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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 21st day of Relaxing, Yr 23
The Neopian Times Week 13 > Continuing Series > In Search of Malkus Vile: Part Five

In Search of Malkus Vile: Part Five

by miss_dream

(Narrated by Don_Medusa)
Ruby_4242 and Morphling_4242 appear courtesy of reeve_42

It took about an hour of looking, but Miss_dream finally found her. Ruby_4242 was lazily napping in the sun under a tree, with her sibling Morphling_4242. Morphling was now a female rainbow Chomby, thanks to her master's…uh, obsession with the lab ray. (No offence!!!)

"HOOOOOOOIIII!" Miss_dream yelled, waking the both of them up. Ruby sprang off her perch and waved both wings in Miss_dream's face.

"WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL???" she screamed.

"I need to borrow you for a little while," Miss_dream said.

"For what? Look, this had better be good enough to make me miss my early late afternoon nap."

Morphling raised her head, looked at Ruby, rolled her eyes, and went back to sleep.

"Listen to me. We are trying to find someone, and the only way we can find them is to shadow the Uber Faeries. Now you're one of the strongest pets I know, and I know I can count on you. Do you think you could help us out?"

"What's in it for me?" Ruby said.

"Hmmm…let me think. I've got a nice loaf of Pyramibread--"

"Yucky."

"--How about a few Golden Juppies--"

"Seeds get stuck in my beak."

"--A Codestone?"

"We have the lab map, what use do we have for those?"

"--A Faerie?"

"Hmm, maybe. What kind?"

"Light."

"Those are useless!"

Miss_dream sighed. "Look, do you want to keep hearing meaningless news reports about little things being stolen?"

Ruby smiled a little. "So, you think the same way as me, huh? Figured out what was going on? Okay. Let me just get all my stuff together, and I'll go with you. Just where are we going, anyway?"

"The Hidden Tower!"

"Well! Why didn't you say so! I was planning to do a little shopping myself…"

The door to the Chamber of the Uber Faeries opened, and I looked up in surprise from my Crazy Crisp Taco. Miss_dream, with Ruby perched on her shoulder, was standing there with the Faerie Queen and the Uber Light Faerie.

"We're all set," Miss_dream said. "Everyone's here."

The Faerie Queen went over to a crystal ball that was shining with all the colors of the rainbow and waved her hand over it. Immediately, there were five flashes of light, and the beautiful figures of the Air, Water, Fire, Darkness and Earth Uber Faeries appeared in the room.

"Faeries, here is your mission. Take one of these Neopets with you and be on the lookout for a small green Grundo. We need to find out who he is and who he works for, because Neopia's safety may be at stake."

The Faeries nodded. "We shall do your bidding, Your Majesty," the Water Faerie said.

"Fire Faerie, you shall go with the fire-feathered Eyrie. Water Faerie, you shall go with the winged Kacheek. Light Faerie, go with the golden Gelert. Darkness Faerie, go with the red Eyrie. And the Air Faerie shall go with the white Lupe."

"What about me, Your Majesty?" asked the Earth Faerie. "I've never been visited by this Grundo."

"You and Miss_dream will stay outside the palace. If any of you see this green Grundo, you must report to the Earth Faerie at once. Now go throughout Neopia, and find this Grundo!"

The Fire Faerie bent down towards me. "Perch on my arm. We're going to teleport down to the Marketplace," she said.

"All right," I said. "See you guys later. Good luck!"

In a flash of multicolored flame, we teleported away from Faerieland.

Shadow smiled to himself. While Heermeedjet and Merouladen were distracting Kauvara by asking about how she brewed her famous potion, he had gotten the back door of the storeroom unlocked. Quietly, he eased it open.

The first thing that caught his eyes were the glowing glass bottles-imprisoned Faeries, in all the colors of the rainbow! Very gently and carefully he lifted up a few of the choicer ones and tucked them into his backpack.

He took a quick look around the storeroom, looking for anything else that might appease Malkus Vile and the organization's client. Then, he saw it-a bottle of Kauvara's Potion! It was high up on top of a shelf, but if he stood on his back paws, he could just reach it--

The bottle teetered off the shelf and fell to the floor. Before Shadow could move it crashed, sending yellow-starred liquid everywhere. "What was that?" Kauvara yelled, and the threw open the door to the storeroom.

"THIEF!" she screamed. "STOP! POLICE! THIEF!"

Shadow knew what he had to do. He grabbed one of Kauvara's Steam Jugs and uncorked it, filling the room with a hissing cloud of steam. As Kauvara blundered around trying to find him, he laughed as he escaped out the back door.

Shadow knew what he had to do. He grabbed one of Kauvara's Steam Jugs and uncorked it, filling the room with a hissing cloud of steam. As Kauvara blundered around trying to find him, he laughed as he escaped out the back door.

"FOR GREAT JUSTICE!" she shrieked, clawing at Shadow. As he recovered from the shock, he grabbed a Web Claw from his thieves' kit, and shot out a sticky mass. It engulfed Ruby, which caused her to fall back and try to detangle herself.

"Come back here you little-" Ruby snarled, as Shadow took to the hills and bounded off on all fours.

"Looks like he got away," the Darkness Faerie muttered. "Here. Let me help you with that." She touched the web, and it began to disintegrate. Ruby shuddered as the web fell to pieces-it was a strange feeling. She looked up at the Darkness Faerie.

"We'd better report this," she said. "I think they're going after the big guns, now."

"I suppose you're right," the Darkness Faerie said.

It had been a few hours since we had started looking for the Grundo, and in those few hours we had seen many pets-a few Poogles, a couple of Aishas, some Cybunnys and even a Lenny-come by, but not the Grundo. I was getting rather hungry, and the Uber Fire Faerie herself even looked bored. Then, I saw him.

He was hiding behind a stall and peering out from behind it. I could see him shaking even from where I was standing. In his arms was a crumpled piece of cloth that looked like a scarf that he was wringing nervously. The Uber Fire Faerie noticed him, and smiled.

"You have nothing to fear," she said. "Come here, my friend. Thank you for your gift."

The Grundo approached the two of us and handed the scarf to the Uber Fire Faerie. He looked at me nervously.

"Don't worry, I don't bite. What's your name?" I asked.

"I…I…I can't tell you that," the Grundo said. "I'll be hurt."

"No one can hurt you here," I said. "You're safe. She's the Uber Fire Faerie, so if anyone DOES try to hurt you, they'll be sorry. Now I know the Light Faerie, and she got your message."

"Really?" the Grundo said. "You mean you can help me?"

"Of course we can!" I said. "I should introduce myself. You know the Uber Fire Faerie, and my name is Don_Medusa. I belong to a girl named Miss_dream who's really nice. She'd really like to take you in, but we've already got 4 pets in our house. What's your name?"

"I…don't really have one. They just call me 'Specimen 492-T.'"

"Hmm…I'll give you a name, then. How does 'Fred' sound?"

"Okay, I guess." The Grundo smiled, just a little.

"So, who is this 'they' that you're talking about?" I asked.

The Grundo squealed with fright, and looked around. "They could be watching me," he whispered. "They'll punish me…"

"Relax," I said. "They'll have to get by US first."

The Grundo timidly approached me and put his hands up to my ear.

"VirtuPets," he whispered.

"Oh for the love of Pete, NOT HIM!" I yelled.

About an hour later, the Uber Fire Faerie, "Fred", and I arrived back at the Faerie Castle. Everyone had strange things to report.

"Kauvara's shop was broken into, and most of her faeries were stolen!" Ruby said.

"Two shops in the Marketplace that sold codestones were robbed," Sallie_chan said.

"There was a strange black Lupe lurking around the Brain Tree. He was probably demanding an Attack Fork," Riahli said.

"I saw a few Mutant Grundos in the Lost Desert, and they said something about finding something," Nayo said.

"The items that were stolen were being delivered by 'Fred' to all the Uber Faeries, and they were blessing him," Miss_dream said. "I see it now! There are so many Neopets in the world, so they probably wouldn't remember every one they saw!"

"I feel ashamed," the Faerie Queen said. "We unwittingly assisted Dr. Sloth…and now it's coming back to haunt us."

"It is all right, Your Majesty," Riahli said. "You did not know that you were assisting the enemy. We do not blame you."

"And now," Ruby said, "whoever Sloth's hired to steal stuff is going after Faeries and Codestones, because they probably would have thought the Faeries had gotten suspicious by now."

We all nodded. "'Fred,'" the Faerie Queen asked, "did Dr. Sloth ever mention who he was hiring to steal for him?"

"I think he mentioned something about a Malted Vial, or something like that," 'Fred' said.

"Sounds a lot like…" Nayo said.

"Malkus Vile! The criminal mastermind!" Sallie_chan said. "We've got to go after him now to bring down Sloth!"

Miss_dream smiled. "I want to thank you for helping me, Your Majesty. I didn't think that I'd get any help, but I was really surprised. We're going to strike out on our own now and get to the bottom of this!"

"I wish you good luck," the Faerie Queen said. "And be careful! We will be watching you from afar."

"Hmm…What about 'Fred?'" Miss_dream thought. "I can't take him with me. And I don't know whether Ruby's master approves of another pet."

The Faerie Queen smiled at 'Fred.' "I will take him, Miss_dream. He will become my helper and be free from Sloth's evil tyranny. Now, my friend, bow your head and receive my blessing."

The little green Grundo bowed his head, and the Faerie Queen touched him with her wand. Immediately, a pair of starry wings spouted from his back, his skin turned jet black and his eyes turned clear blue.

"Whoa," I said, looking at "Fred." He looked fabulous.

"Rise, my dear little friend. Today you will receive a new color, and a true name. You will be called Frederic and fly with me through the skies rewarding the just and good Neopians."

Frederic smiled. "Thank you, O Queen of the Faeries!" he said, his blue eyes beginning to turn teary.

Miss_dream smiled. "You'll be safe now, Fred. You're in good hands."

Meanwhile, in a secret laboratory, Dr. Sloth impatiently tapped his fingers on his table. Specimen 492-T was not back from delivering the latest batch of stolen goods. What in the world could be taking him so long?

A video telephone rang next to him. He picked it up. "Sloth here, and make it snappy! I'm not in a good mood!" he barked.

A shadowed figure appeared in the viewscreen. It spoke with a scrambled voice, as if to disguise itself from any wiretappers. "This is Central Control," the figure said. "I have bad news."

"What is it?" Sloth said.

"The Shadow has been injured. We are not able to deliver your Faeries and Codestones to you. We have also lost track of Specimen 492-T on our satellite."

Sloth seethed with rage. The only place in the whole of Neopia that he could go to for help was run by a bunch of incompetent fools. If only HE ran that place, then they'd get an idea of how a REAL organisation worked.

"Dr. Sloth? Are you still there?"

Sloth glared at the viewscreen. "Tell your little crony, Malkus Vile, that UNLESS he finds Specimen 492-T before midnight, he will have to answer to ME. Do you understand?"

"Yes, Dr. Sloth. I will send him a Beakadoodle tonight."

"SEND IT NOW!" Sloth screamed, slamming the receiver of the video phone down so hard it broke the set. His plans were being ruined by the second, and it was all the fault of those idiots. His only consolation was that this Malkus Vile character would find Specimen 492-T, and soon…

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

In Search of Malkus Vile: Part One

In Search of Malkus Vile: Part Two

In Search of Malkus Vile: Part Three

In Search of Malkus Vile: Part Four

In Search of Malkus Vile: Part Six


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