Isabel took his hand and was lifted onto the Piloswine's back.
"Flareon, you can hold your own, right?" Isabel called.
"Flare!" Flareon barked.
"Watch Piloswine's back! Make sure we don't get hit by anything!" Isabel instructed.
Piloswine plowed forward through the snow, Flareon close behind, flaming any snowballs that rolled near them.
"Charlie," Isabel said in his ear. "I care about you, I really do. Just not in the way you want me to. But that doesn't mean I don't want you to be safe. You're a part of the team, Charlie. We work together to keep one another safe, no matter what."
Isabel looked around as the snow continued to fall. If they didn't make it to safety soon, Frosty Gorge's weather would do PXS's job for them.