Saphire woke with a start, screaming out in fear as she shot up in the bed. The Eevee couldn’t see, she couldn’t hear, taste, smell or feel anything. Then as quickly as she woke up all of Saphire’s senses rushed back to her and she found herself in an unfamiliar room.
To her left was a wall composed of wooden logs reaching up to the ceiling. The along her right side were a series of five beds lined up with their backs up against the wall with the far wall having three sets of windows for fresh air and sunlight. Each window reached all the way up to the ceiling allowing for the most sunlight to come through Then the wall directly in front of her some meters away was an almost exact replica of the wall behind her with the exception of a desk across from her which replaced one of the beds and then an open doorway to the right of it.
That is when she noticed the figure standing in the threshold she spotted. In front of her was another Eevee watching from the doorway. Yet there wasn’t something different about this Eevee like it was almost as if she knew who this was. “You’re awake.” The Eevee mumbled, quite easily told to be a young girl by her voice. “N-Nurse Karen, she’s awake already!” Went her voice again only much louder this time.
“Are you for real?” Came an older sounding voice; yet again it was a female voice. “The last time you said that she had only turned over in-” the voice cut off as a weird looking Pokémon came into view floating above the Eevee- “her bed.”
Saphire vision focused on the new Pokémon who was hovering above the first and holding onto the left side of the door to them. It was small, about as big as she was while this Pokémon didn’t appear to have any fur whatsoever. Its main skin color was green so it was a safe bet that whatever this Nurse Karen was it was a grass type. She also believed it to be a psychic type just because this wingless creature was simply floating in the air like it was no big deal.
“Leila, grab the examination kit.” Karen told the Eevee as she quickly floated over to Saphire and was next to her side in moments. The Eevee ran back into the room beyond the door before coming back out only about ten seconds later with a tan bag clenched in the little pup’s teeth.
This new Pokémon opened the bag just by waving her hand over to it and made it roll out over the foot of the bed. Getting a good look at the Nurse’s hand proved of little use to identifying what she was as it was leafy, but that at least narrowed her search. Though what came next took her completely by surprise as she felt her back get forced up until she was sitting on top of her hind end. It was a bit of an awkward position to be sitting like that since her legs weren’t built to stay at a ninety degree angle. “Breathe.”
“What?” Saphire asked aloud while looking between Karen and- “wait where did Leila go?” She would suddenly feel a long ear pressed to side. When Saphire looked down to her right she would see the Eevee’s head pressed up against her chest while her ear wrapped around to be cupped around her torso, and more specifically centered over her lung.
“I said I need you to take a deep breath. Then I need you to keep doing it each time my apprentice moves her ear.” Came Karen’s voice which drew Saphire’s attention back to the mysterious Pokémon.
“Oh. Sure.” Saphire answered with a slight stutter. The Eevee would draw in air rather loudly to make sure it could be heard, and then after a moment she exhales. She would do this a few times, about six according to Saphire’s math. Each time she would Leila’s ear would move to a new position on her chest to listen to her lungs.
After the sixth breath was gone Leila pulled her head away and nodded to Karen. “Her lungs sound healthy, Ms. Karen. Should I go and prepare the Oran berry sauce?”
“Yes, Leila, go and do that.” The Nurse would tell Leila before turning her attention back to Saphire. “It’s rather miraculous that you’re up right now, young one. I didn’t expect you to wake up for at least another half day.” She had said with a small smile and looked at Saphire while sitting on the bed next to her.
Saphire didn’t even really care about that right now as all she could think about was one single thing. “Just what Pokémon are you?” It may have sounded blunt but she couldn’t think of any other way to word it. “I’ve never seen a Pokémon like you, Ma’am.”
Nurse Karen let out a short chuckle of amusement when the question was asked and answered it in turn. “My species is known as a Celebi. There aren’t many of us around anymore.”
“Not many of you around? Are you an endangered species?” Saphire asked curiously. All important questions she thought to herself.
“I guess you could say that.” Karen answered once more with a wider smile. “I’m a legendary Pokémon. Or at least I’m one of them.”
Saphire cocked her head to the side. “You must be like 40 years old then or something right? You sound really old!”
That there caused Karen to lose her calm facade and break out in laughter. The sudden outburst of laughing caught Saphire off-guard and only when the Celebi calmed down did she get an answer to it. “No no, dear. I’m actually more about two hundred and twenty years old by now.”
The Eevee’s ears shot up in surprise and then immediately fell back down. “I think I should just stop guessing ages.” She stuttered in shame as she looked at the ground.
Nurse Karen let out a roar of laughter at Saphire’s response and gently hugged the Eevee with a single arm. “You’re quite alright dear! I don’t mind others prying about my age!” The Celebi told her with an extended chuckle and floated up off of the bed to hover in front of her. “Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. Even if they are dumb ones like someone’s age!”
Saphire looked at Karen and nodded slowly with a small smile on her face. “I guess you are right, nurse.”
As if she had the perfect timing, Leila came back into the room with the bowl of Oran berry sauce. “Miss Karen I got it all prepped and ready to be eaten.” Leila said aloud as she walked over to the bed. The bowl was being carried on top of the Eevee’s head, and was wobbling ever so slightly, but she managed to keep it on her head until the Celebi picked it up with her psychic powers.
“Thank you, Leila. You’re free to go and study once more.” Karen said, and got a respectful nod from the Eevee in return. Saphire watched her go back into the solitary room behind the wall in front of her while the nurse set the bowl down on the low table near the bed. “Go ahead and eat it at your own pace. I’ll get word to Johnny so that he can come and pick you up.”
It was her turn to nod in thanks as the Celebi left her alone with her bowl of Oran sauce. The pulp was blue in color and smelled exactly of Oran berries. Assuming it was safe to eat then she bent her head down and began to lap at and suck up the juices when a thought occurred to her. Since when did she become so aware of when something was safe or not?
When the intriguing thought finally left her mind, a small flash of blue light appeared next to her. She looked up from her bowl of sauce to find herself staring at Johnny standing next to her bed and then sitting on the edge of it to look at her. “Hey, Saph. How are ya doing?” The Pikachu asked her as he stroked his claws down her back to scratch below the fur.
In doing so Saphire felt the need to purr out in delight at the pleasurable feeling. It had been a while since she had received a good scratching from anyone, and Johnny could clearly tell as he scratched all along her back now. Saphire would move her body around slowly, letting him scratch all over her until he finally decided to stop. She would sigh in contempt and smile back at him and in a much friendlier mood than she had been a few moments ago. “Thank you, Johnny.”
“Anytime, Saphire.” Johnny told her as he pulled her shoulder against his chest and shook her lightly in a one arm hug. “Now tell me what you can remember about what happened last night.” He looked over at her with a look of curiosity; quickly adding in. “Oh but finish your food first. You need to get your strength back up!”
Saphire quickly nodded to him and turned back to her Oran berry sauce. It only took a minute or two for the Eevee to finish it all up; licking up the remainder from the bowl and her face. “Johnny could we possibly talk and head back home? I want to sleep in my bed tonight.”
“Sure. We can get going. Just explain to me along the way.” Johnny told her as he hopped out of the bed and onto the floor only a few short inches away. Saphire came down after him and landed with a little bit louder thud due to her slightly heavier weight. One after the other they walked out of the infirmary of the guild; entering into the gathering hall. She made sure to take note that they walked out of the wall that was bordering the very back of the guild in the gap between the southwest tower and the south most wall. “Alright. Now tell me what happened. What you remember up until you woke up this afternoon.”