hi all. well since i been on here for a while, i thought i should contribute to the site and write a nice fic. as stated in the title, this will be mostly all pearlshipping, some brockxlucy and some one sided pokeshipping. this is the first fic i've written on a forum so if its bad, please forgive me. i hope you all enjoy.
POKEMON:CLOSE TO YOU
by jpg, aka, max acorn.
rating: pg 13.
"well its almost done. mimey, hand me the pepper."
delia ketchum was in a very good mood. why you ask? simple: her son was coming home. her son, ash ketchum had once again left the comfort of pallet town for adventure and to become a pokemon master. this time, his journey took him to the far off land of sinnoh. just like his previous journeys, ash once again obtained 8 badges from the gyms in the region and qualified to competed in the sinnoh league championship. she was especially proud of her one and only child as he advanced all the way to the finals of the tournament, which was broadcast all over the world. even though ash lost, his skill and talent impressed even the pokemon league champion Cynthia. delia had recieved a phone call from ash, stating that he was coming home. she couldnt help but smile at how much more mature he seemed on the phone. she had been busy cooking all day, preparing all of ash's favorite dishes, with the help of her in house helper, mr. mime.
"mr. mime!" spoke the clown pokemon, handing the lady the pepper.
"thank you mimey." she smiled as she added the seasoning to the pot.
"hello?" came a voice from outside. delia looked out of her kitchen when to find the owner of the voice.
"hi mrs. ketchum. i hope you dont mind i come by for a visit."
"of course not. please come in."
the water pokemon trainer walked into the house with a bright smile. misty was once one of ash's traveling companions and one of his closest friends. she had to leave him after her sisters won tickets for a year long cruise around the world, forcing her to take over the duties as gym leader. the fiery red head over time once again made the cerulean gym one of the flag ship gyms for water pokemon trainers. misty entered the kitchen, just as delia was finishing up stirring the pot.
"um arent you making a lot of food for yourself, mrs. ketchum?"
"not really. i just got a call from ash. he's coming home today."
"really?" she asked excitedly.
"brock just called from the port. they'll be here in a few minutes."
"that's great. i cant wait to see ash and brock again."
"that's why i'm cooking for my big strong trainer. you know misty, you can wait for him too."
"are you sure that's ok?"
"of course. you are one of ash's oldest friends."
that word seemed to linger in her mind. her and ash: friends. it was no secret that her and ash got off on the wrong foot, when pikachu destroyed her bike and she followed him to get him to pay her back. at first, ash and misty did nothing but fight but as time went on, they gradually became closer friends. many people have pointed out that they seemed more like a couple than friends. in fact, misty did have a chance for romance in the orange islands but turned him down to stay with ash. after so long, misty decided that she must tell ash how she feels. she has to. and now she will get her chance today.
"ding dong." it was Tracey, professor oak's loyal assistant and another of ash's close friends.
"oh tracey, what can i do for you?"
"well, prof. oak sent me her to look at ash's new pokemon from sinnoh. he's kinda busy and he's sorry he cant make it himself."
"its ok. i'm sure ash will be happy to see you as well."
"MR. MIME! MIME! MIME!" mr. mime exclaimed as he pointed out the window. the humans inside looked outside and who else but ash came into view as he walked the long dirt road that lead to his house. of course, everyone in his house rushed out to meet him. ash's mother embraced him, while pikachu jumped off his shoulder as to not get crushed.
"ooohhh ash! my sweet little boy!"
"mom! you're crushing me!"
"oops. sorry honey. its just i missed you so much." she said, releasing him from her motherly grip.
"and how are you pikachu?"
"pika, pikachu!" the electric mouse responded. meanwhile, misty was silently taking in at the appearance of ash. his outfit was new, at least to her, but his trademark cap was still present. but there was something different about ash. something more mature and evolved. it seemed like the world faded away from her. she didnt notice brock's attempts to hit on delia, nor tracey looking over pikachu to note any changes in his body. all she could see right now was ash.
"hey, misty. you ok?"
the youngest water flower sister blinked as she realized that she was staring at ash. ash, of course, was clueless of this.
"um yeah. i'm ok. i'm just glad to see you. that's all." she answered, blushing a bit.
"so ash, who's your new friend?" asked his mother.
"oh, i'm sorry. mom, tracey, misty, this is dawn. she's a pokemon coordinator from sinnoh."
"um pleased to meet you all." said the girl. up until now, both tracey and misty hadnt really noticed her before delia asked, but now they got a good look at her. she wore a black top with a pink skirt that came up to just above her knees, pink boots with black socks and she sported a white knit cap. tracey was most stunned by her deep blue eyes that matched her sky blue hair. it was easy to say that the pokemon watcher was a bit awe struck at her while misty was a bit jealous. sure, she was cute in her own way, but this girl was something before the word 'cute'.
"so you must be misty. ash talks about you a lot."
"oh does he?" smirked misty.
"yep. he showed me the lure you gave him. it looks just like you." she commented. misty felt a little better at the fact that ash thought so highly of her.
"so ash, are you and dawn......you know, a couple?" asked tracey, secretly in hopes that she was single. ash and dawn merely laughed it off.
"naw, trace. we are just friends."
even though misty heard it from his own mouth, something in her told her that she shouldnt believe him.
we return to our group of friends later in the day: brock and ash introduced their friends to their new pokemon, dawn let her pokemon out to allow them to view the skys of kanto and the new faces of ash's friends, misty of course fell in love with ash's buziel (but was a little put off about how he got it.) but finally we come to ash's favorite part: dinner. everyone was seating around the dinner table, full of all different foods, all of which were ash's favorites. everyone smiled as the trainer from pallent dove into the food like a hungry snorlax after waking from a long nap. pikachu and pipplup, dawn's starter pokemon, were on the floor, happily eating the pokemon food brock took time out to make.
"same old ash." commented misty who was sitting next to him.
"the more things change, the more that stay the same." added brock, who was feeding his beloved happiny in his lap.
"so ash, run into any rivals in sinnoh?" asked tracey.
"yeah. paul. he was a good trainer but he was a jerk. he treated his pokemon so badly and coldly. in fact, he released chimchar because he wasnt strong enough. but then i picked him up."
"well his lose was your gain." dawn added. just then, she took a napkin from the table and wiped ash's mouth which had a loose piece of food on it.
"you are such a boy."
"i cant help it. i havent had mom's cooking in so long." he remaked as she wiped his mouth. brock merely smiled at the exchange but tracey, delia and especially misty were surprised at this show of affection by the duo. ash never let anyone interrupt him when he's eating, much less comment on his eating habits in such a way. but here was this girl, cleaning his mouth and ash was letting her.
"well, she's just worried about you choking yourself ash." said brock, breaking the slight silence that filled the room.
"no need to worry. ahhhh and i'm finished. time for some training. you ready, pikachu?" he proclaimed, getting up from his seat.
"pikachu." the pokemon said to his friend.
"ash, you just cant leave in the middle of dinner." said misty.
"sorry but i've got training to do. even at home, i cant rest just yet." he said before he rested a hand on dawn's shoulder.
"say dawn, you wanna train with me too?"
"not right now ash. but i will so." she replied, placing her hand on his, giving it a light squeeze. ash smiled as he and pikachu both sprited out of the room and outside of the house.
"that ash. always training."
"sounds like you are use to it dawn."
"of course. me and ash train together all the time. but mostly cause i ask it from him."
"but ash never trained with me." misty commented.
"really? he never told me about it."
it was true that ash rarely trained with misty. in fact, she couldnt remember the last time she and ash really trained together.
"but its not a bad thing dawn. if you hadnt had ash to train with, you probably wouldnt have gotten so good as you are now."
brock was correct; dawn had come a long way from the trainer she was to the great coordinator she is. dawn, despite a very rocky start, was able to join zoey and kenny at the sinnoh grand festival. she made it very far on her first run but still didnt take the win. but unlike the other times she lost, dawn wasnt upset. she was happy that she could make it as far as she did.
"and it goes both ways, dawn. ash is a better training thank to you. i mean just look at that rolling dodge he has."
"wait a minute. i saw that move when misty and i were watching the sinnoh tournament." said tracey.
"yep. that move. it was originally dawn's move."
"well it wasnt anything special. i just came up with it when i was training for my next contest. ash really made it's own. but i'm glad he uses it so often. that shows that i can help ash when i can." she answered with a smile.
the ketchum house hold was quiet as night fell. tracey had returned to the oak ranch while misty remained at the house when delia offered that it was too late for her to be out so late. ash was somewhat asleep in his room, with pikachu out cold at the foot of his bed. it was usual for ash not to sleep right when he comes home. having been use to sleeping in sleeping bags and pokemon centers, it would take him a while to adjust to sleeping in his own bed once again. just as he was about to drift off to sleep, there was a gentle knock at his door. ash didnt answer because he had a feeling who it was. the door creaked open and a pj clad dawn walked in, with a sleeping pipplup in her arms.
it was all she said. it was all she had to say. ash knew what dawn wanted. the way she said his name was proof enough. it was like she was asking his permission. despite the darkness of the room, ash's chocolate brown eyes found dawn's eternal blue ones. ash was the first to move; he raises the sheets of his bed, careful not to disturb the yellow mouse. dawn quietly made her way over to the bed and placed her water penguin next to pikachu. she then slide under the covers and replaced them over herself. she moved her back against his front as their legs intertwined with each other. ash placed his left hand about her chest from under her, hold her close to him.
"i like your mother. and your friends."
"thanks. i think they liked you too."
"not to mention that she's a good cook."
"yep. why do you think i ate like i did?"
dawn relaxed her head against his, as the tension and energy of the day slipping out of both of them.
"are you sure you want to do this, dawn? you didnt have to come with me."
"i know. but i need to take a break right now. i have things to think about."
"ok. good night dawn."
"good night ash."
ash took his right hand and captured her hand, lacing his fingers with hers. he then took a deep breath, smelling the scent of her hair. he would never tell anyone this but he did like the way dawn's hair smelled. it was like poke-nip to himl; it calmed and relaxed him. by now, he couldnt really sleep without it. in turn, dawn would never tell anyone but she loved it when ash inhaled and smelled her hair. she prided herself on the care and groom of it. it was her sort of her idenity and she was glad that ash, despite what he says about not noticing the difference when she fixes it, really appreciated it. being together like this was their highlight. to just be able to relax and find utter comfort in each other's pressence. the two friends soon drifted off to sleep, inside his bed and his home, never to be interrupted from their blissful state. at least until the sun rose the next day.