"Slumberberry Potion!" The Uni gasped, and I could tell that she had worked out my plans.
"That's right," I confirmed, giving the flask a slow swirl to check its content. Hmm, good as new. "Now, I'll assign you a very important task."
"What is it?" She interrupted.
Normally, I would be very annoyed over this, but I had more pressing matters. "Time is of the essence here. Your job would be to go to Meridell and make Illusen drink this. Disguise it or whatever, I don't care, just get it done."
I handed over the glass bottle, and the Uni received it carefully with both hooves, staring at the liquid in wonder.
"Do this well, and you would be rewarded greatly," I promised.
The Uni could only nod.
When Neopians mention the Stone Statue of the Darkest Faerie, they'd immediately think of the Mysterious Statue under the sea, in the Ruins of Maraqua. Indeed, that statue was of my older sister.
But it was only mere carving upon stone, made to look like her. A decoy.
The real one, sat right in Haunted Woods, and the exact location was mapped out on the piece of paper I held in my hand.
Unlike kingdoms and empires, in Haunted Woods, guards were still quite controversial, and the Neopians would rather set traps or curses. Like how the Statue was hidden by meticulous weaving of spells, such that if one did not know the actual location of the Statue, one could never find it.
But I did.
Lo and behold, the Stone Statue. The Darkest Faerie trapped underneath all that layers herself.
"Now, all I need to do is..." I murmured, trailing off as I fished out the antidote to the Darkest Faerie’s incarceration and the Storm Amulet. A hand gripping the amulet, and a hand holding up the antidote, I begun to chant as I splashed the antidote onto the Statue.
The skies greyed, rumbling. A stroke of thunder split the sky into two, striking hard right at the statue. Stone chips fell, and unnaturally pale skin was revealed beneath.
"Sister," I began.
And everything went downhill from there.
What I underestimate, was the Darkest Faerie's thirst for revenge. After being sealed in stone for thousands of years, then having been liberated once just to fail in her revenge, the Darkest Faerie's anger and hatred had redoubled, so much that it had only cause her to attack indiscriminately.
"Sister, please wait," I cried, dodging her blasts of flames in between words. "I am the one who freed you!"
She only snarled, "and you caused me to be cursed in the first place! You and the rest of all those pesky Faeries!"
The Darkest Faerie's strength was nothing to scoff at. While I knew I was strong, I was nowhere a match for my older sister. I did the next sensible thing, which was to retreat.
A stray fireball hit my wings, cutting my thought off as bars of pain shot up from them. Fear enriched on my heart as I realised my only escape plan was ruined.
"N-No..." I whimpered, defeated, closing my eyes awaiting for the final blast to hit.
"Don't you dare hurt her!" It was a painfully familiar voice.
I opened my eyes. Illusen was glaring right at the Darkest Faerie, hands clenching her favourite, and most powerful wand.
Behind her, dozens and dozens of Faeries, and more were coming, eyes trained on their opponent. Not just Air, Water, Fire, Earth, but also Dark Faeries.
I almost cried at the sight.
For once, Queen Fyora only watched from the sides as Illusen shouted commands, eyes observing my fallen form. Without a word, a warm glow lit up from her hands, which gently stroke my wings.
"Your Highness," I started, but she only waved me off.
"I've heard everything from a kind, brave Uni," she explained. "And the Shenkuu Princess, who is on a diplomatic visit to Faerieland, tipped us off. She has an amulet which allows her to get wind of the situation."
The Queen shook her head, her brows furrowed in apparent worry. "You are only being manipulated this time. The Shenkuu Princess speaks of an evil mastermind behind all this. I'm afraid this is only the foreshadowing of a larger event."
The lightning crackled ominously, even as the Darkest Faerie was pushed back once again to her eternal slumber.