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The Neopian Times Week 143 > Continuing Series > Nikola's Jewel: Part Nine

Nikola's Jewel: Part Nine

by leb388

“Everyone, listen!” Bluey yelled frantically to the villagers. “I can get you out of here! Just follow me!”

     Most of the melancholy prisoners had just been woken from sleep and weren’t pleased.

     “Come on!” Dragoon ordered. “This way! Make sure no one is left behind!”

     “Where are you going?” a sleepy villager asked.

     “To find Nikola!”

     “Um, why?” asked another.

     “To get you out of here! My friends have a way to escape!”

     “Hey,” said a familiar Green Kougra, “you’re the guys from the restaurant! Did you find your friends?”

     “Yes, now come on!” Bluey directed.

     A gigantic crowd of Neopians had formed.

     “That’s still not everyone,” Dragoon said, worried.

     “Take whom you can. I’ll make sure everyone else comes,” said the Kougra. “My name’s Aurelia, by the way.”

     “I’m Bluey.”

     “Nice to meet you, again, Bluey. I’ll meet you at the palace.” With that, she scampered off.

     “All right, everyone, just follow me and you’ll be okay,” said Bluey. “We’re going to get you out of here.”

     “Lead the way!” someone shouted.

     So Bluey and Dragoon did just that. The sky was almost fully dark, and there was no moon. The air was cold and a chilly wind blew past.

     They passed the familiar restaurant, and Dragoon had an idea. He ran inside and emerged moments later with the Chia shopkeeper and a backpack stuffed with food.

     “Couldn’t resist,” he explained. “I mean, if we get out of here, the first thing I’ll think will be, ‘I’m hungry.’ ”

     Bluey agreed that this was a good reason, and they pressed on.

     For a while nothing happened except much walking, and at times jogging or paced running. The realm-weary prisoners seemed to like the exercise and hope of escape.

     Bluey, however, was worried sick. What if Nikola broke the jewel before he was ready? What if his friends were in trouble and he wasn’t there to help him? What if the spell didn’t work after all? Well, the Snowager had told him it would work, and the Snowager was his trusted friend. Bluey decided to just get the Neopians to the palace and then figure out what to do.

     “Do you have a plan?” Dragoon asked.

     “No,” Bluey replied. “I’m going to get the Neopians to the palace and then figure out what to do.”

     “Sounds good,” said Dragoon, and the conversation faded.

     The ground consisted mostly of flat plains. Bluey made sure they were headed west, toward the giant shimmering blue palace that grew larger every moment.

     Finally they heard a noise to their right. It was Aurelia and a crowd of Neopians, coming very quickly.

     “Hey, I found everyone,” she called, waving a paw to the Neopians behind her, which numbered in the thousands.

     “How--?” Bluey asked, his dragon jaw dropping.

     She ran over to Bluey and Dragoon and said, “I told them the truth. I’m rather believable, you see.”

     Just then Bluey saw that Aurelia was rather charismatic and likeable. With all the faerie-chasing and friend-fetching, he hadn’t really had the time to notice. She wasn’t gorgeous like Nikola, but she was fairly good-looking.

     “All right,” she said to Bluey, “lead the way.”

     Bluey felt a rush of adrenaline. He was the leader, and they depended on him. He marched closer and closer until the palace was not far away.

     Spirit, Darkmoon, and Dantus were uneasy. Nikola was busy trying to cast a spell. It could be ready any moment and they weren’t particularly anxious to see if it worked or not.

     “I’m heeere!” called a voice.

     The trio turned to look, but they could see no one in the dark.

     Nikola saw them, the army of her prisoners led by an all-too-familiar dragon. She waved her hands at the pond to try to make the spell prepare faster. She would find her jewel and get rid of the rebel pests if it was the last thing she did.

     “We’re here!” came another voice.

     Spirit perked up. He knew who it was--it was Dragoon, and he was getting close. In a moment, he could see him, then Bluey and a prodigious crowd of villagers.

     Nikola turned to them and spoke, loudly and forcefully. “I order you all to leave. These three--” she pointed to Spirit, Darkmoon, and Dantus-- “will be deleted, as well as the dragon and Shoyru. But I will spare the rest of you if you go now.”

     No one budged.

     “All right then,” said Nikola, “you’ll all be sorry.”

     “No,” said Dantus coolly.

     Nikola glared at him. “What did you say?”

     “Your spell isn’t ready,” he replied. “You can’t do anything to us.”

     She fumed. A snowball appeared in her hand. “Are you so sure?”

     But Dantus stood firm. “I was your advisor, wasn’t I? You did trust me once. Too much. A villain shouldn’t trust anyone.”

     “I am no villain.”

     “Um, actually, you are,” said Darkmoon. “I looked up the villain criteria once. Just for fun, you see--”

     “Enough!” she yelled. “I’ll just ice you all until I can delete you, then!”

     “Nooo!” called Bluey, running up to them. Dragoon followed closely behind. “Where’s the jewel?”

     “Still in the--” Dantus gasped and stared at Spirit, who held it in his hand.

     “You said--” Darkmoon started.

     “I said I couldn’t find it, so Nikola wouldn’t know,” Spirit said. “Bluey?”

     “Smash it!”

     Spirit smiled. “Well, I guess it’s time.”

     He looked at it one last time, crouched down, and smashed it into the ground.

     “Nooooooo!” screamed Nikola. “You fool! You’ll destroy this world and us all!”

     “Which has been the plan all along,” said Dragoon, “only, we’re leaving.”

     They stood back as a huge column of blue smoke rose from the broken shards. It was the last portal back to Neopia. The area around it was suddenly loud with a whooshing sound and quite windy.

     “Everyone, get inside the portal!” ordered Bluey.

     The villagers were first, jumping in several at a time. Although there were thousands of them, the portal worked quickly and a good portion of them were gone within minutes.

     Nikola struggled to mingle into the crowd of people, but Bluey and Dragoon grabbed her and held her back.

     “Fools!” she yelled. “Fools! I’m queen! What happened to my queendom?”

     “It has been officially overturned,” said Spirit, who was guiding villagers into the portal while staying a safe distance from it.

     Finally almost everyone was through.

     “My turn,” said Aurelia, stepping up to it. “It’s been a blast, guys! Thanks so much!”

     “Bye!” said Bluey. “Neomail me when you get back to Neopia!”

     Aurelia waved and slipped into the portal.

     “I’m next,” said Dantus, stepping in. “Bye, and thanks for everything!”

     Soon only Nikola, Bluey, and his pets remained.

     “Spirit, Darkmoon, go!” Bluey ordered.

     “We’ll meet you home!” Spirit said, walking up to the portal and then vanishing.

     “See you soon!” Darkmoon, too, soon was gone.

     Bluey still held firmly to the struggling Nikola and glanced up at the sky. It was...falling. The crystal was crumbling and crashing down, and earthquakes split the ground. The realm would not last more than a few minutes. The portal, too, was shrinking and closing.

     “Come on, Bluey!” said Dragoon, slipping into the portal.

     “Let me go,” Nikola pleaded, desperate. “Please.”

     Bluey could see the change in her eyes. She was no longer evil, but repenting. He had to make a tough decision in a split second.

     He didn’t know what made him do it. Maybe it was the panic of the scene, or the pain he had gone through, but he pushed Nikola away and stepped back into the portal right as it closed.

     “Nooo!” Nikola wailed, but it was too late. Bluey was already gone and there was no time and no means to escape.

     She looked up at the falling sky sadly and ruefully. As a crushed faerie she had made this world, and as a glorious queen she went down with it.

To be continued....

Previous Episodes

Nikola's Jewel: Part One

Nikola's Jewel: Part Two

Nikola's Jewel: Part Three

Nikola's Jewel: Part Four

Nikola's Jewel: Part Five

Nikola's Jewel: Part Six

Nikola's Jewel: Part Seven

Nikola's Jewel: Part Eight

Nikola's Jewel: Part Ten

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