Good chapter, Gaz!
I've recognized this little piece of text from another literary work of art:
JK"L-love!?" Ash coughed, his eyes widening in surprise at Brock's open usage of the word and a deep blush quickly clouded his face.
Ash having doubts about if he's doing the right thing is good. it kinda "forces" the readers to create an empathic connection with the character.
Again, Great job!