If you have a Facebook account, click here to continue logging in.


If you don't have a Facebook account, click here to log in with your Neopets information.
Storytelling Competition - (click for the map) | (printer friendly version)

If you have any questions about the competition then read our awesome FAQ!


Week 168
You are on Week 169
Week 170

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 One Hundred and Sixty-Nine Ends March 12th

"Welcome! Welcome everyone, to this year's Gadgadsbogen festival!" Rufus shouted over the excited chattering of the crowd. "Now that the limbo competition is over, it's time to reveal this year's new fruits!" the Kougra said, gesturing to a table shrouded by a lumpy, white cloth. "Now, it is with great pleasure and pride that I present you with this year's harvest!" Rufus shouted, adding a little extra emphasis as he yanked the cloth from the new fruit, smiling grandly before the festivalgoers.

The guests gasped in surprise. Some even fainted.

"Yes, yes, I know... it's all very exciting. Nothing is quite so grand as the Gadgadsbogen festival. But please, people, let's try to remain calm."

"The fruit!" yelled one Aisha from the audience. "It's... it's GONE!"

"What?!" Rufus said, turning around. It was true. The fruit was missing, the only thing sitting on the table was old Tombola junk...

Author: That's why they call it MYSTERY island!
Date: 08 March
...to be specific: a bottle of red sand, a bottle of green sand, and an old toy sail boat, which sat atop some palm fans.

"How can this be true?!?" Rufus yelled in disbelief. The Kougra slowly crawled around the white table, squinting as though the fruit was perhaps just too small to be seen, or maybe the same color as the table. But it wasn't. "This can't be happening!" he yelled again. Panic ensued all around the raised platform where Rufus stood, and where the fruit has formerly been. "Who could have committed such a horrendous crime?" he said, worriedly.

Bumbling around anxiously, the Kougra accidentally bumped into the table. It teetered on its three legs, then tipped over onto the wooden floor; the sound of wood cracking hardly helped calm the audience down. However, there was also a shattering sound, as the two bottles of sand crumbled into shards of glass. Red and blue sand poured out onto the deck, mingling together. The sail boat was crushed as it hit the ground, its tender balsam wood splintering.

"Look!" a Pteri shouted suddenly. All heads turned towards the pile of sand and crushed sail boat. Sticking out of the red and blue sand was a white triangle. The Pteri, whose name was Gerry, flew towards the triangle and pulled at it. The Pteri's pulls revealed that the white triangle was actually the corner of a piece of paper.

As Gerry completely unearthed the paper from under the sand, the crowd grew silent. There was distinct green ink on the paper. Gerry read it once, his eyes going left to right as he did so. The Pteri read the paper a second time... then a third time. By the third read, his eyes were as big as a ten dubloon coin.

"What does it say?!" a Meerca yelled.

Rufus pushed Gerry towards a podium. Gerry gulped, then began to read. "It says...

Author: tanmoose90
Date: 08 March

"If precious fruits you wish to find
Then you must seek and use your mind.
Solve my riddles; win my game;
Then victory will be yours to gain.
Look to where, when it is night,
The time of day is not quite right."

There was a long silence as Gerry finished the riddle. "Well?" Rufus snapped. "What does all that mean?"

"It's what the poem said: a riddle," Gerry answered. "Whoever took the fruits wants to have these riddles solved before he-or she-gives them back."

"But we're in the middle of Gadgadsbogen!" Rufus cried. "We don't have time for riddles!"

Gerry's eyes brightened upon hearing this. He always dreamt of being a detective, and was very good at riddles.

"I'll find them!" he said, puffing out his chest. Gerry then turned to the crowd. "Don't worry, everyone! I'll find the fruit before Gadgadsbogen is over!"

There was a weak, yet appreciative, applause that could be heard coming from the crowd. Rufus patted Gerry on the back. "Thank you, my boy! You go off and try to find the fruits. Meanwhile, I'll stay here and keep the visitors happy."

As Rufus turned his attention back to the crowd, Gerry read the poem once more. "Hmm... 'Look to where, when it is night the time of day is not quite right.' What does the time of day have to do with night?"

Just then, the Pteri remembered what he had learned in history class about ancient Neopia. Before clocks and watches were invented, Neopets told the time using a device called a sundial. Naturally, during the night, a sundial is perfectly useless.

"A sundial!" Gerry said happily. "But... where can we find a sundial on Mystery Island?"

"Maybe I can help?" a voice stated.

Gerry jumped at the sound of the additional voice. He turned to see...

Author: bitsy_dj
Date: 09 March
...An unusually small pink Blumaroo, wearing a green grass skirt. Her beady eyes looked at Gerry earnestly and she said aloud, "I know where you can find a sundial."

Gerry responded, "You do? Where?"

"At the Training School, of course. You know how the Techo Master's all about the wisdom and the ancient ways of training... it just so happens that he also doesn't like technology. So, he keeps a sundial by the pond in his training yard."

Yes! A lead! Gerry thought. "Can you take me there?" he asked.

"Sure, no problem." the Blumaroo said. "By the way, my name's Dee-dee. I'll be glad to help you solve this in any way that I can. Nice to meet you."

Gerry nodded with a smile. The two slipped away from the thick crowd of festivalgoers, who were now happily watching Rufus play, or attempt to play, a ukulele.

* * * * *

"When it is night, the time of day is not quite right..." Gerry mumbled. He looked up at the sky. The afternoon sun still shone brightly. There was maybe an hour left before night settled in. The next piece of clue or riddle would mostly likely occur during the sunset, when the sun barely casts enough light to mark the hour.

The pair searched high and low in the Techo Master's training yard. His students gave the visitors strange looks as they practiced stick-fighting and high kicks.

"We're definitely in the right place, and it's almost time for sunset," Dee-dee said. "Exactly how are we supposed to get the next clue?"

The sun emitted a red and orange hue. It was time. Gerry looked at the crystal-clear water of the pond, then said, "LOOK!"...

Author: royal_guppy
Date: 09 March

...Dee-dee looked closer, realising that there were twelve tiny rocks in the pond. They were noticeable, but did not break the pond's mirror-like surface. The sinking sun cast shadows across the blue water.

"Just like a sundial!" Gerry exhaled. The round pond, the position of the stones... the exact way the sun shone down was symmetrical and somehow magical. A single long, pointed black shadow crept from behind one rock, pointing southwest.

"It's seven o'clock, then." Gerry said. "Now what? That didn't help us much!" His voice had taken on a sarcastic tone. "Yeah, to find the fruit, tell what time it is with a shadowy second hand!"

"Is it part of a clock?" Dee-dee asked, her small face twisted in thought. "Or is it... an arrow?"

Dee-dee and Gerry looked southwest, in the direction the arrow was pointing. They saw a huge tree, with a word carved upon it. When they got closer, they saw that it was the word "where".

"Look to where, when it is night." Gerry quoted excitedly. "Dee-dee, this is it! We found 'where'! The riddle not only meant that we had to get to the sundial before nightfall, but that we had to look to where when it was dark."

No sooner had the words left his mouth, then the sun sank below the horizon, and Mystery Island succumbed to darkness. The two pets then saw shadows in the tree's craggy bark, which were darker than the rest. The shadows seemed to have taken on the appearance of words, causing Gerry to strain as he tried to read them...

Author: dreamgirl11dy
Date: 10 March
"You've done quite well to get to here,
The fruits are close, but not too near.
Take heed, young pet... the next part's tougher,
Search for where your tread feels rougher.
Once you've hit this rocky ground,
Listen for where the splashes sound."

"Rocky ground, splashes sound," Gerry said, voicing his thoughts out loud. "What does that remind you of?" he asked. Dee-dee thought for a moment, before clapping her hands and bouncing high up on her tail.

"The Rock Pool!!" she shouted. "Rocky ground, and splashes... water!" Dee-dee let out a light giggle. This was far more exciting than anything she'd done before, but her glee didn't last for long. "Gerry, the Rock Pool's in a dangerous area. How will we ever get there?"

"Leave that to me," the Pteri said as he stretched out his wings, took flight and hovered slightly above Dee-dee. "Grab on," he commanded.

* * * * *

Before you could say Gadgadsbogen, they had arrived at the Rock Pool.

The sound of the water lapping against the rocks, combined with the eerie glow that the moon cast upon the pool's surface, made the rock pool a scary place to be at night.

"Oh, I don't know about this," Dee-dee said, shivering as she moved in behind Gerry slightly, trying to stay as far from the edge as possible.

"It's alright... come on, Mystery Island's depending on us!" As he spoke, the water that rippled below them began to bubble furiously. Dee-dee backed even further away, with Gerry copying her every movement. That's when, from the depths of the pool, emerged...

Author: xgothic_barbiex
Date: 09 March

...a beautiful, enchanted Bluna, who stared at the duo while blinking her large blue eyes. "Hello, are you lost?" the Bluna asked.

"No, we're looking for something, or someone, or... I'm not really really sure." Dee-Dee said, seemingly paying more attention to the rocks below than to the question she'd been asked.

"We're trying to solve a mystery, but we don't know what to do next." Gerry said.

"Maybe I can help. I know a safer spot where we can talk... follow me." With that, the Bluna dove under the water.

"Do you think we should follow her?" Dee-Dee asked.

"What other leads do we have?" replied Gerry. With hardly any other options, the pair dove under the water.

Upon surfacing, the pair looked around. They had come to a calm inlet, which was surrounded by the most gorgeous beach. Gerry and Dee-Dee crawled out of the water, then laid down upon the warm sand. The Bluna surfaced behind them.

"Where are we?" Dee-Dee asked.

"This is what the island people call The Beach. It's safe from anyone hearing us, because almost everyone is at the celebration. By the way, my name is Coral," the Bluna said, blinking those big eyes again.

"Hi, my name is Gerry... and this is Dee-Dee. We're trying to solve the mystery of the missing Gadgadsbogen fruit. Do you know something that might help us?" Gerry asked.

"I might; just this morning I swam over here to the Beach, where I was sunning myself. That's when I heard two voices. I couldn't see them, because they were standing in the shadows, but I noticed they were whispering about something. I was kinda curious, so I eavesdropped on them," the Coral said, blushing slightly.

"Well, what did they say?" Gerry asked excitedly.

"They were talking about...

Author: moon_star_5
Date: 11 March
..."Some sort of plot," Coral revealed. "Someone wanted revenge on the Tiki Tack Man, so he's trying to ruin the tourist industry."

"Of course! Gadgadsbogen is the most important festival on the island!" Dee-dee positively squealed. "Coral, did they say who it was?"

Coral scrunched up her eyes, trying to remember. "No," she finally confessed. "I just remember one voice was rough, like a Lupe's, and the other was female. I think I saw an Aisha tail, though."

Dee-dee was overjoyed with this information, but Gerry was less than pleased. "We need more clues," he muttered to himself, out of their earshot. Wandering up the beach while the Bluna and the Blumaroo talked, Gerry sat on a pile of rocks. They were slightly out of place on the endless sand, with these strange boulders piled on top of each other. However, this wasn't what Gerry really needed to think about.

"Come ON," he murmured desperately, gazing around the beach. "What do we do now?"

Dee-dee came running up. Gerry, let's--" she began, but suddenly tripped on a protruding rock and slammed into the pile of boulders. As one became dislodged, Gerry was forced to hurry off, both to avoid falling and to help his friend. She was already standing.

"Are you all right?" he asked, but she was looking at something behind him. Gerry whipped around.

The boulders had all rolled off one another, revealing a hole in the ground. Some had fallen in, creating loud, splashing sounds below. Dee-dee started down into the hole. "Ya know, that looks like a perfect hiding spot for thieves." she said, winking.

Gerry grinned. "I think this time we're one step ahead of them," he announced. With that, he jumped...

Author: crystallinefreedom
Date: 12 March

...The resounding splash was deafening as it echoed down the long, stone passage. An eerie blue light glowed off some sort of fungi on the walls. Gerry shivered, though from the low temperature or anxiety he couldn't be sure.

"There," Dee-dee pointed. Far down the lit passage, there was an opening to the right.

"Shh," Gerry urged as he sloshed through hip-deep water (although it was barely ankle-deep for his Blumaroo friend, he thought ruefully). "Hopefully, we can catch them by surprise."

As they neared, the Pteri thought he heard quiet voices. Gerry suddenly leapt through the doorway. "Aha!" he shouted. "Gotcha, thieves!"

Before them, a blue Lupe froze in the act of nibbling away at a Tigersquash, and a red Aisha's eyes widened. The room was lit only by a single candle. Both parties stared, neither moving, for several minutes, until Gerry's echo died away (THIEVES, thieves, eves) down the blue stone hall.

The blue Lupe then grinned. "I see you finally solved the last clue," he said.

"Took you long enough..." the Aisha said, giggling wickedly.

Dee-dee chattered noisily next to him and whimpered in fear. "Now, stop that," Gerry said tiredly. He then turned to the thieves, and declared, "I've chased your riddles this far, and I've no time for more. I've missed a lot of good partying during Gadgadsbogen thanks to you, and I believe I deserve to know why."

Dee-dee looked at him nervously and whispered, "Are you trying to get us seriously hurt? These two are vicious crooks... who knows what they're capable of?!?"

Gerry gulped nervously, hoping that she hadn't heard him.

"Well," the Aisha said, "if the Tiki Tack man weren't so stingy with his prizes, Jasper and I might have actually had a year worth celebrating."

"Huh?" Gerry wondered aloud. "Why would you attack Gadgadsbogen for that?"

"It's really quite simple," Jasper said. "Lonnie and I have been playing Tombola for the entire year, and haven't even won ONCE. If you'd like, I can show you the collection of junk that I have to prove it." He absently waved a paw at a heap of keyrings and sand bottles.

"And," Lonnie added, "we had it figured that, if you were to ruin the biggest tourist attraction of the year, you would ruin Tiki Tack guy. Revenge is sweet," she said, hacking her teeth into the largest Purple Juppie he had ever seen. Sadly, Gerry knew the winner of the Juppie-sack race would have gotten to eat it instead.

Gerry had to think fast, and intelligently, about how to stop them from eating the fruit and returning it to the celebration. Then, in a surprising twist of character, Dee-dee answered his prayers.

"Well, if you want Tiki Tack prizes, wouldn't it make more sense to help Gadgadsbogen, not ruin it?" Lonnie stopped eating. Dee-dee rushed on, confident now. "If the Tiki Tack man had a more successful business, he could buy more Tombola prizes, and you would be more likely to win... although, I am sorry you didn't win this year. You can have one of my prizes," she said, holding out a shaking Tai-Kai Codestone.

Jasper, at least, was touched by this selfless act. "You do make ends meet, little girl. You'd make a great detective with your friend here. All right, we will return the fruit. I've eaten enough anyway. It'll be a regular "How the Thieves Stole Gadgadsbogen!"

They all laughed at that, and once the fruits were returned to the party, Rufus laughed and awarded Gerry a Tigersquash medal... "for your integrity," he said. It was a shame that his Doglefox ate it.

It would have looked very nice next to the photo finish of the Juppie-sack race...

...with Gerry in the lead.

The End

Author: crystal_mirror2442
Date: 12 March



Quick Jump

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12
Week 13Week 14Week 15Week 16Week 17Week 18
Week 19Week 20Week 21Week 22Week 23Week 24
Week 25Week 26Week 27Week 28Week 29Week 30
Week 31Week 32Week 33Week 34Week 35Week 36
Week 37Week 38Week 39Week 40Week 41Week 42
Week 43Week 44Week 45Week 46Week 47Week 48
Week 49Week 50Week 51Week 52Week 53Week 54
Week 55Week 56Week 57Week 58Week 59Week 60
Week 61Week 62Week 63Week 64Week 65Week 66
Week 67Week 68Week 69Week 70Week 71Week 72
Week 73Week 74Week 75Week 76Week 77Week 78
Week 79Week 80Week 81Week 82Week 83Week 84
Week 85Week 86Week 87Week 88Week 89Week 90
Week 91Week 92Week 93Week 94Week 95Week 96
Week 97Week 98Week 99Week 100Week 101Week 102
Week 103Week 104Week 105Week 106Week 107Week 108
Week 109Week 110Week 111Week 112Week 113Week 114
Week 115Week 116Week 117Week 118Week 119Week 120
Week 121Week 122Week 123Week 124Week 125Week 126
Week 127Week 128Week 129Week 130Week 131Week 132
Week 133Week 134Week 135Week 136Week 137Week 138
Week 139Week 140Week 141Week 142Week 143Week 144
Week 145Week 146Week 147Week 148Week 149Week 150
Week 151Week 152Week 153Week 154Week 155Week 156
Week 157Week 158Week 159Week 160Week 161Week 162
Week 163Week 164Week 165Week 166Week 167Week 168
Week 169Week 170Week 171Week 172Week 173Week 174
Week 175Week 176Week 177Week 178Week 179Week 180
Week 181Week 182Week 183Week 184Week 185Week 186
Week 187Week 188Week 189Week 190Week 191Week 192
Week 193Week 194Week 195Week 196Week 197Week 198
Week 199Week 200Week 201Week 202Week 203Week 204
Week 205Week 206Week 207Week 208Week 209Week 210
Week 211Week 212Week 213Week 214Week 215Week 216
Week 217Week 218Week 219Week 220Week 221Week 222
Week 223Week 224Week 225Week 226Week 227Week 228
Week 229Week 230Week 231Week 232Week 233Week 234
Week 235Week 236Week 237Week 238Week 239Week 240
Week 241Week 242Week 243Week 244Week 245Week 246
Week 247Week 248Week 249Week 250Week 251Week 252
Week 253Week 254Week 255Week 256Week 257Week 258
Week 259Week 260Week 261Week 262Week 263Week 264
Week 265Week 266Week 267Week 268Week 269Week 270
Week 271Week 272Week 273Week 274Week 275Week 276
Week 277Week 278Week 279Week 280Week 281Week 282
Week 283Week 284Week 285Week 286Week 287Week 288
Week 289Week 290Week 291Week 292Week 293Week 294
Week 295Week 296Week 297Week 298Week 299Week 300
Week 301Week 302Week 303Week 304Week 305Week 306
Week 307Week 308Week 309Week 310Week 311Week 312
Week 313Week 314Week 315Week 316Week 317Week 318
Week 319Week 320Week 321Week 322Week 323Week 324
Week 325Week 326Week 327Week 328Week 329Week 330
Week 331Week 332Week 333Week 334Week 335Week 336
Week 337Week 338Week 339Week 340Week 341Week 342
Week 343Week 344Week 345Week 346Week 347Week 348
Week 349Week 350Week 351Week 352Week 353Week 354
Week 355Week 356Week 357Week 358Week 359Week 360
Week 361Week 362Week 363Week 364Week 365Week 366
Week 367Week 368Week 369Week 370Week 371Week 372
Week 373Week 374Week 375Week 376Week 377Week 378
Week 379Week 380Week 381Week 382Week 383Week 384
Week 385Week 386Week 387Week 388Week 389Week 390
Week 391Week 392Week 393Week 394Week 395Week 396
Week 397Week 398Week 399Week 400Week 401Week 402
Week 403Week 404Week 405Week 406Week 407Week 408
Week 409Week 410Week 411Week 412Week 413Week 414
Week 415Week 416Week 417Week 418Week 419Week 420
Week 421Week 422Week 423Week 424Week 425Week 426
Week 427Week 428Week 429Week 430Week 431Week 432
Week 433Week 434Week 435Week 436Week 437Week 438
Week 439Week 440Week 441Week 442Week 443Week 444
Week 445Week 446Week 447Week 448Week 449Week 450
Week 451Week 452Week 453Week 454Week 455Week 456
Week 457Week 458Week 459Week 460Week 461Week 462
Week 463Week 464Week 465Week 466Week 467Week 468
Week 469Week 470Week 471Week 472Week 473Week 474
Week 475Week 476Week 477Week 478Week 479Week 480
Week 481Week 482Week 483Week 484Week 485Week 486
Week 487Week 488Week 489Week 490Week 491Week 492
Week 493Week 494Week 495Week 496Week 497Week 498
Week 499Week 500Week 501Week 502Week 503Week 504
Week 505Week 506Week 507Week 508Week 509Week 510
Week 511Week 512Week 513Week 514Week 515Week 516
Week 517Week 518Week 519Week 520Week 521Week 522
Week 523Week 524Week 525Week 526Week 527Week 528
Week 529Week 530Week 531Week 532Week 533Week 534
Week 535Week 536Week 537Week 538Week 539Week 540
Week 541Week 542Week 543Week 544Week 545Week 546
Week 547Week 548Week 549Week 550Week 551Week 552
Week 553Week 554Week 555Week 556Week 557Week 558
Week 559Week 560Week 561Week 562Week 563Week 564
Week 565Week 566Week 567Week 568Week 569Week 570
Week 571Week 572Week 573Week 574Week 575Week 576
Week 577Week 578Week 579Week 580Week 581Week 582
Week 583Week 584Week 585Week 586Week 587Week 588
Week 589Week 590Week 591Week 592Week 593Week 594
Week 595Week 596Week 597Week 598Week 599Week 600
Week 601Week 602Week 603Week 604Week 605Week 606
Week 607Week 608Week 609Week 610Week 611Week 612
Week 613Week 614Week 615Week 616Week 617Week 618
Week 619Week 620Week 621Week 622Week 623Week 624
Week 625Week 626Week 627Week 628Week 629Week 630
Week 631Week 632Week 633Week 634Week 635Week 636
Week 637Week 638Week 639Week 640Week 641Week 642
Week 643Week 644Week 645Week 646Week 647Week 648
Week 649Week 650Week 651Week 652  


IMPORTANT - SUBMISSION POLICY! By uploading or otherwise submitting any materials to Neopets, you (and your parents) are automatically granting us permission to use those materials for free in any manner we can think of forever throughout the universe. These materials must be created ONLY by the person submitting them - you cannot submit someone else's work. Also, if you're under age 18, ALWAYS check with your parents before you submit anything to us!