Three Powers: Fate - Part One
When Hu said we were adopting a new member of the family,
it was totally fine with me. I swear. I was even VERY excited to have a sister.
I was more excited than when I first emerged out of the cool springs of the Rainbow
Fountain with a pair of blue faerie wings. Now, that is very excited for me. But,
what I didn't expect was for what happened to me, to us. Now, once I think about
it, it was destiny. But before I tell you anything, let me introduce myself. I
am 5tari, and my ancient name is Athena.
The morning of the adoption I woke up early before
the sun had even touched Neopia Central. The hour of anticipation before the
rest of the family got up was unbearable. My home sat in complete silence. Nothing
stirred. All there was to do was wait. Finally the fateful hour came, just as
the sun had kissed the tops of Neopia Central's shops. My owner came and we
made our way out to the streets of Neopia. Anticipation was so thick in the
air it weighed us down as we stepped towards the Adoption Center. But it was
more than that. There was something else. I felt as if - no it was even more
than a feeling... I knew something was about to happen.
"Here are the pets for adoption," a Techo told
us pointing towards a line of pets.
"5tari, do you want go pick out your new sister?"
Hu asked me quietly.
I nodded making my way towards the pets. Slowly
I made my way up the procession. I knew I would know when I saw my new sister.
Then, there she was. Looking at me through large violet eyes I saw my sister.
That was a day of fate.
The weirdest thing though was that I could detect
something different about Ashkinzy from the rest of the pound pets. Something,
something led me up to her. It wasn't that she looked, or smelled better than
the others. It's just... I have no idea why I went to pick her.
I'm not entirely sure when I was abandoned, or
when I was actually living with a family, but I know I have been in the pound
for a while. To me, the pound was my home. Dr. Death, a strict yellow Techo
treated me like a father, and Rosetta, a carefree, slightly vain pink Uni, treated
me as a daughter. It was fine with me, as long as I had the Techno and the Uni
to look up to.
I had been at the pound for years, in fact. But
the weirdest thing was that there were a few potential owners, and Dr. Death
halted them. Now, I don't want to go bad mouthing people, but it gave me a chill.
Didn't they want me to leave this pound? I, being quiet and calm, didn't ask
him what happened. I figure, maybe the potential owners weren't good enough
for me? Or maybe he enjoyed my stay?
One day was the day that I'll never forget even
if Dr. Sloth tries to brainwash me. It was an ordinary day, I woke up, had breakfast,
talked with some fellow pound pets, and I felt absurdly happy. I mean, I am
a happy Neopet, but I felt unusually happy. I even gave one of the younger pets
a slice of the delicious corn break that was served that morning.
So I was lying in my cage, curling up in a ball,
and I gazed around with my restless eyes until it reached a faerie Koi with
a giggling girl who also had dark cherry red hair. The funny thing, as 5tari
said earlier, is that we stared at each other at the same time. 5tari strolled
over to my cage. We had this long, silent staring contest. At first, I didn't
know what to expect of her. She was faerie Koi, so I assumed that she was from
a very rich family. Then, in the corner of my brown eyes, I noticed the Koi's
owner had been talking with Dr. Death who pointed at... my cage? I blinked,
The Techo's strange behavior gave me more reason
for concern when the girl with the Koi asked for my paper work. The Techo's
eyes darted too quickly for me to catch what he looked at and he shifted his
"Her paper work?" the girl prompted.
After giving the faerie Koi another curious glance,
he bent over and began rustling around in loose paper in a rusty grey drawer.
Before giving her the papers, Dr. Death quickly said something that was too
quiet for me to hear.
Hu, as I had heard the girl's Koi call her, tapped
one finger as she waited and then her eyes fell on me. For me time was suspended
for that moment. A kind smile spread across her face. She had smiled at me?
I froze, unsure what to do. Fortunately Hu turned back to the Techo with a worried
expression at this moment because in confusion and wonder I found myself backing
up against my cage shyly.
"Don't worry," an unexpected voice told me a
little above a whisper, "Hu's great!" The Faerie Koi smiled at me encouragingly
and I weakly returned her. Everything was happening too quickly. I was confused
- yet happy. Happier than I had ever been before. Or happier than I could remember
being, I wasn't exactly sure which. I was actually going home this time. What
home was I wasn't sure, but this was going to be it?
"Home," I whispered quietly smiling inside. That
word felt good.
On our way out of the Adoption Center I was dazed
and confused but yet I had a sense of fulfilment. Things were starting to fall
into place, everything changed. In a sense, it was a great thing, but I sometimes
wonder what would have happened if we, Hu and I, didn't happen to come? What
if I never agreed about getting a sibling after being the only pet for years?
Would we still have led a normal life? I have no idea, but what I do know is
that life would have that empty hollowness in me. Life would be... quite dull.
It wouldn't be so full and exciting, if that makes any sense.
(third person view)
"Welcome to your new home," Hu told the newest
addition to the family as the front door swung open.
Ashkinzy stood there dumbly for a second and
then timidly began to step into the house. The questions that had buzzed in
her head all afternoon subsided in an eerie quiet like the quiet that blanketed
the Neohome she stood in.
"I'll show you around," 5tari told me in the
same quiet tone that everyone had been speaking in all day.
Ashkinzy nodded and stammered, "O-okay."
5tari watched her new sister step tenderly into
the house. What if the Ixi didn't like her? Would they get along? What was this
strange satisfied feeling she felt whenever she was near Ashkinzy? Was there
something more to the pet than met the eye? Why did she feel like something,
something inside her that she didn't recognized earlier, had been finally filled?
While the questions had come to a sudden halt
in Ashkinzy's head they did not stop pestering 5tari and the mystery of the
situation would continue for days to come even after the pets became steadfast
friends and loyal, loving sisters. More than one mystery had to be solved before
the questions would be satiated.
"The kitchen," 5tari said extending two fins
as the three entered the first room.
"This is my stop, I'm going to make you both
lunch," Hu told the two. "Finish the tour, I know the house by now," she said
with a smile.
5tari took the lead, Ashkinzy following at a
bit of a distance, and they made their way to the closest door.
"The den," the Koi said and shut the door once
"The dinning room," she continued as they stepped
across the threshold to an open entrance.
"My owner's study," 5tari informed her new sister
entering another room.
Opening another door she said, "My owner's bedroom."
"My - well now our bedroom."
Ashkinzy peered into the room at the end of the
hallway. 'Our' she had said. The dark room contained two Fresh Bamboo Beds,
a whitewashed dresser, a writing desk cluttered with odds and ends and some
"We can stay in here until Hu makes lunch," 5tari
"Okay," Ashkinzy said again.
The two pets sat on either bed looking at each
other in silence for a while. Not a word passed between the two as the minutes
slowly crept by.
"So, how long were you in the Adoption Center?"
5tari asked conversationally.
"I really don't remember anything before the
pound, it's strange. I must have been there a long time," Ashkinzy replied.
"Yeah, I guess so..." 5tari said.
Two more minutes passed.
"Lunch is ready!" Hu cried from the kitchen
The sister's stood and made their way back into
Lunch was eaten in the same manner. Hu had managed
to cook up an omelette. Between bites Hu chirped a few words to both of her
Neopets. Few words were exchanged between the other two and when they finished
the girls returned to their room with a simple, "We'll be in our room," uttered
More time passed.
The seconds dragged along. Did they have nothing
in common? Ashkinzy wondered. No, now she began to feel it, as 5tari had been
experiencing all along. There was a connection a bound, something that drew
To be continued...