Kyra the Sneasel--
My first mission Our first mission
I parted the branches of the next bush in the clearing. No Rexana. I stepped up to the next bush, lilting and limping like a stinky, muddy, exhausted zombie Wait, I've already checked that one. I dug into it anyway. Why wasn't she here? Why wasn't anybody here looking for her?
I scanned the scene again. Pokémon stood around everywhere with their heads hanging. Some began to file off down the trail empty-handed. No Rexana.
I should go deeper, I thought. Maybe she's not in the clearing anymore. I turned dizzily away from the clearing and bumped into a white leg, losing my balance and falling onto it. I slid down to the earth slowly, dragging my left cheek down the leg. I didn't care. I sat there for a moment before looking up through my teary, baggy, bloodshot eyes into the Absol's concerned face.
" You've done all you can," whispered Stephen.
I shook my head. "Deeper in. She might be deeper."
"No one in the entire forest has found a soul. Half the group is gone," he explained.
"SHE'S NOT GONE!" I shrieked. "NO, SHE'S NOT!" I hung my head and sobbed as Stephen sat with me silently.
" Wherever she is, she's surrounded by friends," said Stephen. " Lloyd disappeared, too."
We sat together for another moment as I wept, too tired to move.
" I'll take you home," Stephen offered.
"...That would be nice," I whispered.
He got as far down as he could, and I crawled onto his withers and laid myself face-down. Carefully standing up, he walked across the forest clearing to pick up a half-conscious Iris. With the two of us in tow, he took off down the forest trail towards Tao. Some time after we got out of the forest, I fell asleep.