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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 Forty Four Ends Friday, September 23

As Kelvin wrote down in his trip journal, he noticed that today was the sixtieth day since the ship had left the Krawk Island, and its passengers were having some major problems. Their drinkable water was running low and they were doing all they could to save it for only when really necessary, and the food, even though the Captain wouldn’t confirm, wasn’t enough to feed the whole crew for more than a week at the time. They needed to find land again, desperately.

They’d left with one big mission: to find a lost island. Not any ordinary island, no. Rumor has it that the island the crew was looking for is magical. It randomly appears and reappears somewhere else on the ocean, that's why it's so hard to find - I mean, no one had never found it yet, even though many tried to. The reward? Gold. Lots of it. Enough to buy both Skarl's and Hagan's castles, Dr. Sloth's spaceship, and much more.

The pirates were confident they could do it - but honestly, isn’t it obvious that everyone who has ever tried to find it was also sure that they’d be successful? But that’s in the past. Every member of the crew knew that they were completely lost, but their Captain kept denying that information, telling them he knew exactly what he was doing, that there was no need to worry.

Kelvin worked in the kitchen of the ship, and being there granted him the opportunity to eavesdrop in most of the passengers’ conversations. Lately, he’d been hearing some whispers about some sort of rebellion. The Captain was an old friend of Kelvin, that's why although he didn't fully believe in the old myth of the lost island, he couldn't refuse his friend’s invite to the expedition, but now he really wanted to go home.

Even today, as he went to his cabin to get some sleep, he’d heard two members of the crew talking about some sort of plan...

Author: saudadesdagripe
Date: Sep 16th
"Ye gotta be patient," a gruff voice grumbled. By Kelvin's judgement, it was Larry, a buff blue Skeith that worked as a deckhand. Kelvin sat up and listened intently to what he had to say. "The cap'n can't know what we have planned."

"I know boss," squeaked another pet. It was hard to place the voice to a face, but Kelvin was almost positive that it was a mousy mutant Xweetok that went by the name Bubbles. "Let's go over the plan one last time. I think we're ready to, heheh, make our move."

Larry grumbled. Even without seeing his face, it was clear that he was annoyed by the meek lackey. "I can't believe ye forgot again. It's not something so hard. We wait until the Captain is distracted, then we take the map to the Island and bail on the dinghy."

Kelvin couldn't believe what he was hearing. He knew that the rebellion was going to happen, but to leave the rest of the crew and the Captain without a map or a lifeboat was absurd. Granted, the map was of no use considering the crew and their ship were undoubtedly lost. Nevertheless, how could somebody be so selfish? It was at this time that Kelvin decided he had to make a move. He couldn't sit around while his old friend got walked all over and betrayed.

The door to Kelvin's bunk creaked as he snuck out to warn his friend of the uprising that was quickly approaching. The sea was choppy and the kitchen helper could hardly stay balanced as he tiptoed past the other crew mate's rooms. Ever so slowly he inched his way up the ladder to the bridge. It felt like years as he crawled up to the door. He gulped and pushed it open to find the Captain doing what captain's do best - that is, steering the ship through the vast ocean.

"Um... excuse me sir," Kelvin said quietly. "I have some important news for you." The Captain replied, not taking his eyes off of the waves in front of him.

"What do ye want Kel? Ye never come into my quarters." The Captain was large and intimidating, but knowing him for so long, Kelvin was used to his snarky replies.

"Well, um, you see..." the cook replied, explaining the situation in detail.

The Captain laughed a hearty laugh. In fact, it was a little too hearty. "Hoo, that's preposterous, matey. The map is perfectly safe! There's no way somebody could find it! It's hidden where nobody will ever find it."

Kelvin giggled. "Yeah, you're probably right. I mean, unless you hid it under mattress or something," Kelvin laughed harder, slapping his knee and wiping a tear from his eye. "Now that could lead to some trouble."

Everything went silent and the Captain just looked at Kelvin. Oh no. Both Kelvin and the Captain bolted for the Captain's bed. Their hearts dropped when...

Author: xxsicklullabiesxx
Date: Sep 20th
The wrinkled map fell down into a creak on the ship floor. It was all Meepits and Slorgs now.

"Blundering and burping blue-bellied Florgs! That map will never be retrieved from there now!" he bellowed, echoing throughout the ship.

"Why don't we ask some sailors to dispatch that plank of wood and collect the map from the creak?" he asked, trying to be helpful.

"Oh, it's to Davy Jones locker now, matey. No sailor ever dares to dive into that creak. It's haunted, my boy." he murmured. His face was washed of hope.

Unfortunately, Larry and his sidekick, Bubbles heard the Captain's bellow and trembled over, with a map clutched in his palm.

"Wait, ye scallywag! If that map fell down, then what is that map? The real map is..."

"With him." finished Bubbles.

Larry gave Bubbles an angry look and turned over to the Captain.

"Oh, no, cap'n! I'm just a landlubber, can't be so smart to find out where you've hid the map. Especially if it's under the mattress!" he covered his mouth with his fat hands quickly, realising what he had said.

"So, ye yellow-bellied landlubbers stole my map, isn't it? And ye've even replaced it with a duplicate one..isn't that smart, Kel?" he growled.

"No! You've been mistaken! We thought it was something else..."

"They're lying! I overheard them discussing about a plan to steal the map. They stole it just as I went to complain to you and they even replaced it. Right after, right there!" yelled Kelvin.

The Captain and Larry played a game of tug-of-war with the treasure map, till Larry tore it into two pieces.

"Arrgh! I'll be sending ye to Davy Jones locker for this, scallywags!" growled the Captain, punching Larry.

"How do we attach the map?" inquired Kelvin. "We ain't got a trace of adhesive on this ship. We've wasted all the tape on repairing the side of the ship after the big storm." he said.

Everyone looked worried in vain. This could get all of them drowned. They could be deserted on the ship for the rest of their lives. All was because of the Captain's decision to travel to the lost island. Kelvin doubted it was actually real, but he didn't have the guts to tell the Captain.

However, hope struck the four of them for a moment...

Author: icygirl2005
Date: Sep 21st
...when the Kyrii in the crows-nest shouted, "Over there, I see land!"

The captain gaped and ran out of his headquarters, the others trailing.

"It be the legendary Midi Island!" shouted the captain exuberantly. "She comes and goes and we found her first!"

He turned to Kelvin and the others. "Legend be saying that she be easier found when the map leadin' to where she is be destroyed... but I never thought it'd work."

The crew cheered as the island came into view.

He pointed to Kelvin. "Kelvin, ye are to stay on board lest there be trouble. Bubbles, ye be comin' with me." He clapped his hands. "Now then, dock the ship ye landlubbers."

The ship was docked and the Captain and Bubbles rowed to shore.

"I give 'em two days here and then I'm turning this thing around," Larry told Kelvin ominously.


"Uh, captain, where are we going?"

"Isn't it obvious?" he replied. "To the village of the Midi Island musicians."

The Xweetok grinned. "Musicians seem nice."

"They also be bloodthirsty and kill all outsiders that come their way, according to legends."


"But they do have lotsa gold." The Captain sniffed the air and batted a vine away from his face. "I can smell it. Follow me."

Bubbles nodded and followed.

They reached a large opening in the cliff face.

"Through this cave here, matey," said the captain as he walked inside...

Author: rielcz
Date: Sep 22nd

Kelvin had just won the third Armada game between him and Larry. A few pirates had gotten off the ship and were carrying huge crates of food back on board. There were also a few crates carrying miscellaneous things. Whether they raided nearby stalls or paid for the items, Kelvin didn't know. To be honest, he didn't care either. Their stock was dwindling at an alarmingly fast rate so it wasn't the time to think about ethics and such.

"Say Larry," Kelvin began, out of curiosity, "why were you planning to betray the Captain?"

"Lemme ask you this. Did ye think a [i]magical[/i] island would exist? It sounds so stupid. I would believe it maybe if ye said it was near Faerieland or sumthin' but Krawk Island?" He shook his head and sighed. "Them pirates have pea brains, I tell ye. Believin' all kinds of dung they hear. It's not even on the map, for pirates' sake!"

"But we did find it," Larry responded and shrugged.

The Skeith let out a gruff laugh. "By chance. But eh, 'tis could just be some tiny 'normal' island that's not marked in the dung of a map the Captain's got, y'know."

Although Kelvin didn't believe the legend, there were faults in Larry's argument too. However, he was spared from replying his companion when the both of them heard a faint, continuous scream from the forest to the east of the ship.

"Didja hear that?" Larry asked.

"Yeah." He knew that the Skeith had known he heard it too but replied anyway as he made his way to the bow.

It was only a matter of seconds before the Captain bolted out of the forest, yelling incoherently, with Bubbles trailing far behind him. The mutant looked like he was about to cry as they clambered on to the rowing boat and paddled with all their might toward the ship.

"STEER THE SHIP! THEY'RE COMIN' FOR US!" the Captain screamed as he scrambled up the plank and was hoisted on to the deck by two shipmates. What little hair that was left on his head was a total mess but other than that, he didn't look injured. The Xweetok came up seconds later, looking stricken but otherwise fine too.

Kelvin wondered if the Captain was exaggerating because he didn't see anyone emerging from the thicket of trees as they set sail. Larry, who was beside him, turned away from the view.

"Where's the gold?" the Skeith asked.

"There was no way we could get 'em," the Captain replied, already recovered from his panic a short while ago. "Bloodthirsty, I tell ye. Ye'd be scared outta ye wits." Bubbles nodded feebly.

"Tch." Larry's face wore a look of disgust. "Whatever."

"The trip isn't a total waste," Kelvin piped up, "since we've got some loot." He pointed towards the stacks of crates at the stern. Inwardly, he was glad that there was food and water. Nothing else really mattered to him. Even if the Captain's story sounded dubious, he didn't want to question him. He just wanted to go home.


A group of old Neopets sat in a circle inside the cave. A fire crackled merrily as they talked and laughed.

"The youngins would probably have a fitful sleep tonight," an elderly Kacheek giggled.

An Ogrin of similar age put down his carved wooden flute on the flat surface of a felled tree that was used as a table. "My magical flute works wonders," he beamed. "Hear one note and anyone will be entranced by its beautiful melody ... and the illusions are gorgeous."

The others guffawed. "Didn't seem like they enjoyed it," the Kacheek replied, wiping a tear away.

"Gotta let the legend of the Midi Island musicians live on," the Ixi beside the Kacheek uttered. "They could have forgotten how 'fearsome' we are. It's just a little reminder."

"Yeah, you're right," several voices agreed, and they carried on chit-chatting until night fell.

The End.

Author: azusa_k
Date: Sep 26th

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