IC - Sonja Baron - The Alamo, Courtyard:
"Oh, you know," Sonja said, looking at Ray through fatigue-narrowed eyes. "Went to bed late due to an unexpected dance, woke up early to say 'good-bye' to Kyle before he went to Kalos." She shrugged, rubbing her neck. "Fun times. What're you up to?"
IC - Michael Travis - Titan:
Travis steepled his fingers, closing his eyes. "I apologize, but . . ." He looked at Ryan. "That's a difficult question to answer when I don't know your name. Though, considering how recently we came together, I wouldn't bet that we do."
IC - Kyle Eston/Esen Windred - Lumiose Airport:
By the time the flight had ended, Kyle and Esen had all but fallen silent--not helped by the fact that the latter appeared to have fallen asleep somewhere along the way. This left Kyle to stare out the window, chin resting on his hand as he watched the ground slowly approach them, soon followed by the runway and the surrounding city of Lumiose.
Even at this point, he had not brought up the idea of traveling together. While the prospect itself had grown more and more interesting on a personal level the longer he talked to Esen, a large part of him remained aware of the true nature of the proposal. The possibility of spurring that, in turn, continued to tempt him, even if it meant that Silvermind would have his head once all was said and done.
All in all, it was a confusing and frustrating situation, one that he did not enjoy being in the middle of.
As the plane finally came to a stop, preparing now for its passengers to depart, Kyle nudged Esen, who stirred from her sleep with surprising speed. She looked at him expectantly, entirely unconcerned with the surprised expression that etched his face.
"We, uh . . . we're here," he said after a moment.
"Already?" Esen asked, stretching her arms in her seat. "Time sure flies . . ."
"That it does," Kyle said. He paused. "Were you actually asleep just now?"
Esen looked at him. "Yes," she said slowly. "Why?"
"You woke up really quickly, then," Kyle said. Esen shrugged. "Well, either way . . . Guess we better get ready to go, yeah?"
They did. Before long, the cabin door had been opened, and the small group of passengers trickled out toward the airport. Through the windows of the receptacle, they could see the tall buildings of Lumiose, all of them gleaming with their own decorative lights and the orange glow of the sun above. In the distance, hundreds of cars crowded the multi-leveled streets, as crowds of people made their way about the city. The sight vaguely reminded Kyle of Castelia, before Hayes' interference had devastated the city.
He took a moment to suppress the thought.
Turning forward again, he focused on the mission at hand, forcing himself to speak. "Hey, Esen," he said. "You said you were just wandering around, right? No real plan or anything?"
"Would you consider traveling together, then?" he asked, turning his head to the side. The act of speaking had never before taken as much effort as it did now; Kyle inwardly found that his words sounded more like they were being spoken by Silvermind than by him. "Might be more fun than doing it alone. Not to mention it'd be helpful if either of us wound up in trouble."
Esen laughed. "Well, I don't know about you, but I'm not going to end up in trouble," she said, briefly pausing as they emerged into the main terminal of the airport. "But, I don't know. Maybe. It wouldn't hurt to hang out for a day and see how it goes, right?"
"Good enough for me," Kyle said, shrugging. They remained silent as they collected their bags, and at last, emerged onto the neatly-paved streets of Lumiose--their first official landfall in Kalos.