[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Vermilion Bay || MorningSaferi - One hundred four || Bell - One hundred twenty-four
Bell's brown eyes sparkled. "A social gathering spot?"
She paraphrased, feeling the excitement pass through her again from head to toe. Did that mean other Pokemon collected here to play and have fun? That meant those swimming shadows really were other Pokemon, and they weren't just looking for an easy meal. They were safe to approach. It was safe to explore.
Throwing her face to Thorn Bell beamed with glee and hoped he caught her drift. "Uh, what say you, Bell?"
He asked her politely, as though double checking that she wanted to go with a stranger into an unknown place. With a vigorous nod the Poliwag squealed, "A tour, a tour!"
That was all the confirmation Monty needed. "Alrighty then. The train's leaving the station! First stop; the sweetest seagrass you ever did taste."
His little wriggle turned to an even paced swim and Bell followed without hesitation. At this point the sun had risen high enough to cast long beams of light within the water, and as they traveled the different corals and other plants truly came to life. The array was a true rainbow, making it hard to focus on any one plant, but as they passed a small purple forest Monty made sure to take notice of it. "On yer right you can see some purple sea whips. This colony almost died out but we nursed it back to a healthy state."
Staring in awe Bell made sure not to bump or harm the soft corals as she swam by.
Inside.. in some way, this felt nostalgic. Somewhat like when Viggy and Dahlia first showed her the the ship, or when Thorn hyped her up for the shimmering kelp beds. Maybe it was like resting in the caves with Aqua, or when they went exploring in the town, minus the chase from Cheshire. Her small world had expanded exponentially in the last few days, exposing the child to so many things and faces she had never seen before. A massive smile spread cheek to cheek along her face as a fast school of Remoraid darted past them, chittering quickly about a fresh patch of kelp nearby. This trumped all those other adventures. It reminded her so much of home, of being with all her siblings and neighbors back in their pond while being completely different. "Isn't this place amazing Mr. Thorn?"
She asked airily, eyes bright and spirit lifted. Bell knew it was only a tour, but in a way, she hoped it never had to end. "Har,"
the seahorse choked out and Saferi managed an amused snicker. He didn't seem as salty as he was earlier even though she was still poking fun. Maybe the small meal had finally gotten him to settle down. "Did you plan on making a meal of them?'
He snarked back after a pause. Saferi raised a brow before gaining a crooked smile. "Oh please. Those things are mostly feathers. Its not worth the effort unless you have some way to make something of them."
Her own trinkets brushed against her chest, drawing her attention to them. She didn't make any of them, nor did she have a way to make one without any deft fingers. Feathers wouldn't last well in water anyway.
The eel sighed, pushed such whimsical thoughts away. That wasn't who she was. ...
Slowing her pace Saferi felt another sigh push out of her gills. She didn't need to cock her head to know she was in front of the ship (though at a distance), but she did so anyway. It called to her, the place she had carved out and claimed as her home. The place she had fought hard to reclaim, and could taste that she had done so. For two days now she had not slept within her own den and being so close brought the yearning to a T. But that's not where she was going, where she would end up sleeping tonight. She was supposed to be meeting up with other Pokemon who were.. playing or something. ...This isn't who I am.
With her golden gaze fixed on the distant ship Saferi didn't even realize she had come to a halt until a nagging voice came to her softly. "What?"
Silence persisted for several long moments. She knew this place like the sides of her tail. The coral reef was usually teeming with Pokemon, but it was not an ideal hunting ground by nature. Part of her wanted to see Bell, to know the child had perked back up after their loss, but the logical side of her brain knew that safe environment would do that even without proof. "I'm going home."
She breathed, and a weight seemed to lift from her spine.