Happy holiday season everyone! I know this is a little early, but I've been sick since Thanksgiving, and I was really not in the mood to do homework, so this is what happened.
I love Christmas, so I will be collecting various Christmas fics into this. Most, if not all, will be Pokeshippy, yes. My goal is to get at least one a week until the big day, so wish me luck!
"Misty! You like, have a package!"
"It's here?!" Misty straightened out the papers she was in the middle of filing and came out from behind the lobby desk.
Violet smiled and held the large cardboard box out to her little sister, "Like, right on time!"
Misty grinned and took the box into her arms, "I have to go call Ash!"
Ash paced the room, checking the calendar on one wall and the clock on the other. Pikachu, Dawn and Brock watched with a hint of amusement and aggravation as they tried to watch a movie on TV.
Brock finally spoke up, "Ash, dude, could you please not do that in front of the couch?"
"Yeah, we're trying to watch TV here!" Dawn agreed, leaning to the left as Ash paced by, trying to see the screen.
"I know, I know, sorry." Ash stopped, plopping into the recliner next to the couch. Pikachu hopped in his lap, "You would think the package would have gotten there by now you know?"
"She'll get it when she gets it Ash. You have to be patient." Brock sighed.
Dawn nodded, "We sent it from another region, it's going to take a while!"
"But it's Christmas Eve!" Ash wined, "She's gotta get it today!"
Right on cue, the buzzer in the room went off and Joy's voice filled the space, "Ash, Dawn, Brock?"
"Yes?" They replied together.
"You have a phone call on line three downstairs."
Ash jumped up and sprinted from the room, "Yes!"
With one last amused glance to each other, Brock and Dawn followed.
Misty sat at the phone patiently.
This was always the most annoying part of calling the gang. Joy would answer, put her on hold and she would just sit there, staring at a cute but annoyingly happy little animation of a chancy asking her to "Please Hold! ^_^", it was irritating.
Finally though, the chancy clicked off. Knowing the screen would soon pop up, Misty quickly straightened out her shirt, ran a hand though her hair, and put on a big smile.
"Merry Christmas, Misty!"
"Hi guys!" Misty grinned, waving to her friends, "Merry Christmas!"
"How's it going?" Brock asked.
"Did you get the package?!" Ash popped into the screen, but was elbowed in the ribs by Dawn, "Hey!"
"Don't be rude!"
Misty laughed, "It's going good, Brock. Busy of course, the gym is closed for the holidays, but that means it's catch up time on paperwork and cleaning. My sisters are actually kind of helping out this year, though, which is a shock. And Ash," she reached down and pulled up the large cardboard box, "Yes I got it!"
She beamed and held it up to the screen, "So are the gifts just sitting in there, or are they wrapped and everything?"
"They're wrapped," Brock explained, "Some better then others…"
Ash stuck out his tongue and Dawn giggled.
"Well, let me see here…" Misty fiddled around with the box for a few seconds before finally getting it open. She reached in and keeping with tradition, pulled out her card from Pikachu first.
By card, I mean Ash squirted some paint on it's paws and let it run around on a piece of paper, but Pikachu had done it for all the humans every year and Misty always looked forward to it.
"Oh Pikachu, it's lovely!" She gushed, "Thank you so much!"
"Chaaa!" Pikachu blushed, "Pi Pikachupi!"
Misty put the card aside and dug back into the box, taking out a small box covered in a glittery snowflake paper. Curiously, she looked at the tag, "Dawn, you didn't have to get me anything, we've never even met!"
The younger girl waved it off, "No need to worry! You got me those awesome water-based stickers, and Ash and Brock talk about you enough that I feel like we know each other."
"Well, thank you!" She carefully took off the wrapping and opened the box to reveal a cute blue swimsuit. She gasped, "Oh my gosh, Dawn this is adorable!"
"Oh, you like it?! I was hoping you would!"
"I love it!" She held it up and looked it over, her eyes going wide, "Is this a Vaporia?"
Dawn nodded happily, "I hope it fits!"
"Oh my gosh, Dawn!" Misty squealed, the boys covered their ears, "Vaporia suits are so expensive! You really shouldn't have!"
"Of course I should have!" She laughed, "You'll have to let me know if it fits, okay?! I think it'll look absolutely adorable on you!"
Misty was grinning from ear to ear as she placed the suit carefully back in it's box, "I will! And thank you so much!"
Brock's head popped onto the screen now, "Open mine next, Misty!"
"Hey!" Ash protested, but Brock simply pushed him away.
"Okay," She dug back into the package, and it didn't take her long to pick out Brock's gift.
The guy had always been amazing at wrapping gifts, and this year was no exception. The small gift was wrapped in gold and red paper with an elegant green ribbon tied into a detailed, curly bow. Tiny jiggle bells hung from the center of the bow that jingled as she took it out. Brock grinned with pride while Ash rolled his eyes behind him.
"Oh Brock, it's beautiful as always," She started to carefully remove the bow and ribbon, "If I didn't know how good your gifts are, I wouldn't want to open it!"
Once the paper was removed, Misty let out another happy squeal, "Oh Brock, you didn't!"
Brock nodded calmly, "Oh yes I did."
"Oh my gosh, Brock you are a lifesaver!"
"What did he get you, Misty?" Dawn asked, standing on her toes in order to peak over Ash's head in the frame.
"Next years copy of the Kanto Gym Leader guidelines!" Misty held the book up to the camera on the phone, "Every gym leader has to buy these stupid books every year, and it is always the worst. Paperwork, lines, phone calls, online reservations, everything is one big headache."
Brock smiled, "I remember having to buy those when I was a gym leader, so I know how rough it is. I thought you would appreciate the sentiment."
Misty sighed in relief, "You have no idea," she placed the gift down and grabbed the package once again, "Now it's time for Ash's gift."
Brock cleared his throat, "You know Misty, It's been great seeing you as always, but Dawn and I promised Joy we would help her with some...stuff."
"Stuff?" Dawn raised an eyebrow, "I don't remember promising Jo-ow!" she rubber her side where Brock as just elbowed her, "Oh right, that stuff!" she grinned vividly.
Misty's face fell slightly, "Oh, well, that's okay. It was great seeing you guys!"
Brock and Dawn nodded, "Great seeing you too! We'll call you tomorrow! Merry Christmas!"
Ash sweatdropped, turning back to the vidphone, "That was weird."
Misty shrugged, "What else is new?" She reached into the box and pulled out a crudely wrapped gift, covered in the same pokeball ornament wrapping paper every single one of Ash's gifts had come in for years.
She blinked and held it up to the camera, an amused look on her face, "Really Ash?"
Ash blushed and rubbed the back of his neck, "Brock wouldn't help me wrap it this year."
"Just so you know, yours turned out better than Mom's did."
"This is an improvement?"
Ash rolled his eyes, but smiled anyway, "Just open it, will ya?"
Misty giggled and carefully untied the ribbons. Her heart was pounding just a little harder then it had been with the other gifts, but she settled it with a deep breath as she removed the paper.
"Ooh, A box. Thank you, Ash, I love it!" She joked.
Ash laughed, "Surprise! It's even cardboard!" Misty giggled and carefully opened the top.
She gasped, carefully removing a small, miniature Ash, "Ash, what…"
He grinned, "It's a lure," he rubbed the back of his neck, "You know, like the one you gave me."
Misty was in absolute shock. Sure, it wasn't exactly the greatest looking lure she had ever seen. The eyes were uneven and different sizes, the paint was blotchy and uneven and Misty was pretty sure one of the legs was close to falling off. But to her, it was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen.
"Did you make this yourself?"
He nodded, proudly, "Yep! Well, Brock and Dawn helped me a little, but it was mostly all me," He blushed lightly, "I understand if you don't want to use it, I know it kind of sucks."
"Are you kidding?" She gasped, "I love it! Here, let me go put it in my tackle box right now!" She hopped up from the chair and quickly ran off camera.
Ash let out the breath he had been holding the entire phone call. She liked it! He had actually thought of making her a lure for her birthday (in February), but the project turned out to be harder then he thought, so he postponed the gift for Christmas and had been working on it all year.
Misty came back on the screen holding her tackle box. She opened it and delicately placed the lure inside, "Perfect fit!" She smiled, "Right where Mini Misty was."
Ash beamed, "You really like it?"
"I love it," she said honestly, closing the top of the box after taking one last peek at her new gift, "It's the best gift I got all year, I'll definitely bring it to Pallet tomorrow and show everyone!"
Misty nodded, "Professor Oak invited me and my sisters to his Christmas party tomorrow."
"Oh man, I'm so jealous! I wish I could be there."
"I wish you could be here too, Ash," Misty smiled. Ash blushed lightly.
"Misty! Like, we're about to caroling!"
Misty scowled to the faceless voice off screen, "I'm on the phone, Lily! I'll let you know when I get off!"
"Well, like, hurry up! We don't have all night you know!"
"I'll be off in a minute, leave me alone, will ya?!" Misty turned back to the screen and stuck out her tongue in annoyance, "Sorry about that."
Ash laughed, "Good to see some things don't change." He smiled sadly, "Guess I should let you go though, huh?"
She sighed, "I guess so. But I had a really good time talking to you, Ash."
"I had a great time talking to you too, Mist."
"Call me tomorrow, okay? And don't forget to call your mom."
"I will don't worry."
"Misty, are you like, ready yet? Lily is getting totally crabby and- Oh! Hi Ash!" Daisy grinned, waving excitedly over Misty's shoulder.
Ash grinned and waved back, "Hey Daisy! Merry Christmas!"
"Like, you too!" The blonde turned to Misty, "As soon as you get off the phone with your boyfriend, get dressed and, like, meet us in the lobby."
Misty blushed and yelled after her oldest sister, "He's not my boyfriend!"
"You shouldn't, like, lie on Christmas!"
She rolled her eyes and turned back to Ash her cheeks noticeably red, "Sorry about that…again."
Ash was blushing just as hard as she was, "No problem."
"I'll talk to you tomorrow, okay Ash? I really miss you a lot."
"I miss you too. Merry Christmas!"
Misty placed the phone down on the receiver and took another look at her new lure before getting up to meet her sisters.
Ash walked back into the room and smirked at his friends who were back to watching their movie on TV, "I see you're done helping Joy with her 'stuff'."
Dawn giggled and Brock smiled knowingly, "She like the gift?"
Ash nodded, "She said she loved it."
"Oh, that's so cute!" Dawn squealed, "You guys are so cute together."
Ash rolled his eyes and joined them on the couch, "I was thinking," he said finally, "What if we went to Pallet for New Years?"
There you are! I hope everyone enjoyed this. My boyfriend and I live across the country from each other, so this is how we usually have to do the whole gift thing, but it's okay, I actually get to spend Christmas with him this year! Yay!
See you next week! =)