Champion: A Long Road To Love

Chapter 1

Ash's Decision

Fallout96: This will be my longest story yet. Watch as Ash becomes the greatest Pokemon Master of all time. He will test both his pokemon's limits and his own. This is a Ash and May romance story, but it will be in later chapters. I hope you like this story.

Deep in a forest in the beautiful Kanto region, miles away from the nearest city, one young trainer is having a huge deciding moment for his life. He would usually ask the advice of his friends, but they wouldn't understand his situation.

'I'm not getting any closer to my goals.' Ash rolled over and stared at his pokemon, sleeping peacefully next to their owner. They consisted of ( Ash's lifetime best friend) Pikachu, Pidgeotto, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, his disobedient Charizard, and Primeape. He had a few other pokemon, of course, but he was only allowed to carry six at a time.

'Something's holding me back to my full potential. It's definitely not my pokemon, they work so hard, but I'm not at my best. What could it be!' He pulled at his messy black hair as he was fighting his internal debate. During his tossing and turning, his eyes glanced at Brock and Misty, both of which were sleeping in their sleeping bags.

Ash stared at them as he came to a silent realization. 'Could they be holding me back. They do complain sometimes and it always seems like I never get any training in because of either Brock's constant flirting with women or Misty's picky living conditions.' His thoughts were interrupted when he felt something tugging at his shirt.

"Pika, Pika?" Pikachu asked as it rubbed it's eyes.

"Nothing's wrong, Pikachu. It's late, go back to sleep." Pikachu didn't believe what Ash had told him. It may had been a friendship bond or a just luck, but Pikachu could always tell when Ash was upset.

"Pika, Pika." Ash smiled at his best friend. "Nothing get's past you, Pikachu. You know me too well." Ash got out of his sleeping bag and started walking. "Come on, Pikachu. Let's go for a short walk." Pikachu smiled and jumped on Ash's shoulder. They than began to walk along the path.

"I guess I should just tell you, Pikachu. I don't think I'm accomplishing my dream." Pikachu gave him a questioning look. "Pika, Pika?" Ash stopped walking. "It's not you guys, Pikachu. I'm proud of all my pokemon and they do their absolute best. It's just that I don't think I'm doing my best."

"Pika, Pika?"

Ash looked at his best friend with surprise.

"You think so too, Pikachu." Pikachu nodded. "If it was just you, me, and the rest of my pokemon, we could accomplish anything! The Kanto Championship is not for another year, so we have plenty of time to train hard." Ash looked at his eight gym badges that he won over the past six months. Every time he looked them he felt proud.

"Pika, Pika."

"Your right, buddy. We should tell Misty and Brock. I don't know how they will take it, but they'll just have to accept it." Ash placed his arms in front of his face as he could feel the early morning sunshine peering through tree's leaves. " I guess we better get back or they'll begin to worry."

"Pika, Pika!" Pikachu agreed as they walked back to the camp.

Ash and Pikachu made it back to camp without any problems. Ash stopped in his tracks as he could see Brock and Misty packing up the sleeping bags and the putting out the campfire.

'I guess I better tell them now.' He walked slowly up to them. When Misty turned and saw Ash, she had a mad look on her face. "Where were you? You had us worried!" Misty's anger died down as she could tell that something was wrong with Ash. Usually, when she'd get angry at him, he would cower in fear or argue back. But this time he just stood there.

"What's wrong, Ash?" Brock stepped beside her as he was curious of Ash's strange behavior. "Yeah, Ash. What's wrong with you?" Ash sighed.

"I need to tell you guys something. I know that we've traveled together for a while now and that were supposed to rest at Pallet Town before the big championship, but I'm not going with you guys." Both Brock and Misty gave him a confused and upset look.

"Why?" Plain and simple is what Misty asked.

Ash massed up the strength to look both of them in the eye.

"My dream is to become a Pokemon Master and to catch a lot of pokemon. I just feel I can't accomplish that goal with company. What I'm trying to say is that I'm going to train with my pokemon alone for a year, or at least until the championship." Ash paused for a moment as he could see that they were both showing mixed feelings about his decision. "I know you both think I'm crazy, but my mind has been made up. You can go to the championship to see me compete in a year. I won't see any of you for a long time, so it might be wise."

He started to gather his things because, for him, he had said what he needed to say. All of his pokemon, who were sleeping peacefully, were retreated back to their pokeballs and securely on Ash's belt.

"Ash." He heard from behind and turned around to see Misty. "Can we at least know where your going." Ash shook his head. " I'm sorry, Misty, but I have to train without any distractions and one of you would probably visit me."

Ash took out one pokeball and threw it several feet from him. Out appeared his Charizard. Ash went up to Charizard and petted it's wing. "Charizard take me to..."Ash whispered the location to Charizard and it nodded with approval. Him and Pikachu hopped on it's back and waved goodbye.

"Tell Mom that I'm sorry I can't see her, but this is something I have to do." This was the last thing he said as he flew off to an unknown location to everyone but him.

Misty watched on as Charizard disappeared from sight. 'See you at the championship, Ash.' Her and Brock quickly gathered the remains of their supplies and made their way to Pallet Town. They were still in shock at their friends decision, but respected his choice and accepted heavy hearts. One thing was for sure, Ash was going to train his hardest to become the Pokemon Master of the World.

Fallout96: So Ash will be training out on his own with just his pokemon. I know you can't see it now, but the romance will come in later chapters. Just to remind you though, this is an Advanceshipping story and not a Pokeshipping story. Have a little patience and you'll see it soon. See you than!