The Value of Neopoints
They say that people can find happiness in money; the same
goes for neopets as well. One little Draik is about to learn the true value of
neopoints and the lesson it brings…
Xaidao, the Royal Draik, looked out the window
with his red eyes and sighed as the seaweed waved in the water in the garden
of his new neohome. Dragon_Dragonwolf, his new owner, was busy with the Café
and making sure everything was ready for tonight. Suddenly someone jumped on
his back and knocked him to the floor.
"Hey bro! Are you ready for tonight?" said a
bold voice above him. Xaidao looked up to see his new brother Fireheart_Dragonwolf
who was at the moment a Fire Techo because of the lab ray.
"Fireheart! Geff oof me!!!" he wheezed. He then
got up off him to let Xaidao get up off the ground. "What was that for and what
do you mean are you ready for tonight?"
"Today is Dress-Up Day! Dragon said we could
go to a party while she and Kylilea take care of the Café. Dragon already got
my costume; did she get yours yet?" Fireheart grinned as he jumped up and down.
Xaidao couldn't help but laugh at his brother for being an idiot.
"There is no way you can beat me in the Battledome
the way you're jumping around. I don't know why Dragon won't let us fight each
other," Xaidao said. Then it suddenly struck Xaidao that today was indeed Dress-Up
Day. "Dress-Up Day? What should I wear?" He rushed out of his room leaving Fireheart
in confusion at his sudden retreat. "Dragon?" Xaidao called out.
"I'm up in the office!" a sweet, but distance
voice called out. Xaidao climbed the stairs to the office and found a girl with
brown hair going over some calculations about the income of the Café. "Hey Xaidao,
how are you doing?" the girl said looking up. Xaidao couldn't help but noticed
the emerald green eyes as the girl stared at him.
"I'm fine, Dragon, but I have no costume for
Dress-Up Day tonight. I want to go to a party!" he whined. Xaidao looked up
at Dragon, giving off his big droopy eyes that looked to be in tears. Dragon
sighed and got up walking towards the other side of the room. She got out a
little silver key with a dragon engraving on the end. The desk that was over
in the corner had a keyhole in one of the drawers, which had the same dragon
engraving upon it. Dragon gave the key a turn and the drawer clicked open, then
she opened it up. Xaidao took a peek inside and saw bags of neopoints inside.
Dragon chuckled when she noticed Xaidao's eyes grow wider.
"There is about five hundred thousand neopoints
in there that I keep for the Café, but I will give you fifty thousand to go
buy a costume," she said. Xaidao's eyes grew even wider; he wanted to take all
of the neopoints and use it for other things as well. Dragon handed him the
neopoints and walked Xaidao out the door. "Now go have fun picking out a costume.
Fireheart is already dressing as Jeren but maybe you can be Sloth or even a
Xaidao nodded at Dragon and went outside of his
neohome and saw Diamond_Dragonwolf sitting on the steps looking sad. "What is
wrong, Diamond?" he asked gently.
"Tonight is a full moon, Xaidao. You should know
what happens to me then. I am a Werelupe, after all," Diamond replied in a gentle,
but sad voice. Xaidao looked at his new sister with concern and gave Diamond
"I'm sure you'll be alright. Dragon won't let
anything happen to you, Diamond," Xaidao replied. Diamond smiled and gave his
sister a hug. There were tears falling from his eyes.
"Thanks sister," Diamond cried. "I know I will
be ok." He got up and went inside of the house. She poked her head out of the
door. "Good luck finding a Dress-Up Day costume!"
Xaidao made it into town and looked around the
shops for a costume. He saw mostly Sloth costumes for sale in the windows, but
nothing to his liking. Then he saw it, a costume that fit him perfectly. It
was a robe made of a fine fabric that looked like silk. Around the waist was
a dagger decorated with emeralds and rubies in a shape of a dragon. Xaidao looked
at the price of the costume. "In trades for 200k! That is a lot of money!" Xaidao
exclaimed out loud. Xaidao stared at the costume for about an hour and then
turned to go home. "I want that costume… I'm sure Dragon won't mind me taking
a few hundred thousand neopoints."
Xaidao got back to the house to find it empty
of the whole family. "Dragon, Diamond, Kyli, Fireheart, are you home?" he called
out. When no answer came back, Xaidao went into the garden and found the secret
staircase to the office. Oddly it was open and he went inside. Xaidao looked
around and noticed that Dragon bought a new chair for the room, a Meepit chair
in fact. "What is she thinking? I heard she is afraid of Meepits," he sighed.
He looked over to the desk and saw that the drawer was slightly open and the
top of one of the bags was poking out of it. The temptation just to take all
of the neopoints was on him badly, but he knew that would leave him and the
rest of his new family poor. So he took 150 thousand neopoints, which was just
enough to get him the costume. Suddenly he heard screaming from outside and
knew Dragon was home. He quickly rushed out of the office and flew off before
Dragon noticed he was home.
It was his at last and Xaidao was pleased. He
saved about 50 thousand on the deal as well. Dressed up in his costume Xaidao
went home and saw Dragon and Kyli on the front step talking to the Chia Police.
"So where were your pets during the event of the stolen neopoints?" the officer
"I was with Diamond getting ready for the full
moon and Xaidao was out shopping," replied Kyli.
"I saw Fireheart leave for the Dress Up Day party
down the street to my friend's neohome. I know he wouldn't steal it; Fireheart
is too noble for that," said Dragon. Xaidao rushed behind one of the bushes
and looked down at his claws.
"I did something bad… I shouldn't have taken
those neopoints from Dragon," Xaidao said in a low voice. Xaidao then wondered
what to do to try to make up for the theft and suddenly got an idea. He then
made plans for his idea to be executed.
Dragon called his friend and told him to let
Fireheart stay there for the night. Kyli went to make sure Diamond didn't cause
too much trouble so she was home alone. She was also worried about Xaidao for
he wasn't at the party and hadn't come home yet. Dragon sat there on the bed
wondering about what to do about saving up the neopoints again. She needed that
money to run her Café. A door slammed in the front of the house and she wondered
if something happened to Diamond again.
"Dragon? Are you here?" a familiar voice called
"I'm in here, Xaidao," Dragon called back. He
sighed with relief that the Royal Draik was okay. Xaidao came in with bags of
neopoints in him claws and put them down in front of Dragon.
"Dragon, I wanted to say I'm sorry…" Xaidao said,
casting his eyes to the ground.
"What with all the neopoints and what do you
mean you're sorry?" Dragon asked in surprise. Xaidao looked up at Dragon and
put his arms around her.
"I was the one who took the neopoints! I wanted
this costume that I saw for 200k in trades, so I came back and took the money
from your drawer. I was wrong!" cried Xaidao, tears were rushing down his eyes.
Dragon hugged Xaidao and smiled.
"At least you told me the truth and you're feeling
sorry for what you done. It's okay Xaidao…" Dragon said in a caring tone. Xaidao
looked up at Dragon and smiled.
"I got back the money, the last owner wouldn't
do a trade-back so I've spent the day at the trading post trying to get someone
to buy it. I was lucky too. This person traded me two million for it, so now
I can give you back what I owe and 1.8 million more!" Xaidao said. Dragon laughed
and hugged Xaidao.
"I don't care about the neopoints, Xaidao. It's
the fact you told me the truth is what I value more. The value of neopoints
isn't important to me," Dragon said.
"You mean you're not mad?" Xaidao asked.
"I'm not mad. But now what to do with all these
neopoints?" Dragon said laughing.
A few days later the whole family was at the
petpet store getting Xaidao ready to get a new petpet. The Royal Draik was all
excited about getting a Fire Dragoyle. "I'll show you what I value more than
neopoints," Dragon had said. Xaidao looked around the store until he spotted
his petpet on the shelf. After purchasing his new petpet, Xaidao hugged Dragon.
"I know what is more valuable than neopoints,
it's family!" Xaidao said. And after that day the whole family lived together
in everlasting happiness.
"I'll beat you yet, Fireheart! I'll be stronger
than you yet!" Xaidao yelled.
Dragon could only sigh.
Well, maybe not everlasting happiness…
Author's Note: I hope you like my story! All pets belong to me, dragon_dragonwolf
(Well, Diamond belongs to a friend and I got permission from him to use her).
The moral of the story is: There are some things that hold more value than neopoints.