The Adventure of the Littlest Goldy
Once upon a time, when I was young, I belonged to a greatly
sophisticated group of Goldies. We were called the Ultimate Goldy Bunch.
There was Jesaya, the leader of the bunch and
the prettiest Goldy that had swum in Neopia. The second was Watsen, the biggest
Goldy ever. The legend tells that he was even greater than Turmaculus… But truthfully,
he was just a little bit rounder and bigger than the rest of us. Naythira was
a slender, thin Goldy who was the longest one, even longer than Watsen. Zillen
was the widest Goldy, and he was more wide than long. And then there was me.
I was the littlest Goldy and my name was Samrinn. Not only that, I had two golden
scales, each behind my cheek.
At that time I was young, naïve and good-natured.
These special Goldies were my only friends, and they taught me to not give interest
to other Goldies who weren’t as unique as we were.
It was once upon a time, a wonderful, calm day
with the sun shining through the waves. We were floating in the big, blue sea.
“Pretty scale,” Jesaya gave me a comment. Her
eyes were sparkling, of some reason that I did not understand.
“Thanks,” a few bubbles floated as I relaxed
“Too bad it is too small to see,” Naythira lashed
out at me.
Suddenly a big shadow loomed over us. Something
red glimmered. A big bubble came floating towards Zillen, and trapped him there.
“Danger!” Jesaya called out.
I started to swim away, like the others did.
My fins moved faster and faster, and blind fear swept through me and kept me
moving. Moving onto somewhere I didn’t know, only that I could get away from
I threw a look behind me, and saw the monster
coming my way. I dived, searching for a place to hide. The seaweed caught my
fins as I sank into the sand bottom. Above me, the monster continued its course,
not noticing me.
I decided to stay there, in case the monster
came back to look for me. Hours passed, and the sun went away. The water grew
colder, and I shuddered as I wished how I could’ve stayed in my home. But I
didn’t dare to leave.
The slightest noise made me hold my breath and
lie still. As the night came, I realized the monster probably wasn’t looking
for me. So I decided to leave.
The seaweed that had protected me didn’t want
me to leave. I struggled fiercely against them, but together they bound me with
a power greater than my own. Then I got an idea.
One by one, I broke the seaweed strips that held
my fins and my body. Soon I was free!
I made a loop of bubbles in my joy of being free,
and looked around. I had never been here before. This area was completely new
to me. My eyes scanned around in desperation, but finally I had to admit it
I was lost.
Now that I was lost, why not go and have a little
adventure? Yes, that was a great idea! Since I didn’t know where I was, I’d
have to find my way home.
I shook of the sleepiness off me as I started
to swim. After few minutes I stopped, as it was completely dark.
This light glowed, this mystical, green light.
As I swam closer, having no other source of light, I saw that it was an underwater
The underwater cave glowed in a mystical emerald
shine that allured me to go into it. I shuddered, and tried to resist. The promise
of a good night’s sleep under a roof was too much for me. I moved my fins.
Inside the cave, I found out what was causing
that soft, sea green glow. The walls had some kind of plants that created this
light. I continued deeper and deeper into the cave.
A small protest from my stomach made me stop.
I saw the same shimmering green plants on the cave floor, as I continued my
Then I saw a side tunnel. It was completely dark,
without any traces of the plant that made the rest of the cave shine in that
lustrous jade shade.
I poked my head into that tunnel, curious about
what could be in it. A roar reached my ears, as I fled back to the main part
of the cave. I took up where I had stopped to explore that tunnel, and continued.
I had learned a lesson. Never get distracted
by a sideway option.
I noticed that the glow was growing weaker. I
swam closer to the floor, but not close enough for the floating seaweeds to
grab me. I had learned my lesson to be aware of those things that could rob
you of your freedom.
Most of the plants were small sprouts at this
part of the main tunnel. They were covered by big, gray stones with odd lines
on them. I thought that the stones were funny and deserved a further observation
as I quickly swam down and poked at one of them with my fin.
The stone jumped up and bit me my fin. It wasn’t
a stone; it was some sort of a clam!
I immediately tried to shake it off. When that
didn’t work, I swam at a great speed, letting the clam run along the wall. For
each second that bite felt more horrible than before. Finally the clam let go
I glared at it with despise. It had hurt one
of my fins so I couldn’t be as fast as I was before. It would take time to heal
that bruise. It itched terribly, but I was determined to not scratch as to make
it even worse.
After a moment I was done with all that glaring,
as I decided it was just a waste of time. I went on, into the dark tunnel.
It wasn’t too late to go back now, but I was
determined to finish it. I remembered how Jesaya had laughed at me because I
could never do a thing like they did, hindered by my small size. The memory
of Watsen squeezing me to a cave wall came to my mind as the fin throbbed. How
Naythira had always won the racing competitions even though I was the swiftest
of us all… No, I wanted to prove myself to be the best this time. No giving
With this optimistic thought in mind, I slowly
swam towards the darkness, unaware of which hour it was, or where I was going.
A cold feeling crept through my spine as my mind
recognized the danger. I didn’t know where I was going.
But then again, I was already lost. Did it matter
where I was going? No. I hoped it was somewhere I would get my fin healed.
Suddenly, my stomach grumbled. I hadn’t fed it
since noon, and that wild goose chase of the monster had prevented me from getting
food. I scanned the current part of the tunnel that I was in. No food whatsoever.
As I swam on, my whole heart was begging for
this cave to be a tunnel, a tunnel to somewhere I could get help. Even though
my fin hurt and everything, this adventure was still better than those made-up
at home with the Ultimate Goldy Bunch.
I smiled at myself. The Ultimate Goldy Bunch
was nothing compared to this. I just hoped that I would survive.
My stomach roared for food, but I had none to
give. I was too weak to continue. My eyes closed themselves as I sank onto the
floor, among the gray stones and the green plants.
Everything went black.
A soft hand touched me as I was beginning to regain consciousness. My sight
began to clear, and I found myself looking at a Water Faerie. She was beautiful,
but my heart began to beat quickly in the fear of a stranger.
“Little one, have you awakened now?” Her blue
lips moved as she held an arm tightly around me.
I nodded, as I didn’t have enough energy to swim
up to her and say yes.
“Don’t worry, you’ll be fine…” She smiled at
True to her word, the Water Faerie took good
care of me. She nourished me and gave my strength back.
One day, I found myself ready to leave. I thanked
her for her great kindness, and she gave me a smile like a thousand waves. As
I swam away, I waved my healed fin at her.
I didn’t regret what I had done. When I showed
up at home, all my friends were surprised. They had expected me to be gone.
I decided it was time to leave their foolish games, as I had expected them to
care more. And so I did.
Just goes to show you that perfect strangers
can show you more kindness than your own friends.