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The Neopian Times Week 25 > Short Stories > The Search for a Krawk

The Search for a Krawk

by voidshatter

It was a sunny peaceful day in Neopia, but on 51959 Bracknell Road, someone was especially excited.

"Wow, look at this!" a young Faerie Flotsam by the name of Shake_Shark exclaimed. "Look at what?" replied his brother, a golden Shoyru named Nuke_Dragon."This article in the news! 'The Fungus Cave has just been uncovered on the scurvy Krawk Island... folks have been talking about strange creatures popping up all over the island... they look like Krawks but are much, much bigger.'"

"Yeah, so?" their owner Void had entered the room unnoticed.

"The Krawks described sound pretty cool, maybe we should get one," Nuke added.

He and Shake had always wanted a little sister.

"Well, okay then, I'll see what I can do." And in a flash Void was gone to go do some research the subject. Nuke glanced at his brother, and they both smiled, finally, a baby sister!

***

A few days later, Void called the two anxious NeoPets into the dining room. "So, how were your days?"

"Fine," they responded. They ate in silence, but Shake just couldn't get the thought of a Krawk off his mind. He poked around at his omelette, and a pea fell off on to the floor.

"I'll get it!" Shake said, jumping wildly from the table to retrieve the lost vegetable. He sat back up at the table and continued to stare down at his plate.

"Is something bothering you?" asked Void.

"Well, remember when you said you were going to find out how to get a Krawk?"

Void could see where this conversation was going. "Yes, and it involves having the PetPet, which aren't cheap." The NeoPets had their sad faces on, hoping for void to take pity on them. He couldn't stand the "sad face".

"Oh, all right," Void said. "I'll buy a lot in the Trading Post tomorrow."

"Yaaaaahhhh!" the NeoPets chorused. They jumped around with joy. "Don't get to excited now, I can't assure you I'll get one."

***

The two NeoPets walked over to the Trading Post. "Psst, hey, do you think Void will get a Krawk?" Nuke whispered to his brother.

"I sure hope so," he whispered back.

"I WOULD LIKE TO BUY A LOT!" Void boomed in the loudest voice possible.

 

The clerk looked up from what he was doing, which looked like he was organising PetPets behind the counter. Nuke_Dragon could see some Krawks from the top of the counter if he hung from it. He stared in awe as the tiny reptiles moved around in their cages. He spotted an especially active one in the corner.

He tugged on Void's cape. "Can we get this one?" he asked, pointing to the one in the corner.

"We'll see..." was all he said, even later when they wouldn't stop asking. Shake noticed Void putting the jetsam morphing potion up on his lot counter.

"Hey, what are you doing?" Shake asked. "That morphing potion was for me in case something happened--"

Void cut him off. "But we fixed your Lab Ray Problems didn't we?"

Shake protested. "Usagi said we couldn't sell it!"

Void replied "Usagi doesn't have to know about it, besides, I'm not selling, I'm trading. You do want a sister, don't you?" Shake started to argue, but Nuke made a point of the fact Void was right, and that he was giving Shake the "Don't-argue-with-me-because-I'm-right" look, but then changed his mind when he noticed that Void also put in his Shoyru totem. "All it was doing was sitting in the shop doing nothing, besides, they're cheap, we can get you a new one later. It will be worth it, I promise." Void also though it customary to throw in his Clockwork Grundo. The brothers both knew he was right on both charges, so they let it go and hoped for the best.

***

"YES!" Void could be heard from a great distance, which is where the disappointed pets were, they had not had even one offer on the lot. "You guys won't believe this!" They suddenly perked up and came running at full speed. "I just accepted an offer for a Krawk AND a red paint brush!"

Nuke_Dragon and Shake_Shark were speechless when Void handed them a Krawk. Nuke recognised it from the cage, it was the frisky little one. It was a dream come true.

"Well, then," Void said happily, "shall we stroll on over to Fungus Cave?"

The two brothers cheered at the though of not having a sister, but a super rare sister. The three adventurers arrived at Fungus Cave in the early evening. As they entered the cold, dank cave, the walls glowed with fungus. A chilly breeze blew in from the outside. Shake looked around, holding the Krawk which they had named Flame_Jester. Suddenly, the Krawk jumped out of his hands and ran toward the walls. She struggled to reach the fungus, which was growing just out of his reach. She stared longingly at the fungus and licked her chops.

"It looks like Flame_Jester is hungry..." said Void, he knew what he had to do. Reaching out, he pulled of a chunk of phosphorescent fungus and handed it to Flame_Jester. She eagerly snatched it from his hands and took a big bite.

"Oh, MAN! That is gross!" said a disgusted Shoyru.

Suddenly, a bright flash of red light filled the cave. Void shielded his eyes from the bright flash. When the light dissipated, a full grown Krawk looked out from the shadows. Everyone was speechless. Flame_Jester walked toward them. She curtsied to them, then bent down, plucked a pink flower from the ground and stuck it in her spikes. Void reclaimed his power of speech and said, "Welcome to the family, Flame'"

***

"Well, I guess that about wraps it up," said Void, after a long day of shopping for his new "daughter", whom was currently staring out the window with Shake.

"Hey, look, it's starting to rain!" exclaimed Shake.

"C'mon Shakey, let's go frolic in the rain!" and they both dashed outside.

Void watched them splashing in a puddle from a beanbag chair. Nuke silently walked up behind Void and sat down next to him.

"That sure is some Krawk..." he said.

"She sure is, Nuke, she sure is."

The End

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