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Petpet Name: Mo
Pet Name: Kiariah
Breed: Abominable Snowball
This probably wasn't normal.
Ki stared blankly at the snowball in front of her. It's wide, rock eyes blinked, which would be physically impossible omitting that it was, in fact, occurring. A dream then, she decided. The dream-snowball blinked again.
Those gaping, pupil-less eyes made the Christmas Kougra nervous. They, along with a patchy stone grin, had popped out from within the snowball after she flopped onto it a red and green toque. She knew that there were no rocks inside, for she was the one who had rolled the snow.
“You are no bird,” Ki furrowed her brows, “You haven't even a proper mouth. There is no sound from stone.”
“Stop that!” It wasn't that she hated birds. In fact, ever since her brother found Noi, his chatty Naleap, Ki had always wanted her very own avian petpet. This lump of snow seemed to mock her.
“I said stop!”
Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp!
The snowball rolled around. It was just a face and a hat, so every time it went full-circle, it rolled its face into the snow, muffling its chirp into a chwrrrpf. Ki could have pitied it if she weren't so angry.
“Just shush already!” she screamed as she swiped the hat off the strange little blob, sending it hurling away. It rolled down a small hill, picking up speed and snow. Finally, it crashed into a small home at the bottom of the hill, sending bits and pieces of white powder all over a narrow road.
“Serves you right,” she huffed. Ki wasn't a cruel pet by any means, but she knew this was a dream, so no harm done. Toque in hand, the Kougra trotted off towards the bazaar.
“So it was this hat,” Ki mumbled to herself as she marched to town, “I wonder what else it works on.”
A stump that split the path was Ki's first target. She flung the toque dramatically onto the little log, and sat and waited. A slight breeze ruffled her smooth fur, and she felt something that she thought could be magical. She waited a little longer. Nothing happened.
“My dreams lack imagination,” she hissed as she pulled off the hat.
Ki walked a little further, then slid into a deep snowbank and built a snowpet that was probably taller than Balthazar. She tucked some branches into its sides, but left the face blank. Claws out and hat in mouth, she climbed Mount Snowpet and threw the toque on. When nothing happened, she took the hat and jumped off, landing with a soft thud several feet below the snow. She made a snowball on her way out, and tried the hat one last time.
For a moment, the little snowball was back. The rocks popped out to make the little face. But this time, it was not smiling. Ki held the snowball close and watched as the sad face retreated into the snow. She panicked. She put the hat on and took it off as many times as the little guy had chirped.
“No no no no no no no no no no no no,” she spit out, “What have I done?”
Ki took a big breath. This is only a dream, she reminded herself, I haven't done anything wrong. But she knew she had. Even if it was a dream, what did that say about what sort of pet she was?
Ki forgot to let go of her breath, and it burst out and left her shaking. The tears came as the guilt set in. And, before she could tell her body to do so, the Kougra began sprinting back to the residential hills.
Some of the snow that had collapsed onto the road had already melted. Ki rolled up what was left and held it up to take a look.
“Please let this work,” she whispered as she placed the toque onto the little ball.
For a long time, there was nothing. But Ki's ears perked when a sad, rocky face peeped out from the rolled snow. It shook nervously and Ki's heart broke.
“I'm so sorry, little guy.” Ki meant it. She was still pretty sure this was all a dream, but she wasn't going to let some crazy dream adventure warp her into a villain. She spoke sweetly, “How about we come back to my house? I'm sure my family would love you. I can keep some ice in my room for you, how does that sound? Do you eat? I'm sure you eat. What is it you eat? Carrots, maybe?”
The snowball smiled wildly in her paws. She was sure that it must have popped out a few extra pebbles just to smile that wide. The little snow lump's faith in her made her more guilty, and she vowed to show this critter kindness for the rest of its unnatural life.
Ki's paws were getting damp so she put the little snowball down so that it wouldn't melt. The snowball rolled around and face-planted with every cycle.
“I have an idea,” she said as she crouched down and made a smaller snowball. She grabbed a couple of twigs and stuck them into the mini-snowball.
“How about a body?” the snowball chirped and Ki placed it on top of the other. The creature immediately wiggled its twig-arms and magically glided across the snow.
“What should we call you?”
And then the Abominable Snowball looked her straight in the eyes and whispered, “Mo.”
Mo was nestled between Ki and an ice pack when she woke up. Ki, still groggy, looked at her little petpet.
“I had such a weird dream, Mo.”
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