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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 Sixty One Ends Friday, December 18

Kenna sat at her desk, deep in thought. Her mother had asked for a Christmas list by the end of the night, but this year the young Kacheek could not think of a single thing she wanted ... other than snow. After reading "Snows of Neopia" it was all she could think about!

"All I want is to see a white Christmas," Kenna sighed.

As a resident of Moltara, winter holidays were always a bit different. The Christmas tree next to Town Hall was made of metal as a real tree would be a fire hazard. A lump of coal was not thought of as a bad gift and was actually quite useful. There were no holiday sweaters, scarves or gloves. No snowball fights or nights with hot cocoa. No snow!

Moltara did have its own unique holiday traditions that Kenna's family were a part of. Lampwyck's sponsored an annual luminary walk in the Caves. Molten Morsels put on a big town feast with all the Moltaran fixings. The entire town would gather together to sing songs and spread cheer. All of these things were fine and dandy, but they were just not going to do.

"I've got it!" the Kacheek exclaimed. "I know what I am going to do!"

Author: linnipooh
Date: Dec 14th
Kenna rushed to her room, grabbing her backpack, and packed up supplies for her to see snow for the first time. Before she could leave, her mother quickly spotted her trying to leave.

"Kenna, sweetie," her mother called, "What are you doing?"

"Mom, I uh...," Kenna tried to answer, " I need to see my friend, Rachel. She's waiting for me outside."

"Alright, dear, you can go," Kenna's mom answered, " But come back before the celebration starts."

Kenna rushed out of her home and went to one of her secret exits. This exit was not as big as her other ones but she went through anyway. As she exited, she encountered a familiar sight in a small boat.

"Hey, Kenna," a young yellow Ruki asked, "You ready to go?"

"Yeah, Luke," Kenna answered, entering the boat, "Are we going to Terror Mountain?"

"You betcha," the clever Ruki answered, " We'll be there in no time!"

Author: hilly_bun
Date: Dec 15th
Kenna grinned, filled with excitement as she scrambled into the boat. Her breath caught in her throat as it rocked briefly, but she shook off her trepidation as her pal hopped into the boat beside her.

“I’ve charted a direct route to Terror Mountain!” said Luke, tapping a map he had pulled out. “The currents will take us right there, and we’ll even catch a glimpse of Tyrannia as we pass. This will be a real adventure!” Kenna didn’t doubt her friend’s plan for a moment – the yellow ruki’s father was a celebrated sailor and had passed on much of what he’d learned to his son. She settled into the boat, brimming with happiness. “I can’t believe I get to see snow at last!”

Luke smiled and replied, “Yeah, there’s a storm brewing up on the mountain today, so we’ll get to see PLENTY of snow!”

The friends continued to chat about snow and what Terror Mountain and Happy Valley might be like as they sailed. They had gone quite a distance when a fierce wind began to blow, stirring up choppy waves around them.

“L-Luke…? What’s going on?” Kenna whimpered, scared. She suddenly wished she back home, safe and sound at the celebration.

Meanwhile, Kenna’s mother assumed that she had just left for the celebration with Rachel. She sighed, rolling her eyes. “What did I tell her? ‘Be back before the celebration’! Oh well, I suppose I'll see her there...” She took the opportunity to glance at her daughter’s Christmas list. All that was written was “SNOW!!!” in large letters. Her mother smiled. Perfect! Just what she’d guessed. Kenna would be so excited for her Christmas gift!

“All right little guy, you can come out now. Come get some exercise before Kenna gets home.”

A small cloud drifted from the other room, smiling serenely. A beautiful flurry of snow fell through the air, disappearing before it could hit the floor and make a mess. The Christmas Cirrus floated over to the kacheek and she patted it, giggling as the wisps of cloud tickled her paw.

“Kenna is going to have her own little snow flurry friend!” she cooed, not knowing that at that moment her daughter was in extreme peril.

Author: silverstorm300
Date: Dec 16th
..."Ugh... my head hurts. What did I do last night?" Kenna whimpered, rubbing her aching head as she sat up. She had been sleeping on her stomach, face pressed down awkwardly. As she blearily wiped the sleep from her eyes, she felt a strange chill sweep over her tail.

Lowering her paw, she noticed she was laying on something soft and beige. Sand. And the chill over her tail was water lapping innocently at the shore.

A short distance away Luke was laying in a similar position. Between them was the shattered remains of the boat. It all came back to Kenna - the sailing trip to Terror Mountain, the storm...

"Luke," she gasped as she rushed toward her friend. Wintertime had caused the sand to harden somewhat; in some patches it was firm and in others it had give, which led to Kenna taking an erratic, stumbling gait. She eventually gave up and just fell, crawling the rest of the way to where the Ruki lay. "Luke, wake up!"

"Huh... whuzzat? Kenna?" the Ruki asked. "Where are we?"

"I don't know," Kenna said grimly. "But I have a feeling we won't see Terror Mountain OR the Moltaran celebrations..."

How will this story end?

Author: catchinglights
Date: Dec 17th
Luke rolled over into a sit and rubbed his eyes, his gaze following a scar in the sand to the scattered pile of wood and metal that was once his father's ship. "Oh no!" he cried, burying his head in the sand, terrified of the fate that awaited him when they would finally make it home.

"They'll understand," replied the hopeful kacheek, placing a paw on her pal's shoulder, "parents are always too relieved that their kids are safe to be angry when these things happen!" she added, reassuringly. Kenna knew from experience: this wasn't the first time an adventure had gone awry.

The ruki lifted his head and returned to his feet, "alright, let's figure this out. We must be in Tyrannia based on our course and the sand..."

"Have you ever been?" asked Kenna, hoping her friend could make up for the cruising mishap by being a reliable land guide.

"No, but heading inland should lead us to someone who could help; it's really our only option," he said with a shrug and turned to face the vast landscape ahead, "there won't be any means of communication, though, given it's Tyrannia and all..."

"Yeah," replied Kenna, disheartened, "oh well, let's go and hope for the best..." The pair began their trot under the hot sun, its brightness the only factor these Moltaran natives had to contend with.

A couple of hours of shuffling through sand and trees passed and the friends could hear holiday music in the near distance; they exchanged excited glances and quickened their pace.

Stone structures came into view and they knew they were in the Tyrannia they'd heard about and seen in photos. Anxiously approaching, they could see that the music was being played live and although there were no traditional string lights in this prehistoric land, evergreens and berries were strung all around and torches were placed decoratively.

Lanterns! Moltara! Parents! Panic set in as Kenna realized what their families must be going through. Suddenly a jolly blue scorchio bounded toward the pair, "welcome! I'm Liz. And you two are Luke and Kenna?"

"What?!" exclaimed Kenna, looking at her friend and back at the scorchio.

"How do you know our names?" Luke asked Liz, puzzled and growing nervous.

Liz laughed, "no need to be frightened. "Kenna, your mom arrived about half an hour ago by glider. You're lucky you are so predictable to her! She asked me to come greet you two and give you startle..." her expression grew serious and she raised an eyebrow, "I can't imagine why!"

"Your mom," Luke said, gesturing behind Kenna who turned to see her mother bounding toward them. Before they knew it, Luke and Kenna were enveloped in a hug by Kenna's mom who then pulled away abruptly and said "kinda fitting that in your search for snow you'd wind up in one of the only places hot like home, huh?" and rubbed the top of the kacheek's head.

"I'm so sorry, mom," said Kenna, staring at the ground.

"We truly are," added Luke, forcing a nervous smile.

"Well no sense in ruining the holidays; one day maybe we can all head to Terror Mountain for a SAFE family vacation, but for now let's rest here a bit and enjoy the festivities."

"Okay," replied Kenna, "Terror Mountain next December?"

"Oh, we're a few Decembers away from that, dearie. Just so the lesson's not lost, I'm thinking the Lost Desert for the next one?" she asked with a chuckle and ushered her daughter and friend toward the food stall.

The End,

Author: kiwigoddesskimmie
Date: Dec 18th

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