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The Neopian Times Week 72 > Short Stories > Eyes of Twilight Blue

Eyes of Twilight Blue

by lupeartist14

I am a Lupe. A Starry Lupe, to be exact. I am a writer, and I am now recalling one of the major events that happened in my life twenty years ago. It was a tragic event, and remembering it now still brings tears to my eyes. I am going to tell you this tale. It may make you laugh, cry, or just make you crazy. I am not denying that I laughed and cried, and I am now considering myself crazy. Sometimes I am so sad, I feel so helpless. There was nothing I could do.

     Twenty years ago, I was a young, carefree, happy teenager. I was stubborn and flirty, dressed in the latest fashions, and I would flirt with all the male Lupes in school. I played hard to get, of course. Who didn't? But that was unimportant. Undeniably, I was the most popular Lupe in high school, mostly because of my beauty. I was smart, though, and I wrote stories for The Neopian Times almost weekly.

     One day, though, my friend Sapphire (a blue Gelert) and I were sitting at our desks talking when HE showed up.

     "Class, may I have your attention, please?" our teacher, Mr. Vaffer, said. He was a very elderly Nimmo, and he always wore a blue and white striped tie, which got very annoying at times. He was standing next to a Lupe, which I immediately knew was the love of my life.

     The Lupe was a light yellow, almost blonde, in colour. He was tall, handsome, and...well, handsome! But his eyes, I noticed, were of twilight blue. I didn't notice my jaw dangling or my eyes nearly popping clean out of my head, nor did I care that I probably looked incredibly stupid; he was amazing! He took my breath away, but I felt it coming back to me when I felt Sapphire tapping my shoulder firmly.

     "What's up with you?" she asked quizzically. "You looked like someone zapped your brain out with a laser or something! You have a reputation, remember?"

     "What? Oh, yeah," I said, my eyes snapping away from Mr. Handsome. "I guess I just...forgot." She looked at me in a completely surprised way.

     Mr. Vaffer ignored us. "We have a new student joining our class. His name is Naralos, and he comes from Meridell. I expect you'll all make him feel welcome here." Well, from the looks of things, THAT wouldn't be a problem! All the girls in class were looking like I was; mouths open, eyes popping, even Sapphire! I rolled my eyes at them.

     The bell rang. It was time for our first class, which was Math. We gathered up our books and pencils and headed out the door to Math class, which was across the hall. Sapphire was engaging me in conversation.

     "Did you see that new guy? What a total hottie!" she said dreamily. "I hope he'll ask me out!"

     "He could," I said, but I was secretly hoping that it wouldn't happen. I was hoping that he'd ask ME out. I mean, I was the most popular girl in school!

     All through Math class, I stared at him. Luckily he was sitting in front of me, so I wouldn't have to keep turning back. Every once in a while, the Lupe girl behind me would tap me on the shoulder with a love note in her hand, and she'd say, "Pass this to Naralos!" Well, I wasn't going to stand for that! When she wasn't looking, I'd shred the note and stick the pieces in my desk.

     When the final bell rang, I leapt out of my seat and scrambled out the door. I walked down the front steps of the high school, looking frantically for Naralos. I finally spotted him talking with a red Kougra and green Wocky. I ran toward him, eager to introduce myself. While running, I also spotted Sapphire waving at me to come over to her. I tried to mouth, "Not now!" but didn't have the chance before I crashed into someone. I felt my body collide with the ground as I was thrown backwards from the impact of the crash.

     "Ow," I said, rubbing my back vigorously.

     "Oh my gosh, are you OK?" a voice said, and I assumed it was the one that I crashed into. I looked up, and my eyes met the twilight gaze of Naralos. My face went instantly red. I felt sick.

     "Uhh..." I started, but he was already offering me his paw to help me up. I took it, avoiding his gaze. He pulled to my feet. Looking at his paw, I noticed a golden ring on the pointer finger.

     "Are you OK?" he repeated, his gorgeous eyes troubled.

     "Yes, I--" I was about to say "I'm fine", but I couldn't. Those eyes were too beautiful to be looking upon a disgrace like me. I stood there, trying to talk, when finally, in this situation, I realised I couldn't. My eyes brimming with tears of humiliation, I turned and ran away.

     "Hey, wait!" he called. I was too embarrassed to turn back; that would have made the situation worse. Instead I kept running, until I was in the privacy of my NeoHome. Locking the door behind me, I flopped down on the couch and cried, "How could I be so stupid?" I grabbed a pillow and sobbed in it, hiding my pitiful face.

***

     Ten minutes later, the phone rang. Since no one was home to answer it, I picked it up and said, "Hello?"

     "Hello? Is this the Lupess that crashed into me today?" said the voice on the other end. My face lit up again. How could have Naralos gotten my phone number?

     "Naralos? How exactly did you get my number?" I asked.

     "Well, I talked to the blue Gelert that you hang out with. I figure she must be your best friend, so I asked her for your number," he said. "I hope I didn't call at a bad time."

     "Oh, no you didn't," I said, forcing a smile. "I was just sitting on the couch recalling the embarrassing and humiliating memory of when I crashed into you." He laughed. "I really am sorry!" I added.

     "Hey, don't worry about it," he said. "I'm sure it wasn't intentional."

     I laughed. "No, of course not!"

     "What is your name?"

     "My name is Dream," I said.

     "Wow, that's a nice name." I blushed again. I spent the rest of the afternoon talking to him on the phone. We turned out to have a lot in common.

     Finally, he said, "I really like this, but I'd rather talk to you in person. Do you want to meet me by the fountain in the park after school tomorrow?" I couldn't believe my ears. He was practically asking me out on a date!!!

     "Yes, OK," I said timidly. "Well, I have to go now. Bye,"

     "Bye. See you tomorrow." He hung up. I stood there for a moment clutching the phone, while the dial tone buzzed loudly from the receiver. I barely heard it. I was going out with the guy I was crushing, and the best thing was, HE ASKED ME!!!

***

At school the next day, I was completely anxious. Naralos kept winking at me from across the room, which made me feel even more anxious. Finally, the last bell rang, and I must have been the first out the door. I ran to the park where the sparkling Peophin fountain was. I sat on the bench near the fountain, waiting for Naralos to arrive. I must have waited a good twenty minutes before I saw him trotting toward me.

     "Sorry I'm late," he panted. "I kind of got lost. I'm not used to the city."

     "That's OK," I said, scooting over so that he could sit on the bench next to me. He sat down smiling, his blue eyes alight. "So...what do you want to talk about?"

     "Oh. Well, nothing in particular," he said, turning red. "I just...wanted to talk." This led toward an awkward silence.

     Finally, I said, "Well, how about you tell me about yourself?"

     He grinned. "Fair enough." He started telling me about him and his family. As it turned out, his father, Thanson, used to be the leader of his pack back in Meridell. But his pack was attacked by a group of Lava Ghouls, and they were all separated. They had to move to Neopian Central in order to make a living. I was intrigued. I'd never been this interested in a guy's conversation before (usually they just want to talk about battling in the Battledome and burping). I then told him about my family and I, about how we used to be poor and now we were middle-class. I told him about my struggles in school, how everyone considered me popular, and about how much pressure it put on me.

     "I don't care if I'm popular or not," I told him. "I just feel like there's something missing in my life. Do you ever feel that way?"

     "Yes," he said, staring absently at me. "All the time."

     We talked until the sun was beginning to set. We could see the red-orange glow of the huge solar mass disappearing gradually on the horizon, and I soon discovered that I was so close to Naralos that I was almost leaning my head on his shoulder! I didn't see him put his arm across the back of the bench and inch toward my shoulder, but finally I felt his touch, and I shuddered.

     "What's the matter? Are you cold?" he asked me.

     "A little," I said. He pulled me close to him and wrapped both his arms around me. I almost felt my heart skip a beat. What was I doing? What was he doing? What was going on? Reluctantly, I pulled away from him and looked at the ground.

     "Dream?" he asked. I looked back up into his hypnotising stare. "I-I've been meaning to tell you...I think you're beautiful." His face lit up in a deep crimson and avoided my gaze. I turned red, too.

     "Really?" I asked quietly.

     "Really. And I've also been meaning to say...I've never met anyone else like you..."

     I instantly knew what he was going to say. He felt the same way about me as I did about him! This was too good to be true! I waited calmly for him to finish, but he didn't. He instead looked at the pale water still shooting from the fountain.

     "Naralos?" I said. He looked at me again. "The first time I saw you, I knew that...well, I mean, when I first laid eyes on you, I heard angels singing. I felt like I was flying. I knew that you were my true love. I'm not ashamed to admit it, and though I've only known you for two days, I think I'm in love with you."

     His eyes seemed to glow at these words. "I-I felt the same way about you. I think I'm in love with you too!" I thought he was going to say more, but instead he pulled me into my first kiss. I heard the angels singing yet again, and my heart felt as if it weighed nothing. The world around me seemed to stop, and all I cared about at that moment was Naralos. Finally, when we pulled away, my face was heated to what felt like 200 degrees! I smiled dreamily at my adoring lover, who smiled back. Suddenly snapping back to reality, I checked the watch on my wrist.

     "8:30?! Oh, no!" I gasped, and leapt from the bench. He stood up. "I'm sorry, Naralos, but I have to get home! I am going to get into SO much trouble!" "I'll walk you," he said, and I was grateful for it. Clasping my paw in his, we ran out of the park and toward my NeoHome. The light was on, so I assumed that my parents must have been home. I kissed Naralos goodbye, and burst through the door. My parents were pacing in the living room.

     "DREAM!" my mother cried when I entered the room. "Where on earth have you been? We've been worried sick!" She grabbed me and pulled me into a tight hug.

     "Mom, I'm sorry. I was with a guy from school..." I began. "We were at the park talking, and I guess I kind of lost track of time..."

     "Honey," my father said warningly. "You disobeyed the curfew. Do you know what could have happened if you had been caught? You could have been taken to the Pound!" "I know, Dad, and I'm sorry!" I protested. THAT sure didn't work! I got a HUGE lecture on curfews and such. It was nearly 10:30 before I finally got to bed. I dreamed all about Naralos that night, and how he changed my life.

***

The next day, however, nearly destroyed my life.

     I went to school with Sapphire, same as always, but when I got there, I noticed a change in Mr. Vaffer's behaviour. He wasn't usually quite, but this morning he was pale and his eyes were bloodshot. He looked like he'd been up all night. I couldn't help but notice. I also couldn't help but notice that Naralos wasn't in school. I decided to ask Mr. Vaffer where he was.

     "Mr. Vaffer, where's Naralos?"

     He looked at me painfully. "I'm sorry, Dream, but Naralos is in the hospital."

     "WHAT?!" I practically screamed. "What the heck is he doing in the hospital? Is he OK?"

     "He was attacked by a pack of Lava Ghouls last night," Mr. Vaffer said. "He is suffering third degree burns and is very weak."

     My heart felt as if it had been shattered with a mallet. "C-can I go see him?" I asked. I knew the answer was going to be no, but instead:

     "Well, yes, OK. He tells me that you are his closest acquaintance, so I'll allow it this once," he said, his voice cracking.

     I got escorted to the hospital and went to the room that Naralos was in. He was lying on a bed, covered in a strange cream that I assumed was for his burns. He opened his eyes when he saw me.

     "Dream," he said hoarsely. "I didn't think you'd be able to come and see me."

     I sat down on a chair next to him. "I got to miss school. How are you?"

     He forced a smile. "Well, I don't know, exactly. I got burned pretty badly, and I can barely move. I still have to hear about what the doctor says,"

     I smiled painfully. This didn't sound good. If anything happened to Naralos, I don't know what I'd do. I took his paw and held it in mine. Then, five minutes later, the green Gelert doctor entered the room to talk to Naralos. I went to the waiting room until they were done talking. I prayed that Naralos would be OK. He HAD to be!

     Finally, I was allowed back in to see him. There was a big smile on his face, and I knew that he was going to be OK.

     "Well? What did the doctor say?" I said urgently.

     "He said I'm going to be fine!" Naralos answered, grinning. I hugged him (though rather gently). But then his smile faded. "But I won't be the same again. I'm so afraid that it'll happen again, I think I'm scarred for life. I don't want it to happen again to anyone else, especially you." My smile faltered, too. I felt so bad for Naralos! I knew that I would have to be the one to help him. "Not only that, but it turned out to be the same pack of Lava Ghouls that attacked my pack back home," he added. "I don't know WHY they're after us! It's almost like they're stalking me or something."

     I looked at him sympathetically. "Well, whatever happens, we'll handle it together, right?"

     He forced a smile. "Right."

     I stayed with him all afternoon. Dr. Gelert informed us that Naralos would be ready to be released tomorrow. This was great news to us. After I noticed that school was out, a bunch of pets (mainly girls) showed up with get-well cards. Sapphire even stayed with us for a while after everyone had gone.

A few hours later...

     "Coo-coo! Coo-coo!" screeched the coo-coo clock on the wall in the room. It was 7:00. Time for me to go.

     "Oh, shoot!" I said, looking at the clock. "I'm sorry, Naralos, but I have to leave now. I promise that I'll come by first thing in the morning, OK?"

     He grinned. "Sure, that would be great. Dream?"

     "Yeah?"

     "Thanks," he said. "For everything. It really means a lot to me."

     I smiled and blushed. Waving goodbye, I left the hospital room, sighing contentedly. Tomorrow couldn't come soon enough!

***

The next morning, a Saturday, I leapt out of bed, dressed, gulped down some breakfast, and hurried out the door to the hospital. I discovered that Naralos was waiting for me. He looked fantastic! His burns were either completely healed or completely invisible and he wore an adorable smile.

     "Hey!" I said. "You're...you're well!"

     "Almost completely," he said, pulling me into a tight hug. I returned it, nearly crying with happiness. My love was OK!

     "Hey," he said after we broke apart. "Why don't we go out for ice cream or something tonight? You know, as a celebration."

     I smiled. "Sounds good to me!"

     We hung out the rest of the day, talking and laughing and telling each other how much we loved one another. I was in heaven all day.

     At about 4:00, we ran into Sapphire at the Bazaar. "Hey, guys!" she said brightly. "Wow, Naralos, you're looking a lot better!"

     "Thanks," he replied.

     "So, I guess you two are really an item now, huh?" she said slyly. We both gulped; we were holding paws.

     "Yeah," I said, blushing. "I guess so."

     She winked at me. "I'll see you later then. Bye!" And she walked off.

     I turned to Naralos. "You know, I'm going to be hated by every single girl in school because I'm your girlfriend now."

     He grinned. "Well, as long as we have each other, right?"

     I beamed. "Right!"

***

Then it happened. At exactly 8:32 PM, on that Saturday night, it happened.

     He was walking me home from the ice cream shop. We were talking and laughing as usual, being completely innocent and not having a worry in the world.

     Until they came.

     I had looked away from Naralos' gaze only to see something ahead of us. It was some sort of red dot that seemed to be flickering. More appeared behind it, and I counted at least ten of them.

"Naralos? What is that?" I asked, pointing.

     He stopped walking, and squinted his eyes. After a moment of intense concentration, his face went white and his eyes grew wide in terror.

     "What is it?" I demanded.

     "LAVA GHOULS!" he shouted. "RUN!"

     Not thinking, he grabbed my arm and we both started running in the opposite direction of the evil creatures. Fear exploded in my mind. They couldn't attack, not while Naralos was almost completely healed. They couldn't attack.

     Naralos turned into the forest, and I followed him, panting for breath. He was a lot faster than I was, and I thought my heart would explode just trying to keep up with him. I could hear the fiery creatures getting closer behind us, and I felt an oncoming heat.

     Then I tripped. My foot caught on an uprooted tree root and I went sprawling onto the forest floor. "NO!" I cried out in panic. This was it. It was over for me. They were going to get me, I was sure of it.

     Sure enough, the voices of the Lava Ghouls grew louder, and before I knew it, they were five feet away from me. I could feel the intense heat they were projecting, and I shielded my eyes as the brightness of their bodies blazed into my pupils.

     "Oh, someone help me," I moaned. A yellow-blonde blur rushed past my vision and flew over my head. When I turned to look, Naralos was standing between the Lava Ghouls and me.

     "Leave her alone," he snarled at them between gritted teeth.

     "Naralos--" I started.

     The leader of the Lava Ghouls spoke: "You are the Lupe we tried to destroy. Either you go, or the she-Lupe goes."

     "Take me, then," he said. "Dream deserves to live. You have been after me for a long time, you fiery fiends, and now you shall have me. But heed this: if you go after Dream after you destroy me, I will rise up from the grave and haunt you until you die!"

     I stared open-mouthed at him. What was he doing??!!

     "You have our word," the leader said.

     "Let me say goodbye to her, first." Naralos turned his gaze towards me. "Live long, Dream. Live long, and may you find a love more pleasing than I was." I shook my head, finally realising what he was doing. "No, Naralos--!"

     "Shh," he said, putting his finger to my lips and kneeling down beside me. "I have to do this. I am a victim. It's my time to go. You must help me by promising to remember me for all time. Promise me, Dream. Here..." He pulled the golden ring off his pointer finger and put it on mine. "Wear it always. Don't forget me..."

     I bit my lip and tried to force back my oncoming tears. "I'll never forget you, Naralos...I'll never forget...you..."

     His twilight eyes burned into mine with a passion of true love. He kissed me gently one last time, and then stood up to face his enemies. "Go ahead...take me."

     And so I watched, as the Lava Ghoul leader drew a fiery sword from nowhere, held it in the air, and then put it to Naralos' chest. Fire consumed all around him as he looked at me one last time, mouthed "Never forget", and then burst into flame and disappeared, along with the Lava Ghouls that had taken him.

     I uttered a single passionate cry of pain and misery when all the fire around me vanished into nothingness. I broke down crying, crying, crying and never stopping. My heart was torn, my soul slashed. He was gone.

     I don't remember what else happened that night. I must have fallen dozed off on the forest floor, crying in my sleep and uttering gasps of emotional pain. When I woke up, I was in my bed inside my comfy NeoHome, my sheets drenched with my own tears.

     Naralos...gone.

     I looked at my right hand, and there was his ring, shining gold in the sunlight that poured through my windows. This was the only memory I had left of him. One that I'd never forget.

     "Never forget," I whispered. "I'll never forget, Naralos."

     For the next twenty years, I was never the same. I became an absolute introvert and hardly spoke to anyone, even my own parents and Sapphire. I would think of Naralos every moment of every day, and cry about him every night. I never married or even dated again.

     I grew up and graduated from high school, but didn't go to college. Instead, I became a full-time writer, but I never finished my stories. My life was incomplete, just like my stories. Without Naralos, I was nothing. But then again, if I am writing this one story right now, I suppose it was him that inspired me to finish my one story...this story, called "Eyes of Twilight Blue".

     My lessons to you: don't take anything for granted. Even the slightest thing you've had your entire life can disappear one day. And love. Love your family, friends, and even people you don't even know. Love everyone and everything. Without love, this world is nothing. Don't take love for granted. Love lasts for all time, but it can vanish. Hearts can really break. It isn't just a fictional thing you find in books-hearts can really break. Love is real.

     And so I conclude my story.

     My one finished story.

The End

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