It was eight o'clock in the morning and Ruoill washed the last
of his Faerie Toast down with a tall glass of OJ. He wished his peaceful breakfast would
last forever, but it was time to get to school. "Ruoill!!! You're going to miss the bus!!!"
Ruoill held his stomach and pretended to be sick. His owner looked worried and said, "You
okay? Did you eat too much?" Ruoill fell to the ground like any good actor would and began
to moan, still holding his stomach. "Owww, I don't think I should owwww go to owwww school
today owwww." His owner pick him up and put him in his bed. "Honey, you stay here and rest. I
have to go to work today. If you need anything...you know how to get a hold of me. Feel
better." Ruoill rolled over and smiled. This is going to be the best day off ever, he
Author :Neopets Staff|
Date : 30th April
...after his owner left for work, Ruoill was sitting in from of the TV watching talk shows
and eating from his secret stash of candy bars. "I can't believe my owner fell for it," he
said to himself. "She didn't even take my temperature or anything!" Suddenly, there was a
knock on the front door. Ruoill looked through the peephole to see the gelert nurse from the
Neohospital standing patiently on the front porch. He opened the door hesitantly and poked his
head out. "Um, can I help you?" "Oh, you must be Ruoill," the chipper nurse responded. "Your
owner called the hospital and told me about your symptoms and I said I'd come over and check
you out." "Oh, well that's not really necessary. I'm starting to feel much better now," Ruoill
said nervously. "I'm sure if I just take a little Kikoughela Syrup and rest, I'll be just fine."
"Oh no," the nurse replied. "I'm afraid that won't help. And look how red your cheeks are--you
must be burning up with fever. I think we should get you to the hospital. Based on what your
owner told me, I think this may be very serious. We may even need to operate." Ruoill gulped
loudly and his eyes widened in terror. "O-o-operate!?"...
Date : 30th April
..."Yes!" the Gelert nurse replied. But what Ruoill didn't know was that his owner knew he was faking,
and called upon the nurse to scare him. He gulped as soon as he realised that his secret stash of candy
bars was still in plain sight, the television was blaring loudly when he should have been sleeping, and
the whole place was covered in crumbs and NeoCola cans, when it should have been clean, just like it
was when his owner left for work. "Well, looks like you're in need of IMMEDIATE care," said the Gelert nurse
sarcastically. She put her paws to her mouth and whistled, and to her beckon came a yellow Elephante
and a Red Lupe, carrying a clean, white stretcher. "Better get you to the hospital," the nurse said,
grinning. "H-hospital?" Ruoill said, shaking...
Date : 30th April
...when the Ambulance arrived at the Neopian hospital, Ruoill was breaking out in a thick sweat.
"Now..." the nurse exclaimed as the stretcher was lead into the big white doors of the hospital,
"I think it would be best to operate STRAIGHT away!" Ruoill sat upright in the stretcher and the
carriers held him still. "Um...I think that I should be checked by a doctor first!" He stared up
at the grinning nurse, Elephante and Lupe. "No, No, No! I'm afraid that you are going to need
your stomach removed and I also think that...um..." The nurse paused for a while to think of
something dreadful and scary. "You'll need your liver taken out and you will NEVER be able to eat
again!" Now, any smart creature would not fall for this trick at all, but Ruoill, he was another
story. "No! PLEASE!! Wait, my owner needs to sign the consent forms before you can operate!" Ruoill
grinned with satisfaction at his quick thinking. "Yes, you're right! But your owner signed the
forms this morning while you were in bed with TREMENDOUS pain. See." She showed Ruoill the forms
as she tried to stop herself from giggling at Ruoill, who was shaking with fright as the Elephante
and Lupe took the stretcher into the operating ward. "Ruoill, you just wait here while I go and
check that everything is ready for your operation. I have to make sure the stomach cutter-opener
is sharp and all that, you know? I'll be back in a tick!" And with that, the Nurse and disappeared
behind some closed doors. This is my chance to escape! thought Ruoill. He jumped up from the
stretcher and ran towards the exit doors eagerly trying to escape. He ran and he ran and then he ran
into a big, yellow pole. He lost consciousness...
Date : 1st May
...when he awoke, he could not remember where he was or what had happened. He had to blink a few times
before his eyes adjusted enough to see his surroundings. Hazy purple clouds danced in the sky above him,
the whimsical orange and pinks of the iridescent sun glowed from behind them. He got up startled,
realising that he was on a bed of grass. He was in a field--a big, empty, lonely field of grass, without
even a tree or flower in sight. Desperately he called for help, "Heloooo, anyone here??? Where am I?"
But no one, not even his echo answered his pleading tone. Ruoill struggled to remember. First he pinched
himself to check if he was dreaming. When the pinch hurt, he began to tremble at the thought of this
lonely reality. Where was everyone? Why was he here? He looked up at the sky again, the beautiful dance
of the sun's rays upon the dreamy clouds looked heavenly. Heaven. That triggered his memory, only minutes
ago he had been at the hospital--waiting surgery. His eyes widened, tears threatening to pour from them
and then suddenly he jumped. A firm hand clamped upon his shoulder...
Date : 1st May
...Ruoill spun about quickly, just in time to see the Light Faerie clasping his shoulder. She spoke
to Ruoill in a gentle and kind manner. "Ruoill," she said, "You have been lying to your owner; for
that, I ask you to do a Quest... for no lies go without consequence." "Ahhh... I think I oughta be
going home now," replied Ruoill, stepping away from the Faerie nervously. Turning about, Ruoill
started to march away, but then stopped. "Ummm... where am I? Which way is home?" He said to himself.
The Light Faerie closed her eyes and shook her head in dismay. "To get home, you must first complete
your Quest." Ruoill looked up at the Light Faerie, and then lowered his head, thinking about his master,
how his master had been so nice and caring to let him stay home that day. Solemnly, Ruoill nodded.
"I'll do it. What is the Quest?"...
Date : 2nd May
..."Rouill, you know how kind your owner is to you, spoiling you, giving you what you want...I ask
you only to apologise to your master and tell her the whole truth. You may have to suffer some
punishment, but if you do this within 24 hours, you will receive a gift from me. I hope you will
complete this quest, for it is more important than you may think..." With that, the mystic Light Faerie
waved her hand in the air, and Rouill was back outside of the hospital, lying on the floor at the foot of the
yellow pole he ran into. Questions were swarming in his head. What did the Light Faerie mean by "it
is more important than you think"? What could the reward possibly be? Suddenly he became aware of
figures bending over him. The Gelert and another nurse wore worried expressions. "Rouill, do you feel
all right? You might have dreamt that you woke up." Rouill had not thought of this. Had it been just
a dream? Somehow he felt that it was more than that, a real event, but he couldn't be sure. "I have to
get back to my master!" Rouill cried, and jumped up, surprising the two nurses. He leaped away towards
the red glaring exit sign, the thought of having his liver removed pushed him faster. He gave a shout
of relief when he burst through the double doors out into the street. His happy mood faded as he looked
around. He realised he had no idea where he was. Which way? he thought frantically as he searched
for a sign of familiarity...
Date : 2nd May
...just as Rouill was starting to panic, a small white light appeared above his shoulder. Somehow
he knew that this could be the right thing to do. "Which way?" he asked it, and, as if the little
white light understood him, it started to move to the right, and then down the next street. Rouill
obediently followed, watching the strange white light with increased curiosity. "Could this be the
Light Faerie? Could she be showing him the way to his master?" Rouill had no choice but to believe
so, because the light was racing faster and faster away with each second and so was Rouill. He
knew he couldn't just stand there alone, waiting for his master to find him--that could take forever.
Hopefully, he made the right choice...
Date : 3rd May
...exhausted after following the mystical light for at least an hour, Ruoill finally gave up. This
"quest"-if that's what it was- was taking far too long. He should have been home with his master by
now. He watched the Faerie dance before him, suspended at eye level and apparently impatient. Ruoill
asked the light, "How am I to complete the task you have given me if you don't lead me to my master?"
At this, the light grew brighter until Ruoill, dazzled, was forced to look away. Admittedly scared,
he eventually mustered up the courage to peek at the slowly emerging figure. Ruoill had been right,
it was the Light Faerie. She asked him, "Consider your lie and all the trouble it has cost you. Would
you not have rather attended school?" Astounded by her lack of perception, he answered, teary eyed,
"Of course I would have went to school, given the chance I never would have lied to my owner. Please
just let me go home....??" "As you wish," said the Faerie. In a flash Ruoill was back at the kitchen
table, he noticed an empty glass of orange juice sitting and what looked suspiciously like toast
crumbs on his lap. He nearly jumped off his seat in shock when he heard his owner calling, "Ruoill,
your going to miss the bus!!" He looked at his watch and realised the time was only 8 a.m. This must
have been his gift. Ruoill smiled as he replied, "I'll just get my school bag...
Date : 3rd May
...heading out the door to get his bus Ruoill sighed and thanked the Light Faerie quietly. His owner
looked at him curiously and asked him, "Are you O.K, Ruoill?? Why are you talking to yourself? Are you
feeling ill? You want to stay home today?" Ruoill looked up and smiled. "I've never been better," he
replied, "and the breakfast was lovely. Thank you." Ruoill gave his owner a nice big hug. He walked out
to the bus and stepped on, smiling sweetly at the driver. As soon as they got out at school Ruoill
looked round and thought of what had happened. Suddenly he heard someone coming up behind him. He
turned and stared with an open mouth. "Good morning Ruoill!!'' said the Gelert nurse. "Lovely day
today, isn't it?" Ruoill stepped back and quickly ran into school, leaving the Gelet nurse standing
alone, smiling to herself. "I'm so glad I found the error of my way," he muttered to himself. "I'd hate
to have had my liver removed." In class, the teacher called on Ruoill to come up in front and tell the
class about his scariest moment...
Date : 4th May
..."Class," the Grarrl teacher said, "Ruoill is going to be the first one to read his essay to the class!"
"Oh," Ruoill thought to himself. "Like the quest hasn't been tough enough!" "Good luck Ruoill!" Mrs. Roarie
said. He gulped and announced to the class, "This is an essay about how important the truth is. Truth is the best thing to
do, so don't be lazy. Say you want to miss school and lie to your owner about being sick...well, don't," Ruoill said, he
couldn't help smiling when he saw a white light, shining on him from the window. "Sometimes, when you don't
tell the truth, the consequences are dire. Even worse, you might have to cut your stomach open and remove your
liver!" Ruoill said, a little louder than before to get the attention of the class. "Like that would ever happen,"
he quickly added. "Before I end this essay, I would like to say that truth always comes before enjoying yourself
sometimes. Remember that. You must remember." Ruoill definitely caught the attention of the class when they all clapped at him,
and his teacher pinched him. Ruoill couldn't feel a thing! Ruoill woke up, with a present on his bed. There was a
letter on it that said: |
"To the most truthful of them all."
Date : 4th May