Misty and a Mystery

May's POV

It was hot. So hot. Somehow Brock had gotten us lost. All I could think about was my dire need for water. I trekked along behind Max. Please let us get to a town or something soon.

"Just tell me again, Brock," Ash moaned, "Are you really sure this is the right way to go?"

"I used to think so," Brock answered, "but now, I'm not so sure." We are in the middle of a wasteland, I felt like crying out, do you really think this could be the right way.

"I can't believe we still haven't seen a town," Max sighed dejectedly, "the Pokénav's still not picking up any signal."

"Brock if I die out here from dehydration," I muttered, "You're the one who'll be held responsible."

"I'm so thirsty," Max complained, "just give me some water."

"Just don't drink it all," I groaned, reluctantly handing him my bottle. We stopped as Max opened the lid. I bit my dry and cracked lip as I watched. Two drops fell onto his waiting tongue. I gasped and snatched it off him.

"Max!" I exclaimed, "I told you not to drink it all!" I peered inside it. There was absolutely nothing left.

"It wasn't exactly full you know," he retorted hotly.

"But now that I know there's absolutely none left," I shrieked, "it makes me even thirstier!"

"Water," Ash muttered, looking off into the distance the way we had just come.

"Huh?" I turned around to follow his gaze. I crossed my fingers, hoping it wasn't just another mirage. My eyes widened as I saw a huge bubble of water rising in the air and dipping down again. I had to be seeing things. Ash ran forwards. I quickly followed after him. I gasped as I come to the edge of the bank. There were countless of these so called bubbles of water, some with Pokémon swimming inside. A girl in the middle was commanding them to do several tricks. Wow! So much water. This had to be a dream right now, but if it could get rid of the dry stickiness in my mouth, then I'll go with it.

"Hello!" Max called. The girl looked up at us. Max ran down the hill, asking for water. Brock and Ash ran after him. Me? I tripped on my way and was now uncomfortably rolling down the slope. I groaned, sitting up when it finally stopped. It didn't look like it, but that grassy hill had plenty of sharp spiky things that I just happen to have rolled over. I looked down at my arm and screwed up my nose. A fresh cut was leaking thick blood. I looked up in time to see Max fall back in surprise from one of the bubbles as a Pokémon stuck out its head.

"Who are you?" the girl asked.

"My name's Ash," Ash answered.

"And I'm Max."

"I'm May," I groaned, standing up and brushing myself off, "we got lost out here when we were travelling." I shot an annoyed look at Brock who grinned sheepishly and scratched the back of his head. I noticed he still hadn't said anything; he was just looking around curiously. Ash and Max walked over to Pikachu, who had jumped of Ash's shoulder and scurried towards a group of Pokémon. Couldn't we just hurry up and get some water…and maybe a band aid?

"Hey you're in the Marina underwater Pokémon show, correct?" Brock questioned.

"That's right!" The girl answered, grinning.

"And your name is Lizabeth and you're the star of the show!" he exclaimed.

"Right again," she laughed

"Awesome, the name's Brock my dear," he said, leaning towards her, "I happen to know all about the Marina group." Here we go again, I thought as I zoned out to whatever Brock was going on about. Asking for a date or something. There was so much water around us, why hasn't anyone given us any yet? I snapped out of it when I saw Max pulling Brock by the ear.

"Lizabeth, what's wrong?" an old man asked, coming up to Lizabeth. Two more people joined, a woman with the same blue hair and another man.

"It's ok grandpa," Lizabeth replied, "these people were on the road and got lost."

"You must be her family then," Ash presumed, looking over them.

"Yeah that's right, I'm Shep," the oldest man said.

"I'm Kyle, Lizabeth's dad," the other man said.

"The name's Meredith," the woman said, waving to us, "I'm her mom."

"Wow, you look like you could be her sister," Ash blurted. Meredith blushed.

"Go on," she exclaimed, "I mean it, go on." She slapped Ash on the back, causing him to fall over. He blinked as he lay on the ground. I looked over him.

"Are you alright Ash?" I asked.

"Yeah," he replied, "when did you get so tall?" I laughed and just helped him up.

"So would you like some water now?" Lizabeth asked.

"Yes please," I answered quickly.

I sat on a barrel chair as Lizabeth distributed glasses of water. Max instantly picked it up and drained it all in one huge gulp. I rolled my eyes at the other boys' similar actions. I carefully picked mine up and drank it as neatly as I could. I was going to show them that at least one of us had good table habits. I honestly didn't know how I ended up travelling back with this group of boys.

"That's good," Max sighed in content, wiping the dribble of water from him chin. A Buizel hopped around Max, begging him for attention.

"I've never patted a Buizel before," he said, cautiously reaching his hand out to stroke its head.

"I think Buizel really likes you," Meredith commented from where she was peeling vegetables.

"Want some more?" Lizabeth asked, holding up a jug of fresh water. I quickly drank the rest of mine and nodded. She poured some more into my glass and moved to Max. Buizel ducked up onto the top bunk and curiously sniffed at a black, cylinder-shaped case. I looked at it. Buizel pushed a green button with his nose and the black casing faded. Instead it showed an egg. It was in water. It was a light blue and sort of see-through. In the middle was a red orb, surrounded by many smaller white ones. I gasped and stared at it. There was something so alluring about it. I wanted to reach out and touch it. It was blocked from my view as a green certain was swept across. I shook my head. Kyle smile grimly at me and walked away. Buizel poked his head back out and looked at me. Did he know that I was fascinated by the egg?

"Hey May, are you ok?" I snapped out of my daze as Max waved his hand in front of my face.

"Yeah, I'm fine," I mumbled.

"So how old are you kids?" Meredith asked.

"Well, I'm 18," Ash said proudly.

"I'm 24," Brock said.

"I'm 15," Max grumbled.

"And I'm 17," I sighed.

"Well that's nice," Meredith said.

"Your show must be really awesome," Ash exclaimed, changing the topic, "What do you do?"

"Would you like to see?" Shep asked, coming up behind us. Ash nodded enthusiastically.

"Well, we could take you along with us to the next town," Shep suggested.

"Really?" I questioned. This sounded a lot better than getting left to wander the wilderness.

"Sure, why not?" he shrugged.

The show had been really good. I had really enjoyed it.

"Ash?" a voice called, "Is that really you?" Ash turned around, totally shocked at hearing his name being called. I smiled as I saw her make her way through the crowd. I had seen her before during the performance. She had been watching it so intently that she hadn't seen us. The others hadn't seen her either, but I did.

"Misty!" Ash called. He ran the short remaining distance between them and caught her in a hug. I laughed as I saw Misty blush.

"It's good to see you Ash," she said, smiling and patting his back kind of awkwardly.

"Misty I missed you so much," Ash said, pulling away from her, "It's been a while hasn't it?"

"Are you kidding Ash?" Brock laughed, "You call her almost every day! You see her all the time." Ash glared at the oldest of my travelling companion.

"It's not the same as seeing her in front of me," he said.

"Hey May!" Misty called, waving to me. She ran to me and we hugged. It had been a while since we had caught up. The last time we had seen each other like this was for Ash's 18th about three months ago.

"How come you hugged her and not me?" Ash grumbled. Misty poked out her tongue childishly.

"Hey Misty, how have you been?" I asked.

"I've been great," she replied, smiling, "I can't believe it! You've grown again since I last saw you."

"That tends to happen Misty," I laughed, "but I have to wonder what you're doing all the way out here?"

"Well, my sisters have finally decided that I had been cooped up in the gym for too long. They said that they could handle it and promised me that they would battle earnestly instead of just giving out the badges," she explained, "so they let me go. I figured I might want to travel around, maybe earn my own gym badges while learning all about water Pokémon. I heard that the Marina Group was coming here and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to see it, seeing as I was already close by. Then I saw you guys here and well, you know the rest."

"Misty you could travel with us," Ash suggested.

"That would be a great idea," I agreed, "we would get to talk more often and I wouldn't have to wait hours for Ash to give up the phone." I shot a sly look at the boy and he blushed lightly.

"Shut up," he mumbled, "I do not take hours on the phone." I rolled my eyes.

"Well," Misty giggled, "if it stops an argument over the phone, then yes, I'll travel with you guys."

"Always the peacemaker, aren't you?" Ash groaned sarcastically.

"What's that supposed to mean?" Misty demanded.

"Nothing!" Ash exclaimed, raising his hands in defence. I rolled my eyes at their childish behaviour. They were meant to be eighteen, but they still fought like they were still kids. I walked over towards the caravan. Shep had offered to take us to the next town and I was glad when Brock accepted. I caught sight of Buizel. He was stumbling onto the porch, the black case with the egg inside precariously balancing on his back. He wobbled again and I ran forwards just as he fell. I caught the case, accidentally pressing the green button. The case lit up again, giving me another good look at the egg. It was really strange. The glow it gave off seemed to warm me from the inside out. I didn't get much of a look though because a hand reached out and pressed the button, making it go black again. I looked up in surprise and was met with vibrant green eyes. I blinked as the person gently took the case out of my hand. I looked at the person. They were wearing all black. Over their face was a black mask, and a black hood covered their head. I couldn't tell any of the features of this person; only their stunning green eyes. The person waved a finger at Buizel.

"Wait!" I called as the person started to walk away. They stopped and turned to face me.

"Who are you?" I asked. The person shook their head and continued to walk away. I followed after them. They handed the case to the clown I saw before and whispered something into his ear. The mysterious person pointed to me. The clown looked at me and nodded. The person started to walk away again.

"Wait!" I yelled, "Who are you?" I didn't get any response. I felt like I should know who it was. Those eyes were just too familiar, but I couldn't place it.

"C'mon May!" Ash yelled, "We're leaving now."

A/N: I know I made them older than they are in the movie, but I think they would be better if they were older. So what do you think? The chapters for this will probably be a lot shorter than I usually write them, but I hope they still satisfy.