Zarleon stormed angrily through the forest, the cursed gem
still held in his mouth. He growled to himself as he pushed his way through all
the overgrown plants that surrounded him. He wasn't on the path, so he didn't
really know where he was. That didn't really matter to him though, since all he
had in mind was getting away from Kyur and Ari.
He shoved his way through a few bushes and dwelled
on what had just happened. Kyur doesn't know what she's talking about,
he thought sourly to himself. She just wants the gem so she can sell it behind
He growled faintly and blamed everything on
his sister, although she had done nothing but try to help him. "I'm not cursed,"
he told himself. "Kyur is just trying to trick me."
After about ten minutes of walking, Leon found
himself back on the dirt path leading towards his NeoHome. He had walked in
a big circle, so he turned and walked down the path away from the house. After
a few more minutes, the river came into view.
Leon turned his gaze towards the churning water.
He growled again as he remembered loosing all of his Neopoints in it. As he
stomped down the path, his front paws got caught in a long, thick root that
lay across it.
He made a noise of frustration and wrenched
away from the root, but it only seemed to tighten around his front paws, binding
them together. Leon pulled against it and tried to break free, but the root
was unusually firm and thick. He backed up in the hopes of breaking it, but
didn't notice that he was back stepping right towards the dangerous river.
He stood on his hind legs and gave a mighty
pull away from the root. With a loud snap, the root broke off of the ground,
but the force sent Leon falling backwards. He landed in the rapid water of the
river, and in a matter of seconds the rapids were pulling him under, the root
still entangling his front paws.
It had broken away from the ground, but the
now unattached root was still binding his paws. Leon desperately tried to swim
against the violent water, but it was too strong and he only had two paws to
He slowly opened his eyes, but all he could
see was the white waves coursing over him, the water dragging him downstream
and holding him under. He felt a sudden rush a fear as he ran out of air, still
unable to reach the surface.
Leon's vision blurred and he felt fearfully
that this was the end for him, when he suddenly felt a sharp pull against his
front paws. He weakly looked up to see himself being pulled towards the surface
by the root on his front paws.
With an abrupt jolt, Leon was dragged onto the
shore downstream. He coughed and gasped for air, and his eyes slowly focused
on the two figures standing near him. To his joy, Kyur and Ari stood over him,
the thick root in their mouths.
Kyur put it down in the grass and kneeled over
Leon. "Are you alright?" she asked in a worried tone.
Ari dropped the root as well and looked down
at his once intimidating brother, who was now laying in a drenched heap on the
grass, still gasping for breath.
Leon slowly nodded. "Yeah… I think so," he replied
with a heavy breath. He stared at her in sudden disbelief. "Kyur… Ari… you saved
Ari beamed proudly at the fact of rescuing Leon.
"Yep!" he said Enthusiastically. "After you left the house, we were worried
and followed you to the river."
Kyur nodded. "We saw what happened, so we grabbed
the root and used it to pull you out," she explained calmly.
Leon caught his breath and sat up, his eyes
wide with shock. "I-I can't believe you two saved my life… and even after I
attacked you back at the house," he said as he looked at them. "Why… why did
you do it? I was a real jerk to you guys…"
Kyur smiled. "Leon… we saved you because… well,
because we love you."
"Yeah, you're our big brother, no matter what
happens!" Ari chirped. "And families have to stick together!"
Leon smiled at them. He knew they were right,
and he was extremely grateful to have them. "Thanks. For everything," he said
sincerely. "Well… I love you guys too."
Kyur and Ari both smiled at him, but a glint
caught Kyur's eye. She turned her head and said, "Leon, it's the gem!"
Leon and Ari looked over and saw the dark gem
laying on the shore a few feet away. "What?!" Leon yelled in surprise. "But
I thought I lost it in the river!"
Kyur suddenly grinned. "Look at the center!"
Leon looked at the center of the gem. The once
hazy middle was now the same dark purple as the rest of it. "There's no more
mist inside," Leon commented.
"Right!" Kyur cried. "You've broken the curse!"
"No way!" Leon said with a grin, "How in the
world did I do that?"
She looked at him and smiled. "Well, the only
way to overcome a negative emotion is with a positive emotion," Kyur began.
"And the positive emotion was love!" Ari finished
proudly. "When you said you loved us, the curse went away!"
Kyur nodded and smiled. "That's right, Ari."
Ari beamed at her, and then turned towards Leon.
"So now you're not cursed anymore!"
Leon smiled. "Wow! Thanks a million! You two
are the greatest!"
Leon tried to get up from his laying place on
the ground, but fell over again. His front paws were still bound by the root.
He looked at his siblings. "A little help here!" he laughed.
Kyur and Ari laughed too, and then broke the
root off of Leon. He stood up and shook some of the water from his pelt, then
sighed. "I'm sure glade this is all over," Leon said.
"Me too," Kyur agreed, then she looked back
at the gem. "You know Leon, I bet you could still sell that gem for a profit,"
Leon stared at it for a moment. "No…" he said
slowly, "I think this is for the best."
He grabbed the gem and threw it into the river.
All three pets watched as it quickly vanished into the rapids.
"Now let's go home," Leon said as he turned
back towards them.
Ari smiled. "Okay!" He turned and bounded off
down the path.
Leon and Kyur followed a few feet behind, walking
a little slower then their energetic brother. Kyur grinned at Leon. "You did
the right thing, Leon," she said happily, "I'm proud of you."
Leon grinned back. "Yeah, but I couldn't have
done it without you and Ari," he answered truthfully.
She smiled at him for a moment. "You're a great
brother Leon, even if we aren't blood related," she said softly, then leaned
over and kissed him on the cheek. She smiled and ran after Ari, who was now
far ahead of them.
"Come on, Leon!" she called to him over her
He just stood their blushing with his mouth
hanging open. He grinned broadly and chased after her. "Coming!"
Leon had never been happier. His family may
be a little strange, but he loved them all. That was a lesson worth learning.
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