"Your book is here, Saffy. It looks like a good one," Claire
said, handing the green Kacheek her book. Saffy reached out and happily grabbed
the book out of her owner's hand.
"Thanks a bunch, I've been waiting for it for
ages!" Saffy eagerly replied. With the book under her arm, she walked up to
Saffy wasn't a regular green Kacheek. Sure,
she was happy sitting out in the sun and liked flowers as much as any other
Kacheek did, but she was different. While her siblings learned to do exciting
things like ride a bike or fly a kite, Saffy dwelled inside the Neohome with
her nose in a book. On holidays when they all got toys, she was satisfied with
a new book.
Saffy loved her family and everything, but there
was nothing she liked more than absorbing herself in a new book. It was an amazing
thing, to watch Saffy reading. Everything around her seemed to disappear. Her
eyes would have a glowing pureness about them. For Saffy, the words would jump
off the page in excitement.
Her room matched Saffy quite well. The walls
were a pale yellow and by her bed was a sunny window. The most important part
of her room though, was the book wall. Against the far wall of her room were
three bookshelves, filled the bursting with every book from A Chia Story
to Z is for Zafara.
Saffy arrived in her room and jumped on her
bed. She rested her head on a pillow and opened her new book. The Kacheek felt
the soft, red cover and opened it to the first page. "The Hunt for the Red Gelert,"
she read aloud. "Sounds good!"
Downstairs Claire was dealing with the rest
of her pets. Lacey, the red Cybunny; Harold, the spotted Moehog; and the newest
addition to the family, Meggie, the baby Ruki, were up to their usual nonsense.
"I wish Saffy would come down and help with
Meggie. Oh look, she's going to start crying again, Mommy, what do I do?" Lacey
said, handing Meggie back to Claire.
Meggie was a cute little baby Ruki that Claire
had found one day at the pound. She was a brilliant, adorable Ruki. Her eyes
were had a glow about them, just the way Saffy's looked when reading. The family
loved her at once, and even Saffy had put her book down for a while and met
the new baby. Now that Saffy had returned to her room with a new book, Meggie
was more trouble than ever.
Every minute Meggie needed feeding, another
bottle of milk, or new toy. Harold, being the eldest, had to tend to most of
her needs when Claire was busy. Since Saffy was always up in her room, Lacey
had to entertain Meggie most of the time.
Claire had always understood of Saffy's love
for books, and Harold and Lacey appreciated it a bit too. Harold had never liked
reading, and Lacey didn't even know how to read. Up until Meggie's arrival,
the family didn't care if she spent all her time in her room reading, but with
all the new chores to tend, they needed another set of hands to help.
One day, Claire was especially busy, when she
realized she didn't have any food for dinner. "Harold, come here will you? I'm
all out of food and I need to rush into Neopia Central to get something for
us to eat."
"Mom, be quick. Meggie's been really fussy all
day," Harold said, a little worried.
Claire gave Harold a reassuring hug and quickly
ran out the door. Harold picked up Meggie and tried to give her a bottle of
milk, when all of a sudden, the baby Ruki burst into tears. Harold picked her
up and desperately tried to comfort her.
"Lacey!" he called, trying not to panic.
The Cybunny came running into the room. When
she saw that it was Meggie causing the fuss, she grabbed her from Harold.
"It's going to be alright, Meggie," she said
in a friendly voice. "Harold, what's wrong with her? Where's Mommy?"
Harold explained where Claire was and Lacey
sent him to get Meggie's favorite toys. In a minute or two, he came back with
two baby plushies and Baby Bruce Blocks. Lacey offered the baby both of the
plushies, but she pushed them away, and started wailing even louder.
Harold slowly nudged the blocks towards Meggie,
but she angrily threw them. Lacey and Harold were at the point where they were
almost crying themselves.
This whole time, Saffy was in her room reading.
She had long ago finished The Hunt for the Red Gelert, and now she was
almost done with Mystery of Halloween. It was then that she heard Meggie's
Saffy might love reading more than anything
else, but that didn't mean she didn't have a heart. She placed a bookmark in
the book and placed it on the shelf.
Curious to know what might be going on, she
tip-toed down the stairs where she heard Lacey and Harold talking through Meggie's
"I wish Saffy didn't like books so much. I know
it's just a hobby, and a good one at that, but really, she needs to be helping
Harold nodded sadly, "I love Saffy, I really
do, but I wish she'd care to help out. It's not worth having a sister who you
never see and who never does anything."
Hearing this, Saffy tried to hold back tears.
Nothing, not even books, really could come before family. And now they didn't
even want her around since she didn't do anything.
She slowly walked back up the stairs. She couldn't
hear them whispering anymore. She couldn't even hear Meggie. She could just
hear, over and over, 'It's not worth having a sister who you never see and never
Saffy flopped on her bed. For once, not even
a book could comfort her. Her eyes traveled throughout the room, and then they
caught something. Something that could help redeem herself in her family. She
picked it up, took a deep breath, and walked back do the kitchen.
Saffy cleared her throat, and loudly said, "I'm
sorry." Harold turned around and Lacey stood up to follow the voice. To make
sure they heard her over the crying, she said it again. "I'm sorry."
"Is that you, Saffy?" Lacey called out.
"Yes, and I have something that will comfort
Meggie. At least I think it will. And I'm sorry," Saffy said again. She came
into the kitchen and gave all her siblings a big hug.
"Touching," Harold said, "but what's your idea?"
From behind her back, she pulled out a book.
Lacey sighed, sure that Saffy had been kidding. Saffy laughed though. "Don't
worry, Lacey. I brought a book that will help."
Saffy pointed to the title, Baby Shoyru Book.
"She's a baby Ruki, you know. Not a Shoyru,"
Harold said, cockily. Saffy eyed him angrily.
"Harold, really, it will work." Saffy took Meggie
and sat with her on the floor. Then she opened the book to the first page. Meggie
didn't care to look at the words, but when she glanced at the pictures on the
next page, she stopped crying. Saffy grinned.
"See the baby Shoyru Yes, it's a baby, just
like you!" she happily told Meggie.
Saffy skimmed through the rest of the book,
showing Meggie all the coloring pictures. To her delight, the baby seemed overjoyed
with the book.
"Lacey, will you hold her for a minute. I have
plenty more books in my room." Saffy handed over Meggie and she happily ran
up the stairs to get more books.
Soon, Meggie had drifted to sleep and Claire
had returned. By then, Saffy had happily returned to her room to finish reading.
"Great job taking care of Meggie, Harold. I'm
very sorry I took so long. I had to get money from the bank, and that Skeith
in charge was in a very bad mood," she said, apologetically.
Harold and Lacey eyed each other, wondering
if they should tell Claire what Saffy had done. Harold was about to explain
what happened, but he was interrupted. Saffy was at the foot of the stairs with
a grin on her face.
"Hello, Mommy. That sure was a good book, what's
for dinner?" Claire stared at Saffy in amazement.
"Saffy, sweetie, why aren't you up in your room,
reading. Did you like the book, Mystery of Halloween, was it? If you
didn't, we can go buy another at the bookstore."
Saffy laughed, and then walked over to Claire,
and gave her a big hug. Claire happily grinned and hugged Saffy in return.
"I'm fine, Mommy. I don't need a new book. And
I'm, well, sorry. I'm sorry I never help out, I'm sorry you have to treat me
differently, and I'm sorry I'm always reading. I'm out of books, but I don't
need a new one just yet."
"You can't have given up on reading!" Harold
"No, don't stop reading. I love your hobby,"
Lacey said, in a pleading voice. Saffy eyed them uncertainly.
"I know you guys think I'm a pain, never helping
out, and just caring about my books. And no, I'm not giving up reading. I'm
just trying something else for a little while," Saffy said, truthfully.
Claire looked at Saffy, then Harold, and then
Lacey. "What exactly happened while I was out getting dinner?" The three laughed
and pointed at Meggie, who had been silently looking at a book.
Astonished, Claire looked at Meggie happily
enjoying the book. She could only guess what had happened. "Why don't we all
sit down and eat; dinner is going to get cold."
Saffy happily said, "Before we eat, let me tell
you what my new hobby is!"
Everyone eagerly listened. "Well?" Lacey asked.
"Now, I love to write!" Saffy happily said.
"I'm not too great so far, but would you like to hear it so far?" Claire beckoned
Saffy on, and she began to read her story. "It's not that good, so far,
"'Once there was a great, happy family,
with a Kacheek who loved reading. Books opened up a new world to her, but sometimes
she got too absorbed in them. However, with the help of her brother, Harold;
her sister, Lacey; her great owner, Claire; and of course, her baby sister,
Meggie, she was able to figure out what was most important to her, her family.'"
Saffy looked around, beaming. There was that
glow in her eye, the same glow she got when she was reading. Claire stood up
and embraced her pet. Lacey, grinning, forced herself to join in. Harold picked
up baby Meggie and started hugging as well.
"Wait, I forgot two words!" Saffy said, excitedly.