Title: Taxes
Author: Shadow/Phantomness
Pairing: Championshipping (Lance x Red/Ash)
Fandom: Pokémon
Theme: #1, Equity

Rating: PG
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

Warnings: Shonen-ai

Summary: Lance does taxes and Red asks him about them.


"Lance…."

The Dragon Master did not glance up from the myriad of forms in front of him. "I can't play with you right now, Red. You know that."

Red pouted adorably. "But taxes aren't due for another two weeks!"

"Love, if I don't do them now, I'll procrastinate. And then we'll have problems again, like the crazy teachers who tried to attack the League last year. Do you remember that?"

Red deflated, before he hopped onto Lance's desk and crossed his arms. "Why do you have to pay taxes anyways?"

"If I didn't, your mom wouldn't get her welfare check every month." Lance said practically. Red blinked, twice.

"You mean…"

Lance took pity on the Pallet trainer's ignorance, figuring that Red had never taken an economics course of any kind and probably did not have much on his mind besides pokémon training.

"Yes, how do you think the government pays for our salaries? And what about the Pokemon Centers and Police stations and hospitals?"

"Oh." Red deflated. "But since we make a lot of money battling, we get taxed more, ne?"

"You're lucky you're not eighteen yet and don't have to deal with this." Lance said, penning in another number.

Red sighed. "Will you be done soon?"

"Perhaps. If you're really bored, I have a textbook on basic economics on that shelf over there."

"You're mean." Red sulked, but obediently went and got the textbook. Lance just smirked, as he continued to write.


Half an hour later, Red had dizzy swirls for eyes and Lance was contemplating the destruction of the League system so he wouldn't have to give up half his paycheck to greedy, selfish people who were too lazy to work.

The Dragon Master went over to where the Champion was staring blankly at a paragraph on income tax, and kissed him. That promptly got Red's attention, and his eyes focused as he kissed back.

"Don't worry." Lance reassured Red. "I'll help you when the time comes."

"Really?"

"Of course. Someone has to show you the ropes."

Red beamed as he hugged Lance tightly. "So can you cuddle me now?"

Lance glanced at the paperwork. He would hardly be able to focus now anyway, so it was just wasting time. "Sure."

And he did.


End Fic

Completed 1/2/07

I figured that since I was taking an Economics course during Winter Quarter, I might as well make sure I learn it well, and seeing as how 30_psych helped me get an A in psychology… why not 40_econ? ^^

Equity is the property of distributing economic prosperity fairly among the members of society. (N. Gregory Mankiw, Brief principles of Macroeconomics, Fourth Edition) Welfare is an example of this. Too much equity leads to loss of productivity. For example, in Germany, thanks to their good unemployment programs, a lot of people choose not to work…

Taxes are also an example of equity.

Yes, I think Red/Ash's mother is on welfare, because I've never seen her work! *Dork* and it could be a viable source of income… not a high one, but if she doesn't have a lot of needs…