Rating: T for Teapots
A request fic from Beastmode953. He wanted to see Ash as an adult and Giovanni as his father, making him the grandfather of Ash's kids.
Includes Advanceshipping along with several others that I don't want to spoil.
I don't own Pokémon.
Summery: Years after the fall of Team Rocket, Ash finds himself bailing the former mastermind of the organization out of jail. Now, his family must adapt and learn to love the Team Rocket leader: Giovanni.
Chapter 1: Meet the Ketchums Part 1
The room was dim, and a musty scent arose as Ash entered. The trainer looked around and found the room appeared to be old and uncared for, cracks in the floor and walls showed that. The room was empty, except for a single table, two chairs sitting across from each other, and a blub hanging from the ceiling. The dimly light bulb seemed like the only thing un-aged in the room, and even it flickered occasionally as the generator giving it power hummed lowly. Ash jumped slightly and turned around to see the officer who had opened the door for him had stepped inside the room as well. He carefully closed the door and locked it up before standing up straight and taking his place guarding in front of the door.
Ash nodded to the man and turned his attention to the table and chairs, or rather, the man sitting in one of the chairs. Ash took a deep breath, and walked forward. He pulled out the other chair and sat down across from the man. The man sitting before him was older, but still appeared to be quite in shape. He sat slumped forward in his chair, head hanging. His eyes studied the grimy floor and his handcuffed wrist hid under the table.
"Why are you here?" The man asked, breaking the eerie silence that had filled the room.
Ash didn't say anything, not quite sure how to answer, so the man continued. "Are you here to mock me? After all these years?" He asked, "Doesn't matter, prison had taught me a thing or two about being insulted."
"That's not true, Dad," Ash said finally, not taking his gaze off the man as he looked up in surprise.
"So you know?" The man asked, although they had aged, his eyes still were as piercing as they were years ago. "You figured out the great Giovanni, leader of the notorious Team Rocket, is your father."
Ash nodded, tightly holding onto the arm rest of the uncomfortable wooden chair he was sitting in. "Indeed," he said, "Mom told me."
Giovanni smiled slightly. "Your mother? Ah, a fine lass she was. How is she?" he said, laying his cuffed hands on the table and leaning forward.
"She's doing fine," Ash answered, not breaking eye contact with Giovanni. "Like you, age is beginning to take its toll."
"Bah, age, blast it," Giovanni griped, leaning back on his chair "A blessing, but a curse, wouldn't you agree?"
Giovanni grew silent, but never broke his eye contact with Ash. He drummed his fingers on the table, taking a deep breath. "How's the girl?" he finally asked.
"May?" Ash asked, raising a brow.
Giovanni nodded. "I believe that's was the one," he said, "Brown hair, blue eyes."
Ash smiled slightly at the thought of the girl. "She's good," Ash said, "We're married now."
"I guess that's not all that surprising," Giovanni said finally, clearing is throat. "You two had a connection; I saw it on the day you brought me down."
"But no hard feelings," Giovanni continued.
Ash smiled sadly, continuing to gaze at his father. "Who knew, that the man I put in jail years ago, was the one I could call 'Dad'."
Giovanni smirked. "Yes, fate has a cruel twist to it," he said.
The two remained silent again for several moments. Ash had finally broke eye contact, turning his gaze to the table.
"You've changed," Ash said, looking back up at his father, who had turned his gaze to the light bulb dangling above the table.
"Years in prison will do that," Giovanni replied, "Gives you a lot of time to think..."
"... And boy, have I done some thinking..."
Ash brow furrowed in confusion. "Thinking about what?" he asked.
Giovanni chuckled slightly and looked down from the light bulb and down at Ash. "My past, my worries... My regrets..."
Ash's face softened a little. "Do you regret what you did?" He asked, "Do you regret the chaos you caused?"
Giovanni smirked again. "Yes," was his reply. His voice echoed off the walls a few times before the room filled with silence yet again.
"Why are you here?" Giovanni asked again.
Ash chuckled, adjusting the cap on his head. "You wouldn't believe me if I told you," he said.
"You'd be surprised, Boy," Giovanni replied, a smirk growing on his face.
"Well, the kids have been asking about 'Grandpa'," Ash said, "I thought I'd come in and check on him."
Giovanni's expression turned from amused to surprised. "Kids?" he asked.
Now it was Ash's turn to smirk. "Yeah, three of them, in fact," he said.
Giovanni leaned forward in his seat with interest. "Tell me about them," he requested.
Ash smiled and sighed. "Well, there's Amber, our oldest," Ash began, "She looks a lot like May, brown hair and all, except Mom insist she has my eyes. She's been on her Pokémon journey for a little while now."
"Is she good at it?" Giovanni asked.
Ash smiled and nodded. "Pretty good if I do say so myself," he said, "Then there's Flint, who's just a child and a half of trouble. He's got two years before he can become a trainer, and he's impatiently waiting."
"What does he look like?" Giovanni asked.
Ash studied Giovanni for a moment before responding. "He's got your looks," Ash said, "Except for his eyes are orange."
Giovanni raised a brow. "Orange?" he asked.
Ash nodded. "Yeah, we're not sure where he got them from," he said, "And lastly is Amethyst, who's our youngest."
"I'm seeing a bit of a pattern with these names," Giovanni said.
Ash smiled. "That was May's doing," he said, "Anyways, Amethyst is our little five year old and is very well behaved. She has gorgeous purple eyes, and black hair."
Giovanni face grew serious, "Well, it's a shame I'll never see them," he said.
Ash smirked and sat back in his chair. "That's where you're wrong," he said.
Giovanni looked up at him curiously. "What?" he asked.
Ash stood up from his chair and nodded to the officer by the door. "I'm bailing you out," he said.
Giovanni's jaw went a little slack. "What? Why?" He asked, "You were the one who put me in here in the first place."
Ash sighed, "I've got my reasons," he said, "Come on, Dad, don't you want another chance at life?"
Giovanni shook his head. "It's too late now," he said, "I'd never be able to start anew at this age."
Ash motioned for his father to stand up as well. "You don't have to do labor," Ash said, "You'll be living with us."
"What?" He asked in disbelief, eyeing him. "What about May? She couldn't possibly want someone as fiendish as me living under the same roof as her children," he said.
Ash shook his head. "May's fine with it, we've talked this through," He said.
"But-... But... that would-"
"Come on," Ash said, "I've lived my entire life without a Dad. I don't want that to continue."
The two remained silent, Ash stood at one end of the table while Giovanni sat at the other. A silent staring contest ensued as Ash patently waited Giovanni's response.
Giovanni smirked and stood up. "Let's go."
"So tell me," Giovanni began, "Where do you live?"
The two men walked away from the prison Giovanni had spent so many years in. A feeling of freedom drifted in the air. He had retrieved his casual clothes, along with his cane, which he had to use ever since an incident that occurred behind the walls, that once confined him.
Ash, who had to slow his normal pace a little as to not get too ahead of his father, answered with a smirk. "Can't really establish a place," he said, "We're always on the move."
Giovanni raised a brow. "What?" he asked.
Ash took a deep breath, recalling the past. "A long time ago, Scott offered me a position as a Frontier Brain," Ash said, "But at the time, I didn't accept. But now that I'm older and have a family, I decided to take the job."
Giovanni still appeared to be a bit confused. "But you said you're always on the move..."
"Ah, well you see, one of the frontier brains, Brandon, was retiring at the time," Ash explained, "I took his place as the Pyramid King. So I inherited a large, flying pyramid that can go almost anywhere."
Giovanni's brow furrowed as stroked his chin, wondering whether or not Ash was being serious, after all, a flying pyramid seemed a little unrealistic. "Not bad," he said.
"Yeah, May and I still love to travel, so it's perfect," Ash said, "Plus, Brandon gave me a few of his Pokémon, and they're some serious powerhouses."
Giovanni let out a cough. "Em, how far away is this 'Battle Pyramid'?" he asked.
Ash gestured for him to continue, readjusting his cap. "Not far, we'll get there really soon."
They approached the outskirts of town, where the Battle Pyramid came into view. Giovanni looked up at the massive structure. "This is yours?" he asked.
Ash shrugged. "For the most part," he said, "As long as I play my role as the Pyramid King, my family and I get to live in it." He smiled and wrapped an arm around his father's shoulders. "That includes you now too."
Giovanni shrugged Ash's arm off of him, causing the trainer to pause. "What's wrong?" he asked.
Giovanni shook his head. "Boy, I've been in prison for a couple decades now," he said, "I'm not used to affection."
Ash frowned but shrugged it off.
Ash looked in the direction of the Battle Pyramid and saw a familiar yellow rodent running to him. The Pokémon raced up to him before climbing up his pant leg and to his shoulder. "Hey there, bud," Ash said, scratching Pikachu behind the ears, causing the Pokémon to coo. Ash turned to Giovanni and gestured to Pikachu. "I'm sure you remember Pikachu, right?" he asked.
Giovanni nodded slightly as he looked at the yellow electric type that was perched on Ash's shoulder. He appeared to be a bit older and had grown a bit larger since he had last seen him, but it looked like he hadn't battled in a while, as his fur was clean and not at all disturbed, and he didn't appear to have any battle wounds.
"Ah yes," Giovanni said, smirking at the Pikachu. "Your old friend..."
"Pikachu, say hi to my dad," Ash said, gesturing to Giovanni.
"Pi Pikachu!" Pikachu said cheerfully, waving to the older man. Ash had told him before he left that he had to treat Giovanni with love and kindness, even if he had been their old arch nemesis.
"Shall we continue?" Giovanni asked, his legs were beginning to grow tired. Ash nodded and the two began to walk towards the Battle Pyramid once again.
"Mom! Tell Flint to stop making faces at me!" A squeaky, but upset voice said.
May sighed and glanced over her shoulder at the two children sitting at the table. One was a young girl, young and innocent, her adorably chubby face would make even the coldest heart melt. Her purple eyes sparkled like diamonds, and her black hair was tied back in a single ponytail, in her hair sat a purple bow that matched her eyes.
"What? I wasn't doing anything!"
The other child was a few years older than the girl. His orange eyes burned with determination and mischief, and like his father, he had messy black hair.
"Flint, quit annoying Amy," May said, turning her attention back to the food she was cooking. The young girl had indeed been named Amethyst, but over time, Ash began to call her Amy, and so began the trend.
At the moment, the three were sitting in the kitchen of the Battle Pyramid, awaiting Ash's return. May was keeping herself occupied by cooking food while the siblings bickered.
Flint pouted and folded his arms across his chest. "Hmph," he grumbled, "I liked you better back before you could talk." He told his sister.
"Hey!" Amy shouted, "Watch your mouth!"
She also had the tendency to pick up on things her mother and father said. "Amy, I told you not to talk to your brother that way," May said.
"Yeeeaaahhh," Flint taunted in a teasing manner.
"Watch your mouth, Flint," May said menacingly. Twisting around and sending a glare to her son, causing him to back off.
"Hey, look!" Amy exclaimed, pointing out the window. May glanced outside and saw her husband, his Pikachu, and another man walking up to the battle pyramid.
"Alright! Dad's back!" Flint exclaimed excitedly. He jumped up from his seat and dashed out of the room with his sister.
May sighed and untied the apron around her waist. She pulled out a Pokéball and sent out her fire starter.
"Blaze!" Blaziken exclaimed as she appeared. Like Pikachu, Blaziken had aged a bit, growing even larger than she had already been.
"Make sure nothing burns or catches on fire," May said, gesturing to the stove, "If it does, you have Blastoise." She pulled out another Pokéball and set it on the counter.
Blaziken nodded to the command. May kissed her Pokémon on the cheek in thanks and stepped out of the kitchen as well.
When she reached the halls, she broke into a run; age hadn't taken away her energy and beauty, at least not yet. She ran down the halls to the main entrance to the Battle Pyramid, which had already been opened.
She stepped outside, smiling as the cool breeze tickled her skin, she had always loved the weather in Johto, it wasn't extremely hot like Hoenn, or frigid cold like Sinnoh.
"Daddy!" Amy exclaimed as she ran up to her father, hugging one of his legs tightly, Ash bent over and hugged her back. Once she noticed the stranger standing next to him, she averted her gaze to the ground and hid behind her father.
Flint just stared at the man, unwilling to draw near him. Ash grinned as May approached him, he handed Pikachu to Amy, who hugged the Pokémon with a squeal. Pikachu smiled and rubbed his cheek up against hers.
May embraced her husband as they reached each other. Ash hugged her back, kissing her forehead before letting her go and introducing her to Giovanni.
"May, you remember my father, Giovanni, don't you?" Ash asked.
May smiled sheepishly. "All too well," she said. Yes, she had met Giovanni before, in fact, she had been there with Ash when they defeated him and brought down Team Rocket once and for all.
"Ah, well, hopefully we'll all put those days behind us," Giovanni said, May almost wanted to retreat and hide behind Ash along with Amy as the old man's piercing eyes examined her from top to bottom.
"Yes..." May said nervously, "Um, it's a pleasure to meet you... Again, of course."
The two bowed slightly to each other before Flint stepped up. "Wait, that's Dad's dad?" he asked, "So that means he's our grandpa?"
Ash and May nodded.
"AAAAHHHH!" Flint screamed, holding onto his head and running away back into the Battle Pyramid.
"You're right, he does look like a young me," Giovanni said.
Ash patted Giovanni shoulders. "Don't worry, he'll warm up to you," he turned around and looked at Amethyst, who was still holding Pikachu. "And so will Amy, just give them some time."
"This is your room," Ash said, standing in the middle of a large, but homey bedroom. A king sized bed was set towards the center of the room, up against the wall. Across from it was a large dresser and a flat screen TV which hung from the wall.
"The walk-in closet is over there," Ash said, pointing to one door, "And your bathroom is over there." he pointed to another door. "Make yourself at home and freshen up, dinner will be ready soon."
Giovanni, who had been looking about the room, nodded. Ash and Pikachu smiled and left, stepping out of the room and down the hall towards the kitchen. "Let's go see what May is up to," Ash told Pikachu, they stepped into the kitchen and found May standing before the stove, stirring a pot with a large wooden spoon. Ash walked up behind her and tapped her left shoulder, distracting her to allow him to grab an apple from the fruit bowl to her right.
May jumped slightly and took the bait, looking to her left, seeing nothing was there, and glancing to her right, but by then, Ash had already grabbed an apple and was biting into it.
"You really need to stop falling for that trick," Ash told her with a smirk.
May let out an annoyed huff and put her hands on her hips. "You're going to ruin your appetite," She huffed.
Ash gave her a knowing look. "Okay, knowing you, probably not... But still-!" She said.
Ash chuckled and took another bite of his apple. May's glare made it obvious that it annoyed her. "What do you want me to do?" he asked, "Throw it in the trash?"
May sighed and took the apple from Ash, taking a bite out of it herself.
"H-hey!" Ash stammered, reaching out get his apple back.
May handed the apple back to Ash. "There, now we're even," she said with a smirk.
"You're going to ruin your appetite."
"Oh, shut up."
The table had been set, the food had been laid out, and everyone was eating. But everyone remained fairly quiet, stealing occasional glances at Giovanni, who silently ate as well.
"So..." May said, letting out a slight cough, she was tired of the awkward silence and clinking of silverware. "Do you like your room?" She asked.
Giovanni took up from his plate and grabbed a napkin, dabbing his mouth clean and clearing his throat. "Yes, very... Homey..." was his answer.
"I'll show you around some more, after dinner," Ash said before sticking food in his mouth, "We have a lot of space."
"So where did you used to live?" Flint asked Giovanni from across the table. "Why have I never gotten to see you before?" Ash and May exchanged glances, they hadn't told any of their children about Giovanni's past.
"Well," Giovanni putting down his silverware, his gaze aimed upward and he slowly rubbed his hands together, he appeared to be thinking. "I'm a retired spy."
Ash's eyes widened and May raised a brow, but both decided to not to anything.
"A spy?" Amy asked, "Like in the movies?"
"Ah yes," Giovanni said, "It was my duty to take out evil, and save the world."
"Coooooooool," Flint said with a wide smile, "Can you tell us some spy stories?"
"Ah, no, that's all classified," Giovanni said.
"Aw... Poop," Flint said with a disappointed frown.
"Flint! I've told you a hundred times not to say that!" May said. Flint was quick to apologize.
"Have you ever tasered anybody?" Amy asked with a big grin on her face. May stole a glare at Ash, who noticed and began to whistle innocently; she knew she shouldn't have let Amy watch those TV shows that Ash enjoyed.
"Oh yes, many times," Giovanni said coolly, taking another bite out of his food.
"Does it hurt them?" Amy asked.
"Um... Yes..." Giovanni said.
Amy's eyes sparkled, her smile grew and she threw her hands into the air. "Cool!" she said. May stole another glare at Ash, who was now sinking in his seat.
"Do they fall to the ground and wiggle around all crazy like they do on TV?" Flint asked.
Giovanni smirked and nodded. "Just like on television," he said.
"You know, I think I'm going to go for a quick walk," Ash said, standing up to leave, he could feel May glaring daggers at him.
"Oh, don't think you're getting away that easily, Ash Ketchum!" May said, standing up and chasing after him.
"Oh snap," Ash said as he saw May running after him as he hurried down the hall, and broke into a run.
"Ash Ketchum, you have a challenger," a robotic voice said, causing Ash and May to freeze. "Please head outside to greet him."
Ash smirked as he walked by May. "Won't get me today," he said. May swung her arm and smacked him.
"This battle will be a one on one battle between Ash Ketchum, the Pyramid King, and Jordan, from Celadon City..." The robotic voice said through the speakers, its feminine voice echoing about the room.
Ash stood on one side of the familiar battle field while his opponent, a Pokénerd named Jordan stood on the opposite side.
May, Flint, Amy, and Giovanni sat in the bleachers on one side of the room while Jordan's friends sat on the other, Pikachu was happily snuggled into Amy's lap. The group wasn't very talkative, and Jordan wanted to get straight to business.
"The last Pokémon standing wins," the robotic voice said.
Giovanni looked around the room. "What is that voice?" he asked.
"Oh that?" May replied, "That's the computer system that runs the Battle Pyramid, we call it Chatot, but Amber, our daughter who's currently on her Pokémon journey, likes to call it Shatup."
Giovanni smirked and nodded. But down below on the field, Ash and Jordan had both pulled out their Pokéballs.
"Go! Feraligatr!" Jordyn shouted as he tossed out his Pokéball.
"You too, Regirock!" Ash shouted, calling out his Pokémon as well.
"Regirock?" Giovanni asked in disbelief, "How did he get his hands on that!"
Flint smiled pridefully as he recalled the event. "Brandon gave it to Dad along with Registeel and Regice when he retired," he boasted. "Dad told us that when he retired, each of us would get either Regirock, Registeel, or Regice."
Amy giggled and smiled. "I hope I get Regice," she said, "It's cool."
Flint shook his head madly. "Nuh uh! Registeel is the coolest!"
"Stop it! Both of you!" May insisted, "Or I'll send you out of the arena and you'll miss your father's battle!"
Both children gasped and covered their mouths, Giovanni chuckled in amusement.
"Alright, Feraligatr, use Water Gun!" Jordan shouted.
"Regirock, dance!" Ash exclaimed. Regirock twirled in a circle and spun out of the way of the water gun, and continued to do so until the attack stopped.
"Hydro Pump!" Jordan shouted. Feraligatr threw his head back and blasted a powerful stream of water at Regirock.
"Block it!" Ash shouted, Regirock crossed its arms in front of itself in an "X" formation and completely blocked the powerful Hydro Pump from striking it. Regirock had planted its feet firmly in the ground, but even then, the force of the attack pushed it backwards a little.
"Oh man, that's a strong Feraligatr," Flint said as he studied the water type Pokémon. "Maybe this battle will actually be a challenge for Dad."
"No! Dad can beat anybody!" Amy exclaimed, "Right, Pikachu?"
"Pika pika!" Pikachu agreed with a firm nod.
"Rrr, Feraligatr, use an attack it can't block!" Jordan said, planting his feet into the ground, "Surf!"
The ground began to rumble, and with a blast, water shot from the ground, creating a huge tidal wave that Feraligatr was riding on.
"Iron Defense!" Ash shouted, barely able to overpower the rumbling of the huge wave.
In a flash, Regirock put up Iron Defense, and just before being struck by the wave. "Yes!" Jordan said, "Nothing could possibly withstand Feraligatr's Surf attack!"
But when the water settled, Regirock was still standing and was barely scratched. "W-what?" Jordan exclaimed.
"You're forgetting you're dealing with a legendary Pokémon," Ash said, "You underestimate its abilities, and that will cost you. Regirock, Lock On!"
Regirock's eyes began to glow, and a little red target appeared on Feraligatr's head. "Now use Zap Cannon!"
"Look out!" Jordan exclaimed.
Regirock charged up a powerful ball of electricity and fired an ultra powerful beam on electricity at Feraligatr. The water type jumped up into the air to dodge, but the beam U turned and hit it anyways.
"When will trainers ever learn?" Flint asked.
"Yeah, everyone knows once a Pokémon has use Lock On, it's impossible for it to miss," Amy said. For a small girl, she was quite intelligent when it came to battling, she could thank Ash for that.
"Alright! Finish this up with a Hyper Beam!" Ash exclaimed. Regirock charged up the attack and fired a powerful pillar of light at Feraligatr, causing it to cry out in pain. With a final explosion, the Hyper Beam was turned off and Feraligatr could be seen laying on the ground unconscious.
"Feraligatr is unable to battle," Chatot said, "The winner is Ash Ketchum, the Pyramid King."
"Alright, Daddy!" Amy squealed happily.
Ash casually returned Regirock while Jordan ran to his fallen Pokémon. "Nice try, kid," Ash said, turning around to leave, "Better luck next time."
"That was a fast battle," Giovanni said folding his arm in front of him.
"Nah, they're all like that," Flint said, "Dad is able to dominate anyone with those Pokémon."
Everybody got up to leave, Amy and Flint cringed at that the sound of their mother's voice. "Alright you two," she said, "It's time for bed."
"Aww," Flint moaned, "I don't wanna!"
May shook her head and rolled her eyes, putting her hands on her hips. "Has that stopped you before?" she asked. "Now scoot, I don't want to have to tell you twice." Heads hanging low, Flint and Amy walked off to get ready for bed. May let out a satisfied sigh and walked over to the dining room to clean up the mess left by the meal. She stuck the silverware and plates in the dishwasher and began to scrub one of the cooking spots she used earlier, until she heard a cough from behind her.
She turned around and saw Ash standing a few feet behind her. "Um... Listen... I just want to apologize," he began, scratching the back of his head, "I've not been very respectful to you lately, and I feel really bad about it."
May smiled and dried off her hands with a nearby towel. She walked up to Ash, and slapped him across the cheek again.
"Ow!" Ash groaned.
May reached out and slid her arms under his, wrapping around him until her hands touched on his back. "I forgive you," she said, laying her head on his chest. Ash smiled and hugged her in return, laying his head on hers.
"It's getting to me," Ash said, hugging May and little tighter, "It's feels like it's eating away at me."
"It'll be okay," May whispered, rubbing Ash's back, "We'll figure this out."
Ash took a deep breath and sighed. "I hope so..."
They held onto each other for another minute, before Ash smiled sadly and let go of May. "Sorry for slapping you," she apologized.
May lifted up the covers up at the end of Amy's bed, drawing them up over the girl. The little girl smiled as she snuggled under the covers with Pikachu.
"What story do you want me to tell you tonight?" May asked, sitting down on the bed beside her.
Amy exchanged glances with Pikachu. "Tell us about the time you and Dad first met," she asked, it was a common request, but May enjoyed telling the story, none the less.
"Well, way back in Hoenn, when I was just ten years old, I went to go see Professor Birch at his lab to go get my starter," May began.
"But he wasn't there, right?" Amy asked, she knew the story by heart.
"That's right," May said, tapping Amy's nose, causing the girl to giggle. "So I went to go find Professor Birch, I rode off on my bike to go find him. And do you know where he was?"
Amy giggled and nodded. "Up in a tree!"
May laughed and nodded. "Yep, running away from some Poochyena," She said, "Up in the tree like a scared little baby."
Amy giggled again. "And when I found him, he told me to get a Pokéball from his bag and to fight off the Poochyena," May said, "So I pulled out a Pokéball and sent out Torchic, and used her to scare away the Poochyena."
Amy's brow furrowed. "Mommy, I have a question," she said, "When Daddy told me the story, he said you sent out a Mudkip, and that it shot a Water Gun in your face."
May sweat dropped and shook her head. "You're father wasn't there, he isn't telling it right," she said.
"Oh," Amy said.
"Anyways, after I saved Professor Birch, we found Ash, who was trying to get an overcharged Pikachu under control," she said, ruffling Pikachu's fur on his forehead.
"In an act of nobleness, but foolishness, Ash jumped off a cliff, diving after Pikachu after he had jumped off too," May said, "He clung for his life onto the cliff while holding onto Pikachu. Luckily, Professor Birch and I used a rope to pull him back up."
"And that's when Team Rocket attacked," Amy said.
"Mhmm," May said with a nod, "They snatched up Pikachu, and began to absorb his electricity."
"And then he got all better," Amy said, smiling down at Pikachu.
"Yes, and in the process, he fried my bike," May said, sending a playful glare in Pikachu's direction. "After we beat Team Rocket, we headed back to Professor Birch's lab, where I picked my trusty Torchic to be my starter. That's when I met Ash more formally."
May closed her eyes and sighed, "Those were the days," she sighed dreamily. She smiled and kissed Amy and Pikachu on the heads. "Sweet dreams," May said, getting up from the bed and walking over to the door. She gave the two one final smile before turning off the light and closing the door.
She walked down the hall and approached another door. She opened it up to find Ash and Giovanni relaxing inside. Like a lot of the pyramid, the room had a homey feel to it, featuring a large fire place. Along the walls were several bookshelves, and in the center of the room was a large, soft, rug. Ash sat on one end of a love seat, while Giovanni sat across from him in a recliner.
May smiled and sat down on the love seat next to Ash, leaning on him and laying her head on his shoulder. "What are you two talking about?" She asked.
"Your husband was just telling me about his achievements," Giovanni said, he held a pose that made him look a bit menacing. He had his foot resting on his knee, his elbows resting on the arm rest, and his hands together, fingers intertwined. The smirk on his face and the gleam in his eye added to the pose. It sent a shiver down May's spine, but she chose to shrug it off.
"Winning the Pokémon League, an impressive feat indeed," he said, gesturing to the trophy perched on the mantle above the fire place. "Not to mention he hasn't suffered a single loss since he took the job as the Pyramid King."
Ash smiled and scratched May's forehead. "May's done some pretty cool things too, she won the Grand Festival and became a Top Coordinator," he said, "She's really good at it." His comments caused May to blush.
Giovanni let out a yawn and shook his head. "I'm feeling a bit tired," he said, "I think I'll head off to bed." With that, he stood up from the recliner, Ash and May stood up as well, and the three walked out of the room.
"I just don't get it," Ash said sadly, "This didn't work either."
May was changing into her pajamas in the closet while Ash sat at the edge of the large bed that sat in the middle of the room, similar the Giovanni's.
"It's only day one, give it some time," May said as she slid into her pajama pants. "You can't expect it to work immediately."
Ash shrugged, "Maybe not," he said, "But I still can't stand this."
For a while now, Ash had had been suffering from a depression, and not just a short phase, he had been feeling it for several months. He could hide it, but he couldn't stop it. He and May had tried several things to get rid of it, including bailing Giovanni out of prison, but nothing seemed to be working. May stepped into the bedroom with her pajamas on and walked over to Ash, laying down on the bed next to him.
"Just give it time," May said.
Ash sighed and rubbed his face with both his hands. "I'm tired of waiting," he said, "I'm sick of this..."
May gazed at the ceiling, thinking for a little bit. "We need something to take your mind off of it," May said, "Something that will keep you busy."
Ash frowned, "Like what?"
May thought for a minute, furrowing her brow. "Hm... Something that will take your mind off things..." she said, suddenly, her face brightened and smile grew across her face. "I got it!"