Why can’t they just be quiet and let me enjoy the
heaven of reading? x3Sunshinex3 thought as she leaned against the light
yellow pillow of her Rubber Duck Cot. The baby Kau had a copy of Geometry
Level 1 held onto her shiny hooves. Most people would be surprised to see
a baby-painted Neopet reading such an advanced book, but it was no surprise
for the l3estest family. Sunshine had always been known for her bookwormness
and shyness. On her left was her blue Floud, Angel, in her usual petite, convenient
travel-size bowl. The water inside was clean and clear. Sunshine cleansed it
the night before. To her right was another pile of unread books. Sunshine’s
goal that day was to finish each one at the end of the day. But how could she
complete her task with such a deafening racket downstairs?
Angel suddenly flew into the air as a loud bang
was heard below giving Sunshine’s soft yellow room a small earthquake. This
conversation soon followed:
“OUCH!” Sunshine recognized the voice of her
brother, x3Sunnyx3 the electric Kacheek. “Ouch! I think I broke my leg!!”
“Oh no! That’s the third couch this week!!!”
Les (l3estest) screamed. Sunshine listened attentively. Sunshine had a clear
image of what happened. Sunny was in his usual hyper mode so he jumped up and
down on the couches. Then an even stronger wave of manic swept over and Sunny
became a maniac and split the couch in half.
I’m tired of this! I’m tired of all this noise
in the house! Sunshine had enough! She threw her quilted blanket and jumped
out of the cot, leaving Angel gradually going back to her nap. Sunshine stomped
across the hallway, her book still clutched in her hoof. The wooden flooring
scraped beneath her polished feet. Her mind was filled with irritated thoughts
as well as rage, which eventually took over.
The others stared at Sunshine, who just appeared
in the living room. Sunny stopped his complaint about the broken foot and stared.
Cutiebabypup glared, his rainbow Gelert eye lids stretched to a point where
it was about to snap. Even the typically snobby and vain __Melodyz__ the Faerie
Ixi let go of her precious hair brush and gasped. If Les wasn’t weeping over
her third couch, she would’ve joined the others in a gaping mania.
Sunshine stood at the doorway, her eyes had flames
in them (literally), her usual aqua skin tone turned bright red with fury, her
teeth clenched so tight that her baby teeth almost popped out, and the copy
of Geometry Level 1 was in her hoof so forcefully that she made a hole
through the book cover.
“Is that Adam?!?” Pup suddenly asked, breaking
the silence. His dark brown eyes was still on Sunshine. “Is he going to hurt
us?!?!” Pup ran over and hid behind Sunny as his eyes still glued onto the infuriated
Melodyz shook her head. “Turning red is definitely
a big fashion no-no… as is the fact that she might soon have no teeth…”
“No, Mel. He’s not a girl!” Pup corrected.
Sunny quickly nudged him. “Pup, be quiet! Do
you really want another mad Neopet?”
The two brothers gave Melodyz a sheepish smile,
but to their astonishment (and relief), Melodyz didn’t hear them. In fact, she
took a step backwards. Her eyes were filled with fear. The ordinarily shy, nice
girl had turned into a monster! All that was in Melodyz’s head.
Sunshine took a step forward. Her whole body
was now totally red, perhaps turning a little brown. She took a deep breath
then exploded. “YOU GUYS NEED TO BE QUIET!!! I’VE BEEN TRYING TO READ THE WHOLE
MORNING AND YOU GUYS ARE JUST SOOOOOO LOUD! I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE! I REALLY
WANNA GET SOME BOOKS READ TODAY! GOT IT??? SO I’LL JUST GO OUTSIDE FOR A LITTLE
WHILE AND ESCAPE FROM THE TERRIBLE NOISE!” The baby Kau opened the front door
warningly. The warm air outside only made it more obvious that it was the place
where Sunshine could read peacefully, without any disturbances. Small breezes
ruffled her fur as a wave of glee sent chills down her back. Sunshine knew that
the outdoors was the only place to escape for an afternoon of serenity. “Well,
I’ll see you guys whenever!”
Les stepped forward but was too late. Her face
stood an inch from the door as Sunshine shut the front door in her owner’s face.
Of course, Sunshine wasn’t the type of Neopet whom would be disrespectful to
her owner, so the slamming was on accident. Even so, Les wobbled unstably. “My
most respectful Neopet had just slammed the door in MY face… what is Neopia
* * *
Sunshine inhaled a pure, clean breath of freedom. It was so silent that it
took Sunshine by surprise when a Beekadoodle chirped. She wandered around Neopia
Central a little bit, hoping to find a comfortable place to relax her worn out
ears. She walked west of Neopia Central and into a field of green, fresh grass.
Her aqua eyes gaped at the rare view for more than three minutes. The place
was so serene! So… beautiful! Sunshine had rarely seen such a marvelous landscape,
it even beat the time where they went to the Mystery Island and saw the clear,
blue ocean water.
Sunshine looked across the grassland and found
bulky oak tree. She skipped through the crisp grass. Sunshine settled herself
on a large rock below the significant oak tree, eager to continue solving problems
from Geometry Level 1. Although the rock was not very cushy nor supple,
she still felt herself enjoying the rock more than the Kauvara Bean Bag in the
living room of 353800 Neopia Avenue, Neopia Central. As the sun beamed down
at the shady tree, the baby Kau gave a smile to herself. At last, I have
found my wonderland...
* * *
Sunshine was not the only Neopian who showed up in the next few week. Sunshine
was so excited about finding her secret meadow that she shared it with two other
Neopians that she knew would not blab it or share it with any other unconscious
Neopet. Her two secret keepers were Angel and Adeline, Angel's petpetpet Cooty.
Every single day, the baby Kau brought along her two buddies, thinking of the
mellow day that was ahead. She never worried about the pandemonium her siblings
caused, nor the sonance that haunted her whenever she sat indoors at 353800
Neopia Avenue. Now there was a stupendous and exquisite landscape awaiting her
And best of all, nobody knows about this place...
at least, none yet.
* * *
"Oh my God!" An excited Faerie Ixi slammed the front door open, her blue eyes
filled with glee. On her back was her Faerie Backpack which was now entirely
stuffed with different varieties of cosmetics. Sunshine lifted her head from
the extra credit homework she was working on. Pup stopped smashing his toy cars
together and observed Melodyz with a blank look in his brown eyes. Sunny let
go of the scissors that he was cutting up his homework with and glared at Melodyz,
irritated. Les set down the latest issue of the Neopian Times. "You will NOT
believe what I just saw in the shop ads!! I was there looking for new Usukis,
"Well, when I got there, there was this HUGE
crowd of Neopets gathered around the first ad. Well, you all know that I want
to know ALL the latest gossip because it's totally cool to know them so I started
reading the board. It said that there's going to be a new park opening soon!
It's really big and very, very resplendent!! They're setting up a swimming pool,
tennis court, and a pond! Oh, and I heard there's even a huge oak tree that
is very shady. It's going to open up soon, I can't wait!!!" Melodyz grinned,
brainstorming herself tanning in one of the beach chairs. "Isn't this marvelous?"
Sunshine almost gave a loud gasp when she heard
the oak tree part. She was almost 100% certain that the future park is the one
where she's been spending all her quiet time at. The peaceful landscape... her
secret meadow... gorgeous grassland... wonderland...
"Wait... are parks those things where you surf
and built sand castles?? 'Cause I like those!!" the rainbow Gelert beamed enthusiastically,
his mind on the time he built a sand castle with Sunny. "Those are lots of fun!!
I like getting wet! I like surfing, playing beach ball, swimming, building sand
castles, catching crabs, putting sand down my pants, strawberries..."
Three Neopets and one human stared at Pup pathetically.
Before they could say anything, Pup started his
useless babbling again. "OH! I like getting wet! I like surfing, playing beach
ball, swimming, building sand castles, catching crabs, putting sand down my
pants, strawberries... um, did I mention that I like surfing, playing beach
ball, swimming, building sand castles, catch---" Pup has always been known as
the most dim-witted and forgetful pet in the family. Perhaps not only the l3estest
family, maybe even Neopia!
"Pup, parks are not places where you do things
like that. Those are called beaches. Parks are where you have fun and play on
swing sets, slides, and enjoy the outdoors," Les explained, amused.
Sunshine couldn't hold it to herself any longer.
She just HAD to tell her family about her tragedy.
And so she did. She told every little detail
"... So... that's what happened... do you think
I can get my discovery back?" Sunshine asked curiously.
Les shook her head, frowning. "I doubt it...
I mean, it's no use trying to go against these stubborn fools. They won't give
your land back without proof... you can try it and we can help, but most likely
the land is going to be theirs... so don't depend too much on that philosophy...
or your going to be severely hurt..." Les stated.
Sunshine shut the door before she heard the last
part of Les' sentence, which perhaps is the most prominent detail. I'm definitely
going to get my tree back... my secret meadow... my wonderland...
* * *
Sunshine's eyes were filled with tears, ready to burst any second. She had
tried her best to get her land back. They didn't believe me... they just
thought I was a little baby lying... but I wasn't!! I was being honest! She
thought, crystal blue tears rolled down her aqua skin and dripping on the cement
sidewalk. She felt ashamed. I couldn't even get one of my favorite things
in the Neopia back!!! How am I ever going to achieve any goals? Why am I such
a loser? Sunshine began to run. She wanted to get home and hide underneath
the covers and never come out. A wave of frustration and anxiously swept over
the baby Kau, resulting in even more depressed tears. It was cloudy that day,
not one speck of sunshine. Perhaps the sun was also mortified because the usually
strong-willed fighter had given up on hope.
Sunshine dove under the light yellow blanket
that matched her Rubber Duck Cot, holding onto her Christmas Uni Plushie.
I will never come out...
"Sunshine? Come out, we have a surprise for you!"
Les shouted on the other side of the light yellow door. Les knocked a little
more vigorously. "Sunshine, you'll really like this! I spent a lot of time looking
The baby Kau knew that she had to come out. She
has never let her owner down, never in her lifetime. Why should she break it
now? The Kau nodded to herself, tears drying on her cheek. If I don't go,
I'll let my owner down, and I can't do that. Sunshine flipped over the covers
and jumped out of her cot. "I'M COMING!!"
* * *
Les lead Sunshine out to the yard area. The first yard was Sunny's and it was
filled with junk and broken toys, just like his room. Melodyz's garden was much
better, although the vain Ixi never had enough time to organize the garden properly,
for she was too occupied everyday with her oh-so-exhausting grooming schedule.
Pup's garden was... well, let's just say that it's as blank as his mind. Sunshine's
garden was so much more organized, flowers, roses, daisies filled the air with
a lovely fragrance. The treat wasn't just for the nose, the eye was up for quite
a delicacy also. There were colors all around the garden.
"OH MY GOODNESS!! I-Is that an o-oak tree s-seedling??"
Sunshine gasped at what she saw. Although the tree looked fragile and young,
Sunshine saw a bright future for the little guy. Not only is it going to be
an amazing sight to see, in approximately a hundred years, this tree would be
someone's quiet escape, someone's peaceful getaway, someone's secret meadow,
Author's Note: I really hope people enjoy this story. I really enjoy fanmails
or just comments and suggestions. I want to throw some thanks to 6_moonlight_6
(Jen) for, once again, doing an amazing job proofreading. I also want to say
thanks to all the editors and artists, you guys make the NT great!