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When Bad Shoyrus Go Awful: Part One

by babyangelchick18


I was a struggling Neopian, a newbie, if you will. I owned a little red Shoyru, the most popular species in all of Neopia. This little Shoyru, who went by the name Keya, was very selfish and obnoxious. The kind of pet you would expect to belong to a Neopian millionaire. But I wasn't a millionaire; I didn't even own ten thousand Neopoints. And I could never give her the life she wanted.

But my story begins on a very cold day in the month of Sleeping. Christmas was long gone, and I had spent most of the Neopoints I had on presents for the holiday season. But that morning, Keya had insisted she needed a new toy.

"A plushie!" she half screamed at me. "I want a nice new plushie. Not any of the factory rejected stuff."

I argued with her, telling her I had gotten her one for Christmas, but it was no good. So, I agreed to get her a plushie. But I couldn't afford one from the Neopian stores, so I headed up to my home away from home, the igloo garage sale.

It was a cold day in Neopia Central, so you could imagine the temperature on Terror Mountain. I trudged through 3 feet of snow to the top of the mountain, until I reached a little igloo. It was warmer inside, but still cold.

"Hi Mika," I smiled, my face still red from the frigid weather.

The Chia's face lit up. I was well known around here. "Hi Laural! Carassa's upstairs getting more stuff. What did little Keya demand today?"

I sighed, "I brand new plushie."

"Oh! We found some plushies in the corner of the attic this morning. I put them over there. Why don't you take a look?"

I walked over to an old faded cardboard box. There was a blue Skeith, a green Poogle, and lastly, and strange looking Bruce. It was a pastel pink, with a red bow around its neck. It was smaller than most plushies usually are, and I was intrigued.

"Find anything?" Mika yelled from up front.

"Yeah," I yelled back. I gave her the little plushie and was charged 251 Neopoints. Mika wrapped it up in a little red bag, and I was on my way.

Occasionally, I find something worth much more than what I paid for it, and can sell the item for a tidy profit. So, I decided to make a quick stop at the shop wizard before I went home.

As I reached the hut, a blur of blue and yellow ran up to me and shook my hand, "Hello Ma'am! Welcome to the shop wizard's! What can I find for you?"

"Um, I was wondering if you could tell me what this is." I showed him the plushie.

He examined it, "It looks like a baby Bruce plushie. I will run a check on that." He looked through some files very quickly, and then exclaimed, "Ah-ha! I was right. A baby Bruce plushie. The cheapest price is currently…111,000 Neopoints. And that can't be bought Missy."

"So then, is it rare?" I asked.

He looked at me impatiently. "That is not a question for the Shop Wizard. That is something you must find out at the trading post."

I moaned. I did not have time to take a boat to Mystery Island. But if it really was rare…

I decided to make the trip. It could be worth it. The boat ride was peaceful, as the weather on Mystery Island was much more tropical then in any of the other places I had visited today. At the trading post I waited in line for a long time. Finally, I reached a attendant.

"I would like to know the current lowest request for a baby Bruce plushie," I said politely. The employee did some scanning, and the lowest price was…

"1.2 Million," the helper replied in her expressionless tone.

I gaped at her, my mouth wide open.

"Ma'am, please move so that others may have their chance to put in a request," she said so dully that it was almost robotic.

A maniacal grin spread across my face. I was so rich. I was filthy rich. I had to be the luckiest Neopian ever to live. I was going to buy Mika a town home on Tropical Island, I was so grateful. I had to tell Keya.

I ran home at top speed. I nearly knocked over a Skeith on my way. "Sorry sir!" I screamed over my shoulder. This was too good to be true.

"Keya! Keya!" I threw open the front door (which wasn't very good for our bamboo home) "Keya! Come here." As usual, the Shoyru didn't come when called. I raced to her bedroom, a simple room with a straw mattress and a cardboard bookshelf. The Shoyru was picking pieces of straw from her bed and shooting them lazily at the ceiling. I had told her a million times not to do that because we couldn't afford another bed. Ha! Couldn't afford another bed.

Keya looked up at me quickly. "Oh! Sorry, I forgot about not picking the mattress, please don't ground me." Her red eyes were wide. "What's all the screaming about?"

"Keya! I bought this plushie for like 200 Neopoints at Mika and Carassa's and it is worth 1.2 million Neopoints!" I nearly shouted.

Keya looked as though she had stopped breathing. "O-o-one m-m-m-million neo points?" she repeated weakly. She had a very dazed look in her eyes. "Oh baby! Yes!" She flung herself across the room and landed in my arms. "We can get a new house, new beds, all new furniture, and I could have lots of toys. And a petpet! We could get rid of that dung fireplace in the living room!" She wrinkled her nose at the familiar memory of the smell.

"We have to go to Neopia Central, right now!" she exclaimed, her face radiant with joy. She dragged me down to the center of town, and looked around wildly. She seemed unable to decide where to start.

I tapped her on the shoulder, "Um, Keya? We have to sell the plushie first."

"Oh yeah, let's go to the auctions!"

After a long debate, I finally convinced her that we would need a two day auction to be sure we got the most money for it. I promised we would stay at a five star Neopian hotel until the plushie was sold. She squealed with delight.

We checked into a glamorous hotel complete with a bar, a pool sized bathtub, and two luxury beds in our suite. Keya couldn't get enough of the good life.

"Oh my gosh, this place is nicer then all the houses on our street put together." She stayed up until 2:00 in the morning playing the fancy game system.

The next day we ate a nice lunch at the Art Centre coffee shop. Keya was constantly running off to check the latest bid on our plushie, and at the end of day one, it was up to a million. I thought Keya would pass out from waiting.

She had a peaceful sleep that night, and we played hours of games the next day. We actually managed to scrape together 7000 Neopoints. But since we didn't need it, we dropped it off at the money tree.

Finally, the afternoon came. And Keya could be more ecstatic. I was very excited my self. We walked up to the Scorchio who had run our auction.

"Hi, I'm Laural. This is Keya. We auctioned an item. The um, baby Bruce plushie," I said this all very fast, as if I was afraid if I didn't get the money soon it would disappear into thin air.

"Oh! Aren't you folks lucky. Why I remember the first time I got lucky on an auction like this. It seemed only yesterday that I waltzed in here and picked up my big fancy paycheck. Yes siree, it was the happiest day of my life. I now enjoy a life of luxury, as I'm sure you fine folks will…" He seemed to go on forever.

His babbling was just too much for Keya, "Look, dude. I have been poor from day one. I do not have to sit here and listen to your incessant rambling. Just tell us! How much did the plushie go for?"

The Scorchio looked down at Keya, "Well, what a little talk you are. I used to have a friend just like you. She was inspirational. Gave me ideas for all kinds of schemes. Not illegal schemes though," he added hastily. "Yep, she was a good little Lupe. When I won my second auction I gave half of the money to her. Sometimes I wonder what happened to her. But money is my closest friend now. What more could a neopet want?"

"Look, sir. I don't mean to be rude. But could you just give us our Neopoints?" I almost pleaded.

"Alright, alright. No reason to get hasty. Your grand total was…" He checked his clipboard. "1.3 million."

To be continued...

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