[ess-kee]. I'm a female
blue Wocky. My owner makes me go to school, even though it doesn't exist yet.
(Don't ask.) Anyway, what I'm writing about started last week at school. Well,
technically it didn't start just then, but that's as good a place to begin as
It was Friday, and the last period of the day
too. Nobody was paying attention to the teacher. Everyone was just counting
the minutes until school was over. Actually, they weren't. They were too busy
creating pandemonium in the classroom. My science teacher was trying (and failing)
to keep the class in some kind of order. I was trying to do my math homework
while keeping my eyes on my textbook. Finally, our teacher decided that it was
time to resort to the lowest of tricks.
"If we don't finish the lesson," she said, "I'll
have to assign it as homework." All at once everyone stopped what they were
doing and paid attention to the teacher. Or at least pretended to pay attention.
I, for one, did not actually listen to the lesson. I was too busy trying to
finish my math homework to bother. There were much more important things to
do with my time than homework. At least, in my opinion.
After what seemed like hours, the teacher finished
the lesson and assigned homework. Luckily, it wasn't much. I like to put things
off until the last minute, and that last minute can get very crowded if a teacher
assigns a lot of homework.
When I got home, I was very tired. I don't live
far from school, so I had to walk all the way home in the cold. I was also hungry.
There wasn't anything in the school cafeteria that could be identified as food.
As soon as I got home, I went to the fridge
and got myself some ummagine yogurt. I ate it as quickly as I could. When I
was done, I ran to my room and got out Eye-Sha. I had borrowed the book
from the school library thirteen days ago. It was due tomorrow, and I didn't
want to explain to my owner that I had to pay a fine for an overdue book. (Personally,
I don't see the point of borrowing books. They disappear in a puff of smoke
after you finish reading them.)
My owner, whose username I cannot pronounce,
came home soon and asked if I had any homework. I replied in the negative and
went back to reading. (Ok, so I did have homework, but I lied for a good reason.
No one in their right minds would rather read a textbook than Eye-Sha.)
My owner reminded me that I wasn't allowed to do anything until I finished my
homework. Somehow she always knows when I'm lying. Annoyed, I put my book down.
She told me she had bought me a paint brush for my birthday. I walked past her.
Then the full meaning of the words registered in my brain.
"You bought a paint brush? What kind? How did
you save up for it? How in Neopia can you tell it's my birthday when my age
is recorded in hours?" I stopped bombarding her with questions when I realized
I wasn't giving her a chance to answer.
"It's a ghost paint brush, and I found the Neopoints
in a random event box." Figures. But a ghost paint brush? I had wanted one of
those since I was little! I loved ghost! I started up the questions again.
"Can you paint me right now? Pleeeease? Do I
have to do anything to earn it? Do I still have to brush my fur every morning
after I'm painted? Is it really my birthday?" I waited expectantly for
My owner sighed. "Well, I'm a bit busy with
a faerie quest at the moment. But, if you think you can be trusted with a paint
brush, then you can run down to the Rainbow Pool and paint yourself. Put on
your coat first!" she added quickly. But I was already long gone.
I reached the Rainbow Pool in record time. Holding
the paint brush, I stopped to stare at it. There wasn't even any paint on it...
no, now that I looked closer, it was just plain blue like me... but no, it must
have been a trick of the light. It was a normal ghost paint brush. My eyes felt
sore, and I looked away.
I dipped the paint brush in the waters expectantly.
Nothing happened. I waved it in the air as though it were a magic wand. Nothing
happened. Please don't make me have to jump into the water, I begged
silently. My prayer did nothing. Already shivering slightly, I forced myself
to jump into the icy pool.
I felt the splash. And then... nothing. The
magic of the paint brush must have protected me, I realized. Lightly jumping
up onto the shore, I examined myself.
The paint brush hadn't worked. I was still a
blue Wocky. And now the paint brush was gone.
For a moment I stood there, frozen. How could
the paint brush not work? I didn't know what to do. Numbly, I ran back to the
road and almost crashed into a purple Shoyru. I apologized hastily. The Shoyru
just walked on, as though they hadn't even noticed.
I shrugged and started to walk away, feeling
slightly relieved. Then I glanced back curiously. It seemed odd that they hadn't
noticed, what with the speed I'd been running at... although come to think of
it, I didn't remember a collision at all. Suddenly, I turned and ran after the
"Excuse me," I told them, speaking slightly
louder. They ignored me. I took a slow breath. "Hello?" I asked, practically
yelling now as I struggled to keep up with the flying pet. "Excuse me, I...
think you dropped something." Of course, this wasn't true - at this point I
was trying anything I could to get their attention. But it didn't matter, because
there was no answer...
By now I was sure that something was wrong.
Maybe I had missed part of the instructions for using a paint brush? I ran back
towards the Rainbow Pool, where I remembered there was a billboard with paint
brush information. Yes, there it was. I was about to run to it, when something
in the water caught my eye...
I ran up to see what it was. It was mostly submerged,
but I could see bright blue fur poking through the surface in a few places.
The only explanation I could think of was that another pet was painting itself
today. But then why hadn't they already emerged? No one would go swimming in
the middle of January...
Without thinking, I jumped into the pool, bracing
myself for the splash. But the water no longer seemed quite so cold. Actually,
it didn't seem cold at all. Pretty weird, but that wasn't the most pressing
matter on my mind at the moment. First thing was to find out what that pet was
doing in the water.
I swam much faster that I normally did, cutting
through the water as though it wasn't there. Soon I had reached the person in
the pool. I ducked my head underwater to see who it was. My vision underwater
was much clearer than it usually was without goggles, but I didn't stop to puzzle
over this. The water was dark, but I had a fairly clear view of the pet in the
pool. A small blue Wocky, unusually long-haired. With a startling resemblance
Of course, it couldn't be me... but then, how
was it possible that someone looking just like me was painting herself on the
same day? And a basic color at that... Putting off thinking about the strangeness
of the situation, I grabbed her and started swimming to the surface. Or I tried
to, anyway. She (or I?) slipped right through my paws. I tried again, with no
better result. It occurred to me that I should probably go up to the surface
and catch my breath. It took me a moment to realize that I didn't need to breathe.
I tried to clear my mind and think of what to
do. It seemed that there was little I could do for the Wocky in the pool, for
now anyway. The next thing, I thought, would be to go get help. Then I remembered
the Shoyru, and my mind went blank again.
I suddenly had an idea. Kauvara. She was supposed
to know all about this sort of thing. Surely I could find some way to make her
notice me. With this thought, I dashed away at top speed, realized I was running
the wrong direction, and ran the opposite way, the dramatic exit spoiled.
The truth is, I reached the magic shop faster
than previously believed possible. If you can't trip or get tired, there isn't
much limit to the speeds you can achieve. Still, it seemed like it took me forever
to get there. Time flies when you're having fun, but the more important thing
to remember is that the opposite is true.
Usually it takes me a moment to adjust to the
light in Kauvara's shop. My eyes were much stronger than before now, so it took
me a moment to adjust to the fact that my eyes didn't need to adjust. Kauvara
was behind the counter, finding a potion for a customer. I was glad that the
store wasn't busy, although it didn't matter much when I could walk straight
I ran through the customers and the counter.
I stopped in front of Kauvara and started talking at lightning speed, forgetting
all thoughts of reason. After a moment, I realized that she wasn't listening.
Or that she couldn't listen...
Instinctively I swiped a paw at the potions
on the shelf, as it was the first way that came to mind of attracting attention.
Of course, it didn't do anything.
I glanced in a mirror. Despite all the time
I had been running through the snow, my fur was as light as ever, even around
my paws. It occurred to me that maysbe it was a bit strange that I could be
seen in the mirror. Well, it was a magic shop, after all. But if I could see
myself... then maybe so could the customers! I immediately started tap dancing,
screaming (most likely soundlessly), in short, doing whatever I could think
of. And in fact, some of the customers were glancing at the mirror. I froze
for a moment, trying to think of a way to communicate. Then Kauvara's voice
"Don't mind the mirror," she said. "It only shows
ghosts..." Most of the shoppers turned away at that. I tried to attract attention,
but those who noticed did not seem to think it of utmost importance anymore.
I heard Kauvara muttering, "Really, I've got to do something about that mirror..."
This wasn't doing any good. Even I realized
that, much as I hated to. I ran to the door, already trying to think if there
was something else I could do for help. But I couldn't run as fast anymore...
I glanced at myself, and was alarmed to see that my body had faded so that it
could hardly be seen anymore. When had this happened? My legs were slipping
through the air. I ran as fast as I could (I think I was going back to the Rainbow
Pool), but I just stumbled. Panicked, I tried to run even faster, but couldn't.
My vision blurred, and then, without warning, my legs gave way. I collapsed
to the ground as I shimmered out of sight.
To be continued...