Chapter 18 The Search
The ones Obi only managed to gather who were already awake were Foxy, Mangle, EJ, and Jet. The group of five headed outside the hut to met up with Caitlin; only to find that she was gone, no where to be seen. No one said a word, even when they noticed Caitlin was gone. Obi looked around frantically, trying to find a sign or some kind of hint as to where she was hidden, kidnapped, or headed off to if she had gotten a head start. It wasn't long until Mangle tapped his shoulder and held a note in her mechanical paw. The paper was folded up neatly and perfectly with the gentleness and the grace of that of an angel. Without little to no hesitation, Obi took the note and unfolded it as gently as it was folded. He read it inside of his head, looking over it carefully, this had to have been a clue from Caitlin.
'If you found this note; it means I took a head start. Sheldon's like a little brother to me, I couldn't wait any longer guys. I'm sorry.'
Obi rubbed his face and sighed, he didn't think Caitlin was that persistence on finding Sheldon; though, he had to admit, if he was lost, ran away, or anything and if the same thing happened to any of Pokemon he got to know well, including Jet, Pique would have to find him even if he had to get a head start just to find them. He figured Caitlin would be like Pique in a sense, only more of a tomboy than a girly-girl. Sure she had some of her girly moments, but she was sought more of a tomboy, due to her appearance. To Obi, she was half-and-half, but her personality reminded him of Pique (only a little less annoying to his personal opinion).
He looked at Mangle, handing her the note back and whispered softly to her, telling her exactly what to do with the note. The robot vixen nodded and did as she was instructed; heading back inside and placing the note on the coffee table. Obi turned towards the others; he pointed at Foxy and pointed to the right entrance of the forest, he pointed at EJ next and pointed to the left, and lastly he pointed at Jet and himself and pointed at the center entrance. Mangle returned afterwards and nodded.
Obi nodded, turning towards the others for the final time. "Lets go." With that, everyone set out to find Caitlin and Sheldon. "(Cait, wherever you and Shel are...please be alive...)" Obi thought to himself, hoping and praying the two would be alright.
Sheldon laid on what felt like a bed or the ground, he just laid there motionless and with his eyes completely shut tight as if he was still very deep in slumber. His ears twitched to unknown voices and they began to grow louder; they rang in his ears, telling him that they were there yet he didn't know what they would do to him. Sheldon tried to get back up, he struggled to get up on his legs and open his eyes, try as he might, pain slammed into him and he uttered a wounded moan.
"He shouldn't have done that..."
"He kinda looks like Mahigun."
"Slendy, where'd you find him?"
'Wait...Slendy?...Wasn't that the nickname for...' Sheldon's eyes shot open and scanned his surroundings in a frantic panic. He panted and wheezed heavily from fear. Seeing all these...things that he hadn't even seen, they looked like humans, only more monstrous. He hated to see something like that. One of them, bearing the resembles of a black and white clown, reached out for him.
"Hey, it's okay, we're not going to--"
Sheldon barked as if he was becoming rabid and bite the clown's arm and deepening his teeth into the arm. The clown let out a horrific scream of agony. A man with jet black hair cut Sheldon's cheek, he growled and lunged at the man, leaving only a few scratches and no bites. A boy, about ten years of age, and a boy with light brown hair, a black hoodie, and blue mask tried to pull Sheldon off of the snow pale man, but Sheldon turned at them and tried to attack them. Slender Man grabbed a hold of Sheldon with one of his tentacles, anger illuminated from his behavior, even though his face was without expression, it was told that he was angered by Sheldon's actions.
"THAT'S ENOUGH!!!" The tall faceless man bellowed. "YOU ATTACKING MY CHILDREN IS BAD ENOUGH!!! BUT NEARLY KILLING US?!? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF?!?!?"
Tears filled Sheldon's eyes, he was already scared enough by the monsters surrounding him, but the Slenderman yelling at Sheldon for only trying to defend himself? That crossed the line for the Lucario. He began struggling and used metal claw to cut off Slenderman's tentacles and finally causing him to land on the floor and run out of the room on all fours, he hit a few doors and walls on his way to a different room he finally entered a room with no monsters, no ghost, nothing but silence, peace, and himself. He laid on a bed and sobbed himself, ignoring the cuts the man had left on Sheldon's body.
It wasn't long before a she-wolf, a female werewolf if you will, entered the room, she growled. She heard the noise, she hated noise. Slenderman walked up to the she-wolf, with a now calm expression. "Mahigun, I apologize for the ruckus. But, we have a problem on our hands."
Mahigun, though it seemed to be her name, erased her angered expression and replaced it with a now worried and calm one. She sat down with her ears perked up, ready to listen to what the Slenderman had to inform.
The man cleared his throat. "You see...I found an unidentified creature; I think it could've been one of the..."Pokemon" as BEN calls it. I don't know what a "Pokemon" is exactly, but we need to calm him down. I shouldn't have yelled at him. I must've frightened him." He knelt down to the werewolf's level. "Please do us a favor and calm him for us."
Mahigun nodded and headed off to find Sheldon, she sniffed the air, trying to find his sent. She would continue this until she would find him and calm him down.
Foxy and Mangle looked around the forested area, trying to find something, a clue as to where Caitlin and/or Sheldon may be. Foxy sighed. "Mangle, it could be that we might not be able to find the two scallywags."
Mangle looked at Foxy. "What do you mean, Foxy? We're pirates for Davy Jones's sake."
"Aye, lass. I know. But I only knew what to do back at the pizzeria...a pirate isn't some landlubber unless he or she's trying to find his or her treasure somewhere hidden on a landscape, lass." He reminded the vixen.
Mangle smiled and laid a kiss on the pirate fox's cheek. "I know that too, Foxy. But ye be surprised at what we pirates are really capable of. We just need to continue our search. It's like a treasure hunt." She giggled. "Remember when we used to do those with the kids sometimes during the Fazbear days?"
Foxy smiled and nodded. "Aye."
Mangle smiled back. "Ye have to think of this as a treasure hunt, Foxy. Think of us as the treasure hunters and Caitlin and Sheldon as the treasure and we have to find 'em."
Foxy's smile grew from a soft friendly smile to a confident smirk. "Aye lassie! I be understanding it now. Ye be using that old memory lane trip to get to the other side of the sea."
Mangle giggled. "Aye, Foxy."
Foxy smiled and held onto Mangle's hand and headed off into the distance. Mangle blushed heavily, she had a crush on Foxy ever since she was taken to Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria. She wanted to tell him how much she loved Foxy, but she was far from shy to actually express on how she really felt about Foxy to him. Maybe someday she hoped she'd tell him how she really felt about him. Maybe.
Jet and Obi didn't have much luck either, nor did they have much effort for their own team work unlike Foxy and Mangle. Jet sighed in annoyance. "Who made you the leader anyway?" He groaned. "Is it because you have that stupid fancy shamcy aura powers?"
Obi gave the Dewott a glare. "No, because I'm practically the one who has to find the kid, she needs to be with the group or something bad's going to happen and Sheldon's like--" He stopped, remembering something deep within his past that he didn't really want to remember. Tears started to swell up in his eyes as he immediately shook them out of existence. "Look! I just care a lot about the two kids okay?! Shut up!" He stormed off, trying to erase the emotion from his brain. He kept telling it to shut up or go away, but it stayed glued into his subconscious.
Jet was clearly clueless as a dimwitted Magikarp who didn't know how to swim. He shrugged and whispered underneath his breath. "I'm...sorry..." He then continued on with following Obi. He had a feeling something was wrong but decided not to acknowledge anything among Obi, upsetting him would get either of them no where if they started arguing.
Obi kept walking and tears started falling down his face, weeping silently, not trying to make anymore but a soft whimper. "(Please be alive Sheldon...please...)"
"They're gone?!" Kyle uttered loudly.
Nico nodded sadly. "We couldn't find them anywhere. I awoke to an loud knocking sound, it had to have been Obi. Once I checked, everyone was already gone. Mangle, Foxy, Jet, Obi, Caitlin, and Sheldon." She sighed and held out a note and handed it to Kyle. "All I found was this note."
Kyle took the note and read it silently. His eyes widened. "Zach, you and John head out into the east side of the forest; Charlie, Nico, and I will head into the main entrance; Freddy, Chica, Bonnie and Bill; you four head west. Make sure the others know where are-where-abouts are going to be located at with a note just like Caitlin's!" He commanded as Chica already headed off to making a note to let everyone know where they were. Kyle looked out of the window and into the forest's distance and sighed, hoping the others would be alright, especially his sister. He shut his eyes and rubbed his face in fear and concern, he hoped his sister would be alright.
The room was dark and the air grew cold. Nothing but the wind was audible, and soon enough, once the wind had stopped, silence filled the air. Once Sheldon felt as if he was alone, he laid his body on the bed to try and collect his thoughts. What the HECK were those creatures? Why were they saying something about him not being a so called "proxy" or whatever it was? His ears suddenly perked up to the door creaking open.
"Wh-who's there?! I'm warning you! I'm a werelucario!"
He finally caught sight of who or what it was at the door. It was only a werewolf creature. More or less a "proxy" of Slenderman. Sheldon began growling and snarling, trying to scare her off. But it wasn't any use to scare her off. She just kept walking towards him. The minute she was on the bedside. She noticed tears swelling and rolling down the Lucario's face. She slowly leaped on the bed and laid him down, putting one her forelegs over him and licked behind his ears, trying to calm him down.
To Sheldon, it was a motherly instintic with a creature such as her. It seemed as if she was saying: 'Shh, it's alright. Don't be scared.' or 'Hush, now. It's alright. I'm right here. Don't be afraid.'
Sheldon looked up at her. "S-so...you're not going...to...hurt me?..." Tears still falling from his eyes and streaming down his face.
The she-werewolf creature continued to lick behind his ears, slowly moving down to his yellow fur and black hair to comfortingly groom him. Still trying to calm him down. Sheldon began to lay his head down and looked up at the werewolf with teared puppydog eyes. The werewolf smiled down upon him. The look in her eye and the smile on her face indicated to Sheldon that everything will be alright. He sobbed softly, this werewolf reminded him of Dreamiramon, his stepmother.
"Mmm-mommm-mommy..." He moaned softly, releasing his true nature towards the she-wolf whom happily licked behind his ears, still trying to calm him down. "Mommy..." He moaned more. Fear and sorrow looming over him.
Mahigun continued her duty to calming him down and hushing him. Her true maternal and caring instinct had only kicked in once before, it was starting all over again. She wanted to calm Sheldon down enough for him to sleep, yet something told her not to leave him; she had to stay with him until he awoke in the morning and stay with him over night in case he needed anything out of her, even if it meant going to extremes just to comfort him and make him feel better.
Caitlin walked further into the forest and finally reached her limit, she found what seemed to be an old well from the 1800's all the way into the early 1900's in the days of pioneers, old country styled technology, etc. She looked down inside to find nothing but what seemed to be a bottomless pit.
She spun around to see EJ and take a deep breath from the fright he put upon her. "EJ, you startled me."
"I'm sorry." EJ apologized. "But you shouldn't--"
"Hold that thought, EJ. I think I found out where Sheldon might be." She pointed at the well. "This has to be one of the portals to the under realm and he must've gotten a head start during training." Thinking back on it, he didn't seem to found to be in training and last saw him taking off without saying anything. But she didn't bother to stop him, she'd hope he was taking a break or sometime to cool down, apparently she was wrong. He ran off because he felt weak, worthless, and useless. "I'll be here, you have to go back and gather the others; don't worry about me, EJ. I'll be okay."
"Are you sure, Caitlin?"
"Yes, I've been through worse; I'll be okay."
EJ sighed. "I hope you're right, Cait. Just be careful, okay?" He took off before the lioness could even answer.
She didn't even plan on answering. She waited by the well, hoping and praying that Sheldon would be alright. She worried about him ever since she heard that he ran off and was no where to be found.
Sheldon...please be okay...
Kyle, Charlie, and Nico exited the forest with little to no evidence of a clue as to where the others might be. Stormblaze and Kyra already heard about this and were already to set off before EJ came onto the scene panting heavily. "I found Caitlin near an old well." He informed the group of five. "She thinks Sheldon might've gone down there and gotten a head start."
Stormblaze looked over at Kyra in nodded. "Tell Kyle to gather the others, we need to find the cat and the pup before one of those things finds either one of them."
Kyra nodded and headed off to gather up Caitlin's friends and family to warn them that she found an old well and to tell them Sheldon's gone missing and had a possible head start ahead of the team. Stormblaze headed inside to gather his belongings. He'd hoped that the husky was correct upon hearing the information given. He hadn't been able to trust anyone since the kidnapping of his sister. He sighed, he'd at least hoped that EJ was right on this.
Zalgo growled in frustration. He looked down at Spring Trap, Sonic.EXE, Tails Doll, BoB, and the Rake. "You five are just disgusting. I give you five a simple task to retrieve the brats for me, and what do you do?"
The room grew silent. The group of five bowed their heads in disappointment and said nothing, hoping that Zalgo would understand eventually. But whenever it came to something like failing a simple task for Zalgo, it was a different story.
The black monster's eyes grew to a more bright crimson red and his skin developed mouths that opened widely, revealing sharp jagged teeth and the mouths began to drip a black gooey substance from the horrid mouths. "YOU FAILED ME!!!" His voice roared throughout the room, nearly making the five subjects jump.
Zalgo growled and slumped back in his chair, groaning from the recent outburst. "But, you are the only other creatures that have decided to join my side at the very least. I'll have to make do with you five for now as long as you don't fail me in the battle that is coming up in a few weeks." He grinned and chuckled maliciously at the thought of the battle and the thought of him winning it.
He smirked. "At least the brats will be battling for their mommy and daddy." The whole group laughed hysterically. "I can already imagine the girl's thought of her missing them!" He got off of his throne and walked down the steps and started to mock Caitlin's gestures. "Ohhh Momma! Daddy! I need you! I want you! Mommy! Help me! A big scary monster's trying to get me and my friends! Save me! Save me!" The group of six laughed hardily (six; including Zalgo). Zalgo, himself, laughed harder than even Spring Trap.
Meanwhile, in Zalgo's dungeon; Lucaria and Henry sat patiently, knowing it would take about a month for everyone to prepare for battle. Lucaria looked over at her husband and hugged him. "I know you were strict on Caitlin for a long time, but she knows you were for a good reason."
"I know baby..." Henry replied. "But I..." He took a deep breath. "I just wish I told her how much I love her...I should've told her when she was thirteen to be prepared for Zalgo and..." He trailed off and rubbed his face. "She's always been so stubborn since she was about two years old."
Lucaria nodded. "I know. But you were just as stubborn."
Henry chuckled. "I see where our little girl gets it from then."
Lucaria kissed Henry on the cheek. "But we know she'll get through. She always does."