Facing off against a genetic abomination intent on destroying the world, stopping the schemes of a madman who wished to control time, stopping a confrontation between several incredibly powerful legendary Pokémon, all of these were tasks Ash Ketchum had pulled off in the past, and despite that? He found his current task more daunting than them all!
He and Pikachu found themselves sitting on a poolside chair in the chlorine-scented main hall of the Cerulean City gym. Having just left the two boys to get some water from the fridge was their fiery redheaded friend Misty, and the object of Ash’s most difficult mission yet.
He took a deep breath, hand idly stroking Pikachu’s soft head for luck, and courage. I can do this, he thought, Pikachu nuzzling against his hand with some happy ‘Chus!’ Even as he thought it, hearing the door open signalling Misty’s return, Ash found himself longing for some world-threatening crisis so he could deal with that r