It was a cold, dreary day and CoastalMonarch (known as Mona) hated it. She
was a plain yellow Gelert. In three days it would be Valentine's Day. That meant
the school dance. Since she was only yellow she didn't have a date yet.
Sighing, she leaped off her Regal Oak Wooden Bed. It was almost dinner and
her family hated it when she was late.
Plodding down the stairs, she heard laughter coming from the living room.
Everyone seems to be having a great time. Every one except me.
No one seemed to notice her enter the room. She looked around the table at
her family. There was her brother, a Purple Blumaroo named Michael_169. (Everyone
called him Mike.)He was sitting next to her owner, who was sitting at the head
of the table. Her sister, a spotted Kacheek named AmaliaButterfly. Was sitting
across from him. And finally, her other brother, a white Lupe named HiLite.
He was sitting at the other end of the table.
When she sat down her owner, StellerWing placed a Cheese Sandwich and a glass
of Orange Juice in front of her for her dinner. Sandwiches again, Mona
thought, sighing. Taking a slurp of her Orange Juice, Mona thought about her
life. She was the youngest in a family of four. And the only one not painted.
It was strange. If her Mum could afford to paint them, why not her?
After everyone had finished eating, It was time for dishwashing. Traditionally
they all took turns on the chore. Tonight it was Mona's turn. The three others
got to sit on the couch and watch everyone's favourite comedy show. Mona also
got to watch it. But she was at the sink. Instead of laughing and rolling on
the floor with all the others, Mona looked sad and mundane. StellerWing turned
to look at her.
"Honey, what's wrong? You look depressed."
Without thinking, Mona blurted out, "Everyone else is painted, everyone but
me." When she realised what she had said Mona blushed about ten shades of pink
"I didn't mean that, Mum I promise!" she added lamely.
But StellerWing didn't look mad at all. In fact, she was pleased to hear her
daughter open up like that.
"Honey, it's okay. You are just as special as everybody else."
Mona opened her mouth as if she was going to say something. But she closed
Was her Mum right?
Mona trudged silently up the path to her school. On her way, she kept spotting
painted Gelerts. Is the world trying to tease me? she asked herself.
The painted pets gave her fleeting glances, but then turned back to "their crowd"
One even gave her a sorrowful look! (Mind you, that Gelert always looked sorrowful.)
When she reached the school gate. She checked the humungous clock on the wall
of the school. Still twenty minutes early, she noted.
Just then, her two friends bounded up to her.
There was Panda_60082 (shortened to Panda) who was painted checkered. And
Chipsas who was painted spotted. (All of them were Gelerts.) Both were her two
"Hey girl wazz up?!" Panda joked.
"Nothing," Mona replied glumly.
"Hey! What's wrong with you?" Chipsas asked kindly.
Pausing for a moment and then saying, "Oh… I get it, your still sad about
not being painted. Huh?"
"Is it really that easy to tell?" Mona asked sheepishly.
"Erm… yeah," Panda replied.
The morning bell rang. Saved by the bell Mona thought.
The three friend's first class was history. Mona nearly fell asleep. This
happened SSSOOO long ago. Why do we need it now? she thought.
Second class... Math. Mona got good grades in everything (yes, even History)
and she was especially good in this subject.
After a bit of their classes it was time for lunch.
All three of them opened all of their lunch boxes at the same time. (As was
their custom.) Panda had a can of Neocola and a hot dog. Chipsas found some
salad and a thermos of cold orange juice. Mona found… a can of Neocola
and… a TeaLeef Sandwich. ANOTHER SANDWICH! Her head screamed. Was her
Mum poor? Or was she saving up for something…
When she got home, the first thing that Mona did was drop her backpack and
run into the den. Where her Mum and family were "playing." Mike and HiLite were
working on a puzzle together. Amalia was brushing her fur. StellerWing was reading
Trying to pad quietly into the room, Mona entered cautiously. Well, this
is ironic, she thought, last night, they acting as though I were invisible,
today they listen to every little sound. All eyes turned to her. After pretending
to be interested in a book, all of her family returned back to their activities.
Mona plopped down next to StellerWing. Taking the book she "pretended" to
be interested in reading, she began to read. She heard a dull thud of a book,
Mona sensed StellerWing was watching her. Suddenly, two gentle hands grasped
her book and turned it right side up. It was StellerWing. She had had the book
upside down. Mona blushed sheepishly. But even when she buried her nose in the
book again, she still sensed StellerWing's gaze boring into her. Finally, she
said, "Honey, if there's ever anything you need to talk about, you can always
Mona closed the book and with a deep sigh, said, "I just think it's kind of
strange that all you buy for us to eat these days is sandwiches. Are you trying
to hide something from us?"
There, she had said it. But, as always, StellerWing didn't get angry. She
kept her cool.
"Dear, I would always tell you if it was something you absolutely need
to know. But it isn't."
With that, StellerWing kissed the top of Mona's head and gave the directions
to the whole crew. She would be going out to the market. Mike would be in charge.
(He was the oldest.) She threw on her jacket and walked out the door.
At school the next day, at lunch Mona found in her lunch (surprise surprise)
a Popcorn Sandwich. It was warm and gooey, but it made Mona all the more suspicious.
To be continued...