It’s been a couple of days since the East and South Boopies revealed themselves.
Because I felt like I was living in a TV Series where each day was a new episode and something exciting happened.
But nothing was happening.
I mean, there HAD to be a West, right?
These Boopies didn’t make sense with how they looked, but they had to make sense with having four directions!
The Watchers and I start to look at things like a riddle. Maybe it was simply a coincidence those letters appeared in the exact same direction they lay.
Maybe N was Newcomer, E was Easyrider, and S was Slumplump.
I wasn’t a Boopie expert. Or maybe I was just because I had spent the most time with them.
Either way, I needed to know why there was no W.
That night the Council had returned.
Oh, I forgot to tell you that they left. Yeah, they left to go looking for the other Gen 0s.
Thankfully, they had come back with some but there was still plenty to find.
They asked how everything was going and I explained the situation.
They didn’t seem pleased with my storytelling abilities.
I asked them what was wrong and they simply said, “When 100 Ws appear the 5th awakens…“.
The 5th what?!
What is it with Boopies and riddles?
After telling me this they then proceeded to leave again.
“Wait, you just got back!”
Lati turned to me with a grave look on its face and simply said, “If we don’t hurry and find the rest of the Gen 0s then the 5th will consume the Boopieverse.“
“Oh, and don’t feed the Boopies after midnight.“
With that said, they disappeared.
I figured they just liked being mysterious so I wasn’t going to worry about this 5th thing, but what did it mean by don’t feed them after midnight?
What was this? Gremlins?
It was time to sleep. Or try to at least.
A couple of hours later there was a knock on my door. It was Loster…I mean that one Watcher that originally “lost” their Boopie.
He had forgotten his toothpick and left it in my room.
Why he cared about a toothpick and more importantly why it was in my room I had no idea and I didn’t want to find out.
Loster grabbed their toothpick and said they just wanted to check on the Boopies real quick before heading home.
I’m sure you can see where this is going…
The Loster heard some noise that sounded like stomachs grumbling and figured the Boopies must be hungry.
Just by chance he had a bag of popcorn and threw some down to the North Boopies as if they were pigeons in a park.
Feeling proud of himself, he left to go home and get a good night’s sleep.
The next morning I went to visit the Boopies and there it was.
W on the floor with a single Boopie standing over it.
The other directions seemed to be scared of it.
Hell, I was scared of it.
Then I remembered what the Council had said.
“When 100 Ws appear the 5th awakens…“
There was just one W so we were safe.
All I could do was wait for the Gen 0s to return. Hopefully, it would be soon.