Me: Hey! I don't own Pokemon, nor do I own "To Know the Unknown" from the "Pokemon 3" soundtrack, or the Pokemon theme song from "Pokemon: The First Movie!" Finally-we've arrived at the end!

Ash: Yeah-you've put us through a lot of torment, pal!

Pikachu: Pika! (Yeah!)

Me: True, true. And, yes, I am planning a sequel, but it'll focus on the one thing that's got to happen in the show-Ash's return to the Indigo Plateau.

Ash: What? Are you serious?!

Me: If you're ever gonna be the world's greatest #1 Pokemon Master, don't you think you've got to accomplish that? Plus, Charizard's gonna be on your side this time around.

Ash: You've got a point there.

Pikachu: Pikachu, pika! (Aren't you forgetting something?)

Me: That's right! This final leg in "The Power of Two" is dedicated to everyone who's stuck it out from the prologue and beyond, including those latecomers! Enjoy, and I'll let you know when I post up "Return to the Pokemon League!"







Pokemon: The Power of Two

Epilogue-The Unknown Future









"What are you talkin' about, Brock? I don't see any beautiful woman." -Ash Ketchum

"Just turn around." -Misty

"Misty, please-only one of us can hallucinate at a time!" -Ash Ketchum, "Make Room for Gloom!"







Last time, Ash and his friends were forced to battle against almost the entire legion of Team Rocket soldiers! With Gary's added assistance, Brock, Misty, and most of Ash's Pokemon took care of the Team Rocket soldiers, but in the end, Ash and Pikachu had to battle against Giovanni and the Legendary Pokemon, Raikou. Pikachu caused some damage to Raikou, but not enough to defeat him. When Giovanni ordered Raikou to use a Hyper Beam, Ash thought Pikachu wouldn't survive! Yet once again, Pikachu showed his determination by pulling himself together and launching a barrage of attacks against the Legendary Pokemon. Eventually, Raikou was defeated, and Jessie, James and Meowth returned with a significant number of Officer Jennies. Giovanni warned Ash that it wasn't over, and he and his entire legion vanished. Confident that the journey he and Misty had started together was at last over, Ash released Raikou and Suicune and, with his friends and Pokemon, returned to Pallet Town again...









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 led 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 says the name of the episode)

Ash: The Unknown Future!

Ash Ketchum wasn't only relieved that, for the moment, his duties as the Chosen One were finished, but that he could finally leave Mewtwo in peace at his island and possibly never have to return. Something was nagging him at the back of his mind that it probably wouldn't end so simply, and the strangest part was that he believed it. At the moment, he and Misty both wanted to know what had become of the Legendary Pokemon from Johto. True, they could have asked Espeon, but that would've required Ash to translate for Misty and the last thing Ash wanted to do was to stay up the entire night with his girlfriend and Pokemon, translating everything that was mentioned.

"At this time, all of the Legendary Pokemon are fine-for now. Ho-oh has reclaimed his position at the Tin Towers and has recovered from that grueling ordeal concerning you and Gary. Raikou has returned to the caves under Goldenrod City and will most likely stay there indefinitely. Entei hasn't revealed himself to the inhabitants of the Charicific valley, but he has returned there and won't inadvertently be spotted by anyone. Suicune has returned to the Union Caves and has taken precautions to ensure that anyone else who tries to capture him-if they could even see him-wouldn't get that close. As for Lugia, he arrived at the Orange Islands within an hour of you sending him off, Ash. He has recovered from the battle concerning you quite well. You two have done a tremendous job in protecting these Pokemon from Giovanni's ironclad rule." Mewtwo showed something that could've been a smile on his face, but Misty wasn't too certain.

"I'm not too sure about that. Giovanni ended up with Raikou and Suicune near the end there."

"Yeah." Ash agreed with Misty's statement. "If I hadn't released Entei and Lugia-and Gary hadn't released Ho-oh-who knows where we'd be at right now?"

"True, you being captured along with the Pokemon wasn't seen by any of us until it happened, but it all worked out for the best. Ash braved his personal demons to get to you. He's made a pact with Jessie, James and Meowth-"

"That'll be broken the next time we see them." Misty muttered to Ash a second later.

"-and most importantly, Ash basically proposed to you amidst that anticlimactic battle the previous night."

"You've got a point there." Ash replied.

"Until next time, Chosen Ones. Good luck on all your future journeys."

"Wait-what about the future?! What's gonna happen...?" Ash never got to complete his question because Mewtwo had sent them back to the exact spot he'd brought them here from.

"The universe was formed within a week...all of life's mysteries cannot be answered with the assistance of a Psychic Pokemon...and most importantly, the path you and Misty take Ash, will be fraught with joy, tears, dangers, pain, betrayal, and the Pokemon League...but you will face it together." Mewtwo declared quietly as Mew finally revealed himself by his side.







How the universe began...what the future holds...

Why do fools fall in love? What happens to our souls?

Clues to life's mysteries are what we hope to find

Always reachin' for a reason, searchin' for a sign







Ash groaned under his breath as he found himself, Misty, Brock, Pikachu and Togepi back on the road heading for Pallet Town.

"Why can't Psychics answer our questions instead of pulling us away from our friends or sending us back to our friends with unanswered questions?" Ash thought grimly.

"Some questions are better left unasked, and most secrets are better left revealed than hidden."

Ash grinned to himself. Espeon had activated her Psychic link!

"Hey, Espeon! Do you know what's gonna happen between Misty and me when we both hit 18?"

"That part of your future, along with your path to the Pokemon League, is uncertain at this time. These events will transpire the way they occur for a reason. I'm sorry, Ash, but that is all I can reveal to you currently."

Ash sighed as he felt the link close down, but he also felt someone's hand clutching his own-Misty's.

"What's wrong, Ashy boy? You look upset, and you haven't lost a battle yet, unless you add those unfinished matches against Whitney and Liza."

Ash fought hard to avoid responding to Misty's statement negatively. Only Gary had called him "Ashy boy" beforehand, and to see Misty pick up that horrendous nickname was still unnerving.

"The last time you called me 'Ashy boy' was during the Johto League Championship, and I'd appreciate it if I wasn't called that by my own girlfriend/future fiancee."

"Okay, but that isn't what's bothering you, is it?"

"Well..." Now Ash felt even more troubled, and he hadn't even said anything! "I was wondering how the future would turn out for us! Espeon told me some stuff that really didn't make a lot of sense and I'm curious about these things."

Misty smiled as she cupped Ash's chin in her hand. "I may not be a Psychic Pokemon, or have psychic powers like Sabrina, but if there's one thing I do know, it's this-as long as we're together, I'll always love you, Ash."

Ash felt his cheeks grow hot, and he knew that he was blushing. He also felt a boyish grin appear on his face as Misty closed her eyes and leaned forward toward him.

"Hey! Pallet Town's over this next ledge, so quit liplocking and get over here!" Brock yelled. Both Ash and Misty growled deep in their throats. This was the umpteenth time Brock had interrupted them!

"The next time he does that, I'm gonna have Charizard and Cyndaquil roast him!" Ash hissed irritably.

"If he survives from Golduck's Fury Swipes attack."







Chorus: To know the unknown...(It doesn't mean that much to me)

To know the unknown...(Some secrets are meant to be)

Don't want all the answers 'cause one thing is true-as long as my heart beats, I'll always love you

So I don't need to know the unknown!







"There it is, guys-Pallet Town!" Ash released his Pokemon at the same time-Charizard, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Espeon and Totodile observed the town where their trainer had grown up during most of his life and were visibly impressed.

"Now let's go-the last one to my Mom's house has to help out Brock and Mr. Mime with cleaning!" Ash raced off towards his house, all six of his Pokemon-including Pikachu-giving chase. Pikachu, Charizard and Espeon all had advantages over Ash instantly-Pikachu used his Agility attack, Charizard simply took to the sky and Espeon teleported there.

"Ash, wait up!" Misty called out.

"You know how Ash is at times like this-you can't reason with him, so if you don't wanna get stuck doing work with me, I suggest you get running!" Brock started running, but Misty stopped him.

"Wait, Brock-isn't that the Nurse Joy from Viridian City I see over the horizon?"

"Ooh-where?! Where is she? Huh?" Once he got there, Brock realized that there wasn't anyone here, and when he turned back around, Misty and Togepi were already halfway caught up to Ash!

"Catch you at the house!"

"Hey! That wasn't fair!" Brock complained while attempting to catch up with his friends.







Ash grinned. When he made it to his old house, he saw Pikachu, Charizard and Espeon already there, so he knew what had happened.

"Next time, you guys can't use your attacks to get here before me." Ash noted cynically. A second later, Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile arrived there. Ash steeled himself and breathed in and out before opening the door.

"Hello! I'm home, and I brought some new Pokemon for you to meet, Mom!"

"Mr. Mime!"

"Wahhhh!" Ash cried out as he was bowled over by Mr. Mime's sweeping the floor, and he ended up on his back next to his Pokemon!

"That really hurt...Mr. Mime, where's my Mom at?!" Ash exclaimed worriedly. "Was she kidnapped by Team Rocket? Did something happen to her? What?!"

Eyeing Ash with the same look he gave others at times, the Psychic Pokemon responded the way he usually does. "Mr. Mime!"

Ash groaned in exasperation. "That's it. The next time this happens, I'm just gonna use the phone to find her."

"You're finally home!"

Ash laughed out loud as he quickly turned around to see his mom at the door, Misty waiting patiently behind her.

"Mom! It's great to see-"

"Welcome back, Pikachu!"

"Pika!"

Ash cried out as he dropped back down to the ground in shock.

"Chiko?"

"Same old Mom. You'll get used to her, Chikorita-I think."

"Hi, sweetie! Oh, hello, Misty. How's everything with Togepi?"

"Fine. Brock's been more or less the same."

"Hello, Mrs. Ketchum. It's a joy to see you once again. Now that I'm back, I'll just pick up where I left off." Ash sweatdropped as Brock shot past him and started grappling with Mr. Mime for the broom.

"Here we go again."

"Pikachu."

"Are these new friends of yours, Ash? I recognize Pikachu and Charizard-who'll have to go outside by the way-but the other four aren't that well known around Pallet Town."

Ash smiled broadly as he shepherded Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile and Espeon in front of him.

"Mom, these are the Pokemon I caught during my Johto League journey-Chikorita..."

"Chiko!"

"...Cyndaquil..."

"Cyndaquil!"

"...Totodile..."

"Toto-totodile!"

"...and Espeon-who doesn't speak that much, but uses telepathy to talk with others." Seeing the blank look on his mother's face, Ash mumbled, "I'll have Professor Oak talk about it later."







Is there life on other planets?

Why there's magic in a kiss; what dreams really mean

Who hears us when we wish?

Everybody's wonderin', tryin' to understand, but all the revelations are castles in the sand









Ash and his friends-humans and Pokemon-didn't relax long while staying at the Ketchum residence. Being forced to stay outside, however, worked wonders for Charizard, who could keep watch over the house and not worry about breaking anything. Brock and Mr. Mime were still arguing over who got to do what around the house and until Misty yanked Brock away, it seemed like that battle would continue on! Ash was in his room, with Pikachu, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile and Espeon all next to him on his bed. Whereas Ash was back to wondering about the future, his Pokemon were trying to get him to calm down, since he looked like he had a troubled face.

"Why do Misty and I feel like flying whenever we kiss-which hasn't happened that much ever since this whole Chosen One thing started. Would anyone hear me if I tried to make a wish? Probably Espeon, maybe even Mewtwo, Mew and Lugia, if they were within receiving range. There's one thing I don't need to worry about. I know that no matter what happens, I'll always love Misty with all of my heart, 'til death does us part...or something like that."

"Ash! You in here? Professor Oak wants to tell you something at his laboratory!"

"Coming, Mom! Come on, guys." Ash advised. Finally doing something worthwhile, his Pokemon bounded downstairs, Pikachu and Chikorita eyeing each other with cautious glances.







Chorus: To know the unknown...(It doesn't mean that much to me)

To know the unknown...(Some secrets are meant to be)

Don't want all the answers 'cause one thing is true-as long as the Earth turns, I'll always love you

So I don't need to know the unknown!







Ash and Misty had to pull Brock away from his "duties around the house" in order to get going.

"It'll be great to see the other Pokemon Professor Oak's been looking after, won't it, Pikachu?"

"Pika!"

"Not only that, but he'll finally get to analyze Espeon." Misty added.

"That's right. Thanks to Gary, he probably already got to observe how an Umbreon acts, so this'll be the perfect opportunity for him to study Espeon."

"What do you two think Professor Oak's gonna talk about?" Brock spoke up.

Ash had recalled most of his Pokemon, leaving out Pikachu-as usual-and Chikorita, both of whom were on either his left or right shoulders.

"Probably on what journey I should take next." Ash replied.

"Well, if I were you, Ash, I'd try going for the Indigo League again." Misty suggested.

"The Indigo League? That means I'd have to travel around here again." Ash admitted.

"You've gained lots of experience while you were at the Orange League, and at the Johto League. This should be a piece of cake for you, Ash!" Brock insisted.

"Maybe, but..." Ash held in his breath as he remembered what happened against Richie during his final battle at the Indigo Stadium.

Flashback

"It looks like...it looks like Charizard is taking a nap!"

"Charizard-you can't just quit in the middle of my most important match ever!"

The Fire/Flying type Pokemon yawned in response to Ash's outburst.

"Charizard, please get up and battle! Just listen to me now and you never have to listen to me again, okay?" Ash pleaded. The people in the stadium weren't too understanding that Ash had a Pokemon that didn't listen to a single word he said!

"Hey-what is this?"

"We came here to see a Pokemon battle!"

"Get serious!"

Misty and Brock groaned sadly on the bench behind Ash. "Charizard still won't listen to Ash-this is a total disaster!" Brock exclaimed.

"Why did Charizard stop battling?" Mrs. Ketchum asked.

"It may have thought Charmander-a Flame-type like itself-was a worthy adversary, but it doesn't want to bother battling with a puny little Pikachu." Professor Oak explained.

Charizard was snoozing away peacefully as the referee declared, "Charizard refuses to battle-Pikachu is the winner! The winner of the match is the red trainer-Richie!"

End flashback

Ash felt tears stinging his eyes as he remembered dropping to his knees in defeat, struggling to contain his anger, pain and disappointment in his Pokemon, and the words he'd yelled out that officially ended the battle in his eyes-"Charizard, return!"

"I don't know, guys-what if things haven't changed? What if I end up battling Richie again, and Charizard still won't battle against Sparky?"

Misty didn't like it when Ash was like this-unsure of himself and his goals. She turned to Ash, forcing him to look her in the eye.

"Ash, you've gained a lot of experience throughout our journeys together, and even if Charizard didn't listen to you then, he does now. Since Charizard knows firsthand how powerful a Pikachu's Electric attacks are, he'll be more cautious and will probably try to end the battle as soon as possible."

"Yeah-that's right!" Ash took into account the two-on-two battle against Luana, the final Orange League Gym Leader.

Flashback

Ash held in his breath in shock as Charizard was hoisted up due to Alakazam's Psychic attack!

"Alakazam's using Psychic attack." Tracy noted.

"It's working!" Misty replied worriedly.

"Pikachu-help Charizard! Use Thundershock!" Ash yelled out.

"Pika...CHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!" The Electric-type fired a blast of electric energy directly aimed at Charizard!

"CHARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!"

"Pikachu-help Charizard!" Ash ranted furiously.

"Pika, pika."

End flashback

"If Pikachu hadn't helped Charizard out, I probably never would've got to go to the Orange League." Ash recalled calmly.

"That's right."

"You're right, Misty-I can win at the Indigo Stadium this time! With all my Pokemon by my side, we're sure to win now!" Ash declared confidently.

"Pikachu!"

"Chiko!"







You don't have to tell me just why you went away

Now that you've come back, there's nothing more to say

All I really need to know is that you're here to stay...







Ash wasn't only pleased with the knowledge that this time, Charizard would help him win, but the fact that Charizard had returned for good! He had been worried that his Pokemon would leave him again when Liza had offered for the Fire/Flying Pokemon to stay and train again at the Charicific Valley, but Charizard had politely declined. He'd learned all that he needed to know while he was there, and now there was one thing that remained undone-the Pokemon League.









Chorus: To know the unknown...(It doesn't mean that much to me)

To know the unknown...(Some secrets are meant to be)

Don't want all the answers 'cause one thing is true-as long as the Earth turns, I'll always love you

So I don't need to know the unknown...(It doesn't mean that much to me)

To know the unknown...(Some secrets are meant to be)

Don't want all the answers 'cause one thing is true-as long as my heart beats, I'll always love you

So I don't need to know the unknown! (song ends)







"Do you think we should mess with the twerps now, Jessie?" James asked calmly. The two of them-and Meowth-were scanning the area in their hot-air balloon and had spotted Ash and his friends heading up to Professor Oak's laboratory.

"Not today, James. Maybe next time."

"Yeah, 'cause then, we'll have a surefire plan to catch Pikachu!"

"Wobbuffet!"

"Yes, very good-now go overboard." Jessie muttered to her Patient Pokemon.

"Watch out, twerp-'cause next time..." James began.

"We'll catch that Pikachu!" Jessie hissed.

"Wobbuffet!"







Ash, Misty, Brock and the Pokemon had finally reached Professor Oak's lab.

"Professor! Where are you?" Ash yelled out.

"We're in here, Ash!"

"That voice sounds familiar." Misty said as they started walking forward.

"It almost sounds like..." Ash began.

"Ash, Misty! How are you? Hey, Brock."

"Tracy?!" Ash and Misty chorused.

"Oh, it's good to see you, Ash. And-is that a Chikorita?"

Ash and Pikachu fell over as Professor Oak picked up the Grass Pokemon from his shoulder.

"Glad...you enjoy Chikorita's company." Ash stammered.

"Quite remarkable. Has the same capabilities of a Bulbasaur, but unlike Bulbasaur, Chikorita is a pure Grass-type Pokemon. Very interesting."

"Professor? The reason you called?" Ash spoke up.

"That's right! I think it's time for you to take on the Indigo Stadium again."

"What do you know? That's exactly what we were talking about." Brock cracked.

"Of course, this time it wouldn't be like it was before. We've shuffled the Gyms around so that you won't start at Pewter City, but you will still have to end at Cinnabar and at Viridian."

"Sounds pretty easy, but where would we start at?" Ash asked.

"In Vermilion City. I think your Chikorita would be a big help there-being a Grass Pokemon by nature, Electric attacks would have no effect."

Ash considered it-Pikachu had already proven himself there, and Chikorita could use practice. He recalled the Johto League Championship and his accomplishments against Gary...







Flashback

I wanna be the very best like no one ever was

To catch them is my real test-to train 'em is my cause (whoo-hoo-hoo!)

I will travel across the land, searching far and wide!

Each Pokemon to understand the power that's inside! (Power inside!)







Against Pidgeot, Chikorita had done a splendid job, even though she'd been at a serious disadvantage. Cyndaquil helped out and torched Gary's first Pokemon, but Feraligatr had wiped out the Fire-type. Pikachu bounded in and lit up Gary's second choice with a powerful Thunderbolt!









Chorus: Pokemon-It's you and me!

I know it's my destiny-Pokemon!

You're my best friend in a world we must defend

Pokemon-a heart so true, our courage will pull us through!

You teach me and I'll teach you-Pokemon...

Gotta catch 'em-gotta catch 'em-gotta catch 'em all!







Ash grinned while recalling the battle between Charizard and Arcanine. Not only had it been hot and fiery, but Charizard had pulled through with a Seismic Toss attack! Against Typhlosion, Charizard hadn't been deterred, and he'd merely plowed down the pure Fire-type with a barrage of attacks, ending with a powerful Fire attack! Those two battles had left Charizard too tired to continue on, and Nidoking's Hyper Beam attack had finished him off. Luckily for Ash, Chikorita was rested and willing-like always-to head back into battle! With a few Razor Leaf attacks, plus a Tackle attack, Nidoking had been brought to his knees. Both trainer and Pokemon expected victory, but Chikorita, and soon after Totodile, had been beaten by Nidoking! Ash had no other choice but to send out his newly acquired Espeon.









Every challenge along the way, with courage I will face

I will battle everyday to claim my rightful place

Come with me-the time is right! There's no better team, yeah!

Arm in arm we'll win the fight-it's always been our dream! (It's always been our dream!)

Chorus: Pokemon-It's you and me!

I know it's my destiny-Pokemon!

You're my best friend in a world we must defend

Pokemon-a heart so true, our courage will pull us through!

You teach me and I'll teach you-Pokemon...

Gotta catch 'em-gotta catch 'em-Pokemon!







Espeon had taken down the powerful Poison/Ground Pokemon with a Psybeam attack, which left Gary with no other choice but to send out Umbreon. Espeon had refused to battle, and Ash had understood, recalling his newest Pokemon and sending out Pikachu! After a grueling match, Pikachu used his Thunder attack, but Umbreon used his Reflect attack. Pouring on as much power as possible, Pikachu finally shattered the attack, striking down the Dark Pokemon and defeating him! Thanks to teamwork, friendship and a determination to win, Ash and his Pokemon had triumphed against Gary-at the Johto League, but now the Indigo Stadium awaited the return of the trainer who had lost before, and was only now returning...







Chorus: Pokemon-It's you and me!

I know it's my destiny-Pokemon!

You're my best friend in a world we must defend

Pokemon-a heart so true, our courage will pull us through!

You teach me and I'll teach you-Pokemon...(I'll teach you!)

Gotta catch 'em-gotta catch 'em-gotta catch 'em all-Pokemon!

(song ends; end flashback)







Ash smiled once more as he clasped Misty's hand and waited for Chikorita to hop back onto his shoulder.

"Are you ready to take on the Indigo League, guys?"

"Pikachu!"

"Chiko!"

Ash turned toward Misty and Brock, a look of concern on his face.

"Are you guys with me, 'cause eventually, I will have to battle you again..."

"We're always with you, Ash-even if we have to battle." Misty replied, smiling herself.

"That's right, Ash. Believe you, me-we'll send you to the top the toughest way we know!" Brock said.

"Okay-watch out, Indigo-Ash Ketchum's back, and this time, I'm sure to be the world's greatest Pokemon Master!"

Now that he and Misty have recovered entirely from their experience in Johto, Ash and his friends are going to battle against the Gyms of Kanto. Even though Ash will have to face Misty and Brock on his trip back to the top, they'll always be by his side, cheering him on! Can Ash truly succeed this time around? You'll just have to wait and see...