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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 22nd day of Storing, Yr 19
The Neopian Times Week 1 > Short Stories > How I Saved Neopia

How I Saved Neopia

by child_dragon

It was raining outside, a condition that led to all three of us gathering in my house to chat and let our pets visit. My brother had drug himself out of his lab (that I built for him, in my house) and was actually being social. Never mind the fact he doesn't have a NeoPet and spends all day cooped up inventing stuff. Melody was here, along with her Kougra, Padiglione. So were Chaos_blaze with his Eyrie Tyrael, and Drcao with his Techo, Fezheta. We were sitting around the table, drinking soda, while our pets played in the next room. I cringed as another crash signified another mess to clean up.

"Next time, we meet at Drcao's house," I muttered.

He just shook his head and took another drink.

"Hey guys, you been following the invasion of Sakhmet?" my brother asked.

"Duh," Melody replied. "This concerns all of us."

"It's pretty inspiring stuff though," Chaos_blaze said thoughtfully. "All the NeoPets, banding together to save the city."

"That's nothing," I said. "I've saved the Neopia."

There was silence, then everyone burst out laughing.

"No, I'm not kidding!" I said. "Listen. It happened several weeks ago…

"I was walking to the Haunted Woods, my Eyrie was with me. It was a sunny day, and there was no other person in sight. I had some of that powder you made, bro."

"Yeah, I remember that. It was cool stuff."

"That's right. It creates a big flash of light, colours, a bang, sparkles, etc. Anyway, I was going to show it to you, Chaos_blaze. We were walking through a field, when there was a big flash of light a little ways away. It looked like a meteor had hit or something! Me and Un-eairkagh ran over there, curious, and we couldn't believe what we saw. It was a man. He was just standing there, his back turned away from us. He held in one hand this animal horn, totally black and carved with strange runes. I still don't know what kind of an animal it was from, but the thing just seemed, wrong. It seemed to suck light into it, and exuded power. I got goose bumps just being near it. Eair was scared too, cause he just kinda sunk into the grass and lay there, utterly petrified. Then the man turned around. He looked a little confused. I was pretty speechless myself. I remember he was wearing this cool quartz amulet.

He asked me, "What is this place?"

I said, "It's near the Haunted Forest." He shook his head and said I needed to be more general than that. So I told him it's Neopia. He seemed pretty satisfied with that. I asked him where he came from.

"From a petty world of no consequence," he replied airily.

"So you're not from Neopia?" I asked.

"No, of course not. What is that?" he asked, pointing at Un-eairkagh.

"That's my NeoPet. His name's Un-eairkagh, and he's an Eyrie."

He just nodded, still staring at Eair.

"Why are you here," Eair asked, finally finding his voice at last.

"I'm here to take control of this world," he said grandly.

I couldn't move for a second. We couldn't contend with two people trying to destroy us! First Sloth, and then, whoever the heck this guy was.

"How do you plan to do that?" I asked calmly, as if trying to take over the world was the most natural thing in the world.

"With this!" he cried grandly, brandishing the horn. Lightning crackled around it and then dissipated with a roar. Un-eairkagh cowered, but I didn't move a muscle. I had the first glimmerings of a plan. This guy was new to our world, and if I could bluff him well enough, I might be able to save us all.

"You mean you need an artifact to use magic?" I said incredulously.

"What do you mean?" he demanded angrily.

"Well," I said, doing my best to sound confused. "We can use magic anytime we want. Can't you?"

"You mean every citizen of this planet can use magic, freely?" he said slowly.

"Yeah. We always have," pretending to be astonished.

He got a malicious grin.

"Prove it," he said calmly.

"Well, okay."

I had already grabbed a handful of the powder and clenched it tightly in my right fist. Contact with air would set it off.

"Spirits of air, I summon you!" I cried, throwing the powder in the air. There was a bright flash of light and a loud whooshing noise. The man had staggered back, and gaped at the blue sparkles slowly drifting to the ground.

"See?" I said sweetly.

He gaped at me a few minutes, swallowed hard, and backed up a couple dozen paces. I continued to gaze at him with what I thought was a speculative look. He waved the horn in the air and said something, and vanished with a burst of light. Returning to wherever he had came from, I guess.

"You are so full of it," Chaos_blaze said, laughing.

"No, I'm serious!" I said.

Just then, there was another large crash, and we all leaped to our feet to see what our pets had destroyed. All four were sitting sheepishly in the next room.

"You knocked a hole in the wall!!" Melody shrieked.

They just hung their heads.

"Alright, everyone outside!" I ordered.

My friends collected their wayward pets and directed them outside, scolding them soundly. Un-eairkagh stayed behind.

"I'm sorry," he said, ashamed.

I just shook my head in disbelief.

"A hole in the wall."

"I heard you telling your friends about that guy."

"Yeah, they don't believe me."

"Perhaps that's for the better," he said quietly, then walked away.

It was several hours later, my friends had all gone home. I was in my room, thinking. What had Un-eairkagh meant, that it was for the better? Oh well. I stood and walked over to my dresser. I pulled it open and dug to the bottom, pulling out a strange quartz amulet. I rolled it in my hands thoughtfully.

"And after he vanished, I looked around the spot, finding in the middle of a patch of scorched grass, his amulet. The knot must have come undone," I said out loud.

I put the amulet back in my drawer. The story was finished.

The End

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