The Origin of Rivalry
After a night's beauty sleep, the legendary Dark faerie
stretched her wings and got up. It was hard to say good-bye to that nice, soft
bed made of feathers from Darigan Eyries. Jhudora brushed her teeth. After all,
every villain needed sparkling white teeth in case a reporter from the Neopian
Times would just happen to interview them, right?
The Dark faerie consumed her breakfast slowly
as she opened the newspaper. The flashy, dazzling purple and green letters hit
her. It was her day.
Jhudora made a grimace of annoyance. Jhudora
Day meant questers. It was annoying, having that 'Something has happened!' message
popping up every few minutes. The Dark faerie scowled. Sure, a day in honor
of her was excellent, but an avatar? She shook her head as she went on to the
next step of her daily routine.
Glittering nails hovered over the crystal ball,
whose mist swirled around and finally stopped to reveal a faerie. It was Illusen,
Jhudora's greatest rival.
Jhudora raised an eyebrow, surprised. Illusen
was in their old school building? That was odd. The Faerie Academy was usually
closed to those who were not attending it. But then again, that Earth Faerie
was an alumni.
Suddenly she saw Illusen taking out a mirror
and freshen up. Yes... Of course! It was all making sense. She remembered it
so well, so clear, as if it was yesterday when they had begun... She shook her
head. All those years, and still the same....
A long time ago...
The young dark faerie was bored out of her mind.
She threw some pillows around, then returned them to her bed with her magic.
Her roommates had left for a day-trip to some distant spring, and she had declined,
saying that she wasn't interested. But really, it was because she had been there
so many times when she had been a child.
"I'm not a child anymore," Jhudora told herself.
She grinned evilly for no apparent reason at all. Lately she had a knack for
being a mean girl. "And a mean girl I'm gonna be..."
Some unexciting minutes went by. Finally Jhudora
was bored enough to decide that she would just take a little promenade around
the academy, since she had nothing to do. There was always homework, but that
Jhudora flipped her hair and looked into the
mirror. It took another few minutes of thinking, but at last the faerie chose
a violet dress. She took a big comb and ran it through her thick, purple hair,
Practical jokes seemed too easy to do, and way
too easy to be caught doing. Jhudora shook her head. It was hard to think of
some good thing to do.
A knock on the door made her jump and drop the
brush. When nothing happened, Jhudora went on like usual, kind of angry at the
rude person that had scared her. The dark faerie blasted the door open with
her magic. A green smoke lingered in the area where she had used her power.
Two giggling Air Faeries quickly moved away, scared of the smoke.
Her magic... It was green, in a lime color that
just screamed for attention. That was the little oddity that did not fit into
the Dark faerie's life. Otherwise, everything was just fine. She had purple
hair, pale skin, the evil eye and everything that a Dark faerie would have.
But she was not one of them. Jhudora looked at the ceiling, magicked to be a
mirror of the sky. It was just that itsy, bitsy green magic. Sure, it was the
most powerful one of the dark faeries in her year, but it was nevertheless...
Convinced that she would never be normal, Jhudora
set out to find a prey. Her eyes fell on a shy Earth Faerie who was reading
a brown, leather-bound book and bumping into random objects. The dark faerie
grinned evilly, raising a painted nail when the Earth Faerie looked up from
Jhudora's jaw dropped. She had never, never
in her whole life seen someone with so many... freckles. Quickly she
realized what this faerie's weak point was.
"Oh... my... gosh..." the dark faerie gasped
melodramatically. "You over there!" she shouted, attracting a lot of attention.
The earth faerie sniffed her nose, somewhat insulted.
She replied disdainfully, "I have a name, you know, you-over-there." She pointed
to Jhudora. "It's Illusen."
Jhudora, being somewhat angry of a taste of her
own medicine, decided to teach this annoying little faerie a lesson to remember.
"Granny Illusen, you have freckles?" she burst
out, resisting the urge of finishing with a cackle. To her delight, a group
of bypassing air faeries laughed loudly. Illusen's eyes widened.
The earth faerie was red of embarrassment but
had to think of a quick reply. She had been teased about many things, but never
her freckles! Her leaf-like wings vibrated dangerously as she glared at the
dark faerie. Illusen wasn't the type to back down. Once she had started something,
she would be in it until the very end. Finally, after minute that seemed like
an eternity, Illusen replied.
"That, my dear, is a proof of my youth," she
replied sophistically. Inside, Illusen was feeling rather desperate. She had
to regain some dignity... The earth faerie was very well aware of her low status
in the Academy, and it would even lower if that evil dark faerie would have
her way. She was determined to prevent that from happening, as long as it was
"I'll bet you don't only have freckles on your
face," Jhudora called out, feeling amused at this little faerie who had retaliated.
The dark faerie extended her arm to an imaginary audience as she called out,
"Look! Illusen has freckles on her arm too!"
Thoroughly insulted, the earth faerie hid her
bare arms as she walked away with her book under an arm. Illusen gave up, partly
because she didn't have any more things to say. An 'I do not!' would have been
quite a stupid reply and that evil dark faerie would probably make more fun
out of her. According to the books, it was best to walk away. So Illusen did
that. But there would be lots of chances later on.
"You're on, you-over-there," the earth faerie
said, gritting her teeth as she reached her room. She put her book into the
bookshelf and took out several big volumes on magic spells. Using a faucet filled
with water and a leaf, Illusen managed to work the magic. Now she was able to
watch that dark faerie, the one that had insulted her horribly.
Illusen remembered the insults through the years.
About her hair, her appearance, always having her nose in a book... But freckles?
The earth faerie scoffed, though it hurt a little bit inside. She decided to
focus on her revenge.
With the help of her magic, Illusen soon learned
that the dark faerie was named Jhudora and she was in the same year as Illusen.
The earth faerie watched Jhudora's every move, and soon found that Jhudora was
very vain. She would powder her nose at least once every two hours.
Slowly, Illusen plotted her revenge. When she
had finished touching up the last details, she realized that it would start
working tomorrow. Well, she couldn't do anything about that. Feeling somewhat
satisfied, the earth faerie started to read her book.
"You're going to be the granny, old hag," she
muttered as she finished the book and threw a look into the surface of the water.
At the same time, Jhudora was having a tingly
feeling in her spine. That chilling sensation had been there all day, ever since
she had met Illusen. It was not boding well, but the dark faerie decided to
sleep on it. She brushed her teeth and went to bed early.
The next morning, Jhudora got up and brushed
her teeth like usual. As she was watching herself moving ever so gracefully,
she suddenly stopped and spluttered.
"What..." the dark faerie choked, noticing a
huge, red pimple on the tippety-tip of her nose. "It has to be that Illusen's
work!" Jhudora was steaming mad as she finished brushing her teeth and tried
to remove that horrible pimple by force. It didn't work. Neither did magic.
The worst of it all was the green letters printed
on the pimple. It said 'Courtesy of Illusen', right on her red nose, making
Jhudora look like a Christmas decoration. The dark faerie snorted and tried
to pinch the pimple off while using her magic. No success.
Finally she accepted the fact that she would
have to stick with this stupid blinking Rudolph nose the whole day. Jhudora
was very grateful that it was still a weekend and that the group of dark faeries
had not returned yet. The pimple would probably last a day, if it couldn't be
removed by any means. After all, that stupid earth faerie would definitely not
be as powerful as to cast a spell that lasted through eternity and beyond.
"I'm gonna get you, Granny Illusen," Jhudora
growled as she tried to put on a necklace without hurting her delicate nose.
The earth faerie was certainly entertained by
the problem that her magnificent little earth spell had caused. She decided
to stay and watch that funny dark faerie for a while. The fight wasn't over,
not by a long shot. In fact, it had only begun. Illusen could sense that there
would be many more quarrels and combats in the future. Well, at least she would
make better use of those ancient spell books now.
Back to the present...
The brown-haired faerie touched the walls, remembering
the event that had occurred there so many years ago. She recalled the humiliation,
the shame and the fire of revenge. She shook her head as she watched the young
students pass by. It was here, right in this spot, where their rivalry had been
Illusen shook her head. Today was definitely
not her best day. But Jhudora hadn't won... It was still a fight, going on years
after the first incident. With a sigh, she started to walk the way home, to
her Glade. The earth faerie knew that she had things to do, quests to attend
to and many more matters.
But in the end, no matter what, this old, sour
rivalry lied underneath it all. Illusen sunk into deep thought as she left the
building. Suddenly she looked up at the bright sky, the sunny birds and experienced
the world as it was before, before Jhudora had entered her life. All those things
came rushing back and stayed for a mere second, before they were gone again.
With the wind tossing her auburn hair around,
the earth faerie smiled for the first time this day. It wasn't over yet. There
would be many years to come, and perhaps a winner would be decided. For the
time being, Jhudora had the advantage. Illusen touched her face, the home of
"To think... all of this, over a bunch of freckles..."
she said wondrously.
Author's Note: Yes... You might be asking the same thing that Illusen did.
As for the freckles, this is a work of fiction and it may not necessarily true.
For further information, please contact either Jhudora or Illusen and ask the
faeries themselves. As for me, I'd love to know what you think of this story.
If it gets in, it's my first Jhudora vs. Illusen story. Feedback and constructive
criticism is appreciated!