Now How Did This Happen?
"Great going, Reffernand! We're stuck." Brabant pointed
a paw at his brother, then looked around the large cave once more, ears flipped
back in agitation. The Cybunny wasn't afraid of dark places, exactly, but he preferred
more lighting than this dingy place. His paw dropped onto the ring of fluffy fur
around his neck, and he stroked it down absently.
Reffernand sighed, exasperated with his sibling.
"Well, I really am sorry, but wasn't it YOUR idea to go to the Wishing Well
in the first place? And wasn't it YOUR idea to go jump in that bucket and get
lowered down? Oh, and wasn't it YOUR pudgy self that broke the rope and dragged
us all down with you?" He raised a brow, frowning at the Cybunny.
Brabant's shadow cheeks turned a shade lighter
than their usual black, and he twitched his nose before going deeper into the
cave, mumbling something to the degree of 'I'm not pudgy.'
Apparently Luccinna was the only one not in a
bickering mood today. Boys are so melodramatic, she thought with an exasperated
sigh much similar to Reffernand's, and glanced back to watch the two. Reffernand
was keeping a cool head, despite his tick. The poor thing had gotten more than
two species changes from that lab ray, which had messed with him already, but
now he had this habit of rubbing his paws... er, flippers together. The Moehog
came to stand beside her kin. "Try not to get too angry with him, Reffernand,
you know how he is."
"Yeah, well... I'll stop being angry when he
finds a way to fix this mess. There's no way out except the hole all the way
up there, and all we're getting is neopoints dropped on our heads!" The Tuskaninny
dodged a point as it fell, landing with a sharp clink on the ground and rolling
into a puddle.
Brabant nearly leapt into his siblings, face
lit up and ears flopping like crazy. "Guys, there's a way out! There's this
door a little ways down in the cavern!" And just like that, he was off, feet
sending the piles of Neopians' wishes scattering.
Reffernand and Luccinna looked at each other,
shrugged, and raced off after their brother. Unfortunately for Reffernand, however,
Tuskaninnies aren't all that fast galloping through piles of neopoints that
are slippery from the dripping of the stream above and beside the well. After
a few gallops, he lost his footing and crashed to the floor, sliding a little
ways before falling through some hole they'd happened to look over.
Luccinna froze, turning on hoof to watch as her
brother's red flipper disappeared beneath the ground. She was by the side of
the hole in an instant, looking into the pitch black that allowed her no visual
of her brother.
"Reffernand!" She shouted into the blackness,
looking pointlessly into the void. How in the world were they going to get him
out of there? Where was he? The Moehog shouted her brother's name once more,
then turned back to see that Brabant was once more racing back to see what the
problem was. Her ears drooped.
Now, if a Tuskaninny could slide while he was
galloping, then you readers should know what Brabant's brilliant self can do.
For those who don't, let's continue...
As Luccinna held up two hooves, shaking her head
and trying to tell her kin to stop, the wonderful shadow Cybunny crashed into
his sister, causing her to yelp as they both toppled over and into the dark
abyss after their sibling, whether they wanted to or not.
The pair landed with an 'Oof!' on something large
and cold, and strained to see around, their eyes not adjusted. There was an
inkling of light in front of them, though faint and not enough to aid them.
Luccinna sighed, shoving her brother off of her. "Get off, you dolt."
"Shh! Don't move, guys. Don't..." Reffernand
squeaked out the warning as silently and urgently as he could manage, flippers
up as if he could hold them in place from his position. Brabant was the one
to regain his vision first, and squinted down at what he had landed on.
With a growl, a large eye opened and looked straight
at him. Brabant's ears shot up, straightened from their normally floppy position,
and squealed as only a brave man knew how, leaping from the large wyrm's head
to shoot off and out of the cave, towards daylight.
Reffernand rolled his eyes, and scrambled of
of a pile of items, ignoring them and flopping after quickly, yelling behind
him, "Run, Luccinna! Run!"
The Moehog just about turned white as the Snowager's
head reared and he hissed, causing her to latch onto him. The beast shook its
head in an effort to get the brown menace off, and roared, firing the infamous
icy blast straight out of the cave in anger.
The Neopians outside shrieked, all coming to
the entrance of the cave. The lighting became infinitely better then, and a
collective gasp echoed through the chamber as they discovered a little brown
Moehog clinging to the icy eyelids of the great, beastly Snowager.
Luccinna clenched her eyes shut, letting go finally
after the wyrm shook her towards the group of people. With a cry of alarm she
flew right over their heads, crashing into the Ice Arena and causing a piled
of snow to rain down around her.
The Snowager roared yet again, causing everyone
to flee as another icy blast erupted and filled the chamber. Reffernand and
Brabant were beside Luccinna instantly, and looked deeply concerned... until
they got pelted with a snowball. The pair looked surprised, then wiped their
faces off and looked to their sister.
The Moehog chuckled, grinning from ear to ear,
"You're lucky you're my brothers and not just random idiots. Otherwise I might
have to tie you to that big roaring monster one day."
The brothers looked at each other smugly, then
Brabant smiled in a fakely sheepish manner, his ears flopped down once more,
"Yeah, but we'd never want to take the glory from you, Lucy." The nickname hit
home and she frowned at him.
"Yeah, you made yourself a new Neopian record
there. A new sport, even!" Reffernand helped his sister up, laughing. "Wyrm
"Okay, maybe I will tie you two to the Snowager.
Now be quiet and let's get home before Mom finds out we're gone." Luccinna shook
her head, started for the path to Happy Valley. "How did we get from Neopia
Central to Terror Mountain anyways? We'd had to have crossed the entire ocean."
"I've got no idea, but we can do it again and
maybe figure it out when we get home. I'm starving. Is anyone else starving?"
Brabant rubbed his stomach, looking to his siblings with a pained expression
on his face.
"Only you, Brabant. Mother has all kinds of food
at home for you, though, so wait until then, Pudgy." Reffernand laughed again,
and Luccinna soon joined in, while their Cybunny brother glared at them and
grumble something to the degree of 'I'm not pudgy, darn it.'
But of course, dear readers, you and I, and perhaps
all of Neopia... All know he was.