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The Neopian Times Week 7 > Continuing Series > The Bellringer: Part Three

The Bellringer: Part Three

by thegreatlupelover

Arran and Marii stood, hand in hand. Their eyes began to close and memories came back to them. Arran saw a beautiful city. He was looking through a window in the palace and out onto the courtyard and the rest of the ancient and wondrous place.

Marii saw her parents, her room at home, her shop. She saw the happiness she had known. The two memories joined into one that Arran and Marii shared. A bell bonged in the background. The pair took a step forward. The bell bonged again. The two took another step. They were walking on nothing. For the third time, the bell bonged in the background. For the third time, Arran and Marii stepped on nothing. Then their eyes opened. Arran could see the same beautiful city, but now the houses and shops were boarded up. An evil foreboding hung over the place. But Arran could see the bell tower, and the bell was still there. He took a step forward. But Marii was not watching. She stood paralysed as a black Eyrie emerged from the shadows. It was Lord Hinistra. He struck out savagely. Marii fell to the ground, unconscious.

It was up to Arran. He ran for the bell tower When he reached it, he saw that the clapper from the bell was gone. The bell had lost its voice.

Suddenly Arran knew what to do. He opened his paw. The Emerald of Justice shone brightly. Arran concentrated. Slowly, the Emerald floated up into the air, attaching itself in place of the clapper. Arran took hold of the rope and pulled it as hard as he could.

Booonngggggg!” The bell rang out. Arran was swept off his feet. He pulled again. “Booonnggggg!” And for the final time, Arran took hold of the rope in his paws. He took a deep breath and pulled with all his might. “Booonnnngggggggg!”

On the first toll of the bell, Lord Hinistra and his warriors crippled up in pain. On the second toll, they rolled on the ground with mad lances of pain searing through their bodies. And on the third and final toll, they vanished, never to be seen again. The chains on the enslaved citizens of Whillenia turned to dust, and they ran outside to their city.

Arran, however, had other plans than to run around celebrating. He ran back to where he had left the unconscious Marii, to find that two adult Shoyrus were already there, bathing Marii’s brow. One of them was glass and the other was rainbow. Marii’s eyes opened. The rainbow Shoyru looked up at Arran.

“So Marii did find help! Thank you for saving us!” she cried.

Then, two adult Kougras arrived on the scene. One was faerie, and the other one was white. Arran looked up at them.

“Father,” he said. The faerie Kougra smiled. Arran turned to the white Kougra. “Mother,” he said. The other two looked at each other.

“Arran,” cried the white one, “Oh, Arran, we missed you! I always hoped that you were safe and happy! Oh, Arran, my long-lost son!”

The two adult Shoyrus bowed low. “Prince Arran,” one said, “we are honoured to be within your presence.”

“Oh prince,” said the other, “we truly are overjoyed you have returned.”

Arran felt flustered. He didn’t know what to say. Fortunately, Marii cut in for him.

“Oh, stop that,” she said. “He doesn’t want you to be so formal. I mean, he’s still young like me. He’s just Arran. And he’s my best buddy!” Everyone smiled. Then, happily, the King, Queen, and Prince, along with the Shoyru family, turned and walked home.

The End

Previous Episodes

The Bellringer: Part One

The Bellringer: Part Two

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