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 One Thing After Another, Aria gets into some serious trouble...
Aria Wolfe
 Posted: 6/5/17, 04:20 pm
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Her heart has never raced this fast before, not even during her craziest ER shift back at her internship. She had been running at the fastest, safest speed she could manage, hopping over logs and ducking under tree branches for what felt like at least a half hour now. She was not normally a runner, or athletic at all for that matter, but the adrenaline pumping through her veins seemed to give her the extra super-human energy. She had already broken a sweat though, and the muscles in her legs were beginning to feel a little bit like jelly.

It was dark, pitch-black aside from the dim light from her flashlight that clearly needed new batteries. All she could see was the immediate jungle floor in front of her, just barely in time to jump over them, and only the closest trees and bushes to her. All she could hear was the crunching of leaves and twigs under her feet and her heavy rapid breathing. Her shoulder bag kept knocking against her right hip and she was almost positive she'd have a big bruise there tomorrow.

She had been out in the jungle training. It was successful, her Charmander had evolved into Charmeleon and she couldn't wait to show Vex. She was also coming home with two new pokémon, a Natu and a Kadabra. However, all of these events had taken time, and before she knew it the sun was down and the dynamics of the jungle had completely changed. What she had found fascinating in the sunlight she now found terrifying. It was most likely her imagination, but she felt like she kept seeing eyes in the darkness on either side of her. She wanted out of the jungle as quickly as possible. Hence, the running.

She had to be close now. She wanted to stop and check her GPS on her pokégear but the thought of stopping in this darkness scared her too much. It didn't matter anyway, because the next thing she knew she was flying forward, face-first into some bushes. Instinctually, she threw her arms out in front of her to catch herself, and as she tumbled over the tops of the bushes and her hands hit the ground, a sharp pain shot up her right arm. The twigs of the bushes scraped up her neck and face, and as she landed flat on her back, the wind knocked out of her. For a few seconds she couldn't breathe, and her heart rate skyrocketed as she began to panic.

Once she was able to catch her breath, she let out a cry of pain and grit her teeth. She looked to her right, but in the darkness she couldn't even see her arm. She could feel tiny pricks of pain across her face and neck, and a throbbing pain in her shin suggested she had tripped over something pretty big. She groaned, and lifted her head to see if she could find the flashlight that surely went flying when she did. A good few yards past her feet, the flashlight rolled to a stop, shining its light into the darkness... lighting up two piercing yellow eyes and a large grey muzzle.

Aria's heart stopped almost completely. She swallowed hard, and very, VERY slowly attempted to sit up. When she tried to use her right arm to steady herself, she couldn't help but scream in pain. It felt like someone was injecting liquid fire into her veins. She fell back down onto her elbow, and tried to roll over instead of sitting up. Whatever that pokémon was, she prayed it would stay put until she could at least get back to her feet.

Then she heard something she didn't expect to hear at all. Crying. As she very cautiously got to her feet by grabbing a nearby branch with her left hand, she could hear some sort of crying sound coming from the way she came. It wasn't human, so it must be... oh no. She was too afraid to reach for the flashlight with that thing standing nearby, so she took her pokégear out and turned it on. The gentle light from the screen illuminated her face, and she turned the screen towards the bushes. She leaned over and sure as hell, a baby version of the monster behind her sat crying, holding its face and sitting in a mess of berries and tears.

Aria barely ever cursed, but boy did she let out some real good ones just then. She had tripped over a baby monkey pokémon and landed in front of its mother on a silver platter. Her pokégear identified the baby as an Oranguru, and she began to tremble in fear as the mother Oranguru rustled behind her. Aria screamed, startled by the noise, and jumped to her right to get out of the way. She was lucky the flashlight landed the way it did, or she wouldn't be able to see at all. The mother stomped heavily over to the bushes, and stepped over them with ease. She scooped the baby up with one arm and turned to face Aria, with the most angry face she had ever seen.

Completely panicked at this point, Aria scrambled backwards towards the flashlight and fell down to the ground again, only just on her rear this time. She scurried farther and was able to reach the flashlight with her good hand. She quickly got back to her feet, her eyes fixed on the mother Oranguru and nothing else... until a low grumbling sound came from the darkness next to her. Please don't tell me... she thought, and carefully turned to her left. Yup, there he was. Daddy.

Vexel Mitore
(OOC: Hope this is okay! As we discussed, Aria has a broken wrist and lots of bleeding scratches across her face and neck, not to mention her bruised hip and shin. She's in some deep trouble right now! ^^ Let me know if I need to make changes, otherwise... off we go!)
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Vexel Mitore
 Posted: 6/5/17, 08:57 pm
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Aria should have been back at the pokemon center long before now. They were supposed to head back into town and go out for dinner. But the later it got, the more Vex began to worry that something was wrong. Aria knew how dangerous the jungle could be at night. There was no way she'd stay out after dark if she could avoid it. She was progressing but she still wasn't entirely confident n her skills as a trainer andshe didn't have very many pokemon, certainly none that were strong enough to spend all day training and then defend her if she got into trouble.

As the sun set, Vex tried to call her on her pokegear. But either she had it off, the battery was dead, or she was ignoring him because she didn't answer. And that didn't make him feel any better about the situation. She wouldn't just ignore his calls like that, especially not when she knew she was running late and he'd be wondering where she was. He'd even reached out to the archaeologists at the research site and gm area to see if she'd showed up there. No one had seen here there but they promised to let him know if she showed up. And now Vex was certain that something was wrong. So, after leaving the nurse with instructions to call him if Aria showed up, Vex set out to look for her. The jungle was difficult for Ixen to navigate even during the daylight and the trees were too thick to search from the sky.

Since he would be searching from the ground, Vex released Inik, Ryna and Suturi. Inik and Ryna could track her scent and Suturi lit the way using her stick as a torch. It was Ryna who picked up Aria's scent first and began tracking it toward the ruins. How Aria had ended up all the way out there Vex had no idea. They paused at an open space where Ryna circled, growling as she picked up a new scent. With Suturi's help they located a footprint and Vex snapped a picture of it to search his pokedex database. Nearby Inik found a feather that was enticingly familiar. "A Kadabra. And she battled it with Kaepora." Whether she won or lost he couldn't say but Ryna was whining at him to move on. So whatever had taken place here Aria had walked away from it which meant she had either defeated or captured the Kadabra.

They continued to follow the trail, with Vex wishing they could hurry up but knowing that rushing would only get them into trouble. Eventually, all three pokemon came alert and Vex tensed. There was a commotion coming from somewhere up ahead. Vex motioned for Suturi to douse her flame and she Braixen complied, keeping her stick handy just in case but allowing the flame to flicker out so they didn't give away their position in case it was just wild pokemon. He was going to just go around them and leave them to whatever they were doing. Except...Vex didn't know of any wild pokemon that gave off a wavering beam of light like that. It looked...more like a flashlight in dire need of new batteries. A trainer then?

Unsure of what they might encounter, they crept forward, quiet as they could manage, until they could view the scene before them. There were two adult Oranguru with their backs mostly to him, one cradling and infant Oranguru in it's arms. They seemed to be staring down a person, given that he could definitely tell the light was from a flashlight. But the mother (Vex assumed the smaller of the two was a female since that was the one holding the younger pokemon) was blocking his view of whoever they were threatening. It was a tense situation and even though he wanted to find Aria sooner rather than later, he couldn't leave this poor person to face the Oranguru alone.

Especially not when the larger of the two (Vex could only guess it was a male) raised it's arms and made as though to attack the human. "Ryna Dark Pulse! Inik try to throw it off balance and use Bite." The two canines leaped into action, both hitting the Oranguru from the side and causing it to stumble away from the human it was trying to attack. The female turned toward him but Suturi stood between them, waving her burning stick at their would be attacker. She didn't want to harm the infant and the Oranguru seemed to think twice about trying anything with the young one in her arms, so she lumbered off as fast she she could go.

And that's when Vex saw who he'd just saved. For a moment his heart skipped a beat and he felt a sudden wave of fear. He had almost walked away and left her there! Suddenly, he was very glad for that crappy flashlight that needed new batteries. But he didn't have time to celebrate just yet. The male Oranguru had regained himself and was charging for them again. "Ryna, Inik get rid of it!" Both canines mustered up their voices and loosed terrible howls that echoed strangely, sounding more like the roar of a big cat than the howling of dogs. The Oranguru paused, seeming to finally notice that its mate and child were gone, before crashing off through the jungle and away from the group. When the sounds of the ape-like pokemon finally faded, Vex released a breath he hadn't known he was holding. He was maybe just a little bit in shock as he just sort of stared at Aria, trying to think past the rush of adrenaline and fear that he'd felt the moment he realized it was Aria who'd been in danger.

Aria Wolfe
(I didn't want to get too far with this so I'm leaving it as though Vex is sort of just standing there trying to process what just happened. He'll snap out of it the moment Aria says or does something though and, no worries. xD)
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Aria Wolfe
 Posted: 6/6/17, 10:13 am
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There was a heavy, sick feeling in her gut as the overgrown beast of an Oranguru stepped towards her. She had not only upset and injured his child, but she had angered his partner as well, and he couldn't have that. How is this even happening right now?? she cried, internally. She tried to scoot backwards but was now up against a tree trunk. How could this day take such a drastic turn? A moment earlier she was almost back to Vex and they'd be getting ready for dinner right now. And now... she was convinced she wasn't making it back at all. The papa Oranguru lifted his arms angrily, and Aria braced herself. She lifted her arms to shield her face and closed her eyes, causing a single tear dropping down her cheek. This was going to hurt, badly...

Suddenly, Aria heard a voice. Had it happened already? Had the massive Oranguru taken her out already and she was hearing Vex's voice in her subconcious? That was dramatic, and she knew it. Her eyes were still tightly shut and all she heard was some commotion. She apprehensively lowered her arms and squinted one eye open, surprised to see the large Oranguru stumbling to the side. She couldn't see the mother or baby anymore. Before she could even make sense of everything, she heard a very loud roar that echoed throughout the entire jungle. Had another dangerous pokémon joined the fight? What on earth was happening?

The Oranguru turned and took off into the trees. Aria sat up, weakly, and tried to figure out what had just happened. She reached for the flashlight and picked it up, shining it in every direction around her. When the light stopped on two smaller pokémon in front of her, she froze. A black and silver Houndour and a brown and white Rockruff... this was impossible. The flashlight caught sight of the orange and red Braixen further in the distance, and her heart leaped into her throat.

"Vex? Is that... you?" she managed to whimper, her voice shaky from the trembling. She couldn't see anything in this darkness, and no matter where she shined the flashlight she didn't see anyone. Those pokémon, though... they were his, she was sure of it. Maybe they had separated? Maybe he was out looking for her? The thought hadn't even occurred to her that he'd come looking for her when she didn't show. She briefly worried that she had put him in danger. She tried to sit up further against the tree trunk but the pain in her wrist made her yelp and collapse back down.

Vexel Mitore (I am loving this so far!! ^.^)
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Vexel Mitore
 Posted: 6/12/17, 03:31 pm
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As the beam of the flashlight fell on them, the two canines gave her canine grins, with Inik's tail waving in the air behind him. Suturi glanced toward the girl but she'd turned to mostly look at Vex who looked more scared then she'd ever seen him. "Braixen?" She questioned, placing a paw on Vex's arm to see if he was okay. He blinked down at the fox-like pokemon as the beam of the flashlight swung to and fro as if looking for something.

When Aria spoke, he realized he was still standing in a spot where he was mostly hidden by plants. He could see her because she had the flashlight but where he was standing she probably couldn't see him due to the way Suturi's flame and the light from the flashlight combined to put him mostly in the shadow of the plants he was standing in. He also realized he'd been just standing there and that Aria hadn't yet gotten up from where she was sitting. When she did try to get up, she yelped and he instinctively moved toward her, gently shooing Ryna and Inik back as they moved forward out of concern as well. "Yeah, it's me. I'm here. When you didn't make it back to the pokemon center I got worried and came looking for you." He told her, his voice a tad shaky from realizing how close he'd come to losing her and never even knowing it. Now that he was closer to her he could see she was hurt. Her face and hands were scratched and bleeding, likely from a fall, but beyond that he couldn't really discern much since there wasn't quite enough light to see by. "Are you okay? Can you walk? We need to get out of here before they come back. If this is their nest, which I think it is, they will be back sooner rather than later and it's best that they don't find us." He told her, mind already trying to think of what they could do. There was no way they were making it safely back to the pokemon center tonight. They'd need a place to hide and tend to Aria's injuries as best they could until they could get help.

Aria Wolfe
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Aria Wolfe
 Posted: 6/12/17, 08:40 pm
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Her heart had been practically pounding out of her chest in suspense, as she stared into the darkness at the silhouette of the human. It rushed forward towards her when she yelped in pain, and for a second she was terrified. Then, she heard Vex's voice, and a wave of relief came crashing down over her. The heavy, sick feeling in her stomach disappeared and her heart leaped into her throat. She knew she was safe now, finally.

As Vex knelt down beside her, she knew she had to look horrible. She could still feel the slight stinging sensation from the cuts on her face, and she knew her hair and makeup had to look horrible after her tumble and sweating. That was the least of her worries, but she always tried to look good around Vex, though she didn't recognize that she did. At the sight of him and his worried expression, she broke down into tears. She wasn't scared, and it wasn't the pain, it was more out of frustration and relief that he was here... and that he had come to her rescue.

"I- I was hurrying back as fast as I could! I got a little lost in some ruins, not really lost, actually... just... I found so many pokémon..." she said excitedly through her tears, coughing a little bit to get the words out. She was laughing, as she often did around Vex, because everything suddenly seemed so silly to her. This would happen to her, and he would see it of course. She shook her head and tried to stay focused. He had asked her a question and she hadn't answered him yet.

"Yes, I can walk! It's just my wrist that hurts real bad. I can get up..." she said, and after leaning forward on her other wrist she was able to climb to her feet. Vex was right, they needed to get the hell out of there. She had no problems with this plan. However, when they both stood, she couldn't help but bury her face into his chest and hug him with her good arm. She squeezed him tighter than she ever had before. "I... I can't believe you're here. Thank you so much for coming to look for me... I dunno if I'd be..." her voice trailed off, hard to hear in the cotton of his shirt.

She reluctantly let go of him, knowing they needed to get moving. Luckily, her supply bag was still on her shoulder and she hadn't had any pokémon out that needed returned, so she was ready to go. "Which...uhh... where do we go?" she asked, not even sure how far into the jungle they were. She relied on Vex to know, since he would have more of a bearing on where he was at than her. She reached down and grabbed onto his hand tightly, hoping he wouldn't mind. She had been scared for her life not moments earlier, so she hoped he would understand and offer her his comfort right now.

Vexel Mitore (Loving it!! ^.^)
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Vexel Mitore
 Posted: 6/13/17, 10:16 pm
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As Aria broke down in tears and Vex realized how afraid she must have been, facing down the two Oranguru alone and without any of her pokemon out to defend her. It almost made him want to say he was never going to let her wander out in the wilds alone ever again. But he knew that would be silly and over-protective of him. Still, he might see about making sure they spent more time together in the wilds than they had been. But as she finally spoke, she couldn't seem to help but laugh through her tears. And he could only shake his head at her, unable to hold back a smile of his own. She was safe and everything would be fine. "You should have just called and said you were going to be late. I'd rather you be safe than getting hurt rushing to get back because we had a date. You missed out on tiramisu either way so was it worth it in the end?" He chided gently, though it was clear he was just happy that she was safe, especially since he opted to tease her about her love for the Italian dessert.

He helped her to her feet, careful to avoid her injured wrist as much as possible. Of course, once they were both standing she buried her face in his chest and clung to him for a moment. He held her close and tsk'd lightly at her words. "Of course I came looking for you. I love you. I'll always be here if you need me." He told her, allowing himself an amused chuckle as he continued. "Though don't expect me to always be able to just show up out of the blue like I did tonight. I'm not a superhero. Sometimes you'll need to let me know when you need rescuing." Hopefully there would be no more danger for them for awhile. The mudslide and now this had been quite enough for the time being, thank you very much.

As she made to step away, he held her for a moment longer, leaning in to kiss her lightly before letting her step away. He didn't care that she had scrapes and scratches or that her hair was a mess and her make-up ruined. He probably got blood on him for his troubles (he was pretty sure she'd just stained his short too) but that didn't matter to him. He could wash away the blood and replace his shirt, he couldn't replace her. "We'll head back to the ruins for the night. We can take care of your wrist and rest there until morning when it'll be safer to head back to the pokemon center and get you taken care of properly." He told her, giving her hand a reassuring squeeze. He gave a soft whistle to Inik and Ryna and the two canine pokemon took the lead, following their trail back toward where they'd discovered the evidence of Aria's battle with the Kadabra. Suturi stayed with the humans, lighting their path with her stick.

Aria Wolfe
(So I've been unable to determine if this is the first time Vex has actually told Aria 'I love you', lol. So I'll leave that up to you though I think even if he's never actually said it before it's not like it's a big secret and it would be obvious to her how he feels. I just know there's a big difference in knowing how someone feels about you and hearing them say it out loud =))
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Aria Wolfe
 Posted: 6/14/17, 10:16 pm
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The embrace sealed the deal. Aria was safe now, and back where she belonged: with Vex. She had nothing to be afraid of now. Even if the Oranguru family came back, she knew between the two of them they could handle it, and Vex had pokémon that were beyond stronger than hers. As they held onto each other tightly, Vex said something he hadn't said out loud to her before... that he loved her. I mean, she knew it, they both knew it... but that didn't stop her heart from leaping into her throat in excitement.

Despite their relationship as a couple being fairly new, they had been in each other's lives for quite a while now. Even if it hadn't been romantically, she knew Vex cared about her very much. Aria had been falling for him gradually, and by the time she figured that out she was well past infatuation, she was in love. But in this instant, she realized she hadn't told him that verbally. Neither of them had said the words out loud, and even though she was a pretty laid back girl about silly things like this, it still made her heart skip a beat hearing him say it. She made a mental note to tease him about it later, because now was definitely not the time.

As she pulled away from him, he held on tightly and wouldn't let her go. She grinned, and before she could say anything he leaned in and kissed her. That familiar warmness she often felt around him rushed over her, and she looked into his eyes when he pulled away. Even in the dim lighting from Suturi's flame she could see his face and his bright eyes. If they hadn't been in the jungle and in serious danger right now, she would have melted into a puddle. He would have to pick her up and carry her away...

His words interrupted her ridiculousness as the voice of reason. He had a plan, and she trusted him entirely. Whatever he wanted to do and wherever he wanted to go, she'd follow. He suggested heading back to the ruins, which made Aria's stomach sink a little bit. She had just come from there, and had put a lot of time, effort, and sacrifice into getting this far away from there. Or maybe she hadn't made it that far after all, from the sound of it they were closer to the ruins than the Pokémon Center. She found that extremely frustrating, and she was disappointed in herself for letting things get out of hand out there in the first place. Then, Vex squeezed her hand, and she pushed all of that negativity out of her mind and focused on the now.

His two dog-type pokémon led the way, and Suturi provided the light they needed to see where they were stepping. Aria kept her hand in Vex's, mostly for emotional support but a little for physical support as well. The absolute last thing she wanted to do right now was fall and land on her painful wrist. At least if she did trip, he'd have her other hand and be able to keep her on her feet. As they walked, Aria kept talking. She wanted to explain to him what happened, why she had gotten side-tracked, and why she hadn't thought to call. With her voice much less shaky from fear, she told him everything.

She explained that she had wandered a little too far into the jungle and found the ruins. "Before I could even turn around to head back, this little bird pokémon came down from the branches and ate food from my hand! With very little coaxing the Natu joined my team. I knew it was getting late so I left the ruins and was almost immediately cut off by some crazy psychic pokémon that was almost as tall as me! Vex, it spoke to me telepathically, like I heard its voice in my head! I was smart this time though, and called out Kaepora to help me. We battled it and caught it! It was crazy!" she ranted, stopping here and there to catch her breath and step over logs.

"By the time all that was over the sun was setting and I panicked. I knew I couldn't get caught in the jungle at night time so I ran, I just wanted to make it back in time and to be honest... I was scared." she admitted, and was glad it was dark enough that he couldn't see the embarrassment on her face. "I should have called, you're right..." she added, and trailed off. She squeezed his hand and hoped he'd forgive her. Next time, before she found herself injured and threatened by wild pokémon, she'd call.

The ruins had just become recognizable in the distance. The moonlight could shine brighter on the ruins since the trees were much less dense there. Relief swept over her again, realizing they had made it through the jungle without any other problems arising. And the Oranguru family was nowhere to be seen. Things actually began to feel calmer, although she wasn't sure if that was thunder she just heard in the distance or maybe it was her stomach growling...

Vexel Mitore (Hope this is okay! I decided to leave the description of where they set up for the night to you. Let me know if I need to change anything, otherwise... I love this thread so much already!! ^.^)
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