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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 Thirty Three Ends Friday, April 24

Since retiring from seafaring, Linae spent almost all of her waking hours playing Kou-Jong in her little house at the edge of Shenkuu. Life was peaceful in this corner of the world. Linae woke each morning to the soft gushing of the waterfall outside. Light herbal fragrances, tinged with the occasional spice, entered her window from Anshu's nearby medicine shop. The Pink Kougra sipped happily from her Black Cherry Tea and placed a tile on the board. It made a satisfying clink.

After completing a set of flower tiles, Linae leaned back with a yawn. What time was it? The light sifting through her window-blinds was rose-coloured. Was it late afternoon already? It couldn't be. She hadn't played that many games yet...

And then Linae realized that not only was the light redder than usual, but the scents were also slightly off. Smokier than usual.

Reluctantly, the Kougra got to her feet to investigate. Her ageing joints protested as she made her way to the door. When she opened it, her heart jumped with a panic she hadn't felt since her youthful adventure-days.

Her neighbour's medicine shop was burning...

Author: swordlilly
Date: Apr 20th
The Kougra ran to the kitchen, grabbing the largest bowl she could find. She dashed to the Waterfall and filled the bowl up with as much water as she could. She moved as fast as her legs could carry her, the ache from the weight of the bowl weighing on her pink arms. "Help!" her neighbour shouted. She rushed to the shop, but a rock stubbed her toe! She began to lose her balance, the water falling out of the silver bowl... Author: dreamcurser
Date: Apr 21st
...splashing uselessly onto the ground, with Linae tumbling forth with the bowl. She ignored the scrapes on her knees and hands and quickly jumped back up. By now, neighbours had helped the elderly Ruki out of the shop, and a team of fourteen young Aishas, Lupes, and Ogrins had arrived on the scene, most likely sent to quell the fires.

"Anshu, are you okay?" Linae rushed towards her friend.

"It's over, Linae. All over." Anshu slowly shook his head back and forth. He sat down on a large rock nearby, putting his head into his hands.

"What is? What do you mean?"

"The fire, the fire, the fire..."

"The firefighting team will put the fire out and then we can see what we can save in your store. It'll be okay! As long as you're okay." Linae sat next to her friend. What in the world had happened?

"No, that can't be put out so easily."

Anshu lifted his head from his hands and looked towards the fire. He seemed to look beyond the fire, lost in deep thought.

"Linae, I'm not sure that fire can ever be put out..."

Author: light_magical
Date: Apr 23rd
Linae furrowed her brow in confusion. "I don't understand, Anshu," she whispered.

"I made a terrible error....I was trying to make a new healing potion, one that was more potent than anything I've ever made before. It required a special herb, found only in one small area here in Shenkuu," he started, still staring at the flames.

"A healing potion?" Linae asked. That didn't sound so bad.

"Yes, it was supposed to be a healing potion..." he murmured.

Linae folded herself gracefully to the ground, to sit next to Anshu on his rock as he spoke. "Supposed to?" she asked.

He nodded absently. "Supposed to, but the herbs...they didn't work the way I imagined. They were ...they were..."

"...on fire?" Linae asked, her brow wrinkled.

Anshu blinked. "On fire? Linae, it was supposed to be a healing potion, not a weapon!" he replied, a touch exasperated - but he wasn't staring into the fire anymore.

"Then what?!" the Pink Kougra asked.

"Magical," he answered.

"Did the magic cause the fire?" Linae asked, trying to be patient.

Anshu stared at her for a moment, clearly losing his patience. "No, the thief did!" he finally answered.

Linae blinked. "The...thief? What thief?"

Anshu stared at her for another long moment. "The one you have to find - before it's too late. Linae, I need you to do something for me...."

How will this story end?

Author: agedbeauty
Date: Apr 23rd
"I need you to carry this crystal to the top of the mountain, hold it up to the sun and look through it to the valley." He grabbed her arm with earnest, "The potion I made was made from the same crystal. So it will shine brightly through the crystal and you can find the thief!"

Linae took the crystal shard in her paw and turned it over. The piece was purple, with a really lovely-looking vein running down the middle of it.

"Okay, I'll do it." She gritted her teeth, "You can count on me Anshu!" With that said she took the long path heading up to the peak of the mountain. It was going to take her hours! Yet, as luck would have it. As she was crossing a bridge overlooking the village and the valley there was a lot of sunlight coming in. She lifted the crystal into the light and glanced through it.

"Found you!" She gasped as one of the huts had a very distinct glow coming from it. The hut was just on the edge of the village, keeping the crystal aimed towards the hut she made her way back down and through the village.

"Aha!" Linae said as she burst through the door with the exuberance she'd felt in her youth. Then she gasped at the sight.

There was Anshu holding the bottle, a smile on his face.

"I knew you could do it!" He said brightly and held out the bottle filled with a pleasant smelling healing potion.

"But... but what about your shop?!" She inquired about the burned down shop.

"Magic fire my dear, it just looked like flames. There isn't even a bit of ash there, my shop is fine." Then he straightened and smiled again as more of her friends came in and handed her gifts, "Did you think we forgot about your birthday? Of course, we didn't forget."

"An adventure was the best gift of all!"

The End,

Author: ohitzme
Date: Apr 27th

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