"Fin, you missed a spot!"
It was a typical Maraquan night for Fin the Maraquan Kacheek. Kelp was right in the middle of its dinner rush. The restaurant was jam-packed with hungry Neopets, waiting to have their meals served to them.
"Don't worry, I got it." Fin sighed at the dish he'd been scrubbing for five straight minutes. He knew that Chelsea, the Uni waitress meant well. After all, she was his best friend, but he preferred not to be told how to do his job.
Being a dishwasher at Kelp was certainly a good job that paid well, but Fin knew that it wasn't the right fit for him. He longed to be in the center of the kitchen, where the chefs would skillfully prepare and cook food right before his eyes. He watched the pastry chefs ice the magnificent cakes that, in minutes, would be sent out into the dining hall.
As Fin scrubbed away the remaining stickiness off his dish, he saw Alphonse, the executive chef, pace back and forth between the kitchen station and Fin's dishwashing station. Alphonse seemed slightly worried. Joey, the sous-chef, stood nearby, trying to calm Alphonse down.
"Alphonse, we'll think of something!"
"For the past three months, profits at Kelp have been dwindling. We have to come up with a new menu item that's so delicious, so irresistible, that customers won't be able to stay away from Kelp."
"Our chefs in this kitchen are so creative. They'll be able to come up with something perfect. Just you wait!"
Fin could not contain his excitement at the news. This could be an opportunity to show the whole kitchen that he was chef-material! He hurriedly finished up the last of his dish pile and rushed out into the dining hall to tell Chelsea the news.
"Chelsea! I just overheard Alphonse and Joey talking about a new menu item. If I can come up with a delicious meal, maybe I can be a chef here!" said Fin.
Chelsea smiled at her customers and handed plates of beautifully-crafted seafood. She turned to Fin. "I think that's a wonderful opportunity."
"I wonder what ingredients I'll start with. Of course, they'll have to be fresh...," Fin started to trail off into his own little world as he does often. He paced around the dining hall aimlessly.
"Fin, watch out!" Chelsea hollered from across the dining hall.
Fin stopped in his tracks, when suddenly, he heard a crash...