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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 23rd day of Swimming, Yr 23
The Neopian Times Week 15 > Short Stories > Trying Too Hard

Trying Too Hard

by melimelimeli

It was a lovely day in the land of Neopia. The sun was high in the sky, the Pteris were singing and the Neopians were going about their daily business; donating to the Money Tree, buying food and their favourite slushies, and enjoying themselves very much.

Out of the auction house, came a very smug Kacheek, for he had just bought a Codestone for 200 NP...WHAT A BARGAIN!!! This blue Kacheek is called Bubbles, and he loves finding bargains because it means he can make money for his owner.

Bubbles walked through Neopia Central, past the Bizarre, into the Marketplace and into his shop. He looked around his shop and smiled. He saw all the huge cages full of Noils, Babaas, Angelpusses and Doglefoxes. He saw all the faeries in their bottles and shelves upon shelves of books. Heíd bought all of these items at bargain prices and his owner had been very happy.

"Morning Sweetie," said a voice behind him. He turned around. It was his owner Melanie.

"Hello. Look what I brought back from the Auction House," said Bubbles. "It was only 200 NP," he boasted shopping her the Codestone, with a wide grin across his face. He waited for the "Well done!" and the pat on the headÖ but they didnít come.

All Melanie said was, "Pop it on the shelf then love." Bubbles flung it on the shelf and ran upstairs to his bedroom, full of posters of, "Chomby and the Fungus Balls." While he was up there, he thought to himself," No one appreciates me, Iíll make everyone think Iím a hero." So he ran downstairs, put on his M*YNCI Jacket and headed for the streets of Neopia.

Bubbles was just walking past the bookshop when he saw someone with a bagful of money, running down the street. "Hereís my chance to be a hero," he thought. So he ran off down the street after him. After a couple of minutes he caught the thief, who turned out to be a petrified Poogle.

"Ah ha, Iíve caught you," shouted Bubbles.

Two Chias grabbed Bubbles by the paws and held him back. They were Chia police officers and didnít look too pleased.

"But Iím a hero."

"A hero? Attacking an innocent boy?"

"But..."

"He got his pocket money out of his motherís account and he was rushing off to by himself a toy and some sweets. Then you came and chased him. No go away, and I want to hear of no more trouble."

So poor Bubbles slowly walked home, dragging his feet behind him. As he was heading back, he noticed someone on Terror Mountain. And if they didnít watch themselves, they were going to fall off.

"Hereís my chance to be a hero!" thought Bubbles. He trudged up the mountain and saw it was a Tuskaninny at the top. He grabbed the Tuskaninny and pulled him down the mountain.

"Ah ha, Iíve saved you."

"Get off me. I was playing Cliffhanger, you pesky Kacheek. Buzz off."

Poor Bubbles walked home crying, When he got there, his owner Melanie, asked, "Whatís wrong with you?"

"You wouldnít understand," he replied and went upstairs for a nap.

While he was asleep, he dreamt he had run away from home and was really happy. When he woke up, he packed some of his things, and went downstairs to wait until Melanie had gone out so he could get out without her seeing him. Bubbles plodded into the kitchen. Little did he know that Melanie had had a visit from the police officers.

"Will you go and buy me some bread and Neocola please dear?" Melanie asked. The moneyís on the table. Bubbles grabbed the money and rushed out of the door in a rage. He was just a slave to Melanie. When he next got the chance, he was leaving. He decided he would get the shopping, go home, get his bag and announce he was leaving. He had already started making up his speech when he arrived home.

"Meli??!!" There was no reply.

"Where are you?" He was getting a bit frustrated, whenÖ

"SURPRISE!!!"

Crowds of people were standing in his living room. He saw the Tuskaninny and the Poogle and the two Chias and all of his friends. Then he saw Melanie smiling at him.

"I noticed you were down in the dumps and have been trying so hard to please everybody lately, so I decided to show you how much I love you," said Melanie. Bubbles blushed as red as a tomato.

"Youíre the best pet ever," said Melanie. And a huge grin burst across the little Kacheek's face.

The End


A word from the author: I hope you enjoy this story. I would like your opinion on it. I have a guestbook in my shop, which you can give your comments, for this story in. If I get a lot of good comments for this story, I will be writing another one shortly.

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