Okay. First things first, I'm sorry. I couldn't think of a better name for this story. I know it probably sounds lame. So I'm sorry for that! Also, I don't own any of the characters in this story.

So there he was trapped in a jar, in a Meowth hot air balloon. Now you're probably wondering? Who is this boy trapped in a jar? And why is he being carried away in a giant Pokémon shaped hot air balloon? Well I'll answer one of those questions. That boy would be the famous Pokémon trainer from Pallet Town, Ash Ketchum. The other question will be answered later. Again, I bet you're confused. You're wondering 'What? How can Ash fit in a jar? He's too big!'. Well, there was a time when he asked for something that led to an assortment of events that led him to where he was now, trapped in a small, glass jar. And that is where this story will begin.

Now I will remind you of this, Ash Ketchum was never the tallest boy. He was actually the shortest. When he told people that he would get a growth spurt one day, they would snicker behind his back, thinking 'Oh, that'll be the day!'. No one could ever imagine Ash as tall or big in any manner, especially Misty and Brock, since they've been traveling with him on his Pokémon journey for what seemed like years, yet he was still the age of ten. The only ones that could were Pikachu and some of Ash's Pokémon, which to them; Ash was always towering above them, like a house. But enough of my babbling, let's get on with the beginning of this story, shall we?

Ash and his friends, Misty and Brock, were headed on their way to Azalea Town, so Ash could obtain his second badge in the Johto league. Pikachu and Togepi were in their regular positions. Pikachu was sitting on Ash's right shoulder, while Togepi was sitting, calmly, in Misty's arms.

"This next badge will be a piece of cake!" Ash said, his voice so full of enthusiasm. Misty sighed and rolled her eyes. But in the process of the rolling of her eyes, Misty saw some bright lights in the distance, away from the direction of where Azalea Town lay.

Misty pointed in the direction of where she saw the lights, and asked, "Hey. What's over there?" Then she started to walk towards them. Ash and Brock turned around to see Misty walking away from them, and quickly ran to her side.

"Misty? Where are you going?" Ash asked, as he walked up to her.

Misty turned to look at Ash, and said, "I want to see what those lights were." Ash sighed.

When they finally turned the corner, smiles met the three trainers' faces. For standing there, was a huge carnival. "Wow." Brock said, amazed. There were so many rides and roller coasters, than they could even count.

"Hey. Why don't we go on some of the rides?" Misty asked, making Ash and Brock smile and nod in agreement. The trio of friends ran to the first ride they saw, a big rollercoaster. Brock, Misty, and Ash waited in the short line for the ride, and waited until they were finally up.

"You can go." The person in charge of the ride said, as he looked at Brock. Brock grinned happily and walked into an open seat. The person then looked at Misty and her Togepi.

"You can go, miss. But we'll have to see if your Pokémon can." He said, as he held the Togepi down at a small chart. Togepi was under the red line, made on the chart. The man beamed at Misty and then handed Togepi to her. Misty walked, proudly, and took the seat next to Brock.

Pikachu jumped off of Ash's shoulder, and walked to the small chart. It was just under the line, as it pulled down its long ears. The man nodded, and gestured toward the ride. "Your Pokémon can go." Pikachu jumped into the ride, sitting in between Misty and Brock.

Ash looked at the man, and said, "What about me? Will I be able to ride the ride?" Ash stood next to a taller chart with a red line. Appearing to him, he was above the red line, and said, "I guess I can." But was held short, when the man grabbed onto the collar of Ash's jacket.

"Hold on, kid. Hat off." The man ordered. Ash took his hat off, revealing his raven-haired head, and walked next to the chart again. The man shook his head, and said, "Sorry kid, you're too short."

"What?" Ash asked, as he looked at where his head was. It was right under the line. "No way. But all my friends get to ride it, so why can't I?"

"They're taller than you. I'm sorry, but maybe you should check out a few of the other rides." The man said, as he gestured to a few kiddy rides. Ash growled and put on his hat in anger. Then he walked off. Misty and Brock gasped in shock, but sighed, as they were already strapped into the ride.

"Hold on." The man said, before pressing a big, red button that activated the roller coaster. The roller coaster went, and rode in circles, and twists, making all the riders scream in enjoyment.

Ash sat, angrily, at a bench, as he watched his friends have fun and not him. "No fair." Was all he said, as he crossed his arms.

Once the ride was done, Misty, Brock, Togepi, and Pikachu were walking towards Ash on the bench. "Man, that was the greatest-!" But was cut short with Misty hitting her elbow in his side. Brock looked at Ash, who was giving him a glare, and said, "I mean, man, that was the worst roller coaster ever!" Misty, Pikachu, and Togepi all nodded their heads in agreement.

"Save it." Ash said, as he looked away from his friends. "I know you had fun."

Misty sighed. "Look, we're sorry Ash. But look on the bright side, why don't we try another ride? Maybe you'll be able to go on the next one." Ash looked up at her, and smiled.

"Okay. Let's go." Ash said, as he stood up and walked to a different ride. This ride was a pirate ship that swayed back and forth the entire time you were on it. "Why don't we go on this one?" Ash asked, pointing toward the ride. Misty and Brock nodded, and ran toward the ride.

Once again, Misty and Brock were able to ride, because of their heights. So were Togepi and Pikachu since they were too small. Then it was Ash's turn. Ash bravely, took off his hat, and stepped by the chart with the red line. It was like déjà vu, Ash was just under the line.

"Sorry kid. Maybe next time." The man in charge said. Ash sighed in sadness, as he put on his hat and walked away, leaving his friends on the ride.

Ash walked, as he muttered to himself, "There has to be at least one ride that I can go on." Ash turned his head to see a carousel with five year olds on it. He scowled and muttered, "One that isn't for little kids." Ash looked up and saw a ride that went up and down, in random times. Ash smiled and ran toward the ride.

Ash waited in line until it was his turn. The owner gestured towards his hat, and Ash dreadfully took it off, and stood next to the height check chart. Once again, he was under the line. "Sorry man." The owner said, as Ash scowled and walked off.

Ash was quickly losing hope. "Come on! Why can't I find at least one ride that I'm not too short on?" He yelled at the sky, with people looking at him with weird expressions.

Suddenly, Ash heard a voice. "So you wish to become taller, eh?" Ash turned toward the voice that was behind him. It was an old woman, who was standing behind a concession stand. She was wearing rags, and had the biggest mole that Ash had ever seen.

Ash walked up to the vendor, and said, "Yes, I do. All my friends get to go on the cool rides, when I'm down here and biggest ride I can get on is a carousel." The woman nodded, and then gestured toward the things on the stand. There were lots of knick knacks, but one caught his eye.

"What's this?" Ash asked, as he picked up a small knick knack. It looked like a lamp, a magic lamp, like the lamp in the movie 'Aladdin'.

The old woman nodded, and said, "Aw. That's a magic lamp."

Ash looked at the woman, and asked, "A magic lamp?"

"Yes. That lamp will grant the owner three wishes of he or she's choice." The woman said, proudly.

Ash smiled, and asked, "How much?"

The woman rubbed her chin, and said, "Since you're having a bad day, two dollars." Ash handed her the money, and walked off.

"Thank you." Ash said, as he put away the magic lamp in his green backpack. Ash looked up and saw Misty and Brock running towards him, with Pikachu at their heels.

"Ash!" Brock yelled, waving at his friend.

"Where have you been? We've been looking everywhere for you." Misty said, stopping in front of Ash.

Brock nodded. "Yeah. Pikachu's been worried sick." As he said that, he gestured toward Pikachu, who definitely had worry in its small, brown eyes.

Ash kneeled down to Pikachu and petted its head. "I'm sorry, Pikachu. I was just getting a souvenir."

"Pikachu." Pikachu said, happily, as it jumped on Ash's right shoulder. Ash turned around and started to walk away from the carnival. Misty and Brock followed.

Misty looked at Ash, confused. "Souvenir? What souvenir?" Ash looked up at Misty.

"I'll show it to you later, when we set up camp." Ash said, making Misty sigh.

A few hours later, Ash, Misty, and Brock had finally settled on a small campsite. There was a log cabin, with two bunk beds and a table. Brock started a campfire outside to make dinner, while Misty and Ash sat around the campfire on logs. Pikachu was sitting next to Ash on the log.

Misty then turned to Ash. "So Ash? Can we see that souvenir now?" Misty asked with pleading eyes.

Ash nodded, and said, "Okay." Saying that, he grabbed the magic lamp from out of his backpack. Misty and Brock looked at it with wonder and interest.

"So? You got a piece of junk?" Brock asked, making Misty sweat drop.

Ash glared at Brock, and said, "No. I didn't get junk! I got a magic lamp that'll grant me three wishes." Misty, Brock, Pikachu, and Togepi all looked at each other with serious faces, and then they all started laughing. Ash, however, was confused. "What's so funny?" He asked.

"Ash? You just conned out of your money!" Misty said, between laughs. "You're not going to get three wishes!"

Ash glared at Misty, and said, angrily, "Yes I will!"

Misty crossed her arms, and said, "Okay. Prove it."

"Okay. I will." Ash said, turning towards the lamp in his hands. He thought of all the lamps he could think of from movies. But the lamps that he kept thinking of could only make a room brighter. Then he remembered a fictional movie, with a magic lamp that had a genie pop out of it.

Ash smiled from ear to ear and started to rub the lamp until his hand turned bright red. "Ash?" Misty asked. "What are you doing?"

"I remember a movie that had a genie pop out of something like this. So maybe it will happen!" Ash said, looking up at Misty and then back at the lamp.

"I doubt that a lamp will carry a genie inside." Brock said, as he tasted the meal he was cooking over the blazing campfire.

Suddenly, a faint blue smoke started coming out of the lamp. Ash gasped, as he continued to sit on the log. Misty and Brock gasped and jumped up. Pikachu looked up, nervously, at his master, and backed away a little.

Then out of nowhere a man appeared out from the smoke, and stretched. He had black hair put up in a small ponytail. He was also wearing gold cuffs around his wrists and was wearing purple pants. The man was wearing gold shoes that looked like the shoes on a Christmas elf. And speaking of elves, the man also had pointed ears.

The man looked around and saw Ash in front of him, with a nervous expression. Then he started talking. "Thank you for rubbing my lamp. Yadda yadda. I have the power to grant you three wishes of your choice. Yadda yadda. What would your first wish be?"

Ash smiled, brightly, and turned toward Misty and Brock. "See? I told you!"

"Wow." Was all Misty said, when she opened her mouth.

"Pika." Pikachu said, in amazement.

Ash rubbed his chin, and thought for a moment. "I wonder what I should wish for."

"Better not be anything stupid. Or else we'd have big problem." Brock said, snickering.

Misty started to giggle, and said, "No, no, Ash wouldn't think of something that big. His head is too small. It'd overwhelm him."

Pikachu could barely hold it in, as it covered its mouth to prevent it from laughing. Ash growled and glared at his friends. Then he looked at the genie, and said, "I've thought of my first wish."

"That would be?" The genie asked. "Come on, kid. I don't have all day."

Ash smiled, and said, proudly. "I wish to be taller than all my friends!"

The genie raised an eyebrow, and asked, "All of your friends?"

Ash nodded, and said, "Yeah. I want to be taller than Brock."

"Okay. As you wish." The genie said, as he snapped his fingers and a puff a blue smoke appeared in front of Ash.

Misty and Brock gasped, as they waited. But when the smoke went away, Ash was still the same. Misty and Brock laughed out loud. Ash glared at the genie, and said, "Hey! I thought I was supposed to be taller."

"You will be. Tomorrow morning, after you wake up. Then your wish will come true." The genie said, crossing his arms. Then the genie returned inside the lamp in Ash's hands.

"Oh." Ash said, looking down, sadly. He had to wait to be tall. Ash sighed, but then looked up, brightly. "Who cares? As long as my tall, then I'll be good."

"Are you sure that you still want that wish?" Misty asked, as she walked up to Ash, with Togepi resting in her arms.

"Of course. I'm sick of being the shortest. And being made fun of." Ash said, while glaring at his two friends, who in the process sweat dropped.

Brock smiled, sheepishly. "We're sorry. We shouldn't have said those things. Now let me finish making dinner, and then we can eat."

Ash and Misty nodded in agreement, as they walked toward the logs again, and waited for their dinner to be complete.

After dinner, everyone had headed inside the log cabin for some shut-eye. Ash and Brock shared one bunk bed, while Misty, Togepi, and Pikachu had the other. Brock was sleeping on the top of the bunk bed, while Ash was sleeping in the one under him. Misty, also, was on the bottom level of the bunk bed, while Pikachu and Togepi decided to sleep and share the bed above her.

But unknown to them, something big was going to happen the next day. Something that would take a turn for the worst.

Well, I hope you liked the chapter and please review. Hopefully, it didn't suck as a first chapter. ^^