Separate Ways

Six Months Later

Six Months Later

"Would you stop fidgeting?"

"I want to see!"

"Jessie, stop touching your blindfold!"

"I hate this!"

"Do you trust me?"

She paused. "Yes."

"Then stop touching your blindfold," James said, kissing her gently on the forehead before leading her outside of the little cottage they had been renting for the past few months.

"Where are we going?"

"I told you it's a surprise."

James led Jessie through a little copse of trees, making sure she didn't trip or walk in to anything. As they walked, the sound of the waves drifting up against the shore became more audible.

"We had better not be going in the sea," Jessie said, sounding even more wary.

"Trust me," James repeated.

A few minutes later, they arrived at their destination and he lifted Jessie's blindfold. She gasped.

He had brought her to the magnificent three storey house he had just finished building. It had taken him just over six months with Meowth's help and he was very proud of it. It was exactly how he had imagined it. On one side of the house lay the beach, its bright white sand glowing in the sun. On the other side were rolling hills of lush, deep green grass. At the top of one of the hills, a Rapidash stood gazing down at the new arrivals before turning and galloping off.

The house stood bathed in afternoon light which cast a faint orange glow across its white-washed walls. Each of the windows had sapphire blue shutters and a little window-box full of bright flowers.

"James, it's perfect," she breathed.

"Just wait until you see inside," he said, very relieved that his creation had made such a good first impression.

He pushed the big wooden front door open to reveal the hall – bright and airy with a spiral staircase at the far end.

He took her by the hand and showed her the kitchen, the lounge, the other lounge and the dining room, but he was most excited about showing her upstairs.

When they eventually made it to the second floor, he was surprised to find that he felt a little nervous.

"What's wrong?" Jessie asked, reading him like a book.

"I just really hope you like this next part."

"If it's anything like the rest of the house, I know I'll love it," she said, squeezing his hand.

"Okay," he said and pushed open the next door.

He couldn't help the little surge of pride he felt when he saw this room. It was by far his favourite room in the sizable house.

The wall opposite the door was made entirely of glass, presenting them with an incredible view of the sea. James couldn't have timed this better as the sun was just beginning to sink below the horizon, tingeing the sky orange and pink and filling the room with warm light.

They took a few steps inside to see a huge, king-size bed with soft, crisp white sheets. The rest of the furniture was pale and wooden. Lying on one of the bedside tables was a single red rose.

"So... this is our room."

Jessie didn't say anything for a moment and James was worried she was about to have another commitment-phobic meltdown.

"Do you like it?"

"It's incredible," she said. "It's just... wow."

"Well I know I've done a good job if I'm leaving you speechless."

She shot him a mischievous smile.

"Do you want to see the other rooms? There are a couple more bedrooms, one for Meowth obviously and - "

"I'd quite like to stay here," she said.

"But don't you want to... oh," he said as it dawned on him exactly what Jessie was suggesting. He pulled her by the hand over to the bed, kicking the door shut behind them.

The next morning, Jessie and James came downstairs to the kitchen. Meowth was observing them with an amused smile.

Jessie was wearing only the t-shirt that James had had worn the day before, falling half way down her thighs. Her long magenta hair was lying on her shoulders, loose and wavy. James was wearing just a pair of sweatpants, showing off his muscular torso.

Clearly, neither of them had noticed Meowth who had been snoozing on one of the kitchen stools.

Jessie had started making coffee when James came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist, kissing her neck.

Meowth wanted to cover his eyes and ignore his friends' display of affection but then he caught sight of Jessie's face when she turned around to face James. He had never seen her look so happy, so carefree or content. If it weren't for the fact the she and James were all over each other, he might have described this scene as 'cute'.

Jessie looped her arms around James's neck and kissed him. With one hand around her waist and the other in her hair, he lifted her easily on to the counter top. When Jessie wrapped her slim legs around James, Meowth decided he had seen more than enough.

"Ahem." He cleared his throat.

His friends both looked round like startled rabbits. Jessie hopped off the counter quickly, fixing her hair in an effort to hide her embarrassment. James just laughed. Oh how Jimmy has changed, he thought. He's all in control and confident. Weird.

"Good night?" Meowth asked, slyly.

"Very good thank you," Jessie said, raising an eyebrow at Meowth before looking around at James, a distinctly mushy look in her vivid blue eyes.

"Too much information," Meowth said, shaking his head.

"You asked," said James, pulling Jessie closer to him and kissing her forehead.

"Okay, okay," Meowth said, holding up his paws. "You got mail," he said, remembering the little cream envelope he had found on the doormat earlier that morning and trying to steer the conversation away from all this lovey-dovey stuff.

James followed Meowth's gaze and found the card lying beside the fruit bowl.

"It's addressed to both of us," he said.

"Open it."

The Institute of Pokémon Research and Discovery invites you to the


honouring this year's great achievements in the medical and Pokémedical fields.

Enjoy dinner, an awards presentation and remarks from this year's guest speaker, Prof. Elm and a spectacular fireworks display to end the evening.

Saturday, July 18th

6.00pm – 10.00pm

Borealis Hall and Gardens, Route 7, Canalave City

"What are we getting invited for?" James asked. As he turned the envelope in his hands, another slip of paper fell out and drifted to the floor.

Jessie, James and Meowth,

I would love it if you could attend this year's award ceremony.

It is thanks to you that several of this year's greatest discoveries have been made.

I hope to see you there,

Dr Redhill

"Wow," Jessie said. "Do you want to go? It sounds fancy!"

"Sure!" James said.

"I'm in," said Meowth.

"So we're going to a big fancy awards ceremony in a few weeks. You know what this means?" Jessie said turning to James.


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