The Shores

It seems to Pearl that nothing she ever does it right. She is made fun of at school. But Pearl's world turns upside down and sideways when she meets a strange girl. The girl helps Pearl discover her past, present and destiny. Can Pearl discover what she was born to do--in time to save her kingdom?

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39. Nurse Pearl

"Wakey Wakey."

"Training again?"

This was usually the way Abitha and I start our training days. She would wake me up, let me get dressed, and then head down to the training room. But she did not get me out of bed.

"No. Not today." there was a catch in Abitha's voice.

I tried to face her, but I couldn't move. So I stayed where I was,mead burrowed in he pillow, mouth wide and gaping. Then a educating pain split my shoulder and chest. I screamed.

"Shhh." Abitha hushed me softly.

Tears were running down my face. I could tell from this that I was at the hospital in the village. "What happend, Abitha? Why am I here."

Abitha gulped. "It's pretty...pretty bad, Pearl..." Abitha didn't finish her sentence.

"Did we win?" the childish question escaped my dry lips.

"I-I don't know. Kior's army retreated shortly after you...fainted."

"So the Shores are safe?" I asked intently.

"Yes. For now." Abitha said, with a slight edge to her voice.

"Good. What happened after the creature stabbed me? You killed it, right? You brought me here." I said, trying to clear everything up.

Abitha shook her head. "No, no Pearl." There were tears glistening on her eyelashes, "For some reason, when I saw the monster behind you, I couldn't move. I couldn't shout a warning. I guess I was too stunned. And when it...got you, and you fell, I didn't kill it. I was still frozen with fear."

"Who killed it?" I asked.

"Your librarian friend. The one that helps Kolos...oh, why am I blanking on this?" Abitha was happy to change the subject.

"Perri?" Oh my shells. Why on earth was HE on the battlefield?

"Yep! That's the one." Abitha sobered quickly. "The point is, Pearl, was that I froze up! I didn't save you, when I could have! That has never happened before."

"Abitha, Abitha, it's okay." Why was she freaking out?

"But--but--you suffered from my mistake." Abitha whispered.

"Suffered? Abitha, the pain will pass. The cut will heal. There was no peer ament damage done." Abitha was sobbing now. "Gosh, Abitha, I'm not dead!"

She walked to the other side of the bed. "But you were almost. Pearl, it took everything the doctors had to save your arm. You could have lost it."

"But I didn't!" I looked at my arms they were ok.

Abitha rolled her eyes. "Okay, you are in pain, and you don't get it. I'm going to get the doctor."
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I kept touching my shoulder were the wound was. It was stricted up, but it still looked disgusting. I cried out in pain because I had touched too hard. But I quickly bit my lip becuase the doctor walked in.

She looked normal, blond highlighted hair pulled back into a ponytail; glasses sitting on the edge of her abnormally large nose, and she was wearing a white lab coat.

"Ah. I see that our sleepyhead has woken!" She smiled. "How are you feeling?"

"Ummm, I'm good except for the fact that there is a hole in my shoulder." I said, uneasy.

"Oh, our sleepyhead is also a commiedain." She doctor forced a laugh, but I could tell she didn't think it was funny.

"So, you are the doctor?" trying to make conversation.

"No, only a nurse. All of the experienced doctors are at the castle, where they are needed."

"Are things bad?" I asked, conserved.

The nurse sighed, "Yes. Most of them are in worse shape than you."

"I've got to get there!" I said. People needed me. I knew basic first aid. Dad taught me in case I got injured in the forest.

"Look, Pearl, " Abitha cut in, "You are not going anywhere. You are hurt too."

"Abitha, you don't understand, " I shook my head. I got from underneath the blankets and stood up. I ground my teeth together to keep from screaming out in pain when my shoulder felt like it exploded. "I need to get down there. I just need to."

"Pearl," Abitha looked like she was having a had time keeping her cool, "of course you do. But you can't."

"What if I was down there, on my deathbed? What if dad was? Would you let anyone stop you?" I shot at Abitha.

"No." she said quietly.

"Well, I feel the same way. Nobody is going to stop me."

Abitha took in a deep breath and let it out really slowly. "Okay, but take this." she took out her last Giant Gull feather. "If you are going, then you might as well go quickly."

I took the feather and hugged her. I held the feather out infront of me, and I said sternly, " The castle." with a moment's hesitation, "my room."

The wooden floor disappeared and was replaced with old rugs. My room. There was no time to say hello to fimialir sights. I walked out into the wallway and my track pants changed to my tail. My gray tank top stayed though. I hated it because it showed off my wound. I quickly got over it and swam to the Throne Room.

It had changed dramatically from when I got crowned princess until now. Everything was taken out of the from, including the thrones the selves. Many cots where set up, and all of them were filled. Nurses and doctors rushed around franicly.

I caught a nurse. "I know first aid. What can I do?" I asked her.

Eager to get back to her task, she said, "Grab a kit and start fixing people."

Within minutes, I had ran cot to cot, mostly bandaging cuts and scrapes, and getting ice for bruises. I made slings for broken arms to help a doctor. I reminded myself of our school nurse. She always had a way of telling wether or not you were faking sick. I just hoped these people were faking it, but it was clear that they weren't.
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