Sheba the Zafara cautiously crept through the Deserted Fairground,
clinging tightly to her blue fur for warmth from the cold wind that harshly blew
at her with all its might. Her owner was poor and could barely afford food for
the Zafara and herself. This was one of the cheapest wheels and her owner could
only spare one hundred Neopoints to the Zafara in hopes they might get slightly
"Can I help you, ssscared Zafara?" questioned
an eerie voice. The Zafara gave a slight yelp at the voice, then turned around
to face a Nimmo that looked at her with haunting yellow eyes that stared at
"I... I'd like to spin the Wheel of Misfortune,"
she shakily explained. The Nimmo only smiled creepily and collected the Neopoints
from the Zafara that shivered with fear.
"Don't be afraid. Go ahead and sssspin," he
hissed. She put a trembling paw on the skull lever and pulled. The wheel spun
and spun. Her eyes were wide with worry at what might happen. The wheel was
stopping, which made her heart hammer loudly inside of her. A moment later the
night air was filled with a high pitched scream that was cold it could strike
the heart with intense fear.
Four pets were sitting under the Money Tree in Neopia Central. A cloud Uni,
a shadow Lupe, a fire Ixi, and a white Peophin.
"Hey, I'm blind!" screeched the fire Ixi.
"No Flames, you just have a poster on your face,"
commented the white Peophin.
"What is it?" questioned the shadow Lupe as
the cloud Uni retrieved the white poster from his Ixi friend's face. The cloud
Uni read the words on the poster aloud.
"Annual Story Telling Sitting," The Uni studied
the poster closely some more.
"Let's go check it out," suggested the shadow
Lupe. The four friends walked up to the Chia-shaped building and went through
the glass doors with silver handles.
"I wonder where the campfire is?" queried the
white Peophin as she looked around for the it.
"There it is!" answered the shadow Lupe, whose
name was Shadowpaw, while pointing to a cheery golden Gelert sitting in the
center of a crowd of pets.
"Welcome!" greeted the Gelert to the four pets
who sat down on the hard, cold floor of the Catacombs.
"I wonder what the story's about, Cloud?" questioned
the white Peophin.
"I don't know, Sea," stated the cloud Uni.
"Alright, now I'll begin the story," uttered
the Gelert. The Gelert spoke of a Zafara named Sheba who went into the Haunted
Woods. When she spun the Wheel Of Misfortune something terrible happened to
her. No one knew what happened to her, but some pets have said that her ghost
haunts the Fairground to this day, wanting to bring the same fate that she had
suffered to others. After this, Flames was shivering uncontrollably.
"Boo!" screamed Shadowpaw which sent the Ixi
screaming out of control and running out the door.
"Nightpaw!" scolded Sea while hitting Nightpaw
lightly with her Flotsam-like tail. The three remaining pets rushed out the
door to find Flames. They found him behind a bush, still shivering like he was
on Terror Mountain.
"It's alright. That story was made up and Shadow
paw shouldn't have been teasing you," she soothingly spoke while glaring at
"What?!" demanded Shadowpaw as the Peophin looked
"Let's get something to eat," said Cloud, changing
After the pets ate, they decided to take a walk through Neopia Central.
"I think we better go home," Flames declared
while looking at the darkening sky above them.
"Hey, let's go to the deserted carnival!" Shadowpaw
shouted to the group of three pets. At this Flames's eyes grew to the size of
"I'm not going there!"
"That story wasn't real! There is no Zafara
haunting the Deserted Fairground!" bellowed Shadowpaw, trying to convince his
"I guess he's right."
"He has a point."
"How do I get into these things?"
The friends decided they would go. Well, almost
all the friends.
"I'm not going! I'm not going! I'm not going!"
yelled the Ixi as his three friends attempted to yank him off the bush that
he was clinging tightly to. After what seemed like hours they succeeded in yanking
off their friend.
"We need to pack supplies," ordered Shadowpaw.
"Oomph! Hey, watch where you're tossing that pack!" cried Cloud, while Shadowpaw
and the others were packing their supplies for the excursion.
"Alright, I think we have everything," expressed
Shadowpaw to the band of adventurers. The group hoisted the supplies onto their
backs and headed out the door of Shadowpaw's Neohome. Outside, the sun was almost
"We've almost reached the Haunted Woods," Sea
calmly explained while pointing a golden hoof towards the distant grove of gnarled
and bent trees. Unlike Sea, Flames was turning his head in every direction,
jumping like a Mortog at every sound.
"Finally! I thought it was going to take us
forever to get here," muttered Cloud while adjusting his pack. As the Uni said
this, the ground began to open. The group of four were taken by surprise as
they fell into a dark pit.
"I can't see!" clamored Flames as he was caught
in a state of panic.
"It's here somewhere," mumbled Shadowpaw as
he groped in his pack for a lamp, pulling one out and turning it on, which caused
the pit to be filled with a small amount of light. To the pets' surprise, the
pit wasn't a pit, but a tunnel instead.
"Are we going down there?" scrutinized Sea.
"We have no other choice but to go down there
or stay here forever," resolved Shadowpaw as he started down the corridor with
his friend following closely behind him, especially Flames.
"Ow, that hurts!" complained Shadowpaw as his
head thumped against something wooden. He felt around blindly until his paw
came across a handle. He opened the door and discovered that it led to a room
-- a very strange room.
"This looks like a castle library," observed
"Did you say castle library?" entreated Cloud.
"Yes. Why?" she retorted.
"Because there's only one castle in the Haunted
Woods. The Castle Of Eliv Thade," Cloud whispered. The door to the library opened,
letting in a hideous Kacheek with two red eyes, searching for anyone who invaded
his castle. Flames almost let out a scream, if it wasn't for Shadowpaw covering
"Who dares invade my castle?!" he roared. When
he got no answer he searched around the room. He was near the door the pets
had entered through, breathing heavily. He almost walked away, just as Flames
sneezed loudly. With this, he stomped over to where the pets were hiding. He
peered down at them, an evil smile crawling across his tattered face.
"Run!" commanded Shadowpaw as he kicked Eliv
Thade hard in the stomach, causing the Kacheek to fall down with a thud. The
pets escaped as fast as they could, rushing down the halls, not looking back
to see if the crazed owner of the Castle was following them. They were within
a few inches of the door when Shadowpaw put his black paw on the rusted handle.
"It's locked!" he despaired.
"Covered!" came a voice. Shadowpaw and the rest
turned around to see Cloud rush toward the door, horned aimed toward the center,
and break it down. The pets rushed out of the creepy fortress, panting.
"How did you learn to break down doors like
that?" scrutinized Sea.
"Let's just say it pays to collect Codestones,"
acknowledged the Uni.
"Where are we?" catechized Flames.
"I think we're at the Deserted Fairground,"
"The Deserted Fairground!" shrieked Flames.
"Can I help you, petssss," snaked a voice through
the night air. The group whirled around to see a eerie-looking Nimmo. Shadowpaw
and the others unsheathed their weapons and pointed them at Sidney. Suddenly
there was a gust of wind, followed by an eerie moaning.
"What's that!" howled Shadowpaw.
"Now you petsss are going to get it!" Sidney
hissed again as he rushed out of the Deserted Carnival when a pale white Zafara
appeared, hands reaching out to snatch the pets.
"I told you the stories were true!" pointed
out Flames as the phantom appeared. Shadowpaw pulled out a bottle of fowl-smelling,
bluish liquid and hurled it at the Zafara.
"Let's get out of here!" screamed Shadowpaw
as he hurried toward the gates of the Deserted Fairground. The pets rushed from
the Zafara running with all the energy they had. They barley missed the paws
of the Zafara as they escaped out of the Haunted woods. The Zafara was still
"I'm seeing a bright light!" bellowed Flames.
"That's not you dying, it's the sun!" corrected
The Zafara disappeared right in front of their
eyes, screaming as she did.
"Well, you don't see that everyday!" pointed
The group of friends were at the library, trying to find out what was behind
what they saw a few hours ago.
"I've found it!" yelled Cloud as his friends
closed around him looking at the page.
"What does it say?" asked Sea.
"It says the Zafara was named Sheba, who spun
the Wheel Of Misfortune and died. She then haunted the Deserted Fairground,
looking to bring those who visited it the same fate," he whispered in a hushed
Well, I'm glad that's over with!" Cloud spoke, relieved that they had escaped.
They were at Neoschool, talking about what happened.
"Alright, class. Open your History books to
page thirty-seven, we will be studying about Sheba the Zafara," spoke a green
Wocky. At this Shadowpaw, Flames, Cloud, and Sea fainted.
Note: Thanks for reading my story. You might want to read the Neopedia
article about the Wheel Of Misfortune, because this story is sort of based on
it. This story is dedicated to all my Neofriends. I really hope this gets into
The Neopian Times!