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Week 848
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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 Nine Ends Friday, September 18

Brea sighed as she sat on the edge of the Kiko Lake dock dangling her feet into the water. Her parents had gone to buy tickets for the glass bottom boat tours and play a quick game of Kiko Pop.

Her family took the same summer vacation every year. Head to Kiko Lake, take a boat tour, buy an eclectic piece of furniture at the Carpentry Shop that didn't really fit into their home decor. Kiko Lake wasn't really so bad, but Brea wished they could go somewhere new for once. Nothing interesting ever happened here.

"Hello, dear!," came a voice from behind her. It was sweet old Mrs. Shelly. "Be careful out there today, dear. Quite a storm we've got brewing!"

"Okay, Mrs. Shelly! Nice to see you!" said Brea. She smiled to herself. Mrs. Shelly must be confused. It was a perfectly beautiful day out, not a cloud in sight. In fact, Kiko Lake never had bad weather.

She was still smiling about silly old Mrs. Shelly when her parents returned with their Boat Tour tickets. "Ready?" they asked.

"Ready!" she said, looking up at the clear blue sky. Not a cloud in sight. Yet.

Author: panda_baby150
Date: Sep 14th
Brea ambled down the dock behind her parents. They were ruminating on which piece of furniture was best to purchase after they got back.

"George, I simply love the seaweed hammock!" her mom crooned to her Pop, "But we could also do the shell mirror in the upstairs bath..."

Brea glanced again to the sky, knowing her mom would be discussing all the pros and cons of each. It was the same discussions each year, comforting in the boring repetition.

Besides, what could Mrs. Shelly have meant by there's a storm coming!? The breeze brought a faint warm pine aroma mixed with fruity treats from Kiko Lake Treats. Maybe she could rope Mom and Pop into picking up some taffy before heading to the hotel. Brea scratched the fur on the scruff of her neck.

"Mom! Pop!" she rushed to join them, her daydreams had left half the dock between them, "What are the chances that it'll storm?"

"Storm?" her Pop frowned. He looked at the sky and laughed, "What's gotten into ya? It's a perfect day!"

"George, stop," her Mom teased, "Sweetie, is something bothering you? Do you not want to go?"

Brea shook her head. "No, it was just something Mrs. Shelly said. I'm sure she was just confused on her days," she chuckled and wrapped her paws around her parents. "Mom, what piece of furniture are you thinking about?"

Her Mom's eyes brightened, "I've gone back and forth and I'm thinking the shell mirror..." her mom rambled about all the choices again but Brea felt her stomach drop as they boarded the boat. Her Pop handed over the tickets and she almost wanted to run back up the dock.

Shaking her head she settled down to view the Glass Bottom. She was oblivious to all, wondering why the nonsense of a storm was bothering her so much.

The boat cast off. The Captain happily chattering about all they would see. Brea glanced up from the Glass Bottom to the tree line at the shore of the lake and gasped...

Author: iciclefaerie05
Date: Sep 15th
Brea swore that she could see multiple pairs of eyes watching the boat, and by extension her.

"Guys, look!" Brea shouted, pointing to the tree line.

Her mother had a quizzical expression on her face as her eyes gazed towards the trees.

"Look? Honey, are you sure you're alright?" she said with concern, "Those are the same trees we see every ye-."

Her mother stopped abruptly, as everyone noticed a figure emerge from the shade of the trees...

Author: flareth
Date: Sep 16th
...It was a Cirrus. And not the fluffy happy kind that you typically see floating around Kiko Lake. Oh no, it was a Grey Cirrus, and a large one at that.

The Grey Cirrus drifted slowly from the woods, with its large mouth drawn into a serious frown. His expression was serious; he had the most disapproving look on his face. As he emerged, dozens of smaller Cirri started to appear behind him, slowly moving together in silent unison.

Mom and Pop exchanged nervous glances as Brea stared in amazement. At this point, the Captain of the tour was still oblivious as to what was going on at the shoreline and continued rambling on about a new species of algae that had recently been discovered in Kiko Lake.

"Not to brag, but yours truly did have quite an involvement with the whole discovery process. In fact, it was me that..."

But the Captain did not get to finish his story. The Great Grey Cirrus and smaller grey Cirri had moved close enough to their boat that the sunlight was completely blocked, leaving them in gloomy darkness. An extremely cold and thick fog began to roll through. Brea couldn't see her own paws in front of her.

The Great Grey Cirrus opened is gloomy mouth as if it were to speak, but instead, it blew a gusty wind right towards the boat.

"Hold on!" Shouted the Captain...

How will this story end?

Author: xrainydayx
Date: Sep 17th
The boat rocked back and forth with an alarming intensity. The passengers did what they could to hold on to anything that would give them a semblance of balance as the boat threatened to tip over. Brea screamed as she held onto her mother's skirt and her father tried his best to shield them from the oncoming winds.

"What's going on?!" Brea shouted over the deafening gusts coming from the Grey Cirrus.

"Just hold on, sweetheart!" her dad yelled in return. The Cirri began to swarm the boat and mill about the passengers in a strange manner. It was as if they were looking for something. Brea tried to get a hold of the situation and was doing her best to see through the winds when she noticed something odd. The Great Grey Cirrus was watching the Captain intently. The Captain was doing everything he could to avoid the Cirrus' gaze while holding on to anything nailed down.

"Captain!" Brea yelled, "What do they want with you?!" The Captain steadied himself briefly and looked at Brea with large frightened eyes. He was about to open his mouth to respond when the Grey Cirrus bombarded them with another gust of wind. "They can't have it back! It's my p-p-proof of g-g-greatness!" the Captain stammered as he was thrown around. The Great Grey Cirrus began to inhale as it prepared itself to deliver another volley. The passengers were tired and not many of them could hold on for much longer. "Whatever it is, you have to!" Brea yelled, "You're our Captain! Our safety depends on it!" Brea's parents were taken aback by their daughter's sudden confidence. She was growing. Maybe she was ready to see more of the world than they originally thought. The Cirrus readied itself to unleash a final massive gust of wind when the Captain brought himself to his feet. He had the look of a Neopet that had made up its mind.

"Okay, enough! Here!" the Captain bellowed. And with one fell swoop, he removed his pocket watch from his jacket and threw it at the crowd of Cirri. A group of smaller ones huddled together in an effort to catch it. As they cradled the watch they brought it over to the large Cirrus for inspection. The Cirrus' eyes brightened as it inhaled the watch and nodded to its friends. With that single nod, they turned around and flew off. They were gone.

"Hey, my watch!" the Captain yelled, "You didn't have to take my watch!" The passengers steadied themselves and many began to regain their strength as the ordeal passed and a sense of normalcy returned to the boat.

"They wanted...your watch?" Brea asked the Captain inquisitively.

"Not the watch, what I was keeping inside of it..." the Captain said longingly. "The team that discovered Kiko Lake, I was a part of it, as I was saying before we were rudely interrupted. It was a small artifact. Looked like a gemstone. I didn't think it belonged to anybody so I took it with me."

"You took an artefact from an unknown land, without asking questions, and didn't think it might have consequences?!" Brea retorted. Her parents looked on at their daughter who was chastising the adult in front of them.

"You know, she's right," her mother said, in an attempt to support her daughter.

"What you did was reckless," her father said, approaching their side. The Captain hung his head in shame while the other passengers looked on, their expressions echoing the sentiments of Brea and her family.

"I-I'll get us back safely," the Captain said as he made his way back to the cabin. A sigh of relief came from the passengers as they watched him saunter off exhausted by this whole ordeal.

"Maybe next time we'll try a different activity," Brea's father said as he held his family close. "You're getting a little old for these tours," he continued. Brea smiled as she held her family back, thinking to the calm waters she was used to seeing under the famed Glass Bottom.

"Anything you want, dad," she responded with a grin.

She had a strange feeling there was more adventure to come. She couldn't wait to be there when it did.

The End,

Author: metakitsune
Date: Sep 21st

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