Escape from Kreludor: Part Five
Data Quadrant 272
8:27 AM NST
She saw him.
The electric Ixi looked through the vent in the
side of the tunnel. She recognized the quadrant immediately. This was where
Agent Trinity went down. It was also where Sloth had his private meetings.
Sadie leaned forward, listening and watching.
Sloth was storming around the table, like he had done before. Commander Gormos
stood there, stiff and tall. Good agent, he was doing a good job of fooling
that cabbage-headed jerk. She half expected to see Dr. Frank Sloth slam a newspaper
on the table, but he just smiled.
"My plan is genius, wonderful, perfect! The concert
kidnapping…oh! Perfection. More mutants for my little army, hehe! This will
teach that Neopets Team who they're dealing with. Nobody cancels my plot!" and
in a sudden fit of rage, he brought his fist down on the table. Then he calmed
down, and laughed softly.
"Hehehe…this will be my greatest plan. And I
don't need foolish to help me out. The Space Faerie isn't even here to protect
those stupid little munchkins. I think we're about ready, Gormos. Let's go the
control room, I want to watch them all get zapped. Make sure that Skeith Quadron
is there, he knows how to fix the outcome of the Ray. Come along Commander,
we're about to have fun." With an evil grin, Sloth left the room, the Kougra
trailing in his wake. Sadie quickly looked around, before following them through
the ventilation systems.
8:29 AM NST
Zinc watched as the Skeith talked to himself while he fiddled with the buttons.
The Pirate Shoyru tried to see what was out the window, but it was still just
a bulky shape.
"Hmm…who are the victims today? Ah, those stupid
Neopets from the Twisted Roses Concert in Neopia Central? Hmm…he wants all mutants.
No sludge. Pity, it's always quite funny when they're squirming under the big
ray one minute, and then turned into a pile of sludge the next! Hehe, just funny
to think about it."
Click. Click. Click.
Zinc's head whipped around as he heard the noise.
There was something else coming down the ventilation. He crouched down, backing
away from the vent so the light wouldn't fall on him. He grabbed his radio and
looked at it. There was a round, red button labeled "HELP". He pressed it.
He suddenly heard a beeping noise and a quiet,
computerized voice saying:
"Radio User 3 needs help. Is located…3 feet ahead."
Out of the shadows, Sadie appeared. She was staring
at her radio as well. She looked around, but she still couldn't see Zinc who
"Zinc…Zinc!" she hissed. "Get out here, you're
Radio User 3. What are you looking at?" Zinc came out of hiding and showed Sadie
the vent. As they looked, Sloth and Gormos entered the room. The Skeith Quadron
looked up and smiled, a horrible smile.
"Ah, sirs, it's so nice to see you again. We're
just about to send them through the Ray, sir. I've got them all on mutants,
no faeries or anything today, sir," Quadron said. Sloth stepped forward and
glared at the Skeith.
"Tell me why, again, that I had a faerie Peophin
appear under my lab Ray," Sloth said with an evil tone. The Skeith thought a
moment before smiling sickly.
"That incompetent mutant Grundo, Gragon, wanted
a try in the controls sir. Since he was a mutant, I obeyed him because it is
right, you always say to obey mutants, sir. He messed it up, just like messed
up retrieving the Lupe and Ruki for you sir. I think he should have a chance
under the Ray, I've got the sludge button ready, sir," he replied. Zinc sucked
in his breath. The liar. He just wanted to get back at the Grundo for their
fight a few minutes ago. Sloth smiled back and stepped forward to the window,
and motioned Commander Gormos to get closer.
"This is a sight to see Gormos, please watch
Sadie and Zinc watched in disbelief as the light
for the window as turned on and they saw the lab ray. It was pointed at a nervous
Kacheek, shifting around, staring at the huge Ray pointed at him with frightened
eyes. He held his hands above his head, as if he was going to try and protect
himself. Zinc squinted, the Kacheek looked familiar. As the Ray was repositioning,
Zinc realized where he knew him from. He was the Kacheek who had stopped Zinc
from speaking. If it wasn't for that Kacheek, some Neopets could be saved right
The Pirate Shoyru started fiddling with the vent,
he had to get it open and stop them. He clawed at it and stuck his fingers in
the lock, trying to get it open. He turned to Sadie who looked just as helpless.
Sadie turned away as there was a loud buzzing sound. Zinc stared as the red
beam got bigger and bigger…and suddenly, the yellow Kacheek wasn't standing
any more. A grotesque mutant stood in its place, and it got off the podium with
a sick, evil grin. There was a whimpering noise and Zinc turned to look. Sadie
was huddled in a ball, rocking back and forth silently in the tunnel. She wouldn't
look at Zinc, she just stared at the metal flooring of the ventilation.
"Sadie…what's wrong?" Zinc asked, turning away
from the vent as a scared Techo was being led up to the podium by a Mutant Grundo.
Sadie didn't look to the Shoyru as she whispered,
"He did that…he did that to her. I was here,
right here in this ventilation. She was brought up to the podium, and then that
Sloth reached down and pressed the button. And she was gone, just like that.
My sweet little Aisha sister…gone…gone just like that. She started snarling
and they took her away. He did that…he did it…and he's doing it again. It's
hopeless. I can't watch. After all these years and I haven't done anything more
to stopping it. I can't stop it…I can't. There's no way…no way to get rid of
him. Beat him as much as you like but he's always back for more with his ray…to
hurt someone else's loved one."
Zinc could only watch as Sadie squeezed her eyes
shut, and a single tear trickled out unto the metal. Zinc wanted to do something,
but he could think of nothing. He turned back to the vent. He had to get in
there. To do something. He pushed with all his might…the vent didn't
budge. He pulled it back towards him, but the vent stayed firm. Maybe Crash
would be able to help out.
The Pirate Shoyru pulled the radio out and tried
pressing the button "RADIO USER 2". When Sadie's radio didn't ring, he was sure
he had gotten a hold of Crash. He pressed the "TALK" button and held it down
while speaking quietly,
"Crash. This is Zinc. I need your help getting
this vent open. We're at the control room vent. I'll press the help signal so
you can find your way here, over."
8:34 AM NST
"Crash, this is Zinc. At control room with Sadie, sending help signal again.
"Crash, this is Zinc. At control room with Sadie,
sending help signal again. Over."
Zinc put his head in his hand. So Crash was…he
couldn't bring himself to think it. Thirty minutes ago he was with the Kougra,
and now he was gone. He threw the radio as far as he could down the tunnel,
he didn't hear it hit the metal tunnel, it went so far. What was the use of
coming here? It was dumb, they couldn't rescue those Neopets…they couldn't stop
Sloth…and they had lost somebody for nothing.
Zinc sighed, and leaned back against the wall
of the tunnel. Sadie was watching now, with a grim expression. He didn't want
to watch now, didn't want to see his Gelert brother take the podium. Didn't
want to see Prozzie's littler sister go on the podium. Didn't want to see that
Zafara who had been behind him on the stage go on the podium.
BANG! CRASH! BANG! ZING!
Zinc sat straight up, what was that? He looked
around wildly and saw Sadie's face glued to the vent. She was staring open-mouthed
at the room.
"What was that Sadie?" When she didn't answer,
Zinc moved forward and gasped. There was a red Kougra running around the room
like mad, attacking the Skeith and scarring up his face with claws. The Kougra
was pressing every button he could. Zinc caught a glimpse of the Kougra's face.
Crash was back.
* * *
"Give me that," Zinc instructed, but he had already
taken the small bag of gadgets that Sadie had. He pounded against the vent with
them, which fell out in just a few seconds. He pulled Sadie on his back and
he flew down, it'd be painful to just jump. He dropped Sadie off on Sloth's
head and she rapidly started attacking him. Sadie covered Sloth's eyes with
her hooves and pounding him. The Skeith was screaming as he made a run through
it. Gormos pulled out a laser gun…no more Quadron the Skeith. As Zinc tried
to break open the window to get to the Lab Ray, Commander Gormos began to sneak
away. Right before he left the room, he reached out…and pressed a large red
There was a deflating noise and the beam froze
in its spot. An Elephante sighed with relief, and his knees buckled. There was
cheering as Zinc burst through the window. He saw the two Neopets who had been
turned into mutants just now. There was still time to change them back.
There was a loud crash behind him. Zinc turned
around quickly. Crash had been slammed against the wall, and he was slumped,
with his head hanging down on his chest. Sadie was crushed by a huge, metal
box…and Sloth was dodging out of the room.
* * *
SS Quadrant 835
2:45 PM NST
Virtupets Space Station
They were around the table again, all five of
them. But this time, panic wasn't rushing through their veins, and they weren't
working hard on a code or a message. They weren't rushing. They were just…talking.
Prozzie, the Red Nimmo, was in avid conversation
with Zippy, the Ruki as they were talking about their favorite band, Chomby
and the Fungus Balls who were playing in Neopia Central for a "Welcome Back
Appearance" for the Neopets that were kidnapped.
Lucifer, the Bori in charge of the Resistance,
was talking to somebody on Neopia, on Mystery Island to be exact. He was using
the monitor, so he could see and talk with his correspondent. It sounded like
he was scheduling a vacation.
High Agent Sadie of the Resistance was talking
to Junior Agent Zinc of the Resistance. It was an interesting conversation.
They were talking about their next mission together; they were going to Maraqua
to see how everything was going down there.
Agent Crash Teeth of the Resistance entered the
quadrant and was greeted happily. He sat down to talk with his buddies, Sadie
and Zinc. His head turned out to be okay, just a slight concussion. Sadie turned
out to be okay too, the metal box wasn't heavy at all, and only a rib or two
had been broken. The conversation changed from Maraqua to Sloth.
He got away before I could punch him head on! And then he bluffed by pretending
he was so strong and threw that box at me."
"He still got away Sadie!"
"Shut up Crash, stop teasing me."
"Yeah Crash, stop teasing her. It's not very
nice for an Agent of such high ranking!"
"Hahahahahaha! That was a good imitation Zinc."
"I don't sound like that!"
"So where's the Ray now?"
"In it's secret place, Junior Agent Zinc.
Don't even try and get me tell you the real location."
"Fine, I won't. I was never told, but were there
any more Neopets captured, Crash? Besides the ones at the concert, I mean."
"Yeah. From all over."
"Break it up, you three, Jerdana and Tornado
have been waiting in the rocket for more than an hour now."
"Do we have to go now, Lucifer?"
Resistance Loading Dock 2
3:05 PM NST
Virtupets Space Station
Junior Agent Zinc sat down next to his little
Gelert brother Tornado, who was busy trying to touch every button, but his seat
belt was holding him back.
Behind them, Prozzie and his little Aisha sister
Jerdana were buckling in and shutting their doors.
Tornado could just reach his door, and he slammed
it shut with a loud bang! with an approving smile. Zinc reached out to
close his door when someone stopped him. Zinc looked up and smiled. Lucifer,
Crash, and Sadie were all standing there. Crash saluted the Pirate Shoyru while
"See you later man." He moved back and Lucifer
"Come back in two weeks Zinc, or I'm giving your
mission to Rexi. Have fun back at Neopia Central, Zinc. Good-bye Prozzie, nice
meeting you." He stepped back and left with Crash to go work the controls for
the dock, so they'd be able to get the rocket out. That left Sadie. She stepped
closer so she could see the passengers of the ship better and smiled. Before
she could speak, Zinc said quietly,
"I'm sorry about your sister, Sadie. I can't
imagine how you can live, after your sister being…" Sadie smiled a sad, knowing
smile and replied,
"It wasn't right, and it wasn't fair. But now
I'm somewhere where I can help others, and protect others. This is the place
I want to be, and I've learned to deal with it. Thanks, Zinc." She stuck out
her hand. Zinc reached out and shook it. She stepped back and said,
"I'll see you in a little while, Agent." Zinc
smile as well, and waved before pulling his door shut. He watched his new found
friend step a few paces back. As the engine started revving up, he shouted on
"Bye Sadie!" He turned to the large window in
front of him as he pulled back the levers and took a hold of the steering wheel.
And then, he was off into space, heading towards Neopia Central.
* * *
9:05 PM NST
"Thanks for coming on out, folks! We're here
to welcome back those who were unfortunate and were kidnapped by Dr. Sloth.
The Twisted Roses were feelin' a little down, so we volunteered. C'mon, let's
hear some noise! One two three…make some noise Fungi!" Chomby and the Fungus
Balls began playing their music. There was a loud cheer as they played their
music, and the crowd was happy. They weren't afraid, they felt safe. The Neopian
Security Force had doubled and they were all protecting the edges of the crowd.
Zinc looked around. He saw Neopets who felt better,
who were still a little nervous about being kidnapped again, but they were okay.
They danced and talked to each other, knowing they were fine now. They truly
knew how evil Sloth was, but they were determined not to let him get a hold
of them again.
Zinc saw Prozzie and Zippy in the very front
of the crowd, carrying every Chomby and the Fungus Balls item every time that
had ever been made. Someone tapped him on his shoulder and he turned around
to see the Kacheek.
"Hi!" he shouted above the noise. Zinc nodded
his head in acknowledgement. "I'm sorry I didn't believe you! I feel really
bad! Thanks for saving us though, up on Kreludor! I'm really thankful, thanks
so much sir!" Zinc smiled.
"No problem! Just glad you're okay!" he replied
with a shout. The Kacheek smiled as well, and he melted into the crowd. Zinc
turned back towards the stage, but kept his eye on Tornado who was running through
the crowd trying to annoy everybody. Suddenly, the lights flickered. And the
lights went off. The music stopped. And the crowd stopped cheering. It was deathly
quiet. Zinc's heart began to race. For a moment, the lights stayed off. When
the spotlight lit up the area on stage, the band was still there.