Destination: Kreludor - Part Three
Rena's worried face grew darker and darker the further they
got into space. She looked around nervously at all the buttons and levers, wondering
which ones she should push in order to go to that planet Sloth had talked about
and save the Grundos. Suddenly she regretted that she had gotten her in the first
place, to fly in this scary, dark place...
"Hey! Look! The autopilot button!" Matt said
as he reached out a paw, but the White Grundo slapped it away.
"What if the autopilot takes us back to the Space
Station again?" she asked, elbowing into another button.
"And look what you did, Reen!" the red Kougra
shouted as they whirled around in space. The ship had taken a rollercoaster
ride around some planets.
"AHH!" Rena screamed, clutching to her friend.
Heights weren't a problem, but spinning around was. Matthew rolled his eyes.
He had figured out that sooner or later, little Reen would be scared and grab
him. He carefully disentangled her arms and helped her back to her seat.
"Look," he said, "we're stuck in space and trying
to get to Kreludor."
"Analyzing the situation with that sarcastic
voice doesn't help," Rena said sourly.
"Well, do you see a button with 'Kreludor' on
it? I'm sure that if we push that button, we'll get there..." the Kougra trailed
"Any idiot would know," the White Grundo said.
She looked around, but there was no button with 'Kreludor' on it.
"Maybe there is a map or something," Matt suggested
as he started to look around.
Unfortunately the two pets didn't hear the engine
stop until too late. Rena was the first one who noticed that there weren't any
sounds. She looked outside the glass window and realized that they were falling,
if falling was a possible thing to do in space.
The White Grundo let out a small yelp of fear,
grabbing onto the Kougra. "We're falling! We're falling!" she shouted. Matt,
who had bent down and tried to find all the buttons fell flat on his face because
of the extra weight. The Kougra felt frustrated, not being able to locate any
good things to push or pull. The fact that little Reen had gotten scared and
landed on him made him even angrier. He squirmed; ready to yell when he saw
the Grundo's face.
That scream in his throat stiffened and he gulped.
Rena looked scared. Her pure white face had some tears, and her little body
shivered like a fragile leaf in the autumn wind.
There was no way he could yell at her when she
was like that. Cursing himself for his softness, the Kougra hugged his friend.
"It's all right," he whispered, trying to comfort
her. He looked outside, and realized that Rena was right. They were falling.
Some of the softness disappeared as he left his friend on the floor and stood
up. They had to get the ship up, not just sit here and wail like a pair of idiots.
He looked around and saw a lever. He pulled it,
hoping that it would bring the ship up. And it did.
The ship turned around quite quickly and ascended
with a scary speed. With another cry, the poor, terrified Grundo latched herself
onto the Kougra. He sighed and rolled his eyes. How typical of Reen to get excited
and actually get him to do something, only to leave them in trouble and end
up as scared as a JubJub would get when facing Monocerus.
Matthew took another look outside and realized
that they were around the same area that they had been. He helped poor Reen
up, after she had stopped stuttering and mumbling about falling. The white Grundo
sat down, relieved.
But that relief didn't last long. Rena hadn't
paid attention to the place she had placed herself on, and she jumped up as
if she had sat on fire. The Kougra turned around and saw that Rena had sat on
some buttons. He groaned, hiding his face in his paws and wondering what horror
would come next.
A few beeping noises made Matt look. He looked
at the screen above the window that had been blank. It wasn't blank anymore.
Spidery, green lines appeared on the midnight background, forming a navigation
There were several planet, but the only the biggest
of them all seemed to have some sort of a label. The other smaller objects were
named as 00FF00, CCCCFF and 6600FF. As the Kougra had expected, the biggest
round object was named Kreludor.
With satisfaction, Matt smiled and poked Rena.
She turned around, and gasped with joy when he showed her the screen.
"Let's go!" she said, as energetic as she had
been before. Then she stopped and looked at the screen. "But how do we get there?"
The Kougra sighed. He wondered if there was a
manual or something to this crazy ship that had taken them on a rollercoaster
trip in space. Then he proposed his idea, and the two pets started to look for
a button with the text 'Manual' on while trying not to let the ship fall.
"Umm... Doctor Sloth, it really isn't a good
idea to go out all alone in space," a Grundo tried as Sloth walked past him
to spacecraft X2002, ready to launch. The green, mean villain stopped and looked
down at the shaking pet.
"What did I say?" he roared, swishing his cape
around. "Call me MASTER! Not Doctor Sloth!" With a frown, the villain resumed
his walk towards X2002. He shook his head, wondering why they all called him
Doctor when he wasn't even a doctor at all. It must've been that oblivious person
down there in Neopia who had called him that, and then it stuck. He made a mental
note to exact revenge on the stupid person who had called him Doctor, so that
Neopia would call him by his proper name when he took over it.
"Umm... I think I'd better follow you, sir,"
the shy pilot SC098 said.
"What did I say?" the doctor said, irritated
that he had to repeat things for these dumb minions who couldn't get anything
through their thick skulls. Note to self: Must hire more intelligent forms of
life. "I've already said a thousand times that I'm going to steer this thing
"But... Dr. Sloth..." the pilot faltered, but
followed the villain inside the ship.
With a push on a certain button, and a loud vroom,
the X2002's powerful engines started.
"Umm... Master?" the SC098 asked.
"Yes?" Sloth asked, taking out his portable coffee
"We're on R, reverse. That means we're going
"WHAT?" Sloth spluttered, and coffee splashed
across the dashboard. A big amount of coffee happened to land right on another
button that the two didn't notice, and with another vroom, the ship started
moving forward. It went right through the hole that X2000 had created, and started
to close in on that spacecraft.
"Look!" Rena called out, pointing at the window.
"There's someone following us!"
"What?" the Kougra exclaimed. He looked in the
direction that the Grundo had pointed to, and noticed that there was a spaceship
there. Reen was right. Darn it!
Had they caught up to him? Who was in that ship?
Then Matthew came to the realization that it was Sloth! He was sure it was Sloth!
Rena seemed to have thought of the same thing when Matt looked at her.
The Kougra nodded grimly, wondering what they
should do next. Scared, Rena started to run around and bumped into a lever.
The lever went up, and the ship started to move backwards. It moved faster and
faster until it reached Sloth's.
"Stupid Reen!" Matt yelled before he could control
himself. Then he bent down and hugged his friend, knowing that he shouldn't
have made that comment. It was important to take care of Reen. He imagined how
scary their owners would look when he came back from a space trip without Rena.
After a few whirrs, clicks and beeps a door opened.
The cold, chilly space air blasted the two pets as they stood there like statues.
Some fanfares played and a rather drab atmosphere
inhibited the ship as a stranger came through the open door. It was Doctor Frank
Sloth, Villain Extraordinaire with a cheesy grin on his face and a laser blaster
in his right hand.
"You little..." Sloth growled when he saw the
two cowering pets. His eyes narrowed at the sight of the White Grundo, and he
raised his weapon, ready to fire.
"No!" Matthew shouted as he tried to find something
to defend them with. Finally he managed to get a hold of something, but it was
just that stupid box from before with the mysterious X and the red button. Something
like that wouldn't help, even if there was a possibility that he could chuck
it right into Sloth's left eye.
But... Maybe it could summon some kind of a shield?
The Kougra pushed the buttons and got X to 4. X to the power of four... What
did that mean? He pushed the red button, expecting it to activate some kind
of a barrier.
But it didn't. Instead, golden rays of light
blinded him and he felt that he was being dragged through a tunnel. The Kougra
shut his eyes tight, hoping that the item was a transporter since the effects
seemed like the effects of one.
When he opened his eyes again, he saw that he
was in hallway H3026. Matt stiffened, realizing that this was the hallway he
and Reen had been in before they had heard anything about Sloth and his plan
for the citizens of Kreludor. The noises around there were familiar, and he
Suddenly he spied a pair of pets standing right
at one end of the hallway. He remembered the closet and quickly jumped inside,
pulling the door just close enough for him to see. The Kougra wondered how he
had gotten here.
The X.. .the machine... what did it all mean?
Then he realized it. In the advanced algebra classes that he had taken, they
had worked with powers and exponents. The teacher had explained that everything
to the power of one was one-dimensional, and two was two-dimensional and so
on... Of course! The 4 for the X was the fourth dimension, which the teacher
had explained as time. And since he had wished that they hadn't been in that
sticky situation right there at the time, the machine had taken him back in
Or maybe it was in the future? He looked down
the hallway again, and realized that those two pets were him and Reen. Of course...
The device had brought him to the past!
Well, that meant that he could change fate, or
so it seemed. This was perfect! If Reen and him didn't find the whole thing
or hear about Sloth, they would never go on a dangerous space trip like that.
But how would he pull it off?
And then he remembered Reen's face when she had
talked about those Grundos at that planet called Kreludor. She had seemed so
sad and determined. Was it right to change the past, so the outcome would be
The Kougra closed his eyes, unsure of what to
do. Suddenly he heard footsteps, and realized that the past Matt and Reen were
coming. If he was to do something, he would have to do it now.
Reen's distressed face popped up in his mind.
No... There was no way he would let her suffer like that. But still... she had
seemed so excited and happy when they were off to Kreludor.
He remembered the things that they had done,
and the things that they would do in the future. The time which he had came
from was unstable, and the feel of his own body quivering reminded Matt that
he hadn't got a lot of time left. Perhaps... No... Suddenly he realized something.
With a nervous gulp, but a determined face, the
Kougra released the item that he had held onto so dearly. He heard little Reen's
voice echo in the hallway as light blinded him once again. He had been given
the chance of changing the past and thus changing the future, but this time
he had decided that it was best not to. With a small smile, he watched the two
pets discover the amazing device. After all, they had a mission. The destination
was Kreludor, not the past.
The tunnel yanked him back, and Matt cringed.
Even though it was about the most useful tunnel he had gone through in his whole
life, it felt like his fur was falling off. When the strong winds died out,
the Kougra opened his eyes. He was ready.