Autumn backed off, not wanting to get involved with a flying-type. Umbreon then proceeded to use Foul Play on the Braviary, wrestling it to the ground. Mightyena clearly did not want Umbreon in its way, so it used Fire Fang. As it retracted its teeth, Autumn noticed a searing burn on Umbreon's body. Suddenly, the yellow rings of its fur began to glow, and in quick flash, a duplicate burn appeared on Mightyena's side.
Synchronize. Autumn had heard of it before, but never seen it. She took a few steps backwards, for the rumors went that Umbreon's body sprayed poisonous sweat when it became agitated. Mightyena either didn't know this or didn't care, for it advanced on Umbreon, who watched it without any trace of fear. Before Mightyena could attack, Umbreon darted in and out of sight, striking its opponent with a powerful Quick Attack.
Severely injured now, Mightyena tried to flee, but Umbreon closed in on it with another Quick Attack, which knocked the Dark dog into a faint.
"Braviary! Return!" The booming voice of a human echoed from the bushes, and as a sharp ray of red emerged from them, the giant flying type was taken away from the battle. Autumn had had enough, her pure instinct gripping her tightly. She ran away as fast as she could, dodging the fallen branches and leaping over slumbering logs. When her legs started to tire, she kept running, sweat clinging on her fur, until she came to a river.
Here she halted, for although she could swim she was poor at it, and the river's currents were rapid and unpredictable; certainly more than a match for an exhausted Eevee. She wanted more than anything to escape from the scene of battle behind her, but she didn't see the point of risking her life to do so.
A sudden flash of darkness appeared at the corner of her eye, and she shrank away from it, but it was too late to run. The sunlight played across the fading lights of its golden rings as the Moonlight Pokemon emerged. This close, she could see that it was a he, and he was a proud, tall beast.
"Wha..What do you want?" Autumn stammered in fear. The Umbreon towered over her, and his deep black eyes seemed like never-ending abyss.
"You seemed in trouble, young one." He calmly stated, "I decided to help you."
Autumn's blood was still rushing around her body from the battle, and she began to shake in suspicious fear. Was that really true? Why did he follow her here?
Umbreon continued. "You seem... understated. You have ambition, but you aren't exactly the strongest Pokemon in Eterna Forest. I could train you to be strong, if you would like." Autumn thought. It would be wonderful, but... Where would she go? What would she do? Which Eeveelution would she choose? Could she trust him?
"You don't have to trust me," Umbreon said, as though reading her mind. "At least, not yet. But you have potential, and I would hate to see it wasted. There are so few Eevees in the world, and even fewer wild ones; it almost seems sacrilegious to let a promising one wander on her own and end up in dangerous situations like the one you just fled. One day you won't be so quick on your feet, and you'll end up as a Trainer tool or perhaps just meat." There was a disparaging note in his voice as he spoke of Trainers.
"Why would you help me?" Autumn asked, still unsure of his true intentions. His ideals seemed too perfect, too sugar coated, to be true. "What is your true reason?"
The Umbreon's face dropped, and he gave a sigh, the kind that you do if you don't want to remember something and yet you did. "I had a sister, just like you, and I was powerless to stop the humans" he said the word with disgust. " from taking her away in that ball cage." He looked at her. "I don't want to see that happen again."
"Um... Okay. I will train with you." Autumn sighed. Umbreon smiled. "Alright then. Your first task is to find me some Rawst Berries. I still have this burn," he stated. "I'm not from here, but you seem to know the forest well."
Autumn nodded and headed through the forest, using her acute sense of smell to locate the Berries. Along the way she found the Mightyena's scent trail, but it was old and stopped abruptly, suggesting that it too was a Trainer Pokemon. As she snuffled at the bottom of the Berry tree, finding the few ripe ones around the roots, she wondered again if maybe she should just go. Her scent trail would lead to the Berries, so Umbreon would be able to heal his burns, but if she were careful he wouldn't be able to track her from there.