Twenty Days I've Lived Without You
This story is dedicated to my friends, my fans, the people who have inspired
me, and the people I've inspired. And of course the NTWF.
13th Day of Swimming, Year 6
Oh my gosh! I can't believe my little-wittle
Rayneboery-Wayneboery is finally growing up! It's just like it was yesterday
I hatched your egg at the adoption center. And now… you're all the way up in
Terror Mountain! And it's for Neoschool! I hope you're learning some stuff…
because it'd be a waste of my neopoints if you were just off in the caves with
some boys or somethin', instead of studying! I can't believe you're going to
be gone this long. It's going to be murder for me without you! You probably
don't know how much you actually help out in the house with your three little
sisters. If it weren't for you, they'd be jumping off of the roof! Or inflating
themselves with the hose! Or worse…
Oh wait; they already do those things. Well,
I wonder what it's going to be like with you gone! They've already gone crazy
and you've been on your trip for a day. Hmm… you know, I've been doing some
thinking, and I'm going to have your sisters write you some letters. Yeah, that'll
be good. It'll be good for me and you, and them. For all of us! Yay! I'll have
them hop right on it.
Your favorite, coolest, awesome owner, Squieshie
13th Day of Swimming,
What's up, my sister? I wish you were here to
help me with my math homework! This huge packet we have to do over the summer
is killing me! The teacher wants us to do one page a DAY! A day! I can't believe
how psycho she is! Regular teachers wouldn't torture their students over the
summer, making them spend useless hours doing nonsense like MATH, instead of
being outside doing fun recreational healthy things, like playing badminton!
Anyways, I really miss you! You'll be back soon,
Your favorite sister, Waffle-Ducky
15th Day of Swimming,
It's so weird without you! There's no one to
be on my team for Capture the Flag… no one to share my ice cream cone with when
we go out to the Central (actually, I never did like sharing my precious ice
cream with you).
Though there is a bad side to you being gone,
there is also a real good side! Like, Taitl and I skateboarded off of the roof
today! Before we only JUMPED off of it! Now we can skateboard off it, and you're
not there to tell us not to, or to yell at us! See, here's what we do: Waffle-Ducky
distracts Squiesh, and then me and Taitl run and climb up the pipes onto the
roof and then we see who can skateboard down it the fastest. Then we switch,
and Taitl distracts Squieshie with something really dumb. Yesterday she stuck
a scrambled egg up her nose! It was the funniest thing when Squieshie tried
to get it out.
Yeah, I know what you're worrying about. We DO
wear our helmets and kneepads!
From Xraie, the radical skateboarding purple
16th Day of Swimming,
To Squiesh; Xraie; Waffle-Ducky and Taitl,
Thanks for the letters, guys! I'm so glad you
haven't forgotten about me! I'm joking; you could never forget about me. Right?
Well, I'm also really glad that I decided to go on this trip. It would have
been really stupid of me to have stayed home with you insane people. And don't
worry! I'm only gone until the end of the month. Yeah, I know, it's nineteen
days more that you have to live your lives without me, but one day I'll be gone
for good, living on my own. Then what'll you guys do?
Squiesh - Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere
in any… caves. With anybody! You won't have to worry about me doing that kind
of… stuff. I've stayed in the lodge the whole time, other than when we go sightseeing.
You wouldn't believe how cold it is up here! And it's in the middle of summer!
I swear, one of these days I'm going to freeze up into an ice cube. I can't
imagine how the residents here survive the winters!
Waffle-Ducky - It's okay, stay strong. Math is
really confusing for a lot of people, especially weird people like you (only
KIDDING. Heh). Just try your best, and when I get back I'll help you catch up
real quick! I pinky promise on Xraie's life!
Xraie - Ha, ha, ha. Very funny. Squieshie better
not find out about that. And did Taitl get that "scrambled egg up the nose"
thing from that one time Waffle-Ducky pushed it up her nostril the morning before
we went to the Chomby Carnival? She sneezed her allergy for pepper out of herself
that day, seriously. She's never sneezed even at the sight of pepper since then.
Ah, those were great times, my friend. Great times.
And, Taitl - I don't know why you haven't sent
me a letter. I know I shouldn't mind anyway though, since it's not even the
type of thing you would do.
Anywhoo. I'm having a blast up here. But at the
same time I can't wait until I get back to good ole Neopia Central!
16th Day of Swimming,
Squiesh made me write a letter to you. Bleh.
What's the point of letters, anyway? Well I hope you're learning something.
P.S. My letter is late. Squieshie told me to
say sorry. So, sorry… I guess.
20th Day of Swimming,
I haven't written you in forever! I'm so sorry!
It's been so stressful trying to keep these maniacs relaxed. You'll never believe
what those munchkins got themselves into yesterday! They went to the post office,
right? And they went into the mailing room and PLAYED in there! They messed
up everything! Letters were on the floor, boxes were torn apart… the place was
just a mess. I was so embarrassed! I apologized to the manager over and over
about how immature those phantoms are. I mean, I can't keep my eye on them for
a second! They keep disappearing every time I look away for even just one moment,
like to grab a marshmallow or something yummy to eat out of the cupboard. I
can't wait until the day you get back. That will be the day I start living my
22nd Day of Swimming,
I hope you're still doing well. It's gotten colder
up here, if you can even believe that. Only one week until I come back home!
I miss you guys so much. I love getting your letters, so keep them coming! It
makes me feel so loved when I sit by the warm fire and read your mail over and
over again. It makes me feel as if I'm right there at home, with you guys. Just
seeing your letters makes me hear a little voice in my head that sounds exactly
like each one of yours.
My earmuffs are keeping me especially warm in
the dry, raging blizzards. I bought two pairs actually; so all four of my ears
can keep warm. I'm also bundled with scarves, yet I'm still incredibly cold.
When I look in the mirror I look red instead of pink, because the cold air is
making my face numb and flushed.
Studying other regions in Neopia is great. There's
even this Polarchuck who I've kind of befriended. I call him Nuts, and he follows
me everywhere. He reminds me of you guys - goofy and carefree.
Well, I can't wait to get home, like I said before.
I miss you guys to death.
22nd Day of Swimming,
Merf. Squieshie's making me write another letter
to you. I can't think of anything to say. See you in nine days.
23rd Day of Swimming,
I'm glad to know you're still doing well. Don't
worry; we'll keep the letters coming! Sounds like you're learning some great
stuff. That Polarchuck sounds so cute! Bring him home and show him to
us, will you? Just thinking about him in the way you described him makes me
feel all cuddly inside. Your sisters have calmed down a bit, I'm glad to say.
They aren't getting themselves into as much trouble as before, thankfully. I'm
actually thinking about taking them down to the Lost Desert for a couple of
days. You know, my little treat? You shouldn't be jealous though. The Lost Desert
really isn't a very nice place when you're so used to the weather up here in
the city. Down there it's like… a desert. I guess you could say that me taking
them down there is more of a punishment than a reward, couldn't you?
We'll keep you informed!
25th Day of Swimming,
I finally understand my math packet! Thanks for
your last letter, we all read it. We always read all of your letters. Anyways,
we have stopped skateboarding off of the roof. Xraie told us it's not safe,
as she read in a book called 'Skateboarding For the Insane'. Now we are practicing
our uber skills on the pavement in the backyard, like we're supposed to! I think
I've already made a lot of progress, as have Taitl and Xraie. Skateboarding
is so cool! I'm glad we have 'broadened our horizons', as you always say, by
trying new things!
26th Day of Swimming,
Dear crazy people,
If you are in the Lost Desert by now, I hope
the mail Chia gets this to you. I worry what kind of trouble you will get yourselves
into down there. I've never been there before, so I wouldn't know how hot it
is. I'm still doing great up here, though, and I think I've finally gotten used
to the cold temperatures. Too bad I come back in four days! Actually, I can't
wait to come back. Going on a field trip with your Neoschool class is kind of
boring. Never do it. Even though all of my friends are here, I can't help but
miss you guys. Being away from you for so long has made me realize how much
I love you.
Gosh, I miss you so much. Only five days!
27th Day of Swimming,
Happy Birthday! I can't believe that just seven
hundred and thirty days ago you came home with me. When you left for Terror
Mountain, we knew that you wouldn't be here to celebrate your birthday with
us, but that's okay. As soon as you get back in four days, we'll have a huge
birthday bash for you. It will be even better than last year's party. I can't
wait! I've already started planning things out.
Oh, yeah. I decided not to take your sisters
to the Lost Desert. I read in the Neopian Times that the weather there is reaching
up to one hundred and twenty degrees, maybe even more!
27th Day of Swimming,
You'll never, ever believe what happened! Well,
you know how Waffle-Ducky told you we stopped skateboarding down the roof, right?
Well, we did it one more time. Just one more time! We never thought anything
like this would ever happen! I'm shaking as I write. I can barely breathe, and
my heart feels like it's beating one million times a second. I can't believe
it. I'm so scared, Rayneboery. I wish you were here. I really, really wish you
were here right now. I want you to be here so you can comfort all of us. Squieshie's
no help. She's a wreck, and she doesn't want to talk to Waffle-Ducky or me.
All we can to is pray, and hope everything will be okay. I miss you so much,
Rayneboery. I miss you. I want you to be here right this minute so you can tell
us everything will be okay.
We didn't think we needed to wear our helmets
anymore. We were wrong.
28th Day of Swimming,
What happened? You're scaring the living daylights
out of me! Tell me what happened, right this second! Is this a prank? If it
is, I'm going to kill you when I get home, Xraie. I'm going to kill you. I'm
crying at this very moment. I'm so sorry if my letter is smudged and you can't
read it. You don't know how worried I am right now.
Forget about the party, Squiesh. I want to know
what happened to Taitl.
29th Day of Swimming,
I'm serious, guys. WRITE ME, FOR GOSH SAKES!
I couldn't sleep last night. I feel like I'm not even alive right now. I keep
on writing, even though I'm not even thinking about what to say. You better
write me. You better.
Oh, yeah. The other reason I'm writing you is
there is a huge blizzard going on right now. We can't leave the lodge, it's
too dangerous. I will probably be back by the third day of Hiding.
30th Day of Swimming,
WHY AREN'T YOU WRITING ME? WHY? WHY, WHY, WHY?
WHAT HAPPENED? I NEED TO KNOW! Taitl's not going to be okay, is she? I knew
I hate you. I hate all of you.
1st Day of Hiding, Year
I have waited for four days on news of what happened.
Is there a reason you can't GET OUT A PENCIL AND WRITE A FEW SIMPLE WORDS ON
A PIECE OF PAPER?! If so, please tell me in your next letter… If you even write
me again before I come home. Which should be in two days by the way, like I
said in the letter before the last.
2nd Day of Hiding, Year
I'm really, really, really sorry about this.
You don't know how sorry I am. I have pretty much tortured you for five days
now, and I'm sorry for that. I'm sorry for what happened to me, too. It was
the stupidest thing I have ever done in my whole entire life. My whole body
feels like a huge scab, and I can barely move. At least I'm going to be all
right, though. Squieshie offered to write this letter for me, but I refused.
I wanted to write it myself. So I'm sorry if my handwriting is horrid.
I can't move my leg, and I have bruises everywhere.
Xraie told me that everyone in the neighborhood rushed over to see what happened
that night. The doctors are trying their best to get me healed as fast as possible.
I'm really weak right now; the only thing that's easy for me to do is breathe.
Squieshie has been crying ever since she saw me lying there in the street, my
knees and elbows all bloodied, tears streaming from my eyes, and my shoulder
All I remember is Xraie running up to me, screaming.
Then I heard sobbing, and then everything went black. It's amazing how much
can happen to you in one second. Now I sit in the hospital, unable to move anything
but my left arm. Thank goodness I broke my right arm instead of my left. Otherwise
Squieshie would have been writing this to you, and I didn't want that. Rayneboery,
you don't know how much I miss you.
I hate you for not being able to be here, not
being able to tell us not to do it. You could have told us to wear our helmets.
It was a really stupid thing for us to have done, and if you were there… If
you were there to have just told us that one time, just that ONE time to wear
our helmets… None of this would have ever happened.
I hate you, I hate you, I hate you. I hate
you. Yet at the same time, I love you with all my heart.
It's been twenty days I've lived without you.
It was only supposed to be nineteen.
Author's Note: If this gets in, it will be my first publication in over
one hundred issues of the Neopian Times, and it will be my twenty-fifth publication
for the NT. It will also be my last. That's right, I'm officially retiring from
the NT. I would really appreciate it if you would give me feedback on this story.
I put a lot of time into it, and it was also my favorite story I've ever written
for the Times. I will still write outside of Neo, though, as it is one of my
passions. I just felt like I wanted to give you all a formal goodbye after one
hundred weeks of nothingness from me. -Squiesh