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Lupina peered through the underbrush. When the pets
had heard that they were near the den where Lupina was born, they had
insisted on seeing the famous Lupe's birthplace for themselves.
"I think that's where it was," Lupina mumbled, pointing
to a small knoll. She was a little bit embarrassed.
The pets went charging forward, but Lily and Emala stopped
them. "I think Lupina might want to go first," Emala explained. "Her mother
stopped living there, and she might want a little time alone."
Lupina passed Emala a grateful look and climbed the side
of the knoll alone. She came to a large boulder. Setting her weight against
it, she rolled it off to one side. Behind it lay a dark hole. Lupina lowered
her head and crawled inside.
The air had a musty smell to it. As Lupina crawled down
the tunnel, her first memories came back to her. Less than 10 minutes
after her birth, her mother, Lupava, the Lupe she had never known, had
A tear trickled down Lupina's face. She came to the end
of the tunnel, where a box-shaped room had been hollowed out. Her eyes
opened wide. Instead of the skeleton she had thought would be lying there,
the only thing in the den was a large gravestone. On was inscribed, "Lupava
of Verdancia. Descendant of the great Moon Lupe and mother of Lupina of
Lupina searched her mind for who might have buried her
mother, marked the spot, and sealed the tomb. Then it came to her: Jonah
and Jen, Rosy's parents. It was Jonah who had found her in that very den
many years ago. It was Jen who had reared her with her own litter.
Lupina placed her paw on the dusty gravestone. This was
the place where her mother had passed. And she had gone to Faerieland
bearing Lupina. Lupina's Lupe Moon Charm glowed. And Lupina knew the heart
of its power. Love. If her mother had not loved her so, to push against
her own life for her child's, Lupina would never had been able to defeat
the Darkness Faerie. Without Amy's love, she couldn't free all the pets.
Her power was all love. And she loved in return.
Dry-eyed, Lupina left the den. Without a word, she rolled
the boulder back into its place. The crowd of pets understood, although
they were disappointed. They were not to enter the den.
Since it was getting late, the large company of NeoPets
decided to stay in that area for the night.
The stars had come out. All was peaceful. The gentle
snores of sleeping pets drifted into the night air. Lupina lay awake.
It seemed so tranquil. But up in the sky, Lupina could see a dark shape,
moving slowly through the skies, searching, searching. Dr. Sloth hadn't
given up yet.
To be continued...