|Gord slowly opened both his eyes to see everything with blurred vision. He quickly snapped them shut again. Waiting a few seconds, he once again opened his eyes. This time his vision was clearer although not perfect.
The Blue Yurble was lying on the ground with his belongings scattered in the dirt. His bag had disappeared to the Yurbles dismay.
Gord managed to stand, holding his head he knew he had been struck with something which sent him flying to the ground. But who would want to hurt me, he thought to himself.
It was in that very moment he remembered, the bag!
Inside the bag was a very rare and powerful Usuki doll that he had stolen from a Neopian legend, stolen with good intentions of course.
Maybe this legend come and stole it back?
Maybe someone else knew of its powers and wanted he doll for themselves?
Maybe Gord had already used the dolls powers which caused him to be injured and wake up on the ground.
As the Yurble tried to piece this mystery together a voice came from behind a tree.
"I saw what happened and it wasn’t pretty." The voice claimed.
Gord stood and staggered to the tree.
He looked behind to see...
Date: Aug 21st
A large Lupe appeared from around the tree, his fur matted down and a brown sack swung from his lanky shoulders.
"Balthazar!" Gord gasped.
"The one and only." Balthazar gave an exaggerated bow. "Like I was saying. I saw what happened and it wasn't pretty."
Gord let out a low gravelly scowl "Are you sure it wasn't you that took my Usuki doll?"
Balthazar rolled his eyes, "If you must check my bag then by all means." He dropped the bag to the ground with a thud and out rolled a few empty faerie bottles.
Gord dusted himself off while watching Balthazar closely. "If it wasn't you then who was it?"
"Well my young one it all depends if you can help me..."
"Help you?!" Gord exclaimed.
"With the legend of course! You help me and I'll help you retrieve the Usuki doll."
"I don't see how I can help you." Gord muttered.
Balthazar grinned, "It all has to do with the faeries, one just took your doll if I'm not mistaken..."
Date: Aug 22nd
Gord stared at the Lupe, disbelief written across his face.
"A faerie took it?" he said, raising his eyebrows. "Faeries aren't usually in the business of stealing."
"Well, this one sure was," - he gathered up the empty bottles and shoved them back in his bag - "and she seemed to be in a hurry, too."
Gord couldn't believe it. A faerie, stealing Usuki dolls? It sounded far-fetched at best. But Bathazar's eyes were unwavering, and something deep inside Gord was telling him that the Lupe may not be lying.
"So," Gord said, "what exactly is it that you, the great Balthazar, need my help with?"
Balthazar's grin turned into a smirk. He grabbed the Yurble by the shoulders.
"More about that later. First things first, we need to get to ..."
Date: Aug 22nd
"Altador. I know a guy who can help us find the faerie involved."
Balthazar motioned for Gord to follow, and they headed in the direction of Altador. From where they stood, it was not a long walk. Gord knew it should only take a few hours, at most.
"We'll be there in a few days." Balthazar said, with a wave.
"Days?!" Gord was immediately shocked. He knew to be wary of Balthazar, but what was even happening here? They weren't far from Altador. Why would it take a few days?
Before he could begin yelling again, Balthazar cut him off. "You think that faerie was the only one after you? You got a few guys on your tail, kid. Collectible like that gets some unsavory attention. I am only involved as far as the faerie is. Don't think I'll be fighting all your battles for you. We're taking a detour to be safe."
Gord's expression sank. What kind of trouble was he facing?
"Do you know who's after me? Are they still going to try to get me? I don't have the doll anymore." Gord's voice shook with fear and uncertainty.
"Heh. I'd say there's one we're going to have to be on the lookout for in our travels..."
Date: Aug 22nd
"...but luckily, you have that one on your side," he said and grinned.
The Yurble gulped. "That's good to hear," he remarked confidently, only to be given away by his trembling fur.
"But, just in case, I'll tell you who I know is after you," Balthazar continued, beginning to walk in the direction of Altador.
Gord followed him with his eyes before remembering to walk after him.
"Three-eyed Buzz. They call him that because he can sense if someone comes from behind him and neutralize his opponent before anyone saw it coming. I never fought him; but they do say that if you hear that devil's wings, you're done for," he said, and grinned maliciously at the Yurble. Seeing that Gord was terrified slightly more than intended, Balthazar changed the subject. "Where are you from, Yurble?"
"S-Shenkuu," he murmured.
"Where I met you," Balthazar said. "Well, we're about a third of the way from Shenkuu to Altador, so we'll be seeing way more trees." He motioned towards his surroundings.
Gord thought he heard Balthazar say "too many hiding places" under his breath when an arrow cut through the night and stuck to a tree in front of them. They both looked behind them in alarm, the Lupe with a hand on his sword.
"Well, well, well, who do we have here?" said a tall blue Ixi. "Never thought I'd see you, Balthazar," he added, and looked at the whimpering Yurble next to him. "I'll get straight to business, gentlemen," he said as he raised his sword at them. "Give me the doll."
Date: Aug 23rd