Laverre City Cafe | Evening | 54 | 4
The Sceptile's sharp eyes pick up the orange lump of fur before he notices them. A small grin stretches the corners of his mouth as he sees the oddly colored pup, alone in the rain with his fur sodden and smelling distinctly of wet dog. He'd never seen quite those colors on a Riolu before. Rarely a mutation turned the fur a light golden color but this shade was darker than he had ever seen on even a mutant such as that. He has to restrain himself from running his tongue over the edge of his beak and giving the game away.
"Hey! 'Scuse me!" The diminutive fighting type call out, making towards them before suddenly pausing to scrutinize them closely then covering the rest of the distance.
Inwardly the Sceptile chuckles, entirely confident in the illusion abilities of his vulpine companion. No outward sign of the infection should be apparent, despite the fact his rib cage was crushed in enough to have nearly pulped his heart.
“Hello there!" He calls out cheerfully and raises one claw to wave.
Lucky, they didn't have to search for long before they found a suitable subject. Already Sade is happily planning the tests he would carry out to see whether the difference in coat color was purely cosmetic or had lead to more physical changes under the skin...
"Hey there! Um, I'm looking for a good friend of mine, and I'm not quite sure where he went."
The Gourmet usually despised other undead. It wasn't squeamishness over eating habits like his former companion had, it was their crudity. Even the more lucid ones were often irritating in denial and trying to pretend they were normal or had the most vulgar dining habits and ways of hunting. For his undeveloped palate the sceptile understood subtlety, he understood art and attention to detail. He didn't try to make things merciful or delay the inevitably by starving himself and he certainly wasn't so crass as to simply gorge himself on all he encountered like some sort of animal. The zoroark exchanges a pointed look with his grass type companion that carries far more information than would be possible if they had not spent so long enjoying each other's company on their little hunts.
We lead him away, the look said, Somewhere alone and dark where no-one can hear him scream then we knock him out and take him back to the restaurant.
"A missing friend?" The illusion fox dramatically clutches his hands to his breast. "Oh, tragedy!"
In his youth he had wanted to be an actor. The humans he saw on stage when his humans were watching the T.v had wondrous costumes and powerful lines and he mimicked the pose of a heartbroken young man on learning his lover had died.
"Have you seen a black and white four legged fox, canine thing with two red tails made of gas? About yay high? He and I got split up in the storm, and I'm really worried about the trouble he could get himself into." The Riolu indicates his height with a paw.
The Gourmet and Sade exchange looks. Sade hasn't heard of that kind of Pokemon either. If they found it they would have to flip on whether they experimented on it first or ate it. Sade would want the scientific data but by the time this unknown pokemon died it's meat would be permeated by the smell of fear and he did love to try new things.
The zoroark's handsome face splits into a smile.
“I'm afraid we have not." The sceptile replies to the small dog's inquiry.
Inwardly he muses on what kind of pokemon resembled a fox with gaseous tails. The colors he discards, there is a higher proportion of color mutations due to the effect of increased predation on breeding rate and it's non-indicative of the species natural coloring. There were higher proportions of mutations as well but nothing to suggest gaseous tails and beyond that there were many species that could be said to have fox-like characteristics. Still the chance of a new species to test made a shiver run up his spine.
“Would you like our help in searching?"
"We're looking for a place to take shelter, perhaps your friend has the same idea." The Zoroark shivers. "We should get out of the rain as soon as we can."