Well, here is the next chapter. I'm almost out of school for the year, one week and three days! Anyway, I will be able to write more after the end of the school year.
The Solution to Poor Navigators
Ash, Misty, Brock, and Dawn headed out of Sandgem town up north to Jubilife City. North of Sandgem town was route 202, that would lead the gang toward Jubilife City, and then finally on to Oreburg City, where Ash’s first gym battle was. Brock had decided that Dawn should guide them on route 202, since she had already traveled it before the incident with Pikachu. But soon after the gang reached the location where Ash, Brock, and Misty had met up with Dawn, about three-fourths of the way to Jubilife City, trouble struck. And not the Team Rocket kind of trouble.
“Um, shouldn’t we be to Jubilife City by now?” Brock inquired. “There isn’t a single person out here. And the path is getting harder and harder to follow.”
“Just like old times. We’re lost. At least this time it is probably a silly mistake anyone could make instead of Ash reading the map upside down…” Misty said, remember some of the times in Johto when had insisted on being navigator.
“To bad Max wasn’t still here with his PokeNav. We very rarely got lost with him around.” Ash commented, remembering the little tiny kid with large glasses who hung out with him, Brock, and May.
“Who is Max?” Dawn asked.
“Max was one of my traveling partners in Hoenn and then continued traveling with me while I competed in the Battle Frontier. Me and Brock also traveled around with his sister, May. May was a Pokémon Coordinator.” Ash said as he filled Dawn in.
“Wow, I remember seeing her in the Kanto Grand Festival.” Dawn exclaimed. “My mom and I flew out there to see it, since I was almost ready to start my journey. May wasn’t bad, though she still wasn’t as good as Soledad. She also made a good couple with that Coordinator with the green hair. Drew was his name, right?”
Ash looked clueless after Dawn’s comment about May and Drew, while Brock started laughing. Misty was giggling, as she remembered May and Drew’s “relationship”. After a few moments, Brock stopped laughing and tried to straighten the facts, as May would have wanted him to do.
“Well, they weren’t really a couple,” Brock started to explain, “Though they did act like it sometimes. The best example of their feelings for each other is standing right next to you though, just look at Ash and Misty.”
WACK! Brock was then on the ground, Starly flying in circles around his head as he tried to get back to his feet.
“May didn’t get violent like Misty does when someone’s conversation went along the lines of their relationship.” Brock added as he finally got back up on his feet.
“Anyway, how about we find out where we are.” Misty said, trying to get back on the right track. “So, Dawn, where is the map.”
“I don’t have the map, I thought Ash did.” Dawn replied.
“No one would ever give Ash a map, if we did, we would be just a little lost. Ash would have guided us all the way to the middle of nowhere. Brock, get out the map then. Let’s find where we are.” Misty said.
“Um, I hate to say it, but I don’t have a good map. I just have the very broad region map of Sinnoh that has the gyms on it.” Brock groaned.
“Hey, guys…” Ash started to say, but no one was listening to him. “HEY!” Ash then yelled. ‘
“What, what’s wrong?” Brock asked.
“Finally you listen to me. How about we just keep walking in this direction till we run into a town or another traveler. I know, I’m brilliant. No need to thank me for such a great idea.” Ash said, getting a fairly large opinion about him.
“Ash, if we keep going in this direction, we could easily end up on the coast. Depending on what direction we are facing, it could be weeks till we come across anything. Sinnoh is a big place. You don’t want to go off wandering in a random direction.” Dawn said, shooting down Ash’s idea. “I think we should try to backtrack to the route, and then we can actually get a map when we get to Jubilife City”
“I agree with Dawn, backtracking is a much better idea. It shouldn’t take too long to find the actual route.” Stated Brock, and then he turned around and started to walk the way they came. Dawn followed right behind him, but Ash and Misty didn’t start walking right away.
“Don’t feel bad, Ash.” Misty said to Ash, trying to comfort him after his precious idea had been criticized and ignored. “At least you were trying to think of a way to get us back on the right path.”
“Thanks Misty” Ash said, quite surprised at how kind she was being. “Let’s go catch up with Brock and Dawn.”
After about thirty minutes, the group found where they had gone wrong. Route 202 had turned off to the right some, but they had kept walking strait. Brock and Dawn were walking ahead of Ash and Misty, and when Dawn looked behind her to make sure Ash and Misty hadn’t gotten separated from her and Brock, she saw something that surprised her.
“Um, Brock, why are Ash and Misty holding hands?” inquired Dawn. Brock looked behind him, and sure enough, Ash and Misty were holding hands.
“I have no idea Dawn, I’ve never seen them do that before. And since they don’t know that the other one has a crush on them, I don’t think they really know they are holding hands.” Brock replied. He then stopped so Ash and Misty caught up. “Um, guys, it’s cute and all, but why are you two holding hands?”
Ash and Misty’s reactions were immediate. First, they blushed redder then a rose, followed by letting go of the other person’s hand. Ash and Misty where both embarrassed and confused.
Wow, I can’t believe I held Ash’s hand! Maybe he isn’t as dense as I thought. Maybe he does like me how I like him. Maybe someday I’ll find out. Thought Misty.
I know Misty was being nice, but now I’m just confused. I know why I held her hand, but why didn’t she say something, as I’m sure it’s embarrassing for her. Come to think of it, when did I start holding her hand? Wondered Ash.
Both teens were confused about the other’s actions. Misty then speed up to start talking with Dawn, so Ash walked with Brock. Misty and Dawn started to talk about hair and clothes, and Brock and Ash walked in silence. Ash was still blushing a little, but nowhere near the amount he was earlier.
The gang soon arrived in Jubilife City, a large city with about everything you could want. The problem was, each member had a different idea of what they wanted.
“Well, we should go see about getting a map so we don’t get lost again like that.” Brock said.
“First, we should eat!” exclaimed Ash, and without waiting for a answer, started to walk off to find food.
“Hold on Ash Ketchum. We should go shopping, there should be a nice large mall in this town.” Misty said, while holding onto Ash by the back of the shirt.
“We should go eat!”
“Oh brother, here we go again. Maybe one day they will stop arguing and get along.” Brock groaned, and then proceeded to stop the fighting. “If you two don’t be quiet, I’ll have to have Pikachu shock you both.” Brock threatened. To help support the threat, Pikachu jumped down off of Ash’s shoulder, and his cheeks started to spark with electrical current.
“Fine, we can go find a map,” Misty agreed, “but we don’t need to eat yet, we just ate last about three hours ago.”
“Fine, I guess finding a map is better than shopping anyway.” Ash said. “Misty, no one likes shopping anyway.”
“Well, shopping is fun, and I could find an outfit to wear in Pokémon contests.” Said Dawn, siding with Misty. “But Brock is right, we need to find a map for when we head to Oreburg Town.
The group started to walk through the Jubilife City, trying to find a store that had maps of the region. They past a decent number of restaurants, making Ash complain more about being hungry. Finally, they found a store that sold maps, and the gang entered.
“May I help you?” asked the store owner. She was tall and was wearing a skirt that was shorter then Dawn’s. She also wore a tank top, and had brown hair flowing down to the level of the middle of her back. When Brock saw her, he went into his “pretty girl mode”.
“Why, it’s great to make your acquaintance. Has anyone told you how beautiful you are? People may think the places that these maps are the most beautiful of all, but you are more beautiful than anything in nature! Care to go for a quiet picnic some time, just you and me?” Brock managed to get out.
“Come on, leave that poor girl alone.” Misty said, grabbed him by the ear, and pulled him away from the shop owner.
“I’m sorry about my friend. He gets a bit crazy sometimes.” Ash apologized to the shop owner.
Brock then walked back up, but a bit more under control now. “Me and my friends are looking for a map or map book. We are traveling through Sinnoh to challenge the gym leaders and compete in Pokémon Contests. What do you have that would work.”
“Well, if you had enough money and it was actually out, I would recommend the PokeTech.” The girl said. “You can get lots of programs installed on it, including maps, berry finders, clocks, calanders, Pokémon monitoring tools, and lots more. The problem is that it will be expensive and it doesn’t come out for another two weeks.”
“Well, I guess that the PokeTech isn’t an option. I guess we will just get a map of Route 203 for now.” Brock decided. After paying and leaving the store, the Ash and Misty started to argue on where to go next. “Come on guys, can’t you two get along like you did back on the road, where you were holding hands?” Brock said, trying to stop the arguing. Misty and Ash shut up quickly, blushing at the memory. “I know how we can satisfy both of you. We will go to the food court in the mall to eat, then the girls can shop for a bit. Is that acceptable to both of you?”
“I guess, I am kinda hunger now anyway.” Agreed Misty.
“Fine, though I REALLY don’t want to wait for two girls to go shopping.” Ash also agreed.
The group started walking, trying to find a mall. As they did, the past by a large building, with a large sign on its saying “PokeTech Give Away!” Dawn was the first to notice the sign.
“Wow, a PokeTech giveaway. This must be the company that makes them. We should go inside to see if we can win one!” Dawn said, guiding them all toward the entrance to the store.
“Welcome! I can tell that you four are travelers. Am I guessing correctly that you are here for the PokeTech give away?” Asked a jubilant young man in a yellow clown suit.
“We sure are, how does it work?” Dawn asked, looking around for some sort of both where they could fill out sweepstakes forms or something similar.
“Pretty much, all you have to do is have an interview with our CEO. If he feels you would benefit from one, and he likes you, and so forth, he may give you your own PokeTech. I will tell the CEO that you are here. Who would like to be interviewed first?” The clown asked.
“I will, I will!” Dawn excitedly shouted, raising her hand up high.
“OK, if you will follow me then.” The clown said, guiding her toward a side room. He opened a large wooden door to a office with lots of technical books lining the wall in shelves. “I have the newest interviewee here.” The clown turned around, and wished Dawn good luck as he returned to the lobby.
“Well, you’re an pretty young lady, let’s start with your name.” The CEO asked. The CEO was dressed in a black suite, with a blue tie. He would have been a stereotype businessman, except for one difference. The CEO had a Skitty sleeping on his lap.
“My name is Dawn, and I’m a beginning trainer from Twinleaf Town.” Dawn replied.
“A pretty name for a pretty girl. So you’re a new trainer. I guess you’re heading to Oreburg to get your first badge.” The CEO stated.
“Actually, I want to become a top coordinator, and win the Grand Festival.” Corrected Dawn.
“Oh, a coordinator. That will fit you well. OK, next question. What has been your biggest problem so far on your journey?” The CEO asked.
“Well, my friends and I got lost on our way to Jubilife City. And we have run into a group of Pokémon thieves recently.” Dawn responded.
“OK, last question. If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?” The CEO asked.
“Well, I suppose to win the Grand Festival and become a great Pokémon Coordinator like my mother.” Dawn replied. She thought this was a weird question, but answered it anyway.
“OK, thank you. Would you return to the lobby and send in anyone else who is out there.” The CEO instructed. “I will get back to you soon, but until then, just wait out there.”
Dawn then walked back through the large wooden door and back to the lobby. The clown was out there with Ash, Misty, and Brock, and when he saw Dawn, walked off with Brock toward the CEO’s office.
“Welcome, sit down.” Instructed the CEO. “So, what is your name young man?”
“My name is Brock, from Pewter City, in Kanto.” Replied Brock.
“Brock, as in the former gym leader Brock?” the CEO inquired.
“The one and only.” Brock said, proud that someone had heard of him in this region.
“I keep track of all the gym leaders, as well as the top trainers. OK, on with the interview. What is your goal in traveling?” asked the CEO.
“I wish to learn all I can about Pokémon so I can become a great Pokémon Breeder. Oh, and meeting lots of girls doesn’t hurt either.” Brock replied, a smile lighting up his face as he thought of girls.
“OK, last question. If you could anything in the world, what would it be?” asked the CEO.
“Well, it would probably be a tie between having a pretty girlfriend and being the guest of honor at a Pokémon Breeder convention.” Said Brock.
The CEO laughed after Brock’s wish for a girlfriend. “OK, if you would return to the lobby, I will let you know whether or not you got a PokeTech soon. Is there anyone else out there waiting for an interview?”
“Yes, I will have the clown send the next on in when I get out there.” Brock said. He then turned around and returned to the lobby. The clown then sent in Misty, who looked a bit nervous.
“Welcome. It appears we have another pretty young lady. May I ask your name?” The CEO asked when Misty had sat down in front of his desk.
“My name is Misty Waterflower, from Cerulean City, in Kanto. And this is my Azuril.” Misty replied. The cute normal type Pokémon was sleeping in her arms.
“Wow, another former gym leader, and a cute baby Pokémon. I suppose you left you sisters in charge of the gym while you are traveling.” The CEO stated. Before Misty could answer, he continued talking. “Anyway, doesn’t really matter. What do you like least about yourself?”
“Well, um, I never really thought of that.” Misty said. She twirled her orange hair while thinking. “I would have to say either having a grudge against my older sisters for so long or not telling the person I have loved for many years how I fell.”
“OK, thank you. And one final question. If you could have whatever you wanted, anything in the world, what would it be?” the CEO asked.
“I would have to say it would having the boy I love know how I feel and him feel the same. That or the ability to travel and be a gym leader at the same time.” Misty replied, slightly embarrassed, but wanting to tell the truth. Misty then wondered, When did I realize that I loved Ash. It must have been when I meet back up with him in Pallet Town. Maybe my jealousy of Anabel made me realize it.
“OK, that is all. I will make my decision soon, so if you could wait out in the lobby. And Please tell me there are no one else waiting for an interview.” The CEO instructed.
“Actually, there is one more.” Misty said.
“Well, I guess send him in.” The CEO said, and with that Misty returned to the lobby and soon later, Ash walked through the door.
“Welcome my boy, sit down. And what is your name?” The CEO asked.
“My name is Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town, in Kanto.”
“Oh, so you’re the Ash that Delila was talking about.” The CEO stated. When he mentioned Ash’s mom’s name, Ash’s face gained a look of shock.
“How do you know my mom’s name?” Asked Ash.
“Oh, I meet here once when I was out in Kanto visiting Professor Oak.” The CEO explained. “OK, on to the questions. First, what is your favorite thing to do with Pokémon?”
“My favorite thing would probably have to be hangout out with them and making new friends when I battle other trainers.” Ash responded,
“OK, I like that answer. OK, final question. If you could have anything, I mean anything, even if not realistic, if you could have anything you want, what would it be?” The CEO asked.
Ash thought for a moment, and then responded, “I would want to be the greatest Pokémon Master ever!”
“From your hesitation I can tell there is something else you want. Something tells me though it has to do with the girl I interviewed before you.” The CEO stated. At this comment, Ash blushed some, then got himself back under control. “Anyway, I will meet you out in the lobby in about five minutes. Just wait out there till my assistant fetches you and your friends so I can inform your group of my decision.”
Ash went out to the lobby. Everyone was wondering if they would win a PokeTech. After about five minutes, the clown returned.
“OK, all four of you, would you follow me, the decision has been made.” The clown said while gesturing to Ash, Misty, Brock, and Dawn to follow. The four of them followed the clown back to the CEO’s office. When they entered, the CEO had a big smile on his face.
“Welcome back. First, I would like to say thank you, as I enjoy meeting Pokémon trainers. And for some of the entertainment provided by the interviews.” The CEO said. “I have decided on the PokeTech give away. I normally wouldn’t do what I’m about to do, but I will make an exception.” The CEO reached into a drawer in his desk, and pulled out what looked like a pink watch. He then walked over to Dawn, handing her the PokeTech. Dawn’s face lit up with glee when she saw the pink PokeTech. The CEO then went back to his desk and reached into the drawer again. He withdrew a black PokeTech this time, and handed it to Brock. The CEO then grabbed another two PokeTechs from the drawer, both red, and gave them to Ash and Misty.
“I normally only give out one PokeTech per group, but I’ll make an exception this time. One thing that impressed me was that none of you said you wanted a PokeTech more than anything. I like it when people are truthful. Each of those PokeTechs has some standard programs on it, including clock, Pokémon monitor, and a few others. I also included a special one for you guys since you all travel together. It is a special communication program, where you can either send text messages or talk to each other, all with the PokeTech. I also threw on one or two extra programs for each of you, depending on what I thought you could use the most. Dawn, you PokeTech contains a program to check on the condition of your Pokémon for contests, like how cool, cute, smart, and so forth, that your Pokémon are. I also included a berry locating system, so it makes it easier for you to find berries. Brock, yours contains a Breeding Center program, as well as the berry program that is on Dawn’s PokeTech. Misty, yours contains a program to see the happiness of your Pokémon, as does yours Ash. Misty, you also have a set of locations that will display on a map program. These locations are where water Pokémon live. You will need to get a map program from a store though at some point for it to work though. Ash, your PokeTech contains another set of locations, these are locations of Pokémon gyms, both official and unofficial.” The CEO continued to explain.
Dawn was the first to speak after the CEO finished talking. “Thank you! These PokeTechs look awesome. Again, thank you!” The rest of the group thanked the CEO of the PokeTech Company. The CEO then turned back to Dawn.
“Dawn, good luck becoming a top coordinator. I will see if you make it into this year’s Grand Festival.” The CEO said. He then turned to Brock. “Brock, good luck with becoming a great Pokémon Breeder. I’m sure you will do great. Also, good luck on the girl front as well.” Next was Misty. “Misty, good luck becoming a great water Pokémon trainer. I know you want to do that as well as what you told me.” The CEO then looked to Ash. “Ash, say hi to your mother for me, and see if she even remembers me. Good luck with become a Pokémon Master, I have a feeling that you can do it.” The CEO then addressed the whole group. “Just to remind you, programs for the PokeTech will come out now and then, some will be a free download while others you will need to buy from a store. But after you get the program, all you have to do is download it to your PokeTech. Good luck to you guys on your respective dreams. Have a good day.” With that, the clown guided Ash, Misty, Brock, and Dawn back to the lobby, where they thanked the clown, and then left.
“Well, I guess we should go see about getting that map program for the PokeTech. I also get to see that beautiful girl again!” Brock said.
“We should go eat first!” Ash said. “That’s what we were going to do before we got sidetracked by the PokeTechs.”
Unfortunately for Ash, Brock was older, more obsessed about seeing that girl again then Ash was for eating, and was backed by Dawn. So, they headed back to the store where they had bought the Route 203 map. The door jingles as they walked in, and the girl was at the counter, taking maps out of a box and putting them where they belong.
“Welcome back.” Commented the girl. Her eyes then fell on the PokeTech that each of them had on their rests. “Wow! You guys got a PokeTech! And four of them! I guess you got them through the companies give away. I tried, but I didn’t get one. Most of the people who got PokeTechs were traveling trainers, like you guys. I’m assuming that you now want to buy that map program for the PokeTech, right?”
“That’s correct beautiful, and your beauty outshines the hi-techness of these PokeTechs.” Brock said flirtingly. “We would also like to return this map of Route 203, since we won’t exactly need it now.”
Once the transaction was completed and the map program loaded onto the PokeTechs, Ash insisted on getting some food. So, Ash, Misty, Brock, and Dawn headed back toward the mall. This time though, they had an idea where they were going as the PokeTech had data on the locations of lots of stores, Pokémon Centers, and other attractions throughout Sinnoh. As the gang walked into the mall’s food court, Ash saw someone that he, Misty, and Brock recognized...
Hope everyone enjoyed this chapter. And I have something big comming in the next chapter in the pokeshipping department.