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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 Seven Hundred Sixty Eight Ends Friday, April 21st

This was the event Rye had been preparing for the entire year, and he couldn’t help the grin that tugged at his lips.

“Excited for the Hunt?” His mum asked across the dining table.

“Of course!” Rye exclaimed. “It’s going to be awesome! I couldn’t wait for it to start!”

Just like every Neopian, Rye had been anticipating the annual Cybunny Negg Hunt during the Festival of Neggs, but for very different reasons. While others might have been thrilled to search all over Neopia to find those special neggs, Rye was excited, because he was in charge of running this event, along with Topsi.

They had agreed— Topsi, being a Cybunny, would be mainly taking care of publicity, while Rye would take care of all the other roles that Topsi could not cover.

“The Hunt is starting soon, I’ll have to go now!” Rye said. Bidding a farewell to his mum, he eased into a light job, not wanting to waste much time to arrive at the venue...

Author: luscinia17
Date: Apr 17th
When Rye arrived at the venue, his eyes met a very sad sight. The venue that was normally bustling with hundreds of excited Neopian's patiently awaiting the negg hunt to start, was almost completely empty. There were maybe 20 different neopets there.

Rye rubbed his eyes, not wanting to believe what he was seeing.

Topsi hopped over to Rye with a concerned look on his face.

"What is going on?" Rye asked Topsi as he looked around at the near empty venue.

"Haven't you heard?" Topsi asked, in a voice full of surprise. "The negg hunt is cancelled this year."

"Cancelled?" Yelled Rye, trying to hold back tears. "Why?"

Topsi lowered his voice to the quietest whisper and said "All of the neggs are gone..."

Author: she_chose_love
Date: Apr 17th
"Gone?" Rye said, "How could they all be gone?"

"I don't really know." Topsi whispered back to him, "When I went to check up on things this morning, every single Negg that was to be used was missing. I looked all around, but I couldn't find any trace of them."

"But...this can't be!" Rye said. "This ruins the whole thing!"

He looked over to the crowd, seeing the sorrow that was on the faces of the Neopians who were upset about the cancelled hunt.

"Is there anything we can do?" Rye asked.

"I heard about something like this happening before." Topsi said, "Kari had to deal with something like this a few years ago, back when she had her cart. I looked into it, and I've decided to call in a specialist."

"A specialist?" Rye said hopefully.

"Yes." Topsi said, "Any time something in Neopia gets stolen like this, the one you should always look for first is..."

Author: dr_tomoe
Date: Apr 18th
"... the pant devil."

"The pant devil?" Rye couldn't believe his ears.

"Yes, the pant devil," replied Topsi. "The pant devil has had years of experience in taking things from people. He has not changed his ways, but he does do some side work, specializing in finding things that are missing ... but for a price."

Rye didn't like the idea of getting a villian like the pant devil involved with the Cybunny Negg Hunt, but what else could they do? This event meant so much to the skeith. So much that he would do anything to get those neggs back to ensure that under his watch, the festival would be a success.

"Let's do it," Rye said. "Do you know how to get in touch with the pant devil?"

"That's just the thing," replied Topsi. "To get the help of the pant devil you will have to ..."

Author: linnipooh
Date: Apr 19th
“…make a sacrifice.”

Rye gulped; that sounded a little eerie. “A sacrifice?” he asked, trying to keep his voice still.

Topsi nodded. “The Pant Devil likes expensive things, after all - how else are you going to get his attention?”

That..made sense, and wasn’t nearly as macabre as Rye had initially feared. Still, what could he sacrifice? “Okay, but what do I-“ he started, but Topsi cut him off, beaming.

“There’s a good lad! I should have known you could figure it out. You go find the pant devil, and I’m going to see if I can get more Neopets back here to get this event going!” Then Topsi dashed off, leaving Rye stuttering in the dust.

A sacrifice? What valuable did he have that he even could give up? There was stuff back at his house, but most anything of value was his Mum’s, not his. Well, that wasn’t strictly true - he didn’t like it, but he realized there was one thing of his that would fit the bill…

Author: agedbeauty
Date: Apr 19th
the amulet that his great great grandfather gave him. That was the most valuable thing that was in Rye's house. However, it was a precious family heirloom, Rye couldn't give that up.

What if Rye could trick the pant devil into coming to steal the amulet without actually taking it? It was risky but just might work. If Rye could draw out the pant devil with the precious amulet and then stop him before he took it, everything would be okay. This had to work, Rye needed the pant devils help and this was the only way.

Rye rushed home and snuck into his house, he didn't want his mother to know what he was up too. She would either ask too many questions or get mad at him.

****

Once Rye was safely out of distance of the house he pulled the amulet out of his pocket and begun waving it around, trying to draw attention to himself.

"This amulet is amazing, and so valuable." Rye Yelled,placing the amulet on a rock. "It is such a precious family heirloom, I am just going to place it here and turn my back for a moment."

Rye turned his back and heard shuffling behind him, it must be the Pant devil coming to steal the amulet. Rye turned around quickly and...

Author: she_chose_love
Date: Apr 19th
...there he was, the Pant Devil, floating ominously before him. His hand was outstretched in front of the amulet, just about to grab it. "Well hello there friend, I just so happened to hear you mention you had such a lovely amulet, I just came to take a look at it," the Pant Devil hissed with a creepy grin.

Rye reached out and snatched the amulet before it could be taken. "Look, I'm sorry, but I need your help."

The Pant Devil frowned. "Ugh, what do you want?"

"All of the Neggs for the Negg hunt have gone missing and we really need to get them back quickly," Rye explained. "I was told that you could help us find them."

"I suppose I have helped people find things in the past. I'm sure this wouldn't be a difficult task," the Pant Devil mused. "However, there is a price."

"I'll give you almost anything if you'll help!" Rye begged.

The Pant Devil smirked. "Okay, if you want me to find the Neggs, you'll have to give me..."

Author: golden1188
Date: Apr 20th
the amulet.

Rye's face lit up with a mixture of fear and disappointment. This isn't how things were supposed to be. Rye couldn't possibly give The Pant Devil his great great grandfathers amulet.

Before Rye could say anything Topsi came hopping over. "I see you found the Pant Devil," Topsi said. "This is great news, I will go let all of Neopia know that the Negg hunt is back on." With that Topsi was gone.

Now what was Rye going to do? He couldn't disappoint all of Neopia. A very mean thought came into Rye's head. He could tell The Pant Devil he can have the amulet, then just not give it to him. By the time that happens, the Negg hunt will have already begun and it will be too late for The Pant Devil to do anything.

Rye took a deep breath. "Okay," he said confidently.

"Good," replied The Pant Devil with a smirk. "Now hand it over..."

Author: she_chose_love
Date: Apr 20th
“You can have it once the hunt is over” said Rye a lot more bravely than he felt. He met the Pant Devil square in the face and tried not to blink as it’s beady red eyes bored into his own.

Just when he thought the ruse was over and he might actually have to give away his amulet the Pant Devil shrugged.

“I can wait a few hours”, the creature hissed. “You'll find the missing Neggs hidden in the bushes outside number 7 Meepit Lane”. With those parting words the Pant Devil swooped away leaving Rye staring after it in shock.

He knew that address. Now he had two problems.

He had to figure out how to avoid giving his precious amulet to the Pant Devil and he had to work out why the Neggs were hidden in a garden which belonged to...

Author: minnow
Date: Apr 20th
...Old Mr. Whitby. He was one of the crankiest Neopians in the neighborhood; his garden was his passion and all of the kids had learned the hard way to not let any balls or toys even come close to touching one of his precious plants.

Why would he hide Neggs in his garden? He must have known we would come looking for them. That doesn't make any sense, Rye thought as he walked along Meepit Lane until he arrived at the quaint Neohome where the old Chia lived.

The curtains were drawn and Mr. Whitby was not sitting on his rocking chair on the porch. If Rye was quick and quiet enough, perhaps he could sneak up, grab the Neggs and sneak away again before he was spotted. Really, he'd be doing Mr. Whitby a favor since the Neggs were probably crushing some of the plants.

Rye ducked low to the ground and began to peer through the perfectly-pruned, prized bushes. To his confusion, he could not see any Neggs. "That lying, good-for-nothing villain," Rye murmured to himself. "It's a good thing I didn't give him my amulet."

But what to do next. The Pant Devil lead had grown cold and now he and Topsi were back to square one. Worse, Topsi was probably getting everyone's hopes up by saying the Hunt was back on. Rye shoved his hands into his pockets as he tried to concentrate, but before he could stop himself, he let out a scream of shock and anger. His great great grandfather's amulet was gone...

How will the story end?

Author: catchinglights
Date: Apr 21st
...With a heavy sigh, Rye admitted defeat and made his way back to the Festival of Neggs. Not only had he failed, but he had less than what he started with -- both in terms of monetary value, in terms of priceless family history, and in terms of his pride.

"Heeeyyyy, there's the Neopet of the hour!" Topsi drawled upon the Skeith's return.

"Woo," Rye exclaimed half-heartedly.

Topsi hopped over to him. "Aw, come on, what's wrong?" He put a paw on the Skeith's back. "What happened?"

Rye fought back tears. "The Pant Devil stiffed me! He took my sacrifice, and the Neggs weren't where he told me they were!"

The Cybunny smiled almost unnervingly. "Oh, well there, buddy, guess what -- The Pant Devil delivered the Neggs himself! He must have gotten them before he got your amulet!"

Rye frowned... The Pant Devil must have exchanged some words with Topsi, as Rye had never told the Cybunny what the sacrifice he had chosen would be. He supposed it only made sense, though, as the Pant Devil knew whom to give the eggs to.

"Do you mind running the event for a bit, Rye?" Topsi said with a grin. "You've earned it." He winked at the Skeith.

"Really?" Rye gaped. This was like a dream... a dream after a nightmare, yes, but--

"Good," Topsi replied, "I have to run out and buy a new katana for my collection, Wonderous Weaponry is having a sale."

Dumbfounded, Rye watched as the Cybunny raced off. Well, whatever. Rye grinned and commenced the task of giving the crowds clues as to where the Neggs were hidden.

***

Topsi returned as evening fell, and gradually the event had worn down for the day.

"Again tomorrow?" asked Topsi.

"Maybe," Rye said. "I'm really tired."

Topsi laughed as he polished his new weapon.

Rye's mother appeared in the crowd and the young Skeith wandered up to her. "Did you have fun?" she asked as the two walked away from the Festival of Neggs toward their Neohome.

"I did... but Mum..." he started to tear up again. "I lost great great grandfather's amu--"

With an almost annoyed smirk, the elder Skeith pulled out the artifact.

Rye's eyes went wide. "Where did you GET that!?"

"The Pant Devil sold it to me." She sighed. "You need to be more careful with your things."

"But but but," he stuttered. "I used it as bait to get back the stolen Neggs and--"

"Look, son," his mother started, "the Pant Devil knows he can't keep everything he steals. So sometimes he sells things... and the ones who pay the most are always the ones to whom the object has the most value. Sentimental value." She shook her head. "I don't know how he knew to come to me, but I'm glad he did."

Just as the two neared their home's steps, something occurred to Rye.

Topsi. It all led back to Topsi. Topsi knew he had an amulet. Topsi must have told the Pant Devil where his mum was. Topsi was even going Katana shopping, meaning he must have taken some of the pay received from the sale of the amulet by the Pant Devil to his mum. Heck, Topsi might even have known where the neggs were from the very start! He might have put them in the one place he knew Rye would never look!

The Skeith all of a sudden felt very unsettled. "Mum?"

"Yes dear?"

"I don't want to go back to the Festival of Neggs tomorrow."

THE END

Author: rielcz
Date: Apr 21st



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