"I hate to say it." Mac whispered at Ari. "But I'm not moving so good right now. This is...gonna be a tough one."
"Yeah," Ari nodded, "But we can make it through. We have to." For that Mr. Mime, for Regirock, for Latios, for everybody who had suffered because of this woman.
Said woman walked slowly towards them, blood dripping down her side, as she raised a hand at Ari. A bolt of electricity fired off from her fingertips, racing towards the Fire type. "Why don't you be good children and just die?" She asked, sickeningly sweet.
The Litleo managed to move just in time to avoid it, sweating as he saw a blackened scorch mark where the attack hit the ground. He spat out a couple Embers at the woman while circling away from Mac, trying to keep the psychic lady's attention off of her. "Why did you do it?" he asked, angry. "You killed all those people, and for what?" He hadn't heard any of her conversation with Kazo, except for when the dragon type had shouted in outrage, but he doubted whatever she could say would justify what she had done.
"Guess I can't argue with that," Denku shrugged, which caused Easter to preen. Just a bit. He always appreciated compliments, and even complimenting by agreement counted in this case. "I rather not...," the rock type continued responding to the offer. "Over the past week or so I have fought off leopards, fought in a war, fought against three Godslayers and an insane legend. I'm good for a break, however brief it is."
“How about you show us to where we’ll be staying?” Brooke asked, shouldering her backpack. “Would be nice if we didn’t have to carry our stuff around with us. Bad enough being back on a boat so soon after the last time.”
Easter privately agreed with the Emboar, but suspected that they shared the same opinion for differing reasons. Before he could reply, however, Dora decided...to be Dora. "I wanna see how the ship moves! Look, look, it's going so fast, how does it doooo that?"
In her haste to reach the side of the ship, the Wooper nearly upturned a bucket of water that a red-haired girl was using to clean the deck. "Hey!" She shouted, then glared over at the rest of the group. "Someone keep a hold of her before she breaks something, sheesh!" She snapped.
"I'm sorry--" Easter began to apologize, exasperated with the child's antics already, and it had barely been five minutes since they got here.
"Hey, hey." Solana said, tugging on Easter's arm, trying to get his attention back. "Are you sure you don't want to have a battle with one of us first?"
"I wouldn't mind," the Sylveon replied. "Need to keep my skills sharp." And my mind distracted. "But first, I should probably make sure certain members of my group aren't actually falling over the side."
"Brooooke. Why is the water so far down?" Dora asked, curious. Case in point.
"What do you mean---," Denku cut himself off. "This is a flying ship?" Denku half asked, half commented before he picked up Dora. "Yeah, you gotta stay away from the edges, Dora. That's a long way to fall and a long way to get back up here," He said as he walked away, Dora tucked under his arm. "I think we should tie her down," He joked to his traveling partners as he came back to the group.
"Sounds like a good idea to me," Easter said, trying for a casual tone, which was a lot harder in his current mindset. "We usually only tie people to the mast during a storm, but Dora's a mini hurricane." He started walking forward, feet aimed for the stairs to go belowdeck. "If you want to put your stuff down, I'll show you where we'll be staying."
Marie's expression became incredibly annoyed as Keanu explained things on his side. "What? No no, the people of Mowloo are only hard on them because Blake keeps going around and making everything worse! He's just a huge bully who doesn't even want to help anyone. He just wants to bring his scary queen back so she can kill everyone, or something." The girl pointed at him as she said, "so we're here to make sure we stop him so all the fighting can stop."
"That's right..." Randy growled, pointing at the Zoroark. "He's getting what's coming to him...ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!!"
"That is enough." Blake said. "The Queen is impatient." He licked his lips. "My new friend." He looked towards Keanu. "They want to stop me. If I fall so does all my people. Siding with them is siding with our extinction."
The Pikachu's ears flattened at that, and he felt unsure what to do. He could never stand against his friends, but he didn't like the idea of fighting Blake either, and it looked like that was what was going to happen if things continued the way they were going. To make it worse, now he could hear a pained voice in the back of his mind after that strange mist touched him.
Blake's claws extended from his hands and a glow formed around them as he struck them together, seemingly sharpening them. Without taking his eyes off Randy he said, "I'll make it quick." He moved forward at incredible speeds, claws extended and covered in dark energy, as he slashed across the larger man's chest.
Thankfully, Marie was prepared, sending out a pulse of pink energy toward the Zoroark, "what the h-hell do you think you're doing you b-bi-bully!" Oh Fini, she sounded so afraid, this situation kept getting worse and worse.
Meanwhile, Randy and Blake had started a pitched fight, and Keanu still didn't know what to do. Everything was going wrong, there was a voice in his head, and that giant egg was there in the background making everything worse. His thoughts became increasingly dark as he stood there, until he wondered if he should just end it all and leave this place, leave everybody behind, because that's what he did best, after all.
A black energy formed around him as he thought this, mind working on various Nasty Plots.
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