The Lost King of Geraptiku: Part Two
"Er… can you hear me now?" Donis thought, staring intently
at the Quetzal with his light green eyes.
"Yes," Zar said. "We shall talk like this from
now on, understand?"
"Good. You shall also not tell anyone that we
can communicate, understand?"
Donis began to nod again, and then asked, "Why
"Would you believe it if someone told you that
they could talk with petpets?" Zar asked.
"No… I can barely believe that I can do it!"
Donis thought... shaking his head in disbelief.
"Well, you can."
Zar slithered across Donis' bed, and stared
at Donis, his serpent-like face extremely close to the Chia's face.
"You may find what I'm about to show you a bit
strange. Are you prepared?"
Donis gulped and nodded.
"Good. Please touch your forehead to mine."
Donis closed his eyes and leaned forward, his
dark blue hair intertwining with the jade-green feathers on Zar's head. All
of a sudden, the room went spinning, and Donis felt like he was going to be
sick, but lucky for him, he hadn't eaten anything all day.
When the spinning stopped, Donis opened his
eyes, and couldn't believe what he saw. They were in a giant golden room, with
the same golden throne in the middle that Donis had envisioned earlier that
day, but this time there was a blue Chia with light green eyes sitting on top
of it. He was wearing a golden chain around his neck, upon which a light blue
jewel was strung. On his head was a giant, multicolored-feathered headdress,
which glinted brightly in the sunlight that shone through the glass roof. At
his feet, a red Krawk was bowing, and seemed to be begging the Chia for something;
however, he did not seem to be getting his wishes.
"Is that-" began Donis.
"Yes," Zar interrupted. "That is you on that
throne. You are the rightful King of Geraptiku."
"WHAT?!?" screamed Donis. He and Zar were back
on his bed in Neopia Central and Donis was standing on it, flinging his arms
around in disbelief.
"I-I don't believe it! Geraptiku has been destroyed
for Fyora-only-knows how long! How can I be the King of a destroyed City?" he
yelled, plopping down next Zar, who was, amazingly, calm throughout the whole
"Yes. It is destroyed NOW. Settle down and please
be quiet while I explain."
"SETTLE DOWN?" he screamed. "How can I settle
down when you are lying to me!"
Just at that moment, Donis' door came crashing
"How DARE you interrupt my nap!" Fyren came
storming into Donis' room, and stopped when he saw that Donis was not alone.
"What's that?" he asked nervously, pointing
"That's Zar. He's my... er... petpet," Donis answered.
"Oh… uh… cool." Fyren took a step back, away
from the bed.
"You're not afraid of him, are you?" Donis raised
his eyebrows and smirked at Fyren, who was now slowly moving towards the door.
"Uh… of course not! Now I have to go finish
my nap." Fyren turned around and ran, very swiftly back to his room, and slammed
Back in Donis' room, Zar was grinning widely
as Donis rolled around on his bed, laughing hysterically.
"That was great!" he said, wiping a tear from
"Now, as I was saying," Zar said, turning to
face Donis, "you did notice that Krawk that was kneeling in front of you, correct?"
Donis nodded and thought, "Who was he?"
"That was Lord Vagio. He was begging you to
let him be your chief advisor, which I might add, is my job, and I thank you
for not firing me. A few days after that incident, you were out at the orphanage
in the center of town, doing a fundraiser. I was waiting for you back at the
castle. You never returned for dinner."
"What happened to me?" asked Donis.
"Lord Vagio captured you. He erased your memory,
and brought you here, to present-day Neopia Central. You have been missing from
Geraptiku for at least 100 years," answered Zar.
"Wait a minute," said Donis, furrowing his brow,
"You mean to tell me that I'm a hundred years old?!?"
"Actually, you are 117," nodded Zar. "Somehow,
Lord Vagio brought you through some sort of time portal to present-day Neopia.
Then he went back through the portal to Geraptiku and destroyed the city, after
he had taken your place as king and tortured the citizens for about 100 years."
"Wow. He sounds like an evil guy," Donis said,
still shocked at all that had been told to him.
"He is," said Zar. "Now, as your official advisor,
may I advise that you go downstairs open the door for Mistress Hana? She's having
a bit of trouble with her keys."
Donis nodded, and ran down the stairs to the
front door. Upon flinging it open, he found that Hana was indeed having trouble
with her keys. She stopped fumbling with them, and smiled at Donis.
"Thanks, Donny," she said, flinging a bag of
groceries at him. "Help me bring in the groceries."
She walked inside; her bag of items banging
gently against her blue-jean clad knee. Donis was walking slowly behind her,
dragging the heavy bag into the kitchen.
"Thank you," said Hana, lifting the bags onto
the counter. "Go tell Fyren that dinner is ready," she said as she unwrapped
a few heated Meat Wraps and placed them on plates along with a few heads of
There was no need to tell anything to Fyren,
for as soon as the Meat Wraps had been unwrapped, the house was filled with
the same thunderous noise that had greeted Donis earlier today.
After dinner, Donis ran back upstairs and closed
his door, making sure to lock it on the inside this time.
"Zar?" Donis asked, looking around for the Quetzal.
Zar lifted his head and looked at Donis from
his little petpet bed on the floor by the window.
"Yes, Donis?" he asked, slithering out of the
bed to come to Donis' feet.
Donis plopped down on the floor and said, "How
come you knew that Hana needed help? Can you see the future or something?"
"Not exactly," said Zar. "I can read the minds
of people that are in trouble or need help."
"How come you couldn't save me from being captured
by that Lord Vagio guy, then?" Donis asked.
"Well, I can only read their minds if they are
within 10 miles from me. You were 11 miles away on that day. I should have been
with you…" Zar said, shaking his head.
"Don't worry, Zar! I'm still alive, aren't I?
Which reminds me… how did you know I was here? How come you are still alive
after all these years? Did you follow Lord Vagio through the time portal thingy?"
"No. I am still alive, because Quetzals can
live for hundreds of years. There is also a spell on the rulers of Geraptiku
that states that the advisors of a king will live as long as the king lives.
I followed you from the alley near the pound where I have been hiding for the
past 100 years," Zar answered.
"Wow! I didn't even notice you! How have you
been able to stay in hiding for that long?" Donis asked.
"I have my ways, Donis." And with that, Zar
slithered back to his Snowager Petpet Bed, closed his eyes, and went to sleep.
"Gosh," Donis thought out loud, "I'm a King
of a destroyed land, I can talk to my mysterious advisor who's a petpet, not
to mention go back into his memories with him… is this a dream?"
Donis pinched himself in response to his question,
and immediately squealed from the pain.
"I guess not!" he said, lying back onto his
bed, staring up at his ceiling. SLAM! His bedroom door opened with a deafening
bang, making Donis spring up in surprise.
"Donis, guess what!" Hana walked over to his
bead and sat down, plopping a rolled up piece of parchment right in front of
"What?" asked Donis, staring intently at the
ribbon-tied piece of paper.
"I got the Secret Laboratory Map!!!" she squeaked,
untying the ribbon to reveal a very new-looking map.
"That's great!" said Donis. "What does it do?"
"Well, if I follow it, then I get to go into
the Secret Lab in which a ray will blast your pets into a different color, species,
gender, or change their Battledome statistics and more!"
"Wow," exclaimed Donis.
"I know," Hana said, picking up the map and
staring at it. "What I don't know, is whom I'm going to take with me."
"Er…" said Donis, "I don't know…it sounds kind
of scary to me. Take Fyren! He would like it, I think."
"You really don't mind?" she asked, raising
her eyebrows at him.
"Not at all." Donis smiled.
The secret was that Donis actually didn't want
to go so he could stay home and ask Zar more questions, but he didn't let Hana
"Ok!!! Fyren and I will leave first thing tomorrow
morning, and we will be gone all day. There is food in the refrigerator and
the plates and bowls are in the cupboards. Don't cause any trouble while I'm
gone!" Hana leaned over the map, kissed Donis on the forehead and said, "Good
"Good night Hana," said Donis as Hana skipped
out of his room and down the stairs to her bedroom near the kitchen.
Donis smiled again, and crawled under the covers
of his big oak bed.
"Good night Zar," he thought, closing his eyes.
"Good night, King Donis."
Zar slithered up onto the bed where Donis was
now fast asleep, and curled up next to him, the feathers on his head gently
touching Donis' right hand, and fell asleep.
To be continued...