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How I met Lenny_mas_Grande
Not too long ago, I was plodding along the beach on Mystery island, feeling a little down but trying to enjoy the sunshine and the sounds of the ocean. On a rock by the water, there sat a bright red Lenny with his feet in the water. He looked over at me and grinned one of those stupid lenny grins then raised an eyebrow and said, "Having a bad day?"
I stopped and kicked a seashell into the ocean. "Yeah. " I said. "I lost my Lenny in the pound. I told him I'd be right back for him but when I got back, he was gone. He likes his new owner a lot but I miss him. "
The red lenny nodded. "What was his name?"
"Doesn't matter. " I replied. "He wasn't born a lenny, but he sure liked being one. "
The lenny was listening intently and watching me. "Getting turned into a lenny is cool" he said. "But being born a lenny is even cooler. We all know each other, you know. It isn't hard. There's not that many of us. It's like belonging to a secret lenny club. "
"Really?" I was intrigued. "You know every other lenny who was ever born a lenny? I think you're full of sludge. And besides, if it was really a secret, why would you tell me?"
He feigned umbrage, then smiled as if something had amused him. "Lennies have many secrets, ICKessler. "
I was beginning to think this was a setup or a trick. There was no one else on the beach. No one lurking in the palm trees. The sky was empty except for a few pink clouds. Who was this enigmatic lenny with no name? I thought maybe he was just nutters, but how did he know my name? You have to be careful talking to lennies. Sometimes, when they play, they talk to you in riddles, and you have to answer in riddles or you spoil the game. They're a funny pet, they keep you on your toes. My old pet had only been a lenny for a couple years, but I always thought he was just a little off-kilter from so many visits to the lab ray. I turned to ask him a question, but the bright red lenny was gone.
We met again one day in the library. As I lowered the book I was reading, there across the table from me were a pair of bright eyes. "Hello, again. "
The lenny leaned forward as if to conspire. "I think you should know," he whispered, "that you are well known among lennies. " He grinned his stupid lenny grin and sat back smugly in his creaky library chair. "ICKessler. . . " He stood up and fluffed out his scarlet chest feathers, flicked his three tail feathers, and spread out one wing in a dramatic gesture. "I've been elected by the most Secret Brotherhood of Lennies to be your new lenny. You should be honored. I was chosen from thousands of candidates to come here and adopt you. "
And that, as they say, was that.
I've yet to see any further evidence of this 'secret brotherhood of Lennies'. Lenny mas Grande's name means 'The Biggest
Lenny' and he is the biggest and best Lenny by my reckoning. He swaggers and tells stories of his battles as a mercenary
in the wars of Neopia. He stretches the truth a little sometimes, and a lot further at other times. His tales always
contain just enough truth that you have to wonder. . . could it have happened? The lab ray. . . it turns him into species
as common as a faerie poogle and as coarse as a pirate krawk, but I always, always turn him back into a lenny, just in
case. Because I'd hate for him to lose his membership in the Secret Brotherhood of Lennies.
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