By: Hugo Reed
A/N: I apologize. I know it's short and sucky, but sadly the same thing happened that always happens when I write fanfiction. I get caught up in my own actual books and get sick of trying to think of more ways to bend the rules of the extremely odd world I've chosen to get into. So honestly the only reason this chapter exists is because I was DETERMINED not to just stop writing it without finishing.
So curse me out, bitch, whatever. I don't care. On with the story!
Chapter 8: A New Journey
After spending what felt like months at home, Ash was finally ready for a new trip and Professor Oak had given him the perfect chance.
"I need you to go to my good friend the Professor Ivy, and get a magical ball called the GS ball. No one really knows how it works but for some reason I can't just transport it."
"Sure Professor," Ash said. "It'll be good to get out and go somewhere again. I can leave today!"
Ash ran back to his friends to let them know what was going to happen. Duplica was happy for Ash and his chance to go to a new place. However, she knew something was going to have to come to a close tonight. Misty had been flat out with her. The water trainer planned to kiss Ash, tonight.
"I'm glad you're going to be doing this Ash," said Brock. "But as great as it's been traveling with you, I think this is where I need to part ways."
"Huh?" Ash asked, confused. "What do you mean Brock?"
"Well I just feel I need to keep things set up at home. I've been gone too long."
As he spoke, he turned and winked at both Misty and Duplica. The ditto master felt the blood rush to her face. It was good of Brock to give them their chance with Ash. The rest of the morning was spent packing, and Duplica couldn't deny, it felt great to have treated this place like home. She'd been on her own for as long as she could remember. It was great to see a place that was just full of people that would say 'welcome home' just because they cared about you.
Ash was packing his pajama's when Duplica saw Misty slip into his room, and creeped closer to listen.
"Ash," Misty was saying. "Listen, I know we fight all the time, but we've been through thick and thin together. I'd follow you anywhere. You've helped me so much and I know I've helped you too. We compliment each other. Ash, I love you, and I want to be with you."
There was a very pronounced silence. Finally, Ash spoke, and Duplica held her breath.
"Misty," Ash said slowly. "You're a great friend, and you've been with me around all of Kanto. But, you're my friend, and it's got to stay that way. I don't know why you like me Misty but I can't take your attitude towards me. You constantly yell at me and hit me, and that's just not the kind of person I want to be with."
Duplica heard Misty sniff, and felt sorry for the girl. Even if Ash was trying to be nice, it still had to hurt.
"I can handle a little teasing but you always take it too far. Plus, I actually love someone else."
That simple statement sent and electric jolt through Duplica. She wasn't sure if Ash was talking about her. He could be, but it could be someone else he'd met right? After all, he'd met plenty of women on his journey. He could be talking about any one of them. Right at that moment Misty came bursting out of the door tears in her eyes.
Duplica didn't say anything, she didn't know what could be said. Right afterward Ash came out of the door sighing. She got real nervous, surely he'd be mad for her eavesdropping.
"Ash," she said shakily. "I'm sorry! I know it was rude but I couldn't help myself! I was just so curious and I-"
Ash cut her off my swiftly pressing his lips to hers. She didn't know what to do except to melt into the kiss. His lips were so soft, and nice. He was being very gentle with her, but also was sure of himself, and forward. After a moment, he pulled away and stared deep into her eyes.
"I love you Duplica. I know that now."
"I love you too," she said simply.
The couple embraced and kissed again before heading off on their new journey… together.
A/N: urgh… that was fucking horrible. I'm glad my own books are better than this.
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