Kiio popped back into the bush and walked through its leaves for a few minutes to where his little sister Thoriina slept. She was only a couple younger than Kiio, but he still felt he needed to take care of her. When Kiio got to the small mass of leaves that served as Thoriina's bed, he saw a glint of bright, shining pink poking out from under them. Kiio rolled his eyes with a slight smile on his face and pulled the leaves off. Thoriina was sleeping, her eyes closed tight, her pink thorns sparkling in the sun, and the green leaf protruding from her head as glossy as always. Kiio looked down at his little sister, leaned in close to her face, and let out a solid scream. Thoriina's eyes jolted open, she screamed back, shot up like a rocket out of the bush, and fell back in with a low thud. Kiio thought this was hysterical and began rolling around, laughing. Thoriina glared at Kiio fiercely as she sat up and brushed herself off. "What in Neopia was that for?!" She shouted at him. Kiio kept laughing and eventually pulled himself to his feet. "Hmm, maybe I did that to help you?" He replied. Thoriina turned her head to the side and gazed at Kiio in confusion. "What are you talking"-- Then her eyes grew wide. "Oh no…oh no, oh no, oh no…" she whispered. Kiio nodded smugly and said, "Better get ready!" Thoriina glared at him again and raced away to fix herself up.
Kiio smiled and sat on a leaf, to wait for his sister to be ready. After a few minutes, she popped out of a damp clump of vines and said quickly, "I'm ready! Where's the place I need to go to?" Kiio hopped to his feet and motioned for Thoriina to follow him. He slipped easily through the jumble of leaves, vines, and stems that made up the berry bush, while Thoriina stumbled through them blindly, getting her thorns caught in them more than once. "How do you do this every day?" She whined. Kiio shrugged and continued going. "Ya get used to it after a while"
After a few minutes of walking in silence through the bush, a clearing came into view. This particular part of the bush had been stripped of its leaves so that the berry bush residents could wander freely around it without fear of getting stuck in vines and stems. This was the busiest part of the bush, also, for this was where the berries that had just turned 12 could get a job in the bush. There were lots of berries crowding the clearing, all waiting for their turn to talk to the Job Master, who gave out the jobs. He was a friendly, plump thornberry, who at the moment, looked very stressed out from the number of people crowding around him. Kiio and Thoriina waited patiently in the clearing as the Job Master hastily asked people questions and gave out jobs.
After about 10 minutes, Kiio walked up to the Job Master and gave him a smile. He smiled back and said, "Kiiohshii, welcome back! I feel like it was just yesterday when I gave you your job!" He gave Kiio a pat on the back. Kiio laughed and said, "Two years is like yesterday?" The Job Master laughed back and shrugged. "So, what brings you here today?" Kiio nudged Thoriina a little and said, "My sister Thoriina here just turned 12 about a week ago. She's ready for a job" The Job Master turned to her and smiled. "It's very nice to meet you, Thoriina! I'm just going to ask you some questions to figure out what kind of job you'd be best suited for." Thoriina nodded shyly.
So, what are your hobbies?"
Um…I like to create things. And draw."
He wrote down her answers on his clipboard. After a few more questions, the Job Master said "Alright, that's it! You did a great job." He paused for a minute and checked the clipboard. Kiio waited nervously to hear what he would say. What if Thoriina got one of the dangerous jobs? What would he do then? The Job Master looked up and turned to Kiio. "I think your sister would be perfect for Food Gathering and Preparing." Kiio blinked for a moment, not processing the thornberry's words. Then he felt a huge wave of surprise flood through his body. "Oh geez, are you serious?" He burst out. The Job Master nodded and said, "I think she'll be able to handle it. Is this job ok?" Kiio gulped. He was so proud of Thoriina for "being perfect" for the job, but Food Gathering and Preparing was probably the most dangerous of all the jobs. Kiio looked over at his sister, into her deep, dark eyes. She nodded at him, a nod that said, "I can do this". After a few moments, Kiio sighed and turned back to the Job Master.
The job is great; thank you so much."