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The Neopian Times Week 27 > Continuing Series > As Told by child_dragon: Part Three - First Fight

As Told by child_dragon: Part Three - First Fight

by child_dragon

It was morning, a couple days after the fiasco with Sabreur's lab, in which I got turned into an Eyrie. Un-eairkagh had been teaching me to fly, which resulted in the utterly humiliating event of me getting stuck upside down in a pine tree. Un-eairkagh found it hilarious, of course. Now Saubreur had decided I was going to learn to fight, and today was the day Infernus started teaching me. Which was why the door to my room was locked and a blue Eyrie outside raising the biggest fit you've ever seen.

"Kiddo!! Open the stupid door!!" he hollered.

I just rolled over and covered my head with the pillow.

"Kiddo, I swear, fighting's not that hard! OPEN THE… oh, hi Melody."

I sat up instantly.

"Child_dragon? What's going on?" came Melody's voice.

I got up and unlocked the door. Un-eairkagh bounded into the room, followed by Padiglione the Kougra and FireDarkWolfX the Gelert.

"I'm supposed to learn to fight today," I muttered.

"Oh, that should be fun."

"Not really. Infernus is going to be teaching me, and you know how those two are. They practically live at the Battledome."

"You'll do fine. Now c'mon."

She took my arm and led me out the door.

We were in Sabreur's backyard, Infernus had just finished getting all his Battledome equipment ready. I had already turned into my white Eyrie form, and was looking at my Sword of Domar, then over at Infernus' Professional Bow and Bag of Endless Neggs.

"Okay, Kiddo. I'm ready," he said cheerily.

Melody, Sabreur, and the pets stood to one side to watch.

"Now, you're kinda small for an Eyrie," the Scorchio said, "so you're gonna have to rely on speed rather than strength. Pick up your sword."

I gripped the handle and lifted it off the ground. It was a lot heavier than it looked.

"No, you're holding it wrong. Here," Infernus said, correcting my grip. "Okay, now take a practice swing."

I swung hard, overbalanced, and landed on my face. Un-eairkagh started laughing from the sidelines, until Melody kicked him.

"You know what?" Padiglione said. "I think we should go stock up on healing potions."

"Yeah, I think so too," Melody said thoughtfully.

Infernus kept me working all day. I was about to collapse by the evening.

"You're getting much better," he informed me. "I think tomorrow we should go fight."

"Tomorrow?! Are you insane?!"

"Yeah. Besides, I have an idea that can guarantee a win every time."


"Remember how the Faerie Queen gave you three forms to choose from? Human, Eyrie, and half and half?"

"Yeah, so?"

"Change to the half and half in mid battle. If that doesn't throw your opponent off, nothing will. And you'll still have wings, so you can carry off a jump attack before he recovers."

"That's crazy. No way."

"It'll work."

"No way."

"Try it. Right now."

I sighed and picked up the sword. I held it in position, then shifted into my half and half form, quickly adjusting to the change in height. I was now human, with Eyrie wings and a tail. I immediately leaped into the air, beating my wings, and dove for the imaginary opponent, swinging the sword.

"Excellent!! I think you get more of an arc with that sword as a human-Eyrie too! Oh, we're gonna kick butt at the Battledome tomorrow," Infernus said gleefully.

I was waiting for an opponent, jittery and utterly terrified. The whole gang had showed up, and Melody reassuringly patted my shoulder. I shuddered a little as Infernus approached, leading an Aisha and his owner.

"Level one, just like you," he said confidently. "Good luck."

I glanced at the Aisha. He was red, and just sat there, utterly calm. I looked imploringly up at Sabreur and Melody. They just smiled reassuringly. I headed for the arena.

My sword was held in front of me just like Infernus had taught me. The battle was three seconds from starting, two, one! I leaped into the air, beating my white wings and dove for the Aisha. He snapped a snowball into the air, I dipped to one side at the last minute and it only clipped my side. I swung the heavy sword in an arc, sending the Aisha flying. He jumped to his feet and shot a lighting bolt out at me. I tried to dodge, but it hit me full on, sending me flying across the ring. A haze blurred my vision, and I dimly heard my brother calling my name. I saw the Aisha, and staggered to my feet. He waited while I got my bearings. I then noticed something. The Aisha was gloating, a smirk on its pointy face.

"All right, that's it, I'm mad now," I muttered under my breath. I charged towards him, sword in one hand. He dropped into a fighting crouch. At the last minute I stopped. The Aisha had raised a blocking shield, but looked, confused. I shifted into my human-Eyrie form, wings spread above my head. The Aisha squeaked and dropped the shield in surprise. I swung the sword with both hands as hard as I could. The Aisha was knocked back, rolled across the ground, and didn't move. I had won the battle. I calmly sheathed my sword and walked over to where my friends stood, all cheering and laughing. The owner who's pet I had beat stalked over, the Aisha in his arms.

"That's cheating!" he yelled, furious.

"How so?" I calmly asked, my wings and tail now gone.

"Owners can't fight!!"

"I fought as an Eyrie. The Faerie Queen herself gave me this ability, you don't like it, talk to her."

"Besides," Melody said, "How many owners have the guts to go out there and fight? I noticed you don't. Standing there on the sidelines letting your Aisha take the beating. Kiddo's one of us, and one of the NeoPets now. Take your loss and go." He turned an interesting shade of red, seemed to be about to say something, changed his mind, and stalked off. I faced my friends.

"Let's go get ice cream. My treat." The victory celebration was underway.

To be continued...

Feel free to Neomail me, I encourage it. I like feedback. Sabreur is really my brother, you can Neomail him also, though I ask you to go easy on that. He's in college right now, and I'd rather not have him mad at me for getting a ton of Battledome challenges, etc.
Previous Episodes

As Told by child_dragon: Part One - Pals

As Told by child_dragon: Part Two - A Strange Tail

As Told by child_dragon: Part Four - The Arrival of Aldrai

As Told by child_dragon: Part Five - Netsuko

As Told by child_dragon: Part Six - Royal Runaways

As Told by child_dragon: Part Seven - What Really Happened

As Told by child_dragon: Part Eight - Fireflies

As Told by child_dragon: Part Nine - Faerie Quest

As Told by child_dragon: Part Ten - Dragon's Hoard

As Told by child_dragon: Part Eleven - Legends Alive

As Told by child_dragon: Part Twelve - The Essence of Neopia

As Told by child_dragon: Part Thirteen - Shadows

As Told by child_dragon: Part Fourteen - Redemption

As Told by child_dragon: Part Fifteen - Trial by Fire

As Told by child_dragon: Part Sixteen - Water Quest

As Told by child_dragon: Part Seventeen - Earthen Boundaries

As Told by child_dragon: Part Eighteen - Tempest Wind

As Told by child_dragon: Part Nineteen - Song of Darkness

As Told by child_dragon: Part Twenty - Inner Light

As Told by child_dragon: Part Twenty One - Sacrifice of Love

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