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The Neopian Times Week 39 > Continuing Series > As Told by child_dragon: Part Fifteen - Trial by Fire

As Told by child_dragon: Part Fifteen - Trial by Fire

by child_dragon

It was cold, and dark. I stood alone in a circular room, made of black stone. A eerie purple light lit the area. I could see no visible way out. What now? I wondered, seeing no sign of the Elemental Spear, or anything except stone, for that matter. "child_dragon, the Essence of Neopia," a voice breathed from behind me.

I whirled around, dropping into a crouch, the claws in my hands out. A Scorchio stood there, smiling sadly at me. He was brilliantly coloured with all the colour of the elements, and his eyes were gold rimmed.

"Lord BrightSong?" I ventured nervously. It was at the point that nothing could shock me. He merely nodded.

"But you're dead," I said, wondering what further strangeness I would encounter.

"I'm not here in flesh, just in spirit. Even if I wasn't the true Essence, I held it for a while."

He walked past me and tapped on the wall. At his touch, a section of the wall glowed red, a portal to another part of this strange place appearing.

"The Spear has been broken up into shards of the different elements. You need to go reclaim them. Good luck, Essence of Neopia."

I nodded to him, and stepped through the gate. A blast of heat seared my face, and I looked around in amazement. Fire, the most temperamental and unpredictable element. A narrow path of stone led through a lake of fire, off in the distance, flaming comets fell from the sky. Gouts of fire would suddenly leap up in random places, everywhere I looked was an inferno.

"Hey sis," a voice said from my left. I looked, and saw Sabreur standing next to me. But he wasn't really there, only in spirit, like BrightSong.

"I don't understand," I said.

My brother shrugged. "Time and space have no meaning in the realms of the Shadows," he said. "I care about you, so a spirit form of me is here to be with you as you fight. I can't help, but I can guide."

"So is Sabreur, I mean, you, at two places at once?"

"No, the Sabreur that's not in the Shadow realm won't even know any of this is happening."

I was silent for a few minutes, digesting this. "Well, then, lets go get the spear shard." I set off down the path, my brother following.

"I'm glad you're my sister, Kiddo," Sabreur said.

"Yeah, I'm glad I have you for a brother," I replied, stepping daintily around a puddle of molten rock.

"Most girls I know complain about how awful their brothers are, but I get lucky and get stuck with you."

Sabreur just shrugged.

"Even if you have to follow in my footsteps?" he asked.

"I couldn't think of anyone better to follow," I replied, meaning every word.

We continued on in silence, following the path. It grew progressively skinnier as we walked, and the heat seemed to grow even more oppressive. Finally, the path vanished. We were left standing at the edge of the lava lake.

"Now what?" I asked.

Sabreur just looked at me and shrugged. I sighed and stared out across the inferno.

"There's what looks like a small island out there," he said, pointing.

After a few minutes of searching, I saw it also.

"Worth a try," I muttered. "But I guess this is the end of the line for you."

He nodded and grabbed my shoulders, looking me in the eyes. "Listen. You come back all right, got it? You're the only sister I have."

I nodded solemnly. "I will. I swear it."

I quickly turned and leaped into the air, the hot air beneath my wings causing me to soar with hardly a wing beat. The mass of rock loomed nearer and nearer, and my resolve strengthened. I would do this, I was the Essence. I landed lightly, folding my wings close to my back. So where is it, I wondered. There was a rumbling and I staggered, glancing around wildly for the source of the shaking ground. Then I saw it. A plume of fire, rising from the lava, twisting and twining into the form of an enormous winged snake, made entirely of flames. It howled, and the very ground shook, the lava booming out in a wave away from the force of its arrival. The fire drew into it, solidifying into skin that burned like the embers of a fire. Its eyes were flame, and its wings leapt and threw sparks into the superheated air. I crouched, the claws in my hands sliding out in reflex. The snake looked at me, then hissed. It rose into the air, beating its fiery wings. It circled around me, eyeing me with one bright eye. I never let my eyes leave its massive form. It shrieked again, the sound of its roar so powerful I staggered back a few paces. It struck, snapping forwards in a sudden lunge. I dove to one side at the last moment, snapping my wings open and throwing myself into the air. I flew high, as the beast followed, even faster than I. I banked sharply, avoiding its jaws once again. It whipped around and dove after me. It was the blitzkrieg! How could I defeat it? I dove lower and lower, shutting my wings fully to plummet even faster. At the last second, I snapped them open, soaring so low over the lava that I could of reached out and touched it. I flared my wings, gaining altitude and nearly stopping my forward momentum. The creature was underneath me, and I snapped my wings shut, falling squarely on its back. I raked with my clawed hands, but the snake's scaly skin was immune to my claws, and red hot to the touch. It hissed and easily shook me off, and I desperately flapped my wings, gaining speed and altitude. Fear lent strength to my tired muscles. The snake roared again, a note of triumph in its banshee cry. I was out of ideas, and fast running out of time and strength. Then I spotted the falling fire that I had seen when I first entered this place. I smiled grimly to myself and swerved in that direction, flying even faster now that I had purpose. I drew ever closer, the hideous swish of the creatures wings following me. Now I could hear the roar of the falling fire, comets from a blood red sky. I took a deep breath, and flew into the midst of them. It was dumb luck now, I could only pray that I wouldn't be hit and the snake would. There was a roar, and a comet streaked by, very close to me. I desperately tried to regain my balance, but the agitated air left in its wake pushed me of to one side, and I had to hover to regain balance. The snake snapped around, eyes glinting. I tried to dive, but too late, it lunged forwards, and I could see its gaping maw. There was another roar, and I was tumbled through the sky by a blast of scorching air. I frantically straightened myself in time to see the snake slam into the lake of lava, crushed by the flaming comet. It gave one last despairing cry, then vanished. I didn't even stop to catch my breath, but flew back to the rocky island as fast as my wings could carry me. I landed and fell to my hands and knees, gasping for breath, a stitch tight in my side. There was a soft whisper of air, and I looked up. A stream of red sparks gathered before me, crystallising into a shard of reddish tinged crystal. The first shard of the Elemental Spear. I reached forward and grasped it, and a piercingly bright light surrounded me. I closed my eyes, feeling the power of fire surging through my veins. The light faded, and I looked around. I was back in the stone room, BrightSong standing before me.

"Well done child_dragon," he said. "Well done."

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. Melody is also real, my best friend. She's in college too, her NeoPets name is horngodess, but I wouldn't suggest bugging her, she has a very demanding major and hardly any free time. Sakuko is also real, she's a really nice person.
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 Three - First Fight

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 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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