The little Whoot was scurrying along the small hole in the
barren field as Torkkin, Shadowcat, and Vrandir all waited above. Ridge smelt
something funny and grasped it between his claws and scrabbled upwards to his
owner with his prize. "Ridge you found… a clod of dirt," cried Torkkin with a
mix of dismay and exasperation.
"Not so fast," said Vrandir motioning for Torkkin
to wipe the clod of dirt with his paws. "See!" he exclaimed when Torkkin's efforts
revealed half of the amulet that had been caked in dirt.
"YES!" all three Neopets cried out in unison.
"Good work Ridge, when we get out of here I'm going to give you such a big treat,"
smiled Torkkin at his petpet as he hugged the squirming Whoot: Ridge liked praise,
but didn't enjoy having the life squeezed out of him.
The pets merely gawked at the amulet half they
had discovered, it was beautiful but frightening at the same time, and it had
an eerie presence to it. Strange how something so small could destroy so
many, thought Torkkin to himself.
Shaking himself back into reality, the Ghost
Lupe said, "The next half is somewhere inside the building's cellar."
"No problem then," exclaimed Shadowcat as she
began to trot towards the building again. "Let's just pop inside that cellar,
grab the other half, and be out of here."
Vrandir's eye's widened and he ran after the
red Eyrie as Torkkin and Ridge tried to catch up. "Not a good idea, there are
strange creatures living down there!"
Shadowcat skidded to a halt and spun around wide
eyed. "What do you mean creatures!?" cried Shadowcat frantically. "And why are
there creatures here? I thought that at the most there would be more ghosts
and maybe some skeletons, not monsters!"
Vrandir merely shook his head. "Most of us were
killed and became ghosts, but some were transformed into deadly monsters and
lost their minds, my best friend was among them; a young Acara by the name of
Yuki-kun. He told me not to follow him when he went into the cellar with the
rest of the pets before he lost his mind as well. Now follow me if you will,
I can keep the creatures occupied at least before they realize they can't harm
me," said Vrandir sadly as he walked back into the school with Torkkin, Shadowcat,
and Ridge following him. He stopped in front of the cellar door, which had been
chained. "You'll need to break these," he said.
"Okay then, one lock to pick should be no problem,"
said Torkkin as he extended one talon into the rusted lock and heard the click
of it opening. "See, no problem." The two Eyries pushed open the old door as
Vrandir merely walked through it. They carefully descended the old stairs while
trying to keep from alerting any of the creatures that may be lurking within
the shadows. They were grateful that Vrandir, being a ghost, cast some faint
light around him. Suddenly, one of the rotting stairs gave way underneath Shadowcat's
feet and she let of a cry of alarm before she could stop herself. Torkkin quickly
helped her up and gasped as multiple pairs of glowing, blood red eyes opened
and turned on them.
"Uh-oh," stated Torkkin rather appropriately
in this situation, "RUN FOR IT!!" At this, the creatures lunged forth from the
shadows, a terrifying sight. Not a single one was without huge talons, ten-inch
long fangs contained within maws that dripped with saliva hungrily, and tongues
that licked the sides of teeth as if begging for fresh meat. Their eyes gleamed
with madness and hunger, and the creatures growled and let out deep-throated
chuckles at the sight of such delicious prey. One particular hulking monster,
seemingly the leader; reached out an enormous clawed hand that clenched and
unclenched in anticipation of grasping the throats of it's prey and tearing
off their heads.
"Eat me if you can, you beast!" snarled Vrandir
as he leapt in front of the monsters hoping to draw their attention away from
the others long enough for them to locate the amulet half and escape. His tactic
worked, all of the monsters let out roars of fury and dashed for him, lashing
out with their clawed hands and snapping their jaws in fury. Vrandir just hoped
he could fool the monsters into thinking that they could actually catch him
for long enough to be of use to Torkkin and Shadowcat.
"Let's hurry and find that amulet Torkkin,"
"Right," whispered Torkkin as he launched himself
into the air above the creatures, swerving about in midair to avoid touching
any of them, as he scanned the room for the amulet.
As Torkkin flew overhead the creatures below,
so did Shadowcat along with Ridge, when Torkkin noticed a faint glinting of
something metallic and of small size; the other half of the amulet! He made
a dive bomb for it when one of the monstrous creatures stepped into the way
and he collided head on with it. As Torkkin reeled from the blow the creature
chuckled in a way that sent shivers rolling through the Eyrie's spine, it wrapped
a massive clawed hand around him and squeezed, causing him to let out a cry
of pain. Vrandir spun his head around to look at Torkkin; he was caught, and
by what was once his friend, Yuki-kun!
The Ghost Lupe ran straight through the creatures
he was trying to distract and they let out cries of outrage as they realized
their intended prey was not indeed prey. Vrandir landed in front of his former
friend and Torkkin, "Yuki-kun! Let him go!" he cried.
The creature stared at him blankly and licked
its lips hungrily.
Torkkin squirmed frantically in the creatures
grasp and gasped for breath. Vrandir called out to the creature, "Yuki-kun,
let the Eyrie go! Please, he's trying to help break this curse, Yuki-kun!"
Torkkin suddenly had an idea. He forced the
amulet into the creatures face hoping that it would use some sort of magic to
stop the creature. Suddenly, the amulet let of a flash of light. The monster
furrowed its brows as faint memories came to the surface of its mind; brief
flashes of a life long gone. "Vran… dir…" the creature grated hoarsely.
The Ghost Lupe's eyes widened, "Yuki-kun, do
you remember?" Suddenly, the rest of the creatures charged at Torkkin and Vrandir;
teeth gnashing hungrily and with madness gleaming in their eyes. The creature
that was once Yuki-kun tossed Torkkin to the side and nodded to Vrandir.
"That accursed amulet has given me my memories
for some time, but I can already feel myself slipping back into what I was.
Hurry and get the other half, I'll hold these others off for as long as I can!"
Shadowcat and Ridge, who had been frantically
digging at the area where they had seen the metallic glinting, were dismayed
when they found that it was just an old piece of metal pipe, not the amulet.
Ridge looked up and his eyes promptly widened as he began to hoot frantically
and flapped his wings, motioning for the red Eyrie to look. Shadowcat turned
around just in time to see two creatures; one from each side, charging at them.
Shadowcat and Ridge leapt into the air and landed on the old rafters above,
just as the two creatures crashed into one another. Shadowcat whipped her head
from side to side as she searched for a trace of the amulet, "There!" she squawked
to Torkkin who was directly below her, scurrying between the creatures.
"Where!?" Torkkin cried. "I don't see anything!"
"In the corner!" screamed Shadowcat as she pointed
to the corner closest to them.
Torkkin spun around on his heels and leapt over
oncoming monsters, beating his wings for extra ground coverage. He landed directly
in front of the spot where he saw the other half of the amulet half buried in
the cellar filth. He ducked as he heard the wind behind him whistle as a clawed
hand swiped through the air where his head had just been. Yuki-kun came out
of nowhere, nodded to Torkkin and Vrandir, and tossed the creature away from
"Hurry up and get the last piece. Yuki-kun can't
hold them off for long," Vrandir urged Torkkin.
"I know," Torkkin growled as he dug hurriedly
to free the rest of the amulet half from its entrapping dirt.
"You've almost got it!" cheered Vrandir.
The rest of the amulet was free, Torkkin would
have leapt for joy, but now was not the time, and more important was the matter
of leaving the cellar alive. He looked up to Shadowcat and his petpet, Ridge.
Good, they were both safe in the rafters.
"I've got the other half. Now lets get out of
here!" shouted Torkkin to the others.
Shadowcat grabbed the little Whoot by the scruff
of his neck in her beak and leapt out of the rafters and darted to the stairs.
Torkkin ran towards the stairs but was stopped by Yuki-kun.
"What's the matter?" Torkkin asked Yuki-kun,
but as soon as he had said this Yuki-kun swept his claws at him. "You're not
Yuki-kun anymore!" Torkkin cried as he ran around the creature, barely avoiding
Vrandir charged through the creatures, jumping
through one and coming out of another one, further infuriating the beasts. He
phased onto the stair tops by the door and waited until Torkkin and the others
reached him. They got to him in a short amount of time.
"Now lets get out of here! Torkkin, help me
with this door!" screeched Shadowcat and Torkkin wasn't about to protest, he
wanted out just as bad.
So the two Eyries and the little Whoot all shoved
at the door until it slowly yielded to their efforts. They slammed the door
closed just as they had gotten out as the creatures reached the top of the stairs.
Quickly Torkkin found an old piping piece and jammed it into the door preventing
the creatures from escaping.
"You have the amulet's other half right?" asked
"Yah, I have it," said Torkkin as he showed
the others the amulet while grinning. He brushed the grime off of the amulet
half. "Now hand me the other half, okay Shadowcat?"
"Sure," she said as she handed over her half
of the amulet to Torkkin. She looked at Vrandir from the corner of her eye;
he looked relieved.
"Well, what do we do to fix this amulet?" Torkkin
asked Vrandir looking at him expectantly.
"Umm, well I'm not really sure, I can try to
find a binding spell to put the pieces together," the Ghost Lupe sighed.
Vrandir led them to the old spell library; it
was extremely dusty and smelled of mold. Torkkin set the two amulet pieces on
an old table and joined the others in searching for the binding spell Vrandir
needed. Ridge was left sitting next to the amulet pieces on the table, he looked
at them and picked one half up in each of his paws. The little Whoot sat back
down and watched his master searching around for something that didn't interest
the little creature. He stared at the amulet halves in his paws and began to
play with them and noticed they used to be one thing; a better toy in Ridge's
mind. So the little petpet put the two halves together, they fit perfectly.
Suddenly, the amulet began to glow and it caught Vrandir and the two Eyries
"Ridge what did you do?!" yelled Torkkin.
Suddenly, an ember colored streak appeared along
the amulet cracks and faded, the amulet was whole again.
"The curse is gone!" cried Vrandir joyously.
"Everyone can go free now that the amulet is whole!"
Torkkin hugged Ridge tightly; twice in one day
his little Whoot had done something right. Shadowcat, Ridge, and Torkkin all
ran after Vrandir who ran to the cellar and ran through the doors. The others
had to open the doors first, a drawback to not being a ghost; they found Vrandir
dancing happily with a number of Neopets that had been monsters just minutes
before. Torkkin watched on as Shadowcat and Ridge celebrated with Vrandir and
Yuki-kun at the lifting of the curse. To Torkkin it meant that this was the
end of their adventure, a return to a monotonous life. He lowered his head and
sighed sadly. And what of Vrandir? he thought. Will he disappear now
that the curse is gone? The Ghost Lupe noticed Torkkin in his sad state
and phased over to him."What is the matter my friend?" he asked.
"Now that the curse is gone what will happen
to you? Will you fade away and leave us alone?" Torkkin asked his newfound friend
Vrandir looked at Torkkin and cocked his head
to the side as he thought. "I suppose I can pass to the other side now that
this curse is gone. But I've found that the company of living pets is quite
fun," Vrandir said as he winked at Torkkin. "In fact, I think I'd much like
to stick around for a bit longer. Would you mind if I stayed friends with you?"
Torkkin spun his gaze towards Vrandir, did this
mean he was asking to stay with him? "Sure we can remain friends, you can even
live with me and my owner Lunagirl52, she's quite interesting if not a little
unbalanced at times."
Vrandir nodded to Torkkin and grinned, then
he leapt back to his old friends with Torkkin and bid them farewell as he left
with Torkkin, Ridge, and Shadowcat. His old friends would fade away now that
they didn't have the immortality that they had as monsters under the curse.
The group of friends arrived at Lunagirl52's house and ran inside to find a
"Where were you Torkkin? I was worried," sighed
Lunagirl52 before she noticed Ridge. "I see he went with you. But why weren't
you at school? And how come you didn't get home until now when it's dark?"
"It's a long story, I'll explain it all later,
but I want you to meet my friend Vrandir. I want him to live with us for now,"
said Torkkin. Lunagirl52 saw the Ghost Lupe.
"A ghost? You have met an interesting friend
I see, oh well, not to different from the rest of the weirdos in this family.
He can stay," she said grinning.