And It All Ended with Peachbread
Faye glared at Karidee with tear-stained eyes. How could
she have done this to her?
Faye was a cloud Poogle, often emotional.
Karidee the white Acara simply looked at her
friend. She was tired of her friend always overreacting. The two lived in a
small, one-roomed apartment. They had met in Neoschool as youngsters and had
been friends ever since, but the two were very diverse. Karidee was simple and
elegant, while Faye often cried, corrected other Neopets, and demanded attention.
Today the cause for Faye's unhappiness was the
fact that Karidee had had enough of her friend's childishness. She was tired
of her always being so particular and bossing her about. She had been planting
some flowers in her section of the garden when Faye stormed outside and demanded
that Karidee let her do the job right. So, she decided enough was enough and
told Faye to take her bothersome irking somewhere else.
"Do you really mean it?" Faye asked her now.
Karidee hesitated then barked, "Yes, I do. Now
go away. Go annoy some other poor soul."
Sobbing, Faye ran off.
Karidee smirked, knowing the crybaby would be
home soon, begging forgiveness or ordering an apology. She finished planting
her flowers, then went inside and washed up for supper. She basked in the glory
of having to prepare a meal for only herself and not some ungrateful rat, then
she fixed a steaming Meaty Pot Pie.
Meanwhile, Faye was sitting in Oscar the orange
Ogrin's large living room sipping from a vast mug of coffee. Oscar mulled over
her predicament, then advised her to wait it out and see what would happen.
"But where shall I stay?" Faye asked with big,
teary eyes. "I have no friends but you and Karidee in this neighborhood."
"You could stay here, but what would my sister
say?" Shrugging, he added, "Guess you'll find somewhere, love." Then he escorted
her to the doorstep and shut her out from his world.
Faye's lip trembled and she burst into tears.
She ran wildly from Oscar's home, bumping into strangers; some were sympathetic,
but others shouted scornfully at her to watch out. Soon she was in Neopia Central
Plaza. She found a nice tree and curled up under it, falling into a horrible
Karidee was startled from a catnap. She looked
around. She had fallen asleep in her Pink Bean Bag Chair. She bit her lip and
sipped from her Purplum Mocha. She glanced at the blue clock on the table by
her seat and jumped. Five hours had passed since Faye's departure. Normally
Faye never stayed away from home this long after an emotional breakdown.
Karidee placed her empty coffee mug in the sink
and trundled to bed. She prayed that a tenderhearted friend or helpful stranger
had taken Faye into their home for the night. Karidee promised herself she would
look for her friend tomorrow as she fell into an uneasy sleep.
The sun peeking over the horizon awakened Faye
the next morning. Guessing it was around five A.M. she stood and stretched.
Then she remembered where she was and why she was there and scowled. Anger had
replaced her fear and sadness. Then with glee she realized that Karidee would
most likely come looking for her. Faye decided that she would play a game of
cat and mouse with her, letting her worry and suffer for her unkind deed.
Then her stomach rumbled. She checked her pockets
and discovered she only had four hundred Neopoints on her and she was very hungry.
She strolled to the Food Shop, happy to find a box of 100 NP Neocrunch and a
150 NP carton of milk. She purchased both, then went to a nearby bench and ate
her breakfast. As she ate, she wondered what Karidee was doing.
Karidee woke up and yawned, remembering right
away the task before her. She made up some Toast with Jam and Fresh Lemint Juice
then quickly gobbled it down, eager to find Faye.
She put her dishes in the sink, then hurried
out the door, locking it behind her. She contemplated where to search first.
She knew Faye would be too scared to visit anywhere but Kiko Lake, Roo Island,
or Faerieland, so she assumed she was still in Neopia Central and began her
short journey there.
Faye waited impatiently for Karidee to show
up. She had decided to come out of hiding in ten minutes when Karidee appeared,
walking toward the Money Tree calling Faye's name.
"Faye! I'm sorry! Where are you?" Karidee called.
Faye giggled softly and slipped into the shadows
behind the Petpet Shop. When Karidee turned and headed off toward the Art Centre,
Faye took the opportunity to run. She dashed to the Neopian Bazaar and hid behind
the Toy Shop, stifling her snickers
After about an hour of her hide-and-seek game,
Faye was tired and decided to go to Faerieland for some peace and quiet.
Meanwhile, Karidee broke down sobbing by the
School Supplies shop. She was so worried about Faye. She checked the Pound,
the Soup Kitchen, and the Defenders of Neopia Headquarters one last time before
returning home and vowed to search for Faye until she was found.
Concurrently Faye checked her pockets again,
upset to find only 150 Neopoints left there. She reluctantly bought a Cherry-tastic
Faerie Pie for 145 Neopoints and made sure she enjoyed it. Then she nestled
down on the clouds for an early bedtime.
The next morning, a blue Lutari awakened Faye
and asked her if she was all right. She nodded and sleepily sat up.
"Are you sure, miss?" the kind stranger asked.
"Yes, but I'm just a little hungry," Faye replied,
her stomach grumbling.
"Maybe you could come to my home for tea and
explain why you were sleeping in the clouds."
Hesitating slightly, Faye shyly replied, "I
suppose." Then took the Lutari's hand and followed her home.
After telling Miss Caroline, the blue Lutari,
her story, she sighed and took a gulp of her Strong Berry Java.
"Well, you can't run from this Karidee forever.
Why, with what you've told me about her, I wouldn't be surprised if she's out
looking for again you right now!"
"You really think so?" Faye asked, her big eyes
"Of course! Now you run along home and make
your amends. Here, take some of this with you," Miss Caroline ordered, giving
Faye four slices of Peachbread.
"Oh thank you! Thank you so much!" Faye exclaimed.
Karidee sat sulking in her Pink Bean Bag Chair.
She downed some Earl Grey Tea and was about to get up and search for Faye again
when the door banged open and Faye ran in.
"Faye!" Karidee cried, taking her friend into
her arms. "Oh I am so sorry for the terrible things I said to you. Could you
ever forgive me?"
"Well, I have missed you. And you've been searching
for me and worrying about me like crazy, so yes."
"How did you know?" Karidee gasped.
Faye gave an impish smile. "I was watching you."
Karidee scowled, then lightening up said, "Well,
at least you're alright."
"I'm sorry too," she said and gave the bread
to Karidee, who made a snack for herself and Faye.
"It's so good to be home!" Faye said. Then,
hand in hand, they went to bed.