“Writing’s on the Wall”
When I drew up this piece of art:
I mentioned that I had no idea what the circumstances behind it were. After thinking about it for a bit, I came up with some.
The title comes from the song from Spectre. I originally planned to do another songfic, a la “I’m Not That Girl,” but since the lyrics only relate to the plot in the broadest sense possible, and since this ended up having a much lighter tone to it than the music, it didn’t really work.
Big thanks to @taillow-suift for sharing a headcanon about Sir Aaron and a mermaid that informed a main pillar of the plot.
To get the timeline straight: everything from the anime happened except that they age, one year per region, Battle Frontier counts as a region, and Ash never goes to Alola. This being set ten months after the end of XY/Z, that makes Ash and Misty 18 going on 19, Brock 23, May 15, and Dawn 13 (if we assume the latter two are ten when introduced.)