"Yes I'm fine. Thank you. You're going to be a great father Vincent."
Vincent returned Reine’s kindly smile, his stomach filling with butterflies as she spoke of his role as a father. Following her gaze to the egg, his smile vanished a moment. Although he was flattered that she could think so highly of him, Vince remained uncertain of the child’s future and his capabilities as a foster parent. His expressive face had fallen into a state of unease, eyes clouding over as he contemplated whether it was right to bring such an innocent new life into the epidemic. Whilst he would never consider hurting the egg, especially considering the promises he made to its mother, the luxray thought it a shame that the youngster would be brought into such a horrific, violent world. His thoughts were interrupted at Reine’s sudden utterance. "They took it."
A frown surfaced on the feline’s features as he peered closer to the female, her eyes no longer soft but narrowed to betray her anger. Vince’s ears flicked back habitually, his tail flicking lightly behind him.“What?”
He queried quietly, his voice oozing confusion. Obviously he’d missed something as the rest of the group suddenly sprung into action.
The luxray shrunk at the fearow’s obvious ferocity, the avian growing even more intimidating than usual – and that was quite a feat. But again, FearSpirit’s emotion was directed at the otter duo. Vince regarded the youthful pair for a moment, the confusion still plain on his face as he felt a painful stab in his chest. Were they really that
bad? Had Vince only succeeded in making another horrible judge of character? A flicker of disappointment met his eyes, as he averted his gaze to Maro, still oblivious to what the fuss was all about.
As ever, the ghostly eeveelution remained the voice of reason, her presence instantly calming, rational and almost maternal. The luxray watched her approach, observing the tense scene from afar as the vulpix child offered his advice. Ashamed that he found himself lost for words, utterly useless in the event of confrontation, Vince took a cautionary step back. His eyes quickly fell back to Reine.“What’s missing?”
Vince’s question was genuine, making a point to avoid accusation. He hadn’t seen her carrying any items previously, but that was mainly down to the feline’s total lack of observance. But now, as he stood by her side, he found himself silently awed by the female’s natural beauty. He had met vaporeon in the past – Lily had introduced him to a few following her contests, but there was something far more striking about Reine, something that couldn’t sway his attention.
Tearing his gaze away, a blush breaking onto his face, he mentally cursed himself for the admiration that had threatened to cross his mind. He was to be mourning Lily, yet he found himself ogling the charming creature beside him. You git,
he growled to himself, his mind lost to a combination of shame and anger at the concept of betraying the love of his life for the next pretty girl to cross his path. Gulping, he placed a paw comfortingly beside the warm egg in which Kegan guarded, reminding himself who he continued surviving for. He had promised Lily to protect her egg at all costs, ensure that the child grew healthy and happy – but only as the godfather. Essentially, the child remained a constant reminder of Lily’s preference for another man.