Snow Way Out: Part Two
To my surprise, Ry was sitting at the table, along with Dani, Addey (A blue
Zafara) and Moltenore (A red Shoyru).
"I hope you don’t mind, but I brought breakfast," said Ry with a smile.
"Mind? No way!" I said, returning her smile. "I’ll do anything to get out of
"Ry brought Faerie Pancakes and Faerie Toast with butter and-" Starshimmer
tended to talk a lot, so I just tuned her out.
"Listen, Duplica, I was thinking of going to the pound. You know, to cheer
up the pets?" Ry was hesitant. Although she often went to the pound to cheer
up pets, the last time I’d gone had ended in disaster.
I’d ended up adopting a Skunk Kacheek named Kool_Kyle_Kid, and he’d turned
out to be evil. He’d tried to turn my pets, and Ry’s, into slaves of Dr. Sloth.
Just in time, I’d discovered his plan. We’d gotten away, and I hadn’t seen Kyle
"Um, Duplica?" Ry asked, jolting me back to the present. "How about it?"
"Sorry, what?" I said. I knew Ry would understand why I’d gone off in daydream.
"I said, Do you wanna come with me?"
Together, Ry and I flew off to the pound. Starshimmer, Moonshine, Dani, Addey
and Moltenore came as well. I carried Dani, Ry carried Addey, and Moonshine
and Moltenore carried Starshimmer together. Since I lived on Market Street,
it wasn’t that far.
Soon, the dismal form of the pound loomed up ahead. I could feel the fear in
the pets. Ry and I were about to walk into the room where the pets were held,
when my cell phone went off. Gesturing to Ry to keep going, I answered my phone.
"Yes, Duplica here...What? Another script change?...Yes, I know...Alright,
when?...Tomorrow?...Oh, I see...Yes the light...I know...Uh-huh...Okay, I get
it... Right, see you tomorrow." I hung up the phone and groaned. Jess had decided
that five different scenes needed changing, and they just could not wait. I
would have to pick up the new script on my way home, then spend the rest of
the afternoon, and probably some of the night memorising it.
I walked into the pound and felt like I’d jumped into the snow on Terror Mountain
in shorts. I carefully tuned down the extreme sadness that was in the pound.
Woven through it was excitement, because of Ry and me being here. Ry came often,
and was known to be rich. I was in a movie, and also known to be rich. All the
pets hoped we’d adopt them. Every now and then was pure happiness. Those were
the pets Ry had visited. She had a Bag of Infinite Neggs, and almost always
pulled out a Happiness Negg.
I pulled out my own bag, and headed down the aisles, talking to the pets, giving
them encouragement, and Neggs. To some of the younger ones, I gave plushies.
I would give them a plushie of their own type, colour and all. If I didn’t have
that particular colour or type, I’d give them a Fuzzle of their colour. Together,
Ry and I covered most of the pound. It was late afternoon when we stopped, due
to Moonshine’s constant complaints. When she got hungry, she always complained
until she was fed.
"That was great. A lot of those poor pets are still really young. They should
have a kind owner, and some siblings to protect them. I’m glad we were able
to help them feel better," I sighed. Then, I remembered the phone call. "Ry,
do you mind if we got to the studio before we go home? I need to pick up the
"Sure," answered Ry, and off we went. First, though we went to Pizzaroo’s,
to get some pizza. All the pets wanted something different, so instead of buying
one whole pizza, we got each of the pets a slice.
"Ry, thanks so much for your help," I said as we reached my house. It was getting
really late now, since we had spent so much time in the studio. It seemed that
the script had changed while I was in the pound, so it took 20 minutes for me
to get a copy of the latest script.
"I should be thanking you," she said with a laugh. "Without your help, there’s
no way I could have helped so many pets. You really have a way with them."
"Thanks," I replied, blushing. "Coming from you, that means a lot." She laughed
and grabbed the basket she used to transport her non-flying pets.
Just then, my phone rang. "Oh, no," I groaned, "more trouble. Ry, stay, you
need food." Ry laughed again and waited. "Hello?...Jess?...What do you MEAN,
now...They did what?...I can’t, my pets need to get to sleep, they’ve got school...The
light? I don’t care, we can do it inside!" I rolled my eyes at Ry. She stifled
another giggle. "Oh, all right...Yeah...Top of Terror Mountain?...I can be there
in 20 minutes...Okay, ciao."
"What was that about?" asked Ry.
"Jess changed his mind, he needs me now at the top of Terror Mountain. Listen,
Ry, can you stay here? Moonshine and Starshimmer need their sleep," I said.
"Cool. Don’t worry," Ry replied.
"Wait, five pets is too many. I’ll take Dani with me." I glanced at Dani. She
looked at Ry, her excitement growing. I’d chosen her because out of all of Ry’s
pets, she was the one I knew best.
"All right. Dani, be good, don’t bother ANYONE, we don’t need a lawsuit." At
this, I giggled. Ry gave me a Look, then went back to telling Dani how to behave.
Finally, she and her other pets went into the house.
I gave Moonshine and Starshimmer each a kiss, and told them to be good for
Ry. " And if I’m not here when you wake up, ask Ry NICELY for breakfast, and
stay quiet if she’s asleep, got it?" Both my pets nodded, and walked up the
path and into the house. I turned to Dani, who was practically bursting with
excitement. "Come on, let’s go."
"Alright! Hey Duplica, can I be in the movie?" Dani asked as she leapt into
"It depends. If Jess decides to do a crowd scene, we’ll need extras. I might
put in a good word," I said as we lifted off into the clear night sky.
To be continued...