Pages of a Lost Past: Part Five
Part Five - Under The Bed
I watched as the Shoyru shaped object in the sky came
hurtling toward the ground, and there was a loud thud as it hit a stone object
in the middle of the town. Without thinking, I had run straight over to the
unidentified object. The stone object it had landed on was the well I had seen
when I first entered the town, before I became unconscious, that is. Also, whatever
it was that crash landed from the sky was not one, but many... in fact, it was
Sibertiger9 and the others! Not only that but Kasey, Amaranthela, and Safaraze
were among them.
"Don't worry, LuckDragon, I've got you!" came
an echoing voice. Sibertiger9 was leaning far into the well, and from what she
said I took it that LuckDragon had nearly fallen in. I ran over to help her
since she was about to fall in herself. We pulled poor LuckDragon out by his
tail and fell in a heap on the ground. LuckDragon breathed a sigh of relief.
"Everybody okay?" Sibertiger9 asked the group.
"I... I think my arm is broken," replied Kasey
weakly, who was cradling her arm against her chest. The others noticed some
of their own bumps and scratches, but none were as bad as Kasey's arm.
"We should probably wrap her arm in something,"
I told Sibertiger9.
"Yeah... I think I have something... WHOA! Ruffle!
We've been looking for you! Why'd you run off?"
"I'll explain later; let's help Kasey first."
"Right. Like I was about to say, I think I have
something in my bag we could use. Hold on...." She rummaged through her bag
and eventually pulled out a thin blanket. "We could tear a strip out of this,"
she said holding it up.
"That's perfect," I said, "Here, you hold onto
it and I'll tear a piece off." We both took hold of part of the blanket and
pulled. I was able to tear a nice long piece off the edge. I went over to Kasey
and Amaranthela helped me turned the strip of cloth into a sling. Amaranthela
seemed to be the only one unscathed by the fall since being a Shoyru, she was
able to fly to the ground, and unlike LuckDragon, she was able to miss the well.
When I looked up I saw that everyone in the town
had gathered around us, whispering and pointing. As I looked around at the crowd
it finally hit me what was so odd about this place... every single Neopet here
was a Kacheek. It was an entire village of just Kacheeks. Laquilla took a few
steps toward me, but still stayed back a bit, wary of the newcomers.
"Um... Ruffle," she asked nervously, "do you know
I nodded. She came a step closer and leaned towards
"Ruffle, who are they?" she whispered.
"They're... my family... and my friends."
She looked at them and then stared at me a bit
awkwardly before asking, "Why are some of them not wearing clothes?"
"Huh, what do y-..." I started to say. "Oooh,
the clothes thing again..." I said, mostly to myself. I remembered earlier
when the green Kacheek in the apron and Laquilla flipped out when they saw I
wasn't wearing clothes.
"That's... why everyone is whispering and pointing,
isn't it?" I said to Laquilla. She nodded vigorously.
"Come on, we should get them home before people
start asking questions... but we better not let Mom see, she might faint at
the sight of them."
We quickly ushered 'my family and friends' away
from the town and headed back to the house. There was no real definition between
the neighborhoods and the town; it was just all there. There were no streets
or avenues. The houses were just dotted here and there with the small 'town'
in the center of it all. Luckily our house was one of the farthest houses from
the town, far away from prying eyes.
Suddenly I was picked up off the ground and pulled
into a tight hug.
"Ruffle! We missed you so much! I'm so glad we
found you! Why did you leave?" said Sibertiger9. She set me back down.
"I... I'm sorry I left so suddenly," I started
to explain. "I felt it was something I had to do. And I was afraid that if I
told you that you might try to stop me from leaving..." I started to feel
a bit guilty now.
"That's okay, Ruffle. I'm just glad we found
you... so... um, where are we anyway?"
I stopped to think for a minute. I really didn't
have a clue where we were. I looked back up at Sibertiger9 with a puzzled look
on my face. "I don't really know."
"Ruffle?! How can you not know! You..."
Laquilla started. "Oh wait, that's right... you don't remember..."
"I what? What were you going to say?" I asked.
She sighed and then answered. "You gave the town
"What?" said I and some of the others in unison.
But we had made it to the house at this point so Laquilla never explained. Before
she opened the front door she turned around and looked at us.
"Okay, when I open the door, go as fast as you
can to Ruffle's bedroom and get some clothes on. Otherwise my mom will have
a Kau when she sees you. She's almost always in the kitchen so you shouldn't
have a problem. Everyone got it?"
The others nodded. Laquilla turned back around
and slowly opened the door and the group tiptoed inside as quiet as was possible.
Both Sibertiger9 and Kasey had to duck through the doorway, Kasey not so much
since she was shorter. TigerLily had a bit of an issue too, squeezing through
the Kacheek sized doorway. I led the group towards the hall as Laquilla shut
the door. We were just outside the kitchen door when to my horror it swung open.
"Back so... *gasp* wha-what's going on?" said
the green Kacheek, and the wooden spoon she was holding slipped from her paws.
"MOM, NO! IT'S OKAY!" Laquilla shouted, but it
didn't seem to help.
"Oh my... oh my goodness..." And with that
the green Kacheek fainted.
"Ruffle, go! I'll take care of Mom," said Laquilla.
I led the others into 'my room' and shut the door. It was a bit crowded now
that there were seven of us in here. It was a Kacheek sized house after all.
"There's a bunch of clothes in the closet there,
help yourself," I told them. Since Sibertiger9 and Kasey were already dressed
of course they took a seat on my bed.
"So... uh, Ruffle... What exactly is going on
here? Did that spotted Kacheek just say that the green one was your mom? And
what did she mean, 'you gave the town its name'?" TigerLily questioned. The
others listened for my answer as they rummaged through the closet.
"Well, okay... I'll start at the beginning and
tell you what I know. When I first got here I passed out from the heat. When
I woke up I was in here. Apparently it's taboo to go out in public without clothes
on, even though we're Neopets. That's why that green Kacheek fainted when she
saw you guys. I guess it was too much for her to take. Anyway, the spotted Kacheek's
name is Laquilla, and she and the green Kacheek, a.k.a. 'Mom', told me that
I used to live here, that's why my name is on the bedroom door. And I'm also
a hero here apparently."
"A hero?" asked Kasey. "What'd you do?"
"I defeated Dr. Sloth singlehandedly."
The others froze and stared at me.
"Yeah, I know it sounds crazy but that's what
they keep telling me!" I explained.
"Defeat... Dr. Sloth?" Mysticat nearly choked
on the words. I nodded. There was a knock on the door and then Laquilla entered.
"Is everyone dressed?" she asked.
"Um... Ruffle... I don't think any of this stuff
is going to fit me," said TigerLily, holding what was probably the largest shirt
in the closet, which still looked two sizes too small for her. These Kacheek
sized clothes were not going to fit on her Wocky sized body any time soon.
"Hmm..." Laquilla thought for a moment, then
she ran out of the room. She came back two minutes later with a bed sheet which
she wrapped around TigerLily like a toga. The golden Wocky now looked like Lost
"I have a problem with the clothes too," said
LuckDragon. "None of these pairs of pants are going to fit me."
"So wear a skirt," Sibertiger9 suggested casually.
"But... I'm a boy," LuckDragon whined.
"Wear the plaid one and pretend it's a kilt."
"Nevermind. Just pretend you're from Altador;
they wear skirt type things there."
LuckDragon shrugged and put on the skirt.
"Okay, Mom's awake now, and she wants some answers...
but I'm not sure I'm the best one to give them to her..."
"Don't worry, I'll take care of it," I told her.
I followed Laquilla out the door and motioned the others to follow. We filed
into the living room where my 'mom' was sitting on the couch wringing her hands
together. She looked nervously around at everybody, and she looked especially
nervous when she noticed the two humans and the large Wocky. I told everyone
to make themselves comfortable. The green Kacheek looked at me very flustered
and sputtered, "I... I de-demand an ex-ex-explanation."
"Um, well..." I began, " Mom, this is... this
is my family... and my friends."
She looked at me, obviously confused. "You mean,
these people... you've been living with them this whole time."
"Yes... well, I should introduce you, shouldn't
I? This is Sibertiger9, my owner..."
"Owner... wh-what do you mean your owner?" she
said, giving Sibertiger9 a strange look. My blonde haired owner waved at her.
Yet again, more explaining to do... then Laquilla
leaned over to me and whispered, "She doesn't get out much."
"Yes, mom, my... owner... it's, um, a term used
to mean adoptive parent." The green Kacheek nodded, accepting my made up explanation.
I glanced over at Laquilla and she smirked back. I continued.
"... and these are my older sisters, TigerLily,
and Mysticat." The gold Wocky and split Aisha nodded at her. "And this is my
younger brother, LuckDragon," I said pointing out the silver Shoyru. He waved
happily. I noticed that Laquilla giggled at him, most likely because he was
wearing a skirt. "Oh and this is my owner's friend Kaseycw, but we call her
Kasey for short." The curly brown haired girl smiled weakly, still wincing a
bit because of her injured arm. "And her pets Safaraze and Amaranthela, two
of my best friends." The blue Zafara and yellow Shoyru waved in turn. Then there
was silence as my mom rolled the information over in her head.
"So... this is your... adoptive family? They're
the ones that have been taking care of you?" she asked finally. I nodded.
"Well, I'm very grateful. You've obviously taken
very good care of her. All this time we never knew what became of my eldest
daughter... we thought the worst..." She paused and a tear trickled down her
cheek. "Thank you so much..." She wiped the tear away on her apron and
put a smile on her face. "Well, you're probably all very hungry... Oh dear,
your arm..." she said looking at Kasey. "This should be cleaned... well
I'll fix you up first and then I'll make dinner. How does that sound to everyone?"
Hopping off the couch and wielding her wooden spoon she marched Kasey through
the kitchen door. The others followed suit. Sibertiger9 stayed behind to wait
"You go on ahead," I told her. "There's something
I want to do first."
She nodded and followed Laquilla into the kitchen.
I headed back down the hall toward my room. This time I noticed something that
I hadn't before. There were pictures hanging in the hall. I glanced at them
as I walked by, but then I stopped when something interesting caught my eye.
One of the pictures showed a small yellow Kacheek holding a... "Kachie?" I said
out loud to myself. It was holding a Psimouse... if that yellow Kacheek was
me... I thought, but how would Kachie be in the picture if I didn't get her
until much later?... Then I suddenly remembered that I hadn't seen Kachie since
I passed out several hours earlier. I ran to my room and to my relief my little
Psimouse was sitting atop my bed. I immediately scooped her up and hugged her.
"Oh Kachie, are you okay?! I'm so sorry I forgot
about you." Kachie squeaked a reply. She seemed unusually cheery. I set her
back down on the bed not wanting to smother her. I looked at her for a minute
while I thought.
"Kachie... do you remember anything about this
place by any chance?"
Kachie jumped off the bed and scrambled under
it as if to answer my question. A bit confused but curious all the same I bent
down to look underneath the bed. The closest thing to me was a colored lump,
I picked it up and held it in the diminishing sunlight that still poured through
the window. It was a rainbow reject Techo plushie. The poor thing looked lonely... so
I tucked it into my back pocket before looking under the bed again. There was
a number of things under there including a few pairs of old socks. The socks
made me laugh as I remembered a game of Kacheek seek I played with my siblings.
I had taken refuge under Sibertiger9's bed and became lost in a pile of dirty
socks... they couldn't find me for hours.
I saw Kachie's glowing red eyes under the bed.
She was pushing something in my direction. I reached out a paw and picked it
up. It was a very dusty book. I wiped the dust off on my shirt. It was a smallish
book, no bigger than Kachie, and the cover was made out of leather. The outside
was blank, no title, nothing. I opened it up. On the top of the first page was
a date... and then what looked like a journal entry:
2nd Day of Swimming, 1999
Laquilla is so annoying! Why can't she learn
to tie her own shoes? And she's always following...
"You know Dad got you that for your 7th birthday."
I jumped and turned around. Laquilla was leaning
in the doorway.
"The reject Techo, he got it for your 7th birthday.
By the way, sorry you won't be able to see Dad tonight. He's out working."
"How long have you been standing there?" I demanded.
"A few minutes. I just wanted to see what you
were doing... I see you still have Kachie."
"Well, I'm busy. Now leave me alone, you little
Laquilla flashed me a wide smile. Then without
warning she ran up to me and gave me a hug. "Yep, you're Ruffle alright," she
whispered in my ear. Then she left just as suddenly as she appeared. I turned
to Kachie with a look of confused shock on my face.
"Huh-wha?" was all that managed to leave my mouth.
I shook my head and went back to looking at the diary. I flipped to the next
couple of pages and began reading another entry:
6th Day of Swimming, 1999
I've done something horrible! I left Laquilla
nearby at the ice cream parlor while I went to play tag with the Lalaboks by
the old well. Later when I went to check on Laquilla she was gone and there
was a piece of parchment in her place. It said: You should keep a closer eye
on your sister. Me and the Lalaboks looked all over town but we couldn't find
her anywhere! Someone must have cheek-napped her... but who? I feel horrible.
I know the little runt annoys me all the time but I still love her.
I'm in my room right now and I can hear Mom
and Dad talking to Cheeder out in the living room. Actually, Mom's crying and
Dad's talking. I still don't know if I'm in trouble or not...
I looked at Kachie, again, in shock. I couldn't
believe what I was reading... If this diary was mine, then it must hold all the
answers I've been looking for...
To be continued...
Questions? Comments? Feel free to neomail me. ~Sibertiger9