My life was ruined the day Reenie moved to 573 Alpine Avenue,
Terror Mountain. You guessed it - right next door to me. Of all the places in
Neopia she had to choose from, she had to move there.
I remember the day perfectly. So perfectly, because
it was the least perfect day of my life.
This is the story. My story. Mine and Reenie's
story. This is how it all happened.
* * *
You couldn't exactly call me popular. Actually,
I had no friends. Not one. I'm not sure why. I was nice. I was pretty. We weren't
poor. We lived in a nice house. I got good marks at school. It just didn't make
sense. Maybe it was because Cybunnies usually were good at everything, so I
didn't really amount to much.
I was lying in bed thinking of ways I could make
myself the most popular pet in Neopia (win beauty contest, come first at some
game, give everyone 10 000 NP, etc.) When I heard something. Something very
loud. Somebody was yelling.
I climbed out of bed and wandered down the stairs.
I saw my owner, Trina, following me. 'Oh, gosh,' she moaned, rubbing her head.
'Jendi, what's happening?'
'I don't know, but I'm going to find out.' I
turned and walked towards the door, with Trina following. I pushed it open and
stepped outside, where the noise was even louder.
I was hit with a blast of cold air. Even in summer
it was chilly, but at least it wasn't snowing. It was a beautiful crisp Sunday
morning, and since the air was so clear I could see the scene in front of me
The source of the noise was a large group of
pets called "Lupe Moving Co." Lupes rushed around carrying expensive looking
polished tables, lamps, couches, beds and about a million other things into
the empty house next door, which obviously wasn't going to be empty anymore.
I looked around for the new neighbours, and spotted
them. They were standing about ten metres away from the house. A woman was holding
a faerie backpack in one hand and a hand bag in the other. She really stood
out against the snow-covered landscape as she was wearing a black suit and high
heels. She was talking to one of the Lupes - bossing him around from the looks
of it. She kept flicking her hair and waving her arms and pointing at things
and shaking her head.
I was too busy watching this woman to notice
what the pet was doing, and by the time I saw her she was standing right in
front of me. I was pretty. She was beautiful. She was a faerie Wocky. She was
a little shorter than me, but it didn't make me feel superior - this girl was
obviously from a much higher social class than me. She was holding a tray with
foil over the top.
She smiled up at Trina and me. 'My name is Reenie,'
she said politely. 'That's my owner, Lilia. We just moved here from Faerieland.
Maybe you realised that already?' She gave a high, tinkling laugh. She handed
her tray to Trina. 'These are a present for you.'
'Er… I'm Trina and this is Jendi,' my owner stammered.
'It's very nice to meet you. Thanks for…' she looked at the tray. '…this.'
Reenie turned to me.
'I'm sure we'll be the best of friends.' She smiled again and then turned and
walked back to her mother.
Trina and I went back inside. I wasn't sure this
whole "best of friends" thing was going to work.
'Do you like choc chip Wocky cookies?' Trina
asked suddenly. 'Because we have a whole tray of them.'
* * *
I avoided Reenie for
the rest of the day. This wasn't easy. I like going outside, so I was usually
out playing in the garden. But it seemed Reenie was exploring the neighbourhood.
Every time I saw her coming down the street I would sprint back inside and spy
on her through the window.
'Why are you avoiding that Reenie girl?' Trina
asked me later, at dinner. 'She seems nice enough.'
'Are you kidding?' I snapped, tossing my blue
mane. 'Did you see her looking down her nose at us when we met her? She doesn't
like us. She was avoiding me!' I looked at my plate. If Trina looked into my
eyes, she would know I was lying.
'Whatever,' she answered, and went back to eating
her salad. She knew. How did she know? As if reading my thoughts, she added,
'I saw you run in the house every time she walked past. And I saw you spying
'Oh.' For a minute I was silent, and then I said,
'I might go to bed.' I put my plate in the kitchen and started going up the
'Don't forget to brush your teeth!' Trina called
after me. 'I bought you a new blue toothbrush yesterday. It's next to the sink.'
I brushed my teeth and went to bed. To bed. Not
to sleep. I lay for a long time wondering how I would be able to avoid Reenie
for the rest of my life. Could I persuade Trina to move? Somewhere really far
away, like Mystery Island.
I eventually drifted off, knowing that would
* * *
I padded along my paws sinking slightly in the
snow. It was Monday morning, and I was headed to Neoschool. I was in a particularly
good that day because I had no homework due that day at all. I felt like nothing
could bring me down.
Except that. I turned to see Reenie running towards
me. I hadn't counted on her going to the same school as me. I felt my whole
avoidance plan being sucked down the drain. Why did she have to move in next
door? That had started all my problems.
I faked a smile. 'Hi, Reenie.' I looked jealously
at her water faerie backpack. I realised it was probably full of expensive stuff.
'Hi Jendi. I saw you and thought we should walk
together.' She walked gracefully along next to me, her paws leaving little round
footprints behind her. 'Will we be in the same class?' she asked.
'I'm in the top class,' I said stiffly. 'It's
very hard to get into. You have to be very smart. So, sorry, but I guess we'll
have to be in different classes.' I smiled in a way I hoped looked sympathetic.
'It's unfair, I know.'
'Oh, I was in the top class at my old school,'
Reenie said airily. 'So I suppose we're pretty lucky then, aren't we? Not everyone
gets to be in the same class as their friends. I remember…'
She kept talking, but I stopped listening to
her. It was going to be a long day.
* * *
All the Neopets ran out of the room as soon as
the bell rang for lunch. I usually walked out slowly, behind all the rest, but
today I was the first out of the door. I had just spent the entire morning sitting
next to Reenie and I wanted to get away from her as quickly as possible.
I went and sat in my usual spot. Alone. I was
just pulling my lunch box out of my bag when somebody sat next to me. I didn't
have to look up to see who it was. 'Hi Reenie.'
'Hi Jendi. Um, I was just wondering…' Her voice
sounded different. Smaller. Less confident. 'I went to you house yesterday but
I didn't see you.'
'What? Oh yeah. I was… at the beach,' I said
quickly. 'On Mystery Island.'
'No you weren't. I saw you watching me from behind
the curtains.' She turned to look at me. 'If you don't want to be friends just
'Well, fine!' I snapped. 'I don't.'
She stood up and walked away, the light snow
falling steadily from the sky settling on her wings.
* * *
'Why are you following me?' I demanded. It was
Friday afternoon and I was on my way home, and Reenie was about a metre away.
This was the first thing I had said to her since our fight.
'I'm not,' she said, her voice quivering slightly.
'I live next door, remember? We have to walk the same way to get home.'
We were silent for a long time after that. I
kicked at the snow. I was looking forward to getting home. I wanted nothing
more than to curl up on my bed with my Wocky plushie and cry. I didn't know
why I had that plushie. And I didn't know why I wanted to cry. But I did.
We reached Reenie's house and she started to
walk along the lawn to her front door. I saw a tear roll down her cheek and
drop to the ground. She was the one person who had ever wanted to be my friend.
And I had sort of wanted to be her friend too…
She turned and looked at me. Her eyes were dull
and her fur was wet from crying. I knew what I had to do and what I had to say.
I knew this was my chance.
'Do you want to come to my house for something
to eat?' I smiled. 'I've got a whole tray of Wocky cookies we can have.'
I saw a smile splitting across her face, but
I kept talking. 'Or do you want to sleep over, even?'
'Really? Wow! I'd love to! I'll just go get my
Cybunny plushie and tell my Mum.' She started to run towards her house, but
the stopped and turned. 'Um, I was just wondering… Are we friends now?'
I smiled. 'No. We're the best of friends.'