HAUNTED WOODS - After being scared out of my wits for the billionth time (to
be truthful, it was more like the eleventh) by the Ghost Lupe, while doing my
weekly shopping at the Health Food store, I decided that enough was enough,
and I immediately started making plans for a confrontation. I was also intrigued
by what motivated him to do such things. The very next day, I prepared to go
Ghost Lupe hunting. This, of course, involved packing my slightly tattered Green
Backpack full of snacks, candy, Ghost Lupe bait and various other items. Although
sceptical about the potential damage that could be inflicted by a ghost, I still
asked my Scorchio, Bluefire104, to strap on some light armour and bring some
mild deterrents in case of minor conflict. All set, I boldly set off down the
street with Bluefire104 at my side, before realising I had not the slightest
clue where the Ghost Lupe might currently be. Nevertheless, I continued walking,
in the hope of seeing the Ghost Lupe by chance. However, by lunchtime, I had
already searched through Neopia Central twice, and not turned up a single clue.
I was hungry, weary and tired, not to mention that all my candy had melted
into sugary blobs and the Kau Kau Farm Milk I had brought was starting to go
off. I sat myself down on a park bench, and munched thoughtfully on an Organic
Banana, while trying to think up a plan. Bluefire104, who wasn't even remotely
tired (on account of his top physical fitness), nevertheless parked himself
right next to me on the bench, happily chewing on a Red Apple taken from my
backpack. After pondering for a while (and chomping my way through two Organic
Bananas, a Purplum and a Cheesy Cod and Tofu Burger) I decided that maybe I
would be better off searching in the Haunted Woods, the most ghost/ghoul/monster/vampire
infested place in all of Neopia. After a short flight (courtesy of Bluefire104's
wings) we soon arrived at the Haunted Woods. Even though we diligently searched
all day, we didn't find a single trace of Ghost Lupe until sunset, when I spotted
a faint green glow not too far away. Quickly, I laid down the bait (a Chia Plushie
painted with a Glowing Paintbrush) in the centre of the clearing, and dived
into some nearby scraggly bushes, while Bluefire104 flew up into a tall, withered
tree. Hoping that the Ghost Lupe would think that the bait was a Ghost Chia,
and try to hunt it, I watched and waited.
Eventually, I spotted the green incandescent glow coming near and nearer,
until I could make out the outline of the Ghost Lupe. Suppressing a yell of
triumph, I observed as the Ghost Lupe stealthily stalked the Chia Plushie, and
then pounced upon it, seizing it within his jaws and shaking it madly, like
a Grarrl with a Pork Steak. After about thirty seconds of this brutal treatment,
however, some of the Chia Plushie's seams began to be shaken loose, and the
cotton stuffing inside began falling out. The Ghost Lupe soon realised his mistake,
and began to grumpily stomp off. Immediately, I jumped out from behind the bush,
yelling "Wait a minute! I want to talk!" Instantly, the Ghost Lupe turned, and
bared his teeth in a nasty snarl. I realised that maybe I had just made a bad
mistake, and looked up the tree where Bluefire104 was concealed. However, to
my dismay, Bluefire104 appeared to be sleeping soundly (he never could resist
a nap), and I realised he wasn't going to be much help. I quickly whipped around,
and realised the Ghost Lupe was approaching, with his teeth still bared.
Thinking quickly, I swiftly yelled, "I just want to talk! I'm your, ummm,
biggest fan! That's right, I'm your biggest fan!"
At this statement, the Ghost Lupe stopped his advance and his nasty snarl,
and raised his ghostly eyebrows in surprise. "Really?" he questioned, in a startled,
"Yep. No doubt about it," I replied. "Would you mind answering some of my
The Ghost Lupe, obviously flattered, replied, "Agreed".
Bluescorchio104: Great! Anyway, Mr. Ghost Lupe, I'd like to know, do
you have any plans for world domination?
Ghost Lupe: That's an unusual question, but no, I don't.
Bluescorchio104: That's a relief. I thought that you might go on a
bloodthirsty rampage or enslave all of Neopia or something. (Chuckles nervously)
Ghost Lupe: (Eyes turn a blood-red colour) But I will harm anyone who
gets in my way. One question for you: Are you alone? If you aren't, I might
get very angry.
Bluescorchio104: (eyes the tree where Bluefire104 is sleeping) Of course
I am. I am completely alone, and I am definitely not accompanied by a blue Scorchio
currently hiding in a tree.
Ghost Lupe: Good.
Bluescorchio104: Anyway, I believe your bride was stolen from you by
the natives of Mystery Island? Is that correct?
Ghost Lupe: That's correct. (Goes slightly teary-eyed) My dear Lavinia
was taken from me.
Bluescorchio104: How sad.
Ghost Lupe: But, I shall have revenge, upon the natives and anyone
on their side. Including those foul Mystery Island painted Neopets.
Bluescorchio104: You're going to take revenge on them just because
they're painted with a Mystery Island Paintbrush?
Ghost Lupe: Of course. (Bares teeth) They're bound to be in league
with the rogues who abducted my dear Lavinia.
Bluescorchio104: Ummm, sure. I'm not exactly convinced that just because
some Neopets look tropical they deserve to be punished. Isn't that discrimination
Ghost Lupe: No it isn't. I must have my revenge. One day, they'll all
be sorry that they were ever born!
Bluescorchio104: Hey, when exactly did this bride-stealing incident
Ghost Lupe: I'd say around 134 BN.
Bluescorchio104: What! That means the guilty natives would probably
be dead by now!
Ghost Lupe: So? I'll take revenge on their descendants!
Bluescorchio104: (rolls eyes) Whatever. Anyway, why do you like to
scare the pants off honest, innocent, not-painted-with-a-Mystery Island-Paintbrush,
Ghost Lupe: Aha. That's where you're wrong. Anyone could be in league
with the natives. (Looks around frantically, with a paranoid gleam in his eyes)
Anyone, I tell you! And that's why I must punish them.
Bluescorchio104: I'd like to know, what's it like being a ghost?
Ghost Lupe: I am mortified that you would so rudely ask such a question.
Bluescorchio104: Well, what's it like? Come on, tell me!
Ghost Lupe: I refuse to answer such a pathetic plea.
Bluescorchio104: Please, please, pleeeeeaaaaasssssseeeee?
Ghost Lupe: How pitiful!
Bluescorchio104: Please with an Organic Cherry on top? With Chocolate
Ice Cream, sprinkles, and even a side of Strawberry Jelly Chia?
Ghost Lupe: Well, fine. If you just stop your whinging and whining.
Ghost Lupe: It's no different than being alive, except for the fact
that Neopians run away whenever they see me.
Bluescorchio104: Is that all? I was kind of expecting something more.
Ghost Lupe: What is there to expect?
Bluescorchio104: Oh well. What were you like before you, um, snuffed
Ghost Lupe: Excuse me? What is this, "snuffed it"?
Bluescorchio104: I meant, what were you like before you, well, died?
Ghost Lupe: Oh. I was a Lupe Knight, the best of the best. I was courageous,
and admired by Neopians far and wide.
Bluescorchio104: Wow, I didn't know that you were so..(Bluefire104
falls out of tree with a loud thump) Uh oh.
Ghost Lupe: What? You did have a companion! You are an impostor! Suffer
my vengeful wrath!
Bluescorchio104: This cannot be good. Bluefire104, run!
Ghost Lupe: Arrrgggghhhh!!!!
At this point, Bluefire104, fully woken from his snooze, grabbed me with his
claws and soared up and away. The Ghost Lupe floated after us, hurling dire
threats and curses, as well as wild allegations that we were working for the
natives of Mystery Island. Buefire104 looked back and blew a long stream fire
directly at the Ghost Lupe, but he seemed unaffected. That was when I realised:
a ghost can't die! Thinking quickly (as always), I grabbed a Basic Dryer from
my Green Backpack, and swivelled around, facing the Ghost Lupe. As he floated
within range, I fired up the Basic Dryer, literally blowing the Ghost Lupe away.
As he wafted away, he was carried higher and further away by a strong thermal
When we got home, I began lecturing Bluefire104 on the importance of not falling
asleep, and was already an hour and a half into the speech before I realised
that Bluefire104 had dozed off. Wondering why I didn't deserve an insomniac
Neopet, I let Bluefire104 sleep on the Blue and Orange Rug, and covered him
gently with a blanket.
Note: Wouldn't you know it, the very next week I was once scared out of
my wits by the Ghost Lupe while on a shopping trip.