The Skies of Lupe Forest
Hollypaw veered the sleigh into a horizontal path, bursting
through a wispy cloud. Swerving the sleigh around in a tight circle, she scowled
angrily as she peered behind her shoulder, yanking on the reigns.
"What the HECK is that CHIA doing here?!?" she
yelled to her two companions. The Scorchio Clause hat she was wearing was almost
blown off in the wind as she whipped the sleigh to move even faster in an attempt
to shake off Al, who was still calmly speaking into his tape recorder.
"So THIS is what those three were up to. I suppose
I shouldn't be surprised. Warpaw, fire lasers at him!"
Warpaw clutched the side of the sleigh, feeling
ill. "Do you have to move the sleigh so fast?! There are more conventional methods
to getting rid of something attached by nothing but a stupid string of light
to your sleigh! For instance..."
"JUST FIRE AT THEM!"
"We can't!" Warpaw whined. "The lasers only
fire forwards from the ship!"
"Well, do SOMETHING, you moron!"
Warpaw nodded. He pulled his sword from the
box of items and raised it into the sky, where it gleamed in the sun. With a
war cry, he ran over to the side of the sleigh and began swinging at the runner
of the sleigh.
"NO, you numbskull!" Warpaw yelled, bursting
into panicked flames and setting Warpaw's tail on fire. Warpaw dropped the sword
off the side of the sleigh and yelped, beating the flames out as the sword twirled
through the air and fell towards the ground...
Whatever the blue Acara glumly rang his large silver bell, achieving a rather
depressing aura even in a Scorchio Clause costume. He was still standing next
to his cauldron, where he had amassed a decent amount of Neopoints for the Soup
"Whatever," he droned, as a green Lupe tossed
a few Neopoints into the bucket he was standing by.
As the green Lupe began to leave, a sword came
shooting from the sky. It neatly diced the bucket in half, sending the Neopoints
inside scattering. At once, dozens of passing Lupes pounced upon them (including
the green Lupe who had tossed some in), greedily grabbing as many as they could
as the Acara wearily continued ringing his bell.
Back in the Skies
"What was THAT for?" Warpaw bellowed, whimpering and hugging his charred tail.
"You fool! The slightest disturbance on the
delicate machinery could result in an explosion!" Hotpaw checked the engine
for any marks or dents as delicately as if a baby Neopet who had swallowed a
winning lottery ticket. "If you had hit the engine with that thing-"
"THAT 'THING' WAS A VERY RARE SWORD!!" Warpaw
roared. "Do you know how long it took me to FIND one, and how much they COST?!?
"That..." Hollypaw screamed from the front.
She let go of the reigns, trembling with fury.
She turned, her eyes seeming to glow in the
eerie Christmas lights. The cute poofy hat on her head whipped in the wind as
her face twisted into an expression not dissimilar from pure evil, hatred, and
anything else not good. Her teeth gleamed as the muscles in her neck and arms
bulged grotesquely, showing the full capacity of her power and rage.
She had come this far, and nothing, but NOTHING,
would mess up her plan, especially not the two bumbling idiots in the back.
Hotpaw and Warpaw seemed to shrink as she advanced upon them.
(Ah, yet another mishap that could have been
avoided with Neopets merchandise. You see, Hollypaw's rage could have been soothed
if only someone had taken to time to think of her feelings and purchase her
a gift. And what other gift would be perfect other than this lovely Neopets
T-shirt, featuring a Tyrannian Kacheek? Don't let THIS happen to you. Please,
buy Neopets merchandise for yourself and loved ones today.)
Al and Fluffy screeched as Hollypaw heaved up Hotpaw and chucked him over
the back of the sleigh. The lupologist kicked his little sneaker-clad feet through
the air until he managed to create enough wind to dip just low enough to be
narrowly missed by the surprised Lupe, who tumbled towards the ground below.
He continued his frantic yelping as Hollypaw
grabbed Warpaw by the neck, reached into the box, stuffed the festive attack
peas he had brought along into his mouth, then whipped him around and pointed
him headfirst at Al like a machine gun.
"ALL CHIAS MUST DIE!!"
Hollypaw yanked Warpaw's tail with a click,
aimed, and pounded him on the head. The festive, adorable little peas were rapidly
fired out of the gurgling Lupe's mouth straight towards Al at dangerously high
"AHHHHH!!" Al covered his eyes as Fluffy thought
fast. With a resolute hiss, he made a rather disgusting noise in the back of
his throat, aimed, then began firing negg juice at an equal speed. The rapidly
fired loogies blocked the attack peas well, and one wad even managed to hit
the still raging Hollypaw in the face.
"GAAH! MY EYES!" She screamed, tossing the gurgling
Warpaw off the side and clutching her eyes. "YOU'LL PAY FOR THAT!"
Blinded, Hollypaw stumbled forward until she
managed to seize the reigns, then, unable to see anything, began yanking at
them at odd angles. Al waved his arms through the air and Fluffy clung on for
dear life as he suddenly began to dip up and down, around and around, whiplashed
and spun and twirled and occasionally coming dangerously close to the flames
jetting from the back of the engine. Hollypaw, still blind, pulled the sleigh
into a loop-de-loop, and all of its contents, excluding Hollypaw, fell out onto
the ground beneath her...
The Ground Beneath Her
Whatever the Acara continued desolately ringing his bell as a fire Lupe crashed
through the roof of the shop behind him. A short moment later, the shop caught
on fire. After a bit more time, a red Lupe landed rather neatly on his rear
into his glued-together bucket, shattering it once again. At once, Lupes pounced
upon the Neopoints that scattered, and at once the leftover rotten eggs, vegetables,
and toilet paper that had fallen out of the sleigh showered onto them.
Whatever, untouched by anything, continued ringing
his bell, sighing as a rancid tomato splashed juice onto his boots.
Back to the Sky
Hollypaw panted, her vision finally returning, but her rage boiling even more.
With an inhuman (for that matter, inneopet) roar, she turned around and faced
"THAT'S IT! I've HAD IT! I don't care if I have
to go down with you, YOU'RE GOING DOWN!"
She grabbed the reigns, and with an insane laugh
that made both Al and Fluffy wince, she forced the sleigh into a nosedive. The
wind screamed across Hollypaw's face, blowing off her hat and blasting back
her festive coat. It blew against Al and began emptying his pockets, scattering
dozens upon dozens of spare glasses, along with research notes and petpet treats,
behind him. It blew against Fluffy and blasted him clean off Al's head. Fluffy
freefell for a moment before puffing out his hood enough to stop his fall.
Fluffy was just about to be thankful to be alive
when he realized he still had his headphones on. Horrified he might break them,
he stopped puffing out his hood, and promptly fell after his owner and the sleigh.
And, Once Again, the Ground
Whatever paused his bell ringing to listen to a low whistling noise coming
from somewhere above him. He sighed as he recognized the noise as something
falling, and he picked up the twice-repaired bucket, scattering the Neopoints
across the street for the greedy Lupes to lunge at before setting it back down
At once, a blue Cobrall landed in the pot with
a light pinging noise, leaving the pot unbroken. Dazed, the Cobrall slithered
out of the pot and scrambled away. Whatever blinked blearily at it before shrugging
and ringing his bell again.
That's when the sleigh crashed into the small
booth several blocks away, followed by the curious Chia in the lab coat. For
a moment, there was a kind of suspenseful silence. Then, the engine exploded.
Smoke billowed into the sky, and chunks of flaming Neopets merchandise flew
through the air, raining down on the now fleeing last minute shoppers. A flaming
hunk of metal landed in Whatever's bucket, melting it into an indiscernible
lump of plastic.
The Acara was still calmly ringing his bell
as the sirens of the Lupe Forest Fire Squad began to ring through the air.
"Sleigh bells ring, are you listening!"
Al hummed as well as one could hum in a full
body cast, a songbook propped up in front of him by his Cobrall, who would rather
listen to nails on a chalkboard than his owner sing.
"In the lane, snow is glistening."
Hollypaw continued glumly, from her bed in the
other side of the sterile and white hospital room. Unable to use her cast arms
to turn the page, and having no petpet to do it for her, she tried to turn it
by nudging the book with her bandaged nose. It collapsed shut, and she lost
her temper, thrashing her wood-like, bandaged limbs around in her bed and yelling
a few very inappropriate things.
Al finished the verse cheerily as Chia nurses
rushed to restrain Hollypaw.
"A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight, walking
in a winter wonderland!!"
(And Happy Lupe Forest Winter Festival/Carnival Extraordinaire!!)