Her Spirit's Eyes: Part Three
Laura was lying on the floor, watching Dina play with alphabet
blocks, as thoughts ran through her head. She was pondering the events that had
happened that day... what was said, who did what, how it happened, what was going
"It's all so strange..." she said to herself,
"I wish I could know what's going on..."
Laura closed her eyes, she thought about the
things that other pets had said...
"...thing I remember is her touching me and
I was suddenly that baby Xweetok..." "...I think Dina might have been doing
it." "She's... the Indera..."
Laura rolled over onto her back. "That's right...
Princess Rose mentioned something about her being an 'Indera'..." she whispered
to herself, "but what does that mean? What's an 'Indera'?"
"Ga?" Dina wondered, crawling over to her mother.
Laura turned her head so she could see Dina.
She looked into her pretty indigo eyes, they were so amazing... so unusual...
so... magical. But why?
After thinking for a while, Laura picked up
her daughter, stood up, and walked out the door silently.
* * * * *
Princess Rose looked at the dagger that was
on the pedestal in front of her. It shone in the light of the torches, and although
it was adorned with twinkling red rubies, it seemed to be radiating a faint,
"So this must be the Royal Dagger..." she thought
aloud, as she walked up closer to the ruby-adorned weapon. "It's so wondrous,
magical... powerful," she continued with a malefic chuckle.
She clasped the hilt of the dagger in a single
paw, and then she heard a poetic message being spoken in her mind...
"The Indera has been born
No longer shall I rest
Awakened now, I turn to you
And put you to a test.
I ask you now to slay the Indera
With my blade so fine
It's a simple task, I ask of you now..."
The voice stopped speaking, and Rose grinned.
"Indera, you're mine."
* * * * *
Laura stopped in front of the house of Sarah,
the blue Zafara who claims she knows "absolutely EVERYTHING about Neopia!" Laura
took a deep breath, and walked inside.
She looked around at the large room, slightly
surprised. There were so many books piled on the floor, that you could barely
walk around. There must have been at least one of every book in Neopia! She
then saw a blue Zafara with round glasses in the middle of the room. She seemed
to be reading a book before Laura had entered, but had stopped and looked up
at the door when she heard the door opening. Her eyes brightened when she saw
that it was a visitor.
"Hello!" Sarah bounced over to Laura. "I suppose
you have something you want to ask me? After all, I know--"
"Absolutely everything about Neopia, I know."
Laura sighed, rolling her eyes. "But yeah, I actually do have a question for
you... have you heard of something called 'the Indera'?"
"'Indera,' huh?" Sarah thought aloud. "Now let's
Sarah flipped open a notebook that was in front
of her. It was almost completely full of notes. She flipped through the pages,
her eyes roving across the pages. She bit her lip while doing so, not finding
anything about this "Indera." Suddenly her eyes stopped. After a few seconds
of careful reading, she picked up the notebook and looked back up at Laura.
"Well, I guess there's a book about it somewhere..."
she said, raising one eyebrow.
"A book?" Laura wondered. "What's it called?
Where can I find it?"
"The book is called 'The Prophecy of the Indera,'"
Sarah replied. "But it's a really rare book, and very few copies have even been
made. Not even I have it! ...You're on your own finding it..."
Laura sat silent for a few thoughtful seconds,
then finally nodded, thanked Sarah for the information, and headed out the door.
"'The Prophecy of the Indera'..." Laura said,
in slight awe. "So the Princess thinks Dina is some kind of prophesied, magical
being? Oh, that's insane." Laura rolled her eyes at the thought, not realizing
how true it actually was. "...But there's a book? Gee, I wonder where I could
possibly find such a book?"
* * * * *
Wanda muttered and groaned as she carefully
dusted the desks and shelves of the orphanage. Ardon - who was apparently the
head of the orphanage - was mad at her for breaking the lamp, so he made her
dust the whole building. She didn't like it very much, but, of course, who would?
"Hey, isn't this breaking some child labor law,
or something?" Wanda suddenly asked Ardon.
"No, and quit complaining." Ardon talked into
a copy of The Neopian Times. "The less you complain the sooner it will get done.
Now, hurry up! This desk looks like it hasn't been touched in weeks."
With an annoyed sigh, Wanda tramped over to
Ardon's desk and carefully started dusting it. Out of the corner of her eye,
she noticed the other orphan pets watching her with blithe smiles. She glared
at them, and they hid away. She rolled her eyes and continued to dust.
Wanda looked up and noticed the opened Neopian
Times in front of Ardon's face. She couldn't help but notice one of the comics
on the back of the paper, and read it, sort of hoping it would cheer her up
"HA! HA! HA! HA!..."
Ardon looked up from The Neopian Times and glared
at Wanda. Wanda began to stifle her laughter until she stopped.
"...sorry, I'll... I'll shut up." Wanda blushed.
Wanda saw the other orphans watching her, again.
Both her and Ardon shot a glare at them at the same time. The other orphans
hid away, but Wanda could still hear them giggling.
When Wanda had finished dusting off the desk,
she went over to the library, noticing that the other orphans were following
her with giggles. She groaned as she turned into the library, and the others
followed her. Then she suddenly turned around with an irritated look on her
"Why are you all following me!?" she shouted.
"We're going to make sure you dust the shelves,"
said a red Wocky, folding his arms, "and dust them well!"
"And if you don't, we're telling Mr. Ardon!"
added a green Kacheek.
Wanda rolled her eyes and groaned loudly. She
felt so lonely at times, all of the other orphans just loved to see her get
in trouble. This is mostly why she hated life at the orphanage.
"Don't complain!" exclaimed a red Shoyru. "Remember,
'the less you complain the sooner it will get done'!"
"Yeah... whatever," Wanda muttered under her
breath. She started to dust the bookshelf.
She was carefully dusting the shelf, when she
heard the other orphans whispering and giggling behind her. They're plotting
something... she thought to herself. Then she started bracing herself for
a spit-wad in the back of the head, or a loudly read poem about how stupid she
was, or something of the like. The evil suspense was killing her...
She spun around, "WHATEVER IT IS YOU'RE GOING
TO DO, I'LL TELL ARDON!!!"
Turning back around with a frustrated look on
her face, she continued dusting. She heard the other orphans giggle behind her,
but she didn't even want to know why. She started to concentrate on the
shelf she was dusting, trying to ignore the other orphans. Then, suddenly, an
old-looking book caught her eye...
* * * * *
Laura carried little Dina to a large building
shaped like a wizard's hat... the Shop Wizard's home.
As she stepped inside, she looked around at
the surroundings. There were many books across the walls, a lot like Sarah's
place, but the books were more nicely arranged, plus there weren't quite as
many, so it was much easier to walk around.
A small, orange JubJub wearing a wizard's hat
and cape walked up to Laura. It was the Shop Wizard.
"Hello!" he said. "Welcome to my home. I am
the Shop Wizard. Who might you be?"
Laura took a breath, "Hi... I'm Laura Songdream.
This is my daughter, Dina." Laura made a gesture with her head towards the baby
Xweetok in her arms. "I was wondering if you could help me find an item..."
"Of course!" the Shop Wizard said with a chuckle.
"I'm the Shop Wizard, that's what I do!"
"Yeah... I was wondering if you could help me
find a book called 'The Prophecy of the Indera.'"
The JubJub nodded, and then he closed his eyes
and muttered some magic words. They stood there for several long seconds when
the Shop Wizard finally opened his eyes, again.
"Nobody in Neopia sells that item," he explained,
"and not many people have it, either."
"Not many people have it, huh?" Laura said,
fingering Dina's delicate, purple hair. "Who does?"
* * * * *
Wanda looked at the book. The cover was old
and torn; the pages were slightly yellowed. The title of the book was "The Prophecy
of the Indera." It seemed interesting, something about it. She looked behind
her, the other orphans were distracted with something. She gave a brief smile,
and carefully set down the duster and pulled out the old book, carefully flipping
through the old pages...
"'Grand magic, the Indera uses... it makes
them hard to find... the indigo with purple eyes... can posses any body, any
mind...'" Wanda's curious expression changed to a more solemn one, "...Dina?"
Wanda silently read some more of the book, it
seemed extremely important somehow... she wasn't sure why...
"Slacking on the job, are we?"
Wanda jumped at the sound of the red Wocky next
to her. She quickly closed the book and shoved it back onto the shelf. "Aah!
Oh, I, uh..." she stuttered, "sorry, I'll... I'll dust now."
She picked back up the duster and continued
dusting, attempting to ignore the others giggling behind her. She continued
thinking about the book, was the "Indera" that it mentioned really that baby
Xweetok she had met earlier? She wasn't sure, but she knew that...
"You're not dusting faast enoouugh!"
She rolled her eyes and continued dusting.
To be continued...