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The Neopian Times Week 68 > Continuing Series > The Aisha Legends: Stolen Shadows - Part Four

The Aisha Legends: Stolen Shadows - Part Four

by oily106

Friendship
    
Kiara hesitated, faltered and opened her paw, revealing the Talent Orb. Flye smiled grimly.

     "How will we do it?" Kiara asked.

     The words rose unbidden from deep inside Flye. "We must join together, for only one can control the Orb. To defeat the Orb, we must become two again."

     Kiara looked quizzically at him. Flye lost his temper.

     "Don't play stupid, Kiara. You know that our friendship is breaking - we're moving apart from each other. Merge with me now and then we won't have to be together for much longer."

     Kiara bowed her head and placed her paw with Flye's on top of the orb.

     "It's not working!" cried Flye.

     He looked up and saw Kiara's eyes were filled with tears. He took a deep breath.

     "I'm sorry, Kiara. I didn't mean to sound so harsh; I just want you to realise we're becoming different people and we cannot be friends after this." Kiara nodded and closed her eyes. Flye felt the world swirl and opened his eyes. He was floating without form in an empty world.

     "Kiara?" he called.

     "Here," a voice replied from somewhere around him.

     "We have to join now."

     "I know."

     Flye felt himself drawn inwards and being taken into a different form. Kiara too was there: the experience of soul sharing was unique and wonderful. They bonded to become a complete being. There was a moment when the being hung by a thread, about to fall apart, but they pulled through. They were a strong, complete being, contained within the Orb.

     Flye and Kiara rejoiced in the body - the senses were more acute and each step felt like a new miracle. The intensity of the world around them, invisible but brushing tantalisingly against their fingertips, just beyond reach. It was like being enclosed in a warm colourful bubble, free from worries or cares, feeling but not having to think.

     But they calmed down from the exhilaration of the new form and saw clearly around them the souls of others within the Orb.

     "Those who seek to master it are in turn enslaved."

     The Thieves were here, all three. Lord Tanqueroy too floated in the Orb. They tried to reach them, but they were worlds away.

     "Leave them, we must complete our task."

     They turned away, searching for what they would know only when found.

     "Here!" they called unanimously.

     It was a large pulsating glow, the heart of the Orb. It changed colours rapidly but was streaked through with black. They bowed their heads and stepped into it.

     "What do you seek? I offer the Talent of Neopia to you." The Orb delivered its words straight to their minds.

     "How?"

     "I absorb it from others and humbly offer it to my master."

     "Master?"

     "That is you."

     For a second, Flye felt Kiara begin to tear away from their united body. He held her in with the force of his mind. A few more minutes and the Orb would be destroyed.

     "We are not your masters..." Flye felt the plural creep in, treacherously ripping at their sole being.

     "We?"

     "...." They could not speak as an intense pain seared through them, severing ties that had held them fast, ripping them apart. They opened their mouths to scream but could not. The idyllic world had gone and they were falling...

     Flye woke a little before Kiara. He crawled over to where the Talent Orb had lain on Kiara's paw. The Orb had gone, leaving behind only two small necklaces. With a painful beat of his heart, Flye knew they were no longer friends. He took his necklace and crept out.

     Years later, he would see Kiara again, at balls or functions. She had married Lord Tanqueroy and was now officially the richest female pet in Neopia. He was still plain Blue, but now with a small heart marking on his forehead. In his eyes, this made him unique without the need for painting. Flye also wore his necklace and his heart still ached when he saw that Kiara wore hers too. They had separated, gone different ways, but they were still joined in their pasts and even the Orb could not destroy that. He did not weep for what once was...their friendship was gone beyond repair. But he had saved Neopia, in a way that did not constitute battling anything else than what was inside himself. Sometimes it only takes a couple of pets to make a difference....

***

It had taken two "outsider" Neopets to show the Aisha Thieves how corrupt their Code had become. The Thieves still honoured the pets for their sacrifice and began to change their ancient systems. They retreated more from Neopia, learning about themselves too.

     Sometimes, to change the world does not take a hero; it just takes a little courage and a strong friendship.

The End


Yes, expect to see yet more Aisha stories. This series was harder to write but introduced more concepts - of how heroes can be ordinary, and are never perfect and how a happy ending can be tinged with sadness. Through Flye and Kiara's sacrifice, Neopia remains full of individuality and talent. Don't waste it. Thanks go to Scriptfox, NTAG and all the people at the NT writers' forum.
Previous Episodes

The Aisha Legends: Stolen Shadows - Part One

The Aisha Legends: Stolen Shadows - Part Two

The Aisha Legends: Stolen Shadows - Part Three

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