The sun didn't beat down too much on the Lost Desert
sand. There was a nice breeze around where we set up our picnic.
"Yay! Finally some grub!" Eatmore, my starry
"Calm down Eatmore. Everyone will get their share
of food." I said. I placed food in plates on the ground. Eatmore grabbed a plate
of chicken and was about to wolf it down before I grabbed it from him. "I said
calm down! You'll have to share- you already stole and gobbled down two peach
ice creams on the way here!"
"Me? Never!" answered Eatmore, trying to look
as innocent as possible.
"Yeah right, we all saw you," Vicious, my Lupe,
"All right guys! Bon appetite!"
The food disappeared in a matter of seconds.
Well, not exactly disappeared- it was in our stomachs of course. Furball,
my Jubjub, and Shadey, my Christmas Zafara started laughing.
"What are you laughing at?" I asked
"Heh, we were just talking about when the Pant
Devil came and tried to steal Jingles away from us. What's funny was when Eatmore
was yapping about his peanuts."
"Hmmm... speaking of eating more, I'm going
to go over to the Food Stall; I'm still hungry." Eatmore said and got up to
go to the Food Stall.
"What the... you just finished eating two minutes
ago!" I said. It was normal for my Skeith to eat that much. He always did. But
even so, I still never knew how he could still be hungry after eating twenty
cheeseburgers and two chocolate chias.
"Yeah but... umm..." Eatmore ran off without
"I'm going to go to Coltzan's Shrine to see
if I could get some blessings." Vicious said and ran off.
"I'm going with him!" Furball said and ran after
"And I'm... err..." Shadey paused and groaned
because he knew he was too late.
"Coming with me!" I continued for him. I grinned
and took him by the paw. "Come on!" I said, "Let's go to the Fruit Machine!"
Eatmore wandered throughout the Food Stall. The shelves were stocked full of
Lost Desert food. "May I interest you in some sutek beans, sir?" asked the Grarrl
"Don't those make you pass gas?" inquired Eatmore.
The Grarrl laughed nervously.
"No, seriously- don't sutek beans cause you
to pass nasty sutek gas?"
"No, sir, not usually."
"So, Vicious, you really think Coltzan's gonna bless you?" Furball asked.
"Sure he will! Right Coltzan?"
Loud, maniacal laughter was heard in the distance.
"HEY!" said Vicious.
Furball snickered and said, "Oooh! How coincidencial
"What? Spooky you say? I'm spooky? "
The voice came from behind them. They both turned around to see the ghost of
Coltzan. Vicious gulped. "Who stands brave enough to call me spooky!? Why, when
I'm done with you, you'll know a new meaning to the word spooky!"
"Why'd you have to say spooky?" Vicious whimpered
"How was I supposed to know that King Coltzan
was so self-conscious?"
"Self-conscious, am I? Well, by the time I'm
done with you, you'll also know..."
"Alrighty then!" I said as I rubbed my hands together. "Let's see if I'm good
with the slots!" I pulled the old, wooden lever covered in leather.
Three Neopets: a desert Pteri, Elephante, and
a desert Aisha barged into the tent and started dancing around like ballerinas.
They were all holding one piece of carboard each. A jingly tune came on from
a Lost Desert speaker as the pets danced.
"Oooh! A musical!" exclaimed Shadey.
The Pteri stopped first and her cardboard portayed
a picture of an ummagine. Then the Aisha stopped- another ummagine! I was waiting
impatiently for the Elephante to stop spinning. He seemed to be getting dizzy
and he tripped on the Aisha's foot and fell on top of him. His cardboard went
flying. On it, was a cheops plant.
"Watch where you're spinning, you big goof!"
the Aisha yelled at the Elephante.
"Why don't you watch where you're sticking out
your foot!" the Elephante shot back.
"I know where I'll be sticking my foot next!"
And before we knew it, the two of them started battling.
"Break it up you two!" the Pteri shouted.
To the side of the tent was a pile of cardboards
sheets, with the fruit machine images on them.
"Quick! Shadey, go get another ummagine picture
and replace it with the Elephante's cheops plant one! Quickly, go ahead while
Shadey sneaked over to the pile and snatched
a piece of cardboard. He scurried back and replaced it with the one with the
cheops plant on it which he threw back onto the pile.
After two minutes, the Pteri finally managed
to separate them and said, "On with the show!" They all raised their cardboards:
an ummagine, an ummagine and a ptoleymelon.
I tried to look surprised. "Oh wow!" I said,
"I won! Yay!"
"Uh... no you didn't... you didn't get three
of a kind!" the Pteri said.
"What do you mean...?" I looked and it was true.
I was filled with rage. "Shadey! We could be rich now, but you had to change
the cheops plant with the ptolymelon!"
Shadey swallowed hard. "You mean... that's not
"It's a ptolymelon!"
"Well it's not my fault! All these desert fruits
"Sorry for interupting, but does that mean you
tried to cheat us?" asked the Elephante.
"Erm... Shadey! Run!" Shadey and I burst out
of the tent, and those three desert pets were hot on our trail.
I was running out of breath after thirty seconds
when I saw Vicious and Furball running towards us with... it couldn't be...
the spirit of Coltzan catching up to them. He looked very angry. Soon, Vicious
and Furball caught up to us and Coltzan and the fruit machine pets were now
We managed to lose them in the Sakhmet palace
while we caught our breath. "That... was ... a close... one. What... happened
to... you guys." I managed to speak between gasps of air.
"Long story," Furball and Vicious said together.
"Wait a minute... Where's Eatmore?" I asked.
"I guess he's still at the food stall."
"Well let's go get him so we could get out of
here!" And so we started running over to the Food Stall and went inside to get
Eatmore. The Grarrl shop keeper was yelling at the top of his lungs at Eatmore.
"How dare you make fun of my sand fruits! They
have been in my family for years! And they are not rip-offs as you say!"
"What's happening here?" I asked.
"This guy's trying to sell me an apple made
out of sand!" Eatmore said to me.
"But it is fruit," the shop keeper said.
"It looks like fruit, until you bite into it
and get all that sand in your mouth. I can get that outside for free!" Eatmore
said as he held the fruit up to my face.
Then we heard Coltzan's roaring voice, "I think
I saw them go into the Food Stall!"
"Eatmore, let's go!" Eatmore understood and
galloped, with us by his side, right out the tent, knocking the Fruit Machine
pets over with his bulky build.
"Come back here!" Coltzan shouted.
The Food Stall shop keeper also came out yelling,
"Come back here with my fruit! Come back with sand apple! You no pay!"
I realized Eatmore still had the sand apple
in his hand and so I threw back a couple of NP for the shop keeper. We did manage
to escape and get back to our Neohome safely.
"You know," Eatmore said as we all sat down
in the living room later, "This sand apple isn't half bad." And with that, he
munched on the rest of his sand apple.