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Pet Name: Ceramina
It was a day much like any other on the Neopian Pound boards. Above the general hum of the crowd, you could hear the occasional offer shouted out loud; the chorus of traders haggling their "wares." Cries of frustration and elation errupted from pets and owners alike as trades and adoptions came together. Amidst this sea of faces, there was a face that looked much like any other - it was the face of Ceramina.
She couldn't really blame any of them for not recognizing her. After all, the only thing about her that remained the same as the "old days" was her name and some dusty old trophies in her possession. Even her species had been changed, and she was now a Draik instead of the gorgeous Cybunny that she had once been. "It will make you more valuable!" Her new owner had told her as they had handed her the morphing potion. Standing here now, Ceramina certainly didn't feel any more valuable. She felt invisible - or perhaps worse than invisible - she felt like merely a culmination of acronyms that were supposed to determine her worth. "VWN, BD, Y3" were the words inscribed on the advertisement that hung next to her. She glanced at it for a moment, but then looked away with sadness.
She had once been as famous as a Neopet could hope to be. She was a Beauty Contest champion, with over a dozen trophies to boast for her former success. She once had her own fan clubs, throngs of admirers, and even bitter rivals. All of the characteristics of stardom, yet all too quickly, her star had burned out. When Ceramina's first owner went away, all of Ceramina's hopes and dreams went with her. It was as if someone had flipped a light switch, and in an instant all of the light went out of Ceramina's life. Since then, the passing of the years that led Ceramina to this moment had been nothing more than a blur.
As she sat glossy-eyed, reminiscing and waiting for another Neopian to walk up and haggle with her newest owner, she suddenly heard her name shouted from across the room.
"Ceramina?!" The voice exclaimed breathlessly, clearly awestruck. Blinking rapidly, Ceramina turned her head towards the unfamiliar voice. Although it once was commonplace to be surrounded by the paparazzi or fans seeking autographs - all of them screaming her name - Ceramina couldn't recall the last time she'd had her name shouted at her by a total stranger. As she turned, she locked eyes with a brown-haired Neopian girl whose blue eyes were suddenly the size of saucers.
"It IS you!" The girl gasped loudly, grasping Ceramina's hand to shake it. "Even though you're a Draik, I recognized you the moment I laid eyes on you. You ARE the famous Beauty Contest Cybunny - CERAMINA!" The girl was so frantic in her excitement that she nearly forgot to introduce herself. "My name is Megan, and I'm your biggest fan!" Amidst the praises, the handshakes, and the introductions, Ceramina suddenly found herself in happy tears. She thought that she had been completely forgotten, and yet here was someone who actually remembered her. The real her.
The minutes seemed like an eternity as Megan negotiated the trade terms for Ceramina, but when everything was said and done, Ceramina and the girl emerged from the trading block hand-in-hand and a smile on each of their faces. "I promise you, Cera. You will never be without an owner again. I'll even buy you a Cybunny morphing potion and let you compete in the Beauty Contests again if that's what you wish to do!"
Ceramina's eyes filled up with tears as she nodded. "Yes," she said with glee, feeling a renewed sense of purpose. "I would like that very much!"
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