All right! Here it is! Chapter 21!! Ash gives birth!!!! Sorry for the long wait. Explanations are left on my profile. Enjoy! R&R please.


Along Came Brooke

Ash, with the help of all those around him, was preparing to bring Brooke into this world. Finally after a wait of nine long months, Ash would soon see his daughter for the first time.

"Alright Ash, we're almost ready." Dr. Carter said. "All I have to do is give you the instructions."

"Okay…"

"When I tell you to push, I want you to bear all your weight near your pelvis. Hold it for ten seconds and then take a break. Then wait until I tell you to do it again. Do you understand?"

"I think so…"

Everyone got into their positions and prepared for the birthing process. Professor Oak took a second and thought to himself:

"I can't believe Richie hasn't come yet? I thought for sure he'd be here by now."

Oak got rid of the thought and began to focus on what was happening now.

"Okay then Ash, are you ready?" the doctor asked.

"As ready as I'll ever be."

"Okay then, PUSH!"

Ash then pushed with all his might making sure that all his weight was against his pelvic area. His mother was the one counting down the seconds. Deeper into the push, Ash began to feel an intense pain.

"Ahhhh!" he screamed.

"Keep going Ash. You're doing great." Brock said while squeezing his hand.

After his mother reached ten seconds, Ash took a break and let out a sigh of relief.

"Great job, honey." his mother said.

"Ohhh…"

"Good one Ash." the doctor said. "Do you think you can do another one?"

"I… I think so…"

Okay then, push!"


Outside, the limo pulled up next to the lab. It didn't even come to a full stop before Richie jumped out and headed towards the front door.

"Richard, slow down." his mother insisted. But her words were only half heard.

He ran down the front hall and then into the living room where all of Ash's friends were waiting.

"Richie!?" they all said in surprise.

"Where's Ash?" he automatically asked.

Soon, Gary and Richie's mother entered the living room.

"Excuse me, but where have you been?" Misty asked. "How could you just take off like that without saying anything?"

"It's a long story…"

"Well there's no time to tell it." May interrupted. "You should go to Ash, and quick."

"Uh-right." he said.

He took Sparky off his shoulder and put him on the floor.

"You stay here with my mom, okay?"

"Pikaa."

Richie then looked at his mother.

"Thanks Mom… For believing in me."

She smiled back in a response.

"The room is just down the main hallway. You take a left after that." said Tracey.

"Okay."

Richie left the room. At that moment, Misty nudged Gary in the arm with her elbow.

"Thanks Gary, you did good."

"Eh, what ever…"


"Ahh!!" Ash wailed from inside the room.

"Ash, try not to push until I tell you." Dr. Carter said.

"Gah! Richie, where are you!!?"

"Right here!" came a voice from the doorway.

Everyone turned their heads towards the doorway and saw Richie huffing and puffing from running.

"Richie!" Delia said.

"You finally came." said Professor Oak. "Just in time too."

Though Ash was overjoyed to see Richie had made it in time, he was still very angry at him for leaving. He then gained a hostile expression on his face. Richie then approached him

"I'm so sorry for what I did." he said to Ash. "Are you all…" Richie stopped abruptly after Ash started to punch him in the arm. "Ow!"

"You JERK!!! I'm sitting here having your baby while you were out foolin' around! What the hell!?"

"Ash calm down!" Brock said as he grabbed his flailing arm. "The important thing is that he's here now."

"I'm really sorry Ash… I was just… nervous. I wasn't sure if I could be a good father. I was scared about what was going to happen in the future so I left to clear my head. I wasn't even thinking that you'd go into labor today which was stupid of me."

"Richie, if you were nervous UH, why didn't you tell me? We could have talked about it."

"I just didn't want to burden you with my problems… You had enough to worry about without my bellyaching…"

"Oh Richie…"

Ash's hostile domineer soon melted away. He then took hold of Richie's hand.

"If something is bothering you… I'd like you to tell me about it. I love you… And I can't be happy if you're not happy. So next time you have something on your mind, please tell me about it… Okay?"

"Sure…"

The two boys lovingly kissed each other for a moment until Ash was hit with another contraction.

"Ohh!!"

"I don't think this baby is going to wait any longer." the doctor said. "However with Richie now here we have too many people in the room. Aside from me, Professor Oak, or Ash, one of you has to leave."

"Really…?" Ash said.

"I'm sorry it has to be this way."

"It's okay." Brock said. "I'll go."

"Brock no…" said Ash while holding on to Brock's arm.

"Ash, don't worry. You're going to be fine. Besides, you need your family here most of all."

"But… you are my family."

"Listen, I'll be waiting outside with all the others. And I promise that I'll be the first one to come see you after you have your baby."

"… Okay. But you better come see me right after…"

"Don't worry, I will."

"Hey Pikachu, why don't you go with Brock and say hi to everyone for me?"

"Pi… Pikachu?" he said sounding unsure.

"It'll be okay. You can come see me when Brock does."

"Pikachu…" he agreed. Pikachu then licked his trainer's face. Ash then gave him a hug back. Afterwards he jumped on Brock's shoulder.

"Good luck Ash. I know you can do it."

"Pika-pi."

"Thanks…"

With that, Brock went to wait with the others.

"Okay then." Dr. Carter said. "Are you ready to have this baby?"

"Yes…"

"Just like before, push and hold for ten seconds. Got it?"

"Got it."

"Alright, push!"

Ash, once again, pushed with all his might. The longer he held it, the more pain came upon him.

"Ohh…!"

"Keep going Ash. You're doing great." said Richie.

"Ah!!"


"Brock, you're back!" said Max. "Did Ash have the baby yet?"

"No, not yet Max." he replied. "But she should be here really soon."

"Pika… pi?" Pikachu perked up a bit when he saw his lover, Sparky, sitting on the arm of the couch. "Pika!"

"Pikachu!" said Sparky who was equally happy.

Pikachu then jumped off Brock's shoulder and up on the couch and nuzzled Sparky's ear.

"Aww… that's so sweet." Penelope commented. It was then that Brock noticed that Richie's mother was there as well.

"Mrs. Belmont? You decided to come."

"Yes… I came here myself. My husband thinks I'm on set. I couldn't bear the fact that I would have to be away from my baby forever. I had to be for him despite what his father thinks. I realize that when you have children you need to be there for them no matter what. And I'm sure Richard will experience the same thing once this child is born."

"This is just my opinion ma'am, but you did the right thing. Richie said the reason why he left was because he felt he didn't have support from you. But now that you're here I bet he has a lot more confidence in himself."

"I know. The guilt was just eating away at me inside thinking of Richard having to deal with this without any support from his family. Choosing to go with my husband back then wasn't the right choice. All that matters to me is supporting Richard."


Back in the delivery room, Ash was getting close to having his baby. Brooke was now crowning.

"I think I can feel the top of Brooke's head." said Dr. Carter. "She should be out any minute now."

"Oohhh…"

Richie stroked Ash's head to give him encouragement and to comfort him.

"You're almost there Ash." Richie said. "Just a little bit longer."

Dr. Carter instructed Ash to push again. He only got up to eight seconds before he let go. It was just too much pressure.

"Ahh… I don't think I can do this!" he complained.

"I know it's hard, Ash." the doctor said. "But you have to keep trying."

"But… It hurts so much…"

"I know it does. Believe me. Having my son was the hardest thing I ever had to do. But I promise you, it all be worth it once you have your baby in your arms."

Ash looked at the doctor knowing he was right.

Okay… I'll push again."

"Alright then… Ready… go!"

Ash started to push again with all his might. But he only got to 5 seconds when he stopped from the pain.

"Ahh!" he cried. "Sorry… I couldn't hold it."

"It's okay. Just try again."

Ash then regained his composure and tried again. This time he pushed harder than before. It was then that he felt Brooke coming out. He screamed as the pain more then tripled. Tears of pain began to run down his face.

"Come on Ash!" Richie encourage. "You're almost there!"

"AAAHH!"

"Almost… Okay Ash, stop! Her head is out now!"

Richie and Delia peered around Ash's legs to have a look at the baby while he was taking a break.

"Ash her hair!" Richie said. "She has dark hair like you!"

But Ash was just too exhausted to speak.

"Listen carefully Ash." said the doctor. "I need you to push with everything you got. That should be enough to get her out. Can you do that for me?"

"Y… yes…" he sobbed as he got back in position.

"Okay then. Ready… push!"

Ash pushed once more with every ounce of his strength. His chin was pressed hard against his chest and he clenched his teeth. And he had a tight grip on both Richie and his mother's hands who were both cheering him on. All the while Dr. Carter was gently pulling Brooke out. Professor Oak was standing by with a blanket to put her in. Ash continued to scream at the top of his lungs. Once Brooke's arms came out she began to move much easier. After that Dr. Carter was able to easily pull her out.

"Here she is!" Dr. Carter said happily while he cut the umbilical cord. He then passed her to the professor who had the towel ready.

"How… how come she isn't crying?" Ash asked.

Soon enough, Brooke began to breathe and let out a loud cry. It was one of the most beautiful sounds that Ash and Richie had ever heard.

"She's really beautiful." Professor Oak said as he was drying her off.

"I… I want to see her." said Ash. "I want to see my baby."

Professor Oak wrapped her in a fresh blanket and handed her over to Ash.

"Oh my god…" said Ash while crying from joy. "She's more than beautiful. She's perfect." As Ash cradled Brooke in his arms she continued to cry just from the shock of being in a totally different environment. "Hi Brooke…" he said to her in a gentle voice. "I know… the two of us have been through a lot today. But everything will be okay now."

Ash's sweet talk eventually worked. Brooke calmed down and the crying ceased. Hearing the familiar voice of her mother made her feel safe.

"Brooke, I'd like you to meet your daddy and grandma… They've both been waiting for your as much as I have been."

A few tears shed from Delia's eyes as she watched Richie kneel down to have a better look.

"Hey Brooke…" Richie said softly. "It's nice to finally see you in person… Don't worry little one…"

Richie put one hand on his daughter's head and stroked gently. It was then Brooke opened her eyes, revealing that she had the same blue eyes as her father.

"Oh boys…" Delia said while wiping a tear from her face. "She's just so beautiful… The two of you created such a beautiful little girl…"

Richie cuddled close to Ash.

"You did an awesome job Ash…" Richie said. "I know this probably wasn't easy for you."

"Yeah… But having you here gave me strength to get her here…"

Dr. Carter removed the latex gloves he was wearing and stretched a little.

"Great job Ash." he said. "Now I have to call my grandfather and tell him the wonderful news. You can take care of everything here, right Professor?"

"Sure can."

The two boys lovingly kissed each other before turning to their attention back to Brooke.

"You have lots of aunts and uncles waiting to meet you outside Brooke… You're quite the popular girl around here…" Ash smiled.

Soon Brooke let out a coo and then feel asleep in Ash's arms.


About twenty minutes later, all of Ash's friends were still waiting eager to hear the news on Ash.

"Oh man, what's taking so long?" Max complained.

"Take it easy Max." said May. "It takes a while to have a baby. Mom said it took 36 hours to have you."

"Well I hope it doesn't take that long."

"I'm sure Brooke isn't as slow as you are…"

"Yeah… Hey wait a minute!"

Just then, Richie walked in the room. Everyone stopped what they were doing and turned their attention to him.

"Well Richie…?" said Brock with anticipation.

Penelope had her hands under her chin waiting for a response.

"Brooke is here, and she and Ash are doing just fine." he said with a smile.

Everyone then broke out in cheer, shaking hands and hugging one another. Richie then went to his mother and gave her a hug.

"I'm so happy for you Richard…" she said.

"Thanks Mom…"

Richie then turned to Brock.

"Ash specifically told me to bring you in first. He wants you to be the first to see Brooke."

Brock looked back at everyone and they all nodded in agreement.

"Alright then." he said.


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