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The Neopian Times Week 127 > New Series > The Roboball: Part One

The Roboball: Part One

by jacob133

Somewhere deep within the earth of Neopia, Dr. Sloth was working on his latest invention. It would be the tool that would allow him to reclaim his place as the most powerful being in Neopia! That is, if he could get it to work.

     It wasn't that Dr. Sloth's work was a failure. Everything up until this point has been perfect! The case was that if he did not do everything right in the completion of his creation, a year's worth of work would have been wasted. Up until this point, his Mutant Grundo slaves have helped in the gathering and construction of the parts to put together. It was now his job alone to put everything together properly.

     The interior body of his machine was not too difficult. Dr. Sloth was used to making humanoid robots enough that it has become second nature to him. The plating and reflectors, however, would need a little more work on his part. The armor needed to be set just right, so that if his robot pulled his arms and legs into a fetal position, it would look like a giant metal ball. In this form, it could fly through the air at break neck speeds, as if it were a thrown baseball. And in combat, it could reflect or absorb any magical blow from its attacker. This feature, along with one other, would make it invincible. And it would be under complete command by him. Dr. Sloth, the future ruler of Neopia!

     After many grueling weeks of work, Sloth was almost completed with his robot, which stood six feet tall from head to toe, and was colored red and silver. One final piece of plating needed to be put in place. Before it could be welded however, Sloth needed to install all of the machines programming. This was the most critical phase, otherwise all his work would be for nothing! If the programming went correctly, his invention would close off into a ball after the final plate was put in. He would then put his invention in a specially designed chamber and power up his robot, to make it come alive. After it is powered up, it would emerge from its ball form and receive orders from Sloth.

     However, if his programming was faulty, the robot may stay inside its protective state, making it impossible to open up. If Sloth were to pry his invention open, all of his compact welding and wiring would be torn apart, thereby destroying his creation. So as to not let that happen, Sloth put extra care to be very careful with its programming, to make sure it came out of its shell after being powered up.

     The programming of his robot took many days, but it was finally complete. He activated the countdown programming, and he began to quickly weld the final plate permanently to the body. He had only a few minutes before his robot pulled himself into a ball. He finished his welding and gathered up his tools, with about eleven seconds to spare. Sloth stood there, sweating with excitement, completely focused on his creation.

     Eleven seconds passed, and Sloth's robot stood silent. He began to wonder if it was a failure after all, and that he would have to build another. To his glee, however, the robot began to cave in upon itself, and formed into a ball about two and a half feet wide. He did a little dance and shouted for his Mutant slaves. Two hulking Grundos came into his lab. He ordered them to pick up the metal ball on the floor and place it into the power chamber. Picking up the heavy robot, they placed it on the pedestal in the center of the room. The room was sealed off, and many electrical wires and probes came out of the floor, walls, and ceiling to encircle the entire circumference of the robot. Sloth put on a pair of shades, and giggled with anticipation as he flipped switches and pressed buttons to power up his invention.

     With a blinding flash, electrical current flowed onto the robot. The plating was doing its job, as the power meters by Sloth's hands showed that it was absorbing all the energy thrown at it. After ten whole seconds, the bright flash subsided. All the wires and probes returned to their places in the walls. Dr. Sloth removed his shades, and stared intently to see if his creation would respond to the extreme boost of energy. To his extreme joy, the robot levitated off the pedestal it was resting upon, and changed into its humanoid form. It then placed his feet upon the pedestal below him, and stood there, prepared to receive orders from Sloth.

     Dr. Sloth's fanatical laughter could be heard throughout his underground base. Every Mutant Grundo turned their heads towards the laughter, knowing that it was time to again go to the surface, and wage war against Neopia. They each readied themselves with all there new weaponry and armor, ready to hear the command of Sloth.

     Sloth's laughter toned down after a minute to mere giggles. He gazed through his looking glass at his creation, which was still waiting for orders, as his programming said to do. Sloth wondered to himself, and realized he did not have a name for his creation yet. He thought for awhile, and then thought of a clever name after remembering it could turn into a ball. He decided to name it Roboball.

     Far from Dr. Sloth's underground lair, Nameless the shopkeeper wasn't feeling too good. Not too many people were coming to the shop today. In the past, he thought no one bought anything because they could not see him, the store clerk, as he sometimes became invisible. After time, however, he began to realize that no one bought anything because his entire stock was filled with junk and overpriced items. They adorned all the shelves of the store. Anyone who came by and saw the products and prices were so disgusted that they never came back.

     It was this fact alone that the previous clerk, Clog the lumbering Frankenstein, left without a word. He was replaced by a Robot also named Clog, but it eventually left too. Jacob (his employer) was so devastated, he almost gave up the store. His joy for life though was changed when Nameless came in for the job. He had begun to restock the shelves again, with both junk and worthwhile buys.

     Business boomed in spurts, and it's been a few days since the last one. It would be another week before he got any customers, so Nameless simple passed the time by sleeping in his chair, waiting for a new customer.

     The bell above the store entrance ringed, meaning someone was coming into the shop. Sitting up, Nameless gathered up his strength to make himself become visible to the customers. With a happy voice and a grin, he said, "Hello! Welcome to my store!"

     "Hey Nameless. What's up? Just so you know, I got a big haul today!"

     It was Jacob, still wearing dark clothing and still a bit pudgy. Nameless uttered a groan, and went back to being an outline of his true image. That was his best customer welcome all day, and he wasted it on his boss. Jacob took notice of this, saying, "Hey Nameless. Are you alright? You look kind of sick. You don't have NeoFlu do you?"

     Nameless gave a small smile, and said, "No. I'm fine. What do you got for me today Jacob?"

     Jacob brought up his travel bag up on to the counter. Out of the bag he pulled three different flavors of jelly bottled soda.

     "So, what do you think," said Jacob with a hopeful grin. "Jelly food from Jelly World, the place that is not supposed to exist."

     Nameless scratched his head, not too impressed. "So you got it from Jelly World, huh? I don't think it will sell Jacob."

     "What do you mean it won't sell," Jacob said, sounding a little hurt. "It came from Jelly World, which means it is a rare and valuable find."

     "Not necessarily," said Nameless, pointing at other jelly products on the store shelf. "As you can see, that hunk of jelly cheese hasn't sold yet, and neither has the bowl of jelly cereal. And those happen to be the first jelly products you gave me."

     At that moment, Metonot (Jacob's Korbat friend and Neopet) flew up and started to hover in front of Nameless.

     "Hey, just because nobody bought it right away doesn't mean it will never be bought," said Metonot. "Have some faith in people Nameless. Someone will eventually realize the value of jelly food."

     "That's the spirit Metonot," said Jacob, his spirit refreshed. "It doesn't matter if it is a quick buy or not. Just the fact that it is there when one someone needs it."

     Nameless sighed, saying, "Alright. Let's put these jelly soda bottles up on the shelf then."

     "Good," said Jacob, who was now packing up his bag. "I'll be back to see you in a few days Nameless. Have a good day!"

     "Bye Nameless!" said Metonot as he flew after Jacob through the door.

     Nameless placed the jelly food in its appropriate area, and walked back to his place behind the counter. Sighing to himself again, he knew it was going to be another uneventful day.

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

The Roboball: Part Two

The Roboball: Part Three

The Roboball: Part Four

The Roboball: Part Five

The Roboball: Part Six

The Roboball: Part Seven

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