Here we go: the final part!
Chapter Seven: Love
The fireworks display continued for the next fifteen minutes, lighting up the cloud covered sky for as far as the eye could see, with people in Saffron and Celadon being able to watch the fireworks from atop their many skyscrapers. It was a purely fantastic moment, and it pulled those watching at home into the celebrations. Once it ended with a single minute loaded with non stop golden and silver fireworks, the party continued with the pop band The Slow Bros performing at one end of the complex, while classic heavy metal band The Rock Types entertained the parents and older folk at the opposite end. The stalls continued selling, with some of them even pulling out merchandise relating to the Viridian City Gym and old photos of Red, Leaf and Blue from news channels to build on the hype of the kiss that had been since by millions of people and was being replayed by countless news channels.
However, the two in the spotlight were nowhere to be seen."
"Oh… my… god…"
Leaf's jaw dropped for the second time as she walked into the Champion's House. Her lips hurt slightly from the making out that had lasted for most of the fifteen minutes of fireworks and her mouth was dry, but Leaf couldn't help but gasp and clamp her hands to her face as she saw what was in front of her.
All of the artificial lights were turned off. Instead, around two hundred candles covered every single surface on the ground floor, their small flames flickering and casting many different shadows across the walls and floors. Some would see it as creepy or a hazard, but Leaf could only see it as beautiful.
"Let me take this," Red said, and removed her coat from her body. Leaf could only allow him and spun around, seeing that between each candle was a small glass jar containing a single flower floating on the water within its surface.
"Its like all three types brought together," Leaf whispered as she continued to twirl around at the mixture of beauty. She suddenly paused and turned to face Red, who was slowly and rather nervously placing their coats across the couch.
"What?" He said, beaming.
"The fire and the flowers brought together," Leaf began, giggling slightly, "it is almost like us – Red for the fire and Leaf for the flowers."
"I hadn't thought of it like that," Red said, gasping slightly, though he had been hoping Leaf would pick up on it and couldn't contain the grin. Leaf laughed slightly as she extended a hand for him to hold.
"This is beautiful… thank you… thank you for all of it," she whispered and moved close, kissing him once more. It didn't last as long as their other one, but the passion was still there and both of them gazed into each other's eyes as they broke apart. Neither of them could quite believe that it had happened, but here they were, holding hands, kissing, alone…
"There's more," Red whispered, and he led Leaf over to in between the couches. She was surprised to see large candles marking a large white blanket, with two glasses of a sparkling drink on either side of its bottle, fruit in a bowl and a beautiful smell rising up from it all.
"You've put so much effort into this!" Leaf gasped as they both settled down on the blanket. Red shrugged as he pressed the remote, causing an image of a flickering fireplace to appear on the screen.
"I wanted to give you the best," he said, moving closer to her as he began to pour out the drinks. Leaf was still surprised by all that was happening, and simply took the drink and took a sip, revealing it was a very rich fruit juice. "They don't let me have alcohol in case it sets a bad image," Red explained, wondering if it made him seem immature, but Leaf simply smiled in a kind way and took another sip.
"I think its tastes beautiful," she whispered. The two were beginning to feel more relaxed, and they leaned back against the couch, Red putting an arm around her. It felt right to be in this position, a position they should have been in a long time ago.
"Did you ever think we would end up like this?" Leaf asked. "Back when we were travelling I mean, or playing around in Pallet Town – did you ever think that some day you would be Champion, I'd be a gym leader and we'd be together in this way?"
"To be honest… I always wanted to end up like this, but I didn't think it would actual happen," Red said, trying hard not to let himself blush. Leaf, however, was overcome by emotion by the days events, and quickly wiped tears away. "I am glad that we ended up this way – it may have taken longer than both of us thought, but we're here now, aren't we, and that's what really matters."
"Agreed," Leaf said softly, not wanting to let her tears take over. "You were fantastic tonight in that battle. I forgot how amazing it was to watch you battle live. Seeing the power of your Machamp and your cool under pressure was just astounding. That was why I came up to your office – watching that battle helped me see how much I love you, and that I will always be there on the sidelines for you." Red was surprised by this, but he felt rather overcome by emotion as well.
"I will always be there for you as well," Red said. "I love you."
"I love you too," Leaf said, the tears beginning to fall again. She and Red planted their lips on one another again and they continued to kiss, listening to the sound of more fireworks exploding down below and the music drifting up to greet them, but their attention was only on each other and not anything else in the world. Red and Leaf could only think of each other and what their futures held, but wanted to stay in the present and enjoy the fact that, after many years, they were finally a couple, and that was all that mattered to them.
I hope you all enjoyed this little look in Red and Leaf's life, and I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has great plans for the New Year! There will be another Pokemon Winter special next year, though I am not sure of any of the details at the moment so wait and see ;) Look out as well for The First Warriors, which details Red, Leaf and Blue's journeys together, starting up next month. Happy New Year and thanks for reading