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    Rating: T
    This is a sequel to The Other King.

    Once Upon A Heavy Crown
    Chapter One: Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown

    Faith in the holy church of Arceus had been restored. But for how long, only time will tell. Since the many massacres and wars, some began to doubt that Arceus or any of legendary pokemon even existed. An ancient passage of Arceus' Bible stated that true pokemon trainers will be protected by the appointed legendary pokemon.

    Fate had been kind to Hoenn's cherished king. Ash wanted to be the greatest king that ever lived. He wanted Arceus to bless him and protect him and all the pokemon in the world. He didn't always agree with his family's methods, but he vowed to make them proud. He waved his sword in the air like a flag in the wing; the sword that chose his great-grandfather to be the hero of time.

    His wife was the queen of Hoenn and he was next in line to the throne of Kanto. He had a huge following, but it wasn't enough for Ash: he knew he could do better. He wanted to bring all the Pokemon states together. There was only one world, and he had to make it right.

    Many had considered Ash's triumphs and rise to fame as a symbol of world peace. This troubled Ash and made him wonder what it meant to have world peace. What was world peace? Would it ever exist or does it exist. When he was a boy his father brought him and his brother to his father's chambers and promised them that they would be great kings would would bring peace to all who knew them.

    For many years, Ash believed his father's prophecy until he was taken away by his childhood sweetheart and learned to love and then marry May. It all seemed too perfect. His father appeared to have had all the right contacts, the right supporters and at the right time.

    His father was now dead and so was his brother. But every cloud had a silver lining. He was back in contact with his half-brother and step-sister, Ritchie and Mollie Hale. His father wanted to pretend that the Hale family never existed.

    "This was my dream," Ash roared to the crowd. "I want to be the best king ever and give my son, Garnet a good example."

    A wise black priest named Brock stood out from amongst the roaring crowd. "You already are the greatest king of all time."

    "Well I know I can still do better," Ash responded. His best friend, Pikachu jumped to his shoulders. "There is now enough food to feed the world."

    "Then why are starving families in the streets?" A loud voice called from the corner of the room. A tall young lad with a red cape and light brown hair. He had his mother's eyes and his father's grin. Prince Garnet, named after the birthstone of the first month.

    His childhood friend, Thyst was behind much could be said about Thyst. She was the youngest daughter of the wealthy Ogust Corandum and his very young wife, Ribin. Ribin was only seven when she gave birth to Shyst's elder sister. Her name had derived from the purple stone amethyst, her birthstone. Apart from her milk like skin, she was covered in shades of purple; long mauve plats, and a fluffy fuchsia dress.

    Thyst gasped as she remained behind him. "...Garnet!"

    "Why are so many people still alone when there's so many of us?" Garnet asked. His fists were clenched as he stomped the ground. He marched to his father whilst Thyst followed him. Garnet pointed at the sword and yelled. "Why are swords called peacekeepers when they're aimed to kill? Why have my late uncles received no justice?"

    "But they have," Brock told Garnet. "Your Uncle Max was murdered by an evil king. The same one that killed your Uncle Kamon. World peace came after the evil king's death."

    "We don't have world peace," Garnet snapped. "We're nowhere near world peace."

    "Garnet, my boy," Ash looked down on his son and smiled. "There is so much I want to tell you. You'll understand soon enough."

    "Understand what?" Garnet roared. "I've been outside this kingdom and all I see is greedy counsellors being mean to the poor."

    Brock chuckled as he bowed to Ash. "Your Majesty, your son is very much like you. A very determined man. A lot louder than your daughter, Zelda."

    "You promised my friend, Sarada Uchiha that would find her sister."

    "We've looked everywhere," Ash informed his son with regret. He frowned. "I'm afraid she's gone..."

    "How do you know she's gone?" Garnet yelled.

    "Ruco ran away when she was seven," Ash explained. "Ruco had no pokemon with her and she was alone. There's no way she can be alive now. I'm sorry, Garnet."

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    Chapter Two: Heresy

    King Cilan never expected to see Itachi Uchiha in a white cassock and a red cap. The elegant patterns on his clothes blended with his pale skin and made his red eyes and black hair unmissable. A helix fossil dangled from his neck and rubbed against the soft fabric of his clothes. It was the dress code for a cardinal for the pokemon church. How one of the strongest ninjas became one of the most powerful pokemon bishops was a mystery to Cilan.

    Digimon, card games and any sports that were not including pokemon were considered acts of heresy. Digimon tamers, beybladers and duelists were burned, beheaded and even hung, drawn and quartered for not worshipping Arceus or other pokemon. Ninjas were also killed in what was considered by the late King Lance as an ethnic cleansing. King Lance and his uncle were sworn enemies and Lance believed that Giovanni had hired ninjas to bring the destruction of his kingdom.

    "When I first met you, you were plotting to get your brother on the throne," Cilan whispered to Itachi, not wanting to cause his wife any-more stress. "Now all of a sudden you want to know us."

    When he saw Itachi walking into the church that was once his home, Cilan chased him in feeling compelled to talk. He had seen him many times since they first met many years ago, but had yet to see eye to eye. He hated Itachi for eating a pokemon, but other than that, the two didn't really know each other - they were from completely different worlds.

    "I've been assigned to arrange the funeral," Itachi responded with a light smile on his face. A killer smiling so sincerely and wearing holy clothing was an ironic sight to see.

    "Here I am mistaking you for somebody who cared." Cilan stormed off and sat besides the throne. Itachi shook his head, then followed the red carpet to the throne. Iris was crying and she hid her face under her wet scarf. "My love... it's Cardinal Itachi. He's come to discuss the funeral."

    "I am truly sorry for what happened to Drayden," Itachi said with his hands upon his heart as strands of hair fell in front of his eyes. He sighed. "Poor man. What a tragic loss."

    Cilan saw Princess Dawn's twins in the crowd of Drayden's closest friends. Dale's hair went down to his back, just like his mother. Whilst Pearl's hair was much more brighter and shorter their eyes had the same sapphire sparkle that Princess Dawn did. The last time he saw them, Dawn was carrying them either side of her arms. Pearl had grown up to be a strong confident potions seller with her twin brother by her side. Her brother was the quiet one but looked a lot like his mother. Dale held onto his sister's hips and buried his head in his hair.

    Cilan went over to the twins and hugged them. "Don't cry," he said patting both of their backs as he walked in between them. "He's in a better place now. Your mother is proud of you both. By the way how is she?"

    "Our mother died four years ago..." Pearl squealed as she burst to tears.

    "Huh?" Cilan gasped. "She's dead?"

    Dearl lowered his head in shame. "Our mother wanted a potion that would make her beautiful forever. She died after one sip..."

    "Oh Dale, please don't cry!" Pearl requested, fighting back her own tears. "It worked wonders on our Grandma!"

    "I'm so sorry!" Cilan was intimidated by Itachi's cold stare. "What? I had no idea that Dawn was dead."

    "That's life I'm afraid," Itachi announced. "People come and go all the time."

    Cilan folded his arms as he walked over to Itachi and gazed at the fossil around his neck. "I do wonder how you ended up being then man you are today."

    "We'll discuss that in private," the man promised him.

    "Drayden will have the funeral he deserves," Iris told the court. "I want everyone to sing his favourite songs and pray his favourite prayers."

    "I think Drayden would approve of that," Itachi said as he wrote Iris' words in his notepad. "What are his favourite songs and prayers?"

    "He loved the traditional music from Johto like the songs the kimono girls from Ecruteak sing," Iris announced. "He found comfort in the old hymns and prayers."

    "Mother," Pagan, Iris' eldest son cried out from the crowd. He was the king of Johto and very much resembled his father with his red hair. Pagan had always loved his family, but would always hate Cilan for slowly replacing his father. Iris had waited until she passed Johto's throne over to her eldest son after Lance's execution, but after a while, she believed it was time for Pagan to have his crown. Iris never blessed Pagan's marriage to Clair, but it went ahead anyway. If they were happy, Iris had no problems with it.

    "Why is a ninja conducting the funeral?" Pagan asked. "Wasn't he the one who ate a pokemon?"

    Queen Iris nodded. "It is true, but the past is in the past. Drayden believed in forgiveness and always saw the light in people. We should do the same."

    "You must be right," Pagan said. "I find it hard to appreciate them. All ninjas are men of darkness. That's why my father wanted them wiped out."

    "They're not all bad," Cilan interrupted.

    "I'm surprised you're still here," Pagan hissed as he reached for his head.

    "Brother," Salem, Pagan's younger brother said pulling onto his cape, "This is not the time or place. We can't have a civil war."

    "Drayden hated his guts," Pagan barked. "I swear it Cilan, if you step one foot in Johto... I will have you killed."

    Iris stood up. "We shall all go outside and clear our minds in the garden." She stormed out and the rest of the crowd followed her. It left only Cilan and Itachi in the room. Cilan placed himself on the throne before Itachi had a chance to inspect it. Cilan slapped himself across the cheek and felt defeated. He couldn't have children of his own, but Lilia and Salem were about to accept to him as their step-father, but Pagan was too much like his father to appreciate him.

    Cilan's finger caught his attention. The scar from where Pagan's bagon bite him many years ago.

    "I guess you would like me to answer your question," Itachi said.

    Cilan leaned forward. "There's nothing stopping you."

    "I'm proud of my cousin," Itachi confessed out of the blue. "She's done well to maintain her power after everything she's been through with the family and you. And on top of that you kept me, my brother and Sakura alive. For that, I cannot thank you enough."

    "I didn't keep you alive," Cilan admitted. "It was the bravery of your friends that kept you alive. They used their connections to The Ketchum Clan to their full advantage."

    Itachi froze. "Come to think of it, we're not so different... you and I!"

    Cilan gasped as his legs began to shake. Itachi Uchiha was an unpredictable man. "In what way?"

    "We both go to extreme measures for the ones we love."

    "Who do you love?" Cilan had always assumed that the man lacked capacity to love anyone.

    Itachi opened his arms and spread his fingers. "My family of course."

    "You committed a terrible crime and you let your family suffer for it. How is that love?" Cilan roared getting louder as he spoke.

    "We were a big clan and we were all hungry."

    "There plenty of fruit in the forests but you killed and ate a dragonite," Cilan reminded Itachi as he shook his head in disgrace. "You must have known how much dragon pokemon mean to the kingdom. You let your entire clan fall."

    "Sometimes sacrifices must be made," Itachi announced as he closed his eyes. "But I couldn't let my brother's marriage collapse. Sakura Haruno is the only girl who can fulfil all of Sasuke's wishes."

    "Are you saying that you planned all this the entire time?"

    "High risk: big reward. Sakura had to get pregnant. The clan needed restoring to its former glory."

    "You slept with your brother's wife?" Cilan lashed out, jumping from his throne. He got out his sword and held it up to Itachi's neck. Itachi didn't flinch and ceased to move like a statue. "How could you do such a thing? Sakura and Sasuke were a sickening match!"

    "Barbaric as it sounds, my plan worked. Giovanni Ketchum bailed me out on the condition that I became a pokemon priest. I worked my way up to the position of cardinal. When I was released from prison my plan worked even better than I thought."

    "Hoenn's law states that a child cannot be born out of wedlock," Cilan realised as he opened his mouth. All of a sudden, Itachi's actions had made sence. After deep though, Cilan knew that it was still just as ridiculous as it sounded. "You must have known that they were going to Hoenn all this time. You had that dragon feast on purpose to make Lance angry. You wanted the weak links in your clan removed. I don't know why you couldn't have just let Sasuke have his divorce and you marry Sakura instead!

    "I could have done whatever I wanted to her body," Itachi replied. "But her heart will always belong to my brother. When I was studying to become a priest, I received a letter from Kakashi stating that Sakura and Sasuke were still married and that my daughter, Ruco had been born. After I was ordained, I visited my brother's household. I was pleased to see my daughter running around the house. I was even happier when I saw another baby girl with Sasuke's eyes."

    "So Sarada is definitely Sasuke's daughter."

    "Who else knows of this?"

    "Only Kakashi and Sakura."

    "Why are you telling me this?" Cilan asked curiously.

    "Because you always said you were good at keeping secrets."

    "Then do you know where Ruco Uchiha is?" Cilan asked.

    "Ruco has chosen her own path," Itachi responded. "She is determined to make her father, Sasuke proud."

    "But you're her father."

    "Sasuke was the one who raised her, loved her and taught her the skills to survive. He was her guardian. You see Cilan, impregnating a woman alone is not enough to be a father. You have to love your wife's children with all of your heart, body and soul. Those were Mew's very own words."

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    Chapter Three: Ruco Uchiha

    Outside the palace walls were grey skies and wet roads, but inside the halls were many dancers. Queen May had sailed to Unova with her husband and chosen noblemen and women to come to Queen Iris' palace. Partying was not just the main reason, over the years people had made their own interpretations on how please Arceus. Each temple that worshipped Arceus had a book written by Mew.

    Mew's book was filled with simple sentences that puzzled humans and pokemon alike. The humans that were not pokemon trainers believed that Mew's book also applied to creatures that weren't pokemon as well, but certain pokemon trainers in power believed that Mew's book applied only to pokemon and that any creature that was not a pokemon were unimportant.

    Some pokemon states, like Hoenn banned only the eating of species considered pokemon. Queen Iris on the other hand banned meat eating in her kingdom full stop and eating or killing a dragon was punishable by death. Queen May and Queen Iris had very huge kingdoms and they felt it was time to celebrate their cultural differences.

    There was time when the two queens were once at war. Elaborate plots had caused Queen May to declare war on Iris. Ice covered the Unova region, but at the end of it, the only thing both sides won was a huge death toll. Pope Mickey had created a treaty to protect the regions from ever going to war again and made all the monarchs and world leaders sign it.

    Garnet hadn't even been born by the time this treaty had been signed, but he didn't want to follow the rules. Garnet wanted to do things his way. He wasn't interested in fighting with his pokemon or using a sword, he just wanted to lay down in Slateport Beach with his friends. Garnet watched his parents dance and noticed that his father's trusted pal, Pikachu was spinning his head from dizziness until he fell onto Garnet's shoulder.

    "Watch me dance," Garnet heard King Cilan roar. His light toes and flexible movements make his twirls look flawless. He winked at Queen Iris and bowed with one foot in front of the other. "Do you like what you see?"

    Queen Iris nodded. "I do indeed."

    "Then share with me this dance!"

    "Brother!" cried out the small Princess Zelda. She grabbed onto her brother's hands and giggled. Princess Zelda had inherited her mother's best traits; her mother's bright blue eyes that were often compared to sparkling sapphires and her father's courage often regarded as rare as raging rubies. "Why don't you ask Thyst to dance with you?"

    Garnet smirked as he took a bite into his food. "Let me finish my food first!"

    "Hey Garnet!" Queen May cried out as she still danced away with Ash. "Your friend Thyst is over there. Why don't you dance with her?"

    "Mama has spoken," Zelda told Garnet with her chin up. She went behind her brother and pushed her brother in the middle of the floor with both her hands. "You have to ask the sweet Thyst out!"

    The door crashed open and all the candles went out leaving the hall cold and dark. A tall lady marched into the room with pink hair wrapped around her knees, sleek black eyes and pale skin. Her slim body vieled by a green dress. She stomped through the middle of the hall and pushed Garnet and Zelda away. A black bipedal pokemon with a sharp white claws known as Weavile.

    "Hey!" King Ash barked. "Who are you?"

    The woman stopped and glared at King Ash. "My name is Ruco Uchiha," she announced. "I have come to take back the land that's rightfully mine."

    "My child," Cardinal Itachi Uchiha appeared before her and wrapped her hand around her waist. "This is neither the time or the place."

    "Uncle I must perform Arceus' justice!" Ruco cried out. On Ruco's shoulder was a small yellow creature with long jagged ears and large white eyes. Ruco called the creature Kumi-Kumi, and she defended it with her life. "I must stop stop the kingdom that destroyed my clan!"

    "Arceus' justice has been done years ago, sweet niece."

    "No it hasn't," Ruco barked. "There is still much more work to be done."

    The rest Uchiha clan apart from Sasuke ran towards the centre of the hall. Ironically it was only Sakura and her youngest daughter, Sarada.

    "Why did you run away?" Sakura asked. "We all missed you so much."

    "They called Kumi-Kumi a devil!" Ruco muttered. "But they are the devils and not him!"

    "I know that," Sakura said, cupping her cheek. "Everything will be fine now. I mean, all of us are back together again."

    Ruco lowered her head and allowed her mother to kiss her hair. She quickly lifted her head up and walked around the hall and saw all the people that she knew before running away at the age of seven. "Some day," Ruco gulped. "I'll be a queen."

    "Ruco?"

    Ruco opened her arms as the cape slipped from her shoulders. A clefairy popped out of the cape and stood behind Ruco's legs. Ruco then bowed before Iris and announced, "I am your true heir!"

    "MOTHER, CUT OFF HER HEAD!" Pagan roared as he pointed at Ruco.

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    Chapter Four: Interference

    After Drayden's funeral, his chambers had become Cardinal Uchiha's office. Itachi had lived in the shadows for most of his life following the political downfall of his clan, but he managed to start afresh and become of the highest ranked bishops of the Holy Church Of Arceus. A meeting was due to take place in the office about the breaking news in The Vatican: Pope Mickey was ill and according to the doctors, there is nothing else they could do for him.

    There was a knock on the door. The one who let herself in was the white witch that made many shiver in fear. She was the epitome of pure beauty with her blonde hair and white dress. "Your Eminence," she said. "I heard that you wished to speak with me."

    "Ah Naminé!" Itachi found her blue eyes sweet. "Do take a seat." He had heard that Naminé could fulfil any wish her client desires even though the prices varied greatly depending on the client. As Naminé sat down, Itachi asked, "How much would it cost for you to make me the pope?"

    "Your brother's life," she quickly replied.

    Itachi shook his head. "Then I'll pass."

    "You're the first person to reject my services so quickly," Naminé told Itachi.

    "My family are the most important thing to me."

    "A lot of my clients have said that. And there was something I've been meaning to ask you, but I never got the chance."

    "And what would that be?"

    "Why did you kill Kamon Ketchum? Did you know that his life was Giovanni's payment?"

    "Kamon Ketchum was a thief," Itachi announced. "He stole my brother's pokemon and made everyone think that he abused them. Kamon would not have made my cousin happy in the end."

    "So Lance was never guilty of his crimes in the first place?" Naminé asked. She knew more than everyone else about the crimes that had happened during Queen Iris' reign. She knew the true killer of King Kamon. "And what about the late King Gary?"

    "Lance was guilty," Itachi confirmed. He would never forget the man that ordered his entire clan to be executed. "He was the mastermind behind it all. He wanted to remarry Iris. When his plans failed, he let his servants take the fall, which led to the death of King Gary and many other poisoned their minds with fantasies."

    "Giovanni and his nephews were sworn enemies," Naminé remembered. It all come back to her how the late Giovanni wanted Cilan to fall from grace so his youngest son, Kamon could be with Iris. And how he ordered Cilan to be unable to have children. But Iris and Cilan truly loved each other and she could not keep them seperated forever. Cilan had pretended to be a ghost until King Gary was executed and then they were able to remarry.

    "They were all as bad as each other," Itachi said. "They were war-seeking ****s hungry for power. Have you heard about Pope Mickey?"

    "He is bed-bound at the moment," Naminé cried. "He was so kind. He was the only one who believed in me when I said that Sora was not a terrorist."

    "I also believed in you," Itachi replied as he went out and grabbed her hand. "Sora is a brave man who seeks to destroy the demons in this world. Sadly only my brother and sister-in-law listened. I wonder if I had convinced my clan not to believe the lies of Lance and Lord Xemnas, that perhaps they would still be here today. I remember my parent's dying words well."

    "Keep your brother safe..." Naminé whispered.

    Itachi nodded. "I will do it with my own accord, but I would I like you to join me into making this world a better place."

    "I will do what I can," Naminé promised.

    Itachi smiled. "I knew you would. I will have people coming round my office for a meeting. You are welcome to stay if you wish."

    "No thank you," Naminé said as she marched over to the window and disappeared. "I must go. But we'll see each other again."

    As soon as Naminé disappeared, Itachi's sister-in-law and her daughters came into the room. Behind them was Sakura's friend, Ino Yamanaka, her husband Sai and Sakura's mentor, Kakashi Hatake. Along with Cheren, Bianca & Hilda, King Cilan also attended the meeting.

    "Uncle," Ruco shouted out. She blushed and then curtsied, stumbling as if she had made a mistake. "I mean...Your Eminence. The weavile that accompanied me was the one that was stolen from my father."

    "That's so wonderful." Itachi clapped his hands. "Your father will be proud of you."

    "I know how your mind works," Cilan hissed as he leaned over Itachi's table. Ruco and Sarada were about to leash out on Cilan, but Sakura prevented the two from intervening. "You are the grand deceiver and your actions are a disgrace."

    The cardinal winked. He lifted his arm and gently raised his index finger towards Cilan's forehead. "Takes one to know one."

    "I wonder if he knows," Sakura gasped. Her mouth dropped open.

    "And knows what?" Ino asked.

    "His Holiness is dying," Kakashi intervened. Cilan saw Sakura sigh for relief as Kakashi spoke.

    "He can't die," Cilan said. Even though Cilan didn't like everything that Pope Mickey had done, he admired that His Holiness had eventually gave Cilan and Iris their blessing to get married. "He kept peace in our world. We haven't had a war on this world for years. And what if he does die?"

    "If Pope Mickey does indeed die," Kakashi replied. "Then the cardinals will nominate who they want to select as Pope. Then the nominees will bow before the legendaries. Then the legendary pokemon who choose."

    "My uncle is a cardinal," Sarada said as she looked at her uncle. "Does that mean he has a chance to be the pope?"

    "Never!" Cilan barked. "The man has a vile flavour too dark to become a holy prince."

    "As His Majesty said," Kakashi told Sarada. "It is a very slim chance, but a chance nevertheless. Cardinal Drew is the top candidate for Mickey's successor."

    "It would be good for Uncle to be pope," Ruco announced. "After all The Pope is the most powerful man in the world right? It will teach people never to mess with the Uchiha clan."

    "The Pope is powerful enough to change the world as we know it," Itachi declared. "The Pope can control Arceus. Pope Mickey has never used these powers, but the reason why the holy legends select the pope is so they can be assured that a corrupt leader will not be elected."

    Just as Cilan was about to make a comment about Itachi's slim chance of becoming pope, he gazed into Ino. Her long blonde locks tied up and bright eyes reminded her so much of a women that he used to know. "You..." Cilan said as stared at Ino. All he could see was Larxene's face plastered on Ino's face. "You look familiar."

    "You don't know me," Ino said. "But you know my sister. I'm the late Lady Larxene's sister. On my behalf of my sister, I want to thank you for the kindness you gave to her."

    "That woman greatly betrayed me," Cilan announced. "But I am grateful that someone has come to realise that I was being kind."

    "Your Majesty," Sarada spoke to Cilan. "You're still angry at my family for eating a pokemon aren't you?"

    Cilan gulped as he held back tears of rage. "The truth will come out," he vowed as he stormed out of the room.

    Everyone looked at Sarada. "I'm right aren't I?"

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    Chapter Five: Worry

    Cilan dashed through the stairs with his green cape flowing around him. Gasping deep breaths as he examined every corridor in the castle to find Iris. His pokemon and servants were behind him as if they were in a race that Cilan was winning. It had been years since he had felt in such panic. His stomach churned and he could feel his heart jumping from his chest.

    "Pope Mickey is dying," Cilan yelled. He found Iris in a state of shock. He hugged her from behind.

    "Why are you screaming like this?" Iris yelled.

    "Because when he dies," Cilan explained. "They will elect a new pope and the new pope will try and split us up again."

    "They won't be able to."

    "What if the new pope is your cousin?"

    "It won't effect us," Iris announced. She held onto Cilan's waist with a tight grip. "You seriously need to grow up."

    "The Pope has the power to control arceus," Cilan told Iris.

    "I already knew that," Iris responded. She clapped his back and kissed his cheek. "And if my cousin is chosen to be Pope, then so be it. We'll be okay."

    Cilan shook his head. "He wants to assassinate you. I can taste it."

    Iris raised her eyebrows. "How can you taste something like that?" She frowned as she was turned away by the strength of Cilan's arms. He hurled over to the corner. He didn't know what was killing him the most; the fact that his wife's life was in danger or the fact that she didn't believe him. Iris tip-toed over to him and crouched down to his knees. "I know that I haven't gotten off to a good start with my family, but we can still forgive the Uchihas. What happened between us was a long time ago."

    "The Uchiha clan is evil," Cilan snarled. "They may be a family of powerful ninjas, but underneath it all they're all liars, *****s and murders. And I can see why they wanted you far away from them as possible." He gasped and covered his mouth. He couldn't believe the words that he was saying. He slammed his face against the wall. Cilan couldn't believe that he was cursing Iris' family. Cilan couldn't help it. He hated Itachi Uchiha with every inch of his body. Just the thought of his face made him want to feel sick.

    Cilan became surrounded by his pokemon, servants and by Iris. She sighed. A part of her wondered why he always had to be so over-dramatic? The past was in the past and all had been forgiven. Iris remembered Drayden's last hours. He called her over to his bedside and held his hand gently with all the strength he had. He told her that he was proud of everything that Iris had accomplished and that his final wish was for her have a happy family.

    "You don't have to be scared of my cousin," Iris insisted. "He isn't going to kill you. I won't let him. He'll have to deal with my dragons if he tries."

    "You're all I have," Cilan admitted. "All of my friends are either dead, or far away from Unova. Without you... I'm nothing."

    Iris shook her head. "Don't be silly. Look around you. You have your pokemon that have been by your side since you were a child. And don't forget all the wonderful things that you've accomplished and what we've done. Don't you ever think that you're alone again. Even if I am gone before you, my children will look after me."

    "Pagan will have me executed the moment he steps on that throne," Cilan said. He wished that Iris had never implied death: he couldn't imagine his life without her.

    "You should go and get some rest," Iris suggested.

    "Larxene's sister was there too," Cilan hissed. "What if she's out to avenge her sister."

    "She has nothing to avenge you for!" Iris stated. "Larxene was a heartless nobody. She would know that more than anybody else." As much as Iris tried her hardest to keep a brave face, she herself found herself haunted by all the horrible memories of her past. Despite the memories flashing back in her mind, she smiled. She was Queen of Unova and The Dragon Empress: she had no choice but to be strong. "Cilan..." Iris reached out for Cilan's hand. "The worst is already over. There is nothing for you to be worried about."

    Cilan's eyes were closed tight. His skin was cold and turned pale at a fast rate. He was still breathing, but he looked as if he had fallen into a deep sleep. Iris snapped her fingers and said to everyone around her, "Quick! Take Cilan to his room and get a medic!"

    Cilan woke up to the face of Sakura Uchiha nursing him to health. He heard Iris giggle in the background. His vision was blurry, but he was able to tell the medic was Sakura by the green blobs in her eyes which Cilan knew were her eyes and the bright pink hair. His head tilted side the side. He opened and closed his eyes to see if his sight had improved. He wanted to see a glimpse of Iris.

    "Your Majesty," Sakura cried. "The King has regained conciousness."

    Sakura stood aside as she let Queen Iris jump over the bed and hug Cilan. "CILAN!" Iris squealed. "I'm so glad you're all right."

    Cilan's head waved from side to side. He had to close his eyes as he felt tired. "I don't know what happened to me."

    "You might have been struck by a pokemon's confuse ray," Sakura said. "That might explain the outbursts of paranoia and the collapsing. Other than that, I think you'll be fine once you get some rest."

    "Thank you, Lady Uchiha," Iris said as she curtsied. "I hope we can be friends."

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