Tahlix was a happy Chomby. He had great food, fun toys,
books read to him, and was trained regularly. He had two wonderful brothers
and had everything he could possibly want, except one thing. He always dreamed
of having a petpet. He saw all the other pets had their own special friends
to share everything with. All of his friends had petpets, and Tahlix was jealous
every time he saw them.
Petpets were a very cool thing to have. His friends
played with, fed, talked to, and even battled with their petpets. Tahlix often
times got very lonely. He longed for a petpet of his own. Unfortunately, he
found that petpets were very expensive, and he did not want to trouble his owner
for one, so he never told anybody about his secret dream.
One day, Tahlix was feeling unusually lonely.
He had just finished his class at the academy and he saw a little Hornsby waiting
outside. He went up to pet this Hornsby and wondered if he had a home. Perhaps
this was the pet Tahlix was waiting for! He could adopt the little Hornsby and
finally have a great petpet! Tahlix began to talk to the Hornsby, when, much
to his disappointment, a cloud Ixi walked up to him.
“Hi! I’m Inizii, and this is my pet Felicita!
Felicita waits for me after my class so we can go and play afterwards! Do you
want to play with us?” The cloud Ixi smiled and motioned Tahlix to come along.
“No thanks,” responded Tahlix, “I have to get
home to play with my own pet. I’ll see you around.” Tahlix walked off sadly,
leaving Inizii and his pet to play. He hated pretending like he had a petpet,
but he couldn’t bring himself to admit that he didn’t have one.
On his way home, Tahlix decided to stop by Faerieland.
He headed straight for the petpet shop and was amazed at all the wonderful Faerie
petpets. There were tons, and they all seemed to have wings. They were beautiful!
His eyes went straight to a thing called a Flosset. He went up to the Flosset
and began to play with it a little. The Flosset was friendly, but not like the
other petpets Tahlix had seen. But Tahlix thought this still might be a wonderful
petpet to have. His friends would sure be impressed if he had a pet with wings
waiting for him outside the Academy.
Tahlix dug his hands inside his pockets to see
how many Neopoints he had. He found 764. That’s more than he’s EVER had, maybe
he could buy the Flosset!
Tahlix went up to the shopkeeper, and poured
his Neopoints onto the counter. “Can I buy that Flosset over there with this?”
The shopkeeper counted the Neopoints and smiled.
“I’m sorry, that Flosset will cost you 50,000 Neopoints, and that’s a deal.
Why don’t you save up some more, and come back in a couple years.”
Tahlix let out a sigh. “Well, can I buy ANY petpet
here?” he asked. The shopkeeper responded, “I’m afraid not. Why don’t you check
out the other pet shops around Neopia, they may be a bit cheaper. But I am afraid
that 764 Neopoints just won’t be enough for any shop.”
“Thanks,” mumbled Tahlix as he left the shop
with his head down.
Tahlix felt extremely said and could not control
the tears. He sat under a nearby tree and cried until the tears would not come
anymore. Once the tears stopped, Tahlix trudged back home. Even after a long
cry, he did not feel any better, but he could not tell anyone what was wrong.
After a long night without sleep, Tahlix decided
it was time he saved up some more Neopoints so he could afford a petpet. He
wanted to earn the Neopoints all by himself, so he headed to the games room.
Tahlix was looking and decided to play Defender
Trainer. He knew all about Neopia and thought he could do quite well! He identified
and unscrambled the names pets and, his specialty, petpets. He had not, however,
heard of a Turtum before, and lost the game at this point. Before leaving the
game, he took a long look at the picture of the Turtum, and decided that was
the pet he wanted! Before he left, Tahlix asked the gamekeeper where he could
find a Turtum, and found out that he should take a trip to the Meridell petpet
Tahlix became really excited. What if this was
the pet for him! He now had more Neopoints, 1036 to be exact, and he was sure
this would be enough for this Turtum. Once Tahlix arrived in the shop, he ran
straight for the Turtum that he saw in the picture on the game.
“You will be my petpet!” exclaimed Tahlix, in
much excitement. He picked up the Turtum and gave him a big hug, but found that
this Turtum did not like hugs. He was not a playful pet and was not fond of
Tahlix. Tahlix put the Turtum down and looked around the shop. None of the petpets
seemed to be for him. Feeling a bit disappointed, Tahlix left the shop, not
even attempting to buy a pet.
Tahlix made his way into Neopia Central and wandered
into the main petpet shop. There, he saw a fun looking Cobrall! It slithered,
bounced, and just seemed to be lots of fun! Maybe this was the pet for him.
Tahlix was sure he had more than enough Neopoints for this Cobrall, and brought
him up to the shopkeeper. He dumped out all his Neopoints onto the counter and
says, “I’ll take him!”
The shopkeeper counted the Neopoints and shook
his head. “I’m sorry, I need 6000 Neopoints for that Cobrall.”
Tahlix responded, “But I really want him! I never
told anyone this before, but I have spent all of my life wanting a petpet. I
even went to the games room to play games to save. This is all the NPs I have,
my lifelong savings! Please accept my offer.”
The shopkeeper thought for a minute. This Chomby
looked really desperate, but a shopkeeper has to earn a living too. He decided
he could not let the Cobrall go at that price, he’d be losing money. He shook
his head again and said, “I’m sorry. Try going back to the games room. Play
a few more games and save a bit more. I can give you this pet for 5000 Neopoints,
but no less. With hard work and saving, you can do it.”
Tahlix sunk his head lower than before. “Well…
can I buy any pets in here with these Neopoints?”
The shopkeeper thought and went through his entire
inventory. Unfortunately, no petpets ran that cheap. “I’m sorry, but I can’t
give you any at that price. I have to make a living too. In the meantime, why
don’t you try to find a petpet instead of buy one while you are saving?”
Tahlix was close to tears, when he realized the
shopkeeper had a brilliant idea… to find a petpet!
“Thanks!” exclaimed Tahlix as he ran out of the
Tahlix ran to the Haunted Woods. He went to the
first ghost he could find. He went and picked up the ghost and started to try
“BOOOOOOO!” screamed the ghost.
“Eeeeeeeeeeeeeek!” Tahlix exclaimed, as his heart
just skipped a beat. “Why did you scare me like that?”
The ghost responded, “You don’t just come up
and grab a ghost you know! That is very rude and will make any ghost quite upset.
Now, get away before I scare you again!”
Tahlix looked hurt and replied, “But all I want
is a pet! Will you be my pet?”
The ghost was horrified! “A pet?” he exclaimed,
“NO! Ghosts aren’t pets! We’re ghosts. If I was your pet, all the other ghosts
would laugh at me! Now get away!”
Tahlix sunk down his head and slowly walked away,
and out of the Haunted Woods. Finding a pet was hard, he wasn’t sure if he could
take this kind of rejection. He thought a ghost would be fun, but they were
scary and mean and not too friendly.
Tahlix decided he’d try his luck in Tyrannia.
He slowly made his way into Tyrannia when he realized he was very tired. He
sat underneath a large rock to rest when he heard a little voice.
This little voice grew louder and strong until
a wailing sound came. It was coming from under Tahlix! Tahlix was startled and
stood up very quickly to find a small rock underneath him. Could this possibly
be the thing that made such a large noise? Tahlix just stared in astonishment.
The little rock spoke, “So you sit on me and
then don’t say a word! That’s what everybody does. I’m not important enough
to talk to.” This rock looked very sad for a rock. This is because he was very
ignored. No one cared if they hurt a rock, and no one cared to talk to a hurt
“Oh, you can talk,” replied Tahlix. “I’m very
sorry I sat on you, I’m just tired and a little sad. You see, I really want
a pet, someone to be my very best friend, just like all the other pets. I’ve
tried to buy pets, but I don’t have enough Neopoints. I’ve tried to find pets,
but no one wants to be my pet. If only someone wanted to be my pet…” Tahlix
let out a big sigh.
The little rock perked up a bit. “Say… what kind
of pet do you want?”
Tahlix replied, “I just want a pet that will
be my friend and be happy with me. I don’t care what kind of pet. Why, do you
know of someone?”
The little rock smiled again and said, “Well,
how about me?”
Tahlix finally realized what the little rock
had been getting at. How could he have missed it! He would be a perfect pet!
He was helpful and friendly and just perfect! And none of his friends had a
rock for a pet!
“Really!” Tahlix exclaimed. “I’d love it!”
Tahlix picked up the little rock and ran home
with him. They became the best of friends, always playing and laughing together.
The best part was that this little rock could come with Tahlix wherever, even
to the academy, since he fit nicely in any pocket of Tahlix.
Soon after Tahlix found his perfect pet, other
pets decided to get pet rocks as well. Soon, Neopia was full of pet Rocks, all
inspired by Tahlix and his little rock.