Chapter 14

Blood dripped from my hands, forehead and legs. What the? I thought. I felt my forehead. It was slick and cool. Sweat formed on my upper lip. The drops of blood formed into pools. What the hell is going on? I tried to scream but nothing came out. Blood filled my mouth. I tried to move, but I couldn't. Every muscle in my body was aching. My fingers felt out of place… Wait, isn't this what Dad felt? Is this a dream? Why would this be happening to me? It doesn't make any sense! Spasms of pain coursed through me. I coughed up blood.

"René… René!" a voice called to me. I slowly opened my eyes and realised it was my dad.

"D-dad… is-is that you?"

"No… It's me."

"Y-Yanick…?" I noticed he had his signature pickaxe lying on his shoulder.

"There you go, sport." He held out his hand. I was a bit shy, but I eventually grabbed his hand. He picked me up more quickly than I thought he would. The suddenness caused me to yelp. "Are you okay?" he asked politely.

"Yeah," I replied softly. "What are you doing here?"

"I found out what happened." He seemed relaxed. "I can't believe you didn't tell me… I would have protected you." A slight smile appeared on his face. "That's why I'm here. I came to see if you're all right. I saw you thrashing and flailing about, outside your tree."

"Please… I'm scared. Please stay with me…"

"But I don't know the first thing about being out here."

"I can show you. Please…" I cried.

"Okay." He eventually agreed.

"First things first, let's get something to eat. I can show you something simple. Juniper and fennel seeds are quite tasty on some fish. Come along," I urged. I noticed that he was limping and using his axe as a cane. "What happened?"

"Oh… I fell." I could tell he wasn't telling the truth. "Fine… I can see that you think I'm lying." He sighed. "My hands slipped and the axe fell out of my hands and it hit my leg… It kind of made me cry…"

"All right. I believe you. You don't have to say anymore. Just tell me when you feel like it." I looked to the sky. "Triumph should be around here somewhere." I shielded my eyes from the sun.

"Is he wild?"

"Not really… I just leave him be. But yes, I technically own him. In fact, here's his pokeball." I took it off my belt. "I can release him anytime I want to. I choose not to, just so he doesn't completely fly away. I'd be devastated. He catches fish for me."

"I see…" He nodded.

A screech sounded in area. I knew it was Triumph. "Triumph… Come and help Mommy catch some fish." He screeched and flew towards the creek. Yanick looked at me curiously.

"I'm not really hungry."

"Are you sure?"

"Already had breakfast and I'm not fond of fish. I prefer shellfish."

"There's plenty in the stream. I insist."

"Fine… Since you've tempted me with shellfish, which is something I can't pass up, I think I'll some. I can't pass that up."

I chuckled slightly. "All right." I nodded.

After Triumph had caught some fish and I had scooped up some freshwater clams, we sat down to eat. He stared at the clams, probably because of how small they were.

"So Clay, why are you really here for?"

"I wanted to protect you."

"Is that it? You think you could march over here and get in my pants!" I didn't realise what I had said. "I'm-I'm sorry… I just think everyone's after me nowadays…"

"René… I would never do that to you! Not unless you wanted me to…" He sounded offended. "Why would I have sex with you anyway?"

"I-I don't know…" I sighed and stared at the ground.

"I understand why you're worried… and why you think everyone's after you."

"Oh… thank you." I looked up into his eyes.

"You're welcome." A smile appeared on his face until his pager beeped. "Oh goody," he sighed. "I better go answer the phone in my office… would you like to come along? Would you feel safer?"

"Y-yeah." I nodded. He held out his arm and I wrapped my arms around him. I helped him along the grassy knoll. "Tell me what really happened to that leg. I could tell you weren't telling the truth."

He sighed. "I was mining and I accidentally got my foot caught in a pulley." I listened intently. "Well, the pulley pulled up and I felt my knee snap. I had dislocated my leg. I had been passed out for an hour, until someone found me, because I was hanging upside-down."

"Oh, ouch, sorry to hear that," I replied while looking at him.

"I'm okay… just hurts really badly. Are you all right? You have a glow to you."

"You've noticed I'm pregnant? Argh, why does everyone know? Doesn't make any sense!"

"It was just a guess lil' lady, calm down."

"Err… well, I thought I was supposed to tell everyone, not let them figure it out themselves."

"Well, I definitely agree with that." He nodded. "Come on, we're almost to my squad car." I sighed in relief.

"Wait, how can you drive?"

"With my left leg… My boss told me not to, but I did it anyway." He chuckled. "What? Do you want to drive? I can tell you the way."

"Can I turn the lights and sirens on?" My eyes lit up.

"AHAHAHAH! Yes… yes you can." He grinned. "There it is." We finally made it to his car. I helped him into the passenger seat. "Thank you." He smiled.

"You're welcome." I smiled back. I made it over to the driver's side and sat down. He handed me the keys and I started it.

"This button," he explained while flipping a switch. "Turns on the lights and sirens." The siren blared in our ears, but we didn't care. I put it into drive.

"Okay, you want to keep going straight until you reach 2nd Street."

I nodded and noticed cars moved over. I chuckled. "Well then, that shows 'em!"

We walked into his office. He let me sit down in a seat in front of his desk while he sat down and answered his office phone.

"Yes, could I please talk to Jake?" Yanick said. Wait – did he say Jake, as in my cousin?

"One minute sir," the voice on the other line said.

"Yes?" Jake answered.

"You needed me?"

"Yes. We need you here in Sinnoh – major homicide going on and we're pressed for more officers – Émile, Cecilia, Rico are all busy as well as Tory, seeing as how he is busy dissecting people." A hint of disgust was in Jake's voice. "Can you please come? Is it possible?"

"Um, I'm protecting a woman named René."

"René…? As in my cousin? Could I speak to her?"

"Your cousin wants to say hi." He handed me the phone.

"Jake!" I said excitedly.

"Oh René! How are you doing?"

"It's a long story and I prefer not to tell you over the phone," I replied.

"René… Sorry but I have to go. It was nice chatting with you. Goodbye, Cherie."

"Bye, Jake. It was nice chatting with you too." I hung the phone up. I looked at Yanick glumly. "Does that mean you're going to Sinnoh?"

"Looks like I have to… I'm sorry. I wish there was a way to make it up to you. I doubt you wanna go."

"I kind of don't. I don't know if the herd can manage without me."

"They probably could, but I know you can't leave them." I thought for a minute.

"I think I will go. Could I take Dad and Macy with me? I'd feel safer if I did."

"Fine with me." He nodded. "I don't mind the company anyway."

"Then it's settled. I'll get packed and ready to go."

A/N: Bout time I updated. I might skip a few days while she's in Sinnoh.