The Maple's Return
Bright sunlight filtered through the canopy of leaves overhead that rustled above the sleeping forms on the forest floor. Misty blinked sleep out of her cerulean eyes and stretched her arms above her head and sighed. It was a warm spring day and Misty was relishing the fact that it was quiet and there was a slight breeze whisking across her face. She smiled to herself as she thought of the upcoming couple of weeks and how fun they should be. The previous day, their friend May Maple had phoned them saying that she and Max were going to come visit Ash, Brock and her and to meet Cilan and Iris. This made the original trio ecstatic to see their two old friends and it made Cilan and Iris excited to meet new people, especially from a different region. Misty blinked and turned to her right to see a black haired mass of a boy, tangled in a red sleeping bag. She fought off the fond smile that tugged at her lips as she gazed over at Ash Ketchum, Pokémon Master extraordinaire, or so he thought. He was her oldest and best friend; Brock wasn't too far behind him, however, something about Ash left Misty smiling like a fool; even when they would argue she could never find it in herself to stay mad at him for too long. Maybe he was more than her best friend, but she doubted his thick skull could even comprehend what feelings were. Her thoughts were interrupted by a voice she knew all too well.
"Misty…" Ash sighed and Misty froze. Did Ash wake up and realize that I've been staring at him like an idiot for the past, well, however many minutes? Misty thought panicked but then soon recovered as she realized Ash was still asleep and was just sleep talking. Wait, my name? Why was he saying my name in his sleep? Deep inside the reassesses of her mind, hope flared that maybe Ash wasn't as dense as he was when she first met him. Or there was also the possibility that he was arguing with her in his dream… Her inner debate was yet again interrupted, though this time by snickering. Her head shot to the other side of her where a spiky, brown haired boy was looking over at her with a smirk.
"Whatchya looking at, Misty?" Brock sniggered; eyes going from one sleeping Ash to the blushing red head beside him.
"Wha- n-nothing, Brock!" Misty scowled and looked down in an effort to hide her flaming red cheeks.
"Nothing," Brock gasped in mock disbelief, "why I don't think that's true at all. Find something interesting in Ash's sleeping bag, eh?"
"No." Misty muttered.
"Wait a minute; Ash is in his sleeping bag!" Brock continued to pretend to be overly stupid, "That must be what you were looking at."
"Shut up, Brock." Misty hissed through gritted teeth.
"What was that, Misty?" Brock screwed up his face in an effort to stop himself from smiling.
"I said shut up, Brock!" Misty yelled, much louder than she meant too.
"Huh? Mist, why are you yelling?" Brock lost it as Ash woke up and Misty turned as red as a Charmeleon.
"I don't get it… What's so funny, Brock?" Ash asked quizzically and Misty glared at the oldest member of their group.
"Nothing." Misty answered scathingly as she practically shot daggers at Brock. Ash, noticing the deadly look Misty was bestowing, decided it was best not to press the matter, and just shrugged. Brock however, still howling with laughter, got the onslaught of Misty and her mallet right across the head that sent him flying into the trees behind him. In the commotion Cilan and Iris bolted upright, vigorously rubbing their eyes trying to wake themselves up as if they were under attack.
"What's going on here?" Cilan questioned and then sweat dropped at the sight of Brock hanging from a tree with a large lump protruding off of his forehead.
"I'm just not a morning person today." Misty grumbled and Ash gave her a side glance. "Brock, you better get out of that tree and come help Cilan with breakfast! We need to meet May and Max in the Lacunosa Town Poke Center in an hour!"
Brock groaned and slowly slipped off of the branch and on to the ground; Misty put her hands on her hips impatiently.
"Huh, usually that's me." Ash chuckled and gave his boyish grin to Misty and her features seemed to soften a bit. Finally, Brock picked himself up and plopped down next to Cilan to prepare breakfast.
"Toge!" Togetic flew around Misty's head with its small arms waving.
"Hi, Togetic!" Misty embraced the flying Pokémon and pat its head.
"Pi pi pi!" Pikachu trilled from behind Misty.
"Aww, hey Pikachu," Misty bent down and pet the yellow mouse on its head, "do you want to go play with Togetic before breakfast is done?"
"Alright you two, don't go too far!"
"Those two are great friends." Ash commented, smiling as the two Pokémon played by a small pond. Misty jumped not realizing that he was behind her and then blushed.
"Yeah, maybe it's because we're such good friends." Misty smiled and laughed and Ash was surprised at her sudden change in mood.
"You two are awful chummy today!" Iris said swinging in on a vine that….appeared from nowhere.
"Yeah, what's up with that? You guys aren't nose to nose yet." Cilan laughed in agreement and Brock snickered once again but quickly stopped as Misty took her mallet out.
"What, do you guys want to hear us fighting?" Misty asked, slightly annoyed that she couldn't just talk normally to her oldest friend without getting the third degree about it.
"Yeah, sheesh…" Ash ducked his head trying to cover up what looked like a blush spreading across his face.
"Uh, no-no!" Cilan and Iris put their hands up and shook their heads, hoping to have the subject be dropped.
The rest of the morning went by pretty much uneventful; Brock had made a new recipe of Pokémon food for Pikachu, Togetic and the others to try and he and Cilan discussed what should be cooked for dinner. Iris was climbing a tree with Axew in tow and Cilan almost had a heart attack each time she almost fell; Misty thought it was quite cute that the green haired connoisseur cared about the wild, purple haired girl swinging from vines. They were almost complete opposites yet they seemed to be perfect for each other- in Misty's opinion, if they were ever to get together. Misty also watched Ash inhale an inhuman amount of food; yet again. Pikachu and Togetic finished their food with many approving nods to Brock's new recipe and then went to go play with the other Pokémon down by the water. After, breakfast was finished, the group head off the short walk to the Poke Center in Lacunosa Town. They arrive about a half an hour later and were greeted by a cheery Nurse Joy.
"Hi, how may I help you?" Nurse Joy asked, smiling and of course Brock was right there in front of her.
"You may help me by accepting my heart and love for all eternity!" Brock stated dramatically and everyone sweat dropped.
"Alright, Romeo, let's go. Sorry Nurse Joy." Misty grabbed Brock's ear and dragged him back to the others.
"What an unfortunate twist of tastes and sweet emotions." Cilan said, shaking his head and Ash gave him a look at his, yet again, odd choice of words.
"Hi, Nurse Joy, we're actually looking to see if May and Max Maple have come here yet?" Ash asked politely.
"No, no one of those names has checked in yet but maybe you should wait a few minutes in case they're running late." Nurse Joy smiled sweetly as she answered.
"Alright, thanks!" Ash thanked her and then turned to the rest of them, "Looks like May and Max haven't checked in yet but they should-"
"They should be right here!" May finished his sentence as she walked into the center with Max right behind her, "Hey, guys!"
"May! How are you doing?" Misty asked as she hugged her friend.
"I'm great, how are you guys?" May asked returning Misty's hug.
"We're great; we just got here and were looking for you." Ash answered excitedly, "Hey Max!"
"Hi, Ash! Guess what? I have a Pokémon, it's a Treeko, and we can finally have a battle now since it's been so long!" Max answered hurriedly and that caused Ash to sweat drop at the younger boys excitement.
"Uh, sure Max! But you guys just got here, so why don't we all catch up and then we can battle!" Ash offered and Max looked slightly disappointed but soon brightened as he saw Misty and Brock.
"Oh, hey guys, this is Cilan and Iris! They're travelling with us now." Misty introduced the two that were standing the farthest away.
"Hi! As Misty just said, I'm Iris!" Iris stuck her hand out to May and Max and then Axew popped out of her mane of hair, "Oh! And this is Axew; I'm a dragon Pokémon trainer."
"That's so cool! Nice to meet you Iris!" May said, petting Axew on the head.
"And I'm Cilan, I'm a connoisseur, I can tell how compatible a Pokémon and their trainer are. I also help out with the cooking; Brock and I make a pretty good team." Cilan laughed as Brock nodded in agreement.
"Awesome! Nice to meet you too!" May trilled and Max smiled.
"Well, hey now that you guys are here how about we go do something?" Ash suggested and Misty nodded in agreement.
"Yeah, we can show them around Unova!" Misty said excitedly.
"Okay, let's go guys!" Brock stated.