The Five Kaus: Part One
Underneath the sea in a secret laboratory, Metonot sat waiting.
He had gotten bored of staring at all the amazing state-of-the-art machinery,
as the splendor of it all fades when you sit in one spot for over half an hour.
During this whole time, Jacob had been arguing with the laboratory's resident:
The Lab Ray Scientist. As odd as it seemed, that was his name. You would think
that somebody as popular as him would have a name, but that was not the case.
For the past few months, Jacob had been taking
him to see the Mad Scientist to test his experimental lab ray.
"If you ever want to take out the Pant Devil
without my help, you need to get stronger," said Jacob as they first visited
the lab. "And the best proven way to get strong fast is to visit that crazy
Lab Scientist at his laboratory."
"But I've heard rumors that his lab ray can
change me into a different Neopet!" Metonot complained. "I don't WANT to change
into another Neopet! I'll lose my wings!"
"Look, the chance that it could happen is low,
but even if it does happen, as least you will be tough, right? And if you do
change into another species, perhaps it will be a winged one, like a Scorchio,
or an Eyrie."
Despite his arguments, Metonot visited the Lab
daily, and DID get strong enough to overpower the Pant Devil and a few other
villains of Neopia. And Metonot didn't change into another species as he had
feared. He only changed into a bunch of different colors: Disco, Electric, Rainbow,
Mutant, Green and Halloween.
Only after he got into the habit of visiting
the lab did his fear come true: Metonot turned into a Yellow Poogle. He could
no longer fly! For the first time in his life he was forced to walk on the ground
like everyone else. It brought him to the point of tears. Jacob tried to cheer
him up, even gave him some toys to play with, which never happened before. But
none of that worked, and Metonot was in complete misery.
Both of them were hoping that the lab ray could
fix the situation they got themselves into, and continued to visit, first getting
him turned into a Red Quiggle, and then thankfully turning him into a Yellow
Korbat. When Metonot realized that he had been turned back into a Korbat, he
flew about the laboratory several times, much to the discomfort of the Scientist,
as there were many fragile things stacked on top of the shelves. But Metonot
didn't care. He had his wings back!
His joy was cut short when Jacob told him they
were still going to visit the lab.
"What is wrong with you!" cried Metonot. "I
finally got my wings back, and now you want me to lose them again?"
"No," said Jacob as he covered his ears from
Metonot's screams. "I just think that we can continue visiting the lab ray without
worrying about you getting changed again. The worst is behind us, you know?"
Metonot tried to change Jacob's mind, but the
decision was made, and they continued to go to the lab, and Metonot was eventually
turned into a Red Kau, and then into a Ghost not long after that.
And that was the current state of Metonot: turned
into a Ghost Kau when in actuality he was a Korbat, capable of taking off from
the ground with a single flap of his wings. Now anytime he flapped his arms,
people thought he was about to charge somebody and they ran away. Or they just
ran away because he was a Ghost.
Whooper, Metonot's Avabot, was the only one
that seemed to be noticing the anguish that he was going through. Instead of
being the insane dancing and broken robot that he was, he was now just...dancing.
It was a waltz to one of the slow orchestra tunes Metonot was fond of. If there
was any notion that Whooper was broken as he danced about in front of Metonot's
tired and sad eyes, none was given.
"Whooper, you can cut it out," said Metonot
with a sigh. "I just want to rest."
The Avabot gave out a low humming noise as it
stopped dancing, an obvious gesture of disapproval. Nonetheless, Whooper was
being cooperative, another trait that he had developed as of late. He jumped
atop Metonot's head, and went to sleep on the space between his horns.
'At least you can sleep,' thought Metonot
as he watched Jacob and the Lab Scientist bicker. "I have to stay awake and
see what's going to happen to me next."
"Metonot is miserable," said Jacob. "I know
it, you know it, even Whooper knows it, and he's a broken robot!"
"He's broken?" said the scientist with a mischievous
grin. "Would you mind if I fixed him up for you? I would do it free of charge."
"You keep your hands off of Whooper! All I want
from you is to turn Metonot back into a Korbat or other flying Neopet. Any will
do as long as he can fly again."
"Jacob," said the Scientist, "As much as you
are worried with the health of your Neopet, I'm being honest that I cannot reverse
the effects on the spot."
"What do you mean you can't reverse the effects?"
screamed Jacob. "Haven't worked out the random effects of that laser yet?"
"As I have already told you," continued the
Scientist as he scratched his head, "This is an experimental machine. I'm still
trying to work out a few bugs. Every time I try to fix something, another problem
occurs with the ray, in the form of a Shadow Aisha turning into a Sponge Grundo."
"Well, haven't you at least made a new ray with
all the data that you have collected over the years? It's not very scientific
to keep doing an experiment that you KNOW is faulty."
"No, I haven't made a new-" and The Lab Scientist's
eyes opened wide...wider than normal at least. He stood agape, seeming to finally
recall something that he had forgotten.
"Yes...I DO have a new ray..."
"YES!" he cried out as he hovered in the air
a bit with his wings. "I finished it a few months ago, and was cautious about
presenting it to the public, as..."
"Yes?" asked Jacob, who was now leaning in closer
to hear the Scorchio better, even though he was standing right in front of him.
"Well, it's an experimental machine of course,
but it's different from the other ray's side effects..."
"Yes?" and he leaned in even closer.
"All the effects are POSITIVE!" cried out the
scientist with a jump into the air.
"What do you mean they are all positive?"
"Every time a pet gets zapped from my new ray,
there are no negative results. All strength, speed and endurance will be raised,
and not only that, they will be raised tremendously!"
"Really?" said Jacob with disbelief. Something
like that was too good to be true.
"Of course! And this will get you even MORE
excited! I can change Neopets to any color or species on command! Your Neopet
can be turned back into a Korbat right now!"
"Okay. If this ray is so great, why isn't everyone
in Neopia using it?"
"One, you are the only person I have told of
my newest invention. Two...it's still experimental, and has side effects."
"What side effects?" asked Jacob as he rubbed
his forehead in frustration. He knew there just HAD to be something wrong with
"I don't know! I've never used it yet! But from
my calculations, perhaps the worst that could happen is a failing to change
a pet to the species I want."
A tremendous increase in power and the only
adverse effects being the failure of a pet species change? So even if Metonot
remained a Kau, he would be an incredible contender in the Battledome. And as
there was a chance to turn Metonot back into a Korbat...
"Alright then. Let's see this ray of yours."
"Of course!" said the Scientist as he jumped
off to a corner of the lab and came back with a large cloth covered display.
"Behold my newest creation! The Lab Ray 2000-X!"
and the scientist pulled back the cloth.
"Looks more like a cannon than a lab ray. Are
you sure that thing is safe?"
"I assure you," said the Scientist as he gave
a bow. "It is as safe-no, even safer than my previous lab ray."
Though he didn't think he would be able to sleep,
Metonot was snoozing when Whooper began to softly tap him on the head with its
foot. Another change from the old Avabot: He used to dance on his head to wake
him up. In either case, both ways of waking him were annoying, as he didn't
enjoy being awoken right after he dozed off.
"Knock it off, Whooper. I'm trying to sleep."
He rolled over on his side.
"READY!" piped Whooper with his electronic voice.
"Finally," groaned Metonot as he slowly got
to his feet. "Now let's see what pet I shall turn into today. Perhaps it will
be a Koi, and I'll have to be carried around in a fish tank."
As Metonot walked over to the firing pad, he
gave Whooper over to Jacob, who placed him in his pocket for safe keeping. They
both didn't want anything bad to happen to him. Jacob then placed a hand upon
"Now, now, Metonot," said Jacob with his ever
so happy voice that had become so aggravating to him. "I assure you, this next
test will turn you back into a Korbat."
"Yeah right," Metonot said as he crawled on
the 'zapping pad'. "And I'll eventually be able to fight off the Giant Ghostkerchief."
"That's the general idea!" laughed the Lab Ray
Scientist as he hit the switch, powering up the ray.
"What?" asked Metonot, startled that the Scientist
would say something like that. In the past, it was always something along the
lines of 'I hope this works' or 'you must have plenty insurance to be doing
this'. He focused his eyes, as he was still half asleep when he crawled onto
And he saw the lab ray. The last coherent thought
Metonot had was, 'That is not the lab ray,' and then the ray fired.
To be continued...