Of Lights from Within: Part Four
Also by blubblub317
Maddi frowned, gawking at this so-called fortress. It
was no wonder that it was undisclosed; even if somebody knew where it was, it
looked so old and abandoned that nobody in his or her right mind would approach
"I said that we're here!" Hubrid barked
impatiently when Maddi did not move.
The Kougra nodded quickly, and slid off of the
Pteri's back himself. Hubrid instantly grabbed his paw and tugged him towards
the fortress. Maddi had expected Nagria to follow the duo, but instead, she
stood on the muddy ground, her beady black eyes glazed over like a doughnut
of some sort.
Hubrid and Maddi reached the little shelter
after only a few moments of walking. The villain hauled the tiny Kougra inside.
Maddi struggled to get out of his sweaty grip,
but the Chia kept a strong hold on him.
"Kylan!" Hubrid growled. "Please come and guard
the entrance so our visitor cannot exit without my permission!"
Immediately, a cloaked-creature, which highly
resembled the ones from the Bed and Breakfast, limped forward and planted its
feet firmly in front of the entryway. "Alright, sir," it whispered hoarsely.
Hubrid nodded, satisfied, and then let go of
Maddi. The Kougra took a deep, nervous breath, and scanned the fortress for
any sign of Nora or Alli. All he found were a few unattractive chairs, a scratched-up
coffee table, a mattress of hay, and a fair amount of the cloaked-creatures
standing in random places. His sister and owner weren't there.
"What have you done with them?" he demanded.
Hubrid pursed his lips. "Done what with who?"
he inquired mockingly.
"You know who! What have you done with Nora
and Alli!?" Maddi yelled. "Tell me!"
The Chia patted Maddi on the head, as if he
were a Puppyblew or Doglefox. "You know," he stated matter-of-factly, "you honestly
should've checked the WHOLE house before going off with me. Then you
would've discovered the two sitting locked up in the bathroom. I was just preparing
to leave; I hadn't actually taken them yet. Frankly, that would've been a mistake
if they had come with me, though. You, my dear, are the one who posses the gift.
Remember the blast of light?"
Maddi shuddered, and slowly backed away from
Hubrid. "You fiend," he hissed through clenched teeth. "You conniving,
Hubrid let a sly smile form on his lips and
cackled, "That's what you get for being a naïve child, you fool!"
Tears hastily formed in Maddi's eyes and he
cried, "Don't call me a fool, you… MONSTER!"
The evil overlord flashed his pointed teeth
and briskly strode out of the "fortress", and into the gloomy exterior of the
eerie Haunted Woods.
A small sob escaped Maddi's maw and traveled
throughout the room. One of the guards turned to him and glared for a few seconds.
Maddi knew that he had to be noiseless for the rest of his time here. So with
nothing else to do, Maddi silently paced to his deprived looking bed and plopped
down onto it, tears swiftly sliding down his cheeks. Too weary to think of anything
at the moment, Maddi closed his eyes and drifted off into a fretful slumber.
His snooze lasted for a mere thirty minutes.
That was when somebody loudly stomped into the fortress. Maddi groaned, squinting
open his eyes. At first, he was disoriented, and didn't have a clue where he
was, but soon memories washed back into his mind.
Gulping, Maddi sat up and stared at the doorway.
Standing there was Nagria, the black Pteri from earlier. She had a frown spreading
across her face. Beside her stood Kylan, the creature guarding the entry from
earlier, whimpering in fright.
"Hubrid wants to see you, Maddi," Nagria said
"No," the Kougra murmured fearfully. "I'm not
seeing that evil beast."
Nagria smiled down at the child in pity. "I'm
sorry, but it's not optional."
Maddi balled his paw into a fist. "I'm not going,"
he replied through gritted teeth.
Nagria heaved a sigh. "Believe me, you do not
want to experience, or even think about the things that Hubrid Nox will do to
you if you do not come." The Pteri's tone was deathly serious.
Maddi gazed at her solemn expression for a moment
and then silently nodded. "Fine," he mumbled, "I'll come. But that moron better
treat me with respect."
Kylan instantly snorted in what seemed like
laughter. When Maddi and Nagria exchanged glances and stared at him, he let
out a weak smile and then peered down at the ground. The trio stepped out of
the fortress and into the desolate night air.
Maddi had never experienced something like this
before, and he did not enjoy one second of it. Many spooky petpets native to
the Haunted Woods zoomed around the air, frightening Maddi to the bone, and
lightning struck down from the overcast sky, its burst of lights widening the
Kougra's eyes to inches.
At last, after what seemed like eternity, the
three halted in front of a small hut. It was made out of flimsy wood, and the
roof looked like it was going to tear itself off any second now from all the
gusty wind that was blowing across it.
"I will leave you here," Nagria proclaimed,
her eyes welling up with tears. She was obviously frightened. "Remember, do
not disobey him, or else."
Maddi nodded with a stern expression and hastily
rushed inside the hut. He closed the door behind him and began surveying the
small room that he was standing in.
"Welcome," a familiar voice suddenly announced.
Maddi's eyes shot to the far right corner, where
he was presented with a faint outline of Hubrid Nox. "Hi," the Kougra whispered
A shimmering white smile appeared from within
the darkness of the hut. It sent chills down Maddi's spine, and the Kougra started
shivering intensely. He slowly hugged himself for both warmth and comfort.
"I'm glad you made it," Hubrid said.
"I didn't want to come," Maddi slithered. "Nagria
"Ah, my trustful transportation device, as well
"She hates you, Hubrid," Maddi replied. He then
quickly realized that perhaps he shouldn't have said that, because it could
somehow get Nagria in trouble. But he had already spoken the words, and that
"Oh my, you are even more foolish than I thought.
Trying to deceive a genius! I've never heard anything more ridiculous than that!"
Maddi didn't respond, but merely gaped at Hubrid,
frozen stiff. He wasn't just physically still either; his mind was had stopped
thinking as well. And then, without any warning, Maddi collapsed back onto the
wooden floor of the hut.
His head began whirling, pulsating colours dancing
around inside of it, and trapping his mind in its own prison. He moaned in agony
and gripped onto his forehead, his body shaking violently. Hubrid Nox slowly
stood up from the chair had had been sitting in and laid his eyes on the Kougra.
"No one deceives an overlord," he hissed, his
eyes glowing a dark shade of ruby. He lifted up his arm and bellowed, "SHOW
ME YOUR POWER!!!"
Maddi instantly flew up in the air, a result
of the Chia's dark and terrible magic. Maddi groaned and weakly said, "I'll
never show you."
Hubrid Nox glared and swung his arm to his left
side. Maddi flew to his right and was slammed against the wooden wall.
"Show me now!"
Maddi gasped for air. His muscles ached so badly
that he felt as if they were going to fall off. Violet and black bruises enclosed
his body and they throbbed painfully.
What am I going to do? Maddi urgently
This was answered when the hut door slowly creaked
open, and in stepped Kylan. He was drenched from the storm outside, and was
shivering. Maddi hadn't a clue why he had suddenly come inside, but that didn't
stop the Kougra from being relieved.
"Thank you," Maddi wanted to whisper. "Thank
you for saving me." But he didn't, because before he could, Hubrid spoke.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE!?" The Chia boomed
"Nagria sent me in," Kylan replied, his voice
"Why'd she do that?" Hubrid demanded.
"T-to get Maddi." Maddi sensed Kylan's expression
tensing beneath the safety of his costume.
"Oh, well tell Nagria that Maddi is staying
here until I release him. Now GO!" Through the darkness, Hubrid thrust his paw
towards the door.
Maddi closed his eyes, pleading with all of
his heart that Kylan wouldn't leave him alone again with the beast.
But alas, he did and Maddi was left all alone
with the Chia once more. However, the strangest thing happened right after the
guard rushed out of the hut. A mix of deep and powerful emotions began flooding
the Kougra's mind. He remembered Nora, Alli, his friends, all of the happiness
that he had had before all these unbelievable events had occurred. And these
thoughts gave Maddi an urge of hope. Hope that he was going to see his family
again. Hope that this would all be over soon.
And then, the familiar grand beam of light swiftly
shot out of Maddi's chest. It flew across the small room and landed directly
on Hubrid Nox's stomach. The evil mastermind immediately flew back and then
collapsed on the ground, his mouth letting out deep and painful groans.
Maddi instantly plopped down on the ground,
his mind wiped away from the dark and evil curse that Hubrid Nox had placed
This is my chance!the pet screamed to
Quickly rushing up to his paws, the Kougra kicked
the door open and ran out, his heart pounding furiously and his breath shortening
with every step.
However, Maddi did not get far, as something
soon grabbed onto his back paw, stopping him dead in his tracks. The Kougra
yelped in pain, and tumbled to the muddy ground. He was too nervous to glance
at who had captured him, so Maddi stared ahead into the inky blackness of the
To Be Continued…