The Vampire Next Door
Note: Before you start reading, please keep in mind that Ifi was once part
of the family. But then he left our family to join Dr. Sloth's army after he was
It was a bright sunny day, and I was baking some cookies.
My name is Loneofneo, or you can call me Loney. I'm a yellow Yurble. And I was
baking the cookies for my new neighbors. My brother Ifi didn't think much of
it, but my sisters Soruna and Paigeo were stopping by all the time, and occasionally
my Mom would pop in for a while. But Soruna seemed to think the cookie dough
was a punch bag, and pretty soon we had to stop baking to help her clean the
gooey mess from her wings.
When I was done helping I turned over to the
dough to see what had become of it. Blue feathers stuck out everywhere. I sighed.
It looked like I'd have to make more. I took the bowl over to the sink, washed
it out, and peered into the refrigerator. Typically, it was empty.
"Soruna, Paigeo, do you know the next time Mom
is going shopping?" I called out. They both shook their heads no.
"Do you at least know where Mom keeps the shopping
list?" I added hopefully. Once more they shook their heads. But Ifi walked out
of the shadows.
"I know, but I'm telling you you're wasting your
time," he said grimly.
"You're just saying that because you don't know
the joys of making cookies!" I replied, and in my opinion that was the best
"Really," he said. "It's not about the cookies.
I just know there's something wrong about it." When he became a mutant Kiko
he seemed to gain a sense of destruction. He knows if it's going to happen most
of the time. But I just didn't want to believe him. Baking cookies is fun, and
I was sure the new neighbors couldn't be too bad. It's not like Sloth was moving
"Ok, so where's the list anyway?" He pointed
to a shelf. I went over and pawed around. Finally I found a piece of paper,
and a pen right next to it. I grabbed them, and sat down to write. Unfortunately,
Mom doesn't go grocery shopping much, according to the small note at the bottom
that read "Buy whenever". So I took the opportunity to write down some other
things we needed. And it was a good thing too, because most of the items on
the list were plushies. The only non-plushie item was 'Toothpaste'.
When I was done we waited for the cookies we
had in the oven to finish. Then we laid them all on a nice plate, and wrapped
them in plastic. Before doing this though, I took one to try. It was delicious,
chocolate chip, sugar, and peanut-butter cookies all rolled into one. Soon we
were all on the doorstep, a collection of colors. I was wearing my Solitaire
Champion shirt and a Red Bandana, Soruna was wearing her favorite BFM T-shirt,
Paigeo was wearing Denim Coveralls and a Tombola T-shirt, Ifi was wearing his
Skeith T-shirt, and Mom was wearing a pink shirt that read 'I know I'm cute'
with jean shorts. I held the plate of cookies in my hands, the sweet aroma rising
from them and hitting me smack in the nose.
Soruna flew up and rang the doorbell. Soon some
footsteps could be heard, and the door opened, revealing a Halloween Cybunny
glaring at us. There was an evil gleam in his eyes, and I could've sworn he
was looking hungrily at us. Not just that, but he was staying far from the light,
as if the sun hurt him. But Mom didn't seem to notice and began to introduce
"Hi, I'm Pet. These are my neopets, Loney, Ifi,
Paigeo, and Soruna. And you are?" He grunted and said a very complicated name
that you'd have to be a genius to remember. Mom also looked confused, but Paigeo
looked ready to say, "Hi insert name here!"
After a few seconds of silence she finally spoke,
"Um, that's a nice name. But could we call you 'Mike' for short?" Once more
he grunted, then nodded. Before we could say anymore, he stepped back into the
dark room behind him, making it even more difficult to make him out. We stepped
inside, but the door slammed behind us, eliminating all light. For a while we
walked around blindly, but I noticed Ifi's eyes seemed to glow. In fact, he
could probably see okay, but didn't really feel like looking for a light switch.
It was the Skeith in him. After five minutes, a light clicked on, and a gloomy
man with graying hair stood there, with the Halloween Cybunny nowhere in sight.
I gasped at the sight of the man. Another glance
at his hair showed something red smothered here and there. Surprising me, he
interrupted my thoughts by saying, "Sorry for the messy appearance. We're having
spaghetti, and dinner's never the cleaning convention." Well, that explained
the red stuff in his hair. He invited us to the kitchen, where he took my cookies
and placed them on a counter, then asked, "These homemade?" I nodded, and he
looked a little amused.
I turned to the table, where three neopets sat,
covered in more spaghetti and tomato sauce than the man. At first glance I thought
they were grey, but when I took a closer glance I noticed they were all blue
neopets. There was some odd, grayish air to them, probably why I mistook them
for grey pets at first. They looked so light, so wispy; if a breeze blew in
they would probably carried away. And above all that they had circles under
their eyes, with a huge frown to match. There was a Lupe, a Skeith, and a Lenny.
I could just imagine how they were treated, and smirked slightly. Then I remembered
the Cybunny, and looked around the table. He wasn't there.
"Where's…uh…Mike?" I asked.
"Mike?" he replied, but he looked as though he
knew who I was talking about; as if everyone called him Mike. "Yes, he's in
his room. He never comes down during the day, it surprised me he even went to
answer the door. I guess it has something to do with that I found him in a graveyard.
He must like dark, spooky, places." My eyes widened at the word 'graveyard'.
First thing that struck me: What would an abandoned neopet be doing so far away
from the pound? Another question found its way to my brain, and so I asked,
"Did you find him painted?"
He seemed to ponder for a moment, then replied,
"I'd have to; I could never afford to get even one of my pets painted. I'm a
huge spender. It's a miracle I managed to afford this neohome!" I felt myself
fill with dread. Out of curiosity I glanced over at Ifi. His eyes were also
Just then, the man told us, "Ok, each of you
can tour the house with one of my pets. Since one of you will be partner-less,
the remaining pet may go upstairs to Mike." Each of us began picking partners.
Soruna took the Lupe sitting at the table. He may have been looking sad, but
I'll have to admit, he was very handsome! She settled on his shoulder, and both
looking happy (or as happy as the Lupe could look, no matter what he would still
look tired and unhappy) they trotted out of the room. I could hear the Lupe
beginning to tell a story about the Battledome in a weak voice, and Soruna give
a tweet-ish giggle. Ifi predictably chose the Skeith, which, just happened to
be a female. Even though he has the body of a mutant Kiko, he will always be
a blue Skeith at heart. They walked out of the room, but I saw them settle down
on the living room carpet when I edged over and fall asleep. Paigeo was perfectly
happy with the Lenny, and they also went out of the room, probably talking to
each other about various books and complicated equations. That's all Paigeo
ever talks about anyway, and they were deep in conversation. So that left me
with Mike. The man told me to go upstairs.
"His room is at the end of the hallway," he told
me. I gulped and ventured on, leaving Mom behind. The stairs seemed to go on
forever, and the hallway stretched a mile. I got to the room though, and knocked.
No reply. I opened the door a little, and peered in. No one was there. I opened
the door all the way, and made my way inside. Wow, it looked like the Darigan
Dungeons! There were weapons of all sorts scattered here and there, some portraits
of villains hung on the walls, and the room was painted a gloomy color, the
color of old bricks. The window was open, and I noticed night had fallen over
Neopia. But I paused as I came to the bed. Something told me to look under it,
so I did. I found a big wooden coffin, sitting half-open.
I ran out screaming, found Mom, and hugged her
tight. She tried to coax me off, but I refused to let go. Mom, seeing it was
her only choice, bid good night to the man.
"We'd better be off," she told him, "Loney doesn't
like to stay in a strange house too long." So we rounded up the others and left.
That night when I was snuggled in my bed, I told
Mom what I thought as she sat by my bedside.
"Mom, I think Mike's a vampire." I didn't tell
her anymore, and she told me he only looked like a vampire, and that a good
night's sleep would make me feel better. But when she turned off the lights
and closed the door, I went to my drawer. I rummaged inside for a bit, found
what I was looking for, and went back to bed, smiling. Carefully I tucked a
bit of garlic into my nightshirt. "I'd like to see that vampire try," I said
to myself, then fell into an uneasy sleep.
I woke up refreshed and happy. It was the next
day, and I could smell pancakes and syrup in the kitchen. Quickly, I took off
my nightshirt and ran downstairs. But when I saw what was there I almost screamed.
Paigeo was sitting there, but she looked just like the neopets next door. Wispy
looking, as if she could have been blown away by a gentle breeze, she looked
uncannily tired and unhappy. I could imagine what had happened: Mike had come
in the night and attacked Paigeo. Mom seemed to notice too, but she just thought
Paigeo was sick. She felt her forehead, mumbled something, and asked Paigeo
how she felt.
"Not good," she said weakly. There was a few
seconds silence, then she continued on, "Last night I had a lot of trouble falling
asleep. When I did fall asleep, I had these…nightmares." She shook her head,
signaling she would say no more, and rested it on the table. I sat down and
took a big pile of the pancakes, and ate them all in two gulps. I felt like
Ifi when we first took him from the pound.
"May I be excused?" I asked, and when Mom said
I could, I took Paigeo and dragged her to my room.
"Wazzgoingon?" she asked, but she seemed to be
faraway, and I almost looked into the distance to find the source. Wow, Mike
works fast, I thought to myself.
"I think I know why you're feeling so crummy,"
I explained, and signaled her to sit down on my bed. She did, and I rummaged
around in my laundry, until I found my nightshirt from the night before. I pawed
through the pocket, until I found the clove of garlic.
My attention turned to Paigeo again, and I told
her, "If it stings, or hurts in anyway, let me know by nodding." I held out
the garlic, and slowly walked toward her. When I was two feet away, she began
"Just as I thought," I mumbled, and asked her
to tell me as much as she could about the nightmare.
"Well, I was in bed, and something opened up
my window. It was too dark to see who it was, and he got nearer and nearer to
my bed, so close I could smell his rancid breath, and then…" she shuddered,
then continued, "I can't remember any more." I was too sure this was Mike. So
I told her she could go to her room. She got up without being told twice, but
needed a little help walking. As soon as she left the room, I went to the device
she made once for each of us. It was designed so we could talk to each other
if we were grounded. I selected Ifi's room, and soon he was at my room's door.
We told each other our suspicions, and we both came up with the same conclusion.
We asked Mom if we could have a sleepover at our neighbor's house that night.
For a Moment she looked at me, then said, "If
they say it's alright, you can. Just be home for breakfast tomorrow." We went
to my room again, and I wrote a neomail.
"Could we please have a sleepover at your house
tonight? We have to do it at 8:30, because Ifi and I are going to be busy until
then. It's just the two of us, because Paigeo got sick, so Soruna and Mom have
to take care of her. Yours Truly, Loney," Ifi read out loud. He glanced at me,
then turned his attention back to the neomail.
"Not bad, and the 8:30 thing is true, we have
to do some research on vampires," he commented. We sent the neomail, and waited
anxiously for the reply. It arrived in a minute
I tore it open and read, "Dear Loney, the pets
and I would be glad to have you two over! See you then!" After reading it, Ifi
and I decided that I'd go to the library and try and get a book on vampires,
while Ifi would gather as much garlic as possible. At the library I found a
pretty good book, and without hesitation began to read.
"Vampires are creatures of the night. They venture
at nightfall to find victims that keep them supplied with blood. There are two
ways to destroy a vampire completely, and several ways to keep them away. The
most popular way to stall the vampires is of course, garlic. Now, for a vampire
to be destroyed, they must either meet sunlight or have a wooden stake through
their heart. Sunlight is the easiest way. If you know where the vampire returns
every night, sprinkle every way in with garlic, and put more on the coffin.
If you get to the vampire during the day, make sure you've practiced how to
get it with the stake, for if their eyes are open, they will know it's you and
will come for you. Remember, vampire hunting is a very dangerous job." The book
burst into a cloud of purple smoke, and I pondered on what I had learned.
When I ran home I checked the clock. It was a
quarter past eight. I met Ifi in my room, shared some of my knowledge, and we
went outside with all our vampire hunting stuff in a backpack, sleeping bags
in both of our hands. For a while we looked around for a good stick to use as
a stake. We doubted we'd need it, but you can never be too sure. After a while
we found one, sharpened it against a stone, and stuck it with the other stuff.
The sun was just setting when we opened the door,
and the man with the graying hair greeted us. He offered to take our backpacks,
but we refused the offer, and stepped inside. Right beside him was the Skeith.
Though she looked weak (similar to Paigeo though I knew she had been like that
longer), she waved a lazy paw at Ifi, who smiled and waved back. We went to
the table like we did yesterday, and talked a bit with the other pets. The cookies
I had made with Soruna and Paigeo's help were between us, so I took one. It
was delicious, even better than the one I sampled.
When the stars came out I asked where the bathroom
was. I grabbed our backpack, ran upstairs, and followed the man's directions.
It was the room right next to Mike's. When I had locked the door, I suddenly
remembered why I was there. In the small window I could see a shadowy figure
flying off. Now was my chance. I ran out of the bathroom and into Mike's room,
finding it empty once more. I put garlic on the coffin under the bed. I sprinkled
the window with a little bit of garlic, then ran from room to room doing the
same, until the only entrance was the front door. I used all the garlic left
to seal it. The only thing left to do was to wait until morning. I shared the
guest room with Ifi that night.
The next morning I woke with a jolt as the doorbell
rang. Nobody else seemed to have heard. Not wanting to wake anyone else up,
I went and opened the door. It was Mike, but he looked different. There was
no longer an evil look in his eyes, and his expression was still hungry, but
not hungry like he looked the first time we met. This time, he looked hungry
"You…" he said pointing a finger at me. "The
first day you came… I saw you in my room… you knew what I was…" He kept on blabbering,
gasping in between some words, but he didn't look angry. He actually looked
"You're the one who saved me, you're the one
who destroyed the vampire!" He started doing a little jig. I was confused.
"But, um… weren't you the vampire?" I asked,
unsure. At that moment he stopped dancing.
"Yes, I was," he said slowly. "I was under a
curse. I was not a true vampire, but I still acted like a vampire. When you
locked me out, the sunlight destroyed every trace of it, leaving just me!" It
felt very odd to me, talking to someone who I had just feared, but now was expressing
joy to me.
"So the others, those you bit, they'll be back
to normal, won't they?" I asked.
"Of course they will," he said. "You've just
saved everyone!" I gleamed like a diamond inside. At that moment I told him
to wake up his family to tell them that Ifi and I were leaving. While he did
so I woke up Ifi. The two of us waved good-bye later on to the group of happy
neopets. All of them looked much better. The Lupe looked brave and strong, with
muscles bulging out of every part I could see. The Skeith looked like… a Skeith,
and was lying down. I giggled at that point. And the Lenny had gleaming feathers
that shone like sapphires. But my eyes fell once more on Mike, whom now I felt
much more deeply for.
The next day, as we gathered in front of the
house, the man made an important announcement: "I'm sorry, but we're going to
have to leave. What with all that's been happening I'm surprised there isn't
an angry mob with pitchforks running down the street. So we're moving to Roo
I wanted to cry at that moment. No, my new friend
would be leaving! It was just too soon! But then I remembered neomail. And from
then on we've always been in touch.
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