Methalius, Kyohara, Junior G and Zeedil just stood there
surprised. All six Time Twisters had been pulled into the bushes by some unknown
beast in the Haunted Woods.
"What do we do now?" asked Junior G.
"I... don't know," whimpered Kyohara. They knew
that they had to stray even further into the Haunted Woods.
"We can't go in there! What if some monster
decides we'd make a good snack?" asked Junior G.
"If we don't go in there Neopia will be doomed!
There will be no Neopia to take over! How are we ever supposed to steal the
Rings of Time if they're lost?" questioned Methalius.
"Aren't you supposed to be some kind of a genius?"
"I've got an idea," he said. Methalius made
some kind of loud call into the Haunted Woods. It sounded like some kind of
"What was that for?" asked Kyohara.
"I have a minion who lives in the Haunted Woods.
She should come," said Methalius. It didn't take very long for a Ghost Uni to
come flying up. She landed on the ground and turned to Methalius.
"I have come Methalius. What do you want?" asked
the Uni quietly.
"Nalikle, we need your help. Some traveling
companions of ours have just been taken into the woods," said Methalius.
"Really? Rumours of a group of Mutant Scorchios
have been spotted in the Haunted Woods. Some say they are searching for something.
They are just rumours but it is possible," said Nalikle.
"What do you believe? Nobody would know about
what happens in the Haunted Woods better than you," said Methalius.
"I believe the rumours are true. I believe they
are searching for something. They can sense power and they need power for their
plans, but nobody knows what they are."
"The Rings of Time! That's what they wanted!"
cried Zeedil. Methalius nodded.
"Nalikle. I am asking you to guide us through
the Haunted Woods to the location of these Mutant Scorchios. Do you agree?"
"Yes master," she said as she sank into a deep
bow. Methalius nodded. Nalikle led them through the Haunted Woods. Evil eyes
stared at them through the darkness but they didn't dare approach with Nalikle
guiding them. She led them so deep it was nearly pitch black. Light could be
seen further on.
"This is where I must leave you. I do not dare
approach. Some beings in the Haunted Woods do not dare attack me, but these
Scorchios are different. Farewell master," she said as she sank into another
"Farewell Nalikle," said Methalius as the Uni
flew off. They slowly approached and peered through the bushes. Nalikle was
right. A tribe of Mutant Scorchios were dancing around the Time Twisters. They
were all tied to a stake buried in the ground.
"What do we do?" asked Junior G.
"We save them. I'm guessing if they were after
the Rings of Time they probably took them off of the Time Twisters. Zeedil will
provide a distraction. Just fly around. Kyohara and Junior G will untie the
Time Twisters and I will find the rings. It is now up to us to save the day,"
he said solemnly. He nodded and they all went off. Zeedil burst into flight
and flew around the tribe. Nearly everyone flew up and chased after them.
"ACK! I forgot they could fly to," he cried.
Zeedil continued distracting them. Kyohara and Junior G ran up to untie the
others. Methalius had been right to assume the rings had been taken away from
them. There were several tents. Methalius ran into the empty ones searching
for the rings. Only four were empty, and none of them had any rings in them.
He knew the rings would probably be guarded.
"Intruder!" roared on of the Scorchios. He was
guarding a tent. Methalius ran up and distracted the Mutant Scorchio with his
Lenny Dance. The Mutant Scorchio looked at Methalius and scratched his forehead.
"Oh, Lennys need better Battledome moves. Take
this!" he cried as he tossed a Lenny Grenade at the Mutant Scorchio. It exploded
and when the smoke cleared, the Mutant Scorchio was unconscious on the ground.
Methalius ran into the tent and saw all six rings on a table. Methalius picked
them up and ran out of the tent. He saw nearly every Scorchio chase Zeedil in
the sky. Some had noticed Junior G and Kyohara untie the Time Twisters and they
were chasing them.
"I think it's time to see what these rings can
really do," said Methalius. He ran over to the Time Twisters while he slipped
all of the rings onto the feathers on his wings.
"Hurry up! Grab onto me!" exclaimed Methalius
as he ran over. He put out his ring and everyone grabbed onto him. Zeedil swooped
Everyone stood still. Methalius had used Chakeebo's
ring to hide everyone from the Mutant Scorchios.
"Come on," said Methalius as he led them away
from the tribe. As soon as they got a good distance away, Methalius yanked the
ring off. This made everyone visible again. He handed over each ring to their
"Thanks, Methalius. I didn't think you'd be
able to give up the rings so quickly," said Deracko as he slipped his bronze
ring back on his finger.
"There will be other times to steal your rings.
This is not one of them," replied Methalius.
Now they had to deal with the challenging task
of getting back on the trail. It took them a while but they finally managed
it. And only a couple of minutes after that, they had escaped the Haunted Woods.
"Finally! I couldn't wait to get out of there!"
cried Kyohara as she breathed a big sigh of relief.
"I think it's time to get invisible again. No
clouds of purple gas managed to get through the thick trees and no black Hopsos,
Mortogs or Zumagorn dared to go in, but now we're in the Lost Desert," Yoigo
reminded them. Tasuara nodded and everyone grabbed onto her. She brought her
ring close to her mouth.
A black Zumagorn was just swooping down from
the sky but stopped when his prey disappeared. They continued on walking. The
Lost Desert was as flat as could be. It was extremely boring. They had a lot
of time to think, and a thought entered Deracko's mind.
"Hey, I just thought of something! What if we're
wrong? What if everything really his a big coincidence like Millyum said a few
days back? How do we know if we're wasting our time with this quest?" asked
Deracko. Everyone paused to think about that.
"I've got an idea. How about you go into the
future a while and check it out?" asked Bortyk. Everyone nodded.
"I'll need Millyum too. She'll have to take
me back to the present when I'm done," said Deracko.
"Sure. Come on Deracko!" said Millyum.
"So how far should I go ahead? How many weeks?"
"I was thinking more than that. I was thinking
years," said Bortyk. Deracko gulped, he had never gone so far ahead in time.
He didn't know if his ring would even do that! The main thing he was worried
about was if Millyum's ring could take them back... or else they'd be stuck
in the future forever.
To be continued...