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Week 844
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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 Forty Five Ends Friday, August 7

Jeremy swung his sword high, fending off his opponent. He might just be a small Blue Koi, but he knew he could do it. Others might underestimate him, but he would prove to them, prove to everyone that he could stand with the best, with the Royal Guard, that his dreams weren't just dreams--


Or perhaps they were.

Jeremy was startled awake at the sharp tone of his teacher's voice. He looked up to see her disappointed expression and the large claws of the Maraquan Ruki resting on her hips. She gestured to the front of the classroom. "If the lesson is so boring to you that you fall asleep, surely you are knowledgeable enough to work through this problem in front of the class?"

Like a sign from the heavens, the bell rang then, sparing him from this cruel fate. He rushed out of the classroom, ignoring Mrs. H's reprimands at his back. Face still burning at being caught daydreaming in class, he swam through the crowd of students flooding the halls.

"Jeremy! Hey, Jeremy, wait up!" He looked behind him to see a large Maraquan Grarrl coming toward him, the students parting for her with ease. Jeremy sighed, knowing there was no escaping this fate.

"Hey, Mia," he said glumly. He knew what she was going to say: chastise him for falling asleep - "The Royal Guard doesn't accept dummies, you know!" - and try to reassure him at the same time that of course he was physically capable, everyone else didn't know what they were talking about. It was easy for her to say. She was tall and strong, a perfect candidate for the Royal Guard. But to his surprise, she said neither of those things.

"Come with me a sec! I found something really cool that you've gotta see!" Mia abruptly turned around without waiting for him. Curious, he darted after her...

Author: dragonscales19
Date: Aug 3rd
Mia sped forward, the crowd continuing to part for her large, intimidating form. Jeremy did his best to follow, though he couldn't swim nearly as fast as his Grarrl friend. He had never seen the Grarrl this excited about anything -- except the time that Royal Guard members visited their school and gave her high praise in front of her entire PE class. He remembered because he had managed to fall flat on his face twice during that same class.

Eventually, Mia paused in front of a rather disappointing wooden door. Jeremy stumbled up to her a few moments later, already out of breath. The small sign on the door read: "Storage -- do not enter!"

As Mia reached for the handle, Jeremy slapped his fin on hers, hissing quietly at her.

"Didn't you read the sign? It says NOT to enter! Do you know how much trouble we could get in if we --"

"Relax, Jeremy", the Grarrl responded with a sigh. "I've done this before. Besides, when were you such a stickler for the rules?"

Though apprehensive, Jeremy drew his fin away. Mia grasped the handle firmly, turning it and swinging the door open. At once, a bright light shone from the room -- then suddenly, complete darkness.

As he adjusted his eyes to the dark, Jeremy heard a shrill, high-pitched voice call out to them.

"So, you've decided to return... with a friend."

He could barely make out who was talking. He heard the source of the voice call out once more, this time to Mia.

"He doesn't know who I am, does he?"

Before Mia could respond, a dim light began streaming from the ceiling. He squinted at the mysterious Neopian; with a gasp, he knew who he was talking to. It was none other than...

Author: cyeo19
Date: Aug 4th
Occenti, also known as The Ghost in the Mirror. She inhabited a dull gold hand mirror with decorative loops along its frame and a small blue gem embedded at the top. Jeremy didn't know much more than that, however. He had seen a posting by the Royal Guard looking for this mirror a few months ago. It also stated that Occenti was very dangerous and to alert the Royal Guard if you discovered the mirror.

The high-pitched voice spoke again. "I am known as The Wishing Mirror," it claimed. "I exist to grant whatever wishes your heart desires, to the best of my ability. Although my powers are not limitless, they are no trifle either."

It was disconcerting for Jeremy to behold. The mirror's surface was well-lit, despite the darkness around them. He saw himself in the mirror, speaking the voice's words as if he had said them.

Jeremy lunged forward and flipped the mirror to face the floor. Then, he turned to Mia. "Mia, do you know what this is?" he hissed.

"Yeah, it just said. It's really great," Mia replied. "I asked to be stronger," she paused, her face contorted in thought, "a few months ago? It took some time to happen, but look at me now," she emphasized with a flex of her muscular tail. "I owe it all to that mirror."

"You used it?" Jeremy exclaimed.

"Do you remember that time the Royal Guard visited?" Mia asked. "I was already using it then. Do you think I could have cut through the water like that otherwise?"

"Mia, it's dangerous! The Royal Guard put out a notice that said it was bad!"

"I granted Mia's wish," the mirror's voice piped up, despite being turned over. "You have witnessed the results first-hand. She has suffered no ill effects, has she not?"

"I'm better than ever," Mia confirmed. "And you can be too."

"You see?" the mirror chided Jeremy. "What you heard was baseless slander, perpetuated by those who desire to claim me all for themselves." The mirror's voice dropped in pitch slightly. "It is a sad fact that greed runs rampant in Neopia."

"Surely," the mirror continued, "someone as noble-minded as you cannot be swayed from a righteous path. It would be a shame to waste such an opportunity, would it not? What do you say?"

Author: jacobhulsebus
Date: Aug 5th

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