Abdala was more excited than ever before that morning. Tonight
was Halloween night, the favourite day of the 10-year-old Zafara. Her Jhudora
costume was hung on the wall where she could see it and gaze at it. At the end
of the day, she would be parading around in that costume carrying a little bag,
asking for candy at every NeoHome on Soup Alley.
Abdala's best friend, Cantiel, was joining her
that night on her trick-or-treating. She was just as excited as her friend,
but for different reasons. Cantiel pictured herself sitting on the couch, eating
candy by the handful. What better way to spend a boring day with nothing to
Time passed by, and Abdala spent the entire
time sitting on the couch, waiting for sunset. As the clock stuck eight, she
jumped up from the couch and began to put on her costume.
"Abdalaaaa! Time to go pick up your friend at
Abdala headed downstairs with an empty sack
in her hand. She yelled "Byemom!" very quickly and ran out the door to Cantiel's
Cantiel's family lived in a very old, large
NeoHome. It was hundereds of years old, and it was said that there were ghosts
in there. Cantiel had never seen a ghost, but she had heard many strange creaks
coming from the attic in her 10 years of life.
"Hi, Abdala!" said a Shoyru who peered out the
door of the supposedly haunted house. She was dressed in an Illusen costume
to go with what her best friend was wearing. "Let's go!"
Abdala simply stared into the NeoHome with eyes
of disbelief. It wasn't the ancient halls and paintings on the walls that surprised
her. She rubbed her eyes, but it was still there. It was a ghost.
"Hello, girls, how are you doing?" a voice said.
Cantiel turned around. A Ghost Ixi was floating
right there, cackling in her face! Cantiel screamed at the top of her lungs.
"Let's get out of here!" said Abdala, running
off with Cantiel.
"Nice try, girls," said the ghost, "but there
is no way you can escape from Tranius!" He floated back up into the air and
followed the two girls down the street.
"Trick or treat!" Abadala and Cantiel said at
the door of a random NeoHome. A nice old lady had answered the door, and was
about to put a handful of candy in their bags, when Tranius suddenly appeared.
"BOO!" Tranius shouted. Abdala and Cantiel ran
away screaming before the old lady could put anything in their bags. She stood
on her doorstep, puzzled.
"Hide in the alley!" Cantiel shouted. Abdala
followed her friend to a dark, polluted alley, where they both hid in garbage
"This is disgusting!" said Abdala. "I'm taking
a bath when I get home…Cantiel, do you hear me?"
"Of course I hear you," said Cantiel. "But be
quiet! I think I hear something."
The two friends kept silent. They could both
hear someone whistling and humming a tune. It definitely wasn't Tranius.
"Cantiel! Who is that?" Abdala whispered so
the person wouldn't hear. He was coming closer and closer to the two garbage
Cantiel lifted the lid up a little bit so she
could see. The guy was a Tuskaninny in a dark green uniform.
"I think he's a garbage guy!" Cantiel whispered.
Abdala and Cantiel kept their bodies completely
still. The Neopet lifted the garbage cans onto a cart and pulled the cart out
of the alley.
"Where are we going?" Abdala asked.
"I have no idea," Cantiel whispered. "Probably
the Neopian garbage dump."
"Garbage dump?" Eww!" Abdala whined.
"Shh," said Cantiel.
The two girls were silent for the rest of the
trip. Eventually, the cart stopped. The garbage man emptied out both cans into
a pile of disgusting garbage.
"Okay, now I am definitely taking a bath when
I get home," said Abdala. A rotten banana peel sat on her head.
Cantiel didn't seem to mind the garbage. "Just
be glad that Tranius isn't here," she said.
At that moment, a ghost Ixi appeared in front
of Abdala and Cantiel. They both recognized him as Tranius.
"Well, well, it seems that you two have no idea
how to hide from someone ultimately evil, like me. You better run now, children,
or you'll end up being ghosts like me!"
The two best friends ran off into the distance.
They found themselves on a mysterious street that neither one of them had seen
"Where are we?" Abdala asked.
"I have no idea," said Cantiel. "but Tranius
is coming to get us. Maybe somebody who lives on this street can help us!"
Abdala pointed to the house beside her. There
was a sign on the gate that read "We sell magical weapons and potions".
"This house looks promising," said Abdala. "Look
at the sign! Maybe they sell something to us that helps destroy ghosts!"
Both girls stared at the house. It was small
and scary-looking. The wood that it was made of looked as if it were going to
rot. Many vines grew around the ancient house, and a garden of overgrown plants
grew in the front yard.
"We have to go in there!" said Cantiel. She
took two steps toward the house when Abdala pulled her back.
"Don't go in there!" said Abdala. "It's too
"Do you want to get away from Tranius or not?"
said Cantiel. "Speaking of which, he's coming this way! Let's go!"
Cantiel pulled Abdala onto the doorstep of the
mysterious house. Cantiel rang the doorbell. A few seconds later, a dark shadow
answered the door. Abdala hid behind her best friend. The dark shadow came closer
and closer, until the light shone upon it and a friendly-looking Techo stood
"Hello, girls! How may I help you two?"
Abdala came out from behind Cantiel.
"We were…um…wondering if you could help us!"
Abdala said nervously.
"Of course I can, come in!" the Techo said nicely.
He held the door open so Abdala and Cantiel could get in.
"So, what do you two need?" the Techo asked,
closing the door.
"We need something that will help us destroy
a ghost," said Abdala. "We're being followed by a very annoying one."
"I see," said the Techo. "Your request is very
difficult for me to fill. You need a special potion, which is very rare. I have
all the ingredients, except for one."
"What don't you have?" Cantiel asked.
"The ingredient I need is called haunted grass,"
said the Techo. "It only grows in the Neopian graveyard, which is not too far
from here. It looks like ordinary grass, but it is black."
"Thanks for the info," said Abdala. "I guess
we'll just leave and-"
"Wait!" said Cantiel. "Abdala, I think we forgot
"What did we forget?" Abdala asked.
Cantiel whispered something into Abdala's ear.
Abdala giggled a bit and agreed.
"Trick or treat!" the two girls said to the
Techo in unison. He smiled and put a few candies in their bags.
"Black grass. Black grass. Black grass," Abdala
repeated over and over again.
"The Techo said that the Neopian Graveyard wasn't
too far from here," said Cantiel. "We've been walking for half an hour and we
still haven't found it."
"Hold on," said Abdala. "I think I see it!"
The two girls peeked through a wall of overgrown
bushes. On the other side was a grassy field covered in tombstones.
"This is it," said Cantiel. "Let's go in there!"
"But it's too scary!" Abdala whined.
"You are such a chicken!" said Cantiel. "We
don't want Tranius to find us and destroy us! Let's go!" Cantiel dragged Abdala
into the graveyard.
"Hey, look!" said Abdala, looking at the gravestone
in front of her. "This gravestone says 'Tranius'. You think that's the same
Tranius who's been following us?"
"Probably," said Cantiel. "But look! There's
black grass growing around his grave! Quick! Take some of it before he finds
Abdala pulled a handful of black grass from
the ground. The sound of Tranius's ghastly howling filled the air, and it was
"RUN!" Abdala yelled. She and her friend ran
for their lives.
"Where's that Techo's house?" Cantiel asked
as she ran.
"I think it's this way!" Abdala asked, running
at top speed. "Or maybe it's that way! Or this way! Or…oh forget it, just run!"
The two girls ran in a random direction. Just by coincidence, they found the
Techo's house. Just as before, Cantiel rang the doorbell and the Techo answered.
"I see you two are back again," said the Techo.
He immediately saw the haunted grass in Abdala's paw. "Ah, I see you got the
haunted grass! Now I can make the potion you need! Come in and get comfortable
while I make what you need!"
Abdala handed the haunted grass to the Techo
as she and Cantiel proceeded into the ancient house. The couch cracked when
they sat on it, and both girls were afraid to move without breaking it. They
sat still for what seemed like hours. Finally, the Techo came out of his workshop
with a dark potion in his hand.
"I take it that this is what you needed," said
"Yes, that's it!" said Cantiel, standing up
as the couch cracked loudly. "Do you mind telling up exactly what it does?"
The Techo laughed a bit. "I can't say, but it
is quite funny. Now go before I get another customer! Goodbye, young ladies!"
"Thank you!" Abdala and Cantiel shouted as the
exited the house.
The sound of Tranius's howling came again. For
once, Abdala and Cantiel were glad to hear it. It grew louder and louder, until
Tranius floated directly in front of the two best friends.
"Catch me if you can! Ha ha ha!" Tranius cackled.
"You can't escape from us," said Cantiel. "Not
with this!" Cantiel slowly unbottled the Techo's potion. She and Abdala laughed
out loud when they saw it.
Out of the bottle emerged a splash of pink and
purple colour. Tons of yellow smily faces came out and circled Tranius as they
sang a song of happiness.
"Noooo!" Tranius cried in horror. "Not the smily
torture!" the Ghost Ixi ran off, crashed into a building, and disappeared.
"Yay!" said Abdala and Cantiel together, slapping
"Let's go do some REAL trick-or-treating!" said
"So, Abdala, how did your Halloween go?" Abdala's
mother asked on the morning of the first of Storing.
"It went great," said Abdala. "We had no problems
at all. And, best of all, we got lots of candy!" She smiled as she threw a piece
of chocolate into her mouth.