Social Schizophrenia

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NaNo 2011
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"House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day."
- Neil Gaiman

Day 2: Things Get Meta
NaNo 2011
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#Thatawkwardmoment when your novel plods along in such a dull and directionless way that you decide to use 2000 words to have your characters discuss your plot. And it's day 2. Apparently this is what happens when you do next to no planning. Who knew?

The only good news I have is that I managed to write much faster when I stopped writing my slow, lifeless scene and switched to a totally meta conversation between Kate and Lexi about the plot. I often have my characters work out my plot holes, but I've always managed to work it into actual scenes instead of demolishing the fourth wall entirely, like I did today. Not good. But I may do one more day of this to try and make sense of things before I get back into the story itself. And if it still seems dull then, I'll jump to a scene I feel like writing, and see what interesting developments come up. Last year, most of my best ideas weren't planned. Maybe my characters will start doing surprising things again. Right now, they don't feel alive enough to do that.

Week two'd right from the outset. Awesome.

Day 2: Stalling Again
"So what's your biggest problem?" said Lexi.
"I feel like I'm just killing time," I said. "But then, I'm not even killing time
until anything, because I don't have a proper plan. But for now everything's just coming out stilted and boring."
"You could scrap the whole thing," she suggested.
I raised my eyebrows. "Lex, that would be
us," I said. "Our universe."
"That's true," she said. "So maybe don't scrap it altogether."
"Preferably not."
"Big problem," she reminded me. "You're stalling again."
"I know I am," I said. "If I weren't, I'd be writing an actual scene."

Day 1: Evil Unicorns
NaNo 2011
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NaNo 2011! It's here! And I'm NOT READY!

I did more or less all my planning last night before I got off to my usual midnight start, and what passes for a plot is patchy and doesn't make sense, but I've just decided to run with it and see what my characters decide to do. At least I know them pretty well, since this year's novel is a sequel to last year's, and I've written a few stories with them since then. This year's novel was actually born out of this story, because it got too big for a short story and it gave me ideas (and, yes, I couldn't think of anything else).

Real life is busy this November, what with having just started my MSc, so I'm going to do my best not to be too competitive and not to put myself under too much pressure. I'll just stick to the word count and not compete with people and... yeah. Sure.

Day 1: Evil Unicorns

"Ros and Ellie are coming along," said Tim. "I thought it was best if you three dealt with the head banshee. They... uh, well, they don't like men very much."
"Like unicorns?" I said.
"Oh, God no," Tim said, pulling a face. "Unicorns are evil creatures, plain and simple. But they're equal opportunity haters."
"Good to know," I said.
It said a lot about the time I'd spent in the magical world that I'd come to expect that just about anything I'd encountered in a children's book was bound to turn out to be evil or generally nasty and unpleasant in some way.

Drabble Bingo Drabbles
Fictionland: Team Mystery
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Title: The Lesser Pygmy Puff
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP – Neville/Luna
Prompt: Stargazing

“And that one’s the Lesser Puffskein.”Collapse )

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Title: Petsitting
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP – Trio
Prompt: Phoenix

“The book says that phoenixes at the beginning of their life cycle need a constant supply of warm milk and phoenix kibble,” said Hermione.Collapse )

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Title: Brotherly Advice
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP – Twins
Prompt: Not allowed

“You’re being stupid,” said George, clapping his twin on the shoulder.Collapse )

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Title: After the Kiss
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP – Hermione and Ron
Prompt: Kiss

“Hermione!”Collapse )

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Title: Invisible Hat
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP – Neville/Luna
Prompt: Time

“You look… very nice,” he said, wishing he could think of something more eloquent to say.Collapse )

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Title: Photograph
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP – George
Prompt: Old photograph

They all beamed up from the photograph, waving like mad.Collapse )

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Title: Good-looking Potato
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP – Lily and Snape
Prompt: Tea

“I told you not to take Divination.”Collapse )

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Title: Logic and Reason
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP – Lily/James
Prompt: Denial

Obviously, he was really annoying.Collapse )

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Title: Gifted
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Fire and Hemlock – Polly and Fiona
Prompt: Book

“How do you always find exactly the right books for your essay?” complained Fiona.Collapse )

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Title: Pirates
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original
Prompt: Pirates

“We’re not very good at this.”Collapse )

Drabble Tree Drabbles
Quill
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Here are some drabbles I wrote for fictionland's Drabble Tree, which involved taking a sentence from the previous drabble and including it in your own. It was fun! I've bolded the sentence which I took from the previous drabble in each instance.

Mostly HP fic, with a few originals, a Sherlock fic and an X Files fic thrown into the mix for variety. Am I too obsessed with Harry Potter at the moment? Yes. Yes I am.

Title: Challenge Accepted
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Dramione

“You know, you can talk to me.”Collapse )

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Title: Fire and Flame
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original - Kate and Lexi

What was left of the bar was, in a phrase, on fire.Collapse )

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Title: First Year Camping Trip
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Hermione, Fred and George

“What's going on?”Collapse )

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Title: Bored
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sherlock

John stared wordlessly around at the chaos.Collapse )

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Title: Something Unpleasant
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Lily and Snape

“James Potter is an ass.”Collapse )

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Title: Moustaches
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Dramione, Harry and Ron

They were trying to look inconspicuous, and failing at it spectacularly.Collapse )

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Title: Fish and Chips
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original - Kate and Lexi

“I wonder if they make fish and chips here,” said Lexi.Collapse )

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Title: Flying
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Hermione and Ginny

“I don’t like this, I DON’T LIKE THIS.”Collapse )

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Title: Grapevine
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Lily and Snape

She heard, through the grapevine, that he’d become a Death Eater.Collapse )

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Title: Mancala
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): X Files

“I don't get it,” he said.Collapse )

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Title: Not Him
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Lily and Snape

“Not him.”Collapse )

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Title: Hallowe'en
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original - Kate and Lexi

“Lex, I’m sorry… I have to go.”Collapse )

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Title: Chance Meeting
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Neville/Luna

Neville swallowed.Collapse )

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Title: Just This Once
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Lily/James

“Have you come to be obnoxious?”Collapse )

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Title: Homework Help
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Lily/James

“Oh, good, you're back.”Collapse )

Jozi Gods - 100 words
Fictionland: Team Mystery
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Title: Jozi Gods (100 words)
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original (Theodore)
Genre: Fantasy - urban
Rating: G
Words: 104
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #17: Maintaining the Basics Part 33
Warnings: None
Notes: Here is the even-more-butchered version of this story. Part 1. Part 2
Summary: Even baby cities like Jo'burg have enough occult energy flying around for weird things to start happening. Theodore Du Plessis-Williams, B-grade sorcerer and amateur PI, gets called in to investigate when several small gods decide to overthrow the big guys.

Jozi Gods

When the small gods arrived, I felt the hum of magic.

“Theodore,” a voice spoke. It was not a Ten Commandments voice. It was small and high, and coming from a gerbil.

“Look,” I said. “Not that I’m not impressed – ”

“Fear us!!”

“Right. Look, I know about the coup.”

“You claim to know the minds of the gods??”

“Yes,” I said. “Just give it a rest, ok? Don’t make me banish you.”

“Banish the gods??” laughed the gerbil. “We, who are humanity’s very dreams and fears??”

There was a chorus of laughter.

“We will meet again!!” the gerbil squeaked.

Then they were gone.


Philip
Les Mis: Stars
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Title: Philip
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original
Genre: Fantasy - comic
Rating: G
Words: 3137
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #09: These Pens Were Made for Writing. Prompts 4 (Starting sentence: “Two knocks echoed through the hall. Not the habitual three, but two.”), 8 (image) and 9 (Prompt: Strange).
Warnings: None.
Summary: Some elves just have no sense of epic. Unfortunately for Philip, he's one of those elves.

Philip

Two knocks echoed through the hall. Not the habitual three, but two.

King Leonas of the elves, son of Leonid, grandson of Leoniad, frowned. He was sure he had taught everyone the knocking protocol. Three knocks was the accepted number. It wasn't that the difference bothered him, as such, but there was something much more epic about a three-knock entry.

He had even sent word to the ambassadors of the neighbouring states to make sure that their envoys knew the Great House's protocol.Collapse )

Day Off
Chess: Stories Like Ours
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Title: Day Off
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original (Kate Cooper)
Genre: Fantasy - urban
Rating: PG13
Words: 3343
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #09: These Pens Were Made for Writing. Prompts 5 (Prompt: Campfire), 7 (Prompt: On the go) & 12 (Starting sentence: “Smirking, she turned and walked away.”).
Warnings: Some language
Notes: This turned out to be a way bigger story than I could tell in 3000 words. So it's more like a setup for a longer story.
Summary: Kate's day off is not going as she planned. It starts off with an infestation of Librarians, and next thing the banshees are on strike, people are disappearing, and to top things off, faeries are getting involved...

Day Off

Smirking, she turned and walked away.

I really, really hate smirkers. It's one of the few – ok, fine, many – things that inspire in me the sudden urge to punch the person in question in the face.

But temper or no, I was smart enough to know not to punch a faerie.Collapse )

Paying Attention
English
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Title: Paying Attention
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP (Trio)
Genre: Humour
Rating: PG
Words: 2042
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #09: These Pens Were Made for Writing. Prompts 6 (Quote: “No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should've been paying attention.” -Chuck Palahniuk) & 15 (Artist’s Choice: Exam-time).
Warnings: One slightly suggestive joke.
Notes: This is incredibly silly. But after writing 13k already, I was in the mood for some incredible silliness.
Summary: Harry and Ron beg Hermione to let them have her Transfiguration notes. She agrees, but on the condition that they earn them.

Paying Attention

"No," Hermione said firmly. "Absolutely not. I told you – not this time."

"But Hermione," Ron pleaded. "These are like the most important exams we’ve ever written. If you don't help us, we'll fail!"

"Well, then maybe you should have been paying attention in class," Hermione said. "I said ages ago that I wasn't going to give you my notes any more."

But Hermione...Collapse )

419 Love
NaNo 2011
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Title: 419 Love
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original
Genre: General/romance/humour
Rating: G
Words: 1255
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #09: These Pens Were Made for Writing. Prompt 13 (Style: Letter).
Warnings: None
Notes: Partially inspired by Lauren Beukes's Zoo City. The original letter is an edited version of an email I once received. Portions of the second email are from Scam o Rama. Erm... But I swear some of it's mine.
Summary: A 419 Scammer and her potential victim get chatting.

419 Love

From: princessregina@yahoo.com
To: alex_s@g.email.com

Good day and Compliments,

I got your contact from the internet, and picked interest to write you. I am a female student of University of Nigeria, Lagos. I am 24 yrs old.

I will love to have a long-term relationship with you and to know more about you.Collapse )

Regret
Shakespeare: World's a Stage
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Title: Regret
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original
Genre: Fantasy/humour
Rating: PG13
Words: 2073
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #09: These Pens Were Made for Writing. Prompts 1 (Prompt: Bravado) & 3 (Style: No dialogue).
Warnings: Language
Notes: This needs way more editing. Maybe another time.
Summary: An evil genius reflects on what went wrong.

Regret

To a point, the plan had gone well. Like, really well. For the first time, actual world domination had really been in my sights. There had been other plans, too, and they’d been ok, for the most part, but this one, this one was the real moneyspinner. Yet somewhere along the line, something had gone horribly wrong. To the extent that I was now bleeding rather slowly and painfully to death, which wasn’t exactly the outcome I’d have put on the PowerPoint presentation. I rolled over, my hand pressed to the wound in my side.

Lasered. Of course.Collapse )

After All This Time
Gaiman: Ending
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Title: After All This Time
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP (Lily and Snape)
Genre: General
Rating: G
Words: 3071
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #09: These Pens Were Made for Writing. Prompts 10 (Quote: "Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings." -Anais Nin), 11 (Prompt: You & me) & 14 (Song: Marchin’ On).
Warnings: None
Summary: Lily knows that she's losing her best friend. Looking back one day, she wonders if she could have done things differently.

After All This Time

Lily was shaking with fury as she climbed back through the portrait hole.

“You all right there, Evans?” James Potter called from beside the fire, where he and his cronies were no doubt plotting something illegal, dangerous, unpleasant, or a combination of all three.

She ignored him. As if she didn’t have enough idiots to deal with.

She could feel tears in her eyes as she began to make her way back to her dormitory...Collapse )

Obsession
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Title: Obsession
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original (Kate and Lexi)
Genre: Fantasy - urban/humour
Rating: G
Words: 1029
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #09: These Pens Were Made for Writing. Prompt 2 (Song: Never Gunna Be Alone).
Warnings: None
Notes: I can never resist making fun of Twilight. I just can't help myself. Also, any resemblance to anyone living or dead is entirely coincidental. Obviously.
Summary: Worst. Date. Ever.

Obsession

“So? How was the date?” Lexi called from the sitting room as soon as I closed the front door.

I stuck my head around the door. “Worst date ever,” I said, making my way to the kitchen. Lexi, bless her heart, had been baking. Chocolate raspberry muffins. I knew there was a reason we were best friends. I helped myself to a muffin and a pre-emptive second muffin before heading through to the sitting room.

“That bad?” she said, eyeing the plate.Collapse )

These Pens Were Made For Writing (Fictionland Challenge 9)
Fountain Pen
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For my own records, here's the major fictionland challenge I'm working on at the moment:



About:
- Your goal: Write 15K.
- Now, don’t go running around in circles yet. You have 15 prompts to do so, according to this table:




1. Prompt: Bravado 2. Song: Never Gunna Be Alone 3. Style: No dialogue 4. Starting sentence: “Two knocks echoed through the hall. Not the habitual three, but two.” 5. Prompt: Campfire
6. Quote: “No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the
sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that
you didn't experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you
rushed right through the moments where you should've been paying
attention.” -Chuck Palahniuk
7. Prompt: On the go 8. Picture: 9. Prompt: Strange 10. Quote: "Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we
don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors
and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of
witherings, of tarnishings." -Anais Nin
11. Prompt: You & me 12. Starting sentence: “Smirking, she turned and walked away.” 13. Style: Letter 14. Song: Marchin’ On 15. Artist’s Choice



The stories:

1 & 3: Regret

2: Obsession

4, 8 & 9: Philip

5, 7 & 12: Day Off

6 & 15: Paying Attention

10, 11 & 14: After All This Time

13: 419 Love

Homesick
Fictionland: Team Mystery
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Title: Macaroni and Bananas
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original
Genre: General
Rating: G
Words: 191
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #28: Homesick
Warnings: None
Notes: This is how I remember Prague. Except that it was clearer that the mushroom cloud was actually garlic.
Summary: There's nothing like grocery shopping in a strange country to make you homesick.

Macaroni and Bananas

I stood in the dingy supermarket at the Metro station, scanning the label of the can in my hand in the hope that the unfamiliar Czech would suddenly start to make sense. My feet hurt, my backpack seemed to have grown heavier over the course of the day, and all I wanted was to lie down and sleep. But my basket was still empty. I’d have to find something. By this stage, I wouldn’t have cared if the can contained grass and bits of twig, as long as it was vegan grass and bits of twig.


I decided to play it safe, throwing into my basket the cheapest macaroni I could find (reasoning that the two ingredients listed on the back were unlikely to be “duck” and “hamster”), and a tin of what I guessed from the picture on the front to be crushed tomatoes with added mushroom cloud. I was past caring.


On a whim, I grabbed a bunch of bananas on my way to the checkout. Funny – I’d never liked bananas at home.

I ate watery tomato macaroni and bananas for the next three days. They tasted like homesickness.


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Title: Poison Apple Dreams
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Snow White
Genre: General/fairy tale
Rating: G
Words: 292
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #28: Homesick
Warnings: None
Summary: After the happy ending, Snow White finds that the prince is making her miss the glass coffin.

Poison Apple Dreams

“My fairest love! Did you sleep the sleep of a thousand tiny angels?”

Snow White glared at the prince, who beamed unfalteringly back at her from the far side of the breakfast table.

“Please stop calling me that,” she said.Collapse )
 



A Case of Survival (Seven Deadly Sins)
NaNo 2011
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Title: A Case of Survival
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original (Theodore)
Genre: Fantasy - urban
Rating: G
Words: 293
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #25: Seven Deadly Sins
Warnings: None
Notes: Sins used in this story: lust, greed and pride.
Summary: Theodore is offered a case.

A Case of Survival

She wasn’t a femme fatale. In fact, she was a fairly ordinary woman of medium height, with her hair in long, neat braids. I wouldn’t have looked twice at her if I’d passed her on the street. Then again, I wasn’t a very good private eye, so I couldn’t exactly expect the universe to bow down to me in favour of literary conventions.

“How can I help you?” I asked, indicating that she should sit down. She clutched her handbag on her lap.

“It’s my husband,” she said. “He’s cheating on me.”

“Ah,” I said. My heart sank. Adultery. Just good old-fashioned lust. Lost objects, lost children, minor protective magic – that was more my thing. I hated the whole cheating spouse deal. It all seemed so sordid. As a matter of principle, I should have turned it down. I had opened my mouth to say as much, when my common sense kicked in.

I was living out of my office because I couldn’t afford two sets of rent. Over the last week, I’d been surviving exclusively on a cheap generic equivalent of Jungle Oats. The only real meal I’d had was when my friend and tragically-unrequited-one-true-love Erica had taken pity on me and bought me a burger. A veggie burger, because she was like that. I literally couldn’t afford to take the moral high ground on anything.

Greed wrestled with professional pride. It was a very short match. Pride was on the mat before it had a chance to do more than shout exaggerated threats for the benefit of the crowd.

“Tell me about it,” I said, pulling out a pad of paper and a pen.

Hey, sordid or not, it was either that or eviction. Even wizards need a place to sleep.




Something Strange (Seven Deadly Sins)
Fictionland: Team Mystery
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Title: Something Strange
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original (Theodore)
Genre: Fantasy - urban
Rating: PG13
Words: 988
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #25: Seven Deadly Sins
Warnings: Gore
Notes: Sins used in this story: sloth, gluttony, wrath and envy.
Summary: Theodore investigates a potential muti killing, but something about it isn't right.

Something Strange

 

The police weren’t in the habit of employing specialist services – and it had already been made clear to me that I would be receiving only a very small consultant’s fee – but some enterprising young police officer had Googled “Johannesburg magic detective”, which was how I’d ended up being called in to investigate.
 

I’d spent the last few weeks loafing around and watching old episodes of The Mentalist and eating chips, thereby adding sloth and gluttony to the already long list of things likely to send me to hell. Not that I could afford to be too worried about that – after all, witchcraft, as I understood it, was pretty high on the no-no list.
 

But I'd been suffered to live so far...Collapse )




Jozi Gods - 250 words
Fictionland: Team Mystery
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Title: Jozi Gods (250 words)
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): Original (Theodore)
Genre: Fantasy - urban
Rating: PG13
Words: 259
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #17: Maintaining the Basics Part 2
Warnings: Mild bad language
Notes: I'd really hoped this part of the challenge would be to expand the story - and instead, they wanted us to halve the length. So here is the much-butchered shorter version of the initial Jozi Gods.
Summary: Even baby cities like Jo'burg have enough occult energy flying around for weird things to start happening. Theodore Du Plessis-Williams, B-grade sorcerer and amateur PI, gets called in to investigate when several small gods decide to overthrow the big guys.

Jozi Gods

Gods aren’t are cool as you might think. There are the big ones, who deal with thunder and love and death (anything you could convincingly write an opera about), but then there are the others…

“The god of Documents Lost by Home Affairs?”

“And the gods of Gerbils, Car Keys, and Small Talk with Acquaintances,” the client repeated.

“And they’re planning?”

“A coup.”

***

Jo'burg's magical energy was out of whack...Collapse )


Dumbledore Quote Drabbles: Incognito Sundaes
Fictionland: Team Mystery
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Title: Incognito Sundaes
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Neville/Luna
Genre: General, hint of romance
Rating: G
Words: 575
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #22: HP Week Part 5 - Dumbledore Quotes
Quote: Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.
Warnings: None

Incognito Sundaes

Neville thought the sundae tasted particularly good that day.


It had been only seven years, but on that sunny morning, Diagon Alley was so full of life that it was hard to believe it had ever been ravaged by war. Having survived the war, the threat of overdosing on sugar or dying of a heart attack seemed minimal by contrast, and so Neville had fallen into the habit of treating himself to Florean Fortescue’s excellent ice cream sundaes every chance he got. Today’s brush with death was a maple peanut butter chocolate chip concoction, topped with glazed cherries. Fortescue had certainly not let a minor thing like being dragged off by death eaters affect the quality of his ice cream.

Neville was just scraping the last dregs from the tall glass when he noticed her.Collapse )



Dumbledore Quote Drabbles: Memento Mori
Fictionland: Team Mystery
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Title: Memento Mori
Author: eponine254
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s): HP - Hermione
Genre: General
Rating: G
Words: 206
Challenge/Prompt: fictionland #22: HP Week Part 5 - Dumbledore Quotes
Quote: It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.
Warnings: None

Memento Mori

Being able to see them didn’t make her like the thestrals any more, but at least it made them less scary. From her desk by the window, Hermione could see a pair of the spectral creatures lingering on the edge of the forest, skeletal wings outlined in the moonlight.

They still gave her the creeps.Collapse )

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