The day of battle draws ever closer and the girls get stronger and wiser
by the minute. But Fabina knows they may look strong, but they are weak
little kittens who have never known a family. We have seen the events
in the build-up to battle in the last issue. Now we will take a look at
the action on the side of the dark forces…
The darkened cavern entrance led along a passage. Candles in twisted
wall brackets of black metal cast tiny pools of glowing light on the cold
stone walls. A heavy, studded wooden door with silver knobs and black
metalwork in dark symbols swung open to reveal a dark hole. If you went
through this hole, you could see the same candles that had lit your way
in the huge room. Steps draped in animal furs lead to a heavy carved oak
throne, and the fire in the grate had gone out, so a chill constantly
lingered. Fabina sat on his throne with Morticia in his arms. Their position
looked as though it could give clues to their behaviour.
Fabina slurred his words and Morticia giggled maniacally as they revelled
in their scheme to conquer Neopia. Morticia staggered over to her cauldron
and began to mix a potion. "The plan is in progress…" she whispered, "but
some of their kind must be destroyed before it will be completed…I can
tell you that one if these deaths will affect their main weapon…"
"You have planned well, Morticia…your reward shall be given to you when
we defeat them in battle. Send messages to our troops and ask them to
be at the Space Station for sunset. We will then sail to the Mystery Island
before mounting an attack on Neopia Central - they will be powerless!"
Little did Morticia and Fabina know that when the sun set in Neopia, hundreds
of people from across the world, from New York to Los Angeles, from London
to Toronto, from Tokyo to Beijing, came to check on their NeoPets and
so would take part in the battle.
The girls were very upset at having to leave Bakathi and Eevee behind
in Neopia Central. "Why wouldn't you let us bring them back?" asked Emma,
tearfully. "They like us, and we like them!"
"If they discovered your real identity," explained the Air Faerie, "then
the whole plan would fall apart because they could tell people who you
really are, and then word would get around and you could not complete
the task. At the moment, though, you're just two very mysterious Aishas
who only appear in Neopia Central occasionally, and that's the best way
for everything to be at this time..."
The girls decided to get some sleep because they felt very tired. As
they slept, the Faeries took turns to sneak in two of every magic item
in Neopia to help them. And when Emma and Lucy woke up, the Dark Faerie
hurried them to the escape hatch. The Water Faerie was waiting for them.
Quickly, they conjured up bags and shrank every item the girls would need
to fit. "What's going on?" asked Lucy. "Have the dark forces come for
us?" The Fire Faerie shook her head. "No, but the final battle begins
at sunset. You must get through Fabina's crones to get to Morticia, and
then fight her with your spells - use your weakest first so that if she
gets stronger, you have more chance of defeating her. Once you have weakened
her to surrender, caused her to be in an unfit state of mind, or destroyed
her, then you can get to Fabina, who will be very weak and in danger of
death by then, and he can be defeated with certain magic!"
The girls leapt through the hole with their bags and a strange whooshing
sound filled the air as they shot through thick layers of cloud and past
every store in Neopia, to arrive just outside the soup kitchen. Crowds
of angry warrior NeoPets of every colour and species were gathered in
the market place, equipped with magical items that were supposed to protect
them. They shouted and cheered when the Faeries appeared with Emma and
Lucy…and that was when the girls saw the extent of the damage. Every store
was blazing, as well as the NeoLodge, The Neopian Police Headquarters,
the Tower of the Light Faerie, the Neopian Hospital, the National Neopian
Bank, the Wishing Well, the Soup Kitchen and The Aisha Pack. In the far
distance, they could hear the screams of terror at the Mystery Island
as it flickered in the darkness, and the other Neopian stores were ablaze.
Suddenly, out of the thick, choking smoke came Bakathi and Eevee. They
were shouting for Emma and Lucy in a panic, fearing their sudden...
The girls ran to them and they clung to each other; Emma refused to release
Bakathi and Lucy wouldn't let Eevee go. The Faeries approached the girls
and drew them away from the boys. "You have to go and help your fellow
NeoPets fight the battle against the evil ones now," said the Fire Faerie.
"All the magic you will need to weaken Morticia and defeat Fabina is in
your bags. Good luck!" And with that, the four were shoved into the crowd
and into a totally different world from the one Bakathi and Eevee had
shown the two girls that day.
Angry cries and shouts of pain, fear and war rang out before them. The
sky reflected the ground and the water; blood-red with splashes everywhere.
Many NeoPets, especially Wockys, Gelerts and Lupes, were lying halfway
between life and death - they had been in the front line and so had been
the first to fall. Morticia's evil laugh rang through the girl's minds
and a strange, long-forgotten memory came rushing back to them - a girl
Aisha's was hit with a bolt of dark magic, a young male Aisha with Morticia
floating in the air before him, and the same Aisha falling to his death
with Morticia's high, cold laugh ringing in his ears all came flooding
back to them… With a loud roar, the line of Lennys before the girls fell
in submission to darkness and they were faced by Morticia. She smiled
wickedly at them. "So, you thought your puny little spells could defeat
me, when I have an invincible dark army whose minds I can control separately
at any time I like…you must be mad!"
"We're not interested in defeating your army, Morticia," replied Emma,
"We're here to do two things; to save Neopia from you and your evil forces…"
"…and," added Lucy, pausing for dramatic effect, "to revenge what happened
to our mother, father and sister."
"True, my forces killed your sister, and I drove your father mad," considered
Morticia, "but if you want to avenge your mother's death, Lucy, then it
is you who should be killed. If you hadn't been born, your mother would
still be here. You may think I'm lying to get you to side with me. If
you think that what I have told you is a lie, ask your precious Faeries!"
She pointed her wand at the Faeries, who looked at the girls sorrowfully.
Emma suddenly rounded on Morticia…
"That's a lie!" she said angrily, not showing the fear and doubt she
felt inside. "You know that our mother could have cared for both of us.
You just want Lucy to think she's responsible when really, it was you!"
"OK then." Morticia looked very relaxed, cool and casual. "Hit me with
whatever you've got!"
The girls tried every single magic spell they had, and each one slightly
weakened Morticia's power…but she had saved her strongest until last.
She raised her wand and half-shouted, half-screamed, "Avada Kedrava!"
A jet of green light shot out of the end of her wand and a whooshing noise
filled the air. The light hit the Kiss on the girls' foreheads and bounced
off back to Morticia, who screamed. "No!" she shrieked. "NO! Go back!
Go back! The Kiss cannot help them! Kill them! KILL THEM!" The green light
just shot straight to her heart and destroyed her with a whoosh and a
scream, and Morticia's limp body went from black to green to white and
fell several feet before hitting the ground.
The Light Faerie quickly conjured up a flash of white light, which turned
Morticia into black ashes. The ashes then leapt into the sky and disappeared.
"You have defeated Morticia by making her most dangerous weapon backfire,
and so making her destroy herself," said the Earth Faerie wisely. "She
cannot return now…she is lost forever and will never return."
All around them, NeoPets were returning to health and the way they had
looked before Fabina had fired the mutant ray. Fabina himself was very
weak and almost dead. The girls went to him with the Air Faerie, and he
managed to whisper, "Please, don't let me die with so much evil inside
me. I had given some of it to Morticia to use for her powers, but when
you destroyed her, it began to eat away at my heart and mind and soul
and I asked myself, "Do I really want to die so evil?" Please, girls,
I'm begging you to save me! I know I destroyed your lives and had no right
to, but I would just like to have some of this evil taken away from me
so I can die happy and peaceful, with my mind at rest…" His eyes began
to close and quickly, the Air Faerie performed the magic task. Fabina
gave a gentle sigh and went to the Great Beyond, happy, peaceful and free…
There was smoke all around them and the girls began to cough. The red
marks on the ground can still be seen in that area of Neopia today, and
a memorial of Morticia stands to remind people of the NeoPets who lived
their lives for Neopia. Suddenly, the Dark Faerie and the Water Faerie
came through the fumes, each carrying an Aisha. They laid them on the
ground and the girls gasped with horror…it was Bakathi and Eevee, and
they were very close to death. "Can we save them?" cried Emma, falling
to her knees. Lucy began to cry, and both girls hugged the brothers and
"It's quite serious," said the Faerie Queen. "When Morticia died, they
began to die…and they're very close to leaving us. She was going to use
them to bargain with you…if you let her live, they would live - if she
died, they died. I can give them some of this," she poured some drops
of fireflower juice (a fireflower is a flower that grows on the Hills
of the Mountain Sun in northern Neopia, but they are extremely rare now)
into their mouths from a diamond flask, "and then we have to pray for
them from sunset until dawn…"
It seemed a very long night. Every now and then, while the girls prayed
silently, they opened their eyes to see if there was any change in them.
But there wasn't any difference in either Bakathi or Eevee. Eventually,
worn-out with praying, tiredness, hunger and lack of energy (the battle
had been a huge drain on their resources) the girls fell asleep…
When dawn broke and the first shaft of light entered their eyes, the
girls awoke instantly. In front of them, Bakathi and Eevee lay, still
and silent. They both burst into tears of pain and anger, and wailed loudly.
"Why must your evil powers still bring about death, Morticia, when you
have destroyed yourself?" they screamed. "Why must you torment us the
way you do, when you are not even here? Why must you destroy everything
we have for your own greed and thirst for power? Why must you take the
ones we truly and will always love deep in our hearts?"
Suddenly, Bakathi's ears twitched and Eevee's tail moved. Emma and Lucy
held their breath and closed their eyes, where they could still see them
both, not daring to wake up fully and open their eyes in case it had all
been just a beautiful dream…
Bakathi and Eevee rose to full health and ran to the girls, who hugged
them as though they would never let go again. The two couples were joyfully
reunited, showing that love always triumphs over evil. The Faeries decided
to tell the girls the secret they had never known the answer to. As the
fresh scent of spring flowers filled the air and the petals from those
flowers surrounded the happy lovers, the Faerie Queen arrived and went
up to the girls. "Emma, Lucy," she said, "remember the time when you were
young and you asked me about your family, and I said your real names would
be hidden until Morticia died?" The girls both nodded.
"Well," and the Faerie Queen paused for dramatic effect, "Emma's real
name is Adria, and Lucy is Daria. And I am happy to give permission for
you to leave the Faeries and live in Neopia Central with Bakathi and Eevee!"
The whole of Neopia rejoiced as the two Aisha princesses were restored
to power once again.
You will all be pleased to know that, eventually, Adria and Bakathi became
parents to a beautiful young girl named Saria, out of respect for her
aunt, who happily married and continued the royal line. Daria and Eevee
also became parents, to two sons named Fabiola and Fabina, because Fabina
was a good NeoPet at heart, even though he had been poisoned by evil.
And how do I know this? A lot later, I became the owner of their descendants,
who all had exactly the same names as they did…
Eventually, however, the Aishas decided to bring in democracy, and the
NeoPets of Neopia Central now rule each other. The community is happy
and thriving, and all the other NeoPets are enjoying their lives in peace
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