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We Believes In You
Ash the Parent
Welcome to the Family
We Believes In You (anti-betrayal short)
Summary: When Ash returns home from Kalos he receives the welcome home he'd really get.
Delia was worried. When Ash had come home she knew something was wrong the moment she looked at her baby's face. There was this tiredness in his eyes that hadn't been there before. When she asked what was wrong he had avoided the subject telling her he was just suffering jet lag and wanted to get to bed, however the look Pikachu shot her told her otherwise. So she went to the computer and checked out the news on-line. When she read there had been a terrorist attack in Lumiose City by Team Flare her heart skip a beat and when she saw the grainy picture of who was unmistakably her son being held capture atop the city's central tower her heart froze. Someone had hurt her baby. Continuing to read the mama ursaring part of her mind couldn't help but observe that if Lysandre hadn't died by pissed off legendary he would of answered to her and unlike Zygarde she was a Mother. She knew how to use knives.
She knew what she had to do now. Her boy could be stubborn he wouldn't talk about things that were bothering him because he wouldn't want to worry her. So she was going to need to make some phone calls and hoped Mimey was up for a few long distant teleports.
Delia wasn't the only one to notice something was up. When Ash had arrived at Oak's ranch to visit them all his Pokémon quickly caught on that something was up. They could smell the distress that was coming from Ash.
Muk's and Bayleef's first action was to jump on him. Several others quickly joined in the dog pile giving their trainer hugs, nuzzles, and licks.
"What happen?" Bulbasaur asked Pikachu. The grass type had pulled Pikachu away from the group hug so the two could talk in private. Noctowl, Sceptile, and a few others were with them.
"It's a long story…" Pikachu said with a sigh before telling them. Word spread to the others over the course of the day while Ash spent time playing or training with them, but by the end all of Ash's pokemon wanted to punch something or to be precise someone. No one hurt their trainer and got away with it! This "Lysandre" was lucky he died by legendary.
They would have torn him a part and burned the remains till nothing remained.
"Ah Ash is that you my boy? I thought I heard you're tauros stampeding closer to the lab then usual." Said Professor Oak approaching the group. Tracey was next to him.
"Hello Professor!" Ash said with a smile and standing up with Totodile in his arms.
"I saw your battle on TV. Making it to the finals you should be proud." Oak praised him.
"I still lost in the end." Ash pointed out. "I wonder if I'm really cut out to be a trainer. Maybe its time to throw in the towel."
You could hear the pin drop things were so quiet. Charizard looked like he was about to have a heart attack.
"You're being to hard on yourself Ash. Most trainers don't even make it to the league." Oak said consolingly.
"Don't be like that Ash. It takes lots of trainers many years to become champions. Sometimes it just comes down to the luck of who you're facing and having the right pokémon on hand." Tracey said.
"Tracey is right. You made it to the finals, that's progress, next time you're sure to win." Oak told him.
"Yeah sure I will." Ash replied, but his tone indicated he didn't believe them.
Everyone exchanged worried looks.
Ash and Pikachu returned home just as the sun was setting on the horizon.
"Mom I'm back!" Ash called as he entered the house. Coming into the living room he stopped. Gathered there were Misty, Brock, Tracey, Gary, Professor Oak, May, Max, Dawn, Iris, Cilan, Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena. In front and center stood his Mother looking at with a smile. Before Ash could ask how they all were here. His Mother motioned for him to sit down.
"Ash we need to talk about what happen in Kalos." Delia said using her best "Don't argue with me young man" voice.
"Nothing happen. I lost another league and stopped another criminal group from destroying the world by legendary. Same old, same old." Ash told them, but complied to his Mother taking a seat.
"You can't give up your dream Ash." Brock said being the first to speak.
"It's not who you are." Misty said.
"You won the orange league." Tracey pointed out.
"And the battle frontier. You could become a frontier brain if you wanted too." Max added.
"You're better then you think you are." May said.
"You're an inspiration to us." Dawn said.
"You're not such a little kid you'd just quit and run home." Iris said.
"You just need to find the right recipe for success." Cilan said.
"You make it to the top ten on average in five out of six leagues. Not many can say that." Clemont said.
"You're too cool to be a quitter!" Bonnie said.
"You saved all of Kalos if not the world from Team Flare!" Serena said.
"You throwing in the towel would be a sign of the end times Ashy-boy." Gary said
"You're my baby boy and I will always love you." Delia finished.
Ash was stunned by all these words of admiration and praise he was receiving.
"It isn't just because I lost a league." Ash said quietly.
"I've been told how I should be lucky to even see one legendary pokémon, but I've seen them all and I'm just wondering: why me? Why do I keep getting dragged into these situations? Surely there are countless better people to save the world and stop bad guys from capturing and abusing them for whatever reason."
"We could have died, we nearly have died, I'm pretty sure I did die a few times." Ash said starting to rant not caring anymore. "Why does this seem to happen to no one else but me? What makes me so special? I never asked to be this "Chosen One" or am I just a doom magnet?" Tears were starting to fall down his face. "I don't want any of you to die because of me!"
"Just leave me alone!" Ash stood up and ran out the door before anyone could stop him. However Ash did not make it far because in front of the house were Bulbasaur, Charizard, Kingler, Muk, Tauros (all thirty of them), Snorlax, Bayleef, Quilava, Totodile, Noctowl, Donphan, Swellow, Sceptile, Corphish, Torkoal, Glalie, Staraptor, Torterra, Infernape, Buizel, Gliscor, Gible, Unfezant, Oshawott, Pignite, Scraggy, Palpitoad, Boldore, Krookodile, Talonflame, Hawlucha, and Noivern. Pikachu hopped out from behind Ash to stand in front of them and began to speak.
None of Ash's friends, Mother, or Oak who were gathered behind Ash knew exactly what the rodent was saying, but they understood the sentiment it was conveying it was one they all felt. Ash on the other knew exactly what Pikachu was saying.
No matter the dangers we will always follow you.
No matter the number of defeats we won't give up on you.
No matter what we will always believe in you.
Ash the Parent
Summary: Kanto Era: Ash channels his Mother and puts Charizard in his place.
Note: This idea spawned from the discussion of Ash getting Togepi or even Phanpy earlier and how the responsibility of being a parent would speed up his maturity.
"Hi Ash nice of you to call how has your journey been?" Delia asked as she spoke over the phone to her son.
"Okay, though one of my pokémon is giving me trouble and I'm stumped how to get him to listen to me again. Misty and Brock have been no help either." Ash replied over the phone from inside the pokémon center. Not that he held it against them fire types weren't exactly their specialty.
"Well anything I can do to help? I was a trainer once upon a time." Delia reminded her son.
"Well to be honest Charizard kind of reminds me of well me when I was younger and roughhoused a lot with Gary and the other kids. I was a real brat back then." If Misty were here she would say he was still bit of brat.
"Well Ash do you remember how I handled you when you threw temper tantrums back then?" Delia asks her son. Ash's eyes widened and a plan began to form in his mind.
It was another round of 'tame the dragon' Squirtle and Misty's water types were on stand by to put out any fires and Brock had the first aid kit at the ready. Ash let Charizard out and stepped back as fire shot past his head. For a brief moment he was having second thoughts, but remembering his mother's advice he pushed forward.
"That is quite ENOUGH of the attitude mister!" Ash scolds Charizard who responds with another flamethrower that Ash easily sidesteps. "Are you done?" He asks giving the dragon a look, but not just any look. The LOOK™ that parents give their children when they're 'so disappointed in you' and make you want to just sink into the ground and disappear forever. It cut off Charizard's second flamethrower and the dragon started to feel nervous and found that his feet were very interesting to examine all of the sudden.
"Look at you!" Ash says exasperatedly throwing up his hands for good measure. "Acting like you're the world's toughest Charizard, but what do you call that?" He pokes Charizard's side. "That's fat! Not muscle! Do you think you'll be able to become a champion like that?" Charizard mumbles something under his breath. "What was that?"
"Char." Which Ash took to mean 'No'.
"Good. Now you seen that mountain top over there?" Ash points to a mountain that was about a mile away from them. "I want you to fly there and be back in five minutes. Can you do that?"
Charizard looks from the mountaintop to Ash before nodding. "Alright then, we'll have something for you to eat when you get back." Ash told him and Charizard took that as his cue to leave. Watching the Fire Type take off for the mountain Misty and Brock came up to Ash wide-eyed and slack jawed.
"Ash that was..." Misty was a loss for words. She was honestly impressed. Not that she'd admit it.
"You were acting like a real parent there Ash. I'm so proud of you!" Brock told him with manly tears rolling down his face.
"Where did you get the idea for that?" Misty asked.
Ash gave them a sheepish smile and rubbed the back of his head before revealing his secret.
"How do you think my Mom got me to clean my room?"
Welcome to the Family
Summary: SM-era. During the Kanto two-partner Ash's Pokémon chat with the new arrivals.
With the humans going off to do human things that left Pikachu and the Alola pokémon to mingle with the pokémon of Oak's lab. While Vulpix, Marowak, Popplio and the rest went off on their own Rowlet, Lycanroc, and Litten were introduced by Pikachu to a large group of pokémon who all belong to Ash.
Rowlet had taken to perching on Torterra's back using the tree as a roost. He was soon snoozing without a care in the world. Litten and Lycanroc shared a look. Lycanroc then went over and let loose a point blank howl to wake the birdbrain up.
"Thank you." Bulbasaur said. Next to him Squirtle snickered.
"First off are any of you your region's 'starter' pokémon?"
"I'm the fire starter and Rowlet is the grass starter." Litten replied, "Popplio is the water starter but she belongs to Lana."
"Why does them being starters matter?" Lycanroc asked.
"Ash catches anywhere between one to all three starters in every region he visits and there tend to be trends with them." Bulbasaur explained.
"Trends?" Litten questions.
"Except for Quilava all of us fire starters were owned by trainers who were not exactly the nicest of people. Mine left me for dead." Charizard explained.
"Mine tossed me out when I didn't live up to his standards." Infernape offered.
"Mine tied me up and left me." Pignite finished.
"I dodged a bullet. I was almost caught by a jerk, but Ash got to me first." Quilava said.
"…I was never owned by a human before Ash I was a stray who lived with Stoutland. Then he passed away after which Ash took me in." Litten told them. His voice cracking slightly as he talked about his dead surrogate father. The hearts of Ash's other pokémon went out to the fire cat with Infernape putting a consoling hand on him.
Well, most of them anyways….
"…Why do the fire types always have sob stories?" Oshawott whispered to Scraggy who responded with a 'dude, not funny' glare silencing any further comments from the otter.
"And this is why we have a support group for pokémon who had hard upbringings or just bad experiences in general." Bulbasaur said with a sigh.
"Now this is the first time Ash has returned home mid-journey which gives us the chance to prepare you for some things that come with being one of Ash's Pokémon."
"You will likely meet every legendary your region has at one point. You will either save them from an idiot with too much time on his hand or an evil team bent on reshaping the world into their image or just resolve a problem they're having." Bulbasaur listed off.
"We'll we've already met Tapu Koko and Tapu Lele." Litten mused.
"Maybe this is why Tapu Koko is interested in Ash?" Lycanroc suggested.
"Could be. Wait, why didn't Pikachu tell us about any of this?"
Everyone turned to Pikachu.
"I didn't want to alarm any of you." Pikachu answered. "Also, I really want these encounters to stop given how many times we've nearly died."
There was a murmur of agreement from Ash's pokémon.
"Which brings me to the second thing: Ash will die and come back to life at least once." Bulbasaur told them.
"How many times has he died now?" Corphish asked.
"I've lost count." Pikachu said bowing his head and sighing with a pained expression.
"How?" Litten asks.
"We blame Ho-Oh and phoenix resurrecting powers." Squirtle said.
"Shouldn't that be 'thank'?" Kingler asks.
"Given the number of heart attacks I've had? No." Pikachu said. "Sometimes it feels like the universe is out to get us but brings us back because we're too entertaining to let die."
"Well that explains the time Ash turned into ash for a bit." Rowlet said recalling that time Ash and Lana had that discussion which led to Ash becoming ashes out of shock.
"Getting eaten by a tree has to be his weirdest death." Sceptile commented.
"That time a chandelier fell on us had to be the funniest though looking back. I died that time too." Pikachu said
"Wait didn't Haunter just pull you out of your bodies? And you re-entered them later with no problem? Were you really dead if that's the case?" Bulbasaur asked.
"Eh, semantics." Pikachu shrugged.
"Remember that time we nearly froze to death in that cave?" Squirtle asked.
"I guess that means I nearly died three times." Charizard mused aloud. By this point the group started going over all the times Ash died or nearly died and which actually 'counted'.
"Do we count the times he fell from a great height like that time he jumped off Lumiose Tower?"
"I'd give that half a point since he didn't hit the ground."
"Oh! What about all those times he took an attack for us?"
"Doesn't count if he just brushed it off afterwards."
"I was also killed by Yveltal." Pikachu recalls.
Rowlet turned to Litten and Lycanroc and asked, "Hey, since I become a ghost-type when I evolve doesn't that mean I die?" Neither the wolf nor the cat had anything to say to that.