It was another three days of a full moon. Well, it was
morning now but I could still feel my WereLupe side wanting to get out. I was
really on edge that day trying to keep it under control. And it didn’t get better.
I was behind my desk reading over some papers
when the doorbell rang.
“Now what?” I asked looking up at the door.
Maylas was over at Moon’s house helping her repair her roof shingles from the
overnight storm we had.
I went to the door to answer it. There stood
a green mail Chia. I gripped the doorknob quickly to keep control of myself.
I could feel the WereLupe side of me wanting to get at him.
“Letter for Mr. Colbolt.” The Chia handed me
the letter. I was a little hesitant on taking it. My paw shook as I grabbed
the letter and not the Chia’s arm. The mail Chia seemed a little confused of
“Are you okay?” he asked concerned.
“Yeah, I’m fine,” I replied licking my muzzle.
I gripped the doorknob harder. The Chia began to back up.
“Sorry. I was just in the middle of cooking
some neochops. I hadn’t eaten since this morning.” I gave a nervous laugh.
“Chia Chops” A thought went through my
head. I ignored it.
“Okay. Good day to you sir.” The Chia tipped
his hat off and left.
I slammed the door quickly and put my back to
it as I sighed in relief. I lifted up the note to open it but something else
I brought the letter up to my nose and sniffed
it. I could still get a faint scent of the mail Chia. I couldn’t control it
any longer. I felt my WereLupe side take over in my regular form. I threw open
the door and ran down the side of my house. I followed the Chia through the
bushes of each house staying hidden. I crack sounded me following him. The Chia
looked around nervous. I could smell his fear. He knew something was falling
him. He continued on his way whistling and I followed. He turned when he heard
me jump into the next bush. I peered out about to pounce on him. The Chia saw
my amber eyes and screamed down the street running and throwing mail. I was
about to give chase but brought myself to a halt. I quickly raced home ashamed
I sat down in the chair and held my nose as
I opened the letter. I wondered who would send me one. I began to read it:
To Colbolt: We know what you are. We will
come for you on the night of the first full moon. You will admit to yourself
and be what you really are.
The letter shook in my paw. How did someone
figure out what I was? Had someone seen me change? I reread the letter and look
at the envelope. There was no signature or address except mine. I chill ran
down my spine. Something was coming for me tonight.
* * *
I paced back and forth in my living room waiting for the sun to go down. Did
I dare go out tonight? Maybe I should lock myself in. I tried to relax while
sitting on the sofa. Maylas would be home soon from going with some friends.
Suddenly, the phone rang making me jump out of my seat. I calmed myself down
and answered the phone.
“Hello, is this The Lupe Detective Agency?”
a female voice said.
“Yes, this is Colbolt. How may I help you?”
I asked getting a pad and paper ready.
“Well, I believe my Jeweled Collar was stolen.
I’ve looked everywhere but can’t find it. I’ve tried the police but they say
they are getting enough missing items as it is,” the female Neopian explained.
“That’s strange. Well miss, I can get on to
the case tomorrow morning ASA-” I was about to say but she cut me off.
“I’m sorry but I have a big appointment with
someone tomorrow morning and I need it by tonight. I’m willing to pay 10,000
Neopoints for it,” the lady said desperately. My mouth fell open. 10,000 Neopoints!
“Miss, can you give me description of the collar
and when you last wore it?” I asked.
“It's a red collar with blue diamonds. I was
last wearing it by the art statue in Neopian City,” the lady said while I copied
“Okay Ma’am. I’ll get right on it,” I told her.
She gave me her address and I copied that down then hung up.
Just when I was walking away from the phone,
it rang again. Another desperate Neopian asking to find something lost. It went
on like that for hours. The only real urgent one was the lady’s collar. The
others could wait. And I estimated I would earn over 200,000 NP total with all
the clients. Just when I thought it was over, one more phone call came.
“Hello. Lupe Investigations. How may I help
you?” I said again.
A dry laugh came from the other end. I frightening
“Look out the window,” said the voice. I looked
up and out the window to see the full moon rising. I dropped the receiver as
I felt the transformation take place. My arms began to bulk, my front canines
grew out, my ears became longer and more sensitive. My fur changed from orange
to brown. I felt myself become more biped. I gave a howl as the transformation
The dry laugh came from the phone again. I picked
up the receiver in my huge paw.
“Who is this?” I growled angrily.
“Heheh, we’ll be seeing you soon Colbolt the
WereLupe.” And then he hung up.
I growled and slammed the receiver onto the
phone breaking it. I had to solve my one real case tonight or get a bad reputation.
And I would have to do it as a WereLupe I grabbed the piece of paper with the
female Neopian’s name and stuffed it into my torn pants. I would deal with that
mysterious caller some other time. First I had to get to the art statue.
* * *
Arriving at the scene of the crime, I began to sniff around for the collar.
I got all sort of scents from other Neopians, but no collar. Then I got a scent
a never smelled before. It wasn’t from a Neopian, I knew that. Some other strange
smell. Suddenly, there was a snap of a twig somewhere. I immediately stood up.
I wasn’t alone. I had left a message for Maylas to meet me here when he got
home, but he wouldn’t be sneaking up on me. I strained my ears and listened.
Yes, I could here someone trying to move about around me. I gave a low, warning
growl to the person. I listened for their position and then attacked.
“Umph!” Was the sound that came from my victim
as I held him down. I growled at looked at him.
“Ow Colbolt. You didn’t have to attack me,”
Khell said looking up at me.
“Khell!” I said jumping off. “What are you doing
Khell got up and shook himself off.
“Well, I was playing in the park with my ball
when a Symol came and took my ball into its hole in a tree. I so went after
him. I stuck my head in the hole and demanded my ball back. The Symol gave it
to me but I couldn’t get my head out of the hole. I was stuck there all day.
Luckily, the Symol was nice enough to start chewing on the hole to make it bigger
for me to get through. Then I heard someone out here and it was you.” Khell
“Geesh, Moon must be worried about you,” I said
thinking the Symol really just wanted Khell out of its home rather than help
“Darn right I am,” Moon said coming up to us
“Hi Moon!” Khell said happily. Moon wasn’t.
“Khell! I’ve been looking for you all day!”
Moon shouted at him. Khell dropped his ears and shoulders looking ashamed.
“I’m sorry Moon. I really meant to come home
but I got stuck,” Khell explained sadly.
Moon sighed. “Its okay Khell. Lets go home.”
“Isn’t that wonderful,” a voice said from nowhere.
We all turned around surprised.
“Who’s there?” I growled. A dry, familiar laugh
came from around us.
To be continued...