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The Neopian Times Week 112 > Continuing Series > Thief: Part Seven

Thief: Part Seven

by _joleveeflareporeon

Prologue

As we continue with the tournament you will see why it is so important to the story... Trust me, I wouldn't have noticed it at first but it is the main turning point in this tale... Prepare to witness the last half of The Battledome Tourney...

     Raven hugged Viper when he returned to the waiting room while Kar and WolverineX2 fought for third place. "See, you've already won us an automatic twenty grand!"

     "Guess so." He tapped Einstein on the shoulder. "What can you tell me about DrakenFireXL?"

     "Umm..." He searched the records. "There's not much here."

     Viper nodded irritably. "Well, not much is better than none."

     "Okay, well, he's a southpaw, like you... and he's pretty much never been beaten."

     "Great," said the mutant flatly as WolverineX2 took third place. "I gotta go."

     When Viper entered the arena, the crowd burst into applause. He had become a favourite among many owners and Neopets. Not many of them had seen such exciting battles. This cheered Viper up and boosted his confidence.

     From across the arena Draken eyed Viper wrathfully. This is my best idea yet; killing the traitor during a battle and making it look like an accident! Draken stroked his precious mini Frost Cannon behind his back. Just you wait.

     Without warning the ref. ran into the arena. "Now, the Class Three finals are to take place! To the victor goes the thirty thousand Neopoint grand prize! May the best Neopet win!" yelled the Gelert excitedly, though Draken was thinking, 'Or may the smartest Neopet win!' The two pets heard the whistle blow.

     Without any hesitation, Draken pulled out his shiny black weapon and pulled the trigger. An orb of light exploded from it, just barely missing Viper. The mutant looked in awe at the wall just behind him. There was a large chunk that had fallen off of it and it was cracked all over. The Lupe was frightened. He knew that no normal Battledome weapon could do that. Viper turned back to look at the deadly weapon, which had made the damage, and then he looked at Draken whose face was shadowed by his oversized cowboy hat.

     Desperate to show no fear, he howled and charged the Kougra. Draken pulled back the trigger again and gulped when nothing happened. It had jammed. He hit the barrel of the weapon, but still it did not unclog. Viper's charge hit Draken full on and knocked him to the ground. The blocked handheld Frost Cannon flew from Draken's left paw and hit the back wall. That wasn't his only weapon though. As a last resort, he'd also brought a handy little switchblade with him. Sure, it wasn't nearly as clean and promising as the mini Frost Cannon, but at least it would do the job.

     Using all of his strength, the Kougra threw the Lupe off his chest, rolled back onto his feet, and pulled out the knife hilt. He pressed a button on it and a sharp metal blade popped out of it. Just as Viper started to get up, Draken through the dagger. This time his aim was true. Viper pulled the dagger from his chest's side, breathing heavily.

     Back in the stands, Einstein and Raven gasped in horror as they looked at the score board. It read, 'HP: 1/70'.

     Using every last ounce of strength that remained in Viper's body, he stood up and, teeth bared and claws spread out, he launched himself at Draken who was absentmindedly thinking of his payment. Viper's claws dug into Draken's chest, and the charge knocked the Kougra into the wall at full force. A jolt shot through Draken and he was unconscious before he even hit the ground. From somewhere, the whistle blew to signal the match's end.

* * *

After a few hours' recovery at the Neopian Hospital, Viper returned to the Battledome to collect his prize money. Draken had been disqualified for the use of illegal weaponry, so second place was split between Viper and WolverineX2. In other words, he went home with a grand total of forty thousand Neopoints instead of thirty.

     s for Viper's recovery, he was now so bandaged up that he could have passed for a mummy, no problem. Lucky for him, the knife was small, so the wound was shallow. Actually, compared to his re-broken shoulder, the stab wound was nothing. And compared to what was still to come, his re-broken shoulder was nothing...

* * *

Chapter VI-The Museum

"So?" growled the chief commander, his chair still turned. Behind him stood two rueful looking agents. They were Scorpion and Draken. Draken had a bandage across his eyebrow where he had got stitches from the afternoon's battle.

     "W-well, we have s-some good n-news and some bad news," stuttered Scorpion nervously.

     "Good news first," grunted the boss rather happily. He thought that his betrayer was dead.

     "Okay, we have some bad news, then," corrected Draken bravely.

     "He's alive, then." The two failures nodded and braced themselves for their boss's fury.

     "INCOMPETENCE!!! I AM SURROUNDED BY INCOMPETENCE!!!" roared the chief commander, causing his agents to flinch. The boss took a deep breath and hissed, "Are you true Serpent Thieves or not?" He hardened his tone a bit. "You ask for a week; I give you a week. What happens? Still, YOU FAIL!"

     "W-what's going to happen to us?" asked the Gelert, scared.

     "Never you mind. You will serve your purpose soon enough. But for now we have our own, shall we say, unconscious allies on our side."

     "Who?" asked Draken.

     "The NCPD, of course."

     "But how? You're wanted all over Neopia."

     "I have my ways... now leave!" ordered the boss. The Gelert and the Kougra nodded gravely and backed out of the soundproof office, shutting the thick door behind them. He laughed maniacally. "Doppelganger, it's your turn now."

* * *

"Well, at least it's not raining," sighed Raven as she and her two pets stood outside, watching construction workers enter and exit their NeoHome with all sorts of tools. Raven had decide to use half of their winnings to make some long-needed repairs on the house, including a new paint job; a new couch and 27" TV; a new bed for herself; a nice cream carpet for the entire floor; and a brand-new fridge. The construction Neopets kicked them out of their own house while they did their work, so now Raven and her pets were waiting outside even though they knew it would be more than a few hours.

     All of a sudden, a resounding thunderclap sounded overhead closely followed by a flash of lightning. Then, even more unexpectedly, a curtain of rain poured down from the heavens, soaking them from head to toe.

     Viper groaned. "Spoke too soon." Raven and Einstein exchanged glances. "Well, we can't just stand here!"

     Einstein frowned at him. "Well no duh, Brainiac! But where can we go? It's a Saturday afternoon; everywhere is gonna be jam-packed!"

     Raven covered her head with her sweatshirt's hood and thought for a second. "I know it'll probably be the most boring place in Neopia, but there is the Neopian Museum. At least it'll be near empty."

     Viper stood on his hind legs and held his arms up at his sides like a cross. "Let's see..." He waved his left paw. "Get bored to death in a museum or," He waved his other paw, "sick in bed for a week with a bad head cold." He then leaned over to the left, so much that he almost fell over.

     Raven nodded and looked at the little Eyrie.

     "No objections."

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

Thief: Part One

Thief: Part Two

Thief: Part Three

Thief: Part Four

Thief: Part Five

Thief: Part Six

Thief: Part Eight

Thief: Part Nine

Thief: Part Ten

Thief: Part Eleven

Thief: Part Twelve

Thief: Part Thirteen


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