Wish for Authority
"Zeppy! Make the beds!"
The ten-year-old Purple Kougra groaned and trudged
upstairs, away from the delicious breakfast she had been about to have.
"And RoyGBiv! You have to do the dishes when
The eleven-year-old Rainbow Wocky groaned as
well, and began taking the dishes of everyone who had finished their Tigerbuggle
Fruit Pancakes. He dumped them in the sink and waited for his hungry sister
to come back and finish eating.
"Oh, I just remembered!" the third pet at the
table, a Faerie Meerca in her early teen years named Emiliya, squealed. "I must
fold and put away the laundry so we will have more clothes!" She happily bounced
RoyGBiv, or Roy as most called him, groaned.
How could his Meerca sister love doing chores? It seemed it seemed as if that
was all he and Zeppy did. It seemed to the two that Emiliya had the same chores,
but was let off easy because they took less time, and so she actually had a
Their owner made them juggle school, chores,
homework, friends, and chilling out all in a single day. Five things. Why couldn't
the blonde, green-eyed boy named Seamus that was their owner give them a break?
It seemed like they did all the work while he did the cooking and shopping.
"Well, I have to go buy some more things for
lunch, dinner, and the rest of the week," Seamus said. "Today we don't have
much left, so like I said, I want to get some more." He grabbed his jacket,
a bunch of Neopoints, and ran off.
Zeppy slowly came back downstairs to finish
her breakfast. It didn't seem so good, due to the tyranny of their owner, who
had made it. It was always like this, but the tyranny had increased from making
the beds once more.
"I wish we would be the owners..." Roy sighed.
"...and that we were in charge..." Zeppy continued.
"...and that humans were our pets and we could
give them a taste of their own medicine..."
"...making them do all the chores while we sat
back and did what we wanted..."
Before Roy could continue the sentence, Fyora
appeared before them. She smiled, her face showing that she knew something they
didn't. "You two have been quite good, kind, and obedient children, listening
to your owner against your will, and so I will grant your wish. If you ever
have second thoughts on it, just come to Faerieland and find me. I'll be at
the Hidden Tower." She raised her staff, the orb at the top glowing a light
purple, and the Faerie Queen's magic took effect.
Zeppy sleepily opened her yellow eyes. Wha? She
just woke up? But she had just woken up from her bed less than an hour ago,
and try as she might, did not remember going back to sleep. And then she remembered!
The wish! She was in charge now!
Zeppy quickly got out of bed and ran to the
living room. She would have danced around, rejoicing in her new authority, had
it not been for the three humans in front of her. There were two girls, both
who appeared to be fifteen, and a boy. The girls appeared to be twins, both
looking exactly alike with their long black hair and green eyes. The only noticeable
difference was a scar going diagonally up one's forearm. The boy was about two,
and had short red hair and brown eyes. "Who are you?"
The girls looked confused, but the boy had preoccupied
himself with a Bear.
"Don't you remember us, Zeppy? We're your humans,"
one girl said, the one with the scar said.
"Yeah... I'm Gabriella, she's Gina, and he's
Bobby," the other, apparently Gabriella, said.
Zeppy quickly made sense of all of this and
nodded. "Oh... yeah. I was... a little confused for a moment. Yeah, confused.
Anyway, could you jog my memory a little and tell me what our life is like?
"Uh... I have to make the beds..." Gina began.
"...Except for Bobby's, he's learning to do
that himself..." Gabriella continued.
"...And you cook..."
"...And I do the laundry with my sis..."
"...ter! I've been telling you, sister! Ter!
Let it stick in your head, and actually say the two-syllable word with two syllables!
Oh right... " Gina said and waited for her glaring sister to continue their
"...And Gabriella sets the table and does the
"...And of course, Bobby helps us clear the
table before and after dinner..."
"...And I clean my own room!" Bobby finished
"Yeah, yeah, whatever, Bobs," Gabriella said.
"We all do. Anyway, did you get that cool shiny silver jacket I saw in the window
"Um... " Zeppy pulled herself out of her traded
responsibilities celebration long enough to think. "...I just woke up."
"Get me the jacket!" Gabriella screamed.
"I will, I will!" the Kougra said quickly. "I
just need to take a small morning rest, go for a walk, and then I'll come home
with the jacket! Okay?"
"No! Get me that jacket now!"
"And I want to go to the Merry-Go-Round!" Bobby
"But that's far away! This is Neopia Central!"
Zeppy cried, beginning to panic a little. She looked out the window to check.
Sure enough, it was Neopia Central. "Besides, I don't even know... remember
what the jacket costs!"
"Only 10,000 NP!" Gabriella yelled. "And Bobby,
Gina, and I always get what we want! You're not the boss of us!"
That's what the wish was supposed to make
me, Zeppy thought. "I'll get it! I just need to go play games, borrow some
"Borrowing is hard; if you don't have the money,
it's hard to pay back," Gina said. "Neopets should know that. They're like,
the most dominant species... es." She ignored the last part of what she had
said and rolled her eyes. "And when's breakfast? You're cooking it as always,
"Uh-huh... " Zeppy tried to think of what to
do now. She had just realized -she had no clue how to cook! "How about we just
eat some already cooked stuff or things that don't need cooking?"
"No," Gina said. "That stuff never tastes fresh."
But if I cook, it won't taste good, Zeppy
thought. And it probably won't probably not healthy or even edible. "Yeah...
I'll go do what I said I would." She grabbed 200 Neopoints lying on the table.
"And I'll come back with the jacket. And enough tickets to Roo Island." Before
any of her humans could respond, she was out the door.
She hoped this was as bad as the nagging, begging,
and greed would get, and that it would be over by next week.
But it didn't. And since she hadn't done what
she said she would, having no clue how to shop or buy travel tickets, her humans
still nagged her every five seconds or so. And all three humans kept insisting
the cheap omelettes they were eating were beginning to not taste as good, and
so they were eating less food, while the whole time complaining of hunger and
Gina was threatening to call a "responsible authority figure who can get in
touch with the Neopets who deal with human neglect." Even without this, Zeppy
felt extremely strange about being in charge of people older than her, and a
toddler who thought he was older.
Desperately wanting to get away from them merely
a week after this has started, Zeppy quickly decided to find Roy. "I have to
go visit a friend."
"Neopets don't have friends!" Gabriella yelled.
"They're too busy tending to our every need to socialize!"
At Gina's word "have," Zeppy had grabbed the
address book and was out the door. She quickly searched through the book for
"RoyGBiv." She quickly memorized her brother's address and ran off to it.
When she reached the Neohome, there was the
same yelling she had left. "Roy!" she yelled, banging on the door.
Zeppy stopped banging and turned around. It
"Do you know what's going on? Oh, wait, don't
answer. I know."
"You do?" Zeppy squeaked. Would her sister tell
on her? Wait, who would she tell? Zeppy decided not to worry, but she still
wondered how Emiliya could know about this. The door opened, but she ignored
"Yes. You and Roy wished we were the owners
and humans were pets. After I went to do the laundry before you made the wish,
I heard what you were wishing, and I was in the kitchen doorway, trying to stop
you when Fyora granted the wish."
Zeppy finally turned to face the door to find
an already tired Roy. "What's the matter? I thought you were a morning pet."
"I am. It's them. I'm the owner of four very
annoying, greedy, toddlers. And Emiliya, why would you try to stop us? It was
the chores, and the lack of free time, and not being in charge. You know all
about this, apparently."
"First, it seems everyone who saw the wish being
granted remembers. Second of all, don't you ever see things from Seamus's point
of view?" Emiliya asked, as though it had been the obvious thing to do. "He
cooks, we do the other things. He has responsibilities, too, you know. And he
tries to make us happy, but you know, we have to do our share of work, too.
If you didn't make the beds, well... okay, we can live without making the beds,
but it looks nice. And I'd prefer to have clean, neat, put away clothes. And
the dishes will pile up in the sink, creating a lack of clean and possibly usable
dishes and an unusable sink. How do you think we came to be Rainbow, Purple,
and Faerie? How do you think we've had all those liberties? How do you think
we've come to love the good food we eat? I think I've made my point." She pondered
for a moment, and then said, "And I have yet another point to make. If you replace
the Fire Koi Plushie my eight-year-old human boy wants with the Faellie Zeppy
wanted last year, does it sound at all like her? For reference, he's been saying,
'I wanna Fire Koi Plushie, please, please, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease? I'll be good,
I promise! And I'll love it and take good care of it, pleeeease get me one!'"
"...yeah, I guess," her siblings said in unison.
"So what are we going to do about our humans
and the wish and stuff?" Zeppy asked.
Before Roy or Emiliya could answer, a girl with
straight black hair that just reached her shoulders and blue eyes, who appeared
to be about five, came up to Roy.
Roy tried to keep his face calm and his voice
stern, but it was obvious he was panicking. "No, Sally, you can't have a Faerie
"I don't care if they're too expensive!" Sally
said, jumping up and down and stamping her feet repeatedly. "I want to fly!
I want to have wings! I want to be the prettiest human in all of Neopia!"
"Not only is it too expensive, but it doesn't
work on humans!" Roy said. "It only works on Neopets! Now, bye!" He took Zeppy
and Emiliya by their paws and ran off to the mostly empty park nearby.
"So what are we going to do about our humans
and the wish and stuff?" Zeppy repeated.
Emiliya seemed to have an answer already. "Fyora
said that if you ever had second thoughts on it, just go to the Hidden Tower.
She'll fix it. Let's go. We have to take a Uni. I can fly there myself, and
I'll meet you at the landing, but I can't carry one of you, let alone both."
She spread her dark wings. "By the way, I'm only doing this to help you. My
other human, Talia, is a sweet, innocent, loveable, obedient, mature teenager.
My eight-year-old is pretty obedient, he just always wants toys. You got some
of the worst, based on who I have and the neighboring humans I've met." She
"Let's go." Zeppy remembered the Neopoints clutched
in her paw. "We'll use these. I hope none of our humans followed us." They ran,
each got on a Uni, and flew to Faerieland.
When they reached Faerieland, they quickly found
Emiliya, and were about to go to the Hidden Tower when Emiliya pointed out a
"Do either of you even know where the Hidden
Tower is?" she asked. "I don't. Seamus never found it. Why do you think he gave
"Well, we all heard the stuff in there is expensive..."
"Let's just ask someone," Emiliya said.
Zeppy nodded in agreement and walked over to
a Faerie Blumaroo hovering over a row of Faerie Petpets in the Faerieland Petpets
Shop. "Excuse me, but do you know where the Hidden Tower is?"
The Blumaroo nodded and whispered it into the
Zeppy thanked the Blumaroo and led Emiliya and
Roy to the Hidden Tower. But they didn't know until Roy crashed into it. They
then felt around the walls, found the entrance, and ran to the top, where they
found the Faerie Queen.
"So you two have learned your lesson?" Fyora
asked. "I know what you came here for." She knew they would do it; after all
they would never have come to undo the wish had they not had the greediest humans
known to Neopia.
"I wish that everything was..."
"...back to normal before we made the wish."
Fyora smiled, and raised her staff, which glowed
a light purple once more, and Roy, Emiliya, and Zeppy closed their eyes, awaiting
the return home.
When Roy opened his eyes, he expected himself
to be lying down in bed as he had been last time, but instead found himself
leaning on the kitchen counter Seamus left. He grinned as Zeppy came happily
back down the stairs.
"Emiliya, it's back to normal!" Zeppy cried.
The Meerca looked very confused. "What are you
talking about? There's been no big change just now, and nothing interesting
happened in our lives recently!"
Zeppy looked and Roy.
"Um, we're just... kidding around, right, Zeppy?"
'Yeah... what Roy said." Zeppy and Roy both
smiled inwardly, happy that they knew this was the way it should be. It was
nice to have someone else to throw their troubles on every single time.