Adventure in Korbat Cave
"Welcome to Korbat Cave!"
The glowing Korbat tour guide gestured dramatically
towards the entrance to the cave.
Nyami the Zafara nudged her little sister. "Are
you sure you're up to this? You won't get too scared like last time?"
The little red Zafara stamped her foot and said
reproachfully, "I did not get too scared at Terror Mountain!! I just really
had to go to the bathroom was all."
Nyami rolled her eyes and took her little sister's
hand. The tour guide continued: "I'll be your tour guide, Nancy. As you can
see, I was specially painted to glow for my job. It's pretty dark in the cave,
but the light coming from my fur is just enough for us to see and to not disturb
the creatures that live in the cave.
"I must warn you before we enter; there are
wide holes and niches that could harm you. We ask that you kindly stay close
to me so that you can watch your feet and not fall. Thank you!"
The group immediately huddled around the Korbat.
She smiled revealing rows of pointed teeth and said in a calm voice, "We are
now about to enter the cave."
Nyami felt her sister's grip on her hand tighten
and she smiled down at her reassuringly. "Don't worry Zabi! You can hold my
hand the entire time."
Zabi grinned and looked ahead. The group moved
as one towards the mouth of the dark cave.
"It's like we're being swallowed by a…by a giant
Skeith or something!" Zabi remarked rather loudly, causing heads to turn and
a family of Skeith to glare at her.
"Sorry," Nyami murmured to the Skeith family,
who nodded understandingly when they noticed how small she was.
As they walked on, the light grew fainter. Although
Nancy's glow was bright enough for them to see, Nyami gripped her little sister's
hand, just to make sure she wouldn't fall or anything.
"Ooh, here we are, at Karren Corner." Nancy
gestured toward the ceiling, giving off enough light for them all to see a large
group of the green bat-like Petpets hanging, some sleeping and some nursing
young, while others stared at the group angrily.
Nancy looked around and then said, "Karren originally
come from Meridell. But these," she pointed to the Karren once more, "came here
of their own accord. Their large ears help them hunt and fly, because their
eyesight is poor. They can hear for miles around! Why, I bet they heard us half
an hour ago."
Nyami pointed at the Petpets. "Want one of those,
Zabi? Maybe for Christmas or your birthday?"
Zabi made a face. "No! Never."
Nyami ruffled her sister's hair and walked with
the group, who was now heading to the right.
"Now I must ask you to please be extremely quiet
during this part of the tour. We are heading in Barbat territory. They are very
territorial and will not like us intruding on our home, so I ask you all not
to make any sudden movements or loud noises," Nancy warned quietly, causing
the group to strain their ears to hear what she was saying.
Nyami looked at her sister and gave her the
'Shh' signal. Zabi nodded.
They trod quietly. A few rocks crumbled beneath
their feet, but these were such minute sounds no one seemed to pay them any
Silently, Nancy put a finger to her lips and
A large horde of Barbats were grouped on the
ceiling. Most were sleeping. None were staring at their visitors.
Nyami gazed in awe as one of the Barbats ruffled
its wings and the others followed suit, a ripple of movement on the dark ceiling.
It seemed that the others followed what the Barbat did, for it moved over about
an inch and the others did too, a mass of squawking wings.
Nyami felt something move across her toes-something
hairy-but paid no attention to it. She was too caught up in the beauty of the
movement of the Petpets.
Suddenly, Zabi's voice pierced through the dark,
"Eeek!! A Spyder!"
Instantaneously, all of the Barbats flew straight
at the source of the sound-Zabi. Grabbing her hand, Nyami ran with her sister
the opposite way, thrusting her hand out at the biting and clawing Barbats.
"Nyami!" Zabi screamed.
"I'm here!" she replied, gripping her sister's
hand tighter. She felt fewer claws and bites and realized the Barbats must be
going away. She dropped her hand at her side and stopped.
Zabi howled out. Nyami suddenly felt herself
being pulled by her little sister. She never remembered her sister being so
She turned and looked to find her sister screaming
as she fell down the hole. The huge hole had come out of nowhere in the darkness;
they had seen it with the light from Nancy before.
"Don't let me go!" Zabi screeched, tears evident
in her voice.
"I won't!!" Nyami yelled back, letting herself
be pulled down the hole.
Together they fell through the darkness, Zabi
screaming and sobbing and Nyami lost for words. They were doomed.
They stopped falling abruptly. Nyami checked
herself for broken bones, and then her sister.
"No." Zabi answered, "No, I'm fine."
Nyami breathed hard, panting in and out like
a Lupe who had just run in a competition. Zabi silently sobbed beside her; Nyami
could feel her sister's tears as she hugged her tightly.
"It's ok," she whispered soothingly, stroking
her hair, "We'll be alright."
Zabi stopped crying and looked up at her sister
warmly. "You'd make a great mom."
Nyami smiled stood up. She held her hand out
for her sister to grab, but instead her sister started crying again.
"I-It was my f-fault. I w-was the one who s-screamed
and made the B-Barbats angry." She sobbed into her sister's skirt.
"No, no. It wasn't our fault," she replied soothingly.
"Anyone would scream if they felt a Spyder."
Zabi sniffed and looked up. "How are we going
to get out?"
Nyami shrugged, but realizing that it was too
dark for her sister to see, she replied, "I don't know."
Zabi stood up and hugged her sister tightly.
Nyami hugged her back, her eyes scanning the darkness for any way they could
get out of the hole.
"Hey…what's that?" Zabi pointed to a corner
of the wall. Nyami stepped closer to it and realized it was a small tunnel.
"I don't know," Nyami said. She fell to all
fours and tried to squeeze through. "It's too small for me."
Zabi picked up a large rock and pounded the
edges of the tunnel with it. The dirt tumbled onto the ground and made the tunnel
"Look, it's so much wider on the inside." Nyami
pointed to the tunnel and fit through with ease. "Come on Zabi, wait for me
to get all the way in and then follow me."
She crawled through the tunnel, and heard her
sister grunt with effort as she entered too.
"Careful; it goes uphill here," Nyami warned
her sister. Going uphill in a tight tunnel while dirt kept falling in your hair
and eyes was a hard task, but if it meant getting out of the cave, they were
happy to do so.
It seemed as though they had been crawling through
the tunnel for an hour, if more than that. Nyami was tired, as she was sure
her sister was. She kept plowing through anyway.
"Zabi! I see an opening ahead!"
Crawling even faster at the thought of getting
out of the dreaded tunnel, Nyami was soon out of the tunnel. She waited for
her sister, who immediately stood up and dusted herself off.
"Where are we now?" Zabi asked her sister. Nyami
looked around; dirt, dirt, and more dirt. But then- a faint glow off in the
"Zabi! Look it's our guide!"
Zabi shrieked with joy and together they ran
headlong towards the source of the light-instead, they found a glowing orb.
"Oh no," Zabi whispered, "Oh no, oh no, oh no…"
Nyami peered into the orb curiously. She gasped
in amazement-there was their guide and the group!! It seemed they were so close
that she could just reach out and touch them…
"Zabi, look at this."
Zabi stared into the orb. She touched the orb
and gasped suddenly as her hand was sucked into the orb.
"Nyami! Do you think…?"
Nyami nodded. "It's worth a shot."
Together, they put the orb on the ground and
stepped into it. They were hurled into the orb, everything was spinning, Nyami
thought she was going to be sick…
"Well there you are! We've been looking for
you all over!"
The two sisters turned and saw Nancy and the
group running towards them.
"Yeah," panted Nyami, "Yeah. Sorry about that…"
Zabi and Nyami looked at each other, then stood
up and joined the group. Everything was going to be okay now.
So long as a Spyder didn't wander over a young