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It's funny how fate moves. A simple chance occurrence can change a life
forever. As our owner is MiracleStar, it's ironic that a star determined the
fate of one of us. Perhaps on that night, it really was a miracle star, a chance
happening that twisted the fate of one pet to the better.
THE RED ACARA stared up at his new owner in uncertainty. She was filling out
the final forms required for creating a NeoPet. It was her second, and apparently
she knew what she was doing. Apparently.
"All right, enjoy your new pet," the Uni handling
the forms said brightly.
"Right," the girl replied in disgust.
"Is something wrong?" she asked.
"No, nothing's wrong," the Acara's owner sneered.
"I'm just dumb, that's all."
"Oh, all right then…"
The girl handed the forms back to the Uni and
gestured for the Acara to follow.
"Come on starbubble239…."
The red Acara followed, still pondering why his
new owner was acting so strange.
The house wasn't that large, with only four rooms,
two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen.
"You can sleep on the sofa for now," she said,
and left for her first pet's room.
The Acara glanced around uncertainly, timidly
exploring his new house. Soon he heard a high-pitched squealing, and turned
to see a white Usul running from the hallway into the room.
"My new sister! My new sister!" she was shouting.
The Acara was nearly knocked off his feet when
she collided with him in one giant hug.
"My new sister!"
"Um, I'm a guy," he replied worriedly, disentangling
himself from the Usul.
She stared at him in amazement, than turned and
went running back across the room to cling to the legs of the girl who'd brought
"Mommy!!!!" she shrieked. "She is a he?!?!"
"I'm afraid so," the girl replied with a sigh.
"I accidentally checked the wrong box on the application, and we're stuck with
"But I didn't want a brother! I wanted a sister!
A sister I could play dress-up with, and go shopping with, and share my Usuki
collection with! Not a boy that likes to roll in the dirt and play rough games
that hurt people and doesn't care about clothes and Usukis. And besides, starbubble239,
is a horrible name for a boy. Can't we get him changed to a girl? Maybe with
the lab ray?"
For the first time the Acara decided to chime
in. He was quite happy with being a guy, and didn't feel like playing roulette
with his gender.
"I like being a guy."
Both the girls turned to him with fire in their
eyes. The human girl was obviously irritated at his interruption, and the Usul,
well, she was furious that he would dare speak out against what she had decided
on. The Acara sighed and wondered over to the back door, gazing out into the
"Do whatever you want. Just no turning me into
different things. I like being a red Acara. I'm going outside now."
"How can you know you like being a guy!?" the
Usul shrieked after him. "You've only been one for a couple hours now!"
But starbubble239 was already outside, climbing
a tree and wishing he was anywhere but here. Behind him, he could hear the Usul
throwing a tantrum, and the human screaming back in return. He sighed and gazed
out across the neighbourhood, trying to distract himself from the huge fight
brewing inside what was supposed to be his home. But all he could see was how
happy the other families were. And for some reason, it hurt.
The next couple days were not happy ones, to
say the least. The girl mainly ignored his presence, except to feed him. The
Usul gave him venomous glances every chance she got, and talked non-stop about
how wonderful it would have been to have a sister. But as much as she pleaded
and whined, the girl wouldn't cough up the money to have starbubble239 changed
into a girl. The Acara, for his part, spent as much time as possible out of
the house. Really, it wasn't a home, more of a place he ate and slept. All his
waking hours were spent outside, roaming the woods, wondering the park, and
just generally watching others. He never played with any of the other pets.
He didn't want to for some reason. He grew to be a loner, the strange Acara
that never spoke and spent all his time outside. Eventually he grew to be noticed
by the local bullies.
"Hey, you there!"
Starbubble239 slowly turned to face the yellow
Skeith and his gang of other pets.
"You there!" he repeated.
The Acara didn't reply, just waited in silence.
"Do you have a home? Or did your owner abandon
you cause you're so weird?"
"I have a home," starbubble239 replied, then
started to walk away.
"I'm talking to you!"
"Not anymore," the Acara replied, already on
his way down the street.
The Skeith snarled and rushed him, but the Acara
was expecting his attack. He leaped to the side and snatched up a handy stick
laying nearby and cracked it across the Skeith's head. He staggered, dazed,
then shook himself, glaring at the Acara. Starbubble239 for his part didn't
move, merely stood there in calm silence, waiting to see what would happen next.
"You gonna pay for that," the Skeith growled,
and the rest of his gang closed in on the vastly outnumbered Acara.
"Not today," he replied, and turned and ran.
The rest of the pets followed, bellowing dire
threats, but starbubble239 knew the neighbourhood better than any of them. He
leaped onto a fence, then shimmied up a tree and onto a roof. With a laugh,
he leaped from that house to the next, and continued this with the furious Skeith
chasing behind, until they were left behind and out of sight. Starbubble239
sighed and found a perch near a house's chimney. He was tired of this life,
of returning home every night to glares and stony silence. It was as his very
presence was a open sore, irritating the family. He didn't want to be there,
and they didn't want him there. He could take care of himself, he knew he could.
The incident with the Skeith proved that. And so decided, he settled back to
wait until dark.
The sun set. And starbubble239 didn't move from
his spot on the roof. He didn't stir until well after sunset, when night had
fully fallen and everyone had gone to bed. Only then did he climb down and start
off. Not in the direction of his house, but the opposite direction. There was
literally nothing there for him. His owner had never bought him toys or anything,
and there was no mementos he wanted to remind him of that place. The family
where he should have been a girl.
Eventually he reached Neopia Central. It was
nearly midnight, and practically no one was out. An old, lone Nimmo walked slowly
down the main path, stopping to peer quizzically at the solemn Acara.
"Why are you out so late?" he questioned.
"Because I have no where to go," starbubble239
"Surely you have a home."
The Nimmo nodded sagely.
"A runaway then."
"You might say that."
"So you don't fit in with your family, I guess.
You decided that you could make it on your own, without an owner."
The Nimmo was silent, staring at the Acara for
a long time.
"Everyone runs away at some time or another.
Or at least considers it," he said, gazing up at the stars. "Most of the time
it's for trivial reasons, but I can see in your eyes that it's not this time.
You seem older than your age, only the result of bad past.
Then let me give you some advice. You need an
owner. No, don't argue with me. Every pet should have an owner, it's the way
things are here. Besides, you won't really survive out here on your own. So
go to the pound, and put yourself up for adoption. It's the only way. And maybe
someone who'll take you in will come."
Starbubble239 stared at the ground for a long
"But I heard the pound is a horrible place."
"Depends on what you make of it. Don't let that
ol' Techo scare you off. It's a place to find owners, and you do need one."
And with that, the Nimmo started off down the
street again. Starbubble239 stared at his departing back for a long time, then
back up at the stars.
"Will I find a home?" he asked them.
And a small flash of light shot across the sky.
It may not of even been a shooting star, but to the lonely Acara that night,
it was indeed a sign. Call it fate, chance, or dumb luck, but a single flash
of light decided the course of this pet's life. Without a single backwards glance,
he went straight for the pound. It wasn't open at the time, but he sat outside
and waited for sunup.
"Well, what are you doing here?" the yellow
Techo grumped in the morning, upon arriving to work and seeing the young Acara
"I'm here to be adopted."
"Not many pets are adopted from here," the Techo
sighed, unlocking the door.
"Morning doctor!" a bright voice shouted out
from behind the pair.
"Morning," Dr_Death replied sullenly.
"Who's this?" the red Uni asked cheerily, looking
"I'm going to be adopted," he replied.
The Uni looked doubtfully at him.
"Well, this is a new low," she said in disgust.
"What?" starbubble239 asked, panicked. "I can't
"No, no, she's not talking about you!" Dr_Death
shouted from inside the center.
"I mean, I've never seen an owner too despicable
to just leave their pet outside, to not even have the decency to fill out the
forms," the Uni explained.
"Oh, my owner doesn't know I'm here. I came
The Uni stared at him for a few minutes, then
trotted inside, muttering to herself.
"Ai yi yi," she muttered, filling a cup with
hot coffee. "I can't deal with this in the morning. Look, kid, you don't want
to be a runaway."
"I'm not a runaway. I never had a family to
begin with!" he snapped back, his temper rising.
The yellow Techo sighed and took out a pen and
"Give me your name. I'll put you back there,
if that's truly what you want."
The Uni stared at the two of them in shock.
"I can't believe you. You're actually letting
him do this?" she shrieked.
"Excuse us for a moment," Dr_Death said to
starbubble239 with a strained look.
He took the Uni by the arm and gently dragged
her back into another room. Starbubble239 strained to hear what was being said,
but try as he might, he caught nothing. Eventually the two came back in, the
Uni looking quite subdued.
"My name's starbubble239," the Acara said hopefully.
Dr_Death nodded and recorded it on the file.
"Follow me," he muttered, and opened a door
leading to a long hallway with cages and abandoned pets.
"Men are crazy," the Uni muttered from behind
"That's just the problem," starbubble239 replied.
"I'm not a girl."
And he followed the Techo to what he believed
was his chance to a family.