The Glowing Jelly Story
A friendly striped Shoyru hands you a cup of hot coffee,
pulls up a wooden chair, takes a deep breath then nervously begins to speak. "This
happened to a good friend of a friend of a fri… ok, no, it did not." She, Zofeya,
gestures over to the small pink Poogle happily playing on the cloud garden swings.
"This actually happened to the two of us…
"It all started about eight months ago. One day
we were playing Hide and Seek in the shimmery seagrass garden when we noticed
that our mother was rattling around in the kitchen cupboard." She takes a sip
of her Banana Cream Coffee, and continues. "Mum could not cook a decent meal
to save herself, although we usually eat fresh omelette for dinner every night,
so we watched her through the window."
The pink Poogle joyfully skips over and snatches
up her Poogle bubble blower (she would not use any other!) and mumbles a 'Hello'
in your direction. "Pfft! Now where was I? Oh yes, mum was in the cupboard.
As we watched, she started to stock the cupboard up with food, but not with
the usual omelettes and cheap gross foods we eat. No instead she was stacking
up jelly, and not any ordinary jelly - it was glowing jelly.
"We had eaten glowing jelly a few times before,
mostly on special occasions, but it just seemed so rare and expensive to us.
What a delicious treat! At that moment, Rubinea and I must have squealed with
delight a little too loud, because mum turned around and saw us. Then she called
"As we walked inside to the kitchen, I thought
of the delicious glowing jelly I would be eating for dinner tonight, but that
thought was quickly interrupted by mum politely asking us to sit down.
"'Now girls, I have something very important
to tell you.' Mum looked at us both, me still smiling at the thought of jelly.
'I have to go away for a few days for work, so I am buying you some supplies
for while I am gone.'
"At this point Rubinea's bottom lip started
to quiver and the tears welled in her eyes (She was known to cry at almost anything),
'You mean, you are going…going to leave us here…alone.'
"'Yes, my darling, but I think you are both
old enough to handle it.' Mum rubbed Rubinea gently on the head. 'Plus I bought
you both some special food to eat - glowing jelly. It was selling cheap at the
fresh food markets today so I bought you more than enough for the days I will
"I felt my jaw drop to the floor. Cheap *gasp*
cheap, what does she mean by cheap? I thought glowing jelly was a gourmet food!
"For the next few days, our mum continued to
stock up on the glowing jelly, purchasing it in bulk for 1 Neopoint each at
the local market." Zofeya chews on her fingernail for a second before looking
back up at you. "Then the day finally arrived, the day when mum had to leave
us. I was excited at first because I am almost three, which makes me the eldest,
and I was going to be in charge. Then I could eat all the glowing jelly I wanted.
Suddenly I got scared; what would happen if something went wrong while she was
"Mum stood at the front door of our neohome,
gave the usual 'be good girls' speech and kissed us both goodbye. Then as she
closed the door, we listened for her Cloud Racer to speed away. Rubinea and
I gave each other a quick wink, and the race began." Rubinea looks over, hearing
her name, but Zofeya does not give her a chance to say anything, "I won of course!
And as we opened the cupboard door as quickly as possible, a little note was
waiting for us.
ONLY these jellies are to be eaten. The rest
are for something special. Please be good.
"'Something special,' Rubinea excitedly
squealed, ' There must be over 100 jellies in there.'"
Zofeya draws a quick breath "She was right, there
were about 105 glowing jellies in that cupboard. Mum came home a few days later,
surprised to see we had not eaten the extra jellies. Days after, we continually
hounded mum about the jellies and what she was going to do with them."
"She just snapped at us and said that if we eat
too many we will probably glow and then she will be very mad because it cost
a lot of Neopoints to paint us all pretty," says Rubinea very quickly, who is
now sitting next to you, while Zofeya rolls her eyes in disgust.
"That was when we noticed mum was coming home
unusually later from work, with large parcels she guarded with her life. They
were the brown paper bags you get from the food markets, yet she was taking
them straight upstairs to her private study. The remaining jellies started to
go missing from the kitchen cupboard too. People were also coming by, almost
daily, and leaving little packages in the mail."
Rubinea tugs gently on your skirt and proudly
proclaims, "I tried to open one, but mum growled at me, er um oops, I mean she
was not happy with me. But I could smell that it was yummy glowing jelly."
Having sat there quietly for so long, you suddenly
speak, "And what was your mother doing with all this jelly, if one may ask?"
Rubinea opens her mouth about to speak before
Zofeya bursts in, "Well, the other day we snuck upstairs to mum's study and
saw that there was glowing jelly from wall to wall, floor to ceiling, all stacked
carefully on the bookshelves. There was hundreds of it, some with little notes
and names attached. And mum was sleeping curled up next to it."
Rubinea cheerfully says, "I poked her and woke
her up! And then she started to yell at us!"
"RUBINEA!" screams Zofeya. "Mum says she was
counting them and must have accidentally fallen asleep."
"Girls, stop avoiding the question," you state
as you impatiently tap your mechanical pen on the blue clipboard that sits neatly
in your lap.
"Oh, right. That would be because," Zofeya tries
to speak as fast as she possibly can before your glare freezes her, "It is a
sort of a, um, a competition, I guess. And mum wants to collect the most glowing
jelly in all of Neopia. Her goal is 10,000 jellies, though she is not sure who
she has to beat yet!"
As Zofeya finishes speaking, you place your coffee
cup onto the wooden table, stand up to straighten your black skirt and commence
walking towards the garden gate. "I believe I have seen and heard enough for
one day. Thank you for your assistance, girls."
Rubinea starts to sob uncontrollably, and Zofeya
takes her into her arms. "Please do not take us away from our mum. We know she
loves us very much, and we love her too. Plus…" Zofeya smiles sweetly at you
batting her eyelids, "She only has 7,500 jellies to go!"