Subject: [PW!] Clothing Sanctions, Captain Stern, and Crazy Slowpoke
Date: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 4:50 AM
Nurse Marcia leans over her patient, a muzzled Poochyena, in Slateport
City's Pokemon Center with a hypodermic needle in one hand. When the Dark
Pokemon sees the needle, he struggles to break free of the restraints on his
legs. Nurse Marcia rubs her hand across the Poochyena's back fur to calm him
down, saying, "Hold still, will you? I don't want to be responsible for
another Pokemon's death."
What Marcia just said isn't the most comforting thing a nurse could say, but
the Poochyena understands her point, so he stops squirming.
"Thank you." Nurse Marcia parts the Poochyena's dark fur with one hand and
places her needle on the surface of his skin with the other. She's about to
gentle ease it into the Poochyena's vein, when Nurse Joy runs into the room
shouting, "Marcia, you won't believe what I just saw!"
The shout startles Nurse Marcia, causing her to jam the needle into the
Poochyena! The Bite Pokemon cries out though his muzzle, "Poo!" Nurse Marcia
checks to make sure she hit the Pokemon's vein, and heaving a sigh of relief
when she sees that she did, she ignores Nurse Joy for a moment while she
squeezes the fluid within the needle into the Pokemon's blood stream. After
she's done, she pulls the needle out of the Poochyena's body and places a
bandage on his tiny puncture wound.
"Aren't you going to ask me what I just saw?" The pink-haired nurse named
Joy asked the blue-haired she's just walked up to.
Nurse Marcia rolls her eyes as she drops the used needle into a garbage bin
and asks, "What did you just see?"
"You have to see it to believe it!" Nurse Joy grabs Marcia's left hand and
before Marcia can protest, she drags the woman into the Pokemon Center's
lobby. Nurse Joy points at a young green-eyed blonde woman who's sitting on
the couch in the Pokemon Center. "Isn't that sick?"
"Isn't what sick? That's just a young woman." Nurse Marcia shrugs, "A
Pokemon Trainer, probably, based on the belt she's wearing."
Nurse Joy is shocked by Marcia's reaction, "But that's just the thing! She's
only wearing a belt! And she's sitting on the Center's couch!"
"You know, for a nurse, you're not very observant," Nurse Marcia points out,
"She's also wearing a hair clip. And at least she put a towel on the couch
before sitting down. What's the big deal?"
"Being naked's never been my style. I find it's easier to manipulate men
when you haven't shown them your goods yet, but to each their own."
At that moment, a man with short black hair wearing glasses and a lab coat
walks into the lobby of the Pokemon Center.
Nurse Joy almost has a heart attack when she sees that particular man walk
into the Pokemon Center at this particular time, "Oh no, it's Captain Stern,
the most respected scientist in this city! He's going to be scandalized by
this naked girl and the fact that this city doesn't have any sactions
against what she's doing! We have to hide her, Marcia!"
"Too late," says Marcia when Captain Stern glances in the direction of the
nude blonde woman sitting in the Center.
However, Captain Stern simply ignores the girl and keeps walking to the
Center's front desk, having more important business to attend to. Arriving
at the desk, he addresses the two women standing behind it, "Hello, ladies,
I have good news! Captain Briney called me just now and he told me that he
found out Team Aqua was responsible for the food poisoning on the S. S.
Tidal. I suspected it was them, but we didn't have proof until now. Dewford
Town's police force, which consists of one Officer Jenny, a Growlithe, and a
Whiscash, found an Aqua Base in Dewford Town after Captain Briney told her
where it was. Although the Aqua Base was abandoned, she found proof of their
plot there! Now that we have something to tell the press, the S. S. Tidal
will sail again!"
Nurse Marcia isn't sure why Captain Stern is telling them the news. She
doesn't care if the S.S. Tidal sails or not, especially since she's planning
on heading back to her old job in Violet City soon. After all, she healed
the Pokemon that got sick on the cruise, what she came to Slateport to do,
and lately she's just been hanging out in Hoenn for a while to learn about
Hoenn's new Pokemon and how Hoenn's many Berries can be used as medicine. As
such, Marcia's response is simply, "Yay?"
Nurse Joy would be excited about Stern's news, since it means she'll be
getting more patients soon from all over Hoenn and thus she'll be able to
bring smiles to many more Pokemon Trainer's faces, but she's too nervous by
the fact that a naked girl is sitting in the Pokemon Center to show any sort
of excitement. Instead, she apologizes, "I'm sorry you had to see such a
vulgar display walking into the Center, Captain Stern... I know a man of
your integrity, a man of science such as yourself, should not be exposed to
"Smut?" Captain Stern asks, adjusting his glasses, "What smut?"
"You know... the girl..." The embarrassed pink-haired nurse leans in close
to the captain/ship-designer to whisper, "The *naked* girl."
"She's just naked, that's no big deal." Captain Stern waves his hand in
dismissal, "Why, back in the day day, when I used to pilot ships more often
than I would design them, I went on many a nude cruise! It's quite
liberating, you should try it some time."
Nurse Joy's mouth hangs open at Captain Stern's attitude. Her attention then
turns to Marcia, who also doesn't seem to mind that a young woman is sitting
naked in the Pokemon Center as she waits for her Pokemon. Losing her cool,
Joy shouts, "Am I the only person in this Pokemon Center who has a problem
with a woman sitting NAKED in a public place?!"
Nurse Marcia shrugs, "Apparently."
"Oh, I'm sorry..." The naked woman in question, Keiko Kamen, calls out to
Nurse Joy, having overheard her comment, "If my nudity makes you
uncomfortable, I'll cover myself up." Her idea of covering herself up,
pulling a corner of her towel up to cover her chest, doesn't exactly satisfy
Nurse Joy very much, but it keeps her from being too distracted.
Now that Keiko is partially covered, Nurse Joy is able to put a smile on her
face again as she tells Captain Stern, "Anyway, it's great to hear that the
S. S. Tidal is sailing again! I imagine there will be increased security
measures to keep Team Aqua from poisoning the food again?"
"Yeah, and I'm also hoping to have increased medical staff on the ship."
Captain Stern reveals, "Currently, we have a doctor for when people get
sick, but he doesn't specialize in Pokemon. Actually, that's part of the
reason I came here to talk to you two. Trainers often battle each other on
the S. S. Tidal, and even when Pokemon don't get sick, they do get hurt. I'd
like to start providing a Pokemon Center on my ship and having heard about
the miracle healer who helped all the Pokemon who were poisoned on the last
cruise... Well... Nurse Marcia, would you like to be the founding nurse of
the S. S. Tidal's very first Pokemon Center?"
"Me?" Nurse Marcia points at herself, surprised that she'd be selected for
the position instead of the more experienced nurses named Joy who are reared
from birth to become pleasant, friendly Pokemon nurses. "I would LOVE to
work on a cruise ship - traveling throughout Hoenn, meeting the new Hoenn
Pokemon, learning about Hoenn Berries at different ports, exploring the
ports of call. But are you sure you want me to be the founding nurse? I've
never founded anything before in my life."
"I'll take care of all the paperwork for you," Captain Stern assures Nurse
Marcia, "I just want you on that ship, healing Pokemon."
"In that case, you've got yourself a nurse!" Nurse Marcia beams, getting
excited for the first time in a very long time, "I'll be glad to work as the
resident nurse in the S. S. Tidal's first Pokemon Center!" The thought of
being able to work by herself, without a Nurse Joy holding her back, keeps
Nurse Marcia smiling as Captain Stern tells her the details of the job.
Nurse Joy wanders into the back room to take care of Pokemon there while
Nurse Marcia speaks with Stern. Towards the end of Stern's explanation, the
Center's videophone rings. Since Nurse Marcia is busy speaking with Captain
Stern, Nurse Joy answers the call.
"Nurse Marcia! It's for you!" Nurse Joy calls out to the blue-haired woman,
"My cousin in Violet City wants to talk with you!"
Hearing this, Captain Stern tells Marcia, "Go ahead, take the call. I'm
pretty much done telling you what you need to know, now I just need to show
you the ship. We should go there soon, actually, since the ship will be
sailing as soon as we let the press know what actually happened and the
measures we're taking so it won't happen again. Are you free this evening,
or is tomorrow better for you?"
Nurse Marcia asks, "How about right after I take this phone call?"
"That works too." Captain Stern grins, glad that Nurse Marcia is so eager to
work on the ship.
Nurse Marcia walks up to the videophone and addresses the image of her old
boss that's on the screen, "Hi, Nurse Joy. Are you calling me to
congratulate me about my new job? I know word travels fast in the tightly
knit Joy clique."
"New job?" Nurse Joy shakes her head, "I didn't know you got a new job. My
cousin just told me you were talking with someone."
"You're looking at the founding nurse of the S. S. Tidal's first Pokemon
Center." Nurse Marcia boasts, proud of herself, "And if you didn't call me
to congratulate me about the job, why DID you call me? Do you miss me
already? You'll have to cope with my absence, since I'm quitting my old job
with you to take on this position."
"I AM going to miss you, Marcia, believe it or not," Nurse Joy admits, "But
that's not why I called you." She lifts a blue Lure Ball up to her head, so
that Nurse Marcia can see it on the screen, "A young woman recently visited
the Pokemon Center looking for you. She wanted you to cure the serious
mental problems of Luthor, her talking Slowpoke. She left her Pokemon, this
Lure Ball on his back, on my desk so that I could send him to you. He thinks
he's the leader of the planet Earth."
"Interesting. It's not every day you see crazy Slowpoke, let alone ones who
can talk. Send me the Slowpoke. I might be able to knock some sense into
him." Seeing a look of concern on her ex-boss' face, Nurse Marcia says, "Not
literally, of course." Once Nurse Joy is pretty sure that her former
employee won't hurt the poor delusional Slowpoke, she initiates the transfer
of the Lure Ball. Within seconds, Marcia picks up the Lure Ball and stashes
it in one of the pouches on her belt, "I have to go now. My new boss wants
to show me around the ship I'll be working on. I'll examine the Slowpoke
later, when I've settled down on the ship."
Nurse Joy says, "I hope your new job works out for you, Marcia! Bye!"
Nurse Marcia says, "And I hope that you can manage to do a decent job in
Violet City without me. Bye." She turns off the video phone and calls out
into the back room, "Omelette, I'm going to to go out for a while! Cover for
me, will you?"
"Blissey!" Omelette, Marcia's Blissey, calls back. The Pokemon's working on
healing the three Pokemon that Keiko brought into the Pokemon Center since
Nurse Joy had forgotten to turn on the healing machine when she placed their
Pokeballs there, distracted by Keiko's nudity, and had forgotten to return
the Pokeballs to Keiko when she saw Keiko sit down.
"Thank you!" Nurse Marcia calls out once more before walking over to Captain
Stern. "I'm ready to check out my new workplace, captain."