It was a beautiful day outside, for once, but three Pokemon barely acknowledged it beyond finally deciding to leave the house that they had taken shelter in. They had stayed in one place for a few days to see if their trainer would have recovered enough to take charge of traveling again, but they were greatly worried when he barely had the motivation to move and eat. The listlessness in his movements and eyes made them realize that if they wanted to get anywhere near their destination, they'd have to make him move. For the moment, he was fitfully resting on a bed that R2D2 had finally convinced him to use while the three Pokemon tried to figure exactly what they were going to do next. They huddled around a map, but only two of them really knew how to read it.
Magneto asked, "Okay, so you're sure this is New Bark Town?" They wanted to be completely certain that they had the right place before deciding the next course of action.
R2 explained, "Spock and I both have double checked this thing, and we're pretty sure." While speaking, he lifted the map to point at something on it, but it made no sense to Magneto.
"So we're close to that supposed safe place?"
Spock interrupted, "Indigo Plateau. Yeah, the map showed a route leading to it. But it's across the water over there." He lifted a large claw and pointed it in a direction that Magneto assumed was correct.
Worried, Magneto argued, "It's been years, though, and I highly doubt they've been maintaining any roads."
"Well, Mag, it's all we've got to work with. We can't go back the way we came," R2 said in an aggravated but borderline desperate voice.
The Metagross said in a tone that allowed no argument, "More like, we're not going back. I refuse." His claws gripped at the ground firmly, and his red eyes looked at Magneto in an uncharacteristically hard fashion.
Realizing they crossed a line, but still unrelenting in their worry, they continued,"I know, I know. It's just... I'm still worried. If we're wrong, we're walking right into a place that would have powerful undead."
Here Spock finally snapped at them, "I'm pretty sure that thing we ran into was worse than what we could run into there."
The mention of the Ariados that had slaughtered three of them in less than five minutes sent a chill into everyone in the room, and Magneto finally conceded and apologized, "Fine... I'm sorry." They couldn't look their partner in the eye; they hadn't witnessed what he did, and they could see just how badly the encounter had shaken the Metagross.
Realizing that he had been a little too harsh, Spock tried to change the subject,"It's alright. Anyway. R2, do you think you can carry him that far?" With none of them particularly good for flying with a human on their backs, they had to figure out how to carry Colress across the water. They didn't trust trying to make the human swim in his current state.
R2 brought the map up closer to his face to judge the distance, and then, obviously confident in his abilities, boasted, "It doesn't look very far, and it won't wear me out nearly as much as you." As a physical attacker, Spock didn't have quite the experience floating for long distances as some of his brethren.
Despite that, he argued, "Point, but I'm pretty sure I could still make it."
Realizing that they were getting off topic, Magneto interrupted, "This is true, but we need to conserve our strength when possible. The water isn't the only barrier." They wanted to be sure that Colress had as much protection from the undead or other survivors as possible.
The Beheeyem took charge and ordered, "Yeah. Let's pack up and go, I'll recall you two when we get to the water's edge." What this really meant was that he would get their supplies ready while Magneto and Spock tried to get Colress to wake up and move. Since Colress wasn't there to organize things, R2 simply found any items that had been strewn about during their residence and gathered them all in the middle of the room. However, he kept Magneto and Spock's Pokeballs hovering near his head since he still needed them for easy access. The smashed gun was still left where Spock had destroyed it, and R2 couldn't even bring himself to move it from the spot. They had nearly lost Colress to his own despair, and now it was almost as if it didn't matter.
Since Spock couldn't fit in the door to the bedroom, and they didn't want to risk ruining whatever integrity the building had left, he simply stayed in front of the entrance while Magneto went in. Their trainer was lying on the bed almost curled into the fetal position under a blanket that had seen better days. His lab coat was tossed onto the nightstand, with his glasses placed on top, and his boots placed neatly beside the bed. Old habits die hard. The blonde hair had fallen out of its ponytail during the night, and some strands had fallen in his face. Floating down closer to their trainer, the Magneton announced, "It's time to wake up!" He shifted in his sleep and woke up a little more easily than Magneto liked. His yellow eyes looked so dull when they glanced up at Magneto; it was like he was waiting for an order to move. "We're getting ready to go, so you need to prepare." He dully nodded and uncurled from his uncomfortable position to sit on the edge of the bed so he could reach his glasses.
Mechanically, like the last few days, he put his glasses on, pulled on his dirty labcoat, buttoned it closed, and put on his boots. While he was moving around, it took him a few moments to realize that something was off, and it took him bending down for his boots to notice the blonde strands falling in his face. Sighing at the inconvenience, he merely pulled the blanket he had been sleeping under to himself so that he could fold it. The blue band that he was using to hold his hair in a ponytail fell out while he was folding the blanket, and he picked it up after he finished his job. He had half a mind to blindly put his hair back up as is, but the part of him that was meticulous and a little vain dictated that maybe he should use the convenient mirror in the room at least. He really didn't want to move though. Sensing his dilemma, Magneto told him, "You're going to be moving eventually, might as well start now." Shoulders falling in defeat, he stood up and walked over to the dresser. He didn't have a brush or anything, so he had to resort to the old trick of running his fingers through his hair to remove any tangles and knots. It wasn't the best method of doing this, but it sufficed, and soon he pulled his hair back into the ponytail he had been wearing since he had allowed it to grow.
"Alright, pick up the blanket and let's go," Magneto ordered. He dutifully obeyed, and followed the Magneton towards Spock, who backed away so that Colress could exit. R2 had finished his job, and after grabbing the blanket Colress was holding and shoving it in the bag first, he started packing their items. It didn't take the Beheeyem long, and soon, they were ready to go. R2 used Psychic to remove the rubble covering Spock's initial entrance into the house, and Magneto nudged the listless scientist forward. Spock and R2 exited first to scout the area, and, sensing nothing, R2 waved Colress and Magneto to follow. The main road of the town dead ended right at the water, and all they had to do was find it. R2 took the lead with Spock and Magneto's Pokeballs in hand, Spock was right behind him, Colress followed if only because Magneto was right behind him and kept nudging him if he tried to slow down. He didn't even have the motivation to run from them if he wanted.