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The Neopian Times Week 120 > Continuing Series > Dropped from the Skies: Part Four

Dropped from the Skies: Part Four

by furbyfun

The fight downstairs was taxing both on the living room and kitchen, damaging half the furniture, and on its participants. Even though the Shoyrus outnumbered the two Dark Faeries and their Meerca, the Faeries had magic on their side. Because of this, it was a fairly even fight.

     Furbyfun, wanting to help, rummaged through her youngest pet's lab looking for some kind of barrier she could use to keep Damiyé and Mysinell out. On the top of one pile, she spotted a large metal pane. "Perfect!" she said as she lifted it off the pile. It was surprisingly light, but seemed very strong. She carried it down to the bottom of the stairs, and set it in the doorway. It somehow adjusted itself to fit perfectly, blocking the stairway off completely.

     Meanwhile, Mysinell noticed the aluminium panel that had appeared in the doorway to the stairs. She gestured in her sister's direction. Damiyé fended off the speckled Shoyru flying at her and looked at the stairway. She nodded, and grabbed her Meerca by the tail as the two Dark Faeries ran out the door, Shaylily closing it behind them.

     The disco Shoyru dusted off her hands. "Well, that wasn't too hard," she commented. "Now, how do we get back upstairs?"

     Her owner's voice, made metallic-sounding by the thin but tall aluminium barrier, was heard from the stars. "Just teleport through and you can help me take it down!"

     StarSkyFire's eyes widened as he looked at the metal pane. "Um, Furbyfun..."

     "What?"

     "That's my 'slipthrough' metal barrier. It's my newest invention: a wall made so that people, or pets, can walk -- or run, or fly, or even swim if placed underwater -- through it, but only if it recognizes you as someone allowed to do so. But, if you're not allowed, it won't even let you teleport through it. I'll demonstrate both for you." He stepped right through the apparently solid barrier, and Azamanti, his Baby Fireball, followed.

     "Now, Starilya, try to come through." Intrigued, the speckled Shoyru ran directly at the wall. She collided with it, making a loud clanging noise as she bounced off.

     The shadow Shoyru couldn't hide the grin as he imagined the look on his youngest sister's face. That should be payback enough for when she dropped Furbyfun's smelly socks in his potion, effectively ruining it! "I know how to dislodge it," he said to Furbyfun.

     "How?"

     "Well, you just -- or, rather, I just, seeing as it won't work for anyone not allowed to go through it -- drag your finger across it." He demonstrated, and it not only came loose but also resized itself until it was about the size of a Neopoint, only square. StarSkyFire pocketed it, and he and his Petpet flew up the stairs and disappeared into his lab.

     Later, JC told everyone to come to the living room. The four other Shoyrus and their owner gathered, crammed onto the Zen Couch. The striped Shoyru sat in a Rolling Chair, facing her small audience.

     "You're probably wondering why I fell from Faerieland, why those Dark Faeries were so interested in me, and, well, everything else up to the point you found me." She took a deep breath, and then launched into the story of what exactly had brought her to the tiny island where they'd found her.

     Casidrelle, the Uber Air Faerie, played with her long blonde hair. Her Shoyru, Jadecrystal, sat in a plush armchair, twiddling her thumbs with her feet propped up and her Cirrus floating in midair beside her. Both were bored, and both needed something -- anything! -- to entertain themselves.

     The Air Faerie suddenly thought of an idea, a silly and possibly dangerous idea but one that would nonetheless relieve their boredom. "Hey, Jadecrystal?"

     "Hm?" The white-winged Shoyru looked up from her thumb-twiddling.

     "Why don't we go spy on the Uber Dark Faerie? I hear she's having a visit from her sister Mysinell today."

     Jadecrystal's eyes lit up. "Sure!"

     And so, they found themselves hiding in Damiyé's closet, waiting for her to return from the Faerieland carriageport, which was where the carriages to and from Faerieland- pulled by flying Neopets- departed and arrived.

     After what seemed like hours, the Uber Dark Faerie returned to her room in the Dark Tower, her main residence, with her sister. "Ah, Mysinell, come right in," she said, holding the door open. Mysinell held a small purple bundle in her arms; what could it be? She handed the bundle to Damiyé. The Uber Dark Faerie carefully unwrapped the bundle, wondering what it was- and there, after she was done, was a baby Faerie Meerca, fluttering wings no larger that a butterfly's.

     "I stole this Meerca from Create-A-Pet, just as you asked. She is not perfectly matched to you, but you can train her to follow and obey you." When Mysinell stated that, cold and unemotional, it made Casidrelle gasp. Quietly, so as not to reveal their presence in the closet, and even more so because Jadecrystal put a hand over her mouth. The Uber Air Faerie switched to thought-messaging, a form of mind-reading that was almost like talking but without the possibility of being overheard. Stealing newborn pets from Create-A-Pet is a heinous crime! thought Casidrelle.

     I know! It's bad enough when you just want a pet for yourself, but stealing them away before they're even named? That Meerca has its whole life ahead of it, and now she'll have to live it without a family! She isn't even perfectly matched, like a Faerie pet would normally be!

     We have to tell Fyora,they thought in unison, and then the Air Faerie and her pet teleported away.

     "Your Highness, you have to believe us! Damiyé had her sister steal an unbonded Meerca from Create-A-Pet!" Casidrelle said, the words coming out several times faster than normal.

     Fyora paused in thought. "So this Meerca is unbonded, and from Create-A-Pet, yet you say she was Faerie? How can that be?"

     "Mysinell -- that's her sister's name -- probably just painted her. She can't possibly have the Mark of the Faeries; Mysinell said she wasn't perfectly matched to Damiyé herself!

     "I believe you. Now, could you please explain the full story? If you are to be proved right, we must have proof."

     So Casidrelle and Jadecrystal told their story of what had happened in the last hour, ending with, "Just examine the Meerca for proof. We didn't get a great look, but we're sure she's unbonded and unmarked." That was how they'd ended up in the Faerieland court, opposite Damiyé and Mysinell. The Meerca they'd kidnapped was in a basket, for lack of a better place to put her, wrapped in soft green blankets.

     The six Uber Faeries, excluding Damiyé and Casidrelle, sat in a semicircle facing Fyora, with Damiyé and Casidrelle on either side of her. Outside the main court, there were the voters' booths where the main Faerie population would be able to vote on the outcome of decisions. But for now, all they needed to worry about was the judge, an old Earth Faerie.

     First, to open court, Fyora used her magic to light the chandelier. This was the action, only done by the royals, which began the trial. She repeated everything the Uber Air Faerie and her pet had told her, provoking a seething look in Casidrelle's direction from Damiyé. "You hid in my closet?" she hissed. Casidrelle opened her mouth to say something but was drowned out by the Faerie Queen, producing the Meerca -- sleeping, fortunately for the inspector that had been called to examine her -- as evidence. The inspector's search turned up no marking of any kind upon the Meerca, which was announced as Fyora closed the court for lunch break.

     The Uber Air Faerie finished her stack of Faerie Pancakes and decided to go for a short walk, outside in the day's gentle breeze. Unbeknownst to her, she was being followed. Damiyé and Mysinell, also finished with their lunches, followed them until they reached the edge of Faerieland. Then, they surprised her by coming out of the shadow cast by the Earth Tower.

     "Casidrelle, look what you've done!" roared the Uber Dark Faerie as she grabbed her nemesis, her sister picking up Jadecrystal. "You've ruined everything! I'll be banished from Faerieland!"

     "Damiyé, you did something against the laws of Faerieland! No pet should ever be taken from a chance to have an owner and a family! You know perfectly well that the only pet a Faerie can adopt is one from the Nursery, perfectly matched to its owner!"

     "Perhaps you're right. But I'll still pay the price -- unless I can do something about it." Her purple lips curved into a wicked smile as she rammed first one and then the other fist into Casidrelle's wings, and then, with an almighty kick, knocked her off the cloud. Mysinell didn't bother to break Jadecrystal's wings; she just crumpled her white feathers and threw her off Faerieland, muttering a curse on the Shoyru as she fell.

     After falling for what seemed like hours, Casidrelle managed to grab hold of her Shoyru. "Look, Jadecrystal, we only have one chance to get out of this."

     "I'm all ears! What's the plan?"

     I'll give you what magic I have left, since most of it left me when Damiyé broke my wings, and you have to find someone who'll listen to you and take you back to Faerieland. Then, you can tell Fyora what those two tried to do to us."

     "But what about you?"

     "Don't worry about me. Just save yourself! You can still fly!" And with that, the Uber Air Faerie transferred the last of her magic into Jadecrystal and let go, nearing the shallower waters of Mystery island. JC tried to steer herself towards the water, but the wind seemed determined to drop her on a tiny island offshore. She braced herself for the impact, but it was no use. The wind was knocked from her as she hit the land, flat on her back with wings spread out to slow the fall. Despite it being mid-afternoon, darkness was creeping into her vision. When she woke again, it was staring into the faces of two Shoyrus. Disco and shadow, the disco one with sky-blue eyes.

     JC's voice faded, and she seemed worn out. Furbyfun rushed in with, "Holy Kau! Look at the time! It's midnight! Better get you into bed!"

     So, the second of two long and eventful days ended as the five Shoyrus traipsed up the stairs to bed and their owner logged out -- but none of them knew what was in store for tomorrow.

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

Dropped from the Skies: Part One

Dropped from the Skies: Part Two

Dropped from the Skies: Part Three

Dropped from the Skies: Part Five

Dropped from the Skies: Part Six

Dropped from the Skies: Part Seven

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