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The Neopian Times Week 113 > Continuing Series > Dark Flame: Part Five

Dark Flame: Part Five

by child_dragon

Opposites

There is kind of a set ritual in my house. Every morning my pets wake me up. Sometimes it's Un-eairkagh and MoonFall fighting over something. Or it's Un-eairkagh and his infernal battle duck. Sometimes it's Terraile playing music on the speakers in the game room. Either way, it's always something I'm used to. Not today.

     I was woken by fighting all right, but it wasn't MoonFall and Un-eairkagh. It was Terraile and Aldrai. I sat bolt upright in bed and then quickly disentangled myself from the covers. I could hear them shouting from the downstairs.

     "Who made you lord of all Neopia!?" Terraile shouted.

     "Will you shut up and listen to me!?" Aldrai hollered back.

     I hurried out of my room and down the stairs. The spotted Zafara and shadowed Shoyru stood facing each other in the living room, glaring. Terraile held her bow with an arrow already drawn. Aldrai's eyes were white around the edges and I could see wisps of light magic gathering. This could turn really ugly really fast…

     "Look, I know what you're trying to say! And you know what: I DON'T CARE!"

     "Well, you should!"

     "I don't! So get outta my face!"

     "You know what your problem is?" Aldrai snapped, "You and your wretched magic."

     "MY magic?! Suddenly this is about MY magic?!"

     "Yeah! You and that stupid bow of yours, always carrying it around. The thing is evil!"

     Terraile was at a loss for words for a moment, visibly trembling with anger.

     "Hold up! MY magic saved us all!" she screeched, "In case you don't forget MY 'wretched' bow opened the gate to the Shadow realm and SAVED ALL OF NEOPIA!"

     "THE THING IS EVIL!!"

     "IT DOESN'T MATTER!!"

     "ENOUGH!" I yelled above their fighting, "That is quite ENOUGH."

     The two stopped shouting but remained where they were, glaring at each other. I could feel the tension between them and the threat that this could turn violent, right below the surface. Terraile, darkness, Aldrai, light. Opposites.

     "Both of you. Go to your rooms."

     Terraile shot Aldrai one last poisonous glance and then turned sharply and stalked off to her room. She slammed the door behind her hard enough to make the walls rattle.

     "Aldrai?"

     He hadn't moved. He took a deep breath and then turned and walked to the front door.

     "Aldrai!" I cried.

     "I don't want to be in the same house as her," he snapped.

     And he stormed out of my house, also slamming the door behind him. I groaned and sunk on the couch, a headache already threatening.

     "Go get dressed," MoonFall said gently, coming over, "You can sort this out after breakfast. Anything you want?"

     "I don't care," I muttered and reluctantly heaved myself off the couch to go get out of my pajamas.

     Today would not be a good day. I could tell that already.

     Un-eairkagh and MoonFall watched me eat breakfast. Part of me wanted to tell them to go away but I couldn't bear to do that. They were worried, just as I was.

     "So?" Un-eairkagh finally asked.

     "Aldrai's been using his magic too much, I think," I replied, "Since he and Terraile are opposite elements it's boiling over."

     "So what do we do?" MoonFall said.

     "You two do nothing. Just stay out of the way. I'm going to talk to Terraile and see if Netsuko and Sakuko could hunt down Aldrai. I'm really worried about him."

     "We all are."

     I nodded and reluctantly swallowed the rest of my breakfast. Time to go call Sakuko.

     I dialed her number and she picked up on the third ring.

     "I'm surprised," she said sarcastically, "I thought you'd still be asleep."

     "It's almost nine thirty," I replied peevishly, "Now are you done making fun of me?"

     "Yep. Watcha up to?"

     "Aldrai and Terraile had a fight this morning. Aldrai stormed out of the house."

     Sakuko made little spluttering noises of disbelief.

     "Aldrai and Terraile fought? That's…. that's against the laws of nature almost. And Aldrai stormed out of the house?"

     "Yeah. I'm going to talk to Terraile here, could you go find Aldrai?"

     "Sure. Netsuko would be glad to help."

     "Thanks… I really appreciate this."

     "It's what friends are for," she replied quietly and hung up.

     I sighed and ran my hands through my hair. The single streak of white fell before my eyes. I hesitated, then gently tucked it behind my ear.

     Terraile was in her room as I'd ordered, sitting sullenly on her bed. I pulled up a chair opposite her and sat down.

     "Hey," I said softly.

     She didn't look at me.

     "You do realize that you and Aldrai are opposite elements."

     "I know."

     "So…?"

     "So Aldrai is really worrying me. He… said that my bow and my magic are evil. And that you don't understand and that…"

     "I know. He thinks that his power is there to be used - he's taking it as a gift instead of a responsibility."

     "I don't understand what's happening…"

     She looked up at me and there were tears building at the corner of her large eyes.

     "Hey hey now…" I said gently, "It's not your fault. Listen; I'm not sure what's going on with Aldrai either. Just… try to not fight with him. Just back down, okay?"

     She nodded mutely.

     "It's hard."

     "I know it is. But sometimes the only way to end a fight is by not fighting at all."

     "Like what you did with WeatherWolf," she said with a soft smile.

     "Exactly. Do you think you can do that?"

     She looked at the floor, thinking.

     "I - I think so. I'll try."

     "Good. I'm going to go find Aldrai now, okay?"

     I stood and started to leave. She stopped me at the door.

     "Kiddo. Am I grounded?"

     I laughed.

     "No, of course not," I said, "Not yet, anyway."

     I flashed her a quick grin to show I was teasing and then left.

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

Dark Flame: Part One

Dark Flame: Part Two

Dark Flame: Part Three

Dark Flame: Part Four

Dark Flame: Part Six

Dark Flame: Part Seven

Dark Flame: Part Eight

Dark Flame: Part Nine

Dark Flame: Part Ten

Dark Flame: Part Eleven

Dark Flame: Part Twelve

Dark Flame: Part Thirteen

Dark Flame: Part Fourteen

Dark Flame: Part Fifiteen

Dark Flame: Part Sixteen

Dark Flame: Part Seventeen

Dark Flame: Part Eighteen

Dark Flame: Part Nineteen

Dark Flame: Part Twenty

Dark Flame: Part Twenty One

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