Roomies: Part One
It was a dark night with no traces of the moon or stars
anywhere; however, Jhudora preferred nights like these. They were calm, tranquil
and full of the mysteries of the darkness.
She was smiling evilly, sitting in her favorite
throne by the fireplace. Staring at the burning embers, she couldn't help but
think of her plans for Neopia world domination. Her plans were comforting in
their own way, despite the fact that they had never worked; however, she wasn't
focusing on her failures. Tonight, she was only thinking about the possibilities
of the future.
The fire twisted and turned to its own random
rhythm, enticing yet steadily luring the dark faerie to sleep. As her eyelids
drooped and her great leathery wings folded over her body, she couldn't help
but think what a great life she had. She didn't notice the shadow that slowly
was creeping over to her fireplace...
Jhudora woke up to the smell of smoke. Jolting
from her dream, she noticed that her lair (cloud and all) was being engulfed
by giant red flames. Disheveled, she got up from her throne wobbly and ran to
fetch her wand, coughing and choking on the billowing black smoke. She found
it on the table besides an issue of the Neopian Times which was open on a article
about plushies. However, her wand was seared and blackened, threatening to turn
to ash at the very touch. Debating what to do, she paused for a moment. Suddenly,
a wave of fire grew in front of her. Startled, she quickly picked up her wand.
It had enough power to perform one last spell and when she waved it in a desperate
flourish, gallons upon gallons of water erupted from the tip, extinguishing
Once the fire was gone, Jhudora's wand crumpled
into dust in her fingers. Looking around her destroyed home, she found almost
nothing salvageable. The walls were destroyed and stained permanently black,
the table was nothing but firewood, and without her wand, she only had enough
power to fly and levitate small objects. Sitting down in her throne (which was
remarkably unharmed for the most part), she stared at the mirror that hung over
the fireplace. The cracks on it looked like spider webs, however, she could
catch the image of herself. She was coated in ash, her face was flecked with
sweat from the heat, and her clothes were black and limp. Stretching out her
wings, she noticed that a few parts of it were smoking and grey. Crinkling them
together on her back, she sat down in her throne, feeling angry and defeated.
"What am I going to do?" she muttered darkly.
"Blasted fire! Now I have no lair, no wand and not even a cloud over my own
head! All my years of planning and plotting and I never even had a plan if there
was such a stupid mishap as a fire!"
Getting up from her chair frustrated, Jhudora
began to spread her wings, ready to fly to clear her mind and get away from
the horrific sight that used to be her lair. However, before she could catch
a gust of air to take a flight, a small crowd of neopets came into view from
the gates of the bordering city. She watched them curiously, until she noticed
that they were heading towards her. Once they were a few feet away, they hesitated,
afraid of the dark faerie. Getting impatient, Jhudora called out, "Well, what
are you all looking at? Can't a faerie go outside for a few moments and not
be gawked at by some neopets?"
"S-so sorry, Jh-hudora," stuttered a male Aisha
with small black spectacles. Nervously he approached her.
"What do you want?" she screamed.
Taken aback, the Aisha straightened his spectacles
and said, "Jhudora, we of the Neohome Planning Committee would like to re-remind
you that your insurance covers for the h-house. We saw smoke and... well...was
the fire accidental?"
"Of course!" Jhudora bellowed. "What faerie
would set fire to her own house?"
"Well..." the Aisha mumbled. "If we start construction
tomorrow, the house should be rebuilt by next week and you wouldn't have to
leave Faerieland. And if my calculations are right..." he said, pulling out
a notepad and checking his math, "all of your furniture will be replaced by
the end of the Month of Sleeping."
Jhudora looked around. The air was harsh and
cold and the Month of Sleeping had just begun. "Well," Jhudora said, staring
at him with her dark eyes. "Where am I supposed to live until then? Do you expect
me to stay outside and freeze?!"
"No, no!" he said quickly. "We have willing
faeries who will let you into their homes until the job is done. You will only
live with them for a month and it will cost you nothing. Everything is covered."
Looking at the remainder of her house, Jhudora
turned to the Aisha. "Fine," she spat. "What other choice do I have..." And
with a final look at her old home, she opened her wings and took flight into
the frosty air.
The next morning, Jhudora was sorting out her
living arrangements with the Aisha, Jim. He was a very busy neopet, working
in the Neohome Planning Committee; however, Jhudora had demanded a meeting with
him and no one ever refuses Jhudora.
However, the meeting was very short and was
held at the site of her old home. Pre-occupied with his other clients, Jim just
handed her a piece of paper from his notepad with the name and address of the
faerie who would be her roommate scribbled on it. Then, without warning, Jhudora
spread her wings and flew to the address.
The faerie's name was Jesc and lived on the
other side of Faerieland. Flying to her future home for the next month, Jhudora
hoped that she got someone good. As Jhudora saw her destination, however, she
couldn't help but groan.
It was the Faerie Academy. The illustrious school
was a famous academy that every budding faerie attended. Divided into six sections
(air, water, earth, fire, light and dark), the school taught faeries the arts
of their powers and how to use them wisely. Jhudora had gone to the school many
years back; however, after a few "incidents", she had been expelled.
Looking at the academy as she flew towards it,
Jhudora muttered to herself, "Please let Jesc be a dark faerie, please let Jesc
be a dark faerie." However, she had a feeling that Jesc was not going to be
like her at all.
Landing on the neatly trimmed grass, Jhudora
looked up at the tall castle. There was a main building and six tall towers
made of white stone and all flying the school's purple flag. Tall wooden doors
were the entrance and completed the fine-tuned look. Jhudora couldn't help but
Walking through the doors, however, Jhudora
was met with a surprise. This one was unpleasant. Sitting in the secretary's
desk was a fire faerie. Her hair was auburn with a few specks of gray and was
tied up in a tight bun. Her sharp eyes, however, were hidden behind small pointy
glasses. Jhudora recognized the strict faerie right away. It was Mrs. Pierce.
Looking up, the fire faerie spotted Jhudora.
"Well, well," she said coldly. "Finally decided to come back here to finish
your studies. Or maybe to wreak more havoc upon this school, young lady?"
"Nice to see you, too," Jhudora said sarcastically,
ignoring Mrs. Pierce's last remark. "And no. I'm not here to finish my 'faerie
training' in this school. I'm looking for Jesc."
A confused look appeared on Mrs. Pierce's face
but then realization hit her. "Oh. So you're the faerie who was irresponsible
enough to burn down her own cloud." Shaking her head she said, "If you had only
paid attention in my class, Proper Uses of Magical Abilities, then maybe you
wouldn't be back here. However, I can see now that you are an incompetent fool
that can't even-"
"I AM NOT INCOMPETENT!" Jhudora shouted, causing
some of the papers of the desk to fall to the floor.
Using her wand, Mrs. Pierce casually waved it
and the papers re-stacked themselves on her desk. Sniffing snootily, she then
said, "That temper won't get you anywhere. No wonder you're a failure." She
then continued with her paperwork, calm yet cold.
Jhudora was about to scream, however, but she
knew that shouting would be useless. Anger was pouring out of her and the lights
in the main hall were flickering. Searching her pocket, she reached for her
wand, but found only the ashen remains. Breathing deeply she muttered, "Where
Mrs. Pierce looked at her with an air of smugness
and satisfaction. "The fourth tower, room 458," she said. As soon as it came
out of her mouth, however, Jhudora turned to her right and headed down the long
circular hall, not bothering to look back at the scowling teacher.
Looking down the hallway, Jhudora tried to remember
how the school was set up. As a dark faerie, she had been in the sixth tower,
however, she couldn't remember what type of faeries were in the fourth tower.
Besides tower six, the only other tower she could remember was tower five for
light faeries. (She knew that because she and her friends would constantly play
jokes on the light faeries in the neighboring tower.)
As the first tower approached, Jhudora realized
that she was just going to have to wait and see what tower four held for her.
Suddenly, however, Jhudora stepped in a puddle of water. Using her wings, she
hovered in the air and looked to her right where there was a spiral staircase
up to the first tower. Water was dripping off the stone steps and Jhudora realized
that it was the water faerie tower. Water faeries were normally quiet and in
Jhudora's opinion, just plain boring. She never dealt with water faeries while
she was at school. They were too smart to be in the same classes with her anyway.
Jhudora continued to fly until the ground was
dry, however, once she landed she saw the second tower. It looked exactly like
the first except this one wasn't soaking, but had vines twisting on the stair
railing. With a glare, Jhudora remembered that this was the earth faerie tower,
home to her "favorite" faerie, Illusen.
Back in school, she and Illusen had the strangest
relationship. Most people believe that they had always been mortal enemies,
but in their first year at the academy, they were inseparable. They did everything
together. Same classes, same parties. Illusen even helped Jhudora with a few
light faerie pranks. However, during the summer, everything changed. Jhudora
was sent to live with her great-aunt Kryta who was an evil faerie intent on
destroying all of Neopia. Jhudora soaked in her every word and when she came
back to school, she was forever changed. She and Illusen then began their long
relationship as foes. (It didn't last long in the school, however. Two months
into her second year, Jhudora was expelled.)
Jhudora shook the memory out of her head and
continued walking. After a few minutes, she noticed that her feet were getting
warm. Her shoes had been burned in the fire at her home and as she walked barefoot
through the castle, her feet eventually began to sting. A tower with a staircase
loomed up ahead of her. Tower three was the fire faerie tower.
Running quickly (her feet were getting scorched),
Jhudora made her way to her destination, the fourth tower. In other words, the
air faerie tower. There was a cool breeze radiating from the staircase and placing
her hand on the cold stair railing, Jhudora walked up the spiral steps.
Every few steps, a door would appear and it
was like that for a few minutes. The tower consisted of a giant staircase and
had 100 rooms stacked on top of one another. Jesc was in room 458 so it took
a while to get there. Jhudora was tempted to fly up, but the tower was too narrow
and her wingspan was much too large. Finally, after a tiring climb, she made
it to Jesc's dorm.
Jhudora wasn't the type of faerie who would
knock on someone's door, so she barged in, flinging the door open with such
force that the stone wall cracked. The inside, however, was far from what Jhudora
When Jhudora had stayed in the castle with her
friends, the walls were dark and dank and had dimly lit sconces that barely
illuminated their faces. They had slept in small, cold beds with thin sheets,
so that they were freezing all the time, and the wooden floor was burned back
from the trial and errors of practicing magic. This room, however, was light
and bright. Two large, comfortable beds were to Jhudora's right, filled to the
brim with plushies. A coffee table between two blue couches was littered with
school books a bit further in. There was even a small kitchen that had wind
chimes all over the ceiling so that when a breeze blew in a from the large window
on the left, there would be a light, tinkling sound. Underneath the window,
however, there was a desk littered with papers and small keepsakes and sitting
in the desk was a young air faerie.
The air faerie had dirty blond hair that was
hastily thrown back into a hair clip and a faerie pen was behind her ear. She
wore a purple dress that was tied with a ribbon around her waist and she was
holding a book in her left hand. At the sound of the intruder she stood up quickly,
grasping her wand with her free hand and knocking papers of her desk, but once
she saw Jhudora, she gave a sign of relief.
"Hi!" she said in an excited, pleasant and high
voice. "I'm Jesc! Nice to finally meet you, Jhudora!"
Jhudora caught sight of the book in Jesc's hand.
It was entitled Dark Faeries, Are They Truly Evil Or Just Misunderstood?
Jhudora then turned and looked at Jesc using her vilest glare; however, Jesc
seemed unfazed. In fact, she seemed even happier if possible.
"Oh my gosh!" she said jumping up and down.
"I am sooooo excited you're here! This is my second year at the academy, but
I've still never had a roomie..."
"Roomie?" Jhudora asked.
"A roommate!" Jesc said, defining it for her.
She then continued on, talking very fast and excitedly."And I was so unhappy
that I didn't have a roomie, but one day I went into my Help Out Neopia class
with Miss Nell and I just knew that something special was going to happen! And
there was this list saying that a faerie had lost her cloud! I was so sad that
I started crying in the middle of class. I know, how embarrassing!" she added
to Jhudora who had been glaring at her the entire time.
"Anyway," she continued, "I signed the paper,
but then..." she whispered her voice getting low. "I realized that I was going
to be roomies with not just any faerie, but Jhudora herself! So I went over
to Miss Nell and said, 'Is this right?' and she said 'yeah', but I said, 'are
you sure?' and she said 'positive' and then I said..."
"Will you stop all that jabbering!" Jhudora
shouted, losing her patience.
"Well sorry," Jesc said a little annoyed. Then,
with a shrug she said, "The book warned me about dark faerie tempers. Their
just as bad as those mischievous fire faeries in the next tower. They are ALWAYS
playing tricks on me! Like just yesterday they..."
"SHUT YOUR MOUTH!" Jhudora cried. Then looking
straight into Jesc's eyes she snarled, "Listen. I do NOT want to be in this
academy, but seeing that my home is burnt to a crisp and my wand is fried, I
have to be stuck with you for about a month. But I am NOT going to spend my
time hanging out with a happy little air faerie! Now just show me where I will
sleep and then just LEAVE ME ALONE!"
Jesc looked at Jhudora strangely, however, she
didn't show fear, anger, hate or sorrow. It was a confused look, like Jesc was
trying to figure Jhudora out. Then with a shrug she said happily, "You'll sleep
in this bed and I'll be right here," and then she turned around and sat down
in her desk. Humming to herself, she picked up another book from a pile on the
floor, (this one entitled Illusions and Images), and began to read it
Jhudora rolled her eyes and plopped herself
on the bed, crushing a Red Ixi Plushie. Then she muttered, "Only four weeks,
only four weeks...."
To be continued...