Murgoh: Part Twelve
"Melissa!" Murgoh wailed, running as quickly as he could
to the ledge. He jumped over Savak to reach it, crouching at its edge when he
did. The first thing he saw when he got there was the twisted body of the Werelupe
on the rocks below. For a moment, he didn't see anything else. Did she fall in
the water? Where was she?
This surprised Murgoh a great deal. Leaning
out over the ledge, Murgoh finally spotted his sister, clinging desperately
to a granite rock sticking out just below the ledge. At first, he was relieved
that she was still alive, until he realized that she was in a rather precarious
"Hang on, Melissa," he said. "I'm going to try
and pull you up."
Being careful to keep a grip on the ledge himself,
Murgoh reached out his paw to Melissa. She didn't move.
"Grab my paw!" Murgoh ordered.
"I can't!" Melissa snapped. "Do you want me
"Of course not!" Murgoh snapped back. He reached
out farther, but withdrew his paw quickly when he felt himself slipping.
Despite her position, Melissa managed to give
Murgoh a cynical look. "Well, what now, huh?"
"Be quiet, I'm thinking," Murgoh said.
He needed to do something, quickly. He couldn't
reach her unless he leaned over the edge. But he couldn't get himself back up
unless he had some help.
Then he spotted Orthas as he reached the top
of the lookout post.
"Murgoh, I'm slipping!" Melissa cried from over
the ledge. Murgoh quickly leaned over the ledge again. Over his shoulder, he
called to the shadow Lupe. "Orthas, grab my legs!"
"What?" Orthas asked.
"I need a counterbalance!" Murgoh explained.
"Now grab my legs. I'm going to lean over and grab Melissa!"
Hesitantly, the shadow Lupe did as Murgoh told
him. Hoping he had a firm grip, Murgoh leaned out farther over the ledge.
"I'm coming, Melissa. Just hang on."
"Hurry, I can't hold on much longer."
Reaching out over the ledge, Murgoh through
he saw a light in the corner of his vision to the east. The thought crossed
his mind that it was too early for morning, but he was too preoccupied with
saving Melissa to notice.
A resounding crack quickly lowered Murgoh's
spirit, and the look on Melissa's face…if he could see her skin under all that
fur, he was sure she would have turned white.
"Murgoh!" Orthas grunted. "I don't know how
much longer I can hold you, either!"
Orthas's words were forgotten when the stone
under Melissa finally broke free from the precipice. Murgoh managed to grab
her paw in the process, but he quickly found himself falling with her.
"Murgoh! Melissa!" Orthas called from above
Murgoh closed his eyes at this point. He would
rather he not see his death coming. After a moment, it didn't feel like he was
falling at all. In fact, it felt as if someone were holding him. Was he dead
already? He didn't feel his impact on the rock. Maybe you weren't meant to feel
your death. Then he heard that sweet voice from his dreams.
"Don't worry, I've got you," she said.
Slowly, Murgoh opened his eyes to find himself
looking into the face of a radiant figure.
"A light Faerie!" Melissa gasped. "Where did
you come from?"
"I've been watching you two," she said simply.
Murgoh's eyes widened at this statement, and
he exchanged looks with his sister.
"The dream!" the said together.
The Faerie said nothing more until she set then
down on the top of the lookout post. Orthas, when he saw them, was relieved
to see that they didn't die in their fall, but he was too awestruck by the Faerie
to say anything. He watched her, unblinking as she passed him to where Savak
lay. She didn't say anything as she knelt down beside the red Lupe. Her hand
glowed as she moved it over his body, from his tail to his head. Hesitantly,
Murgoh moved forward.
"Is he alright?" Murgoh asked.
The Faerie didn't answer immediately. Downhearted,
Murgoh noticed his father was mumbling something. Leaning closer, he tried to
hear what he was saying.
"…Jearii…your promise…to them…Melissa…"
Standing straight again, Murgoh looked at his
father in a puzzled manner.
"Savak, what have you been up to?" the Faerie
asked suddenly in a quiet voice. Then she turned to Murgoh. "There's nothing
seriously wrong with him," she said. "He's only been knocked out. Worse has
happened to him before now."
Relieved that his father would recover, other
questions came to mind. "Who are you?"
"I'm an old friend of your father's," she said.
"He helped me with a special task a long time ago. And before you ask," she
said to Melissa. "Yes, I am that light in your dreams. Well, yours and Murgoh's
dreams, anyway. Ashley already knew."
Murgoh's ears swiveled in confusion. "How?"
"There are many things that even Faeries don't
fully understand," she explained. "Ashley's ability is one of them. She sensed
my presence several times, even before I first spoke with you. How she got this
ability remains unclear to me. It might have had something to do with my medallion
that Savak took care of some time ago. The power in it may have lingered in
him and affected Ashley this way." She sighed. "But that is purely speculation.
I have no basis for that theory, and sometimes these things just pop up where
you least expect them. But the fact remains; she knew, and I told you two, and
as you can clearly tell, I've kept my word."
As the Faerie spoke, Murgoh remembered Ashley's
latest prediction. She had been right again, and his "guiding light" had kept
"Alright, I can see that," Murgoh said. "But,
why are you watching over us?"
The Faerie smiled. "I felt I owed your father
a small favor by helping me the way he did. Saving Neopia is no small task.
Even saving a small part of it isn't easy, as I'm sure you learned here."
The faerie gestured down to the battlefield.
Murgoh looked and saw that Kelthar's forces, realizing their leader had fallen,
were now retreating, with much of the free army chasing after them. But, left
behind, there were many fallen Lupes from both sides.
"The cost of freedom can be high, young Lupe,"
the Faerie said. "But if you're vigilant, freedom can last for generations to
"Jearii?" Savak moaned. Murgoh looked to his
father who had raised his head and was looking directly at the light Faerie.
"Hello, Savak," the Faerie said. "You had your
children worried for a moment."
Savak smirked weakly. "I've been through worse."
"I know you have." Jearii smiled back and stood
up. "We need to get you into a shelter where you can rest. I have other work
to do here…and I understand there's an old friend of mine here that I would
like to see."
The orange-red sunset painted itself across
the western horizon. There was not a cloud in sight. There was no wind, and
only the sounds of the ocean waves could be heard anywhere around the cove.
Just outside a small cavern, twelve Lupes, a Kougra, and a Human stood silently,
not moving, not speaking.
Eventually, Savak spoke up. "This is the second
time I've had to say goodbye to him," he said. "But now, there's no way he's
His words were met with silence, until Savak
continued. "He told me, before the battle, that he had always liked it here.
He met Jessie here long ago, and came here after he passed the burden of leadership
over to me. Now, he will remain here, in the place that he loved, for the rest
"I'm only sorry I didn't get to see him before
he died," Jessie said silently. "If I had known he'd come back here…"
"He didn't want anyone to know where he'd gone,"
Kosek stated. "I guess that, since he didn't know how long he was going to last,
he didn't want his passing hard on anyone."
"And as it turns out, we're mourning over him
twice," Savak finished. Again, silence fell over them. After a moment, Savak
moved forward and placed his paw on the side of the cave entrance. "Rest in
peace, father," he said softly. "Your journey is finally over."
This said, Savak moved away from the cave and
walked to the cove entrance. Slowly, everyone followed him. Murgoh stayed where
he was watching everyone leave. Heysha caught up with Savak and walked closely
by his side, and Jessie walked with Lukas and Jason after them. After a moment,
Kosek and Lilia followed, with Star close behind. Then Kovo, Thassa and Ashley
stood to leave. Melissa followed with Orthas by her side, but she paused by
Murgoh, and the shadow Lupe stopped with her.
"Are you coming?" she asked. "It's a long trip
home, and I thought we could keep dad company."
"I'll be with you in a minute," Murgoh replied.
Melissa nodded to him. Then, turning to Orthas, they both followed the other
young Lupes out of the cove. As they walked away, Murgoh padded up to the cavern
and stood at its entrance a moment before speaking.
"Thank you for everything you did for me," he
said. "I'll never forget it. I never knew you as my father did, but I can see
how he would have loved you so much." He lowered his head a moment, then looked
into the cavern once more. "Goodbye, Nomad, Murgoh, Grandfather. We will all
miss you, no matter what we call you."
Finished with what he had to say, Murgoh turned
from the cavern and padded after his sister, ready for the long journey home.
Author's Note: I'd like to thank my readers for their patience in waiting for
this story, and thanks go to my friends who were supportive to my efforts, though
they also fall into the category of impatiently patient readers who would tear
me limb from limb if I didn't get this story out.
NO thanks goes to procrastination WHATSOEVER.