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The Neopian Times Week 30 > Short Stories > Wheat Flakes and Prune Juice

Wheat Flakes and Prune Juice

by raspberry60

A blue Shoyruess stood looking in the mirror at herself, frowning. Her pale blue skin irritated her. Why wasn't she painted? She thought about how beautiful she would look when she was painted striped, with stripes running down her back.

The young blue Shoyru walked down the stairs into the stone kitchen. Her feet were cold. It was snowing outside, so school had been canceled, much to her relief. She didn't really want to be seen until she was striped.

"Glad to see your up, Silvveress. I thought you were going to miss breakfast." Her owner smiled, and handed her a box of wheat flakes and a can of prune juice.

Silvver wrinkled her nose. "Prune juice again? Yuck! Why can't we have orange juice? And what about Coco NeoCrunch cereal? Why just wheat flakes? We don't even have milk!"

Her owner glared at her. "You do want to be painted striped, right?" The Shoyruess nodded. "Then we'll save what little we can!" Silvver was silent for the rest of breakfast, and had just finished her wheat flakes when her older brother, Lad, a red Shoyru, came down, wearing a leather jacket and a scarf.

"I'm going to the Tombola," he said. He grabbed a can of prune juice and left. Silvver gulped down her prune juice and went upstairs. She took out her diary.

Dear Diary,

It's snowing outside. Very cold.

Silvver

She put down the blue pencil she had been writing with. She closed her diary and put it away. She went downstairs... into the Gourmet Dining Room.

She looked at the room, empty of furniture and bare walls. Such a sacrifice. The Entrance Area was empty too. She peeked into the kitchen. There was a small stone table and a few hewn stone chairs. There was her owner, who didn't eat breakfast, giving her adopted Quiggle brother, Gig, his prune juice. She saw him wrinkle his nose. She sighed and went upstairs.

She went up through the hall. The looked in her owner's room. There was a bed, a mirror, and a small stone side table with a table lamp on it. She then looked into her brother Lad's room. There were M*YNCI and Chomby And The Fungus Balls posters all over the walls, a small bed, a blue bean bag chair, and a dresser.

Silvver then went into her brother Gig's room, and saw a straw bed, a stone side table, a small table lamp, a blue bean bag chair, and a funky lime dresser. Then she looked in her own room. There she saw her purple wardrobe, mirror, small stone side table, small table lamp, blue bean bag chair, and her straw bed.

That's funny, Silvver thought to herself, I could've sworn we had more furniture than this... Silvver opened her purple wardrobe and took out her leather jacket, gloves, and scarf. She then went downstairs and told her owner she was going to shop, to see if they had sold anything.

So she flew over to the shop. She opened the door, and the gasped. There it was. The furniture. There was the cream rug that had been in her owner's bedroom... the pine finish table that had been in the dining hall... the tiger table that had been out on the back porch... and several chairs. All for sale. There were even a few of Lad's posters.

Silvver flew home. When she got home, it was lunch time. Both her brothers and her owner were having some Carrot and Pea omelette.

"You guys, why is a lot of our furniture for sale?" She looked at them. All three of them exchanged glances. "It's to raise money for your paint brush, Silvver," her owner told her.

"Why are you making such sacrifices? Why don't you make me sell my furniture?"

"Because we want you to be happy," Lad said.

"Yeah." Gig grinned. Their owner smiled, and nodded.

"Wow, thanks so much you guys!" Silvver gave them each a hug.

Later that week, Silvver received a gift: a striped paint brush. She painted herself and was very happy with her new look. Her brother Lad was painted disco, but Gig decided he liked being yellow, and got a Wadjet instead.

Silvver tells all her friends that the "wheat flakes and prune juice really paid off."

Silvver was very grateful that her owner and her brothers had made such sacrifices. She never forgot how kind it was. Never.

The End


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