From: "Newton P. Haights"
Subject: [PW!] Fighting a Silent Slumber
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2004 11:54 PM
"Paging Doctor Joseph...Doctor Joseph to cardiology..."
The intercom sounded throughout the halls of Saffron Hospital, but in the
din of activity in much of its halls, it went unnoticed. Doctors, such as
Mr. Joseph, ran to their patients while nurses made their way to theirs.
Crowded and noisy...such is the way of a hospital.
In one quiet hall in particular, the page would have been heard loud and
clear, if not for the simple fact that most of the patients in the rooms
couldn't hear much of anything. Most of the comatose patients were placed
here until they either came to or passed away. Most of the hospital staff
thought it better that way; they considered it easier to concentrate. One
could hear the birds chirping outside patients' windows if they listened.
One of the rooms in this hall had just become occupied a month earlier, by
one A. O'Reilly...
> "I don't like telling people my last name..." Robert admits, a sweatdrop
> his face, "Who knows what horrible things people could do to me and my
> ones if they knew my last name?"
> "..." Andrew blinks twice, then shrugs, "I wouldn't do anything horrible
> with your last name, neither to you nor your loved ones, but I guess we
> have our quirks. Anyway, where can I find the Soul House? The last time I
> was here, the dead were still buried at the Tower."
> "Oh, it's just south of the Tower. You can't miss it." Robert shakes
> Andrew's hand and says, "It's been nice traveling with you! I hope to see
> you again soon!" That said, Robert heads off towards his Diversity Gym at
> fast pace, eager to reunite with his beloved girlfriend.
"He sure is nice," Andrew said to himself, reflecting on the trip back from
Mt. Silver. "Then again, I do always seem to meet the nicest people when
I'm walking around..." Andrew looked around himself, to get his bearings.
"Ok, the tower's...there, and south is that way, so...ah, there it is! The
Just as Andrew took his first step, he felt an odd sensation in his body all
at once! His legs immediately froze and his arms fell limp as his entire
being suddenly felt empty. It felt as if something had taken all warmth
from his body! Before he could scream for help, Andrew collapsed and hit
the ground with a thud.
As nobody else was around, Robert was the only person who heard the thud and
turned around. When he saw Andrew's lifeless body in the middle of the
walkway, his eyes went wide and he dashed to Andrew's side! He pulled out
his Pokegear and called for emergency services while checking for a pulse.
After what seemed like an eternity, although it was only about ten seconds,
someone picked up the line. "Kanto Province 911, this is Leanne, please
state your emergency."
Choking back panic, Robert managed to explain urgently, "There's a young man
named Andrew here in Lavender Town who just collapsed all of a sudden!" His
fingers fumbled around Andrew's neck, trying to find his jugular. "I''m
looking for a pulse, but I can't...wait, I found a pulse! But he seems to
"Where is the emergency located, sir?"
"About 100 yards north of the Soul House in Lavender!"
"We'll send an ambulance over right away, sir."
Robert followed Andrew to Saffron Hospital to make sure he was okay before
returning to the Diversity Gym. The emergency staff said the symptoms all
pointed to a rare condition called 'Acute AOC.' Those who had
experienced AOC, both firsthand and as witnesses, reported the feeling akin
to "some cosmic guiding power suddenly giving up on [the sufferer]
temporarily...yet still keeping an eye out, waiting for a chance to regain
control". Although the hospital staff could do nothing to revive Andrew, it
was said that no case of AOC has ever resulted in a death of any kind; the
only thing anyone would have to worry about for him was that the coma would
And so he had been ever since. The room was kept largely undisturbed;
nobody who ever set foot in the room had any reason to touch much of
anything. Every morning, the birds chirped sweetly at the dawn of a new
day, but the chirps fell on deaf ears; every evening, the blazing orange
sunset managed to find its way through the buildings and shine through the
window, but it shone on blind eyes.
The nurse, Nurse Jenny, came by every day to check the diagnostic machinery
to ensure his wellbeing and their continued functioning. After all, nobody
would want Andrew to be the first victim of AOC. His parents, too, came by
once a week to check on him. Despite the reassurance, it just felt wrong
for parents not to check on their son in the hospital. Charlotte choked
back tears every time she went, as she couldn't bear the sight of her son so
helpless. Roger, the stoic father, was entirely confident his son would
pull through; he could tell whatever happened, Andrew was fighting inside...
does the X-box have a reset button? I didnt look at the store
no but it has a spot that says "smash here with hammer"
TR Zenigame: you are awesome saber
MaouStromIV: why would you spend hundreds of dollars on a console just to
smash it with a hammer?
Azure Haights: ...
Exploding Orange: ...
TR Zenigame: because
SaBeR TR: Sigh
Trent Retwin: Anyway...
Exploding Orange: whoosh
TR Zenigame: its xbox
TR Zenigame: ;-);-);-)3333333333333 afk
SaBeR TR: Who brought this one in?
SaBeR TR: You're fucking FIRED.
 AOC = Author-Onset Catatonia, of course.
 See? I can do footnotes just like Steffan can.