A Broken Bond
"Here you go, Illusen!" said Suzy the Usul. She reached
into her purse and pulled out a slice of Neopox Pizza wrapped in wax paper. Illusen's
face fell as she looked into Suzy's purse.
"What's the matter, Illusen?" asked Suzy. She
looked at Illusen with questioning eyes.
"Nothing," said Illusen. "Thanks for the pizza."
She turned around and put the pizza on her table. Suzy was just about to leave
but Illusen called her back. "Suzy? I couldn't help but noticing that you have
a Jhudora's Brush in your purse. Have you been doing quests for her, too?"
"Well, yeah," said Suzy. She looked ashamed.
"I need the money, but I keep a few things if I really like them."
"Oh," said Illusen. "Well, goodbye then! See
"Bye!" said Suzy, and she ran from the glade.
Illusen wasn't mad at Suzy, but she couldn't
see how Suzy could stand Jhudora. Illusen had a flashback from many years ago...
* * *
"Jhudora, hurry up, we're going to be late for
school!" shouted an exasperated 10-year-old Illusen. "Jhudora!" And older sisters
were supposed to be good role models, even if they were only older by five minutes.
"Geez, Illusen," Jhudora shouted back as she
sauntered through the cloud house. "I don't know why you like Faerie School
Illusen sighed. They had the same conversation
every day, and they had missed the Faerie School Cloud Racer every day that
week. All because of Jhudora.
"I've had enough!" Illusen cried. "I'm leaving
without you!" Illusen jumped on the Cloud Racer and it drove away.
"Wait!" Jhudora ran out of the house, but it
was too late. "Stupid Illusen!" she muttered to herself. But a smile was forming
on her lips. "She deserves what she's going to get!"
At school, Illusen turned red with embarrassment
when Mrs. Gelert gave her a lecture about speeding her sister up in front of
the entire class.
"I try, Mrs. G.," she whispered. "But I can't
do anything. Please don't blame me."
Jhudora walked in right at that minute, and Mrs.
Gelert sent her to detention. But this suited Jhudora just fine. Now she could
work on her master plan. She met her best friends, the Dark Faerie sisters,
in detention. They told Jhudora that they had been sent there for stealing Mrs.
Gelert's agenda and switching all of her dates around.
"Girls," Jhudora said to them, "I have a plan
that will make Illusen look like the biggest fool in all of Faerieland!"
* * *
Later that day in the cafeteria, Jhudora and
the sisters snuck in five minutes late with smirks on their faces and their
hands behind their backs.
"I feel sympathy for you," Taelia told Illusen
as they sat down and opened their lunch boxes. "If I'd had a sister like that,
I would run away from home! Not that you should do that, though," she added
"Yeah," said Valeane. "No offense, Illusen, but
I don't like Jhudora very much."
"She's such a troublemaker!" said Baelia.
"She's just trying to make you look bad!" proclaimed
Just then, Jhudora and the Sisters came and sat
down at the table. Illusen and Taelia exchanged a startled look. The foursome
never sat at their table!
"Carry on," said Jhudora as she began to eat
her sandwich. She had an evil gleam in her eye. Illusen and her friends continued
talking, but were asking each other about the weather forecast.
"Oops," said Illusen, "I forgot to get my milk."
She was just coming back from the lunch line when Jhudora got up as well and
announced that she had to go to the washroom.
She passed by Illusen's chair and bent for a
moment before continuing on. When Illusen sat down, there was a loud, rude sound
like a raspberry being blown!
Illusen turned red for the second time that day
as she picked up a Meerca Whoopee Cushion from her seat.
Jhudora was rolling around on the floor, laughing,
as were many of the others in the cafeteria. "Illusen farted!" Jhudora managed
to gasp through peals of laughter.
Illusen had tears of anger and embarrassment
running down her cheeks, but she managed to get up from her seat. She walked
over to where Jhudora was laying on the floor and hauled her sister to her feet.
"Look everyone!" Illusen shouted to the school.
Then she took hold of her sister's collar and pulled as hard as she could. There
was a loud RRRRRRIP! as Jhudora's dress tore and fell to her feet, leaving her
standing there in her underwear!
Jhudora looked at Illusen with horror. "That's
for everything," whispered Illusen. "For the rudeness, for the cloud racer,
for the whoopee cushion, for the embarrassment!"
Jhudora ran to the bathroom, tears streaming
down her face. The Dark Faerie sisters followed quickly. Illusen sighed and
turned around to face everyone...
...to find that they were applauding! All of
her friends were whistling and cheering, and the rest of the school gave her
compliments as she sat down.
For the next few days, everyone came looking
for her in the hallway just to see the girl who had given Jhudora her just rewards.
Jhudora dropped out of school in the next few weeks, retreating to her dark
inside. Everyone gave her a hard time about the incident, and the Dark Faerie
Sisters never spoke to her again, overcome by her unpopularity. Jhudora ran
away from home and no one saw her for a long time.
Meanwhile, Illusen was the most loved faerie
in Faerieland. But no one guessed what would happen next.
* * *
Fifteen years later, nothing had changed much.
Faerieland was the same as ever, but Fyora was the new queen. Illusen had moved
into her mom's old cloud house, and she was in the middle of renovating.
Illusen hummed to herself as she set out some
plants that a Kacheek had brought her the day before in exchange for some of
her homemade Rainwater Shampoo.
"I like this quest idea," she told herself. "That
way, Neopians can get what they would like and I get what I would like." She
had just finished repotting one of the plants when there was a loud rap at the
Illusen smiled to herself. "It's probably that
Kacheek again," she thought. But when she opened the door, she was too frightened
even to gasp.
Jhudora, all grown up and dressed in a brand
new green and purple outfit, stood in the doorway.
"Hello, sister," she murmured menacingly as she
advanced into the house. "I see that you like my new dress so much that you're
lost for words! See," she said, twirling around. "No rips!"
All of a sudden, Illusen's face burst into a
wide smile. "Jhudora!" she shouted happily, giving her sister a giant hug. "You
came back! I thought you had died out there!"
But Jhudora pushed her twin away. "Get off of
me, scum," she growled. "You work for good, and support that Fyora. I work for
evil and think that Fyora's just as much scum as you are. We're enemies now."
Illusen's hurt face could have made even the
toughest Neopet cry. But not Jhudora.
"There isn't room for both of us here," said
Jhudora. "Get out!"
"Why should I?" retorted Illusen. "Mom gave me
this house because you ran away!"
"But she isn't here now, is she?" Jhudora said
through a grin. "In fact," she sneered, "I think I'll start redecorating right
now!" And with that, Jhudora began to rip off all of the floral wallpaper and
throwing Illusen's plants all over the floor. Within minutes, all of Illusen's
possessions were ruined.
"Jhudora," Illusen whispered. "It was thirty
seconds of embarrassment, fifteen years ago."
"DID YOU NOT HEAR ME?!?!?" shouted Jhudora. "I
SAID GET OUT!" She drew a wand from her dress pocket and zapped Illusen with
a powerful spell.
"Ouch!" Illusen ran from the house and down the
driveway. But Jhudora didn't give up the chase. Jhudora chased Illusen all the
way to the edge of Faerieland.
"Jump," whispered Jhudora. "Jump, and never come
back." Illusen knew that Fyora would take care of the situation. She jumped.
She jumped and she fell, all the way down to Meridell.
After telling the locals her story, she was welcomed
with open arms and they even gave her the glade as a 'Welcome to Meridell!"
* * *
Illusen, who was still daydreaming in her glade,
was startled out of her reverie by a voice in the doorway.
"Illusen?" it spoke. A figure clad in a brown
traveling robe walked into the glade and sighed.
"Could it be?" Illusen muttered to herself. And
what she was thinking was right.
The figure let their robe drop to the floor.
And standing there was Jhudora. "Don't speak," Jhudora said. "It's not what
The sisters stepped forward and embraced each
"I'm so sorry," they said at the same time. And
that was more that enough.