What Really Goes On When You Are Away
Ah, sweet Friday at long last. An anxious Cloud Bori paced
casually down 131104 Coconut Road, Mystery Island, in the direction of her Neohome.
It had been a long day. Lila had spent all afternoon fishing along the beaches,
collecting sand, and looking for shells. Then she went off to buy lunch at a restaurant.
She'd then run two miles to get some exercise in and burn off all that weight,
tiring herself out in the process. Today was also a holiday. Skeith Day, or something
like that. But anyway, school had been cancelled, so she and her one brother and
two sisters had spent the whole day relaxing!
With a contented smile, she pushed open the
door of her Neohome, only to drop the bag filled with bottled sand she had been
carrying. Mud streaked the floors of the kitchen, and Lupe paw prints decorated
the walls, too.
"JAKE!" she screeched, glancing around
furiously. Mingled with Jake's tracks were also Kacheek foot prints and Xweetok
paw prints, indicating that there had been more than one culprit.
"KIMBLE! SHOOTINGTAIL!" Lila yelled,
unable to hide her rage. At that instant a Baby Lupe raced into the room, his
fur covered in mud, and his paws bathed in the foul stuff.
"Jake, what in Neopia happened here?" Lila demanded,
giving her younger brother a fierce stare. Jake laughed excitedly, too pleased
with his handiwork to really mind his older sister's current rage. "Mom's gone
for the weekend!" Jake laughed, lashing his bushy tail happily.
"What?" Lila gasped, looking rather dumbstruck.
"What do you mean? Where's Alex?" she asked, frowning with slight concern.
Jake smirked and held up a note with his front
paw. Somehow, the note had not been damaged by the mud...
"Read the note!" Jake insisted, holding up the
paper. Lila gingerly accepted the letter and read to herself, then aloud, her
eyes widening at its contents.
"Dear Lila, Jake, Kimble, and Shootingtail,
I'm sorry, but something has come up at the Guild.
I was forced to leave for the weekend and attend a meeting involving some new
members and Slorg problems. Don't ask why. As leader of SilverClan, it's my
responsibility, yada yada yah, you know the rest. :) I'll miss you, my loves,
and think about you while I'm ridding Silvy of its Slorg infestation. Anyway,
I should be back by Sunday. Lila, you're in charge. I've left 20,000 Neopoints
so you can order out, and if there are any problems, you know how to reach the
Defenders Of Neopia. Please keep everything under control, and don't let things
get chaotic while I'm away. Please.
Lila looked up, wide-eyed, to stare in Jake's
gleeful face. "Isn't this awesome? Mom's gone!" Jake cheered, letting out a
little yip of excitement as he bounced around Lila, who still clung to the note
out of shock. Lila shook her head to clear it before asking, "Where's Shootingtail
"Shootingtail and Kimble are right here," a
voice answered. A Faerie Kacheek, accompanied by a Shadow Xweetok, entered the
kitchen. The female Kacheek had stripes and lines painted on her face with mud,
and the Xweetok bore similar markings. How creative.
"Kimble, Shootingtail, what are you wearing?"
Lila asked her sisters, referring to their "face paint".
"We're being natives!" Shootingtail replied
cheerfully, smiling brightly. "See? We couldn't find any crushed berry juice
to use for the markings, so we took Jake's idea and used mud instead! And Pteri
feathers for the headdress!"
Lila rolled her eyes before asking, "How could
three small Neopets cause such a mess?"
"We didn't," Kimble and Shootingtail replied
hastily, wiping the mud from their cheeks. "Jake did it!" they both yelped,
pointing accusingly at their brother.
"Hey, what happened to all for one and one for
all? What about the deal we made?" Jake stammered, looking rather taken aback.
"It's every Neopet for themselves now," Kimble
Lila sighed as she glanced around slowly. This
mess would take forever to clean up. "How am I supposed to take charge when
my own siblings can't behave?" she wondered, sighing heavily. Kimble fluttered
her bright orange wings and hovered next to Lila, with a look of guilt in her
"We're sorry, Lila. We didn't mean to make such
a huge problem."
"Yeah, really sorry!"
"We'll clean it up now, if you like."
Lila couldn't help but smile at her siblings'
eagerness to help clean up the mess. With a grin, she scooped up a handful of
mud and splashed a dab on her own nose. "Let's get to work, then..."
About two hours later, after the kitchen had
been cleaned, and Jake, Kimble, Shootingtail and Lila had bathed, they'd all
gotten ready for bed. Sitting around the fireplace in the living room, Lila
was silently reading a book, while Jake entertained himself with writing something
rather peculiar on a piece of paper. Kimble was sitting on the sofa with Shootingtail
beside her, and they were both busy drawing in a sketch book.
"You do realize we have the whole house to ourselves,
right?" Jake's mischievous voice caught Lila's attention and she glanced up
rather curiously at him.
Kimble raised a brow and stared, while Shootingtail
answered, '"Yeah, so?"
"We should so throw a party!" Jake concluded
with a grin. His exclamation brought dead silence to meet his words.
Cricket chirp, cricket chirp...
"Are you insane?" Lila finally asked
after the long silence and annoying cricket chirps. "Alex would have a fit if
she found out!"
"You said if. Only if Alex finds out would she
have a fit," Jake said rather cheekily, and added as if an after thought, "And
I do believe I'm only partially insane."
Kimble rolled her eyes and murmured, "You know,
Jake does have a point. It would be kind of fun to have a party. I mean, we
have two whole days to throw one, and what's the worst that could happen?"
"The worst that could happen?' Lila sighed,
exasperated. "For a start, Alex would be mad! She'd probably clip your wings
off for that remark alone, Kimble!"
Kimble shuddered and wrapped her wings protectively
around her small body. "Alex isn't mean," she whimpered, shrugging to herself
with a reassuring look.
Shootingtail sat up rather straight and said,
"I agree with Lila. E-even though it w-would be fun, I was only just adopted.
I wouldn't want to risk anything."
"Relax, Shooty," Jake chirped, using his nickname
for Shootingtail as he spoke. "Alex won't find out."
After a pause of silence, Lila silently contemplated
how difficult it would be to manage a party, let-alone, without their mom finding
out. After a sigh, she finally decided on the all-wonderful answer of What's
the worst that could happen? and declared, "Fine. We can throw a party."
Jake's eyes widened like moons as he let out
a howl. "YEEEHAW! PARTY! PARTY!" he yelled, jumping up and down excitedly
as he spoke.
"Calm down!" Shootingtail growled, but was drowned
out by the combined voices of Jake and Kimble as she cheered, "WOOHOO! WE'LL
"Freeze!" Lila's voice rose above the clamor,
and everybody went deafly silent. "We're only inviting a few guests. This means
mostly relatives. And we're not throwing a huge, chaotic, wild party. Understood?
And if anything is broken, then everybody goes home, and no party. Got it?"
"Got it!" everyone replied at once, and instantly
went back to chattering excitedly. Even Shootingtail seemed excited now about
the prospect of a huge party coming up.
Lila groaned as she lay down, outstretched on
a sofa with her paw on her face.
This was going to be a long weekend.
The next day, around the late afternoon, Kimble,
Lila, Shootingtail, and Jake had all agreed on the following terms for the party:
1.) Relatives only. This consisted of themselves,
their four cousins, Kayla, Fire_Song, Rayne, Icey, their step brothers, Elyse
and Sparky, and their second cousins, Creekstripe, Talaketra, GemRoar and Underdagger.
2.) No huge messes or stains from food, drinks,
or potted plants being knocked over and leaving dirt all over the house. Again.
3.) They would have several types of Neocola,
pretzels, popcorn, chips, and some fruit slices as snacks.
4.) NO loud forms of music that could crack glass.
If it was kept at a low volume, then it would be acceptable.
5.) The party would last from 7:30 P.M. NST to
9:30 P.M. NST.
6.) All four of their petpets would be kept in
Lila's room until after the party was over, so the noise wouldn't rattle them
7.) And FINALLY, the most important rule of them
all (no, not having fun, that's next): Alex could not find out.
8.) Have fun!
Jake smiled proudly at his hard work as he glanced
about the main room of their household. Streamers were strung about all the
doorways, and a shiny disco ball hung from the ceiling. (5,000 of the Neopoints
Alex had left them was used to purchase it. Another 2,000 was invested into
food, leaving 13,000 for emergency purposes.)
With a glance around, he observed Lila straightening
up the room, while Shootingtail and Kimble carried out bowls of food to set
on the table.
"This looks great!" Shootingtail purred, smiling,
as she laid a pitcher of cherry Neocola on the corner table.
"Indeed it does!" Lila agreed with a warm smile.
Kimble nodded simply and continued setting up. About half an hour later, around
7:35 P.M. NST, the first four guests arrived.
"Hey, Cous'!" Rayne, the Blue Xweetok, greeted
Kimble as she opened the door. Standing behind Rayne, Fire_song, the Fire Kougra,
let out a meow of agreement and added, "Thanks for inviting us!"
"It wasn't a problem, really," Kimble admitted,
hugging them both. She then took a step back to let them both inside, and proceeded
to hug Kayla and Icey, her other cousins, whom were a rather evil Baby Aisha
and a spunky Electric Wocky.
Next came their stepbrothers, Sparky, the electric
Kougra, and Elyse, the Rainbow Aisha. Soon after followed their second cousins,
Talaketra, the Blue Eyrie, Creekstripe, a Blue Kougra, Underdagger, another
blue Neopet, an Ogrin, and finally, GemRoar, the Yellow Kougra.
Once all the Neopets had settled in, Lila padded
to the center of the room and announced, "Hey, everyone! I'm glad you could
all make, and I hope you all enjoy yourselves!"
A cheer rose from the group of fourteen as Kayla
yelled rather randomly, "World domination!" only to be whacked on the back of
the head by her sister, Fire_Song.
"Not now," the Kougra growled. Jake let out
an excited howl and instantly rushed towards the Cloud Print Speaker and played
it. At once, loud, hypnotic music rose out of it, filling the room with noise.
A bit too loud, but hey, who was keeping track of the noise level?
"Let's get this party started!" Icey yelled.
"Dance competition!" Elyse called out, stepping into the center of the room.
Instantly Talaketra spread out his wings and rushed forward, eyes narrowed intently,
as he smirked, "I accept!"
"Go, Elyse!" Sparky yelled, only to be drowned
out by Kimble and Underdagger's chanting: "Talaketra! Talaketra!"
Lila breathed a heavy sigh as she slumped against
the wall. Maybe things won't be so bad after all, she decided, looking
around rather drowsily. Jake was off being a DJ, singing way offkey to the song,
while most of her family gathered around Elyse and Talaketra to watch them dance
off. At the snack table, GemRoar, Kayla, and Shootingtail were stuffing their
faces with chips, leaving crumbs everywhere. Without having to worry, Lila allowed
herself to drift off and relax for a bit.
Already an hour had passed, and everything was,
believe it or not, under control. Mostly everyone was dancing and having a good
time, and the place was still in one piece. The only incident had been the case
of where Jake had gotten a glass bowl stuck on his head, and it took the combined
efforts of everyone to pull it off his big head. This resulted in the glass
smashing, which Lila had quickly cleaned up and disposed of. Alex wouldn't notice!
As Lila made her way into the kitchen, preparing
to refill the chip bowl, did she catch sight of a Whoot sitting on the window
sill with a letter in its beak. Surprised, Lila cautiously approached the small
petpet and petted it, before taking the letter from it. She read it aloud, gasping
at the dreaded words written on the line below:
"Dear Lila, Jake, Kimble, and Shootingtail,
I just finished my work early! It turns out the
Slorgs were only homeless and looking for a place to stay for the night, and
the new members were helping take care of them! This is great news! So, I'll
be coming home a day early. Tonight, in fact. I sent this Whoot to deliver my
message to whoever receives it. I'll be home in perhaps thirty, forty minutes.
With great love and affection,
The letter floated from Lila's trembling paws
to the floor below. Hooting, the Whoot stretched open its beak before flying
off, leaving a shocked Lila. If it had taken that Whoot perhaps twenty minutes
to get here, after Alex had written that, that would mean Alex would be home
in only fifteen minutes! Lila realized. Not wasting a second, she darted out
into the other room, roughly grabbing Jake by the scruff, Kimble by her wings,
and Shootingtail by her tail, and dragged them into the kitchen, away from the
"Hey, what are you doing?!" Jake demanded as
he was released onto the floor.
"Yeah, what's your problem?" Kimble grumbled
as she rubbed her head.
"Alex is coming home! Tonight!" Lila yelled,
her voice high and panicky. Jake, Kimble, and Shootingtail all gasped at the
"Oh, great!" Jake grumbled, looking around wildly.
"How are we supposed to get our siblings out of the house before Mom gets home?"
There was a pause of silence as he spoke, and everyone's eyes rested on Lila.
"Any ideas?" Shootingtail asked.
LIla didn't reply right away; currently, she
was trying to think of an idea that could save their sorry rumps from getting
in deep trouble. Oh, if only I could lure them all out of the house,
Lila thought. Suddenly, her eyes widened. She had an idea. "Listen closely,"
Lila began, leaning forward to tell them her brilliant idea...
"Let's take a break," Sparky sighed as he flopped
rather lazily onto the floor. "All this dancing has tired me out!"
"You can say that again," Kayla moaned as she
flopped down next to him. "Some night, huh?"
"Mm-hmm. Our cousins really know how to throw
"Speaking of them, did you see where Jake, Shootingtail,
Kimble and Lila slunk off to?"
"Nope," Sparky answered softly.
Just then, as if on cue, a bag of Neopoints with
the words "Something Has Happened" and the numbers "1,000,000" written on it,
was flung into the center of the room.
"Oh wow! Would you look at that!" Jake shouted,
pointing over-dramatically at the bag. Everybody froze. "It's a Random Event!
Look; a million Neopoints!"
Everyone gasped, and Kayla instantly ran for
it, screaming, "MINE!"
Just then, the bag did the impossible, and flew
up into the air! It flew! O__o Straight out of everyone's reach, somehow seemingly
levitating tauntingly out of reach.
"Oh my word!" Fire_Song gasped as the bag headed
for the door.
"Quick! After it!" Talaketra yelled, charging
out the door after the flying bag of Neopoints. Basically everyone else had
the same idea, as they all charged out the door after it, leaving the house
in pursuit. A few moments later, when Lila, Kimble, and Shootingtail had crept
back into the room(to avoid the stampede) a Christmas Horus, with an empty Neopoint
bag rested firmly on its back, flew into the room through the open door.
"Nice work, Holly!" Kimble whispered as she
closed the door and removed the bag off of Holly's head. Holly cooed in reply
and took off again, flying into the hallway, towards Kimble's bedroom.
"That was a close call," Jake sighed as he looked
around. "That was a clever idea, Lila." Then he took the opportunity to look
around the room, and froze. There were cups spewed about, crumbs from all the
food, and a few bowls on the table tipped over. The party decorations were on
the floor, crumbled up from being stepped on, but other than that, the house
was still in one piece.
Lila glanced hastily at the clock hanging on
the nearby wall and pointed out, "Alex will be home any minute! Quick, clean
"Aye-aye!" Shootingtail, Kimble and Jake all
yelped, and instantly proceeded to mop, dust, pick up, and remove all signs
of the decorations.
Five minutes later, the house was back to normal,
and when all four siblings breathed a sigh of relief and slumped against the
wall in defeat, Alex opened the front door.
"I'm home!" she called out joyfully, walking
towards her beloved pets.
"Hi," Shootingtail greeted Alex weakly, closing
"What's wrong?' Alex asked, sounding rather
concerned. "You all look as if you had run a marathon and were about the collapse
out of exhaustion!"
"We just had a long day," Kimble lied sleepily,
yawning. So far, Alex appeared clueless and didn't guess what had really happened.
Alex nodded in understanding and looked around.
"Wow! This place is spotless," she stated, beaming at them proudly. "Good job!
You know, to be honest, I expected to see this place in ruins, but I guess I
was wrong. Everything looks to be in check. You know what? Since you all did
an excellent job keeping this place neat, and didn't disobey me (and because
Jake won't stop pestering me about this) I'll reward you four by letting you
throw a party!"
"NOOOOOOOOOOO!" Jake yelled, bashing
his head against the wall. Shootingtail fainted, while Kimble and Lila looked
as if they'd just been kicked.
"What did we do to deserve this cruel punishment?"
Jake wailed, continuing to hit his head against the wall. Just then, he, Kimble
and Lila, felt the need to faint from exhaustion and shock, too.
Alex could only stare blankly for several long
seconds before asking herself, "Was it something I said?"