"Girls, come tell your brother goodbye! You won't be seeing him for quite awhile!" His mother called to her three daughters, who bounded out of the kitchen to rush towards Arlo at the door. He hadn't put Tyrogue in his pokeball yet. He imagined the minute they left, his little fighting pokemon would want to see and play with the others. It was nice how all of their pokemon usually got along. He did pity Castella, however, for being generally ignored by her owner. Playing with the other pokemon was probably the only attention she got. His sisters crawled all over him, with the youngest wrapped around his back, the second youngest around his leg, and the oldest around his waist. His mother, giddy as ever, chuckled and kissed her son's cheek. "Good luck out there, baby. Maybe you'll see your father along the way. He'll sure give your friends something to help them on their journey, sweet as he is."
Arlo gave her a nod, and he looked down at his three sisters, leaning down to kiss each and every one of them on the cheek, promising to bring them back something. They all wanted him to stay, but Arlo didn't want to keep his friends waiting more than they should have. His spine straightened up when he heard a familiar voice outside of his door.
"Is that Wyatt? And Cas? Can we play with them?!" One of his sisters squeaked, and Arlo's mother shook her head.
"Girls, girls, go to the table and finish your breakfast now. We've stalled long enough. Go on now." She peeled them off of her oldest son and winked at him, pushing him out the door. "If you need anything, we're only a call away, Arlo. I love you. Be good."
The gentle giant gave a nod and a smile, and with that, the door softly closed. He looked ahead of himself, finding Wyatt standing there with Cas rolling all over his feet. He smiled in slow amusement, walking down the steps of his porch and taking his friend's side as Tyrogue insisted on playing with Cas.
"G'morning. I'm to assume the girls beat us, huh?"
There was no doubt that Lio was at the exit gates of their town since 7 AM probably, and Haven was probably there on time to ditch Faduli and all the people in it. Arlo could be happy in any small, stuffy town, but not Haven Dao. He always knew she wanted to see bigger things and do bigger things. Doubtlessly, Haven was a free spirit. In fact, she was one of the first ones on board for the idea of going on a pokemon adventure. Wyatt was the last.
They walked closer to the exit gates, and a little blonde girl with a Duskull was excitedly talking to a dark-haired and hooded girl with a Bellsprout around one of her legs. That was their girls. No questions asked.
"Morning, Haven!" Lio had just finished playing a game of "keep-away" from her Duskull(and the "keep-away" object was just a rock from the ground), and when she heard that familiar voice, her head turned to see that mischievous grin on her dear friend's face. For those who didn't know Haven, they would probably think she was so aloof and evil. Surprisingly, that wasn't the impression Lio got when she first met her years ago. She always thought the girl was cool, so yeah, little Lio followed her around like a puppy months after meeting her. She fondly re-called all the instances where Arlo or Wyatt had to remove her from Haven's personal space.
Lionella turned to look up at the sky as her friend spoke to her once more. Green eyes darted to meet Haven's, and an endearing smile curved in the small girl's lips. Partly, she knew Haven was kidding. They'd never really ditch them. But maybe they would sort of ditch them, just to get a disapproving look from Arlo and some form of chastisement from Wyatt. Irritating them both was always fun. She knew Skully enjoyed it(that, and sneaking up behind Wyatt to scare him). Lionella giggled.
"Perhaps we cou--" She was promptly cut off as the boys drew closer to the exit gates, and Lio groaned, crossing her arms. "Damn. Maybe next time." She winked at Haven.
"Next time what?" The intimidating Arlo asked the small girl, looking down at the two of them with a suspicious glance.
"Nothing, nothing!" Lio gave a bright smile with her teeth, waving at the two of them. "Good morning! Are you all ready to go?! 'Cus I am!"