Chapter 8: secret crushes
“Oh, no. It’s my pleasure. I’d love to go on a date with you…” I murmured in my sleep. I was having a pleasant dream, and was sleeping ever so soundly. Well, that is, until I heard a loud shriek. “Go on a date with who?!” The voice screamed. I screamed. I was about to kick the person who screamed at me in the face, when I realized it was my friend, Christine. I screamed again, and asked her what she was doing in my room and how she got here. “Easy,” she stated, smirking. “Your window is always open, so I just come into your room when you least expect it.” I was shocked and tried to speak, but no words came out. “What’s the matter? You’re looking at me as if what I just did was weird.” My friend gave me a confused look. Um, excuse me, Christine, do you find pleasure in invading other people’s privacy? You act like climbing through another person’s window is a normal thing to do! “N-never mind,” I replied, smacking my forehead. “Let’s just get to school.” After school, Christine asked me about my dream. “So, who did you want to go on a date with in your dream? Was the guy in your dream… I don’t know, cute?” She asked me. Upon hearing these words, I immediately froze. My face was completely red. “He was.” I replied, blushing. Christine looked at me and smiled. “Aww, sweetie. You have a crush on someone, don’t you?” She asked me. I nodded, still red in the face. “Well, who do you have a crush on?” She questioned. I whispered to her that I had a crush on two guys. Namely, N and ash. “Why, Peachy! Two guys? Well, dang! What are you going to do?” I shrugged. “I honestly don’t know. They’re both dreamy.” I replied. Christine looked at the time. “Oh my goodness! I better hurry home before mom gets ticked!” She exclaimed. “We’ll figure this out, somehow. Bye!” Before I could say anything else, Christine darted down the street to her house. I shook my head, and went into the portal.
Chapter 9: Scarface the Maniac
When I went inside of the portal, N was waiting for me. “Greetings, dearest leader.” he stated. “How are you this fine evening?” “I’m fine.” I replied. “But there’s something about this atmosphere–” N took me by the arm. “Why, what’s wrong with the atmosphere? It certainly is romantic, don’t you think?” He asked. I stared at him, and started to blush. “Yes, it is.” I replied. His soft blue eyes melted my heart. “N…I…I...” I stuttered. Before I could say anything else, I heard a loud shriek. It was Toadsworth, followed by Ash. “Peachy! We’ve got trouble! Electronica’s back, and she’s brought her boss!” Ash exclaimed. “Pfft, I can take on her boss. He can’t be that bad.” I scoffed. Suddenly, we all heard a voice as loud as an earthquake. “Who said I can’t be that bad!? I’m as bad as bad can be!” The voice roared. All fingers pointed towards me. I looked up and saw a huge ferocious dinosaur staring at me, followed by his two henchmen! “I’m Scarface, Electronica’s boss, and these goons are my henchmen, Dagger and Thump.” The dino stated. “Hello! We’re Dagger and Thump. Nice to meet you, little lady!” The two henchmen yelled simultaneously. I have to admit, I was a bit aggravated at them for calling me “Little lady”, but I decided to let it slide. “Likewise. I’m Peachy, the new leader of the portal. Nice to meet you three!” The three dinosaurs stared at me in confusion for a few minutes, in order to process what they had just heard, then burst out laughing at me. “You!? You’re the new leader?!” They laughed simultaneously. Okay, I was sick and tired of people thinking that I wasn’t cut out to be leader. The third response from the dinosaurs’ mouths drew the line! Smoke came out of my ears. N looked at the Mayor nervously, and asked, “Is Peachy okay? She seems ticked…” “Oh ho ho! She’s fine. She’s about to unleash one of her powers. The power of heat!” The Mayor replied. N, the Mayor, and Ash watched me closely as I began to light up on fire! “Yes, I’m the new leader! You guys have a problem with that!?” I screamed at them angrily. “You got something against humans?!” Upon screaming these words, I immediately engulfed myself in flames! The Mayor chuckled, “There’s her new power now! How you like it, boys?” “Oh, wow! She’s awesome!” Ash and N exclaimed simultaneously, their eyes sparkling. Scarface and his 2 henchmen were amazed, for they had never seen anything like this before. Scarface grinned evilly, and stated, “Now you look like a worthy opponent. Come at me!” The heavy dinosaur lunged at me, but I smacked him with my fire hammer and sent him flying into a wall. He got back up with barely any wounds. I was amazed! How could one not get harmed by my fire hammer?! He whacked me with his tail and I flew into a wall. I winced in pain, for I had major injuries. Despite my injuries, however, I staggered towards Scarface, and screamed, “Is that all you’ve got?!” Scarface glared at me, and sneered, “I knew it. I knew you weren’t cut out to be leader. After all, girls are weaker than boys.” Oh, no, he didn’t. He did not just say that I, Peachy Marie, was weak! I had enough of him! It was payback time! I engulfed myself in blue flames, became a fireball, and punched him violently out of the portal. The 2 henchmen were shocked, and ran out of the portal to find their boss. I panted heavily, while turning back to normal. “HECK YEAH! YOU MESS WITH THE FLAME, YOU GET BURNED!” I shouted confidently. The Mayor looked at me, and exclaimed, “Ms. Peachy! That was incredible! You did an amazing job!” I replied, blushing, “oh, it was nothing really. All I did was send him into the sky.” N came up to me. “Dearest Peachy, you did an astounding job. I’m really fond of your motivation towards battles. Keep it up!” N stated, as he gave me an affectionate rub on the head. It felt warm and comforting! “Thank you, N. You’re really sweet!” I responded. I looked at Ash. He seemed to be mesmerized by my skills, for he stared dreamily at me. “Whoa! You were amazing. You think you could teach me how to battle like that?” Upon hearing these words, my face immediately turned bright red! Ash wanted to learn from me?! I was about to say that he should learn on his own, since he was in high school already, but I couldn’t resist his adorable, sweet face, which made my heart swoon! “Sure, wh-why not? I’d be happy to teach you…” I stuttered. N and Toadworth gave me surprised looks. “All right then, we’ll leave you two alone to train. Good luck!” The Mayor exclaimed, as he and N departed. When they left, Ash stated, “Phew, they’re gone! Now I have something to show you, Peachy. Come with me.” “Okay then, show me the way…” I responded, while blushing. He grabbed my hand and led me through several forests of the Pokémon world, then dragged me along with him until we finally stopped at a gigantic oak tree. He let go of my hand, and carved his name into the tree. He told me to write my name in the empty spot, so I did. The writing said, “Ash and Peachy, Poke partners for life!” I stared at the tree. It was beautiful! “This will be our meeting spot from now on. Do you Poke swear never to tell anyone of this place?” I nodded. “In case you’re wondering what a ‘poke swear’ is, it’s kind of like a promise, but stronger. It’s a special bond of trust between you and me.” He added. He smiled at me. Oh my gosh! His beautiful eyes! Those beautiful, gorgeous eyes were staring right at me! I blushed really hard, trying to cover my face. “Hey, why don’t you come over to my house tomorrow? My mom won’t mind a visitor.” Ash stated. “Sure, I’d love to!” I replied. “Great, see you tomorrow!” He exclaimed, as he dashed down the road. I watched him as he disappeared.
Chapter 10: This Feeling…Shall We Call it Love?
The next day was lovely, and school had just ended for me. I hurried towards my house, and ran inside. Today was the day that I was going to go to Ash’s house! I squealed with joy, and ran up to my bedroom to pick an outfit to wear. I browsed through several, but none of them seemed to interest me, so I called Christine. “Walter residence, this is Christine speaking.” She answered through the phone. “Hi, Christine! You have a dress I could borrow? I’m going to a certain guy’s house today.” I responded. “Is this ‘guy’ Ash?” She asked. I was surprised that she knew I was talking about. “Yeah, how did you know?” I asked. “I have my ways of knowing things. Open your window. I’ll toss the dress to you. Good luck!” Before I could say anything else, she hung up on me. I opened my window, and she tossed the dress to me. We waved to each other, and then closed our windows. I looked at the dress. It was a beautiful pink dress with satin bows, and laces on the back. On the front, it had a Pikachu on it. It was so adorable! I quickly tried it on. It was a perfect fit! Excited, I headed down the stairs, left my mom a note, and ran towards the Portal. Inside, I noticed that the Mayor wasn’t there, but I paid no mind to his absence, and hurried towards Ash’s house. When I got there, I knocked on the door. There was no answer, so I knocked again. No response. I finally rang the doorbell. Mrs. Ketchum answered the door. “Hello dearie! I’m Mrs. Ketchum, Ash’s mother. You must be Peachy!” She exclaimed. “Yes, that’s me. I’m Peachy.” I replied. She smiled, and motioned for me to come in. I stepped inside, and analyzed the appearance of the house carefully. It had wooden floors and cream-colored walls. There were shelves spread about here and there with books aplenty, hinting that the mother was fond of reading. I noticed some pictures on the wall of Ash as a boy with his mom, then I realized that there were no pictures of his father. “Excuse me, Mrs. Ketchum, but where is Ash’s father in any of these pictures?” I questioned. “Ah, you see, Ash’s father is on a long Pokémon journey. He’s been gone for months now, and we hardly receive any letters from him. Guess the post office isn’t mailing letters at the moment.” She responded. “Sit down, I’ll make you some tea.” I sat down on the sofa, while she was brewing a fresh pot of tea. I noticed an old photo album, and picked it up. It was full of photos of little Ash and his mom. “Aww, he’s so cute!” I gushed. A few minutes later, Mrs. Ketchum brought 2 cups of tea and set them on the table. “One for you, and one for me.” She responded, pointing to each of the teacups. She picked up her teacup and sipped her tea thoughtfully. “I see you found the photo album. Let me show you a picture of my little one in the tub.” She chuckled. She flipped through the pages until she found a picture of a little boy swimming in the bathtub. “There he is!” She exclaimed, while pointing to the little boy. “My little boy swimming all by himself.” I giggled. Ash was so cute! Mrs. Ketchum was about to show me another picture of Ash, when someone came down the stairs. “Hey, Mom. Who’s the guest?” The voice asked. It was Ash. I looked at him, and stated, “Hey there! Sorry if I came in too early.” Ash looked at me in amazement. “Oh, no. You’re fine. Welcome to my house, Peachy. …. You look beautiful.” He blushed. Ash was wearing a formal black dress shirt with black pants and black shoes. To be honest, his attire reminded me of James Bond. “Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be at your house.” I replied, blushing. Mrs Ketchum looked towards her son. “Hi, sweetie! I was just showing Peachy some of your baby pictures. I hope you don’t mind.” She told him. “MOM! You showed her my baby pictures!? Including the one with me in the bathtub!? To our guest!?” Ash exclaimed, his face red with embarrassment. “It’s okay. I really didn’t mind looking at them.” I reassured him. Mrs. Ketchum chuckled. “Ash, why don’t you show Peachy your room?” She suggested. “I’ll be down in the kitchen washing dishes. Let me know if you need anything.” “Okay mom, I will.” Ash responded. He grabbed my hand and led me up to his room. His room was filled with Pokémon knickknacks aplenty. His outfits were neatly stored in a drawer, and his badges were neatly placed in their appropriate cases. He sat on the edge of his bed, and motioned for me to come sit next to him, so I did. I looked at him, and noticed 2 yellow ears popping out of his shirt. “It’s all right, Pikachu. You can come out now.” Ash stated. Suddenly, a large yellow mouse jumped out of his shirt. He stroked it affectionately. “This is Pikachu, my best pal. We’ve been together for years now!” He exclaimed. I looked at Pikachu, and began stroking it. Pikachu squealed with joy, I guess it was quite fond of me. “He seems to like you.” Ash stated. “He? Pikachu is a boy?” I asked. “Yeah. Pikachu is a male.” Ash responded. “You have any Pokémon with you?” “Let’s see...” I told him. I pondered for a moment, then shuffled through my bag, until I found one of my Pokémon from Pokémon black and white, A Micchino named Cuddles. “Cuddles, come on out!” I screamed, as a cute, grey Chinchilla came out of the pokeball. “Chino!” squealed Cuddles, as she showered me with kisses. “This is Cuddles, my female Micchino. We’ve been friends for a while as well.” I stated. Ash looked at Cuddles, and stroked her affectionately. Her face lit up with joy! Ash introduced Cuddles to Pikachu, and they really seemed to like each other! Ash and I giggled. After we chatted for a bit, he left the room for a minute, then came back dressed in a tank and shorts. I blushed crimson. He gave me a confused look, and asked, “Is something wrong?” “N-no… Everything’s fine.” I stuttered. He looked closely at my face, and inquired, “Do you think I’m hot?” Upon hearing these words, my face turned bright red! “Nope, not really.” I replied, trying to hide my red face. He smirked. “You DO think I’m hot, you just don’t want to admit it.” He sneered. “I DO not think you’re hot!” I exclaimed, blushing angrily. “I just find you really gorgeous, cute, and hot at the same time!” I blushed in embarrassment, for I realized what I had just blurted out. Ash sat next to me on the bed and smiled. “So you DO like me!” He exclaimed. “Yeah, it’s kind of hard for me to express my feelings.” I responded. He chuckled, and remarked, “I hate to break it to you, but you were pretty obvious.” I frowned. Ash put his hand on my shoulder, and stated consolingly, “It’s okay, there’s nothing wrong with telling me your feelings… Actually, I have a crush on you as well.” I stared at the red-faced Ash for a few moments. “Really?” I asked. “Yeah, I felt like I didn’t have the courage to tell you until now.” Ash responded. “It was very brave of you to tell me your feelings.” I stated. “Thanks…” he sighed, his voice trailing off. “You know, you’ve shown me just how powerful you can be, Peachy, and I like powerful girls. So, I have a question for you.” “Yes, what is it?” I asked, blushing. “WILL YOU BE MY GIRLFRIEND?!” Ash shouted, his face red with embarrassment. I thought I was about to faint. Cuddles and Pikachu were shocked as well. Before I could reply, he pulled me into a sweet kiss. I was very surprised at first, but then I let myself sink into the kiss, and slowly started kissing him back. “Yes, I will be your girlfriend…” I muttered, while kissing him. Pikachu and cuddles watched as we playfully started kissing each other for a few moments, and then slowly pulled away. “Mmm… You’re sweet…” I moaned. “So are you.” Ash stated, smiling and blushing. “Wanna start dating?” “Sure, Ashy!” I gushed. “But what about our parents and everyone else?” Ash smacked his forehead. “Oh, right. That little detail.” He groaned. I could see frustration in his face, and embraced him in my arms. “Don’t worry, we’ll figure it out eventually!” I exclaimed. “Right now, I wanna spend time with you!” He smiled, stating, “I love you, Peachy. Never change.” “I love you too!” I exclaimed with joy. As I said these words, he tackled me and showered me with kisses.