The group of three students at Neopets' Elementary Neoschool
gathered together at Break at their usual table. All six were good friends, as
you can guess. But they were not only friends. They were sisters. The eldest,
Gloria the Blue Acara; second in the family; Angie the Yellow Kacheek; and the
youngest, yet the biggest and the most tomboyish, Braveheart the Blue Lupe.
As always, all three met and ate and chatted
together, about tests, different teachers, gossiping about their classmates,
and discussing the most recent news in school. All the usual, sisterly stuff.
Then, a voice rang out over the already noisy canteen.
"Hey, Braveheart..." called Roxanne the green
Wocky, seated at a table beside the sisters' with her gang of female Wockies.
"Come and join us."
Braveheart finished her food quickly and raced
over immediately, not even looking back at Gloria and Angie. They stared, not
because Braveheart never went off without them, but because Roxanne and her
gang were the most stuck-up kids in school, and Braveheart always said she couldn't
stand stuck-up people.
"Here," said Roxanne to Braveheart. "For you."
She took out an expensive set of Faerie stationary, like all-type Faerie pens
and erasers, all arranged carefully in a beautiful jewellery box.
"Wah..." Braveheart gasped. Although she was
a tomboy, she liked pretty things too like these. "F-for me? It must have cost
"Hey," said Roxanne. "You're a cool pet you know.
D'you want to join us?"
"Sure!" said Braveheart enthusiastically, completely
forgetting about her sisters, who were gaping open-mouthed at the sight of Braveheart
joking and laughing with Roxanne and her gang like old friends.
* * * * *
"Where is that Braveheart?" grumbled Angie. "Why
is she so late?"
It was a hot Saturday afternoon. Angie and Gloria
were waiting for their younger sister under a large tree. They had arranged
to go swimming with their owner, Jessica just the day before. However, Braveheart
was nowhere to be found, and Angie was in no mood to wait in hot weather for
"Relax, I'm sure Braveheart will have a perfectly
good reason for being late," said Gloria calmly.
"Well, she better have or - " Angie began to
snarl, but was cut off when she caught sight of Braveheart strolling over to
them. Gloria gave her a look that warned her not to say anything until Braveheart
gave an explanation.
"Oh, hi guys. Tell Jess I won't be going for
swimming today. Byee..." Braveheart said and walked off in another direction,
as though she did not have a care for anything in the world, relaxed as anything.
"What?" Gloria blinked, totally taken aback by
Braveheart's attitude. "B-but where are you going?"
"Oh, I'm meeting Roxanne and her gang for lunch
today. See you later," Braveheart replied smoothly, and sped off before Angie
and Gloria could say anything else.
"You see?!" Angie burst out angrily. "Can you
believe that inconsiderate dolt?"
Gloria was annoyed too but Braveheart's rudeness
and inconsideration. They had to do something before she got too far. "Come
on," she said to Angie. "Jessica must be waiting for us now. Maybe she can help
us out with this problem."
* * * * *
"Let me get this straight," said Jessica, frowning.
"Do you mean to say that Braveheart's been hanging out with this Roxanne?"
Jessica, the Pets' owner, and Angie and Gloria
and just finished their swim at the beach. It had felt weird without their youngest
sister around, and they were having lunch at the nearby foodcourt. Angie and
Gloria had also just finished telling their owner about Braveheart's 180 degree
change in behaviour.
"Yeah! She knew we were supposed to go swimming
together today, but she was late, and when she DID turn up, she just said she
wasn't joining us but meeting that stupid Roxanne, and walked off like that!"
Angie puffed furiously.
"Yes, that was so rude of her," Gloria agreed.
Jessica, felt worried about what her Neopets
had told her. Had Braveheart really changed that much? Suddenly, she caught
sight of a familiar figure. "Isn't that Braveheart?"
Angie and Gloria whipped around. Sure enough,
Braveheart was playing in the sea near shore - with Roxanne and her gang of
Both sisters felt disgusted. Braveheart couldn't
meet them for swimming but could go off with that dumb, stuck-up Roxanne!
"I think we better talk to her," Jessica decided.
"Braveheart! Over here!"
Braveheart turned and saw Jessica and her sisters.
She looked awkward, muttered something to Roxanne, got out of the water and
went over to her family. "What is it?" She didn't even say hello first. It was
as if she was annoyed they were just there.
"We need to talk, Braveheart," Jessica replied
coolly, ignoring Braveheart's rude tone. "Your sisters have been telling me
about your - your recent attitude towards them - "
"Yeah, you didn't even consider us -" Angie began,
but shut up after Gloria gave her a warning look.
"Is it true you just walked off and was late
when you were supposed to meet your sisters?" Jessica continued.
Angie and Gloria expected Braveheart to look
embarrassed and mumble something. But she didn't. She rolled her eyes.
"Gee, Jess, you don't really expect me to be
on time when I wasn't going with you guys right? I mean, what's the point?"
The rest of her family gasped. Even Jessica looked
hurt. "Braveheart," she tried again. "Your sisters had to wait for you in hot
weather and you didn't only not apologize, you just strolled off to meet - what's
her name - Roxanne - "
But Jessica didn't get to finish her sentence.
Braveheart narrowed her eyes, and burst out. "My sisters, my sisters!" she said
angrily. "You only care about them, not me! You never buy us things! And yet
look what Roxanne gave me! A WHOLE SET of Faerie stationary, and plenty of other
things besides, like books and even bottled faeries! You have a whole lot of
Neopoints stored in your bank, I know, and you never buy me ANYTHING nice! You
just want to save, save , save, all for your own use and Angie and Gloria's
use! And I'm going on hanging out with Roxanne, because I'm sick to death of
this - this AUTOCRATIC family!"
But Angie and Gloria had heard enough. They were
loyal towards Jessica, and were not going to stand ANYONE insulting their owner.
"How dare you!" Angie raged.
"Since when has Jessica been unfair to you?"
Gloria demanded. She too was getting extremely fed up. "She just wants you to
know that she cares about you! And all about this nonsense of not buying you
things! She's working so hard to save Neopoints so that she can take us on a
tour or so, and give us a good life later! You still have a house and food to
eat, don't you? You - " Before she could finish, Braveheart stomped off back
to Roxanne's gang.
Jessica stared after Braveheart sadly. She could
not remember ever being unfair to her. There was no doubt about it. Braveheart
had gone completely over to Roxanne's side.
* * * * *
School was going to end for the day soon. The
whole classroom was quiet. The female Lenny teacher was at her desk marking
papers. Angie, Gloria, Braveheart and the other students were doing their homework
or just reading. Some were talking in very low voices. Like Braveheart and Roxanne.
She had sat with Roxanne that day instead of her usual seat beside her sisters.
Angie and Gloria exchanged sad and angry looks before going back to their reading.
Suddenly, there was a loud and somewhat commanding
knock at the classroom door. In entered a yellow Eyrie, the school principal,
with several school prefects trailing behind him.
"Principal, may I ask what..." the teacher asked,
confused. The principal muttered something to her, then spoke to the whole class.
"There has been a recent spate of thefts lately,
and the prefects are going to check your bags now. I would like to add - "
"Principal!" one of the prefects suddenly called
out. "I think we've found her." The prefect pulled a shiny set of Faerie stationary
out of one of the school bags.
"Braveheart..?" the whole class gasped. "Braveheart,
I'm shocked," said Roxanne. "You're a thief!"
"Miss Braveheart, would you please follow me
down to my office now," said the principal, looking very stern and grave.
"NO!" Braveheart exclaimed in horror. "Roxanne
and her gang gave it to me..." The prefects hauled her out of her seat and marched
toward the door before she could finish protesting.
As soon Braveheart, the teacher, principal and
the prefects disappeared out of the class, the pupils began talking at top speed
about the "thief".
Angie and Gloria were totally shocked. They knew
that their hot-headed sister had changed a lot lately, but they could not believe
she could be a thief.
"No," said Angie, shaking her head. "I know her.
We've been siblings for years. Braveheart might have been very stuck-up and
arrogant recently, but she can't be a thief."
"Yeah, " Gloria agreed. "I'm sure Roxanne framed
"But how can we prove it?" wailed Angie.
"Don't panic. Let's get home after the bell rings.
Then we can talk it out with Jessica."
* * * * *
"Angie! Gloria! The school Neomailed me today
to say that Braveheart stole from someone else! Is that true?" Jessica demanded
as soon as they stepped into their Neohome, looking very agitated.
"Yes, but it's not what you think," said Angie.
Quickly, Angie and Gloria filled Jessica in on their Roxanne theory.
Jessica frowned, looking disturbed. True, it
was usually Braveheart who got into scrapes, but none so serious as this. "Where
IS she anyway?"
"Still being detained. She has to be questioned
in the Neopets' Detention Centre," Gloria replied gloomily. The Centre was where
Neopets suspected of committing crime had to be interrogated.
The threesome sat on their white leather sofa
and thought hard, until Jessica suddenly sat up, a smile on her face. "Guys,
I think I know of a way..." The Pets leant forward and listened eagerly while
Jessica told them her plan. After she finished, Angie gave a whoop. "Hurray!"
she exclaimed. "Let's get down to it NOW!" Then they rushed out of the house
to the school.
* * * * *
"There!" said Gloria, as they caught sight of
a green Wocky. "Just like Roxanne. Always wanting to hang around the school,
strutting around and giggling with her tiresome friends."
"Roxanne! We want to talk to you!" shouted Jessica
fiercely, as she approached the gang of female Wockies with her Pets.
Roxanne turned. "Yes?" she replied smoothly.
"Let's get straight to the point then. We know
you stole the stuff," Angie accused.
"Stuff? What stuff? Oh, you mean the stuff BRAVEHEART
stole... How could you accuse us like that?" said Roxanne, pretending to look
"You know jolly well our sister didn't steal
anything!" Gloria said angrily. "How could you let her take the blame for something
"Ha ha ha..." laughed Roxanne, tossing back her
hair. "So I, Roxanne, and my gang stole the things and gave some of it to Braveheart
to make like she stole it, SO WHAT? You don't have any proof." She stuck her
"I think, you just said it," smiled Jessica,
then she, Gloria and Angie dashed away to the Detention Centre.
* * * * *
Meanwhile, in the Centre, Braveheart was very
depressed. She remembered her awful behaviour and the terrible things she said
to her sisters and Jessica. Especially Jessica. How could she have done a thing
like that? And her new friends...well, they seemed more like fiends then friends.
The School principal sat opposite her, looking
grave. "I've Neomailed your owner, and she will come down here tomorrow morning.
I'm disappointed, Braveheart, I never thought you'd do a thing like that."
"But it wasn't me, it was Roxanne..." said Braveheart
The principal did not believe her. "Now, Braveheart,
don't add lying to..." His words were cut off when Jessica, Angie and Gloria
burst into the room.
"Sir! It's not what you think," Gloria panted.
Angie held up a small tape recorder and played
it. "So I, Roxanne, and my gang stole the things and gave some of it to Braveheart
to make like she stole it, SO WHAT? You don't have any proof." Roxanne's boastful
voice sounded throughout the entire room.
Braveheart's heart lifted in joy. Her owner!
Her sisters! They had come to rescue her.
"Well," said the principal at last. "I guess
we know who the real thief is now. I must say you have a caring family Braveheart.
Now excuse me I need to go back to the school and alert Roxanne's parents..."
With that, he swept out of the room.
A brief silence fell. Then Braveheart spoke in
a shaky voice. "Jessica, Angie, Gloria, I'm sorry for all the terrible things
I've said. I - " Her family did not let her finish, but hugged her tight.
"All right then," said Jessica, when they finally
let go. "I guess that's that then. Do you think I should write a story on this?"
Jessica was a writer, and often wrote for the Neopian Times.
"DEFINITELY!" the three sisters yelled together,
and all of them burst into laughter.