Stripe the Strange Skeith
(Here is the tail of the book, Stripe the Strange Skeith)
Stripe was from a family of an Usul and a Chia, and so
he saw nothing in what these other Skeiths called fun, which was picking on
pets similar to his siblings. Not only that, Stripe was a vegetarian. He also
wanted to be very smart, and intelligent, like Hagan. He enjoyed helping Illusen
every single day, and he did it so much that she knew just about everything
There was one problem, and that was that everyone
thought Stripe was strange. Stripe didn't understand why the other Skeiths didn't
like him, and why the other pets at Neoschool didn't like him either. He was
always so depressed because of it, until one day he discovered something important.
It all started as a normal day at Neoschool…
"Hey guys look, it's the weirdo, Stripe!"
Stripe frowned as he approached the large group
of Skeiths, as he just wanted to be their friend. "Please stop I just want to---"
"Let me guess, hang with our posse?" said Osolik
the largest of the group. "Well, you can't!" Grabbing Stripe's shirt collar
he shoved him up against a locker, and shook his fist, and was ready to throw
a punch when a voice hollered out.
"Put him down!"
Osolik and the other Skeiths froze, and then
turned and ran screaming in fear.
Stripe hit the ground and looked over. It was
just as he had suspected. It was his little Usul brother, Mickey, and his Chia
"I don't get why they can be scared of my shadow,
it's not the real Shadow Usul, and it's easy to tell the difference." Mickey
"Well, it's because they are just plain dumb!"
"Yeah… Heh heh." Stripe made a fake grin and
turned to leave when Archie called to him.
"Stripe, I know what you're thinking," Archie
"The reason they don't like you is because you're
different, and you don't need friends like that you're brighter, smarter, and
better than they are. Just hang with--"
"No, I'm different. Even the other pets that
aren't Skeiths don't like me because I am a Skeith…" Stripe said, "...And the
bell just rang, so I'm off to go to Illusen's, and do a quest."
Mickey and Archie looked at each other, then
to Stripe. "Stripe wait!" they called, but he ignored them. He didn't want sympathy.
Along the way he thought of things, about maybe
acting like a Skeith, but then he realized he didn't know how, and decided against
that plan. As he arrived in Meridell, he was heading straight for Illusen's
house. At least she was his friend. He didn't bother to sight see and talk with
nearby Meridellian citizens as he usually did, and he ignored the Grarrl who
always asked him who he should bet on at Turdle Races and what he should feed
it, if anything, and just went on.
When he arrived at Illusen's humble home, he
knocked on the door, and called out.
"Illusen, it's Stripe!" he shouted out to her.
There was no answer, and then he began to worry.
But wait, what was he hearing…? Was that Judge Hog's voice he was hearing? It
"Move over, young Skeith, I am here to inspect
a theft. Someone sighted Gargrottaw, and Illusen never contacted me to inform
me of her safety today."
Stripe was at first confused, then astonished,
and finally both. Then he looked in peeking around the corner. Judge Hog was
helping Illusen, who was currently tied to a chair. Stripe gaped in disbelief,
the place was in ruins.
"Excuse me umm.."
"Stripe," Stripe said, giving his name to Judge
"Yes Stripe, could you bite these ropes, I can't
seem to get them off."
"Yes sir, right away!" Stripe replied, and scampered
over, and bit the ropes, and then pulled the tape off of Illusen's mouth.
"He was here! That thief! He snuck up on me
and attacked me! Then he destroyed the house stealing all of my stuff!"
"Gargrottaw WAS here than… He is such a troublesome
criminal. Stripe, I highly doubt Illusen is up for quests today. Besides, I
need to interrogate her about this…"
"Wait, can I stay at least…?" Asked Stripe,
being as polite as possible.
Judge Hog looked towards Illusen who nodded
and he responded with a nod to Stripe as well, and they all pulled up some chairs.
"So he snuck up, attacked you with a bunch of
battlecards, and such? And then he used a smoke bomb, and blinded you, and then
he tied you up after using your own weapons against you? Wow, that's the best
attack plan he's had yet. It improves a bit each time. I know where he is headed
next, I must go catch this odd green Mutant Jubjub for the--"
"One minute sir, may I ask you a bit about him?"
"Okay, but make it quick."
"Where is he going to head next, and what does
he look like?"
"He is headed to Kavaura's most likely, as he
is always stealing magic stuff and potions, and that's one place he hasn't struck,
and one of the best places for him to cash in. His looks? He's a Mutant Jubjub,
about four inches below a JubJub's average height. He is blue as well, which
is odd and makes him stick out like a sore paw… He also wears a red cape, with
a G written on it in white…" Judge Hog answered with no hesitation.
"Any other information on him AT ALL?" Stripe
"Yes, he likes using snowballs, battlecards,
and muffins. He has blue eyes. He's very fast. He also always seems to sneak
up somehow. He's also normally leaving the ones he steals from tied up, frozen,
paralyzed or in some similar state… Why?" Judge Hog was now curious himself.
"Because I have a plan. We'll need a freezing
scroll, open window on the left side of Kavaura's shop, gloves good or gripping,
a dark reflectorb, invisihat, goggles and spells to see those wearing invisihats,
a supersize, and a minimize. We'll also need my brothers' help, and we need
to warn Kauvara. He'll strike soon… tonight I'm sure. Let's go." So off they
went to prepare, getting ready for the plan, and getting ready to catch a villain…
The next morning Stripe and his two brothers,
Archie and Mickey, were on the front page of the Neopian Times--- for catching
Gargrottaw. It was all because of Stripes plan. Here's what had happened:
They went to Kavaura's shop and warned her, and
then told Stripe's brothers who went and bought the supplies, while Stripe and
the other two worked together to work out the plan perfect. They opened the
window, and Judge Hog crouched outside it, and they readied other hiding spots.
They brought the weaponry their and distributed it and prepared.
That was when he arrived. Gargrottaw entered
and had on an invisihat, and Kauvara used her special equipment to spot him.
She turned and acted like she knew nothing, and had saw nothing. Behind the
counter was Archie, using a minimize so he could not be spotted as the Jubjub
crept back there. But then, as he got right in position to attack, Archie used
a supersize and the Jubjub was frightened and leapt into the air, and threw
a muffin and a battlecard.
As he was about to throw, Judge Hog jumped through
the window yanking down on the cape of the tiny thief, jerking him up and his
aim went way off, and then with a quick calculation in math using angles and
such, Stripe whispered in Mickey's ear where he needed to position himself with
the dark reflect orb. Immediately the attack was deflected at the astonished
Jubjub (whose invisihat had now fallen off). The Jubjub stood up, dazed by the
attacks deflection. He quickly shook it off and tried to run, but then Kauvara
"Stop thief!" she shouted, and used a freezing
scroll, stopping him dead in his tracks.
Yes, Stripe played a big role in Neopia that
day. He was a hero. He captured the thief, and became a Defenders Of Neopia
Agent. And at school that day, it went pretty well. Better than ever, in Stripe's
mind at least.
"Hey Stripe!" Everyone was calling out for him
to sit with them. He ignored it.
"Hey Archie. Hey Mickey. Room for the third
friend?" he said, smiling, as he sat with his brothers--- with his friends.
He finally knew what true friends were like, along with the friendship. And
the most important thing of all was that now and forever more, Stripe wasn't
such a strange Skeith anymore.