Indigo Plateau | Morning | (16)
Colress more or less spent the rest of the day in bed, and R2D2 thanked the powers above that Wally dropped by later. Colress had not moved from his position, and the presence of another person at least forced him to react. Since he hadn't eaten, Wally had insisted on making some soup for him before sticking in an old movie to watch. R2 almost cheered when Colress had spoken a little to make comments on what they were watching; as long as he could speak and, even better, make smart remarks, then he wasn't slipping again. However, R2 and Wally agreed that Colress needed rest still, and so Wally left the pair early to their own devices. Before going, Wally had R2 make a promise to come get him if nightmares were bad that night. Once the boy was gone, Colress decided to change into more comfortable clothes to sleep, and he passed out face down. Normally, R2 would sleep in his pokeball, but the day's events worried him enough to stay out for the night. The bed was large enough for R2 to sleep on as well, and he was close enough to notice if Colress lashed out or made sounds that night. When R2 woke up, it was to the sound of Colress' alarm clock beeping obnoxiously followed by a loud thud as it landed on the floor.
Since Colress didn't have his translator on, R2 sent a telepathic message, Missed?
Of course he started the day off with a teasing jab. He only hoped Colress would respond in kind."Shut up."
The groggy crankiness was apparent in Colress' voice, and he scooted closer to the bed's edge to reach the offending object. With his face turned away from the Beheeyem, he didn't notice R2's smile of victory as the alien sat up and stretched. Once the clock's accursed beeping was silenced, Colress sighed heavily as he contemplated actually getting out of bed today. The nightmares had definitely flared, but he had stayed asleep for once. Normally he was more prompt about waking up, but he knew it was highly unlikely that he would even be allowed to work today. The lab, especially his and Henry's portions, would be taped off as the police investigated, and even then, until his name was cleared, he didn't think anyone would be willing to work with him. That last thought weighed a ton, and R2 could feel him sinking further into the mattress as he came up with more and more reasons to not move.
The Beheeyem, however, wasn't having it; he had already let his trainer stay alone in his thoughts for too long, and letting them fester was out of the question. Jabs and teasing were his best ways to know Colress' mood, so he pushed the much larger human as he cheerfully announced, Alright! Wake up, Sleepy! "I'm not asleep,"
Colress retorted childishly with his voice still muffled by the pillow.Coulda fooled me. "What's the point? It's not like I can really leave the room,"
Colress sighed again. It was clear that his mood was sinking again.
Even in telepathy, R2's voice was firm, Well, you're going to eat, and while leaving the room is optional for that, we're not staying in here all day."Why not? I don't feel like getting stared at and whispered about behind my back today."Sorry, but that whispering is going to happen whether you're there or not. Besides, you know you didn't do it."Yes, but people talk and sometimes take matters into their own hands."And that's why I'll be right there. No one will be stupid enough to actually do something if I'm there."You underestimate what outrage does to the masses."
R2's grim determination was clear, I will stop them. No one will lay a hand on you."Please... don't hurt someone over me,"
the scientist's voice was quiet and almost desperate.
He knew where Colress was going with that, and he decided to completely avoid the topic. I won't have to. I just have to stop them. There is a big difference
Colress' defeated tone alerted R2 to another small victory, "Fine..."
The human reached for his glasses on the table and put them on before swinging his legs off the bed and standing. He headed straight to the bathroom to take a shower. A WARM shower, thank you very much. Between yesterday's events and the nightmares, warm water was appreciated and helped him focus on almost anything else as he prepared for the day. When he opened the bathroom door again, R2 was noticeably missing, and he figured that the alien had gone to pick up breakfast for the both of them again. He was grateful that he didn't have to face a bunch of people at once, and he hoped that wherever else R2 dragged him to do would be quiet. He did need to let Magneto and Spock out sometime today, so maybe they could find a quiet corner in an arena or something. He made a mental note to get something for the Metagross to eat. As Colress continued thinking about things he needed to do, he finished his preparations except for one noticeable difference. He wasn't sure if he should put on his lab coat today. It was almost a comfort item, but it would also draw other people's attention...
At that moment, R2 came back in with food and forced the scientist to sit down and eat. Once again, Colress couldn't finish the whole plate, but he ate noticeably more than yesterday morning. Maybe he was trying to make up for missing so much of yesterday? Or that was what R2 hoped anyway. When Colress stood up to put the plate away, R2 noticed that he wasn't wearing the lab coat and had to ask, "Going without the coat?"
Colress nervously explained, "I'm... not sure if it would be a good idea...""Remember what we talked about earlier?"Yes... but-"
R2 quickly interrupted, "No buts. We're heading to the Library; it shouldn't be that busy.""Not going to convince me that it should be empty?"
The scientist was not so subtly referencing how they had met Wally in the first place, and how it happened because R2 hadn't checked the library before assuming it was empty."It's daytime, and you're never going to let that go are you?"
Colress' answer was merely a cheeky smile as he carefully put his lab coat on before opening the door and gesturing for R2 to go first. R2 responded with a gesture many would consider rude before heading out, and the scientist followed behind him. They had waited until the main morning rush had died out before leaving, so the hallways were thankfully far less crowded than they could be. Colress noticed that a few people did stare, but they kept their mouths shut around him. Most people seemed more concerned about their own businesses and lives, and Colress and R2 were okay with that. No one spoke to the scientist or alien Pokemon during the entire trek to the library, but they were both glad anyway to get to their destination.
The library doors creaked a little as the pair made it inside, and after Colress took a few steps in, he paused as he considered where he wanted to go. What did he feel like reading today? Definitely some form of fiction, and preferably no murder mysteries involved. While those could be fun, recent events were trying to be ignored and not brought up. Nothing immediately jumped out at him, so he settled for browsing the Sci-Fi section until something caught his attention. As he and R2 walked through the sections, Colress thought he saw someone wearing white, and he froze. He hadn't considered one of the scientists coming here today, and if any group knew what was going on, it would be them. For the moment, he hoped that whoever it was hadn't seen him and pressed onward.