My name is Venus, I'm a red Lupe, and my owner is Hollis
Woods. Now, I'm not a hard-to-please pet, so all I ask is that you keep quiet
and refrain from any questions until the end, OK? Good. The story begins in the
frosty terrain of Terror Mountain.
It was cold, there were giant clumps of snow
in my fur, it had gotten very dark very fast, and I was totally lost. I had
simply gone to see if the Garage Sale was still open when I suddenly found myself
surrounded by inky blackness.
I had lost sight of Hollis a while ago, and
for a brief moment I thought I heard her calling me, but my answer was lost
in the howling wind and swirling snow.
As I groped around in the dark, I suddenly ran
smack dab into something hard. Really hard. It seemed to be something small,
too, and before I knew it, I stumbled head over paws.
"AAARRRGGGGHHHH!!" I yelped.
Desperately I began to feel around, hoping
to find the thing I tripped over. It had to be close by…. Found it!
I ran my paw over it, trying to get the basic
shape of what it was. It seemed to be shaped like a bottle, and when I rapped
my claws on it I heard a hollow tink, tink, tink. Glass, maybe?
The only thing I knew was that somebody would
find me, and if not, in the morning I'll probably be able to find myself. So
I waited, and waited, and waited.
My paws felt very heavy. It was hard to move
from cold. I felt my eyelids slowly move down. At first they moved so slow I
hardly noticed. Then, they shut all the way.
I couldn't tell darkness from darkness. It didn't
matter whether my eyes were open or closed. It all looked the same. I didn't
know if I had gone to sleep or was still awake. The only thing that mattered
was that I held on to that bottle thing.
Eventually, sleep came without me noticing.
I slowly, painstakingly opened my eyes. There
was white everywhere. Bright white. So bright I had to close my eyes for a minute
so I could figure out where I was. Then I remembered.
I looked down at my right paw and saw the bottle
thingy. I had been right, it was a glass bottle. There was something inside.
I picked it up slowly, for my muscles ached
from walking around in the cold dark for so long last night. I turned the bottle
upside-down and plop! An envelope with something kind of heavy inside fell out.
I opened the envelope and this is what the note inside said :
If you are laying your eyes upon this scrap
of paper, you are hereby entitled to my entire fortune. But you have to find
it first. There are but two clues, counting the one down here. They will each
lead you closer to the treasure, but it won't be easy to decipher them. In fact,
finding this clue was part of the first challenge.
Clue 1 - Sand (Hint : Lost)
Look in the old hut with the coconut shells
nailed to the left of door, and a sun and a moon on the right. There is something
else that makes it different from all the others around it.
Get to looking.
Silas M. Morgan
I was really confused. "Silas M. Morgan? Who
is that?" I asked that same question over and over again in my head as I looked
I suddenly realized where I was. I was barely
two hundred yards from the Ice Caves! I felt stupid, but, hey, I couldn't see
my own paw if it was pressed flat against my nose, so tell my how I was supposed
to see the Ice Caves?
I gingerly got to my paws, the pads prickling
with pain. Picking the bottle up in my mouth, I trotted toward the Ice Caves.
"Venus! Venus, where are you?" I whipped around
to see Hollis calling my name out into the snowy terrain.
I raced over to her, the bottle threatening
to slide out of my mouth at any moment.
I skidded to a halt, throwing snow everywhere.
Hollis threw her arms around my neck and sobbed,
"Venus, there you are!! I thought you fell off the mountain, or got trapped
somewhere in the snow, and I would never see you again!!" Gee, owners are such
I nuzzled Hollis' dark brown hair with my freezing
nose and said through a mouthful of bottle, "It's all wight, Howwis. I'm cwold,
but all wight."
Hollis looked at me with stormy gray eyes that
were clouded with worry, and smiled. "I'm glad you're all right. Now, what's
in your mouth?"
She took the bottle from me and slowly read
the note. "Treasure, eh? Now, where are there huts?" she mumbled to nobody in
It hit me like a brick wall. "Mystery Island!"
I cried, the numbness in my paws forgotten. Hollis smiled and replied, "You
won't be cold much longer."
We stood on the sandy beach of Mystery Island,
carefully studying the collection of huts.
"None of these are old," Hollis observed, staring
at a freshly painted stripe on one nearby hut.
I registered what she was saying by looking
a little kougra painting a bright green zigzags on a brand-new hut.
"Plus, the hint says 'Lost'. What part of Mystery
Island is lost?" I said, looking at the clue.
We looked at each other and said in unison,
"The Lost City of Geraptiku."
Hollis and I slowly walked around the small
Geraptiku clearing, looking at all the huts.
"Here!" I yelled, spotting a hut with three
coconuts nailed to the left of the door and a sun and a moon on the right.
Hollis hurried over and, looking over the hut
said, "This isn't the one."
"WHAT?! What do you mean it's not the right
one?!" I cried, staring disbelievingly at her.
"This isn't the right one. I found one that
looks exactly like this, and I was about to call you when you yelled out," she
said, trying to see through the darkness in the tiny hut.
I suddenly thought of something. "The clue said
there was something different than all the others." I walked over the hut Hollis
had mentioned, and immediately saw the difference. The door was rounded at the
top, not square like the others.
Hollis rushed over, and together we slowly shuffled
into the hut. Along one side were rows of little clay pots containing different
colored powders of who-knows-what. There was a small bed laying next to it,
and on the bed….
"AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!" Hollis shrieked
and I howled as we raced out of the hut as fast as our legs would carry us.
We finally stopped, panting, at a hut on the
other side of the village. "That must have been the medicine pet's hut," Hollis
huffed, leaning against the hut wall for support. I nodded in agreement.
Finally I said, "Do you think we should go back?
I mean, the next clue is in there." Hollis pondered a minute, then gave a slow,
We cautiously went back into the hut, looking
Suddenly, Hollis pointed a trembling finger
in the direction of the bed. My head slowly turned to follow her gaze and I
On the bed was a skeleton of a kougra, or some
pet resembling one. Clutched in now bone paw of the skeleton was a scroll of
I turned to look at Hollis for reassurance,
only to find her sunken to the ground in a dead faint.
Gulping, I slowly padded over to the skeleton
and, my knees buckling and paws shaking, gently pried the scroll out of the
bone paw. Once I had the scroll out, I quickly dropped the bone paw back onto
the ground and turned Hollis.
A tear of relief rolled down my muzzle as Hollis
slowly sat up and stared at the scroll clenched in my paw. We smiled at each
other, and slowly unrolled the scroll.
Congratulations. You found the second and
last clue. Here you go.
Clue 2 - Gebmids (Hint ; Coltzan)
The treasure is buried in a place near one
of the most respected structures in the land. To find the treasure's exact location,
go three hundred yards east of the structure, and what you are searching for
will be under the fourth tree to the right.
Good luck and enjoy
the treasure, if you find it.
Silas M. Morgan
We gave each other a look that clearly said,
The Lost Desert.
Hollis and I stood three hundred yards east
of Sakhmet Palace, but there were no trees around. "Maybe this isn't the right
structure," Hollis suggested, making me think.
We couldn't think of any other place to look.
As Hollis and I started to sulk off, I looked
over at Coltzan's Shrine. I stopped dead. "Hollis, the shrine!!"
We raced to the shrine and then three hundred
yards to the east, where we found five tall, skinny trees in a straight line.
Going under the fourth tree to the right, we began to dig furiously, me being
more sufficient with my four paws.
Suddenly we hit something hard. A trunk!! We
pulled the heavy chest out of the hole and set it on hard ground. On the lid
were the initials SMM. Silas M. Morgan.
Together Hollis and I slowly lifted up the heavy
trunk lid. I gave an outraged gasp. Hollis looked ready to laugh and scream
at the same time.
THE TREASURE WAS ROCK CANDY!!!!!