"Hey Ginger what are you doing?" asked Jenniola my Faerie
Ixi one morning.
"I'm writing a story for The Neopian Times.
I'm hoping that this one will get in. My others haven't. I don't know why. I
guess I'm not good enough." I looked down at what I had written so far to make
sure that it all made sense and that I had punctuated properly. "Everything
okay so far. This one will get in, I'm sure it will!"
"Of course it will! Your one of the best writers
ever! Don't let those other stories that failed to get published let you down.
They obviously don't know good talent when they see it."
I scowled at her at that point. "Jenniola, they
do know good talent when they see it. I mean take too_kule for instance. He
is one decent writer! I just have to... well... improve a little that's all!
Now why don't you go upstairs, gather your brother and sisters and we can all
go for a nice quiet stroll through the forest?"
"That sounds like a great idea!" She ran off
upstairs leaving me to think about what to write next for my short story. I
hadn't got too far though. I read through the few lines that I had written.
I try and write for The Neopian Times, Jenniola comes downstairs and aggravates
me, I tell her to go upstairs and suggest a nice long stroll. "Hmmm. I need
to improve this... I need to improve this a lot. I have to make that stroll
through the forest exciting and thrilling! I have to make it so that no reader
will want to take their eyes off it!"
I thought and thought of what to put next but
my mind went blank... completely blank. What would catch the reader's attention?
How would I maintain an exciting plot all the way to the end? How would I make
the story all come back to some sort of reality at the end? All of these
I had to think of and that was very hard. I thought and thought about this whilst
my Neopets were getting ready for our stroll in the forest.
"I've got it!" I decided to take my story with
me whilst we went on our little stroll. That way, I could right about it and
make it the best story ever! It had to be an exciting place though. Somewhere
that would be thrilling all the time!
"We're ready!" shouted Candy as he came charging
down the stairs. "We're ready as we'll ever be!" shouted Eylora my baby Cybunny
seconds after him. She always got excited over little things like this. She
was a baby after all. Candy had no excuses though of behaving like he did.
We walked out of the door and I pulled it closed
behind us. It was warm and sunny outside and there was a cool breeze blowing
about the place. It was the perfect day to stroll through the... Haunted Woods!
I always liked a bit of excitement in my life and the Haunted Woods would be
an exciting walk!
"I'm going home then!" wailed Candy. "There's
no way I'm going in there! No way what so ever!"
"Don't worry Candy!" I said. "Eylora will look
after you won't you dear!"
"Of course!" she said, giggling as she spoke.
The Haunted Woods looked a scary place from
afar. The trees all seemed to be dead, it looked dark and I could have sworn
that I saw a bolt of lightening flash through the sky as I neared. However,
all that just seemed to be my imagination. We entered the Haunted Woods in an
excited state; except Candy of course who was shaking from head to foot. There
wasn't really anything actually to be excited about though.
"Ginger?" asked Alizabella my cloud Ixi. "This
is really boring! Can we go home?"
"But this is the perfect place for me to write
a story for The Neopian Times! I need to get published Alizabella! That's the
important part! Published!"
There didn't really seem anything to write about
though. Okay my Neopets were arguing but if I wrote about that it wouldn't get
published. I can remember the time when I wrote a story like that. Two weeks
I spent on it too and the story got rejected! Me and my Neopets had a day out
to Terror Mountain... and we argued... and argued... and argued. Hang on a minute
I thought to myself. Where exactly is this going? I have to make my story exciting
not babble on about my misfortunes! I've got it! This will be the best story
"You four! Get over here now! I have big plans!"
* * *
"I'm not doing that!" yelled Alizabella in complete disgust. I'm not dressing
up as a..."
"Shhh! You'll ruin the story!"
"And Eylora," I whispered in her ear "You are
going to be..."
"Okay everyone! Get into your places please!
I want no mistakes! No flaws! Nothing bad! Okay here it goes!"
As I walked through the Haunted Woods, my baby
Cybunny Eylora by my side, I was overcome with a sudden terror. It swept through
my bones, my very flesh and blood! The trees seemed to move all around me, and
not because a wind was blowing but because they seemed to be alive. Noises could
be heard all around. I heard a piercing scream in the distance. It was pitch
dark and I was afraid... very, very afraid!
"Ginger I don't like this!" Eylora whispered,
quivering as she spoke. "I really think we should go home."
"Me too Eylora but this is really exciting!
And anyway, you'll be safe as long as you have me."
Eylora jumped up into my arms and I hugged her.
Her bright blue eyes didn't look half as bright as they did in the sunlight.
She was still shaking but she smiled at me. Suddenly though Eylora and I jumped
out of our skin. I looked into the darkness, my eyes peeled, my legs shaking.
I couldn't believe what I was staring straight at.
A monster made up of... different pets! My only
guess was that it was a Lab Ray experiment gone wrong. It had the head of a
Faerie Ixi and Chia's feet! It was also coated in a thick layer of green slime
in which I couldn't make out what the torso of the monster looked like.
"I need food!" it bellowed. "I fancy a bit of
roast Cybunny! A baby Cybunny would be great! Mwuahahahaha! And I also fancy
a bit of human to go with that! How about... a hand or something!"
That's when I ran. I ran all the way back home
with a hysterical Eylora in my arms... leaving the slimy, hungry monster in
the dark Haunted Woods. Unbeknown to me however, the monster was in fact following
us! Every few seconds I would hear a sloshing noise and a groan. I turned around
but found nothing but the darkness beyond.
All of a sudden my heart lurched as I looked
down at Eylora's petrified face. Her eyes were wider than usual and filled with
terror. She was shaking more than ever now and then she pointed.
"Over there! Behind that tree!"
I looked behind the tall, dark tree in which
she had pointed at. My heart gave another lurch; must have been the tenth time
this hour. The part Ixi, part Chia came skulking towards us, its mad Ixi eyes
penetrating my skin. I looked down at its feet only to find it beginning to
stumble! It looked like it was about to trip over its own feet!
"Aaaaaahhhh!" it screamed. "Candy what do you
think you're doing!" screeched the monster.
All of a sudden, the monster fell to the ground
revealing three insane Neopets... which were... yeah okay, they were my own
I ran up to Candy and grabbed his slimy arm.
"You've just ruined my best story!" I shouted through gritted teeth. "Home!
As we walked home, Candy tagging along behind,
and my Neopets all sulking, little did I know that a monster far scarier, far
more exciting to write about was lurking right behind us.