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Pet Name: FiannaMay
There sure are a lot of strange folk in the Haunted Woods, you think to yourself nervously as a Halloween Lenny cackles shrilly. Dusk is quickly falling and it is starting to get unpleasantly cold. You pull your cloak tighter around yourself. Dismayed, you realise that you are in an unfamiliar part of the woods. You curse yourself for taking your time in Prigpants & Swolthy, Tailors. Now it is too dark to see.
You glance around in trepidation, hugging yourself for warmth. It is unusually chilly for summer. Nature itself appears to have undergone a sinister makeover in the Haunted Woods. Even the trees seem malevolent, with their gnarled bare branches and hollow trunks. Twigs snap nosily under your feet as you struggle to find a pathway you recognise.
The noise disturbs some Dark faeries resting nearby. They rise as one and flit from tree to tree like a swarm of angry gnats. You shield your face as they dive-bomb you, screeching all the while. You manage to evade them and think longingly of your cosy neohome, trying to ignore your growing fear.
A flicker of crimson. You turn, legs tensed, preparing to flee. You see nothing and your consternation increases. Then as your eyes adjust to the dim, you notice a ghost Xweetok lounging under a withered tree. She plays with her ghost Mauket, oblivious to you. You creep behind a tree and watch her for a while. Suddenly alerted to your presence, she looks your way.
Huge scarlet eyes lined with Kohl and Lost Desert bracelets dangling off her translucent wrists, she seems far too ostentatiously dressed for so spartan a place. You stare at each other. Just as you are about to break eye contact, she smiles and you feel strangely comforted. Without need for words, you instinctively know that this ethereal creature means no harm. She rises from the ground and leaves her petpet under the tree where it has fallen asleep. Ghostly torch held aloft, she beckons you to follow her. You hesitate and she gently takes your hand. Her touch is surprisingly warm and you relax a little bit more.
Both of you walk in a companionable silence, your hand still clasped in hers. Questions drift through your mind but strangely do not feel compelled to speak. You are content to just walk with this mysterious girl. Up close, you realise that she is beautiful, though her eyes like glowing embers unsettle you a bit. Even without the torch she gives off a subtle light of her own. She stops at the edge of the woods. You see Neopia Central.
You turn to thank her, grateful and relieved. You part your lips, ready to offer something in return, but with a smile and a wink she seemingly melts into the night. You are perplexed for a bit, but continue on your way. Hmmm, you think. Maybe the folk at the Haunted Woods are not so bad after all. A little creepy, certainly, but not so bad.
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