||Pallet Town | Dusk||
Lost in her own thoughts, Shadowmere didn't acknowledge the conversations going on around her as the Houndoom sat at the window, staring blankly outside. A few dying flames littered the ground, and the warm glow covered everything. Cinders danced in the air like a snow flurry, settling to the ground and fading away, only for another gust of wind to stir them up again. Wonderful to look at, are they not?
The shadowy thought startled the hound, and she looked to her side, the shadowy form of her brother just out of her field of vision. Closing her mouth, Shadowmere smiled warmly. Yeah, they are.
She thought back, getting up from the window and trotting over the to the fireplace. Laying down in front of the fire, the dark hound placed her muzzle on her front paws, closing her eyes and relaxing as the warmth from the fire seeped through her black and orange fur."Daddy!"
Snapping her eyes open, Shadowmere jumped to her paws with a startled yelp, here blue eyes disorientated before they settled on the puppy that was at the door, staring outside intently. "S-Sorry, I gotta go - I think I just saw my Daddy! Uh, bye!"
With a loud gasp, Shadowmere lunged forwards to stop the puppy, but her reach fell short when the puppy turned the corner sharply and dashed outside."Wait, NO!"
Monkey-Oliver raced past her and tried chasing after the puppy, but they too, missed them. "Ollie! It's too dangerous!"
Isolde fluttered above Shadowmere's head, trying to find the Growlithe, but Shadowmere already knew - they were long gone. She had lost another young puppy in her life. Another young soul that she couldn't save. Her mouth opened to call them back, but the cry died on her lips."Isolde, go find Sukoshi; tell him what happened. I'll be-- I'll be right back."
The monkey's was strangled, almost forced as they ran out the door. Shadowmere let out a wordless bark, trying to race after monkey-Oliver before they too, were lost. "Oliver! Wait!"
Isolde looked torn, and Shadowmere knew why. Sukoshi had just left to search the house, and now the two kids had run off. The butterfly reached a conclusion and shouted over her shoulder, "SUKOSHI! THE KIDS JUST RAN OUTSIDE!"
Then she too, flew outside."N-no! Wait!"
Shadowmere finally gasped, but it was too late. The butterfly was gone, flying after monkey-Oliver's tail flame. Shadowmere's legs gave out and the hound fell to the ground with a soft sob. I couldn't even look after my own little brother, why would these kids be any different?
She thought, biting her lip as she tried not to cry any more. Get up, go find them. You haven't failed yet.
Heeding the others words, Shadowmere struggled to her paws, following the sweet scent of Isolde as she ran after the butterfly and the monkey.
Soon the scent sharply went upwards, and Shadowmere's trail went cold. The sweet scent was gone, up in the air where she couldn't follow. The horror and uselessness of the situation finally crashed down on Shadowmere as the hound sat down, tears beginning to fall from her eyes. A familiar presence rolled up beside her as the white-eyed shadowy figure of her brother's spirit lightly brushed her fur. Do not lose hope. Try finding the scent of either Oliver.
Taking in a shuddering breath, Shadowmere put her nose to the ground and started looking for the scent of either puppy-Oliver, or monkey-Oliver.
After a few minutes, the fire hound finds the scent of monkey-Oliver, following the odd not-quite-human and charred fur smell. Picking up her pace, Shadowmere raced through the streets, intent on following the smell. Not once, however, had Shadowmere smelt puppy-Oliver's scent. She wasn't able to dwell on it however, as she soon found the sweet scent of Isolde again, and so she switched her path and followed that path, soon coming across the Vivillon and Chimchar.
Panting to catch her breath, Shadowmere paced up, almost falling over when she drew up beside Isolde. "Did... Did you find him?"
She asked, her blue eyes hopeful as the looked at the other two. "I... I didn't smell them on the way here, but their scent could had dissipated as they ran."
She added, needing to sit down to catch her breath. At least they still had one of the children safe, right?