The Petpet Detectives: Case of the Stolen Sharky - Part Three
That evening on Bracknell Road was lively.
It was the feeling of a new case, mixed with
excitement about flying to a new world first thing in the morning. Luna was
making a schedule in her notebook and packing her Faerie Back Pack. Damien was
sitting on the couch talking to Charlie and I had my feet up on the coffee table.
I was famished by the time we exited The Neopian
Aquarium. We didn't stop at the Pizzaroo, I just threw on some sausage wraps
and we ate those. Now it was 9:00 pm NST and I was starting to get tired.
"This is really interesting," Luna said. She
looked through the book Guide to Petpets. Her paw had been frantically
flipping through the pages, but now she was stopped on the 'Sharky' page. Luna
read aloud, "Sharkies used to inhabit the darkest and deepest caves on the ocean
floor. Even though they look ferocious, they are quite sweet and don't have
any teeth. The Sharky has been extinct since year two."
"Wow," Damien said, "the Sharky is supposed
to be extinct?"
"Maybe Scout is the only one left," Charlie
yawned, "then it would be very important to keep him in the aquarium."
"If Sharkies were supposedly 'extinct' then
Scout has to be the only one left," I said.
"But what if there are more of them out there?"
Luna wondered aloud. "Then don't you think that Scout should be with the rest
"Luna, there is no 'rest of them'," I told her
firmly, "Scout's the only one."
"How can you be so sure?"
I rolled my eyes, "because they were classified
in year two as extinct. It's been five years since someone discovered Scout.
You think someone would have seen a Sharky if they hadn't been extinct. Scout
got lucky, that's all."
Luna shrugged, but I could tell she still wanted
to believe that there were more Sharkies out there. "I almost agree with The
Glass Bottom Boat Tour. I mean, that Neopet Shannon had one thing right: they
would be losing business. Maybe we should have considered the attraction in
Kiko Lake before we decided that we were on the aquarium's side."
"We're not taking sides, Luna," Damien said,
taking off his hat and tossing it like a Frisbee onto the hook near the front
door. "We're just trying to view the case from all angles."
"Maybe we should all
just go to sleep," I advised, "and think about this later. Tomorrow's going
to be a big day." Luna started off to her room without saying goodnight. She
was the most sentimental one, and I figured she was feeling sorry for the boat
tours when the aquarium opened.
I was really tired now. Damien stood up and
said goodnight. "Ready for bed, Charlie?" I reached down to take Charlie to
his room, but the pea Chia was fast asleep on the armrest.
The following morning came quicker than I expected.
I woke up in my Fresh Bamboo bed to the small of Hot Cakes wafting in from the
other room. I rolled out of bed and stretched my white wings: they reached past
the ceiling. I kind of staggered out of the room, still half asleep.
The Hot Cakes were coming from a large frying
pan of the stove. Damien flipped some eggs as I came in. His shirt and pants
were well ironed; he looked very professional.
"Morning, Marlo!" he said cheerily. The royal
Aisha watched me sit down before saying, "Today's going to be a big day!"
"Not that big."
"Yeah, even bigger!" Damien's smiled, "We've
never gone to another world to solve a mystery before."
"I wouldn't really call Kiko Lake a world,"
I mumbled, "It's more of a mini-world. And it's not all its cracked up to be.
You'll see when we get there. Now, if we had to fly to The Lost Desert on a
mystery, that would be a lot more exciting."
Damien didn't have time to respond, because
he was busy flipping Hot Cakes onto a plate. He set it down in front of me and
I poured on some syrup. Just after I took the first bite, Luna came in, carrying
Charlie. She set him on the table, where he stood at the edge of my plate.
"Kiko Lake is northeast of us. It will take about
thirty minutes to get there, at your flight speed, Marlo."
"Sounds good," I said through a bite of Hot
Cakes, "we should leave as soon as possible."
'As soon as possible' turned out to be thirty
minutes later. Luna double-checked to make sure she had brought enough Neopoints
for snacks and her notebook to jot down clues and ideas. Plus, we had to roll
Charlie off the table because he seemed to have fallen asleep again. When we
got outside, the cold woke him up.
Damien was still in his oh-so-cheerful mood.
I couldn't help but wonder why on earth he was so happy when it was windy, cold
and gray. I hated flying in the wind, but this was a case, and we needed to
do what we could as soon as we could do it.
As we always did it, Charlie sat on the top
of my head, and Luna and Damien perched on my back. I took a few steps and accelerated
into the dreary sky. It was a good thing that raindrops weren't falling; otherwise
it would have been even harder to fly in the rain and wind.
The four of us soared over Neopia Central and
above the blue water. We were looking for the small island that was Kiko Lake.
On the other side of it was a small kingdom called Roo Island, or at least that's
what Luna told me.
Charlie's guess on time was right-it took us
almost a half hour to get to our destination. I landed swiftly on my feet in
front of a tiny village with buildings shaped like Kikos. A pair of Yellow Kikos
bounced by and a large boat was tied to the dock. Along the side it read: Glass
Bottom Boat Tour
Bingo! I thought.
"Why don't we go in the boat tours building
and see what the departure times are?" I suggested, as Damien and Luna slid
off my back.
"Yes, and we can look for a Neopet named Shannon,"
Damien pointed out.
We wandered along the dock that ran between
the lake and water until a round wooden building came into view. Its sign said:
'Glass Bottom Boat Tours' and under that 'Take a Look at the World Beneath You'.
Luna led the way inside, where there was a yellow Bori sitting at a desk.
"Excuse me," I said, "Could you tell us when
the next boat will be departing for the tour?"
"The first tour starts at 10 am and it runs
every hour until sunset," she said in a flat voice. "It's one hundred Neopoints
a seat. The Bori continued to scribble on some papers on her desk. I glanced
at the wall clock: 9:49. That would give us just enough time to get on and experience
"Great, we'll take three seats," Luna said and
she pulled out some Neopoints from her Faerie Back Pack.
"Four," the yellow Bori corrected. She pointed
to Charlie on top of my head, "He's going too, right?"
"Well," I began, "Yes, but he's not going to
fill a seat himself. He'll just sit with me."
"He still has to pay."
I felt a stab of annoyance, rather than anger,
"Look, can't you just cut him some slack? He's a pea Chia for Fyora's sake!
If we pay for his seat that leaves one Neopet that can't go on the tour. You
said it was one hundred Neopoints per seat. If he's not taking up a seat,
then why make him pay?"
"You know," the Bori began, "I can make your
stay in Kiko Lake very, very short. You have paid for three seats. Which means,
three Neopets can go."
Even though Charlie was so small, his face turned
red from the attention.
"Marlo, forget it, we'll just pay for his seat,"
Luna said, tugging me on the arm, like, 'We don't want any trouble'.
"Yeah, yeah," I mumbled, watching her pay for
Charlie's seat. We didn't want any trouble, but I was about ready to cause some.
That was absolutely ridiculous, in my opinion. Maybe I was being cheap, but
I still felt it unfair. The Bori handed us four tickets and we started outside
to find seats.
"Do you think that was Shannon?" Damien whispered
"I don't know," I muttered, "she didn't say
There was a Kiko at the dock, who took our tickets
and let us climbs into the boat. It had six green seats that faced each other,
two in the front, and two beyond that for the boat driver and tour guide. In
the center was a large, flat surface with wood on the sides and glass on the
bottom. It let you see right through the water, down to the shallow floor.
A few other Neopets were already seated-two
Kikos in the front, sitting with their backs to the driver and two other Neopets
who appeared to be tourists. We sat down in a row that took up three seats,
(Charlie was standing on the glass).
In just a few minutes, the boat started to fill
with other passengers. An Aisha, a Skeith and a Techo all took seats across
from us. The rest of the passengers were Kikos. The yellow Bori from the office
stepped into the boat. I winced, figuring she was the tour guide. I thought
to myself, Well, we paid for four seats. This had better be a good tour.
The Bori stepped to the front and said, "Good
morning everyone. My name is Shannon and I'll be your tour guide."
My ears perked up and a sly grin spread across
my face. This was going to be a good tour after all…
To be Continued…