This is the second Egyptan cacoon that I have found, but I came across this
one in an entirely
different way! Read the story below to discover how...
One day, after just recently receiving Puzzle's cacoon, I was walking along,
myself, when I heard someone echoing my song. I looked around, and saw nothing
but then I saw some movement in the bushes just to my left. I slowly moved
towards them, and
the movement ceased. Instead, I heard a very shaky female voice. It said, "Don't
"Who are you?" I answered. There was no reply, so I moved closer to the bushes,
"I said, don't come any closer, mortal!" When I heard that word, I instantly
whatever was in the bushes wasn't someone, it was a something. This I was
believe, considering my recent run in with Shift and Confusion. "Stay where you
voice warned again. Despite the warnings, I moved closer, until I was upon the
bush. I heard
muffled shivering as I parted the bows blocking my view of the thing. Once I
the bushes away, I saw a terrified looking Egyptis!
"What are you doing here?" I asked. The Egyptis looked at me puzzled.
"You're not going to hurt me?" she asked, her yellow eyes looking at me
"Of course not! Why would I hurt an Egyptis who is most obviously lost?" The
creature looked at me again.
"You are a strange one, Phyri, not many of your kind know of us, and those that
do we try to
stay away from. How do you know of us?" I told her of my encounter with Shift
through which she just sat and stared at me, totally bewildered. At the end of
my story, she
continued. "You are quite odd, Phyri, what is your name?" I told her. "My name
is Benindowa," she introduced herself.
"What a beautiful name!" I commented. She nodded, and then hung her head, and
sniffle. "What's wrong?" I asked.
"I am lost, with no hope of returning home, and no chance of survival here."
"Do you need help?" I asked, feeling great sympathy for this beauty.
"I don't see how you could help, you've never been to Egyptan!" she started
sobbing, and then,
to my shock and surprise, Benindowa fainted at my feet. I quickly got on my
knees and tried
to wake her, but to no avail. Dread seeping in, I picked her up, finding that she
heavy, and noticing for the first time how unbelievably dirty she was. My only
hope for her
was to get her back to Egyptan, though I knew not how. So, I started wandering
off in the
general direction that I thought wherever it was that I found Shift and
Confusion might be.
As I wandered along, I started humming again, a song that I had first heard in a
There were words to the song, but I didn't remember them, only the tune. The
soothing and peaceful. After a few minutes, Benindowa began shifting in my arms,
had wriggled all the way free, and dropped to the ground in front of me. She
landed on all
fours, unharmed. We walked along together, me continuing to hum, she saying
Then, finally, she said something, "Where did you hear that song?"
"In a dream," I answered, not surprised at the question. She walked along beside
for a few more minutes, and then began to hum along with me. Her voice floated
around my head, and made me sleepy. She saw the look on my face, the tired look, and
humming. Instead she asked, "Do you remember the words?"
"No," I responded, feeling the strength returning to me. I wasn't tired anymore.
again walked along side of me, in silence. We wandered along, not really knowing
were going, and not really noticing the change of scenery around us. I continued
trying desperately to remember the words. It was strange, I had always before
to just hum the tune, but for some reason, just then I really wanted to know
Suddenly, I heard a deep, low rumble, and thought immediately, "Thunder." I
looked back to
see Benindowa, her fur on end, in a hunched position, like she was ready to
attack. "Its just thunder," I said, though I was even then doubting my words.
"No, there is no thunder here," Benindowa said, in a very strange voice. For the
first time I
noticed that we were no longer just wandering about in the wood near my house.
someplace different. There were trees, but all the tree trunks were a deep, deep
color of blood. I moved closer to investigate, and found that the trees
bleeding. The blood was seeping out through the pores in the trunk, and being
quickly, by the ground, creating a quiet hissing noise. I then noticed the deep
green of the
leaves, and how they seemed to grow out of the trunk, rather then out of the
fact, there were no branches.
I heard the deep rumble again, and this time, I saw, out of the corner of my
dark and hideous dart between the bleeding trees. I turned to Benindowa, and she
looking closely into the place where the creature had disappeared to.
"Where are we?" I asked, to be answered only by the hissing from the ground.
moved closer to Benindowa, and began to hum once more. I saw the leaves of the
rustle, but felt no wind. Instead, I felt an evil presence lurking near me. I
tried to shake off
the feeling, but it only grew more omnipresent, until I felt like it was eating
out my very
soul. I groped my neck, and realized that I had left the orb in my house. Then I heard it, a sound, unlike the other sounds in that dreaded place.
The sound was
sweet, and pleasant to the ears.
The words were as follows:
Cast out this evil
Find within the heart
True love, will's worth
Throw away the doubt
Believe in one and only
Sooth the soul, Calm the spirit
Listen to your heart
Follow the path that's true
Evil cannot harm you here
The tune that the words were sung to was painstakingly familiar. It was my song!
Benindowa was singing it, placidly. The words flowed together, like a river,
peaceful feeling within me, driving out the evil that I had felt. Suddenly, out
from the shelter
of the tree, the creature stalked. It was horrible, the same color as the trees,
from its face, deep green eyes embedded in the back of its head, and a big,
looking beak protruding out of a hole in its face. Its body was green, like it's
eyes, and was
twisted and gnarled, with seven legs, and a bloody stump that must have been a
previously got severed. It gave another rumble, deep in the back of its throat,
screeching wickedly. Benindowa repeated the song. I stood watching in horror.
monster seemed to draw closer and closer with every word, and Benindowa's song
louder and louder.
Suddenly, light started flooding out the creature's body, and it writhed and
pain. It took one more step, and then it burst into a thousand pieces of green
hovered in the air, and then floated to the ground, where it was sucked up upon
"What was that? I asked in shock and horror.
"A Matrimortar," she answered. At the sound of its name, a chill went up and
down my spine. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a mystical white and blue spiral appeared. "A portal!"
Benindowa gasped, a look of glee spreading across her dirty face. She stepped
and I followed. Once we were through, I found myself in the middle of a desert.
I looked at
Benindowa, and gasped. All the dirt that had just been on her had gone, and her
mossy green fur seemed to glow. "I'm home!" she whispered. Behind me, the portal remained. I
to go back through, but she stopped me, saying, "Don't leave yet, you helped me
now I must give you something."
"Oh no," I objected, "You taught me the words to my song, you don't need to do
She looked at me and sighed.
"Yes, I do, stay right there," and she disappeared behind a dune, only to
later with a white bundle in her mouth. She placed the cacoon in my arms, and
looked at me
again. "Take care of it, when it hatches," she said.
"Thank you," I responded, a tear leaping to my eye. "I will." Saying goodbye, I
through the portal, and was whisked away from the desert, into my room, where I
cocoon down on the bed, and began to sing the beautiful song taught to me. It
Wanderer's Dream, and so too, would be the cub when she hatched, Wanderer's