- she or they
Steven smiled back with an upturned eye, and nodded in agreement. It was refreshing to meet a trainer who was such a kindred spirit.“N-no, don’t apologize,” he muttered at last, his smile unwavering. “Thanks for sharing your journey with me. Comparing experiences with other Trainers, both good and bad, and showing how truly we care about our partners…” He laughed lightheartedly. “Isn’t that one of the greatest treasures we could give to each other?”
It wasn't wholly unusual-- most of the trainers he knew felt the same-- but meeting a total stranger in another time and another place who had so much in common? It filled him with hope. Not just for his world and Silver's, but this one too.
Steven was in the middle of placing a few coins on the bar for Silver's drink when he froze.“Hm, one question,” he said slowly, somehow managing to keep his speech straight despite his jumbled thoughts. “Are you part of the… Elite Four in Hoenn?”
Now he'd gone and done it. Blabbed too much without realizing. Of course a trainer of Silver's mettle would recognize such a distinctive team of pokemon. 'What happened to keep a low profile, Stone?'
For a moment he contemplated denying it, trying to play it off as a coincidence. But there was no way that would work. The delcatty's out of the bag, now...
Slowly, Steven turned back around and faced the other trainer. "Ah, you're sharp," he said warmly. "I am indeed. In fact, I carry the highest rank of the Elite Four. I'm sure you know what that means."