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The Neopian Times Week 51 > New Series > NeoRenegades: Part One

NeoRenegades: Part One

by gryphonsong

Fallen
     
FLAMEKEETA!

     Panting, Keeta half-fell down the stairs, regaining herself at the bottom and pounding forward again. She burst into the stable and stopped, fiery tail lashing. Her ashy lips curling and she gave a low growl as she glared at the silver Zafara, fire Kyrii before her, instructing their troop on harnessing Sparklene, a creamy-coloured island Uni, also Keeta's lifemate*.

     "Get away from her," Keeta snarled.

     The fire Kyrii turned, looking at her with disdain. "Oh? And what will you do?"

     Keeta launched herself forward and the Kyrii snapped his fingers.

     FLAMEKEETA! Sparklene screamed in her mind and out loud, but she was too late. Keeta fell on the floor, a deep brown mutant Grundo standing above her, bouncing a large metal bar carelessly in his hands. Sparklene wavered. "Keeta…" she murmured and a yellow Shoyru slipped a black halter over her face and they led her away.

***

Keeta opened her eyes weakly. She struggled to look around her and didn't have the strength to gasp as she saw a blue Lupe pulling her back with a rope in his teeth. Looking below her, she saw she was on two hastily tied boards. There was a small gap in the middle, but not large enough for her to fall through.

     "So you're awake," the Lupe muttered through the rope in his teeth. He lurched his head to the side as a silver streak of a bullet flashed past his ear, nicking it slightly.

     Keeta just groaned. And her eyes began to droop, her head pounded. The sled lurched to a stop and she heard hurried footsteps and the occasional pop of a gun going off or a whoosh of magic being used.

     "Is she okay?" A voice asked worriedly.

     "Yeah, I think so. She was hit pretty - Chango! Look out!" The one who carried her yelled.

     Keeta's vision was blocked by gray fur and the graying Eyrie fell to the ground. A silver Eyrie and the blue Lupe hurried to his side, glancing over their shoulders at the enemy.

     "Chango!" The silver Eyrie choked.

     "The girl… Save… The girl…" Chango murmured and breathed his last breath as Keeta fell back without seeing or hearing anything else.


*Lifemates (singular is one of the two): Magically connected beings. They can feel what the other feels within a range. They read each other's minds, and also speak through them.

Quest-Called
   
 Marylena put her nose to the ground and tried hard to catch the scent again. There! She had it! Hurrying forward, keeping her nose down, she ran forward. That Chia was as good as hers!

     She reached the end of the trail and looked up. "You're mine, little Chia!" she cried and was about to pounce when the little green Chia turned around, a Fire and Ice Blade in its chubby little hand.

     "Hrrrahh!" he cried and cut Marylena's leg, a deep gash. "That'll teach ye to be chasin' us!" He lunged again but Marylena was faster. She jumped and grabbed onto a tree trunk, scrabbling up.

     "Hey!" she cried, panting. "I got nothing against you! But I got to make a living, you know!"

     The Chia didn't listen; he put the oversized blade between his teeth and began to climb the tree. He slipped half way up and cried out in pain as the Fire and Ice Blade cut him. Marylena jumped and struck. This fat fellow would get her a good price.

***

"What do you mean 80 NP?" Marylena cried, waving her fiery paws about in anguish.

     "Well," the red Lupe on the other side of the table drawled, sucking on the end of his bubble pipe. "It's not exactly a quality Chia. I tried some of it for myself and it wasn't very satisfactory…"

     "That thing nearly killed me and you say it's not satisfactory? I bit the thing in the neck and it tasted just fine to me!" Marylena screeched. "If I'm going to be paid like this, I'm quitting. I won't go hunting Chias for 80 NP each!" She spat in his face, pivoted on all for heels and stomped out of the office. "Jerk," she muttered and threw the swinging door aside as she exited the Chia Hunters Corp. building. Turning, she spat on the foundation too, just to show them how disgusting she thought they all were.

     "Looking for a new job, girly?" A chubby red Grundo said, hobbling up. He had dark sunglasses and a too-large suit on that made him look more than a little unusual. He pulled a little box out of one of the too-large pockets and pressed a little red button on its side. The box snapped open and unfolded a rather unreliable-looking table. He slammed his briefcase down on it, causing Marylena to flinch, and snapped it open. Off the top flew, straight into the gutter. The Grundo laughed nervously. "It's an old briefcase."

     Marylena raised her eyebrows and nodded slowly, forcing a smile.

     "Anyway, I've got the perfect job opportunity for you…" He said and shuffled through his papers.

     "Uh… I'm not interested," Marylena insisted, backing away.

     "Sure you are!" The Grundo yelled, a smile as that matched his too-large suit on his face. He brandished a packet of papers and hustled over to her. "See, the army of Neviumbre needs you, as there's a bit of tension between Neviumbre and Jurelsi*, you see. You've probably heard, though. I'm sure they'd be thrilled that an excellent hunter like yourself were to join them, should they go to war." The Grundo was flipping furiously through the papers, pointing at various pictures and text, jabbering on and on quickly. "So, would you like to take the job?"

     Marylena, dazed, simply nodded, unsure what to do. She swayed slightly before shaking her head, blinking and snapping herself out of it.

     "Name?"

     "Marylena Harez," she murmured.

     "Current residence? Age? Phone number?"

     "The right hand gutter on Rester Street. Unknown, no phone number."

     The Grundo looked up, brow raised. "You live in a gutter and you don't know your own age?"

     Marylena nodded sadly. "I recently left my old lodgings and job as a maid to make it on my own, I haven't been very successful… I like Chias, so they don't exactly want me back in there," She jerked her head in the direction of the Chia Hunters Corp. where a protest group was gathering, waving signs. "I hate cleaning and I'm terrible at waiting tables. That's why I live in a gutter."

     "What about the age thing?"

     "Abandoned," Marylena said simply.

     "Mmmhmm…" The Grundo nodded. "Well, this job should be good for you." He handed her some forms, which she took in a gentle paw.

     "Well, I must be going. Toodles!" The Grundo picked up his briefcase, left the unreliable table and hurried off, holding his pants up with one hand and the briefcase in the other. Papers were flying out in his wake.

     "HEY! SAVE THE CHIAS! HUNT THE LUPES!" A purple Chia screamed and knocked in to Marylena's side, waving a sign in her face and knocking her to the ground. Other Chias began swarming over to her. She jumped up quickly, spun, and took off running, a queue of angry Chias hurtling after her.

To be continued...


*Neviumbre and Jurelsi: Two of the 14 provinces that make up the country of Kastillia°.

°Kastillia: A country filled with mostly unexplored wild lands inhabited by natives, Kastillia is a country located on North-eastern Tibejb². A monarchy, Kastillia (in this story) is ruled by one Queen (Queen Tiatha) with four daughters and one son. The King was exiled for his bloodlines (shallow little imps!).

²Tibejb: A planet located in the solar system of the star Pegasi51 known as Starrius to those living there. They people there are called Tallists after the original name of 66% of its land mass was named 'Tallistene' by the creatures living there. (By the way, I might add that Pegasi51 is real and scientists do believe the planets orbiting it have life. Cool, huh?)

Previous Episodes

NeoRenegades: Part Two

NeoRenegades: Part Three

NeoRenegades: Part Four

NeoRenegades: Part Five

NeoRenegades: Part Six

NeoRenegades: Part Seven

NeoRenegades: Part Eight

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