Two successive Victory Day parties; two survivors of the War poisoned. Similar circumstances, similar poisons, similar modi operandi.
Henry Chumly is an old, callous, unaccepting, misogynistic and in every way completely unsavoury drunk. Almost coincidentally, he also happens to be the best detective at the new agency of the Ministry, the the Cadwallader-Hundert Agency for Response to Malmagic.
Padma Patil is young, pretty, talented and excited to work at the Ministry, cracking cases and nabbing criminals. Before her application is accepted, though, she has to spend the customary few weeks working under a professional detective. She expects ennui, tasks far below her talents and frustration; but nothing anyone had ever told her prepared her for Henry Chumly.
This is the story (if you ask him) of how Henry put up with the bint and solved the case single-handedly or the story (if you ask her) of how Padma stunned everyone by not only managing to avoid murdering her utter bastard of a superior, but also being the first probationer to play a pivotal role in solving a case. This being a mystery, and in tune with the essence of mysteries, if you wish to find out the truth, you’ll have to read on till the end.
[chaptered; OCs and minor characters; comic mystery]
This is Sainyn Swiftfoot of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt 2.
The views expressed by the utterly hateable Henry Chumly are not those of my own. Please do not take offense.
Summary: Fred Weasley, a young man now, is nothing like his father, George Weasley. Indeed, he has his grandfather's interest in Muggles and his Uncle Percy's serious attitude towards life, but from his father, he had nothing but the crooked grin.
Fred, who works undercover in the Muggle world as the lawyer Derek Sharp and defends his own kind in the Muggle system, has no interest in his family or the life he used to lead. His tragic past, however, refuses to leave him alone, as does a certain Muggle in a yellow raincoat. All too soon, his two worlds become hopelessly intertwined in a tangled mess, leaving him with two options- leave the Muggle world, his job, and the stangest woman he has ever met, or turn his back on the wizarding world, and it's laws, and throw it all to the wind.
Molly Weasley seems to have a heart big enough to accept anyone in need of love. It doesn't matter if the person is an abused little boy named Harry or her son's always present 'friend' Hermione, Molly will mother them.
Perhaps her need to reach out is caused by what should be present, but is not. The Missing Hands...
Beta Reader - Hogwartsbookworm
Summary: What started out as a scheme for revenge lead Hermione to question her happiness and emotional commitment to the one she thought would be hers.
Summary: Percy has always put his trust in the Ministry, to the detriment of all else. But when does "trust" become "turning a blind eye"?
As the war progresses, Percy begins to have doubts - doubts that will, eventually, lead him back towards his family.
It has been said that we can only see angels when we are children. At some point we outgrow this ability, but what happens to our angels then? Are they still there watching over us or do they move on?
Sephora wakes up confused, alarmed, and awed.
Somehow, that strange, birdlike lady who had been stalking her had managed to use magic to bring her here…. To a castle the four of them call Hogwarts.
Unknown to Sephora, she has been specially selected by Rowena Ravenclaw as the first student of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Soon, Ravenclaw plans, she will be competent to teach the other students that will come, learned as she will be. Maybe, even, if she excels as well as the diviners predict, she will head the school when the time of the Founders ends.
However, Sephora has different plans. Happy to be rescued from her unloving and miserable foster family, she vows to do well for her saviors.
But as always, trouble is brewing on the horizon… Slytherin, angry he was not permitted to submit one of his heirs to learn, takes it to the extreme, quarreling often and dangerously…. Helena Ravenclaw, jealous of her mother’s pet, shall cause problems…. But most worrisome, yet another war with the Goblins is approaching, caused by uncertainty about a sword…. and all are unable to stop it….
Follow Sephora Black, as she learns and teaches, fights and works to keep her beloved school safe…. Trouble is brewing, in and around the protection of Hogwarts….Slytherin is angry, Ravenclaw is upset at her continuing fascination in Wandlore instead of excelling in leadership and wisdom…..Sephora attracts far more danger and tragedy than she wishes…. And no matter what she does, she is never safe. For sometimes being the one to take the first step causes much more trouble than expected….
Summary: ‘Strong and silent’ Cedric Diggory recollects some of his past on the day of the final Triwizard task. So what insecurities are hidden below that handsome exterior? What imperfections could the ‘perfect’ Cedric Diggory probably have? After all, every human being has hopes and fears… as well as bad memories.
This is Cedric’s journey through the last day of his life right up to his very last second. Had he seen it all coming? Had somebody warned him? And why had he entered the Triwizard Tournament anyway— is there a story behind that too?
I am Ginny Weasley Potter and this is my submission for the First Hufflepuff Drabblethon.
Summary: Staring out of her dusty office window, Parvati Patil - now running a detective agency with Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas - is surprised when the glamorous Karis Flint arrives. Why would a rich society woman hire such an inexperienced firm? But when Karis explains that the Cordalis Diamonds have gone missing, along with her son, they know they have to take the case. For Karis' son is Blaise Zabini, the Slytherin from their year currently involved with Lavender Brown.
With Jonah Flint threatening to call in the Law Enforcers, can they find Blaise and the diamonds before the day is out?
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry into the Great Hall Mysterious May Challenge - Prompt #3 - The Private Detective.
I am not JK Rowling, whoever told you that defamed her dreadfully.
Thank you Hannah/Bob (coolh5000) for beta'ing this story.
All chapter titles are songs from Elvis Costello. I'm not him either.
Summary: In retrospect, he probably shouldn't have taken the case. But when a pretty dame offers Theodore Nott the unsolvable case of the century, he takes it. *ON HIATUS*
Summary: When all hope is lost, she just wishes to go someplace safe.
But magic having its mysterious ways, she finds herself waking up in the arms of someone who is supposed to be dead...
Was she really dead, dreaming, or hallucinating?
But how exactly, does HE fit in the equation?
Summary: In which Minerva reflects that the Castle of Hogwarts is the only entity, living or otherwise, which understands what it means to be in her place.
Summary: Summary : The sequel to Daughter of Light. Maeve has a very bad end to her honeymoon as things come to light about Severus that astound her. Why is her husband so keen to keep Draco Malfoy alive at all costs and can she really get over her loathing of Narcissa Malfoy to work together to save both Severus and Draco from the fate that Voldemort would like to inflict on them? Why is Harry so furtive and will Neville save the day when Maeve’s necklace is returned to her by her father. Oh, and our favourite bad-boy Auror is back!
There has been rather a long break in the writing of the story due to work commitments, but I'm back on the case and hoping to get it finished - if there's anyone left still reading!! :-)
Summary: The Goblins are a fierce race, known for their vicious and blood-thirsty rebellions. They do not mix well with humans. Then why are they holding a conference with all the senior members of the Ministry of Magic? Bill Weasley suspects something is going on.
What happens when the goblins revolt against the Wizards in Gringotts? Can Bill and the others escape in time?
Based on a true story.
Summary: My name is Rose Evans. My parents were Lily and James Potter, and Harry Potter is my twin brother, though he didn't know. I was raised by Severus Snape. This is my story.
RECENTLY NOMINATED FOR 2011 QSQ BEST ALTERNATE UNIVERSE!! Thank you, grangergirl35!!
Summary: A poem about the moments where Lily Evans realized she was falling for James Potter against her better judgement.
Summary: Much has been made of the rift between Gryffindor and Slytherin and Slytherin's subsequent flight from Hogwarts, but history has all but forgotten the tragic end to that night.
For, when Slytherin left, his faithful lover followed...
Tied for Best Poetry in the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards (!!)
Summary: Your trade is what some may call a contemptible one, but here and there, you do something decent for someone else. No one will ever thank you for it, instead dwelling upon the less than savoury aspects of your line of work. But you know what you did for one fellow, and that's what counts, isn't it?
Summary: When Marty Price entered the lives of the Marauders, they never expected her to come to mean so much to them. Their last years at Hogwarts were idealistic and beautiful. But a few years in the harsh outside world soon forces them to change. When faced with so much, it is unsurprising that they are tired and lonely and almost broken. Even optimists like Marty struggle to remain true to themselves - so what hope do the rest of them have when she leaves on a vital secret mission? Especially when everything else, if possible, begins crumble even further ...
Sequel to 'The Cause'
Summary: Passing a few hours in each other's company while waiting for their mates to escape detention, Sirius and Remus embarked on a good, old-fashioned game of Truth or Dare. But which one had the most potential for tension between the two: honesty, or the courage to do something that had thus far only occurred in his wildest imaginings?