All of us had assembled within the centre of the clearing amongst all the equipment. Codan smiled towards Lani, who smiled at Jarre, who glared at Dash, who smiled at Tali, who glared at me, which I returned with double the effort.
Kraal and Marilai had left with Quoll a short while ago, each of us saying a hearty goodbye to the Pidgey. It was sad to see her go, but she needed to return to her tribe. I paid no heed whatsoever to the two dogs; they only glared at me as they passed and I yawned impolitely to show them just how much I cared. I smiled in contempt at the memory. And good riddance to bad company,
I thought happily. It was somewhat worse now that we were being split up. None of us liked our groups, but we had no choice. We all silently put up with it for the greater good, whatever that was.
“Alright,” Codan announced in a firm voice. “You know we’ve all been split into two groups.” He laid out a map of Talzere in front of us on a log, pointing out two separate routes to the Missionary. “Dash, Jarre and I will take this route,” he stated, dragging a claw from the Ocacia forest and round a town called Rysis to the Missionary. “Now Lani, Zanna and Tali will take this route.” He pointed to the forest once more and curved down towards the desert pass, then to the small town of Talaren. From there we were meant to meet up at the base of the Missionary before entering. “So, any questions?”
All of us remained silent in our sour moods. I stole a glance at Tali who stuck her tongue out in annoyance, smirking. I scowled but checked myself, wanting to remain calm in front of the others.
“No? Great, let’s hustle!”
The bags were distributed amongst us. Each of us carried a lightweight tent and our supplies, though the bulk was carried by Lani and Codan as they were larger. We bade each other goodbye before heading our separate ways.
Codan and Lani shook paws and wished each other well, grinning broadly but still sad to be apart. Stepping up to Codan, I smiled meekly towards him. He’d been my trainer and friend over the past couple of months and it was odd to not be travelling with him.
“Well, Zanna, I guess I’ll see you on the other side.”
I nodded in response and shook his outstretched paw. “Thanks for everything, Codan. Take care.”
“You too,” he smiled down at me, placing a paw on my head. “Stick close to Lani; she’ll keep an eye on you.”
I agreed and turned to Jarre, only half-smiling as I held out my paw.
“Stay safe, okay?” the worried Torchic said with concern.
“Only if you do.” It was always sad to part with my trusted partner, but I knew it’d be better if he went with Dash and Codan. Jarre took my paw with his wing and I embraced him, closing my eyes so the tears didn’t overflow. I could tell the Torchic was much the same, raising a wing to his beak as I stepped back. “I’ll miss you, but see you soon,” I smiled, trying to lift the mood. He nodded and grinned back. That only left Dash.
The Sneasel greeted me warmly, holding out a paw. “Take care, Lamb. And don’t let Tali bug you too much,” he grinned, guessing my thoughts as I shook his paw. “I’ll see you at the Missionary.”
“You’re coming with us, then?” I asked, letting go of his paw.
“For a while, yes. We need to gather those orbs and keeping an eye on you tells me we’ll soon get to see them.”
Pondering this for a moment, I nodded. “I see. Well, great to have you travelling with us.”
“Ah, it’s a pity we’re not going together, hey Lamb?” Dash shook his head sadly, but gave me a playful punch on the shoulder and nodded politely.
I still hadn’t mentioned a word to him about Rye, but I felt bad enough just thinking of the Elekid to bring him up, so I let it be. I returned to Lani looking downcast, but she drew me in with a paw to comfort me.
“It’s about time we leave, little ones. Shall we go?”
I nodded and glanced at Tali who did the same. With a last, sorrowful look at Jarre, I turned and followed the Houndoom down a rocky path, striding with large steps to keep up.
If the Missionary held answers, I hope they would be what we needed. If we could rally the Freedom Fighters we might be able to stand a chance against Deoxys. The possibility of seeing Rye’s hometown, the Marble City, and to an extent his father, had me excited I had to admit. For the first time in a long while I began to believe I could actually help this world, human or not.
It wouldn't fit into two posts...so I split it up a bit. =3
Comments, guys? Who was Tali talking to? Is Raze beginning to feel something besides anger and hatred? What will happen to Rye now that he's stuck in his own nightmares? Will Zanna ever get along with Tali, and will Dash and Jarre sort out their problems?
So many questions! xD Stay tuned!