|Fireworks lit up Shenkuu’s skyline like the blare of battle— reds, greens and pinks shimmered above the land in a celebration of Princess Lunara’s peace treaty with the Lost Desert. The skirmishes that had began to build up into conflict were assuaged by diplomacy— which is why the shaking of the earth by fireworks was a much more welcome sensation.
“No more fighting,” Glen the Xweetok happily sighed to her Lupe brother, Cy. “You’ve never seen a battle break out, and you shouldn’t have to.”
“What were we even fighting over?” Cy asked, his eyes large and naive. Glen could see the reflection of fireworks light them up.
Glen responded, “There was some type of discovery in the mountain between here and the Lost Desert. I don’t think we ever learned what, but there were rumours that it fell from the sky.”
“From the sky? Like a firework?” Cy curiously pressed, his vision still fixated on the lights above. As he asked, one sparkle from a red firework seemed to linger too long… it kept on falling down to Shenkuu unlike its exploding peers. Closer and closer, until…
“That’s not a firework!” Glen yelped as she shielded her brother from its impact.
BOOM! The earth around them shook, then settled. As the dust and smoke settled, Glen and Cy opened their eyes to see…
Date: Aug 2nd
…A rock. Well, it looked like a rock. But on closer inspection, the surface of it looked silvery and bubbly.
“A meteor!” Glen breathed.
“Is that what they found in the mountain?” Cy asked, eyes fixed on the smoking meteor.
“Who knows, but we should tell the others-Cy! What are you doing?” Glen turned to find Cy holding a branch and inching towards the meteor.
“I’m gonna poke it,” Cy replied calmly.
“Are you crazy? The stick could catch on fire or something!”
“Only one way to find out!”
Cy poked the meteor with a stick, and…
Date: Aug 3rd
...the meteor began to shake uncontrollably.
"Cy what have you done!?!" asked Glen as she swiftly pulled her brother away from the now cracking meteor.
The meteor started to crack into a web shape from where it had been poked by Cy. As the cracks webbed across the meteor, a strange purple glow began to seep through the cracks. Sheer panic overcame Glen as her brother seemed to grow fixated on the glow of the meteor.
"Cy what are you doing, come back here!" Glen reached for her brother but...
Date: Aug 4th
"Move out of the way!"
A large Lupe sprang from the shadows and pushed Cy a good distance away from the meteor. And just in time too, because small pieces of rock were flying out of it, propelled by the intense pressure and the now neon-purple glow from the inside of the meteor. Then suddenly, the glow faded and the meteor became silent.
"Cy! You fool! Do you realize how risky that was...?" Glen's voice trailed off upon seeing the unknown neopet.
"You should be more careful. That is no natural meteor," the Lupe said, and Glen suddenly noticed that his fur was ragged and cut in unusual places. A dark eye-patch covered his left eye.
Cy was taken aback by the sudden turn of events but was slowly regaining his composure. "Then... what was it?"
The Lupe stared at the smoke now slowly coming out from the meteor as he said slowly, "it is one of the...
How will this story end?
Date: Aug 5th
many Chrono Stones that govern the flow of time. I was able to use one to help stop the Great War between Shenkuu and the Lost Desert."
Glen looked puzzled. "What Great War? Do you mean the skirmishes from last week?"
The Lupe nodded. "Thankfully, that's all it amounted to in this timeline." He turned to Cy.
"You’ve never seen a battle break out, right Cy? And you shouldn’t have to."
Cy gasped. "How do you know...?"
A faint smile played on the ragged Lupe's face. "Take care of him, Glen." He placed both hands on the meteor, and it began to glow again. Before Glen or Cy could ask him any more questions, the Lupe and the meteor had disappeared in a flash of purple light, leaving only the small crater behind.
Glen and Cy stared at each other, then at the crater, then at the sky. The silence was punctuated only by the pops and crackles of the fireworks.
Date: Aug 6th