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The Neopian Times Week 97 > New Series > Magnolia and the Whirlpool Mystery: Part One

Magnolia and the Whirlpool Mystery: Part One

by peachifruit

“Wow, this is too good to be true, Sys-op. I mean, think about it. One whole week at this sunny beach--with the waves, and the sand, and not a care to be concerned with!”

    Sys-op the pink Kadoatie looked up from out of a palm-tree print bag at her owner, Agent_Magnolia the disco Aisha. “Magnolia,” she began. “Stop doing that. You’re making me think we’re on vacation, and we aren’t.”

    Magnolia frowned discontentedly with a sigh. “You’re right. We aren’t. But, still! I’d love to imagine that we’re here to just enjoy ourselves. Not on a mission.”

    Magnolia set her bag down on the ground, looking over the seashore contentedly. “That’s just nice and picturesque, don’t you agree?” she inquired with a sigh. “I do wish we could stay here for a little more than just--”

    “Hey there!” Magnolia quickly turned around to face the source of the greeting--a tall brown Kyrii clad in a coconut-print bathing suit. “I don’t think I’ve, like, seen you around here much. What’s your name?”

    “Marianne,” Magnolia replied. She held up Sys-op in her bag. “This is... Flamingo. We just arrived here on vacation, actually.”

    “Really? Ah, I see,” said the Kyrii. “Most people around here are people that are always around here, so, like, everyone knows everyone. I’m, like, Sandy. It’s nice meeting you!”

    “It’s a pleasure for me, too.” Magnolia glanced off onto the shoreline. “So... um... you wouldn’t happen to know someone named... Lilia, would you?”

    Sandy frowned, pausing a moment. “Yeah,” she finally said. “Lilia? Like, why her?”

    “Oh, no reason in particular. I’ve been hearing a lot about her from people around here.”

    “Yeah, that’s not really a, like, surprise,” Sandy murmured. “She’s been caught near-drowning in the ocean about five times just in the last three days! I’m, like, really beginning to get worried. I mean, Lilia’s a really nice girl.”

    Sandy looked up at Magnolia, trying to smile. “Oh, whatever. This isn’t going to, like, have any relevance to your trip anyway, right?” She didn’t wait for an answer. “Anyway, I’ll see you around, ‘kay?”

    “Sure--um--bye!” Magnolia managed to exclaim as Sandy ran off. “That went well.”

    “For YOU, maybe,” Sys-op squealed. “My name is Flamingo? You couldn’t be a little more creative than Flamingo?”

    “I’m sorry, Sys!” Magnolia quickly assured. “I couldn’t really think of anything else... I mean... you are pink like a flamingo--”

    “--Not the same shade of pink!” Sys-op protested.

    Magnolia, having found a suitable spot, lifted a coco-print towel into the air with a content smile. “Well, I don’t see any cause for alarm at the moment, so now is a perfect opportunity to enjoy ourselves, right?”

    “If ‘enjoying ourselves’ is lying on a towel under an umbrella, then sure,” muttered Sys-op.

    “Oh, please,” Magnolia replied. “Take away the umbrella and the towel and you seem to enjoy doing it all the time at home.”

    “Not all the--”

    Suddenly, a loud splash was heard from the ocean. A few murmurs of confusion and struggle were heard before a voice exclaimed, “There’s someone drowning out there!”

    Several loud shrieks were heard before Magnolia managed to stand up. “There is someone out there!” Magnolia confirmed, squinting. “Sys-op, it’s that girl!”

    “W-who?” Sys-op inquired, looking up in confusion.

    “That Mynci out in the water!” Magnolia tried to explain. “That’s who we’re here for!” She sighed. “Where’s the lifeguard?”

    “Over there,” Sys-op replied.

    Magnolia spotted a blue Jetsam sitting in the lifeguard tower and gazing out into the ocean through a pair of binoculars. She quickly ran over to the tower to alert the supposed lifeguard. “Hey! Down here!” Magnolia exclaimed. Having gotten his attention, she continued. “There’s someone drowning out in the ocean!”

    “T-there is?” the lifeguard inquired shakily. “U-uh--oh, yeah! Little girl!” He looked closer through the binoculars. “L-Lilia? Is that Lilia? Oh, no; who let Lilia in the water again?!”

    “I suggest you worry about that later and worry about saving Lilia right about now,” Magnolia said pointedly, paws on her hips. “You are the lifeguard, right?”

    “Y-yeah! Of course I am! The lifeguard--uh-huh--yes, I am!” the Jetsam replied, running down the ramp and to the sand.

    “Uh-huh. You’re the lifeguard.”

    “I’m the lifeguard!”

    “You’re the lifeguard?”

    “I’m the lifeguard!” The Jetsam ran around to the back of the lifeguard tower. “Hold on, Lilia! I-I’m coming!”

    Magnolia watched disdainfully as the lifeguard found a nearby lifesaver and tossed it into the swirling water. “Grab onto that!” he told her. The lifesaver was promptly washed ashore. “Uh... or not.”

    “Aren’t you going to go swim after her?” Magnolia inquired, panicking. The lifeguard remained in an uncomfortable silence. “But--w--you’re a--and you can’t--OH, NEVER MIND!” Magnolia ran towards the ocean.

    “Hey--wait!” Sys-op called after her. “You’re not going to go in there, are you? There’s a whirlpool -- you could drown!”

    “I could,” Magnolia replied. “But trying is better than just watching her drown out there, isn’t it?”

    Sys-op sighed. “The things I let you get away with...”

    “Sys-op, you stay here with the lifeguard,” Magnolia continued. She pointed to the lifeguard. “And get an ambulance or something, because I doubt the ‘lifeguard’ here is going to help much when I get Lilia back to shore.”

    “Yeah, sure,” Sys-op replied as Magnolia continued towards the ocean. “I certainly hope this isn’t an everyday thing.”

    Magnolia searched for a few moments in the water before finally spotting Lilia--a young yellow Mynci, one arm outstretched towards the sky, drowning in the water. “Ah--there you are!” Magnolia exclaimed. Treading in the water (or as close to treading as she could come in a whirlpool,) Magnolia reached for Lilia’s hand. Her arm only managed to splash in the water a few inches away, however.

    Lilia, blinded in the water, suddenly submerged. Magnolia gasped. “Oh, HOLD ON A SECOND!” she exclaimed, following Lilia underwater. She felt blindly around with her paws and finally found Lilia’s hand, attempting to bring her to the surface again. Magnolia opened her eyes at one point and saw a large, black, spinning object below her. Before she could even begin to think about what it was, the whirlpool sped up considerably.

    Magnolia was now concerned with holding onto Lilia’s hand even tighter. She caught one of Lilia’s arms with both of hers, trying desperately to kick her way to the surface, only in vain. Suddenly, the whirlpool came to an abrupt halt, sending Lilia and Magnolia sharply through the water and into a wall of coral.

    Magnolia gurgled, letting Lilia nearly slip out of her paws. She swam to the surface, holding Lilia up before she managed to get a breath of air. Magnolia crawled out of the water and onto the seashore, panting all the while. Lilia spat water back into the ocean, turned onto her back and sighed.

    “I was thinking you’d never come back!” Sandy cried, running towards them. “When I heard Lilia was back in the water, like, again, I heard you’d gone to save her. That was really, like, brave and stuff!”

    Magnolia looked up. “Oh, right. Um... thanks-- but-- uh--!”

    Lilia opened one eye confusedly. “Ugh,” she murmured. “W-what happened? Where am I now?” She rolled over onto her side and finally sat up.

    “Lilia!” Sandy exclaimed. “What on Neopia were you, like, doing out by the ocean again? I told you to, like, stay in the cabana!”

    “S-Sandy?” Lilia questioned. “Stay in the cabana? You can’t tell me where to stay!”

    Sandy sighed. “Lilia,” she began, almost pleadingly. “It’s for your own good. If I wasn’t looking out for you, I’d, like, let you stay out here on the shoreline!” She motioned towards Magnolia. “And aren’t you going to, like, thank this nice lady for saving your life?”

    “Whu-what?” Lilia glanced in Magnolia’s direction. “Oh! Um... thank you! I’m... um... I’m Lilia.”

    “I guessed,” Magnolia replied, brushing a sea star off of her head. “And no problem.”

    “Now, Lilia, let’s get you off the seashore,” said Sandy. “Or at least somewhere before one of those waves comes up and, like, drags you out to sea again.”

    “Aww, Sandy...”

    “No ‘but Sandy!’s, missy!”

    Magnolia and the small crowd that had gathered watched as the Kyrii and the Mynci left the scene. “Still up for pretending we’re having a relaxing time?” Sys-op questioned.

    “Why not?”

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

Magnolia and the Whirlpool Mystery: Part Two

Magnolia and the Whirlpool Mystery: Part Three

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