Rules

The trouble with rules was, first-year Godiva mused, that if you took a list of them and crossed out all the 'don'ts' what you had left was a list of great ways to spend a boring Sunday afternoon. “Rule 52783: Don't clog the sink and use the kitchen as a waterslide” for instance seemed like the perfect way to escape the summer heat once you'd gotten rid of that pesky little d-word ruining the fun for all.

It was not that Godiva was naturally inclined to follow the rules, quite the opposite in fact, but the trouble was that she had detentions piling up already, and it seemed that she would have to return to school even after graduating just to finish them all. And copying all 463956 school rules as a punishment was definitely NOT a great way to spend some boring sunday afternoons, even if she said so herself.

Rule 52784: Don't knit during classes,
Rule 52785: Don't summon unicorns into the castle....


It seemed there was a story hidden behind each and every rule. Someone must have knitted during lessons so often the deed would merit a schoolrule to ban such behavior. Someone must have once summoned a unicorn into these walls...These rules were a tribute of sorts, to all the troublemakers that had once studied at Hogwarts, and here she was copying them.

She turned the pages of the school's only official and complete rulebook until she reached the last official rule (Rule 463956: Don't enchant the saltshakers to glide over the table while shouting “exterminate”) The rest of the page was blank. There was still room for more...

She sighed and then got back to work, copying all the obscure little rules, wondering with each new line if there was something she could think of, something inspiring... something so bold and so annoying the professors would have no choice but to put in an extra rule, Godiva's rule, for future mischief makers to copy....

* * *

Sixty-four years later, first-year Matthew sat on the same chair Godiva had occupied with the same punishment and the same book. He had the same thought too, or at least thoughts that followed a similar line to a similar conclusion as he turned the pages and read the very last rule to see what it was.

Rule 463957: Don't play a sequence of ridiculous pranks to try and get new rules added to this list.

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Ratings and Comments

#1Arielle Lemoyne's AvatarArielle Lemoyne (rated this 10)

Very clever! I love all the rules you came up with!

#2Marguerite Davenport's AvatarMarguerite Davenport (rated this 5)

Awww. That was so funny it was very cute. I loved the whole 64 years later. Wonderful story.

#3Meredith Malkins's AvatarMeredith Malkins (rated this 10)

AWESOME! Grinning ear-to-hear! Just fantastic, That was excellent! Wow wow wow wow wow!

#4Jem Reed's AvatarJem Reed (rated this 9)

I sincerely hope that the pranks that were pulled were epic enough to put even Peeves to shame.

#5Noor Akhter's AvatarNoor Akhter (rated this 10)

How cute! This was a fabulous submission.

#6Alyssa Waters's AvatarAlyssa Waters (rated this 9)

Really cute!!!

#7Maxwell Shadow's AvatarMaxwell Shadow (rated this 10)

I really enjoyed reading your story and loved the rules you came up with.

#8Tobi Carter's AvatarTobi Carter (rated this 9)

EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! That's my favorite part. I love how it jumps into the future in the end and shows how lots of first years (and everyone else) have trouble following the rules. Love the last rule.

#9Rena Kuro's AvatarRena Kuro (rated this 10)

I really loved your writing style. I also can't help but wonder what rule 463958 would be!

#10Jay Black's AvatarJay Black (rated this 10)

Excellent. I like your writing style and the ending especially made me smile.

#11Rilla James's AvatarRilla James (rated this 9)

This was a really great story, I enjoyed the end the most! I loved the made up rules as well, who knits during class? It was an amazing story wriiten by someone with a great imagination!

#12Jacqualine Snape's AvatarJacqualine Snape (rated this 9)

Very good. I love how you kept us guessing where the story was going until the end.

#13Kane Windsor's AvatarKane Windsor (rated this 9)

I love it! Great job with the writing style!

#14Lilly Anderson's AvatarLilly Anderson (rated this 10)

I love the writing style and the fact that we see that she did get a rule added. Good job!

#15Rose Pondelock's AvatarRose Pondelock (rated this 9)

I loved it!
Also the dr who reference was clever
I liked the ending, simple but very satisfying

#16Cecil Mandrake's AvatarCecil Mandrake (rated this 10)

I really loved this submission; it was vague about the actual misdeed, which created the sense that it wasn't just one act but a string of many. I also really liked the flash forward at the end

#17Ian Carson's AvatarIan Carson (rated this 10)

I love your writing style and the mystery you put behind the character's action. I enjoyed it.

#18Patricia Cleary's AvatarPatricia Cleary (rated this 10)

I liked the multi-generational aspect of this and the sneaky Doctor Who reference as well! This is also written very, very well in terms of spelling, grammar, clarity, etc.

#19Ariella McManus's AvatarAriella McManus (rated this 10)

I really enjoyed this story; very cleverly done!

#20Camille Cox's AvatarCamille Cox (rated this 8)

I really liked this. The story didn't drag on, and the last part made smile a bit. You have a writing style that reminds me of a favorite author (whose name seems to have escaped my head at the moment), and it's a writing style that I absolutely adore. The only thing that kept me from giving it a 10 was the fact that your story didn't tell us what exactly she did, something I would have loved reading. Otherwise, I thought it was a great story.