Still reluctant to do so, much preferring to walk in the rain, Marie had eventually made her way into the cave. After a bit, the fatigue of the day's travels had set in and without much issue, the girl had managed to make herself comfortable in the cave and fall asleep with the rest of her group. Staying asleep, however, seemed to be the difficult part. The girl felt herself roused from her slumber, though with her eyes still closed she couldn't help but be unsure if she was still asleep or not. Trying to keep her eyes closed and go back to sleep, she found the darkness around her start to become more haunting. There were the ambient noises of the cave, but something far less natural seemed to permeate alongside it. Try as she might, Marie was unable to ignore the noises completely, and as a result slowly opened her eyes.
While tired, the girl looked around, trying to find the source of the noise until her vision stopped on something. Or rather, someone. Or someones. Marie's eyes went wide as she snapped awake, looking at the approaching gijinka towards her, all with a hungry look in their eyes as they made their way towards her. Her alertness gave way to fright and she herself felt suddenly isolated as she looked at the group moving towards her. And so, there was only one appropriate response Marie could make to this.
"AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!" Letting loose a blood curdling scream as she saw them approach, the noise echoing throughout the cavern, Marie had worked herself up as she started to back away from the terrifying and hungry looking cannibals.
Nine felt relieved as the crowd dispersed, picking himself back up off the ground. Helping Lok onto his feet, the Houndoom joked, "now, let's hope I'm right. I'd rather not get punched in face while I'm here." Nine nodded along at Gwen's point as she was talking to Jirachi. However, he didn't have much to add himself as Kayla began making her away from them, and there was no one faster among them then her. After stopping at a place that seemed both strange yet ordinary, Nine whistled simply in regards to Kayla's skills in hiding. "I don't think anyone's quite as good at hiding in plain sight as you, Kayla." After complementing the girl, Nine made his way into the house.
Upon seeing the bodies before him, Nine couldn't help but pause, a clear shock going through him. Looking at the severely injured form of the of the girl before him, Nine's expression was one filled more with sorrow then anything else. His hands clenching into fists, the Houndoom couldn't help but go through a sense of anguish at the sight, yet this was soon turned into frustration and anger; both towards the person who had caused such harm and, though unreasonable, towards himself. It wasn't as if he had anything to do with this, nor was there anything he himself could've done to stop it. Yet, to see her here like this while he had been gallivanting around the country filled Nine with a sense of frustration he couldn't quite get over. His eyes moved over to Kayla, unable to imagine what she had to go through having had to both be around when this happened and having to treat the woman herself.
Next to Heather, Nine saw another, equally injured body. The woman was quite unfamiliar to Nine, though he had a fairly good idea of who it was already. As Jirachi had confirmed the Houndoom's suspicions, he didn't say anything in regards to it, and instead left the woman to look after her daughter, figuring Jirachi had to be going through a pain that he couldn't quite imagine right now. His eyes moving back to Kayla and then back to Heather, the only thing Nine managed to mutter was, "sorry I took so long."