"It's in the bag," Tia said. "I'm going to win that crown if it's the last thing I do. I
will be the Princess of Purple! Yes!" Tia stood in front of the mirror with the play tiara
on her head. The gems were made of purple glass, but by the end of the week, the tiara on
her head would be the real thing - the crown of the Purple Pageant.
Just give up, and be a nobody like me." In her usual gloomy manner, Tia's ill-named friend,
Sunny the Wocky sighed, but her sigh was followed by a smile. She was, of course, joking.
Sunny didn't want to admit that she had every confidence Tia would win that pageant.
Not only was Tia's full name Tiara, but everyone knew how proud Tia has always been to be
purple. While other Neopians, dissatisfied with their colours would change to spectacular
fashions like rainbow and Christmas, or even to daring ones like shadow or Halloween, Tia
had always claimed that simple was best, and the best of the best for her had always
Author: Neopets Staff|
Date: 20 May
...Tia had been born with a purple spoon in her mouth, some said. Tia was to purple as Tonus
were to Tyrannia. She twirled in front of her mirror, admiring herself. Her violet cape
swirled magnificently around her, even though it was only made of cheap fabric.
Sunny was about to make another remark when a small knock issued from Tia's door. Curious,
the little Usul hopped down, and closely accompanied by her Wocky companion, opened her
room's door. A strange, tall figure clad smartly in plum bowed deeply to the pair - he was
a Lupe, and he bore the crest of the Purple Pageant on his dress coat's chest pocket.
"Miss Tiara?" he asked, looking up at them with strange violet-blue eyes. Tia nodded, not
sure what else to do. He reached his claws into his coat and brought out...
Author: wingz2firefly |
Date: 20 May
...a slip of paper, in a pale purple color, with the crest on the back.
"Miss Tiara," he began, reading aloud from the slip of paper. "According to the Official
Purple Pageant Council, you have been disqualified, for the following reasons - " He was
interrupted buy a screech from Tiara.
"WHAT!? IMPOSSIBLE! I was BORN to win that Pageant!" she yelled, her pupils dilated with
"Tia... maybe we should let him read why," Sunny said, trying to calm the outraged Usul.
The Lupe cleared his throat and read on. "Failure to reply to the confirmation notice sent
to you, failure to agree to the Terms and Conditions, and finally, according to various
Sub-Council members located around the block, you are registered as a 'Blue Skeith,'
although your register for the Pageant states you as a 'Purple Usul'." He finished, and
tucked the letter back into his pocket.
Tia just stared at him. Sunny opened her mouth to speak...
Date: 21 May
...but decided against it when she realised it would only make matters worst. The Lupe
quietly dismissed himself and Sunny closed the door. Tia stumbled back and landed in a
wooden dining chair.
"I don't get it," Tia said with wide eyes. "I replied to the confirmation notice, I agreed
to the terms of the Pageant, and why would I register as a BLUE Skeith?"
Sunny sat down in the chair next to Tia and patted her arm as she said, "It's alright Tia,
there's always other things you could win."
"Argh, don't you understand Sunny? I was cheated, back-stabbed! Someone changed my entry
forms and stole my confirmation letters!"
Sunny leaned back and began to think...
Date: 21 May
..."I just don't see why anyone would DO that," she said quietly, watching as her friend
angrily picked up purple toys, purple makeup, purple brushes, and slammed them back onto
her bed. "I mean, everyone loves you, Tia."
"Not everybody." Tia's eyes flared in anger. "You know, I wonder if Kerig Kiko..."
"No way!" Sunny declared. "She's not smart enough for that." Sighing, she reached absently
for the latest issue of the Neopian Times, which was sitting on Tia's desk. Sunny gasped.
"Oh my gosh!"
Sunny held up the paper. "Look at this!"
The two friends nearly screeched in horror. The
Date: 22 May
..."Kerig Kiko Wins Neopian Beauty Pageant!"
A big, glossy photograph of the Kiko filled the front page. But Kerig Kiko was anything
but beautiful. Her eye makeup was running down her face, her horrible blue lipstick looked
slashed on and she wore a smug smirk on her face.
"How - how did she win this?" screamed Tia. "She looks like she just got out of bed!"
"I know, it -"
Whatever Sunny was going to say, it was lost in the sound of splintering glass as a
huge rock - it looked more like a boulder - hurtled into the room. A note was firmly
wrapped around it with a piece of blue string.
Sunny carefully unwrapped the note from around the rock and showed it to Tia. They both
gasped in shock as Sunny read aloud...
Date: 22 May
..."Ha hA, yOU Lok Lke a sKeIth anD smEL LikE oNe tO. YoU'L NE'er
FeguRE-FagUrE-FuGurE-GuESS tHaT I dID It.FrOm KerIG.
"It's all in newspaper cuttings, and it's riddled with spelling mistakes. That's Kerig all
right. No one can read his handwriting, so she used Newspapers. But how -" said Sunny.
Tia interrupted and said, "Look at the back."
On the back, there were the blueprints and plans to all Kerig's schemes. It showed exactly
how she tricked the judges of the Beauty Competition and meddled with the entry to the
Pageant and -
"Good Golly, Tia, she's really gone over the top this time. She even meddled with your
police profile and switched it with Malkus Vile's. But I'm sure they'll take the letter as
evidence and let you go..."
"Oi! Come out with yer 'ands up!" boomed an unmistakable Chia Cop voice from a helicopter
that had just landed. "Yer've commited too many crimes ter be giv'n a trial. If yeh come
out now, we may give ya bread and water for the next 80 years yeh'll be spendin' in the
clink, if yeh lucky."
"OH NO, what will do now!!!" screamed Sunny.
"No problem, I've just figured out a way we can get out of this AND win the contest..."
Date: 23 May
...Very hesitantly, Sunny followed Tia out of the house. Tia's head was held high, and she
walked out proudly.
She came into the broad daylight and the Chia Cop looked stunned. "Oi, wot's this? You're
no Skeith! Wot's the meanin' of this, Mister?" yelled the Chia over the roaring of the
helicopter. "You tryin' to fake out the cops? Well it's not goin' t'work, we are too good
for the loikes of you, you dirty -"
"WAIT!" Tia screamed and suddenly everything stopped, even the low drone of the helicopter.
The Chia motioned for the pilot to land the vehicle. It came down, a little noisily but
"Wot do y'mean, wait?" asked the cop.
"Wait here," Tia said as she ran inside the house. She struggled back with the note and the
heavy boulder in her hands. Panting, she said, "This was thrown into my window." She handed
the note to the cop.
"Blimey," he murmured, his eyes scanning the scrap of paper quickly. He turned it over
and his eyes widened. "It's living proof. We'll 'ave to show it to the Chief..."
Date: 23 May
..."Exactly, now take us to the Chief," Tia commanded.
"Yes, but - "
"NOW," Tia said sternly.
The cop led Tia and Sunny into the helicopter and the helicopter rose, landing in front of
the Neopian Police Station in two minutes.
"In yer girls go," the cop said gruffly.
Tia and Sunny entered the building.
"Hello, welcome to the Neopian Police, how may we help you?" A young Kiko sat at the
"Well, we received this note that Kerig the Kiko - "
"Kerig, the Kiko who won the Pageant?" the Kiko suddenly grinned evilly.
"Yes, and - "
"So, you thought you'd come to the police, eh?" the Kiko laughed.
"Kerig!" Tia and Sunny gasped...
Date: 24 May
...Instantly tough cords sprung out of nowhere and bound the two baffled friends together.
"Hey, what's goin' on in there?" yelled a Chia policeman, jogging up the steps. Kerig grinned evilly and slammed
a switch. The police station's emergency steel door crashed down from above, blocking the confused officers.
"Perfect!" laughed Kerig as she hopped down from her swivel chair. She approached the cornered girls with
something glowing in her hand. "No for phase two of my ultimate plan!"
"Kerig," Sunny's voice quavered with fear, "you need help. Now just let us g -".
"Never! With this injection of MiraSwitch," Kerig help up two needles filled with glowing liquid, "I will be
transformed into Tia's perfect body which will walk innocently out those doors and win every Purple Pageant, and
she will have mine, the ugly, criminal one!!"
Tia looked horrified as Kerig approached her, the evil pouring out of her smirking mouth. Kerig slowly brought the
needle towards Tia's shaking arm, while Sunny quietly fidgeted.
WHOP! Sunny's foot came out from the side, crashing into Kerig's head, sending her round body sailing across
the room like a soccer ball. Tia's look of horror vanished. "Go Sunny! Wait, what's that?"
Just then, light filtered from under the steel door; the police were prying through! After tense moments, a mob of
them swarmed in. A few restrained the dazed Kerig, commenting on the glowing green stuff that splattered the floor.
Tia and Sunny explained the whole dilemma, received chocolate bars and went gratefully home.
One year later...
The doorbell rang on Sunny's Neohome. She got up to answer it and a smile lit her face when she saw who it was.
"Tia! YOU WON!!!" Sunny hugged her friend, who was done up in a purple silk dress and lots of perfect magenta and
violet make-up. On her head was a golden crown studded with twinkling purple gems.
Date: 24 May