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The Seventeenth Summer [047] by Tustin2121
The Seventeenth Summer [047]
AJ's script brought to you by the Fortunate Cookie Factory of Kanto. "Impress your friends with philosophy today!"

The beginning for Joey is the end of this story. I hope you enjoyed this reimagining of Joey and AJ's relationship years after the voices left. Thanks for reading! :D

Daz Studio with Visual Style Shaders. Photoshop for compilation.

J: "How did we not re-register our numbers all summer?"
A: "We didn't need to. We just showed up at each others' houses."
J: "Well, I have you now, again."
A: "Now we don't have to show up at each others' dorms to talk."
J: "Ha!"
L: "AJ!"
J: "Uh, incoming."

L: "AJ, I'd like to thank you."
A: "Uhhh, wh-what? What for?"
L: "Your letter to Joe made me reevaluate my priorities."
A: "You actually read it??"
J: "I handed it to her after I read it."
A: "Oh...."
L: "Yes, and I realized that chasing Joe is pointless."
J: "Hey!"
L: "I realized that my life long ambition wasn't to be a Ranger even. I want to be more!"
L: "I want to be the very best! Like no one ever was!"
L: "I'm aiming for champion! Not just of Johto, mind! Nono! I'm going to be the best everywhere!"
A: "That's.... quite the ambition, Liz...."
L: "Oh, yeah, that too! I will no longer be known as "Liz"! I mean, who fears the name "Elizabeth"?!"
L: "I will be only known by my initials! CLY!"
J: "Isn't your full name "Chloe Elizabeth Young"? Last I checked, "Elizabeth" begins with an E."
L: "So does "Extreme" and "Exchange". What's you're point??"
A: "Well, I wish you luck --erm-- CLY. As they say, shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
L: "Thanks, AJ. That means a lot coming from you, a former champion of both Johto and Kanto."
A: "Where are you heading first?"
L: "I already have tickets to Unova for Castalia, so I'm gonna start there, fresh, with a new team."
L: "And The World Tournament will be happening out there too, in September. It'll be a great opportunity to test out that team!"
J: "Oh yeah, I heard a bunch of regional champions were going to be out there. Maybe you should see if you can enter too, AJ!"
A: "I-I-I'll think about it...."
L: "Then maybe we'll see each other again on the field of battle! Till then, AJ!"

A: "Okay... she scares me."
J: "She didn't even say goodbye to me!"
A: "Frankly, I'd be relieved. She's ruthless!"
J: "She gets what she wants."
A: "Are you ready to get what you want?"
J: "..."
J: "Yes. I'm as ready as I'll ever be."
A: "Honestly, Joey, that's as best as you can get. We can't see what lies ahead; we just have to take it as it comes."
J: "Well, it's time to do just that then." 

J: "Here I come, world!"
The Seventeenth Summer [046] by Tustin2121
The Seventeenth Summer [046]
It helps to have someone who's been around the block already as a friend. :) 

Also, damn, Joey! You grew like a weed this summer!!

Tune in for the concluding vignette tomorrow! (Assuming I get it finished tonight!)

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A: "Happy Birthday, Joey."
J: "Thanks again, AJ."

J: "I... really liked your letter, by the way. It's just what I needed right then."
A: "I figured you were having doubts of all sorts. So does that mean you've finally decided?"
J: "Yeah..."
J: "We're not getting together again. But..."
J: "I still want you to be there for me. As my one friend who knows me better than anyone else."
J: "I do want to make decisions on my own, but that doesn't mean I don't want your opinion on them."
J: "And, of course, that goes the same the other way. I want to be there to revel in all of your successes as well."
[Noogies intensifies]
A: "Aw, you big lug!"
J: "Hey! Stoppit!"
The Seventeenth Summer [045] by Tustin2121
The Seventeenth Summer [045]
Happy Birthday, Joey! Because, you know, we knew you as "Joey", not "Joe". Psh, "Joe" almost makes you sound grown up---ooooohhhhh, I get it now.

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Photoshop for compilation. A lot of photoshop for that cake. Finding icing brushes is not an easy task.

[Cake]: Happy 18th Birthday Joe!
The Seventeenth Summer [044] by Tustin2121
The Seventeenth Summer [044]
It is. All the comments about that letter have confirmed what Joey just said.

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L: "Joey, are you alright?"
J: "Yeah..."
L: "What did the letter say?"

J: "Go on, read it."
J: "It's good advice."
The Seventeenth Summer [043] by Tustin2121
The Seventeenth Summer [043]
Change some of the story-specific wording, and I would seriously give this letter to anyone who's considering going to college. No joke, I wrote this like I would give it to any of you going off (or, at this point, gone off) to college. Take it to heart as my advice.

Also, there's no shame in reading this via the transcript; I can't read handwriting either.

(Also, wow, leave one comic out of the submission list and people come out of the woodwork asking where it is.)

Daz Studio with Visual Style Shader. Photoshop for compilation and the letter.

Dear Joey,

I'm sorry to have caused you so much consternation leading up to your birthday like this, but I didn't want to make this decision for you. While I didn't intend this initially, I've realized that this is probably the first big decision you're making on your own. Before now, it's been either your parents or myself that's more or less made the decision for you. And that can't keep happening. The problem is, I know I've chosen the exact wrong decision to use in this respect, because it is so marred by love. I want you to look past love.

I want you to truly think about yourself this time, and look past the now and to the future. There's a great many things waiting out there in this world for you, beyond what's going on in this town right now. You can go and become anything you want, as long as your willing to take that first step towards it. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone. You're at a point in your life where you could go and do anything; you shouldn't let yourself be tied down.

People have said you wanted to practice medicine. Is this what you truly want, or is it something others want for you? If it isn't what you actually want, what is it that you do want to do with your life? What do you enjoy doing? What do you excel at doing? What are you interested in? Maybe it is actually medicine, because you certainly seem excited about the subject matter. And it's okay if it is, just ensure it is because you actually enjoy it. And hell, you're going to college: you may find something you didn't even know you liked out there, and you may want to pursue that instead. This is the time for discovery. Don't be afraid to take chances and make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes and those that don't kill you will make you stronger. Yes, these are cliches, but they are because they're also good advice.

And it is my honest opinion that you should head out into this world uninhibited by any relationships. I want you to break up with me tomorrow, to not get back together with me, to leave me behind, because you deserve so much more out there in the world. Obviously, when I came to this conclusion weeks ago, it was simply you and me, and I know I can take the heartbreak. Now you have Liz complicating the matter. She's wanted to be yours for years also. But if she has any head on her shoulders, she'll understand as well.

It's a big world out there. You should conquer it your way.

Your friend,
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11cookeaw1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Are you EVER going to update your comic?
Tustin2121 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Unlikely. I've moved on to other things, like the Park, and things beyond that now. That's just me: I do a thing, often don't get it finished before I lose interest, and do something else... You aren't the only one who would be annoyed by this. :/

Plus, I really only had a solid script for Chapter 1 (5 parts). I can post the script for the next three parts; Ch 1 ends on a bit of a cliffhanger that was poorly resolved in the draft for Chapter 2.

Of course, now that I said this, I will think about it for a while, possibly try to continue it, and then fail to do so after some work. :\
11cookeaw1 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
If you don't end up continuing it could you post the script please.
raku-n-shounin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I love your TPP fanfics! :'>
Tustin2121 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Thanks! Continuing them right now, actually, in comic form. :j
FondledCupcakes Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the fave!
Marmus5692 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Just wanted to drop by and say thank you for the favs. Surprised you found me to be honest xD
ObnoxiousAmy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Thank you so much for the favs! ^-^
toxic628 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Writer
nice quilava XD what's it's name?
blasteg Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Thanks for the fave on my stamp!
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