(It would seem that way, wouldn't it? xD It's actually just a play on her anxiety though.)
Valorie just sort of turned her head and gave Ciel a rather surprised look. He didn't like battles? That went flying over her head. After all. Battles were what training pokemon was all about, right? Didn't everyone do it because it was fun to an extent? She knew that she certainly did. Battles were very fun...er...most of the time.
Skye nodded silently in agreement. He could tell she didn't understand what bonds were. He didn't really, not in the conscious sort of way. But oh well. He knew it had to do with trust and that was about all. Rama barked and yipped happily at him, showing his odd displays of affection again.
Valorie glanced at Ciel briefly. She didn't know what he meant by prankster, but it gave her ideas. She didn't know what Skye meant by bonds. She supposed she wouldn't. She wasn't him. Valorie looked up at Flygon, something occurring to her. She then beckoned Flygon with her hands.
Flygon stopped what she was doing, turning her head to acknowledge Valorie before quickly hovering over to her. Flygon lowered her head, seemingly expecting to be pet. She in turn received said petting as Valorie opened and reached into her satchel with her free hand. After a few moments of digging around she pulled out what appeared to be a small stack of multi-colored discs and took her hand off Flygon. Browsing through the stack for a brief moment she pulled out a particular disc and held it up to Flygon. Flygon had her attention, though it promptly moved to the disc, which began to glow faintly as it worked. Valorie would do this with a couple of other discs before she was finished. Meanwhile, she spoke up again.
"I guess we're still waiting for people to finish battling. I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm ready to move on."
"Erm..." Ciel offered. "Zorua are pranksters?" his voice was curious and a little childishly quizzical. He had only seen Zorua in books until recently. They were adorable but he could never train one. They had too much energy. Kink was enough for him.
Meanwhile, Skye was very confused. How did he know...? He just did really. He had been with Rama for a while. Though he hadn't had Pala or Rei for all that time, he still understood them fairly well. He was not like Brian; Skye had no idea what they were actually saying. But what he did know was what they felt and he could guess how they would talk if they were physically capable of human. He didn't think Pokemon were any less intelligent than humans, they just couldn't speak. So he relied on knowing hearts instead.
"Erm..." the auburn-haired boy began. "I-hi hah-have a struh-strong boh-bond wih-hith my puh-puh-Pokemon I Thuh-think. Muh-maybe that's whuh-why."
"You think?" Rama snorted. "I won't work with some regular dinky human.
Valorie just sort of adopted this facial expression all like 'Wait, that's not right...'. She didn't much appreciate being mocked, but it was a bit hard to care coming from a pokemon she didn't know. Heck, she didn't know anything about Rama's species. Was he one of the rare, super intelligent species like the dratini line, or was he lower on the scale? Who was she to say? She didn't know him. She turned her gaze to Skye and gave him this skeptically teasing look.
Skye saw where she was looking and sighed. "Heh-he's muh-mocking yuh-hou. Suh-sorry, heh-he does thah-hat." Rama whined again and nuzzled his human's hands. Skye sighed and pet him some more. Surprisingly, Ciel let out a little shy laugh. He had no clue what was going on but it was funny.
Chika paused then brightened. "THat's okay! Maybe we'll figure it out together!" She smiled.
Valorie nodded and looked away. She didn't really know what to say now. She did catch that Flygon appeared to be watching Swinub with interest, silently wondering what that might be about. Regardless, she lacked any ability to understand it. Her pokemon couldn't speak English, and she most certainly couldn't understand pokemon. Neither could she read their facial expressions, which often didn't translate very far beyond their eyes, which were one of the few places that often seemed to give her an idea on how they felt. Rama barked at her, startling her and causing her to glance at him briefly. Though she calmed when she noticed that he was not about to bite her or something. Or at least, it didn't look like it. He seemed kind of protective of his trainer to her.
Meanwhile, Swinub paused. How did he answer that question? Was she annoyed at him? He couldn't tell.
Swinub: "W-Well... I don't know! I guess I just... do!"
Of course, he was admitting to not understanding his own feelings completely.
Ciel frowned. He didn't see the deal with taking a break from something but whatever. It really wasn't his business. "Okay... if that's what you want..." He fidgeted awkwardly. This was really difficult to understand. What was stopping her?
Rama barked at Valorie, a leering grin on his face. What a prideful pup. Skye gently whapped his head, causing the fox to whine.
Ciel looked around. "Maybe there's a staff person who knows a small, quiet room..." He trailed off after this, looking uncomfortable. Honestly, he wanted to do the same but it would inevitably get him lost. That was the only reason he was still here.
Chika frowned. "Well... yeah. I haven't been around Pokemon that I wasn't friends with and all...I usually don't think about that stuff... what about you?"
"Well, actually... I was thinking the same thing."
She then looked back to the two briefly before diverting her attention again.
"I guess the real question is... where to go so I can get away from things for a while?"
She then started thinking. The time when she'd be able to get away was still a way's away. If she tried that while she was here she'd almost certainly get in huge trouble. She had to be a bit less impatient than that.
Meanwhile, Swinub hesitated a moment. He supposed the reaction was positive, or maybe it was just neutral. "Never..?"
Skye looked at her with a small smile on her face. "Muh-haybe you nuh-need a bruh-bruh-break," he said gently.
"From everything," Ciel commented, kind of catching on. "Maybe what you need right now is to be alone, to give your mind a break or a chance to, um..." Hecouldn't think of it. It was weird.
"Seh-Settle her thuh-thoughts?" Skye mumbled and Ciel nodded.
"You seem all..." Ciel thought again. "Muddled and confused. Maybe you need to take a step back. Like, um...when you get back, take some time alone? I dunno..." Ciel fidgeted.
"Suh-horry," Skye apologized. "AH-Our advuh-vice muh-hust beh-he useless." He wasn't quite sure what was completely wrong so he wasn't sure how to help. Skye could tell there was something deeper than what she had told them but... his own thoughtful shyness would not let him ask. And Ciel was just way too confused.
CHika suddenly blinked. "Oh." SHe frowned. "Well, um... I've never felt that before... but you are cute." She nodded at this.
Valorie thought about this for a moment. She supposed maybe. Maybe she was overwhelmed. Maybe that summed it up. What di she know though? She didn't know if she could trust her own thoughts right now. They'd lied to her and led her to believe things before. It was too bad she didn't have a more three-sixty degree view of the world. Perhaps she would be less prone to mistakes. Or at least she thought that would be nice. She glanced over at Skye.
"I don't really know what to do about it."
Ironically, she would've had a whole lot of trouble saying this normally. She still didn't understand why she felt open around them. Sure, they seemed kinda shy and reclused themselves, but that didn't mean they weren't capable of judging her. She honestly just couldn't find the reason.
Meanwhile, something occurred to Swinub. Did... did Chika not understand what he meant? It astounded him that a girl could flirt like that and be oblivious to what it lead to. Sure, he was a pretty young pokemon too, but surely everyone knew, right?
Swinub: "Well... no... I don't think so... I mean... I'm talking about... love."
Swinub silently wondered when this had become a teaching session. He wasn't all that comfortable with it, but he'd do it anyway.
"Muh-haybe yuh-you're a bih-bit overwheh-whelmed," Skye offered softly, sensing she seemed uncomfortable. Valorie seemed very emotional naturally so with whatever happened to her plus this place, it could be screwing with her head.
Chika looked down at him with a tiny smile. "I don't think I am," she said slowly. "Does Ciel count?"
Valorie nodded silently. It was too crowded, but she honestly didn't mind except for the part where she felt kinda out of breath. She still didn't know if that was only in her head or whether she was actually out of breath. She took a deep breath, yet still found herself feeling kind of odd. Perhaps it was nothing to worry about though.
Meanwhile, Swinub hesitated again. How did he even go about saying something like this? He honestly had no idea, which was a recipe for disaster. After a few moments he spoke up again, immediately resulting in another foot-in-mouth moment as he tried to be more blunt about his feelings.