20th Day of Awakening, Year 6
Greetings from the land of endless sand, the
Lost Desert! I saw your classified ad (if you would permit me to call it in
that way) on the Neopian Notice Board as I happened to visit Neopia Central.
I thought, "If this Gelert is crazy enough to post a notice looking for a pen
pal, he must be a very interesting person!" That is the reason for my writing
Let me introduce myself. My name is Isis, a
female Desert Aisha living in a humble Neohome in the Lost Desert. Just in case,
you don't think I am worthy of becoming your pen pal, allow me to announce that:
1. I am a very interesting person.
2. I absolutely love to read books!
3. I already told you that I live in the Lost Desert.
I hope you are contented with my list.
Now, I will tell you more about myself. I am
an only Neopet, belonging to my beloved owner, Lady Re. We live in a Neohome
made of marble, gold, and silver. Perhaps, you are thinking that I am wealthy.
You are right. All my material wishes are granted as soon as the words leave
my mouth. The best gift I have received from Re, so far, is my pet Anubis. I
named him Horus. I know, I know. It sounds weird since there is a petpet called
Horus. I don't mind. Horus doesn't mind either.
I have plenty of hobbies. One is filling up
my stamp collection (do you like the Lost Desert Grarrl stamp I used on the
envelope?). Another is reading. How many books have you read, Yannagiba? I personally
have read 692, in all. You probably noticed, by now, that I write in a rather
"well-expressed" way. Honestly, though, doesn't everyone?
Besides those two, I also like to travel all
over the Lost Desert and the rest of Neopia. Well, once in a while, at least.
If ever you decide that you want to explore the Lost Desert, just tell me. I
will make an excellent tour guide. When we get to know each other better, is
it alright if I ask you to give me a tour of Neopia Central? I've only been
there a few times. Since you are a Neopia Central native, you know all the secret
I have nothing more to say, for now. Reply soon.
Your (hopefully) friend,
22nd Day of Awakening, Year 6
Hello there! You're the first Neopet to reply
to my notice. I'm a bit surprised. The notice board is supposed to make stuff
"get noticed", right? How come you're the only one who sent me a letter, huh?
Hmm… this calls for some really deep thinking.
Because you described your family and Neohome,
I guess I will, too. My owner's name is Belle. She's not exactly a hardworking
Neopian, if you get my drift. Belle hates playing games to earn NPs. I mean,
really, she spins the Wheel of Excitement about once in three days and buys
a scratch card, oh, once a month. I don't know how she manages to buy us food,
toys, and books. I think she has a secret store of NPs somewhere. I'm just going
to squeeze in a word about food: gross food items are the BEST!
Boy, you sure are lucky. I can't believe you're
an only Neopet! I have two younger sisters and a younger brother. The eldest,
after me, is Nadashikoh the Faerie Aisha. She is vain and sarcastic. The two
of us have arguments every 5 minutes. Chistomise (he's Aubergine) the Chia is
the youngest. He is sweet and loving. Chi is the most popular among us mainly
because he's cute and he won Pet Spotlight once. Okay, Uktabi367 (just call
him Yuki) is the second youngest. I left him for last because Yuki's description
calls for a debate (most of the time, anyway). Originally, he was a Halloween
Kacheek. After getting hit by the Lab Ray, he turned into the following: a Koi,
Tuskaninny, Jetsam, Flotsam, Kiko, and Kacheek. He is currently a female blue
Usul unless, of course, he turns into a different species tomorrow.
Our Neohome is a typical chaotic Neohome. My
room is made up of bamboo. It gives me a "Mystery Island" feeling. Okay, I guess
that's hard to understand. After I got zapped into Island by the ray, I began
to think about the Island a whole lot. Sometimes, I would feel a somewhat hot
breeze against my fur and hear a mysterious beat inside my head. Then, I close
my eyes and visualize that I am on Mystery Island.
I find you very interesting for…an Aisha. Forgive
me for writing that. All those fights with Nadashikoh are rubbing off on me.
Oh, and I wouldn't mind giving you a tour. You can visit anytime. Wow, 692 books?
I'm impressed. Compared to my measly… oh well, I'd be better off if I don't
mention how many books I've read. :P
Tell me more about your life.
25th Day of Awakening, Year 6
I am DELIGHTED that you replied so fast to my
letter. Your response had me laughing. I thank you for your wonderful gift,
my friend. You might as well know that I have never laughed before.
First of all, it is not a surprise that I am
the only one who has replied to your plea. You don't care much about material
things, don't you? I knew it. You see, Yannagiba, you should have paid at least
500,000 NPs if you wanted plenty of Neopets to see your notice. In fact, it
was only by mere chance that I happened to glance upon your ad. Ah, you are
You sound like one very contented Gelert. I
envy you. I wish I had an older brother or sister. It must be great fun to have
someone to talk to when you have problems or play with when you are bored. Being
an only child is not as wonderful as you think it is.
You asked me to tell you more about my life.
Well, then, here is my time frame:
7:00 AM. I wake up and head over to the dining
room for a heavy breakfast. If Lady Re is in the mood for splurging, we go to
Krawk Island and eat at the Golden Dubloon.
8:00 AM. Horus wakes up. I feed him.
8:20 AM. I lug a pile of books to the garden.
It is a beautiful place, Yannagiba. There are cactus flowers everywhere. The
sand feels warm under my paws. I spend the entire morning reading.
1:00 PM. It is time for lunch. During the meal,
Re asks me about my day so far. I tell her, "Oh, I am having a great time."
every time she asks. She smiles. We go back to not talking to each other. Re
leaves to shop soon after.
1:30 PM. I go to my room and stretch out on
my Funky Blue and Orange Bed. I prepare for an afternoon of activity. After
5 minutes of humming leisurely, I read for the rest of the afternoon.
6:30 PM. Dinner time is the most interesting
part of the day. By this time, Lady Re is already very angry (she just got back
from Neopia Central). I find it fascinating to look at her red face, her eyebrows
joined together and her mouth in a pout. She is in a bad mood because she didn't
get a good deal at the Neopian shops. Not only that. The stocks are down, too.
It is too bad.
She mutters curses under her breath. After a
few minutes, her face becomes a nice shade of crimson. I calmly eat my food
while pretending not to stare at her.
7:15 PM. I am back in my room sitting on my
favorite Anubis Arm Chair. Can you guess what I am doing? If you guessed I was
reading, you are right. Horus is curled up and snoring on his Mootix rug.
9:00 PM. I am back in bed. I open my lava lamp
and go to sleep.
I have a question for you, Yannagiba. How do
you make friends so fast? I have learned only too well that being an interesting
Neopet is NOT enough. Maybe, I should post my own classified ad on the notice
Young (and extremely lonely) Faerie Aisha looking for a
Visit me… NOW! NOW! NOW!
Well, what do you think?
29th Day of Awakening, Year 6
Everyone has friends. It's impossible not to
make some. Even by just walking outside our Neohome, I meet several Neopets
that soon become my friends! Anyway, your everyday schedule seems to be a little
(just a little, Isis) boring. Don't get me wrong. I love reading the way you
do. I just think reading all day is going too far. Oh, don't mind me. I'm just
jealous that you've read much more than I have.
In answer to your question, making friends is
as easy as pie. The reason why you don't seem to have too many friends is because
you don't get out of your house much. I suggest that you introduce yourself
to the Neopets you meet when you travel. They'll be more than happy to become
If you really want to make a new friend right
now (like, at this very moment), follow my advice. As soon as you finish reading
this letter, take a deep breath and get out of your Neohome. Walk along Sphinx
Road. Smile at the first Neopet you meet. The pet is sure to smile back at you.
When she (or he) does, strike up a conversation!
Note: Avoid mentioning that you've read 692
books. The Neopet might, uh, think you're *cough* vain *cough* or something.
Besides, she (or he) might not be interested in reading, unlike the two of us.
3rd Day of Running, Year 6
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ADVICE!!!!
I have great news. Are you ready? I made a new
friend! I can't believe it myself, but yes, I did it. I followed your excellent
advice. Let me tell you all about it…
I received your letter this Wednesday morning
after eating breakfast at home. It was about 8:30 AM when I went outside and
took a walk. Have I told you, Yannagiba, that I am very shy? That is the reason
why I like writing to you. I express myself better through writing rather than
speaking. If ever we meet, my friend, I would scarcely open my mouth.
Going back to my experience, I walked with my
head down and my eyes looking straight at the sand. I walked for three minutes
without stopping before I stepped on an olive green paw. Said paw belonged to
a massive Mutant Moehog with dull yellow eyes and tusks, a few red hairs sprouting
out of his tail, and dark green stripes on his back. I took one look at him,
blinked, and… shivered.
"Uh…" I said, momentarily speechless. I was
dying inside, Yannagiba. Imagine, meeting a MUTANT MOEHOG on your first ever
quest for a friend. Of course, I couldn't let you down, Yannagiba. I stared
"Hi," the Moehog replied gruffly. He looked
at me through his heavy-lidded eyes.
I managed a tight-lipped smile. "Hello," I said.
"My name is Isis. I live across the street. I am…very pleased to meet you."
I held out a paw.
He stared at it for a few seconds then cocked
his head. "I'm Mort." He shook my paw.
I almost fainted but thankfully, I didn't. I
successfully avoided fainting by thinking of how proud you would be if you found
out I made a new friend. We talked about plenty of things. I learned that he
likes reading, too. You know what? He has read 701 books, in all! When he mentioned
that, I was rendered speechless again. The best part is that Mort invited me
over to their Neohome for lunch. After checking with Lady Re to see if I could
go, I took Horus to Mort's place. He has a younger sister: a red Blumaroo by
the name of Sari. We played for hours.
I could go on and on about my experience for
many more paragraphs. You probably have had enough of my ramblings, though,
so I will end my letter here.
Again, thank you! This is definitely one of
the happiest days of my life.
5th Day of Running, Year 6
Okay, my letter is going to be shorter than usual. Chi needs some help with
his garden supplies shopping and of course, *ahem* helpful brother that I am,
I offered my humble services. Besides, I had been planning to go there later
to mail this letter at the Post Office. :P Anyway, I only have a few minutes
left to write. Chi is somewhat impatient.
First of all, congratulations! I see you've
got a new friend now. Mort is…he's a bit… to tell you the truth… he's a very…
Mort is interesting. He likes to read books, huh? What a whopping amount. If
you read all day, I'm guessing he reads all day and all night. What a geek!
Er, just joking, Isis. Really. I think he's quite a charming guy. I was just
surprised that an Aisha like you would… oh, a MUTANT. Never mind.
I just hope you won't forget
your other friends.
I have to go now. Chi is calling me.
7th Day of Running, Year 6
You are my friend: my very first genuine friend.
Please, always remember that.
I hope you have not forgotten what you said
in your first letter to me. You said you didn't mind giving me a tour of Neopia
Central. Well, the time is ripe, my friend. Tomorrow, I am going to your Neohome
with Horus. Don't worry. I have asked Lady Re for her permission. She allowed
me to go. I will be arriving at your house at noon.
Since you mentioned that I can drop by anytime,
I am expecting you to have a "Welcome Party" for me. I am, after all, the only
Neopet who replied to your ad on the notice board. Do refrain from ordering
dishes from the Golden Dubloon. I would like you to serve only the best gross
food items you can find. I would be positively delighted to have fresh seaweed
pie, mustard ice cream, and a glass of clamade for lunch. Finger Crisps and
fish pop are most acceptable, too.
See to it that you introduce me to Nadashikoh!
I'll be there soon!
Your best friend,
Author's Note: I used my own Neohome address for Yannagiba's address. If
ever there really is an address just like Isis', it is a mere coincidence. Thank
you for reading my short story! ^^ I hope you enjoyed it. Please Neomail your
comments/suggestions. I'll be glad to hear from you.