The Path to Freedom: Part Five
Sampson smiled. "That's great!" he said. "We are about to
leave for Mystery Island. Come on!"
Sword followed the four Free Flyers. The Free
Flyers took flight, with Sword behind them.
Sampson stopped, treading air. "Sword should
be welcomed as a full member of the Free Flyers!" he declared. Julie, Fayil
and Jacoblee yelled their agreement.
"Then, from this day forward, this Eyrie will
be known as Sword of the Free Flyers!"
The others started clapping, and Sampson was
sure he saw Sword blush.
The Free Flyers started flying eastward. They
flew over water and land.
Sword soon was welcomed into the group as if
everyone had known him since he was created. But Sword stuck to Julie like a
mootix on a warf. He wouldn't let her leave his sight, and they always talked
a lot. It looked like Sword and Julie would be the best of friends.
Sampson led the group to the ground early the
next morning. The Free Flyers then watched a beautiful sunrise on the beach.
Then the five Free Flyers decided to look around.
They all agreed to go to the market.
In the market, a bunch of shopkeepers were displaying
items in shops. The Free Flyers decided to split up, and each one would try
to find something of use.
Sampson then suggested that they split up in
pairs. Julie then said, "Great! Sword and I will go north, Sampson and Jacoblee
can go south, and Fayil can check out the east and west."
Sampson couldn't help feeling disappointed at
the thought of being paired up with Jacoblee. It wasn't like he didn't like
Jacoblee; he just really wanted to be with Fayil.
Sampson and Jacoblee went south. They decided
to look at a little shop first. In the shop were a few usukis, some food and
a volcanic rock won from Tombola.
The shopkeeper, an island Lupe, looked up. "Hello,"
he said warmly. "Would you like to buy anything from my shop?"
Jacoblee reached for a flight attendant usuki.
"I'll take this," said the earth faerie.
"Jacoblee!" said Sampson, feeling a bit irritated.
"We're only supposed to get stuff we need."
"And this is one of the last two usukis that
I need," she said, paying one hundred neopoints to the shopkeeper. "It's for
Sampson grunted, and they left the shop. Jacoblee
put her usuki in Sampson's backpack and the two Free Flyers started looking
in more shops.
In the end, Sampson and Jacoblee only bought
a green makeup set (Jacoblee's), a Kougra shield for the Battledome (Sampson's),
and a burger because Sampson was starving.
The Kougra and the faerie made their way back
to the middle of the market, arguing along the way about how important a usuki
Fayil was already there, waiting for them. "Hello,"
she said in her feathery voice. "Have you seen Julie or Sword, by any chance?"
Sampson shook his head. "Not a sight," he said.
"Anyway, they were looking through the north, and we were in the south."
Suddenly, the two Kougras and the faerie heard
footsteps, and Julie and Sword appeared from behind a shop, accompanied by an
"There you are!" cried Jacoblee. "And who is…"
she grimaced, "that?!?!"
"This is Darlene," said Julie excitedly. "She
was a shopkeeper, and-"
"How about Darlene tells her story?" said Sword
"Oh, yeah," said Julie, looking faintly embarrassed.
Darlene stepped forward. "As you know from Julie,"
said the Uni, "my name is Darlene. I was born here, on Mystery Island, and I
inherited my mother's island colour. But my mother and I were poor, and we needed
jobs. We did get jobs, although there were a few conditions. The Neopian we
worked for wanted eternal loyalty from his employees, so that meant we could
never quit. We lived like that for a few months, hating all of it. We also got
paid a very small amount. Then, one night, my mother snuck out, and decided
to start a new life. She told me not to worry about her, that she would travel
the world and come back for me someday. Now it is two years later, and she has
not come back. I fear that she never will. And still, I am trapped, working
for my evil boss."
Everyone was quiet as Darlene finished. Then
Fayil broke the silence and exclaimed, "Oh! You poor thing!"
Fayil rushed over to Darlene and hugged her.
Darlene seemed to brighten up. When Fayil pulled away from her, Darlene looked
at the sky, and then slapped her forehead.
"Darn!" she cursed. Then she turned to Jacoblee,
Sampson, Fayil, Julie and Sword. "I'm sorry," she apologized. "I will be late
for work if I dawdle any longer."
Sampson stepped forward, an idea coming to his
mind. "You may come with us!" he said. "We are the Free Flyers, and we all finally
have freedom from something; Julie and I are free from our unfair owner; Fayil
was set free from her evil owner, too; Jacoblee had been a prisoner in Meridell;
and Sword has been freed from depression. If you come with us, you will be free
from your employer."
Darlene looked thoughtful. "Okay," she said.
"I'll come with you."
The Free Flyers cheered, and Darlene stepped
into the group. "Let's get going!" said Sampson, and his friends agreed.
The Free Flyers decided to stop in Faerieland
for a rest. Fayil seemed a bit jittery; Sampson dropped back behind the group
to keep pace with her halfway through the flight.
"What's wrong?" he asked her.
Fayil turned to him. "What if I see my owner
again?" she asked. "What if he demands to get me back?"
Sampson looked at her sympathetically. "He won't,"
the Darigan Kougra said. "I promise."
Fayil gave him a smile, and Sampson felt as if
he had just eaten something sweet.
Sampson flew up to the front of the group, and
soon they had made it to Faerieland.
Once they had landed, Sampson turned to the group,
and he saw Jacoblee looking very determined. "What is it, Jacoblee?" he asked.
Jacoblee held her head high. "I'm going to Jhudora's
Cloud!" she said. "I will go there and find Jhudora, and Illusen, if that dark
faerie has captured her."
Sampson sighed. He knew that when Jacoblee made
up her mind, she would not have second thoughts.
"Change of plans," Sampson announced to the whole
group. "We're going to Jhudora's Cloud."
Muttering erupted from the Free Flyers in front
of them. Then he explained the conditions, and they relaxed.
The Free Flyers flew towards the purple cloud.
"I would rather be heading to Illusen's Glade," whispered Julie into Sampson's
The Free Flyers landed on the menacing-looking
cloud. Julie pulled towards Sword. "I don't like this," she said.
"Nor do I," said Darlene, "but if Jacoblee can
be brave enough to face Jhudora, then I am."
Jacoblee looked at Darlene with surprise. Sampson
guessed that Jacoblee had not counted on praise from Darlene.
The group walked slowly towards Jhudora's main
building, where she usually accepted quests. Jacoblee wiggled the doorknob of
the twelve-meter high door. It was unlocked. She pushed the door open.
The sight that met Sampson's eyes was intimidating.
The ceiling was as high as the door, making Sampson feel small and weak. Magical
objects were in glass cases dotted around the room, making it look like they
were in a museum. Also, the shade of purple Jhudora had chose for the room just
made Sampson shiver.
The Free Flyers made their way across the room,
until they came to the throne. It was caked in beautiful, purple gems and had
the fluffiest pillows in all of Neopia on its seat and back. Jhudora must
think highly of herself, thought Sampson.
All of Jhudora's stuff was in the room; just
not Jhudora. It was empty.
"Well, we tried," said Julie. "How about we leave
Sampson looked at Jacoblee. Obviously, the earth
faerie wanted to stay and wait for Jhudora, but she knew that they had to leave.
"I guess," said Jacoblee, sounding disappointed.
The Free Flyers left Jhudora's Cloud and headed
for Healing Springs. They had decided to get as much health as they could so
they could fly longer.
The Free Flyers went into the office in front
of the springs. The Healing Springs Faerie greeted them warmly. "Hello," she
said in a syrupy voice. "Would you like to be healed, or see what's for sale?"
"Healed, please, said Sampson. "All of us."
The Healing Faerie nodded. "Let's start with
this one," she said, pointing at Julie. She grabbed Julie's paw and pulled her
out of the office and to the springs.
Julie came back, looking more happy and refreshed
than she ever had. "You have to go get some health," she said giddily to Sword.
The Healing Faerie grabbed Sword's paw and pulled
him out of the office. He too, came back giddy.
Sampson frowned. "What's wrong with them?" he
asked the faerie suspiciously.
"Oh, just a post-healing side effect," she said,
grabbing Darlene's paw. "It should last about five minutes."
Soon, everyone except Sampson and Fayil had been
healed. The Healing Faerie grabbed Fayil's paw and pulled her out of the office.
Fayil also came back giddy. Julie, who had gotten
over her giddiness, rushed to Fayil's side.
The Healing Faerie grabbed Sampson's paw. Her
hand felt cool to the touch. She pulled him out into the bright sunlight.
Then they came to the one of the pools. The Healing
Faerie pushed Sampson in the water.
The pool was much deeper than Sampson had expected.
But he only had time to notice this before he got the feeling like he was flying
high up in the air. He felt like giggling nonstop.
He made his way to the surface and the Healing
Faerie once again grabbed his paw. She pulled him out.
As they started walking back, Sampson started
talking nonsense and about faerie neggs. The Healing Faerie just nodded, humoring
his giddy brain.
Julie rushed over to him as he entered the office.
"Hello!" said Sampson unsteadily. "I like faerie neggs!"
"I like them too," said Julie soothingly, and
she walked Sampson over to an armchair.
After five minutes, Sampson felt normal again.
"Let's proceed to Faerie City," he said to the Free Flyers.
The Free Flyers left and soon were in the heart
of the city. In the city, Julie convinced all of them to go shopping. They all
split up, agreeing to meet again in fifteen minutes.
Sampson found nothing at all when he was touring
Faerie City. Expert shopping was Julie's department.
Sampson headed back to the meeting place. He
was surprised, however, to see all of the other Free Flyers wide eyed. Julie
looked the most frightened.
"What's wrong?" asked Sampson. No one replied.
Julie just handed Sampson a copy of this week's Neopian Times.
The headline blared:
CLARA GOOD CANDIDATE FOR RULER OF NEOPIA!
To be continued...