Pyrite Town (Dean's Hideout) | Late NightD-67
Phoenix continued to play with Asche’s feet until laziness overtook her and she flopped the rest of the way onto the floor staring out into the hall waiting for any sign of life. One of those idiots had to come out of their room sooner or later and when one did she was going to corner them and get some damn answers. No more of this misunderstanding nonsense.
As luck would have it not long after she made her decision the quiet spring of a door handle turning and the soft sound of door hinges groaning as they moved caught her attention and a smirk pulled up her muzzle. Shifting to her stomach she got into a position she could rise more quickly from and waited as the soft shuffle of feet grew steadily closer, her tails beginning to swish as they neared her position.
But what she hadn’t noticed was there were two sets until a loud gasp of surprise preceded the halt of at least one set.“J-Justy-?! I’m sorry I thought you were- I mean- I was just-“
The flush on Dean’s face was incredibly apparent as he took in a still drippingly damp Justy with the shirt he had lent him straining against the larger torso, sticking in places where the water soaked in. “I assumed you were still in the bathroom. I was just going to grab a drink. I’ll… Let me get out of your way! Sorry!”
The blonde had completely forgotten being mad at the idiot as he briskly brushed passed towards the kitchen once more and leaving a snickering Ninetales he didn’t even notice behind.“And here I thought this was going to be difficult.”
Pyrite Town (Wes’s Apartment) | Late Night"All right. Goodnight, guys. Sleep tight."
Michael didn’t miss that look between Wes and his Espeon but he did his best to pretend it didn’t bother him. For years now he slept maybe a few hours a night, if that, and often went at least two days with nothing at all. It tired him sometimes but it was better than the nightmares that came every time he closed his eyes. He could still see little Pluplu and Mimi ripping pieces out of his mother and that empty, hollow look in her eyes…
Shaking his head violently to try and banish the dark images the ginger youth instead focused on running calculations in his head to try and piece together what few, yet vital, bits of information he had. Without the tempo of the Purification Chambers there had to be a way to mimic the effectiveness using Celebi instead to fight back the Shadowfication of Lugia without outright killing the large dragon. Lugia was his friend and he hated seeing the majestic beast held captive by anyone but especially held captive against his own heart.
The trick of distracting himself worked as the painful images always lingering on the fringes of his mind once again receded into their dark corners and Michael made his way over to the newly freed couch, sitting down with a quiet thunk while the rest of the group shuffled around to find their sleeping arrangements. Lucky hopped up onto the other side of the couch with him and proceeded to cuddle against Michael’s ribcage in an attempt to comfort his trainer. The affection was greeted warmly and he stroked the feline gently despite the fact his soft smile didn’t quite reach his eyes.
Michael had become quite adept at hiding his true feelings against Eldes and the others back at the IPD he worked out of but never from Lucky. The Espeon had known him since Michael was a small boy no taller than his father’s knee, they were practically brothers. Not for the first time that night Michael inwardly wished for Teddy, the soft, honey scented fur that seemed to remain from the bear’s earlier evolution and his protective embrace was always the best way to help chase the bad thoughts away. But in this tiny apartment there was no way they would fit. So, like he predicted, Michael did very little in the way of sleeping that night.
((If anyone has more they want to do this round go ahead but I am gonna be doing a time skip next round to shift us to morning so we can get the group back together. Otherwise skips are perfectly allowed for anyone who wants to hurry this along lol))
((Except Sil. You are not allowed to skip Justy because fuck you I need a response XD))