They were chasing Duel Bazuka for days now and he wasn't sure why. All he knew was that someone wanted
something from him and they wanted it pretty bad. Luckily for Duel, he was equipped with a very rare cement mixer and his camouflaging
fur blended right into Neopia's grasslands without a trace. Or at least he thought without a trace...
Author : Neopets Staff|
Date : 22th Jan
...Duel sat down, weak with exhaustion. He had racked his brain and still didn't know why he was being chased. "Maybe," he thought, "if I
could get a hold of a Neopian Times newspaper. It would have to have an article about what's going or something." That night the moon and
stars helped to guide Duel toward Neopia Central. The city seemed so far away...
4 hours later
Neopian Central was enormous but very quiet--all the pets were sleeping! Slowly, he went through the doors and straight to the newsstand,
but it was locked. He slid his claw through the lock and picked it. He reached in and grabbed the nearest Neopian Times paper. And there
it was, right across the front page: BAZUKA STILL AT LARGE! "What the? I never did anything to anyone," he thought to himself.
Right behind him was a Robot Kacheek holding an attack fork, saying, "Paws in the air, Bazuka! I knew you would come here." Duel discreetly
rolled the newspaper and clutched it as he raised his paws. "You know how many Neopoints you're worth? I'm going to retire after I turn
you in to the boss." Duel nodded his head and played along, "Yeah, I guess you've got me..."
Author : pikabeth|
Date : 22th Jan
...though I don't know what I've done wrong." The Robot Kacheek laughed soundlessly and said, "What have you done wrong? Don't play coy with me,
Bazuka. I know what you've done. Everyone knows what you've done and we all know it was YOU." Duel was confused. "I have no idea what you're
talking about, I haven't done anything wrong! I am innocent!!! You've got the wrong pet." The Robot Kacheek took out his handcuffs. "You're
going to tell me that you didn't rob the Bank of Neopia? You didn't hold Neopian costumers at stone snowball point with your cement mixer?
We have pictures, Bazuka, you can't worm your way out of this with a plea of innocence...maybe insanity, but you don't stand a chance with
innocence. The boss wants to see you. He can't believe you went behind his back and did this without even giving him a percentage of what
you robbed." Duel looked at the rolled-up newspaper and tightened his grip. "I think I'm being set-up. You've got the wrong pet." The Kacheek
turned away from Duel, which was a big mistake...
Author : blondeangel111|
Date : 22th Jan
...Duel swung the newspaper hard, hitting the robotic Kacheek on the back of its neck, knocking it to the ground. Not wanting to cause any
more trouble for himself, he decided to disconnect the robot's motor functions so it could not tail him. Then he ran as far as his legs would
take him. He had to find out who or what set him up and why. He didn't even know where to start. He stared at the newspaper again, hoping it
may be able to help him in some way. The picture certainly did look like him, but there was something funny about it, and then, as if a
light bulb went off over his head, Duel knew exactly who it was...
Author : draygon777|
Date : 23rd Jan
...his twin sister, Dalex. "So, Dalex robbed the bank," he mused to himself. But why? He wondered as his brow furrowed in concentration.
She's never done anything wrong in her whole life. I'm the one who always got into trouble. When we were just created, I was the one who
would claw and bite and run away, she never did anything wrong, except maybe care too much! His eyes widened, "THAT'S IT! Someone must be
helping her," he shouted as he started running to his sister's house.
3 hours later
Duel dragged his legs the last block to his sister's house, still clutching the newspaper. "Almost there," he thought to himself, "almost
there, almost there, almost there, almost there." He finally reached the house and he hid behind the tree by the window near her living
room, stopping to catch his breath. "Now," he thought grimly, "it's time to get some answers." He gasped and pushed himself behind the
tree, hiding himself from view of the window. For in that quick glance inside her window, Duel saw his sister throwing tons of money in the
air while a mysterious figure sat in the corner. Duel had to look again...
Author : drummingdramaqueen|
Date : 24th Jan
...it was...no it couldn't be her, it couldn't be Daisy. Daisy was Duel's girlfriend, but surely Daisy had enough Neopoints to feed and
dress herself comfortably...but one time she invited Dalex to tea, and Dalex arrived home with her mouth stuffed with delicious food.
"Something is going on here and I'm going to find out," thought Duel. He was thinking so hard that he was unaware that his nose was pressed
against the glass. Suddenly, Duel awoke from his thoughts, and realised that he was being invited in to have some tea. He shook his head
and stared at Daisy, who stared at him coldly. This wasn't the Daisy Duel knew...she was, well, acting very different. Her eyes were like
ice cubes, the same as Dalex's. Their eyes reminded him of the evil Lizuta. Then it struck him, the evil Lizuta must be controlling Daisy
and Dalex! Drops of glittering tears, rolled down Duel's cheeks. "How could this happen?!?!!?!?" he yelled as he ran outside to the tree
they used to climb together. He vowed that he would get them out of the spell even if it meant facing Lizuta. He wiped away his tears and
thought of a plan...
Author : serena962475|
Date : 24th Jan
...Duel thought and thought till his head hurt. He finally figured out that he would have to go to Lizuta's cave...it was he only way he
could save his friends and his own tail. He knew the cave would be heavily guarded and that the Robotic Kacheek was still on the lookout
for him. So Duel took the long way to the cave, and what a long way it was! Duel became very tired and fell asleep for a while. When he
woke up he realized he was being watched. It was the one and only evil Lizuta. "I was expecting you Duel. My friends would like to meet
you. We have heard so much about you and how you robbed the bank. We could use an evil guy like you," Lizuta hissed. Out of the darkness,
two dark figures stood up and began walking toward Duel. It was Dalex and Daisy. They were walking like zombies. "How would you like to
work for me, Duel?" Duel shook his head no. "Well, technically you already robbed the bank for me," Luzita said as she put her wicked
arms around Dalex and Daisy. "Well, Duel? We could be one big, happy, and very rich family." Daisy and Dalex stared at Duel blankly. "Will
you take care of me? Will you clear my name of the robbery?" Duel asked as he stepped closer to Luzita...
Author : to_tone_2000|
Date : 25th Jan
"Oh yes! We'll be very happy! I could use your name to rob another bank and no one will care! In fact, I could give you 30% of what you
steal!" Luzita grinned as Duel took another step closer. "30% eh? Hmmm... yes. That could be a lot." Duel pondered taking his time. "Yes!
Yes!!" Luzita began to twitch anxiously as she offered her had to Duel. She knew what she would do. She would win his trust then turn him
into her slaves like Dalex and Daisy! "Hmmm, do you think you could raise it to 35%?" Duel remained calm. "YES!! YES!!! WHAT EVER YOU WANT!"
Luzita was becoming VERY impatient. "65%?" Duel asked. "Uhh 40%!" Luzita replied. She obviously wanted to the bigger half. "60%!" Duel shot
back calmly. "45%!!" Luzita was now twitching uncontrollably. "55%." "50%!!!!" "Deal!" Duel yelled. "Good Bargian!" Luzita grumbled as they
reached for each other's hands to shake. But as Luzita relaxed and let her guard down, Duel blasted her with Stone Snowball he mixed up in
his Cement Mixer. "NOOOO!!" she screeched. She was powerless now. "Let them go!! Release them from your spell!" Duel bellowed. He stared
into her eyes with a cold, hard expression...
Author : chic_chick33|
Date : 25th Jan
...Lizuta stared back at him with fear. She grinned as she recovered her health. "Do you think a meek
stone snowball could defeat ME!?!?!?!?" Lizuta thundered, "How dare you throw a snowball at the great and mighty Lizuta!!!" Duel didn't
listen to what she said afterwards, he thought of a plan while Lizuta went on with how mighty she was. He looked at Daisy then Dalex--their
cold and blank eyes sent a shiver down his spine. He took out his special golden ring, it shone brightly as Duel wore it. The Faerie
Queen gave Duel the ring when he saved her, and said that whenever he wore the ring and called to her she would help him. "Faerie Queen,"
Duel said loudly, Lizuta looked up and stopped talking. "Please come and help me!!!" A flash of light appeared before them, and the Faerie
Queen arrived. She looked around and saw Lizuta. "What do you want, Duel?" she asked. "I want..." Duel thought of how he should say it,
after all he only had one chance. "I...I want Lizuta destroyed and I wish that Daisy and Dalex would break out of their spell!"
"NOOO!!!!!!" Lizuta shouted as she ran around to find a place to hide, but one zap of the Faerie Queen's wand Lizuta was gone. Daisy and
Dalex broke out of their spell and they looked at each other, surprised. The Faerie Queen smiled and said, "You saved the day, Duel. I'm
sorry, but I have to take the ring back. "Duel took one last glance at the newspaper and the horrible headline vanished..."
Author : lil_lily_flowa|
Date : 26th Jan
...with another flash of light the Faerie Queen and the ring were gone. For a second Duel felt sad, as though he had lost a great
friend or something from his safety deposit box was suddenly gone. Those feelings passed as he was thanked by Dalex and Daisy. They
took their turns hugging Duel and cheering that the evil Lizuta was finally gone. There was one thing still bothering him. "If Lizuta
is gone, what about the Robot Kacheek?" "Robot Kacheek? What are you talking about?" "Oh nothing," he said shyly to Daisy. Dalex
looked at her shadow. "It's getting late! I have to get back. I'll see you guys later," and with that, she was off. Duel and Daisy
decided to get home as well. Arm in arm, they walked off into the sunset.
Author : klaskineo|
Date : 26th Jan