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Just your average medic-trainer dude
A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

Hm. Well, until we figure out what they’re called, I guess we can just call them ninja bandanas. I see. Being bacon buddies helps, I guess.

[Marley returned his smile and was slightly surprised to see him do a weird kind of head bobble. Was he okay? Or was something wrong? Not wanting to push or anything, she didn’t bring it up when he continued to speak. ]

If it decided to follow you around for a bit, that might mean you’d have a more balanced team? There’s nothing wrong with that. And I’m sure your team would adjust— it takes some time, but all Pokemon can.

[Laughing a little at Pippa’s squirming, Marley was inwardly glad that none of her pokemon were particularly against being held. Even Nicky didn’t mind being held, though he was perfectly fine floating around on his own. Of course, Pippa was adorable, even when she was wiggling around. Shrugging a little, Marley looked around at the deck of the ship. The crowd had dispersed a bit as people started going their separate ways. It didn’t seem that crowded. Laughing at Ryder’s attempt to sound sea worthy, she shook her head.]

That’s the right word, but I don’t think you can pass as a sailor. Even if you do have a lot of watermons. Well, I think they’re this way.

[Marley pointed down the left side of the boat and made her way slowly through the crowd of people.]

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Am I a racist if I start doing ninja kung fu moves? Is ninja a race? I should probably just wait until I’m wearing a bandana to try it. Hey! Don’t make fun of bacon. I mean, wait until I make it for you for breakfast - Quinn’s taught me how to make it taste even better than normal.

[Ryder raised his eyebrows, absentmindedly running his hand over the Pokeballs attached to his belt. Right now, every single one of them was a water type in some capacity - he wondered if he’d ever drift away from that, but he highly doubted it.]

Nah - I mean, I kind of stopped with the balanced team thing when I stopped trying to be a Pokemon master. My little water dudes have figured out how to help me with medic stuff, and that’s all that really matters. 

[Ryder pouted at Marley, letting out an indignant huff just in case she couldn’t see his face as he followed her through the crowd. He nearly reached out to grab her elbow and make sure he stayed close to her, but thought better of it at the last second as they stepped onto the plank between shore and ship.]

I happen to think I’d make a totally awesome sea-person! Or boat-dude or pirate, or whatever. I’m going to make it my mission to blend in with the crew on this trip and you’ll never know what hit you!

A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

I don’t know about bandanas— don’t they have their own special kind of mask for ninja business? And I’m sure you don’t look that bad with a bandana on.

[Marley laughed and shook her head at the way he pouted. Though, Quinn probably had a point. Just trying to imagine Ryder in a bandana was funny.]

Mhm. That’s an interesting part of the myth… I really like the things about Cellebi and how it’s out there, trying to protect and guard the forests. Though, having something as interesting as say… Latias or a Ho-oh watching over me would be something. But yes, definitely non-creepy times only.

[Shrugging at Ryder’s question, she tickled DC under the chin briefly before replying.]

It’s really up to you. I think finding our rooms so we can put our gear down would be a good idea, though. Then we could take a look around the ship?

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I don’t know the official word for special ninja bandanas; I just know they look really cool when I play this game about monkeys guarding towers. Well - Quinn probably teases me more than she needs to, but she gives me bacon, so she can get away with it. 

[Ryder grinned - although no one had ever seen it for long enough to know much about it, the stories he’d heard about Celebi were cute. He could picture Marley with that type of Pokemon, or another gentle, grass legendary like Shaymin. He blushed slightly at the thought, ducking his head for a second and hoping Marley didn’t notice.]
Ho-oh’s so cool! Although there’s no way it would pick somebody like me; I mean, think what all my water Pokemon would do to when it got all fire-y! Although that would be kind of ironic, if a fire Pokemon or electric mon were really attached to me…
[Ryder scooped Pippa up again before she could waddle away, cradling her in his arms almost as if she was a baby. She squawked slightly in protest before settling against him, and he nodded in agreement with Marley. He grinned brightly at the thought of forward progress, glad the awkwardness was at a standstill.]
That seems like a good plan. I don’t want to accidentally wander into someone else’s room because I’m in a hurry to get planted when the engines start or something. Ahoy! That’s what sailors say when it’s time to start moving, right? Or did I make that up? Either way, I’m following you, boss.
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A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

I’ve bumped into a few kids who like to think they’re ninjas. I think they’re the ones who really want to work at the Fuschia Gym one day. That’s still really cool that you were able to get a gym badge.

[The look that flitted across Ryder’s face didn’t escape Marley’s notice but she let it go, not wanting to pry. And besides, things were actually going well now. It was a bit disheartening that Nico had kept his grudge against Ryder for so long, but… she could survive without having him out.]

I think that’s how most people would react. But just imagine how adorable they’d be after you got over the shock! I’d love to see one of them… Or Sh—

[Marley suddenly cut herself off, an embarrassed blush spreading across her cheeks as she realized that Ryder probably didn’t want to hear about… that particular Pokemon. In an attempt to cover up her moment of awkwardness, she snapped her fingers and DC bounded across Ryder’s shoulders and leaped into her waiting arms. Cuddling the little mon, she smiled as Ryder spoke.]

That’s a good point. I think you might be able to get here if you have a large flying type, but you’d have to island hop. But you’ve got a good point there.

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I feel like the best part of being a ninja would be wearing a bandana. No one thinks ninjas are lame when they wear bandanas, but as soon as I try to do it Quinn tells me I look stupid. 

[Ryder pouted, an exaggerated action that he hoped showed he was actually kidding. Although bandanas were useful when it got too hot out and he just wanted to push his hair away from his forehead…]
I would too! I always kind of like the idea that there’s one watching over me somewhere, you know? I know that’s just a myth, and that not everyone’s got like a Pokemon that’s part of their destiny out there or something, but I don’t know - as long as they’re watching over me at non-creepy times it could be cool. 
[He swallowed nervously, having a feeling he knew what Marley had stopped herself from saying. He hated the fact that she still felt so uncomfortable about their past that she’ couldn’t even mention Shaymin by name, but it felt a little better, right? He kept telling himself that as DC leapt into  Marley’s arms, and he grinned at them before turning back towards the walkway.]
So ready to get on? Or do you want to keep your feet firmly planted on solid ground as long as you can?
A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

Mhm, they would. I’ve never heard of a good ninja, but in my professional opinion, it would be a good idea to avoid them all together.

[Marley joked lightly, watching DC play with a few strands of Ryder’s hair. From what she could tell, it seemed as though he was trying to braid it… Ryder’s abrupt reaction startled her and she blinked in surprise. Shaking her head at his comment again, she laughed.]

I don’t know how cute they are, but you’d need Celebii or Jirachi on your team to make me think otherwise. A team is never the best part of a trainer. Unless the trainer’s evil or something. And you’re not evil, Ryder.

[The words felt bizarre to say, but they were true. She really didn’t think that Ryder was a bad person… The last time she’d thought that, Marley had been in a bad place mentally. But, over the years, she’d had time to get the closure she needed. She just hoped that it would hold over the mission. Marley slipped her backpack off when they got to the security guard and let him poke around before showing him her badge and license for her concealed weapon. As they made their way out of the security line, Marley continued the conversation.]

It should definitely be interesting. I wonder how many non-water type trainers there are though.

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I’ve never heard of a Pokemon ninja at all, come to think of it - the closest is the Fuschia City Gym, with all those poison Pokemon. But they weren’t that sneaky - that was one of the three gyms I actually got a badge from.

[Ryder made a slight face as he thought back on the time when he wanted so badly to be a master trainer to impress his dad. He wondered, if they found him, what he’d think of the path Ryder had chosen instead. But that was getting way ahead of himself - for now, he just focused on smiling at DC, feeling amused but also grateful that at least one of Marley’s Pokemon seemed to be a fan of him.]

Oh man, if I found a Celebii or a Jirachi, I feel like I’d be too shocked that I was good enough for them to come out of hiding for to even think about how cute they are. I’m not evil. Right. Totally not evil. I,uh…really appreciate that.

[Ryder hated that he felt suddenly shy again, but he tried to brush it off, not wanting to ruin the peace between them. He smiled over his shoulder at Marley as he raised his hands to be patted down by security, just in case. He hoped that would be enough to keep things steady between them now that they were on the other side of the gate.]

I bet there’s more than you think! I mean, is there a better way to get to Hoenn? If there is I’ve never heard of one. And in a region with a lot of water, non-water trainers could probably kick some serious butt at the gym challenge…

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A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

I’ll give it a shot, though no promises. She could be a sneaky little ninja penguin— detectives aren’t too good with ninjas.

[Raising an eyebrow at Ryder’s comment, Marley shook her head. Did he honestly think that? Even if… she’d had some issues with him in the past, he wasn’t a terrible person. He was just a man. A man who’d made mistakes, just like any other person.]

Your team is a big part of you, but they aren’t the best part of you, Ryder.

[Smiling as she watched DC and Ryder interact, Marley shuffled forward— they were almost at the front of the line. It was strange how quickly time seemed to have passed, but soon they would be on board and on their way to Slateport… And the investigation could begin.]

Mhm, he definitely will. He hasn’t let me down yet. I’ve never even seen one before… That trainer is really lucky to have such an amazing pokemon.

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Wouldn’t ninjas be a confusing thing to have around? I mean, how could you ever be sure if they were ninjas for good or ninjas for evil? They’re so sneaky. 

[Pippa waddled just a few steps ahead of him, eager to move forward and make friends. Ryder watched her fondly as she went, distracted by thoughts of how excited she would be once they were out on the open seas. His head snapped back to look at Marley, though, surprise evident in his wide eyes when she spoke.]

Oh, uh - well, thanks, Marley. Although you still haven’t met the new ones yet; they might just be cute enough to change your mind.

[As he turned his attention back to DC and towards not tripping over himself as the line moved, he couldn’t help but smile at Marley’s words, though. He patted his pockets, checking that he was ready, and then stepped forward towards the security guard who was going to be searching them.]

Maybe we’ll get to meet them while we’re on board. All kinds of Pokemon running around should be pretty fun, right?

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A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

couple? Where is she even getting the hair dye? Does she have a supplier or something?

[Marley laughed, shaking her head at the thought of Pippa running around with a bottle of hair dye while Ryder was asleep. Shaking her head, she smiled at Ryder’s goofiness. It was nice to see him like this. It was almost as though things were back to normal.]

Well, you do have the watermons going for you. Nope, I’m pretty sure I can imagine it. 

[The line slowly crawled forward and Marley noticed Ryder’s reluctance to talk about Nico. It hurt a little, because he was her original pokemon and her closest friend, but she didn’t want to make things weird again. As Ryder patted Pippa, DC scurried up his arm and settled on his shoulder, smiling and patting the tall medic with his paws. Marley smiled and rolled her eyes at DC exaggeratedly, causing the mon to stick it’s tongue out at her.]

Mhm, it would if he’d stop goofing around. But… that’s what I love about him. Ooh, a Kingdra? I see it! Wow…

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I wish I could figure that out! Maybe you can use your detective skills on her and solve this mystery once and for all.

[Ryder cast a knowing glance down at Pippa, smirking at his Pokemon. They’d gotten good at communicating like this, after years of man and Pokemon spending time together alone, and Pippa seemed to pout at the threat of her fun being taken away from her.]

Right? They’re the best thing about me. I’d be kind of lost without my team.

[Ryder blushed slightly when he realized what he’d said, but it was true - his team was important to him, and he didn’t really have the highest opinion of himself. He just hoped it didn’t make anything worse; he was probably just overthinking things, but it would only make him feel like crap all over again if he heard Marley agree. He chuckled and reached down to pat DC as well, feeling significantly more comfortable now that Nico was away and trying not to feel too guilty for thinking that.]

Hey, nothing wrong with him having a little fun! I’m sure that he’ll buckle down and do his job if any danger arises, right? That just makes him totally inconspicuous. I’ve never seen one in the water before, just at Centers…wow.

A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

What? She dyed your hair blonde? How does that even happen?

[Marley couldn’t help but giggle at the idea of Ryder blonde. That sounded like the weirdest thing ever— she couldn’t even imagine Ryder with a different hair style, much less a entirely different color. At any rate, Pippa certainly knew how to cause a commotion.]

Oh, no, it’s okay. He can get a bit grumpy when he’s out anyways, so it’s not a problem.

[She could see just how nervous Nico made Ryder and she wanted to kick herself for thinking that things would be okay. Of course they wouldn’t be okay. These last three years… she’d forgotten the contempt that Nico held towards Ryder. Mainly because she’d tried to forget about Ryder as best as she could. Marley smiled and watched the two little pokemon play— it made the line seem almost enjoyable. Looking around, there were several other trainers who had their Pokemon out and almost all of them were water types. A Poliwrath here, a Psyduck there, Marley even saw an adorable Buizel.]

Mhm… Nico’s just a bit cautious— it’s his nature. But really, Ryder, it’s okay. I don’t need him out here. Besides, if something was to happen, DC can handle it.

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Oh, yeah! She’s done it a couple of times now, actually. I don’t know how she manages to sneak hair dye into my things, but she does. I have pictures you can see - hopefully you don’t have to witness it in person, though.

[Ryder’s stomach had felt like it was in knots for a large majority of this meeting with Marley, but hearing her giggle made the tension dissipate, and the most genuine smile he’d had yet in her presence spread across his face. Without giving himself time to doubt it, he just acted natural, slipping into his teasing nature.]

I look awesome blond! All surfer-dude chic. It’s so awesome that I bet you can’t even imagine it without seeing the evidence.

[He tried to ignore talking about Nico - he didn’t need to ask the question he was wondering, which was if Nico was always grumpy or if it was just when he was around Ryder. He knew that he’d messed up in the past, but three years had passed - he just wanted to forget about that period in his life, and he hoped that Marley’s protective Pokemon would too. Ryder busied himself looking around, grinning at the sight of all the other water mons and occasionally patting Pippa on the head to keep her from running off to play with strangers.]

Electricity’s probably going to do you a lot more good with all of these guys, anyway. I mean - holy moly, I think I see a Kingdra way up there by the boat! That’s so cool!

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A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

[Marley laughed at Pippa’s cheerful antics and tickled the little penguin’s stomach. It was nice having the little mon there— it made things easier. But, she couldn’t help but notice how Ryder wouldn’t meet her eyes when she reassured him. It was going to take some time for them to… just be normal people again.]

Nope, it shouldn’t take very long at all. And I’d be very surprised if Pippa was able to hide a gun somewhere.

[When Ryder’s expression turned to one of dread, Marley glanced down and caught Nico attempting to look innocent. With a sigh, she tapped him on the nose, reaching for her Pokeball. She didn’t like having to call him back, but if he was going to make this worse than it already was…]

Come back, Nic. You’ve caused Ryder enough trouble.

[She popped the ball open and he returned obediently in a beam of red light. Shaking her head, she looked up at Ryder apologetically. Oh Arceus, this was awful… Fidgeting a little, Marley pulled one of her other Pokeballs out and let DC out to play. The little mon squealed in excitement to see Pippa and ran up to playfully squeeze her cheeks with his tiny paws. She watched the two mons interact for a short while before turning back to Ryder.]

Um… I’m sorry about, Nic. I thought he’d be alright with things, but I guess I was wrong. I’ll keep him in his ball for the time being, okay?

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You never know… She’s like a miracle penguin. I still don’t trust her since that time when she dyed my hair blond again.

[Without even thinking, Ryder raised his hand to rake through his hair, as if trying to make sure that hadn’t happened when he wasn’t paying attention. He personally didn’t think it was a good look for him, but he’d be interested to see what Marley thought. Maybe he’d show her some pictures later as an icebreaker or something, since it seemed like they still needed it.]

Oh, hey, Marley, you don’t have to do that. I can handle a little bit of being terrified that I’m going to be lit on fire - probably’ll do me some good to be more on alert, right? I’ll be prepared for anything that way!

[He offered her a feeble thumbs up even as Nico disappeared into his ball. Getting him put away probably wasn’t going to help Ryder worm his way into her Pokemon’s heart, but it was too late for that now. He scuffed his shoes on the ground again, but the guilt was quickly ebbed away as soon as DC appeared. An ecstatic Pippa flailed her wings and went right to playing, and Ryder couldn’t stop the easy grin from spreading across his face as they reached the queue for security.]

Guess we’ll just have to find one of my Pokemon he’d like to be friends with and get him acting like these guys. I’m really sorry about that, Marley. 

A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

 

[He ducked his head somewhat bashfully. Was expressing his thanks getting back into awkward territory? He had no idea. As the minutes passed, it was getting easier, but Ryder still was floundering with figuring out how he should act in Marley’s present. Ryder blinked in surprise when he saw her waving the ticket in front of him, and he reached out to take it from her,careful not to accidentally brush his fingers against hers or anything else that might be awkward.]

Awesome, yeah. D’you think they’re going to do like full body pat downs and all that stuff you see on TV? Because I always have weird medical things in my pockets, and…er, come to think of it, it would be easier to just empty them.

[Ryder made a face, not sure what he was rambling about again. He guessed Marley just made him that nervous after all this time, but hopefully it was something he’d get used to. He picked up the pace, trotting towards the emptying line.]

Wouldn’t want to upset Nico!

[Ryder tried to keep his voice teasing, but ended up sounding maybe a little bit too serious - Marley’s Pokemon still scared him quite a bit. He waved her ahead of him, taking the ‘ladies first’ stance but not speaking it aloud as he watched the fire dog out of the corner of his eyes warily instead.]

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Wellll… They can’t exactly go to jail. But, they can be scolded.

[Marley made a stern face at Pippa before breaking out into a smile.The little penguin was just too cute— she could understand why Ryder let her get away with so much.]

Um… Don’t worry about it, Ryder. You have as much of a right to be involved in this as anyone else.

[She noticed the slightly embarrassed expression on his face and couldn’t really understand why— was it because he felt awkward about the whole situation? But… she couldn’t dwell on that, not right now. They had to just… move past their history. When he started rambling on about pat downs, Marley couldn’t help but laugh and shake her head.]

I don’t think so. They’ll check our bags and make us go through a metal detector, but other than that, there shouldn’t be any problems.

[With a small smile, Marley nodded and jogged towards the dock. When she arrived at the entrance, slightly out of breath, Nico bounded up and licked the sweat off the back of her hand. With a laugh, she shook her head and took her place in line. Looking back at Ryder, she patted Nico on the head.]

Well, I think we’ve successfully avoided his wrath.

[Unbeknownst to her, Nico was giving Ryder the evil eye the entire time, his distrust readily apparent in his expression.]

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You’re lucky you’re not gonna end up behind bars, then, little girl.

[Ryder shook his head at Pippa, still amused that she was able to make up for some of the awkwardness Ryder was displaying. It certainly didn’t hurt that she was chirping and nuzzling against Marley, seemingly very happy about their new companion. If Ryder was really honest, he was happy about their new companion too…he just had to give it time, before he could expect to be her friend again. He nodded when she mentioned he had every right to be here, but mostly busied himself with adjusting the straps on his bag again, patting the outside pocket to see if there was anything too strange in it.]

Well, I should be able to pass that, and I don’t think any of my team are secretly stashing guns or anything, so that shouldn’t take too long, right? 

[Ryder grinned at the sight of Marley and her Pokemon jogging happily towards the dock, keeping pace behind her and not wanting to interrupt the moment for them. He did bite his lip warily, though, nudging Pippa in front of him in a cowardly attempt to shield himself from the glare he was getting from Nico. He offered Marley a half-hearted smile as he replied, trying to ignore the dog mon.]

Er, yeah. He seems totally excited about me - er, I mean us! - being here.

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A Rocky Reunion || Ryley F2F

officermarleyrose:

You know, holding a detective up at water gun-point isn’t the smartest thing to do— so don’t get any ideas, okay?

[Marley smiled at Ryder, though she directed her comment at Pippa with a little wink. The penguin was obviously as excited as Ryder to be near the sea. ]

Ah… That’s a good point, I’d forgotten about that part. And, um… I’m sure we’ll find your dad, Ryder. And his pokemon.

[Marley saw the slightly crestfallen expression on Ryder’s expression and chose to keep quiet about it. She didn’t want to bring up something that would make him feel bad. And besides… they would have plenty of time to talk about the past later. If he wanted to, of course. As they neared the fence that separated the dock, Marley rummaged around in her pack for the tickets. Jogging to catch up to him, she held out one of the bright tickets to him.]

Nope, we have individual rooms. Not as fun as a giant camp out, but privacy is nice. And here’s your ticket. We’ll need this to get past him.

[Marley pointed just down the way towards a burly sailor who was examining tickets. Nico had already ran ahead and was sitting next to the sailor, who seemed quite uncomfortable with having a fire Pokemon practically breathing on his heels.]

Um… We may want to hurry. Nico seems impatient.

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Can Pokemon go to jail? Because she totally deserves it.

[Ryder laughed and made a face at Pippa as she cooed happily, as if he was expecting her to squirt him with a watergun attack any second.]

Thanks, Marley. I, uh, don’t know if I already said this or not, but thank you. For bringing me along with you, and everything. It means a lot to me.

[He ducked his head somewhat bashfully. Was expressing his thanks getting back into awkward territory? He had no idea. As the minutes passed, it was getting easier, but Ryder still was floundering with figuring out how he should act in Marley’s present. Ryder blinked in surprise when he saw her waving the ticket in front of him, and he reached out to take it from her,careful not to accidentally brush his fingers against hers or anything else that might be awkward.]

Awesome, yeah. D’you think they’re going to do like full body pat downs and all that stuff you see on TV? Because I always have weird medical things in my pockets, and…er, come to think of it, it would be easier to just empty them.

[Ryder made a face, not sure what he was rambling about again. He guessed Marley just made him that nervous after all this time, but hopefully it was something he’d get used to. He picked up the pace, trotting towards the emptying line.]

Wouldn’t want to upset Nico!

[Ryder tried to keep his voice teasing, but ended up sounding maybe a little bit too serious - Marley’s Pokemon still scared him quite a bit. He waved her ahead of him, taking the ‘ladies first’ stance but not speaking it aloud as he watched the fire dog out of the corner of his eyes warily instead.]

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