There's a Monster in my Toaster!
The small blue Kacheek by the name of Tory peaked over the
counter top. There it lay. Menacing and silver. Too boxy for her liking. An awful
sight it was indeed! Slowly Tory reached out to touch it but drew back as the
door swung open.
"Tory! How many times have I told you? Don't
play with the kitchen appliances while I'm gone, you could hurt yourself!"
Tory's owner walked through the door, arms full
of grocery bags, a little pink Kacheek trotting along at her heels.
"Tory thinks there's a monster in the toaster!
Isn't that silly? She's such a baby!" the pink Kacheek said.
"That's not very nice, Telly, apologize to your
sister," Ginger (the Kacheeks' owner) told the pink Kacheek from behind a grocery
"Well she does!" Telly complained. "She really
thinks there's a monster in the toaster!"
"There is!" Tory protested.
"Telly apologize, and Tory she's right you know,
there's no monster inside of that toaster," Ginger said trying to carefully
put some eggs in the refrigerator while her other arm was still full with a
bag of vegetables.
"Sorry," Telly told her younger sister, then
added in a much lower voice so that Ginger couldn't here, "NOT!"
"Did you hear that? Did you? Did you?" Tory asked
Ginger jabbing her finger at Telly.
"No, Tory, I didn't hear a- Ah!" a small yellow
Kacheek jumped out of the fridge, causing Ginger to scream and drop the eggs
all over the floor.
The yellow Kacheek giggled, "Boy I scared you,
huh, Ginger?" the Kacheek asked, flicking her tale happily.
"Yes you did," Ginger said, "and look what you
made me do! Please clean it up now."
The Kacheek scowled, "Do I have to?" she asked,
sticking out her lower lip, her large blue eyes pleading.
"I guess not," Ginger caved.
"What?!" Telly and Tory said together, Telly
had been sticking her tongue out at her sister but rapidly pulled it back in
to protest the treatment of her youngest sister.
"Tera doesn't have to clean it up because the
Grundo maids are coming this afternoon, I wouldn't make either of you clean
it up either," Ginger told them, finally having her hands free.
"Would too!" the Kacheeks said together.
"Would not!" Ginger told them.
"Would too!" the sisters said again.
"Oh! This is stupid," Ginger said, crossing the
room to receive her Neomail that had just arrived.
Tera pranced off down the stairs to the toy-stocked
basement with Telly bolting after her at an angry speed.
Ginger began talking to a friend over Neomail
and Tory soon resumed her position at the toaster, squinting at it menacingly.
No monster would dare come out of there with her on the watch.
Soon Telly and Tera came back into the room.
Ginger was still talking over Neomail and Telly began to make faces and move
her paws as if they were talking mouths. The two younger Kacheeks giggled at
this and tried to muffle their laughs with their paws so that Ginger wouldn't
here them. It didn't work because every time they did this, Telly would make
a face that made them laugh even more and almost choke themselves trying to
muffle the giggles. This made a sort of suffocated noise that sounded like a
coughing Moehog and made Telly herself giggle with her sisters. Ginger paid
absolutely no attention to her pets and continued to talk to her friend.
After awhile Telly got tired of entertaining
her sisters with funny faces and decided that she was hungry (Ginger was still
talking). Telly got herself some bread from one of the grocery bags and was
reaching toward the toaster to put it in when Tory screamed very loudly.
"Don't toast bread in there! The monster will
get mad at you and eat your arm off!" she wailed.
"You big baby, there's no monster in the toaster,"
Telly stated, and then with some superiority. "Us older Neopets know that monsters
don't live in toasters."
"Do too!" Tory told her sister, snatching the
bread away from her sister so the pink Kacheek had nothing to toast.
"Do not!" Telly argued.
"Do too!" Tory said again.
"Do NOT!" Telly told her sister, angrily.
"DO TOO!!!" Tory screamed.
At this point Ginger had no choice but to pay
attention to her pets.
"Stop, right now, both of you!" she said.
"She started it!" Telly said immediately.
"Na-uh!" Tory shrieked.
"Both of you STOP!" Ginger yelled.
The two pets shrank against the refrigerator.
Tory didn't like to make Ginger mad but still… There was a monster in that toaster
and if Telly wasn't going to believe her…
Ginger sat back down and Telly slowly crept away,
back upstairs. Tory positioned herself in front of the toaster once more. There
was a monster in there, she just knew it!
Two pairs of eyes peaked over the counter top…
there it lay… just as silver, shiny, and menacing as ever. The blue Kacheek
ears and green Aisha ears drew back from the offending kitchen appliance to
consult their plans of action.
"How long has it been in there?" the Aisha, Sara,
asked her friend.
Tory shrugged at her friend, "Since Wednesday,
They both turned back to peer at the toaster.
Their faces, twisted by the reflection off the toaster, stared back at them.
"What does it look like?" Sara asked as they
drew back again. They were talking in whispers, and neither knew why.
"It's got goo all over it," Tory confided confidently.
"Did you see the slime in your toaster?" Sara
"No, but I know there's a monster in there and
ALL monsters have slime," Tory told the Aisha.
"Oh," Sara said. They turned back to stare at
Sara had arrived earlier that day and the half
hour she had been there had been passed in this manner.
There was no sound in the kitchen. Ginger and
the others were upstairs and everyone in the neighborhood had taken advantage
of the weekend to visit Faerieland, as it was baking hot in Neopia. Even the
pets that stayed were inside their cool houses and not outside. The only sounds
that met the pets' ears were the soft ticks of the clock that hung on the wall…
"AH!" Tory and Sara screamed as loud as they
could in unison, twirling around to see who was behind them.
A yellow Chia rolled on the floor laughing, holding
his sides and giggling very loudly.
"Ham!" Sara said angrily. Ham was not the Chia's
real name. His owner claimed that his real name was Norris, but everyone called
Ham (or Norris) Ham. There really wasn't an explanation for why.
The Chia continued to laugh.
"This is no time for games, Ham!" Tory told him
sternly. "We have a serious matter on our paws!"
"What?" Ham asked, finally getting control over
him self and looking up from the ground to see the two pets standing over him.
"There's a monster in that toaster," Sara said,
her voice going back to a whisper.
Tory and Sara heaved the Chia up and then they
all turned to peer at the toaster once more.
"It doesn't look very threatening to me," Ham
"Shh!" Tory and Sara told him. He had spoken
in a normal voice tone.
Ham wasn't on vacation with everyone else because
his owner could never afford even the shortest holiday. His owner hardly ever
had Neopoints and spent them all playing luck games. He never won. So when vacation
time came Ham stayed with the other two in the neighborhood. Sara's owner despised
Faerieland… Tory never knew why, and Tory and Ginger didn't leave because Ginger
liked the heat… Tory thought this explained her occasional brain fries, but
there really is no explanation to that.
Now the three friends blinked together at once
and stared at the shiny metal.
Suddenly Ham screamed.
The two girls screamed also as reflex in the
moment, jumping a foot each.
"What?" Tory asked the Chia.
"I saw the monster!" Ham said. "It was all green
and it had these ugly little sticks sticking from its beastly head!" Ham continued
"Ham," Tory said, "that was Sara's reflection…"
"Oh," Ham said, looking at his feet, blushing
a bit. "Oops." Sara glared at the Chia.
The three turned back and there was silence again.
After a few minutes more of staring at the toaster Ham finally broke the silence
"I don't think there's a monster in there, Tory,"
he said thoughtfully.
"There is so a monster in there," Tory told him.
Sara nodded at her side.
"Did you see it?" Ham asked.
"No," Tory admitted, "but I heard it."
"What did it sound like?" Ham asked.
Before the Kacheek could answer Ginger came back
down the stairs to see her visitors.
"Oh, hi Sara, hello Ham," she said cheerfully
as her two other Kacheeks emerged around the corner, coming down after her.
"Tory says there's a monster in your toaster,"
Ham told Ginger bluntly.
"Oh, that's why you're over," Ginger said. "Tory,
I really don't think there's a monster in that toaster. Really, I don't - would
anyone like something to drink?"
Tory watched Ginger pull glasses from the cupboard
and make her way to the refrigerator.
"Lemonade please," Sara said politely.
"I'll have juice, if you have it," Ham told her
in equal politeness. That was the one thing that his owner always had. It was
Ham's favorite snack and he had tried all different flavors of it.
"What about you three?" Ginger asked her own
"Milk," Tera said.
"Neocola," Telly told Ginger.
"Wait," Tera said, glancing at the older Kacheek,
"Maybe I'll have Neocola too…"
"No Tera, don't you remember what happened last
time I let you have caffeine?" Ginger replied staring towards an ugly scratch
mark that appeared to have been made by the Turmaculus himself but in truth
was a result of the little Kacheek literally jumping off the walls… "Milk."
"Okay," Tera grumbled.
"Tory?" Ginger asked, poring Ham some juice while
handing Sara her lemonade.
"I'll have some… Neocola too I guess," Tory told
Ginger. "Can we have some Neodrops?"
"Yes," Ginger said, taking a couple of Neocolas
from the fridge. "Do your guests want any?"
"Yes please," both pets replied.
"We want some too," Telly told Tory pointing
at herself and her littlest sister.
Tory grabbed some out of a drawer and began distributing
"Hey," Telly said, an evil glint in her eye,
"maybe I'll TOAST mine…"
"You don't toast Neodrops, Telly, everyone knows
that!" Tera said.
"THERE IS A MONSTER IN THAT TOASTER!!!! You can't
toast ANYTHING!" Tory exclaimed. What part of that did her sister not understand?
"Tory there's no reason to yell. Let's take it
apart and I'll show you that there's no monster," Ginger said.
"But it'll get you!" Tory said.
"No it won't…" Ginger looked around for something
to repel Tory's "monster". Snatching up a pair of gloves she waved them triumphantly.
"I'll wear gloves!"
Satisfied, Tory agreed to let Ginger take the
toaster apart. But insisted that there be a bat ready at hand.
With Tory holding a huge bat over her head, ready
to strike, and Sara holding a net right behind her, and then Ginger up to her
elbows in thick gardening gloves, they finally attempted to take the toaster
First the silver sides fell to the counter top…
then a couple of wires were carefully removed and… Crumbs spilled out over the
counter and Tory braced herself for the monster to leap out but… nothing happened…
A very burnt piece of toast sat there, wedged somewhere. Other than that, nothing
else was there.
"That must have been what you heard!" Ginger
exclaimed, pulling the burnt toast free and tossing it into the garbage. "It
was grinding the toast with its burners. Our toaster has been broken, not monster
Tory didn't understand. She had been sure there
was a monster in there - absolutely and completely positive. But then now it
was clear that there wasn't a monster in there.
Sara finally laid her net down and Tory lowered
"See, there's nothing to worry about," Ginger
said confidently. The toaster suddenly spurted crumbs at them all and collapsed.
"Except we might have to get a new toaster…"
"See," Telly whispered softly, "I told you."
Tory couldn't argue. There was obviously not
a monster but she had been so sure…
"Alright, we'll get a new toaster tomorrow,"
Ginger announced. "Why don't you take your friends up to your room, Tory?"
The three pets walked up stairs leaving Ginger
to scold Telly for being mean to her sister.
"You even had me convinced!" Ham told the girls
once they were in Tory's room.
"I knew there was a monster in there!" Sara added.
Tory sighed. She had thought there was a monster
in there too.
"I bet it heard us coming and went somewhere
else and is probably still in your kitchen right now!" Ham told them.
"But we didn't see anything," Sara pointed out.
"When we were getting our drinks," Ham said,
lowering his voice.
Sara's eyes grew wide; "I think Ham might actually
have something… for once."
Tory wasn't quite as sure as her friends but
she kept her guard up when she entered the kitchen the next day. It was as hot
as ever outside and Ginger had all the windows open, overworking the air conditioner.
Telly lay sprawled on the dining table, she said it was cooler in there than
the rest of the house, and Tera was trying to shut all the windows when Ginger
wasn't looking. It wasn't working. Ginger would find the window and open it
again, thinking she had forgotten it earlier.
Tory got some bananas, strawberries, and other
supplies from the fruit cabinet. Her plan of attack for the heat was by way
The Kacheek reached to take the top off of the
blender so she could drop in the fruit and ice.
A scream echoed through the Neohome. Tera, Telly,
and Ginger rushed into the kitchen.
Smashed fruit and ice had been dropped on the
floor and Tory was hiding under the kitchen table. She stared, trembling, at
"What happened?" Ginger asked, very unnerved.
"THERE'S A MONSTER IN MY BLENDER!!!!!!"