Alright! Here's the last chapter of the story! How will it end? See for yourselves :P
But, you must be warned: There'll be some extreme 'corniness' moments between Holly and Brock (Ash and May? We'll see...)!
Now, for the little quiz: Yeah, it was Scary Movie 3, not that hard, eh? ;)
It seems like accidentally put up some AshxSabrina moments... I think I can tell you right away that that shipping is not likely that the chapter will end with... tried to make it like they hated each other's guts! :/
I don't really know what else to say... I want to thank you guys so far for helping me with this story (and to Justicez for taking extra long time to help me with the wedding!)!
Enjoy the chapter and don't forget to review at the end of it!
"Where's Ash? I can't find him!"
"Has anyone seen the bride?"
"Mom! I need help with my dress!"
There was a hectic rush at the Harrisons' estate, people ran back and forth, trying to get things done last minute.
"Ash! Where are you?" Brock cried out as soon as he had come out of the house. "It's time for you to get dressed! The wedding's in about two hours!"
"Then we have plenty of time, don't you think?" Ash asked his cat, Meowth, as they lay on the grass, looking at Pikachu who was trying to catch a Diglett that kept popping its head out of the ground.
"Sure, boss." Meowth answered him halfheartedly, the harsh words from Ash still echoed in his head.
"Hey, I'm sorry, okay?" Ash sighed and got up as he looked at the cat seriously. "Maybe I was too harsh, but I left you in charge of the team, so I expected some kind of discipline while I was gone. I didn't expect that you guys would be running around and... Arceus knows! What will happen if one of her pokemon gets an egg, huh?"
"Alright, boss, calm down." Meowth shook his head and glared at his master. "You know, you've never acted like this before... I would even go so far as to say that you're insecure and jealous!"
"You're saying that I want to mate with a pokemon?" Ash asked with a look of disgust on his face, causing Pikachu to snicker.
"No! I'm saying that you're jealous... we might be mating with the pokemon... but you want their trainer!"
"I swear, Meowth, one more word about that and I'll put you in your pokeball..." Ash growled as his eyes flashed dangerously.
"Oh, well, it was worth a try." The cat shrugged. "Gotta tell Skitty that our plan didn't work..."
"Besides, Pikachu isn't acting like a horny pokemon!" Ash stated with a proud look at his rodent, who gave him something that looked like a thumbs-up, Pikachu-style.
"That's because he's as stubborn as you, boss..." Meowth sighed, then a smirk appeared on his face. "And I thought that you didn't want to talk about it!"
"Well, I don't." Ash stated with a neutral tone. "I just... had it on my mind, that's all..."
"Okay, you can just shut your bloody mouth before I volunteer you as a flower pokemon!" Ash barked at him, causing the cat shiver at the thought. "How would you like that?"
"Alright, alright!" The cat shook his head. "I'm sorry, okay? I won't mention it again..."
"Good." Ash nodded, ignoring the rodent who was rolling around, laughing. "Come on, guys, the sooner we start this the sooner we can go."
"How does that even make sense?" Meowth asked with a frown.
"It isn't supposed to, let's go." The dark trainer yawned and got up; he then started to walk towards the house.
"Where have you been?" Ash was starting to grow tired of the shouting breeder. "Do you even know how long I've been waiting here?"
"Yes, one hour, twelve minutes and twenty-two seconds." Ash nodded along with Meowth. "We killed some time by watching you scream yourself to death... Meowth won the bet."
"You've great lungs, Old-Twerp!" Meowth stated happily as he received the money from Ash, he quickly put it in a pocket on Ash's backpack. "I'm going to make a fortune here!"
"Yeah, yeah... no need to brag about it." Ash mumbled rather sullenly, he hated to giving away money that easily.
"Anyway, you're late for your costumes!" Brock cried out in a rush and started to push them towards a tent, that Ash hadn't seen around before, that stood a little discretely behind the large marquee. "We put this up some hours ago, the boys will get dressed here while the girls will get dressed in the house."
"Why? I thought it was only tradition that the bride and groom shouldn't see each other!" Ash stated angrily as he was pushed into the slight darker area.
"I know, I know." Brock sighed. "But they just don't feel comfortable changing around you guys and-"
"Right... they don't feel comfortable changing around US... what about you, Mr. Grand-Pervert?" Ash asked with an evil smirk as he looked at the gray clothes-hangers. "Seems a little empty in here..."
"Yes, almost everybody's done... there's only you, me, Gary and Barry that isn't ready yet." Brock sighed once more.
"Why aren't Barry and Gary ready?" Ash asked with a frown. He had actually lost a little, like really minutely, of his grudge against Barry, he figured that the blond trainer had almost paid for his 'sins'... almost.
"Because..." Brock groaned in frustration. "They're busy trying to spy on the girls as they get changed!"
"How did that go for them?" Ash asked with a wide smile as he thought about it.
"Not too bad, according to them, they managed to see some things... then Sabrina felt them and threw them out from the third floor of the house." The breeder shivered at the thought. "However, they refuse to give up."
"Alright, can you bring Pikachu here?"
"Su- wait a minute... what are you planning on doing with him?" Ash demanded as he glared at the uncomfortable breeder.
"Well... you see... not ONLY do the humans have to be dressed for the occasion..." He chuckled nervously. "Each person has to, if possible, have one pokemon that's dressed too... however, those who'll be standing next to me or Holly will have to have two pokemon out each."
"Yeah? Why should you put a sack over Pikachu's head then?" Ash asked with a glare. "My history may be a little rusty... but I thought that clothes for pokemon weren't invented until a couple of years ago, when some kind of idiot thought it would be 'fun' and 'cute' to see them sweat and suffer and-"
"Alright! That may be true..." Brock sighed, "But that's what we've decided... we even chose a costume for them already."
"Oh, and you picked costumes for MY pokemon without MY input? Nice...!" Ash spat and was about to walk out of the tent. "Cya, Brock, we're out of here!"
"Wait!" The trainer slowly turned around. "Would it be so bad to even see the costume?"
"Well... I guess it wouldn't hurt." Ash shrugged and walked back to the breeder.
"Alright, as I said before, we will start with Pikachu." The breeder smiled at the little rodent, who got an uncomfortable feeling in his little stomach.
The mouse watched the tall man walk up to a chest, open it and...
The little rodent froze as he saw the breeder pull out a checkered white and blue knitted woolen hat with a white bobble on the top, that didn't look that bad, he might use it and-... he watched in horror as he saw that the breeder was still rummaging through the chest.
The breeder then picked up some kind of shirt that had the same pattern and color as the hat... and, finally, two small red shoes with the same bobbles at the tip...
However, Pikachu smiled calmly, there was no way in hell that his PikaPi would expose the little mouse to that, all he had to do was to look frightened and they could leave anytime and-... his PikaPi was smiling at him with a smile that the little Pikachu wasn't too fond of...
"Well... it has never hurt to try it on, ain't that right, Pikachu?" Ash roared with laughter together with Meowth as they imagined the rodent in those clothes.
"Pika...chuu..." The little rodent cooed sadly as Brock quickly put the clothes on him, making him want to melt away in embarrassment.
"Perfect!" Meowth laughed for all he was worth as he finally saw the little rodent in the costume.
"Just laugh, it's your turn now and-... hey, where did they go?" Pikachu looked around with the breeder, it looked like PikaPi and Meowth had cleared the tent, leaving him there to his misery.
"Alright then... I'm sure they'll be back." Brock smiled weakly. "Pikachu, would you mind going to fetch Barry and Gary? I want them to get dressed too."
The rodent gulped at the thought of going out there, humans and pokemon would laugh at him! But he lowered his head, feeling the wave of shame pass over him as he walked out into the sun...
"What do you reckon, Meowth?" Ash whispered to him as they were hiding behind a bush, looking towards the big house. "What's your bet?"
"Hmm..." The cat seemed to think a bit, then he smiled. "Three, Third-Twerpette, First-Twerpette and Plant-Twerpette... First-Twerpette's going to throw something at them."
"Really? I beg to differ..." Ash smirked and thought a bit. "Four, Dawn, Misty, Erika and Casey, the witch's going to throw a chair at them."
"Deal!" They shook han-... hands and paws.
They continued to watch as the two males, both around Ash's age, one with blond hair and the other with brown hair, sneaked up towards the house very stealthily, they each took a bucket that they were carrying and them under the window and stood on them, slowly lifting themselves up a little bit to look through the window.
"Five... four... three... two... one..." At one, you could hear someone scream, "Dawn..." And another, "Misty...", and another, "Erika..."and …silence. "Damn it!"
"The money, please." Meowth smirked and held out his paw.
"Not yet, it's not over..."
True, the screams woke the house and various people started shouting, the two males outside seemed to be at a loss as to what to do as they ran back and forth between the two windows, not knowing what to do.
"This is it..."
"Crash!" Was the sound that resounded across the area as two chairs flew out from said windows, hitting the two males on the head.
"Ha! We're even!" Ash cheered a bit to himself, until Meowth held up his paw.
True to word, an orange head then poked out of the window, holding another projectile in her hand.
"And don't let me see you around here again!" The water-type gym leader, Misty, yelled as she waved the chair over her head.
"Bloody hell!" Ash cursed and handed Meowth the money. "How do you always get it right!"
"What can I say?" The cat smirked and put the money in his pocket on Ash's backpack. "I know what's going to happen before it really does..."
"Yeah, right..." The dark trainer muttered.
"Ash?" The trainer's head snapped up as he looked at Max behind him, dressed in some kind of bard-outfit, looking like a bigger version of what he had worn during the castle-tournament all those years ago.
"Yeah?" Ash just couldn't bring himself to be rude to the boy, not after what he had been through...
"Brock wanted me to tell Holly and the girls that everything's ready... but... but I..."
"It's alright." Ash nodded understanding. "I'll do it, you can run back... here, take Meowth with you."
"Boss, I would like to say that I disapprove disapprove of that order and-"
"Noted, Meowth... now, get the hell out of here."
The cat sighed and followed the young gym leader's apprentice, agreeing to wait outside the tent until his boss returned.
"Now... let's do this..." Ash growled and started to walk towards the door, passing Barry and Gary as who were running in the opposite direction, with their hands on the newly formed lumps on their head.
A few steps to the door Ash started to feel hesitation... he, against all those girls, including that witch?... no chance... oh, well, you had to die some day...
He pushed down the handle on the door and stepped in, surveying his environment quickly. Everything appeared clear.
He could hear loud voices around the house, he decided to follow the one who he recognized as Holly's.
The trainer walked up the stairs, then turning left before stopping in front of one of the doors.
"Knocking's for suckers..." Ash thought with a slight smile and stepped right inside.
A second later, his tympanic membrane regretted his decision...
"ASH!" At least five girls shouted at him as he stepped in, he could recognized Erika and Holly inside. "Some of us aren't even dressed yet!"
"Don't worry." The trainer assured them. "I've seen it all, the only difference is the sizes..." He expected a slap on the cheek, but he guessed the girls were too embarrassed to do anything.
He shrugged and made his way through the girls, some of them only wearing only a towel or less... he walked up to Holly, who was busy with covering herself with the closest thing she could find.
"Brock says that everything's ready." Ash almost yawned a bit, the girls didn't know how they should take his actions. "How's it at your front?"
"P-pardon?" Holly stuttered with a beet-red face.
"I said: Are you done yet? I want to get moving here." Ash sighed, why couldn't people ever understand him?
"Does it LOOK like we're ready, Ash?" Erika asked with a frown as she waved her hands over her head to emphasize her point... causing her towel to fall off, herself to shriek, Ash to smile, and the other girls to shout.
"Well... if you ask me, I would say that you're ready." He nodded happily.
"Ash, we'll be done in about half an hour... tell Brock that." Holly sighed, she didn't think Ash's antics were either funny or embarrassing anymore. "Go now, please?"
"Alright." The trainer shrugged and turned around, smiling at a girl with yellow hair. He then turned around when he reached the door with a little smirk. "How about a group picture?"
"GET OUT!" All the girls roared at him with all their might, making the trainer close the door quickly after himself, in case someone decided to throw something at him.
"Why is he always late?" Brock asked nobody in particular, though Meowth took it as his job to defend his boss.
The breeder, Brock, was dressed in a big, red and furry mantle that reached to the floor, he had a regal looking crown on his head, he was dressed in a red and black polo-shirt and brown spandex pants with a pair of red boots rounding up the ensemble... Meowth had to use all his willpower to not laugh at him, although he was sure that his boss wouldn't tease the Old-Twerp for his dress-sense.
"Don't worry, Old-Twerp." The cat smiled assuringly at him. "He may be late sometimes, but he's never too late!"
"I see..." The breeder hesitated, then a thought struck him. "Hey, how come you call me 'Old-Twerp'? Didn't you use that name for Ash last time?... and what's with the 'Twerp'-names anyway?"
"The boss is the boss." Meowth explained like he was talking to a three year old. "And, you're the oldest Twerp... therefore, you're the 'Old-Twerp'!"
"And since Misty is the first girl you saw with Ash it that makes her the 'First-Twerp'?"
"No!" Meowth shook his head. "It makes her the 'First-Twerpette!"
"How does that even makes sense?"
"How do your eyes make sense?" Meowth shot back with an evil smirk.
Brock simply ignored the jab and continued to look around for Ash, whom he finally spotted.. "There he is!"
"Did I miss something?" Ash asked with a questioning look as he approached them... Meowth was probably the only one who noticed the slight smirk Ash had as he looked at Brock.
"Not really... why? Did we miss something?"
"Brock, you have no idea!" Ash laughed as he passed him. "How's it going, Meowth?"
"Awesome, boss!" The cat cheered. "Old-Twerp has showed me what we're going to wear... it looks great!"
"Really?" Ash asked with a raised eyebrow. "Why's that?"
"I'll show you..." Brock smiled and took forth two different set of clothes.
Meowth's pile consisted of two big, brown boots, a red handkerchief and a purple hat with a light-blue brim, it also had a feather sticking out from it... Brock handed him also a sheathed rapier...
Ash's pile consisted of a black cape, a blue sleeveless shirt, a gray under-shirt, gray pants, a pair of big blue boots, a black hat with a blue brim with some kind of yellow mark on it that looked like a Pidgeot's eye, it was a rather strange hat, it had a pointy end on the front and the back of it... but the thing that caught Ash's interest the most were the gloves: they were blue in color and went up to his elbows, surrounded by some yellow lines and, on top of them, was a semi spherical crystal.
"Boss..." Meowth grinned from ear to ear. "Do you know what this means?"
"Yes..." Ash grinned back. "We've weapons! We can finally take down that witch!"
"Alright!" Meowth cheered and drew his rapier, that wobbled a bit... "What the hell? It's made of plastic!"
"So are the crystals!" Ash exclaimed with an annoyed tone as he looked at the gloves, he then turned his head towards Brock. "Brock... what... the... bloody... hell... do... you... think... you're... doing...?"
"W-Well..." The breeder stammered. "I'm giving you your clothes!"
"Okay, then why not the real thing!" Ash barked at him with anger in his eyes, making the breeder back away slightly. "How do you think we could defeat that witch if we don't have the right equipment?"
"Well, first off:" Brock growled back. "You're NOT going to kill anyone on my wedding-day... secondly: Do you know it's near impossible to find the original gloves? They don't exist!"
"Yes, they do..." Ash muttered and made a mental note to go to that big tree and collect them some day. "Alright... guess I can't win them all... when's this stupid thing starting?"
"Not long, only a few more minutes before we begin." Brock nodded as he looked at his watch, which had Aipom-hands... "We better get going, it brings bad luck if we get to the meeting spot after the bride."
"Says who?" Ash frowned a bit, but he called Meowth and Pikachu to himself and followed Brock.
"Says ME!" Ash was actually quite impressed at Brock's way of trying to take command here. "Let's go!"
"After you..." The trainer yawned again; this was going to be a long day...
"Come on, Holly!" May shouted, knocking on the door to her private room.
May tried again, harder this time... nothing happened , but she could hear heavy breathing in there.
The beautiful brunette opened the door, to check on her best friend.
There she was, sitting in a chair, looking at herself in the mirror.
"Holly? The wedding will start in twenty minutes, we need to get going!" May smiled sweetly at her. "The pokemon are ready, the girls are ready, and the guests are here... you're the only one left and we can start!"
"I-I can't!" Holly exclaimed, she wasn't crying, but she was breathing heavily and she had a distressed look on her face. "I can't get married!"
"Why not?" May asked, a smile still on her face, she knew that this kind of things were normal occurrences before weddings.
"Brock..." Holly sighed and put her hands under her head, supporting it on the table. "You know how he is... was... like, what happens if he changes again?"
"What makes you say that?" May asked with a small frown.
"At our party... why would he spy on me?... I don't get it..." Holly sobbed a little bit. "Doesn't he trust me? Should I trust him? Wh-"
"Holly! It's okay!" May stroked her hair, but took care not to mess up her hair. "I know that you can trust Brock, I've known him for even longer than you have! And I promise you that he'll live up to all your expectations... maybe even surpass them!"
"No 'Buts', young lady!" May turned around and saw Lola, Brock's mother, and Sabrina standing at the door. "Do you want to know why Brock spied on you? It's a family tradition! Every time someone gets married in the Harrison family, the groom takes a couple of friends and tries to spy on the girls!... although they need to take their punishment if they get caught..."
"What..." May was stunned. "What kind of tradition is that...?"
"Oh, just something that started several generations ago that just stuck!" Lola chirped happily as she walked up to Holly. "But, Holly, seriously, Brock's NEVER going to betray you, he loves you with all his heart, and he would never... EVER, do such stupid thing... especially not since your father's an Elite Four!"
The last sentence managed to make Holly laugh a bit, she sniffed one more time, looked down, and then up again with a shining smile.
"You're right... let's go and get this marriage started!"
"Hold it, young lady!" Lola held up a hand in front of May and Holly as they were about to walk out. "Think a little, how can you possibly walk in the dirt with those dresses?"
The two girls froze, they had completely forgotten about that!
"What... what do we do then?" Holly asked nervously.
"Easy, that's why I brought Sabrina!" Lola stated happily as she made a motion towards the quiet psychic. "She will teleport us there!... Rhonda's already waiting for us there."
"Alright, let's go!" the girls cheered as Sabrina's eyes started to glow red.
"Let me get this straight..." Ash said after a while. "You have nothing but a white sheet between you in this room..." He made a motion to the 'room' they were in, there was a flap that led to the big marquee. "Then, when the whole thing starts... I'm supposed to offer May my arm, with one each of my pokemon and hers going before and after us... then your parents will come next, and after that Holly's... and, then, when you come in, this thing can begin?"
"That's right!" Brock nodded happily. "You remember everything?"
"Sure, and if I don't... I'll improvise!" Ash smirked, as Pikachu and Meowth laughed.
"Please... don't do that..." Brock pleaded.
"Alright... damn... what kind of idiot decided these bloody things?"
"Our family, several generations ago." Flint stated as he stood next to Lucian, he walked up to his son and gave him a hug. "Good luck, kid... I'm proud of you!"
"Thanks, dad!" Brock smiled as Ash fought to stay awake as the wait was starting to get to him.
"You take care of my daughter now, okay?" Lucian smiled and shook Brock's hand, making the breeder sniffle a bit.
"Yes, sir, I promise!"
"Can we PLEASE get this thing going?" Ash sighed. "Isn't it bad enough that the girls haven't come yet? How long can those-"
"I'm here!" Came a voice from the other side, Ash recognized it as the former TV-reporter, Rhonda's voice.
"Apart from you..." Ash sighed, and as if on cue he saw it come a flash on the other side of the sheet, making Rhonda cry out in surprise.
"Girls! You made it!" Rhonda cried out happily, Ash could hear some kind of nuzzling sound on the other side. "You're so big Holly! My little baby's going to get married today!"
"Please... someone... kill me..." Ash whispered to himself as he could hear the mothers cry on the other side of the sheet.
As though a response to his question, the music started and the flap was held open. It was the wedding march... and Ash hated it...
"Quick, Ash!" Brock whispered hastily to him. "Pick a pokemon who's going to go in front of you."
"Right..." Ash thought quickly. "Alright... Pikachu, you take the front, Meowth, you take the rear, got it?"
"Got it/Pika, boss/PikaPi!" The two pokemon shouted simultaneously. Ash nodded, pleased.
"Alright, Pikachu." Brock looked at the little rodent dressed in a cute jester-costume. "It's tradition that you walk there first, then the other pokemon will come and stand at your side and you'll walk out together, you know the rest?"
"Pika!" The rodent nodded as Flint passed the rodent a pillow with two rings on it and ran up to the entrance.
The rodent couldn't help but hear the women's' quiet squeals when they saw him, but he simply ignored them and waited for his partner.
He could feel something brush against him slightly on its way to him and looked to see a blueish pokemon dressed in a very small, pink, dress, with a red ribbon tied around her neck.
Pikachu looked a at Glaceon, then at PikaPi with a look that only he and PikaPi understood, the trainer gave him a short nod, with a slightly troubled smile.
The rodent, on the other hand, let out a great smile and placed himself closer to the fox-pokemon, and then they walked out to the 'awwws' of everybody in the room.
Meowth could see his boss take a deep breath, Ash seemed really nervous... not that the cat wasn't nervous himself...
The aura-user walked towards the opening, stopping there and held out his left arm, a hard look on his face.
Ash could feel a soft hand, followed by a soft arm, clutching tightly to his arm.
The trainer couldn't take it anymore, he slowly turned his head towards the girl that he was about to escort down the isle...
The girl next to him was wearing a red, silken knee length dress, with a broad golden waistband. Her hair fell mid way down her back, and when she moved it seemed like a sparkling waterfall that cascaded down in calm peaceful waves. The dress also had a golden floral design on the front. Every guy would not be able to take their eyes off her... and Ash was no exception this time...
Ash looked at her slender legs, all the way down to her feet(clad in some simple white heels), he was actually starting to feel quite sweaty...
He gulped and looked at the brunette's face, she was beaming when she looked at him, refusing to shy away, she made a nod towards the isle, Ash got the hint and started to lead her... receiving several gasps from the people they passed as the Aura Guardian and the Princess walked down the isle...
Meowth's eyes were wide, he did NOT just see that!
"Meowth, it's your turn... hey, what's the matter?" Brock asked with a small frown as he shook the cat a bit.
"I... I..." The cat shook his head once again, causing the feather on his hat to wiggle a bit. "I think... I just saw the boss... blush..."
"Really?" The breeder smirked, but then he shook his own head. "Never mind that, it's your turn now."
The cat nodded and moved to his position, where he awaited a pokemon whom he was pretty sure he knew who it was going to be...
True to his prediction, he could feel a head rub against him, making him pat the pink cat with a happy look on his face.
Skitty was wearing a similar dress as Glaceon, the only difference was that the red ribbon was tied around the cat's ear instead of its neck.
"Let's go, Skitty!" Meowth smiled and led her out towards their trainers.
"Alright, dad, you're up next." Brock whispered to his father, who was dressed as a peasant, wearing only a washed-out white shirt and brown pants.
Flint nodded with a smile before he gave his son another hug and walked out with his wife, who was wearing a yellow medieval style dress.
Brock looked at Lucian, the only one apart from him left. "Well, are you ready, sir?"
"Brock..." Lucian smiled and took him into a hug. "Call me Lucian, please and... take care of my daughter..."
"I will." The breeder smiled and watched as the elite four walked out with his wife, dressed like a nobleman with his wife.
Brock sighed, it was his turn soon... only Ash and May walked with pokemon since they would be some kind of representative for both sides, that they swore on their closest friends or something like that... he should have paid attention when Holly explained it to him.
Now, it was his turn, he didn't have any time to worry as he walked into position and held out his arm, waiting for a certain someone to take the offered arm.
He could feel his beloved's arms around his and turned his head to see her.
There she was, beaming at him with happiness. She wore a medieval ball gown with a waist-band that formed a big bow on the back, the sleeves hung a little off her shoulders, exposing a little of her bare arms. Her hair was done in a French braid... Brock couldn't find any better words to describe her beauty, this was the moment that he had dreamed of, and it was about to get even better.
The breeder had always laughed at the guys who cried at their own weddings, but he regretted it as he felt tears build up in his eyes.
"Let's get married now, shall we?" Holly leaned up and whispered in his ear, her hot breath lightly tickling his skin.
The breeder nodded with an extremely happy smile and led her towards the altar.
They walked and they walked, neither of them wanting it to end. The only time Brock's smile faltered was when he saw Ash discretely hand Meowth something, as soon as they saw the breeder's face. But, Brock's smile was soon there once again as he continued to walk towards the altar, where the priest was awaiting them.
It was a traditional altar, the priest stood on a small platform at the front, Brock and Holly were to stand directly in front of him, Ash and May stood on either side of the spot where the soon to be wedded couple should stand, Ash looking straight out towards the crowd, smirking at someone, while May couldn't take her eyes off Ash, and just stood and starting at him, except for the time when she shot a wink at Holly.
Brock looked discretely behind his shoulder to see who Ash was smirking at, and he could see the psychic-master sitting there looking rather irritated... perhaps it wasn't Brock's wisest idea to dress Ash as an Aura Guardian...
Pikachu and Meowth stood in front of Ash as Glaceon and Skitty stood in front of May, and to the side of the altar stood Flint, Lola, Lucian and Rhonda, all of the smiling widely at their (not so small) children.
Brock felt a lump in his throat again as he stepped up to the altar facing the priest.
Holly and Brock turned to face each other as they kept their hands held, refusing to let go.
The holy man cleared his throat before he started.
"My friends!" He had to almost shout so everybody could hear him. "We've been gathered here today to unite Brock Harrison and Holly Williams in holy matrimony. Now, if anyone opposes this union, speak now or forever hold your peace."
There was an eerie silence in the marquee at those words, even if there was someone who had something against it, he/she wouldn't have the courage to speak for fear of being mauled by everyone else.
"Very well." The priest nodded. "Ever since the almighty pokemon, Arceus, created earth..." Brock stopped listening to the priest as something distracted him, he thought he heard some kind of soft smacking sound. He looked discretely towards the side and saw Meowth sheathing his plastic-sword and Ash rubbing his knee, glaring at the cat.
Brock shook his head in slight amusement as he turned his attention back to Holly and the priest.
"And, then he created the Rattatas." The priest finished with a calm smile, causing some of the people in the audience to nod and some of the others to face-palm. "Now, do you, Brock Harrison, take this woman, Holly Williams, to be your lawfully wedded wife, Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protecther, forsaking all others andholding only unto her ?"
"I do!" Brock nodded, ignoring Ash who he saw was shaking his head out of the corner of his eye.
The priest nodded happily. "And, do you, Holly Williams, take Brock Harrison, to be your lawfully wedded husband, Do you promise to love, honor,cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him?"
"I do." Holly almost whispered with a big smile.
"We will now have the exchanging of the rings, Brock Harrison, if you please?" The priest stated as Pikachu carried the pair of rings on a pillow towards the couple.
Brock reached with one hand out to pick one as he used the other to grasp Holly's hand. He smiled as he slowly slid it onto her left ring finger, all the while lightly rubbing her hand. The crowed all "aww"-ed at the sight. Holly repeated the gesture on Brock, all the while with tears streaming down her face.
"Very good, by the powers vested in me by Arceus, I do pronounce you husband and wife, you may now kiss the bride!"
The whole church exploded with cheers and Brock and Holly had their first kiss as husband and wife.
Ash could only watch with a slightly tilted head as they cheered and celebrated... perhaps a wedding didn't just mean negative things... perhaps there were good things about unions like this... he felt a hand on the shoulder and saw the priest standing there with a smile on his face.
"Take my advice, my son." He smiled even wider. "Don't let it go to waste, you've too much to live for and you deserve this."
"What are you talking about?" Ash asked, but the priest had suddenly disappeared, and was nowhere to be found.
The trainer looked at the newly wedded couple, who were currently being swamped by well wishers.
"Should I...?" The trainer pondered as he looked. "Eh, what the hell?"
He walked up to the breeder and, to Brock's surprise, took him into a bone-crushing hug. "Congratulations, Brock, didn't thought you had it in you!"
"T-Thanks, Ash!" The breeder laughed and hugged him back. "I'll be forever thankful that you came!"
"Alright, that's enough." Ash took a step back as the breeder tried to hug him a second time, causing said breeder to laugh and move onto his father instead.
"Well, boss." The cat smirked as he jumped onto his trainer's left shoulder, with Pikachu on the other one. "There's such a tumult that nobody would notice you leave... you can still escape the dance!"
Ash thought for a bit, his face was unreadable as he contemplated. "Eh, I've hugged Brock today... I can't make more of a fool out of me now, can I?" His two companions only laughed.
It took at least an hour before everyone had finally wished the married couple, people had a tendency of trying to be the first one to congratulate the wedded couple, making it awfully tight at the altar...
But they finally moved out to the bigger tent, where a big table had been placed, filled with a huge pile of presents for Brock and Holly.
The couple got a glint in their eyes as they looked at the pile of unopened boxes that was laying there. And just like the wishing, everyone wanted them to open their present first.
Everyone except for Ash that is, he was looking for a chair, or something he could sit down on. According to Brock, the present opening session would take at least half an hour, making it a perfect time for him to take a little nap...
Suddenly, a big ball of fire was shot into the air, followed by a silvery wind and a beam of water colliding into it making glittering words in the air which said: "Congratulations B&H!" Ash raised his eyebrows slightly, impressed by the stunt. He looked around and saw everyone praising the slightly embarrassed May, as it was her pokemon that had done it.
There followed a performance of other lighting and explosions that turned into the most unimaginable things, but the people didn't pay that much attention to it, it was time for presents!
"Let's see... this is from Dawn and Scott!" Holly declared as she lifted up a package, they ripped it open and laughed a bit at the card that was laying in the box, seemed like the little boy had tried to take on the quest to write something. Inside the box laid a gift card for three dresses from Dawn's company, which was worth an awful lot since they were really expensive, there was also a cookbook in the box, which Brock took offence to.
Many presents later, Brock told Holly to continue while he went looking for his Best Man. The breeder made his way through the crowd, to the chair where Ash was resting with his eyes half-shut.
"Hi, Ash!" Brock smiled at him. "Aren't you going to join us? We're about to open your present!"
"You'll be surprised..." He could see Ash smirk under the hat that he had put on his face.
"Really? What's in it?" Brock asked with a rather amused smile, knowing that Ash wouldn't tell him under pain of de-
"Three pornographic magazines and your book of the world's hottest women." Ash stated with a neutral voice, causing Brock to pale.
"You, come with me, quick!" He jerked Ash up from the chair and ran towards the table. "Ho-"
"Brock! Look what Ash gave us!" Holly laughed as she held up the little box. "Incense! And good quality ones too! It must've cost a fortune!"
The breeder stopped dead in his track and looked at the trainer with his head tilted in confusion.
"You're welcome." Ash slowly stated after the breeder had stared at him for a few seconds, making the breeder shake his head and smile a goofy smile.
"Right, thank you so much!" Brock tried to hug him, but Ash held out his hands.
"I've hugged you twice this year, thank you." He then made his way back to the chair, where Surge and Paul were waiting on him.
"Hey, guys, what's happening?" Ash yawned a bit as he slumped down in his chair.
"Nothing much... waiting for the dance." Surge stated with a broad smile. "Since I've heard some rumors that our little trainer is going to dance with a beautiful coordinator!"
"Watch it..." Ash growled at him, ignoring Paul's chuckling.
"Come on, Ash." Paul laughed. "I saw your face in there, you may can deny it all you want... but you enjoyed it!"
"Speaking of denial..." Now it was Ash's turn to smirk as he looked at Paul. "When're you going to take responsibility of your son?"
The pyramid master froze and Surge stopped laugh immediately.
"'Son'?" The gym leader asked with a frown. "What's he talking about, sonny?"
"H-How did you know?" Paul asked with wide eyes as he ignored Surge and looked at Ash.
"Pretty simple." Ash smiled and nodded towards the little blue-haired child that was running around. "He has your eyes, and your intellect..."
"Now, HOLD ON!" Lt. Surge barked. "You're telling me that HE…" Pointed at Paul. "has done it with HER!" Pointed at Dawn, who was chatting with Misty. "And that gave them THAT?" He pointed at the little child that was running around the table.
"Yes." Ash simply stated and looked towards the table. "Looks like they'll be done soon, they forced you to dance with anyone yet?"
Surge shook his head, but Paul was in deep in his thoughts, making Meowth slap him on the back of the head. "Hey! Snap out of it, will ya?"
"What? Oh, I don't know..."
"Look, Paul." Ash sighed. "I normally don't give a shit about other's problem, but you're my friend... and Dawn's something that I would call a friend too, actually. So, if there's something I can do to help you, just say the word."
"Actually..." Paul hesitated. "There's something you can do..."
"Alright!" Brock's father, Flint, clapped his hands to get everyone's attention. "It's time for the 'Bridal Waltz'!"
Everybody cheered, even if it really wasn't a waltz. It was more like the couple chose their favorite love-song and danced to it, just another one of the Harrison's family traditions. However, they were all interested in seeing how well Brock and Holly could move on the dance floor.
Brock gulped and looked really nervous as he walked out onto the floor. He bowed to Holly and she curtsied in response.
"The loving couple has chosen "Because You Loved Me", By Celine Dion!" Flint could hear a certain dark haired trainer groan in agony when he heard that.
The music came out from a couple of randomly placed loud-speakers.
Brock and Holly didn't care about the waltz, Holly simply took her hands and locked her fingers behind Brock's neck as Brock put his hands on her hips, earning some wolf-whistles from some of the not-so-sober men.
The music began
For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby
You're the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through ,through it all
Brock mimicked the text as he looked at his new wife, she blushed and gave him a quick kiss on the lips before they continued to sway to the rhythm of the music.
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me
May was starting to grow worried, after the next verse she and Ash were to start dancing, and she couldn't find him anywhere! And even worse, it was he who was to ask her... this didn't look good at all.
You gave me wings and made me fly
She could see a dark hat make his way through the crowd, a rodent was seated on it but jumped off a few seconds later.
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
Her heart took a big leap as she saw the handsome young man approach her, actually having a slight, troubled smile on his face.
I had your love I had it all
I'm grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don't know that much
He stopped in front of her, clearing his throat loudly, it looked like he was in some kind of internal battle...
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you
He finally opened his mouth, looking her straight in her eyes, piercing her soul.
"May, may I have this dance?" The words that came out of his mouth didn't sound forced, May could almost swear that he spoke it from his heart.
"Sure, why not?" She smiled widely and let him lead her out from the crowd and to the middle of the dance-floor, where Holly and Brock continued to sway back and forth slowly, lost to the world.
The trainer took a deep breath before he placed his hands on her hips, it still looked like he was fighting some kind of battle inside him.
May smiled a bit and pulled him close, so their bodies met, making him embrace her instead of just holding her, then they started to dance.
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me
"Ash?" May asked carefully as she rested her head on his chest.
"Hm?" Ash only muttered, he was too busy finding out what kind of scent she had on her hair.
"Are you regretting dancing with me?" May clenched her teeth for the incoming answer.
May smiled at him. "Ash, you may be skilled at tricking boys... but you can't ever lie to a girl, we see right through you.
Ash made a mental note to sometime, somehow destroy that ability...
"Really?" He asked with a raised eyebrow.
"Really." May said as she nuzzled deeper into his clothed chest.
You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you
"Don't they make a cute couple?" Holly asked her husband as they watched the other couple dancing near them.
"Huh?" Brock diverted his gaze from Holly to Ash and May, causing him to smile weakly. "I wonder what Norman is going to say about this..."
"You mean the man who's crying over there?" Holly asked in confusion, causing Brock to follow her gaze.
"What do you mean cr-... oh..." He laughed and continued to dance with the love of his life.
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
Brock, Holly, Ash and May were not alone on the dance floor anymore, Lucian had started to dance with Lola as Flint danced with Rhonda, making thus starting the exodus of people starting to dance, including the odd couple of Gary and Erika.
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me
May moved her face closer to Ash's, this was just too perfect a moment and she didn't want it to ever end.
I'm everything I am
So close... just a little more...
Because you loved me
The song ended and people started to clap, waking Ash and May up from the trance that they were in.
Ash cleared his throat, giving a short bow to May and then made his way quickly towards Paul and Surge, who sat there with really REALLY big grins on their faces.
"Well, Mr. Romeo." Lt. Surge laughed at the trainer. "Knew you would pull through!"
"Not... a... word..." Ash growled as he seemed to be lost in thought. "Alright, I've been here for far too long. Paul, me and Surge are going to help you with your... problem... when everybody's finished the cake, another dance will start up, you know what to do?"
"Yeah, I think so." Paul nodded, any of the dark attitude that he had at the beginning seemed to have disappeared for the moment.
"Don't screw this up." Ash sighed and made his way towards an unknown location.
"Okay! Everybody!" Lola cried out in a glad tone. "It's cake-time!"
They rolled in a big, white cake, with two pokeballs on top of it, symbolizing the bond between the newly wedded couple. It was about five feet high and had a lot frosting on it with some white wafer flowers arranged in an intricate pattern. Everyone there looked at it with hunger in their eyes… well, almost everyone...
Ash stood outside of the tent, while Brock and Holly were cutting the cake, sharing laughter with everyone around. He sighed and looked at the darkening sky, it was getting late.
"Sabrina." Ash sighed as he felt a familiar aura behind him. "I don't think I'm in the mood for killing each other right now... can we do it tomorrow?"
"I'm not here to fight, aura-user." Sabrina stated as she walked up to his side.
"If it's about the pictures, forget i-"
"I'm don't care about those, you can keep them." She answered calmly and gazed into the night. "I can honestly say that I don't give a damn about whatever you do-"
"Same here." Ash lifted his glass which he had gotten from the bar.
"Let me finish..." Her eyes glowed a light shade of red for a brief moment, but disappeared as quickly as it came. "But I do care about May Maple, and she cares about you... So you will-"
"Why's everyone suddenly so interested in my bloody life?" Ash muttered and threw away the empty glass, not caring where it landed. "Where did 'mind your own business' go?"
"About thirty years ago." Sabrina, who had a hard time understanding irony, spoke in a normal tone. "There's some people who love and get... and there are other ones who love, and never gets... where do you think you belong?"
"I don't belong to any of those categories." He muttered. "I don't love, and I don't get."
"Is that the truth... or is that what you want to be the truth?" The psychic asked with a slight frown as she walked away from him. "You better be on your guard, tomorrow when the wedding is over, our truce will no longer be valid..."
"Was about to say the same to you..." Ash growled and watched the retreating back of the psychic-master. "Witches... think they know everything..."
He could hear from the sound in the marquee that the cake was almost finished and that they were going to start dancing again.
"Alright, a promise is a promise." Ash said to himself as he walked back inside.
Paul could see Ash reenter the tent, a slight frown visible on his face; he could see how he signaled for Surge to follow him.
The frontier brain took a deep breath; as long as he stayed calm it would all go well...probably...
He could see Lt. Surge and Ash approach Dawn, but it wasn't her that they were after though... rather it was her two 'bodyguards'.
He could see Ash tap Kenny on the shoulder and Surge grab Conway and turned him around forcefully. Both the trainer and gym leader whispered something in the coordinator's and assistant's ears, causing the coordinator to nod and the assistant pale.
The strong trainers then lead them away from the blunette, with the 'prisoners' keeping silent.
He took another deep sigh, walking across the dance-floor towards the blunette. He stopped for a moment as he saw that she sent him a cold look, but he only continued, all the while thinking that he should've done this two years ago...
"What do you want, Paul?" Dawn asked with a sharp tone as she eyed him.
"I want to talk to you." He slowly stated.
"About him." He made a nod towards Scott, who was too busy playing with Max to notice anything.
Dawn's eyes widened, and her eyes softened a little.
"Alright, let's talk."
"Sure is a cold night, Pikachu." Ash mumbled to the rodent, who had finally taken off that ridiculous costume, who sat on his shoulder with a little frown on its cute face. "Sure is cold..."
"Pikachu, Pika pi!" The rodent exclaimed with a happy smile.
"Pikachu, just because you, and the other guys, like May's pokemon, doesn't mean that I have to Like May." Ash stated with a sigh.
"Pi!" The rodent turned his back on him with crossed arms.
"Come on, now, buddy." Ash rubbed the little mouse behind its ears, making it coo in happiness. "It's different for us humans, for you it's... well, only a question. But, for us, it's a whole science."
"Why do you make everything sound so easy?" Ash groaned and put his face in his hands. "I don't know what to do, its all's that bloody Drew's fault! If it hadn't been for him, she might have liked me when we were younger and-"
"It might have been us who shared the first dance of the evening in there." Came a sweet voice, Ash didn't even bother to turn around.
"How long have you been standing there, May?"
"Long enough to hear your dilemma." May giggled a bit and picked Pikachu from Ash's shoulder and started to pet him. "You know... it's pretty funny to see how quickly our pokemon change, first they hated each other, and now they don't seem to want leave the other alone!"
"So that's why everybody, except Pikachu, ran into the woods..." Ash muttered as he remembered how he had summoned everyone of his pokemon he had with himself. "That might be true, but just because a pokemon likes another, it doesn't mean that their trainers would be the same story..."
"So, it's just one-sided thing then?" May whispered in his ear as she moved closer to him, making the trainer take a few steps back.
"Look, May." Ash sighed. "I've done terrible things, I wouldn't be surprised if I got 'put to sleep' if the police ever found out my real identity... what do I have left? Nothing, I earn money by hunting down pokemon and people!"
The brunette only looked at him with a tilted head, making him sigh once again.
"May, you're one of the most successful coordinators in about ten generations, you have a family, home, job, fans, everything... all I've is my pokemon and a house in Pallet Town I haven't visited in several years..."
"Why should I care about that?" May asked after a moment of silence. "I don't care about that."
"But I do." Ash shook his head. "It's my life, and I like it the way it is, no worries, no burdens, no duties, no anything! It's a life I've wanted for a really long time... and I don't think I'm ready to give it up."
"I- I see..." May sobbed a bit, causing Ash to take his hand and carefully tilt her chin up.
"Hey, listen, don't start crying... it's a wedding, and somebody told me that everyone should be happy then, right?"
The brunette nodded, dried her tears and walked back into the marquee, leaving Ash and Pikachu there in silence.
"Pika, pikachu-pi." The rodent said after a moment.
"I know..." Ash sighed. "But I don't want her to become like me... not a single bit."
The trainer didn't care about the wedding, he didn't care about anything other than his pokemon, and all he wanted to do now was to get some sleep.
He sighed one last time, then threw his hat and gloves on the ground, ripped of his cloak, and started to walk back to his camp with the rodent, who was silently cooing, on his shoulder.
"So, you see... I didn't know what to do..." Paul sighed after 15 minutes of explanation. "I ran... will you ever forgive me?"
"Are you ready to take care of Scott?" Dawn asked with a hard glare.
"Yes, I a-"
"We'll see about that." Dawn held up a hand, she then called the little boy to her, who was looking rather tired. "Scott, darling, what do you think about this man?"
The little boy walked up to Paul and looked at him for a bit, poked him on the leg, and even smelled him... after a minute of thinking the child had come to a conclusion.
"Theees owd mad lee-minds me of... me" He started to laugh and hug the man's leg.
"Is... is that an okay?" Paul asked nervously.
The pretty blunette nodded with a smile, happy that her child had a father now.
Paul laughed and picked up the little kid, who had started to climb all around me, his tiredness all but forgotten.
"Well, Holly." Brock held his wife in his arms and looked into her eyes. "Is this what you thought would happen on your wedding?"
"No..." She giggled as she saw Brock's face fall. "It's much better..."
The breeder started to laugh and held her close to himself, refusing to let her go.
"I love you, Holly."
"I love you too, Brock."
Max and Misty started to cry at the beautiful scene that was happening in front of them...
Next day... early morning...
A tall man with dark hair stood at the big house of Harrisons', thinking for himself. On his shoulder sat a rodent, and a cat stood next to him with a thoughtful face too. The man was dressed in his original clothes, the ones he had borrowed from Brock a few days ago. On his back were a big, black, backpack, looking really heavy, but the man didn't care about it.
His motorcycle had been sold, he didn't want it anymore, he couldn't keep to the speed-limit with that one anyway... a quick deal, the buyer went after looks rather than performance and paid him a great deal for it.
The sun was just about to go over the house, slightly blinding the three beings as they stood there and kept their gaze on the house.
"Take a good look at the place." Ash spoke after a while to his pokemon. "Because this is probably the last time we'll see it."
"Got it, boss." Meowth nodded, a sad expression on his face, and his trainer knew why.
"You can stay here, Meowth, I would almost recommend it." The trainer looked at the scratch-cat with a slight worried look.
"You already know the answer, boss." Meowth shook his head. "I'm staying with you, wherever you go."
The rodent also nodded and nuzzled its cheek against Ash's, bringing a little smile to the trainer's face.
"Alright, let's go then."
He turned around, not looking back, and started to walk away from the Harrisons' house.
"Are you leaving already!" He could hear a voice call, the trainer turned around, only to be greeted by two people.
"I thought you would be on your way to your honeymoon..." Ash said as he looked at Brock and Holly.
"Did you really think that I'd leave before I got the time to say goodbye to my best friend?" Brock smiled as he and Holly walked up to him. "Thanks, Ash, for everything."
"You're welcome." The trainer said and let himself be taken into another hug from the breeder.
"Thank you, Ash!" Holly smiled and hugged him too, and gave him a quick peck on the cheek as well, Ash actually rubbed the back of his head in slight embarrassment.
"Anyway..." Ash said slowly. "I think it's time for me to leave..."
"Don't you dare, mister!" Ash froze at the sound of that voice, he turned around and saw six more people. "We'll not let you slip away from us again... at least not without giving us a real goodbye!"
Ash smiled weakly at the group of Misty, Dawn, May, Max, Norman and Caroline.
"I never came back..." Ash turned around and started to walk, only to be grabbed by the arm and pulled into a hug by smaller arms.
The trainer sighed as he tried to release himself from the Max's grip, who was actually sobbing. "It's alright, Max, I'm sure we'll see each other again." Ash lied.
"No! We won't!" The young boy stated as he looked at Ash. "You're not planning on coming back!"
Ash didn't answer him, he only let Dawn, Misty, Caroline and Norman hug him, most of them were crying as well.
"Please, Ash, don't go..." Dawn begged him. "Paul and I haven't even picked a godfather for Scott, and-"
"Don't try to convince me to come for another event!" Ash laughed a bit, but that soon died out as he saw the sad looks on their faces. "Look, I got to go, there's nothing I can do."
May now walked up to him, looking him straight in the eyes.
"Ash, I've wanted to do this for several years."
Ash got the hint and sighed.
"Smack!" The sound took Ash by surprise as he staggered back, taken by surprise at the brunette's strength as he rubbed his cheek.
"That's it?" He asked, feeling rather grumpy.
"No... that's not it." May stated and pulled Ash into a deep kiss, she even leaned backward so Ash had to support her so she wouldn't fall.
Suddenly, a thought struck Ash and he straightened the brunette up immediately, looking at her with a weak smile, Norman had started to sob again.
"Look, I need to get going now... goodbye." Ash sighed as he, Pikachu and Meowth, walked away from the group, not looking back.
"Wait! Ash!" Brock cried out behind him. "Can you at least tell us where you are going?"
"I've heard that Lance has started to think too highly of himself... and the Indigo League's only a couple of weeks away." Ash looked back and smiled. "Goodbye."
And, his friends actually started to laugh, they laughed because they now knew that they had forced a little of the old Ash back into the new one, they laughed because they knew there was still hope for their friend.
"Goodbye... Ash..." May clutched her hand over her chest as she saw the retreating form become smaller and smaller as he walked away from them.
"Come on, May." The brunette looked at her mother. "Did you really win the Grand Festival by just giving up?"
"No, mom." May shook her head. "Someone taught me to never give up and-"
"Isn't that 'someone' the same person who's leaving us?" Norman smiled a bit through his tears.
May got the hint and smiled, she ran up and hugged her parents, waved goodbye to her friends before she started to sprint after the trainer.
"Ash! Wait up!" Brock could hear May shouting after the trainer.
Ash didn't run back, he didn't walk back, he didn't turn around, he didn't even stop... but he started to walk noticeably slower, so the brunette could catch up with him.
Brock could see how May grabbed hold of Ash's arm and leaned against, but Ash wiggled it free, and put it over the brunette's shoulders, holding her tighter to his own body as they were walking off in the distance.
"I really hope that holds..." Holly sighed happily as she watched them. "They look too cute to not be together!"
Brock then started to laugh, gaining Holly's attention.
"What's so funny, Brock?" She asked with a frown.
"Nothing..." The breeder chuckled. "I'm just hoping that they'll get a daughter soon."
"Why is that?" Holly asked, eyebrows raised.
"Because I can't wait to see the meeting between Ash and her first date!" Brock then broke down, laughing hysterically.
"Brock, you're mean!"
"I can be anything you want me to be..." Brock smiled as he took Holly into a hug. "What do you say we start that honeymoon now?"
"Thought you'd never ask..." Holly said as she smiled mischievously at him.
End of the story
The story's finished (feels a little sad...)! And it was quite a hard thing to do... At first, I planned on making Ash either change back completely or stay as dark as in the beginning... although I hesitated when about 50% wanted it to end in a nice advanceshipping-end and the rest wanted him to stay dark... so I simply met in the middle ;)
I couldn't have managed it alone, the wedding would be totally screwed if it hadn't been for Justicez (helping me with the wedding, grammar, spelling and logic) and the anonymous reviewer "Jillo" (May's and Holly's clothing). Of course, many more has helped me with the rest of the story in different ways!
Now, I don't know when I'll publish my next story... but I'll give you a little summary what's it about:
It's during the middle ages, there's Aura Guardians in it (Ash is one? Maybe...), there's war, drama, love, action, friendship, death, life, sacrifice, bravery, betrayal, humor and tragedy (no special order) in it! And a pearlshipping ending! Although, I do think that most of you can read the story, if you're not absolute anti-pearlshipping, since it won't be until the end of it (and there's not even a certainty that it will really end in it!)
I'll see you some of you in my next story! But for now...:
It's better to review later than never and I'll be seeing you in my next story!