Main Page Go to Short Stories Go back to Articles Go to Comics Go to Continued Series Go to Editorial Go to New Series

Show All | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15 | Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19 | Week 20 | Week 21 | Week 22 | Week 23 | Week 24 | Week 25 | Week 26 | Week 27 | Week 28 | Week 29 | Week 30 | Week 31 | Week 32 | Week 33 | Week 34 | Week 35 | Week 36 | Week 37 | Week 38 | Week 39 | Week 40 | Week 41 | Week 42 | Week 43 | Week 44 | Week 45 | Week 46 | Week 47 | Week 48 | Week 49 | Week 50 | Week 51 | Week 52 | Week 53 | Week 54 | Week 55 | Week 56 | Week 57 | Week 58 | Week 59 | Week 60 | Week 61 | Week 62 | Week 63 | Week 64 | Week 65 | Week 66 | Week 67 | Week 68 | Week 69 | Week 70 | Week 71 | Week 72 | Week 73 | Week 74 | Week 75 | Week 76 | Week 77 | Week 78 | Week 79 | Week 80 | Week 81 | Week 82 | Week 83 | Week 84 | Week 85 | Week 86 | Week 87 | Week 88 | Week 89 | Week 90 | Week 91 | Week 92 | Week 93 | Week 94 | Week 95 | Week 96 | Week 97 | Week 98 | Week 99 | Week 100 | Week 101 | Week 102 | Week 103 | Week 104 | Week 105 | Week 106 | Week 107 | Week 108 | Week 109 | Week 110 | Week 111 | Week 112 | Week 113 | Week 114 | Week 115 | Week 116 | Week 117 | Week 118 | Week 119 | Week 120 | Week 121 | Week 122 | Week 123 | Week 124 | Week 125 | Week 126 | Week 127 | Week 128 | Week 129 | Week 130 | Week 131 | Week 132 | Week 133 | Week 134 | Week 135 | Week 136 | Week 137 | Week 138 | Week 139 | Week 140 | Week 141 | Week 142 | Week 143 | Week 144 | Week 145 | Week 146 | Week 147 | Week 148 | Week 149

Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 26th day of Awakening, Yr 23
The Neopian Times Week 38 > New Series > Picture Perfect: Part One

Picture Perfect: Part One

by stellerwing

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 and red.

"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 it.

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 best friends.

"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 a book.

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 tell me."

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...

Previous Episodes

Picture Perfect: Part Two

Picture Perfect: Part Three

Week 38 Related Links

Caiie and Charm in: The Chopstick Dilemma
"SPIT SHOWER!" Gami roared gleefully.

by _smoothcriminal


Shamus and Lila
Did somebody say PetPets?

by championferret


Tratakkaa
Hey, don't laugh...

by demon_evil_child2005


Kally's Story
"I am fine, thank you very much, Mr. Skeethson," replied Kalabarias, or Kally for short, a very peculiar Chia.

by spuddie_hang



Search :
Other Stories

An Aisha
"Don't you worry any more, she'll be home soon," Kaishow said, knowing exactly why I was upset. So did everyone else.

by katchi_k


Grugga and the Dung Catapult: Part One
"They are invading Tyrannia!" she screamed.

by animal_lover3332


The Friendly Lupe: Part One
"The Lupe Law," said Stalker quietly. "Will be changed when I am leader."

by animal_lover3332


The Ancient Sword of Neopia: Part Six
"We understand perfectly," said Midnight. "We know that there are dangers in here."

by vaporeon_fan


Neopets | Main | Articles | Editorial
Short Stories | Comics | New Series | Continued Series | Search