Snowglobe: Part Three
"Riiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaa! Riiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaa! Where are yoooooooooou?"
Ria sat up. Who was calling her? The Kougra got
to her feet and brushed herself off hurriedly. What had happened?
Ria saddened at the memory. She remembered running
away from Jerdana and the other orphans and into the snow. She must've fallen
asleep. Ria shifted her foot, it felt like there was something underneath it.
Ria gasped as she saw what it was. She had been crushing her Hannah Action-Figure.
Ria shook the snow off and tried frantically to straighten the dress out and
to flatten out the wild hair which had gone everywhere. Ria groaned as she saw
that Hannah was going to look like some barbarian from Tyrannia until she could
go to Donny's. Maybe he could straighten the doll out for her. No, he would
have to fix Hannah!
Forgetting that somebody had been calling her,
Ria stood up and made a sprint back through Neopia Central. Breathless, she
continued running until she saw a ferry at the dock. It cut straight across
the ocean and landed near Terror Mountain. Ria leaped unto the boat and quickly
paid the driver 1000 Neopoints, that should be enough. She sat down and leaned
back. It was going to be a long ride.
* * *
Ria's eyelids fluttered and she groggily sat
"Wha…oh, we're here…" she muttered. She grabbed
Hannah, who had been sitting next to her, and carried the action-figure out
of the boat. She soon found climbing the mountain difficult, and decided to
go through the Ice Caves to Terror Mountain, instead of climbing straight up.
About 2 hours later, Ria had finally made it
to the top of the mountain. I never…ever! want to do
that again… she thought wearily as she pulled herself towards the Repair
Shop. Of course…he had to pick the farthest spot away…
Ria got to the door and pounded on it. There
were noises and the door was flung open by Donny. Looking bored, he grunted,
"Give me one o' yer broken toys, and some Neopoints,
and I'll see if I can fix it fer ya!" Ria jumped back, his voice had sounded
so…so mean! Ria clutched the doll tightly to her chest and started to make for
the door. Donny rolled his eyes and stuck his hand out.
"What are ya waiting for young 'un, I don't have
all day!" Reluctantly, Ria handed over the Hannah doll. Donny glanced it over
and made a tsk tsk sound before heading back into his workshop.
"Does that mean you can fix it?!" Ria called,
hurrying after him. She caught a glimpse of dark walls, a single fluorescent
light in the back that lit up a long work table. Broken toys littered the ground
and on a small table there was glue, scissors, paint, pencils, and millions
of other little things. Donny whirled around and shoved her out the door.
"Yes, but I don't like an audience. Come back
in an hour," he said and slammed the door shut. Ria turned on her heel and looked
around. So what would she do for an hour now anyway? She thought for a moment
of the shop of mystery, but decided against it. She had heard that you could
spend 4000 Neopoints on a bag and only get a pile of dung! Ria shied away from
it and looked for something else to do. She looked around until she spotted
the Snow Faerie's igloo. Ria saw Taelia talking to somebody on the mountain.
He was really strange looking…it Mr. Chipper…from the Ice Cream Cart! Maybe
they were going to give out coupons! Ria raced towards them, dodging the few
other Neopets that were on the mountain in the raging snow. But when she got
there, Mr. Chipper was gone and Taelia was back in her home. Ria quietly entered
the igloo. Her mouth dropped as she looked around.
The walls were sparkling, the ice seemed to have
it's own special glow. Shelves lined the walls, filled with odd shaped bottles
containing shimmering liquids. There was a large basket, filled with the odd
items Taelia asked Neopets to collect for her. In the back of the igloo, Ria
saw many beds that contained sick animals. Ria finally noticed the Snow Faerie
near the back, leaning over a book. Ria approached slowly, squinting. It was
hard to find Taelia, the bright white of the walls blinding her.
When she got there, she could see Taelia looking
for something on a shelf. The Snow Faerie turned to look at her and smiled.
"Oh hello…say, aren't you that kind Kougra from
Neopia Central? That's so sweet that the little Aisha liked my snowglobe? Here,
I have something special for you, since you're such a good person," Taelia said.
The Snow Faerie fished into her coat and pulled a strange green coupon. It was
a job coupon…
As if sensing her confusion, Taelia continued,
"It's for the Ice Cream Cart. I'll give you a ride down there if you'd like."
Ria smiled. An ice cream coupon and a ride with the Snow Faerie! What
could be better then that? Then the Kougra's smile faded and she whispered,
"Donny is fixing a toy for me, I can't leave."
Taelia thought for a moment before walking out into the snow, leaving Ria there.
About 5 minutes later, the Snow Faerie returned and handed Ria's Hannah Action-Figure.
"I paid for it, it was only 400 Neopoints. Let's
go, Ria!" Taelia shouted.
* * *
Ria stood a few paces away from the ice cream
cart, simply staring. There were a few very rich Neopets milling around the
cart, they were all painted, all rich enough to afford to buy all the things
on Taelia's quests. Ria started looking at the flavors of ice cream when she
saw a poster hanging on the candy cane sign nearby. There was the picture from
the newspaper, the one with her surrounded by every snowglobe imaginable…it
was enlarged, and underneath it was a caption. Ria squinted to read it:
HADRIALIA, DONATER OF SNOWGLOBES!
Ria snorted. Why did they always have to use
her real name? She examined the poster more closely, and was satisfied enough
with it. Ria felt smug as she saw the huge poster dedicated just to her, where
everyone could see it. She started to go away when she noticed there was also
a smaller poster next to it. There was Jerdana, the little Aisha from the orphanage,
holding up the Snow Faerie snowglobe. Around her were other poor orphans, some
holding snowglobes, others not. Ria glanced to the ice cream cart. All those
Neopets looked bloated, filled to their painted brim. They all had scowls on
their faces, as if being rich and spoiled made them scorn everything. Ria glanced
back at the poster. Smiles illuminated the faces of all those Neopets. They
were happy…but they had nothing. Ria thought of herself. Right in between.
Mr. Chipper had noticed her from behind the cart.
He quickly finished putting some vanilla maple pecan ice cream in a huge cone
for an anxious Cybunny before he waved (while still holding an ice cream scooper)
and called out,
"Come Ria! It's time to get some ice cream!"
Ria looked at the cart, the rich Neopets, the
poster of herself, the poster of the poor Neopets…and stood there, glued to
"Come now Ria, we can't waste all day! I'll close
up soon, and not everybody can try my ice cream! That was gift…a reward for
doing what was right. So come now Ria, treat yourself since you have been good
Ria stared at the scowls and grunts of the rich
Neopets, eating their third cone of ice cream. If they weren't rare pets, like
Tonus, Poogles, Cybunnies or Krawks, they were painted! They could all afford
to be painted, the spoiled brats. She looked back at the poster, showing Jerdana
and the other orphans. She could hear voices all around her.
"But mommy! I want another ice cream, I haven't
tried chocolate-raspberry swirl yet, mommy! I want some!"
"Bobby! Bobby! I need to have another
"Ria, what are you waiting for! I've got an extra
big cone waiting here right for you!"
"Please Delancy…I'm so very hungry, I want another
ice cream! Four scoops weren't enough Delancy!"
Ria stared at the coupon. This was her choice.
It would be easy to go up and buy herself an ice cream. She could eat it and
not look back at the poster. She didn't need to even think about it. She deserved
that ice cream, didn't she? She was the donator. The donator of the snowglobes,
like the poster and the newspaper said. Like the poster and the newspaper
said. But…but Ria hadn't done those things. She hadn't made their Christmas
merry, she hadn't given them old toys, she hadn't thought of them while she
enjoyed herself. But she could still buy that ice cream. Ria took a few steps
towards the ice cream cart…
To be continued...