The Jellicent leaned in, reaching a tentacle out to Phrixos. Orpheus wasn't sure what it was planning as he walked back in, observing them interact. "I do not think so..." Phrixos came back to face the Jellicent too, holding out a hand. "Do you live here..?" Asking the large pokemon in a more gentle voice. The pokemon leaned in closer, not showing much sign of backing out now.
Phrixos gently used his hand as he turned his palm facing up to welcome the Jellicent to him if he'd like? He looked up to it still as he wondered. "Do you live here Jellicent?" Repeating himself as he asked another question. "Is this where you made your home?" Phrixos kept calm as he could as Zahir himself settled his fears to give off a calm but welcoming aura for the pokemon.
The Jellicent looked at Phrixos's hand, but did not touch it. It seemed to lean even closer to him, almost like it wanted to collapse on Phrixos. "Back away, Phrixos." Orpheus warned him. He wasn't sure what it was going to do.
Phrixos took a step back a little but slowly then feeling the un-comfort of the closing space between him and the Jellicent. "Uh... Orphy?" He didn’t know what was going on he felt a sudden disturbance against him.....
As Phrixos kept his distance, the Jellicent moved in. Orpheus knew he had to do something and fast. The Jellicent clung its arms around Phrixos tightly, holding him firmly and started to squeeze with incredible strength. Orpheus was about to send Hesperus in to do something, but then remembered how his partner wished not to harm pokemon. Well to hell with that rule, he could not follow it now. He ran back inside and tried to pull Phrixos out.
Phrixos was wrapped up tight in the binds.... he groaned with an ack of pain. "Nh Agghhk..!" Phrixos felt every grasp of the tentacles wrap tightly around him. He could feel every inch compressing tighter he let out a screech for help. "Or...y....Gah!"
The Jellicent was holding on tight, and Orpheus couldn't make it let go. "I am sorry, Phrixos." he muttered the apology under his breath before he placed a searing hot hand on the pokemon's arms, trying to burn it and force it to let Phrixos go. The jellicent held tight, shooting a spray of water from its head right at Orpheus, pushing him back with great force.
Phrixos felt his body losing so much strength as he ached in so much pain he tried to stay up. "Ahhh!" His hand still open to the Jellicent opening his palm to shoot his Astonish if it was even strong enough in his weak state to do anything. "Or... ph..y...gah!" He screamed feeling the tentacle wrap tight more feeling the grip feel tighter his arm pinned to his side as his other loose clinging to the Jellicent clawing it hard.
As small as Phrixos's retaliation was, it was enough to shock the Jellicent into loosening its grip for a moment. Seeing the opportunity, Orpheus grabbed his partner and threw him aside. The pokemon had become muddled in all of this, and failed to grab the next anon in its anger. He assembled his drones to project a hex onto the Jellicent, holding it relatively in place as pain spread through its body from where he had touched it earlier.
"Phrixos!" he called, not taking his eyes off the Jellicent. "Can you stand..?"
Phrixos was in deep pain he could crawl but his forearm and legs hurt so much... "Or... phy...ah... N..no..." He tried to speak up the pain going straight to his head not knowing which way was up or down he tho was fumbling towards the exit in the least. "L.. lea...ve... c..can we?...." He groaned out coughing up as his chest was feeling air coming back to him easier from his chest being crushed.. He wouldn’t be surprised if he had some inline fractured along some bones or ribs during all of that he was in deep pain.
Phrixos was right, it would benefit no one to try and complete the mission now. At least they would have mapping of the inside of the ship for the next team who would attempt this. Orpheus held up his hex for a moment longer before swiftly retreating, grabbing Phrixos in tow. "You must run." he told him, even though he knew Phrixos was forced to use his injured body.
The Jellicent managed to shoot off another burst of water into Orpheus's back, pushing him forwards a little, but most of his body taking the brunt of the force. He pushed Phrixos ahead of him to go.
Phrixos pulled himself together hissing at the pain as he gripped to his arm picking himself up with Orphy's help to keep moving. Every inch of his body that continued to move felt like his body was burning from the inside out. He felt every centimeter building up to break him down. "Orphy!" He looked ahead of them seeing the gap that they had to jump over. "I can't make it..." He spoke back as he kept going with the other. He fumbled his steps as it made him slow down only to be pushed to keep going ahead of them. "Orphy??"Looking over his shoulder seeing him taking the hit from the move. "Are you okay??"
He pushed through the pressure and pain to cast hex on it again, which caused the Jellicent to stop. It let out gargling noises, consoling itself as Orpheus got away. His back was sore and bruised, but he was alright otherwise. "Come." Orpheus had grabbed a hold of Phrixos and got ready to jump again. "1, 2, 3--" They had no time to prep for the jump but they went for it anyways, they really had to if they wanted to see daylight again. He could see and feel the Jellicent chasing after them.
Phrixos fumbled his footing as they landed on the other side pushing on with the other to keep moving trying hard to not lag behind. "Orphy... He's following.." His face was filled with pain as he looked a bit lighter skinned feeling his energy draining away from all the pain as it still pushed on him. He kept moving like his adrenaline was creating a numbing movements along racing to get out of the ship.
Orpheus continued on, pulling Phrixos back out of the ship. "Give me directions." he told him, looking back. The jellicent was coming through, but it wasn't attacking them. "Stay awake."
Phrixos pulled his tablet out holding it up trying to stay awake as they made it out of the ship. "That way... back towards where we met the Steelix... Get his attention then they can fight each other.... give us an escape...?" He gave that idea to the other. "We can keep going back or make our way to the caves past the Steelix where we first met up with the mountain ranges with the caves for cover?" It was still dead of night being cold as hell as Phrixos was so numb to everything that he wasn't going to feel it so soon…
Orpheus took a glance at Phrixos's map, and knew where to go. "I will see what I can do." He continued to escape, glancing behind at the Jellicent still following. It seemed to close in on them, but they were nearly there. "Let us get out first." In a moment he pushed Phrixos outside the ship while he followed afterwards, shooting a hex at the Jellicent one last time to get away.
They were outside now and the fresh air was welcome. They had to make a break for it soon - Orpheus didn't know if the jellicent was going to pursue them beyond the ship.
Phrixos saw the exit as they closed in on it feeling the shove and push outwards he tripped out rolling off his bad arm grunting at it as he hissed to get back up and look back to see Orphy attack the Jellicent again with its hex... his heart still dropped seeing the pokemon hurt... but it tried to kill him.... Looking away as the pokemon was hurt to only look up again to Orphy. "Is he still following us?" Up on his feet ready to keep running grasping his arm close and tight to keep close to his chest.
Orpheus let the attack go and took Phrixos up again, and ran for it as best he could with an injured partner in tow. The Jellicent seemed to push forth even after it was subject to all that pain. "It is." he said, trying to remain calm. "We can only hope we lose it, or it loses interest in us. Do you remember where the Steelix resided?"
"Run down towards the dunes... Us running along will cause a disturbance... Just keep running... and knock the Jellicent back to keep the distance apart... If we can make it past the Steelix the Jellicent will have a new target.." He kept running tho he didn't know for how much longer he could keep going... "Ah... Orphy.... Not... sure... how far i can keep going..." His legs felt as if with each step his footing became heavier and heavier....
Orpheus kept going towards the Steelix's territory, although it was apparent that Phrixos was slowing down. A piggyback, was it? Darius was saying. "Climb on," Orpheus gestured to Phrixos to get on his back. Once he was on, he hovered over the dirt as fast as he could. Surely they would outrun the Jellicent now.
Phrixos looked over climbing onto the other's back feeling the difference now in their speed as he held onto the other with his weakened grip.... looking back seeing them gaining some distance again. "He's falling behind..." Phrixos spoke up but sounded gravely as he felt the pain swelling around his chest feeling the compression build up more and the cold settling around him.... his body felt more and more limp as Orphy carried him across the desert. "Hm.... Or... Orp..hy..." His body was shutting down too much pain was putting his mind and body into a resting state as his eyes fought to stay awake.
Phrixos wasn't sounding good. Even with Orpheus's heightened body heat trying to keep him warm, he seemed to be fading out. "Orpheus, Phrixos, calling for pickup," he said into his headset. "Sector E18, requesting pickup. First aid required, my partner may be going into shock. Thank you." In the meantime, he circled his drones around them, sending energy inwards to let them run faster. "Stay with me Phrixos..." Gritting his teeth as he kept his partner warm. "Pickup in 3 minutes."
The Jellicent was still chasing them, but to Orpheus's relief, he had managed to lure out the Steelix as well. It was coming to them from the front, and he kept hovering towards it. If they could get them to clash head on, that would solve that problem while they wait for transport.
Phrixos looked ahead of them seeing the Steelix... "Orphy... when i say go ... try and speed up as fast as you can....?" He didn't give much warning to the other as he raised his hand against the pushing winds that Orphy was racing them through. He held his hand just as they got close enough he let of a bit of an Astonish to confuse the Steelix. "Go!" He said to Orphy. It'd buy them to time to get past and for the Steelix to see the Jellicent in front of him instead of the Anons. Phrixos felt the pain of that move hit him back giving him a headache in the least of it at least the headache was pounding his head to keep him awake till help arrived.
"Yes..." he wasn't sure what Phrixos was planning, but he trusted him. The Steelix flinched at his attack and with that opening, Orpheus zipped through as fast as he could. Sure enough, the Steelix and Jellicent caught each other’s sights, and they were heading in to fight each other, all pressure taken off the anons running away.
The transport was far off in the distance, but they could stop fleeing fairly soon. "Are you cold, Phrixos?" Orpheus asked, slowing down while he kept an eye on the display, to work out how long it would be till their help arrived.
Phrixos's body was falling limp as his good arm clung with his solely weakened state his grip could barely hold onto Orphy's suit. "Y..yea.." He clung till his head lay against the back of Orphy's... his breathing slowed as his body still continued to shut down more and more. "Orphy...... I feel... numb..." His shuddering breath as he didn’t feel the pain anymore... just absolutely nothing. He's gone past the point of feeling pain to nothing at all. That pick up better hurry soon. Phrixos wasn't going to enter a shock state yet but if his body wasn’t going to rest easy soon his body would revolt against Orphy. "Ho....w......m..uch... l..lo..nger..?"
He really didn't look or sound good at all. "1 minute. Please stay awake, Phrixos..." He heated up his body even warmer, and circled his drones tighter. It was the best he could do right now while waiting for the transport to arrive. "You will be alright." he assured him.
In the distance, he could see the army truck coming. "See? They are already here." he continued to talk to Phrixos, making sure he would be conscious enough for the team to treat. Orpheus hovered towards the truck to save some time, and Phrixos was put under the care of the medics who had come for the ride. As the truck drove back, he sat patiently in the back, letting them do their work. He was nervous, but his face didn't show it.
Phrixos stayed enough conscious as he was being treated but he didn’t look good at all. Many scans had to be done to make sure of no internal injuries or serious spinal cord damage let alone the amount of hairline fractures along the bones from his legs up to his chest and arm. The medic looked to Orphy handing him a report of what was documented and a likely chance Phrixos is going to make out of it but he'd be in sick bay till they can make sure he was completely okay to leave the hospital by the time they get back.
Phrixos called out for Orphy... his eyes closed as he reached for Orphy with his good hand. "Orphy.... ? Orphy...? Where are you....?" The doc said to Orphy that he could grab onto his good arm if he wanted.
Orpheus read through what had been handed to him. it was all a bunch of scientific terms, nothing neither himself nor Darius knew very well, but it seemed extensive. He heard his name and sat beside the treatment area at the back of the truck. "Here, Phrixos." He offered his hand, its surface warm and soothing. Phrixos felt so cold.
Phrixos held onto his hand as his arm rested back against the frame of the cot. His hand fell limp lightly as he didn’t have the strength to keep holding on. "Orphy... please.... get checked...." he spoke soft. Even through all the pain through the high intense pain he still worried for Orphy to be okay after the hits he got to keep him safe. "Y..your so ... warm..."
"I will, in a moment." he reassured him, holding his hand even after he'd let his grip loosen. "They will look after you." The medics pulled him away now that they heard he'd been hurt, and examined him. Not much other than large bruises on his back from the Jellicent's water attacks earlier.
Phrixos fell under as he was resting easy now they had his pulse and records going as he waited for the other to return. Covering Phrixos with blankets to raise his body temperature. He’d do fine after the many MRI scans he will have to go through to check his bones and ligaments and tendons his bad arm tho was heavily bruised and beaten he'd be of no using this am any time soon. Phrixos called in his light dreams to say that he was going to be okay.
Orpheus wondered if he could've done more. But all was said and done, and he sat there at the back of the truck, driven back to base with a wounded comrade, alive, at least. That was enough for now. After a couple of days they should be back up and running, hopefully.
He looked out towards the ship disappearing into the distance, wondering if he'd ever meet anymore of Nai's kind again.
Phrixos was put under medication and treatment once they got back to treating his pain scanning his body for signs of any additional injuries. After those few days he was awake and wanting to leave already.
Phrixos hoped that Orphy was well... Nai being a Chandelier is hard seeing as he's only seen Nai and no other Chandelier so far... it was interesting but wondered if there were more?