My Vacation: Part Seven
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!
Wow, this vacation has gone by so fast! Hasn't it? Already
I am going to tell you about my last destinations. I had been to the moon, the
Space Station, Terror Mountain, Tyrannia, Maraqua, Mystery Island, Faerieland,
and finally Meridell. Suddenly I saw the end of my vacation coming very fast
as we planned our last two stops. The Lost Desert and the Haunted Woods.
We stayed at the Haunted Woods while touring
both destinations, seeing as the Neolodge was still being built in the Lost
Desert. Some crazy person decided to make it a real pyramid. So, we packed our
bags - we were getting really good by now - and then flew on over to the Haunted
Woods on those beloved Eyries.
We had barely gotten there and thrown our bags
into our room, when we flew on down to the Lost Desert. I can't say I enjoyed
all this flying around on Eyries, but I was getting used to it. Even Haelee
was whooping with delight as we skimmed random lakes and ponds, the Eyrie dipping
his talons in aimlessly. I smiled - at least she was getting some enjoyment
in this vacation. First ugly Grundos had chased her, and then she had caught
a yucky cold, after that she had gotten sincerely soggy diving into Maraqua;
she had nearly been dropped off of Faerieland, and she had barely even dared
come out of the Neolodge in Meridell. I rather pitied her.
But here we were, and the desert sun was already
beginning to burn us up. Jeanie began applying endless sun block, and I applied
some fur-sun block on myself. Haelee merely looked scornfully at us.
We weren't even in the Lost Desert but ten minutes
before a swarm of horrible bugs attacked us! Angrily, I tossed Haelee at them
and tackled them with endless kicks and punches. This was all to no avail as
they kept coming, but a nice Wocky in a huge machine saved us. A long blue beam
wiped out the bugs. The Wocky smiled and nodded at us, then drove slowly away.
Jeanie then began to tour as tourists do.
We entered Qasala, where we found some breakfast
at Qasalan Delights. Yum! We toured a few more shops, but finally got tired
of it and crossed the Desert to Sakhmet. We stopped at the Fruit Machine where
a desert Aisha and a couple other desert pets held cards in their paws. When
Jeanie and I stepped over, they flipped the card over. Three baggusses. The
Aisha studied the cards closely then nodded.
"Four hundred Neopoints to the blue Xweetok and
her owner," the Aisha called, and a desert Usul pushed a bag of Neopoints into
Jeanie's hands. Slightly confused, we left to browse other shops.
We spent pretty much our whole day in the Lost
Desert browsing shops. Towards about 9:00PM NST, when the Eyries would be coming
to take us back to the Haunted Woods, we spotted Coltzan's Shrine. Jeanie looked
"What do you think? Wanna try it out?" she asked.
"I heard some dubloons were buried around there
anyway," I said, and we walked over to the shrine. Curiously, I stepped forward
and touched the hieroglyphs. Then a shudder ran through the shrine and a spirit-like
face shone before me.
"Thank you for coming, Neopet," Coltzan said
as I gaped at him. Jeanie and I stared at the shrine long after the old owner
had disappeared. It was then the Eyries landed beside us, staring reverently
at the shrine. In a daze, we climbed onto their backs and flew back to the Haunted
Woods, where still in a daze we collapsed into our beds.
Now, although it may seem cool to be sleeping
right in the Deserted Fairground, it is not fun to have to listen to that stupid
Wheel of Misfortune running all night long. When we woke up the next morning,
we realized how close we were getting to being finished with our vacation. One
day in the Haunted Woods and then back to Neopia Central. I don't know if either
of us was regretting it.
We started our day by visiting the Test of Strength.
The Mynci sneered at us and handed us the hammer. I slammed as hard as I could,
but we only got thirty-nine NP. In a huff, we left the sniggering Mynci. We
walked back to the Haunted Woods. Unbelievably, Jeanie convinced me to go to
the Haunted House.
The wind was blowing when we approached, and
we could hear low eerie moans. A ghostly face popped up before us and we fell
into a ditch. I hung on to Jeanie in horror, both of us trembling. After hearing
horrible scraping noises, we dashed out of the ditch and made a run for it!
We soon found an old house. Glancing at each other, we approached it cautiously.
At the door we knocked, and a light beckoned us inwards. Gulping, we looked
at the portraits of Korbats lining the walls, their eyes full of malice.
We continued down the hallway, and then there
was a roar! We looked up to see a horrible misshapen figure. I screamed. Haelee
screamed. Heck, even Jeanie screamed! We ran back down the hall, out the door
and down the road. Never again. Never. Again.
We ran all the way to Edna's Tower. I clung on
to Jeanie's hand as we entered. The ugly green Zafara smiled at us and requested
help. The second we saw her I was already halfway down the road. That is answer
enough I guess... Jeanie dragged me to Esophagor, saying we had to at least
do ONE quest! I agreed only to do the Brain Tree. We decided to do both, seeing
as it was our last day.
"I have a quest for you!" the Brain Tree boomed
at us. I shivered.
"What is it?" I asked slowly.
"James Tonu died a long time ago and I need to
know when and where for my records," the Brain Tree said. I frowned. You're
the Brain Tree! I thought. Jeanie and I set out for the Esophagor with a
sense of dread.
"I ammm huunnggrrryyyy," he moaned. He gave us
two food items to fetch, so Jeanie and I split up, Haelee going with me. I returned
early with the Clawmatoe, although Jeanie took a bit longer getting soup. We
gave the disgusting things to the Esophagor who gulped them down. In return,
he told us the date of James Tonu's death. He then gave us some more items to
get in return for the place. I was getting rather annoyed.
We finally returned with the overpriced item,
my irritation growing. We returned to the Brain Tree with his answers. He gave
us a reward. I was tired. Can we go now? I wanted to ask.
Our last stop on our last day was to visit Sydney.
But when we saw his price and heard his creepiness we kind of went to the Wheel
of Misfortune instead. Jeanie handed the hundred Neopoints to the man, and then
gave the handle a jerk. The wheel spun and spun. "Aachoo!" I said, and suddenly
felt nauseous. My face burned and felt unbelievably dizzy. Haelee nuzzled my
paw in concern.
Suddenly, Jeanie was holding me, her hand to
my forehead. "NeoFlu," she said and held me close. She whistled shrilly and
an Eyrie dived out of nowhere. "Faerieland Healing Springs, please," she said,
climbing onto the Eyrie's back. He took off with a jerk. In five minutes we
were there, and I felt even more sick from all that flying.
"What happened?" Nereid cried as Jeanie climbed
off the Eyrie.
"That stupid Wheel of Misfortune made her sick,"
Jeanie said, handing me to the faerie. Her touch was gentle and kind. She smiled
down at me.
"We'll have you fixed up in no time," she assured
me, carrying me over to a spring. "I'm pretty sure this one is hole-free," she
added with a wink, and then dropped me into the spring.
Immediately I felt the nausea leave me and felt
much better. I floated around for a while, until Nereid reached in and pulled
me out. I shook myself like a wet Lupe, and Nereid laughed. Jeanie took me from
her and lovingly stroked my fur. "Thank you," she said to Nereid. "But it is
time for us to go home." I smiled.
And with that, we flew back to the Haunted Woods,
and on back to Neopia Central. As I watched the Eyries fly away, I shook my
head and frowned.
"What is it?" Jeanie asked.
"Well, I was just thinking," I said. "If I am
going to be doing quests for Illusen from now on, we might want to save money
on Eyrie Expressers by getting our own." Jeanie laughed, and Haelee joined in.
Soon we were all laughing! And that, my friends, is how my vacation ended.