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On the first bright and beautiful morning of Year Seven, I couldn't find Mysty. She wasn't playing under the Christmas tree, where a few unwrapped presents still sit. She wasn't in her Beauty Bed, in the room she shares with Saffy, and she wasn't in either of the boys' rooms. Her favorite doll, her Maraquan Usuki, was sitting alone, nestled among the coral pillows on her bed. She wasn't even in the garden, splashing happily around in her Blue Paradise Pond.
Mysty is my Korbat, and she's Maraquan. She's been Maraquan since the day she was born, and takes her heritage very seriously. She's constantly chattering about the undersea city, and how much she wishes she'd seen it before its ruin. I've never seen her so excited as she was last Celebrating, when we attended the "Rebuild Maraqua" benefit concert.
I was a little concerned, that morning, when I couldn't find her. I wondered whether she was making yet another visit to the ruins. It's not that I am worried about her safety, it's just that those visits always seem to make her so sad.
I decided to run downtown to do a couple of errands, and while I was there I stopped in at the Art Centre for a nice cup of their house blend. As I walked into the Coffee Shop, I spotted a familiar pair of sky-blue ears. It was Mysty! She was sitting at a table, writing furiously, stopping every now and then to cross out a word and write another.
At last she raised her head and saw me, and I asked what she was doing. She smiled shyly, handed me her piece of paper, and asked, "Do you think I could enter the Poetry Contest?"
I took the piece of paper and started reading:
Hi! My name is MystySkyz, and I'm in Neo-heaven,
I've spent so many days and nights, since I first came to be,
Where happy Koi play hide-and-seek and Peophins explore,
I love the way I'm painted, but it's sad to have a face,
My sister (she's a Faerie Draik) just doesn't understand,
Don't get me wrong, I love my coral pillow, and my pond,
I don't know why it sunk, or why it's in such disarray,
But now I know this year will see Maraqua rise again,
Flying through Maraquan seas and swimming through the skies,
And once the other pets behold my awesome ocean world,
I looked at my beautiful Maraquan Korbat and shook my head.
"No," I said.
"You should enter the Pet Spotlight. "
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