Pairing: Championshipping (Lance x Red/Ash)
Theme: #1, Transference
Disclaimer: Pokemon belongs to Nintendo and Shogakukan Comics. This non-profit, non-copyright infringing fanfiction belongs to me under international copyright laws and taking it is plagiarism. Thank you. *Phantomness bows*
Notes: () for telepathy, ** for thoughts, italics if a pokemon talks
Summary: Ash broke Lance so now he's leery around Red, who secretly loves him.
Lance hissed as he spun around, Dragon Blades already flickering into place on his fingertips. Red stared at him in disbelief, before Lance relaxed.
"It's nothing." The Dragon Master sighed.
Red put his hands on his hips. "I don't think so. This is the third time this week that you've jumped when I came around! Do you hate me or something?"
The Dragon Master sighed. "I don't hate you. I hate him."
"His name was Ash Ketchum. Quite a charming trainer, adventurous, a hero…"
Red frowned. "So what happened?"
"Relationships." Lance shrugged. "He was not loyal, so I had to… dispose of him." Something in that tone added the word 'permanently', and Red shuddered. "But he looks like you, only with darker skin…. Scruffier."
"… So I remind you of your old boyfriend?" Red asked incredulously.
"Something like that," Lance agreed. "I apologize. You shouldn't take it personally. I will try not to jump."
The new Champion stared at the Leader of the Elite Four, not sure what to say. Finally, he settled for leaving quietly.
Once he returned to his room, he flung himself onto the bed, hot tears trickling down his cheeks. This was all the confirmation he needed. Why was he cursed to look like someone Lance hated?
The Dragon Master would never like him now…
Transference is another one of Freud's brainchildren. *Sigh* It seems similar to 'Displacement'. Someone who resembles someone else in an emotional context… hmm, that makes little sense.
Poor, poor Red! Poor Lance too, since Ash is a faithless bastard…