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Pet Name: Hondorlu
"Welcome home, Hondorlu," we all shrieked! "We had waited for months for you to arrive from the adoption agency! Your siblings and I prepared everything for your mallow comfort... Backgrounds galore and a furry friend who looks like you - Squishy the Polarchuck!" We all were all giddy with excitement the day he came home!
"Hmmph! He looks nothing like me," Hondorlu shrugged and proceeded to walk away with an angry face.
We were taken aback that day. Hondorlu, the mallow we have long been anticipating, seemed to grow more and more aloof as each day went on. He always wanted to be alone. He barely spoke to Chokatoffee and Toffeekiins, his new siblings, despite their efforts to make him feel at home.
We decided to leave him be. "Perhaps he is just getting accustomed to the change," I told my dear pets Chokatoffee and Toffeekiins. But deep inside I was worried.
One day, while Chokatoffee and Toffeekiins were running around, playing hide-and-seek in their neohome, I went up to Hondorlu. "Do you want to play, dear?" I asked. He frowned and looked down sadly. "You know, you have to open up to me, sometime," I encouraged. And then Hondorlu looked up at me, his big and red eyes brimming with tears. He then told me the cause of his grief!
"I... I... feel very insecure," he admitted. "I never told anyone this in the adoption agency. People look at me all the time and think I am so cute and adorable. I don't feel that way," he lamented! "I'm not like the other pets. It hurts me to say the truth, but I feel odd because... I have no hands and feet! How can I do anything to make people love me?!" With this last sentence, he sobbed uncontrollably in my arms.
"Oh, dearest, my love," I said, "You should not feel insecure! We, here, accept you wholeheartedly. We love you for who you ARE, not for what you can DO!" He blinked away tears and sat up listening intently. "We just want to be your family, and maybe one day you can see that and give us a shot," I said with a smile.
Hondorlu smiled for the first time. It's as if he finally heard what he was longing to hear! He looked at his siblings running around, and he decided, like an eager child, to join in! "Wait! I want.. to join," he said, as he hopped towards Toffeekiins and Chokatoffee. "Yahoo!" said the two in unison!
I eventually gave Hondorlu another companion, aside from Squishy the Polarchuck. I introduced him to Quick-Change El Picklesaur one day... and they became best friends ever since! El Picklesaur heps Hondorlu with things he has problems with, like picking up drinks, and eating... While Hondorlu helps El to reach places he cannot reach due to his size! They make a perfect team!
Hondorlu now, is THE happiest mallow in all of Neopia! Weeks after he moved in with us, he now feels accepted and loved! With our support, he has discovered his love of SINGING opera solos! He loves practicing on stage with El, wearing a wig, like an Opera soloist, and belting his mallow heart out like a diva. We, of course, go to all of his concerts, and support him all the way. Who knew such a small mallow could have such a lovely booming tenor voice!
We love Hondorlu very much. The relationship started out rocky... but oh boy, we are now the perfect neo family!
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