Royce hadn’t the patience or energy to decipher Jack’s accent, only succeeding in getting the idea that he wasn’t particularly fond of this regal newcomer and leaving it at that. The serpent didn’t particularly care for his reasons. He allowed his eyes to droop, taking a deep inhale as that country burr droned on until a sudden chill tingeing the air forced him back to his senses. Rose had given a quiet scream at the sudden attack, moving close to her mate who had risen to his full stature with the threat of violence lurking on the horizon. But fortunately, the Ice Beam had been destined for Jack. Seeing this, the serpent’s frown softened in an unkind smirk, hoping that the ‘Emperor’ was a good shot."I am Emperor by blood and my lands still remain wretch. Though the population has greatly suffered I am still their ruler and I told you, you will show me proper respect."
Well, delusional or otherwise, Nero was proving quite the comedian. Royce’s haggard features were rejuvenated with an amused grin, the serpent leaning lightly on his mate as he watched the scene unfold. Raven leapt into action, snapping at the fox and preventing another attack with a slash of her claws. Rose flinched away at the violence, silently willing for a miracle to dispel the overwhelming tension, and instead left relishing in her mate’s calmness. It was rare for him to be so chilled and she was making the most of his affections, regardless of the scolding that would no doubt await her behind closed doors. He wouldn’t risk hurting again whilst Jack and Raven were around."Seriously dude, get the fuck out."“Oh please, carry on,”
Royce chuckled, finding a twisted amusement in the rising tempers whilst he was totally at ease. Whilst he had already established a disliking for the pair of vermin who had attacked him earlier, Nero wasn’t completely lost of him. It seemed the Glaceon had a couple of screws missing, but he spoke well, fluently, and showed the determination to put the rats in their proper place. “Waylon!”
Rose interrupted with an excited cry, catching sight of the young pup trudging back onto the scene, completely oblivious to the situation he’d stumbled upon. With him, he dragged an amount of berries before plopping himself and his findings down by her coils. The Dragonair lowered her head to gently nuzzle the talkative pup, glad to see the canine in one piece.“ I sorry I burned your tail mister but this will make it all better!”
Royce looked down to the canine with a raised brow, surprised that the whelp hadn’t been knocked out by his attack – stubborn brat
. But his apology was half-admirable, the giant serpent’s glare lingering on the pup until turning away with a sigh. Rose’s amber eyes hadn’t left her mate, terrified that his temper may flare and see an end to little Waylon, but fortunately, he was more interested in the ice-fox’s aggression. She heaved a sigh of relief, face lighting with a smile as she turned to the Houndour.“He says ‘thank you’,”
The dragon-type whispered, accepting the berry on the Arbok’s behalf. She would deal with her own wounds later, now she knew her duty laid with elevating Royce back to his prime. Smearing the berry onto the burn, Rose proceeded to gently rub the juice into the injury with the tip of her own, bloodied tail, content in distracting herself from the drama around her.