In Living Color
Sunny's first memories were of the pound. He didn't remember
the kind Pink Uni who called herself Rose and always made sure the occupants had
enough food to eat and water to drink. He also didn't recall the scary gray-haired
Techo that would always act bitter and mean to people but secretly comforted the
unwanted Neopets when nobody else was around. He didn't even remember the old
Draik with tears in her eyes who had brought him there in the first place and
claimed it was for his own good. All these things meant nothing to him, so he
What Sunny did remember were the cages that surrounded
the inhabitants and kept them imprisoned. They were metal, just like him.
Two years ago, his owner Kari had walked into
the pound with the faerie Acara and baby Lupe the Robot Draik would come to
know as his siblings. When Kari had seen Sunny she had knew that he would make
a perfect addition to her family, and the other two had happily agreed.
"He'll be perfect. We could use a servant to
help around the house."
Sunny had instantly known that he was not normal.
Kari had told him that he was inferior, that normal Neopets were made of flesh
and skin, and that he was nothing but a shadow of them, devoid of a heart and
"Sunny, I want you to play with me!" Milo whined.
Sunny stopped cleaning the windows and went over
the baby Lupe's play area. "What would you like me to do?"
"Colors!" Milo shouted happily, pointing to markers
sitting on a nearby desk.
Knowing what this mean, Sunny winced inwardly
and brought Milo the markers.
Milo didn't hesitate. He grabbed the Draik's
tail first and applied several streaks of blue to the metal surface, then switched
to red and made polka-dots on his spikes. After that, Milo practiced writing
his name all over Sunny's arms, occasionally making squeals of delight at seeing
how silly the Draik looked covered in ink. All the while Sunny stood perfectly
still, having put up with it countless times before. Kari made him do everything
After Milo had grown tired of playing, Sunny
went to go wipe the ink off of his coat, but was interrupted by his sister Jeanette.
"Sunny, I need you to go to Neopia Central and pick me up some beauty supplies.
I need to look good for the contest tonight."
"Okay, just let me wipe -"
So Sunny started walking to the beauty parlor,
receiving many stares from passersby and even a few snide comments along the
"Look who's been pulled out of the junkyard!"
"I hope you're not getting rusty!"
"Nice tattoos metal mouth!"
Sunny hung his head low, trying to avoid catching
anyone's eyes. He had long gotten used to the stares and the insults, but the
marker on his coat magnified his shame of being different, and he felt inferior.
"Well, I am inferior," Sunny said aloud to himself.
Kari and the others constantly reminded him of this fact. Sunny didn't even
have any friends; and though he had never been sent to Neoschool, he knew that
if he had been the pets would have just laughed at him and called him names,
like the neighbors and the people on the street did. Sunny thought to himself
as he walked. "I wish that I could be normal. If only-"
Sunny's thoughts were interrupted by a rainbow
that suddenly appeared in front of him, reflecting his image faintly, and he
ran a hand through it to make sure he wasn't imagining it. Sure enough, his
hand came out wet with rainbow dew, and sparkled in all of the colors.
A glittering water faerie seemed to swim down
the rainbow and approached the astonished Sunny. She spoke in a soft but serious
tone. "What is wrong, little one? I had been gazing at Neopia from the clouds,
and saw you here. You do not look well." The faerie appeared to be genuinely
Sunny frowned, not feeling worthy enough to even
be in the faerie's presence, much less to talk to her. "It is nothing. I am
much too lowly of a creature, and do not wish to waste your time."
The faerie looked confused. "Why is that, little
"Because I am just a mere robot, and cannot possibly
understand the cares of the living." Sunny had heard Kari tell him this explanation
hundreds of times, and he was surprised that the water faerie did not appear
to think this.
The faerie frowned. "If that is what you believe,
then I can make you a regular Draik, if that's what you really want." At these
words the faerie put her hands in the rainbow, and a pool of water gathered
in the palms of her hands. The water glistened and swirled, and Sunny looked
at it in disbelief. "Just dip your hands in the rainbow as I have done. Drink
it, and you will become any color you desire."
Sunny approached the rainbow and gathered water
in his palms as the faerie had done. This was it; this was what he had always
wanted, wasn't it? No more being different, no more getting teased, no more
putting up with Kari, his siblings, or the rest of Neopia thinking that he was
inferior. Sunny looked into the pool of water that had formed in his palms,
and with one last look at his robotic reflection in the glittering rainbow,
Sunny put his snout to his hands and emptied the contents into his mouth.
Sunny felt the fluid go down his throat and his
whole body tingled and pulsed, turning organic. Wires turned into veins, electric
current to blood, metallic coating to soft scales. His Styrofoam insides transformed
to living tissue, and the various motors in his body turned to complex, functioning
organs. Sunny opened his eyes and looked once again into his reflection, this
time seeing a normal Draik look back at him, shiny scales glittering all the
magnificence of the rainbow back at it.
Sunny couldn't help but notice that, though his
new body felt different, he felt the same on the inside, and this bothered him.
Wasn't he supposed to feel more intelligent or wise? If being robot was inferior,
then why did Rainbow not feel any different?
The water faerie read Sunny's confused expression
and looked at him knowingly. "It doesn't feel any different, does it?" Sunny
looked up, surprised at how the faerie knew. "You are who you are, little one.
It doesn't matter if you are painted of unpainted, mutant or beauty queen, mechanical
or carbon-based: you will always be the same on the inside. People may have
treated you badly because their bodies were different than yours, but their
souls were made of the same thing."
With that, the beautiful rainbow and its accompanying
faerie vanished, leaving Sunny standing there on the path the Neopia Central
without a thing to say.
"Where is that stupid robot?" Jeanette fumed.
Sunny's Acara sister had been waiting all day for her new beauty supplies, and
the contest was in an hour! "Oh boy," Jeanette thought to herself, "When he
gets back he's going to get it!"
At that exact moment, Jeanette heard the door
opening, and stomped into the hallway. "Sunny, you better have a good excuse
for this, because I am so mad at you right now I could - could -" Jeanette stopped
in mid-sentence; not because she had wanted to, but from pure and utter shock.
In the doorway was her brother Sunny. She knew it was him; it had to be, but
Sunny just stared at her, his face showing no
emotion except for a small frown. "Tell Kari that her servant is leaving, and
that she is no longer my owner anymore." With that, Sunny turned around and
walked back out of the Neohome.
Jeanette stood there in shock for a moment, and
then ran out and called after him, "What about me? You can't just leave me like
this! I'm your sister!"
Without even turning back, Sunny answered, rainbow
scales glinting in the sunset.
"You never were."
Author's Comments: Thank you, Spiritwolf_forever, for giving me the idea
for this piece.