"Vali! Goodness, it’s been a while!"
Jolokia chuckled at the swooping goofball of a Swablu, the Skymintaur blinking as she roosted on his head. Was she… acting as a hat? He couldn’t complain, though. She was light enough to feel very hat-like, and she was pretty soft and cloud-like, being a Swablu. And of course, Jolokia’s hair had that inviting, loving scent of peppermint.
"Last time I saw you, your brother was visiting, I believe! Irva was his name, right? Hmmm… goodness, you’ve missed a lot. I have a new son and another new daughter that I’ve adopted!" The taur smirked and looked down, tails wagging as he held a cup toward the avian. It smelled vaguely of chocolate, and there appeared to be a very inviting drink within.
"Chocolate milkshake, Vali? Oh, right, and how’s life at Baile? Nothing too mundane, I hope. You need some excitement out there, heh~”
"Tasty, right?" Jolokia chuckled at Banana’s continued slurps, the Skymintaur getting his answer pretty quickly when she took a break from her chocolatey treat. "It’s made with genuine Casteliacone ice cream and authentic cocoa beans! These are some of my most popular summertime treats! I actually sell them in Nimbasa a few times a year, since I don’t want to cut into the Casteliacone lady’s business."
"Yeah… you still end up seeing more of your brother than I do mine. And he’s my twin, for goodness sake! Oh well… and yeah, more kids, Vali. It’s funny… I’m like a magnet for lost taur children these days. And, oddly enough, Celeste isn’t a taur! I thought she was at first, but it turned out the greyfaces had gotten to her. She’s just a normal Eevee. The other two are taurs, though… Cherub and Maya.”
"You know, Vali, it’s funny. Celeste reminds me so much of my former girlfriend, Sitara. I dated her for over a year and I was going to propose to her when she left to visit her sick grandmother in Johto. Shortly after I ended up moving to Unova, and I never saw her again. Seeing Celeste, hearing her mother died… I almost feel like I have my answer on what happened. But I have no idea who her father is… well, birth-wise at least."
Jolokia let out a sigh at the thought of her joke. “Hmmm… yeah, I don’t see myself having any kids that are biologically my own… not any time soon. I’m planning on proposing to my boyfriend here at the festival. Can’t make babies with two guys, heh…”
"Hmmm… hey, Vali. Jokes aside, if I ever marry Shijima, did you want to be the flower girl? I was thinking you could fly down the aisles, sprinkling flowers all around. I’d pay you in another chocolate milkshake or two! Or I could have Maya make you some brownies… what do you say? Heh… oh, yeah! Also, you should bunk with me and the family tonight! Beats sleeping alone… and you could still lay on my head like a sleeping cap! A literal one, hahaha!"
"…to both things! Eh heh, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I didn’t plan sleeping arrangements when I came here… But one of the perks of being so little is that you don’t take up much space, so I won’t get in your way ~ ♫" With a smile, Banana lands back on Jolokia’s head, moving around his fluffy head as she settled in.
Her countenance became a bit more serious as she listened to him, humming softly. “It does sound like you’ve been through a lot, sir! Why, I remember when Cherub was just a little Deerling…” Banana gave a fond sigh. “Such a sweetheart she was. And now she’s all grown, and with more siblings ~ ♫ It’s a shame for what happened to the poor darling Eevee, but… you want to know what I think about it?” Her voice took on a low conspirator’s tone. “I believe this was fate. I think this was the best possible outcome for her, that she would have you as a father. Her mother must be smiling on you from above ~ ♫”
"And a boyfriend/possible fiancé…" Banana chuckled, a light, musical trill. "Look at you, mister Casanova! Ahhh, how romantic… Proposing under the glow of the lanterns in a moonlit forest! Do you need any mood-setting music? Any bells or birdsong to help the eventual popping of the question, wink wink, nudge nudge?"
She clicked her tongue to further accentuate the point, though she was partially kidding on that part.