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Week 849
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Week 851

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 Fifty Ends Friday, September 25

The caves looked ominous as Mr. Wurst and I made our way around the various rock formations. Stalagmites and stalactites, as far as the eye could see. Which even with our helmets and headlamps wasn't very far. The expanse we found ourselves in was part of the labyrinth of caves located outside of Tyrannia. Mr. Wurst and I are investigating some strange goings-on reported by the townsfolk. Something about a great treasure. It didn't take long for news like that to reach the town's most renowned archaeologist, Mr. Wurst. He immediately hired the best bodyguard he could afford and made his way towards the rumoured bounty.

"You alright back there, Alice?" Mr. Wurst asked me.

"I'm just fine," I replied, "I wouldn't be much of a bodyguard if this is all it took to bring me down, now would I?"

"I suppose not," Mr. Wurst chuckled. We continued onwards, the caverns beginning to close in on themselves ever so slightly. It was manageable, but definitely not for the claustrophobic. The caves echoed our every step as we reached a tight space. Just wide enough for us to slip through one by one.

"After you," Mr. Wurst said as he stepped aside.

"No problem," I replied confidently. I stepped in between the stone slabs and began to shimmy my way through, with Mr. Wurst not far behind. "Hey Mr. Wurst," I started, "How do you even know where we're goi-?!" I was unable to finish my sentence as I was suddenly interrupted by...

Author: metakitsune
Date: Sep 21st
A howling scream exploded out of the darkness just beyond my headlamp. I froze, the stones pressing against my chest as I struggled not to panic. I suddenly become all too aware of the miles of stone above me, oppressive in their weight and indifferent to me crawling through its cracks. What if I got stuck? Why did I take this jo-!

Something touched my shoulder. I would have jumped out of my skin if I hadn't been in an Alice-rock slab sandwich.

"Steady there Alice. It's just the wind rushing through the caverns, the caves act like a whistle." said Mr. Wurst behind me. He had entered the narrow passage while I was secretly panicking.

"Are you sure you're ok with this job? I can find someone else."

"No, no I'm fine. I was just startled." I gritted my teeth and kept wriggling forward. In the damp darkness, thoughts crept into my head like "why does an explorer need a bodyguard in an uninhabited cave anyways...? Why not another cave explorer?"

Mr.Wurst's voice echoed down the passage behind me. "Won't be long now."

I felt a breeze on my face as the narrow space ended and the cave opened up. As I looked around, I paused. There, illuminated in my headlamp was...

Author: infiniteloops
Date: Sep 22nd
... a patamoose?

The petpet blinked at me as I shuffled aside to give Mr. Wurst room to enter into the small room. As he extricated himself from the passage, the patamoose let out a small huff and scampered away, quickly disappearing into a crevice that should have been too small for him.

"Oh, excellent," huffed Mr. Wurst, noting the petpet's exit and quickly turning his attention to our new surroundings.

The cave was about the size of the average Neohome's bedroom, but the ceilings were more reminiscent of a temple. The far wall had three openings in it that looked a lot like the one they'd just pulled themselves through.

"Mr. Wurst," I began again, "why do you need a bodyguard for this quest again?"

Mr. Wurst smiled, still examining the surroundings. "Well, Alice, this cave isn't just a spelunking excursion or a treasure hunt. That is, if you believe the legend that..."

Author: weasley_sweaters
Date: Sep 23rd
"A petpet colony exists deep within the caverns; a colony comprised of petpets not native to Tyrannia. If the legend is true there could indeed be a treasure... a trove of petpet species right here, all in one location! Of course, you obviously know that not all petpets are cute and cuddly - there are several varieties that have sharp teeth, claws and such. I need a bodyguard, therefore, to be just that. I intend to locate the colony, and when I do I will need you to protect me from the onslaught of petpets that I anticipate. "

I stared at Mr.Wurst, my mouth agape in disbelief.

"You want me to protect you from petpets?" I said slowly. Mr. Wurst nodded, and I could feel my anger beginning to rise.

"Forgive me, sir - but this is not what I signed up for. Being a bodyguard is one thing, being a petpet wrangler is something else entirely. Given our present situation I think it only right that I accompany you until we exit the caverns, but effective immediately I am resigning my position."

Mr. Wurst gazed at me fixedly for a moment, then suddenly smiled widely. My anger subsided in my confusion, for this was not the reaction I had expected from him.

"Alice, you wonderful Wocky!", exclaimed Mr. Wurst exuberantly. "You've given me a brilliant idea..."

How will this story end?

Author: geneames1
Date: Sep 24th
He began pacing back and forth muttering to himself, I watched his mind turn the idea over in his head, his eyes wide with excitement.

"Sir, do you mind telling me what idea I could possibly have given you?" I asked tentatively.

"Exit the caverns!" he repeated my words back to me. "We get the petpets to exit the caverns! We flush them out! No wrangling needed."

He pulled a piece of chalk out his sleeve and began drawing his plans on the cave wall. "There is only one exit, the mouth where we entered. If we can create some kind of force, we can usher them out and be there waiting to examine them! There is also an ancient spring down here... if we can make a quake in just the right place below us, we should get the water to flow out..."

Mr Wurst scratched his head, looking again at his chalk-drawn map.

"It should be right here" he pointed to the spot and drew a large circle around it with his chalk. "Alice... your strength is going to be our greatest asset after all!"

I felt in my element once more, I was going to help uncover one of the greatest discoveries of our age. I felt strength coursing through me, and clenched my paws.

"Now, Mr Wurst?" "Now, Alice!" I pounded the floor as hard as I could with my paws, in the spot he had indicated.

I heard water pouring into the cavern beneath us. A rumbling began; a stampede of petpets came rushing towards us. None native to this area, Alkenore, Alabriss, Gangee, all flocking toward where we stood. The floor shook beneath us.

“Mr Wurst… How do we get out?!” I hadn’t even considered this, the walls felt even more claustrophobic than they did before, as the stampede rumbled on toward where we stood.

“Get ready! Wait for it, wait for it!” said Mr Wurst

“Ready for wha-“

Before I could get my words out, Mr Wurst grabbed my arms.

“JUMP!!!” he shrieked.

I leapt into the air with all my might, and as I landed, I was caught by a swarm of Barbats, flitting underneath us in a huge wave. They carried us straight through the cave opening.

My eyes adjusted to the piercing light of the midday Tyrannian sun. I was flying over the desert, looking below I saw thousands of petpets scattering across the sand. Every different species and colour, and some I had never even heard of!

"We did it, Mr Wurst!!"

"We did, Alice!" He was frantically making notes and looking for his camera to record the event.

"I can't wait to publish my study on this discovery!! And, Alice, if I may - I'd love to publish under both our names for all your help."

I began to well up, feelings of pride flooding through me. I always thought I was the best bodyguard around, but perhaps I was made to be an explorer after all!

The End,

Author: toastedmarshmallows
Date: Sep 25th

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