Colby yawned, rubbing his eyes as he scrolled through his HoloFeed. His leg ached today, so it seemed like he was going to be stuck in his hotel room again. His Furfrou, Imogen, lay curled beside him as he went through the posts.
Wait a minute.
A news article was mixed into the posts made by familiar names. It wasn’t often that a news blurb slipped into his HoloFeed. He was about to scroll past it- he doubted that anything going on in Blackthorn City would have tremendous importance here. But his eyes widened immediately at the name “Mara”. Mara, he couldn’t for the life of him remember her last name, but he remembered her face.
Hesitating, he clicked on the attachment, and found the whole article, with her face- likely taken from her ID - staring back at him. His mouth went dry and he swallowed thickly. His leg wound throbbed.
No… no way…
He’d met her a few times before, along with her brother Mark. She shared his hometown of Lavender, and apparently, neither of them had the best memories of it. She’d seemed like such a nice, cheerful person, someone he felt he could easily hang out with. Not to mention, she’d kindly sent him a concerned message on the HoloFeed when she’d heard about him being in the hospital.
A deep, sad frown dragged down the corners of his face.
“It was, uh, nice to meet you, Mara,” he whispered quietly to his HoloCaster. “I’m… I’m sorry I didn’t get to know you better. I get the feeling we c-could’ve been really good friends… y'know?”
He drew his knees up to his chest, causing his Furfrou to stir and look up at him in concern. Automatically reaching out to stroke the dog’s head- really needing the reassuring physical contact- he knew he wasn’t going to be able to get anything done today.