Ok, so I'm totally betting there are people who want to know what happened to me….nothing really, just been busy with school and work. And it's not like I haven't been writing…I've just been doing it on paper…I need to get all my Comashipping stories typed. It shouldn't be too hard since I got a new laptop for Christmas, it just takes time. I am so sorry this took so long to get out. I had started this chapter and then my iPod touch erased most of it so it took me a while before I wanted to start again. Again, I apologize. But here is chapter one. There are more chapters to come but I don't think there will be as many as last time. Although, having fifteen chapters was not what I was hoping for in the beginning but I love the way it turned out so we'll just have to wait and see. I hope you guys like it!
Disclaimer: I do not own Pokémon or any of it's Characters…unfortunately…
Five Years Later...Question?
The sun was just starting to show over the hills of Pallet Town showing it was early morning. A small shop owner was just getting things ready to open. He picked up a package and put it on the counter. He knew the owner of the package would be here momentarily. He knew how important this package was. He was certain he'd be here-*Ding* The door to the small shop opened. The owner smiled. "Well, good morning to you, Ash."
The raven haired man chuckled. "Morning Mike."
"I have your package all ready for you." He replied with a smile.
"Thanks. I owe you." Ash told him.
"Haha, of course not. I know how important this is."
"Yea, it's pretty special."
The older man chuckled. "So, today's the day, huh?"
"Yes sir." Ash said. "I'm excited."
"Well I bet. This is your fifth year anniversary. It's completely understandable for you to be excited." The shop owner replied. Ash nodded. "Got something exciting planned for the evening?"
"Unfortunately not." Ash replied. "Paul's still out of town on work. He won't be back for another few days."
"That's too bad. I know this is a big day for you two. I know he's been looking forward to this moment for a while."
Ash nodded. "We both have been."
"I understand. Aren't you a little mad he's still on a trip?"
"Nah, a little disappointed, but not mad. How would I feel if he got mad if I had to leave town for an important assignment and he got mad? No, I understand. Cynthia and Lance needed his help and I fully condone him to do what he can for them." Ash explained.
Mike chuckled. "You sure are a fully understanding boyfriend." Ash shrugged with a smile. "Speaking of which, when can we expect to hear wedding bells for you two? Five years is a long time to date someone and not be engaged."
"Well I'm not sure." Ash told him. "You have to remember, Paul is two years younger than me. He's only nineteen. Getting married right now may not be high on his priority list. I know he loves me and would do anything for me. And I know he wants to spend every day with me. He answered that question of commitment when we moved in at my mom's place together after we stopped traveling. I have no doubts about our relationship so I'm not worried."
"But what about you? Do YOU want to get married?" Mike questioned.
Ash shrugged. "I would like to, but I'm not going to pressure Paul when I can wait. There's no need in causing any unnecessary tension. I don't want us to stop talking for six months again."
"What really did happen back then? I heard from your mother while you two were traveling that you split up."
"Well, we technically never broke up. We still were officially a couple…we just, took different travel routes and didn't talk. Worst six months of my life." Ash told the shop owner.
"So what caused the whole thing?"
"It was a bunch of little things, but what really pushed Paul over the edge was when, for that publicity stunt, I kissed Gary, and it was all over for a little while."
"Oh yea, I remember seeing that on the front of a magazine. I thought it was photo-shopped." Mike said.
"Nope, I really kissed him. But in my defense, I only did what I was told."
"And Paul saw it. Harsh."
"Well Paul knew I was going to do it. That's what caused all the tension first. He told me I shouldn't and since we had been sort of arguing lately, I told him I was going to anyways and he got steamed. When I actually went through with it, I could tell by his expression that he didn't actually think I would. We had a huge fight about it, and we agreed we needed some time apart. I wasn't exactly considerate of his feelings, and with time, I realized that and went to find him."
"And he took you back right then and there?"
"Well, what happened was, I went back to Sinnoh to complete the Sinnoh Battle Frontier while he came here to Kanto and did the Kanto Battle Frontier. After I won all the symbols, I stopped in Veilstone and spent a couple of days with Reggie and Brock and learned from them how inconsiderate I was being. I got on Charizard that very night and flew to the Pokémon Center in Viridian, where Paul was, knocked on his door, and when he opened it, he grabbed me and said he was never going to let me go again. We both apologized and haven't been separated for more than three days since."
"Except for now?"
Ash nodded. "Except for now…the past two weeks have been horrible. I miss him like crazy. And the fact he can't call me every day doesn't make me feel better." Ash replied sadly.
"It's alright. All I know is the day he gets home, I'm not going to leave his arms for hours." Ash said with a smile.
Mike chuckled again. "I believe you." Ash nodded. "That's when you're going to give that to him, right?" He asked gesturing to the package Ash was holding.
"You guessed right." Ash answered.
"Well, I hope you two have a wonderful day to celebrate your anniversary then."
"I'm hoping so, too. I've got us some reservations at a restaurant in Viridian so we should have a pretty good evening." Ash told him.
"Well, I bet it will be. Though, quick question before you leave." Ash gave him a look of curiosity. "How come Lance and Cynthia didn't ask you for help with this mission? You are, after all, the Pokémon Master."
"I was busy helping Professor Oak and Gary with an experiment or else I would have. Since I was busy, Paul volunteered. Besides, he was itching for a reason to go to Veilstone to see Reggie anyways. He loves his older brother and misses him a lot, no matter how much he preaches he doesn't."
"Makes sense. I love my older brother, even though I usually won't admit it." Mike told him.
"Yup, that's Paul for you. He's actually a very sensitive guy; he just doesn't show it to many people." Ash explained.
"And of course, you're one of the few." Ash nodded.
"Haha, well I'm glad you found someone special for yourself, Ash."
"Thanks, I am, too." Ash replied with a smile. Mike smiled back. Just then Ash's cellphone rang. He pulled the device out of his pocket and grinned. "Speaking of said special person." Ash said.
Mike laughed. "Go on, I'll see you later, Ash."
Ash nodded. "Thanks again, Mike." The shop owner nodded as Ash turned around and walked out of the store. Ash opened his phone. "Well good morning." Ash said.
"Good morning, Sweetheart…and Happy Anniversary." Ash heard his boyfriend say. He could hear the smile in his voice.
Ash giggled as he continued to walk down the street. "You know you called me at midnight to tell me that."
"Yes, but I wanted to tell you again before you began your morning."
"Well you're a little late. I'm already up and out of the house." Ash told the mauve haired trainer.
"Seriously? You never get up this early unless there's a project when I'm there." Paul said with a fake pout.
"Yes, but I have an amazing boyfriend I get to stay cuddled up against on those mornings." Ash told him.
"Hm, this is true. Way to make a good point."
"I have plenty of good points." Ash told him.
"Uh huh, I think over the past five years, I've had more than you."
"Wanna bet?" Ash challenged.
"I'd love to, but how about when I get home?"
"Ah fine, but I won't forget about it." Ash told him. He heard his boyfriend chuckle. "What?"
"Nothing." Paul replied.
"Uh huh, sure." Ash said sarcastically.
"Hey, don't get a sarcastic attitude with me."
"Hey, you're the one who taught me." Ash told him. He couldn't see Paul's face but he knew he was playfully glaring at him. Just the image made Ash giggle. "Hey, no rolling your eyes either."
"…How you know me so well, I'll never know." Paul said.
"It's called being your boyfriend for five years." Ash told him.
"Whatever." Ash laughed. "So what are your plans for today?"
"Well, breakfast with Mom in an hour, helping Gary out at the lab, do a little training, and tonight I'm supposed to go to Viridian with everyone skating. Brock supposedly rented the rink out tonight so it's only going to be all of us. No one else." Ash explained.
"That's a good thing. I'm not there to keep those fans of yours off of you." Ash rolled his eyes. "And you, Mr. Ketchum, no rolling your eyes at me." Ash didn't even have to ask when Paul replied. "It's called being your boyfriend for five years."
"…Smartass." Ash told him. He heard Paul laugh.
"You know you love it."
"…Shuttup…" Ash said with a cute pout. Paul laughed again.
"Listen Ash, on a serious note," Ash listened intently. "I'm so sorry I can't be there with you right now."
"I know, Paul, it's ok. I miss you like crazy but I understand. I just hope you know I'm not going to be leaving your arms for like hours after you get home." Ash could hear the smile in Paul's voice.
"I'll be glad to keep you there for as long as you like." Ash blushed. "You're so cute when you blush."
Ash blinked. "You can't even see me."
"Don't need to. I know you're blushing and I know you're adorable. It all works." Ash shook his head. "Alright, I'm going to go get back to work. I'll still be in one spot tonight, so be sure to call me after you get home from skating tonight. I'll wanna tell you goodnight."
Ash chuckled. "Ok, I will."
Ash giggled. "I promise, Paul."
"Good." Ash rolled his eyes at his protective boyfriend. "I love you."
"I love you, too. Have fun working."
"Oh yes, so much." Paul said sarcastically. Ash laughed. "Bye, Ash."
"Bye, Paul." Ash closed his phone and looked at it a moment before putting it away and continuing on towards home.
"So, this will be fun, huh?" Ash looked over to his childhood best friend from the passenger seat.
"Yea, Gary, but I still don't know why Pikachu had to stay back home."
"Oh come on, Ash. I know you love him endlessly, but really, you should be able to have a functional and fun evening without him." The brunette told him.
"I can and do. Paul and I go out on so many dates without any Pokémon." Ash replied.
"That's true, but how long has it been since you've had a night out without Pokémon with all of us?"
"…A pretty long time…"
"Well still, you made it sound so important he didn't come tonight."
"I just thought it was a good night for him to stay and be with the Pokémon at the lab and for you to be with us. May, Dawn, Kenny, Max, Drew, and Crystal are all really looking forward to hanging out with you. Brock as well."
"And your girlfriend?"
Gary blushed. "Misty too, but Misty sees you almost every day at the lab. With Max's job at the Viridian Gym, and May, Dawn, Kenny, and Drew taking care of their business, they don't see you as much. Not to mention Brock working at Center. He's twice as busy."
"That's true. I miss seeing them a lot." Ash said.
"Look, I know this isn't exactly what you had planned for tonight, and you'd much rather be with your boyfriend, but since you can't be with him, you're gonna be stuck with us."
Ash chuckled. "I don't mind being 'stuck' with you guys. I just really miss him. It's been two VERY long weeks."
"I understand. That week I left to be in Hoenn was torture without Misty, but it's always fun when you meet up again. There's a lot of nice cuddling and stuff when you don't see each other for a long period of time."
"Oh Gary, really, I already have disturbing images of you and Misty. Don't add anymore." Gary laughed.
"It's like seeing my brother and sister in a relationship…so weird." Ash said looking out the window. Green eyes rolled but Gary was wearing a smile.
"And thanks again." Ash looked at him.
"For your blessing on this relationship. It means a lot to me and a lot to Misty."
"Yea no problem. Just remember our deal, no making in front of me. I've now got that mental image." Gary chuckled.
"Trust me, by the time tonight ends, the thoughts of us making out won't be close to being in your mind."
"Oh, and why's that?" Ash questioned.
A flash of panic ran through Gary's eyes. "Because, you're going to have too much fun tonight to even worry about it."
"Yes, but you and Misty will be there." Gary shrugged. Ash looked back out the window.
For the next thirty minutes, the two had minor conversation until Gary pulled up into the front lot of the skating rink. "Alright, you go ahead and go in. Everyone should be there by now and I'm going to go pull around the back and park." Gary told his best friend.
"Sure, but no cars are out here and why park in the back?"
"So no one tries to come skate tonight but us. Speaking of which, here's the key." Gary said handing the metal object to the raven haired trainer.
"Alright, thanks for the lift, Gary."
"No problem. I'll see you in a minute." Ash nodded and climbed out of the car. He walked up to the door as Gary pulled around. He unlocked it and walked in.
"Hey guys!" Ash called walking in. "We made it!" Ash turned and locked the door back, pocketing the key. That's when he noticed no one answered him. "Guys?" Ash walked all the way in, past the paying booth, towards where the rink was. When he got there, he was thoroughly confused. No one was there, the lights were dim, there was soft music in the back ground, and the strangest thing was, there was a table in the middle of the skating rink. "What?" Ash questioned aloud. That's when he felt two very strong, and very familiar arms wrap themselves around his waist, and heard a very familiar voice in his ears.
"Do you honestly think I was going to miss our big night?" Ash jumped and turned around in the embrace.
Ash looked up with a bright smile on his face, his eyes lighting up. "Paul!" He wrapped his arms around Paul's neck and pulling the mauve haired trainer into a hug. Paul chuckled, kissing his neck. "What are you doing here? I thought you weren't supposed to be finished with your mission for another few more days."
"Actually, and don't be mad, but I've been done with the mission for a few days." He told him.
Ash looked taken aback. "I-I don't understand. Why-why didn't you come home?"
"I wanted you to be surprised." Paul replied, gesturing to the skating rink behind him. Ash turned to look and blushed.
"So, the whole thing with all my friends was just a setup?"
"Yea, I hope you're not mad."
"And Gary was in on the whole thing?" Paul nodded.
"I knew I needed someone I could trust."
"Oh really? You were so jealous of Gary for the longest time and now you trust him?"
Paul rolled his eyes. "I knew he wouldn't tell anyone and spoil the surprise." Ash giggled. He pulled Paul down for a kiss. The Veilstone trainer eagerly responded.
After a moment, Ash pulled away. "Thank you, this is really sweet, Paul." Paul smiled at him. "But I hope you know, you don't have do so many fancy things for me. Just being with you is enough."
"I know, but tonight is extra special." Paul replied with a wink. Ash smiled. "Now come on," Paul took Ash's hand and pulled him to a bench. "I've got your skates all ready for you." The two put on skates and then Paul pulled Ash out to the table and set him down in a chair. Paul took the cover off the platter in the middle and Ash blinked.
"Paul, is this…is this…?"
"Edgar's fettuccine alfredo? Yea, I got him to make it for us tonight." Ash looked at him. Paul blushed and shrugged. "I thought, with you know, us being together for five years, we could relive our first date, even if it was unofficial at that point."
Ash smiled very brightly at Paul and he jumped back up into the taller boy's arms. "You're amazing, Paul. I love you."
"I love you, too, Ash." Paul replied, wrapping his arms around the raven haired trainer.
Amber eyes met amethyst ones. "There's just one thing missing."
"Oh? And what's that?"
"Didn't we have ice cream that night?" Ash questioned with a smirk. Paul smirked back and pointed to a cooler on the side of rink. Ash glanced at it and back. The smirk faded from Ash's face.
Paul shrugged. "I remember that night pretty well. It was night I was sure I was in love with you. It can't be erased from my mind." Ash smiled and buried his face into Paul's chest. After a few minutes, Paul pulled away. "Come on, let's eat. I'm pretty hungry." Ash giggled and nodded.
The two chatted for a little bit while they ate and then Ash went quiet when they were done. Paul cocked his head (a technique he picked up from his boyfriend), "What's wrong?"
"I just get what Gary said now. We were talking in the car and he said I'd have too much fun tonight to think of anything about anyone else."
"Well, I'm glad you're having fun." Paul told him.
"I always do when I'm with you." Ash said. Paul connected their hands on the table. "So, ice cream?" Paul chuckled and skated over the cooler and brought back the frozen treats. Paul handed Ash his. "My favorite and everything."
"Well I AM your boyfriend. I hope I know your favorite flavor of ice cream." Paul said. Ash laughed. "I hope so, too." Paul chuckled and sat down. "So, how did the mission go?"
"Pretty well. Everything got settled, no one was hurt, and the abused Pokémon are now being taken care of by Reggie." Paul told him.
"That's good, he'll take good care of them." Paul nodded. "Were you excited to see him?"
"You know I was."
"Well, I wasn't sure if you'd admit it or not."
"Oh come on, you can read me like a book nowadays. There's no point in lying to you."
"I didn't know you were lying about being on the mission still."
"You couldn't see me."
"True. Valid Point."
"So, not forgetting our little bet?"
"Oh shut up. I'll get there. I haven't had much time to think. Remember, I wasn't expecting to see you for another few days." Ash told him.
"Meh, I'm still looking forward to see what you come up with."
Ash chuckled. "I still have no idea how we're dating when we're so competitive."
"We're in love. That's all you need. You taught me that." Paul told him.
"I've taught you a lot of things."
"Like trusting, loving, and being yourself."
Paul shifted his eyes back and forth. "Ok fine, name something else."
Ash arched his eyebrow and glanced down at Paul's feet. He followed his gaze. "How about what you're wearing on your feet."
"Ok, fine. Anything else?"
"Hm, how about to laugh like a normal person."
"Oh please…I still don't laugh like a normal person."
Paul looked intrigued. "Let's go. Gimme your best shot."
Ash smirked, jumped up, and grabbed Paul's sides, tickling him. Paul's eyes widened and he broke out into fits of laughter. "See! I win!" Ash exclaimed, continuing his torture.
"Haha, ok, ok, you win! Haha, Ash stop!" Paul cried out tears filling his eyes. "Ash, I'm begging!"
"Well, if you're begging." Ash said standing up straight with a smile on his face. Paul sat there for a minute catching his breath. He glared up at Ash who smirked back.
"You are so paying for that."
"Gotta catch me!" And with that, the two began a chase.
"Slow down, Ketchum! If you don't, I can't promise I'll make it quick." Paul told him.
"Why should I slow down at all?" Ash asked turning around, skating backwards. "Especially if I know you'll never catch me!"
Paul glared and then his eyes widened. "Ash, look-!" Ash tripped and fell down. "Out…" Paul skated up to his boyfriend who was laying on the ground, laughing. Paul kneeled down. "Are you alright?" Ash nodded with a smile on his face. Paul smirked. "Good, now I won't feel guilty about doing this." Paul reached around his boyfriend's side and started tickling him back. Ash started laughing automatically, making Paul smile. "Now who's going to be begging?" Paul asked.
"Haha, not me!" Ash said in between laughs. He pulled Paul down and the two flipped over, the two eventually rolling over one another, back and forth. After a few minutes, the couple had to stop to take a breath. Ash was on top so he leaned down and kissed Paul. The two stayed in the heated kiss until they couldn't breathe anymore. Ash then rested his head against Paul's chest.
'Now would be a good time.' Paul thought. Ash felt Paul shift him but didn't think anything of it.
"Tonight has been wonderful, Paul. Thank you so much."
"Anything for you, Ash." Ash smiled up at him.
"I wish we could stay like this forever."
Paul smiled at him. "We can…all you have to do is say 'yes'."
Ash cocked his head. "Yes to what?" He felt Paul's hands on his stomach and Ash looked down to see a Paul open a small box with a ring in it. Ash's jaw dropped as his breath hitched and eyes widened.
"To marrying me." Paul whispered in his ear.
Ok, so don't kill me for the cliffy. I needed a good way to end this chapter and start a new one so, yea. Here you guys go, the first chapter of the sequel. I hope you guys liked it! There is most definitely more to come, and soon too! Until next time! ~Ashluver