Artemis stood back as Paopao tended to Dontae. At first there seemed to be no response and he remained out cold. A moment later his body twitched slightly as his eyes slowly flickered open. Groaning slightly he shied his face away from the digimon standing over him and licking his face. When the light hit his eyes he flinched and decided it was about time he stood back up. When he did Artemis ran up to him and hugged one of his legs. "Dontae!! You're finally awake!!" the Lunamon cheered as she handed over his digivice. As soon as he touched it it stopped flickering.
Nodding slightly, Dontae turned to look at Paopao. "And I'm guessing that I have you to thank for it," Dontae said with a slight bow of respect, "Thank you very much."
"Not just her, but this girl too!" Artemis spoke up as she pointed to Lark, "I also helped you, Dontae!" Turning to see Lark holding a pipe in defense, he said nothing as he gave her a quick inspection. Clearly she knew what she was going to do with that pipe if she needed to, but he could appreciate being careful around strangers. He also noticed her purple hair and fox-hat; somehow it seemed more natural than his own snow-like hair. In any case, he slowly stepped towards Lark and gave her a grateful nod as well. Remaining humble was the only way he was able to actually communicate with the two newcomers without resorting to his normal social tendencies.
"Then thank you as well," Dontae said casually as he held out a hand to Lark, "My name's Dontae, and from the look of it we're in the same boat. What's your name?" Even though he was in the perfect range to get clobbered with the pipe, he ignored the weapon and focused on the girl holding it. His only thoughts were about how he could help the two for helping him. At the very least he could feel like he was taking baby steps towards redemption.
Lark stared at this whole occurrence with mild confusion before sliding off of the Labramon's back and following Artemis' directions. "Um... is that creature okay Paopao?"
Labramon whined a neutral reply. She didn't know and she was concerned, but she was more pleased by the fact that Lark had not been hurt. If she had gone in there with that silly rabbit, well, Paopao would have had a few words for that bunny and more than a couple of barks. She went over despite this, leaving Kit clutching the pipe nervously. Sniffing the human, she dripped drool onto his face, gently licking to avoid clothes.
(Artemis learned that it's important to listen to others at times... sadly it is not likely that she will remember this for long... or was there somewhere you wanted to go with the team work? I can change my latest part if you did :x)
Artemis frowned as the two were hesitant to move. Almost huffing to herself, she hopped off Paopao and up the mound. "Then I'll just move him myself. I can move fast enough. Meet me around that corner and we'll tend to him there," Artemis said without giving the two a chance to stop her. Sliding down the other side of the mound she vanished from the other two's sight.
Stopping short of Dontae, Artemis started wildly throwing rocks out of the way. She grumbled to herself as she did it; she couldn't see why they couldn't just follow her and unearth the young man. "Oh well, this is simple!" Artemis said to herself with a satisfied smile. Freeing a majority of his body, she grabbed the digivice and Dontae's coat and pulled him out. Glad to see her partner free, she turned to the gaping hole in the wall and made her way out. As soon as she did, though, the slow shifting of the destabilized mound sounded behind her. Turning quickly she could see the debris start to wobble. "Heheheh... oops."
Breaking into a run, she pulled Dontae with her as the debris rock-slid into the building. The two managed to escape and get out of the way as some of the rubble settled just outside the impromptu exit. Letting Dontae lay flat on the sidewalk she held onto the digivice and laughed slightly to herself.
Artemis sighed with relief as Lark patted the top of her head and promised to help. Looking back at the mound that she jumped off of, she realized the problem. Not to mention she knew where Dontae was and if Paopao tried to leap over it the digimon might have crushed him upon landing. She almost freaked out over the thought, but collected herself as she pointed to the intersection right next to the complex. "There's a giant hole in the wall over that way; Dontae is inside. He's... partially under rubble inside," Artemis explained, tapping two of her fingers together coyly, "I'd have pulled him out of there but those corrupted digimon kept me busy."
Lark stared for a few moments, trying to process the words the rabbit had thrown at them both. She turned slowly to look at Paopao. "Can you do that?" The dog nodded, pink ears flapping at the motion. Lark nodded back and smiled gently at the unnamed creature. "Okay, you can relax now. It'll be okay!" She patted the other's head without preamble.
Paopao barked at Lark for a moment, the words indistinguishable from any normal dog's barks. However Kit seemed to grasp it after a few moments. "Um..." Kit asked with a soft tilt of the head. "Can you show Paopao where to climb? The rubble might break on us..."
Artemis gasped as she noticed the Labramon and human traveling together. No doubt they had to be one of the other pairs she and her partner was to unite with. At least, she was hoping that they were. The fact that she had found a Labramon was enough to get her to slide down the mound of debris.
"You two! Hey!!" Artemis called out as she ran up and jumped onto Paopao's back. Ignoring her nimble entrance, she began explaining as fast as she could. This literally meant that she talked as fast as she could without a stop for breath. "You two need to hurry Dontae needs our help. I'm sure I don't need to explain too much but without him our journey is going to be much more difficult-- not to mention I don't want to have to go through finding a new partner all over again. Some people are just mean and chase you away with pointy things and torches, you know? W-w-wait that's not important!! Dontae!! You can heal him right Labramon? Pleasepleaseplease help him!!" Luckily for her she stopped there or else she might have passed out herself.
Paopao continued to tread slowly onward. Lark had lowered the pipe in favor of resting her sore arm, which had knocked away quite a few adversaries. They had been knocked surprisingly hard but the Digimon took no chances and howled a strange attack, typically sending them through walls or floor. It was already broken anyway, so Lark took little notice of it. "Hey... doggy," she mumbled softly, causing Paopao to look at her curiously. "Aren't we going a little slow?"
"If I go any faster I'll be heard," the dog said patiently in reply. "I am actually a Labramon. Do call me Paopao. It's a memento of a name."
"Oh..." She watched the road ahead of her now. Lark's head was marginally clearer now and while she still worried for her father figure, she knew Jake was like a bear. He was probably better off than she herself. Paopao stiffened sharply below her and her gait became a slightly fast trot. She frowned. "What's the matter?"
Paopao whined as the device on Lark's belt began to flicker. "Someone is trapped here." Lark's pale face flushed with dismay before the girl nodded firmly.The Labramon smiled. "That's a smart decision there girl. If he dies, we may have a whole new problem on our hands: hungry creatures."