Summary: While on a world cruise, Ash and Misty crash-land on a deserted island! With Misty battling her fear of rejection, can she ever tell Ash how she really feels?
Notes: I got this idea after thinking about the Orange Island saga. I thought about what would happen if Ash and Misty did land on a deserted island...
~~~~Chapter 1: Tickets and Doubts~~~~~
"Ash, look what I got!" Misty waved the pink tickets in the air as she ran towards the pool in the Cerulean City Gym. Her red-orange hair, tied in a ponytail, bobbed slighty as she ran.
Ash looked up. "Tickets?"
"Not just any tickets!" replied Misty with a grin, tossing them onto her best friend's lap.
Ash Ketchum looked at the tickets, as she held them up to his face. His dark brown eyes narrowed. "Blimp ride? You know every time we ride a blimp something bad happens! Like that time to the Orange Islands."
"This is different," replied Misty with a huff, snatching the tickets back. "We're not going to the Orange Islands, it's a trip around the world! And we only go on a blimp once, so don't be a baby about it."
"I am not a baby!"
"Pika pika!" ("Stop fighting!") Pikachu complained, his ears folded down. The little electric mouse sighed. Ash and Misty had only been in the same building for a day, and already the two were bickering like they had done years ago. ("I can't take it anymore! Besides...") The tip of the Pokémon's lightning-bolt shaped tail tapped against Ash's leg; still wet from the swim he took in the pool. Actually, Misty shoved him in, but it didn't matter. ("I'll shock you!")
"Why me?!" asked Ash, looking down at Pikachu.
("You had to be smart enough to complain about the blimp ride. It's not like Team Rocket will trap you two in a cage...")
Misty blushed slightly at this. When she and Ash were taking a blimb to the Orange Islands, Team Rocket had trapped them in a cage. Since Brock was with Professor Ivy, Team Rocket poked fun at Ash and Misty for being "lovebirds".
"...Okay, you're right. Sorry." Ash added at Misty.
He actually sounded sincire. Misty thought to herself. "Okay, get your stuff together, because we leave this afternoon!"
"Whaa?! I just got here!"
"Pika.... CHU!" Pikachu unleashed an electric attack on Ash. ("Quit complaining!")
Misty let out a sigh as Ash fell over, chared black and twitching. "C'mon," she said, a bit of irritation creeping into her voice. "Let's go..."
Misty set three PokéBalls on the table. "Politoad, Seadra, and Luvdisc. Three should be fine..." Her fingers lingered over Luvdisc's PokéBall for a moment, and Misty got the idea of using it's Attract attack on Ash, just to see...
Misty sighed. "It's no use. I'll never... say it. I'm just too afraid..."
("Afraid of what?") Pikachu asked, leaping onto the table. He stared at Misty curiously.
Misty blushed. "You know..."
("Telling Ash?") asked the mouse, grabbing the ketchup bottle (still on the table from lunch) and beginning to lap up the contents.
"Y-yeah..." Misty was afraid of telling Pikachu that she had a crush on Ash, as Pikachu was Ash's main Pokémon. Only after a large bride of fancy ketchup did Pikachu swear not to breathe a word to Ash. "I don't want him to reject me..."
("Hey, don't worry. Ash wouldn't turn you down. You're his best friend!") Pikachu grinned, face red from the ketchup. ("I'd bet my entire ketchup collection that he'd welcome you with welcome arms!")
"...Thanks, Pikachu." Misty said, smiling with relief. "Can I finish packing?"
("Yeah, sure.") Pikachu closed the ketchup cap and dashed off to Ash's room.
Misty looked at her suitcase. "... I hope everything goes fine..."
I apologize if the chapter seems a bit short, but I'll be sure to work on that in other chapters.