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Pet Name: Tunkleberry
Tunkleberry sat alone, gazing longlingly at the Baby pets happily playing outside the window.
"What's the matter, Tunk?" his owner, Melt, asked him. The Bruce sighed miserably and replied,
"Here I sit, a funky-fresh, hip-and-happenin', Disco Bruce. The other pets should be linin' up to play with me, but I'm given the cold shoulder! What's so different about me?" Melt frowned and reached out to pat her pet on his flipper.
"Oh, Tunk! There's nothing wrong with you! You just look so much older than the others," she said. The Bruce shook his head, sending a shiver through his afro.
"I won't accept that," he murmured. "I want to fit in with these guys!" Suddenly, his eyes took on a pleading look. "Heeeey, mom...?" Melt raised her hands, affronted.
"Ohhhh, no! Don't give me that look! PLEASE!" she cried, looking away from his shades.
"C'mon! You have the money! Pleeeeeeease?" he whined, tugging on her sleeve. Melt sighed and gave him a grudging hug.
"We'll see, you little monster. For now, eat your Wheat Flakes!" Tunk bid his owner a sad farewell as she left for market. He sat alone once more in all his psychadelic glory, brooding as he continued to watch the Babies play...
"TUNK! Come out here!" Melt cried some hours later. His heart leapt; he had been lost in his thoughts.
"What is it?" he asked, bolting out the front door. He grinned madly when he saw the item held in Melt's left hand...a Baby Paint Brush! "WHOOP!" he yelled. "I'm gonna be Baby!!!" Melt felt the lightness of her wallet (it was now empty, in fact), but it was worth it to see the look on Tunkleberry's face. Laughing, she walked him to the Rainbow Pool for his next color change. Rather, she trailed behind while he ran excitedly through Neopia Central. Once they arrived, he couldn't hop into that pool fast enough.
Melt watched him for a moment, then threw the Baby Paint Brush into the pool. The water shimmered, glowed, and churned. Tunkleberry took a deep breath and dove under, allowing the water to completely soak through his skin. Nothing seemed to happen, and he dragged himself out of the pool with a disappointed cry.
"What hap-" he stopped immediately and gazed way, way up into his owner's face. Slowly he lifted a flipper to his own face, then realized it didn't reach. "WHOA!" he cried, in a much tinier voice than normal. "I'm a Baby!" Melt laughed and scooped him into her arms.
"Yes you are, and you are MY Baby!" she said lovingly, kissing him on top of the head. Together, they went home to show off to all the other pets. From that day on, Tunk enjoyed many happy days playing with the other Babies, including the addition of his new Baby brother SelereeStik.
And he has not once missed his afro.
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