Max and the Ghost Lupe
Max curled up next to his sister, and squirmed about. He
couldn't sleep. There was a strange voice calling to him. It said, "Come into
the woods, little Lupe, I have a gift for you. Follow me deep into the woods,
where no one can hear you, and I can get to you…" The voice put him into a trance,
and he felt like he had to follow it, find out where it was. He crept out of the
den and padded off into the woods. He followed the voice far into the woods, and
then he saw a floating orb of green light, just ahead of him. He chased after
it, until he was in a small clearing. The orb disappeared in a flash of purple
smoke, and in its place was Jhudora, the dark faerie.
She smiled an evil smile, showing off her pointed
teeth. "Hello, My little pet."
"What do you want?" Max whispered. Jhudora moved
toward him, tickling his chin with her long, dangerously sharp nails.
Max shivered with fear, and tried to turn around
and run, but the thorn bushes surrounding the clearing wrapped themselves around
each other and pushed him back.
"Don't try to leave, my dear, I will only be
harder on you," Jhudora cooed. She picked him up and looked him in the eyes,
as if looking fore something. "Yes, you're perfect," she said in a satisfied
"Please, what are you going to do with me?"
"I have been searching for a neopet that is
powerful enough to help me take control over Neopia. I need a pet with a certain
amount of magic in him, so I can train it to be evil and do my bidding. I concocted
a morphing potion that will not only change the appearance of a neopet, but
also change the way they think and the soul that lives inside them. But all
of the Neopets that I chose couldn't handle the potion, and they died as a result.
I almost gave up, but then I saw you. You are special. You were born with magic
flowing in your veins, enough to defeat Fyora. The only problem is it's good
"I will never drink that potion! I won't help
you!" Max bit down hard on Jhudora's hand, and she screamed in surprise. But
instead of letting go, she held on tighter and raised the potion to his lips.
Just when Max thought it was over, he heard a long low howl that sent shivers
all over his body, but also hope. He had heard that call before.
Jhudora dropped screamed scream of rage as a
huge Lupe jumped on her. Max could tell it was the Ghost Lupe. Jhudora disappeared
into her orb of light.
Max landed on the ground with a hard thump.
He looked around, but the mysterious Ghost Lupe was nowhere to be seen. He only
had one thought: Warn the pack.
Max ran through the thick underbrush, leaping
over logs and dodging tree trunks. He had to get back to the pack to warn them.
He could still hear Jhudora's evil laugh ringing in his ears. He could hear
her getting closer, and he knew it was just a game to her, and that he would
be caught any moment…
"Come here, little Lupe, you know I'm going
to get you... why not just give up and stop running? I'm going to get to your
precious family and all your friends anyway. Nobody will escape! I will have
my revenge!" Jhudora called to him.
Max was just about to give up, when he heard
something. A tiny but strong voice in his ear said, "Be quick, run like you've
never run before, I will help you." And somehow, this gave him strength.
"You'll never catch me!" he yelled, surprised
at the fury now burning in his chest. It pushed him forward, and soon he could
see his pack, out sunning themselves lazily.
"Everyone get up, listen to me! Jhudora is coming
this way! Hurry up and run, or hide, or something! She's coming!" Max's legs
collapsed underneath him, and the exhausted Lupe was dragged to see Markus,
the pack leader.
"Alright now, what is all this about Jhudora?
Where were you? Your mother has been wondering," he asked in an irritated voice.
Max took a deep breath and repeated his story.
The pack leader sighed when he heard it and said, "We knew the day would come
when we would have to fight Jhudora again. Quickly, take all the young pups
and nursing mothers to the secret cave, and all the strong fighters stay here
with me." Max started to follow his mother to the caves, but Markus stopped
him. "I need you here. You can help us defeat Jhudora."
The Lupe pack waited breathlessly. Night fell
and the full moon rose, and suddenly they could hear Jhudora's evil cackle echoing
all around them. The glowing orb of green light appeared above their heads,
and Jhudora appeared in a puff of purplish black smoke. Markus ordered the Lupes
to attack, but none could get near her. Many were hit with shots of dark magic
from her scepter and fell down, lying very still, to never get up. Markus fought
hard, but he was hit. Max ran over to the wounded Lupes side.
"What do I do?" Max cried out.
"Use your magic," Markus replied. " Protect
the pack." Those were his last words.
Max summoned up all his anger, and he could feel
the magic coursing through him. A jet of pure light shot out of his eyes and
hit Jhudora square in the chest. It knocked her backwards, but it was not enough.
Max needed help. Then, out of the darkness, the Ghost Lupe appeared as if answering
his silent plea. He growled fiercely and jumped on Jhudora from behind. She
let out a shriek and fought back. They were fighting to the death now. As Max
watched, he realized that he needed to help, and he could feel once again the
magic inside him just waiting to get out. His fur glowed with energy. He threw
himself at the dark faerie and bit at her hand. She tried to shake him off,
but the Ghost Lupe held her down. Max let the built up magic go through his
teeth into Jhudora and she writhed with pain. All of a sudden, she disappeared
with a horrible scream of anger and pain, and Max was alone with the Ghost Lupe.
Max Looked at the Ghost Lupe. "Thank you my
friend. Without you I don't know what I would have done."
The Ghost Lupe said nothing, but nodded his head
and was gone.
Years later, when Max was the leader of the pack,
he would still tell the story of the Ghost Lupe to the young Lupe pups.
"The Ghost Lupe is a powerful spirit who roams
the woods. He can show great wrath to those who disturb him, but if you need
help the Ghost Lupe can show great kindness," he tells them. "And on dark nights,
when the moon is full, you can almost hear him howling faintly with the wind.