One day, Leo, the Baby Yurble and his friend, Max, the Baby
Lupe, were having a conversation.
"Have you ever wondered where the Lever of Doom
hand takes the Neopoints? What happens to the Neopoints? People may pay a whole
lot for the avatar..." Max stated.
"Yeah, I mean, I always get knocked off my feet,
and never pay attention to where the hand goes. I wonder..." Leo replied.
So, the two young Neopets decided to explore.
"How will we find out?" Leo inquired.
"Well, if only one of us goes in, that would
be easy, but with the two of us, we're going to need a big, sturdy metal pole
or something..." Max replied.
The two young Neopets thought for a bit. Then
they heard the Space Defense merchant yell, "Transporter helmets going for cheap!
Buy them now!"
Max and Leo exchanged looks. Max exclaimed,
"That's IT! One of us will pull the lever, use the helmet, and then we jump
in. Worst case scenario, the one who's pulling the lever is caught off guards,
but then whoever it is can always try again."
Leo thought for a bit. "Um... ok, I guess I'll
The Yurble and Lupe walked up to the lever.
They looked around. Nobody was looking at them. Max got ready; Leo started pulling
the lever as he thought of one more question. What if the area behind the lever
was a drop, or worse, into space? It was too late. The next moments blurred
by. Max jumped in, Leo dodged the hand and leapt in after his friend, and the
door slammed shut. A pair of gleaming red eyes that neither pet noticed glistened
from a dark hall in the station.
Max yelled in surprise as he dropped down the
dark tunnel. He was soon joined by Leo. Finally, their drop ended with a thump
as they landed on a mat. A light was off in the distance. Leo and Max cautiously
walked toward the light. A loud voice boomed. "Who dares enter the Lair of Doom?"
The two pets quivered, but finally Max worked
up enough courage to answer, "I-I, Max the Lupe and my friend, L-Leo."
Suddenly, red lights flashed and alarms blared.
A mechanical voice repeated, "No one who is not Sloth may enter."
From the walls of the room appeared blasters,
no doubt to annihilate any intruders. The two pets ran toward the door with
lasers skimming their fur, and an acrid smell filled the air. They panted in
exhaustion and relief as they listened to the voice redundantly repeat, "No
one who is not Sloth may enter."
"That was too close for comfort," Leo said.
"Yeah," Max agreed, "But what's this about Sloth?
I thought he was gone."
"I don't know, but I have a feeling that it's
not good," Leo replied.
Max chuckled, "Since when does Sloth do anything
good? Well anyways, we have to find out what's going on, and get out of here
to warn everyone!"
Leo looked at his friend, "I don't know, it
seems so dangerous here."
"Look, Leo, we can't go out the way we came
in, the only way we're going anywhere and getting out is by going on, now let's
go see what else is behind the lever, and about those Neopoints," Max said.
"I should have never come," Leo muttered.
"We've never had a fight. Let's not have one
now, when we need each other the most." Max replied.
There was a thump as another entered the secret
room. Max and Leo looked at each other, and dashed under some nearby stairs
to hide. Sloth walked in, sneering. He looked around. "Come out, come out, wherever
you are. I know you're in here."
The two Baby pets quivered in fright, trying
to hold their breath. Sloth's gaze passed over there hiding place, and he frowned.
He crossed the room and looked around where the two Neopets were hiding as Leo
and Max tried to squish themselves against the cool metal of the stairway. Sloth
decided that the meddling little Neopets he saw must be hiding somewhere else.
He turned and climbed up the stairwell, his footsteps echoing in the silence.
At last Max and Leo decided that he was gone, and took a relieved breath. Max
turned to face Leo and whispered, "I guess you're right about this being dangerous,
but we have to find out what's going on."
Leo nodded, and together, they crept up the
stairs. Reaching the top, they found a door locked tightly shut. Behind the
door, they heard murmuring voices. Max and Leo put their ears to the door and
listened intently. "-eady to take the next step. All of the villains from every
plot have gathered here today, as you probably all know now. We shall use this
ray to control minds of every influential being in Neopia!"
Max whispered to Leo, "That sounds like Sloth."
Leo nodded. Another voice gruffly said, "So
we will each get to rule over what we attempted to take over?"
Sloth answered, "Yes, yes, of course, but I
will rule everything that's not taken, since I am the mastermind behind this...
"How about that fool, Darigan?" a third voice,
"He was not called to this meeting, and he will
probably end up being controlled by my ray, as I believe he will join Meridell
to fight us," Sloth replied. "There is no way to shut the ray off, as I have
sealed away the controls to shut it down," Sloth snickered.
"Where is this ray of yours, Sloth?" Kass asked.
"Ah, I suppose it's safe to tell you all about
it as it needs a code and my fingerprints, not to mention a scan of my retina
to start up. It's in the main control room, next to my money making device,"
Max signaled Leo. "We gotta go there."
They walked in a dark, dank, cold corridor to
the control room. They passed by the Treasure room and gaped at all the Neopoints
that were there, piles upon piles. "We can try to get some later," Max hissed.
"We have to get to the ray and destroy it somehow."
Sloth's ray was humongous. The baby pets cowered
in its shadow. Then Max stood up and circled around the ray, looking for some
way to get rid of it. He slammed his little furry body against it, but to no
"Looking for something?" Sloth sneered.
Max whirled around, Sloth was holding a whimpering
Leo. "Now, I've got you two!"
Max growled at Sloth. If only Leo could get
away. Then I could - no, we could do something. Wait! The Transporter Helmet!
If only Leo could get it out and put it on... "Why don't you stop your scheme
before I transport you into the Splat-a-Sloth tube? Leo, bike."
Leo stared at Max. Bike? Transport Sloth? Oh!
He must mean for me to get the Transporter Helmet! Sloth glared at Max, but
taking his attention off of Leo was a mistake. In a flash, Leo stood next to
Max, and the Baby Neopets ran in different directions, around Sloth. Sloth spun
around, trying to decide which pet to go after. He fired his Sludge gun all
around, turning his lab to sludge. Then Leo and Max ran in front of the ray,
Sloth, in his frenzy, fired, and Max and Leo ducked, and the ray became one
big, smelly pile of sludge. "Nooooo! My ray, my beautiful ray!" Sloth screamed.
Max and Leo ran by Sloth, knocking him over,
and then stopped. How would they get out? Max looked around, and Leo pointed
at the treasure chamber. "Leo, this is no-" Max began, but then he saw the hand
creeping in. Leo and Max bounded towards the steel hand, and took a large leap,
landing on it as it began to ascend. Oh please let someone be using the lever,
oh please. There was. Max and Leo came crashing out... on top of their owner.
"Wha-?" their owner was startled, "How long have you been there, and why?"
Max and Leo looked at each other again. "Oh,
we were just playing and curious," they said at the same time.
"Playing what?" their owner asked.