Zarleon, a Halloween Kougra, walked proudly down a sidewalk
in Neopian Central. He was returning home from another winning spree at the Games
Room, and held a fat bag of Neopoints in his fangs. His dark eyes held pride as
he strutted toward his Neohome, his prize clinking as the bag swayed in his muzzle.
His sharp black claws made a dull clicking noise as they hit the pavement and
his feathery wings ruffled gently in the breeze. Zarleon smirked to himself as
he thought, Another victory for Leon. I'm unstoppable; no one is better than
His self-admiration was temporarily interrupted
as he heard sounds nearby. The rare silence in Neopian Central had been broken
by two voices happily chatting with each other. Leon growled faintly as he passed
an elderly blue Nimmo and a middle aged Poogle who sat on a bench by some shops.
They were talking merrily to each other, and their monotonous voices began to
get on Leon's nerves as he passed. The selfish Kougra shot a threatening glare
in their direction, and a dull glint caught his eye. He looked closer and noticed
that the elderly Nimmo had an opened knapsack that he had just put on the bench
behind him. In the bag sat a beautiful gem.
Leon looked at it curiously. The gem was a dark
shade of purple that almost seemed black at times, with a smooth looking texture
and pointed edges. It was in the shape of diamond and seemed to have a dull
grey mist swirling inside of it. Leon smirked as a thought came to mind. That
stone looks very valuable, he thought selfishly, I bet I could sell it
for a large amount of Neopoints, and all I have to do is steal it from that
With these thoughts in mind, he silently slipped
into the shadows and crept toward the old pets. They were too busy talking to
notice Leon as he carefully removed the Gem from the bag and silently put it
in his own bag of Neopoints. He quickly picked up his bag again and hurried
away from the old pets who were still laughing and talking, obviously unaware
of what had just happened.
Leon glanced over his shoulder and smirked.
He had stolen the gem and now all he had to do was sell it before his family
found out. He had to get home first, so he'd have to hide the gem from his owner,
brother, and sister, or they would all wonder were he had gotten it. Then he
would sell it at his owners shop and keep the Neopoints all for himself.
The greedy Halloween Kougra passed by a rushing
river on his way home through the forest, the white rapids churning loudly as
he walked past. He was so busy thinking about the gem that he didn't notice
a fat rock lying right in his path. His large front paws hit the rock and, startled,
he lost his balance, causing him to collapse onto the dirt path. The force of
his large body hitting against the ground caused him to drop his bag, spilling
his Neopoints right into the river.
Leon jumped up and grabbed the bag, but too
late. He watched in despair as all of his earnings disappeared into the rapids.
He stomped his paw in anger and frustration, then quickly withdrew it as it
hit into something sharp. Leon looked at his paws and grinned as his dark eyes
fell upon the gem, its hazy looking center seeming to spiral around inside.
He stared at it joyfully and thought, Oh well, this stone will more than
make up for all the Neopoints I just lost.
Leon quickly grabbed the gem and held in gently
in fangs, then carefully continued to walk toward his home. On his way he was
greeted by more bad luck. As he walked through the deathly silent forest, he
was suddenly showered with acorns from a large oak tree. Each hard acorn hit
him forcefully on his head or back, causing him to run in order to get away
from the tree. As he rushed away from it, his paw suddenly snagged on a thick
tree root that stuck out of the ground, causing him to fall flat on his face.
Leon growled and slowly stood up, his paw aching from being twisted against
He angrily continued on, now beginning to feel
suspicious about his sudden outburst of bad luck. Leon abruptly found himself
tripping over another rock, and collapsing for the third time today. This time,
he just happened to land in a puddle of mud beside the path, splattering ugly
brown spots across his black pelt. He had dropped the gem as he fell and now
angrily stood up to look for it. It sat a few feet away on the path, its foggy
center now seeming to swirl more than ever.
Leon wearily walked over to it and growled to
himself, "What in the world is going on? I've never been so unlucky before in
He sighed and picked up the gem again, cautiously
walking down the path once more. He could see his Neohome from behind the trees
and quickly headed towards it. At least he was almost home, but he had left
his bag by the river and now had nowhere to hide his gem.
I'll just have to sneak up to my room quietly
and hope no one notices me, he thought confidently. I just hope I don't
Leon finally made it up to the door of his Neohome,
but not before accidentally hitting his head against a low tree branch. He growled
in frustration and paused before cautiously opening the door to his house and
silently slipping in. His owner, Satushi, was currently not at home, so Leon
assumed she was out running errands. His younger brother, Ariacee the Christmas
Gelert, and sister, Kyurinei the Starry Uni, were upstairs in their rooms.
Leon quietly walked up the stairs towards his
room. His bedroom was near the end of the hallway, so he had to pass by both
of his sibling's rooms to get there. To Leon's despair, Kyurinei's bedroom door
was wide open. He passed by as silently as possible, but tripped for the fourth
time that day and fell with a thud right in front of her door.
The starry Uni looked up from the book she was
reading and gave her older brother an odd look. She couldn't help but smile
faintly at the tattered, beaten, and filthy Kougra that lay in her doorway.
Leon stood up and flinched as he put weight on his front paws, now very sore
from tripping so many times.
Kyurinei stood up from her reading place on
the floor and trotted over to Leon. "What happened to you?" she asked with a
He only glared warningly at her and tried to
brush some of the mud from his fur. "None of your business, Kyur," he said in
a voice that was slightly muffled by the gem in his mouth.
Kyur looked at Leon's muzzle and saw the dark
gem. "What have you got there?" she inquired with an odd expression.
Leon dropped the gem on the floor and covered
it with his large paws nervously. "Uh… nothing…" he replied uneasily. Kyur only
"Don't lie," she said as she eyed his paws.
"It will only lead you to distrust."
"I didn't ask for your opinion!" Leon snapped.
"Now go back to your stupid book and leave me alone!"
Kyur help her calm expression, obviously used
to Leon's bad attitude. She simply shook her head and looked at him sternly.
"Show me what you're hiding, Leon."
He growled and picked up the gem again, then
turned to leave before Kyur could see it. As Leon turned, one of his sharp claws
got caught in the carpet and wrenched his already sore paw. He yelped in pain,
which sent the gem flying from his mouth and landing right in front of Kyur.
She smirked and picked it up, then carried it back into her room.
"Hey! Give that back you, little thief!" Leon
yelled as he pulled away from the carpet and followed Kyur into her room.
She sat on the floor and observed the gem curiously.
"Oh, now I'm the thief?" she said without looking at him. "I don't seem to recall
you having this gem before."
He stopped in front of her and growled; his
dark eyes narrowed. "That's none of your concern, Kyurinei!" he said furiously.
"Oh, I believe it is," Kyur replied seriously.
"I recognize this from somewhere…" she said mostly to herself.
"I don't care!" Leon shouted as Kyur pulled
a thick book from one of her shelves. She flipped through the pages and found
what she wanted. She read for a few moments, then her deep blue eyes widened.
She stared in silence at the stone, and then
slowly turned her gaze to the frustrated Leon. "I do believe we have an ancient
relic on our hands," she said in surprise. She read for another moment, and
then looked back at Leon. "And a cursed one at that," Kyur added with a touch
of concern in her voice.
Leon glared at her. "You're pulling my leg,"
he snarled. "There's no such thing as a cursed gem." Kyur shook her head and
looked straight at him.
"Oh yes there is," she said as she turned the
book towards Leon, "and by the looks of you, the curse has already started."
Kyur looked over her tired brother and smirked again.
Leon's once smooth black coat was now spotted
with dry mud, and it's once silky texture was now rough and dusty from falling
onto the road so many times. He looked very scruffy now, his tail and ears had
small tufts of fur sticking up here and there, and he was missing a few feathers
on his wings.
Kyur only shook her head again. "Leon, where
did you get such a gem?" she asked suddenly.
He hesitated before saying, "I-I found it."
Kyur gave him a threatening look. Leon sighed. He couldn't hide anything from
his sister. "Alright, I kind of… stole it," he said quietly.
Kyur narrowed her eyes, "You're a fool, Zarleon,"
she hissed, "and now you're receiving your punishment."
Leon growled and crouched down, on the verge
of attacking her. "What are you babbling about, Kyurinei?" he snarled.
"Don't you get it?" she snapped, "The stone
has cursed you. Haven't you noticed all the bad luck you've had today?"
"What, so you're saying the fact that I'm unlucky
today is all because of a rock?" Leon mocked, "Oh, and I suppose tomorrow I'll
get cursed by a stick."
Kyur sighed. "I know it's hard to believe, but
please listen to Me, she said as she turned her attention back to the book.
"It says that the gem is fueled by negative emotion, and the more you express,
the more you shall be cursed."
Leon tensed and growled again, "Shut up!" he
roared, "I'm not listening to your nonsense anymore!"
Kyur looked up at him. "Please Leon, I want
to help you," she said gently. "The only way to break the curse is-" She didn't
have a chance to finish her sentence. Leon suddenly sprung forward and leaped
Kyur gasped and ducked just in time. Leon flew
right over her head and landed with a thud on the ground behind her. Leon stood
up and stared at her, his dark eyes filled with a frightening rage.
Kyur slowly started to back away. "Leon, calm
down," she said as kindly as possible. Leon roared and leaped at her again,
his claws extended.
She dodged out of the way again and Leon slammed
into the wall, sinking into a heap on the floor after such a hit. He slowly
rose to his feet again, looking exhausted.
"See Leon, you never used to be this clumsy.
Your rage will only make things worse," Kyur said calmly. "You anger is what
makes you weak and unlucky."
Leon growled and stalked towards her. On the
floor, the gem's foggy middle was now spiraling very noticeably. The black mist
curled around itself ominously.
A young Christmas Gelert suddenly peaked into
the room. His once happy auburn eyes suddenly turned fearful as he watched the
"What's going on in here?!" he yelped as he
Kyur and Leon both turned their attention towards
him. "Ariacee!" Kyur cried, "Get out of here!"
The small Gelert squealed pathetically as Leon
snarled viciously at him. He turned and scurried out into the hallway, but Leon
bolted after him. Ariacee yelped again as the huge Kougra ran close behind him.
"Leon!" Kyur yelled as she chased after them.
"Leave Ari alone!"
Ari jolted to a stop as he reached the stairs
and leaped to the side as Leon tried to tackle him. Leon missed and went toppling
loudly down the stairs, coming to a crashing stop as he smashed against the
Kyur gasped as she stopped beside Ari. They
both stared down at the unconscious figure of Leon laying at the bottom the
"I'm sorry!" Ari wailed, "I really really am!"
The sensitive Gelert's eyes swelled with tears and he looked at Kyur. "D-Did
I hurt him?" he asked weakly.
The Uni just stared in disbelief. She looked
at her little brother and Softly said, "Ari, Leon is cursed. He stole a magical
gem and it has cursed him because of his anger."
Ari's eyes widened. "Are you serious?!" he yelped.
"We've gotta help him!"
Kyur nodded and looked down at Leon. He stirred
and moaned weakly as he slowly got up. Ari squealed faintly and looked at him,
Leon looked right at them, but stayed where
he was. He was too weak to fight both of them now, and they would surely tell
Satushi about all of this. His dark eyes suddenly shifted to the floor.
To everyone's surprise, the gem sat on the carpet
by Leon's paws. The dark center now seemed to get larger and swirl even more,
so it looked as though there was a tiny storm happening inside the gem.
Kyur's eyes widened, "But… that was in my room…
just a second ago…" she said quietly.
Ari looked at it oddly. "What's that stuff in
the middle?" he asked her.
She shook her head, "I'm not sure, but it seems
to swirl faster every time Leon feels a negative emotion… and that's what it
feeds off of… to curse him…" she said slowly.
Leon stared at them for another moment, then
grabbed the gem and ran out the front door. He hurried into the forest, the
gem in his fangs once more.
Ari squeaked. "He's running into the woods!
What if he gets hurt?" he said in concern for his brother.
Kyur narrowed her eyes. "Come on, Ari," she
said sternly. "Let's follow him; he needs our help to break the curse."
Ari nodded and they both hurried down the stairs
and out the door, running after Leon. I just hope we make it in time,
Kyur thought uneasily as they disappeared into the forest.
To be continued...