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Week 696
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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 Six Hundred Ninety Seven Ends Friday, August 7

"Fin, you missed a spot!"

It was a typical Maraquan night for Fin the Maraquan Kacheek. Kelp was right in the middle of its dinner rush. The restaurant was jam-packed with hungry Neopets, waiting to have their meals served to them.

"Don't worry, I got it." Fin sighed at the dish he'd been scrubbing for five straight minutes. He knew that Chelsea, the Uni waitress meant well. After all, she was his best friend, but he preferred not to be told how to do his job.

Being a dishwasher at Kelp was certainly a good job that paid well, but Fin knew that it wasn't the right fit for him. He longed to be in the center of the kitchen, where the chefs would skillfully prepare and cook food right before his eyes. He watched the pastry chefs ice the magnificent cakes that, in minutes, would be sent out into the dining hall.

As Fin scrubbed away the remaining stickiness off his dish, he saw Alphonse, the executive chef, pace back and forth between the kitchen station and Fin's dishwashing station. Alphonse seemed slightly worried. Joey, the sous-chef, stood nearby, trying to calm Alphonse down.

"Alphonse, we'll think of something!"

"For the past three months, profits at Kelp have been dwindling. We have to come up with a new menu item that's so delicious, so irresistible, that customers won't be able to stay away from Kelp."

"Our chefs in this kitchen are so creative. They'll be able to come up with something perfect. Just you wait!"

Fin could not contain his excitement at the news. This could be an opportunity to show the whole kitchen that he was chef-material! He hurriedly finished up the last of his dish pile and rushed out into the dining hall to tell Chelsea the news.

"Chelsea! I just overheard Alphonse and Joey talking about a new menu item. If I can come up with a delicious meal, maybe I can be a chef here!" said Fin.

Chelsea smiled at her customers and handed plates of beautifully-crafted seafood. She turned to Fin. "I think that's a wonderful opportunity."

"I wonder what ingredients I'll start with. Of course, they'll have to be fresh...," Fin started to trail off into his own little world as he does often. He paced around the dining hall aimlessly.

"Fin, watch out!" Chelsea hollered from across the dining hall.

Fin stopped in his tracks, when suddenly, he heard a crash...

Author: ichigostars
Date: Jul 31st
Fin whirled around and, to his horror, saw a once-beautifully plated dish of Luxurious Vegetarian Star Pie, now face-down on the floor. Fin's gaze traveled upward from the pile of ruined food to meet the eyes of a very disgruntled waiter.

The poor Kacheek took an involuntary step backward in an attempt to distance himself from the angry waiter and bumped into Chelsea, who'd come up behind him. She gave Fin a shove toward the kitchen. "Get out of here!" she hissed in Fin's ear. "I'll smooth things over here."

Fin didn't need to be told twice. He hurried to the kitchen and headed for the dish area, where he planned to hide until his beet-red face returned to its normal green color.

"How humiliating!" Fin muttered to himself. "At least Alphonse was too busy to see what I caused." He sighed regretfully for the disaster his absentmindedness had caused, and for the grief Chelsea would surely give him about it.

A couple minutes later Chelsea joined him. She gave Fin a sympathetic pat on the shoulder as she handed him the spoiled plate of food to take care of.

"I told you your absentmindedness would get you in trouble someday!" said Chelsea knowingly. "Luckily I was able to calm Pierre down before things got too ugly out there. We had to tell Alphonse what happened, though, since they had to make a new dish."

Fin groaned. His plan to impress Alphonse with an amazing new dish was NOT off to a great start. Not only had he ruined one of Alphonse's beautiful meals, he had also created extra work for the extremely busy chef.

"Now what am I going to do?" Fin moaned. "Alphonse definitely won't want me in the kitchen with him after this!"

"Sure he will!" said Chelsea reassuringly. "You'll just have to make sure your dish is the most amazing thing he's ever tasted."

Fin nodded, though he was still skeptical. Chelsea was right, though, he realized; his dish would have to be spectacular.

The Kacheek was scrubbing the last of the plates when he came up with the perfect idea...

Author: a_ramsell
Date: Aug 3rd
"That's it!" the excited Kacheek said to himself, as he almost dropped a dish on the floor.

Fin calmed himself down as he carefully began to wash the dishes again. Then he started to make out his plan for the most perfect dish ever.

First he would need Chelsea's help. Because in order for this dish to work, he needed access to the executive chef's pantry. Since it was the only pantry in the entire restaurant that stocked the uber rare Boiled Sea Serpent.

It was going to be the star of his dish and without it, he'd knew he could not impress Alphonse properly.

Every other ingredient he could find on his own. Since all the other Kelp pantries were unlocked, except the executive chef's of course.

That part of the kitchen was off-limits to anyone, unless they had a valid reason for going there. Fin did not but Chelsea on the other hand, she was the head waitress. Which meant that at times, Alphonse would as for her help when Kelp was short-handed.

Fin was smiling to himself as he washed another dish. He began daydreaming about when he would present his dish to Alphonse and how much he would praise him for it.

As the Kacheek daydreamed away, something whooshed past him and he felt a strong breeze.

Author: sugarypixiestix2
Date: Aug 4th

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