Eyptis Paradise

Egyptis Paradise

Cacoon of Benindowa

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, humming to myself, when I heard someone echoing my song. I looked around, and saw nothing at first, 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 come any closer."

"Who are you?" I answered. There was no reply, so I moved closer to the bushes, inching along slowly.

"I said, don't come any closer, mortal!" When I heard that word, I instantly knew that whatever was in the bushes wasn't someone, it was a something. This I was willing to believe, considering my recent run in with Shift and Confusion. "Stay where you are!" the 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 had pushed 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 hopefully.

"Of course not! Why would I hurt an Egyptis who is most obviously lost?" The beautiful 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 and Puzzle, 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 began to 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 wasn't very 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 dream. There were words to the song, but I didn't remember them, only the tune. The song was soothing and peaceful. After a few minutes, Benindowa began shifting in my arms, until she 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 nothing at all.

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 me silently 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 stopped humming. Instead she asked, "Do you remember the words?"

"No," I responded, feeling the strength returning to me. I wasn't tired anymore. Benindowa again walked along side of me, in silence. We wandered along, not really knowing where we were going, and not really noticing the change of scenery around us. I continued to hum, trying desperately to remember the words. It was strange, I had always before been contented to just hum the tune, but for some reason, just then I really wanted to know the words.

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. We were someplace different. There were trees, but all the tree trunks were a deep, deep red, the color of blood. I moved closer to investigate, and found that the trees themselves were bleeding. The blood was seeping out through the pores in the trunk, and being absorbed, 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 branches. In fact, there were no branches.

I heard the deep rumble again, and this time, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, something dark and hideous dart between the bleeding trees. I turned to Benindowa, and she was 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. Nervously, I moved closer to Benindowa, and began to hum once more. I saw the leaves of the trees 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
Presence lurking
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, creating a 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, blood seeping from its face, deep green eyes embedded in the back of its head, and a big, hooked, cruel 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 leg that previously got severed. It gave another rumble, deep in the back of its throat, and began screeching wickedly. Benindowa repeated the song. I stood watching in horror. The monster seemed to draw closer and closer with every word, and Benindowa's song grew louder and louder.

Suddenly, light started flooding out the creature's body, and it writhed and screamed in pain. It took one more step, and then it burst into a thousand pieces of green gore, that hovered in the air, and then floated to the ground, where it was sucked up upon arrival.

"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 through it, 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 started to go back through, but she stopped me, saying, "Don't leave yet, you helped me back home, now I must give you something."

"Oh no," I objected, "You taught me the words to my song, you don't need to do anymore." She looked at me and sighed.

"Yes, I do, stay right there," and she disappeared behind a dune, only to reappear seconds 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.

Name:Wanderer's Dream

"Thank you," I responded, a tear leaping to my eye. "I will." Saying goodbye, I stepped back through the portal, and was whisked away from the desert, into my room, where I set the cocoon down on the bed, and began to sing the beautiful song taught to me. It was called Wanderer's Dream, and so too, would be the cub when she hatched, Wanderer's Dream