The Surprising Sack
"Then we just have to go to Maraqua, Dionee! My friend,
you know, the starry Pteri, told me that there is a hidden treasure chest and
it has over one million Neopoints in it, and I really want to find it so you can
get me a Striped paintbrush..." My red Kau, Daisy said this all so quickly I found
it hard to get my ears around it.
"Slow down, honey. Now tell me that again while
we wake up Kermit and Sunny," I said.
But my green Nimmo, Kermit was already coming
into the kitchen; probably looking for the breakfast I should have been making.
"Mornin', Dionee, what's Daisy yammering on about
this time. Or should I say where is she yammering about this time," Kermit said.
"I was talking about Maraqua and the hidden treasure
chest with a million Neopoints in it. Wouldn't it be so great if we found it?
We could buy whatever we wanted, " Daisy said, "And I don't yammer."
"Wow, sis, you know what I would buy?" Kermit
"What?" Daisy asked.
"An invisible paintbrush to paint you with; then
we wouldn't be able to see you!" he said, guffawing at his stupid joke.
I was fixing my pets their breakfast while this
went on and I tried to resolve it.
"C'mon guys, stop arguing, Kermit, I've got your
favourite, Sausage Omelette. And Daisy, I think we will go to Maraqua, I really
do need a holiday," I said, and immediately both pets were ecstatic.
Sunny came into the kitchen and ran towards me
asking for a hug. As I cuddled her close, I told her about our upcoming holiday.
"Wow, I've heard of M... how do you say it?"
she said quietly.
I laughed and carried her into the kitchen and
announced that we had to pack as soon breakfast was done.
"We have to catch the earliest Eyrie flight after
all!" I said with a chuckle.
We reached Maraqua about 3 hours later. Daisy
was already tugging on the sleeve of my shirt, begging to start looking for
the treasure chest.
"Not yet, Daisy, we have to see some attractions
first; we'll start looking after lunch, okay?" I promised. But there didn't
seem to be any good attractions in New Maraqua. Disappointed, we trudged on
to the Maraquan Ruins. After finding nothing there either, we headed back to
New Maraqua, to find somewhere to eat lunch. But the only restaurant, a place
called "Kelp", was fully booked. Kermit turned angrily to Daisy and said with
a scowl on his face, "This is all your fault, all your exploring rubbish; this
is so boring!!! You got us here, so you better find us something to eat or something
to look at other than seaweed!!"
"Don't yell at me like that!" Daisy started.
Soon they were arguing loudly. I decided to stay out of it so as not to take
sides. Sunny grabbed my hand with her paw and whispered softly to me, "I wish
something special would happen."
I kissed her on the head and replied, "I wish
Suddenly out of nowhere, a huge brown sack fell
in front of my feet. It was extremely heavy when I tried to pick it up and it
made a strange clinking noise as I set it down again. Kermit and Daisy soon
forgot their fight. My three pets and I crowded around the mysterious sack,
all wondering the same thing. What was inside? I decided to open it and we all
gasped when hundreds of gold coins spilled out.
We dragged the heavy sack carefully to the Water
Faerie, who told us that they were magic coins, which could be traded in for
Neopoints As she spoke, a couple of the coins disappeared without a trace. She
gasped and exclaimed, "These are none other than the magic coins which the Dark
Faerie placed an enchantment on. As legend goes, the finder does not have long
to spend it as ten of the coins disappear every minute!"
We were so excited about our riches, that I said
a hurried goodbye to the Water Faerie and heaved the enormous sack towards a
"Please, take us to Neopia Central as quick as
you can!" I panted. He obliged and we hopped onto his back. The journey took
a long time because the sack was very heavy on the poor Eyrie's back. When we
finally got back, we thanked the Eyrie and dragged the sack hurriedly to the
Main Shops area. Sunny said she really wanted a Warf so we bought her one from
the Petpet Shop. Unfortunately by this time, the money was slowly dwindling
away. We went on to the Book Shop to buy a book for Kermit, called "The Mystery
of The Kougra Paw". The coins kept on disappearing so we only just had time
to buy Daisy a "Chomby and the Fungus Balls" T-shirt when there was only about
one thousand coins left. We hurried off and I bought myself lots of beautiful
plants to put in our Neohome. The sack was still quite full, but I was too tired
to carry it another step. I collapsed next to the Money Tree, gasping for breath.
I told Kermit to carry it, but then I had an idea. We donated the rest of the
coins to the Money Tree, and walked slowly towards our home.
The next morning my three pets and I sat in our
garden, happily discussing the exciting events of yesterday.
"See Dionee, I told you to take us to Maraqua!"
said Daisy proudly, wearing her "Chomby and the Fungus Balls" T-shirt.
"Yeah, you did." I said softly. I was still exhausted
from yesterday and wanted to sleep more than anything else.
"That was a really really nice thing to do, donating
the coins to the Money Tree," said Sunny, grinning from ear to ear. I started
to stroke Sunny's fur, "I think it was really your wish that something special
would happen, that brought the sack to us," I whispered, so no one else could
"You think so, Dionee?" she asked, puzzled.
"Yeah, the sack came straight after you said
that," I said.
We watched SunKissed, the playful Warf I had
bought for Sunny, jump around on the grass, and then climb up the bridge. My
garden had so many beautiful new plants and flowers, it really made the garden
live up to its name, which was the Peace and Tranquillity Garden. All was quiet
for a while. It seemed that all four of us were watching SunKissed play, though
not really seeing him, lost in memories of our marvelous adventure. It really
had been fun, I thought. We found a lot of enchanted gold coins and used them
to buy lots of great items. The best part was giving the rest to the Money Tree.
It's so great to know that a lot of poor Neopians are going to benefit from
"Just one thing, though," said Kermit, breaking
the sleepy silence.
"What?" I asked.
"We never did find that treasure chest!" he said,
grinning even more than Sunny was. There was a pause, and then we all started
laughing and couldn't stop for quite some time.