Grace stood up from her chair as she looked up at the clock. She sighed when she saw the time. It wasn't too late yet, but if her daughter didn't get ready soon, they would most likely miss their flight, and that would simply not do. Thinking to herself, she then looked downwards to the small bird pokemon eating at the table.
"Well, Fletchling," she said, causing the little pokemon to look up. "It looks like Serena decided to sleep in again. Please be a dear and go wake her up."
Fletchling nodded and spread its wings. It then flew up towards Serena's room, chirping as it did. Grace watched with a smile as she pushed her chair back in. She then began to walk towards the steps.
The next thing Grace knew, the little bird Pokemon was flying back to her with a mischievous smile on its face. It landed right on her shoulder as a young girl ran down the stairs.
"Mom!" the girl yelled angrily. "Why did you have Fletchling peck me again?!"
"You should have been up a long time ago," Grace replied. "We have to get ready to see your cousin Calem! When was the last time you were able to see a Pokemon League in person, especially one taking place so far away from Kalos?"
"Come on," Serena groaned. "We can always watch the Silver Conference on television!"
Grace frowned. "Serena, we've talked about this. We were lucky enough to get tickets to see the Silver Conference, and we can't let that opportunity go wasted! And Calem already expects us to be there to cheer for him!"
"Fine," Serena mumbled. She then went up to her room to get changed. She still didn't know how to feel about going all the way to Johto to cheer on her cousin. On one hand, she had always admired Calem, seeing him almost like the older brother that she never had. On the other hand, she wasn't looking forward to going to a place that would most likely be full of trainers, all of whom would almost certainly know what they wanted to do with their lives.
That was something Serena could not say for herself.
Her mother insisted on teaching her everything she knew about Rhyhorn Racing, but Serena was quite certain that she never wanted to be in a race. However, she had no idea what she could do instead. And she doubted she could figure out by going to the Silver Conference.
As she finished getting clothed, she thought about what the next few days would hold for her. She wondered if she would meet any new friends there, or if she'd see something that could help her find her calling in life. Briefly, she wondered if any of the trainers in the Silver Conference would manage to change her life.
Briefly, she chuckled to herself. What were the odds of any life-changing events taking place in the Silver Conference?
Ash, Misty, and Brock walked towards the Athlete's Village with Calem. He had long since returned his Rhyhorn to its pokeball, and was now walking alongside the trio.
"Man, I'm glad we got all that paperwork out of the way," said Ash. "I can't wait to start battling!"
"Well, aren't you excited," said Calem. "I mean, I'm excited too, but I would like to just enjoy the other aspects of the league. I mean, look at all the stands! We could get ice cream, souvenirs, balloons…"
At the last one, Ash noticed an old, short man with a long, white beard, who was passing out balloons to a group of happy children. His eyes widened and his face broke into a grin as he recognized the man.
"Mr. Goodshow!" he said as he ran up, catching the man's attention.
"Hmm?" said Mr. Goodshow, before he smiled widely. "Why? If it isn't Ash, Brock, and Misty! What perfect timing!"
He then noticed the temporary fourth member of the group. "Oh? And who might this young man be?"
"Hello, sir," Calem said as he raised a hand. "My name's Calem! I'm a Pokemon trainer from Aquacorde Town in the Kalos region!"
"Kalos, eh?" Mr. Goodshow said as he scratched his chin. "Why that's a very lovely place. You're lucky to have grown up there, you know."
"I sure am," said Calem.
"So, why are you out here passing balloons, Mr. Goodshow?" Misty asked.
"You see," Mr. Goodshow explained, "as President of the Pokemon League Torch Committee, one of my jobs it to greet the fans! And nothing says 'Welcome to the Silver Conference' like a good old balloon, right?"
"Well, I can't argue with that," said Brock. "Everyone loves balloons."
"Right," said Mr. Goodshow. "So Ash, it's been quite a while since I last saw you! Would I be right in assuming that you came here to battle in the Silver Conference?"
"Absolutely!" said Ash.
"Then you promise me you'll get out there and show those trainers what battling is all about!"
"You got it!, Mr. Goodshow!" Ash said as he pumped his fist.
"PikaPika!" Pikachu said in agreement.
The four trainers walked into the Athlete's Village Pokemon Center and Hotel. They were amazed by how large it was, even if it made sense for it to be big enough to house all the trainers who would be participating in the conference.
"Well, I guess I'll be heading off for my room," Calem said as they walked through the halls. "Let's meet up later!"
"Sounds great!" said Ash. "Good luck!"
"You too, Ash!" said Calem as he walked off to his room. Ash grinned and made his way to his own room along with Brock and Misty.
"Here we are!" Brock said as they reached the room. Upon opening the door, they gasped at what they saw; the room was large, with several comfy couches and seats. There was a balcony with a view of the lake, as well as a number of potted plants. The walls had several paintings hung up on them, and there were at least two tables, one of which had a computer that trainers could use to check for information on their competitors.
"This room is so awesome!" Ash said as he ran into the room and sat on a couch. Misty and Brock followed him in, taking in their surroundings.
"This is such a great room!" Misty said. "They definitely want the trainers to feel right at home in here!"
"Togepriii!" Togepi trilled.
Brock smiled, and then turned towards Ash. "Hey Ash, why don't we head off to the screening fields? The screening rounds are about to begin!"
Ash got off the couch and grinned. "You got it! I'm ready!"
"PikaPika!" Pikachu cried as it jumped onto Ash's shoulder.
"Quilava! Fire Blast!"
Calem chuckled as the dark blue fire-type launched a huge blast of fire towards his Rhyhorn. It would take a lot more than that to take them down.
"Rhyhorn! Rock Tomb!"
Rhyhorn roared as a number of rocks began to fly around it before being launched towards Quilava at high speeds. The rocks then circled around the volcano Pokemon before smashing into it. Quilava cried out in pain before collapsing, now unconscious.
"Quilava is unable to battle!" the referee yelled. "Rhyhorn is the winner! The victor is Calem of Aquacorde Town!"
"Yes!" said Calem as he thrust his fist into the air. "Well done, Rhyhorn!"
"Rhyyy!" Rhyhorn replied happily."
Calem smiled as he returned his Pokemon to its Pokeball. That had been his third win, and so he had made it to the next stage of the competition. It hadn't been easy, but he was determined to make it all the way to the top.
Not to mention it would be incredibly embarrassing if he was defeated even before his aunt and cousin arrived. He was going to give them something to cheer for!
Speaking of which, his Holo Caster was beginning to ring. Smiling, he pulled it out and pressed a button to answer the call.
"Hey, Aunt Grace!" he said, immediately recognizing the woman who appeared before him.
"Calem!" his aunt said happily. "How have you been?"
"I'm doing great!" Calem said with a smile. "I just made it past the screening round!"
"That's great, Calem!" said Grace. "Serena and I have just landed in Silver Town, so we'll be there very soon!"
"Awesome!" Calem replied. "I'll meet up with you at the Pokemon Center. I'll probably need to check my place in the next round, so I'll be spending a lot of time there anyway!"
"Gotcha," said Grace. "You keep winning those battles, and we'll make sure to cheer you on!"
"All right!" said Calem. "See you soon!"
"See you soon!"
With that, Calem turned his Holo Caster off. He then looked off into the distance as he made his way out of the field. He was excited to see his aunt and cousin again. Not only would it be great for them to get to know this new region, but it would also help motivate him in his battles. After all, there was no way he'd lose in front of his family!
In the distance, he could see Ash successfully obtaining victory with his Cyndaquil. So he'd made it past the screening round as well. He couldn't say he was surprised.
He made his way towards the Pokemon Center. He'd have a lot to do in the next few days.
Ash, Misty, and Brock looked up at the screen in fascination. The faces of all the people who had managed to pass the screening round were shown for all to see.
"So, these are all the trainers who've made it so far," said Ash.
"Look!" Brock said as he pointed upwards. "Calem made it!"
"That's amazing!" Misty said happily.
"Togie-togie!" Togepi cheered.
"Yeah!" Ash said in agreement, before he gasped. "Look!"
The other two looked where Ash was pointing and gasped as well. There, at the very top, was a picture of none other than Ash's oldest rival, Gary Oak.
"Gary Oak," Ash said quietly. "I should've known that he'd make it."
Ash sighed as he looked around. His face then lit up when he saw a familiar face; his own.
"Yeah! There I am!"
"All right!" said Misty.
"You did it!" said Brock.
"Yeah!" Ash said enthusiastically. "I'm going to beat him and everyone else!"
"Oh, I wouldn't get overconfident if I were you!"
Ash blinked in surprise, then turned around. Standing before him was none other than Mr. Goodshow.
"You'd be surprised how hard it is to get through the semifinals," Mr. Goodshow explained. "The Silver Conference semifinals are fought between three members of each block, in three-on-three battles! The trainer with the most points in each block gets to advance to the victory tournament in the finals! Out of the current 48 trainers, only 16 will be able to advance to the finals!"
"Wow," said Misty. "When you put it like that, it definitely sounds like a long road to the finals."
"Not to mention a rough one!" Brock added.
"That's right!" said Mr. Goodshow. "So good luck!"
"Oh, don't you worry, Mr. Goodshow!" Ash said confidently. "We're gonna win all the way up to the very last battle!"
"Oh, I don't doubt you have what it takes!" said Mr. Goodshow. "Now go out and impress the world!"
With that, the old man walked away with a smile on his face, and Ash looked towards his partner.
"So, what do you say, Pikachu? Are you ready to take on the trainers in the semifinals?
Ash smiled happily. Right now, there was nothing in the world that was more exciting to him than winning this league.
Or so he thought.
"Hey, isn't that Calem?" Misty asked.
Ash turned towards where Misty was pointing. He quickly recognized the trainer from Kalos. However, he was then surprised to see him talking happily to two other people. One of them was a woman with short purple hair and a rather athletic body. However, the one that truly caught Ash's attention was the second person.
She looked just as he remembered her. She had grown a bit, of course, but that had only made her beauty even more noticeable. She also had different clothes; a blue shirt with a Pokeball logo on it, a white skirt, pink shoes, and hair tied into a ponytail. But she still had the same locks of honey-blonde hair and the same blue eyes as before.
Almost without noticing, Ash began to walk towards her. Pikachu noticed this, and looked at its trainer in surprise. Brock and Misty looked to Ash in surprise, and began to walk to catch up to him.
"Ash?" Brock asked. "Is something up?"
Ash was snapped out of his thoughts by Brock's voice. He then looked behind him and saw his friends looking at him with a confused look on their faces. Ash realized what he'd been doing and smiled mareepishly.
"Oh, well… I was just wondering who those people with Calem were."
Brock and Misty turned to each other and shrugged. While they weren't quite convinced by Ash's explanation, they would accept it for the moment. Besides, they wanted to find out who Calem's visitors were.
"So, the lighting of the torch is going to happen tomorrow, and then we'll move onto the semifinal rounds," said Calem.
"Well that sounds exciting!" said Grace. "I'm looking forward to seeing you battle, Calem!"
"I guess so," said Serena. "And the torch lighting sounds really cool to watch!"
The black-haired teen turned away from his aunt and cousin to look at the new arrivals. He then smiled when he saw that it was his new friends.
"Hey guys! How's it going?" he asked.
"Great!" Ash said. "I made it to the semifinals!"
"I knew you'd do it," Calem said with a chuckle. He then turned towards his family.
"Aunt Grace, Serena, these are some friends I met on the road to Silver Town."
The two smiled and turned to face the trio.
"Hello there," said Grace. "My name's Grace. It's nice to meet such good friends of Calem!"
Serena smiled at the newcomers. "I'm Serena. Any friend of Calem is a friend of mine!"
Ash briefly frowned. Serena didn't seem to recognize him. However, he quickly pushed that thought out of his mind and put on his usual smile.
"Hi, Grace and Serena! My name's Ash, and I'm going to be the greatest Pokemon Master ever!"
"I'm Brock, and I'm training to be a great Pokemon breeder!"
"And I'm Misty! I'm going to be a great water Pokemon expert!"
Serena sighed inwardly. The fact that all three of Calem's new friends had their own goals in life wasn't unexpected, but it still reminded her that she had no idea what her own calling was. Even so, she made sure not to show it. She didn't want to bring down the mood.
"That sounds so cool!" she said. "I'll bet you're all excited about the Silver Conference."
Ash smiled. Her voice was just as beautiful as he remembered.
"Yeah. I'm always ready to battle!"
It was late at night, and everyone else had already gone to sleep. Ash, however, was lying in his bed, wide awake. It had been years since he had last seen Serena, but he had never been able to forget it. Even as he'd traveled throughout Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto, he'd always thought, somewhere in the back of his head, that maybe, someday, he could find her again, and pick up where they had left off. Perhaps even travel with her.
How amazing, then, that she had just happened to be traveling to the Johto region to see a member of her family competing. What were the odds of that? Well, to be fair, they were probably much higher than ever meeting a single legendary Pokemon, and Ash had met several. Still, he could hardly believe that she was here! In the Silver Conference!
...And she didn't remember him.
He sighed sadly. He supposed he couldn't expect everyone he met to remember him forever.
He then sat up and got out of his bed. Pikachu woke up in surprise, and saw him getting dressed. Surprised, the mouse Pokemon ran up to his partner with an inquisitive look. Ash looked down and shrugged. He couldn't sleep with all the thoughts that were going through his mind at the moment, so it just felt right to go out for a walk to let off some steam. Pikachu didn't know what was going on, but jumped up onto his trainer's shoulder anyway.
The two quietly walked out of the room, then moved on down the halls. Eventually, they made their way to the front desk, and then walked out the doors. The air was crisp, and the stars were shining brightly. The wind was lightly caressing the leaves in the trees and bushes, and the light of the moon was reflecting beautifully off of the lake.
Ash smiled as he took the scene in. It was perfect for being alone with his thoughts. Well, alone except for Pikachu. And Serena.
Ash's eyes widened. There, sitting on a rock by the lake, was none other than his old camp friend. She was looking out at the lake with a worried expression on her face. Surprised to see her, Ash began to walk towards her. Pikachu noticed that, and looked towards the the girl in confusion.
The blue-eyed girl looked up in surprise, and noticed the raven-haired boy and his Pikachu staring at her.
"Oh, hi there," she said. "Ash, was it?"
Ash chuckled. "Yeah, that's me."
"So, I'm guessing you can't sleep?" she asked.
"I guess I could ask you the same thing," Ash replied as he sat down on the rock next to her, and Pikachu got off his shoulder and sat on the other side. "But yeah, I've just got a lot on my mind right now."
Serena couldn't help but smile. "Yeah, I could say the same right now."
For a moment, neither of them spoke; they just watched the lake quietly, thinking to themselves. Pikachu watched the two curiously, wondering what had gotten into its trainer recently.
"So, what's keeping you up, Serena?" Ash asked.
Serena sighed. "It's nothing. I was just… thinking about how I don't know what I want to do with my life."
Ash tilted his head. "What do you mean?"
"Well," Serena said as she looked up to the stars, "you and your friends all know what you want to do. You all have a dream; a goal that you want to achieve. And I… I don't. I have no idea what I want to do."
Ash looked downwards. So that's what was keeping Serena up at this hour?
"Wow," he said. "That does sound hard to deal with."
Serena didn't say anything, but nodded. Then, to her surprise, she felt a hand on her shoulder. She looked up to see Ash giving her a determined smile.
"Hey, don't be sad. You'll find out what your dream is sooner or later. Just because it's taking you a long time to find it doesn't mean it won't appear. I know you'll find out what you want to do if you don't give up!"
For a moment, Serena just stared at Ash, surprised by his encouraging words. Then, she smiled and nodded.
"Thanks, Ash. I'll just keep looking to find my dream!"
Ash and Serena smiled at each other for a moment. Then Serena looked back out at the lake, while Ash kept looking at her, admiring her honey-blonde hair, her deep blue eyes, and her joyful smile. He wanted to ask her the question that had been plaguing him since they were first reunited, but Serena spoke first.
"So, Ash, you're battling in the Silver Conference, right?"
Ash blinked, then looked at Pikachu, who gave him a thumbs up.
"Yeah, I am. My Pokemon are really tough, and we're going to win all the way to the top!"
Serena chuckled at his enthusiasm. "You'd better be careful. Calem is a really tough trainer! He could end up beating you if you're not careful!"
"I wouldn't doubt that," said Ash. "Your cousin is really tough."
The blonde girl nodded quietly, leaving Ash to think about what he had to say. He really wanted to ask her, but he was worried that she had completely forgotten about him, and would think that he was crazy or something. Or worse, that she had moved on, and wanted nothing to do with him. But if he didn't ask, he would be left wondering forever.
Finally, he took a deep breath. He had to ask before he got cold feet.
The blue-eyed girl lifted her head to face Ash, who seemed to be nervous. Even Pikachu was now looking up in surprise.
"Do you… remember me?"
Serena looked at him in surprise.
"…Remember you?" she asked. "You mean we've met before?"
Ash groaned. This was the opposite of what he had hoped. However, he quickly put up a small smile.
"It's okay," he said, with a hint of sadness in his voice. "It was a long time ago, so I guess you wouldn't remember it."
"Hmm," muttered Serena. "So, where did we meet?"
"It was at Professor Oak's Pokemon Summer Camp," Ash explained.
"Oh," said Serena. "I remember that! I really didn't want to go, though…"
The two kids laughed mareepishly, while Pikachu just watched in surprise.
"Yeah, it was there that we first met," Ash confirmed.
Serena nodded in understanding, before taking a good look at the boy's face. His raven hair, his chocolate brown eyes, the marks below his eyes… there was definitely something familiar about him. Could he be telling the truth?
"How did we meet?" she asked.
Ash looked into her eyes. It seemed that, while unsure, she might just be believing what he said. Maybe there was still a chance!
"Well," Ash explained, "While we were at camp…"
"Poliwag! Where did you go?"
Ash looked around the forest. Just a few moments ago, he had been chasing a Poliwag. It had run away the moment it saw him, but he had kept chasing it, determined to make friends with it. Unfortunately, he couldn't find it anymore, but he wasn't going to let that stop him from finding the little blue ball of water.
"Poliwag!" he called out as he searched through a bush. "Come out, come out, wherever you are!"
Then, to his surprise, he heard a cry. He lifted his head in surprise. Had it been Poliwag? Or had it been one of the other kids at the camp? He looked in the direction of the cry and saw a bunch of bushes. Maybe whoever made the cry was on the other side?
Quickly, he went into the bushes, pushing through the branches and leaves. It wasn't easy, but he eventually made it to the other side. As he approached the end, he heard a gentle cry.
He stuck his head out from the bushes, but there was no Poliwag to be found. Instead, to his surprise, he saw another one of the campgoers. It was a girl the same age as him, with honey-blonde hair, blue eyes, a straw hat, and a pink dress.
"Hey, are you alright?" he said in a gentle voice.
"I hurt my leg!" the girl whimpered. She then looked down at her knee, and Ash noticed that it had been scraped.
"Don't worry!" said Ash. He then reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue handkerchief with a pokeball print.
"See this? This will make it better!" he said as he showed the girl the handkerchief. He then gently wrapped it around the girl's knee, then tied it firmly but not too tight. All the while, the girl watched in fascination.
"All done!" he said as he let go of the knot. "Now watch this!"
He then began to wave his hands above the girl's knee as he chanted a healing spell, or something to that effect, anyway.
"Feel better, feel better, right away!"
He then looked at the girl, and was overjoyed when she began to laugh. It was the first time he'd seen her smile since he found her.
"You're funny," she said, causing Ash's face to become slightly red.
"Aw, it was nothing," he said. "Can you stand?"
The girl tried to move her leg, but winced when she tried.
"My leg still hurts…"
Then, to her surprise, Ash stood up. He then stretched out his hand.
"Don't give up until it's over, kay? Now come on!"
The girl looked at his hand, unsure of how to act. However, after a moment she slowly reached out and grabbed it.
"See, you got it!" said Ash. "Now please tell me your name!"
"I'm Serena," she said as Ash began to pull her up.
"Great!" Ash replied. "My name's-"
However, in his haste to pull Serena back to her feet, Ash pulled just a bit too fast, causing Serena to crash into him. The force of the impact sent them both falling, and Serena landed right on top of Ash.
Ash groaned as he tried to get back up. He hadn't expected to pull Serena up so hard that she fell on top of him.
At that moment, he suddenly realized that she was right on top of him.
Serena was still looking at him, but now she had a big smile on her face. Realizing how close she was to him, Ash's face began to glow a bright crimson color.
"Thanks for saving me from falling, Ack!"
Ash opened his mouth to tell her that it wasn't his name, but once he saw her face, he found it hard to do so. She seemed so happy, and telling her she'd gotten it wrong seemed… well, wrong.
"You're… welcome, Serena."
She smiled as she slowly crawled off Ash. He then pushed himself back up to his feet, and then grabbed Serena's hand again.
"Ready?" he said. "One, two…"
He then pulled her up, but not as fast as before. She then came up, and Ash grabbed her in his arms.
It was then that he realized that he was holding her in his arms, making his face go red again. Serena then pulled back and smiled.
As Serena smiled, Ash was mesmerized by her face. Her honey-blonde hair, her dazzling blue eyes, and her beautiful smile. Even her voice was sweet and cheerful. Ash had never seen anything like it. However, he then remembered that he had heard about something that fit the description perfectly.
He had heard his mother speak of them many times. Angels were beings from the realm of Arceus, with such beauty that no earthly human or Pokemon could ever hope to compare. Their voices brought great joy to all who heard them, and anyone who met one would be granted peace and happiness.
Was this girl an angel?
"Can you take me back to the campsite, please? I'd like to see the nurse. Maybe you should too, Ack. You look like you have a fever!"
Ash was shaken out of her thoughts when Serena spoke to him. He then looked forwards.
"Uh, yeah! The campsite!" he said quickly.
"You're funny, Ack!"
As he looked, he realized that he was still holding Serena's hand. His face grew even redder at this, but he forced himself to focus. No good would come out of getting lost on their way to the campsite.
Slowly, he walked out of the forest, with Serena by the hand.
Serena stared intently at Ash. Meanwhile, he held his breath. He was hoping with all his heart that she would remember him. She just had to remember him! Even Pikachu was staring at the two, wondering if they really did know each other.
Then, Serena spoke.
A glimmer of hope.
Serena's face grew into a wide grin.
"Yeah! You remember me!"
Serena then flung her arms around Ash and hugged him tightly. Caught off guard by this, Ash's face began to go red. Meanwhile, Pikachu began to giggle, amused by the sudden turn of events.
"I can't believe I didn't recognize you sooner!" she said happily. "I mean, you were the only friend I made at that camp!"
As she let Ash go, he felt his cheeks glowing again. Darn it! Why did it have to be happening now?!
"Well, I guess it's been a long time, and it slipped your mind," Ash said, nervously chuckling at the end. Fortunately, Serena didn't seem to notice his blushing, and chuckled with him.
"I guess so."
At that, the two became silent once more. They both stared up at the moon, which was full.
"You know, it's funny," said Serena. "I never wanted to go to that camp in the first place, but then I met you. And the same thing happened now; I didn't want to go to the Silver Conference, and surprise, surprise, I meet you once again."
"Yeah," said Ash, just as impressed with his luck.
"It makes you wonder what would have happened if I hadn't decided to go to that camp," said Serena. "You might just have been another face in the crowd. Another trainer for my cousin to beat."
"Wow," said Ash, grimacing at the thought of a Serena who had no idea who he was.
"Or what if I hadn't come to the Silver Conference," she continued. "We wouldn't have been able to reunite, and we wouldn't have had a chance to reconnect in a long time, if ever!"
"Yeah," Ash said, a hint of sadness in his voice. "But hey, we're here now, right?"
Serena nodded. "That we are. And I'm glad to see you again, Ack."
At this, a drop of sweat formed on Ash's brow. Pikachu, on the other hand, fell over laughing.
"Please don't use that name in front of anyone."
"Okay, Ash. I'll only call you Ack whenever we're alone."
Pikachu rolled over in laughter. Ash glared at him, but realized he couldn't stay angry at him. Especially with Serena around.
"Well, I should probably go now," said Serena as she got to her feet. "It's late, and if I stay in bed too long mom will have her Fletchling attack me. Again."
"Yeah," Ash said in agreement as he got up as well. "I should probably get rest as well."
The two kids looked at each other and smiled.
"Well, see you tomorrow, Ash," Serena said as she got off the rock and began to walk back to the hotel.
"Good night, Serena!" Ash said as he waved at her. He then closed his eyes and smiled to himself. It had taken some reminding, but she had managed to recognize him. And now he could finally resume his friendship with the angelic Serena, with her beautiful blue eyes, honey-blonde hair, and gentle personality…
Ash looked down at Pikachu, and was surprised to see him making kissy faces and heart eyes.
"S-stop it, Pikachu!" Ash said in embarrassment. "It's not like that!"
Pikachu gave him a questioning look. Ash sweatdropped a little.
"Okay…" he admitted. "Maybe just a little…"
Pikachu raised an eyebrow. Ash groaned. Was it really that obvious? Or was Pikachu just that good?
"Fine," he said at last. "It's totally like that."
Pikachu nodded in approval, causing Ash to groan.
Man, he thought to himself. Am I going to have to deal with this forever?
A/N: And there we go! I was hoping on keeping this chapter until I got some more done, but then I realized that you all were probably eager to see Ash and Serena reunite. So here you go!