My Vacation: Part Two
Now, I'm not one to brag - but I am telling the truth when I say I am the
prettiest blue Xweetok! I have the longest blue mane, the softest blue fur, and
the most beautiful blue eyes! Now, I know I sound really vain - but it is the
truth, and you can't argue with the truth. But there's a problem. I may be otherwise
perfect, but I'm not waterproof, Eyrie-proof, non-gravity-proof, Grundo-proof,
or Mystic-proof. Nope. That is why when my owner, Jeanie, decided it was time
for a vacation, my world turned upside down!
Hello again, Readers. Now let us review. Last week, I
(Ailemea), Haelee the Ditsy (my petpet), and my owner (Jeanie) had explored
Kreludor, eaten lovely food at the Space Station, and were just on our way back
to Neopia. We were on the road again! Or, in this instance, on an Eyrie's back
This ride was much worse than the ride to Kreludor.
Probably because of the fact that my Eyrie liked to dive perfectly vertically
and then come out of it smoothly. Such a show-off. It was a great relief to
see the snow covered peak of Terror Mountain. The landing was not very good
and I landed straight in the center of a junk pile.
"Sorry," the Eyrie said, helping me out of the
pile. A scream cut off my curt reply. I turned around to find a yellow Chia
trying to pull a large bone out of Haelee's mouth.
"This-" she tugged "was a gift-" she tugged again
"from the King-" once again "of Tyrannia." She pulled once more, but this time
Haelee had let go and she went tumbling.
"There is no King of Tyrannia," I stated bluntly.
"Of course there isn't you silly Xweetok," she
said, brushing off the bone. "It's his bone!"
"Yuck!" I said, recoiling. The Chia eyed Haelee
then pointed at her with the bone.
"This your petpet?" she asked.
I nodded uncertainly.
"My name's Carassa. I'll give you this bone for
"That's a rip off," Jeanie said, her Eyrie landing
lightly beside me. "It isn't worth 200!"
"This was a gift from the King of Tyrannia!"
"There is no-" Jeanie began.
"It's his bone," I explained.
"'Oh' is right," the Chia said. "Now, it's 400
or no deal."
"Fine. Just who are you?" Jeanie said, paying
"My name is Carassa - Mika and I run this here
garage sale." Jeanie gasped as a blue Chia appeared with a large box.
"I found this in the attic, Carassa, who knew
we had so much junk? We should apply for the packrat avatar - we'd get it about
a hundred times!"
"Mika, this stuff isn't junk! Look, there are
my old ballet slippers. And there's Uncle Leroy's old Ice Cream Machine trophy,"
Carassa said fondly.
"Don't you start that again, Carassa! Otherwise
we'll never move out of here," Mika warned.
"Oh please, we've been "moving" for years. Besides,
this mountain has gotten a lot warmer since then. And we are getting so rich
from all the garage selling... " I felt myself getting bored. I looked at Jeanie
who was in a trance as she listened to the Chias. I tugged on the sleeve of
her fur coat.
Jeanie looked down at me. "What?"
"Can we go please?"
"Oh... right. Umm... excuse me!" Jeanie called
to the Chias and they turned to us. "Sorry, but we were wondering if you could
direct us to the Ice Caves? That is where we are staying." The Chias pointed
then returned to arguing about the items. "Thank you!" Jeanie called, then gestured
to the Eyries. They picked up our luggage and began to follow us.
"Do you know who those Chias were, Ailemea?"
Jeanie asked me in her 'I'm-going-to-teach-you-something' tone. I didn't answer
for a moment as I wrapped Haelee into a fur blanket. It was so cold!
"Sure I do. Carassa and Mika. Two of the craziest
Chias I have ever met. But I guess you would have to be crazy to live in Terror
Mountain," I chuckled.
"No! They are the Igloo Garage Chias! Haven't
you heard of them? They're famous!" I stared at her, clueless. "Don't tell-
OOOoohhh my!" Jeanie said, staring at something behind me. I turned around and
saw a large shop shrouded in mystery. Literally. It was called 'The Mystery
Shop.' "I've heard of this place! I always wanted to try it out."
"Hey, how about we try it tomorrow? I'm about
to collapse. Heck, we can do a quest for Taelia while we're at it," I said sarcastically.
"That's a great idea! Let's go!" She dashed off
in the direction of the Ice Caves, leaving me with a frown on my face.
"I was just kidding," I said to Haelee, still
curled up in my arms. With a sigh, I followed the Eyries as they chased my owner.
"Ooohhh, no! I am NOT sleeping on blocks of ice,"
I said, staring at the room before me. I started backing up but Jeanie stopped
"Oh come on, it'll be fun!"
"I'll freeze to death!"
"Not with these heated mats I brought," she said
"Oh, I really want my bed to melt while I'm sleeping
on it." Jeanie frowned. The Eyries entered and dropped our luggage down by the
ice blocks that were meant to be beds. They turned to leave but I grabbed them
and pulled them back.
"Wait! Go tell Management that this is not the
room we asked for. I don't want to sleep on ice!"
"Never mind her, you can go," Jeanie said, waving
them off. They left with a grunt. "Come on, Ailemea, let's go get some ice cream."
Surprisingly, that was comforting. We hiked down to the ice cream cart and I
looked up at the menu.
"What'll it be, ladies?" the Lutari said.
"Hot fudge sundae, please," Jeanie said handing
him some Neopoints.
"Make that two," I added. He nodded and pulled
out a tub that read 'Cream'. Reaching into it he scooped a large glob of cream
out and dumped it into the snow.
"1... 2... 3!" He pulled the cream out and put
it into a cup. He then smothered it in steaming hot fudge. My mouth was watering
considerably and I licked the cream. I screamed through my open mouth.
"Mah tung! Mah tung iz duck!" I screeched. The
Lutari reacted very fast. Throwing down his ice cream scoop, he grabbed a cup
of hot water and poured it over the ice cream. My tongue came away easily.
"Sorry," he apologized, "I must've left the cream
in the snow too long." He frowned.
"Ith otay," I said, my tongue hanging out of
my mouth. He scooped me some more melted ice cream and we were on our way. As
we made our way to the Ice Caves NeoLodge we passed a cave. It was completely
"Isn't that the Snowager's cave?" I asked Jeanie.
"It's awfully quiet for someone who is usually
snoring or roaring." I chuckled at my rhyme. She smiled at me.
"Want to check it out?" she asked.
"No way! Not me. Uh-uh. Don't even think about
She grinned and grabbed my paw, dragging me to
"NO!" I screeched. "Please! He'll eat me!" She
pulled me into the cave and then we stopped and watched, agape.
The Snowager sat awake, talking to a Yurble Cameraman
and an Acara Reporter who were trembling in their boots. "I just feel really
misunderstood, ya know?" he rumbled to the two. "I just want that packrat avatar
so bad but everyone keeps stealing my stuff! And every time I fall asleep, someone
comes in and wakes me up. I haven't had a decent night's sleep in years! I haven't
had any dreams either. Only nightmares about jerks stealing all my neggs and
scratchcards. I'm seriously stressing out. So, that's why I called you here.
I want you to broadcast to all of Neopia that I just want to be left alone.
OK? Alone! Wait... aw no... don't run... AA... .AAAAA... .AACCHHOOOO!!!!" A
roar escaped from the Snowager and the screaming reporter and cameraman ran
faster for the entrance. "Aw no! Come back, please!"
Jeanie and I ran with them, screaming. We ran
all the way back to the NeoLodge where we ran into our room and slammed the
door. We turned to find Haelee staring awkwardly at us.
"Don't look at us like that," I scolded her.
"The Snowager was about to eat us!" She gave a high-pitched squeal which we
knew to be her laugh. "Hey! I'm serious! Alright, that's enough! It's your bedtime."
I scowled and she gave her familiar little smile. Winking, she went and curled
up in her little basket. I began to stroke the rough cardboard and she purred
until she fell asleep.
I looked at my ice block with a sigh, and curled
up on it. Surprisingly it was almost overheating. Smiling contentedly, I fell
The next day we started the day by eating at
the Super Happy Icy Fun Snow Shop. Oh it was so cold! Straight afterwards I
was dragged to Taelia's house. The Snow Faerie smiled at us. "I would be most
appreciative if you could do this little errand for me," she said, her tone
soothing and disarming. I realized this was my last chance.
"Sorry, we were just on our way to play Cliffhanger.
We made an appointment," I said. Jeanie gaped at me in wonder and I dragged
her out of the igloo.
"You liar," she chided when we were outside.
"I didn't lie," I confessed. "I had Haelee make
the appointment just in case." Her eyes widened and we set off to meet a Tuskaninny
about a cliff, Haelee on top of my head.
As we approached the Tuskaninny smiled. "You
must be Haelee," he said. "You wanna play, huh?"
"Actually, this is Haelee," I pointed at the
Ditsy. "But yes, we would like to play." He frowned.
"I'm afraid I don't quite understand," he said,
staring at Haelee.
"Don't think too hard about it," Jeanie said.
"Hard!" Jeanie cried at the exact moment I said
"Easy!" He looked at us both.
"Average it is then. Let me get my jumping gear
on," he said, and headed for the bottom of the slight hill that led to the cliff.
"OK," he yelled at us. "Start guessing!"
The poor Tuskaninny had to jump about five times
before we gave up. "At least we got the avatar." Jeanie shrugged as we walked
away from the cliff. She lead me into the Mystery Shop where an insane Ixi greeted
"Welcome... to the... Shop... of Mystery!!!"
she crowed in a "mysterious" voice. "Please, pick any bag you like. And then
we will see what lies within." I rolled my eyes. Jeanie ran and snatched up
one of the cheapest bags.
"This one please," Jeanie said, throwing five
hundred or so Neopoints at the Ixi.
The Ixi nodded and took the bag. "I can practically
feel the paintbrush's aura within." The Ixi smiled.
"Now we see what is inside," she announced. Slow
and suspenseful, she opened the bag. She pulled out a pile of dung. "I'm sorry,
but this is the Shop of Mystery... " she said, shoving us out the door. Jeanie
looked disappointed, but I was laughing my head off.
"Alright, so that was a waste. Let's go already,"
she grumbled. Still laughing, I followed.
After almost a complete week of ice skating,
Snowager sneaking, slushie-drinking, and toy repairing, I was ready for the
Eyrie to take me out of the freezing Terror Mountain. Strapping my bags to his
back, I told him all about the stay on Terror Mountain. When I was finished,
I packed a soggy Ditsy into my jacket and climbed onto the Eyrie's back. I couldn't
wait to get to Tyrannia.
To be continued...