The Quilava couldn’t hear the fox over the sound of his own sobs, only picking up her arrival when she was right beside him. Still sorrowful, he raised his head and look at Dawn. “O-Oh, hello Dawn. Yue,” he muttered. He wiped away what tears he could and sat up, trying his hardest to hide his pain. “It’s… rather nice to see you again.”
Kievr let another sob escape him. “Apologies for not being quite stable, I just… It’s been a hard week…” He looked away in case he broke down again.-
Unfortunately, yes,” Kievr replied, ending with a sigh. “We cannot afford to wait any longer, Tetris has been in there far too long.” His determination was clear; it was matter of now or never. “What do you believe the best plan of-“
A sudden knock at the door interrupted his question and causing the Quilava to jump, his flames spiking for a second in surprise. “Were you expecting anyone today, Dawn?” Based on the vixen’s current mood, he doubted that the case; the decision to open the door for her was on an impulse and nothing more.
Swinging it wide, Kievr was startled to see Xavier standing on the steps, holding his bandaged chest. His breathing skipped at times, shallow breaths were taken at irregular intervals. “Xavier? You’re supposed to be-“
"I’m sorry but I couldn’t let you do this alone," said the fox, stumbling over the words. "I just want to help."
Kievr sighed in exasperation and relief. “Well, you don’t seem worse off than when we left you. As long as you stay away from direct confrontation you should be alright.”
"What about me?" chimed a new voice. Immediately the Quilava tilted his head to see a Zangoose standing behind Xavier. "Ashlin?!" He exclaimed, quickly hopping backwards. "Wha- how?!"
The Zangoose pushed her way through into Dawn’s home. “I’ll explain later.” Typical of her. Not much has changed in the past months, then. “Whatcha got here?”
Her ears twitched remaining in an upright and alert manner as the knocking comenced. Although her reaction was not as jumpy as the Quilava, she was just as surprised to hear a knocking at the door. She looked back at him, slowly shaking her head. She was not expecting anyone at all. Maybe it was just some curious passerby, she thought.
She was about to stand up when Kievr passed right by her, heading towards the door. She quickly sat back, still alert as to who it could be. As soon as she noticed who it was she padded over to them. Her eyes widened in surprise. If Xavier was here then, maybe Yue was too.
"Where’s Yue?!" She immediately asked, pushing by Kievr and completely ignoring the Zangoose’s presence.
"S-Sorry, Dawn, but he’s still at the hospital," stuttered Xavier. "I really tried, but they wouldn’t let me take him out of their care…" He dropped his eyes away in shame.
Ashlin was Kievr’s priority right now and ignored the fox. “Ashlin, how are you here? Last I remember we left you behind in Sasbara.”
"I managed to convince Lace to take me with him," she replied, not looking up from the schematics. It wasn’t a lie, but it didn’t sound completely true either. Kievr shook his head and let it slide for now, he would get a full explanation later. "Fine then," he said, "but what are you doing here specifically? In Dawn’s home?"
The Zangoose reached up and stretched her arms. “To help, duh,” she answered. “You wouldn’t believe how hard it was tolerate him for two months- well… maybe you do.”
Every part of the fox drooped. Even the air that surrounded her became gloomier. She let a breath of air escape her maw before turning around. Not another word was spoken from her untill she reached the other two.
She stopped by the Quilava’s side, pawing his thigh in order to get his attention.
"C’mon, let’s get this over with." She said, paying very little attention to the normal type. Her expression became a more serious one then. "We can’t afford to waste any more time."
Dawn’s straightforward attitude was an odd shift, but nevertheless, the change refocused the group on their objective. “Right then,” said Kievr. “Dawn, you’ll be with me, we’ll be taking the tunnels. Xavier, I hope you aren’t afraid of heights.” The fox swallowed his air but nodded anyway. “Ashlin. You’ll be our distraction. Laceration will likely yell, but just keep him arguing long enough for us to get in.”
The Zangoose huffed out, “Good luck with that. It won’t be long, you’ll probably only have about five minutes. Tetris, by the way, is in here.” She pointed to one of the rooms on the second floor. “You can see him through the windows on the second floor if you’re high enough.”
The Quilava gave a nod and looked at the other two. “Are we ready, then?”
"Yeah." The Fennekin nodded back, immediately standing up. Her expression suddenly shifted to a more sheepish one afterwards "Oh! I gotta get something first!"
The vixen hastily padded towards the wooden drawer by the window, quickly opening the first one. She rummaged through the objects inside and took out a hollowed apricorn. Taking it by the string it was tied onto, she hung it from her neck. “If things go bad, this might come in handy.” She glanced at the instrument once more before walking back towards Kievr, now ready to begin their mission.