A/N. I'll try and update some of my stories soon, but I can't make any honest promises that I can keep, sorry. For now, please make do with this little impromptu fanfic idea for the Pokémon fandom. Anyways, this is a Fem!Ash AU fanfic with Ash being slightly younger when she starts her Pokémon Journey then what the anime has deemed the usual age. Anyways enjoy!

Summary: There are only so many times one can be left behind before they become fed up and do something about it…

Ash Ketchum, a young girl aspiring to one day become a pokémon trainer takes matters into her own hands after her childhood friend-turned-rival leaves on his pokémon journey before she herself can, mere month after her own father once again leaves without even a word of warning. Tired of feeling unimportant and abandoned, she runs away from home in the middle of the night with only a foreign ghost type pokémon and an unknown and stolen starter pokémon as her companions.

Disclaimer: I do not own Pokémon! If I did, Ash would be a girl and it probably wouldn't be as popular as it is now.


Prologue: Refusing to be left Behind!


In the end…


It was late in the night as a young girl, no older than eight, walked silently down a dirt road, rocks and sand crunching under her feet, the full moon providing the only light during her short trek to her destination. As the building came into view, she couldn't help but smile slightly, eyes gleaming with a single-minded determination.


They all…


The young girl walked up to the back door, turning the knob as the door slowly creaked open, surprising her slightly with the fact that it had been left unlocked for once. Taking a deep breath, she walked into the dark, near pitch black room, careful to not bump into any unseen furniture as she made her way through the house.


No matter how hard I wish for it…


Opening yet another door, the young girl finally found the room she had been searching for, entering slowly, body rigid as her heartbeat sped up, the fear of being caught overwhelming.


No matter how many times they promise me…


Surveying the room as she closed the door behind her, leaving only an inch of space between the door and the doorframe, she quickly spotted what she had come for. She walked over, trying her best to stay as calm as possible and to avoid bumping into or knocking something over, and therefore alerting those who lived in the building to her presence.


No matter how many times they swear they won't….


She finally came to a stop, her nervous expression illuminated by the only source of light in the room. Standing in the center, a podium sat, a single spherical orb set on top, covered by a glass dome; a pokéball, the lightning bolt sticker plastered on the front of it signifying whatever was contained inside it to be an electric-type of some sort.


All of them…


Grinning slightly with excitement while she tried to contain her own anxiety and amazement at not being caught yet, she carefully pressed the necessary button to remove the glass covering and protecting the contents inside. A hand twitched slightly as she reached for the pokéball, stopping when the surrounding air dropped several degrees in temperature.


Every single last one of them…


The girl smiled at the familiar, if slightly strange presence, as a small, quiet coo could be heard. The room began to glow with a faint, ethereal purple light, a quiet coo being released as a black, lantern-shaped pokémon faded into existence, appearing in the air right behind the girl's left shoulder; a bright, mystifying flame burning brightly in the center of its head. Releasing another, even more quiet coo, the pokémon floated down next to the girl, observing the object sitting in the center of the table.


They all…


"There you are…" the girl whispered to the pokémon, voice lightly scolding the pokémon's prolonged disappearance from her side.

"My apologies, Ash dear. I was checking on the professor, he's fast asleep, all but dead to the world." The pokémon explained to the girl, Ash, via telepathy. The girl merely nodded her head, not about to hold it against the pokémon as she refocused her attention on the item itself.


They all…


Her hand twitched once, the last sign of her hesitation as she finally reached out, snatching the pokéball from its place on the table before grabbing several other pokéballs, all empty, and finally, a pokédex. Dropping everything into her backpack before turning to the pokémon and nodding her head in confirmation.

"Alright Fantasma, let's go…" she spoke quickly and quietly, receiving an understanding coo in return from the pokémon, Fantasma, as both faded into the darkness of the room, all light dying save for the one being emitted from the table still.


They all…


Finally, the two reappeared outside, on the edge of the small and peaceful town that they had, until now, called home. Ash sighed in relief, glad that everything had gone off so far without a hitch as she turned to smile at her friend.

"Great job Fantasma, thanks so much for the help." The girl thanks, voice filled with sincerity as she gave the ghost-type pokémon a hug. The pokémon cooed in return, eyes closed in a happy expression, before opening slightly to show concern at what they had just done and were about to do next.

"Ash dear, I know it's a little on the late side to be questioning all of this, but are you sure you really want to do this?"


They all leave…


"I…no…I don't…but Fanta," Ash turned to her companion, eyes set in a determined, but grim expression. "I'm tired… Tired of promises always being broken, tired of sitting back while the whole world continues to move forward and I stand still doing nothing…I refuse to sit back and watch any longer…" she finished, voice dripping with her resolve.

"As long as you're sure about what you're doing Ash dear, I'll follow you."

"T-thank you Fantasma, thanks you so much…" Ash said, before turning back to the road before them.

"Not at all, Ash dear…" Fantasma said in return. Ash just nodded, still facing the dirt road that lead out of her hometown. Taking a deep breath, she steeled herself before slowly beginning to walk forward and away from everything she had considered safe. Eyes now set only on the future, on moving forward and finishing what she had started.


I refuse to be left behind again!


A/N. Ok, I hope you guys enjoyed the story and thanks for reading! Sorry if the ending sucked, at some point I think my plot bunny died on me, so I'll probably wind up re-doing the last part of the chapter at least. Anyways, again, thanks for reading and please remember to review, reviews equal motivation, which makes it more likely for me to update…(Honestly, I think I may be ADHD and that's why I haven't been able to update any of my older stories though in a while.). But anyways, see ya!