Hey there! I'm Ex-Shark-Virtue-005 and I'm here with my second Tales of Vesperia fanfiction! I got the idea for this fic from a Doujin I read a while back. I don't have much to say about it aside from it's a post game fic and there is no real shipping, yet anyway… Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I don't own Tales of Vesperia or the characters.
Chapter One: We're in for a Long Night
Yuri sighed as aimlessly wandered around Dahngrest. He had a lot on his mind. Normally when he got like this he would normally take his emotions out on several monsters but for some odd reason, he just didn't feel much like fighting today. He sighed as he walked back towards the inn. They had been on their way to Mount Temza when he had suggested that they stop in Dahngrest for the night just to prepare for the hot Desier climate.
He looked over and saw Estellise and Karol running towards him, "Hey," He called back as he tried to keep his normal demeanor, "What's up?"
"Where have you been?" Karol asked, "We're about to have supper and we can't start without you!"
"Sorry about that," Yuri said, "I wasn't feeling very well and I needed a bit of air so I stepped out for a while." He wasn't exactly lying he was feeling just a little bit off.
"Are you alright?" Estellise asked, "You're not getting sick are you?"
"Nah," Yuri said, "It's just the humidity. It's rather cold this time of year in Zaphias and the sudden climate change is bothering me a bit."
"Alright," Estellise said, "But if you start to feel sick please tell us right away."
"I will," Yuri said.
"Come on!" Karol called, "We can't start supper without you two!"
"Alright, alright," Yuri said, "We're coming!" He wasn't at all hungry but he figured the others would realize that something was up if he didn't eat a little something.
During supper, Raven noticed that something was amiss with Yuri. For one thing the kid just looked pale and secondly, he wasn't eating. Raven watched as Yuri more or less played with his food then every so often he would take a small bite or slyly slip some to his dog.
"I'm all set," Yuri said as he stood from the table.
"Is everythin' alright?" Raven asked.
"Yeah," Yuri said, "The humidity is messing with me and I don't have much of an appetite."
"If ya say so kid," Raven said as Yuri walked from the room. "He's hidin' somethin'…" Raven thought, "I'm all set too."
Yuri left the inn and started to wander around Dahngrest again. He just felt off. He couldn't quite describe what he felt and he thought that perhaps he was starting to feel just a little bit ill.
"Why do I feel so sick?"Yuri thought as he sat against a building, "I mean it's been five years since…that happened…but it shouldn't be weighing this heavily on me after all these years…"
"Dammit!" Yuri swore aloud, "What the hell is wrong with me?"
"So that's where you ran off to," Raven said, "I've been lookin' all over for ya."
"What are you doing here?"
"Well," Raven said as he scratched his head a bit, "Ya ran out so suddenly. I was just seein' what you were up ta."
"I just needed to think about something," Yuri said.
"Care to tell ol' Raven?"
"Forget it," Yuri said as he stood, "I'm feeling kinda tired all of a sudden. I'm going to bed."
Several hours later Raven returned to the inn to find Yuri sitting in the window sill.
"Hey what's up?" Raven asked, "I thought you were tired."
"Couldn't sleep," Yuri muttered.
"Oh," Raven said, "Would you care to join me for a drink? I heard that a nice glass of wine can calm the body and the mind."
"I guess," Yuri said as he took the glass from Raven and sat down on the bed. He brought the glass up to his lips but didn't take a sip, something wasn't letting him do so.
Raven took a close look at Yuri. The lighting in the room was dim but he could tell that Yuri wasn't looking very well. The twenty-two year old was looking paler than he had been at supper earlier in the evening.
"Are ya feelin' alright kid?" Raven asked, "You look kinda pale."
"I'm alright," Yuri said as he once again brought the glass up to his lips but once again failed to take a sip, "You should probably get your eyes checked," He said almost listlessly, "You're going blind with age." His hands were shaking almost as if he had the chills and his stomach was starting to twinge more than it had been all day but he continued to ignore it.
"Ya know kid," Raven said, "I think you're tyin' to take on more than you can handle. If you keep doing that sorta thing you're gonna make yourself sick."
Yuri nodded vacantly.
"What is this?" Raven said, "No witty comeback." He paused and took another close look at Yuri, "Ya know kid, you're really not lookin' so hot right now. Are you okay?"
"Yeah," Yuri said, "You must be imagining things."
Raven sighed. He had a feeling that Yuri was lying. The kid looked absolutely awful. Raven was glad that Yuri had decided to take a seat on the bed because Raven had a funny feeling that the kid was going to pass out in a little while. "You're so stubborn," He said.
"Raven," Yuri muttered as he started to feel increasingly sicker as time passed, "You were in the knights right? Was there ever a time…when you had…to take the life of a squad member…to save another squad member…"
"What in the world are you on about kid?" Raven asked, "You're acting odd Yuri. Something's up."
Yuri was about to comment when his stomach lurched horribly and he broke out into a sweat. He then dropped the glass he had been holding as his stomach lurched again.
"What's wrong?" Raven asked as Yuri put his hand to his stomach, "Is the wine too strong for you or something?"
"No…" Yuri muttered as he tried to keep his stomach contents where they belonged just for a while longer, "Raven…I don't feel so good…I think…I'm gonna be sick…"
"Geez…" Raven said as he hurriedly guided Yuri towards the washroom, "I knew you weren't well." Normally Raven would have made a remark about becoming wise with age but now wasn't the time for that, Yuri was sick, "Try to hold it in for a bit." He got Yuri to the bath and the twenty-two year old was immediately sick. "Take it easy kid," Raven said as he pulled Yuri's long hair back away from his face and rubbed the boy's back in circles. "Why didn't you tell us you weren't feeling well?"
"I didn't think…I was this sick…" Yuri mumbled as he coughed and gagged.
"Here," Raven said as he poured Yuri a glass of water, "Rinse your mouth out with that." Yuri did was he was told, "Are you feeling any better?" Yuri shook his head and Raven sighed they were both in for a rough night, "Are you done for now?"
"I think so…" Yuri muttered as he clutched his stomach.
"Alright," Raven said, "Go lie down in the other room. I'll be there in a little bit."
Raven sighed as he started to clean the bath a little bit.
"Raven…" Yuri moaned just as Raven finished cleaning the bathroom.
"Lemmee guess," Raven said, "You're gonna be sick again?"
"Yeah…I think so…"
Raven sighed, "Hold on," He said as he grabbed the bucket he had been using to clean the mess that had been made the first time Yuri had been sick. "Here this might be easier than having you go to the bath every time you think you're gonna be sick." He handed the bucket to Yuri and within seconds the boy was sick again. "Here," Raven said as he took his ponytail down and started collecting Yuri's long dark hair, "We're gonna tie your hair back for tonight." He frowned as he brushed his hand against Yuri's skin. When he was done he placed his hand on Yuri's forehead. "Wait here kid, I'm gonna get you a doctor," He said, "You're burnin' up…"
Raven walked to the house of the best doctor in town. "I really hope she listens to me after what I did that one time…" He thought, "Yuri needs a doctor…"
He knocked at the door and within a minute a woman opened the door, "Well, well, well, if it isn't Raven," She said, "Whatever the question is, the answer is no."
"It's not for me," Raven said, "One of the kids I'm travelin' with is really sick. I think he's been poisoned."
"How do I know you're not lying?" The woman asked.
"I'm completely sober for one," Raven said, "Please, this kid hardly ever gets sick. He's got an unreal tolerance to illness. In the past year I've never seen this kid get sick, except when he was poisoned. Please you gotta help me."
"What is this "boy's" name?"
"Yuri Lowell," Raven said.
The woman raised an eyebrow, "That sounds awfully like a girl's name to me," She said, "But I'll help you anyway. However, if you're lying, I will have you arrested…again."
"Raven…" Yuri moaned as the door to the room opened, "Is that you?"
"Yeah," Raven said as he walked up to the bed, "How you doin' kid?"
"My stomach…" Yuri moaned as he turned on his side to try and relieve some of the pain.
"I know," Raven said softly as he rubbed Yuri's shoulder a bit, "I brought you a doctor. Just hang in there…"
"So you weren't lying," The woman said, "And it is a boy, I was expecting a young pregnant girl." She walked up to the bed, "I'm going to guess that you're Yuri Lowell."
"Yeah," Yuri responded.
"What seems to be the problem?" She asked, "Raven mentioned that you weren't feeling very well."
"He's burnin' up," Raven said, "And his stomach is sick. He's thrown up a few times as well."
"Raven I do believe that this boy still has the ability to talk," The woman said, "I'm sure he could have told me what he was feeling." She turned to Yuri, "Is that all?"
"Yeah…" Yuri muttered.
The woman put her hand to Yuri's forehead, "So Raven you think it's poison?" She asked as she handed a thermometer to Yuri.
"Yeah," Raven said.
"Alright," She said as she took the thermometer from Yuri after a few minutes, "I have to disagree with you there. His pulse isn't fast enough, he's not gasping for breath. Although his temperature is up there it's nearly thirty-nine." She paused, "I'm going to ask you a few questions Yuri, if that's alright with you."
"Alright," She said, "Can you feel your hands and feet?"
"Okay, are you cold at all?"
Yuri shook his head, "It feels like I'm on fire…"Yuri said softly.
"I thought so," The woman said, "Raven I don't think this boy is suffering from poison. I think he's just come down with a stomach virus. I've heard that there's a pretty nasty one going around the Capital. Where are you from Yuri?"
"Zaphias," Yuri responded.
"You see Raven?" The woman said, "He probably just came down with that. But if you're still not convinced then I guess we could administer a poison bottle."
"Let's do that," Raven said as he took a poison bottle out of his bag.
"Alright," The woman said, "But keep the bucket handy. If it's not poison, he won't keep it down." She took the poison bottle from Raven and poured the contents into a cup, "Here Yuri, drink that."
Yuri did what he was told and about ten minutes later he stomach began to rebel against what he had ingested, "Raven…" he mumbled as he covered his mouth.
"What's wrong?" Raven asked, "Are you going to be sick again."
"It's not poison then," The doctor said as Yuri was sick, "It's a stomach virus."
"Alright," Raven said as he eased Yuri against the bed again.
"Try to keep him hydrated as best you can," The woman said, "If you feel that he's starting to dehydrate have him eat a mélange gel. Any of the other flavors will just upset his stomach more and keep him in bed until his fever is down."
"Okay," Raven said, "Thanks for comin' out."
"You're welcome," The woman said, "You've changed Raven."
"Does that mean I have a chance?" Raven asked.
"Not in your life Raven," The woman said, "I hope you feel better soon Yuri."
"Thanks…" Yuri muttered as the woman left the room.
"Try to get some sleep kid," Raven said, "You'll feel better."
Yuri nodded. He turned on his side and clutched his stomach. He was in almost severe pain and his stomach was churning to the point where he didn't know if or when it was going to rebel against him again and expel its contents.
Raven sighed as he gently rubbed Yuri's back. It had been a few hours since the doctor had left and Yuri was still awake. The twenty-two year old had been sick a few more times and his fever was spiking.
"Yuri," Raven said as he took a mélange gel out of his bag, "I want you to eat a gel."
"I don't want it," Yuri moaned, "I'll only throw it up in ten minutes…"
"Yuri please," Raven said, "You need nourishment you're not gonna feel any better if you dehydrate. Gels work fast so even if ya do throw it up, your body will absorb the nutrients it needs." He sighed as Yuri shook his head, "How about half a gel?"
Yuri sighed and sat up a bit, "I guess," He said as he took half of the gummy from Raven and ate it. Within minutes his stomach settled a bit, the nausea subsided and he felt a bit of his strength returning.
"Get some sleep kid," Raven said as he placed a cold compress on Yuri's forehead, "You won't feel any better if you pull an all-nighter."
Yuri nodded and closed his eyes.
Raven sighed as he watched Yuri finally slip into a restless sleep. "Ya shoulda told us you weren't feelin' well earlier," He said softly, "Ya wouldn't have ended up like this…"
Raven sighed as the sun started to rise. Yuri was finally sleeping soundly and he had a feeling that the boy's stomach had finally calmed down. It had been nearly three hours since Yuri had eaten the second half of the mélange gel after he had thrown up the first half.
"Judith what do you want to make for breakfast?"
"I don't know. Let's wait until Yuri wakes up to decide."
Raven sighed again, "Might as well go downstairs and help the girls with breakfast." He thought, "There's no point in going to bed now and poor Yuri's in no condition to do anything today let alone help cook."
"Raven" Estellise asked during breakfast, "Where's Yuri this morning? He was supposed to help with breakfast."
"Yeah," Karol said, "He's gonna miss out on the waffles. Should we go get him?"
"No," Raven said, "Let him sleep. The poor kid was up all night sick as a dog. I know waffles are his favorite but I doubt he feels much like eating today."
"Is he alright?" Estellise asked, "It's not poison is it?"
"It's just a stomach bug," Raven said, "But it was bad. The poor kid couldn't hold water down and I'm sure the high fever he was runnin' wasn't doin' him or his stomach any favors."
"He must have gotten it from me," Estellise said, "I had it a few days ago and Yuri took care of me. Raven were you up all night caring for Yuri?"
"Yeah," Raven said as he yawned, "I'm probably gonna go to bed after this, if it's alright with Karol that is. It is my day to clean up."
"Go ahead," Karol said, "I'll do the cleaning today and we can't go anywhere if Yuri's sick. But is it alright that we can't get to Mount Temza today? What about…?"
"It'll be fine," Raven said, "Yuri's sick and takin' care of him takes top priority. It wouldn't be fair to make him travel today. I don't think Casey would mind if we were a day late." He yawned again, "Well I'm off ta bed. Don't bother Yuri today. The kid's probably exhausted, just let 'im sleep."
"Alright," Estellise said, "Sleep well Raven."
Raven walked back to his room. Yuri was still sound asleep. Raven sighed as he removed the now warm cloth from the boy's forehead, "Hopefully the kid feels better tomorrow," He thought as he dipped the cloth in a bowl of ice water then replaced it on Yuri's forehead. "Sleep well kid," He said as he climbed into his own bed and quickly fell asleep himself.
So what did you think? It was kinda odd writing Raven so serious but it was a good change for him. Well that's about it for now. Until next time!