Roomies 2: Part Three
The yellow Aisha from the Neopian Planning Committee leaned
over the counter of the Tombola with a shocked expression on his face upon finding
Jhudora and Jesc hidden under the stand. "What are you doing under there?" he
asked. His eyes suddenly widened. "Your cloud didn't burn down again, did it?
You aren't living there, are you?"
"No, no, Jim!" Jhudora answered. "And shush!
"Hiding? From who? And who's that next to you?"
"Hi, I'm Jesc!" the air faerie answered happily.
She was still wet and cramped, but she was happy that she was allowed to talk
"Oh!" Jim said, adjusting his glasses. "You're
the air faerie who volunteered to let Jhudora stay with you! Charming! I'm Jim,
head of the Neopian Planning Committee."
"Okay, okay," Jhudora hissed. "Enough with the
pleasantries and introductions. Jim, you need to leave now before Mrs. Pierce
or some Neopet sees you talking to the bottom of this stand!"
"Who's Mrs. Pierce?"
"Never you mind!"
"S-sorry," Jim stuttered, "but I don't suppose
you guys actually like being cramped under there?"
"It's horrible," Jhudora sighed.
"Well, if you don't like it here, you can always
come over to my Neohome..."
"You live here?" Jesc asked, her blue eyes wide
with wonder. "On this wonderful tropical island?"
"Yep," he said a bit pompously. "Since I work
for the Neopian Planning Committee, I get a nice little piece of land right
here. You can come stay..."
The words were barely out of his mouth when
Jhudora jumped out from under the stand (breaking a few glass bottles filled
with red sand much to the Tiki Man's horror) and said, "Let's go. Now."
Without another word, Jhudora, Jesc, and Jim
all left the Tombola stand and as inconspicuously as possible, they headed to
"It's not too far," he remarked, gazing up at
Mount Techo as they passed it.
Jesc was happily sightseeing, standing up on
her tiptoes and looking up at the volcano with wonder, but Jhudora was crouching
down as low as possible as she walked, trying not to be seen.
After a few minutes, they reached a neighbourhood
filled with Neohomes with gardens full of gorgeous flowers. Jim led them down
the street until he reached the largest Neohome on the block. Jesc gazed up
at it in wonder. It was three stories high with at least fifty rooms and the
outside was painted a bright yellow. "It looks so bright!" she exclaimed as
Jim opened the door, revealing a huge home filled with expensive furniture and
walls made of chocolate.
Even Jhudora was impressed. "Not bad," she remarked.
"A bit too cheerful, but not bad."
Jim gave them a grand tour and the two were
told to pick out any room that they wanted to stay in. Jim normally lived with
his two sisters, Jerra and Julie, but for the remainder of the month they were
staying at the Neolodge in Neopia Central, so the gigantic house was empty.
Jesc automatically picked a room painted bright
blue with clouds painted on the ceiling. Jhudora, however, looked at every room
carefully before choosing one that was painted purple. Unfortunately for her,
however, the room was right next door to Jesc's, but without the wind chimes
(they had left all of their luggage at the beach), she actually found enough
time to take a long nap.
"One number ticket," Mrs. Pierce growled at
the Tombola Man who produced a bowl with white pieces of paper. Closing her
eyes, she pulled out a number: 347.
"I'm sorry, Madam," the Tombola man said sadly.
"All you get is a booby prize."
Mrs. Pierce was more frustrated than ever. Not
only had she just lost Tombola, but she had spent the entire day looking for
Jhudora on the beach, only to be badly sunburned.
"Where's my prize?" she barked.
The Tiki Man looked sadder than ever, his flowered
shirt all crinkled and his forever-happy smile was gone. "I'm sorry, but all
the booby prizes are ruined. We had a bunch of red sand, but Jhudora broke all
of the bottles." Then, remembering that he wasn't supposed to reveal Jhudora's
name, he muttered, "oops."
Mrs. Pierce looked up quickly, her glasses almost
falling off her nose. "Where is she?" she asked quickly.
The Tiki Man suddenly looked horrified. "I promised
I wouldn't tell. She said she would burn my stand if I tell! I can't tell you!"
Mrs. Pierce frowned under her breath and mumbled,
"Well, if you can't tell me the easy way, you'll just have to tell me the hard
way." Pulling out her wand, she made a complicated swish, muttered, "Veritas!"
and a bright light surrounded the Tiki Man. "Now," she asked, "where is she?"
The truth spell worked and against the Tiki
Man's will, he mumbled, "Jim's Neohome." However, he didn't end there. "I love
carrots... Cybunnies scare me... I got this shirt from the Advent Calendar..."
He continued to mumble facts about his life until Mrs. Pierce put her wand away.
Then, without a word, she headed into the direction of Jim's Neohome.
The sun was setting and after a filling dinner,
Jim excused himself, saying, "I'm sorry, but I have to leave now. I just got
neomail from a colleague on Krawk Island. They're building a Neohome there and
they need some help. I"ll be back in an hour. Please make yourself at home."
Then, leaving Jesc and Jhudora at the dinner table, he left.
Jesc was a bit shocked at his sudden departure,
but Jhudora knew that Jim was constantly working.
There was silence for a few moments, and then
Jesc suddenly shouted, "Let's play charades!"
"No charades!" Jhudora said, rubbing her head.
She never wanted to hear the word "charades" again, so Jesc just got up and
said, "Okay then. I'll just go and watch the sunset outside. Wanna come?"
"No," Jhudora said bluntly, sitting on a rather
large couch. "I think I'm just going to take a nap."
Jesc shrugged. "Suit yourself." Then, heading
towards the door, she walked outside.
The sky was a mixture of blue, purple and pink
and the sun was a brilliant gold that was slowly sinking down past the horizon.
Jesc found herself enchanted by its beauty and she stood there for a few moments,
basking in its golden light...
She was suddenly snapped out of her stupor when
she saw someone walking down the street towards the house. She couldn't make
out who it was in the glare of the sun, but as the figure got closer, she could
hear the clicking of shoes and the mumbles of, "I'm going to get you, Jhudora."
Involuntarily, Jesc shrieked.
Mrs. Pierce looked up. "Jesc!" she shouted.
Jesc turned around as quickly as she could and
ran towards the house. However, right before she slammed the door, a spell hit
her dead-on in the back. She didn't know what it did, but she quickly closed
the door just in time. Mrs. Pierce was locked out.
"What's the racket?" Jhudora shouted, sitting
up from the couch, her hair frizzy, as she listened to Mrs. Pierce frantically
knocking on the door, wanting to come inside.
Jesc opened her mouth to tell Jhudora that Mrs.
Pierce was right outside... but nothing came out. She couldn't make a sound.
The spell she'd been hit with had made it so that she couldn't speak!
In her mind, Jesc remembered learning about
silencing spells. There were only temporary, but she couldn't wait for it to
wear off. She needed to tell Jhudora NOW!
Jhudora looked at her strangely as Jesc struggled
to say something, her mouth moving, but no words coming out. Irritated, Jhudora
said, "Listen, I'm not playing charades with you!"
Charades! The idea was perfect! Jesc nodded
her head quickly. They needed to play charades; that was the only way she would
be able to tell her that Mrs. Pierce was there.
Jhudora scowled, her arms crossed and her eyes
narrowed. "One game only!" she shouted.
Jesc nodded again, ignoring the loud, insistent
knocks on the door, and started acting as quickly as possible. She was pointing
to her ears.
"Ears?" Jhudora asked. Jesc shook her head,
pointing to her little Usul earrings. "Earrings? Usul earrings? Uh... pierced
Jesc nodded her head rapidly. Jhudora was close.
"Pierced ea... Mrs. Pierce!" Jhudora concluded
Jesc nodded even quicker.
Jesc nodded so fast that she felt as if her
head was about to fall off.
"WELL, WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME?" Jhudora stormed,
grabbing her wand.
Jesc frantically pointed to her mouth. Jhudora
apparently didn't understand that she couldn't speak and muttered, "Whatever.
Anyway, we can't hide in here anymore. I'm just going to have to confront her."
Jesc shook her head. She wasn't exactly sure
if that was a good idea, but Jhudora's mind was set. Without another word, she
ran outside with her wand, leaving Jesc inside the house.
Jesc quickly grabbed her own wand and followed
Outside, the sun was still setting and the weather
was beautiful and calm. However, what was happening was anything but calm. Jhudora
and Mrs. Pierce were dueling. Spells were flying everywhere. Colorful puffs
of smoke hung in the air, streaks of light darted across the sky, and Jhudora
and Mrs. Pierce were bending and ducking, trying not to get hit. Jesc had to
duck twice as spells came her way and she eventually had to conjure up a force
field. She wanted to shout "STOP!" but nothing came out of her mouth.
It was then that it happened. Jhudora had finally
spotted Jesc and shouted, "Come on! What are you waiting for? Help me!" However,
in the space of time it had taken to deliver her message, Mrs. Pierce had shot
a spell at her and it hit her squarely.
"HA!" Mrs. Pierce shouted triumphantly, raising
her wand in the air. "Now we'll see who the liar truly is!"
At first, Jesc had no clue what she was talking
about, but then she heard Jhudora speak. At first, she couldn't understand the
babble of words, but they soon became clear.
"Mrs. Pierce is the most infuriating faerie
I've ever met... carrots are disgusting... one day I want to put Queen Fyora
in her place..."
"No," Jesc muttered, and with a jolt she realized
that her voice had returned. But she still couldn't believe what Mrs. Pierce
had done. She had performed a truth spell, a restricted spell, on Jhudora.
"Why?" Jesc demanded, anger building up inside
of her. "How could you do this to her? She's done nothing to you!"
"Oh, quite the contrary," Mrs. Pierce hissed,
her eyes flashing red. "Ever since I first met this sorry excuse for a faerie,
I knew that she was bad news. Always trying to get me fired, always trying to
embarrass or outdo me! But now, she's the one about to be embarrassed when she
tells all of Neopia the truth about what happened in the winter. Everyone knows
that you and Jhudora pulled that little 'prank,' but no one admitted it. So
guess who got the blame? ME!" She spat out the last word.
"But truth spells aren't allowed! Queen Fyora
made up that law!"
"Who cares about some stupid queen? Once Jhudora
admits what she did, I'll be the queen! Everyone will be overjoyed that this
terror of society has finally been caught in her web of wrongdoings and I'll
be the hero that caught her! And you, Jesc, the air faerie who got in my way,
will be nothing more than an outcast. Of course, it didn't have to be that way."
"What do you mean?"
Mrs. Pierce smiled evilly. "If you had just
admitted it in the first place, none of this would have happened. All you had
to do was tell me..."
"What kind of faerie would stoop low enough
to betray their friend?!" Jesc shouted.
"Friend?" Mrs. Pierce repeated, shocked. And
then she laughed. "You really thought that Jhudora was your 'friend?' Jhudora
has no friends! All she cares about is herself and no one else!"
"That's not true!" Jesc protested, her eyes
filling up with tears.
"Oh yes, it is." Mrs. Pierce turned her head
towards Jhudora who was standing motionless on the grass and still muttering.
Jesc strained to listen to her words.
"Petpetpets are useless vermin... my quest rewards
are sometimes really cheap..." At first it was just random phrases, but then
Jhudora said something else. "I think Jesc talks way too much and is so annoying..."
"Ha!" Mrs. Pierce shouted, victory shown on
her face. "See? She thinks you're an aggravating, happy air faerie! Not a friend!"
Jesc's heart quickly sank. Had Jhudora been
lying to her the entire time? Jesc knew that she got on her nerves and Jhudora
always was saying that she was annoying, but she never knew that she hated her
so much and that she really meant it. The tears in her eyes began to fall.
"Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to bring
Jhudora here to Faerieland. I think the center of the city is a perfect place
for everyone to listen to her confess!" Mrs. Pierce laughed evilly and then
narrowed her eyes. "And as for you, Jesc, I suggest that you cooperate with
me from now on. Now, goodbye." Mrs. Pierce then turned around and began to walk
towards Jhudora who was still saying random things.
Jesc's shoulders slumped and she pocketed her
wand. "If Jhudora doesn't care about me, then I don't care about her," she muttered.
Her normally bright blue eyes were dull with tears as she prepared to kick off
the ground and fly home to her sister. "Goodbye, Jhudora," she whispered.
It was then, just as she was about to take off,
that Jhudora shouted something else. However, this time it wasn't just a random
phrase. This time, it was something much more meaningful.
"Despite the fact that I always say that's Jesc's
annoying," she spoke, "I've never actually admitted how much I care about her."
Mrs. Pierce froze at the words. She had been
ready to take Jhudora with her and fly away, but the confession had made her
And Jesc had stopped, too. Her wings were no
longer tensed, ready for flight and her tears had stopped flowing. "It... it
was a truth spell!" she stuttered, "So she's telling the truth!" She then turned
her head towards Mrs. Pierce angrily."YOU!" she shouted, running over. "You
made it seem as if she doesn't care, but she does! And you're not taking her
"Stay back!" Mrs. Pierce said, pulling out her
wand, but her voice quivered and her hand was shaking.
"I will NOT stay back! Now, let go of Jhudora!"
As Jesc shouted, she realized for the first time that a small crowd of Neopets
had left their Neohomes and had gathered around the three faeries, watching
"NO!" Mrs. Pierce shouted. "I've waited far
too long for my revenge and she will announce the truth whether she wants to
or not!" She then turned to face the crowd. "Ladies and gentlemen! Neopets and
faeries! You are about to witness the nefarious Jhudora admit to her latest
crime, destroying a Faerie Academy classroom! Listen carefully! The truth will
be out any second now!"
"Don't listen!" Jesc pleaded to the crowd, but
Mrs. Pierce just laughed.
"Jesc, your effort's futile. You can't stop
the crowd from listening anymore than you can stop Jhudora from telling the
An idea suddenly popped into Jesc's head, an
idea that she never would have come up with if Mrs. Pierce hadn't done it to
her. "I may not be able to stop the crowd from listening or stop Jhudora from
telling the truth, but I can still stop her from being heard!" And with that,
Jesc abruptly turned towards Jhudora, waved her wand, and blasted a spell at
her. The spell hit Jhudora dead on.
And Jhudora was silent.
Just like Jesc before, her mouth was moving,
but no sound was coming out. The truth was still hidden.
"NO!" Mrs. Pierce shouted in agony, her hands
clutching her grey-streaked hair, but Jesc ignored her. Silence spells were
temporary and she needed to get Jhudora out of Mystery Island and back to Faerieland,
but she didn't need to worry, because at that moment, there was a loud gasp
from the crowd. Jesc turned her head in confusion, wondering what had made them
gasp, and saw none other than Queen Fyora.
She was as regal as a faerie could be. She had
long, silky hair and deep purple eyes. Her dress was long and elegant and her
wings were light and delicate and perched on her head was a white-gold tiara.
And she was walking up to Jesc.
Jesc found herself talking faster than she had
ever talked before
"Oh Queen Fyora, it's an honor to meet you and
I'm so sorry that you had to come all the way here from Faerieland which is
pretty far, I know, and you must be tired, but Jhudora is in a lot of trouble.
Mrs. Pierce, the fire faerie right there, was a teacher at my school, the Faerie
Academy, and was trying to get Jhudora to admit that she got her suspended so
she followed us here and she put a silence spell on me so I couldn't talk and
then she put a truth spell on Jhudora and I know that truth spells are forbidden,
but she didn't care and she wants to be queen, so I then put a silence spell
on Jhudora so she wouldn't be able to tell all of her secrets and... and..."
She trailed off, gasping for breath.
"Breathe, child, breathe," Fyora said calmly
and after Jesc had filled her lungs with several gulps of air, Fyora asked,
"Now, what's your name?"
"Okay, Jesc, just sit down and I'll take care
Jesc nodded and watched Fyora walk over to Jhudora.
With a wave of her wand, the truth and the silence spells were removed and Jhudora
"It took you long enough," she mumbled and Jesc
was so happy that she couldn't help but run over to her.
"Oh Jhudora! I was so worried and I thought
you didn't like me and that you just thought that I was a nuisance but then
you said that you did care and..."
"And you will never repeat a word of what I
said, got it?" Jhudora said threateningly.
Jesc smiled and just said, "It's good to have
"Well, it's good to be back. That spell was
horrible! And it left a bad aftertaste! I feel like I've just eaten about 500
pieces of asparagus!" She made a disgusted face. "Now," she said, looking around,
"where's Mrs. Pierce?"
"Fyora's taking to her."
Jhudora glared. "Fyora isn't my favorite faerie
in Neopia, but at least she's better than Mrs. Pierce."
And with that, they walked over to hear Fyora
talking to Mrs. Pierce.
"Vermillion Pierce!" the queen said loudly,
in front to the crowd. "Not only did you perform a truth spell on Jhudora, but
you were going to trap Jesc in the air faerie tower in the Faerie Academy for
the entire summer vacation AND you sent a false explanation letter to her sister,
Mirasol. You are apparently not a suitable teacher at the Faerie Academy and
I hereby fire you."
"WHAT?" Mrs. Pierce shouted. "You can't do that
"I can, and I did," Fyora said coolly. "Just
be thankful that I didn't have you arrested for using a truth spell! Now fly
to the Academy, pack your things and head home."
Mrs. Pierce turned away, her pointy glasses
perched on her nose and her eyes flashing a dangerous red. "This is all your
fault," she said to Jesc and Jhudora. "You did this to me!"
Jesc smiled innocently. "You only did this to
yourself," she said with a smile, and with an evil glare of enmity, Mrs. Pierce
flew away into the night.
With that said, all of the Neopets who came
to watch the scene traveled home, leaving only Jhudora, Jesc and Fyora outside.
"You know," Fyora said to Jhudora, "You can
be the new Proper Uses of Magical Abilities teacher. After all, you have plenty
Jesc smiled excitedly. It was great that Mrs.
Pierce was gone, but it would be even better to have Jhudora as a teacher! Jhudora,
however, just gave a strange laugh.
"Me? Yeah right! I'm not the teaching type and
besides, who would want to go to a school taught by me? I just want to head
back home and give out some quests."
Fyora nodded her head and said, "Okay. If that's
what you wish, I'll just have to find someone else." And with that, she nodded
and flew away.
The sky was freckled with stars now and everything
felt perfectly right. Mrs. Pierce was fired, Jhudora hadn't revealed her secret,
and Jesc was ready to go home and see her older sister. They had won. Finally.
"Well, now that this is all over, we better
get back to my cloud," Jhudora muttered, fixing her hair. "Then you can get
your five million plushies and wind chimes out of my house and you can head
home." She gave a weird smile. "It's going to be nice not having to listen to
your annoying voice anymore."
Jesc smiled back, knowing how Jhudora truly
felt on the inside. "I'll miss you too, Roomie."
And with that, they kicked off into the night,
the stars shining high in the sky, not knowing that there still was one person
that they had forgotten...
That same night, the Haiku Kougra was woken
up late at night by a loud knock at his front door. Drowsily, he opened it with
his green paw and was prepared to say that he was closed for the night, when
he saw the Tombola Man in front of him, talking nonstop.
"... I think 'Roll up' is a really cool phrase...
people who frown scare me... I never take my mask off... flowered shirts are
cool... I love working at my Tombola stand..."
The Kougra raised his eyebrows and sighed. "I'll
call Fyora in the morning..."