Harmless Wishes: Part Eight
"Are we there yet?" Nadashikoh whined. Her lovely pink wings
were starting to droop. If we ever get out of this alive, I'm hitting the grooming
"Not yet," Yannagiba answered earnestly, "but
the Zafara said all we have to do is walk until we spot a black building."
"Yeah?" Nadashikoh said, raising an eyebrow.
"Well, we've been walking for what seems like hours and I haven't seen a hint
of any black building yet."
"You guys?" Chi barged in. "It's really dark
out here." He shivered. "I don't really like the dark…"
It was. There was no sign of the moon or even
a lone star in the sky. It was also amazingly hot and humid. They were walking
down the street the Zafara had pointed them to. It was more of a dirt path,
actually, with authentic grime and everything. None of them were enjoying the
little stroll. No one said it aloud but they were all thinking the same
thing: they wished they hadn't even heard of the wishdust in the first place.
Oh, and Nadashikoh secretly blamed Yannagiba for everything that had happened
to them. Oh, wait. Now that I've thought about it a lot, it wasn't much of a
"Did I tell you THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT already?"
Nadashikoh practically spit out. She glared at the striped Gelert.
"Loads of times, Nadashikoh. Loads of times,"
Yannagiba said with a sigh.
"I don't think I have," Nadashikoh said with
a malicious smile. "THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, YANNAGIBA!"
"Ouch, you're going to burst my eardrums."
"Well, it is!"
"Stop bickering already," Chi said jadedly. "Don't
you guys get tired of arguing over the same thing again and again?"
"NO!" Nadashikoh and Yannagiba both replied.
"Ha!" Yuki cried out triumphantly. "There's our
black building straight ahead."
Nadashikoh, Yannagiba, and Chi all stopped talking
"Whoa," Nadashikoh said in awe. "Are you sure
that's the Neolodge?"
"It must've gone through major renovation,"
Yannagiba followed up.
"I wouldn't mind staying there for the night,"
Chi said dreamily. "Not that we're planning on staying or anything like that."
A pretty sight, the Neolodge was. It was taller
than they remembered from their last visit. It was also much more beautiful.
It had four turrets now with dark pink roofs. And, a moat with real water in
it. Let's not forget the dark pink drawbridge (which was currently lowered)
and the cute matching flags flying from each turret. In other words, it was
pretty much a castle.
"I bet the old hag just wished to have her very
own castle and she got it immediately," Yuki said spitefully.
"Yeah, well. She does have the wishdust," Yannagiba
They were quiet for a moment, all thinking of
the task that lay ahead.
"Do we really have to do this?" Chi asked them.
"The fate of Neopia lies in our hands," Yannagiba
said dramatically. He faced his siblings. "We're going in…"
They all swallowed involuntarily. Gathering
their courage, the four Neopets stealthily tiptoed (or tippawed) into the castle
by way of the drawbridge. As soon as they stepped into the castle proper, they
were hit by a rather malodorous smell.
"Is it just me or does this place stink?" Nadashikoh
said. She held her nose with a paw.
"Oh, believe me…it does," Chi replied with a
"Ssssshhhh!" Yannagiba whispered. "I think I
They sneaked behind a black pillar and peered
in front. The Wocky shopkeeper sat on a sleek black throne. She was no longer
clad in scarves and her giant turban. Now, they could see that she had rich
black fur with a ring of dark pink near her neck. There was no sign of anything
silvery on her head unless you count the brilliant tiara she was sporting. She
was wearing a velvet gown now and get this…glass slippers. And, let's
not forget the bottle of wishdust that was on top of a black table beside the
"So…?" they heard Mistress Xenia say, her voice
sounding nothing but old and shaky.
She was talking to an electric Kougra who sat
on a red pillow beside the throne, battling with a ball of blue yarn.
The Wocky cleared her throat.
The Kougra looked at her and batted the yarn
with one paw.
"Well, which is nicer, Zeirn, this black throne
or the golden one I was sitting on a while ago?" Xenia asked.
Zeirn scratched his head. "Let me see the other
"I wish I was sitting on a golden throne." Mistress
Xenia blew on some wishdust grains. Her throne changed from black to a rich
"I like that one better," Zeirn said. He gave
her a satisfactory nod. "You thought about what I asked you yet?" He rolled
over and bit into the end of the yarn.
"Yes, I have," Xenia said, trying to look like
she didn't care.
"What's your answer?" Zeirn asked.
"WHAT? But, it's such a simple request!"
"If I wish for another bottle of wishdust and
give it to you, then we'd both have powers beyond compare," Xenia reasoned calmly.
"And, I don't want to share Neopia with you."
Zeirn rolled his eyes. "You are so selfish.
You always were."
"Watch what you're saying, little brother. I
could turn you into dust if I wanted to…"
Zeirn looked at her as if to say, "See?"
"I think I've heard enough," Yannagiba told
"Me, too," said Yuki. "Come on. We've got to
figure out what to do."
They treaded softly to a dark corner of the
room and started talking in hoarse whispers.
"I say, let's grab the wishdust," Yannagiba
said. "Then, we just make a few wishes."
"That won't work," Nadashikoh said. "Xenia's
its master now."
"I don't think it matters," Yuki offered. "As
long as the wishdust isn't in her paws, Neopia is safe."
"You guys," Chi said worriedly. "I wonder how
Belle's doing. We haven't even checked if our Neohome's still whole."
Yannagiba waved a paw. "We'll check on her after
this. Now, here's what we'll do…"
So, the foursome concocted a plan in order to
get the bottle of wishdust back. In a few minutes, they were done and ready
to put their plot into action.
"Hey, witch!" Nadashikoh hollered at the top
of her voice. "Remember us?" She walked to the front of the throne together
"YOU!" Xenia screamed, outraged. "I…I…you disappeared!
I saw it with my very own eyes."
"Yeah, well," Chi said bravely. "We're here.
So, deal with it."
"Never mind," Xenia said. "I'll take care of
you in a jiffy." She reached for the wishdust.
"No, I'll do it," Zeirn said with a smile. He
flicked his paw in the air. A raging cyclone sprouted from his paw. It headed
towards the two.
"Oh, he's that Zeirn," Chi told Nadashikoh
as they ran away. "You know, Zeirn the Electric Kougra? With the power of the
storm and all that…"
"Who…cares…" Nadashikoh managed to got out in
between gasps. "Quick, behind this." She pulled her brother behind another pillar.
The cyclone bypassed them and flew to the next room. "Whew." She peeked out
at Xenia. "Hey, witch! Lookie here."
"Zeirn," Xenia said dangerously.
"On my way," Zeirn replied. He flew towards
our hero and heroine, holding a mini whirlwind in each paw. "Gotcha!" he exclaimed
when he reached them and simultaneously released the winds.
Meanwhile, Yannagiba and Yuki were about to
grab the bottle of wishdust. Yuki stared at Xenia who was busy cheering Zeirn.
He nudged his brother. Yannagiba nodded and slid his paw on the table. Just
a little bit more…
"AAAAAAAHHHHH!" Chi and Nadashikoh screamed.
They held onto each other as the twin gales hurtled in their direction.
Yannagiba blinked and turned to look at where
the voices came from. "NADASHIKOH!" he growled. "CHI!" He was about to dash
madly towards them when he felt Yuki's paw on his arm.
"I'll go," Yuki said determinedly. "Grab the
wishdust." With those words, he rushed towards Nadashikoh and Chi.
"Where'd he come from?" Xenia said in a bewildered
tone as she saw Yuki running. She turned to look at the wishdust and found Yannagiba
standing there. "You!" She reached for the bottle.
Yannagiba quickly lunged at the bottle, too.
Luckily, his reflexes were much faster than the Wocky's. "Got it!" he exclaimed.
Yuki reached Chi and Nadashikoh when the hurricanes
were a few feet away. He hugged them protectively.
"Stop the tornadoes, Xenia," Yannagiba threatened,
"You'll what?" the Wocky replied with a smirk.
"Er…drop the bottle of wishdust!" he finished.
Xenia laughed. "So, what if you drop it?"
Yannagiba balled his paw into a fist. What
am I going to do? He kneeled on the floor. They're going to get hurt.
He looked at Xenia determinedly. "Stop the tornadoes and I'll return the wishdust."
"Don't do it, Yannagiba!" Yuki shouted.
I don't have any other choice, the striped
"You heard him, Zeirn," Xenia said with a nod.
Zeirn the electric Kougra shrugged and twirled
one of his paws. The hurricanes were gone. Xenia looked expectantly at Yannagiba.
"Make a wish…" Yannagiba heard someone whisper
in his ear.
It won't work, he answered the voice.
"Make a wish," it repeated. "It wouldn't hurt
"I wish," Yannagiba began in a murmur, "my brothers
and sister were standing beside me right now…" He blew.
To be continued...