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    Err...maybe next time you should put down "really x 100". XD

    Possible schedule change! I have gotten a burst of inspiration and I am now currently writing a huge section of Chapter 2! If this continues, I may have the chappie up a day early! This is still shaky, but it seems like there's a 50/50 chance of it happening. So yayz!

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    Default Chapter 2!!!

    Hey, looks like I finished writing a day early like I said! *tries to pull off one-man band gig* Give a big thankies for those PSAT review days, they didn't give me any homework on that day so I had plenty of time to type! Although that doesn't change the fact that PSAT review days are annoying...but let's not dwell on that! Heeeeerre's chapter 2!!!!!

    P.S- Be warned, quite a bit of Team Rocket humiliation here. XD

    A Whisper in the Wind
    Chapter 2


    Ash was feeling extremely panicky right now. This…this wasn’t supposed to happen! He couldn’t get close to anybody. Never! All his emotions were tossing and turning all over at the sight of the pretty redhead…no! He shouldn’t be feeling that way anymore! Although…he had to admit she had grown into a beautiful woman…noooo…stoppit!

    Only Pikachu could see his emotional turmoil at the moment. To everyone else, he seemed to be like a robot, not responding to anything, just going through the motions. However, everybody could see him cringe as they got closer.

    “You know, Satoshi, you kinda remind me of someone I used to know…” mentioned Misty.

    “Oh…r-really?” stuttered “Satoshi”. Oh crap…

    “Yeah, with that Pikachu on him, you’d think he was Ash…” Brock mentioned, then immediately bit his tongue at the sight of the now-depressed Misty. Noting her look as well, Ash bit his lip, trying to push back the new thoughts…but it was getting harder every second. Gee, I must have really hurt her… Pikachu was inwardly grinning at the situation. Maybe the real Ash will break through soon, and not have to hide behind “Satoshi” anymore…

    “Who…who is this ‘Ash’?” questioned “Satoshi”. For some reason, he felt like he was getting himself more tangled up in this situation than he should be.

    “You’ve never heard of him?” the others asked in surprise.

    “Um…I’ve been sorta…isolated from human society for quite a bit of my life.”

    “Pfft. You’re just scared. It took me forever to convince you to come here!”

    “I heard that!”


    “Well, he was…one of our closest friends…” Misty couldn’t continue, her eyes had begun to well up in tears.

    “Was?”

    “He disappeared ten years ago,” explained Brock, over Misty’s quiet sobbing.

    “So…uh…how did you guys get here?”

    “Team Rocket took over Kanto not long after Ash disappeared. Five years ago, there was a revolt against them. But without Ash, it sorta…fell apart. We all got captured at different times, but the revolt ended about six months ago. We always wondered if things would have happened differently if Ash was around. He was the only one who ever defeated their leader, and actually shut down Team Rocket twelve years ago.”

    “Ohh…so…I guess he was pretty important to you all, right?” Ash was shifting his feet around nervously, but the long cloak prevented anybody from seeing that.

    “DON’T MOVE OR WE’LL SHOOT YER HEADS OFF!” Two Rocket grunts appeared at the door, guns in hand. Upon closer inspection, one could easily see that the guns were shaking, as if the guards had too much energy…

    “Oh no, it’s you two caffeinated losers again…” moaned Ash. “Seriously, you guys have got to lay off the coffee.”

    “Whatever, punk. So are we doing this the easy way or the hard way?” Ash disappeared in a flash, then appeared behind the two guards with an orb of golden light cradled between his hands.

    “How about MY way?” The two guards turned around to see nothing but a flash of light before their whole world went black…

    “You…you killed them?” exclaimed Misty in surprise.

    “Nah, they’re just knocked out. Best if we get them outta here though…” muttered Ash, as he held a glowing golden palm towards them. The next second, their bodies disappeared. “Be best if we got outta here too…Pikachu, did you locate everybody in the building?”

    “Yup!”

    “Alright…then teleportation in three…two…one…” A blinding flash rushed through the whole building. When it faded away, every person and Pokemon had disappeared.

    In front of the Rocket headquarters, a massive crowd of people and Pokemon suddenly appeared out of thin air, the majority of them wearing black uniforms and confused expressions.

    “Wha? Where are we?”

    “Dunno, it just…happened.”

    “Hey look, there’s the headquarters!”

    “He’s right? How’d we get outside?”

    “What’s going on?”

    “I’m scared…” Everybody paused in disbelief, but when their emotions caught up to them…

    “Me too!”

    “I want my mommy!”

    “Somebody help me!” The prisoners-plus a guy in a cloak and a golden Pikachu-stared, trying to hold back their laughter. This was the great Team Rocket? This was the nefarious criminal organization that had ruled one of the mightiest Pokemon Lands for nearly a decade? Strip away the power, and all you find is a group of sad losers who joined for their own protection, to feel powerful. Oh the irony…

    “Pathetic…” rang a cold, icy voice that made shivers go down everybody’s spine. They found out that it came from the cloaked stranger, face still hidden by the shadows of his hood. Their confidence boosted a little when they saw that the stranger was on his own, even though the strange appearance of his Pikachu unnerved them a little. One of them found their voice and spoke to him in a voice of faked courage.

    “Who-who d-do you th-think y-you are? Do you really t-think th-that Team Rocket will fall at th-the hands of one p-person?”

    “Yeah, he’s right! We don’t back down!”

    “Get’im!”

    “CHARGE!”

    The stranger let out a harsh, yet amused laugh that pierced the ears of everyone there upon hearing that last statement. “Try me,” he said as he opened his cloak, appearing much like an eagle spreading its wings. The body that was hidden in the dark folds of his cloak could now be seen. A black T-shirt with long black pants hid most of his skin, what wasn’t covered with dark, glossy material was covered with graying bandages. Even though the skin wasn’t visible, it was easy to see that his body was quite muscular. Not the typical body builder’s muscle, though. His were more lean, athletic, but still quite formidable. However, that was not what was scaring the Team Rocket grunts. It was his cape, not the cape itself, but what was in it.

    Minimized Pokeballs were attached to every inch of the inside of the cloak. There were at least 200, easy. And each and every single Pokeball had a Pokemon inside, ready and raring to attack.

    “Eeep…” squeaked the grunt who had spoken out against him. “Um…I’ll pass…” Hell yeah he was gonna pass, that kid had more Pokemon than all of them combined! Plus, it was pretty apparent that it was either him or the Pikachu who had teleported them outta there. There was no way that he would throw himself into a losing battle! Around him, the others looked like they were thinking the same thing.

    “We surrender! Just don’t hurt us, please!” all of them screamed in unison. As emotionless as he appeared to be, Ash had to work very hard to stifle his laughter. Pikachu had already passed that point and was rolling on the ground, its raucous laughter taunting and teasing the nerves of the humiliated grunts. They wanted desperately to get back at the little rodent, but fear of what it and its trainer could do to them, along with their common sense, kept them at bay. Ash smiled at his little friend, then turned to the cowering grunts. He raised a glowing palm and encased the frightened grunts in a golden dome.

    Reaching inside his cape, he pulled out six of the numerous Pokeballs. “It’s time somebody stopped this madness… for good.” At those words, he threw the six Pokeballs into the air. Those little spheres, barely wider than a thumb, grew into the size of fists and opened, in a flash of bright light, to reveal six Pokemon. Four of them appeared to be dragons, the other two were huge birds.

    The first dragon had orangey-red leather skin, with a bright blue sapphire eye leering at the Team Rocket grunts and a large flame at the base of the tail. Large fangs could easily be seen in its mouth, and the serpentine tongue looked almost devil-like as it flickered out of the mouth. This Pokemon was called a Charizard, dragon of flames.

    The second dragon was a yellowish-gold, nowhere near the shining brilliance of Pikachu, but still beautiful nonetheless. The eyes seemed almost benign, gentle, compared to the hawk-like sharpness of the others, but upon closer inspection, the furious sparks in them were extremely noticeable. A Dragonite, the rarest of all dragons, was its proud name and title.

    The third dragon was a lime green, with dark green patterns decorating its hide. Red coverings encased its eyes, masking their true color. This was the Spirit of the Sandstorm, Flygon.

    The fourth was the most formidable. Unlike the other three, it was stationed on four bulky legs instead of walking upright. Its bright blue skin put clear skies to shame. Red leather wings were tucked in tight, although fully stretched, its wingspan could easily reach ten feet. Razor sharp teeth decorated its large mouth. This was Salamance, lord of dragons.

    The two birds could have been called lords of their kind as well. One was an eagle, with light brown feathers that were softer than the fluffiest down. It’s eyes were the definition of “eagle eyes” themselves. Talons as sharp as Salamance’s teeth were gripping the ground tightly. Its wingspan was just as long as Salamance’s, maybe more. Twice the size of its own kind, it could carry 10, maybe 20 people easily. Pidgeot was its name.

    The second bird was even more radically different from its kind. Its species was a daytime sort, cavorting around in the sun. However, its naturally dark colors caused it to be used mostly for night flight over the years, darkening its already deep blue into a jet black color. The chest feathers, once white, had become a deep gray. It was also much bigger than one would normally see, this one was big enough to carry 2 people without much effort. This was a Swellow.

    Everyone gaped at the sight of the majestic beasts of the sky, it was rare that you would get to see Pokemon so well trained as this, and so many of them too! This moment would be forever remembered by many.

    Ash and Pikachu climbed onto Swellow’s back, taking off into the sky with the other five Pokemon following him. They surrounded the Team Rocket headquarters, making a perfect circle around them. Ash then raised his hand once more, bathing all his Pokemon in a golden aura. They all then flew around the base, creating a golden ring in the sky.

    “Prepare Hyper Beams, now. Pikachu, charge up.” Pikachu jumped up and into the very center of the circle, its own psychic powers bathing it in that eerie multicolored glow, suspending it in midair. Its eyes were closed, as if concentrating on something very deeply.

    “FIRE NOW!”

    At that very moment, six bright beams of pure energy was fired at the building from the ring. The spinning movement caused all the beams to mold together into a powerful vortex, destroying anything inside, but not out.

    “PIKACHU, STORM’S FURY!!!”

    At that moment, the vortex disappeared, unable to withstand the sheer force of the energy surrounding the little rodent. The eyes flashed open, glowing with a flurry of colors. Lightning bolts directed from the clouds struck the rodent, making the multicolored force grow, before shooting down directly at the base, blowing it up in a tremendous explosion. With a flick of his wrist, Ash quickly created a golden shield around it, containing the blast.

    Everyone was amazed at the power this young man contained and restrained. It had enough brute force to destroy a city ten times over, but was gracefully coordinated and controlled to pinpoint only enemies, and leave allies unharmed. The grunts shied away in fear, although the shield prevented too much movement. It didn’t matter, really, after seeing what this kid could do, they were much too afraid to do anything to upset him.

    *~*

    The officers had come and gone, the prisoners had been escorted home. Well, most of the prisoners. A group of five very headstrong and stubborn trainers refused to leave. Well, when you were a friend of Pokemon Master Ash Ketchum, his attitude seemed to grow on you. Either way, this was very troublesome and restrictive to the one known as “Satoshi”.

    “Look, I really have to go-”

    “Oh no you’re not!” the five trainers said as they surrounded him. They knew he didn’t want to hurt them, mentally or physically. They just had to keep working away at his guilty conscience.

    “You don’t understand-”

    “Try us!”

    “But-but…” Bingo.

    “Ohh, looks like you don’t have a reason to go,” said Misty in a sickly sweet voice.

    “Seriously…” Ash was seriously starting to get worried, that tone of voice could only mean one thing…

    “Do I really have to use this?” Misty said menacingly as she held up a large wooden mallet.

    Everybody was thinking the exact same thought. She still has that thing?!

    “Okay, fine, fine! I’ll stay! Just put that thing away!” Mew, that was close. She still has that temper… His thoughts were abruptly caught off by a burst of laughter from Pikachu. “Now what?” For some reason, he felt like he shouldn’t have asked that…

    “Look at you! The high and mighty Envoy of the Phoenix, sacred guardian of Ho-oh’s soul, destroyer of Team Rocket, cowering to a ‘scrawny redhead’!”


    “…Shut up…”


    *~end of chapter 2~*

    And that's all. Something keeps telling me that I'm updating a bit too fast, but once I have a chappie done, its hard for me not to post itt. Anyways, tell me what you think, and if I'm going too fast, you can tell me.

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    YES!!! This chapter was amazing! And his Pokemon are immensely cool!!! They should watch out from Ice-type Pokemon!!! But this chapter was amazing, nevertheless, it was written in a great style! Misty still has her mallet

    Great job, and i certainly cant wait for the next chappie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis Ignitan View Post
    “Oh no, it’s you two caffeinated losers again…” moaned Ash. “Seriously, you guys have got to lay off the coffee.”
    lmao! i know a lot of people who are addicted to coffee. once, they had this big blackout and their coffee machine wasn't working. so they all took a trip to their grandma's just for coffee XD.
    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis Ignitan View Post
    “I want my mommy!”
    XD
    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis Ignitan View Post
    Everybody was thinking the exact same thought. She still has that thing?!
    She still has that thing? ........oh....

    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis Ignitan View Post
    “Look at you! The high and mighty Envoy of the Phoenix, sacred guardian of Ho-oh’s soul, destroyer of Team Rocket, cowering to a ‘scrawny redhead’!”

    “…Shut up…”
    of course, pikachu! what would make you think otherwise? XD

    very descriptive chapter as always. i can only hope to make my stories half as descriptive as this. YESH! CHARIZARD STILL LIVES!!!! (sorry, i love charizard XD)
    DON'T DENY YOUR FEELINGS ASH!!!! OR ELSE I'LL GET MY MALLET!
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    just because i have a mallet and a short temper doesn't mean ANYTHING!

    anyways, don't worry about updating to fast. if an idea pops up, write it down. probably the only reason you would stop updating as fast is the CRUELTY OF HOMEWORK! besides, holidays are coming up. but don't feel pressured to write a chapter just cuz of lil' ol' us! hehe...

    great chapter as always, patiently waiting for the next!


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    Ash is kicking ass in this fic, team rocket humiliation FTW! and Misty's dreaded mallet has returned >:3 This chapter was awesome, keep up the great work ^^
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    Sorry if I haven't reviewed anytime sooner, I was trying to get ahead in my fic! But anyway, I'm still completely amazed at your style! It's very descriptive and gives me a vivd image in my head when I read this. Ash has changed a bit over the years too! He's no longer the same happy go-lucky kid, but now a tough (maybe cruel) deity that I wouldn't want to cross! My faveorite part was at the end when Ash just can't stand up to that redhead! Who wouldn't be scared of giganitc mallet?!

    Overall this fic has a very interesting plot that I can't wait to see how you'll fill in every detail! Do you know how long this fic will be? Anyway 5/5 and I can't wait for your next update!

    P.S. I can't believe how fast you write too! Two well-written chapters in two consecutive days?!
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    excellent chapter! wooh the way that you control Ash in the fic its amazing, more realistic and humanistic. he suffers the "true reality" of the world and the fear if someone wants to hurt his friends by his fault, great job! ^^

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    Yesh, none can withstand the almighty mallet! :3 It's just like pokeplayer984 told me once:
    The usual weapon tomboyish Anime girls hold is a mallet like hammer that holds powers of duplication and extreme growth. Not to mention the attacks are so powerful, no armor can withstand it. So I doubt any kind of protection could help. ^_^
    I think the only reason I can update so fast is because I already know how I want the story to unfold. Plus there are these parts that I just go over and over so many times in my head, that when it comes time to type them, I can breeze right through them. The Misty Mallet scene is one such scene.

    Anyways, I expect the next chapter to be out on Friday or Saturday. Thanx for the reviews!

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    This is a great story so far! =D You gave pikachu and ash powers they do not have that is so cool! =D I simply loved when You described Pikachu and how it got phycic ablitities and all that! Pure awesomness 5 stars!

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    Oh and i also have a question: Why does he keep calling pikachu mew? Is it really mew but transformed?

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    Try not to spam, k? Just edit your post instead of double-posting.

    And your question? They say "Mew" as a replacement for "God".

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    Great chapter!!
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    I'm still laughing. Give me a second to calm down.
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    ok. sorry. BUt pikachu's last line was pure gold! This was so unbelivvable but funny chapter. Keep up the good work!

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    Great chapter, but are we going to find out how Pikachu gained super powers? That is one piece of the story that I am really wondering about is Pikachu's new powers.

    Edit: After reading pokemondude's post, I am wondering, did I miss where you explained pikachu's powers?
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    No, you guys haven't missed any explanation. I expect the real explanation will come up in the next chapter or the chapter after that, but for those who can't wait:

        Spoiler:- Pikachu's Powers?:


    Everybody reeeallly seems to like that last part, am I right? I like that part too. :3 Spoiler for story will come today or tomorrow.

    EDIT: Okay, time for spoiler!!!

        Spoiler:- Chapter 3 Spoiler:


    And that's the spoiler. :P Look for the story update tomorrow or the day after.
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    I just saw the spoilers. I am justin awe of the ch. 3 spoiler, I can hardly wait!! This is a great fic which even gives me some ideas for MY fic called " The Fire Within " . Anyway, love the fic and can hardly wait.

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    Pikachu is very humorous, he makes this story very fun to read. Just a question, a trainer can only have 6 pokemon at one time. why does ash have close to 200?
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    He is a pokemon master which entitles him to an unlimited amount of pokemon on him.

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    That or most of the pokeballs were illusions created by Pikachu to scare off the Team Rocket grunts. Can't wait till the next chapter. The story also has a lot of potential and is not likely to get boring and repetitive any time soon like some other fics I've run into. Those spoilers now make me want it up even more!
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    Default Chapter 3!!!

    The reason Ash can carry so many Pokeballs? Here's my logic:

        Spoiler:- Pokeballs galore!:


    Oh yeah, and here's Chapter 3. I guess it's a bit fast, but I am getting so psyched and enthusiastic over this that I'm spending most of my free time writing! :3 So anyway, heeeerrreeeee's Chapter 3!

    A Whisper in the Wind
    Chapter 3


    He may have agreed to come with them, but that didn’t mean he had to avoid them. Actually, it meant that he had to avoid them. He couldn’t get close to his…former friends. Mew, it hurt him to think that he could no longer consider them friends, but he had kept this façade up for ten years. He couldn’t let it drop now…especially when the danger loomed even closer than it ever had. If he ever put them into harm’s way…

    Ash tilted his head up to the sky to keep the tears at bay. Riding on Swellow, he felt the cool gusts of the night sky caress his weary features and let himself just get carried away…

    His hood dropped down and his cape whipped open as he faced the gentle winds, but Ash didn’t really care, the hood wasn’t necessary. He always loved to do this whenever he got the chance, it was really the only time he had to relax. It was a time when he could just drop all his burdens, his fears, his sorrow, his stress…he could just let his soul whisk away for a bit and feel nothing. Just blissful, gentle nothingness. It was during those times when he could reassure his friends-or friend, he guessed, since she was the only one that noticed-that he was still there. Just a little whisper in the wind, barely audible, nothing that could be proven to be true…but the words said could mean so much…even if it was just a fleeting moment.

    Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed Misty’s expression change slightly, as if she had just heard something she had been yearning to hear for ages. A small smile crossed his face.

    Did you hear me that time, Mist?

    *~*

    Misty snapped to attention abruptly after hearing something extremely faint…but familiar. The feathers of the Pidgeot she and her friends had been riding were extremely soft, she had just about fallen asleep…when she heard it.

    Mist…

    It had been forever since she had heard that voice, and she enjoyed the sound, turning it over and over in her mind until it was perfectly preserved. The sheer joy from hearing the voice, coupled with the tiring events of the night along with the soft downy feathers of the Pidgeot carrying her, made one very tired Misterrea Waterflower. Succumbing to sweet sleep, she rested better than she had in ages.

    *~*

    Groggy eyes opened, revealing the dank, dim light of a cave. Misty had awoken to find herself and her friends on the back of a massive Pidgeot, who had been resting in a cave. So it wasn’t a dream after all… Looking over to her right side, she noticed something that made tears of laughter come to her eyes.

    Satoshi, their savior, was sprawled across the back of his Swellow, apparently snoring. From what she had seen of him, he seemed to be the calm, cool, collected type, always serious, never showing emotion. Yet here he was, disheveled and messy, his mask seen through. This was the real Satoshi, no doubt, in his moment of weakness. His hood was down, letting Misty observe his face.

    Or maybe not. Almost every inch of skin was covered. The lower half of his face was hidden by a black half-mask (think of Kakashi from Naruto). Dark sunglasses that would have shielded his eyes were laying haphazardly on his face, leaving only one eye covered. His forehead was covered with long locks of hair, whose color made Misty start in surprise. They were a deep raven black.

    Upon seeing the color of his hair, her attention shifted to the exposed eye, still closed in slumber. If…if that’s him…then his eyes… She slowly moved her hand towards the eye, intent on prying it open and seeing the warm chocolate brown she had missed for so long. If it was him, she would seriously hurt him for hiding away from her for so long, then demand an explanation from his bruised, battered body. Then she would pummel him again for having what sorry excuse he had said. Her hand got closer, closer…

    His eye twitched. She quickly pulled her hand back, afraid that she woke him up. A soft mumble escaped from his lips as he began to stir. Misty watched him closely, trying to see if she could get a glimpse of his eyes. No such luck. As if on instinct, his hand flew to his glasses, setting them straight, before stretching up to assume the familiar position known as the yawn. The others got up as well, and soon, all of them were gathered around a small fire, eating a meal of berries that “Satoshi” had gathered.

    Ash felt almost at home, it was just as it used to be, just him and his friends, sitting, eating, laughing. Well, he was isolating himself from it, keeping silent, but these weren’t the old times anymore. He wasn’t part of their lives anymore, nor were they are part of his. As far as he was concerned, they couldn’t be friends, so he might as well play the role of “Satoshi” for as long as he was here.

    “So…uh…I never got to know your names…”

    Everyone was startled. This was the first time Satoshi had talked to them during the whole day, and what he said was quite unexpected.

    “You looked pretty eager to get out of here. Why do you want to know our names now?” asked Rudy, who was still unsettled from the unexpected interruption from the cloaked stranger.

    “I figure, as long as I’m held captive here by Miss Hothead over there-” he jabbed a thumb in Misty’s direction. “-I might as well know my jailers.” The next second, everybody sweat dropped as something large and wooden came in contact with his head, making him fall to the floor.

    Misty pocketed her mallet with an angry glare, then proceeded to introduce herself. “I’m Misterrea Waterflower, the leader of Cerulean Gym, but you can call me Misty.” “Satoshi” almost didn’t hear her, as he was rubbing his head in the spot where Misty had hit him while shooting a death glare over at the laughing Pikachu sitting next to him.

    “Crazy redhead…” he muttered.

    “What was that?!” questioned Misty, the mallet appearing once more.

    “Nothing, nothing!” Ash was waving his hands back and forth in panic, his mask was hiding a very scared expression.

    “Thought so,” she commented coolly, withdrawing the mallet. Pikachu started laughing again.

    “Oh, that had to hurt, didn’t it?”

    “Like you would know. You’re not the one who got smashed by a two-ton block of wood.”

    “It’s not easy being the target of her affection, is it, Ash?” More laughter.

    “…Shut up.”

    *~*

    Since the gang was so close to their destination, Pidgeot and Swellow were having a good long rest in their Pokeballs. Walking together in a pack, the six trainers-plus a Pikachu-strode into Pallet Town.

    People kept gawking at them, some because of the reappearance of the missing trainers, and some because trainers never really came to Pallet Town. Mostly, however, they were staring at the young man cloaked in shadow and the Pikachu who seemed to be the exact opposite of its trainer. Ash cringed at all the attention he was receiving, he hadn’t walked straight into a town in broad daylight for ten years. With his only friends being Pokemon, and with danger looming over his head, being in a town wasn’t the best thing for him. All the worries and fears he had lost in the night sky returned, and with a vengeance.

    I have to get out of here. The longer I stay, the harder it will be to leave. But how do I get out of this?

    Ash was startled out of his thoughts by a very familiar sound. “Mime mime, Mr. Mime!”

    Mimey? Oh no, don’t tell me…

    His fear was affirmed when he realized they were standing at the doorstep of his old house. The door had opened to reveal a Mr. Mime, dressed in a green apron and carrying a broom. It looked a little older from the last time he had seen it, but then again, it had been ten years. He just hoped his mom wouldn’t recognize him. Mr. Mime welcomed them inside, stepping aside to let them pass. Ash paused at the door, wondering if he should step inside or get away now when he had the chance, but his guilt won him over, with the help of some unforgotten feelings…

    Ash sat as far away from the light as possible, trying to keep himself hidden. It didn’t work, as everyone (including Pikachu, what a surprise) was dragging him to the sofa just mere seconds later. In the midst of this struggle, Delia Ketchum appeared, looking slightly perplexed at the situation, but cheerful nonetheless.

    After Ash finally gave in and sat on the sofa (“Traitor,” he had mumbled to Pikachu, who replied with a cheeky grin), he observed his mother. Gray had started to line her auburn hair, but it was barely noticeable. A small wrinkle here and there, and her usual cheery blue eyes looked a bit dull. Ash immediately regretted not being there to take care of her, or to give her joy, it was apparent that she had still not gotten over his loss entirely. As he finished his observations, he noticed her staring at him.

    “You know, you remind me of my son…” Ash immediately froze up, ready to teleport at a second’s notice. “But I think it’s because of the Pikachu. What did they say your name was, dear?”

    Ash relaxed, then quickly reassured himself. “Satoshi, mo…ma’am.” That was close!

    Delia chuckled. “No need to call me that, dearie. Just call me Delia.”

    Ash smiled. “O-ok, Delia.”

    Now that Brock had access to kitchen supplies and ingredients, he was now able to cook up a storm (thank goodness his skills didn’t get rusty), and soon, everybody was eating Brock’s creations enthusiastically, especially Ash. When questioned about his appetite, he simply said that he had never tasted food like this for ages, he had been living among the Pokemon for years, after all.

    After the dinner, Ash withdrew to the shadows of his old room, everybody had insisted that he sleep there for some reason. It was probably because they were starting to see the resemblance between him and his former self…but he could not let them see who he really was. He had to leave. And yet, he couldn’t… He reflected on the increasing hopelessness of his situation as he gently laid the slumbering Pikachu on the bed.

    His heart had a gaping hole in it. It had always been there, since his departure ten years ago, but he had always covered it up, patched it, sewn it together. But now, it was tearing open once more, mouth open wide, ready to swallow him into the never-ending world of darkness and despair.

    He needed to be alone…

    *~*

    Misty had been walking outside, simply enjoying the scenery and the exhilarating sensation of being free. However, no matter how much she delved into the joys of liberation, the mystery that was Satoshi kept tugging at her. Right now, he seemed to be the only person alive who could be linked with Ash. Trying to distract her thoughts, she looked around…and her eyes fell on the silhouette of a person sitting by Pallet Lake.

    As she walked closer, she saw a mass of black, huddled together, hiding the person inside. It was Satoshi’s cape. What was he doing here? Sitting down next to him, she asked him that very question.

    He almost jumped at the sound of her voice, it was pretty apparent that he was not expecting her. Uncurling himself, he leaned back on his arms and mumbled that he was “just thinking”. Misty didn’t really have anything to say, so she simply stared out at the lake, her eyes reflecting the light until they appeared like liquid spheres, capturing the water and holding it there to shimmer in the sun. Ash noticed this and remembered, she only did this if she was upset. He asked her what was wrong.

    Misty was startled. The kindness in Satoshi’s voice was the only emotion he had ever shown (aside from fear from her mallet), and it moved her. Before she knew it, her emotions were spilling out, laid out for all to see.

    “It…it all started when h-he disappeared…”

    “He?”

    “Ash. He had just become the Pokemon Master ten years ago, and all of his friends, including me, had been there to support him. Then during the night, he vanished. I was g-going to tell him…”

    “…Tell him what?”

    Misty paused. She had never told anybody before. But for some reason, telling Satoshi seemed to be the right thing to do…

    “Tell him that…I loved him. I always had. Ever since I first fished him out of that lake… I should had told him earlier…but I was afraid. He never seemed to understand love, and I was always arguing with him anyway…what if he rejected? I was so afraid…then…when I was ready t-to tell him…he was gone…Gone.”

    Misty was crying heavily now, her breath coming out in short gasps. Her face was cupped in her hands, her body was shaking and twitching. Ash desperately wanted to reach out to her, to hold her and comfort her…but he kept himself at bay. He had to let go of those feelings, he couldn’t be close…but Mew, it was so hard…

    “B-but w-why am I telling y-you? Y-you wouldn’t und-derst-tand…”

    Ash smiled grimly. “I know more than you think.”

    Misty raised her head in surprise. Satoshi, emotionless, cold, secretive, a loner…understood love?

    Ash continued his story. “I guess it was a love at first sight thing. I was too young and naďve to understand it at first, and as I got older, I thought it was just a crush. But as the years went on, I saw her bloom into the most gorgeous flower I had ever seen.”

    Gorgeous Waterflower, to be exact.

    Misty listened on, this story was drawing her in.

    “I was always afraid to tell her how I felt, because she was always picking on me. But I hid my fear by focusing only on the dream I had started out with. I always wanted to come closer, to let her in my heart, to hold her, and to always protect her…but…I always shied away every time I got close, to scared to try, even though I knew I might lose her forever…but why am I saying this?”

    Misty was startled at the abrupt change in his voice. It had been soft, fluent, caring…and suddenly turned brittle and hard, and filled with despair.

    “I cannot love anymore. I can’t get close to anybody. It will only bring pain to everyone. Oh Mew, if anybody saw what I’ve become…and the hard part is…that this wasn’t forced upon me. I could have chosen not to go along. I could have chosen a different path. But this was the path I chose, and the one that I must forever tread…I can’t change my course. I’ve gone too far…and I can’t stop. That’s what makes it so hard…”

    Misty saw a sparkle on the edge of his dark sunglasses. As it trickled down, a single speck of crystalline liquid, leaving a shimmering trail behind, she realized…he was crying. Satoshi truly was at an all-time low, he was the last person she would have expected to see in tears. He surprised her once more by standing up abruptly.

    “I’m sorry. I’ve told you too much. I-I have to go!”

    And before she could stop him, he ran off into the dark woods nearby. She cried out after him, but he had long disappeared into the shadows of the forest…

    Thunder crackled in the sky. Sheets of water suddenly came pouring down, soaking Misty to the bone, but she didn’t notice. She was too caught up in her thoughts. Running back to the Ketchum house, she put a hand to her cheek. It was sopping wet, though with rain or tears, she could not tell.

    Perhaps it was both.

    *~end of chapter 3~*

    And that's chapter 3. Leave all reviews in the reply box on your way out. XD
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    This has to be my favorite chapter so far, awesome work!
    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis Ignitan View Post
    “Crazy redhead…” he muttered.

    “What was that?!” questioned Misty, the mallet appearing once more.

    “Nothing, nothing!” Ash was waving his hands back and forth in panic, his mask was hiding a very scared expression.

    “Thought so,” she commented coolly, withdrawing the mallet. Pikachu started laughing again.
    xDD rofl, just like the good old days!

    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis Ignitan View Post
    “I guess it was a love at first sight thing. I was too young and naďve to understand it at first, and as I got older, I thought it was just a crush. But as the years went on, I saw her bloom into the most gorgeous flower I had ever seen.”

    Gorgeous Waterflower, to be exact.
    ^ and that part was really sweet! *give yoo a cookie*
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    Great chapter. I especially enjoyed their talk at the lake, and also I love Pikachu's coments about Ash being afraid of the "Scrawny redhead". Can't wait for the next chapter and keep up the good work. I have alot of free time on my hands to read too, considering there is two to three feet of snow piled up in front of my house.
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    that was such a great chapter!
    the talk between "Satoshi" and Misty was so sad!!!!!!!! T_T
    poor Misty!!!!! well, more sympathy for Ash since he probably feels guilty after seeing Misty suffer becuz of him.
    and i loved how Misty saw the real side of "Satoshi" which was exactly the same personality Ash has! messy, snoring, raven-haired pokemon master! lolz.
    as always, loved how pikachu always laughs at Ash. for some reason, every time you say pikachu laughs at Ash, I always think up of a maniacally laughing pikachu... like a cackling pikachu... i dunno why.... maybe it's becuz it's an electric mouse that has special psychic abilities (or whatever you call them)
    anyways, as always, great chapter, SUPERB descriptions, loved the redhead calling. lolz.
    looking forward for the next chapter!


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    Aww that chapter was ADORABLE!!!!
    Perhaps it was both.
    Throughout the entire time i was like omg tell each other that you love each other!! ITS SO FRIGGIN OBVIOUS!! ><
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    You are just so good ^^

    I love Pikachu!!!!! He's just so ultimately cool ^^

    The bit at the end with Misty and "Satoshi" was so great and I can't wait to see how you get them through it and for the truth to shine through.

    However, one question, where is Ho-Oh? He's been really...really quiet...

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    This was an excellent chapter although it was somewhat sad. I really hope that the next chapter is up soon. I hope Ash can finally reveal himself to everyone.
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