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Brock and the gang are back, with some special guests listening as Brock kicks off the seventh round of stories!
Week 159: Princess Miranda's Rescue
(real tale: Princess Miranda and Prince Hero)
"Careful, Bonnie..." a blonde haired boy cautions a young girl with similar features as they work their way inside the auditorium and find a seat in one of the middle rows. "Remember, when it gets dark, it's time to be quiet."
"Ash says Brock knows a zillion stories!" Bonnie cries excitedly.
"Well, Brock was the one that taught Ash all his stories...and he's been all over the world, even Kalos." the boy explains as the lights flash the five minute warning.
Backstage, Brock grins as he approaches the wings. So Ash's companions Clemont and Bonnie are here...I hope Bonnie likes princesses... After making sure any needed props are accounted for, he runs out to meet the enthusiastic crowd.
When the applause and cheers quiet, Brock begins "Far away, across the wide ocean, there was once a beautiful island where there lived the most beautiful princess in the world, named Miranda. She had lived there ever since she was born, and ruled over the island with a wise and gentle hand. Nobody knew who her parents were, or how she had come to the island. But she was not alone; as she had twelve beautiful maidens who had grown up with her on the island that served as her ladies-in-waiting. But a few strangers had visited the island, and spoken of Princess Miranda's great beauty; and many more came after that, became her subjects, and built a magnificent city, in which she had a splendid palace of white marble to live in."
"Wow!" Bonnie gasps as she pictures the beautiful marble palace in her mind.
"As time went on, many young princes came to woo her." Brock goes on. "But she did not care to marry any of them; and if anyone persisted, and tried to force her to be his wife, she could turn him and all his soldiers into ice, by merely singing Furiya shuru shamato....
"I wish I could cast a spell by singing a song..." Bonnie smiles. Clemont just grins at his sister's wish.
"One day the evil Darkrai , the king of the underworld, came out into the world of light one day, and began to look around--since his eyes were more powerful than a human eye, he could see everything within several hundred miles, if not more." Brock intones. "He saw various empires and kingdoms, rolling hills, lush forests, high mountains, and rolling seas, all in a matter of moments. Finally, he saw the green island, and the rich city upon it; and the marble palace in this city, and in this palace the twelve beautiful young ladies-in-waiting, and among them he saw, lying on a rich couch stuffed with Swanna feathers, Princess Miranda taking a royal nap. She slept peacefully like a child, but she was dreaming of a young knight, wearing a shining helmet, on a gallant steed, and carrying a great sword that shot beams of light; ... and she loved him better than life."
Clemont can't help laughing at Bonnie's dreamy look--he knows she's picturing Ash as such a knight in her mind.
"Darkrai looked at her, and was delighted with her beauty." Brock goes on. "Since no being of the underworld could tap into the holy spellsongs, Darkrai just warped himself onto the island via thought. Princess Miranda woke with a jump, spotted Darkrai, called together her bravest army, and led them into the field, to fight the wicked Darkrai. But he blew out a sweet breath that put all the soldiers to sleep. Minutes before he could grab Princess Miranda, she sang Furiya, shuru shamato... Darkrai was froze into a Darkraisicle, buying Princess Miranda time to flee home."
Clemont swallows hard, worried for Princess Miranda's fate. "But Darkrai didn't stay a Darkraisicle very long." Brock cautions. "As soon as Princess Miranda had fled, he broke free from the ice, and followed her to her city. Then he put all the inhabitants of the island to sleep, the princess's twelve faithful servants included. She was the only one whom he could not hurt; but being afraid of her spellsong of ice, he surrounded the castle—which stood upon a high hill—with an iron fence, and placed a Hydreigon on guard before the gate, and waited for Princess Miranda to surrender."
"And then?" Bonnie calls out, before Clemont squeezes her hand as a reminder to stay quiet.
"The days passed by, then weeks, then months, while her kingdom became a desert." Brock replies. "All her people were asleep, and her faithful soldiers also lay sleeping on the open fields, their armor all rusty, and weeds were growing over them undisturbed. Her twelve maidens were all asleep in different rooms of the palace, just where they happened to be at the time; and she herself, all alone, kept walking sadly to and fro in a little room up in a tower, where she had taken shelter—wringing her hands and crying. Around her all was silent, as if dead; only every so often, Darkrai, not daring to encounter her spellsong, knocked at the door asking her to surrender, promising to make her queen of the underworld. But it was no use; Princess Miranda was silent, and only threatened him with her song.
A grin then forms on Brock's face. "But grieving in her lonely room, Princess Miranda could not forget the lover she dreamed of; she saw him just as he had appeared to her in her dream. She looked up with her blue eyes to heaven, and seeing a cloud floating by, she said..."
In his best mimic of Lotta,he cries "Oh cloud, through the bright sky flying! Stay, and hearken my piteous sighing! In my sorrow I call upon thee; Oh, where is my loved one? Where do his footsteps stray? And does he now think of me?"
"I know not," he replies in a gentle female voice for the cloud. "Ask Suicune."
As himself, he narrates. "Princess Miranda looked out into the wide plain, and after spotting Suicune running across the plains, she said..."
As Princess Miranda again, he cries "Oh, Suicune! O'er the wide world flying! Do you pity my grief and crying! Have pity on me! Oh! where is my loved one? Where do his footsteps stray? And does he now think of me?"
"Ask Jirachi," he replies in a gentle male voice for Suicune; "He knows more than I do."
As himself, he narrates "That night, Princess Miranda pleaded to the stars..."
As Princess Miranda, he pleads "Oh Jirachi, with your bright beams glowing! Look down on my tears fast flowing! Have pity, have pity on me! Oh! where is my loved one? Where do his footsteps stray? And does he now think of me?"
"Ask Lugia," he replies in a mimic of Jirachi; "who being nearer to the earth, knows more of what happens there than I do."
"So she cried to Lugia..." Brock narrates before assuming the role of Princess Miranda again. "Bright Lugia, as your watch you keep, From the starry skies, o'er this land of sleep, Look down now, and pity me! Oh! where is my loved one? Where do his footsteps stray? And does he now think of me?"
"I know nothing about your loved one, princess," he replies in a gentle deep voice for Lugia; "but Ho'oh is coming to herald the day, she will will surely be able to tell you."
Some applause goes up in awe of Brock ability in handling so many personas. "The next morning, Ho'oh began her daily flight across the sky, but Princess Miranda waited until Ho'oh was just over the tower, and called..." Brock then assumes Princess Miranda's voice again. "Oh heart of the world! bright sun! Look on me, in this prison undone! Have pity on me! Oh! where is my loved one? Through what lands do his footsteps stray? And does he now think of me?"
"Princess Miranda," he explains in gentle female voice for Ho'oh, "Dry your tears, your lover is on his way to you, from the bottom of the deep sea, from under the coral reefs; he has won the enchanted sapphire ring; when he puts it on his finger, his army will increase by thousands, regiment after regiment, with Ponyta and foot; the drums are beating, the swords gleaming, the flags flying, the arrows whistling, they are bearing down on the empire of Darkrai. But he cannot conquer him by force of mortal weapons alone. I will teach him a surer way; and there is hope that he will be able to rescue you from Darkrai, and save your country. I will hurry to your prince. Farewell."
As himself, Brock continues. "Ho'oh flew on over a wide country, beyond the deep seas, beyond high mountains, where a young prince named Aidan, who wore a shining helmet, on a gallant Rapidash, was preparing to march against Darkrai. He had seen Princess Miranda many times in a dream, and had heard much about her, for her beauty was famous throughout the world."
"There's the hero..." Clemont smiles at Bonnie, who is watching Brock with stars in her eyes.
"Dismiss your army," Brock instructs as Ho'oh. "No army can conquer Darkrai, no mortal arrow can reach him; only you can only free Princess Miranda by killing him, and how you are to do it, you must learn from the keeper of spellsong, Meloetta. I can only tell you where you will find the Rapidash that will carry you to her. travel towards the east; you will come to a green meadow, in which there are three oak trees; and among them you will find hidden in the ground an iron door, with a large padlock; behind this door you will find a shining Rapidash, and a sword; this is all I can tell you for now."
He waits for the applause to quiet before continuing as himself "Now, Prince Aidan was quite surprised at this; but he took off his enchanted sapphire ring and threw it into the sea; and with it all his great army vanished into the mist, leaving no trace behind. He turned to the East and traveled onwards on his own."
This is getting better and better... Clemont grins, trying oh-so-hard not to laugh at Bonnie's dreamy look as she savors Brock's every word.
"After three days he came to the green meadow, where he found the three oak trees, and the iron door, as he had been told." Brock continues. "It opened into a narrow, crooked stairway, going downwards, leading into a deep dungeon, where he found another iron door, closed by a heavy iron padlock. Behind this he heard a Rapidash neighing, so loudly that it made the door fall to the ground, and at the same moment eleven other doors flew open and there came out a Shining Rapidash, which had been shut up there for ages by a wizard, only to be set free in times of great need. Prince Aidan whistled to the Rapidash..." Bonnie's laughter is the loudest as she recognizes Brock whistling Epona's Song. "The Rapidash tugged at her fastenings, and broke twelve chains by which she had been held. Her eyes were like stars, and her mane burned in sapphire blue flames--to find a Rapidash like her was rare indeed."
"Prince Aidan!" he calls, using a mimic of Serena for the Rapidash. "I have long waited for such a rider as you, and I am ready to serve you forever and always. Climb on my back, take that sword in your hand, which you see in the sheath by the saddle; you need not fight with it yourself, for it will shoot a beam of light wherever you command it, and beat a whole army. I know the way everywhere; tell me where you want to go, and I will take you there."
"Just like in the princess' dream!" Bonnie gasps.
"Prince Aidan told his new friend, who he named Epona, everything; took the sword of light in his hand, and sprang on her back." Brock goes on. "They flew over mountains and forests, higher than the flying clouds, over rapid rivers, and deep seas; but when they flew along the ground Epona's light feet never trampled down a blade of grass, nor raised an speck of dust on the sandy soil."
Once back in his place at center stage, Brock continues "Before sunset Prince Aidan had reached the mystical forest where Meloetta lived. He was amazed at the size and age of the mighty oaks, pine trees and firs, where there reigned a perpetual daylight. And there was absolute silence—not a leaf or a blade of grass stirring; and no living thing, not so much as a Fletchling, or the hum of a bug; only amidst this grave-like stillness the sound of Epona's hoofs. Prince Aidan stopped before a clearing filled with a rainbow of flowers--many of them not seen in the mortal realm."
"Ooh..." Bonnie gasps in awe as she imagines Meloetta's enchanted garden.
"Meloetta was resting inside the huge red rose in the very center of the clearing." Brock explains. "When she saw him, she asked..."
In his best mimic of Melody, he asks "How did you get here, Prince Aidan, where very few living souls have trod?"
As himself, he narrates "Prince Aidan told Meloetta of his quest, and she told him..."
As Melody, he continues "You have undertaken a great and splendid task, so I will tell you how to kill Darkrai. In the great sea, on the island of eternal life, there is an old oak tree; under this tree is buried a pitcher bound with iron; in this pitcher is a Buneary; under the Buneary sits a shining Ducklett; this Ducklett carries within her an egg; and in this egg is Darkrai's soul. Only when the egg is broken will he die."
"Meloetta also taught Prince Aidan the art of spellsong before he left the forest and came to the shore of the ocean." Brock continues as himself. "On the beach was a fisherman's net, and in the net was a great Seaking struggling to get out. "Prince Aidan felt sorry for the Seaking so he took the fish out of the net, and threw it into the sea, where it splashed in the water, and vanished. The prince looked over the sea, and saw the island in the grey distance, far, far away; but how was he to get there? He leaned upon his sword, deep in thought." Some giggles go up as Brock leans against an imagined sword. "Then Epona told him...
As Epona, he instructs "Didn't Meloetta tell you that to cross the sea, you need only sing 'Rou iitsa ron selga vichii...'? Try that spell, and hold on tight."
As himself, Brock continues. "So the prince sang to the wind Rou iitsa ron selga vichii..., and held on tight to Epona's thick mane. A mighty rushing wind arose, and the sea was somewhat rough; but rider and Rapidash pushed on, through the billows, and at last came to shore on the island of eternal life. The prince turned Epona loose to graze in a meadow, and walked on quickly to a high hill, where grew the old oak tree. No matter how much he pulled at it; the oak resisted all his efforts. But he kept pulling, and the oak fell with a crash to the ground, with its roots sticking up in the air, and there, where they had stood firmly fixed for hundreds of years, was a deep hole."
Bonnie swallows hard, as if expecting a monster in the hole. "Looking down he saw the iron-bound pitcher; so Prince Aidan picked it up, broke open the lock with a rock, opened the lid, picked up the Buneary lying in it by its ears; but at that moment the Ducklett, which had been sitting under the Buneary, squawked with alarm, and flew off straight to sea. The prince fired a shot after her; the arrow hit the Ducklett; she gave one loud quack, and fell; but in that same instant the egg fell from her—down to the bottom of the sea. Prince Aidan gave a cry of despair; but just then, the Seaking he had helped before came to the shore, with the egg in its jaws, and left it on the sand."
"Whew..." Clemont heaves a sigh of relief at this.
"The Seaking swam away; but Prince Aidan, taking up the egg, mounted Epona once again; and they swam till they reached Princess Miranda's island, where they saw a great iron wall stretching all around her white marble palace." Brock continues. "There was only one entrance through this iron wall to the palace, and before this lay the monstrous Hydreigon. Prince Aidan stood on the hill before that gate, and commanded his sword, which also had the ability of becoming invisible, to go and clear his entrance to the palace in a spellsong: Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul...
Bonnie's cheers are the loudest as Brock narrates the play-by play of the battle. "The sword fell upon the Hydreigon and began to strike his heads with such force, that all his eyes became bloodshot, and he began to hiss fiercely; he shook his three heads, and stretched wide his three horrid jaws; he spread out his forest of claws; but this didn't help at all, the sword kept on battering him with beams of light, moving about so fast, that not a single head escaped, but could only hiss, groan, and shriek wildly! Now it had given a thousand blows, the blood gushed from a thousand wounds, and there was no help for the Hydreigon; he raged, writhed about, and shrieked in despair; finally, as blow followed blow, and he could not see who gave them, he gnashed his teeth, spat out rivers of flame, and even turned his claws upon himself, plunging them deep into his own flesh, struggled, writhed, twisted himself round, and in and out; his blood flowed freely from his wounds...until it finally died with exhaustion."
"YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!!!" Bonnie is elated, but Clemont's hand calms her down--there's still Darkrai to deal with.
"Prince Aidan, meanwhile, went into the courtyard of the palace, put Epona into the stable, and went up a winding stairwell, towards the tower." Brock continues. "Princess Miranda was elated, and told him..."
As Princess Miranda, he smiles "Welcome, Prince Aidan! I saw how you disposed of the Hydreigon; but do be careful, for my enemy, Darkrai, is in this palace; he is most powerful, both through his own strength, and through his dark magic; and if he kills you, I don't know what I will do."
"Princess Miranda, don't worry about me. I have the life of Darkrai in this egg." he assures the audience in a mimic of Ash for Prince Aidan. Then he sings as Ash Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul...
As himself, Brock continues "The sword heard Aidan's spellsong, broke down the iron doors, and attacked Darkrai; it smote him on the neck with many beams of light, till he crouched all together, the sparks flew from his eyes, and there was a noise of so many beams in his ears. If he had been an ordinary mortal it would have been all over in seconds; as it was, he was horribly tormented, and puzzled—feeling all these blows and hearing the beams of light, and never seeing where they came from. He sprang about, raved, and raged, till the whole island resounded with his roaring. Finally, he worked up the strength to look through the window, and there he saw Prince Aidan. He flew out into the courtyard, to rush straight at him, and beat him to a pulp!"
Everyone holds their breaths as Brock goes on "But Prince Aidan held the egg in one hand; and he squeezed it so hard, that the shell cracked and the yolk and the white were all spilled together ... and Darkrai fell dead right there!"
"NOW the bad guy's gone..." Clemont smiles as Bonnie cheers for Prince Aidan's victory.
"With Darkrai gone, all his spells were broken." Brock continues. "All the people in the island woke up, and began to stir, having no memory of what had happened. The soldiers woke from sleep, and the drums began to roll and the trumpets sounded; they formed their ranks and began to march towards the palace. In the palace there was great joy; for Princess Miranda came towards Prince Aidan, gave him her hand, and thanked him warmly. They went to the throne room, and following the princess's example, her twelve maids paired off with twelve young officers of the army, and the couples grouped themselves round the throne, on which the prince and princess were sitting. They summoned the royal priest, and were married right then and there."
He concludes "After the wedding there was a feast, dancing, and music. For all I know, the celebration is still going on even today."
Bonnie's and Clemont's applause is the loudest as Brock takes a bow...