It had been a few days since Lachlin and Fen started their journey. Lachlin felt that the two should get used to each other so he delayed the time for them to leave. Once he felt confortable they started traveling on route 5. Not long after, he came across a wild skiddo. The pokemon was grazing the grass and once it noticed him it stared. Lachlin began to reach for Fen's pokeball while he slowly walk towards the pokemon. Once he got close enough he threw Fen's pokeball and out came the pokemon. He barked and the skiddo used tackle on Fen. Fen on the other hand dodged the attack and Lachlin gave it an order.
"Fen, use tackle," he ordered and the it did as it was told. Fen landed a hit on skiddo and it tackled Fen again. This time it hit its mark and Fen had gotten knocked back. Lachlin order Fen to use growl and the skiddo proceeded to attack again. Fen dodged and then it used tackle on the skiddo. The skiddo got knocked to the ground and Lachlin threw a pokeball. When it hit the skiddo it opened and the pokemon went into the pokeball. Several seconds passed as Lachlin and Fen watched the pokeball wabble from side to side then it a soft click sound came from it. Lachlin smiled and picked up the pokeball.
"Yes," he exclaimed, "we have a new partner." Fen barked and lachlin motioned for him to come over. He pulled out a potion from his bag and began spraying the wounds on Fen. "You did good, here is a reward," lachlin said and gave the pokemon a poke puff.
Fen happily ate it and Lachlin picked up Fen. As they moved along the route they encountered a skate park. Several teenagers were riding around on skates or skateboards, doing all kids of tricks. Some were grinding on the rails while some were just cruising around.
"Wanna take a break," Lachlin asked and Fen barked in approval. They moved over to an empty bench and Lachlin sat down. Fen jumped up and lay down beside him. Lachlin pulled out a potion and summoned Skiddo. It bleated and walked up to its new trainer.
"Let me take care of your wounds Skiddo, they must hurt," Lachlin said and the pokemon ablidged. After he sprayed the pokemon's wounds, he gave it a poke puff. Fen blew out some embers to show it was upset and Lachlin gave it a puff as well. "I spoil you too much," he said as he scratched Fens head. Skiddo lied down next to its trainer on the ground and had fallen asleep. Lachlin then pulled out his drawing pad and began to draw.
Minutes passed and then he saw something sit next to him and Fen. He looked up to see a blond girl sitting next to him.
"It's alright if I sit here, right," she asked and Lachlin nodded. She brought out a camera and began to clean the lense with a peice of cloth. Lachlin began to draw again and he felt like he alwas being watched. He glaced over and saw the girl watching him. His mind began to feel hazy so he put away his drawing and stood up to stretch.
"Sorry," the girl said and Lachlin waved it off.
"Dont be, my mind was just getting hazy. It happen when I get too creative," he said and the girl smiled.
"Oh, your brain was burning out," she said. Lachlin nodded in response and began to stretch. "I'm Samantha," the girl said as she began to clean the camera again.
"Lachlin, nice to meet you. The fenniken beside you is my partner Fen and this is Skiddo," he said. Fen barked and Skiddo bleated. Samantha lifted her camera and snapped a picture of the two pokemon.
"Thats a good one. Lightings right, their position, I love it," Samantha said with a smile.
"Photography," Lachlin asked and Samantha raised a brow. "Your hobby is photography," he asked again and she nodded.
"Oh, yes, well more like a passion. I love takimg photos of pokemon, and people. Ive been doing it since I was a little girl," she explained and Lachlin nodded to show he was listening.
"Same here. I have been drawing since I was a young boy. Its become a bit of a habbit to draw when I'm either stress or bored," he said.
"Is there a certain person that inspired you to start drawing," Samantha asked and Lachlin shook his head.
"I wasnt inspired by anyone to draw. One day I just started drawing out of boredom and I got hooked. What about you," Lachlin asked. Samantha reached in her bag and pulled out a picture. She gave it to Lachlin and he was confused. It was a picture of a blond haired woman kneeling down and petting a pokemon. It was a light blue pokemon with, what looked like a yellow cap. Lachlin recognized the pokemon from his time in the Hoenn region. Lachlin did not recognize the woman though.
"That's Viola, the pokemon gym leader in Santalune city. When she isnt a gym leader she is a pokemon photographer. I love her work and someday I wish to be like her. She is having an unveiling at her museum the day after tomorrow and Im hoping to catch the bus to Santalune city," Samantha said. 'She seems to really look up to her,' Lachlin thought.
"Oh, have you already challeneged her," she asked and Lachlin shook his head.
"I was already passed Santalune city when I got Fen. Besides, it never occured to me that I could enter into the pokemon league," Lachlin explained and Samantha started to put her camera.
"Well, if your pokemon are too strong they wont listen to you, remember that. Hey, why dont you come with me to Santalune city. Well, if you want, if you dont want to enter the league then you dont have to," she said and Lachlin began to think on the subject. 'Well there is the fact that Fen and Skiddo wont listen once they get strong enough, which will be troubling. Then there is my father. Maybe if I won the league he would respect that I have grown up,' he thought and he came to his decision.
"Sure, I will go, there are more advantages than disavantages when taking on the league," he responded. Samantha picked up her bag and looked at her wrist watch to check the time.
"The bus will be here in 10 minutes, get your things together and we can wait at the bus stop," Samantha explained. Lachlin put his pokemon away and they waited for the bus. The two talked more until the bus had come. Lachlin felt he had made his first friend in several years.