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Pet Name: Sanin
I brought Sanin to the park with me when we first met, though thinking back on it now, I think it was more that he brought me there. It was a sunny day, maybe a little sunnier than I liked. It was too warm for me, but he didn't seem to mind. Sanin skipped and danced the entire way there and I smiled to myself despite the heat. As soon as we reached the entrance, he ran through it and was off. I followed and thought that surely such an energetic Aisha would go straight for the slides, or maybe the swings. Perhaps he would even be adventurous enough to try the merry-go-round.
He went to none of those things. Instead, he hurried to an abandoned picnic table right in the sunlight. I caught up dutifully and watched as he climbed up. Maybe not such an adventurous neopet, then, I thought. Did he really want to come here just to sit at an old picnic table? Perhaps he thought I had a book and would read to him, or that we had brought food to eat. In any case, the afternoon would probably be a boring one.
I was wrong. I would be wrong about a lot of things when it came to Sanin, as it turned out. As I watched, he climbed up onto the top of the table and turned around to face me.
"Welcome to the castle!" he declared majestically.
I smiled gamely and asked him who the king was.
"There is no king, there's just me," he answered, as if that was the most obvious thing in the world.
I was a little surprised; most neopets dreamed about being royalty. "Wouldn't that make you the king?" I asked him.
He rolled his eyes at me. "Being king is boring. Being me is much more fun!"
I nodded, though I had no idea what he was talking about. He paced around his newfound castle a few times, explored it so he knew every little nook and cranny of the table and bench. I watched him, but didn't sit down; he'd frowned at me the first time I tried. Eventually, satisfied with his inspection, he turned his focus back to me.
"Want to hear about it?" he asked, almost shyly.
"I would love to," I said.
Immediately, he began describing the people to me. I was amazed at the amount of detail that he'd thought up in such a short period of time. The cook's family was comprised of the cook herself, and her five kids. They were close friends with the butlers, but didn't like the soldiers very much. No one liked the maids, who were not very nice. He even told me a story about how the maids once stole a cake that the cook had spent a whole day on.
"Would you like to hear more?" he asked after he was finished, shyness returned now that his story was done.
He didn't ask me if I wanted more after each tale anymore. He regaled me with stories of the castle, about how the king had left and the maids and butlers and cooks had no idea what was going on. He told me how he came and saved the day, about the time that Darigan Kacheeks tried to invade the kingdom, and about how the massive flood almost destroyed everyone. At first, I only gasped and oohed in the appropriate places, but soon I found myself drawn into the world that he had created. The way he described the events, I could almost see them happening in front of my very eyes.
As I listened, more neopets came up and sat with me on the ground--we weren't allowed in the castle, after all! He asked a pretty Maraquan Blumaroo to go up with him and they acted out a battle scene for us.
We had to leave in the middle of a captivating tale about the princess who could eat more pies than everyone in the kingdom combined. It was getting dark and I wanted to make sure I could get him home and fed before his bedtime.
Every time we go back now, he heads straight to the same picnic table. I can't even think of it as such anymore; it has been so much more. It was a castle, then a pirate ship, then a bake shop. It was once a hospital and another time, a bus. Each time, Sanin would make it more fascinating than before.
I watch him up there now. He was right, that first time. He is much more interesting than a king.
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