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Week 889
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Week 891

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 Ninety Ends Friday, July 23

Meredith carefully tucked a fallen strand of fur behind her ear. Her glittery pink barrettes sparkled under the bright white studio lights that hang above the little waiting room. Even though she was perfectly comfortable on the soft, velvety sofa, she couldn't help but feel a sense of anxiousness as she awaited being called in.

The other contestants seemed to share her uneasiness, for no one spoke a word.

The Bori had never seen a waiting room like the one she was in before. The walls were painted a light lavender purple, with an assortment of fashion posters and golden framed mirrors. Tall potted plants loomed over the pink furry rug that covered up much of the seafoam colored wooden floor.

Meredith turned her attention to the rack of clothing that stood in front of her, covered in a satin fabric. She gently lifted up one of the corners, revealing half a dozen of meticulously sewn dresses. They glowed and radiated a soft light off of their bows, ribbons, and sequins.

She smiled as she covered the rack again, proud of her creations. The Bori had been working hard for weeks, perfecting her submissions. After all, they would determine whether she would get a job as a designer at one of the most famous boutiques in Neopia - Uni's Clothing.

Meredith could still remember when how she used to look longingly at the elegant clothing displayed in the wide glass windows. She wished for a long time for an opportunity like this, to get the job that she'd always wished for.

But she only had this one chance. To either make it, or fail, and... well, she didn't want to think too much about that.

A sudden knock at the back door startled Meredith from her thoughts. "Meredith!" came a familiar voice. "Come here."

She stepped outside into the back hall, greeted by the sight of her mother. "Are you up yet? Did you need anything?" she asked, grinning. She dug into her purse and fished out a small makeup compact. "Want to take this? It'll look great on you."

Meredith smiled. "Thanks, but I'm fine. How'd you get in here anyways? I had to sign in two times before they would let me set a paw in here."

"I explained to the supervisor at the front that I was here to see my little Bori before she goes in for her interview. He was kind enough to let me in," she said happily.

"Well, thanks for coming to see me," Meredith said gratefully. It's nice to know that I've got family to support me."

Her mother hugged her gently. "Good luck, dear. I believe in you."

"Thanks, mom. It means a lot to me," she said, hugging her mom tight. She gave a little wave, and walked back inside the waiting room.

She was about to sit back down when a Skeith wearing a black suit and a bright red bowtie opened the door at the other end of the room. "Meredith Bori?" he said, looking down at his clipboard.

She stood up nervously, and straightened out her skirt. She carefully leads her clothing rack across the room, and to the doorway. Somehow, it seemed a little lighter than Meredith had remembered.

"I'm ready," she said, confidence masking her fear.

The Skeith nodded, and pushed the door open for her. "Good luck," he said as Meredith walked slowly towards the vast auditorium. When she saw just how huge and richly decorated the hall was, she almost gasped in shock. She'd seen it before, since it was where Uni hosted her annual fashion shows. Though it had looked wonderful and awe-inspiring then, it seemed even grander as Meredith walked through it.

She glanced over at the audience seats. All of them were empty, except the front row ones. Uni and several other elegantly dressed Neopians sat in them, all holding clipboards in their hands.

'They must be the judges,' she thought nervously, examining the room.

The bright spotlight beamed down at Meredith, covering her in a swirling aurora of light. Meredith gave a slight bow, standing at the center of the stage. "Hello, my name is Meredith Bori," she said awkwardly.

Uni and the judges clapped politely, motioning for her to start. 'It really isn't difficult,' Meredith comforted herself, placing a paw on her rack of clothes. 'Just show them your creations! It'd be simple.'

With a deep breath, she swiftly pulled the satin cover off of the golden rack. "Here they are," Meredith beamed. "I hope you like them. I've worked really hard on them."

She smiled at the judges, waiting for some sort of reaction from them. Instead, they simply gawked at her rack like it was a glowing comet.

Meredith began to get nervous. Did they not like her creations, after she worked so hard to just get an audition? She turned, and to her horror, her glittering dresses had been replaced with old, patched clothing that looked like they had been tossed into a shredder.

Reality began to slowly sink in. 'Someone must have sabotaged me,' Meredith thought, shocked.

And now she was paying the price.

Author: lemonbearie
Date: Jul 19th
The auditorium was suffocatingly quiet. The judges exchanged glances but none seemed willing to break the silence.

Meredith wanted nothing more than to escape the tension and embarrassment. Leaving the satin cover discarded on the floor, she hurriedly grabbed her clothing rack and began shuffling off the stage. Through forming tears, she thought she noticed someone peeking at her through the double doors at the end of the hallway…

“Hey!” A melodious but firm voice stopped Meredith in her tracks. “Where do you think you’re going?”

She turned around to see that Uni had gotten up from her seat and was pointing at Meredith with a frustrated expression.

Meredith stammered an apology. “I...I’m sorry, I don’t want to waste your…”

“Time? Well, what else do you call it when you leave in the middle of an interview?” Uni’s glare made Meredith feel six inches tall.

“, no, you don’t understand, these…”

“You’re right. I don’t understand. I don’t understand how you can walk in here, reveal the most fashion-forward set of clothes I’ve seen all day, and then walk out without another word. Either this is a cruel prank or you’ve got some serious stage fright, darling.”

“I, well, yes, I...wait.” Did Meredith hear that right? Some of the judges were also giving Uni an incredulous look. “The...clothes?”

Author: quiksilver626
Date: Jul 20th
Meredith stood still in bewilderment as Uni pulled the rack of the sabotaged clothing towards them. "Yes, the clothes! Everybody has been bringing in these flashy, glittery gowns which are so last season." Meredith stood, speechless, listening to the Uni who had fallen in love with her 'work'.

"Honestly darling, we've been waiting so long for someone with your talent... your...prowess! Gosh, I'm ready to shut it all down - how would you like to have a future with us?"

Meredith's eyes widened in dismay. Her biggest dream is hastily becoming her reality right before her. She couldn't open her mouth to speak let alone breathe.

"Unless, you're uninterested in designing for us?" the Uni's smile disappeared off her face.

In the back of her mind, Meredith had a choice to make - take credit for the clothing which she would've never shown the judges, or own up to the fact that the designer the Uni loved is a mysterious saboteur!

Author: faeluna
Date: Jul 21st
Sweat began to bead on Meredith’s brow as she replayed the options in her head. She knew she only had a split second to make a decision, and she had already faltered once by turning her back on Uni and the other judges.

All of a sudden she felt as if she had a quiggle stuck in her throat. She looked again at Uni, and attempted to smile, but her nerves took over.

“What’s the problem here?” Uni asked, “this is every Neopians designers dream! And it’s coming true for you- you should be proud of your unique collection!”

Meredith looked at Uni, and back down at her feet. Two minutes has felt like an eternity now, and she knew she could not wait any longer to respond. The last thing she wanted to be known as was the “rude” designer, and she surely didn’t want to be a liar either!

Looking back up at Uni, Meredith flashed a big grin and finally began to speak.

How will this story end?

Author: xx4x2x0xx
Date: Jul 22nd
“Thank you! It would be an honour to work with yo-” the Bori’s voice trailed off and her smile faded as the guilt settled in. “Actually no, I can’t take credit for these pieces.” Her voice trembled as she admitted to the judges the truth. She heard their gasps of shock. “I had completely different designs I wanted to present to you all, nothing like what you’re seeing before you. I’m so sorry for wasting your time.” Before she could dash off stage, Uni spoke.

“You’re sure these aren’t your designs? You’re turning down a great opportunity right now.” The uni’s piercing blue eyes looked over the rim of her star-shaped sunglasses.

“No, they’re not mine.” Meredith lowered her head in shame. She expected gasps and boos, but instead heard the sound of a slow clap. She looked up, surprised to see Uni smiling at her. “You’re hired!” Uni exclaimed! Meredith looked up, confused, seeing that the rest of the judges were just as confused as she was. “You know we’ve had a lot of good designers in the past, but their pride and competitiveness always got in the way,” Uni began to explain. “So I had the idea to scope out some of our presenters beforehand, see their designs, and see how what they would do if given the opportunity to cheat to win. You, Meredith, are the first to be honest about the situation.”

Meredith felt dizzy, overwhelmed by what she was hearing. “Wait so you mean, my real designs, what?” She struggled to string together a sentence.

“I LOVE your real designs! I cannot wait to have them in my shop, if- of course- you’re still interested in working with me.” Uni winked at her. “Yes! Absolutely! Of course!” Meredith felt tears coming again, this time though, they were tears of excitement. She had made it.

The End,

Author: victoriathegr8one
Date: Jul 23rd

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