A Break in Memory: Part Eight
Part 7: Secret confirms to DeSoni that something is wrong with his memory and
tells as best she can, being mute, what Mina's plans for him are. They set off
for the Space Station. Mina reveals knowledge of Z59B and brags about her plan
to distract the Alien Aisha Military from searching for her and her brother by
busying them with a Derek Sonix minus his memories. DeSoni barely listens to her,
his head aching too much to concentrate on much at all. He remembers pictures
of his life, but can't place any of them. XP stumbles upon Mina's plan when he
follows the Space Station security officers to a Brandy destroying several shops.
Khargana, Rocky, and the Sonixes take the cruiser Volt left for them to the Space
Station. XP locates and watches Mina, Secret, and Volt. Mina successfully frees
Galba, but Volt and Secret turn on her when she tries to lock DeSoni up. She turns
on them and locks DeSoni up anyway, but XP frees him as soon as Mina and Galba
run off. Brandy comes upon XP around Volt and Secret's unconscious forms and leaps
to the conclusion that he's responsible. XP reasons with her and points her in
the right direction. XP leaps back into the prison cell to hide as he hears footsteps
and voices approaching.
"There he is!" shouted Rocky in relief. The red Ruki
zipped into super-speed and dashed to his unconscious best-friend's side in
half a second.
"DeSoni? DeSoni!" he pleaded, first gently tapping,
then worriedly shaking the small, unresponsive yellow Aisha's body.
Khargana ran over and skidded to a halt, her
clever brown eyes scanning the scene. What had happened to Volt and Secret?
Where were Brandy and Mina Galba? Had there been a fight? The hardest question
she had to distract herself from: would DeSoni be all right?
Mr. and Mrs. Sonix, slightly out of breath, caught
up. Mrs. Sonix rushed over to DeSoni's side and took him in her arms, hugging
him tight. Mr. Sonix joined the Wocky Detective.
"What happened, you think?" he asked.
"I'm not sure. Two of the Mega Three out for
the count with DeSoni and the prison door's ajar. I'd say Mina's escaped with
her brother - but what of Brandy?"
Volt groaned, hearing the voices around him.
He was pathetically weak, but surprisingly hadn't fully lost consciousness.
His eyes opened slightly and Mr. Sonix rushed over to help. Rocky reluctantly
left DeSoni's side to join them.
"P-please..." the electric Alien Aisha managed
to beg, his voice barely audible.
"It's a prototype weapon designed to disable
an enemy's power supply," Mr. Sonix explained to Khargana.
"Wonderful," said Khargana sarcastically. "How
do we get it off? It's not like you can just grab it."
Mr. Sonix pulled out the phase blaster Khargana
had given him, aimed at a small silver stud at one end of the cord, and fired
a two second beam. The cord turned black and slipped right off Volt. Rocky helped
him upright and Mr. Sonix went to check on Secret. Mrs. Sonix kept cradling
DeSoni in her arms, but she was paying sharp attention.
"What happened? And can you tell us anything
from after you were attacked with that thing?" asked Khargana.
Volt rubbed his face weakly. "I-I told Mina we'd
filled our side of the deal, and that Derek wasn't part of it. But she wouldn't
let up. She shot me, then Secret, then... spoke to her brother. They left -
someone else came by; I could vaguely hear the cell door open and shut. Whoever
it was must've gotten Derek out. Brandy came by and... the stranger got her
to chase Mina and Galba. That's it."
"We can't just let them get away!" said Rocky
angrily, then glanced fretfully back at DeSoni. "But-how much time do we have?"
"Not enough," said Khargana tensely. "Kregor
said if we don't hurry, DeSoni could be lost forever."
Rocky groaned. "So we're letting them escape?"
Secret was coming to. The shadow Alien Aisha
slowly blinked open her eyes and climbed upright.
"Tell you what," said Khargana quickly. "Mrs.
Sonix and I will take DeSoni back to the cruiser. Rocky, you and Mr. Sonix get
Rocky nodded. Khargana, being quite a bit stronger
than Mrs. Sonix, scooped DeSoni up in her paws. She and Mrs. Sonix took off
back to where they'd docked the cruiser they'd come in.
"We're coming too," said Volt firmly. "Brandy's
down there and we know Mina's ready for her!" He looked quite a bit better for
the minute's rest.
"Whatever!" declared Rocky. "Let's just go already!"
He, Mr. Sonix, Volt, and Secret ran off down the hall.
A blue Aisha slipped out from the prison cell
and ran off after Khargana and Mrs. Sonix. He didn't really care if the Galbas
were caught; he did care that DeSoni came through all right.
Khargana and Mrs. Sonix quickly came upon the
cruiser they'd come in and climbed aboard. Mrs. Sonix piloted while Khargana
monitored her adopted brother's condition.
After Khargana checked his pulse, she pulled
a box from a pocket and pressed down a button on the side.
"Khargana to Kay, transmitting."
"Kay here. Status?" answered her owner through
"We have DeSoni, but he's unconscious. We've
got a cruiser and are on our way."
"I'll be ready with the antidote. Kay out."
XP smiled in relief and pulled a small spy-receiver
from his right ear. He had done all he could. There was no point in following
the cruiser and risking exposure, and besides, Fyora was expecting him.
"Here!" said Mina cheerfully, approaching her
parked cruiser. She ran up and grabbed the handle for the door, only to cry
out and leap back, nursing her paw.
"What's wrong, Terra?" asked Galba suspiciously.
"I'd say the metal door's too hot to open," said
a sarcastic voice, rich in meaning and anger. Brandy came around the side of
the cruiser smirking. She slapped the cruiser. "Baby wouldn't melt, but I still
say you ain't going anywhere."
Mina, holding her burnt right paw close to her
chest protectively, drew out a handheld Neopian frost cannon. "Don't make me
use this, Brandy."
The fire Alien Aisha's eyes were glaring angrily
straight at Mina. Her paws were slightly smoking, she was so hot with rage.
"You hurt Volt and Secret. You're going down."
Mina laughed, but it wasn't as full as usual.
Brandy was deathly serious. Of the Mega Three, Brandy was the only one that
"Come on, Brandy girl. Surely you could tell
Volt and Secret didn't like my plan for the freak? They outright disobeyed me;
I had to take them out. But you're like me, Brandy. You don't have qualms about
hurting people that get in your way. Come with us - we'll start a new team:
you, me, and my brother. Volt and Secret don't have what it takes to make the
Brandy set a paw against the cruiser. Maybe she
hadn't been able to melt it earlier, but she was so enraged at Mina's comments
that her paw melted straight through the dense metal. "Don't you dare
say another word about my team! Volt's right - you are a princess! A selfish
little spoiled brat!"
She took a step forward dangerously. Mina backed
up. Ex-commander Galba didn't seem to follow entirely what was going on, but
he was smart enough to back off from between the two crazy females.
"You think I'm stupid, huh? Just cause I'm the
tough one? What if I told you Volt warned me? He figured out that DeSoni
wasn't the only security distraction - you were planning all along to leave
us here for the military to catch! It's not that I'm dumb - it's that I didn't
think you could possibly be so stupid! I was dead wrong."
Mina fired a freeze blot from the frost cannon,
which melted before it even reached Brandy. She quickly reached for another
weapon, a water bomb, and threw it at Brandy.
It exploded in the fire Alien Aisha's face, slamming
her to the ground where she slid against the floor for a second. She groaned,
water hissing as it evaporated around her.
"Volt was right," said Mina triumphantly. "I
was planning to serve you three freaks to Jierdana on a platter. Looks like
it worked too."
Brandy groaned again, but to Mina's horror she
began climbing to her rear paws.
"Don't underestimate the Mega Three," she growled,
suddenly smiling, looking over Mina's shoulder.
"Excellent advice," contributed a sassy voice
from the doorway. Volt was just inside the doorway, leaning against the wall
with a large smile across his face.
A loop of black rope suddenly slipped around
the pink Alien Aisha and tightened, pinning her arms to her sides. Secret dropped
from the ceiling, pulling one end of the lasso down with her.
Mina flew screaming 12 feet into the air and
Galba twirled around, intending to run, and found
himself face to face with a tall, lanky, very familiar red Ruki.
"Remember me? You kidnapped my best friend and
used a memory-destroying potion on him."
From the trapped look of Galba's face, he very
definitely remembered the Ruki.
Rocky swiftly grabbed the large red Alien Aisha
by the shoulders and flung him across the room, where he slammed into a wall.
Mr. Sonix was waiting.
DeSoni's dad leaned down and grabbed the ex-commander
by the collar of his prison uniform, locking eyes with him. "I hope you're getting
used to prison, Galba, since you're going right back. Word of advice - don't
ever come near my son again."
Galba fainted - what from, it was hard to tell.
Disappointment, pain from being flung into a wall, fear of Rocky and Mr. Sonix
- perhaps a combination of all three.
Volt casually sauntered over to the strap Mina
was dangling from, screaming her head off. Secret handed the end to him with
a smile. He returned the smile, took the unusual rope with both paws, and watched
happily as a surge of electricity climbed up the cord and zapped Terramina Galba.
She slumped, instantly unconscious. Then he lowered her to the ground, where
Secret wound the cord around her several more times and secured it.
Volt walked over to Brandy, still standing in
a hissing puddle.
"Sorry I doubted you," said Brandy.
"I'm just glad we're still a team," laughed Volt.
Secret clapped her paws happily.
"You lot had best get home before security comes
down," warned Mrs. Sonix. "You're all still wanted criminals."
"We are still criminals, right?" Brandy
He frowned to himself, then shrugged and laughed.
"Probably. Where's the fun in playing by the rules? See ya, Rocky, Mr. Sonix!"
He waved and the Mega Three ran off to where they'd stashed another of the cruisers.
Mr. Sonix shook his head in exasperation. "Young
Rocky just laughed.
DeSoni slowly came to, laying on the sofa with
a pillow under his head and a warm blanket tucked around his body. A paw rubbed
his head and he opened his eyes.
"Mom?" he asked, sitting up weakly.
"Oh, honey - how are you feeling?" asked Mrs.
"A little sick, but I'm finally thinking straight,"
he said slowly, a smile coming over his face as he realized, for the first time
in quite a while, that his head was perfectly clear. He was a little nauseous,
quite a bit weak, but it was worth it to remember where he was. He was home.
He noticed Khargana sitting on a lounge chair
across from him, watching him tensely with a very uncharacteristic look of worry
on her Wocky face. He laughed, though the action hurt his queasy stomach.
"Chill, big sis. Everything's cool."
Khargana smiled, her eyes alone telling him how
much she cared. "Good thing I was there to save your tail again," she said pompously.
"Sure, the rest of us did absolutely nothing,"
said Mrs. Sonix, pretending to take offense.
DeSoni laughed again and Kay rushed in from the
kitchen carrying a glass of milk. "DeSoni, thank goodness. Kregor said this
might help, but you'd be sick for a good three or four days from the antidote."
"Long as the headaches are gone," said DeSoni,
taking the milk thankfully and sipping. "Where's Rocky and Dad?"
As if in answer, the two in question entered
the room. The anxious looks on their faces quickly faded into relief at seeing
DeSoni up and alert.
Mr. Sonix wordlessly walked over and squeezed
his son tightly in a hug.
"By Jierdana, I thought I'd lost you just as
we were finally getting to know each other," he said softly, his voice slightly
choked with emotion.
Rocky's legs trembled from the release of apprehension
and he sat abruptly on the floor, staring at DeSoni in incredible relief, his
large eyes wide and happy.
Mrs. Sonix patted her husband on the back and
Mr. Sonix, blushing a little in embarrassment, let go and sat next to his wife
on the sofa.
"Okay," said Kay contentedly. "How much do you
DeSoni's smile dropped. "Everything," he said
softly, eyes dark as he remembered those lost, lonely, confused feelings that
had plagued him constantly. Those pounding headaches, the horrible knowledge
that he was losing himself...
Mrs. Sonix rubbed his back. "It's okay, honey.
It's all behind us now."
"Good," said Kay. "Because I've been stuck here
at home playing messenger and butler while you four were busy gallivanting about
Neopia having the adventure of a lifetime. Now that we're all here, you're all
obligated to tell me the story. DeSoni, you're first."
They laughed and took turns bringing poor Kay
up to speed.
Not quite the end yet...
After a long, grueling questioning with first
the AAERT (Alien Aisha Emergency Response Team), then several security chiefs,
then finally with the Madam Commander herself, Agent C2 was on his way home
to Virtupets Space Station. Except he was planning to make a quick detour in
Faerieland. In the cruiser he'd been lent, the added traveling time would be
less than an hour. Besides, it was important. To him, anyway.
It was well into the night, making his target
that much harder to spot. There! The castle! So the hidden tower must be right...
there. If he landed on the roof - yeah, he could do it.
The blue Aisha skillfully set the cruiser down
on the roof, on the back of a pointed minaret to be exact, popped the top, and
scampered over the castle roof to drop through the hidden tower's single window.
"Agent C2!" exclaimed Queen Fyora's voice.
The Faerie Queen was minding her storehouse of
super Battledome weaponry and whatnot, but thankfully the tower was empty.
"Please, ma'am. Can I see XP again?"
She frowned and shook her head dismissively.
"Your mission is over with your return to Neopia, Agent C2. XP returned, checked
in, and even filed his report hours ago. I never expected to even see you again
unless I should have reason to summon you."
"I believe we went over this. XP is the top agent
in the Faerie Protection Program. I called him from his missions to work temporarily
with you on this one special mission. He has no doubt already visited the lab
ray again and begun his next assignment. Even if you recognized him - which
I doubt - you'd jeopardize his cover by speaking with him. I can't allow you
to see him, and I won't tell you where he is."
"What about the FPP? I could leave a message..."
"Even for a level 9, telling you the location
of FPP Headquarters is out of the question. Scarcely 20 people, counting myself,
have that knowledge. Goodbye, Agent C2."
"Get some sleep. Say hi to the Space Faerie for
me when you dock and check in."
C2 looked tragic, hanging his earstalks and with
sad eyes. But he nodded and turned to leave.
Fyora couldn't stand seeing any Neopet so miserable.
"Tell you what, C2," she began.
He turned back to her, eyes bright with hope.
"I'll see what I can do. Maybe after his current
mission you agents can meet up."
C2 smiled and saluted.
"Thank you, ma'am!"
C2 left a bit more cheerful, thought still not
in his usual good spirits.
In about 20 minutes he was back at the Space
Station. He met with the Space Faerie, delivered his report and Fyora's regards,
then, somewhat depressed that he'd never gotten to give XP a proper farewell,
started for his quarters.
Halfway there, his stomach rumbled and he detoured
to Grundo's Café. He grabbed a seat at an empty booth and ordered the usual.
It had been a long day and he felt himself dozing off.
The café was filling up with all the workers
just getting off their late shifts and the Neopets that had been hard at work
repairing the shops that had been destroyed by some psycho Alien Aisha. C2 didn't
really notice how full it was until a handsome red Kyrii slid into the seat
across from him.
"Place sure fills up fast," the Kyrii said casually,
with a thick accent just around the vowels.
C2 didn't bother saying hi or making small talk.
He didn't feel much like conversation.
"And it just figures you'd pick the one table
in the entire café that hasn't been wiped down," added the Kyrii in an entirely
different voice minus the accent.
C2 slowly glanced up to look at the Kyrii, who
had snagged a few napkins and was fitfully flicking crumbs from the previous
customer off the table.
"It can't be," he whispered to himself. It couldn't
be. He was too handsome. Too suave and debonair. His thick red mane had been
expertly trimmed and styled and every hair was perfect. It was coincidence that
he could do voices and didn't like crumbs on tables.
The Kyrii folded the napkins, leaving them in
a neat stack on the end of the table, noticed C2's staring, and winked.
"I usually don't drop out of character for just
anyone, but after today..." The Kyrii shrugged.
"XP! I can't believe it!"
"If we're going to be friends, you'd better get
used to it." XP said, smiling. "A week from now I could be a female Disco Kau,
posing as a teacher at some secret dance club in Altador."
(Author's Note: At the time of this writing,
XP had indeed become a female Disco Kau.)
"Are we? I never got to ask you. Are we friends?"
XP pretended to think about it, tapping his left
paw against the table nervously. "Let's see, you risked life and limb to save
me from someone you knew hated you. Thanks to you, DeSoni got
the antidote and will be okay. And you had the guts to apologize for being rude
to me at first."
The red Kyrii grinned. "I'd say I've got two
friends now - DeSoni and you. You've proved yourself, C2. I still say you're
immature and silly, though."
C2 laughed. "I can live with that. I still say
you're a nervous wreak."
XP had been straightening the salt and pepper
shakers as C2 said that. He let his paws fall from them and chuckled.
"How did Fyora get to you so fast?"
XP looked confused. C2 quickly explained his
XP shook his head, his long mane flapping. "Nope.
Technically, I'm supposed to be in Happy Valley, interviewing visitors about
ice cream flavors with my eyes open for a certain someone. Classified. I dropped
by here just on the off-chance of running into you. But it's nice to know Fyora
might not bawl me out for going so far off protocol."
XP reached into his gorgeous Kyrii mane and pulled
out a card. "Well, as long as she doesn't find out about this," he said mischievously
and handed to C2.
"What is it?"
"Neomail address. Specifically, my personal one
at the FPP. Only other FPP agents are supposed to get that." He smirked.
C2 laughed and clicked a button on the side of
his collar. A slit opened and he pushed the card in. "You've been around me
too long, XP. Breaking protocol, shame on you."
"Speaking of which," continued XP, "you might
like to know that cruiser you stole has been returned to the poor visiting
mechanic. He's a good five hours late for dinner."
"And you might like to know the house you
set on fire is fine, though minus one antique side table."
XP shuddered. "It would've been better news if
it had burnt to the ground. I had to take three showers before I felt clean
enough to go in public again."
"I can't wait to know how you pulled those moves
"You wouldn't believe me."
"00Hog, back before the FPP."
"No way! You worked with the Neopian Secret Service!"
"How did you think Fyora had even heard of me?
Let me tell you..."
And on the conversation went. The two secret
agents laughed and spent hours talking like the oldest of friends.
Thanks to everyone who got through my longest series ever! As always, neomail
me questions and comments and just because! Also, special thanks to legoman8000
for the character Agent C2, his Neopet (really cuty20000), and to scarrift for
help with my title. If you want to hear more about the Mega Three, C2, XP, or
anyone else, make sure you neomail and tell me so!