Kay, open the file cabinet in your brain.
Take out the 'Virtual Worlds' folder.
Go to the 'Animal Jam' section.
I bet there's a little dusty notecard, back behind all the big pieces of paper with rares, and how much their worth, blah, blah blah, blah, blah, blahh..
FRIENDS BEFORE RARES
Yes, we all know this. But little visual metaphor shows how we all know it, may not do it, and that rares sometimes are more important to us.
You may disagree, saying that you are always about friends before rares, but I bet if the situation was right, you'd have to double think.
I can name three friendships off of the top of my head that have split because of rares.
I'm going to tell about one, but use the name 'Leopard' instead of his/or her actual username, because this was a quite recent fight.
So, me and leopard had been best friends for a long, long time. She was one of my couple last friends I had, during this rough rough phase in my AJ life. I had given her rares before, because she was non member, kinda poor, and I had stuff I didn't want. This consisted of; Frankenstein masks, Tiki masks, and worn blankets specifically. Now, I never had asked for my stuff back, and one day was wondering if she would ever actually give the stuff back if I asked. So, I decided to 'test' her, secretly. My plan was too ask for the stuff back, see if she would, and if she DID give the stuff back, send it back and congratulate her, but if she DIDN'T give the stuff back, explain to her what my test was, and talk to her about why she didn't give it back.
So I asked her for the stuff back. Leopard kept questioning, 'Why' and "You're so rare you don't need them back' 'Why did you give them too me if you wanted them back', this continued for a long, long 20 minutes. I got VERY frustrated, screaming, and more. I explained to her about the test, and she was embarrassingly saying "oh.. you shoulda told me" Even though that was the point, NOT to tell her >_<
Another source came in, (Let's call him 'Tiger') who was very rare, rarer then me at the time, and questioned what was going on. We asked for him out, he demanded to stay. We told him what was going on, Tiger sided with me, and he was VERY mad at Leopard, angrier then me. The fight eventually cooled down, Leopard left, and Tiger gave me the stuff to replace it which Leopard owed me.
We were very, very mad at eachother. For more then a month. Didn't speak, yet half the time we were still buddies. I eventually deleted her. We talked a few times on a different site, acted like our old selves, but we weren't acting nearly as close.. we both knew it. And to this day, she is very mad at me, for a different reason, which I'm sorry for, she knows that.. I still miss her, but,
Lesson to be Learned: Friends before rares.