"Promise me... The faerie Pteri spread her wings out and
looked at her best friend. "If we'll never meet again... Then promise me... Promise
me a last battle."
"I promise," the yellow Meerca, said solemnly.
"But you know, the movers came a little bit early... This is our last farewell..."
"T-hen..." the Pteri gasped. "But Jane, you're
my best friend..."
The Meerca named Jane hugged her best friend.
"I promise you a battle." She smiled. "In five years."
"Five years?" The little faerie pet raised her
eyebrow. "It's a long time..."
"Yes, but we don't have time right now." Jane
tapped impatiently with her tail. "How about meeting in the Battledome five
years from now, exactly this time?"
"Three in the afternoon, exactly five years..."
muttered the Pteri. "Okay. It's a promise. You'd better be good, and we'll have
to do our best."
"Deal," the Meerca said and hugged her friend
again. "Even though this is hasty, I won't forget you!" As her owner came and
dragged her away, Jane threw an item at the Pteri. "And you'd better not forget
"Jane..." the little pet whispered as she watched
her friend disappear out of her life. Then she took a look at the item. It was
a beautifully polished bottle, a marvelous, splendid Honey Potion!
"Jane," said the Pteri again. Moved, tears fell
from her eyes, for the first time she ever heard of her best friend moving to
that distant land. She clutched the Battledome item tightly as she started walking
home. There was nothing she could do now, but to practice. Practice until she
met Jane again.
Ivona the faerie Pteri had just finished the
last round of her practice battles in the Battledome. For her opponents these
were serious fights, but for the Pteri they were not. The time would soon come
when she would meet Jane again.
It was in the Battledome they had met. Their
first battle ended up being a one-hit knockout for both sides when they punched
each other really hard, but after that they quickly became friends. When the
other girls had raved about concerts, the two friends were busy battling. They
traded techniques, went to the Training School together and were best friends
in no time at all.
Then, one day, she went away. For some reason,
Jane's owner just had to move and of course her best friend wouldn't think of
leaving her owner. The Pteri held the Honey Potion that her dear friend had
given her as a last memento tightly as she exited the battle arena.
Scanning the area which was known as the 'waiting
room', the Pteri suddenly felt her stomach lurch. What if Jane had forgotten?
What if she had forgotten the promise? Ivona started to feel kind of stupid,
until she spotted a green ribbon on something yellow.
There was no mistake. The faerie Pteri elbowed
herself through the crowd to get a better look, and gasped when she saw her
old childhood friend.
"Jane!" she cried out and jumped onto the Meerca,
who reeled back.
"W-who are you?" the Meerca muttered, obviously
"Don't you remember me?" the Pteri asked. "I
can't believe it! It's you, Jane..." She took a look at the large clock and
smiled fondly. "You kept your promise... Now let's battle!"
"W-wait a second..." the yellow Meerca mumbled,
but was way too hastily dragged into an empty arena.
"We promised each other to meet here again..."
Ivona said. "And here you are! I'm really happy that you showed up..." She dropped
her best friend on one side and flew to the other side, breathless from excitement.
"And I'm just confused," the Meerca muttered.
"Then again, she promised me a battle..."
"Don't tell me you forgot, Jane," the Pteri commented
when she saw her friend's confused look. "Anyhow, didn't we promise each other
to try our hardest and see which one of us is the best? How much have you improved?"
Ivona looked the Meerca in the eye. "Jane, are you gonna chicken out?"
Something snapped inside Jane. The Meerca jumped
up, got all her weapons in order and almost yelled, "Chicken out? I'll never
chicken out as long as I can fight!"
"That's the spirit," Ivona grinned as she got
her weapons. "Let's keep our precious promise, shall we?" She started by running
towards the Meerca and raised her wing, but as she had expected, Jane tilted
backwards and hit back.
"You haven't changed at all," the Pteri whispered
as they kept trading punches. Every move that the Meerca made felt so familiar,
yet very much improved. Ivona could just remember the day when she and Jane
had discovered that technique. But all masters invent a counter. The Pteri grinned
and ducked, seeing through the attack.
"I'm not gonna lose," the Meerca said as she
held out a helmet. Ivona gasped. The feared H4000 helmet, able to freeze her
for one turn! She could feel the cold spread from tip of her wings to her stomach.
How typical of Jane to use such a trick...
After having a bunch of hit points taken away,
the Pteri regained control over her body and started going on the offensive
again. "Let's battle to our heart's content," Ivona said as she unleashed one
of her special attacks. That boring rainy day had led them trying out something
new, and this was the developed and perfected version of that attack they had
The Meerca tried to get out of the way, but was
hit and lost a few hit points. The way Jane was standing in that half-crouching,
half-attacking position reminded Ivona of the day those annoying concert girls
had dubbed them the 'battle girls'. The Pteri giggled a little, but stopped
quickly. She analyzed the battle. Jane had used so many moves; it was almost
like the old times... But still, Ivona felt that she had glimpsed a little bit
of the new Jane. The Meerca that had given her the Honey Potion that day was
not this Meerca in front of her.
Jane had changed. And Ivona yearned to know how
and when, but she also knew that the battle was the most important thing right
now. As she moved onto more advanced attacks, blocks and techniques, she could
see that her friend was trying hard too.
Suddenly she spied an opening. "Too bad," the
Pteri said when she attacked and hit. Until now, the battle had been pretty
even and they had lost about half of their hit points. But that sneak attack
had turned things in Ivona's favor.
She had to give credit to Jane, who was keeping
up with the attacks. Finally, when Jane's hit points were almost depleted, the
Pteri received her biggest surprise. Suddenly her best friend seemed different.
Ivona had never seen Jane like this before, and part of her was eager to continue
What came next was something that truly shocked
the Faerie Pteri. Rapidly the Meerca charged towards her and attacked her all-out.
Weapons and punches were flying in the air, and surprisingly all of them hit.
Jumping, ducking and dodging, Ivona managed to avoid some attacks but lost a
lot of hit points. She tried to counterattack, but Jane quickly moved out of
the way without taking any damage at all.
Ivona retreated into a corner, this time breathless
from the battle. She tried to go through the last events that had happened in
her head as she warded off any further attacks. She managed to defend herself
pretty decently, but could not think of a good method to attack.
Jane was this good? Suddenly the Pteri felt self-conscious.
She had been training hard, all right, but never had she encountered someone
attacking all-out in some kind of hyper mode. Ivona felt like she was going
to give up when she remembered the promise. Five years ago...
She had promised to give it all, so she had to.
Suddenly Ivona saw her chance. She grabbed the Meerca's tail that was about
to attack and whirled the pet around in the air before releasing with careful
precision at a certain moment. It worked. Jane landed in the far corner and
The Pteri raised her eyes. No. She mustn't let
her guard down yet, even though they would both pretty soon run out of hit points.
She waited. Jane didn't get up for a few minutes, and Ivona was declared the
Fulfillment filled her heart to a certain extent,
but after that first rush of joy had settled down the Faerie Pteri actually
felt somewhat disappointed. Sensing that Jane perhaps might not have tried her
very best, Ivona approached the Meerca.
"Good battle," Jane said. "You're really good.
Pretty amazing that you managed to dodge my attacks, almost as if you knew how
I was going to move." They walked out of the arena and into the 'waiting room'.
This weird sensation grew stronger. Would Jane
really say those things? The Pteri put her battledome items in her bag and looked
at Jane. The Meerca really looked like Jane, though...
"By the way, who are you?" the Meerca asked as
they reached the doorway.
"Who are you?" Ivona replied, shocked. Didn't
Jane remember? But she had showed up here, keeping the promise... "Jane!" The
disappointment in her grew stronger as she scrutinized her friend.
"It's kind of odd that you'd call me Jane," the
yellow Meerca stated plainly. "Only the real Jane does that..."
"The real Jane?" The Pteri was appalled. Creepy
images filled her mind, but she forgot all about them when she heard a familiar
voice behind her.
"Ivona!" a yellow Meerca exclaimed, panting and
"Jane?" the Pteri asked, looking at the newcomer.
"Are you the real Jane?"
"Yes..." Jane smiled and hugged her friend. "Is
it really you, Ivona? I haven't seen you since, like, forever!"
"Then..." Ivona pointed to the other Meerca.
"I'm really sorry about the promise. I had to
go for a check-up at the hospital right about that time and my owner just dragged
me off. But if you want, we can settle it here and now..."
"I'm confused," the Pteri said out loud.
"That's Janie, my little sis. She's currently
learning how to fight in the Battledome from me." The real Jane smiled. "By
the way, I usually call her Jane, or mini-Jane."
"You two look like twins..." Ivona stated after
looking at the two identical Meercas.
"Sorry for the confusion," Janie said shyly.
"I was kind of confused about the battle, but when you started teasing and calling
"Anger management, Jane," Ivona's childhood friend
said, shaking her head. "Anyhow... about that promise... I'm really sorry..."
"It's okay," the Faerie Pteri lied. She knew
that Jane was usually the one to be kind and forgiving, and even though it hadn't
worked out like she thought she would have to be nice, just like Jane. Still,
she couldn't help but to feel a sting of disappointment.
"We can fight tomorrow, can't we?" the real Jane
said. "Why don't you stay with us tonight? I'm sure there are lots of things
we'll have to talk about!" She smiled.
"Promise..." Janie muttered and looked at her
sister and Ivona. "Wait! Doesn't that mean you double-booked us? You know, you
promised me to battle this afternoon..."
"But you got a fight anyway, didn't you?" Jane
said and patted her sister's head.
"Promise me..." Ivona said suddenly, "Promise
me that we'll fight tomorrow! And don't be late this time..." The sad and ugly
feelings about that weird battle diminished. The Pteri thought about the things
she'd talk about with Jane. They had been separated for so long... Quickly Ivona
realized that this was what she wanted to do in the first place. She wanted,
most of all, to renew their old friendship. Overwhelmed with feelings, the Pteri
grasped her friend's hand, never letting it go.
"I promise," Jane said.