A Change in Heart: Part Three
It was now 5:00 and both the petpets were fast asleep in
their beds. Mimi, who had enjoyed some jelly for lunch, was downstairs, nearly
ready to leave the house.
She was still going over her plan in her head.
"Get some money, go to the Eyrie Express, take an Eyrie to the Lost Desert,
and find Marsha. It's not that difficult a plan," she kept telling herself over
Reassured, she skipped up the stairs and back
to her room. She quietly tip-toed in, as she made sure the petpets didn't wake.
Then, the Wocky crawled on the floor and looked under her bed. As soon as she
had found what she was looking for, she pulled it out. A little dusty, she lifted
a large box onto her bed.
Mimi opened it up, and coughed, and dust and
dirt flew into her face. Inside were several things: a little stuffed bear Mimi
had when she was little, some photos of her playing around with Marsha, and
even an old bag of Neodrops.
The pink Wocky carefully took everything out
of the box and laid it on her bed. However, she paid no attention to any the
things she had taken out. Instead, she turned back to the box. Carefully, she
reached into it and took another thing out.
In her paw was yet another box. She opened it
and poured its contents on the bed along with the other junk. But, inside the
box were not more things from when she was little. Instead, several neopoints
shone as dim light flashed on them.
Carefully, she counted up all her money. "Exactly…thirteen-thousand
and four-hundred sixty-two neopoints!" she declared quite proudly. "All my savings,"
Mimi added, with a hint of sorrow in her voice. "It really is a pity I have
to use nearly all of it."
The Wocky collected nearly all of the shiny
coins and placed the remaining few back into the box they came from. Then, she
neatly placed all the other items into the box, and returned it to the place
under the bed where it had been gathering dust.
Mimi then searched through the closet on the
other side of the room. Quickly, she returned, with one of Lesley's old backpack.
She stuffed her money into the backpack, put it on her back, and ran down the
"I'd like a ride to the Lost Desert. And back,
please," Mimi chimed to an Aisha dressed in what seemed to be a work uniform.
She was at a desk at the travel agency. More specifically, the Eyrie Express.
"That will be a total of ten-thousand neopoints,"
replied the Aisha. Mimi nodded, and emptied her backpack upon the desk. The
Aisha wrinkled her noise at the dust that came out with the money. But, she
accepted the coins and handed the Wocky two tickets, one pink and one blue.
"This one," she explained, pointing to the blue
ticket, "is for your trip there. The other, for your trip back. Hold on to them,
and give them to your Eyrie before each trip."
Mimi nodded, and thanked the Aisha. Then, she
examined the long line of Eyries, waiting for someone to ride them. There were
Eyries of all color, and the pink Wocky finally selected a particularly pretty
"Here you are," she said, giving the ticket
to the Eyrie. The Eyrie gladly accepted it, and bowed down, allowing Mimi to
"My name is Carol," said the Eyrie, and Mimi
got into a comfortable position. "Ouch! Don't pull on my feathers."
"Sorry," mumbled Mimi as Carol began to run
to the exit. She picked up speed, spread her wings, and took flight. After a
moment or two after they began their journey, Mimi introduced herself. "I'm
Carol nodded. "I'd shake your paw, but, well,
I can't." The two chuckled, and Mimi looked down. They were high above the ground,
and were beginning to leave Neopia Central. The Wocky hung on tightly, as she
made sure not to pull out any of Carol's feathers.
They rode for silence for a few minutes. But
then, Mimi had an idea. Had Carol been one of the Eyries who had flown her Marsha,
Lesley, or Matt to the Lost Desert? Or had she at least seen the Eyries who
"Carol…" she began.
"Yes," replied the Eyrie.
"Earlier this morning…did you see two Wockies,
one blue and one faerie, and a girl? Their names were Marsha, Lesley, and Matt."
Carol thought for a moment. "I didn't fly them,
if that's what you're wondering, but I believe a friend of mine did. She flew
the blue Wocky. Quite a pest, he was, according to her." Mimi smiled at the
mention of her brother.
"Oh. He's my brother." Carol chuckled, and the
two did not speak for the remainder of the flight. Soon, Mimi could see the
Lost Desert below them. She remained silent, for she had sensed that her flyer
had gotten a little bored with her, but her eyes widened as she looked down.
Carol began to slow her speed, and gently glided
to a large building, which Mimi guessed was yet another travel agency. The Eyrie
easily landed and bent down so Mimi could get off.
"Thanks," the Wocky said and she climbed off.
"I would give you a tip, but I only brought enough from the trip here and back."
The pink Wocky slapped herself on the forehead. Carol had been so nice to her,
and she didn't have a neopoint to give her.
"It's alright," replied Carol. "I get paid very
well here, so I don't really need tips. I know how expensive it is, here. Well,
goodbye. Wait, what was your name?"
Again, Mimi slapped herself on her forehead.
Carol had told Mimi her name, but she hadn't told Carol hers! "I'm Mimi," the
pink Wocky said as her Eyrie friend began to walk off for another flight.
"Bye Mimi," she chanted.
"Bye Carol," coughed Mimi, although Carol was
already long gone. She sat on a chair in the waiting area of the Eyrie Express
for a few moments, before she did anything. When a Kyrii (dressed in the same
uniform the Aisha who had given her tickets had worn) asked her to leave or
take a flight, she slowly got up and walked out to the Lost Desert.
It was beautiful, but it was also very, very
hot. Mimi could have sworn she got sunburned, though you never would be able
to tell, with her pink fur. "The easy part is done," choked the Wocky to herself.
"But now I have to find them."
In her mind, Mimi thought that that wasn't really
the hard part either. The hard part would be explaining how and why she was
in the Lost Desert when she was supposed to be at home.
Mimi walked for a few minutes, but her paws
where getting very soar from the hot sand. "The Lost Desert isn't that big,"
she mumbled impatiently. "They have to be here somewhere."
The Wocky scanned the area she was in, which
was near the Fruit Machine and the Food Stall. Her stomach rumbled, and she
realized she should have eaten before she left. Marsha and her siblings wouldn't
have enough money for her dinner, too. She should have at least brought some
Although Mimi didn't see her family anywhere,
she did see the river that ran through the Lost Desert. It had a small bridge
for easy access between the two, but that wasn't what the Wocky was interested.
She hurriedly ran to the water and soaked her aching paws in it.
"Ah," she said aloud, as she found the cool
water quite refreshing. Mimi pulled her paws out and gently soaked her face.
It tickled her fur, and she laughed. As she leaned over the edge, she looked
around. She had a nice view from where she was.
Quite clearly, she could see games of Tug-of-War,
which proved to be very amusing. They took place right next to her, with one
pet on her side of the river, and their opponent on the other side.
Right now, a green Mynci was losing severely
to Ramset, the Kacheek. The Mynci's toes were dangerously close to the water,
and another pull would toss him in. He was pulling with all his might, but his
attempt seemed to be in vain.
Suddenly, Ramset gave the rope an extremely
hard tug and the Mynci fell into the water with a splash. Mimi, who was watching
from very close by, got soaked from head to tail with water.
Ramset, who had seen her get splashed, quickly
waddled over to see if she was okay. "Madam?" he asked very politely. "Are you
alright." Mimi laughed, backed up, and shook out her fur.
"I'm fine," she replied. "It felt nice." As
soon as she had convinced Ramset that she was fine, Ramset returned to the game
and Mimi to her spot by the river. She hadn't found her family, but she was
quite enjoying herself.
Mimi scrunched her eyes, trying to see who the
next competitor at Tug-of-War was. She leaned over trying to get a better view,
and got quite a shock. There was a little blue Wocky stepping up to the rope,
but not just any Wocky! It was no doubt her brother Matt!
In great surprise, Mimi leaned in forward, and
her paws slipped from the sand. This, in turn, sent her flying into the river
just as the green Mynci had minutes before. Ramset, who was taking a break,
ran back over to her.
"Madam!" he screeched once more. "Are you sure
you are alright?" But Mimi didn't bother to respond and climbed out of the river
at the other side. She shook her fur off again, and ran to the blue Wocky.
"Matt!" she screamed, hugging her little brother
rather tightly. He wrinkled his nose, and didn't seem to recognize that the
Wocky was his sister.
He pushed her away quickly. "Ew. Get off me,"
he said, brushing the water of his fur.
"Matt! It's me, Mimi," explained Mimi, who was
out of breath. "Where are Marsha and Lesley?" She was shaking with excitement,
and couldn't believe her good luck.
The Wocky still eyed Mimi uncertainly. "Mimi?"
he asked timidly, stepping away from the Tug-of-War rope. "You're not Mimi.
Mimi's at home with Dolly and Snuggles." Mimi laughed and shook her head.
"Where's Marsha? Where's Lesley?" she asked
again. Seeing how impatient she was, Matt led her to his owner and sister.
"There you are. Happy?" Matt asked. "But Mimi,
how did you get here?" Mimi was about to answer, when Marsha spotted her. The
girl ran up to the pink Wocky and began choking her in a giant hug.
After a minute or two of non-stop hugging, Mimi
began to push away. "Mimi?" asked Marsha, who was shocked to see her. "How did
you…why did you…what happened?"
The four family members walked over the bridge
and back to the Eyrie Express as Mimi explained how she had been scared and
bored all alone and how she had flown to the Lost Desert to find them.
"Touching," Lesley said sarcastically. "But
how did you ever get the money?"
"I have some money of my own, thank you very
much," snapped Mimi abruptly. "It cost me nearly all of my savings, mind you,"
she added. "But I think it's worth it."
The family selected Eyries for the ride home
and handed over their tickets. Mimi, who had picked an Eyrie next to Marsha
(where Lesley and Matt had picked others, father away), smiled at her owner.
"Basically," she said, as she mounted her Eyrie.
"I guess I had a change of heart." Marsha laughed, and would have hugged her
pet again, if they had not been on their Eyries.
"A sudden change of heart?" Marsha said hysterically.
"You never cease to amaze me, Mimi."
The pink Wocky grinned in response, when he
stomach reminded her of another problem. "Marsha?" Mimi asked softly. "I never
"Neither did we," replied Marsha, as her Eyrie
began to pick up speed in preparation for flight. The Eyrie flapped its wings,
but Marsha turned before it took flight. "I'll stop at Pizzaroo on the way home.
I'll get some pizza, fresh out of the oven," she yelled over the flapping of
With that, her Eyrie took flight and soared
into the sky, Mimi's not far behind. Mimi was happily thinking of a warm pizza
dinner, and how hopefully, Matt wouldn't swipe the last pepperoni piece right
out of her paw. She giggled, as her Eyrie flew over the Lost Desert and back
to her home in Neopia Central.