...here's no Imitation
Although his first time with Misty was a very good memory, it wasn't Ash's only experience back in his home region of Kanto. He would never forget that night; if it wasn't for Misty being around, he would probably be with that girl right now.
That girl was Duplica, sole member of the Imite House. She lived among dozens and dozens of various costumes the girl would use for her stage shows. She seemed to have a costume of anyone she met; how she did this seemed impossible, but that must've been one of her charms. When Ash and his friends first met her, she was somehow dressed exactly like Ash – It took a Pokemon battle to reveal her true self. Although Ash had to hide it from his friends, it was love at first sight.
Was it really love, and not just lust?
Probably not, but it didn't really matter.
Duplica seemed to be all over Ash that day, loving the fact that Misty seemed to be jealous anytime she even got near the boy. Duplica always met Misty's glares with a mischievous smirk, which only made the tomboy even madder. She had a bit of a problem; her Ditto couldn't transform correctly. It was pretty weird, but at least the poor thing could transform at all. Team Rocket would burst in later that day, swipe the purple Pokemon, and somehow teach it to transform properly. After a goodbye from Duplica, the three trainers left for their next destination.
Well, destination meaning a Pokemon Center about 10 minutes away...