Indigo Plateau (Lab Area)| Late Morning| (7)
After a few more minutes, Colress finished looking at the slides and looked at the time again. He didn't want to push R2's patience on the issue about lunch, so he knew that what he picked to do needed to be something relatively quick. He could
conveniently forget the time and pick a time consuming project that he couldn't leave alone, but R2 knew enough about the lab to call him out on it before he could progress beyond the point of no return. He could look at that pile paperwork that his partner more or less left him, but even he found reading and signing papers for long periods of time boring.
R2 sensed his trainer's dilemma and recalled something Dr. James had said the last time he was actually there. "Hey, didn't Dr. James say something about sticking... dammit I forgot what it was... in the freezer? Should we take a look at it? 'Cause I'm sure leaving it in there for too long won't be good for it."
Colress had to think for a second before remembering the conversation R2 was referencing. Dr. James had placed a very particular sample in the freezer room to ensure that it would be in the same condition when he had time to inspect it thoroughly. Unfortunately, due to the man's forgetfullness and terrible time keeping, he had lost a few samples in this fashion."Oh yes! You're probably right, we can go make sure it hasn't frozen solid on accident."
It went unspoken that this would also mean inspecting it themselves like Dr. James was supposed to, but neither of them expected that to take more than an hour.
Colress stood up unsteadily from the chair. After having sat down for so long and barely changing positions, his legs needed a few seconds to get used to standing. R2 was close by just in case he accidentally fell over, but he didn't need the help thankfully. He then leaned back a little to ease the tightness he felt in his lower back. "Alright, let's go,"
he stated to no one in particular. He reached into his pocket to try and locate his keyring, and had to take a few things out before finding it, of course, at the bottom. He moved the keys until he found the one he needed and held the key between two fingers to keep it seperate from the others. As he inserted the key and turned the lock, both human and pokemon thought they heard a sound, but finding nothing, Colress pulled the door open.
Something fell forward onto him. It was about the same height he was, and it weighed a lot.
Unfortunately, due to being surprised and having no upper body strength, Colress stumbled and fell backwards with the thing landing on him. R2 was able to catch his trainer in a Psychic hold to ensure he didn't accidentally hit his head, but Colress had already landed on the ground mostly and his glasses had been knocked askew. The Beheeyem saw what the thing was first, and his arms and jaw dropped in horror. Colress, however, was unable to see until he righted his glasses, so all he knew was that the thing was big, heavy, and really cold.
He pulled his arm out from under the cold object to fix his glasses, and for a moment he really wished he hadn't. The thing that had fallen on him was Dr. James frozen solid.
Colress didn't even realize for a second that he had started screaming, and his eyes locked onto the frozen body. Images of Opelucid flashed into his mind, and he started flailing in an attempt to get it off. Eventually, he managed to scramble out from under it, and scooted away from it on the floor. He didn't trust himself to stand, and soon he felt really sick. R2 had been stuck staring at the scene in shock, but then he heard a sound that drew his eyes back to his trainer. Seeing how green Colress's face looked, R2 quickly saw a trash can not too far away and used Psychic to lift it towards his trainer quickly. R2 couldn't help the thought, Well there goes his breakfast...
despite how dire the situation was.
After vacating the contents of his stomach into the trash, Colress placed his head in his hands and was practically in the fetal position on the floor. R2 quickly moved over towards him and started trying to calm the man down, but he was too far gone. He started almost petting Colress's head in an attempt to do something,
but that was interrupted when they heard loud stomping coming towards them. Colress's screaming had caught someone's attention, and soon another person in a lab coat busted into their lab. She took one look at the scene and also let out a scream before running back out of the room. R2 had a feeling she was about to get the police, and he wasn't disappointed when soon after, several officers bolted into the room to assess the situation. Since Colress was obviously not of any threat, he wasn't too worried about him, but R2 knew that he had to tread carefully.
One of the police officers came towards them, and seeing Colress's condition, he slowly approached and knelt down next to Colress's shaking frame. "Hey are you alright?" he asked. R2 disappointedly noticed that the officer lacked a universal communicator and was frustrated that he wouldn't be able to say anything to the human. So he settled for continuing to stroke Colress's hair, because helping Colress to calm down would be better for them in the long run.
All Colress could say was, "Frozen... Dead... Fell..."
as his shaking intensified, and the officer took pity on the man.
He tried to catch Colress's attention by saying, "I'm going to try to help you sit up, is that alright?" He wanted to make sure someone so frightened was aware of what he was doing before touching them. Thankfully, Colress did understand what he said and nodded. R2 moved out of the way, and the officer pulled Colress to a sitting position against a wall. The Beheeyem then sat next to Colress and hugged his arm. The officer continued to speak calmly to Colress to get him to calm down when another one came into the room.
This one didn't have good news. "According to the other scientists, no one except for Dr. Gannon has been seen with Dr. James before he went missing." Neither trainer nor Pokemon had to see the nicer officer's face to know that it immediately hardened. Colress's face turned sheet white, and his shaking started back up again while R2 gripped his trainer's arm tightly.
The officer that had been so nice before now bluntly stated, "We need to take you in for questioning."