|Alyss surveyed the Negg she held in her right paw, peering critically with an artist's eye. With her tongue between her teeth, she gripped the paint brush in her other paw and dabbed, using the utmost precision, two rows of yellow polka-dots around the top of the Negg. The dots danced among a sea of pastel waves, a beautiful pattern that the Kacheek had created all on her own.
"There!" Alyss exclaimed. "That should do it."
She blew gently on the wet paint for a few minutes, then set the Negg softly in a paper-lined woven basket, among hand-picked daisies and the eleven other Neggs she had just decorated that morning. She secured the basket to front of her yellow bike and set out the door. Her client was waiting for this delivery, just in time for the Festival.
As the Kacheek began to pedal up the hill toward Neopia Central, she imagined the joyful faces on the pets who would soon receive her Neggs. She hoped that this year, her designs would catch the eye of more customers. Then, she could persue her dream of being a watercolour painter, creating new art every day for the rest of the foreseeable future. She smiled at the thought, and gazed up at the cotton clouds, distracted. A lovely breeze ruffled the top of her head.
The front tires hit a bump on the pavement and the basket jostled, slightly. Alyss' eyes snapped back to the front. Just as this happened, there was a distinct, muffled noise from within the basket.
The bike slowed to a halt as Alyss considered the basket, frowning. Balancing her weight on one foot, she extended a paw to poke through the basket's contents...
Date: Apr 6th
Alyss then took out the dozen Neggs and inspected each individually to ensure that none were damaged. Her heart dropped when she held the last Negg up to eye-level. There was a fracture at the center of that particular Negg that ran from the top to the center and it was the very last Negg she worked on with her signature design of two rows of yellow polka-dots around the top of the Negg and out of all the Neggs she worked on, this one took the longest to finish.
Alyss tried to remain calm and not panic. Her client was waiting for this delivery and she did not wait to keep her client waiting or be late. Time was running out and if Alyss turned back to go home, everything would be delayed. All of a sudden, there was a blinding light ahead that made Alyss close her eyes for a brief five seconds and when she opened her eyes again, she was startled to see the Light Faerie in front of her...
Date: Apr 7th