It had been a while since anything had really happened.
Life was boring. There was nothing to do, no crime going on, everything was
just perfect, everyone was happy. It was sickeningly sweet.
"That's it! Sweet!"
I looked up at Mira. "What do you mean, sweet?
You aren't supposed to pay attention to my rantings. You never pay attention
to me, anyway," I shrugged.
Mira shook her head at my absent-mindedness.
"Sweet. Candy is sweet. Candy is given on Halloween. Halloween is tomorrow.
There's bound to be some activity going on! Maybe that's why it's been so quiet,
they're planning something! I just know it!" The Gelert's eyes shone with excitement
as we walked down the Neopian Bazaar.
"I highly doubt it," I said, playing with my
ear stalks. "There wasn't anything going on last year. Why should there be this
"You weren't even two months old last year,"
my sister replied as she brushed off some mud that had landed on her blue fur
at the bottom of her paw. "There was plenty. Me 'n Kyle went out Trick-or-Treating,
had a good time too, but there was a lot of cackling and screams. Nothing serious,
just because it was Halloween."
"Mmyep." I suddenly started jumping up and down,
pointing with my silver-and-very-dark-blue-flames paw. "Ooo! Ooo! Look! Looklooklook!
Candy! The shops are full of candy! Even the ones that don't sell any!"
Mira raised an eyebrow. "And…?"
"To the bank-mobile! Do-do-do-do-do!" ***
Later that night, me and my three siblings had
grouped together to decide on our costumes.
"What were you two last year?" asked Rina, a
red Gelert with a blue stripe under each eye, the third oldest out of us all.
"Forgot," Mira and my only brother, Kyle, mumbled
at the same time.
"Okay, here's an idea," Rina continued. "Me and
Mira will pick two different famous Gelerts in Neopia. Kyle will pick a famous
Chomby, and Jade can pick a famous Aisha. Howzat?"
"Whoo! I get the easiest one!" I grinned. "Of
course, you do realize that there are pretty much no famous Chombies or Gelerts
Rina groaned. "Alright, Lost Desert Daggers,
desert attire, and I'm going as a desert warrior."
"Perhaps I could go as a… a… erm… maybe a… Does
anyone have any objects to a… Oh, I'll just go as Sabre-X!"
I stroked my chin in thought. "I should go as
an Aisha Thief! I can just dress in black… I'll need a partner, though…" I glanced
over at Mira, who was already my partner for Flames. "We just need to make you
another set of ears; we can use your Gelert ones as the stalks. And you're already
black. Besides, we only have one black suit."
"No way. Nuh-uh. No way! None! Nata! Zip! I'm
not going as an Aisha!" Mira cried out in protest. Too late, though.
It was finally the night of Halloween, and we were in the Haunted Woods. Rina
was in her desert warrior costume, but I feel we should have taken her Lost
Desert Daggers away from her. She was a bit… threatening.
Kyle had an easy time making a costume for Sabre-X.
He got some non-permanent paint and made himself a green colour, making his
spikes brown and belly white. This required him to move his iron rings, though,
but he didn't really care.
After some… umm… 'persuasion', I had convinced
Mira. We got some material and made her another set of ears, and that was basically
I myself had gotten a black sweater, black pants
and black hat.
And off we went, among tons of other pets, running
up to houses and yelling "Trick-or-Treat!" and then receiving candy. It was
great, up until…
"Hey Jade, did you see that?"
I nodded at my sister. "Yep. Lupe sneaking around
us. Ghost-y colour. Lupes can't be painted ghost. You thinking what I'm thinking?"
We quietly slipped away from Kyle and Rina, and
some other pet that had been trying to steal Rina's candy. One of her Lost Desert
Daggers was a bit too close to their neck, in Rina's 'I'm not going to hurt
you just threaten you until you cry' pose.
It was difficult to follow him, since the Ghost
Lupe was able to go wherever he pleased. But eventually we found him, talking
to thin air.
After a bit closer examination we could tell
it was the Shadow Usul he was talking to. Me and my sister noiselessly slid
over to a bush, and parted it a bit so we could see out of it.
"Great," the Usul hissed. "They're gaining experience
fast. Too fast for my liking. They'll be upon us soon. Remember when Balthazar
told us about what had happened to him a couple weeks ago? With the Aisha and
"Shoot," I said under my breath. "I didn't bring
Mira put a blue, green and then purple flamed
paw over my mouth. "Shh. Let's wait."
We watched the two talk to each other a bit more,
but we couldn't hear them. Mira was patient enough, but I felt my eyelids drooping.
This was boring; I needed some action. Just before I dozed off, I got some sudden
energy and jumped, legs in a kicking motion.
I hit the Shadow Usul right in the back of her
She fell down to the ground, but was up instantly,
whipping her tail around fast enough to catch me a stinging blow.
I gritted my teeth in pain, but didn't back down.
I jogged backwards a bit, then charged. Instead of continuing my charge like
the Shadow Usul expected, I forced my ear stalks under me, pushed them on the
ground and gained some high elevation.
One of my rock-hard ears at the end of one of
my ear stalks hit. The black Usul fell.
It had all happened so fast that neither the
Ghost Lupe nor Mira had a time to make a move. My sister and I watched the Ghost
Lupe flee from the scene.
"Leave him," Mira murmured to me. "You can't
fight him anyway. He's ghost. Leave the wuss."
"But what do we do with her?"
Mira motioned to the rope I had added to my costume
around my shoulder. I nodded and tied the Usul to a tree. We then waited for
her to recover.
It had been about half-an-hour, I couldn't really tell for sure. The one thing
I was sure of, though, was that the Shadow Usul was finally awake. She glared
at us with her yellow eyes, and didn't look too pleased.
"We heard you talking."
The Usul ignored my Gelert sister, snorting as
she glanced around. Mira pulled her face closer.
"What were you planning?"
She turned her head away, it was obvious that
she wouldn't talk. I grinned maliciously as I brought my face right in front
"Y'know, I can always beat you up again."
The words came out so quickly that it was a bit
hard to understand the Shadow Usul. "We were planning your downfall. Like every
other villain hasn't? You're going to get at us eventually, and we figured that
you wouldn't expect us on Halloween because it would seem too obvious. Can you
let me go now?"
Mira smirked. "I don't think so. You get to be
the first to stay in a cell in Sakhment Palace."
"But first," I continued, "you get to tell us
if anyone else is out there."
She shrugged. "Not that I know of."
I shook my head. "Then tell us how you were going
to make our downfall."
The Shadow Usul sighed. "We were just going to
try to lure you into a cave and lock it up, sealing you two in there."
"Alright, then. Which cave exactly? And what
would you do to make sure we stayed in there and didn't escape?" Mira prodded
the black Usul none-too-gently.
She smirked. "Just try to get it out of me. I'll
tell you what cave, though. It's right behind you."
Mira and I slapped our foreheads at the same
time. Then, we left the Shadow Usul, and walked over to the cave. After examining
the entrance, we confirmed that there were no traps there. So we entered.
And we saw how the Shadow Usul and Ghost Lupe
had been planning to keep us in the cave.
I'm terrified of spiders. And the Spider Grundo was no exception.
I stood there, paralyzed with fright, watching
as Mira instantly took charge and attacked it. She almost succeeded in biting
a leg off, but the Spider Grundo kicked her away. Mira flew up onto his head
and scratched, kicked and bit at him in a furry. He collapsed.
"L-l-let's j-just l-lea-leave it he-he-here,"
I stuttered, my teeth chattering.
"No way!" Mira protested. "We should lock him
up along with the Shadow Usul!"
"But I LIVE there!"
Mira looked at me, giving me her 'I really don't
care' look, then left the cave. "Okay then, you can stay there and wait for
it to recover. Halloween's over, anyway. We should be getting back home now."
I turned around, took a backwards glance, and
ran out of the cave as fast as I could. I caught up with Mira, who was already
leading the Shadow Usul on a rope. It was light outside.
"How can Halloween be over already?"
"Relax. Kyle and Rina probably got plenty of
candy, and we did too."
"Good. They better, or else…"