Disclaimer: I don't own Pokèmon.

A/N: It's been a while since I've written! Plus, this is my first Pokèmon fanfic. This story is actually sort of (very loosely) based on a true story. I literally woke up with this story idea popped in my head! I hope you enjoy it! Oh, and a little FYI, I tried to put a little of everyone in here from all seasons!

Chapter 1: General POV

"Wow, Ash, eight consecutive trainer battle wins!" Brock cheered. (A/N: Grammar anyone?)

"Pika!!" Pikachu cheered.

"Yeah! My pokèmon put up a great fight!" Ash agreed, petting his pokèmon. When they headed to the pokèmon center, Brock immediately scavenged the place for a specific nurse.

"I wish I had that kind of luck for my contests!" Dawn said.

"At this rate, I'll beat the Sinnoh League with no problem!" Ash anticipated. Just then, Nurse Joy stepped out from the depth of the center and into the lobby.

"Nurse Joy!" Brock squealed, running towards the nurse and grabbing her hands. "My soul has been so empty without you. What do you say we take a walk down the shore?" He said in his romantic voice. Before Croagunk could snap him out of the love sick trance with a poison jab, the phone rang.

"Excuse me. I have to answer this." Nurse Joy said, shaking of Brock's hands. "Pokèmon Center." She answered. "Um, one moment please." She took the phone away from her ear and covered it with her free hand. "Is there an Ash Ketchum here? Ash Ketchum?"

"Um, yes. That's me." Ash stated with slight curiosity.

"Phone for you." She handed him the phone.

When he looked the screen to see who it was, he saw his mom, but she didn't look like her normal, happy self. Ash thought that if he tells her of his victory, she might cheer up! "Hey, Mom! Guess what! I won eight trainer battles in a row!"

"That's nice honey, but I have something to tell you."

"What is it?"

"It's something important I need to tell you …alone."

"Oh." He looked up at Brock and Dawn who were standing next to him, thinking they will take the hint.

"Come on, Dawn, let's go do something over there." Brock said, pointing to the opposite direction.

"Oh, of course! Don't mind us! We're on our way out." Dawn said.

"Take Pikachu, too." Pikachu hopped off of his shoulder and onto Dawn's


"We'll be back!" Dawn said as they all exited the Pokèmon Center all together.

"What is it, Mom?" He asked when they were finally alone.

"It's about your father."

"My…father?" All this time, Ash has never met his father. The only thing he knew about him was that he went on a pokèmon journey. Just that. He didn't know when or why; just the fact that he went. "What about him?"

"Well, he went on a pokèmon journey a while back, you know." She took a deep breath and her face sunk. "He's been gone for a while now." Ash just blinked, waiting for her to continue. "Ash, your father… Your father just died."

That's Chapter one! Don't you just love cliffhangers?! Feel free to review, add as favorites, or whatever! Anyone can review. Anyone! Oh, and if you're confused, just keep reading.