For the Altador Cup: Part Five
Sam felt confident. As far as he was concerned, everything
was right with the world. All of his work with Tilly was finally beginning to
pay off. They had the best team in the competition, and no one suspected a thing.
Really, he thought, how do they expect us to play with such a pathetic
At that moment, Sam was walking towards the Colosseum.
He needed to figure out a new play, one that would put all of the other teams
to shame. Once he reached the great, circular building, he began walking through
his favorite set of twisty, cool passages. He thought about all that had happened,
and about himself.
Sam was actually older than anyone knew, or even
guessed. Sam had been born over a millennium ago, when Altador first flourished.
He had been a happy child, with loving parents, and a lovely home. Everything
had been perfect, until the Great Betrayal.
When the Betrayal happened, Sam was still but
a little tyke, with dreams of being an athlete. When the Darkest Faerie attacked
the city, she had tried to kill his family. Begging her not to, Sam had promised
to help her, as long as she would keep them safe. Tricking him, she gave her
word. Sadly, for Sam, a few days later she betrayed him. He did not find out,
until right before Jerdana froze the city in time, that she had lied.
After that, when the city was restored, Sam was
alone. He wandered the streets of Altador, wishing for a way to get his revenge
on the Darkest Faerie. One day, he met a kind faerie Wocky, who took him in
and treated him as her own. That was the beginning of his friendship with Tilly.
During the time of revealing constellations,
and odd happenings in the Hall of Heroes, Sam dutifully did his part. Finally,
when he destroyed the statue of the Sleeper, he had had his revenge. This wasn't
the end of his thirst for fulfilment, though. When the time came to create the
Altadorian Yooyuball team, he saw his chance for becoming an athlete. He became
the replacement for Winberto Seliz.
Just as he turned a corner, finally providing
him a view of his destination, he heard quick hoof beats sounding on the ground
just behind him. Whirling around, he stood face to face with a very distressed-looking,
* * *
Taking a few steps backwards, Trinna surveyed
her trap. The first part was a very fine-woven Maractite net, resting atop a
trap door. Underneath the door was a pool of burning hot lava, which she had
enchanted so that it could not be frozen by any potion, or tampered with by
any but the most able magician. This would be the part of the trap that would
take Sam down.
Trinna had considered long and hard about the
problem of Tilly. Not only did Tilly have wings, but she also had limited magic
on her side. Eventually, Trinna had called Ellie in to help her. Together, they
had used Trinna as a test subject, at last managing to create something that
could hold her.
This part of the trap was made up of a lever
that pulled a faeryllium mesh cage down, and a button that pulled a padded cage
down over it. The walls of this cage, along with the floor of the entire room,
had been soaked by Ellie with a magical repellent made by Trinna. If Tilly tried
to use magic, it would bounce back and affect Tilly instead of her target.
With a final, lingering glance over her work,
Trinna left the room to go fetch Mira and Kira, who would wait for Ellie to
come with the soon-to-be prisoners. Meanwhile, Trinna would go get the Altadorian
Council, and the Cup Committee. This was going to work.
* * *
"Ellie, what happened?" asked Sam, as Ellie caught
"It's Simpree! She's awfully sick, and we need
her to play! We're not sure what to do," she replied.
Simpree? She's our best defender! We can't
do without her! he thought. "Here, you'll need to fly me. We need to go
get Tilly, and get to Simpree. I'm sure Tilly can whip something up that'll
"Alright." Taking his arm, Ellie sprang into
the air, and set a course for Tilly's house.
As they flew Sam marveled both at Ellie's strength,
and at the sensation of flying. How can faerie pets do this all the time,
More quickly than he expected, they reached Tilly's
house. As soon as Ellie set him down, he ran inside.
"Tilly! Simpree's sick, and we need you to come
cure her. Ellie says it's urgent," he cried.
"Simpree? Hold on! Let me just get my medicine
kit..." She grabbed a small red pouch that contained all the ingredients she
thought she would need, and ran outside.
"Here, Tilly, you can help me fly Sam. It'll
be faster," said Ellie.
"Alright," Tilly replied.
Each grabbed one of the Kougra's arms, and took
off. They went over houses and parks, and reached the Hall of Heroes in no time.
"Come on!" cried Ellie. "We put her in Trinna's
The group sped down the hallways, with Sam in
the lead, and Ellie in the rear. Finally, they reached the room in question,
and Sam and Tilly burst through the door, landing directly on the perfect spots
to get caught in their respective parts of the trap.
Kira quickly deployed the net, and opened the
trap door, sealing Sam's fate. Mira pulled the lever, then pushed the button,
cutting Tilly off.
Bewildered, Sam looked around.
"Wha... What's going on?!" he demanded.
Ellie turned to him and smiled. "That's what
you get for kidnaping innocent pets. And what you get for trying to sabotage
"You know?! How do you know! Tilly!"
"I promise, I don't know more about this than
you! I've been properly dousing the cookies with memorandum, just like you said!
It must have been..." Looking towards the door, Tilly trailed off. There stood
Trinna, with the head of the Altador Cup Committee, and King Altador himself.
"Memorandum, eh?" said King Altador. "Let's just
say I'm disappointed to hear that my good people were messing around with memorandum."
"You can't do this to us!" screamed Sam. "We
were only trying to help! Without us, this competition would be hopeless for
Altador." He was obviously about to lose all of his composure. Right on queue,
he began, "All my life, I've lived here. I've seen this city in its weakest
hour. I lost my family to this city! And yet I still try to help them win!
"Do you know why I did what I did? It's a very
simple reason, really. I want to win. I've always wanted to win. I will not
be happy until I win. So I devised a plan. It was a good plan. No, it was a
great plan. I was going to kill two birds with one stone, and sabotage the other
teams while strengthening mine.
"Wanna know how I pulled it off? Of course you
do. It was a genius plan, after all." Here he paused, tilted his head back,
and cackled. "Now, where was I? Oh yes. How I was going to win the Altador Cup,
no matter what it took. I got the idea from the Betrayer herself, the murderer
of my family, the destroyer of homes, the wreckers of lives. Those who she needed,
but who wouldn't pledge loyalty to her were sent to the dungeons, where they
were given a dose of a strong potion, that made them forget who they were. The
Darkest Faerie would then go and tell them something false, and they would believe
it! So I asked Tilly if there were a potion she could make that could do this.
She told me of memorandum, and its marvelous effects. That was when I decided
to confide in her my vision."
"I didn't know how twisted it was!" screamed
Tilly. "I just thought I was being loyal to my home, Altador, by helping him!
PLEASE DON'T SEND ME TO THE DUNGEONS!" she wailed.
Sam shot her a cold look. "As I was saying. That
was when we decided that I was to catch the players I wanted, and she would
use memorandum to make them think that they were playing for Altador. You saw
how we murdered Krawk Island. We are unstoppable. We did this for you, King
Altador, and everyone who lives in this fair land. We would have gotten away
with it, and we would have won, if it weren't for that awful faerie Xweetok!
LET ME AT HER! I'LL MUTILATE HER SO BADLY, THEY'LL THINK THAT SHE TOOK A TRANSMOGRIFICATION
POTION!" Sam screamed at Trinna, who still calmly stood just behind King Altador
and the official from the Cup Committee.
King Altador looked at Sam as if he were the
slimiest of all slorgs. Finally, he spoke. "I am more than disappointed in both
of you. We live by the laws of justice in this city. We do not cheat! We do
not steal! And most of all we do not take innocent pets from their homes for
our personal gain." Now he turned to Ellie. "Miss, if there is anything I can
do to make up for this horrible behavior..."
"And let me assure you, team Altador will be
disqualified from the cup, and all of the players taken off of the memorandum,
and returned to their proper teams," said the head of the Altador Cup Committee.
"That's all I really wanted. Oh, and King Altador,
please reward the other real players on the Altadorian team. They were hurt,
purposely, so that their 'substitutes', the stolen players, could be on the
team. None of this is their fault," replied Ellie.
"Will do," said the King. "Now, I'm afraid, we
must part. I have various duties to attend to, and so does my friend here. I
want to name you, Trinna, and you, Ellie, honorary citizens of Altador for the
services you provided here. Mira, Kira, I'm giving you a promotion. You will
now be in charge of all official Altadorian transportation. Goodbye to all,
and to all good luck."
With that sentiment, King Altador and the official
from the Cup Committee left, taking Sam and Tilly with them. This left Trinna,
Mira, Kira, and Ellie.
"So, you know, the Mystery Island versus Faerieland
game is tomorrow. Would you three like to come with me to see it?"
"Yeah!" said Mira and Kira.
"Of course!" said Ellie.
"Well then," replied Trinna, "It's a date."
"We must be off then," said Mira.
"We'll see you tomorrow!" said Kira.
Together, the twins exited the room.
"I guess that just leaves us," said Ellie.
"Yeah," replied Trinna.
"Gosh, this has been so exciting, and scary.
I'll be glad to get back to team Meridell, though. I might hate Skarl, but I
love my homeland, and I love my team."
"Yeah. I'll be there, at your game, in the stands,
rooting for you. I guess I'll need to start my Ambassadorial duties, too. Talk
about an interesting adventure to start off a long trip."
"We'll still be friends, right, even though we
have to go our separate ways?" asked Ellie.
"Of course," replied Trinna. "And you know, team
Meridell better win, now, after all we've been through so that you can be there.
It's really amazing what some people will do, just for the Altador Cup."
Arm in arm, they walked out of the room.
Author's Note: This is the end of the story. I'm the writer, and that's
my final word. =P I got a lot of neomail about my last series, about how I should
have continued. It's my choice, 'kay? Anyway, I hope you liked the story. None
of the characters are based on real people, although Ellie turned out to greatly
resemble someone I know in real life. Feel free to drop me a neomail, if you
liked it, or even if you didn't. Just don't use chatspeak, because chatspeak