Ellie stared at the beautiful blue daisy bracelet hanging
around one of her striped paws. A dreamy smile appeared on her Gelert face and
her purple eyes shone like sunlight. Her thoughts seemed to be somewhere else…
or maybe, someone…
"I DON'T WANT TO COME WITH YOU!!!" Ellie shrieked
at the top of her lungs. She stamped her four Gelert paws and made a face at
Sarah, her owner.
"YOU'LL COME WITH ME, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR
NOT!!!" the fifteen-year old girl screamed back, dark brown eyes blazing.
The striped Gelert turned around abruptly muttering
words under her breath. She looked back at Sarah with a frown. "Why do I have
to go, anyway? I don't know anyone there."
"One of Carol's Neopets is a pink Gelert named
Patty. She's just about your age," Sarah answered, crossing her arms.
"So what?" Ellie grumbled. A sad look came over
her face. "She won't like me and I won't like her, either…"
Sarah sighed wearily. "Why do you always
have to be so pessimistic?"
"I just am," the Gelert replied. "I'll stay
here and wait until you come back."
Her owner glared at her, hands on her hips.
Suddenly, she grabbed Ellie by the paws and dragged her out of their NeoHome.
While Ellie howled in protest, Sarah hauled her Gelert for about thirty minutes
until they reached Carol's (Sarah's friend) house. Without letting go of Ellie,
she rang the doorbell.
"Hi!" Carol, a longhaired girl, greeted them
cheerfully. "Come in."
Sarah gave her a strained smile and proceeded
to pull Ellie through the open doorway. The Gelert gritted her teeth and stuck
her claws onto the ground. They made an ear-splitting high-pitched sound as
Sarah tried to drag her inside. After a few minutes, Ellie began to tire and
loosened her hold on the ground. Sarah promptly carried the Gelert in and pushed
her onto a nearby chair.
Carol gazed at them with an amused expression.
"I'm glad you dropped by."
"Ah, yes," Sarah began as she seated herself
on the plush sofa. "It's been a long time since I last saw you. How are you
and your neopet these days?"
"We're doing fine," Carol replied with a smile.
Ellie crossed two of her paws over her chest
Sarah nudged her irritably. "Sorry, Ellie's
a little edgy this morning."
"I don't mind," Carol said merrily. "My Patty's
a bit like her, too."
Ellie continued to pout as the two girls continued
talking and seemed to forget she was even there. The striped Gelert stared at
a purple door across the room. It was opened slightly and she could see a pair
of black eyes just behind it. When the eyes saw that she was looking, they vanished
and the door suddenly closed.
"Who's there?" Ellie asked nervously without
realizing that the teenagers were looking at her.
"Who's where?" Sarah questioned her confusedly.
"I didn't say anything," the Gelert replied
Carol smiled and followed Ellie's gaze. "That's
Patty's room. Would you like to meet her?"
"NO!" Ellie shouted. In a much softer tone,
she repeated, "I mean, no."
"I'll call her for you," Carol said as if she
hadn't heard a word Ellie had said. She smiled again, walked towards the purple
door, and opened it.
"HEY!" a feminine voice screeched from inside.
"You're invading my PRIVACY!"
The door opened completely and revealed a pink
Gelert whose teeth were bared angrily.
"Hello, Patty," Carol chirped. "Look what my
friend Sarah brought with her today." She gestured at Ellie.
Patty glared at Ellie disapprovingly. "When
are they leaving?"
"Actually, Sarah and I were about to head to
the shops for a while. I'm leaving you in charge of the house, okay?" Carol
explained and tugged at Sarah's shirtsleeve. "Come on, Sarah!"
"DON'T JUST LEAVE ME HERE!" Ellie yelled furiously
at Patty's and Sarah's retreating backs.
The front door slammed, and the two girls were
gone. Patty and Ellie eyed each other with obvious disdain.
"I'm leaving," Ellie declared and began marching
"Go on, then, LEAVE!" Patty exclaimed. "I knew
you wouldn't like me, anyway. Well, I don't like you, either!"
Ellie stopped on her tracks. She sounds exactly
like me, the striped Gelert thought to herself. She walked back to Patty
in a daze.
"I'm Ellie," she introduced herself and stuck
out a paw for Patty to shake.
"Huh," Patty scoffed, but her eyes softened
just a little. "I'm Patty." She reached for Ellie's paw and shook it roughly.
"Want some gum?" Ellie offered earnestly. She
placed a pack of bubble gum onto the pink Gelert's paw.
Patty gazed at her suspiciously but she chomped
on the gum happily, nonetheless. Ellie just stood there and watched her. For
some reason, she felt close to the other Gelert.
She's just like me, Ellie thought, alone
"Let's play in my room," Patty proposed, looking
Ellie smiled at Patty hesitantly. She pranced
into the pink Gelert's room and stared around. Patty's room was messy. There
were empty wrappers of bubble gum everywhere Ellie looked. Her pink, velvety
bed was hidden beneath a pile of papers, chocolates, crushed cans of Neocola,
and all sorts of other stuff. The whole place smelled like wild flowers, although
she couldn't see any sort of flower anywhere.
"I like your room," Ellie told Patty. "But my
room's even more chaotic than yours."
"Oh yeah?" Patty replied jokingly. "I bet my
room's the messiest place in Neopia."
Ellie and Patty stared into each other's eyes.
A few seconds later, they both burst out laughing. Ellie's high-pitched giggle
and Patty's melodic chuckle rang throughout the house. The two Gelerts kept
on laughing until tears welled up in their eyes and they were holding onto their
"My tummy hurts," the pink Gelert chortled and
rolled over the floor.
"I feel wonderful!" Ellie exclaimed happily.
"You know, I've never had a friend before,"
Patty told Ellie when they had both quieted down.
"Me, neither," Ellie replied with a grin.
They both began laughing again. The rest of
the morning was spent talking, giggling, and playing in Patty's room. When their
owners came back a while later, Patty and Ellie were already the best of friends.
For a whole month, the two Gelerts visited each
other, spent time at the local park, and made new friends together. Ellie felt
like she was the happiest neopet in Neopia.
But, of course, Patty's probably as happy
as I am, she thought with a smile.
One day, the pink Gelert arrived at Ellie's NeoHome, looking sad.
"What's wrong?" Ellie asked her anxiously.
Patty stared at Ellie. "We're moving away to
The striped Gelert gazed at her, looking like
she didn't believe what Patty had said. "B-but… Krawk Island's so far away from
"I know," Patty said quietly. "Here." She slipped
an ice blue bracelet with a daisy pendant in the middle onto Ellie's paw.
Ellie's lower lip trembled and without noticing
it at first, she started to cry. She hugged Patty tightly. And, even though
Ellie didn't say any words, Patty knew that her best friend would miss her and
would never forget her.
Sometimes, words are not enough, Ellie
thought to herself.
She let go of Patty. The pink Gelert gave her
a sad farewell smile before walking away.
Goodbye, my best friend…
Ellie continued to stare at the blue daisy
bracelet and she hugged it to her chest protectively. She smiled dreamily and
looked out of her bedroom window, thinking happy thoughts of a best friend she
would treasure eternally…a best friend she would most likely never meet again
but whom her heart would never forget.