The Green-Eyed Monster
"I want a Petpet, Saber! Please?" cried out Mina, a small
Saber sighed, putting down the cake mix. "I'm
sorry, Mina, but I can't. We're on funds right now, and you don't need one."
"Even an Abominable Snowball! Anything!" pleaded
Saber's nails clicked against the counter as
she let out a sigh. "I'm sorry, Mina. Maybe when we have more money I can buy
you a Petpet."
Mina made a sad face before finally admitting
defeat. It was no fair... everyone at her school had a Petpet but her! She needed
one; it would only be right.
"Now go to bed. You have school tomorrow and
I don't want another note from your principal saying you were late," warned
Saber. Mina scrunched up her face before stomping out of the room.
"It's not fair..." said Mina aloud, slamming
her door behind her. Her room was quaint; a wooden bed in the left side corner,
a book case in the back, a table for tea, and some drawers nearby. A large toy
box at the end of her bed held more than enough toys.
"Goodnight, Mina," came Saber's voice from outside
her room. Mina turned over, grumbling.
"Hey, Mina," said Mina's best friend, a starry
Uni named Raleigh.
"Hey, Raleigh. What's up?" Mina said mournfully.
"Still didn't convince Saber to get you a Petpet
yet, huh?" said Raleigh, sad for her friend.
"Yep. It's the same old story every day, isn't
it?" Mina sighed.
"I guess. But your birthday is coming up, maybe
you'll get a Petpet!" said Raleigh.
"I guess so. That'd be awesome," said Mina, flapping
"What do you want?"
Mina gushed at the question. She had always dreamed
of a certain Petpet, one she knew she had to own. "You already know."
"Still want a Miamouse, huh?" laughed her friend.
Mina laughed with her friend. "Yep. I really
want one; too bad they're so expensive."
"You could save up?" Raleigh offered, shrugging.
"No. I always spend my money whenever I'm close."
"Saving isn't that hard. I could help you too!
That's how I got my Alkenore," said Raleigh, referring to her own Petpet, Marbles.
"That'd be awesome. C'mon, let's go to school;
we're late enough as it is."
It had been two weeks since Mina and Raleigh's
conversation. Mina's birthday was tomorrow, and she had been hinting all week
to Saber about the Miamouse. As she cuddled up to her pillow, she knew everything
was going to be right...
"Good night, Mina. You'll be happy with your
gifts, I promise," said Saber, opening the door with a start.
"G'night, Saber. I hope I am, too," yawned Mina.
"Don't worry. I promise it's just what you wanted.
It's a big surprise, too, so be ready," winked Saber, before she left the room.
As soon as Mina heard Saber's foot steps descent
the stairs, she leapt from her bed, and gently pulled out a worn out shoe box.
Opening it up, she picked up a list which was behind a plushie. "So many name
choices... I can't decide," said Mina, reviewing the list, before stopping.
"I guess I'll know what his or her name is when she comes," said Mina, putting
the box back and getting into her bed. She hugged the list tightly as she drifted
"Happy Birthday, Mina!" came Saber's voice.
Mina groggily opened her eyes to see her happy
owner. "Ugh. What time is it?"
"Ten o'clock in the morning, silly," said Saber
with a large smile on her face. "C'mon and open your gifts, Raleigh is already
Mina brushed her teeth and put on her birthday
jewelry before going downstairs. She looked very prim, like a queen descending
down the royal steps.
"Hey Mina," said Raleigh, hugging her friend.
Mina leaned closer to her friend. "Did Saber
drop any hints about a Petpet?" she whispered.
"I don't know. She keeps on going about a big
surprise, though," Raleigh whispered back.
"C'mon, Mina, open some gifts," said Saber.
After a tornado of wrapping paper and tinsel,
the presents were all unwrapped. Some new jewelry, a box of makeup, a new plushie,
a purple negg, and some Petpet supplies from Raleigh.
"Thanks, you guys!" said Mina happily.
"Now for the biggest present," said Saber, disappearing
Mina almost fainted when she saw the 'big surprise'.
A sad looking Lenny was holding hands with Saber,
who had a large smile on her face.
"Meet Roy," said Saber, as the dreary looking
Lenny approached Mina, looking scared.
"Uh..." was all Mina could say. A Lenny? What
about her Miamouse?
"He's your new brother," said Saber to equally
stunned Mina and Raleigh.
"Nice to meet you," said Roy, holding out a dirty
Mina grimaced. "No, thank you."
Saber grew cross, stepping in front of Roy. "That
was rude, Mina. How could you say that?"
"What about my Miamouse? WHY DID YOU GET ME
SOME STUPID LENNY?" screamed Mina. Raleigh looked astonished.
"Raleigh, maybe you should go home. Mina and
I need to talk..." said Saber.
Raleigh nodded before leaving, still stunned.
"YOU'RE A HORRIBLE OWNER. I HATE YOU," screamed
Mina, running up the stairs and slamming her door shut, leaving a cross Saber
and stunned looking Roy behind.
"I can't believe this," muttered Mina under her
breath as the family of three sat at the table.
"Stop it, Mina. You need to be nicer," said Saber
before going to go cook some eggs.
"You won't be staying here, you know," said Mina,
glaring at Roy.
"B-but, S-Saber a-adopted m-me," stuttered Roy.
"And she can disown you too," smirked Mina.
"Here we go. Fresh scrambled eggs," said Saber
in a jolly voice, placing the eggs in front of both pets. "Now go and get your
school stuff together."
"Roy doesn't have any school stuff," snorted
"Yes, he does," Saber shot back, placing a gift
wrapped bag in front of Roy, who opened it with excitement.
Brand new, expensive, school supplies littered
the place where Roy sat. Mina couldn't believe it.
"That's nicer than MY stuff," she gasped.
"It's one of the gifts for Roy," said Saber.
Mina just grumbled and stuffed a forkful of eggs
into her mouth.
Roy had to go. It was the only way. Even for
his first day here, he had already become popular with everyone. The popular
group even invited him to sit with them at lunch.
"Look at him, laughing with those brats," snorted
"He seems nice," said Raleigh.
"Now you're turning on me?" growled Mina.
"No, Mina. I just talked to him during math class
and he seems really nice. He's very funny," said Raleigh, taking a sip of juice.
"Great. The stupid Lenny is already taking my
"He's not, Mina. Just give him a chance, ok?"
"No way," Mina shot back.
"Hey Mina," came the snobby voice of Vanessa,
a yellow Usul who controlled the popular group.
"What do you want?" she sighed.
"I heard Roy is your brother. It's weird how
someone so cool is related to you," she laughed.
"He is not cool!" said Mina, slamming her hands
on the table.
"Whatever," said Vanessa, snapping her fingers and
leading the group away.
"Roy, I have a gift for you," said Saber when
the two came home. Mina had flown home and left Roy behind, so Saber was being
very edgy about it.
"Ooh! What is it?" said Roy, dropping his bag
and running towards the girl.
"Open it up," said Saber happily.
Roy ripped at the wrapping before squealing in
delight. "A Pirate Paint Brush! Oh wow!"
"WHAT?" roared Mina, stomping in. "Why did you
get him a Paint Brush?"
"I won it at the Alien Vending Machine today,
and since you said you didn't want to be pirate, I decided I'd paint Roy with
"You could've sold it and bought me a Paint Brush!"
"Oh, Mina..." said Saber, walking over to hug
her Neopet, but Mina already flew off.
"Wow, you look awesome, Roy!" said Bernie, a
green Lupe who was part of the popular pets.
"Thanks," said Roy, showing off his new paint
Mina had flown back at dinner the night before,
and Roy had already been painted. Mina was disgusted whenever she looked at
him, or her owner.
"I know you're mad, Mina, but don't take it out
on him, 'k?" said Raleigh while they walked to history class.
"He ruined everything. I hate him," Mina cried.
"He didn't do-"
Mina cut off her friend's sentence. "He did everything,
ok? He ruined my life! If you keep babbling on about how it's not his fault,
then I don't want to hang around you anymore," screeched Mina.
"W-what?" said Raleigh, astonished. "I was only
trying to be nice, Mina. But if that's how you want to act, fine! Stop being
so mean; I miss the old, nice, you. You're nothing but an envious green-eyed
Raleigh's words hit Mina hard. "I'd be better
off without you," she said, crying now. She dashed off to the bathrooms without
Opening the bathroom door, she flew towards a
nearby window. Even if it was dirty, she could still see her reflection. Had
she truly become nothing but a jealous monster?
But it was Roy's fault! He was popular, and nice,
and everyone loved him. He was spoiled by Saber and Mina meant nothing to her
owner now. Absolutely nothing.
Flying to a nearby corner, Mina scrunched up
Mina shoved her favorite things into her school bag,
crying. She was going to run away; she was not needed here. Some Neopoints she
had been saving for a Miamouse, her favorite plushie, some candy and an extra
sweater was what she had packed.
"Roy can go and be spoiled. I don't need to live
here..." cried Mina, zipping up her bag.
"Mina?" came Roy's voice, as he opened the door.
The Lenny walked slowly into the room, even if Mina shot daggers at him with
"What could you possibly want?" scowled Mina.
"Raleigh talked to me today. She said that you
were mad at me..." Roy said. "I don't know what I did, but I want to fix it."
His eyes flew towards the bag. "You weren't planning to run away, were you?"
"I can do whatever I want! Saber loves you the
best and hates me. You can go and be a popular, best friend stealing, spoiled
Lenny for all I care," Mina growled.
"Mina, don't do this. Saber and Raleigh really
care about you."
"As if. Now leave me alone, I need to finish
Roy stepped in front of her, so she couldn't
reach her bag. "No."
"Get out of the way!" she said, trying to get
to her bag.
"Raleigh also told me something else. I found
some Neopoints, sooo..." he said, stuffing his hand in his pocket. He covered
up his wing before opening it up before her. In his palm sat a sleepy looking
"Oh my gosh..." said Mina, covered her mouth
in delight. "This... I... Oh..." she said, trying to find words.
"Just take her. I think she likes the name Noodles,
though," said Roy happily, as Mina scooped up the Miamouse and hugged her tightly.
"Oh my gosh, thank you!" squealed Mina, hugging
"Just stay, ok?" said Roy, smiling. With that
smile, Mina's cold heart melted. Roy wasn't bad at all. He was a very nice Lenny,
and he wasn't really spoiled. Raleigh had been right about him, and about her
as well. Mina really had been a green-eyed monster. But hopefully now that monster
was locked away forever.
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