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Anyways, here's Part 2! Next time if I need to break a chapter apart, I'll try my best to post it altogether sequentially! Thanks to my readers, and special thanks to my reviewers! Please enjoy!
The Pokémon Ranch
Chapter 4: Strange New Friends -PART 2-
“Argh, I shouldn’t have worn these shoes!” Dawn whined as she and May plundered dauntingly through the thick undergrowth of the forested chase. May nodded pitifully in agreement as she pulled a couple of leaves out of her hair. Dawn and May trudged through the chase as the others were dispersed all around the miniature forest in their respective posts. It was all according to plan. She and Dawn were on their way to the Rockets’ house for a “friendly” visit while the others hid, awaiting the signal. May quickly wiped off a couple of sweat droplets from her forehead tiredly.
“Ugh, tell me about it. By the way, where did you get your shoes? They’re so pretty!” May gushed as they made their way further. Dawn immediately perked up.
“I actually designed these! Barry’s such a sweetheart that he actually had them custom made for me on my birthday!” she swooned as she thought about her blonde-haired boyfriend. May giggled.
“So how long have you and Barry been together?” she asked as they finally entered clearer grounds and began to walk more steadily.
“It’ll be four years next month,” Dawn said excitedly, “Barry and I have known each other since we were kids. It took him twelve years to finally ask me out!” she laughed. May smiled warmly at her.
“That’s so sweet!” she exclaimed. They suddenly stopped as they saw a patch of vibrant red flowers standing before them.
“Red flower patch? This is the spot Barry told us about; this is where the pit trap is. Now he told us to go around, so we have to literally stick to the edge of the path,” Dawn instructed. May nodded and carefully began to step over to the edge of the path, slowly moving along it as close as she could. Dawn was about to follow, but then stopped and quickly ran back to scoop up the red flower patch into a big bunch.
“I almost forgot!” she chirped delightfully and then went back to follow May. They continued to walk along the edge the whole way over, cautious of the pit trap and they finally sauntered back to the center upon seeing a tree with a Swellow’s nest on it.
“So we can relax once we’ve seen the Swellow’s nest, right?” May asked. Dawn stepped forward lightly, testing the ground and turned back to May, nodding vigorously.
“Yep! Barry said so! He had his Roserade check everything before, so we’re fine now. Come on! They’re house is just around that bush patch!” Dawn and May rushed around the bush patch and kept on following the pathway until they spotted a cabin house.
May looked nervously at the house. It wasn’t nearly as big as her house, but still looked homey with a small, two-story build. There was a small fence that was slightly visible, but circled around the back. The place itself looked a bit sinister and run-down; she was suddenly much more thankful for her massive cabin house back home.
Dawn grinned deviously and quickly arranged the flower bunch into a more presentable bouquet, dusting her dress off and fixing up her hair with her spare hand. May did the same as she straightened out her hair and the two slowly stepped up towards the porch.
“You ready for this?” Dawn asked excitedly. May nodded with a smile.
“Great! Okay, just follow my lead!” she whispered as they were now near the door. May turned her head around to identify the dusky place more and suddenly saw a figure hiding behind a nearby weld of trees. It was Ash, who winked at her and then concealed himself further. She smiled a bit, comforted by his presence and then turned back as Dawn rapped on the door gently. They heard a couple of footsteps and then a loud shout.
“James! Go get the door!” someone shrieked, causing May and Dawn to jump a bit.
“But DJ Mary’s on television!” another voice called in a whiny tone.
“Just get it or else!” The two girls then heard a loud groan followed by emerging footsteps. May and Dawn stepped back as they heard the lock being fumbled with and then looked up as the door swung open.
It was a young man, probably in his late twenties with longish blue-violet hair and emerald eyes. He was a tall, lean man wearing a white T-shirt stained with what looked like ketchup and a pair of loosely fitted light-wash jeans with dirt covering the ends and a rip at the knee. He looked extremely irritated and gazed questioningly at the girls.
“Twerp? What do you want? And who’s the other twerp? I’ve never seen you before,” he narrowed his eyes at them. May almost choked as his breath hit her directly; it smelled worse than rotting food. Dawn smiled nervously.
“Hello Mr. Rocket! We were just strolling by and we thought that we might pay you all a visit! This is my friend, May. She just moved here all the way from the Hoenn region!” Dawn exclaimed, her voice perfectly delightful. May gave her an uncomfortable glance; she had to give Dawn credit, for she was an excellent actress.
“Oh really? You wanted to pay us a visit?” he replied sardonically. Dawn shifted around uncomfortably, but still kept a bright smile.
“James! Who is it?” they heard that shrill voice again and soon, a red-haired woman stomped up next to James. May’s jaw dropped at her appearance. She wore nothing but a small green towel wrapped loosely atop her chest with her wet hair twisted up into another towel. Obviously, she had just left the shower. May blinked in surprise at their oblivious indecency, finding it hard that Dawn could still be keeping up the act even after seeing that.
“Oh, it’s just the twerp. And who’s this one?” she demanded rudely.
“Good day, Mrs. Rocket! You look as lovely as ever! This is my friend May; she moved here all the way from the Hoenn region just recently!” Dawn exclaimed in false enthusiasm. The woman just scoffed, but then smirked at May.
“You’re from the Hoenn region, huh? Interesting…James! Get some chairs! Let’s treat our guests to a little something!” she piped in her shrill voice. James looked at her in astonishment.
“You want to invite them in Jessie? But—“
“Why not? They came all this way to see us, let’s have them! I would just love to ask little May here about what Pokémon she has…!” the woman called Jessie winked at him and carefully emphasized the word “Pokémon” and James opened his mouth in realization.
“Oh! I get it—“ he exclaimed but was abruptly silenced by a strong elbow to the chest by Jessie. She then looked at the girls in blatantly false sweetness.
“Come on in, girls! Oh Twerp—I mean, D-Dawn! Where did you get those lovely shoes? From the thrift shop?” she inquired in as kind of a tone as possible. Dawn gritted her teeth as she and May stepped in, but then straightened herself up quickly. As they entered, May took a good look at the house. It was an utter pigsty. They had a small, rasping television playing a murky scene of one of DJ Mary’s songs and a dirt-patched couch with an enormous tear in the side. There was a bag of potato chips on the couch with its spilled contents all over the floor. There were several stains on the floor which looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in ages and there was an enormous bulge emerging from the ceiling as if there were something so heavy on top that it was slowly breaking down its base. Behind all of the living room setting was a clouded glass sliding door, which oddly lay visible a couple of Pokémon which consisted of a Linoone, a Cherrim, three Sentret, and a Buizel. Worst of all was the smell, which was a combination of old garbage and a public bathroom. May silently thanked her mother for all of her cleaning efforts as she fought a grimace.
James emerged with two unstable-looking chairs and set them down in front of the half-eaten couch. As the girls seated themselves, May couldn’t help but notice that the Pokémon behind the sliding door looked very weary. The Linoone had its head slumped down and the Cherrim was shaking, almost trembling. The three Sentret huddled up together as if to protect themselves and the Buizel was frowning. The worst part about it was the fact that they were all chained to the fence.
Jessie, still not changed out of her towel, quickly fell upon the couch ungracefully and leaned back against a cushion. James followed, but as he bent down to sit, his pants began to slide off.
“James! I told you to put a belt on!” Jessie snarled angrily. James frowned.
“It’s not my fault, I can’t find any of them!” he cried. May bit her lip and tried to look occupied by observing other parts of the house while Dawn just kept smiling and thrust the red flowers into Jessie’s hands.
“Here you go, Mrs. Rocket! We picked them just for you!” she said in a buttery tone. Jessie took them whilst giving her a strange look and observed the flowers closely in confusion.
“Where did you get these…?” she asked in utter confusion. James blinked at them.
“Hey these look like the flowers next to our—“he was again hushed by a swift punch in the arm by Jessie.
“What he meant to say, was that these look like the flowers that grow all around here! So th-th-thanks,” she stuttered questionably as she tried to say “thank you”. May got the feeling that she didn’t exactly say it all too often. Jessie then turned to face May.
“So! Tell me about all about the Hoenn region, specifically, your Pokémon! You must have many powerful ones!” she looked ravenously at May’s navy bag. May laughed nervously.
“I guess you could say that…” she stammered. Jessie let out a discordantly high-pitched guffaw and then looked back at May with devious eyes.
“Please, show me!” she insisted. May hesitated and gave Dawn a quick glance, who nodded curtly. She then sighed and proceeded to smile uneasily.
“Okay…” she opened her bag and rummaged through it, pulling out a Poké Ball.
“Come on out!” She yelled and a great big flash of light emerged, followed by the formation of a figure. Jessie and James gasped in delight as they were introduced to Beautifly, who flapped its wings magnificently. Jessie’s eyes were wide and sparkling.
“Oh how delightful! A Beautifly! It’s impeccable!” she cheered. May scratched her head bashfully as she croaked a “thanks” to her. James’ mouth was agape as he gazed in awe at the Pokémon. Jessie snickered then and looked back up at May with fallacious innocence.
“Your Beautifly is so lovely! But wouldn’t it be even better if it had sparkly wings?” she proposed to James who gave her a wink and continued.
“Why, yes Jessie! I think it would! Well, you missy, are in luck because that’s what we specialize in! What do you say, May? All you have to do is leave Beautifly with us for a day, and we’ll have her dazzling in no time!” he exclaimed. May blinked in disbelief and glanced at Dawn again, who confirmed her doubt by shaking her head lightly. As she was about to reply, she suddenly saw something moving over the fence through the glass door. It was Ash, Iris, Brock, Cilan, and Barry! Iris looked up to see May staring at her and gave her a wink before glancing at the Rockets, who had their backs turned to them, completely unaware of what was going on, and then flipped them off, snickering intently before Cilan grabbed her in fear of being discovered. May fought a smile and glanced at Dawn who watched elatedly as Barry blew her kisses. Pikachu, who was perched atop Ash’s hat waved cutely over to May, who stifled a giggle.
They watched as their friends began to quickly free the Pokémon in the back, whom now looked delighted at their appearance. Ash glanced at May and smiled at her, giving her a light wave before saying an inaudible command to Pikachu, who then nodded. May couldn’t hear them from behind the glass door, but watched as Pikachu leaped down from Ash’s head. Its tail began to glow suddenly and then it slashed through the chains swiftly, doing so for all of the chained Pokémon. Ash patted its head proudly, murmuring what was probably praise.
“Well? Any time today!” Jessie demanded, breaking May’s fixture upon her friends.
“I um—” stammered uncomfortably, not knowing what to say. Suddenly, a door on the left burst open and out walked a small, cat-like Pokémon. It yawned bleakly and then looked up to see Jessie, James, and the girls sitting down.
“What’s going on, guys? What’s the twerp doing here? And who’s she?” he demanded, much to May’s surprise.
“It talked!” she exclaimed. Jessie growled angrily.
“Be quiet, Meowth. Can’t you see that we’re busy?” she gnashed. Meowth’s expression was dull until he came up to where they sat and his jaw dropped.
“Apparently you’re too busy to see that the twerps are nabbing our catches!” he shrieked and pointed a claw angrily to the glass door. Jessie and James whirled around to see Iris opening the fence door and all of the captured Pokémon running out. She then caught their vicious glares and her jaw dropped as she made out the words “Uh-Oh”. She quickly alerted the others, who dashed on out. Ash and Barry quickly motioned for the girls to dash before leaping over the fence and taking off. May and Dawn’s hearts leaped and they began to get up. Jessie, James, and Meowth turned back to the girls and glowered at them, taking slow strides toward them. May quickly returned her Beautifly into its Poké Ball.
“Sorry! My Beautifly doesn’t need any sparkles at the moment!” she hastily replied and she and Dawn took off running, bursting through the door as the Rockets and Meowth stayed in hot pursuit of them.
“You liars! Get back here so I can rip you apart!” Jesse shrieked barbarically. James was running as well, but his pants slipped off in the midst of all of the action.
“Wait! Jessie, Meowth, my pants—“
“Forget it and follow them or else!” Jessie and Meowth simultaneously hollered at him. James sadly left his pants and continued to run in his Cleffa-printed boxers.
May and Dawn continued to run, but were hindered by their footwear, which they ended up removing and quickly continued on holding them by the straps. As they continued running, they suddenly passed by the Swellow’s nest and May cried out anxiously.
“Dawn! Wait! The pit trap! Go around, remember?” she exclaimed hysterically. Dawn widened her eyes and nodded.
“I completely forgot! Thanks May!” she called and they veered off onto the edge, moving as quickly as possible. May turned her head to see the trio gaining up on them. She and Dawn quickly pressed on and managed to reach the bristly leftovers of the stems from the red flower patch that Dawn picked. As she and Dawn ran away from the Rockets and Meowth, May couldn’t help but feel a strange fire light within her. The entire scheme, the chase; it was all so invigorating. She couldn’t remember the last time when she felt this thrilled.
Dawn and May finally made it across the pit trap, catching their breath at the flower patch stubs. Much to their surprise, the trio continued on running.
“Stopped for a nice breather, huh? Well it won’t be for long—AAH!” Jessie screamed. The ground suddenly collapsed beneath her, James, and Meowth, bringing down the trio painfully. May and Dawn watched in disbelief as they fell into their pit, their own trap, Jessie’s towel flying off in the midst of the frenzy.
“AAH!” the trio shouted as they fell to the bottom of the pit with a loud thud. May and Dawn peered into the whole to see a stark naked Jessie being squished by James, who was in his underwear, and a now swirly-eyed Meowth. Jessie quickly realized her situation and screamed again, viciously yanking James’ shirt off of him and pulling it over herself in embarrassment.
“You dirty little twerps! I’ll get you when I get up there!” she shrieked in violent choler. May and Dawn just stared at them wide-eyed, from them falling into their own pit trap to James being in his underwear and Jessie reduced to nudity. May just blinked at them in disbelief. It baffled her that someone could easily fall into their own trap.
“May! Dawn!” a husky voice called out. May quickly looked up to see Ash, Brock, Barry, Iris, and Cilan all racing toward them. May and Dawn smiled and waved to them as they met up with them, looking confused.
“Are you guys…okay?” Ash asked perplexedly. Barry rushed up to Dawn and pulled her into his arms.
“Are you alright, Dawn? You’re not hurt, are you?” he demanded, not even fazed by her laughter. She laughed and embraced him.
“Of course I’m fine! We’re both okay!” she giggled. Barry settled down and then gave her a funny look.
“Wait a minute, why are you laughing?” he asked. May grinned, pointing at the now fallen pit. The entire group walked over to the pit and gasped. Jessie was now sputtering curses in rage while James cried in defeat. Meowth was still knocked out and murmuring indecipherable words. They all peered down into the pit in utter shock, before breaking into light laughter. Iris whipped out her purple cell phone and snapped a photo of them.
“Seriously? Who gets caught in their own trap?” she laughed. Even Pikachu was amused as he sneered down at them triumphantly.
“You just wait, damnit! I’ll get you all for this!” Jessie fisted her hand angrily. Iris blew a raspberry at her and then smirked, showing her friends the picture.
“Send it to me,” chuckled Cilan. Everyone burst out laughing again and set off, leaving the fuming trio behind in the pit. They walked quickly in hopes of abandoning the awkward scene as fast as possible. May found herself giggling as she thought of the creepy trio writhing in the pit. She smiled heartily to herself as she kept up with the others.
“Great job, everyone! The plan was a success!” Barry cried out triumphantly with his arm around Dawn. They all cheered in response. May couldn’t stop smiling. She had to admit, she had a great time today, and she absolutely loved Ash’s friends. Iris with her toughness and humor; Cilan with his calm and gentlemanly demeanor; Dawn with her sweet and bubbly personality; Barry with his energy and playful cockiness; Brock with his reliability and friendliness; and finally Ash, with his strength and kindness. They were all so amazing. She couldn’t believe how thrilled and excited she felt after just one day with them. And for a moment, she even forgot about how much she missed Petalburg. Ash looked over at her and smiled.
“You look like you had fun,” he said. May grinned back at him.
“Of course I did! At first, I was really nervous, and when they started to go after us, I was freaking out, I was so scared! But at the same time, it was really fun!” May exclaimed. The rest of the group turned to her and smiled at her enthusiasm, causing her to blush in embarrassment. Ash just chuckled and patted her back.
“Don’t be shy! We’re all friends here,” he said with kind eyes. May smiled back at him and felt her heart quicken. Everyone stopped suddenly and stared forward as six small figures stood before them. It was the Pokémon they had freed earlier. The Linoone, Cherrim, Buizel, and three Sentret happily hopped up and down in front of them in gratitude. Pikachu leaped over to them and chirped cheerfully.
“Pi Pikachu!” it exclaimed. The Pokémon waved goodbye to them and then scampered back into the depths of the chase. Brock smiled.
“We did well, guys,” he said “Now what do you all say we go into town and get some celebratory ice cream?” he suggested. Everyone cheered in agreement and set off to exit the chase. May beamed eagerly as she followed her new friends, not thinking once about home.
The sun was gently settling down in the sky, creating a beautiful fiery spread in the sky. The clouds were a shade of hot pink topped along with the gold of the sun, creating a swirl of vibrant colors. May gazed in wonder at the sky, asking herself if Aria could be any more mesmerizing. It took a while, but the group had finally reached Aria Town in the North Fork. May whipped out her cherry-red cell phone. The time was now 9:57. She would have to go home soon, but at least she lived closer towards the North Fork.
They were now in the midst of town. There weren’t too many people, but there were more than May thought. She initially believed the area to be somewhat of a ghost town, but it had seemed that she was wrong. There were couples, children, and other adults shopping, eating, or just plain having a good time hanging around in town. She, along with Dawn and Iris were standing at the base of the large, black fountain while the others were getting the ice cream. The lights were turning on inside as it became darker. May marveled at the beauty of the sunset upon the town, bathing it in a rich, orange palette.
“Hey, here’s your ice cream! Banana-pineapple flavored, just like you asked for!” May looked up to see Ash holding an ice cream cone to her face with a grin. Pikachu was perched up on his shoulder, eating up a packet of ketchup intently. She shyly took it from him and thanked him graciously. Barry and Cilan emerged as well, bringing cones to Dawn and Iris respectively.
“Hey, where’s Brock?” Iris asked as she took a lick of her butter-pecan ice cream. Barry and Cilan snickered mischievously.
“He’s at the Café Cabin. They’re closing for the night and he wanted to see Autumn,” Cilan explained with a placid smile, taking a lick out of his mint chocolate chip cone. Iris and Dawn “awed” at that as they ate their ice cream. May smiled at them.
“So when is the big day anyways?” she asked.
“It’s about six months away now. You should see their parents fussing over them!” Dawn claimed whilst eating her strawberry ice cream.
“They have their reasons to be so excited; their oldest son, who’s twenty now, is taking the next big step in his life! Hell, I would be gushing over my son and his bride,” Cilan said. Iris smirked at him and patted his back.
"Spoken like a true Best Man," she grinned. Barry put his arm around Dawn as he licked up his orange sorbet ice cream.
“Hmph, just watch and see Dawn, if you think he’s romantic, just wait until I propose to you.” he gave her a cocky smile while she just laughed.
“You can’t afford a ring!” she giggled. Barry glared at her.
“Well excuse me for being underage! It’s not like the average teenager can go out and buy his girlfriend an engagement ring!” he scoffed. Dawn smiled sweetly, enjoying his impatience.
“I think twenty’s a great age to get married. That’s the time when you’re young, but independent. It gives you time to enjoy your life as a couple before having kids; it’s a prime time, really,” Ash spoke up. He bit into his chocolate cone and smiled softly while everyone looked at him in disbelief.
“When did you start thinking about marriage, Ash? You’ve always been oblivious to love.” Dawn raised an eyebrow at him comically. Ash scratched his head.
“I don’t know, I guess with Brock’s wedding around the corner, I’ve been really taking a look at that sort of stuff.” he said. May watched as their friends teased Ash for his sudden sentimentality. Then she started to think about marriage. She had always believed that she would marry Drew someday. They talked about it sometimes, but it always left Drew feeling uneasy, so she stopped. Now here she was, several miles away from him. He had told her to try to enjoy herself, and now she was, more than ever. She looked back up at her new friends. Barry now had Ash in a headlock, chiding him on his loss of “manliness” while Ash, chuckling struggled to get out. Cilan was obviously flirting with Iris while Dawn and Pikachu tried to get Barry to let Ash go. They were an odd bunch, but that’s what she liked about them.
“You guys are making a scene!” somebody called out suddenly. Everyone turned to see Brock shaking his head as he walked up to them. Beside him was a beautiful, young girl with short auburn hair and sparkling, plum-brandy eyes. She was dressed up in a maid’s dress, the headpiece, white thigh-high stockings and all. She laughed at the group.
“Come on, Brock, are you really that surprised? It's them,” she giggled. Brock blushed and scratched his head shyly.
“Hey Autumn!” Ash greeted her amiably as Barry released him. May widened her eyes as she realized that the girl was Brock’s fiancée. Her eyes fell upon her left hand, which was decorated with a beautiful, platinum banded, princess-cut diamond ring. It was as big and sparkly as ever, and looked stunning on her.
“Nice to see you and Barry getting along, Ash,” she laughed sweetly as she greeted him. Barry scoffed.
“I was just teaching Nancy-Boy here a lesson!” he declared. Autumn giggled again.
“Nancy-Boy, huh? Says the guy who writes poetry for his girlfriend.” she smirked. Barry gasped and turned a bright shade of red while Dawn just laughed. So this was Autumn. She was awfully gorgeous and funny. Overall, she seemed very level-headed like Brock, but a bit more sardonic and energetic. She was probably in her early twenties as well as she seemed very mature despite her teasing comments.
“So I heard what you guys pulled today, I can’t believe I missed it!” Autumn exclaimed eagerly. Ash stepped beside May and gestured towards Autumn.
“May, this is Autumn, our friend, and Brock’s fiancée,” he introduced. May cordially held out her hand.
“Nice to meet you, my name’s May. I heard you’re engaged, congratulations!” she said sweetly. Autumn smiled warmly at her and blushed at the mention of her engagement.
“Oh, thank you! And it’s so nice to meet you too! Excuse my outfit by the way, I just got off of work!” she shook her hand. May instantly liked her. She seemed almost like the big-sister type, similar to Brock.
“Don’t worry about it, I think it looks pretty cute actually,” May laughed.
“Thanks! I’ll have to tell my sister that; she designed them! So May, I heard you moved here all the way from Hoenn! That’s some move! Were you a Pokémon Trainer there?” she asked. May smiled shyly.
“Actually, I was a Pokémon Coordinator,” she replied.
“A Coordinator?” Dawn exclaimed suddenly. She raced over to May, her eyes wide and glittering.
“I used to compete in Pokémon Contests too! Ash, why didn’t you tell me she was a Pokémon Coordinator?” she pouted at Ash who shrugged sheepishly.
“I didn’t even know until today!” he protested.
“A Pokémon Coordinator, huh? So now we have you, AND Dawn. You guys ought to show us your appeals sometime!” Autumn smiled.
“Why don’t you guys just do it now? We’d all love to see them,” Brock said as he stepped up and put his arm around her. Everyone began to cheer in favor of it while Dawn and May blushed.
“Why not? Let’s do it, May!” Dawn insisted, grabbing her arm. May thought for a moment and then nodded.
“Okay, sure! Let’s go then!” she grinned. May and Dawn stepped back and took out Poké Balls, tossing them into the air.
“Wartortle! Take the stage!” May shouted.
“Piplup! Spotlight!” Dawn followed. As the two Pokémon emerged, the girls began to yell out appeals, taking turns in demonstrating their moves and their custom additives to the performance. May was utterly enjoying herself as she and Dawn entertained their friends, who watched in awe and applauded after every presentation. May suddenly caught the gaze of Ash, who cheered her on the loudest, and she blushed. And this one’s for you…She thought as she finished her appeal with a dazzling ending.
It was nearly eleven o’ clock, and May and Ash had finally set off for home. It was completely dark now, so Ash used the flashlight built into his blue cell phone to light the way. Pikachu was sound asleep on his shoulder.
“Those appeals were fantastic! How were you not the Hoenn Grand Festival Champion? Those judges must have been blind!” Ash exclaimed. May laughed and shook her head.
“Unfortunately no, but there are a lot of tough Coordinators out there! I mean, did you see Dawn? She's incredible! I can definitely see that she’s been all around other regions to compete!” she replied. After the end of their appeal presentation, Dawn had explained to May of her and Barry’s travels throughout the Sinnoh region to hone their skills, his as a Pokémon Trainer, and hers as a Pokémon Coordinator. It was the same as Ash, who had supposedly also traveled the world and gained a considerable rank as a trainer. At least that’s what Max had told her. She was still a little surprised that he didn’t mention much about his past.
“Huh, well I won’t believe it until I see it.” He declared. May giggled again. They were finally nearing her house now, and luckily, they were on time.
“Well, here we are. I’m really glad you came today. We had a blast. And everyone really likes you,” Ash grinned as they started up the cobblestone driveway. May simpered delightfully.
“Really? Well, I liked them too. I had a wonderful time with you guys. Thanks for inviting me,” she beamed at him. Ash chuckled and gave her a soft smile.
“Well, you’d better come next time we all get together. You’re an official member of the group now,” he smirked.
“I will, for sure! And Ash…” she trailed off suddenly.
“Yeah?” he asked. May looked down shyly and smiled up at him.
“I’m glad we’re friends…” May said reverently. Ash gazed at her with slightly widened eyes and then allayed to a kind look.
“Me too, May.” He replied. He then waved goodbye to her and set off down the driveway again, back to his own home.
May watched as he disappeared out of view and then sauntered back toward the door. What was that all of a sudden? She pressed her hand to her forehead, becoming wide eyed. She had a boyfriend' was there any shame? Any means of flirting could wreck everything; but they were just friends. May’s mind swam thoughts of Ash, his strong build, his handsome face, and his beautiful eyes. It was wrong of her to think like this; wasn't it? She soon reached the door. She and Ash were friends. And that would be it.
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That's the true ending of Chapter 4 I'm sorry about having to break it up. Hopefully, that won't be the case with future chapters! Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed it! Stay tuned for Chapter 5 I'm going to make it extra shippy (at least try)! Again, thank you to my readers, and special thanks to my reviewers.