Lost Before, Light
We awoke at the crack of dawn to find ourselves lying down
beside a cool stream in a dense forest. Vivid memories of what had happened the
day before raced through my mind like an electric current, making me realize where
we actually were. The warm nostalgia and mystical fondness for the damp and moist
earth ground made me realize that nature was still as lovely as before and had
a place in my heart. The serene forest was illuminated with the beautiful sunlight
which glowed and sparkled upon the glistening stream.
Faythe, like before, awoke with his eyes half-opened,
and gazed around us in an unkempt manner. He rolled his eyes and rubbed them,
blinking non-stop before opening his eyes again."Eh, brother, where are we?"
the little blue Tonu muttered groggily, totally not recollecting the series
of events that had unfolded. I looked at him in disgust and ignored him, standing
up with my torch held up. My best friend, Kei the blue Shoyru, touched the inviting
stream with his hands and yelped in joy. I stared at him, not noticing anything.
The stream appeared beautiful, as colours shone upon it, giving an appearance
of dancing rainbow colours.
"Hey, Clive, no harm taking a shower and washing
our faces first before setting off, right?" he suggested, his wings flapping
eagerly behind him, waiting impatiently to jump into the water. Acknowledging
what he had suggested, I shone my torch on the water to make sure all was find,
before leaping into it with Kei and Faythe. Kei and I had been friends since
we were young. He was older than me by one year and he would often joked "Clive
the Crybaby Gelert".
We showered in delight in the shade, as tall
majestic trees loomed over us. After a few moments of water splashing, we wiped
ourselves with towels and changed into another set of hiking gears, before strolling
"Faythe, don't you remember that we have planned
to conquer this forest and reach the Peak of Techo Mountain?" I exclaimed in
exasperation while Kei shook his head. Faythe had been pestering us with questions
such as 'Why are we here' and 'What is this place' incessantly. I regretted
bringing him along as he was more of a hindrance that a help.
"Do you remember we are here to see the most
beautiful sunrise at the peak? Techo Mountain directly faces the part where
the sun rises or sets," Kei added helpfully. Faythe could only nod dumbly, as
he remembered only bits and fragments. I shook my head in frustration and continued
ahead. Kei glanced at the map which was given to us by a native, and fingered
the spot of the hill and announced, "I believe we are almost arriving at the
foot of the hill."
I preserved and advanced forward. We aimed to
get to the peak of the hill no matter what happened.
"Fortunately, Techo Mountain is not that high.
But its slopes are quite steep, we have to be careful," Kei advised. I took
note of that, hoping that my ignorant brother had noted that too as it would
be hard for a Gelert and a Tonu to climb a hill, unlike a Shoyru that could
fly all the way up there.
After a long walk and a few encounters with
non-venomous but menacing Cobralls, we arrived at the foot of the hill. The
slope was indeed steep.
"Kei, you have the hiking chain in your haversack,
right? Why don't you fly up first? Then, lower the chain down and I will secure
it around Faythe, then he will climb," I decided, worried for the blue Tonu,
thus arranging for him to be the second.
The Shoyru agreed and adjusting his haversack
on his back, he prepared to fly up. He showed a thumbs-up sign to me, and I
showed a cross sign to him with my paw, blessing him that everything would go
well. His wings flapped gracefully and he swept to the peak of the mountain,
completing his easy task, before looking down and waving. Kei took out the chain
and threw it down the mountain.
"Tie the chain around his waist and lock it!"
Kei instructed. I wasted no time fastening the chain around Faythe's waist,
if he had a waist at all, fidgeting with difficulty. In some time, Faythe was
ready and he climbed up the slope, with the help of some jagged rocks and stones.
Kei, at the peak, was tugging the rope tightly, afraid to let go.
Faythe almost slipped, but Kei pulled the chain.
I was worried sick, watching the Tonu climbing up and worrying what would happen
if he fell down. However, my worries were uncalled for as Faythe reached the
peak after quite some time safely, except for some scratches caused by some
Kei unlocked the chain and threw it down again.
I fastened the chain around my waist, and prepared to climb up. The process
was quite smooth-sailing. As I was halfway up, a sudden big gust of wind blew
hard, causing a sharp rock which was resting on a small edge to dangle further
up. The wind tugged hard, as if it wanted the rock to fall and in the end, the
rock did. The rock toppled down dangerously. Kei who saw what was going to happen,
immediately yelled, "Clive, look out!"
I noticed the rock and dodged my head, but my
leg was slashed by the sharp edges. Blood tricked out and I felt the pain rising,
draining the blood from my face as I gritted my teeth. Somehow, I managed to
preserve and made my way up.
I unfastened the chain and handed it to Kei.
He kept it in the haversack and pointed to my leg in concern, but I waved him
off, gesturing that it was fine. Faythe sat beside Kei silently, enjoying the
beauty of the sight in front of us. The three of us sat down together, stunned
by the dazzling sight. It was still morning, but the sight that we now faced,
was more beautiful than what we first saw when we woke up. The birds flew and
chirped, used to the morning routine.
"I swear… I must remember this sight forever…"
I swore firmly and crossing my heart, I hoped that the happiness that we received
at this moment would last forever. We truly hoped that this special moment should
not pass in the blink of an eye. The sunlight was tranquil and seemed to be
assuring us of our moment. We sat silently, looking at the animated-like sun,
flaring all the light, telling Neopians that another new day had begun.
Blood was oozing out from my wound, but I took
no notice, as it was just a small matter compared to the dazzling sight of colours
swirling and combining. The natives in Mystery Island must be wondering what
we were doing now. To me, this moment was the best time of my life and I must
treasure it. Three teenagers, lost before in a dense forest, sitting at the
Peak of Techo Mountain, looking at the magnificent sight of light before their
eyes… Slowly, a smile came to my face as I glanced on…