It was a normal day in Neopia, although it seemed different,
Girlsrule261 (Erica)woke up late, well, late
enough so that her pets, Echo04_08_01, the spotted Kougra, Starangel2001104,
the white Usul, and 0o0_SaKuRa_0o0, the green Gelert, were already at the breakfast
table, awaiting the first meal of the day. She got dressed as quick as she could,
so her pets wouldn't get grumpy because they didn't have any food in their stomachs.
Erica was coming down the stairs of their NeoHome when she overheard Sakura
talking about getting a paintbrush that week. She thought a moment when Sakura
said she wanted the latest colour that was in style. She actually didn't want
Sakura to be painted at all, but she didn't want the pets at school to make
fun of her because she wasn't painted.
"I don't want her to have to face that like I
So she continued down the stairs and received,
not two, but three hungry stares.
"Mmmmmmmmm, those Fluffy Faerie Pancakes were
good!" said Starangel.
"They weren't 'good', they were Excellent!" corrected
"I would like to second that!" said Sakura.
"Thank you, but if you keep trying to flatter
me, you will be late for school!" said Erica
So her pets hurried upstairs to get their bags,
and headed out the door.
Erica was out shopping when she saw it, an Electric
paintbrush, and at an EXTREMELY low price.
She couldn't resist, so she bought it for Sakura.
"She'll be SO happy!" said Erica to herself as
she headed home.
When she arrived home, she put the paintbrush
in her hidden drawer.
"Just so Sakura won't find it," she said to herself.
Pretty soon, the phone rang. It was Sakura.
"Hey Mum?" said Sakura,
"Can I go over to Sweetie's house?"
"Of course you can, just be back by 5:00."
"You're welcome, Sakura!"
"Bye, and have fun!" said Erica.
"Thanks, I will!"
"Let's go to the park, Sweetie!" said Sakura.
"Yea! Lets go!" she replied.
So they raced of to the park.
After a few minutes on the swings, and about
fifteen minutes on the jungle gym, Sakura and sweetie sat down.
"Hey Sakura?" said Sweetie.
"Yea?" replied Sakura.
"My Mum, Brianna, says that Erica is having a
hard time with some kids that always make fun of her, do you know anything about
"No, my Mum never says anything about it," said
Sakura with a little bit of worry in her voice.
"Well, I think you should know..." began Sweetie.
"Your Mum, Erica, is having a very hard time
with some kids who always make fun of what she wears."
"Well, most of the time this happens when some
kids don't feel comfortable with themselves, one way or another," said Sweetie.
"And so they make fun of other kids?" asked Sakura.
"So what can I do about it?" asked Sakura.
"That is something that you'll have to figure
Sakura thought about her wanting to have to latest
style paintbrush, and how she wanted to be like all the other Neopets.
"Why do I want to look like everyone else?" she
"It's not what you look like on the outside that
matters, it's what's on the inside."
Sakura had a plan, a plan that would help Erica,
It was thirty seconds until 5:00 and Erica was
waiting for Sakura to come running through the door. Right on time, as always,
Sakura came running in the house. Except this time, she came over and gave her
owner a hug, and said "Hi, Mum!"
"Hi... Sakura," she said with a little bit of
She pretty soon forgot about that little encounter
and started cooking supper when Echo and Starangel came in.
"Hey you guys, you're late!" Erica said.
"Sorry Mum, we got caught up at the Beauty Contest,"
"They have some really good pictures this week,"
"Well, stop yapping and help me with supper,
*After* you wash your hands."
After supper Sakura and her sisters were sent
up to bed, Sakura read a little bit before Erica came up. When she heard Erica
coming up the stairs she put the book away. Erica opened the door and came over
to Sakura's bed. She seemed very pleased about something, and was hiding something
behind her back.
"Sakura, I went shopping today, and I bought
something for you," said Erica.
And she pulled the Electric Paint Brush and showed
it to Sakura.
"Oh, Mum, It's beautiful!" said Sakura.
"I knew you would like it, and I'm glad I found
it, It was a an EXTREMELY low price, I was lucky to get it"
"We'll go to the Rainbow Pool tomorrow so you
can get painted!" said Erica.
And with that, Sakura fell into a peaceful sleep.
Knowing that Erica cared for, and loved her even
if she wasn't painted. Erica was up "on time" the next morning, and was making
Hot Buttered Toast and Fluffy Faerie Pancakes. And pretty soon Erica and Sakura
were on their way to the Rainbow Pool.
When they got there, Sakura was thinking if telling
Erica she didn't want to be painted *was* the right thing to do. But no matter
what way she approached it, she always arrived at the same answer, yes. And
so, she regained her courage and said, "Mum?"
"I know that you already bought the paint brush,
and you have been looking forward to this moment (I think), butů I don't want
to be painted."
"But why not?"
Sakura hesitated to say her final words, but
"Because I love you more then you know, andů"
"Well, I want to be a one-of-a-kind pet, just
like you're a one-of-a-kind person."
"You look great the way you are, and I *never*
want you to change." Sakura finished.
At that very moment, tears came from Erica's
eyes, and she gave Sakura a great big hug and whispered in her ear, "You are
very special to me, and I will always love you: Painted or not!"
Erica took Sakura home, still a little shaken
from what she had said.
Erica took the paintbrush to her shop and sold
"Boy, am I glad I bought that thing at a low
Then she had an idea.
Later, at dinner, Sakura was eating. They were
finishing up their supper and Erica was taking plates to the sink. After Erica
was done, she went over to the living room and pulled out a box from under the
couch. Echo and Starangel chuckled, Sakura didn't know why. Then Erica called
Sakura and her sisters over to where she was.
"Sakura, I have a surprise for you!" said Erica,
with satisfaction in her voice.
"What is it!" I asked, half screaming.
"Well, since I had all these extra Neopoints
Erica opened to box and revealedů a Bowla!
"Oh Mum! She's so CUTE!" Sakura screamed, almost
deafening her family.
"I knew you would like her," said Erica.
"What are you going to name her?" chimed in Starangel
and Echo at once.
Sakura thought a moment, then said, "I think
I will name herů Rainbow."