From: Foratog5 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: [PW!] Caring and Loving; That's Two Different Things!
Somebody cared for me. Those words kept echoing in Marley's head as she
gazed at Nick, who was carrying her out of the room.
She was feeling an incredible amount of pain, and she couldn't cry or make a
loud enough sound for anyone to hear. But whenever she looked at Nick, she
felt safe. Wanted. Loved?
"Sarah, go get someone," he said. Sarah nodded her head, and half-ran out
onto the deck.
"Are you alright?" asked Nick.
All Marley could do was nod her head slowly.
"Can you talk?"
Marley tired to, but she could barely even make a noise.
Nick looked down at her. She was now out cold.
In the crowded halls of the second class deck of the S.S. Anne, Nick ran for
help as he carried an unconsious Marley in his arms. He found Jessie, Hoku,
and Griffin on the first class deck. Jessie was shocked, but Hoku and
Griffin were angry.
"What the hell happened here!" Griffin yelled.
"I found her like this-"
"What is your problem!?!" Hoku asked as she stepped into his face.
Nick started to sweat bullets. He suddenly felt so weak, and fell to his
knees as he continued to hold Marley. He tried to build up enough strength
to stand, but some force was holding him down. He looked to his left, where
Hoku was standing. Her right hand was praticaly in his face. Nick's eyes
bulged as he saw the black ring that she was wearing. The dark jewel swirled
into many different colors. A sharp pain in Nick's stomach made him bend
over onto Marley. He felt like the weight of the world was pressurized on
his head. He cried out in pain, but he didn't hear himself do so. His vision
started to fade. The last thing he saw was Jessie, Hoku, and Griffin being
pushed away by medical personel and police.
Most of them concentrated on Marley, checking for a pulse. One nurse looked
at Nick. He was now foaming at the mouth, and his pupils dilated and
disappeared. She immediatly came to his attention as he fell to his side and
went into a siezure. It only lasted for a few seconds, though. The mystical
power that seemed to be doing this to him had left. Nick stood up and wiped
the foam off his mouth.
"What happened here?," asked one of the doctors.
"I don't know... I think I was having a siezure, but-"
"No! Who did this to her?," he asked as he pointed to Marley.
"Uhm...she was attacked by this guy. About 6 foot 2, wearing a black robe.
He's Team Rocket."
The crowd that had gathered around them suddenly gasped in fear. The doctor
picked up Marley. "We are goinging to have to take her to a room." He
motioned to the rest of the medical team. "We'll need an IV, stat! Bring all
of the ER equipment you can find!"
Nick followed the doctor down the stairs and in a small hospital room. He
laid Marley on the bed. The rest of the doctors and nurses scurried to hook
Marley up to the equipment.
"Is she going to be OK, doctor?," Nick asked.
"We can't stay to keep watch on her. If something wrong happens, contact
The medical team quickly left, turning the light out as they did.
Now Nick was all alone with Marley as she slept in her hospital bed. She was
hooked up to alot of machinery. She was breathing through a resporator. The
florecent blue coloring of the IV that kept her alive shone on her bruised
face. It was the only light in the room.
Nick was very bored. The beep-beep-beep of Marley's heartrate on the
machines was driving him nuts. His back ached from when Josh threw him into
the wall. His hip was also acting up again. He tried to get comfortable in
the chair that he was forced to sleep in that night, but it was impossible.
This wasn't gonna be much fun for him. Then why was he here?
Then, his conscience came into play...
You need to figure out why you are here. This is dumb. You
should be in a comfy warm bed.
Because the doctor told me to stay.
But you felt obligated to stay, even if he would have said
I know, I know. It bugs me.
OK, let's go through a few things...
Maybe you feel guilty for this?
That's stupid. I have no reason to feel guitly for this-
OK, OK, settle tiger. Maybe you feel sorry for her?
Of course I do. But that ain't it.
Hmm. Uh...I can't think of anything else.
This isn't working.
Heh... Jeez, what was up with that Hoku girl?
You still like her?
Really? Wow. Usually a pretty face like that sticks with you.
Not when she insults me for saving an innocent person's life.
So...I guess you're open for your next crush, eh? Hahaha
All right, all right, let's get back to figuring out this
OK, maybe I... oh! I want to make sure that she is OK!
No, that's not it.
No? Whatever. That's what I think it is.
Go stand up, walk over to the bed, and look at her. Study her.
Just do it. Believe me on this one.
Nick slowly pushes himself out of the chair and walks over to the foot of
the bed. This is so dumb, he thought to himself. Why do I want to look at
her? She's a mess! Bruised eye, puffy lip, red cheeks, messed up hair...
Nick squinted his eyes and concintrated more on her. He tried to look beyond
the scars that Josh laid upon Marley. It was very hard to. It was almost
disturbing to look at her.
Random thoughts ran through Nick mind. How can Josh be so evil? How can he
hurt a poor little girl like this? Why did he attack her? She had no part in
the fight against Sarah and Nick. Now he's beating random girls. He has gone
from a man on a certain mission to a common pervert after girls.
You know, once you look past her bruises, she looks very pretty.
An alarm went off in Nick's head. His conscience once again came into
Haha, you love this girl!
Oh no...not again...
Nick and ...uh... that girl, sitting in a tree-
No! I don't like her! Just cause I think she looks cute doesn't mean
Don't lie. If you see a pretty face, you like 'em.
OK, I'll admit that, she's cute. BUT, it doesn't mean I LOVE her.
It's a whole different thing.
I think you do....
BECAUSE THAT IS WHY YOU ARE HERE!
He thought for a moment as he dug his face into the seat cushin. Maybe his
conscience was right. Maybe he did love this girl. But that bothered Nick.
He has always had crushes on girls all the time, sometimes as much as 10 at
a time! This kinda made him feel wrong about love. Love was very confusing
and phoney to him. Never had he found true love, and he thought he never
would. You know, being afriad of dieing lonely and all that. Reality for
But maybe he did love her. Sure, he just met her today, and she doesn't look
very presentable to public. But there was something there...something that
he never felt for a girl before. Maybe because she was so happy to see him
when he rescued her.
Nick suddenly heard a swoshing, gargling sound. He looked up, and found that
Marley was coughing up blood through her mouth and into the resporator mask.
He immediatly ran over and removed the mask. He franticly grabed for a
towel. "Oh my god, are you OK?!?"
Marley slowly opened her bloodshot eyes. The first thing she saw was Nick's
face. Marley thought he looked so cute. His expression was very worriful.
"Are you OK?!?"
Of course she wasn't OK. She was coughing on her own blood, but Marley tried
"Yes, thank you."
Nick sat back down and said, "So, what's your name?"
Marley's mind went blank for a minute.
"Marley," Nick thought to himself. "Cute name."
"My name is Nick."
"Nick," Marley thought to herself. "Cute name."
They both wanted to say something, but what were they gonna say? They sat in
silence as they both thought about each other.
"He's like no one I've ever met before," Marley thought. "He's so nice to
me, and he's only known me for such a small while. If I got to know him, who
knows how he would treat me? He'd probably treat me better than Josh ever
"Why do I like her?" Nick asked himself. "She's like no one I've met before.
But I just got over my crush with Hoku. Now I'm in love with this Marley
girl? I don't like this. But I like her. She's a beautiful girl."
The silence was killing them both. Finally, Nick tried to start a
"Do you know why Josh attacked you?"
"He wanted...a ring he gave me." Nick thought about the ring Hoku was
wearing, but shrugged it off.
"Gave you?" Nick asked
"Yes, why, uh, we were in love about 3 years ago." Marley was embarressed to
Niether one of them knew exactly why Josh needed this ring.
* * * * *
Josh was washing his face in the sink. He turned the faucet off, and grabed
for a towel. While he dried his face off, a television turned itself on. A
dark, shadowy figure was on the screen.
"Do you have anything to report?" His voice was cold, and straight to the
"I found the girl who I gave the ring to. She doesn't have it, BUT, I am
certain that she has given it to someone recently. Must be someone who is on
"How can you be sure of this?"
"My Hypno scanned her brainwaves and memory. It has learned many things from
this; I now know a few things that may be helpful. I do know that she has
given someone the ring in the past few days, her name is Hoku Roberts. This
girl has red hair. Unmistakable. I'll be able to spot her in a crowd."
The man on the screen typed a few keys on his computer. "This Hoku girl
doesn't have much of a history."
"Yes," Josh acknowledged as he looked through a few print-outs. "She was
born to a teenage girl, and she left her on a doorstep at the age of one
month. She's an alchoholic due to her mother's drinking while she was
pregnant. She's been a runaway for a while...and... the report ends there."
The figure sat back in his chair. "Give me an example of what your Hypno has
"Well, the girl I gave the ring, I think I can easily break her mind. She
feels very alone now; nobody cares for her. If I keep on this-"
"Stop," the man interupted. "I don't care for this other girl. I'm conserned
about the three siblings. They can put a dent in my opperations."
"It's not three yet; only Nick and Sarah have found each other. I've read
your report, so I'll try to keep the third sibling away from them." Josh
paused. "I think my numerous attacks against Sarah were successful. She
seems too dependant to Nick now, and that is a good thing."
"Good. If Sarah is to realize her true powers-"
"She won't. Remember, all three of them must be together, for them to use
their special powers. The chances of Nick and Sarah finding their other
sibiling is slim."
The shadow figure sat back up in his chair. "So what will you do now? I
suggest you go after Nick directly-"
"No, his will-power is too great when it comes to himself. But if I hurt
anyone he cares about," Josh started to snicker. "He'll collapse. Besides, I
want that ring now. I need to weaken them now. I'll go after Hoku first."
"OK, fill out your report and send it to the headquarters."
"Understood," Josh said as he started to get dressed.
"Giovanni out." The TV screen faded and displayed a red TR logo.
"Dammit. I shouldn't have interupted the boss so many times."
* * * * *
"You need to get your sleep, Marley. You've been through a lot lately."
Nick stayed awake for another half-hour, and watched her sleep. Then he went
to sleep himself. They both dream about each other that night.