A Wish for Bravery: Part Two
"W-what - I mean w-who are you?" asked Chloe, flabbergasted.
"And w-what do you want?"
The veiled figure took off her black silk shawl
and looked at the Shadow Kyrii. She was an Acara, yet she was not like any he
had seen before. She had acid green eyes and ebony black horns for ears and
her face was covered with deathly white fur. It was a face Chloe had only seen
in the Gallery of Evil. It was -
"Vira!" gasped Chloe, backing away from the
creature. "I am so sorry, please -"
"Hush, my child," said the creature, her eyes
glinting maliciously. "I know you meant me no harm and I meant you no harm.
I was merely crossing the clearing to get to my home when I heard your voice…I
couldn't help myself so I heard what you had to say. It seems as though you
have been having trouble with some bully and you haven't the courage to get
rid of him…"
Chloe stared at Vira. He struggled to figure
out how she knew so much about him but her voice had become intoxicatingly overpowering
and he was forced to listen to her rather than run away.
"…I heard you make a wish - a wish for courage
- and suddenly I felt sorry for you so I have decided to give you this. Your
wish had been granted, young Kyrii."
Vira handed Chloe a box made of ivory and ebony
and silver. He took it and looked at the intricate carvings on it. They were
Suddenly the voice of his owner, Patricia, rang
in his head. "Never accept gifts given to you by strangers no matter how inviting
they are." Chloe hesitated and Vira saw this.
"Open it," she ordered, her voice coated with
honey. The Shadow Kyrii did as he was told. The lid of the box was not as hard
to open as Chloe had thought it would be. As he opened it, brilliant white light
illuminated the surroundings. Chloe narrowed his eyes in his attempts to see
what the box contained and gasped.
Inside the box was a beautiful sight. Apart
from the piercing, bright, white, light was a small ornament - well, at least
it looked like an ornament. It was a heart shaped piece of baby-pink silk. Its
rich lustrous color along with the light played tricks on the mind and made
the box look as though it had fathomless depths.
"Take it…" said Vira. "It's a Brave Heart; using
it will give you tremendous courage." Was Chloe imagining it or was Vira being
kind - something evil creatures could not be unless they were planning to be
unpleasantly evil in the near future. But something in her voice was taking
control of Chloe. "Use it well," she said.
The prospect of being given courage and bravery
even by an evil creature was just too good to lose. Chloe turned to thank Vira
but as he did, the hideously beautiful creature vanished in a curt swish of
her pitch black veil.
The sonorous sounds of wood hitting a metal
bell rang across the hallways of the building. School had started. As the ear-splitting
noise subdued many other sound filled the place such as the phuth, phuth
of many thousands of feet scampering about the school premises.
Chloe and his knapsack of a bag entered the
Neopian Neoschool and headed straight for the locker room. Maybe it was the
new Eau de Cologne he was wearing that made everyone he passed look at him strangely.
Soon, Chloe realized that that wasn't the matter, when he looked at the reflection
of himself in the glass window; he saw that he had a really goofy grin plastered
on his face - things had changed since he had received the generous gift from
The Shadow Kyrii opened his locker, took something
out of his bag, put it in the locker and slammed it shut all in a flash.
"All right, weak-heart?" asked Dan the Green
Skeith, opening his own locker with such a force that its hinges were nearly
Chloe merely rolled his eyes at the bully and
marched off to class…
"Settle down, class," said Mrs. Trunch,
rather loudly, turning towards the blackboard. "Settle down."
Everyone took their seats.
Everyone also started talking - not too loudly
but in whispers loud enough for the whole class to hear. Mrs. Trunch, the
Brown Yurble, was a little deaf in both ears so she never heard whatever was
going on at the back of the class except when someone shouted in a really loud
"Today we'll be starting Simultaneous Algebra,"
said the teacher happily, scribbling on the blackboard so fast and ferociously
that her hand appeared to be a blur.
Groans and hisses erupted from the mouths of
all the students but Mrs. Trunch paid no heed.
"So," said Dan gloatingly, leaning towards Chloe
and raising his voice so that others could hear him. "Have you heard the rumors?"
"What rumors?" asked Chloe.
"Oh you know, the ones regarding you being afraid
of the Tooth Faerie…"
Chloe's eyes widened. How did Dan know that?
Only one person knew this secret and she had sworn she would not tattle. That
person was Velvet.
Chloe shot an angry look at the Pink Aisha who
returned a nervous, apologizing one in exchange.
She had tattled and now what had happened
could not be changed.
"Hey, weak-heart," said Dan in a whisper-cry.
"Who am I: 'Teeth! I want teeth! Give me your teeth!'" The Skeith outstretched
his arms and acted like a zombie while a murmur of approval and laughter rang
through the class.
"Weak-heart…" said a tiny voice in Chloe's
head. Heart! The Heart! Suddenly Chloe had an idea.
"Now class," said Mrs. Trunch, who had not
noticed that the whole class had been busy talking and not paying attention
to the rules of adding and subtracting integers. "Who can tell me what is minus
two multiplied by minus five is - yes Chloe?"
"Positive ten," said Chloe, lowering his hand.
"But that's not why I raised my hand, Mrs. Trunch. I want to go to the special
room - where, you know, you go and -"
"Yes, yes, yes! I know very well where you want
to go. Now go!"
Chloe stood there waiting.
"What do you want, Chloe? Do want to stay and
discuss what you do in a bathroom? I suggest you wait for science class!" remarked
the Brown Yurble, looking around to see if anyone was laughing at her cheesy
"Ermm…" said Chloe, trying to make his act realistic.
"You forgot to give me a Hall Pass."
"Oh…Here you are."
With the Hall Pass in hand, Chloe ran out of
the classroom, not to the toilet but to the locker room. He was going to use
Beads of sweat rolled down the Kyrii's face
as he inputted the combination for his locker. Finally, it clicked open. With
a sigh of relief, Chloe saw that the box was still there. His overactive sweat
glands had started working overtime again as he held the box in his. It was
just as it had been when Vira had handed it to the Kyrii.
With shaking hands, Chloe put his paw on the
lid and wrenched it open. Dazzling light shone from it, but perhaps because
the locker room was bright and sunny, the light was not as bright as it had
been that night in the forest. The faint pink heart-shaped thing lay there delicately
in the middle of the box. Chloe used his remaining paw to fish it out. The Heart
wasn't how he had imagined it would feel. It certainly looked soft and fluffy
but actually, it wasn't. Chloe felt that the Heart felt moldy and dry like a
sponge that hadn't soaked water for a very long time.
Chloe hadn't the faintest clue of what he had
to do with the Heart; did he have to keep it in his hands all day or did he
have to keep it in his pocket? His heart was pounding. Questions formed in the
mind of the Kyrii as instantaneously as fireworks appearing and disappearing
in the sky. How much time had gone by? Would Mrs. Trunch send someone after
him if she realized that he had been out of class (with a Hall Pass) for a long
time? What would the consequences be? What would happen if someone saw him?
Would the Heart be taken away from him?
Suddenly, Chloe had an idea. He put the empty
box back in the locker and locked it. Then he took the Heart in both his paws,
drew a deep breath and pressed it against his chest. The white light became
greater than before. It felt as though something warm was being pushed inside
him, deeper that his flesh, and into his very soul. He couldn't tell if it was
pain he was feeling or something else…
Panting, Chloe blinked trying to see but all
he could see was darkness until his eyes adjusted to the not-so-very darkness
of the locker room.
The sounds of footsteps met the Kyrii's sharp
ears and he realized that he had to reach class.
"Come in, Chloe," barked Mrs. Trunch. "What
took you so long? No - I don't want an answer!"
Chloe entered the classroom and took his seat.
"Bump into the Tooth Faerie?" asked Dan looking
at Chloe, who still a bit shaky.
"I don't care what you say," replied Chloe in
a loud whisper.
Whispers of 'oooh's and 'ahhh's filled the entire
class, everyone was listening.
"Don't tell me," said Dan, sneering, "you took
a few drops of Magical Bravery Potion?"
"Yeah," said Chloe coldly. "Yeah - I did."
"How do I do that?"
"I'll dare you to do something and you do it…Okay?"
Chloe thought about what Dan had said. The chances
of Dan giving him a dare that was doable were really low but on the other hand,
there was the prospect of showing Dan that he had changed.
"What will you dare me?" asked Chloe.
"Oh, nothing much," replied Dan who was obviously
surprised that Chloe had come this far. "After school, you go to the Food Mart
and convince the shopkeeper to give you some Super Juicy Icy Neggs for free."
"And how do I do that?"
Chloe thought again. That would be stealing.
He knew he'd be called 'weak-heart' and 'chicken' if he backed out now, but
stealing - that was not on. He was about the reject the dare when something
happened. A feeling rose in his heart.
"Don't back out now," said Chloe's heart while
his mind fought to show him that it was an illegal dare. "You can do it, be
brave. BRAVE. That's what you wanted, didn't you?"
"Alright," said Chloe turning to Dan. "I'll
To be continued...