The Ruby Heart: Part Four
I didn't want her here. I hated her. And then I had an idea.
I screamed. Someone would come.
Tania must have realized what I was doing, because
she threw a ball of lightning and darkness towards the large Meridell Style
Window. It broke and the Dark Faerie flew away.
Suddenly, a small female yellow Buzz with short
golden hair ran in. "My Princess Fayre, what is wrong?"
I turned around just as Reginald and my parents
came running. "Th-th-th-there w-w-was a D-d-d-dark F-f-faerie in here," I stammered.
"What?" Reginald yelled, as the small yellow
Buzz backed against the wall.
"Where did she go, Fayre?" my mother asked sweetly.
I slowly and shakily pointed to the broken window.
I took this as a chance to look around. Light
still streamed in through both it and the Faerieland Style Window on the left,
that I realized was also broken. Underneath it was a Fyora Motif Vase filled
with Star of Paradise Flowers. Over my Beauty Bed was a Snowflake Painting.
There was a Mirror of Nova to the right of my bed, against the wall between
the two windows. In the corner there was a brightly coloured Long Tiger Drawer.
The room was made of gold. The light spilling onto the cold floor made the gold
in it shine brightly like a clear night sky.
"She must have been a spy," Reginald said after
a moment of silence. "We must tell the Light Faeries and warn the kingdom."
"The Light Faeries already know," the yellow
Buzz said, as two Light Faeries flew in through the window. The taller Light
Faerie had pure white wings, but the shorter one did not.
"Yes, Oria," the taller Light Faerie said. I
noticed a small ring she wore with the sun, stars and moon on it. I wondered
why the shorter Light Faerie did not have one.
And then I recognized the shorter Light Faerie.
"Elaine," I whispered. I thought I glimpsed the young Light Faerie nod.
"Princess Fayre, I am Darenila, the Queen of
the Light Faeries in this realm," the tall Light Faerie with the ring said.
"And this is Elaine. She will ensure the Dark Faeries do not return to steal,
I mean kidnap, you, thus leaving Atharel without a future ruler. And then what
would happen? An enemy might control us, and the true royal family will never
continue, never guide the kingdom to prosperity. That is what you will begin
to learn about once you learn more about the kingdom. There are books of the
kingdom and its history in the Fyora Inspired Bedroom Desk." She pointed to
the corner of the solid gold room. "My king and queen, we must make plans to
defend ourselves, for we can sense a battle between the Light and the Darkness
I turned around to see that Oria had already
gone, and that Darenila was following Reginald and my parents out of the room.
As soon as the door had closed, I turned towards
Elaine. "You liar. Why do you trust Tania anyway? She is a liar as much as you
and the Scorchios are! Light Faeries are good and kind, and-"
Elaine lifted a hand into the air. The diamond
heart she wore around her neck rose into the air, gently pulling the Light Faerie
with it as it came closer and closer to me. By then, I had realized that my
hand in my pocket wrapped around the red duplicate, and it rose into the air
at the same time. The two hearts pulled closer and closer together until they
touched. There was a blinding light. I shut my eyes.
When I opened my eyes, Elaine and I were standing
in the gold room that we had just been in, with the same furniture and everything
else. But something seemed different about it. It looked out the windows, which
I realized had never been broken. "Where were we?" I asked, but I knew Elaine
could not answer. But I still wanted to know.
Elaine held up her fingers, to count as different
numbers, forming a larger one. After a few minutes, I finally figured it out.
She was telling me what year it was.
"We're in the past?" I yelled, just as the door
opened. A barely noticeable gold Scorchio stepped into the room, and walked
towards the Beauty Bed as if we weren't there. He or she couldn't see us.
"So the Light Faeries have chosen my family
to lead Atharel, the home of the Buzzes, Scorchios, and the pure Light Faeries..."
the young male Scorchio said to himself.
I noticed Elaine staring out the Faerieland
Style Window as a Light Faerie about her age flew past the tower. Elaine took
my hand and seemed to float towards the same window, taking me along with her.
We passed through the window as if it were made out of air. We floated after
the Light Faerie as she flew into the clouds.
I resisted the urge to look down, but only for
a moment. When my eyes gazed upon the land below us, I was so frightened I held
on to Elaine's hand tighter. I could never remember being so high! I let go
of Elaine's hand and then realized I had just done so. I screamed and closed
my eyes, expecting to fall.
But I didn't.
I opened my eyes to find myself still floating
in mid air. I turned around and saw Elaine floating back to me. She pulled me
through the cloud, revealing the town full of Light Faeries on top.
There were few clouds above us. The sun shone
quite brightly down on ourselves and the many, many Light Faeries around us.
Each Light Faerie besides Elaine was doing a variety of things and did not seem
to notice Elaine or me. Then Elaine tapped my shoulder and pointed to a Light
Faerie coming up to the cloud and safely landing, unlike Elaine and I, who could
not even feel the cloud we had flown through without pushing aside. Elaine,
still holding my hand, followed the Light Faerie she had just pointed to.
After a few minutes of floating in the air after
the young Light Faerie from the past, we reached a palace. It was mainly silver,
white, and golden. I knew what it was almost immediately. Considering this also
to be a sign that the kingdom below us was my home, I realized that this was
the home to the Light Faerie Queen. Elaine flew without moving through the doors
as they opened for her fellow Light Faerie. I thought I saw a group of shadows
lurking to the side of the palace, but Elaine beckoned for me to follow her.
We passed through the solid doors to the palace and followed the Light Faerie
to the throne of the Queen of the Pure Light Faeries, who I now knew to be one
of Darenila's ancestors.
"Queen Riona," the younger Light Faerie began,
kneeling, "I am Jyoti the Light Faerie. I have seen during my walk that the
Scorchios will betray their friends, the Buzzes, and fight and destroy. The
Dark Faeries that will come at the end of the summer will aid them. My queen,
we must fight back in order to drive the Scorchios out of the kingdom, where
they will be weak and attack us no longer."
"Very well, Jyoti," said Queen Riona, standing.
"I shall send a Light Faerie to warn the Buzzes. Thank you for your assistance."
She turned and left the room.
Jyoti sighed and turned
around to leave. This was when I finally saw her clearly. She looked as though
she was about sixteen, with long ebony hair grown past her shoulders, with twinkling
sapphire-blue eyes. She wore a familiar diamond heart on a necklace, which I
soon realized was identical to the one Elaine now wore standing next to me.
She had topaz sphere earrings and a small moon-coloured tiara on her contrasting
dark hair. She had a pair of amber bracelets on her wrists, and wore an exquisite
dress that was half gold and half silver. In a deep pocket on the left side
of her dress was a regular wooden flute. She reached into that pocket and played
the flute, just a few notes. But they were some of the most beautiful sounds
I had ever heard. Then, out of nowhere, a voice just as beautiful sang.
The darkness will take
The peace between them,
Scorchio and Buzz, led by Tien.
Stop the Dark Faerie before it's too late!
And then, there came a deep voice, threatening.
When you tell them of the attack.
Tell them only to fight back.
If you tell of our act,
I shall break with you this pact.
The pact not to tell them
Of my colours,
Of the half and half Faerie
Whose name is Tien,
Or I will steal from you your greatest treasures.
"Tien, sister, you know I have already heard
this," Jyoti said, looking towards the dark corner behind us. "You know I will
not tell any of your cur- I mean, gift, and that you will not steal my ability
to see the future with my flute. You will not physically harm our family, the
Light Faeries that inhabit this realm. Now continue your plans unharmed and
undisturbed by anyone but each other."
A tall Faerie stood up, revealing that she had
hidden herself in a shadowy corner. She seemed to be a few years older than
Jyoti. She seemed to be half of a Light Faerie and half of a Dark Faerie. But
both halves of Tien's face had a twisted evil smile. She had two amethyst earrings
barely visible under her short auburn hair. She wore a heart necklace that was
also familiar. It was the same colour as her hidden earrings. It was the exact
same one as Tania's. She had cold, cruel, brown eyes with an evil glint. She
wore a pure black dress and light blue crystal bracelets. She touched the heart.
"Just because six who the Queen favored were trusted with the magical gemstones
that have powers beyond a Neopian's wildest imagination, it doesn't mean we
have to do 'the right thing', 'the good thing', or whatever other name you good-doers
have for it. That's boring. We're in another realm, Jyoti! Fyora has no power
over us. We can do what we want! Are you going to join me or not?"
"No," Jyoti said, stepping closer. "You were
once a Light Faerie, happy, and kind, and good. You would never harm anything.
And ever since this transformation you made when the Dark Faeries came, you
haven't been the same. You stopped calling me Jyo, and you've been trying to
take over the realm. Don't you remember anything about our past together?"
"You are just like the others!" Tien yelled
harshly. I then noticed how she was slowly walking towards Jyoti. Soon, she
was right in front of her sister. Tien snatched the flute from her sister and
disappeared, her pale, already darkened yellow wing turning a dark purple.
Elaine covered her diamond heart with her hand,
and there was another blinding light. I shut my eyes. When I re-opened my eyes,
we were back in my room. Everything was as we had left it. Both windows were
broken, the furniture and its arrangement were identical.
I closed my eyes and thought back to when I
had escaped whom I thought to be my enemy, but was truly my friend: when I had
run from the Buzzes and gone to Faerieland on a Spotted Uni. I remembered this
as though it were yesterday. Once I had run out of the forest and into Meridell,
I had gotten on a Spotted Uni named Natasha. I remembered what she looked like:
a light brown mane, emerald green eyes similar in colour to my own, and a brown
spot that covered most of her face. She had flown me to Faerieland in exchange
for the few Neopoints I had. I had met William, who adopted me. I thought of
how vain Natasha was and decided to act like her. To match my colour and personality,
I said that my name was Princess. Then I thought of how Michelle had helped
me by suggesting a camping trip. In a way, my enemies had helped me.
To be continued…