Summary: He had to leave not only himself the the women he loved. Now he lives a life that he has keep running from. Because her love in the end, will kill him.
Pairing: Advanceshipping, Contestshipping, (only minor amounts except the first few chapters)
Rating: K+ to T.
Escaping from love
It should have been like any warm welcoming he would always get every time he would return from a region. His friends would pop out of nowhere are cheer out his name. They would all be laughing together and then celebrate with food and drinks. His Pokémon would come running at him at full speed just in order to see him after year by year absences. Of course, his Pokémon never mind the long wait. As long they got to see their trainer again. It was all right. But they never thought they would ever see their cheerful trainer in such a state. It wasn't him. It wasn't right. But he couldn't hear them or understand them. All he could recognize was the expression on their faces. They cared for him and so did he.
He couldn't understand it anymore. He tried over and over again but each one never showed any improvement. His mother was right beside somebody he had long forgotten. He mother had the expression of sadness all over her face. She called his name as he ran out of the building. It was safer this way. To run away from everything that kept him back. Perhaps that was the reason he went to travel alone when he first begun before clashing into a number of good and close friends. His problems didn't chase him when he was with them. They kept him safe and when they had to part ways they would slowly find their way back to him. He would only stay a few days in Pallet Town before finding his way into a new region.
But finally they have caught up with him. After six years on the run.
Rain poured over him that day. It wouldn't stop and he didn't care. The world didn't seem to understand him so why should he feel like he should care? He began to hear gentle footsteps coming towards him. He knew who they were; it belonged to his mother. The woman who raised him for the first ten years of his life. They never talked about their problems. They would always say they were fine and there was nothing to worry about. They would rather talk about the exciting and good things that had happened to them. Talking about their problems never seemed to be an option, until now.
"Ash." She spoke. "Please get up. You're going to get cold if you stay any longer in this rain." The boy refused to answer his mother. "I know it's all sudden and everything. I wish I told you sooner but you weren't here when all of this happened."
"You could have at least waited." He spoke. He continued to sit on the wet grass. He was in Oak's ranch with the rest of his Pokémon's. They wrapped around him saying they didn't want him to go, go for good.
"It wasn't my choice. Do you think I like the idea that you won't be with me anymore?" his mother walked towards him and covered him with her umbrella. "I don't like this either dear." She spoke softly. "I don't want you to go."
"Then do something about it!" He blurted out. The boy stood up and faced his mother. "How could you just stand there and do nothing about it!" Delia was shocked to see a side of his son she had never seen before.
"I tried dear, but look where it ended us." The mother of one tried to hold her tears in.
He hated to try fighting and in the end lose it all in one single blow. It was just like in the Sinnoh league. Tobias, a man who was feared by many; he had to take him on. He was so close that he could see himself holding the trophy in his hands. But it was only a dream. His Pokémon were knocked out by Tobias's Darkrai like they were tin pins. Even when he did manage to beat Darkrai, Latios appeared and just knocked his last Pokémon just like Darkrai did but much worse.
He smiled at his friends, telling them that everything was okay and that he will just work even harder until he won. But he didn't tell them the whole truth. Every time in each region he would visit he would lose in each league, he would get closer but never close enough. He felt like destiny always wanted him to lose, just like he did with her.
He never told how much he meant to her. She never showed anything towards her then friends. Nobody could see that he liked her; of course he decided not to show his friends this. He hid it behind by training his team whenever he could. There were times where his interest in her slipped from him. Times where she was trapped in a place full of untamed grass type Pokémon he would rush to her aid even though Brock and Max wanted to come as well. He knew it was the right thing to do and help them out but his heart called for her. Also when they were together with a family of Donphan's and they were heading her way, she was frightened with fear that she couldn't move. He couldn't watch her get hurt like that and rushed to her side and saved her from danger. It was the first time he had touched a girl and he couldn't help but blush at the idea.
But the one that mostly stood out was in the temple where they both were going to drown. He couldn't risk the idea of losing her now without telling her. He placed her in a capsule and locked her inside. He told her she would be safe in there as he ran away while she was crying out his name. He couldn't stand there and watch her cry thinking of the worse for him and for the first time he felt that she too…loved him as well. In fact perhaps it was her love for him that saved his life and revived him. Her prayer to him saved him that day.
"Please Ash, don't give up, Ash, be strong, I know you can do it, I know!"
"Now please Ash. Get out of the rain. Come home with me, for the final time." The boy sighed and began to cry, but because of the heavy rain his mother didn't notice his tears. Her mother held back her own tears. The boy walked up to his mother and embraced her as tight as he could.
"No matter where I go, I'm always moving. So everything will be alright. It will be just like last time, right?" He mother tried to smile but the sadness of losing her son was just too much. He tried to make it sound like it would be just like last time, moving in and out each region.
But it wasn't the same this time around. And Ash knew this very well.
Chapter 1: You can't just say no.
Two years later:
"Unova?" She asked. "Where is that? Is that a new town here in Johto?" She added as she read the name on the banner.
"I heard it's a new region. It's pretty far from here that you have to get on a plane to get there." A rival of hers replied. She looked at him.
"Really? Is it that far?" He nodded. "Gosh, I wonder if it's worth the wait. I mean I still have to enter the Sinnoh grand festival."
"It's strange though because there are no contests in Unova. Perhaps this is a one off thing."
She continued to read the small banner she had taken off the notice board in the pokecenter. The Johto grand festival was over and it was now time to decide where to head off to next. This time all of them were all heading to different places. Solidad decided to go home back to Kanto for some rest and Harley was heading to conquer the Sinnoh grand festival. And in Drew's case she didn't know, nobody knew in fact. Ever since the festival was over he looked down and was more quite than normal. She read the words printed on the banner.
"Come and join in Unova's annual Contest festival!
There will be a contest ribbon up for grabs which will be allowed in any contest in any region!
Don't come and miss this great opportunity!
There will be a number of rounds and the winner of the round will receive a hidden surprise!
Come, come all! Coordinators and Trainers are all welcome!
The event will take place in Nimbasa city!
See you all there!"
"Sounds just like the Wallace Cup." The brunette spoke. "But more fancier in a way."
The Wallace Cup was the last time she saw him. She felt a part of her finally return to him. She never knew travelling in Johto would be so painstaking but if it would make her a stronger coordinator then it was worth it. She didn't know what the pain was when she saw Ash lose so early in the rounds. She was so excited to verse him again like they did before they parted ways. She could see in his face that he didn't want to lose; perhaps he too wanted to verse her again like old times. He showed her a different side the night he lost. He stayed quiet and alone until the morning; he was back to his old self. She couldn't pick it up, she wanted to ask but she thought it was better to forget what she saw.
"So Drew." May greeted her rival. "Where are you heading to?"
"I…I don't know." The boy began to blush. May stared at him in confusion.
May noticed how quite Drew was near her. For the last pass two years both have become good friends and hardly bicker or threw insults at one another. He would blush at nearly everything she would ask him and now felt nervous every time he would give her a rose. He would stutter her names at times. He acted like a little shy boy towards her and she really wanted to know why.
"Drew." She spoke. "Are you ill? Your face goes red nearly all the time now."
"No. I'm fine." He spoke. "It's just that…" The boy sighed. The two were still in front of the notice board and hardly anyone was around.
"Spit it out Drew. You're not normally so hesitate." May spoke, he sighed at pulled out three roses that he had hiding behind his back. "…Drew."
"Congrats on winning the Johto grand festival May." The lime hair boy blushed. May nearly fell over her own two feet, expecting something else from him. Drew watched her as she regained her own balance. "Are you alright?" She nodded. "Well then, I'm off." He spoke.
"Where are you heading off to?" She asked.
"Wherever love leads me." He spoke. May's face flushed red right after.
Her feelings towards Drew continued to grow every day they were together. Sometimes when the two were out looking for new ribbon cases they could see Harley spying on them both. She liked him, she couldn't hide that but she couldn't find it in her to admit to him. Maybe it was Ash, the man she first fell in love with. She was her first crush and while they were together she did whatever she could for him to notice her, but he remained dense as ever. She soon gave on him, but she felt she should have waited just a little longer. But she didn't want to wait forever. She couldn't wait for nothing. And that was when her feelings for Drew began to grow as for Ash…it slowly started to slip away from her even if she didn't want it to.
She looked at the banner and thought of the benefit of winning a ribbon that can be used in any region. Thinking of getting a ribbon that she could use in Sinnoh would be great for her.
"Alright then, Unova it is!" She cheered. She placed the small banner back on the notice board before rushing to her room. Getting ready to head to her new destination.
Night had fallen over Johto as May prepared her things. Her excitement heading to Unova made her unable to sleep. She had already booked a plane to head over to Unova in the morning and was already reading books about the Unova region and its pokemon. She began to write down pokemon that she will catch over there but she knew too well that plans don't normally go to plan, like love. But the idea of travelling alone haunted her. Moving to Johto wasn't bad because her rivals were also people she considered her friends but now she was going all alone. There was nobody out there she knew. Leaving Drew made her heart feel painful and sad. Leaving him would be hard and she began if she could make it without him. But yet she did the same to Ash and she didn't even think once how he felt about her sudden decision to leave him even when he asked her to come with him to Sinnoh.
"Ash…" She muttered. "I'm sorry…" She rose from her bed and began to pack her things away until she heard a voice.
"What for?" She heard his voice echoing in her mind. "It was bound to happen right? I'm a pokemon trainer and you're a pokemon coordinator. We could never stay with each for long." The young girl turned around and by the window she saw her mentor smiling at her.
"Why are you smiling like that, I left without giving you an answer. How could you be so happy?"She asked.
"Because I have already accepted that we won't be with one another. I wish it wasn't the case but its reality isn't it?" He began to laugh. "Anyway you have Drew now. I'm nothing to you. I always was, even what we went through you still picked him over me. You didn't even consider my feelings…now did you?" The image of the boy began to fade from her before she could think of any sort of answer. She held her heart and began to weep.
"His words…keep on haunting me. Why?" she soon felt a tear drop crash onto the mattress and soon noticed she was crying. A knock on the door soon knocked her out of her sad state.
"Hey May are you alright?" The girl wiped her tears away before facing the man that called out her name.
"I'm fine." She spoke. "Wait, what are you doing up so late Drew?" She asked.
"I heard you talking to somebody. You seem really sad too. Is Ash still in your mind?"
"He asked me something before I left the Wallace Cup." May answered back as Drew found a seat next to her. "It was so out of character for him to suggest such a thing. He asked…why not me?" She paused and soon added. "He was so serious about it too. I replied saying that if he was joking and he shook his head. I couldn't think of anything to reply to him. So I left him with an unanswered question."
"I'm sure he would understand. Ash isn't the type that keeps grudges. You know that." Drew lay onto his back with his arms outstretched. "We never got along but with the stories you tell me about him. He sounds like a nice guy."
"He is, honest!" May spoke aloud. "It's just what he asked me. It still haunts me."
"Do you really find him more important than me?" Drew's face went bright red right afterwards. May looked down at the young coordinator. He picked himself off his back and held her hand. "Those roses I gave you. They weren't a congratulations gift, they mean much more than that." Their fingers began to intertwine. "I like you May. Since the first day we met. I began to fall in love with you."
She couldn't reply. There were no words to express what she felt. She saw Drew as her rival until recently. She loved him yet…something was missing. It wasn't from him it was from somebody else. She couldn't love him, not in her state. Their lips were soon pressed onto one another. It was soft and sweet and so gentle. She closed her eyes and began to fall into the moment until she opened them again and saw a boy at the entrance of her room. His arms crossed with a disappointed look all over his face. His eyes were dry, tried and depressed. His cheeks were dried from all of the crying. It was the same expression she saw at the Wallace cup but nothing to this level.
She pulled herself away from him and scattered herself to the back of the wall while still sitting on the bed. She wanted to keep moving but the bed was in the way.
"I can't. I can't love you like this Drew." She barely spoke. "Look at me. I can't even think straight with Ash on my mind. Believe me, I like you to it's just me." Drew crawled to her side and held her hand.
"May, I can wait. I understand." He looked at her and softly smiled before making his way and left the innocent brunette all alone in her room and closed the door behind him.
Why was she acting like this? Wasn't she waiting for Drew to confess to her? So what was with all the avoidance? She loves him. There was nothing wrong with that. She held out a pillow and dug her face into it. More tears ran out of her tears and onto the pillow. Maybe her love for Drew was a way to escape her thoughts of Ash. Her love could maybe be going to the wrong person.
"No!" She screamed as she threw the pillow on the floor. "That's not true. I love him; I shouldn't think things like this."
"But its true isn't it?" a vision of Ash entered into her room again. "You're escaping from the truth. Accept it like I did May."
"Accept what?" She complained. "You're nothing but a figure in my mind. You're not real!"
"So you're saying my feelings for you aren't real?" Ash spoke.
"Ash? What on earth do you mean?" May asked in a confused manner.
"I thought somebody like you would figure it out. Guess not." He giggled slightly. "I thought the words I said would give out a good clue. I'm so stupid to even bother to wait for you. For you to be mine." Ash began to fade away once more.
"No…those words…" May thought. "I thought it was just a dream."
"You're escaping from the truth. Accept it like I did May." Ash began. Both were waiting at the port where the Wallace Cup was held. It was time for both to say their goodbyes.
"I'm not running away from anything!" She complained. "It's just I'm afraid with the Johto grand festival. I'm scared that I might get so close and to only fail. And you're saying I should accept all of this?" she complained. Ash laughed.
"No silly. I'm just saying accept that you will win rather than believing and running from false lies." Soon both fell into silence. "Hey May, how do you feel about me?" May quickly turned her head to face Ash at the confusion of the sudden topic change.
"Feel for you?" May blinked in confusion. "What on earth are you saying Ash?"
"I thought somebody like you would figure it out. Guess not." He began to laugh. He looked towards at her. "Anyway forget what I said. You better get ready. Your boat is leaving soon." Soon two of Ash's current companions began to race towards them. "I better go greet Dawn and Brock." He soon ran towards his other two companions to greet them.
But that wasn't the last words she heard from him. She heard him mutter the words that soon left questions in her mind for years to come.
Soon her dreams began to slowly put her into a deep slumber. She continued to think of him even into her sleep and her heart soon followed too.
End of chapter one:
Last minute authors notes:
Alright, hello again. This is my newest Advanceshipping story, Escaping from love. It feels weird writing a new AS story, I've been writing the Mysterious Stranger for so long. Anyway just a little warning, there is heavy Contestshipping in this first chapter.
Also i put the Prologue into chapter one because it was just too small on its own. So yeah, what else can i say. And i hope you enjoyed reading Escaping from love so far. And also sorry for the short chapter. Don't want to spoil everything so early.