So, I know I should be focusing on my other "summer challenge" that I gave myself, but to be honest, I need a bit of a break from it because I feel like there's a lot of negative energy surrounding it. Sounds weird, but meh. I need to step away from it for a bit. So, I've decided to try something a little different. Something I've been wanting to try since I first joined this site many years ago. And that is an alphabet challenge! It was untitledmind's FABULOUS alphabet challenge "Twenty-Six" that finally kicked my butt into gear.
So, this is my goal: get one letter up each day and finish the challenge before the end of August. Can I actually do it? Who knows. I hope so! Let's try it out ;)
"Ash, don't do that."
"Ash, I mean it! You're going to get hurt!"
"ASH KETCHUM, I WILL BREAK YOUR NECK IF YOU DON'T DO IT FIRST!"
Ash turned around, flashing a dazzling smile at Misty. "Come on Mist." The smile, and the fact that he had called Misty by her nickname, was enough to make the red headed gym leader's heart all but stop completely. "I'm not going to get hurt."
"So says you," Misty huffed. "I know what I'm talking about."
"I live here, you dolt."
"What's jumping off the cape gonna do?" Ash murmured as he peered over the grassy edge at the ocean water that splashed down below. "It's just for fun!"
"I already told you. You'll break your neck."
"I'm not taking bets on that."
"Because I don't want to take bets on how you're going to kill yourself. That's why."
Smirking, Ash stood back up and asked Misty, "you mean to tell me you've never jumped off the cape before? Into the water?"
"No. Of course not."
"Because that's dumb."
"Because it is."
Ash smirked, knowing full well that one simple action would get Misty's blood boiling. "Give me one good reason as to why it's dumb."
"Because there are rocks down there."
"Haha, yeah ri-wait, what?"
"In the water right underneath the cape, there are rocks," Misty dully explained before glaring at Ash. "You don't think I got that warning enough as a kid?"
"Uh…I…I…" Ash stammered, looking between Misty and the edge of the cape before gasping and gripping his head with his hands. "You mean I almost broke my neck?!"
"Well, I wouldn't say almost, because you actually used your brain for once and listened to me," Misty quipped, causing Ash to scowl. "It's more like you could have, because you're…well…you're you."
"What is that supposed to mean?" Ash grumbled, folding his arms across his chest as he turned his head away indignantly.
"It means that you act before you think, which is stupid," Misty replied easily. "That's why you get into so much trouble all of the time."
"Thinking takes too much time," Ash complained with a pout.
"You're so impatient," Misty sighed, brushing past the young man so she could reach the edge of the cape. She sat down and allowed her legs to dangle off of the edge, staring off into the distance above the sparkling water that splashed below. Ash soon joined the red head, sitting beside her and swinging his legs back and forth. "See?"
The boy squeaked, and whipped his head to the side so he was staring at Misty. "See what?"
"You're kicking your legs back and forth," Misty responded, pointing at his swinging limbs.
Ash's jaw quite literally dropped at this. "How does swinging my legs prove that I'm impatient?!"
"Because you can't even sit still for five minutes. That's how."
"Yeah, okay," Ash muttered sarcastically as he rolled his eyes. He was still swinging his legs back and forth, mostly to bother Misty. And it seemed to be working well enough.
"You really shouldn't be so impatient."
Ash smirked and looked at Misty once more. "You really should stop telling me what to do."
"I'm not telling you what to do!" Misty argued, wanting to smack the smug grin off of Ash's face. "I'm admonishing you!"
Ash's smirk disappeared as he cocked his head. "What's that mean?"
Misty narrowed her eyes. "You seriously don't know what 'admonish' means?"
Ash pressed his lips together and shook his head. Misty, in turn, sighed dramatically and buried her face in her hands as she slumped her shoulders forward.
"Does it mean to boss someone around?" Ash asked only half-jokingly.
"I will beat you," Misty threatened, pulling her hands away from her face in order to point a menacing finger right in Ash's face. The boy pulled back and blinked just once, staring at Misty's finger as though it were the barrel of a gun. Rolling her eyes, Misty lowered her arm and instead chose to simply glare at Ash for asking such a stupid question and following it up with such a stupid comment. "'Admonish' means to warn you about something. I'm giving you advice, not telling you what to do."
"Oh," Ash murmured.
"I'm also not being bossy," Misty seethed, shoving Ash by the shoulder. At this point, however, he was much bigger and more solid than Misty, and hardly budged when she pushed him. This only further aggravated the red head.
"Well, if it makes you feel any better, I guess I don't really mind being admonished by you," Ash added, putting extra emphasis on the new word that Misty had just taught him.
"Oh?" Misty hummed in a slightly sarcastic manner. "And why's that?"
"Because at least it means I'm spending time with you," Ash answered, bringing a considerable blush to the girl's face. "I'd rather be with you and get admonished every five minutes than not be with you at all."
"You really mean that?" Misty asked softly, rubbing her upper arm as she turned her head away. She didn't want Ash to see just how red she was. Her face must have been as bright as her hair based solely on how hot her flesh felt!
"Of course I do," Ash replied earnestly. "I wouldn't lie to you, Mist."
Misty finally managed to get her blush to go down and picked her head back up to smile at Ash. "That's…really sweet of you, Ash. Really. Thank you."
"Heh, don't mention it!" Ash chuckled, sheepishly rubbing the back of his neck. He swung one of his legs back too far at that very moment, and ended up smashing the back of his heel against the rocky façade of the cape. "Ouch!"
Misty shot Ash a knowing look, which he completely missed because he was so busy nursing his now sore foot. "What did I say about swinging those legs back and forth, Ash?"
"Yeah, yeah, I got it," Ash hissed, pulling up his foot and trying to yank off his sneaker.
"Maybe you should listen to me the next time I admonish you instead of just appreciating my presence," Misty purred teasingly.
"Not gonna' happen, Mist. Not in a million years."
And there's A! We still have 25 more one shots to go...hopefully in a consecutive manner! Stick with me and see where this little challenge takes us, won't you? :P