Delia Ketchum was dusting in her house. Mr. Mime was watering the plants outside.
Delia sighed. Her son Ash was having what seemed to be a great time in the Alola Region, staying near a beautiful beach. She had seen Alola a few times and part of her had wanted to stay. But Delia had a home and a restaurant to take care of, so she came home.
Still, Delia thought. It would be nice to spend some more time with my son.
Mr. Mime was asleep in the house. Delia was lying in the dirt outside, looking up at the night sky. All she could think about was how much better it would be if she was looking from an Alolan beach. If only I could find someone to take my place so I could relax in Alola. But that would be selfish. She saw a shooting star in the sky. If only I could trade places with a girl who goes to Ash's class without them minding. At least until he left Unova. I would like that very much She stood up and dusted herself off. But that's not possible, I suppose.
Delia turned around and walked back inside the house to go to sleep.
A male voice called out. “Mallow! Mallow! Wake up!”
Delia opened her eyes. Huh? Who is that? She sat up. Wait. This isn't my room. Where am-
She gasped as she looked down, This aren't my clothes. This isn't my body. What-
Delia looked around the room. She found a mirror and her eyes opened wide. I'm one of Ash's classmates! My wish came true!
The male voice called out again, a little teasingly. “Wake up, Mallow! The family restaurant is waiting for us!”
Restaurant? Delia perked up immediately. She found the outfit she had remembered Mallow wearing the last time she had seen Ash's class and put it on, then found a pink apron with a flower design and put that on over it. Not sure how to get Mallow's hair right and not wanting to waste time, Delia took a band and tied her now-green hair into a ponytail. She get Mallow's Pokeballs and ran to meet the male voice.
Said male voice, presumably Mallow's father, was surprised to see her like this. “Mallow, you're certainly looking different today,” He remarked.
“Oh, I just wanted to get to the restaurant as soon as possible,” Delia replied nervously.
“Ah.” The man scratched his head. “You're so diligent today. Sorry to rush ya. Next time we'll leave more time to get ready.”
Delia shook her head. “It's okay. Let's go.”
Mallow's father and Pokemon were stunned. They had never seen Mallow so fast and dexterous in her food preparation. On the other hand, they hadn't seen Mallow use the restaurant's recipe books in years.
“Are... are you okay, daughter?” Mallow's father asked Delia.
Delia nodded, “Yes, thank you. I just wanted to... give myself a little refresher.” She turned to Mallow's Tsareena and said, “Let's do our best together, okay?”
Tsareena nodded, a little confused, as she continued to chop vegetables.
Delia smiled. Now I can work a restaurant and still be with my son. Not just that, I'm learning new things to cook. Ash will be so surprised when he comes back to Pallet Town. But for now this will be like a work vacation. As long as I don't let anyone else know who I am, everything will work out just fine.
Delia kept smiling as the customers started to come in. “Welcome, everyone!”
Delia woke up. She murmured happily. The bed has never been this soft before. She sat up. Huh? This isn't my room. Delia looked around. Next to her was a Pokemon who looked like a Vulpix with white fur. What's going on? She gasped as she looked down. This isn't my nightgown. This isn't my body.
Delia headed to the nearest mirror in the room. Her eyes opened wide. I'm one of Ash's classmates! My wish came true! What do I do now?
Thinking it over for a little bit, Delia explored the room. She put on the outfit that she had seen the girl wear the last time she had seen Ash's class, including the hat. She tied her hair into a ponytail and left the girl's room.
Delia was stunned. This house is incredible. I've never seen anything like it in my life. She walked around quietly, finding a room filled with bookshelves on Pokemon. This girl must be really studious, Delia thought to herself.
Delia walked over to the balcony and looked in awe at the large numbers of Pokemon who were playing around in an area designed specially for them. She ran, leaving the mansion and racing towards the Pokemon. She smiled giddily as she saw all the Pokemon up close.
“Good morning, Miss Lillie.”
Delia turned around. It was a butler. An honest-to-goodness butler. “Good morning!”
“Would you like to breakfast out here today, Miss?” The butler asked.
“I'd love to... sir,” Delia replied shyly.
“Oh, please. Hobbes is fine,” Hobbes replied.
Delia nodded. “Of course.”
Hobbes nodded, “I'll have breakfast brought here right away.”
“Thank you. Um.” Delia looked over at the Pokemon, “And I'd like to help feed the Pokemon too, please.”
“Of course! The young miss doesn't need to ask.” He looked her over. “Is the young miss feeling well?”
“O-Oh, I'm fine,” Delia replied. “I just wanted to let you know.”
“And young Snowy?” Hobbes asked.
“O-Oh. Snowy was sleepy so I didn't want to wake them up,” Delia explained.
“How polite of the young miss. I'll have the food brought straight away.” Hobbes bowed and walked away to get the food.”
Delia smiled. She approached the Pokemon. This place is amazing. It's kind of like Professor Oak's lab. A Parasect walked over. She patted it softly. But I've been so busy I haven't been able to help take care of the Pokemon. Now I can, and I won't have to worry about keeping everything clean and taken care of. Maybe they'll even let me help prepare the Pokemon food. As long as I don't let anyone else know who I am, everything will work out just fine.
Delia was awoken by two blue-haired girls jumping on the bed. “Sister, sister! We're going fishing today!”
“Hmm?” Delia set up. Did they call me their sister? Wait. Aren't these the sisters of one of Ash's friends at-
“Huh?” Asked the two small girls. “You're lookin' at us funny,” Said one. “Yeah, what's wrong Lana?” Asked the other.
Lana. Is that her name? Did my wish come true? Delia wondered. She managed to smile. “Oh, nothing. My, you two are excited to go fishing today.”
The two girls blinked. They cocked their heads at Delia the same way.
“Are you two in here?” A blue-haired woman asked as she entered the room.
I remember her. She was the girl's mother, Delia realized.
“I'm sorry if they woke you Lana,” the women said. “They're just so excited about seeing the Pokemon.”
“Yeah! Yeah! The Pokemon!” Said one of the two twins.
“We want to see the Water Pokemon!” Said the other.
“I'm sure we will. We're going to have a lot of fun today,” Delia said the them.
The two pointed at Delia to their mother, “Mom, Lana's being really weird today?”
Lana's mother looked at Delia sternly, “Lana, what are you up to?”
“Um...” Delia stammered.
“Something's weird,” Said the twin on the left.
“Yeah, real weird,” Said the one on the right.
“Well... I'm not really Lana,” Delia began to confess.
To her surprise, the twins sighed in relief, “She's making up stuff again,” Said one happily. “Yeah, she's back to normal,” Said the other.
Their mother sighed, “Lana, it's too early to have your fun. Harper, Su, let's go pack food for the trip.”
“Yay!” The two girls followed their mother out of the room.
Delia just blinked. Well, I guess I should get ready. She turned to the Pokemon in Lana's room, “Are you ready to go too?”
The Pokemon just nodded, happy but a little confused.
Delia ran ahead of the others onto the shore and looked out over the ocean. It's as beautiful as the last time I was here.
“Harper! Su! Get back here!” Yelled Lana's mother. The two girls were running towards a sleeping Pokemon while she was carrying most of the things they had brought.
“It's a Pokemon!” Said Harper.
“We want to look at the Pokemon!” Added Su.
Delia walked towards them. “Harper, Su, listen to mother. She just wants you to be safe.”
The two of them stopped cold, staring at her.
“Oh... well, I mean to say,” Delia thought for a moment. “Pokemon are kind of like the ocean. They look soft and inviting, but they can be really strong, and dangerous if you're not careful.”
“Oh-” “Kay,” Said the two twins.
Delia gestured at the Pokemon. “It looks like it's sleeping now. How about we help mother set everything up and come back to see it?”
The two girls looked at each other and shrugged, then nodded to Delia.
Delia smiled, “I just know we're all going to have fun today.” She headed towards Lana's mother with Harper and Su following confusedly behind. They're so curious and they love Pokemon so much. They remind me of when Ash was young. They must be a real handful. Now I can enjoy the beach and the Pokemon and help their mom take care of them. As long as I don't let anyone else know who I am, everything will work out just fine.
In a small house in Pallet Town, three identical auburn-haired women in nightgowns stared at each other.
“...Hello. Who are you?” Asked one.
“I... my name is Lillie.” Answered the second.
“Lillie!” The first and third women answered in shocked unison.
“Lillie! It's me! Mallow!” Said the first woman.
“And it's me, Lana!” Said the third woman.
Lillie gasped. “Mallow! Lana! What's happened to us? Why do we all look like Ash's mother? And where is she?”
“Perhaps her desires have cast a powerful spell over us-” Lana begin to speculate.
“Lana, now's not the time for your stories,” Mallow replied. “What do we do?”
Lillie shrugged. “I'm not sure. It's strange, but I'm not minding this as much as I feel I should.”
Lana nodded, “I feel the same way.”
“Me too,” Mallow noted. “Maybe because we're all going through this together?”
“Perhaps? But what do we do?” Asked Lillie.
“We should see what Miss Ketchum normally does,” Lana suggested.
The three of them nodded, going through the drawers in the room.
“I found it!” Said Lillie. “It's a paycheck from a restaurant Pallet House! Ash's mother must work there!”
Mallow nodded, “I won't have her experience, but I'll do my best. I should be able to do a good enough job. But I'll need you two to keep house while I'm gone.”
“We can try to do that,” Lana offered.
“Ash's mother is a friend of Professor Oak's” Lillie realized. “Would it be okay if I went to his lab and helped him take care of the Pokemon when you came home?”
“And I can go out into the city and convince everyone I'm Ash's mother,” Lana offered.
“I guess?” Mallow replied, “As long as no one realizes there's three of us now.”
The other two nodded.
“Then it's agreed.” Anyways, I have to get ready to go to work. I'll need to change. Please don't get into trouble while I'm gone,” Mallow said, shooing Lana and Lillie out of the room.
Lana and Lillie, who now looked identical to Delia Ketchum as Mallow did, looked at each other.
“How long do you think we'll be like this?” Lillie asked.
Lana shrugged, “Maybe until Ash leaves Alola?”
“Can we make it that long without being discovered?” Asked Lillie, worried.
“Don't worry,” Lana replied, “As long as we don't let anyone know who we are or that there's three of us, everything will work out just fine.”
“Mime, Mime...” Mr. Mime approached them, feather duster in hand. He blinked rapidly. “M-Mine?”
“Well, as long as we don't let anyone else know,” Lana offered.
Lillie nodded. She turned to the Pokemon. “Right. Mr. Mime? Can you keep a secret?”
Mr. Mime nodded tentatively, “Mime?”
Lillie smiled, “Thank you!”