Hey guys, I'm really sorry for the very very long gap in updates...in fact it's been a couple months since I last updated...I wish I could promise you faster updates, but it's kinda hard now, considering I've just started college and is trying my best to adapt well...

A/N: Now that DP series is over in Japan (Nearing its end in America) my views of some of the characters have drastically changed, but I will still try my best to keep close to what I had in mind for it in the previous months...well, as always, Enjoy! and Please review, who knows, that may just inspire me again... :D

Disclaimer: Pokemon is nowhere near mine, unfortunately... :(

Chapter 4: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

"Hey, guys," Dawn said.

Dawn didn't know whether to feel glad or even more depressed. She still hadn't settled things with Paul, for all she knew Ash and Brock being here could add more fuel to the fire.

"What's wrong? It's like you're not happy to see us," Ash said worriedly.

'Well, you're not far from the truth,' Dawn thought.

At that moment, Paul returned Electabuzz and left the room annoyed, brushing past everyone.

"Geez, what's his problem?" Ash commented. "Boy, am I glad I wasn't the one stuck with him."

"Maybe if you did, you would learn understand people a bit better! You're so obnoxious Ash!" Dawn snapped before leaving the two.

"What's up with Dawn?" Ash asked bewildered. "Why is she sticking up for Paul all of a sudden?"

"Hmm," Brock pondered inquisitively. "Something must've happened in our absence."

Dawn had gone back to the room and spotted Paul packing up his things.

"You're leaving?" Dawn asked surprised.

"Well, there's no reason for me to stay," Paul said with his usual anger-filled facial expression. "I have Electabuzz, so yeah."

"Oh, I just thought you would've stayed longer," Dawn said twirling her hair, disappointed.

Paul smirked.

"Oh, really? Why?" Paul asked skeptically.

"Are you really going to make me say it?" Dawn asked somewhat bashfully.

"Maybe," Paul replied."But seriously though, I've wasted enough time here, Ash showing up is proof of that."

"Maybe I could come with you?" Dawn nonchalantly suggested.

Paul gave her a look before saying, "You don't want to come with me, and you're not coming with me."

"And why not?" Dawn pouted.

"You're gonna slow me down. Besides, won't your friends worry?"

"Yeah, probably."

"All the more reason you shouldn't come with me."

"They'll be fine, I mean we would have to split up sometime anyway. Why not sooner?"

"Dawn, look. I know we're both kinda new to this, but we shouldn't rush things."

"It really meant a lot to me when you said you'd see one of my contests," Dawn said sincerely.

"Your point being?..." Paul asked indifferently.

"I don't want you to leave me," Dawn blushed. "I want to spend more time with you!"

Paul blushed while turning his face to the side and said, "Do whatever you want. After Nurse Joy is done checking up on my pokemon, I'm leaving. With or without you."

"Yess!" Dawn said energetically.

She sped out of the room without a second thought. As she walked back into the main Pokemon Center lobby, Dawn tried thinking out many different scenarios in which she could possibly tell Ash and Brock, that she'd be leaving them to travel with Paul, even if it was for a little while. She sighed.

'Brock might be easier to convince, but Ash is definitely the stubborn type,' Dawn thought to herself.

"Hey, Dawn!" Ash shouted out. "Over here!"

Ash was signaling her from a cozy living room type area of the Pokemon Center. Dawn went over to where Brock and Ash were, and sat down in one of the chairs.

"Dawn, what's been going on with you?" Ash asked immediately.

Ignoring Ash's first question due to her nervousness, Dawn said, "There's something I need to tell you guys."

Brock raised an eyebrow before saying, "Sure, tell us what's up."

Dawn blushed before blurting out, "It'salongstorybutI'mleavingwithPaul!"

"Huh? I didn't catch that. Something about Paul?" Ash asked.

"I think I understand, but go on," Brock said smirking.

"It was hard enough to say the first time," Dawn complained.

She sighed.

"It's long story. But I'm going to be leaving along with Paul," Dawn confessed shifting her gaze away from her friends.

"Say what?" Ash exclaimed obviously disturbed by Dawn's news. "Why are you leaving us, and with Paul of all people?"

"Well, over the past few days that we've been together, I got to know him a bit more and now I just find myself wanting to know more about him," Dawn told them truthfully still blushing a deep red.

"It's your decision, if you feel you have to go, then go," Brock said maturely.

"Thanks, Brock," Dawn commented.

"Are you sure about this, Dawn?" Ash inquired.

"I don't know myself, but it's something I want to do," she answered.

"If you say so," Ash replied.

"I guess this is good bye then?" Brock asked.

"Yeah, I guess so," Dawn responded.

"Well, we'll still see you at the Sinnoh League, right?" Ash asked.

"Yeah, sure," Dawn said. "Bye, guys."

"We'll see you later Dawn," Brock replied.

Dawn left the two to go pack the rest of her things.

"I can't believe it, she's actually leaving us to go with Paul. What's wrong with the world?" Ash said disbelievingly.

"You actually haven't figured it out?" Brock asked astounded.

"No, why?" Ash responded.

"It's nothing." Brock commented. 'Man, Misty must've had it tough, with such a dense guy like Ash...' he thought to himself.

Dawn had returned to her room. It felt like the weights were lifted off her shoulders, but then they quickly chained themselves to her heart. With the thought of leaving her friends in mind, she felt an unbearable amount of guilt. Only days ago she was sure Paul was the scum of the earth. But the preceding events convinced her that their was another side to Paul rather then his usual bitter demeanor. Was it worth leaving her friends over? What if it didn't work out between them? Dawn shook her head.

"I shouldn't be regretting it now, what's done is done," Dawn concluded.

She then proceeded to packing up the rest of her things.

"Piplup?" her Piplup inquired worriedly.

"I'm fine Piplup, no need to worry," Dawn with a smile.

The sun had began to set and Paul had become impatient.

'Where is she?' he thought to himself.

At that moment, Dawn came rushing out of the Pokemon Center. She spotted Paul and ran over to him.

"You waited! Thank you!" Dawn exclaimed cheerfully.

"If I knew you were gonna be this slow, I should've left you," Paul said.

Dawn stuck her tongue out.

"But you didn't," she said. "Now you're stuck with me."

Paul had already started walking ahead of her.

"Hey! Wait up!" Dawn said running after him.

That's it for now! ^_^ Stay tuned for the next chapter, and as always, REVIEW!

Chapter 5: Dee Dee

All I will say is that someone's gonna get a little jealous! :D