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Week 807
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Week 1

Every week we will be starting a new Story Telling competition - with great prizes! The current prize is 2000 NP, plus a rare item!!! This is how it works...

We start a story and you have to write the next few paragraphs. We will select the best submissions every day and put it on the site, and then you have to write the next one, all the way until the story finishes. Got it? Well, submit your paragraphs below!

Story Eight Hundred Eight Ends April 27th

Shalen looked out over the still, calm waters and took a deep breath. Kiko Lake during the Month of Eating was the best place to be in Neopia; sumptuous smells from Kiko Lake Treats wafted over the perfect lagoon, the glass bottomed boat drifting over the gleaming water. Shalen wondered why he had ever chosen to live in any other place.

"Roll up, roll up!" came a charming voice from not so far away - Shalen glanced over to the small wooden shack, laden with balloons on either side of purple velvet curtains. "Come and try your hand!"

"Kiko Pop..." Shalen muttered under his breath. The Uni had heard stories from other Neopians about how difficult the game was; to this day he had never tried it for himself.

"Roll up, I say!" the voice continued. "This could be your lucky day!"

Shalen paused for a moment. His hooves were certainly going to be an issue here -- but it could be worth a try? Who knows that the Kiko had for prizes? No-one had ever mentioned the prize.

Shalen pushed the curtain aside and found himself face-to-face with a yellow Kiko, who grinned broadly as Shalen let the curtains fall behind him.

"Welcome, traveller!" The Kiko exclaimed, ushering Shalen further into the tent. "Thank you for popping in." The Kiko smirked, but Shalen rolled his eyes.

"Okay, so what exactly do I have to do?"

The Kiko reached down behind the counter and pulled out a dart, which he handed to Shalen.

"Just see if you can pop one of the balloons," he explained. "It's relatively simple, but you could win a fantastic prize."

Shalen sighed. At least it was free to play, he thought to himself. He wasn't loosing neopoints over a balloon game.

"On the count of three, then," the Kiko said, pulling a lever to the left. The balloons on the wall began to spin. "One.... two..."

"Three." Shalen said, launching the dart in as straight a direction as he could manage. There was a huge bang; the balloons ceased to spin and the Kiko cheered.

"Yes! You've won something, young Uni!" he moved over to where the dart was quite deeply indented in the board. Shalen was mildly impressed with himself. Underneath the remains of a blue balloon was a small piece of paper with a symbol on it; Shalen couldn't quite make it out in the light. The Kiko ripped the card out from board and a strange expression filled his face.

"Well, it's certainly a prize, young sir. B..but whether it's a good one... well, that will be up to you."

"What do you mean by that?" Shalen quipped, but the Kiko was rummaging through the back of the shack. When he reappeared, he was holding a battered-looking cardboard box, with two holes punched in the side.

"Congratulations," the Kiko said, pushing the box into Shalen's hooves. "Don't forget to return again."

And with that, the Kiko all but shoved Shalen out of the shack.

"What on Neopia?" Shalen muttered, looking down at the box. "It can't be that bad, surely?"

He reached across to get a good grip on the box, but as he did so, something let out a shrill cry. Shalen nearly dropped it on instinct. Fumbling with the edge of the lid, Shalen closed his eyes and pulled it off in one swift movement.

He opened one eye and glanced down, but the sight nearly caused him to jump in shock. In the centre of the box, curled up and shivering, was a ...

Author: sae_eun
Date: Apr 23rd
… Small Dua. The canine-style Petpet was coiled into as tiny shape as it could manage, its marigold and ivory coat shifting and quivering with each cold shiver that wracked its form. The strange symbol on its forehead matched the one that had been scrawled on the paper within the balloon and its wide, dark eyes were huge with fright.

Dropping the box as he scooped the petpet up, Shalen held the tiny creature as it shivered and shuddered in his arms. What kind of foolish prize was this? A Lost Desert petpet had no business being in Kiko Lake. Even now, at this time of year, the Lake’s soft breezes were no substitute for the baking desert that the creature must have been used to.

“I don’t think…” He spun around to confront the stall-holder, but the shack door was firmly shut. Without a free hoof to pound against it, there would be no getting a response. Not that he felt asking would do him much good.

With a sigh, Shalen glanced down at the Dua. At least it wasn’t shivering anymore. That was something.

“What am I supposed to do with you?”

The Dua, naturally, did not reply, but it still looked cold.

Curious, Shalen found his gaze falling upon that strange symbol etched upon its forehead, slightly askew due to the messy fur. Gently reaching down with a hoof to stroke the fur back into place, Shalen’s eyes widened slowly. The symbol, now neatly displayed, was…

Author: anjie
Date: Apr 24th
a lightning bolt. Jagged and yellow, the distinct shape matched the color of the Dua’s fur. Shalen stared at it, confused. He wasn’t familiar with what exactly the Petpet was supposed to look like, but he was sure the marking was abnormal. As the Dua curiously gazed up at him, he realized had he still had no idea of what to do. The other inhabitants of Kiko Lake would know just as little about the foreign Petpet as him.

Suddenly, the Dua’s stomach growled, causing it to let out a yelp.

“Ah, you must be hungry,” Shalen mumbled to the Petpet. He looked around - what did desert Petpets even eat? His eyes met the Kiko Lake Treats, and Shalen realized that would be his only option for now.

Shalen made his way over to the shop, carefully holding the Dua. It seemed comforted by the warm, sweet smells inside as he entered the heated store. He met eyes with the familiar Kiko shopkeeper, who recognized him.

“Shalen, welcome back! I’ve just got a fresh batch of taffy made, would you like to try some?” the Kiko greeted.

“No, I’m looking for something for this Dua,” Shalen said.

“Hm, can’t say I’ve seen anything like that before,” the Kiko replied, examining the Dua. “But I know the Kadoaties who come here with their pets from Neopia Central love eating our Kiko apples!”

Shalen nodded as he bought a Caramel Kiko Apple from the owner, hoping it was better than nothing. He went to find a seat, setting the Dua on the table and giving the apple to it. It took two licks before pushing it away, disgusted. Shalen frowned, and started absentmindedly petting the Dua, who had become slightly trusting of him. He was so confused...on why the Petpet was here, on what the symbol on its head was, on why a seemingly simple game stand would give it out…

Shalen’s thoughts were interrupted as he noticed an origami Gelert walking up to him.

“Is that your Dua?” the Gelert said, examining the Petpet Shalen was stroking.

Shalen was surprised at the Gelert’s observation, not expecting anyone else to care or notice the creature. “Yeah,” Shalen responded.

“You know it should live -” the Gelert began, continuing to look at the Dua. Before she could finish, her eyes widened, looking at the lightning bolt on its forehead. “Wait. This Dua. It…

Author: pinkcrown123
Date: Apr 24th
...perhaps a hieroglyph?

Shalen squinted his eyes, trying to recall his old memory of reading a book on Qasalan hieroglyphs. The symbol looked familiar to be one of them but, he wasn't quite sure. It was strangely shaped but, familiar enough for Shalen to decide his next destination was to an expert of Qasala to find out what the deal was with this petpet and its symbol.

Shalen looked down at the Dua and smiled. The Dua gazed back with a pant and whimpered. To Shalen's surprise, the symbol fainted glowed azure, before quickly fading away like the wind. The Dua darted its head around, as if he caught scent of something.

Before Shalen could say anything, the Dua scrambled out of his grasp and dropped to the ground. It was only seconds when Shalen realized the Dua was running after not something related to its glowing symbol but...because it was hungry. The Dua barked gleefully as it jumped on a passing Neopian who held a large sausage in her hand.

"Hey! Stop!" Shalen shouted, running towards the Dua. He quickly picked up the excited petpet and held it firmly as Dua tried desperately to take a bite out of the exposed sausage.

Shalen quickly walked away after apologizing to the Neopian. The Neopian, a Kyrii, watched as Shalen ushered the petpet away while promising him to buy him food if he behaved.

The Kyrii whispered into a hidden mic on her collar.

"Stop the search. I found it."

Author: orlovo
Date: Apr 25th
Shalen was firmly, though carefully, reprimanding the little Dua for running off like that when he heard a sweet voice coming from behind him.

"Hey! Wait up!" The voice said. Shalen, confused, turned around to see the Kyrii jogging after them with a smile.

"Here! The little fellow can have it." The Kyrii said once she caught up to the pair, offering up her sausage to the hungry little Dua who sniffed it twice before gobbling the thing down. The Kyrii was smiling widley and patting the small canine like creature on the head. She surely seemed happy to see the little guy.

"Oh!..uh, hi. Yes, Thank you!" Shalen babbled on awkwardly, a bit embarrassed by the actions of his new pet, and by the seemingly random kindness of this stranger. He searched his mind aimlessly for something appropriate to say that wouldn't leave him sounding dim-witted. He was distracted for a total of fifteen seconds.

Fifteen seconds, which was more than enough time for the unnamed Kyrii to snatch the Dua right out of his hands, and take off running.

Author: roadjesstraveledby
Date: Apr 26th


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