Chemical Warfare

Tuesday, 12/17/2250 – By Rebecca Green

It was an art. Each ingredient was time sensitive, had to be brewed just right. Sweat dripped from his brow from the heat of the concoction and the concentration necessary to complete the spells, magic not coming easily for the mage. Koda had been up for the past hour and the clock read a clean 3:30 AM. Technically he wasn’t supposed to be in the potions lab so late, but he had reason to be there and had swiped a key off a janitor.

What was he making? An addictive substance, brought to Earth from Atlas, not unlike cocaine or meth. Except it was magical, which brought a whole new level of high. Made of beetle juice and newts eyes, along with the extract of an illegal worm that he had growing under his bed back in his dorm. He told his roommate it was just a pet of sorts and he was unaware of its true breed. The substance, known as Synthesis based on the fact that it fostered creativity and certain insanity based actions that could be explosive and erratic. But it made the user feel fantastic, feel new again, and those with depression, those that were in a rut, would take it to feel good. Even when they were neurotypical, with repeated use, addiction was inevitable, thanks to the maple leaves he added, reacting with the worm extract.

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Dancing Queen

Friday, 11/29/2250 – By Rebecca Green.

She raised her hands high, out and circled, as if resting on someone’s shoulders. Taking a step to the side, Aelita danced along the stage of the auditorium. Practicing, as it was. Everyday she did just this, at least half an hour of dance followed by an hour of violin, if not more. It was essential to her two favorite hobbies, and what she hoped to make of her life. Violin, anyway. Aelita knew that due to her condition, she could never practice her form of dance – ballet – intensely enough to truly become an expert. Until then, she’d make do with dancing for fun.

Right then, however, she wasn’t dancing for herself. Instead, she was slowly choreographing the dance that she’d have the librarian dance for his little crush once the time came. He’d seemed hesitant and technically he hadn’t entirely agreed to do this, but Aelita was certain she could convince him. Besides, after the chaos of the day before, Aelita very much appreciated the distraction that the dance provided.

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Text: mySpell Part 2

Thur. 11/28/2250

Nikaia Smith 7:47 PM: [Image of desks against door on stairs] Ima fucking die down here fuCKING SHIT. LOOK AT THIS FUCKING BARRICADE HERE.
Allison Ash Replies At 7:48 PM: Guys it’s going to fall dwn on us when they get thrugh
Cleo Sommerfield Replies at 7:50 PM: Fucking shit balls, the one weekend we go home too
Koda Mordvinov Replies at 9:57 PM: I told you it was a fucking bad idea @Miska Erdos
Ramadin Hallebjorn 7:51 PM: [Image of Barkeep pinning Ian] And here we see an idiot in his natural habitat, trying to run home in the middle of a fuckin blizzard to fight werewolves.
Liv Hallebjorn Replies at 7:54 PM: What do you mean, fight werewolves?
Liv Hallebjorn Replies at 7:58 PM: WAIT THERE’S WEREWOLVES ON THE LOOSE??????
Ramadin Hallebjorn Replies at 8:01 PM: Apparently, William is all alone against them. Ninja boy get ‘em.
Will Murdoch 7:52 PM: Guys I’m trapped in the A/C vent system in the uni dorms with a werewolf, send reinforcements
Ramadin Hallebjorn Replies at 7:55 PM: Tough luck buddy. Just keep pressing x.
Will Murdoch Replies at 7:57 PM: [Image of inside of a vent shaft] I’m serious, he’s trying to get in, fuck your video game references
Nikaia Smith 7:55 PM: [Video of doors being rammed into] LUV U MOM.
Guinevere Rede 7:59 PM: [Image of Greenhouse barricade] We booked it to the greenhouse. Fuck werewolves man. Who the fuck are the wereolves anyway? Vander’s gotta be one of them.
Xeremy Flurez Replies at 8:03 PM: i bet it’s vann.
Svene Beaumont Replies at 8:07 PM: no way, it’s definitely Murdoch himself.
Monica Ikuto Replies at 8:09: I bet it’s Blackhall
Lunette Vander Replies at 8:13: He’s a demon, not a werewolf, and he’s *there*
Lunette Vander Replies at 8:17: He. Is there.
Aino Snow Replies at 8:18: THERES TWO OF HIM>
Nikaia Smith Replies at 8:12 PM: HE FUCKING LEFT US.
Nikaia Smith Replies at 8:12 PM: False alarm hes back with Muya, bATTLE IS ON BITCH
Malena Rivera Replies at 8:13 PM: Nikaia I swear to god I am going to tell your mother you’ve got a death wish will you please get out of the middle of the room
Eugene Cupid Replies at 8:17 PM: Wow glad I’m not on campus.
Will Murdoch 8:21 PM: Ha, done, took care of it. Manning the Uni dorm fort since there is literally no one else here.
Tamarin Hallebjorn Replies at 8:23 PM: holy crap, did you kill him?
Will Murdoch Replies at 8:25 PM: No, locked in a bathroom with a barricade
Ramadin Hallbjorn Replies at 8:26 PM: Aw yeah level up buddy
Miska Erdos Replies at 8:35 PM: But we didn’t


Baby It’s Cold Outside

Thurs. 11/28/2250 – By Rebecca Green.

The moon wasn’t exactly reliable. Magic itself had a margin of error- that was its beauty, it could change on the fly and adapt in a manner that other forces, such as gravity or time or what have you, could not. It was also terribly confusing. There was a technical time every night that the moon would rise and, generally, that was the time that a cursed one would transform, should it be at its fullest point in its cycle.

However, it wasn’t to be relied on.

As such, Rhea’s life had been dictated by three beeps on her phone every month for as long as she could remember. The first would go off half an hour before the full moon was scheduled to rise and she was supposed to go down to the dungeons to lock herself up for the night at that time. It had been ten minutes since the beep, Rhea having turned it off and gone back to what she was doing- organizing student papers into the files in her desk. Which was exactly what the next beep, at fifteen minutes, was for. To remind her.

Technically, she should be in the dungeons by that point.

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Text: Cleo to the Academy

Sun. 11/24/2250

Cleo Sommerfield 2:11 PM: before all you bitches bail out on me again, don’t, we’re discussing thanksgiving plans
Ariel Collins, Anders Gardner, Ayato Caven, Bartimus Harrison, Beatrice Cupid, Beck Snow, Brandon Firewolf, Brent Smith, Bryn Dail, Camilla Aune, Carter Harper, Caspian Gardner, Cilla Snow, Cleo Sommerfield, Clover Harper, Cole Harper, Cullen Gardner, Dawn Gardner, Derek Giles, Desiree Sommerfield, Desmond Ferona, Dora Santos, Eglantine Gardner, Eir Snow, Eolande Vinci, Eric Hamish, Eugene Cupid, Felicia Harper, Gavin Gardner, Gavin Harper, Gina McBride, Grayson Foxe, Guinevere Rede, Ian Santos, Imalri Pierston, Isabella Harper, Jackson Gardner, Jasper Gardner, Jenna Gardner, Josh Aune, Joss Caverly, Julia Harper, Kamryn Karelam, Katniss Gardner, Kieran Nox, Koda Mordvinov, Kyle Cupid, Laleh Dunn, Leliana Gardner, Leslie Marksen, Libby Ayze, Lincoln Harper, Liv Hallebjorn, Lola Harper, Louis Katsaros, Lunette Vander, Lyra Gardner, Malena Rivera, Melanie Stark Beaumont, Melisandre Gardner, Michael Murdoch, Miska Erdos, Monica Denner, Monica Ikuto, Morgelo Flurez, Neil Ikuto, Nessa Marksen, Nicole Murdoch, Nikaia Smith, Noel King, Noklie Berus, Oulissa Harper, Payton Cupid, Prescott Ridge, Primrose Bellamy, Ramadin Hallebjorn, Rayden Sarcia, Reid Firewolf, Reese Marksen, Rue Gardner, Ruth Marksen, Rylee Gardner, Sansa Gardner, Saxon Ridge, Sharon King, Silas Harper, Sif Snow, Sindri Hallebjorn, Sondra Myers, Sparky Keese, Spencer Karelam, Svene Beaumont, Tamarin Hallebjorn, Teagan Dunn, Terrell Gardner, Theon Gardner, Tiana Murdoch, Valentina Harrison, Valentine Cupid, Vincent Cupid, Will Murdoch, Xeremey Flurez, and Zevran Harper have been added to the group.
Ian Santos 2:12 PM: Who the fuck added me to this clusterfuck?????
Josh Aune, Liv Hallebjorn and Teagan Dunn have left the group
Tamarin Hallebjorn 2:13 PM: That would be me
Ian Santos 2:13 PM: Who even added you?
Tamarin Hallebjorn 2:14 PM: That would be Aelita
Ian Santos 2:15 PM: Go fucking figure
Ian Santos 2:16 PM: Dora and I will be on campus for the break, so I’m bailing out now before my phone blows up.
Grayson Foxe and Ian Santos have left the group.
Michael Murdoch 2:18 PM: Can we just discuss how many fucking Gardner-Harper students we have at this school like holy shit.
Annabeth Gardner 2:19 PM: Like the Murdochs are any better, there’s quite a few of you lot. Anyways, just about all of us are going back home for the weekend. Anyone who hangs around, have fun, don’t blow the place up.
Annabeth Gardner has left the group.
Michael Murdoch 2:20 PM: There’s not nearly as many of us as there are of you.
Michael Murdoch 2:20 PM: Oh, she left.
Michael Murdoch 2:21 PM: Most of the Murdochs are going home, but a couple might be sticking around to keep our great grandfather company.
Bartimus Harrison, Carter Harper, Cole Harper, Cullen Gardner, Dora Santos, Eglantine Gardner, Eir Snow, Felicia Harper, Gavin Harper, Gina McBride, Isabella Harper, Jasper Gardner, Katniss Gardner, Kyle Cupid, Lincoln Harper, Lola Harper, Michael Murdoch, Monica Denner, Nicole Murdoch, Noel King, Rylee Gardner, Sansa Gardner, Saxon Ridge, Sharon King, Silas Harper, Theon Gardner, Tiana Murdoch, and Zevran Harper have left the group.
Ayato Caven 2:25 PM: I’m staying, as usual; got nowhere else to go, after all. What about you, Cleo?
Cleo Sommerfield 2:26 PM: Mom’s demanding all of us head on home for family time. Dee and I will probably come back on Saturday with Ari.
Ayato Caven 2:26 PM: Must be nice to have family to spend the holidays with.
Desiree Sommerfield 2:28 PM: Wow, lay it on thick, won’t you
Ayato Caven 2:28 PM: Excuse me? You got a problem?
Nikaia Smith 2:30 PM: Aw c’mon Ayato, you can spend Thanksgiving with me :*
Ayato Caven 2:31 PM: I dunno, Nicky, I don’t wanna impose on anyone
Nikaia Smith 2:34 PM: Nah I’m not going home, Mom’s got some work stuff, but we can still hang!
Caspian Gardner, Cilla Snow, Clover Harper, Dawn Gardner, Lyra Gardner, Melisandre Gardner, Sif Snow, and Sindri Hallebjorn have left the group.
Ayato Caven 2:35 PM: Again, I dunno, I think you’re a little young for me 😉
Nikaia Smith 2:36 PM: Pfft that’s no problem
Eugene Cupid 2:37 PM: Ew get a room.
Eugene Cupid 2:38 PM: Me and my gaggle are all headed home for break
Lunette Vander 2:40 PM: I’ll be here studying. Like I’ve been trying to.
Lunette Vander has left the group.
Morgelo Flurez 2:41 PM: Why on Earth was I added to this group. Stop it.
Imalri Pierston 2:42 PM: Jeez these things get busy quick. Me and Dessie are going for an expedition over the break, but I’m going to poof before it get’s too busy
Morgelo Flurez and Imalri Pierston have left the group
Guinevere Rede 2:50 PM: I’ll be here stop adding me to this shit.
Ayato Caven 2:51 PM: But we all value the pleasure of your company, Gwen
Bryn Dail and Guinevere Rede have left the group
Amores Dail 2:55 PM: Me and Bryn are headed to Cincinnati :). Have a great thanksgiving everyone ❤
Amores Dail and Desmond Ferona have left the group.
Aelita Rede 3:00 PM: Alright fellas, I’ll be staying over break and I vote we have a pool competition the first day of break, who’s in?
Ayato Caven 3:01 PM: Hell yea I’m in.
Eugene Cupid 3:04 PM: Aw man im hella good at pool. you’re lucky i wont be there. Anyway, gotta head off and actually study like a fool.
Eugene Cupid has left the group.
Ruth Marksen 3:07 PM: Me and my family will be here.
Reese Marksen, Ruth Marksen, Leslie Marksen and Nessa Marksen have left the group.
Svene Beaumont 3:10 PM: Gunna be here, and gunna take u up on that challenge rede. side note: how does one play pool. do we just see who cna swim fastest? I got thta covered.
Beatrice Cupid, Gavin Gardner, Jackson Gardner, Jenna Gardner, Julia Harper, Rue Gardner, Terrell Gardner, Valentina Harrison, and Vincent Cupid have left the group.
Ayato Caven 3:11 PM: You must be confused. The game pool. Not an actual pool. Duh.
Svene Beaumont 3:13 PM: Oh cool i’ve never played it. should be a blast, who’s prepared to teach?
Brandon Firewolf 3:14 PM: Reid and I will be around for the break.
Ramadin Hallebjorn 3:15 PM: Lucky for you your looking at a pool champ, i’lll teach u
Brandon Firewolf and Will Murdoch have left the group.
Xeremey Flurez 3:17 PM: Gunna need a stool?
Brent Smith 3:17 PM: Is this going to turn into one of those annoyingly loud competitions?
Teddy Ashes 3:18 PM: pool sounds enjoyable may i play
Eolande Vinci 3:20 PM: what is pool. eolande i like swimming, swimming fun.
Ayato Caven 3:21 PM: How does anyone not know what pool is? God do you all live under rocks?
Svene Beaumont 3:22 PM: Why are there so many midget sin here
Camilla Aune 3:24 PM: Play nice guys, this is suppsoed to be to touch base with all students, including the younger years.
Eolande Vinci 3:25 PM: My rock was very comfty! Ayato Caven should come see rock!
Brent Smith 3:25 PM: I am playing nice. I’m just not looking forward to an all-night thing that this will surely turn in to.
Ramadin Hallebjorn 3:26 PM: Right, all you pool newbies can catch a lesson in the billiards room, i got time.
Ayato Caven 3:26 PM: Nah, midget, I’ll pass. Who else is taking part in the tournament?
Leilana Gardner and Ramadin Hallebjorn have left the group.
Eric Hamish 3:27 PM: I’ll be home, but in town
Spencer Karelam 3:28 PM: I’ll play! I love pool!
Svene Beaumont 3:30 PM: We should get a group down by the actual pool too, i’m in the mood for swimming now
Aelita Rede 3:33 PM: I’m down for that. Ayato, you get pool-planning duties, i’m out to swim.
Aelita Rede, Eric Hamish and Svene Beaumont have left the group.
Ayato Caven 3:34 PM: Wait, what? Why the hell do I have to be the planner? I’m not doing it, no fuckin’ way.
Kamryn Karelam 3:36 PM: Woah we got a pool party going? I’m totally in for this. C’mon Spence.
Spencer Karelam 3:37 PM: On my way.
Kamryn Karelam and Reid Firewolf have left the group.
Spencer Karelam 3:39 PM: When are you going?
Malena Rivera 3:39 PM: If there’s a party involving pool, as in the water type, I’m in. Nikaia, you’re with me, right?
Spencer Karelam 3:40 PM: Oh she left
Spencer Karelam has left the group.
Sondra Myers 3:43 PM: Guys you really need to stikc to the point with these chats. My phoen is exploding. I’ll be on campus.
Oulissa Harper, Payton Cupid and Sondra Myers have left the group.
Nikaia Smith 3:45 PM: Definitely Malena, tho ima stay in the group. Gotta send y’all pics :*
Xeremey Flurez 3:46 PM: Count me out of pool, both of them please, nad seriously stop adding me to these groups it takes forever to get out.
Ayato Caven 3:46 PM: I’m off to the pool. You guys can do your own damn planning.
Ayato Caven has left the group
Libby Ayze 3:47 PM Omg pooool, I’m in. I wont be here for break tho, I’m going home.
Eolande Vinci 3:48 PM: Eolande would liek Pool too. How does Eolande stop the beep?
Malena Rivera 3:49 PM: You can’t.
Malena Rivera 3:49 PM: And there’s no point. People will add you back in just for more pointless conversations.
Camilla Aune 3:51 PM: I can help you Eolande, where are you?
Eolande Vinci 3:53 PM: Eolande is going to pool pary. Eolande loves to swim, how do I stop the beep though?
Xeremey Flurez 3:54 PM: It really is pointless. I’m about to block Aelita entirely.
Camila Aune 3:57 PM: Stop teasing her, I’ll come meet you Eolande.
Camilla Aune and Libby Ayze have left the group.
Eolande Vinci 3:59 PM: Camilla AUne is coming to help stop beep! Camilla Aune is very nice.
Rayden Sarcia 4:00 PM: fuck u guys are annoying why do i even have a phone its not worth it
Xeremey Flurez 4:02 PM: Throw it against the wall, i hear that helps
Rayden Sarcia 4:03 PM: fuck u siren girl
Teddy Ashes 4:05 PM: the dragon girl is very angry at xeremey flurez
Prescott Ridge has left the group.
Xeremey Flurez 4:07 PM: Who would have guessed
Xeremey Flurez 4:08 PM: That wasn’t the goal or anything
Eolande Vinci 4:08 PM: Camila Aune has come to help me! Eolande is swimming in soon!
Brent Smith 4:09 PM: If we’re not going to actually discuss anything, I’m going to head off too; I’m not hanging around to have my phone explode with insults.
Eolande Vinci has left the group.
Xeremey Flurez 4:10 PM: Did you expect us to dicuss anything worth while when Sommerfield added most of the school? My phone still hasn’t loaded the list of participants
Rayden Sarcia 4:11 PM: then maybe you should get another phone ill be happy to give u a reason to have to replace it
Xeremey Flurez 4:13 PM: You can’t even type for yourself, I don’t think you’re smart enough to break a phone if you tried.
Rayden Sarcia 4:14 PM: thats where youre wrong all it takes is a bit of fire
Xeremey Flurez 4:15 PM: What are you gunna do? Spit on it? Gnaw on it?
Rayden Sarcia 4:15 PM: ill fucking gnaw on you
Teddy Ashes 4:17 PM: gnawing on phone left a mark
Xeremey Flurez 4:18 PM: Wwait did he actually do it
Rayden Sarcia 4:19 PM: yes he did the little freak at least it was his own phone now there’s spit and toothmarks on it
Xeremey Flurez 4:20 PM: what the fuck
Louis Katsaros has left the group.
Xeremey Flurez 4:22 PM: I would not let him touch my phone where did he even get one
Rayden Sarcia 4:25 PM: hellif i KNOW fuck i ahte phones
Xeremey Flurez 4:27 PM: Wow he actually typed better than you that’s sad
Rayden Sarcia 4:28 PM: Fuck yuo sirn girl
Teddy Ashes 4:29 PM: Aelita Rede girl gave me phone. said needed it to comoonikate with people
Xeremey Flurez 4:31 PM: This is just sad. I’m going to go now, finally got a computer. me and my brother are leaving for thanksgiving so don’t expect me at any damn pool party
Xeremey Flurez has left the group
Nikaia Smith 4:35 PM: [Image of Eugene pushing Camilla into the pool] Haha josh is gunna be psised. she’s alive tho.
Brent Smith 4:36 PM: Way to go. Maybe I should show him that pic. Might teach Cupid a lesson in future.
Anders Gardner 4:36 PM: Guys I had work, now a million notifications?
Nikaia Smith 4:38 PM: [Selfie of her and Malena doing duck lips] Come hang with us Anders! Pool party!
Anders Gardner 4:39 PM: I…don’t think I can pass this up???
Teddy Ashes 4:40 PM: pools are wet
Nikaia Smith 4:41 PM: Ummmm i guess they are?
Nikaia Smith 4:41 PM: but yes come anders! I think Santos and Rede just left to snag snacks from smith 2.0
Rayden Sarcia 4:42 PM: wow ddi it tak you long ot figuer that uot?`
Teddy Ashes 4:44 PM: dragon girl types bad
Rayden Sarcia 4:45 PM: i wil eat you i swer
Anders Gardner 4:45 PM: Yessss! Snacks! I’ll be there!!!
Teddy Ashes 4:47 PM: please don’t eat me i am not very chewy
Anders Gardner 4:48 PM: ???
Malena Rivera 4:49 PM: Yes please, get over here and give Nikaia someone her size she can hang with because I can’t deal with her energy.
Anders Gardner 4:50 PM: I’M COMING, I’M COMING! I gotta put clothes on and shit for this.
Nikaia Smith 4:51 PM: Or just come in ur birthday suit 😉
Anders Gardner 4:52 PM: We’re not ready for that just yet, babe. 😉
Brent Smith 4:52 PM: Please don’t.
Brent Smith 4:52 PM: Oh thank god one of you has modesty.
Nikaia Smith 4:55 PM: Hmp. You’ve got a stick up your ass, Smith v.2
Brent Smith 4:55 PM: I do not, and what are you calling me? Good god, there are too many Smiths at this campus.
Anders Gardner 4:56 PM: Come onnnn Brent, birthday suits all around. 😉
Brent Smith 4:57 PM: No.
Teddy Ashes 4:59 PM: how do i wear my birthday suit
Teddy Ashes 4:59 PM: i do not know my birthday
Nikaia Smith 5:01 PM: oh god
Anders Gardner 5:01 PM: Get this kid a drink.
Nikaia Smith 5:02 PM: Child pornograpy is illegal, kids.
Brent Smith 5:02 PM: Do not tell him, Nikaia.
Nikaia Smith 5:03 PM: I’m not stupid
Teddy Ashes 5:04 PM: what is child pornography
Brent Smith 5:04 PM: Never mind, Teddy, it’s not something you need to know at your age.
Neil Ikuto 5:05 PM: stop please.
Nikaia Smith 5:07 PM: right i’m going back to the party, see y’all later. HURRY UP ANDERS, and loosen up brent 😉
Nikaia Smith has left the group.
Anders Gardner 5:08 PM: I’M ALMOST THERE
Anders Gardner has left the group.
Neil Ikuto 5:20 PM: Wow it’s actually kinda quiet now
Monica Ikuto 5:21 PM: Come on Neil, you, me and Noklie are going to the pool
Neil Ikuto 5:22 PM: I don’t really want to go. Anyways it’s been snowing outside for over a month now, it’s too cold to swim
Monica Ikuto 5:24 PM: It’s a heated indoor pool over at the University Building, so it’ll be nice and warm 🙂
Koda Mordvinov 5:24 PM: Who added me to this shitstorm
Koda Mordvinov 5:25 PM: Probably a fucking first year.
Monica Ikuto 5:26 PM: As if we have you on our mySpell
Beck Snow 5:26 PM: We’re going home for thanksgiving, now don’t mind me
Beck Snow has left the group
Derek Giles 5:29 PM: I’m out
Derek Giles and Noklie Berus have left the group
Monica Ikuto 5:31 PM: DAMN IT NOKLIE
Noklie Berus has been added to the group
Noklie Berus 5:32 PM: Stop it, Monica
Noklie Berus 5:35 PM: I beg to differ
Noklie Berus has left the group
Sparky Keese 5:46 PM: I’ll be here like always
Cleo Sommerfield 5:53 PM: huehuehuehuehue even if i don’t add you, someone else willllll
Laleh Dunn 5:55 PM: No fuck you, i’ll just delete all of you fuckers
Sparky Keese 5:57 PM: Deep breaths Dunn, just remove yourself
Laleh Dunn has left the group.
Neil Ikuto I’m going to go now
Neil Ikuto has left the group.
Sparky Kese 6:19 PM: Oye, Hallebjorn, you’re girlfriend is being pissy and slamming shit in the Electives Hall
Tamarin Hallebjorn 6:23 PM: Not my girlfriend, but i’ll be there in a couple
Miska Erdos 6:26 PM: Guys, I love you all, but these insane group texts need to stop, i have over two hundred messages on my phone right now. If anyone needs me, I will be back the fuck to sleep.
Miska Erdos has left the group.


When It Rains, It Pours

Mon. 11/11/2250 – By Rebecca Green.


Even for November, it was horribly chilly. Half-melted snow littered the campus, though the temperature had managed to rise just enough that rain fell from the sky, about as frigid as it could get before turning back to snow. Most students hid away in their dorms, working on schoolwork or more likely gathered in small groups around board games. For the most part, it was a serene evening.

One particularly vivacious first year, Monica Ikuto, had dragged her brother Neil from the safety of their own Ravens house to the neighboring Owls dorm for a hearty game of Apples to Apples with a group of first and second years that consisted of Gardners, Harpers, Snows, and a number of other strays they had found lying about. No Eagles, of course, they were hoping for a successful game, not one soon erupting into chaos.

Neil wasn’t terribly interested. Apples to Apples was largely a juvenile game, and maybe he was technically a juvenile, but surely he was above this. Already his sister had snorted soda out of her nose from the ridiculous combinations they’d come up with, and Neil had found it easy to slip out with a barely mumbled excuse of needing to use the restroom.

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