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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 Eight Hundred One Ends January 26th

Music filled the great hall, reverberating off the ceiling and the many pillars that lined the walls. The sounds were coming from the four-piece band on a small stage in the corner. The hall was filled with people, everyone dressed in sumptuous ball gowns or suits of lavish material and dark colours.

From where Anita the Purple Kyrii stood, she could see King Altador seated on a dias. He was magnificent. While everyone else had worn jewel-tones, the “in” colour this season, he sat tall and proud in his startlingly bright cream suit. In his hand was a staff, which he seemed to be absentmindedly tapping up and down to the music. Anita wondered if he wished he could come down off the dias and dance amongst his guests. How terribly boring it must be to be King, she thought.

The touch of a silk glove against her forearm startled out her reverie. She refocused her attention on the white Kacheek who had approached her.

“Do you wish to dance, my lady?” he said.

She nodded. She took his hand.

“What’s your name?” he said as they pushed through the crowd.

“Lady Anita Briary of the Brightvale Plains,” she said, trying to keep her chin high as she said it, just like her mother had taught her.

He swept her into a Altadorian Tango. There were a few wobbles, where Anita’s long, green dress had caught under her heels, but she’d manage to recover just in time for the Kacheek to spin or dip her.

It was at the moment the song reached the crescendo that Anita noticed something was wrong. Her dance partner stopped, holding her still in his outstretched hand, mind-spin, a confused look on his face. Then she realised: the music had stopped. The crowd had all turned to look at the dias King Altador had been seated on. She looked over herself, and she saw...

Author: phoenix_through_fire
Date: Jan 22nd
Her skin wrinkled like she bathed in water for years. Her body grew as big as a grand piano. Her legs and arms became like sticks and her face looked like she wanted to punch someone for not having a mirror to look at. She panicked, her arms wiggled around and screamed,

"HELP! WHAT IS HAPPENING?" A huge clang noise rumbled in the corner as the instrument players made a run for it. The crowd roared and everyone ran from one spot to the other in an instant. The Kacheek held his arms to his eyes and his body started to wobble. He managed to carry his entire body with his stubby legs to get out of that place. Anita looked at herself again and to her horror, she looked around to find that no one was there, except the king.

She knew that staff of his was suspicious, but she had no hope. "Now you are hideous as can be, you will never become Princess of Brightvale Plains." said the King.

Anita was confused that she would become princess. She cried, her eyes filled with tears and she fell to the ground, feeling hopeless. Until a grand opening of light shown through a window at the back of the hall. A horse crashed into it and Anita noticed a mysterious figure, almost looked, heroic...

Author: dlanny321
Date: Jan 23rd
“What is going on!? Anita cried, falling to her knees before the figure that had materialised in front of her. “What has happened to me?”

Through the haze of her tears she could make out the benevolent expression of the Eventide Uni entering through the sudden light. She fell to her knees before the sight, the glow of its hooves almost burning her eyes.

“You have had the misfortune to have caught the Prince’s eye,” the newly arrived Uni said to her gently. “Rise, dear child. There is no need to kneel before me.”

“But… but… what does that have to do with this!?” Anita screeched, looking down at her horribly wrinkled and swollen skin in disgust and horror. “All I did was dance!”

“You are naïve,” those clear and sparkling blue eyes looked down on her with something akin to pity. “For all know that the King has a suitor in mind for his son. A suitor who can bring great gifts to the kingdom. You in your innocence and your finery threatened that.”

“He could have just told me to leave!” Anita all but bellowed, her anguish leaching out around her. “I’m… I’m… I’m…”

“You have a choice,” the Uni spoke over her as though he had not heard her. “You can stay like this, in this body for the rest of your mortal life. Or you can come with me and we can break the curse. But you may never see those you love and care for again.”

“Why?” she gasped, tears running unashamedly down her face. “If you have the power to turn this back, then please, please just do it. Please.”

“That, I am afraid, is beyond me,” there was compassion in his tone, compassion mixed with sorrow and regret and Anita found herself strangely comforted. “For the curse to be annulled you will need to…”

Author: selfbetrayal
Date: Jan 24th
"...Face the King," the Uni spoke gravely. "For too long has he gone doing what he wants with no repercussions. I will help you face him and remove the curse he put upon you. It is time for Altador to be freed."

Anita wiped the tears from her eyes. The Uni had a majestic aura that made her feel safe. She felt she could trust in his words. She picked herself up but collapsed when her weak knees couldn't hold her new weight. Tears sprung from her eyes as she looked at her trembling hands. Her beautiful fur was now replaced with the skin of the old. Her limbs and body looked they belonged to a horrible beast of hunting. If her petite body changed this much...how much did her face changed? Anita slowly brought up her shaking hands to her face.

"Don't," the Uni spoke softly. Anita looked at him with tear stained eyes. The Uni looked sorrowful. "It won't do you any good," he said gently.

Anita brought her hands down, knowing he was right. She wiped away her tears and used a nearby table to hoist herself up.

The dance hall was now empty, her figure having driven everyone away from fear. The King and the Prince was also gone. 'The Prince!' Anita thought. Something also had happened to him during her transformation.

"The Prince-" Anita started.

"He is fine. He is the Crown Prince, after all." The Uni said. One of his ears twitched, hearing the distant footsteps of the royal guard heading their way. "We must leave, now."

"But, what if the Prince is in danger?" Anita asked, wobbling after the Uni. She remembered the Prince's worried face during her transformation. She always knew the Prince of Altador as a kind man who was known for his generosity and compassion. There was no way he would follow his father after what he did.

"She cannot touch him as long as he is the Crown Prince," the Uni said. He bent his knees and motioned Anita to get on his back with a head tilt. "We'll be faster with you on my back."

"'She'?" Anita asked as she got on the Uni.

Author: orlovo
Date: Jan 24th
"She is Death's wife," he told her. "Death?!?" Anita yelled. "Only joking, but she IS evil, and she IS just pretending to be Altador," he said to her.

"Then, what is her-NAME!!!" Anita yelped as the Uni took off down the slope the castle stood on.

"Peica the proud was her name when she ruled her own country," he told her. "If she had ruled more wisely, we might not be here talking about her right now."

"Excuse me for asking but, what's your name?" Anita asked."

"That is quite off topic, let me put it back on track," he said with fear in his voice. "Wait," he said stopping halfway down the slope shooting her off his back. "Grab on," he said. "Umm..." Anita said.

"I SAID, grab ON!" The Uni then grabbed Anita's arm with his mouth, and pulled her close. Anita manged to make out the Uni lifting his horn high, when the clouds turned dark and it started to rain.

"Wait, you are Rainstorm! The one from the legend of Brightvale Plains!" She screeched.

The rain then stopped but the clouds stayed dark. "There they are!" Anita heard a guard yell out.

Rainstorm pulled Anita onto his back and ran.

They hit mud and slid when Anita realized what the rain was for.

The were getting very close to a brick wall around the castle when the Uni then said...

Author: buggybutts2
Date: Jan 24th
"On the count of three, JUMP!"

"We'll never make it!" Anita said,

"We don't have much time - you have to try!" The uni lowered himself, preparing for impact.

"You'll get hurt!" She said, holding onto his mane. "I won't let you go."

"You have no choice!" Rainstorm explained, "one.."

"I won't do it!"

"Two..."

"You could die!"

"THREE!"

Despite the debate, the Uni used all his might to launch the Kyrii over the wall.

Anita fought at first, but it was no use to the Uni's strength. As he went crashing into the wall, Anita flew high and up, over the brick castle wall. As she landed with a thud, she quickly turned and shouted "RAINSTORM, CAN YOU HEAR ME? WHAT DO I DO NOW?"

She had so many questions unanswered. So many things to learn about. She frowned, waiting and waiting for a response. The Uni said nothing.

Turning and looking up, she admired the view of the castle up close. Taking a deep breath, she took a step forward.

"I guess I'm on my own from here.."

She had no idea where to start, so she....

How will the story end...

Author: heysarahkate
Date: Jan 25th
...struggled under her weight but eventually managed to find a gait she was comfortable at. Anita was not sure what chance she stood of challenging Peica the Proud in her current state, but she had to try. For herself, for the Prince, for the people of Altador.

And for Rainstorm.

Filled with new determination, Anita made her way around the castle walls. She wasn't sure where Peica had gone, but Rainstorm must have brought her out here for a reason.

Suddenly, from out of a guard tower, a large paw shot out and grabbed one of her stick-like arms. Anita gasped as she saw the angry visage of King Altador wielding a sword and fixing her with a stare that would freeze most Neopians in their tracks.

Most, but not her.

"Do not touch me, Peica the Proud," she commanded, sounding much braver than she felt.

King Altador recoiled. "Who told you that name?" he snarled.

"It does not matter," Anita replied. "I know you are an imposter, so show yourself!"

And before her eyes, she saw the form of King Altador seem to wobble, before his head swelled while his snout shrunk and ears lengthened. His torso shortened and his legs and arms both became as twig-like as Anita's own. The King's thick fur began to fall out and was replaced with matted grey fur. The end result facing Anita was a malformed grey Aisha.

Peica the Proud hissed at her: "Are you happy now, you snotty little brat? Does it satisfy you to look upon my true form?"

"What happened to you?" Anita asked.

"I was once beautiful and proud of it, just like you. But my subjects were not content to revel in my beauty, so they banded together and cursed me with this form," Peica snarled. She chuckled before continuing, "so I set out to make others like me. For every beautiful Neopian I make like me, I get some of my beauty back, you see. Those insolent peasants learned their tricks from Jerdana, so I thought it fitting to start here in Altador."

"You may have been beautiful on the outside, but you were never beautiful on the inside, or else this would have never happened. And you'll never be beautiful again unless you stop this," Anita pointed out.

"Enough talking!" Peica shouted. She began to walk around Anita, sizing her up and twirling the strange staff from before in her hand. "You may think we are equals in this form girl, but I have years of experience, as well as magic of my own. You stand no chance of defeating me alone."

"She's not alone."

Anita gasped in excited surprise as a wondrous Eventide Uni landed beside them. Thunder roared as his hooves thudded on the ground. As he landed, Anita saw that he was not alone. On his back were King Altador - the real King Altador - and the Crown Prince who was still a little wobbly as his body resisted Peica's magic.

"Enough, Peica," he said. "This ends now."

Peica had raised the staff, but Anita mustered all the power she could into her stick-like legs and lunged forward. Her girth was able to knock the staff from Peica's outstretched hand and she landed on it with a crunch.

"No!" Peica howled as she dropped to her spindly knees.

Anita gasped as she felt her body beginning to change, but it felt better. She had a feeling she was going back to normal. She must have broken the staff when she fell on it, and by doing so broke the curse on herself.

Anita felt a pair of gentle hands help her up and saw the Prince. He flashed her a brief smile which she returned as she saw King Altador and Rainstorm tying up Peica. The Aisha was now sporting a face full of boils she had not had previously.

Just as Peica was sufficiently bound, two guards ran up. King Altador shoved the Aisha toward them. "Lock her in the dungeons and see to it that there are absolutely no magical artifacts in the vicinity. We don't want this happening again."

"Oh, and put a big mirror in there with her, too, would you?" Anita added, unable to help herself.

She, the Prince, King Altador, and Rainstorm all laughed at that as Peica was led away.

"I must thank you, Lady Anita, for helping to break the curse. What you went through could not have been easy, but it needed to be done. Who knows what havoc she would have brought upon the kingdom," King Altador told the Kyrii. "If there is anything at all you want, please let me know."

Anita shook her head. "I don't really need anything," she replied. "I'm just glad everything is back to normal and I'm no longer... whatever I was. I think I'm just ready to go home and see my family."

"I can take you there," Rainstorm said with a nod.

"You must come back and visit us," the Prince implored with a wide smile.

"I think I might," Anita replied shyly with a smile of her own. She glanced between the Prince and King Altador. "What are you going to do now?"

"Well," King Altador replied, rubbing his chin and looking up at the ruined castle exterior where Rainstorm at flown in. He chuckled. "I think my first order of business is probably to repair my ballroom wall."

The End.

Author: catchinglights
Date: Jan 29th



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