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 (!) What Meow?, Seeking: Espurr Line
Isilme Veresi
 Posted: 5/31/17, 08:37 am
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Isilme did not often go seeking pokemon on her own. Usually she paid some Nightshade grunt or a poacher to find what she wanted. In fact, she was expecting to be receiving several pokemon she'd been after for awhile in the coming weeks. But she could hardly keep up appearances as a gym trainer if she didn't actually do any training. And people would begin to question how she was obtaining pokemon if she never left Hinoki Village. So she'd taken some time off from her duties at the gym and the shop she ran with her mother and decided to take a little trip out of town. She'd come to Wisteria because it was delightfully full of pokemon she wanted for her team. Litwick, Gothita and, her current objective, Espurr. Plus, the meadows outside the city were home to pokemon like Absol, Deino and other dark types she could use in gym challenges.

It was evening, a time when she'd been told the wild Espurr population would be more active, and in the area where a local nest was said to make their home. She wasn't sure what to do to try and attract the psychic felines but she hoped that treats might lure them out. So she walked with Belladonna lounging across her shoulders, feeding the Litten her favorite snacks as they wandered the streets. She chatted softly at the fiery little cat (who was not sure why they needed to add another cat to the team) and hoped that they'd encounter something before it got too late. Isilme was not overly afraid of being mugged but a woman needed her beauty sleep and traipsing about the city at midnight did not sound at all thrilling.

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 Posted: 5/31/17, 03:58 pm
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 Posted: 6/5/17, 04:40 pm
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What a rough day! she grumbled to herself, disappointed in today's spoils. Normally in a bigger town like this she could at least scrounge up enough scraps from the nearby market leftovers to feed herself a decent meal. Slim pickings today, apparently. All she was able to get a hold of were some almost spoiled tomatoes and some leftover pasta from a restaurant nearby. Her stomach growled, and she bit her lower lip. She'd give one more street a try, and if she found nothing there she'd call it a night and head back to her alley den.

She trotted out of the alley and into the street, quickly checking her surroundings for any signs of danger. She ducked behind a few crates, gave them each a sniff, but they contained something that was definitely not food. She kept moving, ducked quickly between the legs of some market vendor and jumped up on a wooden stool near a vegetable stand. With her nose in the air, she caught a whiff of something sweet. Vegetables weren't usually sweet, that she knew of. She examined the vegetables closer until someone's hand shoved her off the wooden stand. She landed on her petite little toes and kept moving.

Nope, that smell wasn't the vegetables, it was something else. She followed the scent, cautiously from the sides of the street trying not to draw any attention to herself. Some ways ahead of her, a trainer was walking away with a handful of food she was feeding to the pokémon on her shoulder. Espurr wrinkled her nose. Not another cat pokémon, she grumbed to herself, again. The sweet scent of treats had a hold on her now, though, so she trotted forward hoping the trainer would accidentally drop a piece or two.

When the trainer pressed on, Espurr grew annoyed. Being the not-so-shy alley cat she was, she bounced forward and jumped onto the back of the trainer's leg, digging her little claws into the fabric to hold on tightly. "Purr!" she let out, in her best pitiful, starving voice she could manage. Sure, it was a bold move, but this trainer clearly liked cats and the sweet aroma of those treats were making her crazy.

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Isilme Veresi
 Posted: 6/6/17, 05:55 pm
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Isilme was unaware she was being followed. Belladonna, however, was not. The Litten had caught sight of the pokemon following them and was watching it out of the corner of her eye. She didn't want her person to add a new feline to their team so she saw no good reason to alert the woman to the presence of the stray cat. Of course, said stray cat seemed keen on drawing attention to itself and bounded forward, latching onto her human's leg.

Several things happened all at once, the sudden weight threw Isilme off balance and made her stumble, spilling the open bag of treats as she tried to catch herself on the neatby building, and Belladonna was thrown from her shoulders to land unhappily in the middle of the sidewalk. The Litten spun around, back arched and a tuft of red fur standing up on her back like a little flame. She had not been ordered to attack but if she was threatened she was more than willing to defend herself!

Isilme had to take a moment longer to regain her composure but once she saw what had nearly knocked her off her feet, she smoothed her clothing and adopted a pleasant expression behind the sheer veil she wore. "Ah. Hello there, little one. You caught me off guard, jumping at me like that." She 'scolded', though her tone was pleasantly neutral rather than annoyed. "If you wanted treats I'm afraid I dropped them in the confusion." She added, indicating the spilled goodies. If it wasn't food the Espurr was after she didn't know what it might want. Belladonna had relaxed some and was greedily pawing treats closer to her, though she didn't move far from where she sat, leaving a good portion that the Espurr could pick up if she wanted some.

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 Posted: 6/7/17, 08:40 am
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Oops! She hadn't meant to startle the woman, or cause her to stumble, or cause the cat pokémon to be thrown into the air. Espurr paused with a look of regret on her face. She sat down, and waited to be shooed away angrily by the trainer. There goes her dinner...

To her surprise, the tone in the woman's voice seemed more soothing and less threatening. She actually sounded sweet, gentle, and kind... not the typical anger and disgust she was used to. She tilted her head slightly to listen as the woman spoke, curious and wishing she could understand what she was saying. She motioned towards the treats, that Espurr hadn't realized were spilled all over the street now. Her eyes darted to the other cat pokémon, who was already pawing at some of the stray treats.

Espurr began to purr, and got back to her feet. On her way over to the treats, she brushed up against the trainer's leg, just a quick head butt to show her appreciation. Then she walked into the middle of the street, one eye on the other cat pokémon, and began to chow on the treats. They were delicious! Some sort of meat flavor she guessed but with a hint of sweet and savory, some sort of marinade maybe? It didn't matter. All she knew was they tasted great and if the trainer hadn't shooed her away by now, maybe she wasn't going to.

The only question she was asking herself was whether or not the trainer's cat pokémon was going to attack her or not. She had a reason to, if she did. This stranger feline had not only knocked her off her trainer's shoulders, but was now eating the treats that were originally being fed to her. How rude! Espurr didn't care, or at least she wouldn't admit it. She was hungry, and sometimes hunger made you do crazy things. She'd feel bad about it later, when her stomach was full...

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Isilme Veresi
 Posted: 6/11/17, 06:22 pm
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As she spoke, the Espurr tilted her head and looked curious. Not apologetic or even scared or angry...just curious. Maybe even a little confused if she had to guess. A strange reaction considering the situation. And when the treats were indicated the Espurr's only response was to get up and start eating, still without any indication that it was sorry or even any attempt at asking for permission (not that Isilme would have denied her the treats since they were spilled anyway, but the attempt would have been appreciated). Perhaps she should have been more firm in her admonishments? But she hadn't wanted to scare it away by sounding too angry.

It was a curious situation and one Isilme wasn't sure how to handle. Did the feline simply lack respect for people? If that was the case trying to add it to her gym team would fail spectacularly. A gym trainer's pokemon needed to respect it's human partner so that they could test a would-be challenger to the fullest extent of their abilities. A pokemon that didn't respect it's trainer would often disobey. Isilme didn't need an unruly pokemon on her team.

But the Espurr didn't seem that type really, beyond not acknowledging what she was saying. It didn't seem to not be listening...more like...it didn't understand what was going on. Which was also odd if it were true. Isilme had thought all pokemon could understand humans. She had never met a pokemon that couldn't, even ones that lived in places where there were few humans to interact with seemed to understand their trainers just fine even after being newly caught. And, if it were true, it presented a whole new host of problems. How was she supposed to train a pokemon that couldn't understand her? She had neither the time nor the desire to teach it to understand human words. She had too many other responsibilities. Perhaps, if she was any other trainer, she might have considered it but she was not an average trainer. She could not dedicate time to a pokemon that needed extra work.

Of course, the Espurr could just be ignoring her too. Or mostly ignoring her anyway. It had, at least, given her a little head bump as if to say thanks even though she hadn't given it anything.

So the question was...what did she want to do about it? She could just walk away and leave the Espurr to eat the treats that had spilled all over the place or she could battle it for the experience. But doing either of those things meant she'd have to keep looking for another Espurr and she had no more treats to use as a lure for other pokemon. She sighed and continued to watch the Espurr, unsure of what to do.

Aria Wolfe
Apologies that there's not actually much to respond to here, lol. Isilme's never really caught her own wild pokemon before so she has zero clue what to do with this one since it sort of seems (to her) that it's ignoring everything she's saying or something. So it's Espurr's move now, heh. Isilme's just sort of waiting for it to do something at the moment. ^^;
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 Posted: 6/12/17, 11:31 am
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Isilme Veresi (No worries! I have an idea...)

She couldn't help herself and began to purr louder. These treats were so tasty!! Better than anything she'd gotten her teeth on in months! Even after just a few bites she had gotten lost in them, and forgot all about the trainer and the other cat pokémon nearby. It was as if finally having a full stomach gave her some kind of high, she felt great! She began to roll around on the ground, purring loudly and playing with leftover treats before chewing on them. She even let out little chirp meows.

After her silly little show, she snapped back to reality and sat up. The trainer and her pokémon were still there, studying her and probably wondering what the heck she was doing. When Espurr looked at the trainer, a warm feeling of affection came over her. She got to her feet and trotted over to her, and proceeded to jump up on her leg. "Puurrrrrrr!" she meowed, wanting the trainer to pick her up. If the trainer liked cats, maybe she'd like her too. Maybe if she showed the trainer she could be good, she could be obedient and gentle, the trainer wouldn't shoo her away. It was hard for Espurr to trust strangers when all they ever did was kick her away or push her off their counters.

She glanced at the other cat pokémon, and it occurred to her she might offend them by begging for the trainer's attention. She hoped it wouldn't mind her, and continued to paw at the woman's leg.
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Isilme Veresi
 Posted: 6/14/17, 07:17 pm
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Belladonna rolled her eyes at the other feline's behavior. How undignified! Isilme, however, giggled quietly. The Espurr sure was cute and full of such energy. It was just a pity it didn't seem like it would work out for her. Some other trainer would be granted a wonderful companion whenever the Espurr was caught.

She was jut about to turn and leave the feline to its life on the streets, when it finally seemed to realize they were still there. It trotted over and pawed at her leg, like a child trying to get attention. Unaware that Espurr wanted to be picked up, she crouched down, adjusting her flowing skirts so that they didn't tangle or get caught on something. She reached out and scratched the Espurr's ears. "You're awfully friendly, aren't you? Or are you just saying thank you for the food?" Isilme commented, unsure of what the Espurr was trying to do other than to get attention.

Belladonna wasn't thrilled with this turn of events and decided to try and scare the Espurr off. "My human wants to catch you, you know." She pointed out, licking a dainty paw and drawing it over her ears. "She'll take you far away from this place and make you fight for her. That's what trainers do." She shot the Espurr a haughty look. "I don't have to fight because I'M her favorite. That's why she gave me this. I'm the only one of her pokemon that wears anything special." She puffed out her chest to show off the collar she wore; unaware that the real reason she was wearing it was that Isilme had a tag embedded with a piece of Everstone attached to the collar so that Belladonna wouldn't evolve. As far as Belladonna was concerned, her human had given it to her because she liked the Litten the best of all her pokemon.

Aria Wolfe
Belladonna is a snot, lol. If it helps move things along I imagine Isilme has a sash or something with pokeballs on it. If the Espurr seems to indicate that she wants to be captured Isilme is unlikely to refuse. She'd probably just think something along the lines of 'I can always breed an Espurr and just make this one a pet' (even though OOCly I wouldn't do that, lol) xD
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 Posted: 6/14/17, 09:29 pm
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Espurr looked up into the human's eyes as she spoke to her with a soft, gentle voice. She listened intently and tilted her head towards her hand as the human began to scratch her ears. It felt very nice to have a little affection instead of annoyance or aggression. She closed her eyes and enjoyed the moment, because she never got her ears scratched and she had forgotten how much she loved it. The moment was cut short though, by a sharp sassy voice that Espurr guessed belonged to the trainer's pokémon.

She opened her eyes and glared at the pokémon, not only because what she was saying was rude and meant to hurt her, but also because she ruined the moment she was enjoying. The black and red striped cat was grooming itself, and Espurr could sense a real sort of proper, daintiness in her body language. Espurr laughed, because she herself was anything but dainty. She was an alley cat, who spent her life on the dirty streets of Wisteria town scrounging for food and stealing from people. Sure, she did some grooming herself, but the hard knock life was for her.

She took what the pokémon said into consideration. It was true, Espurr wasn't a fighter. At least, she didn't start out that way. Nothing says she couldn't learn, and for all they know she'd be good at it too! She knew nothing of her strength and abilities, perhaps with some training she could become strong, and nobody could ever kick her or shoo her away again. That made her smile. Not to mention, she'd be fed and taken care of. She might even get something she heard the house cats in the area talk about, where a human bathes, cuts, and brushes their hair... something called... a groom?

Espurr ignored the cat pokémon when she showed off the collar around her neck. Material things didn't matter to her, especially out here in the alleyways. The pokémon was trying to show off, and say that the trainer would never treat her as well as she was treated. Even if that were the case, she'd still be better off than she is now. Besides, two can play at this game. If the cat pokémon wants to try to scare her away, she'll fight back. She looked up into the human's eyes once more and gave her another sweet, pathetic meow.

It was then that she noticed something shiny, a few small shiny things actually, that were hanging off the trainer's clothing. They looked like little white and red balls, and as the human was bent over petting her they dangled in front of her. Again, she didn't know much of anything about the world of trainers and their pokémon, but those things looked like fun and she bet they'd roll around, making them easy to play with. She lifted a paw and gently batted at one of them. Her pupils dilated and she grinned as it bounced back and forth, hanging from the trainer's clothes. She let out a much happier-sounding meow this time and continued to paw at them.

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