Me: This is it. I don't own Pokemon, or "In The End" by Linkin Park. I just recently heard the song on the radio, and I thought to myself, "Self, this song would fit in perfectly for the epilogue of your story!"

Ash: Did you really call yourself "self?"

Me: It's a metaphor, Ash!

Ash: I can't believe I'm saying this, but it's gonna be hard no longer hanging out with you anymore.

Pikachu: Pikachu, pika pi! (I agree with Ash!)

Chikorita: Chiko! (So do I!)

Me: That's nice to know, but who says I'm done writing Pokemon stories? After this, I'm going to relax for two weeks with my grandparents starting on Christmas, but when I get back, you'll see another AAMR out there! So, Merry Christmas everybody! This final chapter is dedicated to everyone who reviewed this story from Chapters I and beyond! And, I know I said I wouldn't use the theme song in any chapter but the first one, but it's my story, I can do whatever I want with it and I won't be at home until the 8th! So, enjoy the epilogue!

Pokemon: The Best of the Best

Epilogue-In The End…

"I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end, it doesn't even matter!" –Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory

In our last adventure, Ash and Misty were forced to battle against Lugia, the mysterious Pokemon who had helped them in the Orange Islands against Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno. The battle quickly switched back from good to evil as they all tried to grab the controller from Lawrence, but he ended up with it after all. Ash was successful in retrieving it, but when Charizard and Lugia used their most powerful attacks, Misty pushed Ash out of the way and was hit herself! The collector made his escape, but for Misty, the attacks proved fatal, until the Pokemon intervened. With their tears, Misty was brought back to life, and back to Ash. But Ash still has one more test of survival-the chance to win in the Johto League…

Pokemon, Pokemon, Pokemon! (Let's do it!)

I wanna be the very best like no one ever was (ever was, ever was…)

To catch 'em is my real test-to train 'em is my cause!

My whole life has lead to this! Time to test my skills and I know I just can't miss-gonna show the world!

Born to be a winner (Johto!)

Born to be a champion

Born to be a winner

Born to be the very best (Pokemon Johto!)

Born to be a winner-Pokemon!

(Fanfare starts as Ash and Misty say the name of the episode)

Ash & Misty: In The End!

Ash was confident in his skills as a Pokemon trainer. These last few days proved that. But, what he was also confident about was his never-ending love for Misty. He thought he'd lost her the previous day when Charizard and Lugia's attacks hit, but the Pokemon's tears brought her back from the brink. As Ash glared at his rival, Gary Oak, he remembered what happened when he and Misty had gotten to the Pokemon Center.


"Hey, guys! So, you're finally together, huh?" Brock stated the instant Ash and Misty walked in with all their Pokemon trailing behind them. Too tired to even mumble a response, they both nodded.

"Alright, guys-pay up." Casey cracked. Sighing, Brock and Richie pulled out some money and handed it to the aspiring Pokemon trainer.

"You guys bet on us getting together?!" Misty yelled angrily, fully awake now.

"We knew you were going to, but we just took a bet on how long. Brock said it would take until you two were grown up and Richie said it would be when Ash became a Pokemon Master. I said it would be when Ash got into the Johto League, and I won!" Casey bragged. A second later, Brock, Casey and Richie were sprawled on the ground, lumps on their heads as Misty turned and headed to her room with her mallet in hand.

"I think that's punishment enough, don't you think?" Ash asked the Pokemon quietly. They all nodded in agreement.

End flashback

"I can't believe Gary was handpicked to battle me earlier this morning! But, it's an opportunity to show him how good a trainer I really am!" A second later, Misty appeared next to him, her hand clasping his.

"You doing okay, Ashy boy?" Misty joked calmly, then giggled. Ash sighed with slight impatience as he turned to her.

"Don't tell me I've hooked up with a female Gary."

"Never! And you're lucky this is the Johto League, or you'd have a lump on your head as big as Brock's." Misty noted.

"Guess I am. Time flew by so fast, it just seems like it was only a few days ago we left Pallet to train for the Johto League, and we're already here." Ash said, a worried look crossing his face.

"Don't you break down on me now, Ash Ketchum! Your Pokemon believe in you, and so do I. So do Brock, Casey and Richie. They're all sitting in the stands-except Brock, but still. Even your Mom, Professor Oak and Tracey are all here, rooting for you. So give it your best, and win this one for me!" To convince Ash of his skill, Misty granted him a kiss. Short and sweet, but effective.

"You'll get one now, and one when you wipe that smirk off Gary's face!" Misty growled impatiently as she noticed Gary behind them in the distance, a wicked grin on his face.

"I can't wait!" Ash declared confidently.

"For what, beating Gary?"

"No-the kiss!"

(It starts with) one thing, I don't know why

It doesn't even matter how hard you try, keep that in mind

I designed this rhyme to explain in due time (all I know)

Time is a valuable thing; watch it fly by as the pendulum swings, watch it count down to the end of the day

The clock ticks life away (it's so unreal!)

"Welcome, Pokemon fans to the Johto League Championships! First off, a battle between Ash Ketchum and Gary Oak, both of whom reside from Pallet Town! Both trainers are allowed to battle with only six Pokemon and both can recall their Pokemon at any given time."

"Okay, I gotta start strong! I choose you…Chikorita!" The Grass Pokemon emerged on the stadium field, rested from the events of the previous days and ready for action! Ash looked up and saw Chikorita's picture appear right under his.

"Just like when I was battling Morty and his Ghost Pokemon!" Ash thought excitedly.

"Ash may be aiming for sweetness as he chooses Chikorita, a tiny but powerful Grass Pokemon with amazing attacks!"

"That may be true, but I'm not aiming for sweetness today! Ready to battle, Chikorita?" Ash asked.


Gary remembered the battle he had with Chikorita and took into account his battle at the Violet City Gym.

"I'm glad I remembered this. Go-Pidgeot!" Ash's eyes narrowed as Pidgeot, a powerful Flying Pokemon, appeared on the field.

"Gary must be hoping that his Flying Pokemon will stand up to its word about being strong against Grass Pokemon!"

"Try your best, Chikorita! Vine Whip attack!" Ash demanded.

"Chiko!" The Grass Pokemon fired her vines straight toward the target.

"Fly now, Pidgeot!" Gary yelled. Pidgeot avoided the attack by taking to the skies.

"Ash, remember what happened in Violet City!" Misty warned. Ash nodded in agreement, taking that time into account.

"I remember. Chikorita-give Pidgeot a Razor Leaf right between the eyes!" Ash declared with a smile on his face. Seconds later, Pidgeot was confused and trying to stay aloft.

"Ash has done it! So far, Chikorita's Razor Leaf attack seems to have caused Pidgeot extensive damage."

"Don't give up, Pidgeot! Use Take Down!"

"Chikorita, try Tackle attack!"

The two Pokemon collided with each other, both giving the other damage.

"Now, use Vine Whip and bring Pidgeot down to you!"

"Use your Quick Attack!" Gary countered.

Chikorita cried out as the Quick Attack hit her and she was sent flying!

"Chikorita, return!" Ash yelled, recalling his Grass Pokemon. A part of Ash wanted to break down, but it was too early in the match. Besides, Chikorita wasn't unable to battle-just resting her wounds.

"Ash has recalled Chikorita! Which Pokemon will take the Grass-type's place?"

Ash's thoughts were his own-not entirely, but they were his own.

"I've got one shot to take Pidgeot down-and I'll need one shot!"


Mewtwo watched Ash's battle from a position that not even Charizard could reach.

"The final piece of the prophecy is coming into place, but unless Ash heeds the words of his soul mate, in the end, the competition itself won't even matter."

Didn't look out below, watch the time go right out the window

Trying to hold on, but didn't even know

Wasted it all just to (watch you go)

I kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart

What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when…

Chorus: I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end it doesn't even matter!

I had to fall to lose it all, but in the end, it doesn't even matter!

"Okay, Cyndaquil, use your Swift attack!" Ash yelled, feeling the fire across his skin, even though his Fire Pokemon's flame was a distance from his body. He also took notice that Cyndaquil's picture was right under Chikorita's.


"Now-try your Flamethrower to finish it off!" This attack proved to be too much for Pidgeot, and he went down in defeat.

"Pidgeot is unable to battle. Cyndaquil wins the round!"


"Way to go, Ash! Take Gary out and prove you're a real winner!" Misty yelled happily.

"Cyndaquil looks just as strong as Charizard does." Richie noted.

"Ash took into account the trouble he had training Charizard, so he's decided not to make that mistake with Cyndaquil." Brock explained.

"Go Feraligatr!" Gary yelled. Ash gulped as Gary's powerful Water Pokemon showed up on the field.

"Ash could be in trouble as Feraligatr could be too much for his fiery Cyndaquil."

"Hmm…alright, Cyndaquil-try your Swift attack again!" Ash advised.

"Dodge it and use Fissure!" Gary responded. The ground started shaking and Cyndaquil was shaken up, too!

"Hang in there!" Ash insisted. A moment passed. Then the Water Pokemon sent a Fissure beam straight for Cyndaquil!


"Cyndaquil, no!" Ash said. Unfortunately, Cyndaquil had instantly been knocked out.

"Cyndaquil is unable to battle. Feraligatr wins the round!"

"Gary's Feraligatr has so far tied up this match! And now, Ash is forced to consider-which Pokemon should he send out now to battle with Gary's Water Pokemon?"

"You ready to call it a day yet, Ash?" Gary asked with a smug look on his face.

"Never! I'm not a quitter, Gary-I'm a winner, and I'll prove it now! Pikachu, go!" Ash growled heatedly as his first Pokemon raced out onto the stadium. Pikachu's picture was next to Cyndaquil's.

One thing, I don't know why

It doesn't even matter how hard you try, keep that in mind

I designed this rhyme to remind myself how (I tried so hard!)

In spite of the way you were mocking me, acting like I was part of your property, remembering all the times you fought with me-I'm surprised it got so (far!)

"This isn't Pallet Town, and this isn't a Pokemon Center! You won't even see me as a loser after this match, Gary! Pikachu-use your Thunderbolt attack now!" Ash cried, making sure Gary saw his hidden rage before the attack rang clear.


Ash was visibly impressed as Pikachu literally took out Feraligatr in one shot! It meant he and Pikachu were training well.

"Feraligatr is unable to battle. Pikachu is the winner!"

"YEAAAAAAAAAAH!" Ash yelled as he grabbed Pikachu's paws and started dancing around with him. "Two down, four to go!"

"Ash, don't celebrate yet! Gary's still got four more Pokemon, and they could be extremely strong." Misty warned. Ash knew she was only trying to help him, so he took her warning into consideration.

"Time to burn this place up. Go Arcanine!" Ash clenched his fists as Gary's Fire Pokemon was out and ready for battle.

"Fire Pokemon aren't that strong against Electric Pokemon; nevertheless, Ash may have a hot time in the old town tonight!"

Ash groaned with pure irritation written across his face.

"I can't believe someone would actually use that line! Return, Pikachu. You deserve a rest…" Ash made sure to whisper the rest so only Pikachu could hear it. "…and, I want you primed and ready to take on Umbreon. I've got a plan on how we can beat him."


"Time to fight Fire with Fire! I choose you…CHARIZARD!"


"A wise decision as Ash chooses Charizard-the second Fire-type he has on his arsenal, but a Fire-type that's fully evolved!"



"FLAMETHROWER!" Ash and Gary chorused. The two Fire Pokemon fired powerful blasts of fire that exploded the second they made contact!

"Do you think it's a good idea for Ash to choose Charizard to go up against another Fire-type?" Casey asked with a worried look on her face.

"Since I know Ash like the back of my hand-" Misty held up the back of her left hand for confirmation. "-he's got a foolproof plan that involves Charizard."


"I just hope this foolproof plan of the twerp's actually wins." James muttered under his breath as he, Jessie and Meowth observed the match a seat above Misty, Casey, Richie and Brock's heads, disguised as hot dog vendors.

"This is Charizard we're talking about, James. If a Pokemon like that can take on ours and beat them without a sweat, why couldn't he do the same with others' Pokemon?" Jessie asked cynically.

"She's got a point there, Jimmy."

"That's it!" James yelled heatedly as he grabbed Meowth by his neck and started choking him. "Quit calling me 'Jimmy!' That's not my regular name and I'd prefer not having that kind of a nickname!"

"James, calm down! Besides, I'm the one who's supposed to bash Meowth's head in."


"Like I'm going to do with a certain Pokemon who won't stay in his Pokeball!" Jessie griped angrily as she recalled Wobbuffet in one move.

"Okay, Charizard…"


"TAKE DOWN ATTACK!" Ash and Gary chorused once again. The two Pokemon slammed into each other, each receiving damage and sending damage in return.

"Use Agility, now!" Arcanine appeared and disappeared around the stadium. Charizard was confused, for the most, but Ash knew his Pokemon could find his quarry.

"Don't give up, Charizard! Use those nostrils of yours to find the real Arcanine, then use Fire Spin!" Ash said confidently.

"Pikachu!" Pikachu offered in his words of confidence in the Fire Pokemon's skills.

Silently agreeing with his trainer, Charizard used his nostrils to seek out Arcanine's scent. It took some time, but the instant he found it, Charizard fired his Fire Spin attack, aimed directly at Arcanine's head!

"ARRRRRRRRR!" Arcanine howled in pain the moment the attack connected, and he stopped in the middle of the stadium, severely burned, and severely weakened.

"Now, grab Arcanine, and finish this battle with a Seismic Toss!" Charizard pulled Arcanine into a bear hug, then spun around in the air, a picture of the globe in the background. WHAM! Charizard made sure Arcanine collided fiercely with the field before landing safely.

"Arcanine is unable to battle. Charizard wins the match!"

"Congratulations, Charizard!" Ash, Misty, Brock, Casey and Richie exclaimed excitedly.



"CHARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!" Charizard sent a hot stream of fire into the air to declare victory for himself. Gary couldn't help but smile as he recalled Arcanine.

"Whatever happened to Ash in the past few days, it changed him! Not that we didn't know each other back in the day, but he's always been a private kind of kid. Only when that redhead shows into his life does he start to open up."

Things aren't the way they were before, you wouldn't even recognize me anymore

Not that you knew me back then, but it all comes back to me (in the end!)

You kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart

What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when I…

Chorus: I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end it doesn't even matter!

I had to fall to lose it all, but in the end, it doesn't even matter!

Ash felt slightly nervous as he saw Typhlosion's picture appear across from Charizard's.

Even though he was confident Charizard gained plenty of experience while training in the Charicific Valley, Typhlosion was a terribly powerful Fire Pokemon!

"No wonder they call him the new Fire King!" "Charizard, use your Flamethrower!"

"CHAARRRRRRR!!!!" Once again, Charizard fired a hot blast of fire, aimed at Typhlosion.

"Use your Flame Wheel!" Only moments before the fire attack hit, Typhlosion curled up into a ball, showing the flames on his back, which absorbed Charizard's Flamethrower!

"Unbelievable! Gary's Typhlosion has just absorbed Charizard's Flamethrower attack with his Flame Wheel!"

"I think Ash's plan just backfired!" Brock yelped.

"Don't throw in the towel yet, guys. Charizard, try a Fly attack!" The Fire Pokemon took to the skies and soared above everybody near the sun, but not right in it. Just as the sun glinted, Charizard struck Typhlosion right between the eyes, causing critical damage!

"Don't give up! Use your Fire Blast!" As Charizard took to the sky, Ash noticed on how Typhlosion had to give up an amount of energy to call on that Fire Blast attack, and that's when he knew how to end this match!

"Now, finish this off with Dragon Rage!" Ash said. While landing on the ground, Charizard smiled to himself as the flame on the tip of his tail grew to beyond normal proportions. A ball of fire appeared in Charizard's mouth. Before Typhlosion could try to retaliate, Charizard fired a powerful burst of flame straight toward him! The instant it connected, Typhlosion was sent flying to the ground. He tried to get up, but thanks to a well-placed Slash attack from Charizard, ended up knocked out.

"Typhlosion is unable to battle. Charizard wins the round!"

"I can't believe Charizard's lasted this long against two Fire Pokemon!" Misty cried with an excited look on her face.

"That shows you how well Ash has trained Charizard." Richie said calmly. Brock and Misty stifled laughs, knowing Ash hadn't trained Charizard that well.

"Go Nidoking!"

"The tables may have turned as Nidoking appears on the field! Can Charizard pull in another victory?"

Ash was silently praying that Charizard would, but his powerful Fire-type looked extremely tired. He knew one hit could probably finish him off!

"Charizard can't last much longer. I'll have to try and win fast!" "Charizard, one more Flamethrower!"

Charizard roared with confidence as he prepared to launch a third fire attack.

"Quick, Nidoking-Hyper Beam attack!" Gary said. It took some time, but almost instantly, Nidoking lashed out at Charizard with a powerful beam of energy, knocking out Charizard in one shot!

"Charizard is unable to battle."

"NO! Charizard, return!" Saddened, but knowing that his friend had taken out two Pokemon caused the hurt to slightly diminish.

"Okay…I hope you're rested, 'cause I need you to actually cause damage to Nidoking. I choose you, Chikorita!"

"And Chikorita gets a 2nd chance from Ash Ketchum's team of Pokemon!"

"I know Pidgeot has taken a lot out of you, but I really need you now. Razor Leaf attack!"

"Chi-KO!" The tiny Grass Pokemon fired four razor-sharp leaves straight for Nidoking, which hit him in the eyes.

"And Chikorita seems to have caused damage to Nidoking! Ash may have chosen correctly when he captured this spunky Pokemon for a team mate."

"Chikorita-'spunky?'" Ash and Misty chorused, both utterly confused.

"Nidoking, try your Fissure attack!"

"Chikorita, quick, use your Vine Whip to soar above the ground!" Ash countered.

I've put my trust in you, pushed as far as I can go

For all this, there's only one thing you should know…

Just as Nidoking fired off a Fissure attack, Chikorita used her vines to fly upward in the air!

"Try a Tackle attack!" Ash replied.

"Use your Horn Attack!" Chikorita collided with Nidoking's body and was able to avoid the deadly horn, which sent Nidoking back to the ground. The Grass Pokemon smirked, as she was now certain of her victory.

"Now, use your Sweet Scent!" Chikorita quickly used her intoxicating smell to confuse her opponent.

"Wow! Even from over here, I can smell Chikorita's scent." Misty said.

"That could be because my Chikorita's out cheering for Ash's Chikorita." Casey responded. Misty looked down at Casey's feet and saw that Casey's Chikorita had a banner that said, "Win, Chikorita, win!" She was also sending out her own Sweet Scent attack. Misty groaned silently to herself as she turned back toward Ash's battle.

"Finish this off with your Vine Whip!" Ash said confidently, also certain of Chikorita's victory.

"Grab those vines and use Seismic Toss!" To Ash's surprise, as well as Chikorita's, Nidoking grappled with Chikorita's vines, spun her around and sent her flying to the ground!

"CHIKORITA, NO!" Ash cried out sadly as he looked up at the board to see Chikorita's picture grow dark next to Cyndaquil's.

"Chikorita is unable to battle. Nidoking is the winner!" Ash held back his tears as he ran out and picked Chikorita up gingerly in his arms.

"Chiko, chikori." The Grass Pokemon had a saddened look on her face as she gazed into Ash's eyes.

"You don't have to be sorry. I'm proud of you. You handled your own against two powerful Pokemon, and you did your best." Ash hugged Chikorita tightly and placed her next to Pikachu, who was patiently waiting for his chance to get back into battle.

"Go, Totodile!" Ash yelled as his Water Pokemon entered the field of battle. Totodile's picture was below Charizard's a moment later. The Water Pokemon immediately started dancing around on the field.

"Fissure!" Ash's eyes widened in surprise and shock. Totodile would be taken out in one hit!

"Totodile, look out!" Before Totodile could respond, or even move, Nidoking's attack hit and instantly knocked him out.

"Totodile is unable to battle. Nidoking is the winner!" Ash grimaced as Totodile's picture grew dark below Charizard's.

"This is it. Our first battle together in a Pokemon match. Go, Espeon!" Ash said as his newest Psychic Pokemon appeared.

"What?" Gary was stupefied. Ash had managed to capture an Espeon?

"This is the Pokemon Ash had up his sleeve. Now, it may be up to Espeon-one of Eevee's two rare evolutions-and Pikachu to win Ash the Johto League Championship!"

Before Gary could order Nidoking to use Fissure, Espeon activated the special psychic link between herself and Ash. "Ash, shall I use Psybeam to defeat this Pokemon?"

"You read my mind, Espeon." "Use Psybeam, Espeon!"

A second later, a powerful beam of light was launched from Espeon's mouth and hit Nidoking with dead-on accuracy!

"Nidoking is out of the match. Espeon is the winner!" Ash was ecstatic with joy, as was Misty and the others, including Professor Oak and Mrs. Ketchum, though they tried not to show it at the time. Five of Gary's Pokemon were down, and he was down to his last one, whereas Ash still had two to choose.

"Time for a last-minute victory. Don't let me down. Go, Umbreon!"

"An Eevee evolution against an Eevee evolution as Umbreon takes on Espeon! Can Ash's Psychic-type predict a victory for Ash in this Johto League Championship?"

Ash forced himself to relax and to connect with Espeon through his psychic link.

"Think you can take on Umbreon?"

"There's no doubt that I can, but I sense a rivalry between this Umbreon and Pikachu. This is one battle I cannot win for you. Please understand."

"I do understand." "Return, Espeon! You ready for battle, Pikachu?"

"Pikachu!" Pikachu eagerly went back out onto the field as his picture glowed once again.

"Ash decides to switch Pokemon, possibly deciding to use Espeon as a last-minute resort against Umbreon. Now Pikachu's taken the field, recharged and ready for battle!"

I've put my trust in you, pushed as far as I can go!

For all this, there's only one thing you should know…

Ash was putting all his hopes and his trust into Pikachu for this battle.

"Start this off with your Agility!" Pikachu quickly darted around the field, vanishing and reappearing here and there.

"Track him down with your senses and use your Psybeam!" Gary responded.

"Do you think Pikachu has a chance against Umbreon for this match, Brock?" Misty asked worriedly.

"You know what they say, Misty. 'Third time's the charm.'" Brock replied.

Pikachu was barely able to dodge the Psybeam attack with one move!

"Skull Bash!"

"Quick Attack!" Just as Umbreon struck Pikachu, he hit the Dark-type with a direct shot to the neck. They both landed to the ground, both looking partially tired but ready to battle.


"Pikachu, Agility again!" Ash countered. Pikachu was able to dodge the deadly fire attack with darting from spot to spot, for a few minutes, but then cried out as one barrage hit him, causing some major damage!

"Can Pikachu handle Umbreon's attacks, Professor?" Mrs. Ketchum asked with a concerned look on her face.

"Your son knows Pikachu's attacks and best moves inside and out, so I wouldn't worry."

"Pikachu-Thunder attack!" Ash yelled.

"Reflect, then Take Down!" Barely recovering from Umbreon's Flamethrower attack, the Electric-type charged up for his ultimate attack.

"Pika…CHHHHHUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!" Pikachu's attack struck hard, but Umbreon's attack made sure that he suffered no damage, yet Pikachu continued pressing on.

"Don't give up, Pikachu! Remember what we've had to go through these past few days, as a team? Just push down a little harder, and we'll pull through." Ash insisted, offering Pikachu a kind smile. Looking up from her position, Chikorita offered Pikachu a rare smile and sent out her Sweet Scent attack, making sure that it didn't hit him, just motioned near him.

"Pika! CHHHHHUUUUUUUUU!!!!" Given pure strength from Ash and Chikorita, Pikachu continued to press on, pouring on more power toward Umbreon. Eventually, it started to crack, but it held.

"Keep it up, Pikachu. You're doing great!" Pikachu wanted to respond, but he had to focus on the task at hand. Unbeknownst to anybody, clouds gathered above their heads, and it started to rain. Pikachu's tail raised up on instinct alone.

"GIVE UMBREON ALL YOU GOT!" Ash cried bravely.

At that second, lightning struck Pikachu's raised tail, which gave the little Electric-type all the power he would ever need.

"PIKAAA…CHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!" A massive explosion was heard by all that was at the Johto League at that moment, and a big cloud formed around the spectators.

Chorus: I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end it doesn't even matter!

I had to fall to lose it all, but in the end it doesn't even matter…

Ash waited, holding in his breath. Misty ran up to Ash and grabbed his hand, needing his support at that time. Brock waited on pins and needles for the smoke to clear, as did Richie and Casey. Gary himself held his breath like Ash did, waiting with patience. Mrs. Ketchum, Professor Oak and Tracey waited with ease. Team Rocket gasped with worried looks on their faces. The smoke cleared to see Pikachu, standing on his hind legs, and his opponent Umbreon, knocked out near Gary. The judge ran out to the field and rose a flag in the air.

"Umbreon has been eliminated! Pikachu is the winner. The winner of this match, and the title is Ash Ketchum!" Gary's picture and Pokemon disappeared to be replaced with a full picture of Ash and his six Pokemon and the words "congratulations!" next to his picture.

"He's done it! Ash Ketchum has defeated Gary Oak, and has earned himself a place among the Johto League members and the Johto League trophy!" Ash just stood there, a small smile on his face. Misty grabbed Ash and pulled him into a tight hug, allowing her tears to be shown.

"Congratulations, Ash! You've won. You and Pikachu proved with teamwork and determination, you can do anything!" Misty declared. Ash smiled and kissed her with bubbling passion.

"Pi, Pikachu, Pika pi!"

"Chiko, chikori!"




"Congratulations, Ash. You've done it." Espeon said telepathically.

"We've done it, guys!" Ash yelled confidently as he pumped his fist in the air.

"I'm so proud of you, honey!" Ash cried out as his mother pulled him into a hug.

"Nice job, Ash." Tracey said.

"Well, Ash, it looks like your hard work and training with your Pokemon finally paid off. You did a fine job." Professor Oak said. Ash's smile grew at that instant.

"Thanks, Professor." Brock, Richie and Casey offered their congratulations, and so did Team Rocket. For once, they didn't try to steal Pikachu-or it could have to do with the fact that a significant number of Officer Jennies were searching the perimeters, and Brock was trying to search for every single one of them. Finally, Gary begrudgingly walked over to Ash and shook his hand.

"Congratulations, Ash. It looks like you've finally found a way to break my Umbreon's Reflect attack."

"Thanks. That's nice of you to say-I think." For once, Ash was at a loss of words. He had no idea what to say to Gary. And Misty solved it for him by pulling him into another kiss, which lasted for quite a while.

Mewtwo smiled as he noticed an old friend appear by his side, although when they first met, he'd considered him a foe.

"Creating the lightning storm was a brilliant touch, Mew, although I would just consider that offering a helping hand, as well as leading Ash onto the right path to victory." Mewtwo thought.

"Mew!" Mewtwo nodded in agreement with Mew's simple statement.

"At last, the entire prophecy has been fulfilled. For the moment, the world is safe from disaster…"

And so, with the help of his Pokemon friends, some Legendary Pokemon and Mew, Ash won the match, the winner's trophy and was able to discover his true feelings for Misty. What could be in store for Ash now? Only time will tell…