Her Spirit's Eyes: Part Nine
The Princess smiled as Zora came into sight. She thought
she was still Dina, and followed her. Zora almost ran into the wall, and came
to a screeching halt. Rose caught up with her, grabbed her by the shoulder and
forced her to turn around.
"Not me, smarty!" Zora said with a smile, and
a bit of a laugh.
"AAUGH!" Rose almost physically kicked
herself, as she had been fooled - again, and was being teased about it. She
glared over her shoulder. "That little...! I am going to get you!"
Zora laughed, as Rose stormed off in the opposite
direction. The Princess had thoughts go through her head at lightning speed.
She was going to outsmart Dina, this time. She was not going to be made a fool,
She raced down the stairs as fast as she could.
She spotted two figures: one was Monina and one was Dina. But which one was
which was the hard part.
"Princess?" the Bruce asked. "What's going on?"
Rose had very little time to think, but she
didn't need any. She bent down and picked the Baby Xweetok up off the floor,
and looked into her eyes. She tried not to smile as she saw that her eyes were
indigo, she got the right one. She got Dina.
"A certain Xweetok is in really deep trouble."
she said in an angry tone, which was half-faked.
Monina looked at the Princess with confusion,
as she took the struggling baby upstairs to her room. As Rose walked through
her bedroom door, her half-faked frown turned immediately into a smile. She
began to chuckle, as she hastily pulled the Royal Dagger out of her top drawer.
"In a few moments, I won't have to worry, or
even THINK about you, anymore!" Rose said smugly.
Dina's eyes widened, as she stared at her reflection
in the Royal Dagger, which glowed indigo much more brightly as it grew nearer
to her. She could hear laughing in her Xweetok ears... not only from Rose, but
one with a deeper tone... it was as if the Royal Dagger itself was laughing...
Princess Rose took a white shirt from her opened
top drawer, and wrapped it carefully around the Royal Dagger. She then grinned,
and dashed out of her room with Dina under one arm and the shirt under the other
as fast as she could. She passed a wide-eyed Wanda as she dashed into the library,
and she began to feel around the wall. She then found the button that she first
accidently pushed when she first found the Royal Dagger. She smiled, and pushed
it into the wall. The room rumbled, not quite as intensely as it did the first
time, but it was still noticeable to the Royal Aisha. She ran to the secret
door, and waited for a few seconds for it to open wider, and when it was open
just enough for her to go through, she dashed through, with a tight grip on
Dina. She dashed down the dark hall, the Royal Dagger, even through the white
shirt, gave off a faint indigo light.
She came to the torches, and they turned on
in their orderly fashion of before. Just as the last two torches lit, the rumbling
stopped, and Princess Rose walked up to the pedestal where the Royal Dagger
was before. All the while, Dina watched the cool, but heart-pounding show with,
wide, fearful eyes.
Princess Rose chuckled, as she placed Dina on
the cold, dusty pedestal. "Don't worry," she said in an evil tone, "this will
all end, very, very quickly."
The Princess then carefully removed the white
shirt from the Royal Dagger, which was now glowing a very bright indigo. Dina
tried to close her eyes as to not see it all, but for some reason, her eyelids
would not budge. She felt a tear drip down her cheek, and she saw Rose lift
the Royal Dagger high into the air, straight above its target, Dina's heart
(which, needless to say, Dina could feel beating). Rose chuckled a little, and
Dina knew that it was all over...
The Princess suddenly turned her head, and she
saw four figures: Wanda, Zora, Laura, and... her father, King Kantun.
"Father!" she yelped, turning around and hiding
the Royal Dagger behind her back. "I... how did you get here?"
Kantun made a gesture towards Laura. "This Xweetok
here told me about it, and this Bori," he made a gesture to Wanda, "led me here."
"Um, wow... uh, heh heh..." Rose could tell
that her face was turning red. "You see... I was just--"
"About to stick a dagger through that Baby Xweetok?!"
the King said in an angry tone.
"Of course not!" Rose exclaimed. "Why would
I do that?"
King Kantun glared at her. "Do not play smart
with me, young lady. I saw with my own two eyes, you holding a dagger above
"Um... you must have been hallucinating!" the
Princess said, as sweat dripped from her forehead.
"Oh?" Kantun raised an eyebrow. "Then what do
you have behind your back?"
The Princess blushed, and took her right hand
from behind her back, empty.
"The other hand..." Kantun said annoyed.
Rose smiled a little, put her right hand back
behind her back and took the left hand out from behind her back, also empty.
Kantun rolled his eyes and sighed, "Both at
Rose lowered her head, and slowly took her hand
out from behind her back, which holding the Royal Dagger. Kantun couldn't help
but smile, just a little bit, but stayed completely serious.
"Rose, you are in real serious trouble, this
time," he said.
"But you don't understand!" the Princess yelped.
"I do not care what, or even who she
is!" the King yelled. "You know very, very well that it is wrong to murder,
especially an infant!"
Laura stepped up to the pedestal, and picked
Dina up off of it. "Yeah!"
"And you, being the Princess!" Wanda added.
Zora tried to stay serious, she really tried,
but she couldn't help but shout in a loud, sing-song voice, "HA! BUSTED!"
Kantun couldn't help but smile at Zora's juvenile
outburst. "Yes, you are really 'busted' this time, Rose!"
"Okay, so fine... you caught me," Rose grumbled.
"But what are you going to do about it?"
King Kantun glared at Rose. "You know you will
have to be punished, and for a long time, this time!"
Princess Rose snorted. "You can't be serious!
I haven't been punished since I was five!"
"I know you haven't..." the King tightened his
grip on the scepter he was holding, "and I'm REALLY serious, this time!"
"Vladimyr's Scepter?" Rose's eyes widened. "You
King Kantun held one of his hands in the air.
"I hereby sentence you to eleven months in no other place than your room, except
when eating meals, and going to the bathroom. And that is final!" At the end
of that statement, the King took the hand that he had in the air and placed
it on top of the big red jewel that rested on the top of his scepter. Rose gasped;
only royalty could do that, and only when they were making an official statement.
The Princess groaned, stuck the Royal Dagger
back into its pedestal, and started to her room, mumbling, "Sheesh... no one's
ever been officially sent to their room, before..."
The five pets watched Rose amble out of the
hidden room, and when she had left, they couldn't help but smile and laugh.
"Heh, that was pretty cool!" Wanda said to Kantun.
"Well, what else can you do when your daughter
is trying to kill a baby?" King Kantun said with a chuckle.
"Thank you so much," Laura said with a nod.
"You are very welcome." The King nodded back.
"Now come on, I will take you all home."
* * * * *
The next day, at the orphanage, Ardon was at
the front desk, looking over some papers. He heard the footsteps of someone
walk up to the desk.
"Hello, welcome to Ardon's Orphanage," he said,
not even looking up to see who it was. "I'm Ardon Careheart, are you adopting,
or dropping off?"
"Hello, Ardon. I'm Laura Songdream, and I'd
like to adopt."
Ardon recognized the voice, and the name, and
he looked up to see Laura, the familiar Striped Xweetok with Dina in her arms.
"Laura..." he said, shocked. "I didn't expect
you to ever come here!"
Laura nodded, "Yes, and I was thinking of adopting
"Well, right this way!" he said, standing up
and leading Laura further into the orphanage.
Tom, Rorri and Harry overheard Ardon and Laura,
and some whispering went throughout the crowd of orphans, "Someone's adopting!
Quick, act nice!"
Just as Ardon and Laura entered the room, the
orphans stood up and smiled in a nice, orderly fashion. One by one, each of
the orphans came to greet Laura, saying their name and a reason they should
Tom came first. "Hello, nice Xweetok lady! My
name's Tom, and I'd really be a good helper if you adopt me!"
Laura shook her head. "Sorry, Tom."
Tom groaned, and walked away. Then Rorri came
up to Laura.
"Hi! My name is Rorri, and I'll always do my
homework if you adopt me!" she said, and then made a cute face.
Laura looked around the crowd of orphans, succinctly
saying, "Who's next?"
Rorri sighed, and walked to Tom, shrugging.
Harry smiled at the two, and walked up to Laura.
"My sincerest salutations, fair Xweetok lady,"
he said, in a formal tone. "I am called by the name of Harry and... I..." His
smile faded as he watched Laura completely ignore him and walk away.
Some of the orphans snickered at Harry, but
then watched Laura with curiosity as she walked through the crowd of orphans,
hardly even noticing them. Ardon followed Laura, shrugging at the orphans, showing
that he wasn't sure what she was doing, either.
Laura went a ways through the orphanage, looking
briefly across each crowd as she passed them. Some of the orphans were even
so curious that they followed her, but she didn't pay any attention to them.
Then she finally came to a hall, the hall with each of the pet's temporary bedrooms.
Each room had two bunk-beds, and at least two of the beds in each room were
being used. All of the doors were opened, at least part way, and Laura looked
into each of them as she passed by, until she eventually stopped at one of the
doors. It was the door to Wanda's bedroom.
Wanda's room was the only room where only one
pet had been using it. Her dresser had been decorated with a bunch of stuff;
she had apparently lived at the orphanage for a long time. Wanda didn't notice
when Laura entered the room. She was too busy reading "The Prophecy of the Indera."
She on the last page; she had been reading it for a little under a week now.
Laura was standing right behind her, just as she read the last word of the book.
Wanda sighed as she closed the book, but still didn't notice Laura until Wanda
felt Laura touch her on the shoulder.
At first she just thought it was one of the
other orphans, but then she heard Laura say "Wanda..." Her eyes widened when
she recognized the soft voice of the striped Xweetok she had come to know. She
turned around and looked into the light blue eyes of Laura.
"Laura?" she asked. "What are you doing at the
Laura smiled. "I came to adopt."
Wanda widened her eyes even more. "You want
to adopt me?"
"Well, you're nice, and I've really gotten to
know you in the past week," Laura explained. Dina reached her fingers towards
Wanda, and Laura pulled her away, just a little bit, and said, "...And I think
Dina likes you, too!"
Wanda stood in shock, awe, and a few other emotions.
"So you really do want to adopt me..."
"You'd like that, wouldn't you?" Laura asked.
"Because I won't adopt you if you don't want me to."
Wanda smiled and shook her head. "No, go ahead.
I really need to get out of this place, eventually."
Laura smiled. "That's great!"
Ardon chuckled. "Well, Wanda, don't you have
something to say, first?"
Wanda's eyes widened, and she jumped to her
feet, sighed, and said, "Hello Laura, my name's Wanda, and I don't really have
a reason to be adopted."
Laura chuckled. "You have plenty of reasons
to be adopted, we just went through a few."
"Yeah, but that's what I say to everyone who
comes to adopt," Wanda replied.
Laura nodded, and then turned to Ardon. "Alright,
then... I'd like to adopt Wanda."
Ardon raised his eyebrows, "Phew! I almost thought
nobody would ever say that!" he chuckled. "Well, anyway, come
this way, please."
Ardon led Laura and Wanda back to the front
desk. The orphans that they passed couldn't believe their eyes. Wanda was being
adopted? Nobody ever expected to ever see her get adopted. Wanda couldn't help
but stick her tongue out at Tom, Rorri and Harry as she passed them, and they
stopped at the front desk, where Ardon pulled some old-looking papers out of
a file cabinet.
"Wow, I haven't seen these papers in ages..."
Ardon said, looking at the slightly yellowed papers. "Now anyway, this pet's
first name is Wanda, is the surname known, let's see... oh, it is! Wanda, did
you ever know that your surname is 'Darklight'?"
"Wow, really?" Wanda's eyes widened. "I didn't
know they actually put surnames on those... Wanda Darklight... gee..."
"Yeah, they used to have surnames on these...
not anymore..." Ardon said with a sigh. "Now let's see, she was orphaned nearly
twelve years ago... gee, I didn't even know that... her birthday's in the Month
of Sleeping, day 18... and there's a bunch of other stuff, but that's not really
important, anyway... just sign here on the bottom..."
Ardon handed Laura the yellowed papers and a
pen. Laura signed all the places she was told to, and then after signing her
name about five times, Ardon looked at the papers and smiled.
"Congratulations, Laura..." he said to her,
"you have now officially adopted Wanda Darklight! Here, you can keep these papers..."
He handed the papers back to Laura, then he looked at Wanda. "Congratulations
to you too, Wanda. You've finally been adopted!"
Wanda smiled, gave Laura a hug, and then ran
back to her old room to pack her stuff. After a while, she returned with a couple
briefcases full of clothes and some other things. Laura smiled, Wanda smiled
back. And they started on their way out of the orphanage, but just before they
left, Wanda turned around and shouted, "Goodbye, everybody!"
Some of the pets managed to breathe out a shocked,
And then with smiles, Laura carried Dina over
her shoulder and Wanda followed her to their home.
* * * * *
"...and here are the stairs to my and Dina's
bedrooms." Laura explained, giving Wanda a brief tour of her new home. "Any
"Just one, where am I going to sleep?" Wanda
"Well," Laura replied, leading Wanda up the
stairs, "there's a fairly empty room up here, as long as you don't mind one
Laura opened the door in front of her. Wanda
looked inside, it WAS a pretty empty room, except for some wallpaper,
and a yellow crib near to the door: it was Dina's room.
"You mean share a room with Dina?" Wanda wondered.
"Well, she doesn't cry very much at night, anymore..."
Laura explained, "and it's the emptiest room in the house. You don't mind, do
Wanda smiled. "No, I don't mind at all! It's
actually kind of nice, I very rarely got to share a room at the orphanage, I
actually always kind of wanted to share a room, sometime!"
"Good." Laura sighed. "Now why don't you unpack?
I've got some other things to do, like buy you a bed, for example."
"Good idea." Wanda nodded.
Laura placed Dina in her crib, Wanda took her
two briefcases and started to unpack. While Laura went downstairs to the kitchen,
grabbed a granola bar, a paper, and a pen, and started to write on the paper:
I got your postcard, and I read about Yollinda.
From what I read, she sounds pretty nice. I'd like to meet her, someday.
Anyway, lots of weird things happened this last
week. For example, Princess Rose came for her inspections, but didn't actually
do them until the day after! Even then she hardly paid attention... but if that's
not weird enough, she invited me to the castle for dinner, afterwards! Heh,
I'm sure you're wondering how that went, but it's kind of a long story. Let's
just say that Dina got kind of out of hand.
I also met a nice blue Bori in this last week;
her name is Wanda, and it turned out she was an orphan. I decided to adopt her,
in fact she's unpacking her things as I'm writing this letter. I'm probably
going to go out and buy her a bed after I finish writing this; she wouldn't
want to sleep on the floor! But she's a really nice girl, and I think she's
glad to finally get out of the orphanage.
By the way, how's Mystery Island? I'm sure the
weather's nice, as always. Does it ever really rain there? I've been told before
that it never rains on Mystery Island, but I'd like to know if it's true.
Anyway, if you get the chance, buy a souvenir
or something for me, and I've got to go get that bed. Bye!
She folded the letter so that it would fit in
an envelope, put it in an envelope, wrote the address and the return address
on it, sealed it, and put a stamp in the top right corner. Then she put the
envelope in her purse, put the purse over her shoulder, and opened the door.
She was about to go out, when she remembered something...
"Wanda!" she shouted. "Keep Dina out of trouble
while I'm out, okay?"
"Okay!" Wanda shouted down the stairs.
Laura smiled, and headed out the door, to buy
some things for the new member of the family, Wanda Darklight.
Author's note: If you are reading this, then, YES! I finally got this story
into the Times, after four tries! Well, I hope you had a fun time reading,
and thanks to dptdtkf for proof-reading this for me, thanks to TNT for letting
it in, and thanks to you for reading it!