I chased after Ellie, running as fast as my little legs
could go. She was an extremely fast runner and was ahead of me by a long way,
but I carried on.
"Ellie stop!" I yelled, pausing for breath.
She turned and looked at me sadly, and I stumbled over to her. "Please do this
play," I pleaded. "You're brilliant, and if you don't the school won't have
anyone to do it. Besides, can't you prove Spyke wrong? You have made something
with your talent -- surely Megan and Tilly would have appreciated it. Do it
for them." I saw that Ellie was considering it, and she was no longer crying.
"Well, I must get there soon," she answered,
smiling quickly. "And I had better prove him wrong, eh? It's such a shame he
acts like this- we could have really got on well." I hugged her tightly, and
we headed back to my NeoHome, where Mum was waiting nervously.
"Are you going to do this?" she asked
Ellie, who nodded determinedly. Mum beamed, and hugged Ellie tightly. "I'll
be watching from the audience, with Tiff," she said. "Spyke can come if he wants
to, but don't let him ruin your performance. Come on, let's set off." She glanced
at her watch. "You wait here a minute, while I ask Spyke if he's coming." She
hurried inside, but returned quickly. She shook her head sadly.
"Let's go then!" I cried, smiling bravely,
but feeling very disappointed inside. We walked up to the school, which didn't
take very long, and left Ellie at the side entrance, where she was going up
to get changed. "See you in a minute," I called to her, and she laughed and
waved. Mum and I went up into the audience inside the Hall, finding two chairs
next to a man with two Ixi.
"I can't wait, can you?" I whispered to
"I know, it's exciting isn't it?" she
answered, winking. But we didn't have much time for talk, as soon the play had
"Welcome to the play Mystery On Mystery
Island!" Mr Trunkles voice boomed over a loud speaker, and soon the characters
were onstage, looking bright and colourful. The acting was superb, and soon
you were involved in the Play, totally sucked in. When Ellie walked onstage
decorated in her flowers and grass skirt, the audience clapped loudly, and when
she sang a hushed silence filled the Hall as all were entranced by her melody.
For a full hour and a half, it seemed as if the world had stopped, just for
this play, and everyone loved it. As the end music played and all the characters
bowed, EVERYONE cheered and clapped and whistled and screamed and shouted and
stamped their feet, while some people even stood up declaring their love of
it. Ellie looked absolutely delighted, and I had never seen her this happy.
Her face was rapturous and flushed with joy, her fur radiated with a glow and
as she curtseyed everyone whistled. I glanced over at Mum, who was crying.
"Mum, what's wrong?" I asked, taking her
"Absolutely nothing," she whispered, smiling
brightly through her tears. "That's just it- look at her. Absolutely nothing.
She's so happy! I want her to stay with us forever. But…." Both of us knew she
was thinking about Spyke. And I knew why Mum was crying- with a kind of bittersweet
happiness. Knowing that she wasn't able to stay with us forever.
Mum and I stood up waiting for her as
all the characters stepped offstage and went to greet their friends in the audience.
Ellie came straight over and hugged us both.
"Well done!" I cried. "You ROCKED!" All
three of us laughed. But soon Ellie had stopped laughing, and was staring at
the two Ixi next to us.
"Is that… Megan? And Tilly?" she said
curiously, and the Ixi spun around, beaming with happiness. One of the Ixi was
blue, with flecks of gray in her coat that showed her age. She had huge eyes,
similar to Ellie's except a bluey- black, and she looked very thin, but healthy.
The other Ixi was red, and young- perhaps younger than me, but this Ixi looked
sickly and frail. I knew who they were. But then the blue Ixi spoke.
"Hello Eleanor," she said, in a rusty
sort of voice. "Is this your family?" Ellie looked at us, who were smiling,
"Yes," she said simply. "This is my sister
Tiffany, and would you like to greet my Mum?" This was too much for me- I burst
into tears, simply sobbing with joy.
"You don't know how long I've wanted you
to say that!" I whispered.
"So you're part of the family now!" Mum
declared. The Ixi were smiling.
"And this is our Dad," the red Ixi said,
pointing to the elderly man sitting next to them. He had a long gray beard,
pale blue eyes and a kindly face.
"That's the man that visited us in the
Hut!" Ellie said. "What happened?"
"Well, when you managed to escape, this
man -- Fred -- managed to grab us and take us back to his home. We've lived
with him ever since," Megan the blue Ixi replied. "We don't know what happened
to Master, but I hope he's very happy." Her voice was bitter.
Ellie hugged both of the Ixi, and turned
to the man.
"Thank you for rescuing Megan and Tilly,"
Ellie said. "Please visit us sometimes. I'd like to stay friends with you all."
"That won't be a problem," the man smiled.
"I'd be welcome to see you all again." I cleared my throat.
"Does this mean that Ellie will be staying
forever then?" I asked Mum hopefully.
"Yes," came a familiar voice from behind
us. I spun around to see Spyke there, holding an asleep Murgle.
"Spyke!" Ellie shouted, and hugged him
tightly. He hugged her back and kissed her on the cheek.
"Welcome to the family, Ellie," he said.
"And I'm really sorry for being a jealous brat. I thought that Mum and Tiff
were paying you too much attention. But I felt guilty after you all left, and
snuck into the back of this Hall to watch. You were amazing."
"I take this is your brother then?" Tilly
"Yes," Ellie said. "And this is my baby
brother Murgle, fast asleep thank goodness." Everyone laughed, and began shuffling
out of the doorway.
"I guess this is time to say our goodbyes
then," I said. I was now holding baby Murgle in my arms, who was stirring.
"Yes it is," the man Fred answered. "Well
goodbye Eleanor and your family!"
"And goodbye to you," my Mum shouted,
"Murgle want sister Ellie!" Murgle said,
who had just woken up. I willingly passed him to Ellie, who was looking overjoyed.
"Come on, let's go home," Spyke said,
as we watched Fred, Megan and Tilly disappear around the corner.
And all of us -- Mum, Spyke, Murgle, Ellie
and I- linked arms and disappeared into the distance. My family -- united as