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>  For The Dancing and The Dreaming, Alola - 6 years ago
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 Lark posted at Mar 30 2018, 02:43 PM
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She hummed as she walked, confident that there were no subtle sounds she should be keeping an ear out for. If something unexpected did come up, she had Clef on her shoulder to get her attention. Her knowledge of this path was sure enough, she made it without a guide stick and stepped with certainty. Lark tucked a lock of brown hair behind her ear, even if the insistent wind would just tease it loose again, as it had done several times since she started her path along the seaside cliffs. The young woman had a basket hooked on her arm, intending on having a quiet lunch during the perfect summer weather.

As Abby would say, only her sister would consider a picnic with wild Wingull as "quiet". ("Don't you have better than average hearing? How can you stand that racket?") But the rancher enjoyed her time with the dual types--it helped that she'd known this flock for years. Her lips pulled into a smile when she heard them cawing up ahead and it didn't take the birds long to realize she was coming. To anyone watching, it would almost look like the woman was being mobbed by the wingull, but the lack of startled yelling should keep anyone from out right panicking.

After greeting them, she set her basket on the ground and pulled out a small blanket to sit on. The seagull Pokemon settled down around her while she set out lunch and some snacks for the birds. Lark resumed her humming while she took turns feeding herself, Clef, and then the wingull. They got over-excited at points and she had to gently remind them to calm so they didn't tear her clothes with their tugging beaks. Once the food was gone, she figured it was time to return to work. Lark repacked her blanket in the basket and stood. The birds flew around her, a couple landing on her unoccupied shoulder or arms and plucking playfully at her hair.

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 Xiang Zhao posted at Mar 31 2018, 02:00 PM
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Xiang rode lazily along the cliffs. Staying in Mei’s saddle was second nature to him, so he was free to let his attention wander while the sure-footed Mudsdale found their path. It was the movement that caught his eye first: the darting and wheeling white flashes of Wingulls centered around...something. A bit closer and he realized the figure was a young woman being swarmed. As he watched a lock of her hair was lifted in a beak, the bird fortunately startled into letting go by a bump with another. Worry rushing louder than the blood in his ears, he leaned down low over Mei’s neck and murmured to her. The powerful mare dove into a gallop, riding right for the flock.

As they reached the edge of the swirl of Pokemon Xiang closed his eyes and ducked his head to protect his face, trusting Mei to scatter the birds without hitting the girl. True to form, Mei cut nimbly around the curiously still human, noting a distinct lack of any resistance to the Wingull plucking at her. Once clear of the disrupted flock, Mei wheeled on her hind legs and launched back for a second pass, cutting behind the girl this time. By now the dual types were scattering, flying up and away with raucous cries of protest.

Mei kicked to a stop, snorting loudly, and Xiang looked down...at the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. He was struck absolutely dumb for a moment, mouth slightly opened as though to speak. Mei shifted sharply under him. ”You look like an idiot, you know.”

Clearing his throat and blushing despite this best efforts, Xiang managed to find his voice. ”Are you all right, miss? Those Wingull didn’t hurt you, did they? They can be real pests.” His voice was heavy with genuine concern. The girl seemed fine--no blood anywhere, even her clothes weren’t torn that he could see. They must have ridden up just in time.

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 Lark posted at Apr 1 2018, 01:04 AM
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The flutter of wings and caws around her drowned out most sounds outside of the cloud of wingull, so the first thing she noticed was the vibrations through the rock under her feet. The young woman paused, dropping her hand from where it was caressing one of the birds on her shoulder and turning, but she wasn't sure where she should face. "Clef...what's going on?" The taillow was already on alert, looking to find the source and spotting a man on a Mudsdale charging toward them. He gave an her their 'incoming' warning tweet before brushing a wing against the front of her shoulder to indicate where someone would be passing. Lark froze, a little alarm going through her when she was able to hear the pounding of hooves and then felt the rush of air as the equine passed.

Another brush of Clef's wing, this time on the back of shoulder, warned her the larger Pokemon was coming back, but on the other side. The wingull gave startled cries as they flew, but it didn't sound like any of them were injured during the event. The neigh of a Mudsdale had her turning in the direction of the ground type. A clearing of a throat soon followed, affirming her wandering thought if the Pokemon had a rider. She tilted her head up and toward where she heard the man speaking. She brushed her hair from her face as she calmed her beating heart. "Yes, yes I'm okay. They weren't bothering me. They're...friends." Lark knew it sounded odd, claiming to be friends with wild Pokemon since it often got her looks she didn't need to see to know they were there.

Despite the excitement of everything and her still racing pulse, she couldn't help but notice the man had a very lovely voice. She offered a soft smile. "But thank you, for your concern." Clef was eyeing the man with an edge of annoyance, not liking Lark being put in such a situation, even if she was handling it well.

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 Xiang Zhao posted at Apr 2 2018, 11:32 AM
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At the girl’s assertion that the Pokemon were her friends, Xiang felt a rush of embarrassment. Ohhhh way to go, Xiang. Way to charge in and save the day...and make a total fool of yourself in front of the most beautiful girl you have ever seen. Perfect. Her little hesitation--that moment of vulnerability--was so sweet, too, like she thought there was something odd about what she said. For Xiang, who had grown up wandering through herds of Mudsdale who eventually charged enthusiastically at the sound of his voice, it made perfect sense. He gave a self-deprecating laugh, one hand rising absently to rub the back of his neck.

”I’m sorry. Guess that’ll teach me to jump to conclusions, huh? Anything I can do to make it up to you?” He glanced out toward the flock still circling and diving just off the cliffs. ”Or them? You’d certainly know better than I.” He smiled, a rueful thing, and gave a little shrug. ”I’m afraid I’ve never been very good with flying types. Terra firma is more my speed.” He patted Mei firmly on the neck in emphasis. ”But uh, I’d like to apologize to all of you, if you can think of an appropriate way.” His eyes were hopeful as they met hers, smiling sweetly.

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 Lark posted at Apr 2 2018, 01:04 PM
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Lark's smile brightened at his laugh--doing so at himself and not at her--and gave a little dismissive wave at his offer. "It's alright, an easy mistake to make, I'm sure. Sometimes they can be bullies." Her slender shoulders lifted into a helpless shrug. At his offer to do something with for the wingull, her expression softened in a grateful one. That was so sweet of him--mostly people would have just brushed it off and not bothered. Lark chuckled at his confession. "I never would have guessed." She teased, her laughing smile never leaving her lips.

"That's very kind of you. They mostly sound offended, but if you'd like to make amends, they love fruit." She placed her unoccupied hand on the rim of her basket, fingers playing with a corner of her picnic blanket, it's handle settled into the crook of her arm. She tilted her head a little. "May I greet your Mudsdale? I've never been this close to one before." There was a reason for that, mostly that she didn't have much opportunity. But, she didn't exactly seek out an opportunity because she was a bit intimidated by the very large Pokemon. She had a natural affinity for much smaller and more delicate creatures like the bird on her shoulder.


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 Xiang Zhao posted at Apr 9 2018, 09:06 PM
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The way her face lit with her smile had him feeling a little short of breath and--yes, he was certain, he could feel it--grinning like a fool. He half wanted to jump off of Mei’s back and kiss her right then, but that would be a bit much, surely. He didn’t even know her name.

”Fruit, huh? Afraid I don’t have any. I’ll have to go into town and come back. Unless you think they’ll take some bread instead? Or jerky?” He reached back into a saddlebag and pulled out a small loaf. He tore off a piece and threw it out into the milling dual types. One snatched it from the air with astonishing precision and Xiang found himself impressed. He repeated the motion to have this piece caught by a different bird, sweeping up on it from below. ”Well they seem to like it. Though as fast as they eat it I’m not sure they taste it.” Amusement colored his tone--he could remember his aunt saying the same thing about him when he was a boy.

At Lark’s request, his attention turned back to the girl and he was quick to accommodate, climbing out of the saddle to stand beside his companion. ”Of course! How rude of me. This is Mei. Say hello, Mei.” His cheerful suggestion got him the dirtiest of looks from the mare. He could feel the annoyance and figured in that moment he was rather lucky she didn’t nip him like a badly behaved foal. He smile turned a bit sheepish as he patted her neck. Fortunately, she decided to humor him and turned back toward the girl, snorting softly. ”Hello,” she offered, tone excessively polite. ”It’s very nice to meet you. I apologize for my idiot trainer.”

Xiang’s cheeks darkened in a furious blush, which he tried to ignore as he smiled hopefully at Lark.

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 Lark posted at Apr 10 2018, 12:17 AM
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Clef tilted his head at the rider, noting the large grin and dancing in his eyes as he looked at Lark. The little bird wasn't sure how he felt about this, but decided to reserve judgement for the moment. He would be watching closely, though. Lark rocked on her a feet little, her own expression warming as they continued to talk. She could hear the smile in his voice and it was just as infectious to her as it was to people who could see it. "They'll eat pretty much anything, in all honesty." She tilted her head to listen, hearing the swooping and excited chatter as he tossed food to them. She laughed softly at his joke. "The only safe place is in their stomach, it's true."

The young woman heard him dismount, following his face the best she could until he spoke again. With permission given, and the Mudsdale's apparent agreement, Clef gave a series of chirps. "Two steps." He instructed, even though she couldn't understand the exact words, they had worked out several ways to communicate. At the mare's comment, the Taillow twittered a laugh, a sound Lark recognized for what it was. At least things seemed to be in good humor. Lark took two careful steps forward, raising her had as she did so. At the press of a fuzzy nose in her hand, her lips widened into a grin. "It's nice to meet you Mei. I'm Lark and this is Clef."

She brushed her hand up and down the Mudsdale's muzzle, fingers scratching gently, her face one of concentration. "I would say you are different than I imagined, but I'm not sure I had an idea of what you looked like." Lark admitted as she resisted the urge to explore the equine's head further. Not ever being able to see, she couldn't form any images like others could, she didn't even think to try since it wasn't a sense she was aware of. Not wishing to be rude, and not sure how long she could keep her hands from wandering further, she let it fall away from Mei. "Thank you." She said sincerely, gratitude clear in her voice and face. "So, does your rider have a name?" She asked the Mudsdale with jokingly conspiratorial tone.

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