The Joy of Being Poor
I stared wistfully at the enclosed royal paintbrush in front
of me. I started to recall those sweet, memorable days where I would waste all
my Neopoints on expensive jewelry and gourmet food, but that was in the past,
now, I was broke and penniless.
"That's the paint brush I want," a blue Aisha
proclaimed, interrupting my thoughts. I watched sadly as the royal paintbrush
was being removed from its case and given to the Aisha in return for a bag of
I stared cursing myself, how did I end up in
such a pitiful state? The paint brush would have been mine, if I hadn't invested
all my Neopoints in stocks, and as a result, declared bankruptcy.
My pockets were empty and it was a terrible
feeling being poor. I was craving for a golden carrot but hadn't any Neopoints
on me. Nevertheless, I decided to try my luck haggling with Mr. Beans, the owner
of the Health Food Shop. Being rich in the past, I always got what I wanted,
and now, it wasn't going to be any different.
Dragging my huge Zafara feet under the scorching
sun, I left the Hidden Tower and arrived at the Health Food Shop. "I would like
a golden carrot please," I requested.
"Sure thing, that would be 30,000 Neopoints
please," Mr. Beans replied, as he got ready to get the golden carrot from its
My jaw dropped upon hearing this, how could
the price have risen by so much? "Oh, that's okay, I've changed my mind." I
lied as I left the shop, I didn't want to embarrass myself.
Meanwhile, I remembered my friends talking about
the Money Tree before. Faerie giveaways, Neopoint donations and more! Why not
give it a try? I thought to myself. As I skipped along to Money Tree, I rubbed
my hands greedily at the thought of all the items I would have by the end of
It was a hot afternoon, not a very pleasant
day to be out in the sun. However, I was enjoying myself under the shade of
the Money Tree, as I stayed alert, hoping to catch some good items.
Suddenly, I saw a passerby place 500 Neopoints
next to me, my eyes lit up and pounced towards the bag! However, to my disappointment,
someone had reached to it before me, so I retreated unwillingly.
Five hours had past, and still, I had gotten
nothing. "Whatever rubbish about getting rich at the Money Tree was all a fib!"
I muttered to myself, giving the tree a hard kick. At that very moment, I felt
like calling it quits and heading home, but then again, if I did, all my precious
time would have been wasted, so I decided to stick around and wait for miracles
Just then, I saw Balthazar approaching! I shivered
like mad, there was nowhere to hide, and I wouldn't be fast enough to outrun
him if he did want to eat me! However, the Neopets around me weren't even trembling,
showing no sign of fear at all. "Here you go," Balthazar smiled, as he laid
down a bagful of faeries by the Tree. I was flabbergasted, so that was the Faerie
Giveaway I heard all about!
Wasting no time, I ran towards the bag, as Balthazar
disappeared into the woods. There was only one faerie left, this was my chance,
I was about to grab the bottled dark faerie when I saw someone else approaching,
a pale, skinny Moehog!
I could tell that Moehog needed the faerie much
more than I would, so I stepped back and let the Moehog have it, although I
knew I could outrun that little creature anytime.
The Moehog looked shocked to see that I stopped
running and stopped before the faerie sack, a little hesitant to take the faerie.
"Are you sure you don't want it?" the Moehog asked once more.
I shook my head, and motioned for the Moehog
to take the faerie. The Moehog smiled at me, as if grateful for what I had done
and bent down to pick up the faerie.
"Thanks," thanked the Moehog, putting the faerie
into her pocket. "My name is Kara."
I looked at Kara, she smiled at me, and I smiled
back. It was nice having a new friend, one who would accept me for my poverty.
"I'm Sara." I introduced myself, stretching out a paw to shake her hand.
We spent the evening telling each other about
our histories, while enjoying a special recipe by Kara, cheap but tasty, a Tchea
Peach Puff. I was surprised at the fact that Kara was originally from a rich
family like me, but was abandoned after being gotten sick of, and now, poor
"But I'm used to the poor life, you'll get used
to it too, someday. It isn't really that bad, you'll have many friends, like
me." Kara grinned. I admired Kara's strong will, and how she was able to be
so optimistic at a time of poverty. Maybe she was right, maybe I would get used
to the poor life, as I was already enjoying it. "I learnt that actually, cheap
things can be nice too!" she continued.
After nibbling the very last of my Tchea Peach
Puff, Kara showed me some cheap but delicious recipes, like Woo Woo Grub tea
and Zenanna Omelette. "Wow! I never got to know these recipes before!" I said
"Oh silly, these recipes are popular among the
poor. But isn't it good that you know all these now? Zennana Omelettes beat
Golden Carrots anytime!" Kara laughed.
I had to agree with what Kara said, Zennana
Omelettes were really tasty, as well as other cheap recipes. I had eaten five
of them while we were chatting away and still not feeling sick of it.
After eating, Kara
brought me to where she lived, a broken down shed somewhere in Bread Street.
I was a little hesitant to go in, but I did nevertheless, knowing that my status
was now different. It was small, but pretty cozy, although it needed to be given
a new coat of paint badly. "If you don't have a home for the time being, you
can stay here, if you don't mind that is."
Seriously, I didn't mind. It wasn't that bad
after all, it was cozy, just needed some touches here and there. I accepted
her kind offer and was told to sleep in the living room. It was uneasy in the
beginning, as I was used to sleeping in luxury, but I slowly got used to it,
day by day.
Everyday was a good day to me. I was happier
than before. Like Kara said, I made many new friends and played with them almost
everyday, life for me had improved. Being poor was indeed not a bad thing!
"Hey Sara," Kara called to me one day. "A mysterious
man handed me this lottery ticket, I don't know what it's supposed to be for,
and I thought you might know, so you can have it." With that, she thrust a pale
green ticket into my paws before joining the rest of my newly made friends in
a game of hide-and-seek.
Of course I knew what the purpose of lottery
tickets were. After all, I used to buy them everyday in the past, with no luck
in winning of course. But that time, I could afford to spend my Neopoints away,
now was a different case. Well, since I had it, I wouldn't waste it, so I stopped
by the lottery ticket stand that afternoon and dropped my ticket in.
A few days later, there was a visitor looking
for me. I was rather surprised, wondering who that could be as I approached
the door. "Good morning miss, are you Sara?" the pink Usul at the doorstep asked.
"Yes, I am." I replied, in great suspense.
"Well," the Usul smiled. "CONGRATULATIONS! You
have won first prize in the lottery! Here's your bag of 50,000 Neopoints!"
I was stunned for a moment, as my jaw split
open. I couldn't believe I was that lucky! I was about to collect the bag of
Neopoints from the Usul when a sudden thought came to my mind. Giving it some
thought, I said to the Usul, rejecting the bag of Neopoints, "No thanks, please
take this bag of Neopoints and give it to those who need it more than me. I
may be poor, but fortunate, I am very satisfied with my life, please do a favor
for those in more need than me."
Some may think me silly, but Kara thought what
I did was right. Although I would not be able to satisfy all the poor with that
little amount of Neopoints, but at least I could make a difference in someone's
life, and for that, I would be happy. The Usul looked puzzled, and asked me
why I would make such a decision. I smiled and answered, "This is what you'll
never understand, it's the joy of being poor."