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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 Seventy Three Ends Friday, May 26th

Zaco snapped his muzzle around with a snarl, bashing it into the corner of his Faerie Nightstand. The white Lupe woke with a start for the third time that night, the unbelievable imagery of his dreamscape dissipating into the dim light of his bedroom. Through the window, he could see the familiar and comforting violet glow emitted by the towering reaches of Fyora's palace. His nose ached something fierce, and he rubbed at it with a paw.

Again? Zaco thought. For the last three nights, he'd been plagued by nightmares. He hadn't slept more than an hour or so at a time, and his performance at the Faerieland Employment Agency was tanking. He'd failed two jobs--two!-- since the nightmares started, marring his perfect record, and he was facing disciplinary action. Demotion.

Zaco shuddered at the thought. He wasn't the wealthiest Neopian by any stretch, but he was comfortable, and Sonitri, his Floud, was spoiled rotten. He had to do something about his sleepless nights if he didn't want anything to change.

He started by reaching for the switch on his Light Faerie Lamp. Zaco recoiled from the light at first, covering his eyes and rubbing the last vestiges of sleep from them. Sonitri stirred at the foot of the bed. When Zaco's eyes adjusted to the flood of magical light from the lamp, he lowered his paws.

As he surveyed his now-lit bedroom, his jaw dropped open.

Scribbled writing covered every wall he could see....

Author: phadalusfish
Date: May 22nd
"What in the..." Zaco whispered to himself before slowly pulling back his blankets and climbing off the bed. The floor creaked lightly as his foot hit the ground, but he payed no attention to it. He was studying the walls around him, trying to decipher what exactly it all meant.

There were words and incomprehensible phrases intermixed with poorly drawn sketches. The phrase that caught his eye was positioned next to what appeared to be the Giving Tree: "The Darkness remains though day is here." It was etched in black, though most of the words surrounding it were in red and blue, and matched the handwriting of a Baby Chomby.

A loud bump emanating from his closet made Zaco jump nearly five feet out of his contemplation...

Author: peteclai
Date: May 22nd
He whipped around, back pressed to the wall, and jumped forward again as something cold seeped into his fur. He glanced over his shoulder and was greeted with a smeared mess of wet paint where the black tree had been. It was all over his back, too. Ah, eww.

He was drawn back to his senses by a second bump from across the room. His eyes snapped to the doors of his armoire.

He approached it slowly. "Hello?"

There was third bump, and this time he saw it - the whole armoire leapt off the ground and hit the floorboards with a thud.

"I'm warning you," he said, "If you don't - show yourself, I'm going to call the guard."

The closet made one final, heaving thump. The force of it made the doors swing open...

Author: inkdeer
Date: May 23rd
... to reveal a tiny yellow faellie. The look of panic and fear on its faced mirrored Zaco's own expression. Both stood completely still, studying each other.

The Lupe was confused as to how such a tiny petpet could be causing such a ruckus in his armoire, but he eventually decided that the faellie must be harmless.

"It's ok, little guy. I won't hurt you," Zaco said.

Sonitri flew over and landed on Zaco's shoulder. She rubbed her head on the Lupe's neck. The faellie decided that Zaco must be okay after all, and hopped into the Lupe's armed for comfort.

Zaco walked over to his armoire, checking to see if anything else was in there. The faellie held tight to Zaco. The mysterious cause of the handwriting had caused quite a panic in the poor petpet.

Just as Zaco was starting to feel a bit more confident in his surroundings, a loud growl came from under his bed...

Author: linnipooh
Date: May 23rd
...This is getting ridiculous, Zaco's brain interjected randomly as he jumped into a defensive stance facing the bed. The Faellie let out a squeal and burrowed into Zaco's sleep clothes out of fear.

Zaco glanced toward his shoulder to see if Sonitri was still here, but to his shock the Floud had flown off. "Sonitri, come back here," he called out, looking around for anything he could use as a weapon.

The only response the Lupe got, however, was further growling from under the bed. He needed to react, and fast. He kept a slingshot in his bedside table - it was meant to be a toy, but he supposed it would do in a pinch. Whatever was under his bed couldn't be too big.

As he approached the bedside table, Zaco was careful to sidestep the plate on the floor. He had had a little snack before bed; even though he knew eating late at night was bad, he thought a full stomach might make him sleep better. He didn't remember leaving the plate licked clean, though. The carrot cake had been delicious but crumbly, so there should have been a few crumbs left. Carrot cake... uh oh.

The growling started again, and Zaco recoiled in shock as he realized what the creature was...

Author: catchinglights
Date: May 24th
It was a huge, fiery red Grarrl, and it seemed bigger than a normal sized Neopet.

Zaco stumbled back and was frozen for a moment. He recognized this creature in his nightmares, yet it was silhouetted and hidden in shadows.

"You're..." He made out the words. "You're the..."

The Grarrl's eyes blazed a deep amber and a growl rose in his throat. He smiled, showing his sharp, jagged teeth. "I'm glad you remembered," He said.

Sonitri squeaked and cried. "Go away!"

The Grarrl's gaze goes onto the Faellie. Then he took a step forward, snarling the words...

Author: ditzydoo95
Date: May 24th
"Give me back my dinner, and I may think about leaving you alone."

"No," replied Zaco bravely. "You can not hurt this little guy." Zaco clutched the Faellie tightly and took a step back.

"Give him back!" Yelled the Grarrl. "Or else you will be sorry."

"You are not having him!" Said Zaco, raising his voice slightly.

"Very well then," growled the Grarrl. "Kita, come out."

Zaco didn't know who Kita was, but he did not want to find out. He began slowing backing towards the doorway when he bumped into someone standing behind him. Zaco turned around and let out a frightened scream as he came face to face with...

Author: she_chose_love
Date: May 24th
...a well-armed blue Eyrie. She was clad in armour and had a longsword sheathed to her side. Zaco recognized her as part of the Faerieland Guard, always patrolling the city with a watchful eye. “There’s...there’s something...a Grarrl in my...writing!” Zaco managed to stutter.

The Eyrie’s eyes widened. “You can see them too?” she asked incredulously. The Grarrl loomed behind them and Zaco cried out. “Hurry! We’ve got to get out of here!” she shouted. Zaco grabbed Sonitri and the Eyrie guard took the tiny faellie in her arms, and they tore off into the streets of Faerieland. Zaco heard snarling behind him but he didn’t turn around to see if the Grarrl was following.

“Over here!” cried the Eyrie, and the pair of ‘pets and petpets ducked into an alley, crouching in the shadows. “We should be safe here, for a little while anyway…”

“I--I don’t understand!” Zaco spluttered, once he caught his breath. “What’s happening? What was that thing under my bed? And who are you?”

The Eyrie took and deep breath and said...

Author: panda_girl555
Date: May 25th
... "That Gnarrl is a henchman from the Thieves' Guild. As to why he is here in Faerieland, I'm not so sure. If I had time to examine the writing on the wall then maybe I could have been able to understand more. Were you able to take a close look at it?"

Zaco took a moment to collect his thoughts, his heart still racing from barely escaping the angry Grarrl in his bedroom. "There is an image of the Giving Tree, then the words, 'the Darkness remains though day is here'."

The Eyrie furrowed his brow before suddenly pushing Zaco forward. "Hurry! We have to keep moving or else they'll catch up to us!"

They had made it to the outskirts of town, and took refuge in a shroud of bushes by the healing pool. "You'll be safe here," said the Eyrie.

"What do you think the writing means?" gasped Zaco, out of breath.

"I think that the evidence points to the ghosts from the Giving Tree are behind this mischief," answered the Eyrie. "They've been working closely with the Thieves Guild lately. I must go. Take care, fellow citizen of Faerieland. I am sorry that you had to be caught in the middle of this. Please take care of the Faellie, your kindness will not be forgotten."

And with that the Eyrie flew away, back into the city, leaving Zaco and the two petpets by the soft glow of the Healing Pool.

Author: seira0807
Date: May 25th
Before Zaco could collect his thoughts he saw the Grarrl from his bedroom walking up to the Healing Pool. He was with a shadow Grarrl and they were talking in a hushed whisper.

"I wonder what they are saying." Thought Zaco to himself and he slowly crawled close enough to hear the conversation.

"Well done," sneered the shadow Grarrl. "All we need now is to get inside Fyora's Castle and set the last part of our plan in place."

"Then all of Faerieland will be under our control!" Cheered the other Grarrl.

"Oh no," thought Zaco, "This is not good. I have to find the Eyrie and warn her of their plan."

Just as Zaco stood up to run away, both Grarrl's looked over in his direction...

How will this story end?

Author: she_chose_love
Date: May 26th
...But to his surprise, the Grarrls did not seem to see him.

"I swear I heard something. Must've been my imagination," the fiery Grarrl grunted.

"You and your imagination," the shadow Grarrl snorted. "Just because we were working with those ghosts doesn't mean you need to start spooking yourself every time a stiff breeze blows. Anyway, let's get a move on."

"Right, right."

Zaco had stood stock-still through the whole conversation, afraid that whatever mystical shield that had made him invisible to the Grarrls might fade if he so much as twitched.

After the Grarrls were gone, a translucent blue figure suddenly appeared before him.

"Aah! G-g-ghost!" he shrieked.

The ghost rolled his eyes and put a finger to his lips. "If I'd meant to harm you, Neopet, I'd have let the Grarrls get you instead of protecting you from them."

"What do you want, then?" Zaco asked. "Aren't you working with them?"

"I was, until those no-good scoundrels double-crossed me. Should have known better," the ghost grumbled.

"What did they do?" the Lupe asked curiously.

"Ya have to understand, kid, that even though I'm a ghost and even though I steal, I do it for good. Sometimes rich folk have too much money and not enough kindness in their hearts. Is it really a crime to take some rich Neopian's pocket change to ensure some poor kid gets fed?"

"I think that's a discussion for another time," Zaco replied uneasily. "Where do the Thieves come in?"

"Right, right. We set up a deal, the Thieves and us ghosts. A heist of grand proportion! We would allow them access to our magic so they could steal more physical objects that we could not, and in exchange half of the proceeds would be donated to the Tree to benefit the poor of Neopia. Only, the Grarrls didn't play nice. They decided they were going to steal Fyora's staff and use it to take over Neopia."

"So my nightmares, everything, was the result of the Grarrls?" Zaco asked.

"Yes. I believe they were probing your memory for any information regarding Fyora's castle and Faerie City. There were others, but they were... drawn to you in particular," the ghost replied.

"But I've never met Fyora!" Zaco protested. "There was the time I accidentally wandered into the Hidden Tower, but - oh." Realization dawned on him. The nights of wandering dark corridors, creatures jumping from the shadows, voices whispering dark things at him... was that all so these nefarious Grarrls could learn how to access the Hidden Tower?

"We must stop them!" Zaco cried. "Let's go tell Fyora."

"I have a better idea," the ghost hissed, with a slow grin.


"Now, Ericson, you are sure this leads to the Hidden Tower?"

"Positive, positive. That kid wandered down this very alley. Saw it in his memories. Those ghosts weren't kidding when they said they had neat powers," the fiery red Grarrl replied. "Now, anyway, the kid leaned on this wall - here! Ah hah!"

When the secret entrance began to open Zaco and the ghost primed themselves for action.

"Begone! Begone!" Zaco shouted in a warbly ghost-like voice.

"Oh, shut it you ghosts!" the shadow Grarrl snapped. "We aren't sharing with you, and if you don't quiet down, I'll blast you with Fyora's staff. I have half a mind to anyway. Come on, Ericson, they're just ghosts - Ericson?"

The fiery Grarrl was doubled over, clutching his head. "Make it stop, make it stop!" he screamed. "I don't want to remember that anymore!"

"Shut up!" the shadow Grarrl hissed, but it was too late. Several well-armed Faeries and Neopets came down the stairs, weapons drawn.

"Halt! We have you surrounded, state your business," the lead Faerie replied in a stern voice.

"I, uh, special delivery?" the shadow Grarrl tried, clearly out of his element.

"Noooo, nooo, we're thieves we're thieves! We were trying to steal Fyora's staff! We surrender! There, see, I was honest, now get out of my head!" begged Ericson.

Zaco and the ghost watched from the shadows as the guards arrested the two Grarrls and led them to the dungeons. "What did you do to him?" Zaco asked the ghost.

The ghost shrugged his shoulders. "Just gave him something to think about, that's all," he replied enigmatically. "Anyway, we should get out of here before they come looking for more accomplices."

Outside, the ghost began to sink into the ground. "It's been fun, kid. Hopefully that'll teach those Thieves to not try and double-cross us ghosts with our own powers. Oh, and donate to the Giving Tree sometime, will ya?"

"I will," Zaco said brightly as the ghost faded out of sight.


"...and then out of nowhere the one Grarrl just starts confessing out of the blue. I mean, the guards knew they were up to no good, but they weren't expecting that," the Eyrie finished.

Zaco had managed to catch up to the Eyrie guard after the Grarrls were arrested, to thank her for her help at his house. He had no plans to tell her of his role in catching the Grarrls, though.

"He seemed like he was talking to someone, but it was just the two of them. And now he won't talk to anyone at all. How mysterious."

Zaco thought back to the ghost and smiled to himself. "Well, if he's not talking then I guess we'll just never know."

The End.

Author: catchinglights
Date: May 30th

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