Joshua listened to Dawkin speak without making the slightest sign of interrupting. He was surprised that the boys little explosion of anger was so contained. Kid was definitely the kind to keep his cool in tense situations and he could appreciate that. In fact, probably much to Dawkin's chagrin, Joshua actually smiled at the boys angry responses. When the boy finally finished and left with a huff, Joshua made no attempt to stop him and let him leave.
Amelia simply watched the exchange in silence with a worried expression on her face.
"Are you sure you want to let him go
?" She asked."No, I don't but it seems better if I do. He's the prideful kind and he might make it out of the desert fine. My concern is when they pride finally gets him in over his head and he's finally dealt a blow to his ego
." Joshua said calmly, sipping his drink. "The kid has potential but also many flaws he needs to figure out a fix. For now though, my concern is what you want to do
"I understand your concern for my safety. I'll let you tag along but...
" She began.
"I won't interfere unless absolutely necessary Ame. This is your journey. Soon as we get you to the temple and back, I'm gone on the wind again, finding my own adventures. But this is a route that poses too many dangers that are beyond control If you were stronger, I'd have no issue letting you go. But you're still to green right now, so as a responsible trainer and adult, I can't let you go alone. Unless, as a trainer yourself, you wish to go alone.
" He said gently, reaching across the table and patting her head, causing the young girl to turn red in the face.
"... so long as I'm still in charge I guess
." She said, looking away.
"Alright then. Let's finish up here and get some rest so we're ready to go early tomorrow morning, when it's just starting to warm up
." Joshua said. Once they were finished, he paid for the entire meal, handing the money Dawkin had thrown on the table to Amelia before finding them a hotel to stay for the night.
The next morning, the two were up early and Joshua, true to his word, let Amelia take the lead. The first thing she did was locate Dawkin and rushed over to him upon seeing him, Joshua hanging back and leaning against a nearby building, letting the two talk in private.
." Amelia said to Dawkin, giving him a smile.