Blinking slowly, Lorene wondered if she had gone blind. The world was dark around her, and she raised her bruised and scraped hands to her face to rub her eyes. Faint pinpricks of light blurred, and then slowly clarified above her. Stars? But it was afternoon a minute ago, the day of the Operation. Groaning, she pulled herself to a sitting position; the back of her head hurt like hell, and she quickly regretted rubbing it. She was on the road. Something was glowing faintly to her left. "Umbreon, um" The pokemon turned over its shoulder to regard her breifly, and then returned to watching the moon as though she were nothing but a passing ant. "Good to know you were concerned" muttered Lorene, dusting her knees off. As her eyes adjusted to the night, she noticed she was sitting on the road before the treeline; barely outside the borders of New Bark. Furthermore, if she held her breath a moment, she could hear the echoes of a clamour rising from the town. Uh-oh, the townspeople had probably started noticing their missing pokemon. "Shit." Rising to her shaky feet, she snapped her fingers, pointing to the ground by her heel. Umbreon turned again, and seemed to sigh, walking over to heel like it was doing her a favour. It had a slight limp. Lorene sighed; useless thing, couldn't even survive a little tumble off of a large moving vehicle onto a rocky road, and she didn't have any potions handy, either. Steadying herself, she pulled her beret off and removed her slipshod hair-tie simultaneously, getting her lank brown hair out of her eyes before straightening the hat and bending her knees, cautiously. Ow. They must have fallen off the back of the truck, she decided, squinting to see the imprints of tire tracks from where the pokemon-laden vehicle had sped off. "But you'd think someone would have seen us fall" she commented, glancing down at Umbreon. No response. She decided it must have been because of the hurry, and that someone would definitely be close by to pick her up; probably in Cherrygrove or Violet. Shivering, she wished she had at least brought her jacket to warm up - and to cover her Team Rocket shirt as she started limping down the path, trying to ignore the rising uproar in the city behind her.