Chapter 2

Creepy Hamburger, or Crep as his friends called him, had seen some pretty weird things in his lifetime.

But none of that prepared him for seeing a person fall from the sky and land in the ocean just a few meters away from his raft. It was followed by another person.

Crep acted fast. He picked up the makeshift oar that he was using to try and steer the boat towards Cryptids Island, where he lived, and paddled over to where the people had landed.

His sister, Shiny, woke up when the boat began to move. “Crep? Like, where are we going?” Crep didn’t answer her, and instead moved the raft towards.

“Over here!” he yelled, stretching out his hand to grab hold of the Poptropican in the water. He watched as the person’s head raised out from the water, and when she turned to him, he stared in surprise. “Spots? What are you doing here?”

He pulled Spots onto the raft, and both of them pulled up Sleepy, who was knocked unconscious. “Stupid pilot dropped us off here…” Spots muttered, then glanced up at Crep. “You wouldn’t happen to know if Astro-Knights is close, would you?”

Crep shrugged. “I don’t really know. Shiny and I ran away from – ”

Spots cut him off. “Carnival Island!”

Crep nodded. “How do you know?”

She grimaced. “I’m a genius. What do you think?”

He shrugged in answer to her question. “You aren’t going there, are you? Spots, it’s too dangerous!”

Spots shook her head. “But we have to save Silver,” she replied quietly, gazing off into the distance.

Shiny spoke. “So, like, Silver was taken? And you want to save her? Like, the entire place is full of people, and these weird guards are all like ‘YOU SHALL NOT PASS!’”

Spots glanced up at Shiny, as if confused why the older Hamburger sibling was actually being civil to her. “Exactly what happened at the Monster Carnival, Shiny?” she asked.

“Um, so, we went because we wanted to, like, have a good time at the carnival? But the clowns were so boring, so we left. And then we were, like trying to find the Blimp-Port so we could go back, but then we heard this scream, and we saw this weird monster chasing this girl!” Shiny shuddered at the memory, and Crep couldn’t blame her. That monster was creepy.

“So the girl got bitten, and she turned into a monster. So we ran, and found this boat, but before we could leave a monster broke most of it, so now it’s just a raft. And we’re trying to find a way home,” he finished.

Spots nodded, musing about what to do. “How far are you from Carnival Island?” she asked.

“Not far. Can I take you?” he suggested, leaping at an idea to make Spots like him. After all, he did kind of have a crush on her, so…

“We aren’t going back, Crep!” Shiny yelped angrily. “You can’t take her and her even-more uncool friend to Carnival Island! What kind of older sister lets her brother take two random girls to a dangerous island?”

Crep sighed. “Shiny, we have to go. They need to rescue all those people!”

Shiny laughed. “Look, Crep, I know you think the sun shines out of her jacket, but Spotted Dragon can’t rescue all those people!”

Crep swallowed. “Sleepy’ll be there, too.” He picked up the oar stubbornly. “I think Carnival Island is that way,” he added to Spots and Sleepy, who had just woken up from her unconsciousness.

And, ignoring Shiny’s protests, Crep began to row the raft in the direction that he hoped Carnival Island was.


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