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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 Four Ends Friday, August 20

Lester juggled several colorful balls before tossing them up to bounce them off his tail. After sending all the balls rolling back into their basket, the purple Blumaroo swept his fool's cap off his head as he made an elaborate bow before his audience - or rather, what he had hoped would be his audience.

No one in the busy Meridellian marketplace took notice of him, much less the box in front of him where a few Neopoints had been tossed. He sighed, flopping back down to sit on the side of the road. Lester looked up at Meridell Castle in the distance, set like a crown jewel in the midst of the greenery and shining in the afternoon sun. A few days ago, he was performing not on a street corner but in the castle, for King Skarl himself. It took but one bad joke for Skarl to banish him from the castle, forcing Lester to find another audience.

Needless to say, his efforts had been quite futile so far.

"Aren't you the Blumaroo Court Jester?"

A voice startled Lester from his reverie, and he saw a JubJub intensely staring at him.

"I was," said Lester, standing up slowly. "Until the king threw me out."

"Oh." The JubJub frowned. "I'm sorry. I thought you had resigned, or found another gig, or something. See, the king hired me to be his new court jester..."

Author: precious_katuch14
Date: Aug 16th
For a short moment Lester and the mysterious JubJub stared at each other in silence.

Then the JubJub continued,"You may call me Diego. I was searching for you because I am in desperate need of your help."

Diego sat down on a rusty bucket he flipped over, staring at the ground. "Look", he started,"strange things are happening inside the castle. People are disappearing, weird noises at night. Yesterday I overheard a guard talking about a 'big event' happening and our king being the target." His gaze slowly rose from the floor. "Something terrible is about to happen... I can feel it." His voice cracked, a tear rolled down his cheek. "Everyone could be involved. I can't trust anyone in the whole castle anymore." Diego slowly rose his arm and softly laid his hand onto Lester's shoulder. Diego pulled himself together, "No one has been with the king longer than you Lester. No one knows the people in Meridell better. Only you can help me." His voice sounded strong and motivating but Lester felt the fear he was trying to hide.

For a moment, Lester felt bad for the Jubjub, but was quickly taken over by reality. He grabbed Diego's hand and removed it from his shoulder. "I can't help you. Not after everything that has happened. No one helped me when I needed help...". Lester slowly got up, grabbed his basket, turning his back on Diego. He was already prepared to walk away when he felt a hand pulling him back...

Author: philipp999_2
Date: Aug 17th
"I said I can't help you-" Lester turned angrily to brush off the Jubjub and saw the castle guard who had a firm grip on his arm. He looked around but Diego was nowhere to be seen.

"Come with me," said the guard, pulling Lester down the road toward the castle.

"What's going on? I can't go back to the castle! The king threw me out!" Lester gasped as he tried to keep up with the fast pace the guard was setting.

"Be silent!" hissed the guard. "This is not a safe place, we must get inside."

Just before they reached the bridge leading to the castle's outer gardens, the guard suddenly jerked Lester to the left into the cover of tree's off the side of the road.

"Now can you tell me-" Lester whispered, but was again cut off by the guard

"No! We are still not safe," the guard hissed. "We must reach the secret passage into the castle sublevels. It will be safe once we are in the passage."

Moments later the guard reached down inside a bush and lifted a trap door. He gestured Lester inside and quickly followed, pulling the secret hatch closed behind him.

"I am sorry to have grabbed you like that," the guard said as he pulled off his helmet. "My name is...."

Author: jess_scanlan
Date: Aug 18th
"Raith?" Lester said even before the guard's helmet was completely off his face. "Wait, I thought you—"

"Went MIA?" Raith the Grarrl winked, still keeping his voice low as he put the helmet back on and started tapping on what seemed like random bricks in the masonry. "Not everything is what it seems."

Lester watched in utter surprise as a passage opened into the brickwork, a passage which not even Lester knew existed there. "Can I please get some information on what's happening? And why does any of it concern me?"

"All details in due time," Raith answered. "For now, just know that a past adversary of Meridell has returned to settle the score and is planning to assassinate the king."

Raith took a moment to take in the mixed expressions on the Blumaroo's face, then continued. "As for why should it concern you... well, I reckon you got expelled out of the court recently." He glared meaningfully at Lester, a stern look on his face. "Now, suppose if anything happened to Skarl, who do you think would be the very first suspect?"

The Blumaroo gulped.

How will this story end?

Author: knightwolfalex
Date: Aug 19th
“Why now all of a sudden?” Lester asked. “Who is this adversary and what makes right now so special?”

Lester paused. “I will be honest, I don’t have all the answers. I just knew that I needed to find you before someone else did.”

The two of them walked down the passage until they arrived at a tall stone door that had two candles sticking out of either side. Raith pulled the left candle and the door creaked open and revealed what seemed to be an elevator with an old copper lever. Once the two of them got into the elevator, Raith pulled the lever.

“I never realized how many hidden secrets this castle had,” Lester said.

Raith looked at Lester, “it makes circumstances like this easier to travel around the castle unnoticed,”

The Blumaroo nodded his head in understanding.

As they started getting closer to what seemed like the top of the elevator shaft, Lester heard a loud creaking and saw the top starting to open as if they were coming out of a hidden hole in the floor above.

“Where are we?” Lester asked as they ascended out of the elevator, but Lester instantly knew. They had arrived in the great hall in front of Skarl’s throne room but it was pitch black with only a few small flickering torches trying to light up the room.

“L-L-Lester is that you?” a faint but familiar voice asked.

Lester looked over to a corner where he thought the voice was coming from. Lester gasped, “Diego?! Is that you?!”

The newly appointed jester was lying on the ground and appeared to be almost unconscious with scars all over his face.

“Lester, we might be too late. We must hurry!” Raith exclaimed as he grabbed Lester’s hand and ran towards the entrance to the throne room.

Raith flung open the throne room doors and loud music started blaring as a pleasant aroma filling the room. It was a party!

“I-I-I don’t understand,” Lester said now looking at Raith in complete shock.

“Perhaps I can offer an explanation?” It was Skarl. “I’m not really good at this type of thing so I will try my best. You have been serving me for quite a while. I know I’m not the best at showing my gratitude so I figured I should try and start. I reached out to Raith to help me devise a plan that would keep you from suspecting anything.”

“So you fired me,” Lester replied. “It all makes sense now, but what about Diego and all of his scars?”

The doors creaked open and in walked Diego. “Raith reached out to me and said they needed a skilled actor to help sell this and add a sort of dramatic appeal and I’d say I delivered well!”

Lester was now in tears and couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Skarl was never one to show affection and yet he put this all together to show him appreciation?

“This is the happiest moment of my life!” Lester exclaimed.

“Enough explanations and tears!” Skarl exclaimed. “Now is the time to feast and celebrate!”

All of the castle partied till late at night and Lester made sure to enjoy every little bit of it.

The End,

Author: darkhound45
Date: Aug 20th

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