A Royal Quest: Part One
He couldn't remember how many times he had been in that
terrible pound. Well, let's start from the beginning. It was mid-October. The
sky was blue and cloudless, the air was hot and humid, and Fighter was no more
than three days old. His owner had abandoned him. While Fighter was in the pound
he was left out in the rain with little food and nothing to cover him from the
rain. He was left as a blue Kougra in the pound that terrible day. Worst thing
was, he never saw it coming. Fighter's owner walked him to the shops in Neopia
Central. During the time they talked and had a nice day. Fighter and his owner
stopped at the pound and she talked to that weird looking Techo. His owner gave
him a bag of neopoints and with tears in her eyes she told Fighter goodbye. For
the first days he was overwhelmed by sadness and anger.
After a few days Fighter's luck turned around.
A nice and happy little boy came in and said,
"I am looking for a nice clean and cute pet."
He shaped up and groomed himself with his tongue.
He looked at Fighter turned around and yelled
to the Uni who was in charge of adoptions, "I want this one!"
Fight was happy, oh so happy, that he was leaving
the pound. He got to know his new owner, whose name was David.
"I hope you will like your new home," he told
"I am sure I will," Fighter happily replied.
They got back to their humongous Neohome and
David said, "Pick any room you like."
Fighter ran up to the top floor and got the biggest
room. It was great. It had a blue and orange bed that was spinning. It also
had a sofa and table and toys for Fighter to play with. He was very happy.
David said, "Tomorrow we are going to the shops.
I am looking for some foods and want you to help me pick them out."
"Wow! Really, you mean it?" Fighter cried with
"Yes I do."
After that they ate dinner. It was great. They
had tigersquash corndogs and neocola with a Kacheek lolly pop for desert and
some very tasty chocolate pie. Fighter and David played a little bit of Gormball.
Fighter smoked David; by the time they were finished he was covered in silver
gormball goo and then Fighter went to bed. It was cozy but sort of dizzy. He
stopped the bed from moving by putting a toy under it. He slept great with the
blue sheets and fluffy orange pillow.
The next day Fighter got up and cleaned his fur.
"Hey there," David said. "So, are you ready to
"I sure am! Let's go," he replied.
David got on his little blue bike and Fighter
ran and they were off to the Neopian shops. First they went to the chocolate
factory, and Fighter got lots of chocolates. He got a bag full but somehow he
just could not eat it all. Then they went to the healthy food store. Fighter
didn't like it much but his owner did. Eww, healthy humans.
"Oh, David, can we go to the toy shop for me
to play in?" Fighter asked once he saw the big Kacheek on top of the toy store
roof in all its yellow bright glory. "I just love plushies."
"Why yes, we can go if you like," David replied.
See, he was the first pet and only pet David
had at this time and he could not have been happier to say that. Fighter walked
next to David and they were headed home. Fighter really liked their home, it
was so cozy. They walked down the brown dirt road with the beautiful green grass
waving in the wind as if it were greeting everyone who walked past it.
"Fighter, I have to tell you something," David
"Sure, you can talk to me about whatever," Fighter
"You see I took you on this shopping spree because
I am getting a new pet tomorrow, and I was hoping I could get another pet to
help me look for things, since I didn't know what Kougras liked," David said
"Yeah, am I getting a brother, or a sister?"
"Well… you see I - only want to have one pet,"
"Well, then that means I... I... No, don't make
me, no, don't!" Fighter cried in horror.
Not only did he realize he was being put back
in the pound but Fighter was getting walked to the pound right then. It was
the best but now worst day ever.
He cried and shouted, "No, I don't want to go
"I am sure you will be gotten by someone who
will love you forever," David replied to him.
He couldn't believe this. Fighter was in the
pound; he was in the same storage area that he was in just a week and a half
ago, with its grey and nasty walls and iron covered windows and the dirty nasty
floor. He felt hate towards owners and now hoped he didn't get adopted by a
filthy owner. He ate his food and went to sleep that night and wanted to escape
but the window was just too high for him to jump to. Fighter slept with horrifying
dreams of the pound. He was weak and fragile and now crushed to dust. He had
to get out and thought up a plan. He just needed to be adopted.
"Hello, I am looking to get a Kougra. Do you
have any?" a little owner said to that vain Uni.
"Yes we do, over here," she replied.
They walked over to Fighter and he walked up
to the bars. He replied by purring softly.
"Aww, he is cute. I want him," this little boy
said out loud to the Uni.
She unlocked the cage and Fighter walked out.
He paid her 300 neopoints and they left.
"You're going to love it. You will have 2 brothers
and a sister. I have great plans for you," he told Fighter with wise words.
"Oh, sure," Fighter replied sarcastically.
"I want to make you the strongest Battledome
pet ever. I have four hundred thousand neopoints to spend on your training and
Battledome items. I even plan to get you a beautiful paintbrush over time,"
he said with the nicest smile.
"Yeah, ok," Fighter told him with a bit of sarcasm.
They walked to Fighter's new home. It was nice,
not as big as his other one, but still three rooms and fully stocked with furniture.
It was about five o' clock when they got home and Fighter was hungry, and so
was his owner, Cam. They went to get something to eat at the food shop shaped
like a hamburger. Cam had to grab it, pay for it, and then hit a Uni to get
it. The food was good. They were headed home, and that's when Fighter made his
move. Cam stopped to get some neopoints off the floor that someone had randomly
dropped. Fighter walked behind him quietly and then he took off running. For
a second he was free and he hoped it would stay that way. But then Cam caught
Fighter. Fighter hadn't realized it, but Cam had him on a leash.
"What on Neopia are you doing?" he snapped at
"Humans are a waste," he replied.
"And why do you say that?" he asked Fighter.
"I have been in the pound many times because
of you nasty humans," Fighter told him.
They then talked about how he was left in the
pound twice before Cam came to him and before he knew it they had been talking
"Well, don't worry about the pound anymore. I
have big plans for you. You will be royalty and one of the strongest Neopets
in the Neopian world," Cam said.
"Yeah, sure, and we can all get free draik eggs
and make an army," Fighter retorted to him. "I want to just be on my own away
"I mean look at my name, it's the_fighter14203,"
he said to him as he walked down the street.
"Well so it may be, but it's unique and that's
good," Cam told Fighter softly.
"I guess it is," he said back.
They arrived home and Fighter walked to the room
on the right. It was just a one-story neohome. It was cozy and warm. Fighter
sat and read his favorite new book "Mystery of the Kougra paw". He felt as if
he was getting smarter with every book.
Fighter fell asleep
on page 124 and woke up the next morning with his owner standing above him.
"Get up, we're going somewhere," he demanded.
"Where?" Fighter asked opening his eyes and rubbing
off the sleep crust.
"Somewhere. It's a surprise," Cam said.
"Let me guess, the pound?" Fighter said.
"Never," he replied. "We are in central Neopia
and have to get to Faerieland. We've got a long search, so pack food and toys,
maybe a book or two."
Why are we going there? Fighter pondered.
"In case you're wondering, we are going there
because I want to look at something the queen is holding," Cam said to Fighter
as if he read his mind. "I am saving for something rather expensive and I want
to go see if it is still there and it is ok."
"Ooh, what is it? How much do you have saved?
When will I know what it is? Please tell me," Fighter enquired.
"I will not tell you what it is until we go see
it, but I will tell you that it is expensive and I have one million neopoints
saved up," Cam told him. "You're going to be great and live in a huge palace
once you see what the item is."
He must really like this item, Fighter
thought. He wondered what it could be. Cam told Fighter he would live in a palace
and would be famous, so hmm, what was it?
"Come on, let's go; the boats from Kiko Lake
are going to take us over seas. We just have to get to the beach," Fighter heard
David say from the door.
"Yeah, I am coming, hold your Unis," he replied
Boy, I have never seen so many clothes, toys,
books, and canned foods in one place before, Fighter thought to himself.
They're all yours. Maybe someday he would own his own Neohome.
"I will be rich and famous someday, maybe even
royalty," he said out loud.
Fighter didn't realize he was talking out loud.
"Hmm, so you seem to be set on your future dreams
and aspirations," Cam said as he chuckled. "Are you ready to go?"
"Pretty much, I am fully packed and ready to
get a move on."
The two adventurers set off down through Meridell.
They passed Kiss the Mortog, Ye Olde Petpets and finally ShapeShifter, going
right down to Meridell's edge which some Neopians called Meri Beach.
"Where are the boats, Cam?" Fighter said to him
as he looked out to sea.
Fighter took in the atmosphere of the beach and
looked around. There was a small cute little bush in the grass and it seemed
to all of a sudden move and shake.
"What was that?" Fighter said out loud but didn't
think Cam heard him.
"Look over there, to the left," he replied.
They waited for about two more minutes and the
boats docked and they got in.
"You're going to love this little gift. It will
make you feel rich and great," said Cam as he put the bags in the back of the
The boats had glass bottoms and they could see
the water under them. There was luscious green seaweed and brightly colored
"Look, the coral is moving, Cam!" Fighter said.
"No, that's a Jubjub, it's Maraquan," he replied
to Fighter gracefully.
I wonder if we will pass or even be near the
Maraquan whirlpool, Fighter thought to himself.
The two adventure seekers set out. They sailed
many miles of sea. The beautiful blue sky was as blue as the water. Clouds slowly
past across the sky. The yellow sunshine shone bright, and the water making
slight waves made the two think of being on the beach playing in the sand and
burring each other neck deep in sand. The water was so clear you could see down
for miles. Shoyrus, Jubjubs, Aishas, Grarrls, and much more could be seen swimming.
"Seems as if they are re-building, Cam," Fighter
"Yes, seems as if they are. Look at that beautiful
Aisha. Oh, her name escapes me but it starts with an I. Her sister's name is
Caylie or something of that sort. I once saw her talking to a very lonely and
low pirate," Cam replied to Fighter softly. "It's a very sad tale. The war scenes
are the worst."
"Look, Cam, you can see the cloud of Faerieland!"
"Oh no! How are we going to get up there? I totally
forgot!" Cam cried in dismay.
"Well, I saw on your papers right there that
you were headed to Faerieland and figured you would forget, so I arranged for
a few faeries to come and fly the two of you up there," said the boat captain.
"Hi, the name's Chippy. I am new to this area. Only one of my kind."
The mysterious character rubbed his chin, and
said, "Well, actually I have a friend in the mountains who sells ice creams,
but they're impossible to get, so his business is slow."
"How did you become a boat captain for Kiko Lake?"
Fighter asked him.
"I worked against the Snowager in secret. I gave
hints to people on how to get this little thing that Neopet owners were after;
it was like an avatar or something. And I was caught by the big snake and got
run out of the mountain. There was a blizzard and I swam to Kiko Lake since
it was close and found a job with the boats and here I am."
Fighter started to lie down and tried to get
comfortable on the soft seats. "Wow, cool story. My owner here and I are off
to Faerieland, as you might know. We are going to look at some item that I still
do not know of that's in the Hidden Tower. I am trying my best to find out what
it is. Cam just won't give it up."
Fighter looked at Cam with pure suspicion, wondering
what the item might be.
"Sorry, I won't tell. It's a total secret and
is not to be told until we get there," Cam said proudly.
"IF you get there," Chippy murmured.
"What was that?" Cam said.
"Nothing, just talking to my self, nothing at
all," replied Chippy as he wiped the perspiration off his face.
The group sat in the little boat with a loss
on words for a while and just looked at the water and unknown lands. The crystal
blue water, the green grass and the beautiful blue skies with pets flying back
and forth with humans on them.
To be continued...