"So I thought to myself, 'Oi James, now you're done for! It's dead dark an' you'll never find your way back!', then suddenly a second Hinkypunk -- a good Hinkypunk this time -- pops up behind me, an' he's lighting up the gap in the hedge, an' I say, 'Oh bless you, bless you, li'l mate!', an' I run run run all the way back home, and snuck back in bed 'fore anyone even noticed I was gone!"
"You're bluffing, Jamey!" Albus Severus scowled at his older brother. "No way you went down to the stream last night, no way there's a Lethifold behind the gorse, and way no way he took Griffy!"
"Leffy-fooled took Gwiffy-Wiffy!" Lily Luna clapped her hands, grinning cheekily at Albus's glare.
"No bluffin'." James gave his younger brother a deathly serious smirk. "Only way to get your stuffed Griffin back now 'sif we go down there together. You lure the Lethifold away, an' I'll grab Griffy."
"Al fools leffy-fool 'n' Jamey grabs Gwiffy 'n' Lily Luner's gonna watch!" Lily danced about the room, singing her assessment.
"Oi crumbs." Albus's face sank wearily into his hand. "When do we go?"
James thought for a moment. "Maybe Tuesday night, as it's full moon an' we shan't need the Hinky-"
"Biscuits and milk!" Ginny sailed into the room with a loaded tray, then froze, reading their faces. "Oh my! What are you three planning now??"
After a moment of awkward silence, Lily shrugged. "Nuffin' Muvver."
Two wonderful stories in and six more weeks to discover some others, right? Time to rattle some keys and jolt us readers with your great tales of tails, yarns of barns, and furry fantasies!
Give the time stretch between the earliest stories that those about to come our way, I am going to add our first two entries to Featured Story prominence.
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