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Teaser the Second from Chapter Two
Teaser the Second from Chapter Two
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The next morning, I did breakfast one last time with Sirius, 
Remus, and the entire Weasley clan plus teenaged hangers-on.
Thanks to the Headmaster's visit the previous night it was no
secret that I was departing for Hogwarts that morning, so the
meal became something of an impromptu "bon voyage" party.  

I even got a going-away present -- after the meal was over but 
before I'd had a chance to return to my room to pack, Fred and 
George cornered me in the hallway.  While Sirius acted as a 
lookout, they presented me with a plain cardboard box, marked
only with three interlocking, handwritten "W"s.

"Samples of our future wares," one explained.

"You seem to be the type who'd enjoy them," the other added.

"Even if you are a professor," the first amended.

"Well, geeze, guys, I don't know what to say."  I studied the 
box.  "Unless it's 'how far away should I stand when opening 
this?'"

The two of them grinned.  "We're not stupid," number two said
piously.  "We're not going to prank a professor."

"At least not this obviously," the other added with a shrug.
"When we prank you for real, you'll know it had to have been 
us..."

"But you won't be able to prove it!" the first ended 
triumphantly.

I raised an eyebrow at them.  "Should I take that as a challenge,
boys?"

They traded glances.  "If you like," the first replied.

I laughed.  I had to admire these two and their chutzpah.  "Tell
you what, guys.  If you get me some time this year -- really get 
me, with something innovative and new, nothing tired like buckets
over open doors -- I'll give you both extra credit A+'s ... um,
O's," I corrected myself, recalling the Hogwarts grading system
at the last moment.  "One each."

"Deal!" they said together, and stuck out their right hands.  I
shook both at the same time, one with my right hand and one with 
my left, then let go, crossed my arms, and shook again.  This got 
me a pair of broad smiles, followed by a furtive disappearance 
from the hallway.

A couple meters away at his post, Sirius was shaking his head and
chuckling.  "You're in trouble now, Doug."

I shot him a wry smile.  "I'm always in trouble," I said.  "It's
a defining characteristic of my life.
-- Bob
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Then the horns kicked in...
...and my shoes began to squeak.
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#2
Yes, Yes it is, Bob!
Hear that thunder rolling till it seems to split the sky?
That's every ship in Grayson's Navy taking up the cry-

NO QUARTER!!!
-- "No Quarter", by Echo's Children
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#3
*Cackles wickedly.*

Yasuri Nanami is my number one waifu, if only because she would horribly murder all the others if they didn't shut up and toe the line.
"They did not care about all the other attempts wizards had made on the Lone Power through history; as far as a computer is concerned, there is no program that cannot be debugged, or at worst, rewritten."
-Diane Duane, High Wizardry
"If our friendship depends on things like space and time, we've destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don't you think that we might see each other once or twice?"
-Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
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#4
Well, this can't backfire in any way, shape, or form, especially at the worst possible time...
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Stand between the Silver Crystal and the Golden Sea.
"Youngsters these days just have no appreciation for the magnificence of the legendary cucumber."  --Krityan Elder, Tales of Vesperia.
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#5
151k... Were it me I'd say split and print at the next logical spot Bob.
Hear that thunder rolling till it seems to split the sky?
That's every ship in Grayson's Navy taking up the cry-

NO QUARTER!!!
-- "No Quarter", by Echo's Children
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#6
Nah, I'm basically three or so scenes from the end. I'll let it run a little longer than usual.
-- Bob
---------
Then the horns kicked in...
...and my shoes began to squeak.
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#7
*eyes the increasing byte count*

Soooooon my Precious.... Soooon.....
Hear that thunder rolling till it seems to split the sky?
That's every ship in Grayson's Navy taking up the cry-

NO QUARTER!!!
-- "No Quarter", by Echo's Children
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#8
The chapter is essentially finished, but hasn't gone to final preread yet. I'm already laying out the plot for chapter 3.
-- Bob
---------
Then the horns kicked in...
...and my shoes began to squeak.
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