The door opened immediately before us. We were facing a long, cascading purple
carpet, leading to a highly set, golden throne. Fire faeries dressed in tattered
dresses with belts across their wastes holding sharp knives stood beside the
throne, standing each with a crimson, blazing stick, topped with an orb. We
looked to the right, and one Water Faerie sat on a gray stone in the middle
of a great fountain, water sprouting out of the statue of a fish drenched the
faerie's hair. She lay with all sorts of bottles decorating the rocks and the
Suddenly, before I could find all the other faeries, loud trumpets sounded
by a group of faerie Lupes, wearing tall pointed lavender caps. A Light Faerie
fluttered over to us, and motioned her hands to go forward. We were confused,
but we took a step forward at a time. Catnip tapped me on the back. She was
kneeling before the throne, and quickly I did the same. Two Air Faeries entered
a great entrance from the ceiling, each holding one hand of the Faerie Queen's.
The Faerie Queen was gorgeous. Almost so fragile and delicate that if you touched
her, she would break. She was wearing a flowing purple gown with a silver crown
topped with the rare gems of Neopia. Light was shooting out of her, and you
hard to shield your eyes from the brightness. She was gently put into the sit
of her throne. She stood.
"Get up!" she yelled.
Catnip pulled me up, and we both bowed before the queen.
"What have you come for? It's not everyday ordinary Neopians and shone before
Catnip tried to answer, but tripped on her own words. "Well...w-w'errr..."
I interrupted. "My owner and I would like to go to her home planet."
The Faerie Queen stared at us. "Ha! Who in their right mind would want to
ever leave such a grand place, created by the Faerie Queen herself?!"
My face grew tight, my fists clenched, but I tried to remain calm.
"Well, haven't you ever been homesick?"
The Faerie Queen smirked. "Why should I be? I've never left this place!"
Although the Faerie Queen had shaped Neopia, I wasn't pleased with her attitude.
"Well homesickness isn't the best feeling, I hope you know! So we'd like to
leave... if you please!!!"
The Faeries gasped and started to argue, but the Faerie Queen sat.
"I like your boldness, Aisha. What is your name?"
I came forward and bowed again.
"Snowflake, your highness."
"Soooo..." The Faerie Queen began. "You want to go with your owner to this...
Catnip finally brought up enough bravery to come forward.
"Don't speak for the Aisha!" The Faerie Queen yelled.
I was enraged. I have a certain problem with my mouth when I get mad, and
this was definitely NOT the time to have this problem.
"Don't you dare talk to Catnip like that! Have you noticed she's been polite
and tried to be helpful in answering questions? Well, you sure haven't! I think
you're trying to ignore her!"
I breathed harshly through my nose.
"You know Aisha," The Faerie Queen started to reply. "You're very bold. I
like that in a NeoPet."
Hold on a second--was she actually not getting mad at me?
"Aisha! Did you just hear what I said? That deserves more than a thank you!"
I stared down as I shuffled my feet and played with my hands. Boy, do I wish
I had fingers. Then I could twiddle my thumbs!
I looked up as the Faerie Queen stepped down carefully from her golden throne.
I was blinded by the light she gave off. I turned away as she came towards me.
Catnip held onto my shoulder and was turned away along with me.
I felt warm, delicate, soft fingers slip into my paw.
"Come with me," I heard the Faerie Queen say.
It was a high voice, like sleigh bells.
My eyes squinted; I used the Faerie Queen as my guide. I didn't know where
Catnip was at the time, but the Faerie Queen suddenly let go of her grasp and
I was free standing. I opened one eye.
I opened the other eye, and I gasped.
Nothing was there! It was just a blank, white wall.
I suddenly felt a light push, and I was slammed into the white wall. At least
that's what I had expected to happen. I squinted my eyes again and put my arms
in front of my face, but when I was supposed to hit the wall, I didn't.
I opened my eyes. Tons of NeoHomes. And the roads were filled with the big
things with wheels I had seen in the photographs.
"This, Snow," Catnip said, coming by my side, "is Texas!"
To be continued...