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It was two days later. I was in the potions classroom
again, but this time I was making a different potion. This potion would
allow change shape to any other NeoPet like I could do with colours. I
had just finished pouring in each of the morphing potions, and now I poured
in a pint of Rainbow Pool water. I added in the same powdered Golden
Ivy Leaves and Purple
Grasper. Then I shot a Sparkshooter into the mixture three times
and added the same air spell I had used before. I put it on the fire and
opened a copy of Faerie Tales. Before too long, the potion was
done. I left it to cool and read another story. Then it was ready. I drank
it down. I got the same sensation. Then, when the feeling stopped, I gave
the mental command to become a Gelert. I watched as my body, legs, and
head became thinner and elongated slightly. Long strands sprouted from
my ears. I found myself a Gelert. I turned myself into a Christmas Gelert.
Then, laughing, I transformed into a Cloud Gelert. I looked just like
Rosy IV! I thought of great-grandma, the two-time hero of Neopia. She
would be proud of me if she could see me now. She had never been able
to turn different colours and transform into different species. Happily,
I transformed back into myself and headed to the library. I felt like
some late night reading.
Libraries never cease to fascinate me. Myra has a huge library, with
multiple copies of every book in Neopia. I remember when I was little,
trotting down the wide staircase into the ballroom-sized entrance hall,
running around and through the big finished pine door. I recalled the
musty smell of the bookshelves as I searched for my great grandmother.
I would find her, sitting in a corner, peering down through her glasses
at the dusty pages of some old tome of knowledge. She would take me on
her knee and read to me. She taught me to read.
I skimmed over the shelves, finally stopping at the collection
of Faerie books. Faerie books attracted me. I couldn't explain it. I looked
at them. Wonders of Water, Falling Leaves, Breathe, A Light At The
End Of The Tunnel, A New Day - there were so many to choose from.
Finally I chose A New Day. The Faerie Queen's biography was likely
to be interesting. Within a few minutes, I was absorbed in the book.
I woke up. It was 7:50 AM. Potions class started in 10 minutes! I leaped
out of the armchair. Suddenly, I realized a dramatic way to enter the
class. I transformed myself into an invisible Grarrl. I took a few steps.
No, too noisy. I switched to an invisible Kacheek and walked out into
the hallway. Much better.
Turning, I saw the last of my class filtering into the classroom. Hurriedly,
I walked silently in behind them. Instead of sitting in my usual chair,
I stood silently by the doorway. I watched as Rosy, Lily and Emala showed
their potion results. It was rather impressing. They had each done some
pretty cool potions. As Emala stepped down from the little stage, I crept
soundlessly onto it.
"Next up, Lupina," Ms. Carma read off her scroll. Rosy spoke up.
"She's not here."
"Well, why not?" asked Ms. Carma.
"Well, she wasn't in her bed last night, and she didn't get in line to
come to class," Lily cut in.
Just then, I transformed back into a fire Lupe.
Ms. Carma looked up. "Oh, wonderful, Lupina, a Invisibility Potion."
But I could sense her disappointment. She wanted something more advanced
from one of her star students. Actually, I was a little offended that
she thought I would do something as simple as that. I had made an Invisibility
Potion for a pastime a couple weeks ago, but I had given it to Emmy, a
green Tuskaninny who didn't seem to be able to do anything right and was
always being picked on.
"No, Ms. Carma," I said. "Not an Invisibility Potion. Two other potions.
Namely, a Painting Potion and a Multi-Morphing Potion."
The class oohed and aahed as I displayed my abilities by morphing and
colour-changing from species to species, colour to colour. I even (although
it's one of the species and colours I despise) turned into an Avocado Chia
- ugh. I don't see why ANYONE would want to turn their Chia into
an Avocado - or better yet, create a Chia at all. But some people
I continued my demonstration for a few more minutes and then I started
explaining the theory of the potions. "Golden Ivy Leaves help energize
and conduct the changes. The addition of the Purple Grasper is enough
to stop the potions and paints from activating until the Air Spell tells
them to. And I control the Air Spell," I finished. Everyone applauded.
I went back down and sat in my chair, watching contentedly as the other
students displayed their works.
Next, we learned about how to teleport in Charms class.
That would come in handy next time I had to make a long journey, but first
I would have to pass my test. Everyone needs a license to teleport, I
wasn't allowed to try the test until I was six months older. What a bore.
The rest of the day went by smoothly. When it was time
for bed, we all trooped upstairs. I lay down on my bed, happy and content,
ready to go to sleep.
To be continued...