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The Neopian Times Week 37 > Continuing Series > Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part Four

Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part Four

by jlcchaolover3

Shoyru didn't move or speak for another whole day. His eyes were flooded with constant tears that spilled all around him. He didn't care to eat a morsel. He didn't even go to sleep, or try and look for Wingman or Aqua. He just lay there beside Felicity, gaping at her and crying every second.

"Why... why could this have happened?" Shoyru gasped.

Kacheek and Voltager tried to comfort him, Voltager with some difficulty.

"Y... you're brother, Voltager... destroyed Felicity..." Shoyru continued, then his voice tailed off.

Kacheek leapt to his feet.

"No, Shoyru!" he snapped. "Felicity isn't a goner, I know it! She's in the same condition you were when you tumbled out of the courtroom! She can't be... she needs treating!"

"Look, a whole day has passed and she hasn't moved a muscle! She IS gone!" More tears flew from his face.

"Leave this to me!"

Shoyru spun round and gasped; Voltager stepped forward, her arms sparkling with electricity.

"Don't!" he wailed. "Felicity won't survive after that anyway!"

"Then how come YOU did?"

"The jolt didn't even touch me! It must've hit the computer, but it didn't hit me! And I never had a mysterious illness either! It was poisoning after careless drinking from cans in the street! Extreme poisoning, come to that. It's all over now, because I seem fine!"

Voltager took a step back. Surely a jolt as powerful as that at the hospital would have started the fire and that miraculous healing in the first place? But no, miracles in this case don't exist. She remembered Inferno, grabbing her by the throat and yelling. "WHAT-DO-YOU-THINK-STARTED-THE-FIRE?" She swallowed, breathlessly.

"You mean..."

"Yes!" Shoyru fell to the ground, dragging Kacheek with him for some company. Kacheek, although taken by surprise, understood Shoyru's problem. Voltager thought hard. What could have cured his illness in the first place? Did he actually have a serious illness?

Voltager stepped up to Shoyru, wobbling and turning to see whether Felicity was coming round. Out of the satchel that was still on Felicity's back Voltager took some bandages and wrapped them around the burns and cuts.

"At least," she muttered, shakily, "we could cover her wounds, treat her and hope for the best."

At last, Shoyru stood up, accidentally knocking Kacheek out of the way headfirst into a burned tree.

"Maybe you're right," he said. "But don't let's keep our hopes up." He brought Kacheek back to him, still crying, and headed back to the town with Felicity propped up on his back.

Kacheek tried to comfort Shoyru.

"Shoyru, every time we're attacked you end up this way, and you're still alive! Look at you now. Remember when we were in the hospital? You survived even when the building blew up. You were in a worse state than Felicity. And look at you now!"

"But," said Shoyru, getting red in the face with fear, "no one knows what the Shoyru Gang is dreaming up. That might have been a poisonous attack!"

"Oh to blazes with that!" Kacheek squeaked as they continued their struggle back to the town. "The Shoyru Gang only have Shoyries! Shoyru Gang!"

"What about the poisonous PetPets?" Shoyru cried, lifting his wings and holding Felicity with his tail to stop her falling off his back. "They could inject powerful venom!"

"Enough," said Voltager. She couldn't stand it any longer, so decided she might as well get it over with. "I'll carry her from here." She slipped Felicity off Shoyru's back and onto hers. The walk sped up a little this way and they reached the Japanese town again. They burst in through the gates and tumbled into the local hospital nearby, keeping a close eye out for fake officers.

A familiar, green Gelert greeted them at the door, quivering. She eyed the team with wide eyes to stop them quavering in fear.

"I... I think I'll take it from here," she said, nervously taking Felicity, who still looked pretty bad, and placing her onto a smallish stretcher nearby. "Please sit down," she continued, waving her long ears in the direction of six, cushioned, wooden arm chairs sitting along a curved line in a Waiting Room. In the room were magazines on a table, cushions and pre-school toys in one corner and pink, flower wallpaper on the walls.

"Are you Geraldine?" asked Voltager quickly. "I think I recogn...."

"No, I'm her mother, Linda," she said, quietly. "She told me all about what happened over there. She reckons that an inadvertent electric shock from you caused it..."

"No! It was Inferno!" Voltager squealed in a high voice. Linda took a step back, startled.

"Please control yourself dear," she said in a small voice. "I was quite mistaken. But I must say I don't know who Inferno is, he can't be one of the Shoyru Gang team-mates. I've never even heard his name. Please sit down, do."

Shoyru peered anxiously over the stretcher, then entered the waiting room and sank into a chair, deep in thought. Voltager and Kacheek seated themselves next to Shoyru.

"Shoyru, please cheer up," said Kacheek in a hurt tone of voice. "She'll be fine after a rest and a good Potion, if possible."

"Inferno could've destroyed her," whispered Shoyru miserably in a broken sob. "She looks more hurt than I ever was. According to the computer in the emergency hospital that was destroyed, I nearly had it, too!"

"That was probably a computer mistake!" howled Kacheek, banging the arm of his chair. "Why, when we fell from the building and landed about a dozen feet from the hospital ward upstairs you opened your eyes and seemed to be fine! And the temperature? Extreme heat radiating from Voltager's tarred body! She had a lot of electricity in her tar coat at the time!"

"Goldy broke the fall!" Shoyru hollered, clapping his hands to his head, tear streaked with horror. "I only just survived the fall. It couldn't have revived me! I might still have that Neomonia or whatever this thing is called. The first thing that happened is temporary memory loss, the next, confusion, and..."

"Fainting," put in Voltager.

"Yes, the third, a dead faint," wailed Shoyru. "I'll never know what's going to happen next! For all I know it could be terminal!"

"Shoyru," Kacheek squeaked. "You're cured of the disease! How can anything else happen as a symptom of the illness?""

"How can I be?" Shoyru cried, flinging his arms around the arms of his chair and rocked it violently back and forth. "Who knows what will happen to me next! It might be very discreet at times, in other words, yes I might well forget for a minute that I've got it and..."

At once Linda bustled into the waiting room, frowning. This time she was wearing a nurse's cap with a Red Cross and a scrawled signature on the cross.

"Will everyone in the waiting room please reduce the noise?" she asked reasonably. After Shoyru had calmed his voice, the Gelert smiled and left the room.

There was a pause.

"She was smiling," Voltager piped in, with a hopeful face. "Felicity might have looked like she was finished, but she was just very, very, badly injured. She should be fine."

"There's nothing about her smile that tells me anything about Felicity," Shoyru said in a small voice. "I'm worried, Kacheek. What happened to Wingman? He could hurt himself too!"

"Kacheek, I managed to survive Inferno on my own," Voltager pointed out. Kacheek nodded dimly, then turned to Shoyru as he started speaking again.

"This gang wouldn't survive many more attacks," Shoyru said in a quaking voice, trying not to scream. "What about the Aisha judge? She fought our case and had that fake policeman in jail. If... if she was fighting our case, then she can't be a judge, she... she knew that we were innocent and took the judge's job to... to fight our case and she..."

"She got hit pretty badly," Voltager said weakly. Kacheek nodded again, blinking backward a tear from his eye.

"Precisely," Shoyru cried in huge, broken sobs, hit the floor with his fist and collapsed into his chair in horror.

Suddenly the door swung open, and a dark red Gelert, fuming in rage, burst into the waiting room, waving his tail and long ears around, catching Kacheek and Voltager sending them clean off their chairs and onto the floor.

"Be quiet in there!" he shrieked, slapping Kacheek clean off his seat with his ears and whipping Voltager's face with his tail.

"But it wasn't us who..." Kacheek started, rubbing himself where he was hit.

"DON'T ANSWER BACK!"

"Gerald, dear!" came a familiar voice. "Come back in here with me and lend a hand will you? This Shoyru needs a little bone fixing. Please keep the noise down dear, you're distracting me from my work."

"Okay Mum," the Gelert called, darting out of the waiting room and into the medical room.

Shoyru's stomach gave a horrible lurch. Bone fixing? That's bad enough, he thought.

"We're going to be here all night when we should be looking for Wingman, Aqua, Goldy and Red!" he blurted out frantically, before he could stop himself.

"Calm down Shoyru, pal!" Kacheek squeaked. "Felicity's bones just need a little fix. Then she should be fine! As for Wingman and the others, well, they should all be together by now!"

"They might've been destroyed by the Shoyru Gan..."

"Please stop worrying yourself," said Kacheek, shivering. "We might've known that many Shoyru and other NeoPets alike may have been destroyed by the Shoyru Gang itself. But take a look at Wingman, Goldy and Red, they're brave enough to tackle the troubles of the underworld!"

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part One

Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part Two

Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part Three

Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part Five

Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part Six

Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part Seven

Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part Eight

Battle of the Shoyru Gang 2: Part Nine

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