The Lost King of Geraptiku: Part Three
One year later...
"Gosh..." Donis said, looking down at his plate, "isn't
this the same thing we had the night I came here?"
"Why yes it is," smiled Hana. "Why do you ask?"
"Well... is it a special occasion?" Donis asked,
picking at the Meat Wrap with his fork.
"It is the one year anniversary of you being
with us!" Hana said pointing at the calendar on the dining room wall. There
was a big red circle on the square of Friday.
"I don't remember you giving me a one year anniversary..."
Fyren grumbled, picking at his now brown fur.
Donis looked at him, and asked, "What did you
"I didn't say anything to you, you-you..." He paused,
searching for the right word. "You in-blue-cell!!!!"
"That's imbecile, you imbecile..." Donis said,
smiling coyly at Fyren, glad that he wasn't as stupid as him.
"Now boys, no fighting today! Not on my lovely-wovely
wittle Donis' one-year anniversary!" Hana said, ruffling Donis' scraggily blue
hair from across the table.
Fyren rolled his eyes, and continued shoveling
food into is mouth. Donis smiled and continued eating watching the infuriated
Fyren growl between bites.
"Gosh, Zar," thought Donis, "Can you believe
I've been here for a whole year?"
Donis and Zar were sitting in Donis' room about
a week after the anniversary party.
"No sir," said Zar. "It feels much less than
that, doesn't it?"
"Yes, it does..."
Just then, a loud ruckus scrambled up the stairs
and Donis' door flung wide open to reveal a very delighted looking Hana.
"Guess what, Donis?" Hana asked.
"What?" Donis asked, jumping up from his bead
to stand next to Hana on the landing.
Hana pointed down the stairs to where a very
disgruntled Faerie Lupe sat, its teeth bared.
"Fyren was turned into a Faerie Lupe at the Lab
Zar slithered to Donis side and thought, "That's
"That's Fyren?" Donis asked, a smile creeping
across his face.
"Yes," answered Hana. "Isn't he something?"
"Oh he's something all right..." Donis said, smiling
down at Zar.
"Well, I've got to go do more shopping, all right?"
Hana said, kissing Donis on the forehead.
Hana bounded down the steps, and with SLAM the
front door closed and Donis and Zar were alone with a very angry Fyren.
"One word..." Fyren said, climbing his way to the
top of the steps, his new shining wings glistening in the sunlight.
"You look ridiculous!!!" Donis laughed, running
down the steps as Fyren chased him, his wings flapping in anticipation.
"I'll catch you, Donis, and when I do..."
"What?" asked Donis, looking over his shoulder,
"You'll flap me to death?"
Fyren roared with anger, and flew up into the
air. He grabbed Donis by his shirt collar and with his other paw he reached
down at Zar, and grabbed him straight around the middle.
"What are you doing, Fyren?" Donis screamed.
"I'm taking you to the basement!" Fyren said,
slamming into a door at the end of the hall.
Fyren grasped the door handle with his sharp
teeth, and threw it open. With a heave Fyren threw Donis and his petpet down
the stairs into the darkness of the basement. Donis yelped as he hit the ground,
Zar landing a few feet away from his head.
"That'll teach you to make fun of me!!!" Fyren
yelled down the stairway.
With an earth-shaking slam and a click, Fyren
locked Donis and Zar in the basement.
"What are we going to do?" asked Donis as he
paced the dirt floor of the dark and smelly basement.
"First," Zar said, slithering away into the darkness,
"We need to find a candle or a light source of some sort."
Zar reached his tail into a box, and pulled out
a candle and a bundle of matches.
"Perfect!" he said, slithering back to Donis.
"Where are you?" Donis asked out loud, looking
around the pitch-black basement.
"I'm at your feet. I brought some matches and
Zar reached his tail up to Donis' hand, and Donis
took the supplies. After a few grunts and scrapes, the basement was flooded
with soft candlelight.
"Thanks Zar," said Donis as he patted the Quetzal
on the head.
"Just doing my job..." Zar said, smiling happily.
"We need to find a way out of here!" Donis said
as he paced the basement again.
"I believe modern basements come with a sort
of escape stairway in the back..." Zar said, moving towards the back wall of the
"Yeah, you're right," Donis said, following his
"Aha!" Zar exclaimed, stopping at the back wall
of the basement. Donis stopped at his side.
"Did you find it?" he asked, looking at the wall.
He didn't, however, see a door labeled "Exit"
or some such nonsense. What he saw was something totally different.
"What in Neopia?" Donis exclaimed, looking at
the back wall of the basement.
Instead of just one door, there stood two. The
door to Donis' right looked like your average everyday metal exit door. The
one to the Donis' left looked very old and withered, like it was from a different
time and place. Donis raised his candle to the top of the doorway on the left.
"What is this?" he asked Zar, looking at the
words that were inscribed upon the frame of the door. "It says 'Ukitpareg ot
rood eht'. What the heck does that mean?"
"Read it backwards," said Zar, looking up at
"The door to Geraptiku," Donis read, slowly,
and when he was done, he gasped.
"Is this the-the-door that-no... it couldn't be!
Donis looked down at Zar who was shaking his
"Well," Zar said to Donis, "of all the basements
in all of Neopia, Lord Vagio placed the portal in yours. Huh!"
Zar scoffed at the stupidity of the antagonist.
"Why would he do that?" Donis asked.
"I don't know... perhaps he never thought you
would look in your own basement," Zar pondered as he began slithering back to
the stairs and stopped to think on this newly acquired information.
"Or maybe he WANTED me to find it! Yeah! So I
would go through it, and upon entering, he would have all his minions grab me
and tie me up and take me to the dungeons!" Donis waved his arms around in excitement,
his eyes as big as dinner plates.
"You're as same ever... always exaggerating..." Zar laughed, shaking his head at Donis. "Come over here and sit down. We need
to discuss this seriously."
Donis reluctantly obeyed his advisor and sat
down on the bottom step.
"Should we go through the door? What will happen
if we do? Is that really the way to Ancient Geraptiku? How do we know that Vagio
isn't waiting on the other side?" he asked.
Donis took a deep breath to prepare for his next
round of questions, but Zar wouldn't let him say another word.
"It is really the way to Geraptiku, and we have
no idea what might be awaiting us on the other side. We should go through the
door, but not right this moment. We should prepare ourselves."
"Prepare us how?" Donis asked, staring across
"Well, we need food, water, some more candles
and a few matches," Zar said, "Perhaps a warm blanket and a pillow too. Do you
think Miss Hana has all these things down here?"
Donis got up from the stairs and began searching
the boxes that lined the walls of the basement.
"I dunno," he said, "Help me look, will you?"
Zar slithered to the other side of the basement
and they began their search for supplies.
Two minutes later, Donis found just what they
were looking for.
"Aha!" he exclaimed, and Zar came slithering
to his side.
Donis was holding in his little blue paws what
seemed to be an emergency supply kit. It was fairly plain looking backpack,
except for the words 'Emergency Supply Kit' written in permanent marker across
"It looks like Hana's handwriting," Donis said,
remembering the words that were inscribed in dark black marker upon the bright
blue fabric of the backpack.
"She probably put it down here in case of an
emergency..." Donis thought deeply, scratching his head.
"You think?" Zar thought to himself, rolling
"What did you say?" Donis asked, glaring at Zar.
"Uh... I said, what do you think? Shall we go
Donis swung his arms through the backpack strap
and said to Zar, "I'm ready if you are!"
Zar smiled, and slithered across the room with
Donis at his side. When they reached the doors, Donis gulped, and thought to
Zar, "Er... On three then?"
Donis reached his paw out to touch the old iron
Donis pulled the latch towards himself.
The door swung open.
Donis and Zar were immediately stripped of their
sense of sight, as a bright light shined into their eyes as they plummeted onto
a hard earthy plane.
"Ooh..." Donis groaned, rubbing his head.
"Hmm..." said a voice from somewhere above them.
Donis blinked back the darkness now surrounding them, to see a striped Cybunny
peering down at him through foggy spectacles.
"I've been expecting you."
To be continued...