Beginning of it All: Thirty Minutes Past Ten O'Clock
Also by hottamale0774
"Hiya! My name's Mikey! I'm a baby Kougra. I want to be
just like Jeran when I grow up. See, this is Jeran! Mommy said she would buy me
this shirt before she said that she was sending me here so she could get a night's
worth of sleep. I don't know what that means, but Mommy loves me so much!" This
was the first thing that Cameron heard as she pranced into the plain white room
from bustling streets of Neopia Central. Mikey grinned and prodded the popular
Lupe knight hero who was on his t-shirt.
"I can understand that," muttered Cameron irritably
as she tore a piece of Super-Sweet-Sugary-Yum gum from its silvery metallic
wrapper. She tossed the gum into her mouth and dropped the wrapper carelessly
onto the khaki colored carpet. She sunk into the plum velvet bean bag, away
from Mikey, who at the moment found another 'friend' to annoy and babble to.
Almost immediately after she sank into the bean bag, another Neopet came in.
As she savored the piece of gum, she thought
happily to herself, "As soon as I get my money, I'm buying the Sweet-Sugary-Yum
"That's what you're getting, eh?" asked a masculine
voice. Cameron nearly spat out her gum onto her bright pink T-shirt
"That's none of your business, uh," snapped Cameron
sharply. The yellow Lenny shrunk back into his ebony black Zen chair.
"It's Oliver. I'm sorry if I offended you, um,
"Whatever." Staring at the white ceiling, Cameron
slouched further into her bean bag.
"It's Brittney. Augh! Get this rodent off of
me!" screamed Brittney.
"But you're a real faerie. I'm supposed to catch
you and put you in a bottle, and then when I release you, you have to bless
me. That's what Mommy said when I chased the air faerie away from the garden.
Then Mommy also called me a scrawny rodent. What does that mean? I bet it means
that I'm going to be a super hero, right?" Mikey continued to tackle Brittney.
Cameron and Oliver just laughed. Suddenly the door whirled open again, revealing
a green Aisha who was wearing a light blue shirt with a navy blue skirt was
just standing there.
"H-h-hi. Is this, is this, the place? For the
experiment," nervously stammered the green Aisha as she pushed up her oval emerald
green framed glasses. Oliver and Cameron nodded as Mikey continued to struggle
with Brittney. "Excuse me, Mister. May I sit here?" shyly asked the green Aisha.
Oliver grinned, and raised one of his yellow feathery wing to shake hands.
"Of course. I'm Oliver, by the way."
"J-Julia. Thanks," whispered Julia.
"Um, a little help here?" cried Brittney who
was trying to kick Mikey off of one of her wings.
"Don't do it! She's a faerie! Mommy said that
we have to catch faeries. Do you have a jar?" yelled Mikey.
"Hate to break it to you, kid, but your Mommy
meant faeries as in Earth, Water, Air, Light, Dark, or Fire faeries. Not Neopets
like Brittney who are painted faerie. Besides, do I look like I have an extremely
large jar on me somewhere?" snickered Cameron. Mikey jumped off Brittney.
"Owww… he just clawed me! My perfect wing's
flawed! Oh mi gosh! I, like, can not show my face in public anymore! It'll never
grow back!" exclaimed the vain faerie Gelert.
"I'm bored! I know! I'll sing you my most famousest
song! It goes…" hollered Mikey.
"It's most famous," quietly interjected Julia.
"You've heard it before? Wow, I guess Mommy
was right when she said that I woke the Snowager up when I was singing at home.
I'm the most famousest singer!"
"No, I mean, there's no such word as famousest.
It's most famous, not famousest," corrected the green Aisha.
"What do you mean? Is it or is it not most famousest
song?" questioned the baby Kougra.
"It's not most famousest; it's most famous,"
sighed Julia as she pushed up her large emerald green glasses.
"Sounds the same to me. Okay, here it goes…
I love Mommy! She loves meee! Mommy loves me so much she's letting me go and
spend time with other people. Mommy says that this is for my own good so she
can have peace. I don't know what that means but Mommy must love meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…
Mommy's the greatest Mommy in the world because she let me go here to make more
and more and more friends! I love Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! I love Mum…" sang
Mikey. All the other Neopets in the room had gotten a piece of duct tape onto
his mouth to shut him up and then tied him to a chair, in a far corner from
"Mmmmheb…" went Mikey.
"Peace and quiet! At last!" cried Cameron.
"No more horrible singing!" cried Brittney.
"No more horrible grammar!" loudly whispered
"I kind of feel bad for that little fella,"
"He had it going to that, all along," replied
"I know, but still…"
"What time is it?" wondered Julia.
"There's a clock on the wall. It's 10:30," responded
Oliver. Julia pushed up her glasses again and looked at the wall. The clock
was a plain white clock with all the numbers from one through twelve with one
long black arrow and one short black arrow with a silver plastic frame outside
"Ten thirty? Wasn't the meeting with the guy
in charge supposed to be at 10:00? I just hate tardy…" said Brittney as the
door swung open. A blue Skeith in a very formal black suit appeared.
"Greetings. Those of you who have come, were
smart enough to do so. There's five hundred thousand Neopoints for you each
after you complete this experiment at the end of the week." The blue Skeith
paused as everyone drooled at the thought. "But you are not to receive your
Neopoints until AFTER the week is over. You are…" There were suddenly high pitched
screams outside the door, and a skunk Lupe fell in and slammed the door. He
held the door against the deafening screams and knocking.
"Does this door *pant* have *pant* a lock?"
gasped the skunk Lupe. The blue Skeith frowned. The Lupe was wearing very baggy
pants, but no shirt. He was so informal and tardy.
"Turn the knob to the right three times," the
Skeith told the skunk Lupe who then swiftly turned the knob. The Lupe flashed
a smile that was so bright that it blinded the Skeith to a daze. The Skeith
loosened his collared shirt. It was going to be a very long meeting.
"Sorry, those lovely ladies really love me,"
said the Lupe as he ran a paw through the silky black fur on his head,
"Anyways, back to my speech. Five hundred thousand
Neopoints for you each at the end of the week. I have name tags for all of you,"
announced the Skeith. Everyone quickly got up and snatched their name tags from
the Skeith's hands.
"Where's Mr. Mikey? I still have his name tag,"
pondered the Skeith.
"He's in the far corner, tied up. He's a chatterbox
"What? Untie him. He has to get his name tag."
"I'll do it," volunteered Kyle the skunk Lupe.
He dazzled Brittney with a grin before going to Mikey.
"Anyways, back to my speech. My name's Malcu-
*cough* Marti Valenz and I am the founder of this, um, scientific study. The
purpose is to see how strangers react to each other in an enclosed environment
for a period of time. The time you will be together is a week. In that time
you will be in a room that is completely white with no windows, and the door
will be completely hidden. The only time the door will be opened is when food
is brought in, which will be at 8:00 in the morning, noon, and 6:00 at night.
At these times you are to go to the wall and put your face into it with your
eyes closed. The people who bring the food will check these things, and if anytime
you are not doing this you will lose your money…"
"Hi Mister Skeith-man! Those other Neopets are
such big meanies. They don't want to hear my song. That's why they put me in
the corner. I like Jeran. See Jeran is on my shirt because I like Jeran. Do
you like Jeran? Jeran is cool. I like Jeran. Jeran is a Lupe. I like Lupes.
Do you like Lupes? Mommy says that I am a little varmint. What does that mean?
Do you like diapers? I don't like diapers. I'm going to take the diaper off!"
Mikey began to unclasp the golden safety pin that held his diaper up. Afraid
of what was hidden in that diaper, Marti drew Mikey's hand off the pin.
"Do you want to see something cool, Mikey?"
Mikey nodded so hard that he fell. Marti grabbed the roll of grey duct tape.
"When I tape this on your mouth, you can't say
"But then you can't hear me singin-" The piece
of duct tape ripped from the roll of duct tape was a perfect fit over the baby
"Anyways, each morning I will wake you up at
7:30," continued Marti, "and I will tell you what that day's study is. Each
day we will be doing a different study, like one day you will have to be tied
to someone else for the whole day. The only day we won't be doing a study is
the first day, as that will just be a day for you to get to know each other.
You will all be writing in a journal, not for us to see but just so you can
look at it in fifty years and remember these times. Now, are there any questions?"
Mikey's hand waved around wildly. Nobody else's
hand went up. Marti tried to ignore Mikey, but he had started making sounds
behind the tape.
"Cameron, please take the tape off Mikey's mouth.
What is your question?"
A flood of words flooded out as soon as the tape
"Is it going to hurt? Can I see Mommy? Do you
like cheese? Why don't you like cheese? Do you like candy? I like candy. Candy
is yummy but Mommy says it makes me too annoying so she won't let me have any.
Don't you think that's mean? I think it's mean. I'm going to tell Mommy I think
"Mikey, do you have any questions about the study?"
"Yeah, can I be tied to Brittany? She's really
pretty." Brittany shrieked and everyone else chuckled. Kyle tickled Brittany
and she fell out of her chair. Mikey started hopping on his chair and singing
at the top of his lungs.
"Here are your journals and pencils," declared
Marti as he gave them to everyone in the room. "Get to know each other, and
then tomorrow we will start the experiment." With a sigh of exhaustion, he left
the white room with the six Neopets.
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