Alexis was surprised to see Elorah act in such an ungrateful
way. She uses her valuable time to do a favor for that unfortunate pet, Elorah,
and this is the thanks she gets? Alexis decided that she just needed to stop
being so helpful to others. Not only do her efforts go unappreciated, but she
also missed the main part of breakfast. So now she would have to eat whatever
was left over.
Alexis decided to go down to the kitchen and
see if she could get something better to eat. She dismissed Ruby saying that
she would meet her later on. Upon entering the kitchen, she noticed Mr. Pickles,
the pound chef, cleaning up the counters. Alexis cleared her throat to announce
“What do you need, Alexis?” asked Mr. Pickles
in his chipper voice.
“I’m hungry and would like some breakfast please,”
Mr. Pickles gave one of his famous smiled and
said, “Well my young pet, breakfast is still out in the dining hall. You’ve
got some time to go and get your fill.”
“Oh, I can’t possibly eat that food. It’s not
very warm and is left over from the earlier crowd. I would like you to make
me something different,” Alexis directed.
“I’m afraid the kitchen is being cleaned from
breakfast and will be made ready for preparing lunch. I haven’t time to make
another breakfast,” Mr. Pickles responded as he turned back to finish cleaning
the counters. “All I have to offer you is what is in the dining hall.”
With nothing but a sigh, Alexis left the kitchen.
She was terribly hungry. But she couldn’t possibly eat what whatever was picked
over from the other pets. She really had no choice but to wait for lunch. She
decided to head outside to the playground. She enjoyed playing on the swings.
She also liked sliding on the slides. Actually, she liked anything that showed
off the lovely wings she had.
Alexis found Ruby waiting to take her turn at
the swings. She watched as one pet left a swing while Ruby got ready to have
her turn. Without hesitation, Alexis walked over in front of Ruby and sat down
on the swing.
“You don’t mind do you Ruby?” Alexis said as
more of a statement than a question.
Ruby shook her head and got back in line to once
again wait for a turn at the swings.
Alexis rose higher and higher in the swing. Not
only did it show off her wings, but she could see far off into the distance.
She could see the wooded area in back of the pound. She could see some pets
playing on the grassy area on the side of the pound. She could even see Hugo,
a spotted Chia, working with his little potions set over on the other side of
“Oh I think I have it!” Hugo commented to himself as he ran into the pound.
Hugo was the resident potions master. He enjoyed
anything having to do with potion making. In fact, he wanted to be just like
Kauvara. He was working on making his own formulas of potions as well as trying
to figure out how to make potions that were already available. Hugo hoped that
maybe one day, if we was experienced enough with potions, he could work with
Alexis tired of playing in the playground. She decided to head back into the
pound. Lunch should be ready soon. At least she hoped so anyway. She was really
quite hungry. She walked quickly back into the pound, past the kitchen and towards
the recreation room. As she was passing the kitchen, she could smell the most
wonderful food cooking. Oh she could hardly wait for lunch to be announced!
She bumped into Hugo as she was entering the
recreation room. Hugo was trying to leave but he smiled and moved out of the
way, allowing Alexis access to the room. Then he quickly left the room. Finding
herself alone in the room, Alexis went over and sat on the sofa. She was trying
to decide which video she wanted to watch when something caught her attention.
Off to the side was a little table. On that little table was a …chocolate milkshake!
Alexis didn’t have to think twice before she got up and guzzled that chocolate
milkshake down. She never gave a thought to whom the milkshake belonged. She
never considered how the owner of the milkshake would feel when they found their
tasty treat gone. She didn’t care about anything but filling her hungry tummy
at that moment. At least she didn’t care until she felt the first wave of change
as it went through her.
Alexis dropped the glass and fell to the floor.
She withered around as the change came over her. Slowly her body twisted and
contorted. Never in all her life had she experienced the terror that now consumed
her. She thought back to when she first came to the pound. It was the worst
day of her life. Being abandoned was not something she was proud of. It was
something that always stayed with her, deep in her heart. All of the pets in
the pound were abandoned at some point in their young lives. That they all had
in common. Now she was experiencing something that truly was the worst moment
in her life.
She started to shake violently, uncontrollably.
Alexis had no way of knowing or even understanding what was happening to her.
Trying to call out for help, she discovered no words would come. She continued
to wither on the floor, crying. It was all she has left that she could do. She
closed her eyes and hope this nightmare would stop soon.
“Oh no!” came a hurried voice.
Alexis looked up to see the face of Hugo staring
back down at her. Closing her eyes again, she lay there for moment. She felt
very drained and weak. Opening her eyes, she realized that she was no longer
shaking. Whatever it was happening had stopped. It was over.
She felt someone helping her to sit up. This
was the first that she noticed Ms. Snowflake was in the room as well. Both Ms.
Snowflake and Hugo were looking at Alexis with concern.
“How are you feeling, Alexis?” asked Ms. Snowflake.
“I don’t know,” Alexis stuttered in reply.
Alexis didn’t know how she felt. She felt very
different and very tired and very confused. She didn’t understand what just
happened. When she asked Ms. Snowflake and Hugo about what happened to her,
they both just exchanged a look and said nothing. This did not go unnoticed
“Tell me!” pleaded Alexis, panic rising within
“Alexis, you drank my chocolate milkshake,”
“No, no. That wasn’t me,” she denied.
Hugo ignored her and continued on, “That was
an experiment I was working on. It wasn’t a regular chocolate milkshake. It
was a transmogrification potion. I never thought anyone would actually drink
As Hugo’s words began to sink in, Alexis felt
the terror rise up in her again.
Transmogrification potion! Alexis screamed
to herself. Flashes of mutated pets started whirling through her mind. With
every ounce of strength she had left in her, she denied it. This was not possible.
She was a beautiful striped Shoyru! She was the most popular species of pet
that was painted with one of the most coveted of colors! She was charming, witty
and intelligent! She was loved by everyone! This was not happening to her!
“Alexis,” began Ms. Snowflake.
Alexis could do nothing but cry. She didn’t want
to hear what Ms. Snowflake had to say. There was nothing anyone would be able
to say that could possibly help. No one understood what it was like to be Alexis.
No one knew what it's like to have nothing to offer but their looks. Ms. Snowflake
just held Alexis close for a moment before she tried to talk with her again.
“Alexis, we will do our best to find a Shoyru
morphing potion for you. They are extremely expensive, so we won’t be able to
get one for you right away,” Ms. Snowflake said quickly. “However, we can not
possibly afford to make you a striped color again. I’m sorry.”
With tears in her eyes, Alexis looked up at Ms.
Snowflake and asked, “What am I?”
Ms. Snowflake looked over at Hugo and nodded.
He brought over a standing mirror and placed it in front of Ms. Snowflake. Moving
out of the way, Ms. Snowflake allowed Alexis the opportunity to use the mirror.
Alexis gazed into the mirror. The image staring
back was of a large, green, mutant Moehog.
Alexis was able to be changed into a Shoyru again. Although she was not a striped
color, she did become a lovely shade of blue. Through this experience, Alexis
learned many valuable lessons, some of which she actually remembers to this
day. For the most part, she is back to her old self, but a little wiser this
time and a lot more respectful of others.
Hugo still practices with his potion making. However,
he has become very careful of where he leaves his experiments. As luck would
have it, he was adopted by a family who also loves the world of magic and potions.
Ruby has learned to be a little more self reliant.
Although she is still friends with Alexis, she is learning that it isn’t such
a bad thing to not follow the crowd. She has also had numerous opportunities
to play on the swings.
Elorah? Well... you’ll just have to read Elorah’s
Beauty to find out what happens with her.
Author’s Note: Many of you, who have been touched by Elorah, have expressed
an interest in finding out what happened to Alexis. This is the sequel to Elorah’s
Beauty. This is my first series! I hope you enjoyed my story. Please feel free
to offer comments.