Above all, we are a family.
Some of use were starting over. Some of us were starting new. But we were undeniably
I can't say why fate chose us. But it did
and we had our battle. There was darkness and evil and despair but through it
all we held on to that one white feather.
We assumed we were done after that. The Shadows
were gone and Neopia was saved. There was nothing left. We should have looked
There were no heroes this time. All the boundaries
of good and evil, love and hate, were broken. But in the end it all came down
to one thing: we were family. And no one messes with family.
Light from a Candle
I remember watching the clouds out the window one afternoon.
They were scattered and heavy with rain. As each one passed overhead it brought
deep shadows and cut off all light filtering through the trees. Then it passed
and golden sunlight streamed through, turning the trees and grass to gold. Then
another cloud came and shut off all light, slowly creeping across the lawn and
devouring the gold. These two elements warred with each other indefinitely until
I lost interest and went elsewhere. I cannot help but think of those shifting
shadows of light and dark as I begin this story.
My name is child_dragon. Everyone calls me Kiddo,
though. It's just easier. I'm an eighteen year old girl living in a large house
in Neopia Central. It's large because I have four pets and a huge extended family.
We call ourselves the child_dragon clan. We're a rather tight-knit bunch, and
I guess we have to be. Too much has happened. Too many sorrows and too many
Over a year ago Neopia was threatened by an
incredible evil. I'd rather not recount the entire story… suffice to say you
can read it yourself here.
This incident left all of us changed, some more than others.
I was probably changed the most. I became the
Essence of Neopia, that is, Neopia embodied in one person. All six elements
of magic. I carry the Elemental Spear, an ancient weapon of immense power. In
my reddish-brown hair is a streak of pure white, the remnant of destroying the
Shadows. I channelled so much power then… the very power of Neopia itself through
me. I was lucky I survived.
My pets didn't change as much as me. Un-eairkagh,
my striped Eyrie, remains as always. A jokester, incorrigible, and utterly irresponsible.
He terrorizes everyone with his infernal dark battle duck, squeaking it incessantly
around the house. Thankfully, I can just send him out to play with his best
friend, Padiglione the baby Kougra, when he gets too rowdy. Un-eairkagh really
does care for us all though, he proved that when he caught me as I fell from
the sky after defeating the Shadows.
My shadowed Shoyru Terraile changed a great
deal also. She discovered an ancient legend was real and that she was a direct
descendent of the archer NightHawk. As NightHawk's Heir she came upon possession
of a bow that held the strength to open the gateway to the Shadow's realm. That's
not all she inherited. Nighthawk held some deeply buried power within her, all
based in darkness. All that is wrong and evil embodies this magic and unfortunately
Terraile now holds that power within herself also. I hold the power of darkness
as Essence but the light within me balances it out. Terraile, on the other hand,
has only darkness, in her, in her bow. Somehow she has overcome it so that she
controls her power, not her power controls her. For even evil can be used for
Lady_MoonFall, my island Uni, changed mostly
the event that shook all of Neopia. She's the calm one of the family and it
sometimes seems like she's in charge of the household rather than me. She used
to be a princess but she ran away to live a normal life. She was a striped Uni
but changed her color to hide from her brother who is now king. I think her
color change brought out a different side of her personality, the side that
throws rules to the wind. I imagine she's always been a bit rambunctious, her
breeding just hides it most of the time.
The last pet of mine is Aldrai. He is a spotted
Zafara for most of the time. I drug him from a river when he was a baby, after
he had witnessed his mother's death. He is wise beyond his years, sometimes
wiser than I. He managed to bring the circle of hate full circle by forgiving
his mother's murderer. And he has gained something else too. Magic. The magic
of light. He rarely uses it, but when he does, he transforms into a Christmas
Zafara, radiant with power. I am not sure just how strong a mage Aldrai is but
I do know what I have seen of his magic is substantial.
The rest of my family is mostly kin and their
pets. My brother, Sabreur, is the mad genius of the family. His lab blows up
weekly. He lives with his fire Scorchio Infernus. The two are dedicated battlers
and devote most their time and energy to it. My "adopted sister" is Melody.
She's actually my best friend but we're close enough to be sisters. She has
three pets, a Faerie Gelert named SwiftRiversRunning, a green Gelert named FireDarkWolfX,
and the baby Padiglione. Aside from Melody is Sakuko, a younger girl with the
rainbow Zafara Netsuko. Aldrai and Netsuko are very close and it is because
of them that Sakuko and I are friends. There's a couple others thrown in there;
Drake_da_Dragon with his red Shoyru Dralvane and Megz with her shadowed Shoyru
Dark Night, for example. The crew is in and out of my house at random points
of time. I've even found people sleeping on my couch in the morning without
ever hearing them come in. Thankfully no one with evil intentions can enter
my house. It's part of a very powerful spell that has been laid on it by a Faerie
Incidentally enough, my story starts in my house for my story starts within
the very clan I just described. I had thought that there was no evil I couldn't
handle after the Shadows, that with Neopia behind me nothing could threaten
us ever again. Fate has a sense of irony, it seems. For the greatest threat
to I and Neopia came not from an unknown of source, but from the most unlikely
candidate of all. It came from Aldrai.
I was upstairs in my room, reading. I heard
someone approaching in the driveway so I hopped off my bed and pulled the shades
aside to see Netsuko and Sakuko coming up the drive. Sakuko is a small girl
with brown hair. Her Zafara is rather quiet and has a strong artistic streak.
I hurried down the stairs to let them in.
"Hiya," I greeted warmly, "Come on in. Aldrai
is in his room. Can I get you anything? NeoCola?"
"Sure, I'll take one," Sakuko said.
"No thanks," Netsuko politely demurred and she
trotted off to Aldrai's room.
"Heh. They're so cute," I murmured as I led
Sakuko to the kitchen and rummaged up a couple sodas.
"I know. I'm so glad those two are such good
"Me too," I replied, pulling up a stool to the
island in the middle of the kitchen, "Aldrai has always been so reclusive. It's
good for him to have someone to be open around."
"Same with Netsuko. Sometimes I worry about
"I understand that. I used to worry about Aldrai
a lot… with what happened to his mother and all…"
I trailed off, not wanting to bring up such
a distressing topic of conversation. The past was past, let it be.
"So anyway. I was thinking of doing some shopping
today," Sakuko said, politely changing the topic, "Down at Neopia Central. You
like to come?"
I thought about it for a moment. Finances around
the house were good and I did need to do some grocery shopping. And besides,
I could use a new pair of shorts for the summer. It was bound to be a hot one
"Sure, why not. Let me round up my pets."
I stood and started to walk out of the room
to call everyone down. As I did, something small and white caught my eye.
It was a candle. I'd bought it a couple days
ago to freshen up the kitchen.
"Oh yeah. Forgot about this," I muttered, and
The wick burst into a small flame, casting it's
light upon the nearby wall.
"Hmm?" Sakuko asked.
"Nothing. Just a candle I've been forgetting
I walked out into the living room and took a
"MoonFall! Eair! Terraile! Aldrai! We're going
As expected, pandemonium broke loose. Terraile
literally flew down the stairs and Un-eairkagh and MoonFall nearly collided
with each other coming out of their rooms. Lastly came Aldrai and Netsuko. I
rounded everyone up and grabbed my purse. I was just about to head out the door
with Sakuko when Aldrai stopped us.
"Hold up a minute," he said, running back into
the kitchen, "You shouldn't let this burn while we're gone. Might burn the house
down or something."
"Oh yeah. Thanks Aldrai."
He shrugged and gently blew the candle out.
To be continued...