Joan looks at Collin with an annoyed expression. "You're asking for a battle now? Medical supplies are too scarce for that, and I'm not sure if you've heard, but we were attacked while you were gone yesterday. Steve died in the attack, but we were able to hold them off. I can't be battling so soon after that just for a challenge."
"Then perhaps not a battle itself but some other sort of contest or challenge to show people that things are getting better and things will return to normal? I think it would do people good to see their gym leader accept a challenge of some sort again."