|"Ginger I'm going out for a while," called Alizabella my
cloud Ixi. "I'll be back in time for dinner, don't worry!"
"Hang on a minute!" I called after her. "Where
exactly are you going? If you don't tell me then you're not having your dinner!"
Those words were pretty pointless as I stared
at the door, which had been left wide open. She must have been bored to want
to escape so quickly. However, it wasn't until I heard Eylora having a temper
tantrum upstairs that I realised why she had stormed off in a hurry.
Alizabella walked from her NeoHome in Neopia
Central to a clearing of trees just north of where she lived.
This'll be a great place to let off some steam,"
she said to herself. "I don't know how much longer I could have withstood Eylora
having one of her temper tantrums."
She sat underneath a huge tree, which covered
the ground with its huge shadow. It was sweltering hot even though it was only
the beginning of May, so Alizabella rummaged through her bag and pulled out
a nice, cold Chocalotta Ice Lolly, which she had stolen out of the freezer.
After licking off all of the chocolate on the outside, she was left with only
the ice cream in the centre, so she threw it on to the ground.
"Oh my gosh!" shouted a voice from behind her.
She turned around to find a red Usul standing there looking abashed. "Why on
earth did you just throw an entire Chocalotta Ice Lolly onto the floor?"
"Actually, it wasn't an entire Chocalotta Ice
Lolly, miss! I ate all of the chocolate off it, and I don't like the middle
Alizabella wondered what she had said wrong
at that point. The Usul looked even more abashed now than she did when Alizabella
had threw the ice lolly onto the floor. Her face contorted into a sudden rage.
"Did you just call me MISS???"
"Er... yeah, is that a problem?"
"Yeah because I'm not a girl, I'm a... a boy!"
He began to turn bright red in the cheeks. Alizabella snorted and looked him
up and down.
"You're not serious are you?"
"Deadly," he replied, hanging his head. "You're
not the first one to react the way you did though. People automatically think
that all Usuls are female, just because they look like girls. It's not fair
on the male ones; they get all the stick and get laughed at.
"Oh, I'm sorry! I didn't realise.
"It's not just that either." He began to go
even more red now. "My name's... my name's... BlossomTailz."
Alizabella snorted a little, trying not to laugh.
Her cheeks were beginning to bulge as she tried to contain herself.
"Can you help me?" BlossomTailz said, making
Alizabella stop laughing.
"How? I mean, what can I do, make you more like
a boy or something?"
"Yes! There's gotta be a way to make me more
like a boy, there has to be! But... where do we start?"
Alizabella looked him up and down. Where could
they start? He looked like a girl there was no doubt about that. What could
they do to his appearance to make him more like a boy? Alizabella drummed her
hoof on her head and thought and thought.
"I know!" she shouted some time later. "How
about a Grarrl morphing potion or something?"
"No, I think that's going a little over the
top don't you?"
They rooted around in their purses and pulled
out all the Neopoints they could find. However, even between them it wasn't
enough to purchase a Morphing Potion of any kind. They had to think of something
Alizabella came up with a grand idea. This had
"How about if you dress like a male? I know
Neopets don't normally wear clothes, but it's your only chance. Clothes aren't
that bad, let's go to Neopia Central and buy some. First of all though, remove
those bows! You can't have bows on if you want to look like what you are; a
They reached the clothes store and looked at
the notice board outside the shop door. It read:
All clothes half price. Hurry!
want to miss out on this bargain!
"Great!" said Jenniola happily as they both stepped
inside. "We can get tons of stuff for you to wear!"
As Jenniola sifted through the rows of boy's
clothes, BlossomTailz was busy looking at himself in a mirror, wondering just
how they could change his appearance. After a couple of minutes, Jenniola stormed
over to him with her arms full of clothes. She pulled him to one side.
"Here we are! Try these on!"
She handed him a pair of jeans with a skull
and cross bones stitched on the one side and the knees in holes, a black hoodie
with the words 'I am evil' written on the back, a dark red cap and black and
BlossomTailz gulped and headed off toward the
* * *
"How do I look then?" he asked, brandishing his new clothes. "Do I look like
a boy now?"
Alizabella looked at him, her eyes wide open
and her mouth turning upwards into a smile. "You look great!" she said, not
taking her eyes off him. "You look just like a boy now!"
"Anyway," said Alizabella. "Shouldn't we be
getting back home now? We've been out for nearly an hour and Ginger, my owner
wants me to be back in time for dinner."
"Yeah OK." Alizabella noticed that BlossomTailz
wasn't wearing his joyful smile anymore, but instead, a look of worry. She decided
to leave it for now. Maybe there wasn't anything troubling BlossomTailz, maybe
she was just imagining it. Yeah that's it, I'm just imagining it.
As they were walking back home, BlossomTailz
suddenly turned towards Alizabella. His troubled face was even more troubled
now. Far more troubled than earlier that was for sure.
"Alizabella, I don't think I want to dress this
way anymore. These clothes... they're just... not me. Sorry!"
Alizabella's face contorted with a sudden anger.
"You what?!? You mean I just spent ALL of my money to buy you some new clothes,
and now you don't want them?!?"
BlossomTailz was just about to speak, when Alizabella
angrily stamped the ground with her hoof. That's when he decided to run, with
an angry Ixi hot on his tail. "I'll get you!" she yelled as she pelted after