"I don't need to ask anyone, sir," Max said, seething with fury. "My parents are dead."
"Am I supposed to care?" Jared challenged.
"No, you're not," Max replied. "But you should care about your son! Why? Why don't you care?" He paused for a moment. "Or... why must you act as if you don't care?" It doesn't make any sense for him to love his son, then leave and suddenly not care at all.
Jared, again, fell silent. Then, without warning, he flung the door fully open.
"LEAVE!!" he hissed, simultaneously using Toxic and spitting poison over the entire group, except for Ramón. He followed this by slamming the door again, as if nothing had happened.
Max noticed that he hadn't attacked Ramon. I was right.
"Pecha berries cure poison, right? We need to go find some Pecha berries before we all get severely hurt. Toxic gets faster as it goes," Max said, keeping calm.
Jenny was frozen in complete panic.
Jacob hugged Derek, who put his arm around the Oshawott, trying to keep him calm, secretly no less scared than his brother.
"One would think, that a town so far in the desert a supply of berries to have would," he said. "Otherwise, surely, the population so much smaller would be, from poison-related deaths."
Max nodded and looked at a tall, narrow building close to the center of the village. "That looks like a clock tower," he said, pointing towards it. "They'll probably be at or near there."
Jenny snapped out of her panic state and nodded. "Y-yeah. Let's go there." She began walking down the road in its direction briskly.
Derek carried Jacob to prevent his brother overexerting himself, and hurried with Jenny and Max.
When they arrived, the poisoning had already taken effect and sapped much of their energy.
"Can someone help us, please? We've been badly poisoned!" Jenny said, not knocking for fear of breaking it in her panic.
An Audino promptly opened the door and ushered them in. As expected, this was where the town's supply of berries were kept. In that sense, this was a kind of apothecary.
Derek carried Jacob in, and Ramón followed, pulling Roy in by his arm, fearing the Larvitar might have lost too much strength. By the time they were all in, the Audino had already brought more Pecha Berries than they needed, to be certain that their poisoning was cured.
Derek ensured his brother and Roy were fed before healing himself, too.
"...That was scary," Jacob commented after taking a few moments to feel relieved.
Roy almost felt like he was going to cry; the confrontation between the group and Jared had brought back some painful memories for him, too.
From one of my many conversations with That Guy:
"OOOOHHHHHHHH MARIE HAD A LITTLE LAMB—*ding* Good morning!"