After FOUR DAYS of hunting, the elusive shiny Unown finally appeared! It's the X form, bright blue and sparkly Now I can leave the ruins and continue on.
Before going after the last two letter Unown and then starting the shiny hunt I'd left a lvl 2 Starly in the daycare. By the time I reemerged from the ruins it was lvl 34. Retrieved it, left my Gible, and proceeded to evolve Starly into Staravia and then into Staraptor. Once that was done I cleared the Lost Tower, beat some more trainers, and headed up Route 210 to the cafe and the crossroad to Route 215. Made my way to Veilstone, got my gift Porygon, puttered around for a bit, then put Chirp the Staraptor first in my team and took on the gym. Won my fourth gym badge. Once I was done there I returned to Solaceon Town to pick up my Gible and evolved it into Gabite. It is now lvl 27 and just shy of leveling up again.
After beating the gym, I helped Lucas pwn some Galactic Grunts, then headed south down Route 214 toward Lake Valor and Pastoria City. Took my Luxray into the gym and proceeded to destroy the place, then chased down a Galactic Grunt back toward the lake. Met up with Cynthia, who gave me the Secret Potion for the Psyduck blocking Route 210-North. I'm going to head back up Route 212 toward the Pokemon Mansion and back to Hearthome City, then head over to Route 210 and make my way up toward Celestic Town.