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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 Ninety Four Ends November 10th

She was running. She didn't know why exactly. It sort of floated away from her after the last hour or so. But she knew she had to keep going. They had to be following her. Or were they? Who was following her again?

It was cool, dark and damp in the Haunted Woods, and did not help her pounding heart. This place looked familiar. Familiar to the point of fear.

She slowed to a stop. She knew it. She couldn't do it. They were going to catch her. And she knew she wouldn't be able to put up a fight. She slumped against the torn bark of a tree, feeling her cold sweat drip down her face.

So she began the slow and torturous process of piecing together memories.

Author: erroro
Date: Nov 6th
She thought as far back as she could go. Today was her birthday wasn't it? There was cake, and party hats, and... dung cake? The day had started out so well. She had her fur combed and wore her favorite tiara. She had felt like such a princess.

She took a break from looking back at her memories to look at her paws with a few nails broken.

She thought back, could this have all really started from a scavenger hunt? How did it all turn out so wrong?

Forget the scavenger hunt, she thought, this has gone on far enough. She got up with a glow in her eyes. It was dark, yes, but she could see. She still needed to remember how things got so out of hand, but she couldn't stay seated in one place for too long. They would find her.

Author: cuzin_erza
Date: Nov 7th
She sprinted further into the shadow-drenched forest, dodging stagnant mud puddles and weaving past scores of gnarled, leafless trees. A frigid wind howled through the air, while thorny branches scraped at her elegant lavender dress. Slorgs and Slymooks crawled across the ground, leaving trails of green slime behind them.

She shuddered, a grimace stretching across her face. She'd always hated the Haunted Woods. She hated its gloomy forests, its desolate plains, its putrid swamps, and its creepy deserted fairground. She'd much rather be on the tranquil beaches of Mystery Island, or the enchanted streets of Faerie City, or almost anywhere other than this depressing, revolting place. Anywhere but here.

So then...why exactly was she here?

She leaned against a boulder, determined to uncover the answer to that question. She'd already traveled a fair distance into the forest, into a dark, isolated grove surrounded by towering trees. They probably wouldn't find her here - not for a few minutes, at least.

Once again, she started sorting through her memories. From what she recalled, she hadn't been the one to suggest going on a scavenger hunt. That idea had been proposed by someone else, by one of the guests attending her birthday party. She closed her eyes, envisioning the guests' faces in her mind: a Pink Poogle, an Eventide Kacheek, a Pastel Xweetok, an Orange Shoyru...

She gasped. It had to have been the Orange Shoyru. He'd always been a prankster, a troublemaker, an outgoing adventurer with an insatiable penchant for mischief. Going on a scavenger hunt through the Haunted Woods seemed like precisely the kind of daring, dangerous adventure he'd want to embark on. What was his name again? Ralph? Randall? Reginald?

She shook her head, telling herself that the Shoyru's name wasn't important for now. What was important was remembering how she'd ended up here, how everything had gone wrong...and, most importantly, who or what she was running from.

Before she could remember anything else, however, she suddenly heard something that made her freeze with terror...

Author: kitty_cats_436
Date: Nov 7th
It sounded like footsteps, crunching leaves beneath big boots.

She climbed into a bush and held her breath, maybe if she didn't make a sound the footsteps would go away. It wasn't them was it? They hadn't found her already.

She listened carefully as the footsteps faded into the distance. She was too frightened to peek out from hiding and see who or what made the footsteps.

Moments passed, finally there was silence. That was close, too close.

Ricky, that was the Shoyru's name. Yes, this was all Rickys fault. Everyone was busy laughing and celebrating, then Ricky had an idea.

What if everyone went on a scavenger hunt, through Haunted Woods. It sounded kind of like a good idea, until he said what everyone was looking for.

He wanted us to find...

Author: she_chose_love
Date: Nov 8th
...an elusive Gloomflower. It was a flower that hated the sunlight yet thrived in the moon's glow. Because of this, it was only ever found in the Haunted Woods. And that was all she knew of it.

She had asked Ricky what he wanted the flower for - he was a boy, he didn't like flowers - but he only winked.

If only she'd known that there were beings in the Haunted Woods that would protect that precious flower with their lives.

She wondered where the Pink Poogle, Eventide Kacheek, and Pastel Xweetok were. Did they have similar pursuers? She had the sense that one way or another, she would never see those Neopets again.

A gap in the trees through which moonlight filtered to the murky grass below gave her pause. For in the center of the grove, surrounded on all sides by lifeless plants, was a single pale blue flower, depressing yet beautiful, its shape a bulbous down-turned bell. The Gloomflower...

Author: catchinglights
Date: Nov 9th
She couldn't help herself. She moved forward, drawn to the flower by an irresistible pull. It was even more beautiful up close, periwinkle veins intertwined along its petals. The petals themselves seemed to almost shimmer in the moonlight, as if the flower gave off its own glow.

She reached out to touch it, to see if it was as silky smooth as it invited, but hesitated. She thought back to Ricky's wink. What if the flower itself was a trap? What if the flower was poisonous to the touch? What if Ricky wanted them to get into harm, if Ricky knew that --

The crunch of leaves nearby stopped her thoughts in their tracks. Oh no, oh no, they've caught up, she shouldn't have stayed here! She tried to scramble away, but a voice glued her feet to the ground.

"You're much more resourceful than I gave you credit for," a voice echoed. She looked around, but could not identify the source. It seemed to come from all sides.

"Your friends met their ends hours ago," the voice continued, "but you? I am truly impressed." Every nerve screamed at her to run, but stood, frozen in shock. Why couldn't she run? She needed to run!

The voice let out a surprised laugh. "And you found the flower as well! I had thought impossible. At this point, I wasn't sure if it even existed. I've been looking for so long.

"Now, I should stop this game. It was fun while it lasted, but I have what I want now. What I need."

She couldn't move as the crunches grew louder and louder, stepping into the clearing...

How does this story end...

Author: antebella
Date: Nov 10th
The hazy darkness in the clearing yielded to the emergent figure of a Shoyru. Ricky.

“You really shouldn’t follow people whose names you hardly know into these Woods, my dear,” he said as his hand rose from his side, clutching a wooden staff adorned with sickly vines. “You never know when you might be…” he trailed off as his voiced shifted to a higher, clearer octave. With an assuming swirl of the staff, the outline of the Shoyru transfigured into a hooded shadow. Emerald eyes glared through the veil of darkness, and a pale hand with gnarled fingernails drew back the hood to reveal Ilere, the elusive Faerie of the Haunted Woods.

“…tricked.”

Ilere seemed to float without breaking into stride. The Faerie approached her, eyeing the Gloomflower in her grasp as she continued, “The Gloomflower is the last ingredient I need for my Elixir of Youth. Though I know these forests like the back of my hand, I’ve searched for months. They say you sometimes need a…” she croaked, a crooked smile growing on her lips, “…fresh perspective to see what is right before you. I’ll be needing that flower now."

She was petrified, unknowingly grasping the Gloomflower so tightly that her paws turned white. Yet, the thought of her friends’ fate stirred in her a sense of confidence that enabled her to respond to the Faerie, “And what about my friends? The Poogle, Kacheek and Xweetok who entered the forest with us? Where are they?"

Ilere cackled, extending out her arm once more to reveal a bracelet of dried swamp grass strung with three green, glowing beads. “I’ve captured them in here. It never hurts to have souls at my disposal. They were useless: they stopped searching for the flower during our little game and no longer served a purpose."

She held the flower away from the Faerie and yelled, “Release them, or I won’t give you the Gloomflower!”

“My dear, you don’t have a say in this,” Ilere hissed back as she floated forward in pursuit of the Neopet who turned to run.

She weaved her way through the dark thickets and labyrinth of vines and gnarled trees, excruciatingly aware of the fact that Ilere pursued right behind her. After what seemed like a half hour of chasing, the whirl of the Faerie stopped, so she paused behind a boulder to collect her thoughts. “If my friends are imprisoned by the Faerie’s magic…” she thought with strained concentration,”... only the magic of a more powerful being could break the spell. But who…” An idea crept on her as Ilere stalked nearby. She jumped out from behind the boulder and hollered toward the Faerie, “If you want this Gloomflower, you better catch me!”

Guided by the moonlight, she ran through the woods in the direction that she originally came while dodging branches and trying to stay several paces in front of the Faerie. The Gloomflower was wilting in her hand, but she simply tightened her grip. She finally caught a glimpse through the innumerable trees of a spectral blue mass she passed by on her way in: the Esophagor.

Ilere was gaining on her as the two came to the clearing of the insatiable beast. She sprinted toward it, shouting “I brought you a snack!” as the Esophagor instinctively opened its hungry mouth.

She flung the Gloomflower toward the Esophagor as Ilere rushed to intercept it. Precious white petals from the flower flew through the air as the flower passed by its teeth. Ilere desperately reached into the Esophagor’s closing mouth to retrieve the flower as its jaw clamped directly on the beaded bracelet. In a blinding white light, the three Neopets were instantly released from their enchanted captivity in the spellbound beads. Everyone besides the Esophagor were buffeted by the breaking of the spell, and as the light faded, they all witnessed Ilere receding into the safety of the forest while nursing her injured hand.

“You saved us!” the Xweetok exclaimed at her. Cries of relief echoed around the Esophagor as the three Neopets hugged and thanked her.

Mere moments ago, she was filled with an anxious panic. Now, the adrenaline of the chase and of her outwitting the trickster Ilere left her feeling invincible. “I’m glad we’re all safe,” she sighed as their embrace tightened. “Now, let’s get us all home."

The End.

Author: miraday
Date: Nov 10th



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