Medina daintily dabbed her napkin to the sides of her mouth.
She pecked her owner on both cheeks and hurried, without running, for that would
mess up her hair, up to her room. She slid her Angelpuss Back Pack over her shoulders.
Medina found her way outside, and a footman
hurried to open the door of her luxurious Uni-carriage. The tiny little royal
Acara scowled. The footman, a young blue Scorchio, was too plain and polite
for her liking. His name was Edrick. He nodded to her and closed the door.
"Oh, Edrick! Close it quietly! My perfectly
beautiful ears will ache horridly if you don't! Oh, if you do it again, I'll
have you fired, I will!"
Edrick said softly, "Yes, ma'am."
The carriage took off. The Unis, clomping about,
tried to be quiet for fear of losing their job. Misses Medina and her owner,
Madam Jessenia, were horridly prissy and mean, but they paid 10,000 NP a week.
Finally, with a sigh of relief, they reached the school without losing their
Margery Moscow Malden's Highly Expensive School
For Rich Ninnies (MMMHESRN) was the prissiest, cleanest, most amazing school
Neopia (or Kreludor, for that matter, though Kreludor has no schools I know
of) has ever seen.
"Medina, I understand your dress got dirty yesterday.
I'm soooo sorry!" laughed Twanda sarcastically. Twanda was an amazingly beautiful
Faerie Usul with perfectly groomed fur, and wings that were polished, massaged
and cleaned to perfection every morning.
"Um, uh…" Medina mumbled.
"Why don't you go play with your friends? Oh,
I forgot…you don't have any! Besides, who in their right mind would want to
be friends with a stuck-up, spoiled, uncaring, unkind PRINCESS???" Twanda laughed
with a group of worshipful pets.
Medina just stuck her nose in the air and left.
She stood next to a group that was standing
by the water fountain.
"Hi," she mumbled. The pets slowly backed away,
with faces horror-stricken.
Medina sighed. She walked up to a small, lonely
white Aisha that was fiddling with her locker.
"Hi," she said a bit louder. The Aisha was startled,
"Um, were you the person I was supposed to do
Geography homework for? Oh, I'm so sorry, I-I finished Tyrannia and Faerieland,
but-but I had other work, please don't hurt me, I-I'm really sorry…" the poor
"No, no. You weren't supposed to do homework
for me. I was wondering, what's your name? I've always seen you, but never heard
you," Medina said steadily.
"M-my name? L-Lilly. Lilly4186100, but I'm just
called Lilly. I was supposed to be in 3rd form, but my teacher put me up here
in 6th form. I- I find it easy," Lilly explained. She fumbled with the pink
hair bow she wore on one long ear. She was neatly dressed in school uniform:
plaid pleated skirt, white blouse, blue sweater with MMMHESRN logo on it, and
white stockings with brown oxford shoes. Everything was neat and pressed; she
even wore a string of pearls 'round her neck. Her fur was smooth and silky,
her eyes deep, beautiful amber, and her face was perfectly shaped.
She's rich and beautiful, Medina thought,
yet all everybody notices is her schoolwork and for that she is marked nerdy.
No, this beautiful, smart, kind creature has been kicked into the dust because
of her smarts! How horrible! Just then, Medina remembered that she, too,
had kicked her into the dirt. She remembered their first and only conversation.
* * * * *
"Hi. I bet you're Medina. Ms. Denise said I
was supposed to sit next to you," the young white Aisha had said cheerfully.
"Yeah, so? And guess what? I don't need a nerdy
little girl like you to be my friend. So leave me alone, got it?" Medina had
From that point on, Lilly realized that this
form would tear her up socially. And it did. From then, Lilly never spoke to
a "popular" pet again.
* * * * *
"Why don't you come over to my house for tea
and we can play with my Usuki Dolls? I have every single one. TWO of every single
one. And my servants will give you whatever you want. They have to. I can make
"Okay!" Lilly exclaimed.
Their friendship grew. And grew. And grew. Every
day after school, Lilly would come over and play at Medina's house (*cough*
Her father, Matt, began to worry. His little
pet, which he had sent to a highly expensive school so she could get education,
NOT friends, was beginning to grow socially. As Lilly walked to her house, a
shabby little shack located on Dark Forest Path in the Haunted Woods, she shivered
and pulled her sweater closer.
Her owner, whom she was expected to call Father,
opened the door and smiled. He and his pet were very close, even though he was
quite strict. He always kept her clothes clean and neat and her room neat and
tidy and the shack as comfortable as possible.
"Lilly, I need to talk with you," Matt said.
"Yes, Father," Lilly answered promptly. They
went inside. She sat on the couch, which was losing its stuffing and color.
He sat on the armchair, which was equally as shabby.
"Lilly, I've noticed a decrease in your grades.
This is very serious," Matt said sternly.
"Yes, Father," Lilly answered again, this time
bowing her head.
"This is not allowed. You know that. Let's count
our money, shall we?" Matt said. He lifted a small cardboard box from the shelf
and set it down. Lilly dug into her pockets.
"Let's see. I've got 2, 500 NP savings, and
600 NP pocket money. How much do you have, Lilly?"
"250 NP, Father."
"This is not much. Not much at all. So, that
is why I have sent you to the school you currently attend. So you can become
very smart, get a high paying job, and we can finally have enough. Has this…Melissa….found
out we are poor?"
"No, Father. Medina has not found out. She believes
I am rich because I wear Mother's pearls," Lilly answered solemnly.
"Good. Now, you may never see this…Miranda…again.
The next day, as Lilly and Medina were walking
to Medina's house (*cough*mansion*cough*), Lilly tore away from Medina and ran
as fast as possible back to her shack. Medina, who had taken a couple seconds
to react, beat her Faerie wings in a hurry, and followed the white Aisha silently.
As they arrived at the shack, Medina gasped, which blew her cover.
"See? You see now how poor I am. I live with
my Father, and we have hardly anything!
I can't see you anymore. I'm sorry. I - I didn't
want to, but, but, but Father said so!!!!" Tears began to roll down the soft
white cheeks of the girl's face, and she began to weep and ran into the house,
never to speak to her friend again.
* * * * *
The weeks passed. At school, Lilly and Medina
exchanged glances of both hatred and sorrow. Medina fell into a deep black hole
in which she could feel not joy, sorrow, anger, or anything. She was a body
without feelings, without kindness or comfort.
Now, you may think, Oh, she can HIRE friends,
for goodness' sake! Why can't she be happy when she's got it all??? Ah, but
no living soul can be happy without warmth, when they've felt it and lost it.
Medina began to yearn for her friend, and seemed
not to care anymore that Lilly had lied to her. She certainly did not care that
Lilly was poor. She followed Lilly to her shanty, as she had done all those
All of a sudden, Balthazar jumped out and growled
at Lilly. Lilly screamed and ran. Balthazar snatched her skirt, and Lilly was
caught. Medina hurried and found a broken glass jar Balthazar used for capturing
Faeries, and beat him over the head with it. The shaggy Lupe fell unconscious.
The two dragged him to some nearby blackberry bushes.
Lilly sighed in frustration.
"I thought you hated me after I lied to you…and
I am poor. You must think I am a horrible person who can't even buy an Earl
Grey Tea when she feels like it!"
"No! Not at all! I really miss you…but your
owner…" Medina said.
"Oh, we can reason with him," Lilly said.
The two linked paws and set off into the sunset.
~ The End ~