My Vacation: Part One
Now, I'm not one to brag - but I am telling the truth when
I say I am the prettiest blue Xweetok! I have the longest blue mane, the softest
blue fur, and the most beautiful blue eyes! Now, I know I sound really vain -
but it is the truth, and you can't argue with the truth. But there's a problem.
I may be otherwise perfect, but I'm not waterproof, Eyrie-proof, non-gravity-proof,
Grundo-proof, or Mystic-proof. Nope. That is why when my owner, Jeanie, decided
it was time for a vacation, my world turned upside down!
It all began that fateful day. The sad thing
is the fact that it was my entire fault! To think... if only I had been a little
less selfish, I could've gotten out of weeks of misery! But, well - that is
usually how the story goes. The story starts when Jeanie entered my room on
that fateful day.
"Alright, Aile, you have two choices," my owner
informed me, in a tone that I knew meant business. She always used that tone
every morning when she sent me to school. It is a dangerous tone. A sign.
"I'm listening," I replied, nervous.
"Okay. First choice - adopt a little sibling,"
she began. "Or-"
"Second choice! Second choice!" I cried desperately.
"I pick second choice!" I immediately berated myself for speaking so quickly.
What if the second choice is a BIG sibling!?! I yelled within my head.
I knew that Jeanie felt very clever. She was smiling that smile at me - that
'I-got-you' smile that I hate! I knew then it was not a big sibling. It was
something much much worse.
"Pack your bags, hun, we're going on vacation!"
Jeanie cheered, prancing around the room like a high-on-sugar Ogrin. She sang
and danced, picking up Haelee and throwing her into the air. The poor Ditsy
was about to tear from always being strangled by her.
Then a thought struck me. A horrible thought.
"This is a short vacation, is it?" I whispered, my heart caught in my thought.
Jeanie's eyes shined malevolently.
"No, Aile, it isn't." I knew it. My worst fears
had come true. My owner was plain evil. She was going to take me all around
the world of Neopia. My poor fur…
The very next day found us flying Eyrie Express
to Kreludor. I was frantic. Not only were we thousands of feet up in the air
AND above water, but my fur was getting incredibly mussed up! I can't say that
I'm not afraid of heights, so every time the Eyrie jerked or turned, Haelee
and I would join in a chorus of screaming. My evil owner would just laugh and
squeal in delight.
Why couldn't I have stayed in the Neolodge?
I asked myself continually, moaning. And then we arrived, our first stop out
of many. Kreludor - Neopia's Moon. I have to say, it was a relief to get off
that Eyrie. Haelee and I tumbled around for awhile before gaining our footing.
Then we tried walking. "AGgGhHhh!!!!" I screeched as I was blown into the air
Jeanie grabbed my paw. "Kreludor only has 35%
gravity compared to Neopia, sweetie. You'll get used to it." My stomach was
twisting as I crawled down her arm.
"I don't want to get used to it!" I said stubbornly.
"I wanna go back to Neopia Central where I have a nice bed waiting for me."
"Don't be such a baby." I glared at her for that
comment, but she ignored me and we started walking to our temporary lodgings
while on Kreludor. I was relieved to find we at least had beds. Sighing, I began
"Did you bring ALL your plushies?" Jeanie cried,
staring over my shoulder. I turned around and glared at her.
"I need moral support! The owner who I loved
and trusted dragged me to the moon," I cried back at her. She stared at me for
a moment and then laughed, returning to her own unpacking. It was then I noticed
Haelee was missing. I dashed into the hall anxiously.
"Haelee!?!?" I yelled, looking up and down. I
heard a desperate cry and saw the little petpet running towards me. Her eyes
were full of horror, and I saw why when I saw the five orange Grundos chasing
her. Standing outside the door to our room, we screamed and screamed until the
orange Grundos reached us. Then we screamed louder.
"Ailemea, hush up! You'll insult them," Jeanie
said, grabbing Haelee and me.
"They insult me with their presence," I argued.
"Ah, give it a rest. They're too dim-witted to
know what I'm saying."
"Who taught you such rudeness?"
"You don't believe me? Just watch." I turned
to the five Grundos, all watching us curiously. "Native people of Kreludor,
what is two plus two?" They all looked at each other wonderingly and then frowned
"What is Kreludor?" they asked in unison. I turned
"I rest my case."
Over the next couple days we toured all around
Kreludor. We learned every stinking detail of Kreludan Mining Corp. from one
of the few semi-intelligent Grundos. I had just about given up hope on the vacation
when we found the bookstore on the very last day of our visit. Every shelf was
empty. Orange Grundos were loading books onto the shelves once more.
"There ARE intelligent people here!" I cried
in exultation. I ran from Grundo to Grundo, pecking them on the cheeks. "This
moon isn't doomed!" I said, running to Jeanie in my excitement. It was then
I heard some whispering behind us. I turned to see five Grundos staring at me
curiously. Whoa! Deja vu! These guys look really familiar! I thought.
"Hey, isn't that the girl with the Ditsy?" one
of the Grundos hissed. Uh oh.
"And screams," said another, rubbing his antennae-like
"Yeah, that one that speaks gibberish?" said
a third with a little laugh. Their words were slow and clear.
"Technically," said the fourth deeply, "she was
speaking Neopian. Those crazy Neopians don't know enough to speak normally."
There was a mutual agreement and the five Grundos laughed. I could feel Jeanie
trembling and struggling not to laugh as well.
"Don't you dare," I hissed at her, grabbing her
hand and dragging her away as fast as possible. "I can't wait to get out of
Jeanie smiled and picked me up, continuing to
walk. "To Virtupets Space Station!" she grinned. I groaned.
A few hours later I was seated comfortably on
the space shuttle that was flying us to the Space Station. Haelee sat in my
lap, squeaking at passerby and yelping at their petpets. "You are one crazy
piece of cardboard," I said, shaking my head and smiling. Jeanie was nose-deep
into a brochure about the Space Station.
"Whoa, listen to this, Aile," Jeanie said excitedly.
"'At the RoboPet shop you can buy your very own robotic petpet! A vast majority
of them are even made of metal.' What do you think, Aile? They sound a bit more
lively than cardboard." I gasped and pulled Haelee closer to me. We concentrated
our worst glares at her. However, her nose did not come out of the brochure.
After a few minutes of silence the Chomby Conductor
approached us. "Tickets please," he said. I elbowed Jeanie in the side.
"Hey, give him the tickets!"
"The tickets that allow us to be on this shuttle!"
"There aren't any. The brochure says that this
shuttle is free." I snatched the brochure out of her hands and read the front
"Did you happen to miss the big letters saying
'COMING SOON?!" I hissed at her.
She took the brochure back. Oops. "Do you happen
to take cash, sir?" she asked the conductor. The Chomby sighed and pulled a
little machine that read 'Ticket-O-Matic.' "One thousand neopoints please."
"One THOUSAND! That's a rip off!"
"You should have bought them before you boarded,
Miss," the Chomby replied. Grudgingly, Jeanie handed over the neopoints.
"Next time read between the lines." I sighed.
"Or actually read the lines, that would be good too." She glared at me.
Not long afterward we arrived and dragged our
luggage into the station. Grundos stood chatting all around us. I groaned.
As we entered, a loudspeaker boomed, "Remember
all pets must be checked in upon arrival!"
"Come on then, Ailemea," Jeanie said, dragging
me over to the check-in desk. A Ruki Receptionist greeted us.
"Hello, how can I help you, ladies?" she asked
"We have a reservation. Under Haelee," Jeanie
said, trying to peek at the reservation list. I stared at her.
"You put it under the name of my petpet?" I asked.
Jeanie shook her head.
"Haelee put it under her own name when she made
the reservation," she said.
"What are you talking about; petpets can't talk!"
"What do you think they say about you?" she asked.
It was then the receptionist handed us our room key and we started for the room.
Posters and signs lined the walls. "Look! Do you want to feed Florg?"
"What is it with you and getting rid of Haelee?"
I said, clutching the trembling Ditsy as we entered our lodgings.
"Don't be crazy."
"Well, that's twice you mentioned getting rid
"I didn't mean to feed her to Florg," Jeanie
said, rubbing her head.
"Well, that's what it sounded like!"
"Well, that's not what I meant!"
"Enough! We're going to eat dinner now. Just
put Haelee to sleep and then we'll go."
"There you go again!"
"'Put Haelee to sleep' - you totally hate her!"
"Don't be absurd."
"I'm not being absurd - it's the truth!"
"ALRIGHT! I want to kill the stupid piece of
cardboard! Can we go eat dinner now?" I stared at her. She sighed. "What now?"
"You're so cruel," I said, getting a bit choked
"Come on already - let's go to dinner." I sighed
and followed her out the door, giving a little wave to Haelee as I did. She
blinked back at me.
The café was in the center of the whole station
and was packed with all sorts of species and races. They were mainly Grundos,
but I was so hungry I sat down right in the center of them all. Jeanie disappeared
for a moment only to reappear with some horrible smelling food. "Bon appetite!"
she said sitting down. She placed a plate of disgusting paste before me.
"I can't eat this," I said, covering my mouth.
"I'll get indigestion," I informed her.
"How do you know?"
"Well, I'm SURE it says it in the description."
"Will you stop being so difficult and just eat
your dinner? It is all they had left."
"I wonder why," I said, taking a scoop and putting
it slowly into my mouth. I nearly fainted. It was delicious! Never had anything
tasted so good. But I couldn't let that show, not after making such a show.
Sadly, I spat it out dramatically. "Disgusting! Yuck, that is horrible!" I wiped
my mouth and stared sadly at it.
Jeanie shook her head. "Nice try, Aile, but I
can see straight through you." I stared at her for a moment then dove into my
The highlights of the next few days were meals.
Oh could that Grundo cook! There were some downfalls, like catching Jeanie in
the 'Adopt-A-Grundo' room, but I prevailed and explained that we had made a
deal by the fact I was on this vacation. She pretty much whined and kicked but
we made it through. I'm surprised she never pointed out the petpet shop which
Haelee visited everyday.
On our last day there, I sadly ate my Beef Rouladen
while Jeanie dragged our bags to the Eyrie Express Center. Haelee sat beside
me, taking little tasters of the Rouladen. Oh how I would miss this food. Not
the Grundos, but definitely the food. When Jeanie returned I went to the bar
and said good bye to all of the foods I would never taste. Jeanie finally had
to drag me to the center where once again I boarded a very horrifying Eyrie.
"Cheer up, Ailemea," Jeanie called over the winds
as we descended into Neopia. "Next stop, Terror Mountain!"
To be continued...
Author's Note: This was fun to write, although it took a while! Hope you