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Story One Hundred and Eighty-Seven Ends July 23rd
"Is she asleep?" A ceramic eye peeped open and looked around.
A voiced whispered from across the yard. "She just turned the bedroom light off!"
"Yay!" yelled a playful Kougra gnome, uprooting himself from the grass so he could jump up and down.
"Shhh!" hissed the first one, a blue Wocky gnome. "All's clear, let's go!" He turned to a purple
Kiko gnome. "Merlin, bring the shovel."
"Meeting time! Meeting time!" Merlin squealed as he bounced through the garden, gripping a clay spade in his hand.
All around the yard, garden gnomes began to move, heading towards their secret hiding place. Merlin cleared away
the bit of concealing dirt they had packed around the entrance, and then, in a long line, they entered the
the hole they had dug into the long-forgotten cellar of the Neohome.
* * * * *
"Order, order," called the blue Wocky, standing behind a podium. He banged a small gavel to get the attention
of the other gnomes. "Tonight's meeting of the Lawn Gnome Brigade has begun..."
Author: Have you hugged your gnome today?|
Date: 19 July
..."First up is the issue of that Kadoatie from next door."
"Can I start?" asked the playful Kougra gnome, waving his paw frantically. Without waiting for a response,
he continued. "Yes, it seems that that Petpet has developed a taste for our owner's yolkalias."
They heard some violent scratching coming from the entrance and, suddenly, each promptly assumed their usual
frozen stance. All of a sudden an Ixi gnome, who was in a fluster, came crashing in.
"Goodness, Fergus!" the chairman said, "I thought you were that Kadaotie! You have to watch your timekeeping
Fergus tried to speak, but could not utter one word. The gathering waited in amusement as he gained his breath.
"He's gone! Moerty's gone... I can't find him anywhere!" the Ixi gnome said between deep breaths. "We were coming
to this meeting together, but then he got distracted and went to look at some flowers... that's when he just
"Did you try and look for him?" the blue Wocky gnome asked. "He probably just spotted something else that caught
his amusement and went after it. You know what a curious Moehog gnome he is," the blue Wocky explained, obviously
annoyed at the ill-timed disruption.
"Yes, but Arthur... I couldn't find him! I called out for a while, but was afraid that someone would hear me." Fergus
"We should go and look for him. It's a dangerous world out there." Merlin advised.
"Right! Let's split up into two groups," Arthur said, taking charge of the situation. "Fergus, Merlin, and Kougri,
you'll come with me; we'll explore the garden's right wing and near the house. The rest of you search the left wing, and
over by the shed. When either group finds him, return to headquarters and send a messenger to alert the other party.
It's all settled then, right? Let's go!"...
Date: 19 July
...The group began to disperse into smaller factions and climb through the hole. Fergus, Merlin, Kougri,
and Arthur waited for all of them to leave before they ascended into the yard themselves. When everyone was
steady on the ground, Arthur turned to Fergus, "Where was the last place you saw him before he vanished?"
"Over here," replied Fergus, pointing the way through the darkness. They all kept close to the house and moved
as silently as possible. Kougri stepped on a twig and held his breath, but the echo went unnoticed into the night.
They all breathed a sigh of relief.
Together the party moved toward the flowers, and Fergus whispered, "This is it." Merlin, still toting his shovel,
stepped forward first to examine the scene.
"There are indeed some tracks here, but they seem to simply... disappear right before they reach the flower bed."
Arthur stepped up beside his companion and looked for himself.
"Ho, what's this?" the blue Wocky gnome cried out, putting his hand over his mouth in surprise at how loud he had
been. All four of them looked in the direction of Arthur's gaze. Sure enough, there was a second set of footprints,
much larger in scale than the missing Moehog's, that crossed near the flowerbed as well.
"The Kadaotie!" Fergus squeaked...
Date: 20 July
..."Yes, those are the Kadoatie's footprints," Arthur said grimly. "It looks like stealing yolkalias isn't
"So, what do we do now?" Merlin asked, gripping his shovel with worry.
Arthur thought for a moment, then said, "Well, we've still got to rescue Moerty, and that means we've got
to get to him!"
"You mean we're going Inside?" Merlin said, horrified.
"Yes." Arthur said, nodding.
"B-but none of us have ever gone Inside!" Kougri protested. "We have no idea what might be in there!"
"We can't just abandon Moerty!" Fergus said. "We have to at least try to save him!" The Kiko and Kougra
gnomes looked down in shame for even considering giving up on their friend.
"Well, then... what are we waiting for?" Arthur said. "Let's go save Moerty."
A few minutes later, the four gnomes were making their way into the Neohome via a small vent. At the end, Arthur
lifted up the grate at the base of a wall, allowing the four to crawl out of the passage and into the strangest
place they had ever seen...
Date: 21 July
..."What in the world?'
"Where are we?"
"It's a bathroom!"
The four gnomes looked around and noticed that they were indeed in a Neopian bathroom, a place filled with
white porcelain and lots of things called "brushes".
Suddenly, Merlin heard footsteps from outside the closed door. "Everyone, hide!"
The gnomes started climbing in the shower. The door opened and a small pink Kacheek came toddling in. She'd
left her purple Quiggle plushie in the bathroom while brushing her teeth and forgotten it.
As she picked the plushie up off the floor, the Kacheek noticed mumbling from inside the shower. She opened up the
shower curtain, then giggled.
"Quiggy find new friends? Whee!" she exclaimed, grasping Kougri and Arthur. Kougri's normally playful-looking
face now bore a look of sheer horror.
"I thought she was asleep!" he whispered under his breath to Arthur. Arthur shrugged as the Kacheek scooped
up Fergus and Merlin, then carried them to her bedroom.
When she opened the door, they were not surprised to see Moerty, just where they had expected him to be...
lying beneath the sleeping Kadoatie's body. The toddler climbed into her bed with the gnomes on a pillow at
her feet, and said,"Nighty-night, gnomies, sweep tight! Don't wet da Mootix bite!"
She soon was sound asleep, her Quiggle plushie at her side. The gnomes saw their chance and leapt up, all of
them staring at the fat Kadoatie and their friend, who was in dire need of rescue...
Date: 21 July
...One by one, they quietly slid off the bed onto the small pink rug on the floor. Their small feet made a pitter-patter
on the wooden floor as they reached the Kadoatie. Merlin stepped forward and carefully lifted up some bulging fat
from the Kadoatie's belly. Sure enough, there was Moerty.
Arthur walked over and reached out a hand. Obediantly, Moerty stuck out a hoof, which Arthur grabbed.
Merlin walked to the other side of the Kadoatie and stuck his hands under the belly, finding the back of Moerty. He carefully
positioned his hands, just right, on the base of his ceramic back.
Kougri then walked over with Merlin and cautiously lifted the other end of the fat, which had enclosed poor Moerty.
"Ready?" Fergus whispered as he lifted up some extra fat.
"Ready," they all whispered back.
"Go!" Fergus said. Arthur pulled on Moerty's hoof, while Merlin pushed on his back, allowing the gnome to come sliding out.
The three gnomes holding the fat carefully set it down, then began tiptoeing out the door. Just as they'd almost reached the door,
the gnomes heard an unfamiliar sound.
The grandfather clock had struck midnight...
Date: 22 July
...The Kadoatie stirred. "Quick, scram!" Fergus whispered urgently. The Ixi gnome dove behind a couch. Merlin,
Moerty, and Arthur soon joined their fellow gnome in his hiding place. The four held their breath.
Fergus slowly peeked out after a minute or so. The Petpet was daintily strutting around the room. The ceramic Ixi
wrinkled his nose in disgust.
Merlin tapped Fergus on the shoulder, but Fergus wasn't paying attention. Merlin tapped harder. "What?" Fergus
Merlin pointed to a spot beside Arthur. Fergus just raised an eyebrow. "It's Kougri... he's not here!" Fergus's
eyes widened. The ceramic gnome glanced back around the arm of the couch, groaning inwardly.
Kougri's yellow tail was visible, sticking out from under the window curtains, twitching slightly from nervousness. That
wouldn't have been so bad if the gnomes were the only ones who knew about the ceramic Kougra's hiding place. However,
a certain Petpet had noticed, too...
Date: 22 July
..."Well? What are we going to do?" exclaimed Merlin, throwing up his arms. "We can't just walk up and excuse
ourselves to get him, can we?"
"We just might have to," sighed Moerty, slumping down against the couch.
"We can't leave him there! He'll be smashed to pieces!" cried Arthur, still staring at Kougri's tail, which was more
visible now than ever as it twitched and waved frantically.
The Kadoatie was now very suspicious. An investigative little creature, he
sniffed the air and pawed the ground about the bed, sensing that something was wrong in the little pink Kacheek's
bedroom. Indeed, something was wrong, but the Kadoatie did not know that he was the problem. While strolling around
the room, he gradually moved closer to the curtains, Kougri's hiding place. He was not that far away,
and Kougri's tail was now straight as a ruler: each individual hair stood up as he awaiting his doom.
Fergus was now practically out of his hiding spot -- he couldn't sit and watch his friend meet an untimely fate.
He knew he had to do something, and ignoring the warnings from his fellow gnomes, he sprinted from behind the couch
and towards the Kadoatie. As he neared it...
Date: 23 July
...The Kacheek moaned in her sleep, and Fergus froze in his tracks. However, seeing that the Kadoatie was temporarily
distracted by the Quiggle plushie which the Kacheek had dropped to the floor, Fergus sprinted towards the curtains
and retrieved Kougri. To the amazement of his friends, they galloped through the open door into the hallway,
certain that they'd meet Merlin, Moerty, and Arthur outside.
"That Ixi..." Arthur sighed. "Anyway, I have a plan. Listen up: I'll distract the Kadoatie, while you all sprint
towards the door. We've got Kougri -- now we get out."
"But that's crazy!" Moerty cried.
"That's why my name is Arthur!" replied Arthur, to the absolute confusion of the others. "Okay, quickly now!"
By now, the Kadoatie seemed to be sleeping, seemingly having given up on the plushie. Upon seeing this, Arthur
halted his emergence at once.
"Is it asleep?" he whispered.
"It looks asleep," Merlin answered, "Moerty, you know about Kadoaties now... is it asleep?"
"It was hard to tell from underneath, but I think so," Moerty replied.
"Good," Arthur said, "Now we can just head out that door... easy as pie!"
However, as the gnomes emerged from their safe spot, they'd forgotten how hard it was to walk and keep quiet with their
small ceramic shoes constantly thudding.
Hearing the noise, the Kadoatie suddenly sprung into action and bounded towards the walking gnomes, who quickly
began to run.
The three gnomes sprinted towards the door, when Merlin suddenly turned towards the running Kadoatie. He threw a
yellow object in its direction, which he'd withdrawn from his pocket. At once, the Kadoatie began to play with the strange object,
and the gnomes happily (and confusedly) ran out of the door and into the garden.
"Well, I'm glad that's over," Moerty said, waving to Fergus and Kougri, who were patiently waiting in the grass.
"Say Merlin, what was that thing you threw?" Arthur asked.
"A Yolkalia," Merlin said with a smile, taking a seat in a bed of about four hundred of them. "Also known as Kadoatie nip."
Date: 23 July
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