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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 Eight Hundred Forty Ends Friday, June 26

Clio arrived in Altador with a sprig in her hair and a spring in her step, ready to drink in the experience of Neopia’s most famed sporting event. She hadn’t chosen a team to support yet—she would probably pick one of the underdogs, but despite all the reading she’d done, she didn’t know who the underdogs were. She’d come instead with a bag full of sparklers in every colour combination she could find, and she headed toward the Cup staging area to see if she could spot any of the players before the opening ceremony.

The crowd around the Coliseum was massive, more overwhelming than Clio imagined. There were Neopians like her milling about, dressed in everyday clothes, but for each one, there were a dozen super fans decked out in their team’s official gear, chanting and clapping and working very hard to convince the people around them to change their allegiance.

Overwhelming or not, Clio loved every second of it. She worked her way slowly through the crowd, which seemed to be predominantly Krawk Island and Brightvale supporters this year, until she caught sight of a face she was certain she recognized from the publicity publications she’d gotten her hands on all the way in Neopia Central: Crade Talvos.

He wore a heavy cloak, even in the late spring warmth, and cut through the crowd with his head down and his face shadowed—as if a Wraith Draik’s face could ever not be shadowed. Clio steered her course toward him, and he noticed her a few seconds later, freezing.

What if he doesn’t want company? Clio thought. But before she could decide whether to approach closer or leave the Haunted Woods star to whatever he was doing, he came toward her and whispered—somehow whispered through the intense noise of the crowd.

“You look like you have a solid head on your shoulders.” He gestured to the fans surrounding them, celebrating and cheering, as though they annoyed him. “Which is good. Because we’re going to need all the help we can get.”

Clio noticed that there were other players moving through the crowd now too, all trying to keep a low profile like Crade. Faerieland’s forward, who’s name she forgot, and Altador’s goalkeeper too. Like Crade, they paused and had quiet conversations.

“With what?” she asked.

“The Coliseum seems to be...haunted....”

Author: phadalusfish
Date: Jun 22nd
"H-haunted?" Clio repeated.

"Not here," Crade mumbled. He looked around them, then shrugged towards a tree half-blocking a narrow alley a short distance away. Without another word to Clio, the Draik peeled away silently, expertly blending back in with the crowd for short moments.

Clio followed after him immediately, knowing that if she took her eyes away for even a moment, she'd lose him. Crade's black cloak made him seem like a stark summer shadow, cast by the sunniest of days.

On the other side of the tree, Clio faced the Haunted Woods defender again. He seemed visibly relieved to be out of the crowd, but a little jumpy all the same.

"Strange things have been happening around the stadium all pre-season," the Draik said as if the conversation had never paused. "Equipment going missing, doors closing when no one's there -- a lot of harmless stuff that could be pranks, but people usually own up to pranks, and no one's fessed on these. Then Yooyus started going missing... most have turned up in one place or another, but they're confused, disoriented. Can't explain what happened. And a few haven't turned up at all."

"Poor things..." Clio whispered without meaning to. She couldn't help it -- the sudden image of Yooyus being kept somewhere against their will came to her.

"That's not the least of it," Crade said, shaking his head. "Yesterday, Autrey said he saw..."

Author: vampie_cat
Date: Jun 23rd
"a dark, shadowy figure in the-" his words were broken off by the sudden cheering and shouting of the fans watching the game. Clio was slightly irritated by this and looked around at all the other Neopets in annoyance. Suddenly her eye caught an unusual movement coming from the corner of the field. Crade saw this too and immediately grabbed her arm.

"Wait! Did you see that? There, in the top corner! Last game I thought I saw something in that same spot, but I was too busy with the game to investigate. After the match, I went there to double-check, but there was nothing except this pin" with these words, he grabbed a small pin from his cloak.

"Hold on, that's the commentator's pin! It belongs to Tobias Sigmir! But why would it be here?"...

Author: amanditaperlita_ii
Date: Jun 24th
Clio glanced around, seeing if any of the other Neopians noticed it on the ground a few minutes prior.

"This is not good, what are we going to do. First, the Yooyus were going missing, never to be heard or seen from again and now..this."

Clio stayed silent for a bit, trying to make sense of the situation she was currently presented with.

How will this story end?

Author: jademaree
Date: Jun 25th
Clio felt a sharp tug on her arm, and Crade pulled her towards the commentator's box in the far corner. They skirted the field, blending in with the shouting fans until they reached the door.

"Where are the security guards?" Crade muttered, peeking through the window of the metal door. Suddenly, he jumped backwards, nearly crashing into Clio. She stepped out of the way, then leaned forward to look for whatever he had seen. "What? What is it?!"

Crade responded with an uncharacteristically high-pitched squeak of fear. What she saw before them answered her question immediately. Behind the thick glass, a figure in a white cloak stood over the commentator's microphone. Below it, though...

"Where are its feet?!" Clio gasped.

Crade pushed past her and reached for the door handle, all his fear gone in an instant. "We're going to figure out exactly what's going on!" Before Clio could protest, he swung the door open, pulling her in behind him.

The figure turned to face them. "What the- Crade?" it exclaimed. The voice was oddly familiar to Clio.

Crade realized it too. "Tobias?" he said, taking a confused step back. "What's going on?"

Tobias, or the white sheet that Clio now knew to be him, sighed. His shoulders slumped. "I suppose this can't go on forever. It happened a few weeks ago before the Cup started. I wanted to look my best, see, so I was going to freshen up a bit. I usually use a new paintbrush every year before the cup to brighten things up, but..."

"But what?" Crade asked, still confused. Clio suddenly came to a realization.

"But you painted yourself invisible instead, and you were too embarrassed to show yourself!"

Tobias' head bobbed in what must have been a nod. "I was in a hurry and grabbed the wrong paintbrush. I would have just painted over it, but by the time I realized what had happened, I was already late for that day's pre-season commentary! I figured I'd come back and use the Disco Fever paintbrush afterwards, but it was gone, and I haven't been able to get another since! Everyone wants one right before the Cup. They're in such high demand!"

Crade still looked confused. "That explains the doors, the moving items, but what about the Yooyus? Why would you kidnap poor Yooyus?"

"I would never!" Tobias responded, offended. "They're just such fast little things that they kept running into me and getting dizzy. They didn't know I was there, so they got confused trying to figure out what they'd run into. I didn't stick around, of course, or they would have run into me again."

Clio couldn't help but laugh. Crade followed suit, handing Tobias his pin.

"Ah, yes," Tobias said sheepishly. "I tried to avoid you and left this behind. Thank you for returning it."

Clio rummaged around in her bag, reaching under the sparklers. "Actually, I think I have... aha!"

With a flourish, she handed Tobias a brand new Disco Fever paintbrush. He gasped in delight. "Why thank you!"

In just a few moments, Tobias was back to his regular self, his sheet discarded on the floor. "Say, why don't you two watch the match from here? I owe you both. Also, I hope it's an incentive not to tell anyone about this little incident."

"You got it!" They agreed, and settled down to watch the game.

The End,

Author: lily95737
Date: Jun 26th

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