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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 Fifty Nine Ends Friday, December 4

Nanci the blue Ixi drew the curtains and glanced out the kitchen window. The fields in this small Meridellian town were a marvellous green, dripping with droplets of dew, after a night of heavy rain but the skies were now clear and the morning sun lit up the whole room.

She smiled in delight. Finally, today was the day!

Like clockwork her petpet, Dori the Faellie, flitted to her side and perched up on the windowsill next to her. Her wide eyes sparkled and her tail wagged rapidly – she sensed her owner’s happy excitement even though she didn’t exactly know why. It was Saturday so they were not going in to work at Ye Olde Petpets… She looked up at Nanci curiously.

Nanci patted her head before she grabbed a large woven straw bag from under the dining table and lined it with a fuzzy brown blanket.

“Dori, Dori darling,” Nanci picked up the Faellie and nuzzled her before setting her down in the bag. “We’re going to meet a new friend today!”

She opened the fridge to take out the three Juppie and Chokato jam sandwiches she had prepared the night before. A regular sized one for herself and two mini ones – one for Dori and one for…

Author: crazy_mia
Date: Nov 23rd
the snowbunny that had finally recovered from its intense injury. Nanci had found it during a horrible thunderstorm and nursed it back to health. But today was the day she could finally let it go.

Packing all the food in her favourite sack, she grabbed some cold milk before tying up her things and heading out. Making sure Dori was behind her, Nanci quickly showed her the way to the barn. It was there Nanci prepped all the food on a tree stump, sandwiches and milk. Smiling at all her hard work, she went to go peek at the sleeping snowbunny. But when she did her heart sunk. The snowbunny was nowhere to be seen...

Author: bluecream64
Date: Nov 24th
...and all that was left was a trail of footprints.

Big, heavy footprints, evil footprints that left claw marks in the dirt and tore up the grass. The ominous trail led northwest, tearing through Meridell's vivid grassy fields and heading straight towards... the dark forests growing from the shadows of Darigan Citadel.

Nanci's stomach drops to her hooves.

"Oh, no," she breathes. "Oh no, no, no."

Whichever large monster made these tracks, they're definitely the one who had taken the Snowbunny. And with petpet care being her primary trade, Nanci isn't one to let a monster storm off with the helpless petpet she'd just saved. That poor thing; it must be absolutely terrified right now!


"What kind of creature could have left these tracks?" Nanci asks both herself and Dori, who is sniffing the footprints curiously. "In all my years of working with petpets, I've never seen any prints like these from any petpet OR neopet."

Dori looks up at the Ixi, tilting her head in silent confusion. Nanci sighs nervously.

"Looks like we'll have to cancel our previous plans for today, Dori," Nanci mutters, pressing a hoof to her forehead. "We've got a Snowbunny to find... and fast."

Author: x_wolves
Date: Nov 25th
With barely a pause, the pair collected their would-be picnic and quickened their gait, clawed silhouettes contouring the trail ahead.

"The thought of saying goodbye to that furry little Snowbunny into the wild was bittersweet enough," Nanci moaned to an empathetic Dori. "But losing him entirely?! What if he's not safe?"

Her Faellie frowned up at her. Dori wasn't one of many words, but Nanci could tell she sensed danger—a mournful answer to the question at hand. Nanci sighed and picked up the pace.

The forests, and then Citadel, grew larger beyond the field. It was coloured with the same foreboding shadow Nanci had expected of a place so grim. Even the blue Meridellian skies seemed darker as the two jogged on. It was strange, the way a sunny morning retreated to gloom when something was awry.

“Funny,” Nanci mumbled between breaths. “Sudden rainclouds on the day of our planned picnic. Thanks for reminding me.”

As if rattled by her snark, the rainclouds lowered themselves with a growl. They weren’t rainclouds at all, but…

Author: spitalfields
Date: Nov 30th
...a great swarm of Batterflies, dense enough to eclipse the sun itself. As they began to descend their screeches and wingbeats were deafening, and as they swirled around the two travellers they became dizzied and dazed.

Nanci quickly grabbed hold of Dori, who was already beginning to tumble in the air from the spiralling chaos.

Before they knew it, the Batterflies had swept up a current of wind strong enough to lift Nanci and her Petpet into the skies! It was as if they were compelled by some mysterious force. Surely some strange magic was at play here, Nanci thought to herself.

It seemed the creatures were taking them somewhere. Peeking through the flurry of wings, Nanci spotted on the horizon a place she had seen only in books. It was...

Author: psychedelice
Date: Dec 1st
the Darigan Citadel, looming in the sky and defining the word dangerous. Nanci had never planned to visit, but fate seemed to have its own agenda today.

The swarm of Batterflies flew higher and higher, and between the height and the blur their frenzied flying created, Nanci had no way of keeping an eye on the claw marks. She could only hope they stayed on track.

Soon they reached the edges of the land surrounding Darigan Citadel. Nanci decided she would be better off on the outskirts, than allowing the Batterflies to take her where ever, or to whomever, they had planned to. She clutched Dori with one hoove, and with the other she deftly produced the Juppie and Chokato jam sandwiches and threw each in a separate direction.

The good news: it worked! Batterflies were not known for their commitment to focus, and the sudden food flying nearby snapped their attention from escorting Nanci. The bad news… well Nanci didn’t realize they were quite so high, and landed with a thud on her shoulder while trying to keep Dori safe on her other side. She lay there in shock of the pain, with stars and tears in her eyes blurring her vision, on the edge of Darigan Citadel, without an idea for picking up the mysterious beast’s trail. She was beginning to feel hopeless when suddenly…

Author: juggal3tt3j
Date: Dec 2nd
A massive, clawed, purple paw stepped into her line of sight. For a moment Nanci didn’t dare to breathe. Huge paw? Huge claws? When she’d set out following the footprints, her intention had never been to find the beast that made them, just the Snowbunny at the end of the trail. She reached to clutch Dori close to her, Dori was always a bit of a nervous Faellie--

But Dori was gone.

This was enough to pierce through Nanci’s attempt at playing dead.

“Dori!” she shrieked. “Where are you?!”

“You don’t have to--ow--yell,” said a voice.

Nanci spun around and found herself face-to-face with a Darigan Lupe. The Lupe was grimacing. His paws appeared to be very swollen and tender. But Nanci didn’t have time to register the Lupe’s distress, because in the same moment she saw Dori, perched on the Lupe’s head.

“DORI!” she yelled. She stumbled toward them, but winced when her shoulder ached.

“You’re in pain, too? What a world,” said the Lupe, as Dori glided over into Nancy’s paws.

“Who are you?” said Nanci. “Are you… okay?”

“I’m Harry. I have Bloaty Feet. Ow. It’s my third time getting it. I never learn.”

“I saw your footprints. But why are you walking on your feet if they hurt so much?” said Nanci.

“No choice--ow. I’m looking for someone important.”

“Who? said Nanci.

“A friend. My Snowbunny, Gerald.”

How will this story end?

Author: puppy_sad_eyes
Date: Dec 3rd
Nanci was momentarily too stunned to speak. She had assumed whatever owned the formerly menacing large and evil looking footprints had stolen the Snowbunny...not been trying to retrieve it. She wondered for a moment if she was being fooled. But she could see the genuine pain in Harry's eyes (and feet), and knew she wasn't being jilted.

"Harry," she said, decisively. "How did you meet Gerald?"

Harry gazed pensively into the distance. "Well, I met my dear Snowbunny by pure chance. I was wandering around innocently before I stumbled upon my Bloaty Feet," he shrugged. "I came upon a barn. In front of the barn was the fluffiest, cutest Snowbunny I'd ever seen. I thought we were just meant to be friends," he said, sniffling.

Nanci was touched by the Darigan Lupe's emotion. Dori sniffled sympathetically.

"So, I took Gerald by the scruff, determined to bring him back home with me to the Darigan Citadel to be FRIENDS FOREVER!" Harry shrieked. "But soon after we began our trek back home, my feet began to throb in a manner all too familiar. Bloaty Feet, again!" Harry sighed. "I put down Gerald for just a moment to nurse my feet." Harry sighed again. "But as soon as I looked up from between my somewhat menacing and quite achy claws, Gerald was far in the distance, hopping lithely away..."

"Did you see where he was headed?" Nanci asked hopefully.

"Straight toward Meri Acres Farm," Harry said. "I wanted to stop home to the Citadel first to get my Magic Smelly Socks before heading back to find Gerald. I couldn't fathom trying to find him among the rows of crops with my feet feeling like this!"

Nanci nodded. "Get those socks, Harry," she said. "Then, we're off to Meri Acres!"


Amidst the earthy rank of the rows and rows of crops, the task of finding Gerald seemed nearly impossible. That is, until they heard the sound of a very vigorous nibbling not two rows away.

Nanci, Dori, and Harry (a bit disgruntled, his socks were wet) worked their way through the foliage toward the sound. They came upon the coveted Snowbunny, nibbling voraciously upon whatever was left of a Mortogberry. Beside him, stroking the Snowbunny's soft fur, was a young yellow Wocky wearing a potato sack.

"Aye, Arthur," he said softly to the Snowbunny. "Don't ye scare me again like that, or ye won't be getting any more Mortogberries."

Harry and Nanci glanced at each other. Dori flittered her little wings, plucked a Loveberry, and began to nibble it.

Nanci produced her favourite sack, formerly home to the sandwiches that had so helped her in her previous dilemma with the Batterflies.

"Well, it isn't too late for a picnic yet," she said, beaming. "Let's harvest some berries!"

Nanci, Harry, and Dori scoured the fields and reaped an excellent harvest, which made an even more excellent picnic.

The End,

Author: cicadaskinz
Date: Dec 4th

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