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....
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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.