The Eccentric Codestone: Part Two
After arriving home from their journey on the Mystery Island,
Saigru, Jyrosen, and Krawker washed themselves thoroughly and ate a wonderful
dinner prepared for them by their owner. Unlike his brothers, Krawker had no chores
of his own to finish, so he headed upstairs into the room that he shared with
his brothers in the Neolodge. "Finally, some peace and quiet," he said while releasing
a sigh of relief to himself, and then placed his find onto the desk in the corner
of their bedroom.
Using a claw-like finger to switch on the table
lamb, Krawker squinted his brown eyes at the seemingly rusty codestone that
lay upon his table. While observing the surface of his finding, Krawker noticed
that the codestone was not a khaki color like all of the other traditional codestones,
yet an unexpected crimson hue with specs of silver here and there. Bewildered
by his discovery, Krawker withdrew a spare toothbrush from his desk drawer and
began to gently remove the clumps of sand from the stone's surface. He worked
silently for what seemed like nights, but in reality it was only a length of
time that measured 20 minutes. After his cleansing of the codestone, Krawker
withdrew his sketchpad and began to draw it. "If I'm ever to lose this thing,"
he explained towards himself while lightly beginning to draw on the surface
of the paper with the end of his pencil, "At least I'll be able to remember
what it looks like. From what I know, this thing is a beauty."
A few moments later Jyrosen and Saigru burst
into the room, without knocking, of course, and immediately it became noisy.
Jyrosen turned up his music and Saigru plopped onto his bed to do his evening
set of jumping jacks, avoiding the ceiling in order to not hit his head on it.
"Yahoo!" he exclaimed while jumping up and down, each movement moving the hair
atop his head high and low. Jyrosen danced to his music blithely, joining Saigru
on his bed to hop on his mattress also.
Krawker paid them no mind, quietly finishing
his sketch of the codestone that lie affront him. It took him a minute or so
of putting up with his energetic brothers, his sketch was complete. "Ah, I'm
finished!" he exclaimed and held up the picture in order for it to be easily
seen. Saigru hopped off of the bed and snatched the drawing out of Krawker's
paw. His beady eyes scanned the paper, and then the codestone itself, for a
little while before remarking, "Wow. Not bad, Krawker." Jyrosen joined his brothers
at the desk; pushing a chair next to the one Krawker sat on. He also observed
the picture and then snorted with jealousy, giving a teasing tone, "Hah. Looks
like you drew it with your eyes closed."
Krawker frowned with disappointment. He picked
up the stone from the surface of the wooden desk and then bit his bottom lip.
"It doesn't look that bad Jyrosen. Sheesh. Sometimes, I wish you'd just shut
up." Saigru raised his eyebrows and then broke out in a fit of laughter.
"Ooh. Whatcha got to say that, Jyrosen?" Krawker
also anticipated his response, however, after a few minutes passed, none was
made. Saigru was going to make a smart remark towards his brother but noticed
how he was moving his lips, straining as hard as he could, but it appeared as
if no sound could be made.
"Uh… that's enough, Jyrosen," Krawker laughed
nervously towards his seemingly mute older brother. "You can stop joking around
now." However, Jyrosen could not do as Krawker wanted him to. He strained his
nerves until his white face turned a hideous crimson color and he could still
not speak. Saigru finally got the signal and then pried his gaze off of Jyrosen,
who now lie panting on the floor, and faced Krawker with fright. "There's a
Krawker thought for a moment and then gasped
nervously once he remembered - he'd been holding onto the codestone when he
said 'I wish you'd just shut up' a few minutes earlier. "It's the stone."
"THAT stone? Oh Faeries, Krawker. We're into
trouble now," Saigru sighed, and sat down on his bed after tripping over one
of Jyrosen's limbs. "I know, but we should go back to Mystery Island tomorrow
"Tomorrow we have school," Krawker explained.
"But I guess it'll have to do. Apparent shouldn't find out just yet."
Their evening was filled with conversation of
what it was they were going to do about the stone (except for Jyrosen, who found
it easier for him to write on random pieces of paper then try to talk), and
at 11 PM NST, the three brothers finally fell into a well-deserved slumber.
In the morning, they'd return the stone to the Tombola hut after questioning
Tiki, and [hopefully] return Jyrosen's state to normal.
Even while sleeping, the room was filled with
The next morning; the Neopian Harbor exit
Jyrosen forced himself out of the old, wooden
boat that had transported himself and his brothers to Mystery Island that early
morning, clutching in his paw the same stone that have put him in the silent
state he was in just then. Krawker and Saigru made sure they had their plan
set up correctly while trotting a few feet ahead of him. Unlike the day before,
the weather was fairly enjoyable which made travel much easier. Krawker seemed
the most worried out of all of the siblings.
"Oh, I hope Tiki is there!" he sighed to himself
while walking quickly aside Saigru. His older brother looked down upon him and
then shrugged. "Your guess is as good as mine. We can only hope for the best."
A few feet behind them, Jyrosen scowled to himself. He began to grasp the stone
tightly while thinking to himself. Saigru and Krawker advanced towards the Tombola
Hut the same way as they did the day before. It appeared as if Tiki were fanning
himself while standing on the opposite side of the counter, a glass of orange
juice in front of him. Saigru looked behind to signal Jyrosen forward with the
"Hey Tiki," Saigru said with a smile. The large
native waved a finger while grasping his cold glassed beverage, and then set
it back down. Using an elbow he propped himself up on the counter while asking,
"Hey Saigru? Say, don't you have Neoschool this morning?"
Saigru nodded. "Yes, I do, but there's something
important I have to ask you right now. In Jyrosen's paw is a stone we found
yesterday.. And, well, it seems to be magic. Krawker accidentally - well, without
realizing the power of the stone, wished that Jyrosen would shut up, and now
he appears to be mute. We need your help."
Tiki began to chuckle deeply, his whole body
shaking violently as he did so. He kept it up for a long while, laughing so
hard that tears dripped from underneath his gold mask. "Ah -ahahaha- aw, Saigru,
that was funny. You really made my day. Now, whose turn is it to tear the ticket?"
"Tiki, I'm serious! You have to believe me this
time. There's something up with this stone. Can't you back me up, Krawker?"
Saigru peered towards Krawker_oth, who began screaming angrily. Just as he was
about to ask what happened, he noticed all of the claws from his feet and paws
were gone. It was now Jyrosen's turn to laugh, and he tossed himself onto the
ground, rolling around on his back while his cheeks turned a crimson color.
Krawker shouted, "Jyrosen!! That's not funny! Look, my claws are gone! I might
as well be a Slorg."
Tiki roared. He began to shake violently and
then picked up his empty glass. "That's enough, now! I have work to do.. No
more jokes, please!" He continued chuckling to himself and walked into the back
of the Hut, although his laughter could still be heard after he disappeared.
Saigru glared towards Krawker and Jyrosen, "Well, now what are we going to do?
There's our last means of any explanation - Tiki knows so much about codestones."
"We could ask the Training School master." Krawker
managed to croak after a bit of his anger wore off. Saigru quickly disagreed.
"We shouldn't… Let's just destroy this thing before too many find out about
To be continued...