The Strength Within: Part One
Author's note: This is a fictional story, with fictional characters. Except
for the faeries, and my NeoPet, (TamoraG7G, Tamora for short). With that said,
I give you The Strength Within.
Tamora, a young purple Shoyru, was trying desperately to stay out of the rain.
Shivering, she pulled her thin tattered blanket around her as she huddled beneath
a tree branch.
"How'd I get myself into this mess any way," she muttered tearfully to herself.
She went over the day's events. She had been playing with her friends in the
meadow near her village, when disaster had struck. It had all happened so fast,
it wasn't even overcast, when the tornado touched down. She remembered clearly,
all the screams for help, the roar of wind, and the splintering of buildings
collapsing to the ground. The tornado had touched down right in the middle of
her village, destroying houses, and anything else in its path. Then when all
of the village had been destroyed, the tornado had headed straight for the meadow
were she and her friends had so recently been playing in. Most tried to out
run the fearsome thing, but some just stood there, frozen in place with fright.
But in the end, it hadn't mattered who had run and who had stayed, it got every
one. Then the tornado had evaporated away, leaving none of its victims to be
"Except me," Tamora reminded herself.
For whatever reason, the tornado had gone right around her! It was so unnatural,
the way it just swerved to her left for no reason. But if you thought about
it, the whole thing was weird, the way the tornado touched down right in the
middle of town, and then headed straight for the field, sucking everyone up
but her. It was almost like… magic.
“I'm just being silly,” she told herself, “I'm just looking for someone to
blame for this whole thing. And besides, even the most powerful mage (another
word for magician) couldn't control nature!”
Exhausted from all her crying, Tamora fell in to a deep sleep. While she was
sleeping, she had a dream. In her dream, a faerie came and said to her, “You
are the chosen one, you are the one to free your family and friends. Come to
Faerieland, and all will be explained.”
Immediately Tamora woke up. She gasped at the realness of her dream. Should
she do what it said was the real question though. Looking around, Tamora realised
that there was nothing here for her. She could mope around here for the rest
of her life, or she could do as the dream said.
She chose the dream.
Tamora set out that morning to get supplies from the next town over and food
from the Soup Kitchen. She was ok money wise, since she always had 500 NP with
her in case of emergencies, so she got what she needed for her trip.
When she arrived at the Soup Kitchen, she told the Soup Faerie about what had
happened to her, and her journey ahead. When the Soup Faerie heard about the
faerie in her dream, she was happy to give her enough food to make it there,
and then some.
The kind fairy also gave directions to Faerieland. “You will need to go to
the edge of the Lost Desert, closest to the sea, were you can fly north east
to Faerieland. (Tamora lived on the border of the Lost Desert and the Haunted
Woods). “Do you have a compass?”
When Tamora nodded, the faerie continued. “Now since I've done you a favor
would you mind doing me one?”
“Sure, anything,” Tamora said.
“Oh good,” the faerie exclaimed. “You see I've been taking care of a blue
orphan Shoyru, about your age (Tamora was 13) for a while. Lately he has been
trying to help cook, and what he makes doesn't taste too good. So I was wondering
if you would take him with you to Faerieland, so he could get a job or something.
His name is Devin, and he is really nice. He wouldn't be that much trouble,
just um, don't let him cook for you.”
“I'd be happy to take him with me. I'm sure he would be a great traveling
companion,” Tamora said.
“It's not that I don't like him or anything, he is like a son to me, but his
cooking is just awful, and I think he would have it better in the long run if
he found out more about the world.” The faerie told her.
The next morning, Tamora and Devin set out for the edge of the Lost Desert!
To be continued...