Escape from Kreludor: Part Two
9:16 PM NST
The concert was absolute chaos. Neopets ran everywhere, some even hurried to
the stage. The band, the special Twisted Roses, were missing! These was one
of the best bands and they were gone. Something was wrong. Something
was defiantly wrong.
Zinc pushed his way through the crowd, fighting
to the stage. It was a trick. A joke, a stunt. Neopets didn’t just vanish
like that. There was probably a trap door, they were going to appear any minute.
The Twisted Roses weren’t girls to mess with. As he got closer to the stage,
Zinc thought, it must be 10 minutes now, surely they would have reappeared.
Part of me feels like there is something wrong here… Zinc hurried to the
stage. Nobody there. The lights turned black again and it was dark in Neopia
Central. When the lights returned, more than half of crowd was missing. It was
silent as the remaining audience looked around in horror. They were gone. First
the band, now the audience. Zinc flipped around. A Zafara had been behind him
a minute ago, looking at the stage carefully. She was gone, and he was the only
one left on the stage. Zinc looked around worriedly into the crowd. His little
brother Tornado was gone. They had taken him…whoever they were. He was going
to find him. Zinc was going to find them.
SS Quadrant 835
5:12 AM NST
Virtupets Space Station
Sadie’s hand froze over the red button. It had been there for the past half
hour or so, as its owner thought. The only reason she couldn’t press it officially
was because of the recruiting job she was currently on. Sadie was a high member
of the Resistance. She was allowed to press the button. The lives of those two
Neopets were in danger. But her job was at stake and she had to keep that job.
Next time, for sure, she was going to be picked as the agent going on the mission.
Yes, she should press that button. What was stopping her? Her job was sitting
dead center in the path. The chance to get that jerk Sloth back for what he
had done to her sister. But the others mattered more…right?
9:18 PM NST
The crowd was in a state of absolute panic. The remaining Neopets were crazed
with fear; bumping into each other and running madly, looking for a way to escape,
to get away, not to be caught. Screams should’ve been filling the air, but it
was unusually quiet…disturbingly quiet.
Zinc couldn’t think straight. He hadn’t been
scared a moment ago, but now fear started to grip him. Everything was danger,
he felt like he was trapped, doomed to something horrible. What in Fyora was
going on? Where was the Chia Police Force? They were supposed to be protecting
the edges of the concert and keeping wild fans back from the Roses’ stage. The
Chias in their glossy blue hats were no where to be seen.
In the past minute, more of the crowd had been
mysteriously abducted. There were only 20 or so Neopets left, Zinc was among
them. The Pirate Shoyru was the only one on the stage. The only one on the
stage…hmmm… Zinc grabbed a nearby mike and shouted,
“Everybody freeze!” The Neopets stopped immediately,
staring up towards him with scared, confused faces. “Everybody just calm down.
Don’t think about it, just--”
“My family has been taken! How in Tyrannia am
I supposed to be calm?!” As this shout arose from a Kacheek, others joined in.
Zinc was trying, but they just wouldn’t stop. The lights started to flicker,
and Zinc looked around wildly, that wasn’t a good sign. Suddenly, he noticed
a bulky figure in the shadows of the street lights. It was big, and green with
horrible eyes staring towards him. Whatever it was, it was bad.
“Shut up!” he screamed into the mike. He had
to get their attention. He had to save the Neopets who were still crazy with
fear. What could he do? There was some…some thing out there ready to
pick them up like a free cookie. Why wouldn’t they listen to him? Zinc’s mind
raced, but someone else was speaking in another mike now.
“You all, listen up! We can still save you!”
Zinc turned towards the other voice, as well as the other Neopets off the stage.
A red Nimmo raised his hand in a calming signal while standing at another mike.
“Just quiet!” They soon silenced and the Nimmo
quickly picked up his mike and brought it over near Zinc’s. He leaned forward
to the mike and said, “Something bad has happened and we all know it. But we’re
not getting anywhere. We’ve all lost somebody or another here and we’re not
getting them back any faster by standing here. This obviously isn’t safe, we
need to get to a building. Now, I know I’m not the only one who saw those lights
flicker just now. They’re going to do it again, we’ve got to leave now before
The lights went off again. There was a shriek
before it was cut off and muffled.
The lights came back on.
Zinc and the Nimmo were the only ones left.
SS Quadrant 835
5:16 AM NST
Virtupets Space Station
“CODE RED! SYSTEM MONITERS HAVE BEEN ALERTED! CODE RED! CODE RED! REPORT IMMEDIATELY
TO QUADRANT 835! HIGH MEMBER SADIE HAD DEMANDED CODE RED! CODE RED!”
* * *
9:23 PM NST
“By Fyora, I’d never think that I’d be breaking into a store so I could hide
from some danger at a concert. Man, I love music, and for a good band to be
taken like that. Gosh, I’m glad though it wasn’t Chomby and the Fungus Balls
taken away, they’re my favorite.”
Zinc just stared at the Nimmo. He was making
it seem as if the kidnapping had been nothing at all! But as the Shoyru watched
the Nimmo some more, he realized that the other Neopet was not okay with it.
He seemed nervous and a little scared. But the Nimmo came over to Zinc and stuck
out a hand.
“Nice to meet ya. So, were you with anybody at
“Yeah. My little brother, Tornado. He sure acted
“Really? I was with my little sister Jerdana.
A pest for sure. So, did you see anything? You know, before…I mean…while we
were on the stage…before the others…you know…got…got…”
Zinc understood what Prozzie was trying to say.
The Nimmo couldn’t bring himself to say “abducted”, and neither could Zinc.
There was a touch of finality to that word, like there was no hope and it was
evil. It was evil, though. He was about to shake his head when he remembered
the thing in the shadows.
“Actually, there was something. Big, green, mean,
and ugly. Evil looking eyes, too,” Zinc said. Prozzie thought for a moment before
starting to rifle through the stacks of the books. Zinc felt bad; he knew how
important books were. At least Prozzie was reading them, just glancing at the
covers. He finally dragged an old, dusty book from under the counter.
“Aaah,” the Nimmo said and opened the book. Zinc
peered over his shoulder, and was surprised the book didn’t vanish as a second
Neopet began to read. The Pirate Shoyru didn’t understand why number figures
were lined up next to writing. But Prozzie did.
“Look!” he exclaimed, pointing to some writing.
“It’s an entry book! Like…like some sort of account thing. It lists all the
purchases made that day. Check this one out: ‘Tomorrow someone else will be
taking care of the store. A friendly Jetsam agreed to take care of it while
I rest for a day. Isn’t that kind?’ That was yesterday. Now look at this one:
it’s in different writing, it’s from earlier today, and it sounds sort of suspicious:
‘Today I received the order. Abduc--Alpha Squad 37 came in to pick up the book
from M.C. Codeword message: Will buy the shoes tonight and send them through
the mill to the Grooming Parlour. End of message.’ Sounds weird, eh? Look how
he wrote ‘abduc’ before rewriting ‘alpha’. Hold on a minute,” Prozzie continued
saying, before he walked away to search through the bookshelves.
Zinc pulled the entry book closer. Huh…weird.
What did M.C. stand for? He couldn’t think of anything, maybe it wasn’t in Neopia
Central. Probably not, with a weird message like that. And codeword? Hmmm…definitely
weird. A secret message was highly suspicious, but codewords…bad. It meant they
were doing something bad or very secretive, and they had to hide it from others…Grooming
Parlour! Zinc was all ready to go off and check there when Prozzie stopped him
by appearing from behind a huge stack of books.
“Hang on a sec, Zinc. Why would the Parlour want
shoes? Think about that. And what mill are they talking about? There isn’t a
mill anywhere nearby. I think those shoes are something else…secret…illegal.
Grooming Parlour is probably the same place as M.C., but they had to code it
differently to throw anybody else reading the entry. And think about this, Zinc:
how many friendly Jetsams do [i]you[/i] know?” Prozzie vanished again among
the books, like he was looking for a particular one.
His words puzzled Zinc, and he sat down upon
a pile of books. His stomach rumbled, and with a pang Zinc remembered that he
hadn’t eaten anything before the concert. He was exhausted now, but how could
he possibly go to sleep when there were things right outside ready to kidnap
him and eat him or Fyora only knows what? Tonight was really getting to him.
SS Quadrant 835
7:30 AM NST
Virtupets Space Station
“What am I supposed to do about you, Sadie? First, I can’t pick you for the
spy to enter the Corp. even though you’re ten times better then Rexi, even if
she is Shadow. And then next, you receive a plead for help, which required you
to make a hard decision. Any other Member would not have pressed the
code red button…but you did. You shouldn’t have done that Sadie but…but I don’t
like thinking about what would’ve happened if you hadn’t done that Sadie. That
was right what you did, but you shouldn’t have…and we both know that. You deserve
promoting, but would the board say? You’re just…I don’t know,” Luther said as
he walked around, his claws clenched. But he didn’t seem angry, just a little
Sadie watched him. She had watched on the monitor.
They had sent fast and good agents out and they had rescued the Ruki in the
nick of time. They had rescued the Ruki in the nick of time. Sadie felt
like punching herself. She should have pressed it sooner, there should have
been no question in whether to press it or not. Who was waiting at home for
that Lupe? Who was watching the clock tick and starting to wonder if the Lupe
would ever come back? Who had already realized something bad had happened…and
found out that the Lupe would never come back?
7:30 AM NST
“Wake up Zinc, you slept like an Elephante.”
The Pirate Shoyru’s eyes fluttered open to see
a brown ceiling. His ceiling wasn’t brown…it was blue. His bed didn’t feel like
a bunch of hard stuff. Felt like books…Zinc sat up with a start. The events
of last night poured into his head, and he saw Prozzie sitting cross-legged
on a chair.
“Where’d ya find that?” Zinc asked sleepily,
rubbing an eye. Prozzie pointed behind Zinc and said,
Zinc whipped around to see the blue Nimmo of
the bookstore smiling at him. Zinc cocked his head. Had they really been there
all night? The last thing he remembered was asking Prozzie if he had any rubber
bands. Why would he need rubber bands? Zinc couldn’t recall why he needed them
so he turned to the blue Nimmo and said,
“Sorry we had to break into your store. Did Prozzie
tell you about…everything?” The Nimmo nodded and Zinc continued, “I need to
find my little brother. He was kidnapped by them. Is there anyone, anyone
who could help me find him?” The Nimmo nodded again and leaned towards Zinc
over the counter.
“You should try the Resistance up at the Virtupets
Station. They’ll help you out no matter what. A new squad of Chia Police had
come on up, they’re investigating the whole place. Some huge kidnappers were
there, nobody else out there. I can get you a ride. You ready?”
Zinc nodded, and Prozzie let out a hearty “yes,
I need to find those scum brains who took my sis!”. The Bookstore Nimmo smiled
at this, and turned away to contact some people who could give the new friends
a ride to the Station.
To be continued...