Instead of walking upstairs and going to Katherine, he figured it would be smarter to let her sleep and rest out some more. He needed some fresh air, at least that was what he said to himself as he walked towards the exit of the hospital. Scratch followed Richard with a joyful expression and looked around with a curious look. Though he sometimes made the expression of wanting to run to somebody or something, he kept following Richard.
Emilie and Richard
Collab post of Gerontis and Fieryfly
Richard was walking towards the Pokemon center. He was in need of some more pokeballs and other items he would need on the journey. Of course, Scratch was walking next to Richard. With his hands at the back of his head, Richard was thinking about the journey ahead, not really worried about other stuff. Some called him because of that a simple mind and maybe he was, but actually he wanted to clear out the more important and bigger stuff before he would turn his attention to other things. He glanced at Scratch, who hadn't show any sign of wanting to make trouble. ''Well well...You have been quiet for some time now...Everything alright, Scratch?''
The Totodile looked up and bounced two times. Normally he did it four or five times and with a more times, so Richard knew something was bothering his pokemon. He brought his right hand to the head of the little fellow and patted it. ''Don't worry buddy....Soon we will head out once more and experience more adventures...Promised.'' He bite his lower lip right after that moment, even while Scratch and Arthur were the only ones Richard would promise things to, it reminded him of that he also made two promises to Katherine. He sighed as he found the whole situation just confusing and it also frustrated him to some extent. Not that he was truly bothered by it, a very few things could bother him anyways.
As the two walked in the pokemon center, they noticed it was busy and so Richard stopped and whistled. Scratch bounced and started to climb on Richard's back. Waiting till his pokemon was ready and sitting on his shoulder, Richard continued to walk as he threw a few glances around. With the start of the pokemon League, it was no surprise that suddenly so many trainers were in the city. For a brief moment, Richard was pondering if he should go after badges himself. Not that he was really interested of winning anything, but he wouldn't mind some competition. Richard sighed and he would have to spend more time thinking about it. Suddenly Scratch leaped of his shoulder, scaring Richard. With big eyes, Richard saw how Scratch vanished in the mass and he mumbled some curses. Looking around he couldn't easily see the little pokemon who had suddenly rushed away.
Scratch stopped and looked with big eyes to her. She was all alone and in a corner, curled up. The Totodile suddenly looked like he felt some guilt as he slowly walked to her and spread out his little arms. ''Tototototo....tototototo...totodile.'' It mumbled softly as he slowly and gently cuddled the girl who was sleeping. He closed his eyes as he felt guilty and then decided he would cheer the girl up. His eyes shot open as he gained a joyful expression on his face and ran a bit back. Suddenly he turned and charged towards Emilie. At the last moment he jumped and landed on her as he softly bite her right ear. While he was carefull not to hurt her, he was munching on it as he looked with a overjoyed expression on his face.
Emilie had been planning to just close her eyes for a couple of seconds while she was waiting for the line of people to clear. Sleep however had other ideas in store for her. Curled up on the side of the sofa the girl was sleeping rather soundly until the world suddenly landed on her stomach. With a screech Emilie woke up and bolted upright. Something was chewing on her ear. Still dazed from sleep she tried to slap it away as if it was some kind of bug. She blinked and found herself looking at a creature she had already encountered today.
Why the hell was there a Totodile biting in her ear? What was it with Totodiles today anyway?
"Get away from me." Emilie said as she tried to pick the reptile up to release her ear. However the Totodile had other plans as he made a kind of chuckling sound and held on to her ear.
''Best is just to talk him away..Believe me, you don't want to pull him away and then lose a bit of your ear.'' Richard said while he looked worried at the scene. He had heard the screech and it was pretty obivious that it had to do something with Scratch. Only a dumb person wouldn't relate a screech with the fact that Scratch ran off somewhere. He slowly walked to the two while he slowly embraced his Totodile. ''Come on, Scratch. Let her ear go.. She doesn't like it.'' He spoke friendly to his pokemon who released the girl and then started to bounce and hugged her again. Richard scratched the back of his head with his right hand as he looked confused. ''Sorry...Normally he only hugs people who he has met before. Am so sorry for the trouble.'' He tried to smile friendly as he also tried to think of a solution to manage to pick up Scratch and pull him away.
"Should I feel priviliged now?" Emilie remarked sarcastic as she tried to get the little arms of the Pokémon off her. "Just put him in his Pokéball or something. I am really not in the mood for more Totodiles today. I mean just this afternoon... Wait. His name is Scratch?" Emilie stared to the creature. Now that she thought about it, the scarf looked kind of familiar. Quickly her eyes shot around. Was that guy here? But in the crowd she couldn't find him. That was... strange. Still she did not like this Pokémon. Not at all. Her leg was still tobbing from his bite of before. "Either way, get him away from me. I don't want to have anything more to do with him."
Richard looked suddenly very serious and nodded. ''Yes, you should actually. Most just get bitten or bothered by him as he loves to cause some misschief.'' He answered her sarcastic remark with a complete honest answer as she then told him to put him back in his pokeball. ''And you don't think I wouldn't have thougth about that? May I ask how much you love your ears? The more you try to keep him away, the more he will want to ''cheer'' you up.'' He smiled and nodded when she asked if he his name Scratch. He rubbed his neck with his right hand while he explained the name mistake. ''Actually, should have him named Trouble or Bite. But Bite means something rather vulgar in the French language...So I named him Scratch. Though it was a nice name for such a pokemon.'' He paused as he noticed how she didn't like Scratch showing his affection for her.
''Don't worry too much about. In a couple of minutes, he will let you go as he will get bored. Unless he did something he regretted..Then you will find him likely sticking to you the whole day. Heh, he is a bit quirky sometimes..Sorry.'' He said while he shoved both hands in the pocket of his pants.
Great, just great. Emilie really was not in the mood for this. She was still tired and sleepy and just wanted to go to bed. Alone, without a Totodile sucking on her ear. "Just leave me alone." She mumbled irritated to the Pokémon. "Just get back to your owner or something and stop bothering me. You already almost bit my leg in two. I don't need my ear come of as well. Just go away Scratch. Really. Find your trainer back and continue to bite his fingers off or something."
Richard chuckled. It was the second girl that Scratch showed affection to in a short time. He tilted his head to the right as he continued to smile. ''Heh..Sorry that he bit you...But actuallly..I am his trainer. You must be the girl who Arthur had thrown his cellphone at? Right? With the old nokia. That was kind of my fault..Sorry.'' He became more serious as he thought about it. ''What did you do that he bit you anyway?'' He suddenly asked as it if was her fault that Scratch was naughty sometimes.
"Just-" Emilie struggled with the creature. She just really just couldn't handle this right now. The guy before her didn't really make it better as he just kept smiling and talking. Why couldn't he just remove his damn Pokémon and shut the hell up. His question however made Emilie turn her head away from Scratch and to the guy. Her eyes were burning. "What did I do? I didn't do nothing. I was just trying to leave after appearantly your friend had thrown that phone against my head when your great and awesome Pokémon just bit my leg. And your friends fingers when he tried to help me. Just get him away from me please and leave me alone." Her voice held something desperate.
Richard's smile faded away as he looked with a expression of guilt when she began to answer him. ''Oh...Sorry..Scratch...Come on.'' Scrath looked up to Richard and then back at Emilie. Suddenly instead of hugging her, he jumped and started to munch on her nose. Richard's eyes shot wide open as he quickly grabbed the Totodile and was able to pull him away before he could get a grip on the nose of the girl. It started to writhe in his hands, but Richard knew when it was enough. He looked with a stern look and Scratch stopped as the Totodile looked away and became quiet and calm. Turning his attention back to Emilie, a faint smile appeared on Richard's face. ''He is awesome, no? Anyways, you know Arthur? Heh...Sorry for that. If I had been more carefull, then Kathy wouldn't end up in the hospital and then you wouldn't have been bitten by Scratch...Sorry for that.'' He made a little bow when he finished talking to the girl.
Emilie screeched again when the Pokémon lashed on to her nose. Luckily Richard was on time and got Scratch to calm down. She stared to the guy. If that Totodile was awesome? Hell no. But she wouldn't say that. It would only lead to more discussion and that was something Emilie wanted to avoid right now. "I don't know Arthur. I take that that is your friend's name? We have walked to Celadon together, but we don't know each other. And I don't really want to know. Not now. Either way I got a room to rent." She rose from the sofa and picked up her bag, slinging it over her shoulder. As she started walking away she regretted her harsh words. What was she thinking being all mean? She stopped and turned around. "I accept the apology though." She mumbled her eyes on the ground. "I'm just... It is just... not a good moment to talk. See ya."
Richard nodded as he raised his hands up and smiled while he responded. ''No worries..I can understand it.. I know how that feels. I think..Anyways,'' He looked at Scratch and beckoned him as he talked to his pokemon. ''Come on, let's buy what we wanted before we go back to that redhead and the others, okay?'' He then smiled and nodded to Emilie before he turned around. Richard started to walk to the shop as he thought about his word choice a few seconds ago. Redhead? He chuckled as he thought who he meant with that.
Emilie stopped dead on her tracks as she heard Richard speak. The chance was so small, so extremely small, but she just couldn't help it. Redhead. The word nestled itself in her head. It could be, it could not be, but if she wouldn't ask then it would gnaw on her the whole night. She turned back and bit her lip. "Ehm, sorry. I couldn't help but hear, but redhead. Do you by any chance know Zane?" She asked.
Richard turned his head and raised an eyebrow. ''I thought you weren't in the mood to talk?'' He said while he was in a less joyfull mood when she suddenly came back while he was trying to look what he wanted to buy in the shop. ''Shouldn't you just go to sleep?'' It was rare to see Richard react like that, but he had said sorry and the sorry and goodbye had gone to waste with her coming back to talk with him. That and he wanted to think and be on his own for the moment, to ponder about some things.
"Please," Emilie pleaded, "I really really need to know if you meant him with redhead. I really really need to know. Really." There was after all just that little, tiny chance that he said yes. Richard stopped and looked with a displeased expression on his face. ''Let me get this straight. First you didn't react that nicely when I was trying to...It was kind of my fault, true, but now you suddenly want to know who I mean with ''redhead''? I don't know you and to be honest, I'm not sure if I want to answer your question. Sorry, but like you were just a couple of moments ago, I'm not in the mood for talk.'' He became silent for a couple of moments and sighed as he turned around. ''I'm going to shop for a little bit...If you're so desperate to know who I mean with redhead, then you should meet me at the hospital over a few hours.''
Emilie had the urge to kill the guy. Why couldn't he just answer? She clenched her firsts. "Fine." She said then. "Fine. I'll see you there then." With that she turned around and fled. She really didn't want to cry before that guy's face. Richard turned around and went to the shop of the pokemon center.