Her Spirit's Eyes: Part Six
Wanda watched Princess Rose walk off from behind a hedge.
She invited Laura to come to the castle for dinner?? This
was unbelievable. She knew that Rose was up to something, but she wasn't sure
A thought suddenly struck Wanda's mind to look
at "The Prophecy of the Indera." She slowly glanced at the words written plainly
on the page in front of her:
"...There is only one weapon that can truly
cease its spirit's existence. It is a powerful, mystical weapon that has been
kept safe in the Royal Castle for several generations, saved for the coming
of the Indera...."
Wanda's eyes widened, the worst thought came
to her mind. If Rose had this dagger, then... uh oh.
"Oh my gosh..." Wanda looked back up and saw
Laura retreating back to her house. Laura had to know the bad news, "...wait!
Laura turned to face the bushes as the ever-familiar
blue Bori hopped out of them. "What? Oh, it's you..." Laura sighed. "What was
your name? Wendy?"
"Wanda," Wanda replied. "And I've got something
to tell you... um, you see..."
"Look, I don't really have time..." Laura interrupted,
"and shouldn't you be at the orphanage?"
"No, no..." Wanda started.
"You're not supposed to be at the orphanage?"
Laura raised an eyebrow.
"No... I mean... YES!" Wanda groaned. "I should
be at the orphanage, but..."
"Then why aren't you at the orphanage?"
"I've REALLY gotta tell you something
that's REALLY important!" Wanda panted in exasperation. "'Kay, I was
reading this book, see, 'The Prophecy of the Indera'..." Wanda made a gesture
to the book in her arms.
"You have 'The Prophecy of the Indera'?!"
"Well, it's not really mine, see, it belongs
to the orphanage..." Wanda sighed.
"Do you know how rare that book's supposed
to be?!" Laura had a huge smile on her face.
"The book's not what's important!" Wanda groaned.
"You see, I heard hooves clopping, and I looked up and saw Rose's carriage,
see, so I followed her knowing something was up, and I followed her here to
your house, and..." Wanda paused to take a breath, "I heard what she said about
inviting you to the castle on Saturday..."
"Oh, I get it." Laura nodded. "You want to come
to the castle with me, don't you?"
Wanda's eyes grew wide. She'd lived as an orphan
for as far back as she could remember, and she knew that the castle was far
better class than the cheap orphanage. She'd longed to see the castle, and now
she had a chance to see it! But that wasn't what she wanted to tell Laura. She
had little to no idea what to say.
"Well..." she scratched the back of her head,
"it would be nice..."
"Okay, then. Rose DID say I could bring
a friend or two, and I'm sure if it's alright with the orphanage, you could
come with me." Laura said with a nod and a smile.
"...really?" Wanda's eyes widened.
"Sure!" Laura winked. "Now why don't you just
run back to the orphanage now, and ask permission from Adam, that Elephante."
"Um, his name's Ardon..." Wanda corrected Laura.
"Well, whatever," Laura said. "You'd probably
better hurry before they start wondering where you are."
Laura had made a very good point. If she didn't
get back to the orphanage, soon, Ardon and the other orphans would start looking
for her. She ran back to the orphanage carrying "The Prophecy of the Indera,"
but her stomach hurt, because she hadn't told Laura the bad news about the Princess'
* * * * *
When Wanda finally got back from the orphanage,
she had a smile on her face. She knocked on Laura's door, and Laura opened the
door, with Dina under her left arm.
"He said I could go!" Wanda said with a smile.
"That's great!" Laura smiled. "Now, if you don't
mind, I need to get back to house work. Little Dina here can sometimes be such
a handful..." She made a gesture to the baby under her arm.
Wanda looked at Dina's pretty, shiny indigo
eyes. Her smile began to fade. If her assumption about Dina being the "Indera"
character mentioned throughout the book she was reading was true, then Dina
was in DEEP TROUBLE. Wanda remembered that she was going to tell Laura
"Um... Laura?" she started, just as Laura was
about to close the door.
"Yeah?" Laura asked, with a smile on her face.
"Well... uh..." Wanda looked at the ignorant
yet calm look on Laura's face. She didn't know how to break such terrible news
to her, "...h-have a nice day!"
"Heh heh, okay." Laura smiled sweetly. "Bye!"
And the door slammed shut. Wanda bit her lower
lip, once again feeling a pain in her stomach for still not telling Laura the
* * * * *
Time seemed to move very slowly for Princess
Rose that week. She was in her room, having trouble thinking about anything
but the dinner with Laura that Saturday.
"The only thing that slows down time..." Rose
sighed as she plopped onto her bed, "...anticipation."
She opened her top drawer, dug through some
clothes and pulled the Royal Dagger out from under them. She stroked its blade
gently with a maleficent grin on her face.
"This Saturday, the Indera is going to taste
the steel wrath of Princess Rose Daggerking." Rose smiled smugly. "Heh heh heh...
ha! ha! ha! BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA!--"
The Princess jumped out of her skin when she
heard the voice of Monina, who was just outside the door.
"What's so funny...?" Monina wondered.
"Um, I'm... reading a book!" Rose lied, and
she was glad the door was locked. "There's no need to worry about anything!"
"O... kay. If you say so..." Rose, with her
four Aisha ears, heard Monina's footsteps fade into the distance.
"Heh heh heh..." Princess Rose was sure to keep
her voice quiet this time, as she looked at her reflection in the Royal Dagger's
finely polished blade.
* * * * *
"Oooh, Wanda's a spoiled bratty-brat!" Rorri
said in a sing-song voice.
"Yeah! You're so spoiled, you get to eat dinner
with the Princess!" Harry added.
"Oh, shut up," Wanda said, reading more of 'The
Prophecy of the Indera'. "You're just jealous."
"We're not jealous! That castle, formal, manners
stuff is too bleh," Tom said.
"Oh, yeah, like I believe you," Wanda teased.
"Now you're bragging!" Harry said.
"It's not my fault that Ardon let me
go to the castle, but not you." Wanda continued reading.
"Sure it is!" Rorri protested.
"Why do you say that?" Wanda rolled her eyes.
"'Cause you love Mr. Ardon."
Wanda jumped out of her chair. "WHAT?!"
"Oh, come on, it's so obvious!" Harry teased.
"You're the only one in the whole orphanage that doesn't call him 'Mister'."
"What does that have to do with anything?!"
Wanda shouted. "This is baloney..." Wanda groaned as she sat back down. "Look,
I am NOT in love with Ardon!"
"There you go again!" Rorri teased.
Harry batted his eyelashes, pretending to be
Wanda. "Oh, Ardon... you're so handsome, and you have the sweetest voice..."
"That's not true!" Wanda shouted.
Harry ignored Wanda and continued, "...is it
okay if I go to the castle? I promise I'll come back for you, sweetie-pie..."
Tom giggled, and then made an imitation of Ardon.
"Yes, of course." Tom tried just a little too hard to imitate Ardon's voice.
"With eyes like yours, I'd love you to go to the castle!"
"What?!" Wanda yelped. "That doesn't even make
Rorri was rolling on her back, sides hurting
from laughter. But even through all her laughter, she managed to exclaim, "Ah,
you love each other SO much, admit it! Ha! Ha! Ha!"
Wanda rolled her eyes as the other orphans burst
out in loud laughter. "How many rumors about me do you insane people have?"
"Let's see..." Harry thought aloud, "there's
the one about you coming from another bizarre world, the one where your dad
was a mad scientist, the one about..."
"Okay, okay!" Wanda interrupted. "I understand
that you think I'm some bizarre wacko. But for crying out loud, I'm not!!"
"Whatever you say..." Harry said, giggling.
Tom, Rorri and Harry giggled madly, as Wanda
just groaned and stormed off to another table, where she was able to continue
* * * * *
"She invited you to the CASTLE??" asked
a purple Acara, who was sitting on Laura's couch.
"Yes, Zora," Laura answered. "It was really
weird, but I think it will be nice to actually get to see the inside of the
"Man, you are so LUCKY, girl!" exclaimed
Zora, the Acara.
"What are you talking about?" Laura chuckled.
"YOU got the jackpot at the Wheel of Excitement."
"Yeah, but I don't get a free trip to
the castle!" Zora replied.
Zora was an old friend of Laura's, she always
wore lots of jewelry and makeup, and she always had to wear only what was most
fashionable. That was how she was, and how she always had been.
Laura chuckled, as she picked Dina up off the
floor. "Well, she said I could bring a couple of friends if I wanted to."
Zora's eyes widened. "You're kidding!"
"No, I'm not!" Laura said with a smile. "I'm
sure it wouldn't be much of a bother if you decided to come."
"I'd love to!!" Zora exclaimed.
"I knew you'd say that," Laura said with a slight
giggle. "She said it was at six P.M., NST. But she didn't actually say anything
"Ooh!" Zora's purple eyes lit up. "Maybe she'll
come pick us up in that big fancy carriage of hers! Wouldn't that be cool?!"
"Heh, maybe." Laura nodded.
"Ay-bee!" Dina cheered, clapping her small paws
Laura and Zora laughed, as Saturday was slowly
but surely getting sooner with every passing second.
* * * * *
"This Saturday, is it?" King Kantun asked Rose.
"Yeah," Rose replied, "I thought it would be...
nice... because she had a baby recently."
Rose felt a little awkward, she was standing
in the kitchen discussing the dinner she had planned with the King and Monina.
Rose had so many ideas going through her head when she planned the dinner that
she almost completely forgot to tell her father about it.
"So it's basically a late baby shower?" Monina
asked as she scrubbed a plate.
"Not very many people have been invited to the
castle for... a baby shower..." King Kantun scratched his chin. "It certainly
would be... different."
"Well... I'm okay with different," Rose said
sort of succinctly.
"Yeah," Monina added, "there hasn't been much
'different' around here, lately, and it would be a change to make dinner for
a few more people." She set the plate carefully on the counter and grabbed another
one from the sink. "It might be kind of, well, fun."
Kantun was slightly puzzled at Monina's use
of the word 'fun', but sighed and said, "Well, I guess we really DO need
some 'different' around here..."
The Princess smiled. "Yes... good, that's good.
Well, we should be making preparations. Saturday is merely two days away!" Princess
Rose turned around and started heading upstairs to her room, grumbling quietly
to herself, "Two painstakingly long days away..."
The King and Monina looked at each other. Kantun
had one eyebrow raised, Monina shrugged. And Rose walked into her room, sat
on her bed and flipped open "The Prophecy of the Indera" with a smug smile on
To be continued...