Chapter VIII: CheckmateThe White Queen ran diagonally across the chessboard, sword drawn, then stopped several paces before her target, the Red King. She glanced to the right where the Red Queen was waving her sword menacingly. There was nothing that she could do. If the Red Queen made her move to put the White Queen within range, the next move would be the White Queen's and the game would be won. The White Queen slowly turned forward to face the Red King again. She was completely unprepared for the Red Castle which bore down behind her, crushing her beneath a pile of red bricks. Blood spattered over the chessboard before the White Queen disappeared and the Red Castle righted itself."Eeewww!" Wendy wrinkled her nose in disgust."What's the matter, Wendy? Didn't anticipate that move?" Declan MacManus grinned as he leaned back on the sofa with his hands folded behind his head."None of us saw that one coming! I think that Wendy's just squeamish about the b
From the Jaws of Defeat"Victory!""You lost!""Oh."Awkward silence.
The Substitute TeacherShut up you little bastards!(Silence).
No More Justice in the WorldWhen blinded by Vengeance,Justice died.
Chapter VII: Boy From the North CountryWe hate it when our friends become successful/And if they're Northern, that makes it even worseAnd if we can destroy them/You bet your life we will destroy themIf we can hurt them, well, we may as well...It's really laughableHa, ha, ha..."We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful"--Morrissey"I'm a loser/I'm a loser, and I'm not what I appear to be.."Severus looked up from his book in irritation. He was sitting cross-legged on his bed going over tomorrow's Charms lesson, before being rudely disturbed by Anthony Greengrass, would-be singing sensation. It was half an hour before prefect Lucius Malfoy would knock on their door as the signal for lights out. Severus usually used this time to study. The big soft bed with the green and silver bedding was more comfortable then the saggy mattress and thin blanket at home. The Slytherin dorm room was also grander than his tiny drab bedroom. Unfortunately he had to share it with others.Anthony had cranked up the old
Life LessonsFirst Lesson: Soren is fiveSpring had arrived, but the air in Scotland was still cold. Small green shoots were starting to push up through the bare soil and the first crocus bulbs had bloomed under the large tree in the garden behind the house. The birds had returned and were nesting in the trees and the bushes.It was the bird song which had Soren Snape anxious to explore the trees for nests. A steady rain had kept him indoors for days and he was anxious to see if the eggs had hatched."Come outside with me, Daddy! We have to find the nests before Mrs. Tolliver's cat does! Come on!" Soren pulled at his father's sleeve. Severus looked up from his books and frowned at his son over his reading glasses. "You go ahead, Soren. I still have some work to do here. If I don't finish these lesson plans there will be no lessons this week. Not that the students would notice--they seem to get stupider each year," he muttered as he scratched out a complex formula for his Advance
Carnival Souvenir"Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante,Had a bad cold, neverthelessIs known to be the wisest woman in Europe,With a wicked pack of cards. . .""The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot"Are we almost there, Daddy?" Petunia's whiny voice echoed in Severus' ears. He slowly opened his eyes and looked sideways. Lily sat in between the two of them in the backseat of the Evans' blue Ford. Petunia was scrunched as far away from the two of them as was physically possible, practically pressing herself against the door. They were all on their way to a traveling carnival which had set up on the outskirts of town.Severus frowned. He had shut his eyes not only to ward off motion sickness, but also to block Petunia out of his field of vision. Unfortunately he had not figured out how to stop up his ears to shut out her annoying voice."We'll be there in a few minutes, Petunia! Stop complaining! Such traffic--it looks like everyone in Cokeworth decided to go there tonight!" Mrs. Evans exclaimed. Se