'I can't quite remember how Albany and Lady came about... I just thought adding a love interest might add something interesting to his personality. My two candidates were a scolipede or a very valley zebstrika who wasn't really interested in him, but the latter seemed too boring and unrealistic. I try to keep Lady's opinion of Albany unclear - sometimes she just seems obvious to his hints, sometimes she seems to understand but pushes them away, and sometimes she seems just a shy as Albany. Also, the idea of English being her second language - and her being very poor at it - seemed to suit the quiet zebstrika nicely.'