A Confusing Conglomeration: Part Five
Amazingly, Commander Galba—an enemy of DeSoni’s since before
he even had good reason to be—met those eyes… and looked away. He hesitated to
pull the small lever that would force the potion out and, just maybe, forever
remove two thorns in his side. The ambitious young doctor, beloved of the people
of their homeworld and in line for an undeserved promotion, and the traitor, the
weak-minded genius, the bane in his side that everyone had reluctantly admired,
that the Madam Commander herself had cast in the limelight, that in reality was
nothing more than a freak of nature.
During that second’s hesitance, several incredible things happened simultaneously.
The wall directly behind DeSoni’s head burst inward, obviously the work of the
two large, strong Red Rukis that charged in. A Blue Shoyru led a small group
of Desert Neopets dashing down the hall directly towards the cell, shouting
loudly. A Green Wocky somehow appeared out of thin air directly next to Kregor
Geiger, a couple laser pen-knifes at paw.
The shock of the situation suddenly sent a jolt of urgency through Galba and
he immediately yanked hard on the small lever.
Unfortunately for him, the bigger of the two Red Rukis had anticipated that
and dashed forward, knocking the potion from his paws—but not before a slight
spritz had reached DeSoni. It was so slight, especially in comparison to all
the excitement going on around him, that the tiny Aisha ignored it. No one else
Meanwhile, Khargana had slashed Kregor Geiger’s chains off and handed the young
doctor one of her ever-handy laser knifes. The slim Blue Alien Aisha ducked
under the lab table and started burning through the thick straps that held DeSoni
The Desert Neopets had formed a wall outside the cell entrance, with Silas
guarding the newly made exit through the wall of the Sakhmetian palace’s dungeon.
Rocky had slammed Galba to the ground and half-twisted him around so his face
was against the ground and his paws pulled tightly around his back by the Ruki’s
Khargana and Kregor finished cutting through the straps and helped DeSoni—weak
and cramped from the long hours trapped in the same position—into a sitting
position and then down to the floor.
Galba was putting up a decent fight, considering he was up against someone
with super-strength. He twisted and jerked and squirmed, trying his hardest
to get Rocky to lose his grip. The Ruki ground his teeth and twisted the arms
harder, pressing down at the same time. The Alien Aisha howled in response.
“That’s enough, Rocky,” warned Silas, who wasn’t very well acquainted with
such traits as wicked vengefulness and certainly wasn’t even sure of what the
Red Alien Aisha’s crimes were.
Rocky turned to answer Silas that no, it absolutely wasn’t enough, but in the
shift of grip he’d had to make to turn Galba snapped free. The Alien Aisha Commander
leapt to the side and snatched up the Blue Shoyru. Holding her close as a shield,
he backed up towards the wall.
“No one move!” he barked.
It probably was one of the most ridiculous scenes to ever occur in that particular
dungeon. A tiny Yellow Aisha was propped weakly between a slim Blue Alien Aisha
doctor and a Green Wocky detective in an absurd suede vest. A stunned Red Ruki
stood in the enormous hole in the solid stone wall. Another, much angrier, Red
Ruki stood near the center of the room, hand-like claws at sides and ready to
fight. The Desert Neopets still blocked the cell off.
“You so much as step on one paw of my sister’s…” growled Rocky, making fists
of his claws but not daring anything further.
“Oh, best friend of my last prisoner and brother of my latest?” mocked Galba.
“Now clear out of my way!”
“Allow me,” said Khargana, gently letting DeSoni down into the full support
of Kregor. Then, to Galba’s astonishment, she unsheathed her claws, and charged
the Commander recklessly. Rissa, having guessed her friend’s next move, whipped
her wings in the Alien Aisha’s face and ripped herself from his grasp and into
the air. Khargana collided with Galba a millisecond afterwards, shoving him
backward against the ready young Desert team, who grabbed at him from all sides,
effectively pinning him in place.
“WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?” shouted Galba angrily, struggling in the grips of the
“Wocky Detective Khargana, DeSoni’s older sister,” announced the Green Wocky
in a low voice, ending the last few words in a near-growl. “I believe you already
know Rickster_Rockster, or at least of him, and the Blue Shoyru you unsuccessfully
just tried to use as a shield I declare to be Rocky’s sister and one of my own
best friends, young CarissaOfire. As for the others,” she gestured elegantly
around at the older Ruki and the native Sakhmetian thieves.
“We wish to remain anonymous,” declared Kai-ji, the Desert Usul. “In light
that we are only here in terms of mutual benefit.”
“My name is Silas, and I was once dear friends with Rocky’s father,” said the
older Ruki in a low, calm tone.
“And I certainly hope you know the identities of your own prisoners,” laughed
Khargana. She turned abruptly and nodded cheerfully Kregor’s way. “I take you
to be Kregor, the one who sent DeSoni this note,” she flipped a copy from one
of her vest pockets. “But other than that I don’t know.”
DeSoni stepped away from Kregor’s support and stumbled a little, but he managed
to hold himself up. “This is Kregor Geiger, Khar. He’s the Head Medical Doctor
of the Alien Aisha homeworld and was in line for a promotion to the Madam Commander’s
Council. Commander Galba didn’t like that.”
“Oh,” said Rissa, a little disappointedly, landing in front of the Blue Alien
Aisha doctor and peering closely at his face.
DeSoni laughed at that odd reaction, and especially at the taken aback look
on Kreg’s face.
The Wocky Detective smiled indulgently. “Rissa thought she was about to meet
a genuine flint-hearted traitor to his own friend. I must say,” she gestured
vaguely towards Galba. “Your other friend left rather too many clues pointing
in that direction. Don’t worry, I removed them.”
With that last comment she handed DeSoni back the micro-stunner she’d given
him and gave young Kregor Geiger the large military-issue blaster. (How such
a bulky thing had fit in her pockets I’d rather not even hazard a guess.)
Galba’s countenance was getting more alarmed by the second, but it was rather
much too late to try for an escape. Kregor grinned with true boyish delight
as he leveled the large blaster straight at his ex-captor.
“Let’s see who’s in the Madam Commander’s hot water now!” laughed the doctor,
the years that captivity and dejection had added in the past couple days just
“Excuse me,” interrupted Kai-ji politely. “But my friend is still imprisoned,
and we’d rather not be around when the Sakhmetian Guard show.”
Khargana smiled a little and glanced Rissa’s way. The little Blue Shoyru giggled
“If your ‘friend’ happens to be that Desert Poogle locked in the secret dungeon…”
Kai-ji and his fellow desert thieves gasped.
“Then you haven’t a thing to worry about. And you don’t really need our help.”
With a reluctant sigh, the Wocky pulled out the five little pyramid-shaped objects.
“The combination keys! They were supposed to have been stolen… !” Kai-ji spoke
in awe, staring at the tiny triangular objects.
“Um, yeah. About that… never mind. Leave it that they came into my hands only
by circumstance, but I’m positive the code to rescue your friend is eye, crown,
staff, wings, then eye again. In that order, facing you.”
“But… how… ?”
Khargana pressed the little pyramids into Kai-ji’s paw. “Go along now. And
I swear I only didn’t tell you earlier because I really did need your help.”
She grinned, obviously positive that if they’d known she’d possessed the keys
they would’ve robbed her sooner than help her.
The desert gang handed a bewildered Galba into Rocky’s able claws and took
their leave. Kregor kept the blaster steadily trained on the large Red Alien
Aisha, and Khargana asked DeSoni for the wisest and surest way to contact the
It was actually easier than you’d think, since the ruling Princess of Sakhmet
had a communications-link to Queen Fyora (which only made sense) who certainly
had a direct link to the Alien Aisha leader. Rulers have to keep in touch, don'cha
Galba only made one more attempt to escape, in that desperate second the eyes
of the highest in the Alien Aisha hierarchy, the Madam Commander herself, fell
on him. He was immediately shot down by those who used to be his subordinates
and placed in chains. Undoubtedly his hatred of DeSoni has increased at least
The Princess, rather humored by the whole situation, pardoned Silas and Rocky
for breaking down one of her prison’s innermost walls. Apparently she'd thought
Galba was simply an Alien Aisha on vacation. Of course, they didn’t tell her
anything of Kai-ji or the escape of the Desert Poogle, the leader of that small
team of rogues, from her secret, high-security dungeon.
Queen Rose ordered Prince _Rickster_Rocker_ back to the colony. Needless to
say, the order was not obeyed, as the Rocky we know and love insists he’s no
prince. She had guessed Silas’ part in Rocky’s escape, but chose to let it slide
seeing as there was no evidence.
DeSoni racked up more good points with the Madam Commander, and Kregor Geiger
was immediately promoted to the Madam Commander’s Counsel on his return to their
Galba was stripped of his rank and sent to prison, but who knows how long he’ll
stay there? Rumor has it a certain Celia Synoptics, an even worse enemy of DeSoni’s,
has turned her attention his way.
Khargana moped for a bit about the loss of her latest puzzle, but got over
it as soon as the next mystery came up.
Rissa got to go on her trip to Tyrannia with Rocky.
Unfortunately, Rocky never did finish his bike. In the end, DeSoni realized
the pieces weren’t going anywhere and modified them into an ultra-cool ‘super-bike,’
similar to those raced on the Space Station by young engineers and Space Station
Technological Institute students. So far it hasn’t been confiscated.
Thanks a ton for all the support and especially for all the fan mail calling
for a story with Khargana, DeSoni, AND Rocky! PLEASE let me know how this one
worked out and thanks a ton for reading the whole story through! And, if for
any reason you feel like I missed something or some part of the story didn't
make sense, please neomail me and I'll try to clear things up.
Oh, yes. You think that that little spritz of potion might do something
to DeSoni in a later story? I do, but we'll have to see if I can work a plot
out of it! As always, neomail ideas my way!