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This is my pet, Lukashen *holds up picture proudly* I'd like to nominate him for site spotlight. As you can see he's an elephante, but not just any old ordinary elephante, no! He is Neopia's only patchwork elephante.
How did he get to be so special? I hear you cry, well it all started when he was first sorted into the adoption centre at pet central with all his brothers and sisters. There were blue elephantes green elephantes and no shortage of yellow and red either, a very colourful bunch they made. But then, there was Lukashen who was by all accounts a rather dull shade of grey.
"I don't think Neopians will be very forthcoming in adopting that little guy" I overheard the adoption Uni say to Dr Death. That's what first inspired my curiosity as I peered into his crate on that chilly spring morning. This was my first neopets so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but there in the crate sat a rather drab looking elephante, his only redeeming feature the sincere blue eyes which peered back at me.
"I'll take him." I said. I've always been drawn to the runt of the litter
and at this point in time that was exactly what Lukashen appeared to be.
The Uni looked at me curiously, "You're sure?" she asked "We have them in
red you know."
I didn't mind that he was different, we got a few curious looks from passers by in the market place but that was fine. In fact we lived quite happily until Lukashen was old enough to enroll at the swashbuckling academy. That's when it started - the taunting.
"You can't play with us because you're not a proper colour!" they told him
"Couldn't you paint me?" he asked solemnly.
Then quite out of the blue on Thursday afternoon at the academy, the class was just settling on the mat after some rather rowdy drama work when the teacher announced that they were going to have a world history lesson. "But not about this world!" The teacher announced. "A lesson about the world your owners live in, a world called earth."
The teacher described the animals of earth and the class, including Lukashen, were surprised to find that some of them bore resemblance to the pets in Neopia. Lupes and Gelerts were rather like "Dogs" Aishas and Wockies were similar to "Cats" she told them and the elephantes on earth were called "Elephants".
Lukashen was interested to here about the "Elephants" and so despite his usually timid nature he piped up and asked the teacher to tell them a little more.
"Well," said the teacher, "Elephants do not have wings and their tails are
longer and thinner than your own, but they tend to be a grey colour, a
little like yourself!"
At playtime all the other pets wanted to play at being earth-animals with
Lukashen in the star role, they wished they had never made fun of his
amazing grey coat. In fact Lukashen was the most popular pet in the
playground, but that didn't bother him.
His honesty caught the group of pets who had gathered around him by
It was Piartho who broke the silence.
For the rest of the afternoon Lukashen's classmates giggled and winked to one another and Lukashen couldn't imagine what it was they were planning only this time he didn't feel that it was something bad. He had enjoyed their friendship and he didn't have the heart to hold their teasing against them, it wasn't their fault they didn't understand why he was different.
That night after school he rushed to the rainbow pool where he'd been told to meet the others, a few of them were gathered already around the fountain faerie. Piartho was there, as he approached Lukashen could see him hold something up to the water faerie and begin an animated explanation. Then he watched astonished as Piartho and the other pets used what he could now make out to be a faerie eraser to erase some of their pretty colourings. Piartho erased a star from just under his wing, a blue lupe erased one of his front paws and by the time they had finished each of the pets had a small white patch somewhere on their previously colourful coats.
Lukashen approached the fountain.
So Lukashen is still different, there are no other patchwork elephantes and
there may never be, but now he knows that his differences are appreciated,
accepted and loved and he has experienced the true gift of friendship.
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