One Bar of Chocolate
"We've run out!" Coco, the chocolate Chia wailed.
Her owner, looking frazzled and tired, came
into the kitchen.
"What now, Coco?" she asked.
"There's no chocolate in the chocolate cupboard!"
"Coco..." her owner said. "It's not even breakfast
"Please!" Coco whined, knowing her owner would
give in anyway. Who could resist a little brown chocolate blob with chocolate
sauce and whipped cream on its head? Especially a spoilt one.
"Fine." Her owner went to her purse and retrieved
a few Neopoints. "Go down to the chocolate factory and get yourself some chocolate."
Coco pouted, as she counted the Neopoints in
Her owner rolled her eyes but handed her some
more Neopoints anyway.
Without a word of thanks, Coco sprinted out
of the front door.
"I'm going to buy some chocolate! Chocolate!
Chocolate!" Coco sang as she bounced along the pavement... literally. Having
eaten so much chocolate, Coco was rather like a large bouncy ball.
She was just entering Neopia Central when a
voice said, "Do you really need so many Neopoints?"
Coco whirled round to see a somewhat cocky blue
Zafara, wearing rags, sitting in a tree nearby. She glared at him.
"No need for hostility," the Zafara said, jumping
down easily from the tree. "It's just that it's not really necessary to buy
so much chocolate." He leaned against the tree, his arms resting behind his
Coco continued to glare at him. He was so arrogant;
it was surprising he didn't have it written on his head in large, bold capitals.
"I like chocolate."
"I like chocolate. Doesn't mean I have to eat
myself until I am a blob of chocolate."
Coco's jaw dropped open. How dare he accuse
her of being fat! She was merely a little on the round side... but what Chia
She started to stalk away but the Zafara stepped
in front of her, his paws held up in front of her to stop her from walking on.
"Hey, hey, stop. I wasn't being horrible. Guess
it came out the wrong way."
"I was just saying that you don't need all that
chocolate. I mean, loads of Neopets have nothing!" he said.
Coco observed his tatty clothes and how thin
he was. But she felt no sympathy. Who was this Zafara to her?
"Well, I can indulge in chocolate and give to
those who have nothing," Coco snapped, before stalking off.
This time he didn't stop her.
Coco was seething. How dare he? So what if she
liked and could afford chocolate? How was it his business? It wasn't her fault
there were poor Neopets in Neopia.
As she approached the Chocolate Factory, she
saw that there was a large crowd of Neopets coming out of the Chocolate Factory,
all giggling and talking, some munching on chocolate they'd just purchased.
'Oh no!' Coco thought. 'I've just
missed the restocking time. It's all that Zafara's fault!'
By the time she had marched up to the Factory's
entrance, everyone had gone, save a few stragglers. She was just about to go
in anyway to see what she could find, when she heard a tiny voice.
"Please, miss, spare some change."
Coco cursed under her breath. She looked down
to see a young blue Tonu staring up at her. She hesitated. Should she get out
her purse and find a few coins so this little wretch would leave and risk scavenging
the last few pieces of chocolate, or ignore it and grab whatever was left?
"I don't have any," she said, with no hint of
remorse. She shrugged and hurried into the factory.
"That wasn't very nice," said a voice.
"You!" Coco exclaimed at the sight of the oh-too-familiar
"That wasn't very nice either." He frowned.
"You're not a very nice Neopet, are you?"
Coco could positively feel the steam coming
out of her ears - that is if she had any ears. It had always been a mystery
to her how Chias like herself could hear things.
The Zafara ignored her and walked off into the
shop. Coco gasped and realised if he got to the last chocolate before she did,
she'd have to wait a while before the factory was restocked. And already, she
could feel the familiar craving for chocolate. She couldn't wait until the next
She dashed through the shop but aisle after
aisle was completely empty. She was getting desperate, the whipped cream on
her head starting to look a lot less smaller than before.
Finally, at the second to last aisle she saw
something on the shelf at the other end. One bar of chocolate. She grinned and
strode determinedly towards it, her paws outstretched. She could already feel
the chocolate, smell it, taste it.
"Not so fast." The Zafara had darted forward
and grabbed the chocolate just milliseconds before Coco was about to.
"Hey!" Coco complained.
"Finders keepers. Losers weepers." The Zafara
grinned, haughtily. He strode away towards the till.
"I found it first!" Coco protested, following
"How do you know?"
"Because I did!"
"How do you know I didn't see it first but hid
until you saw it so I could snatch it out from under your nose?" the Zafara
Something in his tone made Coco just know he
"Give it back!"
But they'd reached the till and the Zafara paid.
She trailed him out of the shop, whining non-stop.
"Just quit your whining!" he finally snapped.
When he saw her glaring, he grinned and said, "Fine. I'll give it to you if
you do something for me."
"What?" Coco asked, suspiciously.
"I'll give it to you if-"
"I know!" Coco interrupted. "I was asking what
you want me to do."
"You really want this chocolate, don't you?"
the Zafara said, a hint of amusement in his voice.
"What do you want?" Coco said.
"Patience, patience." The Zafara thought for
a while. Then he smiled. "I want you to give at least twenty Neopoints to the
next twenty poor pets you see."
Unable to see the illogic in this, Coco agreed
and wandered back to where the blue Tonu had asked her for change. He was still
there now and she hurriedly put twenty Neopoints in his paw.
"There you go!" she said.
"Nuh uh," said that voice.
She turned to see the Zafara watching her.
"Be nice," he said.
"Fine," she snapped. She turned back to the
Tonu and taking another twenty Neopoints said, "Here. Take this. You look half
starved, you poor thing."
Then she stood up, smirked at the Zafara and
"She's an odd one," the Zafara said, with an
incredulous expression on his face.
Coco was tired. She had wandered all over Neopia
Central, looking for poor Neopets. She now had just thirty Neopoints left, having
given the rest away to nineteen Neopets, plus she'd give that Tonu double what
she needed to.
She had spent all her Neopoints but for that
chocolate, it was worth it.
She spied a hungry looking red Techo a few paces
away, sitting on a log.
'Hurrah!' she thought. 'The last one!'
She raced towards the Techo, then slowed down
when she came near him.
"Hello," she said, sweetly. "You look hungry.
Have these Neopoints." She hesitated. She had just ten Neopoints left. "Have
these last few Neopoints as well."
And she gave him the last ten.
"My thanks, kind Chia," the Techo said, jumping
up in happiness.
It would be nice to report that Coco felt a
stirring of happiness, content and satisfaction at having made someone other
than herself happy. But that would be too clichéd.
The Zafara had sneaked up behind her. Again.
"The chocolate is yours."
Coco grabbed the chocolate and stuffed it in
As the Zafara quietly walked away, he said to
himself, "What a blob of chocolate... "
Feeling contented, Coco started to head home,
having already forgotten about the Zafara.
"Chocolate cake, chocolate bar, chocolate house,
chocolate shoes, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate," Coco sang.
As she passed the Chocolate Factory, a flurry
of Neopets could be seen running in.
"It's restock time!" Coco shouted. And she raced
toward the factory, her mind racing with thoughts of all the chocolate she could
buy with her Neopoints... wait a minute.
As he was walking through a wood, the Zafara
heard an ear-splitting scream that made the birds fall from their branches.
"That took her a while to work out," he said
to a nearby bird. It was raining birds all around, as the scream continued to
He shrugged and strolled home to his little
dwelling in the centre of the woods.
He wasn't technically stealing from the rich
and giving to the poor, he was merely... tricking the rich into giving to the
Which made him a good fellow, right?