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The Neopian Times Week 53 > New Series > The Clan of Ligmoore: Part One

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part One

by amerock201

Return to Neopia
The shiny glass door of Pet Central beckoned as I ran up the steps to them, a sticker of a smiling red Chia saying "Push" was stuck on the doors. I burst through them and skidded to a halt. Pet Central was quiet; there were only about three Neopets in the large room that made up the reception. I looked left and right hectically searching for my own Neopet, Zutore. A proud fire Eyrie. He would usually meet me in Pet Central, but that day he wasn't there.

     It had been the first time I had been back to Pet Central after my account was frozen. Everything looked the same, but at the same time it all looked completely different. It was about a month before that a hacker had stolen all my money and left my three pets: Kathlon, ThereAndBackAgain and Zutore, starving.

     I ran to the front desk where I came face to face with a little brown Wocky that was sitting in front of a computer typing happily. As I lent over the desk the Wocky looked up and smiled.

     "Hello, welcome to Pet Central, amerock201. How can I help?" She asked in a little voice.

     "Zutore," I said frantically, "Is Zutore here?"

     "Hmm, Zutore…" she pondered typing his name into the computer, her eyes scanned the screen as the data popped up. "No…he's already out. Is there a problem?"

     But by the time she had finished talking I was already running to the doors that lead out into Neopia. I hated to be rude so I called: "Thank you!!" over my shoulder.

     It was a bright, sunny day in Neopia that day, as I ran down the road I saw a small group of Pteri's laughing in the trees and to my left I saw a herd of Kau's grazing in a field. Everyone seemed very happy, but I could see no sign of my pets. I was making my way to the only place I thought they might be, my rather small, but comfortable NeoHome.

     After a while of running I came to the front door. It was large and green and a comfort to walk through. I had lots of fond memories of this little place, but as I looked around I saw nothing, no furniture, the hacker had taken it all, and no sign of life. No doubt all my hard earned Neopoints had been taken too. As I stepped slowly into the middle of the room, a great sadness came over me, the room was dark and cold, and didn't seem like home at all. I stopped and looked around, standing just for a moment and I longed for my three pets by my side. I had been living in Neopia a little over 10 months and I had had Kathlon, my blue Scorchio, from the beginning. Then about a week later Kathlon had said he wanted a brother, so we went and got my second pet, Zutore. We had lived together, just the two of us, for about 8 months, went I decided that a Shoyru would be a great addition to the family. And so, ThereAndBackAgain, the green Shoyru, was born.

     I sighed; the house was so lifeless, my eyes stung with tears as I looked through the doors to my pet's bedrooms. I shook my head and pulled myself together, moping around in my NeoHome wasn't going to get my pets back. I walked into the bedroom and gazed around it. I called out their names but there was no answer. My heart drooped. I sank slowly to the floor where Kathlon's small bed would have been. I must have sat there for a long while thinking about all the other places they could be.

     I decided, after about an hour of worrying to search the whole of Neopia until I found them all. With renewed strength I stood and started for Zutore's weapons cupboard, his two Grand Lightning Beams were going to come in helpful. Luckily the weapons cupboard had not been taken because it was fixed to the wall, I flung back the doors, only to find the cupboard empty. I slammed the doors angrily. It had taken me months to save up for all of Zutore's weapons, and now they were all gone. Although Zutore's strength itself could never be taken away, the many codestones and dubloons that I was saving for his training were gone. It was a comfort to know that Zutore could look after himself, but Kathlon and ThereAndBackAgain, who we all called Taba, had hardly any training. If they were separated, Zutore would be OK but the other two were helpless, they had always been looked after by their brother.

     As my urge to find them grew greater than ever before, I flew out the front door and headed as fast as I could for the boat to Mystery Island.

     I reached the port sooner than I expected. There were several Neopians going to Mystery Island that day and the port was pretty full. Luckily, the boat journey was free, so I walked onto the large white boat and sat outside with my feet dangling over the side. Within a few minuets the boat left the port and I was on my way. The water rushed past, saw that three little Gelerts were next to me, jumping up at their owner. I sat and watched as the Gelerts yapped and barked as the sea went past. Their owner smiled at me and looked at my side for my pets, then, seeing none, her smile faded.

     "Don't you have any pets?" she asked. My eyes dropped to the floor.

     "They're gone," I replied.

     "Gone?" She asked.

     "I can't find them…" I said quietly.

     "Oh…" she replied she did look rather sad. "I'm sorry…I don't know what I'd do if I lost one of my babies let alone all of them."

     We talked for a while about various goings on in Neopia, but all the while my mind was on other things.

     After what seemed like an age, maybe the journey doesn't seem so long with pets, I arrived at the port of Mystery Island, I was helped ashore by one of the natives as always happens, and headed for the Tombola, I wanted to check all the usual places that we would go in Neopia, but as I reached the Tombola, there was no sign of any of them.

     I sighed and asked the Tombola Man if he had seen any of my pets, I described them as best I could but he hadn't seen them. There was a distant sound of drumming and horns that always played in the background; the natives that made the music were quite a successful attraction on Mystery Island. I walked the length of the island calling out my pet's names and then, having decided that they weren't here; I sat down outside the Mystery Island Training School. I watched as many owners and pets filed through the wide doors, some just finishing their lessons and other signing up for them, Zutore and I only ever used the Training School here, I smiled briefly at the thought of Zutore saying that the one legged Eyrie who ran the Swashbuckling Academy crept him out. I sighed again and put my head in my hands. Would I ever find my beloved pets again? The question swam round in my head like a thousand Koi.

     Just then I felt a friendly tap on my shoulder followed by a familiar voice, "I thought it was you Amerock! Though I didn't recognise you looking so glum, and where's that Zutore?" My heart leaped and I spun around to face a very much-appreciated friend, Brain_stew_22, though everyone just called him Brain_stew, possibly one of my best friends in all of Neopia. I flung my arms around him and smiled ear to ear for the first time that day.

     "Oh Brain_stew am I glad to see you!" I exclaimed hugging him again, by his side was his pet, a boisterous red Kougra called ReelBigKougraFish.

     "It's nice to see you back! When I got the Neomail telling me what happened I couldn't believe it!" he said, then he paused and looked by my side, "Just one thing though…where are your pets?" I sighed and sat back down again.

     "That's the thing, I can't find them," I said and he sat down next to me.

     "What, did they all go off on one of Taba's amazing adventures again?" he asked casually.

     "I don't know where they are, I checked at the house, everything was gone and they hadn't left me a note to tell me where they were," I explained "When I went into Pet Central this morning, I asked where Zutore was, he usually waits for me there, and they said he was already out. I don't like to think anything's wrong, but I'm afraid this time I have no choice." Brain_stew smiled a supportive smile and put his arm round my shoulder.

     "Come on I'm sure that nothing has happened to them," he said reassuringly. I tried to smile but I was hard, every warning in my brain was telling me that I had to do something to help my pets, but I could do nothing to stop what was happening.

     My eyes stung with tears but I held them back long enough for me to reassure myself, Brain_stew was right, everything would be OK. I would find my pets and everything would go back to normal just like it was before, when I was a newbie, struggling to make my first Neopoints. I took a deep breath and sighed, I turned to face him.

     "I'm going to find them," I said determinedly, "and I'm going to need all the help I can get…"

     "Say no more!" he said rising "The legendary Brain_stew and ReelBigKougraFish are at your service." He did a little bow, as did ReelBigKougraFish, I laughed, he and ReelBigKougraFish were perfect for each other, both of them as strong willed and joyful as the other. The day seemed to be smiling on me after all, I now had a little more hope, things could never go wrong with those two by my side…

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part Two

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part Three

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part Four

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part Five

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part Six

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part Seven

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part Eight

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part Nine

The Clan of Ligmoore: Part Ten

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