Chapter 2 – An Unexpected Reunion
Misty got up early the next morning as the sun slowly rose. It lit her hair up and highlighted all the different shades. Red. Orange. Copper. She looked out of the window and watched the auburn rays touch everything in sight. It reminded her of the day that she left Ash, only that time it had been nearer nightfall.
But now I’m finally gonna see him again! She said excitedly to herself. And now I have a reason.
She packed her essentials into her familiar red backpack and swung it over her shoulder. Misty stood up and looked at herself in her mirror. She wore orange trainers that complimented her hair, a pair of butter-cream yellow hot pants, a strapped top that was a deep shade of red, which was covered by a matching butter-cream sleeveless jacket with a blue button. She did up the button and smiled to herself. Excitement bubbled inside her at the thought of seeing her friends again.
There was an arrangement of pictures by her bedside table, which she cherished dearly and glanced at them one last time. They were all of her friends in different regions and each brought back memories of her different adventures. The oldest one consisted of her and Ash together at the Maiden’s Peak festival, which Brock had sneakily taken when they weren’t looking. The second one was of Ash, Tracey, Pikachu, Togepi and her sitting on Lapras in the Orange Islands. The third, which she especially liked was taken just after she’d won the Seaking Competition and she was sitting on a bench alongside a humongous pile of chocolate and the Seaking Trophy. Togepi was sitting on the top of the pile looking as happy as ever while Pikachu was eating a chocolate bar on the other side of the pile. And to the left of the picture was Ash. He had a sour expression on his face because Misty refused to share any with him. She grinned to herself as she remembered his puppy dog eyes that he gave her when she still refused to give him any – the ones that she couldn’t resist and eventually handed him a bunch of the chocolate.
However, her most favourite one hung over her bed in a blue wooden frame. It was taken just before she left Ash and Brock, on the bank by the river just before they had set off down the path, which would fork out into three separate roads. They had sat quite close together as the local fisherman took their picture with Brock’s camera. Pikachu had its arm around Togepi and all had happy smiles because they knew that they would always be best friends. Brock had sent her the picture via e-mail just before he left for Houen and promised to give Ash a copy too.
I wonder if he has it? She asked herself. Or better yet, I wonder if he kept the hankerchief I gave him so he would always remember me…and it’s secret meaning…She shook her head and came back to her senses. It’s no good thinking about the past, I’ve got my whole future ahead of me!
After rushing down the stairs that led from her room to the gym, she walked along the side of the pool to where the pokeballs were kept in a rack.. Gyarados emerged from the pool and roared. It looked happy to see its trainer as she told it that they were going to the Houen region. She recalled it to its pokeball and put it in her backpack, along with two other pokeballs that contained Corsola and Staryu.
The reply letter that she had received yesterday from Wallace's apprentice stated that she must bring with her an official gym leader badge and a signature of the Gym leaders as proof of who she was. She had gone into the safe and retrieved a badge and the signatures from her sisters the day before. She double-checked that she had the piece of paper and the badge that were tucked neatly away in the pocket on her bag and when she was satisfied looked around the gym once more.
“Don’t worry. We’ll be fine. Just look after yourself OK?” a voice said behind her.
She turned around and saw her sisters beaming at her. She smiled at them.
“Do you have some Pokemon with you?” Violet asked her anxiously.
“Yeah.” Misty replied happily. “I’ve got Gyarados, Corsola and Staryu.”
Lily frowned at her. “You mean, like, your taking Pyduck?”
Misty grinned at her. “No I thought I’d leave it here so that you could have a bit of practice training with all the different pokemon and their unique traits and characteristics – including Psyduck’s.”
The three older sisters face-faulted on the floor. Misty laughed at them. They stood up right and each hugged her in turn. Daisy handed her the blimp ticket she’d need and the two ferry tickets that would get her to Wallace’s gym.
Misty walked through the glass doors and out on to the road before turning around and waving to her sisters while clutching her backpack with the other hand.
“Be careful and don’t do anything stupid!” they shouted after her.
“Look after yourself and let us know when you arrive at Wallace’s gym!”
“Yeah, and if you see your boyfriend make sure to invite him home for tea when you come back!”
Misty collapsed on to the road in disbelief and shouted angrily back at them – her face burning an angry red. When she recovered herself, she made her way along the road that would take her to Pallet Town’s port.
“Watch out Ash Ketchum coz I’m coming to Houen to find you and to be the Greatest Water Pokemon Master!” Misty said determinedly to herself.
“Brock!” I don’t think my e-mails are working!” Ash whined to his older friend.
His yellow buddy, Pikachu, landed on his shoulder to have a look at the screen that Ash was typing on. Brock came over to the Pokemon Trainer.
“Well, everything seems to be working. Are you sure you typed the address in right?” Brock questioned Ash - he knew how forgetful he could be.
“Of course I did!” Ash snapped back. “It’s not that hard to forget Misty’s e-mail address! Misty_mermaid@pokeworld.com!”
The Pokemon Breeder grinned at him. “Ohhhh. So you’ve memorised her address off by heart have you?" He teased.
Ash blushed and ignored him. “No it’s just easy to remember.” He muttered quietly while fixing his cap straight so that it covered his eyes.
It had been over a week since he’d heard from Misty and he was beginning to worry that something was wrong. She never left it this later to reply to his e-mails.
“What’s wrong?” May asked as she approached Ash.
She was a beginning trainer who had decided to take the path of Pokemon Co-ordinating and had just been training with her Beautifly and Skitty outside the Pokemon Center.
He looked at her and explained the situation with Misty. He thought about calling the Gym to see how she was but he knew that the gang wanted to make a move towards Sootopolis so they could watch him get his eighth badge and move on into the Houen League. May’s little brother, Max, ran through the doors of the Pokemon Center and stopped to catch his breath.
“Guys! The ferry is about to leave!” he shouted.
Everyone gasped and quickly grabbed their bags and ran out of the door. Ash started running backwards.
“Wait! I’ve forgotten my Pokemon!” He rushed up to the desk and quickly snatched the tray of pokeballs that Nurse Joy was about to hand him.
“Thanks, Nurse Joy!” He shouted as he ran out of the door at top speed leaving a bewildered Nurse Joy at the desk.
Ash ran at top speed along the path that would take him to the harbour – still carrying his pokeballs on the tray. Pikachu was running ahead of him and was starting to catch up with the others. The ferry’s horn sounded, indicating that it was a about to leave. Brock, May, Max and Pickachu moved even faster and all Ash could see was a dust cloud as they disappeared from sight.
“Guys! Wait for me!” he coughed as he ran through the thick cloud. As he emerged he saw the ferry leaving the dock and moving across the ocean. He yelled and ran at top speed to catch up with the ferry. He started running parallel with it as Brock let a piece of rope over the side, which Ash grabbed and tied the tray of pokeballs to it. The others face faulted. They hauled in his pokeballs and quickly dropped another rope down and loudly told him to grab it. The ferry was now moving away from where he was running and he lunged at the side and clumsily grabbed the rope. The gang breathed a sigh of relief as he hit the side of the ship. Brock and Max pulled on the rope to haul Ash in. A faint crackling could be heard by the side of the balcony.
“The rope is breaking!” May screamed.
Snap. Ash cried out as he fell into the ocean. Brock yelled to him as he tried to grab the second half of the rope unsuccessfully. They looked over the balcony to see Ash’s head bobbing up and down in the rough sea.
“Guys! Help!” he shouted as he disappeared beneath the waves.
“What are we going to do?” May asked anxiously.
Before anyone could reply, a girl had stepped up on to the balcony. She had one pokeball in her hand and had left her bag by the side of the deck as she dove neatly into the sea. The girl swam underwater towards Ash who she saw falling unconsciously into the depths of the ocean. The girl persistently swam towards him. He was falling further and further away from her and so she called upon her Pokemon. A Gyarados was released surrounded by a blue aura as its master indicated to it that she wanted it to swim after the boy. It obeyed her as she clung on tightly to its eyebrow. Ash had now vanished into a thick clump of weeds and sea plants as the girl became more anxious to rescue him. She jumped off Gyarados and leapt into the weeds.
Ash slowly opened his eyes half way. He could see a shadowy figure swimming towards him. It was a girl, but he recognised that outline from somewhere before. It looked like a beautiful mermaid was swimming in his direction. He instantly thought of Misty in her costume, though that would be impossible because she was still at the Gym all the way in Kanto. He fell unconscious again.
I’m coming Ash. Just hang on. The girl said to herself.
He had landed on the bed of the weeds as she swam beside him and grabbed him around the middle. She was about to kick off from the sea bed when a Luvdisc swam in front of her. It looked angry at her but when it saw that she was holding a boy, it became happy and started dancing in circles around them. The girl thought it looked cute but she had to get the boy to the surface and so she started kicking upwards. The LuvDisc watched her go and darted after her. The girl emerged from the weeds and saw her Gyarados who instantly bowed its head to her. She placed Ash on its eyebrow when the LuvDisc suddenly appeared and started dancing around her and Ash again. Gyarados launched a Hyper Beam at it and hit its target. However, the LuvDisc was still conscious from the powerful attack and the girl was amazed by its strength. LuvDisc swam around the girl in very fast circles and created a whirlpool. The girl span round and round and panicked because the boy might die from lack of oxygen if she didn’t help him soon. She threw a pokeball at LuvDisc who didn’t struggle and was immediately caught. The girl grabbed the pokeball, jumped on top of Gyarados as it swam towards the surface.
She breathed in a grateful breath of fresh air and instantly focused her attention on the boy. She looked around for the ferry, which had stopped a little way away from them and told her Gyarados to swim towards it. The boy stirred as she shook him.
“Hang on Ash.” The girl said to him.
Gyarados shook its head, intentionally making Ash and its master fly into the air. The girl grabbed Ash’s wrist.
“Gyarados! What are you-”
Gyarados aimed a Hydro Pump at them both, hurling them at top speed towards the ship. They landed heavily on the deck – the girl landing first and Ash falling on top of her. She pushed him off as Brock, May and Max ran towards them. Ash, having been awakened by the impact, coughed and spluttered as he took in big breaths of air.
“Well Ash, long time no see. But its definitely not the reunion I was expecting.” The girl said next to him playfully.
Ash looked up at his rescuer and gasped.
End Chapter 2
Well, that's Chapter 2! I don't think it's as good as the first one so I AM HAPPY to hear your comments and reviews on how I can improve it and what you think of it so far.
(Please ignore the e-mail address that I created for Misty. It is NOT real but I can't seem to get rid of the hyperlink! Sorry!)
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