|Also by adoriblelapin|
The two Shoyrus looked up into the sky. It was a clear
night; no clouds to stop the millions of twinkling stars up in the heavens above
from shining down upon the forest. The crescent moon hung in the sky, proving
an eerie glow for the denizens of the forest. The two Shoyrus sat on opposite
sides of the crackling fire. It was a picturesque sight until...
"AHH! MY MARSHMALLOW, MY MARSHMALLOW!" SilverEmerald
the Tyrannian Shoyru squealed as she made a vain attempt to blow the marshmallow,
which had burst into flames.
"What happened!?!" cried the Tyrannian Shoyru's
companion, a cloud Shoyru by the name of Lappiny.
"WHAT DO YOU THINK?" she yelled in response
as she nearly shoved the flaming marshmallow in Lappiny's face.
He tried to blow it out too, but it didn't work.
Finally, Lappiny flapped his periwinkle blue wings to blow the fire out. The
ignited marshmallow blew off the stick and onto SilverEmerald's forehead.
"OW! OW! OW!" she screamed as she ran around
"The stream," Lappiny said urgently as he grabbed
SilverEmerald by the arm and ran to the stream. The Tyrannian Shoyru shoved
he head in the water. When she pulled her head out, the marshmallow was still
stuck to it. Lappiny laughed and pulled it off of her forehead. The once white
piece of food was now black and soggy. "Want some?" he laughed.
"Oh yeah," SilverEmerald replied sarcastically
as she grabbed the marshmallow from the cloud Shoyru's hand and tossed it into
the water. She sighed and slumped onto the grass. "I'm sure glad we decided
to get away from our families and go camping. GoldenRhino was running around
screaming and yelling."
Lappiny laughed. "Lappinny was flying around
banging pots and pans. Honestly, that has to be the most hyper Pteri that has
ever been placed on Neopia. I have to admit though, he’s pretty nice at times,
when he’s not busy wrecking the house."
The two friends looked up into the sky. No sound
could be heard but the faint sound of insects, chirping the night away. All
of a sudden, the silence was broken. They could hear some rustling in the bushes
behind them. The two Shoyrus looked around and gasped when they say two fierce
looking sinister looking Scorchios holding nets. They threw the nets at SilverEmerald
"YIKES!" SilverEmerald cried as she rolled away
from the net. Lappiny did the same. But his leg was caught in the mesh of the
net. SilverEmerald grabbed a twig off the ground and sliced through the net.
But as she was helping Lappiny, another net tossed by one of the Scorchios caught
"This is an excellent specimen," one of the
Scorchios snickered as he hoisted the caught Shoyru over his head and flew off
Lappiny tried to chase after them but he was
caught in the net. By the time he managed to free his foot, the Scorchio duo
had taken off with SilverEmerald.
“No! Wait!” Lappiny cried after them, picking
himself up to his feet as swiftly as he could.
As much as the cloud Shoyru attempted to run
after them, he could not do so, being both exhausted and shocked at the recent
occurrences. Flapping his wings energetically, Lappiny began to soar toward
the midnight sky, looking toward the navy blue ceiling above him.
“What just happened?” he asked himself, fluttering
his wings rhythmically. Lappiny searched around at the ground and spotted a
group of rustling bushes behind him. Turning around and preparing himself, he
“Toothpaste, toothpaste, where’s the toothpaste?”
came a familiar voice. From behind the bushes a cloud Draik appeared, looking
around curiously. It was JadePaw, SilverEmerald’s sister. “Lappiny? Oh hi! I
came all the way from home because TK wants to know where the toothpaste is."
She seemed slightly angry at the fact she had to travel miles to find out the
toothpaste's location. "Hey, where's SilverEmerald?”
Looking tense, Lapinny frowned. JadePaw must
have noticed this, for not long after she inquired again, “What’s wrong? And
where is SilverEmerald?”
Landing upon the ground, the cloud Shoyru descended
stealthily. Lappiny took a minute himself to discover an answer to JadePaw’s
question and shook his head. “I don’t know,” he confessed sadly. He began to
explain the happenings, JadePaw nodding after each sentence he made.
“Maybe we should go back to camp,” suggested
JadePaw thoughtfully, only to see the Shoyru shaking his head.
Lappiny sighed. “We can’t. I let the poachers
get away with SilverEmerald and I’m responsible for all of this. I’m sure she’ll
be all right for a while, but the sooner we'd better find her.”
Shrugging slightly as his words, the cloud Draik
looked around as though a reply lay somewhere in the plants surrounding them.
Tilting her head slightly, she concentrated on Lappiny’s deep, blue eyes. Finally,
she responded. "Let's go."
"...And that was when the Scorchios flew off with my sister?" the cloud Draik
recapped after Lappiny had told her the previous events of the evening. The
Shoyru responded with a rueful nod. They had been flying above the forest in
the direction Lappiny had said he was sure the Scorchios. But it had been too
long, and the Scorchios were way too far away to be seen. Plus they may have
changed direction, and the two pets weren't sure where to.
"What did they say, anything that could lead
us somewhere?" JadePaw asked.
"Uh... they said something about SilverEmerald
being a good specimen or something," Lappiny muttered. His memory was hazy and
he wasn't exactly sure what they had said. He could see the colour draining
from the Draik's face. "JadePaw, are you OK?"
She shook her head. "Well, if they're talking
about my sister being a good specimen... then maybe they'll be conducting experiments
Suddenly, the two pets hit something. They came
spiraling down to the ground and hit the dirt hard. JadePaw and Lappiny sat
up with an incredible amount of pain and looked at what they hit. A Korbat,
who didn't seem to be too much better off than they were.
"I'm sorry!" the Korbat squealed. "Please forgive
me, I was in a hurry to get away!"
"Get away from where?" Lappiny asked as he held
JadePaw to her feet.
"The zoo! There's a zoo not too far off. It's
in the forest. There's two Scorchios who run it... they caught me!" he cried.
"But I managed to escape."
"That must be where they took SilverEmerald!"
JadePaw gasped. "Come on Lappiny, let's go!"
The two dragons ran through the night. Those
Scorchios must have taken SilverEmerald to some sort of zoo... but they knew
what they had to do, they had to free her!
To be continued...