Well here it is, my first proper fanfic. I'm hoping to improve my writing as I work on this. I also intend to make it to the end.
For the age rating I'm going to go with PG, thats how it looks in my head anyway. As the story continues if you feel it needs a higher rating please tell me and I'll change it.
The main shipping is Advanceshipping. Other pairings will appear but revealing those now will be spoilers. When a pairing is introduced I will list it here in spoiler tags.
Introduced in Chapter One: Advanceshipping (Ash+May)
Spoiler:- Introduced in Chapter Five:
Chapter One: Seven Years Later
Over seven long years Pallet Town had not changed no new buildings and no changes to the old ones. No, Pallet Town was just as May remembered it when she first came here after her adventure in Hoenn with Ash. May hadn’t seen Ash in years, she saw him a few times after he had finally achieved his goal of becoming a Pokémon Master but after a while Ash seemed to have just stopped travelling.
May found her way around easy enough, even if she had forgotten the way there was no way of missing Professor Oak’s lab. The first person May saw as she entered was a girl she hadn’t met before.
“Hello there.” May started “My name is May.”
“Nice to meet you.” The girl replied “I’m Dora.”
“Do you work here?” May asked.
“Not always.” Dora answered “I’m here helping Professor Oak with his Shiny Pokémon research.”
“What kind of research?” May continued.
“Well I don’t know if you’ve noticed but quite recently there have been more sightings of Shiny Pokémon.” Dora explained “The Professor decided to use this as a chance to learn to origins of what causes Pokémon to sometimes have different colours. Oh and here comes the Professor now.”
Ash’s old rival Gary Oak walked in with a notepad under his arm.
“Dora I’ve told you just call me Gary.” He sighed “Nice to see you again May.”
“Same here.” May smiled “Is Ash around?”
“He should be outside with his Pokémon.” Gary replied “I’d ask Tracey to help you find him but he’s out visiting his fiancé.”
“I didn’t know Tracey was engaged.” May almost gasped.
“It only happened last year.” Gary smiled “Anyway Ash shouldn’t be too hard to find. If you have any trouble I’m sure his Pokémon would be happy to help you find him.”
“Thanks Gary.” May responded.
“Before you go.” Gary added as May turned around “Is it possible for you could to do me a favour.”
“What kind of favour?” May replied.
“Do you think you could try and get him to travel again?” he asked “It’s just his mother has been worried about him and we’ve all missed Ash getting excited about his adventures with his friends.”
“I’ll do my best.” May smiled “I had something similar in mind anyway.”
On her way to the back door May noticed a selection of paintings of different Pokémon however she decided not to stop and look at each one. Once she stepped out she felt like she had walked into the Safari Zone, there had always been a large amount of Pokémon here but May was amazed at just how many more there were now. She recognised some of the Pokémon that Ash had used when she travelled with him and those used in his Pokémon League battles. Suddenly she spotted him, sitting on a small hill with Pikachu by his side. May almost didn’t recognise him without a hat on.
Ash looked up at the sky, thinking of the day he and Pikachu first saw Ho-oh. Suddenly he heard a familiar voice call out.
He looked down to see May rushing up toward him. The first thing he noticed was how beautiful she looked, and then he noticed she looked a lot like she did when he first met her which meant she had always been this beautiful. Ash wondered why he never noticed this before, he still had photos of May from when he travelled with him much like all his friends, perhaps it was because when he looked at these photos he saw a girl around the age of ten while he was a teenager.
“M-May.” Ash stuttered as May was suddenly beside him.
“Yep, it’s me.” May replied cheerfully.
“I haven’t seen you in years.” Ash smiled “How’ve you been?”
“Not bad.” May answered as she sat down “How about you?”
“I haven’t really been doing much.” Ash sighed “Mostly I’ve just been helping Tracey take care of the old professor.”
“Can’t say I’ve been out much either.” May laughed.
“I’ve had this interesting idea.” May said enthusiastically.
“What’s that?” Ash asked.
“Well I thought since neither of us have been travelling much lately maybe we could follow each others old goals.”
“What do you mean?” Ash asked uncertain if he had heard her correctly.
“Well you could enter Pokémon contests and I could challenge Gym Leaders and enter the Pokémon League.”
“You want me to travel with you?” Ash asked in shock.
“Of course.” May answered “I considered going alone or maybe joining Max on his own adventure but then I remembered how much fun we had travelling together. Not to mention I’ve really missed you and wanted to see you again.”
Ash thought about everything he had just heard for a moment. He had really missed those old days trying to reach his goal. These days the only times he ever really left Pallet Town was to buy things at Viridian City.
“I haven’t travelled in years.” Ash finally started “I might not be as good a trainer as I was.”
“If that’s the case we’ll just have to improve as we go along.” May smiled.
“It’s worth a try.” Ash shrugged “Plus Gary has been trying to get me to start a new journey of some kind. How about you Pikachu? Up for another adventure?”
Pikachu let out a cheerful “Pika!” and jumped up on Ash’s head.
“Then it’s settled.” Ash said as he looked out at the rest of Pallet Town. It was hard to believe he’d be leaving once again.
Ash spent a while picking out which Pokémon he would bring with him. May was surprised at just how many of the Pokémon were actually Ash’s. The two of them talked about their past adventures, battling Team Rocket and dreaming of reaching their goals. After a while Ash settled on a team of five and the two of them walked back to the lab. Gary and Dora were waiting for them.
“So you’re finally leaving again are you Ash?” Gary smirked
“Yeah.” Ash replied “Are you ok with taking care of the old professor while I’m gone?”
“Don’t worry about gramps.” Gary answered “I can take care of him until Tracey gets back. Which reminds me don’t forget to come back in time for his wedding.”
“Of course.” Ash nodded.
“Here take these with you.” Gary said handing Ash a small book and a Pokéball. “Here’s a copy of my research on shiny Pokémon.” He explained “And the Pokéball contains a Pokémon I caught during my research but I think you should have it Ash.”
“Thanks Gary.” Ash smiled “I’ll be sure to take care of it.”
As Ash and May approached Ash’s house Delia rushed out of the front door with a backpack in one hand and a hat in the other.
“Gary called.” She explained hugging Ash “I quickly packed your things. And when I heard it was your friend May I made sure to include this.”
She opened the front pocket of the bag and took out a very familiar item to Ash and May.
It was Ash’s half of the ribbon the two of them won in the unofficial contest that was held in Terracotta Town way back May’s Combusken evolved into Blaziken.
May reached into her jacket pocket and took out her own half of the ribbon.
“I keep it with me every time I go on a journey to remind me of how much you helped me become a great Co-ordinator.” May explained moving it towards Ash’s half.
Ash didn’t know what to say, he had heard May say something similar years ago but this time he felt different.
Ash decided he’d think about this later. His mother handed him his hat and backpack.
“Thanks mom” Ash smiled “Take care of yourself.”
“You too Ash.” She replied.
May smiled as Ash placed the hat onto his head. He looked like his iconic self once again.