Not Just Another Lupe Story: Part Three
Cobalt began to run, but then remembered that he had wings.
With his prize in one paw, he motioned for Tarrow to join him in the sky, somewhere
that Sabre-X could not get to. Tarrow took flight and floated in midair with Cobalt.
Cobalt was grinning broadly, and his omelette wobbled and nearly fell out of his
"Whoops!" He quickly regained his hold on his
meal. "I wouldn't want to lose this now."
Sabre-X waved a tightly coiled fist in the air
after them as they flew off.
"Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!" Cobalt and Tarrow were laughing
so hard that they could hardly stay in the sky.
Cobalt turned to Tarrow, about to speak, "That
was-- " He just didn't see the passing Scorchio.
Both creatures tumbled out of control, and as
Cobalt tried to regain his balance his precious omelette dropped to ground far
below. His eyes widened and he tried to dive after it, but it was too late.
Once he reached the ground, his omelette was just a mess of egg mixed with Tyrannian
soil. As he looked up to see the one who caused this, his eyes illuminated to
a fiery crimson.
Faster than anyone could have thought, Cobalt
was back in the air and racing furiously after the Scorchio. The Scorchio stopped
moving forward once he heard Cobalt. He turned around with a look of disgust
on his face, but upon seeing the fury in Cobalt's eyes, decided to apologize.
"Look, buddy, I'm sorry. Want me to give you
my daily serving?"
Although it seemed very reasonable, Cobalt was
not in the mood to listen to reason. He plowed his body into the Scorchio, knocking
the wind out of him. The two of them began to tumble toward the ground. The
Scorchio wormed his way out of Cobalt's grasp. But Cobalt was faster.
"Oh, no you don't," Cobalt said as he grabbed
the Scorchio's back leg and yanked him back. The Scorchio began to fall again,
and Cobalt dove after him. The Lupe and Scorchio barely escaped the ground,
which was increasingly getting closer. Cobalt was right on the Scorchio's tail,
as Tarrow became aware of what was happening.
Tarrow soared toward Cobalt and grabbed him
around the waist, preventing him from hurting the Scorchio any more. As the
Scorchio flew away, he muttered to himself.
"What some guys will do for an omelette..."
Cobalt tried to push Tarrow off of him, but
because of Tarrow's larger size and better knowledge of flight, he wasn't able
to break free.
Once Cobalt calmed down a bit, Tarrow started
yelling at him. "What is wrong with you!?!" He slowly released his grip on Cobalt.
"What?" Cobalt had a look of bewilderment on
his face. "Huh?" He was shaking slightly, as he had just regained control over
his body. "I don't feel so well, maybe I should go home."
"That's the first good idea you've had yet."
Tarrow frowned at him. Together, they floated down to the ground, because Cobalt
no longer felt like flying.
Once they arrived at Cobalt's home, Tarrow led
him inside and laid him down gently on a straw bed.
"You just get some rest, okay? I'll be back
in a bit to check on you."
"Where are you going?" Cobalt asked weakly.
"Uh, I have some stuff to do."
Normally, Cobalt never would have let that pathetic
excuse go. But, for some reason, he didn't feel like arguing right now. So,
he nodded slowly. He seemed in kind of a daze.
Tarrow felt unsure if he should really leave
Cobalt alone, after all, he did seem to be in a violent mood. However, he knew
that the work he had to do was more important. So, he walked off to the Pharmacy.
Meanwhile, Cobalt was drifting off into an uneasy
and restless sleep. His dreams were disturbing him greatly. In them, he stood
alone in the middle of a large crowd of yelling Neopians. They were mocking
and taunting him. Then they started to throw rotten vegetables at him. Cobalt
cowered, but the flying projectiles just bounced off of his shoulders. He tried
to cover his ears, but the sounds of their merciless shouting only became louder.
"No, stop!" he shouted, but no one seemed to
hear him. With his eyes squeezed shut, Cobalt scrunched himself down as far
as he could and tried to block them all out.
Suddenly, Cobalt's eyes shot open. They were
burning crimson orbs and seemed to manifest their harsh glow in everything around
them. Cobalt threw his paws to the ground and clicked his lethally sharp claws,
enjoying the strident sound they made against the floor. He staggered out of
the small Neohome in a sort of wobbly gesture. He was dazed and his eyes were
distant, but as he lurched forward unsteadily, he breathed one word.
Into Neopia Central, Cobalt swaggered. His fur
was bristled and sharp to the touch and it made him look larger than he actually
was. All around him, the only things he could see were Neopets with cold, cutting
eyes who sneered in his direction. The sounds they made were harsh and grating
which bit and stung Cobalt.
At last, Cobalt could stand it no longer. He
attacked the first thing he saw, which happened to be a mailbox. With a swift
leap, Cobalt landed atop it and he clawed and struck it until neomails littered
However, killing a mailbox did not relieve much
of Cobalt's animosity. The next thing he happened to see was a fire Lupe. Having
excellent hearing, Lunikar the fire Lupe swung around a split second before
the ferocious beast could complete his attack. Lunikar skidded out of the way
quickly, disgusted that he would be attacked for no reason.
"Save it for the Battledome!" Lunikar yelled
as he started to jog away.
However, Cobalt was not about to let him get
away. He leaped into the air and with full force, drove his body straight into
A few feet away, Harpy, Lunikar's brother saw
"Hey!" Harpy yelled. "What's going on here?"
Startled, Cobalt released his grip on Lunikar
slightly. Now with an advantage, Lunikar freed himself and ran up to Harpy.
"I don't know what this guy's problem is, but
he just started attacking me for no reason at all!" Lunikar quickly explained
all in one breath.
Harpy leaned slightly over to Lunikar. "Something
should be done about these homeless guys," he whispered in his ear. "They're
getting more vicious." Fighting to control his urge to physically defend his
brother, Harpy turned toward the Darigan Lupe.
"What do you want? A hundred?" The skunk Lupe
tossed several coins to Cobalt's feet and walked off with Lunikar.
Cobalt glanced down at the coins and grinned
evilly. He had succumbed to the immense power of evil.
As Cobalt swiveled around to find something
else to attack, the glint of a glittery object caught his eye. He walked toward
it and found that it was an Iron Lupe Sword in the window of a weaponry shop.
An evil grin spread across his maw. With his dagger sharp claws, Cobalt broke
the glass and took the Iron Lupe Sword. He could do some damage with this.
Immediately an alarm sounded. A yellow Grarrl,
a red Meerca, and a red Moehog came running. Upon seeing the Darigan Lupe that
stood a full head taller than any of them and looked dark and menacing, they
simultaneously gasped. Cobalt took one massive paw and knocked the three guards
several feet away. With a grim smile, he took flight.
Meanwhile, Tarrow slowly opened the door to
Cole's Neohome, and stepped inside.
"Hello?" he said as he glanced around, "Cobalt?"
Just then, Cobalt alighted beside the house.
Tarrow's keen ears heard him and he stepped back outside.
"There you are!" Tarrow approached Cobalt, "I
thought you needed to rest."
Cobalt was glaring at him, eyebrows furrowed.
"What's wrong with you?" Tarrow's tone shifted
to a worried one.
"Nothing... anymore." Cobalt's voice was low
and raspy, "In fact, I'm perfect. I've learned how to live my life to the fullest
extent possible!" He slowly drew the Iron Lupe Sword out of its sheath, hidden
behind his back.
"How did you get that?" Tarrow was shocked.
"Why, I stole it, of course!"
Tarrow's gasped, "You've become..." his eyes
widened, "... evil."
"So you do understand, then!"
"I knew there was something wrong with you the
moment I saw you painted Darigan!"
Cobalt ignored him. "Join me, and together we
will be stronger than Darigan, Kass, or any villain!"
Tarrow took a step back, "I will never harm
innocent Neopets for my own gain!"
"I gave you your chance." Cobalt began to advance
upon the Eyrie, sword in hand. "Have it your way."
"What are you doing?!" Tarrow continued to step
back. "We've always been friends, why would you -"
With that, Cobalt charged at him, but missed
him narrowly as Tarrow flew off.
"Just you wait, I'll get you yet..." Cobalt
whispered to himself. He slipped the Iron Lupe Sword back into its sheath and
headed off to Neopia Central.
Upon arriving, Cobalt found that the Neopets
living there had quickly realized that he was bad news. Therefore, there was
hardly anyone around and those who were ran to find a safe shelter.
"Hurry up, Bobby!" a mother Kougra whispered
to her son as she pushed him into the nearest store. Cobalt bared his fangs
at the two of them and they shuddered as they hurried off. He grinned, enjoying
the power and control he had. Never before, had Cobalt had any sort of control
over even his own life. It was always, "Do this, do that," from everyone.
There was no one in sight anymore, and Cobalt
grew bored of merely standing there. He decided to stir things up a bit. He
raised his hackles, flattened his ears against his head, and flared his wings.
With a smirk upon his face, he glared at the scared Neopians who peeked at him
from behind closed blinds.
Cobalt put one foot forward ad suddenly heard
a little girl's scream of terror. He looked down and at his feet sat a small,
insignificant snowbunny. As soon as Cobalt looked up, he saw a little blue Zafara
girl running toward him and the snowbunny. She wrapped her fragile body around
the little petpet, protecting it with her life, and began to sniffle. Cobalt
opened his mouth, intending to roar, but for some reason his heart would not
let him. The sight of the Zafara's selflessness protecting her pet made his
heart feel like it was melting.
At that moment, Tarrow and Cole came running
"Cobalt! No!" they yelled simultaneously.
All of a sudden, a blinding light smothered
them all. As everyone started rubbing their eyes and began to be able to focus,
they could see what had caused the light. Standing where the light was at its
brightest point, the Faerie Queen herself shone brightly. Immediately, everyone
"I have seen enough!" Her voice boomed and it
was surprising that such a loud voice could come from such a delicate creature.
"Although Cobalt here has done some bad things, I have seen now that his heart
condition is good. You, Cobalt, and you, Cole, shall come back with me to help
me rule the empire known as Faerieland, for I need someone with as pure of heart
Cobalt was awestruck. "But, why me?"
"I have been studying you for some time now.
After I placed that bag of Neopoints there, I had to see what you would do.
I must admit, I was worried for a while, there, but in the end," she paused,
"you have proven yourself worthy."
"So you mean, that this was all a test or something?"
"Precisely." The Queen paused again. "Now come.
We must leave at once. But first, we will have to do something about that color
A few weeks later, a faerie Lupe stood beside
"Cobalt," the Queen said. "Please check the
date for my former chief advisor's goodbye party."
"Yes, ma'am," Cobalt replied and went to the
calendar. "It's the 15th day of Swimming."
"Very good," she responded. "I do suppose I've
kept you overtime again, haven't I?"
"Oh, it's not a problem."
"Well, you best be off, then," Fyora said, "Say
hello to Cole for me."
Cobalt left the castle and flew to his new home
in Faerieland. He opened the fluffy cloud door and saw Cole and Tarrow there
waiting for him.
"So how was your first week?" Cole smiled.
"What's it like working for the Queen, anyway?"
"Well, let's put it this way: I get paid great,
I get free housing, and all the bad things I did when I was painted Darigan
have been pardoned." Cobalt paused. "Plus, I still get to enjoy flight, but
without any negative side effects."
The three laughed. Life was finally as it should