Holding the Farfetch'd in her hands, Penelope traveled to another part of the forest where the tree branches opened up more spaces for the sunlight to shine through. The area and the air was warm and maybe a bit humid again to travel, as she can feel herself sweating already. If this wasn't in the middle of nowhere, she would have picnicked here, but she wouldn't want to risk being alone here at night. She continued traveling until she found a path that looked like it'll lead her to somewhere.
Upon capturing the 2nd farfetch’d, Ororo began doubling back toward the keeper of this bird. This chase was quite the fork in Ororo’s path. She knew she needed this prize in order to more safely get through the rest the forest. Her Corsola teetered behind Ororo, chirping happily. Although Ororo was quite tired of this adventure, which was not even half over yet, Malibu was perfectly content with being out and about. Along they waddled through the thicket, hoping to near the end of this inconvenient side quest.
((Adding 89 words to the incubator lol)) Going to Shady Glen))
Andrew seemed to cover more ground alone somehow. He wasn't sure if his Pokémon took small steps and slowed him down, or if he'd just walked faster because the forest had made him nervous. Either way, he soon arrived the Enchanted Orchard.
"Wow, this looks amazing." he commented to himself. Even though the area was still dark and shady, the way the light hit the trees made it much less sinister. Still on the lookout for Farfetch'd, Andrew observed that he seemed to be walking in a circle. This came as a relief as he realised he wouldn't have to cross the Gloomy Ravine to get back to the charcoal maker.
"Well, if the Farfetch'd aren't here, they're either back with Sylvester or the other trainer has found them," he decided. Had it not been for the rain, it would have been nice to spend more time exploring this part of the wood. It seemed so mystical which made him curious as to what species of Pokémon dwelled there.
The serenity of this section of forest was certainly a relief from its near neighbor, but the dwellers of the dark were still about the same. Distant rustles of unseen things scurrying about in the bushes, occasional flutters of something nearby but out of sight, and intermittent glimpses of shapes moving in the peripheral vision. Yet none seemed threatening. They were merely wild pokémon wanting to keep to their quiet lives while Andrew moved about. Well, all except one.
Waiting in the wings of a tree a certain vegetable loving duck watched the trainer with utmost interest. It remained still as a statue so as to not draw any attention to itself, but that in itself was an endeavor. It was so excited. A new face, a new target of its mischief. Teasing Sylvester can only be so entertaining when it was the norm. The bird squirmed in place, no doubt making a few small noises as it watched and waited for the perfect moment.
Unfortunately Farfetch'd's eagerness got the better of it. Once Andrew was anywhere even considerately close the duck jumped into action. With an ear shattering quack it jumped into the air toward the boy and made a downward strike with its leek. It fell well short of hitting anything but the ground of course, but it was certain the sudden cry would do enough to get a reaction from the trainer. With its feet now on the ground it stuck its beak into the air and flourished its leek, pointing an end at Andrew in challenge.
Although it wasn't saying much, the wild duck had put up a better fight than expected. It had, at the very least, given a firsthand preview of the hidden machine Sylvester promised as a reward. Nevertheless, Farfetch'd couldn't meet the standard set by Andrew's Pikachu and was currently out for the count.
Ruffle cockily puffed out her chest and held her head up high. It had been a while since she'd been chosen to battle but that didn't seem to hinder her one bit. "Good job! ...And thanks for that." Andrew was just about over the nasty fright. Already, he'd decided that getting it back to its carer would be such a weight off his chest. He wanted a little interaction with it as possible.
"Ruffle, you can keep me company out here for a while, if you like," he suggested. Since Sanga had been recalled to his Poké Ball, he'd been walking about on his own. It was a bit lonely to be in such a huge forest without any companions to talk to. On top of that, Ruffle was his best bet if this Farfetch'd suddenly sprung back to life. From what he'd seen already, it would be no surprise if the flying-type decided to pull some sort of prank.
Ruffle gave a tiny thumbs up in response to Andrew's offer. She used her tail to lift herself off the ground and hop into his arms, before crawling up onto his shoulder. "Okay then, let's hope the other Farfetch'd has already been found because I'm so done with this." He crouched over and picked up the fainted Pokémon, carefully removing the leek from its grip. "Ruffle, hang onto this for me until we get back to where that guy is. I don't want any more big surprises."
The path Pia had found curved around and soon Astrid was panting from the exercise she was not used to since it wasn't like this forest path was even or easy to walk on. She stumbled over a root and Yakul looked worried at her and nudged her gently. Astrid smiled reassuringly, wiped the sweat of her forehead and kept going, it didn't go fast but they were doing some progress.
They reached a clearing which was full of bushes, several webs were strung between them and the trees but no spiders were in sight. Instead a lonely hoothoot was drowsily snacking on the berries which were on one of the bushes. It looked up tiredly and then returned to its meal, Janus scrambled up on Yakul and hid in her leafy fur. "Careful, it eat bugs that is why the others are hiding," he warned and Pia snorted. "We others are not bugs, but I wouldn't complain if it tried anything. I could use some aerial battle training," the trumbeak answered and rolled her shoulders.
"It looks rather tired, I wonder if it has chased off all the ones who has made the webs?" Astrid commented as she looked around. "Well, we came to find the farfetch'd so we better get it back as soon as possible, to be honest I think I need a little break as well before attempting again," Astrid said thoughtful and then lead the way around the clearing and on the path on the other side, leaving the hoothoot to its meal.