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.
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.]