Slowly Yuri opened one large azure eye gazing around in the thin grey light, she moaned slightly and tried to turn her face away from the weak light. She shivered and snuggled down further into the blue downy sleeping bag, unconsciously holding on tighter to the warm Growlithe in her arms. After a few minutes though the puppy Pokémon had woken up and squirming in her arms attempting to lick her face. She could not fight getting up any longer, opening both her eyes she gave the orange ball of fluff, which she was currently holding like teddy, a stern look. “Well good morning to you Pupstar.” Yuri sat herself up still swaddled in the sleeping bag as the puppy barked softly. The soft look fell off her face and her eyes narrowed as she gazed around. The shelter she had built for herself was standing firm, it wasn’t much but it was what she had built on her own. A sheet of corrugated metal propped up at a 90 degree angle by two bits of timber and held together by nails wasn’t a permanent solution but it was the best she could do with limited materials and it was really only to keep the ash off her. Yuri looked up at the sky which was grey, she watched as little motes of ash fell from the sky like dirty snow. There was no sun and there had been no rain since that day not long ago, the day the sky burned red like fire and the earth shook. Yuri sighed as she remembered it, the day people were referring to as the day of sorrow, the day that had changed the world as they knew it from one of green earth, blue sky and life to this desolate wasteland of ash and destruction. She did not know how or why it had happened, she hadn’t even seen it, and at the time she had been going through Mt Moon. Yuri assumed it had been that that which had allowed her to come out relatively unscathed apart from having to fright her way out of the major cave in that had happened. This is where her large and powerful Charmeleon named Volcano had been a live saver, he had been able to move aside the boulders that had her trapped. Suddenly a large black nose came sniffing around the side of her shelter startling her out of memories of the last few weeks. Before she completely panicked the rest of the head followed the snout and Yuri found herself gazing at her large and sleek Houndoom name Darkrein. It was Darkrein that guarded her and the campsite by night and it seemed he had come to investigate why Yuri had not yet risen as was the norm. Reaching out to him Darkrein put his head into her hand and she gently stroked his soft fur. Yuri looked at him and Growlithe marvelling at the wonderful heat the fire Pokémon gave off, it never failed to bring a smile to her face despite all the misery around them. “I’m getting up now Darkrein. Don’t worry you can rest now we shouldn’t need you for the hunt today.” Darkrein eyed her firmly and gave a soft growl to which she laughed. “Don’t worry I will call upon you if I am in need.” Continuing to eye her sternly Yuri reached for her bag which was tucked in the sleeping bag beside her and pulled out his pokeball. Activating it Darkrein was covered in a red light which quickly lost its form and zapped itself back into the pokeball. Smiling slightly Yuri put the ball gently back into the bag with the others, and then she lifted Pupstar up from the sleeping bag and set him lightly on the floor. “Come Pupstar today we hunt.” Then drawing her hair back from her face Yuri got up and set about getting ready for the day as the protective Pupstar took over Darkrein’s watch.