Return to Atlantis Part One: Disco Furbys
Special thanks to... first off, to Barnacle, for giving me many of the ideas for this
story, including the Furby portal and
Kaliope's seer attack. And then to Cleve Clove, for giving me that splendorous list of Greek
names of which I was so badly in need of; and also
to Spike, for supplying the character list from the Ben-Hur movie (more Greek names! Whahoo!
I especially liked "Number Forty-Two"). And
then to LucasArts, for programming the fabulous Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis game,
which started my whole obsession on Atlantis.
And I also got inspiration from Merry Treat-- whereas I decided to scrap the Sailor Atlantis
theory, it did give me the idea for Kaliope to have
even more special unicorn magic. Oh! And "dah" thanks to Mimic as well, for drawing that narfy
picture of Sailor Atlantis for me. Even though
Sailor Atlantis does not exist now, the picture's too cool to go to waste, so I'm going to include it
on my webpage anyway. (Doesn't reading just
the thanks section make you want to go on and find out what this strange story is all about? ^.~)
And last, the following is not intended to offend
anyone with alternate theories on My Little Ponies, Furbys, Pokèmon, and/or Atlantis.
Two colorful balls of fluff floated through the halls of Atlantis, apparently heading
towards a certain doorway. Unfortunately, they
didn't happen to see the obstacle in their way as they sped up.
"Of course, my queen, I'll see to it imm--" A pony was just stepping out of the chamber
when he saw the two creatures zooming
towards him at top speed. His eyes opened wide as he stood frozen in place.
The pink and green balls rammed into the stallion's face straight-on and were then sent
spinning through the air to land inside the
"Woah, big light," the green creature commented in awe as he lay on his back on the
floor, staring up at the ceiling.
"Hee hee hee! Party!" the pink one agreed, assuming an upright stance again.
"Go along," a deep purple unicorn directed her messenger. She sat on an intricately
carved throne and wore a sparkling gold
crown atop her flowing blue mane. "The royal seers will be fine, and I must consult with them
The gray stallion nodded quickly to the queen, and was on his way again, leaving her to
deal with the two creatures.
Yes, these strange furballs were the mysterious Atlantean Furbys-- small furry things
with staring eyes, yellow beaks, small feet,
and large ears. Among other things, they possessed the power to peek into the future. No one
could remember when the breed had first appeared in the
proud city of Atlantis; the inhabitants only knew that Furbys had always been there to serve the
citizens of the city-- and particularly to serve the royal
family. Furbys had been declared the official royal seers of Atlantis.
These particular two, the green one and the pink one, were the young queen's most
trusted advisors. Their names were A-Tay and
Wee-Tee Wah. On this particular evening, the two were returning to the queen's chamber after a
big party at the "Dah Lee-Koo Wah" dance
"Come here, you two." Queen Kaliope of the island kingdom of Atlantis motioned for
her advisers to take their places on either
side of her throne. "We have much to discuss."
"Whahoo! Me happy, wah!" A-Tay exclaimed.
"Yeah, boogie!" Wee-Tee Wah added.
"And was their a good turnout at your... disco night?" the queen queried.
"Hmm... boring," Wee-Tee sighed.
A-Tay disagreed. "Big fun!"
"Well, that's... fascinating." Queen Kaliope paused to ponder again over the Furbys and
their love of dance. Nothing was known
of their life before arriving at Atlantis-- except for one clue. They had brought but a single thing
with them, and this was a large, sparkling ball. The
Furbys referred to this as a "disco" ball, and gathered around it nightly to dance and "boogie".
The Atlanteans thought it was rather strange, but were
happy to oblige the Furbys in the making of a special disco dance club for them. The Furbys had
their own special room in Atlantis, with their
precious disco ball hanging suspended from the ceiling. They had named the club the "Dah
Lee-Koo Wah" and continued to gather there every night
of their lives.
"Hum-dee-dum-dee-deet-dee-doo," A-Tay said in a bored tone.
"Oh, I'm sorry," Kaliope apologized. "I didn't mean to get lost in my thoughts so.
Now, have you found out about any evils
encroaching on the city?"
"Maybe..." was all Wee-Tee would reveal.
"Can you tell me what it is?"
"Very big... no," A-Tay decided.
"Well, does it involve a foreigner?"
"Is he secretly scheming with someone in the city?"
"Has the plan been put into action yet?"
"Me Wee-Tee! Me see... no."
"So this will be happening in the future?"
"Me see... yes."
"Can I prevent it?"
"Very big no."
"Do you know what you're talking about?"
"Me done!" A-Tay declared.
"Hee hee hee!" Wee-Tee's mind was obviously not on peeking into the future any
longer as she burped.
A-Tay laughed and burped in return. Then they proceeded to play their hiding
Kaliope sat on her throne thoughtfully as the two seers chattered. Their premonitions
sounded ominous... but still, Furbys had been
known to make mistakes. For example, there had been one incident in Kaliope's youth when she
had been dreadfully ill. When she had asked her
personal Furby seer if she would be dead by morning, he had replied with, "Hee hee hee! Yes!
Hee hee hee!" It hadn't sounded too reassuring at the
time, but Kaliope had recovered her health quite quickly afterwards. She could only hope that
this was the same case with tonight's
Wee-Tee and A-Tay had soon sung themselves to sleep. Kaliope, thinking such deep
thoughts, was startled out of her reverie upon
hearing tiny hoofsteps coming up behind her. She whirled around. It was only her young sister,
"Kaliope?" Baby Emalia said softly, crawling up into her sister's lap. "What were the
"Nothing of importance, dear," Kaliope said, fondly stroking her sister's purple
"Kaliope, I want Mom and Dad back." Baby Emalia stared up endearingly at
"I know, Baby Emalia. So do I." Kaliope felt tears begin to form in her eyes. It had
been a terrible shock to the two siblings when
both their parents had perished the year before. Kaliope was left heir to the throne of Atlantis,
having no other relatives worthy of the position, and had
been working her hardest at keeping the place up. She was certain the city would have been
doomed long ago if it had not been for her trusted Furby
Kaliope's heart nearly broke when she saw tears trickling down Baby Emalia's cheeks as
well. The little dark pink unicorn,
miserable as she was, had soon fallen fast asleep in her sister's lap.
Kaliope only bowed her head and silently cried herself.
* * *
Meanwhile, the scheming Nur-Ab-Fin was busy... well... scheming. His quarters in
Atlantis spilled over with strange mechanisms-- some of them failed experiments, and some of
them valuable tools but unrecognized by the general public. Nur-Ab-Fin devoted his life to
with such things.
Nur-Ab-Fin was, in fact, one of the human occupants of Atlantis. In this age of
astounding glory, the colonies covering the planet
were mixed with both the magical Little Ponies and the less-magical humans. Whereas the ruling
class of Atlantis had always been ponies, humans
were always made welcome.
On this particular evening, Nur-Ab-Fin was pondering over the blueprints to his most
powerful invention, the Whale Machine. He
had first come up with the plans for this when he had been hired by the royal court years ago to
help in the making of powerful new breeds of creatures
(referred to as "Pokèmon"). His idea for the Whale Machine, however, had been passed over in
favor of other plans. Nur-Ab-Fin sulked off after that
blow to his ego, and refused to do any more work for the royals. What he wanted to do now was
to perfect his Whale Machine even further, so that the
rulers of Atlantis would finally realize how wrong they were to turn his brilliant plans down.
"Whales. It's the only way humans can ever be truly powerful," he mumbled to himself
while carefully inspecting his
"Hey! No joke, wah!" Nur-Ab-Fin's Furby, Dah-Boo (translating into meaning "Big
No") complained as he floated over to his
master, the propellers on his cap whirling.
"This Whale Machine will be the greatest thing ever to hit Atlantis," Nur-Ab-Fin
confided to his loyal Furby.
"Kah very happy," Dah Boo agreed. "Nee-tye kah!"
"Dah Boo, have their been any interesting happenings in the city as of late?"
"Maybe..." Dah Boo trailed off.
"Well? Go on!"
"Me see..." The Furby rocked back and forth contemplatively.
Nur-Ab-Fin shook his head. Sometimes it was impossible to get anything out of a
Furby. He went back to his Whale Machine
plans. Dah Boo hovered over his shoulder.
"I sense that something interesting is going to happen tomorrow," Nur-Ab-Fin
"Very big yes," Dah Boo agreed.
* * *
It was all Queen Kaliope could do the next day to keep up with current affairs, let alone
worry about the future. Besides, Wee-Tee
and A-Tay weren't concerned over anything.
"Doot-doot-doo! Doot-doot-doo! Dah, dah dah!" A-Tay sang, rocking back and
"Titty-titty-titty! Hide!" Wee-Tee cried out.
Kaliope was pouring over the new requests for Furbys. When citizens wanted their own
personal Furby, they would fill out the
required form and send it in. They wrote down their preferred color pattern for a Furby, and a
Furby most closely fitting those characteristics would
then be selected for them out of the Furby nursery. It was Kaliope's responsibility to look over
these new requests to approve the person or pony of
having the proper qualifications for taking in a Furby. She was used to this routine, but the name
of one of the prospective Furby owners caught her
"Lamachus, eh?" she mumbled aloud. "He's the one I've been seeing so much of lately,
isn't he?" Kaliope frequently went out to
mingle with the people of her city, and now that she stopped to think about it, she was positive
that this particular stallion had already approached her
several times. She wondered if he wasn't up to something.
Kaliope fingered the Furby medallion around her neck. This necklace design was
popular throughout Atlantis and was easily
obtainable from any gift shop, but Kaliope's was crafted of only the finest materials. Only royalty
would have richly-made Furby medallions.
The two Furbys had since gone to sleep, as Furbys were prone to do. Kaliope decided
to take a break from her paperwork and see
how Baby Emalia was doing with her studies for the day when one of her guards appeared at the
"My queen," he said, "there is a certain stallion by the name of Lamachus wishing to see
Kaliope looked up in surprise. So this Lamachus would show up yet again! She
nodded quickly. "Yes. Bring him in."
"Queen Kaliope," was all Lamachus said upon entering the throne room, eyeing her
"Yes, that's me." Kaliope raised her head suspiciously. "What is it you came to see me
"It was not without good reason that I came here to Atlantis," Lamachus began. "I only
arrived here recently."
"Oh?" Kaliope invited him to go on. "How so?"
"What you probably don't know is that I'm of the ruling class of the far-off city of
"You don't say. And what affair brings you here to Atlantis?"
Lamachus ignored the question. "It rather surprised me that the queen of Atlantis
would remain unmarried after ascending to the
"I've had no problems with it thus far," Kaliope stated.
"But it could change if you take me up on my proposition."
"What do you mean by that?"
"Think of the strong alliance our two cities would make if joined together,
"Atlantis is already strong on its own."
"Kaliope, if you'll only marry me, you'll see what strong advantages you gain."
Kaliope gazed with surprise at Lamachus' proposal. It was true; she had never thought
of marriage before, nor desired it. But
having a strong king at her side could make the running of a city easier. But...
"Well? What do you say?" Lamachus prodded.
"I'll ask Wee-Tee and A-Tay," Kaliope said with resolve, and promptly woke the two
"If that is your wish, my queen."
"A-Tay. Wee-Tee," Kaliope addressed the two. "Would it be wise of me to marry this
Lamachus who claims to be of royalty as
"No," A-Tay said simply.
"Very big no," Wee-Tee added.
"There is your answer," Kaliope said quietly, turning back to Lamachus. "The seers do
not think kindly of the idea."
Lamachus, actually, did not appear too devastated at the declaration. "There is more
than one way to win a queen." With that, he
turned and left.
"How strange," Kaliope said to her seers. "How very strange."
"Scared," Wee-Tee whimpered.
"Kah very hungry!" A-Tay demanded.
"Alright," Kaliope sighed. "Have a snack." Somehow she felt that she had not yet seen
the last of Lamachus.
* * *
Unbeknownst to them, there had been an eavesdropper on Lamachus and Kaliope's
discussion-- an eavesdropper that could be no
other than Nur-Ab-Fin.
As had Lamachus been watching Kaliope's every move, so had Nur-Ab-Fin been
watching Lamachus. He saw great genius in the
stallion, and thought he would make a wonderful ally. And now with this new development with
him and Kaliope... a plan began formulating in Nur-Ab-Fin's mind.
Slinking through the stone halls, Nur-Ab-Fin came up behind Lamachus. "You wish to
gain the queen's allegiance, do
Lamachus turned around to face the man. "How did you know about that?"
Nur-Ab-Fin did not bother to respond to that. "Kaliope is not someone to get involved
with. However..." He paused. "...if you
agree to help me, I just may be able to help you."
"And just what would that be?"
"Come, my boy. I'll show you."
* * *
"I think I see the problem," Lamachus said critically. "You require the oricalcum beads
to be put in the wrong side of the machine.
If you changed it to the left, it would in turn cause the..."
Nur-Ab-Fin nodded and smiled. Lamachus was, indeed, the one he had been looking
for. "Of course!" he said aloud. "I never
even thought of doing that! Brilliant!"
"Party, wah!" Dah-Boo cried, floating through the room.
"Oh, it's a common oversight," Lamachus said flippantly.
"You may indeed be able to help me," Nur-Ab-Fin murmured. "Lamachus, how would
you like to be taken on as my student in
order to assist me in perfecting the Whale Machine and others like it?"
"And in return you'll help me win Kaliope?" Lamachus queried.
"Very well, then," Lamachus consented. "If it will win me Kaliope..."
"Tell me more of this kingdom you rule," Nur-Ab-Fin requested.
"It is one of the cities beyond the rainbow, in Ponyland," Lamachus explained. "It's
known as Dream Valley. My family has
always ruled there, but..." His eyes misted over. "I've always been drawn to Atlantis. There's
never been anything I wanted more than to come
"Atlantis!" Nur-Ab-Fin scoffed. "It's nothing but a place of broken aspirations."
"What do you mean?"
"My Whale Machine plan, which you were just looking at," Nur-Ab-Fin said
indignantly, "was turned down by the Atlantean king
years ago in favor of an inferior idea of another."
"Certainly the king didn't do it on purpose," Lamachus protested.
"Perhaps not," Nur-Ab-Fin admitted. "But it is my only goal in life now to make the
Whale Machine even better than it was. And
then I'll show all of Atlantis how clever it was in the first place."
"What was the idea the king favored over your Whale Machine?" Lamachus queried,
brimming over with questions concerning
"The king was looking for new, genetically-enhanced species of animals," Nur-Ab-Fin
explained. "He didn't think much of my
plan for turning humans into whales. He preferred the idea of my rival, in which there was the
possibility of creating hundreds of different breeds of
"They're the Pokèmon I've heard of, aren't they?"
"Yes. The king relocated all testing on them to a far-off colony. I'm not involved with
them at all. Not that I'd want to be,
"Fascinating," Lamachus murmured as Dah-Boo landed on his back.
"Tickle me," Dah-Boo requested.
Lamachus obligingly reached for the Furby. "I've never seen Furbys up close
"They never venture out of Atlantis," Nur-Ab-Fin said. "They like it here. They have
everything they need."
"I'd have everything I need here, too, if only Kaliope would consent to marry me,"
Nur-Ab-Fin chuckled. "When she sees the new, updated Whale Machine, all that will
change. I'll have my revenge on being
turned down, and you'll get just what you want when she finds out that you helped with it."
"Big fun!" Dah-Boo squealed.
* * *
Baby Emalia's own yellow and orange Baby Furby, Ah-May, was currently visiting with
Wee-Tee and A-Tay. Ah-May was a
royal seer in training.
"You rock!" Ah-May cheered as the adult Furbys danced.
"Titty-titty-titty! Hide!" A-Tay declared.
"Yeah! Hide!" Wee-Tee agreed.
"Hey! Where's kitty!" Ah-May exclaimed.
Baby Emalia just laughed with delight at the Furbys. No creatures in the world were
more perfect than Furbys, in her
Meanwhile, Kaliope sat on her throne, deep in thought as she clutched a letter in her
hoof. She sighed deeply, the message being
from Lamachus, begging her to reconsider.
"Who's da letter from?" Baby Emalia said, pulling herself away from the Furbys'
"From the ruler of a city in Ponyland," Kaliope said in a troubled tone.
Baby Emalia cocked her head and reached for Ah-May. "Is that bad?"
"Itchy-itchy... scared," Ah-May whimpered.
"Baby Emalia, what would you think of me getting married?" Kaliope asked
"Married?" Baby Emalia echoed, wide-eyed.
"You know what that involves, don't you?"
"But... but... then there'd be nobody to look after me," Baby Emalia said, her lower lip
Kaliope decided it would be best to end that discussion. "Well, it's nothing of
importance, anyway. How is Ah-May
Baby Emalia reflected for a moment. "Good. She's learning lots."
"Aw, me hun-gry," Ah-May complained.
Kaliope laughed. "Now, you'd better go and feed her."
Baby Emalia obligingly set off to find food for the Baby Furby. Kaliope set the letter
aside for the moment. It would just be too
much trouble. She'd simply have to ignore Lamachus.
* * *
The days passed. Kaliope pondered. The Furbys danced. Nur-Ab-Fin and Lamachus
Nur-Ab-Fin and Lamachus had actually developed a strong rapport with each other.
Progress on the Whale Machine was speeding
up. They had constructed several experimental miniature models, and in one of Nur-Ab-Fin's
spacious back rooms, construction of the life-size
version had begun.
Even though Nur-Ab-Fin himself did not care for the royalty of Atlantis, he could
clearly see that Lamachus was very devoted to
Queen Kaliope. Though Lamachus did it discreetly, Nur-Ab-Fin knew well of the letters he
continued to send to the queen. Out of simple curiosity,
Nur-Ab-Fin decided to go see Queen Kaliope in person to see what her true feelings were for his
"Hello there," Kaliope said cordially upon seeing Nur-Ab-Fin enter the throne room.
"You wanted to see me about
Nur-Ab-Fin was about to speak when he caught sight of what was seated in Kaliope's
lap. "What... what is that?"
"Oh, this is one of the new Pokèmon species they've made over in Pokèmopolis,"
Kaliope giggled, lifting the elegant pink cat-like
creature up into the air. "It's a ‘Mew'. Rather cute, don't you think?"
"Mew," the Pokèmon voiced her sentiments.
Nur-Ab-Fin inwardly cringed as the Mew darted around the room through the air. It
was a Pokèmon-- the creatures that had
overrated his whale-like beings in the king's eye. He could hardly stand being in the presence of
such a thing. "Whales are the way to go," he
muttered under his breath.
"What was that?" Kaliope cocked her head.
Kaliope was seemingly naive to Nur-Ab-Fin's involvement with Pokèmon, and that
angered him all the more-- a ruler who thought
herself so grand and yet didn't recognize the genius in her presence!
"That is, I just realized that I have to go now," Nur-Ab-Fin said curtly. "Good day."
With that, he was gone out the door, seething
to himself. He would permit Lamachus to go on with his foolish dreams of himself and Kaliope.
But he, Nur-Ab-Fin, would certainly not take any
interest in it.
* * *
Besides Kaliope, there was one other major disagreement between Lamachus and
Nur-Ab-Fin-- and that was a mysterious
medallion in Lamachus' possession that he showed to Nur-Ab-Fin one day.
"And you don't know its origin?" Nur-Ab-Fin queried, passing the bronze medallion
through his hands.
Lamachus just shook his head. "Not a clue, but it looks valuable."
And magical, Nur-Ab-Fin thought with interest to himself. "Would you mind if
I borrowed it for a time, and tried to find
out more about it?"
"Well..." Lamachus paused. "I'm actually satisfied having it as it is."
"But I'm sure I could do something useful with it if you allowed me to study it,"
"Perhaps some other time," Lamachus said, snatching the medallion back.
"You may never find out what its possibilities are if you keep it to yourself," Nur-Ab-Fin
It took a lot of convincing, but Nur-Ab-Fin was persistent, and Lamachus finally handed
it over to his teacher. Nur-Ab-Fin was
jubilant when he had the medallion to himself, and smugly tucked it away for safe-keeping. He
was sure there was a great many things he could do
with it, if only he could discover more of its magical properties. But... Lamachus wouldn't have
to know of anything he found out.
* * *
The real trouble began when Wee-Tee and A-Tay, the royal seers, began making more
ominous predictions for the city. Kaliope
prodded them on to get more information. "Is that strange man that visited me earlier involved
"Ooh-too-mah! Sound very good!" A-Tay declared.
"But it doesn't sound good," Kaliope protested. "Is it true?"
"Maybe..." Wee-Tee said cautiously.
Kaliope sighed in exasperation. Her parents had never had troubles like these with the
Furbys. "Won't you tell me
"Yes," A-Tay said confidently.
"Good. Then does this man have something to do with the impending doom of the
"Me see... yes," Wee-Tee said after a moment's pause.
"Shall I have him checked out?"
The Furbys' answers were unanimous. "Very big yes."
* * *
Nur-Ab-Fin fumed as the royal guard left his dwelling place after searching it
thoroughly. It had been all he could do to convince
them that the preliminary work on the Whale Machine was actually a new device for cooking
"I should have known Kaliope would have done something like this," he mumbled under
his breath. "Those Furbys of hers that are
alerting her, aren't they?"
"Yes," Dah-Boo agreed. "Pet me!"
"And they'll be back, I'm sure, to keep an eye on me." Nur-Ab-Fin paced around. "I
won't let them find out about the Whale
"But you're just going to show it off in the end anyway, aren't you?" Lamachus queried.
"Besides, the royal seers wouldn't be
alerting her of something for nothing."
"Whose side are you on?" Nur-Ab-Fin whipped around.
"Furbys can peek into the future," Lamachus pointed out. "And they're very
"Party!" Dah-Boo cried out. "Doo-ay!"
"Perhaps," Nur-Ab-Fin said, watching Dah-Boo go into his dance routine. "Go back to
work on the Whale Machine, would you? I
must attend to some private matters..." With that, he turned and walked into the next
* * *
Nur-Ab-Fin continued to be watched over, and it was driving him insane. He couldn't
concentrate on anything, let alone the Whale
Machine, knowing that his every motion was being monitored. He was finally hit with new
inspiration one day while outside the city walking along
the bank of the sea.
It was when he came across a small squid that had been washed up onto the land that
the idea hit. He watched intently as the
doomed mollusk went through its final writhing. Its tentacles were in constant motion. Its two
luminescent eyes gleamed. And then it stopped.
Nur-Ab-Fin walked on, pondering over his encounter with the squid. It had seemed so
full of energy, so powerful, even as a little
thing! Such a look he had never seen in another creature-- not even the great whales that he had
based his machine on.
"If only much larger, they would certainly make strong allies," he murmured aloud.
"Strong allies indeed. If only..."
And then he suddenly remembered tales that he had heard a long while ago-- tales of an
underground cavern in which scores of
giant specimens of the squid species made their home.
"Giant squid," Nur-Ab-Fin repeated. "Giant squid! That's it!"
"Kah scared," Dah-Boo, who happened to be along with Nur-Ab-Fin on this outdoor
"No, Dah-Boo! This is the greatest revelation that has ever been shown to me,"
Nur-Ab-Fin declared. "And now, we must find the
lair of these mysterious squid, Dah-Boo! We must!"
* * *
Nur-Ab-Fin gradually began spending less time at home and more time wandering the
shoreline. Lamachus was conscious of this
change, but didn't think much of it. He only worked feverishly on the Whale Machine, eager to
complete it. (And, he always kept in mind when the
room was being inspected that the Whale Machine was only a simple cooking device.)
Nur-Ab-Fin himself had grown even more bitter over time. Ever since seeing Queen
Kaliope with that "Mew" of hers, his anger
had grown stronger. After being inspired by the squid, he had secretly abandoned all interest in
the Whale Machine and his effort to reclaim his favor
with the Atlantean royalty. Now all he wanted was pure and simple revenge. He would not rest
until all memories of his life in Atlantis had been
abolished. And the only way to do that was to destroy Atlantis itself.
He spent most of his time out searching for the lair of the fabled giant squid, but in his
spare time he worked on unlocking the
secrets of Lamachus' medallion. It was an extremely mysterious item, Nur-Ab-Fin had to admit.
Once he found out what it was capable of, he was
sure it would help him greatly.
Nur-Ab-Fin, of course, did not reveal to Lamachus or anyone else (except for Dah-Boo)
what his new plans were. His plan for the
annihilation of Atlantis was kept under lock and key. But still, as he was out looking for the
cavern spoken of in the tale, he felt as if he was being
"Dah-Boo," he whispered one day as he and his Furby walked along outside. "Has
Kaliope sent her spies to follow me
"Maybe," was all Dah-Boo said.
* * *
Nur-Ab-Fin reluctantly went to see Kaliope when it was requested of him the next day.
I knew it! he thought. Those
Furbys are on to me!
"So you are Nur-Ab-Fin," Kaliope said, critically eyeing him.
"And what is it you called me here today for, my queen?" Nur-Ab-Fin said, somewhat
"I heard that you are in the process of building a new... cooking device?" Kaliope
"My assistant is," Nur-Ab-Fin said shortly.
"And you have also suddenly taken an interest in going outside the walls of Atlantis on a
"I like to get some fresh air from time to time."
"Hmm." Kaliope stroked the Furby in her lap thoughtfully. "You wouldn't happen to be
engaged in any shady activities, would
"My queen, what reason would I have for doing such?"
"Perhaps none," Kaliope murmured. "But the seers have been suspicious as of
"Ah. The royal seers," Nur-Ab-Fin nodded perceptively. "They are known to make
mistakes upon occasion."
"Rather," Kaliope agreed. "Very well then. You may go... for now."
"Of course." Nur-Ab-Fin bowed slightly and was then out the door. He heard the
queen's two Furbys whimpering as he
"Scared, wah!" Wee-Tee said.
"Yeah, hide," A-Tay agreed.
Those seers are good, Nur-Ab-Fin admitted, and so are the other Furbys of
the city. With them around, it may
prove difficult to accomplish anything.
* * *
Only a few days later, Nur-Ab-Fin hit upon the solution to his problem while rummaging
through an old book of magic
"A portal," he murmured. "A portal!"
"What's that?" Lamachus queried, coming up behind Nur-Ab-Fin.
Nur-Ab-Fin smiled craftily. "Nothing for you to be concerned over. Nothing at
"You've been acting suspiciously lately," Lamachus accused. "What exactly are you up
to on these visits of yours?"
"I just like to get away from it all at times," Nur-Ab-Fin said simply.
"You haven't mentioned my medallion for awhile, either."
"Oh, I really haven't had much time with it. Rest assured, though, that I'm working on
Lamachus cocked an eyebrow, but refrained from saying any more. He quickly excused
himself to go work on "personal
Nur-Ab-Fin only laughed under his breath, passing a hand over the tattered book cover.
How simple this portal would make his
life! He had only but to wait for tonight.
* * *
That evening, it seemed as if every single Furby in the city had gathered in their disco
dance room. In fact, that statement was very
close to being true. Except for a few slight exceptions for very severe reasons, every Furby in the
city was at the disco-- even Kaliope's personal royal
And this is exactly what Nur-Ab-Fin wanted. He lurked in the shadows in one corner of
the room, his spell book in hand. He
cringed at the strange music that played through the speakers. Bright lights illuminated most of
the room, and the revolving silver disco ball hung
suspended from the ceiling. All the Furbys were eating, dancing, and shrieking every so often
with joy. They flew around with their little propeller-caps. They were all having the time of their
Nur-Ab-Fin sensed that it was the moment for his plan to go into action. He began
chanting the ancient spell out of the book, and
waved his hand towards the center of the room. The Furbys didn't notice anything at first, but
they eventually became aware of an unnatural glowing
light emanating from their great disco ball. This light began to swirl and grow larger. The Furbys
watched in rapt attention as the portal soon began to
spread over the entire ceiling of the room.
Only when the balls of fur began being sucked up into this portal did they really begin to
realize anything was wrong. One by one,
the Furbys were plucked off the ground and thrown into the swirling light. They could not even
dare to guess where this mysterious thing would lead
them. They had various different opinions on the matter at hand.
"No happy, wah!"
"Fun all gone."
Soon, all the Furbys who were gathered at the disco were gone to who-knew-where.
Its work finished, the portal slowly began to
close. Soon, the bright light was entirely gone. No one could have imagined what had just
transpired there a moment ago. The only thing that was
left was the disco ball.
Nur-Ab-Fin laughed evilly, coming out into the open. No longer would his actions be
predicted ahead of time.
* * *
The next day, Atlantis was in a state of turmoil over the mysterious disappearance of the
Furbys. Queen Kaliope didn't have a free
moment to herself, what with calming down the distraught Furby owners (herself included) and
working as hard as she could to reclaim the Furbys
from whatever fate had befallen them.
"I want Ah-May!" Baby Emalia wailed, trailing behind her sister all the while.
"I know, Emalia, and we're working as hard as we can to--"
"Queen Kaliope! Queen Kaliope! Has there been any more news?"
"My poor Toh-Loo! Where is she?"
"Please, kind queen, will the Furbys be back soon?"
"I want my Furby!!!"
Kaliope sighed. She had a long mission ahead of her to calm all the population down,
let alone calm herself.
* * *
Nur-Ab-Fin had never been happier. He gleefully excused himself from the city for the
day and took Dah-Boo with him again (of
course he would not have allowed his own Furby to succumb to the same fate as the others). He
was confident that he would not be missed in the city,
let alone be spied on, with the current turmoil that had overcome the inhabitants.
He carefully studied a tattered and ancient map which supposedly told the location of
the cavern he was seeking. So far it had done
him no good, but it suddenly occurred to him that the terrain he was passing over right then did
resemble that which was shown on the map.
"Hmm... boring," Dah-Boo sighed, floating alongside his master.
"But Dah-Boo, we may be on to something!" Nur-Ab-Fin quieted his Furby. "Now,
keep your eyes open for a rock that looks like
* * *
Lamachus was trying to figure out the Furby mystery for himself. He was convinced
that his teacher had something to do with it.
Nur-Ab-Fin had been very secretive lately, and Lamachus sensed that he was up to no good. He
was beginning to wish more than ever that he hadn't
handed his medallion over to the shady character.
He was currently inspecting the disco room. Supposedly none of the Furbys had
returned to their proper homes last night after
leaving for the dance. Whatever had happened had obviously occurred here.