Chapter 7: May, Misty, and I

Just then, I heard, or rather, saw, the fated helicopter hovering over to us.

"Misty, Brock, May! They're here!" I called out.

May took a step back from me as Misty ran up behind me. Brock ran up to my side, with Pikachu not far behind.

He helicopter decended, and landed not far from where we stood. The pilot waved to us, and we waved back. The doors slid open...

In a matter of minutes, Professor Oak, my Mom, Max, and... Misty's sisters climbed out of the door, and ran up to us.

"Oh, Ash, dearest, I have been so worried about you!" my nervous wreck of a mother ran up to me and began to smother me.

"Ak, help! I can't breathe!" I called out for assistance, but no one dared approach us.

"Ash Ketchum, never do anything like that to me again!" my mom said firmly.

"I'm sorry for worrying you mom, but it wasn't exactly my fault..."

"Thank you Brock, for saving my little baby!" my mom walked up to Brock, who wisely shied away

"Uh... your welcome, Mrs. Kethcum?" Brock continued to retreat, but Misty's hand stopped him.

"What are my sisters doing here, Brock?!" Misty yelled into his ear.

"Like, don't get upset at him..." Daisy stepped up.

"Yeah... He like didn't have anything to do with it," Lily pipped up, "When we came back from our trip... The gym was, like, totally deserted..."

"And all that we could find was this, like, ambiguous note:" Violet held up a piece of paper.

"Gone to tell Ash how I feel... Leftovers are in the fridge," It read.

"Yeah, like, what is that supposed to mean?!" Daisy screamed.

Everyone but Misty's sisters sweat dropped.

"Um... I'm glad you and your friends are alright, Ash." Professor Oak finally broke the silence.

"Yeah... About that..." Brock began

Ash shot him a warning glare, telling him not to reveal Misty's "condition." Misty pulled out her mallet...

"Uh, you know what... forget that I was about to say anything..." Brock said nervously.

"Hello, May... It's good to see you again. I hate to admit it, but I was beginning to worry about you," Max spoke up.

"That's nice of you, Max-" May began, but Max cut her off.

"I should have known better, though, given that you had your boyfriend here to protect you." Max grinned.

"Yeah... well, about that..." I spoke up, earning myself evil glares from both of my lovers.

"Huh?" Professor Oak looked over at me.

"What?" Mrs.Ketchum gasped.

"Like, what's been going on?" all of Misty's sisters said in unison.

"Ash, you dolt! You mean to say that you haven't decided yet?!" Brock shook his fist at Ash's face.

"No, no, no... I just haven't bee able to build up the nerve to do it yet! Honest!" I pleaded.

Both girls rolled their eyes.

The adults, meanwhile, were still completely lost. I had to do it... right here, and right now...

I thought about how much each of them ment to me... I thought about the special place each of them had in my heart... I remembered what Misty had told me, the last time we had talked... I remembered what May had said to me, and how she had showed her love and affection.

As I thought about these things, my hand absent-mindfully found it's way into my pocket. I picked up the small object that it contained and drew it out. It was Misty's bait... the one thing that I could look to, and always trust in to be there for me. I put it back into my pocket... I had made up my mind.

Slowly, I got down on one knee, and pulled Misty's hand toward me.

"...Ash?" she said slowly, her beautiful, eyes glistening with joy and love.

"Misty... I know that we have known each other for a very long time... We have been through good times, and bad times... We have fought a lot, but we have also had great fun together... I guess what I mean to say is, you are my best friend int he world, Misty. If it weren't for you, I don't know where I would be, or even who I would be. You are my life, Misty, and you are my fire. I am willing to give up my dreams of being a pokemon master for you... I may not have known it when you fished me out of the river, but I know it now, Misty..." I paused, unsure if I could continue.

"Ash, isn't this the fourth time you have proposed to me, and your still nervous?" Misty giggled.

"Misty," I continued, more firmly,"Will you... please, will you... Marry me?"

I pulled out Misty's golden pokeball, the one she had given me for my birthday, not so many days ago. I pushed the small button, and pulled back the lid. On the small pillow, lay a ring... The ring which I now offered to Misty.

Silence filled the air, I couldn't even be certain that anyone was breathing.

Finally, Misty grasped my hands in hers.

"Of course, Ash Katchum..." she whispered in my ear, "It would be my honor to become your wife."

Brock whistled, my mom began to cry (hopefully tears of joy), Misty's sister's had "misty" eyes, Professor Oak dabbed his eyes with a handkerchief, and even Max was beginning to break down... Everyone clapped.

May walked up to me, and gave me a reassuring smile. It was a slight smile, and I could sence her pain. She quickly turned and left us.

"I love you, Ash!" Misty's eyes had streams of tears running form them, as she embraced me.

"Wait a sec..." Brock began to rub his chin, "since when has Ash held on to that ring? And where did he get it?"

"Oh... It's my mom's old engagement ring... She gave it to me, and told me to give it to the girl I would eventually marry... So I did." I explained.

"M-my little boy has grown up!" my mother sobbed into Professor Oak's shoulder, who looked VERY embarrassed.

"Um... would you all mind following me inside the helicopter," Professor Oak asked, as he led my mom into the passenger aria, "the pilot wouldn't like us to stay out here for very much longer."

I nodded, and took Misty with me into the helicopter.

As we lifted off the ground, I couldn't help but look back down at the crevice in the rock... the fateful place where so much had happened to us... I looked back up at Misty, who smiled back at me. I knew that I had made the right choice.

(Five years later...)

I walked up to the door, and knocked rather loudly.

"I'm coming, Ash!" I heard a voice ring out through the halls.

'She likes to keep herself busy...' I smiled at the thought of what nice surprise she might have thought up this time. Hopefully not another attempt at home cooking...

"Hey, there, handsome!" Misty pulled the door wide open.

"Hey, Mist." I kissed her briefly, and entered my home.

"How was work?"

Ah... good old Misty... trying to spark some sort of casual conversation when she knew fully well that I knew what I had on my mind. I decided to go along with the facade, for now, at least.

"Usual... More challenges, and more victories."

"You never tire of it, do you, dear?"

"Of course not. Pokemon training has been my passion since I was a kid, you know that."

"Sometimes I used to wonder if you would end up marrying a pokemon instead of me," Misty winked at me playfully.

"DADDY!" our little Emily ran up to me, and took a hold of my leg. Emily... not exactly the name I had in mind to name our first child, but she was SO insistent... I could never get her to tell me exactly why she wanted her to be named Emily, but, it didn't matter too much to me. Our only little daughter was everything to me, regardless of what she was named. It was so strange... We had tried again and again, yet Misty didn't seem to be able to have another baby. I asked her once about it... She wouldn't stop crying the rest of the afternoon... I hadn't brought up the subject again since.

There were quite a few things about Misty that I couldn't quite understand... Such as the way she insisted the house look exactly this certain way, and how she would always style her hair in just the same way. Not that I was complaining, I really liked the way she styled her hair, it was just an eerie sort of feeling that she had planned this all out...

"Daddy, is May coming over for a visit today?" Emily asked, and looked directly into my eyes. She had my eyes... and Misty's hair. She would often compare her tiny face to mine, but I couldn't see much resemblance myself.

"Yes, today's a big day for your mother and I."

"It was the day you two got married, right?"

"Almost. It was the day we got engaged." Misty corrected her.

"Oh... I always forget!" Emily smiled.

DING DONG

The doorbell rang out.

"I always tell her to knock..." Misty huffed, "but she never listens to me."

"May won't listen to me either..."

"It's a good thing you didn't marry her, then." Misty grinned, as she unlocked the front door and opened it.

"HEY! I have missed you two lovebirds!" May shouted, and gave Misty a hug. Not far behind her was stood her boyfriend, Drew.

"Come on in," I called.

As soon as May stopped smothering my wife, I led her and her husband into the living room. They each took a seat, and I walked back to fetch Misty.

To my surprise, she was talking to a short little man... wearing, of all things, a tie-die shirt, and Bermuda shorts. Wow... He looked older than Moses, even with those youngish clothes!

"... you see, Misty, I am on vacation, so I decided to go a little out of my way to check up on you two." the old man told Misty, "besides, I had to come myself to see the 'festivities'."

"Oh, you didn't have to go through all that trouble..."

"Oh, it's nothing, my dear."

"Hey, who is this, Misty?" I walked up to Misty and the little old man.

"Uh..." Misty began to give the old man nervous glances.

"I'm her great-grandfather, pleased to finally get to meet you, Ash. You are one lucky man." the little old man shook my hand warmly, and winked at me.

"Thank you, please come in and have a seat," I couldn't help but note how spunky the old man was, considering how old be must be...

We all took our seats, and Misty and I walked out into the middle of the room.

I looked over at my wife, pretending to be shy.

"Oh, come on, it's your turn to start it off..." Misty rolled her eyes

"Alright..." I sighed, "you all know why we have called you here today, so let's get this over with."

Misty pulled out her mallet and waved it in the air playfully

"Watch your words, Ash Ketchum," she warned

"I will try, Misty Ketchum," I reminded her

"Let's get on with it!" May shouted

"Ok... here goes..." I took a deep breath, and went onto one knee...

"Misty... I know that we have known each other for a very long time... We have been through good times, and bad times... We have fought a lot, but we have also had great fun together... I guess what I mean to say is, you are my best friend in the world, Misty. If it weren't for you, I don't know where I would be, or even who I would be. You are my life, Misty, and you are my fire. I am willing to give up my dreams of being a pokemon master for you... I may not have known it when you fished me out of the river, but I know it now, Misty..." I paused, as if unsure if I could continue.

"Ash, isn't this the ninth time you have proposed to me, and your still nervous?" Misty giggled.

"Misty Ketchum," I continued, more firmly,"Will you... please, will you... Marry me? Again?"

I pulled out Misty's golden pokeball, the one she had given me for my birthday, not so many years ago... Indeed, it was a bit chipped from age, but it's golden glow still lingered. I pushed the small button, and pulled back the lid. On the small pillow, lay a ring... The ring which I now offered to Misty.

Silence filled the air, except for the anxious giggles escaping from Emily.

Finally, Misty grasped my hands in hers.

"Of course, Ash Katchum..." she whispered in my ear, "It would be my honor to become your wife... Again."

May, Drew, the old man, and Emily all stood up and clapped.

Pulled Misty into a passionate kiss... I knew that I had made the right choice... There we were, all together again. Sure, years had passed, but not much had changed. We each had our own lives, and our own dreams. We had kept strong to our dreams... and what do you know? We were all happy, at last...

...May...

...Misty...

...And I...

Scene fades... Song: (Everytime we Touch)... Followed by (She Drives me Crazy)

The End!

Ambezua: Yes! that's the end... it has been fun writing... also VERY hard... even I was surprised at the result. I hope you enjoyed it! Seriously... if you liked this FanFic, GIVE ME REVIEWS. I need to know if what I'm doing is good...