The Jackals of Sakhmet II- Finding Lee: Part Five
Cap'n Keera's Ship (The Boys' Room)-
Cole rushed over and knelt down. Oh no! What
happened? From that spot, Cole examined the rest of the room: there was
no sign of struggle, it looked like no one had broken in, and nothing appeared
to be stolen or broken… Then who did this to Omar? Cole was just about
to get up and go call for help when an unfamiliar paw grabbed his paws and put
them behind his back. The other paw held a poison tipped dagger to his throat.
Next, he heard a deep, croaky voice speak in his ear.
"One move, boy, and that's it…just one move,"
it said. "What's the matter, didn't like the soup? Your little friend did…he
thought it was to die for…" the pet let out a harsh cackle that made Cole squirm.
"Hold still! All I have to do is cut you with
this and you'll be on the floor within a matter of minutes…" the voice snapped,
holding the dagger closer.
"Wh…who are you?" Cole whispered, not daring
to move an inch. The voice laughed once more. The pet behind Cole removed its
hood and looked down on him. With a smirk on his face, the man answered…
Cole couldn't believe what this pet was saying…but
somehow it made sense…
"I thought you were in prison!" Cole said more
boldly, yet staring horrified at the dagger. If only he could reach his own…
Niger let out a harsh laugh once more.
"Did you really think prison could stop me from
getting what I want? No, the moment I got wind that you found your Ixi friend,
I broke out of jail and tagged along… Getting rid of you two was a bonus…"
Cole was about to attempt to kick Niger in the
shins, but at that moment, a chatty Chia entered the room with a smile.
"Hey Cole, you missed the dancing Tonu…"
Wain's smile vanished the moment he saw Niger
hold a dagger to Cole's throat.
"Shut the door or the boy gets it," Niger ordered.
Without a moment's hesitation, Wain shut the door, still looking shocked.
"Now stand over there," Niger nodded towards
the corner of the room. Wain obeyed. Drat! Cole thought. Wain could've
been our only hope…
"Cole," Wain managed to say. "What's going on?
"His name is Niger, Wain," Cole answered. Niger
laughed again, staring maliciously at Cole.
"What do you want with him…Niger?" Wain asked
nervously. Beads of sweat were forming on his forehead. How he wished there
was someway he could get Cole without Cole being injured…
"It's none of your business what I want with…OWW!"
Cole had sharply kicked Niger in the shins,
making him drop the dagger. With Niger busy, Wain dove for the dagger while
Cole got Omar.
"Run!" Cole shouted to Wain, and the two bolted
for the door, Omar supported on Cole's back. They could hear Niger running to
catch up with them, but they were too fast. They burst back into the now empty
Dining hall…well; it was almost empty, except for Scarab, Lycos, and Keera chatting
away at the back table. The three became silent immediately at the sight of
Cole, Omar, and Wain.
"Is there a problem, little one?" Keera asked
Cole, though her eyes lay on Wain.
"What happened to Omar," Lycos jumped up in
surprise and rushed over to help Cole.
"Niger's here," Cole said at once. Everyone
stared at him in disbelief, and then all eyes turned to Wain. The Chia nodded
"It's true!" he said. "I saw him with my own
two eyes! Though I have no idea who he is…" he began to mutter to himself.
"Cole," Scarab said rather loudly to be heard
over Wain. "Where is he? What did he do to Omar?"
"He's in our room, but I'm not entirely sure
what he did to Omar…"
"I poisoned him," said a cold voice from behind.
All eyes were now on Niger who stood in the doorway. His playful smirk was now
gone and was replaced with a look of utmost fury. A Cobrall Dagger was now in
Niger's paw. He probably got it out of Omar's robe before he caught me,
thought Cole bitterly.
"Hand--over--the boy…" Niger said through clenched
teeth. He had nothing else on his mind except to get rid of both Cole and Omar…and
soon Lee… These were his only thoughts, his only goals, and his main priority.
"Hand him over, Scarab…"
The atmosphere was tense, and no one spoke or
moved. Cole caught a small glimpse of Omar: the Cybunny was still breathing,
but his breaths were short… Please be okay, Omar… I can't lose you and Lee…
Cole's only thought…
"I'm growing impatient!" Niger shouted. "Hand
him over! NOW!"
"If you take him, you're taking me too," Scarab
growled. Lycos nodded and stood right beside him, as did Keera and Wain.
"I don't have time for this…" Niger whispered
in exasperation, placing the dagger in his cloak. Without warning, he let out
a loud whistle, the sound a Gelert Whistle would make… Nothing happened for
a moment…and then they came. A series of Cybunnies all dressed in black filed
in and were heading straight towards them! There was no escape; Niger's cronies
had taken them siege.
"Meet my other friends who also broke out of
prison," Niger smirked, turning for the door. "Oh, and one more thing," he said
to the Cybunnies. "Bring the boy too."
He pointed to Omar as he said this. What was
going on? The group soon found out. As the Cybunnies dragged them out of the
dining hall, they saw that the entire ship was overrun with Cybunnies…Niger
had taken total control of Cap'n Keera's ship. Her entire crew was being forced
into the lower decks of the ship…
"My ship…! Why you dirty, little, conniving…"
Keera made to charge at Niger, but was held back. Niger laughed and pointed
to the door leading to the lower decks.
"Put them all in there…but Cole stays here…"
he ordered. The Cybunny holding Cole tied him up and set him to the side of
the ship. As the others were led away, Niger knelt down next to Cole, glaring
"I'm gonna make you wish you never messed with
me…" Niger whispered in his ear. "When I want something, I get it; and what
I want right now, is you and that ratty little Ixi friend of yours out of the
Cole could've punched Niger in the face if he
wasn't tied up. How dare he speak about Lee that way…?
"Don't ever talk about her that way!" Cole snarled,
doing his best to break free of his bonds. "Don't you even speak her name!"
Niger let out a low chuckle and replied, "You
really aren't in the position to be giving threats… Remember, I have this."
He pulled out Omar's dagger. Cole's heart raced, but it wasn't because of the
dagger… Omar! Omar had to get medical help stat! Who knew how long he had before…
Don't think about that! Cole told himself, pushing the thought out of
his mind. Omar will be okay… Wouldn't he?
* * *
Lee, like everyone else around her, left the
ship and walked onto the sandy beach of Krawk Island. They were there…but it
didn't feel right… They were so far from home…Lee was so far from home… She
stood on the beach, letting the crew pass by her. There were pirates here and
pirates there… This was nothing like the scorching hot desert. This was nothing
like it. A paw placed itself on Lee's shoulder, making her jump. Kasha chuckled.
"Missing home, I see… I bet you're wondering
what we're doing here?" she asked softly, yet her tone was still cold and harsh.
Lee nodded, not looking up at her.
"Come with me," Kasha ordered, walking swiftly
by Lee. Lee was confused. Come with her where? Lee had to run to catch up with
Kasha as they approached a long, narrow, rocky path leading away from the beach.
Two Cybunnies somehow weaseled their way to the path and were following the
pair like a couple of Spardels. Lee felt helpless: if she tried to run, she'd
be stopped, and if she tried to fight her way out, she'd still be stopped. All
she could do was follow.
Casually, she edged closer to Kasha's side and
said, "Where is this path leading us?"
"We're going to some caves…" was all Kasha said.
Caves…? What did caves have to do with anything? Nothing was making sense. Did
this have something to do with Rubite? Lee suddenly realized what was going
on. A long time ago she had found out Scarab had a large stash of Rubite hidden
somewhere… No, she knew where… Perhaps Kasha would get what she wanted after
all…total domination. No one was safe. There was nowhere to hide. Rubite was
too powerful… Lee thought; if Rubite combined with lockets could take over a
whole city, what could Rubite alone do?
They had arrived at the caves. It didn't take
as long as Lee hoped. The caves were large than you'd think they were. The caves
reached high in the sky for about twenty-five feet up… That was a lot of Rubite…
"This is the jackpot," Kasha whispered to herself.
They were just a few feet away from the caves. She turned to the Cybunnies and
ordered, "Tie up the girl and leave her out her… We'll let the wild Lupes take
care of her…"
As ordered, Lee was tied up and left helplessly
by the entrance of the cave. Whit that done, Kasha and the others entered the
caves, enveloped by darkness… The darkness…how unwelcoming it was to Lee. It
reminded her of her dreams…and the day Cole disappeared in the alley… It was
like a predator, and anything that moved was its prey… Once more, Lee found
herself think the same thing she thought back in Sakhmet so long ago: where
was Cole when you needed him? But this time, reader, Cole could not come to
the rescue…no one could…
To be continued...