Me: I'm updating!

Drew: Good for you.

Me: Are you being sweet or sarcastic? After a while, it's hard to tell.

May: Oh, he's being sarcastic. His hands are in his pockets, he's ever so slightly smirking, his voice went up a bit towards the end and he's doing that "cool guy" pose he does.

Drew: …

Me: …May… is there something you'd like to share with the group?

May: What?

Drew: …ARE YOU STALKING ME?

May: EVERYONE SAYS YOU'RE STALKING ME!!

Me: …It's a cute thing. She likes you so much, she watched you, and she's picked up on your idiosyncrasies.

May: And I bet you don't know ANYTHING about mine! (leaves)

Drew: …Huh?

This chapter is dedicated to Face The Dawn

I don't own Pokemon- but hey! Christmas is coming (wink)


Chapter 12
No Need to Worry

Dawn watched May. She would admit it; Dawn was jealous. May had everything! She had Ribbon Cups, a nice apartment… and she was getting married.

"I'll never get married," she said.

May looked up from her planning sheet.

"Huh?"

Dawn clamped a hand over her mouth.

"Oh! Sorry… my thoughts just slipped," she said, embarrassed.

May stood up, walked over to Dawn, and put her arm around the blunette.

"Are you OK?"

"Of course! No need to worry!"


Brock shook his head.

"No… I definitely don't want a wedding."

Dawn giggled.

"Why?"

Brock and Dawn were in a Café in Canalave City, just talking. Brock took a bite of his cookie.

"It's just so… stressful! I mean… May and drew love each other. I always thought I'd get married and love would be enough. Didn't think about all this tradition and… work!"

Dawn looked down.

"I always wanted a white wedding. Like in the fairytales, when the Prince would rescue the Princess. I wanted the happily ever after."

"I guess it's a girl thing. Don't tell anyone though… but I want to live in the countryside with my wife and 3 kids; a boy, a girl and another boy."

Dawn smiled slightly. Brock frowned.

"Hey… are you OK?"

Dawn plastered on a fake smile.

"Tch. Of course Brock! No need to worry!"


"OK Pikachu! Use Volt Tackle!" Ash cried.

Pikachu charged forward, completely engulfed in a flaxen electric ball. She hit the target straight on (AN: I think Pikachu is a girl. In my world she is anyway). Ash groaned.

"Man… I don't know what to do! You can't go any faster!" Ash said.

Pikachu glared. Ash laughed.

"We'll work it out Pikachu! And when we do, we'll be ready to join the elite four!"

Dawn laughed.

"I can't believe you turned them down!" Dawn said.

"I can't believe they wanted me!"

Pikachu ran back to Ash and jumped on his shoulder. Dawn coughed nervously.

"So… Ash… what was it like with Misty?"

Ash blinked.

"…Huh?"

"When you started dating, when you got married; when you realized you loved her."

Ash smiled and sat on the grey rock in the field.

"It was… worth it."

"Worth what?"

"All the waiting and all the thought I put in to asking her. It was worth all the years of wanting and all the pain I went through when she said no again and again and again."

Dawn rested her head in her hand. Pikachu jumped down on to Dawn's lap.

"Pi pi pika pi?"

"I'm fine Pikachu! No need to worry!"


"Doesn't May have a calculator?" Steph sighed.

She muttered furiously as she totalled up the figures. Dawn drank her tea. She was at Steph's, waiting for her to finish so they could go shopping.

"What do you think of May and Drew?" Dawn asked.

"This may come as a shock, but I like them."

"I meant them getting married."

"It's cute."

"Do you think they're soulmates?"

"I don't believe in soulmates."

Dawn gasped.

"Really?"

"Really."

"Why?"

"I don't believe in souls. I honestly think we're merely strand of DNA. Where in the double helix does the soul lie exactly?"

Dawn sighed.

"What about love?"

"I believe in love. Why wouldn't I? I think… that's what makes us alive. That feeling of needing someone and someone needing us… I like that."

"So you want to get married?"

Steph smiled softly.

"Yeah… and I want to live out of the city with my family. I always wanted kids… and a horse, but that's beside the point!"

Steph shook her head suddenly.

"So what's brought this on? Are you feeling OK?"

Dawn giggled.

"Of course! No need to worry!"


"I hate it when they cry," Misty muttered.

Dawn laughed slightly as Misty put her arm around the crying ten-year-old boy.

"Look sweetie… you lost. You have to get over it."

The boy's sobs got louder. Misty looked panicked. Dawn walked over.

"What Misty means, is you win some, and you lose some. It's all about the experience! You and your Pokemon will go through it all together, and that's how you form a bond," Dawn said.

The boy looked up.

"Ash doesn't lose! Ash is my hero!"

Misty pouted.

"Ash loses to me all the time! Why does no one care about that?" she sighed.

"You beat Ash?" the boy asked in awe.

"Yeah… but he's my husband. I know his strengths and his weaknesses. I had a slight advantage."

The boy gasped and bowed to her.

"I'm sorry Mrs. Ketchum! I'll work harder and I'll come back! I'll win next time!" he said.

"That's the spirit!" Dawn grinned.

The boy rushed out. Misty laughed and turned to Dawn.

"So… what was it you wanted to ask?" Misty asked.

"I didn't know you rejected Ash. Why?"

Misty shrugged.

"I guess… I didn't believe what he said to me."

"What did he say?"

"That I was the only person that ever meant anything to him."

Dawn grinned.

"That's so adorable!" she squealed.

"Yeah, but so untrue."

"Huh?"

"Ash cares about everyone. Everyone means something to him."

"Then what happened?"

"He came back and told me the truth."

"Which was?"

"He loved me, but he loved everyone. But he'd always put me ahead of everyone else, because he loves me in a way he never loved anyone else."

Dawn smiled softly.

"That's so romantic! Ash said that?"

Misty laughed.

"I know you all think he's stupid. I know I've said he is a lot. But he's really empathetic and wise. So… yeah. He is smart."

Dawn looked away.

"Do you think there's someone who'd love me like that?"

Misty blinked.

"What? Of course! What's brought this on?"

"Nothing! I'm just wondering really! No need to worry!"


Drew rolled his eyes.

"Are you serious? You won't get married?"

Dawn nodded. Drew shook his head.

"You're crazy. What's wrong?"

"Nothing! I just… don't think I'm the marriage type, that's all!"

"Interesting… exactly what is the marriage type?"

"Wife girls like May and Misty!"

"And you and Steph aren't?"

"Steph… yeah. She'd probably get married. Me… no way!"

Drew shook his head once more. Dawn had called in and began pouring her heart out to him. He didn't know what to say! Hell… he couldn't even relate to what she was talking about!

"And this is because you're not a wife type girl?"
"Exactly!"

"…OK then."

"So this makes sense to you?"

"I think so."

"Cool… bye!"

Dawn stood up and began to take her leave.

"Are you sure you're feeling alright?"

Dawn turned and faced Drew. Her face was weary and replied robotically:

"Yeah. No need to worry."


Dawn was depressed. She had always doubted herself in many things: her career, her Pokemon, her skills… but not once had she ever doubted herself as a person. She turned the key in the lock and was greeted by…

"Where the hell were you?" Paul growled.

"This is my house Jackass," Dawn snapped.

Paul merely smirked. Dawn slammed the door, threw her key on the table and stormed past him, straight into the kitchen. Paul followed her.

"Someone's a little moody," he said.

"And someone needs to stop breaking in to my house and they need to stop bugging me!" she growled.

She grabbed the chocolate bar from the fridge and bit it angrily. Paul snatched it from her. She glared at him.

"Give it back Paul!"

"No."

"I said give it back!"

"You're not sitting here and eating yourself into a mess. What's wrong?"

"Nothing, so give me it back!"

"Dawn!"

"Do you want to know what's wrong?"

"Yes!"

"Fine!" she yelled.

She looked away.

"I don't like myself. There! Is that what you wanted to hear?" she shouted.

Paul looked her in the eye.

"No. That's not what I wanted to hear at all. What's wrong with you?"

"Everything! I'm 21, and my most meaningful relationship is with a plushie I got when I was 12! I've never had a real boyfriend and for all I know I never will! I'm ugly and stupid and I hate myself!"

Hot tears fell down her face and on to the tiled floor. Paul stared.

"Hmph! Pathetic!" he said.

Dawn glared up at him.

"That's your issue? Because maybe people might not think you're pretty? Get over it! This is because of May and Drew, right?"

She nodded.

"Do you see Brock and Steph getting all worked up?"

She shook her head.

"Exactly! And… you are smart and you are pretty. If you have no confidence, then fine! But don't you dare but yourself down when I'm there! Because I think you're wrong!"

Dawn sniffed and lunged at Paul. She wrapped her arms around him and cried a bit longer. Paul stood there awkwardly, until she finally stopped.

"Thanks," she said.

"It's OK."

"…Can I have my chocolate back?"

"…Share."


Me: Done! …Where's May?"

Drew: She's angry at me still.

Me: You should go tell her what you notice about her!

Drew: That only works in crappy fanfics!

Me: Hello! What do you call this?

Drew: …Meh (leaves)

Me: I know this wasn't wedding related exactly… but I couldn't get the idea out my head! Oh! And please vote on my new poll! Thanks! REVIEW!