A Look at the Stars
The sun was shining brightly through my window, as I
lay on my back, eyes wide-open. I sighed with much resentment. It was the first
day of school. Ohh, I hate school, I thought. Especially the first
day! I had no friends, and none of my siblings were in my class. Who
would want to be friends with a goofy blue Ixi, anyhow? I thought again.
Actually, I was quite glad that none of my siblings were in my class. They are
all mean to me, especially my oldest sister, Peacheii. She is a peach Chia who
is more of the stubborn kind, but is also extremely hyper sometimes. She always
gives me a daily pounding, although she only does it when our owner, squieshie
isn't around. My nicer sister, rayneboery, a red Kacheek, who is nice, quiet,
and shy, and uses the Lab Ray, told me that Peacheii, and my other older brother,
Saokiey, who is a mutant Shoyru, and is very unintelligent, were actually quite
nice before I came into the family. I closed my eyes, and just then, I heard
a big, SPLAT, against my wall. Just what I need, I thought. I
knew exactly what it was, too. Another food fight.
I forced myself out of bed, forgetting to wash
my dirty face, brush my teeth, and clean my filthy hooves. I walked down our
beautifully decorated hallway, that had vases with pretty roses in them, and
a couple of nice pictures hanging from the nice white walls, and as soon as
I stepped foot into our clean, lovely (now dirty, disgraceful), kitchen, a big
wad of Fish favoured Ice Cream splattered into my face. I hated Fish favoured
Ice Cream, as I still do today. Sure, I love Ice Cream, one of my favourite
foods! I can't resist Chocolate, Strawberry, Peach, Tigersquash, mostly any
kind, you name it! But I absolutely HATE Fish Favoured Ice Cream.
"Ohh, yeah! Taitl got nailed! Taitl got nailed!"
Peacheii chanted, annoyingly.
"Ha, ha!" my older brother, Saokiey said.
rayneboery smiled a little, unsurely.
"Aww, is Taitl goin' to cry?" Peacheii said in
a babyish voice, as Saokiey threw a slimy, Wriggling Grub at her.
I sat down at the table, looking down at my
breakfast, my owner squieshie had made for me, as one of my salty tears rolled
down my face, into the oatmeal.
"Oh, grow up, Taitl," rayneboery said. Usually
rayneboery was really nice, but I guess she was just trying to fit in with Saokiey
"Yeah," Peacheii agreed. You're such a baby!"
"Taitl's never gonna make any friends," Saokiey
said as he stood up, on his stool in front of the island counter that was in
the middle of our kitchen. "She is a loner, and always will be. Who would want
to be friends with a goofy blue Ixi, anyhow?" I frowned, for that's what I was
thinking in my bed earlier this morning. Peacheii and rayneboery clapped for
I wasn't hungry, so I just played with my milky
oatmeal using my spoon. About five minutes later, I grabbed my lunchbox, and
walked to the door. They think they're so good! I thought. Well, I'll
show them! I'll make a load of friends! And I'll do it on the first day of school!
And with that, I stomped out the door.
I stepped out of our driveway, and into the street.
I saw our next door neighbours, a red Kougra, and a Christmas Kougra, with a
bunch of friends. Ohh, who am I kidding? I thought. Saokiey's right.
I'm a loner. I've never had friends, and I never will. Another tear rolled
down my blue cheek, and splattered on to the black road. I stared at our house,
that was addressed at 94340, Neopia Central, Soup Alley. It wasn't a very good
thing we lived there, because the Soup Kitchen was only four, or five houses
down from us, so the lines went clear down to our house, and squieshie always
had over 2,000 NP, no matter what, so we couldn't ever get free food from the
I started walking to the Neopia Central Elementary
School, that was only a few blocks down from our house. I saw all the popular
kids that were in my school, walking with a bunch of friends. As I peered behind
me, I saw Peacheii, Saokiey, and rayneboery coming. They were laughing, and
they're friends were with them, too. Peacheii was in a grade higher than Saokiey,
and Saokiey was a grade higher than rayneboery, who was a grade higher than
"And then," Peacheii explained to one of her
friends, "Saokiey did a speech! And it was a great one, too! Show 'em, Saokiey!"
"Taitl's never gonna make any friends," Saokiey
cleared his throat, and spoke loudly, on purpose, so I would hear it. "She is
a loner, and always will be. Who would want to be friends with a goofy blue
Shoyru, anyhow?" Saokiey grinned, as all of their friends clapped.
I started to run fast, towards the school, away
from Peacheii, Saokiey, and rayneboery. Soon I was at the school. I opened the
doors, and sighed, as I made my way down the hallway, and into Ms. Mouse's classroom.
Ms. Mouse was the meanest teacher in the school. She's a Grarrl, anyhow. I stepped
into the classroom, and looked around, anxiously, to see if there were any Ixis.
There were none, except for me, and it was surprising, despite that they were
the newest Neopet, and were not limited edition. I frowned, as I took my seat
next a Purple Poogle.
"Why the sad face?" the Purple Poogle asked.
"Oh, you wouldn't understand," I replied. "Today
is the worst day of my life. How could anyone possibly have a worse day than
me?" I sighed. "I don't have any friends, and my brother and sisters are really
mean to me." I frowned again, for I had told her the whole thing. But I actually
felt a lot better after telling her, I guess, because those things were buzzing
about in my head all morning.
"Oh, I think your day will turn around eventually,"
the Purple Poogle said, as she grinned, and drew her attention to Ms. Mouse,
who was about to start the day. The morning went by, well, boring, as it always
is, having no friends, watching everybody throw paper-airplanes that had messages
written on them to their boy friends, or whatever those gross Neopets do. When
recess came, everybody was really excited. They rushed out the doors, but I
just walked. I was always the last one in the lines, because I was so miserable.
I never raised my hand to answer any questions, except when the teacher picked
someone randomly, even though they weren't raising they're hand. I was always
the first to finish races in Gym class, though. I love running, but I hate anything
that has to do with school. That goes for music class, and Library, too.
At recess, I sat alone, on the swings. It seemed
like everywhere I went where other Neopets were, they would just scatter away.
It's like everybody treated me like I was a germ, or something. Then I saw that
Purple Poogle approach me. She was grinning, a really big grin. She came up
and sat in the swing next to me.
"Hey, I was thinking..." she started. "Do you
want to be friends with me?"
I was shocked. Nobody ever actually wanted
to be my friend! "Sure! Of course!" I replied. "I'd love to!"
"Great! Oh, by the way, I'm Cydia. Who're you?"
"I'm Taitl," I replied. I was happy I had made
After school, Cydia even walked home with me!
I was so anxious to tell Peacheii, Saokiey, rayneboery, and squieshie about
"Wow," Peacheii said, when I got home, and told
her about Cydia. "Like anybody wants to be friends with you. She probably won't
even last being your friend for a week."
"Yeah," Saokiey agreed.
rayneboery didn't say anything.
I frowned. "Cydia's going to be my friend forever.
No matter what happens!" I argued with Peacheii and Saokiey.
When I told squieshie, she was really happy for
me. "Maybe you could get together and play sometime next week?"
"Why not tomorrow?" I asked her.
"Oh, we're booked for Peacheii's, Saokiey's,
and rayneboery's friends all through until next Tuesday," squieshie said, looking
through a planner. "Maybe next Wednesday..."
I rolled my eyes, as squieshie still blabbered
about. Peacheii's, Saokiey's, and rayneboery's friends were all so annoying.
I couldn't last a week having them over.
Apparently, Peacheii was wrong. Cydia did
end up being my friend for a week. A week and a half, to be exact. She
came over to our house, and she experienced what I had to go through. She was
happy to come over, but not to listen to Peacheii, and Saokiey be annoying,
and torture me the whole time. But on the day after she came over to my house,
She asked me to come outside and play. I happily said yes, and she took me through
fields, and meadows, across rivers and lakes, over mountains and peaks, and
finally we were there. It was a beautiful place, a little pond with lily pads
in it, and the Cherry Blossom flowers were a good combination with the dazzling
"Where are we?" I asked Cydia.
"Oh, we're in Meridell. This is actually Illusen's
property, but I'm good friends with her, so she lets me come to this spot anytime
I want. She said that I could even bring friends."
"Umm... Cydia?" I asked her. "Do you have any
"Well, actually, the only friends I have are you and Illusen..." she replied.
I was surprised, despite she was so nice.
"Oh, here comes Illusen now," Cydia exclaimed.
"Oh, Cydia!" Illusen replied as she stopped to
talk to us. "Is this your friend?"
"Yeah," Cydia said. "Her name is Taitl!"
"Hi Illusen," I said.
"Hi, Taitl nice to meet you. I've been busy with
quests all day," Illusen said, tiredly to us. "Finally it's my break time."
"Hey, Illusen," Cydia said. "Maybe we could help
"No, thanks. You two don't know what I need on
my shopping list... I would ask, but it's way too complicated."
"Okay, then," Cydia replied.
We played in Illusen's property for a long while, but soon the sun started
to set. It was astonishing, the beautiful purple and pink blurred together.
"I'd better get home now," I said.
"Aww... Okay..." Cydia said. "See you tomorrow!"
I went home, smiling. It was so fun playing with
Cydia all day. I went home, and slept really good that night.
The next morning, I went over to Cydia's house
early in the morning so I could play with her all day. When I got to her street,
there were Neo Ambulances and Neo Police cars all over the street next to the
people who lived right across the street from Cydia.
"Hmm," I thought aloud. "That's weird..." I walked
up to Cydia's door and ringed the doorbell, but nobody answered. "I guess Cydia's
over at her neighbour's house seeing what all the fuss is about," I said to
myself. I walked over to the ambulances, and moved my way through the crowd
to see who had gotten hurt. There was a purple Poogle in the Ambulance. "Huh?"
I said. "That's Cydia!!!" I exclaimed. I ran up to the Ambulance.
"What're you doin', kid?" A split Aisha who
was standing next to the Ambulance said.
"That's my friend in there!" I said.
"Your friend, eh?" the Split Aisha asked.
"Yeah!" I explained. "But how did she get hurt???"
"She was attacked," the Aisha said. "She was
just bringin' home groceries for her owner." I saw the bag of groceries laying
on the ground. "She was attacked by a mysterious figure, who's attacked many
young Neopets before..."
"AND?!" I asked.
"None of em' have ever survived."
I was heartbroken by these words. But I knew
in my heart, that Cydia could survive. The Split Aisha let me sit in the ambulance
with Cydia on the way to the hospital. She looked quite beaten, and hurt, brown
bruises scattered all over her purple body.
When we arrived to the hospital, and Cydia was
placed in her room, I went in a sat down next to her. She was asleep, so I just
sat there, and waited. Then, all out of nowhere, a faerie popped up. "Huh?"
"Hi, Taitl! It's me, Illusen."
"What are you doing here?"
"Well, when I heard the news, I just put a 'Back
Whenever' sign on the front door to my glade. I came to see Cydia."
It was silent for a few more minutes, then the
Doctor came in. Illusen and the doctor looked at Cydia, but I was looking at
the heart rate. It was normal for a while, but sometime later, her heart was
only beating one time every three seconds, and that's when I started to panic.
"Come quick!" I called to the Doctor and Illusen. They ran over to the heart
rate machine. "Her heart is only beating one time every four seconds!" I exclaimed.
"She may not make it," the Doctor said.
"Oh, no..." Illusen muttered.
Illusen and I left the room. A few minutes later
the Doctor Gelert came out. I tried everything I could to save Cydia..." he
said, as Cydia's owner had just ran up to us, gasping for breath.
"Sorry I'm late! Is Cydia okay?!?"
"But," the Doctor continued. "She didn't make
Illusen cried heavily, and my tears rolled off
my furry blue cheek slowly. As for Cydia's owner, she was sobbing her head off.
After all of that, Illusen and I walked slowly
out of the hospital doors, and sat on a hill nearby my NeoHome.
"It's not fair..." I said, crying. "It's not
fair... it's not fair! Cydia was the only friend I ever had! And she was my
best friend, too..."
"Yes, I know," Illusen replied. "But things like
this happen... And some things in life just aren't fair." Illusen frowned. "You
just... gotta... learn to let these things ... go..."
"But I thought Neopets couldn't... well, you
"Yes, Taitl... But Cydia was destined to....
It's really hard to explain, but let's just say that she just came down here
to live for a little while..."
"How would you know?!" I asked.
"Well, that's just what faerie's know about... Well, I've got to be going now...
the line in front of my Glade is probably ten miles long... Goodbye."
Just then, I saw Peacheii, Saokiey, rayneboery,
and squieshie run up to me. squieshie sat next to me, and frowned.
"We heard the news," Peacheii started. "I promise
I'll never give you another daily pounding..."
"A what?" squieshie said. "You gave Taitl
a daily pounding?"
"Uh... hehe..." Peacheii smiled real big.
"And we'll never make fun of you just to be mean..."
"Sorry for what happened..." rayneboery said,
hastily, looking at the ground.
"Uh... Thanks, guys..." I muttered.
I looked up at the stars. I just knew that Cydia
was one of those sparkling stars. I smiled.
Cydia was the best friend anyone could ever
have. And she was the best friend I ever had. The only one, too. Cydia
taught me a lot. Not things like math, or anything. She taught me who I am.
I'm not a loner. But I am if I think I am. But I'm not, even if I do
think I am. Because I still have a friend. Her name is Cydia. And she may not
be alive anywhere in Neopia, on the soft grass, or on the hard rocks, but I
do know one place where she is alive. Inside me.