Did you like Gary before he confessed or are you just appeasing him because he likes you so much?
No! No, of course not. To be completely honest with you, I never thought much about that kind of stuff before he told me that he liked me more than a friend. I was more focused on training my Pokémon. When he did tell me, it made a lot of sense. I mean, I did think of him a lot, even when we were apart. I’d always ask my mum how Gary was doing, heheh. I guess that I wasn’t aware that the feelings I had for him were stronger than friendship, but I’m really glad that I’m good enough to be by his side.
With Ash’s body pressed up against his own, Gary could feel Ash’s heart beating just as fast and hard as his own, though slightly out of time with his. He loved finally being so close to his old rival, knowing after so long that he certainly wasn’t alone in his feelings. He could feel almost every inch of Ash’s body against his own, and it took every bit of strength he had to try and keep calm. He tried to keep in mind that they were still in public, that their public display of affection and longing was there for all to see. But as Ash pulled away briefly, moving slightly so that their bodies were close enough to nearly be one with one another, Gary disregarded all abandon and let himself be completely taken by Ash’s lips. With the boy’s hands in his hair and at his neck, Gary’s own slipped down to Ash’s waist, pulling him tightly to his own. In all the times he’d imagined it, he’d never thought that they would be kissing one another with such raw passion and he lost himself in the moment, all reservations completely abandoned.
Ash soon became lost in the moment between the two of them, letting his senses take over. It felt intoxicating, making him want more, but he had to keep in mind the fact that they were in a public place with people all around them. Of course, he couldn’t have cared less about that as he continued to kiss Gary fervently, slipping both of his arms down around his neck. He moved his leg in between the other boy’s only to feel a certain something, which made him pull back from the lip lock in surprise. “W-What is…” His eyes widened in realization and he glanced up at Gary, wondering if he’d even noticed himself. “Oh,” he said, smiling up at him knowingly. “Jeez, Gary, I didn’t know that would that to you… Uhhh, do you want to get out of here before someone else besides me notices?” After all, he didn’t want any embarrassment for Gary, though he was positive their kissing had attracted them plenty enough attention.
“I’ve been ready for that hug for so long,” Gary said, smiling widely as his eyes met with Ash’s for just a second, before he held the boy close to his chest. His heart was beating faster than he thought it ever had before, something that he didn’t really care whether Ash noticed. He wouldn’t have cared a dime if the entire airport could hear either. “I’ve let myself be without you for too long, like hell I’m gonna let you go now,” he whispered, his head resting upon Ash’s hair. “And I’m yours, and I’m always gonna be as long as you’ll have me.” And as Ash pulled him closer, he didn’t need telling twice. He leant down slightly and kissed Ash full on the lips, his grip on the boy tightening as he did so, no longer holding back as he clung to the boy. It just felt right to Gary - exactly how he’d imagined it would be all those times when he found himself thinking of Ash. He’d tried to push him out of his mind then but now he was all that was on Gary’s mind, and he wouldn’t have had it any other way. His mind right now was blank - with his lips locked with Ash’s, there was nothing else Gary could possibly think of. He simply wanted to savour the moment, wanting nothing more than to just stay there like that, with the eyes of the public watching and neither of them caring.
He was so relieved to hear words like those, reassuring him once again his former rival felt just as strongly as he did. He almost paused to open his mouth to say something in response, but Gary seemed to know what he was asking permission to do a second ago, and took the initiative of doing it himself. The moment Ash felt Gary’s lips on his, all of his thoughts were thrown away and forgotten. His heart pounded louder than ever through his chest, yet he hardly noticed. All that he could think of was that he wanted more, that this felt so right, so unlike anything else Ash had ever experienced. He lowered his hands to the back of Gary’s neck while the other gently ran through his hair. Breaking away for only a couple of seconds, he pulled himself closer to Gary’s body, if that was even possible considering how close they already were. Then once he was comfortable with that position, Ash kissed Gary for a second time. Only this time, he was much more spirited about it now that he felt he had a grasp of how to go about this kissing business.
Gary’s heart was racing as Ash drew ever closer, both with excitement and nerves. He bounced up and down on the balls of his feet, finding it more difficult than ever to retain his cool. Not that he cared at all about that right now - his mind was totally engulfed in watching Ash swerve his way through the crowd, Gary’s smile growing wider with every step Ash took, looking like a dork but for once not giving even the slightest damn. He’d gone over this moment a million times in his head, dreamt of finally being able to hold Ash with no inhibitions but nothing could have prepared Gary for the force at which Ash threw himself at him. For a moment, he was taken aback - he was so convinced that he would be the one clinging to Ash, not the other way around. For a second, he realised that Pikachu must have known what was going to happen before even he knew. But he wrapped his arms around the boy, pulling him in as tightly as he could and burying his face in his shoulder. This had been a long time coming, but so worth the wait. Everything he had originally planned to say, the words he’d been going over ever since Ash told him he was coming… he couldn’t remember them at all any more. Not that it mattered to him at all - he opted for simply hugging Ash as much as he possibly could. After all, that said more than Gary could put into words.
Ash continued to smile as wide as humanly possible, not caring about the looks that the boys were getting from the people around them. At that exact minute, he didn’t care about anyone else besides Gary Oak. Pikachu sat about a foot behind the two of them, observing with a cheerful expression, glad to see the two of them reunite after so long. “I told you to be ready for a hug, didn’t I?” Ash said, laughing lightly as he pulled back, glancing up at his friend for a brief moment. He then rested his head against the taller boy’s chest, sighing happily, allowing himself to take in the moment for as long as he could. “I never want to let you go again,” Ash murmured. “I… I just want you to know that I’m yours and nothing will ever change that. I-I… Sorry, I’m so excited and nervous that I…” He took a deep breath of air and pulled back again, snaking his arms up behind Gary’s head. “I hope you don’t mind if I…” Before he could finish his sentence, he began to gently pull the other boy down toward himself.
Gary felt like he’d been waiting forever. Of course, after spending the time to clear things up with his older brother, he’d only gotten to the airport about 10 minutes before Ash’s flight actually came in. Ideally, he’d wanted the time to sit down and have a hot chocolate to calm himself down beforehand, but he was at least glad to have gotten things sorted with Green. And now, as he watched the plane land, he waited anxiously for what he still couldn’t quite believe was happening. How he’d gotten so lucky was totally beyond Gary, and it was all he could think about the entire time since he left his brother’s house, up until right now. He stood as near to the gate as possible, on tiptoes in an attempt to see over the heads of the crowd now coming from the plane. And sure enough, he could just see a hat and Pikachu’s ears weaving their way through the horde of passengers. He really had come, after all. Gary couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as he watched Ash get closer and closer, going over what he wanted to say when they were finally reunited yet again.
Once Ash was safely off of the plane, Pikachu fought to keep his perch on his trainer’s shoulder because of how fast he was moving. He was focused on only one thing right now, which was getting himself out of this crowd to find the one person he wanted to see most. The moment that he caught sight of that familiar spiky chestnut hair, he felt his heart race like it never had. Confused, Pikachu glanced between Ash and Gary for a second, then leaped off of the black-haired boy’s shoulder almost as if he knew what was about to happen. Once Ash could see Gary and the smile on his face, he couldn’t help but grin back at him, uncaring that he looked like a fool. Right now, words could wait. There was one thing he wanted to do before anything else. He ran as fast he could toward Gary and the second he was close enough, he quite literally threw himself at him, wrapping his arms around him tightly. Ash’s hat fell off his head in the process, but he couldn’t have cared less at that moment.
Ash was right about his inability to fall asleep during the flight. While Pikachu slept soundly on his lap, all he could do was stare out at the window, his mind racing with thoughts of his recent conversation with Gary. When Kanto finally came into sight, his eyes widened with anticipation. "Ladies and gentlemen, we will be landing in the Kanto region momentarily." The intercom rang out, catching his attention for a brief second. Pikachu’s ears twitched and he rose his head, glancing up at Ash. “We’re almost home, Pikachu! I can’t wait to see everyone…” A few minutes later, the plane began to descend until it hit the landing area, coming to a steady stop. As soon as it was safe for passengers to grab their things and depart, Ash grabbed his backpack and ran down the aisle, rudely pushing a few people out of the way until he reached the exit.
I got on the soonest flight that I could. It cost me a fair bit and I might be broke at the moment, but it’ll be worth it when I land in Kanto. Pikachu’s a little worn out, so I think he’ll be sleeping the entire flight there… Me? I don’t think that’s possible for me to considering how excited I am! So, yeah, I’ll be in Kanto soon… I can’t believe how much I missed home.
Y-you fee-REALLY?! I really thought it’d freak you out… I wanted so badly to tell you before now but… I dunno, I just thought you wouldn’t feel the same. I didn’t wanna drive you away and I guess I kinda hoped I’d stop feeling like this. But at the same time, you make me really happy too. If I’m down all I gotta do is think about you and it makes me feel a whole lot better! I actually think about you a lot, even when maybe I should have my mind on other stuff… I guess you kinda occupy my mind a lot. Not that I’m complainin’! Y-you’re really coming here? If there’s not much keepin’ ya in Unova maybe… maybe you can stay here a while? Or I’ll see if I can come back with you afterwards? I can try and bring my research over so we can be together and y’can keep training… we were never really travelling companions and I would love that more than anything! Maybe I’m jumping the gun a little, I dunno, I just… I’m really happy right now! I can’t believe you like me like that… enough to come and see me… I mean, I was so keen on going to Unova not for research or to explore but because you’re there and I wanted so badly to see you. A-and, I’m gonna be there waiting when you get here! In fact I can hardly wait. I still can’t believe it though, I mean I was so scared to say anything because I thought you’d shoot me down and tell me that you were sorry but didn’t feel the same, or even worse, not wanna see me any more because I feel like this… so this is, well, it’s probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me! I guess I don’t really know what to say. Maybe I’ll leave it for when I actually see ya… think I might be able to process my thoughts a bit better then, maybe. At the moment I’m just so shocked, shocked and genuinely the most happy I’ve been in a long time. I-I really can’t wait!
Don’t worry, I thought about you too and this makes me just as happy to know we feel the same way… There’s no way that I could’ve shot you down or hurt you in the least bit. It makes me happy to see you happy, after all. I’m kind of glad my mum didn’t question me when I asked how you were doing as often as I did. Eheheh, maybe she just thought that I was curious about things there in Kanto. To be honest, I’m extremely happy to be coming home! I miss things in Pallet, from the relaxed atmosphere to my own bed. Most of all, I miss you. Prolly more than you can imagine! It might sound cheesy, but I can’t wait to see you face to face after so long. I wonder if you’ve gotten any taller since we last saw each other… err, I don’t think that I have, but you can see for yourself real soon! As for you coming back with me, do you really want to leave things behind? Don’t get me wrong, I’d love that a lot, I just don’t want you to have to sacrifice everything you have there just to be with me. I’m planning on staying there for awhile, anyway… I can still train while I’m there, so it’ll be okay! It wouldn’t matter to me that badly as long as I got to see you.
Well, I guess I changed. Usually I wouldn’t say any of this stuff but I dunno, you should at least know that I’ve always thought so highly of you. I meant it when I said that I didn’t feel bad about losing back then! It used to bother me a lot more but you really impressed me with your technique - I could see how much you had grown as a trainer, and you really deserved to win it. I really was proud to have lost against you! And I would have done a lot worse in that battle had I still not bonded properly with ‘em… they did me proud too. Umbreon is my best research partner - whenever I go out to do field work or fossil hunting, I’m never alone. I guess we’re a little like you and Pikachu!
I’m looking into getting more time off work from now on, so maybe we can meet up a little more often? I’ve really missed you a lot. I thought the fanclub suited me, but after a certain point… y’know, some of ‘em actually stuck around for a while but got bored of researching and moved on. I don’t know why they were so attached to me in the first place, s’not like I was really anything special! But I’m not complainin’, it’s more fun to have someone by yer side… like how you always had Misty and Brock and May and everyone else.
World famous? No way! I mean, I guess everyone knows Grandpa and Green but I haven’t done anything to get well known… have I?! Yer givin’ me too much credit again. But I’m really glad you think so highly of me, because y’know I feel exactly the same way. Honestly I can’t believe you’re not with anyone… I thought fer sure that you’d have found someone by now. B-but I guess it’s good luck for me. Since I… I should probably just get this over with. Green keeps tellin’ me to, even those anons keep tellin’ me to, now you’re tellin’ me to as well. I thought, or hoped at least, maybe you’d figure it out but guess it’s somethin’ I’d have to say regardless, but I… I don’t really know what to say. The last thing I wanna do is freak you out or make things awkward. I really want us to stay friends whatever happens, because your friendship means everything t’me… It’s just hard, y’know? I’m not very good at this stuff! I don’t really know what I’m s’posed to do. Uh, if you d-don’t feel the same way it’s okay, I understand and I’m not tryin’ to make yer feel weird or nothing… I-I’m just gonna come out and say it I guess…
I like you, Ash. I’ve liked you for a really long time. And I really like you a lot. I’ve been tryin’ to deny it fer so long because I didn’t ever imagine that the first person I’d start likin’ like this would be you, ‘specially since you likely don’t feel the same but… I guess I had to say it sometime. I was hoping it’d go away but I just ended up liking you even more since we started talking again… I-I hope y’don’t mind. I can try to stop if it makes you awkward, I dunno. I just… I can’t help it. And even if y’don’t like me back, I’ll still think the world of ya because you’re the most amazing person I have the pleasure of knowing. I know it’s probably weird of me t’say but if I could I’d happily be by your side in yer journey but I guess… I guess with you training and me having projects going and stuff it couldn’t really work, right? But I can think about this rationally as much as I like but then I just… I don’t care, I’d rather be with you b-but I guess it’s kinda impossible, right? I dunno if I’m, like, overstepping boundaries by sayin’ all of this but you at least should know the way I feel, even if y’don’t feel the same. I’m sorry about all this, Ash… I don’t mean to freak you out or anythin’…
I want to see more of you too, Gary. Even if the time we do get to spend together is brief, it’d be enough for me to just be able to see you for a few moments. After all, it’s been so long since I’ve been in touch with someone from Kanto, let alone you… There’s not much keeping me in Unova at the moment, anyhow. My traveling companions went back to what they normally do and I’m on my own, so any company would be nice. All I’ve been doing is some training ‘n slow traveling. Since you mentioned you’d be coming here, I’m going to head to Castelia City to see you right away when you arrive, just like I promised! I… I guess that I’m a little bit excited, I’m sorry.
Why wouldn’t I think of you highly? In my eyes, you’ve done so much! Just as much as your grandfather or your brother have. I still don’t think you realize what kind of an impact you have on people you’ve met even just once… Don’t you remember how some of my friends reacted to meeting you? Heheh, it might’ve made me a bit jealous at the time. The only thing I don’t know if I was jealous of their attention towards you or the fact that I… Never mind, never mind. It’s not important, anyway. What I’m trying to say is you’re the one that needs to stop selling themselves short, not me. Because you’re so much more great than I am, than I’ll ever be. You’ll always be ahead of me in more ways than one and that’s something I’ve come to terms to over the years. In fact, it’s become something that I admire about you. You’re a really hard-working person… Not only that, but you’re amazingly caring and mature and intelligent and…
I-I mean… What could you say that would ruin our friendship? Whatever it is you feel so stressed about telling me, I somehow doubt it’s something that’s going to repel me away from you. I don’t throw a friendship out the door without a very, very good reason, you know, especially one like ours. I can’t think of a reason that would make me not want to be friends with you. Even if you-
U-Uh, I… What? I don’t… I…
I don’t know what to say… I never thought that something like this would happen, I always thought that you…
No, Gary, i-it’s okay- I just- I didn’t expect you to say that to me. I’m still taking it in, sort of. B-But you should definitely know that I’m not freaked out, at all, by this. Actually, I should tell you that… that I feel the same way, though I think I’m still realizing what it is. I like you, too. I do… I really do. Every time I see you or hear you or even think about you, it feels warm and happy, like nothing I’ve felt before in my life. That’s something I don’t want to lose. I want to be with you too, right now, at this exact moment, a-and hug you and literally tell you that I feel the same way… I feel like I’d be able to express myself much better in person because than I can actually touch you, err, I-I mean… Agh, why can’t I be in Kanto?!
You know what? I’m going to board the nearest plane to Kanto! I… I’ll see you soon, Gary!
I guess I did try really hard with my Pokémon. Not just with the theory and stuff but I really wanted what you had with yours. At first I guess I just saw them as Pokémon and not actually as friends. Like, I battled with them and didn’t really care as much. I actually got really jealous of you and Pikachu because you were so close, so it made me want to be a better trainer. Strength only gets you so far after all! You really didn’t need to try hard to beat me - I think I just got lucky a few times to be honest. Back then my heart was really into it because I wanted to beat you too. It’s why I even entered competitions, so maybe I’d have that… I dunno, self-validation by knowing I’d officially beaten you. I guess I never got that but it really doesn’t matter, in fact I don’t know why I cared so much. You always deserved to win. I was really happy when you defeated me at the Silver Conference because it was what you were born to do and it helped me realise what I really wanted to do. But I didn’t go easy on yer, I tried so hard in that battle to defeat you and yet… yet you still won, fair and square, and I was so proud because you’d come so far as a trainer. And you just keep developing! Y’know, sometimes people ask me why I quit being a trainer and I always tell them it’s because I couldn’t live up to you, at the end of the day. I think even knowing what I do now about Pokémon, if I went back to training you would still be that one person I could never really beat. I’m pretty damn happy with that!
Of course I’m serious! I don’t think I’ve ever meant somethin’ as much as I meant that. Don’t sell yourself short - I can’t be the only one who sees you as this really amazing person. I’m a pretty good judge of character, so! And I dunno, it’s not like I think people dislike me or anything, I guess I’m agreeable enough but I’m no you. I always felt like it shoulda been you with the fanclub and special treatment and stuff. I never really did anything to deserve them, but you did so much! I’m not bothered by the popularity thing. Maybe I’m just a bit jealous that you’re meeting all these new people and they get to spent time with you so often. I guess that’s kinda silly though, huh?
I… I guess I just don’t wanna get rejected. It might be better than never knowing but still, it would hurt a lot. I’ve spent so long liking ‘em, see, if all that was in vain it would sting pretty badly. R-really?! You actually think that? I… I don’t know what to say. But that really means a lot, especially coming from you. You really have no idea just how much. So… can I tell you something? Though I guess it’s like, really obvious a-and you don’t have to listen or anything, it’s probably real silly…
Ahhh… jeez, Gary… You’re embarrassing me. I never thought I would hear things like what you’re saying coming from you, so I’m still a little overwhelmed. I really appreciate everything you’ve said though. I want you to know I feel the same way about how things have turned out! With the Silver Conference and everything… I just hope that you don’t feel put down by that. You did a great job with your Pokémon in that battle, I mean it. To see how far we’d both come along at that point was amazing and your Blastoise put up a terrific fight against Charizard. You eventually did obtain that special bond with your Pokémon, you know. I could see it, especially in your Umbreon.
I-I wish we could see more of each other, too. It’s really nice meeting new people ‘n all, but there’s absolutely nothin’ like having an old friend at your side. Err… Your fan club looked real nice and all way back then, but I don’t think I would’ve fit in with that kind of crowd. Besides, it suited you much better! Heheh. Even with all that we’ve done in the past, I’m definitely no better than you are in any way, Gary. If you realized the impact you had on people that you’ve come into contact with, you’d see that. Especially me…
Uhh, I mean- I mean… Whoever it is that you do have feelings for would be crazy to turn you down. Who wouldn’t want the world famous Gary Oak by their side, after all? You’re a terrific person and I wish more than anything that you’d realize that! Silly? I don’t think so… Your feelings for this person can’t possibly be “silly” if you’ve liked them for so long. So, of course you can tell me! I’m always happy to listen to whatever you’ve got to say.
So, basically, I was thinking it’d make sense if maybe Ash has already collected all of the Unova badges aaaand right now he’s just training for the Elite Four. That way all the people- well, really just Iris and Cilan, can have gone back to what they normally do in the games anddd Ash can be just training on his own for now. Would that be okay, do you think?
Don’t be surprised. You’ve traveled through 5 regions already, not including Unova, and done many legendary things along the way- it’d be more surprising if I hadn’t heard of you.
Yes, indeed. They simply have a certain mystical quality about them that makes them so… intriguing~
Ehehe, I guess you’re right! Unova is amazing so far. I’ve really enjoyed myself meeting the people and Pokémon here. My new team is doing really well, so I’m pretty proud about that. I’m still trying to get my Oshawott to stay inside his Poké Ball, though…
Uuhh, anyway! That’s really interesting… I had a Haunter for a short time back in Kanto and he was a bit of a trickster. I ended up letting him stay with a Gym Leader there named Sabrina. What’re some of the Pokémon that you have?
It bothered Brock? But I thought he turned her down… surely he didn’t care that much? I suppose he’s been turned down enough times, heh.
I had my own fair share of immaturity though. I was always braggin’ about being further than you, or having more Pokémon, and thinking I’d raised mine better… that was wrong of me too. Guess I deserved to be beaten in the end - maybe if you didn’t, I’d still be a… a dick. I don’t think I ever properly apologised for acting the way I did back then, so I’m sorry. I never really thought you were a loser, y’know. In fact, kinda the opposite. I was just so determined to one-up you because I knew you’d do well, but even if I trained faster and beat you to everything, it wasn’t fun and I guess I lost in the end. I knew all the theory but I just wasn’t a trainer, I guess. But you are, and a damn good one at that. The best I know.
There’s a reason everyone likes you, Ash. You’ve got this incredible personality, and you’re talented, and everyone just can’t help but like you. I’ve never had that, and while people like me okay I’d say aside from my brother, you’re pretty much the only really close friend I have. I don’t think you realise what you’ve done for me - I’d be a completely different person and I’d be a lot more miserable for it. And I guess you’ve never been rejected… THAT’S what stops me. Because I really like this person, and… yeah. B-but… if I DID say I liked you… what would happen then? Just wondering. No particular reason of course.
Uh, well, you know Brock and girls… I’m sure you can do the math.
You did raise your Pokémon really well, Gary! You could tell just by looking at them and seeing them in battle. I admit that I was jealous of you for a very long time because of how they always look stronger than my own Pokémon… Sometimes, I’d get frustrated with myself. I felt as if I wasn’t doing the best I could, that I needed to kept needing to improve more in order to beat you. For a long time, all I cared about was proving myself to you. Our rivalry drove me to chase after you and to do my very best to prove to you I was just as much of a trainer as you were…. So, in a way, it did do me some good. I wouldn’t have gone to Hoenn and Sinnoh if it weren’t you! Really, you showed me how a trainer should act and treat his Pokémon, so I owe you a lot. When you were a trainer, you were just as good as I am now, if not better… but, like I said earlier, you’ve found what you really want to do with your life now, and I’m glad for you. You’re doing something important and that makes a number of people proud of you, such as me. I am really proud of you, Gary, and I want to see you happy more than anything.
U-Uh, are you serious when you say that? My personality isn’t anywhere near incredible… Honestly, there’re much better people out there than me by a long shot. You don’t think people like you? Aw, c’mon, Gary, you know that you’re well-liked by as many people as I am. If I could, I’d prove it to you! Heck, I will if you really want me to. I don’t mind, if it will reassure you that I’m not more popular than you are… I’d much rather be seen as equal to you now, though I’ll always think you’re better off than I am.
If you really, really like this person, what’s stopping you from telling them? If it were me that you liked, I’d be happy to know someone as amazing as you are would even look at me in that way- really, I mean it. It would make me… genuinely happy.
Brock turned someone down? Heh, that’s a first. I-I was just wondering I guess. Wanted to know what happened and if it all worked out okay. Guess it didn’t go as planned for her…
Yer kidding, right? I might have beat you a few times but you beat me when it actually mattered. Remember the Silver Conference? The better Trainer always wins in the end, and you were clearly more cut out for it than I ever was. If I didn’t realise that it wasn’t really for me, I’d probably still be losing in contests against you even now. But if you think you don’t make a difference… you’ve done so much! You’ve pretty much saved the world before, pretty sure that matters a lot more to people than extinct Pokémon. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for you making me want to become a better trainer… it’s why I started researching Pokémon in the first place. I’ll always be grateful for that. Y-you matter a lot to me, more than I can prob’ly say.
You’re 100 times the person I’ll ever be, and it means a lot to me for you to say that about me, because I think you’re really amazing too. I don’t think I stand a chance with the person I want though, honestly. I just… I dunno. Maybe I really am just bein’ silly…
It was pretty funny at the time. First, she wanted to marry Brock, then James and then finally that doctor guy. Everyone was happy in the end… ‘cept Brock, but he got over it.
Aheheh, yeah, I remember trying to rub it in your face that I did better than you did! I guess that was kind of childish of me… and I’m sorry for doing that. You were a lot more mature than I was back then. You still are, even though I don’t like to admit it. And well… I’ve only done what I think was the right thing to do. If it weren’t for my friends and my Pokémon, I wouldn’t be where I am today. That includes you, Gary. You drove me to become the best I could possibly be, despite the fact that I always knew deep down I was slower than you were.
You know, you mean a lot to me, too and I wish I could show you how much… But I’m not a better person than you are. At all. You’ve done just as much, if not more, good than I have. I think you should have more confidence in yourself! What’s stopping you from telling them how you feel? Anyone would be lucky to have you by their side. I could always try to help you tell them, if you want.
Really?! I guess I missed all that… I don’t suppose you know what happens when a friend likes a friend but the friend doesn’t like them back? …Not for any reason. I’m just wondering. It’s… I dunno. Interesting. Or whatever. Heh…
Better than you?! In what way? You’ve done a lot more than me, met more people, won more competitions… I’ve never really been better than you at anything. Even when I tried, I’d fall just a bit short. I’ve never really found out if I could have anyone I wanted because I guess I never really liked anyone at the time but…
Y-yeah, I’m not being serious either! Just… just curious I guess.
Not really… Unless you count that one time that girl named Temacu was crazy about Brock, but they weren’t exactly friends and that was a long time ago. I think she eventually married a doctor or something… A-Anyway, why’re you wondering about that?
You were always better than me with your Pokémon and training! Every time I thought I could show you a thing or two, you beat me like it was a piece of cake. Though, y’know, I was honestly happy for you when you figured out researching was what you wanted to do. You’re actually going somewhere, doing something that matters a lot of people…
I, uh… I guess what I’m trying to say is you’re an amazing person, Gary. You really could have just about anyone you wanted.
It’s not exactly the norm though, right? S’a bit weird. And it could make things awkward, I dunno, to come out and admit something like that. If I did, I mean.
It just… it seems like the idea of me liking you… like it freaks you out or something.
I… uh, I’m not sure. I’ve seen a a couple of pairs of friends get together throughout my journey. To me, they looked really… happy. Really, that’s all that matters, right?
Um… it doesn’t freak me out, Gary… Or maybe it does, but not in a bad way. I’m just so used to the idea of you being so much better than I am that it doesn’t seem likely you’d look at me that way. Like, you could have anyone you wanted. Why me?
I’m sorry if I just sound stupid. I-I’m not being serious or anything.