Great Marsh/Late Morning (22)
Martha flinched as Mum extended her hand to her, half-expecting a thwack across the head. But the Kangaskhan's gaze was soft as she beckoned her Martha to come closer. "No little one, no," she said softly. "Shh...No one's blaming you. C'mere, sweetheart." The gentleness of Mum's voice calmed Martha's nerves immediately, but it also surprised her. She was so certain that everyone would be angry with her for making a bad situation a lot worse. Still, she slowly toddled over to Mum, wiping her tears.
As she walked, Virgil spoke: "You're fine, Martha... The bird hurt me much more than you did... It just surprised me is all, no need to be upset. Once Mom takes care of it, I'll be fine, I promise." Martha sniffed, looking the Liepard straight in the eyes. She wasn't sure whether he was saying it or not just to calm her down, but his words provided more comfort nonetheless. She gave him a trembling smile as she wiped her eyes again. "O-OK ... But I'm still r-really sorry," she said, her voice still a little shaky but she was glad to acknowledge that the tears were no longer falling. It looked like things were going to be OK after all.
"In fact, I could use your help," Mum said as Martha reached her. "Poor Virgil here still has that stupid feather-head's talons stuck in him." Martha giggled a little at 'feather-head.' "I need to pull them out, but Arceus is hurt too. Could you get some of those berries to her while I help our little kitty?" Martha nodded and immediately gathered an armful of berries and wobbled over to the Drapion, being careful not to drop any. The berry that she had used earlier to try and coax Arceus was still where she had left it. She hoped with all her little heart that she would be OK...
When she reached Arceus, Martha dropped the berries but then picked up the biggest, juiciest-looking Sitrus Berry of them all. She gently tapped the Drapion and held the berry near to her nose and mouth. "U-Um ... Arceus? I have a berry here for you. Please wake up..."