Pishicu and the Wisdom Council: Part Eight
Terskun, Pishicu, and Yessey had been flying over the skies
of Neopia, which were decked in pink and orange for the setting of the sun, for
a little less than three hours, when a question sprang into Pishicu's head.
"Er, guys!" she hollered to be heard over the
"Yeah?" the two replied back, equally as loud.
"Why don't you go ahead and destroy the Eternity
Orb now?" Pishicu inquired.
"Simple!" Terskun cried. "We need all of our
power combined to recite the spell and crack these spheres! Now could you please
be quiet, it's rather hard to fly and talk at the same time!"
"Oh, okay, sorry."
They continued to fly a bit more, and then Pishicu
"What now, Pishicu?" the Draik groaned.
"Well, umm, where are we going?" Pishicu asked.
But instead of Terskun answering, Yessey broke
in. "Mystery Island, to save Levita. See, in the distance, you can see it just
Pishicu raised her pink head, held onto her glasses
so that they wouldn't blow away, and stared towards the horizon. Sure enough,
there was an outline of a small island there.
The island continued to grow bigger and bigger,
and finally they were right on top of it.
"Time to land?" Yessey asked as she fluttered
over a grove of palm trees.
"Yes, I believe it's time," Terskun said as he
began to land.
The two expertly glided through the trees, and
finally perched themselves on the ground just a littly ways away from a village.
They waited a few minutes so they could get their bearings, and then started
walking toward the village.
"Why are we going this way? Levita's surely not
hidden in a village!" Pishicu exclaimed.
"True, but we don't know the surrounding area,
and the Cocos do. So we ask them if they've seen anything unusual lately, they
tell us, and we find the place where Levita is located. How'd you think I found
the cave where Yessey lay?" Terskun muttered as he strolled into the village.
"Duh," Yessey put in as she shook her head. "Any
idiot can figure out how to do that... Honestly I wish we didn't have to bring
you, you're such a pain..."
The Poogle gave her a mean look, which the Pteri
met, but they said nothing to each other, or anyone else for that matter. Terskun
was forced to get information from the Cocos, and hire a tour guide to take
them to a cave that had just appeared in an inactive volcano.
Overall, the trip wasn't that rough even though
it was rather long, but halfway along the way Pishicu spoke up and she and Yessey
started to bicker constantly. They continued to bicker even when they reached
the cave, which was now dark since it was nighttime, and Terskun was starting
to get a headache.
"Well, we're at the cave, Pishicu. I know that
you're a little slow on the uptake so I thought I'd hint you in," Yessey sneered
bitterly as they started entering the cave.
"Oh, how sweet of you. It must have taken you're
little bird brain a great effort to spout out those words!" Pishicu sneered
Yessey flew at her, and they started to fight
right then and there.
"Girls, girls, stop it! Stop it, please!" Terskun
implored. "Think of all the noise you're making-- a Dark Faerie could hear you!"
"Oh, but she already has! Annecy, at your service!"
cackled a Dark Faerie with black hair and a ruby-red dress.
"Great job guys," Terskun growled as he glared
up at the Dark Faerie standing above him.
"Blame your sister--"
"Me? It was you who started it Yessey!"
"Oooh, a little trouble between the two of you?"
Annecy grinned as she surveyed the fight.
"STAY OUT OF IT!" the two girls screamed in unison.
The Dark Faerie smiled, and then clucked, "Uh,
uh, uh! Fighting isn't appealing to little girls! Though, I suppose... Yes,
yes, that would save me some time... You two would destroy the whole mission...
I need to get to that manicure appointment anyway... Great, change of plans,
I'm not gonna fight you!"
"What?" Yessey muttered, an eyebrow raised.
"Terskun, who is that?" Pishicu whispered to
"She's Annecy. Her power is to switch pet's bodies.
I mentioned it to you before," he replied.
"Yup, that's right. Not gonna fight you! But
I will--" Annecy stretched out her hands which were glowing a fluorescent green,
"--cast my special spell on the Pteri and the Poogle!"
"NO!" Pishicu and Yessey cried, but it was too
late; Annecy had blasted them both.
It was a queer feeling, having your body switched;
it almost seemed as if something was sucking your soul out. It wasn't painful,
but Pishicu didn't like it one bit.
"Umph!" Pishicu and Yessey grumbled simultaneously
as they were thrust into each other's bodies.
Pishicu slowly got up, and opened her eyes, but
was surprised to see that her vision wasn't blurry. In fact, it was better than
This must be how Yessey sees, Pishicu
thought to herself as she got to her feet, which were now very petite.
"Annecy!" said a bold, snippety voice-- Pishicu's
bold, snippety voice. "Annecy, how long is this going to last? I know this
spell doesn't last forever!"
The Faerie above them, who was now wearing an
evil grin, conceded, "True. Sad, but true. The spell shall last until you get
the next Eternity Orb, if you can make it there. I have a feeling that there
will be quite a bit of trouble along the way! Well, I hafta go now! Have fun
you three!" Then with a wink, and a puff of smoke she was gone.
"Great, just great," Yessey mumbled miserably.
The now Strawberry Poogle with huge glasses was hunched against a wall with
an extremely disagreeable look on her face. "Not only can I no longer fly or
have terrific eyesight, I'm fat!"
"HEY!" Pishicu screeched, she was surprised at
how squeaky her voice was. She meant to charge at her, but then she something
very odd happened. Her feet were leaving the ground, and she felt extremely
light. Then Pishicu remembered that she now had wings, and a thin smile appeared
upon her beak. She flew up high, and was about to dive at Yessey when the Poogle
bared her sharp teeth. Pishicu pulled back, but was quite shocked; she had forgotten
that she had had those. She was about to go in for another attack, but then
someone grabbed her from behind.
"Let go!" Pishicu muttered, as she desperately
tried to get away.
"No," Terskun replied stoutly. "Too long have
I watched the two of you fight, it's your own fault you're both in this mess.
Don't you realize that Annecy had intended for you to squabble such? If you
keep doing it, no one else will be saved since you'll never get another Eternity
Orb, and you'll never be changed back. So please, if you ever want to get back
to your own bodies, cooperate with each other!"
Pishicu and Yessey stared at Terskun bitterly,
but then stared at each other. They both knew that Terskun was right, so finally
they both nodded in agreement.
"Very good, now come on," the Draik snapped.
"This cave's on Mystery Island, I have a feeling it's going to get rather hot."
"What? Why?" Pishicu questioned as she fluttered
back to the ground.
"Mystery Island has a whole lot of volcanoes.
There's bound to be lava around here somewhere," Terskun muttered as he too
landed on the ground and proceeded down the tunnel.
"So? Just because a cave's in somewhere that's
supposed to have lots of volcanoes doesn't mean it will have lava in it. Tyrannia's
cave didn't," Pishicu stated promptly.
Terskun shook his head in an annoyed manner.
"You'll see," he whispered, a grim smile on his lips.
The new Pteri grumbled at Terskun's "know-it-all-ism"
as she called it, but still continued following him; Yessey was hot at her heels.
Of course, that wasn't the only thing that was
hot. As they continued to journey deeper and deeper inside the cave, the temperature
started to rise to unholy levels.
"Yessey, this wouldn't just be an effect of one
of your spells, would it?" Pishicu asked tentatively.
"No, you saw my power, you dung-head! I have
control over the earth!" Yessey snapped testily; her own dislike for Pishicu
and the heat were making her grow unusually testy. "Besides, I'm not me anymore,
am I? You have my power now. Don't you know anything?"
"Sa-orrr-ry! I don't know much about magic, forgive
me, I'm normal."
"I wouldn't go that far--"
"HEY!" Pishicu turned around to face Yessey,
but then Terskun began to yell.
"Pishicu, look out!" he screamed. Then he valiantly
dove at her, shoving her against the wall as a jet of fire released right were
she would have been standing.
The Pteri was shocked at this; her eyes open
with fear. She then noticed her brother's wing tip was slightly scorched, but
he folded it as to hide it from her and Yessey.
"Thank you Terskun," she finally muttered as
he let go of her.
"No problem, just be careful. I told you this
place is volcanically active, and this is only the beginning! I'm glad all Draiks
can sense fire before they see it..." he mumbled as he continued a brisk pace
down the tunnel. "Now both of you, c'mon! This is only the beginning."
Pishicu stared at Yessey with a shocked look,
but did not receive the same look back. It occurred how tough her brother and
all of the other members of the Wisdom Council actually were not to be shaken
up by something like this.
Then a thought ran through her mind. If this
is only the beginning, what lies for me, no, for all of us, at the end?
Terskun lead Pishicu and Yessey down innumerable
paths, some where they only had about a foot of walking space because there
was so much lava.
"Terskun, it's getting so hot," Pishicu complained
as she tried to rest against a wall, but sprang back immediately because of
its heat. Sweat was pouring of her in buckets, and she feared that the Pteri
wings would become too weighed down with the liquid to fly.
"S-stop com-complaining," Yessey panted heavily.
The poor thing was swaying dangerously inside the Poogle's body as if she was
about to faint, and Pishicu could see why; Poogles were made for cold climates,
they were built for it in every way. Being in a body like that in a place as
hot as this; Pishicu did not envy her one bit.
"We should be there soon," Terskun replied. He
was the only one who seemed unfazed by the whole ordeal. Pishicu figured it
must gave been the fact that he was a dragon and made for heat. Why couldn't
I've switched bodies with him? she thought to herself.
Finally, they came to a large room of black stone.
There was a path of stone that led to a large platform at the end which housed
a large arch; the whole thing was surrounded by bubbling lava. It was sweltering
hot inside, and poor Yessey looked like she was fit to die.
"Here," Pishicu said as she pushed up against
the Poogle who was leaning dangerously close to the lava.
"I don't need your help," was Yessey's curt reply.
She tried to hurry up and catch up with Terskun, but then she missed a step
out of fatigue and nearly tumbled into lava.
Pishicu rushed over to her, and grabbed her with
her talons by the stubby, green tail.
"Don't need help, huh?" she said with a swift
"Well, not too much, but maybe a little help
would be okay... These glasses fog terribly, and it's sort of hard to see,"
Yessey replied, attempting to hide her look of gratitude. "But you also do need
to go on a bit of a diet."
Pishicu gazed heatedly at her. "If you weren't
in my body I would so shove you in that lava," was her reply.
Yessey smiled, but said not a word more.
"Terskun, are we almost there?" Pishicu called
to her brother who was further up. "I'm not sure if I can take much more of
this, and I think Yessey's getting a little worn out, too."
Terskun turned around to look at them, not a
drop of sweat on his forehead. "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have let you two come--"
"Nonsense!" the Pteri and the Poogle cried simultaneously.
The Skunk Draik smiled, mumbled something about
"hard-headed girls," and then called back to them, "I think Levita is probably
through that archway, but there is a problem..."
"Well, you two switched bodies, so which one
shoves Levita out of the way?"
Pishicu and Yessey were quiet, not knowing what
"Well, we're just going to have to touch Levita
together, aren't we?" Pishicu mumbled.
"How do you figure?" Yessey questioned.
"Well, your body has my soul, but my body has
my body! Each of us has a half of me, and since no other non-member or non-past
member of the Wisdom Council is here, we need to combine those halves to move
Levita out of her trance."
Terskun nodded, "I suppose that is what we'll
have to do."
Finally they reached the black arch, and they
slowly entered it. They gazed around in awe to see a huge room made entirely
of brimstone (Pishicu screamed, "This place smells absolutely terrible!"). The
walls reflected the red from the lake of lava below and had intricate carvings
of vines and animals spiralling upward around the sides ("Wow!" Pishicu mouthed.).
Then, situated in the middle of the very top on a tall platform, was Levita.
"Okay, guys, let's get to business. Pishicu,
you can fly up to Levita, right?" Terskun asked as he rubbed his hands together.
"Yup!" Pishicu chirped as she produced the brown
"Good, and Yessey, I'm carrying you up there,
"Okay, but it feels so weird not being able to
fly..." Yessey muttered to herself. She turned her head and looked at her chubby,
wingless body and then let out a long, sad sigh.
Terskun placed his scaly hand on her shoulder
and reassured her that she'd have her old body back soon. The Poogle smiled
at him then told him that she was ready to go.
"Okay, guys, we're going to have to reach Levita
at the same time, or else one of you will get an unnecessary shock. Ready?"
Terskun tightened his grip on Yessey and Pishicu began to slowly flap her wings.
"1... 2... 3... GO!"
The two winged Neopets took off into the air,
flapping their wings furiously. Pishicu was actually surprised how easy and
fun it was; she felt carefree and light as she ascended into the air, but Terskun
didn't look like the job was so effortless. The sweat that had been missing
for hours in the intense heat was beading up on his forehead, and he looked
like he was fighting with his every being to stay alight. He wavered dangerously,
and Pishicu soared over to him.
"Terskun, what's wrong?" she asked, her voice
filled with concerned.
"M-my wing," he gasped.
Pishicu fluttered and looked at his wing, and
saw a scorched section that was a little torn. Then the Pteri remembered that
he had gotten it burnt when he saved her from the fire, and she was filled with
"Can you make it?" Pishicu inquired nervously.
"I-I think so." At that moment the wing gave
out and Terskun went plummeting to the ground.
"TERSKUN! YESSEY!" Pishicu screamed. She dove
to try to get both of them at the same time, but was stopped.
"Ignore me, I'll live! Get Yessey, she's all
you can carry!" Terskun screamed at her.
Pishicu nodded and grabbed Yessey by the scruff
of her neck with her talons, even though she was worried for her brother. The
Poogle was extremely heavy and it was taking all her strength and more to keep
herself in the air; she knew not how Terskun had managed to lift her with the
"I really need to go on a diet later," Pishicu
thought to herself miserably.
The Poogle and the Pteri looked down to see Terskun's
fate, and they were becoming increasingly nervous. His wings had not opened
up again and were pulled tightly in towards his body which almost seemed to
help him gain speed.
"He's not pulling out!" Yessey cried with fear.
"He's going right into the lava!" Pishicu screamed
"PISHICU, USE MY POWER!" Yessey yelled.
Pishicu's eyes widened with realization. She
had just remembered how all of them knew how to use special powers, and that
Yessey controlled the earth. How she had missed it before she didn't understand,
since she could feel a weird, powerful sensation flowing through her veins.
Pishicu concentrated hard on the earth, trying
focus the power. Suddenly, a wave of warmth flew through her, and she heard
a crackling sound of rock from below. She looked down to see a large rock platform
form underneath her brother, and she hoped it would be enough.
Terskun too seemed to notice it, and he pitifully
flapped his wings to try to slow and steady his fall. It didn't do much, but
he landed considerably softly.
"Terskun! How--" Yessey started.
"Never mind that, go get Levita," Terskun ordered.
This was good news for the girls to see that he was in condition to talk.
Pishicu nodded, and desperately tried to go farther
up in the air, but made very little progress.
"I can't do this," Pishicu finally admitted.
"I can't take you all the way. You're-- I mean
I'm-- to heavy!" Pishicu cried.
Yessey groaned, "Well how else am I supposed
to get up there?"
Pishicu didn't know at first, but then something
caught her eye. The spiral that went all the way up to the ceiling, it was just
wide enough for a Poogle, and if Yessey were to leap off the edge when she got
to a little above Levita's height, she just might...
"Yessey I have and idea, hold on a sec!" Pishicu
muttered as she flew furiously over to the edge of the spiral. She then dropped
the chubby Poogle along it and took a few breaths to brace herself.
"What's going on?" asked Yessey suspiciously.
"You're going to roll up in a ball."
"You're going to roll up in a ball, it's a natural
Poogle talent. Then you can roll around the edge all the way up to the top and
fly off to reach Levita. I'll probably be waiting at the top by the time you
get there," Pishicu said as she started to fly away.
Yessey was aghast. "What if I can't do this?
What if I fall off?"
"Don't worry, you won't! You're a Poogle, and
all Poogle's can do this! Trust me, I'd know. Now I suggest you get going!"
Then Pishicu flew off, but still kept her eye on the hesitant Poogle.
Yessey slowly followed Pishicu's instructions.
She must have tucked herself up into a ball about five times before she finally
got comfortable enough like that to roll. "Amateur," Pishicu couldn't help but
thinking. The Poogle's roll was slow at first, and it unnerved Pishicu since
she knew that Yessey would have to pick up speed if she was to reach Levita,
but soon she was going as fast as Pishicu could have when she was a Poogle.
Yessey was almost ready to jump, and Pishicu
was waiting for her at the top next to Levita. Then, Yessey veered off the spiral
along the wall right as she got a little higher than where Levita was, flew
off at an incredible speed, and soared over to where Levita was sitting. Pishicu
took her cue and touched the Kougra just as Yessey reached her and stuck her
Then, there was an odd sensation. Pishicu could
see Levita stirring, yet she almost seemed outside herself.
We must be switching back, Pishicu figured.
Suddenly, she started to feel very heavy, and
the wings that she had had only a few seconds ago were gone. Her vision had
cleared up, and she was now aware of everything that was going on around her,
including how she was falling.
"HELP!" Pishicu hollered as she waved her paws
Levita looked down at her surprised, and then
quickly grabbed her with her paw.
"Don't worry, I've got you!" she called in a
reassuring voice. Then, with great strength, the Kougra hoisted her upon the
Pishicu thanked her, then turned to Yessey who
was hovering a little ways away.
"We did it!" the Poogle screamed excitedly. "And
we're back to normal!"
"Of course we are!" Yessey chirped. "Now let's
get down from here. I'll take you both back one at a time."
"You sure I'm not to heavy?" Pishicu asked, remembering
from when she was in the Pteri's body what a challenge carrying her body had
"Normally yes, but since we're going downward,
it won't be a problem."
Then Yessey proceeded to carry down Pishicu then
"Okay, girls, I think it's about time that we
leave this place," Terskun declared when they all arrived.
"Yes, I do believe it is," Yessey said with a
"I agree, but, err..." Pishicu started.
"Are we going to have to walk the whole way back?"
The Poogle was already sweating bullets, and she doubted that she would survive
walking that long, tedious road.
Yessey laughed. "Of course not!" she exclaimed.
"Levita, show her!"
The rather large green Kougra smiled slightly,
and then beckoned them all over to her.
"Now all of you hold my tail." She addressed
them all, but Pishicu knew that these words were meant for her. "And count to
three. No matter what, do not let go."
Pishicu did what she was told, though somewhat
hesitantly. Her paws were slippery, and she was worried what would happen.
"One... two... three!"
On three, a flash of light emitted from below
Levita, and Pishicu for a split second the Poogle saw a portal like the one
Sisle had created appear. The pets sank into it, and when Pishicu was completely
emerged in it she looked around to see that she was in some sort of white tunnel.
Suddenly, she was standing at the base of the cave. The sky was now pink from
the morning, and it was really quite lovely.
"W-wow!" Pishicu exclaimed, a huge smile across
"Yes, it is quite incredible," Terskun said with
a grin. "And it has some extra healing benefits as well..." The Draik flapped
his once-injured wing proudly.
"It's nothing, really it is," Levita persisted,
but she couldn't hide the pride that shown in her eyes. "I can only do it to
places I've already seen. Anyone can learn to do it with years of rigorous training
in magic and the fact that I can do it with little to no effort is no big deal."
Yessey shook her head at Levita, then looked
at the group stubbornly. "Why are we wasting time? Levita, you have the Eternity
Orb, like I have mine?"
"Yes," she said as she pointed to the round object
on her neck.
"Good. Then we need to get moving. Terskun, you
carry Levita since you're stronger than me and she's actually heavier. I'll
"You sure you two won't kill each other?" Terskun
asked with a smile.
"No, but I think we'll be able to get along just
for a bit," Pishicu said with a smile at Yessey, who returned it.
Terskun nodded. "Great! Now off to Krawk Island!"
Sisle tapped her fingers impatiently on a silver
chair at the end of a very long table. Her eyes were closed, and a deep frown
was formed on her lips. Though she didn't see it, she knew that Annecy had failed
and she had lost another Eternity Orb. It was an evil ruler thing.
She held out her hand and released some sparks.
Suddenly, Annecy appeared in the pink stone room, looking unusually cheerful.
However, that wasn't the only thing different about her; on both hands her claw-like
fingernails were glittering with fresh, shiny polish.
"Oh, hello Sisle! How do you like my nails?"
Annecy inquired airily as she waved her manicured hands.
Sisle growled, and sparks of anger flew from
her fingers. "I don't give a dung about your nails!" she hissed, blonde hair
swingy wildly. "You lost the Eternity Orb!"
"I did?" the Faerie said uncertainly. "Oh...
Oh I didn't think they'd get that... Well, er, I can explain!"
"I have no time for your excuses! It's just wasting
time! Don't you realize what will happen if they get all of them?" Sisle's voice
grew to a very frightening roar as she said these words, thoroughly scaring
"Yes'm," Annecy replied, knowing it was no use
to try to defend herself.
"Good, now go! I no longer wish to see you!"
Annecy nodded, frightened to the core, and left
the room quickly without a single look back.
Sisle stared at the door for a few more seconds,
and then did the hand-summoning thing again. Another Dark Faerie appeared, this
one a bit scarier than the others. Her skin was pure white, her cloak and dress
a midnight black, her wings gigantic and bat-like, and her hair long, black,
and straight. She immediately backed away into a corner after entering the sunny
"What?" she asked. Her voice was soft, yet it
had an eerie feel that was indescribable.
"Bebaru, I believe you are aware of our dilemma
with the Eternity Orbs," Sisle said quietly as she drew the purple silk curtains
for Bebaru's comfort.
"Yes, I am indeed," Bebaru muttered, inching
forward. "Why? Is it my turn to try to get one back from those buffoons?"
"Yes, it is. I imagine that they are now heading
to Krawk Island. It is morning now, but I feel a storm coming on that will shroud
the sun for you. You must intercept them, take their Eternity Orbs, and dispose
of them, understand?"
"Yes. And don't worry, I shall not fail."
To be continued...