They sat at the table in the middle of the night, staring at one another under the dim light. The girl stared the creature square in the eye from the other side of the table. “You’ll lose,” the creature told her. It’s eyes were the colour of milk.
“I don’t care, the girl told it. “I’m not in the mood for your games right now.”
“Call them what you will, you’ll still fail,” It sneered.
“I’ll survive!” she retorted quickly. “Failure means nothing to me.”
“Is that so? I’m learning so much about you, Anna. You have no idea.” It made a mockery of a smile on its face.
Her nose crinkled in distaste. “Ugh, don’t do that!” Anna spat. “It doesn’t suit you.”
The creature obliged. It had tried everything, but for the past twenty-odd years Anna had remained unshakable. “Good girl,” it hissed.