Wind whispered through the trees, breathing its soft song across the forest path. To the left of the path, a gurgling brook gurgled as it wound its way gently along. With such placid surroundings, it seemed almost disrespectful to feel anything less than peace and calm. And maybe cold, with the crispness of early autumn in the air.
Apparently, Misty was feeling very disrespectful today. And she was far too agitated to feel the cold.
The gym leader cleared her throat nervously and fingered the decorative pokéball collar around her neck. This was idiotic. Here she was, wandering through the woods in her best blouse and wearing a particularly risqué necklace, and for what? For what?
“So then Pikachu said—” Ash broke off his story and glanced back at Misty, temporarily nonplussed. “Oh well I guess you were there too, weren’t you.”
It wasn’t exactly a question, but Misty still felt the burning need to say something if only to distract herself from the awkward silence. Ash, I think I have a crush on you— is exactly what Misty didn’t say. The words sizzled in her throat, burning as she tried to shove them back into hiding where they belonged. After a moment she managed to force past the attempted escapees with a banal, “Yes, Ash. I was there.”
“Yeah, sorry. You should have stopped me,” Ash sighed. “Anyway. So you said the shiny golduck was somewhere around here?”
“What gold— uh, yes. The golduck.” The golduck that Misty had made up since a rare pokémon seemed like the only thing likely to get her incredibly dense friend out to somewhere isolated, so she could finally confess to him before that little minx Dawn made her move. “Uh maybe it was around here?”
“Well that would make sense. I mean at the library earlier the local legends say that this forest has some kind of magic about it. Something about certain pools being special? The library didn’t have as much information as I would have liked.” Ash sighed again, scrutinizing the bushes near the stream in case a shiny pokémon might be lurking nearby.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.