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Sazbae held out her own weapon, a frost cannon, with
a large smirk plastered on her face.
Buffy stuck her head through the bars. If only
she could reach, she could get to Sazbae, and stop this whole mess. Carefully
swinging the cage, she leant out, and...
"YEOW!" Sazbae cried, knocking the cannon over.
A bolt of ice shot across the floor, and hit one of the 'guards' of Ye Magnificente
Museume with a sickening crack. He was encased in a glacial prison.
"Oops, oh well," Buffy said sheepishly. The Chia
Police took this opportunity to handcuff Sazbae, and the other thieves.
”It was a genius plan!” shrieked Sazbae nastily,
struggling against the Chia police fiercely. “I had everything plotted, much
more than what you two idiots could have ever done. Much better…”
”Unfortunately,” Lapinnie snapped back, “your
little plan failed to work. You faked your Top Academic Award winning by using
your thievery skills to steal your original report and exchanged it, did you
not? You knew I was going to get upset, Sazbae?”
Sazbae smiled and said, “You’re not as dull as
you look. I did – I put a bug on you two, making these stupid beasts” – she
pointed at the ‘guards’ of Ye Magnificente Museume – “notice you all. It almost
worked, I almost had my revenge on Buffy for making a fool out of me two years
ago! Did you not know how humiliated I was? That wretched mutant stepped on
my foot after I insulted her owner. I fell right in front of all my friends
"That's a very logical reason for making hundreds
of people in danger, Sazbae," Lapinnie said sarcastically. "Besides, you started
it with insulting Tracy. Tracy's a great owner, you -- brat. Chia police?" The
Chief of the police nodded.
"You'll be going away for a long time, young
lady," the Chief said, leading Sazbae out of the room.
"Chief, would you mind releasing all these poor
forced thieves, and Lucy and Monica from the thieves' guild's headquarters and
training area? I also believe that Fozaibae has done a wonderful job of brainwashing
everyone to steal. They were only under his orders -- none of it was the Neopets'
fault," Lapinnie told the Chief with a glint of hope in her voice.
The Chia chuckled, "Of course, anything for the
heroine." The Aisha blushed at this and turned to her Cybunny friend.
"Come on Buffy, we'd better help out," Lapinnie
said, beckoning towards the other struggling Chias.
"I... I can't."
"My head is stuck." Sure enough, Buffy couldn't
get her head back through the bars, despite her hardest efforts. Lapinnie limped
over to help.
"Your leg, is it okay?" Buffy said, her fur ruffled
and messy. A Chia policeman inspected it.
"Very sorry about that. It's just a minor breakage;
all it needs is a cast. But as for you," he said, pointing to Buffy, "it looks
like we'll need to call out the rescue team."
Someone knocked at the door, Buffy and Lapinnie springing up from their seats
by Lapinnie's oak bed. It was two weeks after the incident already, and they
felt as though time moved along quite rapidly. Most of their summer was spent
in the hospital and in the thieves' guild training centre.
"Mine was mostly spent in that ruddy old museum
where our mission was supposed to be, trapped in a cage," mused Buffy as Lapinnie
reached for the door.
Lucy and Monica were at home with their friends,
Tracy promising to have a friend party before the summer ended (which made Buffy
decide to have their sleepover in Lapinnie's house instead), and thought this
was the best time to do so. Apparently, they had escaped from the guild headquarters
grasps before the Chia police arrived, as their Spardel and Cobrall helped them
escape. They only had minor injuries and recovered in a matter of days, as did
Buffy and Lapinnie. While the Aisha was recovering, Lappiny volunteered to help
her sister in any way possible.
The thieves from the thieves' guild were released,
but had to swear that they would not steal anymore. They would also be monitored
for three months. Lapinnie and Buffy were more than happy to see Grachil, their
Chia friend, and the others free. They had thanked them more than a hundred
times and were now enjoying life without too more tension. For the thieves,
the freedom was almost like paradise.
"Hi, Sakura!" Lapinnie said. "Really? ... Oh,
well, yes, it's true. Yes, sure! Okay, see you then!"
Lapinnie came back, starry-eyed. Buffy glanced
at her and asked, "What's up?"
"Lapin and Marie arranged for me to stay at my
friend Sakura's house! She was my best friend back before we moved over here,"
Lapinnie added, after seeing the slight puzzlement on Buffy's face.
"She's not a brainless Grundo, is she?" Buffy
said with disdain.
Lapinnie smiled and replied, "Nope. She's actually
a quite intelligent Kau, although she's not the reader in the family. Anakin
is -- he hangs out with Lappinny."
Buffy tried to picture Lappinny, but when one
memory came up, she grinned. Lapinnie had been fetching some snacks for her
while she was in the dining room. Lappinny had whizzed into the living room,
hit a couch, and watched it fall over. The couch nudged a small ice sculpture,
while Lapinae, his older sister who favoured him, came into the room. Lappinny
had smiled, Lapinae nearing him and tripped over the ice sculpture. By the time
the rest of the family had come, and Buffy had risen from her chair to the living
room, the room was in ruins.
"We're going to sleep over at their house for
the rest of the summer. It'll be fun!" the Aisha squealed in delight.
"I'll miss you, though, Buffy."
"Yeah," Buffy said, "I will too. It's been one
eventful summer, though -- I can't believe it all started with that droning
Lapinnie giggled at this, as the doorbell rang.
She went to get it; Buffy was left to roam around her room. Lapinnie's room
was temporarily shared with her Kyrii sister, Lapinae, until Lapin could get
enough Neopoints to make separate rooms for them, and her side was very neat
Opened on her desk, she had a large, thick journal.
Buffy evaded the temptation to read it, but her eyes flickered toward certain
words scrawled neatly upon the open pages: 'Buffy', 'always', 'best friend',
"Buffy!" Lapinnie called from downstairs. "Tracy's
here to pick you up."
The mutant Cybunny hurried down the stairs and
greeted Tracy. She turned to Lapinnie and said, "Well, have a nice summer, Lapinnie..."
"You too!" Lapinnie said with a smile. Buffy
thought it must have been contagious -- she couldn't help but smile in return.
"Have a nice trip to Mystery Island."
"Myster -- er, yeah, bye, Lapinnie," Buffy said
coolly, as Tracy lead her out the door. She was about to question the information
of the trip in surprise, for she had not known about it, but Tracy, however,
had hushed her.
Tracy and Buffy headed out of the door, closing
it silently behind them. The words of her journal floated inside the Cybunny's
mind. Buffy smiled, turning back to Lapinnie's house contrasting with the blue
sky, seeing the disco Aisha peek her head out the window and waving mournfully
after her best Cybunny pal. Buffy stopped to wave back, mouthing a last farewell.
"You'll always remain my best friend, too," Buffy
whispered before speeding after Tracy.
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