Sleeping Beauty: Part Five
I am always busy. Always. I don't have time to deal with
trivial things. Trivial things like shadow Lupes which follow me everywhere! I
wonder if all beautiful pets have similar issues? Most likely, but me even more
so because I top the lot! I've won every Beauty Contest I've been in so far, and
soon I will win another one.
Yes, life is incredibly complicated when you're
beautiful. I'm not sure why. There is probably some reason, though. But like
I said, I am always very busy. Too busy to find out what that reason is…
* * * * *
I woke up for no particular. All on my own,
on time! I was wide-awake as well, which was also strange. I hopped out of bed
and walked straight to my vanity desk (just like always) and stared in horror.
"My mane! My tail! My FACE!" I grabbed my head
with my hooves.
I looked awful. I was covered in twigs, leaves,
dirt, slime, mud and bugs. I was used to looking bad, but not this bad!
I snatched up my sparkly hairbrush and ran out
of my room and into the bathroom. I jumped in the shower and washed myself more
vigorously than ever before. I managed to wash away all the filth, and comb
the tangles out of my hair.
When I looked in the bathroom mirror I was back
to my normal fairly-ugly self. I headed downstairs to have breakfast, and saw
that everyone was already up. I couldn't look any of them in the eye. I still
felt so awful for what had happened last night.
I sat down with a glass of juice and a bowl of
Neocrunch. Sparkle was sitting opposite me, but we avoided each others' eyes.
I ate as quickly as I could, and as soon as I
finished I ran upstairs, grabbed my bag with all my school books in it, and
ran out the front door. It felt so weird not saying 'good morning' or even 'goodbye'
to any of my family. It wasn't that I didn't want to - I just couldn't bring
"Hello, Battle_Galactic. I would prefer that
you call me Beauty_Queen571, thank you," I sniffed. "Or don't speak to me at
I didn't even slow down. I just kept marching
on, with him running to catch up.
"What's wrong with you, Beauty?" he asked, looking
sideways at me. "Why did you run off yesterday? Don't you like me or something?"
"Why don't you just leave me alone?" I snapped,
trying to shield my face from him (more for his sake than mine). "I really don't
want to talk to anybody at the moment." I ran off, and left him quite a while
* * * * *
There was the usual rush when the bell went.
Everybody was trying to force past each other to get into the classroom first
(what is the point in that?). I had forgotten what it was like to be at school
over the holidays.
"Excuse me!" shouted Miss Flammhouten, a yellow
Krawk. "Would you all please BE QUIET!"
Everyone was silent, and the only noise was that
of creaking chairs as the students settled themselves in alphabetical order.
And of course, due to our names, Battle_Galactic and I were seated right next
to each other.
"Now that you're all settled down on this fine
Thursday morning… Don't know why school starts on a Wednesday…" (Miss Flammhouten,
like me, had that habit of talking to herself) "Anyway. I believe we will start
the day… Thursday, that is… with some History."
The groan of all the students echoed around the
classroom, but the teacher paid no attention. She started droning on… "The Town
Hall in Tyrannia was founded many years ago due to…"
I stopped paying attention after that. I think
everyone did. I mean, are we honestly supposed to sit there and listen to that?
I was drawing a beautiful, pink Uni in the front
of one of my books when Battle_Galactic started poking me. "What?" I demanded.
He pointed out the window. A massive banner was
stretched against a large building. It said in big bold letters: 'BEAUTY CONTEST
- SATURDAY'. For a moment I stared, transfixed, and then had a sudden inkling
of what he was up to.
"What about it?" I said suspiciously. I didn't
trust him, and I had a feeling he was trying to make me look like an idiot in
front of everybody.
"Well…" He was speaking slowly and cautiously,
obviously picking his words very carefully. "I think you should enter." The
shadow Lupe bit his lip, waiting for my reaction.
"Are you crazy?" I hissed. I gestured wildly
at my face with my hooves. "Look at me! I could never win a thing like that.
People would laugh at me as soon as I got on stage!"
He raised his eyebrows. "What ARE you talking
Just then the bell rang for lunch and everyone
(including me) ran outside.
* * * * *
I bit savagely into my tea leaf sandwich. I knew
what he had been doing. He wanted me to go on stage and humiliate myself in
front of the audience. He didn't expect me to win at all! But that wasn't going
to happen. I wouldn't enter. I wouldn't even GO.
Stupid Battle_Galactic could go on his own and
watch all those beautiful pets parade around. I vaguely wondered if the Uni
from the hospital would be entering. I wouldn't stand a chance against her.
I wouldn't even stand a chance against Miss Flammhouten.
"Beauty, why are you so uptight? Why don't you
want to enter?"
"Stop pretending, Battle_Galactic. I know all
about your little plan!"
He looked somewhat surprised. "What are you talking
about? What little plan?"
"You know…" I waved my arms around helplessly.
"THE little plan!" I got up and ran off, blushing. I guess I looked pretty stupid,
running to the classroom before the bell had gone.
* * * * *
"Well, poetry is a very complicated and difficult
thing to write. Now I trust you all brought your copies of 'Poetry for Peophins'…"
Thay was not entirely true. I had actually borrowed
Honey's copy. I was sure she wouldn't mind.
"Oooohhhhh! Miss! MISS!" Kitty_Girl36, a blue
Peophin, was jumping up and down on her seat, so, naturally, her imitation -
Copy_Cat41 (also a blue Peophin) - was as well. "Oh Miss!" Kitty_Girl squealed.
"Miss, I already read the first 3 poems!"
"Me too!" agreed Copy_Cat, nodding vigorously.
"Will everyone please choose a poem," Miss Flammhouten
said dryly. "Read the poem and then write a summary about it… they never choose
good poems these children…" She sat down at her desk and started reading the
I flipped through the book, and eventually found
a poem I liked. It was called 'Not So Lucky'. It went like this:
NOT SO LUCKY
Every morning when I wake up
I wish I was someone else
I'm poor and ugly and have no friends
I hate being myself
I realise that my life is bad
The road is long and rocky
Other pets live the lives they want
But I am not so lucky
By Never_Smiler the cloud Uni
I wrote a short summary about it. It was a poem
I could identify with (but I didn't put that in the summary). I was just wondering
how I could track down Never_Smiler, when Miss Flammhouten started talking (again).
"Now," she drawled, "I would like you to write
your own poems… as if they'll be any good… and if you don't finish them you
can do it for homework…" And she went back to reading.
It is really hard to focus when the teacher is
talking to herself, the two Peophin clones are giggling away and EVERYONE seems
to be discussing ideas for their poems or what they did on the holidays or what's
going on the weekend. So, naturally, I couldn't think of anything to write my
After I'd started about the hundredth time (and
ripped out the page and thrown it in the bin) I was getting really sick of poetry.
I moaned. "Homework…"
"What?" Battle_Galactic obviously thought I had
been talking to him, because he looked hopeful.
"Leave me alone," I muttered. Now he looked crestfallen.
Everyone looked back at Miss Flammhouten. She
was clutching a stack of papers to her chest. "I know there is only about five
minutes until the bell…" (I looked at the clock. She was right) "…But I would
like you all to take these notes home and have them signed and brought back
so we can have our excursion to Tyrannia tomorrow, since we've been researching
the Town Hall. Who would like to hand them out?"
Kitty_Girl and Copy_Cat squealed with enthusiasm
until I thought they would collapse, so Miss Flammhouten chose them.
* * * * *
I pushed open the front door. I knew that Mum
would have to sign the note since it was a thing for lessons (but if it was
just for fun - I wouldn't count on it!).
"Mum!" I yelled as I walked into the kitchen.
"I need you to sign this note… It's for school!"
She came in from the lounge. "Is it fun?" she
asked suspiciously. Her eyes were narrowed, as she searched my face for any
hint of a lie.
"Mum, it's for history. Do you actually think
it'll be interesting? We're researching the Tyrannian Town Hall."
She took the note and read it, her eyes darted
across the page. She nodded slowly, and reached for a pen.
"Thanks Mum!" I didn't hug her - I just went
up to my room and sat at my vanity desk. I had been thinking that if I smothered
the orange spots on my face with purple eyeshadow, I might look a bit better
(although I wasn't entirely sure). I didn't have any purple eyeshadow to try,
so I just sat and stared at my reflection.
I must have been there for a while because all
of a sudden I heard Mum yelling. "Giiiirrrrllllssss! Dinner's ready!"
I ran down the stairs and sat at the table next
to Sparkle, who shuffled away from me a bit (she had found out about her hat
- which had been her favourite). I bit my lip. I knew what I had to do.
I stood up. "I'm very sorry everyone." I stared
at my feet. "I'm sorry that I lost your stuff and especially sorry that I lied
to you. I hope you all forgive me." Mum actually started clapping and then Honey
and Sparkle joined in (why is my family so weird?).
And so we were a happy family again. After dinner
we sat in the lounge reading, talking and playing for a while. Then I went upstairs,
brushed my teeth, took one last look in the mirror and went to bed.
My life was far from perfect, but at least it
was back to its normal state.
To be continued...