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Week - 323

Storm at Sea: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: Two figures ran through the darkness. They were some of the very, very few who were unafraid – they had grown up on these shadowy streets...

Week - 324

Storm at Sea: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: The spell had pent up enough energy to keep the storm going for years. Not that they would need that long. Soft-hearted Fyora would see the chaos and do the only thing she could do to save her people – hand over Faerieland...

Week - 325

Storm at Sea: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Vivian was very uneasy. The electric Ixi sorceress whispered to Ivy, "Why haven't we seen any Dark Faeries?"

Week - 326

Storm at Sea: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Embyrr looked around in near-panic – they couldn't possibly last much longer. The Fire Faerie told her companion, "Ivy – we have to get out of here! We're being overwhelmed!"

Week - 360

A House, A Home: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: "There's open space here, which is a lot more than you can say for Neopia Central. Come on! It's a whole new life – a splendid adventure story – four sisters moving to the moon!"

Week - 361

A House, A Home: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Juju bent down. Was this piece of floor slightly darker than the rest? She felt around it and got her fingers in the grooves. She lifted it up. A ladder led to a tunnel below.

Week - 362

A House, A Home: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: The Grundo said patronizingly, "I'm duty-bound to check out all serious claims. It was probably just a few teenage thugs hiding in the shed."

Week - 363

A House, A Home: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: That was when a large door opened across the room, revealing Commander Garoo. And yes, he had giant robots.

Week - 378

Her Majesty's Champions: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: It was a time for Champions. Six mortal heroes with ties to each of the six elements, who were sworn to obey the Queen and fight for good.

Week - 379

Her Majesty's Champions: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: "The Champions of Air and Darkness are arriving today... I will speak to all of you together, and explain your purpose."

Week - 380

Her Majesty's Champions: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Someone banged on the door of the Grand Council Chamber. "Milady Fyora! I must speak with you at once!"

Week - 381

Her Majesty's Champions: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: The three masked Neopets waited until the blast shook the Citadel before they acted. They jumped out of their hiding places...

Week - 382

Her Majesty's Champions: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: The six Champions dismounted outside the Faerie Palace and bid their mounts goodbye. Sartos muttered, "Here goes nothing."

Week - 383

Her Majesty's Champions: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: "I wish you to go inside the Palace... I need you to guard the Vault of Queens."

Week - 426

Hearts of Fire: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: She crept into one of the narrow corridors of the Virtupets Space Station. The only light came from the intermittent blinks of the status buttons...

Week - 427

Hearts of Fire: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Carmen helped Niklausse up onto the top of the escape pod. They both squinted in the early-morning sunshine – they weren't used to it at all after a few years on the Space Station.

Week - 428

Hearts of Fire: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Carmen was starting to be a little uneasy about that plan... one night, she'd found the Neopedia articles on "Sloth" and "Mutants" while the others were asleep. A few phrases from the latter particularly haunted her...

Week - 429

Hearts of Fire: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Pinkerton was forcibly marched along a narrow ramp down into the belly of one of the Invader ships.

Week - 430

Hearts of Fire: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: As the sounds of battle crashed around them, Carmen, Niklausse, and Musetta crouched behind a barricade...

Week - 431

Hearts of Fire: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: "Better to die here and free than surrender and die a prisoner of Sloth."

Week - 448

Tatterwings: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: Ioni the Grey Faerie looked out of the mouth of the cave into the setting sun. Behind her, the firelight flickered.

Week - 449

Tatterwings: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: She tried her best to stab at the creature – but how did one stab a shadow? It didn't seem to have any effect at all!

Week - 450

Tatterwings: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: "Edna's tower isn't too far away from here... she's said to be friendlier than others in this accursed wood, so I think we should start there."

Week - 451

Tatterwings: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: The seven travellers soon found that they couldn't keep up the pace that they had originally set. Bruno didn't appear at all tired, but finally, when even Rafe was drooping, Ioni said, "We can't go on like this... we need to slow down."

Week - 452

Tatterwings: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Jennumara felt the magic connection between herself and Archos snap. She dashed to the top of her tower and looked in her mirror, waiting impatiently for the mist to clear.

Week - 453

Tatterwings: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: The Darkest Faerie threw back her blue-black head and laughed. "Look at what's become of you, Jennumara!"

Week - 454

Tatterwings: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Ioni cried, "Baelia, run! I'll hold her off... you'll be more help as a Fire Faerie!"

Week - 475

The Wheel of Glory: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: It was too much for Miles to keep track of at once. Arcadius – the builder of the five wheels of Neopia – speaking of a first wheel, which he hadn't invented!

Week - 476

The Wheel of Glory: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: "What happened, Miles? I got here first, and you were just lying on the floor by the magic paintings, all tied up! Doc said that he thought he smelled sleep gas, but how did sleep gas get in here?"

Week - 477

The Wheel of Glory: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Miles rewrapped his makeshift turban around his head as Thag and Plesio rowed the boat up the River Sakh.

Week - 478

The Wheel of Glory: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Doc laughed. "Imagine it – we're in one of best worlds in Neopia for a journey, and Vile's on a wild-Mallard chase in the middle of the desert!"

Week - 480

Lady Sandstorm: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: "It may be best to do what we did last time – remind him that Sakhmet and Qasala are allies. Unless he's tripled his forces since his last attempt, he can't possibly hope to stand against us together."

Week - 481

Lady Sandstorm: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan blinked a few times, but he didn't let any other signs of his weariness show. There were quite a lot of Qasalans watching his small group leave the city...

Week - 482

Lady Sandstorm: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Hanso and Brynn only looked confused – Jazan realized that they probably had no idea what was going on. He asked, "Nightsteed, could we have a history lesson for all concerned?"

Week - 483

Lady Sandstorm: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Nabile twisted a strand of hair anxiously as Jazan said, "She was a Fire Faerie gone bad. She’s the reason the Lost Desert is a desert."

Week - 484

Lady Sandstorm: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: "So that way must be the room that fills with water! It's down a flight of stairs. Tomos and I fell in there, and then we went that way – so that way must be the library we found!"

Week - 485

Lady Sandstorm: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan didn't even look at him. "Thief, if you dare to compare me to Razul..."

Week - 486

Lady Sandstorm: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan stood in front of his scrying ball, wondering one final time if this was a good idea.

Week - 487

Lady Sandstorm: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan looked back at the statue behind them. "That's King Jazan the First – he led the city against Lady Sandstorm the first time, all those millennia ago."

Week - 488

Lady Sandstorm: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: "Have the faeries arrived yet?"

Nabile shook her head. "Not a sign of them."


Week - 489

The Squire and the Scholar: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: Lisha tried to suppress a snort. "It'd be nicer if your example was realistic, sir. Jeran won't let me any closer to a battle than he can help."

Week - 490

The Squire and the Scholar: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: "So, what are we not to do once we don't sneak out of the castle?"

Week - 491

The Squire and the Scholar: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Lisha shook her head. All of these knights and their ideas of "duty"...

Week - 492

The Squire and the Scholar: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Lisha gripped her wand. It's just me and Ro now. A squire and a scholar, out to save Meridell.

Week - 493

The Squire and the Scholar: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: She remembered how she'd felt as she watched Jeran waving goodbye to her. She'd been so proud of doing something without his help...

Week - 494

The Squire and the Scholar: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: With a thunderous roar, a Werelupe came out of a doorway up ahead.

Lisha shrieked...


Week - 495

The Squire and the Scholar: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Jeran held Lisha so tightly she could hardly breathe as he scolded, "Lisha! What possessed you to do such an insane..."

Week - 496

My Enemy, My King: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: It has been many years since you have wielded your blade in the service of Qasala. As your king, I command that you return...

Week - 497

My Enemy, My King: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: "These directions, coupled with my own notes and translations, will lead you to the underground chamber where the 'Son of the Sun' hid his greatest treasure."

Week - 498

My Enemy, My King: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: He'd lived too long, travelled too far, and made too much of a life elsewhere to let himself die back in Qasala. He had to survive this.

Week - 499

My Enemy, My King: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Alaric eased himself down to the bottom of a long, slick wall with only scant handholds, then looked up at the dot of light at the top of the slope and lit his own torch. "The rest of you can come down now!"

Week - 500

My Enemy, My King: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Alaric awoke with a ferocious headache – he put a hand to his head as he opened his eyes.

Week - 501

My Enemy, My King: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: "The tiles on the floor are traps – there's one real path to each place, but other than that they open up into spike pits."

Week - 502

My Enemy, My King: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: "It doesn't matter – what matters is getting that Fyora-forsaken Orb out of this palace before your father finds out that it's gone!"

Week - 503

More Powerful than Magic: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: Had it really been twenty years since the curse had ended? The Old Qasalan runes written on banners at every street corner proclaimed it, but Jazan still had trouble believing it.

Week - 504

More Powerful than Magic: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: "How? She's been a statue for fourteen years! How in Neopia could she have gotten loose?"

Week - 505

More Powerful than Magic: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Hanso said with fake cheer, "King Jazan actually agrees with me? I feel so loved!"

Week - 506

More Powerful than Magic: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: "I am the Games Master! Please leave, unless you wish me to utterly defeat you."

Week - 507

More Powerful than Magic: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Hanso muttered to Jazan, "Congratulations. I think we've managed to find someone who's even more annoying than I am!"

Week - 508

More Powerful than Magic: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: If it had been any other night, Jazan would have been excited. The Vault of Queens contained some of the most powerful artifacts that had ever existed in Neopia, but mere mortals were rarely allowed inside.

Week - 509

More Powerful than Magic: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: The next morning, Jazan and Altador leaned over a large map of Faerieland and the surrounding land in Fyora's main library as Hanso consulted the golem book.

Week - 510

More Powerful than Magic: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Brynn asked, "Are you sure you can lead us to Xandra, King Jazan?"

Week - 511

More Powerful than Magic: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan wasn't swayed for a second by Xandra's talk of power and conquest. He'd heard words like that before – that was the way Razul had talked.

Week - 513

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: "If I wanted that blaster fixed with Mallard tape, I'd have done it myself!"

Week - 514

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: "I'm glad we found you. This isn't a standard shipping lane – Spaceward 6 is here to patrol for pirates. Has your ship been attacked?"

Week - 515

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Cassius slid into his seat as Marzai began, "The sorceress Jalitha has been a problem for Eoxan-zortha for centuries..."

Week - 516

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Trinian shouted, "Any sign of the shadows?"

Bea commented, "I'm pretty sure they're back there pointing and laughing."


Week - 517

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: As the flame subsided, a little Grundo wandered up. "May Mira bless our meeting, my friends! I'm glad that you've finally arrived!"

Week - 518

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: A portly Tonu snorted. "Surely you jest, Lord Firetamer."

Week - 519

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: It wasn't as if he had the same skills – the useful skills – that everyone else had, anyway. Unless Jalitha needed some pipes fixed, he was pretty much useless.

Week - 520

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: It was all too clear that the mine's tunnels had been abandoned for lifetimes – there were drippings and scuttlings in the darkness beyond the range of their iridan lamp. Yaxal asked nervously, "Just how stable is the rock?"

Week - 521

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: And then he realized that the darkness seemed a little... blacker... than it should have. Horns rang out from the tops of the towers. "Shadows! Shadows! Shadows attacking!"

Week - 522

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Ten
by saphira_27
Description: Cassius said, "We'll save her. And when she sees us she'll start complaining about how we took our own sweet time and how she could have gotten herself out easier."

Despite his joking, though, he couldn't get Jory to smile.


Week - 523

Starblaze and Blasterfire: Part Eleven
by saphira_27
Description: Then he felt a draft. There was a bigger room up ahead. He was close – he could feel the darkness lurking beyond.

Week - 526

Houseguests
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan sighed. Nabile loved throwing herself into holidays, and he supposed it would be fun for the children. But he had no fond memories of them, himself – for him, a holiday had been a day when he successfully avoided his father. Razul had certainly never hung a stocking or a sprig of holly in his life.

Week - 529

Once a Scarab: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: Tomos didn't find it that hard to elude the palace guards as he snuck into one of the many gardens that surrounded the building. Everyone was still too busy celebrating the defeat of Razul...

Week - 530

Once a Scarab: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Bokan snapped, "Tomos, are you paying attention?"

Week - 531

Once a Scarab: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: "Tomos upset an Ummagine cart to let him get away, but couldn't get away fast enough himself. He's cooling his heels in the dungeons right now."

Week - 532

Once a Scarab: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: It was people like Jazan and Amira who were royalty to the bone, not her. But the guard was holding out his key. "Shall we go, then, milady?"

Week - 533

Once a Scarab: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: And all they had was this useless mirror. He muttered, "You'd think King Jazan could have given her some sort of magic weapon or something useful."

Week - 534

Once a Scarab: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Yari asked, eyes wide, "You really turned him into a Scamander?"

Week - 535

Once a Scarab: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Tomos was getting irritated quickly. "Once a Scarab, always a Scarab. Don't talk about her like she's some sort of traitor."

Week - 536

Once a Scarab: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: "The news has gotten out. We'll have allies, and his soldiers and sorcerers won't help him too much if the whole city has turned against him."

Week - 537

Once a Scarab: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: Tomos couldn't help but look around in amazement as he jogged down the street toward the Scarab hideout. To an outside eye, the bustle of the street looked normal. But Tomos knew...

Week - 538

Once a Scarab: Part Ten
by saphira_27
Description: Nabile slipped her knife onto her belt – the only thing she had left to do was to cover her face and hair with a wrap like the desert traders used, so that no one would recognize her before the fighting began.

Week - 539

Once a Scarab: Part Eleven
by saphira_27
Description: Amira said, "I want to go to the palace, and the throne room."

It was official – Nabile was the only sane royal person that he knew.


Week - 540

The Scarab and the Sea: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: It still seemed strange to Tomos that he was in charge of the other four Neopians, instead of being marched along in irons behind them.

Week - 541

The Scarab and the Sea: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Jaryth hit his head against the table repeatedly. "He convinced the captain to leave without us? How in Nuria's name..."

Week - 542

The Scarab and the Sea: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Tomos looked around the deck of the Sea Queen at the sailors preparing for a battle with pirates, wishing that any second he would wake up and it would have all turned out to be a nightmare.

Week - 543

The Scarab and the Sea: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: "There's not much we can do until we get to wherever they're sailing to. Then we'll try to free ourselves and get those jewels and the treaty back."

Week - 544

The Scarab and the Sea: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Lura finally pronounced Tomos fit to get up and move around the next morning. Tomos was glad – he had slept fitfully in that Fyora-forsaken hammock. He stepped out onto the deck of the Black Pawkeet...

Week - 545

The Scarab and the Sea: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: "I'm a pirate. I don't need to be dignified."

Week - 546

The Scarab and the Sea: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Tomos took several steps back – the Scarabs and the other urchin gangs took care to steer well clear of the Thieves Guild and its enforcers.

Week - 547

The Scarab and the Sea: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Tomos had never had a lock pick that was more than a bent bit of wire, and now that he was in a position to actually afford real ones he had no need for them.

Week - 548

The Scarab and the Sea: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: Kipras blurted, "Behind the throne! Door! Caves – they lead to the sea! He's got his treasure down there, and a boat to escape in..."

Week - 549

The Scarab and the Sea: Part Ten
by saphira_27
Description: Scarblade only laughed – a cold, harsh noise without a trace of joy. "You're in an interesting position to be making demands, Captain Tomos."

Week - 550

Kings and Curses: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: At that moment, the door swung open, and Jazan looked up – it was his son, Caspar. At sixteen, the desert Ixi was now just as tall as his father...

Week - 551

Kings and Curses: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: As soon as the Lutari had left, Esmeralda burst out laughing. "He's crazy!" 

Caspar added, grinning, "Wackier than a Weewoo."


Week - 552

Kings and Curses: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Nabile asked, "Has something gone wrong, milady?"

Fyora closed her violet eyes briefly. "I've received word that the tomb of Aurajar the Cruel has been rediscovered."


Week - 553

Kings and Curses: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Mirzah grumbled, "What do they put in Faerieland's water that makes them think it's such a good idea to do things at dawn?"

Week - 554

Kings and Curses: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan threw his magic out in a brute wave – no finesse, just power – in order to try and keep himself from being swamped and buried in the merciless tide of sand.

Week - 555

Kings and Curses: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Only Jazan's weariness would keep him from having a wakeful night. He stared up at the stony ceiling, wondering what it would take to defeat an ancient king thoughtlessly released into the world.

Week - 556

Kings and Curses: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan found that his fists were tightly clenched. Why couldn't the evil kings of Qasala stay dead?

Week - 557

Kings and Curses: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan was the most powerful sorcerer that they had. If there was anything magical that could be done, he would be able to do it...

Week - 558

Kings and Curses: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: Sambar bellowed, "Press through! They're a distraction! We've got to get to the guards at the palace!"

Week - 559

I Will Stand Alone: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: Prince Jazan the Fourth of Qasala strode down the halls of the palace, his long legs eating up the distance quickly. At sixteen, he'd finally reached his adult height...

Week - 560

I Will Stand Alone: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan stared at Nightsteed. "What's Lord Asyir been arrested for?"

Week - 561

I Will Stand Alone: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: He hoped Nightsteed had managed to find Seji. The dungeons were full of listening spells – and Jazan didn't like his chances of managing to foil all of them...

Week - 562

I Will Stand Alone: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Outside of the palace, these tunnels weren't particularly well-maintained. The stone was dank with mold and mildew, and many of the cobbles under their feet were crumbling...

Week - 563

I Will Stand Alone: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: He shut the door behind him, and as he locked it again he heard a noise that made him jump and almost drop his tray. It was only after it repeated that he realized it was a snore...

Week - 564

I Will Stand Alone: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Kiri said, her voice small, "Could you win if you fought him?"

Jazan merely shrugged. "Maybe." If Razul were half-asleep. And dizzy.


Week - 565

I Will Stand Alone: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: She sniffed. "How can it be that we did everything right, and it still went wrong?"

Jazan offered his best explanation. "Because Fate is a vindictive twit?"


Week - 566

I Will Stand Alone: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Asyir and Seji would be ready to deal with anyone who broke through, or fight if it all went wrong.

Jazan, with both sword and magic, had to be prepared to fight the Werhond.


Week - 568

Mr. Cuddles
by saphira_27
Description: Katrina asked, not liking the cold feeling at the pit of her stomach, "What in Neopia would scare a Meepit?"

Week - 572

Honor Among Thieves: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: Everything on Marlos's desk was just the way he liked it. His brass lamp was polished mirror-bright, his case of colored inks was set out with each color in order...

Week - 573

Honor Among Thieves: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Marlos thought as he crouched in a shadowy alley not too far from the palace. He wanted nothing more than to go home, get in bed, pull his covers over his head, and make this all go away.

Week - 574

Honor Among Thieves: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Many of the buildings were boarded up, with signs on the boards saying the buildings were unstable. Nabile and Tomos went straight to one of these. Marlos frowned. "Is that safe?"

Week - 575

Honor Among Thieves: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Stealing the proof they needed would be, as it turned out, far easier said than done. It would either be in Lady Marcia's apartment in the palace or the mage's rooms in the Mages' College. And both, to Marlos, sounded about as wise as throwing gold coins into the middle of the Sakhmet marketplace...

Week - 576

Honor Among Thieves: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Zina complained, "I don't like it. I don't see how they run in these." She kicked at the hem of her long skirt.

Week - 577

Honor Among Thieves: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: "Do you relish the title of thief?" 

Dom stood straight and tall. "Thief's a sight more honest than traitor. Wouldn't you say?"


Week - 578

Honor Among Thieves: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: By the time Marlos woke the next morning, Nabile had already returned with several Tchea Fruits and a carved walking stick. The Draik resolved to never ask any questions about where they'd come from.

Week - 579

Honor Among Thieves: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: If the king had been at his desk, the black thing would have been upon him in an instant. But the study was large, and they were far enough away that King Coltzan was able to draw his sword...

Week - 581

The Mysteries of Mr. Cuddles: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: She hesitated. Going into the Haunted Woods – into the very darkest, deepest, worst part of it, at midnight – that was so reckless that Katrina could hardly even get her mind around it.

Week - 582

The Mysteries of Mr. Cuddles - Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Katrina yawned in the greyish light of early dawn. She wasn't a morning person by nature, but they had to catch a stagecoach – a stagecoach, of all things – to get into the Haunted Woods, and it left early.

Week - 583

The Mysteries of Mr. Cuddles - Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Zillie held on to Mr. Cuddles as tightly as she could. That was the only thing that the Purple Kyrii could do, lost and alone in the howling storm of wraiths.

Week - 584

The Mysteries of Mr. Cuddles: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Katrina didn't know how long she knelt there in the cold, the foul mud of the Haunted Woods soaking through the legs of her pants. She didn't want to get up. She didn't want to have to decide what to do next.

Week - 585

The Mysteries of Mr. Cuddles: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: If she got half a chance, she wanted to see all four of those stuck-up maniacs, plus this Overlord dude, taking a face-plant in the dirt.

Week - 586

The Mysteries of Mr. Cuddles: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Zillie thought she had dozed again – the next thing she knew, Mr. Cuddles was nudging her and there was the sound of a key rattling in the lock.

Week - 587

The Mysteries of Mr. Cuddles: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: It hadn't been hard to decide on a plan of action. Zillie, Mr. Cuddles, and whoever had taken them were all inside Castle Nox...

Week - 588

The Mysteries of Mr. Cuddles: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Zillie had heard a howl like that before – she would remember it anywhere. Werelupes. Close Werelupes.

Week - 591

King of the Land of the Sun: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: The Darkest Faerie, once called Melanthe by those who knew her, stepped out of the middle of the flames in the dark space. "Why, hello, Altador."

Week - 592

King of the Land of the Sun: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: "I've had some word from my contacts. The Thieves' Guild is trying to move further into Altador."

Week - 593

King of the Land of the Sun: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: They'd flush out their quarry and hunt them down, and even the notoriously tricky Thieves' Guild would be no match for a righteous thief and two powerful kings.

Week - 594

King of the Land of the Sun: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan clearly wasn't listening – he was lost in his own thoughts. Altador stopped trying to make conversation and focused on their surroundings instead.

So he saw the shape on the rooftop in front of them raise a crossbow...


Week - 595

King of the Land of the Sun: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Julius and Hestra were running around checking pulses as Altador had – Julius reported, "Everyone's alive, sir. Though with the headaches they'll have..."

Week - 596

King of the Land of the Sun: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: "They believe in you, Altador. They believe that you will lead them through this fear and uncertainty. As does your Council."

Week - 597

King of the Land of the Sun: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: The Darkest Faerie, once called Melanthe by those who knew her, stepped out of the middle of the flames in the dark space. "Why, hello, Altador."

Week - 598

King of the Land of the Sun: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: The fortress ahead of them was larger than Altador had anticipated – a sprawling ruin of dark stone stacked into hole-riddled walls and crumbling towers...

Week - 599

King of the Land of the Sun: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: Altador couldn't strike at the heart of the fortress right away – and he had a feeling that the heart was where Masila would be.

Week - 600

King of the Land of the Sun: Part Ten
by saphira_27
Description: Altador couldn't see what was happening around him – waves of flame and dark magic swamped his vision. It almost seemed that they formed the shape of a Faerie tall and slender, graceful and dark...

Week - 604

Rogue and Rover: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: "Kanrik!"

He looked up and smiled at the sound of that familiar voice. "Hannah!"


Week - 605

Rogue and Rover: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: There was no such thing as waiting for the weather to clear on Terror Mountain. The sun shone through the clouds on only a handful of days each year, and even if there wasn't new snow falling, the wind still whipped the existing drifts back up into the faces of anyone unlucky enough to be slogging through them...

Week - 606

Rogue and Rover: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: The air was already thick with snow as they approached Castle Whitestones – true to the name, the whole fortress, hanging on the side of Howling Peak, was made of pale stone that was practically invisible against white flurries and grey sky...

Week - 607

Rogue and Rover: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Before Noni had even finished the word "recognized," Kanrik knew the game was up. He flung himself to his feet and ran straight for the door...

Week - 608

Rogue and Rover: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Rahm was clearly intent on being a knight in shining armor, despite the fact that the little fire Korbat was small enough that Kanrik could beat him in a fight with one hand tied behind his back...

Week - 609

Rogue and Rover: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Kanrik's arm muscles burned as they scaled the top of a cliff so steep that they'd had to use their full climbing kit. Hannah grinned impishly at him from her seat, dangling her legs over the edge above him. "Come on, slowpoke!"

Week - 610

Rogue and Rover: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Kanrik had expected that the tiny frost-witch would slow them down. But she walked icy ridges and steep slopes as quickly and easily as though they were paved streets...

Week - 611

Rogue and Rover: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: The ice knight's armor and helmet were studded with wicked ice spikes – Kanrik noticed those very clearly as the knight swung his shield at him in an attack that would have crushed him like a Grackle Bug.

Week - 612

Rogue and Rover: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: Kanrik had always thought that the idea of "wealth beyond one's wildest dreams" was entirely foolish. He could dream of quite a lot.

Week - 613

Rogue and Rover: Part Ten
by saphira_27
Description: Kanrik looked around the cave – it was about the size of his room back at the inn in Happy Valley. "I wish we could risk a fire, but they'd see the smoke from miles off. Looks like we're eating nuts, dried fruit, and jerky again."

Week - 620

It Takes a Thief: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: "Nabile, are you coming to the marketplace with me or not?"

Week - 621

It Takes a Thief: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Kanrik took a deep breath. He had to lose the Queen of Qasala – she might be a noblewoman, but apparently it took more than twelve years of queenship to get the street rat out of somebody.

Week - 622

It Takes a Thief: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Hannah snickered. "You scare small children." Kanrik merely grunted...

Week - 623

It Takes a Thief: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: It was starting to look depressingly like Jazan actually didn't hate thieves – he just hated Hanso.

Week - 624

It Takes a Thief: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Kanrik had to admit that, though King Jazan was potentially Meepit-in-the-moonlight mad, he exhibited fine desert hospitality.

Week - 625

It Takes a Thief: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Hanso twitched nervously. 

Jazan snapped, "Stand still."


Week - 626

It Takes a Thief: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: The Nimmo began, "I am Lord Norheim. The name will mean nothing to you, and that is as it should be."

Week - 627

It Takes a Thief: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Brynn asked Jazan, "Sir, what are the chances of there being trouble at the tomb?"

Paselle snorted, flinging back a short lock of purple hair. "Certain, Miss Knight."


Week - 628

It Takes a Thief: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: Hanso was typically honest with himself, even when he was lying to everyone else. It tended to keep him from doing things that he'd view as stupid later.

Week - 629

It Takes a Thief: Part Ten
by saphira_27
Description: Udiza snarled, "We shall take this desert back from the mortals, King. I only wish you would live to see all the mortal rulers in chains, kneeling at the feet of the Faeries!"

Week - 630

It Takes a Thief: Part Eleven
by saphira_27
Description: Kanrik didn't have to argue with her again, because Mortman said, "When the king started throwing fire around, all of them ran for it. Sweet Fyora, I'd have run for it..."

Week - 631

Fireballs Among Friends: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: The fire gleamed bright in Rasala's hand as she whispered the words of the spell...

Week - 632

Fireballs Among Friends: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: "Remember that. Always use as little energy as you can to achieve what you want to – you'll never regret having saved some power for later."

Week - 633

Fireballs Among Friends: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Rasala had to half-run to keep up with King Jazan, which wasn't easy after the long trek across the hot sand...

Week - 634

Fireballs Among Friends: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Esmeralda said, "Look, Father! Mama let us have coffee!"

Week - 635

Fireballs Among Friends: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Yvenya scoffed, "Even with three gifted mages you could hardly attempt all those... oh. Oh. Twins."

Week - 636

Fireballs Among Friends: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: If sixteen years as king had taught Jazan absolutely nothing else, he knew how to recognize a power play.

Week - 637

Fireballs Among Friends: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Yvenya sniffed as the four Order mages followed Seradar up to the second story of his tower. The old Xweetok said, "Hardly behavior becoming of a mage and a king."

Week - 638

Fireballs Among Friends: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Jazan felt the surge and the wild magic – it woke him up. Caspar started with a gasp, and Esmeralda fell off her chair. Then he heard, "Downstairs! Downstairs! Now, now, now!"

Week - 639

Fireballs Among Friends: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: Miskal said, worried, "We need to get shelter before nightfall. The borderlands are a bad, bad place after nightfall."

Week - 649

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: So what was a priceless statue doing in the hands of the two-bit mayor of this two-bit little place?

Week - 650

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Theft. It made him feel a little nauseous, really. Corbin and Kell regularly lied their tails off, but theft was another level entirely.

Week - 651

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: Kanrik smiled despite himself. He would have preferred to break in tonight, but the Ogrin and the Wocky had clearly seen Kanrik and Hannah trailing them...

Week - 652

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Corbin had officially decided that their life of crime was over. Somehow they'd gone from "grab the Arnsian and get out of here" to holding a little Usul woman hostage.

Week - 653

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Corbin said, "My brother and I call ourselves the Monster Hunters. But that's not a good name for it, really. We try to protect everyone..."

Week - 654

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Corbin didn't like the idea of going back to Marius's house. That hadn't gone well the last two times...

Week - 655

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: And as everything had managed to go spectacularly wrong thus far, he had absolutely no confidence that this wouldn't come to a fight. Not when their plan was a trap with themselves sitting prettily inside it.

Week - 656

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: This was a warrior's weapon, and, frankly, Corbin wanted nothing to do with it. That had been one of Dad's rules: when the weapons come out, the best place to be is gone.

Week - 657

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: Masila sneered at Hannah as she stepped backward from a strike. "Still following him around like a good little Spardel?"

Week - 658

Where the Wind Blows Wild: Part Ten
by saphira_27
Description: Kell said, "Quick, nasty, and actually stands a chance of working. I like it."

Week - 659

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: Maestro Marcus believed the Virtupets Community Orchestra could be the equal of any musical ensemble Neopia had to offer, and no trifle like reality could convince him otherwise.

Week - 660

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: A space sky, but full of colors. That was the place where Paloma's mysterious lady was. At least that ruled out Neopia itself...

Week - 661

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: "I've got arti-grav – artificial gravity – once we're in flight. You'll want to stay strapped in until I say, though."

Week - 662

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: "We'd better be ready – gravity will be light, but this landing's still going to be rough."

Week - 663

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: The spokesperson of the black-armored warriors said, "Your people will be exterminated. There is no longer a place on Filion for the Children."

Week - 664

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Abruptly, the dress didn't seem so bad. If they were going to meet the non-missing princess, formal was probably better. Subi called back, "Five minutes!"

Week - 665

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Up on the stage – the Children of the Lonely Stars called it a dais – Princess Arabel and Madame Ruska were quizzing Paloma as she sat between them clutching her bowl of soup.

Week - 666

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Rin said carefully, "Don't want to rush you people, but them getting in here would be bad, right?"

Week - 667

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Nine
by saphira_27
Description: "Heave-and-ho and turn the wheel,

Hull of iron and sails of steel,

Shining bright in the frozen night,

On to find the morning!"


Week - 668

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Ten
by saphira_27
Description: "Look at them. That one's slouching, and that one's leaning against the spell anchor. And that matte black armor is so they don't have to clean it regularly. Disgraceful. Even Sloth had more pride in the appearance of his soldiers."

Week - 669

Children of the Lonely Stars: Part Eleven
by saphira_27
Description: Diamal merely raised her hand and pointed. A swirl of magic, a feeling of vertigo, and the top of the spire was simple gone...

Week - 670

Hotshots: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: Mortman peered out into the dimness and the mist of the fens that surrounded Kiko Lake. It was midnight...

Week - 671

Hotshots: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: Mortman waited with the two young hotshots in the cabin. They didn't talk much – it seemed they had just enough sense to know that someone would be listening.

Week - 672

Hotshots: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: "He used to be Guild?" Paselle asked dubiously. "Can we trust someone who used to be Guild?"

Week - 673

Hotshots: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: The scroll was an important part of their mission – at least to Galem, which meant it had to be to them as well. But Mortman had decided since he'd met these two last night that he had another goal...

Week - 674

Hotshots: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Mortman sidled in and took a table near the edge, but not so far that it looked obviously like he was trying to hide himself in the corner...

Week - 675

Hotshots: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: When Mortman returned to Tobey's inn after his excursion, he'd expected to go straight to bed. Instead, he found Kanrik sitting up...

Week - 676

Hotshots: Part Seven
by saphira_27
Description: Roane was up late working. Frustratingly late. Mortman crouched, watching the window, though if he had to crouch much longer his muscles would seize up. He'd sent Kanrik and Paselle to check the perimeter.

Week - 677

Hotshots: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: Mortman didn't like their chances against pirate-trained fighters. What did they have? What could Mortman use to turn this fight to their advantage?

Week - 679

Scarab Queen: Part One
by saphira_27
Description: She surveyed the city as the hot wind blew her loose hair around her face, slightly bemused by the fact that most of the people out there called her "Your Majesty" and bowed their heads to her when they saw her.

Week - 680

Scarab Queen: Part Two
by saphira_27
Description: When Nabile entered Jazan's study, the Kyrii king was sitting at the desk, scowling as he peered at a dusty old scroll that was most likely written in something that barely resembled modern Neopian Common.

Week - 681

Scarab Queen: Part Three
by saphira_27
Description: It crashed against the wall behind her, and she heard a cry of, "Look at what you did, you idiot! You nearly killed the queen!"

Week - 682

Scarab Queen: Part Four
by saphira_27
Description: Nabile was starting to rethink the idea of getting involved...

Week - 683

Scarab Queen: Part Five
by saphira_27
Description: Nabile's next chance came the next morning as Nightsteed said, "Ahem... Jazan... you are my superior in terms of magical knowledge, but..."

Week - 684

Scarab Queen: Part Six
by saphira_27
Description: Lady Isadre drew herself up even taller. "Milady, some of us have spent our entire lives in Qasala..."

Week - 685

Scarab Queen
by saphira_27
Description: The constitution meeting was to take place in the throne room – this served as a not-incredibly-subtle reminder from Jazan about who exactly was in charge here.

Week - 686

Scarab Queen: Part Eight
by saphira_27
Description: abile kept her voice fairly low – no one was really paying attention to them, as Jazan was speaking with Kiyaa and wasn’t looking to see what she was doing, but she said, “I think you were right, earlier, and I’d like to help you.”

 
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