While Misty and the others had thier hands full trying to keep Brock from ruining thier date, Ash and Dawn were currently making thier way towards the restaurant Ash had selected for them, both were hopeful that they would finally be able to convey thier true feeling to the other and that tonight would bring both of them closer then they had been before. "Heh, I never in a million years thought I would ever see you dress like this again." Dawn said with a smile as she motioned at Ash's clothes. "I'm so use to see you with a Pokeball in your hand and Pikachu on your shoulder. It's kind of like I'm looking at a whole different Ash all together." The raven haired boy hummed as he ran his hands through his hair to smooth the sides back down some. "Say what you want, I think I clean up pretty darn well." Dawn nodded agreeing with him, "You're hair smells really nice, you use some new kind of shampoo or something?" The blue haired girl giggled and started to play with a stray lock that was starting to work its way free and back down into her face. "Well I did pick up this new stuff in Hoenn so I guess you could be smelling that." she said. "Really it was Zoey and May who fixed my hair up for me, If not for them I probably would of been late and you would think I'd stood you up." Ash was grinning as he thought back to all the times Dawn had freaked out because of her hair wasn't cooperating with her. During his travels through the Sinnoh region he has seen her tie it back in pony tails like it was now, curl it, tie it in little pig tails and back with scrunchy buns... In his opinion though he thought it always looked best when she just let it flow back straight like she normally did when they were on the road. Ash wasn't sure why but he always thought that look suited her best, maybe because when ever they would set up camp for the night and he would steal a glance over at her and see her brushing her hair he would swear it looked like a cascading water fall crashing down to the earth below. One thing he never really understood was why Dawn would always go so over board at her contests and have to doll her face up in so much make up and try to make herself look like one of the women you would see in the magazines at a super market check out stand, One of he reasons liked her the way he did was because she wasn't like them. She had a natural beauty about her that complimented her gentle and kind nature and her fiesty side as well all of these things worked together to build her into the girl who had found her way into Ash's heart he was so greatful that she had agreed to go out with him tonight heck he was greatful that he was able to spend time with her again like before so that was why he was determined to make sure tonight was perfect.
"Hello? Earth to Ash, Are you even listening to me or what?!" Ash was thrust out of his memories and back into the present as he shook his head back and forth quickly. Too quickly infact he was so distracted that he ended up walking face first right into a street lamp and landed on the ground with a thud right on his butt. "Youch! Son of a, who put that pole in my way?!" he asked rubbing his nose. Dawn was trying hard not to laugh at him but it was clearly not working. "The pole was always there, you were just in La La land like you always are." she said with hand over her mouth, trying to keep her laughter down to a giggle. " Somethings never change. Probably thinking about which league you'll try to win next I bet." She said. " Well, Not exactly." Humming as she helped him back up, Dawn wondered what Ash could of been thinking so hard about that he would do something like walk into a street lamp like he did. "He's still the same guy he was back when we were in Sinnoh. Maybe he's gotten a bit taller but I'm glad he hadn't changed too much." she thought watching him rub his fore head's growing lump. "I'm sorry I shouldn't be laughing at you. I hope you're ok." "Ahh No need to worry I'm the one who should be sorry, I was so distracted I didn't hear what ever it was you were trying to ask me." Ash replyed as he stood up and dusted himself off. "Well I was just wondering where it is you're taking me is all." asked the Blue haired girl. The raven haired boy grinned and wagged a finger in the air. "Sorry! I can't tell you that cause it's a surprise. Let's just say you won't be too dissapointed." Now Dawn was even more curious, she then started to guess where it was that Ash could of chosen to have dinner at and since she knew how much he liked to eat that was already quite a long list to go through. "Alright! Here we are." He said once the two of them had arrived at thier destination.
Before them sat a small hill side with concrete steps leading up to an old four leveled wooden building with white and brown paint. Around the ground there were lights planted and shining brightly which showed people up on the 4th floor eating outside and enjoying the view of the town around them, while others sat on the other three floors inside enjoying their meals. Beside the enterance there was a little waterfall and a spinning wheel which turned as the water fell on it, over head of the door the name of the restaurant. "The sheltered cove." Read Dawn, this seemed to be quite the high class place by the looks of it and really was the last place she would expect Ash to take her on a date she was kind of just expecting a regular restaurant nothing like this. "Yeah, I was out here earlyer with the guys and I thought you would like to try it out with me, I mean If this is too much we don't have to We can go and eat somewhere else if you like." Ash said. "No! No this is fine I'm fine with it." Dawn said smiling and listening to both hers and Ash's stomachs growling. " Good, Cause I am like 12 kinds of hungry!!!" he said making Dawn break into a laugh again. "Nothing new thier." The two of them quickly made thier way inside the doors and Ash mentioned his reservation he had made. "Oh yes, there you are, Mr. Ketchum, party of 2 and you have requested the 4th floor. If you will just follow me I will be happy to take you to your table." Said the greeter before leading them up the stairs. "Here you are I'll give you a minute to check over our menu and a waiter will be right with you to take your order." The two of them nodded and started to do so, Dawn was a bit distracted by the view the two of them had. You could see for a good ways across the hill sides and into town and out to sea as well.
Over head in the sky the sun was starting to set and painted the heavens with brillent shades of red, orange, pink, and blue. The ocean waves rippled and churned as they reflected the glowing golden yellow orb off of thier surface. Ash let out a relaxed sigh and smiled feeling the cool salt winds blow gently across the roof top. They once again carried Dawn's sweet seant into his nose. " So what do you think?" He asked with a smerk. "You weren't expecting his were you?" he asked. "No, No I was not." The blue haired girl said as she scanned around her looking at the various statues and potted plants that adorned the roof top. From farther down below in the kitchen They could smell the aromas of the food cooking and it made both thier mouths water. "You do like Itallian don't ya?" Ash asked. "It's one of my favorites." Dawn replyed Ash silently whooped to himself, thankful he had made a good call on his choice. "Well You can pick what ever you want Dawn. I got it covered." he said already starting to narrow down his own choice. Soon the two of them placed thier orders and sat waiting to fill thier stomachs. As they did so they chatted about thier journeys and battles, what Pokemon they had seen or caught, and the friends and rivals they had made. "You're kidding me? She really gave out badges depending on how the fight turned out in her head?!" Dawn asked in shock of how idiotic Skyla's way of battling was. "Yep! All so she can waste time goofing off in the sky more." Ash nodded, sipping on his soda. "I've never met a gym leader as disgraceful as her." he said "Well throw that Iris you've told me about in there too and it's no wonder why you left Unova. Sounds like it was a bad idea all around." Ash sighed and had to agree there, "Well I did catch a bunch of cool Pokemon though and made some friends, and the whole thing did have one other good point, Us getting to see each other again like this." Dawn blushed again, which only made her look cuter to Ash. He could feel his heart starting to beat a bit faster and his own face heat up. "Thanks for coming out with me tonight Dawn." "No problem Ash, I am a little curious though... Why did you want to-" Dawn never got a chance to finish her question however as the waiter came and soon Ash's focus was set firmly on the plate of pasta and meatballs infront of him.
The two of them enjoyed thier meal up top watching the sunset over the ocean, it was like something out of a movie almost, something that didn't happen too often in normal everyday life. Neither one of them wanted to head back to the hotel just yet so they desided to go out for a short walk on the beach and look up at the stars in the darkening sky. "It's so beautiful out here." Dawn said as she tilted her head up and let the wind blow through her hair once again. " Quiet too, you don't get this kind of peace in the city too often Maybe why I like camping out so much. It's recharging just being out in nature." He said. They kept walking on a bit longer, Every now and then they would stop to skip a few stray stones or look for sea shells. "Dawn, you were trying to ask me something back at the restaurant, what was it?" "Well I was kind of wondering why it is you wanted to go out with me so suddenly like this?" she said as she turned to face him now, her hands clasping around a shell she had found. Ash felt his heart starting to speed up again, this was it, she ventured in wards now it was time to cast his line and see if he would land the girl he wanted so badly. "Dawn, I... I... I can't hide it any more. See, I've kind of wanted to ask you out for a long, long time now. Only I was always too nervious to just come right out and do so. Mainly because I didn't want to be rejected." He explained, His breathing was speeding up too and he could feel himself starting to sweat, it felt like he was racing to get away from an en raged Rhyhorn bearing down on him, he felt like he wanted to run away, too fearful of her reaction when he finally told her but looking at her now. Staring at him with intense curiosity Ash knew there was no going back now. " Dawn. I've made a lot of female friends in my time as a trainer, but you. Something about you made you stand out to me, you're kind, gentle, smart, and just so naturally pretty I honestly don't see why you use so much make up during contests you're hiding your natural good looks. What I am trying to say is, well Dawn. I,... I love you. I truely do."
Dawn was shocked, almost in disbelief of what she was just told. She could feel tears running down her cheeks as she threw her arms around Ash and hugged him tightly. "Ash. I Love you too. I have ever since Sinnoh. When you left for Kanto again I missed you so much, I felt like part of my world was gone right then and there." Ash then gently raised Dawn's face up to look at him and smiled as he cleared the tears from her eyes. "Well you'll never have to feel like that again, because I never want to leave you again, where you go I go." It was then right there under the starry night sky, by the calm sea that the two of them finally shared thier first kiss, it wasn't very long but it still carried with it so much meaning to both of them.