Chapter 3: Helping a Friend
Chapter 3: Helping a Friend
Ash was surprised that May was even here to begin with but at the moment, it didn't matter. May was lying on the ground, passed out, and she was breathing shallowly. Ash came in closer and put his hand on her forehead. "She's burning up!" Ash exclaimed.
"Blaziken, what happened?" Ash questioned the fire-type.
"Blaze ken, blaziken ken, (May was out here training with Glaceon and me.)" "Blaziken ken blaziken, (As we were practicing, she passed out.)"
Then Glaceon interjected, "Glace gla glaceon glaceon glace. (Then Blaziken sent me to get help, while he watched May.)"
"So that's what happened, then I better get her to the Pokémon Center," Ash concluded. He knew there wasn't a regular hospital in town, so he had no other choice. He walked to May's pack that was on the ground beside her and took out three pokéballs.
"Guys, I'll put all of you back in your pokéballs, it'll be easier this way," Ash then returned Blaziken and Beautifly back in their pokéballs but Glaceon refused. "Glace glaceon glace, (No, I want to make sure that May is okay.)" She wasn't going to cooperate, so there was no point in arguing with her.
Ash conceded, "Okay, you can come along, but we better hurry." He put May's pack in his backpack and then proceeded to carry May in his arms. Mentally he was thinking, "Huh, she's a lot lighter than I thought." Then he took off running to the Pokémon center with Pikachu and Glaceon right behind him.
At the Pokémon Center
Iris and Cilan were eating dinner and so were their Pokémon. Until Iris spoke up, "Where's Ash? He never misses dinner."
"Maybe he got caught up with something," Cilan replied.
Then they heard the doors slide open and the sound of running footsteps. They looked at the entrance and saw Ash running inside with a girl in his arms. Iris was about to ask him where he's been but he ran right past her.
"Nurse Joy, I need your help," Ash called to the Pokémon nurse.
"What's the probl…" she started until she looked at May, "Oh my, what happened?"
"She's sick. I found her in the forest with a high fever. Do you think you can help her?" Ash asked.
"I believe I can help, please follow me to the infirmary." Nurse Joy started leading Ash to an area where there weren't any Pokémon patients.
"Since we don't have a regular hospital in town, sick people come here," she explained. She led Ash into a room with a bed. She pulled the covers and said "Please put her in bed."
Ash walked up to the bed and put May down gently. Then he took off her shoes and put the covers on her. "Will she be okay?" Ash asked worriedly.
"Well since you got her here very quickly, I think that all she needs is medicine and some rest," she replied to ease his conscious. Ash let out a sigh of relief.
"However, I can't watch over her, because I have to look after the Pokémon," she explained.
"I can look after her. I want to make sure that she gets better," Ash offered.
Nurse Joy gave a smile, "Alright, when she wakes up, she needs to eat before she takes the medicine and please make sure that she feels comfortable."
An Audino then came in the room with a washcloth and a bowl of water. "Audino," it said with a smile. "Thank you, Audino. Also, please wipe her face with this washcloth," Nurse Joy said.
"Okay, thanks." Ash then put the bowl on the nightstand, got the washcloth wet, and gently wiped May's forehead.
As Nurse Joy left the room, Ash whispered, "You're going to be alright May, I promise."
Then the door suddenly burst open, revealing Iris with Cilan behind her. "Where have you been? You were being secretive this morning, you dodged my questions, and you came in late. What's going one here?" Iris shouted.
Normally, Ash would be shouting back, but he calmly replied, "My friend May, is sick and I would appreciate it if you didn't shout, Iris." Iris never heard Ash so serious and calm before, so she immediately calmed down.
"I'm sorry Ash, is she really sick?" Iris asked with concern.
"Yes, she has a high fever and I'm watching over her until she feels better." Ash replied.
Cilan then suggested, "Then we'll just let you two be alone then. I hope she feels better, Ash." Then he led Iris out and left Ash alone with May, Pikachu, and Glaceon. Ash continued wiping May's forehead until he noticed her eyes starting to open. "May?"
May opened her eyes and groggily asked, "Ash, is that you?"
"Yeah, it's me. Are you alright?" Ash questioned.
"My head hurts a little, but I'm okay. Where am I?" May said as she put her hand to her head.
"You are in the infirmary at the Pokémon Center. I brought you here when you were passed out." Ash explained.
May groaned, "I'm sorry Ash. I wanted to surprise you when you came here, but I ended up getting sick."
"It's okay May, but for the record, you really did surprise me. I didn't know you were here." Ash then asked something that was on his mind, "Why didn't you stay in bed if you were sick? You really had me worried."
May sighed, "I promised Glaceon and Blaziken that we would train today. I knew I had a small fever, but I ignored it. I'm sorry, Glaceon." Glaceon jumped on the bed and nuzzled her cheek. "Glace glaceon. (It's alright, May.)"
Ash watched May with a smile on his face. "That is like her to try to keep her promise," Ash thought. "Well, the important thing is you're okay. Nurse Joy said you have to take some medicine but you have to eat first. Are you hungry?" Ash asked out loud.
"Well…" then there was a growl coming from May's stomach.
Ash chuckled, "I guess that answers my question."
May had blushed a light red but sheepishly replied, "Yeah, I guess it does."
"Okay, you wait here and I'll get you something to eat." Ash got up from his chair until he stopped, "Oh, that's right…" He went to his backpack, took out May's pack and put it next to May, until finally pulling out his gift and letter.
"Here, this is for you, May," He handed the gift and his letter to her.
"What's this?" May asked curiously.
"It's my return letter and a gift for winning the Grand festival," Ash answered shyly.
"Oh Ash, you didn't have to!" May said with a blush on her face.
"I wanted to, because you gave me this," Ash said as he pulled his Charizard pendant out from inside his shirt.
May gasped, "You're wearing it."
"Of course I'm wearing it, because it's a gift from you," Ash replied honestly. May was blushing even more after he said that. Ash was blushing as well because he was a little nervous around her.
After an awkward silence, Ash broke it by saying, "Anyway, I was going to send this to you with Beautifly but since you're here, you can open it now."
"Okay. Thank you, Ash," May replied with a smile.
"You wait here, I'm getting you something to eat," Ash said as he was going through the door. "Wow, I didn't think that being around her again would affect me so much. My heart was pounding rapidly, I could barely speak with her, and I was shaking a little." Ash said in his thoughts. "I hope she likes it." He said aloud to himself.
Meanwhile with May, she was staring at the gift in her hands and she was blushing a bit. Despite that, she smiled saying "You know what, Pikachu?"
Pikachu perked his ears up and jumped on the bed with them. "Pika? (What?)"
"I didn't come to Unova just to visit Ash; I came to tell him something important," May paused. Pikachu was curious but Glaceon wasn't because she knew what May wanted to do. May continued, "I came here to tell him that I…I love him."
Pikachu had a mildly shocked look on his face, but then he smiled and yelled " Pika pikachu! (That's great!)" "Pika pikachu pika. (I'm happy for you, May.)"
"Thanks, Pikachu, but don't tell Ash okay?" May requested the electric type.
"Pika pika. (I won't.)" Pikachu replied smiling.
"I always thought he was one of the most caring and honest guys I ever met. He cares about his Pokémon, he treats them like his family, and he cares a lot about his friends," May smiled while remembering the many adventures she had with him.
"He was always there when I needed help, whether it was training with me or saving me from danger." May continued, "I also find him to be very attractive. He has a great smile, I like his messy black hair and he is well built." She blushed mildly as she said this. "But what I love most about him, is that he is very selfless and he'd protect anyone without worrying about himself." Pikachu and Glaceon both nodded their heads in agreement.
May then looked worried, "I just hope I can tell him my feelings."
She took the letter that was for her and slowly but carefully opened the envelope and pulled the letter out. She began reading…
I got your letter and I'm glad you're doing well. I'm doing okay too. I recently earned all eight badges and I'm training for the Unova League in three months. By the way, congratulations on winning the Johto Grand Festival and I'm sure you will win in Sinnoh too. I caught a lot of new Pokémon here and I hope you can meet them soon. It's a lot fun traveling here and I have new friends traveling with me. Their names are Iris and Cilan, they are good friends and I hope you can meet them too. It is fun traveling with them, but I think it was a lot more fun when you traveled with me. I know we are in different regions but I'll always be there for you. Just remember all the adventures we had together and keep your half of our ribbon. If you have that half, I'll always carry my half. Good luck in Sinnoh, I know you can win. Hope to see you soon.
May smiled at reading the letter, "I'm glad he missed me too." Then she looked at the wrapped gift wondering what it could be. First she read the little note on the front,
P.S. I got you this gift for winning the Grand Festival. I hope you like it.
Then she carefully unwrapped the gift to reveal a blue velvet case. Growing nervous of anticipation she opened the case to reveal something that left her speechless. Inside the case, was a silver heart shaped locket. It was had a blue gem that's shaped like a heart on the front of the locket with swirl designs embroidered in the metal surrounding the gem. The chain was silver as well but it was made up of small links. She had never seen anything so beautifully designed in her life and she was awestruck that it was hers.
May was still staring at her gift breathlessly saying, "It's a beautiful locket."
"Do you like it?" May nearly jumped out of her bed until she realized that it was just Ash with two bowls of noodle soup in his hands.
"I didn't hear you come in," May was blushing because she was embarrassed.
"You were looking at the locket, you must not have noticed. So, do like it?" Ash replied nervously.
"I love it! It's beautiful but this must have cost a lot," May replied.
"Actually, the shop clerk just gave it to me," Ash replied sheepishly leaving May surprised.
"Really, why?" May was curious about the reason.
"I told her that this gift was for someone special and I wanted to get something perfect. So she suggested this locket and she gave it to me," Ash explained.
"You think I…I'm special?" May asked with a bright blush on her face.
"Yeah, I think you're a great person. You're very kind, you're a lot of fun and you always have been and always will be one of best friends," Ash truthfully replied with his face blushing a little bit.
"Oh Ash, that was probably one of the most sweetest things anyone has ever said to me," May joyfully said on the outside but inside she was squealing "That is so sweet of him to say!"
Ash was smiling, happy that she thinks that. "Do you want me to put it on you?"
"Oh, sure," May answered nervously. She handed him the locket, he unclasped it, and put it around May's neck. His fingertips brushed her neck lightly sending shivers down May's spine. Little did she know; Ash felt a sensation too when he touched her skin with his fingers. May turned around and Ash had to admit that it looked beautiful on her.
"Wow, it looks pretty on you. It really matches your eyes." Ash complimented.
May was so embarrassed that she could only utter, "Thank you, Ash."
Then there was silence between them because both were blushing. So Ash had to break the ice, "So, how have you been?" May actually was relieved that he spoke first because she was afraid of saying something stupid. She relaxed herself and replied, "I've been doing great. I have been training for the Sinnoh Grand Festival."
Then they continued talking about both of their travels. Talking about the many places they have been or the many people they met. They had fun enjoying each other's company as they ate and recalled memories from the past.
"So Team Rocket did that to a poor Meloetta?" May asked as they got into more depth of Ash's story.
"Yeah, Meloetta seemed to be in so much pain. Luckily, we were able to get her free," Ash explained.
"I never thought that those three goofballs have gotten so serious," May was astonished that they did something out of their nature.
"Yeah, I hope don't run into them anytime soon," Ash said as he looked at the clock.
"Look, it's almost 10:00. I didn't think that we were talking that long," Ash pointed out the time to May.
"You're right, but I guess the time flew by without us knowing," May replied. Then she looked on the bed and noticed that Pikachu and Glaceon were asleep, curled up next to each other.
"Aw, isn't that cute? They must have fallen asleep as we were talking," May was giggling at the cute sight.
"Yeah…" Ash replied. Though in his mind, he was thinking of something else. "May and I are alone and Iris and Cilan aren't here to bother us. Maybe I can try to tell her how I feel."
So he spoke out, "Um, May?" May turned to him and replied "Yes, Ash?"
For a minute there was silence, because Ash had many thoughts jumbled up in his head. He couldn't even form a coherent sentence until he stuttered, "There is s…something I..I want to tell y..you."
Now to say that Ash was nervous about confessing his feelings would be an understatement; he was absolutely terrified. He had a pink tint on his cheeks and was stuttering a lot. Then he felt a comforting hand taking his hand. He looked up and saw May smiling at him.
"I'm listening Ash, you can tell me anything," she said giving him a kind smile.
He didn't know why but with May's reassurance, it helped him calm down. He took a deep breath, looked in her eyes and started with, "You know that I think of you as one of my best friends, right?"
May was surprised he would ask something like that but she replied, "Yes, I think of you as my best friend too." "Although, I wish we were more than that," she thought.
"Well, I just want you to know that I think that you're a great friend. You're fun to be with, you are a hard worker and you never give up on your goals. When you smile, I smile, when you are sad, I feel like my heart would break. If you were in danger, I wouldn't forgive myself if something happened to you," Ash paused as he was starting to get emotional.
May was listening intently while thinking, "Does he really think of me like that?"
Ash continued, "When you went to Johto to travel by yourself, I had an empty feeling inside, right here," He was pointing to where his heart was. When he did this, May blushed.
"When we met up in Sinnoh, I felt happy at seeing you again that the empty feeling went away. The second time you had to leave though, made that feeling come back, only ten times worse. I've found myself thinking about you ever since and I didn't know why I did. Nearly everyday I would wonder if you were alright or if you got hurt. Until finally, with some help from a friend, I realized why I felt like that, why I would constantly think about you and why I missed you so much," Ash stopped to look into May's eyes.
May was blushing and her heart fluttered, "And what was it that y..you realized, Ash?"
Ash was starting to lose his nerve but he couldn't back out now, not with May waiting for his answer.
Ash was blushing a light pink, but he cleared his throat and started to reply, "What I realized is that…well, May I…I…"