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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 Three Ends Friday, August 13

"I'm not dense, youngin', I already knew that."

King Hagan gave a great sigh as the peasant was hurried out of his throne room. He could have sworn the Neopets of today were getting less intelligent each time he saw them. It had been a long time since anyone had impressed him.

"That was the last of the day, Your Majesty," Erica, a young pink Tonu who was rather new to his court, informed him. Despite her inexperience, she was rather well-organised, always carrying a clipboard around with her between her teeth, setting it onto the ground and ticking off people by balancing a pen in her hoof. Now, she nodded at some of the waiting courtiers to draw the curtains and allow the early evening sunset to disappear from within the castle walls.

"What's in the agenda for the week, Erica?" Hagan asked. "It has been another wasted day for me today. No one impressed me at all with their wisdom."

Erica pulled what she hoped was a sympathetic looking face, then consulted her clipboard. "It's actually our annual celebration of the Discovery of Brightvale this week. I've already ordered banners to be placed all around the city and there will be marquees with various foods and goods in the gardens."

"That soon?" Hagan frowned. "It feels like that comes around every week. Are we doing anything different this year?"

"Well..." Erica cast an anxious glance around the court. The others made themselves look busy, knowing what she was about to tell him. "We were actually thinking of inviting your...uh..."

"Oh come out with it already!" Hagan snapped.

Erica took a deep breath. "We were thinking of inviting -"

This time, she was cut off by a loud hammering on the front doors.

"The time for study and imparting wisdom on me is over," Hagan said. "Everyone knows that. No one has ever disturbed me at this hour before. Who could that be?"

Author: dudeiloled
Date: Aug 9th
The reinforced front doors slammed open as if there was no resistance. Against the sunset was a silhouette in the shape of a robed Skeith. King Hagan was shocked by the audacity.

"Happy to see me, brother?" the deep, hoarse voice laughed into the hall. King Skarl stepped forth, looking agelessly rugged.

The annoyance carried into Hagan's face immediately. "Erica, was this your doing?"

Erica carefully weighed her options and sighed. "Yes, it was, but--"

"But?! Why would you invite my insolent brother for a celebration of our Brightvale?"

"Insolent? I'd be mad if I knew what that meant!" Skarl barked while scratching his side. The brothers started to argue.

"I can explain," Erica managed to chime in between the brothers' ensuing bickering. "A celebration of a land can't be done in isolation. The court advisors thought this would be a good opportunity to reaffirm Brightvale and Meridell's unity-- er-- attempt at unity."

Hagan paused the argument to ask Erica, "Though the celebration isn't until next week. Why is he here already?"

Skarl interjected. "Guess you don't know everything, huh? Erica invited me to come early because...

Author: miraday
Date: Aug 10th
...the August marrow has reached its prime".

Hagan responded only with an unimpressed stare, so his brother kept going.

"Thirteen hundred and five pounds" Skarl announced with a toothy grin, "and I'm not into all that arithmetic and such, but I do believe-"

Hagan held up a hand, which would have been enough to quiet any reasonable Neopian. But his brother had never been - nor pretended to be - particularly reasonable.

"I do believe", Skarl continued, "that a certain brother of mine made a promise to help prepare said marrow..."

"What I did was impart wisdom!" Hagan interjected, "the marrow I grew was precisely calculated for perfection - no simple farmer could hope to surpass it".

Hagan glanced toward his subordinate. She seemed to be doing her best to fade out of existence entirely.

"HA! And yet, it has come to pass. Come brother, we have many dishes to prepare!"

Author: ayce
Date: Aug 11th
Hagan knew that arguing with his brother would be a battle he would never win, so the two of them went to look at Skarl’s marrow.

“I still don’t understand how my calculations were so off,” Hagan started. “If it is as large as you say it is, I would be happy to help prepare the finest dishes this castle has ever seen!”

Erica was trying her best to hold back a grin. She couldn’t believe it! Her plan was coming to fruition!

“Sometimes you just know what to do and calculations aren’t needed,” his brother responded. “Everything will usually just fall into place.”

The two brothers and Erica walked out the gate of the castle where a big sheet seemed to be covering an enormous object.

“Now this is how you…” Skarl pauses. As he pulled down the sheet, the marrow was gone but what sat in its place caused them all to gasp.

How will this story end?

Author: darkhound45
Date: Aug 12th
A huge statue portraying King Hagan and King Skarl shaking hands was uncovered as the sheet fell down to the floor.

At the base of the statue, words read:


"Eureka!" Hagan shouted as if struck by inspiration.

"Whoever sculpted this work of art wasn't joking!" Skarl said with a chuckle.

While everyone gasped and clapped, Erica had made her way in front of the statue and raised her hand up to the skies.

"I'm glad everyone loved this statue. I made it using only my horn... A skill passed down from my Tonu ancestors to me! Surprise!" celebrated the pink Tonu.

"Maybe we can put one on Meridell engraved with that... peculiar Peophin joke you love?" said Hagan, who forgot how much he hated that joke because of the beautiful statue.

Skarl laughed.

"Thank you Erica, this will be a great Discovery of Brightvale celebration." declared Hagan.

The smell of freshly chopped marrow came out from the kitchen. For the following week, the two Skeiths proceeded to prepare the marrow into a delicious marrow stew.

A grand feast was later held at the foot of the huge statue, where the unity of Brightvale and Meridell was celebrated. It was a Discovery of Brightvale day to be remembered.

The End,

Author: starofcolors
Date: Aug 13th

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