The Tower Journey: Part Eight
Part Eight: Meridell vs Darigan II: Attack of the Radish
The sword moved around from Toggerneo's side to in front
of him, and suddenly the Gelert was looking into an exact replica of himself.
Everything was the same- the long Gelert ears, huge paws- only one thing was
different. This replica had fierce, yellow eyes.
"Hello," whispered the replica pet. "You might
know me from such wars as Meridell vs. Darigan, and Meridell vs. Kass. Nobody
seems to like this dung-filled time warp, do they? Bizarre…"
"Who…" stuttered the real Toggerneo, "who are
"I used to be one of the most powerful creatures
on Neopia. Lord Darigan himself! And now look!" He was yelling suddenly, waving
the sword around. "I have been forced to hide in this foolish shape-"
"- to hide from the Meridell masses who see me
as 'evil' and 'mad'. I saved them, for goodness sake, and, for the record, I'm
perfectly sane. All my evil minions agree."
And then the replica Gelert grinned, throwing
the sword to one side. After breathing a sigh of relief, Toggerneo frowned.
"What's going on? Are you trying to trick me?
I'll have you know I'm extremely intelligent."
"No trick!" Darigan laughed, smiling broadly.
"A little evil humour. To lighten the mood."
"The mood isn't going to go much higher," the
Gelert said sarcastically, looking around the dusty chamber. "I'm in the mood
for dancing, you know."
"No! More the screaming and running away mood!"
"Don't worry!" Darigan cackled. "I don't want
to hurt you. And I only stole the money so I could buy all the materials I need."
"I'm gonna show the world that I'm a nice guy."
Darigan was obviously very pleased with himself, which scared Toggerneo even
"You attacked Meridell with millions of evil
creatures of the night!" the Gelert exclaimed.
"A little harmless fun. Now, I can finally remove
this enchantment." From his pocket the evil Lord drew a large bottle of some
strange looking liquid, and swallowed it in one gulp. With a crackle of lightning
the Gelert was gone, replaced by a Korbat-like thing who was already painting
himself with a large, spooky paintbrush. Within moments the weak form of Darigan,
still looking ill from his defeat so many months before, was in the room, and
he dusted himself off before turning and walking away. Toggerneo followed him
quickly onto a vast balcony, and, seeing the entire Meridell army below, started
"Pets of Meridell!" yelled Darigan, capturing
their attention. "I took your money, not this Gelert! But it was for a good
And with that he started pulling hundreds upon
hundreds of Darigan Paint Brushes and Plushies from the numerous pockets of
his robes, and flung them all over the edge. Toggerneo leapt forwards and managed
to snatch a few from the air, stuffing them into his backpack before turning
back to the madness.
Darigan was smiling at the confused crowds, obviously
pleased with himself.
"I have given you expensive presents! That means
I'm good, right? Right. Now, how do I go about becoming King?"
And with that the Radish struck the mad creature
on the head, and he tumbled backwards, unconscious.
"For pointing out our errors," said the King
in a bored tone, "and as apology for locking you away without proper reason,
I give you all the items we can offer on your list." He waved his hand and Jeran
stepped forwards, pulling behind him a large cart piled high with items. Toggerneo
gasped. Cardboard Sprout Cannons, Radish Bows and Regulation Crossbows, Royal
Paintbrushes and Portable Kilns- this had knocked loads from his list. He smiled
his thanks and started stuffing everything into his backpack, sending them straight
to the Hidden Tower where they were needed.
Jeran himself stepped forwards once the Gelert
was finished packing, and brought three items out from behind his back.
"A Carrotblade I grew myself. I was going to
give it to a Cybunny I know, but I'll make another for him." He handed over
the weapon proudly. "Not only that, but a set of Jeran and Lisha Plushies. She
was up all night making them, she was so happy." That too went into the backpack.
"And finally… The Sunshine Shield. I used it recently, when I went up to the
Citadel to see what was going on. I have a better shield now, so don't worry."
He grinned as the final item went into the bag, and then turned and walked away,
the King at his side.
"That's all very nice, and thank you very much.
Can I ask something though?"
"Go ahead," the King sighed.
"How do I get to Neopia Central?"
"Meridell isn't good enough for you?!" the Skeith
snapped angrily, and Toggerneo drew back. He'd been worried about this; he could
just imagine himself getting eaten-
The King suddenly grinned, and then spoke in
a soft, pleased tone.
"I have a cart going there today. It'll get you
Toggerneo coughed one final time as he climbed
down from the large cart onto the stone cobbles of Neopia Central. The dung-filled
vehicle that the King had 'kindly' provided continued onwards, towards the Money
Tree, while the Gelert brushed as much of the smelly stuff from his clothes
as he could. When he looked up the first thing his gaze was drawn to was a small,
strangely squat blue building.
KAUVARAS MAGIC POTIONS
He looked around and walked across to the small
doorway, glancing inside briefly but seeing little due to the lack of light.
Strange smells wafted from the dark building, and the Gelert took a long breath
before stepping inside.
The entire place was filled with hundreds upon
hundreds of bottles, all strangely shaped and filled with bizarre liquids. A
cauldron stood in the centre of the shop, the contents bubbling.
Something smashed into Toggerneo, sending him
"That was one of my best potions!" his attacker
yelled from behind. "That Gelert hair, the Rainbow Paint, it's not the sort
of thing you use for evil!" Toggerneo turned and saw a huge wooden spoon swinging
towards him, and he only just rolled out of the way. Kauvara wasn't a happy
"Wait! I'm not that guy! It's Toggerneo!"
Kauvara stopped and stared at the Gelert.
"Toggerneo was red."
"I fell in Swirly Potion! In the Lost Desert!"
Suddenly it seemed to click, and Kauvara gasped.
"Oh, I am so sorry! I thought you were that creepy
pet, the one that bought my Rainbow Gelert Potion! I got message that it was
being used to steal things-"
"Don't worry, it's all been sorted."
"Good." Kauvara smiled and then turned to the
cauldron. "Oh dear, the Slumberberry Potion is boiling."
Toggerneo smiled as Kauvara got back to work.
After a few moments, when she didn't speak, he coughed, but she seemed too involved
in her work to notice. Eventually he gave up and just asked it straight.
"You know how I give you fur for your potions?"
The Kau nodded. "Yes?"
"And never ask for payment?"
"How about some of that potion?"
Toggerneo frowned. "Kauvara, there's a Cybunny
on your head."
"You're not listening to me, are you?"
The Gelert sighed and poked the Kau as she stirred
the potion. She looked up and nodded.
"You can take some of my potion, and some Slorg
Flakes from my cupboard, if you're collecting for who I think you're collecting
for. Usually have them for breakfast, but I've gone off them. There isn't a
Cybunny on my head. Pass me those berries, please."
Toggerneo grinned as he handed over the berries,
before starting towards the kitchen.
"Excuse me, do you know where I can find Little
Timmy?" Toggerneo asked. Upon leaving Kauvara's shop she had told him that the
little Tuskaninny had passed her shop, and she had seen something that the Gelert
The Acara frowned, as if deep in thought. "I…
"Well, uhh, where does he live?"
"Uhh… in a house. Sorry, my memory's a bit rough
"Well, would he be at Neoschool?"
"Ha! Good one!"
"Nothing. I'll tell you where he could be, though.
A bunch of kids went towards the Money Tree earlier, if my memory serves me."
"Thanks," Toggerneo said as he turned on his
heel. He could just about see the top of the tree behind the many shops here
in the Bazaar, and started towards it at a jog. This he gave up as soon as he
realised that moving fast made him sleepy, and so after a leisurely stroll the
Gelert was next to the huge smiling tree.
A bunch of kids were stood around the base of
the tree, watching as items were placed down by invisible, ghostly hands and
then promptly snatched up by any pets nearby. The kids weren't trying to take
anything, instead playing with yoyos or chatting to each other. Little Timmy
was in the middle of the group, waving a small action figure at his friends
whilst laughing almost insanely.
Toggerneo coughed and stood as tall as possible,
before walking quickly over to the kids.
"What's going on here, then?"
"Huh?" The kids glanced up at this strange Gelert
with a mixture of shock and interest. "Who're you, Mister?"
"I'm with the authorities. It turns out your
toys are dangerous, or, more precisely-" He glanced quickly at his list- "-
the Yoyo of Death and Ultra Bubble Gun are. And that Hannah Action Figure has
a defect. Hand them over now please."
The kids looked at each other for a moment, and
then laughed. "GET HIM!"
Toggerneo was woken when two real Policepets
poked him in the side with their feet. He had been hit with many small pebbles,
bubbles and, strangely enough, yoyos, and the attack had only stopped when these
two cops had arrived. Luckily for Toggerneo, some of the children had dropped
their weapons in their haste to escape, so the Gelert quickly collected up the
Bubble Guns and Yoyos while his confused saviours continued on to the Bank.
Little Timmy hadn't dropped his Action Figure though, but before he could wonder
where the Tuskaninny had gone a voice boomed from behind.
The Rainbow Gelert looked up at the speaker.
It was the Money Tree.
"I'm no idiot, you know. Those were items from
the Hidden Tower. Fyora out of stock again?"
"Faeries just aren't as smart as trees, are they?
Climb up to my top branch and grab an Everlasting Apple."
Toggerneo looked up at the huge tower of a tree
"Can't you crouch down or something?"
"I'm a tree. I'm lucky I can talk!"
The Gelert walked slowly towards the trunk and
reached out. With one paw he tugged himself onto the lowest branch, and from
there the next lowest- within minutes he was near the top of the tree, surrounded
by large leafs and strange creaking noises. Finally he was back out into the
open, although much higher than before.
"Wait a second, I think I've just remembered
I have a fear of heights."
"No you don't!" yelled the Tree.
"How about a fear of wood?"
A glistening red shape caught his eye, and after
a few moments of running along the thick branch he was next to the apple, and
smiling. In one movement he had scooped it into his backpack.
The tree wobbled, and Toggerneo frowned.
The entire thing shook, and the poor Gelert almost
The Tree had sneezed, and shook so violently
that Toggereno, who had been trying desperately to grab onto the wood, was sent
hurtling into the Rainbow Pool below.
"Don't worry!" yelled the Tree as he tumbled
downwards. "I never liked Rainbow pets anyway."
To be continued...