Geez, not this **** again. I read somewhere that Kusaka had made Specialshipping canon and just shrugged it off as being a statement that was blown out of proportion. Being someone's valentine is not canonized shipping. It's just a polite thing to do.
They're really not a couple. They had (or have) crushes on each other. Big difference between crushes and coupling.
As opposed to the official manga couple Ruby x Sapphire....? Uh, okay then.
As I've said too many times before: if it's not essential to the plot, shipping doesn't need to be canon. Leave it open ended and let the fans imagine it from there.
I know Pokemon Adventures isn't a romantic-themed manga but still there should be at least one couple portrayed among the main characters. It would make the most sense for the most popular shipping to become true if one did.
Too bad there isn't a specific forum for this stuff. (/sarcasm. Yeah, I'm late to the party on this.)
"You are not the guy. You're not capable of being the guy. I had a guy, but now I don't. You. Are not. The guy."