Hey everybody! I'm back and I randomly had an idea for another Pearlshipping story! I'm not exactly sure how long this is going to be, but I hope you guys like it! Here it is!
Disclaimer: I, unfortunately, don't own Pokemon.
"I cannot believe your stomach is growling already," Iris groaned, gesturing to Ash's rumbling belly. She shook her head. "How did your other friends deal with the noise?"
"Actually, May was even worse than I am! And Brock was probably just used to it after traveling through every region with me," Ash replied.
"I guess we can stop to eat lunch," Cilan told them.
"Okay. No need to worry about the fruit! I'll handle it," Iris said.
Ash suddenly stopped. "Wait, what?"
"I said I would handle the fruit," Iris repeated.
"No. Before that."
"I said no need to worry about the fruit," Iris sighed exasperatedly. "Why?"
"Nothing," Ash muttered, looking deep in thought. "It just…reminded me of something."
"What? Fruit?" Iris asked, shooting Ash a "you're-crazy" glare. She was just about to say more when Cilan put a hand on her shoulder and shook his head. His 'connoisseur senses' were telling him that what Ash was thinking about was actually important.
"He will tell us whenever he's ready," Cilan whispered.
Iris rolled her eyes. "Fine. I guess I'll go get the fruit."
'Deep breaths, deep breaths. You'll do fine,' a coordinator told herself. She was sitting in the waiting room, her eyes glued to the screen overhead. A green-haired coordinator that she had met and traveled with was battling another coordinator dressed like a Cacturne. She could see that her green-haired friend was gritting his teeth as his Roserade took a hard hit.
"He's having a pretty rough time out there," the coordinator's other traveling companion said, leaning on the doorframe. His green scarf hung crooked on his neck as he stared at her with his bright orange eyes. "I really hope he wins."
"He'll be fine. He promised me that it'd be me and him in the finale," the coordinator replied, a grin on her face.
As time slowly ticked away, the coordinator and her trainer friend watched as their green-haired companion won his semi-final-round battle. Someone called her name and told her it was time to take the stage.
"Wish me luck," she murmured to her friend.
"No need to worry," he teased, messing with her hair. She didn't freak out about it anymore; she had matured since her early days as a coordinator.
She gave him a fleeting hug as she walked down the hallway to meet her friend on the contest battle stage. Still, she missed something about the old days…the high fives…and a certain friend of hers…
"Finally! We're in Castelia City!" Iris squealed, staring up at the skyscrapers.
"I can't wait to battle Burgh!" Ash agreed, mirroring Iris's excited tone.
"Wait, you guys," Cilan said. "There's a huge crowd at that giant television screen over there. Let's go see what's going on."
Iris and Ash nodded and followed Cilan to the crowd. Ash glanced at the screen then began to search for the gym. Suddenly, his head flicked back to face the screen, causing Pikachu to nearly fall off his head. Two familiar people were having a contest battle on the screen.
"Wow! It's the Hoenn Grand Festival! There's hardly ever a showing of contests in Unova. No wonder there's such a big crowd!" Iris said.
"Roserade, use Petal Dance!" the green-haired coordinator ordered.
"Pikachu!" Pikachu squeaked, staring at the screen.
"It's Drew," Ash muttered, acknowledging May's number one rival.
Ash nearly fell over when the camera panned to Drew's opponent.
"Togekiss, use Aura Sphere!" she commanded. The Aura Sphere collided with Roserade's Petal Dance, creating a gorgeous display of fireworks and hitting Drew's Roserade so hard that it fainted.
"That was amazing!" Iris and Cilan gasped in unison as the crowd 'ooohed' and 'aaahed.'
"Dawn," Ash whispered. "She won the Hoenn Grand Festival."
Ash watched as Mr. Contesta presented her with the Ribbon Cup. Her Pokemon surrounded her: Piplup, Pachirisu, Mamoswine, Buneary, Togekiss, and a now-evolved Quilava.
"Thank you so much!" Dawn said, waving to the crowd. She turned to Mr. Contesta. "Can I bring my friends up here with me?"
Mr. Contesta looked a little surprised, but nodded. "Of course."
Drew and Barry, one of Ash's previous rivals, ran onto the stage, both praising Dawn. She hugged both of them and told Drew that he did a great job.
Ash sighed, wondering if Dawn had won the Sinnoh Grand Festival, would she have done the same for him and Brock?
"Hey, Iris, Cilan. We should head to the Pokemon Center now," Ash said.
"But-" Iris started. She then glanced at his face. "Yeah. Sure, Ash."
She exchanged looks with Cilan as Ash started towards the Pokemon Center without so much as a glance backwards.
"What are you going to do with the prize vacation?" Mr. Contesta asked her.
"Well, first Drew and I have to watch Barry compete in the Hoenn league, but afterwards, I'm going to visit the Unova region!" Dawn answered.
'And maybe, just maybe…I'll be able to see Ash again,' Dawn thought.
She raised the hard-earned Ribbon Cup over head one more time as she planned out exactly what she was going to say when she met him.
So, that's the first chapter! I hope you liked it! Yes, it will be Pearshipping, don't worry. I feel kinda bad for Ash though…and I was feeling a tad underdescriptive. Well, see you next time! And PLEASE don't forget to review!