Ameesa was scared. To be honest, she was terrified. The
little Ixi was starting Neoschool the next day and she simply did not want to
go… she had a number of reasons for that.
First of all, her owner was poor, and all that
he had been able to get for Ameesa’s lunch was a half-eaten berry. Ameesa glanced
at it and sighed. The other Neopets would be sure to laugh at her when they
saw what she had to eat.
She was also very shy and couldn’t speak to anyone
except her owner without stuttering. She was sure that as soon as the Neopets
in her class heard her speaking, they would start making fun of her.
And, last but definitely not least, there was
her appearance. Ameesa was a mutant.
She had been only a couple of hours old when
her previous owner, a cruel, rude person, had given her an Ixi transmogrification
potion. Being young and ignorant, Ameesa drank it, and what had to happen happened
— she changed from a beautiful yellow Ixi into a vile mutant one.
Her owner, disgusted, threw her into the pound,
and Ameesa stayed there for almost three months before Maelan, who was her owner
still now, came along and adopted her. At Ameesa’s wish, Maelan had tried everything
from paintbrushes (the cheaper ones like blue or red) to the Secret Laboratory
(a friend had given them access to it and they had used it for three months
without any change coming over Ameesa), but nothing worked. Ameesa stayed a
mutant. Maelan didn’t mind too much; he liked his Ixi all the same; it was Ameesa
who really minded. She wouldn’t have cared whether she had been red, Faerie,
or brown; she simply hated being mutant because everyone was constantly making
fun of her.
She sighed again and turned away from her meagre
lunch, looking towards the only window in her bedroom, a tiny crack which, in
the daytime, only let through a little bit of sunlight.
But now the sun was set, it was pitch black outside,
and Ameesa knew that it was very late. She took one last look at the half-eaten
berry, shuddered, and lay down on her bed.
* * *
The night was a long, restless one. Ameesa couldn’t fall asleep, but at the
same time, she didn’t want to, because that meant that morning would come and
she didn’t want that to happen because that meant Neoschool…
But the morning eventually came, and Maelan pulled
his Ixi out of bed, pushed her to school, said a quick goodbye, and ran off
to try to earn some Neopoints. He ignored Ameesa’s pleads and complaints because
he thought that school was good for her, and besides, if she didn’t go, she
would be staying home all day alone and that couldn’t be any better, could it?
Maelan didn’t think so and Ameesa had to go to
As soon as the Ixi stepped into the Neoschool
building, almost everyone turned to look at her and there was whispering and
pointing all around. Ameesa decided to ignore everyone and went directly to
the board on which all of the pupils’ names and the class they were in had been
Her name was right at the top. Class 7, the board
said. Ms Blanche. Room 120. The small Neopet had no idea where that was.
She wandered around for a few moments, looking
at the room numbers. 104… 160… 109… wasn’t there any logic to these numbers?
Finally, Ameesa decided that she had to ask someone
where her classroom was. She was terrified at the idea, but she had to do it,
or else she would be wandering around all day.
The first Neopets she spotted was a group of
giggling Unis, Kacheeks, and Poogles. Ameesa stepped towards them.
She had no sooner started her sentence that a
Uni, who had been speaking to the others about a brand new Usuki doll or something
like that, turned around and glared at Ameesa.
“Honestly, don’t you know not to interrupt?”
The Uni then realized that Ameesa was mutant and added with a sneer,
“Especially when you’re ugly!”
The others burst out laughing. Ameesa didn’t
reply but walked away, her fists clenched. A tear ran down her face as she looked
around and noticed a teenage girl with a tiny red Chia beside her. She approached
“Uh -- uh -- e-excuse me, but do y-you h-happen
to-to know where room one h-hundred a-and twenty is?” she asked cautiously.
The small red Chia took one look at her and screamed.
The girl had been reading a notice on the wall but she turned around, took one
look at Ameesa, and became furious.
“How DARE you come here and scare my Anthony!
I will report you to the Chia Police! I—”
She went on, but Ameesa turned away and ran,
blindly, she didn’t care where she went, all that she wanted to do was get away
from that horrid, horrid place — so she ran.
Out of the school, across the yard, through the
gate, as far away from the school as she could get, she ran, ran until she became
so exhausted that she couldn’t take any more steps and collapsed onto the ground
with a sob. Her heart was pounding, her eyes were full of tears, and she lay
on the ground for a moment with her eyes closed. She was sick of everyone and
everything. She was used to small Neopets being mean to her but their owners!
… Neopets’ owners had never been mean to her. Oh, she hated humans, she hated
Neopets, she hated her old owner for making her mutant, she hated her new owner
for forcing her to go to Neoschool, she hated—
Then she ran out of ideas and looked around herself.
She was in a small clearing surrounded completely
by trees. The clearing was simply grass except that all around it were tiny
blue flowers, flowers such as Ameesa had never seen. They were like balls of
thousands of petals packed together, the Ixi thought at first, but when she
looked closer, she saw that the petals weren’t packed together but folded inwards
into a rounded shape.
Ameesa loved the small clearing immediately,
the flowers even more so. She stood staring at them for what felt like hours
but must have only been a couple of minutes, feeling completely happy, until
she remembered that she was supposed to be at school. Her happiness melted like
a Snow Puff in the sun. How could she face anyone now? She still didn’t know
where her classroom was, and if she asked anyone they would be sure to laugh
at her or be rude to her again…
So Ameesa didn’t move. She stayed in the small
clearing for the whole day, lying on the soft grass, staring into the beautiful
blue flowers, and simply feeling unbelievably happy. When she became hungry
she ate her half-eaten berry. She regularly looked at the sun to see the time,
and at about two o’clock she decided to start getting back to the Neoschool.
She wasn’t too far, but coming to the clearing she hadn’t been thinking, she
had been crying and running like crazy, and because of that she had no idea
of how to get back to school.
She wandered around for an hour before succeeding
in getting out of the forest. She found herself in a big field. Far away, on
the other side of the field, she could see the big Neoschool building. She quickly
walked towards it, and when she arrived, she glanced at the sun. It was about
3:10. Neoschool ended at 3:20, so she had ten minutes before the other Neopets
came out of the school and before her owner came to take her back to their Neohome.
Ten minutes is a short time but it was long enough
for Ameesa to think about what she had just done.
She suddenly realized that while Maelan couldn’t
know that she hadn’t gone to school, her teacher would. Would her teacher wonder
why she hadn’t come and ask Maelan about it? No, probably not, Ameesa thought.
She would just think that the Ixi had stayed home because of a case of the Sneezles
or something like that.
The noise of a bell ringing broke into Ameesa’s
thoughts. She clapped her hooves over her ears and walked towards the front
gates with the Neopets who came running out of the building. Maelan was already
there, waiting. He grinned when he saw Ameesa. She ran towards him and together
they left the crowd of Neopets to walk towards their Neohome.
“Did you like your day at Neoschool, Ameesa?”
her owner asked her.
Ameesa hesitated. “It was alright.”
“Did you meet any nice Neopets?”
“Not really,” she mumbled.
Her owner didn’t say anything more and they walked
on. Their Neohome was on the edge of Neopia Central. It was a small, rundown
house with three rooms: a kitchen and two bedrooms. If Ameesa’s owner had had
any more Neopoints, he would have bought another house, but he barely had enough
to feed himself and his Ixi. It didn’t really matter to him or Ameesa, though,
because the two of them were just happy to be together under a roof, even if
that roof occasionally leaked.
* * *
The next day, once again, Maelan brought his Ixi to school. He left her at
the front gate with a quick “have a good day”. Ameesa waited until she couldn’t
see him anymore to walk away from the Neoschool, through the field, and into
the forest. From where she went in it she walked as straight as she could, occasionally
stopping to make an arrow with some twigs so that she would be able to get out
of the forest quickly.
Eventually she arrived in the clearing she had
It seemed even more beautiful than it had been
the day before. The grass seemed greener; the flowers more blue; the trees seemed
stronger… Ameesa breathed in the light fragrance of the small flowers. She felt
free—and completely happy—and she hadn’t felt like that ever before. For once,
it didn’t matter to her that she was a mutant.
* * *
For two weeks Ameesa led a perfectly happy life. Every morning her owner dropped
her off at Neoschool. As soon as he was gone she ran through the field and the
forest to the clearing. She had learnt the way by heart; she knew every tree,
every flower. She spent her day in the clearing and around it. At three o’clock
she headed back to the school. Maelan came to pick her up at 3:20. Ameesa didn’t
tell him that she didn’t go into the Neoschool and he never thought of it.
On the second day of the third week of school,
Maelan came to get Ameesa like usual. He greeted her with a “hi, how was your
day?” like usual, Ameesa answered with an “it was fine” like usual, and they
walked the rest of the day in silence like usual.
They had just arrived in front of their Neohome
when Maelan stopped and turned towards his Ixi.
“You haven’t been going to school,” he said,
angry all of a sudden.
Ameesa looked at the ground. How could he know?
“Your teacher sent me a Neomail asking me why
you hadn’t been coming. I didn’t even know. I wouldn’t have known if your teacher
hadn’t told me!”
Ameesa looked up fearfully. To her relief, Maelan
didn’t look angry anymore.
“Where have you been spending your days, Ameesa?”
he asked softly.
The small Ixi let out a strangled sob and slowly,
in between hiccoughs and sobs, told her owner of what had happened since the
first day of Neoschool.
* * *
During the whole walk to the school the next day Maelan tried to convince the
Ixi that he was doing the right thing in sending her to Neoschool. Ameesa wouldn’t
listen. She had told her owner times and again that she didn’t want to go, he
hadn’t listened, so she didn’t listen to him.
They arrived at school. A kind-looking white
Bruce was at the gate, and when she saw Maelan and his Neopet, she smiled and
went towards them.
“You must be Ameesa,” she said, addressing the
mutant Ixi. She turned to her owner. “And you must be Maelan. I’m Ms. Blanche.”
The two of them shook hands and paws. They talked until the bell rang. Then,
Ms Blanche took Ameesa’s hoof, and they walked inside the building. Ameesa smiled
to herself. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad after all. Maybe she would even make
They turned into a room. Beside the door was
written the number 120. Inside the room were about 25 other Neopets. They were
running everywhere but sat down at their desks as soon as they saw their teacher.
Ms. Blanche led Ameesa to the front of the room.
The class became quiet, staring at the odd-looking Ixi. A small Mynci let out
a muffled shriek but Ms Blanche quieted her by giving her a piercing look.
“Well,” began the Bruce. “First of all, good
morning, class. Today we are welcoming a new student: Ameesa.” Ms Blanche turned
towards the Ixi. “Do you want to tell us a little bit about yourself, Ameesa?”
* * *
The day wasn’t a very fun one for Ameesa. When she introduced herself she stuttered,
and the class laughed so much that not even Ms Blanche’s glare could silence
In all of the other classes it was the same.
There was constant giggling around Ameesa. At lunchtime, the Ixi sat herself
underneath a tree in the yard and ate there by herself.
When the bell signifying that it was the end
of the day rang, Ameesa practically ran out of the classroom, out of the building,
and up to Maelan.
“I’m going to my clearing!” she shouted angrily.
Then she ran away without looking back.
It was only when she had arrived at the clearing
that she started to feel better.
She lay down for two hours, doing nothing. When
she got up to go, she wasn’t angry at Maelan or anyone else anymore.
She stared at the flowers for a moment. Neoschool
may be bad, she thought to herself, but I’ve got my clearing and that’s
all that matters.
And that night she was happy.