Uh-wha? xD Well, Cam gets to decide, so.
You can pick anyone, even an NPC if you don't really want to describe the battle much. It should be a student though, as that's the point of these battles. (NPC battles don't require much description because NPC levels are not kept track of or moves and etcetera)
The only exception to who you can pick is Valorie, because,
Lance is going to pick her.
I'm basically vaguely following what SelenaStar told me was supposed to happen, so. c:
Skye watched her a moment as she left. "Yuh-hou're right. I duh-don't. Theh-here's nothing wruh-wrong with either wah-hay."
Rama sneered. "She says that and walks away. Weak."
"Rah-hama," Skye scolded, actually sounding upset with him. "Eh-henough! Soh-homeone's disah-hagreeing wih-hith her vah-halues. Ih-it's okay tuh-to be upset."
"It ain't okay to beat down on the kid when he don't get what's going on," the fox growled, looking at the visibly guilty Ciel. "How is he supposed to know what's going on? He was just trying to tell her what he was thinking. That is all."
"Peh-heople aren't u-husually so forthright about thah-hat sort of thing," SKye mumbled. Rama huffed and fell silent as Ciel shook guiltily. THe teen wanted to call Valorie back and apologize but... he felt it wouldn't make a difference. He didn't quite understand humans and their overreactive behavior.
(It's just that I've gotten in contact with SelenaStar and we plan on moving on soon, 'tis the reason. ^_^;)
Valorie didn't respond to what Ciel said. Her eyes narrowed a bit. Was he accusing her of something? What did he know about her anyway? They'd just met! And yet... it still stung. It felt almost as if he were calling her a bad person or something. She tried very hard not to care, but it wasn't any use. She finished up with Swinub and sent a brief glance in Skye's direction, revealing her frustrated expression when he spoke. She then proceeded to return Swinub and Flygon rather abruptly. After doing this she stood up and turned to Skye and Ciel, an expression that conveyed obvious upset on her face. She had listened to what he had to say, but she would not stay silent any longer. She could only watch as someone metaphorically smacked her across the face for the values she held dear for so long. She proceeded to speak up, her voice somewhat quiet. However, the wrath in her tone offset the quietness. Ironically, her gaze drifted downwards as she spoke.
"...Maybe it's you that just doesn't take battling serious /enough/."
Who 'you' was was left unsaid and unimplied. Perhaps she had meant the both of them, seeing as they agreed. As soon as she finished speaking she turned tail and proceeded to try and make her way away from the two, in a bit of a rush.
Ciel whimpered. "I'm sorry... I didn't mean to say that..." He shook, looking immensely guilty. ""It-It's just... that battle... it felt like the win was the only important thing, that you proving yourself was more important than your Pokemon or having a fun battle to get to know someone. IT... that sort of thing hurts..."
"Heh-he's trying tuh-ho suh-say." Skye began, holding back a snicker. Seriously, when did the stuttering freak get to be the translator. "THe-he world tah-takes bah-hattling suh-so seriously. Luh-hike thih-this skuh-school, beh-built to tuh-teach people how-how to train theh-their Poh-hokemon. Ih-hisn't thah-that the puh-point of a juh-journey? Fih-Figuring it out?"
Ciel nodded. "I'm sorry," he repeated. "It just all feels so serious, so important. There's more to the world than battling but... it seems like all those important things are being forgotten in place of getting physically stronger." And trainers don't do much anyway now. He kept that part quiet.
(I do believe Ciel just made fun of uber-serious players. Ouch)
Valorie seemed to go deep into thought when suddenly out of the blue she was insulted. It honestly took her several moments to completely grasp what Ciel had said as it pulled her out of her thoughts. Her expression turned mildly frustrated as she focused back on Ciel's face. She then looked away, having fallen silent abruptly, her expression no longer visible as she grimaced.
His words had spoken a lot more than he had intended them to. Valorie resented them, a lot. How dare he look down on her for being competitive? She silently assured herself that she enjoyed the competition, that he was wrong about her. And yet... the opinions of others kind of mattered a whole lot to Valorie. The remark stung. Yeah... The thing was, winning only mattered to her if it earned or helped her earn respect. In retrospect, seeing how Ciel thought of her, her 'win' seemed more like a loss.
After a moment she took a deep breath and stood up, moving over to Swinub and releasing her breath in the form of a sigh, though none of these relaxation techniques were powerful enough to combat her inner angst. Swinub looked up at her as she approached. Valorie kneeled down and proceeded to silently go about teaching Swinub some new moves as well with some TMs. Her expression was one of mild sadness at that moment, though it would still be invisible to the two boys, as her back was to them.
(XD we should just say she's breaking the fourth wall.)
Ciel frowned a bit. He shied away a little, looking uncomfortable. "Um... Not really... I... it doesn't... People take it too seriously. It isn't very fun anymore. All everyone wants to do is win... They never , no one ever wants to just have fun anymore... Like you." he covered his mouth after saying this, suddenly realizing he had been rude. Skye winced. Oops. Poor Ciel