Chapter 1: Conclave
He was fifteen years old when he first met her, and their meeting was of great reluctance on his part.
He dread on the fact that if he met her, his teenage hormones might trigger something in him… then suddenly, he’ll break the promise that he made to himself three years ago just because of a beautiful face. Shinji didn’t want that.
So off he went to Snowpoint Temple along with his escorts to meet up with the summoner of Sinnoh.
But, as soon as he had gotten there…
“I’m sorry, but the summoner is not to be seen by anyone.” The guardian of Snowpoint Temple said. “I will have to ask you to leave.”
He wanted to kill the woman. How dare she not know the face of the heir of Sinnoh!
Thankfully, as if the gods had prevented the woman’s demise, someone had stepped out of the temple. “Please let him in. The summoner had foreseen his arrival.” said one of the summoner’s ladies-in-waiting.
“Ah. My apologies, my lord.” The guardian lowered her head. “Please go right ahead.”
Damn right. Shinji walked inside the temple.
“Welcome, Kaiser. The summoner is at the lower-most level of this temple. If you would please...?” said a priestess, pointing towards the stairs. “She has just finished her morning ritual.”
Great. What do they want me to do now?!
When he headed for the stairs, his escort guards began to follow him, but he stopped them. “Stay here and guard the temple. I shall see her alone.” The soldiers saluted and stationed themselves outside and inside of the temple grounds.
Shinji, heir to the throne of Sinnoh, made his way to the lower-most floor of the dreaded temple of ice wherein he had kept on slipping on the thin ice that had frozen on the tiled floors of the temple. So, when he had gotten to the summoner, he was bruised all over and was freezing his *** quite literally.
DAMN HER! HOW DARE SHE DO THIS TO ME!
He reached the lower-most floor of the temple… and he almost went on a killing rampage when he saw that the floor was literally covered with ice.
“Damn this… all for a summoner…” he mumbled under his breath.
“You don’t like it here…?”
If he weren’t so poised and cool, he would have jumped at least four feet above the air. Instead, the future Kaiser had his deadpan look on and cocked his head at the source of the voice. “Summoner.” He said.
“Your Imperial and Royal Majesty.”
The summoner bowed as low as she could. Currently, the summoner wore a v-shaped white robed wherein the ‘v’ stopped by her waist. The whole outfit reached her ankles. For her inner wear, she wore a white tube top dress that reached her knees. On the top-most part of her dress were red oblong-shaped jewels that ran vertically from end to end. The cuffs on her robe had the same design as the one in her dress. Same goes for the hood that concealed her head and part of her face. A necklace hung on her neck, its pendant a blue hexagon-shaped stone. For her footwear, she wore soft light pink knee-high boots.
“Rise.” The girl obeyed and lowered her gaze.
Shinji frowned. “Look at me.”
When she did, Shinji found a mask staring at him.
A Piplup mask.
She was wearing a ridiculous mask.
Was it to make him laugh, or to annoy the hell out of him?
He tried hard not to frown in displeasure.
“I’m sorry, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty, but I am not allowed to show my face to anyone except the priestesses until I am of age…” she spoke up, as if reading his mind.
“How old are you?” Shinji asked.
“Fourteen years old, sir.”
I see. So she’s just a year younger than me. “How long have you been living here?” he asked.
“Umm… six years ago, Mother brought me here so I could undergo some training. Then I started my training here then—” before she could continue her life story, the heir of Sinnoh raised a hand, as if to tell her to stop.
“Don’t bother with it. I’m not interested.” With that, he turned away from her. “I’ll see you in a few years’ time.” the young man was just about ready to ascend the stairs when she yelled yet again.
He turned his head at her direction, as if to ask, What now?
“My name is Hikari. Please remember my name.”
Three years had passed since their meeting in Snowpoint Temple, and three months had also past since the assassination of his parents. It had only been a month since his coronation as the Kaiser, yet his advisers had told him to propose already to the summoner of Sinnoh, just like what his later father had done before.
However, Shinji had another plan in mind, and he would want to start on it as soon as he could, since he had already gotten the signal from the advisers.
This time, he had extended an invitation to his palace in Veilstone City. She had accepted it, though it had taken her at least three months to convince the priestesses of the temple to allow her to visit Veilstone for just one day. As usual, she wore her summoner robes, despite the warm weather. Apparently, Hikari did not seem to notice the change in weather.
Currently, they were at the foyer, having a light afternoon snack. She hardly touched anything except for the tea that was laid before her.
Shinji nodded. “I need you to get rid of the seal inside me.”
Hikari gasped quietly, but recovered from the initial shock. “I am sorry, but what you are asking for, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty, is impossible. The seal is to stay there until the moment of your death. Summoners are forbidden to remove the seal. Please understand that.”
“… If I promise to you that I shall use my powers for the good of all, will you do it for me?”
“E-even if you say such…”
“Will you, then?”
He gave her a piercing look, which almost always takes her breath away, not to mention make her blush underneath the Piplup mask that she wore. She found it odd, really, that she had only met him once or twice. Was it because of the lack of males that she had been acquainted with? Probably. The Kaiser was, after all, the third male she had met in her entire life, right after Kengo, her childhood friend and Damion, her next-door neighbor back in Twinleaf.
But compare to her two friends, he was a lot more handsome than them.
Too handsome, in fact.
Damn him for having such an effect on her.
“Will you, then?”
She took a deep breath.
“Will you really promise me that you’ll use the power of the gods for good? And if I do the unsealing, will you take the secret of it to the grave?”
“… I’ve made a decision. I shall do the unsealing ritual by next week.” She announced to him. “Please meet me in Snowpoint Temple’s lower-most floor early morning.”
Shinji knew that victory was his.
As for Hikari, little did she know, she was going to make the biggest mistake of her life.
Now that she was rotting in prison, Hikari knew that she was never to trust any person again, especially that treacherous Kaiser of Sinnoh. Making a mental promise to herself to get even, the summoner of Sinnoh knew that the time would come for her to unleash a fury that was unlike any other.
The Kaiser would not end up like that jail guard she used Confusion against. She was much too kind for that.
He’ll get a lot more than that.
She’ll break every bone in his body.
She’ll break every nerve in his being.
Worst of all, she’ll break him.
Hell really hath no fury like a woman scorned.
‘Just you wait, my Kaiser. Just a week from now… you’ll be so sorry you’ve tricked me.’