Poptropica Universe Episode 11 – Balloons and Traitors

Note by Silver Wolf: Tough Spider will be gone for a couple of weeks due to a sudden event. We will miss you TS!! 😦

Here’s episode 11! Sorry about the wait.

We left Steamworks Island and had the blimp take us to Early Poptropica. I hadn’t been to Early Poptropica in ages. I think the last time I went was when we took our history field trip in 4th grade. That was awhile ago now, but I do remember stopping at the Soda Pop Shop for cherry sodas afterwards. They were delicious. I hope they still are.

We arrived after a few minutes. Silver Wolf tried to tell me something as we climbed down the blimp, but I already knew that they had delicious cherry sodas, so I rushed past her. I walked through the door and was immediately shoved backwards onto the sidewalk. About twenty balloons flew out and raced up towards the sky. I had forgotten that it was September, the month where random buildings are filled with tons of balloons for no apparent reason.

I got up and carefully walked into the Soda Pop Shop, avoiding the balloons, and sat down in front of a waiter and next to Fearless Fox. Slippery Icicle ordered five cherry sodas. I almost asked her to put in a second order for me, but I decided against it.

“So,” Fearless Fox said, “I take it that you guys haven’t found Tough Spider or Tough Icicle yet?”

I shook my head. Fearless Fox looked down at the ground and clenched his fist.

“Tough Spider… he was the one who stabbed me… right?” said Fearless Fox, looking up.

I was about to explain to him that it was actually a robotic clone, when our waiter appeared out of nowhere.

“Cheat Dude!” Spotted Dragon said.

Cheat Dude looked at Spotted Dragon, confused. “Do I know you?” he asked.

“Yeah!” Spotted Dragon said. “Remember in 4th grade when we were really good friends? We came to the Soda Pop Shop after that field trip to the historic part of town and you said that you wanted to work here someday. Remember that?”

“Oh!” Cheat Dude said, “Yeah, I remember that! That is, I remember coming here. I don’t remember learning anything. You must be Spotted Dragon! Anyway, here are your drinks!”

He put the sodas down in front of me. I had a huge urge to drink all five of them right then and there, but I decided against it.

“I’ll pay,” said Fearless Fox. He shuffled around in his pockets for a few minutes before looking up, shocked.

“Tough Spider must’ve took my money!”  he said as he looked up at Cheat Dude. “Can we have them for free?”

“No can do!”  Cheat Dude shouted as he pushed Fearless Fox out of the shop.

“You trying to pick a fight?” Fearless Fox demanded. They started shouting at each other, and it probably would have gotten worse if I hadn’t  put a stop to it; Cheat Dude had already thrown a bottle at  Fearless Fox’s face.

“LOOK, I’LL PAY!” I shouted as I jumped up on the table, walked over, and stuffed 45 Credits into Cheat Dude’s hands.  The two stopped fighting; both were visibly injured. Fearless Fox sat down and started slurping up his cherry soda. Suddenly he clenched his stomach.

“I’m going outside,” he said as he walked slowly to the door of the shop and stepped outside.

Then a few minutes passed. Cheat Dude grudgingly cleaned up Fearless Fox’s drink while everyone else started chatting again. I sat silently for a few minutes, thinking about Fearless Fox. After a few minutes, I decided to go outside and join him.

I stepped outside. He wasn’t there. “Feeeeaaarrleesss Foooxx!” I called.

“I’m on the roof,” Fearless Fox replied slowly.

I climbed up onto the roof. Fearless Fox was laying on his back, staring at the sky. He looked a little pale. He must not have been feeling well after getting hit in the face with a glass bottle.

“Hey,” I said. “You feeling all right?”

“Yeah…” he said weakly. He groaned.

“Tough Spider-” I said, trying to tell him that Tough Spider never did anything and that it was only a clone, but Fearless Fox interrupted me.

“-is a horrible traitor,” he finished.

“That wasn’t Tough Spider,” I said.

He sat up and looked at me for a good few seconds.

Finally he asked me, “Are you crazy?”

I explained to him what happened. It took a while; his memory was kind of foggy.

“I still don’t believe you,” he said. “A traitor is a traitor.”

“Why would I lie to you about something like that?” I demanded. I was starting to get angry.

“I dunno. Maybe you’re a traitor, too,” he said angrily as he jumped up. “Are you looking for a fight?”

“You’re being completely irrational! You’ve gone completely crazy!”

“Yeah? YEAH?!”

“Yeah! YEAH!”

“Maybe I know some stuff you don’t!”

“OR MAYBE YOU’RE AN IMPOSTER!!” I screamed. I knew that wasn’t true, but I couldn’t think of anything else to say.

“You don’t know how many times I’ve been betrayed,” he said, pulling out  his nunchucks.

I was about to take my sword out and fight when he gasped and dropped his weapon. His face turned completely pale. I was about to ask him what was wrong when he slowly started to point behind me.

“Turn around,” he said very quietly.

I did. What an amazing view! You could see for miles! You could see the ships coming in the historic part of town, you could see the tourists eating away on the Rooftop Restaurant (which isn’t very good), you could see the vendor selling balloons that for some reason change your skin color, you could see-

That was when I noticed a group of four people, two boys and two girls, about our age, looking at the buildings downtown. “They look so familiar,” I thought. “Where do I know them from?”

It hit me harder than a cement truck running into a wall at a million miles an hour.

It was Fearless Owl, Incredible Carrot, Tough Spider, and Tough Icicle.

“C-come on,” I said after a few minutes. “We’d better go tell the others.”

He silently nodded and climbed down the building with me.

What I didn’t tell Fearless Fox was that I had a plan. A plan that would prove to him that the thing that killed him was not the real Tough Spider.

I dashed into the Soda Pop Shop, barging through the barricade of balloons. I grabbed my cherry soda and whispered my plan to Silver Wolf.

“Why do you want me to do that?” she asked.

“No time to explain! Just do as I say! Please!” I replied.

She looked at me with a strange look on her face, but I ignored it.

“Everyone!” I shouted, “If you’re part of my group, follow me!”

I raced out the door, clenching my cherry soda. I looked behind me; Silver Wolf was clenching hers, too. That was good. Step one completed.

I ran downtown. Everyone else was struggling to keep up with me.

I stopped right behind Fearless Owl and company. She turned around.

“Well, hello there!” she said. Her expression changed immediately as soon as she saw Fearless Fox.

“What?! How?! Tough Spider, you were ordered to dispose of him!

“I did,” it said flatly.

“Shut up, traitor!” shouted Fearless Fox, enraged.

“Oh ho ho! You’re calling us traitors?” Tough Icicle said.

“Yes, I am, you traitor!” he shouted right back as he threw his nunchucks at him. “Let’s end this!”

“NOW!” I screamed at the top of my lungs.

I threw myself on top of Tough Spider, knocking Fearless Fox back as Silver Wolf did the same with Tough Icicle. I ripped off the mask and poured all of the cherry soda into the mechanical part. He started flopping around wildly. Silver Wolf did the same to Tough Icicle.

“SEE?!” I screamed at both Fearless Fox and Fearless Owl. “THEY’RE BOTH CLEARLY ROBOTS!”

“Hmph,” said Fearless Fox. “If that’s true, then where is the real Tough Spider?”

“THAT IS THE REAL TOUGH SPIDER!” Fearless Owl shrieked. She punched him in the face and broke his nunchucks. A huge, purple bruise appeared on his face.

“AS IF THAT’S GOING TO WORK ON ME!” shouted Fearless Fox as he leaped up and punched Fearless Owl in the face. She was thrown across the road.

Both of them were breathing heavily. Fearless Owl got back up onto her feet.

“I’d love to play longer,” Fearless Owl said with an evil smirk, “but I can’t.” She snapped her fingers, and they disappeared.

~Tough Spider

Poptropica Universe Episode 10 – To Save a Fallen Friend!

Sorry for the long wait, everyone! This episode is kinda a “filler” episode, meaning that there’s not much action. Sorry about that!

“Okay,” said Sticky Clown, as he grabbed my wallet, got the 500 credits out and threw the wallet itself on the floor. How rude.

He ticked me off a bit when he threw my wallet on the floor, but then he added insult to injury and threw the diamond sword and potion on the floor. Luckily the potion bottle didn’t break.

I was eager to get out of Sticky Clown’s shop and to get away from his rudeness towards me, so Ieft and everyone else followed suit.

As soon as we got out of the shop, Spotted Dragon grabbed the bottle from me and examined it.

“What was that for?” I asked.

“What if Sticky Clown ripped us off again?” she asked. “What if this is poison or something? We should analyze it to see what it is.”

“Oh, come on!” Silver Wolf said. “That’ll take too long! Sticky Clown would never deliberately try to poison anybody!”

“You can never be too sure,” Spotted Dragon replied.

I’m pretty impatient, but right then I did something really rash I probably shouldn’t have done.

I took the bottle back from Spotted Dragon and said, “There’s a faster way to find out.”

I drank half the bottle. Everyone stared at me.

Well, it sure wasn’t poison. I didn’t die. But how can I describe the taste?

There was a bit of a melony flavor and a hint of a metallic taste. Everyone continued to stare at me.

Spotted Dragon started to give me a “science talk.” She kept rambling on about how dangerous it was for poptropicans to drink unknown liquids and blah blah blah. I’m pretty sure I fazed out because I don’t remember a word she said.

“Are you okay?” Slippery Icicle asked, waving her hand over my face.

“Huh…?” I said, suddenly noticing her.Then I realized that all my cuts and bruises were gone. They had just… vanished.

“Your cuts and bruises are gone!” said Spotted Dragon. She was clearly very fascinated. I was amazed, but then I remembered Fearless Fox.

“Come on, let’s go.” I said, turning to the blimp.

“Where are we going?” Silver Wolf asked. I paused.

“We’re going to save a fallen friend!” I replied and leaped up the rope of the blimp. Everyone else quickly followed.

I steered the blimp to Steamworks Island. As soon as we got there. I jumped out and ran towards OWL’s secret hideout, where Fearless Fox was.  I used my diamond sword and broke down the door.

“Wow!” I exclaimed, “This sword really is strong!” I navigated my way to the bottom, clutching the bottle as if it was my life. I spotted Fearless Fox and ran over to him.

“Well… here it goes,” I said as I opened Fearless Fox’s mouth and poured the potion down his throat.

Nothing happened. A tear ran down my cheek.

Suddenly, bubbles flew up from his body and the blood on his mouth faded away, The wound on his stomach vanished. The dirt and scratches on his face peeled away,  and before we knew it, all his wounds were gone.

We continued to stare and wait. To my shock, he opened his eyes. “Huh…?” he mumbled, looking around, “What…”

Needless to say, we were all mind blown. It worked! IT ACTUALLY WORKED!

“Quit looking at me like that! It’s freaking me out!” he said as he jumped up.

“Y-y-you’re alive!” I screamed as tears of joy raced down my cheeks.

“DUH, why wouldn’t I be?” said Fearless Fox, rolling his eyes.

When no one said anything and everyone seemed confused, he himself became puzzled.

“Wait…what happened?” he asked as he turned around and looked at us, waiting for an explanation.

“It’s a very long story,” Slippery Icicle said.

“I have an idea!” Spotted Dragon said. “Let’s go to Early Poptropica! One of my friends runs a restaurant there called the Soda Pop Shop. We can talk over cherry sodas!”

“I like cherry sodas,” I said, licking my chops.

“I do too,” said Fearless Fox. “I’d love an explanation over a cherry soda!”

Poptropica Universe Episode 9 – Deal or No Deal?

Hilo everyone! This is Tough Spider. Some of you have probably already seen that the 9th episode of Poptropica Universe has been posted on the official website, but for those of you that haven’t, here it is!

The helicopter’s propeller started spinning and the helicopter started to go up.

“Oh no you don’t!” shouted Silver Wolf. She quickly got out her bow and arrow and shot at the helicopter. The arrow hit the engine with a satisfying “THUMP!” and the helicopter started to go down.

“Nice work!” Slippery Icicle shouted as the helicopter crashed to the ground.

I was pretty happy. I thought we had them. I thought we would finally get all of our answers, but these hopes were shattered just like the helicopter shattering as it crashed on the ground.

Silver Wolf ran over to it and looked inside.

“It’s empty,” she said, confused.

“IT‘S EMPTY?!” I roared. “NO WAY!”

I ran over to it, but just as Silver Wolf had said, no one was in it.

“It’s like they just teleported away!” Slippery Icicle said. She was clearly frustrated, but I, on the other hand, was enraged. Another whirl of emotions hit me just as it had when the robo-Tough Spider killed Fearless Fox. Confused, sad, angry, annoyed, the list went on and on.

I grabbed my sword and threw it at the helicopter, It hit the propeller and snapped in half.

“Well, there goes your sword,” Spotted Dragon sighed.

“Sticky Clown ripped us off!” Silver Wolf shouted angrily.

“We better go buy a new sword then,” said Slippery Icicle.

“There’s no way I’m walking up those stairs again!” I complained.

“I got an idea!” said Spotted Dragon. She got out a few test tubes and then got out what looked like bleach. She mixed a bunch of chemicals together and added a fuse. She was making a bomb.

“You wouldn’t think this would work,” she continued, “but it does!” She ran and put the bomb down near the helicopter, got out a match, and lit the fuse.

“Stand back everyone!” she said, “3…2….1….”

BOOM!

There was a huge explosion. The pressure caused the fuel in the helicopter to explode as well. Smoke was everywhere.

After the smoke cleared, we got up and saw a massive hole in the wall. I ran over and looked down through it. Of all things, our blimp was there!

“It’s our blimp!” I shouted.

“That’s great,” said Spotted Dragon, “but watch this!”

She jumped through the hole and landed on top of the blimp. She carefully climbed down and slid down into the cockpit.

“It’s time for you guys to follow suit!” she shouted to us from down below.

“Are you crazy?!” I shouted, stepping back.

“Do it!” screamed Slippery Icicle, as she pushed me through the hole.

I looked down. I shouldn’t have. If I missed the blimp, I would surely fall to my death. I screamed. Heights aren’t exactly my thing. Time always slows down in a catastrophe, and I guess falling like that is a disaster, because it took years for me to finally land on the blimp and slide into the cockpit.

But I made it, and once it was over, time snapped. In what felt like a matter of seconds, the rest of the gang finished the jump.

“Ok, let’s go!” said Spotted Dragon. She grabbed control of the blimp and steered it towards Zomberry Island.

The ride there was silent.

Well, for a few seconds. After that, Silver Wolf started crying.

We all joined in.

The sky is supposedly blue because oxygen particles reflect blue light. But right then, I was sure that it was dyed blue from our tears.

After a while we reached Zomberry. We slowly walked over to Sticky Clown’s store and opened the door.

“Oi! I’m closed! Read the sign!” shouted Sticky Clown.

We didn’t listen. We didn’t move a muscle.

“HEY! DID YOU GUYS GO DEAF?!” he shouted.

That did it. I broke.

“HE’S DEEAAADDD!” I wailed before collapsing on the ground in tears.

“What?!” Sticky Clown exclaimed.

“Fearless Fox… got killed.” said Slippery Icicle. She suddenly joined me in my art of coloring the sky.

Sticky Clown’s face turned pale. “I guess…I’ll…serve…you… then.”

I got up and asked him for a sword. He ran to the back and gave me a blue, twinkling sword.

“It’s made of diamonds!” he said, “So I can guarantee it won’t break For the great price of 1,000 credits!”

“WHAT!?” I shouted, “Our friend died and you’re going to charge us that much!?”

“Sorry! No death discount! About 2 people die every second, and I can’t afford to lose money twice every second.”

This was ridiculous. We all knew it. I walked up to him and just glared at him for a few seconds. That seemed to do the trick.

“Alright,” he said,  “I’ll give it to you for 500 credits. Is that good enough?”

I actually did have 500 credits in emergency money my Mom gave me once. But I didn’t want Sticky Clown to know that.

“NO!” I shouted. “LOWER!”

“Okay, okay. I’ll give you the sword and this for 500 credits.” He held up a tiny glass bottle.

“What is that?” Spotted Dragon asked, mystified.

“It is a tiny amount if the mythical potion of immortality. Just a few drops can bring a person back to life. A bottleful can make one immune to pain. A bowl fill can make one imortal.”

We stared, dumbfounded.

“Wh-where did you get that?!” Slippery Icicle asked.

Sticky Clown ignored her and seemed angry. “Well?” he snapped. “Do we have a deal?”

“Deal.” I said immediately, putting down my wallet on the table.

Both FF and I have been CRAAZZZYY busy with school (I got 4 1/2 hours of homework on the second day!), so episodes are going to be coming out much slower than they were over the summer. My guess/hope is two per month. 😦

Moar Virus Hunter Sneak Peeks & Other News

Hilo everyone, Tough Spider here with a creator’s blog post!

It’s so dark in here…

Surely there’s nothing to be afraid of… right?

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

Creators, we’re tired of the sneak peaks! Give us the island already! -_-

Other news:

As of the time I am posting this, we need 189 more supporters for Lego Cuusoo. We’re sooo close to those new Dr. Hare costumes, which look awesome. Come on guys! Less than 200 more! This is a piece of cake!

Regarding Poptropica Universe: After a while of debating, FF and I have come to the decision to allow Poptropica Universe to remain on the PTFP. We’ve barely made any progress on episode 9 since we were concentrating on this decision, and FF and I have been surprisingly busy.  We expect work to continue at a regular pace next week, which probably means no episode 9 until the last week of August. Sorry! 😦

~Tough Spider