Misty whispered, "So that's what happened. That's what's going on..."
Ash nodded and replied, "Yeah, my dad was just trying to stop Cipher and wounded up getting killed. Erika saw it as a chance to find her parents that went missing."
Misty raised an eyebrow and asked, "Her parents went missing and she thought going to the deadliest region would give her a clue on where they were?"
Ash answered, sheepishly, "Pretty much, yes."
Misty shook her head and asked, "Does she know how dangerous that is?"
Ash nodded and answered, "She told me that she knew that it would be dangerous but it was worth it to go in my mom's place and check on the lead she had in finding her parents."
Misty covered her mouth quickly as she stated, "Ash, I'm sorry."
"Don't sweat it, Mist," Ash stated.
Misty smiled as Ash took off his cap, tired.
He commented, "Well, if we are going back home tomorrow, then we'll need our sleep."
Misty's heart leaped out of her chest. He was right. It was 2 a.m. and they had spent most of it either talking about their travels or kissing. Misty pouted.
"I don't wanna go home," Misty said, "My sisters are being so unfair when it comes to the gym. They are so selfish and mean!"
"Misty," Ash said, softly.
Misty turned and saw Ash standing behind her without his hat on. Misty looked at him and the next thing she knew, Ash was hugging her. Surprised at first but eventually Misty caved in and hugged her boyfriend back. The two stayed like that for awhile.
Ash whispered, "If you want, I'll stay with you til they return home."
Misty's eyes widen in complete shock.
She stammered, "B-but Ash."
Ash shook his head as he replied, "Not buts, Misty. I'll help you run the gym til they get back and then we can travel together, as a couple."
Misty was in shock. Pure shock. Ash was planning to wait...for her? She thought for sure that he was going to run off to the next adventure without her.
Misty whispered, "I thought for sure that you would leave me behind."
Ash pulled away from the hug as he caressed her soft cheeks slowly. Shivers went down Misty's spine as she loved the feel of that.
Ash whispered, "I'll never do that to my girlfriend."
Misty blushed at that. Ash leaned in and placed his lips on Misty's, giving her the biggest and longest kiss she ever had. Misty was in heaven. She might've had to go back to the gym but at least she knew...Ash would always wait for her...and she would always wait for him.
TimPrime1 & AK1028: Well, that's the end of chapter 28! And this chapter is brought to you by Toonami and Kids Network Studios! Please read and review! And always think outside of the box!