Corbin gasped when the piston arm of some sort of punching machine lurched out into the track and slammed into his belly. The monkey dropped instantly, holding himself like it would help stop the pain.
Ruth laughed and called out to him, "Come on Corbin, you know how to dodge!"
The course was actually smaller than she had expected - it only covered the front quarter of the castle, from what she could tell. Not that she would have run it by herself. Luck was with her this time, as she was able to spot a Smeargle who was waving her tail around with one paw while chanting about how easy getting through a course like this would be.
She was happy to oblige when Ruth suggested adding a little more challenge to it by having the Pichu ride along on her back.
"Your buddy's not the best fighter, is he?" the Smeargle, who had introduced herself as Noir, asked with a brief look over her shoulder at Ruth, grinn