- Jul 7, 2020
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Curtis follows after the miner who's clearly more experience in dealing with this kind of situation. Curtis almost feels like smacking himself on the head for not bringing a better team composition to this. All it took was one powerful Dragon-type to show up for him to suddenly fold because he realized he didn't bring any super-effective moves! One moment of panic from him and the rest of his team falls to pieces! He was so focused on dealing with fucking ghost bullshit because 'oooh spooky islands! so spooky!' that he didn't prepare at all for what usually lives in caves like that!Chris-
Running through the tunnel, you and your team could feel a deeply rooted fear welling from deep within your soul. A primal terror that could be cumulated into a single phrase: prey. Even if the Garchomp couldn't get to you, there was that creeping feeling that you'd be consumed. Torn apart and ripped to shreds. That alone was your motivation to escape.
Soon you reached the entrance of the cave, seeing Paul there panting. The miner jumped a little as he heard your footsteps, but sighed with relief as he saw you and your team making it out. He immediately grabs a Pokeball from his belt and throws it up. From a pulsating light, you see a Solrock appear.
"Okay my man, use Rock Slide to block the entrance!" he yells, and the sun rock complies. You can see the Pokemon's eyes glow an ethereal blue before chunks of rocks start to fall over the mine's entrance. You hear a loud thud as something from the other side hits it. It then lets out a booming, draconic roar before you hear a scraping noise.
"That won't hold it, but we'll be able to get away from it by the time it burst out," he states, trying to reassure you of the situation.
He motions for you to follow him, and you comply. After that situation, your entire time was too shocked to really get up to their usual mischief. Scaling the cliffside, you could feel the sun's warmth beating down. Time had certainly passed, and the sun felt even hotter than normal. Like it was born into your flesh and baking it. You were going to be roasted at this rate.
You then feel an earthquake and huddle down towards the ground. You could smell fire, and see a lava plume within the distance. The Thermal Cliffs were a hotbed of volcanic activity after all. You could see a Fletchinder and Talonflames fly towards it, and ride the thermals up into the sky. It was a magnificent sight compared to the dank cave you were just in. It was refreshing in a way.
At this rate, Paul was a ways ahead. He seemed unfazed by the lava plume erupting. You figured that for somebody that frequented the area. You run to catch up to him, feeling he was the only safety net in this red hellscape. You do notice that the trainers you saw earlier were now battling. While it was interesting, Annahime tugged on your shoulder to keep going. She wanted no part of this.
After a while, you notice what seemed like a few stalls. Was this the main hub of the gem trade here? You notice a younger woman standing towards the entrance, glaring in your direction. She had chestnut brown hair neatly tied into two buns. Her eyes shined a vibrant azure, and she was wearing a royal blue qipao.
"Paul, you're late!" she yelled, obviously tired of waiting.
"Sorry my lady, there was a slight change of plans," he laughed before motioning at you/
"I could tell," stated before walking up to you. She had a feisty look in her eyes.
"Now tell me, who are you?"
How do you respond?
Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! He could've at least tried to take on that Garchomp! He could've at least made an attempt! He feels like lashing out at something but can't because of Annahime's clinging to his shoulder!
As he walks, he's not sure what's hotter- the weather beating down on his costume or how angry he is at himself. He doesn't even really pay heed to his Skitty and Thievul as they seemingly take turns trying to jump up on him and stop him, he just angrily pushes them along without thinking about it.
After a while, Curtis's Pokemon give up on getting his attention and just follow after as they pant heavily.
The ground shakes and Curtis balls his fists as he looks around. "What is it now, com'on..." he growls to himself as he looks around. An earthquake, that's a Ground type thing right? But the air smells like burning so maybe it's a Fire type instead?? He stops and keeps an eye on the surroundings, he spots a couple of bird Pokemon flying in the air but... away from him?
Instead they are soaring towards a lava plume in the distance. They approach it and simply soar around it as they fly up into the sky. The aerial dance they do as they ride the thermals into the sky was not at all what he was expecting to happen. But... what- what had he been expecting to happen anyway? Well, a wild Pokemon to show so that he could... he could fight it? He looks back at Toby and Finnegan and he can clearly see that they're in no position to fight right now.
He looks ahead and sees that the miner didn't stop at all. Oh, right- he is on a volcanic island and all that. Must be common here. Annahime's even tugging at his shoulder with her mouth, wondering why he's stopped.
Curtis realized that he had been getting all worked up for nothing again. Just like in the caves it was his own damn fears playing himself again. He sighs and looks back again at the cat and fox trailing behind him- his cat and fox who look like they're having an incredibly hard time with the heat. He sighs and motions them over, "Sorry guys, you want back in your 'balls right?" They perk up at that. Curtis nods and grabs the duos balls, one in each hand, and recalls them back to safety.
That done, Curtis hurries up to follow after the miner. "Annahime, what about you- wanna go in your ball?" Almost instantly, his Vulpix shakes her head- signaling a clear 'no'. Curtis nods, but he does take her off his shoulder and holds her tight in his arms- feeling comforted by the feeling of her fluff against his chest, "Com'on then let's go." Annahime squirms somewhat, but she soon settles in- not minding the extra attention.
Sometime later, he finally comes upon what looks like some sign of civilization. Huh, maybe Curtis should've seen if there were guys like this from the start instead of going it on his own?
There's also a lady dressed up in some sort of fancy eastern dress. Though while the name of the kind of dress evaded Curtis's mind, he certainly did not similarly evade the notice of the person wearing it.
It takes a moment for Curtis to respond but he doesn't think it would be a good idea to try and talk himself up at this moment, not does he even feel like he has the energy for it right now after the emotionally rollercoaster he's put himself... and his team... oh gods, what a fool he's been.
"I'm just some idiot trainer who'd like to go home now," he states defeatedly.