It first started in the Neopian News.
“For the past few weeks, there has been a
decline in the Faerie population. No one knows who is responsible but the Neopian
Police Force will find the culprit soon.”
That was the main news story as I sat
in my shop waiting for it to close. I was getting the hang of being a WereLupe
and transforming when ever I wanted to and keeping the instincts at bay. Of
course, getting angry sometimes made it difficult. But Maylas was keeping at
it looking for a cure. Although he spent a good amount of money and went with
the trend of being painted starry.
But the trouble didn’t start until I
received an unexpected shipment. It was a single box being carried by a Scorchio
and dropped it off. I signed the papers.
“What is it? I was expecting a shipment
until the end of the week,” I asked him.
“I don’t know why. Must have been late
getting it to you last week,” the Scorchio said and left.
I took the box inside and opened it.
I couldn’t believe what I found. A bottled Fire Faerie. My mouth dropped open.
With the disappearances going on, the bottled Faeries were unbuyables. I immediately
placed it on the top shelf behind my counter to show off and take the best price
After selling some Lupe plushies, a Lupe
battle claw, and a few packs of cards, it was time to close up. I had a few
low offers for the Faerie but nothing good enough. I turned off the lights and
left my shop after locking the door. I walked home.
It wasn’t until I opened the door to
my house then Maylas jumped on top of me.
“Guess what?” he said happily.
I groaned from the pounce.
“You’ve decided to lose weight?” I said
sarcastically. Maylas looked hurt.
“No. But its about the Faeries. They’re
offering a reward to anyone who has any info on the location of the Faeries
or of who is stealing them,” he said.
“So now its someone stealing them?” I
“It has to be Colbolt. Faeries don’t
disappear on the own. And I found something in a book.” He got off of me and
went inside. I followed.
Maylas grabbed a book from the book shelf
and began to flip through it. Once he came to the page he was looking for, he
held it up to me.
“See? Read this.” He pointed to one paragraph.
“It is said that when enough Faeries
of all kind are gathered together, they will grant one wish to whoever has them
all,” I read. “So?”
“So? So! Who would be greedy enough to
capture all those Faeries?” Maylas said. One name popped into my mind.
“Balthazar,” I said.
“Exactly. And, here’s my plan. We stop
Balthazar, turn him in, and then use the Faeries’ power to change you back into
a normal Lupe!” Maylas said excitedly.
“There’s only one problem to that,” I
“What?” Maylas asked.
“No one has seen Balthazar for years!
Ever since the Faerie Queen banished him to the Haunted Woods, no one has ever
seen him or heard from him!” I said aloud.
Maylas rubbed his ear. “Geesh, next time
try your quiet voice,” he said sarcastically. I sighed and went to watch some
“So what?” Maylas popped over my shoulder
“Nothing Maylas,” I growled trying to
concentrate on the television.
“So you want to be a WereLupe?” he asked
knowing the real answer.
“No! Of course not!” I said back angrily.
“Okay, Okay! Geesh, I thought this would
be the best plan to turn you back into a regular Lupe.” He said hurt.
“Maylas, Balthazar is one of the most
strongest Lupes known even without abilities. We would stand no chance against
him if we found him and tried to bring him in.” I explained.
“Well, that’s when you transform into
a WereLupe and then beat him up,” Maylas said already having this pictured out.
I sighed and went back to watching TV. But what Maylas said was true, I could
become a regular Lupe again. I couldn’t concentrate on the program but thought
of a way to become normal.
* * *
I was walking down the street to my shop when I saw smoke rising in the sky.
I ran as quickly as I could and saw smoldering ashes of where my shop use to
be. The fire company was there making their last round . I stared at the burned
building with my mouth opened.
“Excuse me sir?” A green Zafara waved
his hand in front of me but I was still in shock.
“Sir?” He shook me shaking me out off
“What happened to my shop!” I asked furiously.
The Zafara jumped back.
“Well, there was a report of a fire on
this street. The cause is unknown. All that remains are a few Battledome items
but everything else perished. We are thinking it was caused by a disconnected
wire,” the Zafara said.
“Now, could I get your name to give to
the report?” he asked.
“Colbolt,” I said depressed. I had no
way of making money now. I was out of a job. And I didn’t have the NP to start
“Where can I find the remains?” I asked
“That Aisha over there has them,” the
Zafara said while writing down on a piece of paper.
I walked over to the Aisha and explained
I was the owner of the building and for my stuff. The Aisha handed me a Lupe
battle claw, two pale elixirs, and one of my iron Lupe swords.
“Excuse me, but didn’t you find a Faerie?”
I asked her.
“No Faerie was found in the wreckage
sir. They are extremely rare now. Are you sure you had one?” the Aisha replied.
Suddenly it occurred to me that maybe
this was a disconnected wire incident...
To be continued...