Ancient Neopia: Part Nine
The group now was walking through the Techo Caves, fighting
off the Drakonids, Dervishes and even Giant Drakonids. Cave after cave, in and
out. Jahbal had noticed them a long time ago and he had send his strongest minions
after them. The group had bothered him long enough and, under Morguss' advice,
he had sent the minions.
Jarod then stood on the path towards the Mountain
Fortress. They were going to fight the elements and then continue to the ancient
city, Kal Panning.
As they stepped inside the Mountain Fortress,
a shiver went down Jarod's spine. There were no monsters to be seen.
"A mad scientist once wanted to create monsters,"
Hero said. "He ordered the monsters to attack the other scientists, but when
he was done he wanted to be even more powerful. He then finally created the
five elements. The Guardians of Fire, Ice, Shock, Spectral and Life. They killed
the scientist and are now living here."
The group remained silent, until they heard a
strange noise. It was then followed by maniacal laughter and a rainbow colored
Usul appeared. She was shining bright, but her eyes were filled with darkness.
She then landed before Jarod.
"If you wish to be the master of the Spectral
element, you have to defeat me," the Usul said. "I am the Guardian of Spectral
She then leaped backwards and shot balls of fire
at the group. She then finally raised her hands and a bright light almost blinded
them. Jarod shielded his eyes. He was completely frozen, and then a beam of
light hit him.
He was lying on the ground. His whole body was
full with wounds and he was dizzy.
"Hero?" Jarod croaked. "Where are you?"
He then saw Galgarroth and Vex lying on the ground.
He then noticed a portal that had opened. They had to go…
"Wake up!" Jarod cried out. "You have to go!"
The Guardian of Spectral Magic looked at him
and then stepped in front of him. She then turned around and raised her hand.
Lights erupted from her hand and soon Galgarroth and Vex stood up.
They then turned around and saw Jarod on the
ground and the Guardian.
"Go…" Jarod whispered softly. Galgarroth and
Vex stared at him.
"No… what about you?" they both said.
"Just go!" Jarod shouted furiously. He then raised
his sword as a bright light emitted from it and strook the Shadow Usul. "You
must go back!"
"Why?" Vex said, as Galgarroth punched the Guardian
away from Jarod and quickly gave him a healing potion.
"You said it yourself!" Jarod said. "You got
Then it looked as if time had frozen. Galgarroth
and Vex looked at each other.
"And I was called…" Jarod continued, as he hit
the Guardian, who quickly recovered and punched Jarod.
"Go!" Hero's voice called out. Then the two ran
away and into the portal. It then disappeared shortly after it. He handed Jarod
a strong Healing Potion and they then stood up to fight. Jarod then looked at
his sword. It then hit him. The Guardian of Spectral Magic.
The Guardian hit him again and it was time. Jarod
powered up and then threw his sword in the air. He got surrounded by lights
and closed his eyes. He felt his energy go away for his attack and then he opened
his eyes. He flew through the air and electric surges shot from his sword. He
then hit the Guardian and a bright light blinded him.
He and Hero flew through the air and then landed
on the ground.
They woke up in a forest of some sorts. A small
pond laid in front of them and the flowers were in all kinds of colors. The
sun was shining. Jarod then looked at Hero and also for Rioeiro. He was gone.
"Why… did I shout at them? " Jarod asked to no
one, but still Hero replied.
"I did that," Hero said calmly. "I made you say
it through the use of magic."
"Why?" Jarod felt his anger rise. "How could
"You have to face the truth…" Hero then finally
said. "Your father…"
And then a story began.
"Your father was a knight. A defender for the
city of Kal Panning," Hero said. "He left Swamp Edge City, his -and your- home
town, to defend the city."
"How?" A tear slid down over Jarod's cheek.
"You were born here," Hero said. "But you, well,
actually your father, found the portal that took you to the future, to your
Neopia Central. We didn't know where it took you at first, but now we know.
You never remembered that you were here."
"Your father, he died in the battle against the
mad wizards and the monsters of Jahbal," Hero said. "That was why you were called
here. You were born here and your father knew me."
"He said 'take good care of my son, even though
I do not know where he is. Just… find him for me and take him in,'" Hero said,
while stepping closer to Jarod. Jarod walked to the pond and started sobbing.
"My… dad…" Jarod said. "Never knew him…"
He looked at his reflection in the water. He
then looked up in the air and suddenly a song sprang into his mind.
The forest that surrounds,
the black mist that covers it…
Even in the darkest times…
I can hear you.
Flying through the night sky,
In the sky, the broken boundaries…
While down below…
The forest echoes the screams that were lost.
Still, light will come!
And show us tomorrow's path.
There are times of sadness…
But always try and seek the path of happiness.
The boundaries that surrounds,
The black mist that covers it…
Even in the darkest hours,
I can hear you.
On days when you feel like crying...
I give you courage…
To face the future.
That is my wish.
Why are we here?
What we see isn't everything.
Remember that day.
I remember you.
Fly high over the clouds
Far to the unknown.
Don't be scared of them.
I'll be on your side.
Tear apart the darkness…
Break through the boundaries…
Learn about the unknown.
Look further, don't be scared.
Scream out, cry out!
Ask, talk, laugh…
I can hear you.
...I... can hear you.
"It's a song…" Jarod said. "I remember it."
"That is nice…" Hero replied and sat down next
to Jarod. "Your father always sang it. Always. And… he said that you could sing
it very well and that you would always sing it with him."
"I remember him now… a little," Jarod finally
said. "What do you think what happened to Vex and Galgarroth?" he said, trying
to change the subject. He didn't like to talk about this…
"I think they are fine," Hero said. "They are
"And Rio?" Jarod asked then. Hero remained silent,
and then answered.
"I guess that he has gone to search for us,"
Hero said. "Or maybe he went to Kal Panning."
"Yeah… If you say so," Jarod replied sadly, as
he gazed over the pond. Hero understood. It is not really… nice to hear that
you had a father you loved who left one day and never came back.
He sighed and then lay on the ground, laid his
paw around Jarod's neck and comforted him for the rest of the night as they
watched the lake, the stars and the moon.
"Hey, Hero," Jarod said, now thinking about his
father. "You talked my father before he went to Kal Panning, didn't you?"
"Yeah, I did talk to him," Hero replied. "I tried
to talk him out of it." He crawled towards the water and looked at his reflection.
"You want to know how he looks like?" Jarod nodded.
"He looked a lot like me, only he was a Cybunny.
His fur was almost completely white, only his neck fur was red, just like yours."
"I… see," Jarod said, as he laid down to get
"Before you drift off…" Hero then said. "His
name was Karod."
It looked like Jarod's name. "You were named
Too much thinking about his father. Jarod had
visions of his father in his head and he wanted to know what his father was
like. Nice, friendly? Or maybe the complete opposite. He got a dream.
"Jarod!" His father called out to him. "Son,
I want to show you something…"
That was the most horrible day of his life. The
two walked through a forest, climbed the mountain and his father protected him
from all the monsters. They finally reached the peak. Jarod saw himself looking
around. The ground was covered in snow and all the plants were either dead or
He then saw a portal open up.
"I have to go…" his father whispered.
"What!" Jarod heard the younger Jarod shout.
"I will go and fight the wizards…" his father
"No! Daddy!" the young Cybunny cried out, as
tears slid down his cheeks.
"I will always be here…" his father said, as
he poked at the place where Jarod's heart was.
"On days when you feel like crying... I give
you courage… To face the future. That is my wish," his father whispered, as
he patted Jarod's hair. The older Jarod watched in shock and sadness.
"Please don't go, please don't go... Stay here."
Jarod hugged his father.
"I have to go." His father gently stroked his
hair. "Don't forget me. You're not alone."
His father then stood up, nodded and then slowly
climbed down the mountain, towards the fields of Kal Panning. Not the way to
their small home back in Swamp Edge.
"Daddy!" Jarod ran towards his father. "Don't…
"I have to, Jarod," his father said.
"No, you don't! You can stay here and pick berries
with me! Play with me and laugh after beating all the monsters that ate our
"I have to," his father said. "Remember my name,
Karod. You are named after it, Jarod. It is a name to live up to. You know,
I will always be close to you."
"But… I don't have anyone if you go…" Jarod croaked
"You can't see them… I and your mother will always
be with you, even though you can't see us. It is called a bond. That bond is
never broken, even not when I am far away."
"Goodbye…" Karod said, as he then walked down
the mountain. He then stopped. "Don't forget me," he said.
Jarod felt a few tears slide down his cheek and
he wiped them away. He had never expected that there would be so much sorrow
now. He had forgotten it… even forgotten him.
He suddenly noticed that the ground was coming
closer and soon he landed. He looked at the crying, small Jarod. He walked towards
him and kneeled down.
"Wh-who are you?" Jarod looked at Jarod. Jarod
then noticed that he wasn't a red Cybunny, but a White Lupe. Hero.
"Hero…" Hero said. "I came to take you with me
through the portal."
"But, but… daddy…" Jarod sobbed, as he crawled
and clung to Hero's leg.
"I just know that you two will see each other
again… someday," Hero said, as he picked up the quiet Jarod. "Let's go."
He then brought Jarod to the portal.
"This will bring you somewhere else, far away
from all this fighting," Hero explained. "Your father… his last wish was to
keep you safe so you two could meet each other when everything was over."
"W-wait!" Jarod shouted. He broke out of Hero's
grip and then he crawled towards the edge of the mountain.
"Daddy!" he shouted. A small figure at the foot
of the mountain turned around and waved one last time at his son, then continued
towards the raging battle. Jarod stood up and was now standing on his little
legs. He then ran down, but fell.
His father was going away. His daddy. Hero slid
down and picked Jarod up and brought him up again.
"Goodbye… daddy..." Jarod clung to Hero's leg,
as he took Jarod through the portal. They disappeared and everything started
to turn black. Jarod's father. The last time he had seen him.
To be continued...