There was nothing I could do but watch as Shimmer doubled
over coughing and muttering mostly unintelligible words. The only one I could
make out was "dying", and I would rather not have.
I was beginning to think that the potion really
was poison, when, suddenly, purple wings sprouted out of Shimmer's back. Shocked,
she stopped moving and remained perfectly still as purple fur covered her body.
It wasn't even a minute later that a purple Eyrie was standing in front of me.
She stared at one of her purple paws and uttered a single word, "Wow".
"Shimmer," I asked tentatively.
I was horrified and on the verge of panicking,
all while wondering where had Shimmer gone. This, however, did not last for
long, because the purple Eyrie erupted into a fit of laughter.
"Haha.You should have seen the look on your face.
It was so funny! Haha," the Eyrie crowed.
"Funny Shimmer," I snarled sarcastically.
"Hehe. Anyhow, we should get going. The potion
was supposed to last an hour, but I only drank about half. Is that half an hour?"
"I don't know. Shimmer, did it hurt?"
"Did what hurt?"
"The transformation. You looked like you were
in a lot of pain."
Shimmer shrugged her shoulders. "No, it didn't
hurt. The potion just tasted horrible.
Everyone was staring at us. I can't say I blame them. If I were them I would
be staring at us too.
"Shimmer, watch out for the building."
"I see it."
I winced as she grazed it with her wing.
"You're tilting. Now you're tilting the other
way. Watch out for the other building. The Healing Springs is right below us.
Try not to hit anything while landing."
She managed not to hit anything, but she missed
the Water Faerie herself by what I estimate to have been a centimeter, possibly
The Water Faerie gave Shimmer a concerned look.
"Are you hurt?" she asked.
"Then why were you flying like that? I only see
pets fly like that when they have been injured."
Shimmer's face went blank as she tried to think
of a suitable reason for her erratic flying. "I was… um… just morphed into an
Eyrie. Haven't quite mastered flying yet..
The Water Faerie looked confused. "Really? Most
pets that are morphed into winged pets catch on to flying pretty quickly. Even
pets who are painted Faerie master flying within the first few minutes of being
Pets might, I thought to myself, but
Shimmer was a human. "Most pets would," I said aloud. "But she is a klutz."
Shimmer kicked me with one of her hind paws,
and I just barely kept from laughing.
"Oh," said the Water Faerie. "So, what were you
before you morphed into an Eyrie?"
"Clumsy," replied Shimmer innocently.
"No, I mean what species were you before morphing?"
"What does 'species' mean?"
The Water Faerie groaned and muttered something
about how Shimmer must have been a Grundo. "Okay now," she said in a sickly
sweet voice. "The next time you go to Neopia Central, I want you to nicely ask
your owner if he or she will buy you some books. Understand?"
"Good. Now here are healing potions for both
of you. Be gone."
"Thanks, but what's in them?"
The Water Faerie looked surprised at the question.
"Why do you ask?"
"It's a secret."
"Because it is."
"What do you do with the Neopoints you get from
the items you sell?"
"That is none of your business."
"Where do you get the snowballs from?"
"A friend of mine sends them to me."
"Well, yes, but…"
Okay. Thanks. Bye!"
"That wasn't very enlightening," I said when
we were away from the Springs and the confused Water Faerie. "Was it?"
"Actually, it was. I just need to check one more
thing." I watched Shimmer as she uncorked the bottle of the Healing Potion V
she had just received.
"Are you sure you want to do that? Remember what
happened when you drank a potion about 10 minutes ago? You looked like you were
about to die."
"And then I turned into an Eyrie, which I still
am now. Yeah, I remember, but this is different."
With that, Shimmer took a sip from the bottle.
I braced myself for what would happen next.
"Hm…let me see your potion, Sakura."
I handed her the Healing Potion X that the Water
Faerie gave me, and she took a sip from that bottle also.
"Just as I suspected."
"What," I asked, completely lost.
"Both healing potions are extremely sweet, although
the Healing Potion X is much sweeter than the Healing Potion V."
"I think that Taelia is sending the Water Faerie
of the Healing Springs more than just snowballs. I think Taelia is sending her
a large amount of sweets."
I think that the healing potions are made of
sweets mixed with spring water. The stronger the healing potion, the higher
concentration of sugar. Taelia may be spying for the Faerie Queen, but I think
she is also fencing sugary things to the Water Faerie. She asks for other items
to throw people off. She then sells those items on the Neopian Underground Market
to earn Neopoints, which she uses to buy rewards for her quests. She sends the
sweets to the Water Faerie in crates of snowballs. The Water Faerie sends the
Neopoints from her sales to Taelia as payment. This way both faeries can interact
with Neopians (i.e. spy for Fyora), and the Water Faerie can keep the ingredients
for her healing potions secret."
"That seems a little overcomplicated to me."
"But it makes sense."
"So you say, but can you prove it?"
"Maybe later. First we have to visit the Faerie
Shimmer and I were walking up the many, many steps to the top of the Hidden
Tower, when Shimmer suddenly stopped.
"Did you hear that, Sakura?"
"That noise… it sounds as though it is coming
from under the stairs."
Unable to hear it, I got down on the floor and
put my head to a step. I could then hear a faint tapping and the clang of metal.
"What do you think it is?" I asked.
"Maybe the Night Faeries that disappeared are
down there. Do you think Fyora would build this tower to hold them prisoner
in and then sell really expensive stuff as a cover-up?"
"I don't know. Maybe it is just petpets."
I put my head down to listen again. This time
I heard a faint rumble. Each time it grew louder and louder. Suddenly, I sensed
Shimmer stiffen beside me.
"Exactly what do you think you are doing?"
I jerked my head up and swirled around to find
Fyora herself staring at me.
"Is there something wrong with taking a nap!"
Fyora turned to Shimmer. "A nap?" Then she groaned
and continued up the stairs. "All I do is go out for lunch. What do I find when
I come back? Pets napping on my stairs. Why are some owners so cheap? Why can't
they just buy their pets a NeoHome? Ugh."
"Did you just say that you went out to lunch?"
Shimmer called out.
"Yes, I did. Why?"
"Why didn't you leave a sign saying so?"
"I did. It's at the top."
"Wow," Shimmer muttered under her breath. "She
really is cruel."
At that moment, Shimmer's wings disappeared.
"Shimmer," I hissed. "You're changing back!"
"Well at least now we know for sure that it is
just temporary," Shimmer replied in a very matter-of-fact way.
I waited for Shimmer in the bushes outside the Hidden Tower. The sun beat down
on my wings as I gazed at the entrance. We had decided that if Fyora saw me
without a purple Eyrie, she might become suspicious. It was about 10 minutes
later that Shimmer literally came tumbling down the stairs, the bag held tightly
in her arms.
"Shimmer," I cried as I rushed towards her. "Are
"Sure," she muttered sarcastically. "Besides
the fact that I fell down just about all the steps in the Hidden Tower and my
foot hurts, I'm perfectly fine."
Once again, people were staring at us. This time, however, it had nothing to
do with flying. Instead, it was because of Shimmer's extremely conspicuous hopping.
"Come on," I muttered to her as she hopped on
one foot through the streets of Faerieland. "We're almost at the Healing Springs.
I'm not gong to be able to go to the Water Faerie though. She might ask too
I was deliberating on how to get Shimmer all
the way to the Healing Springs safely while still not being seen by the Water
Faerie, when I walked straight into a crate that two delivery Skeiths were holding.
It fell to the ground with a crash and snowballs rolled out of it. More surprising,
however, were the dozen or so milk, dark, and white chocolate Neopets that followed
One of the Skeiths gasped. "That was for the
Water Faerie of Healing Springs!
"Told you so," said Shimmer from behind me.
After what couldn't have been more than a couple
of seconds, we heard a loud shriek coming from the direction of the Healing
Springs. It was most definitely the Water Faerie who stayed there. "WHAT happened?
Find whoever did it and bring them to me. I'll have their heads for this."
"I don't think I should visit her now," Shimmer
declared. When I turned around, she was already hopping away. The Skeiths were
busy putting things back in the crate under the watchful eye of the crowd that
had gathered, so I followed her. It did not take long to catch up.
"Shimmer, get on my back. We'll fly out of here."
"Do you think you can carry me?"
"Do you think you can run?"
To be continued…
Author's Note: Hehe. A special thanks to frostcrystal for the inspiration!
Warning: Shimmering_aurora will not take any responsibility for any
harm that may come to anyone who asks frostcrystal how she was an inspiration.