Confidence is the Key
JoyousSerenity, a Purple Peophin, dragged herself into a
sitting position. She stretched and yawned not completely awake yet. She opened
her eyes slowly, allowing the sunlight to illuminate the whole bedroom. It was
hard to get up on weekend mornings, she felt so comfortable laying on her soft
Sunset Coral Bed.
The Peophin stayed on her bed and tried to remember
what she had dreamt last night. It was her morning routine. After a couple of
minutes of hard concentration she could see a vague image forming inside her
mind. She could never remember her dreams clearly but she loved to write about
the feeling they left her. She retrieved her diary from a secret drawer in her
bedside table and started to write.
The door creaked as it opened, which gave Joy
the perfect time to hide her diary.
"Are you awake yet Joy?" said a pale-skinned
girl with blond hair in a whispery voice.
"Yeah, I'm awake mom," replied the Peophin to
"Great!" cheered the girl in a more audible voice.
"Breakfast is ready if you manage to get yourself out of that bed."
About fifteen minutes later and much more awake,
Joy found herself munching on her Chocolate Dipped Peophin Cookies and drinking
her Chamomile Tea rather hurriedly. She had agreed to meet her two best friends
on the foot of Techo Mountain and she lived next to the Tropical Food Shop,
so it'd be a bit of a long way to get there and she didn't want to be late.
Joy put her teacup back on the table and stood
up ready to leave.
"Have fun with your friends, honey! And be careful!"
Syoamy, Joy's owner stood up and hugged her.
Joy liked her owner a lot, she was her only family
as she didn't have any siblings or even a petpet, and therefore they were very
close to each other, but sometimes Syoamy acted as if Joy couldn't take care
of herself. Joy suspected Syoamy was overprotective for the same reason: she
was the only pet she had to look after.
When Joy arrived Lionpardo the Spotted Kougra
was already there. They didn't have to wait long for RedAsRuby the Red Techo
"I seriously think Weewoos will take over Neopia
one day," Lion said breaking the silence.
"No way! Meepits will!" argued Ruby.
"Maybe one day someone will put a Meepit and
a Weewoo on the Cooking Pot and the resulting creature will conquer!" exclaimed
Joy and the trio laughed.
Joy admired her friends a lot. She could chat
with them just about anything and they were as talented as they were nice. Lion
was an excellent Battledomer, Ruby was an awesome artist, and her… she was supposed
to be the writer, but she knew she wasn't as gifted as her friends. No matter
how many times Lion and Ruby complimented her, she often thought her writing
Joy and her friends spent the whole morning playing
'Mystery Island Volcano Plot' until it was time for all to go home.
When Joy got back home she found Syoamy with
some worn out Denim Coveralls on and looking tired and dirty but happy.
"Did you have a good time?" asked Syoamy with
"Have you been working on the garden again?"
was Joy's response. "I thought you gave up after that Snake Rose incident…"
"Oh, the Snake Rose! I had forgotten about that."
"No, I haven't been working on the garden. I've
been spring cleaning!"
"Good thing. This place needed it," said Joy
with a smile.
"Yeah, and I found some pretty interesting stuff.
"All right." The Peophin nodded and followed
her owner to the living room. There Syoamy picked up a pile of papers from the
center table and handed them to Joy.
"I found them in your room," she explained, "How
come you never showed them to me? I never knew you were such an amazing writer!"
said the girl softly. She was mildly surprised.
"MY STORIES!!" Joy shrieked angrily. She had
hidden all those stories because she didn't liked them.
"Oh, don't be like that Joy. I read them and
I'm so proud of you," said Syoamy shocked at her pet's reaction.
"Well, why you'd want to read them is beyond
my comprehension. I suck at writing," said Joy, her anger rising.
"What?! You are amazing!" stated Syoamy matter-of-factly.
"No, I'm not! You just say that because you are
my owner!" cried Joy and sat on the sofa. She looked sulky.
Syoamy didn't know what to say. "Honey, If I
had known you'd get so upset I would have never read your stories. I'm sorry,"
she uttered, "but when I say the are amazing is because I really think they
are!" she added heartily.
Joy looked up to face her owner with sad eyes.
"Don't be so hard on yourself. Live up to your
name JoyousSerenity!" Syoamy winked.
A tiny smile escaped Joy's lips. Syoamy smiled
"Thanks mom, I believe you" assured Joy "but
I still don't believe my stories are that good," she said and her face fell
"Aww, no, no. Do not dare to think that!" said
Syoamy trying to keep her pet spirits high. "I'll tell you what." Her eyes sparkled
like every time she was plotting something. "Just send one of those stories
to the Neopian Times." She pointed at the papers Joy was still carrying. "And
if it is bad as you say it won't get in. But if it does get in you'll
have to admit you are good and my point will be proven. You'll feel better."
"I don't know how getting rejected from the Neopian
Times is going to make me feel better," said Joy, but she didn't seem all that
"Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!" Joy couldn't hold herself
"What is it dear?" asked Syoamy clearly concerned.
"Oh my gosh!" repeated the Peophin.
"Yeah, you had already said that," mocked Syoamy,
but Joy didn't paid attention.
"I WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE NEOPIAN TIMES!" Joy
screamed of joy handing Syoamy the editor's letter.
"I don't need to see it, honey. I always knew
you were!" said Syoamy almost as excited as her pet. "Will you believe now you
"I… guess. Yes, I will. I'm good. I AM good."
Joy and Syoamy hugged each other.
"Thanks mom, you've really help me build up my
confidence. My friends were always telling me I was good, but I never believed
"Oh, you don't have to thank -- Wait a minute…
Your friends knew you wrote and I didn't? I can't --"
"Mom!" complained Joy, "Can't we discuss that
later? This is my happy moment!"
Joy and Syoamy were the first in line to buy
that edition of the Neopian Times as soon as it got out. Syoamy was so proud
of her pet she bought extra copies for all their friends and one more just to
frame. Joy was proud of herself too, though Syoamy's behavior embarrassed her
The next day when Joy went to check her Neomail
there were a handful of letter addressed to her. She felt very pleased know
they must be about her story and carried them inside to her bedroom.
She picked one randomly and thrillingly opened
the envelope just to find a note that read:
OMG, lyk, ur stuff in da NT suXxs!
She chuckled and threw the letter away. If she
had received that letter a few days before, she would have been very upset.
But not now. Now she didn't need to be told she was good. She knew she was.