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Week 853
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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 Fifty Four Ends Friday, October 23

They say weird things happen in the woods outside of Altador. The recountings vary, but they all start with an eerie blue light in the distance. Some say that followers end up lost in the forest, never to return. Others say that the light is a warning sign and that kidnappers and cultists use it to distract their victims.

So why was I in the forest? Was I a monster hunter or detective figuring out the cause of these lights? Was I some malevolent mastermind looking to take advantage of these supposed lights? No, I was not; I was a simple blue Xweetok cutting through the forest to get back to my home on the other side of it. Some of the Altadorians warned me of the forest, but I didn't believe them. These stories were way too farfetched to be real. They were simply old wives' tales to tell the children to keep them from going into the forest at night.

The forest itself was not easy to walk through. There was no trail and there was a lot of foliage on the forest floor. I supposed if this forest was rarely travelled, it would make sense. At the very least, the surroundings were nice to look at. The entire forest had an almost ethereal feel to it. Everything was so quiet and calm and serene.

Those serene feelings quickly faded away, however, replacing the calm with shivers and unease. Blood drained from my face. I could hardly believe it. I could see it. Off in the distance, a shimmering blue light...

Author: chasing_stars44
Date: Oct 19th
The blue light dissipated to reveal a water faerie. I could scarcely believe my eyes as the faerie gave me a kind smile "I am looking for books," said the water fae, "specifically tomes. Will you find for me the Tome of the Werelupes?"

With a loud stutter, I accepted the quest and she curtsied towards me. "Kind regards. I will be awaiting the item whence it arrives." She looked around at the looming forest before her and the smile vanished from her face, "Where are we, by the way?"

"We are just outside Altador, right in the very heart of the forest..." I responded cautiously, just as a loud bone-chilling howl interrupted my thoughts. My fur stood on end, as right before me was a... Werelupe!

Author: sabrina_diamond
Date: Oct 20th
The Werelupe's mouth opened to reveal his huge, pointed fangs. Drool dripped from the point of his sharpest canine, his eyes locked onto me. With one hand, he flexed his monstrous claws, and the other, he pointed toward the water faerie.

There was something in his grip. A weapon?! Like he needed one to begin with! His huge muscles could pound even the Giant Hungry Malevolent Chomby into an omelette.

I had to act fast. The water faerie was in danger! But it was as if time was crawling for me, and speeding for the Werelupe. My own legs were frozen and numb at the sight of this giant terror.

This was it. The Werelupe was about to strike. He made a terrible sound - a low, thunderous growl, and then-

And then he presented a book to the faerie, and his growl turned into an upbeat squeal.

"I can't believe it!" the Werelupe exclaimed. "My first real faerie quest!"

In his outstretched hand was a copy of the Tome of Selket.

"Wait a minute!" I cried out. "What's going on here?!"

Author: sasaki_kyomi
Date: Oct 21st
Thinking fast I pushed the Werelupe out of the way with my body, falling hard on the ground as I did so. Startled, the faerie disappeared with a loud "pop"; the Werelupe sat on the forest floor wailing in dismay, the Tome of Selket still clutched tightly in his hairy paw.

"Why did you do that?" he snarled, eyeing me angrily. She would have given me three defence points!"

"She was a fraud," I replied. "That faerie asked me for the Tome of the Werelupes - a book which doesn't exist. I don't know what would have happened if she had taken your book from your hand but I doubt it would have been anything pleasant. Too, she didn't seem to have any idea where she was. I don't think a faerie would be entrusted with conducting quests if she didn't know every square inch of Neopia."

The Werelupe stared at me with his mouth agape and his fangs dripping. His maw seemed to widen even more, and when he suddenly thrust his right paw out and grabbed my hand I recoiled in fear. When he started shaking said hand vigorously up and down, I realized I was not actually in danger.

"Thank you, thank you, young Xweetok! My name is Sasabri, and I hail from The Haunted Woods. I'm visiting a friend who lives near the Old Follies Farm. I come here often so I am very familiar with these woods. I've never seen a faerie here before, though."

"Neither have I, Sasabri." I said, scratching my chin thoughtfully. "My name is Starmond, by the way - and if you are heading out of the woods perhaps you wouldn't mind if I tag along with you? I think that we might want to talk to someone about what we've experienced."

Sasabri responded by picking me up and placing me on his shoulders, and soon we were loping deeper into the forest....

How will this story end?

Author: geneames1
Date: Oct 22nd
The forest seemed very different from atop the shoulders of a bounding Werelupe. The sinister feeling of a looming threat behind every tree was gone now, they just looked like trees again. Having such a fearsome beast as my friend might have that effect. Of course, I realized Sasabri wasn't so fearsome after all, but I hoped anything lurking in the shadows didn't know that much!

"The Haunted Woods is pretty far away," I tried to offer some conversation. "You must have been travelling for a while."

"Ha, it makes for good exercise!" Sasabri laughed.

"Well, since you've been so kind to offer me a ride, maybe I can return the favour when we get back to town," I proposed. "I'm sure I could find some food fit for a meal...though I'm not too sure what Werelupes even eat."

"Everything!" Sasabri exclaimed with a lick of his lips.

As the woods began to fade, and the stone walls of Altador came back into sight, I left behind that brief but memorable brush with mystery. To think, if tonight had gone any different I could have very well just been a forgotten name in a cautionary folktale.

Sure, I would have loved to have been the hero of my own adventure, but just as well, I was content with never seeing that bizarre faerie again. Besides, I got a new friend instead. Who could complain about that?

***

The next morning I had hoped we could cobble together some sort of explanation for what we had seen. The myth of the haunted light had been passed around as long as I could remember, now at last we could lay it to rest...or so I thought. Problem was, no one could quite seem to agree on what to make of our story.

"Aaah!" the Lenny librarian had exclaimed. "I have always suspected the existence of a Trickster Faerie! She that would hand out unsolvable quests, and then punish fools who dared accept!"

And yet, when we spoke to the Head Sorceress, she claimed what we saw was no faerie at all, but rather an illusion.

"Do you know how many young, student witches and wizards have gone out to those woods to practice spells they barely understand?" she remarked with a shake of her head. "Those poor trees have no doubt be cursed to Fyora and back again, if anything, I'm surprised we haven't gotten more reports of bizarre happenings like that."

We even asked the Yurble Janitor for his input.

"Two words for ya," he grunted. "Meepit Cultists."

"Uuuh...can you elaborate on that?" I asked.

"Meepit. Cultists," he repeated with gumption.

And so, after all that, we weren't really any closer to solving the mystery at all. The stories changed, but the myth itself prevailed and continued to pass from ear to ear, little details being added each time.

Almost a year later, I was lugging home a sack of vegetables when I caught wind of some younger Neopets, eagerly trading stories.

"...and they say that if you don't bring her exactly what she wants, she'll turn you into a book!" a Korbat exclaimed ominously.

"That's not what I heard!" contested a Skeith. "I heard she turns you into a character IN a book!"

The kids went silent as a shadow suddenly swept over them. They quivered at the sight of the massive Werelupe appearing before them.

"You kids better hope you never find out for yourselves!" he cautioned. "Stay clear of those woods, you hear!"

The trio of youngsters each nodded nervously before taking off in the other direction.

"Sasabri!" I exclaimed, happy to see my friend once more.

"How you been, buddy?!" he called back, pulling me in for a crushing hug.

"Not bad," I answer. "I haven't dared go down that path again. Though I don't know...it's only a matter of time before some poor sap goes wandering out there again."

"Well," Sasabri replied with a pat on my back, "then let's just hope they're lucky enough to run into a second poor sap, like I did."

The End,

Author: a_greenparrot
Date: Oct 23rd



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