Udon motioned Chrys forward, out of the library and into the dim hallway. Chrys found it rather spooky at first, but Udon's cheerful demeanor put him a little more at ease.
"So! Mister Bug, how'd you get all those holes in your dress?" she inquired almost immediately after they were out of earshot of the others. She sounded genuinely interested.
"Oh, ah, well... well, there was actually... it's a long story!" he replied, not really sure where to start. "But, as soon as I realized we were in Merlot's castle, I wanted to look my best for her!" he added, sticking to his earlier story.
"You didn't know you were coming here?" She giggled, as if that were ridiculous.
"Umm... no, not really, I'm afraid. It's a wonder that you do have a seamstress though!"
Udon paused mid-flight and looked back. "I never said our tailor was a girl, you know."
Chrys wasn't sure how to read her facial expression at this point. She was poker-faced. Had he upset her? Unsure, he continued, "I'm sorry... you're right. Normally I don't make assumptions like that... it's especially bad because I always get mistaken for a girl. I'll have to apologize to him or her when we get there." Hopefully his blunder wouldn't stick with Udon. It was
true though, Pokemon did
often mistake him for a girl, so he fiercely hoped he didn't seem like he was lying.
At this, Udon smiled. "Don't worry, I
knew you were a boy! Anyway we have two tailors and they're actually both girls anyway. We could always use another though..." she said. Chrys attempted a smile back. It was difficult. Udon didn't seem to notice this and resumed her course.
A few minutes later, they arrived at their destination.
Udon pointed inside a dark room. "Here's one of 'em! The other's helping Soba right now. Miss Magnolia should be back soon. Have her show you to the main hall when your dress is fixed!" she said, in good cheer. And with that, Udon left to attend to some other duties, undoubtedly related to the Pokemon who'd broken into the castle on accident.
Chrys happily approached-- was that a Swadloon?!
"...Chloe? Is that you?" story continued here: [link]