* Chapter 5: The Plot is Seasoned to Perfection, and is Set
Out to Cool For Approximately Five Minutes *
The thirteen Nedians materialized on Nede, in a region in southern
Giveaway. Actually, they materialized several feet above a region
in southern Giveaway. As they plummeted to Nede's surface, Cyril
commented, "Swift one."
They landed, mostly unharmed, in a large snow bank. Indalecio
was the first one to get up and brush himself off. "Well,
everyone," he said. "We're here!"
"Y-y-y-y-yeah," Decus said, shivering. "B-b-b-but
can we g-g-get indoors? I-i-i-it's friggin' c-c-c-cold out here!"
With a helpful height boost from Shigeo, Noel surveyed the
landscape. "Giveaway's right over there," he said,
pointing northward. "We can use the teleporter there to
get to Central City."
"We're off!" Indalecio stated, as he marched proudly
"Does he seem a bit too cheerful for you?" Nicolus
whispered to Jibril.
* * *
Claude and Rena walked into the North City library. "How
can I help you?" the computer operator asked.
"We just need to look up some information," Claude
"I see. If you need any help, just ask," the operator
The two browsed through the North City topic listing. "Hey,
Rena, notice anything different?"
"The listing seems shorter than normal," Rena said.
"Exactly. The listings for the Wise Men and the Secret
Information are missing..."
"Wait, what's this?" Rena said, pointing to an entry
near the bottom of the screen. "Recent disappearances?
Maybe we should check it out..."
Claude opened the topic listing, revealing two subtopics: "Noel
Chandler" and "Chisato Madison". He opened the
subtopic on Noel, causing the following information to appear
on the screen.
Name: Noel Chandler
Height: 5' 8" / 1.73 m
Weight: 163 lb. / 74 kg
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Unknown (he has never been seen with his eyes open)
Occupation: Zoologist, currently the head of the Nede Animal
Last seen: At his house in Giveaway, on May 23. If you have
any information on his whereabouts, call...
"Curious...all too curious..." Claude said, surveying
the information. Just then, Chisato walked into the library.
"Claude? Rena?" she exclaimed in surprise. "How'd
you guys get here?"
"Chisato?" Rena said, mirroring her emotion. "Do
you know what happened?"
"Long story," she said. "Let's go back to my
house and talk."
* * *
"So what's the deal with Nede all of a sudden?" Claude
asked, as they entered the house above the North City tool shop.
"The Wise Men resurrected it," Chisato said.
"Wait..." Rena said, trying to comprehend the situation.
"You mean that they found a way to bring it back from the
past?" She set the twins down on the bed, who were still
"Not exactly," Chisato said. "What they did
was make a copy, of sorts, of Nede, and transported it to this
time period. They changed a few things so that we'd all be able
to live here peacefully. They erased all records of themselves,
and made it so that we'd disappear shortly before our arrival
here, as to avoid the chance that we meet ourselves."
"That explains the library information, then," Rena
"Wait, wait, wait," Claude said. "You mean to
tell me that the Wise Men actually copied Nede from the past,
changed it to their liking, and then transported the copy here?"
"Yeah, that about sums it up. They also transported us
here, without that whole messy 'crash a planet into another
planet' scenario. But the question remains, how did you wind
"Well, we were traveling through space where Nede used
to be. Suddenly, there was a bright flash, and before we knew
it we were headed straight into Central City's City Hall."
"Weird..." Chisato said. "Well, I guess you're
here until we can figure out how to get you out of here. Make
yourself at home."
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