Also by chocolateisamust
"Ayrauna!" A voice chirped, "I can't believe that you're going to meet Jhuidah
"I know," Ayrauna replied, grinning. She
patted her little sister, Gemma, happily on the head. The Zafara then turned
around toward her older sister, Alexa. "It'll be great, won't it?"
Alexa nodded, not taking the time to glance
away from her homework assignment. "Yeah," she murmured.
Ayrauna shrugged, not caring around the lack
of enthusiasm in Alexa's voice. That paper's probably just important, she decided.
Turning back toward Gemma, Ayrauna widened
the grin. "Can you believe that you yourself get to go in a few years as well?"
Gemma clapped her paws. "Nope!" She exclaimed.
"I can't believe it, but I'm still excited about it! Does that make sense?"
Ayrauna nodded. "Sure does!"
"Ayrauna!" A voice sharply called from the
other room. "You come here right this instant!"
Ayrauna cringed; the voice, which belonged
to her owner, sounded quite angry. Sighing, she waved slightly to Gemma, and
then plodded out of the room.
Ayrauna suddenly bolted up, sweating. Her dream was a scene that had taken
place a few days ago. It had not really mattered; her owner had simply scolded
her due to leaving her bedroom a mess. Why had it replayed in her mind?
Groaning, the Zafara peered around the cave.
A knapsack (presumably Carren's), a rocky seat, a tattered blanket, an empty
space next to her, the mouth of the cave. Ayrauna's eyes shot back to the empty
space next to her. Makiki had been lying there before!
Ayrauna hopped to her feet and stormed outside,
where huddled around a fire was a rather deadbeat looking Makiki and Carren.
"Why didn't you wake me?" Ayrauna groggily asked,
rubbing her eyes sleepily.
"We were going to," Makiki explained, "but Carren
said that you needed rest."
Ayrauna nodded, taking in a deep breath of the
crisp jungle air. "What time is it?" She questioned.
Carren snorted in laughter. "We don't know,"
she stated bluntly.
"Oh…" Ayrauna sighed, sitting down beside Makiki
He smiled tiredly at her. "Carren is making
us Wilchin Pie," he stated.
"Huh?" Ayrauna asked.
"It's a tropical fruit only found here. I call
it Wilchin Pie. The pie aspect isn't exactly a pie; it's simply cooked tree
leaves," Carren finished for him.
Ayrauna scrunched up her nose. "Leaves?" she
"Yep, leaves. And you'd better get used to eating
that kind of stuff if you want to survive out here in the jungle."
Ayrauna scrunched up her nose and make an uncouth
grimace. This was more unbearable then she thought it would be.
Carren slid an enormous bamboo stick in the
inside of the handle that was stuck on the pot. She slid it away from the cackling
flames and placed it down on the withering ground. The steaming leaves released
a sickening odour that forced Ayrauna and Makiki to gag.
"There's no way I'm going to eat that disgusting
junk!" Makiki exclaimed, still retching from the odour.
Carren simply sighed and removed the lid from
the pot. The odour grew two times stronger and Makiki cried, "I THINK I'M GOING
TO BE SICK!"
The Gelert leaped up from the ground and rapidly
darted to the dark cave. Ayrauna felt like she was going to be sick as well
but she decided to keep it all in.
"Well, aren't you going to at least try it?"
Ayrauna stared at the Wocky as though she were
crazy. But then she nodded and scooped up the leaves with her grimy hands. She
hastily stuffed them in her mouth and swallowed them down.
"Do you like it?" Carren asked, her eyes a bit
wider then usual.
Ayrauna's face grew purple and she cried out,
"I THINK I'M ALSO GOING TO BE SICK!"
Carren heaved a large sigh as Ayrauna speedily
joined Makiki in the large cave. She scraped some leaves for himself and began
munching on them.
"Well," she began, "Guess I better teach those
two the aspects of wildlife."
Meanwhile in the cave, Makiki and Ayrauna took
deep breaths, savouring the smell of the damp, mouldy walls. Normally, this
scent would've appalled them, but not after the aroma of Wilchin Pie had crept
up their nostrils.
"We're never going to survive out here," Makiki
complained, sighing deeply.
"I know," Ayrauna concurred as she tried to
wash the still vaguely lingering taste of Wilchin Pie out of her mouth with
a jug of a sweet tasting, yet unidentifiable, liquid.
"I think tha -" Makiki's start of an answer
to that was cut short when the Gelert saw the silhouette of Carren standing
at the mouth of the cave.
She briskly strode over them. "For approximately
the next day, I will teach you how to survive in the wild," she announced.
Ayrauna cocked her head, curious. "How?" she
"You two will tail me in an almost shadowlike
way. Follow me where I go and mimic the actions I perform. You will slumber
and rise at the same time as I, and will sleep with the same type of bedding,"
"That sounds cool!" Makiki yelled, excitement
visible in his tone.
Carren chuckled under breath. "Not cool," she
declared, "it's work."
Makiki grinned sheepishly. "It sounds interesting,"
he corrected himself.
Carren smirked and then added, "Follow me."
Makiki and Ayrauna exchanged glances but quickly
had to turn to their attention to Carren who was already commencing her lesson.
Carren began silently creeping away from the large cave while sniffing the filthy
ground speedily. The two friends awkwardly followed her in the same sneaky positions.
"What are we doing?" Ayrauna hissed as she hastily
"QUIET!" Carren boomed in a loud tone. "I told
you, do not speak during the lessons. Simply watch and learn."
Ayrauna and Makiki were both startled by the
sudden outburst but quickly regained their focus on the lesson. They inaudibly
watched as Carren sniffed the ground as if she had been doing it her entire
life. Without warning, Carren halted beside a large, tropical tree.
Carren unhurriedly stuck her paw in a hole,
which was located on the base of the tree. The two friends quietly watched as
the Wocky pulled out her paw, which had bug-like critters lying in it.
"This is our supper," Carren spoke softly, almost
in a hush-like voice.
Makiki couldn't keep from making a grimace at
the sordid critters. Carren did not respond to Makiki's action. She simply shuffled
to her right and continued down the mystifying jungle.
She next stopped beside a thorny vine. Carefully,
she snapped a piece of the bottom of it and then thrust it into Ayrauna's paws.
Ayrauna gently rubbed her free paw over it,
wondering what in Neopia this could do. The spikes prevented it from being food,
and how did you drink a vine? She pondered over this answer as she and Makiki
then followed Carren toward a small body of water.
"This," Carren declared, "is the watering hole.
It has drinkable water, and it will clean you off if you become dirty. Baths,
though, are only necessary once a week or so; in the jungle, nobody will care
if you smell bad. You mustn't care about those types of things anymore. Simply
living is more important."
Ayrauna frowned; she had always been one of
those pets who demanded on having a bath every day. How would she survive -
Her thoughts were cut short when Carren beckoned
her and Makiki to follow her toward the next area.
The trio arrived at a locality that was enclosed
in shrubs. Hanging on the lush bushes were fresh and juicy red berries and mouldy
and rotten black berries.
"This is another source of food that'll keep
you alive," Carren explained.
Ayrauna's mouth was watering at the sight of
the red berries. She stepped forward but Carren stuck out her paw and beckoned
her to step back.
"Now," Carren began, "which berries do you think
I should eat?"
"The red ones! Duh!" Maiki exclaimed, irritated
by the idiotic question.
"Wrong," the Wocky said.
She picked a tiny black berry from the shrub
and popped it in her mouth. Black juice began oozing out of her maw and down
her fur. However, it seemed as though she didn't notice.
"Ewww! That's repulsive!" Ayrauna cried in disgust.
"Why didn't you eat the red berry?"
"Because the inside of a red berry contains
a fatal poison," Carren clarified.
The word poison sent shivers down Ayrauna's
spine. She added, "Well still, I can't believe you ate the black berry."
Carren simply rolled her eyes and picked two
more berries from the same shrub. She pushed the berries in front of Ayrauna
and Makiki's nose.
"Try them. Trust me, they're much better then
Makiki scowled and then seized the berry from
Carren's muddy paw.
"Here goes nothing," he groaned. And with that,
he dropped the berry down his mouth and let the black juice seep out his mouth.
Surprisingly, it tasted good. Very good. Better
than a dinner made of gourmet food! Hastily, he plucked another black berry
from the bush and popped it into his mouth. The sweet, yet sour at the same
time, taste immediately greeted his tongue. Makiki chewed the fruit thoroughly,
swallowed and then returned for another.
He was on his ninth one when Carren briskly
strode away. Wiping a dribble of the juice inside of it from his chin, Makiki
stormed after her. Ayrauna did the same. (Since she had not liked the berry's
taste, she did not have any juice on her own chin).
Carren next stopped at a tree. It was bearing
the same types of fruits that Makiki and Ayrauna had first seen in the jungle.
"This," she said, "has what I call the best
fruit in the jungle. I call them Jerans, after my favorite Meridell defender."
Makiki wondered if there could be anything better
than those berries. But if so, boy those had to taste superb! He grinned expectantly.
"Can I have one!?" he exclaimed.
"We have to climb up the tree to get them,"
Makiki frowned; he had before been labelled
a klutz. He'd never be able to climb a tree! He told this to Carren.
She replied by saying, "You will have to learn
this so that you can survive. You, Makiki, try on this tree and your friend
can try on the one across the pathway." She gestured toward a tree approximately
twenty feet over.
Ayrauna shuffled over to it and began attempting
to climb it. Makiki nervously did the same.
Higher and higher the two rose, reaching the
sky, as they had never done before. Brusquely, Ayrauna had arrived at the top
of tree and was grinning proudly.
"I did it!" she exclaimed.
Carren gave Ayrauna a thumbs up and then turned
her attention to Makiki who was struggling on a stuck-out branch that was blocking
"You can do it, Makiki!" Carren bellowed with
her paws cupped around her mouth.
"No, I can't," the Gelert moaned.
"COME ON, MAKIKI! WE KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!"
With the sudden remark of much-needed encouragement,
Makiki took hold of the coiled branch and began pulling himself up.
Ayrauna was beaming for she knew that Makiki
was going to make it. And he did. Their Makiki was, holding onto the top of
an enormous tropical tree, spurting remarks of bliss, proving that he wasn't
a klutz but instead, one of the bravest pet who currently attended Neopia Central
Public School. There was a moment of silence as the two friends smiled at each
other with warmth spreading through their stomachs.
"You guys are going to need to get down here,"
Carren suddenly yelled.
Makiki and Ayrauna broke their gazes and cocked
their heads towards Carren.
"Come on! We haven't got all day!"
Makiki nodded in agreement. His paw took hold
of the wooden branch and gradually, he slid himself down 'till he stepped onto
the damp, earth soil. Carren patted Makiki's back and whispered, "I'm really
proud of you, even though you manage to get hold of some Jerans."
Makiki grinned and whispered back, "Thanks."
"Guys!" Ayrauna suddenly shouted from high above,
"I'm having some deep trouble here!"
Two sets of eyes immediately shot toward Ayrauna
who was hanging by one paw from a slowly breaking tree branch.
"AYRAUNA!" Makiki screamed, frightened to the
bone. "I'll come help you, Ayrauna!"
He started towards the tree, but Carren stopped
him. "No, let her do this herself."
"Herself!?" Makiki bellowed. "Are you insane?
Do you want her to die or something?"
"Ah, no," Carren replied. "But this is one aspect
of living in the wild; you have to be able to fend for yourself."
"B-but she's stuck!" Although Makiki had never
been one to cry, tears now were welling up in his eyes. He started charging
toward the tree, but Carren grabbed his paw, preventing him from doing so.
"Please, Makiki, let her be. She will save herself."
"No, Carren!" Makiki slithered. "I'm not letting
my best friend fall to her doom!"
He struggled out of her grip and over to the
tree. The Gelert then immediately began climbing it. All in all, perhaps this
was not a wise decision because at that exact moment, the branch snapped and
down fell Ayrauna, landing (and smashing) right onto Makiki.
Carren immediately rushed to the two dazed pets
and exclaimed, "Oh my gosh! Are you two all right?"
Ayrauna slowly bobbed her head up and down.
"I'm fine!" she mumbled. "But I'm not sure if Makiki is."
Ayrauna slid of Makiki's backside and examined
his condition alongside Carren. The Gelert was lying on the damp soil with his
eyes closed and a large bruise placed on his forehead.
"I think's he unconscious," Carren guessed.
"Is he going to be all right?" Ayrauna asked
with fright beginning taking over he emotions.
"Yes. With proper healing, he'll be back to
normal in to time."
A sentiment of relief pushed her previous frightened
"That's good," she muttered.
Carren stood up and slipped Makiki onto her
cut and bruised backside. "Come on. Let's go home."
Carren and Ayrauna began pacing back to their
cave with Makiki letting a murmur escape from his maw every once in a while.
Darkness was beginning to overtake the once
brightened day and the trio were all exhausted from the day's events. They had
arrived at their cave with every muscle in their body being painful and sore.
When they had at long last stepped inside the cave, Carren and Ayrauna sighed
and plopped down onto the rough ground. For Ayrauna, sleeping on the ground
didn't seem as such a big deal as it did before. She was simply glad that she
could go to sleep and have a long rest. And this is what exactly what she did.
With the stars twinkling in the gorgeous night sky, the Zafara fell off into
a drifty slumber with Carren following her immediately afterwards. Before you
could say 'lost', the trio was asleep, with their snores echoing throughout
the mystifying and dangerous jungle.
To be continued...