The Shoyru Theft: Part Two
I'VE BEEN WATCHING you for a while, ever since you chased the two Faeries around
the city," Tenshi continued as they sliced through the air. "Like I said, I
think I can help you. I know of this great detective.." He was cut off as Darinio
interrupted him, "This isn't just another theft! The Faeries stole something
of utmost importance to an entire species!" Grinning, Tenshi replied, "That's
precisely why I'm taking you to this guy. He's the best ever. There has never
been a crime that he was unable to solve." Becoming slightly impressed by the
detective's merit, Darinio asked, "So what's his name?" As they neared their
destination, Tenshi responded, "All will be revealed shortly, just have patience."
A dilapidated building popped into view, and
Darinio slowed down and landed, following Tenshi's lead. The streets and buildings
around were vacant, or at least appeared to be, which seemed odd to Darinio.
Why would the 'great detective' be in such a run-down place? The other buildings,
similar to the one they were standing in front of, were boarded up, barely showing
portions of broken windows and faulty doors. Some of them looked like they would
cave in if a scamander crawled across one. Though this building's windows were
boarded-up, the door wasn't.
"This is as far as I go," Tenshi announced.
"You'll find the detective on the fourth floor, good luck to you!" he exclaimed
as he flew off in a hurry as if he had somewhere else he had to be. Figuring
he had no better option, Darinio put his paw on the rusty doorknob and turned
it, then pushed the door open.
Despite its condition, the building was fairly
large, with several rooms on the first floor, which was a good indication of
the number on the others. Spotting another stairway, the Shoyru headed for it.
Every time he took a step the floor creaked, which was worse while on the stairs,
which wobbled as he pressed his weight on each one.
On the second floor Darinio encountered a striped
Kau, who was sitting on the floor, playing Sakhmet Solitaire. Prepared to continue
on to the next floor, he rushed past the bovine Neopian. But he could go no
further... there weren't any more stairs! After being asked how one proceeds
to the other floors, the Kau responded, "Moo," motioning over to a ladder next
to the entrance of the second floor, which was unnoticeable on the way in. Thanking
the striped Kau, Darinio scrambled up the ladder, now in a rush to find this
Running all the way through the third floor
he quickly reached the fourth. Peering around, he tried to determine which door
most likely led to the mystery pet. The first he passed had no door and the
room was completely barren. The next was locked and bolted, so Darinio moved
on. The third boasted a sign on the door, reading, "Detective Moondrops."
Knocking on the door, he was greeted with a
"Come on in." Inside the room there was an old Marble Desk, two Red Chairs,
a coat rack, and a Green Chair, which was situated so that it was facing away
from the door. "Take a seat," the voice offered. Jumping up from his seat to
the back of it, the detective faced the Pet that had entered. Darinio gasped
as the detective revealed himself. His tail wagging and his left ear slightly
flopped, he was a sight to behold.
"A Doglefox?!" managed the flabbergasted Shoyru.
It was true. From pointy-eared head to furry toe, the detective was a Doglefox,
no doubt about it. "I knew coming here was a mistake!" he yelled, disregarding
the poor Petpet's feelings.
Moondrops shook tremendously with laughter,
wiping a tear from his eye.
"Just tell me what you know, and I'll resolve
the whole problem in no time, you'll see." With nothing better to do, Darinio
told him everything he knew of the theft...
"So let me get this straight. Two Dark Faeries
broke into a secret base, and flew out with a mystical item...this Shoyru Stone.
And you want me to catch them?" Moondrops asked in a voice of disbelief. When
the Shoyru shrugged and looked down, Moondrops said, "I'll do it," much to Darinio's
surprise. "All we need is a plan..."
The two set to work on how to capture the "Dark
"They stole it, but it had no real value to
them, being Faeries." Moondrops scrunched his face as he thought, staring hard
into nowhere. "They must want to sell it!" he exclaimed suddenly, falling off
the Green Chair in surprise of his quite brilliant conclusion.
Struck with the perfect solution, the shrewd
Doglefox began to explain himself. "Here's what I think is the best way to get
these thieves. We go to them, offering to buy - I have some connections on the
street. We lure them to a secluded area, and BAM!" he yelled, getting lost in
"We've got them, and the stone!"
It was a cold, windless night, and Moondrops was at the exchange site, busily
searching for his business associates. Sighing with apprehension, his breath
condensed into fog-like matter. He was in a forgotten alley behind an abandoned
warehouse, waiting to put his plan into action.
Unbeknown to the detective, two sets of eyes
glimmered in the darkest corner of the alley. "You must be him," they declared,
coming into plain sight. He turned around to see two Dark Faeries.
"Yes, I'm the buyer," Moondrops responded, motioning
to the nearby door. "It's cold out tonight. How about we do this inside?" asked
the Doglefox, who appeared to be extremely cold, as indicated by his shivering.
On the way in, he looked up in the rafters to
make sure all was set. Darinio gave him the green light, so he began to stall.
"Where's the stone?" asked Moondrops. "The Neopoints first," they snapped, showing
they were in no mood for games. Moondrops slumped down a bag full of Tombola
Coins, which were of no value any longer.
Darinio positioned a gun over his shoulder and
steadied his aim as they made the transaction.
"Thirty million, just like you asked for," said
Moondrops, his expression grim. "Heh, he's a really good actor," Darinio thought
to himself, chuckling softly. Slowly squeezing the trigger, he fired upon the
KABOOOOOOM!!!! Two balls of energy emerged
from the gun's barrel and hurtled towards them, snaring them on contact. "What
the...!!" they screamed in unison, startled by their capture. "Hey let us out!!"
they pleaded. The two knew they would have to answer to the Air Uber-Faerie,
which wasn't the most pleasant of things.
Crafty as she was devious, Rilora came up with
a plan. "Let us go and we'll give you the Shoyru Stone," she negotiated. "Why
would we do that? We have you two, AND the stone too!" explained Darinio, who
had jumped down from the rafters and was taunting the Faeries with the gun.
"If you don't let us out," Rilora grinned, "we
will destroy the stone!" "You're bluffing," Darinio stated calmly, stifling
his fear. "Try us," she retorted, making him worry even more. Quickly he let
them out, as he would do anything to avoid putting the great Shoyru Stone in
peril. His gun was pointed directly at them, so as to not let them escape with
Rilora tossed the Shoyru Stone to Darinio, and
the two took off, bursting through the doors. Handing the stone to Moondrops,
Darinio said, "I'll be right back - I have some Faeries to catch." With that,
he flew out the doorway and up into the night sky.
Darinio never found Rilora nor her accomplice, just two innocent Air Faeries,
who were trying to escape the cold. The defences of the secret base were increased
- they even went so far as to submerge the facility underwater. The two Faerie
thieves continued their reign, taking advantage of people's prejudices. And
Moondrops? Well he quit his profession after catching fame in a certain contest.
Author's note: Some of these characters may actually have a pet or person with
the same name, I realise this. But what you must realise is that I created most
of the names myself, and it is a mere coincidence. However, Tenshinoyume the Shoyru
was intended to be there, as was... the detective. :)
I received permission from their owner. Furthermore, this is a fictional
story, so Tenshinoyume and the detective do not necessarily act like this in