The Lost Acara: Part Six
Tyla, Sicho, Kacha, and one of Kacha's family members walked
up to explain.
"Well," Sicho began, scratching the ground with
his silver foot, "it all started when I was out taking a morning stroll, trying
to think over all of my problems. You see, Mr..."
"Whinniley," he said quickly and sternly. "Go
"Well, Mr. Whinniley, I am not rich. No, far
from it. I was once, but no need to get into that. Well, anyway, being poor,
we had a lot of problems. So I went for a morning walk, clearing my mind, and
I came across Kacha..."
"Who is Kacha?"
"Ah, he means Aleida..."
"Shut up!" said Whinniley, his face turning
red. "Continue, please."
"Okay, I came across Aleida, scrounging for
food in a bush. She said she didn't live anywhere, or have any food, nor did
she have a name. I took her home to take care of her, sir. My dear friend Phara,"
he motioned to the Gelert, "was kind enough to teach her. We were doing fine
"Until she got sick," Tyla finished. "We had
just gotten a lucky break at the stock market, and we had almost 9,000 Neopoints
in our bank account. However, she was sick with... with... something... oh,
what did you have again?"
"Fuzzy fungus," said Kacha. "It was awful..."
"We knew about that," said the family member.
"She was all purple when she got here."
"Anyway," Tyla continued, "Sicho here went out
to get the Honey Blossom Extract to cure it. We had just enough, I think. When
he came back, though, she was gone. She had left a note, saying she couldn't
bare to have us blow our money on her like that. We were so sad. We thought
we'd never see her again." By now, Kacha, Tyla, Sicho, Phara, and even the other
family member were all crying.
"That's how we felt when she first left," the
family member said, sobbing and sighing. "She said, though, that she had just
stayed at the Neolodge for a while to take a little vacation." Kacha grinned
in an uncomfortable sort of way.
"And then," Tyla started again, "then I heard
a voice outside our house, that very same day... and I saw a face in the window.
When I went to go look I found a little blue Babaa. I went back inside, and
I heard more voices. The way she was talking... the story she was telling...
I didn't quite believe it, but it sounded possible. So I opened the door, and
there she was..."
"I had just gone to check on them, look through
the windows, make sure they were okay..." said Kacha, biting her lip. "I didn't
want anything to happen to them."
"And the next day," said Sicho, "We, me and
Phara," he gestured to the brown Gelert, "found out that Tyla had seen Ka-um,
Aleida. We tried to get the details, but she said she promised she wouldn't
tell. I didn't really think much of it, but when I went to go look at the stocks,
I passed by this... lovely house of yours, sir. I saw Ka... Aleida in the window,
eating dinner. When she saw me, she came out. We talked for a while, then I
went in, ate with you, slept in the guest bedroom, blah blah blah..."
"But me and Phara were worried about him, being
out so late, never even coming home at all..." Tyla was speaking again. "So
we went looking, and here we are."
The head of the house nodded his head, analyzing
it all. "All right, then. It all makes sense now..." He nodded again, thinking
hard. "Well, it is obvious that Aleida, or Kacha," he turned to Tyla, Sicho,
and Phara, "belongs to two families. We aren't going to make her choose, or
anyone for that matter. And we can't just place her with one or the other, either
way someone will be heartbroken. Therefore, the only sensible thing is to bring
the two families together. Now, I don't think I would be lying if I said that
these lovely young Neopets here," he gestured to the two Shoyrus and the Gelert
again, "had quarters not fit for everyone standing here. Thus, I am inviting
you three to come and live with us." Everyone's jaw dropped. Whinniley had never
been known to make such compromises, such acts of pure kindness. Yet he was
smiling jovially, laughing and quite pleased with himself. All of the Neopets
in Kacha's family (there must have been about twenty-five of them) and Tyla,
Sicho, and Phara cheered. Kacha looked downright happy, no two ways about it.
Sicho and Tyla went to go grab some of the important
and valuable things they had at their own home (which sadly wasn't much) and
came back to open arms, hugging and squeezing them. They each got their own
room, still with plenty of guest rooms left to spare. They all got new clothes
and had good meals with the rest of their new family. Phara continued to teach
Kacha to read and write, and even some mathematics and history (she also taught
some of the other young Neopets of the household). Whinniley didn't seem to
mind. He was a new neopet, happy that everyone underneath his sheltering roof
was finally happy. And so, the lost Acara had finally found where she belonged.