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The Neopian Times Week 11 > New Series > Punchbag Bob's Lonely Halloween: Part One

Punchbag Bob's Lonely Halloween: Part One

by ravenzz

A cold, bare cave somewhere in the Haunted Woods…

Punchbag Bob sighed as he removed a small sewing kit from a drawer. Yet again, he had been beaten in the Battledome. It had been a particularly nasty fight this time with an innocent looking Zafara turning out to be quite savage. He had been badly wounded. "Yeouch!" he exclaimed as he began to stitch his arm up. He muttered to himself never again would he fight, no matter how many Neopoints NeoPets secretly paid him to continue. He winced as the needle accidentally poked some stuffing. He gritted his teeth and got on with his sewing.

Meanwhile in a downtown Neopian Central Home…

"I can't wait to go trick-or-treating tonight!" exclaimed Petra the pink Poogle as she finished carving out her jack-o'-lantern with the face of the Brain Tree.

"Neither can I!" said an equally excited Shoyru by the name of Remus. "I hope we get lots and lots of sugar bunnies! They're my favourite!" Rhianna, their owner overheard them and raised an eyebrow.

"Yes, but don't go eating them all now, you hear? I don't want two NeoPets complaining of Bloaty Belly like I had last year..." Petra looked sheepish. "I promise we won't."

"You better." Rhianna paused. "And by the way, don't go to the Haunted Woods. I heard that the Brain Tree has been extra nasty this year ever since he decided to join the Battledome and got beaten."

"We will," chorused the two NeoPets while exchanging glances. Little did Rhianna know that Petra and Remus had planned to do exactly the opposite.

Back to the cold dark cave…

Punchbag Bob's anger had been growing with every time the needle pierced his canvas. Finally he finished, stood up and threw his sewing kit to the ground.

"Look at me!!" He turned and looked into a mirror. "Well, hrm, I do look quite ravishing don't I…?" There was silence. Not that he had expected a reply of course, but it would have been nice had someone offered an agreement. Or something. He sighed yet again and slumped into a chair. It was lonely being a Punchbag in the Haunted Woods. Incredibly lonely. In fact, he mused, it was lonely being the only Punchbag in Neopia. Especially one who got beat up all the time.

He wondered why was he feeling especially lonely today. He got up and shuffled over to where his pocket calendar hung on the wall.

"What's today's date?" He mused out loud.

"Hmm…October 31st. Yes, October 31st…." He knew there was something special about the date but he couldn't think what.

"What's so special about October 31st?!!" he yelled out. Having stuffing for brains did not always make him the smartest creature around. He looked at the calendar once again and noticed the tiny print underneath the date:

Halloween, it read.

"Halloween!" Bob exclaimed. Halloween was the best time of year for creatures that lived in the Haunted Woods! It was when they all had a chance to scare any little NeoPets who dared to venture in and ask for candy.

"Candy!" Bob snickered. What a little thing. "Candy!" he repeated the word and fell about laughing. He imitated a little Chia that had gone to visit the Brain Tree. "E-e-ex-cuse me, Mr-Mr-Mr- B-B-B-B-rain T-tree, I-I-I- was h-h-oping that, that you might, erm, have some, c-c-c-c-c-c-c-andy to spare?"

"CANDY???!!!! C-C-C-C-C-CANDY!!??" The Brain Tree had yelled and the little Chia had gone running for his life.

"Hahahahahee!!" laughed Bob. He wiped a piece of lint from his eye. Then he paused. He remembered why Halloween made him lonely.

No one came to visit him. Not one little NeoPet had ever come to see him and ask for candy. Never.

Thus, he had never had a chance to extract his own little revenge on little NeoPets who had beaten him in the Battledome by scaring them when they came "trick-or-treating".

Punchbag Bob glanced miserably at the entrance to his cave. Why didn't anyone come? Then he paused. Maybe, just maybe there was a plan beginning to form in his 100% cotton brain....

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

Punchbag Bob's Lonely Halloween: Part Two

Punchbag Bob's Lonely Halloween: Part Three

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