A Fortune Told
"Ok, Alex, which do you think would look better on me, cloud
or rainbow?" Changing Angel the blue Lupe asked me.
"Hmm…I'd have to say cloud!" I responded excitedly
as we hurried to the bank. We had finally earned enough money to paint Chan
after months of excessive gaming, selling, and buying in bulk instead of in
My three pets had agreed that Chan deserved
to be painted first, because she was oldest and the only girl. Even though we
had agreed, the other two decided to stay behind and sulk, while we went to
the Rainbow Pool. We entered the large Neopian Bank and headed straight for
the long line of people trying to deposit or withdraw money.
Chan was anxious and started to circle around
me to work off her nerves.
"Alex! Can you believe it's finally time for
me to be painted?!!" she shouted uncontrollably. I was so happy I didn't even
care about all the other Neopians who stared at us without a word. I grinned
and scratched her head to calm her down. We finally arrived at the desk where
the large, green Skeith looked at us wearily.
"Hello Madam, welcome to the Neopian Bank. Would
you like to withdraw or deposit?" he said with a yawn. "Withdraw, all of it!"
I said with a squeal. I had never spent this many Neopoints at one time, even
when I got the lab map. Prices for paint brushes had gone up so much that this
was a big buy, and I grabbed the four bags of Neopoints he handed to me surprised
at how heavy they were. Chan and I scurried away to the Trading Post ready to
bid for her cloud paint brush.
We just made it to the dock, where the boat went
to Mystery Island. I saw other Neopians eyeing my bags of Neopoints and I greedily
squeezed them tighter and stuck my tongue out. Chan looked at me like I was
crazy and apologized to the unsuspecting travelers. "What?" I asked her. "You
saw them looking at my Neopoints!"
Chan ran off the boat before I even got up and
shouted, "Come on, Alex! This is the best day of my life and you're taking a
I muttered under my breath as I picked up the
heavy bags and dragged them behind me. We were on our way to the Trading Post
when we passed the Island Mystic. The strange Kyrii was peeking out of his tiny
grass hut and I slowly rolled my eyes.
Chan, being the perfect little princess (Here
is where I gag), walked to him smiling and said, "I'd love to have my fortune
I groaned and poked my bottom lip out waiting
for her to get done. The Kyrii danced around like the funny little creature
he is and said, "Elephantes have sticky fingers!" and closed the door in her
face. She walked towards me with a strange look on her face. When she told me
what he said, I laughed.
"Chan! I've always told you that Mystic was
crazy! What does your fortune have to do with unclean Elephantes?" I said, chortling.
She nodded and grinned saying, "Yeah! You're right! He's just crazy."
We quickly walked to the Trading Post where we
saw many different booths with Neopians offering their items. We walked to Jhuidah
the faerie and she said, "What are you looking for?" We told her and she said,
"Try booths 400, 567, and 11. They are the cheapest options for a cloud paint
brush." We thanked her and went to Booth 11.
We sighed as we saw a Krawk leave with his owner
holding a cloud paint brush. We grew tired as we neared 400, but not in vain
as we saw the cloud paint brush on the shelf behind the Neopian in the booth.
We went up to it and I said to him anxiously, "Hi! We'd love to buy your cloud
He nodded and handed the cloud paint brush to
us and said, "230k." I nodded and placed the four bags on the counter. He counted
them amazingly quick and shook his head yes. Chan squealed and grabbed the paint
brush out of my hands. I followed her back to the dock not quite as excited
as she was, realizing how many Neopoints I had just handed over to someone.
I saw in the windows of a shop we were passing how white my face was. I tried
to swallow the fact as I watched Chan prance around and sing a little song.
We reached the dock about twenty minutes later
and climbed on to the boat. The boat ride back home would be a little long,
so Chan laid down the paint brush by her side. She slowly drifted off to sleep
smiling and I did as well.
I heard the horn being blown and jerkily woke
up to see Chan staring at her paint brush happily. Around five minutes later,
we left the boat and headed to the rainbow pool. As we neared it, I said excitedly,
"OK Chan! You ready?" She nodded and said, "Yup! I've got my paint brush right..."
"Alex!! My paint brush! I left it on the boat!"
she screamed. I stopped in my tracks and felt the blood drain from my face.
"Wh-what?" I said, choking. Her eyes filled with tears as she dragged me back
to the boat
We saw the boat and
a couple of people leaving it. I started to ask owners while Chan asked Neopets
if they had seen a cloud paint brush on the boat. They all said no and after
every person was asked, we looked at each other with a hopeless look in our
eyes. We sat down with our backs to a large tree and Chan sobbed. "I-I'm so
sor-sorry Alex!" she said, tearfully. I was still in a state of shock, but I
shook my head at said, "Oh Chan, it was an honest mistake. It's okay. We'll
be able to buy another one soon enough."
I felt a tap on my shoulder and looked up to
see an Elephante smiling at me. "Is this yours?" she said, and handed over the
cloud paint brush.
Chan and I gasped and I said, "How did you know?!"
"You looked like you just lost something that
cost a lot of money," she said with a giggle. We thanked her profusely and I
looked at Chan with a grin.
We ran towards the Rainbow Pool, and this time
I held the brush! I shuffled back and forth from one foot to the other as I
watched Chan meekly step into the big, swirling rainbow colored pool. The Technicolor
fountain beamed down upon us with all its glory and Chan said, "Okay, I'm ready."
I nodded and held the broad handle of the cloudy brush and touched it to Chan's
furry back. It suddenly appeared as if it was leaking across her body and soon
it was all over her.
When all that was left of the brush was a handle,
I nodded for her to get out and she happily leaped out of the pool. "How do
I look?!" she squealed with happiness. I clasped my hands together and my eyes
got real big and I said, "Just great!" She giggled and licked my face.
When we were walking home, in between looking
at herself and saying thank you for compliments from random people she said,
"You know what I realized? The Island Mystic was right! There was an Elephante
with sticky fingers today! Only not meaning dirty, but taking something that
didn't belong to her!" I smiled at this revelation. "Well I'm glad she returned
As we turned down our street, a young girl passed
us with a baby Elephante in her arms. The baby cooed at us and suddenly grabbed
my hair. I yelped and the owner quickly said sorry. I nodded and rubbed my head
and felt a sticky spot where the Elephante's paw was. Chan and I looked at each
other and burst out laughing, realizing even though the Island Mystic's fortune
came true, he was an old coot after all.