The Other Side of the Holiday Season(An Aldous the Angry Wizard Story)The Other Side of the Holiday Season by grapehyacinth
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Aldous hated the holiday season. To this day, his daughter called him 'Scrooge', although she did understand his sentiments. It wasn't as if he did not like to celebrate, but in this day and age, things had grown so commercial, so out of proportion, it was incredible. When he was a young wizard's apprentice so many years ago, things had been so much simpler. There wasn't so much the holiday parties and the crazy-gift-giving like today. Even now, his wife was out, rushing through the crowds to get last-minute gifts for everyone from the garbage man to the neighbors five blocks away.
And, for the eightieth time or so, they had had their annual holiday fight, in which she begged him to join her in her gift-search. And every year he had declined. This year the fight had been es
A Real Animal House(Group/multiple TFs)A Real Animal House by grapehyacinth
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Max sat on his favorite bench by the lake. He was overwhelmed with the brand new experience of being a freshman in college, so he was doing what he did when life bothered him. He came out to the lake and was playing his trumpet.
Few people ever came this far into the woods off his Aunt Gena's house, and he was thankful for the solitude. College was so different than high school – in high school, he was the best musician, the science fair hero, an honors student, valedictorian – and in college, he was suddenly reduced to nothing.
When he considered pledging a fraternity, his Aunt Gena scoffed, “Oh, please, you're better than that, Max.” And he knew she was probably right, but he needed to fit in somewhere, to be accepted... Yet even in the pledge events, he could see he did not belong with the group of partying students. With them, he was ignored and unimportant, and no one seemed interested in