Vacation in the Space Station
"Get your petpets! Get your desert petpets cheap!"
Peopatra sighed, slowly bringing down a small
Anubis that she was holding. Business was not going well. The Anubis barked
at her and started wagging its tail.
"Oh, Candy, I know you want to get adopted,
but…" whispered Peopatra, stroking the panting blue puppy. She never finished
her sentence. She was interrupted by a loud WHIRRRRRing sound. Startled, the
beautiful golden Peophin jerked her head up just in time to see a huge grey-and-red
space cruiser go flying overhead. Peopatra did her best to keep hold of the
small desert petpets as half the Lost Desert's sand went flying after the ship.
But one small blue ball of fur escaped her grasp, and went plummeting after
the cruiser. It was slowing down now. The poor Anubis was barking desperately
as it flew though the sandy air.
"Candy!" Peopatra shouted, reaching for the
frantic puppy. But her hoofs closed around sand and air as the puppy was swept
into the huge ship as it departed.
Peopatra was on her knees, staring at the area
where just seconds ago the ship and her petpet used to be. The other petpets
were making crazed sounds behind her. Terrified, she slowly whispered, "Candy?"
"Aw, man! Why do we have to take our vacation
at the Lost Desert this year? It's so hot, you can't swim, and it's so BOOOOOOOOORING…"
"Hydro, stop moaning already," Tigeria sighed.
"Why do you have to be such a pain? You should be grateful. I mean, some pets
can't even go on vacations."
"Please, spare me the lecture," the mutant Ixi
growled. "Why can't we ever go somewhere fun, like the Haunted Woods or something?"
"You know your sister hates the Haunted Woods,
Hydro." Pixie nodded with a shiver.
"She's just a cry-baby," Hydro said. "Plus,
I just know that I won't make any friends. You didn't even get me a petpet for
me to take along!"
"Hydro…" Tigeria sighed again. Hydro grunted.
"You know we can't afford a Niptor. They're too expensive. If you would just
settle for something like an Anubis or something…"
"I don't like Anubi'," Hydro pouted. "They're
too sissy. I want something cool, not some dumb, panting, wide-eyed puppy."
"Well, petpet or not, we're going to the Lost
Desert. I think I see it up ahead…"
"Wow, it's a mess," Snow whispered. "I wonder
what happened here."
There was sand flying everywhere. Food stands
were in ruins. The place was buzzing with pets talking in hushed whispers.
Tigeria hopped off of the train and headed toward
a frightened-looking Techo in a shawl. It was trying to repair its fruit stand
and failing pathetically.
"What happened here?" asked Tigeria. "Did a
hurricane hit, or what?"
The Techo turned around, startled, but relaxed
when he saw that it was only tourists.
"It came from the sky," it whispered. "A giant
ship, big as the sun itself."
As Tigeria was talking to the Techo, Hydro started
to wander around. Pixie saw him and ran after him.
"Hydro, you know we're supposed to stay by Tigeria
so that we don't get lost," Pixie panted.
"Aw, don't worry, sis, nothing's going to happen.
Trust me," Hydro laughed. He pulled out his headphones and put them on. "Come
on, she's taking too long anyway. I might as well do something while she's talking."
"Well… okay," Pixie said uncertainly. "But don't
go too far! Tigeria's gonna get mad at you!" Then she ran off.
Hydro smiled. His baby sister was so gullible.
Like anything was going to happen!
was trying to make out what the terrified Techo was saying.
"Mm-hmm… right… uh-huh…" she said, although
she really had no clue what the poor Techo was trying to say. Suddenly, she
heard a soft whirrrrrrrring. The Techo jumped.
"Oh no! It's back!" it squealed, and ran back
toward his half-destroyed fruit stand.
"Run, guys!" Tigeria yelled. Tigeria, Snow,
Pixie, and Leafy ran toward a shelter area where most of the residents were
But Hydro didn't hear. He couldn't hear with
his head phones on. The last thing he remembered was seeing sand flying, turning
around, and seeing a giant spaceship coming toward him.
Then it all went black.
Hydro woke up inside a prison cell. His hands
were tied behind his back, and he had a huge lump on his head. He rubbed his
aching head. "Owwwww…" he moaned. He turned around quickly at the sound of footsteps.
"Who's there?" he growled.
A greenish-looking figure in a black coat emerged
from the darkness with a small blue Grundo following helplessly behind him.
"Heh heh heh heh… It is I… Doctor Sloth!" cried
the apparent Doctor Sloth.
Hydro lifted an eyebrow. "Doctor Sloth?"
"Um… Well, sir, technically, you're not um… Really
a doctor…" the little Grundo whimpered. Doctor Sloth whirled around and glared
"Shut up, you." He turned back to Hydro. "Anyway,
you know… the evilest evil villain in all of Neopia?"
"Oh." Hydro smirked. "Never heard of you."
Sloth frowned. "Well, you will know me very well
soon enough." He held up an ugly-looking green potion. It was bubbling unpleasantly
inside of an even more unpleasant looking container. It had a picture of a skull
and crossbones on it.
"You've heard of my previous plot to turn all
Grundos in Neopia into my faithful servants, correct?" asked Sloth.
Hydro rolled his eyes. "Who hasn't? It sounded
ridiculous, if you ask me. You have no imagination."
Sloth scowled. "Of course I have imagination,
you little…" He cleared his throat. "I'm getting off the subject. The point
is, I've come up with a new plan- one similar to my first, but even better."
He smiled evilly. "And you're going to be my test subject, my little ixi."
"What?" Hydro gasped. "I am not! Get another
guinea pig… lab rat… thing, you maniac!"
Sloth ignored the outraged Hydro, who was still
yelling at him. The little Grundo ran to calm him down.
"Um… It's not wise to get the master upset, sir.
You see, um… he's liable to do something worse to you if you, um… get him in
a bad mood," whispered the Grundo to Hydro.
Sloth cleared his throat one more time and continued.
"As you see, I have a liquid in my hands. This liquid, if successful, will be
mass-produced. You see, what it does is turn anything that I want into a faithful
Grundo servant. I have you, a lamp, and that little thing behind you as test
Hydro turned around. There was a lamp in one
corner of the cell, and a small box in the other. He didn't notice them at first.
Then, there came a whimper from the box, and a small blue Anubis crawled out,
its tiny tail in between its legs. It whimpered again, and looked up at Hydro
with tears in its eyes. Hydro turned his back to it. Sissy, dumb, panting,
wide-eyed idiot puppy, he thought.
"Anyway," Sloth continued, "Carion, get these
things to the test room. I'll meet you there shortly."
"Yes, um… Sir," stammered Carion, and picked
up the Anubis and the lamp. He turned to Hydro.
"Please, um… follow me, sir. And please don't
try to, um… escape, sir. The master might get, um… mad."
"Yeah… whatever," Hydro muttered, and began trudging
"He has to be here!" cried Tigeria franticly,
rummaging though boxes. "Come ON, Hydro, come out already!"
"He didn't come in with us…" whispered Pixie.
"Oh, where could he be? I hope he didn't get kidnapped by that space ship…"
"He did not!" yelled Tigeria, running from house
to house. "Hey, have you seen a snooty-looking teenage mutant ixi around here
someplace?" The answer was always no, no, sorry, not here, nope, sorry...
"Give it up," muttered Leafy. "He had his headphones
on, and you know how loud he plays those things. There's no way he could have
heard that thing, no matter how loud it was."
Tigeria plopped down on the ground dejectedly.
"Yeah, you're right." She sighed and looked up.
"Oh, Hydro… Where are you now?"
"The, um… machine is almost ready, sir," said
Carion, typing hurriedly on a keyboard hooked up to a giant machine that looked
similar to a huge laser gun. It had a platform where the disgusting concoction
sat and a huge needle-like point at the end, pointing to a chair where Hydro
was chained. Hydro was staring sadly at the ground.
"Muahahahaha… Excellent!" laughed Sloth, wringing
his hands. "Soon all of Neopia will by mine, all mine!" He turned to Hydro,
who was still staring at the floor. "Any last words, my little lab rat?"
Hydro looked up defiantly. "Yeah, you big ugly
moron! I'm an ixi! I don't want to be some stupid Grundo servant! Now let me
go, you… you…" Hydro struggled to find a more insulting phrase.
Sloth frowned and tweaked Hydro on the nose.
Carion squeaked with terror.
"Ow!" cried Hydro, rubbing his sore nose. "What
was that for?"
"For calling me a big ugly moron, what else?"
growled Sloth. "For that, you'll be second in line to be turned into my Grundo
minion. I was going to get it over with fast, but instead I'll first let you
see what you'll turn into to add to the agony of being transformed in the first
place." Sloth signaled to the Grundo.
"Carion! Put the lamp in the chair. I want the
ixi to go second. Is the machine ready yet?"
Carion jumped. "Um… Almost, master." He typed
faster. Finally, the machine gave a little blip and started whirrrrrrrring.
Carion unchained Hydro and put the lamp in his place. Then, he ran back to the
machine and pressed a button. The potion started draining into the needle-like
point. After about a fourth of the potion w as gone, the needle started flashing.
After about a second, there was a bright flash.
The lamp was gone, and in its place stood a huge
mutant Grundo. Carion shrank back at the sight of it, and the Anubis whimpered.
But Sloth stared at it with a look of pride and satisfaction on his face. The
mutant Grundo looked around, stared at Sloth, then got off the chair and lumbered
over to him.
"Master," it said. It took its place behind the
triumphant Sloth. The Anubis was still whimpering.
Sloth turned with a flourish to Hydro. "See what
you'll be turned into, my little guinea pig?" he cried. "Carion, put the ixi
back into the chair. It's his turn now!" The Anubis was staring at Hydro. As
Carion led him back to the chair, Hydro growled at it, "What are you staring
at?" The little Anubis gave one more whimper and fell silent, still staring
at the re-chained Hydro.
Sloth waved at Carion. "Get on with it." He smirked
at Hydro, who was scowling at him.
"I can't wait to see him as a mutant Grundo instead
of a mutant ixi. Grundos are so much more useful." Hydro growled at him.
Carion pressed the button and shot Hydro a sympathetic
The bottle started draining. The needle started
flashing. Hydro closed his eyes.
Oh no, he thought. Please don't let
me end this way. Oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please…
But the needle never got a chance to fire. Hydro
opened his eyes just in time to see a blue ball of fluff shoot past him and
ram into the bottle, sending it flying toward the ground.
"No!" Sloth yelled, trying to catch the bottle.
But he was too late. The bottle crashed into a million tiny glass pieces, while
the fluid went seeping down into the floor. Sloth started at it.
"No no no no no NO!!!" he cried. Carion was standing
shock-still at the keyboard of the soundless machine.
The Anubis then jumped up onto Hydro and started
gnawing at the chains. Neither Sloth nor Carion nor the mutant Grundo were paying
any of them any attention. Finally, after a minute or two, the Anubis' teeth
broke though the chain. Hydro grabbed the panting blue fluff ball and sprinted
out of the room. Sloth noticed then that his hostages were escaping.
"After them!" he shouted to the mutant Grundo.
It growled and started after Hydro and the Anubis.
Hydro was still running and holding the Anubis.
He was running out of breath when he heard the Anubis barking wildly in his
hand. He turned to see the Grundo minion running after them.
"Oh no, he's gaining!" panted Hydro. He couldn't
run any longer. The Grundo was almost upon them, then…
BAM! Something whacked the ship hard, sending
both Hydro and the mutant Grundo off their balance and onto the floor. Hydro
recovered quickly, then ran to the door. He rattled the handle.
"Oh, perfect. It's locked," he growled. "As if
this isn't enough!" He shoved the Anubis against the handle.
"Start chewing!" he yelled. He could hear the
mutant Grundo getting up from the floor with a moan.
Just then, the Anubis broke though the lock.
Hydro opened the door. They were still in Neopia's atmosphere, at least, but
Hydro couldn't even see the ground. The little Anubis whimpered. Hydro whipped
around to see the mutant Grundo coming after again.
"You just don't give up, do you?" growled Hydro
as the Grundo came closer. The Anubis was now barking wildly.
"Well, I don't either!" he yelled, and jumped
out of the ship.
Hydro woke up on the ground. The little Anubis
was lying on top of him, unconscious. His head hurt even more. He rubbed his
head and looked around.
Where are we? he thought. He looked at
the little blue Anubis, who was just getting up. It yawned, then looked at Hydro
and started wagging its tail. Hydro stared at it until he heard shouting. He
turned around just in time to be smothered by one of Tigeria's hugs.
"Oh, Hydro, where were you? I missed you so much!
I was so worried! What happened?" she cried, still hugging him.
"Um… mother, I can't breathe…" muttered Hydro.
"Oh sorry." Tigeria let go of the gasping Hydro
and stared at him. "Mother? Where did the mother come from?" Hydro blushed visibly.
"Oh, it's so CUTE!" Pixie was staring at the
little Anubis, still barking and wagging its tail.
Tigeria smiled at Hydro. "Too bad we have to
take him back. He's so cute!"
Hydro gasped. "Take him back? What are you talking
about? He's my petpet! Mine mine mine mine mine mine mine mine mine!"
Tigeria stared at him blankly. "But… I thought
you didn't like Anubi? I thought you said they were sissy!"
Hydro smiled at the happy little Anubis. "Did