The beautiful white fur on Snowleopard's ears are shining brightly from the sun rays in the morning. She slowly opens her eyes, gazing at the ceiling made of woods from the forest she lives in, planning the day.
After about five minutes of planing she jumps out of her bed eagerly to start the day by running around her house four times and then climbs up in the nearest tree. She is not quite sure why she wants to start her morning like this but it seems like the best way, and what's best for her is all that matters, she thinks.
From the top of the tree top of the tree you can see over the whole forest, it's a majestic and special forest. In the center there is a lake with pure water that is one hundred percent drinkable. Surrounding the lake is soft sand, kind of like a beach. When you pick up the sand it slips through your fingers gently.
A couple of yards away tress starts growing with enough space between them for light to get through. Their beautiful leaves are green as emeralds. Further away, much further, the trees grows narrower, it get's darker and their leaves changes to needles. Making the forest become a pinewood instead. And that's where Snowleopard lives.
She climbs down and skips happily through the pinewood all the way to her dear friend, Meerkat. She stops just an inch from the door and knocks exactly twelve times. Starting of with gentle knocks but ends up up almost breaking the door from knocking too hard.
Meerkat opens the door and the only thing he can see is Snowleopards shining eyes from excitement. Meerkat falls back from the chock and lands on his bottom. In his left hand he is holding a knitting-yarn that he almost lost his grip on. Everybody in this forest knows that Meerkat is an expert in knitting. It never cease to amaze Snowleopard how just some balls of yarn can turn into a nice sweater or a pair of socks.
Snowleopard does not have time for a chat so she asks Meerkat directly when he gets up:
- Meerkat my dear friend, could you make me a beautiful dress? Meerkat is a very loyal friend so he can't say no to his friend. He turns around and sits on his favorite chair, immediately starts sewing. Snowleopard takes a seat across the table so she can study Meerkat, making sure that he won't miss a single detail.
It takes a lot of time. Snowleopard rests her head in her palm, almost dozing off. But just as she closes her eyes, entering dream world, Meerkat exclaims that the dress is finally done! Snowleopard gets up from her chair hastily and she grabs the dress. At first she's keen on trying it on, but the more she looks at it the more her smile is turning into a nasty frown. Meerkat notices that and asks timidly if there's something wrong with the dress. She turns her head to face him, she looks seriously at him. Then she snaps:
- If there is something wrong with the dress? Everything is wrong with the dress! It doesn't look as beautiful on me as I planned! With those words said she stomps out from Meerkat's house, ready to explode on anyone who dares to annoy her the slightlies.
Meerkat is stumped. He can not believe how ill the snow leopard treated him, just leaving like that without even a single ''Thank you anyway'' or ''It was nice of you to try''. No, she's a good friend. She most have forgotten, Meerkat convinces himself.
When Snowleopard is starting to cool off a bit at the pound she spots a familiar creature. It's Anteater. He can't make up his mind whether to go to the pound or home. He jumps back at the sound of Snowleopard's voice calling for him. Anteater greets her with a trembling voice. Anteater is a perfect friend for this case, Snowleopard knows he will help her because he is too big off a coward to defy. Snowleopards brilliant plan makes her crack a mischievous smile on her face. That smile worries Anteater but he better leave it be. Snowleopard pats the anteaters back gently and tells him, as nice as she can, that he will help her make her dress beautiful.
He takes a few seconds to think over her question, shouldn't she ask him, instead of telling? Anteater sighs and nods. He knows he can't object so he wont. Snowleopard is way to stubborn and her smile is really intimidating. She hands over the dress to him, hoping that he will fix it. How, does not matter.
She walks away , feeling more smug than usually. Meanwhile Anteater works anxiously with her dress. But he fears that he will disappoint her when she returns.
One hour later Snowleopard returns to check how the dress is doing, she has no interest in Anteater. First look on the dress and she falls in love. It is stunning, amazing, gorgeous all at once. Now the dress is full of dazzling patterns and diligently placed details. She then tries it on. But as soon as it's on all the patterns turns into sloppy markings that doesn't belong there at all.
Now she's absolutely furious. She's trying to punch the air while she's cursing her friend, why can't they do anything right? Anteater flinches, he has never seen Snowleopard act this way, almost like a child. Once again Snowleopard stomps away angrily. Now her only hope is her best friend, Fox. She finds her watering her delightful flowers that blossoms beautifully.
Fox's house is extremely tidy, she will not tolerate any dirt invading her house, and something she will never ever tolerate is liars. Lies are also dirty and not acceptable. Fox embraces her welcoming. Snowleopard does not return the embrace. Fox finds that rather disturbing, she never rejects her. There is something wrong and Fox wants to know what.
Without any doubt Snowleopard tells her everything, when she's done she waits for Fox agreement and to tell her that she is absolutely right about her friends being so mean that fails her like that.
Fox does not agree at all, instead she thinks Snowleopard is the mean one who is acting so selfish. How dare she call her selfish! maybe she's joking, no. Fox is looking at her seriously which can only mean that she's telling the truth.
-Did you ever thank them for their hard work? She asks. Snowleopard, that now realizes her horrible mistakes, turns her eyes downwards as she answers bashfully:
Fox sympathetically strokes the snow leopards back while shaking her head slowly. Then she reminds her that she should not take her friends for granted. Fox looks at her garden, then at Snowleopard.
- A life without friends is like a garden without flowers. Dull. She says, almost whispering the last word. Snowleopards gaze is locked on Fox, Fox really is beautiful, both on the inside and outside, while she is standing here all ugly and selfish. Maybe, she could be as beautiful as Fox if she is not selfish, but generous instead. Yes, that's the key! Generosity is beauty.
I wonder if Fox would look good in my dress, Snowleopard ponders.