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A Pair of Two Doubles
Chapter 8 -- "The Excitement of Going to a Festival"
"I should get going now, so you stay here and don't give Pikachu and the other Pokémon a hard time, okay?" Misty kindly said as she gave her Togepi a tight hug. "And the same goes for you, Psyduck," she added while glaring at her clumsy duck-like Pokémon, who just cluelessly repeated its own name in response. It leaned its head from its right side to its left, holding it with its small yellow wings during the entire process.
Misty sighed. "Please help take care of Psyduck too, Togepi..." she whispered to her baby Pokémon while kneeling down. It just chirped back.
The girl put Togepi down beside Pikachu and gave a step back so that she could see all of the Pokémon before her. They all acted as if they were excited, probably because they would have some time to spend together outside of their Pokéballs. All of them belonged to either her, Ash or Brock. The only ones who weren't present were Bayleef, Tododile and Crobat, because they were already at the entrance of the festival waiting for her with her two friends and Nurse Joy. Other Pokémon who belonged to other trainers were also at the Pokémon Center, but most of them were kept inside of their Pokéballs. The ones who were loose were either running around in the cafeteria or were outside keeping Brock's Onix company, since it couldn't fit inside the building. They all would be watched by an Officer Jenny, who had come from another town just to run this task. At that moment, the policewoman was at the cafeteria.
Misty twirled around once in front of all the thirteen Pokémon who she knew well in the kimono she had bought that very day. "So? What do you think?" she asked them, referring as to how she looked. They all cheered and she smiled with glee at this.
"Bye! Take care!" She had turned around and was now headed for the place where the event would occur. Realizing that she would be late if she didn't hurry up, she waved back at the Pokémon who stood behind the Pokémon Center glass doors, and, in Onix's case, the Pokémon who stood in the yard, and she started sprinting down the street. Her hair, which she now had left loose, started bouncing up and down around her. It was kind of wierd to her, since she usually kept it in a ponytail on the left side of her head.
It's so hard to run in a kimono, Misty thought to herself as she nearly tripped on her own foot.
She started to pick up her pace down the small streets of the town until she reached the place where the festival would be held. Of course, since the gates hadn't been opened yet, the place was quite crowded, making it hard for her to see Ash and the others. She had to make her way through the people, pushing a few aside and squishing herself in between two or three. She was also pushed and pulled while doing this.
She finally got a glimpse of what looked to be like her friends, who stood by a small bench. The bench was being occupied by Tododile, Brock and Nurse Joy. Chansey, who was probably the Pokémon that Joy decided to take, stood in front of Tododile, and both giggled every now and then as the water Pokémon danced around in its place. Misty could see that Ash, whose back faced her, was standing up, patting Bayleef on the head, who gladly dug its head in his leg in return. Crobat was flying over the six of them. The girl ran towards them.
Misty startled her friends once she reached them. She had arrived with a loud puff that made Ash suddenly turn around to see what it was. She bent over so that she could support her hands on her knees and catch some air. Although Misty panted lightly, it was easily visible that she needed to rest for a moment. Ash, Brock and Nurse Joy curiously looked over at the girl who had just arrived. So did the four Pokémon.
*PLING PLANG PLONG PLUNG*
The water Pokemon trainer grined as she heard the ringing sound of bells. "Right on time," she happily announced as she stood upright once again. She had a mischeavous smile as she lifted her left hand up, revealing both her index finger and her middle one in a "V" shape. Ash, Brock and Nurse Joy all sweatdropped at how happy she was over such a meaningless thing. Misty also had a few strings of her short, red hair wildly dancing around her face, adding yet another feature to her childish look.
She suddenly took a deep breath and leaned over the first thing in front of her, who just happened Ash.
"Are you okay?" he kindly asked, not really knowing what to do with the fact that Misty's head now rested on his shoulder.
"Wait a second... Ash... Let me... Catch my breath a bit..."
Suddenly, a familiar voice was heard through the speakers that surounded the area. "Everybody! May I please have your attention!"
"Hey! It's... It's... Officer Jenny!" Brock excitedly shouted as he stood up. Nurse Joy just cluelessly looked at him and thought of something to say. "Uh... Yes, it is Officer Jenny. But this one is the one who runs the small police station in this town, whereas the one in the Pokémon Center isn't..."
"Humpf!" Misty, without either lifting her head up or opening her eyes, subtlely kicked Brock in the ankle. "Brock..." she said with clenched teeth.
"Ow!" Luckily, after practically falling over his partner, he got her message.
"The 'Anual Pokémon Pair Up Festival' is about to begin!" The crowd cheered when they heard this. "We are now opening the gates! Please wait in line with your date..."
"D-date?" Ash and Misty, both with wide eyes, freaked out at the same time. As Misty yelled this, she jolted her head up from the boy's shoulder and took a few steps away from him. Ash also made sure to keep his distance, so that he wasn't mistaken for Misty's boyfriend. Both blushed and looked away from each other.
"...and have your Pokémon with you!" Officer Jenny continued.
A huge roar from the crowd could be heard as everbody ran to take their places in line.
"Well, then! Let's go!" Brock cheerfully commanded. He held out his left elbow so that Nurse Joy could slide her arm through his and had Crobat accommodate on his right shoulder.
Nurse Joy smiled at his generosity and looked back. "Come along, Chansey," she told her Pokémon as she and Brock disappeared in the middle of the crowd.
"Chansey!" Chansey squealed. It happily raised its short arms in an excited way and followed the nurse.
Misty realized that she and her partner should probably follow them aswell. "Hey! Wait up for us!" she yelled as she grabbed Ash by his nearest arm and picked up the excited Tododile from the bench. She definately wasn't nearly as gentle with Ash as Brock was with Nurse Joy. "Let's go, Bayleef!" she told the grass type Pokémon. She pulled Ash through the crowd Brock, Nurse Joy, Chansey and Crobat had just stuck themselves in. Bayleef obeyed her, so it also vanished as it entered the huge jumble people.
Inside, they felt completely lost. There were so many people, and the hassle was tremendous.
"Oh, no... We've lost them..." Misty sounded concerned. "What do we do now?"
"Hey, I know!" Ash excitedly yelled. He turned to his Pokémon. "Bayleef, use your Vine Whip to hold on to Chansey so that we won't be parted from one another!"
"Bay bay!" Bayleef gladly accepted its trainer's order. It immediately shot the green vine that rested on the right side of its neck out into the crowd and after Chansey's small tail, which was the only part of it that was still visible to them. "Bay!" The vine soon slid around Chansey's body and got a firm grip of it.
Ash praised his Pokémon. "Great job, Bayleef! Now, do the same thing to us with your other vine!"
Another green vine shot out from Bayleef's neck, but this time, from the left side. This vine stood in the air, right in front of Ash. He grabbed it and felt it tighten around his wrist. Ash caught Misty's hand and started following Bayleef's lead to the other side.
"Argh... Look at the size of this line!" Brock exclaimed as soon as he and Nurse Joy had come out of the middle of the crowd.
"Wow! It's... Pretty big, isn't it?" The surprised nurse asked with one of her hands over her cheek, in a fascinated fashion.
"It sure is! Come on, Nurse Joy! We have to go get a place in line! And fast!"
"Uh... Okay!" Nurse Joy agreed while being pulled by Brock out to the end of the line, which extended to about three blocks away. Behind her, the pink Pokémon followed, with a green vine tied around its round body. As Chansey came out of the cluster of people, the vine still led into it, revealing Bayleef. At the end of Bayleef's other vine were Ash and Misty. Misty, with the help of her arm, held Tododile.
She stopped to release it onto the floor. "There you go, Tododile!" Misty told the Pokémon, who had been squirming in her arms ever since she picked it up. "I'm sorry, but we don't want to lose you," she apologized.
"Todo todo tododile!" it chanted while prancing around. It wasn't mad at her, but it was such an energetic Pokémon that it couldn't help but want to dance when it saw all of those people and movement around it.
The three trainers, their Pokémon and the nurse soon met up at the end of the line, and it felt like the queue went on forever. Ash, Misty and Brock sighed, as Nurse Joy, who was used to the festival's usual line, giggled. The Pokémon, however, didn't seem to mind the size of the queue, for they kept on playing with each other.
From behind a tree that was nearby, Jessie watched them. She growled.
"Why did those twerps have to get in line now? That's gonna make us have to wait until there's a reasonable amount of people behind them until we can line up!"
"Oh, look, Jessie," James cheerfully said. "There are so many people wanting to enter the place that the line will grow faster than you can count how many times Meowth has prooven itself useful in our team!"
"Hey! Ya'd better watch what ya' big mouth blurts out in fronta me, Jimmy boy!" Meowth yelled.
James chose to ignore it. Instead, he pointed to the long line of people that stood before the opened gates. "Look! We can definately line up now! See how many people are already standing behind them?"
Jessie gave her evil laugh. "Yes, I see! Let's go, team!" she encouraged them as she came out from behind the tree. "It's now time for us to let 'love' know what Team Rocket is all about!" She signaled for both James and Meowth to follow.
"Come on out, Wobbuffet!" she demanded her blue Pokémon. Unfortunately for her, Wobbuffet had already let itself out all on its own a long before.
"Woh buffet!" It jumped up behind her.
"Wobbuffet!" The female member of Team Rocket yelled. "What are you doing? Grr! You have to come out of your Pokéball only when I tell you to!" She suddenly stopped yelling to take a deep breath. "Never mind..." she grumbled. Jessie turned around to face the direction of the line. "Let's get ourselves in that line!" she ordered as she crossed the two blocks in between the line and them.
"Yippee!" James cheered as he followed his human team mate over to the end of the queue. Meowth clung on to his head and Wobbuffet wobbled behind.
"Yay! Look! Only a few more people to go!" Misty anxiously announced as the line moved closer and closer to the gate. She kept her fists near her face, swinging them and her head from side to side, always in the opposite direction from each other.
"Yeah! I can almost taste the food from here!" Ash added while sniffing the air with a dreamy face. Misty suddenly stopped acting so excited to stare at her friend. She frowned.
"Ash!" she yelled. "How can you think of food at a time like this?"
"I guess," he nervously replied, with his palms in front of him, protecting himself from another one of his friend's sudden wraths, "it's because I didn't have anything to eat ever since we returned from the store today!"
The girl sighed.
"Get off! I was here first!"
"Huh? What was that?" Ash curiously asked when they all heard what seemed to be people fighting.
"It sounded like it came from the end of the line," Brock said.
Misty confirmed Brock's theory. "It sure is! Look over there!" she exclaimed while pointing at an older girl who grabbed another girl by her pigtails.
"Grr! Now, either you get out of my way or I'll have my Wobbuffet use it's furious Counter attack against you!" the girl yelled. She had pretty burgandy hair, which was up in a bun above her head. She also wore an orange kimono with little purple hearts as details.
"Jess, will ya' calm down? We're gonna get kicked off da line if ya' keep dis up!" a cat-like Pokémon whispered into her ear.
"That's right! Now stop it!" an older boy with short blueish-purple hair tried restraining her. Unfortunately for him, it was useless. The girl was apparently very strong, and appeared to gain strength as her anger grew.
Nurse Joy was shocked when she saw what was happening. "Oh, my! Now, why would people fight like that? Especially at a time like this?"
"Beats me," Brock answered as he stared at the scene.
"Gah! It's dem twerps! And dey're looking directly at us! Stop! Or else dey'll recognize us, Jessie!"
Jessie looked up and her eyes met theirs. Without thinking twice, the expression of her face completely changed. She suddenly started laughing out loud and yelled, while patting the back of the girl she had been fighting with over the place in line, "Of course you may keep this place! I don't mind at all!" She placed her right hand before her mouth as if to cover her wide laughter. Subtlely, Jessie slid behind the girl, disappearing from Ash's and his friends' sights.
"I don't know about you," Misty started as she placed her hands on her waist, "but those people looked familiar to me..."
"Yeah," Ash agreed.
"Next!" a voice shouted. It was the voice of a male officer, ordering the next couple to present themselves and their Pokémon so that they could be eligible to participate in the festival.
"Yes! This is it, guys!" Brock gleefully told his friends. "Will you please join me in this special occasion, Nurse Joy?" he invited the kind nurse.
"Of course!" she smiled as she accepted. "Let's go, Chansey!"
Brock, Nurse Joy, Chansey and Crobat were now approaching the entrance gates.
"We'll meet ya' inside, okay?" Ash called out behind them. He never heard an answer, probably because Brock was too busy drooling over Nurse Joy.
"Hum..." Misty placed her right index finger on her chin. "That's funny..."
"Uh... What is?" Ash asked, intrigued.
"Well, didn't Nurse Joy say that the climate at night was supposed to be cold around here?"
Ash was suddenly confused. "Uh... Climb what at night?"
His friend couldn't help but slap her face with her own hand at his stupidity. "No, Ash! I said 'climate'! As in 'weather'!"
"O-oh!" Ash nervously pretended to understand. "Of course!" He laughed a bit, trying to cover for himself. He placed both his fists on his hips so that he looked like a wise person. "Yeah, so?"
Misty crossed her arms. "Well, look at the sky, Ash. Doesn't it seem like nighttime to you?" She turned around and glared at him from the corner of her eye. "Ya' know, considering the sky is dark and all..."
"Oh, yeah..." Ash started chuckling once again. "Well, it's probably just a little change in the 'climb rate', that's all!"
"Argh... Never mind..." Misty smirked after sighing.
"Hey! Look! It's us, Misty!" Ash exclaimed. He had found the perfect excuse for ending the subject. The boy quickly wrapped his hand around Misty's and dragged her in the direction of the voice. "Tododile! Bayleef! Hurry up!"
They all ended up in front of another male officer. "Let's see..." he began. "Names of the two people who form the couple?"
Ash and Misty both started to laugh nervously. The Cerulean City Gym Leader spoke first.
"U-uh..." she uttered as her smile became wider and wider as she realized she didn't really know what to say. She suddenly wrapped her arm around her friend's head, and, with her free hand, the girl started to mess his hair up, making him feel completely confused. "We're not a couple! We're just friends! Ya' see?" Sweat was now practically pouring down Misty's face as she said this.
"Hum..." The officer gave them a wierd look. "I'm sorry, but only couples are allowed to enter. If you'd like to participate in the festival, I'm going to need proof. So either I see a kiss between the two of you, or..."
"A kiss?!" The trainers were shocked. In such a state, Misty had no strength to hold on to Ash any longer.
Argh, they both thought at the same time. What do I do now?
I can't kiss him! But, if I don't... We might not be able to enter... And I know how much Ash wants to see all of those Pokémon...
Ash's mind, contrary to Misty's, was completely blank. He nudged his friend with his elbow, causing her to temporarily turn her attention to him. "Way to go, Misty..." Ash mumbled under his breath.
The officer, after noticing that the two people who stood before him acted too uncomfortable with the whole idea, decided to give them a break. "Uh... I was only kidding!"
Misty's dumbfounded face suddenly turned into a furious one. "What?!" she yelled at the man. "You mean this was all a joke?!" The water Pokémon trainer nearly caught the officer by the collar. She was extremely angry. "How can you actually play with a person's feeling like this?!"
Ash decided to end this soon, because since Misty was angry, somebody could end up hurt very badly. He was a witness. But he also really wanted to be headed for the festival.
"Uh... Misty! Calm down a little!" he told the girl. He pulled her by her arm towards him and whispered, "Come on, let's just get over with this so we can enter!"
Misty's expression slowly changed after she heard what Ash had to say. "Fine..." she grumbled, still glaring threatningly at the officer. He, in return, looked scared of the girl.
"Is there anything else that you'd like to know?" Ash asked the man as he turned his attention to him.
"L-let's see... Which Pokémon will you two be t-taking and what are their genders?"
"I'm taking this female Bayleef, sir," he began while pointing at the grass-type Pokémon who stood beside him, "and Misty's taking this male Tododile!" Ash hurridly picked Tododile from the floor.
"O-okay! You may e-enter," the man announced as he let the two walk past the entrance gates.
Inside, both of them looked fascinated at the place. People and Pokémon walked around joyfully as the smell of delicious snacks filled the air. Misty no longer cared about what that officer had put her and Ash through, for she was extremely glad to be there.
Ash and Misty looked at each other from the corner of their eyes. "We're here!" they both celebrated as the two Pokémon who accompanied them danced around with glee.
---End Chapter 8---