Could secrecy affect Ash and Iris's relationship? yes, it would. it could cause a bit of conflict that could ruin any chances of Ash and Iris ever getting together or actually help bring them even closer, depending on whatever's being kept in the dark.
And so marks the beginning of the flashback story. We finally start to get a look at what happened to Ash while the rest of the group was away.
Spoiler:- Chapter 9-2:
Ash could remember it all quite clearly, and as he recounted the previous days' events to Iris, it was almost like seeing them as if her were there again...
The Pokémon Center was in quite a bustling state for being located in a village so remote. It was a small place as well, also adding to the oddity of the diner-like noise level. Then again, there was a popular local tournament about to take place, which might explain the number of young native trainers present. Ash was sitting away from it all, elbows supported on his knees and chin supported in his hands. Pikachu was with him, but Ash was currently not paying him much attention. The simple fact was that Cilan and Georgia had duped him into taking that Deino from the Pokémon Center when he would much rather be taking a walk around the village. At least Iris wasn't around to embarrass him further.
“Why do I have to be the one that has to pick up Deino from here?” Ash mumbled to himself as he continued to wait in a chair for Nurse Joy to call him to the counter nearby. “I really wanted to wander around the village and maybe battle a few trainers so that I could prepare for the tournament, but now I’m stuck here as a babysitter.”
“You could’ve just said no and have Cilan go. It’s not like he has anything important to do most of the time,” Pikachu commented, feeling somewhat irritated by his trainer’s complaining as he attempted to relax in the seat beside him.
“I know I could’ve said no, but…” Ash trailed off as he attempted to gather his thoughts. “But once Cilan started talking about how happy Iris would be if I did this for her, I couldn’t help but say yes. I’m just doing this for a friend, but since when did I suddenly care so much about what she thinks?”
“Ash Ketchum, please report to the counter immediately. Your Pokémon is ready,” the intercom rang, snapping Ash out of his train of thought.
“Let’s go, Pikachu,” Ash said as he rose from his seat and walked towards the counter, his partner following closely behind him as he continued to talk to himself. “Well, whatever. It’ll be nice to learn more about Deino, and even while I’m taking care of her, I can still get some training in, so I guess it’s not a total loss. Who knows? Maybe she’ll become close friends with us and the other Pokémon.” Ash could only continue to talk about these ideas before he eventually decided to look up and focus on the real world before him; although, all he could really see that caught his attention right now was a Nurse Joy that seemed to be eyeing him with suspicion and pity and a Deino standing on the counter that seemed to be scanning the entire room that she was in.
“…Well, anyway, I’m happy to tell you that Deino has fully recovered from her injuries,” Nurse Joy said with a straight face that slowly formed a small, but noticeable smile as she continued. “And don’t worry. Most trainers do that all the time when they travel by themselves.”
“Umm, thank you, Nurse Joy,” Ash said as he reached out to grab Deino, only to be scared away by Deino’s sudden reaction to his motion towards her.
“Don’t touch me,” Deino snapped, her full attention towards the startled trainer as he took a step away from the wary dragon. For a moment, there was silence between them, but once Deino felt safe, she slowly lowered her guard, and with a quick hop, left the counter and landed by Pikachu’s side. Ash could only watch her with astonishment and maybe jealousy as she began to socialize with his partner Pokémon.
“Hey, Ash,” Nurse Joy called.
“Yes?” Ash responded, his attention shifting away from the two Pokémon beside him and towards the pink-haired nurse.
“I’ve been meaning to ask you before about where you found Deino earlier. Was she somewhere nearby?”
“Yeah,” Ash answered. “My friends and I found i-…her near a rock that was close to the village.”
“Hmm, if that’s where you found her,” Nurse Joy said, putting extra emphasis on “her”. “She probably came from that place.”
“And ‘that place’ is…” Ash asked out of curiosity before Nurse Joy continued.
“A bit of a distance away from here, there’s a nest where many Deinos and Zweilous’ can be found. Every once in a while, a few of them will travel to the village, but…”
“Well, what is it?” Ash asked, unwilling to wait through the suspense.
“Oh, sorry, but…” Nurse Joy said before looking towards Ash’s feet, much to his confusion. “Weren’t Pikachu and Deino right beside you earlier?”
“What?” Ash said, quickly succumbing to shock before he turned to see that, like Nurse Joy had said, Pikachu and Deino had disappeared. “Where did those two go?!”
“There’s no need to panic,” Nurse Joy told Ash before he could get too loud. “Those two should be okay so long as they have a Poké Ball to go back to; but considering where you found Deino and…” she trailed off after seeing how much more troubled he looked as she continued. “Yeah, we should probably go find them now. I’ll go look inside the center while you look outside.”
“Okay, I’ll go look for them now,” Ash responded before making a beeline for the exit.
“Wait!” Nurse Joy commanded, stopping Ash in his tracks before he could turn the knob. With a swift movement, an agitated Ash turned around to look at Nurse Joy once again before she continued. “If I find them here, I’ll send an Audino out to find you. Oh! And if Deino is from where I think she is, then whatever you do, do not frighten her in any way.”
“Thank you, Nurse Joy,” Ash quickly responded before opening the door and leaving the building.
“It’s very important that you-“ but before she could finish, the door had already closed and taken Ash out of earshot. She knew that there was something more pressing to tell him, but she knew her responsibilities at the Pokémon Center were more important. With nothing more than a look of regret, she returned to the room behind the counter, ready to search for the lost Pokémon.
I guess Pikachu felt like exploring the village as well. I guess you could blame Deino for disappearing. She was pretty...persuasive. Sorry that this part was shorter than the others usually are, but...whatever. Now let's all wait for MLA to be a buzzkill by harping on all of the grammatical errors, word misuse, and spacing errors.
on the contrary. a kiss scene was already done before in one of the Pokemon movies and was appropriate enough for a young audience to see. something like that could still be allowed w/ Ash and Iris in spite of their age.