A Fighting Friend
'Hi Mum!' yelled my four overexcited pets as they came home
from Neoschool like a flock of startled birds.
Or three overexcited pets, actually.
I have four pets, whose names are Yvetnika, warrior_of_violence,
Felitha_14, and Princess_Honey18.
They're all pretty well-behaved but strong pets,
which is why I was surprised when a sulky Warrior_of_violence (Warrior for short),
my blue Zafara, came in dragging his feet and with his three back spikes hanging
limply. My three other female pets were all happy- it was their first day at
Neoschool and they'd seemed to enjoy it.
'Mum,' mumbled Warrior, 'can I have a Petpet?'
'Why, what's the matter?'
Ignoring the question, he replied, 'Why not?
Princess (my Peophin) has Miniei, Yvetnika (my Ixi) has Echo, and Felitha (my
Xweetok) has Alfie. So why can't I have one? You're just being unfair because
I'm a boy...'
'Okay, okay,' I soothed him. 'I never said you
couldn't have a Petpet.'
Because he's the only boy in our family, and
also because he's adopted, Warrior has a tendency to get a little upset at times
over trivial matters, but the rest of us just ignore him.
'So, what sort of Petpet do you want?' I asked.
'One that will fight alongside me in the Battledome.'
This didn't come as a surprise. Warrior is the Battledomer of our family, and
he's already at Level 7.
'No, I meant, what species?'
'I'm not sure yet,' he replied, staring at the
ground and shifting his paws. 'It's half-term in three days- can we go and search
'Sure,' I replied.
So this morning we all set out for search of
a suitable Petpet. As we live in Maraqua, our first and closest stop was Mystery
The weather was lovely, as it always is there.
We passed the Training School on the way to the Petpet shop, but for once Warrior
didn't stop to discuss the latest moves with his old friend, the Techo Master.
He wouldn't pause till we reached the Rock Pool.
'Hello, Princess!' greeted the yellow Kougra
who ran the store. 'Have you still got that Peo I sold you?'
'Yep. She's painted Christmas now.'
'Wonderful. Now,' he said, 'what can I interest
you in? Perhaps this Primella here?' he asked, pushing a large water-filled
jar across to us.
Seeing as Warrior was lost for words, I quickly
replied, 'Er, we're looking for a fighting Petpet...'
'One that will help me fight in the Battledome,'
'Er, I don't think we have anything quite like
that. The closest I can give you is a Crabula.'
'What sort of a Petpet is that?'
'Here he is,' said the shopkeeper, carefully
removing the top from a large glass tank that was partly filled with sand, partly
with water. The Kougra whistled, and the Crabula crawled out of the water, smiling
and waving his pincers eagerly.
'Does he fight with those pincers?' asked Warrior.
'Well, he sneaks up behind people and pinches
them. Then he runs away giggling...'
'Er, I don't think I'd like that one,' said the
Zafara quickly. I was immensely relieved.
'Well, good day to you, then!' replied the Kougra
Our next stop was at the Trading post, where
Warrior and I had to wait in a long queue whilst my other pets went off to see
the Tombola and the Island Mystic. But it all came to nothing- no one had any
suitable Petpets they wanted to trade.
'There must be at least one Petpet out there
who I'd like,' grumbled Warrior as we got ready to leave, laden with some Jellied
Eggs and a Mau Codestone that Yvetnika had won from the Tombola, and an Eitchtwoo
Melon that Princess and Felitha had bought from the Tropical Foods Shop for
us all to share.
'Where do we go next?' everyone demanded between
I tried to think. 'Uhhh... how about Tyrannia?'
'Okay!' said Warrior, despite the water that
was running down his chin.
'Did you have to get that melon, Felitha?' I
'Of course we did!' replied the mischief-making
Xweetok. 'It was fun, right?'
We took a slice of the Giant Omelette before
making our way into the Tyrannian Jungle. Several Petpets roamed around it,
including about half a dozen Reptilliors. We took great care not to step on
'Ugga a-ugga ugga Petpet?' greeted the Elephante
who ran the store.
Yvetnika, who was good at languages, translated.
'Er, I think he said, "What Petpet would you like to purchase?"'
'Ask him for a fighting Petpet. Go on!' said
'Trugga a-ugga Battledome?' asked the Ixi.
'Ahhh!' The Elephante's face cleared. 'Tyrugga
Gruslen,' he mumbled to himself before turning and running into the trees.
Warrior looked at Yvetnika, confused. 'What's
he doing?' asked the Zafara.
'I don't know,' replied Yvetnika.
Shortly after, there was a crashing noise as
the Elephante returned. He was carrying a small Petpet resembling a Kougra on
'Ugga kyrugga Gruslen?' he asked, pushing it
across to Yvetnika.
Warrior reached out to stroke the cute little
Petpet, but jumped back in alarm as the Gruslen snapped out at him angrily with
its two front teeth.
'What the...?' said Warrior. 'What sort of a
Petpet is that?'
'Trugga a-ugga qugga Gruslen wrugga,' explained
the Elephante. 'Ugga,' he apologised.
'He said that Gruslens may look cute, but you
must treat them well or they'll bite you. He said he's sorry,' translated Yvetnika.
'Tell him I just want to go before some crazy
Reptillior or Searex disfigures my spikes,' said Warrior.
'Kyrugga, trugga. Ugga a-ugga Petpets?'
'Trugga a-ugga Happy Valley!'
So off we went to Terror Mountain to try and
find a Petpet for Warrior.
It was snowing heavily, even in Happy Valley.
We first all bought some Bubble Gum Slushies before visiting Wintery Petpets.
The Bruce shopkeeper smiled at us from under several thick jumpers and a long
'Hello!' he said. 'What can I do for you?'
'Do you have any Petpets who will fight for me
in the Battledome?' piped up Warrior from behind his slushie.
'Fight?' squeaked the Bruce. 'Of course not!
What a horrible sport fighting is! Ice-skating is much better. I remember when
I was just a young Neopet...'
'Do you know anyone who might sell any fighting
Petpets?' interrupted Warrior impatiently.
'Really! I don't associate with that class of
Neopet, young man. Now be off with you. Shoo!'
'Next stop?' asked Princess as we ran away from
a furious Bruce who was struggling to shout through a mouthful of snow.
'How about Robot Petpets?' suggested Felitha.
'No, I want a live petpet. No offence, Alfie,'
said Warrior quickly.
'Ye Olde Petpets, then,' suggested Yvetnika.
We made our way to Meridell. As we arrived there,
we walked past some famous Neopian landmarks, such as Illusen's Glade, King
Skarl's Castle, and Turmaculus.
'Don't ask your Petpet to wake Turmaculus up,
Warrior, once you have him!' I laughed.
The blue Ixi greeted all of us, especially Yvetnika,
as we walked into Ye Olde Petpets.
'Have you any Fighting Petpets for sale?' asked
'I am most sorry to grieve thee, but there are
none here for thou,' said the Ixi, then at the look of disappointment on my
Zafara's face, she quickly said, 'Would a Whinny suit thee instead, dost thou
think? 'Tis the closest we have to what thou desirest...'
She brought out the miniature version of a Meridell
steed. Warrior examined the little Petpet gently.
'I'm not sure, Mum,' he said helplessly. 'He's
lovely, but I'm just not sure whether he would be my friend or not!'
'Can you - er- keep him for us for a tick? Then
if we don't find anything we like by the end of today, we'll come back and buy
him,' I said.
'I shalt keep him for thee, then. Don't fret,'
said the Ixi to Warrior, 'there shalt always be one petpet to be thy soul friend,
'Well then, Neopia Central?' I asked as soon
as we left the shop.
The Neopian capital was full of people, and we
had to hold hands to avoid losing each other in the dense crowds. Finally, we
squeezed our way into the Petpet store and greeted the friendly Usul at the
'Hi. Do you have any Petpets for sale who might
fight in the Battledome?'
'I'm really not too sure about that,' she giggled.
'The Petpets we sell here are sold for a variety of reasons, such as finding
treats for their owners or just being eye candy, but none of ours are suited
to fighting for their owners. Sorry!'
We all felt rather despondent after that, so
I bought everyone (including myself) a treat at the Chocolate Factory to cheer
us all up.
Warrior ticked off the places we hadn't visited
on his fingers.
'The Haunted Woods, the Lost Desert, Faerieland,
and if there's nothing there, then I guess we'll just have to- leave it,' he
'You're forgetting the Whinny we reserved back
in Meridell,' I reminded him.
'But he won't actually fight for me.'
'Any Petpet can fight for you, if you train it
'Oh!' Warrior sucked on his candy cane and cheered
up. 'Alright, then!'
He soon sobered up again once we entered the
Haunted Woods. The Brain Tree and the Esophagor yelled at us for failing their
quests, we heard some quiet footsteps behind us, and a ghostly hand tapped Felitha
on the back, making her jump.
We approached the Petpet Store, and the Halloween
Cybunny who ran the store greeted us with a glare and a hiss.
'Do you have any fighting petpets for sale?'
The shopkeeper stared at us. 'For Battledoming?
No. They might scare with their looks, though.'
'Well- to the Lost Desert, then!' I said, trying
to sound cheerful.
Peopatra greeted Princess cheerfully. 'Ah, another
Peophin! How nice to see you. Are you looking for a Petpet?'
'Have you any fighting Petpets for sale, Peopatra?'
'None, I am afraid. They are very rare nowadays.
Are you sure you would not like another type? How about this Ghoti?'
Warrior looked keenly at the delicate creature.
'How much is she?'
'I'll give you a bargain. 6783Np! Fair?'
'Er, just one thing,' said Warrior. 'We live
in Maraqua, so would we need a tank?'
Peopatra's face fell. 'Maraqua? Oh no, sir! It
means that you can't have her.'
'But why not?' muttered Warrior.
'I am sorry. It's not my fault. Maraquan waters
are too warm for Ghoti. If you kept her there, she would grow very ill.'
'Goodbye then,' sighed my Zafara.
Our final stop was Faerieland. I asked the kind
Faerie at the counter about the Petpets, as Warrior clearly had a lump in his
'Will any of your Petpets fight in the Battledome?'
Warrior burst into tears. The Earth Faerie's
face fell in horror. 'Oh, have I said something wrong?'
'We've been searching all day and we still can't
find one,' I explained.
'Don't worry, just go and visit my Yurble friend
at Legendary Petpets. She sells Petpets called Alabriss, who can fly and fight
in the Battledome. But hurry if you want one, her store closes early!'
Warrior would not speak as we rushed into Faerie
City, and into the portal that led into Altador. Only when we arrived at Legendary
Petpets did he talk.
'D-do you have any Alabriss for sale?'
'Yes, I have one left. She's 19,875NP if you
want her- I've reduced her price slightly.'
And so we bought the Alabriss, who Warrior christened
Toni on the spot.
Warrior's face was the perfect definition of
happiness all the way back to Maraqua. Toni wouldn't stop flying around, too,
and she understands Warrior perfectly.
As Warrior himself put it, 'I've found my true
friend because we know each other...'
If you're reading this, I got into the NT. :) So yay for me, Warrior_of_violence,