"Okay Zenith, I'm going to The Chocolate Factory now!"
I called out.
"Okay Axis, but be careful!" Zenith called back
"I'm always careful!" I responded with a laugh...
I had slammed into a wall and had fallen. I didn't
get hurt but as my eyes focused it was like a door burst open. Memory upon memory
exploded into my synthetic brain at such a force I almost fainted from it. It
was painful beyond description as I recalled my youth.
This youth is one that I want to write down.
Even though the memories are painful, I feel a need to write them down so I
can read them and be glad my life is better now... so much better.
You're probably confused right now so let me
explain. I am 1234536045872 but call me Axis. I am an android. I have a synthetic
brain, and I feel no pain. Everything about me has been programmed and yet...
and yet I have feelings an android is not supposed to have... this is my story...
My opened and focused. There was a tube over
my muzzle that let me breath, I guess because I was in a tube of some sort that
was filled with a blue liquid. There were all sorts of wires and things attached
to me. I looked at myself and I saw a red body with four legs and a tail. My
paws and the tip of my tail were black. All of a sudden someone appeared in
front of me. Person, my mind told me. He was tall and he had an angular face
with black hair. His eyes were bright orange in colour, and he was wearing a
deep purple cloak.
"Ahhh, finally you are awake," he said.
I didn't say anything, not that I could anyway.
He pressed a button on a... a... Computer Pad, my mind told me, and I felt the
liquid draining from the tube I was in and the tube on my muzzle and wires from
my body receded from me. The tube opened and I walked out. The person smiled.
It had a hint of... of... Evil, my mind told me. What was evil? I didn't know...
at the time.
"I am your new master now. You will obey me...
of course. I created you to obey me," he said with a grin. He started to pace
in front of me.
"You are flawless. You are fast, strong, and
extremely intelligent. You cannot feel pain and your wounds heal instantly,"
he continued. "What shall we do first? Hmmm... Aha! Go and hack into this account,
and bring all of the Neopoints and rare items to me." He handed me a piece of
I whimpered and hesitated when he opened the
door. The man pressed a button and a electric shock went through my body again
and again. It was like... like... Lightning, my mind told me. It went zigzagging
through my body, hitting every wire and circuit that was inside of me. Then
it stopped. I thought I couldn't feel pain, I thought. But I dared not ask him
about it. I looked at him then meekly went out the door. He started laughing
and the door clanged shut.
The night had no moon and no one saw me as I
traveled through the quiet streets. I finally came up to the house. But I could
see into the window of the house next door and I saw the owner. He was staring
at his fireplace and as I looked closer I saw wetness around his eyes. He was...
was... Crying, my mind told me. In the next room I saw two pets around two cribs.
They were crying too. My eyes zoomed and inside the cradles were tiny Aishas.
They must have been just born. But there was something wrong. The two pets around
the cribs were crying and the Aishas were very sick. The owner came in and explained
something to the two older pets and they all walked out. I couldn't resist.
I went in and saw the Aisha's and I was struck a sudden... a sudden... Sympathy,
my mind told me. I guess it was the first sign of an error in my android body.
Anyway, I looked around the room and saw a paper tacked on the wall. There was
a jumble of numbers. It must have been the amount of Neopoints the family had.
The number was very low. I then realised that they couldn't afford to cure the
Aishas! They were so young and tiny. Then I knew what I was going to do.
I crept into the next house and took enough of
the money to heal the pets and left the items. There was no need to completely
devastate the person, I reasoned. I think that was the second sign of an error
in my android body. I think I realised after that, that I was no ordinary android,
and I was happy. I didn't want to obey my creator. So it took the money and
went back to the neighbour's home. I hooked myself up to the computer and transferred
the money to the family's account, then I went outside and watched the joy of
the family as they realised they could heal the little ones. I felt very happy.
My joy didn't last long though. I came back with
no loot and he was enraged. He shocked me again and again and left the room
muttering something about the axis of my body. I didn't know what he was talking
about but fell asleep anyway.
Days turned into weeks and the man always sent me out to steal something or
another. I never stole anything but instead found different owners that badly
needed help and took enough from the richer owners and gave it to the people
in need. I touched nothing else. I loved seeing the joy on the family's' face
when they got the item or money that they needed. I knew that when I got back
without anything he would shock me again. Afterwards, he would shut me in my
room until he wanted to try again. Well the news of my doings got around and
soon there was an article about it in The Neopian Times. I read it at a News-stand
on the next night I was supposed to be stealing. This is it:
Saving Families In Need
It started about 3
weeks ago. One family sure that their pet would never get better because
they didn't have enough money went to sleep and woke up with more then
enough to cure them! "It was a miracle," the owner said. Since then,
the Phantom Helper as he or she has been named, has been giving pets
medicines and food to the poor owners who need help.
had been scammed. The person who did it got frozen but that wouldn't
get my items and money back. Then the Phantom Help found the account
that did it and took back my items and money and froze that account!"
That was how the Phantom Helper saved one little girl from devastation.
Phantom Helper gets the items or money by taking it from accounts that
can afford it, then boosting them back up from the riches that hackers
accumulate. When they realised the Phantom Helper was doing this, they
thought someone had hacked me but then my money and items came back!
I realised my account had visited by the Phantom Helper and I was honoured
that he visited my account. I still am."
When he saw this article, he was outraged. He shut me up for weeks before
trying to make me go out and do worse things. He tried to reprogram me but I
wouldn't let him. Then he would shock me with a newly developed shocker that
made the pain worse. He would do it everyday. Because of this I developed another
human trait... depression. The only thing that made me happy was being able
to got out and help people, even though I knew I would get a shock when I got
back. Then he made me go out again. It was a never-ending cycle and I developed
another human trait... rage.
Weeks turned into months and one night. He ordered
me take the money and items from one of the Neopets staff. That was the final
"No," I declared.
"Do it!" he said. "You have to! You have to obey
"I said no! I refuse to do something as bad as
that," I declared again.
He shocked me. I got up shakily and refused his
orders again. He shocked again. The pain was worse this time. It went through
my wires and circuits and the pain was doubled. It was too much that I couldn't
even scream. I couldn't even move! I lay there with my eyes squeezed shut as
the pain coursed through my body again and again. Finally it stopped. I stood
up and refused again. It was too much for him now. He shouted something loud
about my axis and then pressed a different button.
I woke up in a cage. There were other pets all around me, and a mean looking
Techo was dishing out food and water. I couldn't remember a thing. I felt sad
but I didn't know why. Every other pet around me looked sad. Just then, a girl
walked in. She looked old, but didn't look like a woman. She was a... a... teenager,
my mind told me.
I can't describe what happened then, but there
was some sort of feeling I felt... like a... a... Connection, my mind told me.
She looked at me and then at my name and moved on. I followed, appearing in
every cage she looked. I don't know how I did it but I did. Finally she smiled.
She looked at me, placed her hands on her hips and shook her head still smiling.
Then she called to a Pink Uni and pointed to me. The Uni came over, smiled,
and brought me to a desk. The girl took some money out and paid for me, then
brought me out of the shop.
"I'm Zenith," she said.
Author's Note: 123453604872 or Axis as he likes to be called, is the pet of
circleszenith. She gave me permission to write this story about his life before
she adopted him After you read the story, if you want to find out what happens
after circlezenith adopts Axis, click here.