The Greatest Treasure of All: Part Four
"Ugh, the treasure better be here. It was a really long
trip all the way to the beach from the Island Mystic's hut, so it better be worth
Ricky, Katrina, Rita, and Dreamer had come from
the Island Mystic and traveled by foot to the beach. They had just arrived,
and they were glad to finally be there. The nice cool breeze and the warm sun,
several palm trees with fronds waving in the wind, the clear blue waters of
the ocean - it was all so peaceful. They hadn't really gotten to enjoy the island
beauty of the beach when they first went there, while having to pick up a bunch
of bottles of sand. Now they could feel it, and for the first time in their
vacation it finally felt, well, like a vacation. But they knew they still had
a lot of work to do and a great treasure to find.
Many pets could be seen resting and sunbathing
on the beach. Katrina looked around, trying to spot Aaron, mostly so she could
know how to avoid him. All of a sudden, a familiar voice behind her made her
jump. "Well, what do we have here?" Startled, she turned around, only to find
herself face to face with her brother Aaron. "So, sis, you finally gave up,
did you? You finally realized how pathetic it all was, how pointless it was
to chase after something that doesn't exist?"
"Actually, for your information, we didn't give
up," replied Katrina. "And, not that it's any of your business, another clue
led us here. So if you don't mind, we are going to go find the treasure, without
your help. Good-bye."
"You're serious? You still think there's a treasure?"
said Aaron in disbelief.
"Yes, as a matter of fact, I do!" yelled Katrina.
"If I want to go look for the treasure, why do you care so much? If I don't
end up finding one, then you can laugh at me all you want, since that's obviously
what you live for. But just let me try. Please, just give me a chance. I'm going
to find it and I'm going to prove to you that the treasure exists! I don't care
what you say; I know I'm right this time, just this once. Why can't you let
me be right just this once? You don't know everything, so stop acting like you
do. Other people can be right, and you can be wrong sometimes. I want to do
something right for once in my life. I want to make you proud..." She trailed
off, on the verge of tears.
Aaron stopped joking and mocking her and became
more serious. "I'm sorry, Katrina… I didn't know you felt that way... Listen,
little sister, I'm just trying to tell you this for your own good. I know you'll
be crushed if there ends up being no treasure. I don't want to see you hurt."
Ricky, who had been listening to the conversation,
now saw something shiny and colorful in the sand that caught his eye. "Whoa…
guys, sorry to interrupt this touching brother-sister moment here, but I think
I see the treasure!"
"What??" Katrina and Aaron exclaimed loudly at
the same time. They both turned to where Ricky was looking, and saw the same
thing. There was no doubt; something was glittering, and it was most likely
Mouths wide open, Katrina, Ricky, and Aaron dashed
over to the mysterious object. Rita and Dreamer happily followed, though they
had no clue what was going on. They all leaned over the shimmering unknown,
admiring it, but their shadows blocked it from the sun and it didn't appear
to shine anymore. Without any further hesitation, they all started digging in
the sand with their bare paws. The more they dug, the more of the object was
revealed. Finally, they uncovered it completely...
"Another clue? Are you kidding me?" Ricky yelled.
It had been just another bottle with another note inside of it, and the golden
and rainbow glints had been only because of the sun's rays reflecting the glass.
"I really did think it was the treasure this time. It should have been," he
"Well, we might as well read the clue," said
Katrina, opening the bottle. This time, the note had a different kind of poem:
Wise old Kougra tells
Of all answers to your quest
Listen to her well
"It's a haiku," said Aaron. "That means the
next clue is at the Haiku Generator, right?"
"What?" asked Katrina. "You're coming with us?
But I thought you said -"
"Forget what I said," said Aaron, smiling. "I
was wrong." Katrina smiled back. She'd never thought she'd hear those words
out of Aaron.
Formerly four, the five made their way over
to the Haiku Generator. Once they arrived, an aged blue and green Kougra greeted
them: "Welcome newcomers / Here's the haiku for the day / Listen closely now:
Yesterday describes / Today, obtainable now / believes, capable. Contemplate
"Um… yeah… do any of you know what that was
supposed to mean?" Ricky asked the others. They all shrugged.
"How you speak haiku / Is completely incorrect
/ Try five, seven, five," the Kougra told Ricky.
"Hey, I think we need to speak to her in haiku
form. Five syllables, seven syllables, and five again. Let's try it," said Katrina.
"Okay, um… We are looking for / Something on Mystery Isle / Can you help us
The Kougra smiled and nodded. She understood,
and wanted to let Katrina continue.
"Here is our story / We are seeking a treasure
/ By following clues."
"Wow, Katrina, you're pretty good at this,"
whispered Ricky. It was good, Aaron had to admit, for just making it up on the
"Ah, I think I know / Something about what you
seek / Let me give you this," said the Kougra. She handed Katrina a piece of
paper, then shooed the whole group out before Katrina got a chance to read it.
Outside the generator building, Katrina read
the note, the next clue to the treasure:
The master shall train you to be the best
And he may be more helpful than you could
"The master? What master does it mean?" asked
"Well, there's only one master on Mystery Island,"
said Katrina. "That's the Techo Master. And he does train pets, so it makes
sense that the clue is referring to the Training School." Katrina was definitely
getting more into the rhythm of things, and getting better at deciphering clues
quickly. Everyone was also working a lot better with each other, she realized.
However, it was also turning into a bit of a bore. It was late afternoon, and
she had wanted to find the treasure that day. Now she had a feeling she would
have to wait until the next day if the clues dragged on much longer.
They tried to enter the Training School, but
needed a codestone to get in. They peered through the window at the Techo Master,
training all his students. They watched him as he taught the young pets, beginners
with big dreams. The moves he was performing were powerful yet graceful, and
his face looked stern yet kind.
They stopped paying attention to the class in
session inside and started concentrating on how they were going to get in. They
needed at least one codestone, but didn't know how to get any. The only way
they knew of was through a lucky spin at the Tombola, but they had already used
up their free Tombola play for the day. They had to find some other way in.
Ricky wanted to sneak in, but Katrina refused,
saying it just wasn't the right thing to do. After much thinking and coming
up with pretty much nothing, they simply decided to ask for permission to enter
without a codestone. Even though they almost knew for a fact it was impossible,
a strange feeling told them to try. They approached the rather evil-looking
red Nimmo who guarded the Training School.
"No, children, no one gets in without a codestone.
The Master is very busy and has other paying customers to train," he said with
a grim look on his face.
Just then, the Techo Master himself appeared
behind him out of nowhere. "What is the problem here?" he asked.
"Oh, Master, it's just these kids who want to
get in the Training School without a codestone. I should send them away, right,
sir?" said the Nimmo.
The Techo Master looked over them carefully,
as if studying them, looking past their bodies and into their souls. Finally,
he said, "It's all right. Let them in. Come, children."
To the Nimmo's great shock, Katrina, Aaron, Ricky,
Rita, and Dreamer were all allowed to walk inside, following close behind the
Techo Master. He led them into an empty room.
"You shall begin training now," he told them.
"What? We get free training? We don't have any
payment, Master," said Aaron.
"Are your goals large and your spirits high?"
he asked them all. They all nodded. "And in learning something valuable, will
you use it wisely and treasure it forever?"
"Treasure?" said Ricky, who got excited at any
mention of the word.
Katrina nudged him, letting him know that this
wasn't the time for talking about the treasure. "Yes, sir," Katrina answered
the Techo Master.
"Then that is payment enough, knowing that pupils
are taught well," responded the Techo. With that, he immediately began his lessons.
He trained them in all areas: in agility, in
endurance, teaching them everything he thought they needed to know. After quite
a few hours, training was completed and the Techo Master considered them ready
"Farewell, young students," he said. "You still
have much to learn, but you have accomplished much this day. I would like to
present you with this." He produced a slip of paper out of his robe pocket and
handed it to Ricky. "Good-bye, now, and just remember: wherever you go, go with
all your heart." He walked away and turned down the hall. The kids tried to
follow after him, but he was nowhere to be seen after he had gone around the
The five left the Training School, feeling completely
ready for whatever was to come next. However, they found that it was too dark
to continue their journey, and they had to wait until the following day. They
couldn't resist waiting until morning to read the note from the Techo Master,
so they did so that night. But soon after that, they were too tired to go to
the next place, and ended up falling fast asleep on the lush grass right in
front of the Training School.
To be continued...