne before smiling bright and taking the offered hand with a nod.
"Hello." Her phone repeated her thoughts for her. It's nice to meet you." Sonia was still hear her inner voice berating her. She could make this so much easier for herself. She had a gift, why not use it? Instead she took a breath before typing away. "Ready to head inside?"
Post by Fayne Abernathy on May 7, 2020 17:14:24 GMT
When the phone first started to speak, Fayne couldn't help but look down at it. She knew Sonia was mute, and she figured some text-to-speech app would be involved, but she still couldn't help her instinctual reaction to steal a glance at the source of the noise. It was a brief, subconscious behavior, and the moment her brain recognized that the phone was speaking, Fayne's deep pink eyes returned to Sonia's. "It's nice to meet you too," the young researcher said with pleasant smile. Then the phone spoke again and asked if they were ready to head inside. Fayne kept her eyes on her companion and gave a nod of approval. "Yeah, 'course," she replied while stepping to the side and holding one of the doors open for Sonia. First impressions were important and she wanted to make sure she minded her manners, now more than ever. Once the elder woman was through, Fayne stepped inside.
The milk bar wasn't very large, as typical of most cafes and delis. There were no waiters or hostesses waiting to seat guests. Rather, customers were expected to approach the checkout counter, give their order, then find a seat for themselves. It wasn't a very formal atmosphere, but maybe that was for the best. A more casual atmosphere was less intimidating and would allow the women to let their guards down around one another. At least, that was the idea. Directly through the doors, straight ahead, was the self service bar with two teenage boys standing on the opposite side, talking quietly to one another. On the far wall, behind the employees, were posters promoting new foods and a menu board that included meals, sides, desserts, and drinks. There wasn't much to the left of the entryway except for a few trashcans, a soda fountain, and a tray of disposable utensils. To the right of the entryway was a dining area, making up about half of the building's interior. There were booths, stools, and cute round tables that offered plenty of seating options.
The milk bar was mostly silent, save for the boys who continued talking indistinctly to one another and the occasional whoosh of the overhead fan. Without a word, Fayne stepped up to the counter and eyed the menu on the wall. The employees shifted and one spoke up, "What can I get you today?" "Uhh... Still trying to figure that out," she admitted before finally locking eyes with the teenager and offering an uncertain smile. "It's our first time here."
"In that case, welcome to Milly's Milk Bar," the boy said, pausing for only a moment as his friend laughed about something. The teenager who had been taking the ladies' orders smiled and bit back a chuckle of his own. It must have been some kind of inside joke. Fayne's smile vanished and she cocked an eyebrow in impatience or irritation. The boy cleared his throat. "As you can see," he pointed over his shoulder and his friend pointed up at the oversized menu, "we specialize in custards, cookies, and cakes."
"And ice creams," the other employee finally chimed in.
"Yeah. You know, desserts and stuff. But we've also got sandwiches and pies--"
"Pies are desserts, you idiot."
The two boys laughed and Fayne interrupted with a quick but firm, "Okay, we get it. Thanks." With that, she turned back to Sonia and muttered, "I think I'm just gonna get a basic cheeseburger." She shrugged, knowing that ordering a burger from a place like this -- a place that didn't specialize in grilling food -- was probably a bad idea, but she wanted something more fulfilling than a ham sandwich for dinner. "Do you know what you want?" she asked, only as a way to ensure they were both ready before she started placing her order.
TAG ▸Sonia Antoni NOTES ▸ Sorry if the pacing is kind of weird. I wrote it a few days ago, but the site crashed on me and none of my previous reply saved in the drafts...
Fayne looking at hr phone, rather than Sonia herself, didn't bother her at all. It was what Sonia had expected especially as she had to look at the phone to type things out. She was committed to using this text to speech app, at least for now. If this worked out, and they moved in together and got to know each 9ther, then Sonia would probably share her abilities. Once she was more certain that Fayne wouldn't freak out at the mention of psychics.
But so far Fayne seemed like a pleasant person, also smiling and definitely still seemed considerate. Though Sonia also had the feeling she was being scrutinized, but that was also fair. They were strangers, meeting for the first time with the intention of maybe moving in together. That was a big deal, and if they didn't have chemistry, then it just wouldn't be pleasant for either of them. And right now, everything seemed alright, a brief feel gave Sonia the impression that Fayne had a kind mind. And that was confirmed when Fayne was the first to move forward, opening the door but letting Sonia enter first. Sonia smiled back, giving a slight nod of her head, a silent thank you.
Even if the place was casual, Sonia was still amazed as she walked in. Of course Sonia had been to a restaurant where there was a host who sat them and then served them. But any food she had gotten from a place like this was ordered for her, and the brought home. Though Sonia paused, not totally liking or disliking the minds of the boys behind the counter. Sonia stood beside Fayne, also looking up at the menu. Though when questioned she obviously couldn't answer as easily. And then the laughing, just what was that about? Fayne didn't seem to have an idea either.
Fayne didn't seem overly happy with the selection, and if Sonia had known that this was a dessert place, not a dinner place she would have picked some place else. Sonia nodded before she was tapping away at her phone.
"I'd like a cheeseburger please, just as is. And I'll try a coconut and pineapple custard. Plus whatever my friend would like." Sonia nodded to Fayne, watching the boy type it all in and begin digging in her wallet so she could pay. And just where would they like to sit? Sonia looked at what was available to sit at, and after getting Fayne's attention pointed to a booth with a questioning look.
Post by Fayne Abernathy on Jun 9, 2020 18:34:29 GMT
The boy at the register hardly even hesitated to punch in Sonia's order when the text-to-speech app spoke, but his friend stared at her from a distance, making no attempt to hide the fact that he was trying to figure out why she wasn't speaking for herself. Fayne stared at him in return, glowering with knitted eyebrows, and it was only a matter of time before the boy noticed, became flustered, and got to work making Sonia's cheeseburger. "And for you, miss?" the boy at the register asked. Hearing this, Fayne's expression softened and her gaze shifted back to him.
"Yeah, a cheesburger for me too." For a moment, she considered ordering dessert too, but she ultimately decided against it. If she wanted something sweet then she'd come back up and pay for it herself. "Extra pickles," she added as the boy began punching it into the machine.
"Will that be all?" he asked, and Fayne nodded before casting a glance at her companion to confirm that they were both finished ordering. With that, he rattled off the total and Sonia paid for both their meals.
"Thanks for paying. I'll cover us next time," the researcher said with a smile and a nod. There was no promise that there would be a next time, but things seemed to be going well so far. Then again, there was no way to tell what was going on in Sonia's mind and the night was still young. There was still plenty of time for things to go awry. And yet, Fayne refused to let herself think of the worst case scenario. An optimistic outlook often led to more favorable results, after all; there was no proof that the two ladies would hang out against after this, but wishful thinking could go a long way.
When Sonia pointed to a booth and glanced at Fayne with a questioning look, she was met with a nod and another smile. "Looks good. Let's go sit down. I'm pretty sure they'll call us back up when our order is ready," Fayne said as she began to make her way toward their seat. She glanced over to make sure Sonia was coming too before continuing to the booth and slipping into a cushioned seat. She sat in the center of the bench, expecting Sonia to sit on the opposite side of the table, but she would've scooted over if the older woman decided to sit on the same side as her. When they were both comfortable and settled, Fayne ask, "So you have a Ponyta and Vaporeon?" Pokemon and pets were usually better ice breakers than asking someone to talk about themselves, so it seemed like a good place to start.
It wasn't hard to tell that Sonia was getting stared at. It wasn't uncommon in public, especially at a new place. When Sonia had been younger it wasn't that odd for a parent to speak for their child. But now that she was older? It was a bit odd, but surely people being mute, or deaf wasn't that odd these days? Either way, Sonia felt the gaze quite intently, and the thoughts from the young man were whispers she had to ignore in favor of appearing normal. Or at least as normal as she could. But Fayne, staring the guy down at the corner of the blonde's gaze brought a sense of ease. Fayne didn't seem to think it was that odd in the slightest. And maybe she would be fine with telepathy too. Only time would tell.
And Fayne's comment of paying next time, it brought forth a bright smile and a nod. If Fayne was thinking there would be a next time, and Sonia was too, then there probably would be a next time! Which also meant she had a new friend, and she would be welcome to the room. Though maybe that was still getting ahead of herself.
Sonia paused before sitting down, looking to the boy behind the register who pushed a plastic stand to her with a number. Oh, they'd bring it to the table? She smiled, nodding to the guy and grabbing the number. It was set at the edge of the table before Sonia was sitting across from Fayne. Felt better that way to be honest? Also less chance to accidentally elbow each other while they ate. And Sonia was very much boney elbows. Now, how did one break the ice? Sonia wasn't the greatest at starting small talk because she always felt like her interests wre odd. Who wanted to talk about books or Pokemon anatomy?
Thankfully Fayne had a better idea and Sonia smiled widely before typing away at her phone. "Yes! A Galarian Ponyta, Vaporeon, Lapras, and a Slowpoke currently." The prerecorded voice spoke for her. "I was out on Route 1 where I met them. Turns out I still need to work on battling, lol." Sonia raised an eyebrow at how the app pronounced each letter rather than saying what the abbreviation meant. Oh well, with a chuckle Sonia continued. "They are friendly enough with most Pokemon though. My Vaporeon seems to think anything smaller than her isn't much of a nuisance. But my Ponyta likes to make all sorts of friends. What sort of Pokemon do you have?"
Post by Fayne Abernathy on Aug 17, 2020 19:31:10 GMT
Sonia's constant smile and eagerness to carry on a conversation really helped set a comfortable, casual tone. The two ladies appeared to be getting along well so far. That was good! It was only a matter of time before Sonia answered the question by saying she had a Galarian Ponyta, Vaporeon, Lapra, and Slowpoke. Fayne made a face of interest and dull surprise as she thought about the woman's current team. Logically, there wasn't much of a structural theme, but there certainly was an aesthetic one. They were graceful, flowing, and elegant in their own ways. Pink and blue. A cotton-candy medley that highlighted Sonia's true nature--one of softness and peace. The young researcher wondered if water was her favorite Pokemon type, given the fact that three of the four were aquatic by nature, though she pocketed the question for later.
Fayne nodded when Sonia explained that she found them on Route 1, but that she needed to focus on battling and training with them before going anywhere else. "I understand that. I imagine it takes some hard work to make sure you and your Pokemon are on the same wavelength." Sonia went on to explain that her party was friendly around others, but her Vaporeon had a thing against creatures that were smaller than her. From the sound of things, the Vaporeon wasn't hostile or domineering; rather, she was easily annoyed. Fayne couldn't help but smile upon hearing about Sonia's Pokemon. "They sound like a spirited bunch," she said with a soft chuckle. Then came the inevitable "what Pokemon do you have?" In that moment, the young petrologist's genuine smile shifted into a sheepish one.
"Yeah, about that..." Fayne laughed while scratching the back of her head nervously. "I actually don't have any yet... I know, I know!" she exclaimed preemptively, "I should've gone to the Professor Holly's lab to pick up my starter already, but I wanted to get settled in Birch City first, ya know?" With a warm smile still on her lips, Fayne rested her arms on the table and swatted the air subconsciously as she continued to speak. "Evolution stones are sorta my passion, so I'd love to own a whole hoard of Eevees one of these days, but the Professor doesn't usually carry Eevees as starters. I guess that's more common in the Kanto region...?" She shrugged and paused only a moment. "But I love fire types and dragons, so Charmander seemed like a good alternative." Her smile wasn't as large as it had been before, but it still lingered faintly on her face.
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Oh? What was that face for? Fayne's mind wasn't the easiest to connect to yet, but Sonia could at least get a vague idea. The colors pink and blue? Huh, that did definitely seem like her Pokemon. Valiant and Ceecee were pink, or pinkish in Valiant's case. And Mana and Mizune were quite blue. Sonia didn't want to peer too deep other than the surface thoughts, so she left it at that. But it really got her thinking about her Pokemon, and what Pokémon she would like to train in the future. Oh the possibilities!
Sonia nodded eagerly, looking away from Fayne to type at her phone. "It is! Ceecee, my Slowpoke doesn't like to do much, especially if its fighting. Mana, my Vaporeon, absolutely loves fighting, she doesn't really like peaceful solutions." Sonia rolled her eyes a little. Mana was definitely going to be a handful.
Spirited? That was definitely one word for it. "It's always interesting, that's for sure." Sonia couldn't help but chuckle.
Oh? Sonia's eyes widened, and she leaned forward like they were sharing a secret. Well, they sort of were, but nothing that warranted this kind of secretive behavior. But you know, that totally made sense. Sonia pursed her lips, nodding her head with that. "That makes a lot of sense actually. It's hard enough moving and getting used to a new city, but having a pokemon to get used to as well, especially if you clash in any way." Sonia typed quickly.
But then Fayne was telling her about her interests, and something just clicked. Her dad had given her an evolutionstone of some sort, but she had no idea what kind it was. Maybe Fayne would know?
"I've still seen people leave the lab with them. So they can't be that uncommon. I'm sure you'll be able to find some! I love Eevees too, they are so cute, and the fact that there are so many evolutions means there has to be at least one that somebody likes. But, speaking of evolution stones." Sonia frowned, untying the charm from her sash and lifting the key stone above the table to delicately show it to Fayne. "My dad gave me this when I moved, he told me it was some sort of evolution stone. But I can't seem to figure out what kind?" She was getting much better at typing one handed, but she woukd let Fayne take the stone if she wanted to get a closer look. Sonia was honestly suspicious that it was just some sort of pretty marble.
Post by Fayne Abernathy on Sept 30, 2020 18:48:50 GMT
The two women continued to discuss starter Pokemon, Eevees and its evolutions, and finally evolution stones. Sonia's phone spoke for her, ending on something of a cliffhanger as she reached into her bag and pulled out a peculiar looking marble. She handed it over to the young researcher to inspect as she went on to explain that her father had given the stone to her before she moved to Birch City. Apparently he claimed that it was some kind of evolution stone. Fayne rolled the spherical gem between her fingers to better examine it. "Looks like a Mega Stone," she mused before tearing her eyes from the marble to look back at Sonia. "You won't be able to use it without a Key Stone, though."
She glanced back at the smooth stone in her hands. The rock itself appeared to be a deep blue, like the blue of a water stone. The swirling pattern inside was made up of a lighter blue and a soft pink, once again reminding Fayne of cotton candy, though she didn't state the observation aloud this time. "Mega Stones aren't really my specialty. I've got some textbooks back at home that could probably help me identify it," she explained, though she continued twirling the stone in her hand and wracking her brain for what Pokemon this Mega Stone could belong to. "If I had to guess, I'd say... maybe Altarianite? Or Laprasite?" There was about a three second pause before Fayne perked up and met Sonia's gaze.
"Wait, you said you have a Lapras, right? Did you get the Lapras before moving, or did your dad know you were planning on catching one, or something?" She handed the marble back and continued speculating. "If I'm right and this is Laprasite then your pops probably intended for you to use it with your Lapras." She smiled again and chuckled softly before adding, "I'm not sure why a nurse would need such a powerful battle item, but it seems like your dad was really looking out for you when he gave it to you. Mega Stones are no joke."
Sonia tilted her head, eagerly watching as Fayne looked over the spherical shaped stone. She had held onto this stone for quite some time while having no idea just what it was for. Other than it was quite pretty. Blue glass, surrounding a twirling ribbon of light blue and pink. Sonia looked up, tilting her head the other way at Fayne. A mega stone? She didn't recall much about mega stones, though didn't they let Pokemon take on more powerful if temporary forms?
But of course it couldn't be used without a key stone. Sonia rested her hand on her cheek, that was sort of disappointing. But also intriguing? Sonia was startled when Fayne suddenly perked up, but that also made sense! She was already typing away on her phone.
"My dad actually had one at some point. Though she was just a tiny little thing, I got to swim with her in our pool sometimes. I've always loved the species and have shown an interest in training one myself. So it wasn't out of the question, but also not a guarantee." The phone spoke for her. So she needed a key stone, then she could use this Laprasite. But Fayne was right, it definitely sounded like a powerful item. Why would she of all people need it? The Ultra Beast incident had been years ago now, maybe dad was worried that something would happen to her?
"Yeah, sure sounds like it. What does a Key Stone look like then? It might not hurt to keep an eye out for one then?" Sonia offered, already recalling the other marble like stone that she had found. Could it be a Key Stone? Considering she had found it in her mother's belongings it didn't seem likely but, what else could it be?