About the feelings stuff:
I never say Misty does not have feelings anymore for Ash but I wasn't that sure if she ever got the same feeling..[it's either her feelings improved by now or not]. I do not really specified how it changed until now, that's what I meant about it. I still got the feeling, Ash has a place in Misty's heart like how much she has room for her friends.
I guess Brock wouldn't be that surprised if they have confessed to each other.., Maybe Tracey would.XD
By the way, Yes. Skiyomi is one my favorite authors.