Hannah Meets Hannah: Part Four
"What!?" shrieked Hannah as she set down her Bacon Omelette.
"Did you really think I was helping you?" growled
the Snow Beast. "It was merely a trap to get you all here. I've been after you
for a long time, Hannah. Now, you're mine!" He jumped at Hannah. The Usul barely
dodged the attack. She got out a bow and arrow and aimed it at the Snow Beast.
"One more move and I'll fire!" shouted Hannah.
"Not so fast!" said the Snow Beast. He reached
down and scooped up poor Hannah Jewel!
The red Usul let out a cry for help. "NO!" she
shrieked. "Let go of me, you beast!"
"If you shoot, then I drop the Usul!" roared
the Snow Beast. Hannah looked behind her to see a cliff that went down hundreds,
maybe thousands of feet.
"Put her down and I'll put the weapon away!"
"Put away your weapon and I'll let her go," growled
the Snow Beast. Hannah slowly lowered her bow. "That's it… Now put it in your
backpack!" Hannah proceeded to do so, but she had a mysterious glint in her
eye. Just at the last second, Hannah was able to get the arrow in place and
fire it at the Snow Beast in less than a second. He growled and dropped Hannah
"Sis!" cried Slushie Jewel as he saw his sister
falling down the cliff. It was too late. Hannah Jewel had fallen out of reach.
"NO!" Slushie Jewel began sobbing into his paws. "Hannah Jewel… You were too
Tears filled the gang's eyes as they watched
Hannah Jewel fall to her doom.
* * *
Darkness filled Hannah Jewel's eyes for a few
seconds. The darkness lifted, revealing a colorful blur. The blur formed into
what seemed like another ice cave.
"Where am I?" asked Hannah Jewel.
"Thank goodness you're awake!" came a female
voice. Hannah Jewel looked around to see a faerie Zafara walking toward what
turned out to be Hannah Jewel's bed. "I was worried! When I saw you fall from
that high cliff I didn't think you'd make it!"
"What happened?" asked Hannah Jewel.
"Well, I saw you falling from the mountain, and
then you hit the ground," replied the Zafara. "You were knocked out cold. Luckily,
you just landed in snow, so I figured you'd be okay. By the way, my name's Eliza.
What's your name?"
"Hannah Jewel," replied the red Usul. "How long
have I been out?"
"Only five hours," replied Eliza. "Why?"
Hannah Jewel didn't answer. Instead, she said,
"I need to find my friends! They were at the top of the mountain when I got
"You mean Hannah, Armin, and your brother, Slushie
Jewel?" asked Eliza.
"How did you know?"
"I'm psychic. I can read your mind and find the
people you're looking for."
"Where are they?" asked Hannah Jewel as she sat
Eliza sighed sadly. "They're all assuming you're
dead. They've given up looking for you and have headed back to Neopia Central."
"I have to catch them!"
"Unless we can get a motorboat, which we can't,
we'll never catch them in time."
"Then we have to try and follow them! Whether
we catch them in time or not, we need to tell them that I, Hannah Jewel, am
alive! Is there any way to get across the sea to Neopia Central from here?"
"We could take a rowboat, but it'll take a while.
We'd need places to stop. We could stop at Roo Island once night falls. Let's
go!" Eliza left the cave, with a Red Usul following her.
* * *
"I… I can't believe she's… gone," sobbed Hannah.
She, Armin, and Slushie Jewel were on the ferry back to Neopia Central. "I could've
helped her, but I reacted too slow…"
"How am I going to break this to Alicia?" asked
Slushie Jewel. "She'll be heartbroken."
"I should've been nicer to her," came a familiar
voice behind the group. It was the Cybunny who had been mean to Hannah Jewel.
"Why did she have to die?" She began crying into her hands.
"I… I wish she could come back," cried Armin.
"I was going to give her a present after we had left the Ice Caves, but it's
too late now…"
Hannah looked at the roaring sea below. Somehow
she felt that things were going to get worse.
They did. Just as Hannah was getting deeper into
her thoughts, a green tentacle reached out and took the Cybunny! More tentacles
reached out and grabbed Hannah, Slushie Jewel, and Armin.
* * *
Eliza gasped. She felt something very, very wrong.
Hannah Jewel's friends were in danger! "Hannah Jewel, we HAVE to hurry!" she
cried. "Your friends are in danger! I can feel it!"
"Great, more bad news to ruin my day," sighed
Hannah Jewel. "What's going on?"
"They've all been snatched away by a green underwater
monster!" replied Eliza. "If we hurry, we can save them!" She hopped into the
rowboat, followed by Hannah Jewel. The Faerie Zafara began rowing like mad!
"Why did the monster snatch them away?" asked
Hannah Jewel as she steadied herself.
"They were traveling with Princess Cindy. The
monster didn't want anybody to find out where the princess had gone, so he snatched
them away, too."
"Who's Princess Cindy?"
Eliza rubbed head. "Do you remember that Cybunny
who was being REALLY rude to you?" Hannah Jewel nodded. "Well, she's really
Princess Cindy. She hates her life at the palace, so she ran away and pretended
to be a normal Cybunny with a normal life."
"Really?" Hannah Jewel whispered.
Eliza nodded. "Those underwater monsters have
been after her for ages. Now that they've got the princess, they want to get
rid of all the witnesses."
"You mean they're going to…" Hannah didn't need
to finish her thoughts. Eliza knew just what was going to happen. "How much
longer until we reach them.
Eliza closed her eyes tightly. "We're right above
them," she whispered after a few minutes.
"How are we going to get to them? We can't breathe
"Well, the monster's lair is protected by a permanent
air bubble. Once you enter that bubble, you can breathe."
"But what about the rest of the underwater trip?"
"Just hold your breath. It's not that far down."
Without waiting for a reply from Hannah Jewel, she jumped out of the boat and
into the water. Her pinkish-purplish shape soon blurred out, and then disappeared.
"Eliza!" Hannah Jewel called. She sighed heavily.
"Here goes nothing." She took a deep breath and dove into the water. She kept
swimming for a little bit when she felt her oxygen supply running low. She blew
an air bubble, feeling the need to breathe. Her lungs were burning and her vision
blurred. She kept swimming down, down, down…
Hannah Jewel took a deep breath of air. She was
relieved that she had entered the bubble. It looked like an underwater palace
surrounded by black dirt. Looking around for Eliza, Hannah Jewel noticed a shining
object. She walked to it and picked it up.
"Look at your beauty," came a voice. Hannah Jewel
gasped and looked around. "You're a beautiful Usul, Hannah Jewel. Look at yourself
in this mirror. You'll become more beautiful than you ever imagined."
"I will NEVER look into this mirror," hissed
Hannah Jewel. "I'm not falling for any tricks!"
"Are you sure?" came the voice again. It was
closer this time. Hannah Jewel looked behind her to see a yellow Acara with
daisy chains in her long hair. "Go on, take a look."
Hannah Jewel turned away from the mirror. Without
a second thought, she threw the mirror on the ground. It landed with a SMASH
and shattered to pieces. Hannah Jewel growled and looked at the Acara. "I will
NEVER look into any of your mirrors, Vira," the Usul hissed.
The Acara growled and jumped up into the air.
Her yellow fur became dull, and her eyes became red. A black dress appeared
on her body as her long hair became black horns. She grew bat wings and a devil's
tail. Red nails grew from her fingers as black boots appeared on her feet.
"So, you've figured out my plan, have you?" hissed
Vira. "Very well. Before you get any ideas, I think you'd like to take a look
at this!" She snapped her fingers, and a green, octopus-like monster with four
eyes dug himself up from the ground. He growled evilly as he revealed what he
had is one of his tentacles.
"Eliza!" Hannah Jewel shrieked. Indeed, the faerie
Zafara that was Eliza lay unconscious in the monster's grip. "Let her go, you
Vira laughed evilly. "Why would I do something
like that? Now that you've both fallen into my trap, there's no escape! I have
just what I need."
"What are you talking about?" demanded Hannah
"I have you, Hannah, Armin, your brother, your
little psychic friend, and Princess Cindy," laughed Vira.
"You're not going to get away with this!"
Vira closed her eyes and stretched her arms toward
Hannah Jewel. The next moment, the red Usul was in a magical bubble. "Look into
my mirror," Vira ordered as she held up her mirror. "Look into it!"
"Never!" screeched Hannah Jewel. She felt her
head turning. It was no use. Vira had complete control over her. Her eyes were
forced toward the mirror. As her eyes met the object in Vira's hands, she could
feel herself changing…
To be continued…