A Hero’s Journey: Chapter Four, Part One: A Wintry Victory

At the same time that all of this was happening, there was a girl named Tall Cactus on Cryptids Island. The very day I had earned my powers, a family sword was passed down to her. For a while, she played around with it, then she completely forgot about it. It remained in the back of her closet until the day she moved to Game Show Island.

When she was packing, she cleaned out her closet and found the sword. Strangely, it hadn’t gathered dust in the several months it was there. Tall Cactus decided to keep it in case she needed it. Exactly one week after she arrived, the robots took over the island. She wished she hadn’t come, but it was too late now. One day while Tall Cactus was working, she said to her partner, “Do you ever wish you could go back in time and change something that happened?” The other worker replied, “Oh, yeah.” Tall Cactus said, “I hope the Power Force comes to save us soon.”

Meanwhile, in an undisclosed location…

Holmes: “Power Force? Please…”

???: “I thought the prophecy that foretold their coming was destroyed!”

Holmes: “Apparently it wasn’t.”

Back with Tall Cactus

Tall Cactus finished working and went home. After dinner, she started reading her favorite book. She got to the part where the main character made a plan to fight for her best friend’s freedom, and Tall Cactus got an idea. She called every single Poptropican on the island over to her house. After describing her plan, she said, “We strike tomorrow at noon.” The next day, Tall Cactus put her sword in her belt before she went to work. At noon, she whispered, “Time to strike.” Then she yelled, “Humans, STRIKE!” As if they were psychically linked, every single human left their workstations at the same time. A few robo-guards tried to stop them, but Tall Cactus slashed them with her sword. Then, EVERY SINGLE ROBOT ON THE ISLAND came after them. The humans were trapped!

Then, Tall Cactus, summoned immense courage and strength from somewhere deep inside her. Then she slashed the sword as much as she could, but it wasn’t enough. The robots just kept coming! Then she slashed right diagonally, then left diagonally, then straight down. then she lunged. When she lunged, she shot ice out of her hand and froze the robots.  Then she tried it again on all of the other robots. The victory was won, and then Tall Cactus transformed! She got a cape made of snowflakes, a crown and shoes made of ice, and a beautiful blue dress. She said, “I’m Snowflake, and I’m the winter spirit!” Then she created an ice trail to walk on and skated off.

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The Totem Curse- Chapter 10: “What Have I Done?!?”

Continued From Chapter 9

After receiving the phone call, Harvey quickly got ready and walked as fast as he could to get to the National Institute of the Silly Sciences, which wasn’t easy with his crutches.

However, before he could get there, he ran in to a very familiar face…

Harvey: “LAVENDA!?! How the heck did YOU get here?”

Lavenda: “Well…it’s a long story…but-”

A gust of wind blows through her hair. Her brown hair falls off, revealing some platinum blonde hair underneath, but Lavenda quickly puts it back on before anyone truly notices, except Harvey.

Harvey: “Are you wearing a WIG!?!”

Lavenda: “No. Why would I be?”

Harvey: “Why should I even believe you? You worked with Dr. Bill Nye and Summer Sunshine, who are in jail. You should be there, too!”

Lavenda: “Err…I…GOTTA GO!”

Lavenda quickly runs away.

Harvey: “What a weirdo.”

Just then Harvey remembered why he was even going to the N.I.A., and enters the building, showing the people there his student ID. You see, the N.I.A. and N.I.S.S. are sister schools, and a student from one can easily visit the other.

A few seconds after he got there, a young woman about Charlotte’s age ran to him. She was the one who called him.

Charlotte’s Friend: “Oh, thank goodness you’re here! There’s something wrong with Charlotte! Follow me.”

When they finally reached the art room, Harvey could not believe what he saw. Charlotte was sitting alone, looking at pictures famous art pieces and then at her own self portrait, and started to cry.

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Charlotte: “I’ve- I’ve failed my parents. I never became a great artist like them, or any of those famous guys.”

Harvey: “What are you saying? I saw the art you sent the university- oh right, it was to the fake N.I.S.S. The real universities just gave us free scholarships. They didn’t bother to see how good of an artist you were.

Charlotte: “But…the N.I.A. has found out that I’m terrible at it! They’re kicking me out! I have to leave tomorrow!”

Harvey: “You’re kidding, right? I saw some of the art you did as a kid. They were amazing!”

Charlotte: “Well, I lied. None of those were mine. My pen pal from Counterfeit Island sent them to me.”

Harvey: “Why did you do this Charlotte? I thought you were the kind of person who never lies, and look at you! You deserve to be kicked out.”

Charlotte: “Now you’re just like everyone else. I thought we were best friends. Now we are just cousins. Why does no one understand what I’ve been through! You just sit and complain about your parents, when mine are gone! You’re such a jerk!”

Harvey: “Now you’re like Robert! This is exactly what he did to me! I’m so happy that he’s gone. But that dream last night-”

Charlotte: “No, Robert didn’t do anything wrong, you did!”

Harvey: “SHUT UP!”

Charlotte: “WHY DOESN’T THE WORLD JUST SHUT UP!?! Everyone hates my art, including YOU!!!”

Charlotte takes out her mother’s paintbrush and ruins her self portrait.

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Charlotte starts to cry again.

Charlotte: “What…have I done?!?

Harvey gives her a sad look, but turns around and starts to walk out of the room. However, just then the paintbrush starts glowing and floats in the air. Harvey stops, shocked.

Charlotte: “What is going on-”

The paintbrush flies into Charlotte’s forehead. She falls unconsciousness.

Harvey: “NOOOOO!!!!! That…was one of the…totems…”

Harvey starts to cry like a baby.

Harvey: “Why was I so mean to her? Why…is everything my fault? First Robert, and now Charlotte? I’m…alone.”

Charlotte wakes up.

Charlotte: “HAHA. Who needs this stupid place?!? I’ll just have a better job. I’ll go steal art for a living. Bye!”

Harvey: “What have I done?!?”

TO BE CONTINUED IN CHAPTER 11, COMING OUT ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23rd!

Tall Cactus

P.S.- I did in fact make those pics myself 🙂

The Totem Curse- Chapter 9: Something’s Strange…

Continued from Chapter 8…

Crawfish: “What are you land-lovers looking at?!?”

Charlotte: “Um, not to be rude, but we’re looking at YOU, pirate dude. It’s not everyday that you see a creepy pirate come out of nowhere…hehe…er…arggg?!?”

Crawfish gives them an angry look, and pulls out his sword.

Harvey: “I don’t think this guy is so nice…WE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE!!!”

Charlotte: “Uh oh…we only have one choice- JUMP!”

Harvey: “But my broken leg!”

Charlotte: “There’s no time!”

Harvey and Charlotte jumped of the boat and swam away…well, the only person actually swimming was Charlotte, Harvey was just holding on to her arm. He had to abandon his crutches. After about an hour or so, they made it back to shore and started walking back to the N.I.S.S., but since Harvey didn’t have his crutches, it was challenging.  Charlotte had to go back to the National Institute of the Arts, so some of the people at the N.I.S.S. helped Harvey get back to his dorm, and brought him some extra crutches from the nurses at the university.

When he got to his room, he noticed that Silva wasn’t there. Freedom at last. But then Harvey realized that something strange was going on… Why did a pirate pop out of nowhere- one that looked like he was from the 1700s?

Then Harvey remembered that prophecy that Robert showed him before he got sucked into the time machine- one of the lines said, “The third prefers to sail the seven seas.” That meant that Captain James Crawfish was the fourth one to suffer from the Totem Curse…but it must have been too late. He already was evil. Yet, how did he get to 1997 in the first place? Then he remembered- Robert Mordred Jones. Did he mess time up? Well, Harvey didn’t find out what really happened until 10-some years later, and Mordred/Robert was only half of what really happened.

That night, when Harvey fell asleep, he had the worst nightmare in his life.

He was standing in the fake N.I.S.S. There was a woman with platinum blonde hair that he had never seen before, yet she looked familiar to someone…not Summer Sunshine, but someone else.. There was also a weird cyborg jester dude next to her.

The cyborg jester said:

“01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100000 01100001 01100111 01100001 01101001 01101110 00101100 00100000 01001000 01100001 01110010 01110110 01100101 01111001 00101110 00100000 01000001 01110011 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100011 01100001 01101110 00100000 01110011 01100101 01100101 00101100 00100000 01001001 00100000 01100001 01101101 00100000 01101110 01101111 01110111 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01000010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00100000 01000010 01100001 01110010 01100100 00101110 00100000 01000010 01100101 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01100101 01110110 01101001 01101100 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01000111 01010010 01000101 01000001 01010100 00101100 00100000 01110011 01101111 00100000 01101101 01110101 01100011 01101000 00100000 01110000 01101111 01110111 01100101 01110010 00101110 00100000 01000100 01101111 01101110 00100111 01110100 00100000 01100010 01100101 00100000 01100001 01100110 01110010 01100001 01101001 01100100 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01101001 01110100 00101100 00100000 01100111 01101111 01101100 01100100 01100101 01101110 00100000 01100011 01100001 01110010 01110010 01101111 01110100 00101110”

Harvey: “I don’t know binary!”

The woman sighed.

The cyborg jester said:

“01010100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100100 01110010 01100101 01100001 01101101 01110011 00101100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01101110 01101001 01100111 01101000 01110100 01101101 01100001 01110010 01100101 01110011 00101100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100011 01110101 01110010 01110011 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100011 01100001 01101110 00100111 01110100 00100000 01100101 01110011 01100011 01100001 01110000 01100101 00001101 00001010 01010100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01110000 01100101 01110010 01110011 01101111 01101110 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01110111 01100101 01110010 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101111 01110101 01100111 01101000 01110100 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01100010 01100101 00100000 01110111 01101001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01110011 01101111 01101111 01101110 00100000 01110011 01110100 01100001 01110010 01110100 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01110010 01100101 01110011 01101000 01100001 01110000 01100101”

Harvey: “What-”

And then the woman said:

“It doesn’t matter what he said. Anyway, why keep running? You’re gonna be bad any day now. Just give up, golden carrot. Just accept the fact that you’re no good, that you have no use in the world. You’re NOTHING. The only power you have is that totem. Use it for darkness, but also for power. Your destiny was already written for you, and you can not change what is fact. WAKE. UP!!!”

At that moment, Harvey woke up and screamed the loudest he ever had in his life. And then he started to cry. He lost all hope.

That morning, however, before he could realize what his nightmare really meant, he got a telephone call from one of Charlotte’s friends…and what she told him was bad. Very bad…

TO BE CONTINUED IN CHAPTER 10, COMING OUT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 19th

And yes, I know that Captain Crawfish didn’t get much screen time, but that will change in later chapters, as he will get a bigger role. There just wasn’t much for him to do at this point in the plot.

Tall Cactus AKA T-Cacti

The Totem Curse- Chapter 8: Welcome to the REAL N.I.S.S.

New Pop City (the Poptropica parody of New York City)

Harvey: “Wow, I can’t believe we are finally here! The REAL N.I.S.S.! It looks exactly like it did in the picture!”

Harvey holds up the original picture of the N.I.S.S. he had from before. The university looked…perfect.

Harvey: “I think I’m gonna…” *faints*

Charlotte: “Faint. Ugh….Just get up…these STUPID CRUTCHES!!! Why did your leg have to break?!?”

Harvey wakes up.

Harvey: “What…”

Charlotte: “Well, I gotta go to the National Institute of the Arts, which is only a few blocks away. Bye Harvey!”

Harvey: “Bye. I’ll see you this weekend, I guess.”

Harvey was so excited that he could barely walk with his crutches.

Continue reading “The Totem Curse- Chapter 8: Welcome to the REAL N.I.S.S.”

The Totem Curse- Chapter 7: The Aftermath

News about the explosion spread like wildfire. Soon almost everyone knew about the terrible liars, Dr. Bill Nye and Summer Sunshine.

When Harvey woke up, he was lying in a bed with his left leg in a cast. Charlotte was sleeping in another bed next to him to his right, and a a few familiar faces were to his left. There is also a doctor near him. She looked about 40 years old.

Harvey: “Ugh…where am I?!?”

Doctor: “In the hospital.”

Harvey suddenly remembered what happened- the epic chase scene, the prophecy, the N.I.S.S. being a fake, the time machine, and the explosion that caused him to be at the hospital in the first place.

Continue reading “The Totem Curse- Chapter 7: The Aftermath”

A Hero’s Journey: A Story of Pain, Joy, and Hope

All right, here we go! The first chapter of A Hero’s Journey: A Story of Pain, Joy, and Hope.

Chapter One: The Calling

My feet pounded the cobblestones of Astro-Knights Island. I was running to tell my friends that my parents had promised me a birthday party! First I met my friend Red Dragon at the Crop Circle Inn, and then I went to see Princess Jaguar at the castle. I was stopped by the guards when I reached the castle, but the Queen told them to let me pass. She asked, “What brings you here, Friendly Comet?” I replied, “I’m inviting Princess Jaguar to my birthday party, Your Majesty!” She said, “Okay, she’s in her room. But before you go, where is your party going to be at?” I replied, “The Planetarium,” and went to her room.

I told the princess, and she smiled. “Sure, I love that place!” she said, “When is it?” I said, “My birthday, silly!” She grinned. I heard my mom calling, “Friendly Comet, it’s time to come home!” I said, “Got to go!” Princess Jaguar said, “Aw, bye!” My mom asked me which dress I wanted to wear to the party. I chose my pink dress with a flower headband and belt to match. I was so excited for the party!

But it was not to be. The day before my party, the invaders attacked from the sky… and killed my parents and abducted Princess Jaguar in the process. I cried myself out the next day. I thought, “Why? First my parents died, and now my best friend is gone…” Right then and there I decided to avenge my parents’ death by finding out who -or what- killed them and abducted the princess. I decided to go down to our house’s basement to see if there was anything that could help me.

After about fifteen minutes, I found a heart-shaped gem with the words carved into it, “Love, joy, peace, and hope.” I had no idea what that meant, but I decided to keep the gem with me. I also found a bow and some arrows. I muttered, “Good thing I went through all of those archery lessons…” I searched the entire island for clues, and I found several. I found a crashed spacecraft, and powered it up with a fuel rod I had found. I was on my way to the Pewter Moon.

To be continued in Chapter Two: The Mission…

Introducing… A new fanfic!

    Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “What? Another fanfic? There’s already Tall Cactus’!” Well, I know. But this one is a little more personal to me. Okay, here’s the lowdown. The story is called A Hero’s Journey: A Story of Pain, Joy, and Hope. It revolves around my character, Friendly Comet (that’s why it’s personal), a preteen girl living on Astro-Knights Island at the time of the attack. Her best friend is the Princess (In the story, her name is Princess Jaguar… I have no idea why I chose that name.) I’ll release a chapter a week starting tomorrow. Well, I need to write the story! Sneak Peek: The first chapter is called “The Calling.”

Happy poppin’,

Super Comet