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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 Seven Hundred Eighteen Ends Friday, February 12

The yellow Bruce clutched his flute tightly to his chest. He was jumpy, excited that he was going to attend the flute class at Neoschool, yet nervous because he didn't know what to expect in his first class.

He walked into the classroom, narrowly missing the paw of a blue Cybunny on the way to his seat. Except for the both of them, all the other Neopets were gathered in groups, discussing about flutes and musical jargon.

When he sat down, a passing yellow Mynci glanced at him and suddenly gasped.

"Hey, that's a Hand Carved flute!"

The Bruce got startled at the Mynci's exclamation and almost caused his own chair to tip over. Before he could regain his composure, the other Neopets in the class quickly huddled around him and gaped in awe.

"How much is that?" someone squeaked, just barely audible over the loud chattering.

He was about to reply when a green Blumaroo intervened. He spoke rather loudly and confidently, "now, now. We oughta introduce ourselves first before asking him questions."

The chattering gradually stopped and he turned to the Bruce, who was shaking slightly. "Hi! My name's Peter. What's yours?"


Questions and remarks began to bombard Billy.

"How much is that flute, Billy?"

"How I wish I had a flute like Billy's."

"Play the flute, Billy!"

Billy was so nervous that he was almost on the verge of tears. The Neopets were now insisting that he play the flute and he didn't dare say no.

"O-okay. Here goes," he whimpered, and blew the flute. However, no sound was produced. Instead...

Author: azusa_k
Date: Feb 8th
...everyone in the room froze. Billy puffed and huffed into the pipe, trying to produce sound like it normally did when he practiced at home. The silence in the room felt awkward, and he shifted uncomfortably in his seat. He was desperately trying to get even a single note before he glanced up to see everyone immobile around him.

"G-guys?" he whispered.

Nobody in the room moved. He got up, his hand tightly grasped around the flute still, and went over to Peter, the nearest classmate. With one claw, he poked into the Blumaroo's soft belly, but Peter didn't budge.

"Oh," was all Billy could think to say.

He walked around the class, surveying every student closely. He was looking for any slight movement or blink. He thought perhaps they were playing an elaborate practical joke on him - it wouldn't be the first time he'd fallen for one - but they seemed to be truly frozen.

Now his tears started unbidden. In panic, he did the only thing he could think to. Hands shaking, he bought his flute to his lips, and began to blow into it once more...

Author: phoenix_through_fire
Date: Feb 10th
... but nothing worked!

Frustrated and blinking back scared tears, Billy ran over to his bag and pulled out his music book that he had bought when he got his flute. For Hand Carved Flutes was the title on the cover and Billy opened it up to try and actually play a note or two. The song he had tried to play before was called "Frozen in Time".

Now Billy flipped to the song after it and tried to get his flute to make a sound. Nothing happened. Not even the barest hint of a sound came from the flute. When he had gotten his flute he thought it had been luck, finding it for only 100 neopoints. Now Billy was starting to suspect that he had bought a Haunted Hand Carved Flute and music book. It was the only explanation.

Haunted instruments were usually cheap and rare because of how unpleasant they could be; it was just Billy's luck that he would buy one and freeze his classmates. What was he going to do...

Author: just_till_i_get_back
Date: Feb 10th
When suddenly a chilled hand pressed upon his shoulder, sending a cold wave running up and down his spine.

Billy yelped and jumped out, not expecting to see anyone else about, since he had just frozen time, but there was someone. It was a Scorchio.

And he was completely see-through.

"A!" Billy stuttered.

"Yes, go on, get it out of your system." The ghost Scorchio said, "Listen, was that you playing such a wonderful tune?"

"W...wonderful tune?" Billy replied, still quite scared of the ghost.

"Yeah," The Scorchio said, "It was the most haunting flute melody I had ever heard, or that any of the ghosts that haunt this school have heard."

"I... yes... can you help me?" He finally asked, "I have a haunted instrument and music book and I went and froze time for all the other students!"

"Oh, is that why they're all so still?" The Scorchio replied, "Well, that explains a few things. And since we're ghosts, we're beyond time, so we aren't affected."

"Can you help fix this?" Billy asked again, tears billowing in his eyes.

"Well, I do know of one thing..." The ghost said...

Author: dr_tomoe
Date: Feb 11th
"A long time ago when this school was still new, there was a student named Wendy," the Ghost Scorchio said as he guided Billy through the hall, frozen silently still.

"She was a very bright student and an incredibly talented flutist with a promising future. But one day she simply disappeared without a trace, and was never found."

"Why are you telling me this?" Billy asked, peeking through the open doors of all the frozen classrooms they passed. In one room, an expertly crafted paper plane hung suspended in the air inches behind an unsuspecting maths instructor with his back turned.

"The other ghosts and I have been hearing strange noises coming from the attic recently... the sounds of someone crying, and flute playing almost as beautifully as yours. I think it's Wendy, and I think something is disturbing her spirit."

"Oh..." Billy gulped. "Well... is she a nice ghost like you?"

"I don't know," the Scorchio admitted. "But she knows more about flutes and about this school than anyone. If we talk to her, maybe she can help us. There's an entrance to the attic in this storage closet. Let's check it out."

Billy shook nervously as the Scorchio opened the closet door with a long creak...

Author: nebuloid
Date: Feb 11th
And revealed a pretty girl, with long hair flowing down her back. She was weeping over a flute, ruining what would've been a perfect image. It spooked Billy more than a little; he wished he didn't have to see her in such a such state of distress. Or, indeed, death.

"Um... Hi, Wendy." Started the Scorchio, rather awkwardly. Billy made a move to pat the Cybunny on the back, but the hand simply sank through. He shivered. A chilling sensation had passed through his arm, and he resolved never to touch ghosts again.

"Wendy?" Billy tried timidly. "We really need your help..."

Author: __ayahrox__
Date: Feb 12th
The Cybunny looked up at the both of them. Tears were streaming silently down her face, but she looked beautiful, even in her ghostly form.

"I'm... I'm sorry," he continued, "but... The whole school's b-been frozen in time and... I don't know how to..."

Wendy paid no heed to Billy and turned to the Scorchio instead.

"Why did you bring someone in here?" she asked. Her voice was mournful, but... was Billy imagining things or did it sound like there was a little spite too?

The Scorchio replied nervously, "well, there's a problem with the school and... and... this Bruce needs your help."

"And why should I help you?" she asked the Scorchio again, still ignoring Billy.

"Because..." Billy interjected, "because... um..."

He faltered, unable to think of any reason. He had to approach the Cybunny with caution; the tension in the air was almost palpable.

The Scorchio spoke up, "Don't you love the school, Wendy?"

The Cybunny seemed offended. "Of course I do! I've been here longer than any of you measly ghosts," she replied haughtily.

It was the Scorchio's turn to get irritated, but Billy interjected again, picking up his courage. "Then... don't you want to help the school in times of trouble?"

Although Wendy's pretty eyes seemed wistful, there was an arrogant side of her as well. She contemplated his question before she answered curtly, "I do."

"Well," Billy started, but was cut off abruptly by the Cybunny.

"But my help isn't needed. You can play the flute too."

"Y-yes, but... I've f-frozen time and I don't know how to reverse the s-spell."

"And we'd *love* to hear you play the flute, Wendy. All the ghosts know that you're by far the most talented flutist we've ever met," the Scorchio added.

"But now there's him." She pointed at Billy, and started weeping again.

"No, of course I'm not," Billy said, trembling a little. "You are, and everybody in the school knows it."

The last part was a lie, but he hoped that it would work. She seemed to believe him, and her face lit up immediately, her hair glowing behind her back. She looked even prettier.

Wendy picked up her flute and brought it to her lips. She blew into it, and the harmonious melody filled the entire attic.

"Wow. It's beautiful," Billy commented as he listened. She was indeed talented. It was really a waste that she was dead.

Soon, Billy started to hear sounds from below his feet. It gradually became louder, and the Cybunny stopped playing.

"Everyone seems to be moving now," she said happily.

"T-thank you. Thank you so much!" Billy said, and wanted to hug Wendy but remembered that she was a ghost and stopped himself at the last second.

"It's okay," she replied. "I loved playing the flute."

"And it was the most beautiful piece I've heard." Billy really did mean it.

The Scorchio spoke up, "I hate to interrupt your conversation, but Billy should be getting back to class."

Billy thanked the two ghosts and sped off to his class as fast as he could. When he opened the door, he was relieved to see that everyone was back to normal.

Suddenly, an arm was placed around his shoulders and he turned around to find Peter.

"Where did you go, Billy?"

"Uh, um, I... I went... to the... bathroom."

"Oh, that explains why you went off while playing the flute halfway."

"O-oh, is that so?"

Just then, the teacher entered the classroom. The class settled down and began their lesson. No one else suspected anything nor asked Billy any questions.

Everything went smoothly at the Neoschool for the rest of the day.

The End.

Author: azusa_k
Date: Feb 16th

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