A Day of Infamy: Part Three
The trio pushed aside leaves, climbed up trees, looked under
rocks, and just about anything else you can think of. Hours went by, and they
had no luck. The trio met up in a clearing in the forest.
"Any luck, you guys?" AJ asked the girls.
Both shook their heads. Samantha sighed, and
collapsed to the ground, sending dead leaves flying. She then took the time
to look at the trees surrounding the clearing. Samantha noticed something rather
"Sapphire," Samantha said.
"Do you notice something a little odd about
the shape the trees surrounding the clearing make?"
Sapphire arched an eyebrow, and then looked
around at the clearing. It took a few minutes to get what Samantha was trying
to point out, but she soon got it. The trees started out making a sharp point,
then a curved, slanted line, two humps, and then another curved, slanted line
that closed off the sharpened point.
"A heart," Sapphire whispered.
She directed her attention to a rock about the
size of a basketball in the center of the clearing. AJ and Samantha followed
Sapphire's eyes and took notice of the rock. The trio walked through the clearing
and stopped as they reached the rock.
"AJ," Sapphire spoke. "You're the male here.
Help us out by pushing that rock aside."
"Excuse me?" AJ nearly laughed at the command.
Sapphire glared at AJ with cold, hard eyes.
AJ gulped and kneeled down beside the rock.
He placed both hands on the rock, and began pushing as hard as he could on it.
The rock slid easily across the forest floor, revealing a patch of dark, fertile
Sapphire dropped to her hands and knees and
began digging furiously at the dirt. She flung dirt in all directions, yet managed
to keep a straight and serious face while doing so. Finally, the three pets
noticed a small, orange object beginning to break through the dirt. Sapphire
continued to dig, and Samantha and AJ began helping.
Once the orange object, which turned out to
be spherical, was halfway dug up, the soil began to shift. The object was moving
slightly, making slight, twitching movements. Then, the orange sphere slowly
began to rise out of the patch of dirt. It broke out of the dirt and drifted
upwards, floating in mid-air.
"It's a Faerie Bubble!" Samantha stared in wonder
at the orange bubble.
"Amazing…" Sapphire was dumbfounded.
She extended her arm and grabbed the Faerie
Bubble, yet it did not pop. As Sapphire held on to the bubble, it began to rise,
lifting Sapphire off the ground.
"Quick!" Sapphire yelled. "Grab my leg!"
Samantha acted quickly. She lunged forward and
grabbed Sapphire's leg with both paws. Once Samantha was high enough off the
ground, AJ grabbed her leg.
The bubble took the three pets high into the
sky. They rose past the treetops and headed straight for the clouds. They watched
the supposed ever-peaceful Times Street disappear behind the clouds.
You'd think it would have been very cold once
you've gone past the clouds. But the temperature was neither too cold nor too
hot. To the three pets attached to the Faerie Bubble, the temperature was just
Higher and higher the trio rose up into the
sky. Soon, an extremely large, light purple cloud came into view above the pets.
"Here we are…" Sapphire tightened her grip on
The Faerie Bubble took the pets higher and higher.
And then, they broke though the light purple cloud, finding themselves on the
other side of it.
As the trio rose straight through the cloud,
the Faerie Bubble popped. The three pets dropped to the cloud, but did not fall
through. Samantha gawked, wide-eyed at her surroundings.
"Faerieland!" She squealed in excitement.
Tall, purple and blue buildings lined the city.
Several Faeries soared through the skies; hurrying pets ran through the city,
desperate to get to a certain destination. The sun shone down on the city, but
wasn't that hot at all. The temperature was just as perfect as it was before.
Sapphire turned to face AJ and Samantha and
sighed. At first, Samantha did not know what was wrong with her. But she then
remembered what Sapphire had said to her earlier.
"Oh," Samantha said. "Right."
"Yes," Sapphire spoke. "We must now go our separate
"I understand," Samantha smiled. "Good luck
in life, Sapphire.
"Thanks," Sapphire smiled right back. "I'll
And at that, Sapphire turned, her back to Samantha
and AJ. She trotted down a long, cobblestone path, her tail swishing from side-to-side.
Samantha watched her until she disappeared behind a group of tall skyscrapers.
"There goes one interesting Kougra…" AJ crossed
his arms, watching Sapphire depart, as well.
"Yeah," Sapphire sighed and turned away. "Well,
we're safe, now!"
"Mm hmm," AJ nodded. "There's no virus or deadly,
infected pets up here. But, what can we do up here? We can't really just stay
here forever. I guess we just wait until someone destroys the zombies or something?"
Samantha thought about that for a minute. "AJ,
why should we sit around and wait? We can easily stop the infection!"
"Easily?! Samantha, we don't even know why
this infection began!" AJ flung his arms in the air.
"No, we don't," Samantha shrugged. "But I know
how we can find out."
Furrows appeared in AJ's brow. "Eh?"
"Well, at the CAP Building, there were these
posters on the wall," Samantha explained. "And they had drawings of the Light
Faerie that created the CAP Machine. Under one of the drawings, it said something
about the Light Faerie living in the highest tower in Faerieland."
"Hello?! The Hidden Tower!"
"So… you're suggesting we interrupt some Faerie's
average day to pester her into telling us how we can stop a mob of zombies who
are destroying the world of Neopia and erupting from the machine she spent years
AJ grinned. "Well, if that's what you feel would
"It is what would be best," Samantha
She turned to face the large city that is Faerieland.
"Only problem is… where could the Hidden Tower
be? It's, well… hidden!"
"You seek the Hidden Tower?" Came a soft, raspy
AJ and Samantha whirled around to find a tall,
shady Faerie. Her face and most of her body were veiled behind a brown, raggedy
cloak. All that was visible were her arms and her legs from the ankle down.
"Er… yes," Samantha answered the Faerie.
"Then come," she snapped. "We must move quickly."
The Faerie then tore down the same cobblestone
path Sapphire had walked down, running surprisingly fast. Samantha and AJ took
a second to stare in shock at the Faerie, and then ran down the path after her.
Instead of going behind the skyscrapers as Sapphire had done, the Faerie took
a sharp turn right and ran down a path surrounded by tall oak trees.
Samantha, AJ, and the cloaked Faerie sped down
the path, which proved to be much longer than Samantha had expected. They ran
for about five minutes straight, not stopping at all. Right before Samantha
collapsed to the cloud Faerieland sat on, the Faerie stopped.
The two pets ran into her and fell backwards.
The Faerie did not turn to help them up. She simply stared off into space.
"Here," she said.
"Here?" AJ repeated, rubbing his head.
"Yes," the Faerie replied. "Follow,"
The Faerie took one step to the left, and then
one step forward. She extended her arm, and there came the sound of a wooden
door creaking open. The Faerie took one more step forward, and vanished in thin
"Oh!" Samantha gasped when the Faerie disappeared.
"It must be the Hidden Tower!" AJ exclaimed.
He stepped in front of Samantha and followed
the Faerie's footsteps. He, too, disappeared right before Samantha's eyes. Samantha
took a deep breath, and stepped forward, standing right where the cloaked Faerie
The Aisha took one step to the right. She took
one step forward, and extended her arms. There came the sound of a door creaking
open, just as Samantha had heard before. Samantha slowly lifted her leg, and
then stepped forward. The long, cobblestone path faded to darkness as Samantha
stepped forward, and a wall made of stone came into view.
"Welcome," came the voice of the cloaked Faerie.
Samantha turned to find AJ and the Faerie standing
behind her. By this time, Samantha had realized she hadn't studied her surroundings.
She was in a small, circular room. The floor and the walls were made of stone,
and a single window with iron bars attached to it let sunshine into the room.
A tall, spiral staircase lined the walls of the room, which extended so high
that you couldn't see the ceiling.
Samantha was in the Hidden Tower.
She turned to face the mysterious, cloaked Faerie.
"Wh-Who are you?" Samantha asked. "Why did you
help me get here?"
The Faerie inhaled, beginning to speak. Yet,
she hesitated. Then, slowly, ever so slowly, the Faerie brought her arms to
the cloak covering her face. She grabbed hold of the cloak and removed it.
Samantha and AJ gasped in shock. The once cloaked
Faerie who stood before them was none other than the queen of Faerieland: Fyora
"Someone wanted to see you," Fyora said.
"Here we are," Fyora motioned for Samantha and
AJ to hurry down the hall to her.
She had taken the two up the huge, spiral staircase
to the top floor of the Hidden Tower. Fyora hadn't said much to them. Whenever
Samantha asked her who wanted to see her, Fyora simply replied, "Someone."
The Faerie Queen had taken Samantha and AJ into
a long corridor. She was waiting at the end of it, standing by a wooden door
surrounded by gold-coloured jewels that were attached to the wall around it.
"Come!" Fyora became impatient.
Samantha and AJ raced down the hallway. They
skidded to a halt when they arrived before the wooden door. Fyora grabbed hold
of the doorknob, getting ready to open.
"Before I let you in," Fyora began. "I must
warn you. She who you are about to meet isn't very much the sanest creature
out there. Over the years of being locked up in this tower, she's gone a bit…
crazy, shall I say."
"Who? Who is it?" Samantha demanded.
"And why was she locked in this tower?" AJ added.
"Find out for yourselves," Fyora replied to
She turned the doorknob and swung the door open,
stepping to the side to allow Samantha and AJ to walk in. The two hesitated
as they stared at the open doorway. Fyora groaned and forcefully shoved the
two inside the room, slamming the door shut and locking it. The pets could hear
her walking down the hallway, and then down the spiral staircase.
This is when Samantha noticed what kind of room
she was in. The walls, floor, and ceiling were covered in mattresses. A single,
white bed mattress laid in the corner of the room, covered in a small, green
blanket. A barred window much like the one Samantha saw on the first floor of
the tower allowed very little light into the room. In the corner of the room
was a Faerie, hunched up in a fetal position.
And that's when Samantha noticed who it was.
How could she possibly forget? That's who she came to the Hidden Tower in search
for: the Light Faerie who created the CAP Machine.
"H-hello…" Samantha gulped.
The Light Faerie lifted her head to look straight
at Samantha. She got out of the fetal position, stretching her arms and legs
out. Samantha got to see her face. And it wasn't pretty. The Faerie looked more
like a Grey Faerie than a Light Faerie.
"Samantha… AJ…" The Light Faerie spoke with
a very soft whisper.
"How did you know our-?" Samantha began.
"Shush!" The Light Faerie hopped up, bringing
her fingers to her lips. "Not so loud! The walls have ears!"
"Er… okay…" Samantha spoke in a whisper, just
as the Light Faerie did.
"I knew you'd be coming," the Light Faerie sat
back down. "I had a vision… a foresaw your arrival. Both you and the Kyrii."
"Well… Miss Light Faerie… we need your-" Samantha
tried speaking, once again.
"My help? Of course you do," the Light Faerie
went on. "I am quite aware of what has happened to my machine."
A tear formed in the Faerie eye's. She hopped
up once more and stared at Samantha, her face looking rather worried.
"All my hard work! Years of hard work!" the
Faerie was no longer whispering. In fact, she was downright screaming. "All
gone! All gone! All because of her! Her! Chaos! Madness!"
The Light Faerie wailed in horror and spun around,
beating vigorously against the mattress-covered wall with her fist. And then
she stopped. She stared at the fist she had made, pressed hard against the wall.
The Faerie flung her arm backwards with a slight gasp.
"The walls… they are angry with me!"
"Excuse me? Miss?" Samantha interrupted the
"Yes… yes… you are still in need of my assistance,"
said the Light Faerie. "Perhaps I should introduce myself? Or would that be
unnecessary? I don't care for things unnecessary. Oh no, not at all. In fact,
they rather annoy me! Take for example, THE RUINING OF MY MACHINE! Was
that necessary?! Oh no, not one bit necessary!"
"Lady!" AJ exclaimed.
"Right… right… well, my name is Adalia. I'm
sure you are aware of the fact that I am indeed the creator of the wondrous
CAP Machine: the only foreign object in the whole of Neopia with the ability
to literally create a pet!"
"Adalia…" Samantha smiled. "That's a pretty
"I bid thanks to you, dear Samantha. Now, no
more speaking from either of you two! I know good and well what you're here
for. You are here to stop the monstrous virus sweeping the world. You want to
rid Neopia of these zombies once and for all! And that is your purpose! It is
what you are here for!"
"Yes," Samantha nodded.
"I said no talking! Well, to begin to understand
the situation, you most certainly should know the prologue. You must know who
has caused this day of infamy! It… was her: Ferra. You most likely have never
heard of this Dark Faerie, but she most certainly is a rather nasty one: banned
from Faerieland for all eternity! Exile! Exile! And to get back at those who
requested her ban, she took it out on my machine! She presented her powers
to it: to my baby! And what is just awful is that she has found a way to transfer
her powers to a machine, but still be able to use them! She can do basically
all that I can't! She can fly, cast spells, the works!"
"Anything and everything that came out of my
machine… would be forever evil. And unlike you two, these creatures are born…
dead. Yet, Ferra's powers give these pets the ability to regenerate after death.
The worst part of it all is that the regeneration disease is contagious! It
can be spread by breathing in the breath of a regenerated character, but not
by nose, but by mouth. The disease had spread throughout our world in a matter
of hours. If we do not do something, these creatures will inhabit the whole
of Neopia. And that includes Faerieland. No one is guaranteed safety. Do not
believe these silly advertisements of a one hundred percent zombie proof shelter!
We are not safe! We never have been safe and we never shall be safe!"
"We must stop the disease and eliminate the
zombies! We must! Wait… no… not we. You! Samantha! You must venture to
Ferra's lair. You must use her magic against her! Her plan will backfire
on her! It will! This is your purpose, you have been chosen! You possess the
"Wait!" Samantha stopped the speech. "You're
making no sense, Miss Adalia! We don't know where this Dark Faerie's lair is!
And even if we did locate it, how would we use her magic against her?"
"I was getting there!" Adalia exclaimed in a
whisper. "Ferra resides in a cave deep under the sea. I, myself, can get you
there-wait, what am I saying?! I have no magic left in me! You must go completely
on your own, then!"
Adalia tugged at her hair, no longer whispering.
"To the heart of Faerieland shall you go! Let
yourself free. And you shall fall… and you shall fall…"
"Er… what?" Samantha scratched her head in confusion.
"The walls… they speak, once more!" Adalia shouted.
She pressed her ear against the mattress-covered
wall. "Yes? Hmm… you don't say?"
And at that, Adalia dug her fingernails into
the mattress and ripped it clean off to reveal a wall made of stone blocks.
Adalia grabbed hold of a block in the center and tugged hard on it, straining.
The stone block popped out of the wall, and out climbed several Spyders.
AJ and Samantha gasped and drew backwards as
the horrifying petpets crawled along the floor and surrounded Adalia's feet.
Adalia bent down and selected a Spyder off the floor.
"Take it!" she offered the Spyder to Samantha.
"The Spyder?" Samantha tilted her head.
"If ever you and your friend are ever infected,
the bite of the Spyder shall cure you," Adalia explained. "But you must allow
to Spyder to bite you before the actual death and regeneration takes place.
And remember, the Spyder will not cure those who have already become… zombified."
Samantha approached the Light Faerie, keeping
her feet away from the swarm of Spyders. She took the lone Spyder out of Adalia's
hands and eyed it. The Spyder took one look at Samantha and smiled gleefully.
"Aww… he's kinda cute!" Samantha admitted.
"Spyders, return!" Adalia demanded.
The Spyders around Adalia's feet stopped their
chattering and crawled up the wall and back into the hole. Adalia reached her
arm into the hole and began fishing around for something. What she pulled out
was a glass jar and a metal lid complete with holes poked in it.
"I highly doubt you or the Kyrii would very
much enjoy carrying that Spyder around all day so that it might be able to climb
up your arm or bite you without a reason." Adalia handed the jar to AJ.
"Thanks," AJ sort of smirked.
He popped the lid off the jar, and Samantha
dropped the Spyder inside. Adalia lifted up the stone block she had removed
from the wall and jammed it back into its hole. She then covered the bare wall
with the mattress, previously ripped off the wall, too.
"Now go! To Faerieland's heart!" Adalia motioned
for the pets to leave her room.
"Yes ma'am," Samantha smiled.
She and AJ turned and pushed open the door leading
into the long corridor. Before they departed, Samantha looked at Adalia.
"Adalia? If this door is never locked, why don't
you leave?" she asked the Faerie.
Adalia blinked. "I am safe in here,"
"From what?" AJ arched an eyebrow at Adalia.
"There are no zombies in Faerieland,"
"Their spirits rise," Adalia sat down. "Their
ghosts break through the clouds, but cannot advance any further. Those ghosts
are angry, for their lives have been cut short."
"Wait… what?" Samantha stepped back into the
room, eying Adalia in confusion.
"There is more to the process than the living
dead," Adalia sighed. "Samantha… you let the dead roam free,"
Furrows appeared in Samantha's brow as she scanned
Adalia skeptically. She stepped into the corridor and allowed Adalia's door
to close behind her. Samantha and AJ briefly exchanged glances, and then tore
down the long corridor.
To be continued…