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Lessons and Clyde
the Aisha Thief.
Artemisluv the desert Aisha ran out of her room. It was
missing. The most important item she had. Artemisluv went into the main room
and tore it apart. She threw everything everywhere. It now resembled her room.
"Where is it?" she cried.
Artemisluv was wearing her white Greek dress
that she was given at her first Queen lesson. She hadn’t taken it off since.
Artemisluv also still had the gold crescent moon painted on her forehead.
"Are you looking for this, love?" questioned
an accented voice. Artemisluv turned around to see Spike_aka_bigbad the mutant
Korbat. He was flying around the room with a Faerie Queen doll on his back.
"How could you? That is mine. It was in my room!"
Artemisluv screamed at him. Spike just laughed.
Spike flew closer to Artemisluv and dangled
the doll in front of her. When she tried to grab it he flew higher up. "Where
did you get this? There is no blooming way Immortalmina bought it for you. She
would never have had that many Neopoints."
"It was a gift," Artemisluv cried as she tried
to jump up to him. Spike just laughed more.
As Spike laughed Artemisluv began to cry. This
called the attention of her petpet Angelpuss Lunaangel. She came flying into
the room with a Poisonous Lollypop. "Is that a Poisonous Lollypop? Give it!"
Spike dive bombed Lunaangel. He hit the ground with a thunk.
Spike grabbed the lollipop that Lunaangel dropped.
He stuck it in his mouth right away. He let out a sigh of relief. Artemisluv
ran to her doll and hugged it. "Thanks, Luna," she told her Angelpuss. Lunaangel
meowed as she smiled.
"Artemisluv?" asked a voice from the other room.
Their owner Immortalmina entered the room. She had in her hand a letter. "There
you are. You received a Neomail from the Faerie Queen."
"Really? Is it about the last lesson?" Artemisluv
"I thinks so." Immortalmina handed the Aisha
her letter. "Did you give him that?" she asked, now seeing what Spike was eating.
"It’s mine," he told her. Immortalmina gave
him an angry look and pulled something out from behind her back. "What’s that,
"I want you to behave so I got you your very
own spiked collar." Immortalmina showed Spike a black with silver spikes collar.
Spike looked panicked as he tried to take flight. It was no use, Immortalmina
jumped on top of him and placed the collar around his neck. "There."
"This is dumb," he stated as Immortalmina left
the room. Artemisluv laughed. Spike deserved it.
Artemisluv read the letter to herself. She seemed
sad by what it said. "I need to bring a dance partner with me," Artemisluv finally
said out loud.
Spike looked at her and smiled. "Don’t look
at me, love. Go ask Methos or EW." With that said, the mutant Korbat left the
room sucking on his lolly.
Artemisluv sat lost in thought. Who would she
bring? "I wish I could take Clyde," she told Lunaangel.
"There are many reasons why you can’t. One:
you don’t know who he is, two: ever since the first lesson Judge Hog and the
Defenders have been watching the Hidden Tower and the lessons, and three: you
don’t know who he is!" Artemisluv frowned at what Lunaangel said. They were
all good reasons.
"I heard something about you needing me?" questioned
Methos5 the pirate Aisha in his accent. He was smiling as Artemisluv looked
up at him. Methos5 and Artemisluv were the first two pets so they were the closest.
"Well, I need to take a dance partner with me
to my last lesson. Would you like to go?" she asked him.
"I would love to. I don’t know how good I can
dance with this peg leg," Methos5 pointed at his leg as he spoke. This made
Artemisluv laugh. He could always make her laugh.
"Yes, but that’s not a real peg leg, you only
wear that to impress Loretta Fontaine," she told him. Methos5 smiled.
"Very true very true. I’ll go anyway. Maybe
knowing how to dance could win her over."
"Thanks Methos," Artemisluv told him.
Methos5 was about to leave when he stopped.
"Just curious, did you ask EW by chance?"
"No, he is too shy." Methos5 shook his head
yes and walked out the door. As he left he ran into Emerald__Weapon, the spotted
Aisha, who was also known as EW. Methos5 knew right away EW was listening to
Artemisluv and his conversation.
"Clyde can not go to the lesson, mate," Methos5
stated. This confused Emerald__Weapon.
"What do you mean? I don’t know Clyde," EW said
as fast as he could. How did Methos know?
Methos5 just smiled as he walked away. Before
he was gone he turned and spoke, "Well, if you do see him tell him that it is
not safe." EW scratched his head and went into his room.
Emerald__Weapon’s room was filled with plunder.
It was everything he had ever stolen. Well, all but the Faerie Queen doll. Also
on the walls were Neopian Times articles. One’s headline ran: "Clyde the Aisha
Thief steals from the Hidden Tower!" Another one reads: "Others Confess Clyde
Took From Them!"
EW sat on his bed. Out from under it popped
his brown Snowbunny Bonnie. She sat in his lap.
"I want to go and dance with Artemisluv," he
"Well, why don’t you then?" asked the Snowbunny.
EW looked down at her.
"The Defenders are after me. I can’t just walk
into the Queen’s castle unnoticed."
"This has never stopped Clyde before," stated
EW looked over to his closet. He knew hidden
inside was his brown Fedora hat and tan trench coat. This brought a smile to
the Aisha’s face.
* * * *
Artemisluv and Methos5 watched as the Faerie Queen and Judge Hog danced. There
were so many pets there. Artemisluv never saw so many pets ready to dance. She
watched as the pair danced around the room. Fyora was so graceful. Artemisluv
knew she would only fall on her face.
As the music stopped so did Judge Hog and Fyora.
"Now it is your turn. Everyone take your partner and do as we did," the Queen
Methos5 bowed and took Artemisluv’s paw. He
had always been a gentleman. The two began to dance. It wasn’t very long before
Artemisluv started stepping on Methos5's foot.
"I’m sorry," she whispered to him.
"That’s alright. I’m sure you’ll get the hang
of it, love," he told her. The two kept dancing and Artemisluv kept stepping
on his foot.
After twenty minutes Fyora stopped the group.
She smiled and said, "Well, you have now learned your last lesson. I hear by
give you all the honorary title of ‘Queen’ since you all passed!" After the
Queen was done talking all of the girls began to yell with happiness. They all
jumped around the room. All but Artemisluv. Clyde didn’t show up.
Methos5 and Artemisluv left the castle. They
stopped once they were in the Faerie City. "That was great fun. I have to show
Loretta my new moves. Oh, and congratulations!"
Artemisluv gave him a forced smile. "He didn’t
show up," she said under her breath. Methos5 just looked at her. He then could
see a flash of brown from behind them.
"Don’t worry, I’m sure if he would have he could
have. Now, I must get to the Golden Doubloon, my Queen." Methos5 bowed as he
spoke. Artemisluv laughed in spite of herself. Methos5 waved goodbye as he walked
Artemisluv was about to head for home when a
trench coated Fedora hat wearing spotted Aisha stood in front of her. He had
in his paws a Sillie Daisy. "I’m sorry I’m late, my Queen," Clyde said as he
handed her the flower. Sillie Daisies were Artemisluv’s favorite flower. She
took the flower and smelled it. The Sillie Daisy kissed her on the cheek. Artemisluv
Clyde next took off his Fedora hat and bent
over into a bow. "May I have this dance, my Queen?" he asked. Clyde then took
Artemisluv’s paw and kissed it. Her cheeks turned ten different shades of red
as she nodded her head yes. Clyde put back on his hat and took her paws to dance.
The two danced on the clouds of the Faerie City.
It was a picture perfect moment. Artemisluv was now graceful. She didn’t fall
over or step on Clyde’s feet. After only a few minutes Judge Hog and the Defenders
came running to them. "Sorry, my Queen, I must go." Clyde kissed her paw again
and ran. Artemisluv watched as Clyde and the Defenders became dots on the horizon.
She then took her flower and went home.
Artemisluv sat starring out her window. When
would she see him again? She sighed and looked at her flower and doll. Artemisluv
didn’t know that only a few doors down Clyde was also looking out his window.
"Why didn’t she recognize me without my hat?
I guess the L word makes you blind," he told himself. Clyde knew that one day
he would tell her the truth. He was so deep in thought he didn’t notice that
the Emerald Weapon was beginning to glow.