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A trap. A coward’s ‘upgrade’ to a lure with chemical agents, to weaken any Pokémon that wandered near, without any consideration whatsoever as to potential side-effects.
Candela cursed in a constant stream as she ran, to try to deal with the sour taste in her mouth. She knew, as all Trainers did, of the groups that would stoop to such means.
It worried her. Not the grunts, not even admins. She could handle them if it came to a fight.
But prickly as Blanche was, they wouldn’t leave if it came to a fight, and time was not on their side.
“Do you think we can manage a bit faster?” This she yelled to fall behind her as she glanced at Blanche.
“No.” Despite the situation their face was the same as ever as they ran, their Togepi in their arms. “Not with her like this.”
She bit back a comment questioning whether being slow would really be any better (whether they cared, because she was burning to turn and fight pursuers) and asked instead, “Want me to hold her?”
“No.” She faltered at the look on their face, it wasn’t one she’d seen on them, or anyone else’s, and keeping an eye on the path ahead definitely didn’t make things easy. But their next words, she knew like the heat of battle. “She’s mine.”
And that, she realised, was Blanche’s worry and love.
She brought out one her partners then without a second thought, an odd jubilance (not so much later, when she watched Blanche healing their Togepi’s wounds) in her chest.
The Scizor flew back the way they came with only a nod, pincers already glowing as Candela picked up the pace. “Then you better pray Spark comes the right way.”
mm. candela and blanche starting off on the rocks because putting candela and spark together is like mild chaos and then blanche with reduced affect display, it seems they don’t approve so candela snarks, blanche replies in their usual tone which gets read as dismissiveness and things get exactly how one would expect with a fire and ice pair
but you know, working so closely to and with someone you notice how they are more, start noticing their particulars, and there’s that gradual realisation as candela sees blanche with their pokemon, with team mystic members, and it’s not apathy but a lack of emotional display
things coming to small and gradually bigger heads with fights against each other and fights with team rocket