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The Neopian Times Week 75 > Short Stories > The Story of Boochi

The Story of Boochi

by ridergirl333

Boochi. The baby Bruce in the new random event. He turns innocent, unsuspecting NeoPets into infants. But what's the story behind this master of the baby ray gun?

     Al the Chia was holding a free seminar about Lupe sociology in the Lost Desert and I decided to check it out. After all, it was free, right?

     I entered a huge room, similar to a college classroom with stadium seating. In the front, Al was drawing a picture of a Lupe on the blackboard. He looked ridiculous in Lost Desert robes. My Uni RubyRainbow333 was squirming in the seat next to me. "When's the show going to start?" she whined.

     "It's not a show, Ruby. It's a seminar."

     "When's the seminar going to start?"

     I groaned.

     Then, I heard the sounds of a ray gun being fired. My first thoughts were: we're under attack by Dr. Sloth! But I looked to the front of the room and I saw that I was wrong. Very wrong.

     Pink and blue lights flashed where the ray gun had struck. Al the Chia, one of the most prominent geniuses in the Neopian world was... shrinking before our very eyes. Then, when it seemed he could get no smaller, his lab coat disappeared. A pacifier appeared in his mouth and... Al was a baby Chia.

     Shocked, I whirled around. Boochi the dreaded baby Bruce was in the back of the classroom, giggling maniacally. "Don't let him get away!" a Lenny in the front row screamed.

     Quick as red lightning, Ruby streaked after the infant villain. Boochi grabbed a rope and swung out of the room. He dashed through the desert sands.

     But he was at a disadvantage. The sand was supporting Ruby's broad camel-like hooves whereas Boochi was struggling, trying not to get buried. It wasn't long before Ruby and I caught up with him.

     "Do you know what you've just done?" I shrieked angrily. "You've turned one of the greatest minds in Neopia into a little baby! How could you do that?"

     "Yeah, yeah, quit whining!" Boochi growled. "It's none of your business anyway."

     "You can't just get away with this!" cried a furious Ruby.

     "Watch me, pony girl." Boochi lifted his ray gun...

     Too slow! My quick little Uni was off like a shot, dodging the pink and blue laser beams. "Try to turn me into one of your little infants!" Rage seethed from Ruby's words. "I'll make you sorry you ever got that gun!"

     My Uni's words were brave, well spoken, but something was happening. She was getting tired. Her limbs seemed to drag and her muscles seemed cramped. I could hear her panting for breath and I saw her pace slacken.

     Ruby, like many other Unis, is a sprinter. Not a marathon runner.

     Cold, hard steel touched Ruby's head. "One false move," threatened Boochi "And our little pony will be reduced to a foal. A crying bundle of tears and diapers." An insane grin lit up his face. "Wouldn't that be lovely? You wouldn't be so fast then, would you horse?"

     Tears streamed from my Uni's azure eyes. All seemed lost. But Boochi had overlooked one minor detail.

     "Boochi, Unis don't come in baby colour." I grinned in triumph. Ruby kicked the ray gun out of Boochi's chubby flippers. It shattered on a nearby rock. Then, my Uni seized the Bruce's flippers and held them behind his back.

     "Do you know what you did, pony? It'll take me days to repair that thing!"

     "You're trapped, Bruce. Ruby could outrun you in an instant and bring you back here. We'll let you go soon. I just want you to answer some questions," I said. "Why did you turn Al into a baby?"

     Boochi gave me a look of pure ice. I never thought that look was possible from a baby. But then again, I didn't think Boochi was an ordinary baby. "Balthazar made me do it," he growled. "That mangy Lupe forced me to do it."

     "Did he tell you why he wanted you to do it?"

     "No. I never question his orders. I'm his subordinate, you know."

     "What did he persuade you with?"

     "It doesn't matter. It's none of your business." He kicked and struggled to escape Ruby's grasp but my Uni held him tight.

     "You're not an average baby, are you?"

     "Of course not!" Then, Boochi did something unexpected. He burst into tears. Not a hungry child's tears, but rather the tears of an upset adult. He was crying, yes, but he was trying to be strong at the same time.

     "I come from an average neighbourhood in Neopia Central. I lived in an average NeoHome with my sweetheart, Georgina. I had a different name then, I think it was Max. But I don't know. Being a baby is messing up my memory. But Georgina, now there was a rose in the violet field. She was beautiful.

     "Georgina and I had some hard times. I was laid off from my job at the Ice Cream Factory. The Tax Beast was visiting our home regularly, and I found myself falling into debt. We had to sell almost everything we owned, including the antique lamps that once belonged to my mother.

     "Then, the baby paint brushes came. I wanted nothing more than to be painted baby, to be a baby, to not have to worry about life's troubles. But unfortunately, I didn't have enough Neopoints for a book, much less a baby paint brush.

     "So, I went for a walk in the Haunted Woods one day, just to try to get away from my problems. That's when I met Balthazar. He made me an offer. He'd make me look like a baby if only I would... 'Experiment' with his ray gun. Horrified, I refused. But then, Balthazar added one more thing to the deal. Georgina. He imprisoned her and threatened to do horrible things to her. So, now I work for Balthazar. I will always work for Balthazar. Forever."

     I fell silent, shocked by the sadness of it all. "But you don't know why he wanted Al turned into a baby?"

     "No, Balthazar doesn't tell me those things."

     "Very well, Boochi. You may leave."

     The baby Bruce left, crying buckets.

     On my way back the seminar; I bought a blue paint brush. I used it to turn Al blue again. Ruby and I stayed to listen to him talk, but thoughts of Boochi kept flashing through my mind.

     The poor Bruce. Boochi wasn't an ordinary baby. He gave himself, his very essence of goodness, in order to rescue his sweetheart. He placed himself under the command of a foul and unpredictable beast. What a thing to do.

     But I guess that's what you do when you care about someone.

The End

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