|Lydia stood on her two hind legs and pointed her nose into the air. She softly pressed her eyelids together and sniffed the air. She could never get that smell mistaken for anything else.
"Freshly baked cookies." The Gelert whispered as she lowered herself to the ground.
With a hurry Lydia made her way to the Bakery.
Salivating, she burst through the door to see...
Date: Jan 29th
...that the place was packed. Lydia had never seen so many Neopets in here before. Lydia could just barely see the shelves through the crush. There were all sorts of confections to be seen: cupcakes, pastries, and of course those cookies she'd smelled. The bread and other savory items were nowhere to be seen. She wondered whether there was a special event today. Maybe there was a discount on cookies!
Lydia managed to squeeze through the crowd to the counter. "Excuse me," she said, trying to speak loudly to be heard over the din. "Is there..." she trailed off.
As she had spoken, the Neopet behind the counter turned around. Instead of the Breadmaster with his usual smile, the Neopet who stood there was...
Date: Jan 29th
Kauvara! She stood behind the counter, smiling and handing a pile of wrapped cookies over to a yellow Chia.
"Yes, what was it you wanted to order?" said Kauvara, turning towards Lydia.
Lydia stood there, mouth agape, unable to have any words escape to place an order.
"I must have really surprised you. The look on your face," Kauvara chuckled.
Lydia managed to shake off her surprise. "I just was expecting to see the Breadmaster."
"Yes, unfortunately the Breadmaster didn't show up to work today. No one knows where he went off to. He left me a mysterious note, asking me to look over his shop while he was out. He said it was of the utmost importance. And aside from potion brewing, I've always had a passion for baking. So I figured I could help him out this once..." Kauvara's voice trailed off.
Lydia knew that there was only one thing to do...
Date: Jan 30th
She had to go talk to the Breadmaster!
"Thank you Kauvara." Lydia said as she ran out of the shop.
After several minutes to fast-paced walking, Lydia could finally see the Breadmasters Neohome up ahead.
"I hope everything is okay." She thought to herself. "The Breadmaster would never miss work."
Once she got closer to the Neohome, Lydia could see that the door was ajar.
"That is strange," she thought as she walked up the front steps and into the Breadmasters Neohome.
"Hello!" Lydia called out as she stepped into the entrance-way. "Is anyone there?"
Lydia let out a gasp at the sight that awaited her inside the Breadmasters home. Paper was covering the floor and all of the furniture was tipped over. The place was a complete mess. It looked as though someone had broken in and was looking for something.
"Oh no!" Lydia said aloud. "This could only mean one thing...
Date: Jan 31st
"....someone kidnapped the Breadmaster!" Lydia said, in a worried tone.
"I must find him.." she continued.
She sat there for a few minutes, trying to collect up her thoughts. She tried looking around the house, finding a clue or two, there was a few footsteps! But.. they lead to nothing.. or at least.. that's what her eyes are showing her.. after the many nerves she saw.. she was trying to think properly, while she suspected....
Date: Feb 1st
Her eyes darted to a torn out page of the Breadmaster's personal diary of recipes. Lydia knew the Breadmaster kept his best pastries in secret and wrote them down on that book. She walked over the mess carefully and picked up the tattered book.
Out of respect for the Breadmaster, Lydia prevented herself from looking at the secret recipes. She touched the torn paper and saw that the page was crudely ripped, leaving behind a small section behind.
The section read...
Date: Feb 1st
"new formula....morphing bread....Kauvara....secret...competit..."
Lydia scratched her head in bewilderment. This was definitely the Breadmaster's handwriting, all right. But why was he writing about Kauvara? She could only see the beginning of each line because of the way the page was torn, but this scrap led her to believe that the Breadmaster had developed a new morphing bread! Could he have been worried that Kauvara would see it as competition? Could Kauvara herself be a suspect?
Lydia tucked the book into her pocket as evidence, vowing silently to return it personally to the Breadmaster as soon as she could. She put on her bravest face, exited the house, and started off down the street. She knew what she had to do now...
Date: Feb 2nd
...She was going to confront Kauvara! Lydia wasted no time storming into the shop, pointing an accusing finger towards the bewildered Kau.
"Where is the breadmaster?" Lydia demanded. Kauvara was shocked, nearly dropping the loaf she'd just extracted from the oven. "I know what you did! You were afraid that the breadmaster's new morphing bread would be competition for your morphing potions, so... you spirited him away!"
"Wait... morphing bread?!" Kauvara exclaimed. This time, she really did drop her loaf in shock, clapping her hooves over her mouth. It looked like she was figuring something out - where to run to, perhaps? Lydia readied herself to give chase - but Kauvara slowly lowered her hands. "Oh no... He was in my shop the other day, asking about whether my potions could turn one type of baked good into another, but he said his experiments hadn't worked. He'd tried feeding one to a petpet, and instead of the bread turning into a cake... the petpet that ate it turned into a cake instead!"
She barely finished her explanation before dashing towards the shop front. An employee was just about to slice into a particularly delectable-looking cake. "STOP!" Kauvara cried, snatching up the cake and running outside towards her magic shop. Lydia trailed behind, while the Kau hurriedly explained. "I- I saw this cake on the counter when I got here this morning, I thought the Breadmaster had made it overnight. But now I- I-" She'd reached her shop and was rummaging franticly through potion vials. She grabbed one labelled 'normalising', popped off the cork and doused the cake in it.
Before Lydia's eyes, the cake began to transform... into the Breadmaster! Both he and Kauvara looked relieved. Once he'd caught his breath, the Breadmaster addressed them. "Oh my goodness... thank you so much for saving me! I thought I was toast- well, dessert, at least. I was trying to make something exciting for the baking competition next week- but I wanted it to be a secret, to surprise you when I finally got it to work," he said sheepishly to Kauvara.
The note made so much sense now! Lydia breathed a sigh of relief - she was glad Kauvara wasn't evil. That would've taken some explaining to the townsfolk.
"I'm just glad you're safe," Kauvara replied.
"I'm so sorry. Next time I try to play with magic, I'll talk to you first. I promise," he said with a smile.
Date: Feb 5th