....No. Well. That hurt to remember. Part of his subconscious was still going 'no, well, she wouldn't like this', and he was listening to it. How sad was that? Pretty sad, in his own opinion. He resisted the urge for a pained grimace to form on his face as he kept moving onwards, trying to push the thought from his mind, even if it kept sticking around. Even worse when the gang had decided that apparently bludgeoning a scared human was a fantastic idea, and he just had to speak up against that.
"HOLD IT! YOU! QUIT WITH THAT!"
The irken's eyes narrowed. "Does this human have anything we need? Information, items, anything they refuse to give?"
"THEN LEAVE THEM ALONE." Zim snarled, waving his hand so that the member of his gang would leave them be. "THEY'RE HARMLESS." When the member froze for a few seconds in indecision, Zim shot at his hands with his PAK lasers, crossing his arms disapprovingly. The rest of the gang stared at him in complete confusion - their leader, who not too long ago, would've said to butcher a human needlessly without even being prompted was actually stopping the near death of one.
Not that Zim was going to give them room to think on that. "KEEP MOVING! DID ZIM TELL YOU TO STOP?! NO! THEN KEEP MOVING! D'AST, IT'S ALWAYS ME THAT GETS STUCK WITH THE IDIOTS!" As they kept moving along, the alien froze, looking at the poor shopkeeper. A long sigh escaped him, as he put a few coins on his booth.
"Condolences. I'm surrounded by idiotic trash of subordinates." He stated flatly. The shopkeeper stared at him in confused relief, and barely muttered out a 't-thank you...', which Zim half-cringed at. No. They really shouldn't be thanking him. "....You're alright now, at least. There. Goodbye."
With that, he began to use his PAK legs to try to catch up with the rest of his members--but froze when he saw something peculiar out of the corner of his eye. Something was following him.
Something with a big head.
"It feels like somebody...WANTS TO SELL ME SOMETHING!" He shouted, turning around dramatically. Of course, that wasn't the case, and he didn't notice anything...not yet, at least.