“I don’t want to go!”
Courtney sighed and stared at her sister,
her eyes hanging just above the rim of her “I heart Dung” coffee mug. A small
line of bitter sweet coffee slid down her throat as her sister, Nicole, finally
let down her reluctance wall.
“Fine! Fine! You win!” she hissed out,
her eyes narrowed at the portrait of Illusen that hung just above Courtney’s
brother’s head. Their brother, Bobby, flopped his Chia head exhaustedly onto
the kitchen table and let out a long sigh.
“Good.” Courtney’s owner gave Nicole a
snide smile. The one where she let all her teeth poke out from her usually pressed
together lips, “I’m glad TWO of my Neopets are mature.” Courtney gave her owner
a small smile, her long Gelert ears bending contently.
“That means it’s settled, right?” said
Bobby, his words muffled out by the hard brown table he had pressed his lips
against, along with his nose.
Courtney’s owner swung her hands onto
her hips and grinned, “Yup! We’re going to the Mystery Island Beach opening.”
Courtney trudged outside of their NeoHome.
Her backpack, which she usually used for Neoschool, slung over her shoulder
and filled to the brim with her Plushies and other trinkets she enjoyed using
at the beach. A sun hat completed her going-to-the-beach-woo-hoo attire.
“A Shoyru is going to take us there,”
their owner said, her hands clasped together and her eyes showing a small twinkle.
“I’ve always wanted to be flown by a Shoyru.”
Bobby snorted, holding back a small laughter
which built up inside of him. Bobby was the adopted pet, his owner was frozen.
But nonetheless, his owner used to be rich and Bobby flew everywhere by Shoyru,
“Okay,” he managed to say as the Shoyru flew into vision. Darting through the
Courtney, Nicole, Bobby, and their owner
sat contently onto the pair of Shoyru’s backs. They tore back into the breezy
sky. Courtney’s eyelids fluttered closed as she leaned forward and rested her
head on her backpack. Her thoughts slowly drifting into dreams.
“We’re here! Wake up!”
Courtney sighed and stared at her sister
Nicole, the big reluctant baby who was tugging on her arm and pointing towards
the thick sheet of waves lapping at the warm sand.
“Okay..” Courtney groaned out, her arms
fraying outwards as she sat up. Her fingers brushed off the clods of dirt that
clung to her fur. The Shoyru’s had obviously pushed her off of them, even though
she hadn’t woken up, “I’m going to go explore..” She finished, her groggy stare
on her owner who was enjoying the sun rays as much as Bobby, even though he
was covered up by the umbrella their owner had brought.
Courtney's owner yawned out a okay while
Nicole ran into the water. Her arms flapping up and down like a Pteri, even
though she was obviously an Aisha. Anybody within view could see her long and
sophisticated ears. Courtney tugged her sunhat over her clumsy Gelert ears.
She grabbed onto her stone snowball and slipped it underneath her hat, just
for defense reasons.
Courtney slowly walked away from the hustle
and bustle of the beach. The sand became a bit colder, and the waves a bit rougher
but she really didn’t mind. All she wanted to do was bask in the sunlight and
watch the sunset. However, somebody had other ideas.
“Nobody will foil this plan!”
Courtney’s sensitive ears twitched as
she flipped over, onto her stomach. She pushed herself off of the ground and
headed towards the aggravated-sounding voice.
“Not even that annoying... ah, this is
your vacation! Stop talking to yourself.”
Courtney paused and stood on the tips
of her feet, her eyes barley looking over the tall wood fence which separated
her and the voice. Her eyes grew wide, and her throat felt dry as she stared
at what was standing there. In a candy-cane striped body suit stood Sloth. A
geekish look clinging to him. A laugh got clogged up in her throat, forcing
it to hold the laugh back only made Courtney want to laugh more. She erupted
in giggles and snorts.
“Who’s there?” Sloth looked around, a
nasty snarl on his face as he spotted the rim of Courtney’s sunhat. Feeling
as though she was unnoticed, Courtney tried to slide herself down the fence
but was brought up by Sloth’s green hand.
“What are you doing? Do you DARE interrupt
the great Sloth’s vacation?” A bad whiff of air spiraled up Courtney’s nostrils,
it was the ’Great Sloth’s breath. She scrunched up her face.
“Yes, I do dare,” she spat out, her voice
coming in a squeakier version because she was plugging her sensitive nose. She
tried to wiggle out of Sloth’s grasp, but he didn’t budge. A few of his henchmen
appeared from the distance and grabbed onto her paws.
“You’re coming with us,” they grumbled,
their voices low and gravely. Courtney tried yelling for help, her mouth opened
but a green hand slapped tape onto her mouth. “And don’t talk..”
Courtney gasped, though it was muffled.
Her owner always forced her to bring some type of defense item when she was
walking alone. Courtney wiggled her head, her hat flew off and flapped in the
wind and the rock fell onto the ground.
“OUCH!” the two Grundos groaned in pain
and clutched their foots, a red mark appearing on their feet where the snowball
had fallen, but none the less letting Courtney flee. With quick agility, she
ran as fast as she could back to her sandy beach.
“LETS LEAVE, NOW!” Courtney said quickly
the minute she saw Nicole, Bobby, and her owner getting ready to go. Her owner
stared at her oddly before letting out a loud whistle, the Shoyrus came into
“Okay, dear,” Courtney’s owner said reassuringly,
seeing the terrified expression on Courtney’s face. Courtney quickly grabbed
onto her untouched bag and sat on the Shoyru's backs. Quickly followed by the
rest of her family. The soft breeze cooled her down as she looked through her
backpack. She grabbed onto her notebook and took it out.
“What ‘chu writing?” Courtney’s owner
“Kind of hard to write, but do whatever
you wish,” she continued, obviously not caring about the first question. Pen
shakily in hand, Courtney scribbled at the top of her notebook ‘Sloth’s Vacation’.
Four Months Later
“Neomail's here! I’ll go get it!” Courtney
yelled excitedly, hopping off of her chair at the dining room table. She sprinted
outside and slipped her hand into the Neomail Box. Sprinting back inside, she
shuffled through the many pieces of mail she got.
“How to get a million NP’s quick, nah..
Can I have your Neopoints/ Neopets... NO! Wait... what’s this?” Courtney examined
the Neomail; it was without a return address or anything. She ripped it open
and read what it had to say,
“Courtney, we read and reviewed your story/article/comic
and are pleased to announce that your story has been selected to be viewed in
this weeks Neopian Times!” Courtney squeaked out, a grin spreading on her face
like wild fire.
“Nice job, dear!” said Courtney’s owner,
a smile finding it’s way onto her face. Bobby faced Courtney and gave her a
grin, as the same with Nicole.
“I knew I could do it... and it’s all
because of Sloth,” Courtney finished, hugging the acceptance letter tightly
to her chest.