As expected, it didn’t really sting having to give Paladin away. He was a good Metagross and battled well, but he just didn’t seem to fit with the others. Andy didn’t bond with him as well and she honestly wanted to just keep Pokemon she could bond properly with.
So when she found out a parent was looking for a decent first Pokemon for their kid who wanted to start his journey, she decided it couldn’t hurt to give it a try.
Paladin made a quite displeased noise when Andy went over him with a wet sponge.
“You have to look your best, Paladin. And behave. They’ll be here soon and I wanna make sure they’re decent people.”
Even though he knew what was happening he naturally felt a little sad. He’d accepted it and wasn’t upset about leaving Andy. But he’d been with her since he was a Beldum and she’d raised him to a pretty good Metagross. But sometimes it didn’t last and she knew he’d be better off with someone else.
“It’s gonna be fine, you big dork. Imagine how happy that kid is gonna be when he sees what a cool Pokemon you are.” she gave him one of her rare, genuine smiles that only Rori and her Pokemon got to see.
“Okay, you’re done. Let’s go meet them, they should be here now.”
The kid wasn’t older than at least 12. His name was Aaron and he was understandably excited about going on his journey. But he’d been too late to pick up one of the starters, leading his mom to do what she’d done.
Aaron stared up at the big Metagross. He couldn’t be more than five feet tops. Not that Andy was that much taller, but he was still a scrawny thing.
“What’s his name?” he asked.
“Paladin.” she told him, while Paladin watched the boy. He was small but he seemed like a nice kid. Aaron gently put his hands on the Steel type and smiled.
“He’s so pretty.” he said and looked at Andy again. “Can I really have him?”
“Mhm. He doesn’t really fit with my team so I want him to go to someone who can take better care of him. He’s a very good Pokemon and I can assure you he’ll keep you safe from any danger.”
“I can’t believe my first Pokemon is a shiny. This is so cool!” Aaron’s eyes were sparkling and Andy couldn’t remember the last time she saw a kid this excited and happy about something. Not many kids got a shiny for a starter so she knew this made it extra exciting for him.
“Are you sure this is okay for you?” His mother asked. She’d seemed a bit hesitant at first, Paladin was pretty big. But he was also quite docile and didn’t mind getting touched at all. On the contrary he quite enjoyed the affection.
“One hundred percent. I’d trust Paladin with my life. He’ll be a good Pokemon for your boy.” Andy gave her a nod and put her hands in her pockets. It would feel a bit sad to part with Paladin, no matter how close or distant they’d been. It always felt that way when parting with a Pokemon and she did miss her Kalos team sometimes (she’d released them before moving back to Hoenn) but sometimes you just had to make tough decisions.
“Thank you, Miss!” Aaron grinned from ear to ear and even gave Andy a hug, which surprised her. She awkwardly hugged him back. He looked so happy… Paladin was in good hands and so was this kid.
“Alright alright. You have an adventure waiting for you. Better not waste more time.” she gave his hair a ruffle and handed him Paladin’s Pokeball.
“Here you, kid. And don’t hesitate to call me. I’d like to know if Paladin’s kicking a….butt out there.”
“Okay!” Aaron smiled and called Paladin into his ball before running back to the car.
“This is really kind of you.” His mother smiled at her. “Please take care.” she said and returned as well. When they were gone, Andy took a deep breath and wiped her eyes. That damn dust…
“You’ll do good, kid.” she muttered before heading inside.