A Piece of the Sky
I walked down the street, whistling a melody I made up as
I went. Most folks would say it was much too early to be walking, but I didn't
care. I liked walking early; there was less a chance of bumping into owners and
pets. Being an invisible Shoyru was hard work!
I soon was out of the city part of Neopia Central,
where huge buildings towered high into the sky, into the residential area, where
one and two story homes were dwarfed compared to the huge buildings, which were
now far in the distance.
The first home I passed was a two story one,
painted blue with green shutters on the six windows facing the sidewalk I walked
on and the street next to the sidewalk for bicycles, three windows on the first
story and three on the second. I knew it was rude to spy on people, but this
house had an air of excitement and I couldn't help but go take a little peak
into the windows to see the inside of the house.
I was mildly surprised to find the first window
I peaked into showing a normal living room. It had a blue carpet and wood walls,
with a green couch and two green chairs facing each other. A Harris, snow Slorg,
and two Mallards slept soundly on the couch, all four of them curled together.
I was about to move on to the next window when a purple Shoyru peaked her head
out of the window. She looked right through me; I am invisible after all. She
then ran away from the window. I had a feeling she was running for the front
door, and so I went to meet her there.
The door opened to reveal the Shoyru, and then
it closed again as she stepped outside. I saw her close her eyes and lift her
chin, as if letting the cool morning breeze carry her away. I accidentally stepped
on a leaf and it crackled, breaking the trance.
"What was that?" the Shoyru asked. She searched
around with her eyes and head for a moment, before shrugging and murmuring to
herself, "Must've been a Mootix or something."
The Shoyru's wings started flapping. She raised
her arms toward the sky and stared at it, as if longing for it to catch her
and take her in. She took flight, a flight more beautiful than the paintings
I saw in rich peoples' homes. Her wings, arms, and legs all seemed to be synchronized,
making it look as if she was swimming through the sky. I was so transfixed in
watching the beautiful dance I almost forgot I wanted to follow her. I quickly
took off from the ground, ashamed at how ungraceful my flying was, even if nobody
could see it.
It was not too hard to catch up to the girl;
she was not flying fast and was obviously not in a hurry to get anywhere.
"UJ is having fun!" she screamed, laughing in
Even to this day I'm not sure why she said that
in third person, but at least I learned something about this creature then,
her name was UJ.
UJ flew and I followed her for what seemed like
hours, but could have been little more than twenty minutes. She glanced worriedly
at the sky that was filling with beautiful colors as the sun rose and made a
quick landing, one that was ugly compared to her beautiful flight, but I knew
if she wasn't in a hurry to get somewhere it would have been just as wonderful
as the rest of her flight. Once the Shoyru hit the ground, she immediately ran
to the door of her home. As she ran inside, closing the door behind her. I made
plans to be back here at the same time tomorrow, to take flight with UJ once
The sky was still black when I ventured out that
morning, the next day after I flew with the purple Shoyru. Usually I didn't
go out until it was turning gray, but today I wanted to walk slowly and think.
When I got to UJ's house the sky was its dark
shade of gray it usually was at this time of morning. I ran up to the windows
and peaked into the one revealing the living room. The four petpets, the Harris,
snow Slorg, and two Mallards were lying on the couch just like yesterday, and
nothing else stirred in the sleeping home. That is, until UJ peaked her head
out the window and, like the day before, looked straight through me. The rituals
of the previous day followed. UJ ran outside, closed her eyes and lifted her
chin, reached her arms out to the sky, and then she was flying. I flapped my
wings and followed.
Today we seemed to just be going in circles.
Even though yesterday we were soaring high and then dipping low, this was fun
also and UJ still looked like she was dancing doing it. After a while I was
only watching UJ out of the corner of my eye and basically just in my own dreamland.
It was a good thing I wasn't too far indulged in my dreams because UJ had stopped
flying and I just barely stopped myself from running into her, which would have
given me away.
Now out of my own world, I saw what made UJ stop.
I could see the bottom of a purple cloud that was slowly descending in front
of UJ. There was only one person, or faerie, I could think of that would be
on a purple cloud: Queen Fyora.
And when the cloud was nearly in front of us
I could see that was who it was, looking radiant, even though she did look a
bit sleepy. She smiled at us, well UJ, when she was eye level.
"UJ, I have been watching you fly every morning
for a long time now, and I have noticed something," began Fyora.
"Noticed what, my queen?" UJ asked.
"I noticed you have a certain grace with flying,
a grace not all pets that were blessed with wings have. Your flight almost looks
like a dance."
UJ was now grinning broadly, obviously happy
at being complimented by such a high being.
"There is a gift I want to give you because of
this wonder, but there is a price for the gift. I want you to take a guess at
what the gift is, ok? What I am going to give you will make your skin blue with
a cloud pattern on top."
"That's easy: a cloud paint brush!"
Fyora nodded. "It will give you the pattern of
a cloud paint brush, but it is not one itself. Before I reveal the gift to you,
I'll tell you the price to keep this wonder. You must teach other pets how to
UJ gasped. "But, Queen Fyora, how can I teach
pets without wings how to fly?"
Fyora chuckled and said, "I mean pets with wings
who just don't know how to fly. I know you can do it, UJ."
There was a pause for a few minutes before UJ
said, "So what's my present?"
"Ususkigirl01, on behalf of all the faeries and
all the pets' lives you will change, I give you a piece of the sky to wear forever."
There was a huge flash and the world went black
for a moment. UJ gave a stifled scream. Then the world came back and UJ had
clouds enveloping her whole body. She glanced at her arms for a moment and then
her stomach, before looking at Fyora and grinning broadly.
"Thank you so much, Queen!" UJ shouted.
Fyora also smiled. "Your very welcome, UJ. Now,
you better get back home. Your owner is going to wake up soon and will wonder
where you are."
The cloud started moving away as UJ dived for
the ground. I stayed in the air, watching the speck that was now UJ. She had
something to hold onto forever, to show forever.
She had a piece of the sky.