As I was walking down the hall of Neopian High School
towards the lunch room, I felt a hoof touch my shoulder. I turned and saw my
best friend Lorea. We are both plain blue Unis. She fell in step with me, and
we walked through the lunchroom door.
"Hey, clipper," she said. "Have you heard the
news?" I shook my head.
"No, what is it?" I asked.
"There's going to be a new foreign exchange
student in our homeroom! He's from the Mystery Island," she exclaimed, obviously
about to burst with the news. "He'll be here tomorrow!" My eyes widened.
"Really? That's so cool!" I said. We sat down
at our usual lunch table with our friends, a Faerie Uni and a purple Uni
"What's cool?" Equidust, the Faerie Uni, asked.
"A new foreign exchange student from Mystery
Island is coming here tomorrow," Lorea replied.
"That is cool," agreed SkySnip, the purple Uni
"Did you hear about the Valentine's dance?"
"No, when is it?" I replied.
"In two weeks," SkySnip answered. At that moment,
a handsome shadow Uni sat down a few tables away. His name is Feristar. He seemed
to be staring at our table. We looked at him for a few seconds, then resumed
"I think Feristar wants to ask you to the dance,
clipper," teased Lorea.
"If he did, I wouldn't accept," I stated. Just
then, the bell rang that signalled lunch period was over, and we all walked
out of the lunchroom together, then went our separate ways to our classes. I
walked with SkySnip to our next class, English, which is my favorite class.
The rest of the day went quickly, even Gym, my least favorite class, then Lorea
and I walked home together.
"So, why wouldn't you accept Feristar if he
asked you to the dance?" asked Lorea, breaking the silence. I glanced over at
"You know why," I answered. He had teased me
about being an adopted pet and not being painted at the beginning of last year,
and I avoided him whenever I could since.
"You aren't still holding a grudge against him,
are you?" she questioned.
"Of course I am." I replied.
"Why not forgive him? Its obvious he is sorry
and its obvious he likes you." We walked in silence until we reached my house,
then I turned in at the gate while she continued to her own house. I walked
into the house and upstairs to my room, plopped down on my bed and stared at
the ceiling, my head swimming with Lorea's words. 'Its obvious he likes you.'
"Does he really?" I wondered aloud. Then I turned my thoughts to another subject,
namely, the new exchange student. I wondered what to wear to school the next
day, I wanted to make a good impression. I wandered upstairs to my owner's study.
I peeked in and saw her typing away at her computer.
"You want something, clipper?" she asked without
turning from the screen.
"How did you know it was me?" I questioned.
She shrugged and smiled.
"You are the only one home, besides, I heard
your hooves," she replied, "you want something?" she asked again.
"Not really, I was just wondering..."
"Can I get painted?" I asked suddenly. She turned
from the computer and stared at me.
"What brought this on?"
"I don't know," I replied. My owner turned back
to the computer, saved what she was typing, and turned it off.
"Paint brushes are expensive, clipper," she
said. I sighed.
"I know, I just thought I would ask." I turned
and started to walk out of the room.
"I'm sorry," she said softly. "I am trying to
save up to buy one for you," I turned back around.
"Really? What kind?"
"A starry paint brush, I think they look nice,"
"They do. I hope you save up enough sometime."
"I'll try." I hugged her and started to go back
downstairs, but I stopped and went back into her study. She looked up from the
computer again. "Yes?"
"Can I invite Lorea to sleepover tonight?" I
"Sure." "Thanks, memo." I ran downstairs to
my room, plopped down on my bed and called Lorea. "Lorea? Could you come over?"
"I need help deciding what to wear tomorrow,
you know, with the exchange student coming. I could help you too."
"Sure! I'll be over in a minute or two," she
said. She lives on the same street as me. I picked up a book and started to
read. True to her word, a minute or two later I heard the doorbell.
"I'll get it!" I screeched, for my brothers
and sister were home from school. I ran downstairs and opened the door. We ran
upstairs. "Can you sleep over?"
"Yes." By the time we had finished picking out
what to wear, it was late, so we rolled out our sleeping bags on the floor.
"So, did you think about what I said earlier about forgiving Feristar?"
"A little bit. Maybe if he asked me to the dance,
I might think about it. He is handsome..."
"...and he does like you," finished Lorea. We
soon fell asleep.
Early the next morning, we dressed and did our makeup and manes quickly. When
we got downstairs to the kitchen, my owner gave me a strange look about my makeup
on an ordinary day, but said nothing. By the time my siblings got downstairs,
Lorea and I were just finishing breakfast. We decided to leave for school early.
On the walk to school, we chatted a mile a minute, excited about the new student.
Once at school, the first pet we saw was Feristar. He gave me an admiring and
surprised look, but he kept his distance. In our homeroom, a strange, starry
male Uni entered with the teacher. Lorea and I exchanged a look. This must be
the new exchange student I thought, and I knew she was thinking it too.
"Good morning, class!" our teacher said. "This
is Royal_Eye, the new exchange student from the Mystery Island! I hope you all
will make him feel welcome. Why don't you take the seat over there, between
Lorea and clipper," he said, the last remark directed at Royal_Eye. Lorea and
I exchanged another look, and gave a silent smile at each other. As Royal_Eye
sat down between us, I caught sleep over eye as he glanced behind him from his
seat near the front of the room with a slight frown. I wondered why he would
be upset if Royal_Eye sat by me, unless Lorea is right and he does like me.
When class was over, Royal_Eye walked out with
me and Lorea.
"Hi, I'm Royal_Eye, but my friends called me
Roy," he introduced himself.
"I'm clipper, and this is my best friend, Lorea,"
"My next class is Neopian History, do you know
where that is?" he asked.
"Sure!" Lorea jumped into the conversation.
"Its my next class too, why don't I show you?" she offered. He quickly accepted,
and they walked in the direction of their class. My next class was Math, so
my classroom was in the opposite direction. We didn't see each other until lunch.
I was about to walk into the lunchroom, when I heard someone calling my name.
I looked, and saw Feristar walking towards me. I nodded at him politely, and
attempted to go into the lunchroom, but he caught my hoof.
"Can I talk to you, clipper?" he asked.
"Okay," I said, wondering what in the world
he wanted to talk to me about.
"I just wanted to apologize again for teasing
you last year, and..." he hesitated, as if he was nervous.
"And what?" I asked.
"And... ask you to the Valentine's dance," Feristar
"I accept your apology, I should have a long
time ago, but I can't go to the dance with you," I said softly.
"I want someone else to ask me," I almost whispered.
"Royal_Eye," he said, not asked. I simply nodded.
He nodded too, then darted into the lunchroom. I walked slowly in myself, and
bought lunch, then sat down at our usual table. SkySnip, Equidust, and Lorea
were already there. They immediately noticed my silence.
"What's wrong, clipper?" SkySnip asked. I only
nodded at Sleep over table, where he was eating lunch.
"He asked you to the dance, didn't he," said
Lorea. I nodded again.
"And?" Equidust prompted me.
"I turned him down."
"Oh," they said in unison. We watched Royal_Eye
sit down at Sleep over table, and they seemed to talk, though we couldn't hear
what they were saying.
On the way home from school that day, Lorea
asked, "Why did you refuse Feristar?"
"Just because," I said. She kept asking questions,
but I didn't answer. The weeks passed by quickly. Soon it was just a week to
the dance, and no one else had asked me. The worst day was Wednesday, when,
while we were walking home from school, Lorea seemed to be hiding something
from me. Finally, I just asked her right out what was wrong.
"Nothing's wrong, but, I hate to tell you this,
but, Royal_Eye asked me to the dance," she said softly. My face fell, but I
mustered up a smile.
"I'm glad for you, of course, but I just wish
he had asked me," I said, saying the last part almost to myself.
The next day, I started to walk home by myself,
because Royal_Eye was walking Lorea home, and they had already left, sharing
his umbrella, because it was raining. I didn't have an umbrella, so I was stalling
at school as long as I could. I finally decided to brave the storm, but just
as I stepped out in the rain, an umbrella was held over me. I looked up to see
"Can I walk you home?" he asked. I smiled up
"Sure." We started walking, when I decided to
say something. "Thank you, for sharing your umbrella with me."
"It was no problem," he said. We reached my
gate, and just as I as about to walk into the house, Feristar stopped me.
"Uh, clipper, can I ask you something?" I nodded.
"Now that Royal_Eye is going to the dance with Lorea, will you go with me?"
I smiled. "Yes, I would love to." He looked
"Really?" I nodded. He grinned from ear to ear,
and gave me a quick hug. "Thanks."
"No problem." He started down the street to
his own home, and we waved at each other. "Bye!" I yelled.
"See you tomorrow!" he called back. I skipped
into the house, not noticing when it stopped raining. When I walked into the
house, my owner was waiting for me.
"Where have you been, clipper?" she asked.
"Walking home," I simply replied.
"For 30 minutes? Its only a five minute walk!"
"Well, first I was stuck at school, because
of the rain, then..." I told her the story, ending with, "And then, he asked
me to the dance, and I accepted."
"I'm happy for you, but please don't stay out
so long next time, I was worried about you! Your brother and sister were home
25 minutes ago."
"I won't" I ran upstairs to call Lorea and tell
her the good news. When I got back downstairs, I looked out the window. "Hey!
It's stopped raining, and there's a rainbow outside!" I opened the door and
walked outside. I smiled up at the rainbow, thinking of the dance.