The Strange Glazed Bowl
Our story begins in a little house along Magical Road, Neopia
Central. If you happened to peek into a certain Jelly Room one morning in the
month of Eating, you would have seen a most peculiar sight…
Mydnyte_Star, the Starry Lupe and sole brother
(and protector) or his family, was sitting at his sister's Pink Vanity Table.
True to its name, the top of the desk was cluttered with different shades of
eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick in every colour you could imagine - down to black.
Sitting beside him and patting his face with powdered blush was his youngest
sister who had just turned a year old. She was SunniePaws, affectionately known
as Sunnie, and she was a yellow Cybunny.
"Tell me why you're doing this, again?" Nyte
groaned as his sister spread Midnight Eyeshadow over his eyelids.
"This will bring out the depth in your eyes,"
Sunnie babbled carelessly, scrutinizing her victim.
"No, not that… this," Nyte remarked, perturbed,
throwing his paws out in front of the desk, then gesturing towards his face.
"Oh!" his sister giggled. "Well, you know how
I'm saving up for a Royal Paint Brush, right? Just yesterday at the Grooming
Parlour I saw a notice at the door: Make-Up Competition; First Prize: 10,000
NP! The sign went on to say that we should be prepared to do up any pet, no
matter what colour or species. So, if I can practice on as many colours as possible,
I'll be ready!"
Just then, a Skunk Usul by the name of KupKakez
walked in, carrying a plate of Strawberry Jelly. She was older than both of
them and often dished out her opinions and thoughts, no matter how tactless
they might seem. This time she commented dryly, "All ready for an Air Faerie
Quest, I see." She then set the plate of tantalizing jelly down on the desk.
"Oh no!" Sunnie exclaimed suddenly, taking no
notice of her sister, or the huge plate of wobbling jelly. Nyte's eyes fluttered
open, wide with fear.
"What? This stuff isn't permanent, right?" he
ejaculated, quickly rubbing his cheeks with this paws and ruining his sister's
Smiling sheepishly, like a Babaa, the Cybunny
held up two lipsticks. "I've opened and used two instead of one. Never mind,
I'll just need a small pot of some sort to scrape both into."
Nyte's eyes lit up. "I know just the thing!"
he said, brightly, leaving the room. In a little while he returned, as his sisters
busily shared the jelly. Cradled gently in his paws, which were stained with
Tan Blush, he held a small bowl that was covered with a plastic lid.
It wasn't just a normal bowl: it was brightly
polished and had been pieced together form bits of broken stained glass windows.
As a whole, the bowl was simply breath taking and unique.
"Wow! Where on Neopia did you get that? Did
you make it? Why haven't I seen it before?" both his sisters pounced on him
and the delicate specimen.
Nyte seized the opportunity to escape from being
made-up any further and sat down on the Fresh Bamboo Bed. Then he told this
Not so very long ago, when I was a young Lupe,
Morphing Potions weren't unbuyable and people could actually afford the Lab
Ray. Back then, even 30 NP was a lot and could buy you two Vanilla Milkshakes.
There was a carnival going on in Faerieland
in honor of Fyora's birthday. I had a good friend, whom I have lost contact
with, a Lupe named Jenner. He was a Red Lupe - and I say "was" because I do
not know his current state. He begged me to go to the carnival with him.
"There will be rides, and treats, and food!
Needless to say, I asked my owner. She said
certainly, of course I could go, and gave us 40 NP each. We were delighted and
promised to spend it wisely.
Upon reaching the carnival, our senses were
greeted with pleasant smells of Flaming Fire Faerie Pizza and Faerie Queen Burritos.
Jenner and I spotted a young Gelert wolfing down burritos at an All-You-Can-Eat
contest. We exchanged looks and said at the same time, "Flat-U-Less!" before
bursting out in unholy shrieks of laughter.
At first we held onto our money, tempted to
buy the little trinkets and goodies, but we were determined to spend it on something
worthwhile. Towards lunchtime, we grew hungry and so each of us spent 10 NP
for a few slices of pizza which we shared.
We continued wandering around the carnival,
and, near the end of the day, both of us had but 5 NP left. There was nothing
you could buy with 5 NP, save a Bottle of Sand (of which we both had plenty).
Also, neither of us wanted to buy something with our combined money… both of
us wanted to bring home a memento of the day.
Right near the Pie Throwing Contest I spotted
a delicate line-up of bowls - like the one you see here - and their colours
were dancing and winking in the fading sun. And there was the most beautiful
sign I'd ever seen: "WIN A BOWL! 5 NP EACH!"
I clutched Jenner's paw, for we had both seen
the same thing. We ran forward eagerly, almost scared that the fading day might
grab hold of our bowls, and leave us with nothing.
The pretty Faerie Kacheek at the stand beamed
at us. "You're very lucky," she smiled, "I have two bowls left, perfect for
Lupes such as yourselves. All you have to do is stand behind that yellow line
and toss your 5-Neopoint pieces into the bowl of your choice.
Jenner stepped up, eyed his bowl, and tossed
his coin. Sure enough, it landed in the bowl, and it was his! "Yes!" he cheered,
stepping aside. "Now you try."
I had practiced my aim and accuracy skills just
the day before at the Defender's Training Centre - and sad to say, they weren't
very good. I even contemplated asking Jenner to win it for me, but something
in the Kacheek's eyes told me I should give it a go for myself. So I swung my
paw and tossed my coin. With a clink, it had entered MY bowl! I had won it!
Both of us thanked the Kacheek and carefully took our prizes home. My only tie
with Jenner today are our bowls, which are almost identical.
With that, Nyte finished his story.
"Here, you can have the bowl," he said hurriedly,
slightly embarrassed at revealing a part of his past to his sisters. They, however,
just stared at him in awe.
KupKakez spoke up. "Hey, I bet this bowl is
worth a lot of NP - maybe even 750, 000 NP!" she said pointedly. Sunnie stared
at her sister.
"Oh, how could you even think of selling Nyte's
bowl?" she asked, stealing a glance at her brother, for alas, she had the very
Nyte, being an old and mature Lupe, simply shrugged.
"Why not? Tell you what, we'll go down to the Shop Wizard right now and ask
him about this 'ere bowl." At that, his sister flung herself on him with a bear
hug. "Oh, thank you so much, Nyte!" she breathed.
"Funny, another Lupe was here to ask about a
bowl a lot like this one, today," the Shop Wizard said. "Anyway, it's worth
about 1 million Neopoints in trades. You better go to the Trading Post instead."
Sunnie clutched her brother's arm. "Did you
"Yeah, one million NP! Not bad a for a 5 NP
investment!" Nyte chuckled.
"No… he said another Lupe was here about a bowl
like this one!" Sunnie explained, impatiently. On a sudden hunch, she turned
to the JubJub. "Was his name Jenner?"
The Shop Wizard nodded.
"Oh, that's my friend!" Sunnie forced a smile.
"I want to send him a birthday card. I know you keep record of your customers,
so, could you give me his address, please?"
A little coaxing was all it took before the
Shop Wizard agreed.
Sunnie looked around her happily. She had a
beautiful royal coat and her brother was off at Mystery Island with his friend,
Jenner. On her shelf were two almost identical bowls.
Jenner had given them a Royal Paint Brush (for
he had grown very rich since his childhood days) in exchange for Nyte's bowl;
and immediately after that gave both bowls back to Nyte as a gift.
After all, as he said, "They look so much nicer
together, and at your place they'll have more people to admire them. Besides,
I'll probably be coming around very often..."
Author's Note: You can even visit Mydnyte, Sunnie and CreamKupKakez if you
hop by my Advent Calendar gallery! Just look up "ck_plushies_inc" :) I hope
you liked my story.