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The Neopian Times Week 118 > Continuing Series > Friendship and Fudge: Part Three

Friendship and Fudge: Part Three

by aerisangel01

Also by stoneman3x
Owner opened the door. He carelessly tossed his jacket on a stone chair, not even seeing his Neopets and Aurora. He entered the kitchen wordlessly.

     “It’s always like that, every time. He comes, ignores us, and leaves. The only time he talks to us, it’s to insult us,” Meranlia explained to Aurora.

     “You’re trained now, Meran! Go tell Owner. When he sees how strong you are, he'll care for us,” said Squisito, looking in her mirror.

     “Fine, I'll do it. I'll-- ” She didn't have time to finish her sentence when she heard her owner shouting.

     “What are those?!” their owner screamed from Meranlia’s room.

     Every pet ran (or flew, in Aurora’s case) to him. Owner was looking at all the weapons: Sword of the Air Faerie, Dark Battle Duck, Hand Painted Scarab....

     “How?” he asked, dumbfounded.

     Meranlia, Squisito and Dumas_Dirt looked at him hopefully. Owner noticed them and pointed at Aurora. “Who's she?”

     “1_0wnz_j00_4_3v3r!” said Dumas_Dirt happily.

     “The Battledomer?” He half-asked, half-stated. Suddenly he grabbed the Kiko. “All of you! OUT OF HERE NOW!”

     The three other pets quickly fled outside, terrified. They went into their back yard and sat in the garden.

     “He loves us!” said Dumas with mystifying joy.

“You idiot, he hates us!” said Meranlia. “What were we doing... thinking he could ever like us...” she sighed sadly.

     “At least I have my beauty to comfort me!” Squisito looked in her mirror but almost immediately put it down. “But even that's not enough.”

     “What do you think he's going to do with us?” queried Meranlia. For once she did not have the answer to a question.

     “We can only hope it won’t be too bad...”

     All of the pets hugged each other.

***

Owner held Aurora high in the air.

     “You are my pet now! Mine! I will win every battle with you! I will be a Battledome champion! Everyone will envy me! Ha ha ha!” he cackled with glee.

     Aurora struggled, but Owner was holding her very tightly.

     “Jerk! There's no way I'm going back! I don’t want to fight anymore! Leave me alone!”

     “Want it or not, you will do it! I'm your owner now. You have to obey to me!”

     Aurora struggled even more, but a thought hit her.

     “What are you going to do with Meran, Squizzy and Dumas?”

     “Them? They're going to the Pound!” he sneered.

     Aurora gasped. "No--"

     “I'll drop them off now,” he said, his jaw set in determination.

     Owner took Aurora and locked her in Meran's room. Thinking better of it because she could easily blast her way out with any weapon of her choice, he locked her in Dumas' room instead.

     Then he walked out into the backyard and called, "Hey!"

***

Aurora couldn't unlock Dumas' door.

     “There has to be a way to open it!” she muttered to herself. She stopped to think, and she remembered something.

     A long time ago, when she was with her first owner and had a petpet, her owner had locked it in the safety deposit box as a punishment for breaking her Fuzzle. But the petpet had surprisingly found a way to unlock it and go outside.

     If only I could remember how... she searched in her mind.

     “OF COURSE!” she said aloud triumphantly.

     She begun to search in the junk of Dumas' room until she found what she was searching for: barbed wire. She eyed the keyhole and begun playing in it with the wire....

***

“Hey,” the owner said, “I’m sorry I yelled. I was just so surprised that I had a famous Battledome pet now. I apologize."

     “Really?” Squisito asked gleefully.

     “Yeah," Owner replied, with a voice that was almost too pleasant. "Say, wanna come for a walk?”

     They stood up obediently, but Aurora swiftly flew out of the house screeching, “DON’T! HE'LL DISOWN YOU!”

     “You!” Owner growled as he lunged forward and grabbed the Striped Kiko. He saw his pets running across the yard and yelled after them, “Come back here!” But they kept on running, running for their lives.

***

“Aurora has Owner just for her, she must be happy!” said Dumas joyfully.

     Meranlia just shook her head until she noticed Squisito, who seemed shocked.

     “What's wrong?”

     Squisito sobbed. “I... I forgot my mirror! I can’t live without it!”

     “Oh grow up, Squizzy! Beauty isn’t everything in life!"

     Squisito nodded tearfully. “Well... you're right. At least we aren’t with Owner anymore, so we won’t be disowned!”

     “I wouldn’t be so sure if I were you,” warned Meranlia. “We may be away from him, but technically we're still his pets. He'll do anything to find us again. Besides, we have to help Aurora.”

     “What can we do?”

     “We'll go back home," said Meranlia. "Then we'll make a deal with Owner.”

     They had a doubtful look in their eyes but they trusted Meran. So they nodded in agreement.

     "Here's what I had in mind...." the Wocky began.

***

Aurora gazed wistfully out the window. She hoped her new siblings were all right, but it would do no good to run away and find out. Her owner was watching her.

     “Owner!” came a sudden yell. It was Meranlia’s voice.

     Owner looked at Meranlia, Squisito and Dumas_Dirt as they entered the living room.

     "'Bout time, you're going to the Pound where you belong," he growled.

     “Wait.” Meranlia raised her paw. “Let’s make a deal!"

     “Explain,” Owner said, his eyes narrowing on her.

     “Here's how it goes. I'll fight in the Battledome. If I lose, you can keep Aurora and we'll go to the Pound, but if we win, you have to keep us and free Aurora!”

     Owner's eyebrows shot up in surprise. It was obvious that he thought it was a fool's bargain that he could not lose. He smiled smugly and nodded.

     “Very well then, but I choose the challenger!” he replied with a gloating look.

     “Deal!" answered Meranlia sternly.

     “I choose..." Owner paced around, then grinned broadly. "The Snowager!"

To be continued....

Previous Episodes

Friendship and Fudge: Part One

Friendship and Fudge: Part Two

Friendship and Fudge: Part Four

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