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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 11th day of Celebrating, Yr 19
The Neopian Times Week 22 > Short Stories > Out With the Old, In With the New

Out With the Old, In With the New

by eminemschick13

"Hi!" Anie69718, Anie for short, said as she bounded down the stairs for breakfast, "Lovely day isn't it?" she smiled as she helped herself to a Red Apple and a glass of Sparkling Apple Juice.

"Good morning Anie," Anie's owner Alicia said, "Yes it is a lovely day and look at this... they have released a new paint brush colour for Acara's, it's Faerie."

Anie dropped her glass of Apple Juice and gasped, "No they can't!"

"Why not?"

"Because they can't Um, I'm going for a walk! B-bye..." Anie stammered as she walked out of the NeoHome slamming the door behind her.

In about ten minutes time Anie had reached the center of market in Neopia and as always it was buzzing with excitement and activity. As Anie walked along the grey path heading towards the PetPet Shop for a browse, she paused. Laying on the ground in front of her was none other then a Faerie Paint Brush. Anie knew that her owner wanted her painted Faerie colour but that wasn't what Anie really wanted. Anie was about to walk away from it when she remembered how excited her owner was this morning when she told Anie about the new colour. Anie sighed and picked it up looking around to see if she could spot it's owner but she couldn't so Anie just held onto it as she headed once again to the PetPet store.

"Anie is that you?" Alicia asked peering around the corner. Once realising it was Anie she sighed, "Oh thank Neopia you are home."

"Why what is wrong?" Anie asked.

"Well I wanted to enter you in the beauty competition this afternoon."

"Really? Even without being painted like a Faerie?" Anie asked hiding the paint brush behind her back.

"Of course! You are the cutest thing ever!" Alicia hugged Anie. When she let go she realised that Anie had a Faerie Paint Brush in her hand.

"Why didn't you tell me you had one?" Alicia asked.

"Because I just found it just before."

"You wasn't going to tell me was you?"

"No."

"Why not?"

"Because I like the way I look now. I don't want to change but then again I do want to change.... I mean I like my look but maybe it would be good to have a change once in a while... what do you think?"

"I think you should do whatever makes you happy."

"Okay I will do it!" Anie exclaimed smiling.

After 15 minutes time Anie had changed into a divine Faerie Acara. The Beauty Contest was in a hour and a half so Anie and Alicia went for a walk down to the Grooming Parlour for some make-up. But after the make-up was applied Anie looked in the mirror and made a face.

"Alicia c-c-can I call you mum?" Anie asked blushing. Anie had been adopted so she had always called her owner Alicia.

"Of course you can."

"Well mum I don't really like the make-up I want to keep it a natural look. "Anything you want, hun."

After the Grooming Parlour (and all the make-up had been taken off), Anie went back to the PetPet Store once again to have a look around. What really caught her eye was a Hopso. She decided that if she won the competition she would buy the Hopso and give the rest of the NP to needy NeoPets and their owners.

Finally the time had come. Anie was really nervous but she went up on stage (with cheers from Alicia) and walked up to the judges, told them what she would do to the Neopoints and walked back again... she felt like a princess. After Anie's little walk the crowd burst into claps and cheers. Alicia ran up to Anie and hugged her.

"Mum! I haven't won yet!" She laughed.

In half an hours time the judges were ready to announce the winners....

"Third Prize goes again... she the Desert Aisha!" Anie clapped and cheered for Lithan as she went up to the microphone and thanked everyone who voted for her.

"Thank you Lithan. Time for the Second Prize which goes to... Daydream the Cloud Usul! Well done, Daydream!" Daydream smiled as she accepted the award and practically ran of the stage- she was very shy.

"Finally but not least the First Prize goes to... Anie the Faerie Acara! Congratulations!"

The crowd had gotten to it's feet in a blink of a eye clapping the hardest they could clap as Anie went up and accepted the award. As Anie looked out into the crowd she felt a tear in her eye glad that she had won the Beauty Contest for the first time in her life. As Anie looked back at Alicia she realised that Alicia was crying, not out of sadness or happiness but out of pride for her daughter. Anie smiled out at the crowd gave them one last thank you and stepped off the stage.

The End

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