I tapped my foot impatiently on the wood floor as I sat
on the couch in my living room, waiting for my pets who had been gone three hours
later than they told me they would be gone. A Harris slowly crawled into the room.
He crawled across the floor and hopped onto the green couch I sat on. He then
promptly sat on my lap. I gently pushed the Harris back down to the ground.
"Not now, Chester," I said briskly.
Almost seeming to shrug, Chester started to
walk away. As I watched him leave, I heard my front door open. There were a
few whispers, and then feet running up stairs. My pets were obviously trying
to escape me.
"UJ, Patrick, George, and Kara, come down to
the living room please!" I shouted.
The running of feet instantly stopped. I listened
with a chuckle as slowly, reluctantly, the feet started getting louder as they
went down the stairs and neared the living room. The first pet that came into
the living room was a purple Shoyru, UJ. She was closely followed by Patrick
the rainbow Gelert, George the strawberry Usul, and Kara the red Kougra.
"Sit down, everybody," I said with a huge cheesy
smile, gesturing to the two comfy green chairs and the two spots next to me
on the couch.
There was a mad dash to the green chairs; nobody
wanted to be near me when it was so obvious I was angry. UJ and George slid
into the chairs first. Kara and Patrick gave them both looks for a second; pleading
to be given the chairs, but the Shoyru and Usul shook their heads no.
"Patrick, Kara, come sit by me. I won't bite,"
I said with my big cheesy smile still plastered onto my face like it had been
I slid over to be right in the middle of the
couch. Slower than molasses, Patrick and Kara sat down on either side of me.
I looked each one of my pets eye to eye before saying,
"Well, you're obviously all fine, so I am really
curious about why you are so late getting home. Would somebody like to tell
"I will," UJ replied.
UJ gave each of her siblings a look. I could
tell she was saying with her eyes to let her do all the talking. Each sibling
nodded to show they understood, except George who obviously didn't get what
UJ was saying.
"UJ, please begin," I said.
"If you say so, Rachel," UJ said reluctantly.
"It was cold and stormy on Mystery Island..." UJ began.
"No it wasn't; it was hot and sunny!" George
said, cutting UJ off.
"George, be quiet!" UJ bellowed. "Anyways, we
had split up and were off on different parts of the island. We were in two groups
of two, of course; me and George and Kara and Patrick."
"No we weren't! You three sent me off to play
Tombola by myself while you went shopping."
"George, you have no idea what you're talking
about, so quit talking!
George and I were at Tombola at the moment I
looked at my watch to see it was nearly two!
'George,' I frantically said, 'We've got to
go find Kara and Patrick quick; it's almost the time Rachel asked us to be home
'Oh my goodness, UJ, we really need to hurry
if we want to get home by three. We don't want sweet, loving, would- never-
punish- her- pets- because- she- loves- them- to- bits Rachel to worry!' George
practically screamed at me..."
"I would never say things like that about Rachel!
I don't feel that way at all about her!"
"Excuse me?" I asked with a skeptical glance
in George's direction.
"I mean I do, Rachel the Great," George said
"Whatever, continue, UJ."
"So George and I ran as fast as we could to
the beach where Kara and Patrick were spending their day. When we got to the
beach, all that greeted us was a deserted beach. I frantically looked around
the beach to see any signs of my two younger siblings. I saw their plain red
towels lying in a heap on the ground. George and I ran over to them. On the
towels was a short note saying,
UJ and George,
We have taken your siblings hostage in Kreludor.
If you wish to ever see them again leave a Tombola ticket, three different fruits,
and 100,000,000 Neopoints.
The Alien Aishas... "
"I don't remember that at all!" George said.
"That's because your short term memory loss
is starting to kick in, George."
George was quiet for a moment. She then nodded.
"You're right, UJ."
"So you'll let me finish my story without interruption?"
UJ asked, not bothering to hide her relief as George nodded. "Great, then I'll
"I read the note quickly and then handed it
to George in shock.
'What should we do? We could never get that
many Neopoints!' I asked George with a groan.
'You do nothing,' George replied, calmer than
I had ever seen her.
I started at her dumbfounded.
'What do you mean, do nothing?' I asked dumbly.
'You sit down on the sand by the towels.'
I stood, not moving at all. With a sigh, George
gently pushed me until I was sitting adjacent to the towel.
'Now all you have to do, UJ, is sitting there
for a few minutes. I'll be back soon.'
'Where are you going?'
'You'll know soon enough.'
With a wink, George put on a cape with a big
blue "G" on it that appeared out of no where. She then flew up into the sky.
I watched her, wondering what other strange surprises this day could hold.
George was gone for about an hour, by my watch's
time. In that time all I basically did was build and destroy sand castles and
glance at my watch, worrying about what you, Rachel, were thinking. I hoped
you would believe this crazy story. At that point I wasn't sure I would have
After the hour had gone by I was about to give
up hope of ever seeing George, Patrick, and Kara again and just get on a ferry
back home. Just in time, I saw a red figure zooming to the ground, two other
figures, one red and one multicolored, in her arms. As the figure got closer
I could see it was indeed my three siblings.
'Run to the ferry as fast as you can, UJ,' George
shouted as she neared landing.
'Why?' I shouted back.
'Because the Alien Aishas are shooting rainbow
guns at us!' Patrick shouted while he, Kara, and George started to run.
That was all the encouragement I needed to run
as fast as I could. My legs were not made for running, though, and I started
to lag behind the others. I remembered I could fly! Smacking myself on the head
for my stupidity, I took off into the air. Soon all four of us were almost to
the boat. The Alien Aishas started shooting faster, knowing their prey was almost
free. We now had to dodge the blasts of light while trying to run and fly as
fast as we could. We were maybe ten meters from the boat. We were going to make
it! Just as that thought left my mind, though, the boat started moving.
'Run faster!' I shouted down.
I landed and started running with them. We had
to jump about half a meter over the water to get on the boat, but we made it
on. And that is the story of why we are home so late."
UJ turned to me, obviously looking for a reaction.
I just stared at her for a second before bursting into laughter. I rolled around
on the floor, clutching my stomach and tears streaming from my eyes. When I
recovered I asked,
"Okay, what really happened?"
UJ stared at the floor and mumbled, "I dropped
my watch in the ocean and we lost track of time."
"That makes more sense."
"Are you mad at us?" Kara asked.
"No; it was just a mistake. UJ, try and be more
careful next time."
"Okay," UJ said while standing up and moving
to start walking away.
"Wait a second, UJ," I called.
UJ turned to me. "What?" she asked.
"You should really think about becoming a writer."