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Noriaki clears his throat and bows to the doctor before explaining, "Our friend here, Whitney, has been having recent deterioration in her memory, it seems, and it keeps getting worse. We are unsure if it is related, but she just now passed out as we came into the hospital."
"Deteriorating memory..." The doctor comes over and grabs Whitney's head, harshly moving it to and fro as he examines her.
"And you say she's been fainting? Do you know how long this has been happening?"
"We only have had her constant companionship for these past two days or so. The memory issues were apparent, but not so bad as they are now", the Decidueye explained, nervously twirling the vine-strings by his neck, "We have seen her previously, but to my knowledge she did not display these symptoms? At least, not to this severe a degree."
"... Hmm..." Minz looks to Noriaki and Whitney, thinking deeply.
He starts to look very concerned as he looks down to Whitney. "Can you tell me your name, young lady?"
Whitney seems to think, before responding. "... Astrid?"
"... It's exactly as I thought." He looks back up to Noriaki. "I think I understand what's wrong with your friend. Do you promise not to panic?"
Noriaki's concern covers his face more as Whitney fails to even say her name.
He takes his hat off and puts it to his chest before nodding to the doctor.
"Yes, I will take it best I can."
"See, people with very weak mental health can sometimes rapidly lose memories. This in itself is not very uncommon. However, we've also noted in the past of a very rare phenomenon in which types like her begin to, erm..."
He pauses, sniffling for a second, before continuing.
"Have their minds rapidly deteriorate and die. It's never happened this fast before. The fastest we've seen it occur is over two weeks. Your friend would be a very notable medical marvel if she wasn't... in such poor condition."
"Nah, not really. I didn't feel like you were? Then again I didn't really talk to people around then..."
"Mm, yeah, I guess," I reply casually when something hits me. It's either a sudden bolstering of my guts or a burst of sheer stupidity. Whatever it is, it causes me to give Dana a rather punchable smirk with my eyebrows bobbing up and down. "Well, if ya want, I can kiss ya again," I joke, clicking my tongue twice. Though, the potential comedic value is severely dampened by my inability to make finger guns.
Steph appears to be deep in thought at the moment...
(There seems to be no sound from the other room for a few moments before the sound of dishes moving around comes from it...but only for a few seconds before they stop.)
Huh? Oh, how did you get in here?
(This is immediately followed by the sound of several Pokémon attacks getting exchanged and a loud crash.) BR-A-A-ASHhh...
(Winnie notices the Kadabra sitting near her and some of the others she saw in Gleamscape with Benji that time. Is the Kadabra with Benji's friends? Winnie tries to get Steph's attention, slipping back into character as Larry.) Hey you, are you with them? (She asks Steph, gesturing toward Dinah, Roisín, Grigori, and Sally.)
(To Steph it would initially appear that a normal Whimsicott is asking her this, not a Ditto taking the form of one. If Steph were to look in Winnie's head, however, she'll likely find out that Winnie is in fact a Ditto.)
Well, a game is sort of what-
Ohmygodwhatthefuckwasthatsound...I immediately jump to my feet and motion for the others to do the same. I don't care what kind of illusion is going on here, Marsha might be in legitimate danger and I just wanna make sure nothing serious happened, y'know?
Come on guys, I don't know what the hell that was but I wanna make sure nothing bad happened.
I fast-walk on over to the Kitchen where I call out before heading into the room itself.
Marsha...Lilac? What just happened in here?
Wh-what's going on...? thinks Rex, getting up from his seat and looking towards the kitchen.
"Yes, I am with them," Steph answers casually to Winnie's question, "What am I to do now?".
Bailey jumps at the noise, but hangs there in midair as he's a floating balloon.
"What the-? Are they okay?"
Bailey floats towards the kitchen, staying close by Rex's side.
(In the kitchen, one of the trays of refreshments has been knocked down (spilling tea and cakes on the floor), a cupboard has been knocked over, and Marsha is sitting on the floor trying to pull a pot off her head. She shouts indistinctly.)
Well, would you mind telling me which of them is a Ditto? (Winnie asks Steph.) They're an old...friend of mine.
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I dart right on over to Marsha and start carefully pulling at the pot that somehow fell on her head.
Hey, I need help here.
I motion towards the others, even though in reality a Sandshrew and Drifloon wouldn't provide much help, but it would still count. Through my attempts to pull the pot off of Marsha I try to get through to speak with her.
Marsha, what happened in here??
"Did it," [I say, knowing that yes, that definitely was worse. I slowly suck in the slice of pizza I'd managed to grab a hold of, and with enough time, I'm able to hoist my head up to speak.]
"...I...I mean, i...ifff...if, uhh...if Koss was...was, uhh..." [I shake my head, the words in my head are going to mush in my mouth.]
The crowd quickly falls silent once more.
"...thank you. Now my..." Higgins quickly clears his throat. "My last decree as mayor is, naturally, to hold an emergency election for the positions of both mayor and assistant mayor. It shall be officiated by the town staff, and we shall have a period of three days to decide nominees—" He figured his rival candidates from the prior election would jump at the chance to take his place. He thinks he can already see Mercutial salivating. "—and four more days after that for the town to cast their votes. Traditional election protocol will be authorized and enforced."
Historically, the mayor, in the event of resigning, would generally appoint their assistant mayor or someone else close to them to take their place. Higgins knows what he's saying with this decree.
...before he can shift himself off the podium, he stops himself. "...oh, yes, I...almost forgot. The altar ceremonies will no longer be official. I shall hold them at my home annually according to the customs of this forest..." ...the bowl for the ceremony sits behind him. Should he even bother to take it?
Shocked, Rex goes over and attempts to help Marlon pull the pot off of Marsha's head.
Noriaki takes the news with a concerned but not too overt expression.
"... Well then, are there any known treatments? I do not imagine it being the type of thing a simple berry or Heal Pulse can just do away with."
"Well it would help if you look at their expressions as Ditto normally have a blank but blissful expression instead of the normal expressions of other Pokemon."
(The combined efforts of Marlon and Rex get the pot off.) Oy...some Gengar showed up in here and just took her away! (She explains.) We tried to stop her, but she knocked Lilac out and threw the pot on my head!
(Winnie momentarily feels proud of herself for not making an expression like described by the Kadabra herself and thus outing herself as a Ditto. She's a bit frustrated that Steph doesn't seem to know which of them specifically is Benji, though. Must be someone who joined Benji's party recently.)
(Winnie stands up, deciding to just look for herself.) Well, I'll go look and see if any of them have that "Ditto" look in their eyes, then. Thank you! (Winnie says, starting to approach Dinah, Grigori and the others.)
(More muttering from the crowd. So a new mayor and assistant mayor are being sworn in, and the traditional ceremonies are now being downgraded to just a thing you do at home...)
(I can barely concentrate on taking these things in because between this crazy meeting and just everything that's happened over the past several days overall, I'm just feeling so overwhelmed right now that I either just want to go to bed and sleep for days on end or wish that the Shifter was already fixed so we could get going on toward Danjor Island.)
(...Wait a minute, how is Benji's boat going to be repaired now with all this going on? Will Mia or anyone else even have the time to fix it? Are we going to be stranded in Blissparce for even longer?)
(I'm afraid of sounding rude for asking Mia if the emergency elections will get in the way of the Shifter being repaired, but I do want to know whether or not this will affect us getting out of here. I tap Mia on the shoulder.) Hey, Mia? I don't mean to sound rude, but will any of this get in the way of you guys fixing our boat?
(She turns to me.) I mean, if there isn't anything else we have to do to get ready for the elections, we could start on it today and have it be ready by tomorrow if we hurry. We'll just need to talk to our parents to see what we have to do. This sort of thing doesn't usually happen around here after all.
Pancho for mayor! (Someone yells that Mr. Dos Santos should be the new mayor. Pancho scowls and waves his hands.) Oh no, I couldn't possibly be the mayor. I don't think my heart would be able to take it. We're going to find a suitable replacement for Rave and Amy, but I would rather it not be me.
(Yolanda noticeably looks up, having attempted to make a run for mayor in the past but failing to win. Should she try to run again?)
I look between Rex, Marsha, and the others. A Gengar? Knocked Lilac out? What on earth is going on here? We need to start getting our heads together and figure this out. I lean down to grab Marsha's hand to help pull her up and scan the room for anything odd. I use my next words to encourage the others to do the same.
Well, eyes and ears everyone. Whoever this Gengar is, they can shift in and out and disappear at will. While we're at it find Lilac in whatever place she may have been taken to.
The sudden revelations certainly do more than enough to catch Tiff off-balance, but steady in her mental mindset. Of course, she also manages to realize a problem with Mia's idea, which she comments on.
Mia, is Izzy gonna be able to help with the boats in the same way she did before all this happened?
Oh goodness, oh goodness gracious me, what do I do, what's even wrong with him...
Isaac says none of this out loud, but even so, it's quite obvious to even the most casual observer that the Delphox is one step away from a full-blown panic attack. He jerks forward then pulls back several times, debating whether or not trying to drag Eliot to a doctor would be worthwhile.
Meanwhile, Róisín lazily tilts her head towards the mysterious Whimsicott.
"'Scuse me, but who the feck are you?"
Dana laughs and playfully punches Nyquil's shoulder. "Aw, stop it."
"Ahahahaha! Hah, alright, if you insist…" I chuckle, feigning disappointment. This whole thing's just giving me a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling… Oh, wait. That might be my stomach. "Hey, you wanna grab a snack somewhere?" I almost say 'my treat' when I realize that I really need to stop spending so much money in bursts…
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