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It was a cold and wet night when out of the shadows stepped something.... It stopped and looked about as if checking the coast was clear... and then ran.
The next thing I know is I'm sitting in a puddle with a heavy weight sitting on my chest, before I could even speak, the weight lifted and I saw something dive straight in to the garbage bin.
Now I was really curious, What was this, Who was this. There was only one way to find out. Very carefully I walked over to the bin and took a peak in to it.
There screwed into the tightest ball it could roll it's self into was the most dirtiest and smelliest Grundo I had ever come across.
'Hay little guy' I said to the ball 'What are you doing?'
'I'm... I'm hiding' it stammered.
'From what?' I asked.
'Dr. Sloth of course' it replied.
'Oohhh. You do know that Dr. Sloth isn't a threat at the moment don't you??, Why don't you come out of the garbage so we can chat properly?'
'Are you sure HE'S not about??' it asked.
'Positive. ' I answered.
Very slowly the ball uncurled and then started to climb out of the garbage bin.
Not being able to see much and being cold and wet I offered the thing to come back to my neohome to get warm and have a bite to eat. Luckly home was only a few houses down and within minutes we were there.
I opened the door stepped in side and turned on the lights. I turned round and waited for my guest to enter.
The first thing that struck me was just how dirty it was, so the first thing I did was run it a bath. After what seemed hours the bathroom door slowly opened and there in front of me was the most wonderful sight of a baby Grundo.
Who knew that under all the dirt and filth was such an adorable little chap.
I made some tea and we chatted until the sun came up. His name was Warty_Joe and he was an orphan who had been lucky to escape the clutches of Dr. Sloth and come to Neopia. He had always hidden from everybody and couldn't read so he had had no idea Dr. Sloth wasn't a threat.
In time he got him self up and said 'Thankyou for the bath, food, drink and talking but I really should let you get back to what ever it is you do'.
'Do you have somewhere or someone to go to??' I asked. 'Because if you haven't I would love for you to come and live with me here'.
The look on his face as he came running up to hug me was wonderful.
We have been together ever since. He has learnt how to read and has even done a few jobs from the employment agency to get a
little extra pocket money.
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