Hi, sorry this chapter is a little short, but i promise it's the start of something good. Also, I've been having trouble keeping all the scenes in the same time line, for example, the last chapter I had everyone sitting around campfires, just so Dean and co, would still be at night. hence, I'm gonna start writing chapters about a singular group (i.e. this chapter is about Dean and co. entirely), and when I do write two or more groups in the same chapter, it will mean that events are unfolding simultaneously, and most probably for a reason. Anyway, I hope you like it, and please review.
Dean peered around the corner, "All right, it's clear!" he said as he signaled for the rest to follow, moving through the crowd and avoiding castle guards until they arrived at a row of camels waiting by the door to the palace.
"This one is good" Hermione said as they approached a camel at the rear with a pair of large woven baskets attached to each side, rapidly the young witch withdrew her wand and began chanting as she waved the wooden stick around one of the baskets.
"Hurry up" Dean whispered , "I think someone's coming"
"All done!" Hermione said as she opened the basket and grabbed on to Dean's shoulder for support, the hunter quickly held her other hand and lifted her up and into the basket.
"Go on Colt" he said as he passed the dragon on to Hermione, followed by a bundled blanket, "Your next" he handed his hand out towards Phoebe who blushed a little before finally taking it and jumping into the basket.
"All right" Iago said as he watched Dean jump up into the camel and into the same basket, "see you inside" he said as he grabbed the lid of the basket and closed it shut just as one of the guards approached the camel and took hold of the reigns. Swiftly Iago flew up to the sky until he was far away from sight then slowly begun to glide around the castle, he came up to one of the towers and landed on the rail of a balcony, peeking through the curtains he stared inside.
Princess Jasmine was surrounded by maids, some of them were filing her nails while others washed her hair, she was busy preparing herself for the wedding, though her face showed no joy, she seemed lost in thought and sorrow while the maids gleefully walked from here and there preparing everything for the great occasion.
Iago gulped, Princess Jasmine was her friend, he wanted so much to fly in and talk to her, to comfort her, and even more importantly, to warn her about what was happening, about Jafar's return, but under the current circumstances, he dared not fly in as if nothing were happening, he knew firsthand how deceiving Jafar was, he wasn't about to fall in to what most surely was a trap, he would have to wait, he would have to let thing play out and let the others handle this problem.
Through the corner of his eye he saw Rajah approaching the balcony, quickly he jumped back into the air and begun circling towards another tower, inside which he expected to find Aladdin surrounded by his groomsmen, Genie, Abu, and Carpet. Instead he found Aladdin sitting alone, the curtains were shut giving the room a dark and eerie feel. Iago watched intently as the street rat turned prince and pretty soon Sultan sat at the edge of the bed. At first Iago was sure he must be feeling bad for the way he would come to marry Jasmine, then he noticed that instead of sad, the young man looked joyful. He had barely realized this when he heard Aladdin shout in an angry tone.
"I see you staring!"
Startled he was about to jump in to flight when he saw Aladdin turn to face a mirror at the far end of the room, "Jealousy doesn't suit you my dear" Aladdin said as he slowly walked up to the mirror.
"I envy the princess not for her husband but for her kingdom" a woman's voice came out of the mirror as a reflection appeared on the glass surface.
"Maleficent my dear, you know the deal, Agrabah is my kingdom, and no one else's" Aladdin smiled.
"If you ever get around to conquering it" Maleficent, yawned, "I took control of the elf kingdom a day after the worlds were merged; you still haven't even presented yourself in public"
"Anyone can take a kingdom by force, and yet every day you risk a rebellion" he replied, "It takes finesse and wit to become the rightful emperor and maintain the loyalty of the people"
"Don't kid yourself Jafar, after you marry the princess, you'll kill her and show your true form, and the uprising will still occur"
"Jafar!" Iago gasped.
Aladdin turned to the side and begun searching, "Did you hear that?" slowly he walked up to the balcony and pulled the long drapes open, squinting his eyes at the bright morning light he peered out into the balcony and the city beyond before returning to the front of the mirror.
"Nervous are we?" Maleficent said sarcastically.
"Of course not, and as for your other question, yes, I do plan to kill princess Jasmine, but only until I have to, I have to admit this young body is rather useful, and acquiring the subject's love will be even more, I do not plan to kill the princess until she has fulfilled her purpose"
"And when would that be?" Maleficent's voice revealed her intrigue in this new change of plans.
"When she has given me an heir"
Fearing being discovered, Iago let himself fall to the side of the palace as soon as he saw Aladdin approach the balcony, gaining speed as he fell, he waited until he was almost at ground level before opening his wings and flying up again. Fearful that Jafar might have spies around, he perched inside a fruit tree in one of the gardens before looking around to reorient himself.
He would need to reach the room behind the throne room, it had once been the sultan's game room, but because of the occasion, he was sure that was where the gifts for the happy couple would be stored until the end of the ceremony. Jumping back in the air he managed to squeeze in as a door in to the castle was shut.
He was in the kitchen, he swiftly moved over boiling pots and sizzling meats until he reached a corridor, guards were patrolling every inch of the castle, luckily for Iago, the rooms and corridors all had very high ceilings. Swiftly he moved through the palace with great stealth, he had to find the others and explain what was happening before Jafar and the princess got married. There was only one way to stop Jafar from taking over the kingdom and that was to stop the wedding. Finally he reached the throne room, servants were placing the finishing touches as flowers were hung and ribbons were tied.
Oddly enough he was forced to walk low to the ground in this room since everyone seemed to have their eyes up at the walls and pillars, he crawled up to the door to the sultan's game room and crawled under it.
A guard stood watch in the center of the room, hearing the tinkle of several coins falling to the ground he begun to look around the treasure filled room, "Hey you" the guard quickly looked up at the ceiling when he heard the raspy voice calling out, "Sweet dreams!" Iago said as he let go of a gold statuette that fell over the guard's head knocking him unconscious, "Coast is cleared!" Iago said as he flew on to the basket he recognized and opened the lid.
"Good" Dean said as he quickly crawled out, "You know, if you were gonna use a spell to make the basket spacious, you could have gone and made it really spacious, I was getting claustrophobic in there!"
"It's not my fault" Hermione crawled out with the help of Phoebe, I barely had any time to cast a spell, you should be glad it was big enough to hold all of us"
"Barely" Dean scuffed.
"Could we not argue" Phoebe rose her voice, "Iago, what did you find out?"
Iago told them everything he had seen and heard, about the princess being forced in to marriage out of duty while her father was in his deathbed, and most importantly, about Jafar and how he was impersonating the groom, so he could rise to power.
"We have to stop the wedding!" Hermione said as she walked towards the door, "We have to warn princess Jasmine!"
"Wait!" Dean placed a hand on her shoulder, stopping her before she could take another step, "If we do stop this wedding, Jafar won't have a reason to keep pretending, he'll just reveal his true form and kill us, we have to think this true"
"Wow, Dean, I thought you were more of a shoot first ask questions later kind of guy, I never took you for the plan making type" Phoebe smiled.
"Yes well, you don't survive a horde of demons, by jumping in to the fire"
"If we don't stop the wedding" Iago hurried to return to the main subject, knowing they had little time to spare, "Jafar will become Sultan, and still have us killed"
"Then the answer is simple" Dean smiled.
"It is?" they all stared at him.
"Yeah, he won't kill us unless we either stop the wedding, or don't"
"So?" Phoebe asked, curious to what he had to say.
"Well, he doesn't know we're here, we don't have to stop the wedding" he said happily as he retrieved the rolled up blanket from the basket and begun to unroll it on the floor.
"I don't follow" Phoebe added.
Dean withdrew a shotgun from the wrapped up blanket on the gun and pumped the shaft, "We don't have to stop the wedding; we have to kill Jafar"
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