Keriana looked back over her
shoulder as she ran. What she saw made her run even faster. Lava had started
pouring out of the hole and was flowing rapidly toward them.
Suddenly, Keriana's pack lurched
to the right, almost knocking her over. She gasped and leaned left, barely
regaining her balance in time.
"What's…wrong?" Emariled panted
from her right.
"I'm…not...sure…" she answered
as the pack gave another jerk. There was something she should remember…something
"The egg!" she cried.
"What?" Emariled asked. "Hurry…"
she said breathlessly.
Just then she realized they
were climbing a hill. A few minutes later they stopped and collapsed on
top. They were safe there for now; the lava couldn't flow up after them.
They were on a rocky plateau
that ended in more cliffs. Keriana could see little dots on the cliff
face that could be caves.
"I'm sick of caves," she mumbled.
Her pack gave another jerk.
"Oh no!" she said, pulling
off her pack and unzipping it. A little furry blue Zafara head popped
"Sarkanonin zeekyta!" it said
"You're okay!" Keriana said,
"Sikeeti shekaluken!" it remarked
in its tiny little voice. Keriana lifted the Zafara out of the pack. He
leaned against her, purring quietly. By now, everyone had wandered over
to see what was going on.
"What shall we call you?"
Keriana wondered aloud.
"Zseialluryn!" the Zafara exclaimed.
"That's an awfully long name
for a little NeoPet like you," Keriana said kindly.
"Zseialluryn!" he repeated
"Well, if you really like
it, I guess that'll work," she said, smiling and stroking his fur. "I
think we'll call you Zsei for short."
"Zsei, zsei, zseialluryn!"
the Zafara said happily.
Just then, it started to rain,
turning the lava below them to rock. Large heavy drops pelted them from
overhead. Grolth stood and motioned for the others to follow her. Zsei
climbed up onto Keriana's back and held on with his tiny paws.
Grolth led them into the caves
Keriana had seen earlier.
"It's really dark," Keriana
said as they entered the pitch-blackness.
"Dark, dark, dark!" Zsei echoed.
"Zekilefi!" "Help!" a faraway
voice called out.
"What was that? Greenleaf wondered.
"Help!" the voice sounded
"Someone's in trouble!" Emariled
"We have to help them!" Keriana
added anxiously. "Come on!"
"Come on, come on! Feriki!"
"Here we go again," Greenleaf
The voice cried out again,
sounding more panicked by the second. Keriana darted off into the darkness,
Zsei still on her back.
"Help me, someone please!"
they heard, closer this time. They turned a corner in the tunnel and saw
a blue Cybunny locked in a cage.
"Please help," she moaned.
"Who did this to you?" Arwen
asked as Emariled started examining the cage.
"Monocerous…hurry before it
comes back!" the Cybunny explained quickly.
"Aha!" Emariled said. She pulled
a hinge on the door out and dragged it open. The NeoPets, now a total
of eight, ran into the nearest tunnel. Just then, they heard an all-too-familiar
roar of rage behind them.
"Oh no…" the Cybunny mumbled.
They bounded on, as fast as
they could. The pets could hear the monoceras close behind them.
Finally, after what seemed
like forever, they dashed out into the sunlight. Just ahead of them was
the edge of a forest.
"Hurry!" Grolth said urgently
as they darted into the trees. They kept running, their path twisting
and turning to confuse their pursuer. After awhile they could no longer
here the Monocerous behind them. They slowed to a stop.
asked, out of breath.
"I think so," Grolth answered.
"Thank you so much!" the Cybunny said gratefully. "I'm Jamyah, by the
way," she added.
Grolth introduced everyone
and told their story. Keriana was staring off into space when she finished.
Suddenly, the Lupe realized something… "I know where we are!" she said
excitedly. "We're really close to home!"
Grolth looked around at the
"I remember this place! Our
house is just over there!" she said, pointing. They set off once again,
this time actually sure of where they were.
"Where do you live?" Keriana
"I don't really have a home,
actually," she said, her ears drooping.
"You know, I bet our owner
would let you stay with us if you want," Keriana offered.
"That would be great!" Jamyah
answered, sounding much happier. A few minutes later, they reached a small
house in the middle of a clearing. The pets rushed up to the door, talking
Before they even reached it,
a tall, blonde human girl came running out.
"There you are! I've been
so worried!" She hugged them each and led them inside. They all filed
into the living room and sat down.
"What happened?" their owner
"We just had the most amazing
adventure," Keriana said.
"Adventure!" Zsei echoed. Grolth
smiled and told their owner all about it.
"So can they stay?" Keriana
asked after Grolth was finished.
"Of course! All of you are
welcome to stay as long as you want," the girl said.