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Hi there! I’m Soraya. I’m seventeen years old and am a proud Muslim British Bangladeshi. I live in East London and have loved reading and writing from a young age. I’m rather obsessed with Harry Potter (aren’t we all?), tea (not a surprise considering I’m a Brit) and good grammar. Recently, I've also got into the Supernatural fandom. After watching the first episode, I had already fallen head over heels in love with Sam Winchester, so it's no surprise that I am now a huge SPN fangirl as well as a Potterhead.

My writing has changed quite a bit over the years, and I think you'll probably notice that, the further down my author page you go, the more the quality seems to drop :P I started posting stories on here at the age of fourteen, and at nearly eighteen, I can see how much my writing has improved since those Dark Ages. So, for that reason, I would advise you stick to the more recent stuff, if you choose to read anything of mine.

My Stories

Just so you know, these are posted firstly according to what kind of pairing, if any, is in the story, and then in chronological order in accordance to my own canon, not necessarily the order in which they were posted.

Canon Pairings

Checkmate (James/Lily)

My first chaptered fic. It’s terribly written, but I still have a place in my heart for it because of how much fun it was to write. This story has now been deleted on MNFF, but if you really, really want to read it, you can still find it on FF.net and HPFF. (I advise you don't, though :P)

Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion (James/Lily)

Written for Round One (Major Characters) of Madam Pomfrey’s Character Clinic Triathlon, this one-shot is about James and Lily’s relationship getting rockier and rockier after they left Hogwarts, especially when Lily is faced with the trials of being a wife and motherhood. A little smutty.

My Love is Always Here (James/Lily)

This was a belated birthday present for the wonderful Gina/Gmariam, aka the queen of James/Lily. This is mostly about Lily dealing with becoming a mother for the first time and the problems (as well as the joys) that come with that.

There's an Answer (Remus/Tonks)

Written for Sophie/The owl for SPEW Summer Swap IV. Tonks is sent on an interesting baby Auror assignment to do with werewolves. Remus and a dangerous Muggle are thrown into the mix, with interesting results.

Left Behind (Remus/Tonks)

An expanded version of one of my LoveNotes, written for SPEW. It's a missing moment set between OOTP and HBP, where in my head canon Remus and Tonks have been together, in secret, for a few weeks already and Remus is then told to go on his werewolf mission. Slightly smutty.

One and Only (Remus/Tonks)

Written for the lovely Alex/Ithinkrabis2people in the Ravenclaw Christmas Drabble Exchange. This is a missing moment set just after Tonks’s outburst to Remus in the hospital wing at the end of HBP.

Out of My Life (Harry/Ginny)

My only AU (kind of). I tweaked a small part of canon in this -- basically, Harry actually said goodbye to Ginny properly when he broke up with her. Very angsty, and this is only up for sentimental reasons, as I wrote it during The Dark Ages (aka when I was fourteen).

A Different Kind of Magic (Harry/Ginny)

Written for the You’re Having My Baby challenge at SIYE. Ginny finds out she’s pregnant, but Harry receives the news before her and therefore has to tell his wife. This was my first ever story at MNFF. It was written when I was thirteen, and it definitely shows.

A Different Kind of Magic 2: Parenthood (Harry/Ginny)

A sequel, obviously, to A Different Kind of Magic. Ginny goes into labour, and both Harry and Ginny realise what it means to be parents. Again, this was written from Back in the Days.

Same-Sex Pairings

The Caustic Ticking of the Clock (Rowena/Helga)

Written for the Great Hall Cotillion, this story is my only Founders story so far, and it’s about Rowena and Helga’s secret relationship. I am proud of this one, which doesn’t usually happen :)

Catching Fire (James/Sirius)

This was written for SPEW 007. My prompt was “Embers”, and it’s set just after Remus’s second transformation with the Marauders. James is badly injured, and he and Sirius realise, inadvertently, that they might just have feelings for each other. I like the pairing but still think the story needs work. One day I will go back and edit.

Flicker and Fail (Katie/Leanne)

This was written forSecret SPEW, and my recipient was the absolutely fabulous Alex/welshdevondragon. It’s my take on Leanne and Katie’s relationship from way before they were even at Hogwarts as well as what eventually happens to Katie in HBP, when she was cursed.

Next Generation

Skinny Love (Louis/Lily)

Written for the 2013 Great Hall Cotillion. Set during Teddy and Victoire's wedding, Louis helps Lily come to terms with her bulimia. This one was pretty difficult to write.

Blood and Roses (Scorpius/Rose, Scorpius/Dominique, Dominique/OC)

Written for the Great Hall Mysterious Maychallenge, this was my first Next Generation fic about Scorpius, mostly, and the trials he faces after his daughter is murdered.

Broken Glass (Louis/Lily)

This is the story of when Loulily really began. After the deaths of his immediate family, Louis is finding it hard to cope, even six months later. Lily somehow helps. It’s a little smutty. I’m proud of this one, too :)

The Highway of Regret (Scorpius/Lily, Scorpius/Rose, Louis/Lily)

Also written for the Great Hall Cotillion. It’s my one and only Scily. This is all about secret relationships and mistakes people make. Lily’s angry at Louis, and Scorpius has just broken up with Rose; when Lily gets drunk in the pub, things... happen. :P

I Will Lay Down My Heart (Albus/Rose, Scorpius/Rose)

Written for Round Two (Minor Characters) of Madam Pomfrey’s Character Clinic Triathlon. Albus has been in love with Rose for years, but what happened with them when they were younger has put a dent in their relationship. It doesn’t help that Rose is actually in love with Scorpius, either. This is smutty too.

One More Night (Albus/Rose, Rose/Scorpius)

Companion piece to I Will Lay Down My Heart. This goes into more detail about Rose and Albus's changing relationship as well as the aftermath of the events in said companion story. Probably the smuttiest thing on my page. :D Written for the Great Hall Cotillion 2013.

Glass (Louis/Lily)

This was written for the Great Hall-iday challenge for the Operation: Mistletoe prompt, and this was where my love for Loulily began.

Poetry

Excruciatingly Painful

This is about how five men in Potterverse dealt with remorse in different ways.

Always

This poem is about how Remus feels about Sirius (not slashy, btw).

Regret

Written for the Magic in Music challenge over inPoetry, Anyone? This was set to the track “Obliviate” in DH1 and is about Hermione modifying her parents’ memories.

Farewell

Written for the Goodbyechallenge in Poetry, Anyone? This was about saying goodbye, and how difficult it could be.

After All This Time

Written for the Deathly Hallows challenge inPoetry, Anyone?. I ship unrequited Snape/Lily, and this is probably the only time Snape will be on my author page, lol.

Hush, Dominique

Written for the MC Kreacher challenge inPoetry, Anyone? This was written from the POV of Bill Weasley after his wife’s death.

Miscellaneous

Bruises

Written for the Great Bannermakers’ Hallchallenge. The banner I picked had Merope Gaunt on it, and it’s probably my darkest story; it’s definitely the only one to have a dubious consent warning. It’s about, as you might guess, the abuse Merope suffered from her father and brother.

In Care (Marlene/OC)

Marlene McKinnon, as a care kid, eventually falls in love with another care kid, Jamal Olawumi. But he's a Muggle, and keeping her world secret proves difficult. This is definitely a story I would like to revisit and tidy up.

Just Across the Bar (Sirius/Rosmerta)

Sirius is just about of age, but obviously Rosmerta has misgivings about having feelings for Sirius, who is still a student. Written for the 2013 Great Hall Cotillion and also smutty.

Butterbeer Bottles

Written for SPEW 007. My prompt was “Juggling”, and it’s just a silly piece of dialogue-only banter between Remus and Sirius. Sirius realises Remus likes Tonks, and he tries to persuade Remus to act on his feelings.

Hanging by a Thread (Katie/Oliver)

Written for the lovely Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor for Secret SPEW VII. Katie is grieving and drowning her sorrows in alcohol and Oliver is trying his best to save Muggles, while trying also to bury feelings for Katie that he thought he had long since forgotten about. There is also, surprise surprise, some smut in this.


And that’s it! Along with being a moderator, I’m also a member of SPEWand SBBC. I hope to see you around on the forums; feel free to contact me via PM or review if you have any questions or comments about my stories!
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Favorite Stories
 

Uncovered by Death by Equinox Chick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 113]

Summary: All Scorpius Malfoy had wanted on the Saturday before Halloween was to spend some time in Hogsmeade alone with his girlfriend, Lily Potter. But Fate appeared to have other plans. Not only is her annoying cousin Hugo Weasley tagging along, but in the aftermath of a violent storm, a body is uncovered.

Working with his boss, Head Auror Harry Potter, to discover the identity of the victim, and the truth of her death, Scorpius quickly learns that not all skeletons are buried underground.

This is a the sequel to High. It is not necessary to read that to understand this, but what the heck, you might just enjoy it!

Many, many thanks to Kara (Karaley Dargen) for not only beta'ing this story, but putting up with the tortuous search for a title.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling, but I think you know that.

Uncovered by Death won the 2013 QSQ for Best Chaptered Next Generation Story. Thank you very much.

NOW COMPLETE

Categories: Mystery Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Violence

Word count: 125984 Chapters: 22 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/26/12 Updated: 02/11/14


Never Let Me Go by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 8]

Summary:

Louis Weasley had always assumed that the worst of his problems had been falling for someone he wasn't supposed to. This was, however, until that very someone turns up missing from one the biggest societal events of the century.

He was willing to break every rule and taboo to find her, but could he succeed where the entire might of the Ministry's Magical Law Enforcement Department failed?



Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 10275 Chapters: 3 Completed: No
Published:
06/07/11 Updated: 11/26/13


To Shatter December by iLuna17
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 2]

Summary: Louis hated winter, and Lily was trapped in it.

Originally written for Soraya in SPEW's Summer Swap (IV edition). Hope you enjoy it.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Mental Disorders, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Violence

Word count: 4245 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/01/13 Updated: 08/03/13


Up in Flames by lucca4
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: Past Featured Story

A lot can change in a year.

Susan returned from Ireland to find Theodore Nott engaged to his Hogwarts sweetheart. Determined not to lose him again, she vows to keep Daphne Greengrass --the enemy -- close enough to watch over.

Little does she know that this is a game of fire, and it only takes a single misstep for one of them to get burned.

This is lucca4 of Gryffindor writing for the Great Hall Cotillion Challenge.

**Thank you to the wonderfully talented Soraya for being a fantastic beta :) **

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mental Disorders, Self Injury, Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Profanity, Suicide

Word count: 11007 Chapters: 3 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/14/13 Updated: 03/01/13


The Walnut Tree by Equinox Chick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 34]

Summary: When Charity Burbage became the Muggle Studies professor, she was looking for a new life, safe in the enclave of Hogwarts.

She certainly wasn't looking for love.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling.

This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for the Second Great Hall Cotillion.

Thank you, Natalie, (hestiajones) for an on the hoof beta job.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Student/Teacher Romance, Violence

Word count: 23788 Chapters: 5 Completed: Yes
Published:
01/26/13 Updated: 02/26/13


Summary: During their sixth year at Hogwarts, James and Remus find themselves drawn together as they come of age. How will it change their friendship--with the others, as well as one another?
This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw NOT writing for the Great Hall Cotillion of 2013.

Categories: Same-Sex Pairings Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse

Word count: 6406 Chapters: 2 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/22/13 Updated: 02/24/13


Love and Order by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 41]

Summary: Past Featured StoryWhen impulsive new Auror Alice Hamilton is partnered with the more serious and experienced Frank Longbottom, neither is quite sure what to expect. They have a history, after all, and a different way of approaching the job. Yet in a world where dark forces continue to threaten the safety and security of the magical community, they must work together in spite of their feelings--especially when it becomes clear that You-Know-Who is planning a major offensive that will threaten both their relationship and their lives.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Violence

Word count: 40721 Chapters: 11 Completed: No
Published:
11/22/12 Updated: 02/09/13


Seven Simple Years by HalfASlug
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 152]

Summary: Past Featured StoryThe story of Ron and Hermione through a series of missing moments. Who said love was simple?

Categories: Ron/Hermione Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Strong Profanity

Word count: 105738 Chapters: 18 Completed: Yes
Published:
05/24/12 Updated: 01/17/13


Tea and Honey by Maple_and_PheonixFeather
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: Past Featured StorySometimes, you just need a good wake up call to tell you that something is unhealthy. This is the story of how Louis manages to convince Lily that what she is doing isn't good for her.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 2126 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
12/27/12 Updated: 12/27/12


An Interruption by The owl
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: Past Featured StoryLily has a theory. James thinks she’s mad. Remus and Sirius don’t know what their friends are discussing, but they would be very amused if they did. How long will it take for Lily to win the argument this time?


I am very grateful to Pooja/Ginny Weasley Potter for looking over this for me.

This story is dedicated to the inestimably fabulous Soraya/xxbabewithbrainsxx, as a rather late birthday present. Happy birthday, my lovely, and I hope you enjoy this. It’s officially the first time I’ve written an SSP!


Categories: Various Pairings Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Slash

Word count: 1609 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/20/12 Updated: 10/21/12


Through the Ghost by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: While in Azkaban, Sirius has a lot of time to think about things best forgotten. And then he leaves, and he is confronted with these things head-on. They even follow him to death.


This story was nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Same-Sex Pairing.


Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Slash, Violence

Word count: 4112 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/18/12 Updated: 10/18/12


I Know by Gmariam
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: Past Featured StoryJames returns to the dormitory one night to find Sirius is not happy about his new relationship with Lily Evans. He is shocked to discover the reason his best friend is so upset.

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse

Word count: 2077 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/17/12 Updated: 10/17/12


Rest In The Bed by welshdevondragon
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: Past Featured Story

"This is the last night I will spend in our flat. I have spent sixty-nine nights here without you, and I can only manage one more."

....

"I can't remember falling out of love with you. I've just--I've just fallen in love with someone else, so maybe what we had wasn't love in the first place."



Lily is leaving the flat she and Scorpius shared for five years, in the hope that she can move on. Some things, however, are hard to forget.

This story is for Soraya, since it is partially her fault, and also because she deserves many stories of higher quality than this.

Title from the Laura Marling song of the same name, which is also the song played during this story.

Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Book 7 Disregarded, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 3067 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/17/12 Updated: 10/17/12


Dust to Dust by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 20]

Summary: Past Featured StoryAdrian Pucey has always had a tumultuous relationship with Miles Bletchley, but as the years tread on, 'tumultuous' is just the beginning. And when Miles is found dead at the Battle of Hogwarts -- and as a Death Eater -- Adrian's sense of loss pales in comparison to what he finds at the funeral.


This story has been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Dark/Angst.


Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death, Dubious Consent, Mental Disorders, Non-Consensual Sex, Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 13220 Chapters: 3 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/03/12 Updated: 09/07/12


In Bloom by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: Past Featured Story

It figures that he ignores the other side of roses. Thorns fit to draw blood are what remain after the flowers die off, far overshadowing the few months when they splay their gaudy plumage to the summer sun. They’re nice sometimes; for the most part, though, they are sharp and vindictive and unworthy of the attention they receive.

No, Rose thinks. Roses are ugly.

Albus/Rose


This story has been nominated for a 2013 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next Generation Story.


Categories: Next Generation Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 1206 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/04/12 Updated: 09/04/12


The Chartreuse Chanteuse by Gmariam
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: Past Featured StoryFive years after his experience in the Vanishing Cabinet, Graham Montague is a different man: a man still struggling to recover, to live, to love. Yet a chance meeting with a young singer at a bar changes him in more ways than one...

Written for the Rainbow Challenge in the Great Hall by Gmariam of Ravenclaw.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse

Word count: 4940 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/09/12 Updated: 08/09/12


Gaps Between by lucca4
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary:

Falling in love teaches Dennis Creevey that sometimes, needing someone isn't a bad thing, especially as it helps him forget all that he's lost.

It fails, however, to show him that forgetting can only go on for so long.

Thank you to Ari for her loveliness in betaing this story.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death, Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 6330 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/30/12 Updated: 07/30/12


Polarity by Acacia Carter
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: Draco ought to have expected he'd end up dying facedown in an alley, but nothing could have prepared him for the events or the friendships that would follow.

Draco/Neville, with references to previous Draco/Harry and Neville/Harry, as well as references (nothing explicit, merely allusions) to non-consensual memories.

Beta'd by the inestimable Soraya, to whom I owe at least three tonnes of baked goods by now.

I'm still not JKR.

Third in the Long Way Down continuity, this story takes place between the events of The Breaking Point and Tempus Vernum.

Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Mental Disorders, Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Profanity, Violence

Word count: 13648 Chapters: 4 Completed: No
Published:
07/02/12 Updated: 07/24/12


Teach My Feet to Fly by Equinox Chick
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary: Andromeda Black is not a girl who is reckless. Risks are for the foolhardy, and she is too clever for that. But she hasn't factored Ted Tonks' persistence into the equation of her life.

And Ted wants to teach her how to fly ...

This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for Round 2 of the Character Clinic Triathlon - Minor Characters. I chose the Music prompt.

The song that Andromeda listens to in this story is River by Joni Mitchell. It is beautiful.

Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. I am not Joni Mitchell. I am someone who admires both artists greatly.

Ta lotsly to the lovely Natalie (hestiajones) who beta'd this and is a truly fabulous friend.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 3859 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
07/22/12 Updated: 07/22/12


The Poppy Field by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: On the last day of his last year, a young man looks to his future in a poppy field by the lake…

Written for the Character Clinic Challenge by Gmariam of Ravenclaw.

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1568 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
06/24/12 Updated: 06/24/12


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