Characters: Paul, Dawn, Ash (mentioned), and Reggie
Rating: PG 13 (Strong language)
Synopsis: Dawn is finished with Hoenn, and Paul is back in Sinnoh, back for his brother's wedding. Paul however is envious of Reggie being so perfect in terms of already finding a girl, so he uses Dawn to pretend to be his girlfriend. Does this change Paul, though?
Chapter One: Green Will Light Up
"Hey Paul. I'm glad you're back." Reggie, the older brother of Paul greeted him as he was preparing lunch for Paul. Paul was silent, and didn't say anything. He just slouched angrily and rested his face onto the table.
"Paul, if I'm getting married the least you could do is congratulate me." Reggie towel dried a bowl and smiled at his little brother.
"Whoop-de-doo." Paul sarcastically cheered. Paul didn't approve, instead of going back to Pokemon Training, he's getting married. He even cringed at the fact that Reggie is like Ash in a way, why Paul didn't like Ash at first. However things have changed, even though Ash was the immature one back then, Paul kind of felt like he was the immature one...he was being too harsh and..
Ash ****ing Ketchum changed him, do you know see what he's thinking?
"Anyways, are you bringing your friends to my wedding...uh..oh..Ash, is it?" Reggie bit his lip into thought. Damn it, speaking of which.
"No. He's in Kalos." Paul angrily replied. "Shouldn't you be there rather than spending' time in Sinnoh?" Reggie chuckled.
Paul rolled his eyes. "Why do you always have to ask about him?" He snapped.
Reggie learned to accept Paul's bitterness and just smiled. "No friends? Embarrassing that you don't even have a date.." Reggie snickered. Paul's eyes widened when he said date.
"W-why do I need a date?" Paul stammered. "Oh wow Paul, I never seen you like this. Your always so calm and bitter, oblivious to any other emotion." Reggie smirked.
"Okay. Stop" Paul raised his voice.
Reggie laughed. "Paul is never capable of even reaching a girl.." He spoke in third person.
Is Reggie seriously better than him in everything? God damn it, he's such a perfectionist. He always has virtue and a heart, why the hell is he like Ketchum?
"I do have a date." Paul stood up and slammed his fist onto the table.
Reggie raised an eyebrow.
"Her name is." Paul couldn't believe he was going to say her name out loud..what was her name again?
Her goofy face appeared next to Ash and the other boy he was with .
"Dawn." Paul looked unsure, but then he said it again with even more confidence. "Dawn!"
Reggie winced at him, feeling like he's heard the name somewhere before. "Dawn, Ash's friend." Paul sat back down.
"Oh, the coordinator girl. Not bad, little brother."
"Whatever, and stop referring to me as little brother. It's getting annoying." Paul slumped and crossed his arms.
"Well, does she know my wedding is next week?" Reggie handed Paul a plate.
"N-next week?" Paul stammered.
"Is Paul losing his cool again?"
"Wipe that grin off your face, Reggie. I got to go." Paul stood up and marched out of the little cabin.
It's like Paul, so this attitude didn't upset Reggie. As the matter of fact, it had a smile appear across Reggie's face.
Dawn was upstairs in her room, alone, waiting for her mom to come back home. She was really glad to be back in Sinnoh for some quiet time. She was trying to fix her hair, for a new day, and that was her spirit. Always look good on a new day.
"Piplup, does my hair look okay?" Dawn scooted her chair towards Piplup. She presented her hairstyle.
"Piplup!" He cheered. Everything looks A-ok!
Meanwhile, Paul finally made it to Dawn's front door. He extended his fist towards the door to knock but he held that thought.
"I'm so going to regret this." He said, and then knocked twice.
"Coming!" He heard a singsong tune.
Ugh, why couldn't this girl be somewhere else so he could tell Reggie that she wasn't home. In fact, why did he tell Reggie that he had a date? He let his jealousy get the best of Paul.
Dawn flew the door open and gasped as Paul rolled his eyes.
"Paul?! What are you doing here!" She raised her voice with excitement.
"Shh. Please? We need to talk." He held on to her wrist and brought her to the couch of the living room.
"Uh, what's up?" Dawn gently sat down.
"I need you to do me a favor." Paul tapped his chin.
"And why should I do you a favor? Ash, Brock, and I were so nice to you while you were super grouchy!"
"That was the past! I CHANGED. A little.." Paul touched his forehead. Dawn's wrinkles disappeared as she relaxed the muscles on her face.
"Alright..then..what's up?" She asked.
"I-I-.." Paul was sweating like hell, and his lips were even quivering.
"Um, Paul? Are you okay? Could I get you orange juice or something?" Dawn pointed to the kitchen. "No. Stop." Paul was fighting with himself.
Dawn raised an eyebrow.
"Could you be my girlfriend? Well, just at least pretend to be my girlfriend?" Paul let it out. Dawn just stared at him, didn't say anything. Paul figured to confess, rather than hide.
"Listen, my brother Reggie is getting married soon. I am forced to go to this damn wedding and I need a date. My brother thinks I'm cold hearted, and I don't want everyone to think this. They all think I have no emotion, and if I bring you, they will change."
Dawn slammed her fists onto the table. "That's because you are cold hearted! You're so cruel. I don't even know how Ash did it. You were so rude to him, and he still put up with it! He saw you as a friend, Paul." Dawn raised her voice.
"And he did gain my respect after the Sinnoh league!" Paul argued back.
"All you did was wave to him!" Dawn sighed.
"You know, that one time you were spying on me? On me and my brother? I told you why I didn't like Ash." Paul crossed his arms.
"I didn't even know you had a brother. Maybe I forgot. I probably shouldn't eavesdrop on people." Dawn chuckled, straying away from the topic.
Paul shook his head. "Well it just showed I trusted you, and I'm trusting you now." Paul crossed his arms. Dawn relaxed her face from all the anger and sighed.
"You're right. I-I'm sorry." Dawn stretched her arms.
"N-no..I..am..sorry." Paul whispered.
"What?" Dawn grinned.
"I'm sorry." Paul whispered again, mumbling actually.
"I can't hear you!" Dawn singsonged.
"I'm sorry." Paul gritted his teeth. Dawn cupped her hand next to her ear. "Whaaat?"
"I AM SORRY!" Paul yelled.
"Ah!" Dawn danced around the room. "Did I just get the grumpy Paul to apologize to me?!"
"Shut up!" Paul grabbed her wrist and placed his hand over her mouth.
"Mfhfhfhfhf!" Dawn muffled. He then removed his hand.
"No one's home, calm down." Dawn wagged her hands.
Paul nodded and stood up. "Let's introduce you to Reggie. Proof time." He said. Dawn wrapped her arm around Paul.
"W-what are you doing.." Paul looked a little bit nervous.
"If we're dating then we have to be intimate. Well, c'mon what are you waiting for!? Let's go, boyfriend!" Dawn cheered.
There was something about this girl.
Paul groaned as they were headed back to Reggie's cabin. "So, this is where your brother is staying? Ah! he's getting married! How romantic! His fiancé must be gorgeous!" Paul wanted to groan with disgust as witnessed Dawn's gushing.
"Ah, she's so lucky. I want to get married." Dawn brought her hands together.
"Calm down. You don't even have a boyfriend.." Paul gave himself a facepalm.
Paul opened the door and greeted Reggie. "I'm back." He walked in with a clinging Dawn.
"Hey! Is this the girl?" Reggie smiled. "Nice to meet you! I remember you."
"I do too!" Dawn shook his hand.
"Come, come! Sit down." Reggie brought the two to the living room.
Paul sat down, still with the angered look on his face he's been carrying since his debut, crossed his arms and stared directly at Reggie. Dawn smiled and threw her arms on Paul.
Paul mumbled "He's staring right at us, giving us a goofy look. Just like a look Ash would give."
"Just play along." Dawn whispered.
"So..how did you two meet?" Reggie handed Paul and Dawn a cup of water.
"I lashed out on him back in Sinnoh for not remembering my name." Dawn smiled. "But now that's all remembers, my name." Dawn leaned her head onto Paul's shoulder.
Paul didn't know how good Dawn was at this. He just looked tense, he didn't feel like he was acting like himself. "Paul, you okay?" Reggie noticed Paul's stiffness. Of course, Reggie would've sensed it.
"Paul was just very worried, he thought you wouldn't like me." Dawn pouted.
"Actually you're a great girl! And very beautiful!" Reggie nodded.
This caused Paul to frown at Reggie's compliment...but..why was he frowning?