"Take everything from me
just not my love.
I know you can make him love you, and take him,
but please, love somebody else.
Take everything from me
just not my love.
It will be the death of my heart,
if you take him away from me."
-Kunin Mo And Lahat Sa Akin - Take Everything From Me
You'll understand as you read this chapter. Anyway enjoy.
Brock gazed at the morning sun. It was another early morning in Sinnoh. He could feel the gentle cold breeze brush on his face as the boats came to park and await their passengers to board. He looked down at his feet and noticed Ash's bag was with him, then it came to the breeder that Ash had asked to go ahead of him and take this things with him. There was one thing he had to make sure he did before leaving.
Brock scratched his hair and sighed. "Hope he gets here in time."
Sapphire kept slamming her clothes into her small yellow backpack in hope that they would say in without popping out once more. She quickly grabbed the zipper and closed it before anymore of her items would escape. Sapphire rejoiced when all of her things were packed.
"I hope I'm not too late." Soon a knock on the door woke Sapphire from her deep thoughts. "Come in!" She added in.
"Hey there." Sapphire quickly embraced her yellow backpack after hearing the very familiar voice.
Sapphire felt like his words glued her into that one spot. What should she do? What were the right words? Her mind couldn't come up with the right words. Her cheery mood was wiped away with uncertaintly.
They never did.
"Dawn?" Brock jolted as he discovered she had made her way back to him before Ash.
"Have you seen Ash?" She asked, forgetting to even greet the breeder a simple 'good morning' "I need to talk to him."
"Is this between you and him? About your relationship?" Dawn avoided his gaze. Brock placed his hand on her shoulder and waited until the coordinator would look back at him. "You both need to settle this here and now."
"I know…I know." Her voice dropped to a whisper. "I know."
"Aren't you going to say anything back?" Sapphire tightened her grasp on her bag. She could feel his presence coming closer to her until their shoulders could touch.
"Hey-hey there, Drew." Sapphire sweat dropped.
"Am I that terrifying that you can't even give your boyfriend a hug?"
Sapphire slipped backwards as soon Drew was about to place her arm around her. Drew stared at her in confusion. She was shaking. There was even a bright red blush on her cheeks. Another knock was made on her door and a man, her age entered into the room.
It was Ash. He looked at both in confusion.
"Wha?" Ash spoke. "Since when did you get here Drew?"
"Since when did you care?" Drew replied arrogantly. Ash rolled his eyes but was interrupted when Sapphire ran into his arms. She was shaking, nervous as hell.
"I-I pick you, Ash." Sapphire stuttered.
"May?" Drew questioned. "What is this?"
Ash tried to hide his smile when he heard that May or Sapphire, he didn't care who she was picked him over everything they had been through. Ash placed a serious look as he pushed Sapphire closer to him and wrapped one arm around her. Ash readjusted his cap and smirked at the male coordinator.
"It's me and May now." Ash spoke in a polite manner. Drew couldn't reply but look at his now, ex-girlfriend.
"May, is that true?" Sapphire turned and hid her face from him and nodded. Ash didn't understand why Sapphire was so afraid, nervous from Drew.
"I'm-I'm so sorry." Sapphire muttered. "I didn't want to hurt you Drew. Things…changed after that incident." Drew flicked his hair, trying to keep his snobby personality up, but it didn't last long.
"I…see." Drew form a half smile with his lips. "I better get going now." His eyes were covered with sadness.
As the boy began to make his way from the two, Sapphire dropped her bag and quickly rushed out Ash's arms and grabbed Drew by his right arm with both of her hands. Both boys were shocked.
"Don't go." It felt like Sapphire was muttering the words of another girl. "At least watch my grand festival, then you can go." Drew turned around.
"Are you sure about this May?" Drew glanced at Ash. "Is this really the best for you and Ash?" The lime hair boy fixed his eyes back at Sapphire. "It's going to be rather uncomfortable." Ash placed his hand on Drew's shoulder.
"If it's what May wants, then I'll agree." Ash grinned. Drew smiled.
"Alright, if that's what you both want."
"I need to get this out before leaving." Brock waited as more passengers passed them by before answering.
"You're going alone?" Dawn wiped away a few tears that began to run down her face. Brock questioned himself if he had said anything offensive.
"Brock, that's the thing." The bluenette looked up at her fellow companion. "I'm not entering the grand festival anymore."
When Drew had left ahead of them Sapphire noticed Ash was carrying a red backpack, a bag that was different to his original green one. Ash noticed his girl was looking at his new bag and smiled. He giggled slightly before kneeling to the ground to open his bag. Inside was a fuzzy warm ruby coloured winter blanket. Ash soon placed the blanket over Sapphire's shoulders without saying a single word. Sapphire rubbed the material between her fingers before looking back at Ash.
"What is this for?" She asked.
"Well Brock suggested the idea." Ash began. "Just think of it like this, whenever you're alone and sad wrapped this blanket around like this and then," Ash softly embraced Sapphire. "It would be like I'm right there with you, hugging you." Sapphire blushed.
"That's really…cute Ash." It was Ash's turn to blush.
"Um, well, yeah…thanks May." Sapphire smiled and snuggled herself with the blanket Ash had just given to her.
"Your so sweet." She giggled. Causing Ash to flush some more.
"Stop it." Sapphire continued to laugh. "Anyway we should head out, the boat should be there by now." Sapphire nodded.
"Just need to get my bags and I'll meet you there." The brunette slipped her hands into Ash's. "I'm so glad we're back." He nodded.
"Same here." He softly pecked her lips and smiled before leaving on ahead. Sapphire smiled and touched where Ash had kissed her.
She was so glad to be back in love.
And in the arms of a man that loved her so.
"Celebi, you around?" There was no reply, so Sapphire asked one more time. "Celebi?" Soon the little legendary grass type appeared in front of her eyes. "I'm so glad you're here."
"Something the matter?" Celebi asked.
"I need to ask." Sapphire closed the door behind her. "Why do I keep stuttering every time Drew is near me? Why does my heart race as fast when his around like when Ash is near me?" She placed her hands on her face. "Why does my face heat up when I'm near him?"
Celebi looked down and sighed. "Easy, you're falling for Drew."
"Dawn?" the girl turned when she heard her name being called. She softly smiled. "What are you doing here? Has May come here yet?" Dawn shook her head.
And out of a sudden the young teenager ran into his arms and held him tight. Seconds later she began to cry. Ash pulled back and wiped her tears away and smiled. "Hey, don't have to be sorry. You can't come to the grand festival looking like that."
She placed his hands on his cheeks and rubbed her thumbs and felt how smooth they were. Soon she moved her face closer until it looked like they were kissing. Her forehead touched his and she followed by closing her eyes.
"I'm not coming." She muttered before taking two steps back. "I'm not entering into the grand festival this year."
"What?" Ash spoke out loud. He saw that Brock wasn't as shocked as he was; it was as if he already knew it was going to happen. "Why, why not?"
"Because it won't be any good for the both of us."
Ash felt his cheeks wet, he touched it with his fingers and noticed he was crying. Now both of them were crying.
"It won't be easy for us, but we'll make it. That is what you taught me." Dawn punched her fist into the air. Ash smirked.
"I'm going to miss you Dawn. Going to miss how you use Piplup's Bubblebeam to wake me up." Both friends laughed.
Ash looked at her deeply before letting Dawn rush into his arms once more. Both held onto each other tight as if they were being ripped apart from the surface of the earth. Ash opened his eyes half wide and noticed Brock was nodding. It was time to let her go. It was time to Dawn to open her eyes and noticed May was standing there, smiling.
Sapphire knew how it felt to lose somebody so close to your heart and if this was the last time both would see one another, then let it be. They all needed to close this chapter in their lives.
They broke apart as the boat began to blow its horn. Brock threw Ash's bag and the boy caught it. Ash gave the signal to come towards him and she noticed what was happening and began to run, as for both boys they were already on before the plank began taken apart. It was all too fast that they didn't know what they were doing. Dawn tried by encouraging her to run faster.
"Ash!" May called. Dawn tried to call for the boat to stop but the noise was too loud. Ash reached out his hand but he couldn't reach.
Suddenly the girl felt somebody grap of her wrist from above and drag her to him. She scoped the air and noticed she was in Drew's arms and riding on his Flygon. Sapphire began to shake once more.
"No, I can't. I can't be falling for him. I refuse!"
And like a princess Drew placed Sapphire onto her feet on the boat after Flygon landed on the boat. Sapphire thanked Drew before standing beside Ash's side.
"Why do you keep acting like you're afraid of me?" Sapphire peeked over Ash's shoulder.
"Um, just a little jetlag, that's all." She joked.
Ash soon walked to the rails and waved to Dawn who was calling them both. Sapphire soon joined and waved at the girl. Eventually the four of them waved at the girl. Dawn smiled. She couldn't believe after the mess she had brought upon to her friends, they still wanted her in their lives. Dawn couldn't ask for any other friends then what she already had.
"Good luck May! Win that grand festival, okay?"
"Of course!" Sapphire waved back. "Of course, just make sure you'll come and see me there!"
Drew, in the corner of his eyes kept watching May as she was too busy saying her goodbye. He quickly looked back at the sea. Something about May kept bothering him. But he couldn't keep his finger on it.
"The more you accept you're May, the more of your old feelings will return."
Sapphire curled into a ball everything Celebi's words would echo in her mind. Could it be true? Were the old feelings for Drew coming back to her? No, she may look like her, but she was Sapphire. She was a completely different person. She tried covering her thoughts with the gift Ash had given her earlier but it didn't change anything.
"It's something you have to face May, you still haven't picked. Well, you haven't yet."
She already picked. It was Ash. Yes, Ash. Her Ash. Not May's, her Ash.
"You okay under there?" She soon saw her blanket being taken away from her face.
"Oh, hey there." Sapphire sat up with her blanket still over her shoulders. Ash moved closer and looked into her eyes.
"You're not okay." He stated. "Nobody curls themselves into a ball when their okay."
Sapphire looked left and right before back at Ash. She took off her blanket off her head and sat up properly. She placed her hands in her lap as Ash soon sat beside her. "Hey you're alright?" He began. Sapphire replied with shaking her head.
"You know that I'm not really that May you remember right?" Sapphire stuttered as she pulled the blanket over her head once more. Silence poured over her until she heard a reply.
"Yeah, but I don't love you any less because of it." She felt her blanket taken off her head. Sapphire saw that Ash was warmly smiling at her.
He wasn't sad, disappointed or mad. He seemed glad that she was able to tell him the truth, even after what they had been through. All that really mattered to Ash that Sapphire was with him. Even if she wasn't the girl he originally fell for.
"Is there anything wrong with that?" Sapphire quickly shook her head.
"Of course not!"
"Then what's wrong?"
"I might have some feelings for Drew!" Sapphire blurted out.
Ash stood up and took a few steps back. He continued to backtrack after that until he hit onto the back wall. The brunette quickly ran to Ash's side with his gift over her shoulders still. The boy slowly slid downwards until he fell onto the carpet floor with one hand on his face. Sapphire quickly knelt down with her hands on his shoulder. His eyes soon met hers and inside Ash saw Sapphire didn't want these feelings for Drew.
"If I could rip away my feelings so we could return the way it was before then I would have done it ages ago!"
Dawn's words echoed in the trainer's mind. He knew that if it was ever possible May would rip her feelings for her rivals and focus her love to him. But love picks no time, place or reason. Once you're in, it's pretty much grantee you will find it nearly impossible to get out.
And without warning Ash raced and pulled Sapphire closer to him. Holding her tight and refusing the let her go. The young teenager was shocked but glad that he didn't refuse her back like he had once did, back when Ruby was still around. Soon she could feel tears touching her orange vest. Sapphire turned her head, while still in the arms of the man she love and saw he was trying to hide his tears from her. She raised her hand and placed it on his cheeks which caused Ash to look at her.
He was crying.
"How did this happen? You only met Drew today." Sapphire dug into Ash's shoulder.
"Last night actually. On the beach, he saw me there." Sapphire could feel Ash's embrace on her tightened. "You see Ash, ever since I came here; I've been recollecting May's original memories." Sapphire paused as she wrapped her arms around Ash. "And the more I accept to be her, the more I stay here, the more of May I become. Even her feelings for Drew will come back."
"No." Sapphire glanced at Ash. He was hiding his eyes with his cap. "I refuse; you're not going back with him. Not now, not ever."
"I can't help it. Eventually I'm going to leave you for him. It's destiny." Sapphire could hear her voice was trembling. "I really don't want to leave you." She tried to stay strong but it didn't last long.
"Then stay who you are then." He softly spoke. "Please, stay, the way you are now. Don't change. Don't ever."
Both looked at one another. Sapphire smiled and traced her fingertips down his cheeks. She moved her face closer until their lips met. He soon placed his hand on her cheek before their kiss ended. He ran his fingers through her short brown hair.
"Promise me that, you won't turn back into May. You can look like her, but don't be her. As much as I miss her, I can't afford to lose the only thing she gave to me."
"I promise I'll fight, fight for us."
The couple softly smiled before returning for another embrace.