Lasmen followed at a leisurely pace, observing idly as he advanced that the street to the Pokémon Center was deserted.
They eventually reached the Pokémon Center, brightly lit even during the day. It was a large building with a bright red roof and shining white walls; it looked like a giant square Pokéball. It appeared welcoming and, importantly for Lasmen in his scarf and coat, air conditioned.
Sybin walked past the automatic doors of the Pokémon Centre, holding the Pokéball in both hands. He went up to the nurse, smiling, and placed the Pokéball on the counter.
"Hello, my Pokémon was injured in a battle and I need her to be healed so we can continue our training. I'm a Pokémon trainer."
Nurse Joy smiled professionally
"Ofcourse, dear. A new Pokémon trainer are you? Battling so soon." She took the Pokéball off the counter and towards the rejuvination machine.
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As Sybin excitedly yammered to the always eerily familiar Nurse, Lasmen decided to ensure at least one thing; a lack of camping tonight.
He approached someone at an information desk, scarily not a Nurse Joy.
"Say, uh. D'you let trainers spend nights here?"
The information lady nodded.
After Lasmen had negotiated a sleeping arrangement that he found satisying (IE quiet enough to keep Sybin asleep and, importantly, quiet), he realised Sybinw as still getting Chikorita healed up. He wandered about for entertainment, and found himself in the recovery ward.
He tipped his hat low and peered through the glass at the injured Pokémon, holding Eve up so she could see. The recovery room was very peculiar in design; no two beds were the same. There was one that was roughly human-sized in length but also almost as wide; one massive one apparently made of reinforced titanium; a rocky outcrop that would be out of place if it didn't have a graph chart pinned to it; a very small nest-like bundle of pillow stuffing; and an occupied one, a few smallish white pillows with a blanket over them, out of which stuck the head of a red-haired, fox-like Pokémon. Vulpix, the Fox Pokémon. It had its eyes shut tight and occasionally twitched, and looked quite beaten.
"Lookit that, Eve. Looks kinda like you." Eve shook her head quickly. "No? Well, I think it does. Remind me to show this to Mister I'm-a-Trainer back there," he paused and thought for a second, "Maybe not, he'd have a heart attack. Seems like he's always havin' a heart attack, though." He decided to stay and watch the injured Vulpix for a while, finding its quiet sleeping somewhat peaceful.
"Y'know," he said to Eve, "I hear Vulpix evolve by Fire Stones, just like-" he stopped and looked at Eve. She was squirming about, trying to get out of his hands. When she managed, she rolled up into a Defense Curl by his feet.
"Sorry, Eve, I was just pickin' on you." He picked her up carefully and held her in a position she found comfortable, sometimes scratching her ears.
Eventually he heard the five-note jingle of a full recovery. Assuming Sybin had been serviced and privately hoping that Sybin had been given some kind of calming-down-pills (maybe a Soothe Bell?), he ventured back into the main room.
By this time the day was close to ending, with the sky being less blue and more yellow.
Nurse Joy collected the Pokéball from the machine as a series of dings and beeps were heard. She re-approached Sybin.
"Well, it would seem the injuries were less severe than you had feared, but it is always a good idea to have a check-up if you are unsure." She smiled at Sybin "Though, were you planning on staying the night here?"
Sybin had been watching Lasmen between staring sessions at the Rejuvinator.
"Oh, yes, I suppose my friend over there was just doing that now."
"Well" began Nurse Joy "In that case, you are more than welcome to have your Chikorita sleep in the recovery room. Most Pokémon like to spend time outside of their balls when possible, and it's quite healthy to have them interact with others" She smiled sweetly, already placing Chikorita's ball onto a tray.
"Oh, well whatever you think's best, I suppose" A tinge of disappointment was heard in his voice, though he knew it was probably better that Chikorita didn't sleep in his bed, and he would be unlikely to stop hugging his new Pokémon. Well, he'd get over this stage soon enough.
Nurse Joy wheeled the tray into the backroom, turning her head to speak.
"Don't worry, your Chikorita will be fine. there's only two other Pokémon in the recovery room, and the Geodude is unlikely to wake up." Nurse Joy then looked as if she'd remembered something and called out across the hall to Lasmen.
"Your Eevee is also welcome to sleep along with the other Pokémon"
Lasmen looked startled at the sudden attention.
"Oh, uh. Thanks." He looked at Eve in his hands, "Eve, d'you wanna sleep in with the other Pokémon? You can get to know Chikorita. Yer likely to be spendin' a lotta time with her."
Eve looked uncertain, but eventually nodded.
"Alright, I'll leave ya with, uh... Her name's gunna be Joy. I'll leave ya with Nurse Joy."
Lasmen carried Eve over to the Nurse, with her red, looped hair, perpetual grin and almost conucussive friendliness. Lasmen put Eve down on the tray, where she sat and stared at Chikorita's Pokéball.
Lasmen turned to Sybin. "Hey, uh. If we're gunna be off tomorrow, we're gunna want some supplies. Medicine an' stuff, so's we don't hafta keep comin' back here. Let's look fer a Pokémart." He jerked a thumb at the door, outside of which the sky was darkening further. The street lamps were turning on, and evidently so were the Pokémon Center's beacon-like lights.
"Let's go. See ya later, Eve!" Lasmen led Sybin out of the Pokémon Center and into the brisk streets.
Eve whimpered a little. She'd not been away from Lasmen properly before, and kept watching the door for him as she was wheeled off, in case Lasmen came back through to say "Oh, hang on, I left Eve."
He didn't. She was quite upset.
The Pokéball was removed from the tray and placed into another of the complex machines. This particular one analysed the type of Pokémon within, and quickly whisked it through a series of tubed to be placed in the correct habitat. It landed with a thump in one of the artificial Grass environments.
Chikorita's Pokéball opened, and the familiar white light filled the room before taking the form of a small, dinosaur like leaf Pokémon.
Chikorita looked around the room. She was in a relatively large glass box, standing on an artificial tree stump with a few oddly comfortable leaves under her. She looked around for her new master, but to no avail. While disappointment was felt, worry was not. Sybin was not her first master and this was not the first time she had been left in a Pokémon Centre to sleep, she understood why her master had done this.
Eevee stayed on the tray. As she was wheeled, she sat and watched Nurse joy
"You'll want to stay with the Chikorita, right?" said Nurse Joy. Eve nodded. Nurse Joy smiled brightly. "Alright then, I'll take you to the Grass environment."
Eve was wheeled past a few glass windows in a corridor. She got a look through a few - one full of rocks, one of which she was sure had arms. One looked like it had the best air conditioning in the world, and had icicles forming on the glass. One was full of water, and another full of sand. Finally, she was wheeled to a stop by a window giving a view of a grassy floor full of bright leaves and a picturebook tree stump.
Nurse Joy picked Eve up and carried her to a small door next to the room, opened it and went through, entering the Grass enclosure. She put Eve down and walked out, shutting the door.
Eve sniffed the air. It was extremely fragrant. She looked at the walls, three of which were decorated with painted trees. she looked up - yes, the sky too was painted on. There was a slight hum of air conditioners keeping her cool. She peered about, feeling increasingly claustrophobic, noticing the flower bed. It was full of massive flowers of varying authenticity, and upon looking closer, she noticed Chikorita was lying on them.
Eve sat still, staring at Chikorita with her massive eyes, with no clear signs of stopping any time soon.
Chikorita stared back Eve, her leaf elevated. She had a flower in her mouth which was slowly disappearing as she chewed on it.
She hopped down from the tree trunk and approached the Eevee silently, upon reaching her, Chikorita slowly lifted a fore-leg towards Eve, a constant slow pace until it was slightly above eye level.
As any Pokémon breeder or researcher will tell you, Pokémon seem to be able to communicate with each other, some would say to the degree that humans can communicate with each other. Despite the clearly different languages, all Pokémon seem to be naturally able to talk with all other Pokémon. It is, of course, not quite the same as how humans talk to each other, but a rough translation of Chikoritas words can be told.
Chikorita put a leg around Eves shoulders and brought her into a half hug.
"Hi Eevee!" Chikorita chirped "We're bunk buddies for tonight then? We'll have a great slumber party." She looked to see if Eve had stopped staring. "Maybe we could even have another battle? I almost got you last time, huh?"
She punched Eve playfully on the shoulder.
Eve responded to all of this defensively, trying to make herself as small as possible by curling her tail around her and lowering her head.
Eve's words can and will also be translated directly into speech understandable by Humans, though suffice to say, it took up more than speech, being aided by emotive use of her rabbit-like ears and fluffy tail.
"My... My name is Eve," she communicated very quietly. "When is Lasmen getting back?" She looked at the window hopefully.
Chikorita gave a little shrug and smile.
"Oh, tomorrow I would expect. He'll probably wake you up in the morning." Chikorita removed her leg and moved over to a long patch of grass which she circled a few times before lying down on her belly. She looked back to Eve.
"Don't worry. He'll be back, noone ever leaves Pokémon here." Chikorita rolled onto her back "So...What's Sybin like?"