Chapter 2: An Unexpected Surprise
Chapter 2: An Unexpected Surprise
The next morning, Cilan was up preparing breakfast for everyone. Since he makes food for 13 Pokémon, Iris, Ash and himself, he has to prepare the food early. He looked around the campsite and saw Ash, Iris, Pikachu and Axew asleep. As he looked at Ash, he thought "I'm sure that you can tell May how you feel soon."
He continued with making breakfast until he heard someone stir. Iris woke up and rubbed her eyes to get herself awake.
"Good Morning, Cilan. It's a beautiful day isn't it?" Then as she was getting up, a little dragon-type Pokémon peeked out through her hair. "Axew Axew," Axew cried out in greeting.
"Good Morning, Iris, Axew and yes it is a lovely day," Cilan replied. "Can you possibly help me by finding some berries?"
"Sure, I'll find them," Iris said. "Ax Axew," Axew added.
So both Iris and Axew took off looking for berries. It didn't take her too long so she was back in no time. When Cilan was done preparing breakfast, he let his Pokémon out to feed them. By 11:00, everyone was eating. Well, everyone except Ash, he was still asleep.
"What's wrong with Ash? I know he sometimes sleeps in, but he is usually first to eat breakfast," Iris said with curiosity.
"Well, he had a lot on his mind last night and he didn't go to sleep until later," Cilan answered.
"Why, what was on his mind?" Iris asked with confusion.
"Unfortunately, I can't tell you that. I don't want to cause Ash problems," Cilan replied.
Iris was grumbling about not knowing what it was until Ash finally woke up.
"Morning, guys, am I the last one up?" Ash asked sleepily.
"Yes, but don't worry, I have your breakfast ready," Cilan brought an extra and put it on the table for Ash.
"Thanks, Cilan," Ash then dove right in and he was almost finished when he felt something land on top of his head. Ash stopped eating, put his utensils down, and slowly looked up to see a Beautifly. On sight, he instantly recognized it.
"Beautifly, is that you?" Ash questioned the butterfly Pokémon.
"Beautifly!" Beautifly cried happily.
"Wow, it's great to see you," Ash said excitedly. "Pika pika," Pikachu agreed.
"Ash, do you know this Pokémon?" Iris asked.
"Yeah, this is Beautifly, she belongs to a friend of mine. But what are you doing here, Beautifly?" Beautifly got off of Ash's head and showed him an envelope in her hands with the words "To Ash" written on it. Ash recognized the handwriting right away and grabbed the envelope from Beautifly hastily.
"What's that, Ash?" Iris asked curiously.
"It's a letter from May," Ash replied still staring at the envelope.
"Who's May?" Iris asked before Ash suddenly took off into the woods with Pikachu and behind him.
"Hey, when I ask a question, I expect it to be answered!" Iris shouted after him annoyed.
Cilan chuckled "I think he just wants to read his letter without questions from you, Iris."
"Why couldn't he just read it here?" Iris complained.
"If you got a letter from a dear friend you haven't seen in awhile, would you want someone else to know what they've written?" Cilan asked while raising an eyebrow.
Iris thought it over and answered, "No, I guess not, but that is no excuse for him to not to answer my question. Ash can be such a kid sometimes."
"Axew ew," Axew nodded.
Meanwhile in the woods, Ash ran until he was at the same tree he was last night. "Well, this should be far enough. I wonder what May has to say?" Ash asked aloud as he sat down. So without hesitating, he carefully opened the letter and began to read.
How are you? I'm doing great. Also guess what? I won the Johto Grand Festival! I wanted to tell you in person, but when I got to your house, your mother said you were in the Unova region competing for the Unova league. I know it is late in telling you, but I just wanted to let you know. Anyway, I had a lot of fun in Johto and I caught three new Pokémon when I was there. I sent in a picture of them. Though, I caught them after I visited you in Sinnoh for the Wallace Cup. Right now, I'm traveling in the Sinnoh region to compete in contests here and it's a lot of fun to wear different outfits. You know what else? I have all five ribbons! It is early but I was able to get an early start on it. The Sinnoh Grand Festival doesn't start until the next month, so I'm just going to keep training until then. I had a lot of fun traveling by myself but it does get a bit lonely sometimes. I always miss traveling with friends, but I think I you most of all, Ash. But then I always remember all of the times we had together when I look at my half of our ribbon. I'll never forget your encouragement that helped me win a lot of my contests. For that, I thank you and I wish you luck in Unova. I hope we see each other again soon.
When Ash finished reading, he had a mixture of pride and elation on his face. "She missed me most of all? Wow, I didn't know I meant that much to her, Ash said with a blush on his face. He took out a picture that was in the envelope and there were three Pokémon were in it. On the left, was an Espeon, in the center, a Pichu, and on the right, a Charmander.
"Wow, they look like they were raised really well," Ash commented. "That's awesome she won the Johto Grand Festival right, buddy?" Ash asked Pikachu.
"Pika pikachu," ("Yeah, it is awesome,") Pikachu answered.
"I wish I could have been there to cheer her on, though," Ash sighed.
He was about to put the letter and picture back in the envelope when he saw a small wrapped paper inside. Curious, Ash took it out and realized it was wrapped to hold something. He carefully unwrapped it and he was stunned by what he found. Inside the little package, was a silver chain and on the chain, was a silver Charizard-shaped pendant with blue gems for eyes. He took it in hand and looked at it "This is really cool, it reminds me of my Charizard," Ash continued observing it with a smile until he saw that the paper was a note that was used to wrap it. So he flattened the paper and read what was written on it.
When I was in Johto, I saw this at a market in Olivine City and it reminded me of you. I wanted to give it to you in person, but I wanted you to have it now. Consider it a gift and a good luck charm from me. I hope you like it.
Ash had been speechless after he read it "She got this for me?" Ash thought. He continued to stare at the Charizard pendant with admiration. He put the note down and clasped the necklace around his neck. He had to admit that it went well with his outfit but to make sure it was safe, he put it inside his shirt so that it was out of sight.
"I love it because it was from May. I hope I can give something to her in return," Ash said.
"Pika pika," ("I'm sure you will,") Pikachu exclaimed as he climbed up on Ash's shoulder and nuzzled his check.
"Beautifly," ("Yeah,") Beautifly agreed with Pikachu as she landed on Ash's head.
"Thanks, you two," Ash thanked them both. He then had a sudden idea "What if I can find something in the next town to buy for May? It can be a gift for winning the Grand Festival and a good luck charm too," Ash explained. Pikachu and Beautifly were enthusiastic about it and they agreed with the idea.
"Well, let's ask Cilan where the next town is," Ash then walked back to the campsite and sat back down to finish his food.
"Why did you run off like that and not answer my question? That is so childish," Iris complained.
"It's doesn't matter, to you any way. I didn't want you looking over my shoulder when I'm reading my letter," Ash replied.
Ash finished his food and asked Cilan "How far is the next town from here?"
"According to the map, the next town is about a mile and a half from here," Cilan replied.
"Well, what are we waiting for? Let's get going!" Ash said excitedly. So everyone cleaned up their camp and they started walking. Iris and Axew were ahead of Ash and Cilan, so Cilan started a conversation "So what got you so excited about going to the next town, Ash?"
"Well…"Ash hesitated but he took out the pendant May gave him and showed it to Cilan.
"Wow, that is a nice pendant. Did May give you that?" Cilan asked.
Ash tucked the pendant back under his shirt and replied "Yeah, she got it for me as a good luck charm. Now, I want to see if I can find something to give her in return."
"So that's why you want to get to town. Well, you can go on ahead and look around, Ash. I needed some supplies for us anyway," Cilan was happy for Ash so he decided to let him search for a gift on his own.
"Thanks, but what about Iris? Ash asked with a questioning look.
"Leave her to me," Cilan answered.
After they were walking for thirty minutes, they reached town and immediately Ash said "I'm going to look around. See you guys later!" Then Ash took off with Pikachu and Beautifly in tow.
"Hey, where are you going? Man, what a kid!" Iris said with a huff.
"Well, he just wants to look around and I need some supplies. So you can help me with that," Cilan said. Iris, feeling she had no choice, concurred "Fine, but I'm not carrying heavy stuff."
Meanwhile with Ash, he started looking around at all different stores. Everywhere he went, there were many different things he could get for May, but they just didn't seem to be the right gift. He continued his search but he just couldn't find the right one. It was already past lunchtime when he, Pikachu and Beautifly took a break on a bench near the woods. He had some sandwiches that Cilan made for them earlier and he and Pikachu ate them. Beautifly had nectar from some flowers nearby.
"It's been four hours and I still haven't found a gift for May," Ash said wearily.
"Do you need some help?" Someone said from behind him. He nearly fell off the bench, until he turned around and looked up at a girl that was taller than him. She had brown-reddish hair, brown eyes and tan skin. She was wearing a blue knit top, black pants and black shoes.
"Well, maybe I do need help but who are you?" Ash questioned the tall girl.
"I'm sorry for startling you, but you looked like you needed help with something. I'm Rebecca, what's your name?" she questioned back.
"My name is Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town and this is Pikachu and Beautifly," Ash introduced himself, Pikachu on his lap and Beautifly on his head.
"It's nice to meet you. You're from the Kanto region aren't you?" Rebecca asked.
"Yeah, how did you know?" Ash asked incredulously.
"I've traveled through Kanto and everyone knows that Professor Oak studies Pokémon in Pallet Town. So, what did you need help with? Were you looking for something?" Rebecca asked curiously.
"I'm looking for a gift to give to a friend of mine. She's coordinator and one of my best friends in the world. I've looked in different stores, but none of them have a gift I want to give her," Ash explained.
"Well, how about you tell me she's like and maybe I can help you," Rebecca said.
"Well, she is a top coordinator, she's very kind, caring and has a big heart. She would do her best and would never give up her ambitions. She has a big appetite that can be matched with mine. She loves her Pokémon dearly and takes great care of them. Sometimes she can be modest but she is one of the best coordinators I know. She's a great trainer but she's an even better friend," Ash finished with a small smile.
"Wow, you must be in love with her to talk about her like that," Rebecca said amusingly.
Ash's face blushed instantly "How did you know I was in love with her?!"
"You just told me," Rebecca replied smirking. Ash's blush then got even redder than a Tamato berry. "But seriously, she means a lot to you right?"
"She means the world to me," Ash replied honestly.
"Well then, I think I have just the thing for you. Follow me," Rebecca then walked off with Ash, Pikachu and Beautifly following.
"Where are we going?" Ash asked.
"To my shop, it's just down this way," she replied. They continued walking until they came to a stop in front of a small shop called "Rebecca's Antiques." They went inside and everywhere Ash looked, there were many kinds of antiques. There were armoires in the very back, Grandfather clocks off to the side and many kinds of other priceless products.
"Wow, is this really your shop?" Ash asked in awe.
"Yeah, I was given this shop from my Dad and I run it with my twin brother Patrick. Of course, he's traveling right now so I'm running it myself," Rebecca explained. "Now you wait there, I'll be right back," she went around the counter and went through a door. Whatever she got, she came out within ten seconds with a small blue velvet case.
"Here have a look and tell me what you think," she handed the case to Ash. Ash took the case in his hand and slowly opened the case. He was looking at the item with his mouth gaping a bit. Pikachu and Beautifly were looking at it with stunned expressions as well.
"So, what do you think?" Rebecca asked breaking a momentary silence.
"It's perfect, this is what I'll get May. How much is it?" he asked while trying to get money out of his pocket.
"Don't worry about it, it's on me," Rebecca replied.
Ash gaped "Are you sure, because I can pay for it."
"No, it's okay. It's for someone you love and that is enough for me. Please take it, I'll even gift wrap it for you," Rebecca said trying to convince to take it.
Ash was hesitant, but he thought it over. Then he finally said, "Okay, if you're sure about it."
"Of course I'm sure," Rebecca said as she took the case and wrapped it in blue wrapping paper with a blue ribbon wrapped around it. Rebecca handed the wrapped gift to Ash "Here you go, all wrapped up."
"Thanks a lot, Rebecca. Do you think she'll like it?" Ash asked nervously.
"Ash, she'll love it, trust me," Rebecca replied confidently.
Ash smiled up at her, thanked her again and was about to leave when Rebecca called out "Hey, Ash," Ash turned around "Good luck with telling her how you feel."
Ash nodded and went through the door. He went back to the bench he was sitting on earlier and took out a pencil a notepad and an envelope. He had a bit of trouble with trying to write his return letter to May, but as he gathered his thoughts, he started to write. When he finished the letter, he looked it over and put it in the envelope when he was satisfied with it. He also wrote a little note and put it on the gift that said "To May" on the front.
"I hope she likes my gift," Ash thought when he suddenly heard a rustling noise from some bushes behind him.
"Pika?" "Beauti?" Both them and Ash turned around to look at the bushes and took a step forward cautiously.
"Who's there?" Ash called. Then something jumped from out of the bushes to Ash's feet and started tugging on his jeans. He looked down and saw "A Glaceon?" Ash said confused, as there weren't usually Glaceon in Unova. Glaceon was still tugging at his jeans and cried "Glace!"
"Beautifly!" Beautifly suddenly cried out. Then she started talking to the Glaceon like they knew each other. Then he realized why, "Are you May's Glaceon?" Glaceon nodded frantically and was still tugging at his jeans with her teeth.
"What's wrong? You want me to follow you?" Ash asked worrying that maybe May is in trouble.
"Glace, glaceon! (Yes, let's go!)" She said. Ash put the gift and letter in his backpack and said "Alright Glaceon, lead us to May." So they took off into the forest, following Glaceon as she was weaving in and out of trees and through clumps of bushes. It was like a maze in the thick forest but Glaceon knew where she was going. They kept running until they came to a large clearing. As they slowed down, they saw a Blaziken kneeling over someone lying on the ground. Ash came up to the person lying down and his heart nearly stopped because the one person he loved the most was lying unconscious and was pale on the forest floor. He kneeled on the other side of her and watched her with worry in his eyes "May…"