December 30, 10:02 pm. Ash Ketchum reaches the seaside city of Olivine, where the roads are pretty slick from the sleet and freezing rain activity that hit the area. Ice built up on the brim of his ball cap, and his sneakers were wet from stepping into puddles. He received an unanimous e-mail telling him to go to Mrs. Krabcake's Bed and Breakfast in the town.
Ash arrived at the Bed and Breakfast around 11:03 pm, a hot styrofoam cup of French vanilla latte in hand. The large structure resembled a traditional Japanese house, only with more room. A paper-covered door slid open, and at the doorway stood an attractive girl about a year younger than Ash, dressed in a light blue kimono and white tabi, and her hair done up in a bun.
"Good evening, Mr. Ketchum!", the girl bowed to Ash, "We have been expecting you. Please take off your shoes and make yourself at home."
Ash, despite having socks on, felt the cold floor under his feet.
"If the cold floor is bothering you, I could get you a pair of sandals.", the girl said to Ash, "Our heater's on the fritz."
"I'm okay.", Ash smiled and waved his hand in a 'no thank you' manner. The two finally reached the front desk.
"Name, please?", the desk clerk asked as she looked at her computer screen.
"Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town", the girl interrupted Ash before he could get a word out. The girl turned around, bowed to Ash and said "Oh. I'm sorry."
"Don't worry about it.", Ash pats the girl on the back, then went in closer to the desk.
"Ahh, yes. Ketchum. You'll be in Room 12B. Keiko will show you up."
"How much do I owe you?", Ash whips out his wallet.
"Nothing. It's already taken care of."
"What?", Ash gives her a dazed look. "How?"
"Somebody named Glaive paid for everything in advance for you, using a Team Rocket charge account.", the receptionist takes her glasses off to clean them.
A short time later, Ash entered the room that was shown to him. A futon had been already laid out for him, and next to it was a portable heater/cooler. He took his hat off and laid down on the futon. Then he thought to himself, "What is Glaive up to? I've only known her a week, and she goes to extraordinary lengths to see to my comfort?". Then Ash closed his eyes and fell into an almost comatose state of sleep.
December 31, 7:00 pm. Ash was awakened by a stocking foot in his face and a voice calling out "Hey, Ashey! Wakie-Wakie!".
Ash opened his eyes and saw his twin sister, Glaive, standing over him, wearing a light blue satin jacket, pastel rainbow toesocks, and a shimmery light blue miniskirt. He sat up.
"Wh-What are you doing here?", Ash rubbed his eyes and let out a yawn.
"I thought you and I would get some breakfast, you studmuffin!", Glaive smiled as she put a foot on Ash's groin and started stroking it.
"Oh, yeah. Sure. Just let me clean up a bit.", Ash moved Glaive's foot so that he could stand up, then he went down the hall to the bathroom with a wash cloth, toothbrush, and a bottle of Mintz brand mouthwash in hand. A Jigglypuff entered the room with a vacuum cleaner as Glaive exited.
Soon, the two siblings went to the adjacent dining area where Jigglypuffs went to and fro, carrying people's orders, cleaning tables, etc. One Jigglypuff approached Ash and Glaive and signaled for them to follow it to an empty table. Ash felt his legs going numb as he sat on a pillow. Glaive looked at him curiously.
"What's the matter, Ash-man? Uncomfortable?", Glaive asked.
"You want to go somewhere else then? I don't mind if we don't eat at the Bed and Breakfast.", she takes Ash by the arm. "Let's get our shoes then. I know a place that sells some really bitchin' waffles."
It was 9:05 am when Ash and Glaive were walking down the ice-covered streets of Olivine. Ash noticed Glaive's shoes and asked "Are you sure you don't feel uncomfortable wearing open-toed shoes in the dead of winter?".
"I thought you were attracted to girls who wear open-toed shoes with hosiery.", Glaive gave Ash a flirtateous smile.
"Well, sure, but...", Ash's face was turning red as a beet. He then looks up and said, "Well, this must be the place."
They stop outside of a diner-style restaurant with "Mr. Waffle" in big green neon letters. They go inside, where they noticed two Team Rocket soldiers sitting at the counter, drinking coffee and shoveling scrambled Togepi eggs into their mouths. The hostess then showed them to a table away from the dining soldiers.
"Can I get you something to drink? Coffee, Citrus Juice?", the hostess asked as she adjusted her nylons.
"One coffee for me.", Ash replied.
"I'll have a chocolate malt.", Glaive replied.
"A chocolate malt at this hour?", Ash looked at her surprisingly.
Glaive playfully kicks Ash in the crotch. "Customer's always right, my boy!".
Ash, writhing in pain, makes his way to the bathroom while cupping his injured crotch and muttering "Ow! Oooh! Fuck!". Three minutes later, Ash sits back down just as Glaive says, "I hope you don't mind. I already ordered for both of us."
"Oh, you did?", Ash turns around to see if the soldiers he saw when they first entered the restaurant were still there. They had left.
"Yes Indeedily-Doodily! I ordered for myself the rainbow chocolate chip waffles, heavy on the whipped cream. I ordered you a deep-fried Miltank steak with biscuits and gravy."
"What about hash browns? Did you forget the hash browns?", Ash asked anxiously.
Glaive kicks him again. "Relax, big brother! I didn't forget your hash browns."
Just then, the doors swung open, and in stepped a Team Rocket commander with two soldiers as his escort. They walk over to the cashier station.
"May I help you, gentlemen?", the cashier asked as she was just finishing up giving a customer change.
The Team Rocket commander reached into his uniform pocket and pulled out a black-and-white photo of Ash Ketchum. "Have you seen this boy?".
Ash turns around and thought to himself, "Fuck! How did they find me?"
"What's the matter?", Glaive asked as she took a sip of chocolate malt.
Ash stands up, places a twenty credit note on the table and said, "I have to go.". He kisses Glaive on the mouth, then finishes his statement with "I'm sorry that our 'date' had to end like this."
As Ash made his way to the front door, one of the soldiers spotted him.
"Sir, It's Ketchum!!", the soldier raised his assault rifle and fired a few rounds which shattered the glass door as Ash bolted out of the restaurant.
"All units converge on Paxton Square!", the commander speaks into his cell phone, "Ash Ketchum has been sighted. Use of deadly force is hereby authorized.". Then the three men left the restaurant as Glaive went up to the cashier station to pay.
"God, please watch over Ash.", Glaive said a silent prayer as she handed the twenty to the cashier.
Within moments, a platoon of armoured Team Rocket shocktroopers were chasing Ash all over Olivine, firing their weapons. Pulling a Monster Ball out of his backpack, Ash released his Pikachu just as a bullet blew his right knee cap clean off, shattering his leg. Ash laid on the ice-covered street, screaming in agonizing pain as blood sprayed from the wound. The trench coat-clad commander removed his dark glasses, exposing a scar near his right eye, walked over to Ash, and stomped on his right arm as hard as he could before pointing a full-automatic machine pistol at the youth's head.
"You thought that you could elude us forever. Didn't you, you little fucktard!", he releases the safety on the gun.
"You...You! Your whole damned organization killed my family!", Ash barely gets the words out as he breathes heavily, indication that he was about to go into shock.
"Shut Up!!", the commander smacks Ash in the face with his gun. "Before you die, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Yakhoff Oroski. I'm your big brother."
"That's impossible. I have no other siblings besides Svetlana."
"You mean Glaive. Unlike her, I enlisted in Team Rocket by choice. I rose through the ranks faster than you can say 'Togepi'. You were to be exterminated because our parents resisted when they came to take you. It's your fault Mom and Dad are dead...simply because you exist, Vladimir Oroski a.k.a. Ash Ketchum!!", Yakhoff smacks Ash harder and repeatedly with his gun.
The soldiers that were behind him trained their weapons on Ash as Yakhoff replaced his sunglasses. Yakhoff turns around to walk away, then turns abruptly and blasts Ash's right arm clean off. Ash, laying in a pool of his own blood, watched helplessly as the soldiers prepared to fire. Then, a hellstorm of electrical discharges struck the icy pavement and literally cut six of the ten soldiers in half. His consciousness slowly slipping away, Ash looked to see his Pikachu standing in front of him, flashing a 'V for Victory' sign.Yakhoff limped out of the street, his leg having been burned beyond recognition by Pikachu's Thunder Strike attack.
11:54 pm. Ash woke up to find himself in a hospital, where two Blisseys were fluffing his pillow and disconnecting the sedative he was on. He looked to his right and saw, to his initial horror, that his entire right arm was replaced by a cybernetic arm. His right calf has been reattached, but he is unable to feel a thing. To his left sat his Pikachu, and a smiling Glaive.
"Welcome back to the land of the living.", Glaive bends over, grabs Ash's cheeks and kisses him in the mouth, after which she replied "Mmm...Minty!"
"How come you never told me we had an older brother?", Ash asked as a Blissey brought him a tray of food.
"I didn't know! You mean that blond guy with the spiked haircut and the black trench coat with an embroidered Team Rocket logo on the back?"
"That's him.", Ash struggled to work his cybernetic arm. "He did this to me."
Glaive gets up after adjusting her toesocks and putting her jacket back on.
"I'll be outside if you need anything, okay? Oh, and Ash..."
"Yes?", Ash picks up his fork and takes a forkful of lasagna.
"HAPPY NEW YEAR!!" In walked a crowd with party hats on and champagne in hand. In addition to the doctors, Nurse Joys, Chanseys, Blisseys, Jigglypuffs, Officer Jennys, and Glaive, there was, to Ash's surprise, his childhood friends and love interests. Included in the menagerie were Misty, Brock, Gary, Tricia, May, Max, Doctor Oak, Doctor Elm, Doctor Apple, Tiffany, Lin, Delia Ketchum (Ash's adopted mother), Tracey, Macy, Alianna, and Togepi. Champagne corks popping, the crowd gathered around Ash's bedside. Gary took a bottle of champagne and poured it on Ash's head.
"Damn it, I don't want any of you to see me this way!", Ash said with a sound of panic in his voice.
"Lighten up, Ash!", Delia stroked Ash's wet hair. "You never came home for Christmas. We all missed you."
"Ah, fuck it all anyway." Ash shrugged his shoulders as Blissey turned on the TV to the dropping of the ball in Slateport City. Then after the ball dropped, the crowd around Ash were singing, cheering, and giving Ash many loves-up.
Outside the hospital, Yakhoff lowered his electrobinoculars before pulling out a glossy black Monster Ball to summon a Swellow for transport back to headquarters.
"Next time, Ketchum! Next time!"