"Yeah. I feel kind of like I'm teasing him, with all this water around, but none for him. Lots of salt water on this trip. It'd be nice to run into Umi, actually." Regan watched Sarah climb up behind her, watching for her to lose her balance or something.
"Yes, it's a trail alright. I've seen an Onix or two before, so I knew what to look for.
" Rapier looked down the trail, unsure of which direction to go from here. The trail disappeared at either end, too. "I just hope this is enough.
"Something big and heavy definitely came through here. Is it big enough? I don't think I've seen an Onix in person before, just pictures." She followed the student down from the hill, into the trail. "Big enough to walk in. It'd be helpful if I knew more about them..." She stood in the dug-out path, thoughtful for a moment before looking closer at the ground beneath her feet. Because the shape tapered down, huh? "Yeah, you're right. It's going... That way?" She had to look at the trail a few times to really get a sense for it, before picking a direction. Sarah seemed to have gotten the same reading from the trail, so things looked good.
"Shuckle?" Regan looked back for direction, before scanning for the Pokemon in question. "Oh, yeah. Gathering their berries. Cute things, aren't they? But, we can't get side tracked yet. I think I've got..." Regan searched her pockets before producing both a lantern and a flashlight, "ah. We'll split the equipment. Which would you prefer?" As they walked, Regan would let the student inspect the items. The LED flashlight had different settings it cycled through. There was a narrow inspection beam, a broader area beam, and the first setting in the cycle was both together. The lantern had a top, middle, and bottom row of 3 LED units. The lantern had three buttons, one for each row. Each row had two settings, all on and forward only on.
The student warned her about the ground being unstable. The Ranger thought about it for a moment, considering what she's learned about their mark. "Are there a lot of other burrowing Pokemon around here? That would certainly make the ground a bit-" she stopped when she felt her body drop about 5 centimeters. The ground around her foot had caved in. There was more to go, she could feel it, but it hadn't given just yet. She had managed to catch herself on something going across, maybe a root. She couldn't tell, she just knew it might break. "Hey, Rapier." She slowly raised her arm. "Come pull on me. You don't have to lift me, just..." She looked back, sensing something amiss.
He wasn't there. He'd gone to track the Shuckle.
"He-..." She looked around, cautious of her movements, "Of all the times to disappear, duuuude! Come on
! Uhg. Uh, alright. Well." She took a sharp breath as she felt something shift under her feet, having shifted her weight, "Sarah, any tricks up your sleeve? There's more to this hole and I'm not sure I can move any without falling the rest of the way in." Her breathing was yet very measured.@Salenea