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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 20th day of Relaxing, Yr 21
The Neopian Times Week 42 > Articles > The Pant Devil's Secret

The Pant Devil's Secret

by pasonia

NEOPIA CENTRAL - While walking around the shops the other day, I met and talked with chrisja357, the reporter of the scams by Ryshu, Threelegs and Jhudora. While talking with him, pasonia2000, my stronger pet, told him of impending danger, and the message came to me. However, it is a bit too late, as out comes the dreaded... Pant Devil!

"Watch out, Blaytre!" I yelled, but reacting a bit too slow, he found his sword missing. "There! Let's give chase!" With my own speed (estimated at Neopets rating 40), I dashed after the Pant Devil and forced him to a ledge, some distance away from where we actually are. Running a bit faster than me, he screeched to a halt and stopped before the ledge.

But good ol' me, who could not control my own speed, came crashing at him, and hit him square on the stomach with my head. Both of us then crashed into the forest beneath us. That's when I saw a dark shadow covering us, as chrisja357 came tumbling down, too, together with all our pets, wielding a Basic Shield of Flight to rescue each of the three of us. Then, with a sickening thud, I landed on the Pant Devil and blacked out...

When I woke up, I found myself in an empty hut. "Uhhhh... where am I?" I asked myself.

Just then, the Pant Devil, wearing an apron and with a plaster on his head, came calling at me and my new-found pal,"Come get your dinner!" I couldn't believe it, as he was actually such a nice guy! Even my pets couldn't believe it!

As we all settled down, I asked him a question:

"Hey Pant Devil..."

"Call me Jay*!"

"Huh?" I wondered why.

"You must be real surprised why my real name is Jay. Here is the answer..." And then he ripped something in his body into two halves. At a closer look, it revealed a young, handsome yellow Meerca.*

"Wow! This is newsworthy! Why did a guy like you go 'round stealing people's items?"

Jay gave a long sigh, and replied. "Call me unlucky. My family runs a respected company, with billions of NP in assets. We were a happy family, but one of Father's respected friends, a Senior Manager, went betting heavily on the Stock Market and lost all his money, together with ours. He ran away from us, and then suddenly we found ourselves in poverty.

"Deciding to help the family, I started looking for a job. Finally I found one, very much like you, Chris, as a reporter. My skills of disguise have found myself very good and swift at stealing things, and the Boss found my resignation letter on his table. However, I told my parents that I worked as a reporter in another company, but I was really the famed Pant Devil. They weren't suspicious; after all, with an average family able to live a peaceful life... what do they care?

"My habit of betting on Poogle races has landed me head over toes in debt. I owed the company more than a hundred million NP in bets. So the Pant Devil started looking for his victims, but as you all know, he did not really wanted to do so, since it is not anything so good for the sake of the Neopians..."

When his talk reached here, he started weeping, but all of us could do nothing for him at all. After all, it was his mess and it couldn't be helped, but it seemed inhuman (or Neopian) to do so...

When I returned home, looking at the gnomes playing with each other and my pet joining in, I decided that I should write this, so all of you guys reading this could help him. To help the Pant Devil, I have a "Pant Devil Community Chest," and if everyone donates only 1 NP, surely he will get out of his mess in a short time, right? And then we'll hear no more of the Pant Devil, but Jay Meerca*, all right? Remember: do not blame people for what they are doing, but think about why they are like that, OK?

*Name and species of Neopets have been changed to protect their privacy.

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