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It sounded like a plan! Syre gave a smirk, and moved to help Holly get the tea ready for the twins. In the other room, Amber found herself tilting her head at Coal's assessment. It made sense - Coal probably hadn't thought to look at either of her older sisters that way.
"Whose more skilled, huh... I wonder who that is, too." It really wasn't a question the two could answer, either. "Mm... somehow I don't think they're the exact same. Holly likes her lightning stuff, where as Syre's more... I dunno, really, haven't really seen her practice."
That aside, Amber kept her smile, listening intently to Coal's dilemma. Well, that, and her questioning why Mikemon picked a place up here in the mountains. As Syre and Holly came in, the cat chuckled as she overheard that last part. "Dad used to live in Whitewater, but he said he didn't like the salt in his fur, or something like that. But I agree, its way too cold up here."
Syre would carefully set down that tray - pitcher, empty cups, and sugar ready - and would give a nod to Coal. "Just don't rush yourself, sis. I know all this fighting stuff's a bit overwhelming to learn - but you have a whole bunch of 'mons helping to catch you all up. No-one's asking you to do what Silence and I do, though."
She'd shoot a grin towards Coal. "But Iko might be happy to have you on."
Coal didn’t really think much about strength or the like; it didn’t make much sense to her. As she also figured that there would never be a time where that would be tested. It was an interesting question to be sure but… She doubted that syre or holly would fight seriously against one another.
”I haven’t really seen her practice either. It’s kinda strange. Holly has lightning stuff? That’s odd…”
Coal rubbed at her chin and flicked her ears back as she heard her sisters come in. So mikemon used to live in whitewater? But then decided to move up here just… cause of salt? Something seemed wrong there and coal frowned at that.
”Seems awfully silly to move somewhere just because you don’t like salt.”
Coal gave a small shrug and started to fix amber as well as herself some tea. Though she wouldn’t put any sugar in hers just yet. Her ears flicked a few times at hearing that all that fighting stuff was overwhelming to learn. She had to admit it was; but at the same time it felt right to do. She’d lean forward and sip at her tea; finding herself freezing at that last part.
”O-oh? I don’t… Uhm… I don’t know about that I’m still a mess and you all are all well..”
The renamon made motions with her hands to sort of indicate they were further along in the fighting and training than she was. Really unsure how to turn down her sister; though hearing that iko would be happy to have her on made her wonder why…
”Why would he be happy to have me on? I’m not really anything special. Other than the fact I can do this~?”
She’d make a motion and the shadows near her would peel off of the various walls; flickering for a moment before settling back in. Did it also get slightly darker in here too? It was hard to tell for it only lasted for a split second…
Holly looked rather bemused at the idea that anyone in this family was normal. Most of them did such strange things or had stuff happen to them in the long term that certainly twisted or changed their viewpoints!
”Happy or not, I bet he’s relieved to have someone other than silence to train heh.”
"Eh, I'm not gonna pretend to know every reason why dad does what he does..."
Syre gave a shrug. Really, she didn't know the exact reason, nor did she really think to ask dad about their reason for moving, either. The Library couldn't be a permanent home, so they moved somewhere else, right? As for Syre's reasoning why Iko would want Coal to join, the BlackGatomon gave a shrug. "He might not be to you, but Iko is very strict with who he lets join. Only those who can meet his standards generally pass his check - so you being personally trained by him is probably a track to join the Knights, if you would want to."
Amber's eyes flicked over to the walls, Syre giving them a small glance, the black cat giving a chuckle. "Well, not necessarily. Your class of ability really doesn't matter - I'm fire and ice, Holly is a bit of everything... oh, shoot." Hearing a beep from her glove, Syre gave a shrug. "I gotta go, I'll see you tomorrow at your place, Holly. 9 o'clock work?" With that, Syre would give a wave, and step through her portal - as Amber gave a chuckle.
"Everything's a mile a minute out here, ain't it?"Their 'day off'.
Or, really, that's what it was supposed to be - but what was the fun in that? Amber and Coal barely had time to see each-other over the past few days, and both were curious about what the other had learned so far! So, though they were supposed to be taking it easy, the yellow fox had managed to get the black fox to follow along with her. For their parents, the two were just taking a quick trip to town.
... Though town was the other way. Amber led Coal to a place a bit past Holly's set up training area, to a nice, flat-looking surface. The snow was a bit thicker than she was expecting, almost halfway to their knees, but it'd be fine, right? "Heh... maybe this would give you too much shadow to work with? Should be fine, though..."
Coal was pretty sure that syre knew the reason; or even if she didn’t she could make a guess about it. But if they didn’t want to talk about it they didn’t really need to. She didn’t know a thing about this library either so she’d just let this part fall off.
Hearing the reasoning that syre laid down for the entire knight thing gave coal a visible pause. Was it something that she’d want to pursue? A life of doing… whatever it was that the knights did. From what she knew they did patrols and trained. That was it. She’d furrow her brow and huff.
”Well I’d have to think about it a bit; I don’t think it’s a good idea to just jump on one job from the get go.”
Honestly doing that would probably create more problems than she’d want and if she had second thoughts it’d be difficult to leave and do something else. Hearing that syre had fire and ice… and holly had a bit of everything? Coal shot a glance to holly who gave an innocent shrug.
”that it does! Gives us plenty of time for the day heh!”
Seeing her sister leave holly gave a small sigh and leaned back into the chair. She’d flick her ears and nod her head towards amber. It indeed was a mile a minute!
”Some days it’s like that, others not so much! You’ll get used to it!”
Having very little time to see one another had made coal a little put off; she liked spending time with her sister and not having that time together was starting to show. She’d follow after the yellow fox; looking around curiously as they went. Thinking they were going to go into town was the first part that shocked her. Did they really just lie to their parents?
Going the other way wasn’t so much an issue as it was past the training area; she didn’t know if this was safe! Though the training locale did look really cool! She’d glance about and adjust her footing a bit; noting that there was a heck of a lot of snow! Which gave her a lot to work with. But to also be fair wasn’t it a somewhat clear day?
”Well there’s plenty of light too… how do you wanna go about this?”
Coal fiddled around and put her glasses away; stuffing them into their protective casing and glancing at her sister. Their cores were always so close to one another; it was practically looking in a mirror… Save that this mirror was a bit brighter and calming to coal. She had looked at her own core a few times and never knew what to think of it. She would have to talk to her da about her own core and the stuff she saw from time to time…
”I wanted to ask you something sis… when syre mentioned the knights you looked a bit fidgety. Is… that something you were wondering about too?”
Amber hadn't really though it that far through, though she did quickly bounce back for an answer! "Mm... I don't think we really want to get too far into it... how about this, we go until one of us falls off of our feet? We'll stop there, clean up, and head back to town to do the shopping."
Past that? Yes, it did seem rather even! Letting Coal put her glasses away, Amber took the time to stretch, moving to let her arms and legs get nice and ready for the upcoming spar. Her ear flicked a bit at that question, and Amber? Well, she gave a confident shrug! "Don't know - doesn't seem to have a lot to do with art, so, maybe not?" Amber wasn't entirely sure what she wanted to do, herself. Nor was that even the reason either of them were here. "Alright, Coal, I'm ready when you are!"
And when given the signal? Amber would bring both of her palms together, and focus. Right now, she had distance from her target, which allowed her to try and cast something right off of the bat - an array of crystals appearing around and above her, charging with light.
Keep my opponent at a distance... She'd fire a few moments later - an array of colorful light lasers shooting off in Coal's direction - aimed towards her, and to the ground in front of her. Maybe she was trying to cut off the shadows early?
Coal tilted her head to one side, flicking her ears forward as the other spoke. So they didn’t want to get too far into it? That made sense. They didn’t want to get too hurt and coal would give a small nod at the ruling. That’d be great for a stopping point. Smiling warmly and giving a small stretch.
”That sounds like a good point to me… what were we gonna pick up again? I wasn’t entirely paying attention.”
To be fair on that part; she had been thinking about a lot of things lately. Her travels and other stuff; like where she was going to visit first and how she would handle issues if she ran into any.
”I mean that’s a fair point. Don’t think you’d get much time to yourself to draw either… But all right!”
Coal shifted into her ready stance; it was a mix between what you’d expect a grappler and a caster to have. Given that she’d need to get closer and seeing her sister cast something right off the bat the black renamon noted that the shadow behind her sister was still there even if the ones nearest her were getting cut off. Between shots would be the best time for her to go about this.
Huffing as she was forced to stop else run into one of her sister’s beam she’d make a motion with a finger. If amber followed her sister’s eyeline she’d find that it was looking past her and the shadow under her feet would have a single length of shadow leap up to smack at the other’s back!
Amber saw her chance: she had managed to keep Coal back, kept her at bay - and now it was just a matter of taking advantage of it. Her sister had a keen eye, so she wasn't exactly sure how well this would work, but it was worth a shot: she dug her foot into the snow, and with a wide, sweeping kick, would let a good amount of it slip into the air as a powdery mess.
And amidst that powder? The fox would vanish from sight. Of course, she was still there - and with the deep snow, Coal could probably keep track of her sister's position. But that was the misdirection that Amber was looking for - Coal might expect Amber to screen off to the left or the right. But, instead, Amber would charge right on ahead, and try to hook her foot between Coal's ankles, and give a pull.
Cheap, maybe, but it was the fastest way she could think of to make Coal slip over!
It was frustrating to say the least, her fighting style required her to get a bit closer. She had the obvious ones like using her eye to combat the flare of powder, either by blowing it away or targeting the frame of her sister that was in front of her. With the snow being as deep as it was it wasn’t hard to keep track of her.
So why was she charging forward?
Well it was hard to make someone fall on their back if you didn’t do something like that. She tried to adjust herself but the renamon didn’t really have the ability to move in this deep snow as much as she liked and with a yelp the renamon-x found herself slip backwards…
To flop into the snow with an audible grunt. Feeling kind of dizzy with how all the snow was moving this way and that. She’d push herself up and snort as she felt some snow get into her nose. Leaning to blow it out with a grumble.
”I think holly had the right idea to train you out here… I’m not used to moving in this stuff.”
Was this some kind of weird home field advantage that came from training in this location? Her limbs were pretty heavy and she figured she could scoop up snow and use it as she wanted but… Definitely didn’t work out the same as she had seen in her head!
Seeing Coal flop back into the soft snow behind her, Amber found herself giving a proud grin. Sure, it was a short bout, but the light-type didn't know how much she wanted to risk in a long fight with Coal - especially with the number of shadows she could be hiding in the sand. The yellow fox made herself visible again, giving a chuckle as she stretched an arm down to help Coal up.
"Eh, maybe. But sometimes you just gotta think decisively, you know?" There was definitely more experience that Amber had here, though! "Maybe next time we should try asking the Knights to see if we can borrow their arena... hm." Could they replace one of their days, once in a while, just for sparring? It was worth asking, an idle thought by the fox...
... A thought that was quickly discarded as she heard something loud beneath them. An explosion? An impact? Whatever it was, it echoed right through the valley, echoing right underneath their feet for several seconds, until it would die back down - and a second sound would be heard from uphill. Amber chanced a glance in that direction - a massive drift of snow and ice, from further uphill, was starting to crash down right towards this clearing.
Coal was a bit frustrated at the fact she didn’t really last that long against her sister, but then again the rules of this bout weren’t all that serious. She’d huff a bit and accept that arm. Pulling herself up with a grumble. Maybe she had to focus a bit more or at least figure out what she should do. The fact her shadow attack didn’t work at all was frustrating.
”I guess? I thought my shadow would have worked on you… and I could talk to iko about it maybe?”
Coal gave a shrug and then her face shifted to confusion as there was that loud sound beneath them. She’d cast around and her eyes locked onto that massive drift of snow coming there way. For a moment it wasn’t too bad but all the moving parts of that drift very quickly became overwhelming.
Coal felt her legs go a bit weak and her hand came up to her head; a soft gasp of pain coming out of her lips as she felt it just resonate through her skull. There was too much and the renamon only managed to groan out a response to her sister. Barely being able to take a single step in one direction. It was towards where the training area was but that wasn’t enough to get out of the way.
”Nnngh.. Sis I…”
It was a god awful amount and even closing her eyes didn’t work. If anything it just made it worse. She’d fumble around for her glasses, nearly getting them out of her pocket before she just couldn’t focus at all!
Damn it - there was no time, and Coal was completely out of it! Amber was convinced that she could get aside of this drift if she teleported, but her sister? She was just standing around, fumbling for her pocket, barely able to move at all. In that moment, Amber made a choice. One that she knew would confuse Coal in the moment - and one that she didn't know if it was even a good idea - but it was all she could do.
Amber dove, and 'tackled' Coal, right off of her feet, bringing her arms to hug tightly around her sister's back and head. A moment later, that literal avalanche would come right over both of them - a torrent of snow, rock, and debris easily plucking the two up, carrying the two rookies further down the mountain. That terrible sound, that mass of moving data, would surround the two for several seconds...... Until it would finally die down.
When Coal finally came to, perhaps the Black Renamon-X would be surprised to see that she was in relatively good shape. Perfect, of course not - she had been beaten up by the fall, and was probably sore all over - but she wasn't buried under the snow, instead tossed somewhere off to the side. Amber had carefully shielded her 'younger' sister, as best she could, and Coal was probably much better for it.
... Though that might not have been the same for Amber. Her voice echoed out lightly over the clearing, and if Coal followed? She'd see Amber, lying flat on her back - and with what looked like a twisted ankle, her left foot facing the wrong direction. Every movement came with a hiss of her teeth, unable to even look up.
Coal was barely able to hear her sister among all of this; turning her head and looking rather confused. What was she supposed to do or say? The glasses would make this pain go away and they were in her pocket. With her being tackled off of her feet the renamon let out another yelp. But then they were picked up by that force and moved very rapidly.
Tumbling and painful bashes against her, ultimately she was fine in the mess. Braced against her sister and sore all over. She felt like one of her arms was more sore than the other. Probably the one she landed on. She’d shift up to sitting posture, pushing snow away from her face and looking about. Her ears perking as she heard her sister’s voice.
She’d follow that voice and hearing her call out again the renamon-x hurried to her sister. Blinking a bit and flinching softly as she realized what she was looking at. That definitely wasn’t normal! The black renamon eased her way to her sister and reached down to touch the top of her sister’s head with a hand.
”I’m here sis, I’m all right. Little banged up… My glasses are missing though.”
Coal sighed a bit and glanced down at her sister’s frame where she could see that twisted mess. Maybe if she straightened it and set it somehow? The renamon fumbled around and set her gloves down on her sister. Holding up a finger to the other’s mouth.
”Just try to take it easy. I’m gonna… find some sticks. Your ankle looks really mucked up so ah.. Don’t look?”
She had read about something like this in one of holly’s books; she couldn’t remember the title of the book. But it was with an airplane and some crashed survivors. One of them had broken their leg and they had used some sticks and cloth to make it so that it was braced.
She really hoped that’s how these things worked. She really hoped that she could find an appropriate set of sticks...
The Renamon, injured as she was, gave a smile as Coal rested a hand on her head. The black fox was even still on her feet! Amber tried to sit up, but was quickly made aware of her foot, and she simply lied back down again. "S-sorry... I tried to hold onto you, but... ugh. Y-yeah... sticks..."
For the moment, Amber hadn't really had a chance to clear out her head yet. The next few minutes almost seemed to go by in a blur for her, until Coal had a chance to show up again - sticks and materials, of varying usefulness, brought to her by the black fox. Sticks, and nothing to tie them together?
"..." Amber set out to work. She pulled off her left glove, and with her hands and teeth, tore it into one, long consecutive strip - and with some effort, a rudimentary brace was put right around her mangled ankle.
Enough to keep it straight. And enough that she was able to stand - on her good foot - and lean against her sister's shoulder.
Silence frowned lightly and glanced at the clock; at most a trip into town took only an hour or so if you knew what you wanted. It had already been two and she had for the most part already ran through excuses. Long lines and varied other little things piling up. She’d drum her fingers on the table and shift in her seat; her drink had long since gone cold but that didn’t really seem to bother her.
”Couple hours now..”
The shutmon shifted and flicked her ears, hearing the radio off to the side announce some reason for traffic adjustments. She didn’t really figure that’d mean that they’d be anywhere near that. Given it was in the opposite direction entirely. The shutmon leaned back in her chair; moving to go to the living room. She figured that mikemon was still there and she’d take a seat on the couch.
”You’ don’t think they’d… be around that do you?”
”Sis… it’s all right. Just. Sit there. Re-relax. It’s okay.”
The renamon mumbled a bit and gently tried to hold her sister back from sitting up. Holly had told her something about people that were injured seeing their own injury would quickly go into shock. But this was one of those times where she either acted too slowly or just wasn’t sure how to handle this.
Coal was grateful there was so much to work with around here; even if some trees were busted up and the snow made a mess of every which way… She was at least able to get her sister sticks! She watched as the other ripped their glove into one strip and she’d blink slowly.
”How did you know…?”
Coal would keep an arm around her sister to help support them and she couldn’t help but glance around. She had no idea where they were at and slowly would shake her head. This place looked completely unlike anything that she knew of before.
”I haven’t the faintest idea… I woke up and the sky was already black… If it wasn’t for you calling out for me I don’t think I would have found you either. I know we’re still in the mountains though?”
As Silence plopped down, she might have found herself confused at Mikemon's initial response - but really, all he did was give an acknowledging nod to Silence, while also pointing at the D-Terminal he had to his ear. "Holly, I can't come over right at this minute. The twins went out to town, and I need to go over a couple of things when they come back. Uhuh. Uhuh. Alright, just keep Syre inside, get her temperature down, and tell her to stop doing whatever trick Cion taught her for now. Alright?"
"... Good. I love you, too - I gotta go."
He'd give the device a click, and set the device aside, raising a hand to pinch his sinus. "One thing after another today, I swear... tch." Seriously, where were Coal and Amber? At most, he thought this was going to take 40 minutes!
"I don't want to think that they'd run off, but... what, there were reports of that avalanche 90 or so minutes ago?" Mikemon mulled it over, bit his lip, and nodded to the wolf. "Go look for 'em. The weather's fine, it should just be a matter of following their tracks. They should know better than to mess around the town that much.""Short answer, Holly taught me. She wanted me to know a lot of things about these mountains, if I was going to be living here... oof..."
Amber was slow to get up, but she was able to stand with Coal's assistance, and even distribute weight to her 'good' foot, so that the black fox wasn't supporting all of her weight. As Coal mentioned the sky's color, Amber swore under her breath, looked up, and grabbed the rest of the wood under her arm. "Just... ugh. We're not going to get back while the sun's behind the mountain. Let's get to the cliffs, find a cave. I'll use my light to set these things on fire once we have cover..."