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The Neopian Times Week 44 > Continuing Series > As Told by child_dragon: Part Twenty - Inner Light

As Told by child_dragon: Part Twenty - Inner Light

by child_dragon

I was back in the central room. I grinned smugly at BrightSong. "One more, open the gate," I said.

He turned quickly, and his movements were jerky, as if disguising anger. I looked at him, considering. Something was up.

"You know, it's kinda odd that you're here," I said idly, watching for his reaction. He didn't reply, but just touched the wall, a gate of white appearing.

"I mean, if the Shadows are intelligent, then why do they allow you in their realm?" I persisted. "You're opening the gates and all for me, when they could just never allow a way in, and I'd never get the spear, and never be able to defeat them. Then they'd have their way. They're making evil take over the world mistake number one, letting someone who knows how to defeat them remain."

He just eyed me sternly.

"I held the Essence, in case you forgot. I don't know what you're trying to say, but the Shadows can't touch me. Now, are you going to get the last shard or not?" I just smiled and walked past him, into the realm of light.

"You don't trust him, do you?" a voice said.

I blinked, adjusting my eyes to the all present brilliance. I turned to the voice and saw a lady, dressed in white, sitting on a gleaming rock of white. Light seemed to stream from her face, and her gaze was serene, her long white hair resting in a gentle wave over her shoulders. In her lap sat a spotted Zafara.

"Aldrai?" I said, surprised.

"Of course," he replied. "You really didn't think the Guardian of light would be violent, did you?"

"BrightSong said all elements have their violent side."

"That's true," the lady said, "But you don't seem to trust him, do you?"

I shook my head. "No, I don't."

"Listen to your heart, then," Aldrai said. "You did when you dove into the river to save me. You did when you faced the dragon. And when you accepted the Essence."

The Zafara looked up at her. "Shi'kly, I've got to have a word with my owner," he said softly.

She nodded and stopped stroking his fur, and he leaped off. I picked him up and held him to my chest. Shi'kly faded from view.

"She's nice," he said.

"Yeah, I guessed. But how am I supposed to get the shard?"

"I don't know. I'm only here to see you." He sighed. "You've always been so good to me. Someone else might not of risked their life to save me like that. I don't miss my mother anymore. I know she's gone, and I wish I could of known her more, but I have you. I know she loved me, but you're love is as great as any she could of shown." I buried my face in his fur, feeling tears spill from my eyes. I gently set him down and knelt to look him in the eyes.

"I am so blessed to have pets like you," I said, "and I don't know what I would of done without you."

He smiled, and hugged me around the neck. "Come back. And never forget about love."

And with that he was gone. I stood, brushing tears from my eyes. Shi'kly was back, gazing at me serenely.

"So how do I get the shard?" I asked.

Her smile vanished. "This is the hardest shard to get," she said softly. "And not because I am hard to fight or anything like that. There is no violence here."

"That tells me nothing," I said. "I need the shard, I've got to defeat the Shadows."

"What is light?" she demanded.

I thought on that. "It's the good part of life. It's life itself, and hope, love, gentleness, caring, mercy, giving, and everything else that's good."

She walked towards me and looked me in the eyes. "And how did you defeat the Darkness Guardian?" she questioned.

I was having trouble understand where this was going. "Well, I was the opposite of darkness. I don't claim to be perfect, but enough so that the thing couldn't bear my touch."

She nodded. "You're more light than you think, child_dragon," she said. "But that is good, modesty is also a virtue of light."

"Is patience?" I questioned.

"It is."

"Dang," I muttered. "Guess I've fallen short there."

She laughed.

"Very well then, I will hurry up my explanation. Now, I do not have the shard."

"What!?" I said, startled. "If you don't have it, then where is it?"

She turned away from me and didn't reply for a while. "Only a person with a good heart can claim the final shard," she said. "That was not one of the traitors designs, but one of mine. I didn't want the spear to go to one that would be taken over by the Shadows. The traitor is furious at that, of course, but after he spelled me into existence, it was too late."

"What happens after I take the shard?" I asked.

"I vanish. But don't be worried," she said hastily. "I'm the embodiment of light, I'll still be around, but not like this."

"Okay then. Now, the shard?"

She nodded. "Yes. You see, the shard is in you," she said, turning to face me again. "You have a good heart, so the shard must come from you. An evil heart would not posses the shard."

I paused, taking that in. "I'm confused now," I confessed. "How do I get the shard?"

"Give me the spear."

I looked at her, then reluctantly handed it over.

"An evil person would be too concerned with self-preservation and would not trust me. Do you?"

"What, trust you?" I asked. "Yeah, of course! I just gave you my spear."

She nodded and looked at the pointed tip. She gently placed it against my chest. "How much do you trust me?" she demanded.

I stared at the shaft, feeling the point through my shirt. "You've got to be kidding," I muttered. "This is how you get the shard?"

She nodded. "That's why I ask if you trust me."

I took a deep breath. "Lying isn't a character of light," I said through gritted teeth. "So, yes, I trust you." And she punched the pointed shaft through my chest. I cried and fell to the ground, feeling a numbing pain spread through me. I gasped and stared at the spear shaft, finding it nearly impossible to breath. Shi'kly pulled it up, the point coated with red. A light surrounded the tip, and when it vanished, the head of the spear was there. A pointed crystal, devoid of colour, as was the shaft. The Elemental Spear was complete. My vision seemed to dim, then suddenly all weakness and pain was gone. I sat up slowly, looking at my chest. Not a mark remained. I stared at Shi'kly in disbelief.

"Death isn't part of the light element either," she said matter-of-factly. "Take your spear, Essence of Neopia. You've earned it."

I reached out and grasped it, feeling power run through me. The light surrounded me, and I returned to the centre room.

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 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 One - Sacrifice of Love

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