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Maelstrom Chapter FiveA young Desert Aisha sat atop a small crate on the pier at Neopia Centrals harbor. She had chosen this location carefully, having seen a number of Pirates coming and going early that morning, and she did not have to wait for long. A Pirate Kyrii sauntered by. Although she seemed not to notice, she knew that he was calculating the value of the gold that was part of her costume and how best to remove it. Just as he passed closest, she sighed loudly.
There be something wrong, Little Missy? he asked, feigning polite concern.
I was just thinking what a beautiful ship that is, Shrimpy remarked wistfully.
Arr, that be the Maelstrom, he agreed.
Oh, no, thats just a machine. I meant that sailing ship tied up here. Is she a Pirate Ship.
Oh, Arr! That be the Saucy Mare. I be sailin on her just this very morning, bound fer Krawk Island. Fancy the sea yerself, do ye?
Ironic, isnt it, my being painted Desert?
Maelstrom Chapter FourWe arrived in Neopia Central after a long journey, concerned all the time that the faux Faerie Racers we had borrowed from Darren Ambrose would not have the range. We had left the curious machines at Defenders Headquarters, where technicians were trying to determined if they needed some type of fuel. There was no certainty that this was the Maelstroms destination, and we might be on our way again at a moments notice.
We used our Defenders credit to get rooms at one of the more comfortable hotels, although Shrimpy left again almost at once to begin scouting for information. After washing up, we gathered again in Arianas room to wait. Rikku was still recovering from smacking a pirate in the face with her backside and was lying on the sofa with an ice pack on her head and a damp cloth over her eyes.
Shrimpy wandered in, quietly closing the door behind her. Everyone watched her expectantly, since she was back much sooner than they had expected. She did n
Maelstrom Chapter ThreeIt was just before eight at night, and Rikku and I had made our way cautiously and quietly into the warehouse on Pier Three. For the most part it looked like the inside of any other warehouse in Shenkuu, filled with crates, chests and bales of various types. But there were a few things here that most definitely did not belong, and I wanted a closer look at those before anyone arrived.
Youve done this before? the Faerie Xweetok asked quietly as we made our way along a line of crates.
What, breaking and entering? I asked. All the time. Thats how I met Jhudora, you know.
Ive heard a very different story.
Lets concentrate on being a little more sneaky.
Moving close to the edge of a stack of crates, I looked around the corner cautiously...and found that I was staring at myself. I stepped out in front of what I thought at first was a full-length mirror; my double was dressed in the same Defenders regulation d
Maelstrom Chapter TwoChapter Two
We arrived in Shenkuu late in the afternoon, but we still set out at once. Darren Ambrose never stayed in one place for long, and we were concerned that the Maelstrom would sail again before we could learn anything. To that end we were divided into two teams. Jeran would take Yoyote and Misty, and try to turn up any leads that might lead them to Ambrose himself. The rest of us would find out what we could about the Maelstrom, when she was due to sail and especially where she was bound so that we could be there waiting.
I guess we should head down to the harbor, I said. I honestly have no other idea where to begin. Just try to remember that you are no longer Owners. From now on we have to act like Arianas pets.
All my friends have more toys than me! Kina declared, forgetting how loud she was now that she was a Shadow Eyrie.
If youre going to leave me like this, why dont you just paint me grey, Rikku added, sti
Maelstrom Chapter OnePrologue
The brown Wocky slipped from one bit of cover to the next, desperate to escape yet aware that breaking cover and running would be his undoing. His pursuers were moving openly amid the crates and bales that lined the docks of Shenkuu, content that their very presence would keep him moving until he made a mistake.
But they did not know was that he had a way of escape waiting. He followed narrow stairs to a stone walkway along the sturdy breakwater below the piers, and the sound of rushing water brought him to one of the citys massive storm drains emptying into the harbor just below. The only thing that he had not anticipated was that the entrance to the drain was closed by steel bars.
But he was still a Defender, if not one of the most powerful; his abilities were limited but given a little time he could bend the steel bars just enough to slide through. No matter if his pursuers would know where he had gone. He had friends waiting on the other side.
Just then the beam from
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