Hello all! I know it's been forever since I've posted anything on fanfiction, but this idea popped into my head a while back, and I couldn't get it out. Originally, this was going to be a one shot story, but I've decided it might flow a bit better if it were put into parts. So, two, maybe three chapters at the most.

I'll update as soon as I can, but I'm now in my last year of high school, and I'm always piled to the sky with homework, not to mention my extracurriculars and volunteering...

Summary:"Each time you leave, it hurts more and more. I wouldn't speak to you because I knew that if I did, the next time you said goodbye, I wouldn't have been able to survive it." AshxMisty

Disclaimer: I don't own Pokemon. It'd be awesome if I did, but I don't.

Note: There isn't anything particularly significant about the dates. Just take notice of how far apart they all are.

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Long Distance

Chapter 1: Messages

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April 11th, 2008

"Hi, you've reached Misty, leader of the Cerulean City gym. Sorry I couldn't pick up the phone, but if you leave your name, number and a short message, I'll get back to you as soon as I can."

"Misty, it's Ash. I know it's been a while since you last heard from me, but I was hoping we could talk. If you have some time, please call me at the Pokemon Center in Jubilife City. Brock, Dawn and me are going to be here for a few more days..."

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May 14th, 2008

"Hi, you've reached Misty, leader of the Cerulean City gym. Sorry I couldn't pick up the phone, but if you leave your name, number and a short message, I'll get back to you as soon as I can."

"Wow, Misty. You must be really swamped with things at the gym, huh? I think Pikachu's beginning to forget who you are... Kidding! We all miss you. Call us? Bye."

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June 5th, 2008

"Hi, you've reached Misty, leader of the Cerulean City gym. Sorry I couldn't pick up the phone, but if you leave your name, number and a short message, I'll get back to you as soon as I can."

"Hey Mist! I guess you missed my last message or called too late or something. Drop me a line at this number if you can manage it, I want to tell you all about my match at the Pastoria City gym. Wake, the gym leader, specializes with Water Pokemon too! Oh, by the way, this is Ash!"

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July 20th, 2008

"Hi, you've reached Misty, leader of the Cerulean City gym. Sorry I couldn't pick up the phone, but if you leave your name, number and a short message, I'll get back to you as soon as I can."

"Misty? It's Brock. Why haven't we heard from you yet? We all want to know how you're doing. We won't call you, so call us!"

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August 27th, 2008

"Hi, you've reached Misty, leader of the Cerulean City gym. Sorry I couldn't pick up the phone, but if you leave your name, number and a short message, I'll get back to you as soon as I can."

"You know, Mist... If I didn't know any better, I'd say that you're avoiding me, which is strange because that's kind of hard to do when we don't see each other face to face and that's how people avoid each other... They see each other face to face and then they stop... Well, you know what I mean, right? Some form of communication would be nice... Later!"

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September 2nd, 2008

To: Ketchum, Ash

From: Waterflower, Misty

Subject: Busy

Ash, I didn't understand what your message meant, but I'm not avoiding you. The Pokemon League is coming up real soon and things at the gym are insane. I'll call you when I find some free time.

Misty

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November 27th, 2008

To: Waterflower, Misty

From: Ketchum, Ash

Subject: Sorry

I can't imagine how hectic life as a gym leader must be. I'm sorry about the phone call, Mist. I guess I forgot about the time differences, and figured it'd be 3PM over there, not 3AM. I just thought that since I hadn't hear for you, I'd give you a ring. I just wanted to know if you've received that letter I sent you a while back?

Ash

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December 5th, 2008

To: Ketchum, Ash

From: Waterflower, Misty

Subject: Congratulations!

Ash, I did get your letter, and I'm happy for you. Best of luck to you in the Sinnoh League. I know you'll do great.

M

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December 6th, 2008

To: Waterflower, Misty

From: Ketchum, Ash

Subject: Catching Up

Thanks Mist! I'm going to win the whole thing, I can feel it! Can we talk before the competition starts? I have so much to tell you, and I won't be able to contact you after the opening ceremony.

Ash

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December 16th, 2008

To: Ketchum, Ash

From: Waterflower, Misty

Subject: Sorry

I'm really sorry, Ash. Maybe we can talk later?

M

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January 31st, 2009

Words could not describe how amazing Ash Ketchum currently felt.

Several years of training, thousands of hours of hard work, and countless bruises and scars later, and here he was. The shiny golden trophy stared at him from its place on the coffee table.

He had only managed to get away from the screaming fans and vicious reports an hour ago, and it was all finally sinking in.

Hewas the newly crowned champion of the Sinnoh League.

Champion.

Not top sixteen, not top eight and not top four.

Champion.

Ash's face broke out into a wide grin. A smile so fierce that his cheeks began to hurt.

The eighteen year old stood, left the room, and all but skipped over to the closest payphone. He quickly pulled his phonecard from his backpack and slid it into the machine. Picking up the receiver, he swiftly dialed the numbers he'd memorized so long ago. It rang four times before the answering machine picked up. Ash frowned at the familiar message, but waited for the beep to sound.

"Hey, Misty. It's Ash..."

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Ring ring ring, Ring ring ring, phone call, phone call! Ring ring ring, Ring ring ring, phone call, phone call!

Misty's head immediately snapped up from its resting position on her folded arms. She looked around, slightly confused as she rubbed the sleep from her eyes. Her teal orbs absorbed the familiar surroundings of her family kitchen, along with the many sheets of paper that were scattered on the table in front of her.

'Dammit,' she thought. 'I guess I feel asleep in the middle of my paperwork again...'

She stretched, wincing at the kink she felt in her neck.

Ring ring ring, Ring ring ring, phone call, phone call!

Sighing, the redhead ambled over to her telephone. She picked up the receiver and was about to press the 'Talk' button when she glimpsed the words scrawled across the screen.

She froze.

Ring ring ring, Ring ring ring, phone call, phone call!

Misty sighed in relief when her answering machine picked up, playing the words she had recorded over a year ago.

That had been a close one.

"Thank goodness for caller ID," she muttered softly to herself.

Beep.

"Hey, Misty. It's Ash... I assume that you've been watching the League games and know my great news. I told you I would win, didn't I? I'm that much closer to being the World's Greatest Pokemon Master ever! Anyways, Brock and I are taking a Ferry back to Kanto the day after tomorrow. We're planning on stopping by Cerulean sometime next week to visit. Isn't that exciting? We'll see you real soon! Bye!"

Her heart suddenly stopped beating. Her breath was coming too fast, as if she couldn't fill her lungs with enough oxygen.

"No," she whispered. "No, no, no, no, no..."

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February 1st, 2009

"Mr. Ketchum, a message was left for you early this morning." Ash looked at Nurse Joy with surprised eyes, but took the recording from her outstretched hand. He quickly thanked her and sauntered over to the nearest telephone. He slid the disk into the appropriate slot and hit the play button. His eyes widened at the familar, yet estranged voice that came onto the speakers.

"Ash? It's Misty. Listen, I know it's been a while since we've last seen or spoken to each other, but please don't come to the gym next week. I have so much to do, and I won't be able to see you at all. Therefore, a visit would be pointless. Maybe you should go see Brock's family in Pewter instead?"

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So what did you think of Chapter 1? I know this was poorly edited, so if you see any mistakes, please don't hesitate to point them out!

Review!