The crisp autumn air blew through the window in May's apartment. She was sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee a few inches away from the stack of envelopes. Steam rose up slowly and the warm scent of coffee beans filled the kitchen. May took the first envelope into her hands and stared at the cover. It had already been an entire year and just a bit more since she had last seen Drew. The first few weeks had been excruciating for her. She had not heard from him at all and she had begun to think that he had forgotten about their promise. But when the first letter came, all of the depressing thoughts ran away and a wide smile swept her face. It had been a cool autumn day and she was standing near the waterfall where they had shared their last kiss. Mr. Maguchi came to her with a warm grin on his face. Her fingers traced over the sharp edges, and when she turned it over, she saw his name and address on the back. A lump gathered in her throat and her vision became blurry as she ripped the envelope open. She wiped away the tears and began to read.
I know it has been over a month, and I'm so sorry for not getting this to you sooner. This might seem stupid of me, and I guess I deserve to be called stupid, but I had not written down your address before I left. My mind raced to figure out a way to reach you, but I didn't have a way to do so. It was just recently when I realized you most likely would be still working at the Daycare Center, and so I'm hoping this letter has reached you there. It was the only way I could write and tell you that my mother is fine, but still paralyzed. The heart attack was very sudden and it was almost fatal, but she is in good health now, except for the one horrible condition she is in.
Since I don't have any other family members I can turn to for help, I will have to stay and take care of my mother. The journey here wasn't too bad, I got to see a lot of new Pokemon. My mother told me stories of new discoveries since I've left the Johto region. It's inspired me and I think once I'm done taking care of my mother, I will start competing in contests again. I miss you a lot May, please don't think I forgot about you or anything like that. Hopefully the doctors will find a cure soon and I will be able to return.
She wrapped her arms around her warm sweater and sighed happily. When she read his letters, it was like she could hear his deep strong voice saying each word. It filled her with loving warmth and she smiled remembering what happened next. After reading the first letter, she ran back to the main house of the daycare and started to write her own letter.
Drew had departed from May with a torn heart. He knew he had to go take care of his mother, but he desperately wanted to be with the woman he loved. Each day on the journey to Johto he had thought of nothing but her. The touch of May's soft hair still tingled in his fingertips and his lips still held the warmth of hers. His mother was overjoyed when he finally found his way to Mahogany Town. Once Drew saw how weak she was, he started to take care of her right away. His days were busy and each night he went to bed exhausted, but he knew he was where he belonged, for the time being. It was almost a month later when he figured out a way to reach May. Drew wrote the letter late one night when he had put his mother to bed. In a few days time, he received the response and he was thrilled to see her curvy handwriting on the envelope.
You have no idea how much I've missed you! I wish I could be with you right now. Once you left, my miserable emotions left and all I could do was think about you. But I'm being selfish to tell you that I want you to come back right now. I want to tell you how sorry I am. Everything that happened was so sudden and full of trouble, and the time we spent together wasn't really that much time at all. I go to the park everyday, don't worry, I don't stay late. My favorite spot of course is the bridge. I watch the water flow, and nowadays, I make believe that I have wings and that I can fly away to Johto and see you. Yes I know, I'm silly because of course I can't grow wings, but it's nice to dream.
I hope your mother is feeling better. Tell her that I hope she gets well soon! Of course though, I hope you are doing all right too. It must be such hard work looking after your mother. Don't stress yourself out too much, oh and make sure to eat healthy too! I don't want you to come back thin as a stick! Wait, did you mean that you would go off on another adventure after you were done helping your mother? I miss you so much Drew. I hope that's not what you meant. Okay, I have to go, dinner is ready.
Much love, May.
He combed his hand through his hair and his bangs fell loosely onto his forehead. A happy grin spread across his face; he could picture May's enthusiasm the whole time he was reading the letter. At once, he stopped what he was doing and wrote a response.
The two of them did this for an extensive amount of time. Each day, they would come home anxiously to see if there was a response from their latest letter. On the days that there wasn't any mail in the box, May and Drew would each sigh and then move on to their every day tasks. May's thoughts drifted through all of those lonely days and then she picked up another letter from the pile. She smiled as she read on.
It's been so long since I saw you last, but I can still see your face when I close my eyes. My mom says that I've been looking a bit paler than usual, but I think she's just hallucinating because of all the drugs she's taking, so don't worry about me! I mean it. I don't want you worrying your little head about me, I'm fine and each day it looks like my mother is doing better too. The air here is really wonderful because the town is right near the mountains, but I keep thinking about that park you love so much.
Maybe it's because I'm thinking too much, I don't know why, but the other night I had this strange dream. I was taking care of my mother as usual, but then for some weird reason, when I went near her, all of her hair started to stand on top of her head and her eyes began to glow like a car light! I ran out of the room in my dream, and then I woke up screaming. Somehow I had fallen asleep in the chair next to my mother's bed, and when I told her what happened, she told me that I must be exhausted after taking care of her so much. There's no way that is true, but she then said, why else would I have a dream of her turning into a hideous monster? I laughed and said the dream had reminded me of Medusa, do you know about that myth? Anyways, maybe I shouldn't have said anything about that, now you'll definitely be worried about me. Please don't be though! I'm doing just fine. I'll see you in my dreams.
The last line made her smile the most. He was so easy to talk to and he told her everything, even about his nightmares. The same thing went for Drew. May's letters helped him get through the days as they passed by slowly. Winter had come and gone and the new buds on the trees were beginning to show. Birds were chirping the day he got the letter from May.
You won't believe it! I didn't believe it either until I saw the proof myself. Misty and Ash have come back to town, and I thought they were just visiting. Then I realized that Misty seemed to be a bit… bigger. That's when they dropped the bomb on me and told me they were looking for a house because of a new addition to their family! Drew, Ash and Misty are going to have a baby! I'm so excited to see it when he or she comes into the world! Misty says she doesn't want to know what it will be, but I know that Ash really hopes it is a boy. Pikachu has already started to help with the decorations of the baby room, and I must admit that there is a lot more yellow than either pink or blue.
It's already springtime, and I haven't seen you. Even though we write to each other all the time, it just seems like you're not really there. It's as if you're gone forever. Drew, will you ever come back? I don't think I can go on like this any longer. I miss you so much… is there any way you can come back, just for a visit even?
Yours truly, May.
As he read it through, his thoughts buzzed with excitement at the news of Misty's pregnancy, he knew it wouldn't have been long until it happened. But the ending of May's letter left him heartbroken, and he didn't have the courage to write a response. His mother hadn't gotten better and he was swamped with his work outside of caring for his mother. Drew was saving some money but it wasn't enough yet. Time had passed and summer came along again. The warm breeze rustled May's skirt as she paid a visit to the Ketchum residence. Drew's letters were becoming less abundant but May was becoming more preoccupied. She had to work two jobs; she still worked at the daycare, but then afterwards she would go and help Misty with baby planning. Occasionally, she would walk around town and bits and pieces of memories would flash through her mind. A frown would be spotted on her face as she walked home and no one really knew why that was.
She had read each and every letter in the pile and May finally felt a bit better. Drew still cared about her, it was just that it was so hard to live without him near her. A chilly breeze swept into her apartment, and she stood up to close the window. When she walked over to it, she stood for a moment or two observing the sky. Night had set at last and dark hues of blue and purple spread through the vast atmosphere. She sighed and closed the window, then making her way back to the kitchen. Suddenly there was a knock at the door and she titled her head curiously.
May opened the door and she took a step back in surprise. The mailman was standing before her and he had a happy grin on his face.
"Hello, I wasn't expecting you to be here so late. Is there a problem?"
"Oh, no problem Miss. I was just looking through my mailbag and then I spotted a letter for you all the way at the bottom. I'm so sorry that I didn't get this to you earlier! I thought you might want it as soon as possible."
She took the envelope from him delicately and then when she saw the familiar handwriting on the front, May jumped up and hugged him.
"Thank you so much for coming back! I appreciate it so much! I was waiting for this letter all week long!"
He kept smiling as he stood back and nodded.
"I thought you might be. Goodnight Miss."
May closed the door shut and after she turned the lock, she ran to the kitchen and sat down. She took the scissors and opened the envelope quickly. The paper was folded into three sections as usual and she pressed the letter out on the table.
I'll start off and tell you the bad part first. The bad part is that my mother is more ill than before and it seems as if she will never come out of her state of paralysis. I don't think I'll be able to come back.
Her mouth hung loose and tears started to form in her eyes. She put a hand to her chest as the tears started to roll down her cheeks. May stood up and went over to the counter, placing her hands on top of it. Her head bowed over and she let out a frustrated sob. How could he do this to her? All she wanted was a small visit. It had been over a year since she had seen him, and now he was telling her that she wouldn't see him ever again? The tears ducts shut close and May blinked a few times before a thought occurred to her. She made her way back to the kitchen table and looked at the letter again.
I'm guessing you really thought I was telling you the truth and you walked away or something. Just to let you know I'm laughing right now, because I'm imagining how you would look like if you were fuming angry. Okay, okay, I'll tell you what really happened. The doctors began to give my mother new medication and last week a miracle happened. She began to regain motion in the left side of her body. Today, I almost cried, because when I woke up, my mother was standing over me smiling. It was the most amazing sight, seeing my mother so happy.
May's eyes twinkled with delight and a joyous grin spread across her face. She really felt like she was flying. After more than a year of paralysis, Drew's mother had been cured.
The first thing she said to me was, you are free to go. I was confused, maybe because I had just woken up, but she said to me that she no longer wanted to see me so depressed and pale. I refused to leave her because it was her first day by herself, but she put something into the palm of my hand, and when I looked down, I saw that it was a ticket back home. May, I'm finally coming back.
See you soon, Drew.
She jumped up in a fit of joy and no words could describe how elated she was at that moment. It was a couple of hours later, after she had read the letter about maybe a hundred times, that she went to bed. Her head swam with thoughts of his return, and she was so excited that she couldn't fall asleep. When would he come back? Would it be tomorrow? What should she wear? What if he had found someone else back in Mahogany Town and he was just coming back to break up with her in person? No, it was just all the anxiety building up and she began to think ridiculous thoughts. Suddenly, her world went silent and she fell asleep.
It was Saturday, and she didn't have to go to work. May put on her lavender sweater and long jeans. She looked around her apartment and then spotted her beige corduroy jacket and her tan shawl. Wrapped up in warm clothes, she made her way outside. It was nearing noon and the different colored leaves fell down to the ground slowly. They crunched underneath her feet as she walked to Misty's house. Once she reached her destination, she stepped inside and saw that she was in the kitchen. Misty saw her best friend come through the door and she smiled cheerfully. She was now in her eighth month of pregnancy and her stomach was very round.
"Misty, you won't believe the news I got yesterday!"
May sat down across from Misty and smiled excitedly.
"What was it?"
"I got a letter from Drew, and he wrote that he is finally coming back! Misty, I'm so happy!"
"He's coming back? Oh, this is so exciting! I'm so thrilled for you May. I know this past year has been very hard on you, but he's coming back!"
She took May's hand in hers and gave it a gentle squeeze.
"I know! But the thing is… what if he doesn't like me anymore? His letters have lately seemed very distant, almost as if he didn't care."
"May, don't be silly! Drew still loves you, I just know it. Don't doubt yourself so easily!"
Just then the black-headed man came downstairs while yawning and stretching his arms out. May laughed a little and Misty turned around and gave him a gentle kiss on the lips.
"Good morning sunshine. Looks like you woke up early today."
Ash scratched his stomach and smiled.
"Yeah, and I sure am hungry! What's there to eat?"
May watched as Misty got up and served breakfast to her husband. The two of them were so happy together and it made her heart fill with warmth. She stayed there for most of the afternoon, tiding up the baby room and picking out baby clothes. They were still unaware of the gender of their forthcoming child, so they remained neutral with the decisions. It was late in the afternoon when May finally left.
She made her way back home in less of a rush, taking a detour through the park. Most of the children were bundled up in layers of clothing and their mothers were scolding them for taking off their jackets. May smiled as she made her way towards the bridge. Piles of dead leaves were scattered everywhere and once in a while she would go up to a pile and take a bunch of leaves in her hands. Following the example of most of the children around her, she threw the pile up into the air and watched as the red, orange and brown leaves fell onto her head. She laughed out loud, not caring one bit if the others looked at her with confusion. It wasn't common for a grown woman twenty-one years of age to be acting like a five-year-old child.
The sun was beginning to set by the time she made her way to the flowing stream of water and her beloved bridge. It was the only place where she could feel true happiness, especially after the moment she had shared her first kiss with Drew. When she walked to the middle of the bridge and looked down to the stream, she stood still and was at a loss for words. On the railing was the most beautiful red rose that she had ever seen. Her awed expression stayed with her as she picked up the flower delicately. Suddenly, her thoughts came to the conclusion that someone must have put the flower there purposely. Someone had to know that she liked roses and someone must have known she would be there. May raised the flower to her face slowly, and then closed her eyes as she took in the scent. As soon as she did that, her eyes opened instantly, and the rose fell out of her hands, into the slippery water. May turned around and her eyes widened. She was completely speechless as she stared into the pair of memorable green eyes.
Her voice cracked but her mouth broke into a smile as did his.
"Drew! It's really you!"
She jumped and wrapped her arms around him tightly. Tears came flowing from the back of her eyes as she took in the comforting smell of roses his jacket protruded. Drew pulled her as close to him as he possibly could and caressed her hair lovingly. He became intoxicated in the heavenly scent of creamy vanilla and he took a deep intake of air before he pulled away from her slightly. May looked into his eyes again as she felt his hands cup her face. Their hearts began to beat faster and each felt like new life had been presented to the other.
"I've missed you so much May…"
His voice was barely a whisper and she blinked slowly, trying to push away the tears.
"I've missed you too…"
Drew pulled her face into his and the crushing impact of their kiss was like nothing either had experienced. She ran her fingers through his hair and then cupped the back of his neck as he held onto her with all of his strength. They were gasping for air by the time they finished their fierce and passionate kiss. May's lips still tingled as she felt his lips brush away. Her eyes opened slowly and then when she gazed into his, she laughed softly. He smiled and then put his forehead to hers. She was completely buried in bliss and she wished the moment would never end. A year had passed and their love had only become stronger than before. They didn't say a word to each other; after not seeing each other for so many days, and after not feeling the warmth of the others presence, all they wanted to do was suck everything in to make it feel like it really had happened.
Drew kissed her again, but this time he kissed her lips gently and she whimpered slightly. He pulled away and each of them smiled brightly. The sky above them was filled with pink and orange hues, the sun casting its warm glow on the romantic reunion.
"I love you May, more than you can ever possibly know."
Drew brushed his fingers across her cheek and she smiled as a faint blush spread across her cheeks.
"I was so worried you had moved on… I loved you then Drew, and I love you even more now."
He took his hand in hers and then took something out of his pocket. She gazed down into the palm of her hand and she saw a little red box placed in it. May gasped a little and Drew smiled handsomely. She opened it, her hands trembling. Inside was a stunning crystal ring. Drew picked the ring from the box and then placed it on her finger. His fingers interlaced with hers and he pulled her in closely, his voice whispering into her ear.
"Please say you will be mine forever…"
May buried her head in his neck as she hugged him fiercely.
"Of course Drew… I would want nothing more than to be with you forever."
She laughed softly again and kissed him once more. He twirled her around in his arms while they were on the bridge, and an old lady nearby put a hand on her heart and sighed happily.
Spring had come again, and the cold harsh winter was gone. The Ketchum pair had given birth to a healthy baby girl. When Ash received news that he had a daughter, surprisingly, tears sprang into his eyes. All it took was one look into her little blue eyes and he saw his wife in them. At that moment, everything inside of him changed and he knew that he would protect his baby girl with his entire heart. Misty was thrilled at the prospect of having a girl, it was what she had wanted all along. Drew and May both came to the hospital that one wintry day sometime ago, and sat down with the new parents.
"She's so adorable! Are you glad it's over?" May asked jokingly to a sweaty, but cheerful Misty.
"Oh yes, but the joy I feel now is so immense that I have no recollection of the pain I just endured."
They all laughed and then Ash came into the room. Drew was the first to notice his blotchy nose and red eyes.
"Hey Ketchum, what's wrong? Do you have a bad case of allergies?"
Ash sniffed his nose and then smiled.
"Yeah… something like that."
May and Drew watched on as Ash came and sat down by Misty. She cradled her daughter in her arms and hummed a sweet lullaby.
"What are you going to name her?"
Misty looked up at her husband and then smiled.
"Her name is going to be Rose."
May squealed like a little girl and nodded.
"That's the perfect name. I like it especially."
She looked at Drew and they both smiled as his arm found its way around her waist. Ash and Misty looked at them with confusion and then May laughed.
"Drew and I have decided when we are to get married."
Ash cocked his head and laughed.
"So you two are finally going to tie the knot then! When is the big day?"
"It will be in late spring, right before summer starts."
The group sat around discussing subjects such as the forthcoming wedding and the new baby. Suddenly, Rose yawned and curled up to her mother. They watched in silence as the new child slept peacefully in Misty's arms.
The day of the wedding had finally come. Both May and Drew had no problem deciding where it was to be held. The bridge was decorated with pure white streamers and they were tied to bunches of freshly picked white tulips. Her hair was pulled up into a sleek bun, with some hairs falling down. She took a few deep breaths and then smoothed out the dress she had on. Drew would be waiting on the top of the bridge and it was finally time.
The music started to play and May smiled. With each step she took, she felt more confident about what she was doing. Her mother and brother were sitting in the crowd, both of their faces bursting with smiles. She looked up to her father's happy face and intertwined her arm in his. As she began her way up the bridge, Drew awaited her arrival anxiously. His stomach twisted into a hundred knots, but then when he saw her, all of the tension went away and his jaw dropped. She was absolutely gorgeous. Her sleek silver dress fell down to the ground and it fitted her perfectly. May's shoulders were bare and he could see that she was trembling somewhat. He smiled broadly and when she finally reached him, he took her hand in his and all of her jitters floated away. They turned towards the priest and the ceremony began.
It wasn't long before the end of the wedding. Misty and Ash stood together, arm in arm next to a stroller with a little baby girl inside of it. May turned to the green haired man and smiled as she said, "I do". He slipped the ring on her finger and then he stared into her blue eyes and without hesitation, he replied as well with another, "I do". The priest recognized the man and the woman as husband and wife. Drew and May wasted no time before their lips touched and their arms wrapped around each other. She pulled away giggling as Drew whispered something in her ear. May looked for her bouquet of red roses and then tossed it over her shoulder. Unexpectedly, Bella had caught it. Both May and Drew smiled when they saw her shocked expression. They made their way down the other end of the bridge and the music echoed throughout the park.
Bella stood there bewildered. When she had accepted the invitation to the wedding, she had no idea that she'd be the one to get the bride's bouquet. The legend seemed to come true, because May had caught the bouquet at Misty's wedding, as she had heard. Suddenly, she heard an all too familiar, very annoying voice calling out her name.
"Bella! Bella, please wait!"
She threw the bouquet at the river with frustration and then began to walk away.
"Get away Brendan! How many times do I have to tell you that I don't like you in any kind of way?"
He ran after her and the crowd laughed and jeered.
"But I love you Bella, I really do!"
Both Drew and May turned around when they heard the angry yell near the crowd. Each of them looked at their old partners with a smile and then May turned to her new husband with a sinister smile. She loosened his tie and then playfully brushed his neck with her fingers.
"What if I told you that we could get out of here, and no one would know where we were?"
May kissed him dearly and he looked at her with a smirk.
"I think I'd like that."
Ash and Misty had finally put Rose back to sleep. Just after the wedding, she had begun to stir and she would not stop crying. They began to stroll along the other side of the bridge, where they had believed Drew and May would be, but unfortunately, the newlyweds were nowhere to be found.
"Where do you think they went Ash?"
"I have no idea."
They began to walk through the park, when suddenly they heard a giggling noise coming from behind a wall of bushes and thick trees. Misty looked at Ash with an acknowledging smile and they walked away without bothering the bride and the groom. The sun began to set, and the stars came out to dot the sky with their brilliant lights. It was the perfect ending to their love story, and a perfect beginning to a hopefully long happy life together.
A/N: (wipes away tear) I can't believe it's the end! It took me so long to finish this last chapter because I didn't want to finish it because I knew it was the end lol :) I hope you enjoyed this story as much as I enjoyed writing it! It's truly an honor to know that you like to read my stories and I thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart! ;D You're the inspiration that keeps me going, and I will miss hearing all of your wonderful reviews! Is there a new pokemon story I have in mind? Sadly, no. But will I get an idea sooner or later, definitely.
Since I'm done with this, I plan to start a Yukiru fic for those of you who like Fruits Basket. I'm not sure when that will be up though because I have still to work out most of the plot lol :D Okay then, this is it. My last a/n for this fic! Until next time:D