Isabella's Best Friend
Today was a grand day; full of sunshine and breezes. All
around one could smell the honeysuckle and flowers which decorated the front lawn
of the Neopian Pound. It was spring! Several pets were outside playing in the
garden area, beside the Neopian Pound. In the middle of all the play was Ms. Droplet
pushing a few pets on the swings. She enjoyed the fun play almost as much the
pets did. However, she was not someone who let the pets get away with being naughty.
Ms. Droplet was a new pound staff member, replacing Ms. Snowflake. At first, the
pets didn't know what to make of this new change. After a little while, they came
to know Ms. Droplet (who can really push the swings high), and liked her just
From out of the pound came Mr. Pickles, the
pound chef. His arms were full of food for the picnic they were to have. Once
he reached the picnic tables, he laid out all the food. His little helper, Goren,
a red Meerca, rang the bell letting the others know it was lunch time. In a
flash the pets raced to the table. They had no intention of missing out on the
feast. And what a feast it was; ham, chicken, punch, pastries and so much more!
Among these lucky diners sat Isabella, a Tyrannian
Elephante. She was a bit shy about her large size and furry coat. Even so, she
was well liked by others at the pound. She looked at the goodies, wondering
if she wanted ham or chicken. It was a very hard choice because Mr. Pickles
always made great meals.
"Issy, (pronounced Izzy), pass me the chicken,
would you?" demanded a little blue Mynci, named Jake.
Isabella looked up, a little confused.
Jake gave an exasperated sigh.
"Table, chicken, pass it… hello?"
She handed Jake the plate of chicken. That
Jake can be so irritating at times! she thought.
When everyone was fed and very full, (Isabella
chose the ham), they went from the table back to the garden. It was JoJo's turn
to help Mr. Pickles clean up. JoJo was a lovely green Shoyru and Isabella's
JoJo turned to Isabella and said, "I'm so full
and tired. Would you take my turn to help Mr. Pickles clean up, Issy?"
"Sure," replied Isabella.
"Great! Thank you! I'll take your next turn
with Mr. Pickles, I promise," JoJo shouted back as she ran to play on the swings.
Isabella went to find Mr. Pickles. He was picking
up trash that had escaped the rubbish bag. He looked up.
"Ah, Isabella, what can I do for you?"
"I'm here to help," she replied.
"I thought it was JoJo's turn to help clean
up," Mr. Pickles said with a questioning tone.
"It was, but JoJo asked me to take her turn
because she was too full and tired."
Mr. Pickles looked toward the swings and noticed
JoJo was running around, having some fun. He returned to cleaning up with Isabella's
Later that night, most of the pets were sitting
in the recreation room, playing games, with toys and talking. Ms. Droplet came
into the room and called for attention. She had an announcement to make.
"This weekend we are going on a trip to Mystery
Island. We'll stay over night, so plan what you will take with you. One other
thing… Only those pets that behave and do their best in neoschool will be allowed
All the pets started chattering at once. The
excitement filled the room. Ms. Droplet looked around the room, smiling, making
sure everything was ok before going back to her office. As she turned to go,
she noticed Isabella playing with the blocks and JoJo next to her. She watched
as Isabella gave the blocks to JoJo. Even though she couldn't hear their conversation,
she had a pretty good idea of what it was.
When the clock struck 8pm, the bell chimed,
letting the pets know it was time to get ready for bed. They all had to be in
bed by 9pm sharp and no one wanted to take the chance that they may not get
to go to Mystery Island.
Isabella went into her room, which she shares
with JoJo and Dinah, a purple Wocky. She gathered her things and headed toward
the bathroom to take her bath. JoJo caught up with Isabella.
"Can I take my bath first, Issy?" asked JoJo.
"Oh and can I use your bubble bath soap?"
"Well… I really…" Isabella stammered.
She really wanted to take her bath. Her bubble
baths were one of her favorite things to do.
"Oh come on, be a friend, Issy," whined JoJo.
Isabella didn't want to be a bad friend, so
she handed over her bubble bath soap and let JoJo take a bath first. She went
back to their room and sat on her bed, waiting for her time to take a bath.
She looked at the clock on the wall. It was 8:30pm! They all had to be in bed
at 9pm sharp!
Finally JoJo came into their room. Looking at
the clock, Isabella saw it was 15 minutes to 9pm. She didn't have time to take
her bubble bath. Isabella sighed, put her things away and put on her jammies.
JoJo looked at Isabella.
"What's wrong, Issy?"
Isabella looked back at her friend.
"It's just that your bath lasted a little longer
than I thought and I didn't get to take my bath."
"I am sorry, Issy. But you probably couldn't
have taken a bath anyway. All the hot water is gone. Oh and you're out of bubble
bath soap," JoJo stated matter of factly, putting on her jammies.
Getting into bed, Isabella was a bit upset.
That bubble bath soap was expensive and had taken her a long time to get enough
neopoints to buy it. Without realizing it, she let out a big sigh.
"Issy, you didn't want me to be dirty, did you?
I had to make sure I was nice and clean. Oh come on, Issy, it's not a big deal,"
JoJo stated as she made herself comfortable in bed.
Isabella closed her eyes and went to sleep.
The sun shined into the girls' room. It looks
like it's going to be a beautiful day out, Isabella thought to herself.
She got out of her bed and went to wake up JoJo. It's was Isabella's turn to
help Mr. Pickles with breakfast today.
"JoJo, wake up. You're supposed to help Mr.
JoJo turned to face away from Isabella.
"What?" questioned Isabella.
"It's your turn, not mine," JoJo said as she
"But you said you'd take my turn if I helped
you with clean up at the picnic," Isabella stated.
"Come on Issy, I will take your turn with Mr.
Pickles, but just not today. I'm so tired and I can't help Mr. Pickles when
I'm so tired," whined JoJo.
"But you promised and I wanted to go out this
morning," Isabella replied.
"Issyyyyyy," JoJo whined again. "Be a friend,
Issy, and I'll take your next turn after this one today. I promise," JoJo pleaded.
Isabella looked at her friend and thought, I
don't want to be a bad friend.
"Alright, JoJo, I'll take my turn and you'll
take my next turn after today."
"Thanks so much, Issy. You're a real friend!"
Then JoJo made herself comfortable in bed once
As Isabella left her room, she didn't see the
figure standing on the other side of the doorway, just outside the bedroom.
Ms. Droplet decided that maybe it was time to speak with Isabella. She turned
in the direction of the kitchen. As she entered, she saw Isabella, across the
room getting the things needed to set the tables in the dining hall.
"Isabella," Ms. Droplet called, announcing her
arrival to the kitchen. "I'd like to speak with you for a moment."
"Sure," said Isabella, stopping what she was
doing and walked over to Ms. Droplet.
"I've noticed that JoJo seems to be taking from
you a bit more than she should."
Isabella looked surprised.
"Oh no, Ms. Droplet. JoJo is my best friend."
"Isabella…" Ms. Droplet was going to say more,
but decided against it. "Alright, I'll let you get back to your work.
It was the weekend! All the pets were busily
getting their things together for the big trip to Mystery Island. Everyone was
full of excitement about the trip, except for Isabella. JoJo was angry with
Isabella for 'tattling' on her. She hadn't spoken to Isabella since Ms. Droplet
confronted JoJo about her treatment of Isabella.
Boy was JoJo mad, thought Isabella. She
thought for sure that JoJo would talk to her by the time of the trip. The argument
with JoJo replayed in her mind over and over.
"You told on me?! I thought you were my friend,"
"I am! I didn't tell or say anything like that.
I would never do that," cried Isabella.
"You aren't a real friend, Isabella. I don't
want a friend who tattles," stated JoJo as she left their room.
Isabella was crushed. JoJo wasn't going to be
her friend anymore! She was going to lose her best friend! Standing in her room,
she brought her thoughts back to the present. She looked over at JoJo, who was
finishing her packing.
JoJo looked back at Isabella and then turned
away. Trying again to get JoJo to talk to her, she offered to carry JoJo's bag
JoJo glared at Isabella, saying in a flat tone,
Isabella was excited! JoJo spoke to her! Maybe
the argument was over! She carried JoJo's bag and her own downstairs and placed
them with the other bags.
"I hope you don't think this means we're friends
again. I only let you carry my bag because I figure you owe me for getting me
into trouble," came the snotty comment from JoJo.
Isabella was hurt by that comment, but she thought
she could make it up to JoJo on the trip. Finally, everyone was ready. Then
off they went to Mystery Island. They arrived at Mystery Island by late morning.
Oh how beautiful it was! Sunny skies, warm weather and lots of palm trees. Many
of the pets had never been to the island before, so to them, this trip was going
to be a grand adventure.
Ms. Droplet called the group to attention.
"We will have some beach time, but we're also
going to go on the Tiki Tour, visit Tombola, see the Cooking pot and do many
other things this island has to offer. We're going to stay at the Training School."
After everyone was settled (Isabella carried
JoJo's bag), they went to the beach. There were a lot of pets, petpets and owners
enjoying the beach as well. The pound pets all chose what they wanted to do
first. Some played volleyball, some did quests and some just wanted to lay out
or play on the beach.
Isabella wanted to play with JoJo. However,
JoJo was off playing with other pound pets.
Isabella found a nice spot on the beach to sit
down. She leaned back against a palm tree to get as much shade as possible.
She watched as her friend and the others played. She could hear the laughter
and squeals of delight as the young pets rushed around in a game of tag.
Looking away, she noticed several baby pets
were sitting around a large sand castle, making it bigger by adding buckets
Isabella turned her attention to Mr. Pickles
as he brought the food out. He had made an island treat for lunch. Normally,
she would look forward to the goodies Mr. Pickles made. Today, she wasn't very
Watching the scene before her, she tried to
pretend that she was having fun, but it wasn't a very good attempt. She even
pretended that it didn't matter that she was the only pet on the beach not playing
with the other pets. But deep down in Isabella's heart, it did matter. It mattered
so much that she didn't even realize that a tear had escaped from her.
Without realizing it, she turned her focus back
on the other pets playing again. She even laughed a bit when one of the pets
tripped in their game.
"Why you cwy?" asked a baby Blumaroo catching
Isabella off guard.
"Huh?" Isabella looked at the baby pet crawling
"You no dirtee nappies, so why you cwy?" the
baby Blumaroo asked again.
"I... I..." was all Isabella could manage.
"You come play wif san," directed the baby Blumaroo
as he took the paw of Isabella.
Tugging the large Elephante was no easy task
for this little baby Blumaroo. But once they were at the sand castle, the baby
Blumaroo, whom Isabella found out was named Faris, handed Isabella a shovel
and they went to work building a bigger sand castle.
While the small group continued to build, JoJo
came over to them.
"Playing with a bunch of babies? THAT is sad,
Issy." JoJo shook her head.
"Who you caw baby?" Faris looked up from his
JoJo just ignored the baby Blumaroo and walked
to Isabella, going through the sand castle they were building.
"HEY!" all the baby pets cried.
"You a meenie," declared Faris.
"Issy, would you go get me a drink? I'm really
thirsty and it's too hot to walk all the way back there," whined JoJo.
Isabella stood up, brushing the sand from her
fur. The baby pets looked up at her. "I can not believe you just did that."
"Did what?" JoJo asked innocently.
Isabella just looked at her, starting to really
see her. "You just messed up their sand castle."
"Oh that… Will you get me that drink, Issy?"
JoJo asked again.
Isabella just stood there, staring. The baby's
heads looked from JoJo to Isabella and back to JoJo again. Other pets started
gathering around them. Isabella had never realized JoJo was anything other than
a best friend. Who was this standing before her, Isabella thought.
Isabella turned and sat back down to help the
babies rebuild their sand castle. Slowly, the other pets standing around them
sat down and began to help rebuild the sand castle too.
JoJo just stood there, and then asked, "What
about my drink?"
No one answered her so she raised her voice
and repeated, "What about my drink?"
Isabella paused for a moment and looked up at
"What about it?" Isabella replied and turned
her attention back to building the sand castle.
Isabella had been dreading the trip to Mystery
Island. What she expected and what happened were two completely different things.
By the end of the day, Isabella did make new friends with other pets and she
helped the babies rebuild their sand castle. She even got a new best friend,
Dinah, the purple Wocky, who shared their bedroom. That day, Isabella had learned
the meaning of true friendship with the help of a little baby Blumaroo.
As for JoJo, she shaped up a bit once she realized
the other pound pets had no intention of letting her take advantage of them.
JoJo now has to do for herself.
Author's Note: Special Thanks go to those who encouraged me to write again.
I hope you enjoyed my short story. Please feel free to offer comments.