Well, here's the last chapter. I hope you enjoy.
"Well done, May!" Ash cried happily.
May was very pleased. But then a strong gust of wind reminded her how cold she was. "V-Venusaur! R-R-Return!" She stuttered, recalling her Grass-Type.
Ash saw how cold she was, so he took off his Winter jacket. "Here, May. Put this on."
"Are you sure, Ash? But you'll be cold!"
"Don't worry about me. Let's just get you back to the house," said Ash.
He handed May the jacket and she put it on, embracing it as it made her feel nice and warm. "Thanks, Ash."
Then May took Ash's hand, and Pikachu jumped onto his mater's shoulder. Then together, they quickly made their way through the blizzard and back to Ash's house.
When they arrived at the house, they quickly walked through the front door. Everyone jumped up and gasped to see Ash and Pikachu return with a frozen May.
"Ash! You're back!" cried Delia. "And May! Oh my goodness! You're frozen! Are you okay?!"
Delia quickly fetched some warm blankets and led May to the sofa. May sat down and Delia wrapped the blankets around the girl.
"I'm sorry if I've ruined your party, Mrs Ketchum," said May sadly.
"Not at all, dear," smiled Delia. "I just want to make sure you're all okay."
"Here, Mom. I'll look after May," offered Ash. "You just carry on with the party and enjoy yourself."
"Oh, how sweet of you, Doctor Ash!" Delia beamed, and she kissed Ash on the forehead, making him go red with anger. May giggled.
So Delia left May and went to join the others to continue the party. Ash sat down on the sofa next to May and put his arm around her, giving her warmth and comfort. Pikachu sat with them.
"Thanks for saving me tonight, Ash. I don't know what I would have done without you."
"It's okay, May." Ash smiled modestly. Then he got up and made his way out of the room, and Pikachu followed.
"Where are you going?" May asked. But they left the room without an answer.
Ash went into his room, opened his backpack and took the picture frame out. Then he continued to reach into the backpack and pulled out a photograph of May which he had kept in his backpack and had been admiring in his own privacy. He slipped it inside the picture frame. Then he pulled out some Christmas wrapping paper and quickly wrapped up the present. Then he showed it to Pikachu. "Pikachu, later tonight, I have an important job for you." Ash told Pikachu what he wanted him to do, and Pikachu happily agreed. They left the room then to go back to keeping May company.
Later that night, it was time for everyone to leave. They were all going to leave Pallet and spend the night at the Pokémon Center in Viridian City. Ash, however, was going to stay the night at home, along with Pikachu. Misty, Dawn, Tracey and Brock were all heading out of the front door, saying their goodbyes and thanking Delia for the party. Max was getting ready to leave, but May was still sitting on the sofa, not looking like she was ready to leave.
"Hey, May, ya coming?!" asked Max.
May didn't answer. She just looked down at her feet. The fact was after being reunited with Ash tonight, she didn't want to leave him again. Not now, not ever.
Then Ash spoke out; "Mom! Can May stay the night over?!"
At these words, May gasped in surprise. Delia was also stunned.
"That is if she wants to!" Ash quickly added.
"I'd like to," said May. "If it's no trouble Mrs Ketchum."
Delia smiled. "No trouble at all, dear. I don't think you'd want to go out in the snow again tonight."
"Oh thank you!" Ash and May cried in unison.
May then turned to Max. "You on to the Pokémon Center. You'll be okay without me, right."
"Sure," grinned Max. "But you and Ash had better not get up to anything icky tonight!"
May shook her head at her younger brother's wild imagination, but it caused her to blush a little.
Max joined the others, and they all headed away from the house. Ash, May, Pikachu and Delia stood at the doorway and waved goodbye until they were out of sight.
Later, May was in Ash's room, sitting on the bed. She was thinking how wonderful it was to be back with the boy she loved. She was also think about the next step from here. Although she had already spent three months in Johto, she was strongly thinking of changing her mind and doing what her heart was right now telling her to do.
Just then, the door to the room opened and in walked Ash. He was carrying a tray with two plates of Christmas dinner on it, along with two bowls of Christmas Pudding and two drinks. There were also two tall lit candles.
"Dinner for two," smiled Ash.
He set the plated down on the floor and turned out the bedroom light. He sat down of the floor and picked up his plate. May joined him on the floor, picking up her own. The two of them spent the next minutes enjoying their candle lit Christmas dinner.
When they had finished, the door to the room opened and in walked a small figure, dressed in a red hat and coat, with a sack swung over his shoulder.
When Ash and May saw him, they laughed. They knew instantly it wasn't really Santa Claus. They easily recognised the yellow fur and red cheeks.
"Right on time, Pikachu!" Ash laughed.
Pikachu set down the sack, then picked out a square object wrapped in Christmas wrapped paper. Then he walked over to May.
"I think that's for you," smiled Ash. "You should open it now."
May curiously took the present from Pikachu's mouth, unwrapped it and gasped. It was the picture frame Ash had bought her. She looked at the photograph at herself inside it for a few seconds, and then noticed the message at the bottom. After reading it, her eyes widened and tears of happiness rained down her cheeks. She turned to Ash. "Ash! Did you get me this?"
"Do you mean what it says at the bottom."
"Yes, May. I know I haven't told you this before, but you are the most sweetest, caring, beautiful girl I have ever met in my entire life. I can't live without you. You are what makes my life complete - and I love you!"
May's heart started beating very fast and she began panting. Then she threw herself onto Ash and hugged him tight. "I love you too, Ash!"
"You do?" Ash was surprised. "I always thought you loved Drew."
"What?! That creep?! You gotta be kidding!" May let go of Ash and frowned. "Apart from making fun of me, bringing me down and trying to look better than me all the time, what has that jerk ever done for me?!" May then smiled. "You are by far the opposite of him, Ash. You are kind and selfless. You always comfort and support me when I'm sad. And whenever I'm in danger, I have no reason to worry, because you always come to save me. You are the most wonderful guy a girl could have. That's why I want to join you on your journey again."
"You do? But when you left me, you wanted to go to Johto."
"I know! But I regretted it once I left you. All I ever did was cry over leaving you and wish I could join you again. Now that's you're finally here in front of me, I don't think I could go through that again. I need to follow my heart - and you."
Ash smiled. "I thought you'd never ask. Alright! You can come with me!"
May then cheered with happiness. "Thanks Ash. It'll be just like old times!"
Then they heard Pikachu called out above them (They were still on the floor). They looked up above them and saw him sat on Ash's bed, holding a mistletoe in his mouth.
"There's a mistletoe," said May. She turned back to Ash and smiled. "Wanna make use of it?"
May placed her hands on Ash's cheeks. "This is for seeing you again." She kissed him on one cheek. "Then is for saving me!" She kissed him on the other. "And this is to say 'I love you!'"
May then pulled Ash's head towards her own. They closed their eyes as at last, their lips joined. They shared each others sweet breath and passed their love for each other through their lips. Above them, Pikachu watched his master and the girl he loved finally share their love for each other, and smiled.
Outside, the blizzard had stopped, and the snow was now falling gently, being a beautiful white Christmas scene again. All the residents of Pallet were asleep, and were to wake up to a wonderful Christmas the next day. But nobody was to have a better Christmas than Ash Ketchum and May Maple. Now back together, sharing their love for each other, and to journey together again, but as a couple instead of friends, it was to be their best Christmas ever.
And that everybody, concludes the story.
I hope you've enjoyed my first Advanceshipping story. I will definitely write more in the future. They will probably be much longer, and probably better than this first attempt. Thanks to everyone who's been reading and review as I've progressed this story. Your kind words mean a lot to me.
So until the next story, goodbye, thank you for reading and Merry Christmas!