Everyone crowded around Episcal's bed apprehensively. Episcal's eyes were closed,
but his chest rose and dropped steadily. Queen Kyyoro wiped her eyes with a
handkerchief and hugged Bessinia. Asaunia was working tiredly with no breaks
to whip up potions to heal him.
Episcal looked up suddenly at his friends. The Queen was sobbing, Inscorrade
was in the corner, shuddering nervously during tears, but Depridama was nowhere
The white clean room's window was open and the air was humid.
Episcal, his eyes closed again, sniffed through his nose. He breathed out
peacefully and opened his eyes again.
"Queen," he asked quietly.
"Where is Depridama?"
Kyyoro looked to Bessinia, who's expression became uneasy. "We don't know."
Episcal's army, wedged in the halls, listened with woebegone ears. Most of
them sobbed, though all of them cried, and it is very unlikely that anyone present
would see them cry again. They had taken his battle gear and made it a piece
of fine art for them to pray through--they all knew the corporal's doom.
Asaunia wiped off her forehead and raised a translucent blue bottle. She cleared
a path through the people and let Episcal drink from it. Episcal licked his
dry lips. The cool liquid was refreshing and he was quite at peace now.
"Queen!" Anger_Fire pushed through the crowds and fell at the Queen's feet.
"Anger!" Kyyoro clutched the Shoyru and rocked him in her arms. "Where have
Anger_Fire looked at Episcal, who nodded, meekly urging the story out of him.
"I was kidnapped. But Depridama and some guy saved me," Anger_Fire said hurriedly.
He knew Episcal had barely minutes left.
Episcal nodded, and began to talk to everyone. "Queen, I hope I've served
you well these past years--"
"No!" Depridama shouted. She ran in the room, pulling Karyji along behind
her. "No, Corporal, not now. Don't say good-byes. Not now. Not here. We can
Depridama looked to Karyji, who struggled in her grasp.
Episcal glared. "Get him out."
Everyone looked at the blue Kyrii, who was still holding Depridama's paw.
"I'd leave Neopia happily if he were destroyed." Episcal turned away.
"Sore loser," Karyji muttered. "Episcal, I'm sorry--"
"Senator, how can you hold the paw of that heartless beast?"
"Because he's not heartless and never was," Depridama smiled. "Our parting
left me bitter... I'm only happy with him."
Episcal shook his head in bewilderment.
"Please, Episcal, he means well," Depridama defended Karyji.
"I'm sure he meant well when he... did... this." Episcal's breathing shook.
"Episcal!" The Queen rushed to him and got on her knees beside his bed.
"Good-bye, my friends." He said, the life draining out of him. "Queen, I hope
I've served you well. Army, defend your Palace well. Anger_Fire, I leave the
army to you when you are old enough to run it. And, Karyji... if you dare betray
Dama like you did me, you'll wish you were joined with me."
Episcal closed his eyes. "Good-bye, Kyyoro. Here, Episcal lies."
The moment that ended Episcal, Tarquinta's eyes glowed. She had been such
a burden upon the kind and harmless citizens of the Palace of Kyyoro. They had
been wrongfully accused for her crime and she bit her lip, hoping that the corporal
was still alive, somehow, some way.
"Bless this Palace for the trouble I've caused." She looked down at her clenched
fist. She slowly opened it and revealed the two pieces of the broken pendant,
shining in the sunset's glow. She smiled through tears at what she had taken;
she really was a Master Thief. With that, she flew off into the sunset.
I brought you this story for the demand of a "Monoceraptor's
Revenge" sequel. I hope this is what you wanted. He has been known
to visit citizens in Kyyoro and heal the souls of mourners. His battle gear
is a treasured possession of the Palace creatures.
I'm sorry this story ended a little off or may have been boring or not made
sense at times. I just loved my characters so much so I continued to live their
lives for them. The story explains itself at the end because I didn't want to
bore you. Anything else?
But what about Bessira? Herongedy's army that sneaked around the back of the
Palace? That was the work of the Sorceress, who was mad at Tarquinta. Bessira
eventually escaped, though Herongedy's army, well...
I don't know if I will continue writing in this series, but be expecting something
from me or my "sister". Any questions, suggestions, complaints - anything? Neomail
Oh, and what happened to Tarquinta after she had both pieces of the pendant?
Well, that's a different story altogether...