A Visit to Aunt Lola's: Part Three
By the time Helen the Cybunny woke, it was about midday.
Not that you could tell morning from afternoon, since the house was completely
blocked at all sides, all through the day, by snow. She was grumpy when she woke,
since she still remembered the talk she had had with Aunt Lola earlier in the
Helen hesitated as she got out of bed. She looked
over to the beds next to her, which were both empty. She assumed her little
sister, Fiona, and her owner, Mia, were both downstairs.
Not particularly interested in going downstairs,
Helen slowly moved towards the door. This visit to Aunt Lola's was definitely
not going to be fun. She couldn't leave the house. She couldn't play Snow Wars.
She couldn't visit the cute, cuddly petpets at the shop down the street.
She thought all this over as she trudged down
the stairs. As she reached the bottom, she slowly peered into the kitchen. No
one was there.
"Of course," Helen thought aloud. "They aren't
eating breakfast at this time. I'm sure they are all doing something stupid,
like looking at all of Cousin Phil's 'nifty' Christmas gifts."
Through a yawn, she walked into the living room.
As she suspected, Aunt Lola, Cousin Phil, Mia, and Fiona, were all there. Hearing
footsteps, they turned towards Helen's direction.
"You'll never guess what happened. We're snowed
in," Fiona informed her before Aunt Lola could stop her. "Won't this be great
Helen angrily glared at her sister. "I already
know. Aunt Lola told me this morning," she spat, furiously. "And it won't be
great fun, not at all, so don't even try to make it seem like it is."
"Oh, Helen," Mia said, putting her arm around
her pet. "This is what I mean about getting in the spirit. This is what family
is all about, isn't it. Being there for each other when the time comes." The
Cybunny turned away in disgust.
Coldly, under her breath, she muttered, "Aunt
Lola and Cousin Phil aren't family. They are just weird." Aunt Lola's smile
disappeared, though she tried to look optimistic.
"Sweet, don't be so down. You've got to smile,
and you never know, maybe we'll be out of here soon," Aunt Lola chirped, happily.
Still, Helen wouldn't show the slightest sign of happiness. She just grumbled
and turned away again.
"Maybe," Mia suggested. "You could get something
to eat. I'm sure you're just hungry."
"I'm not hungry." Rudely, Helen turned and left
the room, heading back to her room.
"Stupid Aunt Lola. Stupid Cousin Phil. Stupid
snow," Helen said to herself. She had been up in her room for several hours.
At first, she had thought she could at least look out into Happy Valley and
see all the fun she was missing, but then it occurred to her that snow was blocking
all the windows.
Although she really didn't want to be anywhere
near her so called 'family', there really wasn't much else to do. She had brought
a book, but she had finished that an hour ago. Other than that, there really
wasn't anything. Helen had been looking up at the ceiling for quite some time,
and was getting very bored of it.
"There has to be something to do here," Helen
"Wait, there is. I just don't want to do it,"
another part of her said.
"But that's because its no fun."
"How do you know if you don't give it a try."
Angry with herself for fighting with herself,
she headed down the stairs once more. She was sweaty and tired, and she didn't
know how Aunt Lola or Cousin Phil could make her feel better, but she trusted
the other part of herself.
Again, she slowly walked into the Living Room.
Just as they had been hours before, her 'family' was. Aunt Lola, the fat Kiko,
was curled up in an old arm chair. Sharing the couch were Mia and her Kyrii
sister, Fiona. Lastly, curled up on a rug, was Cousin Phil, the Lupe, just as
cheery as ever.
When Fiona spotted her, she bounced up and down
excitedly. "Helen!" she called, getting the attention of everyone else. As four
pairs of eyes stared at her, the Cybunny gulped.
"I was wondering," she said softly, trying not
to blush. "If I could do whatever you are all doing. It's really, really boring
upstairs, all alone." Aunt Lola beamed and beckoned Helen over.
"I knew you'd come 'round. Mia thought you'd
be stubborn, but I knew that sweet Helen was under all that anger somewhere.
You're welcome to do whatever you like. I was just sitting in my chair, nearly
dozing off, in fact. Mia was showing Fiona, the darling, how to use Phil's kaleidoscope
from last Christmas. And Phil's relaxing down there, but earlier he and Fiona
were chatting, chatting away."
Helen smiled at her aunt, if Aunt Lola could
be called an aunt. She trudged forward, cautiously, and embraced the Kiko (which
proved to be difficult since Aunt Lola had so much belly). As she moved back
from Aunt Lola, Fiona and Mia swallowed her in another, great big hug.
Lastly, Cousin Phil even stirred from his comfy
spot on the rug. He squished her in an odd, yet lovable, hug. As awkward as
this maneuver was, Helen beamed.
"So what is there to do?" she asked, after Cousin
Phil had returned to his rug.
"You can look into Cousin Phil's kaleidoscope,"
Fiona said, handing her sister the tube. She put it up to her eye and turned
it, as the shapes changed. She moved it around the room, and watched the peculiar,
yet beautiful, pictures it formed.
"Thanks," Helen commented as she gave Fiona
back the kaleidoscope. "Thanks a lot, Fiona. And Cousin Phil, and Mia, and Aunt
Lola. Thanks." Everyone smiled at Helen, and she beamed. She wasn't playing
Snow Wars. She wasn't visiting petpets. She wasn't avoiding her relatives as
if they had the Neoflu. Yet, she was having the fun Fiona said they would.
As the days passed, the snow began to melt.
Slowly, but it did melt. By the day before Mia, Fiona, and Helen were returning
home, it had cleared enough to go outside. Happily, the five had bundled up
and headed out to Happy Valley.
Taking Helen's suggestion, they played Snow
Wars for a little while. Helen decided that she wasn't very good, though she
admitted that Cousin Phil had quite a knack for the game. As it got darker,
they all played a game of Rink Runner.
This proved to be very interesting, as Fiona
had never skated in her life. She had fun chasing around notes, though she did
fall on her bottom several times. To her delight, the Cybunny found that she
was a fantastic skater, and achieved the highest score of the group.
Happily, they decided to buy slushies, Mia's
treat. Helen, Cousin Phil, and Fiona sat at a table in the front of the store
as they watched the sunset, while Mia and Aunt Lola chatted with the shopkeeper.
"It's beautiful," observed Helen, as she sipped
the remains of her lime slushie. "The way all the colors seem to blend." Fiona
and Cousin Phil nodded.
"I see you're getting a little more talkative,
which is good," Phil eagerly pointed out. "I always wondered why you didn't
want to talk to me, I mean, we are the same age and everything. I thought we'd
make great friends."
"She thought you were annoying," said Fiona,
before Helen could stop her. Phil eyed Helen.
Sheepishly, Helen sunk into her chair. "She's
right," she muttered softly, as she stuck her straw in her mouth. "But not anymore.
It's not bad to be talkative, I'm even starting to talk a lot myself."
"I guess you're right," he replied, looking
back at the sunset, which was a deep, cold purple color, signifying it was getting
late. "We should get Lola and Mia; it's about time to go back. You three need
to pack, too." Agreeing, Helen and Fiona followed their Cousin back to Aunt
Lola and Mia.
"Bye," mumbled Helen. It was early in the morning
and time for Mia, Fiona, and Helen to make their way back home. Cousin Phil
and Aunt Lola, still in pajamas, had come to the front door to say good bye.
"Oh, dearie, good bye. Do take care, all of
you. And be careful on your way, Mia, darling," Aunt Lola tearfully said.
"Bye Helen," Cousin Phil said, shaking her paw.
"I'm glad we're finally friends."
"So am I."
"And bye Fiona, and Mia," the Lupe added hastily.
As she scratched her forehead, Mia shivered.
"Well, we better be going. We don't want to get caught up by the snow." Aunt
Just as the girl and the Kyrii turned to leave,
Helen stopped. "Wait," she called. "Wait!" Turning away from her owner and sister,
Helen embraced her aunt and cousin. Quickly, Mia and Fiona joined in. After
a moment, Mia, Fiona, and Helen turned away.
"Goodbye!" Helen called as she ran after Mia.
"Goodbye!" Aunt Lola and Cousin Phil said in
unison as they waved.
Finally, Helen turned and followed her owner
down the icy path that led to their home. As the breeze of cold, icy air blew
by, they quickened their pace. "You were right," Helen abruptly told her sibling.
"What?" Fiona asked, surprised.
"That was the most exciting thing we've done