He is ten when they first meet, via fishing pole, and the first thing she does is slap his cheek; not a hello or a handshake, but a slap. Its a motion that leaves him ready to fight, but the pokemon below him gives a cry and he is reminded all to quickly of the Spearrow behind him. He asks for help and before she can finish talking he is already riding off. At the time neither know it, but for the boy on the bicycle and the girl running behind, this is only a first in a series of firsts.
The Maiden's Festival is a wonder, Ash decides while waiting for Misty to show, one minute they're trying to keep Brock from chasing after a girl and the next they're battling a Ghastly. "Sorry I'm late." Misty's voice calls and he turns only to have his voice caught in his throat. And for what feels like the longest time Ash is speechless until she grabs his hand and asks him to dance. It is a night of firsts Brock decides as