The bright orange sun hung in the sky like a giant piece of candy,
lighting up Neopia brightly. Shoythang the Fire Shoyru was busy working in his garden, planting his
favourite Tuskaninny Plant when the sky went totally black. All of his neighbours ran outside in a
whirl trying to see what was causing the giant shadow.
"Oh my Asparagus! It's a bird!" a Usul shouted, pointing to the sky.
"It's a Lenny! Ha ha ha, it's one of those Lennys!" a Chia said, bursting out in laughter.
"No, it's a monstrous Lenny wielding a Rod of Asparagus, and it's coming right for us!" a Meerca
exclaimed, running for cover.
Everyone around, including Shoythang, looked up to see a huge, evil Lenny descending upon them...
Author: Neopets Staff|
Date: 10 Dec.
...Shoythang blinked as the Lenny towered over him, brandishing his weapon of evil. The Lenny
glared at him with brimstone eyes that blazed with fury. Shoythang, cold sweat beading his
forehead, plucked up his courage, and asked the Lenny a question.
"Nice day, isn't it? I dare say that sun was a tad too bright, thanks for blocking it out...
The Lenny didn't look all too amused.
"OK then... where did King Coltzan keep his armies, eh? Up his sleevies!"
The Lenny was still frowning at him, sending chills up and down Shoythang's spine.
"Well... I thought it was funny! I swear, Lennys these days have no sense of humour..."
Realising then that he'd probably said too much, he made a frantic dash for his NeoHome, but the
Lenny wasn't having any of it...
Date: 10 Dec.
...The Rod of Asparagus was suddenly fired upon Shoythang, missing him by mere inches. He then
made a move to the left, and then to the right, but wherever he turned, that fearsome weapon was
always there, blocking his escape.
"Oh please, sir," begged Shoythang, "don't hurt me! I have done nothing to you."
"Nothing?!" boomed the Lenny. "We Lennys have always been made objects of ridicule, the butt of
everyone's jokes! Well, I am here to avenge all those Lennys who have to endure such cruelty from
you other Neopets. Instead of jeering, you will all tremble at the sight of a Lenny!"
So saying, the Rod of Asparagus moved swiftly again, and in a blink, Shoythang's precious garden
was completely destroyed!
Shoythang stood there, numbed with shock and pain at what had happened to his beloved plants.
But then, something burned deep inside him...
Date: 11 Dec.
..."YOU DESTROYED MY GARDEN!" cried Shoythang.
"Ho ho ho ha ha hee hee!" the Lenny burst out.
"WHAT'S SO FUNNY??" asked Shoythang.
"You fell for it!!!!Ho ho ha ha hee!" the Lenny pulled at his feathers to revealed a zipper!
He zipped it down and... a Jetsam appeared! It was the town prankster, Caborino!
"Cabbie! Oh Caborino! You've been playing pranks again!?! UP TO YOUR ROOM! Wait till your father
hears about you using his Lenny costume to scare the neighbours!" Caborino's mum was yelling at
him from down the street.
"Oh, my poor garden. Stupid Lenny, erm, Jetsam. Whatever. My garden is ruined!" Shoythang wondered
what he he would do now...
Date: 11 Dec.
...He didn't have much time to think before a large round object fell from the sky and crashed
into the remains of the already smouldering garden!
"What is it with bad things and my garden?" yelled Shoythang, turning to the object. The other
Neopians crowded around it, even Caborino was trying to escape from his mum and look.
Suddenly it burst open to reveal a Grundo, dressed as a baby! He looked around at all the faces
and laughed. Shoythang looked closer and saw a note attached to the Grundo's baby bonnet. He picked
it up and read aloud:
"To the fool, erm, I mean good Neopian who finds my servant, erm, baby, I hope that you can look
after him for I cannot. His name is Crolop and is especially evil, I mean a good and sweet little
baby. Please take him into your house so that he can capture you, erm, love you like his real
parents. Please look after him well; I can only afford to send one, (you should probably forget
that last part). All the best, Dr. Frank S., I mean Dr. F. Sloth, erm, I mean, oh forget it!"
Shoythang looked worriedly at the Grundo, then at his friends as he tried to think what to do...
Date: 12 Dec.
...He thought, I might as well take him in. He is cute... a sweet brown Grundo of my very own!
The Grundo snuggled up against Shoythang. His sweet blue eyes looked at
Shoythang's face and the biggest, sunniest smile anyone had ever seen broke out on Crolop's face.
"Crolop, is it, little guy? You're so little and cute. I think I ought to take you in." Shoythang
gathered the grundo in his arms and caried him inside. The crowd that was gathered shook their heads
and left, leaving Crolop and Shoythang in peace.
Crolop, little as he was, sat up as Shoythang rocked him. He began talking like a robot, and Shoythang
didn't know what to do! He leaned over in the rocking chair and reached for...
Date: 12 Dec.
...his book, Grundo Food. "This little fellow is probably hungry," thought Shoythang out loud. He
read the book, and suddenly it vanished in a puff of green smoke.
"How would you like some of this yummy 2/3 Plain Omelette. It is 2/3 because I got a little hungry
myself." Shoythang laughed at his joke. The Grundo just stared.
Shoythang was trying to feed the famished looking Grundo, but the baby wouldn't take a bite. Shoythang
sighed, "This is harder than I thought..."
Date: 13 Dec.
..."Dang tootin'!" said a Techo from the other room.
Shoythang turned around surprised and curious from who the voice came from. He then saw his friend
Myrtle the blue Techo. He ran to him and gave him a bear hug.
"Get off me this ain't no democracy! What do you think you be doing with this here child of yours?" the
"It ain't mine Myrtle! It fell from the sky and blew up garden!" Shoythang said a little excited.
Myrtle just looked at him like what are you talking about, Shoythang. He shrugged and then
screamed as he saw the Grundo eating Shoythang's rocking chair.
"Holy Neopia, Shoythang! It's eating your chair! Eeeep, it's gonna eat us!" screamed the Techo as
the Grundo came charging at them.
The Techo screamed like a little girl and ran out the door of Shoythang's house. He ran all the
way to his grandmum's house. Shoythang backed up into the corner when the Grundo...
Date: 13 Dec.
...burped like a foghorn, and spit out the chair cushion, which landed at Shoythang's feet with a splat.
"Ewww!" cried the Shoyru. "Where are your manners?"
The little Grundo just smiled happily and started waddling around the room, possibly looking for more
rocking chairs. "Oh dear," thought Shoythang. "I hope he's not planning on eating all my furniture!
Though, I guess he would at least be getting lots of fiber in his diet."
Not sure what else to do, he scooped up Crolop in his arms and took the wiggling little critter outside
to the sad ruins of his once-proud garden. He set Crolop down on a pile of shredded Asparagus plants
and sat down beside him, glumly contemplating all the work he would have to do to get his poor garden
back in shape. As he watched the Grundo making some kind of Asparagus and dirt sculpture, he suddenly
had an idea....
Date: 14 Dec.
..."I know!" Shoythang declared. "Crolop can make statues for my garden. Not only will I have my plants
back, but Crolop will make them into beautiful statues!"
Shoythang quickly ran to the Neopian Garden Store, where he bought a heap of flowers and dumped
them in his garden. He then quickly ran to Crolop, picked him up, and carried him to the pile of
unplanted plants. While Crolop tended to the garden, Shoythang was secretly working on another statue.
Days passed, and the garden was filled with statues of famous Neopets. Crowds of Neopians began to
gather around Shoythang's garden.
"Ooh!" said one Neopet.
"Ahh!" said another, but Shoythang's garden wasn't complete. He clicked his fingers, and Shoythang's
friends brought in the secret statue that he was working on. They placed it in the middle of the garden
with a cloth over it.
Shoythang straightened himself up and said, "Fellow Neopians, this garden couldn't have been done
without the help of Crolop. That is why I have made something special for him." He turned around and
unveiled a statue of Crolop. Crolop ran to Shoythang and hugged him, and they lived happily, going on
to become two of the best gardeners in Neopia.
Date: 14 Dec.