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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 Ninety One Ends Friday, July 30

SPLONK! Another miss.

Christina lobbed another Blue Bruce Juice at the rock protruding from the sea's calm surface.

CRACK! The fourth bottle hit, splashing the stone an unnatural blue before both the liquid and the broken bottle sank out of sight.

The speckled Tonu had come to the beach to cool down, but after two days of being alone and sunburnt, she was dreadfully bored. She'd bought three six-packs of juice from a shop--where the employee Krawk was unwilling to chat--and came up with her own throwing game: +10 points to hit the rock, +15 if the bottle hits and breaks, -5 if it only lands in water, and +20 if it hits anything else.

It never crossed her mind that this was littering.

Something colourful shimmered just beneath a wave. A fish or rubbish, perhaps? Christina aimed another bottle.

"Hey!" the thing called out in a loud voice.

Startled, the Tonu dropped the Bruce Juice on her own foot. "Ow!"

As the thing swam closer, she saw it was a pastel Lutari.

"What are you playing? May I join?" The Lutari smiled. "I'm Saxony. I live around here."

"I'm Christina," said the Tonu, still rubbing her foot in annoyance. "And no, you can't. These are mine." She waved her arm over the remaining juice bottles.

"Oh." Saxony looked thoughtful, then smiled again. "How about we play something else? If you win, I'll treat you to slushies at the shop over there." She pointed.

"What if I lose?" Chrstina glowered over her nose horn sceptically.

"Then you'll have to play a different game with me! How's that?"

"Deal." Christina said quickly. The rewards sounded so unbalanced in her favour, she didn't want Saxony to withdraw the offer. "What are we playing?"

The Lutari reached into the water and pulled up two objects to show Christina: a broken half of a Water Blasting Gun and a bent and discoloured Ona Ears Headband. "We'll use these!"

"Isn't that garbage?"

"I don't think so! Why would anyone put them here and not in the trash if they're garbage?" Saxony giggled. "Okay. We'll each take one and throw it in any direction we want. The other person has to grab it and run or swim back to this spot. Whoever's fastest wins."

"Fine." Christina kicked off her sandals and smoothed back her hair. "I'll take the watergun." The heavier item would fly farther and sink faster, she figured.

Saxony tossed her the broken toy and raised the headband. "Ready... Go!" She pitched the headband toward the sand.

The Tonu waited a split second and threw the watergun into the water. She began sprinting toward the headband. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see the Lutari swimming off in an unhurried pace. She was going to win!

Unexpectedly, something tripped her...

Author: terukiyo
Date: Jul 26th
“Ah!” Christina yelled as she felt one of her feet catch on something hard.

She fell face-first into the sand.

She slowly sat up, wincing as she did before bringing her foot up. Of course it was the same foot that she dropped the bottle on before. She groaned and cursed her rotten luck as she checked herself over, and then to see what tripped her.

It was one of her Blue Bruce Juice bottles!

“Ow...” She thanked Fyora that it was one of the bottles she tossed before, it thankfully had remained intact, but it still hurt. She looked over and saw Saxony was far ahead now. She had almost gotten the Ona headband already!

Christine dusted herself off, her good mood dampened by her (practically certain) loss and by her rotten luck. She pouted and glared at the bottle that had tripped her up.

Then she heard a soft squeaking, distressed and high. Christina looked around for the source. The sound was almost drowned out by the sound of the waves, but now that Christina knew what she was listening for, she could just hear the desperate, terrified squeaks above the roar of the waves.

She crawled on the beach quiet, and thoughtful as she worked. It led her to bunched up old netting and a great mound of trash washed up on the shore.

The sound was coming from in there. Saxony dug and as she did so, the cries renewed, louder than before, as though what ever was making the sound realised something had finally noticed it.

“A-hah! I win!” Saxony yelled. “You’re slow -” Saxony stopped as she noticed Christine at the large mound of trash. “What are you doing?”

“I think there’s something trapped here!” Christine replied.

Saxony was soon beside the Tonu, kneeling beside the trash mound, helping the Tonu work.

As they dug, both girls gasped as they saw what was trapped in the snarl of trash…

Author: reconcilation
Date: Jul 27th
It was a Lutra! Its hind legs and tail were completely and hopelessly tangled in the net, so the creature would have never been able to break free on its own. Its fur was slick with dirt and trash juice. Upon seeing them, its squeaks became even louder. Even though she felt sorry for the little guy, Christina couldn’t help but hold her nose at the stench.

“Oh, you poor, poor thing!” Saxony, seemingly oblivious to the smell, bent down towards the Lutra. Did Christina see tears in her eyes? Saxony sniffled and then began working her long claws around the netting.

Christina hesitated, but she sucked it up and started helping, using her horn to try and loosen the strands of the net.

After getting past some particularly gnarly knots of net and trash, the two girls freed the Lutra. Even though it was weak from struggling, it still did a little dance and squeaked thankfully.

“You rest here until you feel better, little fella,” Saxony crooned, pouring water over the creature’s fur with her paws to clean it. The Lutra leaned into its bath, obviously enjoying it.

“Who would leave a net in the ocean like that?” Christina muttered. “Without us being here just at the right moment, this guy wouldn’t have survived.”

Saxony said nothing, and just stared at her. “What? What did I say?”

Saxony sighed, and started to speak.

How will this story end?

Author: nurnurnur199
Date: Jul 28th
"It's not one person, that would be simple," Saxony said. "It's the fishing vortex workers, they're simply overworked and there's so much rubbish getting into the water."

"That won't do," said Christina, as she scooped up the Lutra and headed towards the spot. "We'll have to pitch in."

Soon, Christina, Saxony and the Lutra were joining up with all the workers, and we're joined by other good beach go-ers who noticed them. By the afternoon, all the nets were gone.

"What will we do with all the nets?" Asked Saxony.

"Well, you know those giant bugs that keep getting into everyone's neohomes..."

By the end of the day, everyone's home had a netting over the windows, and all the food and people were safe from biting!

"There you go," said Christina to Saxony and the Lutra as they pinned the last one up. "Nets that keep what should be out, out, and only let in what should be in!"

They all smiled, as one little bug escaped out the window and into the night.

The End,

Author: bloodbunnyh
Date: Jul 30th

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