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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 Eighteen Ends December 14th - New Story begins January 14th for Sloth Day (submit your best Sloth themed story beginning)

"Why did it have to be a cave?" Donovan grumbled while crawling on his stomach. "I'll take a jungle. I can go into the mountains just fine. Anything above ground! But no, here I am beneath Neopia."

Donovan was an explorer, and one of the best - he liked to brag about that. He'd found ancient ruins all over Neopia - from deep in the wilderness of Mystery Island to the cold heart of Terror Mountain. This time, though, he'd gone into a hole in the ground outside of Shenkuu and found himself in a tunnel which kept getting smaller and smaller. Soon, he feared, there might be no way to turn back at all.

"This is the last time I take information from old, 'wise' villagers," Donovan said, knowing that he didn't mean what he said. Next time, he would be just as reliant on them as always. If he made it out of this cave, that is.

A little further on, just as it seemed the tunnel would get too tight to continue, suddenly the dirt opened into an enormous cavern. Donovan spilled out onto the ground and grumbled a bit more, before looking at what surrounded him.

"What in the world..."

Author: azienskieth
Date: Dec 10th
Surrounding Donovan was an enormous school of Belonthiss. A myriad of these fanciful fishes flitted around the cavernous expanse. The mingling petpets were unperturbed by Donovan's presence and continued their mesmerizing dance. Their vibrant purple hues glistened against the cave walls, as a mysterious source illuminated their silhouettes.

Deeper in the cavern appeared to be a stagnant pool of water, offset by a golden glow emanating from within. The Belonthiss were still flying around the cave, but appeared to circle the water - and whatever was submerged.

Donovan began to approached the glowing pool, but stopped himself before he made his first stride - an experienced explorer knew when best to exercise caution. Donovan began thinking of his best course of action when suddenly...

Author: tanookitroll
Date: Dec 11th
A call came from inside the pool as if singing to him. Donovan shook his head to keep from being spellbound by the sounds, and yet he couldn't stop staring at the glowing waters.

"What an alluring sound... I want to... touch the waters..." he muttered, taking a few steps to the pool and kneeling down on the shore bank. He slowly touched the waters, which felt surprisingly warm and inviting. Inch by inch, Donovan submerged his body into the waters, being pulled towards the glow. And as his head entered, he found it to be airy, not the dense and pressure inducing liquid he knew well from his adventures.

'Such a fantastical discovery. I wonder if I can...' his thoughts trailed off as he took a deep breath, to find out he actually could breathe! Not only that, he seemed to float to the glowing artifact, not sink.

As Donovan "swims" closer, he finds the glow to come from...

Author: geeky_owner
Date: Dec 12th
...A golden Belonthiss statue, hovering innocently in the water. The glow seemed to encapsulate the statue as if it were contained in a bubble. Despite the light being vibrant enough to illuminate the entire cavern, Donovan was surprised to see that it did not hurt his eyes to gaze upon the statue.

Several of the Belonthiss had followed Donovan in his descent through the water. They tumbled around him, dancing as easily through this mystical water as they had in the air above.

Donovan felt the desire, no the need, to touch the statue. Deep down Donovan knew it to be a bad idea - he was an explorer, not some artifact fiend. He made his riches writing about the hidden wonders of Neopia, not by hawking priceless artifacts to entitled rich folks bored by their manors' decorations.

But that glow.

Just touching it couldn't hurt, right? All he wanted was to feel the statue, to see if it was truly in a bubble.

Unconsciously, his hand reached out and brushed against the statue's smooth surface. In an instant, the glow surrounding the statue faded to nothingness and the statue began to sink into the murky depths of the pool. And then...

Author: catchinglights
Date: Dec 13th
...Donovan looked around him, trying to piece together what was happening. From the fading light, he saw the Belonthiss swim as fast as they could out of the water and back to the cave. Donovan's ears rang as he felt the water around him begin to shake.

'Uh oh...' he thought, and immediately swam back through the water to the cave. Once he broke the pool's surface, Donovan tried looking around again, but without the statue's golden glow, he could barely see anything in the cave. He could still feel shaking around him, and knew that the cave was beginning to collapse. Stumbling through the dark, Donovan struggled to find the entrance he crawled through just minutes ago. The walls seem to shake more violently the longer Donovan searched. This couldn't be how his last adventure ends!

From the corner of his eye, Donovan saw a familiar purple glow behind him. It was the herd of Belonthiss! They were on the other side of the cave, disappearing into what seemed to be an identical tunnel to the one he'd entered from. Donovan was sure that hadn't been there before...but he didn't have time to think. Donovan knew if he wanted to get out alive, he had to follow them.

After army crawling for what seemed an hour, Donovan noticed the tunnel getting brighter. He let out a sigh of relief. He'd make it!! Almost there...

When Donovan exited the tunnel, he looked around. He'd never seen these species of tree before...and he recognized some flowers from Shenkuu...but...was that an Altachuck he just saw burrowing into a den? Not possible...until Donovan also saw a Dofrey fly overhead.

It was impossible.

Donovan was on the uncharted island to the West of Shenkuu!!

Author: asterozoa
Date: Dec 18th
The explorer could not believe his eyes! This new land had an eerie resemblance to Mystery Island. Actually, it reminded Donovan of Geraptiku; in the sense that it seemed to be completely abandoned, and gave him the ominous feeling that he was being watched.

The jungle critters were all that could be heard through the trees, which cast a dark shadow over Donovan. Mysterious bones were scattered in the dirt. To the explorer's surprise, the beautiful Belonthiss were still flying above him, though gravity seemed to be slowly returning.

When the Belonthiss finally fell from the sky, they did not hit the ground. In a gust of light and sparkles, they transformed into luminous...

How will this story end?

Author: vamica1000
Date: Jan 2nd
... spirits, and all around the land, translucent buildings appeared in the same white-blue glow.

The spirits took on the image of Neopets, of all ages and colors. Some of the spirits seemed confused, especially the younger ones. However, most of them had a somber look, yet... hopeful? Relieved?

One stepped forward to Donovan, bowed his head slightly. "Traveler... Thank you for setting the city of Kinshu free."

Donovan stared at them, puzzled and frankly, overwhelmed. "What?" He blurted, his voice contrasting with the gossamer illusion before him.

"We were waiting for a traveler with courage and compassion to set us free." The spirit replied. He was an older looking Gnorbu. "I am Akiaro, the elder of the city."

"Okay..." Donovan blinked and shook his head, trying to wrap his head around what we was viewing. "Your city.... you... You're all ghostly!"

Akiaro nodded solemnly. "We were cursed."

Donovan, unable to lie to himself, grew more interested in this entire situation. A curse? He was a traveler- an explorer! Not only did he discover a new island in Shenkuu, but he also discovered a cursed city? Full of cursed residents? "So, what's your story?" He stated. At this point, many of the city's people had surrounded them.

"The land," Akiaro looked around, gesturing to the island, "The land itself has always been blessed. Blessed with good fortune, blessed with good soil, resources, riches... Anything one could ever want. This gift our people received, this land, proved too much. It corrupted us. We grew greedy and selfish."

Donovan was entranced with the story.

"When an outside found our land, we... acted poorly." Akiaro admitted. "We found ways to drive them away. We did not want to share our wealth nor the beauty of this land with anyone. One day, a Xweetok found our land. She claimed to be lost, hungry, and in need of shelter. She asked us if we could welcome her in."

"But you didn't let her." Donovan whispered.

Akiaro shook his head. "Not only that, but we played a nasty trick on her. We agreed to give her what she needed, but instead locked her up and dumped her at the cave... The one you were just in." He paused, looking at the spirits all around them. There expressions were ashamed.

"She transformed into an earth faerie... And she was very unhappy with us." Akiaro murmured. "She claimed she was the one who had blessed this land, and thus had blessed us, and we had mistreated her gift. She gave us a choice. If one person were to step forward and claim the blame for our city turned sour, she would punish them alone and leave the rest of us to try again."

"Not one of us stepped forward, for we were all too selfish to take a punishment for all of our misdoings. She became wrathful- unlike any earth faerie you have seen before."

Donovan could imagine it. He wished he had been there to witness the event himself... Although, maybe not to be punished as well.

"She cursed us, to be trapped in a spirit world, a sort of between place. She proclaimed that we would be stuck here until someone with compassion for the less fortunate and bravery to be accountable came in to save us. We were allowed to take on the form of Belonthiss to hopefully guide such a person here. And today..." Akiaro bowed his head to Donovan once again. "You have come to finally set us free." The rest of the spirits also bowed their heads in Donovans direction.

Donavon's mouth was agape. "So... How do I help?" He whispered, looking around him.

"You have already done what you needed to." Akiaro raised his head to look into Donovan's eyes. "We will now finally move on from Neopia and go where we are supposed to be. And you, if you wish, can set up a civilization in this land."

Donovan's eyes widened further, if that was possible. "But..."

Akiaro nodded. "It is still gifted land, and thus, due to Neopian-nature, is still cursed land."

Donovan nodded thoughtfully, and was quiet for a moment. "Then I think we will leave this land to the flowers and the petpets."

Akiaro smiled faintly. "Not only are you brave and compassionate, you are also wise. Thank you adventurer, you have done my people a great service."

With that, Akiaro and the other spirits faded away, as did all traces of their wondrous old city, to leave Donovan alone with the natural beauty of the island.

Donovan stayed the rest of the day to play with the Altachucks and Dofreys, and to watch the sunset, before he went off to his next adventure.

The End.

Author: xiaolin10413
Date: Jan 7th



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