A faint beeping stirred me awake, and with heavy lids, I attempted to lift them only for white walls, bright lights and the thick smell of Heal to assault my senses until I felt my stomach churn.
I groaned then as something cool pressed against the back of my neck, chilling a hot throb I didn’t even realize was there until it was relieved.
“Are you feeling okay?” said a Pokemon that I could now tell was Nurse Chansey. I mumbled some kind of affirmative before taking in my position again since my vision returned to normal. Obviously, I was in the Pokemon Center because my previous owner abandoned me. Besides the neck injury, I could tell my left leg was sprained and random cuts slashed across my body: Very minor luckily but still painful.
“Nurse Chansey how long have I been out?” I asked, watching the pink fairy work diligently.
“Not long. About three days but it seemed mostly from exhaustion not from your injuries,” she answered, “It was a good thing that girl brought you in when she did.”
A girl? Oh yeah that little girl with the Growlithe. She saved me.
“Whenever you’re ready I’ll get Nurse Joy and we’ll set you free since your vitals are fine.”
my brows knitted together in disappointment. “So you mean the girl isn’t here to take me.”
Nurse Chansey, sensing my feelings said, “She was too young to keep you. If I remember, her name is Lonnie, one of the 9 and under children who often volunteer in the Center. if you want whenever she returns I can thank her for you.”
I shook my head furiously, If anyone will thank her it’ll be me personally.
“Actually can you tell me where she lives?”
Chansey nodded, “I’ll see if I can pull up her records from the Children Helping Pokemon program.” She gave me a wide smile and bowed. “in the meantime Nurse Joy will start the paperwork to let you go.”
“Thank you Nurse Chansey, I really appreciate it.” I replied bowing back before settling back down into the bed.
I didn’t realized how late I slept in the Center since the rooms had no windows until Nurse Joy carried me out the back to the edge of the forest. She gently placed me on the cool wet grass and wished me luck out there, I smiled and turned to find the house Nurse Chansey gave me.
I was never too good with numbers and routes since it wasn’t exactly taught properly to me but Nurse Chansey gave me enough details for to find it.
She instructed me to go into the forest then keep on the left until I found the trail, plus even more. Lucky for me, when I approached the trail I caught the ashy smell of a fire-type Pokemon along with the distinct smell of human mixed with a coconut fragrance I had earlier smelled.
Running as fast as my legs could go, I dashed after the smell until I finally found its source: Oldale Town.
“You can’t miss it, the whole town is covered in the most beautiful of flowers.” Nurse Chansey had said and indeed it was a lovely. Every flower seemed to bloom vibrant shades of red and yellows, greens and pinks galore coated deep blue by the midnight sky.
This small town only had about 11 houses so finding that girl can’t be too hard.
It probably would’ve been best if I had shown up in the morning, but I was much too anxious to wait for the sun to rise.
Once I located the smell of the fire type Pokemon, it was easy enough to locate the brick building with tall sunflowers decorating the doorstep. The first window I hopped onto gave me a view of what I assumed was a kitchen since it had one of those stove I’d seen my previous owner use.
I couldn’t help but marvel at how pretty a human house was, all covered in family photos and cute thingies that made it unique.
I began to sneak around the back, and with a few peeps into windows, I found her. She was sitting on a dewgong style bed with Growlithe in her lap. I lightly scratched on the window to get her attention and her eyes widened when she saw me.
“Pichu?” I heard her mumble. the girl open open the window and I jumped in her arms. “It is you, I thought I’d never see you again!”
I licked her cheek and she giggled, but only for a moment. “A lot has changed since I saw you,” she started petting my wounds gently. “but at least I know you’re safe. I really missed you, if I could I would’ve taken you home.”
She did want me! I felt my eyes water and my heart swell.
“I’ve missed you too” I said joyously. Something in me told me Lonnie knew what I was saying as she hugged me to her chest. Growlithe jumped in with a small yip and sloppily licked up both.
“Pichu before you go let me get you something.” Lonnie said before hopping out of bed and rummaging through a wooden box.
“She really likes you ya’know, this is the happiest I’ve seen her in a while,” Growlithe told me nuzzling my playfully, “I’m Hyde by the way.”
“Pichu.” we shook paws and smiled at each other. Right away, Lonnie returned a pink ribbon and the same camera from before in hand.
“Here. this will look so beautiful on you.” She placed the ribbon around my neck and tied a large bow in the back, I absolutely loved it and it carried her scent.
She held the camera up to me and I stood on my hind legs, posed and gave her a wink and a wide smile. she gasped as she took the photo. “You’re so cute! I bet you’d be a champion at a Pokemon Contest.”
“Ooooh pretty” Hyde commented looking at my photo. I blushed at their words. I had never been called cute before.
Lonnie hung the picture on her wall and wrote the word ‘Juliet’ at the bottom.
“How’s that? like that name?”
Did I like it!?
I leaped joyfully in her arms again cuddling her and calling out my thanks to her for all she’s done.
“I better head back to bed before mom catches us. Will I see you tomorrow?”
Lonnie grinned, “Awesome, good bye.”
There was no way I was going back to the wild. I slept in a nearby tree and when the morning sun wakes everyone I’ll return to Lonnie’s side and follow her anywhere she goes.
I solemnly swear this.