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 Picked Clean, [Adventure]
Wiffie
 Posted: May 26 2018, 11:21 AM
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With spring came berries. Apparently, that’s how it worked. Winter was a rather rough time for Cas and Henry, as there were no berries to be picked for bait and less fish in the waters to be caught. But as the seasons changed, suddenly there were berries everywhere. On the trees, on the ground, under the bushes...There had been enough berry trees near the village that Cas had been able to stay within the fringes of the forest. Now, though, all those trees have been picked clean by villagers and Pokemon alike. As the months went by, Cas had been needing to go ever so much deeper into the forest. She had still been at most ten minutes away, though, so she still felt fairly safe. But now the berry trees here were empty, too.

Cas turned to Baltoy and frowned. It was facing her, staring back indifferently. She wondered if it had realized the same thing...or if it could realize it. Or if it cared. The Baltoy was still an enigma to her — especially as to the reason why it still hung around. According to the villagers, that’s what happened to all “immigrants” who appeared: they got their very own stalker. Or at least, that’s what it felt like. Not that she didn’t like the Pokemon- she’s grown rather fond of it, actually - but the Baltoy wasn’t a warm companion by any means. Not like the ones she had seen lovingly assisting Henry and the other residents. Baltoy helped her with things like gathering and whatnot, but it didn’t seem to do it out of any sense of compassion. More like it felt obligated by something, but didn’t actually want to. Even so, she assumed if things got weird out in the forest, it’d help her out. At least, it wouldn’t let her get eaten. Hopefully. Steeling herself, she said, “No more berries again, Baltoy. I don’t know if we should go further in or not. You down?”

Baltoy was silent. They had, in fact, noticed that the trees were empty. They were about to notify the human before they were rudely interrupted by her babbling. Recognizing only the words “berries” and “Baltoy” they assumed that she had reached the same conclusion. //Yes, there are no berries,// they responded. //We should go back. Predators.// It might be dangerous to go deeper into the forest. Who knows what could be lurking? They were only a small Baltoy - they would stand no chance against a big strong hunter. And neither would this fleshy powerless human. Baltoy was aware of their weakness, and was wary of knowingly walking into a dangerous area. They are prey, and prey should lay low and be careful. Baltoy didn’t want to die, and they didn’t want Cas to die, either. She was kinda interesting, though a little simple-minded, and they were beginning to want to learn more about why humans do the weird things they do. It would be hard to do that if Cas was dead.

But of course, like always, the dumb human didn’t understand. Cas shrugged at Baltoy’s low tone, taking it as an acceptance. Letting out a long exhale, she scanned the ground for some decent weapons, coming up with a fallen branch that still had leaves and a rock that fit in her palm. If worse came to worst, she was sure she could just run away. Or maybe climb a tree. Maybe not many Pokemon could climb trees and she’d be safe. Now feeling a bit prepared, she started making her way deeper into the trees with small, uncertain steps and a nervous, exasperated Baltoy keeping a sharp lookout beside her.

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Baltoy was right to worry about predators that lurked in the forest. Though many of them knew better than to come close to human territory, there were some that picked their prey and refused to give up on their chase.

All of a sudden, a small, brown creature jumped out from nearby bushes - only the sounds of rustling leaves could have served as a warning for its arrival. With a pair of goggling, red eyes, it scanned the human and her strange companion. Something growled back the way it had come and the Pokémon immediately moved, jumping on the trunk of the nearest tree and climbing it up swiftly and gracefully, until it reached a branch. It clung to it, staring at the human intensely as if trying to say something. Though it couldn't possibly know what the woman had been thinking, the rodent clearly had similar ideas when it came to avoiding danger.

Then another Pokémon emerged from the same bushes: this one was much a much larger, black canine and evidently the one that had growled a moment earlier. Its face was twisted in an angry grimace and it showed off its sharp fangs. The dog first gave the human an intimidating glare, but as it noticed the Baltoy, it scoffed, proceeding to look around instead. It growled in dissatisfaction, leaning down to sniff the ground. The Houndour began walking around in circles, paying little attention to the human. It came closer to the tree where the Patrat was hiding. The rodent had been watching it with eyes wide open in fear. As the predator came dangerously close, the prey glanced at the woman and its large eyes expressed something else: a plead.

Houndour scoffed angrily again and turned back to the pair, as if it suddenly remembered their existence.

"You there. With strange arms," the canine called out to Baltoy, almost spitting out those words. "Seen any rats around here?"

The pleading stare of Patrat only intensified. If one looked closely, they would notice tears forming in its eyes, though that could be either from terror or because the rodent had apparently been forgetting to blink. Meanwhile, Houndour took a step toward Baltoy, keeping its head high to appear as tall as possible.

@Wiffie


a wild Patrat has appeared!
level lower than Baltoy ◒ female ◒ ability ◒ moves
pls pls pls pls

a wild Houndour has appeared!
level slightly higher than Baltoy ◒ male ◒ ability ◒ moves
scary hunter >:l

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 Posted: May 30 2018, 02:24 PM
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Cas and Baltoy were on edge as they pushed on through the forest. Baltoy was constantly spinning, keeping a thorough watch as Cas looked for a decent berry tree. No luck. She hadn’t seen one whose berries weren’t already full of holes from hungry Pokemon. A little nervous now, she continued, trusting Baltoy’s surveillance. Hopefully they’d find one soon so she could hurry out of there. The anxiety was starting to give her a headache. Baltoy was silent next to her, which wasn’t abnormal, exactly, but she wished it’d make some noise to fill the silence between them. That’d definitely relieve some tension, which would be greatly appreciated. But just as she was about to make some inane comment about the weather or something, a Pokemon jumped out of nearby bushes. Startled, Cas jerked back, readying her “weapons” and calling on Baltoy, who hardened it’s body in preparation for some kind of attack.

However, it was just a small rodent-like thing. Cas locked eyes with it as it stared them down, and kept track as it climbed up a nearby tree. It’s stare was intense, practically holding her in place. It seemed absolutely terrified of something, though she wasn’t sure what, exactly. Maybe it was being hunted or chased away from its home? Whatever it was, its fear was infectious. Cas tensed, debating just leaving it there to face its fate and getting herself and Baltoy out of harm’s way. Baltoy clearly had a similar idea, already moving away from the tree and the Pokemon. Cas started to follow, tearing her gaze away from the frightened Pokemon, already feeling pangs of guilt. She wanted to help it, really, but she wasn’t interested in finding out what it was so afraid of.

Unfortunately, she only got a step and a half away before the demon dog showed up. Cas could tell it was a demon because as soon as it appeared, Cas felt a wave of heightened anxiety wash over her. Henry told her about these Pokemon and what they did to people. Cas stiffened, wary of drawing its attention as it sniffed around, presumably hunting the little brown Pokemon. It seemed dangerous with it’s sharp teeth and aggressive expression. Luckily it didn’t seem too interested in them, instead approaching the tree where the other Pokemon had hid. Cas glanced up at it, heart pounding as the dog got closer. The Pokemon seemed to be tearing up, and Cas felt a moment of sympathy for it. Perhaps she could try to distract the demon dog before it was too late…
Except it seems it had lost the rodent’s trail. She was relieved for the little Pokemon, though now very unsure of what the dog would do now as it turned its attention to her and the Baltoy.

Baltoy was also anxious. It was a dark Pokemon, one of their natural enemies. They made their way over to their human, who they were sure wouldn’t know to be cautious. They didn’t want her to aggravate the vicious-looking Pokemon in any way. The situation felt very fragile. As the dog addressed them, they briefly considered giving up the location of its prey to placate the hound and hopefully leave unscathed. It seemed wholly disinterested in them, and Baltoy would prefer to keep it that way. But Baltoy wasn’t sure if that was the best course of action. If the rat gets away, would the dog then come after them? Baltoy was doubtful that it would be able to catch the brown Pokemon in the trees. It didn’t look capable of such a feat. So...evasive maneuvers? //Yes,// Baltoy hummed neutrally, //I have seen many rats today. One ran through here just now, I believe. That way.// Baltoy gestured into the bushes opposite from where they and Cas were, and, coincidentally, away from the the tree that held the Pokemon’s prey. If they were lucky, the dog would leave in that direction, allowing the three of them to make a clean escape. If not...well, they wouldn’t hesitate to give up the rat’s location to ensure the safety of themselves and their human.


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 Posted: May 30 2018, 06:06 PM
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The rodent was holding her breath as her heart pounded heavily. She was starting to feel dizzy from all the adrenaline. Her thoughts were racing as she could only watch how the events unfolded. The next few seconds could decide whether she would die on this day...

The dog didn't look up at the tree, though it did seem to have caught her scent. Perhaps it didn't consider that she could be all the way up here. Of course, it wasn't one that usually climbed trees... But she didn't want to take any risks. Even revealing her location to the demon could be fatal. Who knew what this beast was capable of doing? Patrat almost breathed a heavy sigh of relief as the strange Pokémon that accompanied the human protected her. She chanted words of gratitude in her thoughts.

The canine wrinkled his nose, continuously smelling the air around him. He had no reasons to trust strangers, so he had been trying to show his intimidating side and scare them into giving him the information he needed. But Baltoy's tone didn't reveal any emotions, really. Were they frightened at all? Houndour growled in frustration, uncertain what to make of Baltoy's answer.

"You better not be lying to me. If I don't find the rodent, you better watch your back..."

Houndour wouldn't take his eyes off Baltoy for another few steps, as he slowly walked the way they had pointed. His intense stare was paired with slight opening of the canine's mouth, to once again show off his fangs. Yes, if they were lying, he would certainly make them regret it...

Once he felt like the warning had been emphasized enough, the dog turned and ran off, swiftly, without looking back.

Patrat watched the predator run off, but she wasn't moving. She was still clinging for dear life to the same tree branch, as if she was afraid that Houndour would hear even the quietest sound... At this very moment, she felt like no place in the world was safer than this tree. She waited half a minute before she dared to slowly bow her head in gratitude. The rodent wanted to express her gratitude in more meaningful ways, but she had heard the dog's warning as well. Revealing her location could doom all three of them... Her gaze moved back the way Houndour had run off, then again toward the human and Baltoy, as if trying to explain why she was being so quiet.

@Wiffie


a wild Patrat has appeared!
level lower than Baltoy ◒ female ◒ ability ◒ moves
ty ty ty ty

a wild Houndour has appeared!
level slightly higher than Baltoy ◒ male ◒ ability ◒ moves
it's not a threat, just a friendly warning

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 Posted: May 31 2018, 07:08 PM
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Cas watched anxiously as her Baltoy and the demon seemed to converse. Her Pokemon’s seemingly bored tone relaxed her a bit. It seemed to be unconcerned with the aggressive Pokemon. It seemed to be that her trust in the Baltoy’s protection was well placed, as it was a short conversation, ending with the dog running away into the forest after a show of intimidation. It was a tense few moments after the dog ran off in which none of them moved. Cas was awash in relief that nothing bad had come to any of them: the rodent wasn’t torn apart in front of her and none of them had suffered even a scratch. She was certain something was going to go down, and had been prepping herself to throw her now useless-seeming rock. She kept a hold of it still, though — they still needed to find bait for the fisherman. She could take down a Pokemon for meat, but she didn’t have the proper weapons and that seemed unnecessarily dangerous.

Turning to the Pokemon in the tree, she gave it a wide smile and returned its grateful nod. She was glad it wasn’t dead, though she had no part in its protection. Really, she had very little intention of risking their safety for hers besides a passing thought to distract it from all of them. It was more of a selfish idea than a selfless one, and she felt a tad guilty about it. She had definitely been secretly grateful that it had been the dog’s target and that it seemed so intent on chasing it down that it ignored her and her Baltoy. But again, she had been afraid for it. It had seemed so scared, and that touched her. It was so small and looked so defenseless. Thinking that the dog would eventually return once it realized the rodent wasn’t...wherever it headed, she carefully placed the tree branch on the ground before offering her newly freed arm to the Pokemon. She gestured to the forest away from where the dog went, hoping it would get the idea. It would be safer, hopefully, if it left this area and travelled aboveground where it wouldn’t leave a scent to track. Otherwise, it was likely to be caught out and atracked. Cas wasn’t certain if she should bring it to her caretaker’s home, but she figured she could always keep it in a ball and out of the man’s way. Plus it had little hands — perhaps it could carry things?

Baltoy watched on disinterestedly, though they felt a tad impatient. They were unsure whether the dog would chase them down once it failed to find its prey, and they wanted to be deep into the village by then. They cared very little what happened to the rat now that the danger had passed and wished only to leave and leave now. They assumed that the human was offering protection to the frightened Pokemon, though they didn’t understand why. It would be a burden and possibly deadly if the dog came after it while it was in their vicinity. Not only would that Pokemon surely be killed, but it would also want to exact some sort of revenge. They would all be better off separate. But of course, the human wouldn’t understand the delicate situation they were in. Frustrated, Baltoy spoke to the rodent, being ever so quiet, //The human offers protection if you come with us. The village will be safe from the dog. We leave now.// Baltoy was curt, trying to make it clear this was a one-time offer. Once its decision was made, whatever it was, they would be leaving to find the fruit and then quickly head home.

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I like how Cas and Baltoy went about this befriending attempt: Cas' gestures were subtle details that get the point across, which helps a lot with Pokémon that don't understand human speech and Baltoy gave Patrat a good "pro" for joining them (and put some pressure on the poor scared thing xD).

However, since the interaction has been quite short and Patrat is not necessarily in the state to make life-changing decisions, I will ask for a little more time for the poor rodent to think things through. Not rolling for now; Cas is going the right way about this, she just needs to keep trying. :D

Patrat winced as the human came closer. She still wasn't confident about moving or leaving her somewhat-safe hideout, so as the woman approached, she worried there would be enough noise for the dog to come back. The rodent glanced again the way Houndour had gone, but it was nowhere to be seen anymore. She breathed an inaudible sigh of relief.

As she turned her attention back to the human, she was reaching for her and pointing somewhere... Patrat frowned. Was this woman inviting her to tag along with them? There was no other explanation. They had just helped her out a lot, but could she really trust them that it was no trap?... And more importantly, was it wise to be leaving this tree already? The rodent hesitated, staring at the offered arm silently.

It was when Baltoy spoke that Patrat winced again and her gaze began shifting nervously left and right. They really were offering protection... It felt very generous, considering she hadn't done anything for these two, and she could see how the human settlement could provide safety from nasty predators. Did she really have to decide now? Baltoy was making it clear that they had no intentions of waiting, but Patrat glanced at the human pleadingly. The human seemed nicer than her Pokémon, considering the smiles and all. What was she supposed to do? She couldn't stay on this tree forever, especially that sooner or later, Houndour would be back. Perhaps this time he would notice her and attack, somehow. But then, would it be safer to escape now or later? There was no way to predict when he would be back. Tagging along did seem like the safest option...

Patrat shook her head, chasing her overly analytical thoughts away. She had to act, fast, or else they would leave her behind and she would have even fewer options. Hesitantly, one paw at a time, she got on the woman's arm.

"This... This is just for now, okay? I don't want to be a burden for too long," she whispered, still afraid of making any noise. Truthfully, it wasn't necessarily about not wanting to bother them, Patrat was also considering what was best for herself.

The rodent was aware that the human could misinterpret her actions, but she imagined that there was always a way out. As long as she wasn't put in one of those orbs, she could just run off if it got dangerous.

"If you're going somewhere where the demon won't find us, I suppose I can't say no..." she explained further to the human, knowing that it could be futile. Perhaps the hesitation in her voice could give the woman an idea that this a temporary agreement.

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a wild Patrat has appeared!
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so many options aaa what's a chipmunk to do

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 Posted: Jun 1 2018, 09:21 PM
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Cas kept her arm steady as the Pokemon seemed to hesitate. It was understandable, really. It had just been chased by something looking to eat it — of course it was be wary of clambering onto what could easily turn around and try to kill it as well. Trying to give off a safe vibe she kept a small smile and waited for it to decide. She was willing to give it a little time to make a choice, though she couldn’t stay too long. If it backed away, she would have to just let it go and wish it the best. She kept herself very still as a sudden move or sound might scare it away. It seemed a little skittish. Or just shaken from its harrowing escape from death’s jaws. Possibly both.

When Baltoy seemed to say something to the rodent, Cas wondered if it was something encouraging. It was doubtful, as she saw the Pokemon wince. Baltoy did seem like the type to be a little harsh. It certainly seemed to lecture her at times. Even if it was a mean comment, it seemed to push the rodent to a decision as it slowly eased itself onto her arm. It had a little bit of heft, moreso than she expected. But she kept her arm steady, carefully drawing it close to her body. She hoped it would climb onto her shoulders or something so her arm didn’t get too tired — her hair had plenty of tangles to use for pawholds if it chose to do so. If not, she’d just keep her arm tucked and power through it. It was tempting to just pick it up and put it there, but she figured touch wouldn’t be too appreciated when it seemed reluctant to even be this close to her. She hummed quietly at its chittering, whispering, “It’s alright,” in what she hope was a reassuring tone.

Cas was already making her way deeper into the forest, keeping an eye out for danger and ripe fruit. She kept her steps controlled but brisk, trying to make good time without jostling her living cargo too much. Unfortunately, she had to leave the branch behind, but it rustled a lot anyways. It was probably best not to draw too much attention to themselves. She still had her rock to throw at scary things if worse came to worst.

Baltoy had been a little disappointed when the Patrat chose to come with them, but they chose not to say anything. They understood that protection was very tempting in this fairly dangerous environment. It wasn’t the best decision, they thought, but it wasn’t exactly a terrible one. Hopefully they would just deposit it some ways away from this area. It would be a little safer for the rat and better for Baltoy and Cas. They were pleased that it had only intended this arrangement to be temporary as well. Good. It was wise not to carry a walking target for too long. Baltoy remained silent through the rat’s talking, choosing instead to begin its surveillance anew, following Cas while rotating constantly. They hoped they could be back at the village before the sun went down - at this rate, there was a possibility they wouldn’t.

Though, if it took too long, they were certain they could guide their clueless human back to safety before dark came upon them.

Notes: Foraging attempt!
Baltoy - Lvl 5 - 100% Health - 45% Energy
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The search for berries has been quite fruitful. Cas did a good job at searching – she found 4 berries in total: 1x spelon berry, 1x lum berry, 2x kelpy berry!

Patrat accompanied Cas and Baltoy as they went deeper into the forest. She was still tense and nervous about the earlier encounter with Houndour, but as time passed, she was starting to relax and look around curiously. She had been so familiar with this forest, but sitting on a human’s shoulder sure gave her a new perspective. The world looked so much… Wider. She was starting to open up and talk, while the human was looking for various berries and finding them with some success.

”The human has a good eye for berries. I’m told that humans don’t have a strong sense of smell at all. Is that true?” she asked Baltoy with analytical curiosity. ”I rely on my vision as well, mostly, but smell helps a lot with things you cannot see.”

She was a curious one and couldn’t waste an opportunity to learn new facts.

While their journey was going well for a while and Cas was able to find some juicy berries, Patrat eventually tensed up all of a sudden. She held on to the trainer tightly and concentrated as her eyes scanned the surrounding area.

The sounds of footsteps came from behind them. Before Patrat could identify them as a potential threat, the Pokémon had already caught up with the trio. The rodent froze in fear at the sound of a familiar, growling voice.

”You really have lied to me. Did you think you could get away with that?”

Patrat shut her eyes, praying for all this to be a nightmare, when things got worse. Another voice, similar to the first one, barked behind them, ”We don’t appreciate liars. You’re either with us or against us, buddy.”

The two dogs stepped forward, circling the human from both sides to surround her. The one from before was smaller and with less muscles than his female friend. The male was gritting his sharp teeth angrily, his expression showing just how insulted he was from being lied to. The female Houndour, on the other hand, was smiling condescendingly.

”But we are also merciful. We don’t have to punish you… If you give us what we want.”

The two canines glanced at Patrat, making their goal very clear.

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a wild Patrat has appeared!
level lower than Baltoy ◒ female ◒ ability ◒ moves
so many options aaa what's a chipmunk to do

a wild Houndour has appeared!
level slightly higher than Baltoy ◒ male ◒ ability ◒ moves
the boys are back in town

a wild Houndour has appeared!
level slightly higher than Baltoy ◒ female ◒ ability ◒ moves
you come into my forest, disrespect my family…

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 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 08:29 PM
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The Pokemon was a weighty little thing, but having it on her shoulder wasn’t entirely unpleasant. When it relaxed, so did Cas - nerves were contagious. For much of the time they were walking she had been ready for it to suddenly leap and disappear into the forest. But such was not the case, and she got to enjoy examining a new strange creature. It was much different from Baltoy - more animated and expressive. Baltoy didn’t really show any emotion - at least, not in any detectable way. Its face was rather blank and stagnant. The emotion in the rat’s eyes was rather refreshing by comparison. It was more like the Totodile, though she had only ever seen a child-like excitement from him. Cas wondered if Pokémon could feel the whole range of emotions a human could feel, or if they could only experience the simplest of them: fear, anger, and happiness. Could they feel proud of their accomplishments or guilt over a mistake? She wasn’t sure, but the little Pokemon on her shoulder made her curious to find out.

A bit further in, she finally found what they had been looking for for so long: a berry tree! She reached up and plucked its only two blue kelpsy berries, turning them over and deeming them acceptable. With a moment’s thought, she tore off a piece of one of them and offered it to her passenger in a gesture of goodwill. She was sure the fisherman wouldn’t mind too much if a bite was taken out of the berry; it was to lure in the fish. No need for it to be in peak condition. Well, hopefully. But he was a kind man. He’d likely understand.

It wasn’t long after that when the Pokémon began chittering, in a much-less nervous tone than the last time. Baltoy hummed at her praise of the human. They weren’t sure if it was a good eye or just luck that allowed Cas to find anything. It didn’t seem to have the best vision, becoming nearly useless once night fell. But they’d let that one go, choosing instead to answer the rat’s question. //Yes, that is true. From what I have seen, the humans rarely use their noses at all. I’ve come to believe they have no sense of smell at all. Or, perhaps, this one is just defective. It’s hard to tell.// Which was a plausible idea, considering the questionable decisions she oftentimes made, coupled with her seeming inability to understand their language after their attempts at teaching her. On another note, the rodent seemed to possess some form of intellect, which was pleasing. At least it wasn’t terribly simple-minded as they’d first assumed, but they still weren’t sure about bringing it home. It would be a drain on resources if it couldn’t pull its own weight.

In good spirits, Cas began looking around the area for more trees. She found two more of differing types. Pleased with her success, she plucked the two other berries. Four was a decent amount for the day. It was dangerous to go much deeper, anyways, and she didn’t want to stay out too late. Cradling the four berries in her free arm, she set off in the direction of home with Baltoy on her heels. However, not long after, the Pokémon on her shoulder tensed up, and Baltoy whirled around at the sound of steps. Unable to hear them, but concerned, Cas stopped, looking around to see what was bothering the two. When the two dogs emerged, growling and barking, she felt her heart skip a beat. Was it the one from before? Or maybe others? The rat seemed terrified, but that could just be the presence of two vicious seeming predators than any sort of recognition.

The two surrounded them, and Cas felt herself begin to panic. What could she do? One was standing in the way of the village, and she wasn’t sure if they’d chase her down again. She could run another way, but she was afraid of getting lost. The two demons made it obvious what they wanted - the little rat. But she wasn’t sure if she had the heart to give it up - how cruel would that be? To give it a glimmer of hope only to throw it back to death’s door. Then again…it might mean the survival of her and Baltoy, if they were distracted enough to flee. But the image of the vicious dogs ripping into this scared little creature…Perhaps of she offered something else? She dropped the red spelon to the ground, nudging it towards the tougher-looking of the two. Hopefully it decided to be a tad forgiving.

Baltoy spun on the ground next to Cas, keeping a careful watch on both dogs in case they tried to attack. This was a tricky situation indeed. If their human’s offering didn’t work, well…There might be a fight. Or a sacrifice, if they could help it. The dogs clearly wanted the rat and the human seemed unwilling to let it go. A dumb decision by any means, but they had no way of communicating their opinion to Cas. //We are not against you. The human understands none of what you say, but she makes an offering. A trade. We have found many fruits. A good meal. We would give them all to you if you let us be.// They spoke to no one in particular, still turning in place, but their message was for the both of them.

Notes: Suddenly, words
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Patrat had opened up enough to accept the treat without second thoughts. She nibbled rapidly, holding up the tiny berry piece close to her mouth. As she was done, she pointed to the rest of the berry with one paw. Did the human expect her to be satisfied with just a small bite? Perhaps she was being demanding, but who could say no to berries?

Whether the human would give the rest of the berry to Patrat or not, she ended up sacrificing one for the rodent's sake. The female Houndour glanced at the distraction. Her nose wiggled with interest and she leaned down to sniff the fruit. It smelled sweet and delicious... Perhaps it wasn't meat, but getting berries was especially difficult when one didn't have hands and couldn't climb trees. The human probably didn't know how tempting this berry was to them. They could still play their cards right... The female looked up, keeping her condescending smile on and placing one paw on the berry, spinning it around playfully.

"Not bad of a gesture. But you've mentioned more. You can't expect us to feed on a single fruit, do you?"

The male, still insulted over how he had been tricked, growled impatiently. The berry looked tempting from afar, but he wasn't close enough to smell how sweet it was. His focus was still Patrat. He wanted the meat and he wanted revenge. He took a step closer to the human.

"This is your last warning. Give us the rat or the human turns into dinner, too," he hissed. His companion rolled her eyes at her hasty partner, but he remained oblivious to that as he pointed his mouth to the sky and breathed out a weak blast of fire. Following this display of strength, he glared Baltoy down. There was no use discussing with the human. It was all up to this stupid Pokémon to give them what they wanted. Of course, despite Houndour's threats, taking the human would come at a risk and it would be ideal if they could avoid a battle and still get Patrat.

The rodent clung to the human, shaking helplessly. She heard what was going on and she knew that her presence was putting them in danger. The right thing to do would be sacrificing herself... But she was frozen in fear. She couldn't take that big step.

@Wiffie


a wild Patrat has appeared!
level lower than Baltoy ◒ female ◒ ability ◒ moves
-fear intensified-

a wild Houndour has appeared!
level slightly higher than Baltoy ◒ male ◒ ability ◒ moves
gif patrat or u get the fiyah :v

a wild Houndour has appeared!
level slightly higher than Baltoy ◒ female ◒ ability ◒ moves
berriessssss

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Cas huffed a quiet breath of amusement when the rat practically demanded more. It was like toddler incessantly pleading for more sweets. A familiar mix of exasperation and fondness swept through her — though she wasn’t entirely sure what made it so familiar. She’s never been near a child as far as she can remember, so it was odd that this felt like a situation she’s been in a million times before. Perhaps it was a part of her forgotten life. And as much as she felt she should save these precious berries, she couldn’t help but tear off a slightly larger piece and hand it to the small thing. A small part of her whispered that she never could resist. But as soon as the thought was there, it was gone, fading as the stress of facing two demons dominated her mind.

Luckily, the larger dog seemed pleased with her offering, though it wasn’t as distracted as she’d hoped. It seemed grin at them as if it knew it had the upper hand. It’s teeth were terrifyingly sharp. She watched uncomfortably as it spun the fruit around as if it were a toy. Was it demonstrating satisfaction? Dissatisfaction? The uncertainty of the situation was started to get at her, and she startled violently when the other dog shot a blast of fire into the air. Fire. These two dogs could breathe fire. How was that possible? So far, she had only been afraid of getting mauled, but it seemed that there was a possibility of a much more painful death. Being burned alive seemed very unpleasant. Hopefully, they'd have the mercy to kill her before cooking the meat. She took a couple steps back in fear, though her baltoy didn’t follow. It seemed so calm by comparison. She assumed the Pokemon were conversing somehow, even though they were wildly different. Cas had to trust that Baltoy was mediating in some way. It hadn’t even flinched at the dog’s display and she wondered if it was frightened at all. The rodent’s clinging stung a little, but Cas was glad it was holding up okay. She would’ve felt terrible if the Pokemon had lost its grip or tried to run away and gotten caught by these two demons. By this point, there was no way she could give the little thing up to be slaughtered. It would be like giving away a small child.

Baltoy was quite frightened. The dog’s little show of bravado had startled them as well. They were unsure if the dog was planning to attack them or if the larger one would even attempt to stop him. It felt like a risk to let the human take even a few steps back unattended — would she be able to react quick enough if there was an attack? Likely not. They weren’t exactly excited to have to try and intercept, but it was still their job to keep the human alive. But they knew that if they had retreated as well, the larger dog could take that as backing out of the deal. That wouldn’t end well for any of them. They used their relatively inexpressive face to appear unaffected, and ignored the threat in favor of replying to the female, //Yes, more. I will retrieve them now in exchange for our safety. Though I ask that your partner not attack.// In order to behave calmly, however, they needed to be calm. They took a moment to settle their nerves. Terrible things happened to those who made decisions based on emotion, and Baltoy was determined to put their own anxiety aside.

After that moment, they moved backwards towards the human, keeping watch over the more aggressive dog. They turned to Cas, using their telekinesis to pull two fruits from her arms: the half-eaten kelpsy berry and the red spelon berry. They had been resting on top of the arm she had held to her body and were therefore easy to access. It took some effort for the inexperienced psychic, but they were able to do just enough to knock them from her arms for them to fall and roll back to the two dogs. It helped that she let them go willingly. She trusted the baltoy knew what it was doing and made no attempt to keep either berry, though she felt guilty at their loss. The lum berry had been in her grasp and inaccessible with their power. It wasn’t visible to any of the much shorter Pokemon, and the human needed berries for her odd hunting practices, so baltoy decided not to overexert themselves by forcing it from her hand. The dogs likely wouldn’t notice and the human would hopefully not feel the need to go back into the forest for more. //Here,// They hummed impassively, //They are yours. A fair trade. We will leave now.//

Baltoy backed away from the dogs and into Cas’s legs, causing her to take steps back. She was confused; was it okay to leave now? Were they trading berries for safety like some sort of gang payment? She moved backwards with Baltoy’s pressure, wondering at this behavior. Perhaps Pokemon were more intelligent than she suspected? She, too, kept her eyes on the predators, uncertain if they were going to be pursued. Her rock was a comforting weight in her hand. At least she had a weapon with her if it came down to that. She kept it in front of her as a sort of shield and her own display of power. As much as she tried to trust in Baltoy’s handling of the situation, she felt more than a little unsafe. Hopefully the dogs would be satisfied with the fruit and she can take herself and these two Pokemon straight home. Though, she wasn’t sure how she’d confront the fisherman. She would come home with one measly berry. It was unfortunate, but preferably to getting bitten or burned to a crisp. He would probably understand, but she'd feel guilty if he had to take it upon himself to find enough to use as bait.

Notes: Suddenly, words.
Baltoy - Lvl 5 - 100% HP - 45%EN
+1 defense

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