Penname: Equinox Chick [Contact]
Real name: Carole
Member Since: 05/10/08
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What can I say. I'm a grown woman living in London but I'm obsessed with a teenage wizard and his friends. Am I mad? Probably Do I care? Hell no!
EDIT: Grown? Um, probably not

For my first foray into the realms of fanfiction I've chosen to write about the Marauders. I'll always stick fairly closely to canon as I think JK knows best. Although I've enjoyed reading about other ships I, personally, don't think I could write with conviction about Ginny/Crabbe or Hermione/Mclaggan relationships.

EDIT: ha ha ha ha ha - How I have changed! I'm now firmly in the rare-pair, SSP, and things that aren't quite conventional camp, although I still loves me some James/Lily.

My second chaptered fic (Apparently Asleep) has started a love affair with Tonks/Remus and confirmed my obsession for all things Sirius. *sigh*

I am indebted to Terri (mudbloodproud) for being a great beta and all round amazing person. If it hadn't been for her encouragement I would have thrown in the towel many months ago.

EDIT: I have made a lot of wonderful friends during my past three years on MNFF, including (in no particular order) Natalie, Kara, Hannah/Bob, Jess, Gina, Lea, Lori, Julia, Minna, Emmahhhh, and the fantabulous BB.

I hope Mugglenet and you enjoy reading my words as much as I've enjoyed writing them. Huge thank-you to my niece, Amanda, for being one of the first to catch the Harry Potter bug and nagging me into reading them.


I’ve written a variety of stories, so here is them arranged in categories. Some are cross- referenced. So a James/Lily may appear in Marauder or Canon Romance

Marauder
A Second Chance
Contemplating Lilies
Dancing Queen
First Date Disaster
Flying, Fair Play and the Need for a Firm Hand
It Takes a Wolf to Prank a Dog
Juggling
Learning to Fly
March Madness
O.W.L.s, Quidditch and the Added Distraction of Sirius Black
Peace in Heaven
Ribbons, not Strings
Sixth Time's the Charm
Thank you for your time, Professor
The Lions of Gryffindor
The Lions of Gryffindor
The Sum of the Whole
Veils
Who's That Girl?
Wormtail on the Hogwarts Express



Canon Romance
'i'before 'e' (Percy/Audrey)
A Prize Above Rubies (Isla Black/Bob Hitchens)
Acorns (Bill/Fleur)
Apparently Asleep (Remus/Tonks)
Birthday Girl (George/Angelina)
Bound in the Beating of Each Other’s Hearts (Narcissa/Lucius)
Coup de Foudre (Bill/Fleur)
Dancing Queen (James/Lily)
First Date Disaster (James/Lily)
Five weeks (Remus/Tonks)
Forces of Nature (Ron/Hermione)
Forever Dancing (Alice/Frank)
In The Stars (Draco/Astoria)
Key of the Door (Ron/Hermione)
Kissing the Joy as it Flies (Seamus/Lavender)
March Madness (James/Lily)
Not Quite Perfect (Bill/Fleur)
Reconnaissance (Remus/Tonks)
Sixth Time’s the Charm (James/Lily)
Snowball Fights (Teddy/Victoire)
Until Death (Eaters) Do Us Part (Draco/Astoria)
Veils (James/Lily)
You Dance Divinely (George/Angelina)



Non (or rather tweaked) Canon (apart from one story, these don’t break any canon.)

Better than Chocolate (Charlie/Tonks)
Heat of Life (Harry/Katie)
Her Tomorrows (Harry/Parvati)
High (Scorpius/Lily)
Lavender, blue- A Gryffindor True (Lavender/Blaise)
Love At First Strike (Angelina/Terry)
Mirrors (Charlie/Penelope)
Misperception (Oliver/Cedric/Daphne)
Orphans of the Storm (Seamus/Parvati/Dean)
Passion Among the Primroses (Arthur/Mafalda)
Predictions of Love (Gilderoy/Sybil)
Ribbons, not Strings (Remus/Rosmerta)
Shrouds (Hermione/Draco)
Snapdragons (Charlie/OC)
Stars or Carousels (James/Dominique)
Summer’s Heat (Sirius/OC)
Swans (Mollyjnr/OC)
Teenage Witch (Charity/Myron Wagtail )
The Happy Couple (Harry/Ginny, Blaise/Lavender)
The Only One (Lavender/Blaise Teddy/Victoire)
The Untrodden Path (Draco/Hannah)
Where We Started From (Dean/Ginny)



Same sex Pairings
Apple-bobbing ( Lisa/Susan)
Close Your Eyes (Hermione/Lavender)
Drowning, not Waving (Oliver/Cedric)
Eyes That Know Me (Scorpius/Hugo)
Forbidden Colours (Tracey/Demelza)
Fracture (Theo/Justin)
Monochrome (Sirius/Remus)
The Dance We Do (Bellatrix/Amelia)
The Hat that Thinks it’s a Chair (Justin/Theo)
Truth Or Dare (Cormac/Zacharias)



Humour
Aberforth Dumbledore: A Love that Dare not Bleat its Name
Lockhart, Sprout and Two Smoking Goblets
Passion Among the Primroses
Predictions of Love
The Bacchus Book
Vampire - Ghost Child!

Historical
A Prize Above Rubies
Aberforth Dumbledore: A Love that Dare not Bleat its Name
An Outstretched Hand
Shadows Deep

Others (General, D/A, Post Hogwarts, Next Gen)
A Tangled Web (D/A)
All in the Genes (NG)
Chasing the Scoop! (Post Hogwarts)
Christmas on the Outside (General/Trio era)
Dean Thomas and the Reiver Curse (Post Hogwarts)
Diavol (Remus Trio Era)
Every Breath You Take (Post Hogwarts/Next Gen)
Forever Dancing (Alice/Frank)
Friends in Unlikely Places (Post Hog. Hermione)
Growing Old Disgracefully (Post Hog)
High (NG)
Lavender, blue (Trio Era)
Mere Wisps of Light (Post Hog. Draco fic)
Muggles, Magic and Misconceptions (Next Gen)
My Funny Valentine (Post Hogwarts)
Staring into the Fire (Trio Era)
The Waiting Game (D/A)
Whispers from the Past (Next Gen)



Mysteries
The Foolhardy Boys and Parvati, too
Who’s that Girl?
Xanthe Interrupted
Zeitgeist



Poetry
Askew
As They Watch
Beyond Beseeching
Celestina's Songbook: Christmas Edition, Volume 1
Cold Dreams
Draco's Journey
Enslaved
Fairytale of Hogwarts
Flying High
Forever France
Frozen Silence
Hexed!
Hey, brother
I Believed in Lily Evans
Master Barty Regrets
Phoenix Flames
Queen of My Heart
Sirius, Baby
The Daydream Pedlar's Song
The Four
The Labyrinth Mind
Unreconciled

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MC Pansy by Astoria Greengrass
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: A rap written for the MC Kreacher Challenge in Poetry Anyone. Slytherin's queen dishes it out. Loosely based around Swish and Flick Wrock and Tik Tok's beat by Ke$ha.

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 372 Chapters: 1 Completed: No
Published:
09/18/11 Updated: 09/19/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/21/11 Title: Chapter 1: MC Pansy

Can't believe you don;t have any reviews for this because it's a fun poem that made me giggle a lot when I read it in Poetry Anyone. You really managed to catch the rhythm and beat of the original rap and you also managed to excapsulate the very b1tchiness of Pansy withing the rap.

Conjure up a bridge and get over it I’m much better than you! I think that's my favourite set of lines - ha ha ha. BTW, when I was writing my rap, I kept reading/singing it in an American accent (I'm British), did you? Of course, if you're American then that makes no sense - heh heh. Well done. ~Carole~

 

Waiting by hestiajones
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: There was something beautiful about the sight in front of her: the pink and orange splashed on the sky, the tall trees fighting for prominence against the lavish background, and the gentle swaying of curtains that were being teased by the zephyr. Dorea thought, this is the perfect moment to die.

This story was written for the Great Bannermakers' Hall Challenge. Thanks to lullaby BANG for her amazing banner, which may be found here: http://i55.tinypic.com/mbk6eu.jpg.

Thanks to Croll/Equinox Chick for beta-reading this, helping me with historical facts, and giving me encouragement and support! I don't think I could have done this without you.

Disclaimer: I am not JKRowling. Also, a word about canon: Charlus Potter and Dorea Black married and had a son, but it is not known if it was James (and various other canon info actually suggest it was not him.)

Categories: Historical Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Sexual Situations, Suicide

Word count: 2880 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/19/11 Updated: 09/19/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 09/20/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I only dared you because I didn't think you could claim a banner. And thus, as always, you proved me wrong. Sigh. In three hours you produced something lovely and heart-rending. How how how do you do this? You've taken the very few facts we know about Dorea and Charlus Potter and weaved something wonderful.

I am not worthy.

What I really liked on reading this was the lovely description of simple things like her red cloak, and Isaac tipping his hat to her. Later scenes - like the bathroom - were so warm and funny, yet passionate, too. The poetry and his letter to her made me want to weep. I really wanted this to end happily for them, even though Charlus seemed like a decent man.

When you're famous, I will set up your fan club.

~Croll~

Author's Response: Hahaha! I am mad. >.< I didn't think I'd be able to pull it off. Thank you for your lovely comments! If I had the time, and if I had done some more planning, this would have been a better, bigger story. Even as I was typing it out feverishly, Isaac and Dorea were growing into full characters in my head, and I could picture lazy afternoons spent drowning in poems and cigarettes and whatnot! There is so much I imagined but didn't put down on the WordDoc because I hadn't the time nor the energy. :/

Thanks again for the wonderful review!

I wonder what the name of my fan club would be...

 

Lonely Remorse by Hullachan
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 17]

Summary: Petunia sits at her husband's funeral pondering how her family has fallen apart. The last thing she expects is for her nephew to slide into the back pew of the village church to pay his respects.

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1777 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/19/11 Updated: 09/24/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 09/24/11 Title: Chapter 1: Lonely Remorse

Hi there, I think this is well written and your characterisation of Petunia is good. The story is interesting and flows well. Harry and Petunia's conversation is interesting and comes across as a very 'real' conversation. I like the awkwardness that Petunia feels throughout the story.

However, I find it somewhat implausible that no one would have told them that the battle was over and that they were safe, especially as Diggle lived in the next village.

Nice story otherwise. ~Carole~

Author's Response: Hey Carole, thanks for reading and reviewing. I totally see your point there - as it says throughout the books, even the Muggles notice when things aren't quite right in the wizarding world. I think it was more the specifics that I imagined Petunia to be looking for, particularly as the war with Voldemort has taken most of her family, albeit in an indirect way. Great to think about these things though!

 

Doubts by WeasleyMom
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 10]

Summary:

 

I've never felt this way before.

 

Fleur struggles with life and war. A missing moment from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

 

This is WeasleyMom of Hufflepuff writing for the Great Hall Bannermaker's Challenge. The banner used was Doubts by TM_WandStick. I chose this banner immediately Toni--so gorgeous!

Yay! Those lovely SBBC people have added this story to the SBBC Hall of Fame! I knew there was a reason I joined that group. Hehe. Thanks, you guys!

 

Thanks so much to Natalie/hestiajones for beta reading this so close to the submission deadline. She is everything she is cracked up to be.

 

I'm not JK Rowling.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 1924 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/20/11 Updated: 09/22/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 03/30/12 Title: Chapter 1: one-shot

You may have read my review of this in SBBC. So, what can I POSSIBLY add to this masterpiece except ...



GR8


~Carollllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~

Author's Response: I can feel the love, Carole. :D Thanks for throwing me a bone... more than two months of no reviews, and I start to get the shakes. hugs!!

 

A Game of Fire by lucca4
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 7]

Summary:

There is no love between them; there is only passion and burning desire.

But for Susan, this is enough. She has loved and lost before, and she can’t handle losing again.

The lust is much easier to deal with.

* Originally written for the What a Pair SPEW Drabble Challenge.

Nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Same Sex Pairing.

Categories: Femmeslash Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Profanity

Word count: 1575 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/24/11 Updated: 09/28/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 10/18/11 Title: Chapter 1: A Game of Fire

whoaaaa! Amazing! Your writing is so sensual and exciting, Ariana. You just make the characters come alive in your stories. I can see the setting so clearly in my head and the small details, down to the hole in the black slip. WONDERFUL

The twist at the end completely blindsided me (and I'd read the drabble as well!). Fantastic twist that they were caught in this triangle and I loved the fact that Susan wasn't a Hufflepuff goody goody because she'd set this trap that she no longer wishes to sprin or to leave.

Just wonderful. Please, please,. never stop writing. You're far too good not to. ~Carole~

Author's Response: *squish*

Thank you so, so much for this review, Carole! It made me incredibly happy, especially as I wasn't expecting to get any more reviews for this story :). Ooh, and I'm so excited you read the drabble too. I'm glad someone outside of SPEW read it and liked it. I feel like Susan used to be a Puff goody-goody, but Theo's betrayal would have cracked that aspect of her a little. <3 Thank you so much again! xx Ariana

 

Drive Your Car On by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: When Vernon Dursley starts acting like a prat, Hestia Jones begins rapping on him, Missy Elliot style.

Winner of the MC Kreacher Challenge at Poetry Anyone (MNFF Boards). Rap inspired by and written to the beat of Missy Elliot's Get Ur Freak On, which I love to bits.

DISCLAIMER: Do you really think J.K.Rowling would write this, though?

Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 388 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/26/11 Updated: 09/26/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 09/26/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

UNF! That HJ is just HAWT!

Ha ha ha - you have managed to dispel the fluffy-haired old sweetie obsessed with potato peelers that seems to come to mind whenever we see Hestia Jones in the books, and replaced her with this somokin' b1tch. Mind you, my perception of Hestia had been altered a while before this rap ... no idea why.

Very funny. This is such a good idea and I've had this rap thumping through my brain now. ~Croll~

Author's Response: Thank youuuu! Yes, this particular HJ is a somokin' b1tch heeheehee.<3

 

Violets by armagod679
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 3]

Summary: Quirinus Quirrel is obsessed with flowers, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and the girl with the violet-blue eyes.

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

Word count: 2546 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/17/11 Updated: 10/25/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 01/27/12 Title: Chapter 1: The Girl with the Violet-Blue Eyes

This is an interesting story. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything about Quirrell on the boards, and this was a compelling look at his life before he became possessed by Voldemort.

What particularly impressed me was that you took what little we knew from the book and fleshed out his character. I don’t just mean the stutter, but Voldemort’s words about meeting the idealistic wizard were so in tune with this story. He was actively seeking out Voldemort “ that was an original twist on the wizard being ‘caught’.

I felt very sorry for him here, and angry with Lester who knew how he felt about Violet and yet still went out with her (and, I assume, treated her badly). The images of the violets, Quirrell’s flower pressing, filling three books with only violets had me sighing for the poor boy. Beautiful images and yet she couldn’t see his worth. Although, perhaps Violet sensed his obsession with her and knew it wasn’t healthy. It can’t be healthy, can it, so desperate for a girl that years later you’re still seeking the Dark Lord?

The one part of the story I didn’t think as successful as the rest was Violet’s speech about herself “ and girls like her.

“I know what I said,” Violet snapped. “But girls like me don’t take what they want, not really. We go for what we know will make us unhappy because if everything works out perfectly, we feel like we haven’t challenged ourselves. We might try to rebound on boys like you, but we always go back to the boys like Lester, the ones who will hurt us and make us cry. Don’t ask why. It’s just what will always happen.”

This just struck me as remarkably wise of her, and all-knowing about herself, when I think in reality this girl of seventeen is so pre-occupied with herself and her own feelings, that she wouldn’t be able to be this self-evaluating and logical about her motives. I think it would have been better if it had been Quirrell who’d recognised this about her after she’d given him the brush of, or if these thoughts had come to her years later when she was looking at the scrapbooks. Her conversation with Professor Flitwick seems a little off as well. he’s an old wizard and her former head of house, so I’m not sure she’d use phrases like ‘one-night-stand’ to him, but rather say ‘we had one date’ or something.

A minor quibble is that you’ve written Hogshead: it’s The Hog’s Head.

The ending was so sad. As she looked through the boxes at the scrapbooks and discovered the three books of violets and the photograph, I felt a lump in my throat. She realised, far too late, the worth of the man. But then again, could they really have been happy?

Interesting pairing and a good story. Well done. ~Carole~

Author's Response: Thank you very much. I'm glad you like the story. Violet's realization of her character just came into it too much to rewrite. Julie

 

Brother Mine by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 12]

Summary:

When Regulus steps into the cave by the sea, he knows it is a mission that could very well be the end of him, but it is in something he has lost that he finds the strength to do what is right and not what is easy.


This story was nominated for a 2012 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Dark/Angst.




Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 900 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/18/11 Updated: 10/18/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 10/19/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Adore, naturally. Wonderful expansion of the drabble and I'm glad you resisted the urge to pad because this is the perfect length.

Hmm, if I had the choice of who should write this character, it would be you hands down. You grasp characters very well. In your hands, Regulus becomes multi-dimensional and not the 1D Slyth that other people write.

Great story, Jess. ~Carole~

Author's Response:

I knew once I tried to add things to this that I shouldn't, and then I started removing things. I suppose that this would've been emotionally taxing if it were any longer.

And yay that dark and angsty characters make you think of me. :) That makes my day.

 

~Jess

 

Bleed by hestiajones
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 13]

Summary: Say you were in love with somebody for years, somebody who just left without telling you why. Say she turned up unexpectedly. What would you do?



This is a sequel to Cut




Disclaimer:

1) This is not J.K.Rowling.

2) I chose Turner's first name after a villain from Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, but the character is not entirely based on her.

3) One of Gimli's lines from Return of the King will appear in the last chapter. No, it is not "There's plenty enough for the both of us. May the best dwarf win." Yes, it means I have finished writing the whole story. :)

Categories: Femmeslash Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse

Word count: 10215 Chapters: 3 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/23/11 Updated: 11/13/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/13/11 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

I know you worried about this, but honestly, this is wonderful. I loved so much about this chapter, but I think my favourite bit has to be when it's raining. Gaaaaaahd, I was so torn. I hated Lakshmi in the previous chapters because of the threat to Maudie (who I love more than life itself), but when Dominique was kissing her and aching for the warmth from the past that had never quite been resolved, I started to like her again remembering her from Cut. Then I went all teary when Dominique said 'Maudie'. You write so well. The emotions were so real and I got completely caught up in the whole story.

You also surprised me because I thought Lakshmi was going to be evil and tell Maudie before Dominique said anything, but she didn;t and I'm pretty sure she wouldn;t have done. Would I have to'ld Maudie? Hmm, not sure. Dominique has far more courage than me, but also more confidence in her relationship, I guess. Perfect characterisation of all three girls. They stood out as real characters and not paperthin fanfiction extras. Infact, all of your characters were done well.

Um, I don't know LOTR that well. Is the Gimli line -'my goodbye-and-good luck kiss'? (hides from elves)

She had loved this girl hard; she had loved her with all her might. She had loved her for being so free, so full of laughter and brightness. She had wanted her so badly, to have her to hold and kiss and make love to every single hour of the day. She was here now with her, and for a moment, everything else seemed so perfunctory, so devoid of life.

My favourite set of lines. I read and reread and my jaw dropped. You're so fricking talented. Gahhhh, I worship you. *ends review in wibbling heap*

~Croll~

Author's Response: Yes! The thing is Dominique is confident of her relationship and even though she falters with Lakshmi (which, I would too, I think, if I were faced with that great a temptation), she knows what is important to her. The LOTR line was "A merry hunt you've led me on" LOL. The original is "A merry hunt you have led us on" heehee. I am happppyy that you loved it. :) Thanks for reading and reviewing! <3

 
Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/03/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

OOOH, Enter Lakshmi ... I'm jealous already! Infact I'm jealous of the author as well, who always manages to write wonderful and normal situations between couples with great finesse. And then she twists her quill with deft assurance and leaves me gasping for more.

I love this. I love Maudie and Dominique. I seriously love Maudie (possibly because she's so untidy and disorganised I can relate to her - LOL). Lakshmi - hmmm, black dress, six inch stilettos, holding a swan and stunning looking. I hate her already.

Seriously fabulous because you make even minor situations sound intriguing and utterly sexy.

~Croll~

Author's Response: I am glad to know people are liking Maudie :D :D I do love her! Also, you spoil me with your compliments. My head will inflate so large one day I might fly off. (Actually, that sounds like a good plan lol.)

 
Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/03/11 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Noiooo, I don;t trust Lakshmiiiii.

Ughhhh. I need chapter three posted very very soon. Oh MY, that opening scene. You just write those small intimate scenes so well. My laptop was smoking - ha ha. Seriously, I love the chemistry between Dominique and Maudie, it's just ... lush, and gorgeous, and beautiful. *sigh*

Lakshmi is intriguing me. She seems to be genuine about her feelings for Dominique ... but is she? I mean, why contact her now? Do I really believe the stories about the Vanished letters? Hmm, not sure. I'm guessing she's hurting, but I'm also far too jealous of her talent and beauty to like her very much. (And now I've just remembered what you wanted to do when you were younger - fashion design - sigh I'm very tactless, but then again, this story is so good that I am jealous, and happy because I like reading it.

FEEENISHHHHHHHHH EEEEEET!

~Croll~

Author's Response: LOL. I love this review. Yes, I wanted to be a fashion designer, and so both Astoria and Lakshmi have the dubious honour of being magical couture people O.o That's the only self-insertion I allow myself to do.As for the rest, we will find out in Ch 3, which will be posted very soon :) Thanks for the review!!!

 

Incorrigible by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 16]

Summary: It's Halloween and the Head Boy and Head Girl are stuck in the greenhouses for detention. Will they escape the clutches of the deadly Devil's Snare…or worse, one another?
A lighthearted tale for Halloween, not to be read in the greenhouse.

Categories: James/Lily Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations

Word count: 6761 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/28/11 Updated: 10/28/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 10/31/11 Title: Chapter 1: One-Shot

Yay - this is lovely, Gina. I really like the idea behind this and your characterisation is spot -on (naturally). James being good at Herbology is a neat twist - we usually get to hear about his brilliance in Transfiguration but that's all, so I really enjoyed that part of the story. (I enjoyed all of it, but that bit was FAB) I was quite surprised at Lily's aversiopn to Herbology, though, because she seemed very into that type of thing as a child (making the flower open and close) and didn;t seem to be the type of girl who hated getting dirty. However, you gave her a plausible reason for being scared of the plants, so it worked here.

I love the exchange when they're trying to think of nice things about each other - hee hee.And the kiss on the neck - wowzers - I had goose-flesh, too.

Great Halloween story that wasn;t at all cliched (YAY to no big prank) ~Carole~

Author's Response: Thanks, Carole, I'm glad you enjoyed it! It was fun fluff so I'm glad I avoided some of the cliches. Good point about Lily but then maybe falling into that plant scared any love of nature out of her, lol. I just really wanted to add a twist to their characterization and give them some contrast as well. I can just picture little James running through him mum's garden, playing with bowtruckles and such, lol. Plus I've used the Transfiguration bit before (and probably will again) so it was nice to be able to really dig into Herbology (haha) Thanks again for the lovely review! ~Gina :)

 
Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 10/31/11 Title: Chapter 1: One-Shot

Ha ha ha - JUST saw Soraya's review (I read reviews after I've read the story - not before. I was grinning at maths but ... *whispers* Fall instead of autumn?

Oh, and your 'serious' joke had me giggling and NOT rolling my eyes. You very nicely underplayed it. ~Croll~

Author's Response: Did I not respond to this? I thought I did? On LS maybe? Anyway - I changed math/maths (lol!) but I'm leaving in fall just for YOU. :-D And I can't believe you didn't roll your eyes at that. It took me a few tries to get it right, so I'm glad to know I did. Thanks again! ~Gina :)

 

Harry's First Halloween by lucca4
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 13]

Summary:

It's Harry's first Halloween, but the raging thunderstorm prevents an overly eager Lily from taking him out to trick-or-treat. Instead, she, James, and Sirius spend one of their last carefree moments together.


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Happy Halloween, MNFF!


Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity

Word count: 1467 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/31/11 Updated: 11/02/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/02/11 Title: Chapter 1: 31 October 1980

Awwww, this is lovely. A sweet adorable story about Halloween which is also amusing. A real snapshot fic where you've caught perfectly a certain moment in time - Lovely.

And then it gets all sad :( because you mentioned the next year and what they want to do. I gulped a bit, as I always do when I read James/Lily with Harry stories because it is so tragic that they were murdered.
,br> Thank you for expanding this. I enjoyed it, a lot. ~Carole~

Author's Response: I know, that's why I find it difficult to write Marauder-era so close to their deaths, because it's so much more sad to think that they're at the end of their lives already. The original drabble didn't even reference the next year, but I'm mean and spiteful so I put it in. I'm so happy you enjoyed this, though :). And, as always, thank you for taking the time for leaving a lovely review. <3 xx Ariana

 

Happily Ever After by welshdevondragon
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: Vivien Nott, Paris and Theodore Nott’s adopted daughter, is at Hogwarts at the same time as Petra and Ernie Macmillan’s son, Augustus Macmillan. They know of each other, but they rarely come into contact. Until an incident in the Quidditch changing rooms leads their lives to become closely entwined.

This is a fairy tale. But, sometimes, fairy tales do happen.

This is a very loose sequel to my Thin Red Lines Series, though it is not part of that series.

Due to the current glitch, I have changed the rating to 3rd-5th years BUT this is a 6th-7th years story, and therefore should be read as such.


Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Non-Consensual Sex, Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Profanity, Violence

Word count: 6306 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/31/11 Updated: 11/05/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/06/11 Title: Chapter 1: One-shot

Awww, happy ending! Wow, DeathLex, what has come over you. (I am so nicking that tag from Natalie - ha ha)

Have to admit, at the start of this I was quite uneasy. I hated Vivian putting up with this crap from not one but two boyfriends. I really disliked the fact that she'd got herself dragged into another abusive relationship, and I was going to call you on it. However ... as I read on, the explanation of hers that she wants her and Russell to grow, and that she knows he is different from Darren started to make a lot of sense. And then when Augustus makes the connection between her strength which makes her want to sort out her own problems ... well ... that was a great piece of psychology.

Great story, Alex, and I hope you get the reads and reviews you deserve. ~Carole~

PS: yay to Theo's happy ending :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much for your review Carole! It really cheered me up :) And DeathLex is by far the coolest nickname I've ever had, so I'm pleased you're using it :)

I did think through Viv's character a lot. I think she wanted to avoid her relationships becoming a pattern, and because of this wanted to try and make it work with Russell, in the way she hadn't made it work (well, Darren's fault, not hers) with Darren. And in doing so, fell into the same pattern. I'm pleased at first you were uneasy, but the psychology of it made you see it as a real situation. If you ever think I don't manage to show that, then I'm glad you seem willing to call me up on it, because that sometimes that needs to be done.

Anyway, I'm pleased you enjoyed it and thanks so much, again, for reviewing. Though, honestly, I don't know what's come over me, because if you think this was a happy ending, then wait until you see the Dean/ OC story, which was destined for an unhappy ending but changed. Thanks again for the lovely review :) Alex

 

Betrayal/Regret by Gmariam
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: A pair of sonnets that explore the betrayal and regret of the Marauders.

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 234 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/06/11 Updated: 11/06/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/06/11 Title: Chapter 1: Two sonnets

Explain to me again why you aren't in PA. These are stunning. The fact that you've encapsualted both Sirius and Peter in so few words and in such brilliant lines speaks volumes about your poetic ability.

You turned-abandoned light to serve the dark; The shadow in your soul now somehow bought

I love this imagery here of the 'turned-abandoned light'. It really shows the deep deep sense of betrayal and confusion that Sirius must have felt regarding Peter.

Peter's sonnet is so well done. The regret at the enormity of his betrayal shines through every word.

Great sonnets. You make them look effortless.

Author's Response: Thank you, Carole. I'm not in PA because I can't just whip out a poem on command! I think I wrote one poem last year and this could be my one poem for this year, who knows. But I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. It continues my belief that there really was more to this betrayal than meets the eye, because how could they have been such good friends with such a person, and missed it? I'm not sure if that makes it even more tragic or slightly unbelievable, but for the most part I do think Peter was a decent bloke at one point and had desperate reasons for what he did - and regret. Thanks so much for reading this, and for the lovely compliments! ~Gina :)

 

The Two Black Sisters by hestiajones
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary: When their sister runs away with a Mudblood, desecrating their family's honour, how do they react?



This poem won Stage 2:Free Verse at the Triathlon at Poetry Anyone? Inspired by the following prompt:

We must not look at goblin men,

We must not buy their fruits:

Who knows upon what soil they fed

Their hungry, thirsty roots?


~Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market

Categories: Poetry Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 187 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/06/11 Updated: 11/06/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/06/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh bollocks to the lack of the align function. Of course it doesn't matter really because this is such a superb poem and I did say in SBBC that it's the words that count and not the structure. Having said that, your original version was more aesthetically pleasing. (I'll shut up now)

What is so good about this poem, are the voices and how each is represented. Bellatrix, Narciss, and the silent voice of Andromeda that haunts Narcissa so.

Extraordinary poem. I can't give you an amazing analysis because I just aint that literary, but the chant at the end was incredible. I really heard the pair of them speaking and it sent shivers down my spine.

I could gush some more, if you'd like - but I suspect that's redundant. *sigh* Your poetry is so good. I really should be jealous, but it's like staring at ... um ... a Titian painting wondering why my crayon drawing doesn't look as wondrous. Okay, that makes no sense.

Heads for nearest exit in embarrassing shuffle

Croll

Author's Response: CROLL!

I am glad you liked this one. My previous drafts were bad, so I just chucked them and started anew. I really wish we had a right text alignment option, but oh well. :( You don't have to give me an amazing literary analysis. Just the fact that you reviewed even though you've read this elsewhere made my day. <3

 

The First Howl by LoonyLupin
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 4]

Summary:

"A man who's pure of heart and says his prayers by night, may still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright."


I was curious about what happened the day Remus Lupin was bitten and the night he transformed for the first time... this is the result.

One shot.

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Violence

Word count: 1221 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/10/11 Updated: 11/21/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 09/29/12 Title: Chapter 1: Howl

I love the imagery in this, the way the apples change colours, the description of the crisp autumn day, and Remus' fear of the wolf, are all very nicely written. His isolation from the Muggle children is rather sad, and I did wonder why the Lupins didn;t know any other wizarding families, so Lupin could meet other children, but still you wrote his loneliness very well and I did feel my heart wrench a little.

I do have a pick with the story. It's daytime and he's watching the apples, then moves to the forest. He's bitten by Greyback there, but it's not night time and thus Greyback would not have been a fully transformed werewolf. You need to make it clearer in your story that it starts at dusk and he's out at moonrise.

The other thing you may wish to tweak is him going outside to transform. Whilst I, again, loved the description of the cold night, the full moon and the way this beauty was so discordant with the change happening in him, I don't think his parents would have sent him into the garden where he'd be a danger to anyone nearby. You could remedy this by adding a line to the effect that they cast several charms on the garden so he couldn't escape.

His transformation and that ferocious howl made me so sad for Remus, and you're right: he is now cursed for the rest of his life.

Interesting story ~Carole~

 

Somewhere Only We Know by Gmariam
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 9]

Summary: Remus Lupin reflects on his past as he faces an uncertain future after the death of a close mentor.

Categories: Remus/Tonks Genre: Warnings: Character Death, Strong Profanity

Word count: 4732 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/13/11 Updated: 11/13/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 11/13/11 Title: Chapter 1: Simple Things

OOOH, this is so fabulous, Gina. I was a bit concerned that you were going to put up something merely to balance your stats *snort*, but I should have realised you'd never do that - hee hee.

Where shall I start. Your description is lush, the characterisation is spot on, and your choice of flashbacks was wonderful.

I really felt for Remus in all of them. I felt his sorrow, anguish, gratitude and his joy in his friends. It was adorable.

OH - Nitpick - in your end note - It's Keane not Keene - ha ha ha. Sorry, that's is so so so so miserly of me - hee hee.

Loved James thinking about Lily at the end and discussing marriage. It really helped see him as someone more responsible and the differences between the Marauders were laid out there.

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. ~Carole~

Author's Response: Thanks so much Carole. I can't believe you'd think that about me, lol! Not that I wouldn't, but no, not this time. I've got other fluffy stuff saved up for that. ;) Anyway - thanks so much for the compliments. I'm always an extra bit pleased when I can get a Marauder piece by you. ;) And I realized a few mistakes last nigh in bedt but you all got to them before I could edit, drat! All fixed now, thanks. And thanks again for the amazing review! ~Gina :)

 

God Gave Me You by MJ_Padfoot
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 6]

Summary: “Your happily ever after will come, Hermione.” Dad whispered to me one night when I was a little girl. “One day, you will meet him and he will love you. You’ll see. You just need to be patient.”

I never thought it would happen until now.

Categories: Ron/Hermione Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 1124 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/14/11 Updated: 11/21/11


Reviewer: Equinox Chick Signed
Date: 09/29/12 Title: Chapter 1: One-Shot

This is a sweet story. I'm unfamiliar with the song, but the lyrics at the beginning beautifully segued into the story and I found myself reading them again once I'd finished the story.

First person is a difficult perspective to get right, but I think you've done a great job with Hermione here. She is a character who rather lends herself to the self-analysis and introspection that first person can bring, but through her eyes you also captured Ron rather well.

I noticed a few minor errors

They had invited me but I told them that I couldn’t get work off--which was true. - I think you mean 'couldn;t get time off work' or something similar.

In another place, you've misspelled 'Apparate' - typing 'Apperate'

I did pause a little at Ron saying he'd always liked Hermione since that first day on the train because I tend to think he disliked her rather a lot until the incident with the troll. In fact, their relationship is punctuated with bouts of them absolutely loathing each other. Whilst I agree that their rows could be a cover for true feelings, perhaps a line from Hermione laughingly telling him that they didn't get on for ages, wouldn;t have gone amiss.

I love the last paragraph. I adore the sentiments about marriage and happy ever afters.

~Carole~

Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Carole! I'm sure that there are a few more errors then the ones that you pointed out. If I ever get the time to go back and fix it, I'll do it. As for the Ron thing, I like to secretly believe that he liked her a litle bit from the start like James and Lily. But that's just me. :) Thank you for such a nice review! Cheers! ~MJ

 
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