Starilya sat in her room, sulking. She'd known her real
family would find her someday, so why had she chosen to run away and join that
Neopian family? If Furbyfun and the others came to rescue her, they'd be putting
themselves in danger as well, especially her owner. Neopets rarely came to this
part of the world, and owners almost never. Knowing how headstrong and stubborn
her owner was, though, they'd undoubtedly be coming for her if they hadn't already
"Starilya! Nice to see you again!" she scowled.
Only one person could be that annoying, so it had to be her brother. Her twin
brother, to be exact.
"I ran away for a reason, you know," she informed
Risaryé, and the starry Shoyru grinned.
"Dynurel wants to talk with you, and he's not
Starilya groaned. Their father might have technically
been king, but Dynurel, their older brother, had always been the real ruler,
the power behind the throne. Risaryé brought her back to Neopia with a question:
"So, what's this reason you had for running away?"
"For one thing, Risaryé, I needed to get away
from you, Mr. Annoying Twin. Second, Dynurel was acting like he really
was the king, and third, everyone was just a bit too... too... too controlling
Risaryé didn't seem able to argue with that,
for he didn't respond and instead just walked out of the room. A few minutes
later, Dynurel stormed into the room. "Starilya Nylorie FallingBlue," he screamed,
"you shouldn't have run away! You should have stayed and helped run the kingdom,
like any normal princess and little sister would!"
Starilya shrunk back in front of the furious
fire Shoyru. His color suits his personality, she thought, all hot
and fiery. "You never gave me any freedom!" she accused.
"I actually gave you more freedom than a lot
of princesses enjoy. You should be thankful for that."
"I had nowhere to go to get away from you and
Risaryé, and you tried to watch and control my every move. Besides, you always
acted like the king when you're not."
"Not the king? Our father vanished long ago,
shortly after you left, on a trip to the Lost Desert. I have been given the
position of king, being the oldest of his children."
Starilya's mouth dropped in amazement and disbelief.
It couldn't possibly be true! Then again, he could be telling the truth, but
Dynurel was known for lying when it was to his advantage. He paused for a moment,
and then continued to talk. "Your so-called owner and her other pets attempted
to retrieve you from the castle. The owner was captured and turned into an Angelpuss
but somehow managed to escape and return to human form anyway, because of that
blasted shadow Shoyru and his stupid potions."
"His name is StarSkyFire, and he's a better brother
than you are, coming to rescue me," said Starilya. "Anyway, I'm not Starilya
Nylorie FallingBlue anymore, really, just Starilya. My family is with my owner,
Furbyfun, and her pets Shaylily, Aerolani and StarSkyFire."
Back in Neopia Central, I was pacing my NeoHome
in front of my other pets. "Princess Starilya FallingBlue? I always thought
she was just plain Starilya," I mused. StarSkyFire had retreated to his lab,
with an occasional explosion from that direction, and Shaylily was leaning against
the jelly wall with her head in her hands. Aerolani was in the NeoGarden, the
honks of her Trumpet of Deafening (which she was using to try to get the bushes
to compress themselves) reflecting off the rows of Glass Roses and into the
open window. Suddenly, an idea struck me. "Ow!" I yelled as it hit me between
the shoulder blades. I turned around to see that it wasn't my brilliant idea
that had hit me; it was StarSkyFire. He was holding a jar of brightly colored
powder, or was it sand?
"I told you before, you can't use my Bottles
of Sand for your inventions. Those are for sand sculptures." Distracted by StarSkyFire,
I had forgotten my brilliant idea.
"This isn't your sand! It's exploding powder!"
"Exploding powder? Aren't there enough
explosions in your lab already?"
StarSkyFire sighed as he lowered the jar slightly.
"That's not what it's for! It's for making fireworks! I found it in my closet
and thought it could help rescue Starilya!"
"Fireworks-making powder? What does that have
to do with anything?"
My shadow Shoyru was clearly exasperated; I could
see it in his face. "I wasn't going to make fireworks with it! I was going to
make it explode, and maybe knock her wall down or something!"
I stared at him. "You know what?"
I grinned. "That idea is so brilliant it's almost
stupid!" StarSkyFire broke into a matching grin.
Meanwhile, at the palace, Starilya was in a bit
of a sticky situation. Dynurel announced, "Starilya, your so-called owner has
no chance of taking you back. She and her pets have fled the palace, and you
will be gone before they have a chance to return."
"Really? Why's that?"
"I have arranged for you to be taken from the
kingdom and left in the valley nearby, and the surrounding mountains, this one
included, are so tall and steep, you will have no chance of escaping. Before
you ask why I'm doing this, it's because you have renounced your family name,
and therefore removed the protection you had as a member of the FallingBlue
Starilya was shocked. How could this fire Shoyru
standing in front of her, coolly ordering her exile, possibly be the same Dynurel
who had been like the perfect big brother, only a bit bossy, before she left?
Risaryé was the same as ever, but what had happened to Dynurel? Yes, he'd always
been bossy, true, but never like this. The same fire Eyrie who had taken her
to the castle threw the door open and said in a gruff, loud voice, "I'll take
her down to the valley, sire." And, without another word, threw her on its back
roughly and flattened his wings over her screaming rainbow-colored body so she
couldn't jump off.
After arming his sisters and me with bottles
of the multicolored exploding powder, StarSkyFire pulled a Speckled Paint Brush
from his backpack, which I was sure I'd put in my safety deposit box.
"What's that for?" I asked.
"Disguising Starilya once we find her, so she
can sneak past the guards," responded StarSkyFire. That said, we set off for
Risaryé watched as his sister was marched by
his door, and he couldn't just stay put. I have to do something, he thought.
Just because she had an owner now didn't mean Dynurel could treat her like that!
He opened his door and silently snuck down the hall behind the Eyrie holding
Starilya. When the fiery Eyrie reached for the door handle, Risaryé made his
move. Grabbing its tail, Risaryé shrieked, "Where d'ya think you're goin'?"
and whacked him on the head with his own heavy tail armor.
"Why, you little..." yelled the enraged Eyrie,
and pulled out an Eyrie Rainbow Flash.
While her captor and Risaryé were fighting, Starilya
wriggled out from under the orange, red, yellow and black wings and jumped off
his back. Making sure the Eyrie was focusing all its attention on the fight,
she started to run in the opposite direction.
Noticing that Starilya had slipped loose, Risaryé
abandoned the fight and ran after her. With an enormous bang, a substantial
hole was blown in the wall. Beyond the hole was a human girl and three Shoyrus,
painted disco, white and shadow, each holding a bottle of multicoloured powder.
The top was off the disco Shoyru's bottle, and the girl, most likely their owner,
"We're here to rescue Starilya!" yelled the white
"Who are you?" asked Risaryé and the owner at
the same time.
"I'm Risaryé FallingBlue, Starilya's twin brother,"
"I'm Furbyfun, her owner, and the Shoyrus are
Shaylily, Aerolani and StarSkyFire, her brother and sisters."
"Furbyfun?" asked my rainbow Shoyru, who appeared
not to have been listening.
"Starilya!" I cried in happiness. We hugged each
other and jumped up and down (I could see both Shaylily and Risaryé rolling
their eyes), and Starilya said, "I will never, ever, ever complain about you
I smiled and said, "I won't hold you to that."
Just after we left the palace, I opened my shadow Shoyru's backpack and removed
the paint brush. "I was going to use this on you because I love the look of
the speckled Shoyru, but here you go now," I said, and painted Starilya. She
looked like a completely different Shoyru speckled, and I thought it fit her
personality. We started to leave the area, but the Korbat guards standing a
short distance away from the palace stopped us.
"Who are you and where are you going?"
They don't know who we are, I thought.
Thinking fast, I made up some names.
"I'm Starry_towers and these are my pets, Kasirell-"
I pointed to Shaylily, "Inturan-" I pointed to StarSkyFire, "Oparra-" My index
finger now pointed at Aerolani, "and Syrinna." Starilya was the last to be pointed
at. There was a hint of nervousness in my voice; could the two Korbats detect
"We're going to Meridell, and we just came from
the Lost Desert." Aerolani mouthed the word Meridell? The guards didn't
notice, but they said to Risaryé, "Prince Risaryé FallingBlue, you know perfectly
well that you're not supposed to go outside the castle without an escort. You
could fall down the side of one of those mountains and never be seen again."
As they led him back, we headed back to our NeoHome.
Back home, Starilya had spent at least an hour
in front of the mirror, trying to decide if she liked being speckled or not.
"Being painted a new color does take some getting
used to, you know," commented Shaylily. She would know, having been painted
several times before becoming disco.
"How did you come up with those names?" asked
Starilya. "I mean, Kasirell and Oparra would be okay names, but Syrinna and
Inturan? Syrinna sounds like a Neocola competitor, and Inturan is just plain
I smiled. "They just came off the top of my head.
Speaking of heads, it's time you guys get yours in bed!" I added, looking at
the clock. As usual, Shaylily read the latest issue of Crime Fighters Magazine
while I put StarSkyFire, Starilya and Aerolani to bed, in that order.
I came into her room and reached for the light
switch, but she put the yellow-covered magazine down and said, "Tell me a story,
Furbyfun! You never tell me bedtime stories!" I sighed and sat down on her bed.
"Well, how about the story of the Shoyru who
turned out to be a princess, then got kidnapped and rescued by her owner and
My disco Shoyru giggled. "Furbyfun, that just
happened to us! Today!"
I sighed, and told her a somewhat silly story
about a petpet spy instead. When it was over, I turned off the light. Before
I could leave, Shaylily muttered, obviously to herself, "First I find out that
I have magical abilities and am from Larishi instead of Neopia, then my owner
grows wings, and now Starilya turns out to be a princess. I wonder who'll have
something weird happen to them next?" As I logged off for the night, I was wondering