With only four days until Valentines day, Snow the plushie
Bruce was in a hurry to find the perfect gift for her owner. As she rushed through
the crowded streets of Neopia Central she hardly glanced at the elaborate decorations
hanging from the lamp posts, sparkling of red, white, and pink.
Suddenly, something caught her eye in the Valentines
day shop window. She pressed her face against the window and right up in the
front was a big, shimmering, heart shaped ring, in a red velvet box. Snow’s
heart jumped with joy, she found the perfect gift! Her eyes then dropped from
the ring to a tag in front of it. It read, “Valentines Day Ring 50k.” Snow’s
eyes widened in disbelief. She looked down at her hand and counted the Neopoints
she had collected, only to find she didn’t have nearly enough; 10k to be exact.
Maybe I can haggle with the owner! Snow
quickly thought to herself. She walked into the shop overconfident and stepped
up to the counter. There stood before her an older looking male Gelert with
a stern expression on his face. With an irritated voice he said, “May I help
Snow was too excited to recognize his stern expression
and replied, “I’m hoping you can. You see I was wondering if you would give
that Valentines Ring in the window for 10k… that’s all I have… and anyway I
think its way over priced.” Snow gave the owner the biggest smile she possibly
could, in hopes he wouldn’t be able to resist her cuteness.
The owner gave her a surprised look, and started
to laugh uncontrollably. Snow found this as a very bad sign. “I don’t think
so little missy, that ring wont sell for any less then the asking price. It
is a very sought after item this time of year,” the owner said while looking
at her as if she was a mental patient that just got out of the Neopian hospital.
Snow’s eyes started to tear, as she ran from
the shop as fast as her stubby legs could go. Unfortunately, she wasn’t looking
were she was going and ran into a nicely dressed, middle-aged Blumaroo. “Oh
dear, are you okay, sweetie?” the Blumaroo said with a gentle expression.
Snow looked up to the lady with wide eyes and
said between sniffles, “Not really, I went to the Valentines shop to buy my
owner a Valentines ring for a gift… but… but… I didn’t have enough... so I tried
to haggle with the owner... but he just laughed at me.*sob* *sob*”
“Aw, there there, what if I said I could help
you save up enough money before Valentines Day for your owner’s gift,” the lady
Blumaroo said sweetly to the sad Bruce.
Snow wiped her eyes dry, “Really?! Could you
really help me?”
The Blumaroo nodded with a smile on her face,
“I sure can, come with me. I have a little shop of my own down the street. You
can come after school everyday and help me with it, and in return I will give
you enough Neopoints to buy your owner that ring.”
Snow jumped with glee and followed the Blumaroo
all the way to her shop. There the Blumaroo showed Snow what she would need
to help her out with and Snow agreed to meet at the shop right after school
for the rest of the week.
Snow then started off home again and couldn’t
stop smiling. Her worries seemed to have been lifted and all she could think
about was that shimmering ring in the window. When she reached her Neohome she
spotted her owner trimming down some bushes in the front garden. She ran up
to her and gave her a big hug. “Hi to you too. What was that for?”
Snow looked up at her owner while still squeezing
her, “Oh nothing, just wanted a hug.”
“Well, in that case,” Snow’s owner then picked
up her little Bruce and swung her around in a big bear hug. They both giggled
and after she put Snow down they both felt a little dizzy.
When they walked back into their Neohome a blast
of sweet smells came forward from the kitchen. “I made your favorite dessert
tonight, Strawberry Bruce Muffins!”
Snow squealed with delight, she couldn’t wait
to sink her beak into one. Her owner was so good to her, that was why she wanted
to get her that ring so badly.
For the next four days straight Snow walked from
school, past the Valentines shop, to the small little shop at the end of the
street, were the kind Blumaroo lady was waiting for her. She couldn’t help gawking
at the Valentines ring she had her heart set on as she past the Valentines shop
everyday. When she reached the little shop, she helped with anything the Blumaroo
needed. Whether it was just dusting the counter tops, or helping with boxes
At the end of the four days the Blumaroo did
exactly what she had promised, she gave Snow the 40k she had earned fair and
square. That day, after thanking the Blumaroo for all her help, she rushed out
of the little shop all the way to the Valentines shop. She didn’t bother to
look in the window for the ring, she just rushed right in, slapped the 50k on
the counter, and asked to have the Valentines Ring wrapped in special Valentines
wrapping. The owner of the shop this time had a look of sadness on his face
as he grimly replied, “I’m so sorry, but I just sold the last Valentines Ring
Snow’s face dropped in disbelief, she couldn’t
believe her little Bruce ears… could this really be happening! “But I just saw
it in the window the other day… are you positive there aren’t any more?”
“I’m sorry, there is nothing else I can say…”
Snow solemnly walked out of the store with big
tears rolling down her cheeks. She didn’t feel like going home quit yet, and
felt it wrong for her to keep such a large amount of Neopoints that she wasn’t
going to use. So Snow decided to go back to the little shop the Blumaroo owned
and return the Neopoints. When she walked in the Blumaroo rushed to the Bruce
knowing something horrible had happened. “What happened sweetie?!”
Between sniffles Snow didn’t say more then, “Here,
please take these Neopoints back, I have no use for them any more.”
The Blumaroo shock her head back and forth sternly,
“No way am I taking those Neopoints back from you, you earned them. And what
do you mean you have no use for them? Did that shop owner treat you wrongly
“No, he was actually nice this time… it's just…
he doesn’t have any more rings to sell. So I now have no use for these” Snow
opened her hand and seemed in no mood to argue.
“Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that Snow, maybe you
can go get her another gift. I’m sure there are plenty of wonderful gifts still
“NO, THERE WONT! THERE WILL NEVER BE ANYTHING
BETTER!” Snow was bright red with anger, she threw the Neopoints on the ground
and ran out of the store once again in tears.
The Blumaroo stood there in shock… no words could
explain her deep sadness for the Bruce she had grown so fond of. She walked
up to the front desk and opened the top drawer, to reveal a red velvet box.
She had bought the Valentines Ring for herself a couple weeks earlier, but felt
the ring was meant for someone else's finger.
The next morning, the Blumaroo walked to Snow’s
Neohome, set down the red velvet box concealing the Valentines Day ring along
with a note, on her doorstep. She then rang the doorbell and left quickly to
make sure she wasn’t seen. Back inside the Neohome Snow slowly walked to the
front door. When she opened it to her surprised she saw the velvet box by her
feet. She picked it up along with the note, and began to read, “Dear Snow, you
need this more then me. Please share it with the one you love. Have a Happy
Valentines Day.” The note didn’t say who the special present was from, but in
Snow’s heart she knew who had left it.
“Who is it Snow?” Snow’s owner asked suspiciously.
“Oh, no one, it must have been someone playing
a trick on us,” Snow hurriedly said. “Anyway, want to exchange Valentines gifts
Snow’s owner smiled, “Okay.”
“ME FIRST!” Snow rushed to her owner with the
red velvet box spread out in front of her.
Snow’s owner looked in utter shock as she took
the box from her, “Snow you didn’t have to get me anything...” She slowly opened
it, revealing the sparkling, heart-shaped diamond, Valentines Day ring. She
screamed with surprise and glee. “SNOW! It's absolutely beautiful! How did you
get enough to get this… oh, never mind that. Come here and give me a hug.”
Snow ran into her owner’s arms, with the biggest
smile ever. Just knowing her owner loved it so much was enough to make her Valentines
Day the best one ever. The rest of the day was just as wonderful. Snow’s owner
had tons of gifts for Snow as well. They also made Valentines Cupcakes together
and went to the big Valentines parade in the middle of Neopia Central. Snow
couldn’t have asked for anything more, it just goes to show you how a little
love can go such a long way.
Authors note: Thanks to all of the NeoPolice Guild for giving me the support
and love I needed to inspire me to keep on writing. Especially Aussied, Holly,
Saphire , Ares, and Selina. Love you guys! :)