Yoigo opened the door of the NeoHome to see who had knocked.
Millyum, Deracko and Yoigo didn't see anyone. Yoigo shut the door.
"That was weird," said Yoigo as the three returned
to the kitchen. Chakeebo was standing there.
"Who cares, probably just one of those black
Hopsos playing a prank. Anyway, you were going to fill us in about that prophecy?"
"Okay, it goes like this: Dark demons from the
heavens will make the sky black. Plants of pure darkness will engulf the land.
Black frogs and rabbits from the castle and the forest will invade Neopia. The
air will turn dark purple and deadly to breathe. The water will turn dark green
and deadly to drink. Once all of these things happen, all eight Rings of Time
will come in the Mage's possession. Neopia will be dominated by evil," recited
Yoigo. A shiver went down his spine.
"So now what?" asked Chakeebo. When they thought
about it, there wasn't much they could do. Whenever they had been in trouble,
their Rings of Time would always help. This just wasn't one of those situations.
"Maybe if I speed up time, we can get this over
with faster," suggested Deracko. He had a point. The problem was, they weren't
exactly sure they wanted to be in some other dimension while Neopia had to deal
with the prophetical plagues. Then suddenly the doorbell rang.
I hope it's not another prank," said Deracko
as they all headed to the front door again. They opened it and were surprised
who they saw standing there. One of them was Methalius the Lenny. Methalius
was a Shadow Lenny with amazing intelligence and an army of Neopet minions.
He had once kidnapped Chakeebo and asked for a ransom of the other Rings of
Time. The other was Junior G. Junior G was a baby Grarrl who knew Chakeebo.
Junior G had a rich owner who bought weapons to steal one of the magical rings.
The last was Kyohara. She was a Kyrii who tricked the Time Twisters into thinking
she was a housekeeper. The Time Twisters dealt with tons of petty thieves, but
these three were the only ones who knew about the Rings of Time the Time Twisters
"What do you want?" asked Chakeebo staring at
Junior G. Methalius was glaring at Deracko and Kyohara and Millyum were seizing
each other up. Yoigo just looked confused.
"Hey guys, we're not in the mood for your whole
give-me-your-rings thing, so could you come back another time?" asked Yoigo.
"We're actually not here for your rings. It
turned out that we all had the same idea to take your rings, but with the insane
Petpets and the purple gas cloud chasing us, we had to take shelter here. Could
we come in?" asked Kyohara. She pointed behind her. A couple of black Zumagorn
were swooping down and some black Hopsos and black Mortogs were approaching
too. In the distance a large cloud of purple gas was approaching.
"The fourth part of the prophecy!" cried Deracko.
"Pardon me?" asked Methalius.
"Come in, we'll explain."
Despite the fact that Methalius, Junior G and Kyohara were some of the Time
Twisters mortal enemies, they decided to fill them in on the prophecy.
"So basically, if you don't help us, there'll
be no Neopia for you to take over," finished Yoigo. Methalius, Junior G and
Kyohara were given the same problem. The Time Twisters were their mortal enemies.
But sometimes when it gets bad, mortal enemies have to work together.
"Okay, we'll help. We don't have much of a choice,"
"Yeah... so what should we do?" questioned Junior
"We must get to the bottom of this. I think
I have a book that mentions something about this," said Yoigo thoughtfully.
"We could check it out."
"You know," said Methalius slyly. "You four
have those rings while we're defenceless. How about you lend them to us?"
"Nice try Methalius, but we're not giving you
our rings. With your immense brain-power, Junior G's loads of NP and Kyohara's...
Kyohara's..." Deracko broke off into thought at what he could say about Kyohara.
"Your tenacity," finished Millyum before Kyohara
decided this truce idea wasn't so good. Chakeebo stuck out his tongue.
"I didn't come here to get made fun off," said
Junior G to Chakeebo. "So how about we check out that book?" Chakeebo glared
at Junior G as Junior G stuck his tongue out at Chakeebo.
"Good idea," said Yoigo. He led them down the
hall to his room. Clothes, plates, books and games were strewn across the room.
Yoigo rummaged through the junk as the others tried to stifle their laughter.
Eventually he came across a very old book. It was called 'Ye Olde Book of Death'.
"Well, isn't that an immensely cheerful title
for a book?" said Kyohara. Yoigo ignored her and flopped the book (which was
very thick by the way) onto his bed. He flipped to the index and looked through.
He came to something that said 'Rings of Time Legend'. He flipped to page 876
and began reading.
"Many years ago, an evil being known as the
Mage created seven rings from different minerals. The gold ring was the first
he created. It had the power to reverse the process of time. The second was
the silver ring. It could make time freeze. The third ring had the power to
make time speed up. It was bronze. The wearer of the fourth ring could make
certain things in time become as if they never happened. It was made of solid
jade. The fifth ring had the power to make the wearer see certain events in
time through a magical window. It was made of solid emerald. The sixth ring
was made of solid ruby. It could make the wearer disappear from the fabric of
time completely. The seventh ring was the Master Ring. Forged of total diamond,
it could do anything and everything the first six rings could do." At that point
Yoigo stopped reading for any comments.
"I never knew about the window thingy ring and
the 'disappearing from the fabric of time' ring...whatever that means," said
"I believe it means it could make the wearer
invisible," said Methalius.
"Does that even count as a power of time?" asked
"Who cares if it makes sense! Yoigo keep reading,"
"It is said that if all seven rings could be
gathered, the one who gathered them would be able to create the staff of all
power. This staff could do anything the user commanded. Such an artifact will
never be known, because the rings have been scattered throughout Neopia. If
one could gather all these rings, they would have to go to the hidden castle
in the south to harness the power and create the artifact. For an unknown reason,
one can tell when this will soon happen once the prophecy is completed," finished
"Does that mean our rings will get stolen and
then we have to leave?" asked Deracko.
"I guess so. What happens if you can keep the
rings from the dude who's trying to collect them?" asked Junior G.
"Um... let me see. Here it is: The plague will
not retreat and Neopia will be doomed."
"I guess that means you'll have to allow the
rings to be stolen," said Kyohara. She was right. The Time Twisters along with
Methalius, Junior G and Kyohara waited out the day in the NeoHome That night
they each set their rings on the nightstand next to their beds and tried not
to think about how they'd get stolen. Methalius, Junior G and Kyohara slept
on the floor. They dreamed about what they'd have to do tomorrow.
To be continued...