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My owner, Ariel, is a free spirit. In fact, she believes in individuality so much that she absolutely refuses to follow fads. When I came into her life, the first thing she told me was, "You know what? I'm not really into petpets. Besides almost everyone having one, I'm more of an...independent pet. Mostly, I keep to myself and that's fine with me. But since you're a gift from my sister Miyu, I'll make an exception this time." Then, she started to walk away. As I looked at her retreating back, she called out, "If it's any consolation, I think Snicklebeasts are kind of cute."
Well. After hearing a speech like that, I didn't expect much from our owner-petpet relationship. I braced myself for a long, lonely life of solitude but hey, I was wrong, of course.
Ariel took me with her wherever she went and she insisted I participate in her, ah, plans. And, man, she did a lot of crazy things! We went bungee jumping off a cliff at Terror Mountain, snorkeling in the bubbling pit in Maraqua, and sunbathing in the Lost Desert. Whew. At first, I was terrified to belong to a pet of such wild inclinations but I got used to it after a while. I even got to love it.
That's why when those Petpet Lab Map pieces started appearing, I knew I just had to use the Petpet Lab Ray. It was something daring and new. I couldn't resist! So, I pestered Ariel to buy me all nine pieces by doing my usual routine: shedding most of my fur on her favourite black rug (Snicklebeasts re-grow fur very fast so I didn't have to worry about getting bald or looking like a plucked turkey. Not that I look much like a turkey but you know what I mean.), snoring extra loudly at night to keep her awake, and eating all the junk food she has in her hiding places (She has plenty of them).
Ariel has a really mean temper. She doesn't miss a thing and she never forgets either. You won't believe what she did to me so I won't bother telling you (besides, she has eyes and ears everywhere!). I never want to see another Balthazar plushie EVER again. They're EVIL, I tell you...EVIL!
Man, she made me wait a loooong time. I told her I was willing to pay for the map pieces myself if she'd help me find some. I thought it was a thoughtful gesture on my part but she took a deep breath and shouted in my ear, "YOU DON'T HAVE ANY NPS, STUPID!" Well, I knew that. Really, I did. Ask anyone if you don't believe me.
Hey, I'm a patient petpet, after all. All I had to do was wait for prices to go down and Ariel was sure to buy the map pieces for me. In the meantime, I distracted myself by carefully destroying Ariel's bracelet collection (I chewed one bracelet a day to make the stocks last). When I was busy unraveling the last one, Ariel finally came onto me and she screeched like mad. I was so scared I chewed up the shredded remains of the last bracelet. It made her scream harder.
Needless to say, she bought me the full Petpet Lab Map set and escorted me to the lab herself. Well, the Kookith who guarded the ray was a little scary but he was nothing I couldn't handle (My body did NOT tremble, okay? And, I did NOT faint! I'm telling the truth!).
You know how the story ends, of course. I turned into a pile of soot. Ariel stared at me incredulously then, yelled at the top of her lungs, "A PILE OF SOOT! NOW, WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH YOU?"
Ariel couldn't wait for the next day so she could zap me again and hope the ray changed me into something else (Ha!) but I put my foot down (Okay, so I didn't have a foot anymore but you...hey, wait a minute, I don't have to defend everything I say!). I told her I loved being a pile of soot (Don't ask me how. I just did, okay?) and I didn't want to get zapped a second time. She got even angrier but I just blinked.
Hey, only a few a piles of soot exist in Neopia and I'm proud to be one of them. And, don't you go saying I'm not a petpet because I am! I'm just a little...singed a-and sooty. Then again, Fire petpets are kind of scorched themselves but no one makes a crack about them.
Besides, there are a bunch of fun things a pile of soot can do. But I'm not authorized to tell the rest of Neopia,
right, TNT? Maybe next time.
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