King Roo: Part Two
Usha's voice rang out crisp and clear in the hall.
"There is much poverty in Roo Island, from the
very day the Island became inhabited by us Blumaroos. When I walk down the streets,
I saw not jovial Blumaroos bouncing to the market, but destitute, elderly Neopets
with no homes to live in, Blumaroos who had not done anything wrong to suffer
the fate, but who were simply too poor and could not get help from anyone else.
Most of those who do have enough money to live each day by are too busy with
their own lives to bother about these impoverished Neopets they see. This is
not helped by the callous, indifferent attitude they have, that such poverty
is none of their business. Every day little kids would come running to me asking
for some money for a bun. Imagine, they didn't even have proper clothes!"
As he spoke, Usha grew more and more confident
of what he was saying. He knew he was speaking for the Neopets of Roo Island,
for his noble brother who was willing to give up his entire day's earning to
buy him new clothes, and that spurred him to speak more boldly. Slowly, he was
beginning to break out of his shell of timidity and shyness. He felt like a
true leader for the Blumaroos in his homeland.
"Very well," the queen said when Usha finished
speaking. "The very purpose of this conference is to help our fellow Neopians
who are in need. Since you have voiced your island's problems, King Usha Roo,
we shall do our utmost to help your people, especially those living below the
poverty line. For a start, Faerieland will be donating five hundred thousand
Neopoints for the building of homes for destitute people. What about the rest
One by one, leaders of all the other lands pitched
in to help Roo Island. Even King Skarl, who had openly declared that he disliked
Blumaroos, agreed to donate to the poverty-stricken land.
"Thank you, everyone, for your generous help!"
Usha was overjoyed by the overwhelming response. Roo Island was going to get
the help it needed since long ago!
When it was time to return, Magenta met with
"Usha! That was brilliant! You really looked
like a king when you spoke!" The light faerie cheered. Usha blushed shyly, for
he was not used to such compliment. It had been a wonderful sixteenth birthday
"Usha! Usha, wake up!"
The Blumaroo's sleepy eyes fluttered open. Groggily,
he saw his brother calling him.
"Hmm? Ron? What's wrong? What time is it now?"
"Quick, Usha, get up. All the Blumaroos from
all over Roo Island are outside waiting for you. I think it has something got
to do with last week's Neopian Leaders Conference."
Suddenly, Usha was wide-awake. Wild thoughts
ran through his head. 'Why's everyone waiting outside for me? What did I do?
I didn't get into any trouble last week, did I?' Then he realised that the people
must have discovered that he had pretended to be the king of the island, and
were all there to reprimand him now.
'Of course. I'm not worthy to represent Roo Island…it's
little wonder they demand an explanation.' He thought.
As soon as he got dressed, Usha got to the door
to meet the crowd of eager Blumaroos gathered there, completely prepared for
the worst. His head drooped down guiltily, and he was mentally ready for any
sort of punishment. The door had not been mended since the time Magenta broke
it down, and the large number of Blumaroos was in full view of Usha. True enough,
the entire Roo Island was there, all ready to scold him!
"Usha, Usha, Usha..." the crowd chanted. Seeing
him appearing at the door, they broke into tumultuous cheers and applause. Usha
was mightily puzzled. 'Weren't they supposed to chastise me instead?' Finally,
an old yellow Blumaroo who was wearing dirty, frayed clothes, and who seemed
to be the leader of the crowd, stepped up to him to explain things.
"Faeries from Faerieland came yesterday evening
with bags and bags of Neopoints, saying those are to help our destitute people.
Then they asked to see our King, and we were confused, because we did not have
a king. But they insisted the money had to be taken care of by King Usha Roo,
and that was when they began explaining their side of the story, and we understood
everything." The old Blumaroo glanced at the rest of her fellow neighbours in
the crowd, and continued. "We know that you did your best to try and help us
solve the poverty problem, and we're eternally grateful, so we've gathered everyone
in the island here to thank you for the much needed Neopoints."
At that the crowd applauded wildly. When the
cheers died down, the yellow Blumaroo spoke again.
"A group of us had a little discussion yesterday
night, and we decided that it was indeed time that we elected a real King for
this island. We needed a Blumaroo who was responsible and willing to go the
extra mile to solve the many problems in this land. We have unanimously decided
that the best candidate is you, Usha Roo."
Usha was dumbfounded. He was to be the real King
of Roo Island!
"But then we felt we needed to be democratic
as well." The elderly Blumaroo continued. "So we have invited the whole of Roo
Island here today for an election. Those in favour of Usha Roo as the king of
Roo Island, say 'aye'!"
"Aye!" Said the entire crowd of Blumaroos.
"But--but...wait," Usha could not believe his
eyes. "Why vote for me? I have not done much for--"
"You have, Usha, you have," the yellow Blumaroo
cut him off. "You must have, or how would those people from other worlds realise
how terrible life is for us? We could see your love for the land, and how you
really cared enough about the Neopets here to raise our long unsolved issue
to render help. No other Blumaroo in Roo Island history has shown this much
true and sincere concern for the benefits of the land. I must say, that alone
makes you the best candidate for king."
Usha was immensely flattered, but was still unconfident
of his competency as king. Seeing his unsure look, the Blumaroo assured him,
"Don't worry, Usha, you can do it. Believe me, for I know a talent when I see
one," Saying that, she winked at him. Usha blushed as the rest of Roo Island
cheered him on.
"Wait a minute!"
From afar came a barely audible voice.
"How can such an important thing happen without
the faerie that made it all happen in the first place?" It was Magenta!
The crowd cheered again as Magenta flew into
the view of Usha.
"Magenta! Why are you here?" Usha was pleasantly
surprised at the arrival of the amiable faerie who had since become his friend.
"Aren't you supposed to be in Faerieland?"
Magenta chuckled. "I wouldn't miss this crowning
ceremony for anything, not even the weekly faerie meeting, even if I have to
have my magic confiscated again!"
"Yeah, crowning ceremony for the new King of
Roo Island. Which is you," the light faerie glowed even brighter in delight.
Usha once again glanced at his feet in shyness.
"Usha, even I believe you have what it takes
to be a leader of the people of this island," Magenta said in a more solemn
tone, "you didn't realise it yourself, but you were simply extraordinary when
you expressed concern about the problems in Roo Island that night. You should
have seen how you spoke about the people's plight last week. If you did, you'll
understand why everyone is so eager for you to be king. I could tell you were
really concerned about Roo Island, and did not just talk about poverty in Roo
Island for the sake of saying it, or just because you were lost for words and
had nothing better to say. You said it because you really wanted it to be resolved."
Usha considered the faerie's words carefully.
Of course, it seemed a very logical a reason for the islander's support for
him. Having heard both the yellow Blumaroo and Magenta reconfirm his abilities,
Usha felt he was obliged to take on the important role as king of Roo Island.
Usha looked about at the sea of keen, anxious
faces at his doorstep, and felt he could not let them down.
"Alright, I guess," Usha said. He was still slightly
uncertain, but his little confidence was reaffirmed by his dear brother's confident
nod. Almost immediately, everyone applauded and cheered Usha's acceptance to
be the ruler of Roo Island, while the big strong Blumaroos, who used to throw
their weight around him, stepped forward to carry him up. Usha thought they
were going to attack, and struggled, but they reassured him that they only had
good intentions towards their new ruler. Together with the other native Blumaroos,
Usha was tossed into the air victoriously, signifying their acceptance of their
With that, the good-natured Usha became Roo Island's
first and only king, and from then on became widely known as King Roo ever since.
And though he was only sixteen then, Roo Island has prospered under his ruling,
becoming known throughout Neopia now.