Woohoo! I finally finished a fic! The idea just came at me out of nowhere... It's rated PG-13 to be on the safe side. I was thinking of G but I thought maybe PG would be better and eventually decided on PG-13. Anyway... This is the first fic I have ever finished. I'm always starting fics and never finishing them... It's basically your typical Ash-and-Misty-parting-scene one-shot. I'm using Japanese names for both of them. Ratings much appreciated!
Where It All Began, Where It All Ends
A Pokéshipping One-Shot by HikariTajiri
The early morning sun shone out across the canal. A boy sitting at the water's edge threw a stone into the blueness, shattering the beautiful reflection of Alto Mare City into a thousand pieces. From the other side of the water, a young girl of about 15 watched the image dissolve away. "Like the pieces of my broken heart." she whispered almost silently to herself, trying hard not to picture the tall boy with the dark hair and deep brown eyes. The reason for her sadness. Satoshi Ketachamo.
Two weeks ago, Satoshi had led her to the top of Maiden's Peak, a cliff formation said to be haunted by the ghost of a heartbroken girl. A late cherry blossom stood in a nearby garden near where they had stood that fateful night. She had thought it was so romantic at the time. Soon she would never think anything was romantic again.
A soft breeze flowed through the cliffs, scattering a few blossoms to the wind. The sun was slowly setting on the horizon, painfully reminding her of the last time they had parted. She would never have to go through that again. She and Satoshi were together forever. Or so she thought.
Satoshi immediately recognized the sadness in her eyes. "Maybe I should wait till tomorrow?" he asked hesitantly.
She shook her head. "If there's something you want to say, say it now."
Satoshi nodded uncertainly. "Well, you see, Kasu-chan... it's, uhh..."
Kasumi dreaded what she knew would surely come.
"I have to leave you. Forever."
Tears were already forming in Kasumi's eyes. "Why? Where are you going? Will I ever see you again? Oh, Satoshi..."
Satoshi turned away, hiding the tears of his own. "No." he replied in a hoarse whisper. "I have been called to the Arumia region, far from here. I don't know how, but I sense that my destiny lies there. Not... not with you as I once thought." He turned back to Kasumi, who was now almost sobbing. He reached over and took her hand. "You love me." he said softly, "and I'll always love you."
Kasumi looked up into his eyes. "You knew?"
"Yes." Satoshi admitted, looking away, across the horizon, as if looking through time itself. "Since... since we first came here."
Kasumi blinked away the tears, and looked with him, out into the sunset. "Where it all began." she murmured thoughtfully. "Where it all ends."
Satoshi took off hos cap and ran a hand through his hair. "Sayonara, Kasu-chan." he whispered. "We'll always be together in our hearts. Forever n'ever!"
His voice echoed around the empty cliffs of Kasumi's mind as he walked away.