The Wand of Supernova: Part One
"I'll be back soon, Mum," Roxie informed her owner as
she buttoned her Christmas Bruce-like coat with a blue Bruce stitched on the
left pocket. Roxie was a blue Cybunny who lived in a two floor cozy cottage
in Happy Valley with her mum, her Christmas Anubis, Frosty, and her older brother,
Martin, a spotted Gelert who was almost never home- if he wasn't in the Ice
Arena battling for Hannah's forces (he had earned 56 points for Hannah's forces),
then he was either playing games or exploring Happy Valley, the Ice Caves and
Terror Mountain, or he was hanging out with his buddies, and they referred to
themselves as the "Fearless Ones".
Mum looked over her steaming mug of raspberry
borovan and rustled the article section of the Neopian Times. She stirred in
a teeny spoonful of sugar. "Where, may I ask, are you going, sweetie?"
" I was going to go to the Advent Calendar to
get the free gifts, then maybe go to the ice rink and play Rink Runner or visit
the Neggery... I dunno." Roxie walked into the kitchen and snatched a candy
cane from the Big Bag of Sweets that they got from the Advent Calendar a few
"Okay. Just checking. You go ahead and have
fun, sweetheart." Mom took a sip of her borovan and rustled the newspaper slightly.
"Just so you know, I'm going to go Christmas shopping and visit Aunt Lucie in
Neopia Central for a couple of hours, in case you come back before I do." She
looked at her youngest pet and smiled. "Have a good time, Roxie. I shouldn't
be home later than 6 pm NST, but if I am, then fix you and your brother (if
he comes home in time) dinner."
Roxie bit off the last of the candy cane, then
tossed the sticky wrapper into the rubbish can. She pocketed two more. "I will
Mum," she promised. "You have a good time too." She started for the door.
Frosty, as Roxie was about to open the door,
ran over to her owner and placed her head at Roxie's feet. She whined softly.
"Sorry girl. I can't take you this time. But
I'll be home soon, okay?" Roxie petted her faithful Anubis on the head fondly
and, making sure that no cold air blew into the toasty warm house, she slipped
The neighborhood that Roxie lived in was quaint
and cozy, with two story gingerbread style houses built along the sidewalk.
Big, snow filled trees grew in the backyards
and Christmas lights were strung about, lighting up the neighborhood, even though
it was only noon. Roxie smiled as she walked through the neighborhood to Downtown
Happy Valley, sucking on a candy cane.
Roxie detoured across the entrance to the Snow
Wars battlefield, a short cut to the Advent Calendar, when she heard a whizzing
sound and she looked up. A stray, uncommonly large snowball flew past Roxie's
head, missing her ears by an inch or two. The snowball landed with a dull thud
on the street and Roxie realized that it wasn't only a snowball, but an ice
ball. She shuddered to think of what would have happened if it had hit her.
The pet who ran out of the fenced in Snow Wars
yard to retrieve the ice / snowball swerved right past Roxie, nearly knocking
her over onto a nearby garbage pail. He- Roxie supposed that it was a he- didn't
stop to see if Roxie had gotten hit on the head by his stray snowball or if
she was lying face down in who knows what. A pirate Krawk retrieved the ball
and stormed back over the fence, mumbling something unpleasant under his breath.
Something about that Krawk made Roxie shudder involuntarily.
She tossed the rest of the uneaten candy cane
into the rubbish bin. Something creepy about that Krawk made Roxie loose her
appetite for candy canes.
Whistling a tune that Mum hummed all the time
but didn't know it's name, Roxie made it to the Advent Calendar without falling
into any rubbish piles or getting hit in the head with stray snowballs.
* * *
"Congratulations! You found 345 Neopoints!"
a voice boomed and a bag filled with 345 Neopoints appeared at Roxie's feet.
She reached and stuffed the bag into her coat pocket.
"And you found a Tumble Usuki Doll Play Set!"
A Tumble Usuki Doll Play Set appeared where the Neopoints had been.
She didn't know what on Neopia was a Tumble
Usuki Doll Play Set, but whatever it was, Roxie liked it all the same. She pocketed
"It's a good year for usuki dolls, I suppose,"
she said aloud to nobody in particular. Roxie thought of her usuki doll, Ms.
Snowflake Jr. and thought of all of the usuki play sets and clothes she had
gotten from the Advent Calendar so far that year.
"You also found a Nicely Iced Christmas Tea
Cake!" a nicely iced cake appeared next to Roxie's feet. She tasted a little
bit of the icing. Nice! The Neopets Team had really out done themselves this
"And, you found a Wand of Supernova!"
Roxie couldn't believe it. A Wand of Supernova
had appeared in front of her! It was too good to be true. She had heard that
those were really rare. It would make a good Christmas present for Martin.
She was about to grab the Wand of Supernova
when she heard a chilling, skin crawling laugh. No. It wasn't a laugh. A cackle,
it was. A flash of blue in the corner caught Roxie's eye.
It was all so fast. A blue ghost figure, with
red eyes and an aura of menace swooped down and snatched the Wand of Supernova
in two shakes of a Wocky's tail.
The ghost was up and out of sight- flown out
an upstairs window- so quickly that Roxie barely had time to register the thief's
identity - the Plant Devil, no doubt- than shout at him. Then it clicked and
she started to shout so loudly that the room she was in echoed and bounced back
"HEY! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?" Roxie
demanded, her face red with rage. She had planned to wrap it up and give it
to Martin as a Christmas present so that he could use it in the Battledome.
"THAT WAS MY WAND OF SUPERNOVA THAT YOU STOLE THERE, PAL! YOU HAD NO RIGHT IN
TAKING IT FROM ME!" Roxie shouted herself hoarse, then she realized that it
wouldn't change anything. She took a deep breath and squeaked, "Well then, if
you aren't going to return the Wand of Supernova, Mister Hoity-Toity-I-Can-Take-What-I-Want,
then I will hunt you down and get it from you myself! I'm going to give it to
my brother for Christmas if it's the last thing I do!"
Roxie turned on a heel and stormed outside.
She marched, still huffy at the Plant Devil,
because she was used to getting what she wanted, when she wanted, no questions
asked, and most of her demands were harmless, back to her Neohome. Forget
about going skating at the rink, she told herself, I have a mission to complete
if I want to give Martin that Wand of Supernova for Christmas.
Roxie stuffed the Nicely Iced Christmas Tea
Cake into the pantry and went into her room on the top floor.
Leaving the Tumble Usuki Doll Play Set on her
bed, Roxie dug through her closet, tossing odds and ends out of the way until
she found what she was looking for: a green backpack, leftover from the last
semester of Neoschool.
Roxie plopped the backpack onto her bed and
started to stuff it with items she felt that she would need on her mission to
Faerieland, the only logical place for the Plant Devil to live, right next to
Jhudora's Cloud: a detailed map of Faerieland that she had gotten for her last
birthday when she was still on that Faeriewannabe kick last summer, a Scorchio
Slots Neopoint bank containing all the money she had (which wasn't that much,
3,435, including the 345 Neopoints she obtained from the Advent Calendar), a
(spray painted) gold pocket watch with the Scratch card Kiosk on it that displayed
the time; 12:58 pm, and a pair of earmuffs. Mum always said, her voice ringing
in Roxie's ears, "Never travel anywhere in winter without a proper pair of earmuffs.
You never know when you might need them."
Roxie then lugged it off to the kitchen where
she filled it with some food, in case she didn't come back until after dinnertime:
some Sphinx links, an omelette and and apple.
Roxie snapped and zippered up the backpack shut
tight. She grabbed a stray pen and a piece of scratch paper to write a note
to Mum if she came back home before Roxie did.
Roxie scrawled, then tapped the pen lightly
on her chin, thinking about how she could word the message. It came to her,
then she began to write:
Don't worry about me. I'll be fine. I just
had an errand to do in Faerieland. It's-
Roxie checked the Techo clock that hung on the
dinning room wall.
1:00 pm NST. I shouldn't be back later than
7:00, but if I do, please don't worry about me. I have some Christmas errands
to run in Faerieland.
Roxie paused a minute, her pen poised above
the paper, then with an inky flourish, she signed the note:
Roxie placed the note under a paperweight on
the kitchen counter and started for the door.
"Arf! Arrrf! Uh, arf?" panting, Frosty scampered
to the front door where Roxie, seeing as it had begun to snow lightly was putting
on her mittens and pulling her coat up over her ears. Frosty's eyes sparked
as she hoped to come with Roxie on her mission. Frosty didn't quite understand
where or why she was going, but Frosty had a hunch that it was important.
"You wanna come?" Roxie asked. Frosty barked
and wiggled in reply. "Well... all right. I could use the company and who knows
when you might be of some use, Frosty girl."
Frosty wiggled her tail happily because she
got to go.
After making sure that Frosty's hat and scarf
wouldn't come off, then Anubis and her Cybunny went outside and into the snow
flurries that had begun their wintery dance.
* * *
The Pteri Air Taxi Station was located at the
highest peak of the three wintery worlds - Terror Mountain. It was higher up
and therefore the only logical place for the air station to be located, in a
place where there was more momentum to take off and land.
Having taken the subway up to Terror Mountain,
Roxie and Frosty reached the summit in almost no time flat.
The candy canes that Roxie had eaten a few hours
ago seemed like a distant dream and she became hungry.
Stopping at a bench in the Terror Mountain -
Ice Caves - Happy Valley terminal, Roxie ate their lunch; for Roxie the omelette
and apple and for Frosty, the Sphinx Links, which she gobbled up quickly.
Roxie tossed the rubbish leftover from their
lunch into a nearby recycling bin and took a sip of water from the fountain.
Then she took Frosty to wait outside the terminal.
Roxie stuck her two paws in her mouth and gave
a high pitched whistle. "Taxi!" she called. Frosty, at her side, barked.
Almost instantly, a red Pteri swooped down from
the sky and jerked to a stop in front of Roxie.
"Where to?" the Pteri asked in a bored tone,
like it was the millionth- bazillionth time he said it that day.
Roxie placed Frosty into the passenger box atop
the Pteri's back and climbed in too. "Faerie City," she answered, bucking her
"Right away." The Pteri ran a ways, then with
liquid movements of a trained taxi Pteri, took off into the air.
It was all she could do to keep her coat from
blowing straight off her as they soared higher and higher until even the sharpest
of snowflakes couldn't sting at her eyes any more, keep track of Frosty to make
sure that she didn't fall out and that she didn't fall to her death as she cautiously
leaned over the side too look at the shrinking Terror Mountain and it's surrounding
areas. Nevertheless, the journey was over much, much too quickly and soon the
Pteri swerved to a stop on a fluffy pink-purple Faerieland cloud in front of
the Faerieland City gates.
"Thank you for flying Pteri Air Taxi today,"
the Pteri said in the same bored tone. "Watch your step as you exit the passenger
Roxie first climbed out of the box herself then
helped her petpet out too.
"Your total from Terror Mountain to Faerie City
comes out to be 985 Neopoints"
Roxie fished into her backpack and pulled out
988 Neopoints, the extra three Neopoints for a tip for the Pteri The taxi Pteri
motioned for her to put the money into a little coin purse that hung on a string
around his neck. Then as effortlessly as before, with liquid movements, the
Pteri beat his wings and took off. Roxie watched in awe until he became no more
than a speck of almost nothing in the gray-blue sky. Then she turned around
and she and Frosty made their way into Faerie City.
To be continued...