The Shoyru Tamer: Part Two
"Your room is Room 2, Angel. How many times do I have to
"Sorry Tamer. I keep forgetting." The Christmas
Shoyru smiled weakly at the Shoyru Tamer and then walked down the hallway. It
seemed empty. "Weird," she muttered as she opened the door to her room. The
lights were off, but she could hear someone sobbing. "Hello? Is anyone in here?"
She flicked the light on and saw a Green Shoyru sobbing on top of the top bunk
of one of the two bunk beds. "Hey, are you okay?"
The Green Shoyru looked down at Angel. She looked
like she had been in the room for a while, and black mascara streamed down her
face. She sniffled, and then said, "I'm fine."
"Are you sure?" Angel asked.
"Yeah," the Shoyru replied. She hopped down off
the bunk bed and looked at Angel's furry clothes. Angel looked at the Shoyru's
punk-like clothes. "I'm Duel."
"I'm Angel," she replied. "I guess we're roommates."
"I guess so." Duel touched her face for a moment.
"Oh, I'm going to have to do my mascara again!"
"It looks like you put a truckload onto your
face," Angel said. "Why?" Duel hesitated for a moment.
"Er, do you promise you won't laugh?" Duel said
"Sure. What's there to laugh about?"
Duel looked around, and then finally said, "I'm
the lead singer in a rock band." Angel looked at Duel with a puzzled look.
"Why on Neopia would I laugh at that?" Angel
"Um, never mind." Duel searched her jeans pockets
for something by turning her pockets inside out. A few neopoints fell out of
them, but obviously that wasn't what she wanted. She swore under her breath
and started searching the room.
Angel climbed to the top of one of the other
bunk bed. "What are you looking for?" she asked.
"My container of mascara," Duel replied. She
flew to the top of her bunk bed and tore the sheets around. "Argh," Duel muttered.
"It seems that I don't have any of my stuff with me."
"You can borrow some of my stuff," Angel offered
"Eh, that's okay, Angel," Duel replied. If on
cue, the door to the room burst open and an Island Shoyru came in bitterly.
He was carrying two suitcases in each hand, and, by the look of how he was stumbling
into the room, they were heavy.
The Island Shoyru threw one of the bags onto
the bed underneath Angel. Duel climbed down the ladder from her bed. She and
the Island Shoyru made eye contact. "You Duel Walkers?" he said with a grunt.
Duel nodded. He tossed the other suitcase at her. "That's yours."
Duel caught the heavy suitcase and got the wind
knocked out of her. She staggered and tried to stand upright. "Uh, thanks,"
Duel said breathlessly. She dropped it down onto the floor with a loud bang
and opened it up. She ruffled through her items, throwing books and clothes
all over the place.
Angel looked through the mess of books and clothes,
noticing one titled 'The Cursed Anubis'. Angel reached for it, but Duel spun
around, so Angel returned to her seat. Duel smiled and held up a small container
of black mascara. "I'll be right back," Duel announced. She nodded to Angel
and the Island Shoyru, and then left the room.
"I'm Nikandros," the Island Shoyru said to Angel.
"You can call me Nik."
"I'm Angel," Angel replied. "Did you just get
"Well, today is my official first day. I came
here yesterday and I started my training this morning."
"What about that Green Shoyru?" Nik asked.
"Oh, she just got here also. Her name's Duel."
Nik snorted a giggle.
"Hey, I wouldn't be laughing if I were you. You
have just of a funny name as her." That comment made Nik stare at his feet in
a guilty way. "There was another Shoyru here earlier, but she left. So, it's
just Duel, you, and me."
"Cool, I guess," Nik muttered. The door opened
again and Duel walked into the room. Nik gaped at her. Duel was wearing a thick
amount of mascara around her eyes. Not only that, but on her left eye, a bit
of the mascara stuck out like a curving line, and on her right eye, the mascara
started sticking out, but then curled up.
"What?" Nik blinked and snapped out of his trance.
"What are you staring at?" Duel asked.
"Huh? Oh, uh, sorry," Nik said. "I'm Nikandros.
You can call me Nik."
"I know. You're Duel."
Duel blinked. "Oh. Well, now we three are roommates.
How long are you staying for?"
"I dunno," Nik said.
"Me neither," Angel replied. "My dad's just gonna
come and get me when I'm done, I s'pose." Duel said nothing, but looked at the
clock. It was almost 6 o' clock. I must've been here longer than I thought,
The door to the room flew open. The Red Shoyru
from earlier stuck his head in and glared at Angel, Nik, and Duel. "Yo, dinner's
served. Get your unworthy rear ends out here and head over to the Dining Room!"
The Red Shoyru's head disappeared behind the door, and he slammed it shut on
the way out.
Nik looked from Angel to Duel. He walked over
to the door and opened it up wide. "After you, ladies," he said in a gentleman-like
tone. Angel and Duel smiled and giggled, and then walked out the door. Once
Angel and Duel were outside, Nik walked out the door and closed it behind him.
Angel, Duel, and Nik stared up at the large sign
hanging from the ceiling. The writing was in black marker and was written large
enough so that you could read it on both sides from every point in the huge
Dining Room. It read:
Today's Dinner is Blumaroo Steak with Kau
Kau Farm Milk.
"Blumaroo Steak?" Nik asked himself. The three
of them got in line to get their dinner. As they neared the table where the
dinner was being served, they noticed that the one line split into 3 lines.
At the head of each line was one of Tamer's Shoyrus serving the food to the
Duel looked around. "Gee, I've never seen so
many Shoyrus before in my life," she said to Angel.
"Oh, you'll get used to it," she said. "Most
of them are as soft as Teddy Bears."
"I hope so," Duel muttered. The three of them
split into the three lines. Nik walked up to the Red Shoyru, Angel got her food
from the Blue Shoyru, and Duel approached the Green Shoyru. The Shoyru was glaring
"Excuse me, but wouldn't eating this steak be
cannibalism?" Nik asked the Red Shoyru. Angel and Duel glanced over at him.
The Red Shoyru looked Nik in the eyes. "Are you
a Blumaroo?" he asked slyly.
"Uh, no," Nik replied quietly.
"Then it ain't cannibalism!" he yelled back.
Nik gulped, took his dinner and walked off. Angel and Duel did the same.
The three of them sat down next to a Red Shoyru
who was sipping on his Milk. Duel glanced down at his tray. It looked like he
hadn't even touched his steak.
"Hi," Angel greeted. The Shoyru looked up at
"Hey," he replied. "I'm Auo."
"Auo?" Duel repeated. "Aren't you Sabs's Neopet?"
"Yeah," Auo said, sitting up a little more straight.
"How'd you know that?"
"My name is Duel Walkers. My owner is Sammy."
"Oh, oh right. That pink haired weirdo. Wrote
that story about the Anubis in the Neopian Times. Goes to the catacombs."
"The catacombs?" Angel asked. "What's that?"
"A place for the artsy type to hang out," Auo
said. "Hey, you might want to sit down and start eating…if you even want
to eat this stuff. Isn't it cannibalism?"
"Finally, someone who understands me," Nik said
after his silence. "I'm Nikandros. You can call me Nik." Nik sat down next to
Auo, and then they started talking. Duel and Angel sat down next to Nik.
"So," Angel said while cutting her steak in half,
"your owner's name is Sammy?"
"Yup," Duel replied.
"Is that short for Dragon Catcher Sammy?" Duel
stopped in her tracks.
"Uh… Well, her real name is Sammy, but I guess
it could be short for Dragon Catcher Sammy. How'd you know her name?"
"I read her story in the Neopian Times. So you're
"Um, not really. It was really only one story."
"But are you rich?"
"Technically, yes. Sammy's saving up for the
Lab Map so she can get Cantine zapped."
"Our soon-to-be Lab Rat."
"Oh. Cool." Angel and Duel ate the rest of their
dinner in silence.
The hallways were filled with Shoyrus by 7:00.
Almost half of the Shoyrus there were headed towards their rooms, while the
other half headed outside.
"Where are they all going?" Duel asked Angel.
"Isn't training over for the day?"
"Yeah, but who says they can't have a little
fun out there?"
Duel didn't reply.
"You wanna come out and play with us?" Angel
"Uh, I dunno," Duel said. She thought for a moment.
"Oh, what the heck. Sure, I'll come out."
"Okay, I'll meet you out there!" Angel nodded
to Duel, and then ran off. Duel followed her, but she walked instead.
"Hey, Duel," Nik said as he walked up next to
her. "I'll see you later."
"Yeah, see you later," Duel replied. He and Auo
walked off, along with the rest of the Shoyrus around her. Duel was alone in
The doorbell rang. Tamer ran from the Dining
Room, up to the door, and opened it up. Duel hated being nosey, but she stopped
in the hallway and tried to see who was at the door. She could see platinum
blond hair and glasses. Next to the boy at the door was a large, Red Grarrl.
"Dude, you're stealing my business!" the boy
at the door said. He looked about Tamer or Sammy's age. Suddenly, it hit Duel.
That boy was the Dino Master. He trained Grarrls.
"Look, I'm sorry, Dino Master, but-"
"You'll stop your training now!" the Dino Master
yelled. "I'm losing customers!"
"But I train Shoyrus!"
"And Shoyrus are more popular than Grarrls! People
are making more Shoyrus and fewer Grarrls! Quit your training business!"
Tamer sighed. He took off his Accelerator Helmet.
Dino Master gasped, and Tamer put the helmet back on. "Whoa, I'm really sorry…
I didn't know it was you…"
"It's okay, Adam."
"See you later."
"Bye." Tamer closed the door and turned around.
Duel was gaping at him. Tamer's eyes went wide. "Did-did you see him?"
"You know who he is, right?"
"One of Sammy's friends."
"Did you see me take off my helmet?"
"So then you know who I really am?"
Tamer sighed in relief. "Good," he said. And
then he walked off.
To be continued…