Note: Totally Snowflake or Snowflake is a blue Uni, unless it says Ms. Snowflake,
which is me.
Oh what a grand time it was for this little blue Uni.
Totally Snowflake or Snowflake as she was commonly called, was sitting outside
of the Neopian Pound, under the shade of a large tree. In front of her was a
jumble of puzzle pieces that she was trying to put together. The pieces were
all different shapes and had parts to the picture of Mystery Island. Snowflake,
the blue Uni, really loved puzzles and she loved guessing games as well. In
fact, anything that she had to try and figure out was one of her most favorite
things to do.
Snowflake looked up at the sky. It was a brilliant
blue with the slightest hint of clouds floating by. She moved her gaze toward
the branches of the tree she was sitting under. It was as big as ever with green
leaves as far up the tree as her eyes could see. Even though the end of summer
was near, it was still a beautifully warm day out. The only signs of the coming
of autumn were a hint of orange showing on the leaves and a brief chill in the
breeze every once in a while.
Continuing her viewing, she focused her attention
on the playground. There were many pets of various species and colors, roaming
around there. She could hear the laughter and squeals of delight as the pets
engaged themselves in different forms of play. Snowflake watched as two Usuls
were playing on the swings. She could also see her friend, a yellow Kacheek
named Henrietta, getting ready to take her turn on the slide. Of course, around
the playground was a game of tag happening. This seemed to always be the favorite
game of the pets in the pound. Still some pets were playing dolls, reading or
even just talking under the shade of other trees in the yard. Snowflake liked
the way it was now. She wished it would always be this way.
Oh why do we have to go to Neoschool?
Snowflake thought to herself.
Snowflake knew she needed to focus in order to
finish the puzzle. Yet how could she when it was such a nice day out? It may
even be the last nice day out she would ever have. Maybe once she starts Neoschool,
she would never have a nice day out again!
Still staring at her puzzle, Snowflake forced
her mind away from the idea of Neoschool. She tried anyway. She couldn’t stop
her mind from wondering what Neoschool would be like. Would she like it? Would
it be hard? Would she make friends? She had heard that other non pound pets
would be going to Neoschool as well. Snowflake wondered what pets with owners
“I hope they have puzzles,” she sighed dreamily
as she placed a puzzle piece into its place.
Snowflake was brought out of her thoughts when
Henrietta came and plopped herself down by her. She watched as Henrietta picked
up a piece and placed it in the puzzle.
“So you’re still working this puzzle,” Henrietta
said as more of a statement. “I thought you would be finished with it by now.”
Snowflake laughed as she said, “Naw, it’s just
hard to pay attention to anything today.”
“This afternoon, Ms. Snowflake is taking us
shopping to get our Neoschool supplies! Aren’t you excited?” Henrietta exclaimed
with a little bounce.
“Um, yeah. I guess I am,” Snowflake replied
with much less enthusiasm than her friend.
Henrietta looked at her friend. She knew that
something was bothering Snowflake, but didn’t say anything. She figured that
if her friend wanted to talk about whatever it was, she would. Yet even though
Snowflake was feeling a bit down, Henrietta couldn’t help but be excited about
starting Neoschool! She thought about all the wonderful things that would happen.
She would get to learn different subjects and maybe she would even become friends
with pets outside of the pound too. She knew there would be non pound pets going
to Neoschool as well. Henrietta was very excited about this because she had
been in the pound most of her young life. Henrietta wanted to meet some pets
who had owners of their very own.
“Lunch Time!” came the call of Ms. Snowflake,
one of the Neopian Pound Staff.
Snowflake and Henrietta brought their attention
back to the present. Snowflake looked over at Ms. Snowflake. Most others became
confused between Totally Snowflake and Ms. Snowflake because of their names
being so similar. Personally, Snowflake didn’t see the similarities between
herself and Ms. Snowflake. For one thing, she had wings and Ms. Snowflake didn’t.
That is a big difference there. Plus, Snowflake was a Uni and Ms. Snowflake
was a pound staff member. So how could there be any confusion?
Looking back down at her puzzle, Snowflake frowned
a bit. She had hoped to finish it before lunch. Leaving her puzzle where it
was, she rose up and made her way back to the pound with Henrietta. Once entering
the dining hall, they took a seat at a table full of girls. Both of these pets
weren’t very hungry, but each for their own reason.
After lunch was over, Ms. Snowflake gathered
the pets together for their trip into Neopia. Snowflake and Henrietta entered
the bus and chose seats together. Henrietta started to chatter with the other
pets. Snowflake just sat in silence. She felt very out of place. Everyone seemed
so excited about the Neoschool, except her. She wasn’t excited at all. In fact,
she dreaded it very much. She wanted things to stay just as they were.
The trip on the bus didn’t seem to last long
at all. Soon they were standing in the shop of Professor Techo, the Neoschool
supplier. Ms. Snowflake and Professor Techo spoke for just a moment before he
turned to look at the pets with a great big grin.
“Well I’m guessing that all you young pets need
your Neoschool supplies,” came Professor Techo’s deep voice. “Just look around
the shop and if you need any help, come see me.”
Professor Techo watched as the pets spread out
through the shop, excitement evident in their faces and movements. He decided
to walk around offering assistance when his attention was caught up by a lone
Uni. He noticed that she was back in a corner watching what was going on around
her. Moving quickly, Professor Techo stepped up in front of her.
“Can I help you find something?” Professor Techo
“No, no, I’m alright. Thank you,” came the soft
response from Snowflake.
This was the new plan Snowflake came up with.
If she didn’t get any Neoschool supplies, then she couldn’t go to Neoschool
She would have to remain at the pound, where she knew everyone and what to expect.
“Come now, we can’t have you going off to Neoschool
without supplies,” Professor Techo said with a grin.
With that, he ushered her around the shop, picking
out items Snowflake would need in Neoschool Snowflake had to admit that it was
kind of fun getting new things, even if it was for Neoschool She got things
to write, color, draw and erase with as well as holders for them. She also got
a calculator, scissors, stencils, ruler and everything she could ever need in
Neoschool Plus she got her very own lunch box and she received her most favorite
item of all! It was an Angelpuss backpack! There were lots of back packs to
choose from, but Professor Techo brought this back pack out from behind the
counter. He told Snowflake that it was hard to keep them in stock because they
were so new and so rare. But if she would like, she may have the Angelpuss back
Snowflake now had everything she needed for Neoschool
Plus, she was even starting to feel a little excited about going. She wanted
to show off her new found treasures. She was still a little worried, too. What
if she wasn’t smart enough to be in Neoschool? What if she didn’t have the right
things? What if no one liked her? What if she didn’t make any friends? Snowflake
already had many friends at the pound. But she was worried about that all changing
if she went to Neoschool
When everyone had chosen what they needed for
Neoschool, Ms. Snowflake paid Professor Techo and soon the pets were on their
way back to the pound. While on the bus, many admired each other’s new supplies,
including Snowflake’s new Angelpuss back pack. She was the only pet in the whole
pound to have this back pack.
All too soon, the night before Neoschool came.
Most of the pets were excited and it was difficult to get them to stay in bed.
They all had their things ready for the morning. Mr. Pickles was to make a special
breakfast for the new students. The Neoschool bus was to come and get them in
the morning to bring them to Neoschool and then return them in the afternoon.
It was all planned out right down to the last moment. Yet, Snowflake lay awake
in her bed, wondering what the next day would bring. She had all her things
ready for Neoschool, but she wasn’t ready to go. Without knowing what else to
do, Snowflake began to cry. She didn’t want things to change and she didn’t
want to go to Neoschool She wanted to stay here with her friends and the staff.
“Snowflake?” came the soft whisper of Ms. Snowflake.
“Snowflake, are you crying?”
“Nooo,” Snowflake answered with a hiccup.
Ms. Snowflake went and sat on her bed. Speaking
softly so as to not wake anyone else, she asked why Snowflake was crying. Snowflake
proceeded to tell her.
“I don’t want to go to Neoschool because I won’t
know anything and no one will be my friend and I’ll be all alone. Can’t I stay
here with you? Pleeeease?”
Ms. Snowflake heard the pleading in Snowflake’s
voice and saw tears welling up in her eyes, by the shine of the hall light.
“You will love being in Neoschool,” Ms. Snowflake
encouraged. “The other pets will be there to learn as well. You won’t be the
only one who will be learning new things.”
“So I take it that means no, I can’t stay home?”
Snowflake commented with another hiccup.
“You need to go to Neoschool But you’ll have
fun. You’ll see,” Ms. Snowflake continued on with encouragement.
Snowflake sighed and agreed to give it a try.
But she decided that if she didn’t like it, she wasn’t going to go ever again!
The next day, was bright and sunny. The pets
had all eaten their special breakfast and they now stood outside waiting for
the Neoschool bus. Snowflake was among them, carrying her new Angelpuss back
pack with all her new supplies, waiting to embark on her new adventure.
Totally Snowflake had her first day of Neoschool
where she discovered that it wasn’t so bad. It was just very different than
what she was used to. She also discovered that all the things she was afraid
of happening didn’t happen. She did make new friends and so did Henrietta. Snowflake
also learned that she had a lot to learn, but that was okay because everyone
else was in the same spot she was. While it was true that Neoschool may not
be her favorite place to be, she did have fun there and she was able to do her
puzzles as well. Plus, the puzzles she was doing became more and more challenging.
Currently, Totally Snowflake is living on Mystery
Island with her mom, Totally Wicked. They spend their time playing games and
combing the beaches.
Author’s Note: Special thanks to totally_wicked_ for allowing me to use
her pet, totally_snowflake in my story. I hope you enjoyed my short story. Please
feel free to offer comments.