Pages of a Lost Past: Part Three
Part Three - A Long Way
Kachie and I finally made it to the edge of the canyon
about an hour before sunset. We decided to stop here for the night. Kachie helped
me look for some wood so we could start a fire. Because of the environment we
were in, there wasn't much wood, but we did manage to find a small dead tree.
With a little work we were able to rip it out of the ground and break it in
to pieces. Within minutes we had a nice fire going. Then I started digging through
my bag for some food. I found a couple bars of chocolate and broke off a small
piece for my Psimouse. Afterwards I got out my cards and Kachie and I played
for a while.
"You know Kachie, I always thought Eliv Thade's
name was an anagram for Evil Death. I mean, it makes sense, doesn't it? Then
I read that story in the Neopian Times, Anagram. I would have guessed evil and
live. But I never would have guessed veil. Go figure, huh Kachie?"
Kachie squeaked in reply.
"Okay I play two threes. Your turn, Kachie."
Kachie played a four and then asked me a question... well, squeaked me a question.
"A four! Darn it... I've got nothing." I picked
up the pile. "I'm not sure how far it is, Kachie. Could be a couple days, could
be a week."
Kachie squeaked again, then played two sixes.
"That's probably a good idea. We'll finish this
game first and then go to sleep." I played two sevens.
* * *
The sky showed the faintest hint of morning as
Sibertiger9, TigerLily, Mysticat, and LuckDragon drifted on the ferry on the
lazy tide halfway to the Lost Desert. The Island Techo who owned the ferry paddled
with a steady constant motion. None of them had said a word for several hours.
The only noises came from the paddle slicing through the clear water and the
Island Techo who had been humming since they had left Mystery Island.
"If you're going to be humming the ENTIRE time,
could you at least change the tune every once in a while?" Sibertiger9 said
irritably. The Techo seemed not to hear her because he continued humming the
same tune. Sibertiger9 took 10NP out of her pocket and chucked it at the Island
Techo. The Techo immediately starting humming something a bit brighter. And
then Mysticat looked up suddenly.
"I hear voices," said Mysticat. She pointed all
four of her ears in the direction she was looking. The others looked around
trying to see anything in the water, but it was difficult to see anything at
all in the twilight hours. As the voices grew louder they started to sound familiar.
Sibertiger9 decided to take a guess on who it was.
"Kasey! Is that you?!" she yelled. There was
a few seconds of silence and then she got a reply.
"Yeah! It's me! Who are you?"
"Really? I was just coming to see you! I saw
"What?!" yelled Sibertiger9 and her pets in unison.
They all leaned toward the edge of their raft against the Island Techo's desperate
pleas. The Island Techo struggled to keep the raft from tipping, but his efforts
were futile. The raft flipped over, spilling everyone on it into the water.
* * *
I woke up just as the sun was starting to rise.
Just as I had predicted to Kachie, my Psimouse, I had had another strangely
familiar dream and it told me exactly where we needed to go next. Kachie was
already awake and waiting for breakfast. I rummaged through my bag and found
another bar of chocolate. I broke off a piece for Kachie and shoved the rest
in my pocket so I could pack up my stuff and get going. I wanted to get an early
start before it got too hot out. Kachie climbed up to my shoulder to sit. I
headed toward the path that went around the side of the cliff. It was in the
dream I had back home two days ago, and it was in the dream I had last night.
Far below, the river I had followed here from the edge of the Lost Desert fell
into a canyon and continued on. Once I had started down the path I pulled out
the bar of chocolate and broke another piece off for Kachie and I finished off
the remainder. We walked in silence, the wind whistling through the canyon,
and the roar of the river far below us. I kept running last night's dream through
my head so I wouldn't forget where I was supposed to go, and before I knew it
the sun was already high in the sky, scorching hot.
I pulled out a bottle of water and shared it
with Kachie. We finished it off quickly for fear of dehydration. Just as I was
putting the empty bottle back in my bag I heard a noise. It sounded like footsteps...
large footsteps... and something else. I began to panic. I didn't want anyone
to see me, because what if they told Sibertiger9 and my siblings where I was?
Plus the fact that I was in a completely new area and for all I knew it could
be some blood sucking beast coming my way. I frantically looked for a place
to hide as the noise quickly grew louder... but why was I kidding myself? "I'm
on a path on the side of the cliff! There is nowhere to hide! " So I did the
only thing I could do... I jumped.
* * *
"So you DID see Ruffle in the Lost Desert? You're
ABSOLUTELY sure?" Sibertiger9 asked Kasey for the third time. After Sibertiger9
and her pets 'accidently' tipped their raft over and took a swim, it took a
lot of persuasion (and about a couple hundred NP) to get the Island Techo to
agree to let them back on the ferry. But she had switched on to Kasey's ferry
so she could talk to her about Ruffle. Amaranthela, Kasey's yellow Shoyru fanned
her with her wings to dry her off as they talked.
"Yes, I'm sure I saw her. We stopped to say hi,
but she seemed to be in a hurry. She said she was going to see an old friend.
Who do you know in the Lost Desert?"
"We don't know many people in the Lost Desert.
We mainly go there to visit Coltzan's shrine. And we definitely don't have any
'old friends' there. Unless she was talking about Coltzan, in which case that
would be really weird..." and her voice drifted off as she pondered this possibility.
"Then where do you think she'd be going?" asked
Safaraze (Kasey's blue Zafara and Ruffle's best friend).
Sibertiger9's mind drifted back to the conversation,
"I honestly don't know... Ruffle's been having strange dreams lately... she
won't... tell us what they're about but they've really been bothering her...
she hasn't told you about her dreams, has she, Safaraze?"
"Yes, but she merely mentioned them. Nothing
more. That's all I know, I'm sorry," the Zafara replied. There was a long pause
after this because there really wasn't much more to say. Back on the other raft
TigerLily, Mysticat, and LuckDragon were having their own discussion.
"... yeah, says someone with a split personality."
"LUCKDRAGON! How many times do I have to tell
you?! I DO NOT have a split personality! Just because I'm painted split doesn't
mean my mind is too!" the Aisha retaliated.
"Just keep telling yourself that," LuckDragon
replied. Mysticat growled and flicked her tail, not knowing how to respond.
Her robot angelpuss however beeped something at the silver Shoyru.
"You tell him, MysticAngel!" Mysticat growled
through a mischievous smile.
"You know what? I just realized I left CryptoManiac
locked in the storage room... shame," TigerLily said with obvious sarcasm and
the other two laughed.
* * *
Now, hanging on to the side of a cliff with a
roaring river about 200 feet below me wasn't exactly my idea of the ideal hiding
spot, but hey, it was the best I could do. Kachie wasn't too happy about it
either, and trust me, she was letting me know.
"Kachie, would you be quiet?!" I whispered. The
Psimouse squeaked and growled.
"Well, if we do fall, at least you have an umbrella!
Now shut up, you're going to get us caught."
The footsteps came closer, I could tell they
were within 20 feet of me. I hugged the cliff wall as best I could despite the
fact that there wasn't really anything to hold on to. The footsteps were right
above me now... and then to my horror they stopped. I held my breath so I wouldn't
make any noise. Then I heard the sounds of sniffing followed by a man's voice.
"What is it?... There isn't anything down there,
boy, now move along."
The sniffing creature whimpered but followed
its master's command. I peeked my head over the edge to catch a glimpse of whatever
it was that had made the noise. It was brown and white and very large, but I
couldn't tell you what it was. And hitched onto it was a wooden two-wheeled
cart. But I couldn't see who it was that had spoken. After I climbed back onto
the path I was scolded by Kachie.
"I take it you're mad?"
She jumped up and down, growled a few times,
brandished her fists at me, and after her eyes turned red she smacked my ankle
with her umbrella.
"Ow! Fine, ok, I promise never to do that again... without
warning you first. Now come on. We still have a long way to go."
And so we pressed on. I went to take out another
bar of chocolate for us to eat but soon realized it was far past the melting
point, so I chucked the wrapper over the cliff and me and Kachie just licked
the chocolate off my arms. And eventually we drank what was left of the water,
but not before coming across a sign. A sign that said:
Welcome to A Long Way
And suddenly something flashed through my head.
Now I knew the heat was starting to get to me but there was something familiar
about this sign...
* * *
Sibertiger9, Kasey, and their pets landed at
the Lost Desert at around 9 in the morning. But before they started on the day's
search they decided it would be a good idea to get a big breakfast. Afterwards
they split up and TigerLily, Mysticat, and Safaraze soon found an old female
Bruce wandering the outskirts of town. She walked with a twisted wood cane and
wore traditional Lost Desert attire. Safaraze was the first to approach the
"Ex... excuse me? Ma'am?" the Zafara asked tentatively.
But apparently the Bruce didn't hear her. Safaraze tried again but got the same
response. So TigerLily walked up to the Bruce and put her paw on her shoulder
and shouted, "Hey lady!" The Bruce fell backwards and started flailing her limbs
slowly, as if swimming on her back, and she wailed.
"OOOOOOOOHHHHH!!! WWWAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!! EEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHH!"
TigerLily's jaw dropped and her ears went back.
"Oh no... I gave the poor woman a heart attack..." she said. Mysticat and Safaraze
looked at her then back at the old Bruce; none of them had a clue what to do.
The old Bruce continued her slow motion flailing and her screeches with her
eyes tight shut. Mysticat and Safaraze, after several minutes, decided to try
and help her up but whenever they touched her she just screamed louder.
"OOOOOHHHHH DEEEEEAAAAAARRRRR!!! WWEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAOOOOOOO!!!"
TigerLily just stood there wilting, thinking
she had actually given the old Bruce a heart attack and that she would croak
"Maybe we should just wait this out?" suggested
* * *
It was so hot out... too hot out. We were out
of water. It was obvious that Kachie had already been seriously affected by
the heat. I took my cloak off, and it helped cool me down a little. I had to
find water soon, especially for Kachie. My feet felt like bricks; I could barely
pick them up off the ground. I could see waves of heat coming from the ground.
I bet the water down in that canyon is nice and cool, I thought to myself.
I realized I had been staring at the ground for the past hour so I lifted my
head up to see where I was. There was something in the distance. Not much more
than a dot. I continued walking toward it. The dot got steadily bigger until
I realized it was a well. A well! A well has water! Nice cool water...
but my vision was blurring. It was getting harder to keep my head up. I struggled
to keep my self going in a straight line, straight towards the well. I was almost
there. I reached out my paw... and then everything went black.
To Be Continued...
Questions? Comments? Feel free to neomail me. ~Sibertiger9