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Pet Name: Aevelynne
The Life and Times of Dartenne, the Most Amazing, Smartest, Coolest pet in Neopia.
"An instant classic! Five stars out of five, and that's the most, you know." (Dartenne,the Neopian Times)
"I learnt so much from this spotlight, it brought tears of joy to my very eyes." (Dartenne, the Brightvale Gazette)
"That Dartenne is such an amazing guy, I wish I could be at least half as awesome as him!" (Dartenne, the Shenkuu Bulletin)
The blue Aisha looked up from her desk over to the door of her office. It was open, and from her chair she could see some white fur poking out from the corridor. Someone was standing beside the doorway in the hall.
"Is someone there?" She asked. "Uh, come in."
There was an irritated sigh as the white fur - revealing itself to be a Halloween Cybunny - turned around and entered her office. The boy, about ten years old, was dressed very smartly, wearing a tuxedo and top hat, that upon closer inspection were well worn. Hands on his hips, he pouted, motioning to the door.
"You were supposed to do a drum-roll! This is a very important spotlight and I need a good introduction! In fact, you know what?" he said, " This is probably the spotlight to end all spotlights. This one is going to be so good, after this, you won't need to interview anyone else, because no-one else will ever be as awesome and interesting as me. And you can quote me on that!"
The Aisha, a little startled, frowned. "And who are you?"
There was a brief moment when the Cybunny was notably shocked, but that quickly turned to anger. "HEY, I'M DARTENNE! Don't tell me you've never heard of me?!"
The Aisha paused for a minute; the name did sound familiar. Glancing around, her eyes rested at a copy of the Neopian Times she still had at her desk.
"Oh! Hey, you're that kid from the comic series, right?" She said, motioning to the paper. "Random.. something? Random Oddness?"
The Cybunny smirked. "Yep, that's right! I'm a famous comic star."
"But I haven't seen you in the Neopian Times for about four months.."
"W-Well!" He said, a bit flustered. "I-I've just been busy, that's all! C'mon, gimme a break!"
"Okay! Okay, sorry.." the Aisha replied. She was starting to notice this boy had a short temper. Looking down at her paperwork, she started to fill in some of the information in her forms.
"Alright," she said. "You can begin with your spotlight entry."
"Right!" The Cybunny said eagerly. Flexing his arms and bending his knees, he got into a heroic-looking pose; the type you'd see carved into marble or depicted in tapestries and framed canvas (or on a romance novel). His eyes were closed as if in deep thought, his face wearing a stoic expression. He stood like this for about three minutes, much to the Aisha's confusion, until she could take it no more.
"What?" He said, not breaking from his pose.
"Ah, kid, i-is this it?" she said. "Don't you want to tell people about you?"
"What?!" he said, relaxing from his pose. "You mean I had to prepare something?"
"Well, most neopets do-"
"That's ridiculous!" he exclaimed. "I thought I could just come in here, and you'd be dazzled by my brilliance! The words would just emanate from me and you'd be able to write up a fantastic description of how amazing I am."
"Are you serious?" she replied, deadpan, and extremely unamused.
"Well, FINE." he snorted. "I guess I'm going to have to tell you just how great I am in heaps of detail."
Greaaaat. she thought."Alright, well, go ahead then."
The Cybunny paused and thought for a moment. Furrowing his brow, he seemed to be searching for the very words.
Several more minutes passed and the two stood in silence.
"Okay, well.." the Aisha started, trying to help. "If you're amazing, why don't you start by telling me some of the amazing things you've done?"
"..Have you done anything amazing?"
"Well, I mean, not really." he said, fidgeting. "I haven't, like, saved Neopia from evil or anything.. y-yet!" he said. "I mean, I'm just a kid! When I grow up I'm going to be a superhero and save the world just like Judge Hog! He's my hero. I've read all of his comics. I'm gonna be part of the Defenders of Neopia with all the other superheroes!"
"Oh!" she exclaimed. "Do you have any superpowers then?"
"N-No!!" he stammered, unhappy with the question. "I mean, not yet! I could still get hit by a meteorite or something, or I could fall into a vat of toxic waste! That's what I'm hoping for." The Aisha began to say something but she was cut off.
"A-and anyway!" he said. "Sometimes you don't need superpowers to be a superhero! I mean, look at Korbatman! He's rich and he has lots of gadgets that do all this cool stuff! He lives in a mansion and has a butler an-"
"Okay, okay." she said. "We're getting dangerously close to copyright infringement; let's move on. So, why do you want to be a hero?"
"Well, DUH!" he said. "Because you get to be famous and everybody loves you. I mean, everyone knows who Judge Hog is. He's a super-famous superhero!"
"You're really fixated on being famous." She mused, writing down a few notes. "Why is that so important?"
"Because! Uh. well" he said, fidgeting again. "Well.. I dunno. Being famous means that everyone likes you and everyone knows who you are and everyone wants to be you." he said.
"Being a popular celebrity and having lots of friends and people who like you, isn't that what everybody wants?"
The Aisha thought for a minute, but then shrugged it off. Sure, it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but it seemed like a reasonable dream for a kid. "Alright, fair enough." she said. "So if you can't become a superhero - I mean, not that I'm saying it won't happen!" she said, correcting herself quickly to avoid an argument, "Do you have a backup plan for getting famous?"
"Well, of course! I'm still in the Neopian Times comics sometimes, and that's really good coverage." he said proudly. "You know the Neopian Times is the number one, most-read newspaper in all of Neopia! And I'm in there sometimes! Me and Fractalz, sometimes weird stuff just happens to us."
"Yeah, I remember!" the Aisha said smiling, "And there's that yellow Poogle girl you kinda have a thing for, what was her name? Ev.. Aevelynne or something?"
The Cybunny went bright red. "W-WHAT?? NO!!" he stammered, fidgeting even harder. "I DO NOT! I mean..s-shutup! She's just a friend!!"
"Okay, okay.." she chuckled. "Well, it sounds like you're well on your way to becoming famous then."
The Cybunny calmed down, and grinned. "Yup! I'm not gonna stop until I'm the most famous guy in Neopia and everyone knows my name! In fact, I'm finding new ways to reach more people every day!"
"Oh?" the Aisha said, looking up. "And what's your latest idea?"
"I'm entering the Pet Spotlight!"
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