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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 3rd day of Relaxing, Yr 22
The Neopian Times Week 66 > Short Stories > Half and Half

Half and Half

by _l_love_plushies_

I waited anxiously as the Shop Wizard headed towards me.

     "Good news, Amoniqua," he said, waving his wand. "There's a Split Chia Morphing Potion for only 1000 NP!"

     He told me the details of the shop and after thanking him, I hurried over. A few minutes later, I was the proud owner of the Split Chia Morphing Potion. I rushed home, and got ready to drink it. Ever since I accidentally drank a Kacheek Transmogrification Potion, I had been afraid to leave the house. All my 'friends' made fun of me. I was a humiliation. This potion was the answer to all my problems.

     The potion was warm to the touch. I slowly took off the lid, careful not to spill any. The bottle slowly tipped back, and the taste was quite nice. Then I started to tingle. It started from my toes and worked its way up. My legs became more chubby and changed into its brand new purple and orange colour. My tail sort of 'slooshed' back into my spine, as the changes worked their way up. My arms did their little morphy thing, until it was only my head. Just then, everything went back...

     I was just starting to worry, when a bright light flashed in front of me. I read its large striking text:

"NEOPETS IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE"

     Within seconds, everything was back, but the tingling had stopped. I ran to my mirror. To my horror, I was a Split Chia...and a Mutant Kacheek. I was half and half... The tears welled up in my eyes. I didn't have enough Neopoints to buy another potion, and there was no way any one would hire me for a job. I was a freak of nature! I had to go to the money tree. Some part of me knew that. There, I would find some NP. I waited until nightfall and then headed out.

     The streets were deserted, which was fine with me. So far, no one had seen my hideous body. But I had spoken too soon, because a rustling sound was coming from the bushes next to me. I peered through, and saw the Pant Devil wrestling with a Pet Rock.

     "You need some help?" I asked the Pant Devil. He looked at me with an evil glint in his eye. "Oh, I wouldn't bother. I have no items with me." I continued, while stepping out from the shadowy plants.

     "What the... AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!" screamed the Pant Devil (and I mean screamed!). He ran off as fast as he could. I looked down at the Pet Rock. I don't know if he saw me or not. I don't know if he had eyes or not. But somehow, he was whimpering. I picked him up and decided to take care of him. For days I nursed him back to health. I had considered selling him for money hundreds of times, but he was perhaps one of the few true friends I had. In fact, he was the only true friend I had. I named him Furball, and together we lived in harmony.

     One night, Furball was really active. I decided to take him out for a walk. I avoided any contact with others, cause I was still a half mutant. Furball lead me through twisted paths in the forest, through dark, damp tunnels and over rocky mountains. It was daylight, but I no longer cared. We were so far away from civilisation, the chance of someone discovering us was pretty much nil.

     I wanted to turn back, but I had to trust in Furball. I was tiring fast, but he managed to pull me along. Eventually, we reached the peak of a mountain. I looked over the other side and was shocked. I saw a giant Pant Devil flag on top of a giant pile of items.

     "Is this the Pant Devil's home?" I asked Furball.

     "Merog Gah!" he said, jumping up and down. (That means yes.)

     I snuck down the hill and dived into the pile of treasure. I found a bag that the Pant Devil had stolen, and managed to fit in every item in his pile. There were hidden tower items, super-rare plushies, medicine, food and thousands of stamps. I had just gotten out of sight when I heard a whimpering from behind. I placed down the giant sack and looked around. The Pant Devil was standing on a small stack of key rings: all that was left of his treasure.

     "Are you okay?" I asked.

     "My home was destroyed. I don't have anything any more," he managed to say between sobs.

     "Don't you have any friends? People who can help?" I questioned him. "Surely you could just buy something!"

     "How can I? When people see my, they just scream and run away. No one gives me a chance."

     His words struck me as familiar. That was how I felt. But he wasn't in the same situation as me.

     "People only dislike you because you steal their stuff," I informed him. "Why don't you give people stuff you find?"

     "I don't steal their stuff. I just look at it and they run off. But do you think I'll be liked if I give them stuff?"

     "Sure," I told him. "By the way, I saw a large bag of stuff just around there. It might contain your stuff. I don't know how it got there," I lied.

Five Months Later

Something has happened!
The Pant Devil appears and hands you a 'Split Chia Morphing Potion'


     "Hi," said the Pant Devil. "I took your advice. People like me now. And when I found this, I thought I'd hand it to you."

     "Thanks, but no thanks," I replied. "Back when I first met you, I would've jumped at the opportunity. But now I have realised that I'm not weird. I went out and met new people. It turns out I'm not the only person like this. I started up a Guild and I have over 1,000 members. I... like the way I am. Half and half."

The End


Author's note: I would like to thank my friend, harry_dream, for allowing me to use the name Amoniqua, their pet Flotsam from a now frozen account.

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