Sol Dreaming: Part Four
"Yes. It's me," the attractive voice said says with a ring
of amusement, and then begins darkly, "But don't call me that. I now am only known
as Lord Harry."
"Doesn't 'Lord Harry' mean 'the devil?'" Aquamarine
"What?" Harry hisses. Digging deep into a pant
pocket, Harry pulls out a small black book with gold letters on the front reading
Handy Dandy Dictionary. He starts to flip through the book.
"L... l... here it is," He says, reading the
Aquamarine rolls her eyes, remembering all the
times she has seen that little black book. At least once a day Harry would take
it out and look something up.
"Curses to the three-toed sloth who invented
"Told you so!" Aquamarine taunts.
"Might I remind you that I'm not the one who
is in the cage and has been betrayed by her alleged owner," Harry snaps back.
The blue Lupe opens her mouth, remembering her
rage. "How could you! This is what you do with your Neopets!? Throw them in
cages!?" Aquamarine bangs her powerful forepaws against the bars of the cage,
but the backs away; the fur on her paws is singed from an electrical shock given
from the blue current running around the cage.
Lord Harry snickers. He sneers, "Oh no, only
you and Sunshine." He takes a few steps in her direction. "Do you like the cages?
Ramosans provide the nice little shock."
Aquamarine's former owner looks as good as ever.
His dazzling smile reveals his teeth, which are still unnaturally white; his
wavy blond hair perfectly shaped, the same man who created her is still standing
before her; the only difference is that his eyes glimmer with hatred.
"But why are you doing this?" Aquamarine says
slowly after a few minutes, her voice full of complete bewilderment.
With a simple shrug and smile, he states, "Number
one, because I can; and number two, because otherwise you'd ruin my plot."
Aquamarine gives her former owner a very baffled
(You put out of your mind what I told you again.
Remember the one where you saw Sunshine being captured?) Sol gives the telepathic
hint to Aquamarine.
(You're right about that one... don't you get
tired of being right? Ignore that. Sorry I forgot about that... I do look as
if I'm doing a lot of forgetting, don't I?) Aquamarine thinks back apologetically
(Don't show that you're fearful, bewildered,
or fragile; it'll only please him and give him more willpower to succeed...
not to mention more reason) the ball of light advises.
(Okay,) Aquamarine says, nodding comprehensively.
Lord Harry squints at her, wondering why she just nodded out of the blue. He
shakes it off in the same manner a person who just had freezing water dumped
onto them would shake it off. The man gives his head a small shake, and then
starts his long story. I'm going to lose my mind if I keep seeing things
like this, he thinks shakily.
"When I was a teenager, I had my life dream:
to rule the universe. I started to gather cohorts. One of my closest followers
told me that an object called a Neopet would defeat me. I reserved this thought,
as my adherent is usually correct. But, at the time, there was no such thing
as 'Neopets,' so I put the thought aside.
"Years and years and years passed. But then I
found out that a land called Neopia was indeed discovered. Humans were given
free reign over the planet and its inhabitants, known as Neopets. I went to
the devotee who gave the prediction. I demanded the specifics from him. He willingly
provided them to me.
"I remember it perfectly. 'The only one who can
overthrow you is a blue Lupe, a Neopet. Her name is Aquamarine.' So my short-term
goal became to obliterate you.
"I had to give up my life on Earth and move to
Neopia. I found you rather promptly in the pound." The man gives a small satisfied
smile. The smile is not a happy one, but rather one full of evil.
"In the pound? You said you created me!" the
Lupe shrieks, incredibly angry that her former owner would lie to her about
something that important. She rams the cage with the side of her body, ignoring
the intense smell of her burning fur.
The man laughs softly, but it echoes as if he
had laughed like a maniac. "Do you like? Angry Ramosans provide the nasty shocks.
The neobuilders gave me scraps... very expensive. Anyway, yes, the pound. But
that would be a partial lie... no... a major lie. I found you living happily
with your owner in Happy Valley. You were suffering from the Jitters, and your
owner couldn't pay for the treatment. The cold wasn't doing you much of a favor."
A leer appears on Harry's face.
"So I struck a deal with your owner. In exchange
for you, I would give your owner a million Neopoints. But she wouldn't take
it. She loved you so much. I raised the amount to five million and treating
your sickness. She looked tempted, but she still wouldn't take the deal. I became
impatient. I gave her my final offer. Five million Neopoints, treating you,
and providing you with a good life. Your owner couldn't resist. She only wanted
the best for you. She unsuspectingly dealt you to your doom. She said she would
always love you.
"I'll give you some time to contemplate what
you just heard." He sneers, but with a tiny hint of compassion, unseen before.
This blow hit Aquamarine hard. She had had an
owner who loved her and still did. If I get out of this alive, I'm going
to find her; I swear I will!
(You okay?) Sol asks kindheartedly.
(No. No, I'm not. But I will be, eventually,
if I survive this.) Aquamarine thinks strongly.
"I kept my word to her. I don't know why I didn't
murder you there. I should have. It would have been much simpler. But I was
foolish and thought maybe I could persuade you to join my side if I gave you
a good home," he says, and begins pacing.
"I then created Maroon, so you could have a brother.
It's thanks to him that you're here.
"But you were missing something, so Sunshine
came along. I couldn't do anything but sit and wait for you to trust me in a
way you would do anything for me. That all changed when I saw you fight the
Pant Devil and Lava Ghoul. You quite clearly stated that you thought they were
evil, and weren't going to join anyone who shared ideas with them.
"Now you're here. And you have a choice. Either
join me or die," Harry says pleasantly, smiling.
"Well that's not much of a choice, now is it?"
Aquamarine utters sardonically, with a very disgusted look on her face.
(Don't get cocky,) Sol thinks crossly. The Lupe
perceives a scrunched up face from Sol.
(Well, it isn't!) Aquamarine reflects in a fiery
tone. Her face plainly shows her disgust. Once again Lord Harry raises his eyebrows,
more sure that something is up. He gives some sort of signal to some unseen
person, or thing for that matter.
(Your life depends on it, your call,) Sol tells
her tartly in thought.
"Why did you keep your word to her?" Aquamarine
"She's my little sister. At the time, I was twenty-nine
and she was only twelve. I would have done anything for her.
"Now back to your decision. What is your choice?"
He asserts level headedly with complete control over the situation.
"No," Aquamarine immediately tells him simply
with a teeny smile on her face.
"What?" Lord Harry says sourly to her, barely
above a whisper. "Why do you say that?" Aquamarine smile turns into a grin.
Now its his turn to be irritated.
"That's easy," a groggy Sunshine answers. Aquamarine
jumps a little; she didn't realize that her sister was awake. Lord Harry, on
the other hand, seemed to know she was awake. He merely raises his eyebrows
in mild surprise that she talked.
Sunshine sits up in the cage next to Aquamarine.
"Neopets can't die. We have always been that way," the yellow Shoyru says woozily.
Lord Harry knits his eyebrows together. He then
hollers, "Aizel! Come here!"
The man called Aizel approaches Lord Harry cautiously,
as someone would approach the Snowager. A normal sort of man; unnoticeable to
anyone, with the exception of his wearing a strange green trench coat with a
matching top hat. "Yes, my Lord?" he stutters with just a hint of terror.
"Why did you not tell me they can't kick the
bucket?!" Lord Harry says pointing a furious finger toward Aquamarine and Sunshine,
his voice so calm and low it seems deadly. If only voices could kill, Aquamarine
"It wasn't foreseen, m'Lord. I'm truly sorry!
Please forgive me!" Aizel yelps, dropping to his knees and lowering his head
in a half bow.
Aquamarine's former owner gives him a look of
disgust. He then kicks the man squarely in the stomach. Aizel takes his punishment
without not so much as a grunt; just a pained expression on his face. "Go tell
Pendleton to bring the red one," Lord Harry says with a wicked look on his face.
Aizel scurries to his feet and rushes out of
the room. When "Pendleton," wearing the same ensemble as Aizel, returns with
another one, both Sunshine and Aquamarine gasp in horror while Lord Harry cackles
softly. The cackle turns into a roar of laughter.
A devilish red Kau is next to Pendleton.
To be continued...