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The Neopian Times Week 57 > New Series > Magnolia and the Lost Agent: Part One

Magnolia and the Lost Agent: Part One

by peachifruit

N.P.I.A. Headquarters, an Undisclosed Location in Neopia Central
    
CLASH!!! The sound of two cymbals being brought together were enough to make anyone smile that cloudy morning at the agency. Having convinced Chief that she was not to be treated as any other ex-convict, Agent_Magnolia the red (formerly pink before the 'paint brush makeover') Aisha was back to her regular work. In fact, she'd solved three new cases since the incident, and Taro, Natalie and Sys-op were all glad to see that Magnolia, the agency, and, of course, Magnolia's perfect record back to normal.

     This morning, Magnolia had woken Sys-op with the "cymbal method" and just as Sys-op was stumbling dazedly off of the office desk, Chief and Natalie ran into the room. "Magnolia, here you are!" Natalie exclaimed.

     "What's all the commotion?" Magnolia asked, looking up.

     "You're on your next case, Magnolia," Chief replied, handing her three photographs. The first picture was that of a large silver spaceship. "That picture was taken by a satellite and was reported to be named The Vanity. If you'll look at the next photograph..."

     Magnolia turned her attention to the second photograph, which was of a lovely silver-haired alien Aisha. "The captain of The Vanity: Aglyco (Ah-gla-ee-so.) The ship was probably named after her sense of narcissism; she's just constructed...turn the page...."

     The third photograph showed a large contraption with many different buttons and levers. "Another vending machine?" Magnolia asked.

     "No," replied Natalie. "Apparently, that's her newest invention, the purpose of which being to give every Aisha on Neopia an extra set of ears."

     "Why would she want to do that?" Sys-op asked.

     "Who knows?" Chief answered. "All I want you to do is to stop her. Most Aishas don't rest well with being alien Aishas when they really aren't, although some might."

     "The actual alien Aishan government isn't supporting this, are they?" Sys-op asked.

     "No. Aglyco is doing this without consent," Natalie added.

"Hmm...well, all right. Where do I go to counter the ray, then? Faerieland? Mystery Island? --Oh, let me guess, Meridell?"

     "No, we don't know where exactly on Neopia it will be fired, so you're going to The Vanity to stop it altogether," Chief answered.

     "WHAT?" Magnolia stood up. "Don't you know how serious a space mission is? One wrong calculation and who knows what could happen! L-like...that one agent who disappeared--SHE went on a space mission last!"

     "What are you talking about, Magnolia?" Natalie asked.

     "Um...her name was--something that started with an 'N'. Anyway, she went on a space mission and she never came back!" Magnolia exclaimed.

     Natalie turned to Chief. "I think I do know what she's talking about," he replied. "An Aisha who worked at the agency has gone missing recently, but I doubt that she's in any danger, really. Magnolia, the chances of a miscalculation are quite slim."

     "Slim, but existent!" Magnolia cried.

     "Okay, then," Chief answered, finding a notepad and pencil. "'31st of Hiding, Y4, Magnolia turns down a case for the first time--'"

     "--OKAY! Okay, I'll go!" Magnolia complied, giving in with the threat of her record being marred. "When do I leave?"

     "As soon as possible!" Natalie replied. "The longer I get to keep my normal appearance, the better!"

     "Well, I don't think you would look too bad with an extra pair of Aisha ears, really," said Chief.

     "Well I do!" Natalie retorted, ushering Magnolia out the door. "Chop-chop, Mag!"

     "All right, then," Magnolia murmured. "Let's go, Sys-op."

     Chief, Natalie, Sys-op, and Magnolia left the office and went outside to view the ship Magnolia would depart in. It was narrow, and not very tall, and the size of it didn't ease Magnolia's anxiety, but near the top of the ship was a small motif of a white magnolia.

     "Oh, how nice!" Magnolia cooed. She turned to Chief. "I'm still not feeling any safer about this."

     "You'll be fine, really," he said, looking away. "Well, like Natalie said: the sooner you leave the better."

Later that day...

     "Magnolia," Sys-op said, staring at the red Aisha. "Push the button."

     "No!" Agent_Magnolia retorted. "If I push this button, I'll leave everything I know behind for good! My home, my possessions, my job--oh, my RECORD! I can't leave all of the things I know and love behind forever just because I leave this atmosphere and push this button! What happens if there's a miscalculation? Oh, what will I do th--"

     Sys-op slapped her owner into sanity. "Thank you, Sys, I needed that," Magnolia replied.

     "You two haven't launched yet?" queried Chief through a speaker. "Magnolia, it's been an hour since we confirmed your departure."

     "I know, but..." Magnolia looked down at a large red button. "Okay, fine!" she cried, abruptly slamming down on it with her paw. An alarm sounded and a few red lights flashed as the ship rose into the air. A screen flashed to show the ship's gradual departure of the Neopian atmosphere. Suddenly, Magnolia felt the craft slow down. "What's going on?" she asked Sys-op, her 'co-pilot.'

     "I don't think we've reached escape velocity!" she exclaimed. "We'll crash at this rate!"

     "W-what's the escape velocity of Neopia?" Magnolia questioned.

     "I don't KNOW!" Sys-op cried, frantically trying to stabilise the rocket. Suddenly, it jerked backwards, sending Magnolia and Sys-op out of their seats.

     "OUCHIES!" Magnolia cried as she hit the back wall of the ship. The ship sped forward at its original speed.

     "...I think we're fine now," Sys-op observed. "Chief, didn't you say that the chances of a miscalculation were SLIM?"

     "Sorry, you two," he replied. "There is no definite escape velocity of the planet, so we had to just guess."

     "It was just an honest mistake," Natalie added. "Everything else here on in should be fine."

     "I hope so," Sys-op answered, walking to the front and pulling open a shade that blocked the vast window. The light of millions of stars, including the sun, shone through the pane. "Who put this shade here? Oh well."

     "Okay," said Magnolia. "Since that's over, we should head to The Vanity as soon as possible. Faeries know how close Aglyco's come to firing that ray."

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

Magnolia and the Lost Agent: Part Two

Magnolia and the Lost Agent: Part Three

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