Dubloons to the Double
"Krawk Island, about 80 miles south of the larger Mystery
Island, was named because of its strange inhabitants, the Krawks. Aside from these
strange lizard-like creatures, Krawk was a desolate rock, until about a year ago
when a gang of pirates on the run from the law landed and settled. Since then
it has become very popular with all manner of undesirable citizens..."
Bam! Flazer, a red Shoyru female, just shut her
book, Neopia's Past and Present.
"Oh, Flazer," Zafar said. "Do you actually believe
that there is a pile of shining Dubloons somewhere in Krawk Island?"
"Yep," Flazer replied. "Just because you, a Zafara
who buries his nose in ten-year-old books, hasn't found any, it doesn't mean
that there isn't any."
"Well," Zafar retorted, "try to find some then,
if you're so clever!"
Flazer obliged and immediately flew out of her
NeoHome, flying about a hundred feet into the air. She was so determined that
she flapped he wings so fast that they were nothing but a red blur- people looking
from the ground would think she had no wings at all. By the time she got to
Krawk Island, it was sunset. She landed at a cave near the very edge of the
"Now I'll show that arrogant spiked rabbit whose
words are true!"
Her voice echoed eerily into the cave. Evil cackling
answered her words. Krawks and Eyries emerged on all sides of the cave, who
sprang out and attacked Flazer. She yelled at them at the top of her voice,
but the scream seemed to echo only in the cave and did not reach the outside
of the cave.
Two days had passed. Back at Flazer's NeoHome,
Zafar was worried.
"Don't tell me something's happened to her. Oh,
pray not," Zafar mumbled to himself.
In the cave, Flazer was continuously biting at
the ropes that were binding her. However, the ropes were too thick for her to
bite through and also made of non-burnable nylon. She tried to move, but the
ropes were too tight. The Krawks and Eyries cackled with glee and threw Flazer
in a smaller cave that branched out from the main one.
"Let me go now, or I'll burn you!" Flazer threatened,
but the Krawks and Eyries howled even louder and stuffed a wad of nylon string
into her mouth and blocked the cave with a giant rock.
After struggling for a while in the dimly lit
cave, but to no avail, Flazer gave up. She was fighting a losing battle against
sleep and soon drifted off to sleep.
When Flazer woke up, the cave appeared to be
pitch-black and she yawned. It took a while for her eyes to be adjusted to the
darkness. She yawned again and this time, stretched her wings- she could stretch
her wings? She looked around and saw the nylon rope, as well as the wad of nylon
string, lying a few feet away. The rock blocking the entrance of the cave was
gone as well. Now that she looked around, she saw a male Pirate Chia snoring
quietly near the side of the cave. He was grey in colour. With a striped red-and-white
shirt and a pirate's eye-patch, he looked nonetheless like the pet of a pirate.
Feeling curious, Flazer prodded the Chia with
her finger and whispered, "Hey… who are you? Wake up!"
"Whoa- what the-" the Chia said. "Oh yeah, now
I remember. I was captured by those… filthy animals, if that's what you can
describe them as."
"You're the one who rescued me right? Thanks,
but why did they capture you and me anyway?" Flazer asked.
"… Well, long story, girl, but it all started
when they were abandoned, years ago. You see- their owners were once crew on
a pirate ship. They learned how to smuggle items, especially Dubloons, onto
the ship. But one day, they went back to the ship empty-handed. This made their
owners furious and they were thrown overboard. The Eyries flew for the nearest
cave available and the Krawks swam in their direction. It is sad, really. They
always vent their anger on any being which has the utter misfortune to pass
by this cave. So far, I don't know where the others are kept, but I do know
that you and I are the only ones they have captured for what should be a few
months. They do it out of fun, but also partially because of their hate for
any other being that does not match the likes of them."
Flazer yawned and said, "Poor them. Still, that
doesn't give them the right to kidnap anyone they like. We've got to escape!"
The Chia agreed and stomped out of the cave.
He checked the passage for any signs of the Krawks and Eyries, but there were
none. He crept silently along the passage and beckoned Flazer to follow him.
They continued down the cave. When they reached the entrance of the cave, they
saw that it was blocked by another giant rock.
"I wonder how they get all those darn rocks,"
Flazer said curiously. "They can't dig them out alone, can they?"
"You never know. How would they be able to dig
those caves out, you should ask first," Pirate Chia replied.
"Oh yeah, I never thought of that," Flazer sighed.
"Hope we can find a way out of here fast."
They passed by the cave that they were in before,
meeting an unwelcome sign. The Krawks and Eyries were standing by the cave's
entrance, not one bit happy at all.
"Kekeke… think it was funnnnnny, escaping like
thaaaat? We'll teach you a lessssssson. See if you dare meddle with ussssssss
again!" one of the Krawks hissed.
"Here we go," Flazer whispered. "Attack!!!"
The Krawks and the Eyries leapt at Flazer and
Pirate Chia and some pelted them with pebbles. The latter two ducked the stones
and attacked. Flazer spit out a large jet of flame at the Eyries while the Pirate
Chia rammed headlong into the Krawks.
"Take that!" Flazer yelled as she whirled her
tail at an Eyrie and flung it at the others.
The intensity of the battle was so great that
none of them noticed the crumbling rock from the ceiling, until a trickle of
sand fell onto Flazer's wing.
Feeling this, she screamed, "RUN!!!"
She and the Pirate Chia leapt off the Krawks
and Eyries they were fighting and quickly fled as far as they could, away from
them. The Krawks and Eyries, too stunned at the sudden movement, did not know
what was happening until one of the Eyries was hit by a falling rock. However,
it was too late as part of the ceiling caved in with a deafening explosion a
few moments later. The disaster was far from over, however. The remaining loose
parts of the ceiling were unsupported and cracks slowly appeared on the ceiling.
The whole thing collapsed like dominoes, one metre after the other.
However, Flazer and the Chia were nearly reaching
the exit when the loose rock fell and blocked their way.
"No!!!" Flazer cried, but it was no use; the
loose rocks slammed onto them a few seconds later.
When the dust had cleared, they, weakened by
the blast, could barely get up and run. However, there was no need. The entrance
lay right before their eyes, with a wooden box in the mouth- a box? Curious,
Flazer opened the box and saw two rusty Five Dubloon Coins.
Gazing half-heartedly at the Dubloons, she handed
one to the Pirate Chia and sighed, "So this is what I risked life and limb for.
A Five Dubloon Coin in a box hidden in what- a rock. Oh well, the money from
this could last me a week, I guess."
"Well, the box's of no use. Let's throw it away
when we reach outside," said the Pirate Chia.
They went to the small junkyard at a deserted
corner of Krawk Island and stepped towards the pile. Pinching their noses to
block out the overwhelming pungent smell, they were about to fling the box when
a certain rattling sounded from inside the box. However, when they opened the
box again, there was nothing.
Flazer thought for a while and said, "Do you
think what I'm thinking?"
The Pirate Chia nodded. Both of them seized the
edges of the false wood bottom and pried it open. The blinding brightness temporarily
prevented them from opening their eyes, but when they could, it was just what
A pair of One Thousand Dubloon Coins. Flazer
could almost imagine the look on Zafar's face if he could see it.