Johto's Power Plant | Morning | 25
Today just keeps getting better, doesn't it?
"Fu-fuck stairs." The gym leader glares up the steps as if each one has personally offended him.
"Easy Ro; your face'll stick that way."
"Fuck y-you too." He gives his friend a thump in the side with a fist. Pach chuckles and nudges him.
"You can do it, bud. No stairs are gonna defeat you."
Yeah, I'd like for my death to not be by stairs. What a stupid way to die. He's not letting stairs stop him, no. Even though his head is killing him.
All right. Here we go. He steps up one stair with one foot, then the other. His head swims a little. Roark grits his teeth and waits a moment. Then the next stair. And the next. And the next. One at a time. The lighter in his pocket reminds him that at least something good came out of this nonsense.
"I really hope you realize I can hear you."
Oh. They'd never been quiet pokemon, but still... he'd hoped they'd have indoor voices enough to carry on a conversation quiet enough to be private.
Maybe Zapdos just has really good hearing. Wouldn't surprise him.
"And if your human were such a 'friend', he would have taught you better patience. Just sit and wait and be quiet."
Anom grits his teeth. "Fine."
Don't explode, please.
At the sound of footsteps, he looks up.
At last, the top. There's a landing with a door, and with Pach's help he limps over to it, pushing it open. A corner turned and then a hallway, and he sighs. Yes, he remembers this hallway. Won't be more than a few minutes.
"St-Stering?" As they pass the room he leans into it, able to walk on his own now but still wincing at each step. The Bastiodon sighs in relief and allows himself to be recalled after a brief few minutes of fussing over the human.
"Finally," the dinosaur sighs as they step through the huge, doorless doorway into the area where the others are waiting for them.
"N-no kidding." He gives his Pokemon and Zapdos a shaky smile. "H-hey; sorry i-it took- took so long. The- the floors h-here c-can be unst-stable. But- but I g-got a lighter at l-least, so mak-king fires will- will be easier."