Anna, 23, American, staring at my rapidly approaching college graduation date and wondering what the hell I'm supposed to do now. Taking comfort in the warm, familiar embrace of Harry Potter fan-fiction.
Eats, breathes, lives: Remus-centric Marauder Era
Also loves: All things Marauder, anything Remus, and shipping Remus/Tonks
Been known to dabble in: Remus/Sirius and Next Generation
About Werewolf Among Wizards
So before chapter 8, it had been over four years since I last posted, and for that I am truly sorry. For those last four years, part of me wanted to just say that the story was complete and close that piece of my life, but another part of me felt so guilty about the handful of mostly-completed chapters collecting figurative dust on my hard drive that would never see the light of day, I knew I could not in good conscience leave them there. Not that it made them any easier to finish.
Looking back over my chapters both posted and un-posted, I find myself mostly happy with what I have written, and even those parts that make me less happy, I have decided to leave mostly unchanged. It is all part of a different era of my life, and to go back and edit it would be, I think, disrespectful to my 17/18-year-old self.
So chapter 9 is in the queue. Many thanks to Roxy Black for helping me with length problem. I'm really excited about chapters 10-12, or what I have dubbed "The Willow Parts 1-3". Chapters 10 and 11 are done and just waiting to hop in the queue!
I go back and forth on what chapter pieces to flesh out and include and which ones to leave behind, but right now this fic looks like it could be anywhere from 14 to 17 chapters total.
For everyone still enjoying Harry Potter fan fiction, bless you! And thank you all for reading!
Summary: The Marauders are back in their second day of their dance-based curriculum, and it's time to pull on the tights. And that's not all: Tara found out that she's not the only girl Sirius has dated that week. What drastic measures will Sirius have to resort to to win her back?
This is the sequel to Muggle Studies -- The Muggle Way. Please read that one first.
This might be one of the best lines I've read:
“I wouldn’t be so sure,” argued Peter animatedly, “I have no trouble losing a girl.”
Classic! Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: I have so much fun writing the Marauders. It\'s so easy to come up with good, funny lines! :D Thanks for the review!
You know that all reason has packed up and left the conversation when the "your face" and the "your mum" jokes come out.
Author's Response: I must agree wholeheartedly. Thanks for the review! :D
Summary: "We do not remember days; we remember moments."
What follows is a collection of little memories that make up life: moments, both significant and obscure. A series of vignettes more than anything, that, put together, may paint a picture of the lives of our favorite Marauders. Rating because of language.
Oooo, I really like this story! And this was such a great chapter! I loved how ridiculous you made James and Sirius (especially the candy cane dance). I never quite imagined James "eep"ing before, but it worked. Update soon!
Author's Response: Ahh, yes, the candy cane dance...featuring the song I made up driving home from summerfest at 2 in the morning last July... it was fun to write, at least. Thanks for reviewing!
Summary: The dark is closing in on the Order of the Pheonix as Voldemort gains strength and power. The newest recruit, bubbly young Auror Nymphadora Tonks, finds herself thrown right into the midst of everything. But to her, the most troubling part isn’t Guard Duty, it isn’t her infuriating but loving older cousin Sirius, it isn’t even Voldemort, but rather the stubborn werewolf who she finds herself literally falling heads over heels in love with.
CHAPTER SIX FINALLY UP
'... but that tango's childs play. So take me to the dance floor, and we'll twist the night away.'
That's this chapters song, right?
Anyway, I like your story. Remus and Tonks forever!!!!!!!!
Summary: Five people from the different walks of life. One, born of the noble, was pampered; one, born of the dark, was disgraced; one, born of the ordinary, was extraordinary; one was cursed; and one… well, liked cheese.
Five children, five lives. Add five yellowish envelopes with green writing, and their fates are intertwined forever.
You've got a good story here. I like how you tell it from each of the five points of view. I look forward to seeing what you do once they get to Hogwarts. Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thanks! (:
Summary: It's Christmas and Teddy feels lonely. Maybe his godfather can help?
Poor Teddy! This story made me feel so bad for him. I do, however, think that he should not be trusted with matches or a lit wand for a while. Burning the picture was a bit extreme.
Stupid Slytherins; why must they always be so mean?
I really liked your story. I think the end was the best though, with the photo, it was brilliant! I was wondering how you would fit in a line for Peter, but you did that very well.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! Yes, the teachers had better not teach Teddy the Incendio Charm and the like ;-) Peter as a young boy is always very difficult to write. You can\'t make him too mean as a boy but he can\'t be the most brilliant student and the best friend either. I\'m glad you thought that the line I made him say was fitting. Actually, I\'m not such a devoted Remus/Tonks shipper. I mean, I like both characters very, very much but I never saw much chemistry between them. Then again, I don\'t see the chemistry between Harry and Ginny either... and here I am, writing about exactly these two ships... ;-)
Summary: As war rages around them, Remus and Tonks are pulled along with the tide. New, prejudical laws are passed, and the couple must take drastic action in order to stay together. When the climactic battle arrives, Tonks must make an impossible, heartbreaking choice. Follow the couple through the timeframe of Deathly Hallows. DH spoilers abound!
As the outline has expanded, the originally intended three chapters of this story have turned into twelve chapters of R/T goodness. :-)
Chapter 6 has been sumitted!
No matter how many fics I read depicting it, I still love it when Remus comes back to Tonks. And this was a particularly good version of it. I loved it! I also really liked it when she was talking to the baby, it was so sweet! Great Chapter!
Summary: Remus Lupin has struggled all his life with his unique position in society. And he's almost come to terms with being alone. Then Dumbledore sends him into the wolves's den. Now he must face the darker nature he has always repressed. Will he join his brothers? Or resist the temptation? Or perhaps, theres another, happier way to not be alone...
You've got a great start. Please write more!
Summary: Remus knows it was foolish to offer to go with Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their quest. He realises his place is with his wife and their unborn child. The problem is, how will he get past Ted and Andromeda Tonks to plead his case with their daughter?
I loved it!
Summary: Marty Price works for The Cause, which involves several campaigns and petitions on a weekly basis. It has become common knowledge within Hogwarts that if you see her coming towards you with a clipboard, you should turn and walk the other way. Or perhaps deny all grasp of the English language. And if this isn’t eccentric enough, there’s also her obsessive written observations of four boys in her year, which will one day make a rather interesting book ...
Remus Lupin, meanwhile, has always been a little different, too. Poor, sweet Remus Lupin is, to the casual observer, the picture of a sensible, hard working student. However, he has three friends who have done more for him than anyone knows and they have done this because of his troubled past, troubled present and troubled future. Why the gloominess? Because Remus Lupin just so happens to be a werewolf.
So what could these two possibly have in common? And how can their stories possibly connect?
Runner-up for the 2008 Best Marauder Era QSQ.
Oi, Remus, it's just pumpkin juice. Get over it already.
Great chapter! And kudos for finding an original way to do the serious Sirius joke. It's a joke that's been done in every Marauder fic ever, but you found a way to make it your own, so good job on that. Remus/Marty, eh? That could be interesting, although, of course, it would mean that Marty and romance would have to break their arrangement of avoiding each other like the plague and Remus would have to get or the I'm-a-werewolf-and-not-good-enough-for-anyone thing. And the pumpkin juice thing. Enough is enough, Remus. Move on. And the innuendo level was exactly accurate for boys of that age. Why do they insist on having the maturity of three-year-olds? Oh well, we love them anyway. *pets Marauders some more*
And I do hope James takes Luanne on that fishing trip one day. Then Luanne can push him off the boat. :D
Author's Response: *Joins in petting the Marauders* Yeah, they have a long way to go before anything can happen, like you said. Still. Never mind. Your last sentence was hilarious! It made me laugh so much! Thanks for reviewing. Which reminds me. Review #150! Yay! Cyber cookies for all, and you get 150 Padfoot Points! Woo!
Oh, that really sucks for Marty. But I have to admit that I'm a little relieved, because it's not the whole anti-werewolf cause/become a Death Eater thing I predicted, and because it makes a lot more sense than the whole anti-werewolf cause/become a Death Eater thing I predicted, because Tabby just doesn't seem like the anti-werewolf/Death Eater type. But wanting Marty to come back to Taffy's seems like something she would ask, not that that makes it any less sucky for Marty. Part of me thinks she should go back so she an start moving on, part of me can completely understand why she never wants to go back to the place where she witnessed her mother's murder. I want her to be happy, and she would be much happier at the Lupins, but can't she really avoid Taffy's forever. No wonder she can't make a decision! I don't know what she should do. The only thing I know is that the idea of James Potter crocheting is FREAKING HILARIOUS, and that's not very helpful for helping Marty make her decision. Oh, and I love how Marty pushes away the pumpkin juice just to annoy Remus. It's adorable.
And good luck in the QSQs!
Author's Response: Thank you, I may need that luck! I am very pleased that you seem to understand perfectly the dilemma Marty is in; everything you wrote is exactly what I was thinking when I decided to have this storyline ... and you're perfectly right about Tabby, too. Thanks for the great review!
Phases of my thoughts:
1. The last chapter of The Cause got posted and I missed it!! Must. Read. Now.
2. Yay! The chapter name is Pumpkin Juice!
3. Teeheehee, why will James's head exploding never stop being funny?
4. Yay! Marty said yes to pumpkin juice! She's so brave.
5. LAST FIC?!?!?!?!? WWWWWHHHAAATTTTTT???????
Oh well, I'll try to cope. But this means no Marty sequel! What about the Causes that still need her attention? I'm going to miss Marty a lot. :( But this has been an amazing fic and I've thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. You do amazing character work and I wish you all the best on any future writing plans. YOU ROCK!! And I really hope that you do keep with the site, even if you're not posting; I always appreciate your feedback on my own fic. :) Good luck in the QSQs!
P.S. Mrs. Lupin is so very wise. ;)
Author's Response: Isn't she though? I'm really happy you enjoyed the fic! I loved writing it, and I loved Marty (but then I love all my characters). This was a really lovely review, thanks so much. I'll kind of miss posting here, so maybe one day I'll come up with something ... not likely so far, though. Thanks anyway for all your support! =)
Oh jeez, I have no idea. Tabby is crazy like Marty, so who could possibly know what she would want? Although the fact that crazy Marty is so very not into whatever it is is interesting... but I won't embarrass myself trying to guess.
Aww, Luanne is proud of her dad! That's so sweet. I love Luanne. And Lily; she's pretty perceptive. I wonder if/when she'll figure out about Remus's FLP.
The commentating was funny, but I don't think any commentator will ever compare with Luna Lovegood. ;)
Don't keep me waiting too long on this cliffie!
Author's Response: Well, no, of course not, but I liked the idea of the two of them up there together, making people laugh and generally having a good time. You know, as crazy as Aunt Tabby is, she's actually the more sensible of the two sisters deep down ... but I am surprised no one's guessing, because I thought it was really obvious ... but maybe not then after all. Oh well, that's a good thing really! Thanks for reviewing!
Releasing hippogriffs on hapless Slytherins... I think that idea has some merit... :)
Author's Response: Doesn\'t it, though? =) Thanks for reviewing.
WHAT!? Only one chapter left!?!?!?! But it can't be over! Marty, Luanne, Causes, pumpkin juice - how can it all be over?!? Oh why, Merlin, WHY!?!?!? Great chapter, btw. Nice of Marty to FINALLY catch up. The whole thing with Luanne was fantastic. And the girl talk wasn't bad at all; what do fourteen-year-old boys know anyway? I mean, look at the Marauders, they're two years older and they're idiots. But I supposed that's why we love them isn't it? And I do love them. And Marty. And Luanne. And, oh, how can it be almost over?!? Maybe there's a sequel in the works? *hint hint nudge nudge wink wink begging and crying* :)
P.S. My apologies to your brother if he was offended but the above. All meant in good humor. ;)
Author's Response: Hey, I totally agree with you about everything (fourteen-year-old boys, sixteen-year-old boys, loving the Marauders, it's all so similar). There probably isn't a sequel coming, which I'm really sorry about! But hey, never say never, right? I said my Janey series was over for an entire year and then randomly wrote another, so who knows what could happen?
Great chapter! My favorite line was, "Oooh, tingly" I laughed a lot at that. And I totally agree with Remus that his mother's "meticulous organisation skills" are rather cursed. He should probably find a better place to keep those books...
Anyway, loved the chapter. Things are most definitely looking up. I can't wait for the next one!
Author's Response: Yes ... or maybe just distribute them evenly so they\'re not quite so obvious ... who knows? Thanks for reviewing, I\'ll try and update soon!
Yes, it's me again. Sorry about the second review, but...
Really obvious, eh? Oh, it's not some horrible anti-werewolf thing that will pull Marty into a terrible struggle between Remus and her only remaining family, is it? Because that would be just terrible and Marty doesn't deserve to be dragged through that! But, I suppose life isn't always fair; especially when you are a character in a fan fiction. Oh, but poor Marty! And even if it's not that, anything that makes her blood run cold at the thought is still going to be very very bad for her. And when will there be time for Remus/Marty shipping if Marty's world takes such an ugly turn? Although, I have stopped holding my breath on that. Not because I don't think it will happen, but because I think you're going to make us wait until almost the end of the fic. After all, Jo made us wait until the bloody final battle of the last book in the series before she let R/Hr kiss, even though they've been married since the line "whatever house I'm in I hope she's not in it". :)
Or maybe Tabby is joining the Death Eaters and wants Marty to come along? I don't think it's that, but who knows? Please don't let it be that.
And now I'm even more anxious for an update! Soon please!
Author's Response: *Cackles loudly* Somehow I don't think Tabby would be all that interested in joining the group who murdered her sister. As I said, I will update when I can. Thanks for your theories, though, they're very interesting. If you don't already, you should definitely take up writing yourself, it sounds like your stories would be very dramatic ... hopefully you already have, eh? =D
I love this story! I was worried Marty might be annoying when I read your summary, but she's not at all. She's one of the best OCs I've read about, actually. She reminds me a little of Luna (like when she states openly that she has no friends), but she really is a one of a kind character. And yes, she is a stalker, but it's in a funny way and not a creepy way. I look forward to seeing where this story goes. I'd tell you to update soon, but it seems you already have and we're just waiting on the mods. Anyway, fantastic story!
Author's Response: Thanks, what a great review! Totally what I wanted to acheive with Marty, so that\'s good news. Thanks so much for reviewing, and let\'s hope it gets accepted soon! Although I think there are some problems at the minute so we might have to wait a bit longer than usual ...
Um, I'm all for Remus falling for Marty... but THAT'S JUST GROSS! Right after she'd been sick? Yuck! I mean, unless that handkerchief was magic, she would still have vomit breath and stuff. Seriously, Moony sweetums, it's cute that you want to kiss her, but you just have REALLY bad timing.
Moving on, James's "fiery and all consuming need to be loved" analysis was funny, but I think Sirius takes the prize for most hilarious/stupid lines this chapter. "any girl would have to be blind not to find you attractive. I, myself, have often –” *sniggers* I hardly thought that's this would turn into a Remus/Sirius fic. ;)
I think it's the potion; even Marty isn't THAT weird. Although the fact that she was already weird to begin with probably does elevate the weirdness total...
Can't wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: Hmm ... maybe that's secretly why Marty suddenly stood up, and not because she's terrified of romance at all. Poor Remus just got a little overly swept away, me thinks. I'm glad you like James and Sirius generally being stupid (don't worry, there's plenty more of that to come) and thank you for the review!
But, Lily, how do you really feel about the Marauders? :)
I loved this chapter! Marty is just so...Marty. I love her. And, do you know, some of your Marty writing, especially the paginate part, kind of reminds me of Lemony Snicket. I don't know if you consider that a compliment or not, but it is meant as a compliment because I think Lemony Snicket is hilarious, and you are too. And so are teenage boys, *pets Marauders as well* That is, when they are not being complete morons. Or tosspots. :)
Author's Response: =D I love that word. I\'ve never read Lemony Snicket, but I\'ll take it as a compliment anyway, because he had a book series published that was made into a film so how could that possibly be a bad reflection on me. Hooray! I love Marty too. I\'ll be sad when this fic\'s done. Thanks for reviewing! *Wanders off in search of more teenage boys to pet*