Note: I have nothing against people named Ally or people who like Maraquan
Draiks. I myself like them very much. ^^ Now on with my story!
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Everyone has dreams. Pets dream of being painted a certain
color or getting a certain petpet. But their owners have dreams too. Sometimes,
the pet and the owner have the same dream. Unfortunately, sometimes, they don't.
My owner created me on Cybunny Day. She named
me Amethyst, Ami for short, but she was the only one who could call me that.
I already had a sister, an island Gelert named Jasmine. My owner's name was
Ally, and she was incredibly wealthy. We lived in a gigantic Neohome, and I
was shocked to find a room made of cloud with Fyora furniture reserved just
for me. I loved my life, and never would you have seen me frown.
Ally lavished me with gifts. She got me an adorable
little Ona, who provided me with endless hours of entertainment. I was thrilled
to have something of my own to name, love, and take care of, and thus I named
her Happy. She and Jasmine's Taweret, Spice, would stare at each other curiously,
and we laughed. I felt that these happy times would never end.
Then I received the biggest gift of all: a purple
paint brush. I rushed to the Rainbow Pool, jumped in, and quickly became the
color that matched the jewel that was my name. Excitedly, I hopped out to show
Ally my new look, but she ignored my shouts, not taking a single glance at me.
She seemed to be staring at something, and whatever it was had mesmerized her.
When she finally spoke, her voice was dreamy and ethereal.
"Ami," she said, a faraway look in her eyes.
"Look at this." She pointed.
What she was pointing to was a picture. And
the picture was of a beautiful, sleek, mostly white creature with splashes of
color here and there who was, I felt, staring at me with those intelligent eyes.
My eyes scanned the title below, which read, "Maraquan Draik". I knew that a
Draik was a type of pet, and Maraquan was a color they could be painted, so
I figured she wanted one. She was still staring at it, hypnotized, completely
She then turned to me again. "Come on, Amethyst.
We're going to the pound. You'll get a new sibling, and I'll get one of those."
Her eyes gleamed with…what was that? Greed? But no, it couldn't be. I shook
the ridiculous thought out of my head. Ally wasn't shallow…right?
The pound was only a few blocks away. As we
entered, a dreadful feeling settled in my stomach. The pets locked up in cages
were all staring at me with their pitiful eyes, as if begging me, "Take me home!
Take me home, please!!" I wished I could take them all home, but I couldn't.
"Go ahead, Ami," Ally said impatiently, "pick one!" Wait…she wanted ME to do
Something told me to go to the back of the room.
So I did. And sitting in a small cage with a sorrowful, hopeless look in his
eyes was a red Kougra. I read the little plate above the cage that read his
name: Claw. His eyes were shut tightly and he was curled into a little ball.
I decided that he had a bit of a rugged look about him, but I liked that; it
added a little edge to the cute fluffballs Kougras had turned into, and it was
becoming on him. I smiled in what I hoped was a friendly way.
"Hey," I whispered to him. "Don't worry, it's
not like I'm going to hurt you," I laughed softly. He cautiously opened a single
eye to reveal the most dazzling shade of bright green I had ever seen.
"What do you want?" he whimpered.
"I want my owner to adopt you," I beamed. "You
look like you'd be a good brother!"
He immediately sprang to his feet at the word
"adopt". "Are you serious?" he exclaimed, almost bouncing. "I've been here so
long…I can barely remember the outside world…real food…unbroken toys…" he drifted
off, lost in his own daydream.
"Well, don't worry, you'll get all those things!"
I raced to my owner, who was chatting merrily with Rose, the pink Uni. "Ally!"
I exclaimed. "I found a pet we can adopt!"
"Take me to him, then!" she said, and I ran
off to where Claw's cage was. Ally soon caught up. "Isn't he great?" I said
She studied him for a second, and then the dreadful
feeling returned. She had a look of disdain on her face, and she was shaking
her head, muttering something. Then she sighed and said, "Sorry Ami, but it's
not going to happen. I mean, look at him. He looks so…dirty. How can a dirty
pet become a clean, pretty Draik? It's just not going to happen." She rolled
her eyes in disgust. "Let's go."
I was shocked, horrified. It was painful to
hear; her words tortured me. He didn't look dirty, just rugged! And anyway,
that was no way to judge someone, all based on appearances. I had felt such
a connection with him, too…I was sure he was going to be my new brother. I felt
an urge to cry, but the tears did not come, and I was thankful.
* * * * *
I lay on my bed that night, thinking about what
Ally had said. How could she be so cruel? I had always seen my owner as a kind
person who loved everyone. Now…well, I didn't like this side of her, not at
all. I could only hope it was just a phase. After all, she was still my owner,
and I still loved her, so I had to stay faithful to her. I heard a knock on
my door and immediately knew who it was.
I opened it and was about to tell her I forgave
her for doing that, but she interrupted me. There was a huge grin on her face.
"Ami, I was thinking about getting that Draik again. And I had a marvelous idea!"
I felt a faint flicker of hope. "You're going
to adopt Claw?"
"Claw? Who's Claw? Do you mean that filthy Kougra
from the pound? Oh, no. I've had a much, much better idea." She gave me a conspiratorial
smile, which I did not like at all. I had a feeling I didn't want to hear this
idea of hers, but I nodded and hoarsely said, "What is it?"
"YOU'RE going to be my Maraquan Draik!" she
said triumphantly. My mouth fell open. Me? A Maraquan Draik? Sure, I had thought
they were pretty, but that didn't mean I wanted to be one! This was a joke,
"Ha ha. Very funny," I replied, forcing a smile.
Her smile vanished and was replaced by a menacing scowl that made me want to
hide under my covers.
"It's not a joke, Amethyst," she chuckled weakly.
"You're going to be a Maraquan Draik."
"But….but…I'm a Cybunny," I protested.
"I've gotten you a Draik Transmogrification
Potion and a Maraquan Paint Brush already. It was only a few million NP." She
was cheerful again, smiling at me in a twisted way. Carefully, she withdrew
the fragile, disgusting looking potion and a shining paint brush out of her
hands. I backed away.
"I don't want to be one! I like being just the
way I am now!"
"But Ami," she said gently. "This is my dream.
I don't want anything else in the world except a Maraquan Draik."
She was trying to make me feel sorry for her,
I knew it, and it was working. I was losing my battle for balance. I shut my
eyes tightly to get rid of the image of her sad-looking face. It didn't work.
She haunted me. I was about to give in…
Wait a second, said a little voice in my head.
What about you? What you want matters, too! You can't give in…
"NO!" I shouted, knocking the potion to the
ground. It shattered into several pieces, and its contents spilled onto my rug.
"AMETHYST!" Ally screamed. "THAT WAS A MILLION
NP POTION! YOU'RE GOING TO PAY FOR THAT!"
"I don't care," I answered quietly. "You didn't
care about what I wanted, so I'm not going to care about what you want. Just
because I'm not human doesn't mean I don't have thoughts and feelings too."
She gaped at me for a few seconds.
Afterwards, my owner took a deep breath, sighed,
and admitted, "You're right. Just because I wanted something, doesn't mean you
did. And," she added, "You have feelings just like everyone else. I should have
thought about that." She really did look guilty. Then she looked down at the
brush in her hands. "But what am I supposed to do with this?"
"I've got an idea!" I yelled, springing to my
feet. I grabbed the paint brush from her and raced out the door.
"Ami? AMI, WHERE ARE YOU GOING WITH THAT?"
* * * * *
That was 6 months ago. Now, I'm still a purple
Cybunny, and I'm happy that way. Ally has cheered up a bit, and listens to us
more often. And that night, Claw became the newest addition to our family. Claw
the Maraquan Kougra.