Alistair caught the pokeball, putting that in his backpack as well. When he brought his head up to thank the professor, he was greeted with the man's face dangerously close to his. "U-uh... Of- Of course! I'll make sure she'll be fine! I swear!" He said, raising his hands in front of his face defensively. Once Stein moved away, the blonde gave a sigh of relief. Well, it seemed the professor was awfully attached to the Riolu. He wasn't sure if he was supposed to be glad or utterly terrified.
He looked over to the blue pokemon, who had her arms crossed and was tapping her foot impatiently. Mustering up his courage, he walked over to the Riolu and knelt down on one knee, now near-eye level with the fighting type. If he was going to spend his life as a trainer with this stubborn-looking pokemon, he knew he had to be friendly.
"Hello, I'm your new trainer. The name's Alistair." He said, waiting for the pokemon's reaction. She seemed unimpressed, huffing in response. The riolu stared up at him with mild interest, her ruby eyes half-lidded.
"Well, I suppose I'm going to have to name you now. Hmm... I guess something tough-sounding... How about Zora?" He said, only to be met with the Riolu's threatening growls. It pulled back its leg, as if preparing to kick him. He immediately put his hands up in front of him again, waving them to call off the impending attack.
"Whoa, whoa, alright, alright! I guess you don't like those kinds of names..." He said, relieved as he watched the Riolu stop her attack. It narrowed its eyes at him, waiting expectantly.
"Hmm... This is a tough one... Well, you're like the Professor's little angel right? How about Angel?" Alistair proposed, already preparing to jump back if the Riolu decided to kick him in the shins. To his surprise, the fighting pokemon didn't act. She let out a low growl, but didn't seem to show any violent protests to the name.
"Well, alright. Angel it is. Nice to meet you!" The trainer said, offering a hand to the blue pokemon. The Riolu huffed, turning away from the hand. Al gave a sigh, deciding that the riolu wasn't in the mood for any greetings. He stood back up, adjusting his backpack straps and turning to the professors once more.
"Thank you for your help. We'll be off now."