In our last story, another petpet, a Lady Blurg, comes to live with Prancer's
family. Moachy recognizes this Lady Blurg as Tredpa, an evil being who, long ago,
tried to destroy all the Neopets and Petpets in Neopia. Moachy tried to destroy
him, but was unsuccessful. Tredpa fled, and has been missing for many years. Now
that Moachy knows where he is, he has one thing on his mind: he must destroy Tredpa.
"Destroy him?" I gasp. "How are we supposed to do that?"
"I'm not sure exactly. But it has to be done,"
I ponder this for a moment, until I am interrupted.
"But for now," Moachy starts, "we have to keep
a constant surveillance on him."
"What does 'surveillance' mean?"
"It means that wherever he goes, we go."
All of a sudden, Reli, Bunnicula, and Tredpa
come in the room. Reli looks around excitedly, and practically shouts, "Hey
Prancer! Meow, Cebu and I are going to the Shrine, and we decided that this
time we'd let you and Bunnicula come! And your petpetpets, too! Won't this be
fun? Come on, we're leaving right now!"
"Drat," Moachy whispers.
"What's wrong? Like you said, we're probably
safe as long as the map is buried, and the map is buried…"
"-Right here in the Lost Desert."
"What? That makes no sense!"
"Exactly. The first place that someone would
look is Threyo. That's why the Threyans buried King Jured, and the map, in the
Lost Desert. It's the place you would least expect it to be."
"And somehow Tredpa knows that."
"Exactly. Come on, we have to follow him."
Moachy gets in the palm part thingy of my paws,
and I waddle downstairs to Meow, who is waiting by the front door with Cebu.
Meow picks me up and walks outside. Reli flies out after him. He's hanging on
to a Drackonack backpack stocked with food and drinks. I see Bunnicula's head
poking out of the top too; with the same terrified look he had earlier. He absolutely
hates flying! Tredpa is sitting on Bunnicula's head. He looks at Moachy and
sneers, and then sticks his tongue out at him. Moachy pretends not to notice,
and tries to look happy about going to the Shrine. But I can still see the look
of fear in the back of his eyes.
"Okay, let's go!"
We started walking, if you can call it walking
(Reli is flying, and Meow is sort of hopping along. Cebu is the only one really
walking.), down the road. We walk for about an hour, and then stop for lunch.
Reli drifts down to the ground, puts down, and
opens the backpack. Bunnicula hops out, Tredpa still sitting on his head. We
all gather around in a circle as Cebu passes out sandwiches (Chokato Ghostkersandwiches
for Meow and Reli, Leftover turkey for the rest), carrots, chocolate chip cookies,
and Neocola to drink. My eyes gleam as she takes out a green apple, my favorite!
I quickly snatch it out of her hands and go off a few feet away to nibble on
it. A minute later, Bunnicula joins me, a carrot grasped tightly in his paws.
"What's up Prance?" he asks, using the nickname
he occasionally uses for me. "Umm... not much," I respond nervously, seeing
Tredpa still on his head. Man, does he ever move? I look closer and see that
he is dead asleep.
"That's cool," Bunnicula says before he sits
down to eat his carrot. As he sits, he bends his head forward, and Tredpa comes
sliding off, landing with a soft thump on the sand. Bunnicula giggles softly,
done with his meal. "I'm going to go get one of those cookies. Can you watch
Fluffy for me?"
"That's what I named my Lady Blurg. Doesn't
it fit him perfectly?"
Yeah, perfectly, I think to myself. Who
wouldn't name their homicidal bug Fluffy?
As Bunnicula hops away, Tredpa opens his eyes,
stands up, and looks at us.
Moachy jumps down onto the ground. "Tredpa.
We meet again."
"Yes. Hello, Moachy? Isn't it?" A sly grin spreads
across his face. "I remember you. You're the pathetic little Moach who tried
to destroy me one-on-one, aren't you?"
Moachy is scared. I can literally see his body
"I know where the map is. And I'm going to get
it, find all the parts to my weapon, and complete my mission."
Just then Bunnicula hops back, chocolate all
over his furry face. Tredpa aka "Fluffy" closes his eyes and falls on his back.
Bunnicula scoops his head down, picks up Tredpa, and says, "Come on. It's time
Moachy jumps in my hooves and I waddle over
to Meow, and he picks me up and we head off again.
It takes a while longer to get to the busy town
the Shrine is in. Cebu says, that as long as we are there, she wants to stop
by Osiri's pottery and see if there is anything she likes. While we are walking
there, I see Tredpa's eyes half open, scanning the area.
When we get inside Osiri's, Meow sets me down
and Reli does the same to Bunnicula, then they go off around the store.
Tredpa jumps off Bunnicula's head and runs.
"Fluffy! Where are you going?!" Bunnicula cries,
as he quickly hops after him.
Moachy and I look at each other. It's time.
I run, as fast as I can, which isn't that fast,
but I am trying. I run, run, run, when I hear yelling.
"Prancer! Where are you going?" It's Meows,
and he's mad. He's running after me, trying to catch up. I run faster, and faster
still. I can't see Bunnicula anymore; there are hoards of people all around
the shops. Suddenly, I see a little black cape; Bunnicula! He comes to a stop
in front of a shop, panting, trying to catch his breath. A few feet away from
him stands Tredpa, scratching his chin, and staring at the ground. He seems
really distracted, so I decide to sneak up behind him…surely. I didn't know
what I'd do when I reached him, but I'd think of something. Bunnicula hops over
to me, quiet, staring at his petpetpet and trying to figure out what it is doing,
then stares at me for the same reason. I'm inches away from him, about to get
his attention when…
PLOP! An Apis sits right on top of him.
I cannot believe my eyes. Neither can Bunnicula. He steps back, shocked. Meow,
Bunnicula, and Cebu come running over, and at the same time so do a small, Pink
Aisha and a girl who looked about 16. The Aisha picks up the Apis and sees the
squished Lady Blurg underneath him, and then gasps.
So does Reli. He steps forward, eyes wide open.
"I am so sorry!" the Aisha apologizes.
"My Lady Blurg!" Reli sobs. "It took me forever
to save up for one!"
The girl steps forward. "I am so so sorry! Please,
let me buy you another one. We can go and get it right now. It's the least I
Reli instantly stops crying. "Okay!"
Cebu and the girl talk for a minute, and Cebu
asks if they can wait a minute while she goes and purchases a vase. The girl
agrees, and Cebu runs quickly back to the shop.
Bunnicula steps forward and sadly nudges the
remains of his petpetpet with his nose.
"I'm sorry Bunnicula," I say.
"It's okay. I didn't even know him that well.
He just slept all the time. Hopefully, this next Lady Blurg will be a lot more
Cebu comes back, and we head out for the Shop
We get back a few hours later, our plans of visiting the Shrine long abandoned
(I really hope Coltzan wasn't planning on giving us a million Neopoints today.
Talk about irony!) Instead, we had a fun day of shopping. Bunnicula has his
new Lady Blurg, which he named Snowball. I asked him earlier if Snowball would
ever be able to replace Fluffy, and he responded "Who?" Lucky for him, Snowball
is very active and playful.
A while after we get home, I sit down on the
Welcome Room couch with Moachy (it's the Welcome Room, but it's decorated with
Spooky Furniture. Cebu has a rather odd sense of humor) and I ask him about
what he thought of today's events.
"I'm glad that Tredpa has been defeated..."
he says choosing his words very carefully.
"But, I'm a little confused. How could a situation
so dramatic, and involving someone so evil, end in such a funny way?"
"Yeah, I was wondering that, too! Today has
been very weird."
"It's doesn't make any sense!" He slides off
the couch. "What is Neopia coming to? Alert The Neopian Times! This must be
"Moachy, are you talking to me or..?"
"No, no one in particular."
"Okay. Just wanted to clear that up."