Two Most Unlikely Heroes
It was a dark, dusty night in the Lost Desert. The Neopets
of the desert had long since withdrawn into their little thatch-roofed houses,
and with them went the hustle and bustle of the day. Now, in the dead of the nighttime
hours, the only movement was from the tumbleweeds being tussled by the dry breeze.
Not a sound was heard and not a single thing moved.
Suddenly, a dark shadow materialized silently
into a Neopet from behind a towering pyramid. He wore a black cloak around his
swift, agile body, and the hood was pulled low over his head. A stray beam of
moonlight shone across his face for an instant, and that moment of pale, silvery
light revealed his identity: he was a sleek black Nimmo, so dark a shade that
he was merely a flitting shadow; his slitted eyes were slanted and red, shining
with the determination, strength, and patience of an experienced fighter. There
was only one in Neopia that matched this description, and that was Nurogo the
Nurogo, who surpassed all else with the deftness
and skill of his fighting!
Nurogo, who was cold-hearted and wicked to the
Nurogo, who never forgot the enemies that escaped
from him alive!
Nurogo, who was known to take on an army of Grarrls
single-handedly and win unscathed!
Nurogo, who was after the Lost Desert…
He ran silently and purposefully over the sand
to the famous shrine of the late King Coltzan III. All his senses were on the
alert, yet he did not see the two curious pairs of youthful Aisha eyes, a girl
and a boy, watching him from a bedroom window. After Nurogo had disappeared
from view, the two young siblings held a whispered conference.
"He's headed for Coltzan's Shrine."
"But what would he want there, Shenika?"
"You silly little Aisha, can't you tell? He wants
the Desert Gem, of course."
"Tee hee, he's after the Desert Gem. Hee hee!"
"Daniko, he's gonna steal it!"
"Huh? Oh! Grr, then we hafta stop him."
"Right. Do we gotta plan?"
"Er, no, but we'll think of something. And we
hafta be careful! It's way past our bedtime."
"Yeah, we can't save the Lost Desert if we're
And so the two little Aishas, Shenika and Daniko,
crept quietly out of their hut, armed with two clever minds and two brave hearts,
unseen by anyone but the moon.
~ ~ ~
Nurogo strode toward the shrine, and there it
was. His red eyes shone with wild excitement as he gazed hungrily at it. On
a mantle made of solid gold, right in front of Coltzan's Shrine, was the sacred
Desert Gem. Despite the darkness of the night, it shone with a pure, dazzling
glory and sparkled with tranquility and light. It was a crystal made from the
very grains of Lost Desert sand and it shone like a golden, semi-translucent
diamond. Such was its magic and power that it was said the spirit of King Coltzan
himself had blessed this gem and therefore it was cherished and loved by all
of the desert folk.
The Desert Gem would soon belong to Nurogo the
Laughing softly, he slowly reached out to lift
the precious gem off of its mantle…
Wait! He whipped around. Was that a rustling
noise behind him? He quickly dissolved into the shadows, his keen red eyes searching
the air behind him. Nothing moved and nothing made a sound. With the patience
of a seasoned warrior Nurogo waited longer, noiselessly. Still nothing. He returned
to the gem and was about to hoist it into his dark gray bag, when he felt small
paws grasp his ankles and jerk them to the side. He fell to the ground with
a hard thud and tried to scurry into the darkness of the shrine's shadows, but
he had not moved a few feet when a lump hurled itself at him.
"Yaaaahh! No one messes with the Lost Desert!"
yelled the voice of a young girl.
The lump bounced up and down on Nurogo's stomach,
causing it to lurch every time the lump's paws came in contact with it. Yet
his many years of being a warrior had taught him not to show signs of weakness,
lest he encourage his enemies. So even though his eyes watered with every jump
and he was almost about to part company with his supper, Nurogo gritted his
teeth and said nothing.
"Hee hee! Oh, Dani, this is so fun! I found a
trampoline, tee hee! Come over here, ha ha ha, his tummy is very bouncy."
Just when Nurogo thought he could stand it no
longer, he felt another lump hurl itself at him and begin to bounce on his now-upset
stomach. Thankfully, the second lump was much lighter, and Nurogo estimated
that this one was a mere toddler.
"Oh ho ho ho! You're right, Sheni! Hee hee ha
ha, what fun!" exclaimed the voice of a baby boy.
They rolled into a patch of moonlight and Nurogo
got a good look at his attackers' faces. When he saw the two very young Aishas,
he nearly laughed out loud with relief. He had been right; they were mere children.
Nothing that the great Nurogo the Warrior couldn't handle.
Nurogo's stomach was now churning from the weight
of the two jumping youngsters. Although he knew he couldn't hold out much longer,
he also knew that the two Aishas attacking him were small-he could get rid of
them easily. Nurogo waited until he heard the telltale panting of the young
Aishas that signaled they were getting out of breath. He stayed still for just
one more second, when both of them would land on his stomach after a particularly
In a flash the warrior leapt to his feet and
grabbed Shenika and Daniko by their second pair of ears, smiling in satisfaction
as he heard them squeal in terror. He had the upper hand now.
Unfortunately, what he hadn't counted on was
for the small Aishas to begin screaming at the top of their lungs. They threw
their heads back with their mouths wide open and let out ear-splitting shrieks
"AAAAHHHHHH!!! HELP! AAAAAAHHHH!"
"Be quiet!" hissed Nurogo menacingly, tightening
his grip on their second ears and forcefully shaking them up and down. This
only seemed to increase the volume of their bellows.
"HELP! HELP! AAAAAAHHHHH!"
Nurogo ripped the leaves off of several cheops
plants that were growing just outside the shrine and stuffed them into Shenika's
and Daniko's mouths as makeshift gags. Silenced instantly, the brave Aishas
shot Nurogo a dirty look and continued twisting, kicking, and struggling furiously
in his firm grasp without a word.
The Nimmo knew that his time was running out.
If the screams of the Aishas had roused anyone, somebody would come outside
to investigate for sure. He had to act quickly, or else he would not be able
to get the Desert Gem.
He swiftly tied ropes around their paws and forced
the thrashing Aishas into a brown sack, securing the opening with another rope.
As soon as the opening was closed, the thick sack silenced the sounds of their
struggling. Perfect. Then the warrior set his eyes on his golden prize, the
Desert Gem. Scooping it into another, smaller sack, Nurogo sniggered maliciously
as he roughly shouldered both bags.
"Heh heh heh, bet you're not feeling too bouncy
With that, he stole swiftly and silently over
the dunes away from Coltzan's Shrine.
~ ~ ~
Inside the sack, Daniko managed to spit out the
wad of cheops leaves Nurogo had thrust halfway down his throat.
"Phaw! Yuck! I hate cheops plants! Sheni, if
we ever get outta this sack I'm gonna tie that rotten Nimmo up with these ropes
an' take that sword of his and chop him all up! Then I'll lock 'im in a box
and chuck it at the Snowager! And then I'll-"
Shenika spit her gag out and shushed him.
"Phtew! Be quiet, Dani!" She lowered her voice
to a whisper. "We don't want him hear us! Now is the time for some serious action
on our part. Help me untie these ropes and then I'll take care of yours."
The two Aishas laid out their plan as they fumbled
with the bonds, while the unsuspecting Nimmo warrior continued to trek across
~ ~ ~
Barely fifteen minutes had passed when Nurogo
heard a sniff and then a loud yell from inside the sack.
"I WANNA GO HOOOOOOOME!! MOMMEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!"
Nurogo sighed. So the baby boy had gotten his
gag loose. He loosened the rope around the top of the sack.
Immediately he was blasted with, "I WANT MY MOMMEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!"
Nurogo grabbed the bag and snarled into it, "You're
not going home, you sniveling wimp. I now have the pleasure of doing whatever
I want with you. But maybe if you had not dared to oppose Nurogo the Warrior,
you would be safely home in bed! So be quiet!"
Daniko poked his head out of the bag. "B-but…"
he sniffled, wiping an imaginary tear from his cheek with the sleeve of his
robe, "I wanna go home to my momma and daddy!"
On cue, Shenika tumbled out of the top of the
sack and ran around laughing. "Hee hee!" she shouted gleefully. "I'm freeeeeeeeeee!!"
"ARGH!" With speed and agility that Nurogo was
known for, he dropped the bag and lunged after Shenika. He was unaware of the
other Aisha that came crawling out from the folds of the sack.
"I've got you!" he hissed into Shenika's ear
as he seized her. The young Aisha let out a dramatic, theatrical squeal and
struggled madly like a wild beast in his grip, shrieking and hollering to her
lungs' absolute capacity. Secretly she was counting down the seconds for when
Daniko would execute his part of the plan.
Daniko stayed low in the dry desert shrub, creeping
up upon the warrior who had his sister.
"Now, this is where your nighttime stroll ends,"
Nurogo growled, holding the struggling Aisha girl tightly in his strong arms.
She gave a fearful squeak, and Nurogo chuckled viciously. "After this night,
your beloved Desert Gem will be all mine! Now that will be one valuable trophy."
Suddenly, he felt a strange, giggly sensation.
He looked down and saw the Daniko, er, tickling him! "Hee hee ha ha ha!" he
yelped and dropped Shenika. No longer trapped, Shenika threw the sack aside,
bounced on top of his belly, and began tickling as well, leaving Nurogo helplessly
rolling around in fits of laughter.
"Oh hee hee ha ha, stop it!" he choked out between
laughs. "Ha ha ho ho hee ha ha!"
He managed to escape momentarily from the two
Aishas, kicking out at them as they tumbled off his stomach, but Shenika and
Daniko were not to be discouraged that easily and merely sprung back up and
continued tickling the warrior Nimmo.
"Hee hee ha ha ho ho ho!" Nurogo howled. His
sides were beginning to hurt from laughing so hard. "Stop! Please! Ha ha ha
ha ha! Not my belly, ha ha, please! Ho ho ho ho ho!"
Shenika and Daniko continued relentlessly tickling
the evil warrior and then, as an idea struck them, they whispered hurriedly
in each other's ears. Together they grinned and nodded an agreement, and then
they began rolling him slowly. Unaware that he was being taken somewhere, Nurogo
could not stop giggling uncontrollably.
"Hee hee hee hee oh hee hee! Ha ha ho ho this
is too much! Tee hee ha ha!" The Aishas had tickled him to the top of a tall
sand dune. With a small grunt, Shenika and Daniko gave a hefty shove and pushed
him over the top. They beamed and waved merrily at him as Nurogo rolled downhill
straight into…a patch of low-growing Prickly Desert Cacti!
In an instant Nurogo was covered in sharp spines
as he rolled over the spiky, thorny cactus patch. He leapt up fifty feet into
the air, trying desperately to pluck off the sharp prickles. He landed back
on the cacti only to get more spines stuck on him and he jumped up again with
"Help!" he cried as he landed on the cactus patch
a third time. "AAAAAAAAAGH!"
Shenika and Daniko giggled hysterically at the
pathetic sight and congratulated each other heartily.
"Tee hee hee hee! I nearly forgot that this prickly
cactus patch was here!"
"Oh ha ha ha ha! Well, I'm glad we remembered,
Nurogo finally managed to land on warm desert
sand. He kissed the ground and then began attempting to pick off his thorns,
without much success. But he had barely yanked out one thorn when-
"Yaaaaahhh! Don't ever come back to the Lost
Desert again!" The small Aishas charged at him and pounced on his belly, ready
to resume tickling him.
Terrified, Nurogo howled off into the night with
the unstoppable Aishas hot on his heels. "AAAAAAHH! HELP! GET AWAY FROM MEEEEEEEEEEE!!"
"Wait! Don't you wanna stay for tea?" called
the two Aishas cheerfully as he fled and disappeared over the horizon without
a backward glance.
And that is how two energetic youngsters, seemingly
insignificant on the vast sandy plains, drove the great Nurogo the Warrior out
of the Lost Desert.
Panting heavily from the exhilarating chase,
they returned to the spot where Nurogo had left his belongings. They dug the
Desert Gem out of his other bag and walked back to Coltzan's Shrine to put it
back in its proper place. As the Desert Gem glowed brightly once more on its
golden mantle, they let out a deafening cheer could not have been thought possible
from such small Aishas.
Their midnight adventure over, Shenika and Daniko
trudged happily back to their hut. Yet the night's events weren't over.
Silhouetted in the doorway, hands on her hips,
was the form of their anxious mother. As Shenika and Daniko neared the door…
"Uh-oh," said Daniko nervously.
"Shenika! Daniko! Do you know how much trouble
you two are in? Running off out of bed whenever you please, the nerve!! Come
back here this instant!" screeched their mother.
Shenika and Daniko timidly edged a little closer
to the door.
"Now tell me, WHY are you running around the
Lost Desert in the middle of the night?" she yelled furiously. "IT'S HOURS PAST
The little Aishas looked down and shuffled their
feet. How would anyone believe what had just happened?
I hope this story promotes more appreciation towards Aishas and the Lost
Desert. Any feedback would be appreciated!