|I woke up to the sound of my owner's voice. "Wake up!" he
shouted. "C'mon, Christopher! Wake up! You're going to be late!" I opened my eyes.
"Late for what?" I asked.
"The first day of school! I'm sending you to
one of the most famous schools there is! You're going to be late if you don't
My owner, Jack, was a kid that got his way most
of the time. However, he was never selfish. He always wanted the best for me.
In fact, I went to Grarrl School before. Everyone was a Grarrl so it got boring
fast. Now he wants to send me to SOFAP. I always thought it was a weird name
but I never knew what it meant. I got up and grabbed a quick breakfast before
I ran after my owner. He was running to Neopia Central. Eventually, I caught
up to him. In front of me was a huge building. It was beautiful! There were
windows as shiny and clear as diamonds everywhere on the school. The doors looked
"Well," Jack said, "we're here. You need to
report into class 309." My owner waved goodbye and left. I stepped into the
building full of every neopet I've ever seen. Their outfits were awfully strange.
One Uni was wearing a doctor's outfit. A Shoyru was carrying a plastic skull
with him. A Zafara had a pair of makeshift wings on its back. Once the bell
rang, I went to the third floor and went into room 309.
"Welcome to class," a Lenny said. He had to
be the teacher. "I hope you will all find this class to be exciting and fun.
Most of all, I and every other staff member at this school hope you will all
love this school and approach your dream with success." I walked into the class
and took a seat.
"Now," the teacher said, "before we start, my
name is Mr. Byrd. I will be your teacher for the whole year." After about 20
minutes of discussing rules and such, we were actually going to start class.
"Let's start this day with a history lesson,"
Mr. Byrd said, "Does anyone know why our school is called the School Of Future
Adult Pets?" Everyone stared into space for a while. I, too, was more stumped
"Well," Mr. Byrd said, "I'll tell you the whole
story. In fact, I was one of the students before this school had a reputation.
It goes back about 30 years."
"It all started with the construction of the
school. It was going to be called Neopian Academy. In about 3 years, the school
was up and running. Teachers and students were placed in the school and everything
started. I was one of the students and I was very excited to be in a new school.
I would get to meet great people and learn some new things. At the first day
of school, I realized that it was more boring and dull than I've ever imagined.
They didn't manage to teach me or the class anything. Talking to wallpaper was
more exciting than class. However, after about 3 weeks of school, a Meerca named
Meerkat said that he wanted to become a doctor when he grew up. He was so into
being a doctor that he became a 'pretend' one at school. It was very neat. When
someone felt a little sick, they would talk to Meerkat and see if he could do
anything. Of course, Meerkat couldn't handle big things like Neopox or Neomites.
Only small things like a small cut or a bruise could be fixed up in no time.
Then again, he was only a kid so he had an excuse. Eventually, the whole school
got so interested in what he started and decided that they would choose a career
path to focus on. My best friend, Abby the Peophin, wanted to become a famous
swimmer. I wanted to become a teacher. Everyday, people would come up to me
for some explaining on things they didn't understand. Seeing as how I wanted
to be a teacher, I knew the answer of most things they asked me. Abby became
an incredible swimmer and even won 1st place in the international swim meet.
Eventually, our school became famous because of our uniqueness and determination
to become what we wanted to be. The principal took some thought and decided
to name our school the School Of Future Adult Pets because he thought it matched
the students perfectly.
As the years passed by, our school got more
interesting. Once we all graduated, we started looking for jobs of what we wanted
to become. Meerkat became a famous doctor. Abby became a very famous swimmer
and explorer of Maraqua. I have fulfilled my goal and became a teacher here
at SOFAP." When he finished his story, there was a small applause before he
"You see, children, that's why you're all so
lucky to be at this school. Now that you know the history of our school, I really
hope you'll all remember it. To make sure you do, your homework for today is
to write an essay of what you've learned today. I want you to also include what
you would like to become when you grow up and how you'll fulfil that dream."
RING!!!!!!!!! The school bell rang loudly.
Looking up at the clock, I saw that it was 12 o'clock.
"Time for lunch, kids!" Mr. Byrd said. We all
ran out of the classroom to the yard. I searched in my backpack and found that
my owner prepared a Super Sub for lunch. He also included a Neocola and a Sugar
Bunny. I ate affectionately until a Gelert sat down next to me.
"Hi," the Gelert said.
"Hello," I said.
"I'm Jeff," he said.
"I'm Christopher but you can call me Chris,"
"Cool," Jeff said, "By the way, were you in
Mr. Byrd's class?"
"Yeah," I replied, "why?"
"Oh. I'm just curious. What're you going to
be when you grow up?" Jeff asked me.
"I dunno. I think I want to be a famous blacksmith,"
I told Jeff.
"Neat," he said, "I wanna become a legendary
Battledomer!" I chuckled a little. "What's so funny?" Jeff asked.
"Nothing," I said, "I just think that you should
probably have a different dream."
"You don't think I can become a great Battledomer?"
"No! No," I replied, "Look, forget about it.
If you're going to be a famous Battledomer and I want to become a famous blacksmith,
I think we'd make a great team. I can make your weapons and armor and you can
test them out!"
"Hey," Jeff said, "That's a cool idea. By the
way, have I introduced you to my friends?" Jeff went away and came back with
4 more pets. "Chris," Jeff said, "this is Cleo." Jeff pointed to the Bruce next
"Hello, Chris," Cleo said, "Nice to meet you."
"Same here," I said, "So, what do you wanna
become when you grow up?"
"I want to become a fabulous dancer!" Cleo said.
She did a quick twirl and bowed while everyone clapped. "This here is Pierre,"
Jeff said pointing to an Eyrie.
"Hi, Chris," Pierre said. "If you need to know,
I'm going to be a chef."
"This here is Natalie and here we have Joseph,"
Jeff said pointing to the last two pets.
Natalie spoke first, "Nice to meet you, Chris."
"Yeah," Joseph said, "Nice to meet you."
"And you two want to be…?" I asked.
"Doctor," Natalie said.
"Mechanic," Joseph said. After this whole meeting,
we talked a while. Each person was so like what they wanted to become. Pierre
had a lunch he cooked by himself. It looked very delicious. Natalie wore a nurse
uniform. Joseph carried a wrench with him and was always reading a book called
"Beginning Mechanics." Cleo always talked while doing some kind of dance move,
whether it was a twirl or just a simple ditty. The bell rang once again and
he all went to class.
"Well," Mr. Byrd said, "I'd like to hear what
you all want to be."
"But what if we don't know?" a Shoyru asked.
"That's impossible. Everyone that attends SOFAP
decide what they want to become during the first day of school at lunch. There's
not one pet that hasn't decided what they wanted to become ever since this school
gained a reputation. Now, shall we start with Cleo?"
After everyone had said what they wanted to
become, school was over. I was actually enjoying school for once! I ran home
and started babbling away at my owner about my day. I could tell that it was
going to be an interesting year…