A Day of Infamy: Part Two
Instantly, Samantha darted forward, and AJ and Darcy ran
in different directions. The pets forcefully shoved their way through the immense
crowds of zombies. Several times, Samantha and her friends had to rip their arms
and legs away from the very strong grip of the zombies.
It took the trio a mere two or three minutes
to break through the crowd of rabid monsters. As soon as they broke free, AJ
and Samantha bolted out of the area, dodging a few zombies walking solo throughout
It took Darcy a little longer to get through,
actually. But she made it out without any injuries. As the Wocky broke out of
the crowd, a zombified Kacheek grabbed her purse and roared in fury. Darcy spun
around and began tugging desperately on her purse. But the Kacheek was much
Samantha, who was almost safely out of the park,
whirled around to find her friend in danger.
"Darcy!" Samantha gasped.
AJ stopped in his tracks and turned around.
The two took no time to look at one another. They suddenly dashed across the
park, heading for Darcy.
"Let go!" Darcy commanded, straining as she
tugged harder and harder on her purse.
The Kacheek breathed out slowly, allowing its
steamy breath to slide over the purse and across Darcy's arm. Yet, before she
could breathe it in, the Kacheek let go of the purse. Darcy gasped as she fell
backwards onto the park's bright green grass. Darcy quickly hopped up and headed
away from the mob.
She darted past AJ and Samantha, who were still
running towards the mob to help her. "C'mon!" Darcy yelled, heading for a nearby
neighborhood outside of the park.
Samantha and AJ groaned and turned around, following
Darcy. Realizing they had just let their prey escape, the zombies snarled loudly,
crawling extremely fast across the grass and towards the trio.
"Hurry!" Samantha panted uncontrollably. "They're
gaining on us!"
"You know, saying that isn't necessarily going
to make us speed up!" AJ yelled over the moaning and hissing of the crowd behind
"Shut up, AJ," Darcy sneered.
Soon enough, the pets had made it out of the
park. They darted across several grassy hills and a long dirt path leading away
from the city and into the quiet suburbs. By this time, the trio had outran
the mob of zombies. As soon as they reached the huge sign welcoming all to Times
Street, the popular neighborhood that they were heading to, the pets stopped
Samantha collapsed on the grass. She took a
moment to catch her breath, and then spoke. "We lost them."
"No way! I would have never though!" Darcy exclaimed,
She and AJ plopped down on the ground beside
"Times Street seems different from the last
time I saw it," AJ stated.
Samantha took a moment to scan her surroundings.
AJ was right. Times Street was indeed different. The sky wasn't its usual light
blue colour. It had a light grey tint, and several clouds blocked the sunlight.
Fog blanketed the grass that seemed paler than usual. Also, the neighborhood
was dead silent. Even though it wasn't as big as Neopia Central, Times Street
usually had at least some kind of commotion: Beakadoodles chirping, someone's
water hose spraying, a petpet mewing, children playing.
Samantha arose from her sitting position. "Let's
see if there's anyone who will let us stay in their home."
"No one's going to let you in their house, Sam!"
Darcy argued. "How do we even know these pets know about the zombies?! Think,
Samantha let what Darcy said sink into her mind,
and she considered it for a moment. But then she saw it: a stray, blue skateboard
laying about ten feet away from her. The skateboard had been ripped in half,
and it had several bite and scratch marks covering it.
Samantha gulped. "I-I think these pets found
out the hard way,"
"Samantha, let's go find someone who will help
us," AJ said. "Darcy, you can stay here in the grass all by yourself if you'd
"Fine, I will!" Darcy shouted. "And I'll laugh
when you come back to me saying no one took you in!"
Samantha suddenly grabbed AJ's arm and jerked
him away from Darcy. The Wocky was beginning to aggravate her.
Darcy sat alone on the grass for a few moments.
She fiddled with her purse and then her fur. Afterwards, she sighed and stared
up at the grey sky.
Darcy rolled her eyes and hopped up. "Wait for
me, you guys!"
The trio of pets approached a small, one-story
house. It was the first house on the extremely long street of Neohomes. The
exterior walls of the home had been scratched up badly, and the windows were
bashed in. Two dark red bicycles lay in the front yard of the house.
"Think anyone's home?" AJ whispered, staring
at the house.
"No," Samantha replied. "Let's go and-"
The front door to the house creaked open a little.
"Hello?" Samantha called out.
"You… speak the language of I?" came a somewhat
deep female voice.
Samantha couldn't help but smile. Whoever was
inside the house was indeed uninfected.
"Yes, we are not one of them!" Samantha shouted.
The door to the house suddenly swung open. A
Yellow Kougra with a black tote bag hanging from her shoulder and a black headband
around her forehead. The Kougra stared wide-eyed at Samantha and her friends.
"Come in! Hurry!" The Kougra commanded, gesturing
for the trio to come inside.
Samantha and the others made no second thoughts
as they ran up the front porch steps and into the small house. The Kougra slammed
the door shut as soon as Darcy stepped into the house. She proceeded to locking
the several locks attached to the door. There were about ten locks altogether.
When the Kougra was done, she spun around to face the trio once again. Her eyes
were still very wide and bloodshot.
"Hi," she spoke with her deep voice. The Kougra
stuck out her paw to Samantha. "I'm Sapphire,"
"I'm Samantha," Samantha shook the Kougra's
hand in return. "And this is AJ and Darcy; my friends."
"Why is your house all boarded up?" Darcy questioned
Samantha hadn't noticed that all the windows
had been boarded up. Along with the windows, every door but the front door had,
too, been boarded up.
"Isn't it obvious?" Sapphire said. "You must
know of these creatures-these zombies! Why else would you have been seeking
refuge? My handmade security system is to keep those monsters out there and
me in here!"
AJ arched an eyebrow. "Now, why isn't the front
door boarded up?"
"It's got plenty of locks," Sapphire stuck her
nose in AJ's face. "Plus, I'll be leaving soon."
"Where are you going?" said Samantha.
"I have no reason to stay here," Sapphire began
to explain. "Those zombies took my brother and my parents and made them into…
one of them. I'm going to Faerieland. I've heard from pretty reliable sources
that it is the only place in Neopia uninfected."
"The only place?!" Samantha cried. "But the
infection broke out only a few hours ago! How could it possibly spread that
"Believe me," Sapphire grinned. "It can."
"Will you take us with you?" AJ questioned the
Samantha tilted her head. "What?"
"To Faerieland," AJ stated.
"C'mon, you!" Darcy smacked the back of Sapphire's
head lightly. "You can't just leave us down here!"
Sapphire stared at Darcy in shock for just a
moment. But then, her eyes hardened. She nodded. "You're right. That would be…
Samantha smiled. "So you'll take us away from
here? You'll take us to Faerieland?"
Sapphire nodded once more. "Indeed. But once
we reach Faerieland… we must go our separate ways. You'll be on your own."
"I understand," Samantha nodded in return.
"I don't," Darcy mumbled.
"When do we leave?" AJ crossed his arms.
"I was just about to leave today. But then you
three showed up," said Sapphire. "So, I guess we'll be leaving right now."
"Good," Darcy scoffed. "Because it sickens me
to look at a house that needs some extremely serious interior decorating done."
Darcy strode over to the front door and quickly
began unlocking it.
"Wait!" Sapphire shouted.
But it was too late. Darcy unlocked the last
lock on the door and swung it open. Immediately, a pair of pale, blue arms reached
forward and grabbed Darcy by the shoulders, growling intensely. Darcy screamed
and drew back, pulling the creature into the house with her. It was a Blumaroo.
And it was infected.
As soon as the zombie had stepped inside the
house, Sapphire dropped her tote bag, rolled across the wooden floor of the
house, and snatched a large book off a table. Taking careful aim, Sapphire tossed
the book at the attacking Blumaroo. The book flew right over Darcy head and
smacked it right in the face. The Blumaroo screeched and fell backwards onto
the front porch. Darcy slammed the door shut immediately.
"Gosh!" Darcy exclaimed. "What do these things
"They're homicidal creatures," Sapphire began.
"It's not really the Neopet it used to be. Once you become infected, you're
like… someone totally different."
Samantha raised an eyebrow. "Why are you so
sure of that?"
"Don't you guys read the newspaper?" Sapphire
questioned the trio. "Sure, there was the front page article. But there were
about five other articles on the same topic explain what they are, what they
do, how to stop them, how you become infected…"
"How do you become infected?" AJ interrupted
"It's simple," said Sapphire. "If you get the
breath of a zombie into your mouth, you're done for. There's no cure whatsoever."
The trio exchanged glances.
"And just so you know," Sapphire eyed the three
intently. "If any one of you three becomes infected, I'll leave you behind in
a heartbeat. I shall no longer risk my life for the life of another."
Darcy scoffed. "Whatever…"
"Well, how are we going to get to Faerieland,
now?" AJ inquired, looking out the window. "That zombie is still out there!"
"Hmm…" Sapphire pondered. "Oh! Idea!"
She darted up the first two steps on the upward
flight of stairs. Turning around to face the trio, she said, "C'mon!"
Darcy and AJ both looked at Samantha. Samantha
shrugged in return, and started up the stairs behind Sapphire. Darcy and AJ
followed. Once they had reached the second floor, Sapphire disappeared into
a room all the way at the very end of the long hallway the pets arrived in.
The trio followed.
They found themselves to be in a rather small
room: apparently a bedroom. The walls were painted a pale yellow, and the floor
was made of wood. A large sleigh bed with blue covers was pushed against the
right wall, and right above the bed was a window. On the wall directly in front
of the pets was a large bookcase, and to the left was a closet. Several papers
were scattered throughout the bedroom.
Sapphire strode across the messy room and tugged
a drawer on the dresser out. She pulled several objects out of the draw: clothes,
paper, writing utensils, and other random accessories. Sapphire suddenly stopped
digging around in the drawer and smiled. She removed four surgeon masks.
"What are those for?" AJ pointed to the masks.
Sapphire placed the mask over her mouth, and
then handed the remaining three to Samantha and her friends.
"Put them on," she ordered. "It'll help keep
the zombies' breath out of your mouths."
Darcy held the surgeon mask in front of her
face with but two fingers. She eyes it carefully, and then tossed it into a
nearby trash bin.
"You must be crazy!" Darcy crossed her
arms. "There's no way I'm wearing that piece of junk!"
"Darcy, you'd rather risk your life than look
a little goofy?" Samantha pulled her mask away from her mouth to speak clearly.
"Well… yes," Darcy shrugged, opening her purse
and digging her paw around in it. She removed a stick of bubble gum and tossed
it in her mouth, smacking loudly on it.
Sapphire rolled her eyes. "Fine with me. Just
don't come crying to me when you become infected."
"Haha," Darcy said, sarcastically. She plopped
onto the bed.
Once the gum was soft enough, Darcy blew a bubble.
And what happened then shocked everyone.
The bubble she blew was black.
"Darcy…" Samantha began, shaking. "What colour
is the gum you're chewing?"
"Pink," Darcy arched an eyebrow at Samantha.
The bubble Darcy had blow suddenly popped, getting
the sticky, black gum all over the sides of her mouth. Darcy quickly scraped
the gum off the sides of her mouth. She looked down at her paw to see it was
covered in black gum.
Darcy grew wide-eyed and suddenly spit out her
gum, catching it in her paw. The wad of gum was indeed black. She allowed the
gum to fall from her paws and took to digging in her purse. Darcy removed a
compact mirror and snapped it open. She brought the mirror to her face and opened
her mouth wide.
Darcy's shrill scream echoed throughout the
whole entire house, ringing in Samantha's ears. Her mouth… was completely black.
Her teeth were black, her tongue was black, her throat was black. Everything
had turned to black. Darcy's eyes rolled into the back of her head, and she
toppled off the side of the bed, hidden from Samantha and the others.
"Darcy!" Samantha cried, lunging forward to
But Sapphire grabbed hold of her right arm,
holding her back.
"Let me go!" Samantha yelled. "I have to help
"It's too late!" Sapphire yelled back. "She's
"We have to get out of here, then!" AJ exclaimed.
Without replying, Sapphire rushed through the
door leading into the hallway. "Hurry!" she yelled, halfway down the hall. AJ
Samantha, however, remained in the bedroom.
She inched herself over to the bed. Samantha leaned her head forward by just
a tiny bit in order to look over the side of the bed.
Then, Samantha began to think back to when the
trio was at the park. She remembered Darcy fighting that infected Kacheek, determined
to take her purse from it. She remembered the Kacheek breathing over the purse
and up Darcy's arm. That's what did it. The virus had seeped into the purse,
seeing as how an infected one breathed upon it. The virus seeped into the items
within the purse, including the stick of bubble gum that killed Darcy.
Samantha sighed, and shut her eyes tight. She
couldn't possibly bear to look at Darcy now. Samantha began to climb off the
bed, when a paw covered in pale yellow fur shot up from behind the bed and dug
its claws into the bed mattress. Samantha yipped and hopped backwards, staring
in awe at the paw. Then, a head appeared. Cold, black eyes stared bored into
Sam's eyes. It was Darcy.
"Darcy! Stop! It's me!" Samantha cried, her
arms outstretched in front of her.
But the monster paid no attention to Samantha's
pleas. Darcy snarled in fury, and lunged across the bed. Samantha dodged out
of the way, allowing Darcy to slam headfirst into the wall behind her.
Samantha darted into the hallway, slamming the
door to Sapphire's bedroom shut behind her. Samantha mobbed her surgeon mask
over her mouth, and then darted downstairs.
AJ and Sapphire were waiting for her.
"We have to go!" Samantha shouted at the two.
Then, there came the sound of a door snapping
off its hinges and crashing to the ground. Right after that, the trio heard
a loud snarl.
"It's Darcy!" AJ cried.
"Right, we go now!" Sapphire exclaimed.
AJ took no time to dash across the room and
fling the front door open. Luckily for him, the Blumaroo from before was nowhere
to be seen. The three rushed out onto the porch, allowing the front door to
slam shut behind them.
"Oh… this is wonderful!" Samantha flung her
arms in the air, eyeing something at the beginning of the long neighborhood.
It was yet another mob of ferocious zombies.
They were simply standing there, blank expressions on their faces, when they
spotted Samantha and the others on the porch.
"We can't outrun them!" AJ quivered.
"Um… um…" Sapphire stuttered. "Oh! Quick, over
The Kougra pointed to a bicycle and two pairs
of roller skates beside the front porch.
"Put those skates on!" Sapphire commanded. "We'll
ride out of Times Street!"
Samantha and AJ immediately hopped off the porch
and immediately hammed their feet into the slates. As they frantically tied
the skates, Sapphire hopped onto her black bicycle and turned to face them.
"Keep up with me. If you get too far behind,
they'll get you. And no, I won't come back to help you. It's ever Neopet
"Gotcha," Samantha nodded.
Sapphire then grasped hold of the handlebars
and pedaled furiously out of the front yard. Samantha and AJ adjusted the surgeon
masks on their faces, and then skated quickly out of the yard.
Just as the two departed the front yard, the
window they were standing under just a few seconds ago shattered. Darcy's zombified
body climbed out of the hole where the window once was and hopped to the ground.
"Faster!" Samantha cried to AJ and Sapphire
when she spotted Darcy.
The trio rode as fast as they could down the
very long Times Street, the mob of zombies only a few feet behind them. Soon,
they began to approach the end of the street, which turned out to be a cul-de-sac.
Waiting for them at the end of the street was a huge house with the front door
"Follow my every move!" Sapphire called to Samantha
and AJ. "Don't hesitate whatsoever!"
Sapphire tore through the front yard of the
huge house. She rode her bicycle right through the front door and into the house.
Samantha gulped, and shut her eyes tight. She and AJ skated into the dark house,
right behind Sapphire.
The trio rode through a long, dark, hallway
with a linoleum floor. A light at the end of the hall shined brightly in Samantha's
It was rather peaceful in the house, regardless
of the fact that Samantha and the other two were riding right through it. You
couldn't hear the zombies moaning. It was cool inside; the sun's rays weren't
being down on the trio. The lights were dimmed, and it was just so… peaceful.
The pets rode out of the hallway and into a
large room, obviously a family room by first glance. The light shining in Samantha's
face turned out to be the back door wide open and allowing the sunlight to get
Sapphire rode out of the back door, and Samantha
and AJ followed. They were out of the house and were now in the backyard. A
fence made of tall, thick, wooden boards lined made concealed the house from
the forest behind it. Yet, the fence gate was wide open. The three pets rode
right through it.
Sapphire hopped off her bicycle as it was still
in motion, allowing it to crash into a tree and collapse. Sapphire stepped through
the dead leaves blanketing the floor of the forest and approached the open gate.
She slammed it shut before her.
Sapphire turned to eye Samantha and AJ, who
had stopped moving but were still in roller skates. She removed her surgeon
mask and tossed it aside. "We're nearly there. You can take off your masks.
The zombies won't find out we're back here. They're honestly not intelligent
enough to figure it out."
Samantha happily removed the uncomfortable surgeon
mask. She smiled at Sapphire. "Thank you."
"Hey, don't thank me until we get to Faerieland,"
Sapphire adjusted her headband.
"How… are we going to get to Faerieland?" AJ
Sapphire sighed. "I wish I had a newspaper at
the ready so you could read it yourself. But there's an article in there advertising
shelters in Faerieland for uninfected pets. The article pointed out about fifty
different locations that would teleport you to the city, or something like that.
Luckily for me, the forest behind Times Street was one of the locations."
"I don't understand," Samantha was thoroughly
confused. "Why would they be advertising shelters for pets if the zombifying
virus began to spread a mere day before? Only two pets were infected by that
"The press lied," Sapphire replied. "All think
junk about two Boris being infected was a total lie. The Boris were the only
zombies that they could catch. Hundreds of thousands of pets had been infected
by that time."
"How do you know this?" AJ crossed his arms.
Sapphire blinked and stared at AJ for a moment.
"My mother wrote articles for the Neopian Times. She gave me that information.
And now… she's gone."
"I-I'm sorry," AJ blushed. He had said something
"No matter," Sapphire brushed some dirt off
her fur. "Come, now. We must venture deep into this forest. The article does
not tell us exactly what we must be looking for, but it says we will know we
have found it when we do."
"That's pretty confusing," Samantha scratched
"Indeed," Sapphire agreed.
And at that, the trio took off into the forest,
searching for any signs of a free trip to Faerieland…
To be continued…