With a squeal of excitement, Sarah bolted out of her seat and threw her arms around Nadiyah. All of a sudden, it felt as if she could breathe again – she knew the faerie was the answer to her prayers.
With a big grin, Sarah walked across the room to the kitchen, grabbed the faerie a clean Sticks N’ Stones mug, and poured some fresh borovan into it. Handing it to Nadiyah, Sarah took a deep breath. “Let’s get to work!”
The two friends poured over Sarah’s textbooks, turning the pages as quickly as possible. Nadiyah demonstrated as many things as she could, such as making a Beautifully Decorated Flower Arch, and the extremely popular Beekadoodle Flower Garland. Sarah’s head felt as if it were going to explode.
Before they knew it, it was Saturday, and the pair were sitting behind-the-scenes of the big event. Exhausted, Sarah powdered on her Flushed Blush and smiled at herself in the mirror. She heard Kitkat, the announcer, sing her name to the clapping audience. It was time.
Sarah took a deep breath and took one final look at Nadiyah.
“You’ve got this,” the faerie said, making a shooing motion with her arms. “Get out there!”
As Sarah walked out, she immediately saw Madame Perkins’ sitting in her section of the arena, smirking. Ignoring her competition, Sarah strutted to her seat and prepared herself for the different rounds of floral arrangements.
The first two rounds went wonderfully – Sarah made great time, and felt confident in her floral masterpieces. However, when the final round was announced, Sarah was suddenly nervous. This was the speed round that Nadiyah had prepped her for, but she didn’t know what the theme would be.
“You will have 15 minutes to arrange something botanical that young Neopets would love. You may ask for one prop.”
Sarah immediately recalled an old memory: her and Nadiyah swinging on the swing set at a park. Nadiyah had swished her wings, and flowers and vines wrapped themselves around the swing set beautifully.
After asking for a swing as a prop, Sarah got to work with the flowers she was provided. She wrapped them around the swings, intertwined them in the chains, and then stood back to enjoy her work. The Floral Garden Swing was perfect!
When she looked over at Madam Perkins, she saw that her competitor had created a pretty Floral Nature Charm. It was nice, but she knew she had this competition on lockdown.
After the judges reviewed all of the rounds, it was time to announce the final tally.
“…and the winner is….. SARAH!”
Nadiyah rushed on stage to hug Sarah, who was crying tears of joy. She had done it! She had proven to everyone that she was worthy of running her shop; nobody had any means to tell her otherwise. Both friends jumped up and down in pure happiness.
Sarah glanced over at Madam Perkins, wondering how she was taking the news. With a smile, her competitor nodded in approval.