Typhlosion15: Hi, I changed for the final chapter. I'm at the top now. (Like Ash was!) This chapter might get a little confusing as it doesn't take place where chapter 30 left off. You'll see what I mean when you read it. It takes place a couple years after. The winner of the battle will be revealed though. I'm trying to be ominous about it. Oh, and if I say brunette, both Richie and Gary are brunettes so it could be either one.

Epilogue: It Wouldn't Be a Story without One

Wedding bells chimed like the sweet voice of a Chimeco, in fact, the wedding bells were just Chimeco that happened to live in the church. Misty and Dawn, in their long, purple, silken dresses, were helping to get Ash into his tuxedo since it was his wedding day. Dawn was one of Ash's bridesmaids while Misty was his maid of honor. May had declined to be the other bridesmaid as she felt unwelcome.

Ash had gotten his vest and pants on; all that was left was the jacket and bow tie. Ash didn't know why his soon-to-be husband wanted bow ties worn by the two, but Ash was in no mood to question him. Soon he would be walking down the isle to greet the brunette he would marry.

His jacket was on and now Misty was tying his bowtie.

"I think you're ready." Misty said as she finished with the tie.

"Kinda tight; I'm feeling a little claustrophobic." Ash said, hooking a finger into his collar and pulling to have a sense that he wasn't trapped.

"Get over it; at least you're dressed, right?" Misty waved her hand a little nervously.

"I guess you're right, but do you think I'm making the right decision?" Ash asked with a small frown on his face.

"The agreement with the battle was: whoever won, married you and he did. Personally, I don't think it was right for either to wager you like that, but I guess boys will be boys." Misty replied a little pissed.

"Misty, thank you… for everything. I'm so glad you and I became friends." Ash said.

"You're welcome Ash. I'm happy we're friends too." Misty hugged the raven haired groom.

"And what am I; chopped liver?" Dawn asked feeling left out.

"I'm glad you and I became friends too Dawn." Ash hugged the other girl.

"Dawn, you better go find your place." Misty instructed as the clock showed a quarter to three.

"Right; good luck Ash." Dawn winked before she stepped from the room.

"Misty, we better get going too." Ash pointed out.

"Yeah, let's go." Misty took Ash's arm and pulled him from the small room.

The two followed an usher to the carpet which went straight to the stairs that directed them to the groom, priest, best man and bridesmaid. Ash had begun to hyperventilate as he looked at the long walk he would have to take to get there. Granted, he had practiced at the rehearsals, but there were never this many people.

"Ash, clam down. Just picture everyone in their underwear." Misty joked.

"Ew," Ash responded. He knew that the brunette he wouldn't be marrying had agreed to come, but Ash wasn't sure.

"What is it Dawn says? Oh, right 'No need to worry'." Misty mocked the girl.

"Yeah, I should just man up and do it." Ash said his old determination showing.

"That's the spirit, now let's go." Misty signaled the pianist who began the Wedding March song as Misty began her walk down the isle. Ash soon followed. Since his mother had died, there was nobody who could walk him down the isle, so he walked a little quicker than he should have, but stayed behind Misty.

Misty, with her bouquet of purple lilies to match her dress, reached the end of the isle just before Ash did and took her place beside Dawn. Ash ascended the steps and took his place next to his groom.

"Friends, family," the priest began. "We are here today to join these two in the bonds of holy matrimony. It is a blessing when two people, any two people, find love within one another. The two have asked that this be a short occasion, so I will begin with what you have all been waiting for." The priest continued, getting straight to the point. "Richie, do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, in sickness and in health until death do you part?" the priest asked.

"I do." Richie responded.

"Ash, do you take Richie to be your lawfully wedded husband, in sickness and in health until death do you part?" the priest asked again.

"…" Ash was frozen.

"Ash?" Richie looked at his groom.

"…No…" Ash finally said.

"WHAT?!" Richie yelled.

"Richie, I'm sorry, you were always a really good friend to me and all, but I don't love you." Ash turned to scan the audience. He found Gary, wearing a dark gray jacket and slacks with a purple shirt underneath, sitting next to his grandfather with a hopeful grin on his face. Ash began his short jog to Gary who had decided to meet him half way.

Misty, Dawn, Professor Oak and even Raichu watched as the two met in a tender embrace. Richie watched in horror as the man he was supposed to marry left for another. He then realized how Gary must have felt when he was defeated.

"I missed you Gary." Ash said, pulling from the man, but staying at arms length. Though it had been nearly two years, Ash was still considerably shorter than Gary.

"I missed you too Ashy-Boy. What about the agreement?" Gary asked.

"I think I can get Richie to calm down." The shorter man said, his chocolate eyes being entranced by Gary's emerald gaze. Ash's side of the audience, people and Pokémon alike, cheered as the two began walking hand in hand to the place Riche stood.

"Richie, I'm really sorry. I know we were supposed to get married, but I can't marry someone I don't love." Ash explained.

"Ash, I understand. It was wrong for both of us to have bet you on one battle." Richie glanced at Misty who glared at him. No one, but Dawn and Tracey, Richie's best man, saw Misty whisper something into Richie's ear that gave him a terrified expression.

"So, you aren't mad?" Ash asked.

"No, but I'm scared of Misty." Only Dawn and Tracey understood the joke, Misty stared daggers at him.

"Don't worry; you're not the only one." Ash informed. Misty turned red from anger.

"I think you two should take the wedding." Richie offered.

"No, no, it was supposed to be for you and Ash. I wouldn't feel right." Gary said.

"Just do it and get married. I'll convince my side to stay." Richie said.

"Well, if you insist." Gary said. Richie retreated to his side of the audience.

"Now that that's over; should I start again?" the priest asked in a stupor.

"Since nobody here wants you to, I would suggest getting to the questions." Gary whispered.

"Good point," The priest cleared his throat and asked, "Gary, do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, in sickness and in health until death do you part?"

"Hell yeah I do." Gary asked, pulling a chuckle from the audience.

"And do you, Ash, take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, in sickness and in health until death do you part?"

"Hm… let me think about that…" Ash began, "Hm… I do."

"Then, by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you: Husband and… husband. You may kiss your husband." The priest finished. The audience found the word "husband" being used so many times odd, but cheered anyway as the two kissed.

That night, after the reception.

"So, what made you ruin the wedding like that?" Gary asked as the two got out of his car.

"I didn't ruin it, if anything; I made it better." Ash said, folding his arms.

"Either way; what made you do it?" Gary asked again.

"I didn't love him. I've only ever loved you." Ash confessed.

"Yeah, but who doesn't love me?" Gary joked.

"Where's Richie? I want to go back to him." Ash pretended.

"Too late, we're married until the divorce papers say otherwise." Gary informed.

"I guess you'll do." Ash said. Gary walked around the car to his husband and pulled the raven in for a passionate kiss.

"Shall we go inside Ashy-Boy?" Gary asked as he picked Ash up in a way that a groom would carry his bride.

"We shall Gar-Bear." Gary felt comforted by the pet name. He made his way up the porch steps of there home. When they reached the door, Ash unlocked it and Gary carried him in.

"You're a lot heavier than I remember." Gary announced after he had put Ash back to Earth.

"And you're a lot more muscular than I remember." Ash noticed.

"So, is something wrong with that?" Gary looked a little hurt.

"No, I think it's sexy." Ash said kissing his husband.

"Do you want to do it now or later?" Gary got right to the point.

"Jesus, isn't there anything on your mind, besides sex?" Ash asked sarcastically, knowing the answer.

"It's been two years. So, now or later?" Gary asked again.

"Can we do it later? I just wanna lay down for a bit." Ash said, rubbing his eyes.

"You will be lying down." Gary said.

"You are such a perv!" Ash said with a chuckle.

"And you love me anyways." Gary said back.

"Sadly, yes, I do love you." Ash said.

"I love you too." Gary said before Ash kissed him and the two ran upstairs…

Typhlosion15: Cheesy ending! You probably hated me when I said it was Richie didn't you? If not, I thank you. I had to torture you guys a bit though. For the final time; read and review. See ya.

Disclaimer: I'm not doing it this time… no, NO! Ugh… fine. I own nothing but the plot of this story as well as characters and personalities that I create.

P.S. Look for my next story. It's going to be called Silver's Golden Heart and it's a Silver and Gold yaoi. I'm the gayest straight guy you know! (JK) I just like some of these pairings. Anyway; look for it. See ya.