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The creature abruptly froze after hearing a window slamming open accompanied by a chipper voice: "Hey Duncan! You off on one of your adventures again?" A young Grovyle peeked his head through the open window waving enthusiastically at the Pokémon. The faint light from the opening shined on upon him, revealing the frozen figure to be a Linoone with an expression mixed of shock and anger.
"Shush!" he snapped back while trying to keep his voice as low as possible. "Trevor, what the hell are you doing? You're gonna wake up the whole town by yelling like that!"
The Grovyle agilely leapt out of the window approaching up on the Pokémon. "Oh come on Duncan, don't worry about that. Everyone's still sound asleep, I don't see why you need to be so secretive about all of this".
"Everyone but you apparently."
"Well, you know me." He replied while scratching his head leaf. "But you also went headfirst in my intruder warning trap which gave me a good heads up!" A big grin grew on his face as the Linoone's calmed his anger to try and make sense of what his friend was talking about. Looking behind the Grovyle, he noticed a small tripwire attached to an overly complex mechanism and wondered how he failed to notice it in the first place.
"Listen, Trevor..." He continued sounding completely exasperated. "You're a great friend and all, but you've gotta let me some space. And though your traps are cleverly built, the city is not your playground to test them out!"
"You know that I can't resist!" Trevor replied with maintaining a smirk on his face. "And thanks to you, I now have a proof of concept! It's still unrefined though with plenty to improve on. I could still tweak the relay system to-"
"Cut it out Trev'" Duncan interrupted, "I don't have time for this. What are you doing up at this hour anyway?"
"Oh, you know me, I can't sleep as usual, and I was hoping someone would activate my harmless trap. I'm sure glad it was you though! Maybe I can finally join you in your late night exploring adventures!" Trevor had a visible gleam in his eyes as he said that. "Imagine all of the traps I can figure out and study in those Mystery Dungeons! I'm sure that I could learn plenty of new concepts. Oh I'm getting excited just thinking about it!"
"No! Listen, Trev'... I know that you really want to go in these dungeons at some point, but they're still extremely dangerous. Exploring is my dream, and mine alone. This is something I'd like to do myself. Now just let me be and go back to your home. I'll see you again tomorrow."
"Aww, no fair..." The light in the gecko's eyes promptly faded out, wondering why he even asked. "I know you're strong Duncan, many here don't believe in your dream, but I do, and I hope that you'll also trust me enough to tag along one of these days as well." He finished with a warm smile.
"Thank you." Was his cold reply. "Someday you'll be strong enough to fend for your own as well, I know it. Now get back to your home quietly. I must leave before anyone sees us."
"Why must you sneak out like this all of the time? Doesn't anyone else believe in your dream?"
"Mystery Dungeons have been becoming more and more dangerous apparently, and you know that everyone here is forbidden to even approach them... That's why I have to sneak out like this. Enough talk now, I really must get going." Without even saying goodbye, the Linoone scampered off with the same diligence as before.
"W-Wait!" Grovyle yelled back, but before he knew it, the ferret left his sight, leaving his confused friend behind.
"I'm glad that's finally over with... That idiot almost got me spotted back there" the Linoone sighed to himself shortly after leaving Fortwood. Relieved to be finally out in the open, he took a small break from running and enjoyed the cool breeze flowing through his fur. Before him lied an open plain with a few trees scattered around. Further away was his destination, a Mystery Dungeon in the form of a small forest known as "Blight Forest", famous for hosting a favorable habitat for poison-type Pokémon.
After taking one last deep breath, Duncan darted back on his way. After the small setback with Trevor, he paced faster than usual, hoping to make up for the little lost time. It wasn't until he finally approached the imposing forest that he stopped to take his breath again. "Finally, I'm almost there. If I recall correctly, the meetup was at the 4'th floor." he mused before finally setting foot inside.
Just as advertised, the forest radiated a rather gloomy atmosphere, making Duncan feel rather uneasy, but thankfully, the late hours meant that most of the dungeon's inhabitants were sleeping. He didn't expect much conflict before arriving at the meeting point. However, better safe than sorry, he proceeded with as much caution as he could. Still, making way through the narrow passageways, he couldn't shake away this odd feeling, as if someone was following him. Ever alert at the slightest noise, he proceeded as discreetly as possible while his heart rate was gradually increasing. "So this is what paranoia is like..." he tried to joke about the situation, but the nerves were slowly getting to him, his steps growing more hesitant as he roamed through the pathways. "Come on Duncan, focus!" He tried to get a hold of himself. "Followed or not, I need to press on. As soon as I meet the others, I'll be safe. Focus and stay strong!" Although, easier thought than done, he felt like he was turning in circles.
The Linoone eventually arrived at a vast opening containing the stairs to the next floor. He let out a subtle sigh of relief happy to have finally found his first objective. He started dashing as fast as he could, hoping he'd outrun his pursuer by the same occasion. However, as he was running, Duncan suddenly felt a sharp pain coming from his back: a Gravelerock made him trip and roll on the ground for a couple meters. Before he even got to get back up, another sharp blow hit his back, however, this time the pain was much stronger as spikes dug in his fur, making him yelp out in pain, flying a couple meters further. Getting a hold of himself, he managed to land back on his feet, still wincing heavily from the sudden assault. As he opened his eyes, he finally started to realize the situation he's gotten himself into.
Before him stood a Sandslash, visibly hostile and glaring sharply at him. "Y-y-you...! B-b-but..." Duncan started stuttering, his expression changing to one of actual terror. He instantly recognized him from various search warrants he's seen since forever ago: a robust male Sandslash with a scar across his right eye. Not letting him any time to finish his sentence, the foe instantly charged at time, his claw extending forward. The Linoone barely managed to dodge the hit, bouncing back on the Sandslash's head. He swiftly followed with a sand attack, startling his opponent. He wasted no time and rushed towards the next level, leaving behind his recovering assailant.
As he arrived at the next level, the terrified Linoone immediately pressed onwards to find a hiding place. "Why is THAT guy here of all places!? He's definitely out for my head, what am I gonna do!?" Panic engulfed his mind which reflected in his pose. He eventually found a small hollow stump and scurried inside, still trembling in fear and gasping for air. "Phew," he sighed to himself, "He shouldn't be able to find me in here, not after he lost my trace like that." He reassured himself as his pulse finally started to go down. "That Pokémon is definitely crazy! I guess I'll need to apologize to the others, there's no way I'm leaving this spot until morning!" After finally regrouping his thoughts, his pulse lowered to normal levels, finally starting to feel safe in his small improvised haven.
After settling in for a couple of minutes, Duncan finally settled down in an unusually comfortable position and remained alert for the time being. The area sounded quiet enough, Duncan was surprised no dungeon inhabitants were alarmed by the small ruckus they ended up doing. But apart from the leaves rustling, his ears didn't pick up anything alarming. His thinking becoming lucid once more, he also cursed himself for not respecting one of the most fundamental rules of dungeon scavenging: carrying an escape orb. Because of that, all he could do was wait. Minutes seemed like hours, and with nothing to do, he could only shudder at the long night he had in perspective.
Everything seemed peaceful enough until Duncan's tree stump was shaken by an strange projectile thrown in it. The Linoone hadn't even realized what was happening before a cloud of gas emanated from the unknown item which he couldn't help but inhale. Coughing heavily at the putrid odor, he quickly darted out trying to catch back his breath after inhaling the foul cloud. After briefly choking, he started to feel weaker despite the sudden adrenaline rush.
"I'm glad that out of all the Mystery Dungeons around here, you decided to enter this one in particular, it makes my job so much easier." A cold voice rang through the opening. Duncan trying to get ahold of himself instinctively took a few steps backwards. "Treated correctly, apholene berries which grow aplenty in these forests can turn in one of the deadliest poisons. In a matter of a couple minutes, you'll experience harsh dizziness, then followed by a swift death." Duncan didn't want to believe his ears, and yet there was little to no reason to doubt his words, his paws feeling increasingly less responsive the more he tried to step back.
"Wh-why, are you, doing this?" he blurted out, panting slightly.
"Let's just skip straight to the point." The Sandslash took out a small parchment from his traveling bag. He approached Duncan slowly before kneeling before him to show him the paper. "What can you tell me about this?" Was his short question. Staring directly into his victim's eye, he made it clear that lying at this point would not be a good idea. The ferret struggled observing the picture, his vision starting to become blurry. Trying desperately to make connections in any way he could, he quickly lost hope.
"I'm drawing a complete blank... How could I possibly know anything? Why is he even targeting me...? It doesn't make any sense... I guess... That this is it for me..." He resigned not feeling any way to get out of this situation. Shortly after, he audibly gulped. "Y-You're delusional, if you think that, I would know anything... You somehow hunted, me down even though, I'm a nobody.... You realize that... Right? I don't know, how you expected me, to know anything..." He declared now panting heavily. His opponent visibly didn't flinch at the declaration, not showing an ounce of regret or surprise. The Sandslash took another item out of his bag, something that the Linoone could barely identify as some sort of concoction.
"This here... Is an antidote of my own for treating the apholene berry vapors you've just inhaled." As he said those words, Duncan's eyes started to briefly light up with hope, but the Sandslash quickly moved his paw away. "Are you sure you don't want to reconsider?" At this point, Duncan could hardly believe what he was hearing. Not making any sense of his situation didn't help his case.
"I-I just told you, I'm a nobody...! I couldn't possibly know anything!" his attempt to yell back came out as a simple cry revealing how distressed and weak he was feeling. Now having a hard time breathing He felt like he was being toyed with at this point. "I couldn't-" a swift slash to the face abruptly cut him off, making him fall heavily on the ground. Duncan didn't even shriek at the blow, his failing senses numbing the pain. His vision became blurry to the point of barely seeing pas his muzzle, the poison now attacking his vital parts. "Urgh..." he coughed. "So... This... Is how it ends..." His last sight was of his assailant's paws before his vision finally gave up on him. "I'll see you in hell..."
Once the Sandslash confirmed that his target was out cold, he let out a profound sigh. "Another one with no clue about anything... Chances are looking slimmer by the day here on this side. Looks like I'll need to get on with finding a way to cross over as this is not working out like planned. Though time is running out, I should still rejoice that at least part of my mission is being carried out. I should get a move on before any locals get involved, or the rest of his group." After tucking away his items, he looked around one last time for any other potentially useful items. Not noticing anything of interest, he dug out an escape orb and proceeded to raise it high in the air. Its interior started to shine brightly, releasing a vast wave of energy which hastily brought himself and the Linoone back to the forest's entrance. After adjusting his eyesight to the slightly brighter environment, he dug out another small piece of paper and tucked it in the Linoone's paw. He finally set off in the wilderness, disappearing in the dusk.