What Hard Work Pays For
Kila snorted and pawed the ground anxiously through the
thick white snow. The blazing sun was rising steadily in the sky. Happy Valley
was a simple and peaceful, yet active place to be in. "Alright, let's get these
packages on you." Lissodo the white Lupe approached Kila with some bags and cardboard
boxes. The Bika had yet again had to wake up early in the day with her owner to
get ready for more traveling. All he seemed to care about mostly was the decent
money he could get for his simple delivery job, and she happened to be the perfect
petpet for the job. Grimacing at the weight piling up on her back, she forced
herself to stay still. "We don't want to be late on the job. Remember what happened
last time?" Lissodo grinned at her. Kila rolled her eyes. That's what he said
all the time. She knew all the words he would say by heart. What he's saying,
how he says it, and when he says it.
Yes, she definitely did remember what happened
About three months ago, Lissodo had taken the
Bika out to deliver some bags and packages around Happy Valley as he always
did every day. As they neared the east coast, an angry stuck-up Eyrie appeared
with his feathers puffed out and his golden eyes glaring at them. "I have been
waiting for my package for ages!" he roared. "Because of you two being some
lazy bums and not getting here ten minutes earlier, I'm late for my important
business trip to Mystery Island!" He took a step closer, flashing a disgusted
glance at the large box Lissodo was holding in his hands.
He looked back at him calmly and handed him the
box. "I'm terribly, terribly sorry sir. We just happened to get a bit behind
from a few stops and interference on the way. It won't ever happen again." He
The Eyrie glared at him with hatred and frustration.
"It BETTER not happen again!" He growled furiously, and then prowled away in
Yes, that was exactly what happened. With an
exaggerated sigh, she stood unemotionally as the boxes were being tied onto
her back and saddle. He didn't seem to notice her mood. How could he be in such
a happy condition to be doing the job he had taken for about a year now? "Ok,
let's go then!" the Lupe said cheerfully as he tightened the last bag onto Kila.
He grasped the reigns and led her forward. And so, their regular daily routine
"…dum de dum de dum dum..." Lissodo began singing
his tune inside his head again as he trudged through the snow. "Our first stop
is right down there, Kila." He pointed towards a small house not too far off.
As they stopped at the house, Lissodo untied one of the small boxes and handed
it to the Wocky who greeted him at the door and dropped a few neopoints into
his jar. Shaking the glass jar as he listened to the money clinking inside,
Lissodo led Kila farther down the path to where three houses were lined up together.
Kila lowered her head and flicked her big ears with a bored look on her face.
How much longer could this simple life go on? She looked up at her owner who
still bore the same enthusiastic smile upon his face. "Yup, anytime now," he
answered as usual and looked up at the sunlight. "Anytime now before we can
head back home." He patted her on the head. "Maybe I can fix up something nice
for supper once we get back," he said as he gathered up three packages to take
to the three houses.
"After the last few houses, my jar will be filled
up once again!" Lissodo said out loud. He stopped at one of the houses and picked
up a wrapped up present. Knocking lightly on the door, he looked down at a baby
The Gelert's eyes opened wide at the gift box.
"Oh boy, it's finally here! Thanks Mister!" He took out some neopoints and put
them inside Lissodo's jar.
About an hour or two had passed. There were only
two boxes left on top of her saddle. "Just two more stops, Kila. Anytime now
and we can head back home," Lissodo said again. Kila just sighed again and shook
her head irritably. His jar had filled up half way now. "After this last stop
we can go home, girl." He began taking off the two packages and knocked on the
last door. Kila shook her fur, ringing the jingling bell attached to her harness.
Her legs were going to be sore by the time they got back.
"We're almost home, Kila, almost home." Lissodo
gave her a reassuring pat on the shoulder. They were entering the central area
of Happy Valley. The bustling sounds of many others grew louder. The small town
was always beaming with such activity.
She suddenly felt a tug on her reigns and halted
abruptly. Staring up at Lissodo, she bellowed in protest. A wider grin grew
upon his face. "One second, girl, this'll only take a minute." He led her to
the right, towards a large stand. An older blue Lupe came over to meet him as
"How may I help you sir?" he asked politely.
Kila stood silently, brushing her golden tan fur against her owner's leg. Lissodo
brought out his jar, which was now filled to the top. He took out most of the
money until there were only a few neopoints left, glancing at his companion
Laying down all the neopoints on the table, he
eyed the tremendous items that were lined up neatly on top of the wooden counter.
An expensive petpet accessory captured his gaze. "I'd like to have that deluxe
canopy petpet bed please, for my Bika," he answered to the merchant.
The merchant glanced back at the luxurious petpet
bed. "Well, that would be 20 neopoints, sir," he answered.
Lissodo simply nodded and slid all the money
across to the merchant who counted the money. He turned around and handed over
the bed. "Have a very nice day, sir."
The storekeeper nodded courteously to him. Kila
edged closer to her owner in surprise.
"It's just a gift, Kila." Lissodo gazed at her
with an open heart. "You have deserved this and I have owed it to you quite
long ago." Kila just stared with her eyes sparkling. The whole scene played
through her mind, how he took most of the money out of his precious jar and
traded them for an expensive gift that didn't need to be sent by them. It was
Together they walked back into their house. Lissodo
laid the soft bed to the left of the room at a spot next to his own holly patterned
bed. Kila hopped inside her new bed and settled down happily. As she looked
back up, Lissodo was already lying tiredly on his bed, just as she would want
to do. Kila stepped out of her own bed and jumped up onto his, shifting under
his arms and snuggling close beside him. She gazed up at the pleasant smile
on his face then closed her eyes. Together, they slowly drifted off into sleep.
It wasn't just about the money, it was about having her, and that was something
to care about.