"Sorry, Sharon," said Skeithena gloomily, putting a palm
fan and a BBQ sauce omelette on the table. "I only got a barbecue sauce omelette
from the Giant Omelette, and a palm fan from the Tombola. I lost at the Fruit
Machine, and got nothing from Coltzan's Shrine."
Sharon sighed. "Our usual rotten luck, eh? Well,
getting a palm fan and an omelette is nothing compared to what I got! I spent
all of our remaining one thousand Neopoints on Snow Wars, and won nothing."
"So. We have no NP left. That means you'll have
to go to the Games Room again tomorrow," she said, trying to sound disappointed,
so she could hide her great excitement. If Sharon went to the Games Room next
day, that would mean that she could visit Luperusse at the Giant Omelette!
"Yes. And that also means that you'll have to
go to the freebies again tomorrow. Good luck. Let's see if you can do any better
at the Fruit Machine (or the Tombola, for that matter) than I can at Snow Wars!"
The next day, at the Giant Omelette...
"We have to get you out of here, Luperusse!" hissed Skeithena. "I heard
Grarrg and Sabre-X talking yesterday - they're going to starve you - "
"I can tell," snapped Luperusse. Well, he was
hungry, and it didn't help that he had a huge appetite. Grarrg, of course, was
not giving him a single can of baked beans. This, however, made Luperusse in
his natural state: grumpy. "And how exactly are you going to get me out of here,
you old bookbuzz?"
Skeithena ignored him. "I think I have an idea."
There was a white Lupe nearby who seemed to be
alone. "Excuse me, sir," Skeithena said to the Lupe, who instantly turned his
head in the direction of Skeithena and Luperusse, "Is your owner with you?"
The white Lupe growled softly, "No, he is currently
in the Market Place. Oh, and my name is DellaNeve."
The Skeith nodded. "Nice name you have there,
DellaNeve. Anyway, could you kindly do us a favour? Pretty please with an organic
cherry on top?" she added, trying to sound convincing.
"I suppose so," said DellaNeve. "Tell me what
I have to do, before I make any promises."
"It is very simple, sir. I will paint you" (she
took out a Learn-to-paint Set from her Quiggle backpack) "with non-magical paint
brushes, DellaNeve, so that you will look like my brother here, and I shall
paint my brother into a different colour, too. Then Luperusse and I shall get
out of here, and when we are out of sight, you may use this bottle of water
to remove the paint before you meet with your owner again." She produced a bottle
of water. "Oh yes, and I brought some painted paper Luperusse wings just in
Luperusse raised his eyebrows, apparently quite
impressed. "How'd you know we'd been doing this? You've brought everything we
need in your backpack!"
The Skeith smiled, and shrugged. "I didn't
know we'd be doing this, I just thought that we'd need a disguise, so we'd have
to bring the Learn-to-paint Set and the paper wings! I figured that you'd want
a drink, so I brought a bottle of water!"
"Uh-huh," said Luperusse. "I see,"
Skeithena began painting the two Lupes. Soon
after, DellaNeve looked exactly like Luperusse and Luperusse looked exactly
"Farewell!" DellaNeve called out to Luperusse
and Skeithena, who were just leaving the Giant Omelette.
"Goodbye," Skeithena replied. "DellaNeve, I know
that we will meet again!"
"We shall," agreed DellaNeve. "Good luck!"
Just outside Sharon's House, 546834, Rainbow Lane, Neopia Central...
"Here, a bottle of water to wash the paint off,"
whispered Skeithena, handing the bottle to Luperusse.
Luperusse carefully poured water over himself
and rubbed at his fur with a paw. A while later, most of the paint came off,
and they typed Sharon's username and password into the code box on the door,
Sharon stood in front of them, with her hands
on her hips.
"I say," said Sharon, "you have been very naughty
NeoPets! Luperusse, why are you here when you should be in Tyrannia?"
Luperusse was about to retort, but Skeithena
hastily cut him off, "We, er, Kyruggi, um, said that... she said that Luperusse
could come back, because - b-because Luperusse had learnt his l-l-lesson already...yeah,
Kyruggi said that Luperusse could come back early because he'd learnt his lesson!"
she declared triumphantly.
Their owner did not seem convinced. "I see. Well,
look at this letter I received from Kyruggi."
Subject: Re: Your NeoPet is in Tyrannia
Dear Miss Sharon,
That is good. At least I know that you won't
be worried about Luperusse. Luperusse is a very strong Lupe, but has a very
bad temper -
"Me, have a bad temper?!" exclaimed Luperusse.
"Sh," said Skeithena. "I'd like to read on, Luperusse,
if you don't mind..."
- and he does need to learn a lesson,
after all. Anyway, I have put him under the care of battlemaster Grarrg, as
I have all sorts of other things to attend to.
As soon as we send Luperusse back home I shall
Neomail you. Of course, when you send a Neomail it goes to your recipient instantly,
so you'll know as soon as Luperusse is sent back.
Grand Elder of Tyrannia
"I hope you see you're in deep trouble, Skeithena
and Luperusse," Sharon told them sternly, her hands still on her hips. "You
tell me that Kyruggi said that you have been sent home, while Kyruggi tells
me that she will inform me as soon as you are sent home. I have no reason to
believe you, naughty NeoPets!"
This time Skeithena did not make anything up.
She said very quietly and very solemnly, "Oh, but Sharon, they were starving
Luperusse! They didn't give him any food, and I overheard Grarrg saying that
he'd starve Luperusse."
"Yeah right," said Sharon. "I so believe
you," she added sarcastically.
Luperusse mimicked Sharon, "Yeah right, I
so believe you." (Actually, it was a very good imitation) "Well! Look at
my Quick Ref card if you don't believe me!"
The Quick Ref card said:
- Luperusse -
Colour: Jhudora slave (purple and green)
Age: 97 days
Strength: EXCELLENT (50)
Defence: EXCELLENT (50)
Move: EXCELLENT (50)
"See?" said Luperusse in an I-told-you-so voice.
"It says Hunger: dying on my Quick Ref card. So there!" He stuck his
tongue out at Sharon as though he was a baby Lupe who'd had his Chia treats
taken away from him.
"Fine, fine, fine," muttered Sharon. "I'll let
you off this time. But Skeithena," she said sadly, "why didn't you tell me the
Skeithena looked down at the floor. "I thought
you wouldn't let me go if I did."
"Does that mean that you're going to be a liar
or something from now on?"
The Skeith smiled. "No. I hope not, anyway."
Sharon nodded, and turned to Luperusse. "I can
see that you're suffering from lack of sleep. There are little faint black rings
around your eyes. How come? Supervising an omelette (even if it's gigantic)
can't be a hard job..."
Luperusse grinned. "It's not half as easy as
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