Everything was on fire
, they were going do get burnt and die in the fire! Duma's wide eyes were shaking, her vision blurring from tears and smoke. They were going to die
here. She was never going to get out of here. The feline began to hyperventilate, her chest rising and falling rapidly as she struggled to catch breath that wouldn't come. Her pulse was pounding in her ears and the smoke was making it difficult to see. "FUCK."
Jaz's sharp swear made the Persian start, a sharp chirp coming from her throat as she cowered behind the soldier. "Stay by Wes,"
Wes, right, he seemed to be nicer, right? Looking up, Duma's ears fell when she realised that she would need to go closer to the Charizard. Wait what oh god no please I don't want to go near that thing!
She wanted to get up and move, but her paws refused to comply, keeping the spotted cat rooted to the spot."Mite, cover our back,"
Looking up at Jaz, she saw the steel types nearby the trainer, and the feline felt the need to help, but her mind was scrambling, trying to find an idea that would work. "Zone, get as close as you can outside the flames. If it hits you with a flamethrower, you mirror coat and then immediately back down. Do not try to attack it again. Retreat immediately."
Looking over at the Magnezone, Duma's pelt began to prick upwards. Fire beat steel, didn't it? So then why was..? Duma cut off her thoughts with a shake of her head. Jaz knew what she was doing, she wouldn't question the soldier's reasoning. "Haunter, you know the way to a shelter, right? Lead the others off. Take Magnemite as cover. Make sure they get out of range of the flames."
She was going with Xander? Looking at the ghost, Duma still was scared at the thought of moving closer to that Charizard. "My my what a tasty Persian. I love Persians, I love to eat them."
Squeaking, Duma cowered into the ground, trying to cover her ears with her paws. "Come out and face me, you damn coward!"
Looking up at Jaz, Duma wondered how she could stay so calm.
The soldier looked down at her, her voice turning into something softer, more nice. "Don't let it get to you-- it just wants you scared. It's the bastard, not you. Show it what living are capable of."
Uncovering her ears, Duma looked up at the soldier, nodding in understanding. Here was no need to hide! She had friends to help her. Taking a deep breath, Duma sucked in air, holding her breath for a moment before letting it out slowly. Gathering her paws beneath her, Duma stood up, her head bowed low at first, before she raised it up, her blue eyes shifting from their scared gaze to a more determined one. "I-I'm not s-scared of you!"
Duma called out, her gem glowing cyan for a moment as she shot three small, diamond-shaped projectiles from her jewel at the Charizard with her Power Gem."Tell me Eeveelution do you fear death! I would enjoy devouring your body as you sleep!"
Looking off to the side, Duma noted that the poison eevee from earlier hadn't ran either. "My fuck, shut up."
Looking up at Jaz, she watched the soldier swiftly grab a Pokeball and send it out, a large penguin-looking water type emerging. It looked powerful, and Duma could't help but stare in awe. It looked so freaking cool
. "Whirlpool it, make sure it's safe not to hit anyone else, though,"
The Empoleon nodded, water beginning to collect above them. Duma gaped, her eyes wide with awe at it. "That is so cool..."
She half muttered, almost forgetting where they were for that moment. "Pitiful filth, your kind is the reason why my brother is missing."
Brother? That's right, wasn't the psycho Charizard looking for their brother or something? "I take as that as a compliment,"
That didn't sound
like a compliment, but hey, whatever let them sleep at night, she guessed."WHERE IS MY BROTHER!"
Snapping her ears back, Duma hissed at the Charizard, her spotted fur spiking up to make her seem larger. "Stop being so loud!"
She growled, narrowing her eyes. "I got your brother right here!"
Wait wha..? Looking at Jaz, she watched the soldier call out to Wes, trying to get a plan formed. "Lure it out of the smoke, between you, me, and the other two, we'll nail it down. Radeon, can you help?"
Looking at the poison eevee, Duma put two and two together, guessing that the species of it was a Radeon. It made sense, Radeon, poison type... "Son of a bitch, there's something else out there."
Shaking her head, Duma had to get her head in the game and stop spacing out. "We need to hurry."
As Jaz was waiting for the Radeon and Wes to get ready, Duma felt something pushing on her, and she looked around to see Xander pushing her to get her moving."You heard the human? Follow me to safety! That's also valid for everyone here!"
It took a few moments for Duma's paws to comply, but after a few attempts, Duma raced off after Xander, following the ghost closely. They ran through the forest, using the fire as light. It didn't take long for them to find a large building illuminated by the firelight. "Oh! OH! There it is! Finally!"
This was where they were going to take shelter? Duma stayed at the treeline, watching as Xander tried to open the door. You're a ghost... You can just phase right thro-
As she was thinking that, Xander charged the door, phasing right through the door. Coughing to cover up a laugh, Duma waited outside for the ghost to come back out.
It didn't take long, and soon after, Xander came back out, opening the door. "You better hold your breath folks, it's not pretty in here."
Wait what..? Before Duma could dwell on the thought, the door opened fully to show the decomposing head of an Onix. Gagging, Duma hissed and backed away. "W-what the fuck?!"
She screeched, her curse not registering until a few seconds later. "I-I mean... Y-you know what n-nevermind. Lets just g-get this over with."
She took a deep breath and held it, following Xander inside.