Ardere tenses as the human barely acknowledges their entry unsure now if this was the right decision. Ellie seems happy at the idea of warmth, however, and rushes in ahead of her but doubles back once she realizes she is covered in snow still. Ardere was already tapping her paws to rid her legs of the clingy substance when her Sylveon companion came charging back and shook vigorously to free herself from her icy coat. Ardere smiled and used her nose and take to flick off a few more stubborn clumps before the other female raced back inside to the fire to rest.
As the houndoom entered she took note of the sparse few pokemon residing within, one of whom seemed displeased with Ellie's behavior, and lowered her head. This was their territory so it would be better not to make waves. Laying down beside Ellie the older female let the sling slip from her neck and the egg rolled out gently, Ardere breathing a soft lick of flame to it to dry the chilled water from its surface and licking it clean. Once she was satisfied it was no longer in danger of having the cold seep into its porous surface she tucked it under her chest to allow her fur and warmth to soak out the remaining chill and allow the child within some measure of peace. Hopefully the other males would come back in soon and she could worry less about being surrounded by an assortment of strangers who didn't seem entirely pleased she was here.
Raiden paced inside tirelessly as he waited for Dante to get back inside. His mind was a tizzy with every poisonous detail that Strix could be filling the other hound's head with. Strix had attacked Raiden without warning last time they were together after verbally assaulting his integrity for the incident with Ciara. For some reason the purple dino believed Raiden had attacked him when Raiden had done nothing but act in self defense. Sure he had left damage but Strix had struck first.
Now he had a chance to purify Dante's tainted soul but with so many roadblocks already in place Strix was proving to be a larger obstacle than originally believed. He could only hope that Dante's new mind saw through the charade of caring and unveiled the dinosaur for what he really was, an unstable bomb with a hair trigger. Only time would tell however if this mission to cleanse Dante's soul would be a success.