Always On My Mind Part 1
"Wait! You forgot Meowth again!!" Meowth yelled as Jessie and James drifted off in the hot air balloon............
Still holding James's hand, Jessie broke away from his gaze, feeling uncomfortable at the emotions welling up inside her. "Jessie?" he asked, concern showing in his emerald eyes "Are you ok? You seem a bit......" "I'm fine James.....just tired" she snapped, fighting back emotion. But she couldn't hide her feelings from him, she never could. He sighed and looked out over the side of the balloon, fiddling with a rose as usual. "You know Jess, I didn't just come back for my freedom............I came back for you" he almost whispered. "Really?" Jessie beamed, blushing. He came closer, and took her in his arms "Of course" he leaned in towards her, closing his eyes-'Oh my God' she thought, 'he's going to........' Suddenly he was kissing her! "James what the hell do you think you're doing?!"
She yelled. "Jessie I'm sorry I just..." winced James, but she cut him off "you're squashing my hair, grab my ass instead!" James just grinned and kissed her again, and before she even realised it she was kissing him back, just like she'd always secretly dreamed of...........
A very tired and pissed off Meowth finally arrived home a couple of hours later, cursing and muttering under his breath. He stomped into the cabin, and seeing no-one around, burst into the bedroom. "So what's da big idea, leaving Meowth behind to walk..............Holy Crap! What are you-Oh!" He hurried back out, Jessie's boot narrowly missing his head, a horrified look on his face.
As Team Rocket policy forbade relationships between partners, Meowth agreed to keep Jessie and James's budding relationship a secret, in exchange for getting his own basket in front of the fire in the living room each night and the biggest portion of food at each meal. This worked out fairly well for all the Rockets, and as weeks turned to months, Jessie and James got used to 'behaving themselves' in public-well, except maybe once or twice-hiding in the bushes waiting to ambush the Twerps could be pretty boring!
"Oh Jessie!" James gasped, collapsing exhausted on top of her. "I love you" he murmured, kissing her on the forehead. Lying naked in James' arms, Jessie felt blissfully happy, yet also emotionally vulnerable and needy, feelings she always squashed, much to his despair. She loved him more than she ever thought possible, but could never express it. Since the death of her mother, she had decided that love only leads to loss and pain, and built up an emotional wall, a kind of toughness. That had worked well for her.... until that fateful day years ago, when she met James Morgan at Pokemon Tech-the love of her life, although she didn't know it then, or admit it to herself even now. Tonight was no different. She gazed at him and responded "Oh James......... I ........ really do admire your dress sense." James' disappointed and hurt expression said more than words ever could. He turned his back to her and she felt like a complete bitch as she shut her eyes and tried to
The next morning, they were woken up by Meowth knocking on the door. "Jimmy? It's Da Boss for you-he said it's urgent." "Shit" muttered James, dressing quickly and running to the phone. A few minutes later he came back into the bedroom, looking stressed. "Jess I have to go to HQ-are you coming?" They got ready in silence, Jessie having the bathroom while James ate breakfast and vice versa. 'Something isn't right about this' Jessie thought, pondering Giovanni's motives. He had never asked to see one of them on their own before.
Arriving at Team Rocket Headquarters, James was ushered to Giovanni's office by a couple of grunts. Meowth napped on a chair whilst Jessie sat and waited patiently.........and waited.........and waited, until finally she got brave and knocked on the door. "Come in" came the stern reply. She walked in and couldn't hide her shock at seeing James was nowhere in sight! "Boss? Where's........." "Jessie, of course. James is gone. You have been assigned a new partner. His name is Rocko and he'll be arriving here tomorrow. You and Meowth will meet him at 7am sharp. You can go now." "But........" "I said GET OUT!" Jessie exited the room quickly and grabbed Meowth roughly. "Quick lazybones, wake up! We need to search this place until we find James!"
They never did find out what happened to James. Rocko arrived, and was handsome, charming, funny........ but it was all wasted on Jessie. Meowth clicked with him almost instantly, and took to riding on his head everywhere they went. But Meowth cried himself to sleep every night for months, and suspected Jessie did the same, judging by her puffy eyes in the mornings. After the first year, though they never forgot him, they gave up trying to find James, or discover what happened to him. Rocko had even tried to help, but knew nothing.
Jessie got out of the car first as she, Rocko and Meowth arrived at the scene of their latest Pokemon stealing mission. It was the annual summer ball thrown by Jake Spearow, one of the richest Pokemon trainers in Kanto. He owned several gyms across the country, and had become a millionaire at 25. "Guess this heist is a really big deal, huh?" she said apprehensively, smoothing down her gorgeous green ball gown and checking her make up in her compact mirror. "It'll be fine Jess, the place is swarming with Team Rocket agents. It's not like we're on our own. Besides, the boss has been pretty pleased with us lately!" grinned Rocko. It was true, Rocko seemed to have brought them nothing but good luck, they had actually managed to steal pokemon since he joined up. And his car was an added bonus! "Sure you won't come in with us buddy?" Rocko asked Meowth. "I told you
before, there ain't no way Meowth's getting in a pokeball! I'll stay here and wait for you guys" he exclaimed. Rocko shrugged and he and Jessie walked across the car park towards the ballroom.
Jessie's eyes opened wide as she walked into the huge, lavishly decorated room full of people. She could only dream of the riches that the guests here were casually displaying, diamond necklaces, gold watches, platinum pokeballs peeping out of pockets.......... "Right, see you later, good luck!" her partner said quietly, slipping away into the crowd. Jessie sighed and headed for the bar as agreed, praying they wouldn't mess this one up. Lost in her own thoughts, she accidentally bumped into a woman wearing a beautiful blue gown. "Sorry" she mumbled, looking up at her- "Cassidy." "Hello Jessie. Stolen any poke........no of course you haven't! Haha! Although I must say things are looking up for you lately, new car, new partner-he's very handsome isn't he? Let's hope he doesn't get fed up working with you losers and leave!" Cassidy sneered. Jessie smiled sarcastically "Very funny-how long did it take you to come up with that one?! And QUIT staring at my tits Cassidy, I don't swing that way!" Cassidy's face turned bright red. 'So those rumours are true', thought Jessie, as her enemy scowled and stormed off to take her position near the main doors. Jessie continued towards the bar, scanning the crowd as she went. Almost all the women wore their hair piled up high on their heads, and were wearing beautiful colourful dresses, the men all wore smart suits and all were obviously on their best behaviour for the occasion. There were waiters walking round with canapés and flutes of champagne, and the music created an elegant, sophisticated atmosphere.
Suddenly her heart caught in her throat. She felt dizzy and could barely stand. "James" she mouthed, astonished at seeing her former lover staring at her from across the dancefloor. He glanced around nervously, then made a beeline towards Jessie. "God this place is so BIG!" she muttered under her breath, desperate to get to James. She had to force herself to walk, not run towards him, unable to afford drawing attention to herself before the signal came to put Team Rocket's plan into action. She continued to weave her way through the crowds, and suddenly they were face to face, gazing into each other's eyes once more. She saw at once that though he was smiling, tears were running down his face, and it was then that she realised her own cheeks were wet. "Oh Jessie!" James almost sobbed as they fell into each other's arms "I missed you so much" "Me too" she murmured, overwhelmed at seeing him again. "What happened to you? Where have you been?" "I can't talk here-come outside with me" he said, taking her hand.
The doormen eyed them suspiciously as they walked out. "Man I am dying for that cigarette!" James declared loudly. This seemed to work, so he led Jessie round to the back of the building where they could have some privacy. He leaned in to kiss her and she moved away "James! For fuck's sake! Explain yourself first!" she snapped. "Sorry" he mumbled, looking hurt. "Remember 2 years ago when the boss summoned me to HQ? When I went into his office, my parents were there, waiting for me. I knew something was wrong, and wanted to escape, or shout to you and Meowth, but one of the boss's grunts held a gun to my head. I was so scared! I was bundled into one of Team Rocket's cars and driven home to my parent's estate. Jessiebelle was there to meet us. They
had Growlie chained up in the basement. They were threatening to hurt him if I didn't do as they said. It was awful!" he put his head in his hands and began to cry. "I just don't know what to do
Jessie!" She smiled indulgently and put her arm around him "James! You idiot! Come home with me now! I'll call Rocko on his cell, he can drive us home, no-one will notice we've gone, they'll assume we're in there somewhere, lost in the crowd! There are enough agents in there to complete the mission without us!" James rolled his eyes in exasperation. "You don't understand Jess," he sighed, pulling up his trouser leg, "they're tracking me even now." There was an electronic band around his ankle. "What's that?" she asked, confused. "It's the latest Team Rocket technology. Impossible to remove without the key and the password. If I go out of range of my parents, it will emit synthetically created soundwaves, which mimic the Jigglypuff's song, and trigger an alarm to alert them at the same time. I've tried everything. Nothing will remove it, not even a hammer, a hacksaw or a blowtorch. And it works. The first time I ran away I didn't wake up for 2 days. They found me in
minutes, apparently." "Oh." Jessie was lost for words. James smiled at her sadly, then took her in his arms and kissed her-she didn't resist this time. For a while she was just lost in the moment, desire taking over, until he pulled away gently and took her hand. "I have to go back in Jess-before they notice I'm gone" he told her despondently. "Ok" she agreed, biting back tears.
James left first, in case his parents were looking for him, Jessie was to wait 10 minutes before she went back to her post at the bar. She checked her watch and noted with relief that she still had just enough time before Team Rocket's big plan of action. 10 minutes seemed like forever but eventually she set off. She turned the corner and almost bumped into Butch who was leaning against the wall, lighting up yet another cigarette. "Those things'll kill ya one day Hutch!" she called as she walked away. "Aargh, it's Butch, you bitch!" he growled, clearly irritated but not bothering to move. Jessie
sniggered. She liked pissing him off. He was alright really, but being partners with Cassidy made
him technically an enemy too. 'And James hates him' she thought, feeling sad remembering all the fights they'd had with Butch and Cassidy, back in the old days.
The heist went as planned, despite Jessie. She was a mess, unable to concentrate, all she could think about was James, how unfair it was that she'd had to lose him again, and ways to try and help him escape. Rocko was angry, she could tell, he'd barely said a word to her all the way home. As they walked into their little cabin, he threw his car keys on the table and glared at her. "Jessie what is the matter with you? You've been acting screwy all evening. You nearly fucked up the entire plan in there tonight!" Stressed, she rubbed her forehead and sighed reluctantly. "Ok, but you mustn't tell anyone Rocko-I don't know if I should tell you this anyway but Meowth deserves to hear it and I need your help." He looked intrigued. "Go on, tell me. You should trust me by now! We're partners,
remember?" Meowth decided to butt in then "Jess you better tell us now-Meowth ain't in the mood for being messed around!" Jessie looked at Rocko-her teammate, and yes, her friend. "Ok. Remember my old partner I told you about, James?............"
Rocko had agreed to help. He claimed to be good with electronics. Meowth had insisted on coming along and Jessie couldn't bring herself to refuse him. They arrived at the mansion just before midnight. "Jesus! How rich is this James guy?!" Rocko exclaimed. "Shut up!" Jessie hissed, gathering the rest of their equipment from the trunk of the car. As they reached the 8foot high fence, Rocko grabbed Jessie's arm "Wait-it might be electrified! Let's test it first" He picked up a large twig from the ground and threw it at the fence. Nothing happened. Jessie gave him a funny look "And that means what exactly?" "Um.....well ok but I saw it in a movie once. I'll go first." He gulped and
gingerly reached out and touched the fence. Nothing happened. He breathed out a sigh of relief and they began to climb. Once safely over the fence, the Rockets had to navigate the gardens, before reaching the house. "Ok, now let's test for lasers-this place must be alarmed" Rocko pulled some talc from his backpack and started sprinkling it over the area between them and the house. Nothing happened. "Lemme guess-another movie trick right?!" said Meowth sarcastically. Rocko looked a bit embarrassed. Jessie rolled her eyes and got out the lockpick from her backpack and began working on the door. "Crap!" she muttered, "this was always James's forte!" "Move aside human!" Meowth commanded, and began picking the lock with a claw. Within seconds it worked and they were in! "Way to go buddy!" Rocko whispered, high-fiving the pokemon. "Um.....where do we go now Jess?" he asked. "Shit I don't know! I don't even know where James's bedroom is!" She slapped one gloved hand to her forehead in exasperation. "Don't worry Jess, luckily one of us has a super sensitive sense of smell!" Meowth whispered, winking at her "I bet Arbok'd recognise Jimmy's aftershave anywhere."
Their Team Rocket training had come in useful, as they managed to sneak through the house without making a sound or being spotted. After about an hour of searching, they finally came to a door that Arbok seemed convinced was James's room. They sneaked inside and found he was right. James was sleeping peacefully in a large four-poster bed, no doubt dreaming of Jessie. She crept over to him and covered his mouth with her hands. He woke up with a start and sat up, eyes wide. "James it's me, Jessie-don't scream like a girl!" she whispered, removing her hands from his mouth. "Jess? What are you doing here? Who's that? Is he your new partner?" "Yes. Rocko's here to help get that-thing off your ankle." "Eeeeeeee! Really? Thanks!"
Hours later, Rocko had to admit defeat. "I'm sorry James, I've tried everything I know. This technology-I've never seen anything like it before." Tears filled James's eyes and he sighed sadly. "Is there nothing you can do?" Jessie cried. Rocko shook his head. "And we'd better get going. It'll be light soon and people will be waking up." James threw his arms around Jessie and sobbed. "Jessie please don't go! I can't say goodbye to you again!" "Arrgh! James quit being such a baby! You know we have to go! What if we get discovered?!" She took his hand and her voice softened a little "I'll come back as soon as I can-I promise." "You promise?" he sniffed. "Yes! Now we have to go." She turned to the others "I'll be out in a minute." Getting the hint, they left the room to give the lovers some privacy. "I love you Jess" "Oh James...........you have such a sense of style...........no I mean.........." She was silenced by his kiss...........and when they managed to stop themselves, he hugged her tightly. "Goodbye Jessica. Come back to see me?" "I will. Goodbye James." Fighting back tears, she left the room and joined her teammates. "Are you ok Jess?" Rocko asked kindly. "Fine. Let's just go, ok?" she snapped, and walked off down the corridor. Meowth gave Rocko an apologetic smile and they followed her, feeling guilty but somewhat relieved to be going home.
The next morning Rocko was awoken by someone clattering around the kitchen. As he slept in the lounge, this was quite a regular occurrence, but that didn't make it any less annoying, especially on 2 hours sleep! "Keep it down will ya!" he yelled angrily. "Oh Rocko don't be such a grump! Here's your breakfast!" trilled Jessie. "Oh. Thanks." he said, confused. Since James left, Meowth was the only one who cooked. He didn't think Jessie had ever so much as made a cup of coffee before! "So, how is it?" she asked as he tried to keep the food down. "Lovely," he lied. "Thanks." "So...........I was
thinking you could give me a driving lesson today!" She smiled brightly. He was horrified. "What-in my car?" "No I thought we could fit wheels onto the Meowth balloon-of course in your car! You don't mind do you?" "Uh, well Jess it's not that, just the insurance you know...." He trailed off lamely, desperately fishing for an excuse to keep her away from his precious vehicle. "Oh ok. I was just thinking I could visit James..........." She looked genuinely disappointed and he felt sorry for her. 'After all,' he thought, 'she has been through a lot.' "Alright then. But you're paying for any damage" he said, giving in and trying to silence the nagging voice in his head telling him he'd regret it.
After giving her lessons every day for about a month, Rocko had virtually stopped clinging to the door handle and praying when in the car with Jessie. He had even let her drive on their Team Rocket missions a few times. As they returned home that day, she was in a foul mood, as they had been blasted off for the first time in quite a while. "Fucking twerps! Fucking Pikachu!" she swore, heading for the liquor cabinet (which held a lone half bottle of store's own brand vodka from last Christmas) "So Jessie, I was thinking you could have the car tonight-if you want to visit James?" Rocko offered, taking the bottle from her hand. She stared at him for a moment, then seemed to instantly cheer up. "Really? Oh Rocko! You're the best! Thankyou!" She beamed, hugging him. "I bet he'd like some of his old cd's" she mused, picking some out from the rack-almost all of them still had the security tags on from when they had 'acquired' them. He peered over her shoulder "Funeral For a Friend....Paramore....AFI....Bullet For My Valentine....30 Seconds to Mars....Hawthorne Heights....My Chemical Romance....Emotastic! Hey your boyfriend doesn't wear sneakers with stars on does he? Purple neckscarves? Black fingerless net gloves? Eyeliner?" He descended into a fit of the giggles at this point, and would normally have received a slap from his teammate. But she was in such a good mood, she settled for "Shut up dickhead!" Though he could tell her heart wasn't in it as she was smiling. "Anyway it's guyliner. And he looks cute in those sneakers!" she admitted. Rocko couldn't remember ever seeing her so happy.
Jessie's heart was pounding as she reached James's neighbourhood. She decided to park the car a couple of blocks away from the house, just in case. Everything seemed to take forever, as she was buzzing with anticipation at the thought of seeing James. Scaling the fence was ok, but picking the lock was difficult without Meowth's help, and took at least 20 minutes. She remembered her way to his room without too much trouble, however. She crept silently through the door and over to the bed, setting the cd's down on the bedside table, with some of his favourite bottlecaps. "James" she whispered in his ear, ready to cup her hand over his mouth. He woke up and beamed "Jessie!" He embraced her at once. "What are you doing here?" "I promised I'd come and see you, remember?!" she said, hugging him tightly. "I'd given up. I thought you'd forgotten me! I'm so happy you're here!" "James I'd never forget you-you know that right?" she asked, feeling slightly guilty at keeping him waiting so long. He just smiled, and she could tell he wasn't sure. She gazed at him and suddenly felt the urge to tell him how she felt, once and for all. But as he swept her into his arms and kissed her passionately, she wasn't in the mood for talking anymore. Long-forgotten lust arose within her and she realised with a shock how long it had been since they had shared a bed. "Oh James" she gasped as he pulled her down onto the bed next to him. "Wait." She sat up and removed her gloves and boots and got into bed. "That's better." He grinned at her wickedly and gently took off her Team Rocket jacket. "This is better," he murmured, slipping her tiny skirt down and off in one fluid movement. Next came her black vest top. They kissed again, her heart pounding harder than ever as she unbuttoned his silk pyjamas, slipping the top off and running her hands over
his hard, wiry chest. She removed his pyjama bottoms too, noticing at once that he was now naked-
and very aroused. He unhooked her bra and threw it onto the floor, burying his head between her breasts. "Mm mmm mmmm" "What?" "I said, I've missed these!" He kissed the skin gently, slowly working his way round to her nipple, as he knew it drove her crazy. "James" she groaned, wild with desire. He slipped her knickers off and cast them aside, and she gasped, wanting him even more. She pulled him towards her, and they gave in to their desire, taking time to kiss and caress each other's bodies expertly, hitting all the right spots, in all the right places, just as they always had done. "God I missed you so much Jess!" James mumbled into her shoulder. "Me too. I even cried." she confessed. "Oh baby" he said, clearly moved, gazing into her eyes and cupping her face in his
hands. He kissed her passionately, and she lay on her back, pulling him towards her. "Take me now,
Sexy" she purred, smiling seductively. He positioned himself above her, and kissed her gently, making her groan in pleasure as he entered her. For once she let go, taken by surprise at just how much she had missed him, and allowed those girly and emotional feelings take hold of her completely. "James......." He gazed down at her lovingly and she continued, feeling so vulnerable "........ I...... I love you." "Oh Jess, I love you so much" he cried, tears springing to his eyes. He made love to her gently and tenderly at first, then harder and faster as their passion took over........
.......She clawed at his back and kissed him hard as her orgasm took over, trying desperately not to scream out. He moaned as he came, thrusting hard inside her, and lay on top of her, exhausted. He kissed her shoulder, the bond between them seeming stronger than ever, and their love somehow more powerful than ever before. She wrapped her arms around him and kissed his neck. She felt kind of sad as he eventually withdrew from her and lay on his back. It terrified her how close she felt to him, and how much she had to lose. He put his arms around her and drew her close, and as she rested her head on his chest, she could feel his heart beating. "I do love you Jess-I promise I'll never hurt you" he vowed, almost as if he had read her mind. "I know you won't-and I love you too baby" she replied softly, a little more reassured. They lay cuddled up together, talking for a while, James telling Jessie about life at the mansion, and her telling him about her Team Rocket activities, and her new partner. James set an early alarm so Jessie could leave whilst it was still dark, and they slept in each other's arms as they always had.
Jessie was deep in thought as she drove home, thinking about James and his miserable life at the mansion, every minute of his day planned out and controlled by his parents. 'They're nuts,' she thought, 'actually insane'. They had discussed calling the police, but with their criminal records, and being wanted from Pallet Town to the Orange Islands, Jessie and James were just as likely to end up in jail themselves. And of course Giovanni wouldn't help them. James's theory was that his parents had noticed his uniform, and set out to contact their boss and bribe him to give up James to them. James had been pleased with the bottlecaps, and the cd's, although he wouldn't have much opportunity to listen to them. She was surprised to find Meowth awake as she unlocked the door to the little cabin and stepped inside. "Hey Jess," he asked, concern showing on his face, "how's Jimmy
doing?" "He's ok" she sighed. "He asked after you-and he said to say hi." Meowth smiled at that. "I miss him too you know" he said seriously. "But Meowth knows you humans need your 'private time'-just take me with you sometime, maybe when you have a headache or something-deal?" he said, winking at her. "Ok Meowth" she agreed, blushing. She crept past a sleeping Rocko, and into the bedroom she used to share with James, noticing his absence more than ever.
Jessie soon began visiting James every couple of weeks-long enough to lessen the risk of being caught, but not so long that it was unbearable. She took Meowth sometimes too, although he'd banned 'any of that mushy stuff' in his presence. They were still trying to come up with an escape plan, but so far had nothing. It was another sunny day, and the Rockets were chatting as they made their way through Viridian City centre, where the 15th Annual Summer Pokemon Festival was being held. "So how was the Team Rocket doctor yesterday Jessie?" asked Rocko, "I've never used one of our docs, was he any good?" She shrugged. "He was ok, said it wasn't Pidgey flu, just normal flu, and gave me some antibiotics. I had to wait for forever, though! And the magazines were just awful, there weren't any fashion ones! Like I'm interested in cooking or golf!" she said, rolling her eyes. "Flu's still pretty nasty though." said Rocko. "Are you sure you're not too sick for this Jess?" asked Meowth. "Maybe-but I'm not missing the 'Most Beautiful Pokemon and Trainer' contest!" She blew her nose loudly and the pokemon teased her "Of course, I forgot red noses and puffy eyes are in this season!" Rocko gave a snort of laughter. Jessie narrowed her eyes and reached for her mallet, but before she could act, she heard a familiar voice coming from behind her. "Oh my goodness! I do believe Team Rocket is here! At the festival! Help! Someone call Officer Jenny!" She whirled round and came face to face with her old nemesis. "Jessiebelle! Just what the hell do you think you're doing?! Shut that oversized mouth before I......" "Before you what darlin'? Run away like last time?" the southern belle jeered. "Humph! What are you doing here anyway?" the female
Rocket asked through clenched teeth. "Why, I'm here to win the beauty contest of course! My Vileplume is looking at its absolute best-as am I of course! My poor, poor husband is sick in bed with the flu, but we managed to avoid it-unlike some people, I don't think snotty noses are very ladylike!" "Husband? You're married?" "Why my dear, don't look so surprised! I married my sweetheart almost 2 years ago! I do believe you used to know him-my beloved James Morgan?" Jessie went white and just stared at Jessibelle in disbelief for what felt like an eternity. "Oh darlin'," laughed Jessiebelle, "you're not faintin' properly!"
When Jessie came round, she was lying on her back on the ground, a worried looking Rocko and Meowth gazing down at her. "She's coming round!" cried a strange voice, "get her a glass of water!" It was then that she noticed the small crowd of wellwishers surrounding her, wanting to help 'the poor girl'. She sat up, still feeling dizzy, and Rocko put his arm around her to steady her. "Don't rush, honey, take your time" he warned. "Who are all these people?" she mumbled weakly, feeling like crap, "take me home!" Eventually the crowd dispersed, now that Jessie was feeling better and the drama was over, and once her teammates were satisfied that she wasn't going to faint again, they helped her walk the couple of blocks back to the car. Rocko drove them home in silence-they were all in shock and lost in their own thoughts. Jessie went straight to bed, after refusing to talk to either of the others about what Jessiebelle had revealed.
Jessie stopped fighting the flu after that, and spent the next few days in bed, being waited on by her teammates. Soon she was feeling much better-physically anyway. One night she got changed and picked up the car keys from the table. "Going to visit your married man?" asked Rocko disapprovingly. "Yes," she growled, just about holding onto her temper, "the least that lying dickhead owes me is an explanation!" And with that she stormed out. "Jeez, poor Jimmy!" Meowth said with feeling, "She's going to tear him a new one!" "I don't envy him, that's for sure!" Rocko agreed, heading for the fridge. "Want a beer buddy?"
James woke up to find Jessie looming over him, angrily poking him in the chest. "Wake-up-you fucking bastard!" she hissed venomously. "What? Jessie? What's going on?" he whimpered, confused. "Guess who I ran into last week?" He shrugged hopelessly. "Your wife, you twat!" Jessie spat the words out as though they were poisonous. "Oh shit, Jessiebelle told you that did she?" he groaned, burying his face in his hands. His lover grabbed him roughly by the wrists. "Oh she fucking told me alright! The question is, when were you going to tell me?" Jessie was red in the face and shaking with rage. "Jessie you don't understand-it's not what you think! She's in league with my parents! I was forced into it, shortly after being kidnapped-literally at gunpoint! The bridesmaid had a gun hidden in her bouquet, she kept prodding me with it, in case I forgot my life was at stake! And they hurt Growlie!" he was visibly upset, and went quiet at this point. "I never meant to hurt you Jess-I just didn't know how to tell you. I knew you'd be mad." He outstretched his arms to embrace her, but she stood up out of his reach. "Is that why I never saw your ring? You hid it from me?" she asked snappily. He nodded. "I put it in my pocket when I saw you at the ball. I only ever wear it when I'm with my parents-or her" he admitted, ashamed......
.......Half an hour later, they were still arguing. Jessie was still fuming, and had begun to rant. "So, Casanova, tell me-how many times have you screwed her behind my back? Did you fuck her in this bed? After fucking me? Do you say you love her too? How many other girls are there? How could you do this to me? You promised never to hurt me, you shit!" James was horrified at her accusations. "Baby, I never, ever, had sex with her! Or anyone else! I wouldn't do that, Jess, you know I hate her-and I'd never cheat on you! You're the only one for me-and I never have and never will love anyone else but you!" he protested. She raised her eyebrows and crossed her arms. "Whatever. Did you kiss her?" "Jessie, at the wedding I........" "Did you fucking kiss her? Answer me!" Her blue eyes were blazing with temper, and shining with unshed tears. James could almost see her heart breaking as he replied. "Yes." He hung his head in shame. Jessie tried to
maintain her composure, but despite her efforts, tears began streaming down her face and she choked back a sob. James was instantly by her side, wrapping his arms around her and kissing the
top of her head. "It was only the post-ceremony kiss-it was simply awful! That dreadful woman forced me to-I've resisted all her efforts since then, eventually she seemed to give up, she hasn't bothered me in ages. Please don't let her come between us Jess-I love you so much!" he cried dramatically. She struggled to free herself from his embrace, but he held her tight. "I don't love you! Let me go! I don't love you anymore!" she lied, beating her fists against his chest. She continued to vainly protest, "I hate you! I hate you!" but she was still crying, angry tears dripping from her chin onto her jacket. "Jessie.... you don't hate me do you" he murmured softly, kissing her again. "I do, I do," she wept, "oh, you bastard, I don't! Why can't I hate you? Why do I still love you? I promised myself this would never happen to me!" "Sshhh Jessie" James whispered, stroking her hair gently and hugging her tightly. "I love you" he murmured into her ear tenderly, melting her inside. She wiped tears from her eyes and sniffed. "I love you too, you prick!" He took her hand and
led her to the bed. "I'm still mad at you, you know," she warned him. "I know, Jess, my beautiful
Jessica." He got into bed and she joined him. "I'm not your Jessica! And we're not having sex tonight!" "Ok" he played along, smiling, for he knew she didn't mean it.
Jessie was exhausted as she drove home in the early hours-a combination of flu, crying-and the amazing, passionate make up sex she'd been having with James all night. 'It's true what they say about that!' she thought, grinning to herself. Arriving back at the cabin, she crept in quietly, made her way silently across the living room-and tripped over Rocko's boots, which were lying haphazardly on the floor. The crash woke him up with a jolt, and he scrabbled for his pokeballs, panicking. "It's me, you idiot!" she snapped, her wrist hurting from where she had landed on it. "Oh," he chuckled. "How did it goz? You dump his cheating assz? You go girly-wirlyz!" "Are you drunk?" "No, course notz! Meowth is thoughz!" he slurred, winking drunkenly at her. She sighed, and fetched him a glass of water from the kitchen. "Drink this, and don't set an alarm. We're taking the day off
tomorrow!" She said decisively. "Sure thing, Mommy" Rocko grinned, laughing at his own joke. She
ignored him, too tired to bother, and went to bed.
Jessie woke up around lunchtime and went to get a sandwich. Rocko was sitting at the table, trying his hardest not to be sick as he nibbled at a piece of dry toast, Meowth asleep on his lap. "Morning-or afternoon" she greeted him. "Whatever, I don't care." he groaned, clutching his head. "Good night then?" "Yeah actually. Meowth can be pretty funny, you know." He smiled, remembering what a laugh they had-well he remembered some of it! "So how did it go with James?" he asked. She blushed. "Good-I mean, he explained it to me. Basically he was forced into it." "How can you be forced to marry someone? I mean, Jeez Jess, did you honestly buy that?" he asked in utter disbelief. "He was threatened at gunpoint! And they hurt his favourite pokemon!" she protested, suddenly aware of how implausible it sounded. "If you'd met them-his parents I mean, and her.....you'd understand." She looked miserable and he felt guilty for ruining her mood. "Hey, what do I know? James seems like a sweet guy, and anyone can see he's crazy in love with you! I just don't want to see you get hurt, that's all. Are you sure it's not you who's the 'other woman'?" "Yes, I'm sure. After all, how could anyone not prefer me to her! I'm so much prettier!" She declared assertively. Rocko laughed and took another nibble of toast.
A few weeks later, on yet another mission, the Rockets saw a familiar figure walking along the road up ahead. Rocko pulled over alongside him. "Hey, Butch, want a ride?" he asked, calling him by the right name as now was no time for jokes. "Huh, what? I mean, yeah, thanks." Butch croaked, getting in and sitting in the back. He opened the window and lit up a cigarette. Rocko frowned and opened his mouth to object, but Meowth shook his head. "On your way to the hospital pal?" the pokemon enquired. "Yeah." Jessie turned in her seat to face him. "Oh Butch, we were so sorry to hear about Cassidy's tragic tractor accident!" "Yeah right, Jessie! You two hate each other! I'm not stupid!" he snorted. "Well, yeah, but I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Tell her I said hi, okay?" She turned back round and stared out of the window, Butch glaring at her, muttering under his breath. They dropped him off close to the hospital and continued on their way. "That was nice of you." Rocko said. She sighed. "Well he's right, I do hate her-but I've known her a long time and from what I heard, it was pretty messy." He whistled. "Shit. Poor girl. Let's go visit soon." They sat in silence for the rest of the trip.