Lifestyles of the Affluent and Illustrious : Lisha
Lifestyles of the Affluent and Illustrious : Lisha the Aisha
Meridell - After two wars and all the things that had already happened, Meridell
definitely takes its part in the life of the average Neopian. Even people who
aren’t Meridellians go there sometimes; they try to make the king laugh, count
potatoes, or attempt to wake up the Turmaculus. And everybody also knows that
if wasn't for a bunch of schoolchildren from Neopia Central, none of that would
be possible by now.
A lot of stories have been told about Meridell, for example during the war
when Meridell articles flooded the Neopian Times. But how would things be during
the truce period? My heart was set on an interview with Lisha the Aisha, one
of the most famous inhabitants of Meridell, and I was confident she could answer
my question. So I grabbed my notebook and headed to the medieval land, with
my Aisha Niko Niko following doggedly at my heels. (She is probably one of the
greatest Lisha fans in all of Neopia.) After telling King Skarl a joke and only
getting 48 Neopoints for the effort, I started to ask people about where I could
find Lisha. Following the instructions of Morris, Boris and Kayla, we headed
to the Royal Library.
We entered there, and inside a deep silence reigned. The Royal Library is a
really big place, and for a moment we thought that we would never be able to
find her. Then my Aisha heard a little breathing sound. It was Lisha, who was
sitting among lots of books and had apparently fallen asleep in the middle of
her reading. I tried to wake her up in the most delicate way possible.
"Excuse me, Ms. Lisha?" I said, poking her arm gently, " I'm Noodle, a Neopian
Times reporter, and I would like to know if would be possible to interview you,
"Hmmm, what?" she said, still only half-awake. "Neopian Times, did you say?
But another reporter had already interviewed me . . ."
"Yes, Ms. Lisha, I have read you previous interview," I said, trying to be
as polite as possible. "But during the time of your last interview, we were
in the middle of the war. Now that we live in a time of peace, I think that
things in Meridell are different than they were before. I believe that the readers
of the Neopian Times would like to know more about the new, peaceful Meridell."
"Hmm, OK," she answered, still looking sleepy and doing her best to stay sitting
in her chair.
"Thank you very much," I said with a smile. "Now, it looks like you've spent
a lot of time here in the library...is that the way you usually spend your free
"Yes, I suppose so," Lisha responded and, looking at all the books under the
table, she started to clean up the mess. "When I'm not in the library, I usually
play Meriball and other games with my friends and sometimes with Jeran if he
isn't training or battling."
"Oh, I see," I said, while my Aisha was taking notes of what we were saying.
"And how is your brother nowadays? Looks like his popularity has been falling
since the end of the last war . . ."
Lisha's face got serious. "Yes, he isn't in his better days. Since he fell
from the citadel he hasn't been the same Lupe as before, but I think he'll be
fine. . .at least I hope so."
"In the other hand, you're doing great in the popularity polls," I said, trying
to say something to cheer her up. "It's a really impressive increase."
It seemed to work. "Tee hee, really?" she asked, giggling. "I wasn't expecting
that, honestly! I did what I had to do, without stopping to think about the
other people's opinion... If I'd gotten worried about that, I would not have
been able to break up the Court Dancer's spell."
"Since you've mentioned it," I asked, really looking forward to the answer,
"what do you think about the Court Dancer? Do you hate her or something like
The smile disappeared from Lisha's face. "No, I don't hate her, even though
she probably would not say the same thing about me... We were living in the
middle of a war in those days. I think that kind of thing can't be taken in
a personal way... I think I was the only one to do it at the time. We have plenty
of people being trained to fight, but honestly, who else would be able to enter
in the Library and find the book that would break up her spell as quickly as
I did? I know the library like the palm of my paw. I filed all ten thousand
books the Royal Library has, and I don't think either the King or my brother
would have been able to do that.."
"And lots of people from the Darigan Citadel should dislike you even now because
of what you've done," I said.
"It doesn't happen just in Darigan Citadel," Lisha said, interrupting me for
the first time. "Here in Meridell, we still have people who annoy me and keep
on saying that the Court Dancer was being controlled, that she wasn't evil..."
Lisha started to speak louder. "Of course she was evil; she was controlling
all the people in the castle with her spell! That isn't the kind of thing you
can just sit down and wait for to happen, don't you think so??"
Lisha was shouting by the time she finished her question. After that, she put
her head down, looking a little embarrassed.
"I think I lost control for a second, sorry..." She said.
"It's okay," I answered and went up to another question, trying to move on.
"Is it true that you've filed up all the ten thousand books of the Royal Library?"
"Yes, it is!" Lisha replied with a smile, almost laughing. "They were in a
completely random order when I arrived in Meridell! I don't understand how people
can stand that...." She stopped a little and then continued talking. "Well,
maybe it's because not too many people used to visit the library.... I think
it's more or less the same thing when people call me a ‘hero’ ..."
"What's the matter of calling you a hero? Isn't that good?" I asked, really
puzzled with what she had said.
"The point is that I'm a girl," Lisha answered almost immediately after my
question. "Why people can't call me a ‘heroine’ instead of "hero"? Geez, it's
all about grammar!"
"Uh....grammar is a very important thing," Niko Niko suddenly said, probably
trying to say something that would impress Lisha.
"Yes, it is," Lisha answered, taking that as a very serious comment. She was
looking very annoyed, so I quickly went up to a new subject.
"Do you believe that another war between Meridell and Darigan will happen in
the future?" I asked.
"Honestly, I've fought against Lord Darigan, and even knowing that he's a ‘good
guy’ now, I remember pretty well when he cast a spell on my wand and it wasn't
working well....I hope you didn't misunderstand me when I said that..."
"You mean that's difficult to you to trust in Lord Darigan?" I asked her.
"Yes," She replied tersely. I wasn't expecting such a firm answer from her.
"Do you hate the Darigan minions?" I asked her, and she looked at me with a
"I don't like all that 'hate' stuff," she said, sounding slightly annoyed.
"If a Darigan painted pet just popped out here now, I wouldn't attack him or
her just because they were a Darigan minion. I know there are some people in
Meridell who would do that, but not me. It doesn't matter where your loyalties
lie, there are innocent people in both sides and I would like nothing better
than a true peace between the two kingdoms..."
Lisha's voice drifted off and she fell silent with a thoughtful expression
on her face. I went up to the next question.
"And what about Lord Kass?" I asked. "Do you think that he's really dead?"
"Hm, I haven't seen him in person and I would not be totally sure..." Lisha
answered thoughtfully. "Some peasants told the King that they saw him playing
Whack-a-Kass, but the King thought it was just a joke and gave them an avatar..."
"And you, have you ever played Whack-a-Kass?" I asked, trying to move to a
less emotional topic.
"Yes, I've played Whack-a-Kass, it's so funny!" Lisha said, with a big smile.
"Even though I'm not very good at it, it's lots of fun. The only dangerous thing
about it is when Jeran decides to play. Poor Kass plushies… instead of simply
whacking them, Jeran practically destroys them all. I think the reasons are
obvious, aren't they?" She ended up, looking unsure if it would be OK to laugh
about that or not.
"And there are other Meridell games that I like..." she said, trying to continue.
"Like Meriball?" I asked.
Lisha answered with a gleeful "Yes!"
"Some people think that Meriball is a useless game, but I don't think so. I
love Meriball! It's the best game here in Meridell in my opinion." She stopped,
apparently thinking in another thing to say, and than continued. "I think I've
tried almost all games around here . . . Morris and Boris usually get arrowed
when we play Ultimate Bullseye, but it's all about fun, nothing serious."
"And could you tell us something about their training as Meridell squires?"
"Well, it looks like they're doing pretty good at it," Lisha answered and with
a sigh added wistfully, “I wish I could do that too . . ."
"Would you like to be a knight?" I asked, curious. Lisha seemed to be a little
nervous with that question but after a few seconds, she answered firmly.
"Sure I would! Rumor has it that King Skarl might make me a knight for all
the things I've done for Meridell, but I don't think it's entirely true," Lisha's
voice sounded disappointed as she continued talking. "Remember, Meridell is
a medieval world, girls aren't able to do some of the things they do in Neopia
Central, here . . . it sometimes seems like people here think all the girls
should act like little royal painted posh pets, what isn't my cup of tea . .
." She stopped to take a deep breath, and tried to continue with a small smile.
"Well, anyway, I'm not exactly a fighter and maybe I should concentrate my efforts
on raising my magic power . . ."
As she was speaking, Lisha started to look around as if she was searching for
something. I thought she was looking for her Wand of Ultra Nova, but a different
thing appeared- a small Warf, which was hiding under a book, popped out.
"Oh, Chubby, you shouldn't be here right now," Lisha said, trying to hold the
Warf in her arms.
"I didn't know that you're the owner of a Warf, Lisha," I said, surprised.
"Oh, yes, Jeran gave her to me," She said, cuddling the Warf. "When he spends
a long time away from here, he usually gives me some kind of gift when he returns.
I think it's the way he's found to say that he didn't forget about me or something
like that..." she ended, smiling. The Warf left Lisha's arms and suddenly started
barking. We looked into the direction she was barking and we realized that she
was barking to Fuwa Fuwa, my Aisha's Babaa.
"Fuwa Fuwa did nothing," Niko Niko said nervously. "I swear."
"It's okay," Lisha said, giggling. "My Warf isn't used to seeing other Petpets
apart from Kayla's Turtum, maybe that would be the reason."
I was about to answer when a voice in the background shouted something like
"Shut up! Make that petpet shut up! I'm trying to read!"
"Oh, I forgot that we are at the Library..." I said surprised. I looked at
Lisha and she was even more surprised than me.
”But . . . no one used to come here. And when I say 'No one', I really mean
'no one'; do you understand what I mean . . .?” Lisha said, still surprised
with what had just happened. I took the opportunity to ask Lisha something else.
"Ms. Lisha, this series of articles that we're working on is called 'Lifestyles
of the Affluent and Illustrious' and it should also include a description of
where the interviewed person lives. Knowing that, and because we have to leave
the library now, would you mind showing us your bedroom? It would be a very
significant thing for our article."
With Lisha's consent, she led us out of the library.
"You forgot to say something," my Aisha said to me, poking me in the arm. "You
forgot to say that the series of articles is sponsored by the Neopian Times
"Now that you've said it, I don't have to," I responded as we continued to
follow Lisha. After going up and down several flights of stairs, and passing
through lots and lots of hallways, we arrived at Lisha's room.
"Make yourselves at home," Lisha said, opening the door. "Please come in and
have a seat."
Actually, her bedroom was quite simple for a girl living in the court. The
walls were painted white. In the right wall we could see a big wardrobe. In
the left wall was a big window covered by a pink curtain that looked like it
was made of a shiny silk. Near the window was a bed, covered by an Ultranova
patterned blanket. Right next to the bed was a desk crammed full of books and
a few other things. There were also three or four beanbags. We were about to
take our seat when we notice that were some books 'sitting' in the beanbags.
Lisha apologized and took the books away, my Aisha settled into a beanbag while
I looked around the room. Under the desk I saw, among another things, her wand
of Ultranova and a little picture. It was a photograph of Lisha and Jeran together,
hugging each other. A real example of heart-throbbing siblingness. "What a cute
picture," I said to Lisha. "Even Jeran looks cute here."
It took me a second to realize that what I said wasn't exactly nice, but Lisha
didn't seem to notice. Or maybe she noticed and didn't get angry with me. I
tried to find another subject quickly.
"Would you mind if we open your wardrobe?" I asked, pointing to it.
"Well, I don't have a great variety of clothes, but feel free to go ahead,"
She said, opening the wardrobe doors.
Inside the wardrobe, there were a lot of white shirts and grey skirts - you
know, the school uniform that Lisha usually wears. Hiding in a dark corner of
the wardrobe was something that I couldn't recognize at the first sight. When
I took it, Lisha made a little weird sound, like if she was about to say something
but stopped before that. I took that thing out of the wardrobe and got a surprise
- it was a dress. A long pink dress with purple accents, similar to the Royal
"Jeran gave me that too," Lisha said, blushing. "I couldn't tell him that I
didn't like it, he looked so happy . . ."
Feeling that I went a bit too far with the questions that time, I replaced
the dress and closed the wardrobe. I can't say how long we stayed in silence
after that. But before I could ask her my next question, she started talking
on her own.
"I still don't understand . . . about the Library . . .no one ever goes there
. . .that's very, very strange . . ." She said, almost talking to herself.
"Well, maybe it's just because we're here," I said with an ironical voice.
Suddenly Niko Niko poked me.
"We're running out of time," she said nervously.
"Well, Ms. Lisha, I think it's our time to go," I said to Lisha. "I would like
to say thank you for the interview you gave us."
"You are welcome," she said with a smile. "And you can call me just Lisha from
"Just one thing left, would you like to give a message to all the Neopian Times
After a few seconds thinking, Lisha responded. "I wish that this New Year will
be a better and more peaceful year than the last year was. It would be good
if people didn’t need to fight anymore. But if you have to fight, keep on fighting
for what you believe that is right and don't listen anything other than your
own heart. It's important to be nice with others, treat your pets well and read
I was about to say the last "thank you" of the day and end the interview when
somebody started talking before me.
"Hey, wait please . . . before we go I . . . I would like to ask Lisha something."
It was Niko Niko speaking. Holding a book with both paws, she asked in a trembling
voice, "Could . . . could you give me an autograph, please?"
"Sure I can!" Lisha said, and she took the book - a Lisha of Meridell one -
signed up her name in a cute hand-written way and gave it back to Niko Niko.
My Aisha took the book, bowed a little and said nothing else, just stayed there
holding the book tight. After saying good-bye to Lisha, we left Meridell and
started our way back to Neopia Central. Usually the horror of war makes a pet
tougher than he or she was before that, but it looks like the little yellow
Aisha were able to keep her heart safe from that fate.
Author's note: I would like to say 'thank you' to my biggest friend shelly_tenjou
for always reading all my stuff. I'm also very grateful to everybody in my guild
who had read my article and helped me with that: moonila32, nimras23, slamina83,
stoneslopes, nano_cat, haliete, animageous and springsteen0991 - you are awesome!