The Miseducation of Lavinia Llwynog: Part XI"Checkmate!" Vinnie cried triumphantly. It was the second time that she had beaten Al Sev that night. He wrinkled his brow and looked up at her."Best three out of five?""Not tonight! I'm savoring my victory!" Vinnie stretched and looked down at the board where the White King knelt before the Red Queen.Tonight was the best she had played since she had set up her chess set in the Slytherin Common Room. The first night she had been beaten by most of her challengers the first night, but she took Sebastian's advice and observed how each of them played. She focused on the positions of the chessmen and thought of several possible moves, for both herself and her opponent. It was not easy, but she was determined.By the second night she had determined the skill level of most of the other players in her House. The more serious players treated it with a reverence that Vinnie had only seen in the most devoted Quidditch fans, but Sebastian h
The Miseducation of Lavinia Llwynog: Part X"Professor Snape? Here are my annotations on the last witch trial which took place in the Muggle Courts before the enforcement of the International Statute of Secrecy.""Thank you, Augustine." Eveyln took the papers from him. Gus had been quieter than usual that week, only days after he had confided in her over tea. She felt like their tutoring sessions were more like a weirdly choreographed dance session. Whenever she successfully got him to take a few steps forward he would suddenly take several back. She wanted him to take the lead, which he was reluctant to do, but on a few occasions his creative brilliance had sparkled. She had praised him and he had accepted it, albeit with a copious amount of blushing which confirmed her suspicion that he was not used to receiving praise.When he was quiet (often) it was almost as if he were invisible. Silently passing through the corridors unnoticed. Shrinking down in his chair in class, ta
The Miseducation of Lavinia Llwynog: Part IX"There is this difference between genius and common sense in a fox: Common sense is governed by circumstances, but circumstances is governed by genius."--Josh BillingsIt was all stupid Soren's fault. Ever since she had left the Three Broomsticks on Saturday, Vinnie had been angry and distracted. She had looked for Soren the next day in the Common Room and at breakfast, but he wasn't there. She thought that they would laugh about her pig snout hex and spend the day hiking along the borders of the Forbidden Forest with Al Sev, but he was nowhere to be found."Have you seen Soren?" she asked Eva."I saw him earlier. He didn't stay for breakfast, he just packed some food in a knapsack. He said that he was meeting Roxanne for a hike."Vinnie blinked and stared down at her half-eaten breakfast. She took no notice of Al Sev when he sat down next to her."Hi Vinnie! You'd better finish that--you'll need the energy for our hike this morning!