Merukimon told his tale. He spoke about the animosity between the digirealms that took place almost a century ago: the Axis continent ( where the main digimon population resided and Nova landed) had serious issues with the neighboring the realm of the Digigods known as the Olympos XII and vice versa. The Digigods felt it was a waste of time fraternizing with individuals that they considered inferior and the other side did not take it in an agreeable way being looked down by a bunch of supposed deities.
A war erupted and after suffering considerable loses the 4 Great Gods and the Olympians ended calling a cease of fire. Instead of signing a Peace Treaty they ended settling on a clean severance between the kingdoms´s relationship, blocking all accesses and paths so nobody from either kingdom could cross to the other side. That was the rule both parties agreed on. Yet that didn´t prevent a certain Digigod and a certain Priestess meet each other an develop a growing friendship…”
After a sigh, Merukimon dove into a heartbreaking tale of a forbidden love between the holy Olympian and a holy Priestess that used to manage the Temple of Foxes. The Priestess was none other than Taomon and the Renamons master.
“Despite the prohibition we longed for each” confessed Merukimon “Just the first moment of the first day we met in that bridge I realized that I met my soulmate”
Nova limited to keep listening but her heart was already cheering for the couple. She never expected listening a love story in that bizarre world! Until now she believed that digimons weren´t creatures that had the ability to develop that sort of feelings. Friendship, yes, loyalty, she met a bunch of individuals that embraced it in an extraordinary way, courage…but romantic love? That was a first!
Merukimon clenched his fists and managed to contain a a couple of tears that threatened to escape from his eyes. His throat became sore though, despite his millennial existence as a full fleshed deity he owned a sensible soul.
“We used to cross over the bride and hold secret meetings. Sakuyamon-sama and I were trying to find out a way to put an end to the animosity and reestablish a new bridge between our realms, like before the war. I won´t give into long details but no matter how careful we were our affair eventually was discovered. The last time I attempted to jump to the other realm I´ve been caught by Jupitermon himself”
“Eeek!” Nova gulped. If that Jupitermon had the slightest resemblance with the Greek Zeus and Roman Jupiter then Merukimon was doomed! The Kings of Gods from her world were known to be true assholes and prone to apply nasty punishments if enraged “How?!”
“How did he know? A brother of mine, Apollomon was the one who gave away our secret” Merukimon clenched his fists again “As a punishment I was sent to Tartarus for a good while until I sworn I would not break the rules again and never seeing Sakuyamon anymore”
“THAT´S HORRIBLE!!” Nova exploded ” YOU LOVED HER DEARLY, I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR FACE! HOW COULD JUPITERMON BE SO CRUEL?!”
“A God will never take back an oath so in his eyes I committed a sin” explained Merukimon ” And I went against the rules”
The girl shook her head several times. She couldn´t get it.
“This may be a Digital World but you people never went beyond the Middle Ages, did you?!” so much for digital codes and wonderful powers, in terms of progression those people were hundreds of years behind of modern thinking!
Merukimon didn´t reply.
“I paid my time and obtained forgiveness, I attempted no more to contact Kabuki Sakuyamon and she seemingly accepted it” he continued, now his eyes shining with regret “Until that individual known as Piedmon made it to the Digiworld. One day, while all the twelve were gathered in an assembly, a holographic form of the Priestess manifested in the middle of the room asking for help. She offered a vivid description of the graveness of the situation in her land, how Piedmon managed to steal the Great 4 Gods´s powers and launch a campaign of terror and destruction seeking Yggdrasil´s crown. She warned that once he achieved his goal he would eventually cross the borders and attack the Olympus realm as well”
Nova´s heart sank. She kinda could guess the rest of the story. Taomon sometime ago told her how the Priestess´s pleas were ignored and had to depend on her own strength and powers and gather an army herself, attempting to rescue the Gods and overthrow Piedmon…with tragic consequences.
“Yes, King-sama. Taomon wasn´t wrong. The Olympus XII refused to help ” he bit his lips “Jupitrmon declared that if Piedmon dared to set a foot on our realm he would take care of him but nobody from his people was allowed to assist the neighboring continent”
“ASSHOLE! DAMNED ASSHOLE!!!” Nova offered an abundant stock of curses in her native Russian. She could imagine the scene and cry an ocean of rivers.
“If I wasn´t so vehement on fulfilling my word given to Jupitermon…” his voice broke ” When I finally decided to leave everything, quit my status as an Olympian and join Sakuyamon…it was too late…” the memory was as fresh as if it happened yesterday, reaching the holy temple only to find it torn down and the renamons crying inconsolably surrounding a dying Sakuyamon. He only managed to reach her side and hug her tenderly while her codes were dissolving in the air.
“I´m so happy to see you one more time before I go…thank you, my dear. Thank you for coming back…”
He couldn´t speak anymore. His throat ached horribly and thinking how much Sakuyamon fought against that monster , her tragic defeat….he should had left the Olympos since day 1 and live in the temple with her..! If he had done..maybe she would be alive…
Nova felt like crying herself but instead she offered a sweethearted embrace.
“I don´t need your pity” argued Merukimon , half enraged half confused.
“It´s not” replied the girl still hugging him
” Then what´s this?” he was never hugged before and the feeling was overwhelming
“My current mother once said that the difference between pity and empathy is that the first one is about a half-hearted feeling of sympathy but you aren´t thinking of moving a finger to help the heartbroken person ; empathy means acknowledging the suffering part´s issues and willing to do something to alleviate his/her pain besides being a hired ear. Regardless of the result, being a success or a failure doing what you can to help solve the issue is an invaluable asset” Nova´s voice was as soft and sweet as honey “At the beginning I didn´t give a damn about this world. I can only dream of finding my brother an go back home” she made a pause “But now I am a candidate for King, I accepted the task of freeing this world from Piedmon´s claws. I gave my word that I will fight until the very end to fix this mess”
“While I can´t revive your priestess, I hereby offer my friendship Merukimon” she continued “This world was stolen of his most wonderful asset, hope. May you help me restore Hope to this beautiful land….?”
Merukimon stared at the girl for a long moment. She was a mere human and owned no powers.
Yet she managed to gain everybody´s respect and was now known as the White King.
And her compassion was as touching as Kabuki Sakuyamon´s. Yes, he could see a little bit of his former love inside those eyes…
“Yes, I will”