A Day in Another's Shoes: Part Two
Ignicia had been dreaming nightmares all night. When the
bright sun entered her room, she immediately woke up, hoping to forget about that
specific Math's Nightmare where she was the poor little white Aisha and Miss Acacia's
face appeared in every number.
The faerie mumbled and turned around to sit on
her bed. She bent down to get her shoes, put them on and have a good morning
exercise when she stopped.
Her shoes were gone! The shock awakened the faerie
fully as she looked around for her shoes. Who could've taken them, those special
old sneakers that only she was allowed to use?
Ignicia sighed. Oh well, she'd just have to go
and get another pair from her... wardrobe? The faerie examined the room she
was in and noted that it didn't have a wardrobe.
What in the world was going on here? Confused,
Ignicia took a look at the ceiling where her mirror was. Instead there was a
creepy fountain-like chandelier looking as if it was going to fall off any second.
The faerie got off her bed and landed on her...
tail? Ignicia looked at what was supposed to be her feet, but it was a tail.
A blue, scale-covered, ugly, inconvenient tail.
Slowly an idea formed inside her head. The faerie
scanned the room for a mirror, dragged herself to it and looked at her reflection.
"AHH!" she screamed after five seconds, touching
her face with the thin and cold hands of a Water faerie.
"Why her?" was Ignicia's next thought. She shuddered
as she tried to recover from the shock of discovering that she was now in her
Quickly the faerie drew some conclusions. If
she was in Undula's body, then that meant Undula was in hers. But why had she
ended up like this? Who had made this happen?
Ignicia decided that she would find out. The
single thing that she hoped right now was that she wouldn't stuck being Undula
forever. Then a slightly mischievous thought crossed her mind, and a wicked
grin tugged at the faerie's lips. She could have fun with this.
She quickly exited her room, after decorating
her hair with the least aquatic seashells she could find. Ignicia rolled her
eyes when she saw the huge set of hairpins and other various accessories that
"Why does she even bother being pretty?" Ignicia
thought as she put on the glasses. Suddenly she could see much better than before.
Surprised, the faerie took off the glasses and the world reverted to a blurry
mess that she had seen when she woke up. She had no idea that Undula's sight
was this bad.
Ignicia thought of all the times she had teased
the poor Water faerie for being four-eyed. Maybe it had been wrong... The faerie
shook her head. No. She didn't have time to think about this. Ignicia had to
go out there and fix this problem. Since she had already decided that she wouldn't
want to stay Undula forever, she had to do something.
The faerie put her hand on the doorknob, but
stopped. She remembered how clumsily she had dragged herself to the mirror.
That occurrence would not occur again, if Ignicia had her way.
For the next fifteen minutes, the faerie practiced
hard on walking the way water faeries did. Ignicia grunted and moved that clumsy
tail around, trying not to lose her balance. Finally she could manage a somewhat
decent walk, after getting several scales ripped off by landing on the ground
"It's not like I want to do this or whatever,"
she thought, "I'd rather eat Woo Woo Grub than be Undula, but if I don't look
like the real deal..." Ignicia shook her head. "I guess I have to play her until
I can return to myself."
Then, sitting on the ground and touching her
new tail, Ignicia thought of what she would've done now. Then she got up grumpily,
sore at the fact that if she had been in her old body, she would've just put
on her sneakers and walked away.
With a lot of effort, the faerie opened the door.
Immediately she saw a group of Water faeries that she had known for a long time
as the Seven Scary Princesses of the Sea. Ignicia knew that they were very self-absorbed
and bullied other faeries around, but she had never submitted to their feeble
attempts at power.
"Hello, Undula," the leader of them waved. Ignicia
chose to ignore her, since that malicious tone the other faerie was using didn't
"I'm not Undula," the faerie thought as she strode
past the seven water faeries. "I just look like Undula."
"Wait a minute!" another one of the seven faeries
called out. Ignicia froze. Had they already discovered that she wasn't the real
deal? The faerie shuddered and moved quicker.
"Not so fast," a third water faerie said. "Four-eyed
The Fire faerie that was in the body of a Water
faerie froze yet again. It was exactly the same thing she had told Undula. Ignicia
tried to blast off at top speed, forgot that she had a tail instead of two feet
and fell on the ground.
"Ah, that's a shame, isn't it?" the fourth water
"Too bad," the leader said, putting a large metal
staff on Ignicia's tail. "Just stay here."
"Yeah," the second sniggered. "It's your place."
"Get it? Under us... Undula!" the fifth said,
but got thwacked in the head by the leader's staff.
"Don't be too friendly," the leader warned. "Or
we might end up as the Six Princesses of the Sea."
"And it's not that funny," the second one added.
Ingicia could feel the flames of humiliation
flare up inside her. She had encountered mean people and fought back in return,
but a personal experience like this with the Seven Royally Saucy Princesses
was something on a whole different level.
She thought about how Undula had yelled at her
for not understanding. Well, at least she understood a little bit more now.
"Ugly witches," Ignicia muttered as she got up.
"What did you call us?" the first one screeched,
turning around. "Ugly?"
"I did," the faerie said, knowing that this was
a bad idea. But Ignicia was Ignicia, hotheaded and always acting on impulse.
She drew out her wand and started on a big-scale curse but another few thwacks
at that tail made her lose her concentration.
"You can't cast spells anyway," the second water
faerie said. "Just remember how it went for that poor fountain last time. They're
still making reparations."
Ignicia shuddered. Suddenly she remembered that
Undula was probably the worst spellcaster alive. It would seem that she could
not fight back in her usual way. But she would have revenge, oh yes...
The faerie looked at her poor tail and then at
the seven water faeries. It didn't take an idiot to figure out what their weak
"This is for you," she thought as she opened
her book-bag for some weapons. She had expected cool stuff, since it had been
heavy, but all she found were books on brewing potions, healing, mind-reading,
hypnotism and a couple of adventure novels. Ignicia rolled her eyes. Typical
Undula to keep books in a book-bag. Besides the books, there were several nice,
sharp pencils and a surprisingly expensive back-up wand.
Ignicia decided that her best bet would be those
pencils. Being Ignicia, she was not about to give up, which she suspected that
Undula did. The faerie grabbed a few and thanked her Ultimate Bullseye-obsessed
cousin for tutoring her on how to aim.
The faerie grinned evilly when she heard seven
loud voices scream in unison. She had gotten her petty little revenge, but there
were more important things to do. Reminding herself that she didn't want to
be stuck as Undula forever, Ignicia quickly took off, this time carefully checking
her tail every five seconds.
A few faeries turned around the corner, but Ignicia
did not pay attention, as she was too busy making sure that she would not fall.
The faerie bumped into the group and fell.
"Sorry," she quickly apologized.
"Sorry," the leader of the group said. Their
eyes bulged when they saw her. "Nevermind. It's you, four-eyes."
"What?" Ignicia burst out, looking at the group.
It was her semi-friends, the faeries she did homework with. "What did you just
"Four-eyes," the group echoed.
"I'm not..." the faerie started, but remembered
that she was Undula now and actually had glasses. The annoyance of it all! If
she had been in her own body, they would've been talking with each other and
perhaps making jokes. Ignicia gritted her teeth. She had to remember who she
was, and with some effort she got up.
"Well, see ya around, if you still have any eyes,"
the group chorused, moving on. Ignicia sighed of relief, and caught herself
"Why am I doing that?" she asked herself. She
had always been confident, never cowering or submissive like that water faerie.
Ignicia rolled her eyes. Being Undula was horrible, since this stupid body didn't
let her do any of the normal things she could do. She hoped that Undula had
equal trouble managing her body, assuming that they had switched.
"Enjoying your day?" Miss Acacia said, passing
the water faerie. Judging by the way the so-called Undula walked, she knew that
their spell had been successful.
Ignicia did not reply. It wasn't wise to confront
a teacher. Wait! Where was all that cleverness coming from? She pinched her
arm and hoped that being stuck in Undula's body did not mean being Undula in
brain-wise too. Then again, she could get perfect A's this way...
The faerie shook her head. She felt attacked
from everyone... From the faeries that were of her kind, the natural enemies
and even a teacher! Ignicia couldn't stand it anymore! Impulsively she blew
a raspberry after the Math teacher and took off.
Again she fell to the ground, forgetting to how
to walk with the tail. Ignicia got up indignantly as several fire faeries nearby
giggled and walked off in the direction of the yard. This hallway, with all
those mean faeries, was suffocating her.
After a few repeated falls of trying to get revenge
on all the students that seemed not to be able to help themselves to laugh,
Ignicia finally reached the yard. Suddenly she stopped.
There, right in front of the fountain in the
middle of the yard, was something brown... Something familiar. Her shoes! Feeling
hopeful, Ignicia ran towards the shoes. She could just imagine putting them
on the tail and then turning back to her old self.
To be continued...