Haarii, the defacto “leader” of Stepping Stones Ranch, aside from their beloved trainer of course, didn’t realize anything was wrong. She woke up a bit later than usual, but hey, maybe Aiko was still asleep. They had been working hard lately, and it was only an hour past when everyone started waking up and getting ready for the day.
However, that hour soon became two. Haarii did her best to calm the residents of their small ranch. Soon, everyone was awake, and aware that something just wasn’t quite right. It was Clair’s idea to actually open Aiko’s door and see what was going on. Aiko was always an early riser, so if she was still asleep, it could only mean she was ill.
“Hey, Boss!” Cynderella hopped up on Aiko’s bed to get a closer look. Aiko didn’t even stir. She was cocooned in her blankets, and at least looked warm and comfortable. Cynderella gently shook their trainer, but still, no response. “Can someone