Title: Don't let me down
Type Advanceshipping (Ash and May)
"Hey Brock I can't wait we're almost there." Ash said looking out if the airplane window. He could see the beautiful Kanto landscape. Even though they were too high to see individual Pokemon they could make out traces that Pokemon had been there. There were burn marks where various fire Pokemon competed for dominance in their communities. There were several onyx burrows and trenches that could be seen, and of course Ash could see the various cities that they were flying over. Though they couldn't see much intelligent life on the ground, that didn't stop them from spotting flocks of birds native to that region.
"Yeah, according to the flight plan we should be landing in the Pewter city airport in less than an hour. After that we can meet up at my place and my dad will drive us to your house." Brock said with his head facing the window that Ash was seated at. Ash could tell that he was looking out at a flock of passing pidgey. Some would have trouble figuring out if his eyes were open or not, and where he was looking at, but after traveling as long with him as Ash did a person could easily tell.
"It was real nice of you to meet up with me in Unova and fly back with me." Ash said, gratitude apparent in his voice. "It really shows how good of a friend you are."
"Don't mention it."
The pilot's voice buzzed over the intercom "This is your pilot speaking. We will be landing in Pewter city airport in five minutes. All passengers close your trays and buckle up."
"Hey Pikachu need help buckling up?" Ash asked his forever traveling companion and best friend.
The little yellow mouse nodded and let out a "Pi". Pikachu was sitting behind Ash and Brock in a booster seat so he could be buckled up to the plane. Ash turned around and buckled up his friend and he and Brock got ready for the landing.
"Hey mom we're here!" Delia heard Ash's voice from upstairs.
"Quick hide he can't know you're here yet." She whispered to her two guests. They hid in any available spots big enough to fit them. While they did that Delia walked downstairs. "Ash!" She excitedly yelled as she wrapped him up in a motherly hug. "I'm so glad you're finally home. How was your trip? How was the Unova region? Have you been eating all right, you seem to have slimmed down a little. Have you been changing your you know whats every day?"
"Mom! You're embarrassing me." Ash responded in the way teens do when their parents aren't really embarrassing them, but they wanted them to think that they were.
"Well, I just worry about you. You don't call enough I am just worrying about my little boy." She said still hugging him.
"Hey Mom you can let go now." After he said that she let go of him. "We got to get ready for May and Max to arrive. Too bad Misty couldn't come, but I get the whole gym leader thing is keeping her away."
His mother replied with
disappointment on her face. "About that honey, the Maples called and said something happened at the gym and that they will need to stay there for a while."
"B..but why? We were planning this for months. Why did this have to happen?" As Ash said this he became very disappointed.
"They did send something that they thought you'd like. It's upstairs, come follow me." Ash and Brock followed the younger boy's mother upset with disappointed faces.
"It is right there in your room there. Go. Ahead and see what it is." Ash reluctantly walked into his room where two familiar faces jumped out of their hiding places to surprise the boy.
"Surprise!" they both yelled, greatly startling Ash so much he fell over backwards. Luckily for Pikachu he was traveling on Delia's shoulder.
"Aaaaah. W..w....what was that for." He quickly got over his shock and was greatly elated. The two siblings ran up to him and both gave him a big group hug.
The two let go of Ash and helped him off the ground. May started talking to him. "Ash we both missed you so much. I'm really glad that we get to see you again, let alone go on another adventure through a new region together." She then noticed Brock near the entrance of the door with Delia, both busting up laughing at Ash's reaction.
"Brock! It's so good to see you too. We both missed you also."
"Yeah how could we miss our favorite male rock type gym leader from Kanto?" Max pipped in.
"Yeah unless of course, you know any other rock type gym leaders from Kanto."
"Well we know your father." Ash put in with a smile.
"We're just kidding. We missed you a million." Max said to one of his role models. The group went downstairs and gathered around the table for a nice lunch that Ash's mother prepared for them.
"Hey Max after this we have a surprise for you." May told her little brother.
"Really! What is it?" Max asked his excitement growing.
"If I told you it wouldn't be a surprise. You'll just have to come with us." They finished eating their lunch and thanked Delia for a delicious meal. After they helped Mr. Mime clean up the mess they headed out towards professor Oak's lab.they walked down the road and up the hill towards the lab. Once they got there they knocked on the door and waited for someone to answer. After knocking a second time, professor Oak's assistant, a Pokemon sketch artist, and one of Ash's former traveling companions Tracey answered the door. Tracey said it was great to see Ash again and that he hadn't seen him in a long time. Tracey led them off towards where the professor was. Professor Oak was in his main work area in the lab, where he would do various research on Pokemon. Currently he had several books open with pictures of Pokemon Ash had never seen before.
"Why if it isn't Ash." The professor said in his usual cheery tone. "It's been a while hasn't it? I've been expecting you four for a while now, what held you?"
"You know my mom's cooking. You can't turn down something that delicious." Ash responded, mouth watering during the second comment.
Professor Oak replied with with a smile. "We'll that explains it, if I were in your shoes I would have done the same thing. I may even have gone back for seconds."
"Trust me, we went back for more than that."
The professor chuckled. "I'm sure you did, you probably eat more than your Snorlax. But that's beside the point. Lets get to the real reason why you are all here right now." He turned his gaze towards the youngest group member. "Max. Even though you are twelve right now, and are older than the typical person I help. Your parents and I think it's about time for you to get your very first Pokemon." They started walking through the lab.
"Wow! That's awesome which one do I get?" Max's eyes gleamed as he heard the great news. "Wait! Can I choose? I've always wanted to have a charmander. They are so awesome, and they are great for help. Can I please have one?" Max asked invigorated with the news that he can finally have a Pokemon of his own. They took a left and entered a storage room filled with Pokeballs in their shrunk forms lining the wall. There were various sections on that wall where there were many Pokeballs, and some with very little. Each had a name tag on the top, which was the trainer who owned them. They turned right to another row of shelves and Max saw a
Shelf with almost fifty Pokeballs on it, the trainer name was Ash Ketchum.
"Hey Ash. There are your Pokemon right there." Max said pointing at the third section on that particular wall.
"Yeah they are right there. But right now is your special time I'll go visit them later." They took one last turn to the left and came upon a room. In that room was a small white table with a blue dome in the middle, and three spherical indents spaced evenly around the dome. In each of the depressions lay a red and white sphere with a button in the middle. On each of the spheres there was a picture of a different element. On the one far left there was a picture of a leaf. On the middle one a picture if a drop of water. Lastly, on the third one located on the far right was a flame.
Professor Oak's voice echoed through the room. "Okay Max to answer your earlier question, you can pick whichever Pokemon you like. Just be sure you want it and take the ball."
"I've thought through it and I think I will pick charmander after all." Max carefully said. He reached towards the ball on the far right and picked it up. He just stood there looking at it in awe, as if it was his life he was looking at. In some ways it was, it was the key to his new future that has had many years in the making.
"Well go on open it." The professor urged Max. He then pressed the center button on the Pokeballs and a red beam of light zagged out of the sphere and formed into a small red lizard with a flame on its tail.
"Char char." Said the young fire type. It appeared to be a healthy boy with strong looking teeth. It was slightly on the smaller side as far as charmanders go, but then again so was Max.
"This is awesome!" Exclaimed the new Pokemon trainer. "I think I'm gonna call you Norman after my dad."
To that May felt obliged to say some words on the behalf of the Pokemon. "Come on what kind of a name is that? Who picks a name that boring? Normal twelve year olds would pick something like flame, dragon, hmslave. Something cool, not Norman. Think of how it's friends will feel. "So what did they name you. Oh I'm Norman, how about yourselves?" "I'm killer, he's arson, and that's well, the trainer was too lazy to give him a nickname, we just call him bob cause he looks like one." So do you get what I'm saying? Try something else."
"Well I like it. I'm sure dad would like it also." He said this with an air if confidence that the others had a hard time doubting his choice. "You like Norman don't you Norman?" He asked his new friend
"Char mander man." Norman said nodding his head.
"Aaww I thought if I changed his name he would speak differently."
An Exasperated May tried to see what was wrong with her little brother. "Max it doesn't work like that!" The others were trying to suppress their smiles. Due to the fact that May was the only one who didn't realize that Max was only joking. Lucky for the others May was focused on her little brother, who kept a straight face. "How could you believe that. I thought you were smarter than that, and saying nor norman man isn't that cool."
"But I wanted it to say normander." That comment was what it took for Ash. He started to bust up in laughing, and that's what it took for the others. All of them were laughing including Max. May realizing that it was a joke started to blush. She tried to hide her face but it didn't work in this small room.
"So are you really gonna name him Norman?" May asked her brother. After the blushing had stopped.
"Yup. It will be its own unique name."
"Okay if you like it. I'll be okay with it."
"So Max I have a question for you." Asked Brock.
"Yeah Brock what is it?" Max replied to the question with another question.
"Well since you are a new trainer, we were thinking that you should come with me back to Pewter city. It would be a great chance for you to see more of what being a gym leader is all about. We could walk there and you could catch an train your Pokemon on the way. So what do you say?"
"Hey May, would you be okay without me? I'd miss you so much."
"This would be great for you. You will have so much fun with Brock and Norman." May answered trying to encourage Max to go. "Go on I will be fine without you.
"Okay Brock the answer is yes!" The excited tween said rather loudly.
The group then headed back towards the main area of the lab, ash stayed back at the section with his Pokeballs talking to each one of them. He eventually placed the ones from his belt there on that wall and picked some an put me each in their own slot on his belt. He met back up with the rest of the group while they were talking about the Nivard region. The Nivard region is this newly inhabited island in the northern hemisphere. It was inhabited a little less than ten years ago and already there are a few big cities. The landscape is mountainous with a few valleys and beaches. A competition has been set up where you have to beat four gyms and then you qualify for the championship, just like in the orange islands. The difference is that each gym requires two trainers to compete together against the leaders. They have also set up a small number of contest halls. Each hall holds a different type of contest than the other. Each contest hall holds a contest once every season. There are various other competitions held there such as Pokemon skiing and Pokemon pulled hangliders. To get to the Nivard region you had to take boat. So Ash and May were there to pay professor Oak for tickets on a cruise ship leaving for there.
"So here is the money for those tickets to the Nivard region professor Oak. I've been saving up my winnings for it." Stated Ash holding out several bills for the professor to take.
"No no. I want to give these to you as a gift for all of your help in the past. Just a little thank you for all of your hard work." Replied Oak pushing the money back towards the young boy.
"Thanks so much! Is there anything I can do for you to show you my thanks?"
"You can spend that money on something fun for yourselves... Well it's getting late you should probably be with your mom before you go. Have fun. Bye.
"Bye professor Oak." The group said as they were leaving the lab and headed back for Ash's house. They ate dinner and headed up for bed to get rested up before the big day tomorrow. Brock slept in Ash's room with him while the Maples took the guest room. Ash had trouble falling asleep with all the thoughts of the future racing through his head. But he eventually slipped into the peaceful grasp of sleep.
So there it is. I wasn't sure whether to put that as a prologue or chapter 1 but I decided ch1, because a prologue usually isn't that direct into the story. So I currently have the outline of around 10 more chapters and I will come up with more. So everyone tell me how you think I did and what I can do to make it better. Thanks and feel free to comment bye.