Odesseous closed her eyes, and concentrated. She started
flapping her wings with all her might, making her fur fly as she felt the fanning
her wings were making. Faster. Faster. Faster. Then suddenly, she felt it, the
thing she had been waiting for a very long time. She smiled for herself as her
hooves left the ground. Finally, she was flying.
Then she heard it. A giggle. She jumped, but
didn't open her eyes in case she lost concentration and fell. Then another giggle.
Then from behind her, a small laugh. Then suddenly there were laughs everywhere
around her. Slowly, Odesseous opened her big, almond eyes. All around her was
that bullying gang that usually hanged about the hills in which Odesseous was
staying. Looking down, she saw that she was standing on LilDancingQueenie, the
most beautiful but also the meanest Uni there was, and leader of the terrorizing
"L-let me down," Odesseous stammered, scared
out of her wits.
"Okay," Queenie said haughtily. Odesseous got
a bad feeling in her stomach as Queenie raised herself on her two back legs,
preparing to throw of Odesseous.
Queenie threw Odesseous face down in a pile
of Elephante dung. The bullying gang laughed as Odesseous spluttered and coughed,
icky smelling poo running down her face. The gang all took this moment to show
of their wings, and to show that they could fly.
Ixi's tempers are VERY short, but Odesseous
was too afraid to do anything. The gang, some who were painted Faerie, some
Halloween, and some with natural wings, started picking up more dung to throw
at Odesseous. She ran towards the river, shouting to Queenie.
"Everybody can't be like you! You just have
to accept that, Queenie!"
The gang, who had been laughing their heads
of, suddenly stopped. Queenie's eyes grew red. If there's one thing Queenie
hates, it's you calling her Queenie. In the gang she was known as Monga, which,
unneeded to say, was an extremely stupid name.
"I'll get that Ixi," Queenie mumbled. "You be
sure I will."
* * *
Odesseous washed her face quietly, her head full of sad thoughts. She had
been so excited when her owner, worldcool, finally had saved up to buy her a
Faerie paint brush. But then she had made a horrible discovery. She, unlike
all the other pets, couldn't fly with her feeble wings. Then, to make it even
worse, Odesseous had arrived to stay here in the outcast of Neopia Central near
the coast two days ago with a good friend of worldcool, abba_music. She had
been very happy, but then she had discovered the flying gang that roamed the
place, with Queenie in the lead. And worse of all… Queenie was one of abba_music's
"Odesseous, isn't it? What are you doing down
Odesseous jumped in surprise and looked up to
see the big, feathery face of thanks_for_music, or just Music. Music was an
Eyrie, and another one of abba_music's pets. Odesseous hadn't seen him very
much so far; he was often down at the same river she was sitting by. He was
a bit of a loner.
"Oh… you're thanks_for_music, aren't you?" Odesseous
asked, feeling a bit stupid.
"Yup. So, what are you doing here?" he asked
"Oh, I… well that bullying gang chased me. Because
I can't fly."
"AGAIN!? That must be the 7th time in two days!!!"
Music clicked his beak in surprise.
Odesseous looked miserable. "Yeah, I know. They're
teasing me because I'm probably the only neopet in Neopia who has been painted
with the Faerie paint brush and can't fly." She sighed sadly. "I guess I'm just
"You're NOT useless, just a little… well, bad
at flying. But I'm sure we can teach you."
Suddenly, a green Zafara hopped out from nowhere
behind Music. She sneaked towards him and settled herself behind his ear. Then
she drew in her chest and--
"Dinners READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Music
jumped and squawked, sounding like an old parrot that just got his beak stuck
in a peace of choc chip cookie. Angrily he ruffled his feathers and turned round
to scold at his big sister, who was laughing her head of.
"I HATE it when you do that Boomerang!" Boomerang
just kept laughing as if she was a bottomless hole.
"You should have seen your face!" She gasped
in between laughs. Odesseous' mouth twisted round in a smile, the Zafara's laugh
was very catching. Music grumbled as Odesseous started laughing as well. They
kept on like that until abba_music; the owner of Music and Boomerang (and Queenie)
came up to them and screamed at the top of her voice.
"DINNERS READY!!! AND IF YOU DON'T COME NOW
YOU'RE IN FOR IT!" The Neopets jumped at exactly the same time. One by one they
hurried inside, Boomerang still giggling with all her might, and Music walking
behind muttering something about that he lived in a family of blonkos.
* * *
"Is that Uni late for food AGAIN?" abba_music sighed, as she stood waiting
for everybody to come down, holding a saucepan in her left hand. "Boomerang
and Music, you go out and fetch her. Odi (nickname for Odesseous), you can stay
here. After all, you are a guest." But Odesseous shook her head.
"I would love to come! You guys are my friends
* * *
Boomerang (Music called her Boomerang, and for a good reason too) kept on
talking the whole time they were walking along the paths between the big hills.
Odesseous wondered how it was possible that Boomerang could talk so much, and
how Music seemed to have developed a surprising ability to ignore it completely.
Then, just as Odesseous wondered if there really
was an end to the high hills that were shadowing the ground beneath her, when
a grungy old shack loomed up in the distance.
"What's that? It looks freaky…"
Boomerang paused in her chatting and applauded
"Congratulations! You're right, it is freaky,"
she said, a shiver going down her spine. "Its where Queenie and her gang is."
"And we have to go and get her," Music sighed.
"I wonder if it's worth it. Why can't we just
leave her?" Boomerang suggested. Music shook his head in disbelief.
"Boomerang, haven't I already told you that
she's our responsibility now? Its illegal to just leave her there."
"Guess so," Boomerang sighed.
"C'mon, we have to go get her." They went up
towards the shack and knocked on the door. A surly looking Skeith opened, flapping
his tiny wings impatiently.
"Yeah? So what do you want?" He glared at them
with his red eyes. Odesseous wished she hadn't come. But Boomerang and Music
took it quite calmly.
"Que-- um, Monga needs to come home for dinner,"
Music said, almost yawning. The Skeith blinked suspiciously at them, then went
to fetch Queenie. Queenie came back with an irritated look on her face.
"Why are you coming to get me? I was in the
middle of an important meeting."
"We bow before you, oh Mighty Evil One," Boomerang
said sarcastically. "You have to come home for dinner."
As the group returned to the kitchen, Odesseous
noticed that a yellow Aisha was sitting at the table. She had a pretty little
face and a sleek fur coat, and she was probably younger than the others.
"Hello again," abba_music said, glaring at Queenie.
"Odi, this is Mamma_mia_Bee by the way. Just call her Bee. Odesseous shook hands
"Hello, Bee. I haven't seen you before… are
you new here?" Bee nodded.
"Yes, I came 'ere last week. I 'ave a sad childhood,
but I try to forget zat. My real name is Beatrice, but I'm called Bee. You're
Odesseous, aren't you?" Odesseous noticed that the Aisha had an accent.
"Yes, I am. Just call me Odi. Are you from out
of town by the way?" the Aisha giggled.
"Yes, you 'ear that in my accent clearly!" Just
then abba_music dropped a very big sausage on Odesseous' plate.
"He… I'm sorry, I'm not that good at cooking,"
abba_music said, blushing, as Odesseous examined her overcooked sausage. Boomerang
stuck out her tongue at her sausage, which defiantly wasn't overcooked; it looked
as though abba_music hadn't put it in the saucepan at all. Abba_music frowned.
"I may not have made the best dinner, Boomerang,
but I will NOT allow you to stick out your tongue at me, your sausage or anyone
else! If this goes on, I will have to put you in NEOSCHOOL!"
Boomerang whimpered and immediately began eating
her sausage (all the time looking as though she would throw up). Abba_music
looked pleased. She turned around and glared at Music, Queenie and Bee, who
quickly started eating their sausages, Queenie looking extremely angry and growled
all the time, wisps of smoke coming through her nostrils. Odesseous nervously
looked up at abba_music, but she had gone into the living room to clean up a
bit. As soon as she was out of sight, Boomerang spat out her sausage and choked,
clutching her throat.
"Remind me to never eat my owner's sausages!"
To be continued…
Author's note: Thank you to abba_music for lending lots of things to me
-- her Neopets, herself and her NeoHome. Odesseous isn't actually painted Faerie,
but I hope to do that soon.