"Well, Cloe, this is our home now," Melodie leaned on one of the old, broken fence posts of her not-so-new ranch, trying not to sound too dejected.
"Shinx!" barked Cloe in reply, as she played on the broken fence, thoroughly enjoying the experience despite her owner.
Melodie had to smile despite herself. Although she couldn't exactly say she was excited about having to run and deal with a ranch on her own, it might be fun striking out by herself, and caring for Pokemon again--small, manageably-sized ones, that was.
"Hey, what should we call this place?" she asked the Shinx, who was still romping around the broken fence. Not getting a response, she continued, "I was gonna call this place 'Alcove Ranch,' like that one in those books I used to read... I guess this place actually isn't in much of an alcove, though."
Cloe stopped and happily looked into Melodie's eyes, prompting the girl to speak again. "You know what, I think I'll call it that anyway. Alcove Ranch... Welcome home, Cloe."
This has been in my sta.sh forever while I hoped for an invite to HPM, haha.
Finally uploading it now! So excited to be here, even if Melodie's not yet!
Also I don't own Pokemon or Harvest Moon! o/