They'll Never Hear a Word We Say: Part Five
Since Mel and Sam weren't in the same class that year,
they naturally had to make new friends. It was quite easy for them to do this,
since they were so popular anyway. There were about four girls who were following
Mel around, wanting to talk to her and be her friend. But the yellow Usul ignored
them all, and instead chose to befriend a different Neopet, who didn't bother
her and seemed very kind.
Her name was Kira, and she was a yellow Cybunny. Mel
liked her because she was laid back and optimistic. She was also very playful,
so she and Mel got along just fine. Kira was sort of quiet, though, so Mel did
most of the talking whenever they hung out. They also sat right next to each
other in class, so they got to talk a lot and laugh at the boys who showed off
and did dumb things.
At first, Sam and Mel didn't talk about their new
friends to each other during recess, since they thought it might endanger their
friendship, but eventually during one recess, Sam's friend, Krystal, followed
her over to Samel. Mel looked up at the red Krawk. She wore a proud look, and
looked to Mel like she was overconfident. Mel personally didn't like her much
at first glance. Krystal seemed like the opposite of Kira, who she adored.
"Oh... Mel, this is Krystal," Sam said, pointing a
hoof in the Krawk's direction. Mel made herself smile, but it was a weak smile,
a careless smile. Krystal did the same. "And this is Mel, I'm sure you know."
"Oh, yes. I've heard lots about Mel. Not just from
you, though. Garret talks about her an awful lot," Krystal chuckled, as she
sat down next to Sam. "So, I've noticed this is where you guys go every single
recess. You just sit under this tree the whole time. Why?"
"Well, it's kind of a long story. You see, last year
we started coming here, talking about things, and we decided to give it a name,
and it sort of stuck," Sam explained.
"You gave the tree a name?" Krystal
sneered. "That sounds a little stupid."
Mel was greatly offended by this. She really
disliked Krystal now. How could she just barge in and pretend like she's
Sam's best friend? Mel thought. I'm Sam's best friend! And who does she
think she is, making fun of Samel? Mel coughed loudly and shot an annoyed
look at Sam. The blue Uni sighed.
"I know she's a bit harsh, but she's all I've got,"
Sam explained that afternoon, on the walk home from school. "And if she hasn't
softened up by the end of this week, I'll ditch her. By the way, when are you
going to introduce me to your new friend?"
"I don't know, most likely tomorrow. She's kind of
shy," Mel said. "But really nice. I think you'll like her."
The next day at recess, Mel led Kira over to Samel.
"I want to introduce you to my friend, Sam," she told Kira, dragging the Cybunny
along. "Don't be shy... she's very nice. I promise."
They neared the big pine tree, where Krystal and Sam
were sitting under. They were giggling softly. Krystal glared over at Mel and
Kira, and Mel could hear her say quietly to Sam, "What are they doing
Sam looked at Krystal with a puzzled look on her face.
Mel frowned as she stood in front of the blue Uni and red Krawk. But Sam smiled
up at her as usual.
"This is Kira, who I was telling you about," Mel informed
them. "And Kira, this is Krystal, and Sam."
Sam waved excitedly with a wide smile on her face.
Krystal grinned slightly, and then looked over at Sam with a disapproving look.
Kira and Mel sat down across from them. The four pets just sat there in silence
for a few moments.
"Nice weather, isn't it?" Sam coughed, breaking the
awkward silence. Great big gray storm clouds were coming their way, and the
mountains in the distance looked lonely and mysterious. Everything around them
seemed to be quiet. There were suddenly no more screams of laughter coming from
the pets on the playground. The only sound they could hear was the soft whisper
of the wind. Mel and Kira exchanged curious looks, as Sam and Krystal did the
Krystal snorted spontaneously and stretched her arms
out. "Don't you people ever talk about anything?" she gibed, standing
up. "Come on, Sam. Let's go."
Mel watched in disbelief as Sam got up and walked
away with Krystal. Sam had never just left Mel all by herself like that before.
The Usul shook her head and wiped her nose with her coat sleeve, staring down
at the ground. Not only was Krystal so demanding and controlling, not to mention
outrageously impudent, she was also stealing her best friend!
Over the next few weeks, a lot of things changed.
Sam and Mel no longer met every single recess at Samel. Instead, Sam would go
off with Krystal to play wall ball with Chad and Mikey, or something of the
sort, which left Mel with Kira. She didn't mind spending time with Kira, because
Kira had become a very good friend to her. The problem was that she just couldn't
stand the thought of Sam being with Krystal all of the time, instead of her.
Worst of all, Sam still hadn't ditched Krystal like
she told Mel she was going to ages ago. Krystal had completely taken over Sam.
Krystal could get her to do whatever she wanted her to do. This worried Mel,
because she knew for a fact that Krystal didn't like her. She was afraid that
somehow Krystal would hypnotize Sam into disliking her as well. But after she
thought about it, it seemed quite silly, because after all that she and Sam
had been through together, how could a petty little Krawk like Krystal make
Sam change her mind so quickly about something she felt so strongly for, even
if it seemed like Krystal could get whatever she wanted?
Mel glared at Krystal and Sam from across the playground.
They were laughing and having fun with Mikey and Chad. The yellow Usul sighed
and looked over at Kira, who was sitting next to her on a small bench that they
had scraped the thick layer of snow off of. Kira frowned.
"You keep looking over there," she uttered in a worried
voice. "Glaring, actually. You really dislike Krystal, don't you?"
"Hate," Mel corrected her, without taking her eyes
off of Sam and Krystal, who were giggling so loudly that she could hear them
all the way from across the playground where she was sitting.
"But hate is such a strong word," came a voice from
behind them. It was Garret. He sat down between Kira and Mel on the bench. He
was holding a basketball in his hands. Mel could see little drops of sweat rolling
down from his forehead.
"How can you be sweating and panting like that in
this cold?" Mel demanded, as she cocked a brow at the yellow Eyrie. "And, I
don't care if it's a strong word. I hate her."
"Yeah, I never liked her much either. She's so bossy.
And evil. Actually, I don't even know her," he chortled, spinning the basketball
around in his large Eyrie claws. "But from the looks of her, she seems so...
malicious. But Mel, you should come play basketball. It'll get your mind off
of that girl. And don't you think you're overreacting a bit? I mean, it's not
the end of the world that she stole your best friend in the universe--"
"SEE? YOU'VE NOTICED IT TOO! I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE!
EVERYONE'S AWARE OF IT, ACTUALLY, EVERYONE EXCEPT SAM!" Mel screamed, standing
up from the bench. Her eyes were flaming. Every ounce of fury that she had been
keeping up inside of her like a Bottled Faerie was exploding. "SHE'S SO... UURGH!
I HATE HER! SHE'S RUINING MY LIFE!"
Garret and Kira sat there in silence, looking down
at their feet. Garret had a slight smile on his face, and his eyebrow was cocked
in such a way he looked like he was going to chuckle.
"What are you laughing about?!" Mel yelled. She kicked
Garret in the shin, and he wailed and held his leg in pain. Mel then stormed
off towards the water fountain, sobbing painfully. Kira bounded off after her.
Mel's tears fell off of her cheeks and landed in the
water fountain that she was leaning over. It was the hardest she had ever cried
before in her life. Even harder than when she and Sam found out they weren't
in the same fourth grade class. She felt Kira's hand on her shoulder and suddenly
felt a little comforted. The yellow Cybunny walked her over to the swing set,
while Mel was still sobbing in her arms.
"Mel..." Sam murmured. They were on their walk home
from school. "I could have sworn I saw you bawling your eyes out at recess today."
"I'm worried... what were you crying about? Are you
angry with me? Just tell me what's wrong," the blue Uni insisted, frowning at
"You don't know?" Mel snorted, kicking the snow with
her feet as she walked.
"Well... no. I don't think so."
"It's Krystal, and honestly, Sam, I thought you were
smart enough to have figured that out by now. Everyone can see that she's taken
over you. She's a monster," Mel hissed. Even though Sam was her best friend
and she could usually tell her anything, Mel just couldn't admit to her that
she was jealous of her and Krystal hanging out all the time.
"What?" asked Sam in disbelief. "A monster?
So that's what you do now, go around saying awful things about people you don't
even know? I thought you were different, Mel."
"Maybe I am now," she replied coldly, and turned the
corner of her street hastily without saying goodbye to Sam.
To be continued...