Jimmy the blue Shoyru held his breath as he pushed open
the bedroom door quietly.
'Good thing Stella oiled the doors yesterday,'
he thought, silently thanking his owner's obsession for hygiene and cleanliness.
He bent down onto all fours and peered through
the slightly open door.
It was dark in the hallway where he was crouched
but the bedroom beyond the door was well lit. Lamps were dotted around the shelves,
which lined the walls. He could see a bed, well made with several plushies arranged
tidily on top of the purple sheets. Then he heard humming and sloshing sounds
before a brown paw appeared, just inches from the door. For several long moments
Jimmy did not dare to move, lest he should make a noise. Eventually the foot
disappeared and he relaxed.
As he waited for the right moment, he scratched
his back uncomfortably. The costume was making him itch - he better hurry up
so he could get it off ASAP. He cupped his paws to his mouth and said in a hoarse,
cackling voice, "BOO! I have come to get what I came for, Trixie."
The sloshing sound within the room stopped and
he heard a muffled scream, a crash and water spilling.
"W-w-who's that?" he heard Trixie stutter.
"It's Dr. Sloth," Jimmy pretended.
"W-w-what do you want?"
He heard Trixie whimper.
"The Neopoints you shall give to your brother,
Jimmy so he can buy a new costume."
There was a silence. Then a howl of fury before
the door was wrenched open and Trixie, the pink Xweetok, glared down at her
little brother crouched on the floor.
"JIMMY!" she screeched. "Look what you did!"
And she pointed at her bedroom floor where paints
were trickling out of their pots and a mug of dirty water had spilt. Paintbrushes
were scattered on top of this mess; one had even landed on her bed, leaving
a blob of green paint on the bedcovers. The easel was still intact but the painting
on it was far from OK. It had a huge green line slashed diagonally from where
Trixie must've jumped in fright.
Jimmy saw this with a shocked expression. But
then he jumped up, wearing a black sack and a green Dr. Sloth cardboard head.
"I should be the one upset," he pouted. "You
ruined my joke before I could jump in and scare you."
Trixie shook with rage but before she could
say anything, Jimmy added, "Personally, I think the green lines makes your portrait
unique." He stuck his tongue out and then raced to his room, slamming the door
Jimmy and Trixie's older brother, Mattie the
blue Zafara, was walking to school with his two best friends, Jane and Chip.
They were laughing and joking around. Mattie said something and the other two
roared with laughter. Other Neopets were looking admiringly in his direction;
there was no doubt about it, Mattie was very popular.
Which was why what Jimmy was going to do next
would be even more funny, considering it worked. At least in Jimmy's opinion
it would be.
He was perched on a branch in a tree, which
hung over the path Mattie and his friends were walking along. He could see them
in the distance, still chuckling appreciatively.
Jimmy stood up on his branch, testing its strength
whilst holding onto the branch above for balance. The branches were starting
to grow little buds of leaves but it still made Jimmy feel horribly exposed.
However, there was a strong wind and most of the passing Neopets kept their
Jimmy settled down on the middle of the branch,
his legs wrapped around a large lump that stuck out. He had his back to the
approaching friends, which was why he was holding a mirror.
"Have to get it perfect," he muttered.
Mattie was getting closer; not once did he or
his friends glance up, still joking around. Just a few more seconds…3…2…1!
Jimmy fell backwards, his legs still clinging
onto the branch. His head stopped just in front of Mattie's head.
There was an extremely high-pitched scream and
Mattie tripped, falling on Jane and Chip. Jimmy hoisted himself back up and
roared with laughter, wiping tears off his face.
He turned and watched the three friends struggle
to their feet. Several Neopets were staring and pointing.
"Who screamed?" Chip groaned, clutching his
head. "Was it you, Jane? It sounded like a girl."
Jane shot a look of disdain at Chip. "It wasn't
They both turned to look at Mattie who was picking
up his backpack and tying his scarf around his neck again. He looked at the
tree and saw Jimmy still laughing.
Jimmy grabbed his mirror and the bag he'd hung
from a branch before flying away as fast as he could.
But not before he heard Chip and Jane chanting,
"Mattie screamed like a girl! Mattie is a girl!"
Having managed to avoid Trixie and Mattie all
day at school, Jimmy flew a few inches above the path home. He chuckled to himself
as he remembered all those Neopets calling Mattie a girl, and Trixie seething
at him across the canteen because she had not been able to enter her painting
in the Art Contest.
He had to share his stories with someone. And
who better than his best friend, Marvin?
He checked that no one was around and finding
the path empty, he dug in his backpack. He finally pulled out a rather old and
broken yellow Lupe plushie. It had seen better days. One eye was missing and
a leg had been pulled off but Jimmy still loved him.
He chatted away to Marvin, now and again making
him laugh at his jokes or praising him for his ingenious ideas.
As he passed the same tree he had scared Mattie
from earlier, he gave another chuckle and said to Marvin, "You should've seen
his face, Marvin!"
Suddenly a voice asked, "Who are you talking
It was Mattie and Trixie. Jimmy backed away
nervously. After all, they were both older than him and much stronger.
"Two on one isn't fair," he pointed out.
Trixie looked at Mattie. Mattie looked at Trixie.
They burst out laughing.
"You thought we were going to beat you up?"
"Sounds tempting but we won't, little bro,"
Mattie grinned, patting Jimmy's head.
"You're not?" Jimmy asked.
"But last time, when I did that thing with the
mop, you said you were going to get me!" Jimmy said.
"Yes. But…we can't really be bothered." Mattie
He winked at Jimmy and he and Trixie walked
off, without a backward glance.
Jimmy took Marvin out from where he'd hastily
stuffed him into a bush. He pulled off some twigs and said, "That was close!
But they'd never hurt me! They're too scared!"
And he jumped up and flew home, grinning all
That night as they sat down for dinner, their
owner, Stella beamed at them all and said, "I won the most wonderful prize today!"
"Ooh what? Was it NP? Because then you can finally
paint me!" Mattie asked with his mouth full.
"No, I won an Invisible Paint Brush!" Stella
Mattie and Trixie's expectant faces fell. Mattie
continued to eat his dinner and Trixie carried on playing with her food. Jimmy,
meanwhile, was secretly feeding Marvin under the table.
"What's the use of an Invisible Paint brush?"
"Well…well…" Stella wondered.
"You could use it to make Mattie's room invisible…it's
an eyesore." Trixie giggled.
"I'll put it somewhere for safe keeping…" Stella
said. "I'll give you the NP to buy a paint brush for yourself, Mattie."
Mattie's face lit up.
"Want to come, Trixie?"
Jimmy looked up expectantly. But no one looked
in his direction.
The next day, Jimmy and Marvin watched from
their bedroom window as Mattie and Trixie set out for the market place. He sighed
and said to Marvin, "It's not fair. I want to help choose."
He went downstairs, Marvin safely in his backpack.
"Stella, may I please have some neopoints to
spend on toys?" he asked.
Stella handed him a small sack of coins and
Jimmy set out for the toyshop. He hoped to buy a costume of some sort to use
in one of his many pranks. But when he got there, the shopkeeper said sadly,
"Sorry, we're out of stock. There should be some more coming in approximately
ten minutes and thirty four seconds!"
Jimmy decided not to hang around. He left the
path so he could cut through the woods behind the shops to get home. As he walked
he chatted to Marvin.
He was halfway home when Marvin was yanked out
of his grip. Jimmy yelled out and tried to snatch Marvin back but when he turned,
there wasn't anyone there. But Marvin was floating in the air, his head drooping
pathetically. Jimmy screamed and ran behind a tree, shivering.
"Jimmy, you are evil!"
"Who said that?" Jimmy cried, his heart beating
so hard, it could've popped out of his chest. He peered around the tree.
"It's me, Marvin."
"Yes I can talk."
Marvin zoomed through the air and lunged at
Taken off guard, Jimmy felt himself being pinned
against the tree, Marvin's fur in his mouth. He tried to fight back but it seemed
Marvin had immensely strong powers.
"Let go!" he cried.
A rustling noise came from near him and someone
stepped out from a bush. It was Trixie.
"Trixie!" Jimmy yelped. "Help me!"
Trixie looked at him like he was mad.
"Jimmy, why are you pinning yourself against
"There's an invisible force! I think it's Marvin!
He has super powers!"
Trixie narrowed her eyes.
"How do I know you're not tricking me?"
Tears of frustration welled up in Jimmy's eyes.
His left arm was hurting where it was pinned against the tree and something
had hurt his foot in the scuffle.
"OK, I'll help you. On one condition."
"OK! OK!" Jimmy yelled. "Name it!"
"Stop playing tricks on Mattie and I."
"OK! Now help me!"
Trixie smiled. "I hope you will not go back
on our deal. Mattie, let him go."
Jimmy fell to the ground but he jumped back
Trixie took a paint brush from her bag and dabbed
at midair with it. Soon, Mattie was standing where it had once been empty. He
was clutching Marvin. He handed him back to Jimmy and winked. Jimmy hardly took
in that his older brother was now an impressive Camouflage Zafara. He was shaking.
"Y-y-you took the Invisible paint brush," he
"Yeah and bought Mattie another one so we played
a trick on you." Trixie giggled.
"But now we have to get home. Remember our agreement,"
Mattie said, warningly. He was talking like he hadn't just turned invisible,
pretended to be a talking Marvin, who had magic powers and then turned back
to himself again. Not including blackmailing his little brother. "Or we tell
everyone about this little incident and about Marvin of course."
With that, he and Trixie vanished through the
trees, immensely pleased with themselves.
Jimmy stared at Marvin. He couldn't get the
image of Marvin attacking him out of his head. He went back to the tree he'd
been pinned against and put Marvin down at the roots. Marvin called to be taken
back but Jimmy turned away.
As he walked back to Neopia Central, he felt
lonelier and lonelier.
Everyone thought he was weird because making
friends had been hard when he joined Neoschool after everyone else had already
started. Trixie and Mattie had no problem making friends but they weren't shy.
He wished that, for once, Trixie and Mattie would help him with his problems.
But Trixie and Mattie knew nothing. They didn't
know they had just lost Jimmy his only friend. But then again, how were they
to know he was his only friend? They never talked to him or included him. They
hardly acknowledged he was there. In a way this was worse than not having friends.
He gazed sadly in the bookshop where he saw
Trixie and Mattie browsing books together. Then he walked on. The money in the
sack jingled, waiting to be spent on toys, books, cakes and sweets. But what
Jimmy wanted most in the world could never be bought by money.
Author's Note: I'd like to say a big thank you to Steph (sweetie_pie34)
and Mel (sandy_cutie_pie) for giving me the idea for this story, even if it
was unintentional! ^_^