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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 Seven Hundred Forty Six Ends Friday, October 7
| Gilly walked steadily on the path leading away from the Haunted Woods, as she did every year this time of year. The Usul was en route to the thicket that lay just beyond Neovia, undisturbed from the commonplace scares held in her hometown.
The dimness of the Haunted Woods became the darkness of the uncharted outdoors. In the last rays of the setting sun, Gilly caught sight of the bronzing leaves and noticed the atmosphere become chillier, spookier...
She loved every minute of it.
With her lamp-light guiding her, Gilly took a turn she had never taken before -- if only because this part of the woods looked now accessible. What was once tree dense was now a pathway.
"That's odd," she remarked to nothing in particular as she ventured down the path.
She stopped and gasped when she saw a Nimmo in a hard hat illuminated by floodlights placed in the middle of what appeared to be a clearing. A building was going up -- there was a whole construction zone here.
Well, that answered that.
The Usul wondered what they were building, but didn't care to intrude.
But she just barely managed to keep herself from screaming when she turned around and locked eyes with a floating, translucent Korbat.
"My name is Harris," the ghostly Korbat blurted. "I want your help to stop those Neopets from building that concrete monstrosity over where I'm buried..."
Date: Oct 17th
...Gilly knew that the ghost was correct. She knew this area was where some Neopets were buried. It was a nice secluded area, so Neopets who have passed on could rest in peace. Though, she never thought someone would build on this land.
"I've heard that some Neopets were buried over there," Gilly told Harris. "I'm guessing those Neopets don't know that this land is sacred."
"Oh, they know it's sacred," Harris argued. "But no, they had to build on this land. Of course. Nobody ever listens." He crossed his arms.
Gilly gave a kind smile. "I can try to talk to them-"
"That's what I've been doing. It's the Haunted Woods, they don't take any ghosts that pass by seriously." Harris looked up at Gilly. She seemed a bit apprehensive. Harris immediately softened. "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm usually not like this. I'm just frustrated."
"No, I understand."
And Gilly did. The Usul wandered the Haunted Woods for years now. She made friends with quite a few ghosts that were around here. She knew the stories, she knew the value of where they were buried. It was natural that Harris was so upset.
"I never did ask for your name," Harris commented.
"It's Gilly," Gilly informed.
"Oh, I heard stories about you from the other residents here. So you must know what this means to me and the others that are buried here." Harris floated closer to Gilly. "Can you help me?"
With a firm nod, Gilly said, "I will. I just need to do something first..."
Date: Oct 18th
“What do you have to do?” Asked Harris curiously.
“Well,” Said Gilly, “I don’t know if I can say.”
“Oh come on!” Replied Harris, “I am a ghost, what harm would it do if you told me.”
A look of fear came over Gilly, she did not know how to answer Harris’s question. Should she be honest and tell him that she was there to capture a ghost to trade with Edna for her best friend’s freedom? Or should she make up a story and get Harris to trust her? After all, Harris was a ghost, he could be the one she brings to Edna to complete the task she is faced with.
“Okay Harris,” said Gilly, “I will tell you but you have to promise not to breathe a word to anyone. The thing I need to do is……
Date: Oct 18th
...obtain some assistance from a magical Halloween Peophin I know," Gilly said matter-of-factly.
"Oh!" exclaimed Harris, as everyone in the Haunted Woods knew of the powers of these rare creatures (that witch costume wasn't all for show, you know).
The pair trudged and floated through the underbrush of tangled, black, thorny growth in the woods, headed in a southern direction. Gilly's outfit tore slightly at the edges from grasping branches. They could have taken pathways for a more pleasant journey for the solid Gilly (Harris simply passed through all of the plants and stones), though Gilly knew it would take much too long - and be too late - if she did not head straight to the meeting place her and Edna had agreed upon.
Edna had known how beloved Gilly was by the spooks of the woods, which is why she had kidnapped her friend in the first place. Ghosts knew better than to hang around Edna's (most had heard the stories of ghosts who had never been seen again after entering Edna's Tower), and so they stayed FAR away. And always avoided the Zafara at all costs.
They continued for several hours, chatting about their lives a bit, until they came to a dark pond in a clearing. Harris quivered.
"This place feels a bit eerie, even for the Haunted Woods."
"Nonsense! Let us head to the water's edge; then we can call for my friend to come up from her home and explain this predicament to her." Gilly stated.
Reassured, Harris happily flew to the pond. But as he reached the edge, an evil cackle bubbled from the water...
Date: Oct 19th
...The cackle grew louder and louder, and finally the one and only Edna emerged from the depths of the water. She slowly made her way to the shoreline where Harris and Gilly stood, waiting.
"I'm sorry, my eyesight has never been very good." Stated Harris, "But from here that doesn't look much like a Peophin."
In an instant Edna snapped her fingers and was on the shore beside Gilly.
Edna cackled, "Well done Gilly, well done. When I asked you to bring me a ghost Neopet I never expected this."
"Edna? Is that you?" Harris inquired.
Suddenly Edna snapped her fingers once more and Harris was surrounded by a mystical box. Panic instantly spread across Harris's face. He flailed around the mystical box, but no matter how much he struggled, he couldn't manage to escape.
An immense feeling of guilt hit Gilly. 'What have I done?' she thought to herself.
"You've outdone yourself, Gilly. I was hoping you'd send me a ghost Neopet... but I never anticipated that you'd send me their leader."...
Date: Oct 19th
"Harris?" Gilly said, shocked at that statement.
"Why yes!" Edna cackled, holding onto the shaking box. "His ghostly powers are known to be the greatest in the Haunted Woods, but even he is unable to escape the powerful magics of this box!"
Now Gilly's mind was racing about what exactly Edna could do with all that ghostly power. Considering Edna... probably nothing good. But she had never been malevolent before.
Still, Gilly felt like she had to do something.
"Now, don't forget your end of the deal Edna." Gilly said.
"Yes, yes, of course." The witch spoke, "Follow me to my tower and I shall release them. Here, carry this."
Edna handed the box over to Gilly and began down the dark path to her tower. The entire time, Harris was shaking in the box, struggling to free himself from it.
"So what do you intend to do with him?" Gilly asked to break the silence as they woke.
"That is none of your concern." Edna said.
"Oh." Gilly said, attempting to think of a way to get her friend freed and for Harris to escape, "Then, by chance, do you know what is going on with all of that building that's going on?"
"No." Edna spat, "But the sooner they are gone, the better. That is prime ingredient space that they are trampling over, and I would not like it disturbed."
That was an opening Gilly could use.
"So, could you possibly use the ghost powers you'll get from Harris to stop it?" She asked, the gears turning in her head as she was concocting a plan on the fly.
"With ease." Edna said.
"Perfect..." Gilly thought to herself.
Harris had stopped struggling as well. Perhaps he had caught onto Gilly's plan as well.
It took only a few minutes for the duo to reach Edna's tower, and the witch opened the door and headed right towards a bubbling cauldron.
"Now, hand me the box..."
Date: Oct 20th
The glow of the bubbling cauldron in the dim lighting of the circular room struck Gilly as ominous. It wasn't that she feared magic, but the fact that she doubted Harris being dumped into the cauldron of the shady witch was the best idea. Especially since she didn't trust the witch, who had yet to show her any proof of her friend's welfare.
Gilly eyed Harris surreptitiously before she cautiously looked askance at Edna, then said, "I cannot hand you the box until I know that my friend is safe, you see."
The Zafara glared at her with suspicion for a long moment upon realizing that Gilly didn't appear to be very willing to make the exchange easy.
"Tell me, Gilly, have you been lied to your whole life? You have fulfilled my quest. When have I ever not followed through with a reward....or punishment?" The witch asked, her expression impatient.
"....Even so, I'd like to ascertain the safety of my friend before I hand Harris over." Gilly replied evenly, trying to avoid Edna's suspicious eyes.
A long pause ensued, until Harris himself broke the silence and said, "I think Gilly is being reasonable. I would like to see this friend that she has betrayed me for."
Edna looked them both over then cackled and folded her hands behind her back. She stared Gilly down as though she intended to pry open her mind and divulge the secrets of her plan with her eyes alone.
Gilly stared back.
Edna blinked first, then turned away from them and stalked toward the spiral staircase.
"Follow me, if you want to see."
Gilly held onto the box holding Harris more tightly, a cold shiver rolling down her spine at the sound of her voice. Harris exchanged a meaningful look with her and flapped his wings silently to urge her forward.
Against her sudden misgivings, she carried Harris' box and followed Edna up the tower stairs.
It was a long walk, as the tower was tall. Additionally, the interior was quite drafty, although the higher they climbed the brighter their surroundings began to grow.
Finally, at the top of the staircase, Edna cackled and unlocked the door before them. She stepped aside so that Gilly could walk before her.
Gilly stepped forward and peered into the room, squinting due to the sudden change in lighting. She called out her friend's name as her eyes began to adjust. "Laureline?"
Suddenly, Harris began to struggle more fiercely in his box and screamed out in warning "GILLY! RUN!"
But it was already too late to turn back.
Gilly's head whipped around to stare at Edna in shock, as the witch simultaneously shoved her through the doorway and stole the box containing Harris with a quick spell.
"You'll see you friend in time!" The witch cackled as she slammed the door in Gilly's face and left her to face the horror within.
Date: Oct 24th
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