Ailemea vs. Jenna: Part One
Also by jeanaet
The blue Xweetok woke with a yawn. Rubbing her eyes,
she rolled out of bed and dragged herself into the bathroom. She turned on the
faucet in the bathtub and watched as it filled with heated water. After about
one minute, it was full to the brim and she turned it off, deciding to let it
cool for a few minutes before she got in.
Feeling more awake, she left the room and strolled
downstairs. Jeanie was in the dining room, sitting at the table. Her face was
hidden behind the Neopian Times and she was eating doughnut fruit and sipping
heated Strawberry Achyfi.
"Morning," Ailemea called.
Jeanie peeked around her paper. "Late morning?"
she asked, confused, glancing at the clock.
The Xweetok glanced as well. "Six am?! Why didn't
you wake me?!" Aile cried, dashing outside. She was way behind schedule! Hurriedly,
she checked the mailbox and pulled out the neomail. She dashed back into their
large Neohome and to Jeanie. Jeanie reached for the mail but Aile was looking
Junk... junk... junk... "Are you expecting anything
important?" Jeanie asked.
Ailemea frowned and handed her the neomail, "Well,
I got published again today. I should think the fan mail would be pouring in..." she said, slightly disappointed.
"You were published?" Jeanie asked curiously.
"I didn't see your story..." She reopened the paper and scanned it. "Oh here
it is; page three hundred twenty three."
"Three hundred what?!" Aile cried, snatching
away the paper and flipping the pages. "How could they do this to me - I'm always
printed on page fifty-" The Xweetok stopped short, her normally blue mane amazingly
"What's wrong?" Jeanie asked.
Ailemea shook herself, "Nothing," she said, folding
the paper carefully and placing it under her arm. "I'm going to take a bath..." she mumbled and started upstairs. Jeanie frowned in concern after her.
Ailemea walked through her sitting room, staring
blankly ahead. She placed the Neopian Times on her desk in her office, and then
continued into her bedroom. She passed Haelee still sleeping in her petpet basket
peacefully, and crawled into her bed. Stuffing her face into her many pillows,
Jenna_Leanna the Xweetok sighed with contentment
as she stepped out into the bright early morning sun of Mystery Island, and
stretched letting sun rays warm her striped fur. Standing there a moment by
her doorstep, reveling in the jungle's beauty, Jenna viewed the newsboy as he
swerved around the corner on his flashy red bike and tossed the Sunday copy
of the Neopian Times.
Jenna caught it with a grin. The newsboy, a yellow
Kacheek named Jerry, winked and before continuing called out, "Congrats on your
awesome story, Jen! One of my favorites!" and with that he wheeled off.
Jenna's eyes widened and then she ripped off
the covering of the Times and began to flip through it. There, on page 56, was
the beginning of her two-part series. With a whoop Jenna dashed back inside
to spread the news.
As she dashed past the living room sofa, she
nearly toppled over her Snowbunny. The petpet was indignant, but Jenna only
laughed, "Look, Lissie! It's my story!" she cried in delight, showing the picture
of a glowering striped Xweetok that looked remarkably like herself. The Snowbunny
nuzzled her paw happily.
Jenna was just about to start reading when Rain
called her, "Jenna! I need you!"
Jenna reluctantly sat down her paper, upset that
she had to give up her reading. With a sigh she bounced up and headed for the
kitchen where her owner was. Rain smiled and stroked the Xweetok fondly. Jenna
smiled back. She loved these frequent signs of affection that Rain often gave
"Check it out, Rain! They published the first
part of my story today!" Jenna declared proudly, showing the Neopian Times to
her owner. Rain cheered and took a look at the Times, a hand still on Jenna's
"Wow, and on page 56 too! That's wonderful, Jenna,"
she said with a grin.
Jenna grinned back. "So what'd you call me for?"
she asked, a little curious, though she yearned to get back to her reading.
Rain sucked in breath through her teeth and looked over at the baby Kougra rolling
around with her Gruslen and giggling. She stopped when she felt the others'
eyes on her, and looked at them innocently.
"I need you to go to Neopia Central to get a
new Hula Girl Usuki for Lailani," Rain explained tiredly, handing a small bag
of Neopoints to Jenna.
"What? But she already has-" Jenna began, but
Rain gave her a strained look.
Jenna gasped, "Kiara didn't..."
"No, it was our home-wrecker, Simba," Rain said,
indicating the Gruslen.
"Oh boy." There was nothing more to say.
Rain gave her a quick hug then turned her toward
the door. "Hurry, before Lailani gets back from Jubble Bubble," her owner urged.
Jenna nodded, grabbed her leather jacket and
then slung her sheathed Light Faerie Sword, Faith, across her back. It was something
she was never without. Then she dashed out of her Neohome and swiftly reached
the Island docks. Minutes later, she was soaring off into the distance on the
back of an Eyrie.
Jeanie dragged Ailemea by the paw into the Usukiland.
Nexy was in a sling on the teenage owner's back, Oreh was at home recuperating
from her last zapping, and Isaerios was off breaking hearts as usual.
Aile looked miserably around.
"Cheer up, honey," Jeanie said hugging the sad
Xweetok. "Here, I'll buy you a brand new Usuki."
Ailemea glanced at the dolls and her sadness
disappeared for a moment. Then it reappeared. "I'll bet that Jenna has it already
and has already written all about it," she said blandly.
"Hello, girls!" said the cheerful Blumaroo Shopkeeper,
hopping over. "Why so gloomy, sweetheart?" she asked Ailemea, patting her gently.
"You're in Usukiland! Here, buy an Usuki at half price off!" Aile shook her
head sadly and sat down on the floor with drooping shoulders.
"She thinks that someone else already has any
one that she could buy," Jeanie explained and then leaned closer and whispered,
"She likes to be special and important."
The Blumaroo beamed. "I have JUST the thing for
you! It just came in! A limited edition Hula Girl Usuki -- there are only two
of them in all of Neopia and I have one of them in my personal collection,"
the shopkeeper said with a wink.
Ailemea perked up. "We'll take it!"
The Blumaroo went into a back room and boxed
the ordinary Hula Girl Usuki. She returned once more and Jeanie paid her, "Thank
you very much," she said. She handed the Usuki to Ailemea who hugged it tight.
Nexy cooed curiously from his owner's back and
wriggled his fingers at Ailemea. The Xweetok handed the Usuki to her baby brother
and he looked at it wide eyed before hugging it tight. Aile watched him fondly
as he made his little baby noises at it.
Suddenly the bell at the door rang loudly and
Ailemea glanced around to see which customer was coming in. She froze. A striped
Xweetok strutted into the shop and began searching through the shelves. The
shining sword slung across her back gave the pet a rather intimidating appearance.
"What's wrong?" Jeanie asked.
"It's. Her," the blue Xweetok replied tightly.
Jeanie turned around and gasped. There in fact
was the Xweetok whose picture they had seen in the paper that very morning,
"Uh-oh," Jeanie muttered.
Jenna scanned the shelves in earnest. It had
to be here! But it wasn't. Finally she desperately headed for the shopkeeper.
"Please, Miss, I need a Hula Girl Usuki," she said urgently.
"Sorry, dear, I just sold my last one to that
Xweetok over there," the Blumaroo said, pointing at a blue Xweetok and her owner
with a baby Yurble on her back. Indeed, in the little Yurble's paws, was the
Jenna groaned. She was too late! But there might
be a chance... she hesitantly strode over to the pair.
The blue Xweetok's frozen gaze immediately turned
into a glower and she stepped behind her owner's legs. Well, that's nice,
Jenna thought crossly. But she spoke up despite the rude action.
"Um hi, my name is Jenna_Leanna," she introduced
herself politely. The other Xweetok's glare deepened.
"Hello, dear," the owner said politely. "I'm
Jeanie, this is Trohanex, and this is Ailemea."
Jenna's eye's widened, "Not the writer?" she
asked incredulously. What luck! To run into a fellow writer, the things they
could talk about!
"Don't I look like a writer?" Ailemea said defiantly,
stepping away from the protection of Jeanie's legs.
Startled, Jenna tried to clear things up, "I
just meant..." she began.
"WHAT did you mean?" Aile growled.
A great sense of hurt and frustration filled
Jenna. What was wrong with this Ailemea?
"Ailemea, be nice!" Jeanie said, her voice hard
and serious for the first time in Ailemea's life. Aile blinked and snapped her
"I'm sorry, Jenna dear, but what do you need?"
Jeanie asked kindly.
Jenna stood up a little taller. "Miss Jeanie,
I don't mean to be forward, but could you please sell me that Usuki?" she asked
urgently. "My sister is going to be home any minute and she'll be really upset
when she sees what our Gruslen did with her other one!"
"It's mine!" Ailemea said, snatching the Usuki
away from Trohanex. The baby began to whimper. "It is limited edition."
What a brat, Jenna couldn't help but think.
She glanced hopefully at the Usuki. "It looks normal to me," she said.
Ailemea was about to reply but then she realized
that the Usuki really did look normal.
She instantly realized the truth.
"That cheap - " she began, starting for the shopkeeper,
but Jeanie grabbed her from behind and pulled her into her arms. The Xweetok
struggled and then relaxed with an unhappy sigh.
"Please, I really need it," Jenna urged quietly.
Jeanie set Ailemea onto the floor and reached back to calm Trohanex who was
about to start wailing. After a minute, Aile handed the Usuki to Jenna. With
a breathless, "Thanks," the striped Xweetok reached for her Neopoints but Jeanie
patted her shoulder.
"It's okay, dear, you keep them."
"Oh, I can't!" Jenna protested.
"Yes, you can," Jeanie said with a smile.
Jenna returned the smile gratefully. "Thanks
again!" she said quickly, and then dashed out the door to an Eyrie who looked
to be very bored. With a nimble leap, sheathed sword bouncing lightly against
her back, Jenna was in the Eyrie's saddle in an instant. He immediately leaped
into the air and swooped off. After a moment they were gone.
"Let's go home, Aile," Jeanie said. Ailemea nodded,
watching Jenna go.
Jenna dashed into her home, panting heavily.
Rain came in from straightening the living room, an anxious look on her face.
"Is Lailani here yet?" Jenna asked hoarsely,
and handed the Usuki and Neopoints to her owner.
"No, you made it," Rain reassured with a smile,
"I can always count on you to complete a quick errand."
"Phew!" Jenna sighed with relief. "You'll never
guess who I met and who gave me that Usuki," she said, eyes bright, as they
always were when filled with suppressed excitement.
"Who?" Rain asked, quickly setting the Usuki
into Lailani's toy chest.
"Ailemea and her owner, Jeanie! Awesome, isn't
"Sweet!" Rain agreed. "And they just gave you
"It was the last in the shop, and they'd bought
it first, but in the end they just gave it to me, though I offered to pay."
Jenna decided not to mention Ailemea's behavior, feeling it was something to
deal with on her own.
Rain smiled. "That was nice of them; let's invite
them to dinner," she suggested.
Jenna frowned. "Do we have to? I mean, you know
how I feel around strange groups. It won't be fun, trust me."
In fact, this wasn't Jenna's real reason for
discouraging the invitation. The real reason was Ailemea.
"You'll be fine. It's not like I'm inviting the
whole of Neopia over, and besides you've already met them. Lindsey!" Rain called,
picking up the Neopian Times and flipping through it.
A Christmas Zafara glided into the room. She
was Jenna's second youngest sister, and the best baby-sitter that the Xweetok
had ever known. Even now she had Kiara in her arms. "Yes?" she asked.
"I need you to fly to Neopia Central and invite
a family to dinner," Rain said, scanning a page of the Times. "Here's their
address," she continued, showing the paper to Lindsey.
"575498 Bread Street, Neopia Central," the Zafara
read, memorizing it. "Excellent, I'm off. Here, hold her. Make sure she doesn't
get into trouble!" She dumped her charge into Jenna's lap. Then she then flew
out of both house and Neohome.
"Well, we're in for a rather interesting dinner,"
Jenna mumbled to Kiara. The baby Kougra giggled and pawed her oldest sister's
Oreh answered the door, wiping away the tears
that had restarted when she saw herself in a mirror. A snot Grundo - what could
be worse? Shaking a little from her misery, she opened the door. A lovely white
Zafara with a halo around her head and wings sprouting from her back stood staring
wide-eyed at the house.
"Yes, what is it? Ailemea isn't here right now,
but if you want an autographed picture..." Oreh asked, still a little weepy.
"No, no, I'm just here to deliver an invitation,"
the Zafara said quickly, a hint of sympathy in her voice as she eyed Oreh. "My
name is Lindsey_Airendel, and my owner Rain wanted to invite your family to
dinner at our Neohome. Here's our address." She handed a slip of paper to Oreh.
Oreh looked it over. "Okay, I'll tell Jeanie.
I'm sure she'll say yes," she declared.
Lindsey smiled warmly. "Excellent, I'll see you
then!" And with those final words, the Zafara turned and flew off.
Jeanie, Nexy, and Ailemea reached home just as
a Christmas Zafara flew off. They walked inside right as Oreh began to retreat.
It was the first time Ailemea had seen her sister since the zapping. So, as
Ailemea did around Grundos, she screamed. And screamed. And then screamed some
Jeanie slapped a hand over the Xweetok's mouth,
but it was too late. Oreh burst into tears once again and dashed away to her
"Ailemea, can't you ever keep control of yourself!"
Jeanie said angrily, forcing Nexy into his big sister's arms. She hurriedly
followed the miserable sobs of Oreh down the hall.
Ailemea blinked, holding onto her baby brother
clumsily. Then she snapped out of her trance and looked at the Yurble. "Ugh,
you are seriously MUSSED, Mister!" she informed the baby. He grinned at her,
slightly mischievous. "Come along then, I'll clean you up," Aile said, heaving
him up the stairs. She carried him through her rooms and then set him gently
on the bathroom floor and began to fill her bathtub. She could hear Isaerios
clearly on his side of the bathroom, probably practicing making his blue eyes
more penetrating. She shook her head in disgust. She and Isaerios had not gotten
along at all once they had brought him home.
Carefully, she placed Nexy into the bath and
he cheered gleefully, splashing and wriggling. She pursed her lips and began
to soak his fur. After this she applied endless amounts of shampoo to his fur.
Jeanie came in as she was doing this.
"What are you doing? I gave him a bath this morning!"
"Obviously, Jeanie, you used Peophin, I am using
Superstar - it brings out his blue so much more," Ailemea said simply, fondly
stroking the shampoo into Nexy's fur. The Yurble looked with big eyes up at
Jeanie sighed. "Anyways, we are going to dinner
at Jenna's house tonight," the owner announced.
Ailemea whirled around. "What?" she demanded,
"I said we are going to Jenna's house tonight
for dinner, and you are not getting out of it," Jeanie said sternly. "Be ready
in a few minutes and we'll call some Eyries." Jeanie left the bathroom, and
Ailemea hurriedly returned to scrubbing Nexy.
She finally finished bathing him and carried
him over to the table beside the mirror. It was especially for him when she
bathed him. She hurriedly jumped into the bath and scrubbed shampoo into her
fur, even though she had taken a bath that morning. She leaped out, toweled
herself and Nexy down and then went to work. She heard Jeanie tell Isaerios
in the other room and heard him dash into the bathroom to prepare.
Carefully, Aile applied blue eye shadow to Nexy's
and her pale parts. She then rubbed some brown eye shadow into the rest of her
fur, deepening its color. She applied some brown lipstick, then ran a comb through
her blue fur, rubbing the eye shadow into it. Finally, she declared them both
adorable and carried Nexy downstairs where the whole family had been waiting
Jeanie smiled and took Trohanex into her arms.
"Don't you look like the loveliest Prince of all things!" she cooed at him.
He giggled. Isaerios looked as handsome as ever, Ailemea could tell he had pretty
much doused himself in black eye shadow. Oreh even looked better. Jeanie had
taken her to the lab for the day and she had turned into an Island Grundo. The
happy Oreh had polished her Tiki mask until it glowed.
"Time to go!" Jeanie announced, and they all
walked outside. Immediately, Ailemea's gut told her she was forgetting something.
"What about Haelee?" she asked Jeanie.
"Not a chance," their owner said firmly.
"I think we should take all the petpets," Isaerios
said, the look in his eyes showing that he had the same feeling as Ailemea.
"Very well," Jeanie said distastefully. "But
one of you is taking their playpen!" They all agreed and Oreh being the lightest,
decided to take it on her Eyrie. They made a quick dash back inside for the
petpets and then met up again outside. Trohanex cuddled Aros, his blue Drackonack.
Haelee the Ditsy sat on Ailemea's shoulder, Isaerios's Snoogy, Teagus, was sitting
on the shadow Xweetok's shoulder, and Snarkie the yellow Scarabug was yawning
in Oreh's arms. Their playpen was latched to Oreh's back.
"NOW can we go?" Jeanie asked. All of the pets
nodded and then in unison they all shrilly whistled. Four Eyries glided out
of the clouds.
"And how are our favorite travelers this fine
evening?" the lead Eyrie asked, smiling at them.
"We're lovely, thank you," Jeanie said, climbing
onto his back. "We need to go to Mystery Island - is that okay?" The Eyrie nodded
and waited for all the other pets to climb onto the other Eyries, their petpets
in their laps. Then, in unison, the four Eyries leapt into the air and flew
into the sky.
To be continued...