An exhausted shiver ran through Dawn's body as she lay on the ground. She could feel the snow falling like needles onto her skin, and it heaped gently around her body. She'd lost her coat somewhere along the way, she'd fallen, and now lacked the energy to stand and get the blood moving again.
She was so sleepy...
Lucas bit his lip and checked the time on his Poketch, then tapped the surface and checked the clock on the wall of the Pokemon Center. It was wonderfully warm in here, and for a moment he'd thought the heat had made him get the time wrong.
But no, the time was most certainly right. It had been a few hours since they'd set off from Celestic Town. She'd challenged him to a race, and by all accounts he had won. But.
Surely it didn't take a girl like Dawn an hour and a half to get here? She was a good traveler, always fast and light-footed. So she should have been here by now, shouldn't she....?
Dawn's eyes fluttered for a few seconds as she debated whether to sleep or not.
It was so tempting.
Maybe just a little rest.
But, no, she'd heard about this - travelers who fell asleep in snow didn't.
Didn't what? She couldn't remember...
Lucas snarled and stood up, grabbing his coat. Then he sat down. She was capable, she could probably get here herself.
He stood up again. It had been almost two hours, that was reason enough to go see where she was. The blue-haired trainer started for the door, leaving his Pokeballs with the nurse.
Time passed without Dawn knowing. She faded in and out of consciousness, feeling colder... and colder... so sleepy.
Was Lucas okay? They'd been racing... Racing to Snowpoint. Lucas must have won.
She raised her head ever so slightly, hearing a voice shouting in the blizzard.
Who was she? She couldn't remember. The voice sounded so familiar...
Lucas felt panic rise in his heart as he wiped snow out of his face. He couldn't see her, but then again... Everything looked the same, and it was easy to walk in circles without ever realising. He saw her coat and, despite his legs feeling sluggish, ran over to it. Upon closer inspection, the coat was there, but there was no bluenette wrapped up warmly inside it, like she should have been.
Had she lost the coat? Had a Pokemon attacked her? There was no blood around, so he assumed not.
Either way, she wasn't going to last long without a coat in this weather. He had to find her soon.
Or else.... he couldn't bear to think about it (even slightly thinking of it made tears freeze on his cheeks.
He started calling her name again.
Dawn stirred slightly, hearing a name being shouted.
Closer now. Lucas?
She knew it was her name being shouted, but.
She couldn't move...