The warm, sunny weather embraced the citizens of Neopia
one afternoon; the sky was perfectly cloudless and Dwarf trees swaying with
every slight breeze. After a full day of school, the siblings, Jyrosen, Saigru,
and Krawker_oth helped with some gardening behind their NeoHome that was still
under construction. Each picked up a bush of Rowzez, out of the pile picked
up from the Gardening Center, and began planting them along the border of the
small plot of land.
Their older sister, Swirlyhorn, arrived home
from Neoschool later then usual. She trudged through the backyard on two hooves,
due to the fact that two cardboard boxes were clutched within her grasp. Krawker,
the first to notice is sister's arrival, waved one of his claws that were covered
with a gardening glove. The Uni smiled and headed towards her brothers.
Worriedly, she asked, "Where's mom?"
Jyrosen looked up, his green eyes twinkling
with a slight feeling of mischief. "She's inside, talking about how much trouble
you're in for being late today."
Saigru brushed past and grabbed another stalk
of Rowzez, blithely humming a tune to himself. Swirlyhorn frowned - she could
never count on her brothers to get her out of any kind of trouble. Nearby, a
Lenny took perch within a tree, chirping a delightful song. She turned and headed
the way that she came, steadily advancing towards the front door of her home.
Once her destination was reached, Swirlyhorn released a nervous sigh.
"Well, here goes nothing."
Using one of her free hooves the nervous Neopet
opened the front door, slipping inside cautiously. As previously stated, her
owner was sitting in the living room, writing up a grocery list. Swirlyhorn
closed the wooden door behind her, and then headed towards her owner with a
timid greet, "Hey, mom."
Apparent smiled and waved her pen in her 'pet's
direction. "Hello, Swirlyhorn. Mind telling me why you were so late coming home
from school today?"
Swirlyhorn gulped and nodded, the skin underneath
her fur pounding with sweat. "Yes, I was just about to. You see my friend, Rhiiae,
has a good friend who works at the Pharmacy. We wanted to set a trend at school
so the worker customized these Step out Shoes for us to wear."
She set the two boxes onto the table in front
of the couch, removing the lids and then slowly taking the shoes out of their
containers. Apparent squinted and then raised an eyebrow at the sight of the
shoes. Personally, her owner thought they looked ridiculous: pink step out shoes
(that probably couldn't sell) that were ruined due to the fact that a circular
mold was placed in the middle of each shoe, creating a hoof-like shape so that
an Uni could find it easily worn for purposes other then medicine. A blue pair
was placed next to the pink pair, which was probably cheaply painted that color.
Whoever customized the shoes made each pair equivalent to four, for easy walking
for the Neopet.
Swirlyhorn intently waited for a response, nibbling
at her bottom lip with worry. She thought that the shoes were the best looking
things in the world, and that it wouldn't hurt to get a couple more pairs. After
a few minutes of silence, Apparent managed to respond without bursting into
a fit of laughter, "Err.. Swirlyhorn, yeah, those are pretty nice! Just uh..
don't wear them too much or else your friends will feel intimidated by your
cute sense of style."
"So, I can wear them to school?" Swirlyhorn
inquired, her eyes widening with excitement.
"Sure, you can try them out for a few days."
Swirlyhorn yipped and jumped into the air, squealing
with excitement towards her owner's response of approval. "Whoo! Thanks, mom!"
She grinned and yanked her shoes off of the table, dashing towards her bedroom.
Apparent made sure the coast was clear before
she burst out into a fit of laughter on her couch. "Oh goodness, what did she
get herself into this time?"
The next morning at school, Swirlyhorn and her friend entered the building,
sporting their customized high heels proudly. In their perspective, they looked
like the next movie stars. However, the staff of the school saw them as two
students gone crazy who needed guidance counseling. Whenever either of them
walked down the hallway, their shoes made an annoying 'CLONK!' sound on the
tiled floor. Students stared at them in awe, wondering where they managed to
get customized shoes.
The day dragged on, both Swirlyhorn and Rhiiae
blissfully accompanied by their new shoes. Some Neopets asked, "Where'd you
get those?" "Are they unreleased?" and others inquired, "Are you CRAZY?!" accompanied
by the weird expressions of teachers. Swirlyhorn looked the most ridiculous
at the most. Her height was already pretty high, but with the heeled shoes on
she could easily compare with the Monceraptor.
When the end of the day bell rang, the two friends
exited the school, feeling pretty stylish, their shoes making a rhythmic 'clank,
clonk, clink!' pattern as they bounded upon the tiled floor and out the school
building. The teachers and staff were relieved.
Upon her arrival at home Swirlyhorn posed for
her brothers, who were also stricken with an expression somewhat like, 'what
in Neopia is the matter with her?' while being forced to watch their older sister
pose in the sunlight.
"I just look darling, don't I?" She asked, puckering
her lips happily. "This is the greatest day ever. These shoes make a whole new
At night, Swirlyhorn took off her shoes and
set them next to her bed. She noticed the soles of her hooves felt a little
sore, probably from wearing her shoes for the first time. "I hope this pain
doesn't persist," she sighed and then laid down for a night's rest.
The next day was basically the same. Swirlyhorn
and Rhiiae stormed into the school with their clankety-clank shoes, drawing
attention from everyone in the building. The teachers exchanged worried glances,
and students stared curiously. At night, Swirlyhorn would remove her hooves,
and notice they were little sorer then they were the night before. However,
she acted mindless, shrugged it off, and continued her patter with her friend.
Their shoes were worn for a period of two weeks, every other day they'd wear
their pink shoes, then the blue, then the pink again.
Unfortunately Apparent received numerous complaints
from the teachers on her answering machine, and responded to each of them carefully.
Due to too many people that were unhappy with the situation, Swirlyhorn's owner
pleaded her to use the shoes for three more days. Without much of a choice her
On the evening of the third day, when returning
home from school, Swirlyhorn sat on the couch began to get ready to have her
afternoon snack. She tossed her backpack onto the floor, and then tried to shake
her shoes off her forepaws. Shaking and shaking with all of her might, the shoes
didn't budge. Flustered, the Uni cried, "Ow, c'mon you stupid shoes! Get off
of my hooves!"
There she sat for thirty minutes, refusing any
help, trying to shake off her customized step out shoes that were seemingly
glued onto her body. Nothing worked.
Her efforts to remove the shoes with her hooves
failed, and Swirlyhorn had one last choice: to cut them off. Later the same
evening Apparent (accompanied by her curious siblings) cautiously snipped at
the shoes with blue Cybunny scissors.
Swirlyhorn watched scornfully as her seemingly
beautiful shoes were snipped at the sides, allowing her to pull her infected
hooves out of each of them.
The first to notice the problem with her hooves
was Jyrosen, who gagged and plugged his nose with horror. "Ew! What is that
Saigru sniffed at the air and coughed, as Krawker_oth
ran crying out of the room. Swirlyhorn looked down at her hooves and was not
happy with what she saw. Her hooves had morphed to a red color, with black dents
here and there due to the infection. At the sole of each hoof she noticed a
small rash, pink colored, due to the color of the shoes.
When the Uni looked up her two brothers had
fled the room and the only person still there was her owner, who also had her
nose covered. "Oh, Swirlyhorn, I should've known those shoes were no good. Come
upstairs and take a bath."
Painfully, the Uni nodded while swallowing her
tears, and slowly walked towards the bathroom with the guidance of her owner.
Each time she stepped upon the ground a horrible shock shot up each hoof, resulting
in a cry of pain. She wished that she hadn't ever worn those shoes to school
so much. Carefully, she set a bath (with extra soap inside of it) and scrubbed
vigorously at her hooves.
An hour later, the Uni retreated from the bathroom.
Her cheeks were stained with tears at the unsuccessful attempt to restore the
health back into her hooves.
"Give it some time, overnight it should heal."
But the next morning the hooves were worse.
Swirlyhorn was unable to walk at all, and she stayed home from school, sick.
Apparent became worried and tried dozens of remedies to try and heal the painful,
cracked hooves, but all failed.
"We'll have to call Dr. Gelert."
And so it was done. The Doctor entered the Uni's
bedroom, greeted by the foul aroma that graced the air. His examination was
quick (stinky air can do a lot to a doctor's speed) and he prescribed a personalized
cure. "Just massage the cream into each hoof once a day, and within a week you
should be healed."
"Thank you, Dr. Gelert." Apparent smiled and
lead him out of the house.
The day flew by. The same evening Apparent came into Swirlyhorn's room to
check on her, but found her Neopet crying with grief. She sat herself on her
bed and placed a hand on her shoulder.
"I hope you learned a lesson, Swirlyhorn," Her
owner said quietly while nuzzling her nose into the Uni's wet cheek. Swirlyhorn
nodded slowly, while peering down towards her hooves.
"Yes, I learned a lesson. Next time, I'll just
get Illusen to make shoes for me!"
They had a long way to go.