Zara and Belle
Sunlight streamed through the window, casting a golden glow
across Zara the Cybunny's face. Right in the middle of a big stretch and yawn,
her eyes suddenly snapped open as she remembered today was the Neopian Central
Leaping out of bed, she dressed in a flash…
her best friend Aylsie was showing her petpet Penny (a Hasee) and Zara was going
to help her. Quickly, she pocketed the 250 NP she had been saving for the show
and headed out the door.
"Bye mum," she called as she closed the front
door. She was eager to get to the showground to check out all the beautiful
petpets at the petpet show. Her only wish was to have her very own petpet, but
her mum could never afford to buy her one.
Zara finally reached the show, and headed over
to the area reserved for petpets. There were already a large number of petpets
there. Slowly, she made her way over to Aylsie.
"Hi Aylsie!" she called excitedly.
"Zara! Hello," the Uni called back. "There's
a Pink Kadoatie being raffled today. If you're quick, you could buy some tickets!
I've already bought two for myself. Just imagine if you won…we could show them
Zara's heart gave an excited lurch. "How much
are the tickets?"
"They're only 250 NP each! Quick, go buy some!"
Zara needed no further urging. She pulled the
250 NP out of her pocket. Buying a ticket would mean she wouldn't be able to
get anything else all day, but if it meant at least one chance to own
a petpet, then that was enough for her!
She quickly made her way over to the booth where
the raffle was being held and Zara's heart gave a second lurch that day. For
there, in a rather roomy cage just to the side of the booth, was the most beautiful
Pink Kadoatie she had ever seen! She had a huge big sash draped around her neck
and just in front of her was a banner stating:
"NEOPIAN CENTRAL SHOW PETPET RAFFLE -- Tickets
250 NP each".
Just as Zara was going up to buy her ticket,
Helena (a Wocky, who was the richest Neopet on this side of Neopia and who already
had 14 beautiful petpets in her Safety Deposit Box), came away from the booth
with a smirk.
"Hi Zara, going to buy a ticket, are
you? I've just bought 50, and there's only 200 tickets for sale," Helena
Zara ignored her and went up to the booth. "I'd
like one ticket please," she said, handing over her 250 NP.
The Kougra handed her back a ticket, which was
number 194, then took down her name and Neohome Address.
"There are only six tickets left now," he told
Helena heard this, and rudely pushed Zara out
of the way.
"I'll take the last six tickets as well."
Zara had a final look at the beautiful Kadoatie
before hurrying back to Aylsie, her ticket tucked safely in her pocket. Zara
was kept busy all morning, helping Aylsie get Penny ready for each event. Penny
and Aylsie had done extremely well, placing second to Helena and her Angelpuss,
Bronte, in two of their events.
"They think they're SO great, don't they, always
winning everything? For once I'd like to see them come second!" grumbled
Aylsie, as Bronte and Helena walked off with yet another first.
"Knowing our luck, Helena will win the raffle
as well. She did buy 56 tickets!" said Zara with a scowl.
"Well, it's lunch break, so let's go and have
another look at that beautiful Kadoatie before Helena gets her paws on it,"
said Aylsie, as she put her arm through Zara's.
The rest of the afternoon passed with both girls
having tremendous fun. Aylsie had persuaded Zara to take turns taking Penny
in some of the games.
"Next up is the 'Obstacle Race'. You can take
Penny in that if you want."
"Okay…sure," said Zara, as she went to wait
with her age group.
There were 3 other groups before Zara's, so
she had to wait a while, but soon it was their turn.
"Ready…Set…GO!" shouted the Air Faerie at the
starting line. Zara, Penny and about 18 other competitors raced towards their
first obstacle. They had to go over the log, under the tarp, through the hoop
and back again. But as Zara and Penny were coming back, Zara tripped over the
log, and went sailing over the finish line. There was a loud 'crack', as she
hit the ground, landing on her paw. Everyone gasped and ran over to where she
"Zara, Zara…are you alright?" Aylsie screamed,
as both Aylsie and Aylsie's mother rushed up beside her.
"I…I d-don't think so," she stammered. Aylsie's
mum quickly examined her paw. "You'll need to go to the hospital, love; I'm
pretty sure it's broken."
As soon as Zara heard this, she passed out cold.
By this time, an ambulance had arrived to take her to the Neopian Hospital to
have her paw checked.
When Zara came to, she was lying on a bed in
the Neo Hospital Emergency Ward, with her paw in plaster. Her mum and her older
sister were sitting by her bed, along with Aylsie and her mum.
"Hello sleepy-head," her mum said. "How are
"A bit sore, and my arm aches, but other then
that, fine." She stared up at everyone.
"Now we need to get back to the show to pick
up Penny. Some friends said they would watch her while we were here with you,"
Aylsie said. "Would you like to come back with us? We can drop you back home
Zara quickly asked her mum if it was okay, before
climbing off the bed to go with Aylsie back to the show.
"I'll bet Helena's won the raffle, and is bragging
about it. Imagine how painful she'll be at school on Monday. Urgh!" Aylsie told
Zara as the pulled up at the show grounds.
Zara waited around the corner while Aylsie and
her mum put Penny in her cage. Suddenly there was a loud shriek, followed by
excited screams and laughter.
Zara wondered what was happening, but before
she could do anything, Aylsie was next to her, pulling her around the corner.
Zara noted the huge grin on Aylsie's face, and her heart sank. Oh no! I
bet Aylsie's won the petpet raffle! I should be happy for her but I feel so
disappointed…still, I better put on a smile. After all, she is my best friend.
"What's up, Aylsie?" asked Zara, as she pushed
open the door.
"I've got something to show you," she said excitedly.
Zara walked carefully around the corner and
followed Aylsie. Sitting there was the beautiful Pink Kadoatie from the raffle.
Zara stifled a sob, and threw her good paw around Aylsie.
"Congratulations…you won, Aylsie!" Zara told
her. Aylsie laughed, but with a strange look on her face. "No… I didn't."
"But…I heard the laughing and…well, figured
you must have won the Kadoatie…" Zara said with a frown.
But before Aylsie could say anything, the Kougra
from the ticket booth cleared his throat, "Excuse me, but aren't you
Zara? With ticket number 194?"
"Y- y- yes," Zara stammered, her heart now hammering.
"Well congratulations! You're the lucky winner
of the Neopia Central Petpet Show Raffle!" He gave her a quick hug, and gave
her the cage with the mewing Kadoatie inside.
"Her name's Belle. Have fun!"
Zara could only gaze in wonder at her beautiful
petpet, while everyone cheered.