A Quest Unlike Any Other: Part Five
Milk_choc85 made her way carefully along the dimly lit passageway,
her Kadoatie perched safely on her shoulder.
"No Symol made this," she murmured, looking up
at the curved ceiling.
Rounding the corner, she uttered a cry - there,
in the far corner of the room were her brothers - all apparently sleeping. Quickly,
the Tuskaninny roused them.
"How did you guys get here?" she demanded.
"I got given a special mission by Taelia!" declared
"I got a Quest from the Happiness Faerie!" said
"I got... tricked by a stupid Cybunny," muttered
Seeing a devilish glow coming to Toffee's red
eyes, Milk quickly intervened.
"I got a Quest too... but mine was from the Chef
on Mystery Island; he was acting really odd and asked me to get him an Ancient
"Me, too!" cried Toffee.
"And me three!" exclaimed Orange, looking quite
excited. "I wonder why they all wanted an Ancient Hourglass..."
"Maybe they didn't," interrupted Minty. "I wasn't
looking for any kind of Hourglass, let alone an Ancient one... and yet I'm here
too. I got dropped down a crevice in Jhudora's lair."
Milk frowned. "I just climbed through the Symol
Hole... though before that I did visit Illusen, and she was acting very strangely."
"Perhaps it's some plot?" asked Toffee, "or some
kind of Faerie disease? I mean, we all got Quests, right?"
"Wrong," answered Milk. "Minty didn't, and mine
was from the Island Chef - he's not a Faerie!"
"Really? I never noticed," countered Toffee,
sarcastically. "I mean, his lack of wings and that olive he wears on his horn
never gave it away."
Minty sighed. "Well, why don't we puzzle over
this later - right now I'm just concerned with getting out of here... wherever
Orange had been silent for some time; now he
tentatively piped up.
"Um, guys? I think we have company."
The other pets whirled to find them faced with
the oddest group of villains known to Neopia. There before them were the Snow
Faerie, the Happiness Faerie, Illusen, Jhudora, the Island Chef, the Island
Mystic, Techo Master and the Lenny Conundrum Lenny.
Orange looked at the Lenny in some confusion.
"What are you doing here?" he demanded.
The Lenny shrugged. "Trying to come up with conundrums
to fox you lot is tiring work - I need a little recreation now and again."
"So you kidnap Neopets?!" asked Minty incredulously.
The Lenny simply stuck his tongue out in response.
"These foolish pets are never going to work it
out. Let's just get on with it!" growled the Mystic, menacingly.
"Wait!" said Taelia, who seemed to be the ring
leader. "I've read enough 00 Hog novels to know the villains must always declare
their master plan to their victims beforehand - didn't you read your 'How to
take over Neopia' manual?"
"Yeah, it's inspiring - written by the world's
most overrated evil genius, Dr. Frank Sloth, who got beaten back by the Space
Faerie, of all people!" muttered the Happiness Faerie petulantly.
The Snow Faerie rolled her eyes, and slowly reached
upwards. Taking a firm grip, she smoothly pulled off her head. Orange uttered
a terrified squeak, and pressed closer to Toffee, who was standing next to him.
It was a mark of how petrified the Aisha was that he didn't complain.
Two minutes later, the real villains were unmasked;
their costumes lying beneath what would be their feet, if they had any. They
regarded the petrified family with self-satisfied smirks, as they floated before
"Kikos?!" exclaimed Minty, breaking the
silence. "I thought it was Meepits who were meant to be taking over the
"A common misconception," smirked the lead Kiko.
"As is the belief that us Kikos are happy, peace loving souls, who like nothing
more than splashing merrily in our lake and playing games of Tubular Kiko Racing.
Ha! If other pets had any idea... "
He interrupted himself, eyes glittering as he
surveyed the four siblings.
"But they don't. And they never will - after
all, who'd believe that us gentle Kikos would ever try something so... diabolical?"
The green Kiko next to him rolled his eyes. "Get
on with it! We haven't got all day!"
His leader shot him an icy stare, and continued.
"However, my... colleagues and I aren't actually
that interested in Neopia as a whole. We represent more of a... niche market.
You see, I am in charge of the most amazing shop in Neopia Central - the Chocolate
"The Chocolate Factory?" cried Orange. "Then
you must be... "
"Willy Kiko, at your service," said the Kiko,
bobbing a little bow.
"Oh, for goodness' sake!" cried the green Kiko,
pushing past his leader to address the pets himself.
"It's like this... we have a niche market, but
we've, well, run out of ideas. And what with all the private sellers on the
market these days, we're afraid that even the intrigue of a factory where no-one
comes in and no-one goes out is not going to be enough to keep business as healthy
as we'd like. We need new flavours - and that's where you come in!"
"Imagine the excitement!" continued Willy Kiko.
"Four new flavours, for a limited time only - it would make us millions! Every
chocoholic on the surface of Neopia would be banging on our door. I can see
the labels now! 'Cocoa-flavoured Orange-covered Kougra stripes,' sitting next
to glistening 'Minty Zafara Twists,' 'Toffee-flavoured Extra-crunchy Aisha ears'
and 'Milk chocolate Tuskaninny tails.' The possibilities are endless!"
"Are you insane?" broke in Minty. "No-one
would eat chocolate made from Neopets!"
Willy Kiko looked at him slyly. "Ever eaten a
"He has a point," muttered Toffee to his brother.
Minty ignored him. "Look, just because we're
named after chocolates, doesn't mean we taste nice!"
The Kiko shrugged. "Then we'll add lots of artificial
flavouring. Don't worry - we won't let on that you taste horrid without it."
Minty was about to retort when another Kiko floated
in and whispered something urgently into his leader's ear. The Kiko grimaced
and turned back to them.
"I'm afraid I'm going to have to leave you in
the excellent care of my colleagues - it appears Adee has got her factories
mixed up again. Honestly, I don't know how she finds her way out of her Neohome,
let alone into my factory."
As he turned to leave, Swirly decided she had
had enough. Kadoaties aren't exactly renowned for their patient natures or love
of the dark - and sitting in a cold, dank underground room with minimal lighting
had pushed her over the limit. Opening her mouth, she began to wail.
"Ugh, what's that horrible sound?" exclaimed
Willy Kiko, turning around abruptly.
His eyes fell on the wailing Kadoatie. He smirked
"Perhaps we should investigate a line in Petpet
confectionery, too. Catch it - and shut it up!"
At that moment, the room dissolved into Chaos
- with a capital 'C.' Milk snatched her pet out of reach of the oncoming Kikos,
delivering several well-aimed blows with her Tuskaninny tail. Orange concentrated
on the ground attack, while his Weewoo dive-bombed the Kikos from above. Minty
wasn't doing too badly either, though he was starting to think that perhaps
he should have brought his Huggy to hurl at the enemy.
Suddenly, the light went out, and the whole room
was plunged into complete darkness. Swirly's wails increased significantly in
volume, while angry mutters could be heard on both sides. The lights gradually
flickered back on, to reveal a pile of unconscious Kikos, and Toffee by the
light switch. He shrugged at his siblings' amazed looks.
"Night vision built in," he commented. "It's
a good thing TC trained me up a bit, isn't it? Let's go!"
"Right, I got in over there," said Milk, running
down the corridor she had come from.
Once they got there, however, there was no conveniently
placed ladder. Icy swooped upwards, and as it did so its shape blocked out all
light - the Symol Hole had shrunk again.
"Now what?" asked Orange, as the Weewoo landed
on his tail.
"I say that way," said Toffee, indicating that
they should continue down the corridor.
"Oh, and why's that?" asked Minty, sceptically.
Toffee rolled his eyes. "Because that's the opposite
direction to those Kikos!"
Minty shrugged, and followed his brother down
the corridor. Sure enough, at the end they spied a heavy metal door.
"Lasers built in too?" enquired Minty, with
"Absolutely!" answered Toffee, zapping his way
through the lock.
The four burst through the door to find themselves
"Neopia Central!" cried Milk, as they sprinted
away, "how did we end up here?"
"No idea!" returned Minty, "but let's get back
to Terror Mountain, sharpish!"
An hour later the four siblings stumbled through
the door of their Neohome, having taken the Uni Express from Neopia Central.
TC was sitting at the kitchen table, reading something.
"That was well-timed," she commented. "I just
put a pizza in the oven."
She eyed her pets suspiciously. They stared back
as innocently as possible.
"So, did you guys get up to anything interesting
today?" she asked.
Minty flopped into the nearest chair. "Oh, the
"Oh, really," replied his owner, "then you wouldn't
happen to know anything about this?"
She unfolded a special edition of the Neopian
Times. On the front page was the headline: "Willy Kiko shuts down Chocolate
Factory - Is this the end?"
"He shut the factory?" asked Milk in surprise.
TC looked at her. "Indeed. Let me read you a
"'Shortly before the announced closure,
several bystanders reported seeing something leaving the Chocolate Factory.
Further questioning shed little light on who or what it was, as there were conflicting
reports on all sides. People's descriptions varied from a white striped pet
with a purple hat to a metallic pet with a Tuskaninny's tail. However, all confirmed
that it seemed to be moving very fast and was followed by a white Weewoo.'"
She folded up the newspaper again and fixed them
with a piercing stare. Minty sighed. He glanced at Toffee.
"Do you want to go first?" he asked.
Toffee shrugged. "Sure. It all started when I
was coming back from losing Snow Wars... "