Disclaimer: I envy those people who own Pokémon. If I owned Pokémon, Ash and Anabel would have gotten together by now and Ash would actually act his age. Even though people say he's ten, I think he's actually twelve or thirteen at least.

Also, I don't own the beautiful song that will be featured in this chapter. Note: it will be a duet. The female lyrics will be in italics. The male lyrics will be in bold.

Anabel and Espeon were standing in the same place that she was the day Ash had returned from Mt. Silver; on the balcony of the Battle Tower. This time though, one thing was different.

Ash's Raichu. Despite the fact that it allowed Anabel to be its new master, and it even took part in her battles against Battle Tower challengers, Anabel would always considerRaichu to be Ash's Pokémon, as well as all of her late boyfriend's other Pokémon. His main team was kept with her and Sarah at the Battle Tower. The rest were kept at Professor Oak's lab.

Six months had passed since Ash, Paul, and Leon had died, and taken Verso with them. A few things had changed among the group. Max had finally gotten strong enough to defeat Anabel and went on to defeat Brandon. Like Ash, though, he declined the offer to be made a Frontier Brain, saying that Ash wouldn't have done it. Considering how he practically idolized Ash, it wasn't surprising.

Dawn, May, and Drew kept their titles of Top Coordinators even after all this time. It seemed that the only ones who could best them in contests were each other and possibly Dawn's mother. Max became the Pokémon Champion in Hoenn, much to the delight of their little group. Brock and Misty finally felt like their siblings could handle the Pewter and Cerulean Gyms, and left in order to spend more time with each other.

There were some interesting developments in Dawn's case. Ever since Paul died, she had three boyfriends; Barry, Kenny, and Conway. Unfortunately, none of them seemed to be as good as Paul. Barry was too hyper, and crashed into people more than show any affection for her. Kenny was sweet, but he was too sweet. When they were going out, he had repeatedly left lovey-dovey messages on her Poketch. It got annoying pretty soon and she broke it off. Conway was far too nerdy for her, always spouting some random fact out of nowhere, sometimes creating the most awkward moments.

She told Anabel that Paul was much calmer than Barry, not as lovesick as Kenny, but still sweet, and definitely not as nerdy as Conway, although Paul probably knew as much about Pokémon as Conway did. It was obvious to Anabel that even though Dawn and Paul hadn't been going out for that long, they were very close, and Dawn missed him with all her heart. The only things she had to remind her of him were his Pokémon and his Aura Guardian's fedora.

Sarah seemed to be taking it all in stride, but Anabel knew she was hurting about Leon as much as Anabel was about Ash. She had heard her friend crying at night to herself until about two months ago, when they had battled each other and let their feelings out. That Pokémon battle had helped both of them. It was easy to see why Ash and Leon loved it so much.

Still, at this current time, Anabel and Sarah only had Ash and Leon's Pokémon and Aura Guardian fedoras as mementos. The very thought brought tears to Anabel's eyes. She could still remember last month when they celebrated the three fallen Aura Guardians' birthdays. Liam had done the customary tradition. If an Aura Guardian ever died, then on their birthdays, a small bit of Aura of any kind had to be transferred to the fallen ones' graves/tombs. Liam and Delia had done the honors.

Today, though, was the opposite. Today was a day of love rather than grief. It was Valentine's Day, and the group was holding a celebration in honor of this day at the Ketchum residence. All the members and their families and friends were invited. Of course, sooner or later, tribute would be paid to the fallen heroes, but that wasn't the point. Anabel was looking forward to this celebration. It would give uplifting spirits to everyone.

"Anabel?" Sarah called. Anabel turned around to see Sarah at the door. By her side were her Lopunny and Leon's Infernape. Sarah's face softened. "You were thinking about him again, were you?"

"Yes." Anabel said.

"There's no use dwelling on the past. It's not what Ash wanted of you. It's not what Leon wanted of me. All they wanted was for us to be happy. I know that sounded a little cliché, but it was true. Leon did everything he could to make me happy." Sarah said.

"Ash, too." Anabel whispered. The two girls stood still with each other before regaining their senses.

"Anyway, we should be leaving now. I'll just bring Lopunny and Infernape. The others can wait here." Sarah said.

"In that case, I'll bring Raichu and Espeon." Anabel said, gesturing to the two Pokémon beside her.

"All right then, let's go." Sarah said. Although it was mid-afternoon, it was quite a ways to Pallet Town from the Battle Tower.

They slowly began their trek. Along the way, they met several hostile wild Pokémon, but the four Pokémon they had with them were easily much stronger, so those wild Pokémon weren't a real threat.

However, there was an encounter that may have turned ugly. They had just passed Viridian City when three familiar figures jumped out from behind a bush in front of them.

"Oh, how nice! You brought out your Pokémon! It just makes them easier to steal!" Jessie laughed.

"Ugghhh…" Sarah groaned, slapping her head. Team Rocket…again. After Verso's defeat, the trio went back to stealing Pokémon for Giovanni. Normally, their targets were the Pokémon that the group used. And as usual, they always failed sooner or later.

But now, something was different. Two other Team Rocket members were with Jessie, James, and Meowth. A orange haired girl and a green haired boy joined them.

"Oh, look, it's Cassidy and Douche." Sarah said.

"The name's not Douche! It's Butch! Butch! OK, now I know you're just trying to insult me because those two don't even rhyme!" Butch exploded. He then glared viciously at his snickering teammates. Apparently, the once antagonistic pairs of Team Rocket learned to work together.

"Yes, good to know. Now are you going to try to steal our Pokémon? Because I'm getting bored." Anabel said.

"We outnumber you! How can you two be so confident?" James asked.

"Because it only takes the four Pokémon that we have to defeat you." Sarah said, gesturing to Raichu, Espeon, Lopunny, and Infernape, who also had bored looks on their faces.

"Seviper!" Jessie called. A viper-like Pokémon with a spearhead-shaped tail appeared.

"Carnivine!" James called. A Venus Flytrap-like Pokémon appeared.

"Granbull!" Cassidy called. A purple bulldog-like Pokémon with huge bottom teeth appeared.

"Mightyena!" Butch called. A black wolf-like Pokémon appeared.

However, the girls' Pokémon were already attacking. Espeon struck down Seviper with Psychic. Lopunny defeated Carnivine with Ice Beam. Infernape took down Granbull with Close Combat. Raichu beat Mightyena with Iron Tail.

"Raichu, do the honors and use Thunderbolt!" Anabel said with a smile.

"Raaaichuuuu!" Raichu yelled its name as he zapped Team Rocket and made them blast off.

Again.

For the fifth time this week.

The thirtieth time this month.

The six hundredth time in the past year.

The two thousandth time in their entire Team Rocket careers.

But damn, it never got old!

"Why does this always happeeeeen?" they screamed as they flew off.

"That was boring…" Sarah said. Anabel nodded in agreement and they trekked on.

Later…

The two Frontier Brains were among the last ones to arrive. They quickly took their seats at a table, joining May and Dawn.

"Sarah, Anabel! Hey!" May greeted.

"How's it going?" Dawn asked.

"Not too bad." Anabel said as she watched Infernape and Raichu go over to Paul's Torterra, who was letting some of the smaller Pokémon play on its back.

"Wow. You brought Torterra?" Sarah asked.

"I brought Piplup, too." Dawn answered. Piplup was playing in the small pond that the Ketchums had in their backyard, despite the fact that it was one of the smallest Pokémon here. "I wanted to make it like a part of Paul was here. Torterra is just like him…"

"I feel the same with Infernape." Sarah said, watching Infernape get into a sparring match with Raichu…again.

They heard the sound of microphone feedback. Liam was standing in the front of the backyard. "Good evening, everyone! Tonight will be an average party. You know, with dancing, refreshments, and all that. The only special thing we'll have is the karaoke later, and I will personally select the singers!" Loud cheering was heard.

Everyone was having a good time. The food was delicious, thanks to the efforts of Delia, Johanna, Reggie, and Brock. Max also challenged Liam for a battle. Even though Max was a Pokémon Champion, he still wasn't as strong as Ash, Paul, or Leon had been, and the best thing to do was to challenge Ash's father. Of course, after a good battle, Max lost.

Liam then walked back to the front and turned on his microphone. "It's time, everyone! The first picks are…" He suddenly trailed off and gasped. His eyes widened in shock, and his mouth dropped open. He seemed to be focused on someone within the crowd. That someone was behind them.

The crowd simultaneously turned to see three boys who were believed to be dead. Ash. Paul. Leon. Or at least someone who looked like them.

"No way…" Brock said.

"Is it really them…?" Max asked.

Raichu cried out in joy and jumped into Ash's arms. The two longtime partners embraced each other. "I missed you, buddy." Ash said.

Infernape leapt out over the crowd and aimed a punch at Leon. Leon quickly blocked it. Infernape them grinned and threw its arms around him. Leon then patted its back. "Have you been good, my friend?" Leon asked.

Paul walked towards Torterra and bent down to eye level. "It's great to see you, Torterra." He slowly patted its head.

"Ash! Paul! Leon!" Misty screamed.

"You're alive!" Sarah cried, running into Leon's arms.

"Yeah, I am." Leon answered. "I missed you." Sarah then pulled away and slapped him. "Ow! What was that for?"

"You idiot! Why'd you have to do that?" Sarah scolded.

"I did it for you!" Leon argued.

"I don't care! I lost you once! I don't want to lose you again, do you understand me?" Sarah then kissed Leon with all her might. They remained in that position for a while before she pulled away. "Never again." she whispered. Leon nodded.

Meanwhile, Paul slowly walked up to the shy-looking Dawn. He turned her face to him gently. Her eyes were filled with tears. Paul shook his head. "This will not do. I can't have my girlfriend cry." he said. "I'm sorry, Dawn. I know that you probably won't forgive me but…"

He was cut off when Dawn put a finger to his lips. "I'm not crying because of your death. I'm crying in happiness." She began to sob a bit, put her hands onto Paul's chest, and buried her face into Paul's chest. "I missed you. I've already forgiven you." Her sentence was muffled. Paul sighed and just held her like that.

However, the most touching reunion was that of Ash and Anabel's. They simply gazed at each other from across the yard, both of them looking longingly at each other. Then, slowly, Ash began to stride towards her. Anabel did the same. They got faster and faster until Ash reached her, lifted her up by the waist and spun her around. She began laughing, and her eyes began tearing up. He set her down and she kissed him once on each cheek and then full on the mouth.

"Awww…" everyone said.

"Well, with that touching reunion, I'll think we should have Ash and Anabel sing the first song!" Liam laughed. Everyone cheered in agreement. Ash smiled and intertwined their fingers. He led her to the front where Liam and Delia were waiting with a karaoke machine. Delia looked insanely happy, while Liam looked very proud of his son. Then, Liam gave Ash his mike, while Delia gave Anabel hers.

As they walked up to the area where the attention was drawn, they briefly noticed that the song they were singing was Stereo Love. Anabel began the song.

When you gonna stop breaking my heart?

I don't wanna be another one

Paying for the things I never done

Don't let go, don't let go, to my love

Can I get to your soul?

Can you get to my thoughts?

Can you promise we won't let go?

All the things that I need

All the things that you need

You can make it feel so real

'Cause you can't deny

You've blown my mind

When I touch your body

I feel I'm losing control

'Cause you can't deny

You've blown my mind

When I see you baby

I just don't wanna let go

When you gonna stop breaking my heart?

I don't wanna be another one

Paying for the things I never done

Don't let go, don't let go, to my love

I hate to see you cry

Your smile is a beautiful lie

I hate to see you cry

My love is dying inside

I hate to see you cry

My love is dying inside

I hate to see you cry

My love is dying inside

I can fix all those lies

Oh, baby, baby, I run, but I'm running to you

You won't see me cry, I'm hiding inside

My heart is in pain but I'm smiling for you

Oh baby I'll try, to make the things right

I need you more than air when I'm not with you

Please don't ask me why, just kiss me this time

My only dream…is about you and I

Can I get to your soul?

Can you get to my thoughts?

Can you promise we won't let go?

All the things that I need

All the things that you need

You can make it feel so real

'Cause you can't deny

You've blown my mind

When I touch your body

I feel I'm losing control

'Cause you can't deny

You've blown my mind

When I see you baby

I just don't wanna let go

When you gonna stop breaking my heart?

I don't wanna be another one

Paying for the things I never done

Don't let go, don't let go, to my love

I hate to see you cry

My love is dying inside

I hate to see you cry

Your smile is a beautiful lie

I can fix all those lies

Oh, baby, baby, I run, but I'm running to you

You won't see me cry, I'm hiding inside

My heart is in pain but I'm smiling for you

Oh baby I'll try, to make the things right

I need you more than air when I'm not with you

Please don't ask me why, just kiss me this time

My only dream…is about you and I

The cheering when Ash and Anabel were done was surprisingly huge for the size of the crowd. Who could blame them? They were amazing. They could both great singers, even though it was Ash's first time singing publicly.

"Give them a hand, everyone! Aren't they amazing?" Liam laughed. He calmly waited for the applause to end before continuing. "Now, the next ones are…"

And so the party went on. Song after song, dance after dance. Eventually, everyone began to leave due to weariness and time. Ash and Leon followed Anabel and Sarah to the Battle Tower, where Scott quickly gave his permission for them to become Frontier Brains. It was obvious that they wanted to stay with each other. Paul, on the other hand, decided to claim the title of Pokémon Champion in Sinnoh, defeating Cynthia.

After a few months of initiative Frontier Brain training, Ash and Leon got their battle facility. They were known to be even stronger than Brandon. Their facility was called the Battle Terrain. It tested a trainer's adaptability. The Battle Terrain's field was designed to constantly change into random environments, going from a desert into a forest into a glacier in matter of minutes. It even had the temperature settings necessary. Ash and Leon were known as the Terrain Masters. Challengers could choose to battle one of them or both of them. If the challenger managed to beat one of them, they would get the Silver Adaptability Symbol. If the challenger managed to beat both, then they would get the Gold Adaptability Symbol.

Ash and Anabel got married when they were twenty-one. Leon and Sarah followed a few months later. In fact, all the pairings within the group were married. It was definitely the best life any of them could wish to have. And it was fated to get a lot better for Ash and Anabel.

A few years later…

One night, many years after the battle with Verso, Ash returned to the small house he and Anabel shared in Tohjo Falls. Anabel was waiting for him. "Um, Ash?"

"Hey, Anabel." He hung up his coat and kissed his wife's cheek.

"I need to tell you something."

This got Ash's attention. "What's up?"

"I'm pregnant." Anabel said bluntly.

Ash froze for a few seconds before speaking. "Seriously?" Anabel nodded, worried at his reaction.

Ash surprised Anabel by picking her up by the waist,, and kissed her. "That's amazing! I can't believe I'm a father!"

Anabel didn't expect this. "Aren't you worried at all?"

Ash grew serious and set her down. "I am, a little. The way I see it is that we've just got to do our best with the baby. Scott might be pissed, too. But I don't plan on leaving you or aborting the baby. We're going to keep it. And we're going to raise it as best as we can. Besides, Leon and Sarah are here, and so are our Pokémon.

Anabel laughed. "About that. It looks like Raichu finally got the guts to consummate his love for Espeon. I sensed another presence inside of her."

Ash put their foreheads together. "Even better." he whispered. The two crashed their lips into each other. Anabel wrapped her legs around Ash's waist, and the guardian carried his lover up to their bedroom. They pulled away when they stepped inside and Ash kicked the door shut.

Throughout the night, the natural forest sounds were accompanied by the passionate sounds of a young couple making love.

I have finally finished this. I really must thank Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina for Stereo Love. I freaking love that song!

Thanks to all my loyal readers out there who have motivated me to write this story for the past seven months. Now, please review.