War & Peace
Pokeshipping, and more as the story goes!
She stared at her reflection in the mirror. Her cerulean blue pupils as piercing and curious as ever and she had to smile as she noticed how little her appearance had changed over all of these years. Her hair was still in its trademark side ponytail and her clothes still held that unisex flair.
Except now she had a yellow v-neck top with short sleeves and denim shorts that began right under her chest and cut off in the middle of her thighs. She was wearing white and yellow sneakers as well.
A shiver rushed up her spine as she took in how much older she must of looked. Well it didn't matter, she had grown and she was proud of her appearance. Being the leader of the cerulean Gym, she liked to look intimidating – it made the new trainers try a little harder.
She rolled her eyes at that thought. She walked out of the bathroom and headed to her bedroom to check her alarm clock.
"What?" Had her self-evaluating taken up that much time? Regardless, she had to hurry. Ash was going to be arriving at 7:30 AM in Pallet Town from the Sinnoh region so she would have to hurry. She exited the gym and grabbed her bike, smiling brightly at the nice weather.
"Thanks for letting me tag along all the way back to your hometown!" Damn said cheerfully as she stared at the glistening body of water surrounding the cruise ship. Ash, Brock and Dawn were on a cruise ship heading back to Pallet town.
"No problem, I'm glad you and Brock could join me actually." Ash said with a smile as he patted Pikachu on the head, the lightning mouse was resting on his shoulder.
"It'll be awesome to see Professor Oak in the flesh again." Brock grinned as he stared at the land in front of them that was continuing to get bigger. Ash nodded.
He was excited to get back and see his mother and friends again. Traveling through the Kanto, Johto, and Sinnoh regions was amazing but there was no place like home.
"So Ash, I took the liberty of inviting May and Max over to Pallet town for the time that we'll be staying there." Brock spoke up, interrupting Ash from his thoughts.
"Awesome! But we're only staying for a week right?" Ash asked with a confused expression on his face. He really wanted to see his old friends, but at the same time it would be bittersweet since he would have to leave shortly.
"But don't you want to take a slight vacation from Pokémon training? I know it's your passion, but you work really hard Ash." Dawn said, resting her arm on the railing of the ship's observation deck and breathing in the cool sea breeze.
"Yeah Ash, we all have to rest up every once in a while right?" Brock nudged him lightly. Ash pondered the thought for a minute, placing his index finger on his chin.
"I guess it wouldn't hurt to stay a little longer." He said looking towards the sky. Dawn squealed in happiness.
"Yay! This is going to be so much fun! Vacation time in Ash's hometown!" Ash grinned sheepishly.
"There really isn't that much to do in Pallet town, Dawn. I don't want you to get too excited." Dawn shook her head furiously.
"Nonsense, I bet it will be awesome! Plus, I want to get a taste of the Kanto region." She said with a twinkle in her eyes.
"Plus," She continued. "It's going to be nice to meet your mom and get to see May again. Her brother is coming too right Brock?"
"Yup," Brock nodded. Ash turned to Pikachu who was currently enjoying the ocean view.
"Now that I'm thinking about it, a break wouldn't be that bad." Dawn slapped him on the back happily.
"Now you're starting to see what I mean." She said in a sing-song-y voice.
"Looks like we're almost there, we should go in and get our stuff." Brock pointed out, as the land they were coming up to grew closer. With a nod from Ash and a squeal from Dawn, the trio headed inside to grab their bags.
"So how are we getting there?" Dawn asked as she stepped off the ship. Brock tilted his head sideways.
"We could walk, but I think it would be easier to rent some bikes out." Ash nodded.
"Good idea, we can get them from the Poke Center." He pointed to a pink building close by with a Poke ball symbol on the front.
"Alright then, let's go!" Dawn said grabbing the two of them and racing towards the center.
The spring breeze whistled through Misty's hair as she biked down the main road towards Pallet town.
"It'll be nice to see Brock and Ash again." She tried to ignore the beat her heart skipped as she said his name.
It had been a long time since she had been able to hang out with her friends, the last time being the Mirage Kingdom fiasco. She wished she could have travelled with Ash and Brock after that but she had duties at the Gym.
"Still, I could have had my sisters come off their vacation and do the battles at the Gym." She thought aloud. She then sighed loudly.
"Well no time to look at the past when I have a golden opportunity now!" She pushed a fist into the air triumphantly, and then quickly returned it to her bike handle so she wouldn't swerve into a ditch.
"I wonder if he missed me." She almost laughed as she said this. As if Ash had any clue about her feelings.
"He only thinks of me as a friend, I can live with that." But that was a lie, if ever told. She always kept that small amount of hope that Ash would come back harbouring not-so-secret feelings for her, but she knew better. She laughed out loud again.
"What is with all of this soul-searching today?" She asked herself, checking her watch.
"It's almost 7:40! Oh well, hopefully his ship is taking its sweet time." She thought as she raced even faster towards Pallet town.
Misty parked her bike just inside the white picket fence around Ash's house and unhooked her helmet. She took a deep breathe, and walked onto the front porch. She knocked twice. If he was already inside, she didn't want to come off too eager.
"Hey Misty!" Misty's eyes widened at the person who answered the door. There was May in her green bandana and orange and green outfit.
"M-May, you're here already? It's so nice to see you, how are you?" Misty embraced her friend with a tight hug. May smirked and winked at Misty.
"Aww were you expecting someone else? Ash, for instance?" Misty's cheeks turned a deep red and shook her head.
"No, more like his mother! Speaking of which where is Mrs. Ketchum?" She asked indignantly as she stepped inside, following May to the family room.
"Oh, she went out to get some groceries for dinner tonight. She knows we're all coming down. I offered to go with her but she wanted someone to be here when everyone showed up." May explained, passing Misty a cup of tea that Misty had just noticed was sitting on the coffee table. The two took opposite seats on the two couches that were in the family room and sipped their tea.
"So when are you going to tell him?" May asked abruptly, causing Misty to almost choke on her tea.
"I told you I wasn't going to tell him, ever." She half-heartedly glared at May who giggled at her friend's response.
"You know it's going to bug you, especially because you're going to be around him when he gets here. I remember when you called me a couple weeks ago; asking me whether or not you should do it. We knew about coming down here for a while so I'm guessing it was bugging you." The brunette said while sipping her tea. Misty rolled her eyes.
"Yeah, but so far today has been full of soul-searching way too early in the morning. I think it's better if we just stay friends."
"Better for our circle, or better for you?" May asked. Misty raised an eyebrow and debated whether or not to ask what the Hoenn Princess meant.
"I'll bite, what are you talking about?" May sighed and shook her head.
"Well, I'm guessing you don't want to tell him because if you guys were to start dating and one day broke up, it would cause a rift in our circle of friends. Plus, since he's always travelling through regions, you guys probably wouldn't see each other enough to want to make up."
Misty replied with a 'oh' of understanding and then shook her head.
"I wasn't thinking about that because I think that if we dated, we would last." She said, resting her head in her hands after placing her cup back on the coffee table.
"Aw! So are you saying you think you guys could get married?" May squealed. Misty's face became crimson red.
"W-wait, I never said that!"
"You basically did!"
"No I didn't!"
"Yes you did!"
"N-no, May don't tell anybody that!"
"But you said it!"
"No, I didn't!"
"Yes, you did!"
"Yes, I did!" Misty glared, trying to get May to slip up. May caught on quickly though.
"Haha, see!" She pointed a finger at her ginger friend. Misty threw her hands up in the air in frustration and then turned to look away. She even tried to ignore the fit of giggles she heard May trying to hold in.
Suddenly, both girls turned to the door which had started to unlock.
"Hey Mom, I'm home!"
Ash ran in the house and looked around. Pikachu jumped off of his shoulder and headed up to Ash's room. Dawn and Brock stepped in the house and began to take off their shoes.
"So this is your house? It's so cute." Dawn squealed, as she went to follow Ash who was checking every room for his mother.
He stepped into the family room and was grabbed in a bear hug by May.
"M-may you're already here? Did you get in through the window or something?" May slapped him over the head.
"No dummy! Your mother let me in. Didn't Brock tell you I was coming?" She turned to stare at Brock who had just entered the room.
"Yeah, I did. But you know Ash." May nodded in agreement before giving Brock a hug. She let go and turned to Dawn, who had just checked out all the other rooms on the main floor.
"Hey, Dawn! It's been a while, how are you?" The two girls shared a hug.
"Good, how about you May? And wasn't your brother supposed to come too?" Dawn said, looking behind May.
"Yeah, but he got sick a couple days ago so my parents are taking care of him." May said with a sheepish smile.
Ash turned to look on the other side of the family room and his eyes widened.
"M-misty?" he stared as the water Pokémon gym leader stood up from the couch.
"Oh Ash, don't tell me you forgot about me too?" She said jokingly with her eyes closed and a hand placed on her hip. Ash snapped out of his shock and smiled a toothy grin.
"No, never, Brock just didn't me that you were coming. Plus, I assumed you were busy with the gym." Misty smiled at his response as she gave him a light hug. Ash stared into her eyes with a big smile.
"Glad to know I was missed." Misty said with a wink before looking away. It was hard for her to keep eye contact with Ash for some reason.
You know the reason, She told herself.
"Wait so you welcome Misty with open arms but think I crawled through the window?" May screamed jokingly, closing her hands into fists and running at Ash, who began running around the house away from her.
"I was just kidding May! Wait, don't! Ow!"
"It's so nice to finally meet you Misty!" Dawn exclaimed as she placed her bags on the top bunk of the bunk beds in the guest bedroom.
"You too, Dawn. Brock has told me a lot about you. How has travelling been for you so far?" Misty replied as she placed her own bag on the bottom bunk of the same bed. May had the other bunk bed to share with Brock on the opposite side of the bedroom that that everyone would be sharing for their stay in Pallet town.
"It's been awesome! Ash and Brock are the best. They always keep me motivated. Ash especially," Misty raised an eyebrow.
"Oh really now?" Dawn nodded.
"He's just the best, you know? He's one of the best trainers I've ever seen and yet he's so humble and down to earth. A little childish sometimes, but he wouldn't be Ash without that." The blunette laughed.
Misty could feel herself getting slightly red in anger but pushed those feelings away.
"Yeah, he's definitely childish. But he's a good guy, I'm glad he's travelling with you and Brock." Dawn nodded and then headed to the door.
"Are we going to go outside? I think Ash is setting up the barbeque right now." Misty sweat dropped.
"He's what? I better bring my water Pokémon." The two laughed as they headed downstairs to the backyard.
"This is going to be easy Brock! Why won't you let me help?" Ash said as he tried to make a beeline for the barbeque which was being protected by Brock and May.
"No way Ash, I don't want your house to burn down." Brock said with a serious expression on his face. May turned to Brock and giggled at his comment and then turned back to the raven-haired trainer.
"Or worse, my hair! Ash please just let Brock do the barbequing, who are you trying to impress?" May added in, with a smirk.
"What are you guys talking about? I'm a pro at this stuff!" Ash said with a glint in his eye.
"Yeah right Ash. The food will be ashes by the time you're done with it!" The trio turned to see Misty and Dawn entering the backyard from the back door.
"What are you talking about Misty? As if you could do any better." Ash challenged.
"W-what? Let me show you!" Misty clenched her fists charged at Brock and May, Ash following behind.
"Uh-oh." Brock whispered and looked at May with a scared expression on his face. The two screamed as they jumped out of the way of Misty and Ash tackling the barbeque. The two began throwing steaks on the grill and sprinkling them with seasoning.
"Some things don't ever change." Brock sighed as he got up from the grass. Dawn just covered her mouth in shock.
"These two are a piece of work." May sighed as she brushed the grass off of her outfit and took a step back from the two rivals currently engrossed in a cooking match.
"Hey Dawn, do you want to help me with setting the table inside?" May asked, walking towards the blunette.
"Yeah sure, I think they have the food part down pact." Dawn giggled as she turned back towards the back door.
"I'll make sure they don't start throwing sizzling hot steaks at each other." Brock whispered as he sweat dropped and turned back to Ash and Misty. May and Dawn nodded before heading inside.
"Hey May can I ask you something?" Dawn said as she placed the forks and knives beside the plates on one side of the living room table as May did the other.
"Sure, what's on your mind?"
"Well, it's about Misty and Ash…" She trailed off, and May looked up and stared at her.
"What about them?" She asked as she went back to setting up the rest of the plates.
"Well, do you think they like each other?" May looked up in shock. But that shock quickly disappeared as she remembered how obvious the two were.
"Why do you ask?" She said as she finished placing the plates in front of all the seats.
"I don't know. They seem so close and not in a brother-sister type of way." Dawn replied looking down at the plates on her end.
"Well, actually-" May was cut off by the back door flying open and revealing Misty and Ash, both carrying plates covered in sizzling brown steaks.
"DINNERS READY!" They screamed before heading into the living room, Brock following behind them sighing loudly.
"They actually did a good job," He informed Dawn and May as they stared at the steaks Misty and Ash placed in the middle of the table.
"But I forgot to make some salad, rice, and fruit punch so I'm going to do that now-"
"No I can do it!" Ash interrupted.
"No I can do it!" Misty screamed, pushing Ash to the side.
"Bet I can do it better!" The two screamed in unison before running into the kitchen.
Dawn, May and Brock just sighed, and went to see what they could do to help.
"I've invited Professor Oak and Gary over for dinner as well." Mrs. Ketchum stated as she took a seat in the family room with May, and Dawn. She had tried to help cook dinner when she had got back from the grocery store but Misty and Ash were on an all out cooking competition and refused to be interrupted or helped. The only reason Brock was allowed in the kitchen was because he was making his family's secret salad dressing that everyone always enjoyed.
"Who's Gary?" Dawn asked Ash's mother.
"He's Professor Oaks' Son. He's extremely smart and a great trainer, just like my son." Mrs. Ketchum explained while looking over to Ash and Misty who were fighting for dominance over the rice cooker in the kitchen.
"I've only seen him on Poke Chat in the Pokémon Centers when I was travelling with Ash but he seems nice and super competition, just like someone we all know and love." May explained loudly to Dawn.
"I heard that!" Ash yelled from the kitchen before continuing to fight Misty for the rice cooker.
"Would you too give it a rest?" Brock screamed in frustration as he tried to get around them to get to the salt shaker. Misty opened her mouth to respond before sighing and wiping her forehead with the back of her palm.
"Yeah Ash, can we take a break? Cooking is hard work." Ash nodded and smiled.
"Yeah, Brock could you do the rest?" The two exited the kitchen leaving a frustrated and annoyed Pokémon breeder in the kitchen.
"Don't worry Brock, I'll help you!" May offered as she got up and headed over to the kitchen. Dawn moved over so Misty and Ash could sit down on the couch as well.
"I have to say Ash; I'm really impressed with your cooking skills! You've grown a lot since we last saw each other." Ash blushed a bit and looked down before turning back to Misty with a toothy grin.
"Hey thanks Misty! You weren't so bad yourself." The two seemed to stop and stare into each others eyes which caught the attention of Mrs. Ketchum and Dawn. Dawn cleared her throat which caused the two to turn to her.
"I think Brock and May are almost done, we should go take our seats in the living room." She said matter-of-factly before getting up and leaving the family room. Ash looked at Misty and shrugged before getting up and following Dawn. Misty got up as well only to be stopped by Mrs. Ketchum's giggles.
"What's so funny, Mrs. Ketchum?" She asked politely. Ash's mother shook her head and got up from her seat.
"Oh nothing Misty, Let's just go eat." She said with a smile. Misty raised an eyebrow, but followed quickly when she heard her stomach growl.
Okay guys I've been reading way too much PokeShipping the last couple of days and I'm in love! Who would have thought I'd do a Pokémon Fanfiction? Anyways, tell me what you think, and review if you enjoyed. I want to see where this goes. And by the way, what's the name for AshxDawn and GaryxMisty?