Hailey and Iron are starting Pokémon Journeys
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"And this is Neo."

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"A pleasure to meet you as well." 

They step aside a little, and Concordance comes forth, their oversized eyes alert and aware. 

"And this is Concordance. They're quiet interested in you both." 

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"Interesting." She hums. "Wonder why."

She gives Concordance a thoughtful look and tilts her head. It's not like she's done anything interesting, yet.

Is it about her being ghost-type? Or about Neo living in her shadow full-time?

"Well, I'm a bit curious about you and your trainer as well, Concordance."

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A glance down, a glance back up. 

"Concordance has some expertise in intuitive psychic perception. Your bond is interesting, and... humans aren't the only ones who can get a good impression of one's character from a simple 'feeling out', especially given psychic assistance. As for your other question..." 

"Met... Tang, Me." 

There's a sort of... coarse impression to their words, that could be discerned given time, and a certain - ease, of reaching out to grasp them, perhaps? It's not the most simple thing but... 

There's a simple inquisitiveness, a light - blankness, a proper deliberate pause, and a little pulse of the all-too-familiar drive common amongst pokemon. 

"They're wondering what sort of question that you'd like an answer for, and beyond that, if you'd appreciate a battle to get more familiar in place of words." 

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Neo drifts out of Hailey's jacket and floats back and forth, her smile widening.

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"We'd certainly enjoy a battle," she replies with an eager little smile. "Don't really have a clear question so much as just... wanting to know what you two are like."

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"Ourselves." 

 

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They duck their head. 

"Or at least... we endeavor to be. There's certain... visionaries, or at least - exceptionally intelligent and well-spoken people who... have a certain distinctness to their character that makes them - obviously disparate from the dross." 

"As for our story... The story of my life I feel is... somewhat self-explanatory? I grew up around here, and I'm back after a bit of a - training tour, you might say. Concordance's bonded self was my starter, after a bit of cajoling. Beldum like... simple things, straightforwardly pushing towards their goals, and trainers with a certain talent in their affinities, and I managed those things well enough without being a poor fit for their future. I worked to help them grow to something... a little more, in time, and I'm glad that I've been able to do something to reward the faith they've put in me. Beyond that... I've done some catching, too - though nothing more then relaying balls to the professor on assignment, so far, and some reading on the sciences. That's... been my life, since I set out, more or less in full." 

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Arceus. They're cute. Oh no.

"Yeah, that particular kinda unfakeable spark some people have. Pretty cool goal. S'neat to learn about the thinking of a pokémon that different."

She smiles interestedly.

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She nods gently. 

"So..." 

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"So."

A flurry of barely perceptible shifts and flickers dance through Hailey and Neo's shadows, in the improvised language they've worked out.

<What do you think of them?>

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<Calm. Interesting. Cute. Won't be sure 'til we battle.>

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<Assuming you like them after the battle, wanna travel with them?>

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<Probably.>

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<Okay.>

Barely a moment later, Hailey looks over at Iron.

"How about that battle?"

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"Let's, yes." 

They stride out down the steps, 'til there's enough of a clearing for a mid-level battle. 

"To ball-recall or we call it off, one on one, I presume?" 

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"Yep." She nods, then turns to her partner. "You got this, Neo."

She spends a moment moving back and forth along the edge of the crater to see if there's a good angle to connect her shadow to Neo's, but the sun is too high in the sky, and actually stretching her shadow a meaningful distance is still beyond her abilities.

She gives it up for now.

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Neo floats in place, just a few paces in front of her trainer in the crater, grinning widely.

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"Ready when you are."

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"Begin!" 

They wave their hand forward, and Concordance surges forward shockingly swiftly, claws glowing with misty grey light for only a moment of anticipation before the 'bullets' condense at each tip and shoot forward at Neo. 

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She holds her left hand off to the side and quickly snaps her fingers twice.

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Neo, already dodging to the side as she sees the shots, weaves under them, then lashes her shadow forward in a darkened blur.

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They raise their hand up, and a blue barrier forms across Concordance's crossed arms, crashing against the burst of shadow for a moment before both fade away. 

They relax a bit, and then weave another barrier, this one a diffuse pane of energy in a soft green. 

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On hearing a pair of simultaneous snaps and a whistle from Hailey, Neo flits backward, a fel, smoke-filled wind blowing sharply at Concordance from behind her.

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