Chapter 21: Love Is The Only Unbreakable SpellOn the 28th November 1595 the sky sprinkled the world with snow. Giovanni made his footprints in the snow, stamping in his boots as he gazed upon the sky with a wide grin. He heart bounced in joy. He was the proudest father in Kanto, as both of his sons were king. He loved the cold air hugging his face and the grasp of his golden cane. The Ketchums were slowly taking over Asia and in particular the pokemon regions. But all of his sons' powers were not enough for clench Giovanni's thirst for power. He wanted earth.
"Naminé your magic is spectacular!" The Archduke of Viridian had to give credit where it was due. His plot to make Ash and Kamon's dream come true could not have worked had it of been for the witch. She blended in the snow and even through the fog, she appeared to be an angel. He raised his arms at the level of his shoulders. "Slowly, but surely I will have my own kingdom."
"It wasn't easy," Naminé admitted. "Iris has a strong spirit. She was in love with Cilan, but I've made her smitten with Kamon."
"I know you said you couldn't make people fall in love," Giovanni said. "But I think you greatly underestimate your power."
Naminé smiled. "You are kind."
"If only there was a way to assassinate King Lance," Giovanni sighed. Like many times before, he found himself deep in thought. "Lance's very existence is a great danger to my son. I humbly wish that The Queen of Unova's wishes are granted." Giovanni mumbled on excessively, but Naminé obliged herself to listen. "I can kill two birds with one stone... If Iris and Kamon have a daughter, then Kamon will have the power to destroy him. It's perfect! Now I will have Kanto, Johto, Unova, Hoenn and my children's empires in my hand. The next stop is Sinnoh. I will destroy all those who oppose me, until they kiss my feet."
"At that point you won't need me," she said in a calm voice. "You'll be a grandfather by then."
"Now Naminé," said Giovanni. "We haven't discussed payment. I can reward you more than generously."
"You'll lose one of your sons in return for my magic."
Giovanni nodded. "In that case, I'll make the most of the little time Ash has left in the world."
The girl disappeared. As she dissolved into the fog, letters became imprinted on the snow.
"Love is the only spell that can't be broken."
Iris woke up to the light wind in Kamon's breath. Her eyes crumbled open as she shot out of bed. It was as if every day was Chritmas in Unova. The cool air gently passed Iris and wandered room to room.
Pagan and Salem were delighted with Kamon. Lance was allowed to see his sons on a regular basis, and Kamon and Lance took part in friendly matches in Dragon's Den. Lady Clair was somewhat satisfied, for she believed Iris' new father-in-law was wicked intentions. Lance had asked his courtiers; Ethan Elm and Lyra Soul to be Lance's personal spies.
Ethan and Lyra were to report the Ketchums' movements to Lance. Ethan and Lyra were appointed as ushers by King Kamon himself. Sir Giovanni would help himself to every chamber of The Queen's residence. Little did The King and Queen know that they were under the watchful eyes of Lyra. As Iris and Kamon were silently talking, she took the time to write a letter to Lance.
It seems that we are not the only spies around here! I thought that my eyes were deceiving me, but Ethan has told me it has been the local gossip of the common people.
The late King's ghost wanders the chamber at night. He often says hello and brings me tea. He asked me to send you a message. He wants to warn you about Giovanni and a white witch. He states that Giovanni has used unholy witchcraft to get his own way.
There is a high chance that Iris is with child. Kamon looks as if there is something to fear because of her symptoms. She ate a whole joint of salmon to herself the other day. Cilan's ghost sends his pokemon to get some fish for her. It is sweet of the spirit, but I would have thought someone would have done something about the ghost by now. It isn't normal.
Later that afternoon, The Queen's legs were slumped over the maroon bed covers. She was wearing the blue dress that Lance had given her, but it was Cilan's ring that was on her wedding finger. Giovanni had taken Kamon to see his brother in Kanto.
Iris stared at Cilan and pushed her back against the wall. He didn't blame her for it.
"I'm so proud of Pansage," Cilan announced. "He is so much like me; but more wiser and with less scars. Don't you feel like that towards your dragons?"
"Yes," Iris replied. "Haxorus has been with me ever since I was born. We've won thousands of battles together. But sometimes I feel like I've neglected them."
"You love them and they love you." Cilan skipped over and sat on the side of the bed. "Everyone knows you as The Dragon Empress: the girl who knows the hearts of the dragons." Cilan stroked Iris' cheek and rubbed her neck. "Why would you think that you've neglected them?"
"They hate Kamon," Iris told Cilan. "They'll bow to no other man than Lance. But they liked you. One of the dieno's tried to bite Kamon's finger off."
Cikan tried hard not to laugh. "They should do it to his father."
"You don't like Giovanni do you?" Iris asked as she faced Cilan.
Without remorse Cilan quickly said, "No!"
Iris smirked. "I'm not sure about him. He's too bossy."
"How is Ash?" Cilan asked. "Have you heard from him?"
Iris nodded. "Ash is losing his voice. I think May makes him happy."
"Like I made you happy?"
Iris nodded as she leaned over and kissed Cilan. "I'm sorry for what I did to you. You were innocent. All the accusations against you were false. I should have known it when I had the chance."
Cilan held onto Iris tighter. "You were deceived. And I forgive you like someone truly in love would do."
"The way you're holding me," said Iris as she sank her head into Cilan's chest. "Its as if you never died."
The words stabbed Cilan and made him speechless. "I will only die if you ever stop loving me."
"You're one of the most important things to me in the world."
"Am I not the most important?" "My children always come first," Iris said. "My dragons are also included in that too. Elijah is well, I've taken all good care of him."
"I am sure the late Lady Larxene would have been proud if she had known she was giving birth to a prince."
"She would have been beheaded for treason."
"I still don't understand why Larxene betrayed me?"
"Xenmas trained his servants to be ruthless," Iris replied. "I think he trained them too harshly."
"So we are forgiven?" Cilan asked.
Iris crept closer to Cilan's body. "Forgiven." The two of them fell into a deep kiss. She felt as if she was dreaming or even becoming mad.
"Iris," Cilan whispered. "Are the rumours true? Are you pregnant?"
Cilan smiled, even though he wished the child was made in better circumstances. "I hope you get what you want."
I've come to the conclusion that Cilan is still alive. I believe that his brothers faked Cilan's death and gave their lives so that he and Iris could get back together.
Axel and Roxas followed me, wondering what I was up to. Luckily my cover didn't get blown, but Axel joked that I was a peeping tom.
Axel broke the news to Kamon. He didn't seem to mind, but I have a feeling he was bottling something up. King Gary from Kanto has asked Pope Mickey permission to declare war with Unova and Johto. Queen May of Hoenn has refused Gary's request to take part. We all know that Gary hates his Uncle and fears that Giovanni, but we have to be prepared.
I must also confess that it feels strange spying. These dark corridors are paradise for a voyeur.
If Pope Mickey does grant King Gary permission to start a war, then you can count on me, to be one of your brave warriors.