Destination: Kreludor - Part Two
"Come on!" Rena begged. "Do those funny voices you always
do when we play circus! You're, like, the best ventriloquist ever!"
"This is not a circus," the Kougra said darkly.
He would probably have to do it in the end, but it didn't hurt to be stubborn.
His pride wouldn't let him be so submissive.
"Please?" the Grundo asked, putting on the puppy
eyes. Then she grew impatient and stomped with her foot lightly, "Come on!"
"Okay! Fine!" Grumpily the red pet did some funny
noises, and the security personnel walked off in the opposite direction to examine
them. Matthew threw a look at little Reen, who was about to burst into laughter.
He rolled his eyes and dragged her to the door.
"It's locked," Rena stated, looking at the shiny
"Why would they bother with a lock when they've
got guards?" the Kougra commented. He took a close look at the intricate design.
Then he looked at the ground and noticed that one of the two Mutant Grundos
who had just left because of the funny noise had dropped a laser blaster sort
"Stand back and watch," Matt said confidently
to his friend as he grabbed the blaster. He closed one eye and aimed. A few
seconds later, a pool of silvery liquid formed on the floor. The lock was nowhere
to be seen.
"Stupid," the White Grundo commented as an alarm
activated. She grabbed Matt's arm and dragged him inside. When they saw the
huge spaceship, they stopped. Both of them gasped in unison and looked at each
other. Rena's eyes were shining with excitement as she grabbed her friend even
tighter while running toward their new toy to play with.
"Wow..." Rena trailed off as she touched the
outer parts of the spaceship. She noticed that 'X2000' was written in slimy
green letters just above her. Ugh... Was that Sloth guy so obsessed with green,
black and metal?
A loud noise startled the Grundo. She turned
around and saw Matt pushing a button. A stair rolled down automatically, drowning
out the noise of the alarm. A red carpet rolled down, and a programmed music
fanfare played. Rena had never felt so powerful before. She could totally understand
why Sloth liked all those cool things.
Grabbing her friend, the Grundo started walking
down (or rather, up) the carpeted stair.
"Don't grab me," the Kougra protested as she
practically dragged him along.
"Don't you don't me!" Rena exclaimed with shining
eyes. She smiled at her friend and said, "You know, every lady needs an escort!"
"Since when were you a lady?" she heard Matt
mutter under his breath, but Rena ignored it. Suddenly she heard some steps
with her sensitive Grundo ears. Perhaps some of Sloth's minions were coming?
Worried, the Grundo sped up, and the music did likewise.
All that pompousness was gone. Rena rushed up
the stairs with Matt dangling from her arm, fearing that the minions would discover
them any second now. She jumped the last foot and landed safely inside the spacecraft.
A loud booming noise, and the door closed. The
two friends could hear the metal stair fall to the ground with a loud clank
and realized that they didn't have much time. They started to bicker about whose
fault it was until they heard some loud shooting noises.
"They're here!" the Grundo whispered excitedly
as she raced towards the left of the two seats in the front. "We'd better leave!"
Sighing, the Kougra followed her. He sat down
in the right seat and looked at all the buttons, levers and gauges. Not only
were they many, but they were also colorful. Bright colors sparkled everywhere.
Another few noises returned him to reality. He
saw what little Reen was doing, trying to figure out which button to push. He
rolled his eyes and reached out his arm, which just happened to push a button.
Almost screeching, the ship started to move.
It accelerated quicker than anything the two pets had tried before. Little Reen
let out a few screams of terror before the speed was fast enough to make her
fall right in her seat. A safety belt came out of nowhere and wrapped around
her as she stared in amazement.
Silver... Silver... The door was there, but it
wasn't opening. Even with the loud noise, she could hear the security personnel
shooting at them with laser blasters. Rena shuddered as the big door came closer.
Perhaps this hadn't been such a good idea, going to Kreludor and informing those
poor Grundos. But Rena knew deep inside that she wasn't the person to stand
and watch evil take over the world. If it would come down to it, yes, then she
would try and fight against the evil.
Kablam! Rena opened her eyes. She realized that
she had closed her eyes when the door got too close for comfort. She looked
behind and saw through the clear glass that they had broken through the door.
A nice print by X2000 had been left in the Space Station. The Grundo would've
giggled and imagined what faces old funny Sloth would wear when he saw the hole,
but she couldn't. It was a serious mission, and she shouldn't be joking.
Speaking of the doctor...
Dr. Sloth, villain extraordinaire, had been sitting
in his chair and sipping the ultra coffee of doom when he heard the alarm. His
sensitive ears immediately curled back and he slapped the table, roaring in
"What in the world is going on?" Sloth shouted
at a poor Grundo henchman.
"Err..." the little Grundo trailed off. "I don't
"Hmph," the villain frowned. "Useless." He looked
around quickly and grabbed a pair of earmuffs in order to protect his ears.
To his horror, they were in the worst color possible. Pink.
Grumpily Sloth put them on, aware of the fact
that a villain always had to look good. But who could possibly look handsome
in a black cape and pink earmuffs? Sloth rolled his eyes as he stepped out of
his office, ready to yell at those useless minions to actually do something
instead of just running around in panic.
An idea hit him, and Sloth poked his head inside
his office. He glared at the Grundo for a minute or two, while the poor thing
shivered. Finally the Doctor said in a deep voice, "Clean up the mess."
Sloth's office was messy. It hadn't been good
before the alarm, with all those pencils and darts at that Space Faerie Poster.
The alarm had caused Sloth to jump, thus knocking the container of coffee across
the floor. Some of his most important documents had been stained with brown
latte. Sloth sighed as he saw his extra just-in-case-the-regular-cape-was-destroyed
cape ruined by the same coffee that he had sipped earlier. He made a mental
note to take it to Jhudora at the next villain meet.
Villain extraordinaire walked out of his office
with pink earmuffs. Even though he couldn't hear them, he could see that they
were laughing at his odd attire. Sloth rolled his eyes, but didn't flash his
cheesy grin. Couldn't they see an evil genius even if he was clad in pink earmuffs?
"Doctor Sloth!" someone shouted. A Mutant Grundo
came up to Sloth and nervously told him the bad news. The poor Grundo was squeezed
as panicked members of Sloth's team of minions ran around.
It was a bedlam. To his irritation, those pink
earmuffs blocked out everything. He wondered if it was a good idea to take them
off, but decided against it when he saw the red lights. To hear nothing was
better than hearing the alarm. Since he couldn't hear the Grundo, Sloth simply
walked away. He unfolded the map and walked towards hallway H3026 where he had
been about an hour ago.
He noticed some streams of light, and realized
that someone was using the newest version of the laser blasters. Anger bubbled
as he saw the remains of his new lock. Sloth walked inside the room where spacecraft
X2000 supposedly should've been. Instead of a nice, shiny spaceship, there were
a bunch of Grundo battlers shooting at... a hole?
A hole had been made of his newest invention,
the keep-everything-out/in door! At that moment, Dr. Sloth's face was just the
one that Rena had imagined.
It took Sloth a few seconds to regain control
of himself. He shouted orders to the Grundos as he looked for the chief of them
all. Sloth sighed, regretting the fact that he hadn't forced the Grundo Commander
to double-check everything. If they had done that, surely they would've caught
those two pets. The security team had been slacking off, and this was the result.
Sloth made another few mental notes regarding hard training for all of his minions.
Sure, he wanted was the best, but just as he had feared, this was another display
telling him that the people surrounding him had to be good too.
Sloth took out a can of Neocola and gulped it
down. He felt refreshed as he saw the chief of Grundos running towards him.
Being a villain was hard. Running a crazy place like this was even worse. With
a last sigh, Dr. Sloth got out of his pool of self-pity and faced one of the
biggest Mutant Grundo of Neopia.
"Please accept our apology regarding this matter..."
the Grundo began, but Sloth interrupted him.
"Stupid, useless, insolent, lazy fools!" he screamed
and the Grundo jumped several meters. Then Sloth's evil red eyes calmed down
a little bit, and he continued. "Prepare X2002. We're going after them."
"Prototype X2002? The one that is hardly fin--"
the chief said, but stopped when Sloth pointed towards the door at opposing
the broken door.
"Stop talking and start walking," Sloth snapped.
The chaos hadn't ended, but he was back to his old self. "I believe that this
won't take longer than a few minutes." Strangely enough he felt somewhat insulted
by those pets, breaking in and stealing his newest finished project. They deserved
a lesson. A lesson that they would remember for the rest of their lives.
"Um... As you wish," the Grundo said as he walked
towards the door. "Which pilot will you have? Pilot SC098?"
"No," Sloth said with a glint of evil in his
eyes, "I'll be the pilot. "
To be continued...